Welcome to the Resources For Weight Loss Bloggers at My Weight Loss Dream. We have spent hours and hours looking for certain resources for our weight loss blog. It is so time consuming, then you buy something and realise it is not quite right!
Therefore we decided to put a resource together for our fellow weight loss bloggers so that you don’t have the same issues we have had. From setting up your domain name to getting traffic – we have it covered. Plus we are constantly adding to this page and ONLY including resources that we have had first hand experience with.
We have also included a section with useful resources within our website that are perfect for new visitors to weight loss blogging or blogging in general. The question that is always often asked on forums is where to start? and what information do you really need before you end up catching a big dose of “information overload”.
Well rest-assured as a new visitor you are well catered for at Weight Loss Bloggers!
Getting Started With Your Weight Loss Blog
We have an excellent guide that you can access via the banner below that shows you how to create your first blog with every step of the way taken into account:
The first part of setting up a weight loss blog (often considered as the scariest part) after you have chosen to blog about weight loss, your domain name and of course your hosting. This is then followed up with themes, configuration and of course tools!
Expired Domains – are the first place you should look before you buy a domain from a regular registrar. Whats good about them is that you can get old ones that already have traffic or Google page rank. It gives you an excellent head start and saves a lot of the early traffic building methods that you would normally do. The best ones are the deleted ones. These are ones that have actually been deleted because the previous owner has not renewed their domain name. You can then pick up the deleted ones at the same price as buying a domain.
Namecheap is one of the biggest registrars of domains on the internet today and we have used them for a few months after changing over from Go Daddy. There are many of them to choose from but when you read the reviews Namecheap is the front runner for most people.
123reg is one of the biggest .co.uk domain providers in the UK. It primarly is a domain registrar but it also has a good range of hosting options from the beginner to the more experienced with VPS servers and also dedicated servers for the more experienced internet blogger.
There prices are really competitive and if you are from the UK then you should really think about 123reg as a great starting point for your business.
It is also very important that you keep your domain and your hosting separate as if anything goes wrong you are not keeping both your eggs in the same basket.
Bluehost We were with Bluehost for a few years until we decided we needed a hosting company that specialized in VPS and dedicated servers. But Bluehost is a great way for you to start if you have no experience so i would recommend them if you are new to blogging.
Plus they are very cheap. When we started out online we were with Fast Hosts and they charged a small fortune in comparison.
Knownhost Knownhost specialises in VPS and dedicated server solutions and there deals are fantastic. For less money than we were paying Hostgator we received a SSD HDD VPS with all the trimmings and have never looked back. One of the best decisions we have made, especially as we have a lot of images on are site and they can cause your site to run slow so the SSD HDD helps a lot.
What we have also found is that many VPS services are really over priced. I know one fellow weight loss blogger is paying five times what we are paying for VPS hosting and they have less traffic than us!
The next thing you need to consider is your WordPress theme. Themes are like choosing underwear. We all have a different opinion as to how they should look and how comfy they feel for each of us is totally different.
There are some themes that are easier to use and there are some that require abit more attention but look so much better and give you the wow factor.
Thesis is the theme we have just moved onto recently. We wanted a faster running site and one of the downsides of other themes is that they run on way too many Plugins. We wanted to escape this and Thesis hardly has any because of the way it has been built.
We are also not experts when it comes to html (even though we know a fair bit) so it is nice to have a theme that offers a lot of support. And we have certainly got our monies worth out of it so far!
Plus if you get bored with the theme you can simply change the skin.
Socrates is the first theme we used after we had chose WordPress as our blog template. This is because we had done some research and Socrates kept appearing for newbies. Easy to use, easy to customise and with it being sold through Clickbank it was very easy to affiliate.
We have done a review about this theme and you can read it here.
Themedy Skins – Are the skins which My Weight Loss Dream’s Weight Loss Bloggers is running on at the moment. We have the Quik skin and absolutely love it. We are also lifetime members so when they bring out new themes we can have access to those too. They currently have several themes that run on Thesis 2.1 which is great for if you fancy a change.
They are versatile and recommended by the Thesis creator. We like all the choices they have and are pretty easy to use with top notch support.
You can always change the theme onto Thesis when you get more confident!
Now there is the Plugins – the wonderful pieces of WordPress software that make your weight loss blogging life easier and less stressful!
- All in One SEO This is one of five plugins that I want to share with you and my favourite too! We have used this plugin since we first started blogging. It is really useful to help make your blog SEO friendly. It is easy to use and set up.
