Getting Started

I created this Get Started Page to help you cut through the noise and get your blog up and running quickly and painlessly. Let's do this!

So, you're thinking about building a successful and profitable blogging business. Well, first of all, I want to congratulate you. I honestly think you're making one of the best decisions in your life.

I started my blog in 2010 and at the time, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I saw the benefits of blogging because I was already running a successful eCommerce business, but nothing could have prepared me for what was to come.

Today blogging is at the core of my online business model. So, it's time for you to take your place under the limelight and start a blog that you and your readers can be proud of.

This guide is aimed at complete newbies, so if you're not new to blogging, please head over to my blog here to read my latest posts, or check out my Ultimate Pro Blog Planner workbook here to help you become a smarter and more productive blogger.

Starting a blog from scratch

To start your blog, you're going to need several things -

  1. A domain name and some web hosting (You can get these together).
  2. WordPress installation.
  3. Some essential plugins.

Domain name and hosting

You can get these from a reputable hosting provider. I use and recommend SiteGround for security and reliability. However, you can also check out Bluehost or WPXHosting.

WordPress installation (Blog setup)

Here are some links to guides that I've written that will help you to get your WordPress blog set up quickly.

  1. How to start a WordPress blog, the complete beginner's guide.

Installing essential plugins

Plugins will help add some much-needed features and functionality to your blog. For a brand new blog, you don't need to go over the top. The link to the guide above should outline some essential plugins to install. I've also listed them below -

  1. WordPress SEO by Yoast (Download here)
  2. Google XML Sitemap (Download here)
  3. WP Super Cache (Download here)
  4. Social Warfare (Premium or Free Download here)
  5. Thrive Leads (Get it here. This is a premium and a must-have plugin to build your email list).
  6. Monster Insights for WordPress (Download here)

Creating content, doing blog promotion, and growing your blog audience

After successfully setting up your blog, your main priorities will be to create quality content on a consistent basis, promoting content, and to grow your audience.

Now, this is much easier said than done and will take up an enormous amount of your time. But if you're motivated and organized you can succeed.

You can use my Ultimate Pro Blog Planner Workbook to help you get organized. It will set you back just $13 but will definitely help you make tracks with your blog.

In addition, do check out the following useful blog posts.

  1. How to grow a blog community that rocks (Read the post)
  2. Digital marketing ideas to grow your blogging business. (Read the post)
  3. How to build an email list with Thrive Leads (Read the post)

Monetizing your blog

For blogging to become a profitable business model, you first need to learn how to monetize your blog the right way.

Throwing up a bunch of banners or plaguing your content with affiliate links are not the smartest ways to monetize your blog. Sure, you might make a few bucks here and there, but if you want to make a full-time living from blogging, you've got to broaden your mind.

Here are some ideas that you might want to consider when monetizing your blog -

  • Create your own info-based products such as an online course or eBook.
  • Review various products and services relevant to your niche.
  • Provide services such as coaching, consulting, copywriting, etc.
  • Sell advertising space on your blog.

Learning to become a super-smart blogger

Blogging is a lifetime commitment, so if you're starting now, just be aware that you are in this for life not just for a few months.

I started my blog almost 10 years ago now, and I'm still very much in love with it as I was when I started. So, be sure you have the right amount of love, passion, and intent you need to succeed.

Here are some of the best posts on Magnet4Blogging to help you become a super-smart blogger.

  1. 18 Awesome Books Every Blogger Should Read (Read post)
  2. 23 Smart Bloggers Reveal Their Most Effective Blog Post Promotion Strategy (Read post)
  3. 30 Ways To Make 2019 Your Best Blogging Year (Read post)
  4. Don't Be A Quitter: Why Bloggers Quit And How Not To Become Another Statistic (Read post)
  5. How To Become An Influential Blogger (Read post)
  6. Surviving The First Month Of Blogging: 7 Steps To Building A Solid Foundation (Read post)
  7. 13 Awesome Tools For Managing Your Blog Like A Pro (Read post)

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Fabrizio Van Marciano (Founder of Magnet4Blogging)

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