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What A Blog Is And What One Can Do For You

Oct 9, 2007
In this article we'll go over what a blog is, a short history of blogs, what they are used for and why you may want one.

Blog is short for "weblog." A blog is an online journal where people can post their thoughts and have them read and commented on by other people. A blogger is someone who posts on a blog. Entries are written in chronological order and generally displayed in reverse chronological order. Blogs use text, images, links, web pages, and other media forms. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs.

Blogs can be traced back to 1994 when people started keeping web diaries in which they wrote about their life. In 1998, Open Diary created a site in which its users could post blogs that had the ability to be commented on by other people. The popular free blogging site called Blogger was created in 1999. Blogger was later purchased by Google in 2003. Despite the fact that blog sites have been in existence since 1998, they have only been popular for 5 or 6 years.

In the beginning, blogs were usually online diaries where people would blog posts about things happening in their life, with links to other blogs. This created communities of common interests. Over time, the blog evolved. People began using the blog to express their opinions about everything from politics to religion. Businesses learned how to skillfully use blogs for their own benefit.

Having a blogs that is hosted on your site can help your site achieve a higher ranking in search engines. This is because blogs are search engine friendly. You can host a blog on your site by using a program like WordPress. Google will often list a site with a blog in a few days, it can take regular web sites weeks to appear on Google. Having a high search engine ranking is central to having a successful internet business. Blogs help you to increase your search engine ranking, which will increase your business.

Millions of people from all over the world read blogs. If you create and maintain a nurtured blog some of those millions will read your blog. Having a blog is not that different from writing articles for a weekly newsletter. The challenge of writing a blog is to keep it up to date.

You can use a blog in a assortment of ways to help your online business.

1 Use the blog to discuss things related to your business. For instance, if your business is about travel, you could discuss things related to travel.

2 Set up blogs for your employers to talk about your products. Your employers can keep current customers updated about new products, how to use you products or get feedback. The more nurtured blogs that reference your site, the more visitors you'll get.

3 Post news about your business.

4 Get feedback from customers about your products. For instance, you could make a post on a new product, giving details about it. Then your customers could give their opinion on it. Use their input to get ideas for new products.

5 Install Adsense on your blog and make extra revenue from ads.

There are a lot of possibilities to how you can use a blog to help your online business. That they are easy to use and an effective way to increase your web site's traffic. Start a blog today and watch the hits to your web site grow.

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