If you want to make money from home and you want to have a little fun while doing so, you need to start your own website. I know right now that you’re probably saying to yourself, “There’s no way in hell I can run a website!” But, you need to drop those preconceived notions you have and keep on reading because by the end of this post, you’ll have an idea for your very own blog and you’ll have my personal help in setting it up.
What is a blog? Why start one?
I’m going to be as honest as I can with this post, starting from the very beginning. So to kick off this vow of honesty, I have something to say. If you don’t know what a blog is, we have a lot of work to do.
Blogs are created by online software formally known as content management systems. But what you need to know is that in order to run the most basic blog, you need absolutely no prior technical knowledge. As long as you know how to navigate around a Web page and you can type into a box, you can easily manage your own blog. This brings me to my next point.
Are blogs for everyone? Simply put, yes. Whether you are the CEO of the largest corporation in the world or you have yet to graduate high school, you can benefit from owning a blog. Blogs can be political, religious, personal, professional, just for fun, or any combination of the previous words. For example, you can maintain a blog on a more personal level to keep family and friends informed about your current life. At the other end of the spectrum, if you run your own business, you can run a blog to keep your clients informed and up-to-date on the health of your corporation.
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So, is running a blog for you? Absolutely it is. I need to reiterate that you need no prior technical knowledge to run a blog. Forget any notions you have linking blogs to coding and advanced degrees of technical comprehension. Those are the days of the past.
Coming up with an idea for a blog.
Before you can dive into the blogging software and start writing to your heart’s content, you need to establish the scope of your blog. This can be the most challenging part of starting a blog if you don’t already have an idea defined. If you already blog, than you know what I’m talking about. Due the sheer volume of potential topics, it’s hard to pick just one thing to blog about.
The most important piece of advice I can offer for this step is to start a blog only on a topic you are passionate about. It helps to have some prior knowledge of your proposed topic as well. If you fail to pick a topic that interests you, you’ll find yourself bored out of your mind in a few weeks and you’ll be stuck with a topic you no longer care about. Blogging will become more like work and less like a hobby. Your initial monetary investment as well as your invested time will have gone to waste. This is what we want to avoid.
Spend an hour or so developing a list of potential topics that interest you most. Start broad and narrow down your field. For example, suppose you want to start a baseball blog. As a single person, covering the entire MLB is simply impossible. You’re going to take on way too much work. You could choose to cover your favorite team or you could cover your favorite player if you wanted to get even more specific. Covering a specific player would be your niche, or distinct web page in a broad market. You are more likely to succeed and attract visitors with a specific theme.
A sure way to know if a topic is suitable for you is to ask yourself this question: will I be interested in this topic 6 months from now? If the answer is no, it’s time to start back at square one. If you found material that will hold your interest, it’s time to move on to the next step: finding others with shared interests.
Figure Out Your New Blog’s Competition
One of the biggest mistakes many new bloggers make is the failure to find out what’s already on the market for their idea. There are claims that a new blog is born every half-second. This means there are over 175,000 blogs created every day. Technorati, the world’s largest blog directory, is currently tracking over 50 million blogs. Your original idea probably isn’t very original. Frightened? Don’t be. By reading StartBlogging.net you already have a huge advantage over most of the blogs at Technorati.
Before continuing with your idea, you’ll want to find out who some of the bigger names are in your category. You don’t know anything about blogs? That doesn’t matter. All you need to do is type the idea of your blog into Google and you’ll get a list. For example, if you wanted to start a relationship and dating website, you could search for “relationship blog” or “dating blog” and now you have a list of the bigger names in the relationship and dating theme.
I want you to spend some time reading a few of the blogs in your category. Figure out what makes them work and why people continue to read them and comment on them. If they’re listed on the first page on Google for their theme, they are obviously doing something right. Study their content and figure out what you can do to become just as successful. Also, try and leave a few comments on some of their posts. You’ll want the author of the blog to be able to recognize your name.
I also want you to find other popular blogs because these people will most likely become your friends, as well as, your biggest competition. Blogs are all about community and you’ll want to establish ties with other people in the same category as your new blog. Befriending other popular bloggers will help you in the long run.
At this point in time, you should have an idea for what you want to blog about and some of the more popular blogs on the topic. The only thing left for you to do is to start your very own blog, with my help of course.
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