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Effective Ways to Start Blogging

September 11, 2008

People have different thoughts that want to express. Mostly, they cannot show it because of many reasons. Most people just keep their thoughts inside them and never speak it out.

One way of expressing these thoughts out of them is through writing. Writing is the usual outlet of those people that are afraid to show or express their thoughts through their mouth or through their gestures.

People’s thought are usually written and published so that it can be shared and read by others. Many papers and publications publish people’s thoughts for different reasons, but the purpose is to inform.

With the advent of technology, new ways are introduced to share people’s thoughts. It introduced more high tech and faster way of expressing ideas and sharing thoughts through blogs.

Blogs are web site- based journals where people can publish their ideas, thoughts and ideas online. Anyone that wanted to share and give information can start a blog. It is straight- forward and in many cases, it is free.

The term blog is the shortened form of web blog or web log. Authoring a blog, maintaining and adding an article to an existing blogs is called blogging. The individual articles on a blog are called blog posts or entries, and the person who posts the entries is called the blogger.

Blogs are the fastest growing mode of mass communication in the world today. Blogs are very powerful. It has the capabilities of affecting elections, corporate policy and even brings down a country. It has the power of changing the mind and mentality of human. Blogs can change the world.

The following are suggested steps in starting a blog. This is useful for those who want to share their thoughts, ideas and opinions in a very efficient and fast way.

1. Look for blog sites. There are free blog sites and some are with charge. All blogs sites whether free or with charge come with many features but it vary.

2. Try to explore and check out blog sites that offer features that attract you most.

3. A blog can be private or personal. You should decide on whether the blog you are going to post is to be either of the two. You should decide if you want any internet visitors or users are able to read your blog or if you just want, your friends and family be the one to read it. There are many blog sites that offer the ability to password- protect the published posts so that only those who are approve of can view the blog posted.

4. You can create the look of your blog. Decide on how you want it to appear. You can choose color scheme and layout that will satisfy you. Most sites come with sets of predefined layouts and scheme where you can choose from or you can edit your own.

5. When you are done setting up your blog, test it out by writing a few posts. Adjust the layout or style that you see fit.

6. If you want to make your blog look more attractive, there are some sites with many features to make it look better.

7. After creating and making your blog attractive, you can now publish your blog by sending the URL to people whom you want to be able to read your blog. You can also publish the URL on your website. Add the URL to posts you make on the other blogs.

Before posting your blog, spell- checks your writing. Always keep the posts interesting. Try to avoid focusing on things that most readers will not find worthwhile.

If you want people to return on a regular basis on your site to read it, update your blog more frequently. Try to establish a reader base that will motivate you to write more and in return, more people will read your posts.

If no one visits your site for the first few months, do not feel bogged down. Since we are in a very large society and in different communities, it will take time for your blog to be noticed.

Some slang terms and too many abbreviations offend readers. If you want a broad readership, do not use many abbreviations and slang terms.  Make use of words that can be understood by many people.

In making blogs, it requires sincerity and dedication. The wanting to share ideas, thoughts, opinions and information felt in every article being posted. Every time you post, include your heart.

Written by Olegs Marhelis · Filed Under Blogging 

Things to Know About Web Blogs

September 9, 2008

The advent of technology brings too much things that human have never imagined. One of these is the internet. The internet brings things closer to humans and makes the world smaller and narrower. The internet paved the way to radical and far-reaching means of communication.

Through the internet, people communicate with no limitations. One way of communicating in the internet is through web blogs. A web blog or web log is a website that displays journals posted in chronological order by individuals or groups and usually has links to other web pages and to video, audio and other links.

There are different web blogs that focuses on a particular area interests. These include the arts, home, computers, recreation, science, sports, business, games, internet, reference, shopping, world, comics, health, news, world regions, society etc.

Blogs are far different from traditional sites and forums or newsgroups. Unlike traditional sites, blogs allow the easy creation of new pages for entering and submitting new data into a simple form. Automated templates take care of adding the article to the home page, creating the new full article page and adding the article to the appropriate date or category- base archive.

