There is no doubting the fact that there are thousands and thousands of blogs scattered all over the Internet. You can find a blog about anything you could possibly imagine. Unfortunately, there is a ton of these blogs that never reach the exposure levels that their writers intend. Why are so many blogs failing? The simple answer is because the bloggers don’t understand what they are getting into.
Most entrepreneurs are under the illusion that starting a blog is the easiest ticket to get rich quick. The reality is soon discovered when a new blogger realizes that a blog requires work – and not just initially, but also regularly. It is extremely crucial to set up your journal. How you start your blog directly influences all other aspects, including your blog’s potential success.
Step 1: Choosing a Domain
The domain name that you choose is important. It is the first thing that a reader sees. Free hosting sites will list your chosen blog domain name in addition to theirs, which can make a rather long URL and not be easy on the eyes or memory either. Additionally, free blog sites are extremely popular. This not only makes it difficult to create the name that you want, but it also reduces the feel of professionalism. For business purposes, it is often best to pay for your name because then you own it. When you do buy a name, always make sure that you register it under your ownership so that no one can steal it or claim ownership.
Step 2: Hosting
Buying your blog’s domain name is different from the hosting of your blog. Web hosting is what holds and runs your blog. Without it, a blog doesn’t exist. Hosting services are relatively inexpensive, as long as you thoroughly research potential hosts.
Step 3: Blog Themes
The theme of your blog speaks volumes. Your blog’s theme should be related to your particular venture. Since your blog is business related, you should choose a theme that looks professional. Try to stay away from flashy or controversial themes. Many of the popular blog platforms, like WordPress, offer a ton of customizable themes that you can use to help you set up your blog.
Step 4: Blog Posts
Your first blog post should be an introduction of sorts. It should provide background information about your products or services. Try to refrain from discussing a specific background about you or your business. You can create a page for this. Be informative but enticing, you want to tempt visitors to return, and leave comments. You should post new entries daily. Always present well-researched and current information. Write your posts as though you were speaking directly to your readers; don’t write impersonal and cold content.
Setting up your blog is just the first step on the road to running a successful blog. There is so much more that this process involves. Always research the latest in tools, techniques, and programs that are specifically designed to aid bloggers. Anything that you can use to help you create a phenomenal blog is worth looking into.
Recommended Additional Resources
WordPress.org – WordPress homepage
DomainsBot – Research domain names and available domain suggestions.
GoDaddy – This is the world’s most known and the largest registrar.
namecheap – Reasonably priced and good service.
Hostgator – Very affordable hosting plans and top customer service. Use the code BloggingTools to receive $9.94 off when you order through this link!
Google Keyword Tool – A very useful free tool from Google.
Traffic Travis – Free SEO software.
SEO Plugin – A free plugin I use myself. It brings targeted traffic to your site.
Indexing and Ranking
Google Analytics – Another useful free tool from Google.
Traffic Bug – This great social bookmarking and indexing software helps your rankings and increases your traffic, not to mention the time saving factor. Try it out free for 11 days and see what it can do for you.
FlexSqueeze – If you want to create profitable niche WordPress blogs, this is the theme which gives you all the elements you need to design an ultimate squeeze page.
Flexibility 2 – This is a professional free template, which can easily be customized to your needs. It has some of the FlexSqueeze features. I highly recommend this one if you don’t want to spend money on a theme right now. If you like it you can upgrade to the FlexSqueeze theme easily any time.
AWeber – You need an autoresponder to be successful online. This is one of the best email autoresponder services available. Get your first month for $1 and try it out.
SpinnerChief – This is probably the best Free Spinner Software available.
Jing – Free software that adds visuals to your blog.
Picnik – free photo editing.
Paint.Net – A free and user friendly image and photo editing software. It is very helpful if you want to create your own header and add graphics or need to make changes to existing ones.
Unfreez – Free software to make animated gifs. The download link is at the bottom of the page.
StockXChange – Free photos you can use.
iStockPhoto – High quality photos from around $1 per image.
WordPress Classroom – These videos explain blogging in WordPress from the very beginning to making some money.
Free Become A Blogger Videos – 10 video tutorials to help you get started with your very own blog.
Become A Blogger Premium – Step-by-step video guide to becoming a successful blogger.
I hope this all will be helpful for your blogging success. Any questions or suggestions, please leave your comments or contact me direct.
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