Last Updated September 18th, 2018

The Beginner’s Guide To Choosing A Blog Name

The Beginner’s Guide To Choosing A Blog Name

One of the most challenging things to do when starting a blog is choosing the right name. There are so many possibilities out there, but a lot of them have been taken already. How do you go about choosing a blog name?

Starting out with the right name for your blog really matters. Lots of bloggers end up rebranding after a time because they realize the name they first chose wasn’t a good choice. Maybe it doesn’t fit with what they’re doing or it’s too easy to confuse with another site. Whatever the reason, rebranding is a pain, and you’re better off getting your blog name right the first time.

This can be a frustrating process. You go through all the steps to pick a perfect blog name and…

Someone beat you to it. Domain not available.

It happens a lot.

Don’t be surprised if you go through a few names before picking one. I was lucky enough to have a lot of possibilities when I named my site, and while it’s probably not perfect, it has worked well enough for me.

Choosing a blog name that reflects what your blog is about and who you are takes several steps. This process may also help you narrow down your niche so that your blog is more focused.

Write down any blog names you come up with as you go through this process. Inspiration may strike several times for names, but they won’t all be good ideas. Still, you don’t want to lose that one great idea because you didn’t write it down.

I’m going to give you a lot of information here. Don’t let it overwhelm you or keep you from picking a blog name. You don’t have to follow every step. Just take this advice as far as it helps you pick a name and forget the rest. Don’t let this process slow you down as you start your blog.

Do You Want To Use Your Name?

Some people use their first or last name as a part of their blog name. It gives you the potential to make the blog more personal. Using your name can be great for branding.

But it can also be too personal. You may not want your real name out there so easily. This is why many bloggers choose a pen name for themselves and use fake names or initials for their kids. It gives a little privacy while still allowing you to be personal.

blog name ideas

Make Up A Word

Many websites have done well with made up words. Think about Google, Twitter, and Pinterest. Choosing a blog name that is a made up word has some advantages.

The disadvantage to made up words is that no one has any idea what to expect from you. The name gives no expectations. You have to build those completely from scratch.

On the plus side, you have a better chance of finding your domain available if you make up a word. There’s no competition for it unless someone else had the same idea already. If you’re creative enough about it, that won’t be a problem.

It can also be great for branding. What that word comes to mean will depend entirely on what you make of it. That can be powerful.

Consider Your Blog Topics

What is your blog about? Have you given your blog topics enough thought?

It’s easy to say that you’re going to create a general blog, one that covers a wide range of topics. You have so many interests you’d like to write about, and surely there are enough people with similar interests that you can make it work, can’t you?

Can’t you?

I would urge you to think carefully before choosing this option. Yes, I write on a pretty broad range of topics. They all relate to stay at home parenting, but it’s a broader topic than I would recommend in most cases. You may be smarter to tighten up your niche.

There have been times when I have considered breaking this site into smaller topics. I even broke off the home business section into a new site for a time. But eventually I put it all back. Keeping up with multiple sites was too much trouble, and there was still overlap between what I wanted to do with each site.

Write down all the topics you want to blog on within your niche. If you have a few niches to consider, use a page or column for each one so that you keep the ideas separate.

One or more of these words may be something you want to use in your blog name. Others you absolutely won’t want to use. Cross the unusable ones out and think harder on the ones that have possibilities.

set up blog

Who Is Your Target Audience?

Start thinking about who you hope to attract with your blog. Men, women, what age range, interests, education and so forth.

Next, consider why you want them to come to your blog. Will your blog be informative or entertaining? Are you trying to make people laugh or make them think?

Your blog title must work to attract your target audience. For example, if you’re creating a blog about parenting tips for dads, and you’re trying to keep it informative, which of these titles do you think will work? Which will keep your target audience away?

