Friday, November 26, 2010

Create a successful blog for free

         Creating a successful blog

     Blogging.  I created a succesful blog  to voice myself. Before this experience I never know how intense the blogging world was. I had know clue you could profit from sharing knowledge or even just writing a review about the pro's and con's of a product or service you have experience with.  I'd like to create a tool for those out there who are virgins to the blogging experience like I once was.

So let me lay out the beginner steps...
  • Come up with a good name for your blog and keep the domain name short and simple.
  • Write with good content and rich information.
  • Design the lay out of your blog so it is easy to navigate through.
  • Continue to write post about your topic, however write five or six pillar posts that are informational and explain in detail how to do something, more or less a learning blog.
  • Promote your blog by networking with others, writing articles about your posts and summit your blog to blogger sites that will review them.
Come up with a good name for your blog and keep the domain name short and simple.
When you get going i would start out with a free blog site like blogger or wordpress, so if things don't work out at least you didn't pay for a year of hosting that you wont even use.  I've added their links below for your convienence.

When you chose a domain name keep it short and simple so your readers will remember it and tell others. At either site above you can get a free domain which will work fine to start with, however for ten dollars you can get your own domain at blogger, wordpress, and godaddy.com. When creating a successful blog you will need to use keywords. What are keywords?  Read up on, keywords.

Write with good content and rich information.
    
How to get traffic to your blog is probably the biggest question. I started blogging about six months ago with no experience in it, so I read as many blogs as I could on how to increase traffic to blogs.  I have tried countless techniques that were mentioned in so many blogs and only a hand full of things have worked for me.  Let me start with saying the most important part of creating a successful blog is great content.

Content is what drives your repeat readers to your blog so why skimp on it, fill your post with informational content that will bring your readers back for more. Keep your content clean and rich with new ideas that other bloggers have not touched on yet.

Before you start writing I think its important to read what others are blogging about and how they set up there blog.  Now I am not saying copy some else, I am simply saying you can learn alot by example. Staying original is key when creating a successful blog, no one wants to read the same thing twice.  However, you will notice there are millions of people blogging and most of them blog about the same thing but most of them also have something to offer know one else does: that's what makes there blog interesting.  Develop your own niche.

Design the lay out of your blog so it is easy to navigate through.

When designing your blog, be sure to make the blog easy to navigate through because if your readers are getting lost there most likely not gonna stay or not come back to read more.

Continue to write post about your topic, however write five or six pillar posts that are informational and explain in detail how to do something, more or less a learning blog.
Write pillar posts to start your blog off . Pillar post are the articles that will drive readers to your blog.  Pillar post are written to explain a topic or to explain how to do something that will help reader for years to come (you may have picked up that this post is a pillar post!).  For example if you were starting a blog and the blog was about home improvements, I would write five or six pillar posts before i published it on how to remodel a (fill in the blank) or how to paint with out getting paint on the (again fill in the blank).  Do you see what I am getting at?  This step is very important because if a reader comes into your blog and likes what you are offering them then he/she will come back and their word of mouth doesn't hurt either. I recommend writing as many posts as you can with a variety of topics, your readers will value that you always have new info and come back more often.  Plus by offering more you will bring in a wider range of people.

Promote your blog by networking with others, writing articles about your posts and summit your blog to blogger sites that will review them.
     
Once you have your blog ready for marketing . Getting traffic is the fun part especial if your a beginner . This is the make or break it point, traffic wont come over night unless you pay for it or work it. So tell every one you know about your blog, then search around and read some of the blogs on the same topics as yours and if you think they have made a good point or you like what they did leave a comment saying something nice and offer some neutral information to get them to your site.  If the blogger likes what you have to offer he/she will then link to you and share traffic. This is key to do. Again, traffic does not come over night it takes months to produce a large amount of steady traffic. So before you launch your blog write articles about your blog but don't write false information or over hype your topic.  Here's some additonal advice on writing articles about your blog.



And once you get good you can learn to profit from blogging which I will get into on my next blog .  Stay tuned....  Or do some pre-work in the mean time.