How to Write a Blog Post using WordPress

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In this blog post, I am going to show you how to create a blog post using WordPress. Now, hopefully, you already have a WordPress blog. If you don’t, no worries. But you do need to get a blog setup first before you can write a blog post. I can help you do it quickly and cheaply. I have created a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up a WordPress blog in about 20 minutes. And for a limited time, you can get web hosting service from Blue Host for as low as $3.95 a month, which is ridiculously cheap. As an added bonus, you’ll get a free domain name ($15 value) through my Blue Host link if you purchase at least one year of web hosting service. Once, your WordPress blog is up and running, let’s begin learning how to write your very first blog post.

But before we get started, I just wanna let you know that this tutorial is gonna have some extra, bonus material in it.  I am going to include some content in this post that’s in one of my paid courses.   I have a 30-day email ecourse called Blogging 4 Bucks and n it that ecourse, I teach bloggers how to monetize their blog.  My step-by-step instructions below include 3 free nuggets from my Blogging 4 Bucks email course.  So, look for those throughout this blog post.  Ok, let’s get started.

Step 1: Check out the Dashboard

WordPress blog dashboard

Each time you log into WordPress, it will  automatically bring you the Dashboard.  I call the Dashboard “Command Central” for your blog.  Everything you need to do for you blog will start in the Dashboard.  In your Dashboard, you can add images, create pages, edit your WordPress theme, change blog settings and anything else that’s related to your blog.  Since we are learning how to write a blog post, the next step will show how to do that from the Dashboard.

Step 2: Add New Blog Post

add new WordPress blog post

To create a new blog post, hover your cursor over the “Blog Post” text on the left-side of the screen.  When the text is highlighted, a drop-down menu should appear and click on “Add New”.

Next, a blank blog post should appear like in the image below, sans the 2 purple rectangles.  Those purple rectangles are custom to my WordPress theme. A theme is the design of your blog.  Now, WordPress has some built-in themes that you can use and you can also get free WordPress themes on the Internet.  However, I have tried both and firmly believe that you get what you pay for.  I recommend Elegant Themes by Divi for your blog.  I use it on this blog and it is a game changer.  You can customize it to your blog and create any kind of configuration, layout or design that you want.  Click here to learn more about Elegant Themes by Divi.

blog post

Step 3: Create a Blog Post Title

blog post title

Write the title of your blog post in the blank text area at the top of the blog post.  Now lemme give you some Blogging 4 Bucks tips. Make sure that your blog post title has keywords and keyword phrases that customers frequently search for on Google.  It’s best to use the keywords as close to the beginning of the title as possible.  If you can’t figure your keyword into the beginning of the title, use the keyword, a colon, then follow with the rest of the title.    For example, let’s assume you have a beauty blog and you are writing a blog post about lipstick colors for the Fall season.  Let’s also assume that your keyword is “lipstick”.  Some good blog post title examples are:

Lipstick Colors for the Fall

Lipstick 101: How to Apply Lipstick Like a Pro

These are great blog post titles because the keyword is at the beginning of the blog post title. Some bad blog post title examples are:

Fall’s 10 Hottest Lipstick Colors

This blog post title isn’t great because the keyword is towards the end of the blog post title.  Also, it’s really important to write a catchy, title that will grab the reader’s attention.  The more blog posts you write, the better you will get at this.

Step 3: Write Your Blog Post

blog post text area

In the large text box, write the text of your blog post.  Use the text editing tools above the text box to format the text in the blog post.  Personally, I never just type my blog post into the text box.  I have a document in Google Docs just for my blog posts.  I write down my ideas for future blog posts and I also type up and edit my blog posts in that document.  When I am done writing the text of a blog post, I just copy and paste it from my Google document into the blog post text area.  That’s just my process.  You do what works best for you.

Here is your second Blogging 4 Bucks tip.  In the blog post text you write, liberally sprinkle the popular keywords and phrases throughout the text.  This is a guaranteed method for making your blog rank higher in Google.  If you use the most popular phrases that people search for online about your topic, Google will detect that your blog contains these keywords and phrases and give it a higher ranking.  Now, it is important not to overuse the keywords and keyword phrases in your text. Just don’t write the keywords and phrases over and over again without making sense.  Your content should make sense.  Google will detect that you are trying to scam the system and blacklist your site.  You do not want that.  Google is too important to be blacklisted from it.  Write the blog post as you normally would, but be sure to add keywords.

Step 4: Add an Image or Video to Your Blog Post

add image to blog post

Each blog post you write should include an image or video.  Why?  Because it’s a great way to break up the text.  No one wants to read blocks and blocks of text.  Therefore, adding images and videos make the blog post more visually appealing.   To add an image or video to your blog post, simply click the “Add Media” button and upload from your computer or media library.  It’s that simple.

Step 5: Add Tags

add tags to blog post

Tags are an easy way to add metadata to your blog.  What is metadata, you ask?  Metadata is information about the data on your blog.  Metadata that’s embedded in your blog are the page description, author, last date a page was modified and keywords.  Who uses metadata?  Your metadata is used by Google to find out more about your blog.  It cannot be viewed in a browser.  However, Google can scan this information to find out if the content on your blog is current or not.

