Six Things To Know When Creating A Blog

Are you thinking about creating your first blog? If so, this is an exciting time for you. Here are a few tips for you to help you to save time and create the website that you have always wanted.

Finding the right niche

When thinking about starting a blog you must find your niche. There are hundreds of niches to choose from.  You just have to use your head. For example, if you wanted to start a Christian blog your niche would be Christianity. A few other niches include finance, parenting, health, lifestyle, home improvement, sports, blogging, tech, etc. There are also niches within niches. For example, instead of creating a blog about animals, you can create a blog about dogs. These niches are easier to rank for because you will have your competition. Choose a niche that you love which makes writing easier.

Choose a good web hosting company.

There are hundreds of hosting companies that you can use ranging from shared hosting to dedicated hosting. The question is, what hosting provider is the best? There is no real answer to this question but allow me to name a few popular and respected hosting providers. SiteGround –

SiteGround is a popular WordPress hosting provider that offers shared hosting plans ranging from $3.95 to $11.95 a month. What I love about SiteGround hosting is that customers can choose between 4 data center locations, which excels the page load speed of your website in other continents. SiteGround customers will enjoy SSD, free Cloudflare CDN, free SSL’s, and more. On top of basic and essential features, SiteGround offers a 300 – 400ms website load speed and a 99.99% uptime.

HostGator – HostGator is well-known among bloggers. Over 8 million domains are currently being hosted on HostGator servers. Although HostGator is not the cheapest hosting provider, they do offer premium performance. HostGator offers hosting though Ace Data Centers. Ace feeds power through redundant critical paths, dual segregated transformers, and 750kW UPS battery backup units. With HostGator you will receive unmetered bandwidth, unlimited sub domains, SSL Certification, unlimited MySQL databases with phpMyAdmin Access, and the most popular web hosting control panel cPanel.

Bluehost – Bluehost is owned by Endurance international Group. Today it is one of the 20 largest web hosting companies in the world. When you sign up with Bluehost you will be able to receive a free domain for one year. A free SSL is included on all Bluehost plans. Bluehost offers 3 shared plans that you can choose from ranging from $3.95 to $5.95 a month. Optional add-ons with Bluehost include unique IPs, domain privacy, SiteLock, CodeGuard, and Spam Protection.

iPage –

iPage is the most affordable hosting provider on this list. If you don’t mind not having the best performance, then you are free to choose iPage. For $1.99 a month you can’t really complain with what you are getting. iPage offers free domain registration, 1000s of free templates, a free drag and drop site builder, free marketing, and free 24/7 support.

Choose a CMS

Now that you have a good hosting provider you will need a CMS. There are many different content management systems for you to choose from such as Drupal, WordPress, Joomla. If you are technical, then you can use Drupal. However, for most people I recommend using WordPress. WordPress is the most popular CMS / blogging platform in the world. With the WordPress platform you will be able to implement thousands of plugins directly from your dashboard. You will also be able to install thousands of free themes.

Setup your website

Your hosting provider will set up your CMS for you. With SiteGround, all you would have to do is choose one of their multiple web hosting plans, walk through the setup process, and allow their preinstall wizard to install WordPress. From there all that you have to do is create login details and log into your new website.

Make sure to create social media accounts

One of the biggest mistakes that you can make is to not promote your blog posts on social media accounts. Make sure to set up accounts with Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets. Actively promote your content on these outlets. Social is a great way to gain continuous readership and also subscribers. Not only will you gain followers to your website, but you will also enhance the SEO of your website.

Google looks at social media when ranking sites.

Increasing Facebook likes creates brand awareness and in 2018, it is a well-known ranking signal. Engage It is imperative that you engage with other bloggers and readers. Allow your site visitors to comment on your blog posts. Step out of your comfort zone and guest blog on other blogs in your niche. The most successful bloggers are the ones that are not afraid to have back-and-forths with their visitors.

Save cash on fuel during your next trip! — 4WD Supacentre

With modern advances in fuel delivery, and computer-controlled turbo diesel engines, 4WD fuel efficiency figures have slowly been becoming more palatable for those without blank check books to pay for their expeditions. We are going to go over 6 ways for you to enhance your fuel efficiency on long journeys away! MINIMISE EXCESS WEIGHT [ […]

When packing your vehicle it is important to remember that the heavier your vehicle is, the more energy you will need to use to keep it rolling. By packing less gear more efficiently and towards the middle of your vehicles wheelbase and lower towards the vehicles center of gravity you will minimize uneven stress on the suspension components of your 4WD meaning it will handles smoother, this results in an easier ride, and burning less fuel.

A set of Titan Rear Drawers help you to locate your bulky heavy gear lower down, and also freeing up internal cabin space for safer and better visibility which makes decision making much easier on the open road, because you give yourself more time to react to hazards ahead and slower vehicles that you may be approaching which can make you lose momentum for climbing up those bigger hills.

 

STOP START IS THE BIGGEST ENEMY!

Whilst driving on any road in any car, regular stop start driving wastes a ridiculous amount of fuel, and in our personal experience a fully loaded 4WD being driven in bumper to bumper traffic DOUBLED…. That’s right doubled, its fuel consumption from nearly 11L/100Km to just over 22L/100Km.

