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<ul><li> How tostart a blog- By Chandra </li> <li> Your first blogIf setting up your blog seems overwhelmingto you, take small steps. Do a little each dayand you will still have your blog set up in tendays or less.Once set up then all you need to do is addcontent and update when necessary. </li> <li> Tip 1. Setting Up Your BlogThe very first step is to actually set up your blog.There are basically two ways that you can goabout this and they are paid or free. Now beforeyou choose, you want to consider what thepurpose of your blog is. Is this a personal blog, anaffiliate blog or a blog which you intend tobecome an authority site?The problem with a free blog is that you have nocontrol over it. So if you value your blog and wantto create something lasting, then a paid blogmight be your best choice. </li> <li> These are my recommended resources if youwould like to look at your options.Domain Name RegisterWeb HostingOne of the most popular blogging platforms isWordpress. It is a one click installation and canbe customized quite easily. You can choosefrom thousands of templates and themes, oryou can purchase a customized theme if youprefer.Tip 1. Setting Up Your Blog </li> <li> Choosing a Domain NameIf you decide to go this route, then you needto get a domain name that reflects what yoursite is about. If your are attempting to brandyourself as a marketer, freelancer or graphicartist etc, then using your own name is a goodchoice.Tip 1. Setting Up Your Blog </li> <li> Tip 2. Organizing your BlogOnce your blog is installed, you need to takesome time to think about how to organize itcorrectly. One vitally important aspect is to keepyour reader in mind. You must make it easy forthe visitor to find the information they arelooking for and quickly! Remember, whenpeople land on your blog, if they dont find whatthey want, they will leave as fast as theyarrived. </li> <li> Tip 2. Organizing your BlogDashboard SettingsIn this area of your blog you want to configureyour settings correctly. In your dashboard areago to settings and then select General. Here youwant to add a good blog title and tag line. This iswhat will show up in the search engines, so giveit some thought. Try to get your main keyword inthe title if possible.If you wish to make your blog static, then youwould change these settings in the Reading tab. </li> <li> Tip 2. Organizing your BlogPermalink StructureIt is important to have your permalinks lookprofessional. This can easily be done by goingto Settings in your dashboard. Click onPermalink and then go to the custom box at thebottom.Once there, copy the following link into thebox:/%post_id%/%postname%/ </li> <li> Tip 2. Organizing your BlogBasic Elements of a BlogHomepageThis is the page where your visitor will arrive. This could beyour latest blog post or a static page.About pageGive your reader some background information aboutyourself and your aim for your blog. Be sure to include acall to action on this page whether it is signing up for yourRSS feed or newsletter. </li> <li> Tip 2. Organizing your BlogContact pageProvide visitors with some way to contact you if theyhave a questionPrivacy pageCreate your own or use a plugin, they are many tochoose from. </li> <li> Tip 2. Organizing your BlogCategories &amp; TagsThink about what categories you want to have onyour blog before you get going. This is where youwant to stay organized. Your focus should be onmaking it easy for your visitors to find information.If they have to start looking through too manycategories, they are likely to get fed up and leaveyour site.Tags are another way that the search engines findyou, so be sure to add tags to all your posts. </li> <li> Tip 3. Blogging FrequencyBy blogging on a regular basis, your site willget indexed by Google faster and you will startattracting more visitors. Posting three to fourtimes a week is a good goal to have for thebeginner.Many bloggers go as far as creating themes ortopics for each day of the week as well. If timeis an issue, then you can set your posts topublish on a schedule. </li> <li> Tip 4. Relevant ContentIt is very important to provide informationthat matches the topic of your blog. Stay ontopic and provide your readers with value.This way they are more likely to sign up foryour list and to return time and time again.When it comes to writing content for yourblog, you need to consider keywords. This ishow your site will be found by the searchengines. Follow the principle of one keywordper blog post. </li> <li> Tip 4. Relevant ContentEvery blog post needs to have a call to action. Thismeans telling readers what to do next. If you areoffering a free report, tell them how to download it.Even if the box is underneath, tell them in wordswhat to do!Use your keyword as a hyperlink in your call toaction.If your keywords are how to cure acne this is howyou would write your hyperlink:How to CureAcne </li> <li> Tip 4. Relevant ContentAnother great idea to help you with content for yourblog is to accept guest posts. This can be anextremely helpful way to drive additional traffic toyour site.Writing blog posts can be difficult; it is very possibleto run out of ideas of what to write about. One way toget around this is by using PLR content.PLR content is relatively cheap. You can purchase 5articles for around $5. Then all you have to do isrewrite the content for your blog. You can do this bysplitting each article into smaller chunks. Or youcould combine them into an e-course, a short reportor turn them into a video or podcast. </li> <li> Tip 5. Write Great HeadlinesHeres a great tip when trying to come up withgreat headlines. Do your keyword research andlook for long tail keywords that are specific to yourniche. These types of keywords will bring youtargeted traffic. You may not get as much traffic,but you will have quality visitors. </li> <li> Tip 5. Write Great HeadlinesHere are some great ideas to get you started with writinggreat headlines.The Secrets of..Little Known Ways to..What You Should Know about.Top Ten Reasons toHeres an Easy Way to.The Quickest Way to.If your blog post is newsworthy, then create headlineswhich emphasize this.My Exclusive Interview withBreaking News about.. </li> <li> Tip 5. Write Great HeadlinesBy making your headline relevant to your post, yourreaders know immediately what to expect. If you areattempting to get subscribers to your list, then letthem know in the headline.Subscribe to.Today! </li> <li> Tip 6. Target Your MarketIf your site is new, you simply want to type in theURL of a site that is your competition. This will giveyou all the basic information