Blogs also allow easy filtering of content for various presentations and allows the administrator to invite and add other authors whose permissions and access are easily managed.

Web blogs are hosted by dedicated blog hosting services or by blog softwares on regular web hosting services. Blogs are made possible by different highly specialized software like Nucleus CMS, Movable Type, Blogsome, iBlog, Drupal, Antville, Serendepity and WordPress. A program can be considered as good if it combines a user- friendly interface and format flexibility.

Bloggers do not manage the software. The software management is done by server- based systems. These systems allow travelers to blog from anywhere in the world with web interfaces. Those bloggers with common interests share blogrolls, list of links that create a context for a blog, and help each other increase their visibility on the internet.

Visitors can post comment to individual blog entries with the aid of feedback comment system. Those popular blogs have frequent comments, but many bloggers prefer to just pre- screen or block comments.

User can maintain web- hosted blog even without the need to be online while composing or editing posted blogs through some tools. There is software or programs enabling multiple blogs to be automatically notified where certain topical or other changes can be made to one blog.

Like the other innovations in the technology, blogs and blogging brings advantages and disadvantages. This is a fact that exists in every thing being introduced in the world.

With blogs, the citizens and costumers are potentially better informed. This is good for the societies and economies for it makes people knowledgeable on the things that are happening in the world.

Blogs is a positive way of collecting feedback and criticism. It keeps the fingers of people on the pulse. Through blogs, people can suggest stories; react to certain pieces and many others.

Through blogs, an organization or the society can develop stronger relationships and make loyalty with the people. Blogs let people interact with the human face of organization.

Blogs also let writers build their profile for it can display the talents and expertise of many. It is also an excellent way of sharing knowledge with in the organization or society even in the present environment.

Despite of the advantages it brings, blogs offer many advantages. One is that, in blogs, most people are unable to write down their ideas in a convincing and lucid way. Since writing is one of the most difficult and time consuming tasks for a human being to undertake, and blogs are very expensive, many blogs are not updated, so it damages the reputation of an organization or society rather than enhancing it.

Since everything can be posted in blogs, it can make many organizations look like disorganized with multiple tones and opinions. Contrary to what some might think, the average people prefers it if the organization or society is at least somewhat purposeful and rational.

Web blog is really an innovation of technology users cannot ignore. It brings too much things to people. The benefits blogging offers should be used properly for the betterment of human kind and not for worse.

Written by Olegs Marhelis · Filed Under Blogging 

How Blogging Can Help Your Business

September 7, 2008

Are you looking for more innovative ways to boost your online business? You can try doing blogs.

Blogs? What are blogs? According to Wikipedia the blog is a short form called for weblog. Peter Merholz coined the term by combining the phrase “we blog” onto the sidebar of his weblog last 1999.

A blog is a mini web site. Those who do blogs are called bloggers. They enter “posts” which shows in the blog page from the newest posts to the oldest ones. They use blogging software and allow readers to comment on their posts. The comments are considered another new content to the blog.

Bloggers can post anything under the sun. Initially, when it was introduced, blogs were really for user’s private affair, their thoughts, activities and anything that reflects their own experiences in life. Blogs is some sort of an online journal or diary.

Through time, the original use of blogs has expanded. Now it can be used in virtually any kind of self-expression. Blogs now can also help build your online business.

Blogs are ruthlessly taken advantage of, too. There are businesspersons unscrupulous enough and resort to publishing spam blogs or “splogs”.

The blogosphere is the vast community built by bloggers. The blogosphere has its own ways and means to welcome, identify and build the reputation of each new blogs introduced in the Wide World of the Web.

In this article, you will know how to utilize blogging in building your online business and contribute positively to the blogosphere.

You must familiarize yourself with the blogosphere’s set of rules that need to be followed for you to publish a successful blog.

