Sunday, December 9, 2007

The Top 5 Hints For The Beginner Blogger

The Top 5 Hints For The Beginner Blogger

By Rocque Bowen

I have been blogging for years now. It started as a hobby and has grown from there. I teach blogging classes now for Mastermind Pros. Blogging is a great hobby and it can also be used as a way to start your identity on the World Wide Web. Blogging is much easier to start than a web page, and it is a lot easier to maintain then a web site. There are quality Free Blog Hosts available, so there is really no reason not to get started today. Here are my top 5 hints if you are just beginning as a blogger.

Always Start With a Free Blog

I recommend Word Press or Blogger for the best places to get started in blogging. They both are easy to set up and use. Blogger might have better and easier to get help. However Word Press keeps adding more advanced features and does have a pay feature for more upgrades. With each Word Press account you can have more than one blog, and Blogger does offer the same feature, too. For this article I am just going to focus on Word Press. The reason for this is because most of the blogging information I have found out there for free chooses to focus on Word Press, and as you grow in your blogging experience you will most likely end up with a Word Press blog.

Think of a GREAT Name for Your Blog

If you are starting with Word Press, you will want to register an account, but for each blog you want to have a creative name that you choose for you blog. For example if you were writing a blog about being a teacher you might want to see if you can get a name for your blog that has teacher “style” keywords for the title. Another example might be My Life In Room 5 for your main title. You can change the title of your blog at any time that you want so if next year you were moved to room 22, you can just edit your title, but to choose your URL it would be different.

Picking the URL

The URL is simply defined as the Universal Resource Locator. An Internet World Wide Web Address. When you choose a URL for your free Word Press Blog it is shown as: You would substitute your name for your blog where “name” is. Your “name” can be one word or a combination of words with no spaces between them. Several of the good names are already taken but with imagination and patience you can find a suitable name. Maybe choose your own name, for example. I was able to get this blog just now. Remember that the URL title you pick is permanent unless you choose to delete it. You can delete free blogs at any time.

Make a Commitment to Post Often

Most people start blogging because they have something to say! Some people start them for other reasons but having been a Blogger for several years now and a visitor to several blogs, I still feel the majority of blogs out there are started by people who enjoy writing and have something to say, even if it is just commenting on news articles or sharing their poetry. Some people enjoy ranting. Have you visited other people’s blogs before? Go to any search engine and type in the name of something you are interested in like: Johnny Depp Blogs and see what shows up. I got over 276,000 results for that search on Google. So you can find people with the same interests as yours. You can read what they have to say then go comment on their blog and write about it on your blog. You can ask people with similar interests to share on your blog, too.

Do Not Delete Your Blog

Maybe you have started your blog and you hate it. Well think once, twice, three times and more about whether or not you want to keep or delete your blog. Why do I suggest keeping your blog? The main reason I suggest this is because you are starting your presence on the internet. That might not mean much to you if you are new, but it might mean more in months or years to come. Your blog is real estate in the World Wide Web Land. Real Estate here can become valuable, too. You can become valuable as you grow your property (your blog). Blogging is a fun hobby, but you never know what the future is going to hold for you or where you hobby might lead you. Especially if you are building your blog over time, and you are following some of the steps I mentioned in #4 above. People on the internet and bloggers are usually a friendly group. We love to have comments on our blogs. We usually respond to them. It is a special present to us when someone takes the time to make a comment. We love suggestions and people sharing what they are doing, too. The only thing that most bloggers hate is SPAM! That is where people post only to sell something or lead people to websites that they might not want to go to. Don’t fear that though since Word Press has powerful filters now and you get to approve what people can say on their comments.

You will find that Blogging is a lot of fun! If you can send emails you can blog. It is very easy to start up a blog using Word Press or Blogger. If you have been thinking about starting a blog and have not done so yet, my advice is to get started. It is a great free hobby and you never know where it might lead you. Share your interests with the world. There are thousands of readers out there searching for information. Perhaps they will find you. I hope you will enjoy your blogging experience as much as I enjoy blogging and reading blogs, too.

About the Author: Rocque Bowen is a professional coach for Mastermind Pros ( If you are interested in learning to make an online income and are tired of all the hype, stop by Mastermind Pros and find out what it really takes to make an income online.


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Friday, November 9, 2007

Four Ways A Professional Blogger Creates Content For Your Blog

Four Ways A Professional Blogger Creates Content For Your Blog

By Chris McElroy AKA NameCritic

Many people turn to a blog content provider because they just don't know how to get the most out of their blogs. Many others - probably with some overlap - choose to have a blog content provider take over the writing and management of their blog because they have trouble coming up with daily content.

When you hire a professional blogger to write and manage your blog, concerns about writer's block tend to fade away. But how do professional bloggers get their ideas? How do they keep content that's relevant and fresh posted on your blog each and every day all month long?

There are a number of ways. The following five, however, speak to the most common ways in which bloggers approach client blogs.

1. They do some research. In part, this entails reading the content of your business' website to get a feel for the products and services that you offer. They look at posts that have been made in the past and they take a look at your industry.

By taking the time to understand your company, your products and services, the way you look at your industry and your business goals, a professional blogger can create a database of topics to explore in your blog.

2. Blog content providers read other blogs on the same topic as the one they are writing. For example, if your blog is about travel, the professional blogger will look at similar sites to see what's being talked about. Same is true whether you are a real estate agent, a hotel manager, a chef or a race car driver.

By reading similar blogs, your blog content provider can help to engage in conversations with others interested in the subject and even create links to boost your blog's popularity.

3. Blog content providers can take a look at your products and services and offer suggestions for putting them to good use. Do you offer a marketing service? If so, your blogger can create content based on ways in which that service can be used.

Sometimes, drawing more customers is simply a matter of providing alternative uses for products and services - uses that you may not see because of your connection to the project.

4. Blog content providers can work with you to create feature content. Feature pieces have long been the mainstay of journalism; people want to hear personal stories and experiences. By profiling one of your customers, working with customer testimonials or offering product reviews of helpful software or even websites, professional blogger can help you to engage with your customers or clients.

You may be reading this article thinking that these are things that you could do on your own. You may be wondering why you need a blog content producer working on your team. "Can't I just do this myself," you may ask.

The truth is that, yes, you can do all of these things on your own. However, often your time will be fractured by phone calls, customer questions and other parts of doing business. A blog content provider, on the other hand, will be committed to creating fresh content that draws readers; the right blog content provider will also be able to create content that attracts search engine crawlers as well.

As a result, your blog will receive increased notice and increased readership and you are likely to experience a surge of interest in the products and services that your company offers. Is a blog content provider a good investment? The right blogger is.

About the Author: Chris McElroy aka NameCritic provides Professional Management for Business Blogs and can help you choose a blogging solution for your business. He also has his own Busines Blog here


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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Discover Benefits Of Hiring A Professional Blogger For Your Business

Discover Benefits Of Hiring A Professional Blogger For Your Business

By Chris McElroy AKA NameCritic

Whether you've been marketing your business on the web for years or you are just starting out and recognize that web marketing will greatly contribute to your business success, there's one thing that's key to keeping your company name on people's minds: keeping a blog. With a blog, you'll be able to keep fresh content on your website which adds values for site visitors and draws in the search engine spiders.

What many business owners find - those whose companies are well-established as well as those who are just starting out - is that it takes time to keep a website up to date. They also find that keeping a blog can take a chunk of time out of their day, time that could be used for any number of other activities from taking client calls to checking on production to making sure that the bills are getting paid. Often, despite their best intentions, business owners give up on posting to their blog whether they just give it up all at once or let their posts trickle off slowly.

All of a sudden, even though you know that you should keep a blog for your business, you'll find that it slips off of your priority list and on to your list of things to do. And then you'll find that it slips to that part of the list where things just stay either forever or until everything else on the list is something .

There's a good way of avoiding the problem, however: hire a professional blogger to write the blog for your business.

Why would you hire a professional blogger? Well, to begin with, when you're working with someone who operates a business dedicated to blogging that is staffed by trained bloggers, you'll know that the person writing your blog knows the tips, tools and techniques that will draw attention to your blog. Not only will you be able to benefit from the blogger's experience, but you won't have to spend time learning the techniques or writing the posts.

While those are, in themselves, great benefits, the list doesn't stop there. When you contract with a blogging company, you'll know what you're getting. If you hire a blogger who will post to your blog daily, you can be sure that there will be fresh content added to your site each day. If you hire someone to post five times a week, you'll have five posts each week. A professional blogger makes a commitment to you, a commitment that the job will be done.

As a result, you get all of the benefits that come with having a blog for your business - increased site traffic, incoming links to your website and a relationship with current and prospective customers - without any of the hassle. You don't have to worry about days without posts, coming up with content or staying on top of all of the latest tips and tools that bloggers use to get their work noticed. In no time, you'll find yourself reaping the rewards of a well-written blog.

About the Author: Chris McElroy aka NameCritic can help you improve the results you get from your blog. Find out how Professional Blog Management & Consultants can help you maintain a successful blog. You can also visit Our Blog for more info.


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Sunday, September 9, 2007

Socialize Your Wordpress, Blogware Or Blogger Blog With A Single Click Of Your Mouse

Socialize Your Wordpress, Blogware Or Blogger Blog With A Single Click Of Your Mouse

By Cory Threlfall

Blogs(A.K.A. - Weblogs) are the BIGGEST thing going right now online because of there many uses for both the Web Surfer and the Internet Marketer.

But, you probably already know that so for the purpose of this article I'm not going to talk about 'Blogs' in general because I'm sure you've read enough about them by now and/or you already have a few kicking around the net.

What I'm going to share with you Right Now is something I discovered while surfing the net researching Tag and Ping tactics and Social Bookmarkleting because I run more then a few blogs online and wanted to find out how I could take advantage of this whole Tag and Ping and Social Bookmarkleting thing with as little effort as possible.

If your new to this whole Tag and Ping game then let me give you a quick summary of what a Tag is and what a Ping is so there's no confusion as you continue through this article.

*Tags* - Tags are simply *category names* and are selected by you using keywords around whatever niche your blogging about and are included within each post you make, that is, if your blog is set up for Tags.

*Ping* - By Pinging your letting the weblog trackers(like Technorati for example) and the search engines now that your blog has been updated with fresh content and is ready for their spiders to come and crawl your blog for indexing into their databases.

This is where the - Tags - come into play for your blogs posts because as soon as the social bookmarkleting service spiders your blog, it will list your post under that given Tag you chose. So it's very important you choose your Tags wisely.

Now that you know the basics of the Tag and Ping concept, lets now get into what I discovered so you too can incorporate it into your blogging mix, whether you use Wordpress, Blogware or Blogger as your blogging software.

But before I do, lets first talk about what Social Bookmarkleting is for a quick minute.

Social Bookmarkleting, just in case your not quite sure, is simply a collection of your favorite articles, blogs, music, restaurant reviews, photo's or whatever it is that you find interesting on the web and is saved into your public profile through whatever Social Bookmarkleting service you choose.

Technorati, Digg,, furl are just a few Social Bookmarkleting services available on the web which is why I'm writing this article because I discovered a COOL plugin that you can use on Wordpress, Blogware and Blogger blogs that will connect you to over 50+ social bookmarkleting services through one click of your mouse giving your blog audience multiple options to share your blog post or blog with the world which in turn will increase your traffic and popularity of your blog.

Lets face it, adding 50+ social bookmarkleting buttons to your blog would be a VERY tedious endevour so why not take the short cut for a change and install this plugin and let your reader make his or her choice.

To take advantage of this plugin right now go to ==>

This plugin is absolutely FREE and only takes minutes to install on your blog.

Make sure your choose your Tag wisely as well. I recommend you go to Technorati - - and look at the TOP 100 tags since Technorati is the BIG Daddy in the blogosphere.

(TIP: The bigger and bolder the Tag the more popular the topic is.)

After you've done that, start Blogging.

The more posts you make, the more pages you'll generate with the "Socialize-It" button helping spread the word about your blog and getting your blog added in whatever Social Bookmarkleting service database your blog reader is apart of.

I hope you found this article helpful and take action on what you have just learned.

Good luck!

About the Author: Cory Threlfall is a PROVEN Internet Marketer and is the Editor and Publisher of a Online Business and Marketing publication called The Internet Wonders eZine. Go subscribe today and receive 'Daily' via the Web, RSS or eMail quality Articles, Product Reviews, Resources, Tips, and More on how to Promote and Build your business online. Go NOW To ==>


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