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What You Should Know on How to Start a Blog

Aug 25, 2008
After you have chosen a provider, completed the basic setup steps, and have initialized the programs with your blogging service, you are officially ready to start your blog. This doesn't mean that you are ready to have success right now, you still have a lot of work to do.

I would suggest choosing a topic for your blog next. The important aspect of picking a topic is your interest level. What are you passionate about, interested in or what do you enjoy reading? You should choose a topic from one of these areas. This will help you to maintain your motivation while you're waiting for your traffic.

Next on the list is picking your domain. One option is to choose your name. Or you could choose a name that is more related to the subject of the site. For your first site, I would suggest something related to your site because this will spark more interest. Using a name that's easy to remember will help you to bring repeat visitors back again and again.

Also, by choosing a name related to your site, it is easier to do well in Google and other search engines. By choosing this option you have already saved yourself some marketing time. Using words related to your site in your domain will help you to rank more easily.

Now you are ready to purchase a hosting account. A web host is the computer on the Internet that stores your site. You buy web hosting so that your site/blog has a place to 'live' on the Internet. Most hosting accounts are fairly inexpensive and have support numbers for assistance.

Once you buy the hosting account, they will guide you through setting it up. You will basically setup a user name and a password that you will use to access your site later. It will take a few hours to become active.

You need to make sure that the URL is in the Update Service box. This will inform the search engines each time you update your site. This is a very important marketing tool, so make sure to copy the URL above and paste it in, if it is not.

Now you can begin to blog! If you want to do well, you will create new entries at least 5 times per week, I would go for 7. A blog gives you the unique ability of getting repeat visitors and they often spread the word.

More important than how often you post is the type of material you're posting. If you focus on writing material that actually helps people, people will come back again and again. Make your site a place where people can go to find help. This will help you to develop trust with your readers.

Help your readers grow with what you have to say. Try to be thorough and aware of what people are searching for and give your all to make your site the best resource it can be. Your blog then will grow larger than you had hoped for, for it will be feeding many.
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Court teaches students how to how start a blog and how to make money blogging.
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