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Learn how to start a blog in less than an hour. Become a blogger today by following the steps we used when starting our blog, which now has reached more than 20 million people and has been seen in the New York Times, TIME magazine, and on the TODAY show.


Clueless, confused, and confounded with choices, we had no idea how to start a blog or how to be a blogger. When should we start? How do we register a domain name? What is hosting? Which blogging platform should we use? How do we choose a blog theme? What is a plugin? What should we write about? Heck, we could hardly spell HTML, let alone build a blog!

The funny thing is that all these things can happen. You could make a full-time income from building a blog. We do it, Corbett Barr does it, and so do many others. And you could become an Internet famous blogger like Leo Babauta or Chris Brogan.

The importer connects your server to the blogger server to copy across the posts. For this to work you need to have connectivity from the server to the internet and also have at least one of the remote access protocols enabled, e.g. curl, streams or fsockopen. You can use the Core Control plugin to test if these are working correctly. The importer connects to Google over a secure connection so OpenSSL needs to be enabled on your server.The importer uses the SimplePie classes to read and process the data from blogger so you will need the php-xml module installed on your webserver.

This version of the importer imports these too, but you can disable this via a setting in the blogger-importer.php file. Tracking images of size 11 are not processed. If you with to specifically exclude other images you could code something for the image_filter function.

The importer is designed to download the high resolution images where they are available. You can either disable the downloading of images or you can change the constant LARGE_IMAGE_SIZE string in the blogger-importer.php file to swap the links with a smaller image.

According to Mark W. Schaefer and Stanford A. Smith, co-authors of Born to Blog, there are five traits or roles that are necessary for blogging. Schaefer and Smith maintain that everyone has at least one of these traits, and some of the most popular bloggers probably have three or four of them. The idea is to recognize that trait or role that you play, build upon it, and then use it to create a successful blog.

CuratorDedicated bloggers are collectors, guardians, curators of stories. They train their brain to notice potential topics and think about how to blog about them. They write down every idea that pops into their head. They let their brain know that every good idea is going to be used in some way.

Becoming a blogger involves two quite separate processes. The first process is rather technical; it is about setting up a blog. The second process is more creative; it is about designing a blog and producing and distributing content.

The time that it takes to become a blogger probably varies as much as the topics in the blogosphere do. The road to a successful blog depends largely on creativity and motivation, both of which fluctuate immensely from individual to individual.

This particularly high happiness quotient is no doubt rooted in the fact that bloggers are so intimately connected to their work. They write and speak about topics for which they have a passion, even an obsession.

As a home decor blogger, Abby certainly knows how to be crafty. Her wildly successful DIY website has helped her earn over $31,000 per month. This not only makes her the highest paid female on this list, but the highest paid person as well.

Focused primarily on affiliate websites, Dom is equal parts blogger and how-to guru. If we take a look at his February Income Report, we can see that the vast majority of his monthly income comes from the services he provides.

A video game developer and blogger, Matthew is different than any other blogger we've seen so far. He isn't trying to teach or sell you anything - he simply does what he loves and profits greatly from it.

Federal prosecutors want video footage that Josh Wolf recorded at a demonstration in San Francisco in July 2005. Wolf says he's a journalist who shouldn't be forced to turn over his work. A blogger who once described himself as "an artist, an activist, an anarchist and an archivist," Wolf has now spent more than two months in a California prison for contempt of court.

There are also questions about whether bloggers are journalists at all. If they aren't, they would not be eligible for any sort of shield law. But the judge hearing Wolf's case said he didn't need to address that question, because federal courts don't have a law that protects journalists from being forced to turn over materials.

Some blocks that are especially popular with bloggers include the Blog Posts block, Archives block, Categories List block, Donations block, Latest Posts block, Latest Comments block, Related Posts block, Subscribe block, and the Search block.

One of the best parts about blogging in a community is interacting and sharing with other bloggers. You can show your appreciation for a post with a Like, elaborate with a comment, and share your finds with your readers by reblogging.

Writing a blog post is much different than writing a term paper. But when bloggers first start out, they usually only have experience with the latter. The problem? The style of writing from a term paper is not the style of writing people enjoy reading.

"More experienced bloggers might dismiss this, but creating an outline can have a big impact on the clarity, organization, and flow of your final piece -- particularly when you're trying to teach a complex concept," says Hesterberg. "I can always tell when someone's skipped an outline."

Different companies were requesting my writing services. I was able to start negotiating a higher rate and as a result, I eventually replaced my full-time salary by working part-time as a freelance blogger.

Elna Cain is a freelance writer who offers ghostwriting, copywriting and blogging services. She works closely with B2C and B2B businesses providing digital marketing content that gains social media attention and increases their search engine visibility. Check out her new free email course for bloggers and writers, Get Paid to Write Online.

You will need an email marketing service to get started. By far the easiest and most reliable that I have found is Constant Contact, which offers a free trial of their services for new bloggers. I have put together a complete step-by-step tutorial on how to use Constant Contact with your blog.

Once you have built a decent readership base you can turn your attention to making money from your blog. There a variety of way to do this, but one of the most lucrative ways bloggers make money also happens to be the easiest- advertising.

Keep in mind that making money from your blog takes time. After all, there is a reason that learning how to make money online is the last step in my guide. You need to make sure you have followed all the previous steps perfectly in order to give yourself the best chance of earning a substantial income from blogging. This will not happen overnight, but most bloggers find that the work itself is rewarding enough to continue on the journey.

Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways bloggers make money. It involves recommending products to readers within your content. Every time a reader uses your affiliate link to buy the product you recommended, you earn a commission for the sale. 041b061a72


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