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Tips for Improving Blog Popularity

pricklypearThere are a number of different things that you can do to increase your blog popularity. Here is a look at some of the tops that you can’t pass up.

Include an Author Biography

People who are reading your blog will enjoy being able to put a face to the writer, and giving them a biography to read will allow them to get a sense of who you are and what you are all about. Unless you are writing exclusively about your own self and your life, then you should not really be putting out too many personal details about yourself, because once you put information out there on the internet, you cannot take it back. Still, don’t be afraid to describe a little bit about who you are, and include an image too if you can.

Eliminate Bad Links

Nothing is more annoying or frustrating to a visitor to your blog than clicking on a link that does not take them anywhere, or that takes them someplace other than where they were intending to go. Make sure that you are eliminating bad links, dead links and wrong links before someone clicks on them.

Stay Focused

You cannot be everything to everyone, so do not even try. Choose a targeted audience instead, and focus on meeting their needs by writing a focused blog on the subject.

Utilize RSS

Make sure that you have an RSS button and that it is easy for your readers to find. Don’t be afraid to include an RSS button with every post so that readers can easily sign up to receive RSS updates from your blog.

Links and Sidebar Content

You are going to want to make sure that everything in your links and your sidebar content is completely relevant. If you offer too many choices to your readers, it will become confusing for them and they may be less likely to click on any of the links you are providing, rendering them useless.

Own your Own Domain

There are a number of different services that are designed to give you a blog host and a domain name for free, and this is definitely a great beginner opportunity. Down along the line, however, owning your very own domain name and paying for real hosting is going to be better for you. This way you will have complete control over your content, rather than someone else being in charge.

You should begin by following these basic tips for blogging and then improve on them over time. If you want your blog to be successful then you need to start off with the basics and then continue to learn beyond that point. These basics will get you started, but improving on your blog time and time again means constantly learning what it takes to meet the needs of your readers.

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Originally posted 2009-08-26 05:55:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

5 Tips for Popular Blog Posts

popularityThe internet may be a fast paced environment, but there are some blog strategies that remain the name even when it becomes harder and harder for average bloggers to keep up. Here is a reminder of some of the tips that don’t change when it comes to blogging.

When posting, avoid large blocks of text.

Your articles should be broken up into easy to read bites. Most people that use the net are scanning and skimming rather than reading everything. Make sure that you are using descriptive headers so that your post will catch their attention. Make sure that things are focused and kept short. Use images whenever possible to make your blog posts even more appealing.

Edit, Proofread and Check Spelling

Even the pros can misspell a word every now and then, and there is some leeway in the world of blogging. If you are an unknown writer, however, then your credibility really matters and making errors can harm that. If you do care about your blog and building a reputation for yourself as a good writer, you need to proofread and edit, eliminating spelling and grammar errors as you go.

Post Often

You should try and create a regular rhythm for posting in your blog. Not only is this going to interest your regular visitors, but it will also keep search engines interested, allowing their spiders and robots to return time and time again. Fresh content always equals a better search engine ranking, which leads to more readers and visitors.

Use Accurate Post Titles

The search engines read your titles, and they sort and rank your posts accordingly. The same is true for readers, who use your titles to know what your posts are about. This means that if you want to give search engines and human readers what they are looking for, your post titles need to be accurate.

Include a Date and Signature

Your posts are not always going to be timeless, and in these instances, you are going to want to let readers know when you made your posts. This will also let them know how long you have been posting, which can help you build more credibility in the long run. Posting a signature at the end of each of your blog posts is going to let your readers know exactly who wrote each of your posts, so make sure that there is a signature and a date for every post that you make.

To some, these blog tips are common knowledge. But still, it’s good to have the occasional reminder. These are the most basic blog tips that you can employ when it comes to posting for the benefit of your readers and the search engines that regularly spider your blog. Keep this list of tips handy, and consult it every time you make a post until you get the hang of it. This is the best way to make sure that your blog posts are constantly accommodating your readers in the best possible way.

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Originally posted 2009-08-24 05:49:49. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Generating Topic Ideas Consistently: 3 Step Process

writingDo you struggle to come up with new and interesting topics to write about for your blog? If so, I have a process for coming up with new ideas consistently that you can adapt and use for yourself. If you do, you’ll never have to sweat it out again, promise.

See, I used to be like you, but now I come up with topics regularly without any trouble at all. If I ever hit what feels like a dry spell, I usually can figure out something to write about very quickly because of how I set myself up. This method is really simple and you can implement these suggestions right away for similar results.  Here’s how I stay fresh in an easy three step process:

1. I read or at least glance at the blogs in my google reader every day. There’s upwards of a 125 blogs on romance novels that I follow, and while you might follow more or less, it’s a really good place to start. Something another blogger writes on in my niche can always be expanded, argued, changed, or even spark ideas. It is the same case in your niche. If the bloggers you currently follow are not inspiring you, (unfollow them and) find others to follow.

2. I keep a small notebook on my person. It is usually in my purse (it helps to be a girl sometimes ;) ). If an idea comes to me not only can I write down the topic really quickly, but I can also start writing it and organizing points. Scrap paper works too, but you might lose it. That’s happened to me once or twice, hence the mini-notebook.

3. Suggest topics to others. Sometimes when I have guest bloggers on my site, they ask me for help with topic suggestions. I don’t know about you but it’s very easy to come up with ideas for others. I usually give a list of 3-5 ideas and saved the 2-4 the blogger doesn’t pick in a document on my computer. If I ever have trouble for myself I can always sneak a look through the list and figure something out. More often than not, suggesting topics of interest to someone else will also help me think up topics for myself. When you think out of the box you just might find a gem or two to polish up.

So that’s how I come up with content for my blog. Very simple, but very practical if I say so myself. What do you do to keep yourself fresh? Share your methods in the comments!

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 in her teens and began blogging about romance so she could share her passion for her favorite genre. She loves reading paranormal, Regency, historical America, and highlander most of all and completely adores blind and wounded heroes.

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Originally posted 2009-12-23 03:55:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Increase Traffic To Your Blog, pt3

postoftenHere is Part 3 in our series on increasing traffic to your blog. We hope you enjoyed the series, and that you can take these tips and use them to increase your readership beginning today.

13 – Post Often – Now you should be posting as often as you possibly can so that you are constantly attracting new readers and subscribers to your website. As you get new subscribers to your blog and its RSS feed, you are going to want to continue providing them with high quality content on a regular schedule so that they know that it is a good idea for them to keep returning to your website. Make sure to include links to other articles, other websites and other blogs in your posts in order to gain the largest amount of authority possible.

14 – Track Back – Make use of trackback links any time you quote another blog post or refer to another blog post. Essentially what a trackback is a mechanism that sends a message from one server to another to let it know that you referenced that blog’s post. The beauty to the trackback system is that now a link to your blog has automatically appeared on the other blogger’s website as a result of the trackback. Not only will this let people know when you are talking about them, but it will also help you increase traffic to your blog.

15 – Write Elsewhere – Now you should spend some time focusing on writing articles that can be posted elsewhere on the internet including article directories and as guest spots in other blogs. Make sure that you are always providing a link to your blog when you have a chance to in the author or resource box of the article. Make sure that you are not sacrificing any time that should be spent writing on your own blog as well though, as filling your own blog with content is just as important as creating links to it elsewhere on the internet.

16 – Make a Commitment – Perhaps most important of all, you need to make a commitment to write in your blog every single day. If you spend just 10 minutes per day writing in your blog, you will be able to increase your blog traffic exponentially, not only from human readers but also search engine spiders as well. Search engine spiders love new and fresh content, and they will return time and time again to check you out if they anticipate new content. Make sure that blogging is on your to-do list every day, and consider blogging around the same time every day. This is one of the best and easiest ways for you to increase traffic to your blog, and there is no excuse to pass this opportunity up.

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Originally posted 2009-08-21 05:12:50. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Increase Blog Traffic Today, pt2

respondsignHere is part two in our series for learning how to increase blog traffic today.

7 – Sign It With Your Blog – Add a link to your blog website in the signature file for your e-mail accounts as well as forum accounts and other accounts where signature files are capable of being used. People will see your signature, and curiosity will get the best of them, enticing them into checking out what you have to offer.

8 – Link Your Website – If you have a website outside of your blog, every single page of your website should have a link back to your blog. For more exposure, you may consider linking your website in your blog posts as well so that readers can alternate back and forth between the two in order to find the information that they seek. The more links that exist on the internet pointing to your blog, the better your blog will perform in search engines.

9 – Newsletter Exposure – If you publish any kind of a newsletter or reach out to a mailing list or contact list in any way, then you need to make sure that you are creating a link to your blog in every single issue. When people see your blog address in print enough, it will help you increase blog traffic by enticing them to check out what you have to offer.

10 – Auto Respond – You should make sure that you are offering a link to your blog website as a standard offering in all of your outgoing correspondence including sales letters, auto responders, reports, white papers and any other way that you reach out to people. Just as freely as you offer your e-mail address, you should be offering your blog website address as well because just seeing a blog address is usually a motivator enough to get people to come and visit.

11 – Business Cards – You are also going to want to print the URL for your blog on your brochures, flyers and your business cards so that people who receive these documents and take them home with them can have a copy of your blog website address.

12 – RSS – Make absolute sure that you are offering a RSS feed URL that your readers can easily subscribe to at will. The acronym RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and it is a type of document that lists updates from a blog or a website that are available for the purpose of syndication. These RSS documents, which are also known as feeds, can be read via RSS aggregators or news readers, and they may simply show headlines only, or they may show a combination headline and summary of each blog post or website. Offering an RSS option is one of the best ways for you to increase blog traffic, so make sure that you are making your RSS subscription option easy for your readers to find.

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Originally posted 2009-08-19 05:17:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Increase Traffic to Blog, pt1

longexposureThis is part one in a three part series dedicated to increasing traffic to your blog in a number of different ways. Now that you have your blog set up and you are beginning to post useful information in its pages, the next step is to start attracting useful readers and commenters to your blog. Just like any other type of website, promotion is vitally important when it comes to bringing new people to your website. In the next three posts we are going to address over a dozen different things that you can do to get the traffic to blog flowing in the right direction.

1 – Bloglet –
Visit http://www.bloglet.com and set up a bloglet subscription form on the pages of your blog, inviting everyone that is in your blog network to come and subscribe including your family members, your friends, your colleagues and the people that you work with.

2 – MyYahoo –
Visit http://www.my.yahoo.com and set up a MyYahoo feed so that your website is regularly being spidered using the Yahoo search engine. Yahoo is a unique search engine because it is hand spidered, rather than spidered using complicated algorithms. If you want to increase traffic to blog, working with Yahoo on a consistent basis in this way is definitely going to be a good idea.

3 – Read and Comment – Find other blogs that exist within the same niche that you are targeting, and visit them regularly. Read the blog posts, get to know what the bloggers have to say, and leave worthwhile comments in your trail. Your comments should be useful and intelligent, and they should contain a link to your blog so that bloggers and readers can find you and read what else you have to say.

4 – Ping O Matic – Visit http://www.pingomatic.com and make use of Ping o’ Matic to ping blog directories every time you publish a blog post, making it more easy for everyone else on the internet to find your newly posted blog entries. Ping o Matic is a great way to let people know when you are posting new content, making it a great way for you to increase traffic to blog.

5 – Submit Fire – Visit http://www.submitfire.com and submit your blog through this service to reach the more traditional search engines including Google and MSN. The more search engine exposure that you get, the better off your blog will be in the grand scheme of things.

6 – Top 55 – Submit your blog to all of the top blog directories. You can find the most comprehensive list possible of directories by visiting http://www.masternewmedia.org/rss/top55 for an outstanding jumping off point in this process. Here is an extra tip: Create a form that you can use in order to track your submissions. Start a schedule that you can use to submit to a few directories every day until you have reached the end of the list.

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Originally posted 2009-08-17 05:20:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Blogging – You’re Doing it WRONG! (Pt 2)

patternThis continues from part one and is part two in a two part series on what bloggers are doing wrong when it comes to blogging. Here are some more ideas for you to consider.

Editorial Calendars and Patterning Audiences

Chances are you don’t do it. Dosh Dosh writes a fantastic article on this and you should read it, bookmark it, and refer to it repeatedly.

You want to do things seasonally, annually, and regularly, just like a newspaper. Failing that you want your readers to understand at a glance what they’ll find in your article.

I personally subscribe to the idea of article images. I created a set of them so that there was one for each unique and special feature on my blog. Each image had text calling out the special feature and instantly let the reader know what the general idea of the post is.

In addition, my website has a section for recently published posts (as I’m sure yours does too, it’s pretty standard.) But I also have a section for upcoming posts. It’s just a bit of code and it let’s readers know what to expect in the upcoming days on the blog. It’s nicer than the mini calendars on most blogs that require clicking dates to see if anything is there.

Article Length and Formatting

Online readers (like me) have attention spans the size of a gnat. I’ve heard we glance at a website in an F shape format, (I can’t find the article again or I’d link to it) so the most read part of the page is the top.

Before posting ask yourself a few questions:

  • Can your blog post be split in two? If you say yes, then do it.
  • Is it interesting? If you say no, why are you posting it?
  • Do you have blocks of text? If you say yes, break them up.
  • Is your article less than 125 words? If you say yes, write more.
  • Does your article have pit stops? If you say no, add headers and bold formatting!
  • Would you share the article with 10 people you personally know? If you say no, rewrite it.
  • Is your text warped wrapped around a bunch of images? If you say yes, take a few out.
  • Is the article helpful? If you say no, reexamine and fix it so it is.

What do you say? Would you add anything else?

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 in her teens and began blogging about romance so she could share her passion for her favorite genre. She loves reading paranormal, Regency, historical America, and highlander most of all and completely adores blind and wounded heroes.

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Originally posted 2009-12-14 03:30:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The Key to Blogging for Profit

profitIn the last two blog posts, we talked about identifying and banking on your strengths, and identifying and banking on your sources of traffic. Any time that you find a significant source for blog or website traffic, there are almost always going to be ways that you can build even further on that traffic, which is a key to blogging for profit, or any type of blogging for that matter.

  • When you notice that there is a lot of traffic coming to specific posts in your website from Google, then it could be helpful for you to optimize those specific pages for the types of keywords that people seem to be searching for in order to increase your traffic even further. Look at your keyword density, link to that page from other pages on your blog using good anchor text, and try tweaking your titles as a way to get started.
  • When you are noticing that another blog is linking up to yours, then what you have is an opportunity to create and build up a relationship with that particular blog. You should strive to get to know the writer better, thanking them for their link, and you should submit other blog posts that they may find useful, and make an attempt to link up to them as well.
  • When you are noticing that a social media site is sending you traffic, then this is a signal that you need to get involved on that social media website. Do some analysis regarding the types of content that perform well on the site, and add a voting button on your site so that you can encourage your blog readers to go to the site and vote for your content so that you can perform even better than before.
  • When you are getting a lot of traffic in the search engines for specific keywords, then that can be a hint that you need to write more blog content on that specific topic. You should be paying particular attention to the types of questions that people are searching for in these search engines as you can convert them into post titles and topics that you can write about.

Identify the strengths and weaknesses of your blog

I have shown only two types of weaknesses and strengths that might be built upon in a blog, but there are plenty more of course. The principles that apply are the same – once you have identified something you are good at, something that people really respond to on the blog, keep at it. This does not mean you cannot look to other areas or improve weaknesses, it means you should spend as much time building on your successes as you do fixing those weaknesses. Do this, and you will be onto a good thing.

