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How To Build an Empire With Blogs

This is what I hear a lot of; how do I blog? When you first start out creating a blog, it's hard to imagine that it can become an Empire. Most of us have these dreams of running an Empire blog, but with so many obstacles to go through, over and under and around. One would believe that there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Dreams keep us alive and keep us going and striving for what we want. A strong desire to achieve and a hatred for failure keeps us piercing forward to grab trophy reward.

Running a blog can be a satisfying experience especially if it's a blog that teaches. But before we can go about teaching we need to figure out just how to build it and what platform were going to be on. Let's look at a few things that we need to discuss in order to build our Empire blog.

Domain Registration

Most people would like to have a blog that has a dot com name rather than the name of the actual provider i.e., WordPress, Blog, etc. This is where domain name registration comes in at, you simply register a domain for about $12 bucks a year and reroute (DNS) that domain name to your hosting company. For those that don't know what (DNS) is; Domain Name System is the way the distributed naming system for computers and services. It translates IP Addresses with domain names.

Website Hosting

You can actually run a blog from an entirely free service and never have to worry about hosting your blog. However, it's a sense of professionalism and trust in blogs that are hosted with their own dot com name and running from an independently hosted servicer. I would recommend getting a hosting company to host your blog, one that is friendly for your blogging platform. If this is not your area of expertise, there are video tutorials that will help you through the process step-by-step.

Free Platforms Like WordPress

Again I can see you asking; how do I blog? Well, there are a few free blogging platforms on the Internet like blogger, Tumblr, blog, Jux, WordPress, Posterous Spaces and Weebly. Some are better than others and to pick one is usually a matter of your personal preference. However, I've used a couple of them and would most definitely recommend WordPress because of its versatility and functionality. There are a few sites that are offering video tutorials that tells you everything you need to know about WordPress from set up, themes, plug-ins, affiliate marketing and much, so I wouldn't worry to much about knowing what to do here.

Use Headlines Effectively

Imagine writing the best article you ever wrote in your life, only to have absolutely no one read it. Most of us never really think that the title is that important. We usually relate the title to something that has to do with the article and by far, that is the way to go. However, you need to make it compelling enough for your reader so that they will actually click on it to engage in your article.

Before you formulate your headline, do a keyword search to find out how many competing websites are targeting those keywords; you can use phrase like "How Do I Blog?" Try to look for fewer websites that are actually targeted your phrase. If you have 900 million websites targeting a particular keyword or phrase, it's extremely hard if not impossible, being new at blogging that you're actually going to move up to the top of any search engine.

Have a Great Blog Design

When you first design your website, try to make an appealing website because you want people to not only read your content but indulge in the appearance of your website as well. I've been to some websites that look horrible and it doesn't take me long to move on to another website. Most websites that are disgusting in appearance only holes a person's interest for three seconds or so. Not a lot of time to read any content so you get the drift at this point don't you?

Leverage Social Media

Social media is a very big deal these days, just look at the young kids walking around with their cell phones crossing the street looking down and never look up. Most of them are texting or chatting on Facebook or some other social network media. When you start targeting Facebook and other social network media such as Pin, Tweeter, LinkedIn and others, try not to just overwhelm them with all sorts of marketing. Remember, most of these people are your friends and family and they going to simply ignore your post. A post here and there of interest will get them moving along the way, and it will also get them to like your website and start promoting it on their wall.

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