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Starting a Blog - Blogging Basics for the Beginner Blogger

Starting a Blog teaches the beginner blogger or anyone who needs a Blogging 101 refresher course how to decide if blogging is right for them as well as how to choose a domain, host and blogging software. You'll also find step-by-step tutorials to help you get started as a successful blogger.
  1. Blog Glossary (51)
  2. Blog Software and Hosts (31)
  3. Blogging Books & Resources (14)
  4. Blogging FAQs (19)
  5. Creating a Blog (6)
  6. Popular Blogs (24)
  7. Reading & Finding Blogs (9)
  8. Wordpress Tutorials & Tips (24)

What is a Blog?
Learn exactly what a blog really is.

Before You Start a Blog, Determine if Blogging is Right for You
Take a look at these factors to consider before you start a blog to determine if blogging is right for you.

Quiz - Should You Start a Blog?
Take this short quiz to learn if you have what it takes to start a blog.

Top 10 Reasons to Start a Blog
Blogging is becoming more and more popular everyday. Should you join the blogosphere? Take a look at this list to help you make your decision about blogging.

Top 5 Reasons Why People Blog
Why blog? Learn the five most common reasons why people blog.

Top 10 Tips for Beginner Bloggers
Starting a blog can seem overwhelming, but in truth, it's one of the simplest ways to join the online community. Follow these tips to ensure your blog is positioned for success.

Blogging Tips Every Blogger Should Read
Whether you're just starting a blog or a seasoned blogger looking to grow or monetize your blog, you can find the tips you need to be successful here.

100 Free Blog Tips and Blog Help Every Blogger Should Read
The most comprehensive list of free blog tips and blog help available so you can learn how to be a successful blogger.

102 Changes You Can Make to Improve Your Blog Right Now
Learn 100 things you can do to immediately improve your blog without investing a lot of time or money.

What is Your Top Blogging Tip?
Your Turn - What are your top blogging tips?

5 Factors to Start a Blog Successfully
Find out what you need to start a blog that has a chance to grow.

How to Start a Popular Blog
Learn how to start a popular blog and catapult yourself into blogosphere stardom.

5 Blogging Myths that Doom Bloggers to Failure
Blogging success comes to bloggers who don't believe blogging myths.

Essential Requirements to Starting a Successful Blog
Want to be a top blogger? Keep these requirements in mind as you develop and market your blog.

5 Things You Might Not Like About Blogging
Don't start a blog until you understand that the reality of being a blogger might not live up to your expectations.

Blogging Secrets from Top Blogs
Learn the tricks top blogs use for amazing blog growth.

10 Unique Traits Top Bloggers Share
Find out if you have what it takes to be a top blogger.

How to Create a Blog Community
Use these simple tricks to build a loyal and active blog community.

How to Out-Blog Your Blogging Competition
Learn the most important ways to beat your blogging competition by becoming a better blogger.

5 Ways to Ruin Your Blog or Website
Learn the 5 things you should avoid if you want people to read your blog or website.

Breaking Bad Habits for a Better Blog
Learn how breaking bad habits can make your blog better and make you a happier, more successful blogger.

10 Free and Easy Ways to Increase Blog Reader Loyalty
Learn how to increase loyalty among your blog readers which will help you boost page views and traffic.

Choose a Domain Name for Your Blog
Before you settle on a domain name for your blog or website, consider these factors and tips.

5 Things to Avoid in a Blog Domain Name
Five red flags you should avoid when choosing a blog domain name.

10 Essential Blog Design Elements
Learn about the most important blog design elements your blog must have in order to have a chance at success!

5 Tips to Choosing a Blog Topic
Building a successful blog is a commitment in time and effort. Follow these five tips to choose a topic to write about on your blog that will put you on the path to reaching your blogging goals.

5 Steps to Start a Niche Blog
Learn how to start a niche blog in 5 easy steps.

5 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Blog
Use these tips to bring new life to your blog with a good spring cleaning anytime of the year.

How to Develop a Team Blog
Learn how to create a team blog that is interesting, useful, and successful.

How to Create a Team Blog Style Guide
Learn how to write a style guide to ensure content created for your team blog is consistent.

Best Applications to Create a Team Blog
Learn which blogging application and content management system tools are best for a team blog.

Team Blog Online Communication and Collaboration Tools
Find the tools you need to manage your team blog contributors through online communication and collaboration.

Blog Review Checklist
Use the 10-point blog review checklist to ensure your blog includes all the necessary elements to be successful.

10 Step Blog Maintenance Checklist
Follow these steps to ensure your blog is always working the way it should.

5 Blog Protection Precautions You Should Take Immediately
Take these blog protection precautions so nothing terrible happens to it.

5 Steps for Quick Blog Spring Cleaning
Fast and effective spring cleaning for your blog in 5 simple steps.

Best Blog Conferences and Twitter Conferences
Find some of the biggest and most popular annual events for bloggers, Twitter users and social media publishers.

Interview with BlogWorld Expo CEO and co-founder Rick Calvert
Rick Calvert shares his thoughts on the past, present, and future of blogging and BlogWorld Expo.

My Best Blogging Moment Was When ...
What's the best thing that has happened to you since you started blogging? Share your success story on About.com Blogging. See submissions

Your Turn - What Was Your Worst Day as a Blogger?
Share your worst blogging moment on About.com.

You Know You're Addicted to Blogging When ...
How do you know when you're addicted to blogging? Share your thoughts here.

What is Your Biggest Blogging Pet Peeve?
Share the most annoying thing to you as a blogger and learn what really irks other bloggers.

Should You Let Your Child Blog?
Learn the pros and cons of letting children blog before you let your child start a blog of his or her own.

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