How do I Create a Blog Page?

Jessica Ellis
Jessica Ellis

Having a blog can be a fun way to engage in the Internet and even sometimes earn a living. A blog is a personalized web page that allows viewers to read regular updates made by the blogger. Making a blog page can take a few minutes or may be a customized version that takes hours to create. A basic blog page requires very simple decisions about style, content, and format, and can easily be made by even novice bloggers.

Woman doing a handstand with a computer
Woman doing a handstand with a computer

When making a blog page, it is important to think about the type of blog desired and the intended audience. Some people use blogs as a daily diary to record details about their lives for friends and followers to read. Others showcase hobbies or skills, such as cooking, yoga, fishing, or mountaineering on their blogs. Blogs that have a theme or basic premise are often more successful than blogs that are different every day.

One of the fastest ways to make a blog page is to use an online template. There are many free websites that allow users to join for free and build a personal, if fairly simple, blog page. Online templates come in many varieties, and allow fast creation and an immediate launch. Using most website templates, a blogger can choose the title, the font style, size, and color, backgrounds or uploaded images, and the web address for the blog.

If templates do not cover the type of weblog desired, it may be necessary to build a blog page from scratch. To do this, a blogger may need to buy a web address or join a blogging site that allows users to code their own pages. For savvy programmers, coding a blog page can be relatively simple, but new bloggers may be completely lost in the world of computer languages and coding. Consider contacting a web designer to build a customized blog page, or find books and guides that teach a basic coding language, such as HTML.

If the goal is to attract a lot of users to the blog page, it may important for bloggers to learn about search engine optimization, or SEO. With millions of pages and websites, the way to stand out from the crowd involves using specific words and phrases that viewers might use on a search engine. Learning about SEO can teach a blogger about how to optimize his or her wording to rank high on search engines and thus attract more visitors.

Security and responsibility are two things that can be very important to a blog. In terms of security, bloggers must make sure that their access passwords for their blog are kept secret and are hard to guess, to avoid being hacked. Responsibility entails taking care to observe laws and ethics when blogging. Posting private information about others without their consent, making unfounded accusations, or detailing illegal activities via a blog page can be grounds for a lawsuit or even an arrest.

Jessica Ellis
Jessica Ellis

With a B.A. in theater from UCLA and a graduate degree in screenwriting from the American Film Institute, Jessica is passionate about drama and film. She has many other interests, and enjoys learning and writing about a wide range of topics in her role as a wiseGEEK writer.

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