10 Blogging Tips For Beginners

Blogging Tips

To help newbie bloggers out, I’m sharing this list of 10 blogging tips for beginners. I’ve seen a lot of questions on the internet from new bloggers searching for ideas on how they can make their blog better, how they can drive more traffic to their blog and how they can make more money from their blog. To give some clarification on these questions, I’m sharing 10 tips that you can use as a newbie blogger to make your blog more successful.

The tips I’m sharing today have all been used by myself. I’ve been blogging for over 5 years now, with The Profit Blogger being my latest addition to my blogging empire. I am sharing tips that I use myself to build up my blogs and to make them more successful.

Blogging Tips For Beginners

When I started blogging it was a very difficult road. I had quite a lot of bumps on the road to success, and I made so many mistakes. Luckily I was able to recover from my bumps every time, and I was able to learn from my mistakes. In fact, the mistakes I’ve made with my blogging experience have given me so much knowledge that I used to improve my blogs over and over again.

Now that I have gained all of this experience, I would like to share 10 blogging tips for beginners with you. These tips are based on my past experience and will help you write more content, write better content, drive more traffic to your blog and it will help you make more money from your own blog.

Tip #1: Publish new content frequently

Content freshness is very important when it comes to ranking your blog in search engines. The more content you publish, the more search engines will crawl your website. This is an important part of making your blog successful, and the reason I included this as the very first tip in my list of blogging tips for beginners.

Try to create some time every day to work on your blog. This is especially important when you’re only starting out since you need to populate your blog with high quality content. The more posts you make, the faster your blog will grow. Even though I have some established blogs, I always make sure to work on all my blogs on a daily basis. Apart from helping with your search engine rankings, this also gives a fresh appearance to your blog visitors will be far more likely to read a post you published today than a post you published 3 years ago.

Tip #2: Keyword Optimize + On Page SEO

Your most valuable visitors will come from search engines. This is also called organic traffic. And to ensure your site gets ranked in search engines, you have to make sure you optimize all the content on your website.

Start by doing some keyword research. Choose a keyword with low competition and a reasonable amount of monthly searches. Long-tail keywords usually works best and will give you longer term search engine ranking benefits. Every post you make should be keyword-optimized this is very important if you want to get high rankings in search engines!

If you’re using WordPress to blog, then I recommend you install Yoast SEO. This is a free on-page SEO plugin that will rate every post or page you create on your website. This plugin will also tell you exactly how you can improve the SEO-score of your posts.

I recently wrote a short tutorial on how to optimize your on-page SEO with Yoast SEO. Feel free to take a look: Optimize Your on Page SEO with Yoast SEO

Blogging Tips For Beginners >> SEO

Make sure you use your keyword in your posts title (as close to the start as possible), as well as in your header tags and body. Include your focus keyword in the first and last paragraph, as well as in the body of your content. You should also have a heading with your keyword included, as well as one or two images with alt tags containing your keyword.

All of these elements will help you better optimize your content and get you better rankings in popular search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing.

Tip #3: Build a mailing list from day 1

The third tip I would like to share as part of my blogging tips for beginners is to build a mailing list from the start. Many bloggers only add a subscription form to their blog once they receive a larger amount of daily visitors I say do it from the start. This way, you can capture new email addresses into your mailing list from the start, which means you’ll be able to start an email marketing campaign sooner.

Building a list is now an essential part of operating a blog. When you offer your readers valuable content that they can use, they will be eager to receive more content from you, and to read more on your blog. Adding a subscription form to your blog and then telling your visitors they can subscribe and you will send them regular updates is a great way to get these people on your mailing list. And once you have them on your mailing list, you can start promoting affiliate offers to them and make some extra cash.

Many internet marketers claim that they make the most money out of their list building projects. This is a true fact that has been proven.

Think of it this way. Someone visits your website and enjoys your content, but they do NOT click on an affiliate link you have in the post they are reading. They do, however, subscribe to your mailing list. Now you have their email address on your list, and can send them an email at any time. Let’s say you send out 2 emails every week, that makes it 8 emails every month. Every second email you send out contains an affiliate link. Now even though this person didn’t click on the affiliate link in the original post He/She read, they still subscribed to your list this means that they will receive 4 emails every month from you containing an affiliate link. Now imagine they click on every second affiliate link you send them this gives you 2 clicks per month from that one person.

You can use any mailing list service to build your list. Some top choices include Aweber and GetResponse.

If you prefer to use a free service, then I would definitely recommend following a tutorial I wrote a couple of weeks ago. The tutorial will take you through the steps to create a fully functional autoresponder and email marketing system inside your WordPress website. Check it out: Turn Your WordPress Website into a FREE List Building Machine

Tip #4: Create a social presence for your blog

On 4 November 2015, Venture Beat reported that Facebook officially passed 1.55 billion monthly active users, and a whopping 1.01 billion daily active users. Now this data is only for Facebook. Throw in Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn and Pinterest, and you get much, much higher combined numbers.

Statistics do not lie. And these statistics hold solid proof that getting on the social media train is now essential. It doesn’t matter what niche you’re targeting or what type of blog you’re running creating a social presence for your blog is a MUST!

Creating a social presence for your blog doesn’t have to take up much of your time. Start by writing a short bio that you can use on all sites, and then continue to preparing an avatar as well as a cover photo for your social media accounts. Once you have all these data ready, you can simply start registering accounts and creating pages on different social networks for your blog. Be sure to brand these pages and accounts according to the name of your blog.

Share content with your audience frequently, and do not forget to make use of the social groups and communities available on social networks. By simply becoming an active member and building up some authority for your brand, you will be able to get hundreds to thousands of social media group members to like your page, follow your account and even read your blog posts. The key is to share helpful content with these groups, introduce yourself and make a name for yourself within the group, and then simply share a link with a good call-to-action within the group.

You should at least create a social media presence for your blog on the following social media networks:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest

Blogging Tips For Beginners >> Social Media Presence

Tip #5: Reach out to other bloggers in your niche

I know this is a list of blogging tips for beginners, but the truth is the sooner you start to reach out to other bloggers in your niche, the better. Reaching out to other bloggers can be a great help to build up more authority for your own blog, and to help you expand your reach.

Reaching out to niche-related bloggers usually involves writing a post that they will post on their blog, and in return they will give you a link back to your site. This is also known as guest blogging or writing guest posts. Many online courses and internet marketers will tell you that guest blogging doesn’t help anymore but that is very far from the truth.

Yes, guest blogging has become a bit saturated. That doesn’t mean that it’s completely useless!

Posting a guest post on a niche-related blog holds 2 amazing benefits. The post that you publish on the third-party blog will include a link back to your website in an author box. This will drive traffic back to your website, and create a high quality backlink to your website at the same time.

The secret key here is to find already established blogs with high PA and DA to post guest posts on. This will give you higher quality backlinks, which will help your blog rank higher in search engines.

Tip #6: Focus on quality over quantity when building backlinks

Were halfway through this list of blogging tips for beginners.

Every blogger knows that backlinks are the backbone of getting high rankings in search engines. This also causes a lot of newbie bloggers to try and create as many backlinks as they can in the shortest period of time. Thinking that this will help them rank higher in search engines, newbie bloggers usually take on free backlink builders online. Their high hopes are quickly torn to shreds when they find out that those backlinks did more damage than good to their blogs search engine rankings.

So what’s the right approach to take when building backlinks? The right way is to focus on backlink quality over backlink quantity.

This simply means that you should not focus on building ten thousand backlinks at once. Rather focus on building high quality backlinks at a slower pace. And if you do not have enough money to spend on expensive SEO agencies, you can still do this yourself. Simply do some research and you will find many ways to build high quality backlinks to your blog.

Tip #7: Engage your audience

One of the best ways to get people to love your blog is by engaging with your audience. The problem here is that many newbie bloggers overlook this very important element, and focus on building more content rather than getting their audience engaged with their existing content.

Now, I’m not saying you should stop writing posts and start having conversations with your visitors. I’m simply stating a fact that is often overlooked by newbie bloggers.

So how should you approach this? Simple! Continue writing blog posts, but write your posts in a conversational way as if you are talking to your audience. This will instantly get your audience more engaged, and much more likely to comment and share.

Also reply to comments made on your blog posts, and comment on blogs related to your niche. Do not spam these blogs, but rather share helpful comments and replies to the original topic. You are usually allowed a link back to your website in the comments.

You should also keep an eye out for comments, messages and posts on your social media accounts. Many people will rather send you a message on Facebook than visit your website to find your contact details. Reply to comments and messages as quickly as possible, and always be polite. Try to be as helpful as possible. This will create returning visitors for your blog, and they will be much more likely to engage with your content and share your posts on their social media walls.

Tip #8: Give your readers what they want

One of the biggest problems newbie bloggers face is the fact that people aren’t reading their content. They share their content on multiple platforms, and they do get clicks to their blog, but their bounce rate is extremely high. A High bounce rate means that the majority of your blog visitors are leaving your blog within a few seconds this also means that people aren’t reading your content.

To solve this problem, you need to give your readers what they want. Do thorough research on topics that’s trending in your niche, and use question/answer sites to your advantage. Collect popular questions and problems that arise in your niche, and then write about these topics.

You can also create a survey or poll and post it on your blog, as well as on social media. If you have a mailing list, invite your subscribers to complete the survey. A Well formatted survey can give you a lot of valuable data and statistics about your readers and what information they are looking for.

Another good idea is to have a suggest a topic button on your website. Ask your visitors what they want you to write about, and then write about it. Be sure to gather the email address of visitors when they suggest a topic so you can send them an update with a link to the article you wrote.

Tip #9: Become an authority in your niche

As a newbie blogger, you do not have any authority in your niche. This is because you’re only starting out with your first blog, and no one really knows about you, what you do, what you know or even about your blog yet. Well, this needs to change and the sooner the better.

As part of my blogging tips for beginners, I didn’t want to include this tip at first. I later decided to add this tip the reason is because the sooner you start to build up authority for yourself and your blog, the sooner you will become a more famous blogger. The more people see your name and your blogs name on the internet, the more they will know you and the more they will want to know about you.

Build authority in your niche >> Blogging tips for beginners

Building authority for yourself and for your blog in your niche takes a little time, but if you do it from the start you’ll be reaping a lot of rewards. Start by becoming active on social media, joining different communities related to your niche and also becoming a member of popular blogs in your niche. Don’t just register an account here, you need to become active. Post regularly with useful comments, replies to threads and even tips and hints. Make sure you use your name as it appears on your blog this will help you build authority.

