Is THIS the Ultimate Guide on Where to Blog?

where-to-blog

Today, that’s up to you to decide.

Hey, I’m Greg. Welcome to Dear Blogger. In the next few minutes, I’d like to show you how to get traffic, earn money and even how to setup a complete blog.

Don’t be surprised if you’re blown away. ;)

And don’t worry – I’m not selling anything. I’m a believer in free, no-fluff blogging answers and a community you can always fall back on.

Read more on my about page…

If you have any questions, your comments are welcome! We’ve actually over flooded the normal comments on this page though, so I added a temporary Facebook box down below.

And here are a few buttons to help you find your way…

Now, if this guide really were ultimate, I’d create a definition…

Blogging, to me and to our community of up-and-coming bloggers here, means three simple things:

Be personable:
If you start blogging trying to copy someone else’s mojo, you’re sunk from the start. Readers can get information from thousands of sources today, many bigger than you and I, so we work from day one to create a personal bond.

Be giving:
When I started this blog, I pulled my hair out for months trying to find out where my greatest interests met the world’s true needs. I was getting lots of blogging questions each day, so I opened an “answers community” because it was the best way I knew how to give. If you can deliver something unique, through lessons, stories and real-time experiments, people will come, and all the rest will follow.

Be a risk-taker:
We all want the next million dollar idea. The key is to put yourself out there. The downside of blogging is that it’s slow at first, but the upside is that 99% of what’s out there is fluff by people who don’t even care. I bet there’s 10 good openings for you and your content, and we can help you find them.

I’d help you start a career

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Disclaimer time: Blogging doesn’t have to be for a living.

A lot of the advice here like the huge lists of traffic strategies and steps to build a following on Google+ are for the career blogging type. They might be more than you want or even seem silly.

But if you do want to blog for a living and earn supplemental wealth in an online setting, I’m here for you. After reviewing products, recruiting guest authors and writing guest posts until my fingers nearly broke, I can now safely pay the bills with blogging. I know how tough it seems, but the rewards are freedom of time and thought (worth gold) and I’d love to help you get going in that direction, too.

For starters, here are 5 articles that I deem crucial reads for any blogging career:

THE Best Places to Blog (updated 2014 edition) – Survey ALL your options, it’s important. This ongoing list of 21 places to blog currently ranks #1 in Google for several competitive phrases and is well-worth your read. Plus if you comment, you may get some nice exposure ;)

How to Blog for Money – In one of the first guides I published here, we cover several legitimate ways to monetize a blog depending on where you’re at right now.

How Playboy Can Help Your Blog – For my first appearance at ProBlogger, I stole my roommate’s magazine to figure out how we can make our blogs irresistible too. It got pretty heated.

The Only SEO Your Blog Posts Needs – SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is hard for all of us at first. So in this post, we break down a few simple takeaways you can use to SEO your blog past others in your niche relatively quickly.

How I Got a Google PageRank 3 in 3 Months with Only 28 Backlinks – Building Google was tough; building PageRank is easy. This one is among the most read at the blog.

My readers constantly send me with little notes saying these articles broke down complex blogging concepts in an understandable manner. I’m positive you’ll find them useful.

I’d show you how to “self-host” and use WordPress.org

Aside from taking action one day and starting a blog, the best decision I’ve made in my three years in the blogging industry was joining self-hosted WordPress.org. But it wasn’t easy.

Sure, using the free blog-hosting sites like Blogger and Tumblr was fun back in the day, but:

  • You don’t get your own domain name, which is a constant reminder you don’t own your blog and that it can be taken down by someone else. I’m all about owning up to my work and this just wasn’t enough.
  • You’re limited to how it’s all designed and monetized. Free blogs just look like free blogs, but WordPress.org can be made to look like the NYTimes or any number of popular websites with simple design changes.

When I realized getting a domain and hosting (all you need to “self-host”) was just as easy as making a purchase on Amazon – but a whole lot more fun – it was on.

Now, I recommend WordPress.org to everyone.

I’ve embedded a 10 minute video below where we setup a WordPress.org blog. I hope you’ll watch, because I really try to make self-hosting as simple as possible and from the responses thus far, I’d say I have!

This 10-minute tutorial features:

    ✓ How to register your domain name
    ✓ How to setup web hosting
    ✓ How to install your copy of WordPress.org
    ✓ Logging in for the first time ever
    ✓ Installing a theme (your design)
    ✓ Adding a plugin (a simple feature; we add Like/Tweet/G+ buttons in the video)
    ✓ Lastly, publishing a blogpost with an image and a link.
    CLICK TO PLAY in a NEW WINDOW

Personal aside: Know that I wouldn’t have taken hours filming and editing a video if I didn’t truly believe it could inspire you to start blogging, so I hope you can watch. Click here for the manual setup instructions.

I’d make a live WordPress DEMO Site

In the video imbedded above, we setup a complete WordPress.org blog called “The First Try Blog” (because even if you’re scared like I was, this really is something you can do on your first try).

Click here or on the screenshot itself to visit the demo blog:

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The “First Try Blog” is a demo WordPress blog that features:

  • A blogpost: Hello, world!
  • A basic image/photo: Uploaded to WordPress and fitted nicely in the blogpost
  • A URL link: To help you click back to Dear Blogger or over to HostGator, where setup begins
  • A new theme: The whole design has been changed to a theme called Patchwork 1.2.1 (just one of thousands of free themes out there)
  • A plugin: To add Facebook, Twitter, and +1 buttons to the blogpost for convenient sharing

I’d recommend a smart blog host…

If you’re going with WordPress.org like I do, you need some place to get you a domain name and host all your files and keep them secure. As with most things in life, you have a million options.

For example, you could host everything from your own computer like Evan Williams of Blogger or Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook once did.

Or, you could get the most expensive host with lots of security features and warranties baked in. This might make you feel safer (but why are these back ups needed in the first place?)

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You could even hire a web developing company to host your site from their own server space and build it out for you. You’ll have to call someone to make any changes, but it’s still a good option.

Really, if you’re like me when I began on WordPress.org, you probably want something basic and cheap that works long-term (FLUFF NOT INCLUDED, TYVM), which is why I recommend going with a basic shared hosting plan from HostGator.

HostGator is what I’ve used since the day I got serious about blogging, and I trust their servers with 10-20 of my blogs and websites at any one time. Their customer service is world class and they’re the kind of place that’s ideal for beginners and advanced bloggers alike.

That’s said, do your homework.

If you do get setup with HostGator, you can use my coupon “dearblogger” for 30% off your domain and hosting. At 10% more than the standard discounts, this is the best HostGator coupon you’ll find and I’m proud to allow my readers to use it. It’s valid all Winter of 2013-2014.

Check out what just a few people had to say:

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And I’d love to hear from you too!

Disclaimer: If you do decide to sign up at HostGator and use my links to get there, I’ll earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. The cost is actually less because I’m able to offer you several discount coupons. Either way, this commission helps keep this blog free for a growing audience. So if you do click my affiliate link before signing up, thanks for your support. Drinks on me!

I’d write down beginner tutorials perfect for post-launch stages…

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Whether you go WordPress, Xanga, Tumblr, LiveJournal, Drupal or whatever, here are some articles to kick everything off for you. These words form the pillars of the blog’s content and I deem all five essential for any new blogger hoping to dominate online:

Then I’d send you a free eBook, and a newsletter

eBook shrunk

If you’ve made it this far, I want to introduce you to my newsletter and more importantly to bounce rate.

