Wednesday, May 7, 2014

How to Start a Successful Blog

So you don’t have any idea where to start, right? Guess what—neither did we. We were clueless. Literally. Few years ago, we had no idea how to start a blog. We could hardly spell HTML, let alone build a beautiful website.
 And now you can learn from our pain and suffering to circumvent much of the tedium involved in creating a successful blog. Here’s how we started our blog, step by step, followed by additional rationale and insights below:
  1. Domain and Hosting. The first thing we did was go to inmotion and register our domain. We didn’t even need to set up a WordPress page first, since Bluehost does all that for you.. Then, we did a simple install of WordPress through inmotion. Otherwise we can get free domain such as blogger. Com etc.
  2. Theme. A good theme gives you the look and feel you want for your blog, allowing you to design your blog exactly how you want it to look. If you’re not a coder, then a theme makes the design work a million times easier. Plus, once you purchase a theme, which are inexpensive for the time they save you, you own it for life. A theme has two halves: the framework (the bones) and the Child Theme (the beauty):
There are several Word Press theme frameworks on the market, but Genesis is without a doubt the best and most flexible choice. Genesis is the first half of your theme. Many themes simply handle the aesthetics of your new blog, but Genesis provides a necessary foundation for your Child Theme. Simply go to Studio Press. After you get your Genesis Framework, you’ll want to find that right Child Theme (which is just a silly way to say “blog design”).Which is available at BYLT, the Genesis Community Marketplace. Head on over to BYLT, browse their carefully curated collection of themes, and find the design that’s right for you.
  1. Tinkering. Once you had our domain, hosting, WordPress, and theme, we spent a lot of time tweaking the theme to get the look and feel we wanted (i.e., making our vision a reality). Then you spent even more time tweaking the theme and arguing about it and tweaking it some more. We also set up a free account so people could subscribe to our site via email and RSS subscriptions. And then we established a free account to track our stats. Feed burner and Google Analytics were both easy to sign up for, and you still use both today.
  2. Plugins. You can use only a few plugins on our site: “Google Analytics for WordPress” and really simple Facebook and Twitter share-button plugins (since human beings are intrinsically wired to share value, it’s important to make your posts easy to share with others). They take just a few seconds (literally a few seconds, it’s just a click of a button) to install once your site is all set up. And if you really want to play around with some cool plugins, check out Eight Deuce Media’s.
  3. Content. Last, via WordPress we started writing and uploading the content for your pages: About Page, Contact Page, Start Here Page, Books Page, Events Page, Archives Page, etc. Next, we designed our logo using free images we found online and text from a regular word-processing program. Then we put a picture of ourselves in the header (this is important because people identify with people, not logos). Finally we started writing new blog posts and posting them regularly (at least once a week)