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Start a Blog – Where should I start?

Start a blog

You have probably thought about starting a blog before, but you have questions.

In this article, I will help you understand what it takes to start a blog, and why you should have one.

What is a blog?

A blog is short for “web log” which can be perceived as money things, but was originally intended to be a personal online journal.

Since those days, many things have changed, and the people simply using blogs as merely a personal journal are few and far between.

That is because the benefits of having a blog that appeals to the masses can be very lucrative although time consuming and tedious.

Where should I start?

Almost everybody looking to start a blog needs to know what to do from square one.

First things first, everybody needs a web hosting company.

A web host stores files remotely in storage devices known as servers. Once somebody visits your web page, those files are released to the viewer.

This way, the owner of the website does not have to store files on their own computer. More on web hosting can be seen in other articles that I have written.

Pick a topic that you are passionate about.

For example, if you are passionate about travel, or cooking, you should consider starting a blog dedicated to just that.

The reason I say choose something that you are passionate about is because the first few months of owning a blog can be very lonely.

It is important that what you are writing about doesn’t take a lot out of you.

Once you have your topic that you want to write about, you must choose a domain name. Since there are so many domain names taken, you must think of an original name that has at least something to do with your topic.

You can check domain name availability at several places such as Namecheap. An example of a domain name is justhost.com.

They specialize in web hosting, and you can tell that just by their name.

Types of blogs

Almost every company out there has a blog, because it is great for business.

Companies will write articles about their company or industry, which will help increase the amount of traffic related to their website.

On the other hand, there are individuals who have blogs, just to get their ideas out there.

Professional blogs are usually not listed on the home page of the website.

In most cases, there is a separate page within the website where the blog is located. This way, viewers wont get confused about what the websites original intention is.

If there is an oil company that has a website, in most cases, going to their front page will not show a blog. It will be located in another part of the website.

Individual blogs usually have the blog on the home page. A good example is Paris Hilton, which is a celebrity gossip blog.

If your main intention is to get your ideas out there for the world to see, having the blog on the main page is your best bet.

Most individuals who write blogs choose this method over any other method out there.

WordPress

WordPress is the most common form of blog developing with personal blogs and even professional websites.

WordPress has become wildly popular because of its ease of use, and because you don’t need to know programming in order to use it.

Before signing up for a web hosting service, make sure that they allow a free installation of WordPress. Everything can be done with a few clicks of the mouse, and you can have your website up and running in a day. This is very appealing to people who have busy schedules, because in one weekend, you can have your website started and ready to lure in customers.

Gaining Attention:

The best way to get attention to your blog is to write, write, write. The more content that your website has, the more valuable it is to search engines.

It is common knowledge that Google indexes your web page based on how much content it has among with a large degree of other factors.

Make sure that your blog posts are related to the category that you are looking to get into search engines for.

For example, if you have a cooking blog, it wouldn’t be a good idea to write about politics or sports. This may confuse Google or other search engines to believe that your website is not authentic.

Other things your can do is submit your blog posts to social bookmarking sites such as Digg and Stumbleupon.

This will increase traffic to your site as well as give viewers the chance to share with others.

Should I start a blog?

Absolutely! Starting a blog is not that difficult and can get your ideas out there to the masses and maybe make you a few bucks.

If you have a business, starting a blog can be a major influence on who your customers are.If you are an individual who has a hobby that you would like to share with the world, starting a blog is the perfect start to getting your ideas out there, and meeting with similar ideas.

 

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How To Start a Blog on WordPress

If you are looking for “how to start a blog?” then you are in the right place.

In this post I go over the different considerations and decisions you have to make when you start a blog.

1. What are you reasons for blogging?

You need to decide what you are blogging for. Is it for fun or profit? If you are chasing visitors to your blog, what do you want them to do when they arrive. Maybe you just like to write, that is fine, blogging can be absolutely therapeutic in some ways.

2. Decide what you are going to blog about?

If you are very certain about the reason that you are blogging then that will help you understand and decide on what you are going to blog about. What you are going to blog about is also determined by the people that you are trying to talk to.

You can blog about current news, viral videos or controversial topics. You can stick to a certain topic, eg car repairs, or how to get a six pack. By staying consistent on one topic you can gain credibility and be seen as an expert in your field.

Product reviews are also a good thing to blog about.

3. Free blog or paid blog?

Free blogs are all over the web, simply do a web search and you can find some. Some examples are blogger.com, WordPress.com, blog.com and Weebly.com.

Now with most things in life freedom isn’t free. Your blog will not be your own, the domain will be something like bradsblog.wordpress.com so you will have the same domain name as many other people.

If you are looking to make money most of the free services don’t allow you to advertise on their sites. Free blogging services aren’t the best option but are an easy free way to dip your feet in the water.

Paid blogs –

For a paid blog you have to pay for the domain and the hosting.

You will then own the blog yourself and therefore have more control over the blog when you begin to try and make money.

A lot of the free blogs don’t allow you to advertise on it. You can use the free program WordPress.org program to put on your blog, which will give you themes and utilities to help make your blog.

Cheap options is brainhost.com, HostGator.com, GoDaddy.com all offer hosting solutions. For example GoDaddy.com hosting starts at $2.99/month.

So you are looking at about $36 dollars a year for hosting. Take a look at all the options and see what special deals you can get.

Most of these hosting provides will provide you with instructions on how to use their easy 1 click installation of WordPress on your new hosted domain.

4. Domain names

Now you will have to register a domain name (this is the actual name of your website/blog). Domains start at about $8 but can go up into the thousands.

You can use a service at Namecheap.com to register you domain name.. The more popular domain names usually cost more. Eg obviously you would have no chance buying the domain nba.com but you could buy mynameisjohnsmithfromamerica would be pretty cheap, however weird.

A nice simple option when starting is to go for names like firstnamelastname.com etc something like that.

You can always change the domain name later or have more than one all linking to the same actual webpage. For example you might own 3 domain names but have it so if you type in any of them they all go to the same website. Once your website is up and running we have answered the question “how to start a blog?” However this is just the start of your journey into blogging! The next things you have to focus on are traffic and content.

5. Traffic

When you put something on your blog you want people to read it or watch it. This is where traffic comes in.

If you want your blog to be successful you need to learn to get traffic to it. There are many different options here depending on your expertise and budget.

Basically traffic can be broken down into free and paid traffic.

Free traffic includes

• Search engine traffic,

• Social media traffic (Facebook, twitter etc),

• Forum posts,

• Article marketing.

All of these topics by themselves could be the topics of pages and pages of how to articles.

Paid traffic includes

• PPC (paid per click) advertising, eg the little ads you see at the top of every Google search,

• Solo ads which is where you pay someone with a large list of email subscribers to email them and tell them about your blog,

• Banner advertising – you buy an advertisement space on a website for a set term eg 1 month 6.

Content

Once you have your site up and running you need to start posting relevant content in the form of articles, pictures or videos. For ideas on what to write about check out current trending videos at YouTube.com/charts, news provides like CNN.com or simply Google search news.

So I hope this has given you a basic overview of the actions required to get started and answered the old question “how do I start a blog”.

Peace.

If you are looking for a way to start a blog without all the hassle of setting it up

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