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Generating Topic Ideas Consistently: 3 Step Process

writingDo you struggle to come up with new and interesting topics to write about for your blog? If so, I have a process for coming up with new ideas consistently that you can adapt and use for yourself. If you do, you’ll never have to sweat it out again, promise.

See, I used to be like you, but now I come up with topics regularly without any trouble at all. If I ever hit what feels like a dry spell, I usually can figure out something to write about very quickly because of how I set myself up. This method is really simple and you can implement these suggestions right away for similar results.  Here’s how I stay fresh in an easy three step process:

1. I read or at least glance at the blogs in my google reader every day. There’s upwards of a 125 blogs on romance novels that I follow, and while you might follow more or less, it’s a really good place to start. Something another blogger writes on in my niche can always be expanded, argued, changed, or even spark ideas. It is the same case in your niche. If the bloggers you currently follow are not inspiring you, (unfollow them and) find others to follow.

2. I keep a small notebook on my person. It is usually in my purse (it helps to be a girl sometimes ;) ). If an idea comes to me not only can I write down the topic really quickly, but I can also start writing it and organizing points. Scrap paper works too, but you might lose it. That’s happened to me once or twice, hence the mini-notebook.

3. Suggest topics to others. Sometimes when I have guest bloggers on my site, they ask me for help with topic suggestions. I don’t know about you but it’s very easy to come up with ideas for others. I usually give a list of 3-5 ideas and saved the 2-4 the blogger doesn’t pick in a document on my computer. If I ever have trouble for myself I can always sneak a look through the list and figure something out. More often than not, suggesting topics of interest to someone else will also help me think up topics for myself. When you think out of the box you just might find a gem or two to polish up.

So that’s how I come up with content for my blog. Very simple, but very practical if I say so myself. What do you do to keep yourself fresh? Share your methods in the comments!

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.

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Originally posted 2009-12-23 03:55:59. 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?

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Originally posted 2009-12-04 03:22:16. 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.

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Originally posted 2009-12-07 03:28:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

5 Elements for Successfully Writing a Blog

writingWhen you finally make the decision to begin writing a blog, it is likely that you are going to want people to actually come and visit. If you want to begin writing a blog that is actually going to have a solid chance of being successful, then the following five key components are definitely going to come in handy. When it comes to writing a blog of any type, the following five characteristics are going to be truly key elements in ensuring that your blog is successful.

Element #1 – You should be writing a blog that has personality, and that personality should be your own.

Your blog needs to be capable of reflecting who you are, and your own personality. If it reads like a bunch of dull news, then it is highly unlikely that visitors will want to return. You should inject your own personality into the blog posts that you write. Write in the same way that you speak. You should write posts that are unique informative and even occasionally controversial.

Element #2 – You should be writing a blog that showcases opinions, and those opinions should be your own.

Your opinion on specific topics that relate to the subject of your blog is a key component in the unique voice and personality of your writing. You should not be afraid to let your own personal opinions seep into the blog posts that you write.

Element #3 – You should be writing a blog that solicits participation, and that gives back in kind.

You should not just be publishing posts and moving on to the next thing on your agenda. Much of the strength behind writing a blog comes from the community that is evolving all around it. In order for you to grow the community, you are going to need to be active in participating. Your blog should solicit participation from readers, and you should participate back in turn.

Element #4 – You should be writing a blog that provides value.

Your blog absolutely needs to be capable of bringing something interesting or useful to the readers, or there is absolutely not going to be any point in them coming once, let alone visiting again. Your blog needs to be capable of adding value to the lives of your readers in order for them to want to return time and time again; otherwise you’re not achieving the goals of your blog or website.

Element #5 – You should be writing a blog that demonstrates your availability within the niche or industry, updating regularly.

Do not publish a single post and then disappear for a while – Blogs that are successful are always updated on a frequent or regular basis. Your readers are going to come to rely on you for providing them with useful content, so do not let them down or you will lose your readers quickly.

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Originally posted 2009-11-20 03:25:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Types of Popular Blog Posts

tipsIf you own and write in a blog, then you probably understand the importance associated with keeping your blog really fresh and ensuring that your blog audience is completely interested in what it is that you have to say. It can be relatively challenging for people to come up with popular blog posts that aren’t going to bore their visitors, and keeping them interesting enough that blog visitors will continue to come back. Here is a look at some types of popular blog posts if you need inspiration on the types of popular blog posts that you can write.

Type #1 – “Quick Tips” Blog Posts

These are between 100 and 250 words and share ideas that are relevant but that do not justify writing a full blog post. Quick Tips blog posts are popular blog posts because they are short, simple and to the point.

Type #2 – “How To” Blog Posts

These blog posts provide more details and an expanded information format in comparison to the quick tips popular blog posts. These blog posts will tell your readers how they can do specific things that relate to your niche.

Type #3 – “Review” Blog Posts

This blog post is pretty explanatory, and involves writing a product or a service review to help your readers make a decision in the buying process. Review products and include affiliate links to give you an opportunity to make commissions on your blog posts.

