Publish A Blog

How to blog.  Blogging takes a great deal of time researching and writing, and if you're like me, rewriting. I'm going to break it down step-by-step and when applicable give you either/ or options and explain both without making it overly complicated.  In the end you should know how to do a blog.

1.  Pick a subject

When thinking of your subject keep in mind you are trying to blog about a subject that is focused, aka niche, but not too narrowly focused that your potential audience is small.  For example, gardening might be a good subject but growing sunflowers might be to narrowly focused.

You want your blog to be helpful and solve a problem for your reader so pick something that you know well or extremely interested in.  And give yourself some credit when you're thinking of things you know well.  You may not be the best in the world at something but if you're pretty good at it you are probably better then most people.

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1a.  Pick something you care about.

Ultimately your goal is to create pages and pages of original content so pick something that you are passionate about.
  • This is your time.
  • This is your blog.
  • This is your voice.
Make this more fun than "a job".  This isn't something you have to do 9-5 each day.  You will not have a boss pushing you and how far you go and how much money you make is entirely up to you and based upon your efforts alone.  IF you don't pick a subject or multiple subject you love you will more than likely disengage before having the opportunity to make a decent living.

2.  Pick and Choose Keywords

If you remember from page 1, I mentioned getting found online is key.  You may have written the most eloquent blog - that nobody can find and gets little traffic.  It's critical that your blog is written utilizing the proper keywords so it can be found.  What are the proper keywords?  Good question.  Keywords are the words people use to search on Google, Bing, Yahoo, AOL when trying to find something.

Good news to get you started with your keyword research. Google provides free tools to help with keyword research. These tools are available in the Google Keyword ToolKit. The SEO Book is a tremendous resource or you might use the SEO Tool Searchmetrics - try for free.

3.  Choose a Domain Name

Seems simple enough, so keep it simple and don't make it confusing.  Stick with a .com URL.  Not .info or .us or .biz., etc.  Don't add dashes or _(underscores).  If you can, try to use some of the keywords that you came up with in Step 2.

Tips for Domain Names
  1. Use a .com
  2. Keep it as short as possible.
  3. Use conventional spelling.  Make it easy to say and easy to spell.
  4. No hyphens.
  5. Use keywords.
  6. Use general terms if possible.
  7. Make sure you can use the same name on Social Networks like Facebook and Twitter for example.  This may take extra time but it's worth it.  Here's a really cool tool making that process easy.  knowem? checks dozens of sites for you.
4.  Pick a Blog Platform

Wordpress & Go Daddy Hosting - A Winning Combination For Your blog!

5.  Getting Paid

One of the way you can make money with a blog is to Affiliate Market.  Please see How to Affiliate Market where we go into detail how to make money Affiliate Marketing.

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