Launch And Grow Your Blog From 0 to 10,000 Monthly Readers

A step-by-step guide on how to launch and grow your blog from 0 to 10,000 monthly readers on Wordpress
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  • Lectures 18
  • Contents Video: 1.5 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 2/2014 English

Course Description

In the Next Web article written by blogger extraordinaire Ryan Hoover, he wrote about how blogging is the new resume.

I can testify from my own career path that most of the BIG opportunities that I came across was because of my blog.

Because of my blog, I got a chance to speak in front of big shots like Eric Ries (author of Lean Startup), Trevor Owens (founder of Lean Startup Machine) and Ryan Hoover (Founder of ProductHunt). I even got interesting job offers because of my blog.

It's gotten to the point that I've stopped applying to jobs, because the opportunities just come to me!

So now, whenever I speak to young promising entrepreneurs, I always tell them to blog now. Because, I wouldn't be here without my blog.

Now I want to show you all the tips, tricks and know-how on how I got my blog from 0 readers to 10,000 per month. It took me 3 years to get here. But, with my course, you can do it sooner.

What are the requirements?

  • You need about a day to setup up your blog
  • You have 2 to 3 hours each week to write at least one good blog post (Mandatory!)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Pick and buy your blog's domain
  • Install WordPress on your blog's domain
  • Install the necessary plugins to grow your blog's readership
  • Install the necessary 3rd party tools (Mailchimp, Google Analytics, etc.)
  • Brainstorm topics to help you write at least one awesome blog post a week
  • Distribute and market your personal blog
  • Gain the support influencers who can help promote your blog

What is the target audience?

  • You're a professional who is looking to grow your personal network and personal brand
  • You're working in an industry that is tech and social media savvy
  • You're a student with little to no previous working experience
  • You have NO background knowledge of Wordpress. Bonus if you do.
  • You have NO coding experience (Yipee!). Bonus if you do.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: From Zero To 10,000 Monthly Readers
Why Blog?
Preview
01:52
Course Requirements and Expectations
Preview
01:59
Section 2: Startup Your Blog
04:56

In this lecture, I talk about three questions you need to ask yourself before you even start a blog:

  1. Why are you starting a blog?
  2. Who is your target audience?
  3. What do you write about?

You have two homework after this class:

  1. Create a sketch persona of your target audience
  2. Write down a list of what people see you as an expert at and what you aspire to be an expert at.
02:10

Note: if you have previous experience with WordPress, you can skip this lecture.

In this lecture, you learn what Wordpress is.

06:30

Note: if you have previous experience installing WordPress, you can skip this lecture.

In this lecture, you learn how to install Wordpress.

Here's a link to installing Wordpress on Site5: http://kb.site5.com/control/siteadmin/sa-software/siteadmin-how-to-install-wordpress/

If you bought your domain with Namecheap, use this guide to point your domain to Site5: http://kb.site5.com/dns-2/custom-dns-name-servers/namecheap-how-to-change-your-dns-nameservers/

If you bought your domain with GoDaddy, use this guide to point your domain to Site5: http://kb.site5.com/dns-2/custom-dns-name-servers/godaddy-how-to-change-your-dns-nameservers/

03:23

In this lecture, you learn how to navigate through the Wordpress dashboard and navigation.

04:50

In this lecture, you learn how to:

  • Change your Wordpress theme by finding one provided by Wordpress
  • Upload a theme you bought from Wordpress theme online stores like www.themeforest.net or download for free from the Internet
  • Activate your Wordpress theme

For paid premium Wordpress themes, you can go to Theme Forest, Elegant Themes, Theme Fuse.

For free Wordpress themes, you can just Google "free Wordpress themes."

05:37

In this lecture, you learn how to:

  • Modify your Wordpress theme through the Customize tab
  • Add new widgets to your blog
  • Change the way your blog's appearance through the Appearance tab

To learn more about Wordpress widgets, you can go to the widgets guide of wordpress.org: http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Widgets

06:44

In this lecture, you learn how to:

  • Find new plugins
  • Install new plugins
  • Install the necessary plugs to grow your blog's monthly readership

Here are plugins to grow your blog's monthly readership:

  • Akismet
  • All-in-one SEO Pack
  • AutoChimp
  • Broken Link Checker
  • Buffer My Post
  • Disqus Comment System
  • Google Analytics
  • Google XML Sitemap
  • Related Posts Thumbnails
  • Twitter Facebook Social Share
05:02

In this lecture, you learn how to:

  • Install a third-party tool through the Wordpress editor
  • Edit the HTML, CSS, PHP, and Javascript source code of your Wordpress blog
  • Be very careful when you're in the editor section of your blog. Only go there if you know what you're doing or if you have clear instructions

Here are a few options for your popup tool to gather email: SumoMe, Pippity, Ninja Popups

02:27

Congratulations on getting this far! This section was probably the most painful part of this course. In this section, you learned how to:

  • Figure out the Why, Who and What of your blog
  • Install Wordpress
  • Navigate through the Wordpress dashboard
  • Change, upload and modify your theme
  • Install new plugins
Section 3: Focus Your Blog
05:25

In this lecture, you learn how to write interesting blog posts by:

  • Reviewing the Why, Who and What of your blog
  • Reading the latest news in your industry
  • Being where your target audience are on the web
  • Starting a blog series
  • Showcasing your skills and expertise
  • Some of the blogs I mentioned in this lecture are Mark Suster's blog series on Entrepreneur DNA, Samantha Yuan's 50-day Challenge and Amar Chahal's blog to get hired by Vidyard.
    10:23

    In this lecture, you learn how to:

    • Create a new post
    • Delete a post
    • Schedule your blog for a future date
    • Use the All In One SEO plugin to make it easy for Google and other search engines to find your blog post
    • Change the permalink of your blog post globally or on a post-to-post basis
    03:54

    In this lecture, you learn how to:

    • Write for your target audience and NOT for a University professor
    • Keep your sentences and paragraphs short, simple and specific
    • Make sure that you use at least one image
    Section 4: Grow Your Blog
    06:06

    In this lecture, you learn how to:

    • Create a marketing game plan for your blog
    • Figure out two to three marketing channels that you're going to post each of your new blog post

    The Google Docs that I used for this lecture can be found on this link. I've also attached it on this lecture as a supplementary material.

    10:59

    In this lecture, you learn how to:

    • Figure out who are your industry's influencers
    • Appeal to influencers to become your advocate
    • Start a conversation with influencers through their blog and other social networks
    • Find out the email address of influencers and how to send them an email to get their feedback

    The Google Docs that I used for this lecture can be found on this link. I've also attached it on this lecture as a supplementary material.

    04:57

    In this lecture, you learn how to grow your blog's monthly readership:

    • Having a mailing list through MailChimp or Aweber
    • Thanking those people who share your blog
    • Being helpful to your target audience outside of your blog (Quora, StackOverflow, etc.)

    Here are links to mailing list managers MailChimp, Aweber

    Section 5: Conclusion
    Final Remarks
    Preview
    00:49

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    Instructor Biography

    Ramli John, Growth Strategist, Writer, Blogger, Speaker, Marketer

    I'm educated as a computer scientist from University of Waterloo, but turned into a lean startup advocate, speaker, writer, blogger, marketer and startup mentor.

    I've mentored and spoken at Lean Startup Machine Toronto and San Francisco. I also spoke at the Lean Startup conference. In my free time, I write for my blog at GrowthHuddle [dot] com and RamliJohn [dot] com

    I've also helped out numerous startups test out new ideas, create marketing game plans and build their content marketing. Here's a link to what those startups I've helped have to say about me - sohelpful [dot] me/ramlijohn

    I look forward to sharing my knowledge with the rest of the Udemy community.

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