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Starting your first blog can be the beginning to a world of wonder, excitement, and online riches – or at least that’s what many people would have us think – but how do you actually go about getting one setup in the first place?
Pick something you are passionate about! Say you use a certain product every single day, and you think you could make a living by writing about all the different flavors of that.
Make sure the market isn’t flooded with other blogs talking about the exact same thing that you are. If you find the niche you picked isn’t working, narrow it down! After you have your niche picked and narrowed down you have to decide how you are going to blog.
Register a domain name and host it. I recommend you buy your domain name from NameCheap.
Namecheap is a registrar which is well-established and offers reasonable domain registration prices. With it, you are able to register your domain name for as little as $3.98 which is an incredible bargain. It doesn’t have annoying ads and it is more protected in term of users’ login. The process of registering a domain name is extremely simple and requires very little skill. There is adequate protection and managing the domain is a snap with their control panel. Aside from domains, it offers plenty of other services such as web hosting, email, and websites. They also have a marketplace to make it easier for you to sell your domain names.
Make an account in any blogging platform. There are hundreds of these that can suit you for everything a new blogger could need. Below are the top rated blogging platforms.
Blogger.com is easy to use, customizable, and free. Users are drawn to this service because it is so easy to jump into with no website building experience. It offers an easy to use control panel, several themes, and now even mini-programs for your website called “gadgets”. These gadgets make it easy to add custom elements to your website like mini-games, maps, and photo galleries. Where Blogger.com excels in my opinion, is the ease of use. No other program is as intuitive and user-friendly as Blogger. This is my choice for new webmasters looking to get into the game.
Where Blogger falls short of similar services is search engine optimization. If you want to get serious traffic to your blog, you will need to make sure your website is noticed by Google and other search engines. Blogger.com does not make it particularly easy to change the “behind the scenes” elements of your blogs, such as Meta tags. Furthermore, customization is not as robust with Blogger.com. Sure, you can change your theme, but it is not nearly as easy to alter individual elements of your blog.
Customization is where WordPress shines. WordPress is completely open source, which means that users create the themes, plug-ins, and templates. With some basic HTML and CSS knowledge, webmasters can customize literally every element of their website, including Meta tags and page titles. Even if you are not a coding master, there are tons of themes and plug-ins (similar to gadgets on Blogger) that make customization possible without coding. This is why WordPress is the website-building platform of choice of so many large companies. Simply put, you can’t build a website to your exact specifications on Blogger, Live Journal, or any other blogging program besides WordPress.
Overall, Blogger.com is a great tool to use for new webmasters. However, if you’re looking for a fully customizable website with great search engine optimization features, WordPress is the ultimate program for you. While WordPress requires a bit more technical know-how, no other platform gives you the opportunity to create a 100% custom website
Content is the king. If your blog doesn’t have something good to say then why are people coming? There are a few key things you can do to have great content and get people hooked.
1. Write five or six articles before you start your blog, and make sure you have a few backup posts ready for the days when you don’t have time, or can’t write a post.
2. Stay on target! Don’t ramble off about something different entirely.
3. Keep at it! If you don’t get responses in the first few weeks, keep going. It’s bound to happen that someone will stumble on your blog and link it from their site.
SEO or Search Engine Optimization is key. If you don’t show up on a search page, then how are people going to know about you? You need to actively market your website MANY different ways.
1. Go to Google and submit your site! They have a section devoted entirely to that. Make sure you have 5+ posts up before you do this, or they might reject your site.
2. Attach a link to your website on your emails, forum signatures and make sure it on your business card.
3. Send out an email to everyone in your address book telling them about your new blog, and how it can help them.
4. If you have any other pages, link to your new blog. Backlinks are how Google ranks you on their searched results.
5. Contact other blogs with the same niche as you and set up a day where the both of you write up an article about each other. You both get different traffic that you might not have had.