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Breaking the 2 Year Blogging Curse, pt 2.

We’ve talked about what the 2 Year Blogging Curse is and covered some ways to break it, now we’ll go over some more ways to do just that.

Target a New Audience.

If you started out concentrating on beginners in your niche because you yourself were a beginning but now you’ve moved past that stage, you should be writing about intermediary or advance topics. By challenging yourself to expand or to learn you’ll be creating new content that is much more interesting to you and your long time readers while still attracting those beginning in your niche.

Old Post Promoter.

OPP is a WordPress plugin by BTE.  The concept behind this plugin is to promote old posts back to the front of your blog allowing you to cash in again on work you’ve done already. It’s perfect for going on vacation, to run permanently, or to use while you’re recuperating from being blogged out. Sure, some of your readers may have seen the articles before, but it’ll be fresh in the search engines and to new readers.

Fresh Voices.

There are several ways to get new voices. You could advertise for guest bloggers, befriend and reach out to commentators on your blog behind the scenes, hire a writer, read or watch new programs/blogs for new input, get a friend to share their thoughts, and more.

Check back in tomorrow as I am going to cover four more ideas to help you break the 2 Year Blogging Curse.

Keira hails from Love Romance Passion, a site known for it’s romance novel reviews. She’s a longtime romance reader, a Kindle 2 owner, and a junkie for USA TV shows. She loves marriage of convenience plots and angst ridden breakups that ultimately end up in gooey happily ever afters. You can also find her on Twitter.

Photo Credits: Magda Sobkowiak

Originally posted 2010-09-23 03:29:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The 2 Year Blogging Curse

Have you ever noticed how many people talk about a blog that they used to write? It seems like I hear about it at least once a week and the story reads basically the same every time I see it:

They were interested in blogging, liked a topic, and went for it only to discover that they hated writing on said topic, couldn’t keep focused, found out it wasn’t as fun as they thought and quit the blog after a year or two of perseverance.

Pretty sad isn’t it? Not every blog can explode and be a star on the map in the first year. Many don’t even make that status in their second year. It’s year three and on that those who acted like the tortoise in this so-called blogging race start to really see results.

When you see who it affected, you know you’re not alone. Even the Darren of Problogger experienced it for different reasons in the past. John Marrow talks about knowing when to shoot your blog, but I want to take the opposite approach and focus on breaking the 2 Year Blogging Curse, not perpetuating it. Tune in tomorrow for the first of a 3 part series on doing just that.

In the meantime, why don’t you introduce yourself and share a little bit about your blog and how you’re feeling about it right now in the comment space below. Are you happy where you are or are you feeling disappointed? If you’re the latter be sure to stick around this week.

Keira hails from Love Romance Passion, a site known for it’s romance novel reviews. She’s a longtime romance reader, a Kindle 2 owner, and a junkie for USA TV shows. She loves marriage of convenience plots and angst ridden breakups that ultimately end up in gooey happily ever afters. You can also find her on Twitter.

Photo Credits: Magda Sobkowiak

Originally posted 2010-09-21 03:03:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Is Your Twitter Account More Important than Your Blog?

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That’s a loaded question and the answer depends entirely on your point of view when it comes to Live Feed and RSS. You can make a case for either side and believe me I have. Here’s what I came up with…

5 Arguments for Live Feed and Twitter:

There are 27.3 million tweets per day on average. That’s a crazy number. With that many people in one place it’s obvious Twitter must be more important than blogging! Right? Let’s see.

  1. It’s a promotion machine. Today URLs flow through Twitter. Ideas ship on Twitter.
  2. Twitter is like instant messaging or texting to everyone at once, but it’s public which means more eyeballs are reading it. Potentially of course, nothing is a guarantee.
  3. It’s easy to use, accessible, and well known. That means you can make connections and network like crazy.
  4. You are what you tweet. Learn to streamline ideas with catchy headlines to grab attention and readers.
  5. Your tweet and username can get retweeted over and over again, spreading your message and your name through the network. This usually happens on small scale, but some get lucky and get a Twitter explosion.

5 Arguments for RSS and Blogging:

According to Technorati there were 175,000 new blogs per day worldwide in 2006. Since then the numbers have grown exponentially. Clearly 140 characters doesn’t cut it, so blogging must be the name of the game, yes?

  1. Remember that old adage; don’t count your chickens before they hatch? You need to generate a URL before you can promote it.
  2. A roundup does what you do on Twitter in one posting. All your interesting links and social currency is in one place. Why waste time breaking it up?
  3. You can network through blogs. You do it through leaving comments, link swapping, guest blogging, etc.
  4. You are what you write and you can use more than 140 characters. Headlines are for Twitter, content is for blogging. So is verbosity.
  5. Blogs have archives. What you say is permanent (minus revising and manual deletion). On Twitter things disappear after awhile to float away somewhere lost forever.

Conclusion:

Twitter and blogging are different animals, but their relationship to one another is symbiotic. You have to do both and use them appropriately to see major results.

Your Turn: What say you? Do you think Twitter is more important than blogging or vice versa?

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: Scott McLeod

Originally posted 2010-01-22 18:38:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Joining a Blog Carnival

carnivalJoining a blog carnival is capable of allowing you to improve your blog. Have you ever heard of what a blog carnival is all about? Let us go into what it takes for you to join a blog carnival including what the benefits are for participating in a blog carnival.

What is a Blog Carnival? Well, A blog carnival is a collection of articles and blog posts based on a particular subject, but rather being written by a single blogger, they are created by a number of different bloggers and then posted in the same place. The blog carnival involves posting all of the articles and blog posts together on a single blog, which is the host blog. The host blog may be the organizer for the blog carnival or it may be someone completely different. A lot of planning goes into the blog carnival concept in order to make sure that the results are ideal.

The organizer for the blog carnival will generally do the posting of the carnival on a neutral site that is designed to list the existence of blog carnivals such as blogcarnival.com for example. The website is then responsible for listing current, past and upcoming blog carnivals in a format that is easy to use and navigate so that bloggers can find appropriate blog carnivals to suit their needs. The carnivals are typically broke down on these websites into a wide variety of different respective categories and the dates that they will be run on.

So, what benefits are there that you can take out of the blog carnival?

1. You will gain an increase in traffic. This one should be fairly obvious to you. When you are participating in a blog carnival as a blogger, you are going to be making a post that falls into line with the subject of the blog carnival, and then you will send a copy of the post to the organizer of the host, and a link to where you have posted the post. The host will include the link to the post in their blog carnival post. When readers read the blog carnival post, they will click on the link and follow it to your post. Then they will increase your traffic accordingly. You can definitely increase traffic to your blog by participating in a blog carnival, and it only gets ten times better when you host your own blog carnival.

2. You will gain new readers. This one is a little less obvious but still easy. When you increase your traffic, you will be increasing your readership, not only just the number of people that visit. If you are posting informative blogs consistently and your visitors see this, they will find reason to keep reading.

3. You will gain new links back to your blog. These links will increase your ability to get traffic, not only from the blog carnival itself but also from the rest of the internet as well thanks to search engines.

Photo credits: ~jjjohn~

Originally posted 2009-09-18 03:57:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Review of WordPress Plugin Development

One of the most well known publishers around the globe right now is Packet Publishing, and thy specialize in the development of CMS web applications and open source technologies as well. CMS stands for content management system, and WordPress is an example of what a CMS is capable of. Packet Publishing has put out hundreds of different books on CMS systems including Drupal and WordPress. Its latest effort in this approach to reach out to people about the world of open source is a resource known as WordPress Plugin Development. Developing plugins for WordPress may not be the easiest topic in the world, but it is certainly an advantageous one as it can help businesses and other bloggers improve the capabilities of their blogs through customizations beyond what the current collection of WP plugins would be capable of.

WordPress Plugin Development is a truly practical book that is designed to teach people how they can write enhancements for the WordPress platform using real live examples. Rather than just giving small snippets of code with no real understanding, this book offers the entire script, and a complete walk through for the entire process. If you are looking for a true hands-on approach to writing scripts and publishing WordPress plugins, then you should rest assured that WordPress Plugin Development will allow you to write your own WordPress enhancements in absolutely no time at all. As long as you have a pretty good working understanding of PHP, you should have no trouble writing WordPress plugins of your very own.

Creating add ons for content management systems like WordPress is about more than simply writing the underlying code, and WordPress Plugin Development explains this well. You also are going to want to think about things like security, compatibility and deployment. This WordPress Plugin Development book will teach you how to master the code base used for WordPress plugins, the plug in architecture, the API or application programming interface, how to manipulate data, how to handle permissions and user roles and posts, how to use filters and actions for the creation of more sophisticated code, how to customize menus, as well as sub menus and the plugin panel for admin, how to use jQuery and AJAX, how to better integrate your plug in using tinyMCE and panels, how to publish completed plugins, how to word with third party APIs and also how to localize your installation.

Obviously this book is jam packed with a lot of information about crafting and publishing your own WordPress plugins. The author walks you carefully through the process of creating simple but effective solutions for your content management systems. The scripts may become a bit more complicated, but WordPress Plugin Development teaches how to create secure and hardworking code that is functional and capable of helping you take advantage of everything that the WordPress blogging platform has to offer.

