Monday, 27 September 2010

Good Suggestions for Starting a Blog

Writing some sort of blog is an excellent hobby to have. Whether you publish it for fun and amusement or if you would love to pursue a job in writing, creating a blog offers lots of benefits. Although it can appear as though everyone owns a blog and you might not know how to start, setting up a blog is usually really simple and self-explanatory!

First you really have to consider is whether or not you would prefer to have a blog hosted for free or host it yourself. There are pluses and minuses for both options. A free blog suggests you don't need to pay for it but you have not as much freedom to customize the design and style and not as much memory space to save pictures and documents on the web. Hosting the blog yourself requires additional work and you have to buy an Internet domain and some hosting but it might be worth it if you would like personalize your blog with more creative freedom. Many bloggers get started with free sites and then move to hosting it themselves. This is actually a fantastic strategy to discover what blogging is about and if you enjoy writing before being required to part with any cash.

The next thing to do is think about what you would like to write about. This could look like a trivial concern but it really is important and will have a large impact on the way your blog evolves over time. If it is a personal blog then you will likely just write about life and what you do etc. These are generally interesting to read yet they might also sometimes be tricky to become popular because most people online are looking for something specific. Generally, a good rule to stick to though is to have your blog inside a specific subject and adhere to that topic. This can be on anything - television shows, movies, music, sports, traveling, cooking, learning, business, health, fitness and so on. What is important is to select a topic that you are interested in and you are sure that you can maintain a level of interest. Picking a topic helps on three different levels. Firstly, readers will know what to expect when they get to the site. Furthermore, you should find that your site has a place in a network of blogs that will give you a greater feeling of community. Additionally, this can also help your website get picked up by search engines as they will be able to understand your blog better if you have a strong blog identity. This in turn will mean you get more traffic.

You then need to consider is how you are going to write entries. Will they be humorous, informative or personal? You may want to write each post differently and really show your personality or stick to a specific style, the choice is up to you. It is important to show some personality - this is what makes people like your posts and visit your blog again. Other things to consider are images, sound clips and videos. These can add depth to your website. If you are reviewing a movie, why not include a clip? Furthermore, if you are discussing a place you been to, take some photos and include them in the blog. It will help to make your site much more interesting.

An additional step you may want to consider is getting traffic for the website. This may be done with many different strategies. Overtime, your site should slowly but surely find a rise in page views if you find a way to publish consistently with good content. However, there are numerous ways to get more visitors. You can buy advertising on websites and search engines or try to position your website higher in search engines. This is referred to as SEO (or Search Engine Optimization). Search engines have complex algorithms to assess how pertinent your site is for specific searches. The more relevant your website, the higher the position you will get in search results. One of the most significant ways search engines rank websites is by the number of high quality, in-bound, one-way links your website has. You can acquire these by creating content for article websites, presenting your site to Internet directories and making use of a social book marking tool to get links. You are also able to target specific key phrases within these links to have more benefit.

It is also important to be a part of the blogosphere. Creating a blog is far more pleasant when you feel that you are part of a community and can engage with others. It is also good to leave replies and send messages to other blog owners. It's also a good idea to bookmark the blogs you visit frequently. Store your bookmarks with an online bookmark manager and you will be able to navigate the blogosphere more easily.

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