GDPR: New Law That Could Affect Your Blog

GDPR is a set of rules governing how the personal data of individuals is processed.

It is applicable to customers, employees, and suppliers, who are residing in the European Union.

In the GDPR language, the law refers to these individuals as data subjects.

Compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is mandatory for any business or personal blog involved in dealing with the personal data of EU residents.

GDPR is not a completely new law, but a harmonized, modernized and strengthened revision of the Data Protection Directive of 1995 (95/46/EC).

How Has the Law Been Revised?

1. Harmonization

It compromises a single set of rules across all the member states in the EU.

Thereby, making it easier for companies to comply.

2. Modernization

This way, the directive is relevant to today’s reality.

In 1995, there was no social media, no LinkedIn, no Facebook, no Twitter and the internet was at its infancy.

Personal data, its privacy, and the risks associated with it were different.

The two situations, the one of 1995 and now, are so different that the rules of 1995 can no longer be applied.

The world is now more exposed via social media.

You can now find anyone on social media and find a lot of their personal info online.

This poses a lot of risks for identity theft and other personal privacy infringement.

The world now is in great need of laws governing the collection and handling of personal data.

These data includes emails, first and last names or any other personal data.

For this reason, the GDPR law has been modernized, to suit the nature of privacy issues nowadays.

This was especially critical after the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

3. Strengthening

The law provides what individuals need to be empowered, that is rights to keep their personal data private.

It does so by holding the organizations accountable for any data they collect.

Online entities are supposed to let their users know what data they collect and store and for what purposes.

In addition, they shouldn’t use the data subject’s data for a non-intended purpose.

On account, many blogs, websites and organizations have updated their privacy policy.

Therefore, GDPR is a welcome change that strengthens the rights of individuals.

It puts accountability upon organizations processing personal data, and provides power to Data Protection Authorities for enforcement.

Furthermore, GDPR is a regulation.

Therefore, it does not require ratification from member states (unless a member state chooses to be more explicit or stringent).

The law became legally binding, effective since May 25, 2018.

This means all businesses must enact fundamental changes to their data protection practices to ensure that their processes, policies, systems, and contracts to conform to the new regulation.

This is in fact what happened if you have noticed the swarms of emails subjected as “changes to our privacy policy”.

Important Aspects of GDPR

1. Personal Data

To simplify the definition of personal data, GDPR uses the term “personal data” to refer to any information that can be used to directly or indirectly identify the “data subject”.

This includes but is not limited to identification numbers, IP addresses, CCTV footage, etc.

Further, personal data like race, religion, health, biometric information, political association, criminal history, etc. are further classified as “sensitive data”.

2. Processing

“Processing” pertains to any operation performed on personal data.

This constitutes any action like collecting, storing, using, sending, or deleting personal data.

To be specific, “collecting” includes recording the data.

Collecting the data could be via forms or other tracking utilities, known or unknown to the data subject.

“Using” includes retrieval, usage, modification, and combining or even linking data to create a user profile.

So, if a call centre has read-only access to your customers’ data in Asia, then it is still considered “processing” of personal data as it involves collecting data.

Who Is Held Accountable?

1. Controller and Processor

As organizations process the personal data of data subjects, they are classified as “controller” or “processor”.

Controller refers to the organization or entity that determines the purposes and means of processing personal data (e.g., when processing employees’ data, employers are considered controllers).

Parties can be joint data controllers in certain circumstances.

The processor is an organization or entity which processes personal data on behalf of the controller (e.g., IT providers hosting personal data for their clients are considered processors).

2. Supervisory Authority

“Supervisory Authority” is a public authority in a member state responsible for monitoring compliance with GDPR.

This is typically a privacy commission in a member state.

It may have a different name in each country.

For example, in the UK it is named the Information Commissioners Office, and in Belgium, it is known as the Privacy Commission.

Sometimes, this is also referred to as the “Data Protection Authority”.

Thanks to GDPR, there will also be a European Data Protection Board which unites all the presidents of such local data protection authorities.

Core Principles of  GDPR

The following principles are core to GDPR and must be understood before implementation:

  • Lawfulness, fairness, and transparency: Personal data must be processed lawfully, fairly, and in a transparent manner in relation to the data subject.
  • Purpose limitation: Personal data must be collected for a specific, honest and legitimate purpose (Processing should for this purpose only.)
  • Data minimization: Personal data must be relevant.

In addition, it should be limited to what is necessary for relation to the purpose for which it is processed.

  • Accuracy: Personal data must be accurate and kept up to date.
  • Storage limitation: Personal data should only be retained only to the extent necessary.

That is, you should delete the personal data oncethe purpose for which you collected it is fulfilled.

Of course, certain applicable laws may require data to be retained longer.

For example, most countries define a retention period for medical records in hospitals. So, in such cases, those relevant laws need to be referred.

  • Integrity and confidentiality: You should process personal data in a secure way that ensures confidentiality.

This includes protected the data from unlawful access and refraining from selling it to third-party sources.

Data should remain accurate and consistent while protection against unintended alterations.

Who Does GDPR Apply To?

GDPR applies to all organizations across the world that process personal data of EU residents.

Therefore, GDPR applies to all organization across industry sectors and around the globe if they process the personal data of data subjects who are EU citizens or residents.

Thеrе аrе two dіffеrеnt types оf dаtа-hаndlеrѕ the lеgіѕlаtіоn аррlіеѕ tо: ‘рrосеѕѕоrѕ’ and ‘соntrоllеrѕ’.

The definitions of each аrе lаіd оut in Artісlе 4 оf thе Gеnеrаl Data Prоtесtіоn Regulation.

A соntrоllеr іѕ “реrѕоn, рublіс аuthоrіtу, аgеnсу or оthеr bоdу whісh, аlоnе or jоіntlу wіth others, who dеtеrmіnеѕ thе рurроѕеѕ аnd means оf рrосеѕѕіng оf personal dаtа”

Whіlе the processor іѕ “реrѕоn, public аuthоrіtу, agency оr other bоdу whісh рrосеѕѕеѕ personal data оn behalf of thе controller”.

If you аrе currently ѕubjесt tо thе UK’s Dаtа Prоtесtіоn Aсt, fоr еxаmрlе, іt’ѕ lіkеlу уоu will have tо lооk аt GDPR compliance too.

“Yоu wіll hаvе significantly mоrе lеgаl lіаbіlіtу if you аrе rеѕроnѕіblе fоr a breach.

These оblіgаtіоnѕ fоr рrосеѕѕоrѕ are a nеw rеԛuіrеmеnt undеr thе GDPR,” says thе UK’s Information Cоmmіѕѕіоnеrѕ Offісе, thе аuthоrіtу rеѕроnѕіblе fоr rеgіѕtеrіng dаtа соntrоllеrѕ, taking action оn dаtа рrоtесtіоn аnd hаndlіng соnсеrnѕ аnd mіѕhаndlіng dаtа.

GDPR ultіmаtеlу рlасеѕ lеgаl оblіgаtіоnѕ оn a processor tо mаіntаіn rесоrdѕ of реrѕоnаl dаtа аnd hоw іt іѕ processed, рrоvіdіng a muсh higher level оf lеgаl lіаbіlіtу should thе оrgаnіѕаtіоn bе brеасhеd.

Controllers will аlѕо bе fоrсеd to еnѕurе thаt all соntrасtѕ with рrосеѕѕоrѕ аrе іn compliance wіth GDPR.

You might think if your business operates outside the EU then you are not eligible.

However, if your users/customers are residing in the EU, then the law protects them.

In this case, you are supposed to comply with GDPR.

Whаt Iѕ GDPR Compliance?

Dаtа brеасhеѕ іnеvіtаblу hарреn.

Information gets lоѕt, ѕtоlеn оr оthеrwіѕе rеlеаѕеd іntо thе hаndѕ оf people who wеrе nеvеr іntеndеd tо ѕее it — and those реорlе оftеn hаvе mаlісіоuѕ intent.

Undеr the tеrmѕ оf GDPR, not оnlу wіll оrgаnіѕаtіоnѕ hаvе tо еnѕurе thаt реrѕоnаl dаtа is gаthеrеd lеgаllу аnd undеr strict соndіtіоnѕ, but thоѕе who соllесt and mаnаgе іt wіll be оblіgеd tо рrоtесt іt frоm mіѕuѕе аnd еxрlоіtаtіоn, аѕ wеll as to rеѕресt thе rights of data оwnеrѕ – or fасе penalties fоr nоt dоіng ѕо.

What Are the Consequences of Non-Compliance?

Non-compliance to this law invites fines of up to € 20 million or 4 percent of global turnover, whichever is higher.

Of course, these are maximum fines and the regulators would apply a sanction would gradually to an organization in violation of the law.

For your needs, be aware that fines are significant but applied gradually. Legal counsel can help you with different details of the fines.

GDPR Requirements

1. Legitimate Need for the Data

An organization must know and be able to prove that, for any processing it performs upon personal data, there is a legitimate purpose for doing so.

For example, my internet provider has a reason to monitor my internet usage.

Because I signed an agreement to provide me internet and that entitles the internet provider to monitor usage, send invoices, process invoices, etc.

Similarly, an employer has the right to process employees’ payroll, because each employee signed an employment contract.

In this case, the processing of that payroll is a legitimate purpose as per employment contract.

2. The Information you Hold:

An organization should keep data only insofar as necessary.

This means that if I paid back my mortgage fully, but now only keep a bank account, then the bank has no reason to keep my mortgage history, details of my assets, salary, etc.

Of course, the bank must respect other laws that pertaining to retention of mortgage data; however, the data should not be processed anymore.

3. Individuals Rights:

To be assured that personal data is protected, data subjects have the right to ask what information one has about them and what one does with it.

They can also ask for a correction, object on processing,  lodge a complaint,  withdraw consent, or even to request deletion of their personal data.

However, data deletion is not an absolute right and has further subclauses.

4. Consent:

When processing personal data, there should be explicit and clear consent from the individual.

This means, if you wish to perform an activity like analytics for the purpose of making personalized offers, then the concerned individual should ideally be asked to provide his or her consent.

As part of consent request, you must state what you will do with the information.

For example, this means if the internet provider intends to monitor the type of websites I visit, then they should ask for my consent.

Other Factors

Children’s data: For processing of children’s data, GDPR requires the explicit consent of the child’s parents (or guardian) for minors less than 16 years of age.

In this case, member states can set a lower or higher age of consent, with a minimum at 13 years.

This means, data processors should not send letters to my children just because they may know that I have children who may want to buy mobile telephones.

Privacy notices: Organizations must transparently state their approach to personal data protection in a privacy notice that is easily accessible to data subjects.

This privacy notice should have clear and easily understood language.

For example, on their website, my telecom provider should provide me with information on what data they have, what they do with it, and with whom they share it.

Data breaches: Organizations must maintain a data breach register and, based on the risk, the regulator s.

You should inform the data subject within 72 hours of identifying the breach.

Privacy by design: Designers should incorporate mechanisms to protect personal data s in the design of new systems and processes.

This means an organization should execute principles and guidelines to ensure that business and IT systems (and processes)  protect the data subjects’ privacy from the very beginning of the design phase.

Privacy impact assessment: When initiating new initiatives like a project, campaign, or product that would process personal data, the organization must conduct a privacy impact assessment to review the impact and possible risks.

Ѕtерѕ Tо GDPR Соmрlіаnсе

Hеrе аrе some things tо сhесk аnd uрdаtе tо mаkе ѕurе уоur blоg іѕ GDPR compliant:

  • Inform your users of your роlісу іn clear, plain language.
  • Users can approve or wіthdrаw consent аt аnу tіmе.
  • Users саn mаkе/соrrесt changes to the dаtа thаt іѕ іnассurаtе оr іnсоrrесt.
  • Subscribers can аѕk for personal dаtа tо be dеlеtеd at аnу tіmе
  • Users have the rіght to knоw how you collect and process their іnfоrmаtіоn.
  • Users have the rіght to know what іnfоrmаtіоn you collect and process.

1. Updating Your Blоg and Privacy Policy

In order tо provide сlеаr and іnfоrmеd соnѕеnt, іt іѕ advised tо сrеаtе a рор-uр оn your hоmераgе ѕtаtіng hоw you collect аnd рrосеѕѕ information wіth a dіrесt link to your соmрlеtе Privacy Pоlісу.

When it соmеѕ to your Prіvасу Policy, уоu must be vеrу сlеаr аbоut hоw you gо about соllесtіng dаtа fоr уоur ѕіtе.

It is also important to mention hоw third раrtіеѕ use thе information соllесtеd (lіkе аd agencies аnd аffіlіаtе рrоgrаmѕ), аnd how соnѕumеrѕ саn opt-out.

It should be clear that they have the freedom to disagree and opt out.

2. Updating Your Mаіlіng Lіѕt

Aссоrdіng tо GDPR, you must hаvе еxрlісіt consent to have people’s dаtа on your list.

Thе еаѕіеѕt way tо do thіѕ wіth уоur current ѕubѕсrіbеrѕ іѕ tо be clear.

  • Sеnd out a саmраіgn wіth an аnnоunсеmеnt аbоut GDPR.
  • Rеԛuеѕt thаt they rерlу tо уоur emailed саmраіgn wіth a Yes оr a No.
  • It can also be as easy as clicking a link or ticking a checkbox.
  • Make sure your email is clear as to what they are agreeing on.

You can also give them the option to ѕіmрlу unѕubѕсrіbе.

Tо prepare for GDPR, оrgаnіzаtіоnѕ саn use this six-step process:

  1. Undеrѕtаnd thе lаw

Knоw your оblіgаtіоnѕ under GDPR аѕ іt rеlаtеѕ tо соllесtіng, рrосеѕѕіng, аnd storing data, including the lеgіѕlаtіоn’ѕ mаnу ѕресіаl саtеgоrіеѕ.

  1. Crеаtе a rоаd mар

  • Perform data discovery and document еvеrуthіng.
  • Rеѕеаrсh and analyze what your procedures are
  • Document your fіndіngѕ (what data you collect and how you use it)
  • Plan and make decisions about each category of data
  • create an асtіоn and implementation plan
  • Plan a risk analysis action plan.
  1. Know which data falls under GDPR

  • Fіrѕt, determine іf dаtа falls under a GDPR ѕресіаl саtеgоrу.
  • Next, сlаѕѕіfу whо hаѕ access to dіffеrеnt tуреѕ of dаtа, whо ѕhаrеѕ thе dаtа, and whаt аррlісаtіоnѕ рrосеѕѕ thаt dаtа.
  • It is important to know what happens to the data you collect
  1. Bеgіn wіth сrіtісаl data аnd рrосеdurеѕ

  • Aѕѕеѕѕ thе rіѕkѕ tо аll the private dаtа you collect.
  • Identify each risk associated with each data.
  • Rеvіеw your business роlісіеѕ and рrосеdurеѕ to identify possible chances for breaches.
  • Aррlу security measures to production data containing core аѕѕеtѕ.
  • Finally, еxtеnd those measures to bасk-uрѕ and оthеr rероѕіtоrіеѕ.
  1. Update your privacy policy and let the people know you are compliant (Begin implementation).

  2. Aѕѕеѕѕ аnd dосumеnt other rіѕk

  • Investigate any оthеr rіѕkѕ tо the data nоt іnсludеd іn рrеvіоuѕ аѕѕеѕѕmеntѕ.
  • Better safe than sorry, it is always a good idea to double and triple check.

Conclusion

All in аll, GDPR іѕ gооd for uѕ all.

I bеlіеvе іt’ѕ a nесеѕѕаrу step in оur іnсrеаѕіnglу popular online world.

The way people and bloggers see it can differ.

Yоu can еіthеr ѕее it as a раіn.

On the other hand, you can see it a way to hаvе a bеttеr rеlаtіоnѕhір wіth thоѕе whо іntеrасt with уоur buѕіnеѕѕ, giving thеm mоrе trаnѕраrеnсу аnd сlаrіtу.

This holds you at a more ethically moral position which is never a bad thing.

We hope our guide has helped you understand what this new law is all about.

In addition, we hope you have found useful guidelines on how to comply with this law.

WordPress Is the Best Blogging Platform for Professional Blogging

If you want to become a blogger, you’d better to have a strong and professional start. WordPress is the best blogging platform and there is no better option. Therefore, if you want to start your blog, it is strongly recommended that you use WordPress and forget about the other blogging platforms. There are so many reasons for this.

Wordpress Is The Best Blogging PlatformDon’t waste your time and money trying the other blogging platforms because you will have to switch to WordPress finally. It will be hard to switch your blog platform when you have several posts. So choose the right and the best blogging platform at the beginning.

What Has Made the WordPress the Best Blogging Platform?

WordPress features and capacities are unlimited. You will never have any problems with it and it will never stop you because of the lack of the features and having any limitation and problems.

1) Easy Installation

WordPress can be installed in matter of a few minutes. If you know how to create a MYSQL database on your website hosting system and add a user to the created MYSQL database, you can easily install WordPress after that.

Creating a MYSQL database isn’t that hard as well. You just need to follow a few very simple steps to do that.

Although there is a too complicated technology behind the WordPress and what it does as a blogging platform, it is as easy as 1, 2, 3 to install it on a site and create a professional blog with unlimited abilities and features.

2) WordPress Is Free

I’d better to say although WordPress is free, it is the best and most professional blogging platform ever. I don’t know if there is any premium or paid platform or not, but even if there is, I am sure they can’t compete with WordPress.

Being a free platform doesn’t decrease anything from WordPress credit. WordPress is the best and will remain the best because there is a strong and dedicated team behind it.

3) Very User-Friendly and Easy to Use

Nothing is easier than blogging with WordPress. It has everything you need to write and post articles on your blog. It is so safe and you never lose any of your writings and drafts even if you can’t save them for some reason.

You can easily customize your WordPress blog and add everything you need. The feature of adding plug-ins which is something that you can’t find with the other blogging platforms, saves you from spending lots of money on hiring programmers to add some features to your blog. In most cases, you can add any features you want to your WordPress blog through installation of some plug-ins that are usually free to install and use.

Another great feature of WordPress is that different and beautiful themes and templates that can be easily customized even when you know nothing about web developing and coding.

WordPress becomes better and more user-friendly every day. It becomes easier and safer to use it whenever the new version comes.

4) Automatic Updating and Upgrading

WordPress can be upgraded to the last version automatically, so that your blog is always equipped with the last version which has some more features and is safer and more secure against spamming and hacking.

You don’t have to update the WordPress you have installed for your blog. It can be updated automatically. It can even backup the database and files automatically and from time to time, to make sure that nothing will be deleted or missed from your blog.

5) Great Platform for Online Business and E-commerce

WordPress is not just a blogging platform. It can enable your blog to handle anything that a website can do online. From having forums, classified ads, and photo galleries to paid membership, online stores and shops and whatever you can imagine. WordPress has no limit. You can create a big online store with WordPress while it still supports the blogging activities.

6) Strong Marketing Tool

WordPress has everything you need to attract targeted traffic to your blog and sell your products and services. It is the most search engine friendly platform and it follows the most recent technologies that advanced search engines like Google have.

7) Great User Experience

Your blog members and followers will become attracted to your blog more and more every day, because WordPress doesn’t let them have any problems or suffer from the bad website navigation. They can be informed about your blog’s last updates within seconds and can communicate with you and the other members and followers very easily.

They can post comments and be informed when their comments are replied or when someone posts a comment to their favorite article.

You can even enable your blog followers to participate in your blogging activities. They can sign up for an account and become a contributor who is even able to publish articles.

The features and abilities of WordPress is countless and more features and abilities become added to it every day. There is no double that WordPress is the best open source blogging platform and will remain the best, and all the professionals will work with WordPress in future.

WordPress will be one of the most important mover and shaker of the Data Technology or DT era in the next a few decades.

So, start your WordPress blog as soon as possible for free: Become a Blogger and Start Blogging Now

Then start writing and posting articles on your WordPress blog and become one of the very first who welcome the DT era: What to Blog About As a New Blogger

What to Blog About As a New Blogger

Many of you have started your blog based on our encouragement and free support: Become a Blogger and Start Blogging Now… No Matter What You Are

Congratulations!

Those who are brave enough to take the steps they had never taken in their lives before, are the only ones who will stand out from the crowd.

The rest will have the same life and the same problems as long as they don’t take any actions. Keep in mind that your life will never change if you keep doing the same things you have been doing so far.

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

But:

“If you want what the top 1% of the wealthiest people have, then you’ve got to be willing to do what the other 99% of people won’t do.”

So, once again congratulations to those who started their blog. We are proud of you.

What to Blog About

The question which is asked by those of you who started their blogs recently, is what to blog about? What to write about on my blog?

I have explained about this at the bottom of my “become a blogger” post. However, here I explain a little more.

The blogging niche I suggested you, was money, making money and wealth, success, enthusiasm, business, self-confidence and things like that…

They all can be covered on the same blog. However, the problem of our new bloggers was to start posting and having the first posts on their blogs.

At the beginning, sometimes you really don’t know what to write about. However, you have to start posting as soon as possible to break the ice. If you don’t, you will leave your blog idle and then you will never get back to it.

Don’t do that. Start writing now. Keep in mind that your posts don’t have to be perfect.

Don’t stay away from writing just because you think your posts won’t be good and people won’t like them. That doesn’t matter at all.

Something that matters is that you start writing now. Once you start and you have few posts, you will like it and you will write better and better every day.

Try to write at least one post every day to make your brain and subconscious focused on writing. They work on your writing ability behind the scene, and as a result, you will see that you are writing better every day.

Write About Yourself First

“You” is the one you know better than anybody else. So to break your blogging and writing ice, start writing about yourself and don’t care whether someone will read and laugh or what you write about yourself may not be interesting to the readers. That doesn’t matter at all at the beginning. There is no doubt that as a new blogger your posts won’t be that good. But that doesn’t matter at all.

Write about your life, experiences, job, family, friends, hobbies, dreams, goals, and anything related to you and your life.

Be as positive as possible and don’t talk about the problems and limits of your life. Talk about your hopes and the happy aspects of your life and your biggest dreams and goals.

Dream as big as possible if you haven’t done it so far. Then write about your dreams and your enthusiasm in making your dreams come true.

You won’t believe it, but I tell you anyway:

If you write down your dreams and your seriousness about making them come true, they will come true definitely. So blogging helps you achieve your goals not because you will probably make money through your blog in future, but because they are the start point of having your dreams come to reality.

When a dreams changes to words and the words are written somewhere, they grow like the seeds that you plant under the soil. But if you let them remain in your mind, it is like storing the seeds in a jar and never giving them the chance of growing.

This is very important.

Classify the Topics

To have an easier startup, you can add some categories to your blog. On WordPress blogs which is the ones you have, categories can be added/deleted and managed here:

http://www.JohnSmith.com/wp-admin/edit-tags.php?taxonomy=category

Go to that page and create some categories:

  • Life
  • Money and Business
  • Success
  • Positive Thinking
  • Power of Your Mind
  • Opportunities
  • Take Actions

Things like that…

Add more categories if you like. Add the ones you are more interested in.

Then, write at least one post for each category.

You can write a few posts every day. That is even better. But avoid having short posts that are less than 300 words. WordPress shows you the number of words for each post:

The Number Of Words In Each WordPress Post Is Shown at the Bottom Left of the Post Editor Box.

That was a short tip to help our new bloggers to start writing as soon as possible.

If you haven’t started your blog yet, do it now: Become a Blogger and Start Blogging Now… No Matter What You Are

I hope now you know what to blog about as a new blogger. Can’t wait to see your posts 🙂

Become a Blogger and Start Blogging Now… No Matter What You Are

In this article, I am going to encourage you to become a blogger, no matter what you are and what you do. Blogging will have a lot of advantages for you. The world has changed and you have to adopt yourself with the new changes. Blogging is one of the most important features of the new world. In this article, I am telling you why I want to encourage you to start blogging and I will clarify what advantages it will have for you. At the end of this post, I explain about one of the free services that my team offers you. You can apply for it for free and become a blogger within a day in case you decide to become a blogger which is what I strongly recommend.

