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09
Jun

Multiple Ideas Mashed Into One Topic

I see this every once in a while and wonder, ‘What were they thinking?’ The topic clearly states one idea and throughout the post they start straying off the topic a lot. I’m not sure what the logic is here. If you are trying to increase the word count you are only hurting your topic. This happens to me every once in a while. I start talking about one tip to help you blog better and it starts to slide into another topic completely. The topic isn’t terrible, but it’s a switch of topic which takes away from the post.

I usually recognize this and stop. I pull out the information not needed for the topic. There are some instances where a brief overview is needed. Then you will probably see me say something like, “I’m not going to get into that here”, or “That’s a complicated idea”. This simply suggests that I will be writing about this in the future. Why try to cram it in a post when I can simply write tomorrow’s post on that topic? The post would be much more accurate and detailed on the idea than it would be if I left it in another topic.

I suggest having a pencil and paper or the fire fox extension quick note available when you are writing. You can jot down basic ideas for other topics. It will help you when you have writers block because you can look at your list of topics to share with your reader. If you wanted, right after you publish that one you could even get started on these.

Don’t cram the ideas into one post. It will help you in more ways than one. You will be better off on Google’s search engines for more content, more keywords, and you will also have another article to submit to social bookmarking programs. A more detailed post on the topic is better than a small paragraph in a post about something else. There are some niches you won’t experience this, but in mine, you do on a daily basis.

07
Jun

Importance of Preparing Safety Posts

A safety post would be considered a post that you write up days, weeks, or months in advance just in case something comes up. The more safety posts you have, the better off you will be. It will make your life much easier in the future. Let’s say you are going on vacation for a week. WordPress blogs have a feature that will let you automatically have drafted posts get published on scheduled days and times. While you are away simply schedule the post you want published each day and then you are worry free during your time of absence from your blog.

If you don’t have safety posts, you either have to slop together some quick posts, or even worse, tell your loyal readers that you are going away for a week and you won’t be publishing anything new. This will not only hurt your readership, but may even cost you a few of your RSS Subscribers while you are away.

You never know when you will need them. Unexpected things happen all the time, and safety posts are going to help keep you prepared for when they do. If you have writers block and just can’t seem to get anything written that day you can use one, however be aware that you are taking from your safety posts and that you will need to make those up sometime in the future.

A good idea would be when writing posts for your blog, try to be at least a week ahead. So maybe every Saturday you write the posts for the upcoming week. If something new and unexpected comes up that has to be written you can simply take a post out of the scheduled week. This post then can be saved in your drafts as one of your safety posts. In order to grow this list, depending on your topic you can either keep doing the above process and then anything taken out of the weekly line up can be saved for the future, or during the week, since you already have the entire weeks posts written, you can spend some free time writing future posts.

Obviously safety posts must be on a topic that isn’t a current event. Safety posts must be about something not pertaining to the present time. You can’t use a safety post about a new product that is just announced or released. That is something current, and you may not be using these posts for a while. If you save this, not only do you lose the traffic searching for this current topic, but you also will have a horribly outdated post in the future.

I try to keep a decent sized draft box with many different posts. In fact, before I actually launched this site I had enough posts for almost two full months. That way when I’m going through the hard time of blogging I can pick and choose which posts I would like to use, as well as go over them to make sure it still expressed my opinion on the subject.

It’s better to be prepared and not need them, than to desperately need them and not have them. I challenge you to create at least a weeks extra worth of posts. You will need them sometime in the future, it’s just a matter of time.

07
Jun

Missing Posts

Well it’s gotten to be 1:30 am here and I realized, I haven’t published a daily post yet. I’ve had plenty of time on my computer to day that I spent wasting my time checking stats for various blogs, as well as spent times on forums, and even reading other make money blogs. When you want to run a very successful blog, you have to set your priorities. If you want to make money with your blog, you have to follow through on these priorities on a daily basis.

One way to make sure you have a post to publish everyday would be by writing the next days post the day before. Then when tomorrow comes and you realized you haven’t written that days post you will have time to make up for it yet by writing one up and publishing it.

It’s all about getting into a routine. I’m still rather new to having my own self hosted blog and have to find a way to work in the daily tasks required into my time on the computer. It may take a little getting used too, but the main point is, don’t delay.

If you delay writing it once, you are sure to delay it again, and again, eventually failing to do it at all. This is not something that will happen again in the near future. This is to make up for yesterdays lack of focus, and I’ll be up bright and early tomorrow to start your day off with another useful post. Ok so I usually publish mid afternoon, but keep your eyes out.

04
Jun

Choosing a Niche

When starting a blog, the hardest question is generally, ‘What do I want to write about?’ You will have to write about the same general idea for the life of your blog. The longer your blog is up, usually means the more traffic you will receive. If you can’t provide content for at least a year and you plan to make big money on your blog you may want to rethink this.

Before some of the more experienced bloggers start jumping to conclusions, I am not saying blogs can’t have less than twenty posts and continue to make money for a long time. They can easily do that, if they are doing affiliate monetizing. If this is going to be a blog like this one, something you wish to sell paid plugs, 125×125 ads, banners, links, and several other advertisement options, you will need to have content and plenty of it.

To find a niche that is best for what you plan on doing, you must first determine what your plans for the blog are. I will stick with a blog where you wish to sell advertisements for this post. There are plenty of options out there. The most crowded niche by far is dealing with making money online or making money blogging, my niche. These are very competitive, which also leads to some pluses and minuses.

A less covered niche that has a large audience is basically a hidden gem. Good luck trying to find one. Even if there is not a powerhouse blog in that niche, it may be a topic covered extensively in normal websites. This would take away from the potential audience, and affiliate sales would be harder to complete.

A site on NFL football may be practically empty in the blogging field. There are a few reasons for this. It’s a very popular topic, but when people want to know about it there are so many places that contain more up to date content and usually better quality than you can provide. ESPN, NFL.com, even Yahoo and MSN have updates for them. Then you have the television updates which are even more popular than the websites.

You will rarely find a blogger willing to share their extensive list of niches so choosing your niche can be pretty difficult. Not only do you have to find something you feel like you know enough about or are willing to do the research on, but you also have to make sure this topic has profitability potential. There are a few ways to determine this. You can go with what AdSense and AdWords charges per click. These will basically set the standard for what to expect. The higher the price you get from these, generally the more profitable the niche can be.

In the end, go with what you want to write about. I enjoy reading about how to make money blogging, and I enjoy writing about it. Blogging can become a nightmare if you don’t enjoy your topic. There will be some way to monetize your blog, it’s just a matter of how much potential it has. For your very first blog, pick something you enjoy writing about. Publish daily, and you will start to see an increase in profits, readers, and how much fun you’re having.

04
Jun

Cpanel WordPress Update

Just thought I’d let all of you bloggers out there using the ever popular cpanel. It is probably the biggest site for hosting. Almost all of the larger hosting companies point you there. Unless you are a brilliant coder and experienced with cpanel you probably aren’t able to install the WordPress blog by downloading and editing the files like WordPress teaches you.

We settle for an option called Fantastico where it will install the blog, and sign you up. It’s very easy. The only thing was, it was a bit lagging behind in WordPress updates. They were still running 2.5, but they just updated within the last week to the newest 2.5.1. Feel free to update your blogs now!