Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to Starting Your Own Network Marketing Blog. Read this full guide to understand, in 8 easy steps, how to start your own just like I did.
Here's a good question: Are you doing all you *can* do to get more recruits?
If you aren't online, then you aren't doing everything!
Did you know?
Around 40% of the world population has an internet connection today. In 1995, it was less than 1%.
The number of internet users has increased tenfold from 1999 to 2013.
The first billion was reached in 2005. The second billion in 2010. The third billion in 2014.
*stats from internetlivestats.com
That's a whole lot of people that you need to tap into right now!
Check out my blog on a step by step guide on how to get started.
This was something I really wanted to get out because I know that starting your own network marketing blog can be a smidge overwhelming. There's so many different things to consider from costs, to themes, all the way to target audiences when getting started. That's where this essential guide comes in. I'm going to break this bad boy down so that busting out a blog will be cake for you. You can send me a thank you card later, and cash is always appreciated!
Keeping Cost Low
I'm super tight when it comes to money, unless I've had a few cocktails. In this situation, I was super tight. I know the average network marketer works a job as their primary source of income, which usually indicates there isn't boo koo bucks laying around. This is ok! What I've realized is creating a successful, powerhouse of a blog/website is actually pretty inexpensive if you do it right.
1. Picking a URL
It all starts with a name. What is the name of your website? For myself, I wanted to choose something that wasn't necessarily painting a clear picture of my current situation, but would allow my blog to be more of a journey to a destination, which would allow my readers to follow along for what I figured would be a long period of time.. probably not as long as I had originally thought.
Remember, you cannot have your network marketing company name inside your blog. They own their name and therefore will have Compliance take it down.
I chose 7 Figure Dad, and purchased it for $12.00 at www.godaddy.com.
Little did I know at the time though, that you can get a FREE URL by signing up for hosting with BlueHost.
Get your FREE domain by clicking here.
Oh well, my loss is your gain.
2. Pick A Blogging Platform
Next, after making sure I now had the URL in my possession, I then had to pick a blogging platform which I did at wordpress.com for thirteen dollars a year. There is so many different platforms to choose from, wordpress, square space, wix, blogger, etc. I like wordpress because it's easy to use, is perfect for blogging, and there are so many beautiful themes you can use. At this point, I was starting to get excited about this project. Remember, I've only spent 23 dollars up to this point, which is the price of two movie tickets.
Signing up for WordPress
Go to WordPress.com and click create website. From there you will see this window:
You'll click Map a Domain and then see this window:
Enter your domain that you purchased through Bluehost. Click Free or whatever subscription you like. I always start free and then go up from there, especially if you are a newbie.
After you click Next, this window will pull up. Fill out your info and boom, you are in.
Congratulations! You've just created your first blog.
3. Get Hosting for Your Blog
Now, for hosting we chose Blue Host, which ran us 3.95 a month. If you don't know what hosting is, it's a type of internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Thanks Google. The reason we chose Blue Host, is because the simplicity of cost and different reviews we've read. So far, so good. Now, if you're keeping track at home, we still haven't even cleared 30.00 yet.
Get BlueHost here.
4. Design the Look of Your Blog
Time to pick a theme for your blog. I got mine from Theme Forest and REALLY recommend it. We always find super clean, professional themes, which makes a huge difference when comparing it to some other pages I've seen out there. If this is too much for you to comprehend, my wife Erika will track a theme down, and personalize your page for you. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for an affordable quote.
This is something I see people spend WAY too much time stressing over.
I literally spent $5.00 on Fiverr and had my logo made in 3 days, which I've used this entire time. People are out there jacking up the price on this service, when you can go get it done quickly, and efficiently for next to nothing on that site.
When you go to fiverr, click graphic designs and read through different profiles to get the ideal candidate to work on your logo.
Don't be a chump, keep your costs low.
6. Essential Plug-ins
These are some of my favorites and what I personally use.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using Yoast SEO plugin.
Makes it super easy for the average blogger to make sure posts are SEO optimized. I've loved it ever since I discovered it. SEO is always in the back of my mind, so knowing that I can go to a check list and take care of it makes me sleep like a baby.
Hello Bar is this cool, free way to get people to sign up for your email list, like page, or whatever you want it to do and throw it on the top of your website. It's in a place that doesn't bother the viewer but also is in their line of sight.
Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from spam. It keeps your site protected even while you sleep.
The most annoying thing in the world is waking up to a folder full of spam comments and then having to sort through them to find the real ones. This plug-in is awesome because it does all that junk for you. I love it.
Click to Tweet by Coschedule
Add click to tweet boxes to your WordPress posts, easily.
This is probably one of my favorite plug ins. It makes it so easy for your readers to share your quotes to the world. And you can write anything you want! Just like the one below:
[Tweet "I just found ClicktoTweet via 7FigureDad!"]
Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.
and it does just that. Check out all the things this pro plugin does for your blog:
You don't even have to truly understand it. It's super easy to set up and works on it's own.
A simple way to customize your WordPress
And it does exactly that. There's no super amazing reason for it. I just love customizing my blog. You can even make your company logo the background or whatever you like.
7. Post Your First Blog Post
Now, it's time for your first blog post. Remember, we aren't done, BUT it's good to get some content out there. You'll realize quickly that content is your friend. As a first post you can choose tons of different topics, but I'd stick with an introduction post on why you're making a blog, a little about yourself, what's going on in your life and business etc.
Go to your dashboard. Click Post. Then Click Add New. When you are done, click Publish.
YAY! Congrats on your first post!
Don't forget to set up a schedule for your posts. Whether it be every day, week, or month, you need to be consistent. Otherwise, it will be very hard to collect loyal readers.
8. Get An Email List
Hit up Mail Chimp next to start your email list.
Why do you need a mail list? It's because your subscribers are EVERYTHING to you.
On average, every subscriber you get will contribute a dollar to your income per month. So if you have a thousand subscribers, that's an extra thousand in your pocket on average. This is where a solid mail list, and being consistent in your blogging will help.
What do I do after I get the website up?
Darryl from MLM barracks has an awesome post about what to do with your blog once it's up on this article. Check it out!
My conclusion for all of this is holy crap my head hurts and this was a lot to write.. No but really if you've followed these steps perfectly, and actually took advantage of the links that we've put out there, you're going to be well on your way to making a pretty badass blog. I put a lot of time into this post because I know there's a ton of people out there that have a great idea, but just need a little direction.
Let me know what you thought of it.. Comment, like, tweet, share it. Give me feedback. If there is anything I missed, let me know. Other than that, happy blogging!