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Tips to Remember if You Want to Start With Blogging

There is no question that blogging is one of the best ways to get keyword-rich content on your site, get your message on the search engines, and get traffic to your website. But how do you get started blogging?

These free services provide powerful software tools that balance value, quality, and ease of use. While some people prefer to use more basic blog services, they too can truly benefit from the built-in benefits of WordPress or Blogger along with its existing large community of users.

One of the most notable benefits of these services is the ease of use, and advanced functionality of the service compared to some blog software applications. Neither Blogger nor WordPress require you to know any coding and allow you to build and post to your blog with easy-to-use icons similar to what one would see in a word processing program. Having the ability to utilize a program like this allows people to create blogs that are as high tech, and complete as full-blown websites.

If you are occasionally offline you can benefit from WordPress’s ability to import posts. This means you can put your blog together while you are not connected to the internet and then import it later. If you already use another blogging service such you can also import your posts directly into Blogger or WordPress.

Another benefit of these services is their large widget or element and theme libraries that allow you to instantly add useful features and professional-looking styles to your blog. A very simple drag and drop interface allows you to add features such as an RSS feed with a few clicks.

Another option to consider would be blogging software that you can directly integrate into your website. Some hosting provides such as GoDaddy allows you to use your existing domain name for your blog. The benefit is that the content of your blog becomes part of what search engines see for your domain. In these cases, you are more likely to pay a monthly add-on fee to your hosting provider. As an alternative, Google’s Blogger allows you to publish to an FTP site, which means you can blog from your own domain. You lose some flexibility of the out-of-the-box service, but with a little effort, you can have a customized template and pretty easy posting capability that resides within your domain.

As your needs become more advanced or if you are a more technical blogger you may also consider blogging software that can be directly integrated into your website. One to consider is blog. Blog is an open-source, PHP/MySQL application. If you don’t know what the last sentence means, then this isn’t for you. If you do know, then you may benefit from the expanded flexibility an integrated application could provide.

In the end, you have a wide, wide range of very inexpensive (or free) options to get started.

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