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Starting up a successful online blog: Basic things you need to know

Starting up a successful online blog: Basic things you need to know

Who is a blogger?

Before I start, let’s look at the etymology of that word "blog" and who actually a blogger is.

Blog, a word derived from "webloging", is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries ("posts"). Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page. Until 2009, blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject or topic. In the 2010s, "multi-author blogs" (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and sometimes professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups, and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other "microblogging" systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into the news media. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. With the above sentence, you don't need to be told that a "blogger" is one who actually writes a blog.

 

How to start a successful online blog

Starting almost everything "successful" is not always easy, it required enough from you like dedication, creativity mental and physical strength. It doesn't stop there but why I mentioned dedication, creativity, mental and physical strength is because these are the basics you need to launch yourself into a field that has already established "successful" bloggers.

Your blogging efforts may not help you attain the success of the top six present of these "successful" bloggers. These individuals actually make more than 60,000 dollars a year on their blogs, Linda Ikeji is one of them, but as long as you put a modicum of effort into your site, you’ll reap some great rewards.

Getting started to write your own first blog

Before starting a successful online blog you need to first, identify your goals before setting target on how to achieve them.  Ask yourself if you want some benefits out of your articles like; some financial rewards, educational purposes, political gains...

I would also encourage you to read some couple of article from “pro” bloggers out there to see how they make theirs, but you have to be original about yours to avoid “copy-and-paste”; remember you’re writing a subject you should be very conversant with, hoping to reply comments from your prospective readers or followers.

Make some research on some topics you’re not too sure of using utility web tools like the Wikipedia or wikihow in order not to run into controversy and avoid the use of much complex grammar, as that may scare your prospective readers away; use simpler words but send all the messages clear and complete.

After identifying your goals the next is to get the required tools needed to create your blogs.

Getting started with the tools required

It’s simple, if you’re going to farm, you need farm tools. To start an online blog, you need to have a computer, a domain name, a good webs hosting plan and a blog website.

As a web developer, I have most times encountered problems to explain the difference between "domain hosting" and "web hosting" to some clients in the past. It is very common for newbies to get confused between a domain name with a web hosting. However, it is very important to be crystal clear on the differences between the two before you move on to your first website.

To simplify everything using your living home, a domain name, is like the address of your home; web hosting on the other hand, is the space of your house where you place your furniture.

Instead of street name and area code, set of words or/and numbers are used for the website’s naming’. The same goes with hosting, computer hard disk and computer memory are used instead of instead of wood and steel for storing and processing data files.

instead of wood and steel for storing and processing data files.

Getting your domain Name, Web hosting and blog website

Getting your domain name and a blog website is something you should be very rational when deciding on which one to use. Sit down and think of a name that sounds relational to your ideal topics. A simple one and not the type that sends your readers or search engines away. If possible, get .COM, .ORG or .NET as some domain extensions could be friendly to search engines but I will explain this in my subsequent articles about website traffic and SEO.

In getting your web hosting plan you should look for something small for a starter, a web hosting plan is upgradable over time when you’re reaching milestones and lots of good hosting companies out there provide these services including Servercrib.

Learning computer programing and coding isn’t something everyone is knowledgeable in, but there is a good news for you!

After purchasing your domain name and web hosting, there are lots of blogging scripts and software like WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal...available in Sotftaculous script installer that comes with your web hosting control panel. Not every web hosting company may offer this interface though but I'm very certain about Servercrib. So install your blog and you're good to go.

Now that you’re good to go

The basic setup is done and you have built something you can continue to be proud of.

Start by writing some great posts, give your readers and followers new article to read and enjoy periodically, invite people, monitor their comments on the post and reply their comments.

There is a little more to blogging than just typing and posting great articles. In my subsequent editions and continuation of this blog, I will be revealing some other big secrets of making your blog(website) an avenue of harvest. They would include strategies like: Search Engine Optimization (SEO), in drawing audience/traffic to your blog, Monetizing your blog through ads and other means, the right blogging tools to use and lots of other things you should know before you can make your blog a "Successful" one.

Hopefully you enjoyed my guide to starting a blog. Please ask any question you have in the comments section and I will get right back to you.

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Comments 2

 
Richard Olu Akinyemi on Sunday, 25 September 2016 19:43

Personal domain and web hosting are very important assets as a newbie blogger please shed more light in that area for me to purchase one and started doing something online

Personal domain and web hosting are very important assets as a newbie blogger please shed more light in that area for me to purchase one and started doing something online
Kanu Chris Chijioke on Monday, 26 September 2016 09:35

Thanks Richard!
I will consider your request my next topic, don't forget to subscribe to this blog post: "Starting up a successful online blog" series, as I would be covering all topics needed for you to be a successful online blogger.

Thanks Richard! I will consider your request my next topic, don't forget to subscribe to this blog post: "Starting up a successful online blog" series, as I would be covering all topics needed for you to be a successful online blogger.
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