The first and major rule of the blogosphere is that your blog must contribute to the blogosphere. You must publish real content and not just advertisements on your blog. Splogs are unveiled because of the overloaded advertisements disguised as content.

This may contradict with your goal to put up a business-type of blog. But then again, if you only know how to effectively make a good blog, you can utilize it to build interest for your product and service without loading it with too much links and marketing tones referring to your business website.

This kind of blogging is the right way to positively help your business website. At the same time, it will contribute good content to the blogosphere. Do not try to sell products. You can open discussions and speculations on products. You can even spur other bloggers to react on your posts regarding such products.

If you are anxious to enter all internet avenues that will guarantee recognition of your products, then the blogosphere may give you good opportunities. Still it may do the reverse for your products and services, too and create problems for you.

You will not be able to control potential customers or clients to post comments to your original posts and they might expose certain issues you would best prefer to do away with.

If you fail to address the issues to the satisfaction of those commentors, it may not bode well for your business and your products. Not following up or reacting to comments may also be taken as a negative reaction from you.

The blogosphere now involves millions of internet users, and part of them is your potential market then. If there is negative feeling about your products, your business might suffer the consequences.

If your goal is to build a good reputation for your company and product, then, stick to issues that will not bring negative insights. If you can achieve this, then you can out flank other media, competitors and other traditional information outlets with your blog.

If you achieve a successful SEO result for your business web site due to the excellent reputation of your blogs, then you have tapped that blog resource unable to achieve by others. Chances our, your blog posts would even come first in search results for a particular product or service.

However, if you are not 100% confident in your product or service blogging is not for you.

You must be confident of your company and its services and/or products so that you can enjoy the full benefits of blogging.

Written by Olegs Marhelis · Filed Under Blogging, Business, Link Building, Promotions 

Blogging is your road to search engine optimization

September 6, 2008

What is the importance of blogging to search engine optimization.

Search engine optimization is the newest trend among online marketers. Today, companies have recognized that one of the most effective ways of getting free advertising on the Internet is to show up first under relevant search terms in the various engines.

Trying your best to get into the system can sometimes make your site bounce back search engines in the process. But then there are some ways of making sure that both the architecture and the content of pages is as friendly as possible to the search engine spider.

That is why web site owners are continuously conjuring up techniques for search engines to read them as one of the best. The newest addition to doing this is though blogging.

Search engines are in love with blogs.

Blogs  come complete with permalinks, regular updates and with the newest and accurate content. All these in one package is enough to make spiders not want for more. 

There are also blogs that spider do not like. Some blogging habits are less useful to spiders than they could be.  News oriented and political blogs have the tendency to link the phrase “read the whole thing” most often. 

This is just fine for humans since they are able to see the link in the context of the post. But a spider do not have the capability to do this. Although they can read the contextual part of your blog, they do not really comprehend the “whole thing” part.

If you want your blogs attain higher search engines positioning, keep in mind that the spider is the one that determines if you are worthy of the rank.

Below are some spider-sensitive factors you have to consider when creating a post for your blog.

Use a descriptive title. Titles or headlines are given more focus by search engines. It is important that you think of a good one for your blog post. Better use highly targeted keyword phrases that will best describe the content you are writing about. Do not create one that has been used over and over again. Be creative and think of something spiders do not get to see often.

Emphasize what needs to be emphasized. Be sure to make use of the same targeted keywords that you use in the title to the content of your article. You can have repetitions of words that are important. Make them bold or use them in external links. In using your keywords, do not make it appear redundant. Use them and make sense at the same time.

Put yourself in the search engines’ shoes. Search engines have clever algorithms to bring relevant results. Unfortunately, they do not have the intelligence inherent in humans. Choose your words wisely. Using shortcut or idioms is not wise. Use standard words and go directly to the point.

Look up the right keywords to use. There are many tools now that you can use to help you research on the keyword to use. This can help you select the titles and keywords that are most often searched for by your audience. Using this research can help you decide if more people will find your article on “automobiles” if you use the keyword “cars” instead.

