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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

10 Benefits of Hosting your Own Blog

trafficIf you want to create an edge over many of the other bloggers on the web, then one of the best things that you can do is host your own blog. There are a number of benefits of hosting your own blog over having some other service host your blog. Here are ten of the most prevalent benefits.

1 – Professional Appearance –

Hosting your own blog gives your blog a professional appearance, because you can use your own domain name or website name and can host your blog on your own website. If you do not host your own blog, you will have a lengthy blog URL which will make it appear less professional and will make it more difficult for readers to recall the name and website for your blog.

2 – Design –

Another benefit of hosting your own blog is the fact that you have a lot more freedom regarding the design. When you host your own blog, you do not have to follow a pre set design but can design your own blog layout instead.

3 – Recall Ability –

By hosting your own blog, you can make your blog easier to recall among readers. What address do you think is easier to recall, http://www.blogsite.com or http://blogsite.blogger.com/~blogname? The easier your domain name is, the easier it will be for readers to recall it, and this is one of the greatest benefits for hosting your own blog.

4 – Content Control –

While there are not normally really strict guidelines regarding content, when you have your blog hosted by a blogging network, your choices in content can be restricted. By hosting your own blog, you can have much larger control over your content.

5 – Security –

By hosting your own blog on your own website, you can have more control over your security, and will be better able to protect your own blog rather relying on someone else to do it.

6 – Brand Promotion –

By hosting your own blog, it will be easier to develop and promote your own brand. Even if you are not selling something, hosting your own blog will provide greater individuality than what shared hosting can offer.

7 – Revenue Generation –

When you host your blog with someone else, you have less control over generating revenue. When you host your own blog, however, you have much greater control over how you generate revenue online.

8 – Growth –

While starting on a blogging network makes sense, if you want to grow your blog, you need to go independent. By hosting your own blog, you can create a much larger level of growth over time.

9 – Site Integration –

By hosting your own blog, you can integrate your blog with your website, rather than having to create a completely separate website from your blog.

10 – More Traffic –

Hosting your own blog will also allow you to generate more traffic, because your posts will be easier to find in search engines.

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Originally posted 2009-02-01 05:05:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3 Steps to Increase Traffic to Blog

bloggingThis is part one in a three part series on the steps to increase traffic to blog. If you are looking for quick and simple ways to increase traffic to blog, or more involved ways with bigger returns, keep reading for some great information.

1 – Choose the right platform for your blog, or custom build your own.

The right content management system or CMS is going to make a serious difference in how you increase traffic to blog. If you really want to set yourself apart from other people then you need to find a custom blog solution, or one that you can actually make unique. You want something that you can completely customize to suit your users such as WordPress for example. This will suffice for a long time but then the best way to go from here is to completely customize something your own self for the best possible results. This is the best way to make sure that your blog is completely custom tailored to suit the needs of your readers, which is the best way to increase traffic to blog in the long run.

2 – Host your blog on your own site.

Hosting your blog on a site that is not your own is one of the biggest and worst mistakes that you could ever make. A blog that is on your own domain will attract attention, links, publicity, trust and good search rankings. When you keep your blog on a separate domain however, you are really shooting yourself in the foot. From the worst to the best, your options are a hosted blog, a blog on a unique domain, a blog on a sub domain, and then a blog serving as a sub section of your main domain.

3 – Keep two audiences in mind when you are writing your title tags.

First and foremost, you need to be writing your title tag for the people that are visiting your website, or the people that have a subscription to your RSS feed. Title tags should be short, on topic, snappy and catchy, this is absolutely imperative if you want people to pay attention to what you have to say. You are also, however, going to want to think about search engines when it comes to titling your posts because search engines can help you drive additional traffic to your blog as well. One great way that you can do this is to write your post and your title first, then run some keyword searches to find out if there is a keyword phrasing or a specific ordering of keywords that will help you target your blog posts to the right people.

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Originally posted 2009-09-14 03:38:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

How Website Hosting Makes it Easy

Website hosting is a necessary part of a successful website. It makes your website more professional and gives you access to several features that will help you optimize your site. With that being said, plenty of different website owners and WordPress site owners are weary of full website hosting. Many fail to utilize the services provided by website hosting for various reasons. While some fail to see the services provided in full, others feel that it is a complicated and costly process. This is unfortunate, as website hosting can actually work to make hosting simple and easy.


One aspect of website hosting that scares website owners away is the idea of transferring. Many websites start up through free services, such as basic WordPress hosting. As they grow, they work up their website and grow their brand. Individuals will accumulate thousands of files and will purchase their own domain. Website hosting companies like Host Gator make it easy to move from one host to another, whether it be a free host or a paid host. These companies are willing to provide free file transfers and domain transfers, taking the difficulty out of the website move.

Tiered Hosting Packages

There are some websites that are going to need an incredible strong package from a website hosting company. There are other websites that are going to start small, growing into their new host as time goes on. Website hosting companies make it easy for individuals to find their starting point, and to grow within the host. Different packages work to make hosting affordable and reasonable. Simply purchase the size package that you need for short-term growth. As your company expands, you can expand the size of your website hosting package.

