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How to Start a Blog in 7 Simple Steps – Visual Guide

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There are plenty of blog posts on starting a blog but what we wanted to give is a quick summary that will last in your memory, while also being easy on the eyes. With that being said… let me introduce you to our “How to Start a Blog in 7 Simple Steps” infographic, based off our original series found here.

Each step in this infographic breaks down the necessary components of a successful blog — such as choosing a topic, registering a domain and even promoting your content to drive traffic back to your site. In short, we cover everything you need to know about how to start a blog. You can view all 7 steps (in detail) in this series through the URLs below.

  1. Choosing a quality topic for your blog
  2. Setting up your web hosting and domain name
  3. How to install WordPress in just a few simple clicks
  4. Customizing the look and feel of your WordPress site
  5. How to create the best content for your audience
  6. Best SEO plugins and how to rank in Google
  7. Driving massive traffic back to your blog

How to Start a Blog Infographic

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Step 1 – Choose a Topic and Domain for Your Blog

Topic = Passion

Choose a topic that you are comfortable and passionate about. Blogging for an income may take time so it is prudent to select a topic that you will not get bored. Passion can guide you through the rough seas so take your time on this very important step up front.

  • Narrow Your Topic – Health is a category and it is too broad. A classic example of a narrowed down topic is ‘how to lose weight’ or ‘how to lose belly fat’. Think about how to drill further on a topic that interests you. Think about – ‘how to lose belly fat without exercising’.
  • Look at the Online Market for that Topic – If you are starting a blog to make money then it is prudent to see if your topic has an online market. You can do this by searching Google for other blogs in the same topic. Competition is a good thing as the topic has interest and proved to produce an income. You can also search Google to see if there are any affiliate products that you can promote. The existence of affiliate products can further strengthen the case for the chosen topic.
  • What Monetization Options Best Fit You? (Advertising, eBook, Affiliate Products or Services) – Blogging income greatly depends on what you have to offer and how much time you are willing to put in order to offer a product or service.

Domain Name = Relevant and Simple

Once you have a topic it’s time to register a domain name like YourName.com or YourTopic.com

You can use a provider like NameCheap.com as they don’t have too many upsells like GoDaddy has.

Keep your domain name relevant to your topic and keep it simple so people can remember it.

Register Your Domain

It’s time to commit to blogging by registering your domain for a minimum of one or two years.

More Details: Step 1 – Topic and Domain

 

Step 2 – Choose a Website Platform and a Web Host

Platform = WordPress

You need a platform that runs your website – where you can create and manage content. WordPress is used widely and powers more than 20% of the internet. There is more than 15 million WordPress blogs. Here are some of the most common reasons people choose WordPress.

  • Most Popular
  • Customizable
  • Responsive Themes
  • Easy to Use

Select a Host and a Hosting Plan

Once you have a domain name and have selected to use WordPress to manage your website, you now need somewhere to keep the content and all the files – this is why you need a WordPress web host.

  • Start Small – to keep costs low.
  • Consider Cost and Performance – Speed is a Google ranking factor and the web host is a major factor in page load times.
  • Compare Support and Features – when starting out you don’t need bells and whistles; you can always upgrade to a higher plan when required. If you need help with anything related to your hosting you need a provider who responds fast hence you should take support into consideration.

More Details: Step 2 – Website Platform and Host

 

Step 3 – Install WordPress

All major hosting providers have an easy WordPress installation process; some may even do this for you free of any cost.

Update Blog Post Permalink Structure

After WordPress installation, there are a handful of basic housekeeping activities you need to get sorted; the 1st one being your internal URL structure. By default, WordPress throws some numbers for each new post like: YourSite.com/Post=123 and this is not good for the website user or search engines. So you need to change it to YourSite.com/PostName under Settings -> Permalinks
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Install Essential Plugins

Plugins provide additional features to a WordPress blog and here are few to start with. Try to keep an eye on website performance when selecting plugins.

  • Akismet – Quite possibly the best plugin to protect your blog against spam.
  • Yoast for SEO and Sitemap – A plugin that does more than one thing. An SEO plugin is a must to better manage your SEO affairs.
  • Google Analytics by Yoast – If you are going with Yoast remember to add the Google Analytics plugin as the Yoast does not have this feature like ‘All in One SEO plugin’.
  • WP Cache – A plugin that caches your site to speed up loading times.
  • Ewww Image Compression or Similar – Websites require images and over time they can slow your site down so it is a good idea to have a plugin that compresses images.

More Details: Step 3 – Install WordPress

 

Step 4 – Find a Theme

This is a simple and fun step. Play around with a handful of themes to see what best fits you. Remember you can always change the theme any time. Here are a few things to look out for when selecting a theme.

  • Easy to Customize
  • Responsive
  • SEO Ready

More Details: Step 4 – Selecting a Theme

 

Step 5 – Create Awesome Content

The only way to get attention is to create amazing content that is valuable to the target audience. Here are a few places you can look for content ideas and keywords to start with.

Content Ideas and Keywords

  • Topsy.com
  • Google Trends
  • Google Search
  • Forums

Format Your Post

Checkout some of the top performing posts using BuzzSumo for your topic and you will see they are mostly well formatted. Posts that are broken into paragraphs with sub headings are easier to read. It is also a good idea to include a few attention grabbing images that are relevant to keep the readers engaged.

  • Use Subheadings, H2 and H3 Tags
  • Include Images – Here is a guide to 28 awesome free image sources.
  • Make the Content Easy to Read by Formatting the Text

More Details: Step 5 – Creating Great Content

 

Step 6 – On Page SEO Components for Organic Traffic

For a new blog focus on internal SEO elements for rankings. Once your blog is a few months old you can look at building backlinks to boost your rankings and traffic.

  • Title – 60 Characters
  • Description – 150 to 155 Characters
  • Use Keywords (in title, description and body of the blog post – Yoast SEO plugin can help with this)
  • Link to Valuable Content Externally and Internally

More Details: Step 6 – SEO Plugins and Keywords

 

Step 7 – Content Promotion to Build an Audience and Traffic

This is an important step most new bloggers either ignore or underestimate. Content promotion does not stop with sharing your content with your family and friends in social media.

  • Build a Mailing List – Number one mistake most new bloggers make is not building a mailing list.
  • Create a Social Media Following – Share great content from others and follow influencers.
  • Use Hashtags – To multiply your content spread.
  • Email Bloggers – If you have an awesome piece of content then reach out to fellow bloggers so they can either link to it or socially promote it. You can also ask for a guest post so you can start building your backlinks.
  • Get on Forums

More Details: Step 7 – Drive Traffic

 

Wrapping it up

This is a visual summary of the major steps involved in starting a blog. Don’t get overwhelmed, take action one step at a time. With experience you will master some important elements like link building and content promotion. Each day is challenging and exciting. Why not show the world your creative side?

Ready to get started with a blog of your own? Click here and get a free domain name!

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Cent is a regular contributor to Social Media Today and Business2Community; he loves the laptop lifestyle and escaping the 9 to 5 through his blog SocialMediaMarketo. He has a passion for creating and marketing visually stunning content like infographics.

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Do You Establish Work at Home Boundaries?

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Some people love attention.

I know a few who do their best to grab my attention. Phone calls, emails, cryptic Facebook Messages.

I ignore everything and every one outside of what I do in the moment since I set up work at home boundaries. I close the door and go into my office. No way I stop working for anything or anyone who starves for my attention. The house could burn down and I would scoot out at the last minute because work time is work time and I do nothing else save work during work time.

If you do not respect your time, people will not respect your time. If you give people your time whenever they want your time, for:

  • favors
  • gossip
  • small talk
  • chats
  • general BS

people will gladly ask for favors, engage in gossip, engage in small talk, chat you up and BS for hours, because you chose not to establish work at home boundaries.

100% of the time, if people appear to be using you or eating up your precious time, it is your fault. People treat you how you choose to treat yourself.

How a Happy and Successful Blogger Sets Up Work at Home Boundaries

Easy; I close the door, walk into the office and get to work. I do not leave the office until I complete my work. My phone? I turn it off. I check email rarely. I only check Messenger 2-3 times daily for 5 minutes at a clip.

I set up definite, clear, work at home boundaries to respect my time. People reflect my time-respecting back to me. Easy peasy.

If someone tries to grab my attention through Messenger, or the land line, or through email, or at the door, I completely ignore attempts made to grab my attention and time. Boundaries folks; you need to be clear and firm on your work at home boundaries to ensure everybody else respects your boundaries.

You Are Walking into a Word Office

Would a friend, family member or casual neighbor barge into your 9-5 job office asking for a favor? Would said folks barge into your 9-5 job office to spread the latest gossip? Nope. Then why allow said folks to barge into your work at home office to do similar things? Nope. Put up boundaries. Door closes. Enter office. You are busy. You are working. Even my 3 year old niece understands when Uncle Ryan goes to work in the home office. Everybody else can easily grasp this concept.

What About Impatient or Desperate Online Folks?

I completely ignore impatient, fear-filled, desperate folks who demand I answer Messenger or email requests in 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or in 24 hours. I respect my time and completely ignore people who do not respect my time.

I built my blogging business almost completely on a passive income model so nothing I do online is time sensitive. I have answered most questions 1,000 to 10,000 times through my courses, eBooks, blog posts and videos. It is up to these awesome but unclear folks to find and use the answers I created, to improve their lives.

I am generous daily, publishing a blog post and/or video. Plus I published about 800 posts on Blogging Tips, and over 2,000 posts on Blogging From Paradise. It is on the impatient folks screaming for my attention to follow my blog posts, guest posts, videos, eBooks and courses because I answered their questions many times.

People treat you exactly how you teach them to treat you. I have posture so I set up work at home boundaries for offline and online folks.

Respect your time and work schedule and other folks will do the same.

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Who Do You Surround Yourself with in Your Blogger Network?

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Some bloggers cannot see the forest for the trees, like the beautiful, lush, thriving national park I visited in New Jersey recently.

The masses tend to be caught up in fear, pain and struggle because they cannot see the big picture.

Birds of a feather flock together.

You have heard that one, right?

I circle the globe and change time zones like most folks breathe. Would I be wise to surround myself with people who tremble at leaving their home town or home neighborhood? Nope. Such people would teach me the world makes for a scary, dangerous place. I would get advice like play it safe, be comfortable, get a job, buy a home and take it easy, from such folks. Such folks also live a bland life because if you rarely or never leave your comfort zone, you cannot:

  • grow
  • thrive
  • face your fears
  • serve humanity
  • be a bright light for people to follow
  • live your deepest, wildest dreams

Obviously, I chose to surround myself with bloggers who happily circled the globe as successful bloggers. I also surrounded myself with happy, successful, home body bloggers too; to learn the basics of building a rocking blog effectively. I learned how to succeed from my blogger friend network, sponging up their knowledge, inspiration and insight.

Meanwhile, if you surround yourself with new, struggling or failing bloggers you will get advice on how to struggle, fail, or flounder through your blogging day.

Do bloggers around you complain about losing $50 on blogging? Lose these zero’s immediately and surround yourself with bloggers who invest thousands of dollars on their blogs. High rollers teach you to succeed. Broke jokes teach you how to fail.

Do bloggers around you see making $25 as being a huge amount of money? You better lose the low-aiming crowd to surround yourself with bloggers who see $1000 and $10,000 and more as making coin.

Do bloggers around you circle the globe as swash buckling travelers? Check out this photo from my trip to Vietnam. Kong: Skull Island was filmed here.

Time to ditch the comfort zone crowd to hang with adventurous types.

Don’t get me wrong; I celebrate every cent I make online. But if you think I’m placing a sponsored post for less than $1000, you are insane. Like a famous super model who said she didn’t get out of bed for anything less than $10,000 a day, you need to develop a prosperity consciousness that demands big money and ignores appearance of poverty, lack, limitation and fear.

Who Do You Hang With?

Who do you count as blogging buddies? Happy, highly successful, prospering bloggers? You better, to increase your success.

