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Old 10-18-2013, 04:41 AM
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I would start with a hosted site instead of a free one. Controversial!

being able to have a site exactly how you want it is worth paying a small hosting bill for, whereas being forced to use a free platform and follow their rules could end up being the thing that turns you off blogging!

It all depends on if you have a little bit of disposable income every month which you dont mind "throwing away" on a private project.

Here in london a pint costs me about as much as my hosting bill each month, its a good job i don't drink!
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:44 AM
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Blogging can be great fun once you see the results, start on a free blogging site and experiment with it, chances are a year from now you might be facing an entirely new direction. I wish you the best of luck.
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:49 AM
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1. Find a niche that you are passionate about.

It is important that you care, at least somewhat, about what you are writing about. Many people find a niche that is popular and don't care about the topic. While that can work, since you are inexperienced that is an unwise way to go. If you are passionate about a topic you will write better articles and feel more motivation to keep it growing.

2. Get a unique domain name

People are tempted to use a free service like blogspot. If you are making a blog that you plan on growing, then you need to treat it like a business. How many businesses do you know that don't have expenses? Buy a domain name and make sure it includes a prime keyword for your niche. Don't overload it, for instance a dog blog called DogsPuppiesCanines.com is overkill.

3. Get paid hosting

You can get reliable hosting for under $6 a month. Even less if you pay for a year at a time. It is worth it. Don't use a free hosting plan. Just don't.

4. Research keywords in your niche

You need to find keywords that are searched often but have low competition. There are plenty of tools out there to help with this just Google it.

5. Write initial posts

Don't try to promote your self or get it ranked in Google until you have at least 10 good length (500+ words) articles. There is a lot of debate about the number some people say 50 posts. I find at least 10 is a really good idea. Make each post you write target one of the keywords you discovered in step 4.

6. Submit to Search engines

Now submit to search engines. Chances are, if you registered a new domain, google probably already found you but do it anyway. Submit a sitemap <- 'google it' and create webmasters accounts with google and bing to track your blog. You might want to consider google analytics as well.

7. Write More Posts

Consistent updates are important for a good blog. Most blogging software allows you to schedule post releases. So if you have 2 weeks with nothing to do you can write 20 blog posts and schedule just 2 to release a week and keep things fresh.

8. Build a name for yourself

Go out and make valuable comments on other blogs in your niche with links back to yourself. Write articles and submit to article databases. Offer to guest blog for sites in your niche that get a lot of visitors and link to your blog in the about author area. Do anything you feel will respectably get your name out there.

9. Write More Quality Posts

Content is king. Keep writing blog posts targeted to your discovered keywords in #4. When you run out of keywords on the list do more research. Try to target a new keyword each post. Never target the exact same keyword twice, slight variations aren't a bad idea though such as adding 'ing' or making the keyword plural.

10. Be patient

Building traffic takes time, especially if you are new to this. Don't try to monetize the blog too much until the traffic is coming in.

11. Write more quality posts.

Yeah more of that.

11. Tracking

Use google analytics and webmasters tools to see which pages are doing well and which aren't and try to figure out why. Make adjustments to your writing or targeting to compensate.

There is of course more to it than that, but this gives you a really good start. Hope it helps.
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Old 12-12-2013, 04:43 AM
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Start a blog on something you are passionate about, It'll be easier to write creative content
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