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Tips on Starting a New Blog

Setting up a blog is typically a quick decision that people make after visiting a blog that receives a lot of high volume. It's enticing to see a popular blog and leads many to think "I could write about stuff like this if this is all it takes to have a popular website."

Thus, another blog is born.

Within the next hour, these new bloggers typically decide their new blog name, where they want to set their new blog up, and what they want to blog about. They register the new blog and even dish out the first post. Over the course of the next week, they add another two or three posts and by the end of the second week, they realize that they have no traffic at all and no idea how to get visitors. The new blog starts collecting virtual webs and blogging is put on the bottom of the "to-do" list, where it generally stays.

What's Your Passion?

Starting a new blog can, and should be, a lot of fun. Writing on my blog is actually something I always look forward to. It can be the most relaxing part of the day for a writer wanting to express him/herself and it provides a great outlet to allow for this.

Write about what you love!

I really can't stress this enough. In fact, if there's only one thing that you take away from this website, heed this advice; If you're going to make blogging your career and if you plan to make good money with it, you had better make sure you take time to think about what you love and write about that.

It's all too easy to look at other popular blogs, with various random topics, and make your blogging decision based on that. Unfortunately, that's a sure way to fail.

Even more importantly than blogging about what you know is blogging about what you love.

If blogging is to be your career, you're going to spend countless hours promoting your blog, writing blog posts, promoting your blog in social media and just simply talking about your blog a lot. If you're not passionate about your chosen topic, you'll eventually grow tired of talking about it and promoting it.

If you love something enough, you can learn about it as you go and that can be part of what makes your blog successful.

It's worth mentioning that there are successful blogs in every walk of life, from personal blogs that really target no specific niche to every known profession alive. The subject matter isn't what makes your blog popular. It's how passionate about it you are and how you promote it.

Set Your Expectations First

What do you want out of your blog? Is it meant to be a personal blog for family and friends only (if so, setting it up quickly and running with it may work just fine for you) or are you wanting your blog to become a popular hotspot on the web?

If you're wanting to create a blog that has thousands of visitors every month, understand the amount of time you'll need to invest. Writing posts is the easy part of blogging. The time consuming part is setting time aside on a nightly basis, to socialize on other blogs/social networks, creating backlinks on other sites, and marketing and promoting of your blog.

Creating a popular blog or website is a part time (and very often a full time) job, albeit a very rewarding one when you start seeing results.

What Should I Blog About?

You'll want to figure out a chosen "niche" to blog about.

Most people have an interest such as fashion or photography (for example) and so the first thought is to think of a clever play on words, create their new blog title and start blogging. This isn't a formula for successful blogging. Successful blogs are about niches.

For those fortunate enough to take a serious approach to blogging in the 90s, the field was wide open and you could blog about anything. Most of the early adopters of blogging are quite wealthy today.

In present day, the rules have changed. You'll have a tough time competing with the hundreds of thousands of established blogs (without investing a good amount of money), so you need to consider creating a niche.

If you're into photography, consider blogging about black and whites only. Narrow it down some more and blog about black and whites taken with ixy cameras. You get the idea. By using this formula, search engines will lead those narrow search terms right to your site.

Small niches create more traffic for your blog. Become a specialist in your niche and provide some unique content and insight!

With that said, if you work hard enough, there's no reason you can't take a major topic and create a very popular blog with it. The key is commitment and dedication.

Naming Your Blog

What will you name your blog?

Take your time when selecting your name. Your name is the one thing you can't change so be sure your 100% committed to it!

A good name is important for success. You might take a few days to consider what your blog name will be.

A good name will likely take some time to think up. Ideally, it will be unique, easy to pronounce and memorable.

Consider a name that appeals to your niche. Make sure the name conveys an image. Try to stay away from generic names that apply to your topic. It's also generally believed that shorter names simply work better.

After deciding on a name, trying to find a domain name can be even more challenging. You can check for available domain names right here on Web-Design 101.

Put a keyword in and click the 'Submit' button. We'll find all available variations of your domain name for you.


about Amy Kastner is a Web-Designer, Online Marketing and Search Engine Optimization Specialist. You can usually find her on twitter, where she occasionally writes about interesting stuff.
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