Fanpage Cashflow Review

It’s been a while since I dug into the depths of the internet gurus and checked out some products for you, and today I’m getting started with a review of Matthew Neer’s Fanpage Cashflow. This isn’t a brand new product, but that doesn’t matter.

What we really need to know is, is it any good?

What Is Fanpage Cashflow?

Like all products that use a video sales page, we’re too busy being wowed by flashy cars (in terrible garages), big houses, and screenshots of income. It’s not actually clear for a long time what the product is. We briefly learn in the beginning of the video that it’s a way to get hundreds of fans to a Facebook page, which in turn is going to get us awesome commissions by selling stuff via Fanpages.

First of all…really? That simple?

I run dozens of fan pages and could smell BS right off the bat, but who am I to judge initially without actually checking out the product? Let’s look deeper.

Red Flag Number 1 – Fake Screenshots

Over the years, I’ve reviewed a lot of different junk products, and several legit ones too. As a result, I’m able to spot red flags quite easily.

The first red flag was the income screenshots that you see, and there are many of them.

Here are my issues with these screenshots:

  1. Matt claims to open a brand new Clickbank account to show you “live” income. He then shows you a screenshot from Clicksure. Completely different networks.
  2. Clicksure (where all of the screenshots are taken from) is home to payday loan, binary options, and other scammy products. If you’re going to be taught how to make money from fan pages about hip hop (the one used in the example), then why would your income be coming from the scam networks? The truth is that these are the only screenshots Matt has access to, and he uses them along with testimonials bought off fiverr, to give the deception of real income.
  3. Income doesn’t update live on Clickbank and Clicksure like he claims, so the jump-cuts are deceptive.
fake video testimonials

This is an example of how easy it is to hire fake video testimonials.

Red Flag Number 2 – You Can’t Pay With Paypal.

This isn’t necessarily a bad sign, but it’s definitely a flag. Paypal tends to ban countries or networks that are operating too many fraudulent systems and scams.

Pretty much everything o Clickbetter receives a negative review from us, including this product, so that in itself should be a red flag for you.

Red Flag Number 3 – Ludicrous Claims

Do you really think you can make millions just off a Facebook Fan Page?

Look, money can be made of fan pages, and millions can be made online. I make a full-time living online so I know this to be true. However, the idea that you can just make these quick, easy, bucks by making money off a Facebook page is pure falsehood.

A lot of hype comes around fanpages and when you see these viral fanpages being shared all the time, you can’t help but feel that there must be something to it. Maybe people really are making millions off them. It’s an easy assumption to make.

Unfortunately, these claims are also made in order to play into your fears of having to work hard, your desire to make money without a website, and your get rich quick mentality. I’m not saying you are a “get rich quick” kind of person, but let’s face it, we all like that idea.

What’s Inside The Product?

Well, for $39, not a lot.

In all honesty, the methods taught there are nothing but rehashed methods on how to build a fanpage and how to put affiliate links in fan pages and so on. You can find all this information for free elsewhere.

The only thing missing is reality.

You could browse the Internet now and research “How to make money from Fan pages” and you would definitely find something good. Most likely you’d find the original sources that this Fan page Cashflow training came from. The problem is, these people will explain that it takes time, hard work, and value. This is the opposite of what Matt is claiming.

You would do well to stay away from this product, research some free information about building fan pages and audiences, and then actually put in the work to grow your own business.

So What Next?

The only truth to this training is that you CAN make money online, and you can make a lot. Want to know how I did it and how I still do it? I’ve explained it all here.

Read this post, and learn about how to really make money online, and why a fanpage is just a small part of it.

 

What is MLM? Everything You Need to Know

What is MLM

 

You’re here to find out if MLM is a legitimate make money online opportunity, right?

Which means you haven’t exactly got started.

That’s great.

If you have, no problem.

This post will help you out either way.

Let me educate you…

Here’s What You’ll Learn:

  • What MLM is.
  • How MLM works.
  • And my personal opinion on the subject.

Let’s get started.

What is MLM?

According to Wikipedia, Multi-level marketing (MLM) is a marketing strategy in which the sales force is compensated not only for sales they generate, but also for the sales of the other salespeople that they recruit. This recruited sales force is referred to as the participant’s “downline”, and can provide multiple levels of compensation.

MLM is certainly a real way to make money online. Meaning, people really make money this way.

But you know what?

Hundreds of marketers have created MLM programs that are nothing more than pyramid schemes.

Pyramids scheme = scam.

Which is the reason why you’ll have to be extra careful if you decide to go the MLM way.

How Does MLM Work?

The MLM model looks like this:

MLM Pyramid

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As you can see, the more people you have under you, AND the more people the people under you have under them, the more money you ultimately make.

Example? No problem.

Let’s say you referred a man to the MLM program. Let’s call him Jack.

You also referred a lady named Jill.

Boom. 2 sales right there.

Now, you show Jack and Jill how to get their own referrals.

So they go out, do their thing, and get 3 referrals each.

Bam. You earn a piece of that.

Then, all their referrals get their own referrals.

Again, you earn a small piece of that.

And then it just keeps going and going and going. Every time you or your referrals or your referrals’ referrals, etc, get referrals, you earn at least a little bit every time.

But at the end of the day, there will always, and I mean always, be people left out in the cold. And those people are the ones at the bottom of the period.

It’d suck if you’re one of the dozens/hundreds/thousands of people at the bottom. You’ll lose money. It’s practically stolen out of your wallet, you know.

So it’s basically like this:

  • You become a paying member of the MLM program.
  • You try to get other people to become paying members.
  • You try to get them to recruit other members.
  • Repeat steps 2 and 3.

Reasons Why MLM Sucks

Personally, I would never recommend you go down the MLM path.

And here’s why:

Too Many Scams

As I mentioned above, many marketers create MLM programs as pyramid schemes, which is designed to only make those at the top the money.

There are countless MLM scams out there.

A few examples:

Tip: To learn more about spotting scams, visit this post.

Never a Long-Term Business Model

MLM programs come and go. Seriously.

A big reason why is because they’re barely legal, most of the time.

This will affect you, too.

How?

Let me give you an example, to better explain this:

Let’s say you joined an MLM program. Within weeks, you become one of the top earners.

You have recruited dozens of people. And they’ve recruited their own dozens.

Then one day, they close down (due to “unknown” reasons).

What would that mean for you?

It’d mean you’d lose all the people in your downline (the people you recruited and the people they recruited).

Thats means no more income. And you would have to find another MLM program and start all over.

Bummer!

Only Top Dogs Will Make Money

MLM is tough.

You have to be great at connecting with new people (strangers). Or, you have to build your own social following or blog audience.

That takes time.

By the time you get up there, the MLM you’re promoting might already be shutdown.

So yeah, if you’re not a master marketer/networker, you’re likely to NOT make any money in MLM.

What You Should Do Instead

So I’ve told you why I don’t think MLM is a good way for you to go.

It wouldn’t be right if I left you with that, would it?

So here are 2 ways that I recommend:

Start a Blog | (Multiple Income Streams is a Possibility)

Starting a blog, like this one, is a great way to build a long-term online business (yes, business).

And it’s safer than MLM, where you’ll likely start over several times OR make no money at all.

Plus, there is more than one way to earn. You can earn by:

  • selling your own product (physical, software, ebook, digital, etc)
  • selling other people’s products (for a commission) AKA affiliate marketing
  • selling services (like freelance writing)
  • selling ad space
  • ads (pay-per-click)
  • sponsored posts

So, how exactly do you start a blog and make money?

Here are the basic steps:

  • choose a niche (topic/industry) – the main topic of your blog. Like weight loss, make money, etc.
  • build and set up your blog – this includes a domain name + hosting, WordPress installation and setup/customize.
  • optimize your blog for email capture – basically setting up your blog so that people will sign up to your mailing list. (I don’t care what anybody says…this is a must)
  • create high-quality content – this could be blog posts, infographics, video, etc. But it’ll have to be helpful to your target audience (the people in your industry). If your niche is weight loss for women, you’d only create content for women who want to lose weight.
  • drive targeted traffic – this can be through search engines (like Google), other blogs, social media, online communities, etc. There are dozens of traffic sources and strategies.
  • monetize – this could be through your own product/service, affiliate offers, ads, etc. The beauty of blogging is that you can have multiple income streams. Meaning, you can earn by promoting products, selling your own products, and run a premium membership site, all on the same site. (But I wouldn’t recommend you go all out right away. Build an audience first.)

Wanna get started. Visit my guide on building a blog.

Start an Affiliate Site

An affiliate site is basically like a regular blog. But there are some differences, like:

  • an affiliate site is much more specific.
  • an affiliate site mostly monetizes through affiliate offers and promotions.
  • an affiliate site is much smaller.

Why is this a good idea?

Because it’s easier to build, grow, and run.

And…

You’ll never have to worry about creating your own products.

All you basically do is, write content, drice traffic, and take care of your readers.

Here are the basic steps:

  • research and choose a niche – it needs to be more specific. Like “weight loss after pregnancy” or “winter jackets for men” or “iPhone 6 cases”. But it also has to have a potential audience.
  • build and set up your blog – this includes a domain name + hosting, WordPress installation and setup/customize.
  • start your email list – setting up your site so that you can capture your visitors’ email.
  • create quality content – it’s gotta be relevant, helpful. This can be text, video, audio, etc.
  • optimize for affiliate link clicks – chooding a product to promote, joining affiliate programs, and implementing affiliate marketing strategies.
  • drive targeted traffic – through search engines, social media, forums, etc, using several traffic strategies.

Wanna get started? Take this free training.

Conclusion

MLM is a real way to make money online, meaning people do earn this way, but it’s not something anybody can do for a living.

The basic MLM model is practically designed to benefit those at the top (the experts).

And that is why I’d recommend you stay far away from it. Please, if you’re not an experienced marketer, don’t even think about it.

Instead, choose one of the two other ways I shared (start a blog OR affiliate site).

If you have any questions, I’ll see you in the comments below.

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6 Quick Email Marketing Tips For Beginner Bloggers

Email Marketing Tips

Email marketing has long been described as “the holy grail” of internet marketing. If you have a HUGE email list, you are somewhat guaranteed to make money (if done right).

In my 4+ years online, with a lot of trial and error, I have managed to create 2 successful email lists for the two main blogs that I run.

Today, in this short blog post, I want to share with you my top 6 tips for bloggers trying email marketing for the first time.

It may sound technical “to build an email list” but in reality; it isn’t. With these few steps outlined below, you are going to be able to go ahead and start building your list in just a few minutes.

Let’s get into it.

My Top 6 Tips For Bloggers Trying Email Marketing 

01: Start Free

Email marketing is not free and it is definitely not cheap. I pay $47 a month now to keep all my subscribers on my list and the emails flowing.

Sure it is worth the money but for beginners, it may seem like a lot.

My suggestion to you is to use MailChimp. Unlike Aweber (which I use) they offer a very good deal of hosting your first 500 subscribers for free.

If done right, those 500 subscribers should be more than enough to help you make money and grow your limit of subscribers.

After that you can choose to stay with MailChimp or if you wish go with Aweber. I am using Aweber because that is where I started and I kinda stuck with it.

While Aweber it’s the popular choice for many, I see no reason as to why you should not start and stick with MailChimp. I kind of wish I started (and stayed) with MailChimp to be honest.

02: Start Early

The sooner you start collecting emails, the better it will be for you and your blog’s readership.

There is absolutely no reason as to why you should hold off starting a list.

The faster you build it, the faster subscribers come in and the faster you can make some money with it.

03: Offer Something In Return

Although as a newbie blogger you might not have something back to offer, you should still have an email form up and ready to start collecting.

However, at the earliest chance you have, try to add something in return for the email address.

It’s been proven over and over again that having something to give back to when somebody joins your list will improve your sign up rates dramatically.

Most go for the traditional “eBook giveaway” but that is not the only thing you can offer. You can offer:

  • A one on one sessions with you (think Skype).
  • A small free physical product you can send them.
  • A discount on an offer or a product you are selling.
  • A free online course that you can create easily with an email series.

Think outside the box and come up with something you can offer for your new subscribers. Trust me; it will be worth the effort.

04: Create A Follow Up Sequence

My favourite part of “email marketing” for me is the ability to create a follow-up sequence that will go out automatically to my readers.

This is how you build a relationship with your audience and you do not have to send them emails over and over again manually.

For both of my email lists, I have created an email sequence that sends out over 20 emails in the course of 3 months, all done automatically!

This gives me the time to build a successful relationship with them and since building this sequence, my open rates have skyrocketed!

05: It’s Not Just About The Money

Another important tip that I would like to share with you is that email marketing is not just about making money.

If you are constantly selling and spamming your readers, you can expect a lot of unsubscribes.

Make sure you treat them with respect and remember that they are human too. Don’t bombard them with emails about offers and promotions.

I am sure you’ve been on an email list like this before and chances are you are not there anymore. See my point?

In the email sequence I mentioned above, I only mention a product two to three times throughout the whole series. That’s it. The rest is just educational content that I think will help my audience.

The ideal ratio for offers is 5:1, meaning for every 5 emails you send out without a promotion, you can send out 1 offer.

That is the “formula” I’ve been using and so far, it’s working.

06: Use Email To Build Relationships

Once your email list starts getting bigger and bigger, you can expect to start getting some subscribers replying to you with their questions and concerns.

Do not ignore these people.

If you think about it, this person took the time to read your email, digest your information and now wants to know more about what you have to say.

This is awesome. This means your email marketing campaigns are working and you can rest assured that the ones that interact with you (and you with them) will likely be becoming a customer of yours soon.

So never neglect them or take too long to answer.

A Short Summary

Those were my tips for you today. Here is a quick recap of what you need to do to start a successful (and profitable) email marketing campaign:

  • Start free using MailChimp.
  • Start early (start collecting emails as quick as you can).
  • Offer something in return (this will increase signup rates).
  • Create a super awesome follow-up sequence with great content.
  • Remember it’s not just about sales. Do not spam your subscribers.
  • Use the replies you get to build a relationship with your audience.

In Closing

Thank you very much for reading. I hope this little blog post has helped you to understand better the “art” of email marketing.

I would like to thank Julian for allowing me to share this information with you today. It’s been a pleasure writing for this amazing blog.

You can read more about email marketing and how to start a blog business on my own personal blog.

Also, don’t hesitate to ask questions down below, I’ll be checking in and answering all your comments (if you have any)

Cheers!

What The Heck is WakeUpToCash? A Review

WakeUpToCash


Training

Tools

Support

Ease of Use

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WakeUpToCash is a squeeze page created by Corey Lewis. He designed it to capture people's email address in exchange for 3 resellable products.

And from my experience, WakeUpToCash fails to deliver those products (whatever they are).

WakeUpToCash has zero value. There is no opportunity here. No money to be made. Nothing to learn.

You're better off doing something more promising. Like blogging and affiliate marketing.​

Do you want legitimate online marketing training?​

wakeuptocashreview

So I’ve seen a big spike in search queries for the term WakeUpToCash and everything related.

I’ve also been getting a lot of visitors to one of my other reviews, WakeUpNow. Chances are, that’s where you’re coming from.

The reason why I’m writing this post is because of the people searching for a WakeUpToCash review and not getting one. So, I’ve decided to help.


Before writing this review, I spent about a few hours researching WakeUpToCash. There wasn’t much, but here’s what I found…

What is WakeUpToCash? | WakeUpToCash Review

WakeUpToCash isn’t much of anything, really.

The creator of this site is Corey Lewis. I couldn’t find any information on the guy. But he’s also the creator/owner of another “make money online product” called Easy Tech Videos.

And that’s what this is about. WakeUpToCash, I mean.

On the homepage, I’m sure you’ve seen it, is just a blank page with about 25 words and an email opt-in box.

wakeuptocash homepage

There are no other pages on this domain.

So WakeUpToCash is basically a squeeze page.

Special Note

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Anyway…

I gave them one of my email addresses.

Here’s what happened…

First, I received an email where I had to click a link to confirm that I was real.

Then I was brought to a different site, EasyTechVideos.com.

Next, I waited for the “3 brand new products” they said they were going to give me on the WakeUpToCash page. After about 20 minutes, I said, “f**k it” because I knew they weren’t coming.

So, I went ahead and entered my email address on the Easy Tech Videos page.

But before that, I noticed something…

Their copyright is outdated (2010-2011). So that means they haven’t updated their site in a while.

Anyway, when I got to the EasyTechVideos main page, I wasn’t impressed. It’s basically a long sales page that tries to get you to buy a $197 product that promises to make you rich with little to no work.

We both know that there’s no such thing, right?

Right.

Want a real opportunity?

Then read about my #1 rated program.

Can You Make Money With WakeUpToCash?

Absolutely not.

WakeUpToCash isn’t even a product. It’s a single page website that is designed to capture your email address.

They don’t even send you the 3 free products that they promise for your email.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • You’re not required to pay anything but your email address.

Cons:

  • It is NOT a product.
  • It’s a single page website that is designed to collect email addresses.
  • They don’t send the “3 free  resellable products” they promise you on their page.
  • They will send you non-stop emails (I’ve been getting a lot since I gave them my email address).
  • There is no value here whatsoever.

Conclusion – Final Thoughts

Is WakeUpToCash a scam? Hmm. Kind of.

Since they promise you 3 products for free and don’t deliver, that’s a scam-sign.

But since they don’t ask you for your money, that’s a good sign.

Would I recommend it? Not in a million years.

They have no value.

You can’t learn anything from them because they don’t teach you anything.

All WakeUpToCash is is a single page website. That’s it.

Don’t waste your time with them.

Here’s what I recommend…

I recommend you stop going for schemes like these.

If you think that earning money online is fast and easy, you’re wrong.

It takes time, hard work, and dedication.

And that’s why I’m inviting you to Wealthy Affiliate.

It’s a site where people go to learn how to use the internet to make money and interact with like minded people (entrepreneurs).

So what you do say?

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Survey Junkie Review: Can You Really Get Paid With Surveys?

Review Summary

Product Name:

Survey Junkie

Product Type:

Survey Site

Price:

$0

Summary:

Survery Junkie does not offer their own surveys. The surveys on their site are from companies they're affiliated with. Meaning, every time you complete a survey OR register with a survey company, the guys at Survey Junkie will earn a commission.

Rating:

NOT Recommended

Site Note: Surveys are a real, legitimate way to earn money online. But the time and effort is nowhere near worth it. It takes time to find a survey you qualify for, and even more time finishing it.

Survey Junkie Review

OK, so you’re here for at least 1 of the 2 reasons:

  1. to find out if online surveys are the real deal;
  2. and to find out if Survey Junkie is legit…

…right?

If so, then you’ve come to the right place.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this Survey Junkie review:

  • if online surveys are really worth your time;
  • what I think about Survey Junkie;
  • what Survey Junkie is;
  • and how you’re supposed to make money with Survey Junkie.

So let’s get started.

Are Online Surveys Worth Getting into?

Online surveys are created by companies to do market research. They pay people to take their surveys so that they can learn what their target audiences are interested in.

How much do they pay?

These market research companies really do they cold hard cash to get people’s opinions.

But the amount they pay isn’t something to get excited about.

Most of time, you’re only looking at about a dollar per survey.

Now think about it…

The average survey takes about 5 – 10 minutes, right? And maybe another minute for the “pre-survey.”

You know, that little survey before a survey. The one that determines if you’re the right type of person to take the survey.

Anyway…

If the average survey takes 7.5 minutes and pay $1 per, that means you would have to complete at least 80 surveys to make $80 per day. That would add up to 10 hours. And that’s not including the browsing, waiting, and loading times.

So. Can you really earn good money doing online surveys?

Not really.

Learn about a better way to earn

What is Survey Junkie?

Survey Junkie (SJ) doesn’t provide any real information on who they are. But claims to be the world’s largest online survey company.

But in my research, I found that they’re not really a market research “company.”

They’re really just the middle man to all their survey partners…

You know… They get you to sign up, they hook you up with a bunch of real survey companies, and they get something for their efforts.

How to Make Money with Survey Junkie

The first thing you’d have to do is get into the members’ area.

This is easy. All you’d do here is give them your email address, and then confirm via email.

Then you’ll have to take a quick 5-question survey where they ask you for your first/last name, gender, age, Zip/Postal Code, and a password.

Then you’ll be directed to the members’ area.

There’s not much here. It’s pretty much just a list of their recommended survey sites like Opinion Outpost, MySurvey, and InCanada. This is where you’d get your surveys from.

Survey Junkie has no surveys whatsoever.

So to make money “with Survey Junkie” you’d have to sign up for a bunch of their recommended survey sites and do surveys all day.

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My Survey Junkie Review

So I gave Survey Junkie a few hours of my time before doing this review. And here’s my experience:

So the first thing I did was the account creation process. This only took a minute. It was pretty easy.

After my account was confirmed, I was given access to the members’ area. As mentioned above, all this is is a list of their recommended survey sites and a message telling me to sign up for 5 sites.

So that’s what I did. I gave 5 survey companies my email address and a lot of personal information.

This took about an hour. But when I finished, nothing happened in my Survey Junkie account.

All it said was to keep signing up for 5 survey sites to “complete your Survey Junkie account.”

So I signed up for another 5.

And guess what happened?…

Nothing.

So pretty much all I did was give away my personal information to 10 companies. And that information I gave away was personal, you know. Like really, REALLY personal.

I’m not only talking first and last name…

I’m talking home address, yearly income, relationship status, and even my roommate’s date of birth.

But I guess that’s how they know what types of surveys to send you, eh?

Yeah. But I wouldn’t have done that if I knew Survey Junkie was only the middle man. haha

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Should you join Survey Junkie?

Let’s go over the pros and cons. Maybe they’ll help you decide whether or not you should become a member of SJ.

Pros:

  • It’s 100% free to join.

That’s all I found good with SJ.

Cons:

  • Waste of time. You’re better off doing something else to make money.
  • They are NOT an online survey company.
  • They don’t even have a single survey of their own.
  • It’s been reported that they don’t accept people outside the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. (unconfirmed)
  • A lot of negative reviews from former members and survey experts.

Conclusion ( Final Thoughts )

Survey Junkie is definitely not an online survey and market research company. They do not offer any of their surveys.

Instead, they try to send you to real online survey sites.

This is how they make money. Every time they get someone to sign up with one of their recommended survey companies, they get a commission.

Is Survey Junkie a scam?

No. I can’t say that it is. But in my honest opinion, they’re pretty close.

The reason I’m saying this is because of this right here:

survey junkie image 1

Pretty misleading, huh?

Survey Junkie Reviewed

Name: Survey Junkie

Website URL: www.surveyjunkie.com

Owners: Not Available

Price: Your Personal Information

My Overall Rating: 15/100

Verdict: This is not a real survey or money opportunity. Not recommended.

A Better Option

If you’re really serious about earning real money online, then taking surveys isn’t the way to go.

I’d go with affiliate marketing. It doesn’t require your own product or service. All you’d do is promote someone else’s product(s).

If this sounds like you, then the Wealthy Affiliate platform is the best place to start.

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How to Choose a Niche That’s Profitable and Blog Forever

How to Choose a Profitable Niche

The niche you choose will determine 2 things:

  1. if you’re going to be successful;
  2. how much success you’re going to achieve.

Without a good niche for your blogging business your blog will: a) not get any targeted traffic, b) not get any content published, and c) not get any of that cash money, period.

So what are you going to do?

I’ll tell you…

You’re going to follow my 7-step guide I’ve put together below on how to choose a profitable niche.

Here’s what you’re about to learn:

  • how to do niche research;
  • how to do the basics of keyword research;
  • and how to choose a pick a niche that has a lot of people to target.

So let’s get down to the nitty gritty…

Step 1 – Make a List of Everything You’re Interested in

Just do it…

Open up a new word doc and write down every single topic, hobby, brand, anything you’re interested in. It doesn’t even matter if they’re all broad.

In fact, let them. Write down a bunch of broad topics, but make sure you’re at least a little bit interested in them. Enough to want to learn about it.

OK, so go ahead and whip up your list. I’ll be making my list too.

Note: If you’re having a hard time coming up with ideas, here’s Affilimarketer’s List of Niche Ideas.


So you should have something that looks like this:

niche list ideas

See that, they’re all broad topics.

The next thing you’re going to do is write down ideas that are more narrower right under or beside the broad topic.

For example, under my video game idea I’d write down Xbox One controllers.

narrowed down niche list

Alright, so go ahead and write down some topics that aren’t too broad. Try to aim for at least 2 per.

When you’re done, you’ll have a list that looks like this:

finished list of niche ideas

See that. They’re all not that broad. They’re all specific.

Why do we need to do this?

If you go with a niche like “clothes” you’ll have a hard time reaching authority status. It can take you years to become successful.

Even with Google, the largest search engine in the world and possibly the biggest source of traffic, you’ll have a hard time at ranking on the first page. Even a harder time at the top 3.

Alright, moving on…

Step 2 – Open up a Keyword Tool

You know what this is, right?

A keyword tool is a tool that gives you search data from Google (and other search engines). For instance, the Google Keyword Planner, you type in a keyword term or phrase and it gives you how many people search for that term (on average).

There are a few free keyword tools available online. Here are the 2 I suggest you use:

With the KW Finder, you don’t need an account. But you’re limited to 5 searches per 24 hours. Which won’t be enough for your list of niche ideas, obviously.

The Google Keyword Planner is unlimited. All you’ll need is a Google AdWords account.

If you don’t have one, it’s easy to create an account. It’s pretty much like any other online account creation process. You know…

  1. fill out a form;
  2. confirm via email;
  3. and bam.

To get started, you’ll need to head over to the keyword planner homepage.

Google Keyword Planner Homepage 1

Once you’re there hit the “create an account” link, then the “skip the setup guide” link, and then enter your information (email, country, timezone, and currency).

GAW setup

(sorry for the blurriness)

Next, you’re going to fill out your account details (name, password, etc).

GAW setup 2

And then when you’re done with that, you’ll get an email from the AdWords team. In this email there will be an activation or confirmation link. Click that and you’re done. Easy.

When you get to the AdWords page, there’ll be a menu right at the top. Click “Tools” and then “Keyword Planner.”

gkp tools menu

And then you’ll land here:

gkp home

OK, now this is where the fun begins. Niche research 101!

Well, more like keyword research 101, but who cares. We’re researching niches!

Click on the first tab under “Find new keywords.” It’s the one that says “Search for new keywords using…”

Then type your first niche idea into the first area and then hit Get Ideas.

Please note that all the other settings are optional. I usually don’t use them, but in the screenshot below I put Sony Playstation into the product category field. You don’t have to do this with your ideas.

GKP search 1

GKP search 2

Now the tool is generating keyword ideas and how much searches they get.

But you’ll still have to do one more thing before you get your data. And that is clicking this button:

GKP search 3

OK, now you should see a bunch of keyword phrases and numbers. This is good.

This is where you’ll find how many people are interested in your niche idea. You’ll also find out new ideas by taking a look at the list of keywords.

GKP results 1

If new ideas pop up, write them down in your list along with their number of searches.

Do this with every item on your list of niche ideas. And when you’re done, you’ll have something that looks like this:

niche list with research

This is only half of my list.

Now we move on…

Step 3 – Clean up Your List

So you got a list of niche ideas with their own numbers of average monthly searches.

Now it’s time to clean it up.

How?

I’ll tell you…

A profitable niche is only profitable if there are enough people in it. And by doing the keyword research you just did, you now have the data to determine if people are interested in your potential topic.

So…

To do this you’ll have to go back to your list, look at your numbers, and delete the ones that have less than 1,000 monthly searches.

Like this, look:

niche list with more research

When you’re done, you’ll have a list of niche ideas with potential.

Cool?

Alright. Moving on…

Note: If you’re still here give yourself a standing ov. OK, a pat on the back then. Because you’re doing great!

