Blogs are a really great way to spread the word about your passion and purpose and can also be an income generator to get you over the gap while you are trying to monetize your dream. A blog is a definite must in every Dream Warrior’s tool chest. A blog also should be the center of your social networking universe. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about it now, for more detail on why blogging is important see my earlier post “How to Start a Blog.” This post is mainly how to help you get started and hopefully succeed with your blog one step at a time. The whole process can seem quite daunting but by taking it one step at a time it becomes doable for anybody.
I am in the process of defining 100 steps you can take to build a successful blog. This idea came to me in the shower. (Where most of my good ideas come from.) So I have a feeling it will lead to good places for all of us. All you have to do is follow these steps one by one and hopefully your blog will be well on it’s way to weaving your dreams into reality.
I am in the process of making this list so bear with me. Also don’t’ feel pressured to do all of these steps all at once. Just take your time and do them at your leisure. Also except for the first ten or so, you can do these steps in any order as you see fit. The trick is to just get started and next thing ya know your blog will be up and running!
To find out why a blog is important check out my other post “How to Start a Blog”
100 Steps to a Successful Blog:
1. Think of a passion you would like to talk about.
2. Think of a good domain name for your blog.
3. Register your domain at GoDaddy.com.
They are the best domain hosting service I have seen so far with 24/7 customer support etc.
4. Sign up for the Deluxe Hosting plan with Go Daddy.com
5. Setup Word press on your Go Daddy hosting account.
Call GoDaddy customer support (480) 505-8877 and ask them to walk you through this process. It’s not that hard, you can do it!
6. Test your basic word press blog.
You should see a nice word press blog page when you type your domain with the words’ “Hello World” as your first post. Mind you it will take two days from the time you registered your domain for this to happen.
7. Administer your blog at the wordpress dashboard.
After your blog domain name i.e. www.(Your blog domain here).com type /wp-admin like this: www.myblog.com/wp-admin . This will take you to the daskboard and this is where you will spend most of your time administering your blog.
8. Choose a Theme.
Go to the “Appearance” section of the dashboard on the left hand side and click “Add new themes”. This will bring up a window where you can search WordPress for new themes. Click the Search Button to all themes. Pick the one you like the most. Remember it’s not just how it looks but readability and the options you are looking for. It may take you many days of installing different themes and seeing how they look to find the ones you like. Also it might help to make some posts to your blog and add categories etc to really see how a theme looks. But lately they have a new default theme that looks pretty good and you might just want to use that for now.
9. Update your “Tagline”
Go to your dashboard at /wp-admin (see step 7) and go to “Settings” and change your tagline and write a small snippet telling us what your blog is about. Mine is “The Spirit Art & Purpose of Life” sort of like the subtitle of your blog.
10. Update your “About” page.
The “About” page is the first place on your blog new visitors will go to find out what your blog is about and to learn about who you are. So let’s do this now. First, make sure you add a nice picture of yourself, then tell us what this blog is about and why you are doing it and then a little bit about yourself. See my about page for an example. Go to your dashboard at /wp-admin (see step 7) and go to “Pages”click “About” and update it.
11. Update your “Permalink” Settings.
Go to your dashboard and go to “Settings” click “permalinks”. permalinks is how WordPress stores your posts as webpages on the server. How this is stored is very important to search engines like Google. Select “Common Settings / Day and Name” this will make your post easier to reach for search engines and everyone else.
12. Update your “General” Settings.
Go to your dashboard and go to “Settings” and select “General” and change them as you see fit. add your email, change the date format etc. There are no rules here just your personal preferences. Feel free at this point to go though all the settings and change things as you feel. If you don’t feel comfortable changing something then don’t, you can always do it later.
13. Signup for an account on WordPress.com.
WordPress.com is the sister site of the makers of the free WordPress blogging software we are using. It’s a good place to start, there you can easily create a free unhosted blog just to get started without all the hassles of a hosted blog. If after checking it out you feel you want to start here that’s fine. You can always do a hosted blog later.Understand thought that you will have to do a hosted blog tied to a domain name if you want to go pro. Anyway, either way I need you to create an account on WordPress.com so we can use some of their free cool tool called “JetPack” with your hosted blog.
14. Startup JetPack.
Go to your dashboard and go to “JetPack” and click connect to WordPress.com and follow the instructions. This will connect your hosted account to your WordPress.com account and allow you to use the cool add ons that WordPress.com makes.
15. Enable JetPack Sharing
Go to your dashboard and go to “JetPack” and click the Sharing square on the upper left and click the “learn more” button. Once you understand it then comeback and click configure to configure your sharing settings. This allows your readers to share your content via Facebook, twitter etc.
16. Add the “Social” Plugin.
Go to your “dashboard” and go to “Plugins” click “add new” and search for “social” by Mail Chimp. Click Install and follow the instructions. It makes it easy for you and your users to integrate Facebook and twitter to your blog comments and posts.
17. Activate the “Akismet” plugin.
Go to your “dashboard” and go to “Plugins” and activate the Akismet plugin. Akismet attempts to stop spam comments. Unfortunately most of your comments will be spam. And they are pretty good too. Comments such as: “Wow, what a great post! This has some really useful info! I will tell all my friends!” is unfortunately probably spam. Look for comments that deal specifically with what you are talking about. Don’t forget to get and enter your Akismet key!
18. Syndicate your Blog on Networked Blogs
networked blogs is a Facebook app that automatically repost your blog posts to Facebook and Twitter. It can duplicate this feature from the “Social” plugin but I think the Facebook posts are better from this service than Social. So keep Social but you decide which to use for Facebook Twitter posting. Just sign into Facebook and go to networkedblogs.com and go to “profile” and follow the instructions.
19. Create an account on MailChimp.com
Mailchimp is an email management system that tracks your email subscribers. It’s currently free up for lists with up to 2,000 subscribers which should be enough for new bloggers, then there’s a monthly charge after that. Mailchimp has great statistics so you can check how many emails sent actually get opened. Create am account, then create a list for your blog.
20. Add a link to your subscription page.
21. Enable the JetPack – Stats Module.
X – sign up for google analytics
X – add your blog to google analytics
X – Download and install the Ultimate Google Analytics Plugin
X – Copy the UA code into the plugin in settings
X- Install the “Topsy Retweet Button” plug in (allows viewrs to retweet your tposts)
X- Install the “Google (XML) Sitemaps Generator” plug in (creates a good search engine optimized map of your site and works with teh global tranlator plugin. Also notifies search engies about yoru new posts and changes
X- Install the Global translator plugin (automatically translates to 48 languages)
X – Install the ezinearticles.com plugin.
X – add the Fluency Admin plugn to dress up the dashboard
X – add the Google Analytics dashboard plugin (allows you to see the google analytics data in the dashboard)
X – Add the feed stats plugin (to see feedburner stats on your dashboard) must enable awareness api ap publicize / awareness on feedburner account.