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  • Copyright 2012
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Create Your Own Blog

6 Easy Projects to Start Blogging Like a Pro
Second Edition

 

6 Easy Projects to Start Blogging Like a Pro

Personal Blogging Using WordPress.com • Build a Website Around Your Blog

• Business Blogging Using WordPress.org Software • Multimedia Blogging

• Portfolio Blogging for Artists • Blogging with Tumblr

 

Build a great personal or business blog… absolutely no experience needed!

 

Want a personal or business blog of your own? It’s easy! In this simple guide, one of the world’s most experienced bloggers walks you through every step of building your own WordPress blog, from getting started to building a worldwide

audience. Tris Hussey covers it all, from low-cost blogging tools to high-powered writing tips! Get this book, and get started fast—with a professional-quality blog that meets your goals, whatever they are!

 

6 Easy Projects

Build great blogs like these, the easy way!

¶ Personal Blogs

¶ Business Blogs

¶ Audio and Video Podcasting Blogs

¶ Portfolio Blogs for Artists

¶ Blogging with Tumblr

¶ Creating a Website with WordPress

 

Learn from a pro! Discover tips, tricks, and great solutions for:

¶ Setting up your blog the right way—in just minutes!

¶ Writing blog entries people want to read

¶ Handling comments—even nasty ones!

¶ Creating a conversation and building a community

¶ Publicizing your blog

¶ Choosing the right free or low-cost blogging tools

¶ Avoiding beginner mistakes

¶ Earning cash from your blog!

 

 

You won’t believe how easy it is to create your own blog… or how much fun!

 

 Tris Hussey is a speaker, teacher, charter member of the Professional Bloggers Association, and social media consultant. He has been a blogger since 2004 and was one of Canada's first professional bloggers. The author of thousands of posts and articles on social media, blogging, and technology, he was named one of Vancouver's top 20 social media people. He is also a professional photographer and regularly teaches blogging, WordPress, and social media at several Vancouver-area universities.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

About the Second Edition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

It’s All About Storytelling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Wait, You’re a Professional Blogger?. . . . 3

How to Use This Book. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

 

1 Beginning the Story: Blogging Then and Now 7

A Brief History of Blogging . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

The Blog Heard Round the World:

Blogging Gets Mainstream Attention . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Blogging Comes into Its Own . . . 12

Culture of Sharing, Connecting, and Caring. . . . . . . . . . . 13

Blogs, Society, and the News. . . . . 13

Gaze into the Looking Glass and the Future of Blogging . . . . 15

Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

 

2 Installing and Setting Up Your First Blog 17

Starting Your First Blog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Choosing a Topic for Your Blog. . 18

Picking a Name for Your Blog . . . 19

Choosing a Domain Name. . . . . . 23

Choosing a Blog Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Signing Up for a Blog on WordPress.com . . . .. . . . . 30

Setting Up a Self-Hosted Blog. . . . 32

Touring Your Blog’s Dashboard. . . . . . . . 38

Content Block: Posts, Media, Links, Pages, and Comments . . 38

Administration Block: Appearance, Plugins, Users, Tools, and Settings. . . . . 40

Tweaking Your Blog Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Tweaking and Tuning a WordPress.com Blog. . . . .. . . 42

Setting Good Permalinks . . . . . . . . 47

Antispam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

SEO Tuning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Categories and Tags . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Blogrolls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Comments and Trackbacks. . . . . . 51

Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

About Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Themes and Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Tracking Your Blog’s Stats . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

 

3 Creating Content for Your Blog 55

Turning an Idea for a Blog into Blog Posts. . . .. . . 56

Capture Inspiration Whenever and Wherever It Strikes . . .  . 57

Finding Your “Voice” . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

To Anonymously Blog or Not: The Line Between Public and Private. .  . . . . 62

Write Until You’ve Said Your Piece. . . . . . . . . . . 64

If You Post It, They Will Come: Posting Frequency Answered . . . 65

Your First Post. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

Drinking from the Information Fire Hose: Using the Internet to Power Your Posts . .  . 70

Other Bloggers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

”Real” World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

Reader Comments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

Writing with Search Engines in Mind ....73

Keywords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

Writing for Search Engines . . . . . . 75

Categories and Tags . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

 

4 Building a Community Around Your Blog 77

Encouraging Comments and Discussion. . . .  . . . . . 78

Commenting on Other Blogs . . . . 80

Spam, Trolls, and Other Vermin: The Comments You Don’t Want . . .80

Spam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Trolls and Other Vermin. . . . . . . . . 82

