10 Tips On Launching A New Blog

Blogging is undeniably one of the fastest growing Internet phenomenon. Almost everyone is doing it and you’re probably itching to hop on the bandwagon.

Although blogging has its benefits, launching a blog without being fully prepared can have significant impact on your life. If not launched wholeheartedly a blog can be a complete waste of time and productivity. If you’re using paid hosting, it can be the worst investment you’ve made.

I’ve been blogging for more than five years (in fact, when I started, the term blog hasn’t even existed), and would like to share these 10 tips on launching a new blog.

  1. Have at least 10 posts ready upon launching
  2. Don’t use the default theme and test your chosen theme thoroughly
  3. Have a decent command of your chosen blogging language. If your writing is hard to understand, your blog will be doomed before it even started
  4. Screw niches, your blog would choose that by itself. But if you have one planned for your blog, stick to it!
  5. Update the new blog with new posts at least once a day but don’t publish junk or plagiarised content
  6. Motivate yourself to write. If you’re having problems getting inspired, better kill off your blog now rather than let it rot
  7. Get linked (purchased or otherwise) from the start
  8. Don’t worry about income at first; focus on good content first and money will come
  9. Comment on other blogs and bloggers will reciprocate
  10. Monitor your blog’s statistics but don’t focus too much time with the numbers; instead, focus on writing more on popular topics

What do you think of the list? Are you a seasoned blogger who has advice for those who’re considering to start blogging? Or are you a new blogger who learned blogging lessons the hard way? I’d love to learn from you! Please share your knowledge.

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7 responses to “10 Tips On Launching A New Blog”.

  1. papajoneh Says:

    I like most the no.9… the most important element in any blog success… i think so 🙂

  2. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Personally, I don’t really think it’s the most important element.

    Comments should really contribute to the topic covered in the post. It’s really a fine balancing act.

    For me, if I have something quick to say about a particular post, I’m more likely to comment.

    However, if I want to elaborate more and/or have some links to share as well, I might write a post and link to the original post.

    I think that makes more sense.

    However, there are times when I don’t comment simply because I don’t know whether the post is sincere or just made up for commercial reasons… and it’s becoming quite a problem for me these days.

  3. Dabido Says:

    Good general list.

    I like point number 4. I think that’s important. A lot of people I’ve seen have started blogs and had no idea what they were going to do. They just thought it’d be kewl to have a blog or they were copying everyone else. Their blogs die off when they struggle to find their footing within a niche, though as you say, often the niche finds the blogger and not the other way round. But, sticking within a niche is important, otherwise the blog seems aimless and pointless at times.

    Point number one could be just ten ideas for posts ready. Some of those ideas don’t need to be well thought out either, as long as they are in their embryo stage and the blogger feels confident enough that they’ll be able to bring them to fruition within the first ten days.

    Five is also important. Quality will keep readers returning.

    Get linked? Um, I don’t think I ever sort to get linked anywhere in particular. [Not that it hasn’t happened]

    Point eight is only important if you want to make money from your blog. I’d say, know why you blog before you start. Different people blog for different reasons. If the reason is money, then point eight is important.

    Number nine is a good way to make friends. Not everyone reciprocates as some people have blogrolls bursting at the seems [so they can’t or won’t have time to read your blog and might not reciprocvate no matter how often you comment on their blogs].
    I think commenting is important, as blogs aren’t just monologues. They are often dialogues between the blogger and the readers, and some great ideas are often contained within the comments.

    I don’t pay enough attention to my statistics. 🙂 But, though they are important [as I’d like to know people are enjoying my writings etc], it won’t kill me if I’m never a femes blogger like some people are. 🙂

  4. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    David,

    I learned point 4 the hard way. When I first got this domain, it was mostly to showcase some mIRC scripts I created. The name heritage-tech itself was derived from an IRC channel I frequented.

    I then started doing regular updates to the site; both content and presentation wise.

    I proceed to do write regular posts using a CMS. Essentially, it was blogging although the term wasn’t coined up yet then.

    Since I started using WP, I tried my darnest to stick to writing tech stuff. But there’s only a certain point where this was bearable. Hence my decision to go nicheless.

    In hindsight, I wish I had done this earlier.

    As for point 7, links are a commodity. I don’t like the fact that it turned this way, but it has already happened. So I just go with the flow and advised accordingly.

    I somehow knew that if you were to comment on point 8, although I expected something with more meat 🙂

    For me, it’s not a question of want, but more of need. If you were to ask me about this topic two years ago, it’s definitely a want thing because I was virtually broke back then.

    So yes, money is a motivation but it’s not a reason for blogging; at least for me.

    As for the commenting bit, you should write a post on this. You are a world-reknowned blog commentator; being a Suanie Award Winner for Blog Commentator Of The Year and all!

  5. Dabido Says:

    Azmeen- Yeah, I could have written an essay on point 8, but decided most of it would ahve been preaching to the converted [so to speak … ie I doubt I could have said anything without people going, ‘Duh, we know that’.] 🙂

    Hmm, the idea of the commenting post is a good idea. I think I’ll grab your idea and run with it. 😉

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  7. Jewelle Says:

    A friend of mine just started her new blog and I was telling her of all the things to do and I’m so glad to find these – I’ll just forward it to her. Thanks 🙂