How To Start A Blog The Right Way

In this article, we’re going to show you how to start a blog the right way so that you can avoid the most common mistakes almost all new bloggers make. Whether you want to make money online or simply share your story with the masses, blogging just may be the answer you’ve been looking for…

What Is A Blog?

What Is A BlogIn general a blog features articles on a particular topic. These articles are usually displayed as a list of short article descriptions in date order with the newest article at the top. The reader will view the brief summary and click-through to read the entire article.
Blogs can also be presented as a more traditional looking website where the best content is featured in a more grid-like fashion. These days, there is very little difference between a blog and a static website – modern blog sites can be configured as a blog, a static website, or both. It’s really up to you.
Most blogs focus on a particular topic, such as sports, fashion, beauty, or home improvement. Some blogs are much more broad and cover multiple topics like local news and current events. They can also be more personal, like a travel journal or your life story. Blogs can also be used to
promote and sell various products and services like an online storefront, lead generation for a consulting business, and even online education and training of all sorts.

What Do Bloggers Do?

20693511There are essentially 3 things bloggers do on a daily basis:
1. Write about stuff
2. Share what they’ve written with others
3. Make money from the stuff they’ve written
Yes, this is a bit of an over-simplification, but that is blogging in a nutshell. If you are able to these 3 things over and over again, you will be a successful blogger.

Why Start a Blog?

Depositphotos_16621115_mStarting a blog can be a solid way to make long-term income or to promote an existing business. Maybe you just want to share your story… A blog is a great way to do that too. In short, a blog is simply the best, fastest, and easiest way to create your online persona.
Here’s the big difference between making money online and going to a job every day. If you do it right, the work you do today, this week, and this year – will continue making money for years to come. It’s an investment rather than trading time for money.
While we can’t guarantee your success or how much money you’ll make – that one’s on you and depends purely on your efforts – we did it (Dan and I both walked away from our corporate jobs and now do this full-time), and so can you if you’re willing to work for it. The good news is that you get to take advantage of what we’ve learned over the last several years and avoid the sand traps that we had to dig our way out of.
So let’s get started – RIGHT NOW!

Here’s How To Start Your Blog The Right Way

Decide To Start Today…

TODAY. No, not tomorrow, not next week, and not next month. Tomorrow always feels “safe” because you’re not having to make a decision. The power of today is that you make that commitment to yourself. And that is the first step to success.
This step is the most critical one, and it’s where most people get stuck. Don’t dream about doing something. Just get up and do it.
“The best way to live the life of your dreams is to start living the life of your dreams Today, in every little way that you possibly can.”  – Mike Dooley

Step #1. Create Your New Blog

Your Online Journey Starts HereThe first thing you need to do is find a home for your new blog. This is where your blog will live. It’s where you’ll write, publish, and manage blog posts (or articles). It’s where you’ll decorate and personalize your blog.
Don’t make the critical mistake of confusing an old-school web host (like BlueHost or Hostgator) for a blog host. If you get an old school web host, that’s like buying the shell of a house – you may save some money in the short term, but you’re going to have to build all the walls and install the plumbing yourself! Yes, they will install WordPress for you, but that’s where it ends…
Be smart and go with a full-service blog host where someone else manages all the techie stuff so that you can focus on blogging.
This is where we come in. BlogPress is FULL-SERVICE blog hosting.

Here are just a few of the things you will LOVE about BlogPress…

As a BlogPress customer, here are just a few of the services you’ll receive:
  • Full-Service Blog Hosting. We do ALL the techie stuff for you. The last thing you want to do is worry about these 57 Things yourself! All you have to do is focus on blogging.
  • Incredible Personal Support. You are not alone. Our knowledgeable and friendly support team is here to help you set up the blog, answer all of your blogging questions, and even give you a virtual hug when you’ve had a rough day.
  • Beautiful Premium Themes. More than 150 high quality, very customizable themes at no additional cost to you.
  • Free Blog Setup Service. Need some help getting things looking just right? Let us do it for you. We’ll set up the theme, add menus & navigation, custom header images, and configure your sidebar and widgets to do things like advertising, email subscriptions, etc.
  • 90-Day Blogging Success Plan. We’ll guide you step-by-step through everything you need to do in the first 90 days to ensure that you start your incredibly successful blog the right way. Plus, if you need help with absolutely anything related to your blog or how to blog, we’re here to help.
  • Video Tutorials. These contextual (there when you need them) videos show you how to do what you want to do when you want to do it.
Plus, when you host your blog with BlogPress, we will install and set up your BlogPress blog and map your custom domain name to your new blog at no additional cost to you.
Not only that, we will also install for FREE the following plugins to get you started in the right direction:
  • Yoast WordPress SEO – the ultimate WordPress SEO plugin will help you rank higher in search engines.
  • Google XML Sitemaps – will get posts indexed quickly on Google.
  • Google Analytics for WordPress – see who’s visiting your new blog with the best blog analytics tool of all.
  • Akismet – great anti-spam plugin to automatically kill off spam comments.
  • Gravity Forms – totally customizable forms that you can use for things like the Contact Us page, author submissions, and advertiser requests.
  • Additional plugins for emails subscriptions, social media, and advertising.
  • And many, many more…

What does all this mean to you?

Techie stuffBlogPress takes care of all the techie stuff so you don’t have to.
We’ll get your blog set up and optimized so that you’re good to go – right out of the gates. You’ll have everything you need to start blogging and getting traffic to your blog fast!
Let us put our years of experience to work for you so that you can skip over all the mistakes we made and get started on the right foot…
Start Your Blog Today!

Step #2: Get The Help And Support You Need

The single biggest mistake that new bloggers make is trying to start a blog all alone with no support. Don’t make this mistake!
Even with all of the help and support we provide, far too many new bloggers quit without EVER asking for help. Don’t make this mistake!
When you start a blog with BlogPress, you’ll get incredible personal support from a very knowledgeable and friendly support team. All you have to do is ask…

Incredible Support and Service

We’ll be happy help with anything you need…

  • Setting up your blog
  • Customizing the theme
  • Putting ads on the blog
  • General blogging questions
  • Keywords, SEO, and other confusing blogging terms
  • Whatever you need help with, just ask…
Whether or not you do these alone or with help is up to you…

Let Us Help You Start Your Blog The Right Way!

Step 3: Start Blogging… With Our Help & Training… There’s no need to do it alone!

11898377All BlogPress customers receive the following additional free blog training.
Our exclusive 90-Day Blogging Success Plan will ensure that you start your blog the right way.
We’ll guide you step-by-step through the critical things you need to do in the first 90 days to ensure that your blog is successful.
This training consists of 4 Modules: (To see the full course outline, click on the image at the right.)

Module 1: Welcome To BlogPress

This module contains VERY important information about your BlogPress account and key information that will help you succeed with your new blog.

Module 2: Get Ready… Get Set… Start Blogging…

There are a few things you’ll want to do before you start blogging. In this module, we’ll show you step by step how to set up your blog the right way so that when you start blogging, it will be smooth sailing…

Module 3: Marketing Your Blog

This module is all about marketing your blog and getting yourself out there. We’re going to cover the basics of internet marketing, including In Content SEO, Social Media, and Email Marketing.

Module 4: Make Money With Your Blog

Your blog does not have to be an expense. It can make some money – even replace your day job. In this module we are going to cover the basics of Ad Networks and Affiliate Marketing.

Contextual Video Tutorials

BlogPress offers free video tutorials to help you master the full power of the blogging dashboard. These short, tutorial videos are available right from your dashboard when and where you need them
You’ll find videos on everything from writing new posts to changing your password.
WordPress Video TutorialsHere are just a few examples.
  • Understanding The Dashboard
  • Changing Your Password
  • Managing Posts
  • Managing Static Pages
  • Understanding The Visual Editor
  • Working With Images
  • Changing The Appearance Of Your Blog
  • Organizing Content With Categories And Tags
  • Managing Comments
“Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually’, just do it and correct course along the way.” – Tim Ferriss

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