How To Create UR Own Free Blog
First things first, What is Blogging?
According to Blogger.com :
"A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world."
An online journal but much, much more powerful. Blogs (short for Web log) is a place where surfers can get up to the minute information on a topic or voyeur into someone's life. Some blogs are nothing more than a daily glimpse into someone's life, while others are so sophisticated, it's hard to tell them apart from an online news service.
Blogs, the homepages of the 21st Century, are free and easy to set up and use. They are popular with people who want to share thoughts online. They allow for the instant publication of ideas and for interactive conversations, through comments, with friends or strangers.
Blog users are as varied as the types of blogs available. The so called personal blogger write a blog to express what he feels about himself, or about a certain subject matter that is of interest to him. Some blogs are committed to a precise topic, like computer hardware or politics. These are frequently read like magazines. While some others write Blogs to make Money!
Have a look around!
Its always a good idea to explore some blogs before you create your own. By the way, you are already inside one! [MoneyBlogger.blogspot.com]
Take a look at the layout, The sidebar, How the google Adsense Ads are placed,Previous posts, other links etc etc. Given below are links to some blogs by others which i had selected randomly. Take time to observe those and get a feel of blogging and COME BACK!
http://paperforest.blogspot.com/ - Art News and Ideas
http://tehblogfather.blogspot.com/ - Funny blog reviews
OK...Thats enough of theory and observation...Lets get to topic selection.
1. Topic Selection
You can start a blog on anything under the Sun - from your daily activities to reviews about products, to discussion of ideas, to news about a person, to stories, photos, jokes and poetry. But, If you want to make money out of your blog, your topic must be useful to others. Only then they will come to your blog site and read your blogs.
Deciding on the topic and the content is the most difficult part of the blogging venture. Some of the key factors in deciding the topic are:
(1) You know the topic
(2) You like the topic
(3) There is an audience for the topic
(4) The topic has a business value
(5) You can supply new content or add value to existing content
(6) Your topic is not a dead end topic; you can keep the content fresh
(7) You can build a community with the topic
If you are still unsure about what topic to choose, I recommend you go to the below blogsite which contains a long list of topics(ideas) to get you started.
OK... now that you have got your topic and contents ready, its time to publish it. For that you need to setup a blog hosting account to host your blogs.
2.Setup a blog hosting account
Setting up a blog hosting account is really easy. There are a number of excellent free blogging services that will host your blogs and allow you make money.
Here is a list of popular free blog servers :
This blog is managed using Google's Blogger.com (previously known as Pyra) and hosted on their blogspot.com domain. Take a look the URL of my blog : http://moneyblogging.blogspot.com/
When you sign up for a free blog account on Blogger.com, you will get the name in the format : yourblogname.blogspot.com.
Note : From here onwards, I'm going to be more specific. I will show you, how to create a blog account on Blogger.com; How to add Contextual Advertisements to your blog using Google AdSense to earn money; How to add Sitemeter to know traffic statistics to your blog; How to submit your blog to Search Engines; adding other tools to enhance your blog and much much more!
Creating ur BlogSite in Blogger.com
You can setup a blog hosting account in 3 easy steps :
1.Create an account
Display name : (The name used to sign your blog posts. )
(By this one account, you can add more than one blogsite)
2.Name your blog
Blog title (Enter a title for your blog.) Example : My Online Journal
Blog address ( URL ) : yourblogname.blogspot.com
3.Choose a template
Choose a custom look for your blog. (You can easily change the template later, or even create your own custom template design once your blog is set up.)
You have successfully created ur blogsite!
Next you will be taken to the composing page. You can compose a blog post just easily as you compose an email. Here is a snapshot of the composing page :
Paste your content, do the necessary enhancements and when you are done,
Click Publish Post button. Thats it!
To view your Blog, click the 'View Blog' tab. You easily make changes to ur current post or you can add new post to your blogsite.(There are some Settings Changes that you want to make to get maximum of your blog, but i will tell that in detail, Later.)
Congrats!!! for becoming a member of the Blogosphere, the name given to the Universe of weblogs.
Take time to add more pages(blog posts) to your blogsite for the next few days. If you think that you have enough content and links, its time to TELL UR FRIENDS - first step to promoting your Blog. Thats also the time to add some Contextual Advertisements...
We will discuss that in the next post!