10 DIY Tips for Blogging

10 Useful Tips to Starting your Website or Blog

10 DIY Tips for Blogging

So you’ve decided you want to start your own website or blog, but you don’t know exactly how to start. Or you don’t know if you’re doing the right thing, or if you’re on the right track. Blogging can be quite confusing, and that’s an understatement!

The first thing you need to understand about blogging is that it is not exact science. There are no exact formulas to successful blogging. If you think setting up your website was difficult, you’re in for a surprise. What comes after is more difficult and you’ll think setting up your website was a piece of cake.

Another great resource is this book if you have decided to venture out and DIY your blog!

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And let me just answer this question right off the bat: WORDRPRESS.ORG and WORDPRESS.COM are not the same! .ORG is where you’re going to want to be as you purchase hosting and domain names

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The Blogging Formula to Success

There’s no exact formula to blogging success. Things change constantly. What works for someone might not work for someone else. And what one thinks is a great blogging formula may seem not so good to other people. This is basically both confusing and amazing at the same time.

It’s confusing because you don’t really know if what you’re doing will get your website to the first page of Google’s search results, nor are you sure that what you’re doing will be successful. Amazing because you are free to do what you want; your creativity and imagination are your only limit.

One thing bloggers will find is that there are no direct answers to their questions. There’s no simple way or simple answer to address a blogger’s question. Why? Basically, because there are really no straight answers.

It’s hard to move forward if you don’t know the answer to your question. You could make many different decisions and pretty much go anywhere. The most common blogging questions are:

• How do you make money blogging?
• How do you get more traffic to your blog?
• How do I schedule my blogging ventures?

There are about a million different answers to these questions, so what does a newbie blogger do? Here are 10 useful tips when you start your website or blog.

1. Just wing it (Well not really…)

No not really, but part of starting a blog is expecting the unexpected. You won’t do everything perfectly the first time around. That’s a-okay! Expect to make mistakes along the way; it’s part of blogging.

2. Know what you have to do and just do it!

Need help understanding the basics of blogging & time management? Here are some great resources.

Great schedule and simple topics!
Weekly Blog Topics to Your Email
Tell Your Time

Then, take the plunge. Some many people wait to write because they think it has to be perfect. It doesn’t! If you are blogging professionally for business, then make sure your sentences make sense. Even the best bloggers let things slip from time to time. Don’t stress!Remember, this is supposed to be fun!

3. Focus on just one blog at a time, and 1-2 social media sites.

Don’t get too excited and try to do everything all at once. Just take things one at a time, and do just a few things. Do them well. Then add to your schedule as time permits.

4. Get help as you need it!

You don’t need to know everything all at once. You’ll find plenty of tips here at Work at Home Mom University. Some you’ll find useful, and some of them you won’t. If you have a question, ask us! We’re happy to help!
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5. Get to know your target audience

Who is your target audience? Get to know them better &find out which social networking sites they hang out, and go there. Build a community. It doesn’t come overnight and it’s hard work, but consistency and authenticity are half the battle!

6. Set clear and realistic goals.

I always tell my clients this. Don’t judge your start by someone else’s middle. There are a lot of bloggers out there that have done this for years! Don’t try to be them. Be you.

• Why are you blogging?
• Who is your blog for?

Make sure you set clear and realistic goals for why you’re blogging and stick to them. When you work, it will be helpful to have a visual reminder of your blogging goals so that you don’t stray and end up spending hours on social networking sites. You can create a Dream Board to help you visualize your goals.

7. Read and follow other bloggers with the same goals.

Make sure to check out other bloggers who have the same interests as yours. Observe and be a detective and find our what and how they are doing what you would like to do. Ask questions! Most often times, people will respond back.

8. Connect with other bloggers.

There are millions of blogs and bloggers online, and a lot of these bloggers are active in their respective communities. It’s best to interact in social networking sites and build genuine relationships with other people.

9. Be flexible and don’t write for Google!

The online world changes every minute, and so does blogging. It’s very different today than it was a few years ago. In order for your blog to withstand the changes of time, you need to be constantly learning and updating your blog. Be true to you. You won’t want to write if you’re not interested in your own content.

Don’t write for Google search engines…that’s an ever-changing beast to keep up with. If you have great content and a voice in the community you are reaching out to, people will come!

10. Don’t get discouraged!

Keep in mind that blogging is a long and continuous process. You or your blog won’t be famous overnight. There are months when you won’t even make a penny. Don’t be discouraged. Just keep moving forward and you’ll get to where you want to be.
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