When You’re I mean unless you’re going out three years unless you’re doing a Three-Year package: that’s where they’re like big deal is, but if you’re only Locking in for six months and we’re only talking like what 80 cents difference or Something so so that’s the other thing you’re going to save some money by locking In for a longer rate – and you know, and if you’re not sure completely sure that You’re really into this this whole blogging thing.
Then it might be better. To go with the monthly or six-month rate so anyway, so go with baby plan and then Once you order that now you’re going to go ahead and enter in whatever domain name, That you want to use, and if you have a domain you already bought from somewhere Else you can enter it in here, but we’re going to go through this process of you get In your domain name right now, so we’re just going to go ahead and Call this test blog one three: five, because I’m guessing that’s not Available and then right here, what you want to do is enter in Christian PF and This will give you 25 % off whatever package you decide to choose, and so this Is where you need to decide how long you want to do this, because it’s only going To give you 25 % off whatever the length of package you choose, so if you do one Month, you’re only going to get 25 % off for one month.
But if you lock in for a Year, you’ll get that 25 % off for an entire year or up to three years. So you Know that’s where you just need to kind of decide what you want to do and Sitting right here, you can go ahead and enter in your username, okay, so for the Rest of this stuff just go ahead and enter in all your information and then What you can do is just got get down to the bottom and on you can just go ahead.
And create your account okay! So now I chose to pay via PayPal, so it’s going to Take me here to the Pay Now button and I’m just going to go ahead and do that. Okay, so you should begin an email from Them it might take a few minutes and if you don’t get it after a few minutes, I Would just use a live chat box and just ask them about it. But let’s flip over to Our email and here it is and then what this is, is our login information for That so, what we’re going to do is go ahead and we’re going to click on this one.
Right here it’s going to take us to our control panel and then we’re going to We’re going to need our username just go ahead and drop that in and then we’re Going to need a password I’ll paste that in the route login and Now we are in our control panel area. This is where we’re going to get the blog All set up for you so we’re going to come down here, scroll all the way down under This software and services area and click on Fantastico de luxe – and this is Where we’re going to install WordPress, so on the left side you can just click.
The WordPress blot button and we are going to do a new installation, okay and Then install on domain, whatever domain we put in and then we’re just going to Put in an admin name here and we’re going to put in a password and we’re just Going to do test pass okay and then the email it by default. It’s going to give You, whatever your original username, was at your new domain. Name.Com And I can show you how to set that up in a separate article.
But if you have another Email address that you’d like to use because this email address will not be Set up by default, you’ll have to set it up and it’s pretty easy. But if you want To use a different email, you can just drop that in right. There, okay and There’s a site and we’re just going to install WordPress and then just read: This we’re going to finish installation and then now we are good to go and then Right here we’re going to get our username and a password, and it’s also going to have A link for the admin area of our blog, and so, if we’re just going to go ahead and Click, this open that in a new tab – and we got our name and password and now what You see here is the backend admin side of your new wordpress blog, so flip back Over here we’re going to go username and our password, you can just go ahead and Enter that in and then we can login into now.
You are Now logged in to your your new blog and so right here you can just click this And we’ll go ahead and open that in a new tab, and you can see your new blog And so this is your blog and you can just go. Let me pull this over see and See it just go over to posts, you can just do add new post so and then we’re Going to go ahead and click publish and now we are officially a blogger. So now you Can see your first post over here and there it is.
So if you have any issues, Going through any of this process, contact Hostgator via their phone number Or via the chat box, I’ve done this quite a few times. Sometimes it goes really Really quick, sometimes you have to wait a little bit for your account to be Activated so either way, if you have any issues – and it doesn’t go really really Fast for you just contact them and they should be able to help you out and speed.
Things up a little bit; okay, so that is about it. So I’ll see you guys later
I want to talk to you guys about how you can start a blog and start earning money in 2020.. So I have a blog. I started about. A year ago, uh that’s been making around four thousand dollars in pretty passive income per month, usd which is around 6 000 australian dollars. So in today’s article I want to you know: go through with you guys with about like seven or so steps encompassing how this is possible and using my experience over the last year in growing a blog talking to you guys about how you can start your own Blog, so a blog is a really good way to make money.
I’ve been trying to make money with youtube for a while, and it’s pennies, like you, make pennies per thousand people that you get to read a article, but with a blog you can make up to like 20 30 40 50 per thousand people. You can get to the blog, which is quite amazing, in contrast to youtube, which is only a couple of bucks with blogging. It has such a high monetization value. Okay, so step number one is picking a niche.
Now everyone says you got to pick a niche with blogging, it’s probably a good idea, and it’s definitely a preferable idea to pick some kind of topic that you want to talk about in in the blog. My whole idea about starting a blog is so that you can make money from what you love and that’s what i’ve done for myself in cycling. I have a cycling blog, but it’s much more niche than just cycling. For example, like you want to pick something like urban commuting or bike commuting, instead of just cycling i’ll get into a bit later about picking a name and stuff and hey you don’t want to pick a name, that’s too niche as well, because it’ll sort of narrow You down into a specific topic: if you want to grow later on and talk about other aspects of cycling, for example, then you know you can do that, but when we’re picking a niche, you want to start off writing about something.
That’s that’s very specific to a particular person, and you want to help answer their questions that they may have so, for example, some really profitable niches. If you’re wanting to get into making money it being more important than the niche topic. If that makes sense, then health wealth, those kind of topics around how to make money dieting working out all that kind of stuff, it’s very popular and one could say saturated, but that’s where you got to find a specific niche.
