What is blogging?
Blogging is when someone creates a blog and contributes to it by writing a blog post or article.
Why do you blog?
I started blogging when many of the paid to write websites started ripping members off by not paying the members. Or changing the rules at the last minute to not pay members. I wanted a place of my own with my thoughts and opinions. A place where I could create and share help articles.
What do you blog about?
I have two blogs. I have a food niche blog I recently started called "Food With A Plan". It is about creating recipes on a budget. At the same time discussing anything to do with food or the kitchen. I also have this blog "Rusty2rusty's Chatter". It started as a place for me to put my articles when writing websites went down. It has grown it to more of a lifestyle blog featuring articles about pets & animals, home &graden, family & DIY, and writing challenge.
If I was starting a blog today, what advice would you give me?
I would suggest choosing a niche. Or choosing a couple subjects that flow together nicely. You can blog about anything. Yet, if you are all over the place. It makes it harder for people to follow. People tend to follow niche blogs, compared to blogs that are all over the place.
What is a niche?
A niche is writing on one particular subject. It could be travel, fashion, home & garden, DIY, food, etc.
I am computer beginner, could I start a blog?
Yes, you can start out on free blog websites like Blogspot or Wordpress. Set up is easy. Once you get use to it and decide you want to take the next step. You should buy a domain and web hosting. If you don't feel you can do that or can afford to do so. Stick with the free website til you are ready.
Can you make money blogging?
Yes, you can make money blogging depending on what you choose to do. It is not overnight nor instant. It is hard work. Sometimes taking years.
How do you make money blogging?
I use Google Adsense, ads, affiliate marketing, and different programs I have learned about. I also do product reviews where I get a product for free or a deep discount in exchange for reviews. Other people do freelance work, sell articles or photography. There are numerous ways to make money blogging.
How do you grow your blog following?
I promote my articles through different social media websites. Such as - Facebook timeline, Facebookpage, Facebook groups, Flipboard, Google+, Pinterest, Titter, Yummly, Yumprint and more.
Is blogging expensive?
That really depends on how much you want to put into your blog. There are many different things to choose from as far as price. You don't have to choose the most expensive packaging, themes, hosting or plug ins. Many bloggers use low cost or free ones to keep their monthly cost under a certain budget. As they do not want their blogs to cost more to run than they bring in.
Do you recommend free blog service or a paid one?
To be honest, if you wish to make a lot of money, you need a paid website. A free one is great if you don't plan on making any money. This is something I have learned from expert bloggers.
Why should I take your advice?
Good question. I have learned through trial and error what will work with free blogging and what won't. Next month I plan to get my own domain for my food blog. I am not sure if I wish to do it will this blog yet or not. As it is not generalized yet. I do get good views. However, I am not sure if I want to pursue two domains at this time.
Do you have any questions.please feel free to ask?
This month I am participating in the "Ultimate Blog Challenge, I will be joining others in creating a new post each day on my blog in the month of January. To learn more about this challenge, please go to http://ultimateblogchallenge.com/
If you would like to share your posts while promoting others, please apply for membership at "Blogging Friends". You will be asked where you blog at, which you must respond to before you will be allowed to become a member. Once you provide your blog link, you will be allowed in.
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