Steps to Start a Blog

Friends and also family members ask me how you can start a blog, and I constantly appreciate clarifying the benefits of a blog site over a standard internet site, but it is a whole lot info to take in. I believed I would record the process to make it much easier to comprehend.

1. Determine Exactly what You Want To Blog Around

There are a bunch of blog owners online currently. You are going to need to develop your reliability if you wish to draw in readers. Don’t simply blog concerning anything. Select a subject you are are passionate about. Something that you have lots of encounter with.

2. Make a decision: To Host or Not To Host

When it comes to beginning a blog, your most significant decision will be whether you would like to hold the blog on your own, or use a complimentary blogging support service that is hosted for you.

Free Blogging Services
Yes, it’s complimentary, however nothing is actually complimentary. When you start a blog site with a totally free blogging support service, you don’t obtain your very own domain name. You acquire something like mygreatblog.blogspot.com (where there are a million other blog sites at blogspot.com) and also you do not actually possess the blog site. If you ever do determine to relocate to your own domain name, you have no chance to take your visitors with you, due to the fact that you have no control over the website. Read more

Low-cost – Host your own blog site making use of WordPress complimentary Blog site software program
This is the technique I recommend, due to the fact that it supplies a lot more flexibility and also liberty to do just what you want. In my encounter, WordPress is outstanding complimentary blog software application that allows you adaptability and area to increase.

Inspect out web links to free blogging solutions (like WordPress.com and also blogspot.com )if you desire to go the free of cost blogging solution path.

If you intend to host the blog yourself, follow the steps:

3. Locate a Domain Name

For me this part is enjoyable. You know exactly what your theme is already, so now you have to locate a good domain.

There are bunches of locations to get domains, however it’s better to opt for a reputable firm.

Godaddy has an excellent domain search, and also is currently offerning domain names for $1.99 (normally around $10 or additional annually). Head over to GoDaddy (view link listed below) to check it out.

4. Find a Host for Your Blog site

Without a doubt, the best way to obtain an internet site is to go with a holding business that supplies “1 click installs”, or instant setups for Blogging and Forum software. Blogs and Forums make it possible for someone without experience to obtain good material up quickly.
Hosts with “1-click” (very easy) Installation

GoDaddy Blog Hosting
Godaddy has a ‘one click mount’ Economy WordPress holding plan that is truly a large amount ($ 1.99 / month (just $24 / year) ). Go to GoDaddy to check it out.

BlueHost Blog Hosting
Plans start at about $4.00 / month ($3.95 / month – and also this includes a totally free domain name). They are noted on the WordPress site as a great WP host.

Just Host
I lately stumbled upon a large amount from JustHost.com. They’re offering organizing for 2.25 per month, as well as this includs a “One-Click” WordPress installation.

An additional “easy” Alternative
Site Builder
Godaddy’s Website Contractor is an excellent alternative if you wish to obtain a site up and also running swiftly and have no technical skills or assistance. You can select from lots of professional motifs / styles, do a bit of modification, and also have a site up in hardly any time. Another benefit of this service is that it comes with a cost-free mobile variation of your site. Going to Godaddy (see hyperlink above) to try it out.

Standard Hosting
1and1 Hosting
If you are on a budget as well as don’t mind the added job upfront, I suggest 1and1 holding. Having stated that, I have actually been making use of 1and1 for over 4 years (this website is organized at 1and1). Contrasted to a lot of various other hosts, they have a remarkably customer friendly control panel, and also their web servers are remarkably trustworthy.

Install WordPress.

Installment Summary If you have encounter with mounting web applications that make use of mySQL, this could possibly take as little as 5 mins to do, as well as the 5 steps listed below could be all you require, however, I have additional discussed each action listed below for beginners.

See to it your host fulfills the requirements. specifics.
Make certain you have a data source prepared with appropriate username as well as password. details.
Download and also unzip WordPress. information.
In the WordPress folder, make a duplicate and also locate of wp-config-sample. Rename the copy to wp-config. Save the new documents.
Upload all the documents to the directory site in your internet host where you desire the blog site to live – details.
Run the installment file.

Requirements:.

To run WordPress your host merely needs a number of things:.

PHP version 4.3 or better.
MySQL variation 4.1.2 or better.

Make a Database.
You could usually do this in your hosting control board. If you aren’t certain how to do this, ask your hosting company. After you have set it up, you must have 4 items of info concerning the database.
1. Database Name – The name of your database.
2. Username – your data source individual name.
3. Password – Your database password.
4. Host name – This is visiting be a host name. It may be something like mysql.mydomain.com, or just localhost.

Without these 4 things, you won’t be able to set up WordPress. Again, call your hosting company’s tech support if you have any trouble with this.

Download the current version of WordPress.
This is easy. Just go to wordpress.org/download/, and also downloaded and install the present version. You have a choice in between the ZIP file or the TAR. GZ data. I believe the TAR. GZ documents may be smaller sized, but I always download the ZIP.
Uncompress the WordPress ZIP data.
Again this is easy.

Configure WordPress.
Open the WordPress folder as well as relabel the data wp-config-sample. Now open it and put the 4 pieces of details concerning your data source into the 4 industries below.

Change:.

specify(‘DB_NAME’, ‘database_name_here’); / / The name of the database.
specify(‘DB_USER’, ‘username_here’); / / Your MySQL username.
specify(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘password_here’); / / … and password.
specify(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’); / / 99 % opportunity you won’t should transform this worth.

to.

specify(‘DB_NAME’, ‘yourDatabaseName’); / / The name of the database.
define(‘DB_USER’, ‘your-username’); / / Your MySQL username.
specify(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘your-password’); / / … and password.
define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘your-hostname’); / / 99 % chance you won’t have to change this value.

Pick Your Install Directory site as well as Upload Every little thing.
If you wish your WordPress blog in a different directory site of your web site, like “yourdomain.com/blog”, then relabel the “wordpress” folder to “blog” as well as upload it to the root directory site with an ftp program.

If you want your blog to be in the root system directory of your site, indicating the blog will be found at “yourdomain.com”, then simply open the wordpress folder and upload all the data and also folders into your web root. , if you currently have a data called index.. html, or index. php, you’ll have to rename it or eliminate it just before you uploading everything.

Install and also finish.
8. In a browser, go to the domain name where you posted WordPress, and afterwards to / wp-admin/install. php, and also comply with the easy instructions there.

You will certainly be given a username as well as password. Save it in a protected place.

That’s it. You now have a new blog. You sometimes now log in with your username and also password, as well as begin writing.

Download a WordPress theme.
Selecting a WordPress style. When you discover one you like, just download it and unzip it merely like you did with the WordPress ZIP documents.

6. Include Your Theme.
You can do this after you publish, but it’s probably simpler to simply do it now.

Look for the folder. It’s in the wordpress > wp-content > themes.

There must already be 2 theme folders in the styles folder, “timeless” and also “default”.
Just drop your brand-new theme folder in with them. (bear in mind, it should be unzipped first).

Thanks for visiting, and delighted blogging!

4 Places to Find Blogging Inspiration

r2d2-300x240If you have been blogging for any length of time you’re bound to have hit that virtual brick wall at some point. Writers block is something all bloggers will run into at one point or another. So how do you overcome the roadblock? Here are just a few ideas for inspiration: 1. Watch TV or a movie. Let something creative inspire you. If you writing a technology blog post it doesn’t mean always watching Hackers for inspiration. 2. Solve a problem you’ve personally encountered. Chances are if you have encountered a problem with something you won’t be alone. People are always searching the internet for answers to questions and if you can answer one of those questions and create useful content, chances are your post will be found. 3. Read other blogs. Blogs in your own niche are a no brainer, but be careful not to copy content. It’s called inspiration, not cheating! You’ll harm your credibility if you copy content and it will do nothing for your search ranking either. Search engines are smart enough to notice plagiarized content. Blogs outside of your niche can also provide inspiration. Use an RSS reader (Google Reader for instance) to make reading other blogs an easier task. 4. Browse social networks. Check Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, SpringPad….or any of the other gazillion smaller social networks. If you’re following the right people inspiration will come to you.

Introduction to Blogging Web Class Launched

I am pleased to announce we are ready to launch our Introduction to Blogging web class. Classes currently have a special introductory price of only $15.00. Each class is a 90 minute instructor-led web class (including web demonstration and phone) covering:

  • Domain Name Purchase
  • Hosting Purchase
  • DNS Setup
  • WordPress Installation
  • WordPress Setup
  • FTP Usage
  • Q&A

You can register over at our training page for any of the available classes. I will be adding more in the near future (based on demand), so if you have a request for a certain date/time, please drop me a message – Kevin.Doyle@BloggingInstructor.com and I will accomodate your needs.

I look forward to seeing you in class!

Diversify Your Blog Traffic Sources

diversityWhen it comes to blog traffic sources the old saying “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” is quite fitting. You may start getting good results from promoting at one source and begin to pay less attention to others. But what if that traffic drops or ceases? Diversifying your traffic sources can help. If one source drops off you will still have others to work with. A good example of this was Digg. Only a few years ago a front page story on Digg.com was a sure fire way to get thousands of hits, these days, not so much.

Here are some examples of ways to diversify your blog traffic sources:

Organic Search

Organic search is the best long term traffic source. It takes the longest to build up, but if you can get on the first page of Google for your search terms you’ll be driving traffic to your site for a long time into the future.  Look into SEO to build your organic search sources. There are SO many methods, tools and services to help with SEO. We’ll be discussing some of these in future posts.

Social Platforms

Facebook, Google+, Twitter, MySpace to name just a few of the social traffic sources available in a massive social space thats booming! You can post to Facebook and Twitter automatically using your RSS feed and TwitterFeed.com. Every time you post a new article it will automatically tweet and posts links to Facebook. Simple to set up, easy to use and maintain. Other networks might take a little bit more work, but it’s worth it for the extra traffic if you can get the followers on the networks.

Advertising

AKA the paid option. If you dont mind investing a few $$, paid ads can be a great way to gain some traffic. The obvious downside = $$$. But used wisely against the correct keywords it can be another great way to diversify.

Forum Comments

Set up your forum signature to contain a link back to your site or specific post. Visiting and commenting in the right forums is also important. If your posting in a technology forum but your site relates to knitting, your not likely to get much traffic or repeat visitors. So keep it specific to your niche.

LinkShare/Backlinks

Exchange links with other blogs or comment on other blogs in your niche. Look for blogs that include the DoFollow or CommentLuv plugins. That way you will get the “Google link juice” along with the traffic that may come directly from the other site.

I’ll expand on each of these options in future posts, but for now it gives you some ideas to diversify your blog traffic sources.

4 Tips to Gain More Comments

quietHaving a blog and writing content is great. If you get hundreds or thousands or readers, that’s great too. But how do you know what your readers really think of your content? You need engaged readers who’ll stick around and not only consume content but add to it. Here are 4 easy tips to encourage your readers to leave comments.

1. Ask a Question

Form your post around a question. Make the question the central point of your post.  We often see the “What’s your opinion?” type endings to many posts, and this is OK and is one way to engage readers across broad topics. But try making the entire post about your question. This can also lead to a followup post based on readers feedback.

2. Hold a contest/giveaway

People LOVE contests. If it’s free and all it takes is leaving a comment on a post to enter, trust me, your going to get plenty of comments. Make it a little more interesting and instead of just leaving any old comment, make it relevant to your blog or post. For instance if you have a technology blog you could ask your readers to leave a comment with their favorite piece of consumer technology from the last 20 years.

3. Be Controversial

It’s good if your point of view is a little out there. A little off the norm. Being controversial will always drive comments, but I suggest not being controversial just to outrage your readers.  After all you do want them to come back right?

4. Use Lists

Lists are a great way to present information and it’s a guarantee that someone will always have a difference of opinion as to what should and should not be included. If a read has an opinion on an item they’ll be sure to let you know their thoughts. You could also create a followup list based on readers recommendations.