How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

How to Create a Free Blog is one of the most searched for terms by freelancers on Google nowadays- i being one of them.

Well, this is my story:

One of the first things I did when I decided that writing was my thing was creating my blog, techbizwriter.com. I then made sure I wrote high quality and useful content.

From there, I decided to fully utilize my website to recruit customers…

So, each time a client asked me for samples, I would just redirect them to my site and most would proceed to hire me..

I am yet to know what impressed them most- my writing or just the fact that I had a personal blog.

You know what?

While employers are happy to hear you have a website, I doubt they read whatever is there

This is why I doubt them:

You give them the link, then a few seconds later they are back “Hi John! I like your work…blah, blah, blah…and I will hire you?”

If you are an employer, tell me….do you people read these things? (Am not kidding!)

Anyway, let’s go back to my blog…

The first client I got from my blog was paying me $5 per 1000 words. Not bad for a star or so I thought.

We worked together for some time then I realized his work was much more involving and he wasn’t willing to raise my pay.

That is when I resolved to go on the prowl for better paying ‘bosses’…

Just as I was starting to think that I was on a wild goose chase, I met this client who was willing to hire me for double what my old client was paying.

I had seen her Ad on Facebook and immediately directed her to my blog.

I still work for her even today- and she has since tripled my pay.

Can you now see why am convinced that a blog can work wonders even for a newbie?

What you need is to vigorously market your blog -even if just on social media (anybody can do this) – then have fun as you land those BIGWIG clients, one after another.

It all boils down to planning and commitment.

Now, I am planning to revamp my fledgling blog and publish more of my best content there. Certainly, I will land some ‘MONEYED’ clients.

And you don’t have to spend a lot…

Since at first I didn’t have the resources, I started by publishing on the free hosting platform waibochigitahi.wordpress.com. I recently checked what I was writing there recently..WAH WAH WAH…some of it was raw and hardcore writing.

By the way, go to that blog at your own risk! I was a complete novice then, so getting what I was rambling about could be hectic

Anyway, I like the free word press because it offers you a perfect training ground – It is from there that i learnt many things about blogging.

And I still think it’s a superb option for beginners- you can continue posting there till you feel confident enough to open a full-blown website.

But should you settle for the free platform as a permanent solution?

Well, the wordpress.com sub-blog free package has its own good share of critics. Most hate the fact that you can hardly customize things, which is true.

You will find that most of your hands are tied as far as adding things like own themes is concerned. You will also have to contend with a mouthful sub-domain address. See how heavy mine sounds (waibochigitahi.wordpress.com)?

But I also feel that for starters, what you need is basically somewhere to publish your stuff -not an e-commerce store – so, if I were to be asked, it’s enough – FOR NOW!

I actually think that bloggers underrate the power of wordpress.com. Come to think of it- you can actually make money from this freebie.

Well, enough of my ramblings. Let’s get down to serious business:

Now, we will see how you can create your own free wordpress.com sub-blog

Step 1: Go here and choose Get started

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

 

Step 2: You will be taken to this screen

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

Answer the simple questions

  1. Give your site a TITLE – something like Magical Writer, Incredible Writer, Writing Magician or anything you feel clearly describes what the website is all about
  2. Then specify what your site will all be about

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

  • Now clarify the purpose of the website

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

Then click continue…

This is where you land.

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

A keyword is a searchable word that you believe people use to search for sites with certain information. For example, I believe when clients are looking for freelance writers, they may type “FREELANCE WRITER” in the search bar- or something of the sort. It will become the TITLE of your WEBSITE..

Here I choose FREELANCE WRITER ..

And I get some many great suggestions…I will obviously pick the free one as I am not ready to spend – at least as of now.

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

Step IV: Pick the free plan – you can clearly see it’s for students.

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Just click START WITH FREE

Step V: Create your account. You need to have your email ready. Jot down your USERNAME- it’s very important since it will be your web address. Mine is again a lengthy freelancewriter897507526

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Remember to create a strong password.

How to Create a Free Blog

An email will be sent to your email. So, login there and verify your account before making your first post.

Now, I log in to my Gmail account and find this email from wordpress.com

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

 

Click to confirm your email. You will be taken back to your original wordpress.com blog site

I get to my brand new website….Lovely. Huh?

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

DON’T WORRY IF YOURS LOOK SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT. THE APPEARANCE OF A BLOG IS HUGELY DEPENDENT ON A THEME.

SO THE THEME I GOT IS WHAT MAKES MY SITE THIS AWESOME. IF YOU GOT A DIFFERENT ONE, JUST PROCEED WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION SINCE STEPS ARE THE SAME

 

Congratulations friend! You have a full blog with a beautiful theme (background)

Now, since I don’t want to bore you with the technical stuff, I will show you how to publish your first blog post.

I will also cover a few other things I consider important for your new writers website.

BASIC CUSTOMIZATION

We need the following key pages.

  • Home
  • Portfolio
  • Hire me
  • Contacts

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

EDITING THE HOME PAGE

Here you write a simple welcome to your blog. You could add other stuff but we are keeping tidy and simple- at least for now.

  • Click Home, then scroll down there and click the edit button…

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

You will be taken to the following window. Now, go down to the content area and add some content

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

Then click update (Remember this is an already published post)

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

 

Close the window after saving.

Don’t copy. Adapt and make it better. Remember to display your contacts here. It could be what your clients are looking for.

When you close, you will be taken to the all posts window below. We will now change the ABOUT tab/menu

EDITING THE ABOUT MENU

 

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Start by Clicking the ABOUT post. Scroll down and click edit

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

You will get the window below.

You will get the window below.

 

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

Before you leave the post, I think it’s a good idea to add your passport just to give yourself more credibility.

Here are the steps;

Click add on the left top corner , choose media and browse to where you have saved your passport by clicking ADD NEW.

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

This is what you get when you click ADD NEW.

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

 

Scroll to where your photo is and select it to open.

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

 

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

 

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

From there just click  insert button and your image should be placed at the point where your cursor is in your post.

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

You can click the alignment tabs to position it center. Make sure your image is still highlighted. If not, click to highlight.

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

You can also drag it to your preferred position.

Of course now it looks much better and we can save the changes.

Just click update to save

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

Mine looks like this…

Create a Free Blog

Close and let’s edit the next post.

For now, I feel we don’t need the post called PAGE and so, we will remove it and move on to the next item.

Blogging

Click it, go to edit and then send it to trash. Click move to trash.

Blogging

Don’t restore!

Blogging

Once you visit the site now, you should have this..MAGICAL!

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Wordpress

Your site should look like this..MAGICAL!

Wordpress

EDITING THE CONTACT MENU

Here we have a form through which prospects can ask you any burning questions ,get in touch or leave a comment.

Let’s get down to business..

Editing the contact form

Click contact and scroll to edit option

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You get this..

Make Money Online

 

Use your imagination to modify the content and make it a bit tasty.

Here is mine.

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As usual, update your post once satisfied.

I thought that the post title should be CONTACT ME not just CONTACT so I clicked at the TITLE AREA and added ME before updating.

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

Now visit your site and you should have something like this;

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

EDITING YOUR BLOG ENTRY

This is where your samples will be- or portfolio as some prefer to call it. So, here is what we will do;

  1. Edit the TITLE to be PORTFOLIO (not blog)- of course you can leave it as blog if you are okay with it.
  2. Learn how to edit(replace) the existing posts with your own content
  3. Know how to add a brand new post to your blog list(portfolio)

EDITING THE TITLE TO READ PORTFOLIO

Click my site on the left top corner.

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

This menu pulls down;

How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients

 

Click site pages to get this.

Create a Free Blog

Now, click Blog.

Create a Free Blog

You can now delete the TITLE and replace with PORTFOLIO

Create a Free Blog

I also edited the text slightly as you can see

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Now it’s time for another update. Click to update!

Close and visit your site.

I am happy with mine..

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ADDING A BLOG POST

Now, let’s go to add new blog post- essentially, we are talking of how you can add your samples to your blog/portfolio which is of course very crucial.

Click portfolio.

Narrow down to the edit under YOUR FIRST BLOG POST. We want to replace this POST with one of my samples without messing up the overall site structure.

So, I click edit.

Create a Free Blog

I am taken here.

 

Create a Free Blog

 

Edit the title. Now, I want to publish one of my favorite samples titled “MISSING WHAT YOU HAVE”

So, I will change the title from FIRST BLOG POST to MISSING WHAT YOU HAVE.

Then, I go to the body and copy paste the rest of the content from Ms Word (where I originally wrote it) to here.

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Lets now insert an image (I downloaded it from the free photos website- pixabay.com)

I click where I want the image to appear;

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Click add (top left corner)

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Choose media . You will find yourself here.

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Now click add new;

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Select the image you want , then click open

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Click insert, then align your photo nicely.

This is what it will be like.

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Update and close this post.

ADDING A NEW POST/ YOUR SAMPLE

Before you do this, make sure at least one of your sample articles is open in Ms Word.

Go to my site, and then click blog posts.

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Now, click add. You get to here.

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Type the title . Mine is “AN INTERNSHIP IS YOUR FIRST JOB INTERVIEW, TAKE IT SERIOUSLY”

Then copy-paste everything from Ms. Word.  My body comes to this

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You know how to insert an image. So, go ahead and upload an image of choice. (Have you heard of pixabay.com? – They don’t charge for their photos. Head there and download a few)

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FEATURED IMAGE

Now we will set the featured image. These appear as thumbnails in your blog list..

See the freelancingbuddy.com blog and how the featured images make the site look smart.

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Here is how to add a featured image. Download appropriate images from pixabay.com first.

Then click featured image

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Your computer should browse to a nice image. Select it, click set featured image and that’s all.

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Create a Free Blog

Now update your site and visit it to see how it’s like.

You have just published an article.

Now, we will edit the featured content (these are blog posts) since they are part of my blog’s theme, I customize the 2 just to match with the rest.

Go to my site. You can see them here

Create a Free Blog

Now click each of the 2 posts and edit them to hold each one of your favorite samples.

Now your site is like this..

Create a Free Blog

TESTIMONIALS

Here you display reviews from your customers. If you have been freelancing, you can contact any of your clients and request them to send you a photo plus a comment.

If not, just leave the post empty. You will edit in in future when a client leaves you a feedback.

In case you would like to edit it at this point, this is how;

Click to open the page and go to edit

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Just click edit and insert your clients comment.

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Obviously you can only do this when your get a real client (otherwise you might be caught)

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When editing, also add your client’s picture if available and also customize the page appropriately(For example, you can add your own custom text in the space below).

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LINK YOUR BLOG TO YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS

You simply click the relevant social media account- You can see here I have Facebook, Linkedin, twitter and instagram.

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Then you are redirected to the home page of the social media account.

From there, sign in and WordPress will pick the rest of the profile information automatically.

Here is the screen I get when I click the Instagram icon..i will sign up /in and in a few seconds, my blog and my Instagram will be connected.

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So, that’s How to Create a Free Blog.

SEND US YOUR BLOG LINK FOR FREE EVALUATION

Now, you can go and build your free wordpress.com blog.

You have everything.

When done, do send us the link to your blog to training@freelancingbuddy.com

I will personally evaluate it and give you free feedback via email.

And don’t forget to leave your comment below.

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Author: John Gitahi

John Gitahi is a techie and a full time writer. He is passionate about helping businesses and brands grow by creating insightful, shareable content. He doubles up in digital marketing and blogging. Check out his writer’s blog here(https://techbizwriter.com/)

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John Gitahi
John Gitahi is a techie and a full time writer. He is passionate about helping businesses and brands grow by creating insightful, shareable content. He doubles up in digital marketing and blogging. Check out his writer’s blog here(https://techbizwriter.com/)

8 Comments on "How to Create a Free Blog that Will Attract Clients"

  1. Very clear and simple instructions to follow, keep up the good work John.

  2. Amazing!!, this is what I really needed.Thanks and keep up the good work

  3. This is awesome. Simple to follow and implement.

  4. Awesome. I have learned a lot of new things that I did not know.Keep it up.I like this.Thanks and God bless.

  5. thank you JOHN. Its very easy to follow and implement for a newbie like me

  6. WANGUI MWANIKI A | May 29, 2018 at 12:10 pm | Reply

    Thanx for summarizing in simple terms everything I needed to know about creating a blog

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