10 Steps to Start a Blog

bloggingIs this your first time starting a blog? Here is a ten step checklist for starting your own blog.

1 – Choose a subject –

Determine what it is that you want to blog about. You need to have a concept before you can start writing about, so that you can appeal to the right niche. Your blog will die if you do not take the time to come up with a good subject that you can blog about.

2 – Title –

Come up with a title that is catchy, entertaining and easy for people to remember. Make your blog title catchy and interesting if you want it to attract readers.

3 – Buy a Domain Name –

Now you need to buy a domain name that is both easy to remember and related to your title. Domain names really matter in this day and age because they let potential readers know what your site is all about. Once you have a title and a subject, you need to create a domain name that will help readers find your site.

4 – Choose a blogging platform –

Try considering both your needs and your budget when you consider blogging platforms. Some blogging platforms like blogger are free or inexpensive, while others cost a little more but offer greater benefits. Another excellent blogging platform is WordPress, which is free and easy to use.

5 – Find a Web Host –

Unless you are hosting your blog on someone else’s server, the next step is to find an adequate website host. You need to find a web host that is reliable and offers the benefits and level of service that you need in order to get the most out of your blog.

6 – Find a flexible theme –

Not only do you need to find a flexible design theme, but you need to find one that you can easily edit to make your own. The design of your blog is part of your brand and concept. With a little CSS and HTML know how you can take a nice theme and really make it your own.

7 – Sign Up for Web Analytics –

With web analytics, you can figure out if you are doing the right thing, and if you are attracting the right people to your blog. Web analytics give you the stats that you need to determine what’s hot on your blog, what’s not hot, what most people are coming for, and which posts are more useful than others.

8 – Make your first post –

Let readers know what your blog is going to be all about.

9 – Start putting together real content –

The real challenge is creating real content on a long term basis. Research your facts, be sure about your information, and share your opinions, giving real content to your readers.

10 – Socialize, build relationships and readership –

Now that you have content, start socializing, meeting people, building readership and really getting your name out there. This is the fun part! Have fun, make friends, share information and build readers in the process and you will be good to go!

11 – Join the Blog Traffic Exchange

Once you have 30 or so posts the Blog Traffic Exchange will help grow your blog. How?

  • WordPress — Follow the instructions to install the Related Websites plugin.
  • Any other platform? — Coming soon.

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Originally posted 2009-02-01 10:20:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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6 comments ↓
#1 Victor Hugo on 03.22.09 at 3:23 am

Thank you for the great walk through.
I am need to hosting BLOGs and it helps

Cheers

#2 JessicaGage on 05.10.09 at 5:55 am

Great! Thank you very much! I always wanted to write in my blog something like that. Can I take part of your post to my site? Of course, I will add backlink? Regards

#3 kevin on 05.11.09 at 7:12 am

@JessicaGage

please only use an excerpt of 50 words or less and give attribution with a link.

#4 Alvin on 07.16.09 at 1:45 pm

For choosing the subject, you can choose the topics that you’re interested, such as your hobbies…

Cheers~~

#5 Work Wasters on 02.26.10 at 11:33 am

I really liked your article…good advice. One more tip could be read every article at least one or two times and check for errors. Nothing is more annoying than bad grammar.

#6 Atul Vhale on 11.03.10 at 3:55 am

I am planning to build my own blog on wordpress.org. definitely your all these steps will help me to build a proper plan. I would like to request a article to write on “How can I move my blogger blog on wordpress?”. Thanks for this article.

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