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Another 7 Steps for How to Get Traffic to Your Blog

trafficIf you are trying to learn how to get traffic to your blog, then you will benefit from the tips in this series, which are designed to show you the necessary steps for how to get traffic to your blog. When you have the right tips, tricks and resources in your arsenal, then that is when you can truly be successful in gaining traffic to your blog. There are twenty tips in all that you need to keep in mind when it comes to learning how to increase blog traffic. In the first post of this series we touched on the first seven, followed by an additional six in the next post, and here are the final seven tips.

1 – Create a blog roll on the side bar or at the bottom of your blog site so that you can publicize links for your favorite blog sites online. Let the bloggers know you put them in your blog roll and you may just get a little bit of reciprocation in return.

2 – Post links to relevant blogs and blog posts in your posts when you are creating blog content. Creating links and references to other blog entries and blog websites will actually increase traffic to your blog just as well as to the blogs you’re linking. This is especially useful when track backs are used because it lets the blog owner and their readers know that you mentioned them.

3 – Learn how to write blog entries that are short without compromising value and that are interesting, even in a small space. This will allow you to improve your ability to blog more frequently for an increase in blog traffic. Don’t be afraid to continue offering comprehensive studies and lists as well, occasionally.

4 – Put effort into the promotion of your most popular blog postings when you are blogging. Write a post that details your top 10 or 10 most popular blogs of the best. Refer to your best blogs in newer entries when the subjects are relevant, or reference old posts while updating the information they contained.

5 – Create a newsletter that operates separately from your blog, and invite your blog readers to become subscribers. Now you have a new way of advertising your blog, as you can link back to your blog in every newsletter that you send.

6 – Utilize offline methods for promoting your blog just as often as online methods. Make sure that your auto signature, your business card and any other marketing or print materials that you have are adorned with your blog address so that people can find you online more easily.

7 – Pay close attention to your blogging traffic reports. Learn from the statistics that you receive and use that information to update the keywords that you use accordingly. The more that you are able to fine tune your writing to your blog traffic reports, the better the results will be.

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Originally posted 2009-09-11 03:39:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Meta Tag Use for SEO

metaWhen it comes to search engine optimization for a website, one of the key strategies that you should be using is to make use of meta tags on every individual web page within your site, especially when it comes to the title tag. So what is the title tag, and how can meta tags be used for search engine optimization in order to increase your search engine page ranking?

The title meta tag is the tag that search engines are relying heavily upon in order to determine what a specific website or web page is actually about. The best way to create a title tag is to create a short and concise description of what the web page is about that makes use of one or a couple of the web page’s primary keywords. One of the most common mistakes that is made when creating meta title tags is that people often try to stuff too many keywords into the title. The search engines may interpret this as being keyword stuffing, which is a frowned upon practice that search engines do not like, and putting too many keywords in your title tag may also take importance away from the keywords that are the most relevant.

Another thing that you need to keep in mind with your meta title tags is that your title tags will be visible in the search engine results with the link to your website. You want to keep a nice balance between readability and enticing nature in order to attract humans and search engines alike. If your title tag is only search engine friendly but not human reader friendly, then you will not get many return visitors. No one is going to want to follow a link if it looks like a bunch of gibberish, even if it is coming up high in the results on a search engine for your keywords.

When reading the title tag for your web page, search engines give the most importance to the beginning of the title. The shorter the title, the more weight each word will end up receiving as a result. If you use a longer title that has more words, then each word is going to seem less important and therefore less relevant when it comes to the search engine results.

You should only be using the words that are absolutely necessary, and that have the most relevant use. Don’t simply string together a bunch of useless keywords because it will not benefit anyone.

Creating meta tags that are friendly both to visitors and search engines can be tricky, but it is an important part of optimizing your site as a whole and every individual web page for search engine friendliness while still appealing to your human visitors. It is the balance between the two that makes for a good website.

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Originally posted 2009-05-11 05:16:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

6 More Steps for How to Get Blog Traffic

foottraffic2If you are trying to learn how to get blog traffic, the following tips will definitely come in handy for you. Access to the right tips and tools will help you build up your blog traffic earning arsenal. There are twenty tips in all that you need to keep in mind when it comes to learning how to increase blog traffic. We have already touched on the first seven, and here we are going to touch on the next six in the series.

1 – Treat your blog as if it were your biggest and most important marketing tool. Make sure that the look, the message and the language of your blog are properly crated in order to establish the desired amount of brand identity and to reach out to the appropriate readers and audience.

2 – Collaborate with other writers in order to create group writing projects that will establish authority for your blog and help you participate in the blogging community as well. Blog carnivals are an example of a group writing project that you can participate in because they allow you to show your authority and expertise while allowing you to collaborate with other well known bloggers in your community.

3 – Find relevant blogs within the blog community and offer to write as a guest blogger for the blog. Don’t be discouraged if a certain blogger does not want to work with you, but know that most likely will. Make sure that you have a good sampling of your writing capabilities as well as a good idea for a blog post when you approach the owner of another blog in your network.

4 – Write a blog entry on a subject that is controversial in nature… but only as long as it can be done in such a manner that it can still maintain consistency with the positioning of your unique brand.

5 – Introduce yourself to other bloggers that are writing on subjects that are similar to what you are writing on. Comment in their blogs or drop them an e-mail to let them know that you are in the same basic blogging community as them. There may be some potential for building friendships with other bloggers in your network, and this can be good for building traffic to your blog.

6 – Write about key topics, covering them in a series form so all of the articles that fall into the series are linked to one another. This is a great way to get people reading deeper into your blog to see what you have to offer. Readers may eventually come upon a blog article in the middle of or at the end of a series, which will give them inspiration to read through the entire series to see what you have to say.

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Originally posted 2009-09-09 03:36:40. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

6 + 1 Steps for How to Increase Blog Traffic

foottrafficHaving access to the right tips and hints for how to increase blog traffic can really come in handy. The more tips and tools that you have in your arsenal for learning how to increase blog traffic; the better off you will be when it comes to building up a steady readership. There are twenty tips in all that you need to keep in mind when it comes to learning how to increase blog traffic. Here we are going to touch on the first seven.

1 – Use keyword rich text based links in your blog entries and articles in order to link to other blog entries and articles. Creating more links to your content increases your exposure. If you are posting article content elsewhere on the internet, make sure that you are including links back to your blog posts because links from high page rank websites will benefit your blog significantly.

2 – Mix your blogging endeavor with social networking. Use websites like LinkedIn and Facebook with blog widgets. Post highlights of your favorite blog articles on websites like StumbleUpon, Digg and Delicious. Answer questions on websites like LinkedIn, Yahoo Answers, in newsgroups and in forums by linking to blog posts that you have written.

3 – Treat your blog as if it were a publication. You should be writing titles that are compelling, as well as introductions and conclusions that are compelling. You should be offering useful content, and you should make sure to check spelling and grammar in everything that you write.

4 – Keep track of relevant information and news that relates to your profession or industry so that you can report on it as it becomes newsworthy. You can achieve this by subscribing to RSS feeds, Google news alerts and other similar services to gain access to key sources of news that relate to the industry that you are writing about in your blog.

5 – Participate in the blog community. Visit blogs that follow a similar nature as your own and offer useful information in the comments. You should be talking about relevant subjects and topics, and you should always provide a link back to your blog, especially if you have something relevant posted in your own blog that you can share with other bloggers and readers.

6 – Submit your blog and your blog posts to as many blog directories, blog carnivals and blog aggregators as you can. The more time that you take to submit your blog to different places online, the more exposure you will create for your blog over time.

+1 – Now, it’s your turn! What other steps can you think of to do for your blog to increase traffic? Share them in the comments below!

Photo Credits: UnholyKnight

Originally posted 2009-09-07 03:29:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Increasing Blog Site Traffic

piggybackIs attracting blog site traffic really a difficult proposition? Are there any really, incredibly simple ways that a new person to blogging can increase their blog site traffic? Here are some of the ways that you can attract new blog site traffic to your website without difficult, as well as some truly wonderful ways to turbo charge the effort that you make. Traffic generation for blog site traffic does not have to be tough, and it does not have to be expensive. What it does require is some diligence on your part and a willingness to work hard for the much needed results.

Does a site need to age in order to attract blog site traffic?

It can be true that a website needs to age well in order for it to attract good blog site traffic numbers, but some of the best strategies for blog site traffic generation have to do with piggybacking approaches that leverage existing trust for the site, allowing your site to gain traffic from more established websites, borrowing visitors from these websites by driving them to your own website.

So what is an example of this approach?

If you have a brand new blog and you are not getting the type of blog site traffic that you want, what you can do is sign up for an article syndication website like EzineArticles and post content there to build up a reputation and links to your own website. This website is a PR 6 on Google, meaning that it is a trusted, reputable and popular website that Google indexes regularly. When you put your content on this site, it will be indexed, along with the bio section and the links back to your blog that you create in your articles. Instantly you have reputable links to your blog, and a built up authority.

Now start posting in your blog and people will come to see what else you have to say. It is by writing for your own blog and these article syndication sites that you can build up additional blog site traffic, attracting traffic to your blog. These people did not go to the other site looking for you, but they will be pleasantly surprised when they find you and the content that you have to offer, as long as you are making an effort to provide important, useful and informative content in all of your blog posts. This is not difficult at all as long as you have something to say.

Keep writing in your blog every day, and keep posting content on article syndication websites like Go Articles and Ezine Articles, and in no time at all you will have the level of blog site traffic that you are looking for. It takes time and work, but piggybacking off the page rank of these large sites is largely what they are for.

Photo Credits: Stephenie Smith

Originally posted 2009-09-04 03:22:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

4 Things Bloggers Do WRONG!

contestI’m a very prolific blogger and read a lot in my blog community and in other blog communities. I can’t stand some of the things I see and if I have a problem, I can guarantee other readers of your blog do too. Here are four things bloggers are doing wrong:

1. Contests.

So I’m noticing while reading my google reader bundle that 90% of the blogs that I read require the winners of contests to make first contact! Can you imagine? What are they thinking?

I follow 90+ blogs. There’s no way (without google reader of course) that I could remember where I was and when I entered a contest, let alone remember to check back, find the winner post and see if I won.

Bloggers would be far better off contacting the winners first. Afraid of getting caught by the spam filter? Then keep your contact info readily available in the winner announcement. Also make a page that lists current contests and their links as well as recently finished contests with a link to the original post and the winner announcement.

I’d remember and trust a blog for making it easier on me than for themselves. I regularly follow the blogs that did this with me when I won from them. Think about that.

2. Bad Visual Decisions.

For instance a smorgasbord of images that feature on both the left and right side of the article! Now alternating images is not necessarily bad, but we’re talking well over half a dozen just randomly inserted pictures of all shapes and sizes. Talk about a visual assault! To avoid retina damage I quickly skip over the post and move on to the next in my reader.

3a. Titles that have nothing to do with the post.

Yuck. I’ve come across that many times. Most of the time I wonder if the blogger forgot the topic or used a sensational title to lure me in under false pretenses. This is called bait and switch and nobody likes it. Don’t do it. If you’re lucky, I just think you can’t stay on topic and leave… hopefully to come back for your next post.

3b. Boring titles.

I won’t even bother with a boring title. How hard is it to come up with something fun that fits your article? Consider these five romance novel related articles that I wrote:

I use lists, questions, and creativity to come up with to the point, fun, and informative titles. Wouldn’t you want to check those articles out?

4. Terribly long winded posts.

This gets me every time. I can’t keep focused for super long posts. It needs to be broken up if you’ve got a lot of information. Consider making it a series or post it with big bold headers. Break up long paragraphs. Do something, anything to keep a post easy to read and the text visually stimulating.

Now that I’ve shared my pet peeves it’s time to confess; do you commit any of these crimes?

Keira runs a book review blog for readers by readers on romance novels entitled Love Romance Passion. She’s been reading romance since she was a teenager and began blogging about romance so she could share her passion for her favorite genre.

Photo Credits: Marty.FM

Originally posted 2009-09-02 03:44:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Technorati Tracks Blog Traffic Exchange Effect

technoratiTechnorati is a online website community that is focused specifically on weblogs, and it can be extremely beneficial to register your blog with Technorati. Knowing how you can benefit from everything that Technorati has to offer is an important first step in getting the most out of your web presence. Importantly for my purposes, tracking the Blog Traffic Exchange effect is extremely easy with Technorati authority and blog reactions. (As an example, here is the Blog Traffic Exchange Technorati authority page.)

Once you have been blogging for a little while, it will be beneficial for you to register your blog, or as Technorati would call it, claim your blog. This will maximize the amount of exposure that you are getting out of having a weblog.

Here are some of the benefits that come from registering your blog with Technorati, and how you can use Technorati to leverage your authority to gain more traffic for your blog -

Claiming your blog on the Technorati website is going to list your blog website within the Technorati directory while giving you an opportunity to begin building authority for your blog. Authority is a vitally important concept when it comes to blogging, because it lets your readers know that your blog is factual, informative and well worth reading.

Your blog authority will be determined by how many inbound links your blog has managed to receive in the past six months. Your blog authority on Technorati is a great way to show other bloggers and internet users how much authority your blog has within the blogosphere, helping you to build traffic for your blog in the process.

Technorati makes it possible for you to find blogs that are similar in nature to your own. You can use Technorati to find blogs with high authority ranks, and participating in these high authority blogs can help to improve your traffic as well.

Technorati allows you to create a profile for your blog or your network of blogs, which creates another medium by which you can communicate with other bloggers and promote your own blog as well. Your Technorati profile allows you to use an image and a blog description to tell other people about your blog, and the tools on Technorati allow you to generate authority for your blog while building links.

Technorati makes it possible for you to tract the reactions that people have to your blog by way of over blogs. These Technorati reactions are a really easy way for you to see that your blog traffic exchange endeavors truly are working.

You can make use of a Technorati Watch list to keep track of all of the tags that you care about as well as all of the blogs that are in your blog roll, according to a blog post by Steve Rubel at http://www.micropersuasion.com.

Technorati is an outstanding resource for bloggers to help build authority online. Registering your blog or your network of blogs on Technorati is vitally important if you want to build increased traffic and readership for your blog.

Originally posted 2009-08-30 19:59:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Do You Need a Blog Sitemap?

sitemapIf you have a blog, you may be wondering if you need to have a blog sitemap. What is a blog sitemap and what does having a blog sitemap mean for your website? A blog sitemap is a collection of links outlining the structure of your entire website. These links make it possible for your visitors to navigate quickly and easily to any section of your website as long as it is listed properly in your sitemap. The purpose of a blog sitemap is to make finding posts and pages easier by listing all of them in one place. There are a number of advantages that are associated with having a sitemap. So much so, in fact, that not having a blog sitemap is actually harmful to the productivity and functionality of your website.

So, what are the advantages associated with having a blog sitemap?

In addition to making it significantly easier for the visitors to your blog to navigate through your site, your blog sitemap is also going to make it significantly easier for search engine spiders to move through your site as well. This is going to improve the search engine optimization for your site by ensuring that every one of the pages on your site is capable of being found. This is going to increase your visibility in the search engines which in turn is going to increase the amount of traffic that your website generates.

Since most online search engines only follow a specific number of links going from a page, having your own blog sitemap is going to make sure that both visitors and search engines can access every piece of content on your website, not just some of it or most of it.

So, do you need a blog sitemap?

Whether or not you need a blog sitemap is largely going to depend on the type of website that you are running. If you do not have a lot of content yet, then a sitemap may not be necessary. On the other hand, if you are writing a blog and posting every day, as your page grows to include more content, having your own blog sitemap is going to be vitally important to the success of your site. Having a blog sitemap is going to make sure that people can find and read your content. It is going to make sure that the search engines spider and crawl your website. And when these things happen – That is when blog success happens.

So how do you get a sitemap?

If you have WordPress or Blogger, you should already be able to put up a sitemap based on plugins and code that is already set up. Otherwise, find a XML sitemap generating tool and get to work. You shouldn’t need to create your own sitemap from scratch – There are dynamic tools that can make it happen for you.

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Originally posted 2009-11-09 03:06:40. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Unique SEO Content

ducksYou are probably already aware of how important link building is, and how important it can be to select the right meta tags, and to select frequently searched keywords that can be added to your website for the purpose of boosting search engine optimization or SEO, but are you also aware of how easy, inexpensive and effective it can be to use fresh and unique website content to drive an increase of traffic to your website through SEO? This is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to garner higher rankings in the most popular search engines like Google, MSN and Yahoo, and it requires little to no technical expertise at all.

If you add fresh content to your website regularly, you will be effectively increasing the visibility of your website by boosting your search engine rankings naturally and easily.

It is important that you avoid making the SEO mistake that so many other websites are making, which is that they are failing to add new, fresh and unique content to their websites on a regular basis. They spend hundreds of dollars or even thousands of dollars designing the look of their website, and then it fails in the search engines because they believe that once the website is running, their job has been completed. The truth is, if you stop updating your website once you have taken it live, you are doing something very wrong.

Why is this? This is because search engines love and feed on fresh and unique content. This is so true, in fact, that they literally troll the internet specifically looking for websites that have updated their contents. In the world of search engine optimization or SEO, content is the king.

Adding fresh content will help to significantly improve your search engine results, because search engines are literally constantly on the lookout for websites that have updated content, making sites with fresh and new content the best on the web. You can easily give these search engines what they are looking for simply by regularly updating the content that is on your website, adding informative articles and refreshing the content on other pages. Your content should never simply sit still or stagnant unless you don’t want people looking at it.

If you are unsure about writing the content yourself, you should have no trouble finding help online as there are plenty of proficient writers capable of writing niche specific content for your web pages, you simply need to know where to look and what to ask for. SEO writers are writers that specialize in search engine friendly website content creation, and they will deliver polished work that is web ready. They can write search engine friendly content for your website that is written specifically so that it can be found and indexed by search engines, and they will write website content that uses your keywords naturally and in a fitting manner in order to benefit your human readers as well. SEO writers are designed to write with your marketing goals in mind, so if you are afraid to craft your own content, do not be afraid to ask for some assistance.

Photo Credits: Gaetan Lee

Originally posted 2009-04-29 05:08:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Gaining Easy Blog Traffic

easytrafficDo you want to spend every day smashing the previous day’s traffic record? There is no reason why you cannot achieve this, but it is going to take some work.

Write and publish a new post every day.

New content is vitally important. It makes search engines come to your blog to check you out, and it helps human visitors find you more easily. If you want to increase your traffic by gaining easy blog traffic, you need to be posting every day. The more relevant, informative and keyword-oriented content that you write, the more traffic you will build, hands down.

Join the Community.

You need to integrate yourself into the community surrounding whatever topic you are blogging about. You need to be regularly taking part in other conversations and with other bloggers. Share your two cents and make sure that what you are saying is meaningful. Make sure that you are also posting links back to your own blog, especially if you have posts that reflect the same subject as the conversation. You are also going to want to get those bloggers to create links back to your blog in their blog rolls and in their posts.

Get Syndicated.

If you maintain a presence on any social networking websites such as FaceBook or MySpace, then you should be publishing your new blog posts here as well. There is an integrated application on FaceBook for example, called Networked Blogs that allows your FaceBook friends to follow your blogs in an interface that is clean and easy to use. It would also benefit you to become a member of EzineArticles.com and other article websites where you can post your most informative content so that visitors browsing the content can find you.

Set Up Feeds.

Use websites like LinkedIn and BrightFuse that have plugins that automatically grab RSS feeds an update your profile. These can serve double duties by building traffic and helping to build your portfolio on websites like these. Once the plugin is set up, your networking profile pages will keep updated with new blog posts on a 24/7 basis, and you do not have to do anything to make it happen.

Ping Blog Aggregators

Aggregator websites are automated sites that scan websites looking for new content and syndicate the new content to the world as soon as they find it. The traffic that you receive from a brute force system such as this may be less valuable, but it is still a great way to build traffic to your blog because building traffic by any means necessary is always a good way to go if you are looking to build better traffic numbers.

Do all of these things once every day and you will improve upon your traffic every single day.

Photo Credits: Ed Yourdon

Originally posted 2009-08-28 05:58:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter