Writing Your First Pages: About, FTC Blogger Disclosure, Privacy Page

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This is part eleven of the One Week Blog Challenge series. By now you should have your blog all setup and ready to launch. The first post I would recommend writing is the About Me page/post. Worpress automatically includes an about page with some dummy text. Personally, I like deleting that page and writing a […]

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Enable Your Fans – Top Community Building and Social Sharing Tools for Your Blog

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One of the most important aspects of blogging is to build your community and make it easy for people to share your content. You want to give your fans the tools to do it easily and intuitively – without cluttering your site with distractions. Here are some of the best tools available for your blog.

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15 Incredibly Useful WordPress Plugins to Make Your Life Easier

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One of the nice things about Wordpress is that there are a ton of plugins out there that will make your life easier by letting you integrate anything you want into your blog without having to touch any code. Over the years I’ve run and tested tons of plugins across dozens of sites and some plugins have proven indispensable. Here I will share the ones that fit this category.

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Add Feedburner, Mailchimp & Google Analytics

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Every professional blog should have RSS tracking for feed subscribers, an email list signup form, and an analytics package. I recommend Feedburner, Mailchimp, and Google Analytics along with a few helpful related plugins.

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How to Get a Good Logo

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Your logo is often the first thing that people will see when they visit your website. While it’s possible to just use a text header when starting out, I’d highly recommend getting a really good logo from the beginning (bad logo design can actually cost you). Logos help establish your brand and credibility.

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Installing WordPress and Setting Permalinks

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Once you have your hosting covered, go ahead and install Wordpress – it’s the best blogging system out there and every single professional I know uses it. If you are on Dreamhost, Nick does a great job showing you the process of installing it (video #2) via Dreamhost’s One-Click Installation Panel. If you are on VPS.net, ask their customer support to do it for you. If you are hosted elsewhere, just follow the instructions on the Wordpress site.

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Hosting Your Blog – I Recommend Dreamhost or VPS.net

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There are hundreds if not thousands of places where you can host your website out there. Over the past 8 years we’ve gone through tons of hosts and some are a lot worse than others. For most people, shared hosting is the way to go, especially when you’re just starting out. It’s cheap (about $7/mo.) and it does the job.

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Your Options for Grabbing a Good Domain Name

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Picking out (or buying) a good domain name for your website can take a lot of time & creativity (or money). There are 3 basic ways to get a good domain name. Alternatively you can buy a an existing website at a place like Sitepoint, but I would avoid this option unless you really know what you’re doing and are an expert at valuing sites.

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What to Blog About – Pick Something Remarkable

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Life is too short to be filling your world, or anyone else’s with mediocrity. What to blog about? If you’re going to start a blog, realize that it will take dedication. In order to have dedication you have to be writing about something that you really love.

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One Week Challange: Start a Blog in One Week

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Follow me as I Start a Blog – and Take it from Zero to Awesome and Build a Profitable Kickass site from it – in 7 days (with very little money). This week I am taking everything I know and have learned over the past 8 years about web design, development, promotion, social media, and marrying it with a passion of mine – photography – to start a website from scratch with the ambitious goal of going from zero to 100,000 visitors.

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