How To Do Blog Settings In Blogger

The first important thing you should do to make your blog in blogger have the best performance is to do some Settings. As your inspirations on how to do blog settings in blogger, the following, Blogspot Tutorialwrites how to setup blog in blogger:

* Please login to blogger with your ID

* Click Setting

* You will see the menu tabs containing things to setup:

Basic

Some settings in Basic menu:

  • Blog ToolsImport blog → this is the facility to import data from your computer (this is usually done when transferring blog). Don’t click it, let it be as it is. Export blog > this is the facility to export blog from blogger server to your computer. This facility is also called as Backup blog facility. You are suggested to create blog backup at least once a week. The backup data will be useful and helpful when sometime you want to transfer blogs in blogger, or you also can use it when you want to do ablog migration from blogger to another blog machine such as WordPress, etc. Delete blog > this facility is to delete your blog. Don’t ever click it if you don’t want to delete your blog. makeityourring diamond engagement rings
  • Title: Fill out with the title of your blog, e.g. My personal blog
  • Description: Fill out with your blog description, e.g. Notes of My Unique Life.
  • Add your blog to our listing?: You’re suggested to choose Yes option.
  • Let search engines find your blog?: Choose Yes, so your blog will be indexed by search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing.
  • Show quick editing on your blog?: You may choose Yes or No.
  • Show email post links?: It will be an icon of email with which your visitors can easily email your posts to their friends. Choose Yes, if you want, or No if you don’t want this facility to appear on yourblog.
  • Adult contents?: If your blog then will contain anything about adults including in the forms of writing, images, or videos of such as sexy girls, etc, you can choose Yes. However, if your blog then will contain anything to be accessed safely by kids and all ages, you should choose No. NB: If you choose Yes, there will be an adult content warning when your blog is accessed.
  • Select Post Editor: This is to select post editor in your blog. Updated Editor → This is the latest post editor that Blogger has with new features included such as the More button to cut off your articles, and more. Old Editor → This is the old post editor that Blogger has, but you can still use it if you feel more comfortable with this old editor, because there are some features at this old editor that are not included in the Updated Post Editor. Hide Compose Mode → This is an option for those who are familiar with HTML because this option will hide the compose mode in your post editor. Don’t use this option if you are not familiar with the HTML coding.
  • Enable transliteration?: Select Enable if you want your post editor allow you to translate to Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, or Telugu. Select disable if you want your post editor not to allow you the transliteration.
  • End settings on Basic menu by clicking SAVE SETTINGS.

Publishing

This is to change the domain name of your blog in blogger with your own domain name, e.g. http://yourblogname.blogspot.com into http://yourblogname.com.

For temporary, don’t do anything at this Publishing menu! Tutorial about custom domain in blogger can be read at How to use Custom Domain in Blogger.

Formatting

Some settings in the Formatting menu:

  • Show at most: type the number of posts you want to display on your blog homepage, e.g. 5. Next to number of posts option, there is dropdown menu allow you to choose Posts or Days. Just choose posts, which means your blog homepage will show 5 posts.
  • Date Header Format: Choose how the date format you would like to display above your posts.
  • Archive Index Date Format: Choose the date format for your archive index.
  • Timestamp Format: Choose the time format you would like to display. This is the time when a post is published on your blog.
  • Time Zone: Just choose the time zone where you are.
  • Language: Choose the language you want to use in your blog.
  • Convert line breaks: this is the facility of automated line breaks when you hit enter during typing an article in the post editor. This facility is used when you think you will not post or write the codes such as HTML codes, etc in the future. But if you think you will post about HTML codes and include the codes in your posts, you should choose No, for instance, if your blog talks about the tutorials about HTML, PHP, etc.
  • Show Title Field: You may choose Yes or No.
  • Show link fields: You may choose Yes or No.
  • Enable Float alignment: Choose Yes, so you can arrange the position of your post both images and texts. But if you think this option will disturb the display of your blog, just choose No.
  • Post Template: This is the facility to create any text or code to appear each time you write a new post. It is usually used to create blog signature that will always appear in every post you create without having to type manually each time you create a new post.
  • End the settings on Formatting menu by clicking SAVE SETTINGS

Comments

Some settings in the Comments menu:

  • Comments: Choose Show if you want your posts commented by your visitors, or choose Hide if you don’t want your posts commented by your visitors.
  • Who can comment? : Anyone – includes anonymous users  → choose this option if you want everyone can comment on your blog including the Anonymous users or those without identity.Registered users –includes OpenID → Only users that are registered who can comment on yourblog, i.e. those who have accounts in Google, Live Journal, Wordpress, Type pad, AIM, and or OpenID. Users with Google accounts → Those who can comment on your blog are those who have Google accounts. Only members of this blog → Only members of your blog who can comment. A certain community usually chooses this option such as educational community, etc.
  • Comment form placementFull page → the page of your blog will switch to the comment form page if you choose this option. Pop-up window → your comment box will appear as pop-up window, so your blog is still displayed. Embedded below post → your comment box will directly be displayed under post, so your visitors can comment directly without clicking a Post Comment link. Bloggers like most the comment box is embedded below post.
  • Comments Default for posts: Choose New posts Have Comments if you want your articles have the comment box, but you can disable this when you create a post. Choose New Posts Do not have comments if you want your posts don’t have comment box, but you can add it when you create a post.
  • Backlinks: Choose Show if you want to display links to the websites that link to your articles.
  • Backlinks Default for Posts: choose New posts have backlinks if you want your articles have backlinks, and choose new posts do not have backlinks if you want your articles do not have backlinks.
  • Comment Timestamp Format: choose the date format you want to display.
  • Comment Form Message: type your massages to be displayed above the comment box, e.g. please comment freely but keep it polite by not doing spam.
  • Comment Moderation: choose Always if you want to display any comment after moderation. Only on posts older than …days. Choose this option if you want to display any comment on your selected posts based on the age you have determined, e.g. 15 days, etc. Choose Never if you want to display any comment without a moderation. Don’t forget to type your email address in the available field to get notifications when someone of non-member comments on your posts. Or leave blank if you don’t need the notifications.
  • Show word verification for comments?: choose Yes if you want to display word verification that will require commentators to enter before publishing their comments. It is to avoid a spam comment such as the robot spam script that can comment on your automatically and frequently. Anyway, visitors usually don’t like the word verification for inconvenience reason. Choose No when you don’t want the word verification displayed, although this option allows spasm like robot spam scripts to place their comments.
  • Show profile images on comments?: Choose Yes if you want the profile images of commentators to be displayed, and choose No if otherwise.
  • Comment Notification Email: Enter the email addresses up to ten emails that you want to send comment notifications.
  • End settings on Comment menu by clicking SAVE SETTINGS.

Archiving

Some settings on Archiving menu:

  • Archive frequency: choose how your blog archives will be displayed on your blog whether you want the archives arranged No Archive, Daily, Weekly, or Monthly. You had better choose Monthly.
  • Enable Post Pages?: Choose Yes or No.
  • End settings on Archiving menu by clicking SAVE SETTINGS.

Site Feed

Some settings on Site Feed menu:

  • Allow Blog Feeds: Choose either None, Short, or Full. You had better Full at this option.
  • Post Feed Redirect URL: If you have burned your post feed, you can type the URL of your feed here, for instance, you can burned post feed at Feedburner, etc. Leave it blank if you don’t have. We will specifically discuss about Feed burner at next post.
  • Post Feed Footer: You can fill any code here that will be displayed in the footer of your post feed such as advertisements, etc. Leave it blank if you don’t understand.
  • End settings on Site Feed menu by clicking SAVE SETTINGS.

Email & Mobile

In order to be able to post an article on your blog, not only do you use the post editor, but you also have other ways, e.g. through email and mobile.

Some setting on Email & Mobile menu:

BlogSend Address: Type email addresses up to ten emails separated by comma (,) to which you want to send notification when posting an article.

Email Posting Address: Create a blogger email address (known as Mail2Blogger) from which you can post articles directly to your blog when you send an email to this blogger email address, e.g. if you have an email address at example@gmail.com, then you can create blogger email address at example.post@blogger.com or example.blog@blogger.com, or anything else you think very good, but you should remember that it’s a secret to avoid other people can post through it.

To activate this feature, you should choose Publish emails immediately, meaning that each time you send emails to your blogger email address, the content of your email will be posted as blog post on your blog. If you choose Save emails as draft posts, the emails will not be published automatically but will be stored in the draft posts.

However, if you don’t want to publish through email, choose Disable. For security reason, many choose this option.

End settings on Email & Mobile menu by clicking SAVE SETTINGSbuy Clarity enhanced diamonds Online

OpenID

Nothing to do some settings here, but there is notification telling you that your blog address can be used as the address of OpenID. What is OpenID? Maybe we will discuss later.

Permissions

On this menu, you can add Authors by inviting them. Just write the email addresses you want them to be the authors of your blog.

