How to Create Your First Blog

I’ve been blogging for about two years and I’m awestruck by the amount of traffic I receive from my blog, and the amount of people who inform me that they first came across my blog rather than my website. The word”blog” is derived from “web log”, or an online journal or diary. If the HBO show “Sex and the City” were to be filmed today Carrie Bradshaw would be a blogger, as well as an author, I believe. Why? When she is confronted with her discoveries about love, life as well as relationships, she may publish them on her blog for everyone to view and share.

The advent of blogging has made website creation accessible to everyone, since it requires only a few skills to get a blog set up and running. In reality, many entrepreneurs in the service industry are using blogs as their primary website with some developing static pages like they would on a traditional site while others are making use of the platform as blog sites and updating their blog regularly.

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There are many advantages when using blogs over traditional websites or ezines.

1. Blogs are a favorite of search engines. The method that appears to attract the search engines of today is frequently up-to-date content. I can sign-in to my site at start of the day, and post an article. Within 24 hours I’ll receive an email via my Google alerts account that Google has indexed my blog post.

2. Content is distributed rapidly. If you direct your readers to join your blog through updates services such as Bloglines or Feedblitz you’ll notify them within hours of posting new content in your site.

3. The most basic web programming skills are needed. After your blog is up and running it’s the matter of logging into your account, typing in the details for your blog post, adding images or images as required, and publishing your blog post. your blog.

4. Feedback from readers. Your readers will be able to leave feedback and comments about your blog posts within minutes after you have posted your post. Blogs are a fantastic method to interact with your readers.

Are traditional and ezines dying? Yes, as people use information in different ways. Certain learners are auditory and prefer to hear information (great listeners for podcasting, a sound type of blogging) Some prefer receiving updates when they’re released (blog readers) While others prefer the stability of a stationary medium that they can reference whenever they are prepared (readers who save ezines and bookmark websites).

How do you start a blog? Here are 10 easy steps to follow:

1. Blogging platform. The easiest method for beginning is to utilize the free services available through Blogger.com as well as WordPress.com. The possibility of customizing your blog isn’t available on the free service, which is why I advise my clients to join Typepad.com and they hosts your website on their servers. You may also buy a hosting account on which WordPress could be installed. The download version of WordPress can be found in WordPress.org and is completely free of charge if you want for installing WordPress yourself in the hosting service you use. I am using Typepad to host my blog, and a lot of my examples will be exclusively to blogs that are hosted by Typepad.

2. Name. What do you plan to name your blog? Names for blogs tend to be attractive and non-traditional. For service-oriented businesses I suggest my clients to include the keywords that are relevant to their company when naming their blogs. It is also important to get your .com variant of the blog’s title or your blog’s name. The words “blog” attach as your blog’s URL. After you’ve created the blog you want to run, your provider of blogs will be able to provide you with more information about mapping your domain name to your blog. (Note that you don’t want to just forward your blog’s URL to your domain’s domain since this can affect the URLs for the individual blogs you have).

3. Layout and Look. What number of columns would you like to be able to display? Do you need links to static websites? What colors do you wish to choose? What about a sign-up box to give away a giveaway for free? Do you want to make use of one of the templates available or go with something designed specifically for you? Do you want to see your blog’s archives visible? Do you wish to be the sole blogger or do you prefer to allow others to create posts too? There are a lot of questions that you’ll get asked during the beginning about the design you want your site to look like. A Typepad blog allows you to alter your mind on your layout at a later time. The best method to evaluate the style the blog will have is check out the design of other blogs and decide the style that appeals to you.

4. Widgets. There are numerous widgets, also known as add-on programs which you can add to your website. Go to the blog software’s website to find out more details about the features you’d like to include on your site. You should at a minimum, you’ll need to provide visitors with several options to be notified of blog updates via different updates, or feeder services like the ones described earlier.

5. Comments. The most recent sp*am that is making its rounds online is the comment Sp*am. Do these guys not have something more to accomplish? Modify your comments and you must approve all comments on your blog prior to the blog is published. You’ll be able to avoid number of headaches and wasted time by selecting to moderate comments.

After you’ve made it this far you’ll have a basic blog up and running and you’re ready with blogging.

6. Blog content. The time is nowyour blog is now waiting to be able to publish posts. What are you going to write about? You can write informative articles that will appeal to your audience and even comment on a current event, address the questions of your visitors or even present a pre- and after study of how your business has helped someoneelse, etc. Keep your ears and eyes open for pertinent information to your readers. My blog is where I present information that isn’t compatible with my newsletter format, or anything that comes up in between newsletter issues. I publish my ezine’s contents on my blog and vice versa.

7. The frequency of posting. Blogs are similar to gardens that require regular watering and require attention and care. For the best results you should post regularly throughout the week to your blog. I usually post four times per week on my blog. The first two posts are articles I stumble over or write about as relevant at the time as well as the last two are the content of my ezine that I posted over two days. Respond to comments from readers when they are received blog comments are an excellent forum to continue discussions.

 

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