Google, Overture and Word Tracker are just some of these. They will help you find out what keywords are most popular and the most people are searching for. By doing keyword research, you can take blogging and advertising to the next level.

Keep in mind that these things are just guidelines for you to based your blogs posts on. They are not really assurances that you will get the search engine rank that you are looking for.
 
Also, do not be obsessed with writing just for the spider. They are not humans. What is important is that through blogging, you get to convey to the people the message you want read. They are your prime target after all.

Spiders should only just be your second purpose when you do your blogs. Just give them the fresh and keyword-content filled content that they are looking for and you will surely be on your way to optimizing your search engine position.

Written by Olegs Marhelis · Filed Under Blogging, Link Building, SEO 

You can Earn Money by Blogging!

September 3, 2008

Indeed this is true. If the first outburst of blogging in the Internet was introduced for hobbyists, now, you can enjoy doing it, while earning thousands of dollars.

Yes, truly and surely, you can make money blogging. Realistically, the most you can make is a few hundred dollars a month that cannot be found on trees or scoffed at. Nowadays, the Blogosphere, a social network of bloggers, have provided more options and ways wherein you can maximize your earning potential by blogging.

Do you want to make money blogging? Then, choose an ideal blog site that will cater to your requirements for a blog, sign up, create a blog and publish it right away! Blogging sites allow you to build blogs according to your tastes. Others have HTML and link options. Others have customized templates where you can change your blog page’s color and design.

In between signing up and creating a blog, though, you must know what subject to blog about. Your subject is an important consideration, so take your time conceptualizing before jumping into the fray. If you must know, the subject will be the determining factor how much money you can earn with the blog you’re going to create.

Try to look for subjects or topics that pay more from per click among others. Check out Google AdWords and AdSense to know how much each clicks on a subject costs. Google AdSense then allows you to place ads on your blog. Once a user happens to open your blog and click on the advertisement, you will earn money on it. Just that!

There is also the BlogAds.com services wherein allows you to gain control over the ads appearing on your blog. This service is not based on a pay-per-click system, meaning it will allow you to make money blogging regardless of the number of clicks on the ads.

This is because BlogAds pay companies for the space of their ads for a certain period. Their sign up options are free and after joining, you can then determine what your advertising prices you will charge.

Once your offering is announced to companies, consequently, they will contact you for an ad space on your blog. Google, meanwhile, will place any ad that has keywords related to your blog. Any which way, you are guaranteed to earn.

Other ways to secure earning from your blogging activities is to become an affiliate partner to another company. There is a popular affiliate program, which provides commission to its partners for every click on the ad, placed on their site/blog. You will also get a percentage from the sale of their product made in your blog.

There are plenty of affiliate programs with varied commission percentages. Others even offer profit sharing.

If you are blogging for a specific cause, you still can take advantage of it in a positive way. You can earn money blogging for a cause. You can ask people to give donations for a specific cause, though most of it will go to you.

You can use the PayPal donation button and put on your site. There is also Amazon with its honor system that sets up a donation button for you.

Are picking up nice ideas already? Well, here is one you will definitely enjoy, how about making money through blogging about unique merchandise and then offering them up for sale simultaneously in your blog site?

There are people who would gladly spend for merchandise that are custom-made, unique and totally out of this world! Edit your blog headline into a catchy one, create your very own logo and then offer up these kinds of items with your logo in it. It will be a sort of brand tag.

There are online companies that allow you to design your own items and those that allow you to custom design your logo, too. You will see how it will boost your blog once people start wearing and using your items with your logo attached in it.

Do not just concentrate on one way of money – earning opportunity. You can even combine these methods and earn more.

As the blogosphere develops, evolves and takes with it lots of internet users, so as earning opportunities increase by blogging. Just think, you will enjoy blogging as a hobby and earn in the outset, too!

Written by Olegs Marhelis · Filed Under Blogging, Business 

Seven ways of making blogging work for you

September 1, 2008

With the software that blogging have nowadays, setting up one is much easier than it used to be.