you need. So forexample if you find out that your site will be visitedby males who are in their twenties, then you knowhow to style your writing. You would writedifferently than if you were writing for retiredcouples. </li> <li> Tip 6. Target Your MarketWhen considering what content you are to place onyour blog, you need to research just who yourvisitors are. This can be done by going to thefollowing sites and doing some basic research: </li> <li> Tip 7. Social NetworkingTo really succeed with your blog today youshould be taking advantage of social networkingsites. This includes using Facebook, Twitter, andLinkedIn to name just a few. If Facebook were acountry, it would be the third largest country inthe world. So if you are not using it, you aremissing out on a lot of potential traffic andcustomers! </li> <li> Tip 7. Social NetworkingYour first step is to create accounts and set up a profile atthese sites. When using Facebook, you are able to create afan page for your business.LinkedIn is good to use if you are offering a professionalservice such as freelancing, web design and graphics andfor local businesses.Adding links to your website will automatically update youraccount and show your recent activity. You can addbusiness associates and new contacts into your account.This increases your online visibility.For marketing locally you want to use This isanother good way to connect with local people in yourmarket. This can allow you to network with others as well asfind new clients and customers. </li> <li> Tip 7. Social NetworkingTop Social Bookmarking SitesTwitterStumbleuponRedditDel.icio.usMixxSlashdotFriendfeedBlinklistYou want to use these sites in conjunction with your blog in twoways. First, each time you publish a post, you want to submit the linkto each site. Secondly, install a social plugin on your site that allowsyour readers to write comments at these sites. A popular plugin touse is Social Bookmarks for Wordpress and this can be done bysearching in the plugins section of your dashboard. </li> <li> Tip 8. List Building with YourBlogTo build a list, you need to create an opt-inform. This can be done by using anAutoresponder service such as MailChimp.This Autoresponder service will have opt-inboxes which you can easily place on yourwebsite or blog. </li> <li> Tip 8. List Building with Your BlogMaking your opt-in form visible is an absolutenecessity! Your box or form should show up as soonas your page loads in the visitors browser. By beingvisible right away and by having an offer to temptthem, they are more likely to sign up to your list.Your first email should be a simple thank you forsubscribing to your list and the link to their freeproduct or gift. Send an email about every 3-4 daysand let your readers get to know you and yourbusiness. Then, once you have established trust, youcan start recommending products and otherresources to them. </li> <li> Tip 9. Advertising on YourBlogOne thing that you want to avoid on your blog at allcosts is over advertising. If your blog is full ofnothing but advertisements for products, then yourvisitors will not stay. Too many choices are actually abad thing.When you do have ads on your blog, be certain thatthey are relevant to your blog. Dont have anadvertisement about getting backlinks to yourwebsite. This is just another turn off and a great wayto lose visitors. </li> <li> Tip 10. Use Videos &amp; ImagesHaving video and images on your blog is a goodway to provide more information and make yoursite more attractive. Now you dont have to worryabout creating your own videos; you can simplygo to YouTube and find a good video thatmatches your blog. Then you grab the embedcode and paste it into your blog. </li> <li> Tip 10. Use Videos &amp; ImagesFollow the instructions and your code will beembedded into your video.To center your video on your post use this code<div> before the embedcode, and this code </div> at the end; this will centeryour video correctly.If you are promoting a product with your video, youcan embed your affiliate link into the video by usingone of the following services:http://linkedtube.com </li> <li> Tip 10. Use Videos &amp; ImagesA popular option on many blogs today is to recordyour blog post. This way your readers have the optionof listening to you or reading the text version. If youdont want to appear on camera, simply use a photoor create a few PowerPoint slides and turn them into avideo. Or simply record a podcast and upload that toyour site.When using images, you can purchase images fromphoto sharing sites or find free ones to use. Some ofthe popular image sites are flicker, photobucket,istockphoto and dreamstime. You will need to createan account and then read the terms and conditionsbefore using. </li> <li> Tip 11. RSS FeedsRSS stands for Real Simple Syndication and isan extremely good method of getting traffic toyour site. It also allows people to subscribe toyour feed and be notified each time you create anew piece of content on your blog.This content must be read through an RSSReader and Yahoo, Google, AOL and MSN allhave their own readers which you can sign upto. </li> <li> Tip 11. RSS FeedsPinging Your SiteAnother good thing to help your site get exposureis to ping your posts. This can be done at sitessuch as One word of cautionhere is to not excessively ping your site as thiscan cause you to getbanned from using these types of sites. </li> <li> Tip 12. Blog CommentingBlog commenting is a great way to haveinteraction on your blog. It is important to getcomments on your own blog, but rememberthat you are trying to build up your reputationin your niche. One way to do this is by goingout and leaving helpful comments on otherpeoples blogs.Leaving comments is going to provide youwith links to your blog and will attract morevisitors to your blog. Try to leave commentsthat are useful but also ones that want thereader to find out more. </li> <li> Tip 13. Guest BloggingGuest blogging is a powerful method of gettingyour name out into your market. Many internetmarketers are open to publishing guest posts. Theywill have information on how to submit your postfor consideration directly on their blog. They mayeven have a list of topics they would like covered.0Another major benefit of guest blogging is that youare normally allowed to link back to your website.This is where providing a solution or moreinformation is useful. If your guest posts links backto your website, you an easily get moresubscribers to your list. </li> <li> Tip 14. Linking to Other BlogsBy linking to other blogs with relevantinformation, you are providing additionalresources for your read...</li></ul>