So you want to be a blogger, taking your first step in the blogging world. Before you start, there should be certain tips and tricks that should always be kept in mind if you plan to become a successful blogger. The right path taken from the beginning can reduce your pain later. It’s quite easy to set up a blog and start writing but to be successful and actually start earning with your blogs; certain conventions must be followed. Even if you have a brilliant blog theme and amazing content, it won’t get popular, unless and until these steps are maintained.
Getting Your Domain Name Registered
If you want to start with blogging as a serious hobby or a profession then you have either of the two steps:
- Free Service: This includes services which allow you to host your blog on a different site and having used a subdomain like for example “www.xyz.blogspot.com.” While using these types of services might be free and economical enough for starters, but it has a lot of restrictions in terms of ads and convenience.
- Professional Domain Registration: This includes getting your own site registered by a domain host. These types of blogs can be a lot more beneficial in the long run. It is much easier to maintain ads, have a stable audience, generate a good search engine ranking, as result popularize your blog even more.
Choosing The Appropriate Domain Name
Before the owner decides to register his domain name with a reputed host, he must provide certain though in deciding what the domain name should be. After all, a domain name is like the cover of the book, the book being the blog.
Key Word: Domain name must contain keywords, related to the content of the blog. Keeping it simple and short is the key to success here. Domain name shouldn’t be like “www.averybadexampleofdomainname.com.”The keyword should always be simple, popular and unique enough at the same time.
Length: Always be aware of the length of the domain name. It shouldn’t be long at the same time it shouldn’t be too short. There should always be a certain level of uniqueness in the name of the blog. Also, the name should be attractive enough to catch the attention of the first time readers. The domain name must be easy to pronounce and easy to communicate with others so that it spreads easily with the word of mouth.
Using Hyphens: Use of hyphens must be avoided at all cost at the same time for easy readability use of hyphens is always encouraged. It’s always has been a balancing act.
Choosing a Reliable Registrar
Choosing a reliable and good enough registrar must be of utmost priority. Often people fall into the trap of unreliable domain hosts and registrars because of price concerns. Such acts must be avoided, and the owner must do a bit of research prior to selecting the domain host.
Getting your domain registered may be a matter of minutes but to get an active and running website, it generally takes anywhere between 24 to 48 hrs. In the meantime, once the website is registered, it’s always the content that matters the most. A good flow of traffic always depends on the quality of the articles and the frequency in which new articles are published.