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Blogging For Beginners – Initial Tips On How To Blog

 by DrJon

How To Blog?

What is a Blog? Where do you start?
How Do You Blog?
Those are a few questions you need to get answered before you start your own blog.

This is a short list of tips on blogging for beginners. It is just a start and I will post a lot more on this topic in the future.

Blogging is really common nowadays. Almost everyone from all age brackets has a blog or at least visited one in the past few months. If you have a blog, you may have only a few casual readers and even fewer followers. Getting tips on how to blog can help you generate more traffic to your blog.

The number of blogs now keep growing and growing. There are millions of blogs all looking for attention, and so many other blogs have content just like yours. It can take a great deal of work in order for you to get loyal readers.

If you don’t have a blog, you firs need to set one up. It can be done for free on many different places online.  However, I recommend that you are using wordpress self hosted blog platform (http://www.wordpress.org) and host the blog yourself if you are serious about blogging. (Note: There is a difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org and only the second one is self hosted).

When you host your blog yourself you will then have control over your own content and no one can try to shut you down or take you out because of what you are writing. Hosting a blog does not need too cost a lot of money. For less than 10 dollars per month you can be up and running very quickly. See my recommended tools page if you want more specific tips on which services to use.

  • When your blog is setup, you need to fill it with content and get readers. Choose a topic that excites you, that you are passionate about and have some knowledge related to (you don’t need to be an expert when you start, you can learn along the way if you so desire)
  • First thing you got to do to have more readers is to write good content. If readers see that your content is boring, the will never want to go back to your site again.
  • You do not need to be a good writer to know how to blog well. All you need is content that is interesting and appealing to your audiences. If you have more readers, they will link your blog to other people they know to share what they have just read from you. This will lead to more visitors and hopefully also more permanent readers of your blog.
  • Blogging is revolutionary in the sense that it allows readers and other bloggers to post comments to your blog entries. Leaving comments open allows other people to interact with you. Your blog will be more living.
  • People do not want websites that are just static. Getting them to comment on your site is one way of expressing that you want to listen to what they have to say.
  • If you find it hard to promote your own blog, it is also possible to post on a well known blog as a guest poster then link back to your site. Their loyal readers might be interested in your content and maybe even take a look at your site. (this is a little bit more advanced, when you already have some content of your own)
  • Become a part of a Tribe. A social media tribe can help you tremendously to get more traffic and readers to your blog in a short period of time. (Learn more about tribes in other posts here on my blog). As you know, I have a tribe and what we have created together is FAR beyond what anyone of us could have accomplished by ourselves in the same amount of time.
  • Learning how to blog effectively can give your blog a much wider reader base.

So, if you don’t have a blog yet you should start by going to wordpress.org and get one TODAY.

To Your Success,

Dr Jon

PS. Please tell me what you think about this post by leaving a comment below. I appreciate you for that!

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  • Posted by Hector Cuevas on May 24, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Hey Jon,

    Being part of a tribe is definitely a great way to promote your blog. The law of reciprocation is very powerful and everyone ends up winning.

    This was a great, and very detailed post

    keep it coming bud – talk soon
    Hector
    Hector Cuevas´s last blog ..4 Ways To “Switch Up” Your Blog Content For More Return Readers My ComLuv Profile

  • Posted by Sharon Whyte on May 24, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Hi Jon,
    Thanks for all the tips for a new blogger. Being part of the tribe will help us all – I am very new to blogging so this is all very exciting to me. I love the fact we are able to update fresh content. I always had a static website and no control. We all have so many ideas and experiences from our own lives its great to share and read what others are doing. Thanks for your post
    Sharon Whyte
    Sharon Whyte´s last blog ..Do I Really Need To Set Goals? My ComLuv Profile

  • Posted by Anna Johnston on May 25, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Well I can personally attest to the of power doing all that you have stated above.

    When I first starting learning from you Jon, taking your advice and implementing accordingly, I didn’t really understand the importance of self hosting and owning your own real estate, BUT, I can now say I am active member of your tribe, I am learning tons from fellow bloggers and absolutely loving sharing my journey with everyone.

    I agree whole heartedly my friend, your advise has been AMAZING.

    Hats off to you buddy, cant wait for your next post!
    Anna Johnston´s last blog ..Suit Up, Step Up & Suck It Up Princess – I’ve Got a New Job! My ComLuv Profile

  • Posted by Val Wilcox on May 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Jon,
    Glad to see you back. Love the new look.
    You list out great tips for beginners. Easy to follow, clear & concise tips that will get them off on the right foot.
    Thanks for sharing this great info,
    Val :)
    Val Wilcox´s last blog ..Clarify the Right Relationship with Yourself My ComLuv Profile

  • Posted by David Merrill on June 02, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Thanks for this thorough analysis of blogging for the beginner Dr. Jon. It sounds so complicated to people just starting, and there’s certainly a lot to consider.

    You’ve put it all together very concisely and clearly. A great help to all!
    David Merrill´s last blog ..Are You A “Star Blogger“? 5 Reasons Why You Want To Be! My ComLuv Profile

  • Posted by arlan murata on June 02, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Jon:
    Thanks for you post on blogging. Meaningful thoughts. Being a member of your tribe is awesome. Wonderful people and leaders. Keep it going guys.

  • Posted by Chris Bernardo on June 09, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Jon,
    Thanks for sharing this information, I am going to share this with my list as i find great value in it. Have an Awesome Day!
    Chris

  • Posted by Jordan Schultz on June 11, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Jon,

    It doesn’t make sense not to have your own self-hosted blog… Just like you can’t count on Facebook or Twitter never to shut you down, wordpress.com could easily shut you down too.

    Love the Tribes… glad I found your crew when I did, and took action with it. It’s been awesome!

    Jordan Schultz
    ~Social-Media Specialist~
    Jordan Schultz´s last blog ..How to Generate Free Leads Using Attraction Marketing My ComLuv Profile

  • Posted by Ted on June 11, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Great post about blogging basics.
    Ted´s last blog ..How to Avoid Burnout in Your Online Marketing Business My ComLuv Profile

  • Posted by Michael Feil on June 17, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Great article for the beginning blogger! Thanks Jon!
    Michael Feil´s last blog ..Six Steps To Initiate Success My ComLuv Profile

  • Posted by Steven Suchar on June 18, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Hi Dr Jon!

    Thanks for inviting me to your Blog…it’s so nice meeting you. :)

    I like to refer to a Blog as one’s ‘special place’ on the Internet, whether it be for business, hobby or just flat out fun. It has to be crafted into an interactive meeting place where your visitors feel comfortable & welcomed!!

    Have a most pleasant day…your tribal friend Steven Suchar
    Steven Suchar´s last blog ..Are You Creating Emotionally Triggered Headlines? My ComLuv Profile

  • Posted by Steve Hachey on June 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Jon,

    Excellent information my friend. It is a necessity in today’s business world to have a blog. Those who don’t are most certainly missing out on an amazing opportunity to build a following, share what they know and create some wonderful relationships.

    Cheers
    Steve
    Steve Hachey´s last blog ..One Of The Best In The Industry My ComLuv Profile

  • Posted by Baker on July 13, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Very good information here. It is essential nowadays to have a blog if you are a business. A blog is like a plant, it grows when we take time to nurture it by the right sunlight and sufficent water and grow.

  • Posted by Wendy MacKay on July 13, 2010 at 5:53 am

    thanks Jon, important information when beginning your blog. Since there is so much info within internet land it is good to feel aligned with interests and commonalities when searching for articles. I find blogging fun and inspiring, like having a chat with a group of friends, especially when rec’g comments.
    Wendy MacKay´s last blog ..Law of Attraction – Working For You My ComLuv Profile

  • Posted by Julieanne van Zyl on July 13, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Hi Dr Jon, great post for people just getting started with a blog. I agree, WordPress.org is definitely the best.
    Julieanne van Zyl´s last blog ..Why Use WordPress – SEO is Easy My ComLuv Profile

  • Posted by DrJon on July 14, 2010 at 3:33 am

    Thansk Julieanne, yes, self hosted wordpress is THE way to go! :)

  • Posted by DrJon on July 14, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Thanks Wendy, I agree, blogging is (and should be) fun and inspiring. Unfortunately I haven’t got around to publish very much recently but from now on it’s gonna change! :)

  • Posted by jeff wisuri on January 20, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Jon,

    Love the post! Especially the part @ the absolute importance of belonging to a tribe. The Tribe is so important to the core support group and getting the syndicating needed to take you to the next level…..keep up the great posts!

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