How to Start a Blog
Previously we talked about How to Make Money Blogging. Now that we have wet your appetite, and also set realistic expectations… that not everyone makes money blogging, and it may take a while before you do… you are probably asking about “how to start a blog of my own?” Well whether you are writing a blog to make money online, to promote your existing business or profession, or just want to share your thoughts on a subject you love… this article will get you started in the right direction.
What is Your Passion?
If you are going to write something regularly, and keep it interesting and fresh, you need to write about something that stokes your passion or that is a reflection of your daily experiences.
Politics. Even though everyone has an opinion about the subject, you may have a unique point of view that needs to be heard. And people my resonate with your personality that comes through the text.
Food. This can be reviewing restaurants, sharing recipes, or tips on baking, etc.
Movies. Include the trailer from the movie, and then talk about the movie itself. You can even go to YouTube and look for clips from your favorite scenes.
Sports. If you are a die hard fan for a sports team, you can connect with other fans by writing a blog about games and the team.
Your Business. A blog can be a great way to promote your business (or charity) and for connecting with customers. When combined with YouTube videos, blogs can be an amazing way to build attraction marketing for your customers, and make money online.
What Value Do you Want to Give People
OK, now that you have picked a topic that will motivate you to write your blog posts, how do you want to help people on that topic? Narrow your blogs focus down some more by considering if you want to do something along the lines of the following:
Teaching. If you know something on a topic… really anything… you can teach it. Even if you only know a little on a particular topic, you can still write about it and share with an audience. Guaranteed there will be people out that know less than you on a topic.
Talk about the news and trends. This can be about your favorite sections in the newspaper, or online article.
Be the motivator. Inspire people to be the best they can be.
Be the clown.Make people laugh If you are the type of person who. loves to make people laugh. You can talk about your experiences in a humorous way.
Also know what not to blog about. Your friends, coworkers, family , etc may take a dim view of anything on your blow if it blows open secrets. Know the limits – check with your human resources about workplace to make sure you are not doing anything outside of normal procedure.
Learn How to Start a Blog From the Competition
Take a little time and look at other blogs with the same topic and see how they blog. You can use this exercise to both see how you can make your blog more unique and identify your niche. It will also give you ideas on formatting, and topics.
Come Up With a Blog Name
Now that you know what you want to write about and how you are unique, you can brainstorm a list of names and write down all the ideas on paper. Share the ideas with friends and family to get even more ideas.
Research Keywords Related To Your Subject
In order for people to find your blog on Google or other search engines, you need to use keywords that people are searching for. Imagine that you are searching for a blog like yours… what would you type to search for it? For example if someone is looking for where to get started blogging they may type, “How to Start a Blog“. That would take them to this or similar blogs. Luckily there are tools that help you with coming up with keywords like Google Adwords Keyword Tool and Ubersuggest.
These tools will generate words or phrases associate with your topic. Pick the words or phrases that have a high number of monthly searches but have low to medium levels of competition. Including a great keyword in your blog name is a good idea.
Make sure you keep checking up on these keywords from time to time. These keywords are great for weaving into your blog posts to further help your blog be found in search engines.
Decide Where to Create Your Blog
There are lots of places to create and host your blog, but my two favorites are Influx Entrepreneur Word Press and Empower Network Viral Blogging System. The Influx Entrepreneur Word Press blog is a powerful tool for customizing your blog to look like any website or blog you see on the internet. The only thing is that it takes a little while to customize to your satisfaction. The Empower Network Viral Blogging System was designed so that it is very easy to use. You don’t have the same control over the look of the blog, but you can get started within minutes of registering.
I personally use both blogging platforms to host all of my blogs.
Now Get Started!
You now have everything you need to get started blogging today! It really is a lot of fun.
One final tip: I highly recommend that you write a blog post every day – even if it is a short blog post. Get into the habit of writing your blog every day and eventually you’ll have 100’s of posts that will draw a lot of traffic to your blog. When you have substantial traffic the blog will be come a means of making money for you. Check out this blog post to learn more about how to Blog Daily and Create An Online Identity.
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