Step 4 – Making Sure There’s a Way to Make Money

In this step you’ll be doing more research. Only this time you’ll be looking for products and affiliate programs.

Affiliate programs are programs that are managed by professionals who work for the company so they, the company, can sign people up to promote their products without hiring salespeople. Sometimes though, companies manage their own affiliate programs (a good example would be Amazon).

This is just one of the possible ways you can earn money with your blog.

Becoming an affiliate of a company (e.g, Amazon) means you’ll get a percentage of every sale you make.

For example, you get someone to buy something from Amazon using your affiliate link, you’ll get around 4% of the product’s price tag.

Alright, so, searching for products and affiliate programs is easy. It’s easy as Googling something, literally. And you can do them at the same time because if a merchant in your niche has an affiliate program, that means they have products and/or services too.

So open up Google in a new tab. Then use this search string to find affiliate programs:

  • “your niche idea” + “affiliate programs” e.g, modded ps4 controllers + affiliate programs

Google Search screenshot 1

Now take a look around the first several pages and you should find results that look like this:

google serp for affiliate programs

Now, go back to your list and put YES beside the niche idea you just researched IF you found affiliate programs and NO if you didn’t.

niche list with affiliate programs yes

Another way to find out if you’ll be able to make money promoting other people’s products is through Amazon.

Note: If you don’t know Amazon, they’re one of the largest stores on the internet and they have their own affiliate program which is called Amazon Associates.

Amazon search Google serp

Now do this will ALL of your niche ideas. And when you’re done you’ll have a list that looks something like this:

aff_nichelist


 

Alright. So you’ve got a list of potential niches that you are interested in, that have a good amount of Google searches, and that have affiliate programs.

So what now?

Step 5 – Rate Your Ideas

The purpose of this step is to try and cut your list down to about 5-10. And by rating your ideas based on your interest, it’ll help you choose the ideas that stay and the ideas that don’t.

So.

Head over to your list, and from the top, rate each one from 1 – 10, 1 being lowest.

When you’re finished that task you’ll have a list that looks like this:

rating niche ideas

Next, you’re going to delete the ideas that have less than a 5 out of 10 rating. This will ensure that you’ll have enough interest in the niche you’ll choose later so you’ll be able to blog forever without ever getting bored (and quit).

So go ahead and do that real quick and I’ll see you in the next step.


Step 6 – Organize Your List

In this step, you are going to list your ideas based on their ratings.

Right now, your list probably looks something like this, right?

step 6 niche list

That’s pretty disorganized.

So what you’re going to do now is basically start a new one. But you’ll put the one(s) with the highest rating at the top and work your way down.

You know what I mean, eh? K.

So in my list, I have two ideas I rated at 10:

  • make money blogging | how to make money blogging;
  • and how to ice skate.

But since the “make money blogging” idea has more searches than the “how to ice skate” idea, I’ll have the that idea on top of the list.

Another thing to consider is if the idea has less searches than the one right below it (rating wise), then the one with more searches should outrank it.

Take my list for example…

I have ps4 headphones rated at 7 and basketball jerseys rated at 6. But basketball jerseys has about 8,000 more searches than the ps4 headphones idea. So, I have the jersey idea outranking the headphones idea in my new list.

top rated niche ideas

So fix up your list. Then move onto the 7th and final step.

Step 7 – Making Your Choice

This will be entirely up to you.

I won’t be showing you what to do here. I’ve already done my part by showing you how to research your niches ideas.

So you now have the data you need to make your own decision.

One thing to keep in mind though…

Make sure that there are topics to write about.

Take my “make money blogging” niche idea.

There are tons of blog post topics I could write about. For instance:

  • how to start a blog;
  • how to write blog posts;
  • WordPress related topics;
  • getting traffic;
  • getting ranked in Google;
  • and a lot more.

How about in a niche like ps4 modded controllers?

Here’s a niche that’s much more focused on products.

And would be considered a niche site. But it still is a niche that you can blog about full time.

So what type of content would you write about in a niche like this? There are:

  • product reviews;
  • product comparisons;
  • reviews of sellers / merchants;
  • how to’s (product tutorials);
  • top 10’s;
  • and a lot more.

So think about that before choosing your niche.

Conclusion

The niche is the most important to a blog’s success. Even more important if you want to blog about it forever.

The niche you choose:

  • should have a good amount of monthly searches;
  • should have an affiliate program;
  • should have plenty of blog post topics;
  • and should be something you are real interested in.

Without any of these things, your blog will become a failure…

You won’t have anybody visiting without the good monthly search numbers.

You will lose an important income stream without affiliate programs.

You won’t have any content for internet users to read without blog post ideas.

And ultimately, you won’t feel like working on your blog if you have no interest. And without taking action, your blog will just be a blank white page.

Do you have any questions or comments about choosing a niche? Let me know in the comments below.

15

From Start to Finish: The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Blog

Starting a Blog Beginners Guide

By now I’m sure you know that blogging, if done right, is a great way to earn a living online.

That’s why you’re here, right?

To start a blog that has the potential to earn enough money so you can quit your day job…

Yeah.

Alright then. I’ll help you get started.

In this post, I will show you the steps I take to building a new blog.

So let’s jump right in.

How to Start a Blog

Before we get down to the nitty gritty, I want to say something…

Starting a blog costs a little bit of money. Ok?

You’ll need to purchase 2 things:

  • domain name – this is your blog’s internet name. (yourwebsitename.com)
  • web hosting – this is how your website will be live. Without hosting, your blog will pretty much be a blank page.

That’s if you want your blog to really have the potential to earn you a nice income.

Free domain names and hosting services won’t really give that to you.

With a free domain name, everything you publish on there won’t be 100% yours. It’ll also be harder to rank in the search engines.

Plus, it’ll look something like this: yourname.wordpress.com. That doesn’t look too professional, does it?

As for free hosting, it’s limited. In other words, you won’t be able to publish that much content, and you won’t be able to attract that much traffic.

Oh, and for the blogging platform, go for WordPress.org. Everybody uses it. I use it. A lot of the blogs you visit use it. So why don’t you do too, ok?

Pingdom's CMS Pie Chart

So…

Before we get started, set your mind on WordPress (the self-hosted platform), a premium domain name and hosting.

To make this guide super easy for you to follow and understand, I’ll start a new blog with you and include screenshots. Cool?

Step 1 – Choose a Blog Topic

Your blog should target a specific type of people. For instance, people who want to lose weight or men who hate the way their chests look OR even moms who cook everyday and need new recipes.

It should also be a topic that you’re interested in. At least a little bit. That way you’ll enjoy reading and writing about it and its related topics.

OK. So for instance…

If you’re interested in weight loss, you’d choose something that has to do with losing weight.

If you’re a hardcore gamer, you’d go with something that has to do with the kind of console you play on (e.g, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U).

If you’re into a sports, hockey for instance, you’d go with something that’s about hockey.

But remember, go with something more specific.

For example:

  • weight loss – lose fat after pregnancy
  • gaming – PS4 modded controllers
  • hockey – hockey stick reviews

Me, I’m going with the weight loss niche. But since that’s way to broad, I’m cutting it down to weight loss for men.

Still broad, huh?

How about men who hates their chests…

Man boobs, aka moobs. Perfect.

See what I did there?

I cut it by 2 levels:

  • chosen niche – weight loss
  • cut it down a level – weight loss for men
  • cut it down another level – getting rid of man boobs

Now your turn.

When you got your niche figured out, move onto the next step.

Step 2 – Choose a Hosting Service

There are a lot of web hosting services out there. Some hosts are ok, some hosts are ugly. And some hosts are the real deal.

A few of the several quality self-hosting services for WordPress are:

The other day I got an email from Jon Morrow of BoostBlogTraffic.com. If you don’t know who he is, he’s one of the biggest names in all of blogging / online marketing.

Anyway…

He was talking about this hosting service I hadn’t heard about.

So I looked into it.

It’s called SiteGround and it starts at a little over $3 per month. It includes a free domain name, domain privacy, and some security from the hackers.

Awesome deal. I highly recommend it.

And that’s the hosting I’m going to with on my new blog.

If you want SiteGround as your host too, you can click one of the following links, Link 1 is my affiliate link (which means I’ll get a small percentage for referring you) and Link 2 is just a straight up link to their order page:

Now let’s move on…

Step 3 – Choose a Domain Name

A domain name is your website’s name. Like mine: simpleonlinecashmoney.com.

So how do you choose a domain name?

That will be entirely up to you.

But I can give you a few tips. OK?

  • Make sure it relates to your niche / blog topic.
  • Aim for a .com.
  • Try to avoid using numbers and hyphens. They can get confusing.
  • Don’t get too fancy/creative with it (elimin8-bugz-2day.com). That can also get confusing.
  • Try to keep it under 30-something characters.
  • Keyword-rich domains aren’t all that anymore. Go for something more “brandable”.
  • Make sure it makes 100% human sense. A domain like LoseWeightInAnWeek.com is going to make you look weird.

Alright. So for my “lose man boobs” blog, I’m going with MoobLoss.com.

It’s short, it’s easy to read, it’s brandable, it describes what the blog is about, it’s perfect.

OK, so after you think of a kick-ass domain name and a few backup ideas, move onto the next step.

Quick Tip: Make a list of a few backups because there are over 900 million websites in the world and your domain idea might be taken.

Step 4 – Make The Purchase

So now that you’ve got your domain name ideas and your chosen hosting provider…

…it’s time to buy.

Here’s what to do:

i. Go to the Siteground pricing page and choose a plan.

Siteground Hosting Plans

For now, all you’ll need is the StartUp plan.

ii. Enter your main domain name idea

Siteground Domain Name

If your main idea is already taken, type in your next idea. And if that’s taken, you know what to do.

iii. Fill out the info

Siteground Step 3

This is where you’ll give them your contact info, your payment info, password info, and the purchase info.

And you’re done.

Siteground Setup Success

Now click on the “proceed to customer area” to begin installing WordPress.

You should now be on this page:

Siteground WP Setup Wizard

Before you click on the proceed button, make sure the “Get WordPress preinstalled” box is checked like in the image above.

After you’re done that, you’ll be brought to this page:

Siteground WordPress Installation

This is where you’ll choose your login details for WordPress and a (basic) layout for your blog.

Note: Don’t take too much time choosing a theme/layout. You’ll have a lot of time to change it after.

Alright. So go ahead and do that right now.

I’ll be waiting.

Ready? K.

If you’re not already on your WordPress admin login page you can access it through the green button that says Go to Admin Panel…

WP Admin Login Through SiteGround

…or type yourdomain.com/wp-admin into your browser.

WP Admin Login Through Your Web Browser

Now you’re here:

Your WP Admin Dashboard screenshot 01

What I want you to do now is take a 5 minutes break.

Go make yourself a cup of coffee, stretch your legs, and maybe even a little snack because you are about to get some work done.

Alright. So you’re on your WordPress admin page, right?

Great.

Step 5 – Setting up Your WordPress Site

In this part, you’ll be deleting all the default WordPress junk, choosing a nice blogging theme, and installing the essential plugins, and configuring your WordPress settings.

Let’s get started.

Note: If you’re feeling overwhelmed you can read this post I did that walks through the whole WordPress admin panel.

i. Deleting the default junk

Click on the “1 Post” link (you won’t need to do this with the “1 Comment” link) on your dashboard under the “at a glance” tab, like this:

WordPress Default Post & Comment

You’ll be brought to the Posts page. This is where you’ll hit the “trash” link under the post’s name.

Deleting a WP Post

And you’re done with that.

ii. Configuring the WordPress settings

The first thing you’re going to do is: hover over “Settings” and click on the “General” link.

These are the General settings.

You’re going to do 2 or 3 things here:

  1. Change the Site Title;
  2. Change the Tagline;
  3. Change the timezone (if you have to).

The Site Title should be, or closely related to, your domain name. And your Tagline should describe what your blog is about (it should only be made up of no more than 10 words).

WordPress Site Title & Tagline

After you’re done with that, scroll down until you see “timezone” and change it if you have to.

Then hit Save Changes.

The next one is the Writing settings. This doesn’t need configuring. So just skip this one and go to the Reading settings.

This is where to configure the homepage/blogroll settings.

Right now, it’s set to 10 full posts. That’s too long.

Here’s what I recommend:

WordPress Reading Settings 1

As you can see, I have it set to 5 posts and to only show a small bit (summary) on the blogroll. This is great.

So when you’re done with that, hit Save Changes and move onto the Discussion settings.

You’ll only have to do a small thing here…

WordPress Discussion Comment Settings

That’s it.

The next one’s the Media settings.

Right now, you don’t have to touch it. It’s good. OK?

So just go to the next one, Permalinks settings.

There’s only one thing to do here. And it’s optional.

WP Custom Post Name Permalink

If you decide to leave it as is, your posts’ URLs will look some like this:

  • moobloss.com/index.php/2015/09/01/how-to-lose-moobs/

If you do decide to change it, it’ll look like this:

  • moobloss.com/how-to-lose-moobs/

Another option is to delete the /index.php part so that it’ll look like this:

  • moobloss.com/2015/09/01/how-to-lose-moobs/

So make up your mind with that, hit Save Changes, and you’re done with the configuration part.

iii. Setting up the Plugins

Right now, you have 4 plugins installed:

  • Akismet;
  • Hello Dolly;
  • Jetpack;
  • and Limit Login Attempts.

You’ll only need the Akismet plugin and maybe Login Attempts.

So delete the other 2 (or 3) right now.

deleting wp plugins screenshot

For the Jetpack plugin, you’ll need to click the Deactivate link first.

After that, click on the boxes beside the 2, select the Bulk Options menu, choose the Delete option, and hit Apply.

Now, you’re going to see this:

delete plugin confirmation

Click YES and you’re done.

iiii. Activate the Akismet plugin

The Akismet plugin stops spammers from commenting on your blog. Great plugin!

So here’s what you’ll need to do:

First, you’ll click the activation link on the plugins page.

Activating Akismet

Now, click on the big blue Akismet button.

