Poor organization is a common pitfall from which many bloggers suffer. When you’re trying to micromanage half a dozen or more blogs, each of which contains its own domain name, content management system, and niche, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. So instead of publishing new posts to your blogs on a regular basis, you may begin to neglect them simply because you aren’t organized.
The golden rule of blogging is to start small. When you try to get a dozen or more blogs up and running, there’s really no way you can monitor and adjust them as necessary. When you only work on a couple, though, you’ll have a better chance at turning them into profitable, long-term blogs with an established following of readers. There’s nothing wrong with launching a large network of blogs, but you should only expand after you’ve experienced success with your first couple of blogs.
The golden rule of starting a blog (or any website for that matter) is to plan ahead. Ask yourself, what do I hope to accomplish with this blog? Some people blog for the simple joy of sharing their opinions with the world, while others blog because it’s their job. If you intend to turn a profit on your blog, you’ll need to choose some type of monetization system, such an affiliate network, pay-per-click (PPC) ads, direct sales, leads, etc.
Here are some of the things to consider when launching a blog:
- What type of content management system (CMS) will it use?
- Will you allow visitor comments?
- What domain name will your blog use?
- What web host will your blog use?
- What type of content do you intend on publishing?
- When do you intend to publish new posts?
- Will you perform social bookmarking on your blog’s new posts?
Ask any seasoned blogger and they’ll agree: it’s not uncommon to have 10, 20 or even 30+ tabs open in your web browser when researching post topics. So, how are you supposed to stay organized with such a massive amount of information sitting in your web browser? I recommend using a free Chrome/FireFox extension called OneTab. When you have too many tabs cluttering your web browser, you simply click the OneTab button and it will convert them into a simple, easy-to-use list. When you’re ready to access them again, click the button to place them back on your browser.
A side benefit of OneTab is its ability to speed up your web browser. Running dozens of tab simultaneously will inevitably slow down your web browser, but OneTab temporary disables them from using your system resources.