Once you’ve built up some authority, it will be much easier to get involved with other bloggers in your niche. By being an active member with a lot of thanks and likes on your posts in different communities, you will have proof to offer to other bloggers in your niche. This will make them trust you more easily and will also increase the chances of them publishing a guest post for you on their own blogs providing a backlink and traffic to your site at the same time.

It’s also important to realize that building authority for yourself within your niche holds many more benefits than those I just mentioned. When you build up a name for yourself, people will start to recognize the name of your blog as well as your personal name or your personas name. People will also start to search for your name on search engines, which will then lead them to your blog (That said, this will only help if you actually focus on branding when doing SEO).

Tip #10: Do NOT give up!

The most important tip in my list of blogging tips for beginners. Tip #10 is NOT to give up. Not ever!

I personally know, and have heard about so many people that tried to make it online, but ended up quitting. The reasons defer from person to person, but in the end they all gave up because they didn’t see results fast enough. And that’s one big problem when it comes to making money online and building an online career for yourself. You HAVE to be patient. It takes time and effort to built things up, but once you’ve established yourself as an online money maker, things get easier as you move along.

The beginning is the hardest part, and that’s why I’m giving you this tip. Do NOT give up. Just because you’re not getting a thousand hits a day within your first month doesn’t mean you’re unsuccessful. Some blogs take up to six months to see real results. The secret is to keep things going even when it seems like there’s no more hope.

Recap and final words

To recap my blogging tips for beginners: post new content regularly, do proper search engine optimization, create a social media presence for your blog, build up authority for yourself as an author, as well as for your blog, and most importantly, do NOT give up.

One of the key elements of running a successful blog is to have dedication. Dedicate yourself to spending a little time, even if it’s just 30 minutes, every day on your blog. Use this list of blogging tips for beginners to help you get a head start and remember to have fun while building your blog.

How To Make Money Online With Google AdSense

AdSense

Today I would like to talk to you about how to make money online with Google AdSense. This is a very popular question that gets asked a lot on Q&A sites, as well as on different forums and discussion boards. Taking this into mind, I decided to do a quick post to help those out with the question How to make money online with Google AdSense.

What is Google AdSense?

Google AdSense is an ad-serving network that offers blog and website owners the opportunity to make money from the site. The network is owned by Google and usually serves ads placed by Google AdWords customers.

Being a Google product, using Google AdSense to make money online is a great way to create an extra income stream for yourself. By simply serving ads in different places on your website or blog, you will be paid every time someone clicks on one of the displayed ads.

Benefits of Google AdSense?

Google AdSense is my personal preferred method to monetize websites and blogs. I currently own a couple of niche-specific sites, as well as niche-specific blogs, and all of them are serving Google AdSense ads except for the blog you’re on right now. I decided not to go with Google AdSense for The Profit Blogger. The reason is simply because I’m busy conducting research on different monetization methods, and I will be releasing a full case study report about my experience very soon.

Ill soon be releasing a case study to help you understand the difference between various monetization methods, and how they affect certain niches. The case study will be released for FREE to my private mailing list.

Now on to the benefits of using Google AdSense to monetize your website or blog:

  • Google AdSense is free to join. There’s no registration, admin or other fees involved.
  • Google AdSense offers different forms of payment. This means that you can use Google AdSense in a variety of countries, unlike some ad-serving networks with very restricted country selections.
  • Ads can be served as text, banners or a combination of both.
  • Text ads can easily be customized to suit your website or blogs look.
  • Get paid per thousand impressions, as well as per click.
  • High payout rates per click for some keywords. Keyword research is necessary to find these keywords.
  • It’s relatively easy to get accepted into the Google AdSense program. No need for a blog with thousands of daily unique visitors to be approved.
  • Ads are loaded based on keywords found in your content. This means that ads will usually be relevant to what your page and/or site is about.

How To Make Money Online With Google AdSense

Making money with Google AdSense is actually a very simple process. The key to making a lot of profit is to get a lot of readers to your blog, or visitors on your website. The more visitors you receive, the more clicks you’ll get and the more profit you’ll make. It’s really as simple as that well, kind of.

To properly explain to you how to make money online with Google AdSense, let me break up the important parts of how to make money online with Google AdSense in bullets. These bullets will tell you the most important parts of making the most money from Google AdSense.

  • You need to plan ahead.
  • Keyword research should be an important part of every post you make.
  • Long-tail keywords are easier to rank for, and can drive traffic to other pages on your website as well.
  • High CPC keywords are better to target as they will give you better payout rates for every click received.
  • Proper placement of ads on your website is important.
  1. Plan ahead

The first thing you need to consider when you ask the question How to make money online with Google AdSense is the quality and relevancy of your content. In order to attract a maximum number of readers to your blog or website, you need to ensure the content you provide are of high quality, are relevant to your target audience, and provides value to your readers. Readers who land on your site and finds your site useless will hit the back button and NOT click on your ads. This is NOT what you want.

Planning before crafting your content is important. You should do research in order to determine what information your target audience is looking for. Then create content that solve these problems. By using this technique, your content will be much more relevant to your readers and visitors.

  1. Keyword research

During the planning phase of your content creation process, you need to do keyword research. Keyword research is a process that you need to follow in order to find keywords you can target in your content. By targeting keywords in your content, you are able to rank easier and better in search engines based on the targeted keywords.

Keyword research can be performed using various tools, including:

  • SEMRush (Highly recommended)
  • Google Keyword Planner
  • Keyword Tool
  • WordStreams Free Keyword Tool

When doing your keyword research for your content, you should pay close attention to factors such as the competition of each keyword, the average number of monthly searches, as well as the CPC rate. The lower the competition of a keyword, the easier to rank for that specific keyword.

  1. Long-tail keywords

A Secret sauce to get some traffic juice to your website or blog is to target long-tail keywords. Long-tail keywords are keywords that had a huge spike in search traffic, thereafter the search traffic decreased, but stayed steady for a long period of time. These keywords are keywords that you can usually use to create evergreen content, and the keywords will also provide organic traffic to your website or blog over a longer period of time that said, if you can get your pages to rank well.

Long-tail keywords are also keywords that’s usually a couple of words long, instead of a short one or two word keyword. These keywords are easier to rank for, and have much lower competition that regular keywords.

Instead of giving you links to expensive software that you can use to find long-tail keywords, I’m rather going to show you a quick and easy way you can find these gold-mine keywords for free. The method uses Googles suggest feature, and it really works!

To use Google Suggest to find long-tail keywords, all you need to do is start typing in Googles search box. The search box will automatically try to guess what you’re searching for those auto suggested guesses are mostly long-tail keywords.

As you can see in the two images above, I started typing and Google spat out some useful long-tail keywords for me.

By searching for make money online, I got the following long-tail keywords:

  • make money online without investment
  • make money online free
  • how to earn money on internet
  • make money from home
  • make money online fast

And by searching for how to lose weight, I got the following long-tail keywords:

  • how to lose weight in a week
  • how to lose weight in your face
  • how to lose weight fast

You will notice that not all the long-tail keywords suggested here would be useful, but you can definitely use some of them. The search phrase how to lose weight brought 3 very useful long-tail keywords that can easily be converted into 3 informative and high-ranking blog posts. The search phrase make money online brought some keywords that doesn’t make much sense, but they can easily be used in various ways to get you high rankings.

  1. High CPC Keywords

When doing keyword research, and making money with Google AdSense, it’s important to target keywords that will get you high payout rates per click. Proper keyword research can be the difference between earning $0.01 and $10.00 on a single click this is why it’s so important to do research when choosing a keyword.

Try to target long-tail keywords with high CPC rates.

You should note that the rates per click that can be viewed in Googles Keyword Tool are NOT the average payout rates per click Google AdSense publishers get. You should use a tool such as SEMRush to search for CPC rates these rates are much more accurate.

  1. Ad placement

When placing Google AdSense codes on your website or blog, its very important to place these codes in spots that will be visible to your readers, and in obvious click locations. This will increase your CTR (click-through-rate) and will help you make more money.

It’s a good idea to place an ad in your header, as well as in your sidebar. I also usually ad an ad below the title of every post this is usually best done manually by editing your theme or sites code.

Try to place ads at the top of your site so people can easily see it when they land on your website. If your visitors are very engaged with your content, you can also place an ad at the bottom of your posts. This way, users will see an ad after their done reading your post.

Important Note: NEVER place more than 3 Google AdSense adverts on one single page of your website or blog. Google AdSense allows a maximum of 3 ads on a single page on your site. Anything more than 3 ads can get your account suspended.

Get Started With Google AdSense

If you like what you’ve read in this post, then you should definitely get started with Google AdSense. It’s really easy to get started and you’ll be able to implement this how to make money online with Google AdSense guide sooner than you think!

Step 1 => Head over to https://www.google.com/adsense

Step 2=> Sign up for a Google AdSense account. Be honest when filling out the application form.

Step 3 => Wait for approval. Once approved, log into your account.

Step 4 => Visit the My Ads tab and click on Create New Ad. Customize the features of the ad and save the ad.

Step 5 => Copy the code displayed in a popup box and paste it on your website.

These 5 steps are all it takes to get started with Google AdSense. After following these steps, your Google AdSense account will be ready to start making you money. Now you just have to drive traffic to your website or blog and you’ll see your click count on ads increase day-after-day.

Final Words

In this quick post, I shared some details about how to make money online with Google AdSense. After years of experimenting with different ad-serving networks, I’ve decided to stay with Google AdSense. This guide to how to make money online with Google AdSense provides essential information that will help you understand what Google AdSense is and how this ad-serving network can help you make money from your website or blog.

Now it’s up to you to use the information you read in my how to make money online with Google AdSense guide in a way that will help you profit from your site by following just a couple of steps.

If you have anything else to share, please leave a comment. Also please feel free to share this article with your friends to help them learn how to make money online with Google AdSense.

How To Install WordPress Locally

Install WordPress Locally

A lot of people are starting to get an interest in developing themes and plugins for WordPress, but they do not know how to install WordPress locally. Developing WordPress plugins and themes over a local development environment holds many benefits over developing on a live site on the internet, including the fact that there are no downtime risks involved.

I decided to do a quick tutorial on how to install WordPress locally. This is a popular question asked by many WordPress fans and can be of great assistance when it comes to development, as well as testing various features, elements, plugins and themes without risking your live WordPress website.

Requirements To Install WordPress Locally

To install and use WordPress on your local computer without having to upload anything to your web hosting server, you need to meet a couple of requirements. Don’t worry, these requirements won’t take up much of your time and their very easy to get. It is important that you meet these requirements before you install WordPress locally though.

  1. Operating System

To install WordPress locally, you need to have a computer running one of the main operating systems, like Windows, Mac OSX or a Linux distribution. In this tutorial, I will be covering the installation procedure for Windows OS. I will later to tutorials on doing the same procedure on Mac OSX and Linux-powered computers.

  1. Local Development Server

The next thing you need to have is a local development server installed on your computer. This is free and the download size is under 100MB, so if you’re tight on data, then this shouldn’t take much of a gap out of your data bundle.

A Local development server is a software suite that installs various features on your computer that you usually get with an online web hosting account. These features will then emulate a web hosting server directly on your computer, giving you the ability to run application you’d usually only be able to run on your hosting server, directly on your local computer (even without an active internet connection). The key features installed by a local development server includes an apache (or similar) service, PHP and, of course, MySQL or an alternative database server that allows you to easily store, retrieve and modify data that your web applications will use.

The advantage a local development server have over installing each component individually is the fact that the software comes with everything you need to start local development, pre-packed into one single installation file. After installing, an icon is created in the bottom bar of your Windows operating system you can then control all aspects of your local development server using this icon including start and stop services, modify PHP.ini and other important functions.

I highly recommend using the WAMP software suite. I personally use this local development server software, and it works great. I will also guide you through installing WAMP server in this tutorial, but I will point out alternatives for your convenience.

Installing WAMP Server

To install WAMP Server on your local computer, you simply need to download the installation file and follow its installation process. It’s a quick and easy process, and the installation file is under 100MB.

Simply head over to http://www.wampserver.com/en/ click on the Download option in the main menu, and then download the appropriate installation package for your computer. I recommend downloading one of the first packages that includes the latest version of PHP be sure to download the correct package based on your computer specifications (32-bit or 64-bit).

WAMP Local Development Server Download

Now simply double click the downloaded WAMP Server setup files and follow the installation instructions.

You’ve successfully installed WAMP Server onto your local computer, and you’re now almost ready to install WordPress locally. Just one more requirement left, and then we can start with the installation process.

  1. WordPress

The last thing you need is a copy of the WordPress script on your local computer. This is a simple download that’s under 10MB in size and gives you the complete WordPress package to use on your local development server.

Simpy visit http://wordpress.org and click on the Download WordPress button.

Once you’ve downloaded the WordPress zip file, you’ve completed the steps and you now meet the requirements to install WordPress locally. Next I will start to guide you through how to install WordPress locally in only a few steps.

How To Install WordPress Locally

Now that you meet the requirements, it’s time to learn how to install WordPress locally. This only takes a few minutes of your time, and is very easy to do. I will guide you step-by-step through the process and help you install WordPress locally.

Step 1: Start WAMP Server

The first step to install WordPress locally is to start WAMP Server. You’ve already installed the software and simply need to double click on the new WAMP Server icon on your desktop, or find the software in your start menu and click on it. If you’re using account protection on your Windows computer, you might have to authorize the software for administration rights since the software will start some essential services in the background to load the local development server.

WAMP Icon

After starting WAMP server, give it some time to load. You’ll see a new icon appear in the right side of bottom bar of your desktop (The Windows bar). Wait until the icon turns completely green this means all services have been started. In some rare cases, all services might not start successfully if the icon stays red or only turns orange, it means that not all services have been started and you will not be able to use all of the local development server features. If this is your case, then please visit the WAMP Server forums for support on how to resolve this issue.

WAMP Server Started

Click on the icon once it turns green and the WAMP Server menu will appear. From here, you can modify different settings, and find useful shortcuts to different parts of your new local development server.

WAMP Server Menu

To test WAMP Server, click on the Localhost option. This will open up your default browser and navigate to the Localhost this is the home of your new local development server, and the place where you can monitor the WAMP Server.  You can also navigate to the localhost manually by opening any web browser and typing in http://localhost/ (without the quotes) into the URL bar.

Localhost Homepage

If you see the screen above, then you’ve started WAMP Server and can move on to the next part to install WordPress locally.

Step 2: Extract WordPress

Before you can learn how to install WordPress locally, you need to extract WordPress into a very specific folder on your computer. Once extracted, you will have access to WordPress via localhost on any of your web browsers.

This process is very simple open up the WordPress archive file you downloaded earlier on. If you downloaded a ZIP verion, you can use the built-in archive explorer within Windows. If you downloaded any other version, you will need an archive extraction program such as the FREE 7-Zip program.

Extract the wordpress folder inside this archive to the following directory on your computer: C:\wamp\www (You can also open the WAMP Server menu and click on the www directory option.

Now rename the wordpress folder to something you want it to be named. You can also leave the folder name as is this will simply be the directory of your local WordPress installation.

Step 3: Configure a Database

The next step to install WordPress locally is to create and configure a database. This is an important step as WordPress heavily relies on a database to store, modify and retrieve data.

