Tips for new bloggers

by Piyush Shekhar on June 16, 2009

Blogging advice tailored for newcomers can be hard to find. With new terms and tools appearing daily, it can be confusing for new bloggers to know where to start. To learn the basics of blogging such as how to set up a blog and make money from it, keep reading; it’s easier than you think.

First, pick which blog platform you would like to use. The top two contenders are blogger.com and wordpress.org. Here’s some simple blogging advice if you’re having trouble deciding. If you’re entirely new to blogging, blogger.com is the way to go. If you’re familiar with the basics of blogging or would just like to have more ”control” over your blog, wordpress might be a better choice. No matter which option you choose, the process is simple. All it takes is filling out your name, email address and naming your blog.

Although each platform comes with its own web hosting, here’s some blogging advice every blogger should take. Purchase your own domain name. Not only will having your own domain be easier for your visitors to remember, it will add another level of professionalism to your blog.

After you’ve picked out which blogger platform to use and have started to set up your blog, the next step is choosing your template. Templates are pre-made designs for your blog. The best blogging advice when it comes to templates is to make sure that your template reflects the topic of your blog. It’s more sensible to use a car template if your blog is about exotic cars, than it is to use a template about food.

You may not realize it, but you’re halfway done. You’ve picked a blog platform, registered your blog name, and picked out your very own template. You may have also decided to register your own domain name. Now its time for some blogging advice that everyone wants to know – how to make money from your blog.

There are 3 main ways to monetize your blog – through traffic, content and ads.

Traffic for your blog can be obtained in many ways. While most people think you have to pay a huge amount of money to achieve traffic results, the following tips are not only free, but also simple.

The easiest way to earn money from your blog is by simply filling it with content. If you can remember this, it will become one of the best blogging advice you’ve ever received. The more relevant content that you add to your blog, the easier it will be for search engines to find it. This means more traffic, which equals more money. When you first begin to blog, try to post several times a week and eventually work up to blogging on a daily basis. Readers like to know that every time they visit your blog, they will read something new.

Don’t worry if you don’t like to write; content comes in different forms. No longer is writing the only way to fill up a blog. Videos, podcasts and even games are now considered content.

Once you’ve filled your blog with content, the next step is to add your blog to social bookmarking sites. Social bookmarking sites are websites that cater to sending readers to blogs based on their personal interests. The top social bookmarking sites include Twitter StumbleUpon, Digg, Technorati, Reddit, Propeller, Fark, and Del.icio.us. However, many such sites prohibit any marketing ploys; so to minimize risk, bookmark 4 to 5 non-self-serving links for every self-serving link you bookmark. Post comments on other people’s bookmarks and be an active participant in the discussions. Only Bookmark sites that other people have bookmarked so you’ll be seen as part of the community.

Another effective way to create income is by signing up for affiliate programs and promoting them on your blog. This is not only great blogging advice, but can be used for other ventures as well such as websites. Every time a visitor purchases an affiliate product from your blog, you get paid a commission for it. The commissions can range any where from a few bucks to hundreds of dollars. The tip to remember when it comes to affiliate marketing is to pick programs and products that are related to your blog. It’s much easier to get your visitors to sign up for a recipe subscription if your blog is about cooking, than it is to get them to sign up for a stock market subscription.

One last tip for creating money for your blog is to place ads. This can be done in various ways. One of the most popular ways is through Google adsense. Each time a visitor clicks on one of the adsense ads, you get paid. It’s also free to sign up for an account. As a bonus, if you signed up under the blogger.com platform, all it takes are a few clicks to get adsense onto your blog. If you chose wordpress, the setup is still easy. You just simply install a plug-in to add Google adsense to your blog.

A lot of people will tell you that this is the blogging advice they wished they would’ve received when they first started to blog. Not only do you now know how to setup a blog, you also learned how to profit from it. Now the only thing you have to do is go create your blog and start earning!

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1 Kevin Subba June 17, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Hi,

My name is Kevin and i just started my website few weeks ago. i do have my old Adsense account which i am using right now. My website is mainly focused in giving Hacking related topics. Will Google Inc (Adsense) will alow me to put their ads on such websites?? Please do reply me.

Thanks

2 Prateek June 17, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Though I am in blogging since 1 year, this information is really great and is on the point. Many people just copy-paste content on their website and end up making something that sucks! Hope every new blogger reads this before setting up his blog. You rock, Piyush!

3 Antony June 18, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Nice Info

4 ArjunVS June 18, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Hi Kevin Subba Google will reject ur request
They dont support hacking

5 ArjunVS June 18, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Great Topic for Newbies
Piyush u rock like anything mann

6 Piyush Shekhar June 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm

#Kevin

Since your website is hacking related, you should not use a Google Adsense Account with it. It is very risky and there is 100% if not more, chances that your account will be banned.

#Arjun
Thankyou :)

7 Piyush Shekhar June 18, 2009 at 10:37 pm

#Prateek
Thankyou.
Do subscirbe to the blog’s posts.

8 Prateek Katyal June 19, 2009 at 10:58 am

Good Post ;)

9 Neeraj Kumar June 26, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Nice ;)

10 birth announcements March 5, 2012 at 2:20 am

Thanks for your tips

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