For the past nine days, I’ve been sitting in pediatric intensive care with my 11-year-old son, Samson. He had surgery for a ruptured appendix which, apparently was the worst our surgeon, Dr. Downey, had ever seen. (And this is a man who has done hundreds and hundreds of appendectomies in his distinguished career.) It’s been a very long haul with the end nowhere in site.
[Update: Samson (finally) ate real food and went home from the hospital on April 19!]
[Update 2: Samson was readmitted with a bowel obstruction (resulting from the surgical scar tissue) on April 24. After more surgery, he went home for good on April 29th.]
Over the course of this hospital stay, I’ve been emailed myriad questions from site owners, such as:
- What should I blog about?
- What’s a good blog niche?
- How much money will I make blogging?
- Is ____________ a good thing to blog about?
- How do I put an image in a post?
- How do I make an image align to the right?
- What is the difference between a page and a post?
- How do I make links in posts?
- How do I put paragraphs in a post?
- What theme should I use for my site?
- How can I do cheap SEO?
- How do I use the ____________ plugin?
- What is social media?
- How do I link to my FaceBook account?
- What font looks best?
- How do I empty a shopping cart?
- What is metadata?
- How do I create an ebook?
- How do I make a PDF file?
- How can I promote my blog posts?
- How much should I charge for my product?
- How do I set up an email feed?
- What do I use to start a mailing list?
- How do you do a newsletter with HTML?
- What are categories and tags for?
- How much time should I spend blogging every day?
As much as we’d like to help every single person with all the questions they have, there is no way for us to do it. You can imagine that when we charge only $2.50–$7.00 per month for sites, we can’t spend hours per day answering questions that aren’t directly related to the service we offer and still support PopCred as we need to.
So what’s a blogging newbie to do?
Of course, you can hire us to answer your non-PopCred specific questions. But you don’t need to!
My bachelor’s degree is in applied business and Sam’s PhD is in electrical engineering. We don’t have degrees in blogging or WordPress or online marketing or SEO or HTML or CSS or PHP.
We’ve learned what we know by reading and researching and studying. It’s an investment in your business to put resources (especially time!) into learning the aspects of blogging that will help you reach your goals.
So now that you’re a blogger, take the reigns! You can start blogging today, without any more than your own blog and some time spent watching the WordPress video tutorials (that are included in your PopCred membership).
Once you’ve got the hang of blogging, start branching out. Make a list of the things you want to do and learn and start researching — one item at a time.
Here are five great resources to get you started:
- How to Use Google to Search More Effectively
As with most things tech, the most current information is going to be found online. Google is your friend! Teach yourself to be an expert at finding the information you need.
- WordPress Codex
WordPress is open source software with a very active community. If you need help with using WordPress, going to the source is often the best place to start.
- WordPres Plugin Support
If you need help with the setup or function of a plugin, check with the plugin author. Anyone can write WordPress plugins, so the author is best suited to help you. At PopCred, we strive to install only the best premium plugins that are updated, supported, and compatible with your blogging system. Help for most plugins can be found in the WordPress Plugin Directory or the WPMUDEV plugin area. For others, Google will get you where you need to go.
- WordPress Theme Support
If you’re serious about building a blogging business, having a theme that is compatible with WordPress and won’t break on you is essential. The themes we have available in the PopCred Network are guaranteed to be compatible with WordPres and MultiSite. If you own an Expert Blog Package and use Thesis, check out the tips and helps on the Thesis blog. If you use any other premium theme, check out the WPMUDEV theme area. WordPress is the place to go for help with the default Twenty Ten or Twenty Eleven.
- PopCred Community
Within the next few weeks, a forum will be established to ask questions, get answers, request site feedback, and network with other money bloggers. This forum will be exclusively for the use of PopCred network bloggers.
[Update: The PopCred forum is now live. Find the appropriate category and post away! Forums do take time to ramp up, but once we get some momentum, you can expect this to be a great gathering place to get support and direction.