To setup and configure a database, we will be using a small web-app that came with the WAMP Server installation. The program is called PHPMyAdmin and allows you to create, modify and delete databases, as well as database entries, once connected to a MySQL database server. Luckily you don’t have to manually connect PHPMyAdmin to a MySQL server since WAMP Server did this for you very convenient!

Open up your favorite web browser and navigate to the following URL (or simply click on the link): http://localhost/phpmyadmin

This will open up PHPMyAdmin in your web browser and allow you to work with MySQL without having to know about coding or any advance database techniques.

PHPMyAdmin Dashboard

Create a new user

We first need to create a new user before creating a database. This is an optional step, but I highly recommend NOT using the root user as the root user doesn’t have a password.

To create a new user, simply click on the Users tab. This will bring you to the user management tab for your MySQL Database Server. Here you will see the default users created, which includes any and root. Any isn’t an actual user, but rather refers to all users of the database.

PHPMyAdmin User Management

Simply click on Add User to create your new user. This will bring you to the Add New User page, where you can fill out details such as username and password, and you can set up permissions on this page.

PHPMyAdmin Add New User

Fill in a username and password. At host, you need to click on Local this will automatically fill the field next to Host with Localhost. Then click on the tickbox next to Check All at Global Privilages. This will grant your new user access to all database features. Finally click on the Go button at the bottom to create your new user.

Your new user has been created and we can now continue with this how to install WordPress locally tutorial. In the next step, you will create a database that you will use with your local WordPress install.

Create a new database

You will now need to create a new database that you will use with your WordPress installation. This database will be the data storage for your WordPress installation and will hold all changeable data and values for WordPress.

Navigate to the Databases tab and let’s create a new database.

PHPMyAdmin Add New Database

At the top of the Databases page, you’ll see a section titled Create database. This is where you’ll create a new database. Enter a name for your new database and click on the Create button.

A Message will pop up telling you that the new database has been created. The new database will also instantly appear on your list of databases.

You’ve successfully created a new user, as well as a new database. Congrats!

We can now move on to install WordPress locally and complete the final steps.

Step 4: Install WordPress Locally

Now it is time to install WordPress locally on your computer. You now meet all the requirements, and you have a working database that can be used for your WordPress local install. All you need to do now is actually install WordPress and you’re done.

Head over to http://localhost/ or click on the Localhost option in WAMP Servers menu. This will open up the Localhost homepage for you again. This time, you will see a change in the homepage. Remember when you extracted the WordPress archive to C:\wamp\www? Well, now your localhost local development server picks up a new entry in its www directory, and lists it inside the Localhost homepage for your convenience.

To install WordPress locally now, all you have to do is click on its project. This will defer based on whether or not your renamed the wordpress folder after extraction. If not, yours will look like the screenshot above simply wordpress.

Clicking on your project will open up the WordPress installation Wizard, which will guide you through all the steps you need to take to install WordPress locally. Its quick, easy and you’ll have a working local WordPress installation within the next few minutes.

Update: It seems like the new WAMP server has a small bug. The link to your project under Your Projects will actually lead you to an incorrect location. Please navigate manually to http://localhost/<foldername> for example, if the folder / project is named wordpress, navigate to http://localhost/wordpress

WordPress install wizard

The WordPress install wizard is very easy to follow and will guide you through a few steps to install WordPress locally. Simply follow these steps in order to complete your installation of WordPress on your local computer.

After choosing your default language, you will need to enter the details you used to create a new user and database earlier. This will allow WordPress to connect to your local database and install the required data into the database. Enter the details exactly as you entered them while creating the new user and database.

Click on Submit after you’ve filled out the details. WordPress will try to connect to your database if everything goes well, you will see a screen that asks you if you want to start the installation. This means WordPress successfully connected to your database and can start to install WordPress locally. To start the installation of WordPress on your local computer, simply click Run the install.

The final step is to configure your local WordPress install configuration. This is basically your site details, such as the title of your site and a main admin user.

Fill out the Site Title, Username, Password and Your Email fields. Take down these details as you will need them to log into the admin area after you’ve installed WordPress locally. To finish the process, click on Install WordPress.

A Success screen will tell you that the installation is complete and that you can now login to your locally installed WordPress website. Click the Log in button and enter the user details you used.

Local WordPress admin login

You’ve successfully installed WordPress locally. Congrats!

Final Words

You now know how to install a local development environment on your Windows computer, how to set up a local database and how to install WordPress locally.

This is a very useful tutorial if you want to:

  • Test a theme or plugin before using it on your live WordPress website
  • Develop WordPress themes and plugins locally without effecting your live WordPress website
  • You want to customize a theme or plugin, but want to test out your customization before uploading to your live WordPress website
  • You want to use WordPress for a feature that doesn’t require it to be online, like as an offline project or customer management solution

Thank you for taking the time to read through my How to Install WordPress Locally tutorial. If you found this tutorial useful in any way, please consider sharing the post so others can learn more about how they can also install WordPress locally on their computer.

Add Images To WordPress Posts The Easy Way

WordPress Posts

To add images to WordPress posts, a lot of tasks are involved. From searching for a stock photo you can use, to compressing the stock photo to reduce its size and impact on your websites loading time. This can take a long time and waste a lot of previous time time you can use to optimize your post and rank your site higher in search engines.

Unfortunately this is a process every WordPress user has to go though, whether you own a portfolio site, a blog or any other type of website. Images are one of the important factors of your website not only does it make your website look more attractive, but it also helps you rank better in search engines, and adds your images to the image search results on several search engines.

Today I am here to show you a way you can speed up this process and add images to WordPress posts faster, easier and without all the hassles. You don’t even have to leave your WordPress website to find images this method will help you find images within your Post editor, and it will also automatically compress and reduce the size of your images without you having to lift a finger.

Advantages

The method I’m about to share with you have several advantages that you will automatically gain when you implement the steps involved with the method. It’s quick and easy to setup, and only requires you to install a couple of plugins and modify a few settings. Nothing major, and you don’t have to fiddle around with any code.

  1. Faster and much easier way to find images for your blog posts.
  2. Easily find images to use as your featured image, as well as images to insert directly into your blog posts.
  3. Add images to WordPress posts without having to leave your WordPress post editor.
  4. No costs involved. Everything involved with this method is free to use.
  5. Save hours of your time.

Add Images To WordPress Posts The setup

The method I’m about to show you will help you add images to WordPress posts without having to spend hours finding the perfect stock photos, and without having to leave your WordPress website. Gosh you don’t even need to open up a new tab when adding a new image!

To follow the method you will need to install a couple of plugins on your WordPress website, and modify a few settings. I will walk you through all the steps involved so you can also add images to WordPress posts the easy way.

Step-by-Step instructions

Let’s jump right into the action. Simply follow these steps and you’ll soon be able to add images to WordPress posts using a quicker, easier way.

Note: I will first guide you through the process of installing and setting up this method. Once completed, I will walk you through the easier, faster process that you can use to add images to WordPress posts.

Step 1: Image Compression

Well start off by installing an image compression plugin on WordPress. This plugin will automatically compress all images on your website, helping you increase the loading time of your web pages and decrease the impact images have on the size of your web pages. With this plugin installed, there’s no need to head over to an image compressor or start up an image editing application to reduce the size of your images since the plugin handles everything.

For image compression, we will be using WP Smush. This is a very useful WordPress plugin that can be installed for free, and automatically compresses images as you add them to your posts.

Log in to your WordPress websites admin area, and head over to Plugins >> Add New. In the search bar, enter WP Smush.

Install the WP Smush plugin as indicated in the screenshot above. Once installed, simply click on Activate Plugin to activate WP Smush.

After activating WP Smush on your WordPress website, head over to Plugins >> Installed Plugins and look for WP Smush. Click on Settings to go to WP Smushs settings page.

WP Smush also offers a Pro upgrade. If you need any of the features offered by the Pro upgrade, you can upgrade by clicking the Upgrade Now button in the right sidebar on the WP Smush settings page. Note that the free version has a lot features and everything you need to reduce the size of your images.

With the free version of WP Smush, youll have 2 available options on its settings page. One option is to enable or disable the plugin on all future image uploads, and the second option is to smush or compress images on your website that were uploaded before WP Smush was installed / enabled.

While on the WP Smush settings page, check and ensure the checkbox next to Smush images on upload is checked.

Next you need to scroll down and smush all your existing images. This is an optional step, but will be very helpful if you didnt optimize any of your previously added images. Simply click on Bulk smush now to start compressing your existing images that was uploaded before you installed and enabled WP Smush.

The smush process takes a while to complete. Be patient and DO NOT close the window while the plugin is processing images. Also note that with the free version of WP Smush you can only bulk smush up to 50 images at a time. This isn’t a problem you can simply do 50, come back to the settings page and process the next 50.

Step 2: Image Inject

Now that you have your automated image compression setup, it’s time to install the plugin that will allow you to add images to WordPress posts the easy and faster way. After completing this step, you’ll be up-and-running, ready to add images to your WordPress posts without having to leave your WordPress post editor.

The plugin we will be using to add images to WordPress posts is called ImageInject. This is a relatively small plugin that allows you to insert images from Pixabay and Flickr directly into your posts without having to leave the post editor page.

Head back to Plugins >> Add New and search for ImageInject. There should be only 1 search result.

Install ImageInject and then activate by clicking on Activate Plugin after the plugin has been installed.

ImageInject has been installed on your WordPress website and you can now add images to WordPress posts using a quick and easy method by simply searching for images from within the WordPress post editor page.

Before you start using the plugin, and before I show you how to use the plugin, you should do some initial configuration to suit your needs. Head over to Settings >> Image Inject. This brings up the settings page for the ImageInject plugin.

Settings >> Image Inject

The plugin settings page offers various settings you can configure to customize the plugin. These settings will allow you to customize the plugin in a way to suit your needs, as well as your websites needs, in a better way.

You can go through the settings and see if there’s anything you want to change. Pay close attention to the very first setting: License. When ImageInject searches for images, it also takes the license tag of the image and analyzes this tag. This tag tells the plugin what type of license is attached to the image, and whether or not attribution is required. You can set what type of license you want ImageInject to search for when you search for images on Flickr note that any images that require attribution will add a note at the bottom of your post with Photo by XXX, where XXX is the username of the Flickr user who uploaded the photo, as well as a link to their Flickr profile.

If you prefer NOT to have any attributions appear on your website, choose the Commercial Use Allowed, No Attribution Required option.

