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Blog Plug-Ins to Get More Readers

pluginWordPress specifically has a number of plug-ins for blogging that will allow you to attract more readers to your blog. Some of the best blog plug-ins for increasing traffic to come in three main categories:

  • Social networking and bookmarking
  • Posting across many different platforms
  • RSS feed helpers

BTE Related Websites: For WordPress users the best way to get traffic is to use the plugin that I developed called Related Websites. The more bloggers that use this plugin, the stronger the whole system is. To get your links to show up on relevant posts, you must join and become a full member. This quality control is completely humanized so that the system is never compromised. You get strong related links for your site and in addition are linked to from other sites. What are you waiting for?

RSS Feeds: Lots of people prefer to read blogs in feeds rather than having to visit several different blog sites per day. This doesn’t actually get them coming through as traffic, but they read the post and will follow links and other such information. If you don’t have your blog available as a feed, then you’re missing out on those readers who prefer feeds over surfing to your blog regularly.

Some of the more popular WordPress plug-ins for RSS feeds do different things. Some are designed to allow you to add a copyright to your posts like ¬©Feed, which also “fingerprints” your feed so you can search for plagiarists who are duplicating your content. Feed Footer lets you copyright as well, and also lets you add advertising in the footer of your feeds.

The type of plug-in that lets you use ads is great for those into monetizing their blogs and can help offset the loss of clicks or advertiser revenue by adding it to the feed. Feedvertiser lets you place ads in your feed, as well. Feed Control lets you exclude certain posts from the feed, while Better Feed lets you ad the ¬© notice, a del.icio.us link and a “read more” link to lead people to your blog.

Feedstats lets you see the stats on your feeds, and SlashComment adds a little note to the end of the feeds about the number of comments on the post.

Social Bookmarking: For social bookmarking and networking within your blog, the one of the best plug-ins is called Share This. Unlike many other plug-ins that will let you social bookmark at Digg, Reddit or del.icio.us, Share This create a drop-down box where the reader can choose from about 14 of the most popular Social Bookmarking sites online. The Social plug-in, however, has the record for offering 61 social bookmarking links to your reader.

The RSS Flashfeeder to MySpace combines the RSS feed help with social networking, by letting you send the last two posts of your feed directly to your MySpace page.

Crossposting: These plug-ins let you make a post in your WordPress blog and recreate in your other blogs without having to copy and paste. One plug-in, Dj-Email-Publish, sends your new post by email to many or your other blogs, like those on MSN.

For those with blogs at popular sites LiveJournal, Vox and Xanga, each has a separate crossover plug-in that allows the content in your WordPress blog to be automatically cross-posted to that other blog. Live Space Sync lets you send your content to all the contacts you have in Microsoft Live.

Getting the word out about your new post is made much easier by using these handy blog plug-ins.

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Originally posted 2009-05-29 05:26:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

How to Increase Traffic to Blog

blogwritingThere are a myriad of different ways that you can learn how to increase traffic to blog. Some of them are really straight forward and easy to implement, and others will take time and effort on your behalf. By implementing a number of different techniques for attracting traffic to your blog, you can benefit significantly by garnering traffic from different places online. Here are a few must have ways to increase traffic to blog today.

1 – Submit Your Blog and your RSS Feed

If you are publishing a blog, then you should absolutely submit your blog as well as your blog’s RSS feed to relevant directories including for example, Yahoo and Dmoz, though there are a variety of other similar websites as well as you will see below. There are a myriad of different search engines and blog directories on the internet that you should be submitting to for this purpose, as the links below will show you.

Here are two places that you are going to want to check out for finding resources to submit to:

  • http://www.masternewmedia.org/rss/top55/
  • http://www.rss-specifications.com/rss-submission.htm

2 – Ping Blog Services

There are a large number of different services out there that are designed for the specific purpose of tracking blogs and connecting blogs to one another. By sending out a small ping to each of the services, you are letting them know that you have created and published an update to your blog, allowing them to come and check it out.

You should book mark the Ping-O-Matic website, which you can find here: http://pingomatic.com/ — This way you can easily visit the website and ping a number of these different services as simply as a single click to let them know that they should come and check out your recently published blog content.

3 – Build One-Way Links to Your Blog

Here are a number of recommended methods that you can get links on the internet that are pointing to your blog. One way links are the best type of link that you can use, as they hold the most clout in the eyes of the search engines.

  • Link to the main page of your blog from every single page on your primary website,
  • Use trackbacks in your posts pointing to other blogs on the internet,
  • Post useful, authoritative and legitimate comments on other blogs all over the internet, provided that the topics are related and the comments leave a reason for visitors to follow them back to your blog,
  • Finally, offer to exchange links with blogs and websites that are similarly themed.

