Blogging is certainly a publishing revolution. Anyone with a PC and an opinion can now make their views and photos available to the world. And get feedback . . .
And yes, some blogs and opinions are downright boring. I’m sure I’ll get feedback to that effect. But some are great, niche sites that offer the highly focused information you can’t get anywhere else.
Further to my last post, I love gadgets. Check out gadgetmaniac.mail2web.com (based on WordPress) and you’ll find a massive collection of product reviews and articles about some products and developments I didn’t know existed, I will probably never buy but I find incredibly interesting just the same.
Some blogs can actually generate money through advertising. Don’t quit your day job, I’m not talking about ‘get rich, working from home’ schemes but rather the ability to generate enough money to cover your blog hosting costs and maybe a little left over for the odd gadget purchase.
Free sites have all sorts of limitations – file sizes, forgettable domain names, bad reporting and ultimately little control when it comes to integrating things like Google Adsense – the easiest way to run ads and make money.
But for less than $5.00 a month you can get a WordPress account with myhosting.com. WordPress is the leading application for blogging, can be set up in minutes (we have an auto-install script), and you can use the domain name of your choice (could be an extra fee if it’s a new domain name, but you can transfer an existing domain name for free).
Part of the setup includes an automatic installation of the Adsense plugin, so once you get an Adsense account it’s easy to place ads around your content. Write a few articles a week – check your traffic through Google Analytics (also included as an auto install provided you have an account) – and provided what you write is interesting and somewhat targeted, your opinion will be heard and you might even make some money.
SoftCom Technology Consulting Inc.
V.P. of Sales and Marketing