A very good friend of mine recently asked me what I would recommend him to read or research to get started as a blogger. I love blogging. As much as I love to think I am an expert, I am still learning and starting out...after two years of seriously blogging. I was able to share with him some information that helps me as a blogger.
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Michael Hyatt, How to Launch a Self-Hosted Wordpress Blog in 20 Minutes.
Self-hosted Wordpress is the preferred method for bloggers. It allows for a lot of customization, and you're not at the mercy of companies like Google or Wordpress. BlueHost is said to be awesome when it comes to hosting your blog. I had one experience when all my recent posts dropped their photos, and I had to spend a Saturday finding or replacing those images. Why? Because I deleted what I thought was the "backup" to the images on my Google storage not realizing that is where Google stores my blogs images, too. Doh! Now, I can't trust deleting images from Google without impacting my blog, and I can't seem to figure out how to the auto-backup on my Android phone.
I use Blogger for now, but that was because it was what integrated into our old BAF Men website and it was free. I have been working my budget to justify upgrading to a Wordpress blog on BlueHost. We're talking $7/month? I'm such a cheapskate.
Blogs I follow for tips on blogging:
MichaelHyatt.com - Didn't see that coming, did you? He also talks about overall platform building and leadership. I modeled a lot of my blog off Michael Hyatt's.
Jeff Goins, goinswriter.com - Jeff gives more frilly, go-with-your-passion, write-for-yourself type of content and advice. Makes sense. If you're into building a niche audience, or don't care to build one at all, then here's a good place to start.
The above guys are the top two I follow for blogging tips. You can use the Search bar on these two guys to glean a lot of information. You can even see how I've applied some of it in my own blog.
Others I follow to see how they build their readership, email list, etc. include:
Pat Flynn, smartpassiveincome.com - He started out with a blog to help him study for a real estate/architecture exam, turned that into a paid content prep course type of thing, and makes a ton of money blogging because of it. So, I follow this guy for inspiration. Note - his first blog was about helping him pass a test. Years later, he began writing for the masses.
Leslie Samuel, becomeablogger.com - Graduate-level biology/anatomy professor turned full time blogger and online instructor gives tips and advice on how to build a better blog.
What questions do you have about blogging? What tips do you suggest? Leave a comment below.
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