Tuesday, October 6, 2009

5 Steps To Start Blogging

Are you considering starting a blog, but wondering how and where to begin? The following is blogging made easy in 5 steps. Use it as a checklist, but don’t expect to make money from it. There’s a very small percentage of bloggers who actually earn a living from blogging. For most bloggers, blogging is a great way to share information and news with friends and family members, grow an audience interested in what they have to say or just have fun expressing their thoughts and feelings. Posts can be updated regularly, graphically enhanced and deleted when done with, which makes it a great medium to play with. Here’s how to get started:

1. Select a subject:
There are thousands of subjects being blogged about on a daily basis. Select one you are interested in or one that relates to your work, and you’ll be more likely to update it on a regular basis. Better still, research the market and come up with a topic that's lacking. Fill this need and you'll have visitors flocking to your site.

2. Come up with a catchy title: Your title should be a reflection of what your blog is about and easy to remember and type up.

3. Select a blogging platform. A lot of websites come with their own inbuilt blogging platforms which are easy to use. Word press is the most popular amongst them(http://wordpress.org). If you are going to use an independent platform, consider browsing sites like http://blogger.com and http://today.com

4. Find a flexible site design:
Designing your blog is important, more so when you want to upload pictures and images of products on offer. Select one that is easy to edit and which accepts images, links etc. both within the posts, and within the design structure.

5. Load a tracking widget onto your site
: A tracking widget will allow you to determine where your audience comes from, how long they stay, what they purchase, their feedback if any etc. Most sites will have some sort of tracking device already installed or as an option. If not, sites like http://statcounter.com are a good place to begin.

Once your blog is built, remember to update it with useful content on a regular basis and use other marketing tactics to draw in audience.

© 2009 Usha Krishnan Sliva

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