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Must Have Blogging Tools

toolsBlogging has developed a serious place for itself in the internet community for many different purposes including personal use and business uses. As a result, it has evolved into becoming a truly essential tool for people who want to build communications, deliver up to date news and information and otherwise bring information and conversation to the masses quickly and easily. Choosing the right blogging tools, as a result, has become vitally important in making the world of blogging easier and straighter forward.

So what are blogging tools all about?

Blogging tools are different types of software that make it possible for users and bloggers to create and publish their entries more fluidly or easily. Some blogging tools make it simpler to add photographs to a blog while others are designed to make uploading video run more smoothly. There are also blogging tools that make posting widgets, tickers and other unique gadgets easier, or to completely personalize the look of a blog. Blogging tools, in other words, allow the blogger to completely and fully customize his or her blog in order to get more out of it.

Different blogging tools are capable of employing a variety of different types of features depending on what they are meant to do, and who they are specifically meaning to target. Some software blogging tools are only meant to include basic features because they are designed to cater to beginning bloggers with only a little bit of experience. There are also more advanced blogging tools that offer more complicated instructions but a myriad of additional features that bloggers can take advantage of.

Here are some must have features of blogging tools:

  • The ability to create and publish posts, which is the most essential of all features for blogging since the main and most important purpose of blogging is to post content,
  • The ability to upload videos, photos and sound, which is good for more advanced bloggers that want to bring their blogs to life,
  • The ability to display content in a unique user interface, which makes a blog more easily readable and more visually appealing,
  • The ability to customize the design and the layout of the blog, allowing the user to customize their own unique theme,
  • Blog statistics, so that the blogger can tell who is visiting, where they are visiting from and what they are doing while on the site. Blogging statistics are vital for keeping track of the performance of the blog, allowing the blogger to see how much traffic is actually being generated and there are numerous blogging tools that are capable of providing this information and much more.

These blogging tools are vital for the success of any blog, regardless of what its purpose is.

Photo Credits: geishaboy500

Originally posted 2009-08-10 05:21:35. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Tips for Writing a Successful Blog

thesisOne of the biggest keys when it comes to keeping a successful blog is to provide content that is perceived to be exceptional. The following five tips are designed to ensure that the blog posts that you write are getting read, and also that they are encouraging your readers to come back time and time again for more. These five tips are absolutely essential in helping you to write a successful blog.

Successful Blog Tip #1 – A successful blog is one that utilizes the right tone for the niche and audience.

Every blog is going to have a target audience that it is written to suit. Before you begin to write blog posts, you are going to want to figure out what your audiences are. Who is going to want to read your blog and why are they going to want to read your blog? Identify the goals you have for your blog, as well as the expectations that your audience is going to have for your blog, and choose a tone that is going to be appropriate for both of these ends.

Successful Blog Tip #2 – A successful blog is an honest blog.

Blogs should be written in a truly honest voice in order to show who you are as a writer. These blogs tend to be those that are the most popular. A critical component to the success of your blog is the community developing around it. If you represent yourself and the content of your blog in an honest manner, your loyal readership numbers will grow.

Successful Blog Tip #3 – A successful blog is more than simply lists worth of links.

Blogging is a time consuming endeavor, and so it might be a bit tempting for you to link to other people’s content and be done for the day – You need to avoid this trap. Readers do not want to follow a trail of breadcrumbs in order to find something that is interesting for them to read. Bring them the information that they want, don’t give them a scavenger hunt to find it.

Successful Blog Tip #4 – A successful blog is one that provides attribution when attribution is due.

Do not risk being accused of violating a copyright, stealing content or plagiarizing – if you find information elsewhere, make sure that you provide a link back to the source, referencing them for the information you received.

Successful Blog Tip #5 – A successful blog is one that utilizes short, concise paragraphs.

The content and the visual appeal of the blog are both just as important as one another. Write in short paragraphs for visual relief because nobody likes a text heavy website. Most readers skim anyway, so make it easier for them to find the information that they are looking for.

Photo Credits: Nenyaki

Originally posted 2009-11-27 03:39:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Blogging – You’re Doing it WRONG! (Pt 1)

hodgepodgeThat’s right, I said it. You’re not blogging correctly. This two part article series will expand on my previous post, 4 Things Bloggers Do WRONG!

There are a ton of blogs that are already established and a ton of new blogs getting started every single day. You won’t stand out by making the mistakes other blogs make. Below are some things that I see wrong and avoid like crazy because they drive me crazy and I’m sure you’ll agree:

Hodgepodge Blogs

This is why you niche out your blog. Pick a topic. Write on that topic. End of story.

