People are creating blogs for so many different things, and it’s because creating a website and/or blog is very easy. Something I continually cover in my articles is the importance of making sure you have a great online presence, while also showing off what you are great at.
An excellent way to accomplish this is by registering a domain, purchasing hosting, and installing WordPress to create a resume-based website or blog of your own. WordPress makes this process extremely easy, as it’s an all-in-one solution for site and content management, while also bring 100% free. Many top hosting providers offer one-click installation, so all you need to do is enter a username and password before hitting the “install” button. The most difficult things about the entire process are coming up with an idea or putting an existing idea on paper. However, if you know what you want to do, you’ll have no problem getting started with your very own blog.
With that said, one trend I see developing quickly is online resumes. People are now displaying their credentials online so it’s easier for employers to find out about the person’s skill set. For example, instead of me sending a resume to a potential employer, I can shoot them an email with an URL to my online resume. LinkedIn helped with the shift in trends because it’s a quick way to connect relevant people together. But, you still have people building their own personal brand online by creating a blog with their entire resume posted. Today, I’ll be exploring how you can create your very own personal resume online.
The process all started with registering your personal domain name, purchasing hosting, and installing WordPress.
How to Get Started with a Personal Resume Blog of Your Own
For your online resume website, I recommend that your domain name should be registered as your own personal name. Try and get the following – www.yourname.com. This is great because it’s you (your brand), and represents your entire qualifications. Also, when you introduce yourself to someone and they want to learn more about you, they can browse over to www.yourname.com. To register your own personal name, you can head over to GoDaddy.com and do a quick search by typing in your name. At the same time, you can purchase hosting and I recommend starting with the lowest package available which would be shared. You can always move up at a later if you require more bandwidth and/or space.
Next, installing WordPress is not difficult because most of these hosting providers offer it with your hosting package. Just head to the back end, input your desired username and password, then click install. The whole process shouldn’t take you more than ten minutes. If you need some help, then visit the free tutorials provided by the hosting provider in the backend.
Once you have registered your domain, purchased hosting, and installed WordPress, it’s time to design your website.
The Design of Your New Resume Site
You want a design that represents you and your personality. I recommend choosing a custom theme purchased from MyThemeShop or any other websites selling WordPress templates. Find a theme which compliments your personality, and easy to configure. But, from my experience many new themes are drag & drop, and responsive ready. Pay close attention to the following –
- Fonts – Choose a font easy on the eyes so your visitor doesn’t have a hard time reading through your credentials. Make sure you use either Questrial, Arial, Century Gothic, and Verdana. These are compatible with almost any browser your using. You can view my own list of recommended fonts for websites to help with this decision process.
- Colors – You want to allow for the visitor to navigate easily and not push them away by using the hard font and website colors. Stick with what’s known as blue, gray, orange, white, black, and yellow. These tend to be easier on the eyes giving people the opportunity to read the text without having to move away continuously. In addition to the colors being used on your site, if you are going to create a custom logo for your site, be sure to consider these color options and the emotional triggers they might have associated with them.
- Layout – This is very important because you don’t want clutter on your website, and want to ensure the visitor doesn’t get distracted with irrelevant material. The best thing to do in this case is to visit other online resume websites and see what they are doing to stand out. Don’t copy the design exactly, but take the time to understand their colors, layout, and navigation. This will give you some great ideas on what you can add to your website.
If you need any help with the concept of how your resume might look on a website or blog, simply refer to your LinkedIn profile page. LinkedIn has done an excellent job with taking personal profile content, business information, recommendations and expertise — while combining them all together in one seamless and easy to read format. Try this same style when creating a profile site of your own.
Don’t Forget to Add Your Resume
Here’s the thing, if you’ve purchased an online resume template, then each section will be divided up accordingly. I would suggest you fill out every section as it applies to your skillset. For example, from my research, many of these templates have an about me section, multimedia section, portfolio section, and contact section. Fill out each section and it’s important to be thorough because you are trying to sell yourself to the visitor or employer. So, here are my best tips for each section when you’re ready to add information.
- Homepage – On this page add a photo of you with a quick synopsis of your skills. You can even add a little bit about yourself. Keep it short and sweet so people can pull out the important information right from the homepage. If they need to dig deeper, they can navigate to the about me page.
- About me – Here’s where you’ll discuss yourself and a quick point from of your skills. Don’t write everything on this page because you do have separate pages to discuss the in-depth experience. However, this page is great to quickly give them an overview about yourself. It should be in more detail them what’s on your home page. Follow these tips to create an amazing about me page that stands out from the crowd.
- Resume – I would label this section “resume” on the navigation menu. This is where you get into detail about your education, work experience, certifications, etc. Make sure you go into detail because of the more information, the better. Imagine if you were typing this out on paper, now ask yourself – what would you be writing? This is the place to sell yourself so keep this in mind. The cool thing is because it’s an online resume, you can always link out to other pages on your site to showcase individual skills. Don’t’ forget to add your certifications because these add more credibility to your bottom-line.
- Portfolio – Depending on the type of work you do, you might need to use this space to show off your expertise and prior work experience. For example, as a freelance writer, you’ll want to showcase your content and any customer testimonials you might have. Use this space wisely to display your best work because this does go a long way.
Final Thoughts and Time for You to Get Started!
Online resume websites are becoming more popular each year. It’s a great way to showcase your skills and experience. These types of websites are also very easy to update once you’ve completed a new certification or finished a contract. Get started now by registering your personal name as your domain, purchasing hosting, and installing WordPress. To streamline the entire process, I recommend choosing a custom WordPress theme which can be purchased online for $35-$60 dollars depending on the features. There is also a handy tutorial on BloggingTips.com for how to start a blog, if you are completely new to the process.
If you need any help designing your website, do a quick search online for tips and tricks when getting started. Remember, the best way to get an idea of what you should add to your online resume is to visit other websites. This will provide insight into the layout, font colors, and what information you should include. It’s ok if you don’t get it right the first time because you have to keep changing things around until you get it right.
How to Push Throw Blogging Goals When You Feel Burned Out
Blogging is super exciting but there are moments we feel like it’s all crumbling and nothing is moving. Having blogged for over 7 years consistently, I have experienced moments of drought a couple of times. But I’m always still able to rebuild my excitement to move on.
Burnout happens to everyone in the industry. But how to refuel your energy and continue the journey is what makes the difference. We want to point out few tips to help us continue during such moments. So this is not about how to avoid blogger burnout but what to do when it happens.
Why Blogger burnout?
Before we talk about how to keep your blog thriving during burnout, let’s quickly discuss some reasons why it happens.
The reason you blog
People blog for various reasons. Some were told that blogging is a quick path to financial freedom which is not true. If this is the reason you started blogging, you may soon burn out. The reason is that it takes time and really hard work to start seeing money from blogging.
When folks don’t see results as early as they expected at the beginning, the result is a rush into wrong conclusions as the energy fades away.
I have seen people get completely blown out of the industry because of an unexpected event that ushered huge losses and disappointments. Sometimes a hack or server crash that leads to complete loss of content or major Google update or manual action bringing massive negative search impact could get your enthusiasm completely damaged.
Successes in other areas
A friend in Nigeria whose blog got over 5000 daily readers picked a highly lucrative job in the oil industry. The next thing I heard was that he was putting his blog on sale. His motivation fully got shifted to his new job.
These and many more reasons may diminish your excitement in blogging and cause burn out. But what are some of the ways to keep your blog going during burn out?
How to keep your blog active when you are burnt out
Now, you must not allow your blogging business to die out when you do not feel like clicking on it. Your fallen passion should not mean a falling blog because there are ways to keep it alive while rebuilding your motivation.
#1. Work on rebuilding your excitement
The best way to keep your blog active is to work on your diminishing excitement. Think about the fact that you can still make it. If others are succeeding despite the odds, you too can despite what has happened.
If you think you had the wrong motivating reasons at the beginning, just get to understand the truth and adapt to it. If you had a bad experience, do not let i t roll you out.
#2. Turn to friends and guest authors for content continuation
The worst thing that will happen to your blog during burnout is to cease publishing fresh content. Fresh content is your blog’s lifeline. Editing and re-posting old content works great but that depends on the evergreen nature of the existing content.
Guest blogging is an exercise where you open up your blog to your readers to submit relevant content. With qualified guest bloggers, you can always have steady flow of content on your blog, keeping it alive when you are trying to revive your interest.
#3. Outsource or buy content from an agency
If you are burnt out, keeping your blog active is essential. That’s why I suggest you go as far as spending on relevant content. There are several ways:
- Hire someone to post and promote a certain number of articles per week
- Outsource to content agency
- Buy spontaneously from different writers
Agencies may be a bit more pricey but that would be the best way to ensure that your blog keeps getting the best content while you are absent. Make sure any content that is submitted by from external sources is plagiarism free.
#4. Edit and re-post old content
I mentioned earlier that this method works but not as effective as posting new content. If your burnout is not as a result of an impact from Google, you may consider revamping your existing content to keep your blog going.
$5. Resolve the technical issue
Don’t just fall out and abandon your business because of a hack or broken server. I understand how devastating this could be. But making an attempt at resolving any issues related to your blog may begin producing some good results that may light up your excitement and pull you out of the depression.
Avoid the cheap offers in the industry. Turn to high performance hosting and invest in your business. Do not create an opening for any bad technical experience that me lead to failure.
If you’ve not experienced blogger burnout yet, it’s good it doesn’t happen. But if it does, it should not mark the end of your blog. Following these tips to keep it alive.
Blog Traffic Loves Generous Service
Blog traffic absolutely loves generous service. Do you want to succeed? Help oodles of people for free through blogging and guest posting. Toss in helping bloggers by noting bloggers on your blog, by commenting genuinely on blogs and by mentioning bloggers on social media. Traffic flows your way. Because blog traffic loves generous service. The more help you offer through your eBook, course and blog, the more traffic you drive. Simple equation. Give, to get. Keep giving freely and blog traffic finds you. Hug this super simple, powerful law of life. Service prospers you. Blog traffic flows to generous bloggers.
What gives? Why do many bloggers struggle to drive blog traffic? In essence, most human beings vibe mainly from an energy of fear and loss. You and I learn to do stuff with fear being our main driver. So, blogging becomes another outlet through which to do stuff from a dominant energy of fear. Like, publish one post for the week and do no more. Because you fear not getting enough return on investment. Plus you fear wasting time. Plus you fear working hard. Plus you fear looking like a fool if people come across all of the awesome content you create and, due to your increased exposure, you become the object of intense criticism. Ouch; that would hurt, eh? Being burdened by these fears, you play small, be stingy and just publish one post every 1-2 weeks. If YOU are stingy with the Universe, the Universe BE’S stingy with you. Give. Receive. Don’t give. Don’t receive. So, withholding generous service ensures blog traffic gets withheld from you. What a simple strategy to put into action, right? But of course, what an uncomfortable strategy to put into action, too, because facing and feeling fear, never feels all that comfortable. Nobody loves this process. Me included. But ya gotta take that route to be a successful blogger.
Help as many people as possible daily through a few clear strategies. Keep publishing content to your blog. Keep guest posting. Gain immense exposure and gain skills and yep, gain credibility……and of course, gain blog traffic. All occurs because you gave freely of your time and talents. Give freely. Gain blog traffic. But giving freely FORCES you outside of your comfort zone. For example, I publish 9 or more guest posts and blog posts daily, between both. No joke, this taxes me sometimes. I face fears about doing billionaire work and not see billions in my bank account yet. All that crap. Yep, I proceed. I blog into deep fears, feel fears, and clearing these fears helps me drive more blog traffic, leading to increased blogging success. All about that free giving, folks. Give freely, and you shall position yourself to receive more easily.
Be with scary emotions. I feel you. I have been there, guys. Nudging through to feel these energies is the way to clear these energies. Keep giving, and the getting becomes easier and easier in blog traffic terms. Imagine guest posting on 30 blogs over the next 3 months. Visualize how this increased exposure boosts your blog traffic. People see you all over, click your bio link and you get more blog traffic. Your generous service through guest posting put everything into motion.
Why Ask Blogging Questions Already Asked Thousands of Times?
Ya know what?
I feel awesome teaching bloggers with my friend Sue-Ann. We are currently helping course students via the creative, innovative, never duplicated: How to Bling Your Blog and Feed That Hog course.
Live, interactive and engaging, students already noted how we cover new, different topics compared to virtually all other blogging courses. Sure we cover the basics. But we do so quite differently than your average blogging course. Sue-Ann and I both became successful by doing things differently than most other bloggers. We think. We deliberate. We virtually never do things mindlessly. Alas, many of my fellow bloggers – most newbies – move in the opposite direction. One quick Quora visit reflects this mass sheeple mentality crippling most newbie blogger careers. Again, a few moments ago, I spied at least 4 bloggers asking the same, old, “how do you succeed at blogging” type question again, said questions being asked for the millionth time.
I have compassion for new bloggers. I also understand how every new blogger feels entitled to ask virtually any question. But just because you can ask any question, does that mean you should ask any or every blogging question popping up in your mind? Nope. You should note Why? Asking the successful blogging question wastes your time and my time because tens of thousands of bloggers have answered this question accurately tens of thousands of times across thousands of online platforms. We covered it already. I even created an entire course to devote to answering the question. Why litter Quora and the web in general with the same blogging question for the 10,000th time? At best, it is a time waster. At worst, borderline spam.
I love ya’s but you need to begin thinking like a successful blogger well before experiencing success. How would a successful blogger go about figuring out how to succeed at blogging? Pay someone to access the answer in 5 or 10 seconds. Hire someone to coach them. Buy a course or eBook in a minute. Why waste 24 or 36 hours waiting for an answer from some blogger when you get the answer 30 minutes after buying and reading one of my 100 plus eBooks? Failures wait for answers to questions asked thousands of times. Winners buy the answer immediately. This is the difference between struggling bloggers and future pros. Strugglers put no thought into the process. Why in the Hades would you ever believe 10,000 bloggers prior to you have NOT asked the successful blogging question? Of course they did! Think logically for 5 seconds. Of course hundreds of top bloggers answered the successful blogging question. And yes, of course you access that question through Google and Amazon in seconds, querying and investing money in instant answers from pros.
No brainer territory, guys. Buy the solution in seconds. Stop being like poverty conscious bloggers who put zero thought and little logic into why they ask a question obviously asked and answered accurately, thousands of times. Blogging gets easier if you think mindfully. Blogging gets harder if you mindlessly give zero thought to the craft. Invest money in getting proven answers to basic blogging questions. Accelerate your online success. Save your time. Save my time.
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