Activate Akismet Account 1

Now you need an API key. Click on the small blue button now.

Activate Akismet Account 2

Now you’re at Akismet’s website. This is where they’ll give you the API key. So click on the big blue button that’s right in the middle of the page.

Activate Akismet Account 3

Here’s what to do next:

Sign up for an account.

Activate Akismet Account 4

Go through the rest of the account setup process:

Activate Akismet Account 5

Activate Akismet Account 6

Activate Akismet Account 7

And you’re done!

iiii. Change your theme

This might take awhile. Seriously. There are a 47 gazillion themes in WordPress.

So I took the liberty to browse around for you. I found 13 themes that are all:

  • for blogging;
  • 100% mobile-ready;
  • and full of the features needed for a successful blog.

Here they are:

  1. Omega
  2. Catch Box
  3. Sparkling
  4. Tiga
  5. GeneratePress
  6. Point
  7. Catch Responsive
  8. Iconic One
  9. Apex
  10. Hiero
  11. Ignite
  12. Mesocolumn
  13. Supernova

Tip: Don’t spend too much time with the themes. You’ll have time for that after you’re done setting up your blog.

So…

Choose one of the themes I mentioned above, then go to Appearance > Themes > Add New. And then type in the theme’s name into the search bar located in the upper right corner.

Searching for WP theme

The next thing you’re going to do, is install and activate the theme.

Installing a new WP theme

Activating a new WP theme

BAM!

WP theme activated 1

If you click on the “Visit site” link, you’ll see something like this:

Blank WP Theme

And the blue Customize button will take you here:

The WP Theme Customizer

This is where you’ll be able to customize your design using the options menu that’s to the left part of your screen.

But since you haven’t added any content there’s nothing to customize.

So for now, let’s move onto the next step…

Note: If you don’t like the first theme you chose from the list I shared, you can chose another one until you find one you like.

Wow! You’re doing great.

You’re about half way to having a WordPress blog with the potential to earn.

Step 6 – Installing The Essential WordPress Plugins

Plugins are the tools that’ll help your site be 100x better. But there’s not one single plugin that does everything. No. There are 100’s of different types of plugins….

There’s a plugin:

  • for sharing your site and content on social media;
  • for collecting your readers’ emails;
  • for making your site search engine friendly;
  • for making your site load faster;
  • for protection from malware and hackers;
  • and much, MUCH more.

So today, you are going to install and activate the following plugin types:

  • SEO
  • contact form
  • anti-spam (for comments)
  • security
  • backups
  • website speed performance
  • social sharing
  • email list building

Note: Don’t configure any of the plugins YET. You’ll be doing all that after we’re done here.

OK. So now go back to Plugins and hit Add New. You should now be on this page:

Add Plugins WP Page 1

You are going to install the following plugins:

  • Yoast SEO – for SEO purposes.
  • SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam – to prevent spammers from commenting.
  • Contact Form 7 – to create a contact page.
  • Simple Share Buttons Adder – to make it easy for people to share your content.
  • WP Fastest Cache – for caching your pages. This is great for improving your page loading times.
  • iThemes Security – for protection from hackers, malware, etc.
  • WP-Optimize – for cleaning your database. In other words, it deletes all the junk you have so that your site can load faster.
  • Autoptimize – for optimizing your site’s JS, CSS, HTML files. It’s basically to improve your site’s loading time.
  • BJ Lazy Load – for speed improvement. This plugin doesn’t load an image until it reaches your screen/frame.
  • Optin Forms by Codeleon – for list building purposes. Building a list is important for your blogging success. Period.

Now, where it says “Search Plugins” in the top right of the plugin page, type in the first plugin on the list, which is the Yoast SEO plugin.

And then when the results show up you should see it right away.

Installing a WordPress Plugin Screenshot 1

WP Plugin Activated Screenshot 1

Now move onto the next plugin on the list. And just keep on doing that until you’ve installed the last one on the list.

When you’re done, your Installed Plugins page should look like this:

Installed WP Plugin Page

Remember, don’t play around with the plugins’ setting yet.

Wasn’t that easy? Sort of.

Well, you should be proud of yourself. You’ve just finished steps 1 to 6. That’s more than half way!

In the next step, you’ll be creating your first pages.

Step 7 – The About, Privacy, Terms, and Contact Pages

There are pages on a website or blog that are essential to its foundation.

You’re probably like “ugh! Do I have to?” Well, yeah. You do.

If you go to any expert/successful blogger’s site you’ll see all these pages, including the Terms page, in their menus.

Important Pages in Menus

All of these pages are there for their own important reasons. For example:

The About page is there to give the user/reader information on what the website/blog is, what they offer, and who’s behind it.

And the Privacy page is there to show the user how the information or contents of the site is or will be used.

 

These pages will also make you and your site look extremely professional.

So let’s get started.

The Contact Page

This one’s going to be real easy.

Remember that plugin I got you to install earlier? Contact Form 7. You’ll need it here.

So if you haven’t installed yet, you better do it now.

Alright. So the first thing you’re going to do is go to Pages > Add New.

add new page

Next, click on Contact in your left menu.

And once your in the Contact Form 7 page, click on the EDIT link below Contact Form 1.

Contact Form 7 screenshot 1

Then, copy the form’s code.

Contact Form 7 screenshot 2

Now go back to the page editor…

Creating Contact Page

When you’re done with that, hit the magic blue PUBLISH button on the right hand side of your screen.

TADA! Pat yourself on the back, you’ve got your first ever page.

The About Page

The About page is going to be one of your most important pages. It’ll also be one of your highest traffic-getter.

So before we get started, I’m going to give you a few tips:

  • Use short paragraphs. Have you noticed how I write mine? 4 sentences max.
  • Use bold and italics.
  • Use bullet lists where possible.
  • Include at least 1 photo of yourself.
  • Make sure you share your first name a couple times.
  • Use “you” instead of “you all”, “you guys”, etc.
  • DON’T write too much about yourself. The About page is NOT for you.
  • The About page is for the reader. It should tell them what your site will give them and what it’ll do for them.
  • Make it short and to the point. All you need is 2-400 words.

The first thing you’re going to do is go to Pages > Add New in your wp-admin panel OR go to the Dashboard and click where it says Add an About Page.

Add New Page in WordPress 1

Now you’re here:

WP Page Editor/Creator

So…

Step 1 – Type in your page’s headline.

This can be:

  • About;
  • About Me;
  • About Us;
  • About [sitename] – e.g, About Moob Loss;
  • About [firstname] and [sitename];
  • or something like: “How [sitename] Will Help You [solve problem]” – e.g, “How Moob Loss Wil Help You Lose Your Moobs Without Surgery/Pills”

So go ahead and type one of them into where it says “Enter title here” in the WordPress editor.

My About Page Title 1

Step 2 – Write your introduction.

Your introduction is important.

It’ll have to draw the reader in. You can do this by asking an obvious question.

For example, for Moob Loss’s About page, I’d ask something like:

  • Having trouble fitting into your favourite shirt?
  • Do you hate taking your shirt off at the beach?

OR you can say something that’ll let them know you understand their problems. Like:

  • We both know that wearing a tank top in public is embarrassing.
  • “Shirts vs Skins, you in?” “NO.” Does that sound like you?

It’ll also need to tell the reader what your site will give them and what it’ll do for them.

Going back to my Moobs example:

  • what the site will give them – provide exercise and workout training for men with breasts
  • what it’ll do for them – lose your moobs without spending money on supplements or surgery

Now put it all together and BAM:

About Page Intro

You’ve got yourself a pretty badass intro.

Step 3 –  Add a photo of yourself.

It’s easy.

Adding new media in wp

inserting new media in wp

See?

Now you’re About page is that more personal.

Step 4 – The Middle

This is the part where you should talk about how your blog is going to help them.

You can talk about what type(s) of content you’re going to offer and how yours is different from other blogs in your area.

For my moobs blog, I went with this:

About Page Middle

 

And I’m planning on putting an optin form at the end of this part.

Step 5 – The Ending

The last part should talk a little about yourself. Don’t go all out, though.

All you’ll need to share here is some of your personal background, your hobbies and interests, and when you started the blog.

You could also say something about your skills or experience in your niche (blog topic).

Take a look at my ending for the moobs blog About page:

MoobLoss.com's About Page 3

Not bad, eh?

Put it all together and it’s a pretty good About page.

Moob Loss's About Page Full Screenshot

Step 6 – Add a link to your Contact page.

Adding a link to Contact page 1

Now you’re done…

…almost.

Before you hit the publish button, read through your work. Make sure it’s all good.

K?

The Terms of Use/Service Page

The Terms page is going to take you a while to create, if you do it manually.

So what I’d suggest you do is use a tool that’ll generate a Terms of Use for you. I recommend Terms Feed.

Then when your blog gets older and has traffic, you can hire an attorney to hook you up.

OK?

Let’s create your Terms of Use page.

Step 1 – Go to the Terms Feed TOS page.

Follow this link. You’ll land on this page:

TermsFeed's Terms of Use Generator 1

Here’s what to do:

For General Information, choose “Website” and go to the next step.

For Business Information, enter your website URL (mine would be moobloss.com), and your site name (mine would be Moob Loss).

In the next part (Company Information), they ask: “Is your website owned or operated by a registered company?” Choose “No, the website is operated by me, an individual.”

The next part is Country Information. All you’ll need to do here is choose your country. Then hit the next step button to move onto…

Disclosures. There are 7 questions on this one. And they all have to do with the information you collect.

Here’s how I answered them:

  1. NO
  2. NO
  3. YES
  4. NO
  5. 30 DAYS NOTICE
  6. NO
  7. NO, I WILL KEEP THE LINK TO TERMSFEED

You can copy my answers and get a free Terms of Use, it’s totally up to you.

The next part is the Download part, step 4. This is where you’ll need to give them your primary email address.

After you do that, click the BLUE BUTTON and you’re done.

Now, when you get to the DOWNLOAD YOUR AGREEMENTS page, copy the HTML version of your Terms of Use.

TermsFeed TOU 1

Then, go to Pages > Add New in your WordPress panel, just like how you did when you created your About and Contact pages.

When you get there, click TEXT located on the upper right hand corner of the page editor.

text editor button 1

Now paste your Terms page into the editor. Before you hit publish, there are 2 more things you’ve got to do:

  • add a link to your Contact page (at the end of the page);
  • and move the Terms of Use (“Terms”) to the page’s title.

Do you remember how to add a link?

Highlight a word or phrase, click the Insert/edit link option in the toolbar, copy and paste your Contact URL , and hit ADD LINK.

For the title, you can simply do a quick copy and paste from the visual editor to the title.

Now you should have something that looks like this:

tou screenshot

Good? Alright. Now you’re ready to hit publish.

The Privacy Policy Page

Hmm. This one’s going to be tough.

I don’t know how to write up a legitimate privacy policy. Even the biggest names in blogging don’t know how. Most of them just hire attorneys to do it for them.

So what can you do?

Well, you have 2 options:

  1. use TermsFeed’s generator and pay $20 to $40;
  2. OR hire someone to take care of it for you.

Either way, you’re looking at paying at least a 20 dollar bill.

If you opt to go with TermsFeed, you’re going to do the same 4 steps you did with the Terms of Use page.

TermsFeed Privacy Policy Generator 1

In step 1, you’ll need to choose your country + state/providence/etc.

In step 2, you’ll need to fill out your website’s details.

In step 3, you’ll choose what disclosers will be included in your policy. Here’s what I’d go with:

#1 Can users create an account on your site –  This one’s totally up to you. Choose Yes, users can create an account,  IF you plan on starting a members only area in your site. If not, then choose No.

#2 What kind of personal information you collect from users? – If you plan on starting an email list (which I recommend you do), you’ll have to choose Email address and Name. If you plan on selling your own products, then check them all. If you plan on doing none of these, then leave it be.

#3 Do you use tracking tools, such as Google Analytics? – Go ahead and choose Yes, we do use Google Analytics and other related tools. (Google Analytics is a free tool that tracks all your traffic – it’s a must-use)

#4 Do you show Google AdSense on your website? – Google AdSense is a program that pays site owners/bloggers to place ads on websites. I have it set to No because Google only pays around 1 cent per click. But if you plan on making money with AdSense, then you better choose Yes.

#5 Do you use remarketing services for advertising purposes? – If you plan on having using these:

Google AdWords Ads in SERP 1

Then you should choose Yes + Google AdWords. Otherwise, choose No.

Me, I have it set to Yes + Google AdWords because my niche (moobs) is a pretty competitive and I’m going to have to pay to get my blog out there for people to see without me having to wait very long.

#6 Do you send newsletters to users? – If you plan on building an email list, choose Yes. If not, then go with No.

#6.1 How can users unsubscribe from your email newsletters? – Choose both of them choices.

#7 Can international users (outside yourcountry) use your website?

#8 If required by law or subpoena, will you disclose personal information of users to law enforcement agents? – I strongly suggest you go with YES on this one. This will protect you from any legal stuff that may happen in the future.

#9 Do you expect to sell your website? – For now, go with NO. You can always change this section in the future if you ever decide to sell your blog.

Done.

In step 4, you’ll see how much you’ll have to pay for your policy. You’ll also have to give them your email address and your payment method.

When you’re done with that, you’ll head back to your WordPress admin area, and just like what you did with your TOU:

  • Pages > Add New;
  • paste the HTML into the TEXT editor;
  • enter the title;
  • add a link to your Contact page (at the end of the policy);
  • and PUBLISH.

If you choose to go with hiring a lawyer, it’ll probably cost you 10 times more. So I think TermsFeed is your best option at this point.

Note: You can wait until you get some traffic to get your blog a privacy policy.

Step 7 completed. Wow! That was a long one, wasn’t it?

But you did it! You’re awesome. You should be proud of yourself.

You are now more than 3 quarters done your blog setup.

There are just 3 more steps left.

Don’t worry, combined, they’re not as long as step 7. Hehe.

