Help, I'm Starting a Blog! 5 Beginner Blogging Tips Just for You
Starting a blog can be an incredibly fun, exciting, and even profitable thing to do. But it can also be intimidating and overwhelming. You've got to figure out how and where to start. The 5 beginner blogging tips below are enough to help you get up and running.
Get your own domain name
This is essential, and it's not really an option these days if you want to be taken seriously as a blogger. Having your own domain gives your blog automatic credibility. Choose a domain name that has keywords in it that people are searching for.
True, you can get a free blog from WordPress.com or Blogger, but having WordPress on your own domain is where it's at. It's an extremely powerful blogging platform that will allow you to grow and expand as necessary. You can download it at WordPress.org.
Comment a ton on other people's blogs
This is a great way to get traffic and backlinks to your site while at the same time building up relationships with other bloggers. Leave genuine comments that add value to the blog post. Leaving a "Hey, nice blog!" comment will not cut it.
Reply back to every comment you get
This helps build up more of a community feel on your blog. It also encourages participation and makes your readers feel like their input is valuable. If you're really gung-ho, you could even comment on the blog of everyone that leaves a comment on your blog!
Be on Twitter
OK, so this is not technically a blogging tip per se, but it's one of the best ways to connect with other bloggers and grow your blog. The quality of your followers is more important than quantity. Remember, you're trying to build up important relationships that can benefit both parties involved. Be generous with your retweets and others will be generous with their.