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Go Go Google Gadgets

gadgetIf you use Blogger in order to manage your blog then you have available to you hundreds of gadgets that Google has released; all of which can add features to your blog. A gadget is a widget that adds small programs to a blog, adding features that show off lists of quotes, mini-games, and other functionality that will enhance your site. Here are a few of the new gadgets:

- HTML/JavaScript.

This will enable you to enhance Blogger by adding your own code. This makes Blogger vastly more usable, with features that you control. You can create a mailing bot, add links and images from other pages that you own, integrate with eBay and PayPal, and other features.

- Feeds.

This gadget allows you to add a feed from other blogs, directories, or other forms of news services. This enables your readers to see into what is in your reading list, and direct readers to other sites and content. If you have an account at an article repository, then you can add a feed to new articles as they are written. You can also reinforce a relationship with another blog not only trading RSS feeds, but also guest posts and more, effectively combining your readerships.

- Followers.

This is a way for you to follow other bloggers and for others to follow you anonymously. Think RSS meets Twitter. It is an easy way to generate traffic to your website, as if you start to follow others, they may start to follow you. You can also use this as a form of gauge, counting your readers and followers.

- Google Docs.

If your blog talks about spreadsheets or other documents, you can provide templates that users can copy and use for their own needs. This allows you to provide your readers with much more than plain content. For example, a finance blog could add links to spreadsheets that implement techniques that are described in your blog. The added benefit is that if your templates are publicly listed, then visitors finding the templates will be directed to your blog in order to learn how to use the docs.

- AdSense.

If you are in it to make money, then adding AdSense to your blog is a great way to start. Google’s technology works well with Google’s technology, and adding AdSense to your blog will be seamless. You will need to have an account with AdSense first, and it is good to run the blog for a while to generate traffic before adding the gadget. Then you can just add the code and it will integrate seamlessly. Then you will start to generate revenue from your writing.

Adding a gadget is simple, just go to your dashboard and add it. Gadgets provide a functionality that will enhance your blog and your reader’s experience.

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Originally posted 2009-02-06 09:25:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Learn How to Get Traffic to Blog

cybercafeWhen it comes to writing in a blog, simply writing and assuming that traffic will come is not exactly the right way to go about things. If you want to learn how to get traffic to blog, then you need to be willing to take some extra steps to make your blog reader-friendly as well as search engine friendly. Here are some useful tips for learning how to get traffic to blog.

1 – Turn Your Blog Postings into Articles

This is one of the best methods by which you can promote your website. What it entails is writing articles and then submitting them to websites that serve as article directories.

What you want to do to get the most out of this process is to take the blog articles that you have already written, edit them to make them unique by adding headings, elongating them, changing the title and so on, and then post them to the best article directories on the internet.

Here is a great resource for article directories: http://ebizwhiz-publishing.com/write-articles/submit-articles.htm

Make sure that you are including a link back to your blog in every article that you post. Not only will you be creating buzz, but you will be creating more one-way incoming links to your blog as well.

2 – Create Buzz Around Your Blog

Creating a buzz around the concept of your blog posts and the topic of your blog in the local media and in online media is going to give your blog marketing endeavor a truly viral component, which is a necessary element of advertising and marketing a blog in this day and age. Here are some solutions:

  • Create some form of controversy around your blog or around the topic of your blog.
  • Distribute merchandise featuring the URL and the tagline for your blog, such as bumper stickers for example.
  • Write out a press release on something newsworthy, tying it in with the topic of your blog.

3 – Capture Subscribers via Email

E-mail is one of the number one choices for communication for most people who are looking to receive information and news, and so reaching out to potential readers by way of e-mail is still a top method for marketing.

Use a free web service such as Bloglet so that you can manage your subscriptions. This will also allow your subscribers to manage their subscriptions as well in a single, simple interface.

If you are looking for more control over your list, use an auto responder system that will let you capture and then follow up with your subscribers.

4 – Create Solid Inbound Links using Related Websites.

The Related Websites plugin utilizes the traffic and resources of other blog to effectively multiply the traffic of your blog. Anyone can download and install it free of charge to their WordPress blog, which brings more incoming links to member sites. The full features of the plugin are available only to member sites which must be approved before they can receive a key. Level one access is also free and only requires that your blog meet Blog Traffic Exchange criteria. Paying level two members see more significant results and are given priority, but they too must first pass all level one membership criteria. Users of Related Websites enjoy quality traffic and build quality inbound links. It’s a win-win.

When you want to know how to get traffic to blog, the three tips should really come in handy. Implementing them is not difficult, but it really does have a huge impact on your traffic numbers.

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Originally posted 2009-09-30 03:19:49. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

What is an RSS Feed and Why Syndicate Your Blog?