Step 8 – Configuring / Setting up Your Plugins

So here’s what your plugin-list should look like:

  • Akismet – done
  • Autoptimize – needs configuring, but we’ll leave it alone for now
  • BJ Lazy Load – needs configuring, but we’ll leave it alone for now
  • Contact Form 7 – done
  • iThemes Security – needs configuring, but we’ll leave it alone for now
  • Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – needs configuring, but we’ll leave it alone for now
  • Optin Forms – needs configuring, but we’ll leave it out for now
  • SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam – needs configuring
  • Simple Share Buttons Adder – needs configuring
  • WP Fastest Cache – needs configuring
  • Yoast SEO – needs configuring

Most of these plugins will only take a minute to setup. The rest will take a bit longer.

So without further ado….I always wanted to say that.

Let’s do this!

Note: We’re only going to configure 4 of our plugins.

SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam Setup

This one’s only going to take a minute.

First, go to its settings page…Plugins > Si Captcha Options.

Once you get there, scroll down until you see Akismet. Then check the box, hit the Update button, and you’re done.

SI CAPTCHA Plugin Setup

Done. I told ya!

Simple Share Buttons Adder Setup

This setup will be another quick one.

There are 5 sections on this one, right:

  1. Core;
  2. Styling;
  3. Counters;
  4. Advanced;
  5. and CSS.

You’ll only have to configure 2 of them, Core and Advanced. Everything else is all good.

In Core, do it like this:

Simple Share Buttons Adder Plugin Setup 1

And then go to the Advanced tab. You’ll need to configure 3 settings here…

Simple Share Buttons Adder Setup 2

Now hit the BLUE button in the upper right hand side…

save button SSBA

And you’re done.

WP Fastest Cache Setup

Fastest Cache is another easy plugin to set up and configure. In fact, it’s so easy that it only takes a screenshot to show you.

Here’s what to do:

WP Fastest Cache Plugin Setup

See? Done.

Yoast SEO Seup

The SEO plugin will take a little longer to configure. But it’s still pretty easy. It’s just checking boxes, mostly.

So the first thing you’re going to do is click the SEO button in the bottom left side of your screen. It should be right above the WP Fastest Cache button. And it’ll take you to the General Settings.

Yoast SEO Plugin links

Now go to the second tab: Your Info.

This is where you’ll enter your website’s alternative name, and your name/company name.

Here’s how I have it setup:

Yoast SEO Config 1 General - Your Info tab

So go ahead and fill that out and then move onto Titles & Metas.

There are 6 tabs on this one:

  • General;
  • Homepage;
  • Post Types;
  • Taxonomies;
  • Archive;
  • and Other.

The General tab settings is already setup by default. So you can move onto the Homepage tab.

Here, you will enter a short description of your site. You don’t have to go all out here. All your desc. needs is a sentence or two.

Yoast SEO Config 2

Hit Save Changes when you’re done and move onto the Post Types tab.

Here are the ideal settings:

Yoast SEO Config 3 Post Types

Yoast SEO Config 3.1 Post Types

Hit the save button when you’re done and move onto the next tab…

Taxonomies.

There’s not much to do on this one. But here’s how mine looks like:

Yoast SEO Config 4 Taxonomies

Yoast SEO Config 4.1 Taxonomies tab

Now we’re on the Archive tab.

There’s not much to do on this one. But here are the ideal settings:

Yoast SEO Config 5 Archive

Yoast SEO Config 5.1 Archive tab

Yoast SEO Config 5.2 Archive ab

OK, you’re almost done. There’s just one tab left to go, the Other tab.

In these settings, there’s just one thing you’ve got to do. And that’s check the first box…

Yoast SEO Config 6 Other tab

DONE!

The next settings are the Social Settings.

All you’ll do here is add your social media profiles to the settings.

Yoast SEO Social Settings 1

But for now, I’m going to leave it all blank because I still have to create social media profiles/pages for my Moob Loss blog.

So if you don’t have social accounts for you blog, obviously you don’t, skip this part for now. You can come back to it when you know which social platforms you’re going to use. K?

Next on the list is the XML Sitemaps.

Most of its settings are already setup. There’s only one tab you’re going to configure. And that’s the Taxonomies tab.

What you’ll do here is check the last 2 boxes, hit save, and you’re done.

Yoast SEO Config XML Sitemaps - Taxonomies

You’re almost done. There are still 4 settings left, but you will only need to configure 1: the Advanced settings.

So there are 3 tabs on this one:

  • Breadcrumbs;
  • Permalinks;
  • and RSS.

You’ll only need to go to the Permalinks tab.

Now, when you get there, there are 10 boxes in total. 7 of them should be checked.

Here are the 3 boxes that should NOT be checked:

Yoast SEO Config Advanced tab

OK. So check everything else and hit save.

Now your Yoast SEO plugin is all set up. Good job.

You’re almost done your blog setup.

Step 9 – Setting up Your Main Menu

Your main menu will be those set of links you always see in the header area of a website. You know, around the logo.

This is how a user can navigate through a website.

Here’s what to do:

i. Go to the Menus page

The link to the Menus page is located in your left menu, Appearance > Menus.

WP Menus screenshot 1

ii. Create a new menu

To do this, type in a name for your menu (e.g, Main Menu, Menu 1), and hit the Create Menu button.

Creating a new menu in WP

iii. Add some pages to your new menu

To do this, you’re going to click the Pages tab that’s in the left part of the Menus page.

Now check the boxes for your About and Contact pages, then hit Add to Menu.

Adding pages to menu in WP

You should now see them in the middle part of your screen.

Don’t hit save yet. There are still a couple things left to do.

So…

Go back to the tabs and click the one that says Custom Links.

And where it says URL, type or paste in yours. And for the Link Text, type in either Home or Blog, your call.

Here’s the screenshot:

Adding pages to menu in WP 2

OK, so now you have 3 links/items in your main menu:

  • your About page;
  • your Contact page;
  • and your website URL.

That’s cool.

But you want your menu to look like this:

main menu MoobLoss

So to do this, you’ll have to click on the menu item, your Contact page for instance, and delete all but one word (Contact or About).

Like this:

Editing menu in WP

Did you get it?

Great!

There’s one more thing to do before hitting the save button…

…and that’s checking the Primary/Main Menu box.

Saving menu in WP

TADA! You now have yourself a main menu.

Good job. You are now that much closer to a very successful blog.

There’s just one small thing left to do…

Step 10 – Cleaning up Your Sidebar

Right now, your sidebar looks something like this:

sidebar screenshot 1

You don’t need all that stuff there. So clean it up. Remove everything (except maybe the SEARCH BAR).

To do this, go to Appearance > Widgets. It’s right above the Menus link.

When you get there, you’ll see the widgets on the left side and the sidebars on the right.

Put your eyes on your main sidebar. It’ll look like this:

widgets1

Now, delete every one except for the Search widget. You can do this by dragging them (one by one) to the left OR by clicking on their delete buttons.

deleting widgets1

When you’re done removing the widgets from your sidebar, you can go to your Dashboard, and leave your computer because you have just finished setting up your blog!

The Next Steps

As you know, this guide is only the beginning.

There is still a lot to do to become a successful blogger. These include:

  • creating quality content;
  • getting traffic;
  • building an email list;
  • building relationships with other bloggers;
  • getting high rankings in Google;
  • setting up social media for your business;
  • and much, MUCH more.

So what should you do?

Well, you should start by writing a couple blog posts. Here’s a guide by Will Blunt that’ll help you with that.

And after you get your first post done, you’ll need to set up Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools. Having these set up will give you a better shot at getting traffic from Google search.

Plus, you’ll need to learn SEO (search engine optimization). Moz.com has a free beginners guide for that. So bookmark it and check it out when you’re ready.

If you have any questions or comments, you can reach me through my contact page or in the comments below.

8

14 Things You Need to Know Before You Start Blogging

Things to Know Start Blogging - Featured Image

According to a post at Social Triggers, there are more than 164 million blogs. And most of them don’t even get 1000 visitors per month.

It also says that most bloggers quit after about 3 months.

Hmm. Scary, huh?

So how on earth are you supposed to beat those nearly-unbeatable odds?

I’ll tell you how…

The first step to becoming a successful blogger is to know, or learn, as much as you can about blogging before you actually start.

And that is what you will learn today…

In this post, I will show you the 14 things you need to know before you start blogging.

Cool?

Alright. Let’s get started…

1. WordPress is the ShitWordPress is the Shit image

Look:

Everybody uses WordPress, ok?

Well, almost everybody. I mean, there are other blogging platforms too, like: Joomla and Drupal, for instance.

But millions of blogs and websites you see today are built with WordPress. According to ManageWP, there are more than 74 million blogs that are using the WordPress platform.

Incredible.

Even some of the biggest and most successful sites use WordPress. For example: Forbes, Harvard University, and LinkedIn.

Why?

For a lot of reasons:

  • It’s easy to learn.
  • It’s easy to customize.
  • There are a lot of themes (both paid and free). Themes are layouts or templates, the design of your website.
  • There are thousands of plugins (both paid and free). Plugins are tools that help you customize your site.

And the inside (the admin’s area) is so easy to navigate. I mean, just look at it:

The WordPress Admin Dashboard

Beautiful, isn’t it?

So…

When you start blogging, go for WordPress. You won’t be disappointed.

2. You Will Need to Spend Money | Blogging is Most Definitely NOT Free

Look:

Blogging is just like any other business or career.

Like a business, you will have to invest some time and money.

Like a career, you will need an education, which will also need time and money.

So…

The next time you see something like: “get rich from working at home for free” or “make money online for free” or even something like “learn online marketing for free”…

…chances are that it isn’t free.

A lot of the time it’s only a free trial or a marketing tactic.

So, to learn how to blog like a pro, you’ll probably have to pay at least a few bucks for some training.

However, there are a lot of blogs (on blogging) out there right now that offer free blogging training for beginners.

For instance:

As for the other stuff…

Stuff like: tools, a domain name, hosting, and even other types of training (e.g, SEO, email marketing)…

…you will have to pay for some of that, ok?

A domain name costs around $10 (paid yearly). Hosting can go for as low as 3-4 bucks a month (most web hosting services go annually).

For the tools, nowadays a lot of them (that are very important) offer a free version. While others require an upfront payment of anywhere between $5 and $1000.

And for the other kinds of training, which are all very important, most marketers offer their basic stuff in their blogs and the more advanced stuff as their premium products.

So…

When you start blogging, be prepared to pay.

3. Success Will Takes Some Time

Success Takes Time - Wristwatch

Here’s the deal:

Making money fast with blogging is impossible. Ok?

You just can’t.

There are just way too many things to do to become successful.

Things like:

  • Publishing lots of quality blog posts;
  • Getting Google to love you;
  • Getting traffic (building an audience);
  • Converting your traffic into email subscribers and customers/clients;
  • And a lot more.

So the next time you hear a “guru” saying that you can make money with his 7 day guaranteed-to-make-you-money blogging course, RUN!

Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme. Period.

So…

When you start blogging, be real patient.

4. 2 Hours a Day Just Won’t Cut it

I believe that a couple hours a day, especially when you’re just starting out, isn’t enough time.

There’s just way too much to do (as mentioned above).

The only way you would work 2 hours a day is when you have your site all setup, full of quality content, and ready for new visitors.

So, when you’re starting out – aim for at least 4 hours a day. That way you can complete the basic tasks like:

  • Registering a domain name + hosting – can take up to 2 hours
  • Setting up WordPress – can take around a half hour
  • Choosing a design (theme) – can take up to 2 hours
  • Installing the essential plugins – can take up to 1 hour
  • Writing your About and Privacy pages – can take up to 4 hours
  • Setting up your main menu (navigation) – can take up to an hour

And then after you have the basics setup, you’ll have to write several blog posts so you’re visitors will have something to do.

1 blog post can take you up to a 6 hours. More if you don’t know much about the topic (I used to take 5+ days to finish a quality post).

But don’t worry, after some practice you’ll get real good at it later.

So…

When you start blogging, go for more than 2 hours (at least in the beginning).

5. Consistency is Key

It’s just like anything you want to get good at…

You have to keep at it. Everyday. Every month. Every year.

I didn’t get that when I first started blogging.

My first blog was in the Xbox controller niche.

My first month, I published 1 post (plus my privacy and about pages).

My second month, 0 posts. But I published a few using pages. Which was a mistake.

Tip: always use posts for blog posting.

My third and forth months, 0 posts and 2 pages.

It wasn’t until my fifth month when I published my second blog post.

And then for the rest of the year (7 months) I posted nothing. I didn’t even login.

Now it’s just a blank white page. Seriously.

So…

When you start blogging, be consistent. Work everyday. Ok?

6. 300 Visitors Doesn’t Mean You’ll Make Any Money

When I got my first 300 visitors on this blog, guess how much money I made? $8. That’s 1 affiliate sale out of 300 people. That’s a less than 0.5% conversion rate.

I got so mad that time that I almost quit.

Well, I sort of did. For a few days anyway. But then I picked myself back up and you know, I’m still here.

Anyway, do you know why my conversion rate was less than 1%?

3 reasons:

  • My website looked unprofessional (easy fix).
  • My writing was bad (easy fix).
  • And most importantly, I was a nobody (take some time to fix).

So…

When you start blogging and get your first few hundred visits, don’t get mad if you don’t make any money.

7. $5,000 This Month Does NOT Mean $6,000 Next Month

There is no guaranteed future success. You can make a few thousand bucks next month and then a dollar a month after that.

Why?

For a few reasons actually…

Over the last several years Google has changed its algorithm so they can improve the search results. Sometimes it’s a small update. Sometimes it’s a big update.

And every time they roll out one of their major updates (e.g, Panda or Penguin) thousands of websites and blogs get a shotgun to the gut.

That means they lose their search traffic (which is probably around 75% of their overall traffic) and most, if not all, of their first page rankings.

This happens because the website owner / blogger took some shortcuts, like: shady link building (black hat SEO).

Sometimes, even, a site will get hit without them doing anything wrong.

Another reason can be because of a blog’s topic. For example: Xbox 360.

