Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Learning to Blog
I've been doing a lot of reading and research about blogging and how to get the most out of one's blogsite. There are tons of articles written out there that it can spin your mind into oblivion. But what does it really mean for a dummie like me who's just into passive blogging and just wanting to share his views to the world and of course maybe earn a little along the way. Well this article is meant for passive bloggers and newbies since this is where I consider myself to be. So for those advanced bloggers, your still welcome to read this post.
First and foremost, the term blog actually came from the word weblog. It is a website where various entries are created and made similar to a diary or a journal, but they are displayed in a chronological yet reverse order digitally. People blog because they like to share whats on their mind. Its not really something new since even before the internet people were writing things about themselves in a diary or journal. The only big difference in today's blogging is that the information is now being shared to the rest of the world.
So what makes a blog successful? Its when a lot of people start to visit and read your blogs. Though I haven't yet reached that point, I'm hoping that it will eventually.
There are many things to consider to attract people to visit one's blog. On top of the list is content. Not just any content but quality content. That means articles that would be of interest to others such as technology, product reviews, cars, guns, etc. People don't just want to read personal journals unless your well known or popular. So try to limit on that. If you have an interest on a certain niche, my advise is to focus on that. But if your a wide reader and have knowledge on many other interesting topics, you can also write about them too provided that you properly label your posts so that it would be easier for the reader to search what they would be interested for in your blog. Remember, a good blog is just like a convenient or a sari-sari store. To attract customers, you got to fill it up.
The next thing you want to consider after creating your blog is to promote this on the web so that others may know you even exist. You see being able to create a good blog is one thing, promoting it is another. You have what many call SEO or Search Engine Optimization which I will be giving tips about in my next post. But basically SEO is the process of improving the visibility of a web site or a web page in search engines such as yahoo or google. There are many other ways to promote a site, but SEO seem to be the most basic way to do this.
As traffic increases in you blog, the next thing you want to do is to earn from it (who wouldn't). Of course everyone is familiar with Adsense, question is when should you add Adsense to your blog? Many opt to add Adsense during the early stages of their blog where no traffic is yet to be generated. Adsense will not reply with any ad least not for the moment since its to early for this. This is something which I am guilty of, so please pardon me. Anyway, it isn't only Adsense that offers you the opportunity to earn, there are many others. I'll have a separate post for this.
So far this is what I gathered. There's no specific formula for one's success in blogging. It all depends how you make of your blog. What works for others may not necessarily work for you or vice-versa. They key is perseverance, patience and the willingness to learn..
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