Sunday, November 19, 2006

The Growing Popularity of Blogging
Rita Lambros-Segur, M.H.

With the recent phenomenon of blogging for personal fulfillment and for profit, the question arises as to how does one get started creating one? The answer really is nothing, provided that your only goal is to spend no money at all.
If you are thinking of all the bells and whistles, and maybe even a video blog (vlog) the answer to “what you need to get started” might be several hundred dollars to invest in tools that could make your climb to the top faster and smoother.
One of the most important things you will need to get started is some form of keyword research tool or database. Currently, there are dozens of these products on the market. Some are free and others charge a monthly or yearly fee. And of course, you usually get what you pay for. The most popular tool on the market is probably WordTracker, which offers a limited trial version for free—or a fully-functional version for $7.50/day or $45/mo.
There are about 9 major areas that are popular for current blogs: business, culture, community, politics, religion, science, travel, online diaries, and gossip. Most blog directories use similar topical categories to order blogs.
After deciding on your blog theme and keywords, if you're hosting a blog and you want to monetize it with Adsense, you may want to add a thumnail generator. A thumnail generator will create code that, when inserted in your blog, will generate scraped-thumnail pictures from related searches on Google images—and will place them next to your contextual ads, increasing the click-thru rate.
Conversely, if you're planning to sell your own products, you may want to add an autoresponder which will allow you to greatly improve your conversion rate by allowing you to put all follow-up emails on autopilot, rather than doing them personally or strictly using your salespage.
Blogs can fall under the category of the tool or software that was used to create them. Some blogs are created using Google's Blogger. These blogs are often lumped together in directories as the same "type" of blog. They actually have an auto-surfing system that allows you to jump randomly from one Blogger blog to the another.
Other types of blogs you can build include social networking blogs, which allow members of the same network to interact with each other using various blog functions. Two examples are Livejournal--which was one of the original social networking blog systems--and Myspace, which is currently the largest, boasting a base of around 80,000,000 users. In recent months, marketers and business persons have begun using Myspace to introduce their product to potential customers.
If you're interested in software that's both easy to use and able to publish and maintain thousands of high quality websites with the "push of a button", you may with to check out Traffic King Pro CMS (content management system) which publishes both blogs and static webpages very eloquently.

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