A big welcome to all new readers, great to have you pop by.
Following on from the last post I did, where I am just posting in the hope it helps some readers to start blogging, but for some of you new readers, I don’t need to advise on starting…oh no some of you have some great blogs going and I will read more… ;o)
But you are very welcome to comment and add to anything. :o)
So… cracking on, now for those who did what was mentioned in the last post will have had some fun or possible frustration.
Either camp’s good.. ;o) …Means you are learning and that curve is already shorter.
So, what now?
First a couple of home truths…what the “big guys” don’t tell you in the “ebooks” you see.
1, It’s NOT easy, simple yes, not easy but very worth doing.
Anything is simple IF you follow a step by step plan of action and DO.
Nothing really complicated is even needed to take a BIG stride and keep that ball rolling.
Put it this way, it’s alot harder to “give up” once you DO have a blog up with a few post and you see it!
The first hurdle…starting is the easiest time to give up!
2, NO ONE will read you blog for a while and it will frustrate you…for as long as you let it!
“Build it and they come” is the myth of which the dream chasers hope for when they buy the “next big thing ebook“.
No one will even KNOW about your blog unless you actually DO something to share it…you HAVE to market it in some sense.
To some that’s a dirty thing, snake oil sellers… “Internet marketing”…is simply promoting whatever on the web… a blog for instance?
But simply telling your online friends about your blog in IS in a sense “Internet marketing”!
So YES you will have to learn how some things work.
But don’t let them discourage you. :o)
Because there is just an easier way now and that is because the web is now how it should be.
Let me explain…
Web 2.0 is simply to me a term for the “more interactive websites and systems”
The more interactive YOU are, the more you benefit…it’s PEOPLE not websites… ;o)
But I am slightly ahead of myself here… I’ll end that slight diversion on this… you have had by now had a good look around at blogs etc to research your “topic” as in the last post… so you were interactive with them, you were “traffic” ;o) See..you will get the “traffic” aka “people”
But they are PEOPLE first, traffic second yet inseparable.
So start with people in mind and continue with people in mind.
On with the post… ;o)
Before naming your blog you should give some thoughts to keywords or even using branded style if you have in some way a brand of sorts to use…name etc.
Your content will use whatever keywords suit your “topic” etc so a keyword is not essential in the blog name…in my opinion.
But it won’t hurt… ;o)
Creating the blog, using blogger from your google account with the by now researched ideas on whatever your topic with bookmarkd sites and blogs to get inspiration from.
You want to use inspiration from what caught your eye, but keep it simple enough to keep on top of and build as you go. I used minima templates as my first one and learnt alot about the code behind html etc…with the new blogger layouts you don’t need to know it, just choose wisely. ;o)
Now you should take heed of this… you want to ignore the fact people may not read your blog alot for a while as it will do after a while.
The most important thing is to simply get cracking so now create a post…300 words maybe to get you going if more happens, great.
Don’t stare at the blank screen… heres what i want you do to help you out there, whatever the topic…
Imagine I am sitting there with you and you are telling me about your “topic”…
Look at my pic… then sit and write… imagine it.. “hey Rob, I got all these tips on how to maintain a harley davidson“
Me : Oh yeah.. tell me a bout it.. write a list of ten.. ;o)
“Rob… I got these great recipes to share”…
Me:… Great, are they cakes, main meals etc? What Origin…
Oh, just some old english recipes passed down… “
Me: I’ll read and use them…. ;o)
Write…write more, don’t edit just write write, this creative writing comes flowing from you and the edit mode is later! ;o)
When you run out things to say… (IF you do!), click SAVE NOW get up and go put the kettle on or coffee pot and take a break from it… ;o)
Pat yourself on the back too…not while sipping ya drink though! Doh! :x)
Now you go back and READ your words… dont edit.. just read… make sense of it.
DO NOT put yourself down for any of it.
You just want to capture what “I” would read… ;o) Unedited.
Now you can alter spelling stuff only!
I get amazed at I need to edit less and less as I blog nowadays.. it flows fluidly at times.
Practice makes a massive difference…repetition is a great learning process.
What you will have will most likely surprise you, maybe 440 words… maybe 600… ;o)
More… doing better than most.
Tidy it up some, slightly reword a few things you feel needs doing and PUBLISH !!
That’s IT… you have started and you are now a blogger! Ok.. calm down!.. ;o)
Now this is important… try to post at least 3 post a week, more if possible daily being better!
The first week you may only get a few visitors, but now you have a blog up with 3 or more post and it’s a ball rolling.
Next, some ideas on pushing that ball better. ;o)
If you like this and it helps… great, up to you what you do NEXT, stumble this, digg it, share with someone, subscribe to my email updates or feed, comment to it, or even buy me a beer! ;o)
After all you are a person…people first traffic second so I leave THAT choice up to you.. :o)
Remember to write it with me in mind, and then come tell me and I WILL read it… ;o)
Off to check stats LOL.. ;o)
Edit to add…on the
sidebar here is a report on writing articles which would be a great help if you really stuggle and not only that it could be your FIRST income maker on YOUR new blog! :o)