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Fast Start Blogging Success

Today I wanted to present my own personal plan for Blogging Success – a plan that could be followed and executed in as little as 30 days and one that, new, intermediate and even experienced bloggers can get value out of it. This is pretty well the complete system I used to create IncomeDiary.com.

My Blogging eCourse has helped 1000’s get online and become bloggers but with this 30 Day Plan I wanted to create something that will help the newbie blogger follow on from the eCourse while also acting as a reminder to all us experienced bloggers.

Special Note: I am calling this a 30 Day Plan and all the steps can be completed in 30 days – but of course if your preference is to take things slower and take longer over it, that is possible also.

My Goal here is to help as many people as possible make their first dollars online in 30 Days or less and remember:

The longer you’re not taking action, the more money you’re losing

I should also say that the ORDER of Tasks is only a suggestion – this is the order that I would suggest but if you are an experienced blogger you may well have accomplished some of the days tasks already.

Additionally this is a post I intend to update on a regular basis. I might even create a book out of this post at some later date. You will note that with some topics I have gone into more detail than others, simply because I had not covered those topics in much detail before. My main goal here is to go beyond what appears on the Blogging eCourse so topics covered on the eCourse will get for the moment slightly less attention here.

I also encourage you to keep with The Plan – for some of you there will be a lot of new material here, stuff you have never come across before even, but a curious mind is a great help with learning and the more you learn about blogging, the more you will make online

This has been a great post to put together, a sort of MASSIVE TOP LIST in some ways. Please don’t be overawed with the amount of tasks – the important thing is to complete the tasks and even if it took you 30 weeks rather than 30 days you will ultimately be a far better blogger for it.

Also in particular note my Day 17 Contest and my offer to all of you who comment on this post before 15th June 2010.

I am also fully aware that sometimes new bloggers think they cannot replicate my success or that of other Pro-Bloggers – but really it is never to late to start. Indeed in some ways today is a better time to start than ever because there is more help available than ever and also remember what I have done with IncomeDiary.com has been accomplished in just over 12 months. Oh, and at the risk of repeating myself – if a 21 year old, dyslexic, college dropout like me can do it — why not you?

UPDATE: Since creating this post, 1000’s of people have taken part and enjoyed the guide, however so people have asked for more. I highly recommend you check out Become a Blogger which has all the tutorials and videos you will need to set up your blog, monetize it and then drive traffic to it. The program was created by Yaro Starak and Gideon Shalwick who I both know and was able to organize a $1 trial for all IncomeDiary readers so that you can try it with practically no risk!

Let me know your thought and comments on this post — and of course your questions about any specific days task. As I said, I will be expanding on this post so your feedback will be a huge help in that respect.

To Our Success

Michael

PS: Before you start, you may want to briefly read my Blogging Start Up Mistakes.

Blog Your Way To Success – 30 Day Plan

Day 1: Getting Your Blog Online

It’s real simple, all you need to do to get your blog online is to buy your domain name, your web hosting, connect them together and then install your blog. If you have not already done so – you should also get my 7 Day Blogging eCourse

I personally recommend you:

Buy your domain from GoDaddy for $8.99/year and you can receive a 10% discount when you use the coupon code: cjcsave10

Buy your webhosting from HostGator for $4.99/month and you can get your first month for 1cent when you use the coupon code: Retireat21

Once you have done this, login to your GoDaddy account and update your nameservers with the ones HostGator gives you. After this all you need to do is the 10 second WordPress install from your hosting CPanel – as detailed in this Post

Day 2: Editing Your Theme Preferences

Once you have installed your blog you need to choose and install your theme. I personally use and highly recommend ThemeForest. Choose the theme of your choice and then to install it, log in to your WordPress Admin and on the sidebar you should see a tab called appearance, then click Add New Theme. Once there, go to the top and click Upload, find your theme file and click Install Now. To set it as your theme, go to Themes and activate it.

If like me you’re using ThemeForest then you should now see a button at the bottom of the Admin sidebar with the name of your Theme. Here you are able to play around with all the options of your theme, add advertisers, choose the size of images, featured posts and more. As well as this, you need to go to the Widgets page which is also under Appearance and drag the widgets you want to use for your blog.