Finding Other Blogs in Your Niche . . . . 83

Linking to Other Blogs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

Connecting with Other Bloggers. . . . . . . 87

Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

Facebook, Google+, and Other Social Networks . . . . . . . 89

Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

 

5 Creating a Personal Blog with WordPress.com 91

Getting Started with WordPress.com. . . 92

Creating Your Account . . . . . . . . . . 93

Key WordPress.com Settings and Configuration . . . . . . . 96

Themes and Customizations . . . 100

Focus on the Content—What to Put in a Personal Blog . . . . . . .  . 107

Writing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Privacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

Comments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

Multimedia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Adding Videos to Your Posts. . . . 118

Growing with WordPress.com . . . . . . . . 120

Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

 

6 Creating a Business Blog 123

Content. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

Writing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

Privacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

Comments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

Blogging Policies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

Multimedia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

Pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

Podcasting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Building and Hosting Your Business Blog . . . .. . 138

Choosing a Template for Your Business Blog . . .. 138

Stats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139

Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

 

7 Creating a Website 143

Isn’t This a Blogging Book? . . . . . . . . . . 144

Blog Engines to Run Websites . . 144

Blogs Are the New Websites . . . . 145

Let Technology Help You . . . . . . . 145

It’s About the Content. . . . . . . . . . 145

Does a Website Have to Have a Blog, Too?. . .. . . 146

Getting Started: Technology . . . . . . . . . . 146

Domain Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146

Host . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146

Platform. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

Getting Started: Content . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

Story. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

Sections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

Required Content. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

Getting Started: Installing WordPress and Other Key Components . . 149

Installing WordPress. . . . . . . . . . . . 149

Installing Plugins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149

Recommended Plugins . . . . . . . . . 156

Installing Themes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156

What Will the Home Page Be? . . . . . . . 161

Static . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162

Modular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166

Choosing and Customizing Your Theme . . . . . . 168

Headers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168

Backgrounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

Widgets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171

Choosing Content for Your Website . . 172

Post or Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172

Categories and Tags . . . . . . . . . . . . 173

Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173

Multimedia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174

Documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174

Final Touches. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174

Measuring Your Success . . . . . . . . 175

Search Engines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176

Maintaining. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176

Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176

 

8 Creating a Visual Artist’s Portfolio Blog 177

What Makes for Good Content on a Portfolio Blog . . . . . 178

Picking the Right Tool for the Job . . . . 179

WordPress.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180

DIY or Self-Hosted Blogs. . . . . . . . 180

How Do I Choose Between WordPress.com and DIY? . .  . 180

Making a Site a Site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181

Picking a Good Theme for a Portfolio Blog . .. . . . 181

Plugins for Portfolio Blogs . . . . . . 183

Pulling It All Together. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

Gathering, Exporting, and Presenting Pictures. .. . . 185

Final Word on Content . . . . . . . . . 189

Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189

 

9 Blogging with Tumblr 191

Why Tumblr and Not Others?. . . . . . . . 192

Getting Started with Tumblr . . . . . . . . . 192

Creating a Blog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194

Tumblr Versus WordPress. . . . . . . 204

Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204

 

10 Creating a Multimedia Blog 205

All About Audio and Video Content....206

Podcast Gear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208

Recording Your First Podcast . . . . . . . . . 209

Laying Down the Main Track . . 211

Podcast Editing Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213

Adding Audio Tracks . . . . . . . . . . . 214

Fades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214

Podsafe Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215

Exporting to MP3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217

Video Gear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219

Recording Your First Video Blog . . . . . . 221

Video Editing Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224

Exporting, Compression, and Video Formats .. . . . 227

Resolutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228

Where and How to Host Your Podcast or Video Blog. . . . . 230

Posting Podcasts and Video to Your Blog. . . . .. . . 230

Submitting Your Show to iTunes. . . .  . . . . 232

Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234

 

11 Making Money Through Your Blog 237

Nuts and Bolts of Making Money from Blogs . .  . . 238

Making Money Directly . . . . . . . . 238

Making Money Indirectly . . . . . . 244

Final Word on Ads . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250

Pulling It Together on Your Blog . . . . . 250

Ad Codes 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250

Optimizing Your Blog’s Template . . . . . . 252

Tracking Your Performance . . . . 253

Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255

 

Index 257

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