Because I’ve been getting tons of comments and emails about blogging, I created an entire page dedicated to answering any questions you might have.
So, if you’ve got a question about how to start a blog, setup a blog or anything else related to blogging, let me know below! Just a few things before you do:
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Frequently Asked Questions About WordPress Web Hosting
There are several reasons WordPress is a good choice for building your website or blog
1. Completely FREE – Meaning it’s an Open Source Project and developers can modify the code (unlike Microsoft Windows for example) so it’s constantly evolving and improving.
2. User-Friendly – No need for expensive “Webmasters.” Easily manage and update your own content. No need to learn complicated HTML.
3. Flexible & Extensible – Thousands of plugins and themes available. Easily change the look of your website. Add new features in just a few clicks.
4. Support Options – Online video tutorials on this site. Easy to find help from WordPress experts. Get answers to your questions online…
5. SEO Friendly – Fully compliant with W3C standards. Built in support for RSS and Ping-O -Matic. Clean, search-engine friendly code.
6. You Own Your Content – Why be limited by a proprietary solution? Don’t have your website locked down on another service? You can import and export your website.
7. WordPress Web Hosting – You can choose to host your WordPress site on the web hosting company of your choice and take your website with you if you decide to leave.
How can I start a cheap self-hosted blog or setup a blog that’s free?
If you’re wondering how to start a blog for free, you can always use a free blogging platform. However, these are very unreliable and not recommended. The best way to create a blog is through a self-hosted blog on InMotion Hosting. This only costs a few dollars a month and allows you to run WordPress on your domain. For my complete tutorial on how to setup a blog using InMotion Hosting, click – here.
Can I switch from a free blog to a self-hosted blog anytime I want?
If you want to get a basic feel for blogging, you can get started with one of those free blogs on a site like Blogger or Tumblr. But because of the limited control you have and possible risk of account termination, I recommend switching to a self-hosted blog as soon as you can. If you create a blog on a free site, you’ll lack design options, the ability to monetize your blog and customization options. Worst of all, you won’t truly own your blog/domain. If you are interested in learning more about free blogs then read the following post:
Will my hosting provider allow me to have multiple domains on my plan?
Almost every hosting provider will allow you to have more than one domain name, but this generally requires you to upgrade your package. You’ll need to compare individual service providers to see which ones allow you to do this. You can read my Best WordPress Hosting: A Beginners Guide to learn about which web host is best for you.
Happiness is unconditionally impossible if the ego is present. – Aaron G.L. Adoni
How to Create a Blog That Makes Money
How can I make money from my blog?
There are a few different ways you can monetize your blog, including affiliate programs, ads, selling your own products and more. In this 5000 word article, I teach you how to make money blogging. Just remember that using your own self-hosted blog (a domain you own) is the best way to do this. Free blogging platforms will often limit how you can monetize your blog, if at all.
Are there other ways to make money from blogging besides Google AdSense?
Yes, there are many other monetization methods. You can sell ad space, affiliate products and more.
How do I view how many visitors I’m getting to my blog?
Visitor counters on free blogging sites are almost always inaccurate. If you’ve setup a blog on a free blogging platform, you can use Google Analytics to view a more accurate count (it’s free!). If you’re running a self-hosted blog, you can also use the website statistics provided to you in your hosting dashboard.
How To Grow Your Blog Traffic
How can quality content grow my audience?
Writing and publishing relevant content that’s valuable to your audience is the number one way to get more blog visitors, and is what we like to call “content marketing.” You should be focusing on quality rather than quantity, which will drive more readers to your blog and start helping it appear in Google searches over time.
How can I get more social media followers?
The best way to grow your social media following is to be active and share engaging posts that are relevant to your niche. Connect with people, contribute to popular Twitter and Facebook discussions and be sure to help without asking for a lot in return. It takes some time, but the payoff is definitely worth the effort.
How do I get more visitors to my blog?
There are two different ways to get more visitors when first starting a blog – free methods and paid methods. If you’re not making money from your blog, you should focus on free methods for the time being, as paid methods can get expensive. Some free methods include social media, YouTube videos, and forum posting.
How can I get more blog subscribers?
This depends on what kind of blog you have. If you’re starting a blog about a specific industry or niche, you can make what are referred to as “Lead Magnets” – things like videos, locked content, promotions, and tutorials. You can also give away free ebooks in exchange for email addresses, which you can later use to market products and services to if you’d like. What works best will depend on your audience. For more information on how to start a blog that caters to your target audience, check out my post on Who Should Start a Blog.
How can I get the search engines to index my blog?
It can take a few weeks for your blog to get picked up by search engines once you start posting. However, there are a few steps you can take to get your blog indexed faster, such as submitting it to search engine directories. Just remember, this does not mean you’ll immediately reach the top of search results. This requires time and performing something called “SEO” (Search Engine Optimization) on your site. If you want to get indexed immediately, check out my post: The Secrets to Getting Your Blog Indexed on Google
How does building backlinks help with SEO?
A backlink is a link from another site that points to your website or blog. The more backlinks you have, the better your site looks to search engines. However, you want backlinks that are relative to your niche. For example, if your blog was about pet care tips, a backlink from veterinarian website would be much more beneficial than a backlink from a site that sold used car parts. The best way to get backlinks is to setup a blog with engaging content that’s helpful and makes people want to share.
The perfection of man is what in Christianity is called an Angel, in Buddhism it is a Buddha, to the Greeks it is Hercules and to the Mayans it is the Feathered Serpent. – Aaron G.L. Adoni
How to Make a Blog and Customize It in WordPress
How do I change the font size of my blog posts in WordPress?
You have two primary ways to adjust the font size in your WordPress posts. You can either edit the raw HTML if you’re a bit more technically savvy or you can install one of the numerous WordPress plugins designed for easier posting. I recommend visiting the official WordPress Plugins page and searching for “text editor”.
How can I get rid of comment spam?
There’s nothing more annoying than comment spam and it can be a pain to deal with. While there’s no eliminating it 100%, you can greatly cut down on the amount of spam comments you receive with a free plugin such as Akismet. For more information on plugins and a few I recommend read the article below.
What free blogs give you the ability to use a custom page design?
While free blogging platforms give you a few free blog templates to select from, the customization options are almost non-existent. WordPress, on the other hand, has thousands of free and paid themes to choose from.
When the intellectual animal willingly gives up his animal nature, then he can become a true Human Being. – Aaron G.L. Adoni
How to Write a Blog: Publishing and Content Creation
How should I research blog topics and get information for my specific niche?
If you need some inspiration for blog topics or how to write a blog, it’s a good idea to take a look at other blogs in your niche. Take a look at the Comments section and take note of common problems their visitors are having and what kinds of questions the audience is asking. This should give you a good idea of how to start a blog that offers content your viewers will enjoy reading.
How many blog posts do you recommend I write each month?
The number of posts you write each month depends on your niche, goals and target audience. There is no magic number. It’s perfectly alright to publish images on a daily basis, but longer posts of 800 or more words can be cut to once a week. The risks of posting too much are
1. People experience information overload and leave because they can’t read your posts as fast as you’re publishing them and
2. Your posts are so infrequent that they think you’re inactive and don’t come back.
You’ll have to test out how to start a blog that works for your particular audience in order to find a good balance. It’s also a great idea to maintain a consistent posting schedule when starting a blog – like publishing every Wednesday – because people know what time to revisit your blog for new posts.
Should I stick to one blog topic, or can I create a blog about more than one subject?
Generally, a blog will fall into one of two categories: a niche blog or a personal blog. Niche blogs usually only discuss a specific topic or industry, while personal blogs generally cover a broad range of subjects that don’t necessarily need to be related. If you start blogging about too many different topics that aren’t related, it may be difficult to keep readers interested.
Pro tip: If you’re posting about many different subjects, you categorize them so you have some level of organization.
How can I get featured on an established blog and vice versa?
Almost every seasoned blogger gets dozens of messages about guest posts on a daily basis. Because competition is stiff, you need to focus on adding value to your blog and making connections first. Networking is a key part of becoming a successful blogger.
How do I attract guest writers to my blog?
If you don’t get thousands of blog visitors a month, you probably won’t get very many guest post proposals. However, if your blog grows after some time, this amount will increase significantly. If you haven’t been noticed by any experienced bloggers yet, contact them yourself. But be sure to remember that you need to give them something in return – let them view your traffic statistics and show them why guest posting on your blog would be a valuable opportunity for them.
How can I get more blog suggestions from my readers?
Encouraging your readers to reach out in a comment or email is a great thing to remind your visitors about at the bottom of postal your posts. It can be slow in the beginning, but you’ll gradually start getting suggestions and wind up with some great content ideas. You can also end up with some very useful feedback. You can also ask your readers for fresh ideas and feedback in an email, if you’ve got an email list.
Is it important to use pictures and videos throughout my blog?
It’s been proven that visual aids such as images, videos and infographics can make for a better user experience and encourage readers to stay on your blog for longer. I’d highly recommend using images or any other type of visual media to encourage better engagement levels.
I died from the mineral kingdom and became a plant; I died to vegetable nature and became an animal; I died to animality and became a human being. Next time I will die to human nature and lift up my head among the angels. Once again I will leave angelic nature and become that which you cannot imagine. – Rumi
How to Setup a Blog: Technical Inquiries
How do I customize my blog so that anyone can comment on posts?
Go into your WordPress blog dashboard, select the “Options” tab and then browse to “Discussion.” From there, click “Comments” and uncheck every box that places a restriction on commenting.
Do I have to know any programming languages in order to start a blog?
No! The best part about WordPress is that even people who know nothing about how to start a blog can easily learn how to use it. If you want to further customize your blog, you can download different plugins in your dashboard and play with its appearance.
What are search engine crawlers?
Web crawlers, AKA “spiders,” are little internet robots that “crawl” public websites and browse their content. Their purpose is to index keywords, find fresh content, and determine the quality of a website or blog. They’re used by search engines to collect data about websites and blogs, and use that data to rank the sites for related keywords that display search results to interested web users. Spiders are completely invisible and don’t harm your website.
- If you want to learn how to get your site index immediately check out my article: The Secrets to Getting Your Blog Indexed On Google
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To Your Success,
For us, to see the causes of lifes problems is the first step. We cannot alter what cannot be seen. – Aaron G.L. Adoni