I’ve taken up a challenge by Kelli Wise to write 31 blog posts in 31 days and I’d love for you to join me in the process. I’ll even up the ante by sending anyone who completes the challenge a “Blogging Bad Ass” trophy that you can put on your mantle.
I know most massage professionals, maybe even you, don’t have a clue as to where to start when it comes to blogs. Some people reading this may even be asking: “What’s a blog?”
So I’m compiling a variety of blog posts and articles into a “massage blog guide” to help you get started. We’ll be looking at how to set up your blog, how and what to write, and how to use your blog to get more clients. This will be a work in progress and I’ll add links as I write the posts.
The original challenge by Kelli Wise
How to win your “Blogging Bad Ass” trophy
What’s a blog?
A blog a lot like a website. What’s the difference?
Watch Eric Create a Blog in Five Minutes
I don’t know anything about creating blogs. It’s all way to complicated for me? If that’s how you feel then watch as I create a blog with one post in under five minutes. Follow along, pausing the video where needed and create your own blog right now so you can see how simple the technology really is.
Why Create a Massage Blog?
What’s the big deal? Why does everyone and their mother keep saying I need a blog?
Is It Essential to Have a Blog for Your Massage Business?
But seriously, with all the other things I could be doing online, is creating a blog really that important?
Creating Your Massage Blog
Okay, I’m sold on the idea of starting a blog. How on earth do I set one up when I don’t know an FTP from a KFC? What’s the easiest way to set this up?
Integrating a Blog Into Your Massage Website
Now I know the easiest way to create a blog, what if I want to make it part of my website?
Set Up Your Massage Blog On Your Website
I can see the benefits of integrating a blog into my website. Can you give me some more specific how to’s?
Getting Stuff Done Cheaply
I don’t want to do the technical stuff. Is there someone who can install the blog for me? What if I’m really cheap and don’t want to spend a lot of money doing this?
My Blog Recommendations
Now I’m not sure what to do. What would you recommend I do next? What would work best for a blog novice like myself?
Be Sure to Do This on Your Massage Blog
Is there anything in particular that I need to do in setting up my blog to make it more effective?
What Makes a Good Blog Post
What sets a good blog post apart from a mediocre one?
Writing Content for Your Massage Blog
What the heck am I going to write about? And how do I maintain a blog if I’m a lousy writer?
A 90 Minute Exercise for Planning Months of Blog Posts
Another perspective on coming up with content ideas and scheduling your posts.
More Writing Ideas for Your Massage Blog
Do you have any more simple ideas for helping me come up with ideas and content for my blog?
A Super Easy Way to Create Content for Your Blog
Where do I find the easy button?
What is guest blogging and why would I do it?
Finding Free Images for Your Blog
Where can I get pictures to put in my posts?
Checklist for Publishing Your Blog Post
What things do I have to remember to do before I press the Publish button?
Blogs as Websites
Turn Your Massage Blog Into a Website
Some people use blogs for their website. How do I do that?
Using WordPress as Your Website
And why is everyone suggesting WordPress?
Top 5 Reasons to Use WordPress as Your Business Website
Why should I use blog software to build my website?
Promoting Your Blog
How to Promote Your Massage Blog
Now that I have a blog, how do other people find out about it?
More on Promoting Your Massage Blog
Any other suggestions for getting the word out?
What’s an RSS Feed?
This weird symbol is on my blog. What is it?
Submitting Your Blog to Directories
What is the value of having my site listed in directories?
Getting Found in the Search Engines
Getting Your Blog Posts Ranked in Google – Part 1
How do I get found in Google?
Getting Ranked in Google – Part 2
Getting Ranked in Google – Part 3
Google Doesn’t Rank Websites – Part 4
More on Ranking Your Blog in the Search Engines
The Value of Blog Commenting
Making Blog Comments Meaningful
Top 10 BodyworkBiz Blog Posts
Here’s number 10 to number 6 for the past year.
Top 5 BodyworkBiz Blog Posts
The countdown continues
Some Controversial BodyworkBiz Blog Posts
31 Posts in 31 days – A Midpoint Tour
Categories and Tags
Categories vs. Tags
What’s the difference between the two?
WordPress.COM or WordPress.ORG
What’s the difference?
Themes – what are they?
What is a plugin?
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If you have any questions about blogging or would like to share your own experiences just post them below in the comments section. If you haven’t yet joined the 31 posts in 31 days challenge for a chance to win your blogging trophy, make sure to get started by August 15th.