Ok, you have decided to build a blog based website. You have your niche market, you picked your web host, you've got your computer and you are ready to rock and roll!!

If you have never built a web page either using HTML code or using template software you need to do some reading or check out YouTube for videos. I searched YouTube for “building a webpage using Yola” and their were numerous videos walking you through the Yola process. Yola has a tutorial as well. Take the time to watch a video before you start.

Now the real “Brainwork” starts. Take the time to look at other websites in the same "niche" as your site. It is not a crime nor a sin to “covet” the layout of someone else's website. If you find one you like go ahead and borrow their ideas. Or if you are artistic (I am a musician not an artist) then come up with your own design.

Once you start building you will need to consider the “content” of the webpage. You need to decide how many pages you will need. I have five; a Home or landing page, a page for the blog itself, a Forum page, Recommended links page and a page to sign up for the newsletter. You decide what works best for you.

I like a home page at any site. It should provide you with enough information to keep you at the site. Mine even has a partial excerpt from my blog to entice people to stay. The banners are there for two reasons. One, so I can show you examples of affiliate marketing partners and most importantly to have hyperlinks available for potential traffic even if they never leave the home page. You will need a page for the blog, the other pages are at your discretion.

The problem at this point is getting feedback for your design work. I would like to help you with that issue. If you need someone to give you “notes” on your website, feel free to send me an email with the details. I will at no-charge, give you a fair one page critique.

With those things completed, you are ready to start blogging.This can be either the easiest or the hardest thing to do.

In order to get noticed by the “Search Engine Spiders”you need to use words or phrases people use as search criteria. If your blog is about work at home opportunities, you want to attract people searching for work at home opportunites. So, you want the blog to be rich” with these type of keywords. I am not sure if it just because of the subject matter, but I have no trouble creating keyword rich content.

I purposely use bold italic type for words and phrases I want to emphasize, but it also to allows you to see how keywords sprinkled throughout the blog's content will look. Go back to the top of this blog and then scroll down looking only at the bold type. Get it?

If someone's search query is “ How do I start blogging at home online for free?”I am giving the search engines plenty of keywords relating to that search.

I would suggest to anyone who has never blogged to sign up at Squidoo http://www.squidoo.com/. They have a site designed to help “budding” bloggers. They offer tons of motivation, direction and support. You can even have other bloggers critique your blog before you post it. I started out using Squidoo and picked up a few good tricks. And the best part is it is free!!

How about a review, today we have Jimmy Jazz http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-4929398-10789531

Jimmy Jazz is recognized as the largest urban clothing and sneaker retailer in the United States. They offer our customers the hottest hip hop brands of clothing for teenagers and adults; and “kicks” for both adults and kids alike. They feature premier apparel brands like Rocawear, founded by Hip Hop icon Jay-Z, Coogi, Akademiks, Baby Phat and Dereon, along with the best selection of shoes from Nike, Creative Rec, Jordan, and Polo Footwear to name a few.

Living in a small(ish) town in southern Wisconsin you can imagine there is not a lot of options for folks wanting Urban style clothing. It is a “niche” market. Jimmy Jazz is a division of ManAlive! http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-4929398-10793833 If you went to a disco or a mall in the late seventies you know who they are. They have a good reputation, the pricing looks reasonable,they offer discounts and price breaks for the customers and carry a wide selection of styles and sizes.

I am marketing Jimmy Jazz http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-4929398-10789531 through Craigslist and with banners at this site. Even though the clothes and shoes are not my style, I see it everywhere I go. I may email market this affiliate marketing partner later this year. Up to 10% commission and exclusive coupons and deals for affiliates.

Like always, join and follow the blog, click the banners and text links to start making money. You can use the EWAHR Forum to post questions or request a review of a site or, you can e-mail me directly at ewahr2011@ yahoo.com


Next time: More about content and a review of my Amazon aStores.

Poppy's Guitar Zone http://astore.amazon.com/poppys-20

Aipom's Jungle Shop http://astore.amazon.com/johnjohnstore-20