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Tips for the Noob Blogger: Blogging Tips for Beginners

Tips for the Newbie Blogger

Welcome to the world of blogging! Whether you’re just getting started or have little experience, these tips are here to help guide you on your path to becoming a successful blogger. The web is littered with stories on how to attain success and make it as a blogger. Information overload is a problem when you’re just starting out. We’ve distilled the best advice, taken from some of the world’s most popular bloggers, to create a road map for building your blog.

Read below for some tips that will help you get started blogging.

Starting tips:

Never copy someone else’s content.

Blogging is a personal journey that you use to chronicle your thoughts and put into words what your experience has taught you. Bring out your own ideas and write for yourself first before writing out for the audience. Once you start writing for yourself, you will come out with more content in a short time. And this would also give you more audience than you had expected. Never try to impress others without impacting your mind. Always tell the truth and never mislead your followers. Always keep in mind that earning trust will take time while losing the same would happen easily. When you start writing, you feel that there is no one to hear you. Be patient it takes some time for people to start following you. Once you are settled, it is time for you to set a theme for your blogs and write accordingly. This will increase your followers as people with similar ideas will start following your blog posts. Keep in mind that there are millions of blogs on the internet and you need to ensure that you stand out from them. Only then you will get the number of followers as you desire.

Growing tips:

Well, by now you are now not a beginner and have reached a level of blogging experience.

It is time now for you to measure your statistics. There are various tools such as Google Analytics that would help you analyze the trend of your blogs. This would help you modify your blog posts accordingly. You need to ensure that your blog content can be easily shared and made available for your friends and followers in social websites such as Facebook and Twitter. This will also help your friends; share your content to their friends and so on. The success of a blog depends on the number of followers following the post. Interact more with the audience by asking their comments, opinions of the blog, feedback of your writing, etc. You can also leave some of your blogs unfinished, thereby letting your community to complete the posts based on their ideas. Once you start writing blog posts, never leave the posts unattended for more than a month as this would give the image that you are not connecting with your network.

Writing tips:

Blogging is all about writing. Write, write and write, but don’t write too much.

Little confused? You need to write often, but every time you write, do not write too much. Make it a rule that you do not write more than 1000- 1200 words for a blog post. Also make sure that you do not write less than 200 word posts as it seems like a comment and not a blog. You need to write content that is different from what is already there in millions of other blogs. Talk more specific rather than writing some newspaper content. Be bold enough to share your thoughts, but never be too offensive. Get along well with the audience and admit if you make any mistakes. If you feel that what you write is not captivating the mood of the audience, try changing the genre. See if you get positive results now. But this should happen only after you wait for some amount of time. Never give up writing. Once you stop writing blogs, it is very difficult to come back and win audiences.

Risk Tips:

Wondering what risk is involved in blogging? There is no risk until you take a risk.

There are various blogging tools such as analytics tools, plug-ins for social sites, etc. Bloggers tend to easily get attracted towards a tool that they start using it in their blogs. Sometimes, these tools ensure that the blog is destroyed to full extent by posting content without your permission. It is always wise to analyze the new tools in terms of its origin, benefits and requirements. If you feel a tool to be “nice to have” but do not help in achieving your goals, give second thought about using that tool. Instead if you feel a tool to be necessary for reaching the target, don’t give a second thought but use it. Never shy away from asking for help from other communities. No blogger has reached success without being a beginner. Since blogging is all about networking and sharing, I’m sure they would be happy to help you out. Reach out to them and get their advice on a tool or strategy. This way you ensure that you are making people know about your blogs.

Some extra pointers:

Whenever people visit your blog, the first thing they would see is the website. Ensure that the web design match the theme of the blog. There have been numerous instances where web design has come in the way of quality content. So do not hesitate to invest in a good design. Be generous in sharing any content that you feel will benefit the audience. If you find good content elsewhere on the internet, share the link in your blog. This way you make others share your link as well. But never do this for money. People will lose credibility over your site when you share links for payment. Follow some popular bloggers and see how they captivate audience’s mind. It’s time to get your space in the online community. Enjoy your time by sharing your ideas and receiving comments. Happy Blogging!

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Content Is King, But A Plan Is Your Dynasty: Build Your Kingdom With These Royal Tips

Content Is King, But A Plan Is Your Dynasty: Build Your Kingdom With These Royal Tips

Taming the content monster isn’t necessarily the bonus hour of most people’s day. Writing can be an arduous process that requires effort, patience, and time to get right. If the ‘Content is King’ mantra hasn’t yet been beaten into your head, you better get with the program quick: If you want your site to show up in organic search, you have some work to do.

I’m going to assume you understand the implications of publishing content on your site: it leads to better rankings, higher traffic, more conversions. Backlinks are becoming a thing of the past. Not to say that they are not still important, but the true deciding factor these days is where are those links coming from? If you’re not picking up links from authoritative sites you run the risk of getting whacked by Google. Penguins and Panda bears might be cute in the zoo. Not so when it comes to your website.

I Don’t Know Where To Start!

A lot of people have questions about producing “good” content. While there is no exact science, there is a simple formula to producing content on the regular. Consistency is what pays off. Add to the fact that the more you write, the better you become. You need a content calendar, and you need a plan.

What a content calendar allows you to do is structure the content you publish to target your buyer personas. A content calendar also helps you match content with current promotions and marketing initiatives. Still another benefit of creating a content calendar for your website is it keeps you on track and gives you a deadline. It beats wasting time thinking about what you should be writing about.

Plan your content calendar with these resources:

17 Essential Content Templates and Checklists

How to Create an Editorial Calendar Using Trello (and Why You Need One)

How to Build a Content Calendar (Plus a Free Template for 2014)

Master The Outline

How you structure your articles is important. If your plan of attack is laid out before you, all it requires is filling in the blanks. All great posts start with a title. It has to be catchy. People should want to click. Your title should arouse the curiosity of your readers.

As Rita Mailheau says:

Get your headline right and people will start to read. Get your lede right, and they’ll keep reading. It isn’t hard. You just need to know how to do it.

I would recommend reading her article. It explains perfectly how to structure your content. Just for an overview, here is a quick cheat sheet:

1. Start with a title. Your title should set the tone of your article and be your compass for the content that follows.

2. The Lede. This is the first paragraph that should tell the reader the main purpose of your article. Balance being informative and intriguing to keep the reader engaged and wanting to read more.

3. Outline your main points. Brevity is important in writing, and so is breaking up your content with headings. Blobs of text are hard to read and will end up causing you to lose visitors. Headings help readers quickly scan your content, which is the new way people read online (if you haven’t heard).

4. Fill-in-the-blanks. Once you have your title, lede, and your headings mapped out, all you have to do is fill in the blanks. You set yourself up for success when you map out your articles this way. You’ll notice that you write faster and your articles are far more cohesive.

5. Write a long post. While you should never write strictly for word count, there is evidence that longer posts perform better across the board in terms of rankings, social shares and authority.

Don’t Skimp On Promotion

Just because you hit publish doesn’t mean your job is finished. Your job is just beginning. Promotion is the second half and you should definitely put in some time to get the word out. If you need an exhaustive guide to getting this part done, this post covers it.

Here are some ways you can promote your new post:

  • Share on social media (duh!)
  • Mention people in your post
  • Send trackbacks to sites you linked to
  • Comment on other people’s blogs

Don’t Ignore SEO, But Don’t Go Overboard

Semantic search seeks to improve search accuracy by understanding searcher intent and the contextual meaning of terms as they appear in search results. This means that Google is getting better at understanding search queries that mimic human speech and intent. Heavy keyword usage is no longer advisable. You can include your keywords, but never forget that you are writing for people, not search engines.