What Is Blogging?

A blog is a website also. The difference is, it is much easier to have daily posts on a blog and it is the dynamic form of a website. I mean you can update it very easily and people can easily leave comments and communicate with you and the others through your blog.

So don’t get scared when I say become a blogger… because a blog is nothing but a website which is much easier to manage and update and keep in touch with people through it.

Above all, you don’t have to be a computer or Internet expert to become a blogger. In the past, you had to be a web designer and developer, or you had to pay someone to do it for you, if you wanted to create a website. But now a basic computer and Internet skill is enough to become a blogger. If you can send and receive emails, you can become a blogger too. Of course, there are a lot of things that you will gradually learn on your own and you will become a more experienced blogger the more you blog. You will learn how to use your blogging platform better, and you will learn to make some changes on your own. Although there is a complicated technology behind the scene, you can easily use your blog the way you use your email account.

Why Should You Become a Blogger?

1) Blogging Helps You to Learn Better and Become an Expert Sooner and Easier

The first and most important reason is that blogging about a topic makes you learn that topic much better. When you share your knowledge and experience about a topic, you have to learn it better otherwise you can’t explain it properly. Trying to explain that topic, makes your brain and subconscious work on it and resolve the unknown aspects of that topic. Your subconscious works on that topic on the background and finds the solutions or some ways to find the solutions. Blogging makes your brain and subconscious work hard on the topic you are interested in and you have focused on.

You can have a notebook and write about your favorite topic, but it won’t have the same effect as blogging because blogging connects you to the world. Those who read your blog posts, will communicate with you and your interactions with them make you become an expert in that topic finally.

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein

2) Blogging Makes Money

There are so many who are making a living through blogging and many others have been able to make a fortune through it. If you become a good blogger and people get attracted to your posts, you will make a lot of money. However, like all the other legitimate ways of making money, you can’t start making money through your blog overnight or even after a few or few months. It depends on so many things and if your goal is making money through your blog, then you have to work hard while you are on the right track and you are following the right route, otherwise you don’t make any money through your blog.

Your blogging income can be started from few dollars per months. It goes up gradually until it reaches thousands or even millions. It all depends on you, the way you blog and the topic you write about and many other important factors. Blogging is not a get-rich-quick business but it can make you rich if you follow the right direction.

I will explain later in this article and also in the next articles I will publish on this topic that how your blog will make money and what you have to do to make money through blogging. There are few important factors that you have to consider. I will explain them later.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to make money through your blog, but you have to follow a proper direction and plan otherwise it will be wasting of time. It is not that hard to find the right direction and follow it. There is nothing hidden or mysterious about blogging.

3) Blogging Will Become Your Passion and You Will Love It

Blogging makes your life more beautiful. You will love it after a while and it will become your passion. I know that many of you, are saying that you are not writers and you can’t write about a topic.

Writing is an ability that you can gain if you want. You are not a writer now but you can become a writer if you want. As I mentioned above if you push your brain and subconscious to focus on something and find a solution, they will do it finally.

Communicating with the people of different countries, has a lot of fun, even if you don’t make any money through your blog and you don’t look at it as a business. In spite of this, I know so many bloggers who started blogging just because they wanted to write about their favorite topic and they didn’t intend to make any money through it. But later they changed their minds and started offering some services to make money. When you see the potential, you can use it to make money. There is nothing wrong with making money from your blog.

For example, when your blog gets popular, you can create an e-book and sell it to those who are interested. You can still offer a lot of free information and services. However, there will be so many who will love to buy your e-book. Or, if you are a programmer you can create a software or app and sell it through your blog.

When your blog makes money, you will love it more and you will become more passionate about it. Blogging and writing for people has so much fun. You will love it. Nothing is more joyful than writing about something you love, specially when people love your posts.

4) Blogging Is the Easiest and Cheapest Way to Become an Entrepreneur

Nowadays, you don’t have to be a millionaire to start a business and become an entrepreneur. You don’t have to risk any money and invest it in any markets. You can start a blog with less than $100 per year. You heard right… less than $100 per year. You just register a domain for about $10-20 per year and then you buy a hosting package for your blog for about $50 to $80 per year. These are all the expenses of a blog that can potentially make millions of dollars.

Of course, I have to repeat once gain that starting a blog doesn’t equal making a lot of money. It is a lot of work to take your blog off the ground, and as I have mentioned above, you have to be on the right track and follow a proper plan to make money through blogging. I will explain about this more in future.

Blogging is the same as the other businesses in this case. Starting a business that usually has to be done by spending too much time and money, doesn’t necessarily equal making any profit. Many of the businesses get bankrupt in less than a year (read this and this). However, the difference of blogging with the other businesses is that (1) you can start a blog with less than $100 per year, and (2) it can be done by yourself, through your personal computer and from the comfort of your home, and (3) it has no risk and you will not lose any money on it, and (4) it can potentially make a lot of money that 99% of the other businesses can’t.

It is the right time to explain something, because I do know that some of you will ask.

You don’t have to have a blog and you don’t have to be a blogger to make money through the new program we are going to launch very soon (read this and this). However, a good blog is a big help in any business, as well as the new program we are going to launch. Blogging helps doctors, dentists, teachers, coaches, different business owners and. It also helps those who follow the new program we will launch. There is no difference in this case. However, I repeat again that to make money through our program, you don’t have to be a blogger, and you don’t even have to have any special skill or knowledge. Just a basic computer skill is enough. That program is developed in a way that average people can make money through it and become millionaires if they want.

And no, it is not an MLM or things like that too. I say this because I know that some others will say, “so your program is MLM…”

No, it is not.

Think about becoming a blogger and start blogging as soon as you can. We help you do it for free (I will tell you how). Blogging and having a web address is going to become like driving. People didn’t have to drive in the past, and not everybody had a car. Now, it has almost become a must and you will have a hard time every day if you don’t drive. Blogging has become and is becoming like that too.

Blogging as a business or passion is so easy to start, maintain and promote. Although it is a lot of work at the beginning to take a new blog off the ground, still it is a very easy business which can make a lot of money potentially, compared to the other businesses.

So far, I have given you enough reasons to become a blogger. Maybe there are a lot of other good reasons that I can’t figure out now, but the reasons I gave you above, are already more than enough.

Now let’s say you have decided to become a blogger. What next?

How To Start a Blog

There are a few  important but simple steps to start a blog. I will explain about these steps in more details in the next posts. But here I just give you some tips.

1) Choosing Your Blog Niche

The first step to start a blog is choosing a “niche” for it. On what topic you want your blog to be focused on?

This step is very important because it makes the foundation of your blogging business. Your success and failure as a blogger is strongly dependent on this step.

Many of you, are expert in something. For example you are a doctor, dentist, mechanic, tennis player, cook, carpenter, teacher, trader…

You are able to write about these things, and so you may think that you’d better to focus your blog on these topics, but this is a big mistake.

You can write about your profession very well because you know it very well. But, that will be wasting of time in 99% of the cases, because your blog is not going to attract a reasonable number of readers and followers.

You have to choose a niche that has a high demand and is the most important problem of most people. When the niche you choose is too narrowed down, it is not going to work and attract enough traffic.

Focus your blog on money, making money and wealth, success, enthusiasm, business, self-confidence and things like that. If you do so, you can sometimes write about your current profession and the experiences you have in it as well. But if you focus your blog on a too specific topic, then you can’t talk about the other things, and most probably you will waste your time because your blog will not have any reasonable traffic.

2) Choosing and Registering a Domain Name and Buying a Hosting Package

When you are done with the niche, then you have to choose a domain name for it. A domain name is nothing but a web address like luckscout.com. It is the address of your blog.

Choosing a proper domain is also important and I have to have some separate posts on it. However, here I briefly tell you how to choose a good domain name for your blog.

A domain name has to be as short and meaningful as possible. However, your full name is the best option for your blog’s domain name. For example, JohnSmith.com

The reason is that your followers will know you too, not only your blog. If your blog becomes popular, then you will become a famous and popular person who will be invited to seminars and meetings to talk for people.  You can make a lot of money then. This is the ability and the chance that your blog gives you. Not only it can make money by itself, but also it makes you make money through yourself as your most important product.

It is a good time to warn you about something which is using the free blog services like Blogger.com or wordpress.com. They are free and you can start your blog within a few minutes, but it is wasting of time, because that blog will not be yours and you will have no full control on it. Just a change in their terms of service, can cause you to lose your blog and several years of your efforts, suddenly goes down the drain in a matter of an hour. Having a free blog doesn’t make you a blogger. If you want to become a blogger, then either do it professionally from the first day, or forget about it.

So, register a domain name for your blog and have my recommendation in your mind. At the end of this post, I will tell you how to contact my team and ask them to help you start your blog. Then they will get back to you and will teach you the things you need to know to register your domain.

After registering a domain, you have to buy a hosting package for it. Your blog hosting is something like your computer. It is where you place your blog’s content and people of the world will have access to it when they enter your blog’s URL on their web browsers’ address bar.

For the beginning, you can buy a basic package that is not more than $50-70 per year. You don’t need any Addons and extra products and services. Just the basic is enough. If your blog becomes popular and gets lots of traffic, then you can upgrade the hosting.

A good hosting service is so important for the success of your blog because your blog has to be always online. There are some too cheap and affordable hosting services, but they are not good at all because you will always have technical problems with them and your blog will be down most of the time. My team will help you choose a good and affordable hosting for your blog.

3) Installation of a Blogging Platform

After choosing the niche, registering a domain and buying a hosting for it, you need to install the blogging platform on the hosting space you have bought. Then your blog will be up and running and you can start posting on it.

A blogging platform is a software that manages your blog. It gives you the tools you need to write and post articles on your blog, and reply the readers’ comments and… things like that. Fortunately, the most perfect and the strongest blogging platform which is called WordPress, can be downloaded and installed on your blog for free.

