How to start a blog site – My tips and tricks
I have been taking a rest and have started a second blog site. Now that it is up and running, I am starting to work on fixing this site up. There are too many links and the images all need optimizing to make the blog site load quicker. I thought I would share with you my thoughts on how to start a blog site, as I made a lot of mistakes as I began this one.
Training on how to start a blog site is essential.
Firstly, get some training. We all think we know everything that we need to and if we need some extra advice we can just look up on Google and someone will tell us how they are making money and before we know it, we will be millionaires. Nice daydream.
I had joined a training and hosting website when I began this blog and started to write as I was learning. Unfortunately, I did not complete the training and went on my merry way reading blogs and watching YouTube trying to put together ideas for free. Silly me, I had everything at my fingertips where my website was being hosted. I just couldn’t see the forest for the trees.
Now that I have worked through and completed the main training, I realize that I have not optimized this blog, so it is no wonder that all my traffic comes from my own sharing on social media, rather than from the search engines.
You can find a review of the training and hosting website that I use on my blog How To Make Money Online. This website has enabled me to start four blogs and three websites for my offline business. You can host up to 50 websites within the platform for the same fee, which works out at around US$1 to $2 a day depending on whether you pay monthly or annual.
You can have 25 of your own domain name websites, (dot com etc), and 25 sub-domain websites, which means that you don’t even have to pay for a domain name for half of your websites.
Create your own website free.
With the training that I have mentioned, you will learn to create a website.
It can be done quickly and easily with WordPress.
You pick a domain name, pick a theme and hit a button and bam, you have a website.
You are taught how to add pages and posts as well as set up the menus and themes so that the website does look good.
All this is done within the free training section.
You create two free websites, and these will be hosted for you as long as you need until you are ready to upgrade. You must work on these websites, not leave them to rot, or they will be shut down.
Later, as you progress through the training in the paid section you will learn to add images and videos and to optimize your website more fully. You never really stop learning, as members within the community will show you what they are doing and offer tips and advice to guide you in your journey.
Find the best niche website ideas for you.
You will need to determine an overall topic that you are writing about. A niche is basically a topic or market that you will be writing about so that your website is related to a smaller topic. You will be a specialized store rather than a supermarket.
Wikipedia describes a niche market as a focused, targetable portion of a market sector. You can see a full description on
Get keywords website – a website within a website.
You will need to learn how to research keywords to discover what people are searching for in your niche. You also need to consider the competition so that you can choose keyword phrases to target that you may be able to get search engine traffic from. Within the training and hosting website is access to a fantastic keyword tool that helps me find my blog titles and headings within my posts.
There is a get keywords website within this training website that allows you to search for keywords, or keyword phrases to use. This will help you to build your content so that you increase your chances of being found through search.
Keyword phrases are a series of words, like the title of this post ‘how to start a blog post’. The aim is for the search engines to like your content so that when someone types or speaks these words into the search bar, your content will be considered. If people click on your content and read the information, the search engines will know that they have got a good match and you will continue to rank up the page.
Write your blog content.
It is important that your website contains good quality content. Content is the secret to being found by the search engines. Whilst keywords are important, the search engines like to see a post that talks about the topic of the keywords in the title. The post also needs to be around 1000 words or more because if it is too small it appears at face value not to have a lot of content.
You will also need to be prepared to post content regularly. I did not do this when I started this website but am now moving to change that. It is advisable that you post 3 times a week, but having said that, it is better to post once every week, rather than 3 times one week and then nothing for the next two.
Promote your blog site
You will learn through the training and hosting
I have set up a profile within Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram,
I started a Google+ one but as this is closing down, I will be looking at YouTube, only because I believe it will help with Google into the future just as Google+ did in the past.
You will need to find your audience and one of the best ways to do this is to market your blog through your social media platforms. There are ways to do this without spamming so that you gain rather than lose followers.
A lot of members within the website community will offer help and advice on how they are promoting their websites through social media and there is training within the formal training as well. You will also find many videos on YouTube as well as blogs, however a lot of these do promote automated tools rather than doing the work yourself. This means added expense and I have found that this is not an essential expenditure.
If you can afford to pay for automated software to help you grow your blog or website quickly, then go for it. I personally don’t use them to promote my blogs or gain followers. I prefer to do it myself.
I hope you found this post helpful. If you did, I would appreciate a share through social media. You will find share buttons on this website. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the section below.
Here is another link to my website review on the training and hosting website that I use.