Type #4 – “Resource” Blog Posts

This is another one of the most popular blog posts, and all that it is, is a resource list. Blog readers tend to really love lists of resources, so make sure that you provide them occasionally.

Type #5 – “Interview” Blog Posts

Blog readers also tend to enjoy interview posts, especially those that interview someone that they admire or care about knowing more about. This is what makes these such popular blog posts. Interview posts are also popular for driving traffic to your website.

Type #6 – “Best Of” Blog Posts

These popular blog posts are great for end of the year wrap ups. If you do a lot of reading, list your favorite articles, guides or books that you have enjoyed over the span of the past year, or highlight your own most popular blog posts in a post wrap up.

Type #7 – “Personal Story” Blog Posts

Every blog reader appreciates a personal story. The people that follow your blog will appreciate these popular blog posts because they relate to you and your niche simultaneously. Talk about new products that you bought, seminars that you visited, mishaps that you learned something from and so on.

Type #8 – “News” Blog Posts

Every single niche has important news and related happenings that you can post about. Keep your ears and your eyes open so that you can provide some of these popular blog posts as well.

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Originally posted 2009-11-18 03:22:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

How to Relocate your WordPress Blog to a New Domain Name

Making the decision to move my blog from http://www.courseladder.com to http://www.golfballdriver.com was a big one, and a good one, and it taught me a lot about learning how to relocate your WordPress blog to a new domain name under the same hosting provider. Course Ladder suited me for a while, but from an SEO standpoint it was not a good domain name for me to stick with over a long term and I am glad for the change.

Golf Ball Driver is better than Course Ladder because…

  1. “Golf” in the domain name
  2. All domain words are highly relevant
  3. Direct golf product tie in
  4. It makes sense. What am I? A golf ball driver!
  5. The double entendre between the products and the persona.

gbd

What You Need to Do:

The first thing that you want to do is to create a new add on domain for the new domain name.

The next step in the process is to copy the entire contents of the old domain folder, which includes your entire WordPress blog, into the brand new domain folder within the same hosting area.

Next, there are a couple of SQL statements that you need to run:

* First, to update your WordPress options with the new location of your blog, the following SQL command needs to be put in:

UPDATE wp_options SET option_value = replace(option_value, 'http://www.old-domain.com', 'http://www.new-domain.com') WHERE option_name = 'home' OR option_name = 'siteurl';

Next, you are going to need to fix the URLs of your posts and pages on WordPress. The URL values are stored as absolute URLs rather than as relative URLs, so you need to use the following SQL query to change them.

UPDATE wp_posts SET guid = replace(guid, 'http://www.old-domain.com','http://www.new-domain.com');

If you have linked internally at any point within your blog posts or your pages using absolute URLs, then this links are going to be pointing to the wrong locations after you change the location of your blog. You need to use the following SQL commands in order to fix all of the internal linking in all of your WordPress posts and pages.

UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content = replace(post_content, 'http://www.old-domain.com', 'http://www.new-domain.com');

Once you have put all of these SQL queries into action, the next step is to browse through as much of your WordPress blog as you can in order to make sure that everything is in good working order. You are also going to need to login to your WP Administration section because the authentication cookie will become invalid when you change domains.

Now you can delete the old folder contents so that your blog is not appearing in two different places.

In order to 301 redirect all old links from the old domain to the new domain, place a single file .htaccess into the now empty folder. You want to be sure to 301 redirect else you will permanently lose any hard earned links you have developed. Here is what the file should contain:


RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^.old-domain.com$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.old-domain.com
RewriteRule ^/?(.*)$ "http://www.new-domain.com/$1" [R=301,L]

Finally, update your WordPress blog to have the new blog name in your title.

The process is relatively simple once you have a feel for what needs to be accomplished. Above all else, it is vital that you avoid upsetting your linking structure in the process. Make sure that all of your links are still valid and working after you make the big move, and your blog should be just fine, and more importantly, better off with an improved domain name.

Originally posted 2009-02-05 09:45:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Choosing a Blog Niche

nookWhen you are creating a brand new blog, one of the best things that you can do is to choose a blog niche that you can narrow your blog concept down into, as this is going to help you make sure that you target the right audience rather than attempting to cover absolutely everything. You want to appeal to someone, not just “the masses”, but a specific group of people. Choosing a blog niche, then, is one of the best things that you can do for your blog.

When you first decide upon the blog niche that you are going to use, it should probably be something that:

  • You know about.
  • You enjoy writing about.

This way, providing a lot of fresh and informative content is going to be a lot easier for you, in comparison to if you were trying to write a blog on something you simply do not care about. As your blog progresses you are going to begin to see how much money blogs can earn, and then you may decide that you want to grow your blog network to include a lot more unique blogs with blog niches attached to them. By this point, you will likely have reached a level of proficiency where you can outsource some of your content creation. At this point, you can create a blog on anything and choose an appropriate writer, and you will not be limited to your own knowledge and your own interests when you create blogs for your network.

Choose a topic that you know something about. It can be absolutely anything under the sun that you can think of. You can choose to create a blog about pets, about health, losing weight, purses, fashion and clothing, sports, collecting stamps, romance books, or anything else under the sun that you can think of.

