If making money is your goal, here are 5 vital blogging tips to insure your blog has a solid foundation from which it can grow.
1) Have knowledge or a Passion to Learn
If you don't have some knowledge of or at least a passion to learn more about the material you're blogging about it will be difficult to add content to your blog. Your knowledge or passion will be the motivation needed to continually post content that is both interesting and useful to your readers. It will also make your posting routine more enjoyable and less like work.
2) Establish a domain name
It is recommended that you purchase your 'own' domain name. The cost is minimal and and it will look more legitimate to your visitors. Also your domain will be more highly regarded by the online advertising networks, many of which will not accept sites without their own domain names.
You'll also want to have your site hosted as opposed to a free site since this gives you total control of the site. A site hosted by for instance Google or wordpress can be shut down at any time due to any activity they view as a violation of their policies.
3) Keep Your Content Current
The more frequent you post to your blog the better. Your posts should remain fresh to encourage visitors to return while attracting new readers as well. Think of it as breathing air into the life lungs of the blog.
4) Identify with Your Readers
Be sure to cater to the interests of your readers by responding to and acting upon their comments. With the ability to interact with your visitors thru the comments they leave comes the opportunity for you to know them better. What is it they want to read about? What problems may they have that you can assist them with? Don't ignore your readers; speak TO them not AT them. Their appreciation of this will be reflected by them continually returning to your blog.
5) Setting up a Money Making Blog
If you're interested in making money by blogging, there are ways to optimize your blog to accomplish this. The use of banner ads that reflect products you may want to sell is a very popular and passive way to earn an income. Please note that by representing or promoting multiple products or services will diversify your income opportunities. Expecting to make a living with just one product is unrealistic. Google adsense, affiliate products, and other online advertisers looking for viable ad space are some of the more popular ways to monetize a blog, but by no means do the opportunities stop there.
I hope these basic yet vital blogging tips have given you a definitive direction in which to take your blog. Also remember to blog about something your interested in. The point is to make this experience enjoyable not only for your readers, but also for you!