6 Questions to Ask Before Starting a New Blog

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There are several key questions to ask when starting a new blog that will position your blog for success and make it easier to connect with your target audience. What Will I Blog About? You can't expect to launch a successful blog without first identifying its core topic. Attempting to create a "general" blog with no single topic is a sure-fire recipe for failure. Opting for a more narrow topic, however, will reduce your competition while creating stronger relevancy with your audience. Am I Passionate About the Blog's Niche? Far too many bloggers choose their niche based on its monetary va...

Blogs vs Standard Website: What’s the Difference?

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We all know the importance of having a blog: it instills greater trust in your audience while allowing for a deeper, more personal connection. But what is the difference between a blog and standard website? They are both essentially "websites" with their own domain name, so what distinguishes one from the other? Navigation Structure While there are always exceptions to this rule, most blogs are designed with a special navigation structure consisting of categories, tags and/or archives. When a user first lands on the blog's homepage, he or she can choose a category in which posts, pages, or b...

Tips for Creating an Effective FAQ Page

Does your blog have a page dedicated strictly to questions asked by your target audience? Creating a frequently asked questions (FAQ) page is a great way to add value to your blog while helping visitors in the process. If a visitor has a question about your blog, business, or a product that you offer, he or she may look at the FAQ page for an answer. Search engines will also index this page, ranking it for questions contained within the page. Look for Real Questions Asked by Users How many times have you gone to a business's FAQ page, only to be disappointed that the questions and answers...

Should I Allow Visitors to Comment on My Blog?

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If you're thinking about launching a blog, one of the decisions you'll have to make is whether or not to allow visitors to submit comments. There are both advantages and disadvantages to enabling this feature. Many newcomers assume the best solution is to disable visitor commenting, but the answer isn't as cut and dry as this. So, should you allow visitors to submit comments on your blog? Benefits of Visitor Commenting The primary benefit in allowing visitors to comment on your blog is the free content it creates. Each time a visitor leaves a comment, it adds unique, relevant content to your...

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Blogging

If you're thinking about starting a blog, you probably have some questions you want answered first. In an effort to demystify the process, we're going to reveal some frequently asked questions and answers about blogging. What Do I Need To Start Blogging? Blogging is actually easier than most people realize. All you need is a computer with an active Internet connection and the will to succeed. Hosted content management solutions (CMS) like WordPress.com and Blogger eliminate the need for a dedicated domain name and web host. Just sign up for an account and create your own blog! Can I Make Mo...