Entries Tagged 'Blogging' ↓
March 8th, 2014 — Blog Tips, Blogging, Subject/Topic, Writing for Your Blog
There are a number of different solutions that can be used by successful bloggers in order to bring attention to their posts, simply by using titles effectively. There is no real right or wrong answer when it comes to writing out a good title for your blog, and choosing a good title is a little bit subjective if you think about it. Having said this, however, there are a few tips that can help you improve the quality of your blog titles in order to appeal to search engines and your readers.
1 – Keep things simplistic.
Shorter titles are preferred for search engines, and they are also best for readers. If you can possibly keep your title below 40 characters, you will more than likely have the best results. Breaking this rule can draw attention to your blog, but it is not always the best way to go.
2 – Strive to grab your reader’s attention.
Good titles are largely what set your posts apart from the other clutter around them, drawing your readers in by any necessary means. There are a lot of ways that you can grab attention including writing shocking titles, titles with big claims, controversial titles or even confusing titles. Grabbing attention is a good way to write a useful title.
3 – Make every title meet a need.
Readers online are looking to have problems solved and needs met. Give them titles that show them that you have a solution to their need or problem, and your blog posts absolutely will attract an increase in information.
4 – Use descriptive words.
Some readers may like cryptic and confusing titles, but most of your readers are going to prefer descriptive ones that get straight to the point. Make sure that your titles describe exactly what is in the body of your post. Describing your titles well when writing about your blog entries is another great way to make the following tip easier:
5 – Fit keywords in when possible.
Keywords are important if you want your titles to contribute to your SEO process. This may be a little challenging when trying to keep your titles short and sweet, but incorporating a keyword into your title is vital if you want SEO to play a part in your blogging endeavor. Pick a few keywords that are vital to the concept of your blog, and fit them in as often as you can. This will have a profound impact on your ability to bring traffic to your blog.
6 – Take your time when choosing titles.
You don’t really need to rush when writing out your titles for your blogs. Take as much time as you take writing the actual blog itself, because writing a good title is about more than just slapping something random on without paying much attention to the message. Take your time when you’re choosing your blog titles, and your readers will surely take notice.
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Originally posted 2009-03-06 05:37:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
March 7th, 2014 — Blog Design, Blog Tips, Blogging, Platform
Blogger is one of a number of different blogging platforms out there, but it is not the most ideal way to go for most blogging purposes. While there are benefits to using blogger when you are just starting out when it comes to blogging, using blogger is a mistake later on when you are trying to grow and develop your blog. Not only is blogger not ideal because it is a hosted blog that you do not have as much control over, but there are also a number of features that some blogging platforms offer that blogger hasn’t even come close to offering. The reason why blogging platforms like WordPress are considered to be ideal is because WordPress offers a number of extremely important features that Blogger isn’t making available yet.
First of all, you can set a WordPress blog up to automatically ping RSS and blog feed directories each and every time that you make a blog post. This is an extremely powerful blogging feature, at least if you are looking to generate a large amount of traffic for your blog right away. On top of this, because WordPress will be doing all of the pinging for you, you will be creating a lot of automatic backlinks to your blog almost instantaneously.
Think about how long it would normally take you to build a website, get the search engines to pay attention to it, earn backlinks from other pages to improve your search engine listings and to start earning traffic. Instead of having to do all of this work yourself, consider creating a WordPress blog that will do all of the work for you automatically.
Secondly, WordPress allows the use of categories, which are a really powerful way for you to improve the structure of your website, not only for human visitors but also for search engines as well. If the main topic of your website is widgets, for example, then you can create a category for blog posts about black widgets, another category for green widgets, and finally a category for orange widgets. Then when you add posts to your blog, you can decide which categories the post belongs to. Then your blog will automatically archive all of your posts not only by the month and the date but also by the category that the post most closely corresponds to.
If you have a visitor that is especially interested in widgets of a certain color then, they can easily find all of your posts on that particular subject rather than having to go through all of your archives to find a certain post.
WordPress and other similar blogging platforms offer a wide variety of additional options and features that Blogger simply cannot offer. While blogger is an excellent jumping off point for brand new blogs in certain situations, it is by no means a good answer on a long term basis.
