It’s a new dawn – the Age of the Blog
The next few posts are dedicated to blogging. How to, why, where, and of course how to make money from your blog.
5 top reasons for having a blog:
- To express yourself
- To connect with people
- To help others
- To share your passion
- To make extra money
You have heard it repeatedly:
“You have so much to say and you say it so well, you should start a blog!”
“You are always recommending something that just saves me so much time, energy, searching (continue and fill in the blank) you should really start a blog”
Yes, you should!
If you are sharing information with friends today, and they have named you as someone they can rely on for trustworthy advice tips, why not build a blog around it?
Blog with Passion
Passion is probably the best part of the equation for a successful blog. What are you passionate about? When you share your passion with others and write fresh content about it, similar-thinking people will find you and will appreciate your words. (This doesn’t mean that you don’t have to promote your blog, because you do.)
Blog Platforms and Names
We are not going to get into details here, (there are experts in the field flooding the net with excellent information) but WordPress comes highly recommended by the top bloggers and brands. The open-source platform will provide you with everything that you need for your blog. The forums are great and other WordPress users are eager to help when help is needed.
What’s in a Name?
Your domain name is your name! Don’t forget it! Choosing the right domain name is similar to naming your firstborn! (OK, I’m exaggerating, but it’s important.) Some of the most common guidelines for choosing a domain name are as follows:
The .com domain is the most popular but today you see more and more usage of .li, .am, .me, even .tv -it all depends on if the rest of the URL matches the suffix.
Easy – make it easy to say, easy to hear and type, and, most important, easy to remember!
Spelling: make sure it is easy to spell – The average person doesn’t have the same spelling skills as the winner of the 8th grade spelling bee.
Writing a Blog is a Commitment
Are you ready to commit? How much of a commitment? Most people would say that as long as you are creating fresh amazing content on a regular basis, that is enough. But what is a “regular basis”? Is it every day, twice a week, once a week, or less? Every day – great! Twice a week works. As you become more comfortable, writing the words will flow and you will be able to write more. Working with an editorial calendar will make your life even easier. It is vital to have an editorial calendar to keep your content consistent and relevant. Here are some excellent tools and templates for calendars:
The next post will be on promoting your blog and monetizing your blog. Here is something to start thinking about, Adwords, and affiliate links. Sounds complicated? Check out this WordPress plugin, affiliate marketing made easy!