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How to Set Up a Blog in 5 Easy Steps

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No, you don’t need a pro web designer to set up a blog for you. If you’ve been itching to start an online business and having a blog is a major part in it, then do it now.

Even if you’ve got zero technical skills (of course, you must know how to use the computer) getting your own blog is not a far-fetched idea with all the resources available for you.

how to set up a blog - man with toolsLast time, you learned the importance of finding the right keywords. Today, you’re going to learn how to set up a blog in very easy steps so that by this time tomorrow, you’re one step closer to finally launching your online business.

So let’s get started.

How to set up a blog in 5 easy steps

Get a domain

Your choice for a domain name is very important. It’s the equivalent of having a house in Beverly Hills or upstate New York. When you tell people you live in these places, they’ll pay attention. Suddenly, you’re someone they like to befriend. It’s a good status symbol.

So make sure to pick the right blog URL (another term for domain name) to get people and search engines to notice you. Always pick .com over .info or .net because they’re not going to help you a lot. Don’t forget to use the keywords you’ve chosen. Your domain has to be as close to the keyword as possible.

Domain names cost a little money. Yes, you need to invest in them even though there are free URLS (like yourblog.wordpress.com or yourblog.blogger.com) because they command more authority. Plus, you’ve got more freedom over your website if you own the domain.

How much do they cost? Namecheap and GoDaddy has domain names that are under $10 per year. See, they’re not expensive.

See more tips on how to pick the best domain names in this post.

Find a web host

When you have your own domain, it follows that you have your own web host. What is it?

A web host (or server) is a place that stores your blog’s pages and makes them accessible to the public. Think of it as a suburb (or a city) where your house (blog) is built. For people to find you, they need to go to take the roads that lead to your area and then find your block.

Web hosting allows people to find your blog when they surf the web. Without a host, no one will ever find your website.

Free web hosting is an option for those who don’t want to spend money. You can have platforms like WordPress and Blogger host it but that would mean they have control over your blog. It’s like renting a house. You won’t have the liberty to do anything you want to the property because you have to answer to the real owner of the house.

It’s highly recommended that you pay for hosting. There are many hosting providers that charge as little as $9 a month.

Choose the right platform suited for your needs

There are currently two popular blogging platforms: WordPress and Blogger.

I prefer WordPress because of its interface and ease of use. Those who don’t know how to set up a blog will love it. It takes you by the hand and makes the process very easy.

Another thing I love about WordPress is the wide array of plugins that make blogs look and function really well.

But don’t just take my word for it. Go check out both and see for yourself.

Install theme and plugins

Looks matter a lot especially these days when there are so many other blogs to compete with. To get attention, have killer looks. In this case, make sure that your blog is downright awesome. WordPress has a huge selection of free and premium themes and you’ll certainly find it hard to pick one because they all look great.

Once your blog has a cool look, focus on its functionality. Install plugins that will offer both smooth user experience and easy management.

Plugins like SEOpressor, SEO by Yoast, and Google Analyticator are just some of the tools that’ll help you manage your blog easily.

Create content for your blog

Now that your blog looks good and has all the armory it needs, it’s time to create the content.

Despite what other people say, content is still king. Google pays more attention to quality, which is largely influenced by unique and quality content.

You’ll find a lot of tutorials and how-to articles that will help you create awesome content for your blog. I suggest you read a lot of them but make sure to not let it keep you from actual writing. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and just want to keep on reading and put off writing.

Write a lot. Produce lots of articles. Your blog can never have enough.

If writing is not your strongest skill, outsource your articles.

Now that you know how to set up a blog…

It’s time to start working. Open a new tab on your laptop and start with purchasing your blog’s domain name. Then proceed with the next steps.

Next time, I’ll share with you some tips on creating content for your blog and how to use articles to get more traffic.

Feel free to share your suggestions, comments, and even questions below.

Irwin creates awesome content for various businesses online. He blogs about writing and other stuff, like Survivor. He also contributes for a lifestyle magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Are You an Organized Blogger?

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How do you organize your blogging day? Do you work off of a to-do list? What do you do to be organized?

As I promote my eBook:

How to Organize Your Blogging Day for Maximum Efficiency

I ponder blogging problems arising from being disorganized. Mental clutter leads to blogging clutter. I prefer to clear my mind with meditating and Kriya yoga, in addition to yin yoga. Thoughts and feelings seem to flow smoothly after my mental science sessions. Of course, making a simple, blanket decision to be organized allows your day to progress gracefully. Consider working off of a to-do list to begin organizing effectively.

Create a To-Do List

Creating a to-do list adds order to your mind. Orderly, focused-thinking bloggers proceed in organized fashion. I memorized my blogging routine. No need for a to-do lit. But I stick to my basic strategy of publishing blog posts and guest posts in alternating fashion daily. I publish a blog post. I publish a guest post. Works wonders for me. I stick to these basic tasks, tossing in networking generously to expand my blogging reach. Simple. Powerful. Effective. Organized. Work from this list to avoid mental chaos. Human beings experience some 40,000 plus thoughts daily. Do you think an unenlightened being like yourself can hold a core list of blogging tasks in mind amid those 40,000 thoughts, along with the adjacent feelings? Fat chance. But working from a list makes blogging quite easy. See concrete items to do before your eyes. Hold these ideas in mind. Execute. Be organized.

Maintain an Orderly Home Office

Clean up your home office. Maintain a clear space. Physical clutter often creates mental clutter manifest as disorganization. But cleaning and clearing things up helps you feel better about work. Feeling better about work lends an organized air about what you do. See a clear environment. Instantly, your thoughts and feelings proceed in organized fashion. I always clean up my home office before beginning my work day. Ditto for clearing the office space. I never tolerate messiness. Papers need to go. Clothes need to be folded and stowed away in drawers. I blog with my Chromebook and phone by my side. Nothing else distracts me. Can you see why I wrote and self-published 126 eBooks? I do not play around when it comes to being organized about my blogging day.

Study Organized Bloggers

Most pro bloggers blog on the ball from an organization perspective. Pay attention to these pros. Study their ways closely. Most established pros follow morning rituals to prepare themselves for busy work days. I do 20 minutes of Kriya yoga and meditate for 30 minutes to clear my mind for a productive blogging work day. Virtually all pros follow rituals enhancing their peace of mind and organizational skills. Of course, feeling good plays a chief role in succeeding and in organizing your blogging day for maximum efficiency. Do what you can on waking to max out good feeling vibes. Nudge into your work day from a relaxed, peaceful, organized energy. Observe established pros. Closely study how they plan their blogging day. Do you notice how busy pros tend to do only a few things but spend 8-12 hours doing these few things generously, patiently and persistently? Being organized often involves trimming fat in the form of old, worn out, inefficient blogging activities. See how pros trim fat by letting go blogging strategies as they gain greater clarity. Follow their lead to get better organized with your blogging campaign.

As within, so without. Heed this ancient wisdom to be a better organized blogger. Organizing your thoughts and feelings leads to organized blogging actions.

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Every Blogger Walks a Different Path

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Neil Patel walks a different path than I. I walk a different blogging path than you. Just like no two snowflakes are alike, no two bloggers walk the same exact path. We take different routes. Different journeys require different strategies, detours, tactics and strategies. Neil walked an SEO-rich path. I do not. I chose a prolific, SEO-free path. No one mimics a fellow blogger perfectly because no two humans have the same experience. We succeed by differentiating. Never believe you need to walk the same path as some blogging pro to succeed. Of course, doing so proves fruitless because no two bloggers walk the same blogging journey. Never try to do the impossible. Stop believing you need to do the same things top bloggers do to succeed like top bloggers. I broke many traditional blogging rules to circle the globe as a pro blogger. Of course I created a blogging course, eBooks and audio books. Content? Check. Connections? Check. I honored fundamentals to succeed but never tried mimicking the same journey as any top blogger.

Walk your blogging path. Take your blogging journey. Your blogging path separates you from the herd. My travel stories and blogging lessons make me different from any blogger. Ditto for you. We all have different experiences to call upon for becoming a successful blogger. Respect your uniqueness. Find your blogging flow. I do not enjoy doing SEO to drive Google traffic. Why would I force a blogging journey trough some strategy I disliked working?  I should just work a job if I did something for money versus working for passion. Of course, I never took a path like Neil Patel because I do not enjoy SEO-optimizing posts. I succeeded through another strategy. Never believe you need to walk the same path as pros to become successful as pros. New bloggers swing and miss daily by believing success is writing 4,000 word, SEO-optimized posts dominating competitive keywords on Google. Are you nuts? Neil Patel dominates competitive keywords on Google after 10,000 plus hours of practice-work-creating-connecting. You have 5 or 10 hours or maybe 100 hours of practice-work-creating-connecting. Relax. Slow down. Calm down. You have another 10,000 hours of blogging work to do before being skilled, creative and connected enough to dominate page 1 of Google for 1 – let alone 20 – competitive keywords.

But you may dislike SEO all together. Take a different blogging path. Find tactics resonant with you. Perhaps building bonds with bloggers and creating helpful content feels fun to you. Take that route. But know your path differs from any blogging path because we each fly solo and learn different lessons for specific parts of our blogging journey. No two bloggers walk in the same blogging shoes. No two bloggers walk the same blogging path. Two bloggers may walk similar blogging journeys. Bloggers sometimes walk similar blogging paths. But nobody walks identical paths because bloggers have different experiences to learn from during our blogging journey.

Respect your path. Honor your progression. Accept how you blog in the perfect place, at the perfect time, now. Do not resist your blogging path. Everything brought you here to this point now. Accepting your present state of blogging growth reduces resistance to future growth. Surrender serves as a powerful concept. Be completely at peace with your blogging growth now. Hug your progress. Walk your blogging path. Of course, note wins. Celebrate success. Avoid comparing yourself to bloggers. Bloggers experience different situations to benefit from different circumstances. We all have different lessons to learn on our respective blogging journeys. Honor this truth. Cultivate peace of mind. Position yourself to succeed. Walk your one-of-a-kind blogging path to experience your greatest success.

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Hobbies Change for Habits to Change

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Over a decade ago, I woke up, watched TV, grabbed breakfast, hit the gym for bodybuilding and returned home to watch a DVD movie. At 2:30 PM I prepared for work. I drove to my security guard job. By 10:30 PM on most nights I drove home. Evening movie. Sleep. Rinse, wash and repeat the following day. I worked a security guard job. My hobbies consisted of lifting weights and watching TV. But my hobbies and habits changed the moment I became a blogger. Morning breakfast vanished. I stopped going to the time-consuming gym. Watching movies every day? Fat chance. My bodybuilding workout and movie hobbies had to change for me to begin the habits of meditating, doing yoga and expanding my awareness daily. Hobbies change before habits change.

New bloggers often struggle because newbies cling to old, worn out, failing hobbies like:

  • watching TV for hours nightly
  • mindlessly cruising the internet for hours nightly
  • mindlessly gossiping on the phone or with family for hours nightly

These low-energy hobbies need to change pronto for you to develop fun, freeing, higher energy habits like meditating, doing yoga, blogging generously and engaging in some form of exercise. Picture those 4 hours you waste on watching TV each evening. How do you find time to engage in different habits? Change your hobbies. Out goes TV, or, TV just consumes 45 minutes per evening. Enter 20 minutes of meditating. Release some hobbies. Fill the time with different, empowering, freeing, sometimes uncomfortable habits. Imagine watching the idiot box for 3 hours nightly. 3 hours pass. Nothing profitable, productive or empowered happens watching the television. But for you to be a pro blogger you need to spend those 3 hours meditating for perhaps 10 minutes and blogging for the remaining 2 hours and 50 minutes. Change your hobbies to create space for changing habits. Changing habits accelerates, colors and influences hobby changes too. My hobbies went from watching TV to circling the globe on meditating more deeply, doing more yoga and spending more time in serious introspection. Life became more uncomfortable but far more fun and freeing as my hobbies and habits changed. I preferred to wander around Ubud, Bali versus watching an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. My hobbies changed for the better. I respect how we all travel different paths but if your hobbies and habits never changed, you are either enlightened, and never needed to change your meditating and yoga habits, or you have been making fear-driven, comfortable, confining choices wasting your life.

I have yet to see a genuinely happy, peaceful, powerful, prospering person who watches more than 2-3 hours of TV every single night. People call TV the idiot box because television makes you an idiot. Mindless, bland, non-stimulating TV watching does nothing for your growth, happiness, fulfillment, peace of mind and overall abundance. Empowered bloggers cannot spend 5 seconds on idle, mindless, dingbat-style activities. Stop spending hours watching TV each evening. Start spending hours blogging and working on your abundance mindset. Buy a blogging eBook. Surround yourself with pro bloggers. Learn from these pros. Mimic their ways. Gain inspiration from their example. Fill time not with garbage but with goal-achieving, fun, freeing and sometimes scary blogging actions. First, the hobbies change. Gone goes watching TV, gossiping and wasting time on low energy actions. Habits change with the hobby vacuum being void. Begin meditating. Start doing yoga. Awareness-expanding activities unearth fears, nudge you toward love, amplify your generosity and accelerate your blogging success.

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