Blogging Basics


So you want to be a blogger but your not sure where to start or even what to blog about. Well I’m going to walk you step by step on how to get started with blogging. It’s really not all that hard, the hardest part is picking out a domain name that fits what you want to blog about.

Take my blog for example it’s about blogging and blogging to everyone in the world, ok so maybe I haven’t gotten that far yet, but I’m working on it and people like you can help by sharing anything you like about this site on social networks or with your friends but that’s really another topic for another time… moving on.

 

Picking A Topic: Step One
The very first thing you should do is make up your mind on just what you want to blog about, who your target market is. Will you blog about blogging, making money, fashion, cooking, social networking, camping, travel, fishing, golf, health care, government affairs, etc. You can blog about anything you like you just need to have an interest in it that will transfer in how you write about your chosen topic.

 

Picking A Name: Step Two
You should pick a good name for your blog something catchy, that relates to your subject, and is easy to remember. Think about all the well known blogs about pets, blogging (not mine), making money, and so on. They all have different things about their names that relate to what they cover, mostly… so started with a different focus and shifted gears later on.

You’ll want something that is not overly long, but sometimes the name you come up with may not be available for when you go to pick your domain name. This is not really a big issue, you can use just the letters of the name is you have more than one word in your name, I could have went with bttw.com or something like that if I wanted to.

 

Step Three: Getting Your Domain and Web Hosting
A domain name is your address on the internet, just like you have a physical address for your home you have a domain name so people can find your blog/website whatever you want to call it. If you are starting a new blog you may as well get a domain name and hosting package in the same place at the same time.

There are a whole lot of web hosts out there that offer deals on domain names and have low cost hosting, I’ve used about ten of them over the years for different sites that I started in the past, some failed because I didn’t know what I was doing, others failed because I just got lazy and forgot about them, and one got stolen because I didn’t have the money to pay for my domain name and when I got it someone had already snatched it.

Anyway here are three hosts that I really happen to like, the links are all affiliate links but you can Google the names if you like, I need money but I’m not doing this just for the money. If you click the links it does not effect how much you’ll pay, it just means that they will pay me a few cents to a few dollars. (Still waiting to be approved for Host Gator and Go Daddy)


  1. Host Gator | Get started for $3.95 a month, of course it can be more upfront depending on how long you pay in advance. Good Host, easy to use, easy to work with. Like most comes with a free domain with paid hosting plan.
  2. Blue Host | Same price as Host Gator, easy to use, simple to work with, has a better c-panel interface.
  3. Go Daddy | One of the big boys, they were the second web host I ever used and they were good, but it had too much going on and was hard to get around the site to the right area, but it looks like they have that fixed now.

Step Four: Decide On What Blogging Platform to Use
Now that you have you nice spiffy domain name and hosting account you need to pick something to help you manage your blog. I personally use WordPress because it’s free, has tons of addons, plugins, and themes. And the documentation is extensive so learning it is a snap.

Lets say you pick WordPress, inside you admin area of your webhost lies your CPanel or Control Panel. It allows to install different tools that can allow you to setup a blog, an online store, message board, etc. It does everything for you so it’s easy to do on your own.

There is really nothing to it after that, pick a theme that works for you and a few plugins that fit your needs. All you have to do then is whip up some interesting articles and other content like pictures and video if it fits and get everything looking good with some good content and your done… well not quite but your ready for the next step.

 

Step Five: Get Some Traffic
Your blog is looking great and your been plugging away for a couple of days now, your content is on point and you feel really good about it. So what do you do now?

Well you submit it to the search engines like Google and put your like in front of as many people as you can just about every day. Add your site to the end of your emails. Add it to all of your social profiles, join some message boards and make relevant posts and comments, be sure to have your like in your profile.

Make posts on Facebook and Twitter from time to time asking people to check out your new blog or share some of your articles. If your posts contain images you can share those on all of your social account Pinterest and Instagram included. Google+ may not be as popular as Facebook or Twitter but you shouldn’t over look it. You want as many people to see your link each day as you can get.

 

Step Six: Getting Paid
So now that you’ve gotten some traffic and have the plugins in place where people can share your content with others then why not get paid for it. There is no reason not to earn money from your work, either by selling your own products and services or those of others.

Hope over to Google and signup for AdSense if you like, it’ll take you a while to earn anything but once you get your traffic levels high enough then you’ll start seeing some good returns. Also check into ClickBank and other affiliate networks, this will open up a world of products that you can sell. You can also check into Amazons associate program but I would hold off a little until you get some traffic because if you don’t make a sale in a few months then they’ll drop you from the program and you’ll have to signup again.