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Originally posted 2009-02-04 05:50:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
February 20th, 2014 — Blog Tips, Blogging, Comments, Plugins
You can improve your blog functionality in order to improve your traffic, readership and the number of people that comment on your blog posts. When you improve your blog functionality, it can have a profound impact on the capabilities of your blog. Here are some tips to improve your blog functionality by making small tweaks and improvements to how your blog works.
Improve Your Blog Tip #1 – Install a plugin to track top commenters.
One way that you can reward the readers that are participating in your blog as well as to encourage other people to get involved is to install a plugin for top commenters, which works for WordPress blogs. This is going to put a little box on your sidebar with the names and the links to the commentors that have had the most participation in your blogs to give them a little big of recognition.
Improve Your Blog Tip #2 – Customize the sidebar on your blog pages.
When did you last make any modifications to your sidebar? The chances are, the people who regularly read your blog will have grown accustomed to what is already there, and they probably completely tune your sidebar content out as a result. From time to time, it may benefit you significantly to change things up just a bit, adding new features or new content to your sidebar.
Improve Your Blog Tip #3 – Separate your trackbacks from your comments.
Most blogs are displaying their pingbacks and their trackbacks along with comments from the blog’s readers. They may be helpful in showing your readers that other people find your content to be valuable but they can also actually get in the way, interfering with conversations that are going on throughout your comments section. There is a simple way to separate these things in WordPress, so if you use WordPress, make sure to separate your trackbacks and your pingbacks from your regular blog comments.
Improve Your Blog Tip #4 – Adjust and improve the about page of your blog.
Some of the people that read your blog are going to want to visit your About page so that they can find out more information about you. When was the last time that you took the time and made the effort to update this page? Make sure that you are taking a look at how effective it really is when it comes to communicating with your readers.
Improve Your Blog Tip #5 – Add a sitemap to your blog website.
Users can really benefit when you have a sitemap available to them. WordPress users can make use of a sitemap generator plugin that allows a sitemap page to be designed that lists out all blog posts and pages for easy access.
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Originally posted 2009-10-26 03:16:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
February 20th, 2014 — Blogging, Web Traffic
A web log is a collection of journal posts that follow a particular theme. These blogs are easily maintained, updated frequently, and do not require any real technical knowledge to run and maintain. A lot of blog owners work to distribute information on their favorite subject. However, many blogs are run for commercial interests, promoting businesses or ebooks, or making revenue off of advertisements. A lot of these blogs are increasing traffic, and their revenue, by utilizing article marketing.
Article marketing is the practice of submitting articles to a repository website, one that hosts a great many articles on a variety of topics. There are other avenues for articles as well, which enable content that you produce to reach a wide variety of people. The purpose of these articles is to direct traffic to your blog, through the promise of further information with in your blog posts. A blog is just like any other website, it needs traffic to survive in the long run. Article marketing will bring to your blog traffic that is geared towards your blogs theme. You will also build links to your site that do not require reciprocity, and will attract those experts who would not have made it to your blog otherwise.
So how does one begin with article marketing?
The first step is to create articles, without which, article marketing cannot succeed. Luckily, a blog provides a good deal of content to begin with. Posts that are at least 200 words can readily be used as articles, and you could find that you already have upwards of 50 articles already. If not, then you can take a couple posts and join them in order to come up with articles that hit the 200 word marks in size. Once a collection of articles has been built up, you should search out directories and niche article sites in which to submit the articles. Over the course of a year, you should have anywhere from 250 to 1000 articles submitted. This daunting task can be made simpler by hiring someone to maintain the blogs and produce articles. While this may seem like an expense, it will pay off in the end.
Your typical article writer is not nearly as internet savvy as the blogger. Bloggers know how to use advertising campaigns to generate revenue, programs such as pay per click. These bloggers know how to enrich articles with smartly chosen keywords, maximizing the traffic benefits to their blog. Once a large number of articles are in circulation, the traffic counter for your website will rise, slowly at first, but increasingly so. The effects will be slow at first, as article marketing is a slow process, but engaging in the strategy will take your blog off the map. Combine with smart ways to generate revenue from your site, such as advertising programs and marketed products, and you will profit from the practice. Article marketing is the easiest way to bolster traffic to your blog and get a strong name for yourself.
