Blogging

How-To Blog Posts

 

I have personally purchased courses online where the author had just slapped together all that he/she knows about the particular subject. No clear objectives at the start and no natural flow of information.  Frustration!

 

The same could be said for some how-to blog posts.  It is essential for one to put yourself in the shoes of your readers and keep in mind they do not have your knowledge and experience and still have to piece together the puzzle.

 

Sarah Arrow gives us her recipe for how to create how-to blog posts in the following section. Sarah is the managing editor of Birds On The Blog (www.birdsontheblog.co.uk), recognized as one of the top sites in the world for women.

 

 

Post title : How to create an effective How-to blog post

 

This headline is simple and effective as people type questions into… Continue reading

 

Getting Subscibers on your Email List

Getting Subscribers for your Email List.

 

Social media is definitely the buzzword in internet marketing circles these days and email marketing is almost seen as old fashioned. But is getting subscribers on your email list and marketing to them not effective anymore?

 

Fact of the matter is; most consumers are also subscribers to email lists.  Just ask yourself the question – how many times have you purchased an item lately only after being made aware of it through email? If you are anything like me – quite a few times!

 

OK, but how about some ideas on getting subscribers on your email list. We turn to Australian blogger Blog Tyrant, creator of blogtyrant.com, for his views.

 

 

1. Harness the power of groups

 

Human beings are obsessed with groups. We need them.

 

Even those kids who dress up with black eye-liner… Continue reading

 

Generate Traffic to your Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Generate Traffic to your Blog

 

This time we take a look at some more suggestions by bloggers as how to generate traffic to your blog.  The overall message is not to wait to be discovered, by also to actively promote your blog, especially in your own niche.

 

Daniel Scocco from DailyBlogTips.com has taken the time to approach his readers for tips to generate traffic, based on their own experience.  We feature 10 of these tips here.

 

 

1. Sridhar Katakam
Keep track of blogs and leave comments on them. A good way to keep the conversation going is to install a MyBlogLog widget and visit the blog of people visiting your site.

 

2. Ian Delaney
Nothing creates long-term traffic more than value. Consider writing posts with resources or explaining how… Continue reading

 

Building Traffic to your Blog

 

Building Traffic to your Blog

 

Traffic is the lifeblood on any online business.  Building traffic to your blog is probably the primary problem most new bloggers struggle with.

 

The old saying of “just build them, and they will come” is not valid anymore.  The sheer number of blogs has put an end to this. People are spoilt for choice and can afford to be more “picky”.

 

Google has also put the brakes on automated methods (read spammy backlinks, etc.) to improve search engine rankings in order to get traffic.

 

So, where to now for the blogger?

 

Corbett Barr from Thinktraffic.net has approach some of his favorite bloggers for traffic building tips.  We feature a selection of them here.

 

 

1.  “Give your very best content away.”

Josh Hanagarne, World’s Strongest Librarian

 

2. “Find people wherever they… Continue reading

 

 

Get People to take Action on your Blog

Ways to get People to Take Action on your Blog.

 

Whether you are blogging for a cause, or to make money, you want to get people to take action on your blog.  This can range from “liking” a post, tweeting about it, opting in, or buying our product.

 

Google is also measuring social interaction as a barometer of quality content on a site.  Thus, the more a visitor interacts with your site, the better ranking you will get.  This will result in more visitors and so the cycle continues,

 

So, what can we do to increase the chance of people taking action once they land on your blog?

 

Nick Thacker of Livehacked.com provides us with the following ways from his personal experience.

 

 

1. Ask

 

I can think of no better way, and no way that’s led to… Continue reading

Unusual ways to find Blogging Inspiration

 

Unusual Ways to find Blogging InspirationThe experts say that one should just use day-to-day experiences to find blogging inspiration, but it seems not that easy for the rest of us.  I believe that most bloggers will confer that at times inspiration is lacking.

 

Blogger Stanford writes that he also used to have the problem, but has since discovered some unusual ways to find blogging inspiration.  He shares some of his strategies in the following paragraphs.  His complete post is available here.

 

5 Ways to Capture Blogging Inspiration

 

Try this…

  1. Go to iTunes and download a documentary on a political, cultural, scientific, or spiritual icon. Look for parallels between their life and beliefs and your niche.

 

  1. Examine the works of coaches, teachers, and motivators in complementary niches. For example, I’ve mined inspiration from the neurolinguistic programming field with great… Continue reading

Multi Tasking Your Content

 

Multi Tasking your ContentIn order to make your commercial content work, you have to cater for human visitors as well as the search engine bots.  Your content therefore has more than one function.

 

Jen Van Iderstyne, writing for Internet Marketing Ninjas, describes the process of giving different functions to your content as multi tasking your content.  Your content has to provide information about your business, target the keywords that you would like to rank for, and has to convert prospects into customers. You will find her complete article here.

 

Information

 

Let’s start with the most obvious function. Your content should inform visitors of your business,  brand, service, products and over-arching purpose for existence.  It may extol your virtues, why you are superior to your competitors.

 

It may explain your process, your history or your value factors. It can… Continue reading

A Blogging Philosophy

 

 

Blogging PhilosophyReading about what successful bloggers write about the way they do blogging, ones comes to the conclusion that each one have  their own blogging philosophy on what they write, when they write it, and how they write it.

 

As an example, some bloggers plan in advance.  They jot down notes and write from that, while others just open a document in their word processor, take an idea, and start typing. Some have a regimented schedule – they blog on certain days and during a specific time period.  Others create when they have the time. And so on.

 

Today we look at the blogging philosophy of Ken Mueller, a blogger with 30 years of media experience and the owner of Inkling Media. Ken writes the following in a post on Business to Community.com.

 

My most important marketing tool –… Continue reading

Increase Blog Traffic with Killer Articles

 

Increase Blog Traffic with Killer ArticlesSuccessful bloggers maintain that the best remedy for low visitor figures to your blog is to increase blog traffic with killer articles. What would be classified as a killer article and how often should you post one?

 

Daniel Scocco of DailyBlogTips.com shares with us his strategy for creating killers articles.  His complete article is available here.

 

First Step: Killer Articles (1 hour per day)

 

Spend one hour brainstorming, researching and writing killer articles (also called linkbaits, pillar articles and so on).

 

Notice that your goal is to release one killer article every week. If that is not possible aim for one every 15 days. So the one hour that you will spend every day will be dedicated to the same piece. In other words, expect killers articles to take from 5 up to 10 hours of… Continue reading

The Dark Side of CurationDark Side of Curation

 

The topic of content curation is extremely relevant on the Internet today. More and more sites are offering curated views of videos, images and articles. However, as laudable as the concept might be,  there is danger involved as well.  The problem is that the curated content will inevitably reflect the mind-set of the curator(s).

 

While doing some research on the topic I found a post By Jenna Wortham on Bits, a blog on the New York Times website, on which she explained the necessity of curation. However, it was eventually one of the comments that caught my eye:

 

There should be no problem with consulting curators’ picks provided we do not forget the dictum:

 

“What is true may not be popular
What is popular may not be true”

 

[A rephrasing of the take home lesson of “An… Continue reading