by on July 8th, 2007

Do you want make money blogging? For blog advertising and get paid to blog proceed to Make Money Blogging. To Find Best blog Hosting proceed to Blog Hosting. If you are new to the concept of blogging or have been in this area for few years, then continue reading.

What is Blogging

A blog is a website, maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. Now a days there are many blogs popping out day by day. Blogging becomes hobby and then passion. Bloggers write about their passion. What they like; what they do; what they enjoy; they share it with the world. Its easy with the blog than a simple website. Blogging can be profitable too in a long term. And its extremely addictive. There are many benefits of a blog. For example one can have fun and make money at the same time. If you have already set up your mind to start a blog, I will guide you my way to blogging, in a very short way.

Is blogging fit for Me

Do you have some time to read? Are you a good writer? Do you have some passion to write about? Are you a social person? If yes, then surely you can do it.

What do I need to start Blogging

There are some essentials you need to know about before starting a blog. e.g. What platform to choose for blogging? Where to host your blog? How to set up your blog? How to maintain it while you go with it? How to monetize and promote your blog?

Choosing a platform for blogging

There are many platform for blogging including:

WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, Text Pattern, Movable type, Serendipity, LifeType, Flatpress, Wheatblog, sBlog, Eggblog, Loudblog, Tumblr … and many more… like Expression Engine, LivingDot, iblog, Sulekha, xoops, pmachine Pro, Bloggers.it, Tattertools, City Desk, BlogSoft, Rediffblogs, Jroller, Community Server, weblog.ro, dotclear, Drupal, LiveJournal, Mambo, Nucleus, b2evolution, Text, Xanga, SquareText, SubText, Geeklog, Blogharbor, DotClear, MySpace, dasblog, Joomla, Pivot, Blogzerk, Typo, Powerful Intentions Community, DotNetNuke, Bitacoras, Blogsite, mojblog, Boast Machine, Blog Drive, Scoop so on and so forth…

I prefer WordPress.

WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

So I would talk about WordPress here. After you have chosen the right platform of blogging for you, you should find a web host.

Finding a right domain name

Domain is your website name. From search engine optimization point of view choosing a right domain name for a website plays a vital role in promotion and life of a website. Suppose you are planning to write about finance then it is recommended that you should find a domain name including word finance in it. Instant Domain Search is a good free tool to search domain name.

Find a Powerful Blog Hosting

Find a Powerful Blog Hosting – I Repeat – A Powerful and Good Blog Hosting. Depending upon your budget, you can search for a good blog hosting to host your blog online. Normally under good traffic and plugins love, blog tends to give a bit of a tough time to blog host. If the blog hosting is good, it will never mind, otherwise you will have to search for some other blog host. Give this a fair bit of thought before choosing blog host. There are many blog hostings. Only few are good for blogging purpose.

Download and Install WordPress

From WordPress.org you can download your copy and after unzipping you need to upload it at your server. Find wp-config file and give host name, user name and password for database and database name itself as you will have to create a blank database using web host db services depending upon what they have got. You just fill in information after that hit the magic button and your blog will be up and running within some minutes. You need to go to admin area to further customize it and to change options to better fit your needs.

WordPress Documentation – Getting Started with WordPress

Getting Your blog ready

Now that your blog is up and running. You might consider some best approaches recommended by professionals and researchers to customize your blog’s bits.

  • Write about me page and be open to your readers.
  • Choose a unique theme and customize it to fit for your needs. Make it compatible to major browsers.
  • Choose some good but less plugins.
  • Use Google webmaster tools.
  • Set up RSS Feed and Email subscriptions.
  • Submit your blog once at all major search engines.
  • Create a sitemap.
  • Create robot.txt file.
  • Update pinging servers list.
  • Use right permalink structure.
  • Make sure your blog is secure from external intrusion.
  • Take care of spam. Discourage spam.
  • Take regular backups of your blog.
  • Adopt your own writing style
  • Encourage comments at your blog.
  • Allow guest posts, write guest posts.
  • Make money online using Adsense and other resources.
Okay! What else?

Well, you have started the journey yet. There is much to read and experience ahead. Explore some resources of plugins, themes and tips about blogging.

WordPress Tips and Tricks, Howto

Technorati Rank & Authority
Using WordPress Plugins – Tips
MySQL server has gone away – Fix For WordPress Database Error
Emailing Lists And Spam
Stupid Filter – WordPress Plugin
Blog Subscription Plugins
Top 50 Social Bookmarks
Google Penalizing Webmasters, Bloggers
Ping
The Fastest Way To Get Paid For Blogging

WordPress Plugins Tips & Tricks

WordPress 50 Social Bookmarks Plugin
WordPress Essential Plugins & Widgets – Spice Up Blogging Experience
Gravatars – Globally Recognized Avatars – Post Your Online Identity
Blog Subscription Plugins

More to read

Best WordPress Plugins & How to
WordPress Themes & How to
Blogging Tips, how to & Resources

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10 Reviews

  1. Hiroshi says:

    @sh@bi: The best plugin for cache is WP Super Cache. Cache will make your website fast and decrease its load time. You will pay less for hosting charges and earn more from same website if you will use cache.

  2. sh@bi says:

    hi…i want to know about Cache?? what it is? and which plugin is in the best for caching???

  3. sh@bi says:

    heaps of useful info on your site…..
    really helpful…
    thanks for all these ….

  4. jjacksg says:

    Great offerings and information. Wish I had found you before.
    Thanks

  5. Hiroshi says:

    @Rody: You can use Akismet plugin which comes with WordPress software with discussion blacklist under settings. There are many other ways to eliminate spam problem from your blog.
    @mike: I recommend only few and necessary plugins some of which are:
    Akismet
    All in one SEO pack
    Google XML sitemaps
    wassup
    Simple archives generator
    Subscribe to comments
    WP db backup
    WP super cache
    @Ross: I usually take backup after every few posts.
    @Nina: Choose web host carefully. Only unix based secure dedicated server environment is good for blogs, in my opinion.

  6. Nina says:

    Which web host is good?

  7. Ross says:

    How much often do you take backup for your blog?

  8. mike says:

    Which plugins do you recommend?

  9. Rody says:

    How to protect blog from spamming?

  10. Jeff says:

    I never knew there are so many platforms available for blogging. WordPress is so much popular.

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