Another thing I suggest you do is go down to settings and click discussion and tick the box, Enable threaded comments – this will allow readers to reply to specific comments. Another way to improve the look of your comments is to have a picture of you next to your comment, you can see that I do this on my blog. Most themes come with this already installed, however every user has to set their picture themselves at Gravatar. Once you have set it up, it will update all past comments on every blog with your picture and will include it in any future ones.

Day 3: Customizing Your Blog Design

I have used dozens of designers in the past, a lot come and go and it can be really hard to keep just one. However for those of you who don’t know where to get designers, here’s what I would do.

I would start by visiting TalkFreelance, which is a design forum, they have a few good designers looking for work, click here to see those people. If that didn’t work, I would try other forums such as Sitepoint, Digitalpoint and WarriorForum.

If it was just a header or logo change I needed, I would probably opt for a design competition, either at http://99designs.com or http://logomyway.com where you can sometimes get over 500 entries for your contest.

Day 4: Adding Logos, Favicons and further customizing your theme

OK, so you have had a designer create a logo for you or you have made one yourself. If you are using ThemeForest then this next bit is quite easy. Just click on the name of your theme in the LH menu of your Admin area and you should see [Theme] Options. The screenshot below is from my RetireAt21.com site where I use the the Sahifa theme from ThemeForest.

Editing a ThemeForest theme to add Logo etc

This is H1 Heading

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This is H2 Heading

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This is H3 Heading

Initially I suggest you just do a dummy post and play around with it – trying different styles and previewing it to see what you like. The great thing about WordPress is that you can save a draft and preview your changes

Note: I am only going into the simplest of stuff here – but it will I hope inspire you to find out more. (To be curious and learn even more)

If you fancy becoming a bit of an HTML Nerd (not essential) they you will find lots of simple code you can use on this Cheat Sheet

Also check out my Blog Post here for some of the more advanced styling options you may like to consider adding to your blog down the line:

http://www.incomediary.com/make-your-blog-stand-out-from-the-crowd

Day 8: No Leakage Rule

This is something I speak about a lot, in particular in one of my most recent posts ( http://www.incomediary.com/how-i-made-5000-in-the-first-month-with-a-brand-new-blog ). In simple terms, you don’t link out of your site unless it a commission earning link. i.e – you don’t have a blogroll, you have no advertisers and when you do link to someone, it should be an affiliate link. You then focus on funneling them to the pages that convert highest for you such as your squeeze page/optin box and affiliate posts, this way they either clicked to close their browser or they make you money.

Typically when you link to someone else, such as your advertisers and “friends/blogroll” they are competitors.

OK, I am simplifying things a lot here. I am not a fan of selling advertising on this site because when I do that I am accepting a ‘guaranteed’ but relatively low amount from an advertiser when if I did my job correctly I could earn far more on an affiliate commission offer.

That said, as I will mention later you may wish to consider selling advertising (as I do on RetireAt21.com) – but I personally think it limits your earning potential.

Day 9: Finding Affiliate Programs That Work

There are 1000’s of make money online products that I could promote but to make any money from it you have to pick a product that offers great value and converts well. Firstly I wouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket, I would choose at least two, preferably one low price point of around $30 and one higher at around $200.

There isn’t any sole place to find products, my top tip is to find products you like and then visit there site and scroll to the bottom, and usually they will have a link saying affiliates with details on how you promote them. A lot of the products I promote come from ClickBank and Commission Junction (CJ) which is basically a marketplace of affiliate programs.

So once you find your product, what makes it convert well? If we knew that, we would all be a lot more well of, however from my experience this is what works for me:

  • $1 Trial Offers
  • New Products – being the first to promote a new product or service gives you a HUGE advantage.
  • A well known brand – most people in America have heard of the GoDaddy adverts, because of that, they by far out pull any other domain registrar I promote.
  • The Best Product – I promote loads of theme companies but ThemeForest  converts the best because they are simply the best.
  • Proof It Works – When it comes to the eBooks I promote, the sales page with a real bank cheque in completely destroys the other sales pages.

These days before promoting any offer I always check out the Sales Page – I have come across some great products with lousy sales pages that have ended up earning me very little. Ask yourself – would this sales page convince me? If it doesn’t convince you then it is unlikely it will convince your readers.

Day 10: Creating Your First Affiliate Post

Affiliate posts are really just like this one, you provide great information on something and at the same endorse a product that you use and know that works. A lot of my income these days comes from blog posts that were created months ago. When you first start out you may not see much point in doing a promotion just to make a few bucks here and there – but I promise you after not too long at all, these amounts add up!

