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Free Blog Setup for WordPress – Done For You Service

Free Blog Setup

 

How does a free blog setup service for WordPress blogs sound to you?

After working on this blog, and setting up several others I know quite a bit about using WordPress these days.  I also remember just how overwhelming it all seemed to me right back at the start.  All I wanted to do was to start writing and it seemed like I needed a degree in blogging or something before I could write my first post. It was so frustrating!

Now that I feel like a ‘real blogger’ and Love Love Love what I do, I’d like to help any other budding bloggers to get started too.  So if you have been wanting to start blogging but not sure where to start this is perfect for you.  If you just want to get stuck into doing the writing bit then why not let me take care of the other bits you need to get going?

What I Can Offer

To allow you to just focus on the writing side of things straight away I will:

  • Research the name you want for your blog and provide recommendations if required.
  • Create the blog site with basic specifications as discussed with you (name, colours, menus etc).
  • Add your own photos if available, or use the most suitable alternatives.
  • Install some of the most popular plugins such as sharing to social media buttons.
  • Basic SEO settings to help your blog get seen by more people.
  • Advice about writing your first few posts.
  • Advice about monetising your blog.
  • Ongoing blog related information, training and advice.

I will do all of this at no cost to you.

Note: To qualify for my free blog setup service you will need to sign up with my recommended hosting service.  I can offer the free setup service free to you because they pay me instead 😉

Are There Any Other Costs?

There is a initial cost of $10 per month to use my recommended hosting service.  However due to the unique program they offer,  combined with my personal strategy this cost will reduce to $5 per month which is around £2.50 – £3 per month.  I can also coach you to make a great income from using it if you wish to do so.

Why Use a Paid Hosting Service?

When you start blogging there are basically 2 options to choose from.  There are 100% free blog platforms available and there are options you have to pay a fee for.  Often what happens is people try the free platforms for a while.  After learning more about blogging however it becomes clear just how limiting the free platforms are.  For example:

  •  There can be limits such as not being able to use Adsense to monetise your blog.
  • You find you are not actually in control of your blog, and it can be deleted at any time.
  • There are ‘hidden’ costs, for example if you want to have a fully personalised blog address you will have to pay for that.
  • Experienced bloggers do not use free platforms so it is difficult to be taken seriously when using them.

These things only become apparent after you have spent the time and effort creating your blog and writing quite a lot of posts.  By that stage it is more difficult to move your blog to the paid self hosted option, and you realise you should have used that in the first place.  Yes I am talking from experience here – my first blog got deleted and I lost months and months of work…

Due to the limits of free platforms I feel I cannot recommend them for anyone who is serious about blogging.

I HIGHLY recommend using the paid option of self hosting your blog straight away so you can skip the whole having to move it thing and other issues.  If you still want to use one of the free platforms however WordPress.com is in my opinion the best one to choose.

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What to Blog About? – Choosing A Topic for Your Blog

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Are you wondering what to blog about?  Choosing a topic for your blog is the first step towards actually getting started.  It is vital that you spend a bit of time thinking about the topic you want to write about BEFORE you do anything else.  This is because your blog topic will influence a lot of the other decisions you have to make.

What Can I Blog About?

Most people do have an idea about the topic they wish to write about.  If so you might like to move on to the What Do I Want My Blog To Do Section below.  If you really have no idea what you want to blog about it is best to consider topics you have a genuine interest in.  After all you will be writing about this topic for perhaps years to come.

To help you come to a decision I suggest you write a list of your hobbies and interests and things you know something about.  If you prefer to document your journey in something it is not necessary to have a lot of knowledge beforehand.  This kind of blog tends to be about learning and development so it can start with your current level.

Suggested Questions
  • Do you have any hobbies?
  • What do you spend your time doing?
  • Have you taken any courses?
  • What type of books do you read?
  • Do you have any particular skills?
  • If you have a job, what does it involve ?
  • What do you enjoy talking to people about?

