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The Basic Steps on How to Start a Blog

Aug 25, 2008
After the technical aspects with a blogging provider you will be able to begin your (blog) web-based journal. This is the point "you" enter into the picture and you begin to personalize your templates, writing, and thoughts that go through the Internet.

Many people love blogging because it provides them with a platform that can be used to share their thoughts. Some people see it as an outlet, others see it as a business. Either way, there are steps you can follow to increase your blog's audience.

To become a successful blogger you should set up basic homework rules for yourself. Make a list of approximate twenty different topic ideas to begin with. You'll soon see it is difficult to be productive enough to write daily and keep reader's attention.

Then you need to figure out what your own writing style is and develop it. Don't try to force a style that doesn't come naturally to you. This will quickly become tiresome to read, and difficult for you to write. Just aim for consistency and it will come naturally. There's no reason to put high amounts of pressure on yourself in the beginning, just take it one step at a time.

Taking break time and using a spell-checker are the next two things to remember. After writing a post it's a good idea to take some intervening time. I'm just saying a five-minute break or so, where you can clear your mind. It does wonders for your spell-checker and any revision.

Be careful regarding how much you want to reveal on your blog personally. Using your name is a choice, but it's not a choice on people you don't know. It's best to use pseudonyms. It's standard practice that you shouldn't reveal where you work. However, using your own name can help people to trust you more easily. You will have to decide which is more important to you.

It takes time for people to notice that you exist and even more time to decide if you merit a spot in their life. I'd recommend a handy statistical counter. It's usually free and tells you how many readers visit your page. It's fun to observe as your blog begins to come to life.

If it is your desire to increase your site's traffic the following are ways to help you as a new blogger. First, you need to be active in the community by commenting on other people's blogs.

Use the name that you'll address yourself by when you start your blog. Your comments should be well thought out, interesting to read, and short. It's best to comment on blogs that are similar to yours. It turn, they are likely to return comments to you.

Other ideas to increase traffic are to write interesting headlines and first lines to grab people's attention to your posts. Write about things that are a little off the beaten path. Link to other blogs and participate in host carnivals.

Write however you want and gradually you will attract readers with your style. Don't worry about pleasing everybody, because you can't. Be patient and hard working and interesting, then you will be successful. The best advice is just being you.
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Courtney teaches students how to start a blog through his website where you can learn how to register a domain and get your own site set up.
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