Today I want you to create a post with Affiliate links. Here is how I did mine:

  1. Find a product you are promoting that out performs anything else, in my case it’s Market Me Tweet which allows users to easily build a HUGE twitter following.
  2. Write a post on how you use the product to benefit you.
  3. Softly promote the product and give alternatives, this way if they don’t buy the one you suggest, hopefully they will go for another you mention instead of going else where to find one.
  4. Keep referring back to this post when ever someone asks you about Twitter or when you mention Twitter in another post.

I bet you didn’t think it was that simple? It really is, so many people think there is some secret to making money blogging but all you have to do is monetize value.

Day 11: Adding Recommended Products / Becoming an Affiliate

OK this is related to Day 9, but I thought I’d include some additional resources, especially if you are struggling to find affiliate offers to promote.

You know I am amazed the number of people who have started a blog with the idea of making money from it – without fully researching just how they are going to make that money.

Don’t start a blog for fun and profit (as opposed to a fun only blog) unless you have first considered how you will monetize the site.

I cannot possibly know everyone’s Niche but I am going to make a few suggestions that will at the very least get most people started with affiliate marketing.

Clickbank.com

Amazon.com

Ebay.com

Google Adsense

I like Clickbank a lot because the commissions are decent — 50% in normal and even 75% is possible. Additionally you can create your own product to sell on Clickbank and have the Clickbank army of affiliates promote for you.

Note — the only one I give serious consideration to these days is CLICKBANK but if you are in a Niche where you get a large number of visitors but are finding it difficult to monetize the GOOGLE ADSENSE is well worth considering

Of course it is much better if you have your own unique product to offer or you can find more specific offers for your niche. The more specific the offer the better the conversion, so it is worth while searching out some Special Products to recommend.

Another Note: Only promote products you believe in and would genuinely buy yourself. I regularly turn down affiliate offers just because I don’t like the product being offered.

Day 12: Add An Advertising Spot To Your Blog

Most of the time I like to promote affiliate products because I have a better opportunity of making more money, however sometimes it’s good to have guaranteed money. All ThemeForest themes come complete with an advert manager that makes it easy to add/edit/delete advertisers. I suggest that until you find paying advertisers, you promote affiliate products in these Ad Spots and leave one spot for a banner saying Advertise Here. You can see an example of how I do this at RetireAt21.com (Of course it is better still if you are sold out and don’t need to have an “Advertise Here’ banner displaying.

Advertise Now – RetireAt21.com

2) Make your website interactive – encourage comments, have competitions, polls etc

3) Have and ANGLE and be YOURSELF – add personality to your website by being authentic and genuine and caring. OK, for some of us we may have to ‘exaggerate’

Today we don’t have to be PERFECT in order to be considered an AUTHORITY or a GURU — I actually make a big point of some of my limitations and it appears people like what I say all the more for it.

I present myself as being a:

Dyslexic,Young Entrepreneur, Internet Marketer, Adventurer and Blogger who invites you to start making an additional income online today, full-time or part-time

Day 27: Connecting With Readers

Readers like to feel special! They like to be recognized and remembered. When I visited Gary Vaynerchuk in New York he showed me that when people commented on his blog, he would sometimes personally reply to their comment via email, thanking them for reading and reached out to them. Gary is also very good I have discovered in responding to comments in other blog posts that feature him.

To be honest – I don’t know were he gets the time – but then he hustles more than just about anyone else I know.

You can bet your dollar that if you had that experience with the author of a great blog that you would return often and would make sure to comment again.

We don’t always get the time to respond and I struggle myself from time to time, but responding to blog comments is one of the best ways I have found to connect more directly with my readership.

Day 28: Connecting With Other Bloggers

Not sure why this appears as a Day 28 task – because frankly it is so easy to do.

Many bloggers live a lonely existence working at home – but online I find most of them are very sociable, welcoming email and interaction.

We have already mentioned interviews. That is my favorite way to connect with bloggers I don’t already know in person.

Even just dropping an email to say ‘Hi, I enjoyed your site’ along with a quick comment is a nice way to start the conversation going. But please don’t draft up some ‘standard email’ that you shoot of to everyone – it is so obvious and I get them all the time (and they get deleted) – make your email stand out. Use clever subject lines (‘Hi’ is not a clever subject line). Explain what you liked about their site.

