Home Based Business - Blogging

Wednesday, August 12

If you are interested in starting a home based business using your computer, a blog is an excellent starting point. It is cheap in fact it needn't cost any money at all and need take no more than half an hour a day. What better starting point could you wish for. Most people are able to blog about something they are interested in, and there are many people out there on the net that will want to read about your interest.

Blogging has become extremely popular over the last few years and can range from the work from home mum who wants to write down her frustrations for the world to read or the business entrepreneur who wants to use a blog to sell an item or a service. A blog or web log is basically an online diary offering information that people want to read. If they like what you read they will come back for more and may even subscribe to your blog and become regular readers.

The most important thing with a blog is to build a relationship with your readers so that they come to trust you and see you as an expert in your field or simply just someone who writes interesting and entertaining information.

In order to set up a blog you need to choose a blog platform. Basically a blog is a web page formatted in a particular way so that it can be viewed like a diary. A blog platform is basically an online proforma that you can use to create your blog and you can also use that proforma to upload your blog onto the world wide web for the whole world to see. Your blog can be a WordPress blog or a Blogger blog depending on your preference. Both will allow you to choose a user name that will form part of the URL. All you have to do to set it up is to follow the prompts. There is usually help available online for those who need it.

Once you have chosen a platform and a name for your work from home blog the next thing you need to do is decide what you are going to blog about. Interestingly many of the more successful work from home blogs were started as an occasional hobby and just started to grow like "Topsy". Once you get a regular audience viewing your blog you will want to keep them entertained and so through your loyalty to them your blogging will become more regular and more purposeful.

One of the most important things to learn when you start your blog is the art of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) How to get noticed by Google and how to eventually get onto page one so that people find you. This way your home based business is more likely to be successful

Posting to a blog should be fun and enjoyable. If you start to get fed up with it just have a break and give it a rest for a while and you will come back to it with renewed enthusiasm and lots of new ideas.

You can make money from your blog by using adverts like AdSense or AdBrite to create some revenue. You can also sell products from Amazon or other affiliate sites. If you have your own product or opportunity you can use your blog to give information about it and to ultimately sell that product or service. You can also use your work from home blog to sell other peoples products. You act as an affiliate and promote and sell their product on your blog.

Some people use their blogs to share their poetry or maybe their music and may make money by asking for donations. I have also seen blogs that give detailed descriptions about how to do various things such as DIY or how to make craft items. The possibilities are endless and the ways to promote your blog are increasing daily making it an extremely viable proposition.

More recently blogs have had videos or audio added to them for extra interest. Without a doubt a blog is an excellent home based business idea that can be done by just about anybody.

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