Way back in summer 2012, right before we launched, I did an extensive case study on one of my other blogs to reduce bounce rate. The eBook explains it all, but here’s what happened:

how_I_reduced_my_blogs_bounce_rate

For the past year or so, I’ve been giving away my eBook Bye-Bye Bounce Rate for free to new subscribers. My plan was to start charging for the book after 1000 downloads, but now that we’re nearly there, I’ve said screw it. The book will always be free.

Save your money for the important stuff.

Pop in your name and email to get everything (it’s free):

You also get Blogging and Life – an ongoing digest of my struggles and successes in blogging. Please note this is a new project so there may be some kinks still yet but I can say the stuff I’ve already written is powerful as heck. If a strategy helps me, you’ll hear about it.

And 5 extra outlets to ask your blogging questions…

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I guess this is the point where I say “Like my page” or something cheesy, but unlike other bloggers who bombard readers with these messages, I’ll never do that. Instead, I’d like to point you to my social media outlets in case I’m not here when you have a question:

I believe in same-day responses. None of this waiting forever crap, because I’ve been on the asking side, desperately needing a fix for my own work, and it stinks.

Lastly, I’d stick around to help

Because the worst thing that can happen when you buy a product, even something you love, is that feeling of “oh crap” I’m stuck, with something I don’t know how to use.

I want you to know:

I drop by every morning, and often times in the afternoon, from mobile, from my buddy’s, even at the dinner table to help out with blogging questions. I love helping out but that doesn’t mean I know everything either. I ask you guys for help all the time. So, where you can, join in! No gurus here, just a guy like you who was lucky to find his niche early on and a tribe of followers. So I’m curious, what will you find?

I hope you’ll join in, and look forward to chatting!

To Great Blogging,

Greg Narayan – The Blogger

p.s. If you found this page helpful (and have a Google account) please click on the “PLUS ONE” button below. I’m running a case study now to see how much “+1s” impact Search results, and even with just the support so far, the results are fantastic. Stay tuned because I’ll be posting on this soon…Thanks for joining in!

207 comments
  1. Terry Bandy says:

    Hey would you mind letting me know which webhost you’re working with?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different internet
    browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most.

    Can you suggest a good hosting provider at a honest price?
    Many thanks, I appreciate it!

  2. Louis says:

    Thank for sharing long and useful guide. How about blogger ? It’s google’s product and it dont need a hosting.

    • Greg Narayan says:

      No prob, Louis. Blogger is AMAZING. But it has some unprofessional aspects and limitations that make it harder to use to blog for a living. For me at least, switching Blogger –> WordPress marked a big jump in my abilities as a blogger.

  3. Arpit Roy says:

    Good information Greg ! I was searching for this all over the internet and i landed here. Love how you have explained even the little things that matter.

    I just started my website, struggling a bit for that initial traffic, hope you can help with that !

    Cheers !

  4. Junaid Ahmed says:

    really helpful ,
    thanks .

  5. sydneyb says:

    Hello!

    I was reading your blog and i read where you suggest that it is best to have a domain and hosting site. so i took your advice and i now have a domain. YEA!!!!! now i brought my domain from godaddy.com i was wondering if you could tell me if i have to use them for hosting also. if not what is a great hosting site that you recommend? my site is a lifestyle / beauty blog (or at least this is what i’m hoping for :-) ) With that said i just want to say thank you for your help in advance and i think your blog is a real blessing you have some great stuff on here !

    Sydney

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Hi Sydney!

      Welcome! Glad you asked this question because it’s a common scenario for many of us.

      GoDaddy – good for buying a quick domain name, not the best host

      HostGator – convenient place to host and run WordPress blogs or any website, partially because user-friendly and lots of support

      Here’s what you should do:
      In Step III 3rd picture down above you’ll notice a box to check “I already own this domain”. Check that, then proceed with setup.

      Then at the beginning of Step IV, HostGator emails you your password, hosting link, etc. This email also contains two “nameservers” which you enter at GoDaddy to basically say “hey, you guys take care of my domain, I’m going to put my blog over here.”

      Feel free to post a comment here or email me when you get to this step. It can be tricky finding the nameserver input box at GoDaddy!

      For folks without domain or hosting:
      It is quickest to setup your domain and hosting with HostGator.

      It is cheapest to buy a domain (for as little as $2-3 per year) with GoDaddy, then get hosting from HostGator, and do the nameserver step I explained above. This saves folks on average $3-8 per year, which is cool.

      Both are quite common, and I’d bet several bloggers completed them just fine in the time I wrote this :)

  6. Johnson says:

    Recently i have started blogging.It feels good.

  7. Ganar says:

    Ya me suscribi, soy un principiante, y todavia me falta mucho por leer bien, y aprovechar bien tus consejos, voy a estar leyendo tu blog mas seguido a partir de hoy…para aprender mas…

    • Greg Narayan says:

      ¡Bienvenido!
      Usted debe comenzar en los puestos de principiantes, y buscar mi eBook. Tener la comodidad que usted está en un hogar de blogs con muchos otros la búsqueda de éxito. Más pronto!
      Atentamente,
      El Blogger

  8. Francis says:

    It’s me @Aydodol, what do I blog about? How did you start your very first post? Does it have to deal with introducing yourself? Also I can’t afford to grab a self hosting so I think I’ll go for a wordpress page.

    • Myhox says:

      Hey Aydodol,
      You can expose your own ideas, what you have deserve and what do you want to blog. You can write blog post according to your interest, experiences, professional and dedication. Actually, Professional blogging is responsible and hard-work. However, your dedication and professionalism can help to start blogging easily. In this competitive internet marketing, you should have dedication, motivation, passion and professionalism for successful blogging.
      if you can not afford for hosting charging to create a blog then think about free hosting on blogger (custom domain). Yes, blogger provides, free hosting with custom domain. you have to buy a domain and customize it on blogger. You can also add your blog on WordPress but have to pay for hosting charges monthly or annually.

      Best of Luck !

      • Francis says:

        Thanks for the reply sir Myhox. Where do I start, hmmm? I really like to play online games like dota2, League of Legends, etc. . . I also do forum discussions and watching movies to kill time.

        • Myhox says:

          In these days, Online games are popular and many people engages on online game. Thus, you can also start your blog through your interest- Play online game and Entertainment niche like movie review. It is also nice ways to expose your ideas and attract audiences. You can write review blog post about online games, movies, sports, comic, books etc.

  9. A blog can become a powerful tool. Especially for people who want to increase their online presence. I enjoyed the way you broke down the basics of having a blog for everyone. Thank you for sharing your expertise.

  10. Jon Pathan says:

    Great guide on starting a blog for newbies, I also have a complete series of not only starting a blog, but also take it to the next level on my blog.

  11. mamajo says:

    hi greg you might have answered this question before but i haven’t got a chance to go through all the comments, can you please help me? which social sharing plug in will allow me to cusotmize which social networks appear on my site?

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Lots out there, but I use:
      http://wordpress.org/plugins/twitter-facebook-google-plusone-share/

      Makes adding Facebook, Twitter, G+, LinkedIn, and SU buttons easy and has options for borders and background colors.

      • mamajo says:

        hi greg, thanks for all the tips, one more question i have as i am getting started……im in wordpress as you recommended and in my post, if i want to enlarge the font (or bold it or change color) of a few sentences within the post, how should i do it? i searched around it seems like wordpress doesn’t let me do it but it seems a bit ridiculous not to be able to do the most simple formatting?

        • Greg Narayan says:

          No prob, no need for “one more!” Love the questions.

          You can definitely can do this and there are a few (easier and harder) ways.

          I’d go with some inline styles like this!

          <span style="font-size: 14px; font-color: #cccccc; font-family: Arial, Droid, Avenir, serif;">Some writing of yours<span>
  12. mamajo says:

    the one thing i notice shared by all the great blogs is great pictures, just wondering, do you or they take all your own pictures? what if im not so great at taking photos or i don’t own any camera that takes such professional pictures?

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Great question! Here are some options I’ve tried:

      -Dreamstime (paid)
      -Creative Commons (uses Google and free)
      -Photodropper (WP plugin for easy embedding)

  13. mamajo says:

    hi Greg, this is so helpful thank you so much! but what if all the names that i want for my domain is taken? how do i get inspiration for another really good and creative and easy to remember domain name?

    • Greg Narayan says:

      You’re welcome! Stay tuned for new post on this topic…

      Also, check out the story behind how they came up with “Twitter”, here’s a link. It always inspires me.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter

      And keep in mind .orgs are pretty awesome too :)

      • mamajo says:

        the tweeter story is interesting, i think i got a name in mind now! thanks for your response

        i did follow word for word and created a blog although later on in the blog i realize there is a step by step video which is really helpful but came in when i was done with every step in set up….maybe the video can be posted somewhere earlier? but even without the video it is so easy to follow is what i am saying….thanks!

  14. Leila says:

    Hello! I recently followed your steps to create my own blog with my own domain. I followed all your steps through host gator, and then onto adding WordPress, but after I was done installing that, nothing worked. I couldn’t access the admin page in order to start working on setting the blog up. Nothing works and when I type in my new domain address it says server cannot be found. I’ve paid for a year and everything and I am confused as to how it works now. I thought I would be able to access and edit it as soon as I bought it, does it take awhile for all this to start working? Thanks,
    Leila

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Hi Leila – Glad you brought this up, it’s a common issue on any host as propagation takes effect. Basically, your local network needs to “refresh” and “see” your domain. If you’re in a tech-heavy city this happens every few minutes. If you’re out in the desert or rainforest, will be more like every 24-48hrs :)

      Please post an update – is it working now?

      HostGator: When will my domain start working?

  15. Mike Joe says:

    Very nice blog and helps to setup a blog very beautiful . Plenty of useful tips which is really nice and helps to setup a blog for new comer as well as blog owner. I like it.

  16. Wendy M says:

    Awesome tips and really good information, my blogger is a mess right now, but reading great blogger will help me to do a better job .

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Thanks Wendy!

      I remember the days of editing my Blogger HTML sheet, fun but glad they’re over. Hope this helps!

      Best,

      Blogger

  17. Alan says:

    Hi Greg,

    Thanks for this detailed guide. This is my first read about blog and you explained it very well.

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Well formally, welcome Alan!

      Happy to elaborate on anything regarding starting or launching here in the comments.

      Best,

      Blogger

  18. Glad to visiting your site. Great article and good website.

  19. Awesome article ! :D thanks.. btw i love your design, which theme are you using?

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Thanks Bipasha.

      Currently running Daily, by Theme Junkie.

      It was a simple transition for me to the premium world.

      Cheers,

      Greg

  20. Great article and great site! Any specific tips on getting traffic when you are first starting out?

  21. PAUL says:

    Hi Greg, I really do appreciate your insight about blogging but I’ve got some questions to ask. 1. How can one integrate ‘ opt-in’ form. There’s this – admin@mydomain.com‘ that I saw on wordress, pls how do I access that mail. 2. I paid someone to register a domain for me but did not give me access to the control panel, said that he’s hosting his domain on same server. the question is how do I host my domain with another Host. 3. What is the difference between building a Joomla driven database site and wordpress, i.e can it be done on wordpress. Thanks as you responds to this.

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Hey Paul!

      This is going to be a long answer :)

      1) If I understand you…typically your hosting platform sets up a custom email automatically. Do you want me to walk you through accessing that inbox and forwarding to your current?
      2) That’s awful. When faced with this question, I recommend folks start fresh on HostGator. They let you setup a domain and cheap hosting quickly. Or, you can reset your nameservers if your domain is with GoDaddy or something, and still get HostGator hosting.
      3) Joomla is noted for it’s ability to build complex corporate applications and reliability. WordPress it noted for it’s ease of use, elegance, and huge selection of themes and plugins. HostGator’s words, not mine. Either one is great. If you use Joomla, the first part of my guide above (before WordPress setup) will get you there just fine.

      Let me know what you think!

      Greg

  22. Naren says:

    hi! I’ve learn a few excellent stuff here.The clearness for your submit is just excellent and i could suppose you’re knowledgeable in this subject. I like your writing so much! this step by step guide will really helpful for new bloggers. keep recking with your writing greg :)

  23. I publish 2 blogs http://lokenrc.blogspot.in & http://bongomoni.blogspot.in/. The 1st one is 3 language (German, Bengali + mainly English). The 2nd one is in Bengali. In both, I am facing a problem with proper display of the Bengali part. I use Bengali Unicode or Unicode compliant Bengali fonts n both cases

    Can I raise my detailed question here?

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Sure L N, maybe someone else can answer though, because I have no idea… :(

      I’ll tweet this out.

      • Unicode compliant তিন রকম font (Shonarb.ttf, Siyamrupali.ttf, Vrinda .ttf) দিয়ে পরখ করে দেখেছি, তা দিয়ে blog লিখলে কেমন হয়। বাংলা Wikipedia-তেও এই কটাই ব্যবহার হয়। এর মধ্যে Shonarb.ttf-টা আমার সবচেয়ে পছন্দ। কিন্তু, প্রশ্ন হল, blog-এর মধ্যে আমি font কিভাবে নির্ধারণ করে দেব? Blog-এ font বদলের যে সুযোগ আছে তার মধ্যে এই তিনটে font-এর কোনটাই নেই। তাছাড়া, আমি কি করে জানব, যে সাধারণ পাঠক আমার নির্ধারিত font-ই দেখতে পাচ্ছে?

        • mamajo says:

          im having the similar issue, i am blogging in chinese but with worldpress i don’t get a lot of choices for fonts, in fact i get one. was wondering if there is a plug in for more fonts?

  24. A good blog is important of you want to share you ideas to the world through a prolific platform. You will have to make sure that what you choose is unique.

  25. Shola says:

    Hey Greg,

    just a quick question.

    You mentioned that you started an internship program for your university students blog and recommended that others do the same if they wish to grow online.

    Can you kindly share the script/ad you used to recruit your interns and what your selection process looked like?

    I’ve been meaning to get some writers for one of my other blogs and reading your post has triggered me to take action now!

    Appreciate it.

  26. Dinesh says:

    I actually like the style of your blog and user experience I want to implement such things in my new publishing website can you help me by giving any tips and suggestions on the existing design.

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Thanks Dinesh!

      Absolutely, but need more specifics…which features are you interested in creating?

