How To Create A
by Jennifer Clark
There are many ways of
learning how to create a blog.
I was only about 15 when I
first decided to create a blog. I did it for the reason most
teenagers do it: as a way to show off for my friends and
keep in touch even when school was out or when I had to do
homework. Creating a blog was pretty easy for me because I used
some pretty easy tools from the web. I got my start on MySpace,
which is about the easiest way to do it and its free.
Everything is already set up for you. All you have to do is
enter information and then link to whatever video, music or
pictures you want to put up, and its done.
Unlike with most of my friends, however, it
wasn't enough for me to simply create a blog. I wanted to go
further once I got the basics down. It was pretty exciting to
be able to put my own writing and stuff up on the Internet.
Anybody who wanted to could see what was said. I thought that
if I could think of a good subject to blog about, I could
really get some readership. I mean, what better way to find out
what people think about my blog anyway.
Although I originally decided to create a
blog to stay in touch with people, I gave that up pretty much
right away. I decided to focus on writing fiction and poetry
instead. I wrote dozens of stories and poems back then. It was
easy to be able to share them with people whenever I have the
chance to do that. At first, of course, it was only my friends
and my family reading the stories and things I wrote on my web
page. Soon though, other people were adding to it. I won't
say I had anything like a worldwide web type following,
but I was getting dozens of visits a month on my page in a
very short time. As a kid at that age, it was nice to be able
to really feel like I was contributing something. I knew that I
had some talent, and I felt like my decision to create a blog
was really giving me the audience that talent
It may seem strange, but I did
not decide to create a professional blog until I was well into
my career as a writer. Although I worked as a writer for some
time, I felt I was getting enough jobs pretty easily without
putting up a website. I actually didn't create a blog until the
economy started to turn sour and needed some extra money. I was
having a hard time really getting enough jobs and I figured
that putting up a professional website would help solve that
As it turned out, I was right!
It took a little while, but pretty soon the work and money
started to come in again. Sharing my thoughts on the web as a
writer, showing samples of my work, and just getting myself out
there on a blog really did help me make a few connections I
wouldn't have had otherwise.
So, whether you decide to
create blog, write short stories, or just email friends, its
important to try something new. I just found that to create a
blog is the easiest way to get your ideas out there on the web.
It gets others involved too!
How do you ramp
up your blog traffic and exponentially increase your
Now you've created your blog
and you've got plenty to say. Ok! Now, the trick is to bring in
some sizable traffic! After all, unless you're independently
wealthy, you probably need to make some income. Competing
with tens of thousands of other bloggers and writing in a
similar way or about the same topic, makes this a real
challenge. How to create a blog is just the first step to
increasing your blog traffic and spreading the word.
Make judicious use of the
social networking sites. This is fast becoming a hot trend with
bloggers. You've got to be careful to choose social networking
sites that fit with your objectives. There are online
comparison charts which allow you to see the main features and
ratings of these social networking sites. Click through and
browse around. Also check out some of the more obscure social
sites. While their audience may be smaller, if their members
fit the profiles you're seeking, your ROI will naturally be
If your blog
traffic consists mostly of friends, family members
and a few people who have wandered on to your site, you want to
change this as quickly as possible! The more content you have,
the better your page rankings become. So you definitely want to
post every day, the more the merrier. New visitors are more
likely to return when they see that your blog is active and has
fresh content on a daily basis.
When you write a post, keep in mind that you
want to create an interactive format, where
your readers feel invited to put in their remarks. For example,
let's say you've written an opinion piece on politics. You
might end the post with a leading question, such as “This is
where I'm coming from ....., but what do you think?”
You'll soon have readers telling their friends about
your thoughtful and though provoking posts. More blog
traffic for you!
There are special types of
posts that can really work wonders for your blog traffic
statistics. You're the expert in your topic, right?