You want to service a specific type of person, so, for example, if you’re in like a cooking niche or something like that, you want to pick something. That’s like recipes for parents or something like that or recipes for couples without children or something even more specific, like that, you know what I mean now I don’t recommend a cooking blog or a recipe blog as your first blog i’m starting up one for myself, but I have previous experience building up other blogs, but you know if you love cooking, why not give it a crack and see how you go the way to get traffic? That way is probably through pinterest and youtube instead of trying to rank number one on google, because it’s very competitive and that’s where you need to weigh up the competitiveness aspects as well.
So, in order to do that, but also first, I should mention that i’ve just got some notes here. Some other niche ideas like home, decor, parenting, diets, diy gardening and i’ve got a list here of some other ones. You can just google something like um blog topic. Ideas or or blog niche ideas – and you got like um golf disc golf – you know how to train for a triathlon marriage advice, uh ghost hunting.
There’s you know whatever you are passionate about. You choose that well before you choose, it, consider its popularity and how we do that. We go over to something like google trends and you want to type in something like bike commuting, which is what I have here and, as you guys, can see. I’ll probably choose a different one here, let’s do ghost hunting. I just want to do that. One that would be very, very cool.
Did the supernatural stuff, as you guys, can see ghost hunting it’s very popular, so this is over um worldwide for the last 12 months and, as you can see like you want to try and aim for a topic that is over 50 over 50 there. The number 50., so you want anything over that. That indicates that it’s got higher search volume and, as you can see, this is very consistent and then you want to also go through to the last five years and see what it’s been like.
So look at that. How consistent that is! That’s that’s a really good niche to get into you know looking at those numbers and how good that is, it’s probably going to be competitive as well, so you want to which is what we’ll get to next. You want to do keyword, research and find keywords that are underserved and and what people uh or other bloggers aren’t writing about or they’re, not writing that much about and that’s where you can get in start ranking and start building up the blog and getting traffic.
That way, so step number two is picking a name for the blog and also your domain name, your com. So you want to pick something like I was saying earlier. That is not too specific to your niche, so, instead of doing so, for example like let’s talk about gardening, so let’s say you want to start writing articles about butterfly gardens which are planting flowers, that butterflies will love. So it’s creating a garden for butterflies.
You don’t want to like choose butterflygardens.Com, because if you want to broaden out and you’ve already, you know written a lot of content around butterfly gardens and you can’t really push that niche any further down the track. Then you don’t want to be stuck to just butterfly gardens. You want to do something you know create a name. That’s encompassing of just gardening in general would be my advice.
So then you can broaden out to container gardening. You can do water gardens organic gardening. You know fruit and veggie, gardens and stuff, like that. You can broaden out even further down the track. So pick a name, that’s a lot broader than what the niche is initially. If that makes sense, so you want to choose something like gardening, addict.Com or letsgarden.Com. You know something that’s just a lot more broader in the aspect of the whole niche.
Okay, so step number three is to set up the blog, so once you’ve got your name of the blog and the domain name, you’ve brought that I recommend going to somewhere like godaddy.Com or something like that to buy your domain name, it’s fairly, cheap to set up And get started with essentially hosting is is like rent space online for your domain name. I use hostgator.Com uh bluehost is very popular amongst bloggers.
Go to one of those two places set up hosting there’s a lot of like how-to articles on youtube about how to set up a wordpress blog um and get it you know set up through hosting and stuff like that. I recommend wordpress as a blogging platform to get started with um. You can do uh. I think it’s squarespace and wix they’re, more of like aesthetic sort of blogs that are sort of just have a couple of pages I found wordpress is great.
If you’re wanting to put out a heap of content and add value to the community, you want to build around your niche, so that encompasses a lot of blog posts. I have over 200 blog articles on my blog uh, so wordpress is great, for you know putting out a heap of content like that, so yeah just go to youtube type in like um how to set up a wordpress, blog and hosting and then follow. There’s heaps of tutorials online, where you can learn how to do that? Okay, so now you have your blog set up.
What you want to do is pick a theme for your blog, so this is going to this is going to entail what your blog is going to look like, and it’s pretty important, but it’s not it’s not something to get stuck on or get too carried away On uh, you want something: that’s simple, preferably pretty fast, although I don’t really care too much. If, if the blog speed isn’t that fast uh, a lot of people would disagree with me um, but I really think just you know.
Content is more important. That’s what you really want to focus on when you, when you’re starting a blog, is just the content which is next we’ll get to that next. But what you want to do is create a theme, so there’s a lot of free themes on wordpress. If you go to the themes dashboard there, you can scroll through and have a look and and see all the options that I have and see what tickles you fancy what you like there.
I personally have a paid theme, although I did get the free version that I liked and then i’m like uh, I might buy the pro version because it had a few extra features. The theme I have is called boston pro, which is what I use for my blog. It’s a pretty nice looking theme, I really like it, but there is you know many other options like divi themes. Uh is also recommended from a lot of bloggers. What I would recommend is get started with a free blog, you don’t want to.
You know, spend money uh in the beginning stages of your blog. First, you want to get the traffic start earning income and then once you’re making money. You can then start to invest that into a nice new theme and making the blog look much better. Okay, so step number five is probably the most important step and that’s creating content. But before you get carried away and start writing about your day or sharing like something great that happened today, you’re in your life, you want to avoid creating that type of content.
If you want to start ranking on google and getting traffic to your website, so i’m going to give you a couple of strategies that you can use a couple of keyword, research tools that you can use to start figuring out. What type of things to write about in your niche, but you want to create content or blog posts around what people are actually searching for on google now over 80 to 90 of my traffic comes from google seo.