Do not post about your life unless your life has to do with that blog topic. If you’re a fishing blog I don’t want to see Project Runway on your blog unless you ran into a cast member fishing and they caught something or did something silly and you have proof of it (e.g. a photo or video clip). If you’re not a political blog I don’t want to read about Obama and what you think of the latest happenings in Washington D.C. Why? Because I simply don’t care, and neither do your readers.

You are not a lifestyle magazine. You are not a newspaper. Let me repeat – stay on topic! That’s right, no off topic posts for you. Keep your personal opinions on life in general and random thoughts off the blog unless your blog is about those things… and honestly, unless you’re somebody famous it shouldn’t be. Personal blogs are not something I subscribe to. I want information and clever articles about the topics that interest me from the people who write them.

Blog Article Titles

Even though you’re not a newspaper, you’re not excused from bland titles. You lose more readers than you know with generic titles. Why do you think headlines are so important? The bigger font isn’t there to just look pretty it’s there to grab your attention.

I skip right by a lot of posts in my Google Reader because nothing in the title made me think it was worth spending two seconds clicking the link to go see the post. That’s right I view my blogs rss feeds in List Format. You have to when you subscribe to as many blogs as I do.

So what are bad titles?

For example, I hate seeing posts entitled: SOMEBODY’S NAME Guest Blogs or some variation of the same. I have no idea who that person is and why would I care if they guest blogged? Why don’t you give me a title that refers to the topic of their guest blog?

Similarly don’t get cutesy. If you’re reviewing a product, give me the product in the title of the post not the name you would have called it yourself if you were on the naming committee. How will I ever know what you’re really talking about at a glance?

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: Lori Greig

Originally posted 2009-12-11 03:24:04. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Publish Blog Posts More Successfully

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo Credits: Unhindered by Talent

Originally posted 2009-08-12 05:26:20. 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.

Photo Credits: Zigar

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

The Key to a Strong Blog

strongAnalyze what brings readers to your blog, and then find a way to build upon that.

When I speak with owners of medium sized blogs, the first thing I recommend highly to them is to put aside time to analyze their blogs current performance, with focus on the blogs successes and strengths. While there is plenty to say in favor of identifying a blogs weakness so that it can be improved, I feel that bloggers waste too much of their time working on fixing the negatives that they end up not building on what success they have. Here is a success secret that I have seen in a good number of successful bloggers.

They do not do absolutely everything well, but the things that they are able to do well are the things that they continue to do over and over again, and this is one of the biggest keys to a strong blog.

There are a lot of blogs that exemplify this concept, ranging from I Can Has Cheezburger to Cake Wrecks and back again. These bloggers found their niche, settled down into it comfortably, and now they are reaping the benefits of focusing on the things that they do well rather than trying to over extend them selves and their blogs.

It is easy to go on and on when it comes to the most successful blogs and what allows them to become that way. They manage to identify something that is working for them, and they repeat it again and again for great success. This does not necessarily mean that they are repeating or regurgitating the same content over and over – They simply take the same formula and they apply it over and over as a key to their success.

So what have you found capable of working on your blog? How can you take that success formula and do it again, or how can you find ways to improve upon it?

Let us do a little bit of analysis to see where you’re at. Here are a few questions that you are going to want to ponder so that you can identify the points of energy within your blog that could potentially be worth expanding on:

Questions Relating to Content

  • Which of your posts have attracted the most amount of traffic to them?
  • Which of your posts have garnered the largest amount of comments?
  • Which of your posts have garnered the largest number of links from other websites and blogs?
  • Which of your posts seemed to perform better than other posts on social networking and social media websites?

Photo Credits: jcoterhals

Originally posted 2009-12-04 03:22:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

How to Increase Blog Traffic With Comments

commentsA really great endeavor worth pursuing when trying to learn how to increase blog traffic is to use blog comments in order to attract a steady stream of people to your blog. When you leave strong comments in other blogs, it can play a large role in how to increase blog traffic because it adds something of value to the community. People who find and read the comments that you leave elsewhere on the internet will find reasons to come over and view your blog because they will be interested in whatever else you have to say.

The other reason why this will help you in learning how to increase blog traffic is because you will be attracting not just any traffic, but traffic that is targeted to your specific niche or whatever subject your blog is based on. These people who are reading your comments and following them to your blogs are reading because they are specifically interested in the topics covered within the blog. What this means is that the readers of the blogs you are commenting in are logical choices for visitors to come to your blog. There are a number of different ways that you can increase the likelihood that these people will be interested in viewing your blog after reading your comments. Here are three steps that have been regarded as being successful in this line of thinking:

- * Respect the community that surrounds the blog. Every single blog on the internet has its own community. This community has its own unique rules as well as expectations of behavior within the blog. Most of these blogs do not have written rules, but that does not mean that they are without some kind of guidelines. It is important that you know what these rules are, and that you follow them.

