Top Tips For Setting Up a Blog
Posted in WordPress on May 15, 2014
Blogging can be a great way to express your opinions, sell a product, share your art or music, and much more. Even better is the prospect of making money through pay-per-click advertising and other revenue services. Before you get too ambitious, however, you must first go about setting up your blog.
Basic Terms and Services to Remember:
Blog Platform: These are free or paid services that provides blogging space. Hosts include blogger.com, WordPress.com, and tumblr.com.
Domain name: If you pursue a self-hosted blog, you’ll need to buy a domain name. Websites like godaddy.com or dreamhost.com are good places to look.
Web Hosts: Once you have a domain name, you can use a web host, usually for a small monthly fee, to save your files and content on. Include sites like WordPress.org, Bluehost, iPage, and Dreamhost. Look for guides on these websites for more details.
Content: Articles and other written content that’s on your website. Great content makes for more viewers in the long-run.
Keywords: Title tags at the top of the webpage, in your written content, and captions are important for helping your blog show up in search engines.
There are some important things to keep in mind when setting up a blog. Your domain name should be short and relevant to your blogging topic. Also, making your blog unique and attractive in appearance will make it stand out. You can start out using a blog platform service, but there may be others with similar layouts. Once you get more serious with blogging, you can transition to self-hosting. Additionally, if you add Google’s AdSense to your blog, make sure to place ads and banners where a person’s eyes would normally go to first. Playing around with placing your ads in different spots can improve your pay-per-click revenue over time.
Making your Blog Attractive
When setting up a blog, think about the features of other websites that make them easy to navigate and pleasing to the eye. Complimentary yet subtle colors will keep viewers lingering on your website more than bold, harsh patterns or bright text. When using in-text links, make sure the color is different than the rest of the text. For longer articles or posts, adding photos as well as using bullet points to break up long series of paragraphs can help keep readers’ attention for longer and make your blog look more professional.
Set up a Blog
If you’ve ever wanted a platform to share your experiences, writing or services online, blogging is a popular tool to increase your digital profile. More than that, you can even make money once your blog becomes established. Have a passion for art or want to advertise your professional services? These tips will help you set up a blog to advance your interests.
For those of us that aren’t technologically inclined, setting up a blog or website can seem like a daunting process. However, the progression from idea to money-making blogging isn’t as difficult as you might think, though it will require some time. There are some great blogging platforms that allow users to pick and customize templates to create their own blog, usually for free. These include:
Blogger.com, owned by Google
WordPress.com, enabling you to simply activate a free blog account and share news and links to other bloggers
Tumblr.com, which has its own directory to direct searchers to your blog
Using these blogging platforms is the easiest and least expensive way to set up a blog. However, there are some limitations. Customizable features are limited, and some sites like WordPress.com won’t let you use ad programs such as Google’s AdSense, which can deprive you of revenue in the future. If you’re more tech savvy or want to switch to a more independent arena, self-hosting a blog is the way to go.
There are two main steps in self-hosting your own blog:
1) Acquire a domain name: sites like godaddy.com, networksolutions.com, or register.com can help you register and ‘lease’ a domain name. URLs that end in.com are generally the most preferable
2) Sign up with a web host: Many of the above websites also offer webhosting, but you may want to shop around for the best combination of price and service. Justhost.com, Dreamhost.com, and WordPress.org are but several of many sites that provide good service and large amounts of storage. Dreamhost will even give you a free domain name with their hosting packages.
Either way you go, remember that unlimited space shouldn’t be the only draw when you pick a host or platform. Larger sites may cost a couple of dollars more per month, but their capacity and stability may be larger as well. If your blog has a sudden increase in traffic, the last thing you want is for your website to crash because your web host’s servers are too slow to keep up. Either way you go, make sure you create an enjoyable, quality blog in the end.
By Peter B Carr