Add images to WordPress posts The process

Now that you’ve installed both an image compression plugin and the ImageInject plugin, you can start using this method to add images to WordPress posts. Remember I told you this method is really fast and easy to use? Well, you’re about to find out just how easy it gets!

To add images to WordPress posts using the ImageInject plugin, simply head over to a post, or compose a new post. When you get to the post editor page, scroll down to the bottom. You will see a new widget titled ImageInject Find Free Images. This is ImageInject and this is where you can search for images to use in your WordPress posts from now on.

To add images to WordPress posts using the ImageInject plugin, all you need to do is enter a keyword and hit Search. This will bring up results from Pixabay and Flickr you can then choose any photo to be added to your WordPress post.

Now the process is very simple. When you hover over any of the images that comes up in the search results, you’ll see a drop-down box pop up. This box will load a preview of the images, as well as several sizes the image is available in. If you want to insert the image into the post you are working on, simply click on the size you want to load and the image will be added.

You can also set an image as your posts featured image. To do this, simply click on the Featured image option, which can be found alongside the different size buttons.

Over To You

Now that I showed you how to add images to WordPress posts the easy, faster and more convenient way it’s your turn to implement these steps and check them out. Be sure to install both WP Smush and ImageInject to ensure your images are also compressed. This helps with both the loading time of your web page, as well as with your search rankings.

Did you give this method a go? Let us know in the comments below how you find this combination of plugins and if you have any additional suggestions.

My 2 Favorite Freelance Websites to Find Work in 2016

Freelance Websites

Working as a freelancer is both fun and rewarding, but this career-choice has its ups and downs. I personally enjoy the rewards and benefits that comes with being a freelancer, and enjoy overcoming the many challenges and obstacles I have to overcome on my journey to becoming a more established freelance worker. Many people find themselves stuck in 9 to 5 job where they have no challenges and simply follow the instructions that’s passed on to them. This results in a boring job where you do not get an opportunity to grow and you have to be happy with minimum wage. It is possible to escape this boring routine by using your own skills and converting them into a lucrative income opportunity.

Thousands of individuals have made the move to becoming a freelancer. Being a freelancer means you can work from the comfort of your own home, you can set your own schedule, you decide when you want to work and you basically write your own pay check. The choice of becoming a freelancer online might seem daunting at first, but once you set your mind to it, things start to fall into place and overcoming the obstacles you have to face in order to make the transition becomes easier and more rewarding.

Today I would like to share my choice of the top 5 freelance websites where freelancers can find work in 2016. I have personally used these and can tell you that they provide an excellent way to find work and become successful online as a freelance worker.

UpWork

UpWork is my personal favorite freelance site. I have been working on this platform for quite some time and find it to be convenient, easy-to-use and an excellent addition to my freelancing tool box. UpWork has a large variety of categories to choose from when finding work, which means you can find projects to apply for no matter what skills you have. Some of my favorite categories include web design and content writing, as these are the two categories I enjoy working in most.

Pros:

Easy to get started with no approval process

The ability to upload portfolio items in order to create a professional portfolio

Free account gives you enough bids to find a lot of work every month

Trusted platform with thousands of freelancers and employers

Easy to make bids on potential projects

You can choose when to get paid, or set an auto payout schedule

Live chat system makes it super easy to communicate with clients

Convenient time tracker automatically tracks the amount of time you spend on projects that pays by the hour

Cons:

The fee associated with each job is a bit high, but the more work you do, the less fees you pay

As you can see, the only negative point I have with working on the UpWork platform is the fact that they take around 20% of your earnings as fees. There is a positive side to this point though after making a certain amount on the platform with a client, your fee will drop to between 5% and 10%.

I have a few continuous contracts on UpWork. This is one of the best ways to create a recurring income stream by finding clients, impressing them and gaining a long-term business relationships. This way, I am making $100+ per week, sometimes much more. It all depends on the amount of work I do and the amount of time I spent on the platform.

Register as a freelancer at = www.upwork.com

Guru

Guru is another excellent option for freelance workers. The platform works very different than the UpWork platform, but in the end the process is very similar. You search for a job, place a bid and once your bid is accepted, you complete the job. The only difference with Guru is the fact that you need to set up an invoice and send it to the client / employer. They will then be able to pay the invoice.

Additional payment options are available order to provide added security for freelancers. As a freelancer, you can choose whether a client needs to fund the project before you get started and whether they need to enable auto-pay on the project. Auto-pay is a system that automatically withdraws money from the clients account once you send them an invoice.

Register as a freelancer at = www.guru.com

Final Thoughts

While these are not the only freelancing platforms available for freelance workers, I highly recommend starting out with them. I find that UpWork is the easiest to work with and the built-in messaging system is really a great add-on! I found it relatively easy to get started on UpWork and scored my first few contracts in the first week of being active on their system. On Guru, I had a problem with one contract where I never got paid. In a way it was my own fault as I did not ask the client to pre-pay into the system. Since then, I did score more trust-able clients that pay. I work on UpWork 80% of the time and on Guru the other 20% (when doing freelance work). I also believe that you should not limit your opportunities. These platforms provide a great way to get started and to build a portfolio. Once you are more acquainted, you should focus on finding clients off these platforms and you should try to build long-term business relationships with your private clients.