For most, blogging remains a side gig. Yet, you’ve probably been contacted out of the blue by marketing specialists, people dealing with SEO solutions, website ranking and other aspects of the Internet economy—and chances are you’ve heard one of these pitches.
Browsing: How To Blog
When I typed my first post on Blogger in November 2006, I had now idea I would still be writing today. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision, mostly motivated by boredom and culture shock. And six years later, I’m still there, still enjoying blogging. Funny, isn’t it?
In honour of my 900th article, here are 10 things I wish I had known about blogging.
I started this blog from scratch and I think I made just about every single mistake possible because I didn’t know anything about blogging. Looking back at screenshots of my first blog, I cringe. I know better now.
To close the All About Blogging series, I’d like to share these 10 blogging basics I learned.
I find blogging very rewarding. Yet, some little things can irk you. These blogging annoyances are everywhere and you have to deal with them to keep your sanity. Here are four annoyances you will probably come across.
How hard can writing be? You just have to type what you’re thinking, right?
Well, it doesn’t quite work like that, even if your spontaneous thoughts and observations can be a good starting point.
When you’re writing for an audience, a few basic tips apply.
No matter how much you enjoying blogging, chances are you experienced or will experience writer’s block at one point or another. Fortunately, there are several ways to hack yourself out of a writer’s block.
One of the perks of WordPress.org is the plugins, these mostly free and easy-to-use programs that enable you to enhance or customize your website. The choice is almost too vast, so I decided to make your life easier. Here are ten neat WordPress plugins you should test!
From time to time, I scout the web for new interesting blogs related to travel, photography, life abroad—the kind of topics I’m into. For instance, I check Expat Blog to see what’s new. I read the blog description and open it in a new tab to take a look.
Will I subscribe to the feed? Maybe. But definitely not if your blog has one or more of these “blog turn-offs”.
In 2008, I wrote a first article titled Making Money with Your Blog, in which I detailed the progress of monetizing my blog. Since then, a lot changed. For the better, mostly.
One of the main differences between a blog and a static website is the interaction with the community. But this kind of interaction takes months or even years to build and must be constantly addressed and redefined.
I can’t stress enough how many blogs and websites there are on the Web, and how important promoting your blog is. “In space, no one hears you scream”, and in the cyber world, no one will find you if you don’t adopt a proactive approach.
Welcome to the new 10 posts series, All About Blogging! Each Saturday for 10 weeks, I’ll investigate an aspect of blogging. I hope you will enjoy the new series and that you will find it useful. Don’t hesitate to give me some feedback and to share your experience!
This is the tenth and last post of the “How To Blog” series and I’d like to close it with some advice on blogging etiquette.
Today, I’d like to share something even more personal than clothes, make-up or a toothbrush: bookmarks. We all have our favorite sites or tools to make blogging easier… here are mine: a collection of links to online tools, great blogs and generators for the geeks impaired.
Note that all these tools are free and none of these links are sponsored!
Who loves you? Yeah, probably a bunch of real life people. But blog-wise, who is you friend and who isn’t?
Today, we will explore the different tools you can use to assess your blog ranking. Is your blog popular? Easy to find? High-ranked? Followed by regular readers or one-time visitors?
Monetizing a blog takes time. First, you have to build good content. Yes, just signing up for a blog isn’t enough. These two days old blogs full of ads but still with the default “welcome” message always makes me laugh. Yeah, I wish it was that easy….! You also have to somehow master the basic of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) to be found on search engines. And finally, you have to investigate the best ways to make money on your blog.
A fun part of blogging is tweaking and customizing your blog. Not only you will be able to transform a default template/ theme into a unique piece of artwork, but you will also get a chance to catch readers’ eyes. And that’s priceless!
We’ve already covered what you needed to put on your blog, and for WordPress users, what were the best plugins. Now, let’s have a lot at what you can do to tweak and customize your blog.
We’ve already covered a few subjects in this series, and today, I wanted to highlight how important it is to have a few basic informations on your blog.
What most people (including me when I first started) don’t realize, is no matter how great your blog is, chances are that if you don’t promote it, people won’t find it. There are apparently over 50-60 millions blogs worldwide and your blog could be lost in a dark corner of the internet forever if you don’t “hunt” for readers.
Do you have a blog? Yes? Good. Cause I’m a pretty curious woman (some would say it’s an euphemism…) and I love to browse blogs. Chances are that if you ever left a comment at my blog, ever sent me an email or just showed up here, I visited you. I have plenty of feed in my RSS Reader and I’m pretty quick to click on the magic “subscribe” button. But I’m human too — not all blogs attract me.
In my first few months as a WordPress user, I was a victim of the well-known “download’em all” syndrom — that’s how you end of with 50 plugins, half of them being broken or not in use. Took me a while to downsize my impressive plugin list and keep all the best, but I think I got it now.
To start this series, I’d like to answer a much asked question: what is the difference between Blogger/ Blogspot and self-hosted WordPress?
Indeed, it’s sometimes hard to make a decision, whether you are new to blogging or are looking for the best platform. So here is my comparison chart:
After one week of struggling with HTML, Php and other barbaric names… here I am on Wodrpress !
The move wasn’t that smooth… but quite interesting actually.
I had made the decision to switch from Blogger to Wordpress a few weeks earlier. I wanted more flexibility, I wanted to learn more about coding, and I’ve been blogging for almost a years now – I knew I wasn’t going to quit anytime soon.