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5 things to keep in mind before starting a Blog

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When you're ready to start a blog, all our mind sets would be on theme, design aspects, and making our blog look better, but we ignore certain aspects which must be present before starting our blog. Only when these things are set clear before starting a blog, then it can come out as successful blog. Here are few things that should be taken care of before starting a blog.

I am not sure about the statistics, but on an average 10,000 blogs are created per day, but 3 months later only 1% is maintained. So most of the people concentrate on designing the blog rather leaving out the main aspects which makes the blog more successful on the long run. Here are few working methods that would make your blog more successful probably if you keep all these points in mind before starting your blog.

#1 - Schedule 10 To 20 Quality Articles Earlier

Before your blog is live, make sure you schedule some 10 to 20 quality articles which are ready to be published. Many bloggers install wordpress and keep it as such with the Hello World post. No one wants to see that, instead a new blogger should produce some quality post and show the ability. First impressions are the best ones and you should make the reader to come again to your blog. So, work before your blog is alive.

#2 - Changes Should Be Finalized Offline
Don't work or make changes to the live blog. Once you've made live, then only thing you should concentrate is on quality articles over quantity and also promotion. All the changes to the design and other things should be finalised at offline. When you're branding your blog, design it offline and make it live at once.
Don't keep changing the design or other things often. The only thing you should concentrate on is content and promotion.

#3 - Content Is Nothing Until You Promote It
So, you have finalised the design and also started working on content once the blog is live, now how to make people know about your blog? Content is nothing until you promote it. So, promotion here plays a major role, now start promoting your blog. Plan for promotional activities before you start a blog. Before starting a blog, get into the social media sites like twitter, facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc.
Make friends, let them know who you're. If you're on twitter, Retweet the post of some bloggers, get their attention, start the conversation with them. Same goes with digg, facebook, and other sites. So now once you've got some familiarity with them, it will be easy for promotional activities. When you make your blog live, it will be easy to get some traffic from other sources than search engines.

#4 - Only Passion Can Drive Your Blog With Success
Here on the note 4, I would like to focus on 4 points that you should keep in mind before starting a blog. Only passion can drive your blog with success. Many people fail in the first 3 months because of less passion towards work and no patience.
So, the 4 points which you should tell your mind always;
a.    Hard Work by frequent update of articles and writing quality content,
b.    Patience,
c.    Smart promotion of your blog and
d.    Communicating with fellow bloggers and readers.
So focusing on all these 4 points will make your blog successful. You should also maintain concentration in Blogging.

#5 - Follow The 'Don't Give Up Nature'
Apart from design, content, promotion and communication, you should set your mind free and strongly follow the 'don't give up nature'. Blogging is not quick race, its more like a marathon.

You will be successful only on a long run. So never give up at any circumstances. You may fail, but learn where you've failed and come back with a bang.  Strictly follow the 'don't give up nature', you will be successful one day! Believe the potential in You!

Next week, we will talk about how to promote your blog/website.

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