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Loyal Readership

The Internet is a wonderfully democratic world. Anyone with something to say can make their voice heard online. One of the easiest ways to get your ideas out there is with a blog. There are endless numbers of blogs (and bloggers) out there, though. How can you stand out? Here are some important tips that will help you build a blog worth reading.

* Quality Comes First

Although people with successful blogs run them for a variety of different reasons, they all have one thing in common: They provide quality content that their readers are interested in. Rest assured, the quality of your content is the most important part of building a blog. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need impeccable writing skills or beautiful pictures or amazing code. If you blog with passion about subjects that interest you, you’ll forge a strong connection with your readers.

* Set a Schedule, but be Flexible

Ideally, you want to be able to stick to a schedule with your blog. Your content should be updated regularly. Knowing that there is more content coming is often the deciding factor that turns a first-time visitor into a regular follower. Give yourself a goal for the frequency of your posting. Remember the last point, though! You don’t want to push out sub-par content in order to meet your deadlines. Review your goals as you gain blogging experience and adjust your schedule to fit your current capabilities.

* Know What You’re Aiming At

While there’s nothing wrong with starting a blog just for the sake of trying it out, if you want to build up a loyal readership and experience long-term success you need to have a goal in mind. This goes beyond simply keeping your quality high and posting fresh content regularly. Do you want to inform people? Do you want to persuade them? Do you intend to turn your blog to commercial pursuits? If you want to be successful, you have to define success in your own terms.

* Reach Out to Readers

No matter where you aim your blogging career, it’s almost a certainty that you want to have plenty of people consuming your content. In order to serve your audience to the best of your abilities, you need to know as much about them as possible. Once you have some people reading, don’t be afraid to learn about them. Solicit comments and interact with visitors who have something to say in response to your blog.

* Stay the Course

Even in the early days of the Internet, when bloggers seemed to rise to prominence overnight, blogging was not a path to instant notoriety. Today the road to successful blogging is an arduous one. You may find it difficult to stay dedicated in the early days, when comments and readers are few and far between. Stick with it! It takes time to build a great blog. You need to refine your skills and grow your audience, and the only way to do that is to keep plugging away.

Although it’s a field with plenty of competition, it’s not as difficult as you might think to put together a notable blog. If you make use of the suggestions you’ve just received, you should be able to blog with authenticity and passion. No matter what subject matter you choose, you’ll find that readers respect a quality blog. By making an effort to do your best, you can be the one who gives it to them!

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    • Ioa
    • December 5, 2013

    If You Were Prepared To Advertise Absolutely Anything , How Would You Justify This Decision? Pl answer

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      If you are prepared to advertise anything, then I don’t think there is a NEED to justify anything – you are already prepared. If you are asking how do you prepare yourself to advertise anything, then I think it depends on the reason why you are seeking advertisers in the first place. If it is to generate revenue from their advertising dollars, and their content doesn’t violate your target audiences ideals and morals, then there should be no problems. If you are going to in some way alienate the target audience, then it would be foolish to run that advertiser. The whole goal for the community, the advertisers and you, is to draw loyal readership/viewership and providing advertisements for vendors that will turn away your audience is just a bad idea.

      However, if you are dealing with the advertiser on a personal level, that wont interfere with your audience, then you need to reevaluate why you are advertising in the first place. Do you need the advertising revenue? Can you easily replace that advertiser/revenue stream? Are your objections the same as your viewers? If you answer “no” to these, then you should seriously consider weather or not the advertiser is the right one for your publication/outlet. If you find that it is a personal issue not shared by your viewers, then you should seriously consider what message you are trying to broadcast by NOT allowing that advertiser, and if your audience will support you and agree with that statement.

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    • Jess
    • December 25, 2013

    How To Get More Readers On A Blog? Hello,

    I have just set up my own blog. How do you get more readers? Ive done it on blogger, or google + I think it is.

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      • Admin
      • December 25, 2013

      1. Readers only care about the benefits
      The subject of the site is good, but with a little tweaking, you can make it great. Right now, you’re telling me I can make my executive plan better. That’s great, but it doesn’t get me excited. Instead, tell me how your website will help me wow investors, and start the company I’ve always wanted. Make it emotionally driven by emphasizing the benefits of reading your articles, not simply telling me what I will learn.

      2. Get readers to come back
      People looking for advice on executive summaries are in the process of writing an executive summary while looking. Once they finish writing it, they probably won’t have a need to return to your site.
      You should expand your topic to allow for loyal readership. You are doing this very well with the featured startup business. The featured startup gives readers examples of great startups that wow investors, so it’s still on topic for your site. Add more on topic features like this to increase reader loyalty.

      3. The Site Itself
      – Use WordPress
      Get rid of Blogger. It’s way too limiting, especially since your site is both a blog and static site (has services/product page, about me, etc.). This way, you won’t have sharing buttons on your about me page. Plus, it looks much less professional being on blogger. Lastly, WordPress is much better for SEO than blogger.

      – Highlight the important parts
      A lot of the content seems to “run together.” What I mean is this: People read by skimming, especially online. They only stop and fully read parts which catch their attention. If the words run together, they are no signs for what they should stop and read. But by highlighting important parts, people are more likely to stop and read, or at least get the important parts. Either use lists, or divide articles into sections with headers.

      4. What are you supposed to do on the site?
      When I first come to the site, there’s a bunch of info. It’s all great info, but as a viewer, it can be rather overwhelming, making me less likely to take an action (download, sign up, read). So instead, exaggerate the single most important part. Do you want people to read? Do you want people to sign up? Take the quiz?

      You have ads, an about me box, a widget with visit locations, and all these distract me.

      First decide what is the most important part of the page. And make that the most important, either by sizing, color, anything to make it stand out from all else. As a viewer, I prefer being told what to do once I come to your site. So make it easy for me.

      Off page
      Engage community
      If you want to create a community of readers around your site, you must first become engaged in other communities. Search the Internet and find groups is that discuss business plans or executive summaries. Begin answering questions and offering advice I saw you have a bunch of forum posts, but mostly advertising your site. Instead, actually add value to these forums. Doing so will make you an expert on the subject. People on forums don’t want to be advertised to (in fact, most forum rules don’t allow posting urls). So instead, truly engage in these communities and you’ll see people will begin flocking to your site for further advice.

      Build links
      Work on building links from natural sources. Forum posts, if you do have links, won’t help with page rank. Instead, ask others to link to your site and share your articles. Not only is this essential for SEO purposes, but you are more likely to gain viewers if their friends recommend them to your site. So begin building up those links right away.

      It takes time
      Building a solid readership takes time. All of these tactics are tried and true methods. But results are not instantaneous. Instead, it could take a couple of months. But keep at it and you’ll soon see an increase in readership.

      Hope this helps. Good luck.

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    • Ash
    • February 12, 2014

    What Are The Different Bacterial Staining Methods? Simple, Negative, Impregnation method, Gram staining, Acid fast stain (Ziehl-Neelsen stain).. what else? pls list them all..

    Thank u.
    I need the answer now.. At least 6 methods.. .:-( for tomorrow’s assignment.. where do I find the manual now? I just need six methods and I will find notes for those.. pls help

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      • Admin
      • February 12, 2014

      There are endless numbers of stains for bacteria. Hiss stain, capsule stains galore, occasionally H&E stain, many, many others. I suggest you get a copy of Bergey’s Manual and look them all up. I’m too tired to transcribe the long list.

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    • Laughing poet
    • February 13, 2014

    How Many Albums Did Calexico Record With Iron And Wine? I thinkt here is only one album but i am not sure. also, how many albums have been releasd for iron and wine so far?

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      • Admin
      • February 13, 2014

      The answer is 3 albums
      The Creek Drank the Cradle (2002)
      Our Endless Numbered Days (2004)
      The Shepherd’s Dog (2007)

      and only one with calexico
      In the Reins with Calexico (2005)

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    • Lella23lella
    • March 15, 2014

    How Do You Make Money From A Blog?can You Only Write About Personel Things??

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      Making money from a blog is actually fairly simple. You just need to follow the basic rule of blogging – only write what you know about! If you write just to have content and the right types of ads show up, you won’t have a loyal following at all.

      To make money from it, you can do several things. First off, join AdSense. Second, join Commission Junction. Once you start to develop a semi-regular readership, you offer links in your blogroll for sale on certain websites which shall not be named (you can do searches for these). If you enjoy writing, there is an ebook site – – that has a fairly cheap ebook detailing some easy ways to make money writing, specifically online.

      That’s pretty much it. Write what you know, make money from advertising, or sell your writing ability to others. Good luck!

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    • Judes_325
    • March 25, 2014

    Is There No Future In Writing For A Serious News Magazines And Only Glamour Magazines? It’ll be awesome if you could give me some sites where journalists argue about this as well as your opinion…

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      I can’t give you any websites, but being on my way to earning my bachelor’s degree in communication and having had exposure to the newscasting business, I can tell you that whoever told you that probably has been living in a cave in the middle of nowhere. (OK, maybe not literally, but that would be true in terms of their knowledge of the media)

      There is indeed a tendency for media consumers today to become more and more in control of content demand. In other words, they choose and control what they want to see and hear from the media. If it doesn’t tickle their fancy all they have to do is zap the remote control or surf to another site. In this light, then yes, glamour-related content will become more and more glorified than ever before.

      However, is there a brighter future for glamour magazines than ones that publish news? Highly doubtful. In this day and age, people increasingly access the media for free using their digital (and usually mobile, internet-connected) gadgets. Paper will become more and more of a luxury item, and one day it might get to the point that only very wealthy people can afford glossy printed magazines.

      Also, don’t forget that glamour magazines are a business in itself; it takes a lot of consistent hard work, capital, skill, quality, and strategies in order to sustain a magazine’s existence in the media business, let alone for it to earn the “glamour” status. In order for a magazine to be recognized as a “glamour magazine”, it needs to have a strong branding concept, gain loyal readership, compete with other magazines or media that its audience could otherwise be enjoying, mature marketing and distribution strategies, a strong research and development team to survey the market and predict trends, a huge network with people and organizations which can contribute meaningful content, and they have to make money in a market where the consumers increasingly want freebies.

      In other words, the people behind the “glamour magazine” business are not some hedonistic luxury-addicted goddesses who sit around all day, sipping margarita and waving a magic wand that creates a 100-page glossy bundle out of nowhere. Behind the scenes there are researchers, marketers, reporters, public relationists, and advertisers who are constantly on the go identifying what their readers want, and developing serious business strategies that fulfill those wants.

      The development of those business strategies rely on serious, hard news. As long as the “glamour” part of the media industry exists, the “hard news” industry will also have to exist to support it. Otherwise, the decision makers and creators of glamour magazines won’t survive very long.

      The serious news magazines can exist, and even thrive even if all the glamour magazines in the world were wiped out. The reverse, however would not be true.

      Besides, printed magazines these days make less and less return on assets as less people continue to buy magazines regularly, and the ones who still do, have more options. In order to survive and make profit, they would have to come up with more and more gimmicks like online publishing, event organizing, and media convergence. Those add up a significant amount of overhead costs, and again can only be exercised when decision makers have thoroughly studied the field before them through the information and data provided by hard news reports and in depth research.

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    • Ted Murphy
    • April 4, 2014

    What Kind Of Blog Should I Start? I want to start a blog. Not to make money (though don’t get me wrong, that would be cool), but to have fun writing it! So, I’m very interested in business and I look up a lot of business stuff online and I’ve answered business questions on here in the past. The problem is that I’m a teenager and I’ve never had a real business job (but I’ve started 2 business, written business plans, etc.) So, because of maybe a lack of experience in business, I would also love to start a blog reviewing music! I absolutely love music! The problem is that the style of music I want to review does not have a huge following: Christian rap. Oh, and I want to get a relatively good sized following. I have a great background in music.

    So, what do you think I should do?

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      What’s your passion? THAT’S what you blog about. If you don’t, two things will happen: 1) You won’t be able to consistently engage your readers with interesting content driven by your expertise in something over the long haul to give you the loyal readership you need to succeed. 2) You’ll become bored quickly if all your time is spent fighting off spammers and trolls because no one worth writing for is visiting your blog!

      Don’t blog just to blog. Blog because you’ve got something to say and wisdom to share. Otherwise the activity will become a daily slog, not a daily blog!

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    • =
    • May 7, 2014

    If Numbers Are Endless And Infinity, Why Can’t Words Or Letters Be Endless? I’m just so curious! Why can’t they?

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      Numbers are endless because the universe is endless.

      Words are endless as well, we are perpetually making new ones.

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    • Tony
    • May 13, 2014

    Infinity Linguistically Must End At Some Point Right ? So Numbers Must Have A End ? I was in bed one night thinking about infinity in account to relevance and relativity come to a conclusionalphabetical letters and we can not add to this but there are endless numbers yet only a limited alphabet to describe the numbers alphabetical combinations can only go so far so is it posabule that we can at some point be without writen ability to describe the endless probabilities ? this is just the surface of my idea just want to see what other smarter pepole may have to say thanks=)
    Thanks Philip J I am probably just on a tangent and the spelling I will work on more .

