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13 Tips For Successful Blogging by Nobody: 7:38pm On Mar 24, 2016
Blogs can be a very marketable and very profitable tool if used correctly. Profiting from blogs is just a matter of grabbing the attention of an audience and not doing any actual salesmen selling. In this article you will learn the 13 most essential steps to successful blogging.

1) Where to start?

You should begin your blog with a free blog hosting service such as Journal Home or Blogger. Starting with a free blog hosting service allows you to begin blogging instantly without having any advance knowledge of scripts, hosting, or programming. It allows you to focus on your content and not the internal maintenance of the blog. The best benefit of starting with a free service is, in the case your blog doesn't become successful you do not lose any money or are you left holding the bill. The great thing about a blog is that they are organized in chronological order, your latest entry is displayed first. When your blog traffic grows greatly and you are ready to upgrade to your own domain then you can simply make your last blog entry the announcement of your "move". Simply add a last entry stating that your blog has "moved" and type the new blog URL address. Which directs visitors to your new blog site, keeping your following, without a major inconvenience to anyone. Upgrade as you need to...but only when you need to!

2) Niche

A niche is a targeted product, service, or topic. You should first decide on a product, service, or topic which interest you. Choose an area which you can enthusiastically write about on a daily basis. You can use keyword research services like Google Zeitgeist or Yahoo! Buzz Index to find popular searched topics. It does NOT matter if your topic is popular as long as there is a audience for your topic and the topic is precisely focused then your blog should be successful. Anything can be considered a niche as long as it has a target audience no matter how large or how small the audience is. A blog about your cat can be a niche or a blog about the species of the cat family can be a larger niche market, if there are people who are interested in hearing about your cat or the species of the cat family...you can even choose to build your audience for a market which an audience does not exist, but first you must build your blog.

3) Update Daily (nothing less)

This step is a must and not a suggestion. Updating your blog daily not only keeps your blog more interesting to readers, but it also gives your blog fresh content on a day to day making it more appealing to search engines. Not updating your blog on an occasional holiday or one day here and there is understandable to most, but missing days at a time or weeks is unacceptable and will most likely result in your blog being unsuccessful. To keep your blog traffic and retain your visitors interest it is a must to update your blog daily with multiple entries. You should try to update your blog everyday with at least 3 or more daily entries. The best way to accomplish this is to set aside 1-2 hours a day for tending to your blog and adding new entries. It may even be wise to schedule a set time which you dedicate to your blog each day. Give yourself work hours and treat your blog as a job, what happens if you don't come to work for days or weeks...you lose money or worse you get fired! Same applies here...if you don't update your blog for days or weeks you'll lose visitors.

4) Traffic

It's no secret. You must have traffic to profit from blogs. There are numerous ways to build traffic. Paid advertising, free advertising, viral marketing, search engine marketing, RSS/XML feeds, and word-of-mouth. You should always use your blog URL address in the signature of your email, forum discussions, message boards, or any other communication media. You should submit your blog URL address to search engines and blog directories. You should submit your RSS/XML URL feed to blog ping services like Technorati, Ping-O-Matic, and Blogdigger. You should confidently share your blog with family, friends, co-workers, associates, and business professionals when it relates. Many blogs can be considered as a collection of articles, for this purpose you should submit your blog entries (those that are valuable and lengthy articles) to content syndicators like GoArticles.com or ArticleCity.com. Once submitted your articles can be picked up and published by others. The trick is to make sure you include your Blog URL address in the "About the Author" passage. What this does is create link popularity and backlinks for your blog, when someone picks up your article from the syndication then publish the article on their website the "About the Author" passage is included with each publication and the link you included is followed, crawled, and indexed by search engines. Imagine if your article is popular enough or controversial enough to produce 10,000 publications across the web. The search engines is bound to find your site in no time with that many publications and credit you a authority on the topic, in return increasing your rank on search engines. The small effort of writing a well written article is rewarding. You should try to write at least 1 full length article every week for syndication and submit your article to at least 10 article syndicators.

5) Track Your Blog

How do you know if your blog has traffic? Just because no one is leaving comments doesn't mean your blog isn't growing. Many visitors do not leave comments but they are returning visitors. I know it sounds crazy but with blogs people are more interested in what "you" have to say! Many visitors do not comment their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd time. Some do not comment at all, but are active daily visitors.

