Starting a blog? Here are some pointers

by WF- Enzo Administrator
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So, you've decided to venture into the blogsphere. Blogging is arguably one of the most effective ways to increase brand authority. Just writing something about your field of expertise speaks volumes to your clients.

Blog platform

There are many blogging platforms available online - Squarespace, WordPress.org, WordPress.com, Blogger, to name a few. I'm not gonna write down each of their pros and cons, but here are some factors you must consider:
  • Usability
  • Functionality
  • Pricing - free or paid
  • Monetization options
  • Support

Domain name

Your domain is pretty much is your URL, and will be your branding from there on. If your business name is Acme, your blog URL could be blog.acme.com or acme.com/blogs. Something like that.

Theme and design

Your theme and design should conform to your visual identity and system. Most paid blog platforms offer custom themes so you can design away as you deem fit but if you're starting with a free provider, you can always use built-in themes that's closest to your brand guideline.

Content

This is pretty much the meat, and it's what will make or break your blog. As always, your content must be relevant your area of expertise. Filling your blog with media help a lot too.

Those are the most basic points in creating your blog. Now for other matters such as SEO and guest posting, these can be figured out once your have a steady stream of fresh content uploaded to your blog
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So do you have a blog? What made you decide to blog? What writing styles would you recommend to blog newbies?
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  • Profile picture of the author IGotMine
    Now for other matters such as SEO and guest posting, these can be figured out once your have a steady stream of fresh content uploaded to your blog
    If you are hoping to get traffic from search engines your SEO strategy should be well thought out before you ever write a word.
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  • Profile picture of the author monica geller
    Deep research on the topic you choose, Unique and Interesting titles, attractive template design, sharing your blog in the social media can go long way.
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  • Profile picture of the author Obscuram
    I recently got into blogging due to be an autodidact, polymath, and the death of my car (which I used for work).
    I found common links within my interests and the main market I associate with to get started.
    I create all the content, images, videos, podcast, and of course the written posts and designed the website myself on squarespace.

    So far so good very little income at this time, but I've only been going for a month.
    Monetization options include cryptocurrency
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  • Profile picture of the author toysoldier80
    I have blog that is focused on affiliate marketing and various other aspects for developing and maintaining an internet home business. For the most part it has informational articles and videos from you tube in regards to web hosting, health, general business, SEO, social media, web design. Mostly centered on brain food that is both thought provoking and of course controversial.

    I decided to blog by accident. I started doing affiliat emarketing becuase I learned you can do a business in an area that you like to read about, talk about and of course write about. I am not the best writer however I learned over time I could write about topics that I love and I just continued to write and learn in areas of SEO, home business and affilaite marketing. I continued to learn and write and also put together articles from other authors as well. I just found something I love to do and continued to write about it.

    The only style I would suggest using is using your heart.
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  • Profile picture of the author sonamathews
    Before you start a blog, there are few things that you need to take care and plan such as niche, domain name, hosting, and theme of your blog. All these things are related to each other and should follow the professional guidelines from the day one.
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  • Profile picture of the author EdwinWS
    I think two things are very important if you start a blog
    1) have a catchy name
    2) post something that people crave to read
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  • Profile picture of the author wolfdem
    yes, I think that a premium theme is good option too. but you can start with a free.
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  • Profile picture of the author praetserge
    You'll also need links and audience.
    Creating a blog nobody knows about won't work.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMWealthMogul
    Also branding your blog across social media can help.

    Think a FB page, Twitter account, and Youtube channel to start with.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarcosGonzalez01
    ┬┐How many times do you recommend to post in a week?
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    • Profile picture of the author Alejandro Salceda
      Hi Marcos
      im not an expert but i have read that its not recommended to post more than 1 time a day in each social media, but it depends of the social media for example you can post 5 tweets a day in twitter without any problem
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    • Profile picture of the author MarcosGonzalez01
      In today's times, one must always take into account social networks because they are very important in the online world.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
    Originally Posted by WF- Enzo View Post

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    Content

    This is pretty much the meat, and it's what will make or break your blog. As always, your content must be relevant your area of expertise. Filling your blog with media help a lot too.

    Those are the most basic points in creating your blog. Now for other matters such as SEO and guest posting, these can be figured out once your have a steady stream of fresh content uploaded to your blog
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    So do you have a blog? What made you decide to blog? What writing styles would you recommend to blog newbies?

    At the very least I always suggest to beginning bloggers to start with a SEO Plan and at least some best SEO Practices.


    The reasons are many, however the main reason I suggest it is.. in today's competitive blogging world there are other beginner bloggers that start with a SEO Plan and eventually out rank beginners that do not have a SEO Plan.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    write for the reader and not the search engines

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    "If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time" ~Steve Jobs~

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  • Profile picture of the author godfather25
    Over promotion is one of the fastest ways to kill your blog, and your SEO on google. Obviously, we want to make money. But you really want to be providing value, and plenty of it.

    And not come across as a serial marketer.

    Trust is more pivotal than ever.
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  • Profile picture of the author StefanP
    And you can add patience, patience, until you see results, at least 6 months .
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  • Profile picture of the author ebony bullock
    I started a blog to express myself and to build an online business. I am looking for my voice and would like to know writing styles as well. This post and these comments were helpful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pradeep Bhagwat
    Start any blog but post regularly. This is the key to success.

    - Pradeep
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  • Profile picture of the author Medon
    Consistency in uploading new content on the blog will help you retain the old traffic and build a new one. It informs your readership that you know what you are doing and you could be relied on.
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  • One thing that always discouraged me from blogging was the question of visibility. The SERPS are saturated with blogs these days and I just can't get my head around how a blog will compete anywhere near the top...
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Other things to consider when creating a blog is how to monetize it, and posting frequency. I strive to post everyday on my blog, but have been slacking this month. I've been on top of things these last few days. Make sure you have mechanism in place to gather subscribers, and only post highly quality content. Don't create a feed blog. Once you have steady traffic in place, consider offering ad slots, selling your own products, putting Adsense on your site, and having affiliate products on your blog also.
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  • Profile picture of the author thefreedomchaser
    My humble opinion when it comes to choosing the platform to base your blog on (i.e. the Content Management System)....choose a self-hosted Wordpress blog. To me, it's the only way forward for anyone serious about a long-term blog.



    Why risk using other systems, some of them are restrictive in the content they allow to be published, the advertising options they allow, and worse still, they could go out of business at any moment and take your entire blog down with them.



    Be in control of your blog and its destiny!
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