When you first start a blog it all seems simple. The deeper you go, however, the more complicated it becomes. Bloggers have to know about design, content creation, SEO, servers, security and so much more.
Sometimes it can all feel pretty overwhelming.
Today’s post is an enormous list of actionable tips that you can bookmark and refer back to when you’re having one of those days where you’re just not sure what to do next.
I’ve tried to break them up into rough categories but there will be some overlap so make sure you have a read of the sections that you think might not interest you.
Want to learn how to start a food blog? I might be able to help with that.
You see, every now and then a new niche comes along and absolutely dominates the internet. Each one is slightly different, but over time you start to notice the common strategies and ideas that work for each one equally.
At the moment food blogging is massive.
That means there is an enormous opportunity to be successful but, in actual fact, it’s also an incredible chance to change the world for the better.
This is a big one so get a cuppa and warm up your scrolling finger!
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Here’s a free blogging icon set that you can use however the heck you like on your blog, website or Pokemon Go fan site!
I know how frustrating it can be to find free icons and images for your blog.
Half the time you hunt around for hours only to find the perfect icon and then realize it costs a fortune or you can’t quite decipher the usage license. Well, these ones are free for you.
Millions of people start new blogs every month but not many of them achieve success.
And while some elements of blogging can be complicated, the overall strategy is not that hard. If you look at almost any successful blog you’ll notice the same few elements.
The trick is to work consistently and cleverly on those elements while not getting distracted.
Today I’d like to talk about a simple formula that every blogger should at least think about if they want to achieve long-term success.
One of the beautiful things about running your blog on a self-hosted WordPress setup is that you have complete control over its design and functionality. If you can think it, it’s probably possible.
Last month I decided to make a few changes to my WordPress theme in order to see if I could improve the reader experience at the same time as improving (or at least not hurting!) signup rates.
Today’s post goes over those tweaks and outlines a few lessons that I thought you might find interesting for you own blog’s design and operation.
Shall we take a look?
Every now and then I’ll wake up in the morning, check my stats and think, “Wait…what’s that?”
It’s a weird feeling when something dramatically alters the life of your blog and you aren’t sure why.
Traffic, rankings, conversions… all these things can be affected by seemingly invisible forces.
Today I’m going to talk about a few puzzles I’ve encountered over the years on my own blogs and some of the client sites that I’ve worked on.
Hopefully it’ll help you if and when it happens.
UPDATE: Thank you for all your emails. I have chosen two winners (Janey and Sherri) and am in the process of replying to all the emails. I wish I could have picked more!
Have you ever wanted to start a blog but just can’t find the money to make it happen? Well, hopefully today’s post helps.
It seems like every few days I get an email from someone who has a really great idea for a blog but, for one reason or another, can’t get the initial funds needed for things like decent blog hosting, WordPress design and maybe some marketing.
The readership of this website has been so good to me over the years and every now and then I like to do a nice little “thanks!” to help someone kick-start their career online.
Let’s check out the details.
My goal for this blog is to help you guys as much as possible.
I write about tips and strategies that have worked for me over the past few years in the hope that they will save you time and money and give you new ideas.
Hopefully they also allow you to build a better blog that, in turn, grows and helps more and more people over in your neck of the woods.
But today (and for the next three days) I thought we might do something a little bit more involved and direct.
Curious? Read on.
For the last two years I’ve written prediction posts about what you’ll need to know before starting a blog. These have been really popular and helped a lot of new bloggers kick off their careers. This year I’m doing something a bit different.
You see, not everyone is ready to start a new blog. The truth is that starting a blog and running it in a professional and sustainable way is a lot of work.
So, to kick off 2016 I’m going to show you a few things that will help you determine whether or not you are ready to start a blog or whether you’ve still got some preparations to do.
Let’s do it.
Last Updated July 19th, 2016.
Knowing how to find images for your blog and use them properly is a massive task that a lot of bloggers really struggle with. So how do we do it effectively?
Well, there are a lot of things to think about.
Are the photos consistent with your website’s branding?
Have they been formatted and edited correctly for the web?
How about the file size and detailed information for SEO purposes?
Lastly, are you sure you have the legal rights to use that photo on your blog?
This topic could go on forever and ever so I’m going to try and condense as much of the useful stuff into one post as possible so that you can bookmark it and keep referring back to it when you need.
Let’s do this!