If you don’t know what that is, it’s just search engine optimization, so it is essentially what happens when someone types in a query to google and you are ranking right up there in number one position, which is the goal, which is where you want to be so Uh, I have one article I wrote that gets over 10 000 page views per month and it’s a simple list post like the best uh 10 bikes. Something like that.
You know what I mean and it ranks near the top and it gets over. 10, 000 page views also on a second note that they’re really good type of blog posts i’ll get into that a bit later, but um. The best of sort of posts do really well for me, like best this best product in your niche and listing 10 products. Talking about them, then that’s also how you make affiliate income as well suggesting good products that people can buy, which is what i’ll get into very shortly as well.
But essentially you want to create content around what people are searching for so think about what problems are people going to have in this niche? You know what I mean like you’re, hopefully choosing this niche because you’re passionate about it and you know a lot about it or you know enough about it to create some content right, so think about what you, maybe when you were just getting into this niche, what You were searching for in the beginning stages, maybe check your search history and see like what things you were trying to search back.
Then that’s really cool sort of indication you want to sort of get into the shoes or where the hat of your potential audience potential. Customer you want to you want to think how they think and try and understand, like what their search behavior is on google. So some keyword tools, I recommend, is keywords everywhere. This is like a google chrome add-on thing where you can install it and whenever you search something on google, it will show you how many searches it gets a month which is not accurate, but it’s a good indication.
I wouldn’t solely use that as a gauge, because i’ve written, like I said, a blog post against 10 000 page views a month and when I typed in that keyword, it got a couple of thousand page views a month. It said in the search bar and keywords everywhere, but it gets like five times that. So just keep that in mind. It’s not that accurate. Then you can also use something like ahrefs, which is what I highly recommend.
It is a costly keyword tool. Have that in mind, maybe it’s a good idea to get that later later on down the track when you’re starting to make money from your blog, you can also use something like uh, the pinterest search, so you can go into pinterest, but what I recommend getting started With is just using google, because google wants people to find content right and it wants to help them in that aspect.
So if you type in your niche topic, so for example, you choose, let’s go with butterfly garden, okay, so just for example, let’s go to google and type in something like so, if you just type in butterfly gardening and press space. Now I have keywords everywhere installed and, as you can see on the left side here, you’ve got like a search volume indication so right here. This could be a good article right here, like butterfly gardening gloves, so you can type you can create an article like the best butterfly gardening gloves.
Do a list of the top 10 talk about like how they’re the best, and then you can link to the product on amazon and get amazon affiliates set up where you can make commissions from each time someone buys and if you’re ranking number one in google. For this keyword, i’m going to get into this a bit later on, but there is a sandbox period when you’re starting a blog and it takes a bit of time to get started but, for example, like um.
This is just one example of keyword. Research now uh the course I took for blogging at income school project 24. They show you some much more in-depth strategies towards how you can do keyword. Research like this, using just google, which is completely free, uh the course isn’t free, of course, but the strategy is free, which is what I highly recommend. If you want to check out that course it’s linked down below.
I am an affiliate, so I get a commission from that, but there is some really in-depth sort of keyword. Research strategies in that course that are really amazing is what I just used for doing my blog and it’s giving me really good results. But let’s blog articles – and this is what I recommend when starting out when creating content – is to create blog posts around very specific questions – uh, that not many people are trading articles about so, for example, what are the best plants for butterfly gardening? That’s that could be, you know pretty popular uh blog topic.
If you know what I mean, is it good to have butterflies in your garden? What is the purpose of a butterfly garden that could be a good blog post right there, so you can write a blog post about that now, obviously you’re going to have competition, so you need to weigh up whether or not you can rank for this or not. If you know what I mean so yeah, you want to do keyword, research, that’s just one strategy and it goes a lot more in depth.
That could be a completely whole different article, but you want to figure out what people are searching for, create blog posts about that start, ranking on google – and I must say this is going to be step number six create more content. You want to also promote your content, and the whole idea here is just to get more traffic, but my main emphasis on in this article, with starting a blog, is just to create more content.
You need to just create, create, create, create, create can’t emphasize that enough. When I first started off my blog uh, the first two months I barely got out, I think it was 10 articles. Uh it’d be great to see. You know if you’re starting a blog to get out like 30 plus articles over two months or even 60 articles. Just write an article a day really commit in the early stages of your blog. That was a mistake that I made.
I didn’t write enough articles early on because there is this sandbox period, like I mentioned earlier in google, where google doesn’t trust you, yet it doesn’t know what you’re all about. So if you can create a heap of content, it starts to give google this idea that oh, it’s we’ve got a serious blogger here and they’re adding value. Let’s start ranking their stuff, normally takes six to eight months.
I found around eight months before you can start seeing any results on your blog traffic specific results, so you need to be prepared for that half a year to eight month period of nothing. You know what I mean like you’re, not going to see much traffic at all, because it takes that long for google to start trusting you and for your articles to start ranking in google. Now you can sort of speed up this process if you like, not recommended.
If you want a long-term traffic sort of generating strategy, you can use the likes of social media like facebook and instagram, but really those platforms are starting not to work as much because they’re wanting their audiences to stay on their platforms so linking out to your blog, They don’t like that and they’re sort of cutting down on it, which is you know, not great, but I would recommend pinterest is almost a mix between a search engine and a social platform, so you can go to pinterest and if you’re, in those blogs that are Like diy home, decor recipes those sort of blogs uh those sort of niches work really well with pinterest, so you can start putting out pinterest pins.
That’s where a lot of bloggers get most of their traffic from is just pinterest. I’r not sure if I recommend it. I would probably recommend the longer term strategy, which is google search once you get something to rank in google. Google is a monster right, so everyone searches something on google. It’s like the number one place to go to find something out. So if you can get up there number one for a keyword, you’re going to stay there for a very long time and that’s the goal once you get ranked up the top, it’s a long term play where you’re just going to get this certain amount of traffic Month after month, it might dip and might get more traffic each month, but it’s going to be consistent and that’s where you’re going to get your passive income, because if you’re ranking there in google, the passive income comes in month month after month.
