7 Steps on How to Start Blogging on Your WordPress Site

7 Steps on How to Start Blogging on Your WordPress Site

Blogging is a marketing strategy that has been around for many years. It is a fast way to deliver the necessary information to your audience. However, building a blog site can be a daunting task for some. That is why I am giving you a simple roadmap and in fact, you could have your blog site active in a few hours. WordPress makes it super easy to start blogging and start building authority and credibility in your niche and amongst your audience.

Step by step on how to start Blogging on your WordPress Site:

Step 1: Choose a Hosting Plan

SiteGround has three great plans for you if you want to start your WordPress Blog site quickly. This hosting company has friendly customer service so if something goes wrong when you are blogging, they can quickly help you with your technical struggles.

  • The StartUp plan is perfect for people with one website that is starting now.
  • The GrowBig plan is a great value for money offer, including the option for multiple websites and the SuperCacher that greatly improves website speed.
  • The GoGeek plan is perfect for people with e-commerce and larger sites, or more geeky development needs like more server resources and GIT integration.
    SiteGround Hosting Plans

Step 2: Choose a Domain Name 

You can choose to buy a new domain, or sign up with an existing domain through SiteGround Hosting. They offer a wide range of domain extensions at awesome prices. When you are starting your blogging, choose a domain name that reflects your niche and choose keywords your audience is looking for. Whenever possible don’t have a number or fancy characters in your domain name. You want something that is easy to remember and is the main mission of your blogging strategy.

Choose a domain name

Step 3: Review and Complete your Order

Unlike many other hosting providers, SiteGround advertised discount applies to any of the initial periods chosen during the signup process. Being able to get a low price for the one-year period is a fact that increases conversions greatly in comparison to other providers where the lowest monthly price applies only for the longest period.

Review and complete your offer

Step 4: Install WordPress

  • Most hosting companies have a free WordPress.org install and Siteground is one of them making it so simple and easy to set up your blog as quickly as possible.
  • You can install WordPress on your account via the automatic script installation system – Softaculous. Here is how to install WordPress using Softaculous:

cPanel -> WordPress Installer -> Install

cPanel -> Softaculous -> Blogs -> WordPress –> Install

Step 5: Install a Free or Premium Theme to run your Blogging Strategy

  • WordPress.Org has an extraordinary amount of free and premium themes that you can use straight away. However, I’ve been using Elegant Themes and I really like the visual builder that comes with it. It has very functional and beautiful layouts that you can customise without needing to touch CSS code or HTML.
  • If you want to choose some of the free themes that WordPress offers, this article from SiteGround will help you to follow the simple step by step on How To Install Your WordPress Theme.

Step 6: Customize with Sidebar Widgets and Plugins

  • You can add your Call to Action images and banners to your blog posts’ sidebar widgets so that you can start monetizing your blog posts.
  • Editorial Calendar Pugin:
    • The Editorial Calendar makes it possible to see all your posts and drag and drop them to manage your blog.
    • Features of this plugin include:
      • See all of your posts and when they’ll be posted.
      • Drag and drop to change your post dates.
      • Manage your drafts with our new drafts drawer.
      • Quick edit post titles, contents, and times.
      • Publish posts or manage drafts.
      • Easily see the status of your posts.
      • Manage posts from multiple authors.

  • Akismet Plugin:
    • Akismet stops the spam messages in your blog comments. Any messages recognized as blog spam get recorded in the Akismet web service and blogs all over the world become immune to it.
  • Yoast Plugin (Search Engine Optimization):
    • Yoast SEO is the number one SEO plugin for your WordPress website. It handles everything you need for quality on-page optimization. Furthermore, you get an instant SEO score for each post or page you create. It supports other major WordPress plugins such as WooCommerce for example.
  • Jetpack:
    • This is a comprehensive plugin that contains a wide range of features: notifications in your toolbar, connecting the site to social networks and automatically sharing, view concise stats, allowing subscriptions to your posts to receive notifications, sharing content with Facebook, Twitter, and more.
  • Bloom Plugin:
    • Bloom Plugin for inline post call to action. This plugin comes with the Elegant Themes Divi option and this makes it possible to build all types of options landing pages such as Pop-ups, Fly-in, below the post, Inline, locked content, and in your widgets sections.

 

  • Bloom Plugin by Elegant Themes

Step 7: Create Content and Publish Your First Blog Post

Your audience wants to see what you have to offer them. They want to learn and be guided by your expertise and knowledge. With that in mind, your blog posts need to have a purpose, and be informative and entertaining. The key is not to overthink your content and keep it as simple as possible. The last thing you want to do is overwhelm your audience with unnecessary information overload.

You want to choose your blogging consistency. I’ve decided to start blogging weekly and every Friday I publish a new blog post which is sent on Monday as an RSS feed to all my email list subscribers.

 

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It’s a Wrap

Finally, after all your hard work with building your blog and a routine of creating content on purpose around your niche, don’t forget to optimize your blog posts for Search Engines (SEO). After all, you want your blog posts and all the amazing content that you’ve just created to be searchable by your audience and drive traffic to your website. The more people viewing your articles and comment, the higher will be your visibility online.

We can help you build your blog site from scratch and design your website that reflects your mission and vision and your brand personality.

Describe to us below how you would like your website to look like, who are you serving and what is the most important part of your online footprint?

 

Press the Reset Button on Your Business Vision

It’s A-Okay to press the reset button on your business vision!

I’ve turned my back on corporate life 7 years ago, on Friday the 13th March 2015.  When I first started I didn’t really know what I wanted or even what I needed and who I wanted to work with. It was all a haze and uncertainty of what was to come.

However, I couldn’t be in a place where my skills and expertise weren’t appreciated. So, the only solution to my problem was to fire my boss and start my long life ambition of starting my own business.

I can confidently say that my VISION at the time was 100% to “Become my own Boss” but in what exactly it has been a journey, that I had to navigate and endure. This will happen to you too! It’s inevitable because once you decide that you can’t take the mundane life anymore then you have to dig deep into the reason why you took that decision. And most importantly what is your “reason for being”.

The Japanese IKIGAI Framework is a powerful tool to help you find your purpose which means “reason for being” in Japanese.

The IKIGAI, It’s the perfect balance of skills, knowledge and activities that you love, are good at, can be paid for and the world needs.

So how do you find your Ikigai?

You can start by asking yourself some of these few questions for each area of your life and career:

  • Do what you Love:
    • What did you love doing when you were a child?
    • And what exactly are you passionate about doing?
    • What activities fill you with joy and contentment?
  • Do what you’re good at:
    • Who do you want to become?
    • What are your skills and strengths?
    • What’s your Super Power?
    • What do people ask you for help?
  • Do something you can be paid for:
    • What is it that you’re good at?
    • What would bring you joy as you start your day?
    • What product or service could you sell?
    • What could you teach others?
    • What is something that you know how to do so well that others want to know how?
  • Do something the world needs – Contribution:
    • Who inspires you?
    • What makes you frustrated and irritated?

 

Ikigai Framework and how you find your pupose in life

What I have noticed in all these years doing what I do, is that you’ve got to get really clear on your inner world and align it with your external world.

For me, the IKIGAI framework is the alignment of all four areas that I’ve mentioned previously. It’s not just to find out what you love and what you’re good at and neglect the other two. You need to dive deeply into all 4 areas and bring them together. When I did this exercise I had breakthroughs and insights that have been buried deep down inside of me for years.

You see, we need to find the right balance between all of them in order to answer the deepest question: “What is the meaning of my life? What is my purpose in life?”.

I’ve woke up one day and felt like something was missing. Maybe you can also resonate with this. The moment I read “Ikigai – The Japanese Secret to a long and happy life“, it was like a lightbulb had appeared in my mind. Everything started to make sense and be clearer. Then I set out to draw my own and answer all of those incredible questions.

My Ikigai and the reason to be - Sofia Pacifico Reis

This exercise is so powerful if you are doubting yourself or want to find out the deep reason why you even exist in this world. There is always a reason why and if you ever felt like “there has got to be more”, and like the Japanese say it “a reason to jump out of bed each morning“.

Now, I’ll challenge you to do this exercise yourself. It really is very empowering and it might reveal something that you’ve been disregarding for years.

 

Share in the comments your own drawings and breakthroughs. I would love to see them and know what has come up for you with this exercise.

 

 

Listen To Your Coaching Clients

Listen To Your Coaching Clients

They will tell you all about The Power of You.

Are you making this one big mistake? Are you listening to your customers… really listening. Listening is a powerful skill that one must exercise especially in a coaching session.

When the intention of listening is pure and simple to understand the other person’s feelings, without judgment and with compassion guide them towards their outcome. This is what is called deep listening and being present in the conversation so that insightful breakthroughs can come up for your coaching client.

