How To Run A Successful Blog

.tags In the beginning, blogs were a way of keeping up with friends and family, of sharing your moments of triumph and pain, and of keeping a record of your life for anyone and everyone who may or may not care. As more and more talented writers took to the keyboards and proved that there were people out there willing to read a funny, poignant, or witty blogin fact, not just read but follow a blog daily and devotedly, the publishing industry stood up and took notice. Bloggers like Julie Powell received offers to turn their blogs into books. Suddenly, people realized that a successful blog could mean a successful life and blogging had its first BOOM! As PPC and ads became affiliated with blogs, even moderately talented people began to see a profit from a well-followed blog. If you are interested in making money from your blog, either by selling it to a publisher, or through ads, here are some pointers to get you going:

Pick a topic that generates interest, not just to readers, but to you. Only the most disciplined writers can be motivated to write about tax law or accounting. If you like cars find a niche topic and write on it. If you want to save the environment, write on that. Are you a clothes horse? Create a blog about your favorite clothing.

Refine the topic. You want a topic thats interesting, but also unique. In economics the first rule is that of supply and demand. How many other people are supplying the same thing? For example, there are literally tens of thousands of blogs on fashion. How would you make yours different? Specialize in a particular item of clothing, such as scarves or hats. If you are going to write about shoes, then refine that again, too. Perhaps you should write about red shoes only? Or maybe flats? Refine, refine, refine.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. If you want people to follow your blog, follow theirs. One way of doing this is to find people who have a similar interest and then follow them. 9 out of 10 times they will follow back.
Cross networks. Link your blog to your Twitter to your Facebook to your Tumblr to your Google, and so on and so on. All of those links, all of those followers, need to come together in a tight weave to create more opportunity for your ads to be clicked on or your blog to get noticed.

Tag, youre it! Tags are how you get found. Make sure that your blog has as many appropriate keywords as possible associated with it. The more tags, the more opportunity to show up in a search engine. Make sure that the tags are honest because you can get slammed for grey or black hat tactics to create an artificial search match.
Have fun. The most successful blogs are humorous. Lets face it. We all want to laugh. You will get more readers if you are happy and humorous rather than dour and sour.