You know what I mean, so that’s the strategy right there is to go for the google seo and ranking number one on google. Also I didn’t mention but youtube as well. Youtube I found is pretty good um. It’s all it’s like a visual search of google. If you know what I mean and then also you can uh, if you do youtube articles, you can get them to rank in. You know right up there in the google search as well, which is also good, so youtube, google and pinterest is what I would focus on the most when you’re starting off your blog um.
If your blog is in that those those niches that work well with pinterest, not every niche works in pinterest, but you know like the home decor and lifestyle blogs and all that kind of stuff does really well so have that in mind. But if you’re starting a blog, just write content, you need to write content that people need help. People in your niche be a service to others. Uh, you know just add value, and that is how you’re going to get the traffic trust me.
That is how it works. Okay, so step number seven is to start making money from your blog. This is where it gets exciting. So it’s going to take a few months before you start seeing any income at all. I think it took me I i’m guessing here, but maybe four five, maybe four or five months before I started seeing my first couple of dollars coming in. Yes, it’s a long term game right. It’s not get rich overnight.
It’s going to take some time if you’re in it, for the long haul you’re going to be successful. Trust me not to give up. Okay, like you need to be committed to this. If it’s your passion right, you’re, writing about what you enjoy. It’s probably not going to feel like work right and you’re, going to have more energy to keep going and keep plugging away to create content. So also on the content. You want to try and set a goal for 100 plus articles on your website before you can start to expect any money.
To be honest with my blog, I had 180 articles on there before I started to see that 4 000 a month. If you can manage to write 180 articles in a couple of months, you’re not going to expect to make four thousand dollars, you know what I mean the next month. It takes a few months half a year or so before your articles start ranking. And if you do the keyword, research correctly and you’re targeting keywords that people are searching for that isn’t very competitive and you’re finding those cracks, then you can, you know, expect to see some pretty awesome results.
But when it comes to making money, I make money from my blog in two ways at the moment: it’s through ads and it’s through affiliate commissions, which is what I was touching on a bit earlier. So ads number one. I wouldn’t recommend using google adsense in the beginning stages because it’s just pennies on the dollar and it’s really not worth it. In my opinion, in the beginning stages you blog you’re not going to get much traffic and using adsense to monetize it.
They don’t pay. You much in the beginning anyway, even if you have a lot of traffic, so it’s just going to be sense, really not worth it. You wan na wait until you get 25 sessions a month. I don’t know what that is in page views, but 25 sessions. You want to try and get to that goals, try and set that as your first goal for traffic. So then you can start to put ads on your site and then you want to reach out to someone like mediavine and agency, like company, that puts ads on your website and they pay you pretty good money.
For you know each thousand sessions you get to your website so try and aim for 25 sessions in the beginning, and then once you hit 100 000 page views, you might want to change over to add thrive or just stick with mediavine. I use add thrive for my website because I get over a hundred thousand page views per month and it’s pretty good money, i’m making around twenty dollars per thousand people I get to the website or thousand page views I get to the website.
So just from ads. My website makes around you know: 2 000 us dollars a month with the 100 000 page views that it gets now. I’ve heard people making 30 plus per thousand page views, which is incredible now in the early stages of setting up your add thrive, account or mediavine account the rpms or the earnings per thousand, aren’t going to be the greatest they’re going to take a bit of time. For you again to find that rhythm and stuff like that, but once you um get going like i’ve been on anthra for just under or just over a month, so i’m still seeing that you know early stage period of rpm growth over time.
So that’s a passive way to make the money. So once you write the articles, you can sit back and just collect ad earnings month after month. If you’re, you know getting enough traffic in which is great and then you have affiliate commissions, and then you also have selling your own products, which are all sort of a passive way to make money. Once you do the work it kind of keeps coming in and then you can also do sponsored blog posts as well, which is you know, takes some work to do.
Um, it’s not as passive. I don’t do that. I don’t even sell my own products, yet I just do affiliate as well as the ads so with affiliate. You want to, like I said, before, write articles about the best 10 butterfly garden, gloves list the 10 gloves write about them, then link to them. You can use amazon affiliates, they just cut their commissions right down in pretty much half, so you make half the commissions that you did, which is terrible, but i’m still on amazon associates, and I still do that.
It’s not as much you might want to reach out to brands that are selling the products and you want to go to their website and look right down the bottom, and sometimes I have an affiliate link down the bottom. Then you want to reach out to them and and sign up to their affiliate program. If they have it now, some don’t you might want to just like search brand and then affiliate program in google and see if they have it.
That way, it’s hard to find it takes a bit of working out to find if they have an affiliate program if you’re liking an outdoors niche or something like that dot com has an affiliate rei for me is where I make a lot of my commissions, and It’s almost like four or five percent, so, for example, if you sell a bike for over a thousand dollars, you know that’s some pretty good commissions there. So that’s just an example, but you can also go into like share a sale commission junction and those these other things.
I’ve never used them. Some bloggers do, but you know I don’t really use them. I use event link, which is that’s actually. What you guys should check out is event link. This is where rei is set up with so they’re like the middleman between the online seller and you as the content creator. So they sit in the middle there and they join up to a lot of online retailers. And then you can search their in-depth collection that they have there and find whatever brand you’re looking for and if they’re on there they’ll be on there.
So that’s also another way. I definitely recommend checking that out. But then again you can sell your own products once you start getting traffic into your website, which is also good. You know, create your own ebook and course, and do that kind of stuff, which is what i’m working on with my blog at the moment. I want to create a a book and a course to help my audience a lot more in depth, so that’s also something else to think about and then, if you’re, if it is a digital product, obviously you can sell as many as possible.
You don’t need to print out books to ship them out and worry about all that stuff, like you would with a physical product. That’s also another one. You can sell physical products, which is something that I might be considering a bit later on down the track as well, but yeah guys that’s about it um you can also do sponsored blog posts. I don’t do any of that. I’ve also heard that’s a good way to make some income as well, but yeah guys.
Hopefully, this article was helpful if it was make sure to give us a thumbs up, drop a comment down below if you’re getting started with your own blog and you want to start making some income, I definitely recommend getting started and doing something around your passion. It’s a it’s an incredible way to make money from something that you know a lot about, or something that you’re passionate about.
So keep that in mind that thanks guys for reading and i’ll see you in the next one bye
In luck, that’s Actually, what we’re going to cover here today on The Journey All right Alex now with Building your first blog, you really have to figure out what do you actually wan na write about, So my greatest passion is food Eating it Yeah eating it talking about it, seeing it whatever Right on.
So that’s a Good thing to blog about, there are tons of food bloggers out there. Hopefully you’ll get some free food out there. Absolutely I mean that’s what I’m hoping for, but once you figure that out you wan na really figure. Out who your audience is, who do you wan na serve? So is there a type of food That you like to blog about, I would say, probably Just a new up-and-coming restaurants in the area, So your audience is more.
The Trendier people, the foodies, The Millennials The Millennials like us, So that’s super important to figure out what your actual blog is going to be about and who your audience is because you have to be Targeted with your message, If you try to serve everyone, you actually end up serving no one. It’s like trying to boil the ocean, you just can’t. Do it All right. The next thing, To really think about is understanding why you Actually want to start this blog’cause there’s a lot of work involved so Alex.
Why do you want To start this blog Well, I just love to write So it’s a great outlet for some creativity and also just to you, Know try new food options. I dig it. I dig it So now that you have Those questions answered the next part of really starting. Your blog is figuring out what the The name of it is going to be, and the branding Now do you have an idea of What your name is going to be?’cause, I have an idea Yeah.
What do you think I should name my blog, So I already checked the domain name. Alexeatsfood.Com is available. It’s perfect So the blog Alex eats food right. So I think that’s What we’re going to make today So with that name, if you’re struggling on trying to figure out What your own name is, we got a article up here on naming that’ll definitely help you out, But to carry on with that. The next portion of it comes branding.
Your brand is Literally, every single aspect of your blog, That’s the the way you talk on It that’s the images you use the text, the font, literally everything, so you wan na try to keep that consistent. The more consistent you Are with your branding, the more people are easily Able to recognize you right like if you see Like GoDaddy’s color, the green and orange you Instantly think GoDaddy or like the red and yellow Colors, do you think of McDonald’s Mcdonald’s right Alex eats food Alex eats food.
Look at that All right, so the last thing You need to ask yourself before you actually start going: Into building the website is figuring out, do you want just a blog, or do you want a full-on Website with the blog included so Alex, which one do you want, I think I want to keep it Simple, just do the blog for now so that way I can still Focus on all the food eating Right, like super important Yeah So we’re going to go Ahead and show you guys a quick demo, let’s go check it out, All right Alex so we’re About to make your blog here, I’m going to take you through Actually, installing WordPress on a hosting account There’s a difference between wordpress.
Com hosting and Self hosted WordPress Now for most business owners. I would definitely recommend a self hosted WordPress. This is basically you going to a hosting Provider buying hosting and installing WordPress on top of it Sounds like a lot of work. But it’s actually pretty easy to do so check it out. So inside a cPanel most providers Have it you’re going to look for a thing called Installatron? There’s lots of apps to choose from you! Click WordPress Install this application, then it’s going to give you a Lot of different options: We have our domain name, Here, alexeatsfood.
Com directory leave blank you don’t Wan na, like slash something just wanted the domain. You have the username and password here, your Email, you can update that as you need to, And then you click install at the bottom Wow. Okay, easy enough! All right! So you’ve never built a WordPress site before right. Right So brand-new, so the cool Thing about WordPress is that you can access It literally anywhere you want to So where’s kind of your Favorite places to work I like to write on my blog Whenever I’m, you know at home, At home, Yeah Just chilling out Yeah I, like coffee shops, Right And we’re working there So I can access it there, which is cool, so you Go to your domain name and then forward.
Slash WP, dash admin, it’ll be a login screen. I’r Cheating and doing like a little one, click login here inside of cPanel. So now there’s a get started: wizard we’re going to skip past that Just because you may not have that get starting wizard With your hosting provider, so I’ll hit, no thanks, So this is WordPress. It can Seem overwhelming there’s lots of stuff here to choose from, but I think the very first thing that we Need to do is choose a theme for your site.
Okay, So a theme is basically Like how you want your site to look, feel and function, Okay, Are there different things? That I can choose from There are tons, so you go To appearance and themes you have some default ones here I would recommend installing your own [ Alex ], Okay, [ Nealey ], But I’m going to have You kinda choose your own, we’re going to go to the most popular here and we’ll just tell me when I’ll, let you pick whatever one you want [ Alex ].
I like this one [, Nealey ], all right, so [ Alex ] Welcome to Sydney [ Nealey ], we’re going To Sydney, let’s do it so you mouse over, it click install! So then, once it’s installed, You click activate and then you’ve just installed a theme. [ Alex ], Okay, Super simple, all right, so After themes, we want to kind of check out some plugins, so plugins are basically little add-ons to your website.
