How to Start a Successful Blog

So you want to start a blog about your business products?  In this post I am going to show you step by step how to start a blog and get your name and business out there for others to find you.

To Start a Successful Blog is not hard.  Follow the steps below to get your blog up and going.

Blogging does not have to be expensive or hard to start, you just have to know how to start.  A blog can not only improve you business but can change your life.

Once your blog gets successful, the time freedom and money can be life changing to do what you want when you want to and spend time with those you love.

Why Free Blogs Are Not a Good idea…

There are a lot of free blogging services out there that sound great but have many issues if you really want to make money blogging.

First off: Your not able to arrange free blogs the way you want. A lot of time you have to have ads on your blog you do not want, restrictions on styling your blog in certain colors or themes. I could go on and on.

With the price of blog servicing being so inexpensive these days it just makes sense to to use one where you can have your blog the way you want with or with out ads, larger bandwidth, etc..

Secondly: A hacker can get into your blog a lot easier with a free blog over paid for services.  Unfortunately when yo haven’t paid for a blog service, customer service will be little to non existent.  Especially when you need help the most, free blogs just don’t cut it.

Thirdly: Because you are in effect renting space using a free blog service, you can get shut down for any reason they see fit.  Yes this does happen a lot.  Years of hard work can be gone because it was really not your blog to begin with.  This is a business so you want to make sure you own it.  Your the one putting together the information and spending time getting your blog seen, you need to protect it.

So let’s get started and

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Step One.

Pick Out Your Domain Name

The domain name of this blog is www.24days2skinny.com.  I would definitely use .com whenever possible unless your going for another country or something you would use a national extension.

Everyone recognizes .com and it is the most popular so don’t limit yourself.  Stick to .com

Don’t spend forever on this step but you do want to be happy with your choice.  For the AdvoCare business in particular  you can not have the word AdvoCare in the domain name.

Step Two. 

Pick a Web Hosting Service

This is an important decision because you want to be happy with what they can offer you.  They provide the online storage that your blog will need.  This also allows potential customers and visitors to access you blog.

I have tried a few different host services but really like iPage.  Their customer service has always been great.  Any time I have an issue or a question they are right there to answer.  They also have gone above and beyond at times when I have had software or WordPress issues that they did not have to help me with but did.

ipage has a new Worpress Essentials package that gives you great service, speed, and extra security.  I moved to this and  have been very pleased with the program and call whenever I have a WordPress question.  They answer right away and help with everything!  I have been very happy with them.  They understand WordPress.

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iPage  link will get you a discount on your hosting page.

 Step Three:

Get Your Blog Set Up!

Click on the link to get to the iPage home page.

SCROLL DOWN to the bottom on the bottom left where is says BLOGGING- WordPress Hosting

 

ipage bottomClick on the WP Essential Sign Up Now Button

Now let’s follow this training video and the steps below:

Next See if your domain is available:  If the domain name you want is not available you can go with one of the suggested domain names they will show you or see if there is something else you could use.

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Next you will enter in your billing information shown below:

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Choose your account length:  iPage is flexible so you can select from 12,24,and 36 months of hosting.  I would start with 12 months.

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Step 4.  Installing WordPress

Now you can install WordPress which is the blogging platform I would suggest. From your dashboard go to My Installs.  Here is a training video showing you how to set up WordPress along with pictures and steps below.

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Step 5.  Picking a Theme

Ok-Now it’s time to set up your Theme!

Which theme do you want?  I personally use Thesis.  This is my affiliate link in case your interested.

The Thesis Theme for WordPress

I like the way it looks and on top of that the theme is fast loading and has added options that make it easier for search engines to find you.  There is a learning curve to this theme though so keep that in mind.

I also use the byobwebsite that teaches you how to customize Thesis:

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There are many other themes including free themes to check out.

If you log into your new wordpress site now you can click on the add theme button and pick one.

Try and pick a theme that can be seen well on phones, tablets, and desktops.  These are called responsive themes.

There are thousands of themes to choose from.  Check out the different WordPress Themes.

Through the WordPress Essentials Package they also have themes for you to pick.

First:  Go into your back office and click on Appearance and then Themes. As Shown below.

 

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Next Click on Add New

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Here you can search for a theme you have been looking at or a topic you’d like to search for.

 

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Pick a theme and then click on install now.

 

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Or you can upload a theme you had already saved.

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If you have uploaded a theme already, you can activate the theme by hitting the activate button after you found the file on your computer and installed it.

 

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Now that you have your theme installed you are ready to start putting content on your blog and start blogging!

You can use your blog to advertise your business.

*Note-My business builders who are distributors under me get much more additional Free training and support with their  marketing efforts.  Click if your interested in partnering with me!

For more information see my Partner in Advocare page.

You may also be interested in How to Sell Advocare

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Your Health and Wellness Coach,

Joanna Bostwick

 

 

Joanna Bostwick

Mother and wife who loves blogging about health and wellness. Working hard to have life on my terms! Helping one person at a time take their health back. I believe everyone has a purpose and are valuable. Mantra- Life is short, don’t waste it!

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