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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.

 

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Brad_K/1285424

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Start a Blog Website in 3 Minutes!

Really how?

Were you really thinking of just diving in without having the slightest idea of what to expect?

Being well prepared can take you a long way and quite possibly avoid some costly mistakes you might have faced if you decided to just jump in!

Blogging has redefined itself throughout the year.

Back during the early years of the internet, blogs were just considered as online journals where people would use them as an oline diary to write about their life and experience. Today, influential bloggers all over the world are considered as superstars, having followers in the tens of thousand who would gladly pay for a plane ticket to personally meet them, buy their products and purchase their online course!

The good news is, most of them started from somewhere and there are still plenty of other bloggers who are earning a sustainable passive income from their blog without becoming worldwide superstars. Its the same for you too, if you choose not to that is. Now lets get on with the tips on how to start a blog!

1. Finding Yourself

Simply put, you’ll first have to figure out what will you be writing about and who are the people you’ll be writing for. There are different kind of bloggers online, some talk about food, some talk about fashion, technology, sports, music, traveling or just their day-to-day lives.

As an example, I found that my passion for writing is in Entrepreneurship and Internet Marketing so I know that the majority of my readers will be people who are interested in starting an online business or are looking to create an income online.

What I can suggest you do is to list out the things that you absolutely LOVE to learn about or are already learning (doesn’t necessarily have to be about making money online) and figure out the type of people who would be interested to learn them as well and then I would recommend you to go by these 3 simple concepts:

  1. Learn
  2. Apply
  3. Teach (Blog about it!)
2. Choosing A Blogging Platform

After you find out what you will be blogging about and who are your target audience, its time to start choosing a blogging platform for you to blog on! I personally use a self-hosted Wordpress blog because it allows me more freedom for writing and customization on my blog.

I recommend and personally use Bluehost as my hosting provider and the hosting fee is not that expensive as well.

But, if you are just starting out online, I would not advise you to get a custom domain just yet simply because of the all technicalities involved with it. Unless of course, you have some basic knowledge with programming.

There are also plenty of free blogging platforms for you to choose (they are generally referred to as Web 2.0 but don’t ask me why, I have no idea too).

Some of the most popular ones are Blogger, Wordpress and Tumblr just to name a few. These free hosting sites will host your blog for free as long as you follow their rules and regulations and keep away from doing anything fishy because if you don’t, you might risk getting yourself banned and have all your blog posts deleted!

3. The Name

In the online world, your blog name will be your brand. As you progress further with your blog, you will start to notice people associating you with your blog name and for that, make sure your blog name is unique and represents who you really are or what your blog is about.

4. Spread The Word!

Regardless whether you write about a certain topic or just sharing experiences of your day-to-day life, the main reason you blog is to share things that you are passionate about, to help others and start building relationships with your readers.

Post links to your latest blog post on your Facebook page, join groups and online communities related to your blog and share about what you’ve got to say.

Make sure you engage with those who comment on your posts because that will keep them coming back.

Always remember to provide value and think about helping others first before ever thinking about profiting from your blog. More importantly, have fun!

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