- What is the difference between a blog and a website?
- Why should somebody have a blog?
- What benefits do blogs provide?
- How do you setup a blog?
- How can someone make money from blogging?
- And so on.
These are common questions; and quite frankly although I can essentially answer them within a couple of sentences, learning about blogs is a process. Just like any other process, truly becoming adept at blogging takes time. You also have to learn from the blogging experts who are well aware of the best practices and benefits of blogging.
How I Got Started in Blogging: Do What I Did
I currently have 3 blogs: DGN, Children’s Bread, and Exchange Pro. I have them either self-hosted [which is a story in and of itself] or hosted by a blogging platform like WordPress.com [a much easier way to setup a blog].
In any event, my abilities to manage 3 blogs didn’t just fall out of the sky. I did a lot of learning.
- I read blogging articles
- I read blog posts from many of the social media experts
- I asked questions of those who are best at managing blogs
- I attended blogging webinars
- I spoke on the phone to blogging experts
- I watched instructional blogging videos
- I read eBooks about blogging
- And eventually, I tried firsthand to setup and manage a blog based on what I learned
Regardless of the learning method I used from above, I learned what I know thus far directly from the blogging experts. One such blogging expert I learned a lot from is Denise Wakeman. Denise specializes in social media marketing, and she is one of my go-to people when it comes to managing and optimizing my blog. In fact, when I first started blogging, Denise provided a couple of free resources from her website just to help people like me build and effectively manage their blogs.
Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Roll with It!
Just like many things, developing a blog is an ongoing process; you have to continually learn from those who do it best, and apply what they teach you. If there’s one thing I learned about blogging, it’s to ‘not reinvent the wheel’–just take the wheel and roll with it! In other words, do what already works and is proven.
As opposed to wasting time, trying to find information on blogging, and weeding through the good, the bad, and the ugly, why not go directly to someone who has helped me? A while ago, I took Denise up on her free offer of a couple of blogging video tutorials. Those videos were free back then, and they still are. I also purchased the Viral Blogging System for under $20 a while ago.
Whether or not you have a blog, Denise Wakeman still provides a few free resources, such as the free videos, to help you grow and optimize your blog. Just check out her site and start browsing for the tips and information you need.
Save yourself the time of trying to learn everything on your own. Work with people that have already done, and are successfully doing what you’re trying to do. All the best…
Lets go higher…in blogging,
PPS. Please leave a comment below about your biggest challenge with blogging.