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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

Finovate Startup 2009 Live Twitter

Kevin GillettI am attending Finovate Startup 2009. It is an action packed 1 day format which I belive will lend itself perfectly to a live twitter. Stay tuned it should be an amazing day. http://twitter.com/BlogTrafficExch

In the break I have scheduled some talks with SimplFi, Mint, and Calendar Budget. I am sure that I will talk to many many others at their booths.

After that I’m off to a dinner sponsored by Thrive. Some other bloggers will be there: The Digerati Life, Lazy Man and Money, and Stop Buying Crap. Also at dinner will be Prosper – fresh from announcing they are back in business.

Be sure to check out my personal finance blog for a full post finovate writeup: Rich Credit Debt Loan

Here is the digest from the event (for newest post to oldest post so read from the bottom up):

  • credit karma with white label solution. #finovate
  • Next up Credit Karma #finovate free access to their credit score anytime they want for free http://bit.ly/XskiL
  • secondary market is pending final regulatory approval.
  • months to 7 years. Loans that have already been made. loans with payments. 
  • Secured loans!!! (collateralized loans)    
  • Other financial institutions can list their own loans on prosper market place #finovate    
  • New Rating systems based on annual default rates, 20 credit score buckets. Min FICO 640 #finovate    
  • technical glitch = “I guess we are back into a quiet period” — Chris Larsen #finovate
  • Next up Prosper #finovate CA Lenders Only, Nationwide borrowers. p2p lending http://bit.ly/5EwfZ    
  • I like the email dashboard to avoid login!!!! I like effortless!! #finovate    
  • RT @LazyManAndMoney: Rudder: YAPFM (Yet Another Personal Finance Management) tool… #finovate

     

  • Next up Rudder #finovate More PFM… Help financial health http://bit.ly/3Uyc4

     

  • Goal Spring create a plan to get out of debt #fionvate

     

  • @ryan_adami http://bit.ly/jb4th http://bit.ly/iuaLU more links to data in footer #finovate Smart Hippo open source data

     

  • Next up Goal Spring #finovate http://bit.ly/15YrWz

     

  • Data is open source !!! anonymous!! #finovate

     

  • like yelp for consumer products. #finovate

     

  • Next up smart hippo #finovate Another PFM tool. Donated $250 to habitat for getting voted into last session http://bit.ly/ml44I

        

  • registered investment advisor with SEC #finovate… like the no nonsense straight to the point style

     

  • Next up simplifi #finovate planning is biggest issue for average American. SImplifi creates a plan for free http://bit.ly/UuXPY

     

  • The one thing leaned about online fraud. You have to look at entire session no just specific clicks #finovate

     

  • Next up Silver tail systems #finovate detect bad guys gaming websites http://bit.ly/PnVLr

     

  • RT @prosperlending: i’m very pleased with all the people i’ve discovered and am now following from #finovate

     

  • RT @erinmccune: How many PFM solutions can the market support? Not this many. #finovate

     

  • step 1 know your finances 2 project your future 3 discuss = Green Sherpa #finovate

     

  • Next up Green Sherpa # finovate More financial management 3 step process http://bit.ly/19Z2S8

     

  • Next up HomeATM #finovate they have a patent for pin encryption on browser http://bit.ly/Gq07Z

     

  • @prosperlending debtGoal aka goalspring #finovate

        

  • 4th session lineup: Debt Goal, Green Sherpa, Silver Tail Systems, Simpli Fi, Smart Hippo, HomeATM, Rudder, Prosper, Credit Karma #finovate

     

  • Gen 1 vs Gen 2 at Michigan first credit union was pretty amazing difference #finovate

     

  • Next up is Jwaala #finovate http://bit.ly/9fI9S

     

  • Zimplemoney is financial agreements administered as SAS #finovate

     

  • @prosperlending see m tweet pic for the same error on loweryassessment.com #finovate

     

  • Next up ZimpleMoney #finovate… I like this guy already. second tallest here (I am tallest) http://bit.ly/zjYZ6

     

  • MoBank s doing what that is different/better/more secure? #finovate
  • Next Up MoBank #finovate http://www.mobank.co.uk/ — “very very easy” to make payments with phone.

