A Guide to Blogging for Newbies

Blogging has become more than just a trend. It has become a norm to online aficionados. If you’re a true-blue frequenter of the Internet, you might as well maintain a blog. What does a blog accomplish you might ask? It’s either for self-expression, reaching readers that share the same interest or promoting your business. Take your pick!

What if you have never gone to the realms of blogging before? Don’t fret. Here are some blogging tips tailored to walk through noobs:

1. Choose a Blogging Software.

Newbies will be better off with free blog platforms in the meantime. WordPress, Livejournal and Blogger are some of these free blogging software. Just fill in the blanks during the registration of your blog.

2. Choose a Catchy URL for your Blog.

What will you be blogging about? Will you be talking about basketball oftentimes? Will you talk about your job as a sales clerk? Is it about your dog? A short and easy to remember blog URL such as http://www.shootinghoops.(freebloggingsoftwaredomainname).com that can identify whatever it is you will be blogging about is a good URL candidate.

3. Post away.

Starting with an introduction of your blog is the best way to do it. Maybe a short biography or whatever it is you do or what you will blog about should prep up your readers on what to expect from your blog. Write post titles that either summarize your blog post or entries or will intrigue readers the most. Write short paragraphs if you are quite mindful in keeping your readers interested as too long-winding paragraphs usually turn off online readers.

Also, observing some blogging ethics such always giving credit to your sources if you will be quoting some other bloggers’ work. Using proper link titles or anchor links is also another ethical blogging practice.

If you’d like to introduce your readers to your work more often, then post more frequently.

4. Respond to comments.

The feature that differentiates blogs from websites, aside from the reverse chronological order of posts, is the comment section. This is usually at the end of each post, wherein the author allows readers to react on his every post. Responding to comments is one way to optimize a blog since the more comments a blog receives, the more updated it gets.

As you advance as a blogger, you might want to get your blog hosted and get your own domain name. This will help you establish yourself better as a blogger in whatever field you choose to blog about.

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