  27. Dani says:

    Greg – I almost got to Part V & now I’m stuck. When I try to go http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin. to start exploring wordpress I get a site error message and my internet provider tries to re-direct me. Do I just need to wait for the domain to come live (is that even a thing? :)) or contact hostgator?
    TIA

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Hey Dani.
      You’re almost there; assuming you registered your domain name with HostGator, they are just setting your new blog in place and making sure it’s just right. Give it a couple more minutes.

      Support Chat is pretty fun, if you want though.

      Good luck exploring WordPress in Step V :) Happy to answer more Qs.

      G

      • Dani says:

        I had to do an account verification, just didn’t get the e-mail for another hour and it was past my bedtime :) Thanks for the quick reply, I think I’m on my way now! Also, thanks for the great tutorials, I would have never been able to get this far without them!

  28. Karina says:

    Hi Greg, i am sorry, may be it’s a stupid question, but is word.press and hostgator providing the same services? do i need hostgator or can i do everything i neen on word.press? i am confused. What is what? Is the blog on word.press self-hosted or not?

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Hey Karina,
      Those are great questions – I guess I should add those answers in.

      In order to use WordPress.org, the full version with all the good stuff listed above, you need to setup a domain and hosting on HostGator first.

      So setup starts at HostGator, and ends at WordPress. When you get a domain name and hosting, you are “self-hosting” by definition.

      Does that make sense??

      Greg

  29. Andreas says:

    I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was curious what all is required to get setup? I’m
    assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
    I’m not very internet savvy so I’m not 100% certain. Any tips or
    advice would be greatly appreciated. Appreciate it

    • Greg Narayan says:

      To run this blog Andreas? Not much, domain and hosting are about the cost of one Subway sandwich per month.

      If you’re not internet savvy, this guide should be perfect.

      Use our coupon, dearblogger25, to reduce price.

  30. Tigrasa says:

    Well Greg I really like your blog. I have bookmarked it and put it in my speed dial of my opera browser as number 1 page :D Well anyway I have recently started my blog about architecture :) It has great design and is easy to manage. Now I have made around 20 posts by now. And I did my keyword resarch. And I have put most searched words in my post titles :) For example keyword “Gothic architecture” has around 1000 searches on google. And I made a post about it and I did it 20 times like that. My blog has around 50000 words. Now my blog looks nice, has good content but NO TRAFFIC :(

    I get around 3-4 visitors per day from google, yahoo :( But I do get visitors from keywords which I used to make titles of posts so my keyword search helped :) I get about 7-9 visitors from fb ir google +

    So total 20-25 visits a day :( Can you tell me what am I doing wrong? :( This is really sad :( I wish to have 300-400 page views a day :) How to achive that it seems impossible :( Will you try to help me? I have read most of your work on your blog but it seems to me that I did most of that :(

    Also my blog url if you want to check.
    http://architecture-hall.blogspot.com
    I post words/picture posts. Words post are usually about history or architectual style.

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Ok, hey again.

      Firstly, skim this post on traffic strategies.

      Your best bet sounds like guest posting on architecture niche blogs.

      This would get your instant traffic through click thrus, and longer term traffic from Google organic search as you build a few backlinks. The organic process is obviously a bit more complicated, but basically try to get a few “SEO optimized” links in your guest posts. You want relevant keywords on the links, instead of just a link saying “click here” or something boring.

      I’ll be releasing a major guide to organic traffic soon :) It’s really that important to our success as bloggers.

      If you landed 3-5 guest posts I can easily see you hitting that goal of 300-400 visits a day.

      Have you tried sharing your blog among friends & family? These folks might be the first to comment and share your work. I know it sounds boring, but friends & family are huge for feedback and initial growth.

      What else am I missing…?

      • Tigrasa says:

        Hi Greg again :)
        I lije your idea about Seo links in “so called spaming other blogs” I will “spam” in other blogs but I will not post bad messages like check my blog. I am architect so when I see a house I can write big review about it so I will “spam” like that :)
        I will write 100 words comment and I will find some nice way to post my linkvin those comments :)
        Thank you Greg I cant wait for your post about Seo optimised links :)

        • Tigrasa says:

          Oh and one more thing Greg. You are right my friends are helping me to share the content :)
          They are my motivation for now as they are the only ones who comment on my stuff :)

          • Greg Narayan says:

            Good good, get them working for you. And commenting is a great habit on big blogs, better than most people even know!

            Yeah I think it’ll be a Blueprint to Organic SEO: How to Get Google on Your Team or something along those lines!

  31. John says:

    Thanks for the tips Greg. I was able to start out my own site. I was also getting interested about SEO, can you please give me a list of SEO blogs that are good to follow? Thanks!

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Hey John.

      DailyBlogTips is great, as is ViperChill. I’d give each of those a few days of your time to browse through the archives! I’ll publish a post soon on dominating organic SEO, so stay tuned.

      Thanks for commenting,
      Greg

      • John says:

        Awesome! I will start with with those 2. Okay, I will be back for more. Thanks so much! Sorry for the late reply.

  32. Laura Beth says:

    Greetings, Greg! Your ‘start a blog in ten minutes’ has given me a starting point, but I’ve hit something of a snafoo post-installation. Fantastico claims I have a current installation, but when I try to open my admin page, each time I am told that the “server cannot be found.” I contemplated removing the current installation reinstalling, but I chickened out when it said something to the effect of “all will be lost!” Please share any wisdom, as I’m in dire need of guidance at this point.

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Hey Laura,
      Did you register your domain with HostGator or another provider?
      Could take a bit longer for things to settle in if not with HostGator, but either way give it a few minutes and all should be OK. Keep me updated!
      Greg

      • Laura Beth says:

        So prompt! To clarify, is registering the same as obtaining a hosting plan with Host Gator? I received the e-mail that includes my account info, and I can access my control panel. Is there an additional registration process?

        • Greg Narayan says:

          Great! There’s no additional process. Just as simple as the Quick Guide illustrates.

          Did you login to your cPanel and install WordPress?

          • Laura Beth says:

            I had installed WordPress before my initial posting, and it seems I should have taken your word, regarding giving it a little time. The site is there this morning!

            • Laura Beth says:

              Greg, you have aided in my entering a new world here. Any chance you can give direction on how one can select/customize their avatar/profile picture? For example, yours hosts a photograph of yourself. I cannot seem to find where I might change mine from the generated image…

              • Greg Narayan says:

                Welcome to WordPress Laura, and glad I could help!

                For the pic: Go to en.gravatar.com and put in your email, then upload a picture. The photo will automatically start appearing wherever you comment.

                So I guess we’ll see that above whenever you do so ;)

                • Sergey says:

                  Just a quick note: you can upload more than one picture on Gravatar.com and make sure to link them to different email addresses.
                  When you post a comment in the future on any blog – you can show different gravatar pictures, depending on the email you use in the comment form.

  33. Myhox says:

    Thank you for sharing this great information. as a newbies it is really resourceful for me. i appreciate for sharing this pest post.

  34. I’ve been surfing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be much more useful than ever before.

  35. Arslan says:

    A Long, long but informative post. As many others have said, it is a good guide for newbie which i am not but still i liked it.
    I’ll visit your blog in future. Good luck.

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Well this guide is for the up and coming bloggers, newbies included.

      Come back soon Arslan, great to see a comment from ya.

  36. Fred Meiters says:

    You could certainly see your skills within the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. At all times follow your heart.

  37. Zenee Miller says:

    Great guide for blogging!