Coaches must practice this skill in order to help their coachees in the direction that they would like to go. Listening to their gut feeling oftentimes will enable them to know what best intuitive tool they can use with their coachee clients.

Another listening technique is to truly listen to what hasn’t been said in the coaching conversation meaning it is possible that your coachee is too scared to fully open up and dive deep into their insecurities and fears.

This is why it’s important to listen with your ears but also listen with your heart and ask the correct questions in order to empower your coachee to open up and express their true desires. However, don’t be overwhelmed with the need to ask too many questions because the beauty is in the silent space between you and the person you are engaging in a conversation with.

What Exactly can you do to better listen to your clients?

  • BE fully present at the moment.
  • Meditate for short while before your coaching call.
  • Go for a walk in nature or do something fun and cheerful.
  • When you start your coaching session focus entirely on the person in front of you and leave all your personal life behind.
  • TIPS for Empaths: Grounding and breathing exercises are very important to keep your focused attention on the person you are talking to and don’t feel the energies around you. Here are 2 tips I recently heard from Evercoach Master Ajit Nawalkha.
    • Tip #1: Do your coaching sessions without shoes. When your feet are on the ground you can channel your energy much faster.
    • Tip #2: Another idea is to do your coaching session while in nature or walking along the beach barefoot and with your feet in the water.

In a coaching session using your powers of empathy instead of sympathy is what is going to allow your clients to let go and open up. Just letting them know that you are there for them and understand their situation but not in a way that you feel sorry for their situation.

Deep listening is an incredible tool that all of us need to have in our coaching arsenal. Not only listening to others in meaningful conversations but also listening to ourselves. Truly listening to our thoughts and just allowing any thoughts to unfold.

When was the last time that you listened to your thoughts?

I would recommend you take yourself into nature, maybe the beach next to you, and sit down in front of the ocean and listen. Listen to the sounds around you and the thoughts inside of you and just BE. Be present in the moment. Feel the sand touching your toes. Hear the waves crashing and notice everything around and within you.

Quiet now! To deeply listen, you must abstract from the inner chatter that occurs in your mind and notice the smallest things in and around YOU.

What do you hear? What is your mind telling you? How does it feel?

Just BE. Are you listening to your inner voice soothing you, comforting you? That gorgeous child inside of you is finally being heard.

Let me know in the comments what has come up for you from this exercise.

Listen to Your Clients They will tell you all about The Power of You- Be prsent in the NOW

7 Talks to Listen to Before You Exit Your 9 to 5

7 Talks to Listen to Before You Exit Your 9 to 5

I remember so vividly one night I am sitting at my computer, after a long working day and suddenly a TEDTalk with Simon Sinek comes up on my screen.

Talking about artificial intelligence! Spooky stuff to be honest. So I listened for around 20 minutes and immediately a light bulb comes up in my brain. I’m so excited that I had to share it with my husband. He probably can’t remember this chat but this talk really marked me to this day.

I was hooked by the title: “People don’t buy what you do, people buy why you do it”.

This is how Apple actually communicates its mission and vision:

Everything we do, we believe in challenging the Status Quo. We believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the Status Quo, is by making our products beautifully designed, simple to use, and user friendly. We just happen to make great computers. Want to buy one?

I use this concept with my clients to explain how to design their group program content by focusing on these 3 questions:

  1. Why does your client want to achieve the outcome?
  2. What will help them along the way?
  3. What benefits will they get in each program session/module?

Here are some more talks to listen to before you exit your 9 to 5 so that you can harness some inspiration and give you the boost to fire your annoying boss:

It’s not as scary as it looks – Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone | Yubing Zhang | TEDxStanford

We never go after what we want. We construed a million excuses before we make the decision to quit our mundane corporate life. I know I did. It literally took me about 2 years to make a decision to leave. This is why I want to listen to Mel Robbins and she is going to help you find out WHAT YOU WANT in the simplest way.

How to stop screwing yourself over | Mel Robbins | TEDxSF

Listen to these questions from Oprah Winfrey and watch this 5 minutes video then seat comfortably in nature and journal about the following:

  • Who am I?

  • What do I want?

Oprah Winfrey | 5 Minutes For The NEXT 50 Years of Your LIFE

This next lady started her speech singing and she definitely capture her audience.

