At the beginning of the millennium, blogging had established itself as a key part of the online culture and millions of people all over the world were creating blogs to share news and information daily while making money doing this. A blog is free to set up and you don’t need to be an internet guru to start one. Blogs are accessible across devices, anywhere and anytime. Many people blog for fun while many more take it as a full time job. Its popularity has continued to increase over the years, even overtaking article submission websites as one of the easiest source of information. Starting one is not quite difficult but without the necessary information on how to go about it, you might get your finger burned and this is not always necessary. The following tips should guide you on how to go about it.
Start with a free blog
If you are new to blogging, it is advisable you begin with a free blog. Some of the most popular hosting services you can start with include Blogger.com, WordPress.com, Tumblr.com, LiveJournal.com, Blog-City.com or any good free hosting services you can find. One major benefit of starting with free blogs is that you don’t have to worry about advanced areas of blogging such as scripting, hosting, or programming, although with time you may need these as you advance.
Decide on what you should be writing about
It is highly recommended you choose a niche you are interested in or knowledgeable about for your blog, although this is not always the case. However, knowing about what you are writing about makes your job easier. The higher your level of interest or knowledge about a particular subject, the better your content quality. Stick to a niche that serves you well or you may lose focus. A niche could target a product, service or topic.
Always stay on topic
The content of your blog must all relate to your central theme. You cannot start a fashion blog with contents about cars or mobile phones and gadgets without relating it to the blogs theme, fashion. Even if your topic is not totally related to the theme, define it and try not to talk too far from it, this will ensure you create a loyal following of interested readers who are never bored with your content.
If you want people to believe that you are knowledgeable about a specific industry, sector or matter, be on the news regularly. Check your facts to ensure that they are correct and current. It is necessary you do this before giving an opinion or a product review. Your reputation is at stake. If you are using another person’s article for your blog, ensure you follow the terms of usage as defined by the author.
Be disciplined and stick to a strict posting schedule
Blogging requires time and effort. Don’t create unrealistic expectations which you may not be able to deliver. You don’t want to lose an audience or community you have developed over time due to lack of communication. Updating your blog regularly not only keeps your readers stuck with you but also gives the blog fresh content daily making it more appealing to search engines and generating more traffic.
Make your posts clear and simple, short, concise and well formatted.
Ensure your blog posts are clear, easy to understand, not excessively lengthy and well formatted to highlight important points and keep the post interesting to readers. You can insert images in your posts as people are usually more drawn to images before text.
Keyword rich content
If you wish to have a wide visibility for your blog, ensure you include related keywords in the blog title. Use the titles as headlines to attract interest. The title should be short (Not more than 12 -15 words) and must be relevant to the post. Try and use sensible and captivating titles that will grab readers’ attention.
These are by no means exhaustive as there are still a lot more you would need to do to make your blogging experience more rewarding. However these should get you started and with time you will get better and improve. Always remember to blog out of interest and be enthusiastic about what you do. With dedication, passion and persistence you will be rewarded with all the royalties of blogging.
Jacob Frydman is a real estate developer and investor who invests in real estate development projects in New York City, and the East Coast of the United States. He is also an internet blogger enthusiast who blogs bout real estate issues. To learn more about him visit his blog