So you’ve decided to jump into the wonderful world of blogging but don’t know where to begin.. As you read through this article you will learn the who, what, when, and where of blogging so you will be able to turn your dreams into reality and start your very own successful blog.
What exactly is a blog? A blog is a website that you will have complete control of sharing your personal interests and feelings with the world. Blogs are one of the leading types of websites found on the internet and can be used for both personal writings and business advertising.
The first step to starting a blog is to create your website (your blog) on either a public blogging platform or your own hosted website. Public blogging platforms are those such as WordPress.com and Blogger. There are many of these sites out there and they are completely free for you to use. They however do have their cons such as they limit you to how customizable you can make them, the inability to monetize them, and having to use their website title in your domain name. The bright side is that these options are free and are a great way to start out.
If you are looking to start your very own blog and brand yourself, your company, or your product you will want to privately host your own blog. This is an extremely easy solution and will run you less than $10 a month. All you need to do is purchase a domain name which will cost you an annual fee of roughly $10 a month and also a hosting plan which is where your blog will be hosted from. You can find hosting packages anywhere from $3 to $10 a month depending on your wants a needs. The best part about privately hosting your blog is that you have full control to do whatever you please and completely personalize and brand your blog around your own creditability.
Once you figure out how you would like to host your new blog, it’s time to decide on what to blog about. This will be your niche. You want to have a general knowledge of this at the same time you decide to create your website as you will want your domain name to follow suite. For example you wouldn’t want to have a domain name of loseweight.com and blog about great dessert recipes.
All that’s left know is for you to start blogging. It’s as simple as that. Most blogging platforms have a WYSIWYG editor which stands for “what you see is what you get.” This means you don’t need to be an HTML expert to create beautiful content for your readers.You will want to spend a little time on SEO and learn how to get your pages ranked.
See below for a list of some of the top blog sites on the internet.
- Live Journal
Remember to have fun blogging!