The two main reasons: lack of time and lost of interest.
There are two reasons why people set up a blog: to share their knowledge and to earn money – the latter being the most popular reason and that’s what these tips are focused on.
If you are a newbie and is thinking of setting up your own blog to monetize later, the following tips may help you save a lot of frustrations.
- Know your topic.
- If you’re a beginner, make sure you already know what to write for before you even attempt set up your own blog.
- A lot of newbies will set up a blog, write different topics that come to mind, and then abandon their site after a week or a month because they lost interest in their topic. Write what you like.
- Write what you know. If want to create a blog for a particular subject that you are not familiar with, do a thorough research first.
- Document all the things you did while learning the subject then post those as your initial blog articles.
- Content is important.
- Make sure you have a fresh supply of interesting and readable content to create a readership and not just some trashy article.
- When you start a blog, make it a point to write an article or two everyday.
- Don’t copy and paste from other sources as you may infringe someone else’s copyrights.
- If you can’t write that many article, at least write four new articles every two or three days or let someone else write it for you like hiring a freelance copywriter.
- This will be for traffic building.
- After a month or two, you could reduce the quantity to about 1-3 articles per week. That is, if you are blogging for a profit.
- Although there are tools out there that can generate content for your website automatically (and mind you, they’re not free), I still suggest writing your own articles.
- If you are writing for a hobby, then I think this tip is an exception, although it is a good practice.
- Design is important.
- Although from a personal point of view, content is more important, a good design adds visual authority to your content.
- That is, if you want to get people to be interested in your blog, you must deliver a lasting first impression.
- Humans are visual creatures. If the website design is bad, people will just hit the Back button almost immediately.
- Humans also have a very short attention span especially online so make sure your website design (or blog theme as we call it) is simple yet attractive.
- Learn basic HTML.
- Yes, HTML or HyperText Markup Language. Whether you like it or not, somewhere at some point you would need at least a basic knowledge of HTML, particularly if you are going to setup a hosted blog.
- If you’re like other people who think HTML is difficult, don’t worry – it’s not.
- If you don’t have time to study, then find some time to do so. Blogging is a lot easier if you know HTML.
- Trust me. I highly recommend this, although it’s not necessary when you start up a blog.
- Devote some time.
- If you are planning to make money from your blog, I suggest you start planning on how much time you are going to devote to maintaining your website.
- Otherwise, you will just be wasting precious time (not to mention money) on an endeavor that you will not be reaping any benefit afterwards.
- If you are going to do blogging on a part-time basis (yes, blogging is a full-time job for many), one to three hours of your daily life committed to maintaining and promoting your blog will be enough.
- Prepare to spend some money.
- Even though I am an advocate of free information, chances are, you will find your way at some point where you need to buy something (like a software) that will help boost your website traffic. That’s a fact.
By John Gotidoc