I have been using Blogger as my blogging platform for 1 year already, and I must say that this has been a mistake all along. Blogger is not as flexible as any other self-hosted blogs or has as many useful widgets like WordPress, and Blogger is not so SEO friendly too. Why am I telling you this? Its because I have failed to do one thing before everything else started:
I failed to plan
Planning is an important factor of blogging if you are seriously going to make it earn for you. You have to do your research thoroughly beforehand, and ask yourself questions like ‘What kind of blog will I be making so that I can earn optimally?’ ‘What security measures must I adopt to protect my blog from hackers or malicious softwares?’ or ‘Which niche will I choose?’ Lets go through step-by-step to what I am trying to say here.
‘What kind of blog will I be making so that I can earn optimally?’
I will mention 2 types of blog today, and those are:
1. the normal blog with Google AdSense installed
You can make a normal blog with Google AdSense installed without spending any money at all, and setup is really easy. You can earn from this kind of blog by writing content interesting enough to make readers feel compelled to click on the ads on your blog, earning us a few cents per click. There are many resources on the web which tells you how to earn more from just blogging, but at the end of the day your earnings won’t be as much as an eCommerce blog.
2. an eCommerce blog.
An eCommerce blog is a blog that buy and sell goods online, be it business-to-business (B2B), business-to-consumer (B2C) or consumer-to-consumer (C2C). Often this kind of blog is harder to make because as consumers may use credit card to purchase our goods online, we must be able to gain their trust because credit card fraud is rampant on the internet. There are many eCommerce consulting agencies on the net and you can always get help from leading ones, for example such as ECommercePartners. These interactive agencies provide eCommerce solutions to a wide variety of fields including fashion web design and many others. An eCommerce blog can earn you large sums of money at times but its earnings may not be as frequent as normal blogs with Google AdSense installed.
‘What security measures must I adopt to protect my blog from hackers or malicious softwares?’
Hackers can hack our blogs through advance methods like XML injection and such, but if your blogging platforms already provide you with the basic security measures then you won’t have to worry about it so much. What you should worry about is how hackers can still use the primitive method of hacking and ruining your blog for good:
1. Weak passwords
Your admin password must be strong; it must contain a mixture of small letters, capital letters and numbers. It is also not advisable to use your name, your birthday or even words from the dictionary as your password. Hackers today have advance programs which will expose your passwords to them in no time if you have these common passwords.
2. Weak anti-virus / internet security softwares
Even though your blogging platforms have some of the security measures already adopted to fend off hackers, it is still suggested that you have internet security programs installed too. Hackers can use spywares to retrieve sensitive information while you are typing your password out on your keyboard so today, I will be introducing to you the antivirus program called ZSecurity. It can provide extensive internet security and anti-spyware capabilities so do get your own copy.
‘Which niche will I choose?’
You should choose a niche with a large target audience and one which you can update about everyday. By doing so, a large amount of traffic will come to your blog. You will also be able to update everyday, so these visitors will come back frequently for more information.
That’s it for my post. Do plan your blog carefully. That’s all, c u