Knowing when to quit | Sarah Weiler | TEDxNewnham

Now, here’s a person that I truly admire and his talk really resonates with my story and the reason why I quit my 9 to 5. I wasn’t truly passionate about what I was doing. I wasn’t following my purpose and my soul was being crushed. Until the day that I wrote my resignation letter and handed it to my manager. I felt like a weight had come off my shoulders and I was free again.

CEO Teaches Student How To Make The Right Decision | Vishen Lakhiani

Find your dream job without ever looking at your resume | Laura Berman Fortgang | TEDxBocaRaton

Quitting your “comfortable” 9 to 5 is not an easy decision to make. But oh man, when you do it’s totally liberating. It can be scary and exciting all at the same time but very emancipating. You are saying YES to yourself. You’re putting your “wants” first not what you’ve been taught to believe.

Ask yourself these 3 empowering questions:

Who do you want to become?

What is most important to you right now?

Where do you see yourself going forwards?

Let me know below in the comments what are your thoughts. Writing it down helps to externalise what you really want from life. That way and when you see it in black and white, you start to visualise the true essence of what you want. In case you want to further explore this “Quit Your 9 To 9” opportunity, I would love to have a call with you and help you take the LEAP.

Taking a LEAP of faith!

Firing my boss was the scariest but most exhilarating moment of my life when I finally took the LEAP of faith.

I’ve navigated through corporate life successfully but I’ve always felt like something was missing. It felt like my passion was misaligned with my purpose!

One day I pluck up the courage to fire my boss and finally explore the opportunities of becoming my own boss. After a delusional team meeting, I walked to my desk, wrote a one-paragraph resignation letter, and gave it proudly to my manager. I felt FEARLESS!

Scary Moment: I left behind all I knew, a comfortable well-paid position, and the security of a stable income to venture into the unknown. This impulsive decision was all I needed to give me the courage to follow my dream vision and the faith that all would work out for the best as long as I truly believed in myself.

Exciting Moment: At that moment I drew a line in the sand and started to plot my business journey. Through setbacks and breakthroughs, I began to align my passion with my mission.

At the beginning of my journey, I was working 24/7, I was frustrated and tired until I found the power of group programs. I realized that I could finally impact more people at once without feeling burnout or resentful of the wasted time and money invested.

I surrounded myself with inspiring peer groups and discovered my Zone of Genius. My unique message started to resonate with other aspiring Entrepreneurs and so my mission of starting a “Mind Revolution” unfolded.

I became aware that the only thing that holds us back from following our dreams, is our current Belief System.

It’s that simple! Your journey doesn’t need to be arduous instead it can be fun.  And This is why I created the K.I.S.S Method to simplify your transition from your 9 to 5.

There are FIVE core steps that you can achieve to Become Your Own Boss Fearlessly:

Step 1 – “Unleash Your Highest Potential”

It all starts in your MIND, this is the first step for you to develop a rock-solid mindset and confidently lead your tribe to a brighter future. Being uncertain of taking the “leap” will influence your ability to move forward. Your mind is a muscle that needs to be trained and guided. In this step, you’re going to reprogram your mindset and boost your confidence so that you can get out of your own way and start taking inspired action.

Step 2 – “Crafting Your Offer So It Converts”

Then you will craft a results-driven content framework that focuses on clear and focused milestones to get your clients from “Where they are right now” to “Where they want to be” enabling them to reach their passionate WHY and powerful vision. You’ll tap into your creativity and knowledge and design an innovative and irresistible group program.

Step 3 – “Super Simple Delivery System”

You’ll learn how to keep your group program delivery super simple so that you start attracting, enrolling, and keeping your paying clients happy.

Step 4 – “Your Client Attraction System”

Imagine enjoying a super successful first launch with a super simple attraction blueprint so that you are not exhausted hunting for clients. This is what will drive leads into your group coaching program. In step 4, you’ll build your authority and credibility so that by the time they get on a call with you, they already see you as the expert you are.

Step 5 – “Closing Sales With Integrity”

Close clients easily with the power of your authentic story! Storytelling is the ultimate hack for your content marketing strategy. Own it and you won’t need to sell to anyone ever again. Using your journey’s story as pieces of your content strategy makes you relatable and an authority in what you offer.

The Action Plan that your BOSS doesn’t need to know about! 

Taking a leap of faith requires courage, however, it also requires you to immerse yourself in learning the necessary steps and taking imperfect action. I go deep into each of these steps in my free Masterclass so go ahead and explore more HERE.

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