For example, observe my blogging paperback on profiting. The aftermarket price is $45 USD. If most or all bloggers in your network would feel uncomfortable receiving $45 in royalties for a paperback, you better lose that network and surround yourself with bloggers who believe in abundance. I know John Chow feels comfortable receiving $45 for anything he offers online. Who cares? It is just money. It is only money.

Surround yourself only with bloggers who:

  • have posture
  • have authority
  • charge top dollar
  • profit freely
  • prosper freely
  • exude confidence
  • have a highly developed prosperity consciousness

You learn from the best, gain inspiration from the best and become the best by surrounding yourself with the best bloggers on earth.

But you need to be honest in who you choose to hang with in your blogging circles. Be clear. Be truthful with yourself. Maybe you feel comfortable trading comments with struggling bloggers you befriended 10 years ago but nothing spectacular happens for you if you surround yourself with struggling bloggers, being firmly fixed in your comfort zone.

Release all bloggers who are not happy and prospering.

Fill your blogger friend network with empowered, inspired, happy, successful, prospering bloggers.

Nothing personal.

Just your blogging success at stake.

 

 

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Are You Chasing the Flavor of the Month?

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My first fundamental of successful blogging focuses you on being present.

All of our power resides in the moment.

None of our power resides in the future or past because neither exists.

Time is illusion.

Only Now is real.

Look at that brilliant featured image. I snapped it from the front porch during our trip to Fiji. Sweet things happen when you are in the moment, focusing all power on the present.

This marks my 796th blog post on Blogging Tips. I feel grateful to Zac for the opportunity to serve you. Plus I feel grateful for all success that flowed to me through these guest posts.

How in the heck did I write and publish nearly 800 guest posts on one blog?

I am in the moment, mostly. I am present. Plus I never, never, ever chase the flavor of the month.

Bruce Lee and Blogging

Alonzo Pichardo and I often chatted about being patient, persistent and present during the Online Success Chats Podcast.

Being patient, persistent and present helps you tap into immense powers, including the power of being creative *and* prolific. See my 800 blog posts on Blogging Tips as evidence of such power. Toss in my 2,008 articles (between posts and pages) on Blogging From Paradise and you understand: focusing on one core task, or core purpose, in the present, leads to amazing things.

Bruce Lee spoke of fearing not the man who practiced 10,000 kicks once, but he did fear the man who practiced one kick 10,000 times. He embodied this mindset in his genius, Renaissance Man type ways.

Lee’s wisdom and physical prowess are both timeless because he understood and lived this great truth: do 1 thing so frequently, with a focused energy, being in the moment, that you do it incredibly well. He understood the truth of how I live my life: where your attention and energy goes, grows.

The Flavor of the Month

Most bloggers struggle because they practice 10,000 kicks once, chasing hot niches, running after trends, and choosing to blog today, and podcast tomorrow, because everybody runs a podcast these days. Wait a second; live video reigns supreme? Time to become a live video expert. Meanwhile, as you jump from niche to niche, and from blogging to podcasting to live videos, I just wrote and published 800 posts on Blogging Tips alone. Plus I wrote and published 1,000 more guest posts on other blogs.

While most bloggers chase hot trends, profitable niches and the latest game changing opportunity, guys like Alonzo and I thrive by doing one thing alone so we do it incredibly well.

Success is yours, but success is not an overnight or week-long endeavor.

Stop chasing hot niches. Visualize your dreams in detail. Focus on your blogging wins. Invest in coaching and courses from top bloggers. Surround yourself with positive vibes and positive people.

Write, publish and connect with top bloggers by helping top bloggers.

Success Finds Specialists

I took a nap this afternoon. A calm, peaceful breeze kisses my face right now as I write and enjoy the day.

Imagine if you could work from home every day? Visualize that fun and freedom.

Sweet, right?

Specialists are the only folks who work from home full time. People who do 1 thing persistently, practicing this skill, so they become super skilled in a single, specialized niche.

I gave all of my professional energy to being a blogger for the past 10 years. I became really skilled at blogging because I never chased the flavor of the month.

Avoid program hopping, niche hopping and all forms of flavor-chasing.

Do one thing. Do it well.

Succeed.

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