Blog feeds or RSS feeds allow for feed readers to access a site that automatically looks for new content from all of their favorite blogs. By syndicating your blog through an RSS feed you can allow your readership to access all of your new blog posts without requiring them to actually visit your blog. They can still click through to visit your blog, especially for the purpose of leaving comments or participating in the conversation, but not having to visit your site every day in search of new content is a great way to improve your readership. Most people who are reading blogs online in this day and age are using RSS feed readers to allow them to keep up with syndicated content from all of their favorite websites and blogs, so if you are not already syndicating your blog through an RSS feed, then you are probably depriving yourself of a large proportion of readers that you were completely unaware of.

So what is an RSS Feed?

Simply put, an RSS feed allows for easy online content distribution. RSS feeds can be read as plain text files, but they are actually designed to be read through RSS feed readers, and there are a wide variety of different RSS feed readers to choose from. Readers can vary from being standalone applications, to being completely online based web applications.

How can you publish a blog feed?

If you are using a blogging platform like WordPress, then you are actually in luck because WordPress has a built in RSS feed functionality that allows you to syndicate your blog posts without even knowing it in certain circumstances. If you are using any other blogging platform, however, you are going to have to look into whether or not the RSS syndicating is being done for you or not. You may have to look for an appropriate plugin to make sure that you can automatically syndicate your blog posts to an RSS feed. To view your WordPress blog RSS feed, you simply need to navigate to http://www.yourdomainname.com/blog/feed or http://www.yourdomainname.com/feed depending on how you have your blog location set up. (For example: http://www.blogtrafficexchange.com/feed)

Okay, but what is a feedburner?

Feedburner provide services allowing RSS publishers to expand on the features that are already being provided by their basic feed by burning their feed, which allows for the following benefits:

- Feed burning allows you to view detailed stats about your blog feed readership,
- Feed burning allows your readers to subscribe to your RSS feed easily no matter what feed reader they happen to be using,
- Feed burning allows you to better format your RSS feeds for different directories and readers,
- Feed burning allows you to display your feed burner stats easily.

There are numerous different types of feed burners that you can find and utilize online, as long as you are willing to do a little bit of internet research to find the best feed burner for your needs.

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Originally posted 2009-02-05 07:40:40. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Driving Traffic to Your Blog

ladderMany blog owners spend a good portion of their time trying to figure out how to generate traffic to their blog. This is especially true when it comes to a brand new blog that is not yet really rich in meaningful and effective content. Generating visitor traffic to your blog is an endeavor that is going to take some basic effort on your part. Thankfully due to modern technology, the task of attracting interested people to your blog is a lot easier now than in the past.

The most common online blogging platforms are WordPress and Blogger. Both have hosted blog solutions, but WordPress also has an open source solution for installing the WordPress platform onto your own domain name. If you put the following tips into practice, it is more than possible for you to begin attracting traffic to your blog as early as on the first day. Within 24 hours of creating a blog you can begin to generate traffic, and if the purpose of your blog is to sell a product, you could be making sales just as quickly.

1 – Every blog has an RSS feed.

By submitting your RSS feed to the most popular online feed services, you will be able to attract website traffic very quickly, especially if you are focusing your blog content on specific keywords that have lower competition in search engine ranks. All that you need to be able to do is to submit the URL for your feed to a wide range of different free services as soon as you actually have a live site to promote. Some of the most widely recognized feed sites are:

- Feedage.com
- Feedagg.com
- Feedraider.com
- Feedfury.com
- Feedsubmitter.com
- Feedest.com
- Search4rss.com

2 – Social bookmarking involves creating bookmarks for your blog.

Additionally social bookmarking is meant for displaying information about what your blog centers on and what it has to offer. It is important that you use social bookmarking responsibly rather than spamming these websites. Simply write a short post that explains in a little bit of detail why your site or product will interest the people that you want to visit it. There are a myriad of different social bookmarking websites out there, including but not limited to:

- Digg.com
- YahooBuzz
- Technorati.com
- Del.icio.us
- Propeller
- StumbleUpon
- Reddit
- Mixx
- Fark
- MyBlogLog

3 – Social networking, on the other hand, is a little different.

When you create an account on a social networking website, you put together a profile that allows you to connect with other people, creating powerful partnerships and even a fan following in the right circumstances. These networks and relationships will facilitate the capability for you to promote your sites and protects, although much more subtlety than through other sources. Here are a few of the most popular social networking websites:

- FaceBook
- MySpace
- Classmates Online
- MSN Groups
- Yahoo Groups
- Xanga

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Originally posted 2009-02-04 18:25:52. Republished by Blog Post Promoter