Sitebuilders and WordPress Themes

Some websites are looking for a fresh look when they move from one host to another. Other websites are looking to start off with a website host, needing a fresh and interesting design for their website. Website hosting companies make it easy for websites to change their look, or to start their first look. Website builders and WordPress hosting and themes help websites to create the look that they need in a matter of minutes.

Website hosting can go beyond WordPress hosting and small websites. Website hosting can help the little guy, helping those just coming off of websites like WordPress as they work to grow into powerful websites. Website hosting makes it easy for websites to grow by focusing on their needs and providing them with the right tools. Easy transfers, tiered packages, and website builders and templates make website hosting the right choice for every website owner.

Blog Traffic Exchange proudly uses Host Gator for all new websites. Use the coupon BlogTrafficExchange to receive $9.94 off of whichever package you choose.

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Originally posted 2010-07-16 07:55:30. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

How to Relocate your WordPress Blog to a New Domain Name

Making the decision to move my blog from http://www.courseladder.com to http://www.golfballdriver.com was a big one, and a good one, and it taught me a lot about learning how to relocate your WordPress blog to a new domain name under the same hosting provider. Course Ladder suited me for a while, but from an SEO standpoint it was not a good domain name for me to stick with over a long term and I am glad for the change.

Golf Ball Driver is better than Course Ladder because…

  1. “Golf” in the domain name
  2. All domain words are highly relevant
  3. Direct golf product tie in
  4. It makes sense. What am I? A golf ball driver!
  5. The double entendre between the products and the persona.


What You Need to Do:

The first thing that you want to do is to create a new add on domain for the new domain name.

The next step in the process is to copy the entire contents of the old domain folder, which includes your entire WordPress blog, into the brand new domain folder within the same hosting area.

Next, there are a couple of SQL statements that you need to run:

* First, to update your WordPress options with the new location of your blog, the following SQL command needs to be put in:

UPDATE wp_options SET option_value = replace(option_value, 'http://www.old-domain.com', 'http://www.new-domain.com') WHERE option_name = 'home' OR option_name = 'siteurl';

Next, you are going to need to fix the URLs of your posts and pages on WordPress. The URL values are stored as absolute URLs rather than as relative URLs, so you need to use the following SQL query to change them.

UPDATE wp_posts SET guid = replace(guid, 'http://www.old-domain.com','http://www.new-domain.com');

If you have linked internally at any point within your blog posts or your pages using absolute URLs, then this links are going to be pointing to the wrong locations after you change the location of your blog. You need to use the following SQL commands in order to fix all of the internal linking in all of your WordPress posts and pages.

UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content = replace(post_content, 'http://www.old-domain.com', 'http://www.new-domain.com');

Once you have put all of these SQL queries into action, the next step is to browse through as much of your WordPress blog as you can in order to make sure that everything is in good working order. You are also going to need to login to your WP Administration section because the authentication cookie will become invalid when you change domains.

Now you can delete the old folder contents so that your blog is not appearing in two different places.

In order to 301 redirect all old links from the old domain to the new domain, place a single file .htaccess into the now empty folder. You want to be sure to 301 redirect else you will permanently lose any hard earned links you have developed. Here is what the file should contain:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^.old-domain.com$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.old-domain.com
RewriteRule ^/?(.*)$ "http://www.new-domain.com/$1" [R=301,L]

Finally, update your WordPress blog to have the new blog name in your title.

The process is relatively simple once you have a feel for what needs to be accomplished. Above all else, it is vital that you avoid upsetting your linking structure in the process. Make sure that all of your links are still valid and working after you make the big move, and your blog should be just fine, and more importantly, better off with an improved domain name.

Originally posted 2009-02-05 09:45:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Coming Up with a Blog Niche

nookAre you beginning a brand new blog? One of the first decisions that you are going to want to make is where you want to put your blog, and then you are going to need to choose a blog niche. One of the best ways to get your blog started is by using the WordPress software, but hosting it on your own website is a lot more free and open than if you were to host on the WordPress website. You can literally get your blog set up in a few minutes when you use the WordPress software. If you want to host your WordPress blog niche website on another website besides WordPress.com then what you need to do is to find a domain name and to find an appropriate hosting company. Both of these things are capable of being sourced at really low costs if you know what to do and where to look.

Domains – There are a number of different registrars that are available when it comes to registering your own domain name so make sure that you do your research so that you can choose the one that is going to be best for you. Choosing a domain registrar means choosing one that has an interface that is easy to use and also a low or affordable cost. When choosing a domain name, make sure that it relates to your blog niche and make sure that you are using one of your most valuable primary keywords in order to get the best results. In some niches this may not be as easy, but when you consider how vitally important it is, it should make sense why you should take the time to achieve this. Choosing a clever name doesn’t hurt, but don’t spend too much time setting this part of your website up – You need to get to the good stuff!

Hosting - Just as there are a number of different domain registrars, there are also plenty of hosting options for you to choose from. Make sure that you are conducting good research and look to see what other people say about the option that you do decide to go with. Once you have your hosting and your domain name, find out about installing WordPress on your site. Many hosting companies offer a one-click option for word press, meaning that it will be installed automatically for you with the click of a button and only a little bit of required information, such as where you want your posts to go.

Choosing a blog niche and setting up your WordPress blog doesn’t have to be hard in any sense of the word. Once you know what you are doing you can really allow your blog niche to take off.

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Originally posted 2009-11-02 03:41:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter