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How to Set Up a Blog

Starting my blog – Fashion and Style Police, was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It all started with wanting to share my ideas and thoughts with people. I saw it as a medium through which I could express myself. Little did I know that a profitable business would be born from it too.

 

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Fast forward to where I am right now, blogging has seriously helped elevate my life as a freelancer. It has given me the opportunity to not only be able to help a lot of people but it has also helped me provide for my family and be there for them whenever they need me.

Just like me there has been a great increase in the number of people who want to also start a blog. When I started my blog, it involved a lot of trial and error. So I thought I’d create this simple guide to help you set up your own blog.

 

Step #1 Get a hosting plan and domain name

This is the most important set when you want to set up your blog. A hosting panel will is like a space where your blog will be kept. All the information from your blog will be held by the hosting company so as to give you and your readers access to your blog.

A domain name is the name of your blog. It forms the URL of your blog. For example, when you want to come to my blog, Fashion and Style Police, you have to type in “www.fashionandstylepolice.com”. That link is the domain name of my blog. So, whenever anyone want to come to your blog, they will have to type in the domain name. Once they type in the domain name, the hosting company grants them access to your blog.

Getting a domain name and hosting requires that you pay a monthly or yearly fee. That’s not much of a problem as domain names and hosting come at really low and affordable prices.

 

Step #2 Go for WordPress

Once you have your domain name and hosting sorted out, you need to install the blog platform that will actually enable you to start blogging. Although there are a lot of blogging platforms out there, I recommend you use WordPress. WordPress is easy to use and most hosting services have the one-click-install-Wordpress option.

 

Step #3 Install and customize a theme

The next thing is to select a theme for your blog. The theme is what gives your blog an appealing look. Themes are easily customizable. You can change the colour, rearrange the elements on your blog and completely tweak the design of your blog. I got my theme for £99 about 2 years ago, and it is one of the best £99 I have ever spent!

 

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Step #4 Install plugins

To get your blog to do more you can install plugins. Plugins help you to add some really cool functionalities to your blog like allow you to track the number of people who come to view your blog through Google analytics.

Plugins like Yoast SEO help you make sure that your blog is Search Engine Optimization (SEO) friendly. Plugins like Akismet make sure that you don’t get spam or bots writing comments and make sure that you only get real humans commenting.

 

Step #5 Add content

This is the best part. Now that you’ve got your blog up the next thing is to add content. You can now start creating the content you would like to share with your audience. Feel free to add images and even videos to help enhance your content.

 

I hope someone out there finds this How to set up a blog post very useful. Feel free to add any tips that may have helped you in your blogging journey in the comments section below. You can also ask me any blogging question. I promise to respond or find you the answer. You can also read more blogging tips in my ebook, available on Amazon.

Happy blogging.

 

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How to Increase your Blog Traffic and Subscribers

I get a lot of emails from bloggers asking me how to grow their blog traffic and subscribers, so I decided to write this post, and I hope many find it useful.

As at the time of writing, I have over 45,000 blog subscribers and I get an average of 30,000 monthly views, and most importantly, I have been blogging for over 4 years now.

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The truth of the matter is, there is no certain way to grow your blog traffic or subscribers. We all blog differently and our blogging path can be very similar or different. But there are ways to help increase your blog traffic and subscribers. Here are some of the ways –

 

  1. Be yourself

This sounds so simple right? Being yourself is the easiest person we can be right? Well as easy as it sounds, many of us are busy living a lie. As a blogger, being yourself is one of the best things you could do for your blogging career. Being yourself means you bring something else to the blogging table, something no else can, YOU. And that is your selling point; that will eventually bring in the traffic and subscribers.

When I first started blogging, I was so confused. I didn’t know how to be myself, so I was busy being any blogger I admired. I got sick and tired of being what I wasn’t and decided to do me and I have not looked back ever since.

I wrote about being You-nique in my eBook – How to Cash In as a Blogger, so go have a read if you have not done so already. It is currently available exclusively on Amazon.

 

2. Follow your Passion

When it comes to blogging, you have to keep your blog readers engaged to keep them coming back for more. Following your passion means you blog about topics you are passionate about. So if you are an art and culture lover, and love to writing about those topics, don’t stop writing about them because you feel no one is interested in reading those sort of posts or because you feel brands are not interested in those niches.

If you start blogging about beauty or travel for example, just because brands in those niches seem to collaborate more with bloggers, then you are setting yourself up for failure, because you won’t be able to keep up.

You need to follow your passion when it comes to blogging, because that way, you will never run out of blog post ideas or get bored. Following your passion will keep you blogging in the early days, when no one else is reading your amazing blog.

 

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3. Focus on your Strengths 

If your strengths lie in your writing tone or story telling abilities, focus on that, if your photography and editing skills are your strengths, focus on that and downplay your weakness. Whatever your strengths are, focus on them and keep thriving to improve them while you downplay your weaknesses, whatever they may be.

 

4. Be Social

Being a social butterfly on the internet will definitely attract more eyeballs to your blog, and if they like what they see, they could become subscribers. It is best to have an account set up on all social media platforms, then focus on 2 or 3 you like the most. For me, that is Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, I am not as active on other social media platforms, but I am present on all the main ones.

Most of my traffic comes from search engines, followed closely by Facebook and Twitter. I get very little or no traffic from Instagram, but it is a useful social media platform in other ways, so it is worth being on.

 

5. Consistent Quality Content

This is where the work comes in. For you to have a blog with good traffic and a growing subscribers list, you have to create quality content consistently. There are no such cuts.

 

These are some of my tried and tested tips. Do you have any tips to add? Please free feel to do so in the comments section.

 

Prince Charming Isn’t Coming

I have been reading a lot of personal finance and general business related books on my Kindle for the last month, and I have found majority of the books very informative. I am currently reading “Prince Charming Isn’t Coming: How Women Get Smart About Money” by the talented Barbara Stanny – popular motivational speaker, financial educator, former journalist, and career counsellor, and I am loving it!

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This is the second book of hers I  am reading this month. I just finished reading “Overcoming Underearning(TM): A Simple Guide to a Richer Life”, which was also an amazing read. I learnt so much from the book, and I am implementing her tips already. I can’t wait to finish this current book and find more of Barbara Stanny books to read. Her writing style is right up my street, so easy to read, she is the real deal!

As a self-employed business person, I enjoy reading finance and business related books in my leisure time to keep myself informed. You would easily catch me reading a book on my Kindle, while on a train, in a car, before I sleep, or whenever I get the chance. Reading and writing is like food and water to me. I can’t do without them.

Reading these finance books have made me pay more attention to the health of my finances, which is not where it should be, but it is a work in progress, and I am happy it is nowhere where it was some years ago. And I am sure that is the case for many of us.

The reality for many of us is leaving from pay check to pay check, a never ending credit card bill, various store card bills, and online loans. Now there is nothing wrong with any of these if you do have them, life is hard as it is already, so being judged is the last thing we need from anyone, especially strangers. But the one thing I have learnt from these finance books, is that as long as you are on top of our finances, you are a step ahead. I have learnt to stay up to date with every bill and bank statement, and I working towards increasing my income streams, and spending less.

Have you read any of Barbara Stanny books? Do you enjoy reading about finance and business?

Speaking of books, have you read my book – How to Cash In as a Blogger?

 

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