When I first started marketing online, I wasted a lot of time learning different pieces of online marketing scattered over the internet. I couldn’t find a complete step-by-step guide or a one-stop resource, etc. to learn everything in one place.
Not to mention that as a newbie, I couldn’t even tell the difference between good and bad. Of course, later with experience, I learned that most of the courses, tools I bought were just crap. I wasted a lot of money and time during that “learning” process.
Although I’m grateful of the experience and the honest and helpful people I met on the internet along the way, I want to help aspiring and new bloggers save money and shorten the learning curve. And I want to share the strategies and resources that work with you.
This post covers the essential steps to starting a successful blog. Instead of me writing the whole process, I’ve compiled a list of the most outstanding, inspiring, useful and actionable blog posts and videos. These content are created by some of the best and top online marketers and bloggers on the internet.
I hope by referring to these resources can get you started, so you have a big picture in mind about all the steps involved.
Don’t worry if you feel overwhelmed. Some of the steps mentioned in the posts may overlap with each other. Just focus on the steps you understand and take action and everything will fall into place soon (trust me on this). Taking action is the key.
So let’s begin.
10 Best Blog Posts To Help You Start A Successful Blog From Scratch
1. Starting A Blog
Here you can watch a series of 10 videos that provides a complete, step-by-step guide to set up your new blog.
You have to opt-in for this, but once you do, you will have complete access to the training videos on the essentials of creating a blog/site:
- Why You Should Use WordPress
- How To Get Your Own Domain Name
- How To Get A Web Host
- How To Install WordPress
- How To Upload Files
- Where To Find A Good WordPress Theme
- How To Install WordPress Plugins
- How To Create Your First Blog Posts And Pages
- What Is RSS And Why Do You Need It
- How To Use Feedburner
2. Blogging Tips
Once you have set up your blog, the most important thing is to add quality content relevant to your market. Content that serves to help, educate, inspire or entertain your visitors. This is important because great content is key to the success of your site.
3. Promoting Your Blog
When you have properly set up and optimized your new site, added some outstanding content highly relevant to your niche, you also want to market your site to get attention. You want both the search engines and your targeted audience to find your site.
Here are some of the strategies you can use. You don’t have to use all of them at once. Just pick 2 to 3 strategies that suit you (something you enjoy doing) and use them consistently.
- 50 Traffic Sources You Should Milk Like Crazy
- 21 Quick Actions You Can Do Today To Set Your Blog Up For Massive Success
- The Ultimate Guide To Guest Blogging
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tutorial
- About Link Building – One Stop Resource
- The Simplified Guide To Social Media
When you start to get traffic to your site, there are many ways to monetize it. You can sell your own product or services, promote other peoples’ products or services, or earn advertising revenue. Here are some useful guides to help you get started.
- How To Create An Ebook And Sell It In 14 Days Or Less
- 5 Steps To Making Loads Of Affiliate Sales In Your Blog Posts
5. List Building
List building is one of the most important strategies to increase and generate stable and long-term income. It allows you to control your own traffic and build a relationship with your subscribers.
6. Marketing – Video
This is more advanced but I feel that this video covers very important fundamental principles about marketing. When you have implemented the steps above, you want to take your online business one level higher and improve its conversion and profits.
Marketing That Works with the Chain of Conversion with Danny Iny and Ana Hoffman
I’m sure there are many other great content and resources that can be added to this list. What are your favorite blog posts, videos or contents that you find helpful? I’m happy to learn about them. You can share them in the comment section below.
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