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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

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

Blogging in a Word: Building

buildingBlogging is all about building: building friendships, building links, building content, building readership. It’s not for the fainthearted and it should only be taken up by those who have a passion for the topic they wish to write about. Without drive there is no real purpose in getting started. Blogging is a massive undertaking. It’s important to start out on the right foot and to not expect things to come quickly. If you’re blogging for quick monetary gain, you might just want to go out and buy a lottery ticket instead. So how does one build a blog?

Building Friendships:

You should already know of a few bloggers in the field you’re looking to blog about. Their blogs might be part of your daily internet dosage. You might be subscribed to their blogs. Whatever is the case it is time to stop lurking and start commenting. Email the blog owner and tell them how much you liked/loathed a particular article. Offer to write a guest post for their blog. Make yourself available and useful and above all be polite and respectful in all your dealings. Don’t harass!

Friendships are not always about the other bloggers in your niche either. If you’re a sport blog endeavor to make friends with the people in your sport from referees to coaches to athletes, etc. It’s easier with book blogs as you can find ways to contact publishers and authors directly. Be a little creative and be honest. Don’t give up!

Building Links:

Start by asking those bloggers with whom you made friends for links. Give them something worthwhile to share with their readers. More permanently, would they be willing to give you a link on their site for one of yours? This is called link exchanging and your link is usually filed under blogroll or a similar heading. Additionally, search for more blogs discussing your field and offer the same deal. Link exchanges are a useful way to share readership and increasing your ranking in search engines. Big blogs need links just as much as new small blogs. It doesn’t hurt to ask – the worst they can say is no thank you.

Building Content:

There’s no point to build links and friendships if you don’t have good strong content. If you’re stuck for ideas consider writing an opposing view point, making a list, explaining terms, offering opinions on news related to your field, look for people to interview or profile, create a guide, share what you like/dislike, confirm/discredit rumors etc. Take a look around you – everything is copy – or available to you to write about. Be open to ideas and they will come.

Building Readership:

The holy grail in blogging is establishing a strong (and growing) readership. How does one do this? By writing engaging content, sure, but also by making yourself available that’s how. You’re not writing down to your readers – you’re opening dialogue with your readers. Make every reader feel special. Respond to comments and emails! Be accessible; start a Twitter account! Be friendly and be yourself. If you’re a snarky person or a shy person use your qualities to the best of your advantage. Don’t try to be funny if you’re not naturally. Don’t try to write thought provoking posts if you’re more inclined to be light and jovial. Readers respond to sincerity.

These tips are just some of the many things you can do to build a better blog. What would you add?

Today’s blog post was written by Keira. Her blog about romance novels, Love Romance Passion, is for readers by readers. Check it out whether or not you’re a fan of the genre!

Photo Credits: madnzany

Originally posted 2009-04-11 10:11:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Know Your Blog Reader

blogreaderIf you are serious about creating a blog that is productive and earns a lot of feedback, then you need to understand who your ideal blog reader is. Blogs need to be proficient at target marketing in order for them to be successful, and what this is going to mean is that you need to know who you are meant to be targeting in order to reach the right readers. Who is your ideal blog reader? Which blog reader will benefit the most from what your blog has to offer them? These are vitally important considerations for you to make not only while you are setting up your blog, but also while you are writing in your blog, because every post you make is a targeted marketing endeavor whether you realize it or not. So who is your blog reader, and how can you better fine tune your blog to their needs?

The first key here is to know what group of people you are writing for. You cannot write your blog to please everyone, but instead you need to have a specific market or a subset of a specific market that you should be aiming to please, and this is your readership. What are you talking about in your blog? If you are writing about pet care in your blog, then your readers are going to be people that own pets, people who like pets, or people who are planning to own pets in the future.

One you have identified the main market that you are catering to with your blog, the next step in knowing who your ideal blog reader is, is to fine tune your approach toward that market segment. Are you writing about all pets in general, or specific animals? Are you writing about grooming for pets, feeding pets, the care and housing of pets, or all things relating to pets? These questions will help you figure out who your reader is. If you are writing about a specific type of animal or a specific type of pet care, then your readers are likely going to fall into this specific subset of the market. If you change the focus of your blog to another pet, or another area of pet care, you may lose readers because they will no longer be finding what they came for.

Knowing who your readers are is an important part of making sure that you are catering to their needs at all times. When your readers feel as if their needs are being met, that is when you can make sure that they will keep returning time and time again for more valuable information. While blogging should be done on a subject that you feel passionate about, it should also be done on a subject that your readers are passionate about as well for the best results.

Photo Credits: Mike Sansone

Originally posted 2009-08-07 05:17:43. 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

Misspelled SEO Keywords (pt 2)

speechlessContinued from part one.

While it is true that some websites are going to correct you if they think you meant something else, but this is only if a word you entered is more commonly spelled in some other manner. If the word isn’t suspected to be spelled wrong, how will the searcher benefit?

Here is something else to consider: Even when the search engine knows that a word is being misspelled, it is still going to return results. So it may be saying “Did you mean misspelled?” when you type in “mispelled”, but it is still going to display results with the misspelled word in place. So who knows if there’s a company, a person or a place out there that is spelling their name differently from yours? Your valuable visitors and traffic may be going somewhere else because they were looking for you but they mistakenly found someone else instead. The search engines are going to return results whether they perceive the word to be misspelled or not. Would you rather appear in the search engine results page when the keyword terms are spelled correctly, or incorrectly as well?

While many people using search engines may simply click on the top link and then continue to search using the right spelling of the word, there are also users that are probably not going to do this. They will choose, instead, to forge ahead, and to select whatever site appears first on the list regardless of whether or not the words are being spelled correctly. When all of your words in your content are spelled correctly, and you are only optimizing your content for the words that are spelled properly, then those users are never going to find your content because they only see the results that are spelled improperly. Is this a big deal? Is this going to affect you in any way? The most important question to ask you is this: How many visitors are you losing?

Anyone is capable of making a mistake: This truth has never become more evident than it has online. Casual surfers online are creating misspelled words all the time, to the point where businesses are learning how to capitalize on the most commonly misspelled terms and words. These companies are focusing on common misspellings in order to sweep up all of the traffic that would be accidently diverted away from them. They are enjoying a great increase in traffic as a result of this. Think about how quickly people are surfing online, and you will more than likely realize that there are likely to be misspellings occurring with every passing moment.

People are misspelling product names, city names, celebrity names and even common words, and these misspellings are happening constantly and all over the world. How can you ensure that they help you gain traffic rather than hurting your ability to attract people to your website?

Photo Credits: davitydave

Originally posted 2009-11-25 03:33:05. 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

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

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

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.

Photo Credits: fireflythegreat

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