You can later follow up with an interview request if you wish. But first concentrate on building a relationship.

Chances are very high that is you interview someone they will blog about it or they will Re-Tweet about it. Or if you have become friends they will mention you in posts, link to your content (and you vice versa)

If you have a product to sell then they chances are good you can JV together / they can become an affiliate for you (and again vice versa)

TOP TIPS:

a) Sometimes people at the very top of their niche are difficult to connect with directly (harder for them to see what is in it for them) An alternative approach is to just write and say how much you enjoy their work and ask if there is anyway you can assist them? (Explain your talents, how you are just getting started etc)

And if it is practical for you – there is always the option of offering to work for free – just so you can learn and develop your own skills

b) Don’t forget FORUMS – great place to connect with other website owners and bloggers. Forums are also great places for getting ideas for future blog posts etc

Day 29: Perform Blog Testing

Testing is vital to the success I have had. When I first started online I admit I didn’t give it much thought but these days I am always looking for ways to tweak things.

It is such a huge subject and again one I will return to that for now I am just going to give you a couple of resources to check out

a) CrazyEgg.com – This is my friend Neil Patel’s website and it offers a very simple and easy way to find out where people click. Check out a Demo here — https://www.crazyegg.com/demo#overlay

If you know where people click then you are better placed to decide where to place your most valuable content / opt-ins

b) Install Google Analytics

Google Analytics gives you rich insights into your website traffic and marketing effectiveness.

Testing is vital to the success I have had, before testing I wasn’t making half of what I make today.

Day 30: Edit Your Blog Depending On The Results From Testing

If you are using products like Google Analytics and CrazyEgg.com you will have discovered lots of information about your blog which will allow you improve it even further.

To give you a quick example I noticed recently in Google Analytics that I was appearing on the second page of Google search results for a fairly decent keyword and knowing what I know about SEO and using All in One SEO PackI have tweaked my TITLE Tag so that I can further on my search result. (Not yet on page 1 but I am hopeful)

Below is an excellent video which compliments the last two days in particular. Testing can appear boring and it can even be quite frustrating at times – but it is what separates the amateurs from the professionals in my opinion.

Blogging can be as simple or as complicated as you wish to make it. Much of what I have explained over these 30 tasks will appear complicated to some but I should emphasis that thanks to the power of WORDPRESS as long as you are a decent writer and have worthwhile information to share there is an excellent chance you can achieve much success without even implementing 50% of what I have explained here.

That said – clearly somethings are more important than others so I will leave you with some homework – 5 Topics that will make a huge difference to your online success:

Top Lists, Twitter, Search Engine Optimisation (Especially your choice of Title Tag), Installing Google Analytics and Interviews

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Leave a Comment / Read Comments

  • http://www.webuildyourblog.com/ Andrew @ Blogging Guide

    You always amaze me, Michael with the effort and advice you put into your blog posts.

    And this one is exceptional.

    A few things I would add (apologies if you already mention them):

    1. Anti-spam/ Security. Improve your blogs security by adding the Login Lockdown and Akismet anti-spamming comments plugins. And change your login username from ‘Admin’ to something else. So many people are being hacked at the moment.

    2. Add disclaimer, privacy policy and affiliate disclaimer pages – will make you more credible.

    3. Keyword research. I would do my keyword research, day 1 – so my blog is initially set-up with the keywords I am targeting.

    4. Permalinks. Change your permalinks from the default structure to something like: /%post_id%/%postname%/

    5. Create a free giveaway to build your list.

    6. Get yourself a Gravatar so when you comment you picture is displayed.

    All the above sites will be updated when you publish a blog post.

    Hope that helps.

    Andrew

    • Michael

      Hey Andrew,

      All but 3 is up there, I have never done Keyword research, I don’t find it being to necessary, just use your common sense in what people will be looking for.

      As least that’s how I look at it.

      Michael

      • Tiffany

        Very interesting. Just yesterday I was reading about keyword search and what you need to look for and long tail keywords. It was confusing and just way too much. Glad to know you don’t use it. I actually found you searching for online female entrepreneurs or something like that.

        I’ve been following you ever since and look forward to each email. I always feel like you’re talking directly to me. You’re such an inspiration. My main business is online service based, however I’m looking to branch out and start making passive income as well. It’s taken me a while to figure out my niche and what I like best. However, I’ve finally got it after much brainstorming. I know today’s post will definitely help in making my blog even better as it’s currently in the development stage.

        Keep up the great work!

        • Michael

          Hello Tiffany,

          It is confusing doing all of that, search engines bring me 50% of my traffic and I haven’t ever done any real search engine optimization or research. Just work on providing value and the traffic comes.

          Top 30 Female Entrepreneurs post you probably found ;-) Glad I have been able to inspire you, keep up the good work and let us know how you get on with your blog.

          Michael

      • Tom@Trout Fishing Information

        WOW – No real seo research etc…

        I have been bombarded with everything I have read to spend hours and hours on this and I have done and followed all steps for a ‘Niche Market’ and still can’t seem to get to top 3 pages of Google although i am on page 4 for a post and keyword that isn’t optimised for that particlular keyword phrase – wierd…!

        But then, do you do, or did you do tons and tons of backlinking to get traffic, which again seems to be what I need to do much more of as I really am not getting subscribers, or one every so often (month).

        Is it sending article after article to directories and having to create many many alternatives to the same article all around the internet etc, as I am running out of ideas with this so called niche I’ve chosen from some that should do well, from Niche Profit Classroom (Adam Short’s company)

        You make it seem so easy – how come so many get very little progress over so long a time and effort?

        Many thanks
        Tom

  • S Ahsan

    you keep impressing me with your awesome posts bro.. i was busy with my ppc and cpa but your post has brought me back to blogging :), this post is worth bookmarking.. cheers

    PS: the new look is superb…

    • Michael

      Thanks man, glad you like everything :)

      Michael

  • http://www.InternetMarketingThrust.com Ken

    Great advice Michael. Thanks.

  • ivan

    Thank you, this is jut awesome!

  • BloggerSpeed

    This is the most complete post to make a super blog. I perfectly love it Michael :-) Right now, I am starting my new blog on http://shortive.com/ I’ll follow your guide to make it really success. Thanks again for making it so comprehensive LOL Tweet it!

  • http://www.BlogBriefing.com Clive at BlogBriefing.com

    Excellent, well thought out list. Great for me to do a ‘stand back and think for a minute’ review/overview of my own sites and how I could do better. The testing, tracking and analysis is my weak point I admit!

  • http://ramalhowebblog.blogspot.com Ramalho

    Hi WEB Family,

    Awesome content & very useful. I´ll follow your experience but let me emigrate to wordpress.

    Thanks for sharing Michael

  • http://technshare.com Dev @ Blogging Tips

    Another Awesome Post .. as usual. You are doing really awesome job.
    These is really killer guide and what about 404page?

    Thanks for sharing this great post Michael.
    Btw. Now incomediary is looking stunning :D !!

    Thanks,
    Dev

    • Michael

      Hello Dev,

      When it comes to 404, have one of course but the best thing to do is just not have any broken links, to find broken links use:

      http://validator.w3.org/checklink

      Michael

  • http://sarugu.com Albert

    Wow… All you have explained in simple steps…
    New bloggers must follow this method. Also the old lazy bloggers like me… :)

  • http://www.planetfruitbat.com Adam

    This is a cool and thorough post. I have the ebook version of your 7 day ecourse which I have been going through again recently and this is the perfect accompaniment. You have recently become my ‘go to’ guy in this area and I will be referring back to your work as I progress in my blogging activities.

    Cheers

    Adam

    • Michael

      Hey Adam,

      That’s great to hear :) I hope you enjoy the course and glad to know I’m your go to guy.

      Michael

  • http://Millionaireat24.com Aaron Darko

    You said all you have to do is monetise value!

    That is all you have to do. For my site I have learnt off you and it is doing well. People just need to implemenet everything you say because I am proof that it works!

    Nice clean eye catching site, should increase your conversions a lot more.

    Having a unique angle is KEY. Everyone is different and indeed unique so people need to share their personality more on their sites to attract more people. People love Reality – thats why reality TV is such a hit. So just be YOU and provide the best value you possibly can.

    Keep up the good work buddy!

    • Michael

      Hey Aaron,

      Your a great student, keep up the good work and I hope to see big things from you in the coming months.

