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Start a Blog

By Edited Nov 26, 2013 1 2

You can easily start a blog. If you want people to actually read your blog, that makes things tougher. If you want to make a decent income with your blog, it can seem nearly impossible. Here is how to start a blog without a lot of technical knowledge. It will still give you room to expand when your site grows, or you are ready to monetize it.

Choose a niche. When you start a blog you might think that it's enough to just write about your everyday life. This can be cathartic & an easy way to document what is going on in your world. You can even use it as a way to keep family & friends updated about the latest happenings. However, if you want to make money blogging, you're going to need a niche. This is the category that you will blog about. You might even base it off of keywords. This way you'll have a bigger advantage in the search engines. You'll also be able to build a readership. For instance if you blog about apples, kids, & cars you'll always leave someone unsatisfied. It can even make your blog look messy. The people who want to read about kids will wonder why you are posting about cars. However, if you just blog about apples, people who love to read about apples will subscribe & keep coming back for more.

Get your own domain name. You might be tempted to go with a free service like blogger. If you just want to keep an online journal, this is fine. However, you will run into a variety of problems if you ever decide to monetize your site. It's better to bite the bullet at first. It will pay off in the end.

Use wordpress, it's a free blogging software. There is a learning curve there. However, it's the most popular software which means that you'll have your choice of free templates. They also have detailed technical support forums where you'll be able to find the answer to most of your questions. Best of all most webhosts provide one touch installation & upgrades. You don't have to be a techie to use the best.

Build links. You might think that all you need to do to make it in the blogging world is to be funny, or have a super cute template. Unfortunately, there is a lot that goes into being listed in the search engines & most of it isn't fun. Think of it as chores for blogging. You can exchange links with other bloggers. You can also submit articles to article websites. You can even post to blog carnivals to get back links.

Add to your content. Most of the professional bloggers suggest that you post once a day. If you post more than that, some readers might find it annoying. It can be discouraging to write when it feels like no one is reading, but the more content you have the better off you'll be.

Wait it out. After you start a blog, it can seem like "now what?" Use the quiet months to really refine your writing & technical skills. Before you know it you'll have more traffic & comments than you know what to do with. This can take months or even years, so you need to genuinely love blogging so you can be persistent through the tough times.

Knowing how to start a blog is just half of the battle. Don't beat yourself up if things don't go exactly the way you want them to. Instead, focus on the many things that you have learned about & keep going in your journey to become a blogger.

If you know how to make a blog for free it is totally different from how to make a blog popular. The first one just reequires a few hours. The second requires month ofryears. You need to combine SEO with making your voice unique. Get the word out about your blog through social networking and make sure that you have a unique voice or concept.



Jun 10, 2009 6:57am
very nice and useful info
Apr 30, 2011 10:43pm
Enjoyed the article. Very helpful!
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