- Google Site Map This plugin takes care of your sitemap which is basically a list of all the pages and posts on your site that Google’s bot needs to be aware of and will crawl to look for this.
- Limit Login Attempts This plugin will limit your login attempts that malicious bots will try to do to gain entry to your blog and then if they get in they could cause so much damage. So it is very important that you use it. It wasn’t until I used this that I actually found out just how many people were constantly trying to log into my site. It is actually rather scary and makes you realise the importance of website security.
- Akismet Is a blog comment spam protector. You will receive alot of spam comments and Akismet will filter through them and take out and remove any comments it deems as spam. You can get a key for free if you have a personal blog but for a business one you will have to pay $5 a month like we do for this blog.
- WP Super Cache This plugin will help your wordpress site to load faster in browsers which will make your site more user friendly and they will be more inclined to spend time on your blog if it is quick rather than slow. This is the easiest one for new people to use but if you are feeling technical try W3 Total Cache and get stuck in to there endless amount of options.
Blogvault This is a cheap option and the one we use for our websites. It gives you a one click solution to back up your blog and makes the process so easy.
After it has finished you can also view what your site will look like if you lost your site to make sure it is backing it up correctly. Many people fail to back up their site which is a huge mistake and you really need to look into something like this. It is always better to be safe than sorry. It is like having a corner shop and not turning on the alarm before you leave – you wouldn’t do it would you?
Something we have got recently is a CDN. I did not know what this was but basically you set your websites up through their own ip address instead of changing any of your dns servers. This means when a visitor opens your site in America the closest server to the persons location will load your content and same for England, Asia, and the rest of Europe. It also has a lot of security benefits. We have tried a few CDN´s now and have just moved onto MAX CDN.
These are very cheap to use and our website is the quickest it has ever being when it gets loaded. So better for our users experience.
Royalty Free Graphics Pack – With this huge selection of royalty free graphics you’ll never run out of graphics for your blog. There are over 300mb of graphics along with a source file for the best places to get future graphics.
All in all you have thousands of graphics to choose from to brighten up your website and give it the X Factor. Many of these places we use to illustrate our ebooks, create blog posts, use for infographics or just to give our social media some colour.
Weight Loss Bloggers Content Management
When you own a blog the first thing you need to think about is lots of content flowing into your website. We have therefore shared with you some of our best options for content.
Starting at the beginning we have put together a PLR section dedicated to you buying content that you can make your own for a fraction of the price of hiring a freelancer. From full product set up for you to launch on Clickbank to blog articles you can publish we have a bit of everything.
Weight Loss Bloggers Traffic
Once you have your blog set up and have started blogging the next bit on your agenda needs to be traffic. After all, it is a waste of time to blog if no one is seeing your excellent content is there?
Stat Counter – the first thing you need to do is install Statcounter onto your blog. That way you can track where your future traffic is coming from and look at your conversions and results. I have been using Stat Counter for several years now and they provide a very good all round service. Their support is also fantastic if you are having problems with installing your code or getting everything in place.
SEO – Blogging and SEO go together like salt and pepper. You just couldn’t imagine one without the other. I love SEO and it does count for 40% of my traffic on my sites. The reason? Because I don’t want Google dictating all the traffic that I get as I want to have control of my own business. That way if you have a bad SEO week you are not left with no traffic at all. This is a free guide that I wrote when I owned my internet marketing business and it could really help you kick start your SEO.
Word Tracker – keyword research is also a major part of SEO and needs to be done correctly.It is a slow process, finding all the best SEO keywords but it is well worth it for the end results you can achieve.
Google Alerts – it is a good idea to add Google alerts to your Google account. They basically inform you whenever your site has been indexed in Google. Therefore you can keep a track on what progress you are making with your search engine optimisation. Secondly you can use them to keep an eye on your web address being indexed by others and how your back linking is coming along. Its also good for monitoring key phrases in your niches or even for keeping an eye on the competition.
Social bookmarking – this is a very big deal when it comes to blogging. It is very important that after you publish a blog post you also submit it to the top social bookmarking channels. This way you can increase the blogs exposure and gain some useful SEO backlinks at the same time.
One of the best ways to make money online is by building a mailing list. Its on the top spot of everyone’s list and rightly so. Once people are on your mailing list you can earn passive income as you sleep by sending out emails and offering them free advice and paid products. Many newbies to internet marketing get sick of reading about list building but the truth is – IT WORKS!
Aweber If you are new to weight loss blogging then you will not know what Aweber is but it is a very important part of your income if you are wanting to build a list through email marketing. We have used them for years (we signed up in 2005) because mainly they make it so easy to be able to start creating lists and getting subscribers added to your list.
There are many others about that are cheaper but they don’t offer the same level of features as what Aweber does.
With social media being such a big part of our lives now it would be stupid not to use it for your business. We use it for traffic and get a lot of our traffic from social media and it is thanks to these great tools:
Hootsuite really is the number one place to be able to access all of your social media platforms. If like us you will end up with a Facebook profile, Twitter profile, Google Plus profile and LinkedIn to name a few. All these need updating every day and to log in to each to site to post an update would be too time consuming so you login to Hootsuite and from your dashboard you can update each profile with a different update as and when you want brilliant.
Or if you are having a lazy day update them all with the same update with a click of the mouse 🙂
Facebook Paid Ads – have always had a lot of stick but they do work for long term traffic. And the reason I know they work is because I personally use them myself. You can do campaigns on blog posts, squeeze pages and your latest products. They are all very cheap and I currently pay between $0.01 and $0.06 per click depending on what I am promoting. So give it a go and you will be surprised by the results.
Weight Loss Bloggers Income Streams
There are endless income streams that are available to weight loss bloggers. Here is a few that are currently on our weight loss blog or go and have a look at our income reports for a more indepth solution.
Adsense – this programme we think is the best for creating some money from little traffic to start with. As your traffic grows you can still use Adsense and then your revenue will go up with the amount of traffic you get. Also i think they are one of the most reliable to use for payments. Adsense revenue can be totally different from one weight loss site to another so don’t expect to earn the same amount as someone else does.
Clickbank is one of the biggest affiliate sites for ebooks on the net. We have used it for years and we get payouts every fortnight and we also have are own products on there so affiliates can affiliate us as well. Its always best to have a bit of both and also aim towards recurring affiliate products so that you can make money from them in the future.
Advertising Revenue – one of the best income streams you can ever have is from advertising. There are endless advertising sites that will except your website and then in exchange they take a cut in the profits when they sell your advertising space. This is also something that is hard to sell right in the beginning as you need a decent amount of traffic to make money from this.
Our Income Reports – Since January of 2014 we have been putting together our income reports showing you exactly where our income is coming from on the entire My Weight Loss Dream platform. See our ups and downs of our income as we monetise this website.
Here are some good places to publish your blog for advertising revenue:
Fiverr – This is a good place to make some good money from advertising for your blog. This is also good when you do not have the greatest of traffic and are just starting out. Sell 30 day banner spaces on your website, tweets to your Twitter following, Facebook updates or even sponsored reviews via your blog posts. There are so many options to choose from and I recommend that you have a good look around Fiverr for some fresh ideas. Here is a post from our blog that covers Fiverr in more detail.
We have put these resources together because these are what we have used but most of the products we have listed we are actually using today as I write this. We would not expect you to take our word for something if we had not used it or are using it at the moment.
There are a lot more traffic and income sources than this but it gives you an excellent starting point. A lot of the tools above are free so dig in and get started with your own blogging career and we wish you the best of luck for your new career.
Also here are some blog posts that we have written to help you further with your weight loss or fitness adventures:
If you had $1000 to spend on your weight loss blog – It amazes me how often people ask me where they should invest their money and think that $1000 should be spent straight away in order to make a profit. This blog post will show you exactly where to spend your money and when to spend it. Kiss goodbye to all that useless software that you really don’t need.
How to choose the perfect domain name – A lot of people struggle with the purchase of a domain name as they are so worried that they are going to get it wrong. In this blog post I take on the auctions to show you that if you are struggling with the right domain name that buying a second hand one can be the right way forward.
The best ways to back up your weight loss blog – It is very important that when it comes to your blog that you back it up on a regular basis. With this blog post we show you the different options you have and remind you of how serious it is that you regularly backup your website.
Mistakes of previous weight loss blog clients – I wanted to share this with you, not to name and shame my old clients but so that you can learn from their mistakes. I have been mentoring clients for years and it is amazing how things can go wrong if you let them and how you should be thinking when it comes to your blog.
Top 20 blogging terms explained – When you start out there are that many phrases that people mention and most of it sounds like someone is talking Chinese to you! It is just so hard to get your head around all the jargon and in this post we run you through the most annoying bits of jargon that newbies are always freaked out by!