Here is another Blogging 4 Bucks nugget.  You can easily add metadata to your blog by adding tags to your blog post.  Tags are keywords that you can add to your blog post to make it more searchable in Google.  So, do some keyword research and add popular keywords and keyword phrases in the tag section of your blog post.

To add tags to your WordPress blog post, look on the right side of the blog post.  Under the Categories section, you’ll find the Tags section.  Enter in your tags, or keywords, and make sure you separate each one with a comma.  Finally, click “Enter” and you’re done!  It’s easy to create tags or metadata to your blog post.

Step 6: Select Your Categories

blog post categories

A category is a topic that you discuss on your blog.  For example, if you have a healthy eating blog, you may have different categories: vegan recipes, vegetarian recipes, low carb recipes and so on.  When you write a blog post, it’s a good idea to assign it to the category it best fits into.  To do this, simply check the box of the category you want to assign that blog post to.  If you need to create a new blog post category, just click the “Add New Category” link and enter your new category name.

Step 7: Set a Featured Image

set featured blog post image

On the front of my blog, I show the last 6 blog posts that I have published in my “Latest Blog Posts” section.  It will have a thumbnail of an image, the blog post title and an excerpt or blurb about that blog post.  So, every blog may not need to use the ‘Set Featured Image’ function.  But it is important to set your featured image if you have a blog post page or show blog post thumbnails on your blog.

To set the featured blog post image, locate the ‘Featured Image’ section under the Tags section on the right side of the blog post.  Then, click on the ‘Set Featured Image’ link.  A window will pop-up allowing you to use images in your Media Library or upload from your computer.  Next, check the front end of your blog to make sure that the thumbnail image has posted correctly.

Step 8: Publish Your Very, First Blog Post! Yay!

publish blog post

Here we are at the final and most important step of this process – the publishing process.  But before you hit that ‘Publish” button, make sure you blog post is free from typos and grammatical errors.  To publish your blog post, just hit the blue ‘Publish” button.  But, did you know that you can schedule your blog posts in advance?  I do this all the time.  I try to take a day or two and write out all my blog posts for that month.  Then, I schedule them to post on a certain date automatically.

To schedule your blog post to post at a later date, click the ‘Edit’ link after ‘Publish Immediately’.  A drop-down will appear.  Enter the date and time you want to schedule that blog post.  Then click the ‘Ok’ button.  Remember, you can always reschedule your blog post by hitting the ‘Cancel’ link or entering a new date and time.

Next Steps

If you followed all the about steps, congratulations!  You are officially a blogger!  Yay!  Your blogging journey has just begun and I want to support you throughout your journey.  Below, I have that will help you write blog posts:

Remember, it is important to blog consistently and over time, your readership will grow.  After you have grown an audience, start doing things to monetizing your blog.  As I said earlier, I have an ecourse where I teach bloggers simple ways how to make money blogging.  Did you enjoy the Blogging 4 Bucks nuggets I gave in this tutorial?  If so, click here to learn more about my 30-day email ecourse.

Also, if you have written a blog post using this tutorial, post the link in the comments below.  I would love to read it!

Toodles,

Dr. Marcella Wilson

What to Blog About: Make Money or Follow Your Heart?

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A few days ago, I wrote a blog post about what to blog about.  I gave 3 steps on how to find your niche by really focusing and honing in on a unique topic.  But let me delve into something of equal importance that most people who want to blog struggle with – should they focus on following their passion or go after money?  In this blog post, I’ll take a look at what’s better, blogging about what you love or blogging to get that loot.  Keep reading to find out my take on both sides of this issue.

But before we dive deep into what to blog about, let me ask if you have a blog?  Is it set up?  If not, great!  Let me help you get started.  I am here for you and that’s the purpose of this blog – to help mommy bloggers.  As a result, I have written a tutorial that gives step-by-step instructions on how to start a blog in 5 minutes.  Click HERE to get started.  Okay, now back to whether we should blog to make money or follow our passion.

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What to Blog About: Something that Makes Money or Follow your heart?

What to Blog About?  A Topic You’re Passionate About

Are you blogging about something you are interested in?  Or something you are passionate about?  Well, I don’t want to burst your beautiful blogging bubble but I do want to give you a dose of reality.  Blogging in itself is hard and it can be a grind.  You have to be consistent and blog when you don’t know what to write about or don’t feel like blogging.  It is important to love what you do because sometimes that’s the only thing that’s gonna keep your blog going.  So, I suggest you blog about something you like.

What to Blog About? Something That Makes Money

However, we are living in turbulent times. It’s hard out here.  There is no such thing as job security anymore. Unemployment is up to levels we haven’t seen since the Great Depression and no one knows from one day to the next what will happen with the economy. Geoff Williams of the New York Times says, “Sure, you can start your blog as a memoir. But if you have expertise that people pay for, definitely consider blogging about that.” For those reasons, I strongly suggest that you blog about your expertise, skill or experience that can bring in money. I’m not telling you to do something I wouldn’t do. I had to make that hard decision myself. Let me tell you a little more about my story.

My Story

A few years ago, I was getting a lot of media attention from my blog. I was regularly asked to give interviews and if I could come to local news stations to tape news segments. As a result of all that media exposure, I built my blog around being a tech expert. For years, my blog was about my take on the latest tech news and gadgets. But I can honestly say that I did not make a cent off my blog for years. Sure, I spent money making demo reels, getting my blog looking perfect and traveling here and there, but I didn’t make any money.

