Influencer Marketing Case Study: Coming Up Roses with Erica Ligenza [Podcast Interview]

June 24, 2016
 / 13 comments

Influencer Marketing Case Study

Hey,

Let me introduce you to 22-year-old Erica Ligenza, who is already generating income with her blog.

She’s done the work to get there. How? I won’t go into it here, you really need to check out her story in her own words.

You can do this by listening to the new podcast episode on the video below or by reading the transcript. (more…)

How to Remove a Page Title in WordPress

June 23, 2016
 / no comments

how to remove a page title in wordpressWordPress is a versatile platform.

That’s why so many people use it–pretty much any website you can think of can you use it. With its open-source software and extensive catalog of available plugins, any blogger can put it to good use.

Many people want the creative freedom to build a site that is unique, and you can certainly do that. All you need (aside from getting professional help if you can budget that) is to make some simple tweaks and changes that might not feel right at first…tweaks like removing headers and page titles. (more…)

How to Create an Anonymous Blog Without Exposing Your Identity

June 17, 2016
 / comment

Last Updated: July 31th, 2019

On this page I am going to show you in 2 steps how to start an anonymous blog, but first I have to share something with you guys. One day I received an email from a woman I’ll call Joanna. Here’s what she said…


So, I am ready to start and set up my blog with your guide. I’m a single mother who has a lot to share and say. I am a domestic violence survivor, as well as other issues. Some are controversial. My problem is I can’t think of a name for my domain to attract people. I’ve practiced blogging on FB.

I’ve had people repost my blogs. I know I am a great writer. But I’m blocked as far as something so simple as a name. However, I am hiding from my ex husband and ex in-laws so it can not include my name for safety reasons. PLEASE HELP.

Sincerely, Joanna


I would like to emphasis that hiding your personality doesn’t mean you are going to lie or you have to create a completely new persona. It is your right to expose yourself to the public or not. In Joanna’s case, it is the best way by creating an anonymous blog for her, to avoid any danger BUT follow her dream. Below, you will find my answer to her dilemma and how you can hide your identity.

How to Create an Anonymous Blog – 2 Important Steps to Staying Undercover

 Step 1: Make sure you have domain name privacy.

Did you know that anyone can look up who owns a particular domain name in less than a minute?

All you do is visit Whois.net and type the domain name into their search bar:

how to create an anonymous blogIn many cases, you will find out who owns the domain (and website if there is one up.)

If the owner has kept their info private, you will not find anything.

Do you see how easy this is?

To stay anonymous because you blog on controversial topics or whatever your reason, you are going to want to get domain privacy.

How?

If you have not set up your blog yet, you can do this with my blog set up. Just click the link that goes to the Bluehost landing page (it should say Build Your Own Blog on their page.)

When you reach the “Create Account” segment of your new blog sign up, you will see a list of “Extras” that looks like this:

how to create an anonymous blog

Make sure that box is checked and your domain registration will be protected. Otherwise, a quick search will reveal your name and address.

Step 2: Don’t reveal anything personal on your blog.

Of course, you will want to call yourself something else…you could choose a pen name, like Tito Marinovich.

Or you may want to make it even more mysterious by using a name like Blog Tyrant. That’s what Ramsay Taplin did for the first two years of his blog. He then decided to reveal his identity, but that didn’t stop his website from continuing to grow over the years.

Just remember that you will be tied to the name forever, so choose carefully.

Then you will want to be super careful not to slip and mention something revealing in a blog post, your About Page, or anywhere (including social media. Be extra careful there.)

I would say in many cases the audience will be understanding with your decision. For example, nobody would expect a domestic abuse survivor to reveal too much, especially if they are still in danger.

Another thing to keep in mind is your usage of photos. To stay anonymous, your best strategy is to not use any personal photos. If you do, make sure your Privacy is On in your Location Services so that your photos will not include the location that people can see to discover where you are.

Now let’s look at one other way to set up an anonymous blog – you can have the best of both worlds.

How to Make Your Blog Private While Leaving the Rest of Your Website Public

Step One: Buy the Password Protected Categories plugin. [Affiliate link]
Download the plugin files from the confirmation email. This will save a zip file to your computer. 
 
Step Two: Login to your WordPress dashboard (as above). 
 
Step ThreeIn the left sidebar, scroll down to Plugins, then drop down to Add New. 
 
Step Four: Click the ‘Upload’ option and upload the zip file you downloaded in Step One, then click Activate.
 
Step Five: Go to Settings > Password Protected Categories. Copy the license key from your confirmation email and paste it into the license key box on this page. Go through the other settings and customize the wording that will appear on the login page when someone tries to access your private blog. 
 
You’ll see a box titled ‘Show password protected categories and posts to visitors’. To create a completely hidden and private WordPress blog, leave this box unticked. You can tick this box if you’d like to show the post titles, featured images and excerpts on the main blog page, but require visitors to enter a password to view the whole post content. 
 
When you’re happy, click Save.
 

Step Six: Go to Posts > Categories and create a main category for your private blog. Call this ‘Blog’ or whatever you like. In the ‘Visibility’ section, click the ‘Password protected’ option and choose 1 or more passwords for your WordPress private blog. 

 

Step Seven: If you want multiple categories in your private WordPress blog, add them now. Select the password protected category that you created in Step Six as the ‘Parent’ of all these sub-categories. Leave the sub-categories set to ‘Public’ and they will automatically be protected with the same password as the main blog category. This means that your blog users can enter a single password to unlock the main blog category and all its sub-categories and posts. 

Step Eight: Now go to the ‘Posts’ section in the WordPress admin and make sure all your blog posts are in the main password protected blog category or one of its sub-categories. 

Step Nine (optional): You might want to add a link tov your private blog somewhere on your website, for example to your navigation menu. To do this, simply add a link to the main blog category that you created in Step Six. When someone clicks on this link, they will see a login page. They can only access your blog or the posts inside it if they enter a correct password for the private blog: 

 

That’s How to Create an Anonymous Blog in a Nutshell

As you can see, creating an anonymous blog isn’t much different than starting any other blog.

The only difference is…

1. Make sure your domain registration Private as you do the initial set up.

2. Never ever reveal anything personal in your website content.

Is there anything I’m missing? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

How to Create an Anonymous Blog So You Can Spread Your Message Without Exposing Your Identity

In Closing

Joanna also asked for some help about coming up with ideas on the best domain name and I pointed out to her my recent post How to Choose a Good Domain Name that Grabs Attention & Grows Your Audience. If you want to learn more about finding a fantastic domain name for your blog, check it out!

Ready to start YOUR anonymous blog? I’d love to help you get set up!

Matthew Kaboomis Loomis is the owner of Build Your Own Blog. Connect with him on Google+ and Twitter

How to Choose a Good Domain Name that Grabs Attention & Grows Your Audience

June 10, 2016
 / 9 comments

how to choose a good domain name

 

How do you know if your domain name is any good?

By “any good” in this case we want a domain name that helps your blog brand grow an audience. The better the name, the faster your fan base will multiply.

You want to put some careful thought into this.

That’s currently what movie blogger “Amber” is doing…she sent me this email: (more…)

Find Freelance Success with Tips from Six Figure Freelancer Brent Jones [Interview]

June 8, 2016
 / 23 comments

Freelance Success

Working from home as a “freelancer.”

Is that something you dream of doing?

Many are attracted to the concept of doing something they enjoy for income from their home office–working in their pajamas.

Wait. What?

There’s a lot of misconceptions about people who freelance from home. Most are not working in their pajamas. Most freelancers take it seriously and work hard to get ahead.

The thing is, it takes more than just hard work.

What does it take to succeed as a freelancer? (more…)

Top 10 Podcasts with Awesomesauce [May 2016]

June 3, 2016
 / no comments

top ten podcasts

I <3 Podcasts

About a year ago I started consuming podcasts on a regular basis and have absolutely fell in love with this awesomesauce medium.

There are so many topics out there to choose from. I learn SO MUCH from my podcasts of choice, both in my line of work as a blogger and other topics I enjoy.

You can do the same.

Podcasts are convenient. I take in a podcast while driving, showering, walking…even in bed through the night. (I did that for several months.)

So this month I want to mix things up and instead of offering ten awesomesauce blog posts you can read, I’m going to share the top 10 podcast episodes I enjoyed the most in May, 2016. (more…)

Sean Platt [Interview]; Carving Out a Digital Writing Career–from Blogger to Published Author

June 1, 2016
 / 3 comments

Sean Platt

Do you love to write? Want to write online and make a living doing it?

You are going to enjoy meeting Sean Platt.

His amazing story–from blogger to published author and serialized fiction business owner–holds plenty of tips for those looking for their own career as a digital writer.

Sean even found success as a copywriter before becoming devoted to writing stories (that pay the bills.) He started out writing seo content articles for $5 a pop. Doing twenty of those a day trained him to write efficiently.

His blog “Writer Dad” grew into a ginormous audience with an email list of tens of thousands.

He eventually found his true passion–writing fiction. And not only that, he knows how to find success as an independently published author.

All of this productivity did also lead Sean to a publishing contract–so he is a traditionally published author, too.

When it comes to writing–and finding success doing it–there might not be anyone online today that can provide more helpful insights than Sean Platt. (more…)

How to Add Links to Your WordPress Blog

May 31, 2016
 / no comments

how to add links to your wordpress blog

One of the first things a new blogger who is ready to create content wants to learn is how to add links into their posts.

If you want to add links from your website to other web pages (and you should) this will show you how it’s done.

Also, if you want to link to another website in your sidebar menu, the second half of this post below shows you how.

Adding links makes your content more useful to readers. They will appreciate finding helpful links included in your material, saving them time of having to look things up. Plus this connects you with others online and only makes “The Web” more interconnected–which provides a better service to all!

Let’s get started… (more…)

How to Move Your Site from Joomla to WordPress

May 27, 2016
 / no comments

how to move your site from joomla to wordpress

Ready to ditch Joomla for WordPress?

Joomla does provide a quality website for those who are technically sophisticated enough to use it.

You may know this from experience and are now looking to move your blog platform away from this complex content management system to a more user-friendly WordPress blog.

If so, you came to the right place! (more…)

How to Make Your WordPress Blog Private

May 26, 2016
 / 11 comments

how to make your wordpress blog private

Why would you want to make your WordPress blog private?

Well, here are some of the more common reasons…

1. You only want certain individuals to see it, like your staff or your family.

2. You are treating it like a personal diary so nobody gets access to it (at least for now.)

3. You are still working on the design or architecture of the website and don’t want people to find it until you are ready.

Whatever reason you have is your business, not ours. Today, I want to show you how to make your WordPress blog private with ease. (more…)