The Older, More Handsome Posts for "Blogging"
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:
As I mentioned in my post about my favorite blog host, setting up a WordPress blog or website on a paid host can be a really scary and confusing experience the first time you do it.
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 to it when needed.
Let’s get it right the first time around!
I’m going to cover everything involved including:
- where to host your blog
- where to get a free domain name for a year
- how to purchase your hosting package
- how to install WordPress in 30 seconds
- how to install a new theme
- how to start blogging for success
All you have to do is follow the steps and you will be writing your first blog posts in less than ten minutes time!
It really is that simple.
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!
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?
Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
- Malcolm Forbes
Education is power.
It allows us to reach new heights and achieve near-impossible things as individuals and collectively as a society.
But sometimes we bloggers forget to educate our readers at extremely critical moments.
I’m not talking (necessarily) about our content – we usually do a pretty good job at educating our readers there.
I’m talking about introductions, calls to action and the other places where we expect our readers to know what to do.
Most of the time, however, they don’t have a clue.
In this post I’m going to introduce the SPELL IT OUT technique for educating your readers.
Hopefully by following these tips you’ll increase conversions, subscribers and your loyal following.
Why are these ‘education moments’ so important?
In terms of blogging, this stuff is so important because of one word.
Something a lot of bloggers don’t realize is that how your posts are presented is often just as important as what they say.
It sounds crazy but it is true.
Humans are very visual creatures. And we are also very judgemental and impatient.
Imagine rocking up to a job interview in flip flops and shorts. They wouldn’t even listen to your credentials.
Imagine going speed dating and having a big booger hanging out your nose. It wouldn’t matter how funny and charming you were.
Finally, imagine trying to give speeches with a stutter like this one.
Blogging is a lot like all of these examples: you have to make good first impressions and then you have to keep people interested and engaged with the way you deliver the content.
Let’s jump in.
So how often should you post new articles to your blog?
Some people say you should do it everyday. After all, Google’s Panda loves fresh content.
Other people say you should post multiple times each day. That gives people lots of material to share and talk about.
What about once a week? Is it perhaps best to keep it nice and regular and post on the same day each week?
Well, I disagree with all of those things.
And so do some of the guys making the biggest noise in the industry like Glen Allsopp and Derek Halpbern. I’ve even got quotes from them later in this post.
This post actually has two angles to it.
In case you missed it I “came out” on ViperChill yesterday – the first person ever to get a guest spot on that awesome site.
It was a nerve racking but extremely rewarding experience.
Now that you all know my name and have seen my face I feel like we can move on to a lot of really cool new things – webinars, videos and hopefully a more open friendship.
And that is really the key thing for me – friendship. So many of my readers have become close friends and it just felt wrong to hide behind the scepter for much longer.
The ViperChill connection and the future of Blog Tyrant