|What advice would you give to someone who wishes to begin a blog?
Don't expect it to take off over night. You will think about quitting all together before it even comes close to what you have envisioned for it.
Don't do it with the thought that you will make money.
Make friends, support others and figure out how you can work together.
Go for it.
Analyse your audience.
Write for them, unless you want to rant.
Join as many Social media sites
Automate as much as you can
Use what tools you can
Join specialised sites
Write good SEO content
Get a good SEO domain name
Say what you feel, don't try to please others. Never think 'this is what they will like to read'. What you write should first & foremost be liked by you the writer. Keep it simple, & make sure the grammar of the language is good. Use pictures & videos if you like, makes the blog more appealing
Write every day. Find your own voice, and write about something you're passionate it about. Be persistent, and your audience will come.
Here are some of my advices to someone who wishes to start blogging:
1. Pick a niche you're REALLY passionate about. Don't pick a niche just because it can make money. If you're not passionate about that topic, you won't come up with good articles, and blogging is a chore, instead of a enjoyable ride for you. I love internet and network marketing, that's why I can blog about it almost everyday :)
2. Read established blogs of bloggers in your niche.
Reading blogs will give you insights on what to write on your blog, and you will also learn to blog better in the process. Follow leaders in your niche and learn from them.
3. Stay Focus.
Write articles for your targeted audience. Don't blog about too many topics, as that will dilute your blog niche. Stay focus on your niche and make your blog a resource center where people come back for more information.
Yes. The last advice is to blog. It's always good to design your blog, changing themes, adding new widgets to make your blog look nicer. But it's always content that counts! Do blog. If you stop blogging, your blog starts dying.
Love what you do. Love your subject. Build a community. Play. Don't force things to happen, let them unfold. Choose a subject that will interest you for at least 5 years. Don't get angry if no one seems to be paying attention. Don't get scared if you get too much attention. Talk to your followers and find out what they want. Give the people what they want. Actively, aggressively solicit user input. Take criticism on board and weigh it carefully before dismissing it BUT remember - some people will be picking holes no matter what you do. Learn the difference, as one is useful and the other is garbage.
Be humble. Say thank you often. Understand you will be making a significant time commitment to this blog if it takes off, and therefore be prepared for that. Do not think you can just 'step away' from it and no one will miss you if you become successful.
Learn about the existing online community. Offer something different to the table. Don't be a similar voice in a group of similar voices and think you'll be heard. Respect those who were there before you and help those who come after. Make alliances and friendships with these people. They are NOT the enemy. Don't get angry if your followers follow them also.
Be inclusive to all of your followers. Encourage creativity. Encourage conversation. Make people feel welcome. Value everyone's contribution even if you don't find it has much use or merit personally. Honor the people who choose to give their time to read your work - as they honor you by making that choice.
Start out in your spare time, or go part-time with your main job. It takes a loooooooooong time to build up an audience, a lot of time and effort.
Know your audience. Try to be specific about your content and stick with it. Keep it fun. It's not supposed to be a business.
Just be original and be yourself.
Don't over-think your posts. Post often and make the entries short.
Make sure you have a great template to work with that is attractive and easy on the eyes.
Select a nice header that represents who you are and what your content is all about.
Include a nice balance of photos and words to reach all kinds of readers.
Keep your blog positive and motivational so your readers will find value and encouragement from reading your posts.
Don't write long articles - keep to your point. Quality is better than quantity.
Watch your spelling and grammar. Take the time to write well.
Plan to update your blog at a minimum of 3 days per week.
Gadgets are fun for the blogger to play with but can be annoying to readers. Choose your gadgets or widgets wisely.
Avoid using music players that automatically play when the blogger checks in.
Respond to comments by email or on your blog.
Network with other bloggers so people will know your blog is out there. Don't just assume someone will find you, go out and find them!
Do it. What are you waiting for? It's easy, it's free. You don't even have to tell anyone about it until you are comfortable with what you are doing. Reach out, get involved in the blogging community. Visit blogs and comment often!
I have a few:
- Before you start, read other blogs and get a feel for what they are like.
- Then completely forget everything you've read or seen so you can establish a new and distinct voice that will get noticed.
- Prepare for the reality that the rest of the world may not share your high opinion of your blog.
- Don’t think if you build it, they will come. You know that movie where someone built a baseball field and waited for dead folks to turn up and play ball? Blogging isn't like that. Prepare to slog at putting up brilliantly crafted, accurate and to-the-point articles that will make people come
- Pick a subject that you are very interested in.
- Do not loose momentum.
- Be discipline
- Be informed
- Make the Internet your friend.
- Have an online presence
- Invite other bloggers to write for you
Above all, good luck and enjoy!
Don't think setting up a blog is an easy way to make money. It takes a lot of time and effort.
Start with Twitter and Facebook. If you can't get into becoming interested in just talking to people one-on-one like on those two, you don't have a chance of devoting the time and, yes, sometimes "money" to the process.
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