If you are looking for a creative outlook, blogging is a great way to do just that. Even better, with a little extra effort, it can become a second source of income for you. Read the tips given in this article to get a head start on making your blog fantastic.
The first thing you need is a killer idea. Make a list of your hobbies, interests, and topics related to your profession. Check out other successful blogs on these topics to see what works. Remember that this needs to be something you can write about day in and day out for the foreseeable future. You need to pick a topic you are truly passionate about.
Make sure you are providing credible information. Answer questions asked by your readers, and always cite your sources. By presenting yourself as an expert in your field you will gain considerable credibility. On top of that, it is generally required within professional circles that you cite the source of your information. While you can rewrite something you found elsewhere, you need to give credit to the person who provided the information to you.
Work your primary and secondary keywords in your articles. That means you should always use several synonyms of each word, as well as many forms of each primary keyword as possible. This will help you stay in the search results even if someone is not using the exact form of your keyword you chose.
Even if you don’t always have time to write, you can still have a blog. Many professional writers expand their client base by ghostwriting for other bloggers. That means they write the content, and sell you all rights to it, including the right to claim it as your own. Expect to pay a premium if you want professional quality writing without having to give the original author credit.
Once you have a good base of subscribers, it is time to start earning money from your blog. There are many options for how to do this, and it really depends on what your goals are. This can be as simple as a “donate” button that goes only to pay for fees incurred in maintaining the site, a few unobtrusive ads, or a premium area for subscribers. It is important not to plaster your site with too much advertising or you will distance yourself from your readers.
Consider adding a blog roll to your site. This is a list of other blogs that cover the same niche that you believe are worthwhile. This gives additional value to your readers. If you start sending the other blog enough visitors, they will often do you a favor and link back to your site.
Now that you have learned how to start a blog it’s time to start writing. Don’t worry if you don’t get a lot of readers at first, it will take some time to get your readership up. Keep writing and keep learning and you will reach your goals.
Reading Your Own Blog for Content and Continuity
There are some blogs that seem to be all over the place that can render the content haphazard both in terms of what’s covered and what has been covered. Use the suggestions below for avoiding making your blog a hodgepodge that ultimately doesn’t consistently offer anything.
Periodically go back to your older posts to note differences in style and subject matter that might have occurred over time in order to determine whether you’re straying from your original purpose of blogging or whether your purpose has actually shifted over time.
It’s important to know where you’re going and if your purpose has changed over the time you’ve been blogging, it’s likely to impact how and what you write on in your blog.
If your older post is no longer true or if you’ve gained new insights that make your older post obsolete in some way, add language at the beginning of the post that indicates you’ve updated the information or your point of view.
You’ll notice that if you search for the post to which you’ve added language indicating that the post is obsolete that this language can appear if you search for your article on Google as part of the blurb included after article title. Still, this should not discourage you from noting that former articles are no longer valid for a particular reason because this information will be helpful for your readers.
You may discover an older article that has relevance to a current topic you’re covering that you can include in your newer writing.
If you find an older post that has relevance to something new you’re writing you can cite your own posting rather than risk duplicating older material which can negatively impact your blog’s ranking.
Labels within certain blogging programs, especially free blogs do not impact search rank either positively or negatively so that you have an ongoing opportunity to improve the organization of your blog.
For instance, you might decide to narrow down topics by incorporating the use of a general label before including the more specific labels you’ve employed making it easier for readers to locate particular posts.
Consider writing a retrospective at the end of each year to provide your readers with a summary of what you’ve accomplished with your blog during the year.
If you find one of your blog posts is one you wish you’d never posted and it concerns an ongoing topic you address in your blog, cite to it and explain why you no longer agree with yourself. By setting the example of conversation, even with yourself, you can encourage others to participate in reading and commenting on your blog’s content.
Reading over your over blog posts can be advantageous to the organization of and quality of your blog’s content. Use the suggestions above for reviewing your older blog posts in order to positively impact your newer writing.