Starting a blog can seem overwhelming, but in truth, it’s one of the simplest ways to join the online community. Follow these tips to ensure your blog is positioned for success.
1. Define Your Goals
Before you start a new blog, it’s essential that you define your goals for it. Your blog has a greater chance of success if you know from the beginning what you hope to accomplish with it. Are you trying to establish yourself as an expert in your field? Are you trying to promote your business? Are you simply blogging for fun and to share your ideas and opinions? Your short and long term goals for your blog are dependent on the reason why you’re starting your blog. Think ahead to what you’d like to gain from your blog in six months, one year and three years. Then design, write and market your blog to meet those goals.
2. Know Your Audience
Your blog’s design and content should reflect the expectations of your audience. For example, if your intended audience is teenagers, the design and content would be quite different than a blog targeted to corporate professionals. Your audience will have inherent expectations for your blog. Don’t confuse them but rather meet and exceed those expectations to gain reader loyalty.
3. Be Consistent
Your blog is a brand. Just like popular brands such as Coke or Nike, your blog represents a specific message and image to your audience, which is your brand. Your blog’s design and content should consistently communicate your blog’s overall brand image and message. Being consistent allows you to meet your audience’s expectations and create a secure place for them to visit again and again. That consistency will be rewarded with reader loyalty.
4. Be Persistent
A busy blog is a useful blog. Blogs that are not updated frequently are perceived by their audiences as static web pages. The usefulness of blogs comes from their timeliness. While it’s important not to publish meaningless posts else you may bore your audience, it’s essential that you update your blog frequently. The best way to keep readers coming back is to always have something new (and meaningful) for them to see.
5. Be Inviting
One of the most unique aspects of blogging is its social impact. Therefore, it’s essential that your blog welcomes readers and invites them to join a two-way conversation. Ask your readers to leavecomments by posing questions than respond to comments from your readers. Doing so will show your readers that you value them, and it will keep the conversation going. Continue the conversation by leaving comments on other blogs inviting new readers to visit your blog for more lively discussions. Your blog’s success is partially dependent on your readers’ loyalties to it. Make sure they understand how much you appreciate them by involving them and recognizing them through meaningful two-way conversation.
6. Be Visible
Much of your blog’s success relies on your efforts outside your blog. Those efforts include finding like-minded bloggers and commenting on their blogs, participating in social bookmarking through sites such as Digg and StumbleUpon, and joining social networking sites such as Facebook andLinkedIn. Blogging is not a demonstration of, “if you build it, they will come.” Instead, developing a successful blog requires hard work by creating compelling content on your blog as well as working outside of your blog to promote it and develop a community around it.
7. Take Risks
Beginner bloggers are often afraid of the new blogging tools and features available to them. Don’t be afraid to take risks and try new things on your blog. From adding a new plug-in to holding your first blog contest, it’s important that you keep your blog fresh by implementing changes that will enhance your blog. Alternatively, don’t fall prey to every new bell and whistle that becomes available for your blog. Instead, review each potential enhancement in terms of how it will help you reach your goals for your blog and how your audience will respond to it.
8. Ask for Help
Even the most experienced bloggers understand the blogosphere is an ever-changing place and no one knows everything there is to know about blogging. Most importantly, bloggers are part of a close-knit community, and the majority of bloggers understand that everyone is a beginner at some point. In fact, bloggers are some of the most approachable and helpful people you can find. Don’t be afraid to reach out to fellow bloggers for help. Remember, the success of the blogosphere relies on networking, and most bloggers are always willing to expand their networks regardless of whether you’re a beginner blogger or seasoned pro.
9. Keep Learning
It seems like everyday there are new tools available to bloggers. The Internet changes quickly, and the blogosphere is not an exception to that rule. As you develop your blog, take the time to research new tools and features, and keep an eye on the latest news from the blogosphere. You never know when a new tool will roll out that can make your life easier or enhance your readers’ experiences on your blog.
10. Be Yourself
Remember, your blog is an extension of you and your brand, and your loyal readers will keep coming back to hear what you have to say. Inject your personality into your blog and adapt a consistent tone for your posts. Determine whether your blog and brand will be more effective with a corporate tone, a youthful tone or a snarky tone. Then stay consistent with that tone in all your blog communications. People don’t read blogs simply to get the news. They could read a newspaper for news reports. Instead, people read blogs to get bloggers’ opinions on the news, the world, life and more. Don’t blog like a reporter. Blog like you’re having a conversation with each of your readers. Blog from your heart.