Tracking your blog does not have to be overly sophisticated usually a simple free page counter like StatCounter.com or Active Meter will do the trick. Install (copy/paste) the code into the html of your blog template and start tracking your visitors. Its better to use a service which gives you advanced traffic analysis, such as keyword tracking information, referral information, and search engine information. Visitors, returning visitors, and unique visitors should be standard for any page counter service you choose.

6) Listen to Your Audience

When using the proper page counter you should begin to see how others are finding your blog and if through search engines then which keywords are being used to find your blog. If constantly your blog is being found by 1 or more keywords then focus your blog around those keywords to make it even more powerful. When writing entry titles and entries use the keywords as often as possible while keeping the blog legible and interesting.

7) Multiple blogs

Use multiple blogging accounts to attract more people. This means you should have a blog with JournalHome.com, Blogger.com, LiveJournal.com, Blog-City.com, tBlogs.com, etc. The more blog accounts the better. You can copy/paste from 1 blog to all others. Having different blog accounts is like having a publication in different newspapers. This enables you to attract more visitors and this also increases the chance that 1 of your blogs will be in the search engine results for your focused keywords.

cool Short & Concise

Aside from the lengthy article a week for syndication and publication your blog entries should be short & concise (if you can help it). Sometimes there are exceptions to the rule and you have no choice but to blog lengthy entries, but try to avoid this as much as possible. You do not want your blog entries to become hours of reading. Visitors like to easily find information and skim through your entries. It is good to be detailed and provide useful information, but do not include useless information or run away sentences that veer away from your topic.

9) Digital Art

Try to include non-advertising graphics, pictures, photos, and art in your blog entries. Not too much. Once a week is fine. Graphics can sometimes bring your blog to life. Of course, the content of the blog is the most important aspect and you do not want to overshadow your content with graphics, but displaying graphics can add a bit of spice to the blog. Be choosy about your graphics and make sure they fit your entry topic. You should add content with the graphic, at least a caption. Original graphics, photos, pictures, and art is recommended.

10) Keep it Personal

A blog is most successful when it is kept personal. Try to include personal experiences which relates to the topic of your blog entry. Stay away from the business style of writing. Write with a more personal style and use first-person narratives. Do not write any of your entries as sales letters, instead share product reviews and personal endeavors.

11) Interact With Your Visitors

You now have the traffic you deserve. You should begin interacting with your visitors. Create a regular theme such as: "Monday Money Tip" or "Picture of the Week" which entices your readers to look forward to each week.

Give your readers advance notice about a product, service, or topic which you are going to review and then talk about later. If the President was scheduled to give a speech then in your blog you should state that you "will discuss the speech and give your opinion after the speech airs. Comments will be appreciated".

Try your best to find exclusive information that not many have. Do not disclose any confidential or secret information which is deemed illegal or can potentially get you into trouble, but try to get the scoop before everyone else does. Such as: If your blog was about Paris Hilton (the socialite) and you had a blog entry about "Paris Hilton Getting Married" then it would be interesting to your readers if you had a actual picture of Paris Hilton engagement ring. Give your best effort to dig and search the internet for exclusive information and you will possibly come up with something useful. Your readers will appreciate this and they show their appreciation through word-of-mouth referrals. Imagine how many readers will tell their friends, family, and others about information they only can find at your blog.

12) Make Money

Once your blog has gained some real momentum and your blog traffic is increasing then it is time to start thinking about turning your traffic into profit. You should use contextual advertising, like Google Adsense or Chitika. Contextual advertising is usually text links which use the content of your blog to publish targeted ads on your blog. The payout is usually based on a pay-per-click model, meaning for ever click an ad receives you are paid a small percentage of the profits. In addition to contextual advertising it is good to also use graphical advertising such as: BlogAds.com, Amazon.com, MammaMedia, or General Sponsored Advertising.

13) You're a Professional

You're a professional now! What are you still doing with that free blog hosting service? It is time to upgrade to a domain hosted solution. You need to get a web host and choose a domain name for your blog then check its availability. Select the blogging software you wish to use, such as: Squarespace.com, WordPress.org, MovableType.org, etc. When you have your new blog domain setup and ready for traffic then it is time for you to announce your move on all your previous blog accounts. Your last entry to the blog should be a "move" announcement. The title should be "Moved" and the blog entry should state something like "Old Blog has been moved to New Blog please follow and bookmark this link for future reference: http://www.YourNewBlogDomainName.com". This way all returning visitors and new readers should not have any problem finding your new blog domain.

At the level of a professional blogger you may want to team up with 1 or more other bloggers. This will create a more interesting and more powerful blog. The old saying "two heads is better than one", more authors mean more advertising and exposure because each author will have a vested interest in the blog. The idea of a team blog is to make it profitable and rewarding for all authors, while continuing to target the blog topic and keeping the blog interesting for visitors.

Following these blogging techniques should make your blogging experience much more rewarding. There is no guarantee that your blog will become popular or a household name, but the effort should at least put you one step closer. Making money online is not an overnight experience like many may think, but making money online is definitely a foreseeable possibility. As well, growing popularity on the web is not an overnight experience, but through time, dedication, and persistence you will be rewarded with all the royalties of blogging.

About the Author

Abah moses is the owner and founder of www.naijland.com and www.abovenaija.com just to mention but a few, He is an online internet marketer, content writer, and IT consultant. Abah moses has years of IT-related experience and Internet-related experience. His ingenuity, dedication, and passion for technology, internet marketing, & writing have made him a monumental icon in the World Wide Web. His blog can be visited at http://www.naijland.com

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Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by kingvectorv(m): 9:51pm On Mar 24, 2016
grin Nice 1 @Op...


FTC cool grin
Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by chibuzor05(m): 10:02pm On Mar 24, 2016
Nice piece of information. Thumbs up OP.

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Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by RichYoungNigga: 3:59am On Mar 25, 2016
I started blogging two weeks ago.

I create a WordPress blog and blogger.
4 days later, i applied for Google AdSense and was verified the next day.

I get like 300 visitors per day on my WordPress blog.
The secret is i share it on two of my twitter accounts that has 5 thousand followers and also on Facebook.

I'm starting to make money now, i wonder how much i will be making in the next few months

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Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by Nobody: 4:27am On Mar 25, 2016
Who among the MODS is posting a this time of the day.. that MOD is having a sleepless night... yes. about 6topic in Frontpage around 2am
Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by sundayekoja(m): 4:39am On Mar 25, 2016
I want to build a website. But between forum and wordpress which is better..

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Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by Richkid85: 4:54am On Mar 25, 2016
I hope you are successful like Lindaikeji, if not eh how will this benefit our jobless youths ? embarassed
Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by logadims: 5:02am On Mar 25, 2016
RichYoungNigga:
I started blogging two weeks ago.

I create a WordPress blog and blogger.
4 days later, i applied for Google AdSense and was verified the next day.

I get like 300 visitors per day on my WordPress blog.
The secret is i share it on two of my twitter accounts that has 5 thousand followers and also on Facebook.

I'm starting to make money now, i wonder how much i will be making in the next few months
send me your contact, we need talk seriously!
Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by Nobody: 5:52am On Mar 25, 2016
Wow thanks. I'll do these right away
Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by gidimasters(m): 5:55am On Mar 25, 2016
Nice One...
Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by nenergy(m): 6:27am On Mar 25, 2016
logadims:
send me your contact, we need talk seriously!
Took the bait. Typical grin

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Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by brunofarad(m): 6:30am On Mar 25, 2016
Nice one

There's more opportunities in BLOGGING yet to to be discovered.
Am on it though and when I do....."LINDA" will be childs play...

Thanks though OP

Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by Julius2214(m): 6:31am On Mar 25, 2016
Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by Nobody: 6:48am On Mar 25, 2016
One of the very few articles by Nigerian bloggers with no embarrassing grammatical howler.

Good job op.

I agree with most of you said.

JarusHub, my blog, is now almost a household name that everywhere we go, we also get to meet someone that follows us.

Trying to open a bank account with GTB recently and the bank officer told us, "so you guys are the owner of JarusHub. I will personally take up the opening of this account".

Anytime I give my card as Founder of JarusHub, 2 out of every 3 persons that receive it, tell me they are aware of it before.

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Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by macaranta(m): 6:56am On Mar 25, 2016
cool
Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by Whizzcute(m): 7:19am On Mar 25, 2016
Very informative write up.
Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by Mosb(m): 7:32am On Mar 25, 2016
Blog for straight 6Months den come lets talk...........

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Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by tonyx4x44(m): 7:34am On Mar 25, 2016
cool tips for a beginner... but remember choose your own destiny... never completely follow the script of another... I started straight with a custom named wordpress blog, and 6 months later Boyantech is doing quite well.

I consider most of the advice I see as general guidelines not as the only way to success. I broke a lot of the 'rules' but I'm doing great

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Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by GoldenJulius(m): 7:44am On Mar 25, 2016
Jarus:
One of the very few articles by Nigerian bloggers with no embarrassing grammatical howler.

Good job op.

I agree with most of you said.

JarusHub, my blog, is now almost a household name that everywhere we go, we also get to meet someone that follows us.

Trying to open a bank account with GTB recently and the bank officer told us, "so you guys are the owner of JarusHub. I will personally take up the opening of this account".

Anytime I give my card as Founder of JarusHub, 2 out of every 3 persons that receive it, tell me they are aware of it before.
Am an unemployed graduate, i have gain a lot of career advice and motivation from Jarushub. I so much love your blog, am hoping to start something that will also inspire a lot of people out there. God bless you Sir.
Thanks Op

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Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by Ucheosefoh(m): 7:47am On Mar 25, 2016
Great info, that guy that create a blog and got verified by adsense the next day how true is that?
Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by bankydirect: 8:03am On Mar 25, 2016
I need anyone who can move blog frm wordpress to blogger to email me. bankydirect at gmail . com
Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by leo1234(m): 8:07am On Mar 25, 2016
RichYoungNigga:
I started blogging two weeks ago.

I create a WordPress blog and blogger.
4 days later, i applied for Google AdSense and was verified the next day.

I get like 300 visitors per day on my WordPress blog.
The secret is i share it on two of my twitter accounts that has 5 thousand followers and also on Facebook.

I'm starting to make money now, i wonder how much i will be making in the next few months
What is the domain name of your word press blog?
Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by RichYoungNigga: 8:21am On Mar 25, 2016
logadims:
send me your contact, we need talk seriously!

Send me Pm
Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by RichYoungNigga: 8:23am On Mar 25, 2016
sundayekoja:
I want to build a website. But between forum and wordpress which is better..

Blogger is the best
Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by RichYoungNigga: 8:26am On Mar 25, 2016
tonyx4x44:
cool tips for a beginner... but remember choose your own destiny... never completely follow the script of another... I started straight with a custom named wordpress blog, and 6 months later Boyantech is doing quite well.

I consider most of the advice I see as general guidelines not as the only way to success. I broke a lot of the 'rules' but I'm doing great

I can see ads on your site.
Do you have AdSense ??

You got to change the site color to red
Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by RichYoungNigga: 8:27am On Mar 25, 2016
bankydirect:
I need anyone who can move blog frm wordpress to blogger to email me. bankydirect at gmail . com

They can do it for you on www.fiverr.com for free

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Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by Naijaaccountwiz: 8:29am On Mar 25, 2016
Very insightful, thanks op

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Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by malsnoop(m): 8:35am On Mar 25, 2016
Bro I'm also an upcoming blogger. I'v gat over 100k followers on my twitter accounts, though I'm about to start blogging... I created a blog but i don't know whats the next step. I'll really appreciate if u can shed more light on it. Thanks and looking forward to hear from you

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Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by yahoofak(m): 8:52am On Mar 25, 2016
sundayekoja:
I want to build a website. But between forum and wordpress which is better..
owning a forum is far better compared to owning a blog. most especially, because of user interaction based on interest and experience. you stand a chance of getting higher traffic and returning users. which means more money. I can build a site like nairaland for you with all the features cloned: ads, likes, shares, followers, followed topics e.t.c you can send me a message on facebook https://facebook.com/IAmMartinSunday

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Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by Kazrem(m): 9:30am On Mar 25, 2016
This may be helpful aminat508

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Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by Deejaygold(m): 9:33am On Mar 25, 2016
RichYoungNigga:
I started blogging two weeks ago.

I create a WordPress blog and blogger.
4 days later, i applied for Google AdSense and was verified the next day.

I get like 300 visitors per day on my WordPress blog.
The secret is i share it on two of my twitter accounts that has 5 thousand followers and also on Facebook.

I'm starting to make money now, i wonder how much i will be making in the next few months

Send me your number, we must talk immediately
Or 07064285388 WhatsApp
Please ooooooooooo
www.wittydawson.WordPress.com
Re: 13 Tips For Successful Blogging by datGuyJoo: 9:54am On Mar 25, 2016
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