Blogging has become the trend of today. They have also become a great tool that most businesses use to get the attention of more customers.

For the independent professional, blogs are an easy communication tool to enhance credibility and trust among customers. Besides that, blogs make it easy for other people to locate you on the Internet.

But then, 9 out of 10 blogs that are created have the tendency to be abandoned because they can take up a lot of time. And time is one thing that professionals do not have so much of. The result may not seem apparent in the beginning but it will be later on.

There are some keys to making your blog work best for you, instead of you working for it. Once you learned and incorporated these steps, it will only take you less than 20 minutes to post one entry. 

But it is already advised that additional minutes should be spent on reviewing, reading and commenting on your blog and other blogs sites on the internet. This way, you get to keep your customers and gain potential ones.

What are seven ways of setting up a successful blog?

1. Write important and unique contents. You can also narrate and share stories to highlight your knowledge and expertise. Never forget how telling your readers how you deal with clients. Let them know the value of what you are offering. And make it easy for them to contact you if they have questions to ask or if they want to avail your services.

2. Put up something new twice or thrice weekly. It does not to be very long articles. Short articles are fine as long as the essence and value is there.

3. Link to other useful resources available on the web. This is very important in order to build traffic expanding your target market. You can research online for topics you can post that is related to your site offering. If possible, write out comments on other blogs. Let them know that you are spending time reading about them so they know that you are always available.

4. Do not forget to submit to blog directories and do trackbacks. If you do not have any idea how to do this, get the help of someone that is an expert on that field. You can also read some blog tutorials available on some sites. Ebooks are also offering some tips and techniques on how to go about blogging.

5. Keep track of your visitors. Have a counter set up in your blog so you will see who has been reading your posts. This will also help you in figuring out the number of people that are coming in and coming back to your blog.

6. Make a list of all your products and services. Check if the landing pages are linked correctly. Nothing can turn off visitors quickly than having been linked to some site not in any way related to your blog. If you have a shopping cart, you can use your affiliate links and ad tracking features for easy access.

7. Remember to link to your own website and vice versa. It is better to have a different site dedicated to your blog than having one incorporated to your website. Having it separately increases your chances of getting more and varied types of visitors. Why do your advertising in one when you can do it in the ways.

8. Blogs should not be pure “sales talk”. Readers are a lot smarter nowadays. They can sense marketing from afar. If this happens, they will not be interested in continuing on because they do not want to be marketed on. They encounter those things everyday so spare them the suffering.

9. Be patient. Although there are some blogs that work right away, some takes time. Update, update and update but do not expect instant result to come pouring in. Just sit back and think of other techniques you can use to your blogs to make it more successful.
 
Blogging should not be set aside as something unimportant. It can be very useful for you once you know what you are doing.

Written by Olegs Marhelis · Filed Under Blogging 

Avoid the common traps in blogging

August 29, 2008

Are you one of those that do not yet have the capability of blogging to help your business? Then, you are way behind all the others.

Professional and small businesses alike have already taken their marketing into blogs to communicate and keep in touch with their target customers and consumers alike.

You may have heard about it already. How people already have their own blog sites and how they work successfully with their niche market. Reports have also shown how their profits have been boosted because of blogging. These and among other things are enough for you to jump up and start blogging right away.

What you may not know about is that there are also many bloggers who have fallen into some of the pitfalls of blogging when they first started their own. And take note, these are the same persons who are so good in running their business.

Now, the question. Why do this competitive and successful people fall short when it comes to blogging?

The answer? Blog pitfalls. Not knowing what are these and how to best avoid them.
 
What are some of the pitfalls in blogging that you need to be aware of to ensure you do not make the same mistakes that others have fallen into.

1. Writing nonsense instead of writing answers to questions your consumers have. You have not undergone keyword search or asked your clients what they want to know first. And you may be thinking that blogs are just like diaries online.

With this beliefs, all you write about is you, your life and other related details. You are actually drifting away from your target. And you are contradicting the business building tool capability of your blog.

2. You pretend to be an expert in order to build more credibility but in reality, you do not have any idea about the blogging software you are using. You can blame this part on the new technology being used on blogging that you are not an expert on. But that is not reason enough.

You need to research and learn more about how to use your blog features before you even start one. Get to know how to make use of your blogs for visibility and accessibility over the Internet. Have a basic knowledge about trackbacks and permanent link features. They will prove important and necessary.

3. No blog category. The readers are confused about what topics are you writing about. They do not have any idea what they are getting into. They probably would not even attempt to find yours if they have to guess first what it is you are trying to say.

What is your main message? Your focus? What will be in your blog that your readers can benefit from? Try to answer these questions.

4. Your blog does not reflect you and your business. Your blog is a mess and your customers cannot seem to find any similarity between your blog and your business.

Your blog should be an extension of your business. Make your customers feel like they are doing business with you in the comfortable ambiance of your office. Your blogs should reflect your business image.

5. You have no idea about other blogs in the same field. You do not spend time looking at other blogs to see what is being written about and to see the strategies that others are using. You do not know what is happening on the market.

Blogging takes commitments. You have to let your readers know that you are present and that they are able to contact you through your blogs. Give some of your time to your blogs.

6. Your blogs have no appropriate contents posted. If all you ever have in your blogs are advertising and marketing about your products, expect your customers to get bored, go away and never come back. They have had enough of sales being presented to them.
Spare them the sales talk. Try to write something not about what you are offering. Find other related topics you can talk about.

7. You have not visited your blog site for some time. One of the sins in blogging is not updating what is written. Expect to lose the traffic you have been getting.

If you are not doing anything about your blog, why have one in the first place?

Written by Olegs Marhelis · Filed Under Blogging 

Blogging as food for the brain

August 27, 2008

This question about blogging arouse because of the sudden popularity that they have been getting. If you have been on the Internet for long, you will notice that the growing number of blog sites are getting to be as many as the articles.

Which brings to the questions about blogging. Why the sudden surge? Is it good for the brain?
According to some of the ‘online experts”, blogging does have positive effects on the brains of the boggers out there.

For one, blogging helps promote analytical and critical thinking.

The best of the best blogs are full of rich and fresh ideas promoting both helpful exchange and criticism. Instead of creating a closed and exclusive online community, these blogs enhance discussion and interaction among other blogs.

What’s more, the information you can get from blogs are one in a million. You will not get them from anywhere else. Aside from that, you are always free to comment on what is written. Constructive and destructive criticisms are welcome too.

Blog posts links to web sites where readers can proceed to get more information and sources. These blogs can even be linked to things being talked about for credibility and authenticity.
 
There are also some blogs that are based on personal opinions about events, technology or anything that has caught the fancy of the author. Unlike articles, blogs need not be too serious or too technical. Some are actually random thoughts put in a certain format.
 
Based from studies, consumers are likely to comment on or question what they read more than what they see on television or in pictures. If you notice, blogs tend to have more readers tuning in to see how a particular topic will develop day by day.

Second, blogging is a powerful means of promoting creativity and initiative thinking.

To maintain their popularity among readers, blogs need to be updated regularly. This constant demand for output encourages a kind of spontaneity and ‘raw thinking’. In simple terms, this is the brief associations and the occasional strange ideas that are rarely found other formal types of media.

Blogging fosters spontaneity since blogging updates can be posted in a matter of clicks whenever a new idea or interesting information is found. Blogging is perfectly suited to follow the plan for promoting creativity. They emphasize that you should be sloppy enough so unexpected things can happen but not so sloppy that you cannot find out that it did.

Spontaneous and raw ideas in blogging are also a means of awakening an association of ideas that are not often brought out.

But this does not mean that blogs do not follow the “norms” dictated in print ads. On the contrary, their permanent search engine positions force them to maintain some sort of “decency”.

Blogs encourages analogical thinking. Recent international surveys show that students in the US are falling behind most of their first world peers in problem solving and critical thinking.

It can be noted that this fall may have resulted from the decline in school-based instruction in critical analysis, idiom, and influential writing.

Bu then, thanks to the many professional persons like lawyers, theorists, and academics that are running many outstanding blogs, people can now benefit from their intellectual thinking and the use of their analogical thinking when corresponding with the dommon people of the blogging world.

Sometimes too, blog-based interactions between experts give a unique opportunity for young thinkers to observe and assess arguments from analogy on an ongoing basis. This can also help develop their own abilities to think analogically.

Blogging is also an effective means of getting more access and exposure to excellent information. Blogs link many data and arguments in branching threads. They also affix primary source materials and reference works.

This way, they can promote deeper understanding and exposure to quality information. In turn these sources can start other innovative projects.

Lastly, blogging merge the best of single with social interaction. It is said that invention is thought of alone yet the valuable effects of brainstorming with a community of intellectual peers develops the idea.

With all these said, it can now be concluded that blogging can really be good for the brains. It is a form of education that can take any individual into the next level of development.

Written by Olegs Marhelis · Filed Under Blogging 

SEO Tips for Blogs

August 27, 2008

Originally conceived to be something like an online journal for individuals has become yet another tool businesses can use to market themselves online. Web logs or blogs are now being used not just for the sheer purpose of writing, but also as means SEO (search engine optimization) experts use to increase a website’s ranking on search engine results pages (SERP).

An interesting thing about keeping and maintaining a blog (also known as blogging) is that anyone can blog. What will make a blog more successful than most is simply a keen sense of its target readership. Of course, it will not harm the blogger (a person maintaining a blog) to possess a few basic skills navigating the Internet and creating links to other websites and blogs.

Bloggers today are finding that they can not only write and publish their thoughts for free, but also can find themselves getting compensated for writing. This is because one of the techniques in SEO is to create content that is rich in keywords, which is basically what search engines look for in ranking web pages in its SERPs.

That said, here are some tips to make your next blog an effective SEO tool.

1, Choose a Theme (and Stick to It)
Most blogs never gain a real readership because it simply is a mishmash of a writer’s thoughts, with very little coherent theme to bind the entire blog together. If the blogger does it for the sheer purpose of a journal, there’s really nothing wrong with that.

However, as an SEO, a blog has to have a theme that will tie all the posts (individual articles) together. This is because instead of just looking for keywords, a search engine will also assess whether the page just happens to have a lot of keywords mentioned in the post or whether the entire blog is about the topic it is searching for. The former will rank less than the former in the SERPs. Given this point, it will do you well to pick a theme that you are interest and won’t tire of writing about.

2. A Place You Can Call Home
Working alongside the idea of a theme, When creating your blog (whether with your own domain name or an a free blog site), give it a URL that has words related to the theme. For example, if you are going to blog about bonsai making, try to use words that are related to that in your blog’s URL (such as www.bonsaienthusiast.com). Name your blog using words that are relevant to your theme as well. Search engines look at these things as well to determine how high your blog could possibly rank.

If you are blogging on a hosting site, it is possible to have your blog delegated into a proper category. This will help make a search engine easier to find your blog given that the category is strongly related to themes and search keywords.

On a related note, your individual posts should also be titled with words that are closely related to your theme. Again, working on a blog with a bonsai theme, one post could be titled “Miniature Trees: How to Get Started” while another one could be “Selecting the Right Pot for a Bonsai”. This will give your posts a URL that is rich in keywords, which helps in a page’s ranking on SERPS (but you already know that, right?).

3. Link And it Shall Be Linked Unto You
Another thing about blogs that SEO experts are finding to become a great advantage is the fact that blogs make it easy to link to other blogs, which in turn makes it easy for other blogs to link to you.

This is yet another criterion a search engine uses to rank a particular page in the results pages. The more incoming links it possess about the keyword in search will increase ranking status because the page shows that a lot of people think what you’ve written is a good source of information.

