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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

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

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

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