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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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1 Mental Block that Plagued Every Blogger Who Ever Blogged

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Unless you are the Dalai Lama, you, at one time or another, became highly attached to a single blog post. I do not care who you are. 8 figure bloggers allowed their fears to attach them to a blog post. 8 cent bloggers allowed fear to attach them to blog posts.

Now, the happiest, most successful bloggers face, hug and release this fear, for sure. But every blogger allowed fear to goad them to TRY LIKE HELL to drive traffic or profits to a single blog post. Or, being human and foolish, we allow fear-attachment to goad us into thinking that publishing a guest post on a blog with a million member community instantly leads to millions of dollars in blogging profits.

Nope.

I recall being featured on Virgin Dot Com. Floored and humbled, for sure, but I was kinda detached about the feature, being more grounded in love and gratitude, and less fear-attached to any single platform, post or opportunity.

Happy, successful bloggers own this fear-attachment, let it go and adopt an abundance mentality. While most bloggers publish a single post and try to SQUEEZE as much out of it as possible, due to fear and attachment, I developed an abundance mentality and published 700 posts on Blogging Tips Dot Com. Heck; I have published 70 guest posts on the blog of Enstine Muki. For most bloggers, publishing 70 guest posts in total is quite a feat. I published 770 guest posts….between 2 blogs alone.

Why?

How am I so prolific?

I have largely conquered the fear of trying to GET as much traffic and profits as possible through any single blog post. I blog from an energy of love, fun and abundance, mainly, not fear, tension and scarcity. Few bloggers have mastered this mindset; only the happiest, most detached bloggers become so prolific, it makes our heads spin.

You Are Human

Of course you become a little attached to any one blog post. This is not a problem. But you need to be honest; the attachment is fear, and as the attachment and fear grow, you move from abundance and worldly success, to scarcity and blogging struggle.

A Good Mindset for Abundance Mentality

Alonzo Pichardo wisely advises to publish content, and let it do what it does. I agree. I never check metrics. Genuinely; if blogging is energy and if I am having fun, I reached my goal. Increasing success is imminent. I trust my feelings, not inanimate numbers on a screen. This is the abundance mentality in action.

 

Why this Mindset Prospers

I appear to be in a million places at once because I never attachment to any one post or video. Per Alonzo, I let the content do what it does. Not being shackled by stats, I keep creating, expand my presence, appear to be all over, and see greater success. Meanwhile, most fear-scarcity bloggers write a single post and waste their time and energy:

  • trying to GET as much as possible through it, promoting it in thousands of places over the next 30 days
  • obsessively checking post metrics every few minutes, or, every hour, after publishing the post
  • panicking and bailing on proven strategies when a single post does not meet their expectations

All while this crowd makes all these mistakes, I am publishing hundreds of pieces of content over the same month, and also, meeting tons of new bloggers through genuine blog commenting, enjoying the ride.

Publish a post, promote it in a few spots, then move on to the next post, video or blog comment.

Develop an abundance mindset.

See increased blogging success and enjoy the ride.

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5 Lessons Learned from Publishing 700 Posts on Blogging Tips

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We have hit 700 posts on Blogging Tips together, guys.

Thank you for reading, commenting and sharing these posts.

I took a few mini vacations from writing but published 1 guest post daily on this rocking site for many months on end. Helping you has been fun, freeing and fulfilling. Here is to the next 700 blog posts.

I learned a few clear blogging lessons during this guest posting run. Rather than call myself “The Cal Ripken of Guest Posting” – feel free to use that – I reckon we’ll dive into the success tips.

1: Avoid Setting Goals

I never could have written 700 posts if I TRIED to write 700 posts. Sounds quite impossible. But holding an intent to help people blog goaded me to show up daily, for writing and publishing. Blogging is simple but highly uncomfortable sometimes. Focus on the process, not goals or outcomes, to have fun helping people, to detach from outcomes and to become highly prolific.

2: Follow Your Fun

I have fun blogging about blogging. I make room for fun daily. 700 posts later, I am just getting started.

Follow your fun. Make work, the reward. All else will feel like extra, meaning post frequency and traffic and profits feel like no big deal if you blog mainly to have fun helping people. Fun-loving bloggers keep on creating and connecting their way to greatness. Everybody else struggles, getting bogged down, struggling and quitting because they do not enjoy the ride.

3: Spot Reader Problems

Writing and publishing 700 posts on a single blog – I published 1,400 plus posts on Blogging From Paradise in addition to hundreds of guest posts on other blogs – requires you to be skilled at spotting reader problems. Blog post = problem solved. Expand your awareness. Instead of running around rough shod all day long, devote time and energy to identifying common problems suffered by your readers. Nailing down problems supplies you with an endless flow of blog post ideas, helping you become prolific.

Moss Clement does a sensational job in this regard, which makes him incredibly prolific.

4: Brand Yourself Clearly

Zac Johnson recently noted how much he loved my travel photos. Folks have been enjoying my eBooks and paperbacks, sales increasing no doubt because I brand my paperbacks and eBooks freely through images I use on Blogging Tips

Never ignore opportunities to brand yourself and your blog clearly.

Many years ago I rarely if ever worked my travel photos into my guest posts on this blog. These days, every featured image consists of travel photos of me, or, travel photos of my paperback, sitting in some exotic location like here in Ortahisar, Turkey.

Be you. Brand you. Brand yourself clearly to boost sales and to increase your blogging success.

5: Nudge Out of Your Comfort Zone

I do feel pretty good but tired now. At 1:45 PM Turkey time. I have worked for about 3 hours, have walked the dogs for 2 hours and feel ready for a nap, after the rare late night out, being up until 2:30 AM last night. But I nudge out of my comfort zone to write and publish this guest post. Do you believe I felt comfortable writing and publishing 700 guest posts on one blog alone over the prior 3 years? Of course not.

Success unfolds exponentially outside of your comfort zone.

All traffic, profits, comments, social shares and heck, any success, expands quickly as you nudge out of your comfort zone daily. Many days, I feared I’d not have enough time to write and publish a post on Blogging Tips. 1 short week ago I spent nearly 20 hours offline, as I traveled from Oman to Turkey during my birthday. I still managed to write a Blogging Tips post on waking the following day; all about doing fun, freeing but sometimes uncomfortable things to accelerate your blogging success.

Adopt this mindset: 1 day at a time, and 1 moment at a time. Seemingly jaw-dropping feats unfold 1 moment at a time.

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3 Gateway Activities Leading to Increased Blogging Income

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Most bloggers crave a blogging income boost.

Some bloggers have yet to make a penny. Other bloggers want to take it up a few levels from their current full time income.

Foolishly, most bloggers focus their attention and energy on an income stream itself to increase blogging income. Can an advertisement make money? No. Ads are inanimate objects. Ads cannot do anything. Skilled bloggers who publish helpful content and build strong bonds make money through ads, but the ads themselves, are completely worthless.

Stop focusing on trying to make money via a specific income stream itself. People obsess over Google Adsense, affiliate marketing and other ways to make money, for increased blogging income, never realizing that the blogger makes the money, not the income stream. Stop obsessing over income and focus on simple, generous activities that lead the way to increased blogging profits. Think of a bridge, linking you to greater blogging profits. You cross the bridge through your commitment to these activities.

Specific gateway activities lead to blogging income. If you want to make more money through blogging, focus on these 3 strategies.

1: Comment Genuinely on Blogs

I commented genuinely on Blogging Tips for weeks. Zac invited me to guest post on this blog. I published nearly 700 guest posts here, boosting my blogging profits through this rocking guest posting gig. Blog commenting served as the gateway activity that bridged me to my increased blogging income. I did not get paid to comment, but genuine comments opened the door for guest posting, and guest posting increased my blogging profits.

Publish genuine, personalized comments on top blogs from your niche. Make friends. Observe how opportunities for prospering multiply around you, through both blog commenting and the bonds you build via this gateway activity.

2: Promote other Bloggers on Your Blog

Guys; this is such an easy gateway activity for boosting your blogging profits. Promote other bloggers on your blog. Look for nothing in return. Be generous. Be genuine. Be helpful.

Photo break; here I am enjoying lunch the other day in Turkey.

How it works: promote other bloggers on your blog via a link and mention. Over time, and through persistent promotion, some of these bloggers befriend you. Blogging buddies:

  • promote you
  • endorse you
  • purchase your products
  • hire you

all leading to increased blogging profits.

This is by far the easiest gateway activity for profiting IF you generously, patiently, persistently and genuinely promote other bloggers on your blog, expecting nothing in return.

If you are a travel blogger, promote The Roaming Renegades today. This duo publishes helpful content and engages freely via social media.

3: Practice Writing

Weird, right? Writing is the #1 skill for increasing your blogging income, yet few bloggers practice writing offline, only writing when publishing posts. Bad idea. Advertisers, prospective customers and potential clients need to see that you write skillfully before paying for advertising or investing in your products and services.

Write persistently offline to shine online. Write 500 to 1000 words daily in a Word document. Practice your writing to engage in a critical gateway activity guaranteed to increase your blogging income. Plus, you will stand out from the masses of bloggers who never practice writing offline.

Blogging is simple but sometimes, uncomfortable. See the journey through by focusing on these core activities. Income does not increase by trying to boost your blogging income through channels, forcing cash out of these streams. Blogging income increases for generous, skilled, committed bloggers who give much of their attention and energy to these core, gateway activities.

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