The Amazing 9 Years Old Girl – Crystal Lee! The tiny girl with Big voice Crystal Lee sings a cover by one of her inspiration, Whitney Houston – “I Will Always Love You” Produced by Mosaic Music Entertainment & Mosaic Movie Productions. She is really an awesome singer! I love all the song she sang! 9 Years Old Crystal Lee 李馨巧 , is a starlet in making with vocal chords that has garnered her the label of “Little Starlet”. She burst into the entertainment scene with her critically acclaimed role opposite Jay Chou & Nicolas Tse in the blockbuster feature film,Viral Factor. Now, she is pursuing her first love, singing, with violinist, songwriter & producer, Dennis Lau www.dennislau.com.my as her mentor.
In conjunction with MAD’s commencing operations at the MSC Technology Commercialization Centre@ Cyberjaya, MAD Incubator will kickoff 2013 with the MAD Business Challenge 2013 in which MAD will award 10 Incubation Scholarships for Technology Entrepreneurs worth RM50,000 each. Applications will open on Jan 2. We will be considering applications on SaaS/Cloud Computing, Mobile, Internet-based businesses and social gaming.
MAD Incubator is celebrating its business commencement at the MSC Malaysia Technology Commercialization Centre in Cyberjaya by announcing the MAD Business Challenge 2013, a competition that will award 1-year incubation scholarships to ten worthy entrepreneurs. Each incubation scholarship is worth RM50,000 per entrepreneur. The MAD Business Challenge 2013 is one of MAD’s initiatives in realising its vision of “1000 entrepreneurs by 1 Million” mission.
MAD Incubator is Malaysia’s largest private incubator offering the foremost business incubation solutions for the entrepreneur development world. Andrew Wong, the CEO and Founder of MAD Incubator, posted in MAD Incubator’s Facebook page today, announcing the Inaugural MAD Business Challenge 2013 to permit more startups to benefit from MAD Incubator’s successful entrepreneur development strategies. Today’s announcement also coincides with MAD Incubator’s official takeover of the MSC Malaysia Technology Commercialization Centre, an MDeC Incubator located in the Multimedia University in Cyberjaya.
Twenty entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to compete for ten scholarships to the MAD Incubator program – worth RM50,000 each – by pitching their startup businesses on January 31, 2013. To apply for this opportunity, entrepreneurs need to complete the application process by January 14 via an email submission toMADBizChallenge@incubator.com.my (submission details at the bottom of this note). Finalists will be notified by January 20, 2013, and will be instructed on preparing their presentations for the January 31 finals.
The key area in which MAD Incubator has been able to make a differentiated impact is in building a scalable business eco-system and coaching/mentoring platform that can effectively work with entrepreneurs in almost every industry space. For the lucky 10 entrepreneurs, MAD Incubator will provide facilities and services – working space, handholding, training, business mentoring and coaching, market validation, market access and funding access – for a period of 1 year following the selection process. The MAD Scholarship will begin on Feb 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014. MAD expects the 10 Finalists to achieve accelerated growth within 1 year of this MAD Scholarship Program.
What does the scholarship involve?
The 1-year scholarship will include:
- One year incubation office facilities at the Startup Hub@Cyberjaya
- Ideas acceleration program
- Market validation program
- Business model assessment
- One year coaching program by MAD Coach Academy
- One year of handholding, market and business development and funding access
- One year access to MAD Entrepreneur Academy
- Showcase at Bizstart
- Launching at MAD TechVentures
Plus lots more…
Here’s how applicants qualify to enter the contest.
- Submit details of the business. Business must be ICT or technology that covers the area of mobile, SaaS/Cloud Computing, internet-based business and social gaming.
- Closing date for submission will be Jan 14. Email submission to MADBizChallenge@incubator.com.my
- Review and select top 20 finalists (Jan 14 – 20)
- Announcement of Top 20 finalists.
- 20 finalists will be chosen to pitch in the finals (pitch fest) on Jan 31 to be held at MSC Malaysia Technology Commercialization Centre
- Announcement of Final 10 qualified sponsorships on Jan 31, 2013
January 1, 2013
January 14, 2013
Entrepreneurs must submit a project brief that answers the following questions. These answers will be used to qualify for consideration in the program. The questions are:
- Describe the project that you are proposing.
- Value Proposition: What are you trying to create? How will it benefit your customers?
- Describe the customer segment that you are servicing.
- Validation: Have you validated your business idea with any potential customers? Why do you believe customers will want to use your idea/platform/services?
- Positioning: What is the positioning of your offering? Who are the competitors? How do you compete? Differentiate?
- Monetization: How do you monetize? What is the business model?
- Total Available Market: How big is your market opportunity? This determines your financing and go-to-market strategy.
- Financing: Are you bootstrapping? Are you planning to raise money? Have you raised any money so far? From whom? How much? What are your capital requirements to build this business?
- Customer Acquisition: What is your customer acquisition strategy, cost, conversion rate, channels, channel costs? How many paying customers do you have right now? How much traffic? How many free users? Any other information on traction/validation metrics?
- Team: Who is on the team, and what functions do they cover?
- Stage: Identify what stage from the following you are at and provide further details. a) Concept b) Minimum Viable Product c) Free users d) Paying users e) Revenue f) Profitability
- Anything else that is interesting about your venture that you think we should know?
- Explain why you should be chosen for this initiative
Email submission to MADBizChallenge@incubator.com.my
- Innovative idea and business model
- Individual/team background
- Strategic vision and market viability of the business
- Applicant’s ability to create and execute on the business idea
- Applicant’s commitment to the MAD Incubation Program to develop the business
- Right entrepreneur attitude, passionate and resilient.
- Must be willing to locate at the MSC Malaysia Technology Commercialization Centre
For more information, kindly contact MADBizChallenge@incubator.com.my
When I close my eyes I think of you
And the times we’ve had been through
Even though we’re far apart right now
I remember back when you were here with me
How you’ve made my world complete
But now I’m left alone
We talked about love and hope
Wishing we could start a life our own
I wish that I could live without you
Why did you tear my heart apart
You said you’d love me from the start
All those painful things you’ve put me through
But I’m still loving you
I’ve tried to give my best to you
I don’t deserve the things you do
Everything has gone to memories
I just wish I knew the truth behind the lies
Details of D.A.R.E. BizStart Roadshow 2012 – Penang:
Date : 25th October 2012
Time : 9:00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Venue : Ixora Hotel, Prai, Penang
D.A.R.E. BizStart is a series of premier events that bring entrepreneurs, business owners, corporate and government together in the spirit of learning, cooperation, network and market building, as well as business opportunities.
MAD Incubator is MAD with a Mission – To develop and grow 1000 entrepreneurs achieving USD 1million by 2015. To achieve this objective, MAD Incubator initiates a Premier Event called D.A.R.E. BizStart 2012 with roadshows in JB, KL, Penang and culminating with the D.A.R.E. BizStart Showcase 2012 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
How does it really works?
D.A.R.E. BizStart Showcase 2012 is the biggest Business Startup event in region.We bring to you a host of business, learning and networking activities starting with the theme D-Dream. Come and join us on a day of learning, acquiring knowledge, expanding business network and creating business opportunities.
Technopreneur Open Day
Technopreneur Open Day (TOD) Final Station – PENANG!! TOD@PG’s theme is Gaming Business.
TOD@PG is a much anticipated event of the TOD Series as it is the first TOD in Penang with a full day agenda that comprises of talks, seminars and forum that covers the areas of starting a gaming business, gaming trend and raising funds for your businesses.
Gaming industry in Malaysia never sleeps. The social, video and mobile gaming markets represent the fast growing segments of the gaming industry. With the rapidly increasing number of smart phone users among youths & young adults, mobile gaming business becomes an attractive segment.
Nowadays, game contents development is totally different from last few years, it comes with more enthusiasm, freshness, re-playability, creativity, learning and many others. Gain insights from our speakers as they share their pearls of wisdom on all aspects of gaming in their realm of expertise.
Who Should Attend?
- Entrepreneurs and Soon to be Entrepreneurs
- Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
- Game Developers
“I Cannot Do It” never accomplished anything. “I Will Try” has performed wonders. – George Bunhem
Speakers/Companies available for business matching/ One-on-One Business Clinic:
* The one-on-one session is 30min per session. Time for the Business Matching/One-on-One Business Clinic will be announced soon.
Closing Date: 23 October 2012
1. Michael Tan
Category: Talent Hunting
2. Alif Asyraf Sardi
Company: Putar Putar
Category: Online PR Media
3. Krista Goon
Company: RedBox Studio
Category: Women Entrepreneurship
Category: Business Technology Management
Company: Precious Ones Collections Sdn Bhd, Precious Pages Publishing
Category: Women Entrepreneurship
Company: Internet Academy Enterprise
Category: Social Media Marketing
Company: Soul Balance Sdn Bhd
Category: Women Entrepreneurship
Company: MOL Pay
Category: Payment Gateway
9. Lee Wei Chee
Company: ZA Solutions Sdn Bhd
10. Evon Wong
Category: Online Commerce
11. Maresa Ng/Nick Goh
Category: Business Health Check/Business Coaching and Training
12. SME Corp
Company: SME Corp
Category: SME Fund
Company: MAD Incubator
Category: Startup and Business Incubation
Photos By: JohnShen Lee
MAD Incubator is MAD with a Mission! The quest – To create, develop and grow 1000 entrepreneurs achieving a turnover of USD1 million by 2015. To achieve this mission, MAD Incubator has initiated D.A.R.E. BizStart Showcase that brings entrepreneurs, business owners, corporate and government together in the spirit of learning, cooperation, network building and business opportunities.
MAD Incubator will be organizing its D.A.R.E. BizStart @ Sabah in conjunction with Texpo.asia 2012 as its finale for year 2012 on 28th-29th November 2012, at 1Borneo Grand Ballroom, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. With the objectives to develop and grow entrepreneurs by assisting them to overcome entrepreneurial challenges and connect them to the right channels – government agencies, financial institutions, trade associations and business networks, MAD Incubator created the D.A.R.E. BizStart Showcase – a business showcase platform for start-up entrepreneurs to acquire knowledge, develop skills, build brand awareness and expand business network.
We have successfully organized D.A.R.E. BizStart Roadshow in Johor (20 Sep 2012), Kuala Lumpur (27 Sep 2012) and Penang (25 Oct 2012) recently.
As you position your organization for success, we invite you to consider exhibiting at D.A.R.E. BizStart @ Sabah 2012 into your marketing plan because it provides you with an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your esteemed organization standing to the micro and small business sector, and also opportunity to showcase your esteemed organization expertise to the public at large. If you are interested to penetrate into Sabah market, it is the time now!
Up to 400 entrepreneurs from various backgrounds will be connected during 29th November SEED Sabah Entrepreneur Day Summit 2012. Keynote Speakers are invited to share their invaluable experience and knowledge to inspire more entrepreneurs around Sabah. Unlimited business opportunities would be created though Networking Luncheon.
How to Participate?
1. BizStart @ Sabah 2012 (Seminars & Workshops)
– No admission fee. Kindly click HERE for registration.
2. BizStart @ Sabah 2012 / Texpo.asia(Exhibition)
– Visitor: No admission fee.
- Exhibitor: Kindly refer to the attachment.
3. SEED Sabah Entrepreneur Day Summit 2012
– Kindly refer to the attachment.
Sabah Entrepreneur Day Summit 2012 Keynote Speakers
Enoch Khoo, a Real Estate Entrepreneur who connect East and West Malaysian investors successfully. He was interviewed in BFM 89.9 Business Radio. A lot of investors paid thousand to learn from him. Besides, he is soon to launch his property book and a Property TV Show which will be aired in Singapore & Malaysia. A Sabah boy at heart, he invests his energy and time to inspire fellow Sabahans that if a Sabahan can do it, every Sabahan can do it too!
James Yong, an ambitious, innovative, dedicated, and goal-oriented entrepreneur. Inspired by his primary school teacher, he was ambitious to start a business that could turn all the SOLID WASTE into WEALTH. Now, he is the founder and Group Managing Director of Aulis Group, with the total turnover of RM180.5million. Just in 8 years, he has led Aulis Group to be Sabah Largest in recycling and rebuilding of used vehicles, Malaysia largest supplier of 4WD trucks, and the Malaysia first and only private vehicles inspection centre.
About TEXPO.asia 2012
This first Technology and Entrepreneur Expo in Borneo is joint-organised by SEA and MAD Incubator, will be held concurrently with SEED Summit and D.A.R.E Bizstart 2012 at same venue 1Borneo Grand Ballroom. TEXPO.asia 2012 is a unique showcase of Technology, Entrepreneurship, Funding, and Opportunities
October Tweet Fest is here!
Date: 27th Oct 2012 (Saturday)
Time: 5pm – 2am
Venue: D’ House (DiGi HQ)
What is all the hype about this year?
We’ve reorganized the traffic flow at the venue this time around. If you were there last year, you would remember front-to-back human traffic so this year there’s not gonna be ANY registration tables. We’ve got some pretty good looking folk of the committee to walk around with tablets and iPads for you to register. What will you get when you register on that day? An #OctTwtFest official bracelet that you can wear all year long in anticipation for next year’s OctTwtFest.
What was all the hype about last year?
Last year, we had performances, giveaways, competitions, a fashion show, a bazaar, a movie screening, a birthday celebration, you name it, we had it. The mission was to break the world record of World’s Biggest Twtup. And we succeeded. From the who’s who in the social media world to the average Joes & Janes from Perlis to Sabah, we submitted a total attendance of 2,615 people to The Guinnes
For More Information Visit http://octtwtfest.com/
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