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Blogs are a great way for anyone to get their ideas across to others and a great way for businesses to do some free advertising. Creating a great blog is an excellent way to drive more traffic to your site. When building your site there certain tips a person should pay attention to when they are writing their blog.

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the five stages of a bloggers life

  1. 1. The Five Stages of A Bloggers Life
  2. 2. Preface / Introduction@~~~>The LAST Time I Made This OFFER I was BURIED in calls so I am limiting this to theNEXT 4 PEOPLE ONLY CALL ME NOW - dont miss out! CALL ME NOW for your FREEInternet marketing consultation. ($100 value) Let an expert show you RIGHT NOW how to profitonline every single day without leaving home. CALL ME -- Liz English -- NOW, (315) 668-1591.LIVE 24/7/365.
  3. 3. Table of Contents1. 3 Blog Writing Tips2. 4 Differences Between Websites And A Blog3. 5 Common Types Of Business Blogs4. Blog Ethics5. Blog Making Money - Can You Do It
  4. 4. The Five Stages of A Bloggers Life3 Blog Writing TipsBlogs are a great way for anyone to get their ideas across to others and a great way for businesses todo some free advertising. Creating a great blog is an excellent way to drive more traffic to your site.When building your site there certain tips a person should pay attention to when they are writingtheir blog.1. Write When you are writing your blog write it with your reader in mind. When a reader is lookingfor information that may pertain to your idea they want the information in a way that they can bothread and understand easily.2. Valuable and Worthwhile With everyone busy life no one has time to waste to look at a boringsite. If you cannot think of anything creative to talk about, then try to do interview, or even a book.Anything will do as long as you are not posting useless content.3. Proofread It is grave importance that you proofread your material before you push that postbutton. Once you push that post button that is it the error is out there and there is no way back.Respect your reader and keep your site free of errors and easy to read.4. Short and Simple Keep your postings as short and simple as possible because its human naturethat people are scanners. You will need to make your point quickly otherwise risking losing yourreader completely.5. Lively Write to your readers like you would talk to your friend or family member. The morelively your posts, the more snagged your readers will become. Make it seem like you are talkingdirectly to them and only them. But be sure to make your point quickly 6. Links Use links as often asyou can. This will help you create credibility and help establish you to the reader as an expert on thesubject. You can also create a network by linking to other similar blogs. The other bloggers willclearly thank you.7. Keywords Use your keywords as often as you can it will allow you to stay on task and the searchengines will love it. The more keywords you use the higher your rankings on the search engine yourblog will appear.8. Write Clear You need to write your blogs in a way that the average person can understand. Do notever try to put more than one idea in a sentence this will confuse your readers. Make sure you useyour commas as often as possible9. Headline Make sure your headline is easy to understand and should have keywords relating toyour blog in it.If you follow these simple steps, you will have a great written blog in no time with a lot of readers. Copyright Elizabeth English - 2012 4 of 9
  5. 5. The Five Stages of A Bloggers Life4 Differences Between Websites And A BlogBlogs are sites where a person can put a shared journal or a businesses can even promote theirwebsite. There have been a lot of questions out there lately of how a blog works and how they aredifferent from other website. There are usually 4 basic differences that make a Blog unique from awebsite.1. Posts Posts are said to be the core function of any blog. It is the building blocks of the blog and itis what holds the blog together. The posting on the blog is most generally done by the blog ownerand is usually on a variety of different topics. Also another distinct difference between a blog and awebsite is on the blog the postings will appear in chronological order. With a website you do nothave to post. It is just a basic site where a person may go to obtain information on a certain productor idea.2. Comments On a blog visitors are allowed to leave comments, if you the owner authorize it, onyour posts. It is also a good way for a reader of your blog and you to communicate. The commentsection of your blog also helps drive visitors to your site. The comment section is a very importantcomponent of any blog. With a website you do not have to have a comment section.3. Categories The category section of your blog is basically where the information from the posts orposted content is organized. It keeps your site looking neat and well formatted. It also prevents yourblog from looking overcrowded. For bigger Blogs the categories can be organized by month or eventopic. There is also usually a search feature that assists the reader to find information on a certaintopic quickly. Usually the blog has software that automatically places your posts into variouscategories.4. Subscriptions This is a very important aspect when you want to learn how a Blog works. Thesubscription features allows readers to become a member of the blog and once they become amember of the blog they can be notified when new information is placed on a blog. This is a greatreason to create a blog as it allows you to create an online community on a certain topic. Some blogsites are now implementing a news letter feature which allows a person to read your informationwithout even having to sign into the site.As you can see there are some big differences between a blog and a website. The more differencesyou understand the more you will understand Blogging. A Blog can be a fun and exciting way tomeet new people while sharing your ideas, if they are understood correctly. Copyright Elizabeth English - 2012 5 of 9
  6. 6. The Five Stages of A Bloggers Life5 Common Types Of Business BlogsA blog is a site that a person can use as a live journal or to promote a business. When you arepromoting a business however, you will need to do a lot of research on the topic before beginning. Ifyou are new to blogging, as a business or just want to get the word out on a certain business, youneed to know the more common business topics. This can provide you with a starting point. Thereare five most common businesses that use blogs to promote their business.1. Specialty BlogsThis type of business blog is usually written by two more contributes with a common interest. It is agreat way for you to build an online community with people that share your interests and ideas. Thistype of blog can include such things like weight loss, how to stay healthy, or even golf topics amongothers. The possibilities are endless.2. Feature Blogs In this type of blog you will be advertising creative types of businesses. Thesecreative topics can include, but are not limited to, topics on sewing, crafting, computer programmingand digital