For some people, watching sports is casual. A leisurely Saturday afternoon spent trying to unwind from the week-long stress known as the work week. However, for others, sports is a dedicated passion. For some people, there is no off-season. Our nights are spent watching a certain sport and our days are spent talking about that same sport.
We argue and debate about who should trade whom and what teams are underachieving. Of course, we are always right, regardless of the facts.
If you are as passionate about your sport as I am about mine, then maybe you should consider starting a blog. Starting a sports blog is much easier than you might think.
Step one: Begin writing.
That’s right, before you sign up for any accounts, before you learn the first thing about how to start a blog, you will need content. Here is the good news, you do not need to be a Pulitzer prize winning author, you just need an opinion and a lot of passion. Start by creating about 3-5 articles of about 400 words each and save them on to your favorite word processing software.
Step two: Set up the accounts you will need.
You should probably learn the ropes by using a simple blogger, squidoo, or wix account. All of these options, and probably others, are suitable for beginners. As you progress however, you will want to own your own blog. To do this, you will need to pay for hosting and register a domain. This should cost you no more than about $30 per year, but will make up for itself through pride of ownership. for this purpose I use namecheap for both my domain purchases and hosting.
Step three: Practice Search Engine Optimization
Search engine optimization is the practice of making your websites easier for the search engines to find, and even more importantly, more appealing to them. The more appealing your blog is to them, the more likely they are to send you traffic.
First, tell your friends about your blog. Traffic begets traffic: If they see you getting traffic already, they will send you more. Second, link to your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media accounts. This will give you additional surf traffic, plus some coveted backlinks from highly ranked sites. Third, write articles and submit them to the article directories, just like this one.
Blogging is the best way to show the world how passionate and knowledgeable you are about your topic. Take the time to do it, and do more research on how to do it well. This introductory article will help you, but you should strive to master your craft, just like professional athletes have mastered theirs.