If used appropriately, blogs can be a very marketable and successful medium. Profiting through blogging is as simple as capturing an audience’s interest and not doing any actual salesman selling. This post will teach you the 13 most important steps to blogging success.
1) Where do I begin?
Starting your blog with a free blog hosting service like Journal Home is a good idea. I’m not saying this because I’m the owner; but, a free blog host is really beneficial to a new blog. You can start blogging right now with a free blog hosting provider if you have no prior experience with scripts, hosting, or programming. It enables you to grow your blog’s viewership and generate buzz. It allows you to concentrate on your content rather than the blog’s internal upkeep. The best part of starting with a free service is that if your blog doesn’t take off, you won’t lose any money or be stuck with the cost. The beauty of a blog is that it is organized in chronological order, with your most recent entry appearing first. When your blog’s traffic develops significantly and you’re ready to switch to your own domain, simply announce your “move” in your most recent blog entry. Simply insert the new blog URL address and a final entry announcing that your blog has “moved.” Which redirects visitors to your new blog site, retaining your audience without causing any big hardship. Upgrade as needed but only as necessary!
A niche is a product, service, or issue that is specifically targeted. You should choose a product, service, or topic that interests you first. Choose a topic about which you can write with zeal on a daily basis. To uncover widely searched subjects, employ keyword research services like Google Zeitgeist or Yahoo! Buzz Index. It makes no difference if your topic is well-known; as long as there is an audience for it and it is narrowly focused, your blog will be successful. Anything can be called a niche if it has a target audience, regardless of how big or tiny that audience is. If there are individuals who are interested in hearing about your cat or the species of the cat family, then you have a niche…you can even opt to build your audience for a market that does not yet exist, but first you must establish your blog.
3) Update on a daily basis (nothing less)
This is a must, not a recommendation. Updating your blog on a daily basis not only maintains it engaging to visitors, but also gives it fresh information, making it more desirable to search engines. It’s understandable if you don’t update your blogs sometimes, such as for a holiday or a single day, but missing days or weeks at a time is unacceptable and will almost certainly lead to your site’s failure. It is essential to update your blog on a regular basis with multiple entries in order to keep your blog traffic and keep your visitors interested. Though I’m seeing an increasing trend of popular blogs that aren’t updated every day, but are still successful and have a consistent readership that visits their site on a regular basis. Regardless, these blogs continue to be updated on a weekly basis with many entries. Until you have a consistent following, you should aim to update your blog at least three times every day. Setting aside 1-2 hours per day to tend to your blog and create fresh content is the easiest approach to accomplish this. It might even be a good idea to set aside time each day to work on your blog. Give yourself work hours and treat your blog like a job; what happens if you don’t show up for days or weeks at a time? You lose money or, worse, you get fired! The same goes for your blog…if you don’t update it for days or weeks, you’ll lose viewers.
It isn’t a secret. To make money from blogs, you need traffic. There are several methods for increasing traffic. Paid advertising, free advertising, viral marketing, search engine marketing, RSS/XML feeds, and word-of-mouth are all examples of different types of advertising. In your email signature, forum discussions, message boards, and any other form of contact, you should always include the URL address of your blog. Search engines and blog directories should receive your blog’s URL address. Blog ping services such as Technorati, Ping-O-Matic, and Blogdigger should receive your RSS/XML URL feed. When it comes to your blog, you should feel free to share it with family, friends, coworkers, associates, and business professionals. Many blogs can be thought of as a compilation of articles; for this reason, you should submit your blog entries to content syndicators such as GoArticles.com or ZapContent.com. Your articles can be picked up and published by others once they’ve been submitted. The key is to make sure your blog’s URL address appears in the “About the Author” section. When someone takes up your article from syndication and publishes it on their website, the “About the Author” section is included with each publication, and the link you included is followed, crawled, and indexed by search engines. Consider the possibility that your piece is popular or controversial enough to generate 10,000 online publications. With that many publications, the search engines are bound to notice your blog in no time and recognize you as an authority on the subject, raising your search engine ranking. Writing a well-written article is a tiny but rewarding effort. Every week, you should strive to write at least one full-length article for syndication and submit it to at least ten different article syndicators.
5) Keep an eye on your blog
How can you tell if your blog is popular? It doesn’t imply your blog isn’t growing just because no one is posting comments. Despite the fact that many visitors do not post comments, they are frequent visitors. I know it sounds odd, but people are more interested in what “you” have to say when it comes to blogs! Many visitors do not leave a comment on their first, second, or third visit. Some people don’t remark at all, but they are regular visitors.
Tracking your blog doesn’t have to be difficult; a basic free page tracker like StatCounter.com or Active Meter will generally suffice. Install the code (copy/paste) into your blog template’s HTML and begin tracking your visitors. It’s preferable to choose a provider that provides advanced traffic analysis, such as keyword monitoring data, referral data, and search engine data. Any page counter service you use should include visits, returning visitors, and unique visitors as basic features.
6) Pay Attention to Your Audience
When you use the right page counter, you can see how people are discovering your blog and, if they’re finding it through search engines, the keywords they’re using. If one or more keywords are frequently used to find your site, then focus your blog on those keywords to make it even more potent. Use keywords as much as feasible in entry titles and entries while making the blog legible and entertaining.
7) Several blogs
To attract more individuals, create many free blogging accounts. This implies that you should create a blog using sites like JournalHome.com and others. The more blogs you have, the better (be sure to read and adhere to the Terms of Service for each site). You can copy and paste content from one blog to another. Having many blog accounts is akin to having multiple newspaper publications. This allows you to attract more readers while also increasing the likelihood of one of your blogs appearing in search engine results for your targeted keywords.
8) Keep it short and sweet.
Aside from the weekly long post for syndication and publishing, your blog entries should be brief and to the point (if you can help it). There are exceptions to the norm, and you may be forced to blog lengthy pieces on occasion, but try to avoid this as much as possible. You don’t want your blog posts to take up hours of your time to read. Visitors prefer to browse over your entries and obtain information quickly. It’s fine to be thorough and provide important information, but don’t include irrelevant details or run away sentences that stray from your main point. Maintain a keyword-focused approach.
9) Computer Graphics
In your blog posts, try to include non-advertising images, pictures, photos, and art. Not in excess. It’s fine to do it once a week. Graphics may help your blog come to life. Of course, the most essential component of the blog is the content, and you don’t want to overpower it with graphics, but showing images might spice things up a bit. Choose your graphics carefully and make sure they fit the theme of your entry. With the visual, you should provide some content, at the very least a caption. It is encouraged that you use original graphics, photos, pictures, and art.
10) Maintain a personal touch
When a blog is kept personal, it is the most successful. Include personal experiences that are relevant to your blog entry’s topic. Avoid using a business-like writing style. Use first-person narratives and a more personal writing style. Instead of writing sales letters, offer product reviews and personal accomplishments in your entries.
11) Interact with the people who come to your website.
You’ve finally gotten the traffic you’ve been waiting for. You should start communicating with your visitors as soon as possible. Create a weekly theme, such as “Monday Money Tip” or “Picture of the Week,” that will inspire your readers to return week after week.
Give your readers advance notice of a product, service, or issue you’ll be reviewing and discussing later. If the President is set to give a speech, you should mention it in your blog “After the speech has aired, you will discuss it and give your perspective. We welcome your feedback “..
Make every effort to locate information that only a few people have. Do not reveal any confidential or secret information that is considered illegal or could lead to legal action, but attempt to obtain the scoop before everyone else. For example, if your blog was about Paris Hilton (the socialite) and you had a blog piece on “Paris Hilton Getting Married,” your visitors would be interested in seeing a photo of Paris Hilton’s engagement ring. If you put in your best effort to dig and explore the internet for unique information, you may find something valuable. Your readers will appreciate it, and they will show it through word-of-mouth recommendations. Consider how many people will tell their friends, family, and coworkers about your blog’s unique content.
12) Make some cash
It’s time to start thinking about turning your traffic into profit once your blog has gotten some traction and your blog traffic is expanding. Contextual advertising, such as Google Adsense or Chitika, should be used. Contextual advertising is typically text links that use your blog’s content to display targeted ads on your blog. The reward is normally based on a pay-per-click basis, which means you are paid a small percentage of the earnings for each click an ad receives. It’s also a good idea to use graphical advertising, such as BlogAds.com, Amazon.com, MammaMedia, or General Sponsored Advertising, in addition to contextual advertising.
13) You’re a seasoned pro.
Now you’re a seasoned pro! What exactly are you doing with your free blog hosting service? It’s time to make the switch to a domain-based solution. You’ll need to find a web server and a domain name for your blog, then double-check that it’s available. Choose a blogging platform, such as Squarespace.com, WordPress.org, MovableType.org, TypePad, and so on. When your new blog domain is set up and ready for traffic, it’s time to notify all of your prior blog accounts of your change. Your final blog post should be a “move” notice. The blog entry should start with “I have a new home for my blog, please bookmark and follow the link: http://www.YourNewBlogDomainName.com” and end with “I have a new home for my blog, please bookmark and follow the link: http://www.YourNewBlogDomainName.com.” In this manner, both returning visitors and new readers should be able to find your new blog domain with ease. Furthermore, because your old site should already be popular with search engines, search engines will have no trouble indexing and crawling your new blog.
If you’re a professional blogger, you might want to collaborate with one or more other bloggers. This will result in a more engaging and impactful blog. More authors imply more advertising and visibility because each contributor will have a vested interest in the blog, according to the old adage “two heads are better than one.” The goal of a team blog is to make it profitable and gratifying for all authors while staying true to the site’s content and keeping readers interested.
Following these blogging tips should help you have a much more enjoyable blogging experience. There’s no assurance that your blog will become well-known or well-known, but putting out the effort should get you one step closer. Making money online is not an overnight event, contrary to popular belief, but it is a foreseeable prospect. Furthermore, gaining online fame does not happen immediately, but with time, devotion, and perseverance, you will be rewarded with all of the royalties associated with blogging.