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13 Steps to Successful Blogging


Blogs can be a very marketable and very profitable tool if used correctly. Profiting from blogs is just a matter of grabbing the attention of an audience and not doing any actual salesmen selling. In this article you will learn the 13 most essential steps to successful blogging.

1) Where to start?

You should begin your blog with a free blog hosting service such as Journal Home or Blogger. Starting with a free blog hosting service allows you to begin blogging instantly without having any advance knowledge of scripts, hosting, or programming. It allows you to focus on your content and not the internal maintenance of the blog. The best benefit of starting with a free service is, in the case your blog doesn't become successful you do not lose any money or are you left holding the bill. The great thing about a blog is that they are organized in chronological order, your latest entry is displayed first. When your blog traffic grows greatly and you are ready to upgrade to your own domain then you can simply make your last blog entry the announcement of your "move". Simply add a last entry stating that your blog has "moved" and type the new blog URL address. Which directs visitors to your new blog site, keeping your following, without a major inconvenience to anyone. Upgrade as you need to...but only when you need to!

2) Niche

A niche is a targeted product, service, or topic. You should first decide on a product, service, or topic which interest you. Choose an area which you can enthusiastically write about on a daily basis. You can use keyword research services like Google Zeitgeist or Yahoo! Buzz Index to find popular searched topics. It does NOT matter if your topic is popular as long as there is a audience for your topic and the topic is precisely focused then your blog should be successful. Anything can be considered a niche as long as it has a target audience no matter how large or how small the audience is. A blog about your cat can be a niche or a blog about the species of the cat family can be a larger niche market, if there are people who are interested in hearing about your cat or the species of the cat family...you can even choose to build your audience for a market which an audience does not exist, but first you must build your blog.

3) Update Daily (nothing less)

This step is a must and not a suggestion. Updating your blog daily not only keeps your blog more interesting to readers, but it also gives your blog fresh content on a day to day making it more appealing to search engines. Not updating your blog on an occasional holiday or one day here and there is understandable to most, but missing days at a time or weeks is unacceptable and will most likely result in your blog being unsuccessful. To keep your blog traffic and retain your visitors interest it is a must to update your blog daily with multiple entries. You should try to update your blog everyday with at least 3 or more daily entries. The best way to accomplish this is to set aside 1-2 hours a day for tending to your blog and adding new entries. It may even be wise to schedule a set time which you dedicate to your blog each day. Give yourself work hours and treat your blog as a job, what happens if you don't come to work for days or weeks...you lose money or worse you get fired! Same applies here...if you don't update your blog for days or weeks you'll lose visitors.

4) Traffic

It's no secret. You must have traffic to profit from blogs. There are numerous ways to build traffic. Paid advertising, free advertising, viral marketing, search engine marketing, RSS/XML feeds, and word-of-mouth. You should always use your blog URL address in the signature of your email, forum discussions, message boards, or any other communication media. You should submit your blog URL address to search engines and blog directories. You should submit your RSS/XML URL feed to blog ping services like Technorati, Ping-O-Matic, and Blogdigger. You should confidently share your blog with family, friends, co-workers, associates, and business professionals when it relates. Many blogs can be considered as a collection of articles, for this purpose you should submit your blog entries (those that are valuable and lengthy articles) to content syndicators like GoArticles.com or ArticleCity.com. Once submitted your articles can be picked up and published by others. The trick is to make sure you include your Blog URL address in the "About the Author" passage. What this does is create link popularity and backlinks for your blog, when someone picks up your article from the syndication then publish the article on their website the "About the Author" passage is included with each publication and the link you included is followed, crawled, and indexed by search engines. Imagine if your article is popular enough or controversial enough to produce 10,000 publications across the web. The search engines is bound to find your site in no time with that many publications and credit you a authority on the topic, in return increasing your rank on search engines. The small effort of writing a well written article is rewarding. You should try to write at least 1 full length article every week for syndication and submit your article to at least 10 article syndicators.

5) Track Your Blog

How do you know if your blog has traffic? Just because no one is leaving comments doesn't mean your blog isn't growing. Many visitors do not leave comments but they are returning visitors. I know it sounds crazy but with blogs people are more interested in what "you" have to say! Many visitors do not comment their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd time. Some do not comment at all, but are active daily visitors.

Tracking your blog does not have to be overly sophisticated usually a simple free page counter like StatCounter.com or Active Meter will do the trick. Install (copy/paste) the code into the html of your blog template and start tracking your visitors. Its better to use a service which gives you advanced traffic analysis, such as keyword tracking information, referral information, and search engine information. Visitors, returning visitors, and unique visitors should be standard for any page counter service you choose.

