You are here because you want to start a blog, right? I’ll spare you a long introduction and jump right into why you are here i.e learn how to start a blog. Let’s begin by defining a ‘blog’…
Ablog (a truncation of the expression weblog) is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first) ~ Wikipedia
It’s that simple. But should you need to understand why your social media pages or forums may not qualify as blogs and reasons why you seriously need a blog, below are some resources.
- The Difference Between A Blog and Website
- Differences Between Blogs, Forums and Social Media
- 20 Reasons Why You Need A Blog
I know you are eager to read how to start a blog. Here are the premium blogging tips I’ve learned so far and which, when followed to the latter, will ensure you succeed whether you are on WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger or Typepad.
I intend to share the five (5) important practices every successful blogger abides by. While there is bound to be differences as to who a ‘successful blogger’ is, majority agree that all successful bloggers have met their goals. For instance, if you started a blog to earn income then you must be earning to be considered successful. On the other hand, if your goal was simply to inform the masses, then you must have hundreds of loyal readers and subscribers to qualify as a successful blogger.
1. Coin a relevant domain name
2. Choose the right blogging platform.
you to this REVIEW to help yo make an informed choice. You may also want to check out a ‘comprehensive review‘ of the 10 most popular blogging services.
3. Pick Quality Template
- Qualities of a good blog template
- Get the best free Blogger templates
- Where to download quality WordPress templates free
4. Always Write Unique Posts
If you thought blogging is simply a copy and pasting process then you are very wrong. It is about hard work, research and creativity to give highly unique contents to your readers. While I am not suggesting you take a trip to Mars to get new topics, it pays to give a different perspective of the common topics. Learn how to write quality posts and the different approaches to use when writing about a popular topic by visiting these links:
Writing a unique and informative post after a century will see you fail in this business. Instead, provide your audience with fresh content as regular as possible. I’d suggest a well researched and relevant piece every week or a fortnight.
Information is changing and what was true yesterday may be outdated today. So, go through your posts whenever you can and update them when necessary. Now, updating may involve adding new information to the existing one or removing a certain section of your post and replacing it with new data. Whichever is easier, please update your posts.
Constantly updating your blog is the best way to improve your SERP. Search engine bots and crawlers love sites with newer contents as opposed to those with outdated ones. Such simple trick will help you create a loyal audience as well as enhance the crawling and indexing your posts by major search engines.
5. Practice Responsible On Page and Off Page SEO
As a new blogger, you may be consumed with the need to rank better. I mean, Google Pagerank and Alexa ranking are things bloggers can kill for. I too got sucked into it to the extent that I downloaded a link building and traffic generation software. Both backfired and only served to hurt my blog.
So, I wouldn’t want you to go through the same. Yes, good Alexa ranking and the Google PageRank are important. However, they aren’t so important that they can replace your audience. Your readers need new tips and if you are not going to provide that they will leave and never to return to your blog.
Instead of hurting your readers, simply learn how to improve your Ranking and Link building techniques that work. Here are the links:
While the tips aren’t going to miraculously turn your blog into the most sought after website, they will certainly jump-start you on the interesting journey of blogging:
1. Define your goals
2. Know you audience
3. Be Visible
4. Be Inviting
visit your blogs then creating giveaways or e-books which readers can download for free.
Just make sure the e-book is on a trending topic such as ‘How To Get Quality Traffic To Your Blog’. Also, avail email subscription option through one of the many subscription widgets out there.
5. Be Yourself
Just be yourself and bring out the uniqueness that is in you. Let your articles address issues from a given perspective or tone.
6. Be Consistent
7. Be Persistent
I’m in nowise saying you should stop looking for ways to grow your blog. You should and learn from those who have succeeded in your niche (your subject). The secret is research and implementing . Soon you will be an authority in your niche and traffic will not be your worry anymore.
8. Take Risks
Boosting Posts on Facebook, there is always return on investment. Sadly, you will never find out if you don’t risk.Yes, you may want to leave that sub-domain, buy a Top Level Domain name (e.g. example.com), host it on WordPress, build quality backlinks and advertise your blog if you have the means. Every business must take risk and blogging is no different.Resource: