Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A great way to fill your time at home is to write on a blog. Writing on a blog is a fun way to spend your time, but more importantly you provide important information to other people that have the same needs and desires as you do. By sharing this information you become well known in your industry and you have a sense of fulfillment because you helped other people as well.

But starting to write the blog can be a little bit challenging at least at the beginning. There are many ways in which you can blog, and for a beginner all this can seem a little bit overwhelming at first.

Let’s look at the platforms out there. There are many platforms that you can use when blogging but some of the most popular ones include: Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, BlogSpot, and Joomla. If you are not too technical and decide to go with a hosted solution definitely think of WordPress or BlogSpot, but if you are technical and can host and maintain the website yourself than think of installing WordPress or Joomla, on your servers.

Now that you know where to start, let’s talk about the content of the blog. Definitely consider writing about something that you have expertise with; nobody will follow your blog if your articles are not interesting but more importantly knowledgeable.

Also make sure that you understand some of the jargon and technicalities involved with blogging. Before you start doing it make sure you know what categories, tags and even others like menus, themes and widgets.
Another important aspect of blogging is social media. By creating social media account and posting links to your article you increase the chance that your blog posts will be discovered by either people. The blogosphere is an immense universe and just writing will not make you popular. You also have to make sure that, through the use of social media, you get the word about your blog posts out there. Gathering followers on social media platforms is also important. Once you get like 1000 YouTube subscribers or let’s say 1000 twitter followers, it will be easier for you to get your posts discovered by other people.

Last but not least, let’s think of monetizing. It is very rewarding and important to make some money with your blog. The best platform out there is Google’s AdSense, platform. It will allow you to place ads on your blog, and when people click the ads, you make money.