  • Family Antics
  • When Mom’s Away…
  • [Familyname] Family Adventures
  • Daddy’s Time To Play
  • The Kingdom Of Dad
  • Geeking Out With Dad
  • The Kids Did What?
  • Active Dad
  • Attached Father
  • Father Knows Stuff
  • Effective Parenting For Dads
  • Daddy Days
  • Tired Dad, Wild Kids
  • Playgrounds, Tools, And Trees
  • Some Random Dad
  • Tool Sets and Toy Boxes

What you may note about these is that some have the obvious “Dad” or “Father” keywords and others don’t. You don’t have to use keywords, although they can help. But sometimes it makes more sense on the marketing side of things to have an interesting name rather than one that is focused on the right keywords.

Your blog name is about attracting your target audience. Pick the blog name you think will best attract readers, not just search engines.

Read Similar Blogs

No matter your niche, there are probably a ton of other blogs on the same topic out there already.

I mean a ton.

Read some of them, especially the ones that are doing well.

What does this have to do with naming your blog, you ask?

It’s called inspiration.

Reading what others have written in your same niche gives you more than just ideas for blog posts. Sometimes you can pull a blog name from it.

It may not be obvious. You don’t want to copy their name, after all. But they may post something that triggers an idea for you. If you get an idea, write it down.

Your long term goal in reading related blogs is to figure out how you can do better than they do. They’re the competition, after all. But in the early days when you’re learning, they’re great for inspiration, not only for naming your blog, but also for topics you will want to cover as you go.

Try A Blog Name Generator

There are sites out there that will generate blog name ideas for you. This can be incredibly helpful if you’re struggling with choosing a blog name.

I would treat these blog name ideas the same as any you come up with on your own. Write them down and think about it a little. You don’t have to commit to the name in that instant. You might even combine a generated idea with ideas of your own.

Here are a few blog name generators to consider:

These generators will give you lots of ideas for blog names. Most won’t be what you’re after, but you might strike gold with the perfect name.

You usually don’t want to buy your domain name from one of the generators. What’s available there is the same as is available anywhere. Besides, you need to give things a little more thought before you register your blog name.

blog name thoughts

Start Playing With Your List of Blog Name Ideas

Now is the time to have some fun with the ideas you’ve come up with so far. Consider blending two ideas into a new idea. Spin one blog name idea into something entirely new.

Write down all the ideas you get, good and bad. Even names you know you won’t use will sometimes trigger a better idea.

Don’t follow just one blog name idea to the bitter end. Follow several ideas and see where they take you. Fall down the rabbit hole for a little while. Inspiration needs time to strike.

Don’t hyphenate your blog name if you can help it. People hate typing hyphens.

Using hyphens also means someone can have the unhyphenated version of your blog name. You don’t want that. The unhyphenated version of a domain is always more memorable.

Eliminate Blog Name Ideas That Won’t Work

This is something you can do as you go but can wait until you have a bunch of ideas.

There are a lot of good reasons to eliminate possible blog names. Start out with the ones you immediately don’t like.

Some names can be eliminated because they won’t age well with your blog. If you’re starting a parenting blog, for example, referring to babies in the title may not be a good idea unless you plan to always focus on babies, regardless of the ages of your own children.

A domain name can also be too limiting. It can imply that your niche is more limited than you want it to be. If your cooking blog name focuses on desserts, but you post recipes for all kinds of meals, you’ll confuse your readers. They may forgive you, but it’s not great for marketing.

Others won’t work because someone else is already using something the same or too similar already. Check trademarks and available domain names. If the name you want is already in use, cross it off your list. If there are any potential legal issues with a name, cross it off your list.

While dot coms are generally considered better domain names, people are getting more used to other extensions. Just be careful when using a name that someone already has the dot com version of. If it’s in active use, it will be confusing for readers, who are more likely to type in the dot com version of a domain name.

You may also want to confirm whether your blog name is available as a username for your preferred social media sites, such as Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter. Your marketing will be more effective if you can be consistent across as many platforms as possible.

Important:

Don’t forget to consider how a blog name reads. There’s the infamous example of penisland.com… which is the domain name for Pen Island. You don’t want your blog to have that problem.

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Run The Name By Your Friends

Talk to friends and family about the names you’re most serious about. Get their opinions.

