Why you must start blogging?


Do you have a blog? If not I would recommend you have one. For whatever reason or purpose you need to have a blog in 2008!. Example of blogs: personal blog, business blog, entertainment blog, marketing blog, cooking blog, sports blog, gossip blog, etc. Need to know more visit my friend blog who will elaborate more about type of blogs.

Here’s why:

1) It makes it very easy to update your web presence – easy is good because easy gets done (cheers!)
2) Locally you can use a blog to gain exposure that your competition can’t (hooray!)
3) Search engines love blogs and will reward you with better search results when your prospects go searching (web 2.0 trend) (see my ranking on your right…remember this blog is not yet one year in blogsphere
4) The daily and weekly activity of producing written content will make you a much better communicator, marketer and salesperson – it’s the killer activity.

If you are new to blogging, here are some tips for you on “How To Start Your Own Blog”.

Everywhere you look now someone is starting a blog. It can be for their business or even just a personal blog. Blogging Comminity, is a BIG blogging comminity with hundreds of active bloggers that are releasing hubs, or posts, about what they know.

But anyways, here are a few surefire steps in which you can start your OWN blog.

Ideas

1. Pick something you are passionate about! Say you use a certain product every single day, and you think that you could make a living writing about all the different flavors of that.

2. Make sure the market isn’t flooded with other blogs talking about the exact same thing that you are. If you find the niche you picked isn’t working, narrow it down!

Example:

* Headphones>

* Headphones> For iPod users

* Headphones> For iPod users> American

Which Blog?

After you have your niche picked and narrowed down you have to decide how you are going to blog.

Here are a few choices you can do:

1. Register a domain name and host it. This is the thing that most professional bloggers will tell you is key. Having your own .com name makes it look like you are experienced at what you do, and that you are serious. This does cost money, but it will pay off in the long run.

* Go Daddy!

* 1and1

* Network Solutions

2. Make an account at a free blogging platform. There are hundreds of these that can suit you for everything a new blogger could need. They work perfect for a new blogger that is making something for their first time and need some assistance. The best part is that they are free!

* WordPress

* Blogger

* Thinkpad

Content

Content is king. If your blog doesn’t have something good to say then why are people coming? There are a few key things you can do to have great content, and get people hooked.

1. Write 5 or 6 articles before you start your blog, and make sure you have a few backup posts ready for the days when you don’t have time, or can’t write a post.

2. Stay on target! Don’t ramble off about something different entirely. (once or twice is okay)

3. Keep at it! If you don’t get immediate response in the first few weeks, keep going. Its bound to happen that someone will stumble on your blog and link it from their site. Its going to happen, be patient.

4. Content!

Marketing

SEO, or Search Engine Optimization is key. If you don’t show up on a search page, then how are people going to know about you? You need to actively market your website MANY different ways.

1. Go to Google and submit your site! They have a section devoted entirely to that. Make sure you have 5+ posts up before you do this, or they might reject your site.

2. Attach a link to your website on your emails, forum signatures and make sure its on your business card.

3. Send out an email to everyone in your address book telling them about your new blog, and how it can help them.

4. If you have any other pages, link to your new blog. Backlinks are how Google ranks you one there search results.

5. Contact other blogs with the same niche as you and set up a day where the both of you write up an article about each other. You both get different traffic that you might not have had.

6. Whenever you write articles, make sure you attach your name and blog address at the bottom/top so that if people re-use your article, they are re-using you.

Lastly I would recommend you to use Atomic Blogging. What is Atomic Blogging, click it on your right above (the red ebook)

Make Money Blogging Lesson


Click here to get The Blog Profits Blueprint As you know Blog Mastermind is closing doors to new members this Monday, December 10.Here is what Yaro Starak told me in his email this morning.

Dear Rosli,

There has already been a rush of new students joining the program and today I have a resource for you that will send another stampede of members all cookied with your affiliate ID so you get the free Blog Mastermind lesson.

If you send that link out to your readers and friends they will click it and be taken to the complete Lesson 11 from within Blog Mastermind. You can click it yourself now to view the lesson, complete with welcome video from me.

This is a great page that really demonstrates what people receive if they join Blog Mastermind and I expect it will generate some buzz online, especially if you can help by blogging about it or sending an email to your list about it.

I am not writing about it or sending an email to my list about this until the end of today to give all my friends and readers here the first chance to earn commissions.

Walla! This is a way how we learn and at the same time generate some income for our blogging activities and also our business online.

It is a win-win situation.

Hello friends, tell your friends that they can get a free sample lesson from Blog Mastermind (Yaro Starak) all about how to build traffic to their blogs and your job is done for your success online.

Click here for the Sample Lesson.

Web 2.0 definition in 2006


Question : “Are You Going To Be A Spider? Or A Dinasour? In The Web 2.0 World?”

You thought you were pretty hot when you had a website and paid someone $1000 to optimize it! So where is all the traffic? Weren’t they supposed to be pouring in? WRONG! While you were sleeping, the Web 2.0 effect has changed the whole ball game. And the rules! The Internet user doesn’t just browse anymore, they can jump right in and play and create and manipulate data!

Tim O’Reilly provided a compact definition of Web 2.0 in 2006:

“Web 2.0 is the business revolution in the computer industry caused by the move to the internet as platform, and an attempt to understand the rules for success on that new platform. Chief among those rules is this: Build applications that harness network effects to get better the more people use them.”

