For New Bloggers Only - Seminar Followup

Thanks for coming to our seminar on how to develop your online presence through technology.... here's how you get started:

Blog platforms:

We recommend the best platform to start out with is, which is hosted on its own system. Wordpress is the choice of many experienced bloggers, it's open source, it scales with experience, and it's free. Eventually you may want to use the product on your own domain name, it's similar and more fully featured than the product.The other widely used blog platform we recommend is Typepad.

Contact us before you invest in a website with its own blogging platform. Sometimes the blog platform is slapped on and not well designed, others are not scalable.

First steps to get started -

1) Set up a Wordpress blog account at
name it something simple related to your business , whatever your specialty is... (you can change the name later if you find something better)
2) Once set up, let me know your login and password (make a temporary password " helpyourname" you can change later)
3) Do as much as you can at setup , you should play with the application - try writing posts and pages and notice what happens... mess around...  I can go in later and fix things up. Look at my blog - scroll down the left side and see if you like any of the features... you can also add calendars and other sidebar "widgets" (under the presentation tab)...
4) Read my blogger starter series - scroll down the left side of this blog and find it and read the series. This will give you an overview of what to expect...
5) When you have created 4-5 posts, let me know by meebo (the chat box on my blog) and I'll come check it...
6) Any questions or comments, please contact me between 9:00-11:30 pm weekday nights at the meebo chatbox or by email...


You'll need at least one feed aggregation reader to subscribe to all the blogs and other web sources you will track as a blogger. I subscribe with Bloglines, but Netvibes and Google Reader work well too - just follow the instructions to register and add blogs you'd like to subscribe too. Check out my abbreviated Netvibes list. Researching blog content daily offers timely ideas for your next post and also confirm popular topics that do not bear repeating. There are many feed aggregators to choose from. Now subscribe to the Transparent feed by clicking on the subscribe button or here.

Enjoy your new life as a blogger!


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  • 2/28/2007 7:43 AM Bonnie Erickson wrote:
    Pat, for the dinosaurs, what does "scalable" mean?
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    1. 3/1/2007 2:44 PM Pat Kitano wrote:
      Hi Bonnie,  (oops, sometimes like email, I thought I replied yesterday, but clicking the "Save: button didn't seem to work) scalable means that as a new blogger begins to advance in the art of t blogging, the platform scales with the progress so the user never outgrows it...

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  • 2/28/2007 9:29 AM Pacific AUCTION Exchange wrote:
    As always, it was a GREAT class Pat! I think that was my fourth time listening to you teach and I always learn something new!! Thanks!
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    1. 3/1/2007 2:42 PM Pat Kitano wrote:
      Stacy, you're a wonderful contributor to our seminars... thanks to you back!

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  • 3/1/2007 5:14 AM Teresa Boardman wrote:
    Content is all that really matters. Scalability? heck I don't even know what my page rank is, I just blog for business.
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    1. 3/1/2007 2:45 PM Pat Kitano wrote:
      "Content is king" is the message Kevin Boer and I impart to the new bloggers over three seminars the last three days. Teresa, we've been quoting you often and liberally as a great standard in local blogs!

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  • 3/4/2007 3:44 PM Ahmed Anies wrote:
    your article is fanastic and this idea is a very important one specially foe the new Bloggers...
    Thanks alot again for this great article.

    Ahmed Anies
    ( Egyptian Real estate Agent )
    ( Egyptian Real Estate BLOGGER )
    Phone: (002)+ 016 1334420
    Email: [email protected]
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  • 7/17/2007 10:47 AM kermit johnson wrote:
    I just switched my site from Advanced Access to a WordPress blog. My ranking jumped quickly from my static pages alone (before I had even written any posts!)
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