How To Start Your Own Blog
Since the evolution of the web into Web 2.0, blogging has taken the place of personal websites. As well as being easy to update, well-organized and search-engine friendly, blogs are simple to set up and attract an interactive audience right away.
The first step is to decide what you want to share with the world wide web. Make sure your subject matter is something you are passionate about. It doesn't matter if you're not an expert in the field – users prefer to read blogs by inspired writers that learn as they write, rather than know-it-alls with no flair or passion for their topic.
The next step is to decide where to host your blog. Most writers begin with free hosting – there are a number of blogging websites dedicated to providing free hosting for aspiring web writers. Shop around for the best blog site for you – WordPress is the most popular with Blogger coming in a close second.
Once your site is attracting a lot of attention and has a heavy readership, you can purchase your own domain name and additional hosting.
Choose a name for your blog that is unique, descriptive of the content and easy to remember. You will attract more readers if you use some humor in your title, but make sure to keep it short. Search engines will rank you higher in their results if your username contains keywords that people use in their searches. Avoid using hyphens and numbers.
Customize the look of your blog page. Work with complimentary colours and use images that reflect the content. Make sure not to sacrifice function and navigation for looks – users care much more about finding your archives than how swish your page appears.
Start writing! Write an entry as soon as you set up your blog and keep writing. Blogs with more articles attract more readers and more interaction. Aim to upload at least two posts per week. Having a regular posting schedule can help you stay motivated – post every Sunday and Wednesday, for example.
If your site proves to be popular, consider generating some extra income by installing advertising space that pays per click – you'll be making a passive income everytime someone visits your blog!
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