Since the Xbox One is now hooked up to almost every Xbox gamer’s flatscreen TV, it’s almost certain that the 360 will become like the first Xbox console, right? Old and outdated.

The same can go for a blog that’s about the ALS Challenge, or any trending topic, really…

They’ll lose popularity and eventually dry up, just like the parachute pants MC Hammer used to wear.

Do you want another reason? Ok, well here are a few more:

  • Inconsistency. You work hard one month and no work the next.
  • A broken website. You played around with the website’s code and messed something up. Tip: don’t ever touch the coding if you don’t know what you’re doing.
  • A bad host. A great web hosting service is a must. Some hosts sometimes mess up people’s websites. So choose wisely.
  • Sometimes your keywords will lose their search volume and then pop back up a couple months later.

So…

When you start blogging, be consistent, don’t play around with the coding, choose a reliable host, and most importantly – don’t get mad if you don’t make as much money as last month.

8. You’ll Sometimes Feel Like Giving up

Running a [full-time] blog can drain the life out of you.

It’s just like any other job, you know…

Getting up in the morning, having breakfast, and going to work for 8 hours (in this case, logging on to your website).

And then eventually, because you’re doing it everyday, you’ll get tired. Right?

Another reason why bloggers feel like quitting is because of nothing’s paying off. You know. They work their asses off everyday only to show they haven’t made any money or even get any traffic.

Every blogger goes through it. But a lot of them don’t get passed it.

And for the bloggers who do go passed that feeling of doubt and “fuck it”, they are the ones who find success.

So…

When you start blogging and that feeling comes to you, try as hard as you can to get passed it.

9. Google is NOT The Only Source of Traffic

Ok, we both know that Google is the king of search. And search is the king of traffic.

But if you’re going to be relying heavily on Google for traffic you’re headed for a dark and lonely road.

Why?

Check out these numbers found in a study by Advanced Web Ranking:

Advanced Web Ranking CTR Study

As you can see:

  • result #1 gets about 31% of all search traffic;
  • result #2 gets about 14%;
  • result #3 gets about 10%;
  • result #4 gets about 7%;
  • result #5 gets about 5%;
  • and results #6-10 get about 4%.

And the rest of the search traffic, which is around 29%, goes to the 2nd page, 3rd page and beyond, and the ads.

So as you can imagine, the only way you’d get good traffic from Google is ranking in the top 3 results for a few keywords with a few hundred monthly searches. Or a top 10 ranking for several keywords with thousands of monthly searches.

For example, if you target a keyword that has:

  • 500 monthly searches, you’ll need a top 3 ranking to get around 100 visits;
  • 5000 monthly searches, you’ll need a top 10 ranking to get around 100 visits.

So, what can you do about this?

 

Look for other reliable sources of traffic.

Some places to get targeted traffic are:

  • Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.
  • Online communities – niche forums and QnA sites
  • Other people’s blogs (guest posting and blog commenting)

So…

Before you start blogging, don’t rely on Google to bring you traffic. I recommend you learn how to use social media for traffic.

10. Building an Email List is Still VERY Important

Derek Halpern List Building Quote

Here’s the deal:

An email list of thousands of subscribers who trusts you is one of the most important things you could ever have for your blog.

Why?

There are a lot of reasons. For instance:

  • You can figure out exactly who your ideal reader is.
  • You’ll be able to build strong relationships with your subscribers.
  • You can easily promote something (e.g, a new blog post or product) and get a good chuck of clicks/sales from your subscribers.
  • If you fall on the bad side of a Google algorithm update, you’ll still have your subscribers for traffic.
  • It will (or can, at least) be your biggest source of returning visitors.
  • It’s private. It’s just you and the subscriber.

So…

When you start blogging, don’t be an idiot. Put list building in the top 3 (at least) of your main to-do list.

11. You’ll Have to Treat Your Blog Like a Business

A lot of beginner-bloggers don’t get it for some reason: building a successful blog is like building a legitimate business from the ground up.

Registering a domain name and hosting is just like renting store space at the mall.

Setting up WordPress is like setting up your office.

Setting up your web design is like setting up the interior, the aisles and shelves, etc.

Creating content is like stocking the shelves with your products.

Getting traffic is like getting people to come in through the main entrance.

Outsourcing content is like hiring employees (or stock boys).

Et cetera.

What happens if you don’t treat it like a business?

It’ll most likely be just a hobby, right? A couple hours a week, no money invested. Which would mean you’d take way longer to become successful than you would if you treat it like a business.

Right?

So…

When you start blogging, “pretend” you’ve just opened up shop at your favourite mall – work hard and invest.

12. Competition is NOT Always a Bad Thing

Have you ever seen the blogs in the blogging / online marketing niche?

Lots. It’s actually one of the most competitive niches in the world.

But a lot of those blogs are successful.

Do you know why?

1 word – relationships.

Yup.

Every time you see a successful blogger, especially in a competitive niche, chances are that they have relationships with a bunch of other bloggers.

So why is it a good thing to befriend other bloggers (the competition)?

There are a few reasons:

  • Guest posting – this can bring in tons of traffic.
  • Quality backlinks – this can improve your search rankings.
  • More subscribers – cha ching!
  • Authority – you’ll be looked at as an expert.

So…

When you start blogging, build relationships with other bloggers. Don’t be afraid of the competition.

13. Your Content Will Play a Big Part to Your Blog’s Success

Do you know what?

There are more than 900 million websites that are live today and over 2 million of them publish blog posts everyday.

Daily published blog posts

Why am I telling you this? Because if you want to be successful, you need to stand out from the humongous crowd of published blog posts.

So, how do you stand out? By creating high quality content.

Ok. So what makes high quality content?

A study by SerpIQ found the average word counts of the top 10 results in Google had more than 2,000 words.

Average Word Count Study by SerpIQ

Another study by OkDork (Buzzsumo) found out that longer content gets a lot more social love.

OkDork's Social Shares by Content Length Study

OkDork also found that posts that have at least 1 image gets a ton more shares than one that has no images.

OkDork's Social Shares With or Without Images Study

So, is a long blog post with an image good enough to get you a first page ranking and hundreds of social shares?

No. Most definitely not.

There are a lot of other things you will also need to do. Like:

  • using proper subheads (h2, h3, etc);
  • using short paragraphs (1-4 sentences);
  • using bullet lists (like this one);
  • using bold and italics;
  • using a nice font.

And that’s not all…

You’ll also need to back your post up with good research. Just like what I did here with the serpIQ and OkDork studies.

Do you get it?

So…

When you start blogging, focus on creating lots and lots of high quality content.

14. Your Blog Design Will Also Play a Big Part to Your Blog’s Success

Look:

I’m not only talking about how your website theme looks. Ok?

I’m talking about 3 things, in particular:

  1. how your blog looks on desktop;
  2. how you blog looks on mobile (and tablets);
  3. and how your content looks (on all screens).

So, why is the way that your blog looks so important?

I’ll tell you:

First impressions. They’re important, aren’t they? No matter who you’re meeting, or where you’re meeting, if you make a bad first impression it is more than likely that you will never see or hear from that person ever again.

Now look at it this way…

You’re online looking for an answer to a question. You go to the Google search engine and type your question in.

After browsing the top 10 results, you find one that might have the answer.

Loading… Loading…

…and BAM.

007museum's Bad Web Design

A poorly designed page that only has links.

What you do you?

I know what you’d do…

You’d hit the back button and never return to that site again. Am I right?

Now, what if the page you landed on was different…

An “ok” layout with a black and white colour scheme, and no links. Just text.

Like this:

Bad Content Formatting

What would you do?

You’d probably try to read it, right? At least until your eyes start to get sore.

But you’d still end up hitting the back button and erase the webpage from your memory because of how it’s formatted. It’s hard to read, right?

So…

How does a good blog design look like?

Like this:

Clean Blog Design 1

And this:

Clean Mobile Responsive Design 1

Do you want a real life example?

Ok, no problem.

Here’s the Bloggie WordPress Theme by MyThemeShop:

Example of Good Blog Design

Pretty clean, eh?

And for the content…

Good web content looks like this:

Good Web Content

Proper use of subheadings, short paragraphs, a size 14 font, bold and italics, and bullet lists = beautiful.

So…

When you start blogging, invest some time in your design

CMS Critic’s Choosing a WordPress Theme is a good place to start.

Conclusion

So there you have it – 14 of the most important things a person should know before they start a blog.

You are now a step ahead of where most of those 164 million blogs were when they were about to start their blogs.

So what now?

 

2 things:

  1. Go even a step further and read these 21 mistakes new bloggers always make;
  2. and then start your blog following this 5700+ word guide.

 

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments below.

7

Affilorama Review: SCAM or a Legitimate Training Program?

Review Summary

Product Name:

Affilorama

Product Type:

Internet Marketing Membership Site

Price:

$67 w/ other options and products

Summary:

Affilorama is a membership site that offers training on how to earn a living through affiliate marketing. It's owned by a reputable marketer, Mark Ling. They also offer a few other products that I believe to be very interesting.

Training

Tools

Support

Ease of Use

Pricing

Rating:

Legit, Highly Recommended

Side Note: Affilorama is currently offering a 30-day $1 trial. It's definitely worth checking out. Click the button below.

Affilorama Review

How long have you been looking for a legitimate online money making opportunity?

A few hours? A few days? Weeks? Maybe even months?

I’m pretty sure that you’ve been at it for at least a few hours now (probably more).

Yeah. I know exactly what you’re going through. I’ve been there.

You’re hoping that Affilorama is the one. The one that will help you learn how to use the internet to solve all your money problems.

Yeah. That’s exactly how I felt last year.

It wasn’t until in July 2014 when I found mine – Wealthy Affiliate, which happens to be the #1 ranked program on this website (but all that can change in a few minutes, so keep reading).

Here’s a sneak peak into my Affilorama review:

  • what Affilorama really is and what it is NOT;
  • how to gain access and how much it costs;
  • what kind of training they have;
  • what kind of tools they offer;
  • and much more.

By the end of this post:

You should have enough information to decide whether if Affilorama is a scam, or if it’s legit.

So let’s get started…

What is Affilorama?

Affilorama is a membership site and a training program for people who want to learn how to make money online without having to create their own products (aka affiliate marketing).

It was created back in 2006 by Mark Ling, a well-known internet marketer who also helped create Jamorama and Rocket Piano. Back then, it was designed to teach Mark’s affiliates how to promote his products.

Today, it is more than that. Way more.

Today, Affilorama is a community of more than 300,000 members who are all interested in the same things:

  • to learn how to use affiliate marketing so they can kiss their money problems goodbye;
  • and to help/support each other reach their goals.

What is Affilorama?

What Affilorama is NOT:
  • it is not a get rich quick scheme
  • it is not an MLM program
  • it is not a survey site

Now let’s talk about how to get into the Affilorama program.

Getting in is pretty simple. And no, you won’t have to give up your credit card information. You won’t even have to give up a single dollar.

All it takes is your first name, last name, and an email address.

The Affilorama joining process

After you create your account you’ll be brought to this page:

The Affilorama Member's Dashboard

And after your email address is confirmed you’ll get access to the free Affilorama membership. This includes:

  • The Affiliate Marketing Quick-Start Guide
  • A free downloadable “Roadmap to Success” (it’s an infographic)
  • 120 video lessons

Affilorama freebies

Now let’s go over each of those 3 things a little bit…

Affilorama’s Affiliate Marketing Quick-Start Guide

Here are the contents of the quick-start guide:

Affilorama's Quick-Start Guide

As you can see, the training guide is made up of 12 chapters.

Chapter 1 talks about what affiliate marketing is.

Chapter 2 talks about why affiliate marketing is a good way to make money online.

Chapter 3 talks about how or what you would be doing to become a successful affiliate marketer.

Chapter 4 talks about what you’ll NEED to do to become a successful affiliate.

Chapter 5 talks about the mistakes that new affiliates make and how you can avoid them.

Chapter 6 is where you’ll start to take action. This is where you’ll choose your niche (a target audience).

In this part of the training you’ll learn how to research a niche, find products to promote, and how to research your competition.

Chapter 7 shows and tells you how to build a website – registering a domain name, setting up web hosting, and installing WordPress.

Chapter 8 is about creating content (blog posts, images).

In this part of the training you’ll learn about writing/creating your own content and outsourcing (buying content).

You’ll also learn where to find images for your posts.

Chapter 9 is all about email marketing. This chapter talks about why you’re going to need email marketing to become (even more) successful.

Chapter 10 talks about how you can get people to your website. This chapter focuses on traffic sources like:

  • Search Engine Optimization – getting traffic from Google (and other major search engines)
  • Paid Traffic – getting traffic from the ads on Google’s results pages
  • Social Media Marketing – getting traffic from Facebook, Twitter, Google +, etc.
  • Kindle E-book Traffic – getting traffic from the Amazon Kindle Marketplace

Chapter 11 talks about how to generate affiliate sales. It mainly talks about your affiliate link and where to put it (within your content/website).

Chapter 12 talks a little about how Affilorama can help you become a successful affiliate.

I’d give the quick-start guide a 4/5 rating because it doesn’t exactly show you the step-by-step process of starting an affiliate website.

Instead, it talks a little about each step, sort of like a small overview.

So because of that, it can – or will – be real difficult for a beginner to understand any of it.

But it’s still a pretty sweet resource.

The Downloadable Roadmap to Success Infographic

Affilorama's Roadmap to Success Infographic

This is an amazing infographic.

You can download it as a PDF.

It’s made up of 8 small parts (or steps):

  1. the niche part;
  2. the website building/setup part;
  3. the website designing part;
  4. the content creation part;
  5. the SEO part;
  6. the making sales part;
  7. the email marketing part;
  8. and the getting traffic part.

The best thing about it is that you can go back to it anytime you want to make sure that you’re on the right track.

This piece of the Affilorama program deserves a solid 5/5 rating.

