Articles in the Building Your Blog Category

7 Plugins Every New Blog Needs to Have
Posted in Building Your Blog, Tools for Bloggers on 17 July 2008

When I start a new blog, there are seven specific plugins that I always install. They are incredibly useful and conserve hours of time. 1.Akismet Hands down, Akismet is the most useful plugin ever created. It automatically checks comments posted to your blog against their web service to determine whether or not the posted comment […]

The MUST-Install Plugin for New Bloggers
Posted in Building Your Blog, Customization, Tools for Bloggers on 11 July 2008

Last week, I wrote about the plugin WP Easy Uploader by, but I figured an entire post dedicated to the plugin was in order. It’s easily one of the best plugins to date. WP Easy Uploader takes a potentially confusing and time-consuming situation (for those new webmasters) and simplifies the process down to a […]

Incorporating Ads in a New Blog
Posted in Building Your Blog, Make Money Online on 5 June 2008

A common question arises when starting a new blog: should I start off with ads already in place? It’s a legitimate concern and the answer will be different for every blogger, but you have three options here: start with ads, add them into your existing design later, or redesign your site with an ad friendly […]

Blogging in the New Year: Your Blogging Resolutions
Posted in Building Your Blog on 7 January 2008

We all make the same resolutions: quit smoking, get in shape, eat better, gamble less, what have you. Everything to better ourselves. But what about our blogs? This blog has been a victim of neglect lately and it had me thinking about blogging resolutions. What can I do to better my blogs? So, now I […]

How To: Expand Your Earnings Outside of Adsense
Posted in Blogging How-To, Building Your Blog, Make Money Online on 28 November 2007

New bloggers looking to make money online are told one thing over and over: expand outside of Google Adsense. I know you’ve all heard it before. “Don’t pull all your eggs in one basket” or “Increase your income stream two or three times.” While this all sounds good and dandy, nobody really tell you HOW […]

Dr. Google or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the PageRank.
Posted in Building Your Blog, Optimize on 5 November 2007

There’s no denying that nearly every webmaster is obsessed with his or her PageRank. After all, a high page rank is the best indicator in the quality of a site, right? Wrong. For some reason, the majority of webmasters believe that raising their PageRank will help better the way the world views their website. Anyone […]

Please Tell Me Again Why You Don’t Own a Domain?
Posted in Building Your Blog, Setting Up a Blog on 31 October 2007

I’ve been on the hunt for another blogger willing to help out on one of my more popular blogs and the volume of responses amazed me. I was expecting one or two at most, but by the end of the day, I had about fifty emails swamping my inbox and that was just Day 1. […]

How 3 Little Letters Can Make or Break a Blog.
Posted in Building Your Blog on 9 October 2007

R-S-S. It stands for Really Simple Syndication and it’s one of the most important aspects of blogs today. It allows your readers to receive your content without ever visiting your website. How is this beneficial? Because now you have a dedicated band of readers who will pretty much read anything you put out. Why does […]

Five Things I Wish I Knew When Starting a Blog
Posted in Building Your Blog, Writing Tips on 4 October 2007

When I started my first blog, I just dove right in. I really didn’t know anything about running a successful blog, but through a lot of trial and error, I finally learned the ins and outs of being a webmaster. It took me over a year to become successful, but with my help, it shouldn’t […]

Start Building Your Content
Posted in Building Your Blog, Writing Tips on 1 October 2007

The final three sections of the ‘Start a Blog’ guide aren’t exactly steps anymore. Once the blog is installed and properly themed, there is very little administrative work that needs to be done after that. For the remainder of your blog’s life, you will constantly be working on developing content, gaining readers, and making money. […]