Perhaps the simple definition can be found in the word “you”. Time magazine summed it up best by making reference to the “you” in user generated content. Web 2.0 is basically all the platforms that give us this brave new user-powered interactive Internet, generally referred to as social media. YouTube, LinkedIn, MySpace, Flickr, de.licio.us, Wikipedia – these are all sites and tools you need to start spinning a web and connecting too. Or you can sit back and take another nap. It’s time to WAKE UP !

So what are you going to do? First and foremost, start a blog with an RSS feed, on your site or along side your site. Blogging is where it’s at. It’s not just for geeks anymore. Businesses of all sizes have joined the blogosphere by the millions. They’re seeking to connect with customers, increase their credibility and grow their businesses. You have to be an expert of sorts to really SEO your website with proper tags. But guess what, just by starting a blog with an RSS feed, and placing keyword categories into your blog, you are in the game and the whole tagging system.

Get Googled better and faster. Join as many interactive sites as you can. Digg, MyBlogLog, BlogCatalog, Naymz, Squidoo. And of course, always link back to your sites in your posts and creations, in these user-created content havens. Become the spider! The more connections you have the more your own sites prosper.

Use interactive platforms on your sites. Create polls, membership forums, feedback forms, even allow user contributions. It’s all about being interactive. It’s about sharing, connecting, linking and spinning your own intricate web out into the Internet. You can’t just sit there on top of your static website and wait for people to come. Those days are GONE.

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F.ree Blog Hosting – Today.com


Today I bumped into Today.com

Free Blog Hosting, Searchable Blog Directory . . . . .

What is today.com?

Today.com provides tools for both new and experienced bloggers. For those new to blogging, they offer free blog hosting. For those with an established blog looking to generate more traffic, they offer free submission to their blog directory.

Why choose today.com for my Blog? Want to know what Today.com has to offer? Check out below:

– Easy to use interface for both new and experienced bloggers.
– You can upload pictures, embed videos in seconds.
– Hhave lots of themes and are always adding new ones.
– Today.com will promote our site and your blog by optimizing for search engines, running special promotions, and highlighting and featuring individual blogs.
– They are working on the site EVERYDAY and adding new features all the time!

Today.com provides tools for both new and experienced bloggers. For those new to blogging, they offer free blog hosting. For those with an established blog looking to generate more traffic, they offer free submission to their blog directory.

Check it our now even you are an established blogger.

What Drives Repeat Visitors To Your Site?


There can be zillions of reasons why your visitors return to your web site. One might be very interested in seeing your animated photo on your main page, but kidding aside I’ve gathered 12 elements that invites your visitors to repeat their visits.1. High-Quality Content.


We have all read that “Content Is The Thing” according to Michael Dean of Kittyfeet.com. We have not set-up our website to just fill-it with endless links of your favorites but we’re there to discuss what can we contribute to the web. Fill it with regularly-updated quality content and they’ll return asking for more.

2. Ease Of Use.

We have all heard of “user-friendly” computers and softwares. Why not do the same to our web site. Provide a navigation bar that’s easy (and fun) to use forgetting the fancy stuff.

3. Quick To Download.

Assume your web site is going to be viewed by the oldest browser, slowest modem and limited number of palettes.

4. Updated Frequently.

You have prepared high-quality content but the problem is you only update it once a year. Set a realistic goal first that at the least you’ll bring new content to it once a month and then increase the frequency.

5. Rewards, Contest and Incentives.

Make sure your visitors enjoy a very “rewarding” visit to your site and expect him to return or just remind him to get his prize, reward or a mention of his name in your monthly newsletter. He’ll sure return. Contest is one great idea. Email me on this one and I’ll give you the free code.

6. Favorite Brands.

We all know zdnet.com is the site for free downloads, cnn.com for up-to-the-minute customizable news. Why not link to them? Do you know that zdnet.com offers link partnership? (I don’t get money from this one, folks :-)) I know a site that just updates their visitors on what’s happening to over 200 branded ezines and you know what visitors like it and return.

7. Cutting-edge Technology.

We can’t all compete with this category but I’m sure there are lots of software out there to simplify the task. So grab one!

8. Games.

Online game sites are becoming famous nowadays. Visitors too need sometime to play online. Give what they need and they’ll ask you for more.

9. Purchasing Capabilities.

Web surfers also shop around and they’re looking for convenience on how to do it. Be the first one to do it for them. Add a shopping cart of some sort to your web site and it would be better if you can accept credit cards online.

10. Customizable Content.

Try to create a simple database (Excel of MS Access would do) and connect it on your web site. Every visitor will have its own content and experience. An example of this is planetit.com (tell them I referred you, just enough to receive thank you from them, yes, no money involved here either.)

11. Chat and BBS.

Message Board or interactive forums replaces BBS (bulletin board system) nowadays. Even I have one on my web site (just to make sure) and I’m amazed at the number of visitors from around the globe who post on it. Just make sure you get their email addie so you can reply.

12. Freebies, Jokes and Quotes.

I don’t know about this but I’ve received return visits on this one. I even got a search engine for jokes on my site and people return just to read jokes. These same people who spent considerable amount of money reading jokes and quotes will soon ask for a price quote.

You know studies have shown that it takes 4 to 5 visits for a person before he sets his eyes on what you can offer. A simple element (but it’s not included on the 12 elements I’ve mentioned) is just to place a text on your web site (bold letters, not caps) saying “Please bookmark this site” can go a long, long way.

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