6) Listen to Your Audience

When using the proper page counter you should begin to see how others are finding your blog and if through search engines then which keywords are being used to find your blog. If constantly your blog is being found by 1 or more keywords then focus your blog around those keywords to make it even more powerful. When writing entry titles and entries use the keywords as often as possible while keeping the blog legible and interesting.

7) Multiple blogs

Use multiple blogging accounts to attract more people. This means you should have a blog with JournalHome.com, Blogger.com, LiveJournal.com, Blog-City.com, tBlogs.com, etc. The more blog accounts the better. You can copy/paste from 1 blog to all others. Having different blog accounts is like having a publication in different newspapers. This enables you to attract more visitors and this also increases the chance that 1 of your blogs will be in the search engine results for your focused keywords.

8) Short & Concise

Aside from the lengthy article a week for syndication and publication your blog entries should be short & concise (if you can help it). Sometimes there are exceptions to the rule and you have no choice but to blog lengthy entries, but try to avoid this as much as possible. You do not want your blog entries to become hours of reading. Visitors like to easily find information and skim through your entries. It is good to be detailed and provide useful information, but do not include useless information or run away sentences that veer away from your topic.

9) Digital Art

Try to include non-advertising graphics, pictures, photos, and art in your blog entries. Not too much. Once a week is fine. Graphics can sometimes bring your blog to life. Of course, the content of the blog is the most important aspect and you do not want to overshadow your content with graphics, but displaying graphics can add a bit of spice to the blog. Be choosy about your graphics and make sure they fit your entry topic. You should add content with the graphic, at least a caption. Original graphics, photos, pictures, and art is recommended.

10) Keep it Personal

A blog is most successful when it is kept personal. Try to include personal experiences which relates to the topic of your blog entry. Stay away from the business style of writing. Write with a more personal style and use first-person narratives. Do not write any of your entries as sales letters, instead share product reviews and personal endeavors.

11) Interact With Your Visitors

You now have the traffic you deserve. You should begin interacting with your visitors. Create a regular theme such as: "Monday Money Tip" or "Picture of the Week" which entices your readers to look forward to each week.

Give your readers advance notice about a product, service, or topic which you are going to review and then talk about later. If the President was scheduled to give a speech then in your blog you should state that you "will discuss the speech and give your opinion after the speech airs. Comments will be appreciated".

Try your best to find exclusive information that not many have. Do not disclose any confidential or secret information which is deemed illegal or can potentially get you into trouble, but try to get the scoop before everyone else does. Such as: If your blog was about Paris Hilton (the socialite) and you had a blog entry about "Paris Hilton Getting Married" then it would be interesting to your readers if you had a actual picture of Paris Hilton engagement ring. Give your best effort to dig and search the internet for exclusive information and you will possibly come up with something useful. Your readers will appreciate this and they show their appreciation through word-of-mouth referrals. Imagine how many readers will tell their friends, family, and others about information they only can find at your blog.

12) Make Money

Once your blog has gained some real momentum and your blog traffic is increasing then it is time to start thinking about turning your traffic into profit. You should use contextual advertising, like Google Adsense or Chitika. Contextual advertising is usually text links which use the content of your blog to publish targeted ads on your blog. The payout is usually based on a pay-per-click model, meaning for ever click an ad receives you are paid a small percentage of the profits. In addition to contextual advertising it is good to also use graphical advertising such as: BlogAds.com, Amazon.com, MammaMedia, or General Sponsored Advertising.

13) You're a Professional

You're a professional now! What are you still doing with that free blog hosting service? It is time to upgrade to a domain hosted solution. You need to get a web host and choose a domain name for your blog then check its availability. Select the blogging software you wish to use, such as: Squarespace.com, WordPress.org, MovableType.org, etc. When you have your new blog domain setup and ready for traffic then it is time for you to announce your move on all your previous blog accounts. Your last entry to the blog should be a "move" announcement. The title should be "Moved" and the blog entry should state something like "Old Blog has been moved to New Blog please follow and bookmark this link for future reference: http://www.YourNewBlogDomainName.com". This way all returning visitors and new readers should not have any problem finding your new blog domain.

At the level of a professional blogger you may want to team up with 1 or more other bloggers. This will create a more interesting and more powerful blog. The old saying "two heads is better than one", more authors mean more advertising and exposure because each author will have a vested interest in the blog. The idea of a team blog is to make it profitable and rewarding for all authors, while continuing to target the blog topic and keeping the blog interesting for visitors.

Following these blogging techniques should make your blogging experience much more rewarding. There is no guarantee that your blog will become popular or a household name, but the effort should at least put you one step closer. Making money online is not an overnight experience like many may think, but making money online is definitely a foreseeable possibility. As well, growing popularity on the web is not an overnight experience, but through time, dedication, and persistence you will be rewarded with all the royalties of blogging.

