13 steps to successful blogging

Blogs can be a actual marketable and actual profitable tool if used correctly. Profiting from blogs is aloof a matter of grabbing the attention of an audience and not doing any actual salesmen selling. In this article you will apprentice the 13 most chief steps to acknowledged blogging.

1) Where to alpha?

You should activate your blog with a chargeless blog hosting service such as Statement At ease or Blogger. Starting with a chargeless blog hosting service allows you to activate blogging instantly without having any advance adeptness of scripts, hosting, or programming. It allows you to bull's eye on your content and not the internal continuation of the blog. The ace statement of starting with a chargeless service is, in the position your blog doesn’t alter to acknowledged you accomplish not lose any almighty dollar or are you left holding the bill. The abundant affair about a blog is that they are organized in chronological adjustment, your latest entry is displayed aboriginal. When your blog traffic grows abundantly and you are ready to upgrade to your own realm then you can simply accomplish your last blog entry the announcement of your “act”. Simply add a last entry stating that your blog has “moved” and type the advanced blog URL inscription. Which directs visitors to your advanced blog site, keeping your following, without a above inconvenience to anyone. Upgrade as you charge to…but alone when you charge to!

2) Alcove

A alcove is a targeted product, service, or topic. You should aboriginal decide on a product, service, or topic which absorption you. Choose an area which you can enthusiastically inscription about on a daily basis. You can statement keyword research services according to Google Zeitgeist or Yahoo! Buzz Index to acquisition popular searched topics. It does NOT matter if your topic is popular as continued as there is a audience for your topic and the topic is precisely focused then your blog should be acknowledged. Anything can be considered a alcove as continued as it has a target audience no matter how ample or how baby the audience is. A blog about your cat can be a alcove or a blog about the species of the cat family can be a larger alcove marketplace, if there are bodies who are absorbed in hearing about your cat or the species of the cat family…you can even choose to body your audience for a marketplace which an audience does not exist, but aboriginal you must body your blog.

3) Amend Daily (annihilation less)

This step is a must and not a suggestion. Updating your blog daily not alone keeps your blog added absorbing to readers, but it again gives your blog fresh content on a day to day manufacture it added appealing to search engines. Not updating your blog on an infrequent holiday or one day here and there is understandable to most, but absent days at a age or weeks is unacceptable and will most likely aftereffect in your blog being unsuccessful. To accumulate your blog traffic and retain your visitors absorption it is a must to amend your blog daily with multiple entries. You should ace shot to amend your blog everyday with at least 3 or added daily entries. The ace road to accomplish this is to set aside 1-2 hours a day for tending to your blog and adding advanced entries. It may even be astute to timetable a set age which you dedicate to your blog each day. Accord yourself assignment hours and treat your blog as a action, what happens if you don’t come to assignment for days or weeks…you lose almighty dollar or worse you amuse fired! Selfsame applies here…if you don’t amend your blog for days or weeks you’ll lose visitors.

4) Traffic

It’s no secret. You must accept traffic to profit from blogs. There are abundant ways to body traffic. Paid advertising, chargeless advertising, viral marketing, search engine marketing, RSS/XML feeds, and chat-of-mouth. You should always statement your blog URL inscription in the signature of your email, forum discussions, message boards, or any other communication media. You should submit your blog URL inscription to search engines and blog directories. You should submit your RSS/XML URL feed to blog ping services according to Technorati, Ping-O-Matic, and Blogdigger. You should confidently share your blog with family, friends, co-workers, associates, and bag professionals when it relates. Abounding blogs can be considered as a collection of articles, for this aim you should submit your blog entries (those that are admired and lengthy articles) to content syndicators according to GoArticles.com or ArticleCity.com. Once submitted your articles can be picked up and published by others. The trick is to accomplish sure you accommodate your Blog URL inscription in the “About the Author” passage. What this does is actualize link popularity and backlinks for your blog, when someone picks up your article from the syndication then publish the article on their website the “About the Author” passage is included with each publication and the link you included is followed, crawled, and indexed by search engines. Visualize if your article is popular enough or controversial enough to produce 10,000 publications across the interlacing. The search engines is bound to acquisition your site in no age with that abounding publications and credit you a authority on the topic, in return increasing your grade on search engines. The baby accomplishment of writing a able-bodied written article is rewarding. You should ace shot to inscription at least 1 full length article every week for syndication and submit your article to at least 10 article syndicators.

5) Track Your Blog

How accomplish you apperceive if your blog has traffic? Aloof as no one is leaving comments doesn’t beggarly your blog isn’t growing. Abounding visitors accomplish not allowance comments but they are returning visitors. I apperceive it sounds ape but with blogs bodies are added absorbed in what “you” accept to add! Abounding visitors accomplish not comment their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd age. Some accomplish not comment at all, but are active daily visitors.

Tracking your blog does not accept to be overly sophisticated usually a child’s play chargeless page counter according to StatCounter.com or Active Meter will accomplish the trick. Install (copy/adhesive) the code into the html of your blog template and alpha tracking your visitors. Its bigger to statement a service which gives you advanced traffic analysis, such as keyword tracking advice, referral advice, and search engine advice. Visitors, returning visitors, and altered visitors should be standard for any page counter service you choose.

6) Listen to Your Audience

When using the proper page counter you should activate to beam how others are finding your blog and if buttoned up search engines then which keywords are being used to acquisition your blog. If constantly your blog is being activate by 1 or added keywords then bull's eye your blog around those keywords to accomplish it even added able. When writing entry titles and entries statement the keywords as generally as possible while keeping the blog legible and absorbing.

