Be friendly and engage your readers. Don’t just post to your blog and disappear. When you start receiving comments on your post, reply to them. It will engage your readers, and show you to be the friendly and caring blogger you are. Knowing that their comments will be read and responded to will also encourage your readers to return to your blog again and again.
However, when using your blog for making an income, I highly suggest using wordpress. The domain name looks much more professional and you don’t want your blog shut down for some dumb reason when it’s making you good money.
Get Pictures – Yes, including pictures with your blog entries is a must. Maybe not with every entry, but at least with some of the entries. On my Jet Movements blog, I frequently contact companies and ask them if I can get a logo or some other picture that they own and use it with a blog about that company. Naturally, I am not about to bash the company, so don’t go that route if you want their help. Many are only too happy to oblige as they see you helping them promote their business.
I cannot stress it enough, build your opt in list starting today! I’m sure you’ve heard by now the importance of building an e-mail lists. The reason it’s so important is because you can follow up with your subscribers with the click of a button. Get yourself an autoresponder service such as an AWeber or GetResponse, for they are the two top services on the Internet.
There are also thousands of plug-ins available to use which can be installed the same way as installing a new theme. These plug-ins are designed to make your job of building a website much easier. Most plug-ins are free to download and use.
A lot of scripts in all probability have this possibility, but whenever you use a few of the free bloghosts you in all probability have to ping yourself after every post. WordPress does this for you automatically which saves time and makes your life simpler.
Video sites like YouTube can be very social but don’t use them just to socialize. Create as many helpful “how to” videos as possible that are relevant to your niche. These will position you as a leader in the eyes of your YouTube friends and other viewers and will more easily turn them into home based business leads for you when the time is right.