1. The WhoThe who is you. You are the (Blogger). As a blogger, you have to drive the train, so to speak. Everything begins and ends with you.
What Is A BloggerA blogger is someone that writes content in the form of an online diary, an online diary is known as a blog (you’ll learn about a blog later), while the content is not always personal and private, some times people want their content to be shared – even with the world. That’s what most bloggers are out to do, to get their content shared with the world, they write so that everyone can see their masterpiece. And so should you. Your Duties As A Blogger
- Know Your Blogger Type
- Know Your Role
Know Your Blogger Type
There are many different types of bloggers, know which one you are.
1) Hobby Blogger – the hobby blogger is a part-time blogger. He or she only blogs about a quarter of the time serious bloggers do. To the hobby blogger, blogging is not meant to be taken seriously, it’s just something to do every now and then when you’re bored. If you are a hobby blogger, I advise you to not spend any money blogging, such as paying a company for hosting your blog, instead use a free hosting platform like Blogger by Google.
2) On Again / Off Again Blogger – This blogger can’t seem to find a reason to hang in there, so they start blogging for a while, then stop for a while, and then do it all over again. Most of the time, this is due to the blogger not finding their way, and no mentor they’ve come across have explained exactly how they can do so.
3) For Profit Blogger – This is a cut-throat business blogger. This type of blogger cares about nothing or no one, it’s about money all of the time with this blogger. All you’ll see on his blog is the allegedly hot products he’s promoting for a commission. There’s nothing at all personal about his blog, you suddenly feel the urge to run as fast as you can, because all he seems to do is promote crappy products and produce spam. Here’s a tip: if your gut says run, then don’t second guess it… run.
4) Cliche Blogger – This blogger has no originality, it’s all about the hearsay, they just copy exactly what everyone else is saying and doing, and move right along. No research is performed to see if everyone is right about what they’re saying, no testing to see if it’s out of date by now, no looking into if the person that started the saying is creditable… just copy, print and go.
5) Professional Blogger – Perhaps quite the opposite of the For Profit Blogger, the professional blogger is someone that blogs for business purposes, but in a professional manner. This blogger has been blogging for quite a while now, and is looked upon as a professional in his or her league. They can sell any type of product, for almost any price – and they do, they also make hundreds of thousands, and even millions of dollars. A quick note: most people consider those with years of experience under their belt a professional, it’s the only way they will trust you. Most professional bloggers have been blogging for well over 7 years, so a lot of trust has been built here. And that’s why they make so much money.
6) Successful Blogger – A successful blogger shares some of the same qualities as a Professional Blogger, the only thing that separates the two, are the years of blogging experience. The successful blogger will probably be a new comer, blogging for only about 6 months, but is very good at it, and is now seeing some great things happen for themselves in their blogging career. A quick note: some bloggers may see a level of success at only 3 months, it really all depends on who’s behind the blog, what they deem as successful and what direction they’re taking their blog into.
Did one of the blogger types mentioned here suit you
Keep in mind that you can become a professional blogger in less than the years it normally takes everyone else, these are just standards.
Know Your RoleLet’s talk about your role as a blogger. Your role as a blogger is to be the greatest mentor that any reader has ever come across, in the same category. You should have this list checked off: Checklist
- Category Research
- Creative Writing
2. The WhatThe what is the (Blog). The blog connects the blogger to the internet for the world to see what’s on his or her mind through text, video, et cetera.
What Is A BlogA blog is an online journal in the form of an everyday website. If you pay close attention to all of the sites that you visit on the web, you will notice how these all look like blogs, but some people refer to them as websites – so what’s the difference? Truthfully, there are no differences between a website and a blog. Most people are so used to the normal sayings: a blog is like a personal diary, a blog can show posts in chronological order, a website cannot do these things. No one ever questions it, everyone just post the same sayings on their blogs. Remember the Cliche Blogger? But a website can do those things as well. There once was a time when the two were different, but today each one does what the other one does, so in conclusion: they’re both the same, no matter how loud and hard someone screams that the two are different. Who All Can Start A Blog There is no certain type of person that can start a blog online, anyone can start their own blog, but not every blog is going to be successful. Starting a blog and making it a successful one is something that takes time and patience. And that really is all there is to it, you don’t need to be some sort of genius or anything, if that was the case, there would only be about 2 blogs running online today. So stop thinking that a blog is this scientific thing that only rocket scientists can create. You too can create one. How Many Blogs Should I Create While you can create as many blogs as you’d like to, I recommend only starting one blog, in one niche category, becoming extremely successful in that category, then, and only then, should you move on to a new one. Juggling multiple blogs can be enormously challenging. Challenges Of Running Multiple Blogs
- time consuming
- requires more writing
- requires more research
- increases your stress level
Is Blogging HardWhy Do People Think Blogging Is Hard? The reason so many people think that blogging is nearly impossible and hard for them to do is because so many bloggers before them scared them off with their very own failure stories. No one can blame those bloggers that failed at blogging, at least they’re being honest, unlike the for profit bloggers that lied to them, and sold them some get rich quick blogging dream. As a blogger let me say this… blogging is not hard, not even a little bit, you just have to love what you’re blogging about. I know that before getting started, things can look a bit frightening, but if you just believe, then you’ll do fine.
Is Blogging DeadAbsolutely not. Blogging has become the number one way to gain organic traffic on the internet. If you do enough searches for big companies like Pizzahut, Wendy’s, H&R Block, etc., you will notice that all of these companies have their very own styled blog, that may be in the form of a business blog, which some may call a website. I can assure you that blogging isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. So there’s no need to worry about all of the pandemonium. Blogging is here to stay.
Know Your DirectionWhat new bloggers need to know and understand is that “direction” is so much more important than speed. Knowing the right direction to take your blog in, is very important. Most new bloggers, probably somewhere around 90% percent of them, aren’t being told exactly which direction they need to go in. Anybody can tell you to just create a blog, but where do you start? What steps do you take after starting? What comes after that? And where do you end? You have to have a reason behind every move you make as a blogger… if you make a blog about healthier types of spaghetti casseroles, then your reason behind starting it may be that you’re tired of the same old unhealthy spaghetti casseroles that everyone keeps making either on t.v. or online. Maybe you have healthy spaghetti casserole recipes that was passed down to you from grandma ma, and you feel that the time is long over due for the world to see and have the pleasure of knowing what a healthier version of the spaghetti casserole tastes like. If so then this is your reason to blog – this is your behind the story of starting a blog about healthier types of spaghetti casseroles. It is the direction your blog needs to go in.
3. The WhenThe when is the (time). Finding a time and deciding when’s the best time for you to start a blogging career is very important.
When Is The Right TimeOne thing you must understand about life in general, is that there is never going to be a perfect time to do anything! So the right time to start blogging would be right now! Far too many bloggers never even get to the starting stage due to the fact that they feel their timing is off, and “now” isn’t the right time for them to make a move and take that first step. The Time Is Now
- Stop Procrastinating
- Failure Is Knocking
- Challenges Of Blogging
- Time Management
Stop ProcrastinatingYou have to stop putting your start date off, as a blogger you have to get in there and get started. How many times have you said these procrastinating words to yourself?
- I can’t right now because I’m swamped with work.
- I can’t right now because of the kids.
- I’ll start next week.
- I’ll start on it some-time next month.
- I’ll just keep learning for now, but I’ll get to it eventually.
Failure Is Knocking (Knock Knock)Failure is the one thing you never want to see coming, but it often comes like a thief in the night – ready to burn down and destroy every dream, desire and creation you’ve had thus far. So what do you do? Well, while you’re thinking on it, I’ll present you with a couple of options for you to go over: Option 1) You could barricade the doors, shut the windows, roll down the blinds, close the curtains and pretend no ones home. Option 2) You could stand up, open the door, chest out, back straightened and say “oh, there you are, come on in”. I am going to take a guess here and assume you chose option 2? Good choice. What makes option 2 the best choice in this case is that, believe it or not but failure is inevitable. No one can go their whole lives without bumping into failure, unless you’re Patrick Star from the SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon, live under a rock and do literally nothing all day.