photography as well as many others. The possibilities for this type of business blog areendless. In this type of business blog you have the opportunity to show various pictures, video clips,and even sewing projects that you have been working on among others. This is one type of businessblog that you will need to be creative one. The more creative you are the more visitors you will get.3. Industry Blogs This blog focuses on a more narrow type of industry and usually is made byindustries that sell their products to other businesses. It usually consists of a variety of differenttopics including trade shows, new lines of product, and materials among others. This is a little moredifficult of a blog to create. It will take a lot of careful research and you will need to know a lot ofinformation on the industry you are creating your blog on.4. Tourist Blogs Of all the business blogs so far this is about the easiest and the most fun to create.You can write on certain tourist areas of interest and include pictures of the area. You can add touristattractions famous to the area along with the climate and travel information just to name a few.5. Consulting blogs Usually consulting blogs are run by one person offering their opinion, andadvice on a certain topic. This is a great way to develop an online community in a topic that interestsyou.No matter what business you wish to create or may already belong to, blogging is a great way toadvertise. Copyright Elizabeth English - 2012 6 of 9
  7. 7. The Five Stages of A Bloggers LifeBlog EthicsCreating a blog is a great way for anyone to share their life experiences and even advertise theirbusiness. To date there are no actual code of ethics developed for bloggers to follow but there arethree common sense ethic codes that anyone should follow while they are running their blog posts.These are the code of ethics that will prove you as a trustworthy blog owner.1. Fair and Honest:You need to be fair and honest to your followers. You need to make sure all the information youprovide is honest without adding any false information. When you are providing facts you need tomake them distinct, true, and easy to follow. Do not attempt to distort your facts, visitors can readthis right away and as a result, you will lose visitors. If you happen to provide any information, inyour site that may appear to be false; you need to provide your reader with factual information toback up your statement. If you are adding pictures to your blog add captions underneath to explain tothe reader about the picture. Fair and Honest are two of the most important components of thebloggers code of ethics.2. Harm of others:When you are creating a blog topic on a very controversial issue avoid using any ones names orplaces. This will protect you from any lawsuits and also from hurting visitors? feelings. A goodmotto for this code of ethic would be, say to others what you would want them to say about you.You also need to be sure that you protect a person?s privacy. Invading a person?s privacy is rude aswell as intrusive. If you do not want someone doing it to you then do not do it to others. A great wayto avoid violating this blog code of ethic is to avoid using names or places if it all possible. If it isunavoidable try to use as much damage control as possible.3. Be Accountable:You need to accept the consequences that may come with your blog. If you have made a mistake inany of your postings admit it right away, do not try to avoid it. Everyone makes mistakes and if youown up to yours you will be more respected in the readers eyes.If someone happens to question your information on your blog open up a discussion with the person.Try to see why they feel the way they do and if they prove to be right, apologize to the person andadmit that yes you are right I did make a mistake. If you are not accountable for your blog you willbe in violation of the blog code of ethics and as a result, you will lose followers.All of these blog codes of ethics are common sense but also the most neglected parts of Blogging.Following a basic code of ethics will enable you to be trustworthy blogger to your visitors. Copyright Elizabeth English - 2012 7 of 9
  8. 8. The Five Stages of A Bloggers LifeBlog Making Money - Can You Do ItA blog making money is a blog that is generally successful. While this isn?t the focal point of manyblogs, for some, it?s a nice addition to their income and for the more successful, their only source ofincome and one that allows them a well enough lifestyle. For the most part, making money off blogsis a mystery to many people ? it doesn?t have to stay that way. Read on and you may discoveranother way for you to make money.Before anything else, you need to be able to write fairly consistently and at a steady pace. Three orfour entries a week doesn?t seem like much at the start, but after a while it can wear even the mostdevoted writers down. It?s just like any job ? sometimes you get bored with it and you step out for aday or two, but the Internet is a far more demanding ruler than many bosses. Plus nothing feelsbetter than knowing you have a blog making money. When you have a solid and devoted following,you can afford to miss one or two days or even weeks. Some sites even go a month withoutupdating, but at the very start, you need to be able to stick to it like white on rice.For those who open blogs based on products, you?re in luck ? you can probably get on the affiliatebandwagon and make some money that way. Now, how does that work? It?s fairly simple. Being anaffiliate to a website basically means that you?re advertising them on your website, either by havingcontent related to the main website and linking to them or by showing their ads on your site.Payment isn?t like it is in other media industries though. The Internet?s just a different field thantelevision, one that requires a different payment method.Generally, the setup is a pay-per-blank, wherein the blank is something that changes from group togroup when it comes to blog making money. Most people go for the pay per click variant, whichmeans exactly what it suggest ? payment only occurs once a viewer on your site clicks the link totheir site. Another popular variant, one mostly for merchandise sites such as Amazon, is thepay-per-purchase variant. A user needs to do more than simply browse through the numerous itemsavailable ? they actually have to purchase something.Payment for advertising for blog making money varies from group to group. Luckily the internet andthus, the people you can meet in it is so wide that you?ll probably find someone or a group thatwants to advertise or have you as an affiliate. Build a good site and the money will come.Probably. The internet and blogging aren?t some magic words that you can use to instantly get aheadin the rat race. It just doesn?t work that way. You still have to work hard and make a site thatadvertisers would actually be interested in, that can give real traffic to those who would make youan affiliate site. Work hard, put in the leg work and yours might be a blog making money. Copyright Elizabeth English - 2012 8 of 9
  9. 9. The Five Stages of A Bloggers LifeResourceRepublished with authors permission by Elizabeth English Copyright Elizabeth English - 2012 9 of 9