At Who can view this blog?, you can choose who can view your blog. If you choose Anybody, your blog can be viewed by public or anybody. If you choose Only people I choose, only invited people who can view your blog that they should login first to view. If you choose Only blog authors, only your blog authors who can view your blog. If you think your blog is not worth publishing as you conduct maintenance, for instance, you can use this option, so only you that can view the blog.

For our discussion on How to do blog settings in blogger seems to come to an end, so what do you think about this?

Tutorial In Creating Blog In Blogspot

1. What Is Blog?

Blog is short for “Web log“, which is a a web application containing note or writing that are usually called “post” and displaying on the web pages. The posts are often displayed orderly based on the age or based on the time when the writing is written and published, so when you view a blog, you will first find the latest posts, top to bottom of the web page and the first to the last page, if the blog has had more than one web page.

For the first time, blog was created as the online private notes, but along with its development and popularity, blog has various types of contents or writings such as tutorial (e.g. this blog), sharing, business, etc. In general, blogs seem not to have the difference with the sites on the Internet.

The blog platform or used to be called blog machine has been created in such a way by blog designers or developers in order to be user friendly, so the knowledge of HTML, PHP, CSS, etc that was a must to create a web application, now with blog, everything is so easy as 1, 2, 3.

2. How To Create Blog In Blogspot

One of the free blog providers that is quite popular today is blogspot or blogger, where you have to register through blogger.com and you get the domain name as sub domain of blogspot, e.g. yourname.blogspot.com.

Why should you create blog in blogger.com, not in other free blog providers? Actually, there is no “should”, but blogger.com has more advantages than other providers do. One of the advantages is the easiness in operating so that blogger.com is good for the beginners. Other advantages are the freedom in editing and replacing the templates to make the best display, custom domain which means that you can replace the domain with your own but with the blogspot hosting, e.g. yourname.blogspot.com can be changed intoyourname.com, but still in the same hosting, i.e. the free blogspot hosting.

It should be emphasized from the beginning that the Internet is highly dynamic, so it is very possible that this practical guide to create blog in blogspot will not be relevant anymore as changes occurring, whether to the platform, coding, or anything else that you see right now in blogger.com

To reduce something unneeded to write, below is how to create blog in blogger.com.

Creating Email

One of the conditions required in creating blog is to have an active email address. If you do not have an email, please register at gmail. Since Blogger is one of Google services, when you want to register at Blogger, you had better use Google Email or gmail. If you need a simple guide to create an email, please use Google search engine to search for the best guide.

Sign Up For A Blog At Blogger

  1. Please visit http://www.blogger.com
  2. After registration page open, go to the right bottom of the page where you can change the language to your own to make you easier to understand the instructions, but in this tutorial, I use English for more global targeting. Please login by using your username and password of your gmail (your email account is allowed to use for login to blogger).
  1. Click “CREATE A BLOG” button
  2. Enter your Blog Title in the field next to “Blog Title“, and your expected blog address in the field next to “Blog address (URL). Need to remember that when you enter your expected blog address, you have to be sure of it as you cannot replace it in the future, except you use Custom Domain facility. Check for the availability. If your expected blog address is not available, replace with your new one and so on until you get it. Then type the character you see next to “Word verification“, below blog address point and click CONTINUE for the next steps.
  1. Choose a starter template, meaning that you can replace this template in the future and then clickCONTINUE.
  1. You will see “Your Blog has been created!” meaning that now you have a blog and you are ready to start Blogging, by clicking “START BLOGGING”.
  1. You will soon be in the post editor, where you can write anything as you may have thought about before. (it is recommended to directly write for your first post to avoid “Blogger Anti-Spam Robot” that can result in your blog locked. For instance, you can write a very short entry if you have not prepared an entry: “Hello World!“, and anything else you want. Click “PREVIEW” button to view how your post will be displayed, then click “PUBLISH POST” if you want your entry to be published.
  2. Click “View Post” to see your blog. Below is the example of the blog display created
  3. Done

For the first phase, your blog is ready and accessible for public. For next discussions about blogging in blogger are to come.

Make Your Own Web Site That Works!

There are many reasons to make your own web site. They’re a fantastic way to reach new clients for your business, to earn some additional income, or to generate enough income to allow you to leave the rat race. But if you’re going to have a website you need to ensure that it’s effective, it works and it produces results.

The biggest single mistake made with a website is that, once it’s up and running, there aren’t sufficient people visiting it to produce the results you want. This is a mistake you can so easily avoid if you make your own web site.

