Blogging doesn’t have to be so hard. While there are a million different things you can do, I’ll try to distill down in the the simplest way I can. It really is easy as 1-2-3. This all begins of course AFTER you’ve already selected a niche that is aligned with something you can get passionate about AND an audience you can actually reach (think big fish in a small pond).
Step 1: Setup your own self-hosted version of wordpress.
If you don’t already have a domain registered, you can get free domain registration when you host here.
Step 2: Install the essential plug-ins
In my opinion, there are only a handful of truly ‘vital’ plug-ins. The easiest way to find these is to search for them within your wordpress backend panel (that way you will also be sure you are getting the latest versions):
Here they are:
- Google XML Sitemaps (to make your site Google-friendly)
- Akismet (to eliminate SPAM in your comments)
- Twitter Tools (your posts automatically get tweeted)
- Wordbooker (your posts automagically go on to your facebook wall)
- Deep Link Engine (To help your search engine rankings)
- WP-Stats-Dashboard (Great site analytics right inside your own wordpress control panel!)
Step 3: Pick a theme
This is is an important step! You need to think about picking a theme that represents the kind of blog you want to have. Changing themes later is not out of the question, but the further you go down the path of one theme, the more disruptive it will be down the road.
Step 4: Become an affiliate
Ahhh… so you are working hard now to build a blog that provides value to others, right? One of the best ways to get compensated for your efforts is by becoming an affiliate for products & services relevant to your site’s content. Think of becoming an affiliate as a commission only sales person that works for you 24/7. Some of the best places to find companies looking for affiliates are:
You can learn a lot about affiliate marketing by joining one of the many forums the pros use:
Step 5: Learn from the best. Emulate to Earn!
That’s where this site comes in. By becoming a member, you will get exposed to successful bloggers. Some of whom are making six figures annually from their blogs. If you haven’t registered already, do so now. It’s free! We’ll get into how to apply the techniques, using widgets, what PLR products are, squeeze pages, and integrating email marketing.
Recommended but optional steps:
- Create a ping list
Good luck & talk to you soon!