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Originally posted 2009-12-09 03:33:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Blogging for Money Guide

dimeBlogging for money is quickly becoming one of the more popular reasons for why people blog. Setting up a blog is relatively easy and straight forward, and turning that blog into a money maker does not take much effort either. By monetizing your blog, you can make it possible to earn money when you write blogs through various different means. The following is a basic guide to blogging for money, including how you can get started doing it and which methods will best address your needs and your individual blog as well.

- * Affiliate Marketing:
Bloggers are capable of blogging for money by way of affiliate marketing. When you sign up with an online affiliate marketing program, you are given a unique link that is yours and yours alone, and you use this special link to promote the affiliate products. If any sale is made through your unique affiliate link, then you earn a commission from the affiliate program. This is a really popular option for bloggers that are looking into blogging for money because there are thousands if not millions of different affiliate products out there in every niche under the sun.

- * PPC Ads: Bloggers are capable of blogging for money by way of Pay Per Click or PPC advertising. Bloggers are more than capable of generating a lot of income through PPC or Pay Per Click advertising, which is provided by major advertising networks including Yahoo and Google. Applying for an account is easy, and money is generated through advertising in your blog, which makes it relatively simple to participate over time. Contextual ads are placed on your blog and relate to the keywords used in your blog, meaning they are targeted to your readers for better results.

- * Bloggers are capable of blogging for money by way of product reviews. Many merchants are actually looking for bloggers that are willing to review the products they are selling. Providing reviews on products in your blog can earn you between $25 and $200 dollars for every review, and even more if your blogs earn more traffic, making this an excellent opportunity for blogging for money.

- * Bloggers are capable of blogging for money by way of membership programs. Memberships are a great way for you to generate regular income online on a repeated basis. You can charge visitors to visit your membership. If you want to charge money for a membership, you should have a separate membership website in addition to your blog and you should offer something truly unique that your readers will be interested in signing up for. By integrating a membership into your blog, you will increase the conversion rate between visitors and members, helping your blog to earn a repeated or residual online income, which is a great way to go about it if you can.

There are only some of the ways you can blog for money. What other ways can you come up with to earn money through blogging?

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Originally posted 2009-08-14 05:40:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Publish Blog Posts More Successfully

scribbleBlogging is about more than just putting your thoughts down in words, because blogging is capable of sharing news, spreading messages, facilitating conversations and so much more. Learning how to publish blog posts more successfully is one of the best things that you can do if you want to get the most out of your blogging experience. The following is a connection of tips that will help you improve your blogging capability, because when you publish blog posts more successfully, everybody benefits.

- * Post Titles: Your post title needs to be capable of grabbing the attention of readers, and it may also be able to help search engines find you as well. Every blog post needs to have a title, and yours should be strong and concise and keyword oriented as well.

- * Post Introduction: You should start the actual entry of your blog with the same keyword or keyword phrase as you put in your title. This will help to reinforce your theme, helping your readers know exactly what you intend to talk about.

- * Information: Your blog needs to be informative, you need to be teaching the people that are reading your blog. Share your knowledge with them, help them make decisions that are educated and informed, and do not just advertise in your blog when you can teach instead.

- * Be a Resource: Through blogging effectively on a consistent basis you can establish yourself as being an authority or an expert in your area, no matter what your area happens to be. You should be presenting all of your blog posts in such a way that they facilitate conversation and discussion so that readers can contact you. You should be a resource for information online.

- * Make Your Blog Dynamic. You should be encouraging feedback, because a blog that has discussions, comments and feedback is going to create more visitors. It will also establish your blog as being interactive and dynamic, which will interest more people in what you have to say. Blogs that are static and never changing are far less effective as marketing tools even when they do have good things to say, so make sure that your blog is dynamic and constantly evolving as a result.

- * Think Search Engines. When you are blogging, make sure that you are keeping search engines in mind because your content should be keyword oriented in nature. You should make sure to have plenty of fresh content, and your fresh content should be rich but not overbearing in keywords in order to keep search engines in mind while you are blogging for the best possible results.

Keep these things in mind and you will be able to publish blog posts more easily and more effectively than ever before, increasing traffic to your blog as a result.

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Originally posted 2009-08-12 05:26:20. Republished by Blog Post Promoter