Starting a blog is not only easy, it can be a fun and creative way for you to share your thoughts, opinions, and expertise on a particular subject. Some people use their blog as a personal journal to share with the world. Others focus on a very specific topic and attract a group of readers who also share an interest in that topic. Whatever reason you choose to begin writing, you can develop a high-traffic web blog that people will enjoy reading on a regular basis.
Before setting everything up, it’s important to figure out what topic you want to write about. It’s best to stick to a topic you have a sincere interest in. More often than not, people start up a new blog, write every day for about a week, and then give up because the subject matter no longer interests them. Your best bet is to find something you like learning more about, something new you are trying, or anything that you feel passionate about.
Some popular topics include:
- Health & fitness
- Celebrity gossip
Hobbies are great topics also. Are you an avid fisher? Do you make your own clothes? People who share an interest would probably visit a web site dedicated to their hobby quite often. These specific niche type of web sites can develop a loyal following. Once you have a following along with new visitors on a daily basis, you can then consider including advertisements and begin earning income from your blog.
Always write for the readers and not the search engines. While it is important to use keywords in your titles, write because you enjoy writing about your subject. People can see right through filler content. They won’t feel the need to read your posts or to leave comments.
Whatever you write about, write posts that offer help or advice. Writing with the intention of helping other people is one of the quickest ways to establish readership. Not only that, your posts are more likely to get linked to and the more one-way links your web site gets from other web site owners, the higher your posts may rank in the search engines.
Finally, be consistent with how often you write. Don’t write one or two posts, quit for a couple of months, and then pick up writing again. The readers you did have will think the site has closed down and quit visiting. Not only that, but the search engines will have more content to crawl.
Choose topics you have a personal interest in and write to help your readers. That combination will help you develop many loyal readers.