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How to start blogging.

Do you wanna blog? You are on the right track. This post will show you “how to start blogging”but first you need to ask yourself, what is a blog? Well a  blog (shortened from the phrase “weblog”) is known as many things—a digital magazine, diary, newscast, collector’s meeting place, a showcase for your art, information sharing, teaching hub, place to learn and… well, almost anything you want it to be. A typical blog combines text, images, videos and links to relevant pages and media on the Web. Blog readers can leave comments and communicate with the author. In fact, dialogue and interaction are a popular part of a blog’s success.

Getting into blogging is quite an experience you explore yourself. It is a window that lets you see the world and in turn lets the world see you. One of the great things about blogging is the impact it has made on communication throughout the world. Blogs can report news as it happens, hold mainstream media to higher standards and provide specific news and information to meet niche interests. A blog lets the world view things from your own perspective.
There are basically 4 different types of blogs;

Personal blogs share thoughts, original art, poems,writing or photography. Mostly a DIY (Do It Yourself) blog.

Business blogs are created in the voice of the company, as a crucial component of marketing. They can function as a direct-sales tool and are outstanding for both messaging and two-way communication as part of a company’s public relations efforts.

Reverse blogs are a unique but popular type of blog. Instead of the owner creating content, the content is supplied by the public.

Niche/topical blogs focus on a particular interest. They can be about health, gardening, education, sports, fashion or lifestyle.

There are also other types of blogs in existence like: community blogs, nonprofit blogs, live-webcam blogs, live-gaming screencast blogs, device-type blogs, podcast blogs, various video blogs and many others.
Before diving into the world of blogging, try testing and polishing your skills with a free blogging platform.
Setting up a blog isn’t an easy nor difficult affair. It simply depends on why you.want it to exist in the first place.  There is so much information here and there that talk about tips newbie bloggers should stick to, so as to avoid getting burnt. This article points out tips and blueprints a rookie should stick to for a hitch free blogging career. Though this topic is so large that not even two blog posts can cover it up, we will actually try to make it less boring and it will be a straight to the point post.

Why do you want to blog?: although a  lot of people go into blogging for the wrong and right reasons, earning from your blog, becoming an expert writer, a better thinker and eventually an expert in that field. If you intend blogging to get rich quickly, sorry to burst your bubble because, most times, it takes as much as 1-2 years before your blog may even begin to cough a three figure sum. So if you are broke and desperately need to make quick money forget blogging, its not for you. As a matter of fact people tend to blog just for the fun of it, they aren’t after the benefits of blogging because, they simply want to share stuff for the world to see; more or less blog philanthropists.
What do you want to blog about?: there are basically a lot of things to blog about from cars to finance, from food to health, entertainment to politics.

Whatever your choice is, it has to be able to speak what other blogs in the same ‘niche’ or category are not speaking or something innovative that those blogs left out. One thing that needs to be pointed out is that if you are going to enter into blogging, it has to be something you are passionate about. Something you can easily discuss when approached even during sleep, this is one thing that surely creates the forerunner of your proposed blog’ssuccess.

 

Do not go into fashion because you think hey, its very lucrative or you think of going into entertainment to gain popularity. These categories need constant fueling that you may not be able to keep up with. A lot of blogs that started earlier due to trying to copy other blogs ended up folding up along the line due to their inability to keep up. So if you want to start up a blog today, you need to key into your subconscious and know what you are good at. But for clarity’s sake, the top earning blog niches are health (natural health), how tos (tech/DIY), education (which is one niche a lot of bloggers are neglectiblogsnd

Business/entrepreneurial blogs. But in all these, it is simply your location or audience target that will actually make your niche worthwhile or standout. Having understood this point and possibly decidimg what blog niche or category you want to start, let us move over to the next point.

Go for a self hosted blog: ever heard of blogger.com, wordpress.com or wix.com?. These are popular platforms for blogging. It is important to note two flip sides to blogging. First, free blogging platform and second self hosted blogging platform. A free blogging platform is a a platform where you set up your blog without paying for web hosting and a domain name. It is usually free and has an extra name attached before the usual .com. For instance on blogger platform, if you decide to get a free blog you may end up with a URL (Uniform Resource Locator); just another name for web address, like fancyhomes.blogspot.com or if you are on the WordPress free platform, it should be fancyhomes.wordpress.com. On the other hand, getting a self hosted blog is the right action to take. A self hosted blog is the total opposite of a free blog, in this case you pay for web hosting and domain registration. There are many reasons that makes a self hosted blog stand out.
You are in total control of your blog. You can post anything without being barred or made to follow strict policies. Most free blogging platforms can wake up any day and decide to shut down a blog for reasons best known to them.
A self hosted blog can maintain as much traffic as required; well depending on the amount of disk space you paid for while hosting your blog. When it comes to a free blog, it gets really messy when your traffic hits the roof.
When it comes to free hosted blogs, you are restricted to the available themes and tweaks. But a self hosted blog allows you to tweak and change everything to your taste.
When choosing a platform for a self hosted blog, you need to keep an eye out for their available features like cpanel control, their 24/7 support and their uptime. A bad web hosting service can spell doom for your blog. And you may ask what’s web hosting and domain registration.

Domain name: Your domain name represents you, your blog, your business and your brand. Make it recognizable, easy to remember and a proud representation of you and your blog. Examples of strong domain names are: amazon.com, apple.com and change.org. Simply the address of your blog. For a better understanding a domain name is like the address of your house or place of work.

Web hosting: After choosing a domain name, selecting reliable hosting services will be one of the most important decisions you make. To a great extent, the functionality and performance of your blog will depend on your hosting provider. Web hosting provides you with space on a server to store your blog files. It’s similar to your personal computer files at home, except your blog files are available online where visitors can access them at all times by entering your domain name or by discovering your blog in a search engine.

Quality content is king: by the time you must have been done with either choosing a free blogging platform or self hosted blog, the next thing to consider is content. The lifespan of your blog depends on the content you put on it. Now there are lot of ways to get content, sources like what’s trending, the news, social media, friends and even keyword tools. Do not for any reason copy some other blog’s content and put it up on yours, it is called  Plagiarism and it is very much punishable by search engines that will go a long way from removing your blog’s index from their database. Just be original its ok to brainstorm and look at other blogs in your niche to know how to position things. A good content on your blog will actually make you rank on the second page of Google’s search engine till you optimize your way to the first page.

Free traffic is actually costly: in the world of blogging, nothing good comes easy, first you will need free traffic in the beginning and the best place to get it from is social media. Facebook pages, twitter and tumblr will give you the best free traffic. But it comes at a price, you will need to open a Facebook page for your blog, share your content and sometimes pay a little token to gain traffic in the form of adverts. Even if you decide to share on your private timeline, you will still need friends to share, so sharing on social media is the best form of free traffic but it isn’t actually free.

Blogging is fun, it all depends on what your passion is because it is your passion that will keep your blog flying in high spirits.
Avoid plagiarism. Its ok to get your hands burnt while learning as tomorrow you’ll be in the position to teach others.

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Chioma Alagboso
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Chioma Alagboso Is a Nigerian Lifestyle Blogger, who loves writing on daily lifestyle tips, fashion, travel, food and lots more. You're welcome to my little space where I share things that matter.

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