But an interesting thing was also happening during this time. Many of my friends and friends of friends approached me about creating or redesigning web sites for them. Others were asking me to help them start a blog or design Pinterest pins for their business. I did it and didn’t really think much about it. But you know what? That money was steady and it was good money. I never advertised my skills and all the business I got was by word of mouth.

Life Makes You Shift Gears

During that time, my life and priorities changed. I became a stay-at-home mommy of a toddler and twin babies. I could no longer travel at the drop of a hat or run to a news station with only 2 hours notice because I was the main caregiver for my children. My days were filled with doctor’s appointments, play dates and potty training. I also knew that I wanted to do things for my children that required money that we didn’t have, like gymnastics, ballet class and private schooling.

It finally dawned on me one day to focus more on web design, teaching mommies how to blog and being a Pinterest VA but fall back on the tech expert stuff. I mean, it’s not rocket science, right? I was making money doing web design and being a Pinterest VA without even trying but couldn’t earn a dollar blogging about the latest technology. Even though I was passionate about educating and informing the public about technology, it wasn’t paying the bills. Let’s be honest,  blogging, Pinterest and the Internet are not going away anytime soon – probably ever!  Blogs and social media are here to stay. As a result, the number of sites and the demand to create and maintain sites continues to increase over time. For those reasons, I decided to switch gears and focus my blog on helping moms build profitable blogs, selling web design services, offering Pinterest VA services and  because it fills a need that people have and generates income for my family.

Luckily, all the things I was doing were in my wheelhouse.  I really didn’t have to chose between blogging about my passion versus blogging for money.  So, my suggestion to you is to try to find a combination of both.  In other words, figure out what you love and find out how you can make some money off it.  That is truly what you should blog about.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you want to blog about or what is more important to you – blogging for loot or love.

Toodles,

Dr. Marcella Wilson

Starting a Blog to Make Money or For Fun? I’m Here to Help

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So you’re interested in starting a blog, huh? Wanna learn how it can help you break into the career that you dream about?  Maybe you want to find out how it can build your business? Or you want to become the next great food, style, fitness or DIY blogger? Well, I’m not a genie with a crystal ball so I can’t predict your future. But I can tell you all of the wonderful and amazing things that have happened to me since starting a blog.

When I Started Blogging, Great Things Happened

Like me, I’m sure you are very busy and juggle many things in your professional and personal lives. I have been blogging off and on for about 5 years. When I started blogging, I wasn’t committed to it because I was still in grad school and having babies. Honestly, I really didn’t have time to focus on it. I was kinda doing it just because I thought it was fun. But then I had some life changes which prompted me to start blogging seriously. I began blogging with a purpose about 3 years ago. Once I got serious about blogging, amazing things began happening to me. Here are just a few of the wonderful opportunities I have experienced because of blogging:

Starting a Blog in 2 Quick Steps

If you are reading this blog post, I am going to assume that you are starting a blog for a specific purpose.  Maybe you want to attract more business to your physical store.  Or maybe you want to be a mommy blogger who earns thousands of dollars per month via your blog.  Whatever the case, it is important to know why you want to blog.  But, how to set up your blog and get it started?  Well, that’s a whole different story.  Many folks out there want to start a blog but they don’t know how to set one up or write a blog post.  Well, that’s where I come in.  It is my passion to help people start a blog and use it to build their business.  Starting a blog doesn’t have to be a chore or something to dread.  Let me help you.

Step 1 – Start Your Blog

So first things first, let’s get your blog up and running.  Lucky for you, I have written this tutorial about starting a blog.  It will show you how to get your own blog set up in just 5 minutes!  That’s right, just 5 minutes!  Click HERE to get started.  There is no need to be scared or intimidated about this.  I am here to help you and walk you through the process step by step.

Step 2 – Figure Out What to Blog About

Next, let’s figure out the topic of your blog.  If you already know what topic your blog cover, that’s great.  But if you are not exactly sure what to blog about, below is a list of the most popular blog topics on the Internet.

Now that list is great, but blogging will be hard for you if you write about health or relationships.  The topics in the above list are too broad.  Therefore, you must narrow down your topic and find a niche or aspect of your topic to write about on your blog.  Remember, I’m here to help so I’ve written tutorials to help you find your niche.  Check out “What to Blog About: How to Decide in 3 Easy Steps” and “What to Blog About: Make Money or Follow Your Heart?”

Need More Help?

If you finished steps one and two above, let me congratulate you.  The hardest part of making a decision to start a blog and setting it up is over.  But know that this is just the beginning.  You have a long, wonderful journey ahead of you full of blogging and building a profitable online business.  So, once again let me remind you that I am here to help.  I suggest signing up for my email newsletter.  It’s cool because every week, I send you helpful info on how to build your blog and your business.  I also update you on any blogging courses, webinars and other events I offer.  And you do not want to miss out on those.  Plus I will also send you my FREE eBook on blogging called “Want to Create a Blog? Read this First! A Beginners Guide on What to Do Before You Begin Blogging.”  Click HERE to enter your name and email address and I’ll send it right to your email inbox.

Oh, and don’t forget to leave me a comment letting me know your blog topic and the web address.  I’d love to check it out.

Cheers!

Dr. Marcella Wilson

What To Blog About? How to Decide in 3 Easy Steps

What to Blog About - Decide in 3 Easy Steps

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You know what question I get asked the most – what should I blog about?  And you know what I answer?  I usually say, “I don’t know.  What do YOU want to blog about?”  I can’t tell a person what to blog about.  As a mommy blogger, you must decide what you are going to blog about.  I believe this is the most important thing you need to decide as a blogger.  It will also have a huge impact your blog experience.  So, if you are unsure and don’t know how to decide on a blog topic, here are 3 simple steps to help you figure out what to blog about.

But let’s not put the cart before the horse.  Before we can begin blogging, we have to get a blog.  Do you have a blog?  Is it set up?  If not, great!  Let me help you get started.  i am here for you and that’s the purpose of this blog – to help mommy bloggers.  As a result, I have written a tutorial that gives step-by-step instructions on how to start a blog in 5 minutes.  Click HERE to get started.  I am excited for you.  Let’s do this together.  Okay, now let’s get back to what to blog about.

Step 1 – Get a Topic

Let me ask you a question?  What topic will you focus on writing about?  I suggest blogging about ONE thing.  I understand that everyone has various interests, passions and hobbies.  But your blog should be focused and concise on one topic.  It’s okay to have several blogs.  Lots of people do this.  What you don’t want to have is a blog that is talking about a lot of topics, confusing and all over the place.  So what I want you to do is think about what you ultimately want to do or what you want to use blogging for.

Step 2 – Find Your Niche

What is a niche?  The definition of niche is “a distinct segment in the market”. Notice the word distinct in the definition.  So, take a market, field, interest, passion or hobby you have and find a distinct segment of it.  That’s a niche.  Let’s take cars for example.  If you want to blog about cars, that’s great.  But the topic of cars is very broad.  It would be wise to decide what segment of cars to blog about.  You could blog about Ford Mustangs or futuristic concept cars.  Or you could blog about electric cars or car crash testing and safety issues.  Do you see where I am going?  For your blog, you need to focus narrowly on that one topic and use blogging to become an expert or leader in that topic.

Step 3 – Set a Goal

Let’s just take a minute and think about your goals.  I’m going to make some assumptions that since you are reading this blog post, you want to use blogging to establish your blog and business.  Therefore, you need to be focused on one, specific topic.  You want to have a well-read blog or become an authority on a certain topic or in a particular industry.  In order to do this, you must stay on topic – one topic.

What to Blog About: A Case Study

I’m going to use one of my previous workshop attendees as an example.  Ted (not his real name) worked at a local news station covering sports in the Philadelphia area.  He had dreams of becoming a sports commentator working the sidelines of professional games for national news or sports cable channels.  He also wanted to give commentary on pre-game shows.  Ted wanted to start a blog to take his local sports broadcast career to a national level.  He wanted my advice on how to improve his blog and how blogging could help raise his profile.  When I took a look at his blog, he was blogging about everything – local sports, professional sports, high school athletes, college games and more.  It was also taking a toll on him because Ted felt he had to give his opinion on every big sports story that came out so he appeared to be abreast and current on all the latest sports stories.  I advised him to blog about one specific sport on one specific level.  I told him, if you are most passionate about college football, then blog about that.  If major league baseball was his thing, then that’s what he should focus on.  As it turns out, he loves professional football.  So I told him to blog only about that.

Ted contacted me several months after the workshop and told me that blogging has become a joy.  No longer was he spending hours blogging about every sports story.   Now, he focused on the one thing he was passionate about – professional football.  As a result, Ted’s readership increased dramatically and he is well on his way to becoming a sought after, respected NFL sports blogger.

Final Thoughts

If I can take you back to my graduate education, here is what you do to get a doctorate – you focus broadly on one narrow topic.  Does that make sense?   To put it differently, when I was writing my dissertation, I was basically writing a lot about one, small aspect of a research topic.  That’s what you want to do in your blog.  Take one topic and only focus on that.  That way, your readers will know exactly what your blog is about and you will know exactly the one thing that your blog is about.

If you are reading this and your blog is not up yet, no worries.  Lucky for you, I have written this tutorial about starting a blog.  It will show you how to get your own blog set up in just 5 minutes!  That’s right, just 5 minutes!  Click HERE to get started.  There is no need to be scared or intimidated about this.  I am here to help you and walk you through the process step by step.

What is Your Blog About?

So, in the comments section, let me know some things.  Have you figured out what to blog about?  What is your blog topic or niche?  Why do you want to blog?  What is the niche you blog about?  What is the goal your blog could help you achieve?  Lemme know…

Toodles,

Dr. Marcella Wilson

6 Super Simple Steps to Setup a WordPress Blog

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Does This Sound Like YOU?

After weeks and months of going back and forth, you finally made the decision to start a blog.  You are pumped!  You’ve picked a topic that you love to blog about.  And you think that you can squeeze in an hour to work on your blog each day while your oldest child is in kindergarten and your youngest child is napping.  You’re excited.  But then out of nowhere, it hits you.  The feelings of intimidation, fear and overwhelm.  “Oh, no!  I have to setup a blog!!!”  You’re screaming inside your head.  You’re beginning to feel anxious because you’re worried that the instructions will be confusing and full of technical mumbo-jumbo.  You think you’ll have to spend hours and hours trying to setup your blog with no success.  And in the end, you fear that you’ll end up frustrated, thinking this whole “bloggy setup thing” was a complete and utter waste of time.  Is this what you are thinking?

 

But, wait…  What if I told you that it’s really easy to setup a blog and you could do it in 6 simple steps?  Better yet, what if I told you that I could hold your hand through the process and it will only take about 20 minutes of your time?  Feeling better about things?  Let me give you step-by-step instructions on how to setup a blog.  I will not use any technical jargon and promise to explain everything in simple words that everyone can understand.  Because if you don’t know, lemme tell you a little about me.  I am an online Information Systems professor.  For the past 7 years, I’ve taught students online and have been trained to breakdown technical topics and make them simple to understand.  So, with my experience and your passion, we can get this blog setup.  And in all reality, you really don’t need me. When you go through the steps to setup your blog and see how simple it is, you’ll be calling all your girlfriends to tell them about it.  Because you see, you’ve already done the hard work.  The hardest thing was making the decision to start a blog.  Everything else will fall into place.  And with that, I will ask if you are ready to start your blog today?  If so, cool!  Let’s get started!

Web Hosting Service: What is it?

To set up a blog, you will need to get web hosting service.  But just in case you’re not sure exactly what a web host is, let me explain it to you.  A web host gives you space on the internet to “house” your blog.  Let me give you an example.  There are millions of town homes, houses, apartments, condos, etc. in every city.  But each living space has its own unique location or address.  The domain name is the address or location of that living space that identifies it from all the others.  Your blog is stored in the living space online.  But you need to find a web host to rent that living space online that houses your blog.  The web host is the landlord who rents out a certain amount of space on the internet for your blog to live.  To sum it all up, the web host makes space available to house your blog on the internet and leases or rents that space to you.

Your web host rents out the space to you.  You cannot permanently own this space on the internet.  Your job is to find a web host that offers rates you find affordable.  Normally, you buy this service on an annual basis.  The longer you pay up front for web space, the cheaper the rate will be.  I recommend that you use Blue Host.  The service is affordable and the customer service is amazing.

Click here to get started. 

Web Host Setup Tutorial

Now, that you know what a web host is, let’s start the 6-step tutorial on how to set up Blue Host’s web hosting service.  This tutorial covers the steps listed below.  Also, if you are watching the video and following along, I have also put the time I talk about each step in parenthesis.  So, if you want to jump to a specific step, you can!

 

  1. Select Your Plan (10:02)
  2. Setup Your Free Domain Name (11:10)
  3. Create Your Account (13:09)
  4. Pick Your Package (14:50)
  5. Make Your Investment (17:00)
  6. Install WordPress (18:00)

Why Blue Host?

But first, let me just tell some of the amazing benefits that you will get with Blue Host.

RELIABLE SERVICE (2:45)

Blue Host is one of the top web hosting providers and offers many benefits with its hosting service.  You’ll get reliable hosting service meaning that your blog will never go down or crash.  This is important because your blog is your business.  And if your blog is down, you can’t get traffic or make money.  You can rest assure that Blue Host is working hard behind the scenes to make sure that your blog is always up and running.

24/7 TECHNICAL SUPPORT (4:00)

If you have any issues with your blog, Blue Host has technicians available to help 24/7 and they don’t put you on hold forever when you call.  This is so comforting to me because I usually work on my blog in the wee hours of the morning.  Knowing that I can call Blue Host at any hour if I run into any problems with my blog is comforting.

FREE DOMAIN NAME (5:40)

You need a blog to make money online but Blue Host can also help you save money.  Blue Host has agreed to give a free domain name ($15 value) to my clients if they sign up for web hosting service using my link.  You must have a domain name for you blog and other companies that offer web hosting services will charge you for one.  But not Blue Host.  They offer a great deal with affordable prices and help you save money.

30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE 7:30)

Well, what more can I say here?  You have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain by setting up your hosting service through Blue Host.  Blue Host is affordable, reliable and super easy to use.  If you still don’t love it after a month, no worries!  You can get your money back with no hassle.

I could go on and on.  But this is all about you and getting your blog set up.  You ready?   Okay, let’s do it!

To get started with Blue Host, visit marcellawilson.com/bluehost.

 

Step 1: Select Your Plan

Blue Host offers crazy cheap prices on its superior web hosting service.  There are 3 affordably priced plans.  Since you get a 30-Day money back guarantee, I suggest taking the plan that makes the least impact on your wallet.  I recommend the $3.95 per month plan.  So, you really have got nothing to lose since you can get your money back.  Go ahead and sign up today.

Right now, you’re just checking out the plans Blue Host offers.  In a few steps, you’ll actually sign up for your specific plan.

 

Step 2: Setup Your Free Domain Name

Every blog needs a unique domain name.  Not sure what a domain name is?  A domain name is a unique web address on the internet.  For example, my domain name or web address is www.marcellawilson.com.  It is unique because no two people can have the same domain name.  When you type in marcellawilson.com on the Internet, it takes you to my blog.  A domain name is like the address of your blog.  Essentially, a domain name is the location of a web site.

Now, let’s be clear about one thing.  You do not own your domain name.  It does not belong to you.  You can pay a fee to use your selected domain name for several months or up to several years.  But in all actuality, a domain name is rented.  Your domain name is yours for as long as your payments are current.  If you let your domain name expire or don’t keep up the payments, your domain name can be resold to another party.  The longer you pay up front to use the domain name, the bigger the discount usually is.

If you don’t have any ideas for your domain name, I recommend you pick something from the 4 most popular types of domain names for a business.

  1. What you do (Ex: makeyourbodywork.com)
  2. The name of your business (Ex: fracturedprune.com)
  3. Your first and last name (Ex: marcellawilson.com)
  4. The target audience of your business. (Ex: happyblackwoman.com)

IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A DOMAIN NAME

You may already have a domain name that you bought through Go Daddy or another registration service.  However, in order for you to sign up for this service, you must transfer your domain name to Blue Host.  This is a common issue and Blue Host has created a tutorial video showing the steps you need to take to transfer your current domain name to Blue Host.  Click HERE to learn how to transfer your domain to Blue Host.

 

Step 3: Create Your Account

Now it’s time to set up your Blue Host account.  You have 2 options here.  You can use your Google account to sign up for Blue Host.  Or you can enter your personal information to setup your Blue Host account.  Personally, I recommend setting up a Blue Host account and not use your Google login.  The reason?  Call me crazy, but if your Google login gets hacked or compromised in any way, those criminals have access to your Google and Blue Host accounts.  Your Blue Host account houses your blog which is your business and you need to protect that at all costs.   So, please, create a separate account for Blue Host.

Blue Host needs your full name, address, phone number and email address.  Please don’t use any abbreviations or purposefully put in any incorrect information.  Again, your blog is your business so make sure this information is accurate.

 

Step 4: Pick Your Package

This is where you tell Blue Host the plan you want.  Again, I recommend the $3.95/ month plan.  It is the most cost effective.  However, I want you to notice that you will be billed for 3 years upfront.  Don’t let this put you off.  I know when bloggers are just starting out, they usually want to sign up for a year to see how things pan out.  But trust me, if you are reading this, then you are in it for the long haul.  And honestly, it may take your blog a year just to become profitable.  When that year is up, you’ll have to reup and pay for more web hosting service.  Your new rates for web hosting will undoubtedly be more expensive than $3.95 a month.  The more years you buy upfront, the cheaper the cost for the service will be.  So, sign up for the $3.95 plan .

If you are wondering what Domain Privacy Protection, Site Backup Pro and Sitelock Security are, check out my blog post “Blogging 101: What is a Blog, Bloggers and Blogging?” where I explain what they are in detail.  Whether you chose to add one or more of these services to you plan is totally up to you.

 

Step 5: Make Your Investment

Yes, now is the time to make an investment in your business.  It’s a small price to pay to bring your dreams and goals into fruition.  Hopefully, you to see it that way.  So, enter your credit card information to pay for your web hosting service.  Be sure to read the fine print in the blue box.  Basically, it says that when the 3 years they you paid for are up, automatically your credit card will be charged and your service renewed.  You will get an email when it’s time for you to renew your service but just be aware of this.

Next, check that you have read Blue Host’s terms of service, cancellation and privacy policies.  Then, click the blue submit button.  And presto!  Your Blue Host account is all set up.

 

Step 6: Install WordPress

When you get your web hosting service via Blue Host, you have to complete one more step in order to start blogging.  You must install blogging software on your blog in order for it to work properly.  I recommend using WordPress for your blogging software.  It is the preferred blogging software of most bloggers.  And installing WordPress on Blue Host is as simple as clicking a button because that’s all you have to do.  Click the “Install WordPress” button on WordPress and you’re done.

 

Next Steps!

Congrats on starting blog.  Now, I’m not gonna leave you hanging.  You still need to do a few more things before your blog is ready to be presented to the world.

  1. Learn about WordPress.  If you have never used WordPress before or you need help with a specific WordPress issue, visit “WordPress Tutorials for Beginners“.  It’s a site full of WordPress tutorials specifically for beginners.  And it’s important to know where to run to if you need help or get stuck on a WordPress problem.
  2. Get a WordPress Theme.  A theme is the design of your blog.  Now, WordPress has some built-in themes that you can use and you can also get free WordPress themes on the Internet.  However, I have tried both and firmly believe that you get what you pay for.  I recommend Elegant Themes by Divi for your blog.  I use it on this blog and it is a game changer.  You can customize it to your blog and create any kind of configuration, layout or design that you want.  
  3. Sign up for an email subscription service. Collecting email addresses is so important and having a large, engaged email list is the true sign of a profitable business.  You need to start collecting email addresses on day one that your blog is up.  As the popular saying goes, “The money is on the list!”  I wish I had done this.  There are lots of email subscription services out there.  But I have used aweber since I started blogging and highly recommend it for you.  Click HERE to learn more about aweber.
  4. Write your first blog post!  Once you pick your WordPress theme and sign-up for an email subscription service, start blogging!  I have created a tutorial that walks you through how to write your very first blog post using WordPress.  It’s easier than you think and it will only take you about 20 minutes to learn.  As I’ve said before, I believe that a blog post is the best way to create a customer and make a sale.  So, check out my tutorial and let’s get started writing the first of many amazing blog posts.
  5. Promote affiliate products on your blog.  I don’t want you even thinking about making money off your blog until you’ve got about 15-20 blog posts published.  But since I get asked about it so much, here is a great way to make money blogging.  Some bloggers make money selling affiliate products.  If you don’t know what affiliate products are, that’s when you sell another company’s product to your audience and you get a cut of the sale.  Lots of bloggers sell affiliate products or become affiliates for a company because it’s no work on their part.  All they have to do is blog about other people’s products and cash their checks when someone buys it.  Some bloggers make their entire living selling affiliate products.  One popular financial blogger, Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, makes over $50,000 each month in affiliate income.  Yes, you read that correctly.   Michelle has been blogging for years and her affiliate income has increased over time.  So, making five figures a month in affiliate income may not be realistic for you to achieve right now.   However, many bloggers start out earning $60 or $70 of affiliate income a month and then grow from there.   If you want to learn exactly how Michelle earns $50,000 a month in affiliate income, check out her online course “Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing“.

More Information About Blogging

Your blogging journey has just begun.  Below, I have listed some blog posts I have written that will help you blog better.

Congrats!  You did it!  You took time out of your busy day to make your dream of becoming a successful blogger a reality.  You overcame doubt, fear and those not so pleasant thoughts in your head.  You stepped out of your comfort zone and made it happen.You learned about web hosting and took the necessary steps – 6 to be exact – to setup your blog.   I’ve shown you what you need to work on next – getting a theme for your blog, setting up an email subscription service and writing blog posts.  You’ve got the tools to learn more about WordPress and if needed, where to go to get help.  And the result?  Now you’ve got tangible proof – a blog!  You are off to a good start.  I am so proud and excited for you.  But before you start writing blog posts, do me a favor…  Leave me a comment letting me know what your blog is and a link to it.  I would love to check it out.  Thanks and happy blogging.

Toodles,

Dr. Marcella Wilson

3 Reasons Why You Should Start a Mom Blog

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Never in a million years did I think I would be a stay-at-home mom of three amazing girls or run a mom blog.  But here I am doing both and I love it!  I wouldn’t trade my life for the world!  We all know how one becomes a mom (ha ha ha) , but let me share with you my journey of starting a mom blog.  And I’ll also show why YOU should become a mommy blogger.

After finishing up my doctorate (which was a grueling process) and having my first child, my hubby and I wanted to have another baby.  We didn’t see the point in me getting a full-time job. Plus, I wasn’t ready to put my baby in daycare all day.  As fate would have it, I did get pregnant again, with not one but two babies! Yes, we were having twins. Fortunately, I got offered a job teaching graduate courses online. I was ecstatic. I could work and stay at home taking care of my children.  But as I get into more about my personal experience starting a mom blog, I will also give you 3 reasons why you should start a mom blog too.

Start a Mom Blog

1. To Stay Current in Your Field, Niche or Industry

My online teaching job was great but it wasn’t full-time. The tenured professors at my university were the only ones that received a full-time salary. I only taught one or two classes a semester. I was worried because I knew that eventually I would go back to work full time. My goal was always to become a computer science professor. However, professor jobs are really hard to come by mainly because there are a limited number of professors in each department. In addition, if a professor is granted tenure he or she can stay at that university until they retire. So you can imagine that the competition for professor jobs is fierce. Moreover, offers for tenured professor jobs normally go to those individuals that are making a big impact in their area of research. Eventually, I wanted a job as a professor but honestly didn’t know if it could become a reality.  At that time, I didn’t realize how blogging could benefit me.  But I was about to find out.

Since I was home with my children, I felt that there wasn’t much I could do to stay current in the field of technology. I felt out of the loop because I wasn’t working day in and day out in my industry. Now, don’t get me wrong, I was happy and blessed to stay at home with my babies. I was also fortunate to be able to work out of my house. However, I knew that once I started job-hunting, my resume would not be as strong as someone who worked full-time at a tech company or a university. I needed a way to stay current. I needed an edge. Then one day it came to me.

One day, I was watching an entertainment show and they were talking about fashion week in New York City.  During fashion week, the media is always focused on the celebs sitting in front rows of fashion shows.  But this show focused on how fashion bloggers were sitting front row at all the shows and how their blogs were impacting the fashion industry. Right then and there, a light bulb went off in my head. These fashion blogs were started by people who love and have an interest in fashion. But for some reason or another, they were not able to land a coveted job in fashion. Therefore, they started blogging about fashion to give their opinion on new trends, up and coming fashion models and industry gossip. Many of these fashion bloggers gained huge followings and became experts in the fashion industry. Overnight, fashion bloggers had become the hottest fashion stars.

Right then and there, I decided that I too would use blogging as a way to stay current in my industry.  And the very next day, this blog, marcellawilson.com was born.  But more importantly, I wanted to use blogging as a way to stay current in the technology industry.  Even though I was changing diapers and making bottles during most of the day, I needed a way to stay viable in my industry.  And in the ever-changing job market, it’s important to stay marketable.  As a result, I set out to learn more about how blogging could keep me viable in my industry.

2. Earn Income

But I began to notice something else about these bloggers.  I began to notice that bloggers were getting work. Like real paid jobs. I was really interested then.  I began to look around and saw that bloggers in all types of fields, niches and industries were everywhere!  When I read a magazine, bloggers were writing the editorials. I saw bloggers in commercials and advertisements promoting brands. I turned on my favorite news and talk shows only to see them discussing the seasons latest news and trends. I also saw them as judges on reality competition shows. I was like, what! All this from blogging? I thought to myself, how can I be down with this!?!

Because let’s be honest, it’s expensive raising kids, right?  Formula, pull-ups, gymnastics and shoes ain’t cheap.  Can I get a witness?  The harsh reality was that my household was going from 2 full-time incomes to 1 full-time income and some change.  My husband was not worried but that was kinda scary to me.  So, I really wanted to get this blogging stuff down so I could contribute to the household income.  Is that your reason for starting a mom blog?

Now, of course, I had an advantage because my educational background is in computer science and my graduate research focused on online social networks. Thus, I was familiar with the technical aspect of blogging. However, my education did not focus on blogging as a way to build income or grow a business.  I had no idea how to do that.  So, I set out to learn more about how blogging could build a business and increase my income.   As a result, I spend about two years studying online marketing and business.  I was really trying to figure out how to build an online business and make money online.  Now, I didn’t plan on spending two years learning all of this.  I was hoping to start blogging and in a month or so, watch the money pour in.  But it just doesn’t happen that way. These past few years have been filled with lots of trial and error, with ups and downs about blogging and business.  But I learned a lot, didn’t give up and am ready to share my knowledge with you.

Some bloggers make money selling affiliate products.  If you don’t know what affiliate products are, that’s when you sell another company’s product to your audience and you get a cut of the sale.  Lots of bloggers sell affiliate products or become affiliates for a company because it’s no work on their part.  All they have to do is blog about other people’s products and cash their checks when someone buys it.  Some bloggers make their entire living selling affiliate products.  One popular financial blogger, Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, makes over $50,000 each month in affiliate income.  Yes, you read that correctly.   Michelle has been blogging for years and her affiliate income has increased over time.  So, making five figures a month in affiliate income may not be realistic for you to achieve right now.   However, many bloggers start out earning $60 or $70 of affiliate income a month and then grow from there.   If you want to learn exactly how Michelle earns $50,000 a month in affiliate income, check out her online course “Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing“.

3. Every Business Needs a Blog

You might be thinking, “Well I’ll just start a regular website.  I don’t really have to blog, do I?”  Yes, you do and here’s why.  There are 2 types of websites: dynamic and static web sites.  A static web site is one that rarely or never changes.  Google.com is a good example of a static web site.  It always looks the same, maybe with an image change above the search box, every day.  However, a dynamic web site changes or is updated on a regular basis.  A blog is a dynamic website.  A good example of this is The New York Post online site.  It is a blog and it’s dynamic because each day, the New York Post has new stories and images added to it.  So, you can either have a website that doesn’t change very often or one that changes all the time.

But you want to have a dynamic website – or a blog – because Google loves blogs.  Did you know that Google is the #2 most visited website on the Internet?  It’s pretty popular!  Lots of folks go to Google to find information and search.  So, Google’s job is to quickly find relevant data based on a search query.   Google knows that blogs usually have more up to date information than a regular, static website because they are updated more frequently (ie, every day, several times a day or once a week).  Therefore, Google is more likely to return a blog higher in search results than a regular website. Google ranks websites higher in their search results that are updated frequently.   And that’s why you want to have a blog for your business over a regular website.

Let’s assume that there are 2 businesses selling tennis balls online.  One business has a blog and the other business just has a regular web site.  If a customer is searching online, looking for tennis balls to buy, the business with the blog will get returned in the search results higher than the business without a blog.  That can result in more sales to the business that blogs.  And we know that people normally don’t go beyond the first page of search results.  So that business without a blog is losing money and customers to a company that blogs.  The takeaway here is you need to blog because it makes it easier for your customers to find you on Google.

But why are Google and blogs so important to your business?  And what does static and dynamic websites have to do with your business?  Ahhh, just read on…

The #1 Reason Why You Should Start a Mom Blog Today

If you don’t have a blog you’re already losing money.  Why? A study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that over 80% of Americans “look for information online first about a service or product they are thinking of buying.”   If you are not online, you cannot be found by these potential customers. Therefore, you are missing out on money that you could be making.   Go where your customers are. Since most people start looking for products and services online, then you need to be online.   And know that if you don’t have a blog, you are already losing customers and money since Google loves blogs and people go to Google to search for products and services to buy.

Are YOU Ready to Start Your Mom Blog?

I’m going to assume that if you are reading this far into this blog post, that you want to start a mom blog.  Great!  Let me help you get started.  I am here for you and that’s the purpose of this blog – to help mommy bloggers.  I can help you start your own blog quickly and cheaply.  I have created a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up a WordPress blog in about 20 minutes.  As I stated previously, for a limited time, you can get web hosting service from Blue Host for as low as $3.95 a month, which is ridiculously cheap.  And as an added bonus, you’ll get a free domain name ($15 value) through my Blue Host link if you purchase at least one year of web hosting service.   

Just think, right now, you are only 20 minutes away from having a blog.  I am excited for you.  Leave me a comment and tell me what your blog is gonna be about.

Toodles!

Dr. Marcella Wilson

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