Please note that I am not talking about signing up for a free blog on wordpress.com because WordPress also offers such a service that you can sign up for and have a blog like http://YourUserName.WordPress.com/. I am not talking about that. That is not a good choice as I explained it above. WordPress offers another product which is their blogging platform that can be downloaded and installed on your hosting space for free. Most hosting services have it in their control panel and you can install WordPress from your hosting control panel.

This part of starting a blog is a little technical and you can’t easily install and run WordPress on your site if you haven’t done it before. However, my team will help you for free if you choose to ask for their help. I will tell you how to do that at the end of this article.

4) Writing and Posting

When WordPress is installed, you can start writing and posting. You have a blog and you are a blogger now. There are some important questions about writing and posting on your blog. We will need to talk about them in details in some other posts. However, I am listing them here and I will explain them briefly.

  1. What to write about?
  2. How many posts is enough and how often I have to post on my blog?
  3. How many words each post has to have?

Well!

You have chosen a niche for your blog and so your posts have to be related to that niche and the different topics it covers.

You can have a post every day or a few posts per week.

Your posts can be from 400 to 4000 words and beyond. There is no limit, but having too many small posts that are less than 400 words can hurt your blog somehow.

That was a short explanation about posting on your blog. We will talk about it more in future. However, there are some very important tips that I have to give you now:

Never Talk Negative on Your Blog

There are some bloggers who foolishly focus on negativity and want to attract people’s attention through having negative and sabotaging posts against the others. They want to make their blogs popular through sabotaging the other businesses, blogs, companies and competitors. That is the most stupid way that a blogger can choose to promote his/her blog. Although these bloggers can attract some traffic through having negative posts, but those who gather around these kinds of blogs, are some haters and sick people.

Such bloggers and those who follow them, are not normal and healthy people and there is something wrong with them definitely, otherwise they wouldn’t choose negativity while they could focus on positivity which is a much better option. Hate creates hate and a hater is a hateful person himself. Don’t be like that. Never try to sabotage anybody on your blog, be it a competitor or even a company that looks like a scam to you. Sabotaging the others is stupid. It ruins the healthy environment that your blog has to have, and you won’t be able to create a healthy community around your blog.

Keep in mind that you are going to have some enemies, critics and haters if your blog becomes popular. They will have negative posts and reviews against you and your blog and they will post nasty comments to your blog. This is normal:

“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”—Elbert Hubbard

The best thing you can do is that you never pay any attention to their posts and reviews and you never publish their comments on your blog. This is the best and the easiest thing you can do about your enemies, critics and haters. Don’t waste any time and energy on them. You can’t change anything. They are sick.

Never Publish the Other Blogs’ and Sites’ Contents on Your Blog

Copying/pasting the other blogs’ and sites’ contents on your blog is not called blogging. It is content stealing and is called plagiarism. It not only doesn’t give your blog any credit, but it causes the search engines to ban your blog, and so it will never receive any traffic. Above all, it is illegal and can be even criminal, and so it can sometimes cost you a lot. So do it only when you are the biggest enemy of your own blog.

What Language to Choose for Your Blog

English.

Most of the Internet users’ language is English and English blogs have a much higher traffic and they make more money. Blogging in your native language isn’t a good idea at all even when it is a popular language like Chinese or Spanish. It is wasting of time and you will not get any reasonable traffic, nor will you make any money through such a blog.

What if your English is not good?

This is not a good excuse at all. You can easily improve your English while you blog. The more you write, the more you learn.

One of our followers said that he was not interested in having a blog because he couldn’t write in English. I told him that he had two options. First, he forgets about blogging. Second, he starts a blog. If he chooses the first option, then after 5 years, his English will still be the same as it is now, because he hasn’t taken any actions toward improving his English. But if he chooses the second option, he will have a popular blog and his English will be a lot better after 5 years from today.

What option will you choose? You have to get out of your comfort zone if you want to take your life to a higher level.

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”

And, fear of writing just because you are not a writer and you have never written about anything so far, or because your English is not good, is the fear that can easily prevent you from having a big opportunity that can change your life. It is your choice.

Ask For Our Help

Our team can help you start your blog within a day, for free. As I mentioned above, blogging will have a lot of advantages for you. Besides, you can follow our new program a lot better when you have a blog (although you don’t have to have a blog to make money with our new program).

Click Here to contact our team now. Have “I Want To Start A Blog” as the subject. Please don’t use a Hotmail or Live email because you won’t receive our reply. Gmail and Yahoo emails are the best.

One of my team members will get back to you shortly and will let you know what to do. We don’t charge you to setup and run your blog, however you have to pay for the domain and hosting. We will host your blog on several cloud servers around the world and you will get so many free services including free SEO and digital marketing services.

Act now and take some new steps to improve your life:

“If you want what the top 1% of the wealthiest people have, then you’ve got to be willing to do what the other 99% of people won’t do.”