- * Leave strong comments, but keep in mind that strong comments are really in the eye of the beholder. Expand on points that have already been brought up in the post, giving examples of how they are working. People tend to be incredibly fond of case studies, as they are capable of making points easier to understand. Try not to use one of your websites however, because you want to look like you are contributing rather than simply advertising.

- * Create a link back to your blog, to make sure that people are capable of following your comments back to your blog. Make sure that your link is in the website field of your comment so that your comment will be approved. As soon as your comment is approved as being strong and useful rather than spammy or advertising, your backlink will be live and your website will see an increase in traffic.

These three steps are vital in helping you learn how to increase blog traffic for your blog or website, so get started commenting today.

Photo Credits: kevindooley

Originally posted 2009-07-22 05:02:08. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The Key to a Successful Blog

successIn the last post, regarding keys to a strong blog, we talked about some of the keys to successful blogging. This is part two in the series about finding your niche and repeating the formula to create successful blogging.

We last left you with a list of your best blog posts, the ones that out performed the others. Now let us figure out why. Here are some questions that you can ask yourself in order to analyze what allowed a specific blog post to out perform the others.

  • Could it have been the topic?
  • Could it have been the style of the post?
  • Could it have been the title?
  • Could it have been an image?
  • Could it have been the length of the post?
  • Could it have been the use of controversy, or humor?

There can really be a wide variety of different factors that are capable of contributing to the success of a post, but it is typically just one or two specific things that stand out above all of the rest. You should conduct this basic analysis on a bunch of your most successful posts, and what you may end up finding out is that some of the same things are coming into play with each of the posts. You are going to want to identify what these factors are, and then you will find yourself in an excellent position to continue developing more of this excellent content.

The next thing that you are going to want to do is to ask some questions about traffic. This is another type of analysis that you can do, trying to find out the source of your current traffic and visitors.

  • Where are the top sources bringing traffic to your blog?
  • What other websites or blogs are creating links to your content?
  • Which social media and social networking sites seem to be appreciating your blog content?
  • Which search engines are sending traffic to your blog?
  • Which keywords to people seem to be using in order to find your website as a result of using search engines?

When you look at all of the sources of traffic that are coming to your blog, this is going to be a truly powerful technique that will help you be able to extend your blog further because it will give you insight into what is and what is not working for you.

It has been found that when you are looking at a significant source for traffic to your blog, that there are always still going to be a number of ways to build upon that traffic even further. In the final part of this series we are going to look at how you can take a significant source of traffic and evolve it into something even greater.

Photo Credits: Search Engine People Blog

Originally posted 2009-12-07 03:28:44. 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.

Photo Credits: DaveCrosby

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

WordPress Plugins

These WordPress plugins are offered by the Blog Traffic Exchange. Enjoy

Related Websites / Related Posts

Related Sites OptionsCloud based multi-site related posts plugin. Traffic balancing algorithm to ensure equality based on traffic. Randomization to spread the effect. New traffic opportunities every 24 hours. Increase your traffic today, join the Blog Traffic Exchange.

WordPress Backup

Wordpress Backup OptionsPerforms regular backups of your upload (images) and current theme directories. Backup files are avilalbe for download and optionally emailed to a specified email. Don’t get caught without a recent backup of your theme or images.

Related Tweets

Using your blog as the seed, find quality content from the Blog Traffic Exchange and tweet it automatically. Provide your followers with interesting and relevant content within the niche of your blog. Supplement your twitter account with quality content related to your blogging niche using the our powerful content search engine.

Blog Copyright

Blog Copyright OptionsBlog Copyright injects a copyright notice into the blog footer. You can see it in action on this very site. The copyright notice automatically updates the year range as time goes one removing the need to ever revisit your copyright once the plugin is put in place… Adjustments can be made to a variety of options including the starting year and the rights reserved statement.

Old Post Promoter

OPP OptionsThe Old Post Promoter (OPP) is a WordPress plugin by the Blog Traffic Exchange. The purpose of the plugin is to promote old posts by sending them back onto the front page and into the RSS feed. It does it randomly choosing an eligible post and updating the publication timestamp. The post then appears to be the latest post on your WordPress blog. “You down with OPP? Yeah you know me!”

Online Stores

Online stores adds related online stores to the bottom of your blog posts. Improving the user experience by offering them additional related content. It uses your blog as the seed to find the related online stores.

Click to Call

Adding click to call 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.

Originally posted 2009-04-08 21:22:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter