How to Write a Blog Post using WordPress

Luv this! I'm not great at writing but I want to be a blogger. Found this and knocked my first blog post out of the park!!! ! Thanks for pinning!)

Don’t have time to read this blog post about how to write a blog post?  PIN IT for later.  **This blog post contains affiliate links.  I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post.  I only recommend products that I believe in and/or use personally.**

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?

Don’t have time to read this post on what to blog about?  PIN IT for later!  ** this page contains affiliate links **

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.

Click here to download your FREE eBook: “Want to Create a Blog? Read this First: A Beginner’s Guide on What to Do Before You Start Blogging”
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

Don’t have time to read this post about starting a blog?  PIN IT for later!  ** this page contains affiliate links **

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

4 Blogging Tips to Help you Blog Consistently

Don’t have time to read this post about my blogging tips that increase consistency?  PIN IT for later!  ** this page contains affiliate links **

As a mommy blogger, you’re always thinking about ways to improve your blog and online business.  I know I am!  We all know that blogging can improve your online business, however some may have issues blogging on a consistent basis. I too struggle with this.  Truth is, it’s hard to come up with relevant topics and post them regularly.  Or you may not like to write. Whatever the case, I have a few blogging tips that will help you blog consistently.

But first things first, 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 back to the tips to help you blog consistently.

 

Download Cheat Sheet of “4 Blogging Tips to Help You Blog Consistently”

Why My Blogging Tips About Consistently are Uber Important

A blog is perceived as current when it has up-to-date blog posts. That sends a signal to readers that this blog has the latest information and is continuously updated. Don’t be fooled into thinking that people will just keep coming back to your blog if you don’t update it or the blog posts are old. A blog that hasn’t been updated sends out a signal to the reader:

    1. You don’t care about this topic
    2. You are not serious about your business
    3. You are not a professional in this industry

Perception is reality and to be perceived in the best light possible, blog consistently.  So here are my 4 most important blogging tips and tricks to help you do just that.

Blogging Tip #1 – Use an Editorial Calendar

I use WordPress for my blogging software. They have a great plug-in called Editorial Calendar that is free to download. This plug-in makes it easy to see when your posts are scheduled. The editorial calendar gives you an overview of your blog and when each post will be published. You can also drag and drop to move posts, edit posts right in the calendar, and manage your entire blog. It’s a must for every blogger.

Blogging Tip #2 – Write at Consistent Times

What I really mean is to write on a schedule, Treat it like a job. Get in the habit of blogging at the same time, on the same days. You may only blog once a week. That’s fine. But do it at the same time on the same day each week. Or you may write notes about your blog on the subway ride to work each morning. Whatever you do, be consistent and intentional about it.

Blogging Tip #3 – Keep a Document or Journal for Future Blog Post Ideas

If you are like me, you are not always going to have ideas of what to blog about when you sit down to write your blog. Inspiration for blog posts may come when you are at the gym, while you are grocery shopping or while you are watching television. You want to capture these ideas by having a central place where you record your future blog post ideas. It could be a word document, a voice memo, or a physical journal. Just have it ready and accessible so you can always refer back to this when you have no idea what to blog about.

Blogging Tip #4 – Don’t Blog All Willy-Nilly!  Have a Purpose

Have blog themes, series and related topics that you will blog about.  A good idea is to map out what you will be blogging about in the next months ahead.  I like to think about what I will blog about 6-8 weeks in advance.  It helps me plan my content better.  Holidays, new seasons and upcoming events are good times to think about and plan upcoming blog posts.  Lots of people also use the beginning of the year as a time to focus and think about the topics their blog will focus on in the coming year.

Download Cheat Sheet of “4 Blogging Tips to Help You Blog Consistently”

What blogging tips do you have that help you blog on a regular basis?  Which one of these 4 blogging tips will you use from now on?  Let me know in the comments below.

Toodles,

Dr. Marcella Wilson

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

What to Blog About - Decide in 3 Easy Steps

Don’t have time to read this post on what to blog about?  PIN IT for later!  ** this page contains affiliate links

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

Pin It on Pinterest