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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Blogging Tips, Blogging Tricks

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How to start a Blog.

First you will have to think of a subject to blog about....

An ideal choice is to blog about something you are passionate about. Something about which you cannot stop talking. It may be politics it, may be spirituality. It must be something you know a lot about.
Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.
D. H. Lawrence (1885 - 1930)
You can write about your hobby, or about your career. To attract readers you should choose a best selling topic like sex, scandals, gossip, films, latest news. This topic should be something about which you can deliver content to your readers at daily/weekly/monthly intervals. Longer than that and your readers will lose intrest and move away. It is best to write about something you are doing daily. Then you will have something to write about at least once in three-four days.

If you are thinking about earning money from your blog then you have to consider the competition.
Money can't buy happiness, but neither can poverty.
Leo Rosten (1908 - )
Take a look at the competiton by going to www.google.com and typing your subject-line in the text box and hitting 'Search'. Google will search out all the websites with the same subject. See the number of sites which turn up in the results and consider whether you want to be a small fish in a big lake or by narrowing the search results you can turn into a big fish in a small pond. For example if you want to blog about your stamp-collecting hobby a quick search on Google shows more than four million websites on this subject. Looking for 'Olympic stamp collecting' turns up less than 250,000 websites and 'olympic stamp collecting greek' turns up some 90,000 sites. You will be much better off competing with 90,000 than with four million sites. This is the Age of Superspecialization and the more and more you know (about less and less) you will be appreciated by more and more people.

You have also to think about the demand for your subject if you want to monetize your site/blog. To research this head over to keyword research sites like http://inventory.overture.com/d/searchinventory/suggestion/ or www.wordtracker.com. The former is free while the latter offers a free trial. Type your subject line in the text box provided and press Enter to give you the number of searches conducted for that subject in the previous month. You can type in various subject-lines and compare the numbers.
The market is not an invention of capitalism. It has existed for centuries. It is an invention of civilization.
Mikhail Gorbachev, June 8, 1990
A search for 'stamp-collecting' shows some 9,500 people have searched for it during the previous month while 'hiking' returns 45.000 searches. Hence it would be more lucrative to blog about hiking than stamp-collecting. If you want to monetize your blog it always helps to know the market. If you want to cater to a niche make sure that it is well populated otherwise you may die a quiet death due to lack of attention.

After choosing your subject you have to choose your blog host. If you are a novice it is best to start on a free host where you can try out your site and once you start attracting plenty visitors move over to paid hosting. Blogger.com is free and comes with plenty addons which makes it one of the ideal experimentation grounds for newbies. You can choose to stay on after turning pro as there are no time limits here. They have also introduced beta blogger with many improved functions ideal for a novice.

To summarize review the SUPPLY (sites turned up by Google Search) and the DEMAND (Number of searches for the topic in the last month)
As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
Josh Billings (1818 - 1885)
and your PASSION for the subject and decide whether to blog or blog not! In the Age of Globalization it should not proove too difficult to find your niche.

How To Change Blog Owner?

Blogger has enabled you to change the owner or Administrator for your blog. You can also use this method to transfer a blog to another Gmail Account.

This is useful when you want to separate your public and private blogs. Then your private profile will not show on your public blog and vice-versa. The profile problem can also be solved by deleting the profile widget and putting in a HTML widget.


1. Login to Blogger Dashboard.

2. Click on Settings on Dahboard for the blog you wish to transfer. Under Settings tab click on Permissions.

3. Under Blog Authors click the 'ADD AUTHOR' button. Copy and paste or type in the email address of the person you wish to invite or that of your second email account and click on Invite.

4. Email is sent to the invited account. Open your Gmail for that account and open that Email. You will see the following message :

The Blogger user XXXXX has invited you to contribute to the private blog: BLOG TO BE TRANSFERRED

To contribute to this blog, visit:

You'll need to sign in with a Google Account to confirm the invitation and start posting to this blog. If you don't have a Google Account yet, we'll show you how to get one in minutes.

If you are already a Blogger user, please note that this blog uses the new version of Blogger. To post to XXXXX's blog, you will access this new version with a Google account, instead of your Blogger account.

To learn more about Blogger and starting your own free blog visit http://www.blogger.com.

Click the Invite Link.

5. Clicking link opens a new window with :

XXXXX has invited you to contribute to the blog
To join this blog as an author, accept the invitation by signing in with your Account below.

Don't have a Google Account? Create your account now

6. Sign up for Blogger
Once you complete this process, you'll be able to log in to Blogger using your Google account email and password.
Email address INVITED@gmail.com Use a different account
Your name INVITED
Display name The name used to sign your blog posts.
Acceptance of Terms I accept the Terms of Service Indicate that you have read and understand Blogger's Terms of Service

Click Continue. Blogger.com/home will open with the new blog on your Dashboard. As you are only having a Guest Account you can only post.

7. Then repeat Steps 1 and 2. You will now see your second account as Guest under the Permissions subtab of Settings tab. Click on 'Guest' link and it will change to 'Administrator'.

8. Go to your second (invited) account and under Settings---->Permissions click Remove link for the first account. See the entire process for two bloggers summarized in the picture below :

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