Basic Blogging Guide – A Way To Get Started Blogging

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When blogs first came out, they were typically used by people for updating their family and friends about various aspects of the blogger’s lives. While some people still use blogs for that purpose, a lot of people have found a way to make good money through blogs. They have found a way to make the search engines work for them and cash in from their visitors. However, it is next to impossible to make money with a blog unless you have a good blogging guide to help you along the way.

Okay, so what does it mean when I say bloggers “make search engines work for them”? That’s a fair question; allow me to explain. Search engines are in the business of making money. And the way they make the most money is by providing results that are relevant to the people using them. After all, if they didn’t return useful results, then people would simply go to a competing search engine to conduct their searches. The other thing they thrive on is fresh content because that’s what people are generally interested in. Blogs provide the best of both worlds: they are focused on a single topic, so there is built-in relevancy; they are updated frequently, so freshness is there as well.

A good blogging guide will show you how to make the most of both of these factors, plus another which we will get to shortly. When you are able to provide fresh and relevant content, your blog will start climbing higher in the search results. This is a good thing as most people will try searching with different words instead of digging too deep into the search results. If you can get on the first three pages of results, you have a chance to generate some decent organic traffic. The first page of results is even better, and the first one or two positions on page one are ideal.

So, now you know how important traffic is, and the general concept of how to get it. Now on to the other thing a good blogging guide will show you…how to make money with your blog. In other words, how to turn the traffic you get into a source of income. There are a few different ways you can make money with a blog, but it all comes back to treating blogging like a business.

One of the most important things you can do is buy your own domain name and web hosting. While you can use free platforms like Blogger and WordPress, you still need to host them on your own site and pay for a domain name (such as www.nameoyourblog.com). Not only will it look more professional and give you more credibility, it will also give you more control over your content. See, if you use a free service, and host your blog with them using the free domain, they can delete your blog without warning. I don’t say that to scare you, but rather to stress the importance of hosting it yourself.

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Reasons To Use A Blog

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Blogs have become very popular, and they are even becoming more popular than standard websites. A blog is a great way for a person to get their ideas, opinion or even business online without a lot of hassle. There are many reasons why a person would choose to blog over creating a website.

1. Easy to use
Blogs are simple and easy to use. You will not need to be a computer geek to understand how to create a blog. They can be accessed quickly and any changes that may have to be done can be done really easily. If you compare this to how hard it is to access a standard website and changing all those confusing style sheets and HTML code, you can see why blogs have become so popular.

2. Change
You are able to change your website quickly without a lot of hassle that a website may give you. You can make your changes in your blogs in seconds compared to the hours that it can take to update your website. When you are updating on a daily basis, this is a great reason to use a blog versus a website.

3. Delivery
The information you post on a blog can be delivered quickly compared to the hours it would take using a website. If you follow all directions when you are updating your blog you will have the information out to your readers in no time because the search engines pick up the new information quickly. With a website it can take hours or even days for the search engines to update your new information

4. Organization
When you add new information to your blog there is less headache involved in the development stages. When you are organizing your site, it does not have to be perfect as the software will come behind you and organize it for you. With a website you have to organize all the different information by yourself and anyone who has developed a website knows that this can be very confusing and time consuming.

5. Communication
It is easy for your reader to post any comments or questions on your blog. These comments are an important way to stay in contact with your business clients, friends, or even followers. With a website you will not have this option

6. Cost
Most generally blogs are free to the user so the most cost to you is your time. Blogs are a great way for a company to save on advertising costs because on a blog they can advertise for free. Again with a website they do not have this option

7. Search Engines
Search engines love blogs. They are so keyword rich that the web crawlers will attach themselves right away. With a website it takes time to create keywords that search engines will love.

These are just a few reasons why blogs have become so popular over websites.

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Three Blog Writing Tips

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Blogs are a great way for anyone to get their ideas across to others and a great way for businesses to do some free advertising. Creating a great blog is an excellent way to drive more traffic to your site. When building your site there are certain tips a person should pay attention to when they are writing their blog.

1. Write
When you are writing your blog write it with your reader in mind. When a reader is looking for information that may pertain to your idea they want the information in a way that they can both read and understand easily.

2. Valuable and Worthwhile
With everyone’s busy life no one has time to waste to look at a boring site. If you cannot think of anything creative to talk about, then try to do interview, or even a book. Anything will do as long as you are not posting useless content.

3. Proofread
It is of grave importance that you proofread your material before you push that post button. Once you push that post button, (and if you don’t realize you made a mistake), the error is out there for everyone to see. Respect your reader and keep your site free of errors and easy to read.

4. Short and Simple
Keep your postings as short and simple as possible because its human nature that people are scanners. You will need to make your point quickly otherwise risking losing your reader completely.

5. Lively
Write to your readers like you would talk to your friend or family member. The more lively your posts, the more snagged your readers will become. Make it seem like you are talking directly to them and only them. But be sure to make your point quickly.

6. Links
Use links as often as you can. This will help you create credibility and help establish you to the reader as an expert on the subject. You can also create a network by linking to other similar blogs. The other bloggers will clearly thank you.

7. Keywords
Use your keywords as often as you can it will allow you to stay on task and the search engines will love it. The more keywords you use the higher your rankings on the search engine your blog will appear.

8. Write Clear
You need to write your blogs in a way that the average person can understand. Do not ever try to put more than one idea in a sentence this will confuse your readers. Make sure you use your commas as often as possible.

9. Headline
Make sure your headline is easy to understand and should have keywords relating to your blog in it.

If you follow these simple steps, you will have a great written blog in no time with a lot of readers.

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5 Common Types Of Business Blogs

A blog is a site that a person can use as a live journal or to promote a business. When you are promoting a business however, you will need to do a lot of research on the topic before beginning. If you are new to blogging, as a business or just want to get the word out on a certain business, you need to know the more common business topics. This can provide you with a starting point. There are five most common businesses that use blogs to promote their business.

1. Specialty Blogs
This type of business blog is usually written by two or more contributors with a common interest. It is a great way for you to build an online community with people that share your interests and ideas. This type of blog can include such things like weight loss, how to stay healthy, or even golf topics among others. The possibilities are endless.

2. Feature Blogs
In this type of blog you will be advertising creative types of businesses. These creative topics can include, but are not limited to, topics on sewing, crafting, computer programming and digital photography as well as many others. The possibilities for this type of business blog are endless. In this type of business blog you have the opportunity to show various pictures, video clips, and even sewing projects that you have been working on among others. This is one type of business blog that you will need to be creative with. The more creative you are the more visitors you will get.

3. Industry Blogs
This blog focuses on a more narrow type of industry and usually is made by industries that sell their products to other businesses. It usually consists of a variety of different topics including trade shows, new lines of product, and materials among others. This is a little more difficult of a blog to create. It will take a lot of careful research and you will need to know a lot of information on the industry you are creating your blog on.

4. Tourist Blogs
Of all the business blogs so far this is about the easiest and the most fun to create. You can write on certain tourist areas of interest and include pictures of the area. You can add tourist attractions famous to the area along with the climate and travel information just to name a few.

5. Consulting blogs
Usually consulting blogs are run by one person offering their opinion, and advice on a certain topic. This is a great way to develop an online community in a topic that interests you.

No matter what business you wish to create or may already belong to, blogging is a great way to advertise.

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Blogging For Profit

More and more people are coming to realize the enormous potential of blogging. The search engines love fresh content and since blogs are updated frequently they give the search engines what they want, in return the blogs get a high rank in the search engines which results in a lot of free traffic, everyone wins. If you want to start blogging for profit there are a few basics that you need to keep in mind to get the most out of this potential.

Here are a few points to keep in mind as you set up your online blogging business:

1. There’s always varying opinions on what makes the best blog platform, the two top contenders are WordPress.com and Blogger.com. Most internet marketers I know recommend WordPress. It doesn’t matter too much which one you choose, just find the software that you feel the most comfortable using.

2. Stay away from using the free WordPress or Blogger services. I know when you’re just starting out you might not have a lot of money, but this is not the place you want to cut corners. Why? Because if you use the free services you don’t own anything, you have to abide by the terms of service (TOS) of whichever site you are using and these TOS can change often. If you have a profitable site that is getting a lot of traffic and the company updates it’s TOS and you’re no longer compliant, your blog will be gone. No discussion, no warning, just gone. While that doesn’t happen too often it is a risk you shouldn’t take.

Buying a domain name can be as cheap as $6.50, for that amount you will own that domain for at least one year, you will also have the option of renewing it after the year is over for the same amount. A hosting account can be as cheap as $9 a month. Both of these combined are a very minimal expense but you will actually own something, it’s worth the investment.

3. If you want to monetize your blog so that you can make money there are several ways you can go, two of the most popular are Google Adsense and affiliate marketing. Google Adsense is a system that you can sign up for, it’s free, that will place ads on your blog that relate to the topic of your blog. Whenever one of your visitors clicks on an ad you will earn a commission. This isn’t going to be a huge revenue stream, but you can make some easy money just doing what you’re already doing.

Affiliate marketing is when you promote a product or service on your website with a link to a purchase page. The link has your unique affiliate ID embedded in it so when a purchase is made from that link you will earn a commission. Many marketers believe that combining these two types of income streams is the best way to go.

Blogging for profit is one of the easiest, yet most profitable ways, to start an online business. You can learn the basics in just a few days and be making some money in no time.

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