Blogging All-in-One For Dummies
All blogs start in the same way: A person picks a blogging application, creates a blog, and publishes a post online. What happens then depends on each individual blogger. This cheat sheet supplements the information provided in Blogging All-in-One For Dummies and helps you find resources and tools to make your blog a unique place that allows you to reach your goals.
Popular Blogging Applications
Many online tools and applications allow you to create a blog, but not all these tools are equal. Some offer far more customization and functionality than others. Following are some of the most popular and feature-rich blogging applications:
WordPress.com: An easy-to-use, free blogging application with limited functionality and additional features available for a fee.
WordPress.org: The most feature-rich and customizable blogging application. It's free but does require an investment in a separate web host and more technical knowledge than other blogging applications require.
Blogger: An easy-to-use and fairly feature-rich blogging application that is completely free.
TypePad: A fairly feature-rich blogging application, but users must pay a monthly fee to use it.
Tumblr: A simple blogging tool for publishing text, video, images, audio, and quotes without all of the features of more comprehensive blogging applications.
Movable Type: This blogging application is popular among blogging networks and offers a variety of features for a fee.
Finding Blog Help and Resources Online
Even the most seasoned bloggers have questions and need help sometimes. Following are some of the best websites and blogs to find blogging tips, help, and resources:
About.com Guide to Blogging: About.com's Guide to Blogging provides a wide variety of information to help you start a blog, grow your blog, and make money from your blogging efforts.
ProBlogger: Darren Rowse is one of the most popular bloggers around, and he shares his experiences on his blog about blogging.
WordPress support site: The official support site created by the people behind WordPress.
WordPress.org Codex site: The official site offering documentation for all WordPress.org features and tools.
Blogger help site: The official help site owned by the people behind Blogger.
TypePad Knowledge Base: The official support site maintained by the people behind TypePad.
Getting Traffic to Your Blog
To grow your blog's readership and (dare we say?) fan base, check out these tools and start promoting your blog and content across the social web:
Twitter: The most popular microblogging site.
Facebook: The most popular social networking site.
LinkedIn: A popular social networking site for businesspeople around the world.
Pinterest: A rapidly growing visual social bookmarking site.
Digg: A highly trafficked social bookmarking site.
StumbleUpon: A popular social bookmarking site.
Blog Money Makers
Blogs can be just for fun, but they can also turn a profit. If you want to earn money from your blog, check out these popular monetization opportunities:
Google AdSense: A popular contextual advertising program that any blogger can join and easily integrate into a blog.
Amazon Associates: A popular affiliate advertising program that any blogger can join.
Kontera: A popular text link advertising program.
SocialSpark: A popular pay-per-post monetization program that requires full disclosure.
LinkShare: An affiliate program that links bloggers up with a wide variety of merchants.
BuySellAds: An online advertising marketplace where bloggers can sell ad space and advertisers can purchase that ad space.
SponsoredTweets: A pay-per-post program that pays people for publishing sponsored updates on Twitter.