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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

Breaking the 2 Year Blogging Curse, pt 2.

We’ve talked about what the 2 Year Blogging Curse is and covered some ways to break it, now we’ll go over some more ways to do just that.

Target a New Audience.

If you started out concentrating on beginners in your niche because you yourself were a beginning but now you’ve moved past that stage, you should be writing about intermediary or advance topics. By challenging yourself to expand or to learn you’ll be creating new content that is much more interesting to you and your long time readers while still attracting those beginning in your niche.

Old Post Promoter.

OPP is a WordPress plugin by BTE.  The concept behind this plugin is to promote old posts back to the front of your blog allowing you to cash in again on work you’ve done already. It’s perfect for going on vacation, to run permanently, or to use while you’re recuperating from being blogged out. Sure, some of your readers may have seen the articles before, but it’ll be fresh in the search engines and to new readers.

Fresh Voices.

There are several ways to get new voices. You could advertise for guest bloggers, befriend and reach out to commentators on your blog behind the scenes, hire a writer, read or watch new programs/blogs for new input, get a friend to share their thoughts, and more.

Check back in tomorrow as I am going to cover four 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 2010-09-23 03:29:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The 2 Year Blogging Curse

Have you ever noticed how many people talk about a blog that they used to write? It seems like I hear about it at least once a week and the story reads basically the same every time I see it:

They were interested in blogging, liked a topic, and went for it only to discover that they hated writing on said topic, couldn’t keep focused, found out it wasn’t as fun as they thought and quit the blog after a year or two of perseverance.

Pretty sad isn’t it? Not every blog can explode and be a star on the map in the first year. Many don’t even make that status in their second year. It’s year three and on that those who acted like the tortoise in this so-called blogging race start to really see results.

When you see who it affected, you know you’re not alone. Even the Darren of Problogger experienced it for different reasons in the past. John Marrow talks about knowing when to shoot your blog, but I want to take the opposite approach and focus on breaking the 2 Year Blogging Curse, not perpetuating it. Tune in tomorrow for the first of a 3 part series on doing just that.

In the meantime, why don’t you introduce yourself and share a little bit about your blog and how you’re feeling about it right now in the comment space below. Are you happy where you are or are you feeling disappointed? If you’re the latter be sure to stick around this week.

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 2010-09-21 03:03:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Is Your Twitter Account More Important than Your Blog?

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That’s a loaded question and the answer depends entirely on your point of view when it comes to Live Feed and RSS. You can make a case for either side and believe me I have. Here’s what I came up with…

5 Arguments for Live Feed and Twitter:

There are 27.3 million tweets per day on average. That’s a crazy number. With that many people in one place it’s obvious Twitter must be more important than blogging! Right? Let’s see.

  1. It’s a promotion machine. Today URLs flow through Twitter. Ideas ship on Twitter.
  2. Twitter is like instant messaging or texting to everyone at once, but it’s public which means more eyeballs are reading it. Potentially of course, nothing is a guarantee.
  3. It’s easy to use, accessible, and well known. That means you can make connections and network like crazy.
  4. You are what you tweet. Learn to streamline ideas with catchy headlines to grab attention and readers.
  5. Your tweet and username can get retweeted over and over again, spreading your message and your name through the network. This usually happens on small scale, but some get lucky and get a Twitter explosion.

5 Arguments for RSS and Blogging:

According to Technorati there were 175,000 new blogs per day worldwide in 2006. Since then the numbers have grown exponentially. Clearly 140 characters doesn’t cut it, so blogging must be the name of the game, yes?

  1. Remember that old adage; don’t count your chickens before they hatch? You need to generate a URL before you can promote it.
  2. A roundup does what you do on Twitter in one posting. All your interesting links and social currency is in one place. Why waste time breaking it up?
  3. You can network through blogs. You do it through leaving comments, link swapping, guest blogging, etc.
  4. You are what you write and you can use more than 140 characters. Headlines are for Twitter, content is for blogging. So is verbosity.
  5. Blogs have archives. What you say is permanent (minus revising and manual deletion). On Twitter things disappear after awhile to float away somewhere lost forever.

Conclusion:

Twitter and blogging are different animals, but their relationship to one another is symbiotic. You have to do both and use them appropriately to see major results.

Your Turn: What say you? Do you think Twitter is more important than blogging or vice versa?

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: Scott McLeod

Originally posted 2010-01-22 18:38:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

4 Things Bloggers Do WRONG!

contestI’m a very prolific blogger and read a lot in my blog community and in other blog communities. I can’t stand some of the things I see and if I have a problem, I can guarantee other readers of your blog do too. Here are four things bloggers are doing wrong:

1. Contests.

So I’m noticing while reading my google reader bundle that 90% of the blogs that I read require the winners of contests to make first contact! Can you imagine? What are they thinking?

I follow 90+ blogs. There’s no way (without google reader of course) that I could remember where I was and when I entered a contest, let alone remember to check back, find the winner post and see if I won.

Bloggers would be far better off contacting the winners first. Afraid of getting caught by the spam filter? Then keep your contact info readily available in the winner announcement. Also make a page that lists current contests and their links as well as recently finished contests with a link to the original post and the winner announcement.

I’d remember and trust a blog for making it easier on me than for themselves. I regularly follow the blogs that did this with me when I won from them. Think about that.

2. Bad Visual Decisions.

For instance a smorgasbord of images that feature on both the left and right side of the article! Now alternating images is not necessarily bad, but we’re talking well over half a dozen just randomly inserted pictures of all shapes and sizes. Talk about a visual assault! To avoid retina damage I quickly skip over the post and move on to the next in my reader.

3a. Titles that have nothing to do with the post.

