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Why can’t I get my guest posts accepted?
It’s a question I hear almost every day, and it’s one I’m sure all of us have pondered from time to time. It can be really frustrating to reach out to big blogs and get rejected again and again.
Today I’ve got a short video for you (I promised I was going to do a lot more of them) that is based around the harsh realities of guest posting.
In fact, the main premise of the video is this:
Guest posts grow new blogs, but new bloggers struggle to get guest posts.
So how do you overcome that double-edged sword? Watch the video to find out.
Note: This post is a lot shorter than the usual 3,000 to 5,000 words that I normally put out and that’s because I want to make sure you have time to watch the video.
So you want to start a fashion blog, huh?
Or (if you read this blog regularly) perhaps the idea of starting a fashion blog sounds like a terrible idea to you but you really like the idea of having a blog that is fabulous.
Well, I’ve got good news for you.
This post is not just about starting fashion blogs, even though those things are really popular right now. I’m going to show you some step by step tips for starting any blog in any niche and making sure you do it properly.
Oh, and if you really do want to start a fashion blog this post will still show you how.
I’m writing this post from a couch exactly like the one in the photo on my About page. Except this couch is in a cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland – probably five minutes walk from the cafe where JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter.
I’m looking out at cobbled alleys, old stone buildings and the bustling crowds that are here for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
And as I type from this same couch in different part of the world I realise that the very act of doing something new has made me feel creative, energised and full of ideas.
I wonder if that’s how Harry Potter was thought up?
As you might know by now, I don’t spend a lot of time reading blogs.
But one thing I do spend quite a lot of time doing is visiting the best blogs and websites in different niches in order to “borrow” ideas from them.
You see, one thing that bloggers often do is get stuck in their own niche. If they write about the moon landing then they only read other blogs about the moon landing or related space travel geekery.
I think this is a mistake.
Quite a lot of my ideas for content or different future projects have come from looking at sites in niches I have absolutely zero interest in. In this post I’m going to show you a few things I’ve learned from my travels about what the best blogs do on their sites. Hopefully you’ll discover something you can apply to your own.
When people start a blog they often think that things will take off as soon as the first post is published. Traffic will flow in, readers will give you their email address and your fame and wealth with blossom and flourish.
Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that.
When you start a blog you need to do a lot of work away from the actual writing of posts. In fact, the writing is really only a fraction of what you need to succeed.
In this post I’m going to try and help you with a few things that you should do as soon as you start a blog. They might make all the difference.
Oh, and there’s a bit of news in number 14.
Your writing sucks.
Don’t worry, so does mine.
I’ve never published a best selling book and my blog is an error-ridden, hatchet job compilation of the English language.
But there is good news.
You can learn how to write good. Much gooder.
And don’t panic. This is not another article about spelling mistakes or how to master grammar like an 18th century poet. In fact, I’m starting to think that those things are a bit daggy anyway. This article is all about what it takes to become a better writer. Good writing just ain’t what it used to be – and a lot of people might find it a bit depressing.
Let’s dive in!
Oh, and I’ve added a collection of my favorite quotes about writing and how to write down the bottom.
I love blogging.
This post is designed to do one thing and one thing only – inspire you to start your own blog today.
You see, blogging has done a lot for me. It’s helped me to work from home and it’s helped me reach out to other people when I needed a friend. It’s helped me travel the world and make a modest living from something that I actually enjoy doing.
So, here are a bunch of reasons why blogging might be just the thing that you are after.
At the end I’ll even show you a few awesome success stories to fire you up!
As a blogger it is tempting to aim your articles at people who are at the same experience level as you. It’s natural – you want to share what you are learning as you yourself grow and mature.
But it can be a big, big mistake.
In fact, I’d go so far as to say that if you aim your articles at readers who are at your level you will slowly, article by article, begin to kill your blog.
What we need to do is start pitching in a different direction. And that is where evergreen content comes in.
Let’s take a look at what evergreen content is and why it is so important to master it.
What is evergreen content?
The usual definition of evergreen content goes something like this:
So you want to learn how to start a WordPress blog in around 10 minutes? Easy.
As I mentioned in my latest blog hosting review, starting a WordPress blog is super simple with BlueHost. In fact, it only takes you around five or 10 minutes.
One of my goals here at Blog Tyrant is to make things simple for new and old bloggers alike.
And as I am constantly asked about how to start a blog I decided to do a step by step tutorial on how to install WordPress on your own host so I can refer readers to it when needed.
Let’s get it right the first time around!
Note: I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you if you buy a hosting package from one of my links. Thank for your support!
Click here to open BlueHost in a new window (and get a discounted rate of $3.95 per month) and then follow the tutorial below. It will take you through the setup process – step by step. It should take around 10 minutes.
Step 1: Get your free domain name and hosting from BlueHost
BlueHost is where I first got started and they currently they have an incredible low rate of $3.95 per month for Blog Tyrant readers and they throw in a free domain name for a year. If you want to learn more about why I recommend BlueHost for new bloggers you can read this post.
Click the green Sign Up Now button at Blue Host to get started.
Then you will be taken to a page where you have to enter in the domain name that you’d like to use. Remember, you can add unlimited websites and blogs to your Blue Host account so don’t worry too much if your not totally sold on your current domain name idea.
The next step is easy – just fill out all your contact details and payment information. Make sure you use your real details because if you ever lose access to your account you might need to prove that you are the owner in order to get back in.
As you can see, there are some optional extras. It is up to you whether or not you purchase these but I would generally recommend you buy the Whois privacy. What that does is keep your personal details private. If you don’t buy this people will be able to look up your name and address.
Step 2: Install WordPress from your cPanel inside Blue Host
Now that you have purchased your domain name and hosting package you will get given access to something called a cPanel. This is the “engine” of your hosting and has dozens of different icons that link to all the different services and features that are available inside your hosting account. At first it will seem a little overwhelming but don’t worry, you can ignore 95% of them.
Scroll down until you find the icon called Simple Scripts. This is the amazing new software that lets you install WordPress on your host in just a few clicks.
On the next screen, scroll down and find the icon called WordPress. Give it a click.
On the next screen all you have to do is click the install button if you are creating a new WordPress blog (you are).
Now, the next scree has a few options but is actually really simple.
First, where is asks what version you’d like to install just select whichever is the most recent, as long as it is stable.
Second, where it asks where you’d like WordPress installed just select the domain name from the drop down that you just registered.
Third, name that bad boy.
Fourth, select a username and password. Make sure BOTH of these are complicated to add an extra layer of security.
Fifth, un-check the boxes of the plugins which you don’t really need at this stage.
Lastly, accept the terms and then hit the Complete button.
And you’re done!
Once it has finished crunching the installation it will give you a confirmation screening showing you your unique WordPress login URL that will look like this:
Copy this and bookmark it and make sure you write down your username and password on a piece of paper. Never write this information down on your computer.
This URL is where you go when you want to write posts, change WordPress themes, etc. You can virtually forget about the Blue Host area for most blogging tasks these days.
Step 3: Change your theme and start blogging!
The final (and most rewarding) step in the process is where you install a beautiful new theme design and start writing your first posts!
To change your theme simply find APPEARANCES in the left sidebar and then then click THEMES. Up the top will be a tab called INSTALL THEMES – click that one.
Once you are here, use the search function to find a theme that suits your needs. There are literally tens of thousands to choose from.
Once you have found a theme that you like you can preview it or just install it. Click the link and all the work is done for you!
Now you are ready to start blogging on your new WordPress blog! That whole process from sign up to installing a theme can literally only take five minutes to do. Just follow this guide and if you run in to any problems you can ask one of BlueHost’s amazing live support crew for help. They are there 24 hours a day.
Why would you want to start a WordPress blog?
If you’re still not convinced about starting a blog on WordPress I have done a quick video on why I think it is the best option for new bloggers.
Any other tips on how to start a WordPress blog?
Do any of the more experienced crowd have any tips for new bloggers who are installing WordPress for the first time? Please leave a comment.
Yep, you heard me.
It’s not a typo.
You’re not hallucinating.
You shouldn’t read blogs.
I know this is going to be a highly controversial post, especially because you are reading it on a blog. You might even be a loyal follower of this blog and be totally confused by me telling you not to read it anymore (I’m not saying that by the way).
I guess I should explain.
Oh, and at the end I’ll pose a really tricky question to you. I wonder if you’ll have an answer?