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Blogging: Let's Get You Started!
« on: May 08, 2009, 09:36:27 PM »
So what is blogging really all about? First off, let me tell you that it's a lucrative business to blog and that blogs are easy to set up and manage. Imagine getting paid to write about subjects that interest you, whenever you want, wherever you are! The flexibility involved allows you to maintain your blog at your own pace, and with Internet cafés easily accessible all over the globe, even your vacation won't get in the way of your blogging... Or should I say: even your blogging won't get in the way of your vacation?

In this article, let's take a look at the profitability of a blog and set up one of our own, free of charge! Interested? Read on!

First, you need to get yourself a blog. There are several options – host a blog on your own domain or get a free one. For starters, let’s talk about the free blogs. You can obtain one at http://www.blogger.com or the newer (and better!) http://www.wordpress.com. WordPress is a free blog engine that is robust and infinitely expandable.

Blogger is actually owned by Google, so it will be detected by Google’s radar faster and you will be indexed more quickly. WordPress.com, however, is a relatively new option so I have no comparison on the speed of getting indexed by search engines. However, WordPress is better in the sense that it has more advanced features such as Trackbacks and Categories. You can also manage your sidebar links more efficiently (more about this later).

Get a free blog at either Blogger or WordPress. Then, familiarize yourself by publishing your first post on your blog and tinkering around with the options and templates.

Here are some words to start expanding your blogging vocabulary:

Permalink – Permalink stands for permanent link, which is a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) that leads to an individual post that you make in your blog.

Trackback – When you post about someone else’s blog post elsewhere, your post will show up in their “trackback” section. This feature, however, is not available with a Blogger account.

Pinging – Blogging seems to be paired with pinging almost every time either one is mentioned nowadays. Pinging is actually the action where a certain aggregator is notified whenever your blog is updated, so that the aggregator may show the newest post of your blog on their website. This is a useful way to gain traffic, which I'll discuss in a future article.

Content

Next, let's look at the type of content that's suitable for your blog in order to make it profitable. You need to understand that there is no fixed scope that your blog should have, which means you can write about whatever you’re interested in. Mind you, the difference between a profitable blog and a non-profitable one is the way you write. What would you prefer: reading your university professor’s lecture notes or the latest novel by your favorite author? People prefer to read "light" items most of the time. When they check out your blog, they are not only looking for information, but they are also looking for information that they can access easily.

So, to attract more visitors as well as to keep your current readers coming back for more, it's very important to add a personal touch to your blog posts. This can be done by simply imagining that you’re talking with your personal friend. An extra bonus for your readers would be a great sense of humor, so try to add funny comments in your articles where relevant.

Another important point is to avoid addressing your reader as a plural unit. Don't write as if you’re preparing a speech. Instead, write as if you’re having a conversation with a single person, an equal friend, because this will make your reader relate to you more easily.

Besides that, it's also very useful to establish your own personality through your words. We're very curious creatures, so naturally your visitors would want to know as much about you as the information you’re offering them.

Having a distinctive personality in your blog will make a world of difference between your blog about gadgets and all the other blogs about gadgets out there. This is a lot like creating your own brand name, where people immediately remember your blog’s name when they need information about gadgets, just like how people immediately think of McDonald’s for fastfood or Nike for sportswear.

When word gets around about your command of blogging, others who need to know about blogging will start to actively seek you out!



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Re: Blogging: Let's Get You Started!
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2009, 04:47:24 PM »
Oh Howard,

Another great addition to the In Depth Marketing Reports thread.  Blogging is so popular now and this is very helpful, not just for those starting out but for those of us who've been working on this for a while.

Thank you.

Karen

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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2009, 05:26:55 PM »
Howard - do you ever sleep?  :-zzz
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Re: Blogging: Let's Get You Started!
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2009, 11:53:07 PM »
Howard - do you ever sleep?  :-zzz

Sleep?, I think that goes in that same category as focus that I seem to remember posting on...

Power Naps - it's all in the Power Naps........ :-zzz

Ok, I'm back. Where was I?  ;D


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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2009, 12:29:27 AM »
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Re: Blogging: Let's Get You Started!
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2009, 07:05:38 AM »
Howard

Thanks for a Wizard post.

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Power Naps - it's all in the Power Naps........  :-zzz

Recommended, can be very refreshing. ;C

Jim

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Re: Blogging: Let's Get You Started!
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2010, 12:27:38 AM »
Dr Wizard,

My web site is hosted on GoDaddy.  Should I have my blog hosted with another company in order to increase my backlinks?  Or, does it matter?

Chris


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Re: Blogging: Let's Get You Started!
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2010, 06:59:22 AM »
Sleepy Chris

Hi, welcome to the tribe.

To answer your question I don't believe that the name of the hosting company has much to do with the quantity of the backlinks.

