I was first introduced to Wordpress after taking the Bloggers Paycheck course by John Yeo who showed me that Wordpress is by far the best blog platform that you will use if you are looking to make money blogging or start an internet business.
While it is true there are many other blogging tools, if you really want to establish yourself online and make money. Wordpress is by far the platform of choice.
An advantage here is that as it is open source, there are 1000's of free themes you can use. You also get literally thousands of free plugins. Plugins are additions to the platfrom that enhance the blog and the user experience.
Wordpress is also a state of the art platform with many big name companies using them, such as The New York Times and CNN.
Let me tell you a secret, you can also blog from your iphone!For someone that failed to make a profit using PPC as an affilaite with iPhone offers this was the best aspect.It does not matter where I am as I can update my blogs simply from my iPhone.I blog everwhere, the train, airport, the beach, anywhere I want to add to my income with the right message and information at the right time. I am always in contact with my readers.
So you are now set to start a blog?You should keep in mind that you have to know what your passion is. You many struggle to produce good content which will affect the longevity to keep blogging and make money.
Let's briefly look at installing wordpress, the easy way.To start with, you need to register a domain name. That's the easy part. There are a lot of domain registrars out there. I use Planetdomain.com, simple and straight forward to use.
I do not however use their hosting services. I use Hostgator. The advantage of Hostgator is that you get unlimited disk, bandwidth and webistes. This is very important if you end up finding yourself with an online empire. Finally, get FileZilla, this is a free FTP program that you will need to upload wordpress themes and other things to your site.
With everythihng set-up. Simply log into the cPanel of your hosting provider. Within cPanel there is a tool called Fantastico, this is a utility that has a lot of scripts that you can install for your webiste such as ecommerce, forums etc. But the one we want is Wordpress.
You will see a lot of options, don't let that worry you, Wordpress with be under 'blogs' usually under the second header.Now you need to click on Wordpress and then 'new installation. It's that simple.Once you complete the details, take note of your adminstration username and the password. You will need these to log into the Wordpress admin area.
Your blog is now up and running! I strongly recommend that you do the following straight away.
Now log into the administration area www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin and delete the "Hello World" post and any other posts or comments that are there by default. You simply go to Manage and then posts and delete.
Go to Manage' and then 'Pages' and click on 'About'. Change the about information to your own.
Go to the wordpress site.org and click on the menu item 'extend' and then 'themes'.Select on of the free themes that you would like, download it and extract to a local file.
Open your FTO program of choice and place in your relevant FTP details. Find your theme that you downloaded and extracted and upload to wordpress. Note that the file path is. Public_html ->wp-content -> themes.
There you can start to blog away and generate traffic.There is more to using wordpress then simply posting.There are numerous plug-in that you can use to enhance your site. Anything form social bookmarking tools, adsense, back-up, automatic upgrades and many more.