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      No; infinity never ends. “In-” means “no-“; “-fin” means end; “-ity” means “-ness”. It is not a number; it is the quality of not having an end.

      As for having a limited number of characters with which to express numbers, you are onto something. Not all infinite sets are equal. If you can make a set of rules for counting all the members of a set, that set is called countable. The set of counting numbers (1, 2, 3, etc.) is countable. You can also count the rational numbers (¼,½,¾,⅓,⅔,⅕,⅖,⅗,⅘,⅙,⅚,⅛,⅜,⅝,⅞, etc.). You can’t count the real numbers (π,√2, etc.); the number of real numbers is infinitely greater than the number of rational numbers.

      So you have a few things to look forward to in math class. In the mean time, work on your spelling and grammar.

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    • Kerosene
    • May 19, 2014

    The Great Gatsby??? Can anyone help me out with this book, i’ve read it, & I’m so confused! I hated the book, from the start & couldn’t gt into it. can anybody explain to me what this entire book was about,cause i’m lost?

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      The Great Gatsby is a novel by American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald that was first published on April 10, 1925. The story is set in New York City and Long Island in the 1920s. It is the famous novel from the “Jazz Age”, a term Fitzgerald coined himself. It was not popular upon initial printing, selling fewer than 24,000 copies during his lifetime, although it was adapted into both a Broadway play and a Hollywood film within a year of publication. Largely forgotten during the Great Depression and World War II, it was republished in 1945 and 1953 and quickly found a wide readership. Over the following decades it emerged as a standard text in high school and university courses on American literature in countries around the world.

      Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.
      Nick Carraway, a New York bond dealer from the Midwest, befriends his neighbour Jay Gatsby, an extremely wealthy young man known for throwing lavish soirées in his Long Island mansion. Gatsby’s great wealth is a subject of much rumor; none of the guests whom Nick meets at Gatsby’s parties know much about his past. Gatsby is infatuated with an old flame, Daisy Buchanan, who happens to be Nick’s second cousin and the wife of one of his Yale classmates, a wealthy former footballer named Tom Buchanan. Nick learns that the Buchanan marriage is not particularly happy — Tom has had numerous affairs with other women; the latest involves Myrtle, the wife of George Wilson, an auto mechanic.

      Through Jordan Baker, a young golf pro with whom Nick is mildly infatuated, Gatsby asks Nick to arrange a meeting with Daisy, who he last saw five years ago as a suitor during his military training near her home in Louisville. In the intervening period, Gatsby fought in World War I, then, stung by the need to make himself a wealthy man to vie for Daisy’s attention, became involved in organized crime through Meyer Wolfsheim, through which he quickly made his fortune. Daisy, disinclined to wait, became engaged to Tom. On the eve of her wedding, she became distraught when she received a letter from Gatsby, but went through with the nuptials anyway.

      Their meeting is at first strained (unnerving Nick), but turns more communicative when Gatsby relaxes. They see more of each other at Gatsby’s house, with Tom occasionally in attendance. The conflict comes to a head in New York City, when Tom confronts Gatsby about the affair that Tom suspected, and Gatsby claims that Daisy will leave Tom and go with Gatsby. Daisy declares that she loves Gatsby, then admits that she loves Tom, as well. Flustered, Daisy departs for Long Island with Gatsby in his car; the rest follow later, in another. By this point, Nick (who placed himself as an outsider early on in the novel) has become both Gatsby’s sole ally and best friend. In response, Nick finds himself becoming extremely loyal to Gatsby, and comes to view Gatsby as his closest friend. During the middle of the hotel room confrontation, Nick becomes so impressed by Gatsby that he feels the desire to “get up and pat him on the back”, saying he has experienced a complete renewal of faith in Gatsby.

      Daisy is driving when Gatsby’s car kills a woman in a hit and run accident. The woman was Tom’s lover, Myrtle Wilson, who has run out to meet the car, thinking it is Tom coming for her. Tom was her lover and is Daisy’s husband. Myrtle’s husband at first believes Tom has killed Myrtle (partly because Mr. Wilson correctly suspects Tom of hitting Myrtle previously), and confronts Tom, who directs him to Gatsby’s car. Mr. Wilson tracks the car to Gatsby’s house and shoots Gatsby to death, then kills himself. Daisy allows Tom to continue to believe it was Gatsby at the wheel when Myrtle was killed in the hit and run. None of the legions who attended his parties come to Gatsby’s funeral; only Nick, Gatsby’s father Henry Gatz (Gatsby changed the name in his social-climbing efforts), and an unnamed man known for his “owl” eyes whom Nick met in Gatsby’s library pay their respects. Nick later meets Tom and Daisy and berates them as rich people who leave it to others to clean up their messes. Nick breaks off his relationship with Jordan (in whom he saw a fundamental dishonesty) and moves back to the West.

      The introduction features a poem attributed to Thomas Parke D’Invilliers, who is actually a character from Fitzgerald’s first novel This Side Of Paradise.
      Early in the book, Tom Buchanan describes to Nick a book he’s reading, “Rise of the Colored Empire” by some Goddard. This book is a play on T. Lothrop Stoddard’s book, The Rising Tide of Color printed about 1922. Fitzgerald obviously didn’t want to use the real title and author (whether for dislike or era-appropriateness).
      The college that Jay Gatsby was said to have attended for a few days (“disliking it because he had to support himself with janitor work”), St. Olaf College, is a liberal arts college located in Northfield, Minnesota, a short drive from where Fitzgerald grew up.
      The situation of the Great Gatsby, a wealthy man of mystery haunting the society of his lost love, may owe something to Alexandre Dumas, père’s Count of Monte Cristo.
      The character of Meyer Wolfsheim in the novel is based on Arnold Rothstein, the real-life kingpin suspected to be behind the fixing of the 1919 World Series.
      Fitzgerald originally wanted to title the novel Trimalchio in West Egg, after the character Trimalchio in The Satyricon that Gatsby resembles.
      After The Great Gatsby went to press, Fitzgerald decided to change the title of the novel to “Under the Red, White, and Blue.” He sent a telegram to his publisher asking whether it was too late to change it. (It was.)
      The Great Gatsby was sometimes read out loud by Andy Kaufman in a faux British accent as a type of anti-humor.
      Famous American author Truman Capote was originally hired as the screenwriter for the 1974 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. In his screenplay, Nick Carraway and Jordan Baker were both written to be homosexual. Capote was removed from the project; Coppola rewrote the screenplay.
      Seattle-based rock band Gatsby’s American Dream derived their name from an obvious theme in the book.
      Gatsby’s copy of Hoppalong Cassidy is dated 1906, which is not possible since it was published in 1910.
      East Egg and West Egg are thinly disguised versions of Port Washington and Great Neck, New York.
      Business man Bill Gates has the words “He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it.” inscribed in his library. Taken from the last page of the novel, it most likely symbolizes the bay that separated his own house and Daisy’s.
      Spoilers end here.

      The Great Gatsby has been filmed four times:

      1974 movie versionIn 1926 by Herbert Brenon – a silent movie of a stage adaptation, starring Warner Baxter and Lois Wilson. According to the IMDb, no copies have survived (only a trailer with a few minutes of footage remains);
      In 1949 by Elliott Nugent – starring Alan Ladd and Betty Field; considered by many to be more faithful to the novel than the more elaborate 1974 version, for copyright reasons this film is not readily available;
      In 1974 by Jack Clayton – often considered the definitive screen version, starring Robert Redford in the title role and Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan, with a script by Francis Ford Coppola;
      In 2000 by Robert Markowitz – a made-for-TV movie starring Toby Stephens and Mira Sorvino.
      The 2002 film G (released in 2005) by Christopher Scott Cherot claims inspiration from The Great Gatsby.

      An operatic treatment of the novel was commissioned by the New York Metropolitan Opera to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the debut of James Levine. The opera premiered on December 20, 1999. The music and libretto are by John Harbison with popular song lyrics by Murray Horwitz.

      Gatsby was performed for the opening of the new Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota in July 2006. This was billed as “the first authorized stage version of the novel since 1926.”

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    • CT
    • May 27, 2014

    I Own A Small Website And Want To Add Google Adsense But Don’t Know If It Is A Good Idea.? I’m in high school and not 18 yet. My website is , any advice.

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      I would stay away from Google Adsense until you have a steady flow of traffic and loyal readerships. Websites that just throw a bunch of adsense ads and banners can devalue your website and make it look spammy and of low quality.

      I would focus more on content development and providing valuable resources on your site that would keep people coming back. If a new visitors comes to your site and there are ads all over it, they will most likely leave.

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