How To Make A Blog – Free Guide

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The FREE Guide

Well, at last I’ve done it!

I’ve finally created a guide that shows you the exact steps you have to take to make your own blog. Right from deciding upon a domain name through to adding blog posts (and with many steps in-between) – it’s all in this free guide.

It took me a little while to create because I’ve added lots of screen images and links to videos but I certainly enjoyed creating it.

I hope you enjoy reading and using it as much as I did creating it!

Simply click here and you can get your free guide.

By the way what do you think of the e-book design?

And if you can spare just a few minutes, I’d love some feedback on the e-book.

Just add your comments right here and I’ll answer every single one.

Thanks again. Now grab your copy by clicking here.

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34 Responses to How To Make A Blog – Free Guide

  1. Julie June 30, 2009 at 11:31 am #

    I downloaded the free guide yesterday. Today, my blog is up and running. Excluding the wait for the hosting to be set up, it took me 38 minutes!

    Thank you.


    • BuildYourBlog July 2, 2009 at 11:54 pm #


      Way to go!

      That’s brilliant. You have made my day. Hopefully you have seen my ‘thanks’ in your email about the best ways to add content.


  2. tracy July 3, 2009 at 3:23 am #

    Great information Andrew,and love the free stuff you have included as I am non techie.. well done Julie..

    • BuildYourBlog July 3, 2009 at 3:55 am #


      You are welcome! I hope it turns out to be useful.


  3. John July 17, 2009 at 3:26 am #

    Hi Andrew
    I’m experimenting with blogging at present. Your book confirmed a lot of of my research so far and I was pleased to see your list of plugins. I’ll be using a few of your suggestions.
    I have a couple of questions though:
    1. I look for WordPress themes that are already SEO friendly. Should I be adding additional SEO plugins to my theme?
    2. I have WordPress loaded under Is it better to have WordPress in my route directory or in its own directory?
    I look forward to further conversations with you Andrew.
    Thanks again for your great book


    • BuildYourBlog July 17, 2009 at 7:08 am #


      Glad you like the book.

      I use the FLEXX theme which is also already SEO friendly and yes, I also add additional SEO plugins. The must one is the All-in-one-seo-pack plugin.

      re: your second question. I would definitely have it loaded in your route directory.


  4. John July 18, 2009 at 3:39 am #

    Hi Andrew

    Many thanks for your reply.

    I have the ‘All-in-one-seo-pack plugin’ all ready so thank you for confirming my hunch on this question. I’ll look into the FLEXX theme. That’s one that you mentioned in your ebook if I remember correctly.

    Many thanks on your comments about placing WordPress as well. I’ll look into moving it, and I think the database it sits in (if I have the technical understanding nutted out).

    Many thanks for sending me the ebook on writting content as well.

    I’ll be reading that over the weekend.

    I look forward to further contact


  5. John July 18, 2009 at 11:50 pm #


    Thanks for the research in regards to moving WP.

    I’m with a great domain host called ‘justhost’ and they did it for me. Their support team has helped me get out of quite a few sticky technical problems!

    I’m enjoying your ebook on “Not a Writer? Not a Problem.” It has come to me at just the right time! I’m looking into article sites at present and considering contracting a writer to write content for me.

    I’ll get my blog sorted out and then see what happens.

    I’ll also give you some more feedback on the book.


    • BuildYourBlog July 19, 2009 at 11:11 am #


      Justhost! Wow that is good service. I’m creating a blog for a client at the moment and she had signed up with one of these ‘free’ website providers. It has taken us over 6 weeks to get her domain moved, so I can start on her site and they charged her £25. 6 weeks and £25 – a rip-off. They just didn’t know what they were doing. Now’s that real bad service.

      re: content. A fellow professional writer and I have just started a new venture together – you may be interested. Here’s the blog: and here’s the monthly article writing service:

      All the best,


  6. lynnette July 20, 2009 at 7:22 am #

    hi andrew you are absolutely brill, was just about to throw my computer out the window when i came across you i still have along way to go but i now have my blog and i can now learn how to use it to my full advantage, cheers your brill!!!
    .-= lynnette´s last blog ..Hello world! =-.

    • BuildYourBlog July 20, 2009 at 9:11 am #


      That is great to hear! Thanks for taking the time out to make a lovely comment like that!

      Glad you didn’t throw your pc out of the window.

      What’s next for your blog?


  7. lynnette July 20, 2009 at 9:41 am #

    hi andrew trying to work it all out now so i can submit to search engines and adding some links to create some revenue, will still be trying this time next week but i will get it in the end lol thanks for all your help
    .-= lynnette´s last blog ..Hello world! =-.

  8. Udaysree July 24, 2009 at 3:27 pm #

    great basic guide for a beginner. thanks for bringing it out. a Q: if a theme is compatible with WP 2.7, can i also use it for WP 2.8.2?

    • BuildYourBlog July 24, 2009 at 9:31 pm #


      In most cases themes are compatible with the latest version of WP. But I would check with the theme creator first and when/if you do upgrade….backup first.


  9. Otolorin August 16, 2009 at 10:32 pm #

    Hi Andrew,

    You are a great guy. I actually got in contact with you via terry dean’s website (He is one great guy, you know!). I know you often read his blog and give comments.

    Thanks for that great ebook. I am presently fondling with this site: from what I learnt in your ebook and you didnt even charge a dimep…!

    Hope you check the site out and give your comment.

    I have a few questions though.

    I want to add the default comment field comprising of the name,email,website and comment field but it’s been a challenge.

    Can you show me how to do that with my free wordpress theme?

    My other question is that how do I add an aweber name and email subscription box to my blog…to be aligned right just like you did yours and that of

    Looking forward to your reply.

    Thanks a lot andrew. I am from nigeria but I am going to say Merci Beaucoup…that is thanks a million in french!

    • BuildYourBlog August 17, 2009 at 12:57 am #


      Thanks for dropping by and commenting on my guide – I really appreciate that and yes, terry is a gem if a guy!

      I could not get your website to display – just a blank screen.

      re: comments.

      The facility should automatically be displayed – if you have checked the box ‘allow comments’ when you submit a post.

      re: Aweber

      I assume you have an Aweber account – yes? Within Aweber, create the website form, copy the HTML from Aweber and paste as a ‘text’ widget in your right sidebar within WordPress.

      Hope that helps.


  10. Otolorin August 17, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    Hi Andrew,
    It’s me again!

    I am a little bit surprised my site was blank when you visited. Could you check again now and still give your comment?

    I did check the comment field and it’s still not working. The comment field seems to be opened to the author of the site alone. I cannot enable it for people to enter their name,email and comment box.

    Any insight?

    • BuildYourBlog August 17, 2009 at 11:05 pm #


      This time I can see the site!

      I like the colours. Perhaps only one column on the right would be better but it’s hard to tell until you add some content.

      I don’t see what the problem is with the comments – I was able to add a comment.


  11. Otolorin August 18, 2009 at 7:26 am #

    hi Andrew,
    Thanks. You are my angel.Just checked my site and saw that the comment box is alive!

    I know you did nothing to it however I want to look at it like this. Your aura brought the comment box alive.

    If you look at the extreme side bar, I tried to add a video widget that would display a youtube video but it seems not to work.

    Anyway, thanks for being so helpful.

    • BuildYourBlog August 20, 2009 at 1:41 am #

      Glad the comment box works!

      re: the video. Did you copy the html from the YouTube video and add as a text widget? That should work.


  12. MIke Adams September 4, 2009 at 6:49 am #

    Hey, I am looking into blogging for part-time income, trying to get some education and your download “how to make a blog” was just what I needed.
    Thanks so much!
    Couple of really basic questions.
    1st I produce a nice blog with good content regularly updated.
    2nd generate traffic via networking, SEO (lot to learn on that subject).
    My question is that, after looking a lot on the web I am unsure of teh avenues that produce income and how to implement them.
    Form what I gather there are multiple avenues:Selling products your produce I understand but how do you become a “Affiliate” where you send others to Amazon etc and how do you get paid? How do you generate income through advertisments on your site (adsense, or what other methods)?

    Again, thanks for the book on building a blog – really gave me some basics!

    • Andrew Rondeau September 4, 2009 at 10:07 am #


      To become an affiliate, you basically sign up! So you join Amazon Associates, for example, as an affiliate to sell Amazon products. Then ‘advertise’ those products on your blog. When someone buys the product via your link, you get a commission.

      Depends on who you sign up with will determine how you get paid. Amazon pay you by check, I believe.

      Does that help?


  13. Christine Wilson October 2, 2009 at 10:45 am #

    It took me less than 5 minutes to find what I needed online. It was my first try and the blog was up and running in no time! Thank You SO MUCH!! I will recommend you and build a blog into some of my other sites.

  14. mathan November 9, 2009 at 11:23 pm #

    Hi Andrew,
    I read your how build your blog give a path how to start a blog from top to bottom.But,

    how to make targeted traffic to my blog.?

    I want to bunch of blog post in advance and it will publish in different hours.Is there any plug in?

    This is my web

  15. John November 10, 2009 at 2:48 am #

    Hi Andrew
    Love the new ebook. You go into great detail on some of those tricky points, especially around downloading and installing WordPress, and with plugins.
    Great to see you recommending Market Samurai as well. It’s a fantastic package and well worth the investment.
    I’d like to put another word in for, hosting site. I’ve always received great service and advice from them.
    I have had trouble finding the right theme and will follow up your Flexx Theme offer. Its about time I put some money into a decent theme.
    Thanks again for the fantastic advice.


    • Andrew Rondeau November 10, 2009 at 3:49 am #


      Well thank you for those kinds words.

      Remember Market Samurai is free if you only want to do keyword analysis. – nice to get someone else recommending a hosting site – thanks. I shall check them out.

      You can win the FLEXX theme in my latest contest:

      All the best John.


  16. David Stillwagon November 11, 2009 at 7:39 pm #

    Hi Andrew,
    I downloaded your guide and it has a lot of good information in it.

    • Andrew Rondeau November 12, 2009 at 1:02 am #


      Anything in particular you liked?


      • David Stillwagon November 12, 2009 at 7:38 am #

        The videos on keywords was informative

        • Andrew Rondeau November 12, 2009 at 8:56 am #


          great – I hope they make a difference!


  17. Terrence November 15, 2009 at 1:20 am #

    Hi Andrew,

    Lots of great information inside…technically speak, a step-by-step guidance significant for newbie how just starting out… Frankly speaking, it’s over deliver a bit because other pros would go to far off by framing it like a complete storyboard… None the less, well done and much appreciated from new ‘bloggerian’…


    • Terrence November 15, 2009 at 2:27 am #

      Hi Andrew,

      Lots of great information inside…technically speak, a step-by-step guidance significant for newbie how just starting out… Frankly speaking, it’s over deliver a bit because other pros wouldn’t go too far off by framing it like a complete storyboard… None the less, well done and much appreciated from new ‘bloggerian’…


      P.S: So sorry for the rush hour…

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