Step 1 – Start Blogging
If the only thing holding you back from starting a blog is knowing how to set one up, I’ve got you covered. Go to the How to Start a Blog Page for a walk through. >>
1. Domain: Namecheap
3. Blog Platform: WordPress
- Astra is a popular and versatile WordPress theme that offers a wide range of customization options, pre-built templates, and seamless integration with page builders, making it easy to create stunning websites for various purposes.
- Elelgant Themes – Budget WordPress themes with dozens of designs to choose from. I don’t use this one, but many clients find it easy to choose a ready made theme.
- Thrive Themes – Thrive Themes offers a suite of conversion-focused WordPress plugins designed to help you optimize your website for lead generation, conversions, and overall user experience. I love the ease of use and integration with all their products.
- Rank Math is a powerful WordPress SEO plugin that helps optimize your website for search engines, offering an array of advanced features and tools to improve your website’s search engine rankings and organic traffic.
- Pretty Links Creates pretty links that redirect to your longer (and uglier) affiliate links to short URLs.
- WP Super Cache Makes your blog pages load faster by displaying static HTML copies to your readers instead of loading your PHP-heavy posts.
6. Books for Starting a Blog
Step 2 – Content
- 7.Book: Companion blogging planner or standalone Blog Planner: From Passion to Plan to Profit
- 8. Book: To generate content ideas for years to come get Content Planner: Write Blog Posts Readers Will Love
- Tool: Google Search Console While not actually offering keyword suggestions, Search Console is still tremendously helpful. See what keyword phrases you’re getting traffic from. Using Search Console you can see what keywords you rank for, where you rank, and your click-through rate.
- Tool: Google Analytics a great free metrics/statistics program.
- Tool: Keywordtool.io This free keyword tool works by extracting keywords using Google’s autocomplete feature. You can generate hundreds of relevant long-tail keywords for any topic quickly.
- Tool: UberSuggest This keyword research tool gives you some additional data on a keyword phrase.
- Tool: Google Auto-Complete Short on keyword ideas? Start typing a keyword and Google will auto-complete your results with the most-searched-for phrases.
- Tool: Pinterest Guided Search Pinterest has an autocomplete feature just like Google does. On Pinterest, search for a keyword and see what other keyword phrases appear afterward.
- Tool: Google Trends Want to know what’s trending? You need to be using Google Trends. While it doesn’t give you hard numbers, it does show you how the search term is trending over time.
Step 3 – Email Marketing
Tool: ConverKit This is what I use to send emails. They now have a free plan. Use my link and unlock email-sending to your first 1,000 subscribers.
Tool: Mailchimp this is what I used to use. You can have up to 2,000 email subscribers and can send up to 12,000 emails per month with their Forever Free plan.
Tool: Gmail All my domain name email addresses (like firstname.lastname@example.org) redirect to my Gmail account. I also set up the “send mail as” feature to send emails from my domains using Gmail.
Tool: Thrive Leads if you do want to get more subscribers – Next Level Your Email Marketing. Helps you build high converting opt-in forms, A/B test different forms and get detailed analytics on what forms and pages are converting best.
Step 4 – Promotion
Book: Social Media Marketing: Master Engagement in 15 Minutes a Day
Click to Tweet: Generate a link that will when clicked on, will bring your reader to twitter with a pre-populated tweet for them to tweet your content. They simply need to click to tweet
Social Warfare: Social Warfare is a social sharing button plugin that is uber flexible and light-weight. Allows you to control which image will be pinned, allows you to pre-populate what tweet pops up when the person clicks on the tweet button (can even add images) I use this for my website and love how it doesn’t slow down my site unlike the alternatives I listed above. I highly recommend this!
Step 5 – Monetization
Adsense Googles Ad network – one of the most used monetization strategies for bloggers.
Amazon Associates make money recommending products from the biggest online store.
Genius Link a great tool/resource for managing your affiliate links – particularly useful if you have a global audience and monetize with Amazon’s affiliate program.
E-junkie, Gumroad & SendOwl: Sell digital downloads with ease without any hassle!
Calendly: Calendar scheduler software to book appointments with your 1:1 coaching clients.
Tool: Evernote – Organize all your thoughts, web clippings, images, and notes. Syncs to multiple devices. I use this for research and clip articles that I want to read later.
Tool: Dropbox – online storage solution that automatically syncs with your computer (free up to 2GB)
Tool: Scrivener – A tool for authors that I use this to write my books, newsletters and blog posts.
Tools: For graphic design Canva
Tools: Grammerly – Become a better writer and write better blog posts with the Grammarly browser add-on. The free version helps with misspellings and basic grammar mistakes.
Tools: HemmigwayApp – Shows you a readability score and helps you write clear concise sentences.
Tools: Google Analtics
Get more resources (FREE) on the Blogging Freebies Page
Tools: Pablo This tool from Buffer lets you create images quickly for use on social media.