March 3, 2011

The Do’s and Don’ts of Starting a Blog!

If you’ve been reading on the latest blogging craze and how people are making money from it then you’ll no doubt be one of the latest individuals on the block trying to get a blog going. I take my hat off to you and welcome you personally to the blogosphere. However, there are some things you need to remember however before delving any further into blogging itself.

Fabrizio Van MarcianoBlogger Fabrizio Van Marciano taking some time out on the waves.

Below I’ve outlined some of the things you might want to consider doing essentially before getting to grips with your blog, and some of the things you might want to avoid doing completely as well.

1. Learn from others: This is one of the most important lessons I learn almost six months ago when I finally made the decision to start my own blog. I started blogging for others as a guest writer for some years before finally making the decision to go solo and all I can advise you to do is respect and learn from the more experienced bloggers out there.

2. Be passionate about your blog topic: This is one of my favourite talked about subjects and mention it quite a few times on my blog, you should try and blog about a topic that you’re passionate about. This will ensure that you will never run out of interesting things to write about and that you will be more inspired to succeed and attract more readers if you love writing about your topic.

3. Spread your ideas: It’s very easy to fall into the rut of trying to create new content of a daily basis. Perhaps you’ve seen another blogger somewhere on the internet whacking out multiple posts per day and want to do the same. Word of advice; don’t even bother. It’s far better to concentrate on creating a fresh piece of interesting content on a daily basis than it is to whack out repetitive crap over and over again.

4. Don’t blog for money: It’s easy enough said but not so easy enough done because I guarantee you that you will not make a single dime from your blog for at least 4 to 6 months or even a year at least. If you have the initial ambition to make lots of money from your blogging from the word go you will loose. Instead concentrate all your efforts in creating quality content.

5. Choose a unique blog design and stick with it: I’ve heard that when bloggers get bored they start tampering with the design of their blogs, I’m guilty of it myself, I remember once finding the blog design of my dreams then curiosity got the better of me and I started to fiddle. Choose a unique blog that suits the topic of your blog and stick to it, simple.

6. Read everything three times before publishing it: Easier said than done again but a badly written blog post with spelling and grammatical errors is as good as a dead blog post.

7. Interact with your readers and commentators: Important part of your blogging interaction is to basically get involved. If you’ve used your blog to provide an opinion on a particular subject then people will start asking questions so don’t ignore them. Being part of your blogging community can also give you a credible reputation online.

8. Don’t trash negative comments: If you’ve posted a controversial blog post then be prepared to be interrogated like a side winder. People go to blogs to read opinions and views, should they agree or disagree let them comment.

9. Don’t be too nice: What’s worst than writing all positive posts? Nothing really so from time to time, pick a topic or subject and rip it apart limb for limb, find faults and try and back up your theories. This is a great way of getting readers to comment and link back to their own blogs.

10. Keep it updated: Another way to kill your blog is to slip behind in keeping it topped up with fresh content. Want to grow your readers and keep existing ones then make sure you give them something fresh, of great quality and resourceful on a regular basis.

I hope this is enough for you to go by for now however the list has not been exhausted and we’ll be sure to add or update this post when needed.

About Fabrizio Van Marciano

Fabrizio Van Marciano is a successful artist and blogger working from his home in North Cornwall, UK. His insight into online business marketing, web design and self-promotion has lead him to become one of the UK's biggest selling modern contemporary artists with over 3,000 original canvas paintings sold worldwide. Fabrizio now shares his tips, advice and tutorials on all aspects of internet business marketing, blogging tips, WordPress, internet tech reviews and much more. You can follow Fabrizio on Twitter & Facebook.

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