You may or may not be aware that part of what is taught at Wealthy Affiliate is about properly setting up your blog. You do this so that your blog is ready to start earning you money. Here are 10 Quick Tips About Blogging (click on each for more details):
Make Sure You Have a Privacy Page
Create an About Me Page
If you are going to sell anything at all, you will want to make sure you tell potential customers who you are. Make them feel comfortable visiting your site. This one really does get read all the time. Don't include it and you can expect several visitors to leave.
When you learn how to create content for your website (which Wealthy Affiliate teaches you this) it will become easier to create consistent blog posts. Like anything, it just takes practice. The more you do it the better. But this is the one component that will help you with your search engine rankings. Plus it increases your chances that your visitors will return to your website.
Try to Always Capture Your Readers' Emails
An opt-in email list is one of the best assets you can have and can lead to a long term relationship with potential customers and even existing ones. You must nurture the list however. If you constantly bombard it with sales offers, you will have a high turnover on that list. That will defeat the whole purpose.
Post Content That You Would Want To Read Yourself
The one constant in Google's algorithm is great content. Google will never penalize you for that. So give them what they are looking for. But more importantly, give your readers something that they will want to read and will crave for you to write more.
Consider Guest Posting with Other Bloggers
Guest posting, a.k.a., guest blogging, has come under fire recently. Google has placed bloggers on notice that people who use it solely for the purpose of getting backlinks are going to suffer with penalties. As soon as the dust settles on this and if you follow some simple guidelines, you should be okay with this. I recently finished an article on guest posting that you can read here:
Be Wary of Traffic Schemes
Getting traffic is important. But getting quality traffic is even more important. There are many traffic schemes that exist that will deliver a lot of traffic but will do little to convert into sales. In many cases the traffic is the result of automated bots sending traffic to your website. The search engines are wise to these and it can actually do more harm than good. Your best bet is to build organic traffic over time with quality content.
Have a Way For Readers To Contact You
You are trying to build a trust relationship with your readers. You want to get them to sign up to your list or buy from you, or both. Think about the last time you bought something online. Did you look for a way to contact the website owner in case you had questions? You probably did and so will your readers. Give them some kind of method to contact you.
Understand That Establishing Your Blog Takes Time
When you come across a new blog, do you trust it right away? Probably not. Unless it came as a word-of-mouth recommendation from someone whose opinion you value. But in most cases, you will come across blogs due to some search term that you entered. There is no trust here for you on that initial visit. It's only after you sign up for their newsletter, or bookmark their website will they start to garner trust from you. The same is true for your website for others.
Don't Ever Give Up
There is no guarantee that your blog is going to be successful. But I can emphatically state that your blog WILL NOT be successful if you give up. That is the easiest thing bloggers do and it is a shame because there is so much potential. If you give up you will not succeed. Simple as that. Don't do it!
Obviously, there is more to blogging than these 10 quick tips and you will need to learn more about how to implement them correctly. There really are correct ways to do them and most people don't do it correctly. But I can help you get started. Use the following to give you a better overview of how Wealthy Affiliate can give you the tools need to implement the above tips:
Learn to Do It Correctly Right at the Start
It's really easy to start a blog these days. With domain names being really cheap and WordPress installations available on most hosting services, within a day people can create a some posts and it's live right there and then.
But just because people can build blogs doesn't mean they necessarily should. At least, they should do so when they learn how to implement the proper techniques. All too often, you'll see poorly implemented blogs that get hit with search engine penalties and they get virtually no traffic (except for automated traffic that results in no real visitors). What's worse is people that do this get frustrated and reach out to online experts - often paying a lot of money and still getting no results.
But if you take my guidance and learn to implement your website right from the start, think of all the trial-and-error pains you will totally sidestep. And you will be much further along than anyone that decides to do it on their own. Sure, some of those people do get lucky. But with the majority they all to often fail.
Who am I? And Why Should You Trust Me?
My name is Jim Cochrane. I have been a member of Wealthy Affiliate for over five (5) years. One of the biggest draws for me is the level of training that is available. But maybe even more so, is the community atmosphere that exists on the website. It really becomes a second family. And this family has several thousands of people of varying experience that are ready to lend a hand at a moments notice. I have created several websites that have been making money for me so I've dealt with many issues that you may encounter when you start out.
By the way, my profile name is @techhound on Wealthy Affiliate. Come on in and say hello!
My Commitment To You
I watch over the people that I refer. I ask them about their progress and I try to point them in the right direction when they get stuck. I take an active interest in each of my referrals so you can be sure that you are going to hear from me. But I promise, I won't be a pest.
The point is I want you to follow in my footsteps and let me guide you to building a successful online business. I can completely help you do that. You just have to want it and take the necessary steps to make it happen. But you are not alone!
What To Do Next
Take what I am talking about for a spin, a test run, if you will. Wealthy Affiliate is free to sign up. There is a premium membership but won't get pressured to upgrade. The premium membership gives you access to many more training modules including live webinars. But again, there is never any pressure to upgrade.
THERE'S NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME...
The internet has opened up a huge opportunity for all of us to take advantage of and has the fullest potential to make us financially secure. Imagine never having to depend on anyone else for for you income ever again! Wealthy Affiliate has many members who are making full time incomes from the techniques that they learned and implemented. And this is a really fun business to do too! You earn from your web business.