Someone who isn’t emotionally attached to the project can sometimes see problems more clearly. A name you’ve fallen in love with might have a problem that someone else can see. Better to find that out before you register the name.

You want to know how they would pronounce your domain name. Do they get any other words or meanings out of it, especially anything objectionable? You also want to know if they think people will be able to remember the name.

This should help you avoid the problem of readers misinterpreting the kind of blog you’re running when they see the name. No guarantees, of course – it can be surprising what different people get from your blog name.

Register Your Domain Name

When you’ve settled on your blog name, it’s time to get the domain registered. Most people register their domains wherever they’re hosting. It’s easier, but not a requirement.

Namecheap is a popular choice for domain names. They’re very affordable. They also offer hosting, but you don’t have to get your hosting there. It is a good idea, however, to get your hosting taken care of as soon as you get your domain name. You should be about to get things moving with your new blog, after all.

I host with A2 Hosting, not with the company I register my domains at. I like A2 better for hosting.

Shop around not just on price for your hosting, but on quality. The cheapest host is rarely the best. A slow site won’t do as well with the search engines and will annoy visitors. Read reviews and make sure you’re getting high quality hosting before you sign up with anyone.

While you’re at it, sign up for your first social media accounts for your blog. It’s usually more effective to have your blog’s social media separate from your personal social media.

Get Your Blog Running

Once you have your blog named, registered and hosted, get moving on it. Write your first posts.

You have things moving. Now is not the time for procrastination or fears.

The sooner you really get started, the sooner you can build good blogging habits. In addition to writing your first posts, you should be creating images for them, and sharing your posts on social media.

Don’t expect great things right off. It takes time.

Experimentation is a part of writing great blog posts and making your blog something others want to read. Test different writing styles, images and so forth to figure out what it is that people want from your blog.

Make time as you go to learn how to make a social media strategy. Figure out what works best for marketing your blog. There’s a big learning curve, and you’re just at the beginning.

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post may be 'affiliate links.' This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

Last Updated September 11th, 2017

12 Blogging Myths You Can Ignore

12 Blogging Myths You Can Ignore
Blogging is one of the easiest home businesses to start, but that ease comes with a lot of myths. Some make blogging sound easier than it is, others make it out to be more difficult. For the most part, you’re better off ignoring the blogging myths and working on your blog in your own way.

Blogging Is Easy Money

The people to treat blogging as easy money for anyone who tries it drives me up the wall. It’s not realistic for most people, especially within the first few months. It can take months to get a small income from a blog, never mind a full time income.

Yes, some people make amazing money with their blogs, far better than they could from a typical job. They aren’t most people. Odds are that you will have to work long and hard to make a full time income from blogging.

It’s a great goal. Go for it. Just don’t assume you’ve failed if it doesn’t happen in your first few months or even you first couple years.

You Must Blog Every Day

People hear that posting more is the way to get more traffic, which means more opportunities to earn money. It sounds reasonable.

It really isn’t.

For the long term, quality matters far more than quantity. Post high quality whenever you can (although there is a place for quick posts). Give each post the time it needs to be a good post.

Being the most recent post for a couple of days can help a post get more traction on social media. It doesn’t get buried too fast for your followers to notice it. You get more time to promote it. All around, it’s often better to give it a day or two (three? four?) between blog posts.

You Must Be An Excellent Writer

Start reading blogs, and you may realize that many bloggers aren’t particularly good writers. While you should be able to avoid the worst mistakes in your writing, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Some of those imperfections give your posts their style.

This blogging myth doesn’t mean you can be a terrible writer, of course. Your readers need to understand what you write and enjoy reading it. That allows for a more relaxed writing style than you might think.

Blogging myths

Always Stick To Your Niche

Having a niche is a big part of success for most bloggers. It helps readers know what to expect from you, which makes them more likely to subscribe or otherwise follow your blog.

There can be times when stepping out of your niche can be appropriate. Don’t overdo it, but don’t feel awful when you decide it’s appropriate.