      Michael

    • http://www.my-bits-n-pieces.blogspot.com Helen

      Hey.. wow you have a great blog.. and to think about it, you only started it recently!
      Good content, you got some great interviews going!
      Just a quick question,what are these forums that you mentioned where you met all these Internet marketers? Are there any forums like that in the UK or Europe or are they all in the USA??? :) Thanks

  • Mark Sherris

    Great post Michael!

    Didn’t expect to see my email in this post lol! – but it’s all good! – And yeah I’m glad I did take action, I’m already gettin some decent traffic to my site: http://lovemoneyhatework.com

    Looking forward to more posts from you! :-)

  • http://www.my-bits-n-pieces.blogspot.com Helen

    An awesome post!
    I have been following your blog IncomeDiary for over a year now I think and honestly have not really gotten down to really taking any action. every post I read of yours from time to time is so inspirational. After each post I have this “I shall do this now” but somehow this motivation dies down with all the day to day work I got… :(
    Nevertheless – I keep coming back and reading…
    Now I got this motivation again. Just a little question. I have recently bought a new domain and design and am hosting on WordPress. I have encountered a problem, I have used blogger before and could always change any of my html code of the site design, but I can’t seem to find how to do that in WordPress?
    I would really appreciate it if you could give a little advice. Where on wordpress do I do that? do I have to go to my ftp on Godaddy of is it in the admin panel?
    Thanks so much and I keep looking forward to more great posts!
    Also when I comment on your site, how do I get my picture on the side like everyone next to my comment? :)
    Thanks

    • Michael

      Hello Helen,

      Firstly, to get your picture showing up, you need – http://en.gravatar.com/

      It’s great to hear you have been following my site from the start, not so good to hear you haven’t taken much action yet, why do you think that is?

      To edit your theme, login to your WordPress admin and on the left side find Appearance > Editor.

      Michael

      • http://www.my-bits-n-pieces.blogspot.com Helen

        Thanks, wow you are so quick at replying! :)
        I got my Gravatar up and running, acted on this one at least..
        Honestly I just keep postponing it as I seem to find excuses that I will get down to doing it later. And another reason is still not able to find the right niche for me.
        Have bought I think all the possible ebooks you suggested, and honestly have managed to read through half only…
        Now that I know how to change things in the HTML code I can finally fix things in my design and get back to blogging.
        Thank you so much once again and I just hope that this time my motivation lasts/remains after I close your blog!
        Helen

  • David Coleman

    Michael,

    Wow! Thank you for the very thorough plan and advice. The sharing of your expertise is much appreciated!

  • brian mcgee

    Hi Michael,

    Thank you for the fantastic and most generous content. once again you over deliver
    for your readers. I do enjoy reading your blog posts and take inspiration from them as i hope to set up a wordpress blog soon.

    once again many thanks

  • http://fatburningdietsandworkouts.com Joe

    Hi Micheal,

    I have just recently found your site and am I glad I did. I have a number of blogs going mostly blogger but am going to switch some to wordpress. They haven’t been very successful but I am learning so much from you I didn’t know.

    My head is swimming right now (in a good way) but I just wanted to say thank you for all the great information.

    Thanks Again Joe

    • Michael

      Hey Joe,

      Get away from Blogger ASAP! Self hosted WordPress is the way to go.

      Glad you got a lot from the post, let us know how you do.

      Michael

  • ryan

    Michael,
    keep on good work

  • http://artcar.blogspot.com/ Costas Schuler

    Hi Michael,

    Your advise is like rocket fuel to anyone who wants to take their blog to the next level.

  • Asif

    Great Post bro, I usually skip this long content, but this post made me read all of in one day only. I have been doing all the things but if anyone asks me i will never be able to explain this much to him, this probably would have take a day or two to write the whole post. Well I need to read more content as I have opened 7 tabs from this post alone. :)

    • Michael

      Haha :) good to hear it’s helping :) I linked to some great sites in this post.

      Michael

  • http://www.iamdesigning.com Ramamoorthi

    Thanks for the Beautiful post Michael!!!

    The New Look for the site is too good, you are one of my inspirations :)

  • Michael

    Michael,

    Another great post. I also wanted to let you know that GoDaddy is running a promo for domain names at only $6.89 before the registrar raises prices for .com’s and .net’s.

  • David Walker

    Hi Michael,

    What a great post! If ever there was a piece of “pillar content” then this is it.

    This must have taken you ages to put together so I commend you on your effort.

    There are going to be a lot of readers who will benefit from this.

    David

  • http://techinfocus.blogspot.com Manikandan

    Hi Michael

    Its really a great tips which I have ever seen. Its very useful for Newbies. Congrats n Cheers :)

  • http://www.jamesdeerdesign.com James Deer

    Great post Michael, quite a few things we can take on board for Shop Pulse’s blog :)

  • http://fatburningdietsandworkouts.com Joe

    Hi again Micheal,

    Quick question in resonse to my moving my blogger blogs to wordpress as I mentioned before should they all have a seperate domain? Or can I run them as a sub domain on the web sites I have up Now?

    Thanks again Joe

    • Michael

      Hey Joe,

      Depends, if all the blogs are similar then sure I would do that, keep them as one site. But if they are different, you will want to have multiple domains.

      Let us know how you get on,

      Michael

  • Brendan

    Hello Michael,

    I am enjoying your content and site alot, this post is very helpful for us people who are beginning to take our first baby steps online, I am very much looking forward to the start of my journey, thanks for inspiring me.

  • Luke Etheridge

    Michael, Michael, Michael, what can I say!?

    Really inspirational, clear and concise blog post which acts as the PERFECT aid for anyone intending to make money from blogging.

    I especially liked where you mentioned something like blogging should not be a hobby and with that view you will not make money blogging – I completely agree. What you should be doing is building a business with your blog and in that sense you really need to set tasks like you would if you were to build an offline business.

    Although I pretty much knew a lot of the stuff in this post as I’m sure others will agree, it gets scattered in your brain and some little bits of advice can get lost forever. This puts it all in a very easy to read list which I predict is going to play a massive part in many beginner bloggers lives for many years to come.

    Sorry for the massively long comment mate but you deserve my time in doing so – 36 comments and 19 tweets afer just one day! Well done bud and to our continued success.

    Luke

    PS. Should meet up again soon if your about?

    • Michael

      Hey Luke,

      Thanks very much for the comment, glad you liked the post.

      I was thinking… I got tickets for paint balling and was going to put a young internet marketing group together one weekend so that we could all go then have a networking session after. Let me know what you think.

      To our continued success,

      Mike

  • Jessica

    Wow, just consumed that all at one go and my head’s spinning.

    Already jotted down key ideas I’ll be using to get my blog up and running. Thanks!

  • http://ultimatelifestyleproject.com Lara Jane | Ultimate Lifestyle Project

    Brilliant Michael – many thanks for all of these tips!

  • Michael C Davies

    Man, talk about over delivering. You really laid it all out there.

    I am going to work on this even if it takes me 30 weeks to complete this. Actually I’m gonna challenge myself to do all of these steps each day.

    And I just bookmarked this page :-)

    Thanks Michael

    • Michael

      That’s great to hear Michael, I love to over deliver, that’s the only way I can out do all the other sites ;-)

      Michael

  • Fazreen

    Hi Michael. I have read this post twice..first, I read through then second I read and jotted down some points..This post sure will be my guide.

    I think I should work more on my blog. I have email list but I don’t use it much to make me money. I just play around with the blog. After reading this post, I think I should move on to the real business just like you did.

    By the way, your blog redesign look awesome. Can I design my blog just like you did? :)

  • http://sarugu.com Albert

    Another important thing you missed here. Blog author must always reply and response to the visitors comments just like you… :)

    • Michael

      Haha ;-) I don’t think it’s vital because only a very small % of people comment but it’s definitely something to consider if you want to build a relationship with your readers and offer even more value then other blogs.

      If people have questions, answer them or they will go someone else and perhaps they will become their “go to” guy.

      Michael

      • http://sarugu.com Albert

        Hi Michael,

        Thanks for your reply. By replying readers questions in blog comments, I got more and more readers in my another blog. And they are fan in my Social Networks too.

        Also I put “Top Commentators” plugin to attract bloggers.

        • Michael

          Hello Albert,

          Only problem with that is the no leakage rule.. your readers will then be seeing there websites and perhaps going there instead of your site.

          Michael

          • http://sarugu.com Albert

            Yes.. You point is correct. I have to re-consider this method.

  • http://www.digitaleya.com Joel

    I’ve been searching the internet to help me on my blog. I’m just a new blogger I found several website that gives steps on starting a new blog. But yours is what I can say an honest to goodness post.