  38. I have recently started a website, the information you offer on this website has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all of your time & work.

  39. Sarah Linden says:

    I’ve been meaning to ask… Do you recommend that I use two separate twitter accounts for separate blogs? Or should I use my same Twitter account to promote both blogs?

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Hey Sarah! If the subject matter is similar between blogs I’d just use one. it’s a lot easier to maintain a consistent stream of thought, and followers, using one. That’s what I’ve found. Hope the blogs are growing!

      • Sarah Linden says:

        What about when it comes to Google Plus? Right now, my Google Plus profile showcases my current writing role–both the company I write for and the topics I write about. But my “brand” is bigger than that. I know in the future I’ll write in different topic areas.

        I’m afraid that if I grow my circles to focus on my current role and writing topic I’ll limit myself in the future. And I’ve been hesitant to grow my Google Plus profile because I don’t know to tackle this. So should my profile be more generic without a focus on my current role? Am I reading too much into this? :)

        • Greg Narayan says:

          Firstly, make your posts public. This will really help get you more followers (if you want em).

          Just add the green public “box” into +add more people.

          I think branding is a bigger discussion though. I like keeping my G+ all about me and my blog and just managing one profile per network. So that’d be my advice.

          But what is your goal long-term? How many brands? This should be fun to discuss actually :)

          • Sarah Linden says:

            Make posts public, got it. One profile per network, I agree. Life is already too complicated as is.

            And my brands? My long-term goal? I think you found the root of the problem. Because I have no answer! I have a background and education in technical writing, ended up by accident in instructional design, and now I do web and blog writing. My experiences are really scattered, and I haven’t found my niche yet. I love web and blog writing more than the others–it’s just so…alive, for lack of better words. But I don’t have a blog of my own yet because I don’t know what area of interest I want to invest in long term. Does this make sense?

            Seriously, this is my current life dilemma in a nutshell. I want to write and pay the bills, but also I want to love what I write about. And I love a lot of things–I feel like I need to focus on just one.

            This is becoming about so much more than Google Plus, hah!

  40. Ehsan says:

    Greg, The popularity of your popular guide is increasing everyday – A lot has improved since I last visited.

    Keep rocking my friend.

    • Greg Narayan says:

      I love it. Ya know, I think you posted comment #1 here.

      How’s the weather over there at G & N?

      • Ehsan says:

        Yeah, but why my first comment went down instead of being at the top of all?

        GAN is doing great, but I’m writing less these days. Seems I’d also have to start updating my blog daily for sometime? Should I?

        • Greg Narayan says:

          I made most recent at the top, thoughts on that? Sry :)

          Yeah I would seriously try it. And obv tweet, share a ton about what you’re planning to do.

          Posting everyday brought in a handful of new and curious readers, and it sort of cleared out the idea closet a bit, ya know?

  41. Shola says:

    Hi Greg,

    Hats off for providing such valuable, straight to the point content! I’m now regularly re-visiting your blog as a continuing point of reference. ;)

    I know you posted about how you secured a PR3 in only 3 months but I would really like your strategy on how you landed such great guest posts on those huge authority sites and what are your best tips for me doing the same?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Finally, a comment from Shola ;)

      Anyways hey. I think it’s all about the intro email. I get a lot of spammy emails regarding guest blogging, so I know exactly what DOESN’T work when contacting someone.

      If you can 1) highlight your work, 2) show genuine interest, then 3) deliver premium content, landing a guest post is closer than you think.

      Above all, be a human! There’s also a social media site of it which I can explain if you want.

      • Shola says:

        Yep. I finally got around to it :)

        I’ll definitely be using those tips in my guest posting strategy combined with the ones you already revealed in your post.

        I’d like to take you up on the offer of explaining the social media side too…

  42. Hello Greg! This post couldn’t be written any better. Reading this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept talking about starting a blog, but never got around to it. I will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  43. Jason says:

    Well, http://www.pluckedstringedinstruments.com is my product, but I don’t really know what it is, or how to “promote” it. After looking a little at your site, it seems that you might be the best person to as a couple questions.

    1. Should I treat this site as a “blog”? I update it as I go, so it could have a lag of a month or so between posts. Since I have it categorized by every way, but the date, it’s not chronological, as you can see.

    2. I have redacted a lot of the names of the luthiers I have dealt with. My reasoning is because I may want to do business with them again, and I don’t want to give them a hard time in the public. Well, my parents seem to think it would be better with their real names, and that the luthiers would see it as publicity. What do you think? It would be tough to go back and contact them all. (I have others completed not published yet.)

    3. How would you go about promoting the site? I have went to a couple forums sites, but I have already have had my hand slapped for self promotion. I am not sure how that’s possible when I am not selling or promoting anything there. It’s basically just a bunch of text and pictures. Also, I will never sell anything on it. It’s not there for school, money, just educating the music lovers like myself. There is nothing like it out there, but I know it’s a small niche audience.

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Hey Jason,

      Soo…great questions. Here’s what I got:

      1) Yes. Update it, if possible, once a week. Even shorter posts, images of guitars, or real photographs would keep visitors interested.

      2) I love openness, and any publicity online is (often) good publicity, so go for the names.

      3) Guest post! Contact major hubs in your niche with consistent readership and write free, awesome articles for them. I’d only use forums to learn and ask questions for your own knowledge.

      What do you think? Sounds indeed like you have a unique niche opportunity here.

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  45. Jatin says:

    This is great – especially good for new and upcoming bloggers these days. Maybe, possibly, I would add one or two WordPress plugins (there are so many) but one of those plugins that would automatically tweet the post to your twitter or FB, when you make a new post on your blog.

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Hey Jatin!

      Yep, this IS great for new bloggers! Glad you think so too.

      Good suggestion, though that video above shows how to add the TF social share plugin…

      Guess we thought along the same lines :)

  46. WordPress is definitely a good place to do it, since you can create pretty much anything you want but in the end it just depends on the content of what you write rather than where you write it.

  47. Rinkesh says:

    Some of the great stuff that I’ve seen in recent times. My blog is suffering from low readership. I will consider the suggestions given by you and hope it will back to normal soon. Do you also offer SEO consultancy?

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Hey there Rinkesh,

      Totally thought you said “Do I run an SEO consultancy” like a whole business! :) Maybe I’ll start one…

      Yes, I offer lots of SEO help, what’s up?

  48. Thanks for the great tips, Greg!

    I’m going to go the WordPress.org route. I already bought my domain – http://www.passthegoldfish.com. I know it’s not an SEO hero, but I think many moms (target audience for this one) would see “goldfish,” think “toddler,” and be curious, which is what I want! Plus, I’ve got ideas for expanding the brand.

    I’m hoping to build from this domain and expand into different topics – Places where my readers can find advice and tips packaged in stories that make learning more fun. I’ve used my domain “formula” to come up with unique ideas for tips on military life, public speaking, writing, career goals, health, beauty, philanthropy, and more. I think it could grow!

    So here are my Qs:

    1. If I don’t want “mom” to be in the title, is it helpful to include it in the tagline and this, metatags (or whatever ends up in the Google snippet)?

    2. Am I crazy, or is it smart to do this since it’s for future branding?

    You mentioned you’re not a fan of blog transferring, but I’ve written some signature “flagship” content back on my storiesfromascreensaver.blogspot.com blog.

    3. How can I incorporate those posts into my new domain?

    4. What’s the best way to introduce the .com to my current readers?

    5. Is it possible to have 150 questions in just one comment? ;)

    Thanks so much for your help. I can’t wait to get started!

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Actually can’t wait to respond Nikki. I gotta catch a train home now but I’ll add more to this comment tonight!

      • Perfect! Looking forward to it :)

        • Greg Narayan says:

          Ok, I’m just gonna jump in, seems like you’re pretty eager ;)

          First, I’d set up a Gravatar for sake of comments. That’ll appear everywhere you comment.

          Aright! Domain sounds good. And alright again! I love your ideas for expansion. Corner that niche.

          Once your in HostGator, fill in your domain under “I Currently Have a Domain Name” before continuing to step 2. This is also where the coupon code goes in.

          Did you buy the domain with GoDaddy? You’re going to log in to GoDaddy and set nameservers to point to HostGator. I can help…or Google it, super easy.

          Don’t stress meta tags. Google dropped meta tag importance out of the formulas a while back because people attempted to rig them. Instead, focus on permalinks. That’s what I always tell people. Write posts like: passthegoldfish.com/mom’s-guide-to-post-labor-beauty (just an example) but see how that link has keywords in it.

          Smart permalinks can help hundreds more people find you…

          Yeah no, you’re smart ;)

          You should reference your old posts on a “Popular” or “Best I’ve Written” page on your new blog. Get the backlink juice flowing.

          As for introducing the new one, be really creative. This intro is a moment you can only use once (per person). What are your ideas so far?

          Hey, anything is possible, especially in blogging.

          • Eager is the word! Nailed it ;)

            Based on my week of obsessive reading and research, I’m aware of the permalink tip. Used it for today’s post, actually! http://storiesfromascreensaver.blogspot.com/2013/02/raising-a-mamas-boy.html

            I am so ready to make the move, but want to ensure it’s as strategic as possible, without getting too stuck on perfection.

            Since my readers to-date have mostly been family and friends, I’m thinking of involving them in the process. I may even write a post about my new venture asking for ideas and support (shares) when the time comes. They’re the ones who will help get the word out!

            I want them to know I’m about to start taking our fun site a bit more (yet not TOO) seriously. I need to change the mindset – i.e. comments are best IN the blog itself, make it a habit to share it if it resonates with you, etc.

            Before I start dreaming of the big premiere, though, I need to figure out the best way to organize it.

            1. If I’ll be talking about mostly mom stuff on this one, should I keep it simple like a basic blog, OR should I go ahead and right off the bat include with “tabs” to categorize and plant the seeds for my other “Pass the” areas?

            2. Think I should ask graphic design friends to help create a brandable “Pass the…” logo that could be used across multiple sites one day?

            Dreaming big is fun :)

            Thanks again, again!

            • Greg Narayan says:

              I’m loving your approach! You’re gonna launch like 10x stronger than I did!

              Yeah, let folks know you’re serious. I think just being on WordPress.org, maybe starting an email list, will send signals that you mean business.

              Or tell them :)

              Go in super focused and mommy-status!

              Most bloggers I see who err fail, start too big, cover too much, and spread themselves thin.

              Definitely write a welcome post incl your mission statement. From there, I’d go for 2-3 other exhaustive posts that hit mom topics in ways NO ONE has seen before.

              Let people absorb and connect. It’s always tempting to hyper publish but trust me, the result is frustration.

              I explained the DB launch here.

              Yep, get a logo. This was hard for me. Shoot for a motif, ya know? A theme that will constantly come up and is loosely related to your mission.

              This is fun :)

              • Makes sense to me! I want to be sustainable, but not too limited. Still, a focused approach will help build a little tribe, then I can start presenting the other facets :)

                Should my mission statement include my eventual goals, or be specific to http://www.PasstheGoldfish.com and the content I’ll cover there?

                Think I should buy a few of my other favorite domain names?

                The design part should be fun too! Just gotta find the friends to help :)

                • Greg Narayan says:

                  Totally fell asleep at the keyboard Nikki.

                  Umm, I’d shoot for immediate to 6 month goals. Specifics!

                  Yeah you could snap up a few domains, if they seem competitive.

                  The “Baby” plan (middle option) at HostGator lets you host multiple domains fyi. That’s the plan I use! :)

                  • Good to know!

                    Still feeling comfy with the domain name and full-mom-ahead approach! Still asking around to see who may be able to help with a logo and header.

                    “Worst” case, would you recommend just moving forward with the best I can find in WordPress then adding a logo later, or wait until I’ve got the perfect logo to launch? Again, I’m not in a rush, just want it to be right!

                    Also – where can you point me for ideas on monetization? I realize with an audience of mostly moms and those who love them, the opportunities for “product” sales are not as obvious as most other niches. As of now, I imagine that my “products” will be helpful and entertaining books that make their lives easier (and more enjoyable!). Not sure yet if they’ll be ebooks, self-published, or traditionally published, but that’s another topic altogether!

                    The goal isn’t just to make money, of course, but I do want to build a successful business that helps people in the long run!

                    Most of what I have found in my research are examples of less personal (building a business, making $ online, selling specific products and courses) blogs or all-personal (mom blogs that talk about their families, do product reviews, and make $ from ads). I’m hoping to bridge the gap and do both – provide useful info and solutions packaged in a family and personal context, both on the blog and in eventual published works. I’m just having a tough time finding examples of folks who have done that!

                    Look forward to finding out if you know a secret I don’t :)

                    • Greg Narayan says:

                      I’d wait, get the logo on-point then launch.

                      But you could still quietly start the blog and get used to things pre-launch. That’s my fav approach.

                      I’ll be honest, you won’t make any money….at first. Do you have an immediate way of sustaining income?

                      You have to build a loyal audience, and have given to them enough that you can ask for small favors (like clicking your affiliate links) in return.

                      But it sounds like your determination WILL get you there. Just don’t rush the $$.

                      One of my first posts might help: dearblogger.org/how-to-blog-for-money

                      Established mommy blogs make a ton (silly right?). Don’t know any yet? Really, just go meet some. Shamelessly intro yourself. They’re out there…

  49. Tribikram says:

    hey,

    thank you once again for responding to my queries and helping through the process. Would you mind giving brief explanation on that “outbound links” thing that you mentioned in the last line of your previous comment. I didn’t get it. Hope I am not eating your head by asking silly questions, sorry if I have done that (unintentionally). Thanks….

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Ha ha no worries, love the queries keep em coming :)

      Outbound links go from (for example) my blog to your blog.

      The way Google designed PageRank, sites have high PR when lots of links go towards them (inbound).

      And, in the olden days, having outbound links helped a site’s PR too! But that changed…

      Now the consensus is to have fewer outbound links so as to preserve your own PR…

      So when a site does link to you, it’s an awesome favor.

      I’m going to plug in Ehsan and see his thoughts bc I know I’m missin something…

      • If the number of outbound links are higher than the inbound ones, than It will lower your PR – But It’s okay If the outbound links are Nofollow.
        Outbound links are the links pointing to other domain from your website or blog are outbound links
        You’ve to have more links from high PR websites coming to you, which will eventually help you in increasing the inbound links, but you should also consider opting an outbound link strategy to make sure your blog is never devalued. It plays a big role in SEO purpose and lets the search engines know about your specific niche.

