Blog has come a long way since it started online in 1994, when it was used
to be called “weblog”. Weblog back then was just a simple diary page where
people could post about their daily lives. Soon after in 1997, the term
“weblog” was shortened to what we know today as blog.
Since I began blogging in 2006, there were about 55 Million blogs but as at
today in 2008, there are well over 150 Million blogs online and it’s growing at
an exponential rate!
Search engine loves blogs and that’s great news for many marketers out
there. I guess that is the reason why blogging is picking up speed. To create
a blog, you would require two things- a dedicated hosting service and a
There are many different kinds of software on the marketplace where you
can easily create blog like Wordpress, Moveable Type, Blogger, Xanga or
Why You Must Use Wordpress
But to create profitable blogs, you must know that there are only two popular
platforms that many successful blogger use, and they are free-of-charge.
They are Wordpress and Blogger.
However, do not be confused about the Wordpress as the Wordpress that I
refer to here is the hosted Wordpress. They are NOT the same!!!Here is also another known fact, that almost all the professional bloggers that you see online uses Wordpress to host their blog.
8 Things to Avoid When Blogging
That is so much about what you should do when you are blogging. In this
section, you will learn what to avoid when you blog online.
#1 – Never Post Without First Proof Reading
You may say, “I was really gifted with great English”, but the least you can do
after spending time to create post is to spend a little more time to check the
grammar and spelling of your post content. A quick way is to use the Firefox
browser to type your content as they have a built- in spell checker. You can also copy
your content to Microsoft Words to check for grammatical error.
2 – Do Not Write If You Do Not Have Ideas What To Write
When posting, have a minimum word length about 250 words or more. And
do not post on your blog for the sake of posting. You must remember that
people spend their precious time reading your post so your job is to ensure
you give them valuable information so that they would come back for more.
A quick way to get more content for your blog would be to go to Google
Videos and grab a 40-minute video clip on your topic. By doing so, you do
not have to write at all, you just have to put a video on your blog.
#3 – Do not Copy Content From Others
When posting content on your blog, please avoid using duplicate content or
copyright content from others. You would be in for trouble when they find out
you steals content from them.
However, what you can do is you can take ideas from others and paraphrase
them. You will be amazed that most top seller books you see today at
bookshops have similar content.
#4 – Do Not Post Offensive Post
Never post any form of writing that would offend anyone online. This is
especially so if it is someone you know and dislike, online or offline. It is
never civil to show your readers an offensive habit.
#5 – Never Put Direct Referral On External Hyperlinks On The Same
More often than not, when people read your blog post, they will find
hyperlinks on your post. You should never allow these links to external sites
that are not yours to appear in your blog..
A Bad Example (Opens Links on Same Browser)
< a href=”http://www.gathersuccess.com”>Gather Success</a>
A Good Example (Opens Link on New Browser)
< a href=”http://www.gathersuccess.com” target=”_blank”>Gather
#6 – Do Not Hard Sell In Your Blog Post
I see this happening many times on many blogs of others who try too hard to
sell something on their blogs. They kept explaining why a product X should
be bought and insisted it’s the best product out there.
Instead of doing hard selling on your blog, what you should do is to
persuade. A soft- sell approach will be more effective and also gives your
readers some solid content so that they can benefit from reading your blog
#7 – Do Not Go Off Topic On Your Blog
Writing in a blog can sometimes lead you into talking about almost anything
that comes to your mind. It’s very important, that whatever content which
comes out of your blog has to always be relevant to the topics on your blog.
You do not want to read a stock trading blog talking about cooking, do you?
#8 – Credibility Is Key In Blogging
Never lie to your readers especially when you are paid to write reviews, tell
your readers it’s a paid review.
This brief outline is a lot more detailed in the book I have from A Phang. If you would like a copy mail me and I will forward it to you for free. For more on blogging go to http://www.power-blog.com/info/3846
Hope this assisted you,