Write longer posts of a how-to nature. For
example, if your blog deals with gardening and horticultural
topics in general, write a post that shares with your
readers how to recognize different species of tropical
plants. Readers love to learn about how to gain some
specialized skill they can practice for themselves. These
tutorial style pieces are standalone – they are as valuable a
year from now as they are today, to current and future
visitors. Make it a habit to write at least one of
these every week. Again, with this type of post, word of
mouth helps grow your blog traffic more quickly.
Another good strategy to
increasing your blog traffic is to find other quality blogs in
your niche and write comments on posts by
another blogger. If you comment frequently, those
readers get to know you and are likely to start clicking
through to see what kind of content you have. New
Seek out websites with related
content, an e-newsletter and a large subscriber list. Offer one
of your best posts to that website's owner, to run with the
feature articles in an upcoming newsletter. You'd be surprised
at how many click-throughs you'll get as a result.
Building your blog traffic
after you create a blog can take some time. It's up to you to
implement strategic publishing skills.
How do you write great blog articles that drive
traffic to your site?
Blogging is a global
phenomena. People from all walks of life are now able to set up
their personal soapbox, putting their thoughts and passions out
for all the world to see. The cost of setting up a blog and
publishing is one of the lowest cost investments you might find
in starting a small business. In fact, you can create a blog at
www.blogspot.com for free!
Competition is stiff, because
there are tens of millions of people who are equally passionate
in their desire to express themselves. Blog articles that
attract the attention of the search engines and your potential
audience must be well written, well researched and rhetorically
powerful. In addition, it's important to have the right mix of
blog articles, as different types of postings allow you to
attract different segments of the demographic audience you
seek. This means a greater variety of readers and more of them.
When you write blog articles, there are certain techniques you
can use which will improve your rankings with the search
engines, while other methods will have the opposite
Here's a brief
overview of how to make the most of your blog
Before you launch your blog,
write a substantial number of blog articles.
If you go live with just a few entries, the search engine
spiders may conclude that your site isn't worth another look
for a while. The type of article to concentrate on initially
are those which offer the reader substance and demonstrate your
expertise in your subject matter.
Let's say your blog focuses on
web design in general, certain elements of page function, such
as RSS feeds and the use and placement of ads, as well as techy
information on potential effects of using Flash. Each one of
these topics is a great candidate for a tutorial style of blog
article, which will empower your reader with new
skills. Before you launch, this category should be
populated with perhaps a dozen such pieces.
Another primary objective of
all other postings is to intrique the curiosity of
your reader. Perhaps you've chosen to write a piece
examining the pros and cons of using a two column versus three
column page design. An open ended question at the end might be,
“While each design has it's advantages, you need to consider
the factors that are best for your overall needs. Let me know
what you think. Your comments will be helpful to other
readers.” This will invite participation and a
lively and active blog audience. Controversial topics and
unusual slants also promote interactive discussions with your
Be sure you post a new
blog article every day. If a visitor sees that you
post daily, you are communicating your commitment, which
is contagious to your visitors. Your site traffic will grow far
more quickly if your content is always fresh and of good
quality. Conversely, if you post infrequently or erratically,
readers lose interest. If you're not interested or active, why
should they be?
Another technique to integrate
into your blog postings is to seek out other quality
bloggers in your topic area and write occasional
comments on a particularly relevant subject to your own
readers, that you have seen in another posting. Once that
blogger starts to see your regular, intelligent comments, they
may come and take a look at your site, thus spreading the word
to their readers. You can also develop a blog article of your
own, using an excerpt from that other bloggers entry,
essentially writing a review. You can include a back link from
your site to theirs, which ups your ranking with the search
One distinct advantage of
learning to create a blog of your own, you have the
distinct luxery of discussing controversial topics and
have a free hand in expressing yourself, within good
judgement. So you are free to demonstrate your passion for
your subject. This will gather a wider range of
opinions, making yours a lively and popular blog.
There you have the basics of
how to create a blog and add articles that will help you
quickly gain a loyal following of visitors!