        Overdoing it will affect your ranking, so avoid too many and irrelevant outbound links.

        Hope that helps – Thanks Greg for letting me know.

        I think the reason you’re not using CommentLuv plugin on Dear Blogger is because there will be too many outbound links, isn’t it?

        • Greg Narayan says:

          Thanks for the awesome insight Ehsan.

          Hope that made sense Tribikram.

          No no Ehsan! That link feature is cool. I just love the standard comments, they’re so classic, so WordPress.

  50. Tribikram says:

    hello Greg,

    thanks a lot for all these advice, of course I am gonna use those shortly.I one more thing, I want to ask you. Page ranking of site is depended on back links generated/referrals or the traffic/number of audience you are getting, like how many folks are hitting like and making comments?And does this page ranking matter as long as earning from sites/getting ads or other kind of monetizing is concerned or it is mainly to give your site huge popularity?

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Glad my advice helped!

      So…PageRanks depends on credible backlinks and inbound links you create. # of comments and Likes definitely is a factor in Search ranking, but probably won’t increase PR as a number.

      With higher PR more ways to monetize will open up…that’s one way to put it at least.

      If you have too many ads with outbounds links that could very well lower your PR. Keep that in mind.

  51. Alexander says:

    Hi Greg
    Thanks so much for answering my question regarding getting a logo for my blog.
    I need your advice on something, i have just about finished my first e book titled “Give Me My Visa” which is a book that focuses on the dreaded F1 visa interview which is the interview that foreign students need to pass before they can come to America to study. Not to praise myself here but the book is actually quite good and will really help anyone who reads it.
    My question is, do i give this book out for free in an effort to attract more people to my blog or do I actually sell it (thinking of $10)? I see lots of bloggers who give out free ebooks (you included) and I was wondering if that’s something you might advise that i do too.

    • Greg Narayan says:

      I love it Alexander. Sounds like niche-narrow, high demand content.

      I think the question of selling is one of audience. If you already have a big audience who trusts you, go for the sell.

      If you’re building a new audience, free eBooks can attract new fans and convince them you know what you’re doing.

      Just my 2 cents :)

      But awesome comment, hope to chat with you more around here.

  52. Tribikram says:

    Hi Greg,

    great article indeed. very useful for the starters. I found it very inspiring the way you have come along with your journey from a starter to a very successful blogger and founder of Dear blogger. Actually I am about to start my blog (which is about my profession as well as passion). I am looking to network with a pretty large community of peers, and professionals who belong to same field, through this during the course of time. I am very serious about it, and want to motivate considerable time from my daily schedule. I have planning for this blog to start for last couple of months but could not execute due lack of proper blogging knowledge and resources to publicize it to fullest. Can you kindly give me one suggestion.Should I start my new journey of blogging on WordPress.com or WordPress.org ?Which one you think is suitable for me?Better to start with the free one then eventually switching to the paid hosting services for better maintenance may be after a month or so? It will be great if you can give some fruitful advice about how to publicize it in a bigger scale while launching for the first time. Looking forward to follow your blogging tips in your blogs and learn some useful skills.I am a researcher and my blog is going to be regarding new concepts, and innovative activities, research. Thank you very much in advance. It will be great If I can have your email and connect with you through social networking medias.

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Hey Tribikram,

      First off, happy to help you through the process. It’s exciting starting up! Ahh, reminiscing… :)

      Based on your needs (serious blogger, large community, bigger scale) WordPress.org is a really good choice. You’ll enjoy the designs, plugins, and even ad options.

      You could start on .com, but that transfer is rough and you’ll actually work/pay a lot more starting .com and transferring later.

      That’s sort of why I made the video, to get folks setup the RIGHT way at FIRST. Then you’re done! You can sit back and just blog which is awesome.

      I’m at greg@dearblogger.org for any really sensitive questions, but comments right here would probably work better :)

  53. Really good blog, thank you very much for your time in writing the posts.

  54. Abdul Rauf says:

    Greg, believe me or not, I’ve always thought like, ‘Oh ok, I’ll get my free WP blog to advanced level’. But seriously I have never determined to do it. But after reading your this post, I’m totally in magical sensations. I have resolution to share and it’s “I will follow the stuff you have written here in this post and I will take my blog to the next level. I will also get rid of free WP blog.”
    thank you so very much Greg for such an inspirational post.

    One question; Will I lose my current (FreeWP’s) readership/subscribers/AlexaRank if I get to WordPress Org like Pro?

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Hey Abdul!

      You’re welcome, super glad I’ve inspired you :D

      What’s your current blog URL?

      Here’s a tip: I feel pretty strongly bloggers should just start fresh instead of transferring work from blog to blog. It’s just awesome having two (or more) blogs to link back and forth from, and readers will respect you a bit more when you talk about your blogs, rather than “blog”. From experience it’s a really awesome refresh, as opposed to a headache tracking down and re-editing old content.

      But stats you’ll keep, whether you keep the old blog, or do a transfer.

      Let me know how else I can help!

      • Abdul Rauf says:

        Hye Greg,
        Thanks for the very warm welcome. I am honored.
        My blog is abdolrauf.wordpress.com I have no big number of readers, I know but I wanted to keep my name as brand, haha.

        But deeplying listening to your tip regarding transfer; I agree to what you say. I will definitely follow to what you have said. I’d love to start from the scratch.

        And I have really no words to thank you for future help. I will catch you whenever I struck on the way to blogging. You are my guru from now and onwards.

        Thanks again.

  55. Alexander says:

    Hi Greg, thanks for taking a look at my blog and for replying to my email quickly. I am not sure if you noticed but i dont have any logo for my blog. How important do you think it is to have a logo for your blog?

    • Greg Narayan says:

      No problem, had fun responding.

      It’s very important, but DON’T RUSH IT. You’re better off waiting, developing content, then putting one up, than putting up a half-assed logo straight away.

      Don’t want to confuse people.

  56. Shahzad says:

    Just bought a blog WPBlogTips.com. I have been looking to start a new blog for a long time. But I am so lazy. So I changed my mind and bought a blog.

    To buy a blog, most of the people search only at Flippa.com. But for me, bidding is frustrating. Follow these steps to buy a blog outside Flippa.

    Use Google efficiently for acquisition: Search with the phrase like “blog for sale”, “site for sale”, ” website for sale”, i.e. including the double quotes. Thousands of blogs may be kept for sale without listing on any sites like flippa.

    Chances are high that you can buy one in your loving niche without the pain of bidding.

  57. Arfa Mahmood says:

    Elance is for content writing projects and the rates aren’t good at all. And the thing is that you have to compete will a lot of people to get a project. And I never got reply from any pro blogger job board’s advertisers. Bad Luck :(

  58. Arfa Mahmood says:

    Hello Greg, hop you are doing fine. As a writer I am searching for some blogs that pay good (it would be fine if they pay just ok). Let me know if you know some. Thanks

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Hey Arfa,
      I’m doing well. I’d try Elance and the ProBlogger job board. Elance has been profitable for my friends in blogging.
      Oh, and I also like Text-Link-Ads, did you already try them?
      Let me know what you find!

  59. Agostino says:

    Hi Greg!
    I’m striving with my blog, because I launched it, but it seems dead: no readers comments,
    no interest on social media I have….

    I think I’m doing omething wrong…

    What could I do to solve?