These three tips will go a long way when it comes to learning to increase traffic to blog.

Photo Credits: Ben+Sam

Originally posted 2009-09-23 03:06:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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

Search Engine Optimization Keyword Analysis

keywordsKeyword analysis is an important part of search engine optimization or SEO, because your keywords will play a vital role in numerous different facets of your website design, creation and ongoing development. Before going into the details about what keyword analysis is, you should first understand a little bit about the SEO process, or how it is that SEO works. The main steps that are involved in the search engine optimization process are to map out a keyword strategy, to optimize the structure of the website, to develop the optimized content and web pages, to launch the link building and advertising or promotional campaign, to analyze the results, and then to refine those results to create even better results.

You should understand at this point that the first step in any good SEO campaign is the keyword analysis step, as this helps to map out what your plans are for the entire search engine optimization campaign. You want to analyze your keywords and then map them out in relation to your website theme and website content. There are a number of different tools available on the internet that will make this process infinitely easier, and Google offers several for you to choose from. Some keyword analysis tools cost more than others, so make sure that you shop around and choose an answer that will suit you not only in capabilities but also in price as well.

You can start off by using free tools for keyword analyzation on your website. Two of the best tools to begin with for this purpose are the external keyword tool from Google, and the free Word Tracker tool. Any time that you are planning a new website you should use these tools to come up with a main keyword phrase that represents the entire theme of your website, and then you should break it down into sub keywords and keyword phrases that come with less competition attached to them. This is possible with the external keyword tool from Google. When you load up the web application, you just have to enter your main keyword phrase into the box and click a button and you will get a whole host of different keyword ideas that you can play around with.

You should be brainstorming in order to find out what keywords and keyword phrases best suit the main keyword phrase for your website, coming up with a sizable list in the process. Next you should discover the core keywords that relate the most closely to the theme of your website. Next you are going to want to create a cluster of keywords, using some low profile keywords to dilute them. Finally, you should be adding this cluster in to your articles and web pages in order to improve the keyword ranking for your web site and in order to improve the search engine optimization for each individual web page.

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Originally posted 2009-05-18 05:44:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Get Free Blog Traffic by Writing Smart

lappyWhy should you have to pay for obtaining traffic to your blog? There is no reason why you should spend a lot of money making your blog friendly for readers, considering that some of the best ways to get blog traffic are free. Attracting free blog traffic can easily net you traffic that is just as high a caliber as paid blog traffic, so spend your money someplace else. Here are two sure-fire ways that you are going to attract free blog traffic, meaning that it will not cost you a penny to bring people to your blog.

1 – Optimize Your Posts for Readers

Simply put, you need to be able to write posts that people are going to want to read. This is something that should come to you as common sense, and yet many people reach out to search engines while forgetting that they have real readers with real interests. You need to use the principles behind writing good online copywriting in order to create headlines and copy that are actually interested to the people that are reading.

If you make a habit out of writing posts that people find to be enjoyable, then these readers are going to reward you in the form of returning to your blog pages on a regular basis.

Your posts should be made to be conversational, topical and pithy. You should make them short and you should stick to a single topic with every post. You should also aim to write regularly and often as well, so that both the readers and the search engines are going to visit and revisit your blog more and more often.

2 – Optimize Your Posts for the Search Engines

Here are some of the most important rules that you need to follow when it comes to getting your posts listed in search engines for the keywords that are most important to you:

1. You need to make sure that the URL of your blog contains the primary search engine keyword that you are looking to optimize for.

2. You need to make use of the primary keywords in the title of every single post that you make, meaning that your titles should always be keyword rich and keyword-driven.

3. You also need to make use of your primary keywords in the body of your post, as well as your secondary keywords. Keep in mind that when using keywords, you want to write keyword-driven content, and keyword-centric content, without writing content that is clearly stuffed full of inappropriate keywords. Write content that centers around the keywords so that the content flows naturally for the best results.

4. Finally, you should use your keywords within the anchor text of any links that you place in the body of your posts. This will give the keyword more emphasis for search engines that spider your website.

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Originally posted 2009-09-16 03:51:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3 Steps to Increase Traffic to Blog

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

1 – Choose the right platform for your blog, or custom build your own.

The right content management system or CMS is going to make a serious difference in how you increase traffic to blog. If you really want to set yourself apart from other people then you need to find a custom blog solution, or one that you can actually make unique. You want something that you can completely customize to suit your users such as WordPress for example. This will suffice for a long time but then the best way to go from here is to completely customize something your own self for the best possible results. This is the best way to make sure that your blog is completely custom tailored to suit the needs of your readers, which is the best way to increase traffic to blog in the long run.

2 – Host your blog on your own site.

Hosting your blog on a site that is not your own is one of the biggest and worst mistakes that you could ever make. A blog that is on your own domain will attract attention, links, publicity, trust and good search rankings. When you keep your blog on a separate domain however, you are really shooting yourself in the foot. From the worst to the best, your options are a hosted blog, a blog on a unique domain, a blog on a sub domain, and then a blog serving as a sub section of your main domain.

3 – Keep two audiences in mind when you are writing your title tags.

First and foremost, you need to be writing your title tag for the people that are visiting your website, or the people that have a subscription to your RSS feed. Title tags should be short, on topic, snappy and catchy, this is absolutely imperative if you want people to pay attention to what you have to say. You are also, however, going to want to think about search engines when it comes to titling your posts because search engines can help you drive additional traffic to your blog as well. One great way that you can do this is to write your post and your title first, then run some keyword searches to find out if there is a keyword phrasing or a specific ordering of keywords that will help you target your blog posts to the right people.

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Originally posted 2009-09-14 03:38:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Another 7 Steps for How to Get Traffic to Your Blog

trafficIf you are trying to learn how to get traffic to your blog, then you will benefit from the tips in this series, which are designed to show you the necessary steps for how to get traffic to your blog. When you have the right tips, tricks and resources in your arsenal, then that is when you can truly be successful in gaining traffic to your blog. There are twenty tips in all that you need to keep in mind when it comes to learning how to increase blog traffic. In the first post of this series we touched on the first seven, followed by an additional six in the next post, and here are the final seven tips.

1 – Create a blog roll on the side bar or at the bottom of your blog site so that you can publicize links for your favorite blog sites online. Let the bloggers know you put them in your blog roll and you may just get a little bit of reciprocation in return.

2 – Post links to relevant blogs and blog posts in your posts when you are creating blog content. Creating links and references to other blog entries and blog websites will actually increase traffic to your blog just as well as to the blogs you’re linking. This is especially useful when track backs are used because it lets the blog owner and their readers know that you mentioned them.

3 – Learn how to write blog entries that are short without compromising value and that are interesting, even in a small space. This will allow you to improve your ability to blog more frequently for an increase in blog traffic. Don’t be afraid to continue offering comprehensive studies and lists as well, occasionally.

4 – Put effort into the promotion of your most popular blog postings when you are blogging. Write a post that details your top 10 or 10 most popular blogs of the best. Refer to your best blogs in newer entries when the subjects are relevant, or reference old posts while updating the information they contained.

5 – Create a newsletter that operates separately from your blog, and invite your blog readers to become subscribers. Now you have a new way of advertising your blog, as you can link back to your blog in every newsletter that you send.

6 – Utilize offline methods for promoting your blog just as often as online methods. Make sure that your auto signature, your business card and any other marketing or print materials that you have are adorned with your blog address so that people can find you online more easily.

7 – Pay close attention to your blogging traffic reports. Learn from the statistics that you receive and use that information to update the keywords that you use accordingly. The more that you are able to fine tune your writing to your blog traffic reports, the better the results will be.

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Originally posted 2009-09-11 03:39:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

6 More Steps for How to Get Blog Traffic

foottraffic2If you are trying to learn how to get blog traffic, the following tips will definitely come in handy for you. Access to the right tips and tools will help you build up your blog traffic earning arsenal. There are twenty tips in all that you need to keep in mind when it comes to learning how to increase blog traffic. We have already touched on the first seven, and here we are going to touch on the next six in the series.

1 – Treat your blog as if it were your biggest and most important marketing tool. Make sure that the look, the message and the language of your blog are properly crated in order to establish the desired amount of brand identity and to reach out to the appropriate readers and audience.

2 – Collaborate with other writers in order to create group writing projects that will establish authority for your blog and help you participate in the blogging community as well. Blog carnivals are an example of a group writing project that you can participate in because they allow you to show your authority and expertise while allowing you to collaborate with other well known bloggers in your community.

3 – Find relevant blogs within the blog community and offer to write as a guest blogger for the blog. Don’t be discouraged if a certain blogger does not want to work with you, but know that most likely will. Make sure that you have a good sampling of your writing capabilities as well as a good idea for a blog post when you approach the owner of another blog in your network.

4 – Write a blog entry on a subject that is controversial in nature… but only as long as it can be done in such a manner that it can still maintain consistency with the positioning of your unique brand.

5 – Introduce yourself to other bloggers that are writing on subjects that are similar to what you are writing on. Comment in their blogs or drop them an e-mail to let them know that you are in the same basic blogging community as them. There may be some potential for building friendships with other bloggers in your network, and this can be good for building traffic to your blog.

6 – Write about key topics, covering them in a series form so all of the articles that fall into the series are linked to one another. This is a great way to get people reading deeper into your blog to see what you have to offer. Readers may eventually come upon a blog article in the middle of or at the end of a series, which will give them inspiration to read through the entire series to see what you have to say.

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Originally posted 2009-09-09 03:36:40. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

6 + 1 Steps for How to Increase Blog Traffic

foottrafficHaving access to the right tips and hints for how to increase blog traffic can really come in handy. The more tips and tools that you have in your arsenal for learning how to increase blog traffic; the better off you will be when it comes to building up a steady readership. There are twenty tips in all that you need to keep in mind when it comes to learning how to increase blog traffic. Here we are going to touch on the first seven.

1 – Use keyword rich text based links in your blog entries and articles in order to link to other blog entries and articles. Creating more links to your content increases your exposure. If you are posting article content elsewhere on the internet, make sure that you are including links back to your blog posts because links from high page rank websites will benefit your blog significantly.

2 – Mix your blogging endeavor with social networking. Use websites like LinkedIn and Facebook with blog widgets. Post highlights of your favorite blog articles on websites like StumbleUpon, Digg and Delicious. Answer questions on websites like LinkedIn, Yahoo Answers, in newsgroups and in forums by linking to blog posts that you have written.

3 – Treat your blog as if it were a publication. You should be writing titles that are compelling, as well as introductions and conclusions that are compelling. You should be offering useful content, and you should make sure to check spelling and grammar in everything that you write.

4 – Keep track of relevant information and news that relates to your profession or industry so that you can report on it as it becomes newsworthy. You can achieve this by subscribing to RSS feeds, Google news alerts and other similar services to gain access to key sources of news that relate to the industry that you are writing about in your blog.

5 – Participate in the blog community. Visit blogs that follow a similar nature as your own and offer useful information in the comments. You should be talking about relevant subjects and topics, and you should always provide a link back to your blog, especially if you have something relevant posted in your own blog that you can share with other bloggers and readers.

6 – Submit your blog and your blog posts to as many blog directories, blog carnivals and blog aggregators as you can. The more time that you take to submit your blog to different places online, the more exposure you will create for your blog over time.

+1 – Now, it’s your turn! What other steps can you think of to do for your blog to increase traffic? Share them in the comments below!

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Originally posted 2009-09-07 03:29:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Increasing Blog Site Traffic

piggybackIs attracting blog site traffic really a difficult proposition? Are there any really, incredibly simple ways that a new person to blogging can increase their blog site traffic? Here are some of the ways that you can attract new blog site traffic to your website without difficult, as well as some truly wonderful ways to turbo charge the effort that you make. Traffic generation for blog site traffic does not have to be tough, and it does not have to be expensive. What it does require is some diligence on your part and a willingness to work hard for the much needed results.

Does a site need to age in order to attract blog site traffic?

It can be true that a website needs to age well in order for it to attract good blog site traffic numbers, but some of the best strategies for blog site traffic generation have to do with piggybacking approaches that leverage existing trust for the site, allowing your site to gain traffic from more established websites, borrowing visitors from these websites by driving them to your own website.

So what is an example of this approach?

If you have a brand new blog and you are not getting the type of blog site traffic that you want, what you can do is sign up for an article syndication website like EzineArticles and post content there to build up a reputation and links to your own website. This website is a PR 6 on Google, meaning that it is a trusted, reputable and popular website that Google indexes regularly. When you put your content on this site, it will be indexed, along with the bio section and the links back to your blog that you create in your articles. Instantly you have reputable links to your blog, and a built up authority.

Now start posting in your blog and people will come to see what else you have to say. It is by writing for your own blog and these article syndication sites that you can build up additional blog site traffic, attracting traffic to your blog. These people did not go to the other site looking for you, but they will be pleasantly surprised when they find you and the content that you have to offer, as long as you are making an effort to provide important, useful and informative content in all of your blog posts. This is not difficult at all as long as you have something to say.

Keep writing in your blog every day, and keep posting content on article syndication websites like Go Articles and Ezine Articles, and in no time at all you will have the level of blog site traffic that you are looking for. It takes time and work, but piggybacking off the page rank of these large sites is largely what they are for.

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Originally posted 2009-09-04 03:22:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter