How To Start A Blog – And Voice Your Opinions
How To Start A Blog So You Can Start Building A Platform To Voice Your Opinions…
These days knowing how to start a blog is a skill that everyone should have. It might not make sense at first, but knowing how to start a blog will give you the ability to get your voice out there and create a lifelong platform that will build credibility on the Internet. You would think everyone knows how to do this, but there are people who have never given the idea of creating a blog a second thought. Don’t worry because the process is really simple.
Deciding if you want to use a free or paid option
The Internet is so great because in most cases you will always have a free option available to you if you do not want to pay. Just beware that free options of starting a blog usually come with limitations. Seeing as how they are usually owned by someone else you might be restricted in what you are able to do and how you are able to monetize it.
With a paid blogging platform, which is nothing more then a blog you choose to host yourself by means of a hosting provider, you will have far more options. You can monetize the way you want and you should be able to add whatever type of content you like without fear of penalty.
Some free blogging platforms are WordPress and Blogger. WordPress can easily be upgraded to a paid option as most hosting providers have this option in their cpanel for you to download.
Deciding on a niche and a related domain name
Before you decide to do anything else you will need to make sure you have carefully selected what your niche is going to be. Your niche will be what your content revolves around. The niche can be anything, it can be something you are passionate about or it can be something you know will make a lot of money in the future.
Once you have selected a niche you want to use a good domain name search tool to search for domains that have not been taken yet. You domain name does not have to be a keyword phrase like a lot of people say it does. All you need is to mention your main niche name somewhere in the phrase and try to make it short as possible.
Setting up the blog and adding content
Once you have the blog set up on a private hosting service or by means of a free option it is time to get everything up and running. All you need to do here is make sure you have a unique header that will display something related to your niche. The blog does not need to have a fancy design.
Instead it should be designed with SEO in mind, you want to include a good keyword as your header and you want to make sure you add the appropriate plug ins for SEO purposes. Blogger very SEO friendly, but does not have as many options as WordPress.
Adding the content
Decide how and when you want content to be posted. This is easily done in WordPress because you can add content and set a future date for the content to go live. If you go with WordPress create 3 to 5 posts and add them while you focus on actively promoting your blog.
Promotion of the blog
It will do you know good to know how to start a blog if you do not know how to get traffic to it. This is quite simple to do, but it is not going to happen overnight. The first thing you want to do is build manual backlinks or have someone do it for you on a consistent basis.
You might want to focus on the homepage first and the inner pages later. Next you want to submit your blog to every directory and blog roll there is. Once your blog is getting natural traffic you will get a lot of backlinks without having to do further work.
Knowing how to start a blog involved more then what I have mentioned here. There are so many ways you can set it up, but a lot of this is going to be dependent upon what you want to do with it.
A good example would be if you want to make it optimized for adsense. I recommend you take the time to study the blogging platform you decide to use so you can make sure you are getting the most you can out of it.