How to Choose the right Topic for Your Blog

Choosing a blog topic is not something you should take lightly. Choosing a blog topic that has enough of a niche to be noticed can greatly improve your odds of increasing your readership. Google provides extensive research tools that allow you to check the popularity of certain search terms and help you narrow down your focus for your blog.

While this aspect of your blog topic doesn’t specifically relate to a topic, creating a basic focus for your blog allows you to appear more professional and focused. If you run a blog about creating art, then your blog should contain articles that mostly aim to teach people how to create art.

It sounds like common sense, but too often people neglect to keep the overall feel and mission of their blog in mind. One way to help you focus is to create a mission statement for your blog. State clearly what you want to provide readers and make sure each article finds some way of expressing that goal. Don’t write about horses if you run a blog about dogs. Readers come to your blog because they want to learn something specific that you have the authority to teach them about. Take this role seriously and refine the focus for your blog, if you haven’t already done so.
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Self Hosting Vs. Third-Party Blogging Platform

It may seem like the obvious choice. Save some money and use a third-party blogging platform to host your site. However, there are various considerations that you must keep in mind when choosing a platform to host your content. A platform might provide you with the basic features you need when just starting out, but what happens when your readership grows and you need something more robust? Moving all of your blog posts and articles to a new website or platform may seriously hamper your search engine rankings. The choice basically comes down to should you self-host your blog or use an established provider to host your content? Read more

How to Pick the Right Domain Name for Your Blog

It’s a battle to choose the right domain name for your website. It has to be easily remembered yet unique without being too long. There are a lot of rules when it comes to choosing the right domain name for your website and business.

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You can register domains

  • 123-reg.co.uk
  • Namecheap.com
  • With your Hosting Provider

Choosing a web hosting provider for your blog

Whether you are a start-up or an established business, having a blog accessible to your audience at all times is necessary. Your blog should be accessible to visitors 24/7/365.

There are many types of web hosting services including shared, VPS and dedicated hosting. The former involves hosting multiple clients on one physical server while in the latter, each customer gets exclusive access to his own server. Each hosting service has its advantages and disadvantages. While shared hosting is an affordable option, it does not offer the security of dedicated hosting.

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Hosting Services We Recommend

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Web Hosting Hub –  have been great to deal with when it comes to domain registration and hosting. I’ve had a really good experience for several years which is why I continue to renew my service as well as introduce their services to more of my clients. They have packages starting at just a few dollars per month which means it is easy to get started blogging with minimal investment.

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Heart Internet – are a UK based web host and while they are not quite as cheap as Web Hosting Hub they offer very good customer service and if a UK hosting provider is something you are looking for I highly recommend them.

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WP Engine – WP Engine are specialists at WordPress hosting. WP Engine offers a full service WordPress package, they will run any security updates, make regular backups and help to improve the speed and performance of your site. This means that their pricing is a lot more expensive but it takes a lot of the technical hassle away from you.

How to Set Up a WordPress Blog Manually with FTP

Today, WordPress is the most popular CMS (content management system) on the internet.

It allows you to easily set up flexible blogs and websites on top of a MySQL backend with PHP processing. WordPress has seen incredible adoption and is a great choice for getting a new site up and running quickly.

This tutorial will guide you through installing WordPress, manually, for the first time on an apache server with cPanel. You should be able to run through this entire process in less than 10 minutes if you have all the correct tools and passwords to hand.

For this installation you will need:

  1. A FTP solution such as Filezilla
  2. A hosting account with cPanel access
  3. A web browser
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What Key Pages Should Your Blog Have

One of the most impacting ways to improve the overall experience and functionality of your blog is by ensuring that you have the ideal pages set-up. One area that many bloggers fail in is building great site navigation and providing pages that are designed to enhance the user experience and build the strength of the blog as whole.

When you are thinking about what pages you should add to your blog, it is a good idea to walk a few blocks in the shoes of your readers. Think about your target audience and ask yourself, what would they be interested in seeing?

Since providing high quality relevant content is extremely important, it is a good idea to determine what type of content would best suite them  Read more

How to Write Your First Blog Post

Now that you have installed your new WordPress website it is time to get down to writing your first blog post. It is important to take time to plan what topics youare going to write about and perhaps consider setting up an editorial calendar to help get you on track.

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