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Originally posted 2009-02-06 08:55:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
February 19th, 2014 — Blog Tips, Blogging, Web Traffic
There are actually an endless number of different ways that you can improve blog traffic if you know what to do and how to do it. Here are some tips to improve blog traffic by making improvements to your blog.
Improve Blog Tip #1 – Improve your content quality and write better overall content.
The quality of your content is going to be one of the most important criteria when it comes to determining how successful your blog is. Great content is going to make it easier for you to market your blog, and you are going to find yourself being able to improve the entire community around your blog so that other people will begin to recognize the value behind the information that you are providing. Writing improved content will not always be easy, but it will be well worth the time and effort investment.
Improve Blog Tip #2 – Set aside time for the purpose of brainstorming.
Your writing skills are not the only requirement for when it comes to creating good blog content. You are also going to need to have ideas that are original as well as interesting. If you do not have good ideas, then your quality of your content is going to suffer, even if you have the best writing skills around. Make sure that you are regularly setting time aside so that you can brainstorm, coming up with as many different ideas as you can.
Improve Blog Tip #3 – Hire other people to help you write in your blog.
If you are finding it difficult to come up with enough high quality content for your blog, consider paying other people to help you out. There are plenty of high quality bloggers out there that are more than willing to write for you if you are willing to pay them to help you out with your blog. If your blog is capable of producing more money than you are spending, then this is a consideration that is well worth making.
Improve Blog Tip #4 – Publish posts from guest bloggers and writers.
There are many bloggers out there that have learned the trick of publishing guest posts from bloggers elsewhere on the internet in order to get more comments when they cannot afford to pay other writers to write in their blogs. Guest posting is something that is great for everybody involved. It gives you free content, it gives the guest blogger increased exposure and a link back to their own blog or website, and it offers your readers more content as well as a new perspective on the same niche or industry.
Improve Blog Tip #5 – Publish more or less frequently.
If you are not posting a lot, start finding ways to post more frequently. Only do this if you think you will benefit from it in some way. On the other hand, if you are posting too often, try increasing your blog quality by decreasing your blog quantity.
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Originally posted 2009-10-21 03:13:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
February 19th, 2014 — Blog Tips, Blogging, Content Ideas, Writing for Your Blog
Sometimes it seems like articles and blogs are so similar to one another in content that it can be difficult to tell what the difference is between these two types of written media. Blogs tend to have more leeway, and follow a completely different structure because they can be short or long, completely comprised of video or audio, or can meet a variety of other criteria. Articles on the other hand are more than 250 words in length and are more concerned with being rich in content and informative than anything else. When it comes to writing a blog or an article, you are generally going to want to keep in mind that there are much greater possibilities that come with writing blogs than what you can do with article writing. Blogs tend to invite a much greater scope for interaction with subscribers and readers, making blogs the more superior communication method in most scenarios.
In addition to everything mentioned above, bloggers tend to be able to enjoy much larger social networks and communities, meaning that blog authors get more out of their experiences than article writers. Some article writers may also get good use out of blog specific content in their articles, but articles are generally too long to be properly utilized in blogs and most readers will skim right over them. Blogs are generally short and length, catering to those who have short attention spans or that do not have a lot of time on their hands. In other words, article content and blog content are designed to reach out to a completely different set of reader personalities.
Blogs are extremely effective in how they allow an author to convey a message in fewer words with a greater impact. The writer can be conversational, clumsy, blunt and brutally honest in a blog, where as article content is better suited for details, facts and informative content. One wrong statement in an article can have a much larger and more detrimental impact than such a slip up in a blog. Blog writing tends to be much easier in nature, because blogs are commodity content, and there is no limit to what a writer can produce for a blog. Blog posts are simple to write and can generate short term and long term website traffic. Blogs are all about up to date, current and even controversial content. They are designed to facilitate conversation and feedback, and the more often you write, the more conversation you will be able to drum up. Clearly blogging and article writing both have their place in putting a website together, but one cannot be confused for the other if you want to get the most out of each of these unique writing endeavors.
While you can maintain both an article writing endeavor and a blog, it may be important to determine which will better suit and benefit your website or the cause that has you writing in the first place.
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Originally posted 2009-02-04 16:15:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
February 18th, 2014 — Blog Tips, Blogging, Readership, Writing for Your Blog
Most of the rules and tips that are associated with writing for eZines and newsletters also apply to writing blog entries, though there are some truly important differences as well. If you keep these top ten tips for writing a blog entry in mind, you will be creating excellent blog content in no time at all.
What is in it for your readers? “WIIFM” is jargon for “What’s in it for me?” in the marketing world, and this is what you need to be keeping in mind with every post that you write.
2 – Make your content worthwhile and valuable.
Do not waste people’s time by posting content that is not worthwhile or valuable. If you do not have anything to say, don’t bother blogging. Review books, share articles, conduct interviews. There is plenty to say, so say it.
3 – Proof read every entry and comment.
Look for typos and for grammatical errors. Don’t publish spelling mistakes. Polish your content to show that you respect your readers.
4 – Keep posts short and simple.
Keep things short and simple, because most people simply skim and scan over material. People do not have a lot of time, so do not burden them with too much information unless you have a really good reason to post lengthy entries in your blog.
5 – Keep your blog lively.
Your blog should be snappy and snazzy, interesting and lively. Write like you are having a conversation with a friend, and get to the point quickly. Make sure to touch on the who, what, where, when and why.
6 – Provide plenty of links.
Building links builds credibility, and it positions you as an expert in the industry or niche that you are posting about. People do not have time to know what everyone else is doing, so you should tell them by sharing links in your blog entries. Link other blogs and websites to build a network of associates online.
7 – Use keywords as often as possible.
Using keywords that are relevant to your niche will keep you on task, help search engines find you, and attract more traffic to your website. Your rankings will go up, and people will find you more easily than ever online.
8 – Write clearly.
Make sure to use short sentences, and touch on only a single concept per sentence. Do not use double speak, do not use jargon, and do not overwhelm your readers by cramming more than a single idea into each sentence. Spoon feed your content to your readers and they will return to your blog for more.
9 – Write in the same way that you talk.
It is okay to use common expressions and to write conversationally. Let your blog be fluid, conversational and friendly, and your readers will keep coming back for more.
10 – Use a headline that is clear, concise and descriptive.
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Originally posted 2009-02-04 14:10:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
February 17th, 2014 — Blog Tips, Blogging, Link Building
When it is done properly, creating and organizing your own Blog Carnival is a practice that can be truly rewarding. This is especially true if you are trying to increase your blogging experience, and by proxy, your traffic. The Blog Carnival is one of the finest innovations in the blogosphere to date, as it is a blogging event that allows participants to submit their posts, and the Blog Carnival’s organizer to feature a selection of the posts and information submitted in a digest format. The concept of the Blog Carnival is similar to a publishing event that a magazine would hold. The organizer of the Blog Carnival is responsible for creating the blog carnival, which involves providing a description, categories, keywords as well as a publication date for each edition of the Blog Carnival.
The best place to go to find out more information about the Blog Carnival concept is http://www.blogcarnival.com, which is a free aggregator and manager for blog carnivals that will allow you to create and organize your various editions, setting up brand new editions and automatically culling the submitted articles for each edition with little work. The main page features some of the top blog carnivals as well. Carnival editions are published as blog posts on the organizer’s blog, and then automatically announced on the http://www.blogcarnival.com home page. When the blog carnival’s edition is published, those who are participating are automatically contacted via e-mail.
Before you create or host your own Blog Carnival, it would be wise to participate as a contributor in some of the other blog carnivals on the web. If you write in your own blog, then you should have no trouble finding a Blog Carnival that you can participate in, but it is important that you find a niche that you fit into. Once you have been contributing long enough to the Blog Carnival scene, you will probably have the know-how that it takes to create your own Blog Carnival.
You can find your own niche by visiting BlogCarnival.com and checking to see what kinds of blog carnivals are already being created and hosted. Choose a category and then arrange the corresponding list by Next Edition order in order to see when the next scheduled editions are for the various carnivals. Some carnivals have various dates scheduled for them, as some are weekly, some run monthly and some are only published once annually. Choose a carnival that would best suit a particular post that you are looking to share as well as a Blog Carnival schedule that suits your needs.
On the BlogCarnival.com website, submitting an article to a Blog Carnival is easy, as there is a button on the home page of each individual Blog Carnival that you can click. Submit your information as requested, and you will receive a Carnival receipt via e-mail message. Then all you have to do is simply wait until the carnival has been published. If your post ends up being included in the Blog Carnival, you will receive an e-mail to let you know.
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Originally posted 2009-06-26 05:42:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
February 16th, 2014 — Blogging, Readership
The longer you keep someone at your blog, the more they read, the more they see your message. If you’re selling something on your blog, your readers are more likely to purchase if they stay and read more. They’re also more likely to simply keep coming back if they were engaged for a while reading your great content.
If someone comes to your blog and finds a post that interests them, how do you keep them from simply clicking away after they read that post? There are a few things you can do to try to retain blog readers longer. Think about the things that keep you reading a blog. The top one might to have a list of posts ready at the bottom of each post that have related content.
Relevant Posts: How many times have you read a post, saw a few related links at the bottom that piqued your interest and began clicking? This is especially helpful to keep older but relevant posts being read instead of just disappearing off into blog purgatory. Not everyone is going to go back and read the blog in order all the way to beginning. Those early posts can be linked and made easy for the reader to find.
Categories: We’ve all seen the cool tag clouds. They’re kind of hard to resist, with your eye naturally drawn to the largest print words. But any list of categories on the side will do, and it’s especially good if the list is more toward the top where it can be seen without scrolling or with very little scrolling. A glance at a list of categories is a great site overview and allows the reader to click on a category that interests him or her to see all the posts in that category.
Good Content: Of course, you have to have interesting and real content in your blog to keep people there. But beyond the content being really interesting and giving them the knowledge they were looking for, you can tailor the content to keep them there by design. When you write a post, lead it in to another question or topic that they’ll then want to know more about. If you’ve just explained a concept, take another aspect of that concept that you wrote about in another post and end the post with that.
You might point out that you’ve covered how to X, but Y is related and for more information on that, see “this” post, with that being the link to lead them elsewhere. This can be used along with a list of posts about the same topic at the end of your post.
Variety: If a reader can glance at your blog and see that every post looks like the same chunk of text, they might get bored even if the information is good. Use photos to liven things up. Have a few audio or video posts. To keep people at your blog, you’ve got to keep them informed and entertained.
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Originally posted 2009-06-12 05:10:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
February 15th, 2014 — Blog Tips, Blogging, Platform, RSS Feed
If you use Blogger in order to manage your blog then you have available to you hundreds of gadgets that Google has released; all of which can add features to your blog. A gadget is a widget that adds small programs to a blog, adding features that show off lists of quotes, mini-games, and other functionality that will enhance your site. Here are a few of the new gadgets:
This will enable you to enhance Blogger by adding your own code. This makes Blogger vastly more usable, with features that you control. You can create a mailing bot, add links and images from other pages that you own, integrate with eBay and PayPal, and other features.
This gadget allows you to add a feed from other blogs, directories, or other forms of news services. This enables your readers to see into what is in your reading list, and direct readers to other sites and content. If you have an account at an article repository, then you can add a feed to new articles as they are written. You can also reinforce a relationship with another blog not only trading RSS feeds, but also guest posts and more, effectively combining your readerships.
This is a way for you to follow other bloggers and for others to follow you anonymously. Think RSS meets Twitter. It is an easy way to generate traffic to your website, as if you start to follow others, they may start to follow you. You can also use this as a form of gauge, counting your readers and followers.
- Google Docs.
If your blog talks about spreadsheets or other documents, you can provide templates that users can copy and use for their own needs. This allows you to provide your readers with much more than plain content. For example, a finance blog could add links to spreadsheets that implement techniques that are described in your blog. The added benefit is that if your templates are publicly listed, then visitors finding the templates will be directed to your blog in order to learn how to use the docs.
If you are in it to make money, then adding AdSense to your blog is a great way to start. Google’s technology works well with Google’s technology, and adding AdSense to your blog will be seamless. You will need to have an account with AdSense first, and it is good to run the blog for a while to generate traffic before adding the gadget. Then you can just add the code and it will integrate seamlessly. Then you will start to generate revenue from your writing.
Adding a gadget is simple, just go to your dashboard and add it. Gadgets provide a functionality that will enhance your blog and your reader’s experience.
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Originally posted 2009-02-06 09:25:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter