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For Bloggers

by Lisa H.

I would have to say that the number one reason why you should start a blog is to express yourself. Blogging, with it’s ability to organize articles chronologically and categorically, provides an excellent platform to do just that.

If you want to start a blog or already have a blog and are looking for some guidance, this is the place for you. I created this page so that you can avoid much of the blogging heartache that I had to go through.

Now, I am not going to bombard you with tons and tons of links to all kinds of resources–overwhelm is not what I am going for. What I will do is provide you with a couple of resources from blogs that have helped me understand all of this blogging stuff.

If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email. :-)

Getting Started

First things first; you need to register a domain name and get you some hosting. Your domain name is your www[dot]yourblog[dot]com and your hosting is where your blog is located. There are all kinds of things you should consider when selecting a domain name.  But back to selecting a domain name and hosting. I am going to make it simple for you. Register your domain name at Namecheap and get your hosting from Hostgator.

And no, I am not just promoting these companies  because I am an affiliate, I am also a believer . Jsut kidding. But seriously, there is a reason why so many bloggers use namecheap and hostgator. They are cheap; never down (in my experience) and have excellent tools and support. But if you don’twant to take my word for it, head over the respective companies and check them out for yourself.

Blog Platform and Design

Once you have your hosting setup, install WordPress. This can be done with a simpl click of a button. If you are not sure which button to click, check out this video or call your hosting company; they can help you out.

If you don’t like the way that your blog looks, you can always choose another design. Personally, I like to fully customize my blog so I us Thesis. But if you are not familiar with code, you can get thiesis skins

List Building

One  of the most important parts of your blog will be your email list. That is where your most loyal subscribers are. Just sign up or Aweber, don’t waste you rtime looking around at other email progrems. This is the industry standard for a reason. This is not to say that other email programs may be cheaper and a good start, but what happens when you find out that one you select doesn’t fully serve your needs, like you can’t include affiliate  links.

You don’t want ot have taken you tm o build your list only to find out that the company does not allow you to use it  the way that you want you. When I switched from Mailchimp to Aweber, I lost 65 subscribers (Aweber requires transfered users to opt in again). Learn from those of us who didn’t go with Aweber in the first place. And of course, you can purhcase Aweber from my aff link right here. :-)

Email List Building Resources

Getting Noticed

Marketing is one of the things I struggled with and still continue to struggle with mot. Let’s face it. It doesn’t matter how good your content is if hardly anybody is reading it. You’ve got to get yourself noticed. There is no way areound that. Facebook, Twitter and networking with other bloggers are all great starts. If you have good content and are an excellent marketer, you will beat out anyone who has excellent content, but is not a good marketer.

Marketing Resources

SEO Traffic Generation

It is not how much traffic you have, it is the quality of the traffic. After all, you want people to stick around, don’t you. You can have a site that gets 10,000 per month, with1 outof 1,000 of those visiotrs subscriing to the email list vs a blog that gets 500 visitors/month with 50 of those visitors signing up for the email list. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather the larger email list.

 SEO and Traffic Generation Resources

My Blogging Toolkit

 

Thesis Theme for WordPress:  Options Galore and a Helpful Support Community

Email Marketing $19/Month!

Writing Resources

Dark Room FREE
Distraction free writing

Focus Booster FREE
Electronic timer that enhances focus and concentration

Happy Blogging
Lisa H.