SEO Matters Most

Search engine optimization (SEO) is an important factor in getting traffic from search engines. It matters. But it’s not the most important thing to consider. The needs and interests of your readers matter most. From there, work on your SEO.

Some posts honestly won’t need much in the way of SEO because they aren’t important to your blog in the long run. When you go off topic, announce a giveaway winner or do anything else where you don’t need to worry about what kind of traffic it gets from search engines, you can skip the SEO.

Use ALL The Social Media

Used correctly, social media is amazing for blog traffic. It’s more ways to get in front of current and new readers. People always have opinions on which social media sites you need to have a presence on.

You’re best off focusing on just a couple social media sites. Which ones depend on the results you’re getting for the time you spend on that site. You can consider Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, Twitter and many more, but which ones you actively use should be determined by the ones that get the best results.

Traffic Is Everything

Traffic is very important to the success of your blog, but it is not everything. If you’re serious about your blog as a business, the only traffic that matters is the traffic that converts well.

In some niches, a small amount of traffic is all you will ever get. If you can get good engagement with that traffic and convert that into income, that little bit of traffic can be enough.

There’s Too Much Competition

There’s a lot of competition online in pretty much any niche you can think of. It can be overwhelming. Don’t let that scare you off, so long as you can bring a new perspective.

Your perspective doesn’t have to be completely unique, just so long as you make your content interesting.

Then you have to market it successfully. It’s not easy building a successful blog, but it is possible, even in highly competitive niches. You have to put in the work and earn that following.

Build it and they will come??

If You Build It, They Will Come

If you put up a blog and don’t promote it, don’t expect much in the way of traffic. You may get a visitor here and there, but without some effort put into promotion, you won’t see a lot of visitors.

No one just gets discovered online these days. There are too many other sites out there. Overnight successes actually come after significant effort.

It doesn’t matter how amazing your content is if you don’t promote it. No one can find you amid all the other websites trying to get their attention.

Your Posts Must Be A Certain Length

There are a lot of statistics out there about which posts do best. Longer ones (over 2000 words or some such) have been found to do better on Google. Others will tell you that your posts need to be 300-700 words.

These may not be bad guidelines, but considering them to be rock solid rules is not a good plan. Sometimes what you need to say will take more words. Sometimes it will take less. If you force yourself to stick to a certain number of words, the quality of your posts will suffer.

Using A Free Host Is Fine

Many people start their blogs on a free host. It’s a way to find out if they enjoy blogging and can build a following without spending any money. There’s a certain logic to such a plan, but if you’re serious about running your blog as a business, it’s a bad idea.

The first problem is that many free hosts limit how you can monetize your blog. If you want to be a business, this is huge. Some free hosts will let you monetize in quite a few ways, so this is less of a problem in those cases.

The biggest problem comes when you decide to move to paid hosting. Odds are that you will lose a lot of traffic and followers when this happens. It messes up your indexing in the search engines, and all your old social media links now point to the wrong site. Changing things over is tedious, and a poor use of your time. Hosting is very affordable, as are domain names. Take the chance and spend a little right from the start.

I’m currently using A2 Hosting. It’s easy to set up secure hosting with them so your site has the https address that has become more important lately. They’re pretty fast on their basic hosting and have faster options available if you want them.

You Just Need One Viral Post

Most businesses look forward to having a post go viral. It can be a huge boost. If you’ve monetized your blog, it might even be a big money earner.

But a viral post is not the end all, be all of bringing traffic to your website. They’re a help, but in the long run, you need the steady traffic that comes from producing quality posts on your blog regularly more than you need the traffic from viral posts. Viral posts are an occasional treat for most bloggers, not a steady routine.

There are a lot of things you need to learn to be a successful blogger. Perhaps the biggest is to not fall for the blogging myths. There are so many more important things you should focus your energies on while working toward your goals.

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Last Updated July 24th, 2017

How To Start A Blog, Part 3: Starting A WordPress Blog

How To Start A Blog, Part 3: Starting A WordPress Blog

Starting your WordPress blog is very easy. WordPress is the most popular blogging platform because it’s easy to use and there are a ton of plugins and themes to make your blog look and work the way you want it to.

You can go to wordpress.com if you want to go free, but I don’t recommend it. There are limitations on how you can earn money there. Pay for your own domain name, pay for hosting elsewhere, and you can install WordPress and earn money more easily. You will also look more professional than if you go with any of the free sites.

I like Hostgator for my websites. I’ve used them for years now. There’s occasional frustration with them, but that’s true everywhere. If not Hostgator, many people like Bluehost. They’re owned by the same parent companies, but there are differences. Take a look and decide which you prefer. My examples will use Hostgator because that’s where I’m at right now.

hostgator screenshot

You’ll land on a page something like this when you go to Hostgator. It will change over time, so don’t assume it will be exactly like this. When you’re just getting started, that smallest plan is enough, just be aware that it only supports one domain name, as of this writing. The next plan up allows unlimited domain names, so if you’re planning multiple blogs, you will at some point want to move up. Plans and pricing can change, so I won’t share a lot of details.

Don’t start out with multiple blogs. You’re learning how to run things right now. Don’t complicate matters just now. Get a feel for what you’re doing before you even consider expanding. Hostgator or any other host will gladly let you upgrade later.

Hostgator will allow you to register your domain as you sign up for your plan. You will also pick how many months of plan you want to pay for at this time. You currently get the best price if you sign up for a three year contract, but if you can’t afford that, pick one of the other contracts. Contracts renew automatically at the end of their term unless you cancel.

You do not need to sign up for the extras they’re offering. You can, but they aren’t necessary. There are WordPress plugins that also help with security, and that’s what I use.

After going through the registration process and payment, you can log into your cPanel. It will look something like this:

cPanel hostgator

You may see a 1-Click WordPress installation link, and that is one possible way to go. It will give you a bunch of options to have a pro install it for you for a cost. Once again, not necessary. Ignore those – the installer will take mere minutes. Don’t start paying for things that are easy to do yourself. Pay for the things that are difficult or take more time than you can spare.

If you want to learn to install WordPress on your own (it’s not hard!), skip this section. I’ll show you how I handle things below.

1-Click Installer Instructions

If you’re going the 1-Click installer route, just follow the instructions. Choose your domain on the first screen, fill out the required information on the second, and hit Install. It’s that simple to install WordPress using this method. Just don’t use “admin” as your username. It used to be the default, and hackers still try it first.

one click installer wordpress

At this point, your installation is complete. Make sure to take note of your username and password. Hostgator will offer to sell you a WordPress theme. You can buy one if you want, but WordPress comes with a basic theme that is free, which is enough to get started. There are tons of themes out there for you to consider when the time is right, both free and paid.

What I don’t like about this method is that the 1-Click installer puts in ads for things to buy for your new installation. I don’t need junk clogging up my blog admin panel. When I want to buy something to make my blog better, I can find it and install it myself. That said, they’re plugins and you can go to the plugin page and delete them.

Manual WordPress Installation

WordPress installation is fairly simple. Unfamiliar, but simple once you know what to do. You can use the instructions available on wordpress.org or follow my instructions.

The first thing you need to do is install the MySQL database. You’ll see a link in your cPanel. Click it. This will take you to a place to create a new database. You will need to create a database and a user, then add the user to the database. These are separate steps, but they all take place on the same page. Make sure you note the password you create for the user. You’ll need that along with the database name and username for your WordPress installation.

mysql example

You will also need an FTP program. I use Filezilla. You can download and install it onto your computer. Refuse any extras with the install – sometimes they offer some extras you don’t need. Your cPanel login information should let you sign into your website using the site manager.

Go to wordpress.org and download WordPress. Save the zip file, and unzip it to a location on your computer. Find wp-config-sample.php and rename it to wp-config.php. Open it in a text editor such as Notepad. Put in your database information.

There are security keys you can edit as well. You don’t need to remember these, so they can be complicated. WordPress offers a generator to create random keys for these, and that’s plenty good enough.

