How to Start a Profitable Blog with WordPress 2017 | Crash course
In this video, I’ll teach you how to start a profitable WordPress blog from scratch. There’s a lot I covered in the video, in a (what I consider)
short amount of time. Please use the links to skip ahead, using my affiliate links below help support the channel!
1:18 Selecting the best WordPress web host for your blog. You want to choose a company that is fast, secure, and has great support. Here are the 3 I mention:
4:00 Installing WordPress on Siteground using the 1-click install & overview on cPanel tools.
9:08 Plugin #1 – Installing & setting up the Jetpack plugin. https://wordpress.org/plugins/jetpack/
17:34 Plugin #2 – The Coming Soon plugin as a placeholder while you build & launch your new website. https://wordpress.org/plugins/coming-soon/
19:24 Using the Twenty Seventeen theme for your blog. https://wordpress.org/themes/twentyseventeen/
20:57 Plugin #3 – Instant Images plugin for downloading free images for our blog from unsplash.com. https://wordpress.org/plugins/instant-images/
23:42 Customizing the theme. In this course, we pretend to be a food blog. Watch this video on customizing the theme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OES4QSJ_MM
25:40 A discussion on branding & positioning for your blog.
28:07 Setting up page structure & the menu for your blog.
30:30 Change the theme to a blog layout.
31:00 Importing placeholder content using http://wptest.io
32:45 The “About page” strategy for your blog. Making it more about your visitor, than about you.
36:22 The “Subscribe page” strategy. Having a home base page where visitors can find your newsletter, podcast, and other social media channels.
37:56 Plugin #4 UpDraft Backup plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/updraftplus/ or try BackUpBuddy https://plugintut.com/go/backupbuddy
39:31 Plugin #5 WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/
41:05 Making sure your blog is setup in Google Search Console to check the health of your website.
44:00 Optimizing your posts for keyword ranking in Google, and social embeds on Facebook.
50:33 Making your blog posts look good with engaging images, good content flow, and spacing with header tags.
53:00 Inserting galleries into your posts.
54:45 Plugin #6 Monster Insights for Google Analytics tracking. https://wordpress.org/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/
56:25 Looking at Google analytics dashboard. How I increased my traffic by 124% https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bygcUARi7pM
58:09 Plugin #7 Improving comments with Jetpack plugin or Replyable plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/postmatic/
1:01:30 Using MailChimp to build an e-mail list.
1:02:40 Plugin #8 Easy Forms for Mailchimp to capture e-mails on your Subscribe page https://wordpress.org/plugins/yikes-inc-easy-mailchimp-extender/
You might also be interested in OptinMonster lead capture & pop-up service https://plugintut.com/go/optinmonster
1:07:35 Plugin #9 Revive Old Post plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/tweet-old-post/ and the BufferApp.com service + Chrome extension
1:11:40 Plugin #10 Ninja Forms Contact form plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/ninja-forms/
Get premium add-ons (like Mailchimp) https://plugintut.com/go/mailchimp
1:13:25 Start making money with Affiliate links from Amazon + your very own “Resource page” strategy.
1:16:14 Plugin #11 Membership plugins for WordPress, I use:
Paid Memberships Pro (Free) https://wordpress.org/plugins/paid-memberships-pro/
Restrict Content Pro (Paid) https://plugintut.com/go/restrictcontentpro
1:17:53 Plugin #12 Easy Digital Downloads to sell e-books & other digital products https://plugintut.com/go/easydigitaldownloads
1:20:05 Plugin #13 Increase your sales by starting an affiliate program with AffiliateWP https://plugintut.com/go/affiliatewp
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