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Promoting Your Blog

Promoting Your Blog

Starting a blog is one thing, but making sure it’s of the highest quality and has readers is a totally different picture. If you want people to notice your blog, then there are many things that you have to think about as you start blogging. You can’t just throw things up there hoping that it will work. You have to know the field just like any other. Keep reading to learn how to go about producing a quality blog.

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First of all, what is trending within your niche? If you’re blogging about a certain subject and a news story breaks, you might want to blog about that. It will get you attention from the search engines and the public who is searching. You can search keywords on the Internet from your niche to find news stories to write about as well.

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Be sure you’re leveraging social media to give yourself a boost. You need to have a Facebook and a Twitter set up at least, and you need to be promoting your blog on them. Gain more friends and followers as you lead up to your blogging experience. Also, make sure you have the plugins for these social media sites on your blog so that people can share your blog posts so that you reach more people!

Good Sense Of Humor

Join blogging forums so that you can provide back links to your blog. Visit other sites within your niche to do this as well. This will help ensure that you are networking your blog with the search engines and also networking with people in your niche. If you get in touch with some influential people on the forums or through social media, this can really help give your blog some recognition.

Niche

Would you like to provide a more interactive blog? Of course! So, why not host a poll on your blog? This gets people to vote and take part and show their presence. You also want to do many other things with your blog to promote interaction. Social media was one, but you also want to enable comments for both registered users and people that wish to remain anonymous. This will ensure that you are interacting with your readers. Plus, this further helps get your blog attention with the search engines as well.

Passion

Ask your readers what they would like to read about. Some people will make suggestions in comments, and you can ask on your social media pages or in a poll as mentioned. The key is to listen to your readers. Some of them might even want to make guest posts. Or, you might even pull ideas for new blog posts from the comments of your readers, without them having suggested anything.

Promoting

When trying to start a successful blog, you must realize that there is much work to do. While it is fun, you have to approach it with a business attitude as well so you realize what it takes to get your blog read. Consider the advice that has been given, and get out there and start a blog!


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    • DY Beach
    • December 8, 2013
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    What Are The Best Search Engines To Use? Besides MSN, Google and Yahoo can anyone recommend some good search engines to use. If it’s not to much trouble could you please include some links. Thank you.

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    • Tristique
    • December 9, 2013
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    How To Get High Listings On The Search Engines Without Paying? My website has keywords and description in the code. However, I still have very low listings on the search engines. Most of the sites that are higher then mine don’t really address the search word better than my site does. Does high ratings equate payment for that service…or can it be achieved without having to pay the search engines?

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      This is an answer I wrote about 12 months ago, things may have changed slightly but a lot will still hold true…

      Several criteria determine the amount of traffic your website gets but by far the most important are to have a good search engine ranking and good links to your site.

      Search engines use a complicated and secret algorithm to determine which sites are placed where in the rankings but there are several tricks you can employ to boost you ranking.

      There’s lots of articles on the net to do with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) but I ignore all of them and do things my way. This seems to work as every site I’ve created ranks within the top 6 on Google even when there’s millions of results found. A site I created less than a week ago is already ranked number 1 by Yahoo and Google.

      These are some of my tips…

      — GIVE YOUR PAGE A GOOD TITLE TAG —
      One of the first things a search engine looks at is the title tag of the page. When writing the tag use the same words people are likely to key in when using a search engine. For example, if your page is about space travel then a title such as “Space Travel – Be a Shuttle Rocket Tourist and Journey to the Moon” is much better than “All about flying to the moon and back”. Why? Because the first tag includes words people are likely to use in a search engine such as space, travel, shuttle, rocket, tourist, journey and moon.

      — GIVE YOUR PAGE A RELEVANT NAME —
      Search engines look at page names. If your domain was mydomain.com then a page name such as mydomain.com/space-travel will do much better than mydomain.com/section1/part2/page3.

      — USE THE DESCRIPTION TAG —
      Some search engines including Google support this tag – others don’t.

      Compare a Yahoo search for ‘Black Eyed Peas’ to a Google Search. Both of them find blackeyedpeas.com but Yahoo describe it as “… Multi-platinum 2-time Grammy-winners The Black Eyed Peas cross an historic threshold as their hit … The Black Eyed Peas, Sergio Mendes, John Legend, Justin Timberlake and others …”. Google uses the description tag and describes it as “Official site includes videos, message boards, tour dates, and photo gallery. Additional content is available to members.”

      — USE THE ALT TAG —
      Some search engines ignore the alt tag, others include it when spidering your site. Not only that but some visually impaired users and power-surfers who turn off images rely on alt tags.

      — FLASH ANIMATION / SCRIPTING / DHTML —
      Spiders are unable to follow these linking systems. If all your pages are linked using Flash, DHTML or scripts then the spider won’t follow the links and your pages won’t get indexed. If you’re designing your site this way the least you can do it to include conventional text links to the main pages of your site and ideally to a Site Map that contains text links to every page.

      — SPLASH PAGES —
      These are the animated front pages to a site, usually nothing there other than an animation and a ‘Skip Intro’ link. Spiders don’t like Splash and as this is the doorway to your site think carefully before creating one.

      — DOORWAY PAGES —
      These are pages that exist on a site but are not accessible to the visitor, if someone tries to access the page they are redirected elsewhere. Historically webmasters created such pages and stuffed them full of popular keywords and phrases.

      Spiders have wised up to Doorways and there’s nothing better for getting yourself pushed right down in the rankings or kicked out altogether than use of Doorway Pages.

      — HIDDEN TEXT —
      Some web pages hide text by printing white text on a white background for example. Often such text has nothing at all to do with the site but is just a list of popular words and phrases used to draw people to the site. Spiders can spot tricks like these and will penalise sites that employ such tactics.

      — PUT A HEADING ON YOUR PAGE —
      The heading should closely match the page title. You need to format the heading as a Heading Style and not simply use bold and underlined text.

      — REPEAT KEYWORDS AND PHRASES —
      Include in the text of your page several instances of keywords and phrases people may use in a search engine. Using the space travel example your page should include words such as space, travel, fly, moon, space-tourist and so on. Repeat them frequently but don’t overdo it.

      — USE OF THE KEYWORD TAG —
      This is something that’s falling out of favour with search engines. Originally this was a useful tag for ensuring your page contained variants of words, particularly those that are often mis-spelled (e.g. Britney, Britany, Brittany, Spears, Spiers etc). I haven’t used this tag for some time and I’ve heard people say it can be detrimental to search engine rankings.

      — AVOID 404 (PAGE NOT FOUND) ERRORS —
      Spiders hate these and after finding one or two on your site will leave it. Don’t rely on an E404 page to take visitors to a designated page when the target page is missing.

      — ADD YOUR SITE TO DIRECTORIES —
      You can add your site to appropriate categories in online directories. There’s hundreds of them altogether but the 4 main ones are…

      http://dir.yahoo.com/
      http://www.wikidweb.com/
      http://www.dmoz.org/
      http://directory.google.com/

      There’s an extensive list here… http://www.seocompany.ca/directory/free-web-directories.html

      — SEARCH ENGINE SUBMISSION —
      Google dominates the search engine market, Yahoo and MSN are the other two key players. A lot of the others use Google.

      If you can get your site indexed by these three then you’ve pretty much covered all your bases. Rather than waiting for the spiders to find you it may help to add your site to the submission lists.

      http://www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl
      http://search.yahoo.com/info/submit.html
      http://search.msn.com/docs/submit.aspx?FORM=WSDD2

      — ESTABLISH GOOD LINKS —
      This is the most important factor of all. You need lots of relevant and ‘respected’ pages linking back to yours as each link scores bonus points in the rankings algorithm. The best links are those from trusted sites that are themselves established. For example, if the space travel site has links from NASA, the European Space Agency, ABC News and the like it will give it a serious boost in the rankings. One link from NASA would be worth more than a whole bunch of links from less relevant sites.

      It’s worth taking the time and effort to get links from as many sites as possible. Visit relevant sites and e-mail the webmaster with details of your site.

      Because links are vitally important your site has to be make people want to link to it. I make it a policy to never link to sites that have pop-ups and I’m sure many other people do too.

      — HAVE A GOOD SITE —
      When creating your site think how it’s going to appear to visitors. Bear in mind different people use different browsers and have different connection speeds. A large page might look fantastic to someone with a fast connection will be a real pain to someone with a slow connection. If you need to put advertising on your site then make it relevant and discreet – one thing guaranteed to get someone off your site is to have pop-ups and ‘in yer face’ advertising, can you think of any successful site that employs these tactics?

      If your site is an informative one then make it so visitors can get the information they want quickly – don’t go for Flash intros and complicated menus and use only common fonts, if the font isn’t on a visitors computer their browser will use the default font instead.

      Navigation must be easy with every page having a link back to the homepage and don’t use frames, they’re seriously outdated, users don’t like them and spiders ignore them.

      Avoid cluttering your site, spread it out or onto more pages. Keep the text brief, unless it’s something the visitor wants to read they’ll soon get bored and go off to another site.

      — REMEMBER WHY PEOPLE USE THE INTERNET —
      Ignoring porn and all that stuff, the primary use of the internet is for information so make your pages informative. The space travel website could include information about the universe, each of the planets in the solar system, a history of space flight and so on. This will generate a lot more traffic which in turn is likely to lead to more links and ultimately a higher ranking.

      — IGNORE SEO COMPANIES —
      You probably receive e-mails from companies offering to get you higher rankings in the search engines. Their number one concern isn’t your site but their balance sheet, treat them the same as you would with an e-mail for Viagra and hit delete. They do work to an extent but not by doing anything you can’t do for free. Google get e-mails from companies offering to help rank their own site, see what else Google have to say about these companies… http://www.google.com/webmasters/seo.html

      — CONSIDER ADWORDS —
      You pay for these, how much you pay is up to you. If someone enters a search phrase that matches your adwords then your ad is displayed on the results page. If more than one ad matches then they’re displayed in the order of who pays most for their adwords.

      — SPREAD THE WORD —
      Just tell people about your site and add posts in relevant forums, blogs etc.

      — BE PATIENT —
      In general the longer a site is around the better it does in the search engine rankings, largely because as time passes more and more sites will link to it. If your site relates to a popular subject you may find it ranks low down to start with then climbs steadily in the rankings, it could take years before you have a good ranking.

      — THE END —
      Hope this gives you something to go on and you get the traffic you want.

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    • Chris
    • December 12, 2013
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    How Do I Check If My Website Was Submitted To Search Engines? I paid a submission service to submit my website to search engines. I want to check if it was really submitted to Yahoo, AOL, Google, and more. When I did a search it appears not to be listed in any of them.

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      • Admin
      • December 12, 2013
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      You can search for the keywords contained within your website pages and use the actualy domain name of the site on whichever search engine you want to check

      But search engines have software called ‘spiders’ that search the web and pick out keywords from the code in the page and then add them to their catalogue of pages so you don’t need necessarily to submit your website for it to get onto the search engines

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    • Bigead
    • January 18, 2014
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    Any Tips On Search Engine Visibility For Your Website? I finally made my program and finally made my website. I did everything that I needed to do. Now all I need is search engine visibility. According to some internet articles, I can make lots of sites link back to my site. But that requires signing up and that takes forever to do. So I’m looking for a way to make my site visible in a short amount of time. Any way that I can do that? Thanks in advance.

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      If you want visibility your website in search engine make quality back links for your website, submit your website in social media website, forum posting, blog commenting, directory submission, article writing and submission there are lots of method to get back links for your website

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    • Francis
    • February 24, 2014
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    What Is Social Media? What are the best examples?

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      • Admin
      • February 24, 2014
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      Andreas Kaplan and Michael Haenlein define social media as

      “A group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content.

      Businesses also refer to social media as user generated content (UGC)
      or consumer-generated media (CGM).

      Social media is believed to be a driving force in defining this current period as the Attention Age.

      A common thread running through all definitions of social media is a blending of technology and social interaction for the co-creation of value.

      Social media have become the new tool for effective business marketing and sales. Popular sites include Twitter, Facebook and Myspace, and they are the social media most commonly used for socialization and connecting friends, relatives and employees.

      Common forms of social media;

      concepts, slogans and statements with ahigh memory retention quotient, that excite others to repeat

      Grass-Roots direct action information dissemination such as public speaking, installations, performance, and demonstrations.

      Electronic media with ‘sharing,’ syndication, or search algorithm technologies (includes internet and mobile devices).

      Print media, designed to be re-distributed.

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    • Anonymous
    • February 26, 2014
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    Is Facebook A Phony Social Media Site ? It seems like no matter how many friends you get on the site, the friends you friend and vice versa are not really you’re friends. There is no real form of communication. I’m glad im off facebook. In mu opinion Facebook sucks. People tell me what you think ?

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      • Admin
      • February 26, 2014
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      It’s only phony if you’re the type of person who adds random people just to say that you have 1000 friends. lol. but if you’re the type of person who uses facebook to keep in touch with real life friends, then no facebook is not a phony social media site.