Yuck. I’ve come across that many times. Most of the time I wonder if the blogger forgot the topic or used a sensational title to lure me in under false pretenses. This is called bait and switch and nobody likes it. Don’t do it. If you’re lucky, I just think you can’t stay on topic and leave… hopefully to come back for your next post.

3b. Boring titles.

I won’t even bother with a boring title. How hard is it to come up with something fun that fits your article? Consider these five romance novel related articles that I wrote:

I use lists, questions, and creativity to come up with to the point, fun, and informative titles. Wouldn’t you want to check those articles out?

4. Terribly long winded posts.

This gets me every time. I can’t keep focused for super long posts. It needs to be broken up if you’ve got a lot of information. Consider making it a series or post it with big bold headers. Break up long paragraphs. Do something, anything to keep a post easy to read and the text visually stimulating.

Now that I’ve shared my pet peeves it’s time to confess; do you commit any of these crimes?

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 a teenager and began blogging about romance so she could share her passion for her favorite genre.

Photo Credits: Marty.FM

Originally posted 2009-09-02 03:44:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Blogging – You’re Doing it WRONG! (Pt 2)

patternThis continues from part one and is part two in a two part series on what bloggers are doing wrong when it comes to blogging. Here are some more ideas for you to consider.

Editorial Calendars and Patterning Audiences

Chances are you don’t do it. Dosh Dosh writes a fantastic article on this and you should read it, bookmark it, and refer to it repeatedly.

You want to do things seasonally, annually, and regularly, just like a newspaper. Failing that you want your readers to understand at a glance what they’ll find in your article.

I personally subscribe to the idea of article images. I created a set of them so that there was one for each unique and special feature on my blog. Each image had text calling out the special feature and instantly let the reader know what the general idea of the post is.

In addition, my website has a section for recently published posts (as I’m sure yours does too, it’s pretty standard.) But I also have a section for upcoming posts. It’s just a bit of code and it let’s readers know what to expect in the upcoming days on the blog. It’s nicer than the mini calendars on most blogs that require clicking dates to see if anything is there.

Article Length and Formatting

Online readers (like me) have attention spans the size of a gnat. I’ve heard we glance at a website in an F shape format, (I can’t find the article again or I’d link to it) so the most read part of the page is the top.

Before posting ask yourself a few questions:

  • Can your blog post be split in two? If you say yes, then do it.
  • Is it interesting? If you say no, why are you posting it?
  • Do you have blocks of text? If you say yes, break them up.
  • Is your article less than 125 words? If you say yes, write more.
  • Does your article have pit stops? If you say no, add headers and bold formatting!
  • Would you share the article with 10 people you personally know? If you say no, rewrite it.
  • Is your text warped wrapped around a bunch of images? If you say yes, take a few out.
  • Is the article helpful? If you say no, reexamine and fix it so it is.

What do you say? Would you add anything else?

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: felipe_gabaldon

Originally posted 2009-12-14 03:30:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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.

Photo Credits: dbdbrobot

Originally posted 2009-12-23 03:55:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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

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

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

Hodgepodge Blogs

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

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

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

Blog Article Titles

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

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

So what are bad titles?

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

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

Keira runs a book review blog for readers by readers on romance novels entitled Love Romance Passion. She’s been reading romance since she was in her teens and began blogging about romance so she could share her passion for her favorite genre. She loves reading paranormal, Regency, historical America, and highlander most of all and completely adores blind and wounded heroes.

Photo Credits: Lori Greig

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

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

Effective Ways to Get Traffic to Affiliate Sites

Traffic is one of the most difficult things to get as an affiliate. How do you get it without wasting your money and how do you get traffic that actually converts into sales or leads? One thing is absolutely clear to any affiliate who gets started promoting products: it’s virtually impossible to make money without a substantial stream of consistent and targeted traffic. Some methods and channels are more effective than others. Let’s take a look at the most effective ways to get traffic to affiliate sites, without going crazy in the process.

Method #1 – Web 2.0 Marketing. What are these exactly? It’s a blanket category that includes everything from article directories like Ezinearticles.com to social and informative sites like Hubpages or Squidoo. These sites can be used to promote your site by building valuable and informative content and then linking back to your main site. If all goes well your web 2.0 properties will rank well in the search engines, get traffic and then you can help direct that traffic from your web 2.0 properties right to your “money” site. You can use these web properties to pre-sell the traffic and get them warmed up for a full on sales pitch, so in many ways this is superior to just sending paid traffic straight to a landing page or blog.

Method #2 – Pay Per Click Marketing. This comes in many different forms. You can purchase traffic through pay per click networks like Google Adwords or even purchase banner space on a site that gets traffic related to your audience or demographic. The idea here is to instantly get traffic, but you pay a premium for it. The only way to make this work is to earn more then you’re spending on traffic. The difference becomes your profit. In many ways you’re simply brokering traffic when you get into paid traffic sources but this is arguably one of fastest and most efficient ways to make big paydays online. Some of the most popular pay per click networks is Google Adwords, MSN Adcenter and Yahoo! Small Business Advertising.

Method #3 – Viral Reports. A great way to get more traffic and get attention that draws in even more traffic is to go viral. This is easier said than done, but once it’s done right it works for years to drive traffic. Depending on your niche write up a short PDF report you can give away on your blog or via mailing list and encourage people to give it away and distribute it. Throughout the report include links back to your site and maybe even an affiliate link. If you put effort into making a quality report that answers a lot of questions or solves a problem, you can expect the report to get distributed and draw in more traffic to your site.

About Author: Jason Acidre is a Marketing Consultant for Affilorama, an affiliate marketing training portal. They provide affiliate marketing education and advanced affiliate marketing tools for beginning and advance affiliates. You find Affilorama  on Twitter.

Photo Credits: oceandesetoiles

Originally posted 2010-10-20 06:55:58. Republished by Blog Post Promoter