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How to Create Your First Blog
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How to Create Your First Blog
I've been blogging now for about two years and I'm awestruck by how much traffic I receive from my blog as well as the number of people who tell me that they first came across me from my blog rather than my site. The word"blog" is derived from the term "web log", or an online diary or journal. If the HBO show "Sex and the City" were to be filmed today Carrie Bradshaw would be a blogger, as well as a columnist, I would think. Why? In the course of her experiences, as she discovers new things about life, love, as well as relationships, she might upload them to her blog for everyone to view and share. Web-based blogging has opened up the possibility of creating websites to almost everyone, as you require only a little knowledge to set up a blog and running. In fact, many entrepreneurs in the service industry have opted to use blogs as their primary site, and some are even developing static pages like one would expect on traditional websites however, others are using the platform to create blog sites and are publishing frequent updates. For more detail please visit>>> There are many benefits when using blogs over traditional websites or ezines. 1. The search engines love blogs. One strategy that appears appealing to the search engines of today is frequently updated content. I'm able to log in to my website at start of a day and submit an article. Within 24 hours, I'll receive a notification via my Google alerts account that Google has indexed that post. 2. Content can be shared quickly. If you ask your visitors to sign up to your blog through updating services like Bloglines or Feedblitz you'll notify them within hours of any new posts published on your website. 3. A basic understanding of web programming is required. Once your blog is up and running it's just an issue of logging in to your account, typing in the info for you post, adding images or images as needed and publishing the post on your blog. 4. Reader feedback. Readers can leave comments and feedback about your blog posts within minutes after you have posted an entry. Blogs are a great way to get your readers involved. Are ezines and traditional websites dead? Yes, as people consume information differently. Certain people are auditory learners, and would prefer hearing the info (great audience for podcasting, a sound type of blogging) Some prefer receiving updates when they're posted (blog readers) Others prefer a stable, stationary media to which they can turn when at their best (readers who keep e-magazines in their archives or bookmark web pages). What are the steps to begin a blog? Here are 10 easy steps you can follow: 1. Blogging platform. The easiest method to begin is to make use of the free service found on as well as The ability to personalize your blog is limited with the free service, which is why I recommend my customers join and they will host your blog for you using their servers. You can also get a hosting service where WordPress could be installed. The version that is downloadable of WordPress is available here: and is offered free of charge if you want for installing WordPress yourself in the hosting service you use. I am using Typepad to host my blog, therefore many of my posts will pertain exclusively to blogs hosted on Typepad. 2. Name. What do you want to refer to your blog? Blog names are typically attractive and unusual. For service-oriented businesses I suggest my clients to include key words that relate to their company when naming their blogs. You should also get the .com version of your blog's URL or your blog's name , with the word "blog" attach as your blog URL. After you have set up the blog you want to run, your web hosting provider can provide you with additional information about how to map your domain name to your blog. (Note: You don't want to simply forward your blog to your domain's domain because it will affect the URLs for your individual blog pages). 3. Look and Layout. How many columns do need to show? Do you need links to static pages? What colors would you like to choose? How about a signup box to hold a giveaway? Should you use one of the templates provided or make something custom? Do you want your blog's archives displayed? Do you wish to be the sole blogger or do you prefer to let others make posts as well? There are a lot of questions that you'll receive during the start-up stage about the appearance you want your site to look like. A Typepad blog allows you to change your mind about your layout at a later time. The most effective way to assess the style you want your website to have is look at the layout of other blogs to determine what appeals to you.  

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