If you don’t have web design or programming skills you may think you can’t do it yourself. I’m here to show you that you can. Building your own website is easier than you think and there are many advantages to doing it yourself. Firstly, you understand and know your business better than anyone else.

You’ll be in complete control of every aspect of your website and you won’t have to wait for changes and updates to be made, so you can ensure that your website has all the essential elements to work successfully. Most professional web designers may well produce a website for you that looks wonderful and could win awards.

But a great looking website isn’t so good if there aren’t enough people visiting it and you’re not producing sales and generating income. Your website needs to be effective and produce results. This is easy to achieve when you have the right tools and knowledge. You’ll put the same amount of time and effort into a website that sits out there unknown as to one that works, so why not go for one that works?

When you make your own web site you need to have an overall plan for your website: a plan that includes the structure and layout of your site, the look and feel of it, and what will make it work well in order to attract huge amounts of traffic and generate income.

Also you must submit your website to the search engines, sending out an email newsletter and much more. However, building your own website doesn’t mean you have to do all the work; you can delegate some of the admin tasks to someone else.

So, where do you start? To make your own web site successful, you’ll need to register a domain name, purchase hosting for your website, consider the design and layout and most important of all, promote it.

Promotion of your website is an essential process and this means getting listed and then ranked highly on the search engines. Your site needs to be found. The search engines enable people to find you and without these visitors, your website is likely to end up the same way as most do and that’s with little or no traffic – hence few or no sales.

This is when you hear people say that the internet didn’t work for them or their business. It’s not that the internet doesn’t work; they just didn’t know how to make it work for them. The internet is truly a remarkable opportunity and you can tap into this now.

You need to know the purpose of your site. Is it for people to find out more information, to produce sales leads, or for passive income? Whatever the purpose, the single most important thing you need to do to make your own web site successful is to attract traffic to your site.

That means people visiting it and if this is done correctly, this will be targeted visitors looking for information and ultimately the solution you provide. Hence, your site makes sales and you’ll be streets ahead of your competition.

You may be wondering if it’s going to be too time-consuming to make your own web site. Yes, it is going to take some time, but it’s surprising how much can be achieved in as little as 1 – 2 hours per week. It can be done more quickly than you may think.

Building your website won’t happen overnight and it will take some effort. To make your own web site truly successful, you’ll want to include other elements such as a newsletter, forms and auto-responders. These all add to the effectiveness of a website and ultimately lead to sales.

Now you’re probably thinking that building your own website is beyond you. You might be saying to yourself “I don’t know enough about all this”, “I don’t have the skills or knowledge required” or “I wouldn’t know where to start or how to plan what needs to be done”.

It’s understandable that you’re having these thoughts because there is quite a bit to consider in order to make your own web site successful. However, there’s a very simple way to do it that doesn’t require any technical knowledge.

So what are the ingredients needed? You and your passion or knowledge of your business or product plus some motivation. Now add the most powerful tool available and hey presto, you’re well on your way to a successful website that triggers sales.

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How Freebies Generate Leads for Websites

It’s human nature. Everyone loves getting something for free. Business owners can use this behavioral truth to increase traffic to their websites and generate qualified leads to converts into new clients.
Not everyone who visits a website is ready to make a purchase. In many cases, consumers will comparison shop, visiting several times before making a decision. So even if the website is the main portal through which customers place orders, an equally important purpose of the website is to generate leads.

Creating an ezine or newsletter is a common “freebie“. Subscribers opt in, which means they provide minimal personal information in order to receive the newsletter. Each new subscriber becomes another lead. The result over time is a large mailing list of qualified prospects. In addition to the newsletter, business owners email announcements of new products or services to this custom-made pool of potential buyers.

Many website owners give away “freebies” such as a special report or ebook to increase newsletter sign-ups. This gives visitors to the website an additional incentive to take action, an important step in converting the visit into a future sale. Making the offer time-limited increases urgency and gives prospects a good reason to sign up now, rather than later.

Another benefit of offering “freebies” is the valuable market information it provides. A significant response to an offer suggests the item is a hot topic among qualified buyers. Such data can be useful in driving new product development for the business.

Marketing experts have noted one downside of the free offer, the possibility of attracting people who solely want the “freebie” but are not interested in purchasing anything in the future. One way to decrease the likelihood of this is to make the free offer enticing to those in the market for the products and services offered for sale, but unappealing to others. A direct seller, for example, could offer a free item to anyone who books a sales party that month. By tying in the “freebie” with the desired action, only serious shoppers will respond.

