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How to Start a Blog - Free Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Blog

How to Start a Blog - Free Step-By-Step Guide

Firstly, you'll be pleased to know that this e-book is absolutely free on Amazon, so grab yourself a copy before the publisher changes their mind!

How to Start a Blog - Free Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Blog - for Those Interested in Making Money and Having Fun! is a pretty self-explanatory title, and has been written by a couple who own and run two successful blogs which, they claim, make $100,000 per month between them. They own an impressive health and fitness blog called Avocadu, so, hopefully, they know their subject matter inside out - let's find out!

The fact that the pair are offering this book for free is a good sign. I have read countless books on blogging from so-called "experts" who are actually only making money by selling their books to you, rather than from their blogs as they claim.

Now, the book is fairly comprehensive, although some chapters have a lot more depth than others. You will gain much inspiration from chapters three and four, which are written in a very positive manner to diminish your fears and encourage you to actually start a blog.

There are also plenty of links to some very useful free guides on the authors own Create and Go blog.

However, chapters 8 to 12 are focused on the Wordpress platform, and you are encouraged to sign up with Bluehost for hosting and obtain a paid for theme. The authors are receiving a commission from the affiliate links included in these chapters. Now, there is nothing wrong whatsoever with including affiliate links (I have affiliate links to Amazon on this blog), but this section of the book is biased towards using Wordpress, and reads rather like a promotional ad.

Wordpress is an excellent platform - I have used it myself - which is powerful and popular amongst bloggers. However, you will need to pay for upfront hosting, and it is more costly and time-consuming to set-up and understand for a beginner than a free platform such as Blogger.

It would have been nice to have had more information about other blogging platforms, and the authors took a very negative view of the free platforms in an otherwise positive book.

If you want to take the plunge and use Wordpress, then this book will prove very useful to you as it has plenty of advice. Just be wary of rushing in and wasting your cash on a blog that you may regret starting - as I did several years ago!

I recommend testing the water with your blog on a free platform such as Blogger, because if your blog fails, or you decide you want to change your domain name or the niche you are writing about, you can do this easily with Blogger without losing any money. You can start as many free blogs as you desire, and it is actually relatively easy to move a Blogger blog over to Wordpress should you wish to do so at a later date.

The guide is positively written in a clear and warm style you can easily relate to, without using complex jargon. The authors come across as likeable and knowledgeable and include short stories of how and why they created their own blogs.

Despite the bias towards the Wordpress platform, there is still plenty of useful, positive and inspirational advice here. And, of course, it's totally free!

Mark's rating:

Pros

Easy to understand
Positive advice
Ideal for Wordpress bloggers
It's free!

Cons

Some chapters lack depth
Biased towards Wordpress

Recommended: How to blog for profit without selling your soul


Chapters


1. What Exactly Is a Blog? Including what's the difference between a blog and a website?

2. Why Start a Blog? A brief chapter which covers the reasons why you would wish to start one.

3. How to Overcome Your Fear of Blogging. Just the thought of starting a blog can cause anxiety, and this very useful chapter will help to ease your fears.

4. 7 Reasons to Start a Blog Today. This chapter will show you the positive side of creating a blog, and will inspire you to start one.

5. Understand Your Why For Starting a Blog. Outlines the many benefits of creating a blog - another inspirational chapter!

6. Choosing The Perfect Blog Topic and Niche - includes the sections Consider a self-branded blog, Start general and narrow down, Picking the topic, But what about making money, and Can any blog make money? A couple of links to useful free articles are also included.

7. Best Blogging Platforms 101 - where you should start. This is my least favourite chapter as it reads like a promotional ad for Wordpress with an affiliated link to Bluehost, which allows the author to earn a commission. The authors are very wrong with their information about the Blogger platform, stating that you cannot make money from ads. I am making a good income using blogger, and you can easily add adsense ads and affiliate links.

8. Sign Up for Blog Hosting and Install Wordpress. An in-depth guide to setting up your blog using Wordpress. I would think very carefully before choosing to do so. Wordpress is a powerful platform, for sure, but you will need to pay up-front for hosting.

9. Envision Your Blog Design. Shows you a few examples of some impressively-designed blogs, with some brief tips on deciding your blog design.

10. Select Your Wordpress Blog Theme. Use a free theme, save time and get a better design with a paid theme, how to change your Wordpress theme.

11. Install Essential Plugins on Your Blog. Includes Yoast SEO, Resize Image After Upload plugin, how to install plugins on Wordpress, direct upload.

12. Write Your First Blog Post. How to layout your post and publish your first post on Wordpress.

13. Learn How To Get Traffic to Your Blog. Discusses where should I start with traffic? SEO, Facebook and Pinterest. The Pinterest section is particularly in-depth, and this is a great platform to use for getting free traffic.

14. How to Make Your First Bit of Money Blogging. Discusses how to make money from ad networks, sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, creating your own digital products.

15. Get Involved in the Blogging Community. This includes links to the authors own Create and Go Blogging community

Newbie blogging resources are listed to end the book.

Book Details


Title: How to Start a Blog - Free Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Blog
Author: Lauren McManus and Alex Nerney
Publication Date: 2 Sept 2018
Formats: Kindle edition only
Print Length: 104 pages
Publisher: The New Grind LLC

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