You Won’t Believe What Happens Next


Almost eight years ago I registered a domain name with the hope of building a “hub” for bloggers and maybe writing about a few things I’d learned through blogging and online marketing.

I had absolutely no idea how that one website would end up changing my life forever.

And it’s with all those memories in mind (good and bad) that I write this post with some with some very garbled emotions.

Firstly, I am absolutely thrilled to let you know what’s about to happen here on Blog Tyrant – it’s going to be massive and very exciting to watch! On the other hand, however, I’m a little sad to let you know that this will be my last ever post.

A lot changes over eight years.

One of those changes for me was realizing that I had taken Blog Tyrant as far as I could and that the extraordinary community (more on you in a second!) deserves something better, something more regular, and someone with a lot more expertise.

And with that I’m happy to announce that Blog Tyrant has been acquired by serial entrepreneur, WordPress expert, and all round good guy, Syed Balkhi from WPBeginner, who is going to take this site to incredible new heights.

Aside from WPBeginner, Syed is also the co-founder of popular WordPress plugins like OptinMonster, WPForms, and MonsterInsights.

I’m taking some time to reach out to people personally and express my gratitude, so I’m not going to do a long list here.

But it would be insane of me not to mention the wonderful, bizarre, patient and, above all, generous community here on Blog Tyrant who have left well over 20,000 comments.

You made this blog what it is.

Thank you.

Please continue that tradition now and give Syed a huge welcome. Stick around because I can assure you that this site is only going to get better.

You won’t believe what happens next…

Top photo © Daniel Villeneuve.

How to Make Money Blogging: A Realistic Guide for New Bloggers


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A lot of people are now trying to make money blogging as a way to supplement their current income or craft a new and brave career online.

The problem, however, is that it is really difficult to make any money while a blog is brand new. In fact, it’s something that I get emails about all the time.

So I decided to write a detailed and realistic post about the topic in the hope that it genuinely helps someone out there who is just getting started in this blogging industry of ours.

Let’s jump in!

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Starting a Blog: A Complete Guide for Serious Beginners in 2019


Last Updated January 1st, 2019 — Thinking about starting a blog? This is a complete guide designed for those serious beginners willing to work hard to make it successful.

First published four years ago, this post has since helped tens of thousands of bloggers on their journey. It’s now constantly updated with the latest trends, strategies and tips.

I first learned about blogging back in college when I was lucky enough to sell a couple for 5-figures. Since then I’ve been so fortunate to work full time from my couch! I honestly don’t say this to brag, but just to show you how powerful blogs can be for changing your career or revitalizing your existing business.

Today we’re going to look at the quickest set up and hosting, and then move on to some really detailed strategies and tips for how you can make sure your blog succeeds this year.

Let’s jump in!

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A Simple Way to Get More Traffic Without Creating New Content


Last week I published a few blogging statistics and one of the main takeaways was that most bloggers still struggle to find readers and traffic.

This is a real shame because all of that hard work writing articles and building beautiful blogs is wasted unless you get people reading them.

I decided to dedicate a bit of time to this issue and will be doing more posts over the next couple of months

Today I wanted to get us started by looking at one simple but very effective way to get more traffic to your blog regardless of your niche or blog’s authority.

Let’s take a look.

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Here’s Some New Blogging Statistics for 2018


Do a quick Google search for “blogging statistics” and you’ll find some really good posts. Unfortunately, a lot of them are writing about the same stats from the same studies and surveys.

Today I’ve got a new set of statistics to add to the mix that looks at things like why people start blogs, the goals they’re trying to achieve, the amount of income they make, the challenges they face, etc.

I’m going to update this post every year with new stats, and I’ll also ask other bloggers and websites to do their own surveys so we can cover a bunch of different niches, get a bigger sample size, and more.

Let’s take a look at the graphic summary and then we can talk about some of the insights and what they might mean below.

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Do You Work from Home? Make Sure You Do This.


A growing portion of the people that read this site work from home because they want to build their own business, be closer to family, or just explore a new and modern career path on the Internet.

But working from home is a completely different experience from working in an office, and when you do it for the first time you can find the adjustment a little bit difficult.

I have been lucky enough to work full-time from home for almost a decade now, and in that time I’ve learned a few things the hard way. Today’s post, however, is going to be about one specific lesson that I think is extremely important.

Make sure you read to the end for something fun!

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Your Blog is More Important Than Ever. Here’s Why.


A lot of people still think that a blog is just a website where people ramble on about their lives. But it’s so, so much more than that.

And while the term “blogging” seems to have fallen out of fashion in recent times, the art of blogging (and all that it means for your career and the online community in general) is more important than ever.

In this post I’m going to share a few thoughts on why this is so, and how we can use our blogs more effectively as tools for ethical profit, social change, and a lot more.

Stick around.

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Your Family Won’t Understand Your Blogging Career


Blogging is now a legitimate career option for millions of people around the world who want to do something different with their life.

But, as with any non-traditional work, you have to be prepared for the fact that people won’t understand, and some people will down right try to talk you out of it.

This can be particularly hard when it’s a family member you’re trying to support financially.

In this article I want to take little look at my own experiences dealing with this tricky issue in the hope that it might help someone out there who is just getting started.

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How to Start a WordPress Blog in 5 Minutes: Step by Step


Last updated on January 1st, 2019 — Do you want to learn how to start a WordPress blog the right way? More than 8,500 people have used this tutorial to start theirs! Let’s get yours set up…

Bluehost is where I started my first WordPress blog almost a decade ago. They’ve now put together an exclusive deal for Blog Tyrant readers so I can help you get set up properly as well!

All you need to start a WordPress blog is a domain name and a hosting platform. Once you’ve got that you just install WordPress for free and start blogging!

Let’s dive right in and show you how to start your first self-hosted WordPress blog today. It’s super simple and with this walk-through and video tutorial you’ll be blogging in no time!

Disclosure and quick interruption – I started my first blog on Bluehost and have now partnered with them to get you a big discount rate. If you purchase hosting through one of the links on this post I’ll earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. They are a great place to start and I’m happy to promote them!

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