Backlinks are something you construct by:

1) Having great content that 'other people' want to read
2) Using social media sites to 'bump' your content
3) Creating a blog that is 'focused' on it's main topic

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Re: Blogging: Let's Get You Started!
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2010, 01:03:36 PM »
Hi Chris,

Welcome to RRW.

It's nice to meet you.

Dom gave you some terrific thoughts about backlinks.

I would suggest, though, that you have your domain from GoDaddy (since that's how you already have it) and host your site (put your blog) somewhere else. So they both aren't at the same place.

That's the advice I've learned over the last few years. However, I do know there are those who get the domain name and have hosting from the same place.

Unfortunately, I don't remember the reasoning for having them separate.  ;D

Karen

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Re: Blogging: Let's Get You Started!
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2010, 02:30:56 PM »
Thanks for the input Karen and Valpubs,

I'll place my blog on another server / Host.

Logically, it would seem to me, we want links from a "quality content" source on a different server.  This way, my logic tells me, the Google bots will interpret this source as not being one and the same as my web site.   Right or wrong, that was my logic when I posted my original question.

Thanks again
Chris

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Re: Blogging: Let's Get You Started!
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2010, 03:39:36 PM »
Thanks for the input Karen and Valpubs,

I'll place my blog on another server / Host.

Logically, it would seem to me, we want links from a "quality content" source on a different server.  This way, my logic tells me, the Google bots will interpret this source as not being one and the same as my web site.   Right or wrong, that was my logic when I posted my original question.

Thanks again
Chris

Hi Chris

Having re-read your posts a couple of times (simply because I haven't had enough coffee yet!) I think I'm beginning to see the woods for the trees.

Does it matter whether your hosting company hosts your blog as well as your website?
The only concern with that is, if (heaven forbid) GoDaddy went down then you would lose your website and blog at the same time. It's more of an insurance thing really - is insurance really necessary? No, not until things go wrong.

The 'quality sources / backlinks' thing is a whole different box of frogs.
A quote from wikipedia says:
"...In basic link terminology, a backlink is any link received by a web node (web page, directory, website, or top level domain) from another web node"
This a link from your blog to your website would count as a back link.
The 'importance' the search engines place on that particular link is dependent on how popular your blog is. The more popular or authoritative the link provider is, the more 'link juice' the search engines give that link

Let's say that both your website and your blog are fresh and thus have a Google PageRank of 0 and you create a link between them, you have a link - great - but if you linked to your website from this forum (which has a PageRank of 2) Google will rate that link as being of better quality than your link.

I hope that has answered your question/s - if not then pls. don't hesitate to yell out again

Cheers

Val

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Re: Blogging: Let's Get You Started!
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2010, 02:46:48 PM »
Howard,

Thanks for all this useful information, most of which is new to me. One thing
is not clear to me about "content". Can I post articles from other sources?
It appears that I can copy an article that was published somewhere else (USA Today,
for example)  and post it on my blog provided that I include details of the
source. Is this correct?

Thanks for your help
Tn Briggs

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Re: Blogging: Let's Get You Started!
« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2010, 04:36:05 PM »
Yes, you can do that.

Your blogs will achieve higher rankings if your blog posts are completely unique, but it is ok to quote other sources.

You may read in various places about "duplicate content penalties", but they are a myth. The word penalties is mis-used. Google do not penalise you, they just will not rank "duplicate content" as high as "original content".

In certain searches when there are many version of the same content on many different websites, Google will only show a few of the websites when return results for that search.


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« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2010, 07:29:22 PM »

Howard,

Thanks very much for your quick reply. I really appreciate it. My
blog is about travel and I will write most of my own posts. However
there are always interesting travel articles in various newspapers
that I could share with my visitors sometimes. I wanted to be
certain that if I did, I would not be violating any rules.

Thanks so much again.

Tn Briggs

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Re: Blogging: Let's Get You Started!
« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2010, 09:38:23 PM »
If you write your posts/articles to the standards of ezinearticles.com, then submit to them before publishing on  your blog and get them accepted, you will drive traffic from ezinearticles (and other sites that pick up the article) to your site.

I now have 20 articles running on ezinearticles.com driving to my "money" site and I have a 6.25% click-through rate, and have added quite a few folks to my email list for notification of future articles (and promotions) as a result of those clicks, sold a few ebooks, and gained  few regular members (which will help when I convert the site to a membership site in the future). Mind started as a small blog, so it's a good way to go.

None of these are more than 400 words, so its just a long post.

Most of my articles are written by a professional editor from topics/guidance I provide. He's the grammar expert, I'm the subject matter expert. I pay $5.00 per article, so it's a very inexpensive way to get great, unique content that can be multipurposed.

Just my $.02.

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