Affilorama’s 100+ Video Lessons (For Free Members)

Affilorama's free 120 video lessons

The free video lessons are broken up into 9 categories:

  1. Introduction (9 lessons) – This category is for the people who haven’t really understood what affiliate marketing is and how it works.
  2. Market Research (8 lessons) – This category focuses on researching niche markets (keywords, products, affiliate programs).
  3. Content Creation (9 lessons) – This category focuses all on creating quality content (blog posts, reviews, images)
  4. Site Building (20 lessons) – This category is all about building a new affiliate website. Some topics include: registering a domain name, setting up hosting + WordPress, and choosing a theme/design.
  5. Marketing Ideas (23 lessons) – This category is the largest out of all of them. There are lessons on setting up a blogroll, how to use social media, an introduction to email marketing, and a lot more.
  6. SEO (11 lessons) – This category has lessons that teach you how to optimize your website for the search engines.
  7. PPC (12 lessons) – This category is there to help you understand what PPC (pay per click) is, how it works, and how you can benefit from it.
  8. Affiliate Outsourcing (3 lessons) – This one’s a small category. This is for people who can’t or don’t have time to write their own content AND have some extra money to spend.
  9. Guruviews (25 lessons) – This category is made up of 25 interviews with experts in marketing. These are a must watch.

There are lessons/videos here with some value. Especially the interviews (aka guruviews).

The only problem is that it can be very overwhelming if you’re just starting out.

If I were a beginner and started at the first section (the introduction category) I wouldn’t know what to do, or where to go after the first lesson.

Also, most of the videos are short. That means that they don’t really show you how to do what you need to do.

They’re basically like the quick-start guide. Only they have videos.

Still, there is value.

I give this one a 4/5 rating.

So …

Now it’s time to get into the good stuff…

The Affilorama Premium (Paid) Products

There are 5 premium products offered at the Affilorama program:

  • Affilorama Premium – this is the main product
  • The AffiloTheme – optional
  • The AffiloBlueprint – optional
  • The AffiloTools – optional
  • The AffiloJetpack – optional

The AffiloProducts

Let’s talk about them a little bit…

Affilorama Premium

Affilorama Premium Membership logo

This is the main membership (or product).

It’s at $67 per month, but you can get in for $1 for the first 30 days IF you take the deal within 7 days.

Affilorama's 1 Dollar Deal

Here’s what you get:

What's Included in Affilorama's Premium Membership

Everything the free members get – which are the 100+ video lessons, the infographic, and the Quick-Start Guide.

Affiliate Training – this is a monthly class where Mark Ling chooses a topic related to affiliate marketing.

This one’s great if you don’t have that much experience.

Affiliate Blog Bootcamp – this is way better than the 100+ free video lessons but not as good or hands on as the AffiloBlueprint (we’ll talk about that in a second).

The Blog Bootcamp is a 4 week training series that is designed to jumpstart your blog.

In total, it’s 442 minutes of super training. Here’s what it looks like:

  • Week 1 – Niche and Keyword Research – this is where you’d pick a niche
  • Week 2 – Website Setup and Off Page SEO – this is where you’d set your site up and also set it up for SEO
  • Week 3 – Advanced Link Building and Monetization – this is where you’d (try to) get other sites to link to your content/website and monetize your site
  • Week 4 – Catch up Webinar – this is where you’d catch up on anything you didn’t do and also set your site up for the future

Product creation training – they teach you how to create your own digital product. Which is technically NOT affiliate marketing. But still, it’s a good way to make even more money later on.

Even more training – there are courses on everything you need to be successful – blogging, email marketing, SEO, social media marketing, and even link building for affiliates.

Affiliate’s Tools – there are a lot tools here, 15 to be exact. Some of them are for SEO, PPC, email marketing, and even creating content.

Some of them I wouldn’t recommend using. Some of them are actually pretty cool.

Overall, I think these tools are ok.

Free web hosting – for up to 15 websites. That’s cool.

Affilorama's Web Hosting Services

I’m not sure how good their hosting services are, but I think it’s a good enough web host for beginner sites, at least.

30 high-quality PLR articles – every month. These articles are written by professional writers.

The articles’ topics can be:

  • how to burn fat;
  • acne;
  • pregnancy;
  • or even sports.

It’s all up to the owners and writers.

Here’s the list of what members can do with their PLR articles:

Affilorama's PLR Articles Rights

I’m not sure if these would do any good. Personally, I wouldn’t use them. I like to write my own stuff.

But that’s just me.

You, however, might find them useful (for a new website).

Just be careful of duplicate content. Make sure you don’t copy and paste the whole article. Write it in your own words…at least.

So…

I’m going to give the premium membership a good 4.5/5 rating.

The AffiloBlueprint

Affilorama's AffiloBlueprint

The AffiloBlueprint is a huge training course that takes you by the hand and walks you through the process of starting and running a successful affiliate website.

The AffiloBlueprint training is basically the Affiliate Marketing Quick-Start Guide on steroids. It has 100x more detail and is 1000x more actionable.

And at $197 I’ll have to say it’s worth it.

Why?

Because if you follow the training and take action, there is a solid chance at making 10x your investment (per month).

I’m sorry if I sound bias, but it’s true.

If I were a newbie in affiliate marketing the AffiloBlueprint would be perfect for me.

So, if you’re thinking of taking the free training offered at Affilorama I’d say fuck that (sorry). The blueprint is where it’s at.

4.5/5!

The AffiloTools

Affilorama's AffiloTools

This a suite of tools that shows you how your website is doing – e.g, traffic, conversions, etc.

I’m pretty sure that you have no idea what I’m talking about. But it needs to be connected to your Google Analytics account,Bing, SEMrush (keyword/SEO tool), Moz, Facebook and/or Twitter, and a couple other ones.

That is why I think the AffiloTools isn’t beginner-friendly.

If I were a beginner looking at the AffiloTools I’d be like “WTF!?”

To be able to understand what the AffiloTools are and how to use them you’ll need some experience first.

But if you’re a more experienced (affiliate) marketer, then I think you’d like the AffiloTools.

It’s basically Google Analytics, a keyword tool, and an all in one affiliate dashboard all rolled up into one program.

There’s no real price for the AffiloTools, yet. It’s currently in beta testing.

So for now, you can get in and check it out for free.

4/5!

The AffiloJetpack

Affilorama's AffiloJetpack

This Affilo-product is crazy…in a good way.

The price tag is big, though. And I mean big.

But I gotta say…

…I think it’d be totally worth it.

Here’s why:

If you go for the AffiloJetpack all of the hard and important work will be done for you.

All you’d have to do is choose a niche, customize your website, and write some content.

Let me break it down:

1) You choose the niche. Or pick one of their well-research niches.

2) You choose a domain name and they build and setup a website for you targeting your niche with their website builder (all it takes is a couple clicks). They’ll provide:

  • free web hosting for a year
  • a premium theme for free (AffiloTheme – we’ll get into this in a minute)

3) You customize your website.

4) They’ll give you 90+ emails to send to your subscribers (all in a specific order).

5) They’ll give you a piece of content you can give your readers for their email addresses (clickbait).

6) They’ll give you 20 cheat sheets for your website content. 1 cheat sheet can add up to around 5 articles/blog posts.

And that’s not even the best part:

You’ll get 5 websites.

That means you can have 1 in the weight loss niche, 1 in the video gaming niche, 1 in the blogging niche, 1 in the tech niche, and 1 in the baby clothes niche (for example).

But still, it’s $1000.

So, if you have money, and only if you have the money, go for it.

Plus…

…if you don’t like it they’ll give you $100 on top of your $997.

The AffiloJetpack gets a 4/5!

The AffiloTheme

The AffiloTheme is a WordPress theme that was specifically designed for affiliate websites.

This premium theme’s features include:

  • Six themes/layouts
  • Affiliate link cloaker
  • Squeeze/opt in page creator
  • Header/logo creator
  • Layout and theme options
  • Multiple colors and fonts
  • Popover generator

Plus, you’ll get full access to:

  • the training and tutorials on how to use/customize the theme
  • the exclusive AffiloTheme forum
  • the free theme updates
  • the unlimited support
  • the custom graphics creator
  • and the web hosting for a year

The price tag? $97.

AffiloTheme Pricing

Which is higher than most premium WordPress themes out there, but its features should make it worth it. Right?

Well, I’m not sure, really.

Here’s what it looks like:

The AffiloTheme

It looks pretty plain, doesn’t it?

But then again, there are a bunch of color variations.

So:

My rating for the AffiloTheme – 4/5

Let’s back it up…

…Affilorama’s Prices:

Ok, so there are different pricing points for every product they have to offer.

There’s a different price for the AffiloBlueprint, because it’s its own product.

There’s a different price for the AffiloJetpack, because it’s its own product.

There’s a different price for the…

…well, you get it.

Here are all the products and their price tags:

  • Affilorama Free Membership – which is free, obviously.
  • Affilorama Premium – $1 for the first 30 days, then $67 per month after that.
  • AffiloBlueprint – a one time payment of $197.
  • AffiloTools – currently in beta.
  • AffiloJetpack – a one time payment of $997.
  • AffiloTheme – a one time payment of $97.

CHECK OUT AFFILORAMA NOW

Ok, now let’s go back to the nitty gritty:

The Affilorama Support

There are 2 ways you can get help and support within Affilorama:

  1. Through their support team
  2. Through the community forum

Sadly, there is no way to contact the owners directly.

(If you’d like 1 on 1 contact with the owners of a product I recommend you check out Wealthy Affiliate)

Let’s go over the 2 ways for help and support 1 by 1…

The Support Team

Affilorama Staff

There are 2 ways to get help from the support team:

  1. the contact form;
  2. and the live chat.

If you go through the contact form you’re looking at a 24 hour waiting time for a response.

But if you go through the live chat you’re going to get an almost immediate response from one of their support staff.

The thing I liked about the live chat is it’s exactly like the Facebook chat box. You know, that rectangle-shaped box in the lower-right corner.

It pops up as soon as you go to any of their pages.

So, I would give this part a 4.5/5.

The Members’ Forum

Affilorama support forum

The members’ forum isn’t bad.

It’s just like any other online forum.

Affilorama’s forum is a good place to get help and support when you need.

It has over 300,000 registered users, that’s actually pretty darn good. So it shouldn’t be too hard to get a reply.

The only thing I found weird about the forum is:

It’s kind of quiet.

Most of the threads haven’t seen much posts in a while.

Affilorama's quiet forum

For the support/members’ forum I’d give it a 3.5/5. Just because there’s not much action.

The Affilorama Affiliate Program

Affilorama Affiliate Dashboard

This part of the Affilorama program is awesome. Especially for marketers and bloggers who are a little more experienced.

Affilorama’s affiliate program is free to join. You don’t even need to be a premium member.

All you need is a Clickbank account.

They pay their affiliates 50% commission on all their products. Which is pretty darn good.

Affilorama affiliates will also be able to track and make their own affiliate links.

If you don’t understand it means that you get paid a percentage of every sale you make.

For example, me:

Here’s my Affilorama affiliate link.

If you click that, sign up for an Affilorama account, and go premium…

…I’d get half of the $67.

Plus, if you ever decide to go for the AffiloBlueprint I’d get half of the $197.

The same with the AffiloJetpack – half of the $997.

That’s how it works.

The affiliate program deserves a 5/5 rating.

What I Liked & What I Didn’t Like

Before we wrap things up here…

…I want to highlight the things I thought were great about the program and the things I thought were bad.

Here’s what I liked:

1. The 30-day $1 trial – a perfect way to check out what their premium membership is all about.

2. The Downloadable Roadmap to Success Infographic – awesomeness! And it’s 100% free.

3. The AffiloJetpack – an awesome resource. Great for people who have a larger budget and who want a shortcut to affiliate success.

4. The AffiloTools – a great suite of tools. And it’s free for the first month!

5. It’s in the Clickbank Marketplace – yes, the whole Affilorama platform is a Clickbank product. That means that there is a 100% 60 day money back guarantee.

6. The Forum – well, sort of. Actually, I only like the idea of it.

It’s too quiet. But it does have great potential!

7. The support team – they’re easy to contact (live chat or the contact form).

8. The Affilorama Blog – they post a lot of quality blog posts here. And they’re free to read for anybody. Even if you aren’t a member.

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Here’s what I didn’t like:

1. The expensive “AffiloProducts” – the $67 monthly premium is reasonable. But the AffiloJetpack and the AffiloBlueprint can be on the expensive side.

If you have a good enough budget, however, then ok.

2. The 100+ free video lessons – I didn’t like most of these videos, probably 80% of them.

The only ones I did like were the “guruviews.” Which are, as mentioned above, interviews of marketing experts.

A lot of these videos were short. Like 5 minutes. That means that they don’t really show you anything.

They mostly just talk a little about the subject, sort of like an overview or summary -ish.

You know?

3. The Affilorama Forum – yes, I know I said I liked the idea behind the forum. But! But, it’s kind of dead.

That can also mean that members’ questions are always quickly answered. Right?

Well, I honestly don’t know.

It could mean:

  • that members’ questions are always answered quickly
  • that members don’t like the Affilorama support
  • that the training is so good that members don’t really need support

Big fat question mark.

big fat question mark

What do you think about that?

Leave me a comment below.

But still. They got a fricked forum with 100,000’s of members, right?

Yeah, that’s awesome.

4. The Affiliate Marketing Quick-Start Guide – it’s a free PDF download. It’s made up of 12 chapters that is designed to help you start an affiliate/niche website.

But…

It doesn’t really help you start a website.

It’s basically an overview or summary or a brief description of each step.

It’s not really a”quick-starter. ”

Wrapping up the Affilorama Review

So:

Is Affilorama a scam?

Is Affilorama legit?

Or what?

Affilorama is most definitely NOT a scam. In fact, it is currently one of the top products in its industry.

It is, however, a lot more expensive than most affiliate marketing products. Which can be a big issue for a lot of people.

But like I said a couple minutes ago their products are pretty cool, especially:

  • the AffiloBlueprint;
  • the Affilorama Premium Membership;
  • and the free Roadmap to Success infographic.

All in all, I believe that Affilorama can help people learn how to become a successful affiliate marketer.

Affilorama at a glance:

Name: Affilorama

Website: www.affilorama.com

Owner(s): Mark Ling and Simon Slade

Price: free, $1 30-day trial, $67 per month, $97 for the AffiloTheme, $197 for AffiloBlueprint, $997 for AffiloJetpack, and $ for the AffiloTools.

Verdict: Great resource(s) for affiliate marketers, especially their premium products: AffiloBlueprint and AffiloJetpack. 100% legit.

But Wealthy Affiliate continues to be my #1 rated product.

[su_box title=”ATTENTION” box_color=”#24447d” radius=”6″]Is Affilorama a little too expensive for you? OK, don’t worry.

I think I’ve got something for you. It’s called Wealthy Affiliate. It only has 2 pricing points – $0 and $47/month. Check it out! It’s basically the same as Affilorama. Only cheaper.

P.S. Wealthy Affiliate’s training helped me build this cool website. :)[/su_box]

Alright! I hope you enjoyed my Affilorama review.

And I hope it helped you make a decision on which way to go.

If you have any questions leave me a comment below.

2

WordPress For Beginners: A Complete WP Admin Walkthrough

WordPress For Beginners

I know how you must feel right now.

You probably wanna blow your own head off because you’ve just installed WordPress and you have no clue what to do.

Yeah. We’ve all been there.

This was actually the reason why I quit my first run at blogging. I was so overwhelmed. I had to idea what to do.

And about 3 months later I went at it again. This time I was determined to build a successful blog.

And you know what? I did. Within 3 months of my second run I made money with affiliate marketing.

But don’t worry. You won’t have to go through that. I’ve got your back.

I am gonna walk you through the whole WordPress admin area.

Cool?

Ok, so let’s get to it:

WordPress For Beginners!

Alright. So, here’s what I’m gonna do here (exactly)…

You see that huge list of links on the left part of your screen?

Yeah? Well that’s your menu. That is how you’ll navigate through your whole WP admin area.

…and I am gonna talk about each and every one of those, including the ones in the top menu.

WordPress dashboard

Let’s start from the top menu…

WordPress top menu

The WordPress Icon/Logo

The first one (from left to right) is the little WordPress bubble. This is a drop down menu (like most of the menus in the admin).

This is where you can go to the WordPress.org website. This is also where you can go for WP support.

I wouldn’t worry about this icon/menu to much. You won’t be using it very often.

So let’s move onto the next one:

Your Website Name

This part of the top menu is only for the link to your homepage. You can click it anytime you wanna visit your site.

WordPress visit site

The next ones are:

A quick link to your updates.

A quick link to your comments.

A drop-down of links to add a new post, image/video/audio, page, or user.

And then finally – your profile menu. This is where you can edit your website admin. We’ll get into that stuff though in a bit.

Let’s move onto your main menu…

 WordPress main menu

From the top:

The Dashboard / Home

The Dashboard and Home links are the same.

The first thing you’ll see in your dashboard after installing WordPress is this welcome piece:

WordPress welcome

You probably won’t be spending too much time on this page.

This is where you’ll be able to read a little bit of WordPress News, and your site activity like unapproved comments and recently published posts.

You can also write up a quick draft – sometimes an idea pops outta nowhere, right?

And that’s basically it.

WordPress home dashboard

Tip: Don’t worry too much about the dashboard.

Updates

When something has an update – e.g, a theme or a plugin, you’ll see a little circle with a number beside it.

So when this shows up all you’ll have to do is click it, and you’ll be sent to this page:

WordPress updates

(this is where you’ll update whatever needs to be updated)

Posts

Ok, so there are 4 items on this one:

  • All Posts
  • Add New
  • Categories
  • Tags

Let’s go over them one by one:

All Posts

On this page, you’ll find a list of all your published posts and drafts.

WordPress all posts

You’ll be able to edit, delete, or view any of them at anytime.

Add New

This is where you’ll be able to create a new post.

Simple. All you’d do here is:

  1. enter your post’s title
  2. write your post
  3. add it in a category
  4. add some tags (if you want)
  5. publish

WordPress add new post

Let’s go over the 4 tabs – Publish, Categories, Tags, and Featured Image.

The first one, Publish, has the publish button (obviously), the save draft button, and the preview button.

It also has a few settings:

  1. Status – you can have this set at draft or pending review. The only time you’d probably use this is if you a team or writers or a guest blogger.
  2. Visibility – you can set this to public, password protected, or private. This is a good setting for membership sites.
  3. Publish Immediately – you can change the time and date of when you want your post published. You can have your post published an hour later, a day later, or even a year later (if that’s what you want).
  4. Move to Trash – if you don’t like your post or draft, trash it.

The second tab is Categories.

Every post you publish needs to be in its category. For example:

Let’s say you’ve just written a new post, Top 100 Xbox Shooter Games of All Time. So, you’d create a category like Xbox Games right?  Or, since WordPress is awesome, you can create a subcategory like Shooters.

adding categories in WordPress

The third tab is Tags.

adding meta tags in WordPress

 

Categories

You can do 3 things on this page:

  1. add a new category
  2. edit an existing category
  3. add text/description to the category page

WordPress categories

Tags

This page will have a list of all your tags. And it’s basically the same as the categories page…

…you can:

  1. add new tags
  2. edit existing tags
  3. add text/description to the tags’ archives

WordPress meta tags

 

Media

There are 2 items on this one:

  • All Media
  • Add New

Let’s check them out…

All Media

Right now it’s most likely empty, but when you start uploading images, videos, and even audio, it’ll all be on this page.

WordPress media library

And when you do start to get some media, you’ll be able to edit them from here.

And that’s pretty much it.

Add New

OK, so this is one of 2 places where you can upload from.

WordPress add new media

To upload new media, all you’ll have to do is drop or select the file and WordPress will do the rest. It’s that easy.

The other place where you can upload from is in the post and page editors.

You see that little rectangle that says Add Media?

add new media from wp post editor

That’s it. And uploading is he same process.

  1. click it
  2. choose your file
  3. and let it do its work

Pretty easy, huh?

Pages

So there are 2 items on this one:

  • All Pages
  • Add New
All Pages

This will have all your published pages and drafts.

WordPress all pages

Just like in Posts, you can edit, trash, or view any pages that are in your list.

Add New

This is almost exactly like “add new” in Posts.

The only difference is there’s less tabs.

Pages don’t have categories or tags. But, instead, have Page Attributes.

WordPress add new page

For the Parent attribute, you can select any of your published pages. And the permalink will look like this:

WP parent page attribute

As for the Template attribute, this is how the page will like (e.g, no sidebar). Here’s an example:

WP no sidebar page template

Comments

There’s not much to say about this one.

But this is where all your blog’s comments are, including yours.

WordPress comments

When a reader submits a comment on any of your posts or pages, you’ll have to approve it before it gets posted.

You’ll also be able to:

  • edit any approved and unapproved comments
  • trash any unwanted comments
  • mark any comments you don’t like as spam

Appearance

This one has 6 (default) settings:

  • Themes
  • Customize
  • Widgets
  • Menus
  • Background
  • Editor

WordPress appearance menu

As you can see from the image above, theme options is in there. This is NOT supported by all themes.

If you’re using a free WordPress theme there’s a 50/50 chance that it doesn’t have the theme options.

Now, let’s go over them one by one:

Themes

This is where you’ll be able to manage all of your installed themes.

WordPress manage themes

You can add, delete, upload, or activate themes from here.

Adding a new theme is real easy:

  1. click the add new button
  2. browse around
  3. preview the theme
  4. click its install button (if you like it)

Uploading a theme is pretty easy too.

First, of course, you’ll need to download it to your computer. Then:

  1. click the add new button
  2. click the upload button
  3. choose your theme’s file
  4. and install it

Activating a theme is done 2 ways:

  1. by clicking the activation link right after installing it
  2. by clicking the activation link on the Themes page

Deleting it is easier. All you’d have to do here is hit the delete button. But if it’s installed, you’ll have to deactivate it first (which is basically the same process as activating).

Customize

This is where you will be able to customize your theme using the live-preview theme editor.

WordPress customize theme

wp customize theme for beginners

Everything you’re allowed to customize is on the left-side menu.

It’s really easy to use. All you’d do is choose on option, edit it, and WordPress will do the rest.

I’ll show you an example:

The Site Title & Tagline.

Some themes might have more options. Some might have less.

You’ll also be able to change themes from here (the Change button).

Widgets

Widgets are the tabs that make up a sidebar. For example: the search bar, recent posts, and the calendar.

Here’s what the widgets page in WordPress looks like:

WordPress widgtes

The theme I am using in my screenshot examples, Iconic One, only supports the right-hand sidebar.

A lot of themes, though, supports 2 (usually) – the footer.

Anyway, adding widgets to a sidebar is super easy. All you’d have to do is drag the widget you want and drop it. Drag and drop.

And when you’re done, it’ll look something like this:

WordPress sidebar - widgets

Menus

The menus are how one can navigate through your site.

Here’s what the menu page looks like in your wp-admin area:

WordPress menus

And this is what it’ll look like on your site:

WordPress site navigation menu

And to make a menu, you can either click the “create a new menu” link or edit the one that is already there.

Here’s how to add pages/links to your menu:

Do you see those tabs on the left side of the screen?

That’s where you will be able to add pages, custom links, and categories to your menu.

WordPress add to menu

Save menu, and BAM.

new WordPress menu

Background

This link goes back to the live theme editor.

WordPress background

I’m pretty sure you won’t be using the background link that much.

Theme Options

As I mentioned before:

This is not supported by all themes.

But if it does, the theme options page will look something like this:

WordPress theme options

The theme options usually (9/10) has more customizable options than the live editor.

So when you’re looking for a theme, I recommend you choose one that has these options.

Editor

Since you’re a beginner, I won’t talk much about this page.

I’ve been using WordPress for more than a year and I still don’t know much about the coding part of WP.

So for now, I highly recommend you stay away from this page. You can break your site if you don’t know what you’re doing.

WordPress theme editor

Plugins

Plugins are tools that customize your WordPress website.

If it weren’t for these babies, everybody using WP would have the same basic site.

Plugins can help you:

  • make your site look beautiful
  • speed up your website
  • collect your visitors’ email addresses
  • and a lot more.

OK, so there are 3 items on this one:

  • Installed Plugins
  • Add New
  • Editor

Now let’s go over them one by one…

Installed Plugins

This page will have all of your installed plugins.

WordPress plugins page

On this page, you’ll be able to deactivate and/or delete a plugin.

Add New

This is where you’ll add/install new plugins to your site.

And to do that, all you’d have to do is:

  1. search for a plugin (name or type) OR upload it if you downloaded it to your computer
  2. install it
  3. and activate it

add new WordPress plugin

Tip: Don’t go crazy over plugins (yet). Some plugins will slow your site down (dramatically).

Editor

Aah. The plugin editor.

Remember what I said about the theme editor? Same thing here…

…don’t mess with the code. You might end up breaking something.

WordPress plugin editor

Users

This one has 3 links:

  • All Users
  • Add New
  • Your Profile
All Users

This page will have all of your WordPress website’s users (admins, contributors).

Right now, you’ll probably only see your profile.

WordPress all users

But if you have a partner or a team this is where you’d find all of the profiles.

You’ll be able to go to the edit profile page from here.

Add New

This is where you’d be able to add people (your team/partner) to your site.

WordPress add new user

All you’d do here is:

  1. give them a username
  2. enter their email address
  3. give them a role – admin (like you), contributor (edit and write posts)
  4. and add new user

You won’t really have to add their names and websites.

Your Profile

This is where you’d edit your profile.

WordPress your profile

You can change the color scheme of your admin area, add an author bio, change your password, and a few other things.

Tools

This one has 3:

  • Available Tools
  • Import
  • Export
Available Tools

This page will have all the available tools (duh) offered by WordPress. Which is the Press This bookmarklet and the Categories/Tags Converter.

WordPress available tools

Import

This page has a list of tools that can import content from other blogs.

WordPress tools import

So if you’ve used other blogging platforms like Tumblr or Blogger, this is where you’d be able to transfer content to your WordPress blog.

Export

This is where you’d download your whole WP website file to your computer.

WordPress tools export

This is useful if you ever decide to move to another domain.

Settings

There are 6 items on this one:

  • General
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Discussion
  • Media
  • Permalinks

WordPress settings menu

Now let’s go through them.

General

WordPress general settings

This is where you can change your Site Title/Tagline (like in the live editor), your timezone, your time format, and the day your week starts on.

You’ll also be able to let people register to your site. But I’d leave this unchecked.

Writing

WordPress writing settings

You won’t need to spend much time on these settings.

The only time I’ve been on this page was to change the default category to my blog’s main topic.

Reading

This is where you can choose what your homepage is – blogroll or a static page.

WordPress reading settings

A blogroll is a homepage that has the site’s latest blog posts – like mine.

A static page doesn’t have a blogroll. It’s just one single page.

Discussion

This page has all your comment settings.

WordPress discussion settings

By default, WordPress has all the settings where they should be. So you won’t need to configure anything.

Media

This is where you can change the default sizes of all your images.

WordPress media settings

These are the default settings (image above). So you shouldn’t have to change anything here.

Permalinks

This is where you can decide how your links will look like.

WordPress permalinks settings

As you can see, I have it set at Custom Structure. This is so that I can change my post/page URLs into something shorter than the whole post title.

Take this post for example:

WordPress For Beginners: A Complete WP Admin Walkthrough

By default, WordPress set this post’s URL to:

  • /wordpress-for-beginners-a-complete-wp-admin-walkthrough

But since I have the permalink settings to Custom Structure I changed it to:

  • /wordpress-for-beginners

Short and sweet!

That’s it!

Now you know all about the wp-admin area.

Oh! One more thing…

When you install and activate a plugin you might see its button/link somewhere in the main menu, in “Settings” or even (sometimes) in the top menu.

For example:

new items in WordPress admin menu

Some premium themes may even add its theme options in the main menu too, like in the image above.

So there you have it.

If you need more help with understanding anything in the WordPress admin area, leave me a comment below.

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