Monday, June 23, 2008

How To Start A Blog In 5 Simple Steps

So, after understanding why you should start a blog, you decided to start one but not sure of how to start it. Followed this simple guide on how to start a blog.

1. Pick a topic

This is something that people fail to think about before they start a blog. If you want to have a successful blog, you need to pick a topic or subject that you have plenty thing to say about, something that you have knowledge or interest in. There are some bloggers who post only once or twice in a month and that will be very difficult to attract readers

2. Pick a host

There are many choices but if you are looking at free platform, then go for either Blogger or WordPress. Both are quite similar and if you can’t decide which to go with, find out what you have in mind for your blog. If you like nice presentation, go for WordPress as their design looks more professional; if you prefer simplicity and easy to use, then Blogger would be a better choice. If you want to put up advertisement in a later stage, then go for Blogger as WordPress won’t allow you to do so at this moment.

3. Start Posting

Once you have decide on the platform, go ahead to create the blog and the next thing is to start posting. The only way to start blogging is to start working on it immediately, don’t give yourself any excuse to do it at other times. Blogging is really about doing it now and if you don’t, then, you probably won’t do it again.

4. Keep Posting

The most difficult part about blogging is to post regularly. There will be a time when you encountered the writer’s block and don’t have anything to post. So, it is good to keep writing ahead, meaning, writes as many articles as you can in advance and saved it as draft post. When you don’t know what to post for a day, pick out one of the draft post that you have pre-written and post it. This will help your blog to maintain a consistent posting frequency.

5. Learn and practice

Learn about all the buzzwords that are associated with blogging, RSS, SEO, Adsense, Technorati, Digg. Getting to know these terms will help you to improve your blog and increase the number of reader reading your blog.

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