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8 Super Successful Bloggers You Should Know About

8 Super Successful Bloggers You Should Know About

Blogging is more than a past-time – it is a business model. If you are hoping to turn blogging into a full-time income, these successful bloggers are a great example of what’s possible. You’ll also get an idea of the work in front of you. Done right, blogging has the potential to generate income, and earn revenue month after month. These bloggers have proved that working from home is no longer a fantasy, but is entirely possible. If you want to become  a successful blogger, these are the people to pay attention to:

Darren Rowse, Problogger.net

Former minister and current blogger Darren Rowse has shown that it is possible to turn full time blogging into a career. He has written several ebooks and founded several blogs including Problogger.net where he explains how others can make money blogging as well. His two personal blogs, ProBlogger and Digital-Photography-School.com generate up to 100,000 page views daily and over $20,000 a month in ad revenue proving that blogging can be a six figure job. As a result Darren Rowse is truly an inspiration to bloggers everywhere and his success shows that he knows his stuff.

Pat Flynn, SmartPassiveIncome.com

Former Job Captain for an architecture firm, Pat Flynn started blogging as a means to organize study material for the LEED program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) which is an extremely difficult exam to study and pass. While studying for the LEED exam Flynn had also landed a position as a Job Captain in an architecture firm. Unfortunately this also took place during the recession and Flynn’s firm had to make cuts backs which meant that many were laid off, including Flynn.

Perseverance and the will to support his wife and kids kept him going. Throughout his time studying for the LEED program and blogging his research, he had also picked up knowledge about WordPress and blogging for profit. So after Flynn found out he would be laid off he began hatching a plan for a means of online income. Flynn explains the full story at smartpassiveincome.com where he explains how his blog became so popular, but to make a long story short, he was able to support his family without a 9-5 job and it was all because of blogging.

Bill Slawski, SEObytheSea.com

Bill Slawski dives in to the world of SEO by scrutinizing Google patents and sharing predictions on the latest SEO findings. Hos blog covers tips, information and news on the latest SEO trends. His website SEObytheSea.com is used as a way to showcase in his authority in SEO. By trade, he acts as a consultant and uses his blog much like a business card or resume.

Corbett Barr, ThinkTraffic.com

Trainer, life coach, and blogger Corbett Bar knows the ins and outs of online business. His blog ThinkTraffic is an excellent resource for any entrepreneur interested in making money online. Barr also produces several videos with the Fizzle team on Fizzle.co. Their videos teach everything there is to know about creating a thriving online business. Barr is a great example of someone who has turned his passion into a niche and this has made him a very successful blogger.

Kristi Hines, Kikolani.com

Kristi Hines is a freelance writer that contributes content for several websites. Her personal blog Kikolani contains numerous tips for bloggers of all types. Hines is also extremely knowledgeable on social media and blogging trends. Due to her high level of writing experience she is an excellent source of advice for professional writer’s of all types.

Mari Smith, MariSmith.com

Mari Smith is an expert on online marketing and social networking. She shares her knowledge wonderfully in seminars and has become internationally known for her public speaking. Smith is author of The New Relationship Marketing and coauthor of Facebook Marketing: An Hour A Day. Her blog has helped several business owners improve their marketing strategies using social media.

Glen Allsopp, ViperChill.com

Glen Allsopp is a blogger with an extremely interesting story. He had been doing blogging and marketing for quite some time when suddenly, his blogging caught the attention of a company in South Africa who hired him on as a Social Media expert for their Fortune 500 clients. One thing led to another and after working in Hanoi and Bangkok Allsopp was able to go to work freelancing full time and focus all his attention on blogging through his website ViperChill.com. He also released a book titled Cloud Living where he explains in detail how he became an online nomad. Allsopp is a shining symbol of online success, having made over $4000/month all online at the young age of 17 through blogging and marketing.

Ann Smarty, SEOSmarty.com

Ann Smarty writes heavily on several topics concerning online marketing such as social media, SEO, blogging and more. When it comes to the internet and online businesses she is a bit of a jack of all trades dabbling into a little of everything. She writes several helpful tutorials at SearchEngineJournal.com as well as her personal blog, SEOSmarty.com. Smarty is also head moderator and editor at MyBlogGuest.com, a thriving community of guest bloggers looking to build their portfolios. Due to her experience with MyBlogGuests many beginner bloggers turn to her for advice on how to get started and advance their experience as a writer.

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4 Things You Must Do To Become A Successful Blogger

4 Things You Must Do To Become A Successful Blogger

Although it may sound like a no-brainer, all successful blogs share one thing in common – a strong readership. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but with a few tricks you’ll be headed in the right direction. As a blogger, it’s important to remember your goal should be to capture the interest of your visitor immediately, and make them feel like they’ll walk away with some valuable information. If you’re new to blogging and unsure where to start, here’s four guidelines to live by to make sure you’re not only engaging readers, but keep them coming back.

Find a niche

Pick a topic that you are passionate about. If you are truly passionate about something, your writing will reflect that, and this will keep your viewers coming back. Writing about your niche will also keep you from losing interest.

Consistency

Which brings me to my next point, stick with it. After you have given your readers something to come back for. Build a bio with your blog and let them know how often they can expect new content. Most importantly, stay true to that pledge, you do not want your readers coming back to nothing. If you formed a good niche that you are passionate about you should be able to do this fairly well.

Relevant content

Think about your target audience and what type of medium they would be most interested in. Ask yourself, what is it that attracts them more, pictures, videos, or text? Of course you can use all of these things in your blog, but depending on your audience, or the nature of each post, you might want to focus primarily on one medium.

Engage readers

Speaking of engaging readers, you should do it as often as possible. Find a way to get them to participate somehow. Example, you blog about cooking and you want to do a piece about your favorite recipes. Maybe for this piece you do a video and actually show your audience how you prepare these favorite dishes. Then you invite your audience to talk about their favorite meals, and how they prepare them. People do this on YouTube all the time, and you can do it with writing too. You just need to be creative.

Another way to engage your readers is to actually acknowledge that you appreciate them. You can do this a number of ways, from responding to comments to just mentioning that you saw their replies and you appreciate it. You may not be able to respond to all your replies, but you can at least let your audience know you value them. This alone will keep people coming back.

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The Impact of Blogging on Small Business

The Impact of Blogging on Small Business

Blogging allows you to connect with your audience in a more personal, transparent way. The popularity of blogging has skyrocketed, and this means more competition for you. It also means more opportunity.

How Blogging Has Impacted Small Business

In an otherwise Big Business dominated world, small businesses have the advantage when it comes to blogging. They have the ability to move quickly on implementing and launching new ideas. They’re not bound by corporate restraints. Pockets might not be as deep in the small business sector, but when it comes down to being able to connect with customers, local trumps big business every time.

The personality of your business is able to stand out when you blog. Deep down inside, we’re all cynical towards business because there tends to be too much “fluff”, not enough substance. It’s too gimmicky at times. Once the curtains are pulled back, and the behind-the-scenes footage comes out, people get to see the real picture. And that is exactly what they want to see.

A Real World Example

River Pools and Spas started as a small fiberglass pool installation company in Virginia. In business since 2001, River Pools managed to carve out a name in the pool industry. They also received national recognition. One of the owners, Marcus Sheridan, has even been featured on Problogger. Needless to say, he’s been able to make a name for himself as a blogger. And he did it all, blogging about pools.

How did he do it? By answering questions. As with most industries, real answers can be difficult to find online. It’s either not there, erroneous, or an obvious sales pitch. That is, until blogging changed things.

Welcome to How Content Marketing Really Works

People have questions. The big question in the pool industry was: which pool is better? Is it fiberglass or plaster? They both have benefits, both have drawbacks. What separated River Pools was the fact that they spelled out the facts. They listened to the questions their audience were asking and they responded, no matter the question. Who do you think started showing up in the search results?