How To Avoid Failure Understand that no matter what you do, or who you are, failure will soon come knocking. And if you’re reading this post, then you’ve probably already ran into the gruesome creature, but yet, you haven’t given up the fight, and that’s what makes winners, right? Understanding that we can’t be perfect in everything, but having the will to fight, strive and perfect our flaws in the things we believe in, can open the path to a huge victory. So, while there is no avoiding failure, there is a way for you to fight it and defeat it once it comes your way. How To Overcome Failure Overcoming failure doesn’t take much, just believe in yourself, believe that you can do, and you will do – amazing things. While failure may seem scary at first, it really isn’t, it’s just something you’ve maybe seen once or twice, heard a lot about, but it really isn’t this big bad wolf it makes itself out to be. Never be afraid of failure, no matter how many times it knocks you down, it’s your duty to stand right back up and face it again, head on. Failure is nothing, but giving up is everything, and that’s a fight you do not want to lose. So start focusing less on failing and begin admiring yourself more, for never giving up. If you’re continuing to hang in there no matter how hard the going gets tough, then you’re a champion and don’t even know it yet, because failing isn’t the worst thing that can happen in life, giving up on yourself is. As your mentor, it is my duty to see to it that you never come face-to-face with the dark prince of Failure, but it’s also my duty to be realistic, right? So I had to speak about how failure does exist, and even I myself have felt its fury, multiple times, but I’m still standing, and I’m still here, it must be for a reason, maybe it’s to shield you from as many pitfalls as I can, and to also tell you to be proud of yourself, because you never gave up.
Challenges Of BloggingLots of people let the challenges of blogging keep them from getting started, but it’s always best to take on any challenge that comes your way. Let’s face some of our challenges now, and take em’ down one by one… Challenge – Staying committed to your blog, thus falling into the on again / off again category. Strategy – Sticking in there, no matter how hard things get. Giving it at least 6 months straight this time. Challenge – Fear of no one liking or caring about what you have to say as a blogger and writer. Strategy – Continuing to create great content no matter what. Knowing that soon search engines like Google will eventually find and list your work. Challenge – Finding an audience for your blog’s category. Strategy – Start signing up and participating on forums that’s in your same blogging category.
Time ManagementBeing able to manage your time wisely will play a major role when you start blogging. It’s understandable that not everyone has around 6 to 8 hours a day to put into their blog, so try to find some time, some how. The best way to know when and how much time you can put into your blog, is to create your very own – what I like to call… Time Map for Bloggers. On this map will be the areas you have to go to, like work, or take the kids to and from school, or to soccer practice, etc., each activity will contain a set amount of hours… ex. Soccer Practice = 3 hours.
Time MapLet’s create a time map now and test it. Current Time – The time as of now. Time Allowed – The amount of hours needed or it takes. Job | Current Time: 7:00 am | Time Allowed: 8hours Home | Current Time: 400: pm | Time Allowed: 15hours It seems that after you get home, you’re left with 15hours of time, but all of this time isn’t going to go to your blog, only if it all could, but this time is going to be further broken into your daily activities… If you’re wondering where that extra hour went, and why you have only 15hours left instead of 16hours, here’s the reason… Well you have to commute from work, back to home, so due to traffic conditions, and depending on how far away you live from your job, I figured it would take about an hour away from the remaining 16 hours. And that’s how you ended up with only 15hours versus the 16hours. The remaining 15hours is going to be broken down by – according to the things you have to do inside of your home… 15hour breakdown Shower | 1hour Cooking | 1 hour Cleaning | 2 hours Sleep | 8hours
Total hours = 12 It seems that you have 3 hours to spare. This could be 3 hours that goes into your blog. That’s great. Now do 3 hours (x) times 5 days and you get 15 hours every weekday. That’s not too bad. As always, this is just a standard calculation of time management, according to the map. Of course everyone’s situation and day to day activities will be different, some people will end up having more than 15 hours of blogging time every weekday, and some may end up with less. For those that may end up with less time at the end of the weekday, it might be a good idea to try to see if you can pick up some time during the weekends.
4. The WhereThe where is a (place). The place of where is actually based on two (2) different types of locations. One place being your work space, finding an area to do work in, and the other place is your social space, this is where you would find people to mingle with.
Work SpaceFinding the perfect work space is very important. You need to have an area of study, where you can dive in for a couple or more hours a day. Places To Work From
- Office Building
Social SpaceFinding and connecting with other people that’s in your same category is very important. Social media has now made it really easy to find and connect with people from all over the world. These are the social hot spots, or the places to hangout and connect with new people. This is part of the marketing process of blogging. This is how you’re going to get traffic to your blog. Places To Be In
5. The HowAlright, I have talked about it long enough… this is where the how to start a blog juices really begin to flow, as this is the “How” part of the lesson. So let’s start putting it all together. We’ll go over each part of the blogging process, step by step… which means you’re going to first build a blog, then you’re going to get traffic to the blog, and lastly, you’re going to learn how to make money blogging with your blog.
Step 1) Get A Domain NameStart with a domain name for your blog, you can name it whatever you want. A domain name is the home address of your blog, this is where it permanently lives. Just as you have an address to where you and your family reside, such as 192 Investigation Discovery rd., your blog has its own address. So if a close friend wanted to stop by, he or she would not stop by in the traditional sense, e.g., drive up and come knock at your door, but more of in the virtual sense… they would type the name of your blog into their web browser… …On the image above, did you notice the text that read: www.hostgator.com? This is the home of Hostgator’s blog or website address, yours will look similar to this one, it could be without the “www.” at the beginning, something like mysite.com, but it’s still the same home address for your blog. Which means rather your friend types www.yoursite.com, or yoursite.com, your friend will still be taken to your blog’s home address. Before naming your blog, here are a few tips about domain names:
- Try to keep the name short & sweet. (mysite.com)
- Try not to have dashes in the name (my-web-name.com).
- Try not to make the name too long (thishappentobemywebsite.com).
- Try to make the name catchy & standout. (Amazon, Facebook, etc.).
- Use names that’s personal to you.
- Use Google’s search engine.
- Use a phone book – The Yellow Pages.
- Visit www.hostgator.com and click on the Get Started Now tab.
- Next, click on the Choose A Plan tab.
- Now choose the Baby Plan and click Sign Up Now.
- Then you’ll be asked to enter your Domain.
Step 2) Get Web HostingNow that you have your domain name, it’s time to connect it to the web through web hosting. Being that you’re already registering your domain name with Hostgator, it will be a good idea and an easy process to go ahead and get your hosting with them as well. Hostgator is a web hosting service provider, what that means is that, a company such as Hostgator will allow you to connect your domain name, which is the home address of your blog, to the web / internet for the whole entire world to see it. While there are many more web hosting companies out there, I haven’t used them all, and a couple of them I’ve had bad experiences with, so I recommend Hostgator, because I use it. Let’s take a look at the hosting plan…
- Product Type: Keep the Package Type as Baby.
- Billing Cycle: By default this is 36 months, but you can change this.
- Username: This can be whatever you want.
- Security PIN: Make up a 4 or 8 digit “numbers only” PIN.
- The Billing Info is self explanatory, just insert your name, email information, et cetera. After you’ve filled in all of your personal information, you then have to add your credit card information.
- None of these services are mandatory, but there are two that I would recommend. 1) Secure and Accelerate Your Site 2) Site Backup.
- Secure and Accelerate Your Site: Make sure your blog is secured just in case someone tries to hack it.
- Site Backup: Daily Website Backups to the Cloud. Just in case someone does hack your blog, and steal your content, and even delete it, you can easy restore it from the backups.
- Hostgator provides an annually 20% coupon code for their hosting services regardless if you have a coupon or not. But if you do have a coupn, then you would enter it here.
- The first thing that has to be done is for you to click on the I have read and agree to the Terms of Service checkbox.
- Second, and last, you will see the Checkout Now button light up, you can then click it and be done.
Step 3) Add WordPressWordPress is a CMS (Content Management System), this type of system allows bloggers to easily create and manipulate their own blogs, and posts, among lots of other things. Today you will be using it to make a blog for yourself. But before you can start up WordPress, you have to have it installed on your account. Let’s do that now… You should have now received an email from Hostgator with all of your necessary login credentials.So check your email account. Once you open the email, there will be a link in their that you can click on to get to your “Cpanel”, or you can simply type in the name of your blog and add cpanel at the end of the URL (Uniform Resource Locator). E.g. mybloghere.com/cpanel You should now see a Cpanel login box on the page. Use your login information Hostgator sent to you via email to log yourself in. Once you’re logged in, click on the WordPress icon. You should now be able to see the Free Option for installing WordPress. From here just click Install WordPress. After hitting the Install WordPress button you should now see a form. This is where you choose a path for where you’d like to install WordPress. I usually leave it as default, this way WordPress is stored in your main directory. Then just fill in the remaining boxes. I’ll go over each one.
- 1. Admin Email: This is for contacting the Admin via email, which is you.
- 2. Blog Title: This is for the Title of your blog e.g. My Blog Rocks.
- 3. Admin User: This is for the Admin username. You’ll log in with this.
- 4. First Name: Self explanatory… just enter your first name.
- 5. Last Name: Just enter your last name.
- Admin Area: This is the link URL to Admin login page of your blog. The link looks like this: http://yoursitehere.com/wp-admin.
- Username: This is the username you gave during signup.
- Password: This is a computer generated password.
Step 4) Choose A ThemeOnce you are logged in, you will be taken to your Dashboard area, from there hover over the “Appearance” tab, which will then bring up an array of links, click on the first link, that reads: Themes. By default WordPress will already have you a Theme selected as your Active Theme, most likely their latest version, which will probably be according to the current year… e.g. 2016, 2017, 2018, etc.
Step 5) Create A Blog PostThis is what you will be doing the most as a blogger… you will be writing blog posts, or as some call it, creating quality content. Luckily for all of us in the blogging world, WordPress makes it incredibly easy to create blog posts. It’s as simple as locating the “Posts” tab, then clicking on the “Add New” tab. Next, you will be referred to the Add New Post page. Let’s go over each element.
- Ttile: This is where you enter the title of your blog post.
- URL: This is the Uniform Resource Locator, or in other words… the link to the blog post.
- Post Body: This is the body of your post. This is the area that all of that quality content goes in.
- Add A Category: This is where you can add your very own category. It can be anything, E.g. “Frisbee Thrower”.
- Publish Post: This is where all of the magic happens, just press this button and your blog post goes live on the internet for the world to see.
Step 6) Insert PluginsAfter successfully submitting your first post, you should maybe take a look at some of the free enhancement tools that are provided within WordPress’s system – called Plugins. What plugins do is allow you to further enhance your WordPress experience, by doing these things:
- Secure your blog from hackers.
- Prevent spammers from leaving phony comments.
- Boost your SEO for every post, even your whole blog itself.
- Speed up your blog’s load time, making it faster.
- Search Plugins: This section allows you to type in the name of a plugin, or category that the plugin may be in, and it will present you with tons of results.
- Upload Plugin: Clicking on this tab allows you to browse, find and install a plugin from your own computer, that you maybe couldn’t find in WordPress’s directory.
- Secure your blog from hackers.
- Prevent spammers from leaving phony comments.
- Boost your SEO for every post, even your whole blog itself.
- Speed up your blog’s load time, making it faster.
- All In One Security | visit plugin
- Stop Spam Comments | visit plugin
- Yoast SEO | visit plugin
- W3 Total Cache | visit plugin
Step 7) Connect Social MediaNow you need someone other than your family members to see your blog, and the best way to do that is to find a few good friends in social media places.
Google+Google+ plus offers you many great opportunities at sparking new relationships with readers. Many people are on everyday looking to connect with bloggers such as yourself, all you have to do is apply yourself. And the best way to start applying yourself is to signup. Google+ | visit Google+ While there are many more social networks available online, for now we’re only focusing on the easier ones to use, and the most popular ones. If you’d like to dive further into the social media lifestyle, you can follow this link.
Step 8) Make MoneyOf course you want to earn yourself an income with your blog, right? Alright, here are a few ways that you can make money with your newly created blog.
3 Ways To Make Money Blogging#1 You can make money with Google adsense. #2 You can try Youtube adsense. #3 You can try for affiliate marketing. I hope these 3 ways to earn an income for yourself really helped you, and if you’d like to learn even more ways that you can start making money blogging, then check out my post titled: how to make money blogging.
6. The WhyYou’ve probably noticed that I have mixed up the 5w’s and the H, this was done purposely to make a very important point, a point that answers this question: Why do we blog? There are many reasons why one would blog. Some people blog to be a star, some people blog for a living, some people blog as a way of sharing their most inner thoughts, and the list just goes on and on. Blogging to some people may be just a hobby, just something to do to kill a little time every once in a while, but to others, blogging is a way of life. And it shouldn’t be taken for a joke. If you are going to make a blog at some point in your life, you need to know as to why you made that blog. You have to ask yourself critical questions like:
- Why do I need a blog?
- Why do I want to be a blogger?
- Do I just want money out of it all?
- Do I really want to help other people?
- Will I go the distance when the going gets tough?