My online buddy Bill Davis has put together a step-by-step guide for getting started with your own blog. Here's my review.
As most of my long-term readers and friends know, my approach to making money as a blogger is more about providing blogging services for other people. However, my path to problogging isn't the only one. You can start your own blog and monetize it.
I do a little monetizing through basic affiliate programs, but, for the most part, my sites don't make a lot of money and the bulk of my income is from client work. The idea of starting a site from scratch doesn't appeal to me. However, if it did appeal to me, I would definitely follow the steps outlined in The Ultimate Guide to Blogging Laying the Foundation Part 1: How to Publish Your First Blog in Less Than One Hour by Bill Davis.
Bill is one of my online buddies, and he is also the man behind Internet Marketing Muscle. He knows of what he speaks. He is putting together a series of short, snappy guides to help you get involved successfully with problogging, and the first book in this series is on publishing your first blog in less than an hour.
What You'll Learn About Setting Up a Blog
The first part to this guide is only 35 pages. It's very straightforward, and Bill has a conversational style. You feel like you're having an informal conversation. This can help the reader feel comfortable with the concepts Bill introduces, since he makes it all seem so matter-of-fact. When you read this guide, you will learn:
- How to choose a web host
- How to choose a name for your domain, and set up your domain name
- Which content management system to use (WordPress!)
- The best way to structure your blog to be user-friendly and navigable by search engines
- Step-by-step instructions on setting up the skeleton of your blog, including choosing and installing plug-ins
This isn't the complete guide to problogging; as the name suggests, you will only get to the point where you have your blog set up. The rest of it comes later. Bill will be doing an entire series about blogging, and getting started.
Even though it's short, it's very useful. Additionally, I like the way that Bill is setting up this series to include bite-sized morsels to digest. It gives you time to really get one aspect of problogging down before you move on to the next.
If I didn't have an awesome business partner in Tom Drake, I'd probably use this guide to set things up. Tom does most of the setting up for the sites we partner on, so I don't need to do all that behind the scenes stuff. However, after reading Bill's guide, I feel as though I could start my own blog from scratch if I had to.
Overall, this is a great resource for the entrepreneur who wants to get started with a blog.