Every day newcomers want to learn how to blog. They’ve heard somewhere that it’s one of the ways to make a lot of money online, but they don’t know how to get started. So, they take to the internet to see what they can learn. Although blogging, like any other business endeavor, is constant work, it’s also very fun and rewarding to see your work published online. But, it’s critical that you have the right foundation if you want to do it right.
It’s Important To Learn How To Blog Properly
Starting out with the right foundation is important to building a successful blog. Every blog looks different, but all of the successful ones have a few things in common.
- A self-hosted blog site from wordpress.org. If you don’t have your own hosted site, you lose functionality and don’t have control. You’re at the whim of the blogging site that you’ve chosen, and they can shut you down at any time leaving you hanging.
- You need to have an autoresponder. If you’re in business, there’s really only one main reason to have a blog, and that’s to build a list. You have to have an autoresponder to do that properly. There are several services out there such as iContact, Mail Chimp, Get Response, and a number of others. I use AWeber because it’s affordable, reliable, and easy to set up and use.
- Some basic plugins. There’s an entire universe of plugins out there, and everybody has their own opinion on which ones you should have. That’s one of the big reasons why everybody’s blogs look differently. But, you need to have a security plugin, an anti-virus plugin, one to deal with spam comments, plus a few others. A thorough plugin list is a topic for another day, but just know that there are several that you must have for the functionality of your blog.
It’s important that you pick your unique selling proposition, or niche, carefully. Your USP needs to be right for you. Take a look at the post I just linked to discussing unique selling propositions for an in-depth discussion on the topic, but here’s a couple of basic requirements for a good USP.
- Your USP needs to be narrowly defined. I’ve seen experts say that you can’t define your niche too narrowly. The more narrow yours is, the better. You can always broaden it once you establish yourself and have developed a reputation. One caveat to a narrow niche, though:
- Your USP has to have enough traffic. Narrow or broad, if nobody’s searching for or interested in your niche, you’re wasting your time. You have to do some research to choose your niche wisely. Again, read my USP post for a more thorough explanation on this.
- Your niche needs to be something you enjoy. You’re going to be writing fairly extensively about your niche, so it better be something you like.
From there research your topics and start posting.
How Did I Learn How To Blog?
When I started learning about attraction marketing and building a business by drawing prospects to me, I knew I needed a blog. The problem was, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I had never even been to somebody else’s blog at that point. In my search, I came across a product called MLM Blog Secrets by Ty Tribble. For those who don’t know Ty, he started blogging in 2003 and was one of the pioneers to use blogging to build his network marketing business. So I bought his MLM Blog Secrets product, along with an advanced product called MLM Blog Code. I went through the training and had my blog up and running in a matter of days.
A few of the things that are included in MLM Blog Secrets and Blog Code:
- Multiple videos and modules. Ty shows you his screen as he’s performing the tasks he’s instructing you on.
- Step-by-step instruction. This one’s a biggie for me. There’s a lot of products out there that will teach you what to do, but they always leave steps out. Blog Secrets and Blog Code walk you through the process step-by-step from beginning to end and the whole time you’re watching videos of Ty doing exactly what he’s telling you to do.
- Keyword research. Ty takes you through the process of doing keyword research for your blog posts and then how to optimize those posts for the search engines.
- Important plugins. He walks you through the process of searching for, installing, activating, and optimizing the settings for several important plugins for your blog. As you continue down the road, you’ll add some additional plugins, but these are the important ones to get you started.
- Other blogs to read. Ty gives you a list of blogs that he recommends you read so that you can see how other people format their posts, what kind of writing style they use, etc. Just by reading these other blogs consistently, you can learn more on how to write posts for your own blog. Ty even shows a super secret method of how to ethically copy and use other people’s content on your own blog and get them to actually thank you for using their content. This is a great secret!
If it wasn’t for MLM Blog Secrets and Blog Code, it would’ve taken me forever to get my blog up and running. And my traffic grew pretty quickly through utilizing Ty’s methods. This training definitely shortcut my learning curve by several months at the minimum. And from what I’ve seen around the ‘net, there are some rather experienced bloggers that could learn a few things from this training. It’s that good.
Click here to check out MLM Blog Secrets and see if it can help you learn how to blog.
In order to be totally transparent, I want to tell you that I have a couple of affiliate links in this post. If you click on one of them and make a purchase, I’ll get some money for it. But, I believe strongly in those products, they’ve helped my business tremendously, and if they’re able to help yours out, I might as well put a little food on the table.
What About You?
Are you looking to learn how to blog? Or are you looking to improve on what you’re already doing? How did you get started blogging? How has the process gone for you? Take a minute and leave a comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Also, before you click out of here, take just a second and share this post with the social media buttons to your left and then like my new Facebook fan page. Thanks!