Once you have a niche, the possibilities really are endless when it comes to all the things that you can do with it. But your blog is less limited when you choose a blog niche, not more limited. You need to realize this in order for your blog to ever go anywhere. Once you have a niche, that is when you can grow your traffic, appeal to the right people, and reach out to the target audience that you are seeking. Without a blog niche, you are working in the dark, advertising blindly and simply hoping that you will find your target audience. But how can you find your target audience if you do not know who you are trying to appeal to? A blog niche is going to help you achieve this – Making it a vital part of your blog.

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Originally posted 2009-10-30 03:10:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Creating a Blog Carnival

thewheelAlthough it may be entirely possible for a single person to handle all of the various requirements for when it comes to creating a Blog Carnival, it may be beneficial to create a joint effort with a handful of like minded individuals that can create and run the Blog Carnival together. There are four primary roles that have to be filled in creating a Blog Carnival, and each has its own unique set of responsibilities and skills.

The organizer of the Blog Carnival is the individual that creates the carnival, determines what niche or subject it will focus on, decides upon the submission criteria, and also determines how often the Blog Carnival will appear. The organizer of the Blog Carnival will also be responsible for coordinating who will be responsible for hosting each of the carnival’s editions. As times goes on, the organizer may be responsible for finding new volunteers for hosting the Blog Carnival.

The host is an individual that has volunteered the host the Blog Carnival in their blog. This individual works with the organizer of the Blog Carnival in order to arrive at a date that seems to suit everyone involved. In the period of time that leads up to the scheduled date of the Blog Carnival, the host is responsible for collecting submissions from participating bloggers, organizing them into a single article that is full of links, comments and resources. This article will be published in the blog on the agreed-upon date.

Bloggers who have written blogs or articles that match the topic of the Blog Carnival will submit their links to be included in the carnival’s next edition. Bloggers who often contribute to Blog Carnivals are regarded as experts or outspoken members within their fields. Bloggers submit their links to the host of the Blog Carnival, and these links are included in the next edition of the Blog Carnival for everyone to see.

Finally, the audience is made up of both readers who are interested in the topic at hand, and other bloggers as well. This audience comes to the Blog Carnival in order to find out if the subject being talked about is something that they are interested in. They often pay attention to several editions of the same Blog Carnival in order to see what is being talked about, as well as in order to determine what future topics and subjects may be.

The concept of the Blog Carnival is collaborative in nature. While it may be possible for a single person to run the show if they really had the gumption, the best way to run a Blog Carnival is by collaboration with experts in related niches and outspoken members of the blogging community. Incorporating more bright minds into the creation of a Blog Carnival is an excellent way to make sure that the event will go off without a hitch.

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Originally posted 2009-06-24 05:37:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

What is the Difference Between Blogging and Content Writing?

shortandsweetSometimes 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

Keeping It Fresh

freshIf you want to keep readers coming back to your website, you should produce fresh blog posts to keep their interest. Look to the biggest sites, what they all have in common is that they constantly produce content that is new and fresh. This is also what the webmasters of the blog will say is the most difficult thing. Producing content that is fresh and frequent is a challenge that, once overcome, will take your blog to a new level.

There are a number of things that can help you in producing content that is fresh. The first is to make sure that your posts are kept brief. Trying to consistently put out 500 word posts will quickly burn you out, with the time that is taken. Many good blogs have many posts that are short. The average attention span of the internet reader is about a minute and a half. Short blog posts will be refreshing for the readers who may not have the time to read very long blog posts.

Another thing that is good for keeping content fresh is to prepare a backup stash of articles, or a working queue. This sort of action is especially good for those who may find themselves suffering from writers block. The premise is to write articles before you need them. You may have a stash of articles for when you are blocked, or you may have a stack of articles that you add to, and pull content from, following a schedule planned in advance.

Some blogs will invite their readers to be guest bloggers. This will not only introduce ideas from your readers, which can act as a muse for your posts, but it will also encourage participation from your blog readers. Interaction is a surefire way to create a sense of community with your readers. Reader interaction is also good because some great blog posts stem from conversations in the comments section. Let us not forget the biggest benefit to guest bloggers, one less blog post for you to write.

Guest bloggers do not have to readers. Rather, you can find a blogger who is within the same genre or niche. Inviting these bloggers to contribute can enable you to form professional relationships with other bloggers. These relationships can encourage the growth of ideas through conversations. Many times, guest bloggers from other blogs will also allow you to write for their blog. This gives you and them access to each others readers, bolstering the traffic to both blogs.

Sometimes the best way to ensure fresh content is to blog in teams. A team of bloggers may run a single blog or many. The idea is that the bloggers will share in blogging duties, so that if one can not contribute for a period of time, the others can take up the slack and ensure that fresh content is produced. Such an agreement between bloggers will require less work for the bloggers, and give a number of different views within the content.

Producing content that is fresh is how you will ensure that your blog flourishes.

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Originally posted 2009-02-06 09:00:10. Republished by Blog Post Promoter