He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor.

(Proverbs 21:21 NASB)

10 Tips for Starting a New Blog

I have put a lot of thought into what I've learned my first year of blogging. I've put together a list of things that are not only important to know, but some of them are things I wish I would have known from day one. I wish I had known a few things or had someone to guide me more.

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The New Threat to Your Blog: Tutorial on Creating a Blog Button

Simply Stacie has recently been having blog and hosting problems. You can read her posts:

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Blogelina is Growing!

Blogelina's Online Rewards Community

 

These are all great classes and the community is starting to get busy.

If you've ever wanted to start a blog or your ready to move to wordpress, check out these great deals!

 

 

 

Blogging for Beginners

 

Last I knew hosting is with Go Daddy

I can recommend them as very easy to work with.

They can't do it for you, but they can "talk" you through a lot of things that come up being a self hosted blog.

 

 

Profittable Blogging for Beginners

 

Very few people want to have a website and not make a little cash.

The Profitable Blogging gives you some ground floor ways to get started.

 

 

 

Sometimes you just need a little help.

I've heard good things about this service.

I moved my own blog without the benefit of a guidebook.

I've heard it has some really good resources.

 

 

 

Come on over! Join the Discussions.     Blogelina Online Reward Community

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I Have Been Sooo Happy with My WordPress Move

Moving to WordPress was the best thing I could have done. I am so much happier with my blog. All areas important to a blogger have been positive and greatly improved.

  • traffic
  • down time
  • google search results
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Two Great Giveaways Ending Saturday!!

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Blogelina has been running Weekly and Monthly giveaways.

The month of April has been the iPad and $100 giveaway.

Email Subscribers are getting a chance to win $100.

If you aren't already a subscriber, You Are Missing Out!

She sends out a newsletter about once a week, occasionally an extra one floats in with something great like this!

She also holds 2 online classes:

Profittable Blogging for Beginners & 101 Basic Blogging for Beginners.

Each offers:

A Class Manual

Reasonably Priced $5 and $10 respectively

Free webhosting (an $84 value)

If you can't make the class held from 9-10pm eastern, you get notes and the ability to skim through the postings from the class.

I have taken the Profittable Blogging for Beginners Class, It is Well Worth It!!

If you want you can also be an affiliate, I joined the Blogelina Team. Affiliates get extra entries into the giveaway when someone joins the class. You do not have to join the class to be an affiliate.

The affiliate with the most referrals gets the iPad. Will you help me out?

So, skoot on over to Blogelina.com and enter the $100 giveaway by signing up for the newsletter.

Oh! If you don't have a blog, you can enter anyway! Sign up for the Newsletter!!

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A Giveaway You Don’t Want To Miss!

In April, Blogelina has two great giveaways going on:

One newsletter subscriber will WIN $100!

That's right - $100 to do whatever you want with! If you're already a newsletter subscriber, be sure to check out how you can get BONUS entries here. Not sure you're a subscriber? Enter your email address here and you'll find out.

She has Free Blogging Tips and spotlights a blog every week. You can get a chance at that. All her subscribers will see your blog!

 

One Blogelina Affiliate will WIN an Apple iPAD2 (valued at $499)!

 

I am an affiliate, boy it would be nice if you could help me out.

Click on this link  Win an Apple iPad2 to find out about entering the giveaway.

If you would like to be a Blogelina Affiliate you can find out more HERE. What  do you get with your membership?

free entry to the blogging class

free year of web hosting

75% commissions

and the chance to win an iPAD2!

I took the Blogelina class in January. It was great! We had a chat room for 2 hours! If you can't make the class you can go to the class site and read through the messages. She also sends class notes by email, so you won't miss a thing.

I was able to move from Blogger to WordPress and improve my site ranking information. I am happy with my choice. The class is only $5 and you really do get a lot of info in the ebook and chat/class sessions. You can't go wrong with this offer!

The 4-Week Online Class: Profitable Blogging for Beginners

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A Journey From Blogger to WordPress (part 2)

The first part of this series was about purchasing my domain names. HERE

I was so excited, I was one of the "Cool Kids!" Then I met Blogelina, some of you may know her as Tanya. She had a lot of good information on her blog about blogging. Profitable Blogging For Beginners was a workshop she started marketing in January. Although the class was reasonable, $35 at the time, I just couldn't swing it. Later, she offered the class at a much lower price and I jumped on it. With the class each student received a Free Year of Web Hosting through Go Daddy.

This plan is nothing to scoff at either:

Plan: Hosting - Web - Deluxe - Linux - 1 year (recurring)

Disk Space Usage: 0 MB of 150000.00 MB (0%)

Bandwidth Usage: Unlimited

Price per year-- $83.88

I had no idea what I was getting, still don't understand the full scope of it either. It maybe sufficient to say, I can host several domains on this hosting package.

So I got this great deal and someone was going to give me information about how to make money?! I will tell you I have only begun to scratch the surface of the information included in the class.

So, I had to figure out how to use this web hosting to host my blog. I suggest reading through some of these

  1. Once you set up your account, go straight to Join the Go Daddy Community.
  2. Here is the Get Started Guide, Setting Up Your Hosting Account.
    1. While I was getting the url for the link I found this, talk about EASY! Hosting Setup: Now 1 step! This would be so simple!
    2. Once you have the domain set you are ready to install your application. (Wordpress for this article)
  3. Free Applications is were you find WordPress, Joomla, etc.
    1. I had to talk to Tech Support twice to get this all set up.
      1. The first time the install had a problem and requested me to uninstall.
      2. Then I called to find out what to do, I was able to uninstall and start a new install immediately.
    2. I called after it had been 24 hrs, from the new install time, to find out how much longer it was to take.
  4. Once the install is complete, you are ready to get into your wp-admin panel and start blogging.

Something very important, I updated my wordpress application through the WP cPanel. If you do this you can not update on the hosting cPanel.

Once everything is installed and you can start making changes, you will want to choose your theme. I could not afford at this time to get a premium theme. Genesis and Thesis are the "Top" premium themes that I have heard of. You can do some searching on the install theme tab, it is a bit sensitive so I would suggest not using more than one or two search words.

In particular, I used 2 words in the search box.

LET THE FUN BEGIN!!!

Once you have all that set and you can access your WP administrator panel, you will be ready to download WP and prepare to import your blog. This is so easy it is ridiculous! I heard all these horror stories about how difficult it was to import comments and posts. This is the next part of the series.

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A Journey From Blogger to WordPress

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I started my blog with Blogger over a year ago. I still am happy with that decision. As I have mentioned before, I do not regret starting with Blogger. It is an ultra easy platform to learn.

Something I don't think the "pros" factor into their advice is we all don't start out knowing everything about codes, hosting, etc. The platform you start with has to be comfortable. Not unlike your favorite pair of jeans. So, if you are starting out with a bit of a learning curve find a platform that is comfortable and easy to use. Especially if you don't have about a $150-350 just to get online. Preset platforms take out the guess work.

I had an idea, boy haven't we all heard that before? To put my plan into action I needed somewhere to start. To get an opportunity to test the waters and start a Free blog, WOW! Just to be online with the opportunity to have others see what I've written, to most people this is Great! What I am getting to here, we all have started blogs with an idea, dream, etc in mind. What happens if it doesn't work? Can you afford to lose a couple of hundred dollars? I couldn't.

For Christmas, I purchased my domain name from Blogger. I decided that I was going to treat myself for my one year blogoversary. When I looked at some of the options, Blogger was the best deal, again! The option to purchase a domain name is in the Settings/Publish  tab when you are in your dashboard.

These are the options you receive from Blogger with your purchase:

  1. One year domain registration for $10
  2. Private domain registration to protect against spam at no extra cost
  3. Full DNS control and domain mangagement
  4. Automatically configured to work with Google services
  5. Email, calendar, instant messaging, web pages and more also at no extra charge
Now that said, somethings to know and think about:
  1. The purchase price and extras were worth it for me. If I had purchased these from GoDaddy it would have cost me $17 - $25. I have purchased 2 domains, one from eNom and one from GoDaddy. (Yes, purchasing a domain through Blogger was cheaper than buying direct.)
  2. Are you planning on self hosting? If you are, you will need to make changes to your DNS. The best part, customer service for the web host will help you redirect and walk you through. Some hosting services will do it all for you as part of your plan.
  3. Do you plan to change platforms? I did not find any good info to really get an understanding of WP.org. My move was more abrupt than I wanted, but it is getting there. The hard part of learning WP.org is there are differences that I had not worked with in blogger. These differences are the "silver cloud" of WP.org. IMHO, it would have been too overwhelming to have started with WP.org having no real background in blogging before I started blogging.

When you go through the process of making a purchase, with Blogger, you will be asked if you want to purchase through eNom or GoDaddy. It is your choice, there is not difference in your control just a different control panel (cPanel).

I personally do not see any advantage or disadvantage with either one. You access your DNS panel through Google Apps. Google Apps is a service offered to anyone, schools, businesses, etc. to organize communication. You get a custom email address: [email protected]

Although Google Apps and Google Accounts allow you to access several of the same Google products, they're different types of accounts. A Google Account is a unified sign-in system that provides access to a variety of free Google consumer products -- such as Gmail, Google Groups, Google Shopping List, Picasa, Web History, iGoogle, and Google Checkout -- administered by Google. Google Apps provides access to products powered by Google but administered by a your organization.

Some things to think about:

  1. If you purchase through GoDaddy, you will have to call and have them Help you redirect your DNS IF you are changing to . It automatically directs you to Google sites.
  2. If you purchase through eNom, you will have to call and have them Help you redirect your nameserver. Since I host through GoDaddy I called them to get the redirect info, so call your hosting provider.
  3. I had too many (A)Host and had to get a walk through on redirecting and deleting some of it, with both purchases.
  4. You also have to change the CName.
  5. Don't be afraid to call, this is what Customer Service is for.
If you are hosting with GoDaddy Community Help section is one area to become acquainted. Web Hosting Definitions has a limited list, but accessible to anyone.
A (Host) -- A records (also known as host records) simply point a domain name or sub domain to an IP address.
CNAME (Alias) -- CNAME records (also known as alias records) point a subdomain to an already existing A (host) record so that the subdomain resolves to the appropriate IP address.

A (Host) -- A records (also known as host records) simply point a domain name or sub domain to an IP address.CNAME (Alias) -- CNAME records (also known as alias records) point a subdomain to an already existing A (host) record so that the subdomain resolves to the appropriate IP address.

I'm very happy with my choices. I hope this helps you make your decision making easier.

My next post in this series will be about moving my hosting from Blogger to GoDaddy.

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I’m on WordPress!!

This has been so exciting! I am underconstruction and things are a bit crazy.

My header is in progress, please don't complain.

**UPDATE** I think the header is here to stay!!

I still need to get my GFC widget set. If you are new and want to add yourself leave me a comment with your email.

**UPDATE** All I need to do is replace it. I was able to save everyone yesterday, then I changed the Theme.

Please look around my posts I still have the cookbook giveaway going on. Ladle of Love

I am also working on a chronicle of my experience. It will be posting soon!

 

 

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