There are dozens of tricks to making sure that you don’t burn this much fuel specially when travelling past and out of the city!

To avoid stop starting from taking its toll on your wallet, take off extremely slowly, and change gears early if you are driving an auto, simply holding minimal accelerator will allow the gearbox to upshift early without ‘winding out’ your revs through the gear range. Using the engines low end torque and not bringing your turbo into boost will save you many litres of fuel at the bowsers.

 Just because the car in front is zipping off the lights and slamming their brakes on at every traffic blockage doesn’t mean you have to as well.

Stick to the slow lane and drive it like a semi! This way you’ll always give yourself plenty of stopping distance to slow down in your own time and you will always conserve fuel being able to coast towards the red light ahead, instead of racing the car next to you right up to the stop!

SMOOTH IS FAST!

The old saying ‘smooth is fast’ also applies for efficiency, smooth driving is efficient driving.

One of the best ways to avoid being erratic on the road is by giving yourself plenty of stopping distance and trying to maintain a steady pace.

The more erratic and agitated your driving is the more resistance your vehicle is likely to be encountering, making its job of cruising, much harder. Play some relaxed tunes on the radio and take your time making maneuvers in traffic and it will go a long way into getting you better numbers at the bowser.

Many modern 4WD’s handle just like cars, and with excellent handling characteristics, people automatically drive them as if their 2.5 ton 4WD is a micro-sized European designed hatchback, resulting in horrible fuel economy. Drive your vehicle like it is a fully loaded truck, and you will be rewarded with much smaller fuel bills than you are accustomed too!

WELL OILED MACHINE

When your vehicle encounters mechanical resistance you are burning excess fuel that you don’t need too. There are several things you can do to make sure your vehicle is not costing you stacks of hard earned.

Things like making sure that your vehicle is running the right tyre pressures is an excellent place to start, by using a compressor like the Thumper MKII to keep your tyres inflated to the right pressures, you will have a smoother drive, put less wear and tear on steering and suspension components and also reduce the rolling resistance of your tyres.

A set of new tyres every 2 or 3 years will also ensure that you are taking advantage of modern tread patterns, in the last 5-10 years Mud terrain tyres have increased in road handling and are much quieter than their dinosaur ancestors you used to hear coming down the road, but All terrains and highway terrains are still king at getting the best fuel economy figures.

Before any longer trip and every six months or so, you should get a good wheel alignment, this will make sure your front and back wheels are sitting square and riding true to the chassis, reducing any drag that the system might have and making your steering more responsive.

Don’t forget to check your wheel bearings, cv joints, and maintain your engine, gearbox and transfer case oils to make sure you aren’t wasting a drop of fuel.

MOMENTUM

There are few better ways to reduce your fuel bill, than by maintaining your momentum, if you have to keep adjusting your speed, you will be wasting fuel. It’s a good idea to keep your RPM lower, and cruise, with bigger vehicles a good cruising speed will allow you to make it up the hills on the freeway, and coast back down again without the need to floor it and rev your motor up.
SLOW DOWN

Simply by reducing your speed by 10 or 20 km/h, and cruising at around 90km/h instead of 100km/h and 110km/h, you can make massive savings to your fuel bill, you will find that by cruising at a slightly slower speed the frantic pace of the freeway no longer agitates you and you will gain plenty more stopping distance for smoother and easier driving all the way to and from your destination!

PLAN YOUR ROUTE

By planning your path ahead you can make sure there are no dramatic swerves to get to an offramp, or any unnecessary detours that can take you well off the beaten path, by using a VMS Touring 700 HDX GPS unit you can navigate easily to your destination without any silly wrong turns or time-consuming detours.

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Stepping into Spring with xylondon — Jenny in Neverland

I think Spring is a great time to spruce things up. Whether that’s your blog layout, a new hair cut, a re-decorated bedroom or a new wardrobe, Spring is a great time to jump into things head first. New beginnings and all that jazz. I always feel super motivated and inspired as Spring hits (apart […]

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COVER REVEAL ~ The Naked Truth by Vi Keeland — Book Loving Pixies

A Standalone Second Chance Romance Novel By: #1 NY Times Best Selling Author, Vi Keeland Photo/Cover Details Photo Credits: Mondadori Portfolio/Paolo Stella ARTeProduction/Jonathan Segade Model: Simone Bredariol – D’men – http://www.dmanagementgroup.com Cover Designer: Sommer Stein, Perfect Pear Creative **Watch out for a special excerpt sneak peak of The Naked Truth on July 18th!!** RELEASE DATE: […]

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Arm & Hammer Power Paks Laundry Detergent Only 95¢ at Family Dollar (Just Use Your Phone) — Hip2Save

Today, May 28th only, head to your local Family Dollar where Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent Power Paks 24-32 count are on sale for just $3.95. Even sweeter, head over here, clip this high value $3/1 Arm & Hammer Power Paks Laundry Detergent 17ct+ Smart Coupon and you’ll pay just 95¢ at checkout! Family Dollar Deal Idea…

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