Buy: WordPress Plugin Development (Beginner’s Guide)

Originally posted 2009-05-20 05:50:49. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Niche Marketing and Choosing a Niche

nicheNiche marketing is a type of marketing that falls out of the normal realm of mainstream business, or that involves focusing on one specific product or one specific type of need that allows niche marketing businesses to boom. Niche marketing is capable of meaning different things to different people because the idea of mainstream is something that can have a wide variety of different definitions. If most of the people do not belong to a certain niche, then you can consider it a niche market, and while this is not the general definition among everyone, it gets the job done. So when you are marketing within a niche, you are generally aiming to target a very limited selection of all of the people out there – So why should you do it anyway?

Here are five reasons for why you should choose a specific niche and stick to it!

1 – When you dive into a brand new niche market, you generally will not have a whole lot of competition to contend with. This is one of the biggest reasons for why people choose niche marketing in the first place, because it makes your SEO much more effective and will allow customers to find you much more easily.

2 – Niche markets can really appeal to target customers, and target customers are generally much more willing to drop money when it comes to having their specific needs met, meaning that by catering specifically to a niche market you can generally earn more income through your business.

3 – Some niche markets, despite being small, are actually quite highly sought after which means that identifying a need that no one else has met yet can help you find a literal gold mine. People who have that need will flock to your product if it really does provide a solution for them.

4 – Niche marketing will make it possible for you to really focus your efforts and endeavors as you will become a true expert within your own personal niche, and you will be able to build a name for yourself this way. You can produce a lot better when serving only a single niche rather than spreading yourself too thin.

5 – Most niche markets do eventually become mainstream types of markets, so if you are willing to work at it hard enough you may actually be able to take your niche market to the mainstream, which will allow your business to grow and expand exponentially. You will skyrocket your profits much better this way than if you were to simply jump into a mainstream market from the beginning. Rather than attempt to cover a serious mainstream market where the competition may simply drown you, put your money into a small niche market that you can grow with, and you will be tromping the big guns in the business in no time at all.

Photo Credits: meganamyswart

Originally posted 2009-05-15 05:38:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

How to Get Started With Niche Blogging

oldnicheAre you already participating in the creation of a blog? If you are not out there blogging already, then you are definitely missing out on a truly booming market, not to mention what is essentially one of the latest and greatest fads on the internet. Today it seems as if everyone is blogging these days. If your parents or grand parents have a computer, they may even be blogging! Blogging is not just about being fun anymore, but instead it has become a serious business that really seems to be taking off. There are people out there who are making a living blogging full time simply by writing in a blog every day. Can you imagine spending a little bit of time blogging online and making enough money to survive on?

There are basically two different types of blogging: Regular blogging and niche blogging. Niche blogging is where the real money is right now. If you can learn how niche blogging functions, then you can make money online just like everyone else. Here is how niche blogging works: First you do some research to find out what types of niches are becoming popular. Then you create a blog on one of these niche topics. Then you find affiliate products that relate to the blog that you are writing in. Now you write a blog entry every single day. Market your blog as much as you possibly can, and collect the money when it begins to roll in. That sounds fairly simple, does it not?

Once you get the hang of things, they definitely are simple – But starting out at the beginning takes a little bit more work, and it will take some thought and some serious research. First you need to research your niche and figure out what you should be blogging about. Your niche should be unique, but it should also meet a need or supply a solution to a problem that will have people looking for you. Your blog should be unique even if your niche is not completely unique – So find a unique solution, unique information or something else that makes you special, and begin blogging. It is also important to find keywords that people will be using to find your niche – The keyword research part of the process should take a while, and a lot of thought, but the more work you put into the process, the more that it will pay off in the end. If you want to compete with other bloggers operating within your niche, then you need to be using keywords effectively because it makes all the difference.

If you are having trouble coming up with a niche, try to find something that interests you and go from there. Think of a problem that you have, and find a solution. Now market that solution to the other people in the world who have the same problem and you have an instant niche. Blog about it every day, and your blog truly can become a source of income for you.

Photo Credits: mpclemens

Originally posted 2009-05-08 05:38:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Increasing Blog Site Traffic

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

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

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

So what is an example of this approach?

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

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

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

Photo Credits: Stephenie Smith

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

4 Things Bloggers Do WRONG!

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

1. Contests.

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

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

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

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

2. Bad Visual Decisions.

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

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

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

3b. Boring titles.

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

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

4. Terribly long winded posts.

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

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

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

Photo Credits: Marty.FM

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

Technorati Tracks Blog Traffic Exchange Effect

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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