     

  • http://twitpic.com/46g38 – lowermyassessment.com #fail #finovate
  • lowermyassessment.com starting costs a $124.95 #finovate
  • next up lowermyassessment.com #finovate Help homeowners lower their assessment http://bit.ly/sOVNG

     

  • note to future afternoon presenters… please be more animated #finovate    
  • Aradiom seems like great tech. presenters could be more polished, but tech seems great and needed

     

  • Next up Aradiom #finovate — All about security on #iPHONe mobile phone based security token http://bit.ly/Io0t5

     

  • Next up Acculynk #finovate http://bit.ly/148pFm debit pin pad transactions over existing EFT network
  • Next up Second Market #finovate http://www.secondmarket.com/ (trade illiquid securities). yesterday launched private company marketplace
  • I like pertuity direct model where an expert picks he loan… lord knows I am a terrible loan picker
  • CEO likes “very very” counted 4 times so far

     

  • Pertuity direct is registered with te SEC says “it as a very very fun process” #finovate

     

  • next up pertuity direct http://pertuitydirect.com/ #finovate mutual fund of p2p loans
  • 4 invest your savings, 5 be prepared #finovate

     

  • 3 use your credit and debt wisely #finovate (education plus advice)

     

  • 2 spend less than you earn

     

  • Financial fitness launching today: step by step plan to improving your fitness based on 5 principles #finovate

     

  • 1 know your money (why and how provided by mint) #finovate

     

  • Up next Mint #finovate http://www.mint.com/ launched 18 months ago with over 1M people. more budgeting what is different better?

     

  • 3rd Session lineup: Mint, Pertuity Direct, SecondMarket, Acculynk, Aradiom, LowerMyAssessment.com, MoBank, Zimple Money, Jwaala #finovate

     

  • RT @LazyManAndMoney: Review of the 2nd session of demos at Finovate is up: http://bit.ly/DuqGw #finovate #finovateStartup09

     

  • props to #finovate lunch crew. It was great and healthy.. back now and having more diet coke

     

  • IOUSOS healthcare settlement 80% off your medical bills? Shouldnt providers just charge less? (HOT IOUSOS NOT Medical costs) #finovate

     

  • IOUSOS p2p help for medical bills #finovate

     

  • Home-account says you can sign up or free, but to use the servie it costs $50. #finovate

     

  • Next up IOUSOSby globefunder #finovate http://bit.ly/QTmuX

     

  • @georgefavvas their website says free to join home account #finovate

     

  • RT @georgefavvas: Home Account well intentioned, but don’t agree w/charging consumers to shop for mortgage when do it for free. #finovate

     

  • RT @SunFinancial: bought two Mega millions tickets. With jackpot at $181M, $2 is a small price to pay to dream big :)

     

  • next up Home Account #finovate talking about mortgages and replacing mortgage broker http://bit.ly/XwmFj

     

  • Moneta has signed a top 10 bank. #finovate

     

  • Next up Moneta #finovate http://bit.ly/26KM9m online payment system… sounds like stephen hawking

     

  • http://www.climatecooler.com/ is really cool! good for the planet, good for your wallet #finovate

     

  • @georgefavvas ahh I missed that… ok you go one of my votes

     

  • @robgarciasj you need to buy votes like smart hippo :) #finovate — this is RateLadder btw

     

  • Know and reduce your environmental impact – http://www.climatecooler.com/ #finovate

     

  • next up Cooler #finovate http://bit.ly/zb52O

     

  • @netbanker 80% platfom complete means that 80% of the work is left to be done. 80/20 rule #finovate

     

  • Smart Hippo is buying votes for best in show. Shoud make donation to habitat regardless :) #finovate

     

  • People Capital is up next #finovate p2p student loans http://bit.ly/q1lcV

     

  • micronotes is reading a script #finovate

     

  • RT @mobileslate: #BillShrink: “Shrinkage is Good.” -Peter Pham #finovatestartup09

     

  • Micronotes up next #finovate http://bit.ly/199DHK

     

  • BillShink gass compare tool is pretty cool too. #finovate

     

  • BillShink cell carrier compare tool is pretty cool. #finovate

     

  • Next Up billshrink http://www.billshrink.com (best way to save money on CC, Food, Gas, etc) #finovate

     

  • Kapitall UI has a high WOW fator, but why is i better/different? Research tool/racking for investors #finovate

     

  • Next up Kapitall: http://bit.ly/nkf1q #finovate

     

  • RT @google: RT @sengineland – Google Study On Sitemaps: http://bit.ly/LGBwQ

     

  • Centrro excited about home loan product… sell leads not just afiliate #finovate

     

  • Centrro seems like Credit Karma (http://www.creditkarma.com) same arbitrary scoring model. Send offers based on credit report. #finovate

     

  • Know before you apply is on stage: http://bit.ly/E51nS #finovate

     

  • Wesabe spingboard is white label wesabe. launched 6 weeks ago #finovate

     

  • Wesabe just launched #iphone app using geo targeting and password protection #finovate

     

  • Wesabe is staking claim to “ease of use” #finovate

     

  • Wesabe competitors: Mint and Stands… What is the differentiator? (big announcements promised) #finovate

     

  • Wesabe up next #finovate

     

  • Lending Club — How come when I look t my account I dont see the performance info you showed on stage? #finovate

     

  • Tempo Payments -Why? Rewards! in different currency #finovate

     

  • Tempo Payments get a debit cad that isn’t issued by your bank. Why? #finovate

     

  • Up next Tempo Payment #finovate (more debit card transactions than credit cards) #finovate

     

  • Leding Club secondry market 2M in volume in 6 months (monitors credit report every month and payment history) #finovate

     

  • Lending Club up next… what is different tha last year? Marketplace and SEC approval AND IRA for preferenial tax treatment #finovate

     

  • Lending Club up next… what is different tha last year? Marketplace and SEC approval #finovate

     

  • iThryv platform for FI (financial insttution) for OLB (online banking) and support to demographicly target customers #finovate

     

  • #finovate buzzword thi year is “widget”

     

  • iThryv up next… #finovate

     

  • Moneystrands competitor of Mint and Wesabe. Spanish version a differentiator? Can it compete with Money or Quicken? #finovate

     

  • strands experiences t first technical glitch http://bit.ly/sTOu9 — take 2

     

  • price driven down 10 to 75 basis points avg size $50K #FinovateStartup09

     

  • @krusk becasue weare supposed to tag #FinovateStartup09 not #finovate

     

  • realtime online marketplace p2sb (peer to small business) most iteresting so far IMHO #FinovateStartup09 http://bit.ly/4smsD

     

  • The Receivables Exchange: Now that is an investment I would invest in… p2p lending but more like onlie factoring #FinovateStartup09

     

  • RT @FredericBaud: haven’t seen many reference to openid. I would like to test platforms without new user/pass each time #FinovateStartup09

     

  • Circle up adds a bunch ways to pay expenses… OH: openid anyone? #FinovateStartup09

     

  • Circleup with John Payne aka smartpay (sounds like value add cards like CA food stamps) #FinovateStartup09

     

  • Circleup with John Payne aka smartpay

     

  • kaChing Why would sam give away is research or allow mirroring if he is a good invester? #FinovateStartup09

     

  • RT @shannonpaul: http://twitpic.com/45ro6 – @blogtrafficexch and @lazymanandmoney at #finovate

     

  • Expensify — expense reports that don’t suck. Seemed very interesting. Goingto check it out #finovateStartup09

        

  • Expensify (@quinthar) I like the name (I think they copied one of my company names Buildify http://www.buildify.com )
      

     

  • First up Expensify, kaChing, CircleUp, Receivables Exchange, Strands, iThryv, Lending Club, Tempo Payments, Wesabe
  • #finovate Presenters are all making sure their presentations work. Each has 7 minutes.

I am attending Finovate Startup 2009. It is an action packed 1 day format which I believe will lend itself perfectly to a live twitter. Stay tuned it should be an amazing day.

Originally posted 2009-04-28 05:00:16. 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.

Photo Credits: davidcrow

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

Click to Call

Adding click to call (click2call) capability to your blog will enable users to call you directly from your website. Clients, buyers, or shoppers no longer need to leave your website or even their computer to initiate a phone call.

There are settings to control the looks and feel of the click to call widget so that it can be aesthetically integrated into your site. This widget is powered by the Ribbit developer API.

Installation

  1. Download
  2. Unzip
  3. Upload Folder to WordPress Plugins Folder
  4. Activate Plugin
  5. Signup for a developer account at http://account.ribbit.com
  6. Create a Ribbit “App”
  7. Copy credentials from Ribbit App into admin options for plugin
  8. Adjust Options to Style as desired

Optional Ribbit Voicemail Setup

If you want to send initiate the call to a voicemail box that will transcribe the email to text and then email the transcription. You will need to do the following.

  1. Download Kermit and login
  2. Add an email device with the following flags: notifyvm, mailtext, notifymissedcall, notifytranscription, and attachmessage
  3. Request a purpose number (either us or uk at the moment)
  4. Test the click to call. This will result in an email with the number of the voice mail call in number.
  5. Block your caller id (*67 on sprint) and call the call in number. Default pin is 1234. You can now set the name, message, and voicemail pin.

