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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

10 Steps to Start a Blog

bloggingIs this your first time starting a blog? Here is a ten step checklist for starting your own blog.

1 – Choose a subject –

Determine what it is that you want to blog about. You need to have a concept before you can start writing about, so that you can appeal to the right niche. Your blog will die if you do not take the time to come up with a good subject that you can blog about.

2 – Title –

Come up with a title that is catchy, entertaining and easy for people to remember. Make your blog title catchy and interesting if you want it to attract readers.

3 – Buy a Domain Name –

Now you need to buy a domain name that is both easy to remember and related to your title. Domain names really matter in this day and age because they let potential readers know what your site is all about. Once you have a title and a subject, you need to create a domain name that will help readers find your site.

4 – Choose a blogging platform –

Try considering both your needs and your budget when you consider blogging platforms. Some blogging platforms like blogger are free or inexpensive, while others cost a little more but offer greater benefits. Another excellent blogging platform is WordPress, which is free and easy to use.

5 – Find a Web Host –

Unless you are hosting your blog on someone else’s server, the next step is to find an adequate website host. You need to find a web host that is reliable and offers the benefits and level of service that you need in order to get the most out of your blog.

6 – Find a flexible theme –

Not only do you need to find a flexible design theme, but you need to find one that you can easily edit to make your own. The design of your blog is part of your brand and concept. With a little CSS and HTML know how you can take a nice theme and really make it your own.

7 – Sign Up for Web Analytics –

With web analytics, you can figure out if you are doing the right thing, and if you are attracting the right people to your blog. Web analytics give you the stats that you need to determine what’s hot on your blog, what’s not hot, what most people are coming for, and which posts are more useful than others.

8 – Make your first post –

Let readers know what your blog is going to be all about.

9 – Start putting together real content –

The real challenge is creating real content on a long term basis. Research your facts, be sure about your information, and share your opinions, giving real content to your readers.

10 – Socialize, build relationships and readership –

Now that you have content, start socializing, meeting people, building readership and really getting your name out there. This is the fun part! Have fun, make friends, share information and build readers in the process and you will be good to go!

11 – Join the Blog Traffic Exchange

Once you have 30 or so posts the Blog Traffic Exchange will help grow your blog. How?

  • WordPress — Follow the instructions to install the Related Websites plugin.
  • Any other platform? — Coming soon.

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Originally posted 2009-02-01 10:20:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Creating Blog Entries

writingWhen it comes to running a blog, the owner needs to be able to regularly generate content. This task comes easy to some, but for many, it can occasionally happen that the ideas stop coming. Failing to post for a little while can be detrimental to a blog’s traffic, so the site owner needs to be sure to have a steady flow of traffic. There are a number of ways in which the site owner can generate content, below are a few ways to do so.

Learn from others –

Watch blogs that are similar to yours, finding out what they are posting about and learning more about what is interesting and worth are relating to the constituents of your blogs. There is a lot that you can learn from other blogs, so look to industry experts and other bloggers and see what you can glean from them when it comes to creating blog content for your own endeavor.

Subscribe to RSS Feeds –

By subscribing to RSS feeds you can come up with plenty of new blog topics and subjects to write about. Read other blogs and find out about current news, events and other hot topics that will allow you to get a better feel for what needs to be discussed in your blog.

Talk with other Bloggers –

Ask questions to other bloggers as to job information, how they come up with ideas and other similar subjects. Talk with other bloggers and you will get an excellent idea of what is going on out there, and even more importantly, how you can generate more content for your blog. Open yourself up to conversations with other bloggers in your niche or industry and you are bound to come with all kinds of ideas for content.

Visit your past and read your blog history –

The best way to know what to write is to look back in time at what you have already talked about. You can also find entries which are in need of revisions or that you can update. If you have written about something in the past that could be touched on again, reference the old blog post with a link and update your readers with new relevant information.

Invite a Guest Blogger –

It can be a good this to invite a blogger who is an expert in the same or related field as your own. Inviting a guest blogger will allow you to add content to your blog without necessarily having to write it yourself. Expand your blog with content from other bloggers and attract more traffic to your site.

Hire a Professional -

Sometimes, you just need the article written and the best way to accomplish this is to hire a blogger. If you are having trouble coming up with content for your blog, are not sure what to write next, or simply need assistance getting content written on demand, don’t be afraid to hire a professional to assist you.

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Originally posted 2009-02-01 06:15:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Breaking the 2 Year Blogging Curse, pt 3.

This is the final post in discussing the 2 Year Blogging Curse and ways in which to counter the urge to up and quit. We talked about blogging schedules and grabbing specialty plugins, now we’ll focus on four new ideas.

Establish a Feature.

A feature is not a meme. A feature is post that periodically appears on your blog and follows a set format. It could focus on a particular topic or idea or style of blogging. For instance you could do an interview once a week. Make it a feature by focusing on interviewing regular blog commentators or established bloggers in your niche or authors published in your niche. Another example is dedicating once a week to podcasting or making a video blog. These two methods are quick ways to reach readers in a new format with the added benefit of changing it up for you.

Generate Ideas.

Take a day to sit down and jot down everything you could possibly think about to write on. Come up with specific ideas for your features, raid your emails for reader inspired ideas, reexamine old posts for new things to discuss, and more. There’s plenty of ways to get new ideas and plenty of blog posts out there focused entirely on this concept if you run out of things to consider.

Find a Partner.

Keep yourself motivated by finding yourself a partner. How you set up the partnership is up to you. It could be a highly lucrative beginning for your blog and would have the added benefit of getting another person to be equally invested in the success of your blog.

Merge.

You might have noticed that your blog is more of an offshoot to another blog you started. If you’re struggling to keep two afloat it’s time to consider merging them together into one blog. This will make it easier on you and have the added benefit of bringing all your content into one place.

That’s it! I’ve given you ten ideas to give your blog the jumpstart it needs to get past the 2 Year Blogging Curse. Now it’s your turn. Have you ever experienced blogging burnout? What did you do to get over it? Share in the comments below!

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

Photo Credits: Magda Sobkowiak

Originally posted 2010-09-24 03:33:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Breaking the 2 Year Blogging Curse, pt 1.

Yesterday, I introduced the 2 Year Blogging Curse. Today let’s look at some ways to break what seems to afflict so many new and established bloggers.

Cut Back.

Who says you have to blog every day? If 365 fresh posts sounds scary know that you can make whatever posting schedule you like. Here are some other schedules to consider:

  • Blog M-F for a workable 261 posts.
  • Blog every other day for a comfortable 182 posts.
  • Blog M-W-F for a stress-free 156 posts.
  • Blog Tu & Th for an easy 104 posts.
  • Blog Weekly for a painless 52 posts.
  • Blog Monthly for an effortless 12 posts.

Write Less.

What’s the magical word count to get the mighty Google search engine to notice you? I’ve no idea. I have heard anywhere from 500 words to as little as 250 words. It seems more myth than truth to me.

So if you’re used to writing long in-depth articles why not scale back and pull a Seth Godin? His blog posts are notable for being short, concise, and thought provoking. You can do the same.

365 posts at 500 words a post is 182,500 words in a year, but 365 posts at 80 words a post is a manageable 29,200 words.

Get a New Angle.

If the current way you’re blogging bores you, it probably bores your readers, but quitting isn’t the answer. Just think about it. Quitting an old blog and starting a new, negates all your previous efforts. Who wants to lose 182,500 or more words on a subject? I wouldn’t. That would be so depressing. Instead of chugging away at the same old same old, come at your topic from a different angle.

Tomorrow I’ll go over three more ideas to help you break the 2 Year Blogging Curse.

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

Photo Credits: Magda Sobkowiak

Originally posted 2010-09-22 03:27:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter