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 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.
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.