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Starting a History Blog - A Total Beginners Walkthrough

Elizabeth Hill-Scott, Communications Specialist + Blogger

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14 Lessons (1h 11m)
    • 1. Starting a History Blog - A Total Beginner Walkthrough

      1:36
    • 2. Who is a History Blogger?

      1:39
    • 3. Knowing Your Blogging Goals

      2:39
    • 4. How to Find Your Niche

      8:04
    • 5. Tips on Naming Your Blog

      9:52
    • 6. Tips for Generating Content Ideas

      3:26
    • 7. How to Get a Domain Name and Hosting

      5:50
    • 8. Choosing a Blogging Platform and Theme

      7:00
    • 9. Using the Best WordPress Plugins in Your Blog

      3:15
    • 10. Using Practical Blog Design Features

      1:59
    • 11. Using Visual Content in Your Blog

      13:13
    • 12. A Quick Introduction to SEO

      8:27
    • 13. Building Momentum - Sample Editorial Schedule

      3:02
    • 14. Class Project and Final Thoughts

      0:47

About This Class

About This Class

Have you ever wanted to turn your passion for history into a history blog but then didn’t begin? Maybe you didn’t know what blogging niche to start in? Maybe you were put off by the ‘technical’ side of SEO, domain names and blog theme design, And, maybe last time you tried, it all just got very overwhelming very quickly and life took over. Yet, the thought of being a history blogger will not go away! 

If you’re an absolute beginner, aspiring history blogger join Elizabeth Hill-Scott, communications specialist, educator and blogger, through a step by step walkthrough of the process you need to follow and decisions you need to make along the way to start your own history blog.

At this point, all you need is a love of history and a willingness to explore your passion and ideas. 

What you’ll learn

Who a History Blogger is. 
Let’s bust some myths about people who blog about history!

Setting Your Blogging Goals. 
How to be clear, and realistic, about what you want from your blog to stop you wasting time and opportunities. 

Deciding Your Blogging Niche. 
The subject of history is gigantic. You’ll learn simple techniques to help you navigate through what your blog will be about.

Naming Your Blog. 
What’s in a name? Well, erm quite a lot really. You’ll learn three approaches to naming your blog and the tests it needs to pass for both humans and spiders.

Tips for Generating Blog post ideas. 
A quick-fire top ten list of post ideas, to keep you going for months, all specific to producing great history content people will love to read.

Getting a Domain Name and Hosting for Your Blog. 
How to understand the jargon, costs, and options available so you can make a decision on both.

Choosing a Blogging Platform and Theme. 
Sometimes it’s not the writing part that stops us. Here’s how to not let Wordpress confuse you and a checklist to work through when choosing a theme.

Essential Blog Design Features. 
It’s not the glamorous stuff, but here’s how not to skip the basics for your blog like a bio, profile image, navigation, security, data protection, contact forms, and back-ups.

Using Visual Content in Your Blog. 
Discover the benefits of using images and video in your blog posts and some starter ideas even if you don’t want to be on camera (yet!)

An Introduction to Search Engine Optimisation. 
Be confident about the SE & O in SEO. Learn the strategy and tactics to help get your blog found online from the first word you write.

Building Momentum with an Editorial Calendar.  
Take a walkthrough of a simple Editorial Calendar to help you organise your ideas and time.

How to Use Social Media in Your Blog. 
Decide how social media can work for you and not swamp you. Discover the plugins I use to encourage shares, pins and follows from my posts.

Transcripts

1. Starting a History Blog - A Total Beginner Walkthrough: Hi there. So in this class, I'm going to show you how to start an amazing history block. I will walk you through the procession, you to follow, to get up and running and gently take you through the key decisions you need to make. By the end of this class, you will know what to call your blawg, what to post about how to set it up on essential design and layout tips. I'll also give you an introduction to search engine optimization, an example editorial calendar and how to build that momentum through social media. So this class is targeted towards beginner aspiring bloggers who haven't enthusiasm for the subject or history. You don't need to have any prior knowledge, just a willingness to explore your ideas and access to a computer, but also within here that there will be lots of general useful tips for anyone looking to start a block in Aneesh area for the class project will be sharing how we use the techniques I will share with you to discover our niche blog's and decide on the title for our very first post now really quickly Wide wife over some history. Well, it's been my thing for over 30 years, ever since. As a little girl, I saw my first English castle towering above May. My name is Elizabeth. I'm a communication specialist, blogger and editor off brick politics Dougherty, UK, where I provide hundreds of resources on history, political study and content creation. Hopefully, I can inspire you on by the end of this class. Give you the skills you need to begin your own blogged about that fascinating subject we all love called history. So I'm really excited. Let's do this. 2. Who is a History Blogger?: in this lesson. I want to quickly examine who a history blocker is, and really, this is about dispelling a few minutes out there. So the first myth is that a history blogger has to be a professor who's written five books and being published in a dozen journals. Onda. As the myth goes, If that's not you, you're somehow not allowed to write or blogged about history. To this, I say a massive well done to the academics out there. But I'm here to tell you that anyone with a passion and willingness to research conducted about any aspect of history. The door is well and truly open as a related point. There's a myth that writing about history equals dull, boring, posh, long words written in the third person. And if you don't write like this, it's somehow wrong again. Not true. A history blogger is someone who can abandon many of the rules of academic writing to be personal, friendly, even funny. You get to engage with people on the subject they love, and you do, too, in an informal way. The final myth is that a history blogger can't be multi passionate. It may be that you want to combine your love of history with related subjects such as food , recipes, books, films, TV series, travel destinations, fashion or jewelry. The list is, thankfully endless, and believe me all are OK. It doesn't make you less passionate about history or less of a history blogger to be multi passionate. So having explored who were history broke, it is. And if this sounds like you, you're in the right place in the next lesson will move on to making sure, you know before you start what the goals are for your block. 3. Knowing Your Blogging Goals: Welcome back Now. Many blog's start is a bit of fun, and before you know it, you're looking at affiliate marketing, online advertising, instagram stories and Facebook groups. All of this is absolutely fine, but it may be worth just thinking about what you're blogging. Goals are to keep you focused from the outset, so my view goals generally fall into one of these categories. Firstly, your goal could be just to do something fun and to be social would like minded history lovers are strongly believe creating a blog's shouldn't be a lonely experience. Your goal could simply be to open debate in the comments with people from around the world about whether am balloon was actually guilty of treason and strike up conversations in social media. Hashtags then direct people to your block for more or your goals could be more specific with the purpose of adding an edge to your academic life or career prospects. What better way to convey your passion for history as well as present your writing, communication, web design and marketing skills? Starting a block shows creativity, initiative and drive not bad qualities to put in front of a prospective employer or finally maybe you see, this is the current side hustle or future business, knowing now that you want to monetize and have structure to scale your block into a business will inform your decisions on where you put your time and effort. What is your business model going to pay? Where were your income streams come from? And how can you know to your blawg and content and audience from the start? The reason is worth knowing your goals is you can build as you go along towards your big goal. For example, if you want to monetize your blawg with affiliate marketing than research schemes and techniques knowing you want to do this now from the start, it means you can talk about the products and services you use and your visitors will find helpful from day one. Not day 101. Here's another example. If your goal is to eventually produce a course, even if right now you don't know what it would be about, you may want to be build your email list with a great freebie and sign up form from your first block post. So alongside right in your post, you may need to research, email, marketing and list building providers to find the right one for you. Define your goal means you don't waste time or miss opportunities, always a winner with me when we lead such busy lives and time is precious. In the next lesson, I explored some techniques to help you decide the niche for your Blawg. You've just set those exciting goals for. 4. How to Find Your Niche: welcome back. So in this lesson, we're going to explore how to beat any potential, overwhelm and indecision and find your niche for that fabulous future block. Now most blocks subjects start from a really large place. Travel, fashion, food. Well, history is no different. It's everywhere, and it's gigantic. In fact, the five seconds I just took to start this lesson and now a part of history history covers all the minutes between the beginning of time on well, now about one minute ago and everything that happened within them across the universe. So no wonder that prospect of starting a history blawg feels overwhelming. Aside from, I don't have the time. Here are some common reasons people don't get their blog's off the ground. I can't decide what to write about at all. I want to write about so many different aspects of history, and I just cannot choose. There's no point. No one but me is going to be interested in my block idea. And finally, there's already lots of blocks about my subject. People aren't going to read another one. Be honest, are any of the U and have any of these thoughts when stopping you creating history Brog for weeks, months or even years. Well, I'm here to tell you all of these reasons, although they will seem very real to you, are not true. There have been dozens of books and articles were in about Sir Winston Churchill, No, including the 5.2 million words he wrote himself. But it doesn't stop people bringing out more why? Well, firstly, because it's a historical figure on time people are interested in, but also because they, as you will put the unique energy branding perspective and tone into it. People are always coming up with new ways and angles on popular subjects. That can be you. You will be amazed what variety there is amongst history. Bloggers. I follow people passionate about tiaras, Welsh history, the Children's and the TV show Victoria. And for each one there was a community waiting to be found, and it is a bonus that being a multi passionate history lover is not unusual. You may like the French Revolution, English stately homes inspired by downtown Abbey on American witchcraft trials. It just makes us history lovers more willing to look at multiple blog's and open to new and exciting content. So why do you need a niche for your block? Well, technically, you don't. You can. Perhaps using your name is your brand. Just block about history. Many have done this successfully, but there are advantages to using a niece for your blawg, and I'll take you through some of them. Now you will become known for something. You can become an expert. It will be easier to attract followers. It will be easier to pitch yourself to podcasts or guest posting. You can create a clear and compelling name and brand. It will narrow down your research area. Especially important. If you have time pressures, it will be easier to repurpose content or delve deeper without having to start from scratch on a totally new top it you can read these images it makes you on your blog's easier to search. You could have distinctive social media handles, and finally, you can start a clear Facebook group about your niche, or you can join us, and I want to move on to how to discover your niche at this stage. If you're someone who has a good idea rather than none at all, it's still worth putting that idea through this next process. So, as I mentioned earlier, two of the most common reasons for not starting a blogger out. I can't decide what to write about at all, and I want to buy about so many different aspects of history I just can't choose. I'm going to take each one in turn and show you some techniques to find Jordan ish. So in the first scenario you're thinking help. I can't decide what to write about at all. This can provoke more of an emotional reaction whereby we create barriers and effectively stick a brick wall up in our mind. When we delve a little deeper, we often find. Actually, this is this thought pattern was a way of protecting ourselves to not start something we maybe find a little scary. The trick is to calm and free your mind, then tap into what you already do know and love for inspiration and to get that ball rolling. If you'll stuck in this way, I recommend trying these techniques. Start a list of log post ideas, put down anything, think about what you would call your block brainstorm, names, logos, sketching fonts and colors. Look at your social media feeds. What or who do you follow? Or like the most on social media already whose stuff t always read? Who inspires you in the blogging community or on social media? When you think about history, what are you most excited about? Also, what do you enjoy reading about or watching on TV? If you got to the end of a massive nonfiction book or for our film, chances are the subject matter. Interested you? And if this applies to you, what did you enjoy studying? What provoked a lively debate and catch you interested? The second scenario is help. I want to write that so many different aspects of history and I just can't choose if this is you try the following exercise. You may want to drop this down, then paused to get through it. Firstly, gravity of paper and write down the left hand side. All the ideas you have, no matter how narrow, broad buried or wacky, keep going until you truly exhausted your brain. Also, maybe start the list, do something else for a bit and come back to it. This block, maybe a commitment for years on hours of your time, so giving it the space to develop is important. Also, please be true to yourself. Write down what you're genuinely interested in. Know what you think you should be interested in because it's popular or academic sounding. When you're happy with your list of block ideas next to each one, give it a mark out of fine based this mark on how excited you are about the prospect of writing and talking to others about it. Don't overthink it. Usual instinct. Now discard anything three or below as it will not sustain your enthusiasm. It doesn't make them bad ideas. Just maybe there are better ones or it's not for right now. What do you notice about what you have left? Can you group them in any way by century theme Monarch location to give you an issue. If you can't do this now, it will leave you with a smaller list with your remaining list. Think about the rough titles for your 1st 5 block posts again instinctively. If this does not come easily and you're straining to think of them or you look at them and they really bore you, scratch them from the list. Now you have a smaller list with at least five perspective block posts, delve into each one and either narrow it down or brought it out to create your block. And finally, when you've got what you think, the winning choice in front of you, does it still fill you with excitement to get that block named, created and start drafting posts, if it doesn't and your eyes pain drawn back to another one we visit. So I hope this technique helps you find your niche. What I will say is that everyone starts somewhere and nothing is set in stone. If you realize you've chosen the wrong blogging age, so what? Start another one. Have a sister bog. This exercise is about freeing your mind from fear from questions. Recognize where your passion lies. Make your best assessment and just go with it in the next lesson that now you have your niche and a few posts worked out, I'll give you my tips for naming your blawg 5. Tips on Naming Your Blog: welcome back in the previous lesson. Hopefully, you were able to explore underside upon your nation here. We're going to discuss naming your block on as we go through. I want you to have in your mind both what your block is called on what your domain name or you are a would be. You know, they're www dot fill in the blank dot com part surname on your blogger is an important and exciting creative step, which will bring to live your new venture but naming it a bit like your child. As an aside, I totally struggled with boys names may or may not come instinctively to you. If you're one of the lucky ones and it does come instinctively, you still need to test it, which will will come onto shortly. If it doesn't and you're struggling, then let me quickly give you some ideas, right? So the first decision I encourage you to make is am I going to use my name and by doing so , create a personal brand? There are pros and cons to this. The pros are personal brands and the U printer are where it's at right now. You can use compelling smiley images of yourself for people to relate to. But the main reason for using your name is the ease of expanding or scaling your block. For example, if you write a book, create a Facebook account or course you can easily join these together and make them search for under one name yours. It can also help with the longer term. If you choose a nation, say, call your blog's Elizabethan TR honored but later want to change to writing about the Norman conquest? You may confuse your readers or have to create a new block. Just using your name means you can pivot with little effect. The cons are You have to be really comfortable using multiple pictures of yourself. You are the brand. Although any block is a public activity, you are putting your name front and center. If you're an introvert like me, this may feel uncomfortable, but if you're genuine, excited and just a bit fearful of taking the step forward, don't let this stop you. Also, as a little bonus, check with any employment restrictions. If someone puts your name into Google, such as the current or future employer, they will find your block under your name, and you need to be comfortable with that. I would not advise using your name if it is difficult to say or spell if it sounds too similar to a famous person or infamous person like a serial killer. But you may be comfortable using a Suderman suit in it. Say I can't even say the word, but it's an option for you. This could be a totally different name, but perhaps a tweak to your own name would work, too. You could use your middle name, your made a name or a letter such as George F. Kennan, who wrote about the Cold War. Hyphenated names like Mine can also cause problems in a Web address. But again, how does it look when written and sound? Other side? No. If you're using a pseudonym, always make sure you sign upto official things using or riel name. You can create a handle, profile or user name in your pseudonym afterwards, but there is a middle Ground T. You can combine the two along the way. Such a dance knows history it here he uses his own name, plus a history related name to promote his products and services. But crucially, when you look at the U. R L or Web address is only using w w dot history hit dot com because it shorter and easier to pick up again here, you would need to be comfortable with your niche or you something wider like history hit, which can cover anything under the subject off history. The second idea is to think of block titles around your niche and what you are doing. Examples include Ceuta Blogger Plodding through the President's on the New York History Dog . What These offer our clarity to both humans and search engines. People and machines know exactly what they're getting and what you write about. This is powerful for search engine optimization. More about this in a future lesson on me, and she could become known for your field or interest or expertise. The third ways to think of a catchy idea generally related to the subject of history. Examples include Jamie history, historian about town drunk history, back story, the history reader and past his present dog. You can still work within a knish here, for example, being drunk or doing history book reviews, but the block name is wider and a bit of fun. Once you have a short list, I encourage you to put it through a few tests. This block name is going to be your pride enjoy for years to come. So, yes, you have to love it. But the last thing you want is to go to a lot of effort branding, buying a domain name and building a blogging site only to find you've changed your mind or the major major pitfalls. So here are the tests you need to put the names through one. Is it a short you are length to be clear. You are. L is the name for the address of your Web page or brought paid, so mine is W w dot brit politics dot co dot UK. I have paid for this by purchasing a domain name More on this in a future lesson to. But put simply, the shorter the better, and there were a few reasons for this. First, they rank better in search engines. Second, your euros will get longer as you add posts. For example, www dot brit politics that co UK forward slash battle dash off dash Agincourt. This is 42 characters long. It's slightly short. The sweet point from start to finish off 50 characters. Anything over 80 characters will really affect people finding you on search engines. So if you start with a very long block title in U. R. L like W W Door Russian czars, their queens and palaces dot com At 41 character alone, you're not leaving yourself mushroom toe adult. The next test is. Does it have key words in there if you're not familiar? Keywords are particular words or phrases that describe your content online. They're also words people may put into Google to find something. There are many places to use keywords within your block and social media not just your block name, but it will only help your growth if you choose the name of good keywords, as it will be repeated over and over and block titles and handles. I'm not saying create a blogging, and you don't like that you can stuff it with keywords but highly searchable descriptive turns like history, Castle Palace or Country terms like British, American, Scandinavian and blogger, blogger or writer will get picked up. And here's to good ways to find keywords. First start typing about what you want to write about into Google or pin dressed and see what comes up as a prompted search term. You can also use free tools such as keywords everywhere. You may find these useful later. Anyway, when you start writing posts, the next test is it easy to say spell. And so this test is about imagining you're on a podcast, and at the end, the host says, Hey, welcome people, reach you and find your latest post on what follows is you saying an effortlessly easy to remember stay and spell name. You're not stumbling over your words or having to spell every part, so have a go with the one do short listed. The next test is, does it sound like someone else? So here you need to just go with your blog's name, ideas and see what comes up. If it's identical, start again. But you may just need to tweak your title. Although you may be familiar with some history bloggers, I would encourage you to come up with your shortlist first, then bounce it for inspiration in searches. The next thing you might want to look at is, is it too narrow. This comes back to being comfortable and chosen niche and your individual plans for your block. If your multi passionate can see yourself drifting into other areas, don't go to needs from the star. Broaden out a little bit. For example, English Civil War battles block spot could become all the English battles. Block Spot gives you much more scope to talk about English battles. The next test is Is it available? Your block name may be sorted, but you need to cross reference it with available domain names. Just go onto any side like maybe go daddy and type in your idea, and you will instantly know if it is available. And really, they need to match. If they can't, you need to adjust either your block name or your domain name. But don't forget your earlier test. Can you say your broad name and domain name? Clearly, don't be tempted to have ambulance. Blawg is your name and www amble in 37652 dot com domain name because it was the only one you could make your name work with. Finally, Have you asked at least five people what they think we get very very close to our passions and ideas, and sometimes this means we stop seeing things that are right in front of us, or we've heard a name we love so many times that will. I know what it means. So everyone else must do to this man. Tell us he can sink in very quickly. Chances are they'll get it, or b intrigued enough to discover Maurin factual aim, but do test it on history, people and non history people, too. So to recap, here's what you need to work through in this lesson. Do you want to use your name? If no. Do you want to use a niche block name or a captured general history name and does it pass all the tests and work is both a block name on the Web address. I encourage you to go through these steps and come up with or test your name because next we're going to look at tips or generated content ideas for this fabulous nature block 6. Tips for Generating Content Ideas: welcome back So far in this class, we've covered how to set goals for your blog's name, your block, and decide on the knee she will be covering here. In this lesson, I want to take you through some tips for generating content ideas so you don't get stuck and complain ahead and get excited about your content. There are lots of generic how to get content ideas for your block posts out there. So I'm going to focus on a quick fire Top 10 list of how to generate content ideas specific to start in history block. So here we go. Number one. First up we have anniversaries or, on this day posts really popular, popular amongst history bloggers as it gives you an automatic framework, and there's likely to be a hashtag e commingle on post in two. Yes, go after the big ones, like 200 years since the birth of Queen Victoria, but maybe some smaller ones. More obscure ones, too. Number two use themes from the news and the world. For example, can you link a royal birth, a wedding, a general election, a conflict or crisis, and make comparisons to your niche content number three is places you visited or are visiting. We all have hundreds of photos from places we've been to use these to frame your block. Post what you did sore felt when you went to that exhibition, historic site or event and talk about future plans. What you want to see and why, Even if it's more of a bucket, list the booked right now. Number four. Look at Seasons and celebrations. How can your needs should be linked? Toe Winter, The clocks changing Easter, Valentine's Days and David's Day. The list is long number five. Try using your family history, obviously a personal choice, but often you don't need to look too far to find out some amazing stories about the life, jobs and service given by your own ancestors. The same applies to your local history post about what happened relating to your nation, your town city and surrounding areas. Sometimes a major battle happened a mile away from where you live. Number six. Start following fellow history bloggers subscribe to their blocks and see what themes they're using. I'm not saying copy, but relate. Number seven. Did you know creating a Siri's works really well if you want to deep dive into a topic that just can't be covered in one post anyway. So maybe Queen Mary's tiara collection, You could go through the history, style and occasions. Each one was War number eight. Maybe you could try how to style posts? Do you have some helpful information or tips to assist your audience? Like the seven things to plan before you go to the Palace of Versailles? Number nine is doing posts about book, TV or film reviews. If you devour historical dramas and novels, bring them into your posts. You can recommend great entertainment, fellow history lovers, and it's a good conversation started to of Farley. Number 10. Maybe he's there talking about events and people turn your attention to things you could block about anything from currency to furniture, paintings, clothes, food, transport of the time, the criminal justice system. You get my drift. So here we've covered a quick fire top 10 list of how to generate ideas for your posts. We're now going to move on in the next essence to practical tips about the actual creation and setting up of your history block 7. How to Get a Domain Name and Hosting: Welcome back in this lesson. I'm going to walk you through how to find and set up a domain name. And also look at the hosting options you could explore for your starter block site. So first, let's look at buying a domain name. If you don't know. A domain name is the address where people using the Internet can access your website or block sign. For example, w W w dot royal dot UK is the address for the Web site about the British royal family. A domain they were usually cost you around £10 for the year. You'll pay to register the name every year. This could be done with auto payments. Or you can set up a reminder for yourself and pay when you're ready. Although do you know that if you don't pay for your domain is released after a short grace period around 30 days and is up for grabs? So if you have a name that's popular or important to you, make sure you pay on time. You can check the availability of a domain on Google domains. There, you'll see prices foreign variations off your chosen domain name, such as dot net dot jp etcetera dot com is still the most popular option, particularly for resale value and the one most people would remember when searching for you . But you don't have to purchase it through Google. You can do this through your hosting providers such as Blue Host, who I use because within their hosting is ready to get going. WordPress site. Okay, so moving on from domain names, I'm going to talk about setting up your blawg with a host. There are several options were setting up your block with a hosting service. Those some places tell a free block option. There may be a catch. I'll go over some of the most popular options available to you on what they offer in terms of ease of use pricing on the range of features offered. First, here's a couple of terms you need to know. S S l secure sockets Layer is a signed certificate that marks your website with the H T. T. P s. At the beginning off your girl was encrypted and therefore a safe side to use. This is useful if you have a mailing list and are collecting data on a visitor when they sign up. Ideally, you want this to be included as part of your hosting. The next term is plug ins. While these are much like phone apps, they can be installed to provide you with a range of extra features, such as helpless site security, spell checking and adding contact forms. Whatever you might need, there's probably a plug in for it. A lot of them are freeze. They think carefully about anything you're being asked to pay for, as it may be a marketing partner with your host company. So who should I sell my book with? There are three key elements to consider here, with regards to starting a block cost user friendliness and its features. First, I'm gonna take you three weeks on squarespace. There's a plethora of great sites out there that can offer packages for bloggers. Works and squarespace are renowned for being user friendly and easy to set up. They're dragon drop size, so there's no code and required, and there's lots of nice design options and free stock images. But their costs could be a little high, and to upgrade often means pain to unlock that feature. So thinking about the lesson to what are the goals for your blawg and what you needed to do . For example, if you're never going to monetize or integrate a shop and you need something quick and simple with useful features and add owns that you can drop in place than these might work for you. But if you want a bit of a budget and need access to more diverse plug ins and you have more time to set up, then you might want to consider WordPress. If you do decide to create in one of these kinds of sites, you'll need to check if they offer site migration. A lot of these places won't let you migrate to a new host. This pain just stuck on their platform on would have to rebuild your site from scratch if you wanted to move to a new host. So it is worth thinking about clearly. So what are the pros and cons of using a Dragon Drop Website designer? The pros are it's easy to set up and use with hosting included no coding skills required on that slows the stock images and layouts to choose from the cons are that the free versions tend to place advertising on your side. I don't in upgrades. Well, they start to add up and you can't migrate your side elsewhere. Certainly not very easily. Next, I'm going to look at Blogger. It's not something I personally use, but Blogger is still fairly popular and super easy to set up, providing you have a Google account. This is an absolutely free service that provides a simple user for a new platform to kick off your blawg. However, there are some points to know with regards to blogger on Google, your block is technically owned by Google. They have a track record of abandoning projects all occasion without warning. So if you do use Blogger, be aware that this could happen. It's unlikely if there's a lot of users still on Blogger, but it's something to consider. They also have the power is the host to shut down your blawg or revoke your access that they feel you've breached their terms. It's very limited when compared to something like WordPress. There's only a handful of preset layouts available, and you can't control the full design functionality like you can in WordPress and finally you're limited to adopt Blawg Spot docked. You are you are l. However, if you just want him to try out blogging and test to see if you want him to commit to those regular writing goals, then this is a good place to start. So in this lesson, we've covered getting a domain name and a few things to think about when looking at your hosting provider for your block in the next lesson will focus on WordPress, which is what I'm most familiar with, and delve Ellis or into themes for your block. 8. Choosing a Blogging Platform and Theme: welcome back. So in this lesson, I'm going to cover how WordPress could work for you as a new blogger and how easy it is to choose a theme. As you're likely beginner. I want to make sure you know, there are two versions of wordpress dot org's and dot com. Now where press dog is open. Source. Open source is a collaborative effort with contributions from many different people. No single person owns it. This means that you can build upon and re dispute the software without incurring costs. This is the self hosted version where you have full control over your site. You can add either free or paid for plug ins to in my seem a bit trickier to set up if you're not familiar with how it works. So I walk you through the easiest option, which is to use Blue Host shortly. In contrast, wordpress dot com has a payment here where you can unlock more feet to remove that these costs can quickly mount up. So I don't recommend this option on advise you to either stick with wordpress dot orc or find an alternative. So how do I get wordpress? Unlike blogger and other hosting sites. There's two ways to get WordPress. You'll either need to download and set up WordPress on your OS of choice. It works with Windows on Max. You can either use an auto installer, or you can also set up yourself manually. He's an MMPI or M. I s Q l. If this is just giving you a major headache, I'd suggest using Blue Host to get started and full disclosure. I'm in no way being sponsored to recommend Blue Host. I use this hosting service and found it really easy, that's all. So a subscription to Blue Host will provide you with the pre installed version of WordPress Onda. As mentioned, I strongly recommend this option. If you're just starting out, it takes the confusion out of setting up a server and gives you instant access to WordPress . This is a good middle ground between getting WordPress for the best price via the easiest method. So let's talk about Blue Test Blue Hearst is one of the most recommended hosting platforms on the Web. There are three payment options when setting up a WordPress site through them, basic plus on choice plus for blog's. I recommend just using the basic option you could upgrade later down the line. But for now, this will set you up with a single website with 50 gigabyte website space, which, for book is more than enough. You'll also get one here of a free domain name included on free S S L the security certificate. Plus you get access to all of the free themes on plug ins in terms of set up. So currently the plans are for one month, 12 months, 24 months and 36 months for one month. You'll be paying the top price is they obviously want you with them for longer. So the longer you can commit to the two Blue House, the better the discount. These deals change all the time, with lots of offers being thrown around. So I suggest Googling for Blue host offers on wasting until offers become available. Once you've entered your payment, details will be forwarded to a password pace to set up your account. From there, you'll be taken to the Themes page and it's up to you. Which one you'd like to get started with or if you're not sure on one Twix for WordPress first you can skip this step and at this time also go and check your email to make sure everything is set up and verified. Once you set up, you want to go to the site control panel and click users. From here. You can change your user name and email password of first name. Now, when you post a block post, your name will appear automatically and as a quick tip, create a bookmark of your log in page to make it super easy to find each time you logon. Now, turning to themes here some questions you need to ask when deciding on your block theme Now are the themes features relevant to you. It is designed around an online booking scheduling system that it might not be right for your block. Also, consider how many plug ins it's asking you to install to use the theme. Less is more really in this regard. Is it transferrable? Most teams have a lot of longevity that that doesn't mean that he won't disappear two or three years from now for something. The orders. This is just a hobby, so beware of having bloated themes that have too many custom post types. These are indicated by the pushpin on your side menu and could be things like an f a key section. These are unique to the theme you're using and won't transfer if the theme was to be pulled . Also look at whether the developer provides support improvements. The popularity of a theme doesn't necessarily indicate that the developer is providing support improvements. But if a lot of people are using it, it's a safe bet that the theme will remain online for the foreseeable future. Is it a front page builder or a back in page Builder said from 10 page builders. Allow you to see your changes. And for your time back end page builders involved updating and then previewing the site every time you make a change to see the effect. These that's time and can be quite frustrating. And finally view the demos to see how the site functions and test out the responsiveness off the site. Importantly, does it look as good or mobile as it does on desktop? And here's a few more bonus tips. You could eat WordPress feature filter, which will help you narrow down your search for the perfect name and You could also consider a one time cost premium themes. They range in pricing but can guarantee the support the developers if there are any issues , they're also more likely to be updated and improved upon is there is a monetary incentive for the developers. So what are the best themes? As long as you've got the functionality tests at the back of your mind, there are literally hundreds of good free themes out there. Two years they often have premium upgrade opportunities to If you decided to invest into your block, Here are three themes to help you build your block. So first off his elemental there's a reason over three million people are using it, including May, who provides real time editing. No jumping back evolved to see the changes. It will save you bags of time and be less frustrating. Plus, you'll have a more enjoyable experience designing your Web site, and we want this 2000 Anyway, The knights wanted to generate press. It has a lot of customization options, a block style layout and, like Elemental, provides real time editing. It also helps you adhere to accessibility standards to help people with disabilities access your Blawg. Finally, Ocean WP. This comes with built in S E O help Web support for help with theme issues, too, and has welcome commerce integration, meaning at antique. Almost your side is easy as you have access to the highest rated e commerce plug in on word breast. So I hope this lesson is maybe a little more comfortable navigating and choosing a blogging platform and theme for your block next up, actually, some essential block design features. 9. Using the Best WordPress Plugins in Your Blog: in this lesson, I want to show you some free design features, which will help you cover the type of basics. You may not think about what really don't want to overlook. So let's go through them. Firstly, a friendly and enticing about or bio page people like to relate to people. Show your passion your quirky backstory, for example, mine is that I first got hooked into my love of history. After visiting offer, Castle suffered on a school trip. While most kids were rolling down the fortifications, I marveled at the structure and what events in life must have been like There. It doesn't need to be too long or too formal. Showcase any qualifications you have, but it isn't a C V. It's a place toe. Welcome your visitors within this page. Make sure there are ways to get in touch with you, too. Speaking of which, add in a few different ways to contact you. There's gonna be through social media icon widgets planted around your site. That's what it's a formal contact form. I use the plugging contact Form seven within WordPress. It's simple, but effective enough, I would say a good profile shot is a must again, it made sure block more relatable. If you're not using your name is the block. There's still include one, so people know the face behind the brand. If you can get professional headshots done great, but it could be a smiley picture of you. From historic site to most phone stay pretty good quality. Making your block easy to navigate is very important. How many times have you clicked off something because it's fluffy, your difficult to find you? Come on. Is this in a few ways? One you could build in a search bar widget, if no included in your theme to you could create a site map page, but maybe when your site gets a bit bigger and three definitely used the categories and tax functions in your blog's to create word clouds based on what people want to read about. For example, if you do four blog's on D Day, create a D Day tag and it will list them all together and then four. Make sure your block has the next post previous post function. This is usually automatically there, but worth a check. The final basic areas to consider are not vertically sexy, but they could get you into trouble. Make sure you have a plug in which backs up your side and do regular backups to file, especially if you're upload in plugging updates. I use word fence for my site security, and it gives me regular scary emails about firewalls, threats and who's been blocked. The other annoying areas. Spam. Unless you're prepared to pay for a premium product, you will get hundreds of spam comments about totally random stuff. Waiting for your approval, I use a plug in simply Cold boat delete comments to help with this. As with all plug ins, make sure they're compatible with your version of WordPress, or content management system. Now I'm based in the UK says subject to GDP are or general data protection regulation. These regulations are about giving people more control over these of their data. In full disclosure. I am not a data protection specialist, but I would advise a cautious approach if you are taking comments and if you have a contact form that to me, is you collecting in some way personal information again? There's a plug in for this to help you as a principle, be transparent with people. If they contact you, don't do something like put them on a mailing list without their consent 10. Using Practical Blog Design Features : So you were in a fabulous post, and it's sitting neatly in your beautifully designed block side. But that's all it is right now. Writing here. I'm going to tell you why it's worth adding visual content, like images of video and some ideas you can get going with Now. What? The benefits of using visual content. First up, I get it. You've only just found the time to research and write the broad post. Now, adding on sourcing images are doing a little. Filming seems a bit overwhelming and overkill. Well, I'm going to say about seven reasons why adding visual content is worth the effort, even if you don't manage every single post, so one, it gives you a little edge. Two. It makes your block look more professional in modern three. It breaks up your texts and makes that beautiful writing easy to read for. People like to digest information in different ways. You're increasing your potential readership and followers. Five. You're showing your personality and face. Six. You're able to really get across your passion for the subject, and finally, seven. You can really help people grasp the importance often event now, having hopefully won you over here with some tips to using visual content in your blawg. If you're not keen on being on camera, you can embed a free YouTube video related to your subject. Check your happy with it all the way through and just be aware you may take people away from your block. You can film yourself with the historic sites you're visiting and add it in. You can film yourself talking about why you chose this subject, what it means to you. Interesting or unexpected things you uncovered and sought to end your block. You can insert and introducing me video clip so people know the face of voice behind the text and lastly, from film a bonus fact that is not included in your main block. Create some intrigue about it and your post as a final thought. Please be mindful of copyright around images most clearly labeled with permission information these days and also be mindful of where you were filming, especially if there are other people around you. 11. Using Visual Content in Your Blog: welcome back. So here I want to give you a quick walk through about search engine optimization known commonly as S E O. Search engine optimization is the practice of increasing the traffic or visits to your history block organically. And by that I mean in an unpaid way. Now, Seo techniques and those pesky algorithms are changing all the time. But there are still some basic principles you need to know. And that's what we're covering in this lesson. To some, the science and detail behind SDO is really fascinating. Put too many compared with RG stories and researching a major amazing block posts. It's just tell us anything, but you want your stuff to be found, right? So sorry. You're gonna have to pay a little attention to S E A. But first, I'm not going to make any assumptions here and explain what it is now. Think about the last time you search for something on Google. You type in a word or a couple of words and a list of possibilities cyclic on came up right . Well, because a search engine is basically an index site, that's the S e part the O as an optimization is maximizing certain things and opportunities within your block. So the clever system sending Google spiders out there confined your content and listed in that index when someone searches for what you blogged about. So how do we make sure the web spiders find you? Firstly, Sorry. There is no quick fix. No one button. You actually get page One ranking for life on your block topic. We hear some of the techniques you can deploy over time. Well, we've already covered the importance of an S e o friendly domain name and block name in a previous lesson. Check this out. If you jump to this lesson and you don't have a name for your block yet you specific intentional and repeated keywords relevant your content. Part of us CEOs, actually, about how you write your block, not just how you upload it. My main advice is don't try to try to be all things to all men on every post. Be specific. If your block is about the Battle of Waterloo, that phrase should dominate at every point it can. But and here's the important part. Without looking like keyword stuffing, your final publish work should still so natural. Your readers will thank you for it and come back. Try and get your blogged mentioned elsewhere on the Internet, social media, Pinterest or guest block to generate back links, create some noise. You can also create internal links. By this, I mean, do a link from your latest vlog with a line saying, If you want to find out more, visit my about page on their Linked with. Why? Because it prevents dead ends for the spiders scurrying around your blawg trying to find out about you. For example, if you have six block posts on each of Henry days wives, but they're not connected to each other, it's harder for the spiders to find all of them than if you link the other five at the end of each queen. The other factor is the amount of traffic you're getting. I know it's a bit mean this one, but the more visitors to your blog's from whatever platform or email email campaign you can run, the better. The loveless shares is also important, so building in the ability for people to share your content spreads the word around the Web . Also, make sure you are sharing your post from your block when you put your new post on Twitter or Facebook next, use images with text descriptions of the point of upload and maybe even at in a caption. And finally look at how quickly Ah, blob loads. How easy is it to read? And how long is your post to help you navigate some of this? I recommend a great tool called Yost. Why O A. S t. And even the free version is worth having. It gives you a rundown of the readability of your blawg, but also in S E o analysis. Using a red, orange and green face on on all these features of about two list, you want to aim for the green smiley face. So it will tell you if the length of your euro is okay, help you set a key phrase of what your block is about. For example, the Duke of Wellington, and then point you to any missed opportunities to get that phrase within your blog's such a subheadings or the first paragraph he will help you put in a slip it the few words you see in a search engine missed and show you what your sniff it will look like on a phone and laptop, and it will even tell you if your blawg is the right length. So in summary, search engine optimization is important to the success of your blog's, but it doesn't have to be technical scary. Plus, I really believe if you get these basics right, being s a friendly will start to come naturally as you write, publish and share your block posts. This links nicely. The next lesson we will look at how to build some momentum in the amount of fabulous now friendly posts your future. Avid readers confined. See you in the next lesson. Welcome back to class. So here we're going to discuss how to build some momentum into your program. And to build momentum, you need two things frequency and consistency. Now the 1st 1 depends on your responsibilities and aspirations for your block. If you're just doing it for a fun hobby, you may be more relaxed and post less than someone who sees their block is something they can monetize into a business. Once you've decided on frequency, you've also by default really decided on consistency. Basically, you're making an agreement with yourself toe blocks a once a week based on your current lifestyle on commitments, I would strongly advise you to know over commit nothing kills a new block more than overwhelmed, caused by a lack of reality but what you can actually manage. So don't think. How often should I write? Blawg Think How often can I write A block turned to creating an editorial calendar? The easiest way here is to show you how to do a basic editorial calendar on Google Calendar . I'm using Google Calendar for this because it's really easy is free, and it's the one that I use. But before we start, you need to answer three questions. You may want to listen to the three questions first, then press pause for a few moments when I finished to consider your answers. Then, once you're ready, move on to the calendar. Walk through. So question one. How often can you write a block post? This month? Once fortnight, once a week, twice a week. Question two. What generally are you excited to be blogging about this month, for example, my fictitious block is about English queens and their fight for power. It's June, which is the month. Queen Elizabeth the second was coronated in 1953. So I'm really interested in writing a topical blawg contrast in Queens with seconds coronation with Queen Elizabeth the first coronation. When you're just starting out, this is the best place to start your own enthusiasm and excitement. Why? Because firstly, you don't have any analytic teacher, you know, telling you what you're readers like. So you have to go on instinct. And secondly, that excitement will carry you through and get you going into a routine. And I have it that you enjoy, not something that becomes a chore. So again, this comes back to picking the right knee. Show you that makes it a pleasure to research on a pleasure to craft will block posts on Question three. What are the big historical dates and anniversaries related to your subject for the next three months? Okay, if you thought this through and know how often you can write what's exciting you this month and what the big events are coming up over the next three months, we can move on to the example. Okay, so I'm going to use my fictitious block again English queens and their fight for power, which you'll see over here. So firstly, I want you to create a calendar for your block. So I've created one here, and you'll see also that there is a task list on the right hand side. So if I click along the months we could, you'll see that I've added in a few key dates around big historical events featuring English queens. But I will time my blocks around in the future. For example, if I click on the 18th year, we've got a learn of Aquitaine married Henry the second he went to to wear in prisoner for 16 years. Lovely man, but I might want to look around that. And also here on the 19th of May, we've got Sambolin executed 15 36 and also just to show you one more. So 10th of July Lady Jane Grey became queen and the queen for nine days there. Okay, so if we get back, I'll tell you back. So you'll also see that I've marked out some personal time here for when I'll be with you on a research trip and unable to block in the way that I normally do. That's this bit in blue here from around the 16th to the 20th in that month. Now my commitment is to pose once a week on a Wednesday. This means I will research, find visuals, upload and promote all on that day. Now, because there's some work behind the word post. You'll see here that it's marked in green as a placeholder. So one here, one here, another one here and another one here all on Wednesdays. So now I put in my four ideas so I don't have to think too much about it. And they know my word. Wednesday is coming up. One Earth, Um, I don't write about So let's just put these it. So the 1st 1 here double click is going to pay on you Go Elizabeth the first, and you can add more information in here, but for the minute will just put Elizabeth the first. So that's what I'll be writing about that week. On the 2nd 1 again, double click is going to be about Queen Matilda, and you'll notice here is whether it's got a green circle, which indicates that you're putting it against the right block just so you don't get your calendars. muddled up. So let's save that one. And then in the third week we will be writing a fount. Let's call this one Queen Mary the first lots to say about her again. Save. And then the last one in that month will be about Queen Uh And again, let's just save that one. So you can see that for this month I've already thought about the four blocks that I'm going to start writing about and researching about. So going back to my research trip here in blue, I'm going to add a task to say that I need to write two blocks at the same time. And this is what we call Batch working. So we go to the task over here. It says here with the plus sign at a task. So we click on here and I'll put in the box two posts. I need it. And then there's a little pencil here where you can edit and I'm just gonna put a date and time against this. So I need to start thinking about this on the 12th. So I just hover. Click on the 12 and click OK, and then over here, there we go. So under the tasks bar here, I put down that two posts are needed because I will need to write the one about Queen Mathilde on the one about Queen Mary first, because I've got this research trip in the middle. So the other thing that I would have to think about with some planning for the next month, So again I go back to my planning list. I'll just go back on that road there so I can create a new on again the plus button add task. So here, I'm just going to put plumbing and I'll click on the little pencil here and again for in the Dayton time. Not so. The time was the date that I want to do this. So lets say the 26 a few days, but thought before the month ends, I can start thinking about it. That and again. Where is it? What's it gonna pop up yet? There it is. Planning. So I've got my promise for my four posts. I know when I'm not gonna be around. I know when I need to write to post at the same time, and then I know what I need to start thinking about the next month. So what I want you to do is repeat this exercise in the next two months. So you have a three month picture. Once you build up some momentum, use your analytics to see which blog's have worked well for you. Did you get comments? Did you get response on Also, did you get any engagement if you posted on the social media? So I hope you can see that an editorial calendar doesn't have to be all consuming to start with. And you can change your post ideas. But what it gives you is a structure on a written out right in front of you. Commitment in the next lesson will look at how social media can play a part in your blocks . Future reach. See you, then. 12. A Quick Introduction to SEO: welcome back to class. So here we're going to discuss how to build some momentum into your program and to build momentum, you need two things. Frequency and consistency. Now the 1st 1 depends on your responsibilities and aspirations for your block. If you're just doing it for a fun hobby, you may be more relaxed and post less than someone who sees their block is something they can monetize into a business. Once you've decided on frequency, you've also by default really decided on consistency. Basically, you're making an agreement with yourself. Toe blocks a once a week based on your current lifestyle on commitments, I would strongly advise you to know over commit nothing kills a new block more than overwhelmed, caused by a lack of reality but what you can actually manage. So don't think. How often should I write? Blawg Think How often can I write A block turned to creating an editorial calendar? The easiest way here is to show you how to do a basic editorial calendar on Google calendar . I'm using Google Calendar for this because it's really easy is free, and it's the one that I use. But before we start, you need to answer three questions. You may want to listen to the three questions first, then press pause for a few moments when I finished to consider your answers. Then, once you're ready, move on to the calendar. Walk through. So question one. How often can you write a block post this month? Once fortnight, Once a week, twice a week. Question two. What generally are you excited to be blogging about this month, for example, my fictitious block is about English queens and their fight for power. It's June, which is the month Queen Elizabeth. The second was coronated in 1953. So I'm really interested in writing a topical blawg contrast in Queens with seconds coronation with Queen Elizabeth the first coronation when you're just starting out, this is the best place to start your own enthusiasm and excitement. Why? Because firstly, you don't have any analytics, you know, telling you what you're readers like. So you have to go on instinct, and secondly, that excitement will carry you through and get you going into a routine, and I have it that you enjoy, not something that becomes a chore. So again, this comes back to picking the right knee show you that makes it a pleasure to research on a pleasure to craft will block posts on question three. What are the big historical dates and anniversaries related to your subject for the next three months? Okay, if you thought this through and know how often you can write what's exciting you this month and what the big events are coming up over the next three months, we can move on to the example. Okay, so I'm going to use my fictitious block again English queens and their fight for power, which you'll see over here. So, firstly, I want you to create a calendar for your block. So I've created one here, and you'll see also that there is a task list on the right hand side. So if I click along the months we could, you'll see that I've added in a few key dates around big historical events featuring English queens. But I will time my blocks around in the future. For example, if I click on the 18th year, we've got a learn of Aquitaine married Henry the second he went to to wear in prisoner for 16 years, lovely man, but I might want to look around that. And also here, on the 19th of May, we've got Sambolin executed 15 36. And also just to show you one more. So 10th of July Lady Jane Grey became queen and the queen for nine days there. Okay, so if we get back, I'll tell you back. So you'll also see that I've marked out some personal time here for when I'll be with you on a research trip and unable to block in the way that I normally do. That's this bit in blue here, from around the 16th to the 20th in that month. Now my commitment is to pose once a week on a Wednesday. This means I will research, find visuals, upload and promote all on that day. Now, because there's some work behind the word post, you'll see here that it's marked in green as a placeholder. So one here, one here, another one here, and another one here all on Wednesdays. So now I put in my four ideas so I don't have to think too much about it. And they know my word Wednesday is coming up One earth. Um, I don't write about So let's just put these it. So the 1st 1 here double click is going to pay on you Go Elizabeth the first, and you can add more information in here. Um, but for the minute will just put Elizabeth the first. So that's what I'll be writing about that week on the 2nd 1 again, double click is going to be about Queen Matilda, and you'll notice Here is whether it's got a green circle, which indicates that you're putting it against the right block just so you don't get your calendars muddled up. So let's save that one. And then in the third week, we will be writing a fount. Uh, let's call this one Queen Mary, the first lots to say about her again save. And then the last one in that month will be about queen. And again. Let's just save that one so you can see that for this month I've already thought about the four blocks that I'm going to start writing about and researching about. So going back to my research trip here in blue, I'm going to add a task to say that I need to write two blocks at the same time, and this is what we call batch working. So we go to the task over here. It says here with the plus sign, add a task. So we click on here and I'll put in the box two posts. I need it. And then there's a little pencil here where you can edit and I'm just gonna put a date and time against this. So I need to start thinking about this on of the 12th. So I just hover. Click on the 12 and click OK, and then over here, There we go. So, under the tasks bar here, I put down that two posts are needed because I will need to write the one about Queen Mathilde on the one about Queen Mary first, because I've got this research trip in the middle. So the other thing that I have to think about with some planning for the next month, So again I go back to my planning list. I'll just go back on that road there so I can create a new on again the plus button add task. So here I'm just going to put plumbing and I'll click on the little pencil here and again for in the Dayton time? Not so. The time was the date that I want to do this. So lets say the 26th a few days, but thought before the month ends so I can start thinking about it. That and again. Where was it singing a pop up. Yet there it is planning. So I've got my promise for my four posts. I know when I'm not gonna be around. I know when I need to write to post at the same time. And then I know what I need to start thinking about the next month. So what I want you to do is repeat this exercise in the next two months. So you have a three month picture. Once you build up some momentum, use your analytics to see which blog's have worked well for you. Did you get comments? Did you get response on Also, did you get any engagement if you posted on the social media? So I hope you can see that an editorial calendar doesn't have to be all consuming to start with and you can change your post ideas, but what it gives you is a structure on a written out right in front of you. Commitment. In the next lesson, we'll look at how social media can play a part in your blocks. Future reach. See you then. 13. Building Momentum - Sample Editorial Schedule: hi there. So in this lesson, I'm going to cover social media plug ins. I'm going to show you the best ways to integrate social media with your block, to allow people to share your content and failure. It's really a no brainer to expand your reach through social media, but it's a huge topic, and there are lots of different platforms, and it can get pretty overwhelming pretty quick. So before we get into the actual programs, I just want to get you thinking about your use of social media for your block and maybe set some boundaries for yourself in your stress levels. Now at the beginning stages, learning from my experience. If you're just starting out, don't try to be everywhere and on everything. Maybe choose the platform you're most familiar with or appeals to you the most. If you press the time, there will be a learning curve to maximize all the tips and tricks of every social media platform to a swell of researching, writing and upload in blocks consistently, you might get overwhelmed and he might give up. If you don't spread yourself too thinly, you won't be tempted to post on ghost or In other words, put your block up and disappear, or get a new keen follower or TM and no interact with them. If you focus down on your social media can build up your social proof rather than having a handful of followers on five platforms. Have a few 1000 on one robin and sign posting people to five all right ish platforms through widgets, buttons and links on your blawg and cluttering up really push their attention toe one or two platforms. Once you've set up your social media boundaries here, some social media plug ins to think about these tips cover a variety of social media platforms. There will vary in usefulness, depending on what you choose to use for most plug ins. There will be a free version and a pro version, but from my experience, you can achieve quite a lot with the free version. As with all plug ins to a backup first and check, it is compatible with your content management system. So I like the ultimate social media icons. Plug it. This has a whole range of social media icons, plus email and RSS for you to put your sign. It's an easy interface, which takes you to a series of questions currently eight. And it's in a drop down list to ask you things like, What do you want your icons to do? Where will they be displayed? What design and animation do you want? And once style didn't add them? Is a widget into your pages the next to a plug ins for specific social media channels that I use and I think sit well within a webpage. Firstly, for Pinterest, I use the free plug in P I button on brute politics. It means you can put pin it buttons on images of follow Pinterest button on your blog's board on Pinterest, profile widgets and latest pin feeds. You put these on show, so I'm very easily through widgets or generated short code to place in for Instagram. I used the smash balloon Instagram feed. You can adjust the amount of in images, width height and customize the background color, and it fits really nicely onto Mobil's 14. Class Project and Final Thoughts: Well, congratulations. You've made it to the end. Thank you so much for taking my class. And hopefully you were able to decide on the name subject and be confident about the next steps for your new fabulous history. Rog, For your class project, I would love to see how you shrunk the gigantic subject of history into your very own niche area. And here, the name of your first amazing brought post. If you have any questions or need help, make sure you post them in the community discussion section here in this class said That way, if anyone has the same questions as you, we can answer them all in the same place. If you decide to share your new block post on Instagram, tag me in. My handlers at Elizabeth underscore Brit politics. And I'd love to see what you are creating. If you have any thoughts, future classes you'd like to see. I'd love to hear from you by now.