Blogging Must Haves for 2010

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Welcome to the New Year, in fact welcome to the new decade and the first post of 2010. There is something magical about the number 2010 or Twenty 10 or 20 Ten however you look at it.

I see 2010 as a welcome opportunity to take your blog income to the next level. 2010 is an opportunity for everyone who seeks it. But its only those bloggers who will take action will be successful in 2010. Don’t be a fence sitter in 2010. I hope you don’t have any excuse for not making your blog a success in 2010 ?

If you are serious about making an online income with your blog in 2010, you should start the year by taking a look at the “Blogging Must Haves for 2010”.

The “Blogging Must Haves for 2010” are a must to take you blog to the next level of profitability. The below must haves will help you be profitable with you blog.

Blogging Must Haves for 2010

1 ) A Self hosted blog :
– If you are still blogging on blogger.com than its time to move to a self hosted blog in the new year. Blogger.com is great for newbies, who want to try web-publishing. But, it’s hard to get a popular blog out of Blogger. Here are 8 reasons to move to a self hosted blog

2 ) The Thesis Theme :

If GOD Blogged, he would use the Thesis Theme.

People like Thesis, no seriously, the Thesis Theme is rock solid. Bloggers swear on the thesis theme and I am one of them. This blog is powered by the Thesis Theme. Thesis is the search engine optimized WordPress theme for serious bloggers. If you don’t understand PHP or any code, Thesis is a great option that gives you flexibility without having to alter any code.

For advance users Thesis has amazing customization possibilities via Thesis hooks. Thesis has tons of design options, you can use the template over and over again without having it look like the same site. With the Developer’s License you can run multiple blogs on Thesis. If you are looking for a wordpress theme try the Thesis Theme.

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3 ) An Email list with Aweber :
– One of the best things I did when I launched this blog was invest in a email software and build a list. Awber is the best email marketing software available. Aweber is a great tool to build your relationship with your blog audience through the use of your email list. My email list is powered by Aweber.

Sign up for Aweber’s 30 day trial offer at $ 1

4 ) All in one SEO plugin :
– If your blog is on the thesis theme then you don’t need this plugin, as thesis has an inbuilt SEO functionality but if you have any other wordpress theme then the all in one SEO plugin is a must have for your blog. Its got all the features to help your blog get on top of Google.

5 ) Ninja Affiliate Plugin :
– This is one of the top plugins that will easily convert your blog keywords into affiliate links, protect your affiliate commissions from being fraudulently redirected to someone elses account, create professional redirect urls and much more. If you have a blog and are promoting affiliate products, you need to download the Ninja Affiliate Plugin

6 ) Network with fellow bloggers :
Build your relationship with bloggers in and out side your niche, the more blogger you know that better you can promote your blog. You can interview successful bloggers on your blog or even get interviewed by other bloggers. Being interviewed by other bloggers gives you easy access on their blogs increase your online footprint and back link.

I recommend you to join Problogger.com , it one of the best forums to build relationships with other bloggers. I have increased my network and online footprint for this blog to a great extent after joining the forum.

7 ) Thirst for knowledge :
– Knowledge is Power. If you have not read Problogger’s Problogger.com 31 days to building a better blog,, then you are missing the vital nuts & bolts behind building a successful blog. The downloadable book is designed to help you revitalize your blog by giving you 31 tasks to do in 31 days, each task is vital and will help turn you blog into a solid web business.

I also recommend you to pick up your copy of Beyond Blogging, its a downloadable book that will help you get into the mind set of 15 successful bloggers.

What according to you are the Blogging must haves in 2010 ? Please share with us your thoughts, we would love to hear from you.

Article by ZK

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  • Templates January 4, 2010, 4:29 pm

    Excellent list of instructions, thanks….
    .-= Templates´s last blog ..2132 – Download free Wordpress theme from ThemeLayouts =-.

  • Tom@StandOutBlogger.com January 4, 2010, 9:44 pm

    I still haven’t got Probloggers 31 days yet. I have most of the rest down, and atleast have Thesis on one of my blogs, just waiting to save for the upgrade!
    .-= Tom@StandOutBlogger.com´s last blog ..Want To Access Over 190 Internet Marketing Resources FREE? =-.

  • Lee January 5, 2010, 12:04 am

    I do agree with your entire list, but what about Akismet? With out Akismet, or another equally as good comment and track back spam plugin, most regular bloggers would end up going insane dealing with the daily onslaught of spam! For the record, I as well highly recommend Ninja Affiliate, Thesis & Aweber.

    • ZK January 5, 2010, 1:40 am

      Thanks Lee for adding Akismet to the list, its a highly recommended plugin for your blog. It has amazing capabilities to combat spam, you are right I would have gone insane dealing with the daily spam comments 🙂

      you can download it here http://akismet.com/download/

  • Rinnell Garrett January 5, 2010, 1:37 am

    Great instruction. Thesis theme looks really great. Now I have noticed that so many blog use thesis theme but you so different from one another. Great theme.
    .-= Rinnell Garrett´s last blog ..Atlanta Marketing Agencies: Secrets to Business Success! =-.

  • outdoor furniture January 5, 2010, 3:41 am

    There really isn’t any ‘special’ blogging site that is just going to provide readers or subscribers. I’ve had wonderful luck with both blogger and wordpress. But I have also taken the time to promote every single blog I have created.

  • used tires January 5, 2010, 5:36 am

    I am going to go a little bit different with my comment, I agree that above are all the tools that you need to get the job done, but one thing that will also help is having the right mindset and attitudes, if you have those two working for you, then you are well on your way to the path of success 😀

    Till then,

    Jean

  • Davits January 5, 2010, 5:54 am

    Good things for bloggers. I’ll install all in one seo and Ninja affiliate in my blog.

  • kitchen taps January 5, 2010, 6:56 am

    Really great things to keep in mind for bloggers. These must have for 2010.

  • wenger swissgear January 5, 2010, 9:21 am

    Good things for bloggers !!

  • wenger swissgear January 5, 2010, 9:22 am

    It’s good things for bloggers !!!
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  • Bidet January 5, 2010, 10:55 am

    Excellent list of things a blogger should have, they are all useful and all come in handy. Good luck to everyone with their blog in 2010.

  • how to articles January 5, 2010, 12:07 pm

    ninja affiliate and seo plugin are musts!

  • Web Design January 6, 2010, 2:40 am

    First off all you need to run WordPress, and then the All In One SEO Plugin is undoubtedly one of the most important must-haves for your blog.

  • Our Tech Blog Log January 6, 2010, 9:37 pm

    I just cant take these wordpress or blogger hosted domains seriously , very unprofessional

  • Dennis Edell January 8, 2010, 8:14 am

    Hey ZK, I was a looooong time user and supporter of the All-In-One until recently switching to the Platinum SEO plugin. Everything AIO has and then some, mainly a built in 301 redirect feature so you never worry about it again. 😉
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  • free beats January 8, 2010, 10:42 am

    Good things for bloggers !!

  • Kai@Get Ex Back January 10, 2010, 9:22 pm

    I don’t see the problem with using Blogger blog? I have been using it for a long time. Never had a problem and I am not switching to Wordpress.

  • Martyn January 11, 2010, 8:52 am

    This is an excellent list! The All in One SEO plugin is one of the best plugins I have ever had to use!

    I have not personally used Thesis although I think I might have to get it if it offers that much customizability to it.
    .-= Martyn´s last blog ..Setting Goals And Targets =-.

  • Kevin Chong Kok Sing January 14, 2010, 7:00 am

    Great 7 list out. In my thought , it will be self web hosting, domain name, thesis theme and plugin of top commentor. What i agree it is essential for a beginner of blog is #1,2,3,4 and Google Adsense.

  • Lida January 28, 2010, 6:04 am

    Excellent list of things a blogger should have, they are all useful and all come in handy. Good luck to everyone with their blog in 2010.
    .-= Lida´s last blog ..Lida ile sağlığınıza özen gösterin =-.

  • Lida January 28, 2010, 6:08 am

    First off all you need to run WordPress, and then the All In One SEO Plugin is undoubtedly one of the most important must-haves for your blog.
    .-= Lida´s last blog ..Lida ile sağlığınıza özen gösterin =-.

  • Lida January 28, 2010, 10:10 am

    Really great things to keep in mind for bloggers. These must have for 2010.
    .-= Lida´s last blog ..Lida ile sağlığınıza özen gösterin =-.