    Thank you so much for sharing this.

    I wish I could be successful as you on blogging.

  • sefcug

    Just found this through the delicious start page and have read all the way through.
    Excellent information.!

    I am currently working on setting up my own domain and intend to have a blog for the SIG (Special Interest Group) I am starting for the computer user group I belong to. I will be using this post to help me get up and going.

    I do work full time, so it might be a little while, and I won’t be posting all that often, but I think it will be a big improvement over the Blogger and Posterous blogs I currently have.

  • http://www.my-bits-n-pieces.blogspot.com Helen

    hey Michael,
    I just had another very quick question. Please tell me if I was to start making a list using the aweber program that you refer to. Would I have to first start the trial and then work on getting my traffic or should I have a certain traffic to my blog already and then only start the subscription?
    Look forward to your response. Thanks so much

    • Michael

      Hello Helen,

      From day one you should be using Aweber, all gurus and big webmasters say, there biggest mistake was not building there list quick enough.

      Sign up for there $1 trial and start using it straight away.

      Michael

      PS. Today’s post will help you with your list.

      • http://www.my-bits-n-pieces.blogspot.com Helen

        Thanks, I will be looking forward to reading it. :)

  • http://agentdeepak.com/ Agent Deepak | Blogging, Marketing & Success

    Nice Guide on Blogging.

  • http://www.mikeroosa.com Mike Roosa

    Very impressed by all the information covered here. I just recently started my blog so I need to go back through and see what step I need to do. Thanks.

    • Michael

      Good luck Mike and I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

      Michael

  • http://kenneyyoung.com Kenney

    Thanx a bunch Micheal…I always enjoy your posts…I enjoyed your 7 day course & I like this one as well…I look forward to your next email…Kenney

    http://my-you-tube.com

  • Dave

    I like very much the new design ( its from Woo Themes ? ) , and I think this post is one of the best post about blogging because its very practical . I have a question, if you would like to share with us this, on average how much time you work at this blog every day ?

  • Anthony

    Thanks Michael, lots of great information and I see a whole lot of things that I can change path on straightaway – or at least, one each day. :)
    You’re an inspiration on “giving if you want to receive, as well.

    Keep being Uncommon!

    Anthony

  • Faiz Ahmed

    Nice work Micheal, I have query regarding Themes. Is it necessary to buy such expensive themes is there any cheap alternative?

  • b2mfnk

    Michael,

    Your blog is awesome. I wish some of your dead links for fixed. I’ve been trying to access the page for where your team handles blog development.

    The links are avaiable on your homepage and “get started” section but aren’t working.

    It be great if you could post the url. Or send me more the info…

    Thanks

  • simple

    Thank you very much Michael, Im going to start step by step what you had presented to created a new blog soon. Thanks. Trang.

  • Roland

    Hi,

    Would just like to thank you for all the amazing and helpful content on the site, it’s specially helpful to people like me who are just starting out. And signing up to your mailing list was the best thing to get the ball rolling, blogging feels like a hobby to me. I can’t wait to add more post to my blog!

    Cheers
    And keep up the good work!

  • http://www.websitebegin.com Joe Boyle

    Michael, I just don’t get it. You created a GREAT 30 day plan, but why do you have to wait multiple days to do each thing? Time is the enemy. You could do everything you listed in less then 15 days if you didn’t do 1 thing each day. It’s like working at a tire factory – should you make one tire a day, or 500 tires a day?

  • Willy Spires

    Thanks for the great post. This gave me some Ideas for my own blog(s). This post gives me an outline that will keep my thoughts and time structured and not so confusing.

  • http://www.stopblushinginpublic.com sofia

    Great indept post Michael.

    Looking at some products at Clickbank re blogging and what they offer, I am more than sure the book you want to write will be a success and sell more than them.

    So, let us know when you will put it on sale and I will definitely get a copy.

    thanks

    sofia

  • David Stillwagon

    As always a very informative post. I will have to look at buying the ebook.

  • marvinCspw

    It´s a nice post.
    Thanks for sharing me, Your experience of the ultimate business blogging guide.
    Sound great for implement this tool and rules. I´m sure we can get to the and of your 30 days plan.

  • fauzi van Java

    Nice Posting Mike, i would say thank’s to you,
    you’re inspiring people…………