Content marketing is about answering the questions your target audience is asking.

Wouldn’t you know, today Marcus has propelled his pool blogging experience into a whole new career. He now writes for his own blog dedicated towards sales and inbound marketing, called The Sales Lion. Not only did he do that, he became a public speaker, delivering keynotes and speeches at major industry events.

It’s Your Move

You will only become remarkable if you do remarkable things. It’s a steady process. Success never comes overnight. If the next story that gets told is about you, what do you want it to say?

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3 Rules & Tools That Will Challenge You To Become A Better Blogger (In 3 Weeks)

3 Rules & Tools That Will Challenge You To Become A Better Blogger (In 3 Weeks)

Blogging takes work. Anyone that says anything different doesn’t know what they are talking about. It takes time and effort to develop a reputation as a good blogger. In fact, if you want to fast track your success, blogging needs to become your habit.

Are you ready? Do you have it in you? If so, it’s time to harness your chi. Unleash your inner badass. If you’ve gotten this far, I’m assuming you’re ready to get started.

The Rules

As with all things in life, rules do apply. You won’t get far without them. Would you expect Floyd Mayweather to keep winning fights if he didn’t train like an animal? Of course not. Your blogging career demands the same level of dedication. It’s the only way you’ll get to the top. If you want to be singing the “winning” phrase like Charlie Sheen, you’ve got work to do. Let’s get to it.

Rule #1: Own Your Niche

This is essential, a fundamental component of your success as a blogger. If you don’t know your niche like the back of your hand, you will not get far. Your niche has to be your passion. It has to be your hobby. It has to be your life. You’ll never be able to keep up the gusto, writing on a topic you care nothing about. It will show in your writing. Find something you love, and start there.

Rule #2: Hone Your Craft

Your “craft” is your voice. It’s how you deliver your message. You have to develop a style that suits your personality and will appeal to your audience. If you sound like everyone else, why would anyone listen? The best thing you can do for your readers is simply be yourself. Don’t get caught up trying to sound professional. Don’t make things overly complicated. Just do you.

Rule #3: Wow The Audience

Overdeliver. That one word says it all. Never write, simply to publish a post. You need purpose. Every post is a chance to offer a solution, to connect with an audience, to gain a subscriber. You should be proud of every post you publish. It’s no mystery: most writers are overly critical of their own work. If you can finish a piece and be impressed, chances are your audience will be, too.

The Tools

Every profession has a toolbox. Blogging is no different. Productivity is important. It’s crucial. You have to approach blogging with the intensity of an entrepreneur. You’re running a business.

Here’s those tools I was talking about:

Tool #1: 21Habit

If you are just starting your blog, regardless of your talent, there is one area where you are severely lacking. That area is content. 21Habit is a free, online app that challenges you to make or break a habit in 21 days. You create an account, enter your habit, and from there check in each day to chronicle your success (or lack thereof).

Here’s your challenge: Commit to writing 500 words each day for the next 21 days.

If you can do this, you’ll hone your craft, develop your writing style, and have plenty of fresh content for your blog, plus a few guest posts to boot.

Tool #2: Evernote

I’ve found this tool to be immensely useful. I know, you’ve heard it before. I’ve only recently began using it. Originally, I simply bookmarked stuff I found online in Chrome, but after awhile, it really becomes difficult to keep track of bookmarks stored in your browser. If you spend a lot of time on the web (which I do, the whole job thing), there’s no doubt you come across a lot of good information. Evernote will help you keep track of it. Then, refer back later for inspiration when you write.

Tool #3: Task Timer

This is going to put the pressure on you – in a good way. Task Timer is a Chrome web app that allows you to set-up timed tasks. You don’t want to spend all day writing a post. The more you can push yourself to get your thoughts down quickly, the faster you will develop as a writer.

You can always refine and edit your post before it goes live. First, get your thoughts on the screen. Personally, I set the clock for an hour and go from there. Decide what works for you and stick to it.

What are you waiting around for? It’s time to get to work.

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The Fundamentals Of Creating An SEO-Optimized Blog Post (For Noob Bloggers)

The Fundamentals Of Creating An SEO-Optimized Blog Post (For Noob Bloggers)

At this point, we’re all publishers. The web fuels the need for content, and that need is growing. There are more people accessing the internet today than at any other point in our history. As internet connection speeds increase, and internet access expands to more regions, people will be consuming even more content.

Obviously, competition is steep. Millions of domains are bought every day, websites are created, and new ideas are born. More websites, more content – more noise. As the search engines work to develop ranking algorithms to award sites with the most relevant content, the need for creating content that attracts readers is more important than ever.

At this point, you’re probably asking yourself how you can cut through the tape and see yourself in the top spot of Google. Granted, it’s going to take more than a few guest posts, but realistically, that’s where it starts.

That’s why you should make sure your post is optimized to appear in search.

It’s Not All About Google

Before we get into how to structure your blog post, you have to remember who you are actually writing for. You’re writing for people. A link is worth nothing if it has no chance of getting clicked on by someone with an interest. You need to shape your writing style and tone to match the people you are wanting to connect with, and the niche you are trying to target. This means two things:

  1. Know your target market. You should understand what motivates your target market. What do they want? What do they value? What questions are they asking? Knowing this allows you to deliver a message within your post that your target market will be receptive to.
  2. Understand the audience you are writing for. Choose a writing style that your audience will connect with. If you’re guest posting, take a look at the other posts to see what people responded to the most. This will help you craft a post that will get more shares and engagement.

Bots Don’t Speak Our Language

Google (and search engines in general) use bots to crawl web pages and index content. Your web page is then filed away neatly within their algorithm, to be pulled up when the right search query triggers it at a later date. To put it simply, a bot cannot read a web page like you and I. It must scan the page and look for recurring instances of keywords, site content, and other variables to determine if the page is relevant to the search performed.

If you want the Big G finding your post when it goes live, you need to follow SEO best practices. Here is what you need to keep in mind when you write your blog post:

  • Put your keyword in your title.
  • Include the keyword in the url of your post.
  • Make sure you include your keyword is included in your meta description.
  • Use your keyword in all of your title tags (h1,h2,h3,etc).
  • Put variations of your keyword throughout your article.
  • Use your keyword in image alt tags.
  • Link out to authority sites to expand your post.
  • Link back to your old posts and other parts of your website.

That about sums it up. It goes without saying that this can be expanded on – but not much. If you are putting out content that is well written, serves a purpose, and is useful, the search engines will reward you. Just keep up the good work.

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How Do I Get More Traffic To My Blog? (5 Easy Steps)

How Do I Get More Traffic To My Blog? (5 Easy Steps)
If you are on a mission to get more traffic to your blog, you’re in luck. You’re also on the right track. In order to be successful online, you have to focus on creating content and generating interest in your blog.

Talk about how to get more traffic to your blog and some people mistakenly think you need a degree in statistical engineering, but that just isn’t the case. There may be some mildly technical aspects to growing your blog, but essentially the number one thing to consider is value. Ask yourself: is what I am blogging valuable to the people who frequent my site?

As bloggers, we put heart and soul into the articles we write and we want people to see them. We want our readers to take away something that will make their blog, their business, and even their lives, to some degree, better.

With that in mind I’ve put together 5 Steps to Get More Blog Traffic. If a blogger will simply follow these five steps, their blog will begin to get more visitors in a short time.

Get More Blog Traffic – Step One, Attract the Giants

This first step is obvious. If you want people to come by the old homestead, you’ve got to have something to feed them. That means regular posts. Daily posting is ideal. People have to know that if they make the effort of stopping by your blog, they will be rewarded by something new and interesting to think about.

And…if you want really good traffic your posts need to be really good. That means being clear about who your visitors are, and what kind of information will make their lives better. Check out the sites that social media elites in your industry frequent. Get a sense of what they are mining. When you are clear on what people want, especially the ones with a following, and start providing it, you’ll begin to see an avalanche of visitors to your blog. The more the big bloggers visit, the more their readers will hear about you and visit in turn.

Get More Blog Traffic – Step Two, Frequent Forums

Once you are clear about what your readers want, the next step just makes sense. Go to forums where the big boys and girls are discussing your product or service. Use forum marketing to build your reputation and get people interested in your site. You don’t have to engage right away. Find out what people are concerned about, excited about, and learning about. Get a sense of their struggles. The things you learn in a forum are worth their weight in gold.

When you know where your industry is going, you’ll begin to engage in more meaningful ways and attract a larger following. What other industry experts are focusing on will enable you to hone both your business and your blog. Simply mention your blog when you do comment. Word will get out.

You may also receive invitations to guest blog for other up-and-comers. Do it and do it well. Reputation is everything. Look at it like money in the bank accruing interest.

Get More Blog Traffic – Step Three, SEO Properly

Smart keywords are a lot more successful than sheer numbers of them. In fact, experts agree that you really want no more than 1% to 2% of your overall article word count in keywords. Sprinkle them throughout the article and especially in the title and close. It’s always important to keep SEO in mind.

Keywords that are slightly unique are better. Don’t mindlessly follow the ones used by number one spot of a Google search. Some of those words can be done to death. Smart people are looking for fresher soil to dig in.

Get More Blog Traffic – Step Four, Get on the Top Social Media

Social media is a great tool but keep a tight rein on it. It can burn up your time if you are not careful. Set aside a half hour during the day for social media—no more, no less.

I get more ideas from Twitter in one day than I did in a month of plain blog hopping. Citizens of the Twitternet are focused, succinct and resourceful. If you find yourself a twitter giant, follow, follow, follow…where they lead. The time-saving is exponential.

Facebook can also be a happy hunting ground when you have liked the expert pages. Some companies use them for forums or to help neophytes learn the ropes in a network. Also, if there is an industry giant you are following, useful nuggets might appear within their pages. The key is consistency.

Like Twitter, Facebook is also a great way to reach out with your blog to a different population of readers. It is definitely a way to build a following when you publish new posts on your Facebook page.

Google+ is a great way to stay in touch with key people in your industry. If you’ve liked someone on Facebook and are following him/her on Twitter, another logical step is to add him/her on Google plus. Some really great one-on-one interaction can happen here. It is also a super way to refer people.

LinkedIn is an invaluable for letting people know who you are, and what your business is about. It is a place to shine. LinkedIn is an avenue to access industry forums and newsletters. These newsletters show interesting slants on global industry developments and publish forward-looking articles. Put your best foot forward here. It might take some time to update and upgrade, but the time spent making your profile the best will yield great returns.

Get More Blog Traffic – Step Five, Install and Check Google Analytics

Google and Bing Analytics are great tools for seeing what subjects are draw and keep people on your blog. One I was a major contributor for did a Friday article about top homes in our city. Visits ballooned on Fridays. We weren’t just seeing interest from prospective buyers but other realtors, too. Since other realtors bring prospective buyers to homes, it also grew the business. Analytics gave us a true sense of where to spend the most time.

Building your blog, like building your business, is a numbers game. The more people you attract, the more likely you are to engage someone in conversation and convert blog traffic into business.

To recap five steps on How To Get More Blog Traffic:

  • Attract the Giants—provide something wonderful to reward visitors and encourage their return
  • Jump on forums—find out where your industry is heading
  • Optimize your keywords—less is more, only 1-2% concentration, smarter is better
  • Become savvy on social media tools—to connect with a wide range of people and follow your industry
  • Use analytics—real time indicators of what is drawing your readers
  • Stay consistent and you’ll know exactly how to get more blog traffic. Your efforts will yield the results you are looking for.

Got some ideas? Add them in the comments!

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