Industry estimates show that response rates triple when a “freebie” is offered as incentive for prompt action, effectively lowering the business owner’s cost per lead substantially. Even if the free gift increases the total expense of the campaign, the higher volume of qualified leads will result in higher sales volume, thus offsetting the additional expense.

An Effective Website Starts With The End In Mind.

Without a clear goal in mind, it’s too easy to drift all over the place and not achieve the results you want. This may well be happening with your website. Your visitors are drifting around and clicking off your site. Probably never to be seen again. So, how do you know if your visitors are drifting or not? The answer lies in the numbers of people who are taking the action you want them to take.

You do know the action you want them to take, don’t you? For each and every page of your website, you need to start with the end in mind. You need to know what is the result you want to create and what specific action you want your visitors to take. For instance, do you want them to go to another page for more information, click through to a sales page, sign up for your newsletter or buy.

When and only when you have the end in mind for each page, write the page so that it leads your visitor to the particular goal you’ve chosen. Take note that I said lead your visitor because people like to be led and they like it to be easy to know what to do next. If they’re not sure, they can too easily click off your website and onto another; possibly your main competitor.

Your goal for each web page will be reflected in your call to action. You need to ensure that your call to action is a strong one.

Once you know your goals and the pages reflect this, now you can start testing to see what response you’re getting. Once you know your numbers, you’ll see if there are changes that need making to increase your conversion rate. When you’ve made the changes, check the numbers again to see if the improvement worked.

I invite you to look at each page of your website and ensure that you’ve clearly defined your goal for each page, and that a strong call to action reaches the goal. Now look at your conversion rate and consider what it would take to improve it?

How To Choose The Right Niche For Your Blog

If you’re going to start a blog, you need to choose your niche. (And no, that is not something you need a cream for) A niche is simply a fancy way for the word “topic.” How do you choose one and why is it so important?

You need to have a topic for your blog and you need to make sure it’s something you’re deeply, truly passionate about.

“Without passion you don’t have energy, without energy you have nothing.”
Donald Trump, 
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This is absolutely critical. There is nothing else more important than this. You may not be ready to hear this or think that it could happen, but the fact is sooner or later you’re probably going to be making a living at this. This will be come your job. This is something that is going to consume a great deal of your time. You’ll be talking about it constantly. It might as well be something that you love. Something that you eat, sleep and breathe. Because then, it’s fun. If not, well, what’s the point?

Another really simple yet profound thing to consider is this: is this just a hobby, or do you plan on making money off of it?

Would you like it to become a source of income at some point? If you’re just looking to vent about something or indulge in your inner nerd, or talk about your favorite pro wrestler than you probably don’t need to worry too much about your niche. Because it just won’t matter. If your blog is your hobby then all you have to do is indulge your passion to your heart’s content and not say anything too stupid that will get you fired from you “real” job (and yes, that has happened to people before).

But if your blog is something you’d like to make money off of, you need to consider the market place. Some niches monetize better than others. Some just don’t offer than much money. Some are already well covered (that is, there are already a great number of people blogging g on that topic), while some are completely ignored or relatively underserved. If it’s a crowded space, then you really might want to rethink it. It’s always better to be a big fish in a small pond than a small fish in a big pond.

Once you’ve decided that, it’s time to jump right in!

Step one is doing your homework: research the blogs in your niche.

Learn the lay of the land. Find out who the players are in your space. Do all the research that you can. Google and other search engines are great for learning everything from how old the blogs are to who founded them, what kind of money are the generating, etc.

Next, make a list of the most popular blogs in your niche and study them closely.

At the end of the day, it’s all been done. There is not any reason to try to reinvent the wheel here. Just look at what other people are doing and copy what works, while placing your own personal spin on it.

Get to know the most successful authors in your space.

Read their blog, post comments, be part of the discussion. The more interactive you can become on their site(s) the better. Sooner or later, you will become known and that will lead people to becoming curious about you and what you have to say and ultimately lead people back to your blog. Increased presence means increased traffic which means increased revenue. For you.

Now go out there and do it! Get in the game people! You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

Now you may be asking yourself “Should I even bother?”

“The niche I want to blog about is already so crowded and they say not to write in a crowded niche!” True, but then again, we started Ask Dan & Jennifer and that’s a love and sex site and that niche is about as crowded as it gets! And we do, in fact make a living off of it. So, it can be done. There are no absolute rules. These are only guidelines, so definitely, by all means go with your gut and your passion, but make it easy on yourself, too!

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How to Start a Blog – Step 1: Pick Your Niche

 

When you have decided that you want to learn how to start a blog, it might seem a bit daunting trying to choose just the right niche to make the most money possible. One of the biggest mistakes that new bloggers make is choosing a niche that is extremely broad or overly saturated.

This is not to say that you can’t make money in a popular, broad niche, but it does take more time and work to grow that kind of blog to the level where it makes good money.

How to Pick a Niche – Passion vs. Moneymakers

So where do you start when you want to pick the right niche and learn how to start a blog? There are two schools of thought on picking a niche. Some people say that you should just choose something you are passionate about because you will want to wake up every morning and write quality content.

While that is a great thought, if your biggest hobby is underwater basket weaving, you are unlikely to make a great income blogging about it.

One often overlooked component in blogging is that you need to be able to find related products to promote to your customer base in order to make money. Of course, you could create a blog with simple AdSense or other banner ads, but it might take longer to see a profit over time.

On the other hand, some people say you should only pick topics that are known moneymakers whether you are interested in them or not. While that might work for some people, others need to have at least a passing interest in their topic in order to be successful.

In short, when you learn how to start a blog, you want to be certain that thousands (if not millions) of other people share your enthusiasm and interest in the topic and will pay money for products and/or services that you have to offer in the niche from time to time. No matter what, the key to the whole niche selection process is choosing the right keywords and getting your research together before building a blog site.

Keyword Tools

There are many free online keyword research tools to find keywords. One popular tool is the free Google Keyword tool.  After you have entered the keywords, you can check the amount of advertisers in that niche by gauging the bar in the “Competition” column.  You can even assess how lucrative the keywords are by click on the “Columns” button, and then enable the “Suggested Bid” checkbox.

This site is handy for many different tasks including your search for a blog topic. Let’s say you know that dating is a popular niche, so you want to do something in that niche. The problem is that going after such a broad niche can be the kiss of death for most new bloggers. So it’s important to find a sub-niche on dating in this case.

One way of doing that is putting in a “seed keyword”. You could start with “finding a date” and whittle the keyword options down further and further. Perhaps, in the end, you find that you would be interested in blogging about “finding a date for young professionals in their 20s & 30s.” There are many sub-topics to choose once you have a general idea of your topic.

The idea behind blogging is to develop a loyal following. To that end, it is important that you target your niche with laser-like focus so that you are one of the only people providing such specific content to a group of people. Additionally, you want to be sure that enough people are interested in your niche so that you get enough traffic.

If only 10 people per month are searching for your keyword, you need to either move on to another topic or see if there are other related keywords to create a bigger blog.
You can use tools other than the Google Keyword tool also. For instance, two other free tools are theSEObook keyword tool and Google Insights for Search. There are also other paid tools that are a lot fancier. We recommend you get a proven keyword research tool to find your keywords quickly and accurately.

The Google Insights tool gives additional information that can be very important during the niche research phase. It shows you how popular search terms are and what kind of history they have. For example, Christmas phrases would be highly searched from October through December, but most blogs would be quiet throughout the rest of the year. That can have a direct impact on your income.

Check the trends for your keywords and make sure that enough interest is there throughout the year to give you a reason to put your time and effort into the topic. This tool can also help you maximize your chances of making bursts of income at different times of the year as well.

So how do you know the proper way to research a keyword? The answer is that there is no “right” way. Everyone has their own opinion as to the number of searches that a keyword tern should have to make it worthwhile.

You can find yourself spending so much time researching that you never get around to creating quality content for your blog. Don’t over-analyze things. Often, you will find yourself with a list of keywords that, when added up, will give you plenty of potential search volume for the month.

The key is finding a way to get to the #1 slot on Google so that you can get the bulk of the daily searches for your keywords.

Once you have picked your keyword, you can also search what affiliate programs are available and check their commission.  Choosing a niche for your blog does not need to be a long, drawn out process. Use a mixture of your interests and knowledge to make your selection.

Here’s a quick tip: if you do a search on Google for a topic and people are paying money to run AdWordsads on the right side, they are making money. If you see TV commercials or magazine ads about your topic, they are making money. It’s a good bet that you will make money too!  So get started today and pick that lucrative niche that you will dominate!

Be sure to check our How to Start a Blog page to give you an overview of the process.  In our next step, we’ll be talking about our recommended web host, which comes with 1-click installation of WordPress, our favorite easy to use blog publishing platform: the one we use for all our sites.

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