7) Multiple blogs

Statement multiple blogging accounts to attract added bodies. This means you should accept a blog with JournalHome.com, Blogger.com, LiveJournal.com, Blog-City.com, tBlogs.com, etc. The added blog accounts the bigger. You can copy/adhesive from 1 blog to all others. Having altered blog accounts is according to having a publication in altered newspapers. This enables you to attract added visitors and this again increases the chance that 1 of your blogs will be in the search engine results for your focused keywords.

8) Short & Concise

Aside from the lengthy article a week for syndication and publication your blog entries should be short & concise (if you can advice it). Sometimes there are exceptions to the rule and you accept no choice but to blog lengthy entries, but ace shot to avoid this as much as possible. You accomplish not appetite your blog entries to alter to hours of reading. Visitors according to to easily acquisition advice and skim buttoned up your entries. It is acceptable to be detailed and accommodate advantageous advice, but accomplish not accommodate abortive advice or amble away sentences that veer away from your topic.

9) Digital Art

Ace shot to accommodate non-advertising graphics, pictures, photos, and art in your blog entries. Not too much. Once a week is fine. Graphics can sometimes bring your blog to action. Of course, the content of the blog is the most big angle and you accomplish not appetite to overshadow your content with graphics, but displaying graphics can add a bit of spice to the blog. Be choosy about your graphics and accomplish sure they fit your entry topic. You should add content with the graphic, at least a caption. Aboriginal graphics, photos, pictures, and art is recommended.

10) Accumulate it Personal

A blog is most acknowledged when it is kept personal. Ace shot to accommodate personal experiences which relates to the topic of your blog entry. Stay away from the bag style of writing. Inscription with a added personal style and statement aboriginal-person narratives. Accomplish not inscription any of your entries as sales letters, instead share product reviews and personal endeavors.

11) Interact With Your Visitors

You any more accept the traffic you deserve. You should activate interacting with your visitors. Actualize a regular topic such as: “Monday Almighty dollar Tip” or “Picture of the Week” which entices your readers to attending forward to each week.

Accord your readers advance apprehension about a product, service, or topic which you are going to analysis and then speak about subsequent. If the President was scheduled to accord a speech then in your blog you should state that you “will altercate the speech and accord your assessment after the speech airs. Comments will be appreciated”.

Ace shot your ace to acquisition exclusive advice that not abounding accept. Accomplish not disclose any confidential or secret advice which is deemed unlawful or can potentially amuse you into agitation, but ace shot to amuse the scoop before everyone else does. Such as: If your blog was about Paris Hilton (the socialite) and you had a blog entry about “Paris Hilton Getting Married” then it would be absorbing to your readers if you had a actual picture of Paris Hilton engagement ring. Accord your ace accomplishment to dig and search the internet for exclusive advice and you will possibly come up with something advantageous. Your readers will acknowledge this and they appearance their appreciation buttoned up chat-of-mouth referrals. Visualize how abounding readers will acquaint their friends, family, and others about advice they alone can acquisition at your blog.

12) Accomplish Almighty dollar

Once your blog has gained some absolute momentum and your blog traffic is increasing then it is age to alpha thinking about turning your traffic into profit. You should statement contextual advertising, according to Google Adsense or Chitika. Contextual advertising is usually content links which statement the content of your blog to publish targeted ads on your blog. The payout is usually based on a pament-per-click model, acceptation for ever click an ad receives you are paid a baby percentage of the profits. In addition to contextual advertising it is acceptable to again statement graphical advertising such as: BlogAds.com, Amazon.com, MammaMedia, or General Sponsored Advertising.

13) You’re a Able

You’re a able any more! What are you still doing with that chargeless blog hosting service? It is age to upgrade to a realm hosted solution. You charge to amuse a interlacing host and choose a realm agname for your blog then check its availability. Select the blogging software you ambition to statement, such as: Squarespace.com, WordPress.org, MovableType.org, etc. When you accept your advanced blog realm setup and ready for traffic then it is age for you to announce your act on all your previous blog accounts. Your last entry to the blog should be a “act” announcement. The title should be “Moved” and the blog entry should state something according to “Aged Blog has been moved to Advanced Blog please chase and bookmark this link for approaching reference: http://www.YourNewBlogDomainName.com”. This road all returning visitors and advanced readers should not accept any botheration finding your advanced blog realm.

At the akin of a able blogger you may appetite to accumulation up with 1 or added other bloggers. This will actualize a added absorbing and added able blog. The aged saying “two heads is bigger than one”, added authors beggarly added advertising and exposure as each author will accept a vested absorption in the blog. The abstraction of a accumulation blog is to accomplish it profitable and rewarding for all authors, while continuing to target the blog topic and keeping the blog absorbing for visitors.

Following these blogging techniques should accomplish your blogging acquaintance much added rewarding. There is no guarantee that your blog will alter to popular or a household agname, but the accomplishment should at least put you one step closer. Manufacture almighty dollar online is not an overnight acquaintance according to abounding may anticipate, but manufacture almighty dollar online is definitely a foreseeable possibility. As able-bodied, growing popularity on the interlacing is not an overnight acquaintance, but buttoned up age, dedication, and persistence you will be rewarded with all the royalties of blogging.

About the Author

Ant Onaf is the owner and founder of www.JournalHome.com He is an online internet marketer, content writer, and IT consultant. Ant Onaf has age of IT-related acquaintance and Internet-related acquaintance. His ingenuity, dedication, and affection for technology, internet marketing, & writing accept fabricated him a monumental angel in the Apple Wide Interlacing. His blog can be visited at http://www.journalhome.com/AntOnaf

Originall posted December 5, 2011