Create and Get Started Blogging Online Part 10 – Important Plugins and Installation

In the previous chapter we went over choosing the right theme, and how to customize a theme you have chosen for your blog. Today, we’ll be looking at important plugins which you should always install with your website because it will help streamline your optimization process. However, some plugins will even help optimize your speed, images and help with visitor engagement. I always like to install these plugins as soon as I setup my blog because I’ll forget afterwards, and this can cause delays in engagement. With that said, Let’s jump into plugins, and go over some of the MOST important ones to install going forward. And remember, the easiest way to start a new blog is with our free WordPress installation service. Plugin Installation When you access your website the plugins can be installed by going to the left menu then clicking on Plugins>Add New. Once the right screen […]

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Create and Get Started Blogging Online: Part 9 – Theme Customization

Thanks for joining me on my “Blogging Series” and today, we’ll be looking at theme customization. You have several options when setting up your theme, but it’s important to choose one that has the highest conversions. You want to make sure you choose a theme that represents your brand, and that people feel comfortable navigating through. WordPress offers thousands of free and premium themes to choose from so it’s important you go through to find one you’re happy with. Let’s go through some of the theme selection fundamentals. Please let me know if you have any questions. Let’s jump right in. And remember, the easiest way to start a blog is with our free WordPress installation service. Searching For Themes WordPress themes are kept within the left column in the “Appearance” menu. You can then go to Theme>Add New. Here, you will find thousands of free themes available to you. […]

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Create and Get Started Blogging Online: Part 8 – Getting Familiar with WordPress

Now that you have installed WordPress, it’s time to get familiar with the interface. WordPress has a lot of options in the backend so it’s important to understand which ones will be vital in your blog growth. For example, you have the “Appearance” menu, which will control the customizations, and then you have “Permalinks”, which will control how your URLs are displayed. The “Plug-Ins” menu option is also very important because it controls all your plug-ins, and how your blog will function. Even though WordPress is very easy to use, it’s still important to know which items are the MOST important so you can customize your blog when you need to. Let’s jump in and explore WordPress a bit further before getting into theme customization, plugins, and marketing. Your feedback is appreciated so please let me know if I have missed anything. Appearance Menu – This is where your theme […]

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Create and Get Started Blogging Online: Part 7 – Installing WordPress in Hosting

We have covered a lot of ground, and will be looking at installing WordPress within your hosting backend. Many of these hosting providers have made it very easy to streamline the entire process, For example, hosting now provides a 1-click interface, which allows you to get the job done quickly and with very little experience. However, it’s still important that we go through the steps so you know what to expect when it comes time to get things moving in the right direction. Here’s what we’ll be looking at in detail: Installing WordPress Adding a theme Interface functionality Final Thoughts Let’s get started and jump right in: Part 7 – WordPress Installation When choosing a hosting provider, it is important that you select one that has a complete CMS interface installed within the backend. This will allow you to install WordPress and others with the click of a mouse so […]

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Create and Get Started Blogging Online: Part 6 – Choosing a CMS

Welcome to Part 6 of my awesome blogging series. We have covered a lot of ground, and encourage all of you to go back and read other sections before going forward. Today, we’ll be jumping into the actual setup of your blogging site, and explore the various options you have available. At one point, you would have to code your entire website, however, now, you can install a content management platform to get you set up right away. For example, I have set up an entire website in under 4 minutes, and have a tutorial to prove it to you. Even when you have to customize your website, you can now install plug-ins to get the job done for you. This is why so many new websites are popping up every day because they are so easy to publish. Let’s jump right in and look at the various options you […]

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Create and Get Started Blogging Online: Part 5 – Setting Up Hosting and Domain

We have covered the following: Create the right idea Choosing a domain Choosing a hosting provider Today, we’ll be discussing how to select the right hosting plan, and setting up the fundamentals. For example, in the previous step, you went over 3-4 elements of hosting research and have narrowed down the MOST important elements. You can now make an informed decision about the hosting provider you would like to choose. I would recommend HostGator from my experience. I prefer HostGator because they are continuously growing, with their plans getting better each year. They’re also the webhost of John Chow dot Com. The easiest way to set up your blog and hosting is by using our free WordPress installation service. The service is really simple. We will install and set up a WordPress blog for you at no cost to you. Not only that, I will also install for free a […]

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Create and Get Started Blogging Online: Part 4 – Hosting Research and Narrowing Down

In Part 4, we’ll be discussing the importance of research when choosing the right hosting provider. It’s important you know what different types of packages you have available, and what options you should be looking for as a beginner or expert. The combination of hosting and domain are probably the most important in building your brand and allowing people to access your website. If you have a poor domain then people won’t remember, and won’t know what your niche is about. Next, with a poor hosting provider, your site won’t be accessible, and this slows down engagement. Both work hand in hand, which is why you know how to choose the right hosting provider. Today, we’ll be going over some of the MOST important elements of choosing a hosting provider, and how to perform research. In the next part, we’ll be going over plan registration and domain setup. Let’s get […]

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Create and Get Started Blogging Online: Part 3 – Choosing the Right Domain

Thanks again for joining us while we explore the complete step-by-step process in starting a blog that converts, and builds momentum quickly. So far, we’ve covered things like choosing your niche, and looked at factors like passion and demand. Now that you have a better idea of your niche, it’s important we start exploring domain names, and what makes a “name” special. There are certain rules you have to follow when choosing a domain name because this is the beginning of your brand. If you choose a name that is too long, it’ll be hard to remember, however, if it’s too short, then might NOT reflect your niche. In the end, you want to make sure your domain follows a solid criteria like: Identifies your brand Can be remembered Can be used if you expand Is available And has the right extension Now that we have covered some of the […]

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Create and Get Started Blogging Online: Part 2 – Niche Based Demand

In Part 1, I discussed how many people start their blog based on their passion. However, today, I’d like to discuss starting a blog based on demand, which is much harder because you are going against your niche. This method is simply based on the amount of money you can make within a specific niche, for example, a massive industry like health, love, wealth, etc. I know many of my clients have started a blog simply because they know if they keep pushing forward, then they’ll make enormous money because of the demand. As mentioned, this route tends to be much harder simply because if you see NO results in the beginning, you have a higher chance of simply giving up. I get asked: If you were going to use this approach, what are the top niches you would focus on? I have mentioned this above, and speaking statistically, they […]

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How To Dominate Your Competitors Content And Boost Rankings

Blogging and building an online presence is about dominating your competition. I must admit one thing I learned over the years is that “content is king” because it’s a channel to provide people with value. However, I’m surprised at the amount of people who fail to understand the importance and get swept away by their competition. It’s doesn’t have to be this way because you have full control over your success, but you have to stay focused on your end goal. These days because of the ease to start an online website it’s no surprise that every niche has competition. More content is popping up then ever before so you have to find creative ways to leverage what’s already available online. If you can outshine your competition then you won’t have any problem succeeding where others have failed. I feel as though bloggers simply give up because they don’t know […]

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Here’s Why Your Links Not Increasing Your Rankings

SEO is about a lot of things especially building the right type of links to your site. Before it was as easy as building links from irrelevant websites which had no value or relevance however the focus has changed due to updates in search algorithms. With that said, I often get the question why linking building hasn’t been producing the results your looking for. I have put together a few reasons why your link building isn’t producing results and what you can do going forward to ensure quality and relevance. Let’s get started. No Domain Authority Some websites have been around longer than others and have built a reputation for providing value. This also means over the years their domain authority has increased so getting a link from these sites will be more valuable than others. If your building links then it’s important to focus on these websites and build […]

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This Is How Long Before Your Blog Makes Money

A very common question asked by beginners and there are several ways to answer this question. It’s important to always research the answer so you get the right advice from the right people. I’ll admit that I haven’t had as much success as the big names in the business, but have worked with them closely to know what determines profits. With that said, we need to explore a few fundamental things to answer this question. Here’s what I’ll be discussing going forward: Value Products and Services Testing and Tweaking Networking Let’s get started and your feedback will greatly be appreciated. Value You have to stand out compared to your competition so it’s important you provide value NOT found online. This is why I always like to start off by researching my competition looking for two things. First, what content resonates with readers within my niche? Secondly, how can I make […]

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Why You Should Avoid Content Marketing

We often hear about the importance of content marketing and are so caught up in implementing it to our marketing. However, it’s important that you plan ahead because content marketing might NOT be right for you. Just like any other type of marketing, you have to make sure you plan ahead and understand how content marketing will help your business. Only then you’ll find out if it is right for you or NOT. I must admit implementing content marketing to your strategy can be very tough because of the following reasons which I’ll be discussing below. With that said, Let’s look at some reasons why you’ll avoid content marketing. Lack of Automation Some people are NOT built for a systematic approach and rely way too much on automation. Content marketing is a strategy which requires very little automation and a lot of skill. If you are a blogger which can’t […]

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How To Use Social Media and Email Marketing for Lead Generation

Both social media and email are perfect to generate leads and some work better than others. Many of my clients have often asked me what’s better at generating leads and I’ll often tell them it depends on your niche. If I had to choose I would say email marketing because of the connection it builds with your audience. Keep in mind that social media can drive enormous relevant traffic to your blog however there is huge competition on some of these networks. Let’s go over some of the benefits of using each and how social or email can work at generating leads. Here’s what I’ll be looking at: Audience Competition Connection Visibility CTR We’ll look at how each applies to both email marketing and social platforms. Let’s jump right in: Audience In terms of audience and striking it close to them I would say email marketing is the best. Your […]

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Why I Consider Blogging an Art Form

I’ve been blogging for several years and have learned a lot, thanks to my extended network and available resources online. Blogging has been many things to me, like a profit machine, networking tool, conversion hub, etc. Recently after content marketing started to build momentum, it became more like an art form because you’re using your content to promote products, etc. The funny thing is, once I introduced content marketing as a form of “ART”, many bloggers didn’t understand what I meant and I’d like to use this time to go over some of the fundamentals. I’m writing this content to start a debate and get your opinion on the topic. Let’s get started. Research and Blueprint The main reason I consider blogging an art form is simply because of the research involved. For example, from the second you start researching your topic, you’re essentially trying to find ways to put […]

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What Successful People Do Differently – Part 3

I wasn’t going to write “3” parts to this series, but I came across a few more elements I’d like to add. In Part 1 & 2, I discussed the importance of networking, staying positive, and having clear cut goals. However, today, I’d like to discuss more factors that have been proven to contribute to success. I have compiled these factors from the biographies of successful people and what they have done in the past to get where they are now. Many of you might NOT agree and some of you will have a hard time implementing these into your daily lifestyle. However, I can honestly tell you from the amount of people who have made these changes, it’s amazing to see the results they’ve had. Let’s jump into Part 3 and look at some additional things successful people do differently. NOT Afraid of Failing Those who are successful are […]

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What Successful People Do Differently – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my series and I’ll be continuing to look at the extreme characteristics of highly successful people. These people are NOT from another planet, nor do I consider them smarter, however, they do work much harder at what they want to achieve. Anyway, with that said, I’d like to go over a few more things you can implement into your work habits to make you more successful going forward. This, again, is Part 2 and I encourage all of you to read Part 1 before going any further. Let’s get started. -26.204102828.047305100000017 DAILY Improvements Successful people know that a combination of improvements is the recipe to achieve your desired results. They also know this takes time and are willing to work at it every day until they achieve their desired results. Others simply don’t want to put the day-to-day effort into making small improvements, leading to […]

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What Successful People Do Differently

Everyone wants to be successful because it’s an inner feeling that can’t be matched by anything else. When you have conquered every obstacle, you know you’re the best at what you do and will make sure you don’t lose focus. I’ve spoken and read about many successful people who have conquered their life’s dream and they’ve said this feeling cannot be replaced within anything else. However, they also said that to achieve your ultimate goal, you have to make tweaks in your life to stay focused and on track. I read an interested article recently that looks at what the MOST successful people do differently and I was surprised to read some of the things. They are all NOT that different than what we can do but it’s the discipline they have that makes them so effective. I’ll go over them in this two part series, but keep these elements […]

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The Importance of Testing Site Speed

Blogging and building an online empire is more than simply writing and fancy images. An online business is about increasing user engagement to a point where you’ll be able to convert them, achieving your bottom line. I’ve always told my clients to always have a purpose or bottom line in mind when starting a blog because this will keep your focus clear. With a clear focus, you can take the necessary steps to ensure you will achieve the desired outcome you set out to achieve and this means getting closer to success. However, again, this all depends on the way you engage your readers, ensuring they are happy with your blog and the content you have published. I’m surprised at the amount of people who forget user experience depends on a lot more things than simply content. Over the past several months, I’ve outlined elements that contribute to an increase […]

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More Productivity Tips for WordPress Bloggers

It’s no secret that WordPress is the blogging platform choice for online marketing. WordPress is very easy to use and provides you with an all-in-one solution to get things up and running quickly. Once you purchase WordPress, you can install WordPress with a click of a button and start building your website. Head to the backend and use their easy interface to do the following: Install a theme Customize Install plug-ins Shift layouts After, you can focus on promoting your blog while increasing your brand awareness. However, I believe your business is only as good as what you put in. If you put in 100% then you’re going to get 100% back. Anything less means you’re going to get the same in return, so stay productive and focused at all times. Many people will admit it’s very hard to stay focused and productive, especially when blogging is your full time […]

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