This is a 9,000+ word guide on how to start a blog.
Yep, that’s nine thousands words!
Blogging still excites me so much and I absolutely love that I can roll out of bed and work from my couch or the local cafe instead of stressing out in an office.
This massive article came about because I wanted to show new bloggers how I did it – all the steps to in one place that can be accessed for free for the rest of time.
Hopefully one day you’ll be dominating your niche and making a good income from home. It might even change your life!
Let’s get started shall we?
We’ve heard it a thousand times: content is king.
This is the mantra the the biggest marketing blogs (including this one) have been telling us for years.
But it’s simply not true.
Or to be more accurate, it’s not the whole story.
In this post I’m going to talk about why my thoughts on this have changed, and why I think it’s time this blogging myth disappeared forever – it is holding a lot of really smart people back.
Every blogger should learn how to launch a blog.
Even if you’ve already got one up and running, the skills you learn at a launch can give you massive advantages when promoting new posts and launching new products, blogs etc.
Since I started blogging back in uni I’ve launched more blogs than I care remember.
Most of them we’re massive failures.
In this article I’m going to show you a method that one reader used to get 17,000 email subscribers in just a few weeks. Pretty awesome right?
I know a lot of you have been waiting for this one so let’s dive in.
I was driving with my cousin when he asked me, “Why would anyone want to start a blog?”
He was of the opinion that perhaps blogging had given way to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and was no longer a very popular thing to do. After all, he sure as hell doesn’t read them anymore!
Actually, turns out that blogging is more popular than ever.
Let’s just look at Tumblr – over 120,000 people start a blog there every single day!
And that’s just one blogging service.
In this post I’m going to show you how to start a free blog and grow it insanely fast while building a beautifully loyal readership. It doesn’t matter whether you’re into sport, travel or fashion blogging – these platforms and tips are built for everyone.
If you already have a blog I’ll make sure there’s still some handy tips down below for you.
Notice anything new?
After 154 posts I’ve finally said goodbye to the original Blog Tyrant design to make way for the new and (hopefully!) improved responsive design.
Long time readers of this site will notice some familiar elements, but also a lot of changes.
And I know that can be annoying (for me it’s bloody terrifying!).
When one of your favorite blogs gets a new design it can feel like your best friend just got plastic surgery and you now struggle to relate to them. It’s a weird feeling.
So, in this post I’m going to talk a lot about my thoughts behind the new responsive blog design and why I designed it myself from scratch.
I also really need your help.
Read on, dear friend.
Some days I hate my blog.
In fact, for most of last week I could hardly stand to look at.
I’d crawl out of bed at a shameful hour, drag my feet to the office (couch) and power up the laptop like it was the most horrendous task in the world.
Maybe it was because I’d spent the Easter break with my brother in the country hitting golf balls and witnessing actual real life hover boards (proof on my Instagram).
But a much more likely scenario is that this is a phenomena that every blogger goes through from time to time. In fact, I can almost guarantee that you’ll go through it at some point if you haven’t already.
So what the hell do you do?
You’ve heard about long-form content, right?
It’s that insanely huge style of article that sometimes goes on so long your scrolling finger gets tired. In terms of a word count you’re often looking at 3,000 to 10,000 words.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you would have come across it on many occasions in articles like this one (3,600 words), this one (4,800 words) and this bad boy (6,528 words). I love sitting on couches in cafes just typing away for
But there is something that has been bugging me about long-form content for a while now.
And I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s probably bugging you as well.
Let’s take a deeper look into the good and the bad things about this new-fangled blogging cure all. As always, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.
When you first start a blog it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the whole thing.
There’s just so much to think about – domain names, hosting, content strategies, logos, WordPress themes, SEO, networking, software, equipment, advertising… the list is endless!
And while I do my best to clear up those kind of topics here on Blog Tyrant, I also feel like we come up short a lot of the time.
This post is all about giving you a concrete list of shortcuts, resources and tips that you can refer to as you progress along your blogging career.
It’s not a roadmap (not even close) but more like a list of references that you can use to take your learning further while knowing that you’re looking in the right place. Hopefully someone can learn from my mistakes!
I’m also going to add to this list every now and then so feel free to bookmark it, share it and leave any suggestions that you might have in the comments section. Oh, and read to the end to find out how you can get some cool stuff!
Commence eye straining!
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When you first start a blog it all seems so fun and exciting.
And for the most part it is.
I still get a thrill waking up in the morning and knowing that I can spend the day wherever I like working on my own business, writing for my own blog.
But that’s not to say that there aren’t some really difficult things that happen.
In this post I’m going to talk about a few aspects of blogging that no one tells you about. It’s my hope that by bringing them up now you’ll be better prepared when they do happen.
And hey, this site and its community is always here to help you. So think of this as a positive event. In fact, I’ll end with the most positive one of all.
In a few days some very big things are happening here at Blog Tyrant.
We’re getting a new sister!
A sister blog that is.
To celebrate this crazily fun occasion Blog Tyrant itself will be undergoing some pretty big changes. They will be big, but not so big that Blog Tyrant doesn’t feel like “home” anymore.
I hate when websites do that.
Now, I’m going to be honest with you. When all this happens I’m going to ask you to promote it and spread the word for me. I’ve worked hard and I really need your help to get the news out there.
BUT… I’m not going to do that without giving something back (other than the years of free content ).
That is what today is all about.
Let’s kick off blogging in 2014 in really big way.