It has been well over a year since I shut my blog down at the end of 2014. This particular post will be longer than all the rest for a variety of reasons. In this post you will learn:
- What I did to violate copyright laws and how you can avoid it.
- What I learned about blogging and how you can implement it yourself.
- The services I now use to make this website possible.
- What accomplishments I made since December 2014.
- What you can expect in the coming months and years from me.
Violating Copyright Laws
Citing sources on a blog is vastly different than how they teach you in school. School says to cite your sources. Blogs say to own the rights or get permission first. Ooopsie!!
The areas of the law I violated was using images which I found on a google search. I cited the source I got it from with a live link. This is illegal! I received a lot of letters over months from lawyers asking me to take my pictures down.
Since I have 122 blogs from 2014, I decided to just shut it down completely. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in May 2014 and decided to focus on that more than my blog. Please forgive me for that decision if you were missing my content.
As of today, all those posts no longer have any images to them. I do not plan on adding any images to those posts. I do plan on updating them and including legal images this time around.
The good news is, I learned a lot about blogging and the different laws to follow during 2015. This is how you can stay off the “Lawyer Radar” and not get fined:
I spent 2015 learning how to successfully blog and remain legal. We already covered how to remain legal according to my experience. There is more to learn than just the copyright laws of images.
After reading Michael Hyatt’s book, Platform!, he introduced different laws to incorporate at the bottom of your posts to tickle the ego of the FCC. You won’t see one at the bottom of this post because it is not needed. In my future posts, it may be applicable.
What do I do to keep everything organized and in one place? I use a “newer” software called Scrivener. All I will say about it is that it will replace Microsoft Word for you. Especially if you’re a writer!
I also had the privilege of speaking with some of the world’s top bloggers. One of which was Kimanzi Constable in two of his online trainings. During these conversations it was me asking a lot of questions. This is what I learned from top tier professional bloggers:
- Be consistent with posting.
- 300-800 words.
- Use images.
- Use videos when applicable.
- Don’t worry about Meta-Tags.
- Use the Yoast SEO plugin.
- Social media isn’t that important.
- Focus solely on ONE target market.
When I was learning about staying legal, I picked up on a lot more information than I initially hoped for. Working with Keith from On Your Mark! and taking Kimanzi’s trainings, I was schooled on different plugins and services to use and stay away from.
Here is what I learned:
- Contact Form 7
- Custom Facebook Feed
- DesignThemes Core Features
- Instagram Feed
- Limit Login Attempts
- MailChimp for WordPress
- Wordfence Security
- WordPress Database Backup
- WP Editor
- Yoast SEO
- When choosing a theme, it varies depending on what you want your site to do. My theme came, Soulmedic, came from when I hired Phil Reinhardt to update my whole website.
- WordPress has a lot of free themes. If you want more function, pay for one. The best place I can recommend to find one is by going to WooThemes.
- Hosting Service Provider
- Everyone has a different preference for this. However, there is something common when you talk to highly paid professionals: they do not like Host Gator or GoDaddy. Why? Ask them haha. I have no idea.
- I do know that professionals love BlueHost.
- This is the service you use to actually build the website.
- ***WordPress*** — I use and love this!!
Since I shut the website down in December 2014 (it’s now March 2016), it is inevitable anyone would accomplish a lot of results. This is a small list of what I chose to produce in 16 months:
- Published Author
- Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
- Have given a lot of free talks and some paid.
Vision of my Blog
Dr. Stephen Covey in his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, states that the 2nd Habit is to “Begin with the End in Mind!”
I can get very detailed specific of what my analytical mind came up with, but I’ll save you thousands of words of reading (you’re welcome :). However, here is some of my goals for this blog without going into details:
- Start with one blog a week.
- Eventually make my way to 3+ blogs a week.
- Educate on various mindful techniques.
- Refer you to different services and blogs which will benefit you.
- Start my own podcast and announce new episodes here.
- Do book reviews.
- Include my personal story when possible.
- Eventually have a Morning Inspirational Minute, or something along those lines.
- Share top success quotes.
- Create a lot of free ebooks to give away as a thank you!
- Get comments on every post.
- Create a community on this site and social media.