You are excited about starting a new blog – you have BIG DREAMS.
You don’t really know where to start.
You find yourself at your desk, google searching for hours.
One blog says this, one course costs (holy moly!!).
You find yourself daydreaming over beautiful blogs – wondering HOW they did it.
You circle back to step one. Still confused, still at step one and frustrated.
“Starting a blog is HARD- how does everyone manage to make it look SO stinkin’ easy?”
It doesn’t have to be hard, and it shouldn’t be. This is EXACTLY why I created Blog WOW! I was once was where you are right now. With dreams that far surpassed my ability to actually GET STARTED. Over the years, I have spent countless hours on google, searching. Testing out this plugin, tirelessly working on that theme. Giving advice to literally everyone who needed help just taking that first step. I have built blogs and a business that I totally love, that provides for my family and allows me to do what I love every single day.
So you can get started, and start doing what fuels your passion. I will walk you through my step by step process of how I setup all of my own blogs AND my clients blogs. Finding a name and figuring out your niche? I gotcha. Domain and hosting… whaaat? We cover that too. Picking a theme, branding design basics and the oh-so-scary what the heck do I do on social will ALL be covered. Not to mention I will share ALL of the best resources that are free and cheap that will help you get started on the right foot.
This is quite possibly the BEST course on starting a blog that’s going to ROCK the blogging world.
OH- and it’s FREE. How cool is that?
Blog WOW! is an email course that will consist of 10+ lessons that you will receive at 11am every other day. I spaced it out just a bit, because I know life gets busy and while none of the lessons are super HARD, some will take time. The goal here is to help you get started for SUCCESS, with no stress! Here is a breakdown of each Day and what you can expect to accomplish…
DAY 1 - FINDING YOUR BLOG NAME AND NICHEDay One includes an email lesson along with a packet of worksheets that will help you brainstorm your blog name and narrow down your niche so you can attract your ideal readers and future clients. Don’t know what a niche is? That’s ok! We cover that, too!
DAY 2 - IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BRAND (DISCOVERY)Day Two will cover everything you need to know about building the foundations of an amazing brand. One that you will grow into and that you, and others, will ultimately love. It includes an in depth brand discovery worksheet so you can plan your goals for growth along with decide how you want your brand to ‘look’. It includes checklists on what type of things you need for your brand (such as logos, social media banners, etc) along with the different options you have available when it comes to designing your brand, on any budget.
DAY 3 - BLOGGING PLATFORMS + DOMAIN & HOSTINGDay Three will cover four of the most popular blogging platforms to help you choose where you will blog. I also share why WordPress Self Hosted is my #1 choice for new bloggers and should you decide to go the WordPress Self Hosted route I have also included step by step instructions on how to purchase your domain and hosting, along with two of my favorite hosts. This lesson is accompanied by a checklist so you can be sure you don’t miss a thing.
DAY 4 - HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT THEME FOR GROWTHDay Four is all about themes. Together we will explore the many different options for themes, and how you can choose one that will be perfect starting out AND as your blog grows. It’s all about your goals! It also includes my favorite theme designers, and a checklist to help you decide the features you need in a theme RIGHT NOW and in the FUTURE. I also share options for all budgets, so there are even free themes you can go with that are made by trusted designers and gorgeous.
DAY 5 - PLUGINS, INSTALLING YOUR THEME & THE BASICSDay 5 we discuss plugins, installing your theme and setting up all of the general and basic settings in WordPress. It includes tips on how to install your plugins, as well as a list of the plugins I always use when setting up my own blog or a blog for a client. We get all the foundations in WordPress setup, so that you are ready to start adding your brand elements and customize!
DAY 6 - CUSTOMIZING YOUR NEW BLOG You will learn how to customize the basics of your new blog! This will include how to set your blog as your homepage, how to add your brand elements such as your logo and gravatar, how to change your colors and fonts, how to use the WordPress Customizer and how to add cool widgets to your sidebar and footer. I will also show you how to add and connect your social media profiles, and add a custom About photo and description to your sidebar.
DAY 7 - CRAFTING AH-MAZING BLOG POSTSNow that you have your blog all designed and ready to go, you will start adding your new blog posts! This lesson includes my exclusive, blog post formula with tips on how to write, format and setup your blog posts so that your readers will like and share them, and keep coming back for more! It will also include the step by step of how to add a new blog post, how to set your permalinks, and how to add your images to your posts with a few quick tips on how to use the Yoast SEO plugin.
DAY 8 - DESIGNING IRRESISTIBLE PINNABLE IMAGESThis lesson will show you how to design highly attractive, pinnable images to insert into your blog posts. I will share tips as to why this is super important for getting viral pins and MORE traffic back to your blog. It will also include a ton of resources for choosing your blog photos, where to get them at and how to keep them in line with your brand (to keep you memorable!)
DAY 9 - SETTING UP SOCIAL PROFILES FOR SUCCESSThis lesson will talk about how to choose and setup what social platforms are right for you. We will also cover why branding your social accounts is so important, and I will provide some quick tips that will turn your social followers into your blog readers. Plus, we will cover the branding aspect of your social profiles so your readers aren’t confused when they click through from Insta to your blog, and vice versa!
DAY 10 - LAUNCH DAY! SWEET MARKETING TIPSThis lesson will give you all the encouragement you need to get started on the right foot. I will provide a challenge for you that, if implemented, should really help boost your visitors on launch day and beyond- these are tried and tested tips to help bring traffic back to your awesome blog! It also includes a fun and simple planner that will help you make a content and social marketing plan to promote your blog posts, curate posts from other bloggers and increase your enagement!
DAY 11 - BONUS! SUBSCRIBERS AND NEWSLETTERS DOWN PATI can’t let you launch your blog without you putting a system in place to capture lovely subscribers! This bonus lesson will include top tips for gaining subscribers, my favorite and free course on building a successful email list, and resources for adding subscriber boxes to your site and sending out your first newsletter (woo!). You will also get some tips on how to craft a content upgrade that will bring the right peeps to blog AND your list.