    Thank you!
    Ago

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Hey Ago…oh man, the million dollar questions.
      It’s key to have visitors who are REALLY interested in what you’re offering.
      Have you guest-posted on musical blogs?

  60. Sarah Linden says:

    Hey, Greg–What do you think about overviews to blog posts? I’ve been asked to include them at the top of my posts in the form of a 3-point bulleted list, but our articles are pretty short (300-600 words). My thought is that if my bloggers and I are using effective headings to guide readers, then readers shouldn’t need an overview for our short posts. But I might be wrong. Thoughts?

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Hi Sarah,
      Well, what is the goal/purpose of the overviews?
      Headings can do a lot…or labels…
      Greg

      • Sarah Linden says:

        Great question–the overview is meant to provide the reader a summary of what the post contains. They can choose to continue reading or move on. This is why my thought is that the headings should be enough since they, themselves, are kind of like an outline of the post. Readers should be able to determine what they read in the article based on the headings, right?

        • Greg Narayan says:

          Way I see it headings keep a reader on the post, but titles, hook, strong copy in the intro will get them to read.

          Problem with overviews is they’re just hard to style attractively. Unless you have a way….

          Do you have a web designer that could make labels? Hongkiat puts tiny labels before first word of each post… “WEB DESIGN” or “TOOLS”…that may be a cleaner solution.

          • Sarah Linden says:

            No, our overviews aren’t very attractive–this is a big reason I advocate that we do away with them. Great suggestions, I like the label idea. Thanks for the help, Greg.

  61. Desiree says:

    Greg, I couldn’t have found your article at a better time. I’m really trying to better understand the process and find my niche. I even participated in Darren Rowse’s webinar this past Tuesday – super helpful for me. My concern is whether I’ve made the best choice in using Weebly. It is simple to use, but now I find I want to do more than it allows. Is it possible to take my domain elsewhere and transfer my blog to WordPress? I would hate to lose everything I’ve done this far.

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Hey Des,
      Good to see ya here. My first q is who is your blog host? I think your priority is keeping the domain, but transferring all content can be a mess.
      Do you pay for Weebly?
      Greg

      • Desiree says:

        Well, Weebly is the host. I paid for my domain, but there isn’t a monthly fee. I can upgrade for more features, which would cost about $4.50 per month for the shortest term.

        My domain expires in April of next year and will cost another $40 at that time.

        • Greg Narayan says:

          It sounds like you really have to switch to WordPress ;)
          Are you against starting a new domain/blog? Could be a good way of showing off what you learned.

          • Desiree says:

            I’d definitely like to keep my domain name. I’m just not sure what my “thing” is yet, and I’m still in the infancy process of blogging (I think). Maybe the problem is I don’t want to stick to one thing to write about? I really don’t want to leave everything I’ve done behind and hoped WordPress would allow for a transfer. You know, when you change relationships, you still get to keep your stuff, right?

            • Greg Narayan says:

              Haha great analogy!!
              Can you send me the link to your weebly blog?
              Being specific and targeting one niche is crucial for building a following…but maybe you just want to write?
              FYI I have a few blogs, and leverage them together for more traffic, it’s really helpful.

              • Desiree says:

                Okay, here it is. Remember I’m a newbie, so be kind.

                http://www.desireegonzalez.com/

                I could see maybe two types of blogs, but not confident enough to take that leap yet. But you’re right, I kind of just want to write about any little ol’ thing that pops in my head. Very much appreciate your input! Thanks.

                • Greg Narayan says:

                  Des, it’s awesome:
                  1) Love how the pages “pop out”
                  2) The photo reels…nice!
                  3) Buttons, links, tabs all feel clickable
                  4) Amazon ads….solid choice, hope they’re working
                  5) Content…is this a dieting blog? Because it could be!
                  6) You should move to WP.org if you need more. I have a guide here and recommend Theme Junkie for layout/premium theme – the support forum is seriously amazing and their admins would help you design a new blog just like your current one.

                  All I got for now! More questions welcome though.

                  • Desiree says:

                    You are quite amazing to have an taken the time to do this and I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am. It’s very encouraging for a newbie like me to know I’m on the right track. I have to say I did apply some of the advice I gained from the webinar last week, and will continue to do so.

                    It really isn’t a dieting blog as I honestly do believe being on a diet is self-afflicting pain. I have a hodge-podge of topics on the site, but I do like to cook…I’ll figure it out.

                    WordPress does seem like it’s in my future as I do need more (especially after an hour’s worth of work being wiped out as I went to publish last night). I will review what you have provided me and feed off your encouragement. =)

                    Thanks again!

  62. Great post Greg! A couple days ago, before this post I bought a domain name, and hosting. I already have wordpress installed, and already have made a couple of posts.

    I am currently trying to figure out how to get readers and make friends with other bloggers. I am having trouble figuring out how to find readers, because, I intend to have my posts based on life views/observations. So there will be a wide variety of posts.

    I already have started a twitter account for my blog, and am going to start a facebook account.

    I also am going to try and get my google adsense account approved, because I would eventually like to make a bit of an income off of my blog.

    I am definitely going to search throughout your blog for more tips.

    Thanks =D

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Sounds like you’ve been hard at work Ryley. Yep, you’ll find a lot here…
      Make sure to do these things asap:
      1) Submit blog to Google
      2) Setup Analytics account
      3) Get a Gravatar image and keep commenting on cool blogs
      I’d do those even before the social media.
      Happy to help more,
      Greg

      • Hey thanks for the tips. I just finished doing everything you suggested. So hopefully when I leave this reply my gravatar shows up.

        I was wondering if you could suggest some interesting/cool blogs that I could check out.

        Thanks, and I appreciate all of your help.

        • Hmm, the gravatar isn’t showing up, and I put in the write email address. Does it take a while?

          • Greg Narayan says:

            Gravatar should be instant, but make sure you’ve actually confirmed the image (click on it once uploaded).
            No prob…oh man there are lots of cool blogs to follow. What niche?

            • I did confirm the image, so I am not sure why it isn’t showing up.

              I am interested in technology, so if you know any good blogs.

              Oh and if you know of any humorous blogs also!

              • Greg Narayan says:

                For tech – try Mashable and Gizmodo. Have you read either?
                For humor – try HyperboleAndAHalf…that’s one of my favs
                Gravatar image is workin’!

                • I have heard of both of them, but haven’t read them as far a I know.

                  I will definitely check out all three of them.

                  Thanks so much for all of your help so far. I have learned so much in the past few days =D

  63. A layman is someone that has little or no idea of something, or let’s just say a novice

  64. Great guide greg, one thing this guide is different from other bloggers Is because its very easy for a layman to understand

  65. Kevin Guest says:

    Seriously, this is some great stuff. I’m brand new to the whole deal, and have been researching and confusing/overwhelming myself for days. This and some other of your posts (“How Playboy Can Help Your Blog,” namely,) are really helpful. I think it has something to do with the concise-ness and readability of your work. You make learning fun! Yay!

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Keep blogging Kevin! And keep commenting here ;) Really glad I’ve made the learning fun!
      The Blogger

  66. Andres says:

    I’m impressed by your writing. Are you a professional or just very knowledgeable?

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Definitely the second, Andres. I love my line of work and it inspires me to become more of an “expert” every day.

  67. Ehsan Ullah says:

    Great guide on starting a blog for newbies, I also have a complete series of not only starting a blog, but also take it to the next level on my blog.

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