My first blog post, written 5 years ago, in March 2013, can be seen below. It made the cut.
Not sure really. Maybe I decided to keep it as an example to myself, and for anyone else that finds it amusing. I'm sure several will.
But what even brought this about?
It's time to clean up this blog. All the old "just getting started" posts are going bye-bye. We've reached the next level of blogging, and it does not include keeping the clutter.
So why keep one? Why would I bother to hang on to my first blog post, from 5 years ago, that looks like was written by a 5th grader?
It's interesting to see how far a person can advance, grow, and change since their beginning. Who is now banging out websites, blog posts, videos, and articles on a very regular basis.
Yes the first post was 5 years ago. But nothing much more over the next 3 years after that. It was a struggle back then getting into a rhythm or a routine. But the dream never left my mind.
And now the dream is slowly becoming a reality.
It was 2 years ago that I made the big decision. The decision to quit playing around, get serious and make some shit happen. And then went to work.
I knew that I had more in me, but that I was failing to reach into my true potential. I also knew that if I really set my mind to it, that I could find that true potential. And that I had to.
Can anyone else relate to that?
If so then maybe it's time you also made that big decision, and go to work.
Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. For others getting started may be easy, but going beyond a comfort point might be the hold back.
That's what happened with me. After my first blog post, I reached a point that I was unfamiliar with, and that I knew was going to require some searching, studying, learning, and then doing. And that's when I became stuck.
But when it comes to something that we really want to do, we will have to find a way to get through that sticking point. We all know the feeling of satisfaction that will result from our breakthrough.
Why a first blog post?
Blogging is crucial. It's your gateway to everything else. Until you learn how to set up and build a full blown site, you can start with a blog. The blog will be your home base that acts as a hub for your network wheel.
You can drive traffic to your blog and build a list there. You can also link out to your other online properties and platforms. This way you are giving your visitors a road map to follow.
Consequently, they will enjoy the ride.
Your first blog post gets you started.
Blogging is your first step to building a list, becoming a content marketer, and even to becoming an SEO expert. These are acquired skills that come through a transcending process.
And yes, you guessed it. Your first blog post is your first step.
You might like social media already. Maybe you are on Facebook getting a taste for online marketing. Sharing your blog posts on Facebook is an excellent way to mix up your content delivery. You can create a variety of content, and to begin showing yourself as more than just a Facebook poster.
If you are a blogger, you are becoming a real internet marketer.
Those are words that a guy like me, loves to hear. This particular post is not your in depth step-by-step blogging guide. However, I can point you in that direction. I'll give you a couple of steps right now that will get you to your first blog post.
You need a hosting account. Don't worry it's easy. Get yourself a HostGator "Baby" account. Choose the monthly option for $11.95. This is good for any beginner.
Your account Control Panel will include the Quick Install software. A super simple 2 step point and click install for WordPress.org. No extra cost.
Get your hosting account, install your WordPress, and write your first blog post. And now you've started.
Don't download WordPress from the WordPress website .... you will install through your Hostgator C-panel
And don't do what I did. Don't start and then stop. Start and keep going.
I'm here to help.
Once a person becomes multi-faceted with internet marketing there really are no limits to what can be accomplished.
Having the skills to become ranked on front page of Google for any niche is priceless. Just as is being shown within the top ten videos on Youtube for any given keyword, or being shown regularly as a "suggested video" in their sidebar.
But you have to start somewhere. So start now, today. Get that first blog post done and go from there.
Just a couple things to note in the example below that you don't want to do.
Notice the big blocks of text. The paragraphs are too long. And there's no subheadings to break up the text. It makes this very difficult to read and would not score as satisfactory in any areas for SEO.
In addition, there were no images or calls to action on the page. No optimization for keywords either.
In my defense, it was my first blog post and I knew nothing about SEO, or easy reading scores, or anything else for that matter.
And it's one of the reasons why I want to keep it around. These are good talking and teaching points.
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