A Guide to Your First Week of Blogging and Beyond

As a quick little disclaimer, yes, this post has affiliate links. But it’s not a post from a swipe file or just another summary of a product’s sales page. I have bought everything in this post and reviewed it myself. There is no shame in making money off of something you like and believe is good for people! :)

This week, Darren Rowse of ProBlogger released his third eBook, ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging. I admit, I almost didn’t buy it because my initial thought was “Wow, I’m well beyond my first week of blogging.”

But then I realized I really wasn’t. I’m actually gearing up to start a new blog in the next coming weeks with my hubby about our collective photography adventures. We both have photography blogs that just showcase our pictures (his and mine), but we want to do something different – more informational. Just a week ago when we were discussing it, then we got “stuck” at the part about what kind of content to create.

Here’s where ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging comes into the picture.

As I mentioned in the opening disclaimer, this isn’t one of those reviews that is just a summary of the sales page where I’m trying to convert everyone like a super affiliate. Believe it or not, I didn’t read the sales page. Or the emails (sorry Darren). I just know that I’ve bought the other two ProBlogger guides (31 Days to Build a Better Blog and Copywriting Scorecard for Bloggers) and I learned a lot of great things from both. So I figured, why wouldn’t this be any different.

What You’ll Get in ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging

This eBook is a little different than what I expected, but in a good way. I should say this is more of a workbook than an eBook. It gives you three to five tasks to complete each day with one main end goal – to create a solid content base for your new blog.

During each day of your first week, you will learn to do (and actually do) the following for your new blog.

Day 1 – setup an ideas folder, brainstorm several specific post ideas that your target audience, decide on a posting schedule, plan your first week of content, and create your launch post.

Day 2 – publish your launch post, create a “my story” post, develop a publishing process, generate ideas for pillar content, and build a social media presence for your blog.

Day 3 – publish your “my story” post, create pillar content, generate ideas for a pillar content series, plan your next post, and engage with your audience.

Day 4 – publish your first pillar content post, create your next post, play with formats & headlines, create a content plan, and promote valuable resources for your niche.

Day 5 – publish your latest post created on Day 4, start your pillar content series, take advantage of blog comments, and research your audience.

Day 6 – publish your first series post, share a good link with your audience, create the second post in your series, create a style guide, and work on your about page.

Day 7 – review your blog’s direction, identify what content is missing from your ideas, and refresh your publishing plans.

Each day’s tasks and guided exercises are estimated to take about 90 minutes each day, but realistically you should probably set aside some additional time as writing posts or getting caught up in social media can go from a planned 10 minutes to an hour or more.

What You Won’t Find in This Guide

Everyone has their own idea of “the first week” of blogging. This starts at the point you are ready to start adding content to your site and getting engaged with social media. It doesn’t cover choosing your blogging platform, figuring out the technical ins and outs of WordPress, or other similar topics. This is primarily about content – getting ideas, creating it, planning it, scheduling it, etc.

Also, if you’re like me and the first thing you like to do is scroll quickly through the pages of your eBook to get a feel for how long each section is, you will see that while it is very step-by-step oriented, there isn’t a high level of detail.

What’s great about that is if you have a basic idea on how to do the task, you don’t have to cut through a lot of bulk to get down to business. But if you’re not sure exactly how to proceed with a particular step, there are hyperlinks in the descriptions of most tasks that will get you to posts with much more detail.

How Much Is It?

This week, until May 17th, this 52 page eBook / workbook is only $9.99 – 50% off the regular price. If you buy it now during the introductory offer, you are also entered in a drawing to win one of two Pro Plus Themes Packages from Studiopress. Also, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for a special bonus offer from me!

What If I’m Past This?

Ok, let’s say that you feel you have top notch content and don’t need any help with determining publishing schedules, how to generate new content ideas, and how to build a foundation of solid content in general. What should you get then? Here are a few more recommendations.

Want help with making your blog better?

31 Days to Build a Better Blog will take you through 31 days of dedicated tasks to improve your existing blog. Think of it as a more extensive course going beyond just the first week and made for more than just beginners. I wrote how it helped my blog in just the first three days here.

Want help with your writing and SEO?

The Copywriting Scorecard for Bloggers is a comprehensive checklist that you can go through for each of your blog posts to ensure that the writing, scannability, search optimization and grammar are as perfect as possible so that your post will be successful. I wrote a more thorough review of it here.

Want help promoting your blog posts?

If you’re looking to learn how to promote a single post, whether on your own blog, a guest post, or a freelance article for increased traffic, then my Blog Post Promotion guide is what you’re looking for.

The best part? If you buy any of the ProBlogger books through my affiliate links – Guide to Your First Week, 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, or Copywriting Scorecard for Bloggers – shoot me an email with your receipt and I’ll send you a 40% off discount code for my blog post promotion eBook!

With the right information and strategies, your blog can be unstoppable!

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    • says

      You’re welcome Brad. I’m two days late, but I didn’t have time to actually buy it and read it before Tuesday, and I like my reviews to be a bit beyond the average. :)

    • says

      Good point! When starting out a new blog, you really are one – it’s amazing the things you forget the second (even third) time around.

    • says

      My thoughts exactly. Blogging is just like anything else, whether a hobby or a business. There’s always more to learn, things are always changing and growing. So you have to be willing to grow with it. I know that Darren doesn’t deliver anything that isn’t top-notch quality and helpful! ~David Walker
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  1. says

    Good Morning Kristi
    I just want to say that what struck me when first “e-meeting” you was your authenticity. I love your site and the ease with which it all works. You photography is awesome and I am sure your new blog will be outstanding. I am looking at using Thesis and WordPress when I start my personal blog because I love your site, your posts and your tweets! So now I am off to purchase Darren’s new book. Thank you!

  2. Jennifer says

    Hi Kristy,
    Great write up. I bought this myself yesterday (kicking myself for not waiting after seeing your generous offer ;-)), and I wish I had something like this when I was focusing on blogging for money. I am planning on getting back into blogging, but this time will be just for fun. I’ll still be using some of the things in this and the past two books I’ve purchased from Darren.

    • says

      I was a little late in the game Jennifer. Part of my dedication to not reviewing things until I really review them. :) Glad you like the books anyway though!

      • Jennifer says

        Loved the books, especially the copy writing one. And, in my opinion, reviewing only products you’ve tried makes your recommendations much more powerful :)

        • says

          That’s exactly how I feel. Just like I’d hate to say “Oh, that’s a great restaurant” when I’ve never been there before. I’d rather read the book then say if it’s good or not. :)

    • says

      Hope it comes in handy for you John! And I’m glad you enjoyed our photography blogs – we like to do a bit of everything, including urban explorations photos (although those are my particular favorites)! :)

  3. says

    Terrific write up. I just bought the book today. I’m new to blogging, so I thought it’d be a good read for a newbie like me. I saw Darren’s tweet about your review and I’m glad I read it. It makes me more excited about reading his book. I wish I would’ve seen your post prior or else I would’ve used your link.
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    • says

      That’s alright Eddie – I’m glad you liked the review and I’m sure that eBook sure it will come in handy with your blog. Good luck to you in the blogosphere! :)

    • says

      Hmm, for long term I’d probably go for the 31 Days – it helps you establish a system and foundation in that time frame that you can adhere to for the months and years to come. :)

  4. says

    Kristi, what blogging platform do you prefer? Blogger? WordPress? I was wondering what blogging platform you are using? I’m sure the ProBlogger Guide goes in depth about selecting a platform.

    • says

      None of the guides go into choosing platforms Danielle – they are primarily about what you will need to do after you’ve gotten your blog setup and ready to rock. I am a huge fan of self-hosted WordPress – buy your own domain, get hosting, and install WordPress. It gives you a lot more options in terms of functionality and basic control you can have over your site. Like right now Blogger blogs are suffering from a maintenance issue so no one can comment. Granted, things might happen on your own site and you will have to troubleshoot them, but at least you’re not powerless and have to wait it out until someone else fixes the problem. That and you don’t have to worry about a network deeming your content as unfit and removing it without any warning, which has happened to people on Blogger or WordPress.com (myself included).

  5. says

    Thanks Kristi for this review! I’m brand new to the blogosphere (just started my blog), and ironically just bought Darren’s 31 Days . . . Sounds like this 1st Week product is right up my alley. And this is my first time here–I dig your website, and see I have a lot I can learn from watching what you’re doing.

    • says

      Thanks Sean! Good luck with your blog – sounds like you’re getting the right information from the start, which is definitely the right way to go!

  6. says

    This is adetail review of the book Kristi one thing for sure it does not matter if you are a newbie or a seasoned blogger i always feel it is good to go out and buy new materials. One thing we must remember and that is knowledge is power. Thanks for th insight.
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  7. says

    There is one thing that really stands out to me in this fantastic overview, and that is how you point out that even though you are one of the most respected bloggers on the web, starting a new kind of blog is still starting out new.

    This is a very important lesson that carries throughout Social Media and online marketing, really. Just because you tweet well for your personal account doesn’t mean your professional account will explode with millions of followers (and visey versa, btw). Just because you have one really successful blog doesn’t mean your next blog will put itself together like magic.

    Excellent post, excellent review!

  8. says

    I have always been a fan of Darren’s blog. He has published a lot of amazing and helpful content over the years.

    I was considering myself “too advanced” for this but i think i’m going to buy this anyway. Its only $10 and if i find one nugget of good information in it it will pay for itself many times over. Thanks for the review.
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  9. says

    Hi Kristi,

    Great post – I’ve been a fan of Pro blogger for years but with so many other great resources like Copyblogger, Smart Passive Income blog and Zen Habits, I’ve kind of neglected Pro blogger. But his 31 days to a better blog program is superb and I found it very helpful.

    Also, there are some good curated articles that Matt Huggins has posted for bloggers to read http://www.matthuggins.com/55-essential-articles-every-serious-blogger-should-read/

    Keep those great tips coming :)
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