About The Author

Ant Onaf is the owner and founder of http://www.JournalHome.com He is an online internet marketer, content writer, and IT consultant. Ant Onaf has years of IT-related experience and Internet-related experience. His ingenuity, dedication, and passion for technology, internet marketing, & writing have made him a monumental icon in the World Wide Web. His blog can be visited at http://www.journalhome.com/AntOnaf


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Brandon Casteel's Blog - Categories of Action in Strategy Gaming  Gamasutra

In this article, I'm going to seek to elucidate a theory of how players' actions operate in the context of strategy games - mostly, in a competitive s.


Best Squarespace templates 2019: Top picks for video, blogs, and more - Mashable
Best Squarespace templates 2019: Top picks for video, blogs, and more  Mashable

Squarespace users have more than 90 different options, so we narrowed the field to the 10 best.


8 Ways to Get (and Keep) Blog Readers - Backstage
8 Ways to Get (and Keep) Blog Readers  Backstage

If a blogger falls in a forest, and there's no one around to see it…will Google still pick up the feed? Ha! I crack myself up. For those of us who spend time blogging ...


Stop shaming recipe bloggers for writing a lot - Mashable
Stop shaming recipe bloggers for writing a lot  Mashable

Recipe bloggers are often derided for writing long narratives. Here's why we should leave them alone.


Natalie Mikkelson's Blog - Social Media Marketing To Grow Your Community - Gamasutra
Natalie Mikkelson's Blog - Social Media Marketing To Grow Your Community  Gamasutra

Attract followers and keep followers with these social media marketing basics...


Nielisson Mendonca's Blog - Game Jam Survival Kit - Gamasutra
Nielisson Mendonca's Blog - Game Jam Survival Kit  Gamasutra

All you need to know about game jams. The Game Jam Survival Kit is actually the name of a Google Drive Folder I created to help jammers all over the w.


7 Essential Ingredients Horror Games Have to Build Tension - Gamasutra
7 Essential Ingredients Horror Games Have to Build Tension  Gamasutra

Horror Games have benefited from a renaissance of late. There was a concern among gamers in the industry like myself they were being left behind by ...


Loot Box Design 2.0 – Complying with China's New Rules - Gamasutra
Loot Box Design 2.0 – Complying with China's New Rules  Gamasutra

New Chinese regulations put restrictions on how loot boxes can be monetized. Put simply, the more revenue you drive from selling loot boxes to your pl.


Pope lashes out at blogging ambassadors, demands obedience - Fox News
Pope lashes out at blogging ambassadors, demands obedience  Fox News

Pope Francis has demanded obedience from Vatican ambassadors and reminded them of their duties before him, God and the faithful after years of scandal ...


Pascal Luban's Blog - Apple Arcade : Opportunity for indies or illusion ? - Gamasutra
Pascal Luban's Blog - Apple Arcade : Opportunity for indies or illusion ?  Gamasutra

Apple has announced its new game distribution *service*, Apple Arcade. This subscription-based *service* offers unlimited access to games present in its c.


Coding to the Beat - Under the Hood of a Rhythm Game in Unity - Gamasutra
Coding to the Beat - Under the Hood of a Rhythm Game in Unity  Gamasutra

Quick guide to some of the programming that goes into creating a rhythm game. The article uses Unity to build a game, but the principles could be appl.


Josh Bycer's Blog - How I Broke Sekiro Shadows Die Twice - Gamasutra
Josh Bycer's Blog - How I Broke Sekiro Shadows Die Twice  Gamasutra

I did a complete design dive into Sekiro Shadows Die Twice and upon finishing the game, I wanted to share my thoughts on the design.


Louis McTague's Blog - The Importance of Definitions in Game Design - Gamasutra
Louis McTague's Blog - The Importance of Definitions in Game Design  Gamasutra

The games industry is notorious for overloading arbitrary terms in game development, making it very confusing to communicate with others. This post wi.


O'Rourke blogs from road trip: 'Have been stuck lately. In and out of a funk' | TheHill - The Hill
O'Rourke blogs from road trip: 'Have been stuck lately. In and out of a funk' | TheHill  The Hill

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) is blogging from his road trip across the country, writing in his latest post that he has "been stuck lately ... in and out of a ...


Pranab Mukherjee elucidates constitutional values to RSS, but did he also do an Advani on Congress? - Times of India
Pranab Mukherjee elucidates constitutional values to RSS, but did he also do an Advani on Congress?  Times of India

Having moved from Prez to citizen, on Thursday Pranab Mukherjee turned philosopher-politician at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur. He reminded all present, ...


6 Reasons Your Ecommerce Site Needs a Blog Booster Shot - Search Engine Journal
6 Reasons Your Ecommerce Site Needs a Blog Booster Shot  Search Engine Journal

In *content* marketing, it's often all about the B2Bs. But what about you? The small online business owners, the B2Cs, the local marketers? Are the benefits of ...


The Not so Simple Secrets to Making Good Tutorials - Gamasutra
The Not so Simple Secrets to Making Good Tutorials  Gamasutra

On stream, I had a chance to try and fail to learn Stellaris, even with the help of people who have played and beaten it in the past. Experiencing a game from the ...


How to come up with new game ideas - Gamasutra
How to come up with new game ideas  Gamasutra

Here's how you start developing your first game — with Shovel Knight as an example.


A Tool for Game Accessibility and Depth Analysis – Part 3 - Gamasutra
A Tool for Game Accessibility and Depth Analysis – Part 3  Gamasutra

This is the third and final part in a three-part series describing a method for viewing, analyzing, and comparing depth and accessibility of games. Th.


Designing a New Website: Choosing the Best Tech for Your Dev - Search Engine Journal
Designing a New Website: Choosing the Best Tech for Your Dev  Search Engine Journal

Designing a new website? Here are the pros and cons of using a CMS vs. a website builder, as well as some SEO considerations when choosing a platform.


Thais Weiller's Blog - Bittersweet Game Design -- The 'What' - Gamasutra
Thais Weiller's Blog - Bittersweet Game Design -- The 'What'  Gamasutra

This article is based on a talk I presented on the Tehran Game Convention. Slides are available here. It is also available in my personal blog, in case you prefer ...


Vasiliy Sabirov's Blog - 10 useful links for game developers - Gamasutra
Vasiliy Sabirov's Blog - 10 useful links for game developers  Gamasutra

We at devtodev collected 10 great links which could be useful for game analysts and game developers and tried to organize them in the most logical way.


Ian Hamilton's Blog - Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2019 - Gamasutra
Ian Hamilton's Blog - Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2019  Gamasutra

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is event that takes place on the third Thursday of every May, with the goal of raising awareness about digital accessibility.


Tips on writing code for Data-Oriented Design - Gamasutra
Tips on writing code for Data-Oriented Design  Gamasutra

(This article is a repost from my personal blog at https://marccgk.github.io). I recently wrote about why I think Object Oriented Programming is not a good tool to ...


Welcome to rabbit hell! Reliable AI locomotion with TDD - Gamasutra
Welcome to rabbit hell! Reliable AI locomotion with TDD  Gamasutra

Unit testing is often thought to be inapplicable to game development due to randomness, 3D interaction, and unpredictable player input. But in ElemenT.


Defeat in Kenya didn't reverse gay Africans' gains - Erasing 76 Crimes
Defeat in Kenya didn't reverse gay Africans' gains  Erasing 76 Crimes

Two gay rights advocates see encouraging signs for LGBT+ Africans, even though Kenya's High Court refused to overturn that nation's anti-gay laws.


Leszek Gorniak's Blog - Challenges of Team Design - Gamasutra
Leszek Gorniak's Blog - Challenges of Team Design  Gamasutra

Designing video games in a team is a huge challenge. Despite the fact that we try to follow the same universal principles of game design theory, we of.


Niklas Gray's Blog - Referencing Objects: Names vs GUIDs - Gamasutra
Niklas Gray's Blog - Referencing Objects: Names vs GUIDs  Gamasutra

A comparison of the main ways to reference objects: names and GUIDs.


The cost of glory — Climbing Mount Everest - Times of India
The cost of glory — Climbing Mount Everest  Times of India

Aspiring to climb Everest has never been so big. 77 Indians this year constitute the largest number from any single country. Already four of these are dead, ...


Arto Koistinen's Blog - Four Axes of RPG Design - Gamasutra
Arto Koistinen's Blog - Four Axes of RPG Design  Gamasutra

What makes a good RPG? It's a simple question, but not one with a straightforward answer. Having designed several roleplaying games, I tackle the issu.


Don’t Be Alarmed – But I Want You To Kill Your RSS Feed - Business 2 Community
Don’t Be Alarmed – But I Want You To Kill Your RSS Feed  Business 2 Community

Back in 2010, I published a blog post about the choices bloggers gave their readers when it came to how they consumed that blogger's *content*. The gist of the ...


Move or Die and its 5+ Year Journey to the PlayStation 4 - Gamasutra
Move or Die and its 5+ Year Journey to the PlayStation 4  Gamasutra

From “flashy” beginnings to the development swamp and finally launching a console game, this is the story of how Move or Die was made.


Netflix's Bandersnatch UX: Cinema meets Gaming, how to make the marriage last! - Gamasutra
Netflix's Bandersnatch UX: Cinema meets Gaming, how to make the marriage last!  Gamasutra

Bandersnatch: Netflix's attempt at gamifying cinema is a commendable attempt but leaves more to be desired, ideas on how it can benefit from deep lear.


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