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How to Start a Blog and Be a Successful Blogger?

How to start a Blog is the first suggestion from Google when you type “how to”.

As you are aware in the recent years the words “Blogger”, “Blog” and “Blogging” became some of the most widely used words on the internet. This is because Blogging is free and combined with the power of social media, can be one of the most powerful tools for massive exposure that exists these days.

 

In this article for beginners in Blogs and blogging matters, I will introduce to you the different types of Blogs that you can start with, when you begin your journey of Blogger.I will also try to give you quickly a few useful tips that I believe will help you in building a career as a successful blogger.

 

Don't get me wrong, but blogging is not for everyone.

This is the naked truth.

You can fail, but if you don't try you will never know.So, if you have decided blogging is your passion, just go for it. I hope this short blog post will be useful guideline for you, where to start from with your blog adventure.

 

I assume you are ready to Blog?

 
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First of all, we will explore exactly What is a Blog. You will probably agree you cannot start a Blog if you do not know what it is.

 

What is Blog?

As a beginner in blogging, you should know that Blog is a regularly updated website or web page that is written in an informal or conversational style.The word Blog is a truncation of the expression “web log”.Blog is a frequently updated online journal or diary, created and maintained by one or more people, which are usually, called authors or Bloggers.The Blog is a website consisting of different entries, which are known as posts. The posts or the Blog posts usually appear reversed chronological order.A Blog is a place to share your thoughts, knowledge, theories, opinions and your passions by creating or discussing Blog posts.My favorite short explanation of what personal Blogs are is „online diaries”, but one very important thing to mention is the Blogs are updated regularly.

 

What is Blogging and Why I need Blogging?

As explained above Blogger is a person who writes content for a Blog.Blogging is the act of writing a post or posts for a blog, or blogs.Blogs have the potential to be unbelievably powerful. This is because they are simple and inexpensive tool for exploring topics, sharing ideas, connecting with others, and building businesses.Even the newbies know blogging can lead to more personal and business opportunities, financial success, and personal evolution if you want.Your blog can be the center of your online identity and your business.This is why everyone should have a Blog, never mind if personal or shared, private or for business.

 

 

What are the main different Types of Blogs?

Blogs are a focused version of a website, that typically have only a single subject: poetry, sports,news, business, SEO, etc. This allows the bloggers to focus in detail on their area of expertise, and draw in readers who are looking for this specific content. The goal of any blogger or blog authors is to entice the readers to stay, read the interesting for them content, and start social conversations and interactions.This should be your goal as a beginner blogger too.

Before you create a Blog and share your knowledge and passion with the world, you should pick up the Type and the main Topic of your Blog.

 
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The main types of Blogs you can choose from and start your career as a blogger can be simply categorized as:

 

Personal Blogs: These are Blogs about personal topics like health, family, travel, politics, music, etc.

 

Private Blogs: Some people make their Blogs private to share photos and information within families, companies, or schools.

 

Sports Blogs: These types of Blogs are used by fans or teams to express and share their passion for various types of sports.

 

Nonprofit Blogs: These are Blogs for Foundations, charities, and human rights groups and the non-profit type of Blogs are tools to raise awareness and money for their causes.

 

Business Blogs: These are Blogs created and maintained by entrepreneurs and companies to personally engage with their customers.

 

Schools Blogs: These are Blogs for teachers and students to collaborate on classroom projects.

 

Politics Blogs: These are Blogs utilized by Activists, members of political parties or government agencies to connect with their constituencies.

 

DYI Blogs , How-to Blogs, Tips’ Blogs : Blogs that share tips and hacks about cooking, games, music, books, movies, hobbies and so on.

 

Blogs for Reviews : There are lots of Blogs that share reviews about Products, companies, website, online business, music, books, movies, you name it.

 

Military Blogs: members of the military blog (bloggers) report what is happening around the world and can stay in touch with their families.

 

Book tour Blogs: Blogs for the purpose of promoting books and driving traffic to other promotional and giveaway sites.

 

Affiliate marketing and Promotional Blogs: Blogs with the primary purpose of driving traffic to affiliate programs, get-rich-quick schemes or blogs created with sole purpose of selling. This includes multi-level marketing (MLM) Blogs.

 

Warez Blogs: Blogs that promote pirated copies of eBooks, software packages, music, movies, games, etc.

 

Automated Blogs: The types of Blogs that are generated by computers and they include randomly generated Blogs, Blogs that re-publish press releases, Blogs that re-publish marketing material, Blogs that re-publish search engine results, Blogs that re-publish link dumps or any other mass-produced content.

 

SEO Blogs: These Blogs are written for search engines instead of humans.SEO Blogs are dedicated to trying to fool the search engines into ranking them or the sites they link to highly.

 
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So, what kind of Blog are you planning to begin with?

 

Do you prefer Fashion, or you have enough knowledge to share about Food?

How about Beauty blog? Travel blog? Or Music blog? You have to find the blog topic or the blog topics that will work best for you.

 

To help you with choosing the type of your blog and the topics of your blog, I have picked up four of the most important questions every passionate about being a blogger person should find the answers to and this should be done before you decide to be a blogger:

 

1)What do you have to offer that others can learn from?

2)What are you passionate about?

3)What are you presently doing?

4)What interesting topics do you usually prefer to discuss with your family and friends?

 

 

If still have a problem with finding the type or the topics of your blog, you can check these two useful links about the blogs:

The 10 Types of Popular Blogs: Which One Is Yours?
Which type of blog gets the most Google searches?

Let’s say you have chosen your niche or niches and you are now ready to start your own blog, but first check out the tips, which will give you an idea How To become a Successful Blogger.

 

How to be a Successful Blogger?

 

To be a successful with your blog or blogs you have to remember four very simple key words which will help you to stand next to the most successful bloggers: Consistency, Quality , Audience, Identity.

 
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1) Consistency.

The successful blogger is consistent in creating and publishing new content and manages to maintain a Predictable Frequency of the new blog posts. Your clients or readers will wait for your new content, once you become a famous blogger.

The consistent blog posts with a good quality will keep your audience consistent too, if your readers know when to expect new content.

 

2) Quality.

You have probably have heard or read the phrase "Content is the King".

Quantity over Quality doesn’t help in a long term periods. Take your time to make thorough research on the topic or topics you’ll be writing about. See what has been published about this topic and try to compete with the best authors and bloggers in your niche.

 

 

3) Audience.

When you create consistently content that stands out from the noise, you will have your audience.

 

Remember :The successful blogger is related to the audience and keeps the audience interested and engaged.

 

The bridges between the bloggers and the audience are built by discussions, conversations, e-mails, etc. You should build bridges between you and your readers, but also never forget you have to maintain them. Your success as a blogger depends on how engaged with you and your blog are your readers and visitors.

 

Note : Take a good care about your audience.

 

Knowing your audience is a key to success. Understanding your audience and knowing what your audience wants is another key for success.The third key for successful blogging is to provide what your audience wants and expects from you.

 
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4) Identity.

The high quality blog posts have value. The low quality posts disappear, easily and no one remembers them (except the search engines), soon after being shared for a week or two.Focus on providing good value for your blog posts rather than just virility, or share-ability.Don’t waste time to write about something which has been already written, unless you are able to provide to the auditory something which is a way better than the existing. This, if done consistently will help you to build your brand and identity.The Title of a blog post is not always related to the Quality of the blog post, but it can be related to your Identity as a blogger. As you have probably seen the famous bloggers and influencers choose carefully not only what to write for, but also the titles of their blog posts. Make sure you also do same. Always stay out of the crowd.

Find your style and tone, and create something really unique, something that will be always and unmistakably yours.

 

I suppose after reading these blogging tips for beginners you are now ready to start blogging.

 

Take care and Good Luck !

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