How To Start An Online Blog

How To Start An Online Blog – A Beginners Guide To Setting Up Your First Blog

In this beginners guide on how to start an online blog Mark Ford reveals the exact steps that you need to take to get you blog online a.s.a.p.

Once you know how to start an online blog it is entirely possible that you could be up and running in just one hour. You could be getting your message out there, gaining credibility in your niche and building an avid fan base in the process.

How To Start An Online Blog – The Steps That You Need To Take To Get Your Blog Online

how to start an online blog

How To Start An Online Blog

1 – Domain NameChoose a domain name that is relevant to the niche or industry that you are in. If your blog is about you personally then incorporate your name in the domain name. Always try and get a dot com (.com) as it looks more professional.

2 – Website HostingYou will need to get a hosting account. There are many providers out there so just pick one that you feel comfortable with. These companies allow you to store your files on their servers. Pick a shared hosting account as they only cost a few dollars a month.

3 – Install WordPress – WordPress is the platform of choice. It is very simple to use and can be done easily within your hosting account.

4 – Install A Theme – The good thing about WordPress is that you can install any one of hundreds of themes. Whether your site is an informational blog, an e-commerce blog, a video blog or a professional/corporate blog then there will be a theme for you.

5 – Main Navigation Menu – This is where you set up tabs which will be the main infrastructure of your site. Usually these are static pages where you can put information about you, your company, your products and services. You can also set up other pages and set them up on drop down menus from your main tabs. Also you need to put a Blog tab on this menu.

The typical structure to your navigation menu should be as follows.

  • Home
  • About
  • Blog
  • Products & Services
  • Contact

You should keep the main navigation as simple and clean as possible.

6 – Main Header Image – Try and design, or get one designed, a nice header image that covers the main width of your website. Incorporate a picture of you, your strapline (what it is you do) and a logo.

7 – Widgets – Widgets are elements that you can add to the top, side and footer of your website. Here you can add images, banners and opt-in forms.

Widgets are great for capturing people’s details and placing advertisements to generate revenue for your business.

8 – Your Blog Posts – These are the fluid parts of your website. Your blog posts are where you can communicate with your readership. Here you can express yourself, give help and advice and promote products and services to generate revenue.

When you write your posts think about the person who is reading it. Write it as though you are writing to them personally as this will help them understand you as a person, and in time they will, in their mind, begin to know, like and trust you.

Make sure you use keywords in your headlines, sub-headlines and main copy. You can use this post as an example. The keyword that I am targeting is “How To Start An Online Blog”. This keyword is in the headline, the sub-headline and through the main copy. Also you need to have it in bold in the first sentence, in italics in the main copy and underlined in the last sentence. This helps you get noticed in the main search engines.

Also use images. A picture speaks a thousand words, they are engaging and the break up the copy so there is not just a solid text block.

Always sign off your post, tell people who you are, what you do and link to your website.

9 – Have Fun – Have fun when you are blogging, enjoy what you do because if you don’t it will be evident in your copy and people will pick up on that.

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So now you know how to start an online blog. It is a powerful communication tool for you to connect with thousands of people. You can get your message out there and potentially earn a very nice income from the content you put out. I wish you well with your blogging.


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