Okay, So you can literally do Almost anything with the plug-in there’s that old phrase There’s a plug-in for that. We actually made a article On our favorite plugins, You wan na check it out, but I’ll show you how to install a plug-in. It’s pretty much the same. As installing a theme So plugins add new and then It’s going to show you some of the featured plugins here then we’re going to go to Popular I’ll, let you kinda check it out.
So, let’s check out, we Definitely want people to find your website, so We’ll install Yoast SEO here and just like that. We’re Going to click install So once you do install Again same thing activate and then that plug-in is done All right. So that’s installing A plug-in super simple, but let’s get to the real Meat of making your blog and that’s the post. So what do you wan na Make a post right now: Yeah: let’s do it Cool.
So where does a place that you recently ate at, or maybe your Favorite place in Austin: Let’s go with Hopdoddy great burgers, So super simple mouse Over posts and go add new, then we’re going to go to the editor, and this is going to be where you can basically start writing all your content. So how do you spell Hopdoddy? Is it Hop Hit daddy (, laughs, ) I can’t type Hopdoddy Cool Hopdoddy, exactly as it sounds, So you put your title here, you can add all your content.
Look at all this great content content. I’r writing. This is really great content, I’m just the best here all the words Guys, my blog is going to Be a lot better than this Super hot fire all right and then so. This is what was called The Gutenberg editor now it’s just really Called the page editor, You can add all your stuff Here so, as you see, I just started typing there’s this Little plus guy right here and you can add even more content.
So maybe you want to start adding pictures of your restaurant or the Restaurants to eat at rather or the food you eat, you do so here and just add your image and then you can choose from the media library. Okay, I don’t have anything the media library, No Hopdoddy picture, so I’m going to grab just A picture of a burger just for example’s sake when you are at Pexel.Com And just type in burgers see what pops up [ Alex ], And these are All free images right, [, Nealey, ], Yes, these are all free images makes it super helpful, especially If maybe you’re not doing food reviews, but you Have to have the image maybe seen some cool stock photos.
[ Alex ] Yeah, absolutely [, Nealey ]. This all look Delicious and I’m hungry all right, so I’m going to Download this really quick Cool, what’s cool about pexels too, is that these photographers are Giving their photos for free, if you want to support them, you can donate or follow them on Instagram, which is pretty cool. Very cool A little kick back there and then, once you have your image: You’re going to upload it, there then add your alt text, so alt text is basically What Google can read’cause Google can’t Understand when actual images, so we have to tell it so Super awesome, burgers And then select, and then we have our post and then, as you see here, we installed Yoast SEO.
So there’s a little section to update your search engine. Title search engine descriptions all that good Stuff And now last, but not Least, one of the more important things to think about with your post is to have a featured image. Basically, so when you have your site right and it’s not just text You have that little image there to capture it. Okay Make sure you’re on the document. Tab go down to featured Image set featured image and I’m going to be lazy and Just choose the same image: [ Alex ] Burgers all over the place, [ Nealey ], burgers, burgers burgers and then, when you’re done, you can publish or if you say, you’ve created A bunch of content, you don’t want them all published at Once you can actually schedule it right here, [ Alex ], Oh nice, [, Nealey, ], So publish when do you want this to publish [ Alex ] On Friday? [ Nealey ] Friday, all right! So let’s check it out all right.
So obviously the title we’re going to have to update a little bit. ( laughs, ) [ Alex ]. That’s not me! [ Nealey ], But then here’s Here’s, your blog post, so the feature image always shows first and then your content, And then your feature image, you have comment boxes, so your visitors can go and add. Their own two cents or say that is a super awesome burger, I’m just super hungry now, but let’s check out a couple other places on WordPress [ Alex ]; Okay, All right, so I’m going to Show you guys widgets And what exactly do widgets do? Widgets are a WordPress’ best friend, So on your blog post, you saw That there was that sidebar with not a lot of real content, which is kind of default generic stuff.
So if you go to appearances, And then widgets, this is basically all this content you can have on your sidebar and on your footer. Some themes may give you More options for sidebars, especially if you have Woocommerce, you could have the sidebar just for your blog post. You don’t want your blog post Just have like products you wan na have post, but you Want your products to show other related products, things like that.
Got it [ Nealey ], So you can Easily just get rid of stuff, you don’t want by clicking and dragging and then something else To really check out is the the customize tab. Most themes, especially the Free themes will have all the options to really Design and style your site right there, I’m just just Going to give you a quick overview of what this looks like, So this Sydney theme has a ton of options, so I was actually a little surprised.
You can’t have all your stuff Here, it’s your site, title your header area, things like That your homepage settings, so this is super important, so You’re going to have your latest posts show up, So let’s go ahead and go back all right. So let’s check out your website So again just click the my Blog that little shortcut to get to your website [ Alex ] Nice. So why does It say create your menu here in the top right corner, Because we need to Create a new menu here so that menus can be your navigation.
So, like your home links, Your about contact all that good stuff, You either click it there. If You’re on the front of site or if you’re in the Dashboard its appearance and then menus. You can Add your stuff here so it looks like we have Menu already kind of created, we have home and then sample page. I don’t want sample page to Show up so I’m going to go ahead and just remove that And then go ahead and click create menu and once you do you’ll See at the bottom here it shows menu settings So you can auto add pages so, as you add like “, an about” or “ contact” things it’ll automatically come here, so you don’t have to and then Display location primary menu is so it will actually appear up there.
[ Alex ], Okay, [ Nealey ]. So if we go primary, Menu and save and now check out the site, it’ll show home [ Alex ], Okay, [ Nealey ], just like that, then We have your awesome, Hopdoddy post with all this randomness Grand in hello world right there then default post there. So what does it mean when it says uncategorized right there? I almost forgot so Every post has a category, so you could have like burger restaurants or you can have ice cream places whatever you want it to be So by default.
WordPress Doesn’t know what to put so it’s going to have an uncategorized category, so you go to post categories. And then just click quick edit, we’re going to just type in burgers here, make it nice and simple But as you add posts, you can add content here. For categories or inside the post itself, [ Alex ] Okay, so now one of the issues with Having a blog is potentially the amount a spam you might get, there are BOTS out there that Just go out and just basically add just nonsense posts Trying to get links back to their site, So how do I avoid that? So there’s a few things you can do so most of the time WordPress Will come pre-installed with the plug-in called Akismet Anti-Spam? You can sign up and do that.
Otherwise you can do Like a captcha plug-in that make sure that they’re, an Actual person on your website and commenting plugins like Disqus, which is like facebook Login or Twitter login is definitely good to help Prevent some of that stuff too So earlier you showed me That SEO plug-in you know how do I make sure that my Content is going to be seen Yeah, let’s actually check out Yoast. So if you go over to your Page we wan na go back to edit it again, So you can either click Directly on it or click edit here so under Yoast, It’s going to give you a lot of recommendations and Things like that, like again, I have nonsense here.
Just For the sake of this you’re, the writer I’r going to, let you create here Will work the magic later, But it’ll take a little snippet Here for you, so by default it’s going to have title page. Separator and site title so you can get rid of this and do Hopdoddy. My favorite burger place. Review or whatever you want it to be, [ Alex ], Okay, [ Nealey ]. It’s going to give You a little kind of wheel, the more content, the Better see it goes to green [, Alex ] Wow green is good [, Nealey, ], Basically and It’s going to give you a little snippet of how it’s going to Look on search engines.
You want a lot of content. That’s attention-grabbing and has kind of your focus keyword, so your focus key would Really be like Hopdoddy review, you wan na make sure You have that in there And then your Meta Description, Like it says, please provide a meta description by Adding a snippet below, basically it’s a quick little Snippet of what someone’s going to get out of your content, if they read it, you wan na keep It engaging but again make sure you have whatever your Focus word is, for you, it’ll, be a hopdoddy review, so have that somewhere in there as a business owner your page, your post, You’ll wan na make sure that you have some type of focus word for that page, whether it’s a review or An “ about us” or a service and include it in your Description and your title And then you can kind of go Down, there’s SEO analysis.
It’s going to give you a lot of information and you can just Go down the rabbit hole or just clicking all this stuff I’ll leave that for another article. Actually, we did a article on SEO if you wan na check it out right here, [ Alex ] Whoa. So why Does it say not secure there in the top left corner [ Nealey ], Because Technically, it’s not secure, so really I mean it’s Secure, like the information on there is fine, but with WordPress you have that WP dash admin where you log in Right, so it’s not secure! So if you enter in your Username, your password that information is sent over Plaintext on the Internet, So if there’s a man in the Middle attacks someone’s, what’s called sniffing, Captures that information it’s out there super yeah its rough Super important, if you have like a type of shop where you are Taking credit card information or just personal information, So that can be easily fixed.
By getting an SSL certificate, so if you do enter user name, And password it’s sent over the internet so I’ll jumbled up. So even if someone grabs It they have no idea what the heck it means. Okay And then on top of just Really just safety and security. You always want to make Backups, especially with a blog and you’re constantly adding stuff, are you planning to post How many times a week or how many times a month, I’m planning on posting Probably about once a week: Okay, so that’s like 52 posts a year! So if something were To happen to your site, all those posts are gone So make sure you have some Type of backup service, most hosting providers, will Have something for you or you can find something third-party, but it’s always easier to do.
With your hosting provider, since it’s all usually automated But you want to protect all this time invested into this project, make sure it’s just not gone in the blink of an eye. Right All right, so these are Just the basics of building your first blog there again There’s lots of options to kind of go through and make it your own like. We still need to Update the the title, and then it comes with navigation colors things like that at least This has a solid foundation for you to build your first site and then from here it’s Just exploring that’s kind of the fun of WordPress There’s so much to explore, so you can never stop learning Perfect.
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Thank you so much for joining me happy new year, it’s january, I believe the 16 since Monday, Martin Luther King holiday, and it’s been a long time since I’ve done an actual face to face on camera head bobbing article – and, let me just say 2016, was a Very it was an interesting year. I get a lot of consensus that a lot of people went through a lot of struggles and there were some some trials and tribulations, and I can attach to some of that as well.
But I can also attest that I had some major gains in my business. I started another business added to my portfolio of income streams and that was amazing meeting the new people involved in that, and it was just really exciting towards the end of the year. However, the little tribulation started happening personally I got sick, I got it started off with just a cold that seemed like it just SAT my test for weeks and weeks and weeks and i’m coughing and coughing in that.
As soon as I told a friend who would had asked me, you know how you’re cold, how you doing I said: oh yeah, I’m feeling better my cold. The cost seems to be subsiding the very next day my cold turned into the flu a full-blown flu. Now I don’t think I have i’ve had the flu since I was a little girl. No, I don’t take the flu shot, usually I’m taking care of myself, but I have to admit that I had not throughout the whole year 2016.
Probably the last two years. I want to say I have not taken any vitamins I used to be a very into you know: supplementation, because you don’t get it in your foods. I’ve been eating crap, just because I’ve been running around and ripping and running, and just really not taking care of. My south, so the last couple of months of 2016 – I don’t know about you, but when I’m sick, I don’t want to do anything.
I don’t want to talk to anybody, I’m not trying to talk about my business, i’m not blogging, I’m not doing anything. I have no inspiration. I have no motivation. I just want to lay there when I get home I want to whatever it is that I’m doing for the day. I just you know it. I just don’t have any kind of inclination to to do anything. I would want to go a few say something else, but yeah that’s TMI, but, and so, and I still have a little bit of the cough left over from the flu.
It’s taking forever to go away. My husband also got sick. It’s just been crazy, but I can say all that and say this, even through all of that, where I wasn’t working my business at all. For a couple of months, my business was still producing, I was still getting leads. I was still getting sales. I was still getting signups because I had set up my brand. I had a brand and I was blogging and i’m getting leads from blogs that I did way back in the beginning of the year.
So, there’s something to be said for creating your online brand, which includes having a website, that’s branded to you that talks about your passions, not just your business, but you want to add your passions. So you have more to talk about than just business and believe me, it’ll be working for you, 24 7. You can create a blog post a year from now and you’ll start getting leads on it in a few months and you’ll just continue to get leads from that one blog post and and I’m when I say blogging, I’m not just talking about you know you go To blogger com – and you create your free account and just start talking about anything, i’m talking about strategic blogging for people who are in business, preferably not probably but mostly network marketers direct sellers realtor’s, because those blog posts, like I said, are working for you.
24 7. Even when you don’t feel like doing anything, you’re still getting weeds from that blog and obviously that when you’re blogging, you should have your autoresponder. So, there’s a lot of little components that goes along with blogging and having a website, like, I said not just from the free account but having your own branded, hosted self hosted website. That’s branded to you, because people really don’t do business with businesses.
They want to do business with people, people that they can know like and trust. Now people say well, I have you know I have facebook, social media. I can just do stuff on there. You can that’s true, but that stuff isn’t going to you’re not going to get a lead from a blog. I mean from a Facebook post that you post is a year ago. You might somebody might find it and like it, but more than likely you’re not going to get a lead from it right, so social media can’t be trusted.
I’m sorry! Yes, it’s a great place to prospect. It’s a great place to market and to get people to kind of see you, but when it comes down to it, you want to have your own branded blog. Okay, so – and I call it blog strategic blogging or blogging on purpose – and there are certain elements to a blog post that creates traffic and leads to whatever it is that you’re marketing, selling or sign up for your direct sales business or for your realtor or business Or whatever it’s it’s, I if I had known how important it is to have something like that working for you when you’re sick.
I know it now, because when I got sick like I said I did not want to do anything. Thank goodness I had set up my brand beforehand and now it’s working for me, and so I’m going to be talking a lot about that in 2017 and helping people create a blog that actually serves. I mean it’s twofold is serving the purpose of your reader and you at the same time. So it’s a give-and-take you’re, not just taking you know, especially getting your direct sales, it kind of gets.
I don’t know for me the idea of always trying to get somebody trying to tackle somebody sign up for my business and join my team and there’s more to business. That’s what a distributor does that’s not what a business owner does, and I want to talk to people who want to be business owners who are choosing the network marketing business model, but they want a more efficient, more fun way to build your business and have your Business working for you and you’re living that true laptop lifestyle.
Let me tell you, as the introvert mogul I got online because I did not want to have to do the traditional traditional network, marketing stress strategies that I was being taught and a lot of my and even in the business that I am now. It is a network marketing business, they are very traditional. They are very all about traveling, all over the city, in your town and building up your town and talking to your friends and family, and you know you got to make sure that they sign up the wonder if they do it have them.
Do it as a favor to you and it’s really all the very old school type training and most network marketing companies are going to teach you that because that’s the easiest thing to teach, but it’s not the most constructive. It’s not leveraging your time when you talk to people who have got some success in their network marketing business and they did it through the traditional means that you hear a lot about the struggle.
Oh, it was hard and people drop out and you’re going here and you’re running there. I never saw my kids, you don’t have to do that anymore. You don’t have to not see your kids in your family anymore. You can truly run your business from your laptop and you can have your business working for you, while you’re on vacation, okay, while you’re if you’re sick. If you’re you know you don’t feel like doing anything that day, your business can still be working for you.
So you want to leverage the internet and I don’t just mean social media marketing you a lot of times. I would talk to people in my network, marketing company and they say well. Online marketing doesn’t work, but they really have no idea what online marketing is. When I say when they say think online marketing, they think social, media marketing and really that’s not even marketing – that’s prospecting.
Social media marketing is mainly prospecting and most people don’t even do that right, okay, there and I won’t even go into that. But that’s going to be the topic of my discussion for the rest of 2017 because I think a really really important thing and it’s going to help give people an alternative to how they build their business. And it’s going to be in a way that they’ve loved and they enjoy doing because, if you’re in a business – and it’s a drudgery for you, if you don’t enjoy doing what you’re doing, then you might as well just get a second job.
Because it’s not worth it, it’s not worth having to cry. You know every day because you’re so exhausted and you don’t feel like you’re. You know you feel, like you’re just take take taking from people to try and get them to sign up from your business it. When I talk about attraction marketing, when I talk about branding you, this kind of business is so much more. Fulfilling people are coming to you, instead of you having to chase them.
Okay and I’m going to stop right there, because my dog’s crying and I need to take them out so let’s thank you so much for joining me make sure to subscribe to my youtube blog, I mobile television or I mobile TV, and I’m going to be like I said I’m talking about a lot about blogging and really helping people understand how to create a blog and how to create a blog post, how to how to do it in a way, that’s fun and exciting for you, alright.
So once again, thank you so much for joining me happy new year and too much success to you and your family. Alright, bye, bye! For now you you