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    • Olsvell
    • March 7, 2014
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    What Social Media And Some Examples Of Good Sites?

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      Social Media is the way we (humans) need social interaction - like using the Internet and Web 2.0 based sites or portals. Like worldstopbrands.com facebook.com and other sites.

      If you like brands and need some interaction with other people then try http://www.worldstopbrands.com you will get an idea of the web 2.0 and social media type of websites.

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    • Mediapirate
    • April 1, 2014
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    SEO And Social Media? Just wondering what different ways you use social media to contribute to an SEO/SEM campaign?

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      You can use social bookmarking sites, social networking sites and media sharing platform. These three can help you in contributing to SEO/SEM campaign. Social bookmarking sites include digg, twitter, stumble upon, mixx, etc. Social networking sites include Facebook, MySpace, etc. Media sharing platform include Youtube, Metacafe, etc.

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    • Saad Rehman
    • April 18, 2014
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    What Are The Social Media Tips For Blogging? Any one of you know social media tips tips for blogging

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      Social Media

      Much has been written about the use of social media sites to get traffic to a blog. I will therefore discuss this item more general sense of social media and share some principles for social media traffic.

      1.Be an Active Participant In Social Media:
      2. Learn The Rules and The Culture:

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    • Anonymous
    • April 29, 2014
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    How Have Modern Social Media Sites Affected Commerce?

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      Social media sites affect the way people do business online, by making them acquire real goods with the use of virtual currency or credits they have in social games. A good example of this is Facebook credits which you can purchase in tiers. There are also speculations that Facebook will have its own currency one day and social media is definitely a mover and shaker in the world of ecommerce today…and tomorrow.

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    • Anonymous
    • April 30, 2014
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    How To Drive Sales Utilizing Social Media Like Facebook, Twitter, Etc On An E-commerce Site?

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      Social media like facebook, twitter etc can be easily used to drive sales and get more and more eyeballs for your products. Not only by creating facebook pages, twitter accounts to share updates with your fans, you can integrate social login and sharing from these ID providers and let your users login to your website with their facebook and twitter IDs but also share your products on their social networks. Social plugins from Loginradius (www.loginradius.com) for e-commerce are popular among the webstores lately, they provide social login and share funcitonality along with good analytics to get your marketing streamlined with respect to your users

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    • Lost
    • May 7, 2014
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    Is Anyone Familiar With Exactly WHAT Social Media Optimization Is? I keep hearing about social media optimization and when I researched, there are so many answers and none are the same. Maybe it is an aggregation of all answers however, there are too many contradictions for that to be true.

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      Social Media Optimization (SMO) is the methodization of social media activity with the intent of attracting unique visitors to website content. it’s the process of utilizing social media marketing tactics and implementing optimization to gain increased awareness within the social networks and to gain traffic from sites other than the search engines. It involves creating accounts on social sites (such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.), designing custom backgrounds and writing posts.

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    • Netgeek
    • May 19, 2014
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    Social Media Traffic Helps In Selling Affiliate Products? Today there are several ways to get traffic to your website. Social media traffic is one of them does traffic from stumbleupon, facebook, myspace, digg etc will help convert better for affiliate marketing.

    Thanks
    TJ

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      Social Media Traffic helps in terms of getting you more of an audience to make sales to.

      The key with Social Media Traffic, is building trust and relationships. You have to be part of a cool, informative valuable conversation with the customer to get the sale.

      Making more better conversions depends upon your sales process. To make better conversions, you should split test parts of your sales process and use the additional traffic from social media to assist you.

      You may even want to consider making special offers specifically to the different social media sites. Example: “This is an exclusive offer only for Myspace Members.”

      Social Media Traffic give the affiliate marketer more choices and more opportunities.

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      Secret YouTube Traffic Tips
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    • Shawli Sharmin
    • May 19, 2014
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    What Is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)? I want to Know about Search Engine Optimization.

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      Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s search results. SEO may target different kinds of search, including image search, local search, video search, academic search, news search and industry-specific vertical search engines.

      As an Internet marketing strategy, SEO considers how search engines work, what people search for, the actual search terms or keywords typed into search engines and which search engines are preferred by their targeted audience. Optimizing a website may involve editing its content and HTML and associated coding to both increase its relevance to specific keywords and to remove barriers to the indexing activities of search engines. Promoting a site to increase the number of backlinks, or inbound links, is another SEO tactic.

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