Click to Call in Action

Enter your number:



Powered by Click to Call


Download the Click to Call Plugin


Change Log

  • 05/11/10 – 1.4 – Added Call Volume Limits.
  • 03/16/10 – 1.1 – Release to public.

Originally posted 2010-03-16 09:33:58. 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

Critical Mistakes in Keeping Blog Visitors

focuslessOne of the most critical parts of your blog is the section that is visible in the browser window without requiring any scrolling on the behalf of the visitor. What this means, in no uncertain terms, is that the most important and most critical elements need to be in this “above the fold” area, because many visitors who come to your blog are never even going to scroll down. Unfortunately, people make a lot of really common mistakes regarding this area of their blogs. Here are five critical mistakes that you need to avoid if you want each blog visitor that comes to your site to find reasons to stick around.

- * You are making a critical mistake if your header is too large. People will be able to tell what your blog is without you flashing it in 128 point font. Your header can be small and professional and speak volumes more than 128-point screaming in an annoying font.

- * You are making a mistake if you have useless things in your sidebars. The tops of your sidebars should be utilized by the most important things to your readers. Give them the most recent comments, links to your best blog posts, links to related websites, your blog roll, anything that has real meaning. If you put a calendar, pointless ads and other stuff in your sidebar, you are going to likely upset your visitors more than gain their interest in your blog.

- * You are making a critical mistake if you are utilizing a poor visual style, bad colors or annoying fonts. Your blog should be visually appealing and pleasant to each blog visitor that comes to see it. If your blog is not visually appealing, especially when it comes to the “above the fold” area, then your blog visitors will not stick around.

- * You are making a critical mistake if you have music or video that starts instantly on your blog. Yes, this is something that can be considered to be an above the fold part of your blog. Music, video and anything else that creates noise absolutely should not begin automatically. Let your blog visitors click on a start button. There’s no telling how loud your visitors have their volume turned up, and you may end up startling someone if they are not expecting music.

- * You are making a critical mistake if there is no focus on your blog. Your blog needs to be about what your blog is supposed to be about. If people come to a blog about a certain subject, and the top post in your blog is about something completely different, do you think they are going to stick around, or maybe never return? This is an important consideration if you want visitors to keep visiting, end of story.

Photo Credits: Bagryan

Originally posted 2009-07-29 05:36:19. 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.

Photo credits: felipe_gabaldon

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

The Opposite of Successful Blogging

failThere is an opposite to successful blogging, which is blogging that drives your readers in the wrong direction. Take a look at this list of things that you can do to drive readers away so that you will have a better understanding of what you need to do in order to achieve truly successful blogging in your blogging endeavor.

1 – Use navigation that is impossible on your website.

If your readers need to read a user manual to be able to maneuver through your website, then something is wrong. People don’t want to have to learn how to use your site- So make it user friendly and intuitive, or don’t bother.

2 – Use more advertising than actual content.

Advertising may serve a purpose, but if there isn’t as much content as advertising, then you’re doing something wrong. When your readers realize it, they’re not likely to stick around.

3 – Forget or refuse to maintain your website on a regular basis.

If your site features information that is outdated or erroneous, it is going to appear as a site that nobody gives a care about. Why should your readers care about something you don’t care about?

4 – Require too much information from your readers.

If you require personal information to give information to your readers, they may actually be convinced not to stick around to read what you have to say.

5 – Attempt to be too “cutting edge”.

While it is good to take advantage of new and innovative technologies, these are actually capable of causing problems with your readers. If your pages are crashing browsers or are too image or technology intensive, they may scare readers away rather than attracting them.

6 – Crash the browsers that your visitors are using.

This one is pretty straight forward. If your website is crashing people’s browsers, they’re NOT going to stick around.

7 – Use sound or automatically loading video on a professional blog site.

If you want people to take your site seriously, then you need to take it seriously too. Videos and sounds that play automatically are a huge no-no if you want people to think you are professional.

8 – Use too many images in your blog.

Images are going to slow down the loading of your page, so too many images is going to spell disaster no matter how you look at it. If you have to have a lot of images -Make them small!

9 – Do not pay attention to any of your readers.

You need to pay attention to what your readers want, and deliver, if you want them to take your blog seriously. If you don’t pay attention to what readers are saying, then why are you even blogging?

10 – Embed entirely too many tables into your blog, or embed frames into your blog.

These things are messy, they slow down browsers, and they’re completely unnecessary. Find a better way to set up your blog.

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Originally posted 2009-11-30 03:41:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter