Many people have a passion for sports and want to transform this into a blog to share it with the world. Whether you are behind the blog or just writing for the blog, there are some great tips out there to help you when starting up.
Pick a spot
There are thousands of blogs online today covering different sports or team so the first thing to do is look at what you can do with your blog that can help it stand out from the crowd. Quality of writing is important, as is the pictures that you use with it but you have to be able to pull people in for them to appreciate these things.
Pick a targeted area for your blog and then add to it with quality side articles that complement the central theme but also can attract readers through different areas. For example, you are writing a blog about a pool league in your area so you will write about the games that are taking place and the players that are involved. But to open up to a wider market you could do profiles of high-ranking international players in the pool world as inspiration. You could also feature pieces on the equipment used in the game: the pool table covers, types of pool felt, different styles of cues used and this can bring in people who are interested in pool, but not necessarily local.
Another area to integrate with your basic elements are ‘how to’ pieces or top recommendations for choices about buying equipment. This can even open up the chance to link up some of the products with your blog that can earn a little money.
Finally, personal experience is another good series of blogs to write: how you accomplished a certain thing, your first experience of a certain sport, your inspirations to get into the sport.
Monitor the competition
It is always a good idea to read a lot of other blogs to see what is working for other people. If you enjoy reading it, then other people will and this can give you inspiration for your own blog. Plus by monitoring what others are writing, you can spot a niche that others haven’t covered and produce something completely unique from your competition.
The other area to learn about is keyword density and SEO techniques once you have your blog up and running. It isn’t crucial when you first start but the sooner you learn the basics of these areas, the sooner you can incorporate it into your work.
Choose your platform
There are quite a few great free blogging platforms that allow you to quickly and easily set up a blog, choose from a range of free looks and get your work out there. Blogger and WordPress are two of the most well known and the latter can be upgraded at a later date for more features when you feel your blog warrants it. Also, try publishing articles on platforms such as Hubpages and eZine, all of which help you get your blog known and allow you to link the pieces back to your main blog for extra exposure.