How To Start a Blog – The Building Blocks
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- To understand the basics refer to my guide How To Build a Blog – Understand the Building Blocks.
- Those with less patience are advised to Open a Hosting Account right away and follow my guide for a WordPress 1-Click Installation on Siteground.
Want more flexibility than standard wordpress? ithemes offer highly configurable wordpress themes which incorporate their builder technology.
Web Site Design and Programming
WordPress help and maintenance at WP Curve. Focus on content and customers and let the pros do the rest.
Obtain class-A design services from 99designs.com. Hold online design contests for relatively little money and obtain submissions from dozens of designers. Simply pick the best!
Picmonkey is an awesome tool for those who have simple graphic design and photo editing requirements. It’s easily understandable and many of it’s functions and features are free.
Video, Audio and Screen recording tools
Content Samurai is a super easy online video production software. Just click yourself to a cool video with music and/or narration in a few simple steps.
Camtasia Studio is the best and easiest to use screen recording software I have so far been able to find. Most of my screen recorded videos are produced with it.
Copywriting and Text Production
Capitalise titles correctly. Solve the mystery of when to capitalise a letter in headlines at titlecapitalization.com.
Improved readability for your posts. Improve the ease of reading of your texts at readabilityscore.com.
Search Engine Optimisation and Analytics
Market Samurai cracks Google Analytics – take a huge short cut to finding out relevant keywords and their competitiveness in the online space.
Project Due-Diligence and Management
Some of you are using a blog to document and communicate out from a project. In this case the following tools may come in handy:
Virtual project management and leveraging tools at Smartsheet. It’s a virtual workspace with integrated task management and access to mechanical turk for non-U.S. nationals.
Email List Building & Campaigns
Use FormGet‘s easy to implement and handle online forms to collect email addresses and other important data about your audience. Each form has a dedicated mailbox and the ability to integrate with other services such as mail chimp, etc..
I personally use Mail Chimp to handle most of my email sign-up forms and collect email addresses. It’s free for a smaller number of subscribers which makes it an ideal tool for entry level online businesses.
Find Out About Your Audience
Fluid Surveys has online surveys and other methods of interviewing your audience, collecting data and analysing it.
I also use Fluid’s simpler version, SurveyMonkey, which is free for up to 10 questions to a limited audience.
If you have any further blogging and online business tools you would like to bring to my attention, please leave me a message here.
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