You’ll need to do some research on what products to offer but they should fit your blog. Amazon will give you access to a ton of products that can fit into any category, books, music, movies, games, electronics, you name it and Amazon is a trusted name so people see the Amazon link and they will be more likely to click on it.

 

Well that about wraps up the basics of starting a blog, no matter if your starting a blog as a hobby, a source for extra income, or a full blown business you can get a good start by following these steps. There are more advanced steps that you can take like paid search engine placement, Facebook and Twitter ads, and lots more.

You can even have some business cards printed out, make guest post on other peoples blogs, submit articles to article directories all with your link on them. Some even allow you to add your own affiliate links which not only helps you get more traffic it can help you make more money.

 

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Finding A Job That Is Right For Me


I have been looking high and low for a job, not just any ole job… nope I am looking for a job that will allow me time to develop my own business on the weekends mainly and will be applying in person next week. The pay for these jobs are about half and sometimes a little more than half of what I used to make but I will try to explain, of course I may not even get the job(s).

I applied for Satellites Unlimited and looking into Cintas and Overland Solutions I will find out more about them Monday and may even apply. I will keep trying to raise money with my GoFundMe campaign and start buying the equipment I need to start my own business as a Apartment and Rental Move In Preparation Specialist.

I also plan on getting in Auto Club of America with sells a kind of auto, health insurance package, towing, road side assistance and discounts. Its a lot of stuff and even if I never sell it I’d still use it. I will also not worry about how stupid this paragraph is lol.

Also I will need to find a two to three bedroom apartment of furnished home in the Mobile Alabama area. During this time I will continue working on this website, social networking, writing my books, and whatever else I can do to get my life back on track. I would also like to find a new church and start going again… got to get right with the big guy.

I need so much money right now that if I thought I could sell my soul right now for a few million I would… but I can’t sell what’s not mine to sell it already belongs to someone. If I could just get out of debit, a decent ride, and a good place to live, with a little money in the bank and steady deposits coming in I would be happy.

 

 

Easy AdSense Profits


Sometimes Dealing With AdSense Is Like
Sometimes Dealing With AdSense Is Like

Even after all these years AdSense can still make you some extra money. Granted it’s not quick money and can often take months or even years to see any real money from it, unless you have a very popular site or even better a few popular sites.

As with most ways that you can use to make money online its a numbers and placement game. You can’t just slap your AdSense ads just any ole place on your site, you need them to be seen, but not where it’s going to distract your readers from your content.

Towards the top of your pages, in the middles, and in the sidebar are all good places to display your AdSense ads, you can even stick them in the footer area but if you have long article or pages they will be less likely to be seen.

Here are a few things about AdSense that you may or may not know…

  • Google AdSense customer support doesn’t have a telephone number.
  • All you have to do is place the ad code on your sites, and Google will sell your advertising space for you.
  • Google AdSense much like Amazon uses Content-targeting technology which means the ads are relevant to your site’s traffic most of the time.
  • If you find inappropriate or misleading images or ads, just click Feedback: Ads by Google link below the ad image.
  • Clicking on the Ads on your site yourself is a no-no, and can/will get your account banned.
  • Also ads are not allowed to be opened in a new window, which seems kind of lame to me, after all you want people to stay on your site, or hope they don’t forget about your site.
  • Reports of clicks and impressions are updated about every fifteen to thirty minutes or so.
  • If you want more money, work on building your traffic. Don’t worry about which ads are getting the most clicks and where they are located.
  • Google AdSense is the largest source of income for many larger sites.
  • In 2014 Google made over $14 billion from the AdSense program. AdSense publishers made about $7 billion.
  • You must be 18 or older to submit and application for the AdSense program, or sign up under a parent or guardian.

There is really no need to drag this article out any longer, you want more money from AdSense or any other ad/affiliate for that matter then just place your ads on multiple sites you own and get as much traffic as you can get to go to the sites.

It’s really that simple, traffic equals money and it does not always cost money to get traffic there are plenty of free methods it just depends on how big of hurry you are in.

You can sign up for AdSense here. Don’t worry your not going to make me a single cent by clicking on that link.

 

About Time For An Update


Wow I’ve need neglecting my blog and that’s not good! So I’ve been a little down on my luck but that’s life, I just have to keep looking, praying, and trying something is bound to take flight for me sooner or later I just need to stay afloat until something big happens.

I‘ve noticed some changes to my site, but I will have to look into them today. There is no navigation bar to the right of the posts which is odd, it may have to do with the theme but it’s not a big deal I’ll change it in a bit to see.

Also while writing my posts everything seems formatted to a set width and does not use the whole width of the editor like it used to, but I don’t mind that, it also may have to do with the theme or some plugin. Speaking of plugins I’m about to install “Insert Headers and Footers” mainly because it makes it easy for me to add the Google AdSense page level ads code to my blog.

I feel fairly well about thing lately no more bad thoughts but still have not found work yet. I did put in some applications one for Marquette Transportation and Kirby Marine, I did hear back from Kirby and they wanted me to send them a copy of all of my documents like TWIC card, drivers license, MMC, medical, radar, and so on.

Well I did as they asked last Sunday, and even tried to contact them Monday and Tuesday but didn’t have any luck I don’t know if they even got my information and I will call them Monday to check on it. I need a job that can pay the bills while I work on my business and making over $100k a year is not a bad place to be and if they are as short handed as they claim to be maybe I can get a $5k to $10k sign-on bonus or more.

Just so I have a little money in the bank until I start drawing some pay. Also I just got 5 new domains that I will list here as soon as they are done, the each will have 300 pages of information and be laced with Google AdSense and ClickBank products, my hopes is that after about three months I will starts seeing a few hundred to a few thousand dollars a month come in.

Another thing if anyone reads this and know the answer to it please leave a comment… I keep getting new users signing up for the site, but I don’t have any interaction with them, granted most are span bots but it would be nice if I could add these signups to my Mail Chimp mailing list. Is there anyway to do this? I guess it would be blind signups more of a black-hat method, I think there should be a better way.

Anyway moving on, what else has been happening.. Oh I will be going to the casino Monday for a couple of reasons 1. I have $85 of freeplay and 2. after 6pm I get another $45 bonus that I can cash out. So even if I don’t win anything on the $85 I can still walk out with $45 so win, win, win… Wish me luck I need it, just don’t pray that I win, God has enough prayers to answer without that being one of them.

I just want enough money to pay what I owe, pay my dad back, and give my wife and kids a better life. Anyhow is it just me or is this update getting a little long? Doesn’t really matter but I would like to see more people visit this site, and a few donations would be great, what would even be better if I could get some affiliate sales before the end of the year, I have not gotten my kids anything for Christmas yet and doesn’t look like I will be getting them anything at all this year.

They both like to play World of Warcraft but I can afford to get them any game time right now, or even pay their internet bill which is over $570 now because it’s almost three months behind. Anyway I don’t mind not having any money for myself but when I can’t provide for my family then something has to give either my pride has to go and I get my ass out the door and start begging for pennies or I sit here and feel sorry for my self and rot away.

I think that I have been trying to find work, just not hard enough I fill out all these forms but never hear back and after two or three attempts to contact them I give up and move on… when what I should do is drive to their offices and demand to see someone about a job, tell them to test me, give me a shot, I won’t let them down. I don’t know, maybe I should start tell them lies to get a job, but I tell the whole story and don’t leave anything out, maybe that is my problem.

What I want is a full-time job that will pay me over $100k a year, and a few side businesses that can make me about $10k-$20k a month. I don’t want a lot. It’s not like I’m asking for millions or billions but just a few hundred thousand a year and I would be happy. I don’t mind working for a living, and look forward to it…

Does that mean that if I won a few million dollars at the casino or from the lottery or by the grace of God some very wealthy person hands me a few million that I wouldn’t take it or quite looking for work? Well I would defiantly take the money, and yeah I would quite looking for work because I would start my own small business by getting a bigger heat-press, a couple 3D printers, and some other tools designs and so on for a tee-shirt and gift printing business that would be mobile because I would have everything setup in a big trailer that I could pull behind a truck or van.

I could then travel all over the country and go to different fairs and trade shows and make some money. I would also buy stuff to resale on eBay while I traveled. I would do this with my sons before they move out on their own… but really I wouldn’t need a few million for this business on a couple hundred thousand, what a shame that I don’t have a job and my credit sucks at a whooping 540 and dropping. Bankruptcy is starting to look really good right about now.

Oh and also I was looking though some of the many making money online things I got over the years, most that I never even tried and found one I totally forgot about, because I am a member they gave me a crappy WordPress blog that I can’t do much with but you are welcome to check it out who know you may even want to give them a shot, I am starting to read over the information and I like it so far, don’t know why I didn’t do more with it years ago when I got it… anyway click here to go to the crappy blog that I need to post more stuff to.

Searched the Internet for Secrets to Making Money With WordPress


In my search to find ways to the secrets of making money with WordPress I cam across a vast number of sites, more than I would ever care to read, there were 14,100,000 different listings so me being the good little researcher I am (cough) started at the top and the article was very well put together. I will list the sites I visited on down the page a little, however the first article was by Victor Pride titled The No Bullshit Guide to Making Money Online, written in 2011 and still at #1 on Google, that has to say something, while it didn’t cover WordPress it did cover making money online in general.

The article is great and quite long, the site Bold & Determined where the article is hosted may be a little rough and brash for some. It does have some good articles and some that are not so good well in my personal opinion that is, the author has some loyal readers that will fire back at those that express different ideas but it’s all cool that’s the great thing about the internet, you can take bits of information that works for you and use it, and you can leave the rest behind. Also if you don’t like or agree with something no bigger no one is making you read every last word. This site is mostly geared towards men, the empowerment of men, men’s health and success. There was an article about finding the right wife that I didn’t agree with but it did have some good points here and there, so most women won’t care for it very much.

Moving on I then traveled down the page and picked BforBlogging’s article on Top 10 Secrets to Writing Money Making Blog Posts which contains some good useful information for what I am trying to achieve here at the blog. It talks about post structure, SEO Friendly content, meaningful content even if its short, internal linking, and more.

My next stop was an article titled How do I Start a Blog and Make Money over at Tips and Tricks HQ. The article lays out step by step what you need to do to create a blog and then making money from it, there are no short cuts and it takes work and time but if you follow the steps. I personally think the site contains some great information and is well put together and even has an affiliate program that I’ll have to check into later, but the design needs some changes the white of the navigation just does not work very well.

The next place I landed looked like utter crap, the information was good, but not for me at this point in my life not until I start pulling in some traffic on this blog about 1000 visitors a month would be great. Anyway the article is titled $10,000 Per Day – The Secret To Making Big Money Online by John Chow, it’s rather short but talks mainly about selling higher ticket items and making more than you would selling $10 items or using Google AdSense, I can see the logic, but getting that one high ticket sale would be nightmare for me, I have a hard enough time giving away free information. For someone who makes so much money he sure skipped when it came to site design, but the money is in the funnels. Signup for the free eBook and it’ll take you to a click funnels page where they’ll collect your email address so they can send you other offers after all there is money in the list and funnels allow you to try to sell other products or different packages of the same product, anyway next.

I fell way on down the page and landed on my face at WPBlogging360.com on an article title Top 10 Ways to Make Money Online (Easily) which seems to be a good article, has good site design, and so on. While the article was good and the information solid the author got very lazy with the links they only linked to a couple of sites and didn’t bother linking to the rest but that’s just my opinion but it’s not a big deal just copy and paste the sites that interest you into Google or whatever search engine you use and it’ll do the rest.

I then went over and paid a visit to Make Money With Your WordPress Blog, it’s a website/blog that while it does contain some good information is in reality a sales page for an book on Amazon by the same name, so I’m sure that while the site has some good information it just does not give you the answers that are in the eBook. Most of the content has to do with affiliate marketing, which is the method I use, you’ll find very few products that I made my self here, if any because they are works in progress.

So after that pit stop I stumbled into a site called How to Make Honest Money Online and landed on a review of something called $7 Dollar Secrets. Yeah that page was all about an older program that may not work for everyone, go figure just like all the rest, but it was fairly well written and only contained a few mistakes. However the site itself contain some good information and has a few reviews for some affiliate products that can give you a heads-up before you spend your hard-earned money on them.

I then skipped over about four pages and found myself staring at Hellbound Blogger’s article about 10+ Interesting Ways How Porn Websites Make Money and couldn’t help but laugh, just glad I wasn’t drinking a glass of milk. I admit I’ve looked at porn sites in the past and never gave a second thought to all the different ways they make money, I even had a porn site at one time, only had a few sales, but that was my fault for not promoting it enough, heck I didn’t promote it at all. Anyway there are some really good pointers in this article if you want to start your own porn site or not.

Next I got tired of all the reading and a few sites were flagged in Microsoft Edge, so I took a brief break to rest my eyes and go get a drink, a came back and went over to an article called How To Make 6 Figures in a Year With No SEO hosted at https://feinternational.com/ which clam to be Professional Website Brokers.

Sense I like to travel and dream of broadening my travel experience I clicked on How To Start A Travel Blog: A Step By Step Guide over at Expert Vagabond. This site didn’t really go into great detail about making money online but in starting a travel site, you could make a good bit of money with the right promotions and right packages. You could offer to arrange travel for people for a slightly higher fee than it would cost them to do it themselves or have a shop on your site the sells travel related products. The earning potential could be great over time, can’t compete with the larger travel sites, you don’t have to think locally or regionally, maybe just your own state but those are my ideas you can’t use them lol.

Well that’s about it, the deeper I went the less and less stuff I found that was even remotely related to my keywords, oh well I’ll do another search later and see where that leads me. Hopefully not down a dark alley way with creepy perverts and crooked folks. Anyway enjoy and let me know what your personal favorite site about making money online using WordPress and I will review it and may even add it to the list.