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Do you have a business? Are you a crafter or artist looking to sell your product or share your ideas? If you don’t already have a blog, you should. This post covers blogging statistics and why a blog might be beneficial to you. Click on Why You Should Start a Blog to learn more.
Now that you’ve decided that you definitely want to start a blog, you need to think about what type of blog and why you are blogging. My post Building a Blog vs a Niche Site helps you to think about what path you want to take and why.
It’s time to get real about blogging costs. If you are interested in starting a blog, you want to know your blogging costs up front. This post covers all of your blogging costs from start to finish. Click on Blogging Costs to learn more.
Are you ready to start a blog? In the post How to Start a Blog: Beginner’s Guide I cover the ins and outs of starting a blog. It’s easier than you think. I promise!
My own blogging specifics:
Platform: I use WordPress.org as my blogging platform and highly recommend it. It’s free and easy to use.
Website Hosting: I used Bluehost for many years (for numerous websites) and was extremely happy with their customer service and ease of use. They are perfect for bloggers just starting out. Their customer service is top notch and their product is easy to use/navigate.
Due to higher traffic demands and my need for more space, I’ve recently switched to Knownhost. However, I still recommend Bluehost for beginner bloggers.
Blog Design: As an artist and designer, blog design is extremely important to me. Since 2009 I’ve gone through numerous themes, both free and paid for. I’ve finally settled on the Genesis Framework and StudioPress Themes for WordPress, and am SO happy. You can learn more about the Genesis Framework by reading my blog post Why I Use the Genesis Framework for my Website.
I also use the Bloom Theme from Restored 316, (currently using the Captivating Theme) and have been extremely happy with it. Restored 316 has a super cool Which theme is best for your website? Quiz that can help you decide which theme will work for you.
You’ve taken the plunge and started a blog. Awesome! Now you need to work on setting up your blog. My What to do After Installing WordPress post will show you what steps you need to take before you start adding content to your blog. In this post I cover settings, editing your profile, and choosing a theme.
After you’ve installed WordPress, adjusted your settings, and chosen a theme; you’ll want to start adding content to your blog. My post on Blog Content will teach you how to add various content to your site.
Have you ever wondered what a certain blog term meant? My Blogging Glossary has you covered. It covers anything and everything related to blogging. It’s a great resource for beginner to advanced bloggers.
If you have an existing blog, you may be wondering if you can turn it into a profitable business. My post How to Turn Your Blog Into a Profitable Business will give you some tips on the steps you need to take to get there.
One way to earn an income with your website is through private ads and/or affiliate programs. You can learn more about this by reading my post Professional Blogging: Advertising and Affiliate Programs. I’ve covered some additional information here as well.
The most important thing to think about when considering advertising and affiliate programs, is your reader and client base. Don’t bombard your readers with affiliate links, and choose your affiliate products and ads wisely. Your readers and/or clients are visiting your blog and website because of your wonderful content and what you have to offer. Most readers are okay with ads. Just be mindful, or you may lose your readership.
Affiliate programs I use:
Amazon Associates: I’ve been an affiliate with Amazon Associates for quite sometime. As an affiliate, you link to products you love and use. The buyer, who clicks on the link and purchases the item, pays the same amount and you receive a small commission.
ShareASale: You can join shareasale.com as a merchant and/or an affiliate. As a merchant, you can spread the word regarding your business with various ad formats. As an affiliate, you can search for a variety of businesses that meet your niche. There are hundreds of well known companies listed on ShareASale. Find a business and ad you like, then place it on your site using the code provided. Signing on as an affiliate is free and a great way to test out whether your blog is ready for ads.
A brand is defined as a name, term, design, or other feature that distinguishes one seller’s product, business, or service from those of others. To build a successful brand you have to know who you are, what you stand for, and what you are selling or offering. You also have to know what makes YOU unique. Read my post How to Build a Successful Brand to learn more about building and growing your own brand.
A logo is a graphic mark, or symbol, that organizations and individuals use to promote brand recognition. It is the “stamp” that represents who you are and what your company stands for. While you can hire someone to design a logo for you (and this is one of the services I offer), you can also design a logo yourself. Check out my post How to Create Your Own Logo for more information. If you are interested in hiring me to design a logo for you or to consult/teach/guide you on your way, you can contact me via my Contact page.
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