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Smart Steps for Building Blog Traffic

lapyThis is part two in a three part series on the steps for building blog traffic. If you are looking for quick and simple ways for building blog traffic, or more involved ways with bigger returns, keep reading for some great information.

1 – Participate in related blogs and forum websites.

Whatever niche or industry you are in, if you are interested in building blog traffic then you need to participate in blogs and forums other than your own. There are going to be online communities full of people just like you including bloggers and forum posters that are already active. Depending on how specific your focus is, you may need to broaden your horizons a bit when reaching out to other communities in order to find a large community that you can fit in with. A great way for you to find out where these people are is to use a website known as Technorati, which will help you conduct searches. Then you can sort by authority and start participating elsewhere on the net to build some authority for your name, blog and website as well.

2 – Tag all of your content.

Technorati is the first place that you should be using to tag posts. It is recommended that you have the tags directly on your page, pointing to the technorati searches that you are specifically trying to target. There are a number of other good places that you can ping as well including Flickr and del.icio.us as well. Tagging your content is going to be really valuable in giving your website bumps from big name sites such as StumbleUpon, Digg and Reddit. You do not want to submit all of your posts to these websites, but you do not want to offer about one out of every twenty in order to get your name out there in a big way.

3 – Launch without any comments, and then add them in later.

There is something a little sad about a blog that does not have any comments, because it feels really dead and unpopular, but if you launch your blog without allowing comments, then nobody is going to know that you’re not getting any visitors, because your lack of comments is only because you do not want any. When you start to get more subscribers and readers, THEN and only then should you open up the ability to comment, so that you can begin to see some decent commenting. Comments are a way that many readers judge the popularity of a site, after all. If they view your blog and see that you are accepting comments but not getting any, they may take this as a sign that it is not worthwhile for them to stick around, and this won’t be good for you.

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Originally posted 2009-09-21 03:01:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Joining a Blog Carnival

carnivalJoining a blog carnival is capable of allowing you to improve your blog. Have you ever heard of what a blog carnival is all about? Let us go into what it takes for you to join a blog carnival including what the benefits are for participating in a blog carnival.

What is a Blog Carnival? Well, A blog carnival is a collection of articles and blog posts based on a particular subject, but rather being written by a single blogger, they are created by a number of different bloggers and then posted in the same place. The blog carnival involves posting all of the articles and blog posts together on a single blog, which is the host blog. The host blog may be the organizer for the blog carnival or it may be someone completely different. A lot of planning goes into the blog carnival concept in order to make sure that the results are ideal.

The organizer for the blog carnival will generally do the posting of the carnival on a neutral site that is designed to list the existence of blog carnivals such as blogcarnival.com for example. The website is then responsible for listing current, past and upcoming blog carnivals in a format that is easy to use and navigate so that bloggers can find appropriate blog carnivals to suit their needs. The carnivals are typically broke down on these websites into a wide variety of different respective categories and the dates that they will be run on.

So, what benefits are there that you can take out of the blog carnival?

1. You will gain an increase in traffic. This one should be fairly obvious to you. When you are participating in a blog carnival as a blogger, you are going to be making a post that falls into line with the subject of the blog carnival, and then you will send a copy of the post to the organizer of the host, and a link to where you have posted the post. The host will include the link to the post in their blog carnival post. When readers read the blog carnival post, they will click on the link and follow it to your post. Then they will increase your traffic accordingly. You can definitely increase traffic to your blog by participating in a blog carnival, and it only gets ten times better when you host your own blog carnival.

2. You will gain new readers. This one is a little less obvious but still easy. When you increase your traffic, you will be increasing your readership, not only just the number of people that visit. If you are posting informative blogs consistently and your visitors see this, they will find reason to keep reading.

3. You will gain new links back to your blog. These links will increase your ability to get traffic, not only from the blog carnival itself but also from the rest of the internet as well thanks to search engines.

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Originally posted 2009-09-18 03:57:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Principles of Good SEO for Your Blog

mysteryRegardless of whether you are writing a blog simply because you enjoy having a lot of people reading your thoughts, or if you are writing a blog because you are looking to generate income, one of the most important things that you need to do is maximize the SEO or search engine optimization potential for your blog so that you can maximize the return on your investment, where the return is anything you want it to be, and the investment is the time and effort that you are putting into keeping your blog going. Without the right amount of search engine optimization, your blog is going to be doomed to simply float around without ever gaining the number of hits that you are hoping to achieve.

What blog SEO is, is the maximization of your blog’s positioning in the results for search engines. Let us say that you are writing a blog about mystery novels. If someone types “mystery novel blog” into the search engine search bar, you are going to want to be one of the first few results, maximizing the chance that the visitor will come to your blog rather than visiting someone else’s. Thousands of blogs may come up, though, so how do you ensure that yours will be at the top of the list and not buried deep in the limbo known as everything following page 2?

Most people never go past the first 30 entries or so when searching, so if your results are not coming up on pages one through three, nobody is ever going to find your blog. If your mystery novel blog is result number 3,493, then nobody is going to be able to find you.

The most important thing that you need to know about good SEO for your blog is link building. You need to improve upon the number of links that are floating around on the internet and pointing back to your blog. You can trade links, submit links on website directories, purchase links or add links to your forum and message board signatures. Over time, you will create enough solid one way links to your blog that your website will go up in the search engine rankings. But using the right link name is vital if you want all of this hard work to go to good use.

The links that you should be using in the example above are things like “top mystery novels” and “mystery novel reviews” or “hot mystery novels”, because these are the things that people will actually be searching for. Make sure that the links to your blog are being named after how people will actually search for you, otherwise your links will not be effective.

With a solid effort on the search engine optimization front, your blog will be able to garner the kind of traffic that you were hoping for, and link building is going to play a truly vital role in this process.

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Originally posted 2009-05-13 05:07:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Technorati Tracks Blog Traffic Exchange Effect

technoratiTechnorati is a online website community that is focused specifically on weblogs, and it can be extremely beneficial to register your blog with Technorati. Knowing how you can benefit from everything that Technorati has to offer is an important first step in getting the most out of your web presence. Importantly for my purposes, tracking the Blog Traffic Exchange effect is extremely easy with Technorati authority and blog reactions. (As an example, here is the Blog Traffic Exchange Technorati authority page.)

Once you have been blogging for a little while, it will be beneficial for you to register your blog, or as Technorati would call it, claim your blog. This will maximize the amount of exposure that you are getting out of having a weblog.

Here are some of the benefits that come from registering your blog with Technorati, and how you can use Technorati to leverage your authority to gain more traffic for your blog -

Claiming your blog on the Technorati website is going to list your blog website within the Technorati directory while giving you an opportunity to begin building authority for your blog. Authority is a vitally important concept when it comes to blogging, because it lets your readers know that your blog is factual, informative and well worth reading.

Your blog authority will be determined by how many inbound links your blog has managed to receive in the past six months. Your blog authority on Technorati is a great way to show other bloggers and internet users how much authority your blog has within the blogosphere, helping you to build traffic for your blog in the process.

Technorati makes it possible for you to find blogs that are similar in nature to your own. You can use Technorati to find blogs with high authority ranks, and participating in these high authority blogs can help to improve your traffic as well.

Technorati allows you to create a profile for your blog or your network of blogs, which creates another medium by which you can communicate with other bloggers and promote your own blog as well. Your Technorati profile allows you to use an image and a blog description to tell other people about your blog, and the tools on Technorati allow you to generate authority for your blog while building links.

Technorati makes it possible for you to tract the reactions that people have to your blog by way of over blogs. These Technorati reactions are a really easy way for you to see that your blog traffic exchange endeavors truly are working.

You can make use of a Technorati Watch list to keep track of all of the tags that you care about as well as all of the blogs that are in your blog roll, according to a blog post by Steve Rubel at http://www.micropersuasion.com.

Technorati is an outstanding resource for bloggers to help build authority online. Registering your blog or your network of blogs on Technorati is vitally important if you want to build increased traffic and readership for your blog.

Originally posted 2009-08-30 19:59:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Related Tweets

tweetUsing your blog as the seed, find quality content from the Blog Traffic Exchange and tweet it automatically. Provide your followers with interesting and relevant content within the niche of your blog. Supplement your twitter account with quality content related to your blogging niche using the our powerful content search engine.

There are setting to control the frequency and regularity of the posts. Other than that simply run the plugin and tweets will begin. I am now running this plugin and pointing it at the Blog Traffic Exchange twitter feed.

How does it work? After setting your Twitter username, password, tweet frequency, and tweet regularity the plugin will run on a schedule. Each time the plugin executes it will select a public blog post from your blog at random. Then it will use the post as the search seed of the Blog Content Exchange repository. The content repository will return a tweet containing the most relevant website, famous quote, or other content in the repository.

Installation

  1. Download
  2. Unzip
  3. Upload Folder to WordPress Plugins Folder
  4. Activate Plugin
  5. Adjust Options to Style as desired

Download the Related Tweets Plugin


Change Log

  • 10/31/10 – 1.6 – Updated for Twitter oAuth.
  • 09/21/09 – 1.5 – Added Befriend code from GeekLad.
  • 09/03/09 – 1.4 – Added RT code from GeekLad.
  • 08/31/09 – 1.3 – Added more options for interval and randomness.
  • 08/12/09 – 1.2 – Added #RTW adn #quote Hashtag to tweet.
  • 08/04/09 – 1.1 – Release to public.

Originally posted 2009-08-04 13:15:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Mistakes to Avoid in Blog Carnivals when you Want More Blog Traffic

linksBlog carnivals are gaining a lot of popularity right now as they are one of the best and most influential ways to earn more blog traffic. Unfortunately, too many people are jumping into this arena without knowing what they are doing. As a result, they are finding themselves overwhelmed, left out, or without the traffic numbers that they expected. Blog carnivals are an excellent way to garner more blog traffic, however, especially by building extremely valuable back links for your blog website.

Here are some of the mistakes that you need to mistake when participating in blog carnivals, if garnering more blog traffic is your intention.

#1 – People are submitting to irrelevant blog carnivals, which will not bring them any more blog traffic. People are mass submitting their blog posts to every carnival that they can find, regardless of the category. Unfortunately, they are developing a bad reputation in the process, and they will never see any more blog traffic as a result. It is vital that you make sure that your posts are actually related to the subject of the blog carnival rather than just on some random and unrelated topic.

#2 – People are not reading the rules associated with each blog carnival. This is actually related to the last mistake mentioned above. Every blog carnival is going to have rules posted for each individual issue, and you need to read them to make sure that you are posting the right things at the right time. Unfortunately, too many people submit their posts hoping for more blog traffic without reading the rules, and this unfortunately results in them not being approved for the carnival.

#3 – People also are not posting consistently enough to gain more blog traffic. Many people submit once, or only a few times, and they only garner a single backlink or two without ever gaining the traffic that they are looking for. People who want to get more blog traffic out of blog carnivals absolutely must be willing to make this a weekly process rather than simply an occasional one. The real power behind the process of blog carnivals is that you should be consistently submitting your best posts over a period of time. This may mean making thoughtful or meaningful blog posts intentionally to participate in blog carnivals on a regular basis. The more regular you are about contributing to blog carnivals, the more blog traffic you will end up with.

Learning how to avoid these three common mistakes relating to gaining more blog traffic from blog carnivals is absolutely vital. This is the best way to contribute to the blog carnival community without stepping on any toes or overstaying your welcome. Blog carnivals are all about being a part of a community, so take advantage of what this unique blogging opportunity has to offer, and you will find yourself with more blog traffic as a result.

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Originally posted 2009-07-24 05:07:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

How to Increase Blog Traffic with Blog Carnivals

blogcarnivalOne of the easiest things that you can do to build traffic is to submit your content to blog carnivals if you want to learn how to increase blog traffic. In as few as four simple steps, you can bring new visitors to your blog and you can build excellent, high quality back links at the very same time. Best of all, this is one of the best ways to learn how to increase blog traffic for absolutely free, and it only takes a few minutes of your time every week. Here are the four steps that will allow you to build greater levels of traffic to your blog.

Step 1 - First and foremost, you need to find a blog carnival that is featuring your topic. Select a topic that best matches your blog, and then find a blog carnival on a specific subject that you feel comfortable talking or writing about.

Step 2 - Acquaint yourself with the rules once you have decided upon a topic. You will increase your chances of getting your link published if you make sure that you are following the rules in their entirety. Nearly every Blog Carnival is going to have its own unique submission rules. Most of the time, these rules are going to include what types of posts are specifically being sought after and how many links are going to be published in each issue of the carnival. Others will ask for you to pick a relevant category for your submission and won’t include you if you don’t select one.

Step 3 – Pick out the best posts in your blog that are aligned with the topic of the Blog Carnival that you chose. You should aim to look for posts that you have written in the past week or two and not many that are older than that. Most Blog Carnival owners prefer newer, fresher posts. It is best, then, to choose posts that are more recent for this purpose. Select the ones that you believe are the best, and use them.

Step 4 - Next submit your content to the Blog Carnival. Add things like the direct URL, the post title and the title of your blog. If you want to raise your chances of potentially being published, then you should make sure that you are including a short and easy to read description or excerpt. Make sure that your post is easy to find, read and include in the Blog Carnival if you want to learn how to increase blog traffic with this method.

You can make this process a regular part of your blogging activities every week if you want to learn how to increase blog traffic. Over time, many links will be created that will point back to your blog, significantly increasing your traffic as a result.

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Originally posted 2009-07-17 05:08:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Blog Carnival vs Blogroll

ferriswheelA blogroll is a list of blogs that is usually placed in the sidebar or along the bottom of a blog, reading as a list of blogger-recommended blogs and other websites. A better way for bloggers to share this information with their readers is through the release of a Blog Carnival. A Blog Carnival is a blog article containing links to a number of articles around the web that cover a specific topic. Most Blog Carnivals are put together and hosted by a rotating list of the most frequent contributors to the Blog Carnival, and their primary purpose is to generate new posts by contributors while highlighting new bloggers who are posting subject matter in the chosen area.

If you are interested in a specific topic and there is not already a Blog Carnival being run on the subject, then it may be a really great opportunity for you to start your own Blog Carnival on the topic at hand if you already have a blog that can host the carnival. However, it is important that you are only starting a Blog Carnival on a topic if it has not already been done before. If you are competing against somebody else’s carnival, then you may not get the number of post submissions that you need in order to create a high quality carnival.

Give yourself plenty of time to launch your Blog Carnival. You want to give yourself enough time that you can guarantee a good launch, because rushing yourself is never going to create positive results. Additionally, you should decide ahead of time how often your Blog Carnival is going to run, and also what day it will be published with each new edition. You want to have details like this planned out completely and fully so that there are no surprises along the way. Surprises may be fun, but they may also keep you from publishing your Blog Carnival on time, which is sloppy.

For at least the first edition, you should not count on receiving a flood of submissions but instead should plan on having to search out posts on your own. If you are willing to go out and find posts for your carnival, the results will tip toward your favor more easily.

Once you have a Blog Carnival planned out, submit yourself to http://www.BlogCarnival.com. This is a free aggregator and manager of Blog Carnivals that is already the home to hundreds of carnivals. If you want to get the buzz going to increase your submission count, this is a good way for you to get the ball rolling.

Finally, do not be too concerned if it seems as if the flood gates are not opening too quickly. It will take time for your Blog Carnival to build up some steam. A little bit of resistance is completely normal, but if you are patient and hardworking, the results will absolutely pay off in the end.

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Originally posted 2009-06-22 05:31:28. 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

Creating and Hosting Blog Carnivals

statefairWhen 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