This is the third and last part of my blog review.
The previous two parts are:
Blogging One Year After – The Unseen Statistics
Blogging One Year After – The Unseen Social Activities
One year of blogging has brought more activities and time spent both facing the computer or laptop and also outside of the online world.
I’d just like to share some of the blogging knowledge or experience I have gathered in a year. You would probably get the same juice off this posts if you have been following other blogs about making money online or how to blog.
Easy to start a blog
It is very easy to start a blog. The difficult part is maintaining it.
Myself has started two websites/blogs before marvinlee.net which have now been abandoned.
I have also helped two person to start their blog and they have less posts in a month than the sight of a full moon. 🙂
If you have inclination towards starting a blog, I would recommend using WordPress instead of Blogger or any other blog platforms for that matter. WordPress is easy, popularly used and loads of plugins for you to plug and play.
Yes, you do not need to know how to program.
All you need to do is signup for webhosting that comes with WordPress, get a nice domain name, and follow those tutorial that should be easy for non-techies to start a blog. If you have problems, I’d be glad to help too.
Some tips though, blogging needs persistence. You might want to think of a topic for your blog that you will blog persistently. Even if it is not a theme-based blog, you should have an idea what is it that you need to keep you blogging for long term.
You might wonder how someone (or me) could be so free to blog everyday? The answer lies in WordPress. There is a schedule post option. You could create a post and scheduled it to be published tomorrow while you are at work or next week when you’re on board a plane.
Some people have scheduled posts up to a month but so far I only have scheduled posts for the same week.
Some posts have more visitors than others, those that permanently attract visitors are mostly timeless entries.
What are the timeless entries? Something like ‘How to make money online’ guide posts is timeless, while ‘I made $100 yesterday’ statement post is not. Get the drill?
Some people blog and do not care about their website traffic. They just blog for fun and for personal satisfaction. If that’s the case you can use free blog hosting (like from wordpress.com or blogger.com) and not pay for it.
However, if you do care for your blog, you can use tools to analyze your traffic, like sitemeter.com and Google Analytics.
You’d also care what type of entries that would bring higher traffic (remember timeless entries).
Having a blog brings visitors from all over the world and traffic all the time even, including while you are asleep.
SEO search engine tips
Most often than not, your blog visitors comes from Search Engine instead of a recommendation by word of mouth.
So if you do care of your blog and would like more traffic, you should make your site SEO friendly. SEO is abbreviation for Search Engine Optimatization or making your site easier to be listed in search engines and easier for people to find your site.
This goes a bit technical and you’ll need time to venture into this. However, once you get your blog started, you can then start diving into SEO easily with Google.
Making money is possible
The million dollar question, is always related to money. Does blogging tell me that it is a way to make money?
Yes and no.
Most students and stay home mum blogs actively nowadays and I believe they are getting a hefty sum for their active effort.
Those that blogs professionally or full time has been able to use thier blog and blogs to replace a full time employment as well.
Getting rich or blog to be a millionaire? I don’t think so.
Notable professional bloggers to learn from : JohnChow, DavidRisley and Problogger.
If you are a blogger, please share what knowledge or experience you had so far with me. I will appreciate it very much.