These questions will help you to generate a list of potential topics.  It is advisable to try and choose just one topic or one general theme to focus on.  A blog that does not have a core theme is difficult to promote.

If you find it difficult to decide between several topics it can help to write a list of 10 blog posts you would write on those topics.  The topic that is easier for you to come up with 10 blog posts about is the one you should choose.

What Do I Want My Blog To Do?

A blog can do many things, some of which are outlined in my  Benefits of Blogging post.

If you are considering starting a blog there is a good chance you have a general theme in mind already.  If so then you need to think about what the purpose of it is going to be.

Perhaps it is your intention to document your journey with a particular experience.  For example, lots of people like to write about their work from home business, their craft projects or places they visit.  Alternatively you might want to raise awareness about something.  Health issues are popular topics for this kind of blog, as are blogs that are a form of promotion.  Another kind of blog is the ‘How To’ version.  This one is aimed at teaching or providing guidance to your audience.

Some people simply want to write a blog in order to make money.  To be honest every kind of blog can make money so do try to have another purpose in mind as well.

Which Topics Should I Avoid?

Really there are very few blog topics that are advisable to avoid.  There tends to be an audience for pretty much everything to be honest.  I would advise avoiding topics that are too narrow however as you will need to be able to write about this topic a lot.  Topics that are controversial and are likely to attract the attention of people you are not equipped to deal with may also be inadvisable.

 

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Ellie xx

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Starting A WordPress Blog with Global Domains International

Starting a WordPress Blog

Starting a WordPress blog with Global Domains International (GDI) is quite straightforward.  Just a few clicks and it is ready for your first post.

Apart from the fact it is very easy to do, there are several other reasons you might like to consider using Global Domains International for your blog (or website).

Why Use Global Domains International?

Well these are just a few of the reasons…..

  • GDI uses the WordPress platform which is one of the most powerful and popular available for bloggers.
  • You can choose from many pre-designed themes and adjust them to personalise your blog.
  • Your blog can be monetised in several ways.
  • The monthly cost for a domain name and hosting is just $10 per month.
  • GDI provides a unique and lucrative income with large bonus payments and a monthly income.  Additional information about the income opportunity can be found in my post Want Cheap Website Fees? My Provider Pays Me!
  • GDI is very well established and provides a highly reliable service.
  • Lots of training videos are available to help you set everything up and develop your blog.
  • You can upgrade your account to Premium for additional benefits and storage if you require them as your blog grows.
  • You can change between a blog and a website at any time.
  • There is a free 7 day trial available.
  • Privacy settings are also available.
  • You can use the unique .ws extension which means you are highly likely to be able to use the domain of your choice.
  • You can add up to 10 personalised email addresses with the basic level, and 50 with the premium level.
  • Great hints and tips as well as customer support are available via their Facebook Page.

As well as this I am happy to provide guidance and support to all who join GDI via this team link.

How to Start a Blog with Global Domains International

The following steps are all that is required to start your blog.  (Note if you have already bought a domain name with GDI just skip to step 2)

  1. Sign up for your account via this team link.  You choose your domain name (website address) during the sign up process.
  2. Log in to your account via https://www.website.ws/login
  3. Using the menu on the left of your home page navigate to WordPress and More section (around half way down under domains)
  4. On the plugin page you are taken to simply click on the button to turn on WordPress.  Click on make primary service box if you want your blog to appear on the main domain, or add subdomain name such as blog.dailydealsdirect.ws.  As you can see I chose the Primary Service option. Congratulations you now have a blog on GDI 🙂 Told you it was easy! 🙂

Logging In To Your Blog

If you have ever used the WordPress platform before you log in the same way as you usually do.  To access via your GDI account  just click on the blog domain link under the on button.  It is shown as dailydealsdirect.ws in the pic above. This will take you to the WordPress log in page.  Use the same username and password as you use to sign in to your GDI account.

The WordPress Dashboard

The WordPress Dashboard is where you do everything related to your blog.  You write new posts here, and can also change the appearance of your blog in a lot of different ways.  The video tutorial provided by GDI covers all the set up adjustments required:

 

After you have done the basic set up of your blog you can continue to adjust how it all looks at any point.  Again the GDI tutorial covers how to do this in part 2.  This video will help you to understand some of the main customisation features provided:

 

Several years after starting my own blog I continue to learn about the features provided by WordPress, and continue to play around with the settings.  This is why WordPress is so popular with bloggers – it does so many things.  There are around 300,000 plugin adjustments available!

My advice is to just start your blog by making a few little adjustments to the settings initially.  Focus on writing your first few blog posts and tweak the appearance later 😉 If you are anything like me you will never stop tweaking and playing with the settings…. its quite addictive!

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Benefits of Blogging

the-benefits-of-bloggingHave you ever wondered about the benefits of blogging? Had the idea it would be something you might do if you had time?

A lot of people I talk to in the work from home arena say they would be interested in writing a blog.  Strangely however not many really know why.  Some people think it is a fun thing to do, and some like the idea of keeping a kind of online journal.  There are also those who know blogging can be beneficial to their business strategies, but don’t fully understand how.

When I first started blogging I literally had to research what a blog actually was.  Really my own reason to start was simply to keep a record of my own online earning and progress.  I also thought it would be a good way to share online earning information with others.  I definitely had no intention of turning it into my main income source, and had no idea how important it would become.

Now that I have decided to actually get serious about my work from home income, my blog will play a huge role in that.

Why? Let me count the reasons….

1. Lead Generation

Blogging is one of the best ways to generate high quality leads for any business.  According to Hubspot for example, “B2B marketers that use blogs receive 67% more leads than those that do not”.  This form of lead generation is constant and passive too.  By that I mean a blog is constantly working to generate leads for you long after the actual post has been written.

Personally I tend to get daily leads coming to me as a direct result of my blog posts.

2. Lead Conversion

Most of us in the work from home arena understand that taking someone from having an interest in your business or product to converting them into a customer is not a straightforward process.  Especially now, with so many options available, and the rise in the number and type of scams.

Customers have never had so much choice, and buying has never been so easy either.  Therefore, the need to develop a relationship with those interested in what you offer is vital.  Blogging is a great way to build up the know, like and trust factors.  Again, according to Hubspot “B2C companies who blog get 88% more leads than those who dont”.  That figure is not actual sales, but of course more leads tends to lead to more sales too!

3. Providing Information

Having a blog that provides good information shows you are knowledgeable in the area of interest.   This helps to establish you as a credible business person, leader or trainer etc.  Sharing information that your potential customers are looking for also shows that you are open to discussion, and able to provide advice if required.  In other words it makes you appear more approachable.

Another benefit of providing information is it also allows you to respond to customer needs before they are even expressed.  By doing this you are demonstrating a level of understanding from the customers perspective.

4. Helps you Get Found Online

Blogging increases your visibility in a crowded space.  People can find you, and as stated above you also become more approachable.  A blog usually provides a way for your potential customers to contact you as well, and encourages them to interact with you even before there is any intention to buy.

Blogging is also more effective for search engine optimisation than a static website.  The more blog posts you publish the more pages you create which get indexed by search engines.  This means it is far more likely that your posts are to be displayed in search results.  Its a bit like fishing with 100’s of hooks rather than just the one.

You can actually build your blog posts around specific keywords that are relevant to your business as well.  Creating content in this way means you can target multiple keywords and phrases to maximise the chances of being found.

5. Helps Potential Customers with Research

Providing relevant and trustworthy information allows customers to validate their research.  As this comes direct from someone with the most knowledge about the products or service, it has more weight.  Knowing that you provide trustworthy information directly also saves the potential customer a lot of time and effort trying to find information elsewhere, and keeps them on your site, which has obvious benefits too.

You can also show you are willing to provide the solution to your customers problems.  In other words you have the opportunity to explain exactly how your product or service can help with their particular issue.

6. Costs are Minimal

Unlike a lot of big advertising campaigns, there is very little financial cost associated with blogging.  In fact, as I detail in this post you can also earn from your blog, rather than paying for it.

There are very few advertising campaigns that allow you to have a continual presence, and to provide so much information at all.  If there was this option I would hate to think about how much it would cost.

7. Builds a Professional Reputation

Blogging helps you to demonstrate you are a serious business person, who is willing to spend time and effort on your business.  A blog is a long term marketing asset which infers you are intending to be around for a long time, and so helps to build trust from that perspective.  Someone who is willing to spend time building their business via blogging is generally thought of in a very different way to someone who posts simple adverts.  For example, compare someone who only posts adverts on social media, with someone who writes a good quality blog.  Which of these people would you prefer to do business with?

8. Personal Values Exposed

Due to the personalised nature of blogging it becomes clear to your customers what values you hold.   Even the fact that you have taken the time to provide the additional information indicates you care about your customers needs.  The very topics that you choose to write about reveal a lot about your own thought processes, and what is important to you, so it is impossible to not expose your own values in a blog.

9. Builds Brand Identity

I previously discussed the need to have a unique selling point, especially when you work with an MLM company.  Blogging is perhaps one of the most unique things you can do.  Of course many companies write a blog, but the content is always highly unique.  In this way blogging allows you to distinguish yourself from your competition completely.

Additionally, having a blog provides an extra platform to use for branding.  Consistent brand messages are provided in a non sales focused environment, which increases exposure to these.  Potential customers will spend much longer reading a blog post of interest to them than looking at an advert, especially if they are not in the frame of mind for making a purchase.

10. Allows you to Measure Interest

How a customer responds to a blog can tell you a huge amount.  For example, are they subscribing to your blog posts? If so this provides a sure indication they are interested in your products or services.  Someone will not be willing to spend time reading a blog about something they have no interest in.

Statistical information provided by blog platforms can also help you to distinguish which products or topics are important to your potential customers.  Although there are a lot of factors that influence statistics you can take most of these into account.  The amount of time someone spends reading one post rather than another for example, can tell you a lot about that persons interests.

 

I am sure I could continue to add more benefits to this post – there are a lot of personal benefits as well as business ones, but I think I will save those for another post 😉

If you would like to start your own blog I am happy to recommend Global Domains International.  Having used several platforms myself I do consider wordpress blogs to be far superior to others.  I also highly recommend NOT using free blogging options for a business blog.  I have many reasons for saying that, and I will discuss it a lot more in another post as well.  In the meantime I will simply say there are a lot of limitations with a free blog, and it gives a particular impression to others as well.

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How to Complete the GDI Learning Bonus

If you read my last post  and now would like to know how to complete the GDI learning bonus then this post is just for you 😉

Here are Step by Step Instructions to help you to complete the GDI learning bonus. (which pays you $25)

Let me know how you are getting on and if you need help with any step!

Step By Step Instructions


A. Log into your GDI back office.
B. On the left, click GDI Bonus.C. Scroll down and click GDI Learning Bonus.
Everything will be grayed out because you have not done anything yet.

 

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Steps #1-#6 will walk you though everything you need to do to earn your $25 learning bonus.

 

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Step#1. Trial Conversion (Achieve Active Status) 

This happens automatically when your $10.00 payment has been processed by GDI at the end of your 7 day free trial.

This will complete step #1, 

 
  Step#2.  Create a “GDI” email address with your domain:
 
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  Click where it says “email address” this will take you to the next page.
In the first box where it says New Mailbox Prefix, type in gdi, the rest is there for you,   enter your email in the box below if you wish to be sent a confirmation of this, then click “Create Mailbox” .
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Click on Webmail. Enter your temporary password temppass in the first box.

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You will be taken to a new page that will give you a temporary password to log into your new GDI email account, it is usually temppass.  Copy and paste it in the box where it says password,  click Confirm. You will be asked to create a new password. Write it down once you have created it.
This will be your permanent password.

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This  completes step #2
 

STEP#3. Send at least 10 Invites using GDI Inviters.

Click on the word Invites. This takes you right to the Classic Inviter.

You may choose from 2 different GDI presentations. You can preview each one to  see which you like best, then click to highlight the blue dot next to the one you wish to be sent to your prospects.

Fill in first and last name and email address of prospects. They ask you to send 10 to meet the bonus requirement, but you can take advantage of this to invite as many people as you want to take a look at GDI. Once you have all your prospects listed, go down to the button that says “Send Your Invitations!“.

You have now completed step #3 of your Learning Bonus! 

STEP#4. Directly refer 1 Converted (Signup went ACTIVE at End of Trial) Affiliate.

This is pretty self-explanatory.  You need to recruit one member who becomes active at the end of their 7 day free trial.  If you struggle with this let me know and i will help as best as i can!

You will find a large selection of GDI capture pages in your back office by going to My Replicated Sites on the left.
Be sure to pick your language. You can view each one before choosing. GDI will take note of your new member and mark your step with a green check mark once they see they became active.

This  completes step #4!

STEP#5. Activate your WordPress Site using either SiteBuilder or WordPress. You can choose whichever you prefer but I used Sitebuilder to create the Zero2EarningHero site.  The site doesn’t need to be complex but it does need to be published for your earning bonus (you can edit it later).

 
If you need help with this step let me know!
 

Now Type in your Domain in the Learning Bonus Box. See the example below, yours will look like that, but with your unique name you picked!

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This completes step #5, congrats, you’re almost done!

STEP#6.

   Set Your Preferred Commission Method 

Click on Preferred Commission Method.  You will see this chart:

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I prefer being sent commission once my balance reaches $100.00. Anything less, there is  a fee. You can change your preferred commissions method by choosing one from the right, but take note of the fees.

Once you have made your choices, hit Update and it will be saved. If you ever wish to change the method or amount, come back in here to make your changes, always remember to hit update. You will be required to fill out some documents and send them in to be able to withdraw your commissions. You will find what needs to be completed and sent on your commissions page.

This  completes step #6, congratulations!

 
Once GDI sees you have completed each step, they will check them off. Some are almost instant, some take up to a week, so keep this in mind if you are going to put this off. You only have 8 weeks to complete this.
If you start it in your 7th or 8th week, you may not get things checked off in time, especially if you did something wrong and had to re-submit it.  This is what a completed Learning Bonus looks like!
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CONGRATULATIONS! 

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You completed All The Steps In Your Learning Bonus! 

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Now your mission is to get 10 people under you to complete their Learning Bonus.  I WILL help you with this 🙂 

WHY? Because when 10 people Complete GDI Learning Bonus, YOU EARN $250.00!

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Want Cheap Website Hosting Fees? My Provider Pays Me!

GDIDo you want cheap website hosting fees for your own website or blog?

Most people just accept to have a professional site, rather than a free one, they have to pay hosting fees. If this is you then it might surprise you to know that you don’t need to pay hosting fees at all.  In fact you can get paid to have a personalised and premium domain name, hosting and personalised email address.

In my quest to keep finding different, but stable ways to make a little extra money from home, I came across a site called Global Domains International (GDI).

GDI was launched in 2000 as a provider of of international custom domain names.  They use the .WS extension as an alternative to the .COM and .CO.UK extensions.  WS stands for Web Site and so is completely relevant for any kind of site. Now, considering the more recent development of many new domain name extensions such as .ME and .INFO etc etc this caught my attention.  I have used some of the alternative extensions before, simply because they are much cheaper than .com and .co.uk.  When I saw that GDI actually offers the opportunity to make an income and not just save money I just had to look at it a lot closer.

I always complete my usual checks on a new company to make sure it offers a genuine opportunity, that it is stable and trustworthy and the income structure makes sense .  Everything on GDI checks out well, and all was left for me to do was to try it out for myself.

After signing up it didn’t take me too long to figure out how to use the site.  Using the GDI Tutorials to help me understand everything that can be done with GDI,  I have played around with lots of different options on there now. I must admit creating a website or a blog is pretty straight forward.  It has an easy to use online site builder if you want a website, and provides wordpress if you want to have a blog.

For those who like to try before you buy there is a 7 day free trial, and after that it is just $10 per month (or around £7).

But hold on!  Didn’t I just say I don’t pay any fees and get paid instead? Yes i did! The amazing thing about GDI is it offers a really great income opportunity.  Its really simple too….

You spread the word about how great it is to have an account with GDI and they pay you…. its a simple as that!

How do you earn?

When you recommend GDI to others you will earn a monthly income, and some brilliant bonuses too.  You are paid $1 per month, per domain, that is registered in your 5 level network.

There are no restrictions on the number of referrals you can have. This is an example of how your network can grow just with each person recommending GDI to 5 people:

As you earn $1 for each person in your downline the number of people is also the monthly payment you will receive.

Bonus Payments

There a several ways to earn bonus payments:

  1. GDI will pay you $25 for completing all steps in the GDI Learning Bonus. This is a great way to learn how to be successful with GDI while getting paid at the same time!
  2. For every 5 paid affiliates you refer in a one week period, you’ll earn a $100 cash bonus. There is no limit! Refer 25 new paid affiliates in one week and you’ll earn $500!
  3. For every 10 new affiliates you refer who complete their learning bonus you’ll earn a $250 cash bonus. There is no limit! Refer 100 affiliates who all complete their learning bonus and you’ll earn $2500!

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As someone who works from home already, I know that a lot of work from home people want their own website or blog.  For me GDI is a really obvious second income option and one I am very happy to recommend to others.

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Blogging Tips for Beginners!

 

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When I first started blogging I really needed some blogging tips for beginners.  I had literally no idea even what a blog was.  To say it was a learning curve is an understatement, but it has been great fun.  One of the best things about it is I continue to learn more about it all the time.  If you are interested in writing your own blog but don’t know much about it, these are some of my main blogging tips for beginners:

  1. Make sure you blog about topics that you are passionate about.  You will be spending a lot of time thinking, reading and writing about the topic you have chosen to blog about.  If you are not passionate about the topic you will get bored.  A blog should be fun and not a chore.
  2. Don’t feel like you have to know everything about the whole topic before you start.  The most interesting blogs detail your own journey very often, and share your own learning.
  3. Talk in your own voice.  By that I mean don’t try to be something you are not.  It is usually pretty obvious when you are trying to write in a way that isn’t natural for you.
  4. Imagine you are talking to friends.  You want to build a relationship with your readers, and the intimacy you can generate by doing this helps break down barriers.
  5. Try to keep your posts quite short.  Some topics might need to be discussed in detail, but mainly you want to aim for something that takes around 5-10 mins to read.  If you do need to add further detail consider dividing into several posts.
  6. Have an idea of the audience you want to reach.  This will help you when promoting your blog.  It also helps you to avoid publishing posts that are likely to turn people off.
  7. Remember a blog is very different to a website.  You are not writing an advert or a product description, but a story or an experience.
  8. Try to keep navigation of your blog quite simple.  You want to aim to keep people on your blog for as long as possible so make it easy to find other posts that might be of interest.
  9. Be clear about if you are being paid to review something, or will be earning from purchases. You should have a disclaimer on your blog if you have affiliate links included.
  10. Connect with other bloggers.  Part of the fun in this arena is building relationships with other bloggers.
Additional Reading

If you have enjoyed these tips you might like to check out Blogging For Dummies.  It will help if you don’t know where to start, or even if you have started writing, but need some guidance and general blogging tips.

bloggingThis was one of the first books I read when I started blogging several years ago.  It certainly helped me to understand a lot more about what a blog was.  Thanks to this book I was able to figure out how to start a blog, and also how to develop that into something that looked more professional.  It also taught me a lot of the basics regarding monetizing my first blog.  It made the whole process easier and allowed me to claim my first blog payment a lot faster than I would have managed to do that without reading this book.

Personally I really like the ‘for dummies’ range of books and I have bought several in that range.  I find them easy to read, with a great amount of information which is perfect for dipping in and out of.   I like these kind of go to books when I want to check something out, and don’t have time to read the whole thing.  Its also great when you want to spend some time learning about the chosen topic.

This book is described on Amazon as “The best book on blogging, updated and better than ever! The blogosphere keeps changing and evolving, and so does this top blogging guide. A terrific book whether you′re just starting out or are already blogging regularly, this book provides solid information on blogging basics, the anatomy of a good blog, and the tools you need to get started”.

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How to Start A Blog – Practical Steps and Advice

 

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How to Start A Blog?

Are you looking for information on how to start a blog?

Hmmm, which are you looking for? Advice on what to write in your first blog post? –   I provide that below under Why Start A New Blog? My Personal Reasons

Or maybe you want the practical steps to follow when starting a new blog? –  I provide some of the basics for that now too so feel free to scroll down to Practical Steps to start a Blog 😉

Want to just get stuck in to writing already? You might like to read Free Blog Setup for WordPress; Done For You Service

Regardless of what information you are looking for let me just say one thing:

Yes you are probably about to start a new journey if you are thinking about starting a blog, but there is no need to be anxious about it.  Blogging is a fabulous thing to do and it is very forgiving of any ‘mistakes’ you might make….

For example, when writing this post originally I called it New Year, New Blog.  After learning more about blogging I changed the post a bit to provide an example of how I start a new blog.  In other words providing advice on what to write in that first post.  Now this post has changed again to include some practical steps to help you get started.

Why tell you this? Well just to let you know that writing a blog is a continual process of learning and change.  Even if you don’t do it ‘right’ at first you can always adjust things, so don’t turn your head inside out trying to get it right straight away.  There are very few rights and wrongs when it comes to blogging.  A blog is YOUR space to do with as you wish.  My advice is to just go for it, start writing and let it develop as your skills develop.

If you still want advice here are my ‘words of wisdom’ on the topic:

Why Start A Blog? My Personal Reasons

When you decide to start a new blog it can be difficult to know what to write for that first post can’t it?  Personally I like to just explain more about why I have started the blog and what I intend to write about.  My personal reasons are:

For those who don’t know me already I have been blogging now for several years.  I have struggled with it sometimes though. You see I keep trying to have a new blog for each particular thing that I am doing.  Then I start doing something else and I can’t blog about it unless I open another new blog.  You can see where this is going, right? I start a new one, then I end up with too many blogs.  With lots of different ones I can’t update them all…..so it all falls apart.

Recently however, I have been using a kind of social media mini blog site where I just post whatever I feel like.  Unfortunately that site is looking like it might fall apart, and I will lose that option.  All is not lost though, when I went out for a walk today it suddenly struck me that I should just open one blog where I can post all my ramblings – Hey Presto here it is!  Now I just need to figure out how to combine everything I want to talk about in the one place…..

So what am I likely to be writing about? Apart from general brain farts of thoughts which will no doubt take up much of my writing time, I will be discussing online earning, health, business, what I have been up to and my general focus of the day or week or month.

I tend to discuss things linked to mental health, physical health and how I personally overcome many of the problems I tend to face because of both of these.  My various attempts at starting a business, the crafting I do and quite a lot about online earning and selling are also likely to come up as I write.

So that is what I am hoping will feature in this blog.  Lets see how it develops shall we?

Update June 2017 – Practical Steps to start a Blog

Actually this new blog has developed pretty well now and I provide a lot of work from home type info.  If you are thinking about starting your own blog you might also like to read:

Why do You Want to Start A Blog?

There are all sorts of reasons to start a blog.  It could be to have a public place to express your thoughts for example.  If you would like to be able to discuss a topic you are passionate about with others who are also interested in that topic, a blog is a great way to do that.  Perhaps you want to develop better writing skills? A blog can certainly help you improve those skills.  Maybe you want to use a blog as a way to promote a product or service? Or as a way to create an income in its own right?

There are many different reasons to start a blog as you may have guessed by now.  It is important to know what your own reasons are as this will influence certain aspects.  If you want to use a blog to create an income for example you will probably want to know how to add advertising services like Adsense.  If you want to boost sales of a product you might want to know how to add payment processing links such as a buy now button.

Regardless of the actual reason you want to start a blog you need to know why you want to do it.  If you don’t know the purpose you can’t tailor it to suit that purpose, therefore I advise sending some time thinking about that BEFORE you start.

My Benefits of Blogging post can be helpful if you are unsure of the purpose.

Importance of the Blog Name

There are a few things to know before you settle on a blog name.  Firstly, does the name include words that people might search for?  Although it is not necessary to have topic related words in the name of your blog it can help with Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).  That means making your blog more likely to appear in search results.

As you can see this blog does not have search terms in the title.  My reason for this is because I want to keep it open enough to include many different topics.  That is my whole point for starting a new blog after all.

When choosing a blog name it is also a good idea to do some searches with the potential names you come up with.  You might find a blog with that name already exists in which case you might want to think again.

Choosing Your Blog Address

Just like your blog name you will want to spend a bit of time thinking about the blog address you want to use.  The blog address is how people will find your blog so it should be something memorable.  It also needs to be a reasonable length.  Remember that you want your visitors to type it.  It is much easier to type www.trulyquirkyme.com rather than www.ellieblogsattrulyquirkyme.com right? And www.tqm.com might get mixed up with www.tom.com!

Checking Your Chosen Blog Address

Next you need to check if the blog address you have chosen is available.  Unfortunately the chances are high that you will think of the PERFECT name and address for your blog only to find its been used already.  There are ways you might be able to get this ‘perfect’ address but most people simply think of another one.

To check if a blog address is available you need to use a domain name provider.  There are hundreds of providers available, but they all have a full list of the addresses (or domains) that are already being used.  Usually you simply type the address you want in a search box, click the search button and you get the result.  Either it is available or it is not.  If it is available you will then be prompted to register that address.

Registering Your Domain

When you get to this point it is time to actually create the address you want to use for your blog.  It doesn’t exist until you register the domain.  There is usually a cost associated with registering the domain you want to use, and this can vary a lot depending on the company you use.

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After searching for your chosen address and found it to be available there will be site specific instructions available from that provider on how to go ahead and register.

 

Designing your Blog

For me this is a very exciting part of writing a blog.  It is where you can let your creative ideas flow and just try lots of different things.  You can change the colours, the fonts, the images, the layout, the structure, decide if you want menus, multiple sections or just one etc etc.  All of that kind of stuff is controlled in your ‘back office’.  If like me the first time you look at your back office you think you will never figure it out.  It does take a little time to learn what bit does what.  Personally I just play around with the settings and figure out what they do, but I know some people prefer actual instructions!

In my free blogging mastery course I work through the back office bit by bit.  I explain exactly what you need to do to get your first post published, how to change the layout, how to add menus and photos.  I also explain what plugins are and how to use them.  You will soon know how to make your blog look the way you want it too 😉

 

 






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