So when writing on your blog, be sure to take the time to read other people’s blogs and other online articles related to your theme. Create links to them so that you point your readers to more information. This will increase the chances of other people creating links that will point to your blog.

4. Keep it Coming
Since blog content is so easy to create, search engines scour blog sites very regularly. That means if you keep on creating new content on a regular basis, search engines will have to keep up with what’s new on your blog.

By regularly creating fresh content on your blog, search engines will tend to look to your blog first before others that are not maintained and renewed as regularly as you do. It helps in the rankings as well, which is the whole point of this article, right?

These tips are just to get started on using a blog for SEO. As you go along, you’ll find more tricks of the trade that will help you push you up the ranks on SERPs. Of course realistically, don’t expect to rank on the top 3 pages on your first try. But give it a few weeks. And for as long as you keep to the tried and true principles, it may not be that far until you’ve captured a good ranking for your blog.

Written by Olegs Marhelis · Filed Under Blogging, SEO 

What you should know about Blogging

August 25, 2008

Are you aware of the new way to keep your friends updated of the things happening in your life? This is a revolutionary way in the internet that can let you keep a personal diary that can be viewed by many people. This is called the weblog or more popularly known as the blog or blogging.

A blog is like a journal where you can write or post your daily activities on a regular basis. The term blog is the short term for web log. Blogging is the act of adding, writing and maintaining a blog.

There are several types of blogs. These are the following:

• Personal blog – this is the most famous type of blog used in some of the friendly hub in the net. This is defined as the online diary or journal, where you can post your poem and other literature piece.

• Cultural blog – it discusses all about music, arts, theater and other popular culture.

• Topic blog – it focuses on the function like some of the search engines present now. Some writers who want to write about something unknown can use it.

• Business blog – this talk about the stock market and other business related topics. It is also use to promote businesses, to talk about economics in forum type and manage information.

• Science blog – it is the mode used to disseminate information and data. However, scientists only use this mode for simple scientific data and information because they believe that it could damage the credibility of their science as many people can read it.

• Moblog – it contains all the information from a mobile phone.

• Collaborative blog – this kind of blog is written by two or more writers. Particular site is open for all the writers to write together with others.

• Eclectic blog – it focuses on niches individually or collaboratively made.

• Educational blog – this is used by students to record the things they learned from their teacher including the activities done in a day.

• Directory blog – this blog gives a regular update of all the visited links. It focuses on particular news and happenings.

• Forum blog – it functions as an internet forum. It allows two or more bloggers to post discussion on the net.

• Spam blog – this is a form of persuasive advertising. Commonly known for the name splogs. It is characterized by the use of bold letters and self-claim advertisements.

There are many web-based blog journals available online. You can post your own blog, too. Anyone can start writing a blog. In many cases, it is free. How do you start making a blog?

Here is how, follow the following steps in writing a blog.

1. There are many blog sites available online that offers free blog posting. They also offer free accounts with many features.

2. You can blog in private and in public. Many blog site offer a blog that contains a password, only a few can read your blog. You can also post a blog that can be read by anyone.

3. You will be given an option to choose the scheme of your blog site. You can edit your own color, layouts and schemes according to your taste and personality.

4. You can write your own blog and post it afterwards.

5. Many offer more schemes for you to personalize your own blog site. You can even post a picture and testimonials from friends like most of the friendly hub do today.

6. By sending the URL to your friends, you can now publish your own blog.

You should keep your writings interesting as it can be. Do not focus on topics that readers do not find interesting. Remember to post only writings that are not offensive so readers will become more interested in your writings. You should also check your spellings and other relevant mistakes that can ruin your credibility as a writer.

Use words that can be easily understood by readers. Proofread your writings before posting. Never copy others blog, you can be issued a case called plagiarism.

With this, you are able to let the people know about what you want to speak. Information will be easier to deliver this time. Visit some blog sites and start writing your emotions.

Written by Olegs Marhelis · Filed Under Blogging 

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