Save your file as “All types” and not .txt. It must end in .php and not .txt to work.

Connect to your hosting using Filezilla. In most cases, you want to install WordPress to the root of domain, which is in the public_html file. If you have multiple domains, you may need to locate the right domain first. Upload the unzipped files for WordPress.

Once the files are uploaded, visit your website. You should see the installation page. Follow the instructions to create your account. Don’t use “admin” as your username, as it used to be the default, and is still very popular with hackers. Once you’re done and you have logged in, it will tell you which files to delete using your FTP program.

Choosing A Theme

You may find it simplest to use one of the themes included in your installation to start. There are other themes all over the place, but these will get you started. You want a theme that is responsive, so that your site will show well on smartphones as well as tablets and computers. A lot of people visit websites through their phones, and you should be ready for that.

Most themes are easy to customize with your own choice of colors, header images and so forth. The Customize link in the Themes menu will give you the available options. It will give you the recommended sizes for images.

Don’t overdo the time you spend choosing and setting up your theme right now. Change it enough to look how you want it to for the start.

Adding Plugins

Plugins can add a lot to your blog. They can make it easier to promote your blog on social media, improve security, and much more. Here are a few that I like:

Bulletproof Security
Yoast SEO
Shareaholic
Sucuri Security

You can find these by clicking Add New in the Plugins section of your blog. Just do a search. They will take a little configuration. Links for each should appear on the left menu of your administration area.

Make Your First Post

Once you have your blog set up satisfactorily, it’s time to make your first post. There’s a “New” link at the top you can click, or click on “Posts” over to the left, and then click to make a new post. You can copy and paste it from your word processor if you have one written already, or type directly in the post box. Come up with a good title, and include photos if possible. WordPress makes it easy to add images with the “Add Media” button.

You can of course delete the “Hello” post WordPress includes automatically. Alternatively, edit it to create your own hello.

Include An About Page

People like to know who you are. Make an About page to let people know who you are and what your blog is about. Some themes will show your About information on the sidebar.

Pages are different from posts. You will find the link to make a page just below the Media section on the left.

Include A Privacy Policy, Terms Of Service, etc.

You should include a privacy policy and other legal pages on your site, especially if you want to use Adsense, recommend affiliate products or otherwise make money off your blog. Adsense and many affiliate programs have specific requirements you must follow in terms of your privacy policy and disclosing that you are an affiliate.

You can set these up even if you aren’t using these programs yet. It won’t hurt you to be prepared. Check with each program as you join to ensure you’re meeting their specific requirements.

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Last Updated July 20th, 2017

How To Start A Blog, Part 2: Brainstorming

How To Start A Blog, Part 2: Brainstorming

If you don’t already know what you want to blog about, figuring it out can seem a little bit challenging. There are so many possibilities, and they can be hard to narrow down.

Start the process by considering the topics you might enjoy blogging about. You can blog about pretty much anything. Here are some popular subjects:

  • A business you’re already running
  • A hobby
  • Family life
  • Career
  • Cooking
  • Pets
  • Gardening
  • Personal finance
  • Fitness
  • Education (very popular for homeschoolers)
  • Faith
  • Advice
  • Just about any other subject you enjoy

You don’t need any special qualifications to blog, although you should know enough about your subject to gain people’s trust. Blogs about “watch me learn to do this thing” rarely stay interesting for long. It’s better to go for a subject you know well. That goes double, or even triple if you’re giving advice.

Once you know what you want to blog about, it’s time to do some initial brainstorming. You need to figure out categories for your posts and get several post ideas to start off with. A mind mapping app can be very helpful for this, and there are several free or paid versions available. SimpleMind is a popular choice. The basic version is free, and the paid version is quite reasonable.

You may want to compose a couple blog posts even before you have your blog set up. Just use your favorite word processor. You can copy and paste them into your blog when you’re ready to go. This will give you some practice writing before  you’re paying for hosting.

Don’t stress too much about length. There are many opinions on how long a blog post should be. My opinion is that a blog post should be long enough to give the information you intend to share, but not so long that it bores people. How long that is depends on what you need to say. There are some statistics that say search engines like longer content, but if your readers hate it, there’s no point.

Always be ready to take notes on blog post ideas. Back when I started, I kept a notebook in my purse so I could write down ideas any time. These days I use my iPhone if I’m out and about, or my laptop if I’m home and it’s more convenient. You can keep using your brainstorming app or switch over to the notes function on your phone or use another program. I like using Google Drive, so that my ideas are accessible wherever.

This is also a good point to start brainstorming domain names. Don’t be surprised if your first choice is taken – that happens to a lot of people. I’ll include how to get your domain name in the next post. You usually get it from your hosting. If you want to get that right now, you can sign up with HostGator.

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Last Updated July 17th, 2017

How To Start A Blog, Part 1: Why Blog?

How To Start A Blog, Part 1: Why Blog?

Today is the start to my series on how to start a blog. I’ll post every few days – many steps will take more than a day, and time to think is always a good thing when starting a new venture.

Blogging is fairly easy to start – the hard part is earning a living at it. You have to work at it and give it time. But as home businesses go, I think it’s a pretty good model to try. There are many good reasons to blog.

Low Cost Of Entry

One of the simplest reasons I recommend blogging is the low cost of entry. You can do it for free, although I don’t recommend going that way. You’re better off paying for hosting through a company such as HostGator. I’ll get into the reasons for that in another post. Still, blog hosting doesn’t have to cost a lot per month. It’s very budget friendly.

Flexibility

Blogging is an extremely flexible home business. You don’t have to tell your boss when you need time off. You don’t have to keep to a schedule. You don’t even have to keep the kids quiet most of the time.

The one thing you have to do is find time to work at it. Blogging won’t work for you if you don’t. Depending on your family’s needs, you may need to get up early or stay up late. You may have to ask the kids to give you some quiet time so you can work, or have your spouse keep them busy.

That said, setting a schedule for yourself is a huge help. It’s too easy to slack off if you don’t give yourself some sort of a schedule.

To Build Your Business

If you have a home business, blogging can be a good addition to it. It’s not the end all, be all solution to your marketing problems, but it can benefit your business. A blog can be a place to show off how you use your products, share things your company has done for your community, and give customers a way to interact with you. It can also be a more personal presentation of your business, if you like.

Blogging also builds your authority as a business. Your blog content can help potential and current customers with problems that relate to what your business offers. If they trust what you say on your blog, they’re more likely to trust your business.

To Show Off Skills To Potential Employers

Blogging can help you demonstrate your skills to potential employers. Writers can build a portfolio of articles on their blog. Photographers can show off their work. Anyone can use blogging to demonstrate their knowledge in their career field. A high quality blog makes a great resume.

To Find Others Who Share Your Interests

Blogging is a great way to share your interests, and that means you’ll find people who are interested in the same things. That’s a part of what makes it fun. Blogging can be a great networking tool, both for hobbies and your career.

To Help Others

Back when I started Home With The Kids, I was a medical transcriptionist. I was always being asked how to get into that, because so many people want to work at home, especially moms. I got to a point where it made sense to me to start a website on the subject of working at home, so I could simply direct people to my answer there, as there are so many more ways to work at home than just being a medical transcriptionist, and so many hazards to watch out for.

Things rather took off from there, and I’ve had a lot of people be grateful for the help I’ve been able to give them. Start your own blog, and you might help others in ways you aren’t expecting.

To Learn

Blogging is a great excuse to learn new things. You need to keep learning just to keep up with your blog. There’s always something new to learn about whatever you’re blogging about, so you can share it with your readers.

You’ll also learn about how to run a blog. The basics are pretty simple. I’ll walk you through how to install WordPress in a later post. Even doing it the hard way is pretty easy once you know what you’re doing. There’s a lot more to running a blog than just installing WordPress, of course.

The next step is to figure out what you’re blogging about. This may give you even more reasons to blog.

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