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Sunday, April 23, 2006

 

10 top reasons to create a blog for your business

I postponed creating a blog for my business because I thought there was no marketing value in it and the ones I'd seen were primarily news blogs or personal blogs. Well, that was some time ago for now many businesses are creating blogs to attract more visitors and make more sales.

What is a Blog?

This is a small or large online journal that allows the author to frequently write on topics of personal interest or of interest to his/her visitors. The writing style is usually informal. Visitors can instantly add their comments to the end of the authors writings or posts. The posts are in chronological order ie day, month and year. Topics may include commentary on the Internet, brief philosophical discussions, or social issues plus links to other sites the author favors.

The author of a blog is often referred to as a blogger.

Blogs are alternatively called web logs or weblogs. However, "blog" is less likely to cause confusion, because "web log" can also mean a server's log files.

10 top reasons to create a blog for your business

1. Ability to add content in minutes. You don't have to spend time uploading (FTP) files to your host like static sites. You can update your content from any computer that has internet access. If you have a brilliant idea you want to write about you just need to log in to your administration panel and enter your post.

2. Separate design from content. Blog software is database driven. This means you can alter the theme or template of your blog without affecting the content. Therefore you can immediately test different colors and designs to determine what best appeals to your visitors.

3. Search engine friendly. Blogging software such as Word Press allow you to generate search engine friendly pages. Instead of your pages ending in long URLS

Search engines like web sites that are updated frequently. Sites that don't receive new content quickly become stale. One of the main characteristics of a blog is that it is frequently updated so search engines will visit it often.

4. Create RSS Feeds. RSS (really simple syndication) feeds are integrated within blog software. So every time you post something to your blog it will create a RSS feed automatically. It will also notify some of the larger sites that carry these feeds and make them available for syndication. This is a great viral marketing method that will quickly attract many visitors.

5. Build link popularity. To increase your sites' rankings in Google and other search engines, you need to generate many incoming links to your web site. The more links you have the better. If you create a blog that contains valuable content, you will have many people linking to you. RSS feeds are becoming a very popular and an easy way to read content quickly. Since your blog has this feature already built in, your link popularity will build faster than if you had a site with no feeds.

6. Encourages interactivity. Visitors can immediately add their own comments to your posts. This helps build a long term relationship with them and win their trust. It will also make your blog stickier because you will get many returning visitors eager to read others' comments or write more of their own.

7. Make money. Blogs also offer a great way to place AdSense Ads on your pages. Word Press blogging software has a plugin that easily allows you to place AdSense Ads anywhere on your pages as well as all current pages on your blog. With a static site you would have to add the AdSense code to each page. You can also make money by promoting affiliate sites or selling your own product.

8. Customizable. Word Press blogging software has over 500 plugins and hundreds of different themes to choose from. This gives you the flexibility to make your blog the best it can be for your business purposes.

9. Easy administration. Here are some of the features of the Word Press administration panel:

-add content immediately

-change the theme (look and feel) of your blog without altering the content.

-create different permissions for people who will add content to your blog ie administrators, editors, contributors.

10. Help market your newsletter. Many emails don't get through to your subscribers these days because of spam blockers residing on your visitors computer or web host's server. A blog that contains RSS feeds will enable visitors to receive your newsletter automatically by subscribing to the feed on your blog. You can also send your visitors an email that includes a link back to your blog. This will also help build links to your blog as people visit it.

Tip: Before you create a blog make sure you put some thought into the purpose of it and what topics you want to write about. Make a schedule to write often (ie daily, weekly or monthly) so it doesn't grow stale and lose interested visitors. If you have been putting off creating a blog, START NOW as you may be leaving money on the table

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7 Ways to Increase Your Blog Traffic with FeedBurner

FeedBurner is a free service that allows you to track your feed traffic and all kinds of other fun stuff. It won't create a feed for you from scratch as often believed - rather it wraps itself snugly around a feed you bring in and adds its services therein. It has a few premium options for the serious feed publisher, too.

People ask me all the time if I suggest that they use FeedBurner’s plethora of free feed enhancement tools. I have always answered a resounding “Yes!” – But lately FeedBurner has moved itself to a whole new level.

Did I mention most of these tools are free, and can help increase the traffic you get to your blog, by using your feed? Don’t believe me – go to http://www.feedburner.comand see for yourself. Tell ‘em Tinu sent you.

They have no idea who I am but it’ll be fun, I promise.

So enough with the warm-up already, and let’s start talking about some of these incredible features.

Increasing Your Blog Traffic with FeedBurner

Blog Traffic Increaser # 1- Give others permission - or shake the no-no finger with the Creative Commons option, found under the Publicize tab in your FeedBurner dashboard.

It will pop in the logo if you like, and explain what permissions others have to use your feed. Being clear about what permissions others have to use your feed with encourage them to display your headlines on their site – or let them know that they must link to you to cite your views.

Blog Traffic Increaser # 2- Turn your feed into a newsletter with Feedblitz or Squeet under Publicize/Email Subscriptions.

This turns your feed into a newsletter. It even gives you a subscribe form for your site. Now you now have a(nother) ezine option to go with your blog without any extra work.

Blog Traffic Increaser # 3- Use the Browser-Friendly version, combined with FeedFlare to explain what an RSS Feed is.

Four on the Optimize tab, the Browser-Friendly version turns your RSS feed into a web page, so that when new people click on your feed, without knowing what it is, they’ll know how to use it. All you do is link to the FeedBurner version of your feed, instead of your default feed address. FeedBurner will even help you with this, as we’ll see in Tip #12.

But before we talk about that, here’s an extra tip: under the FeedFlare option on the Optimize tab, you’ll find the Personal Flare section. If you click one of the links given, you will see one called “Get Email Updates”. Once you have the Email Subscription option enabled, you can enable that link in your feed to provide the option to subscribe to your updates via email.

Blog Traffic Increaser # 4- Make your feed compatible with all feed subscription services with SmartFeed.

Maybe you have an Atom feed in a world that uses RSS more often. Perhaps the tool you’re using utilizes an older version of RSS, and you’re just getting around to turning on your feed, but don’t want to switch. If you look on the Optimize tab in FeedBurner, you’ll find a tool that will convert your feed on the fly to any version the end user’s tool is asking for.

Blog Traffic Increaser # 5- Import pictures and links with Photo Splicer and Link Splicer

Under Optimize, look for these two options to help you jazz up your feed with your suggestions from Furl, del.icio.us, Digg, Yahoo’s MyWeb 2.0 or Bloglines. The Photosplicer will also let you drop images into your feed using Flickr, BuzzNet or Webshots.

The more of a resource your feed is, the more your subscribers will want to use it. I find that reminding my feed users that they’ll get even more treats than when they visit the blog gets more of them to subscribe – which also brings them back to my blog more often.

Blog Traffic Increaser # 6 - Get your audience to help send you even more traffic with FeedFlare.

Within the Optimize section, you’ll find one of the top three innovations from FeedBurner, as far as I’m concerned. If you’ve ever been to a blog that has options that make it easy to add a post to your del.icio.us, Digg or Technorati page, then you were probably green with envy, as I was, if you didn’t have the time or the technical expertise to add those fabulous hacks to your site.

Well I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to be find the days in your schedule to reverse engineer all those little tweaks, nor do you need to become a techie if you have no idea what all that HTML code does in your blog’s template.

Using FeedFlare, you can now do all of these things yourself for your feed without touching a line of code.

The exciting thing about this is that you can get your visitors to help you spread the word about your blog.

Blog Traffic Increaser # 7 - Notify all RSS and Blog tracking services automatically with PingShot.

Another one of the Optimize tools will free up your time by pinging all the top blog notification sites when you update, by following your feed. If you feel that all the pings slow your blog posting time down, or your blog won’t allow you to customize what services get pinged, this is a lifesaver.

There are about two doxen dozen more ways to increase your traffic with FeedBurner, not to mention all the little tricks you can use to maximize the traffic FeedBurner can generate, analyze or optimize for you. You’ve got to hustle on over to FeedBurner to use these (mostly) free feed tools before you can enjoy their benefits, and there’s no time like the present.

Want 14 More Ways to Get More Blog Traffic with FeedBurner? Download the PDF file at http://www.rescueyourblog.com – and get the other 14 Blog Traffic Increasers for Free

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Friday, April 21, 2006

 

10 top reasons to create a blog for your business

I postponed creating a blog for my business because I thought there was no marketing value in it and the ones I'd seen were primarily news blogs or personal blogs. Well, that was some time ago for now many businesses are creating blogs to attract more visitors and make more sales.

What is a Blog?

This is a small or large online journal that allows the author to frequently write on topics of personal interest or of interest to his/her visitors. The writing style is usually informal. Visitors can instantly add their comments to the end of the authors writings or posts. The posts are in chronological order ie day, month and year. Topics may include commentary on the Internet, brief philosophical discussions, or social issues plus links to other sites the author favors.

The author of a blog is often referred to as a blogger.

Blogs are alternatively called web logs or weblogs. However, "blog" is less likely to cause confusion, because "web log" can also mean a server's log files.

10 top reasons to create a blog for your business

1. Ability to add content in minutes. You don't have to spend time uploading (FTP) files to your host like static sites. You can update your content from any computer that has internet access. If you have a brilliant idea you want to write about you just need to log in to your administration panel and enter your post.

2. Separate design from content. Blog software is database driven. This means you can alter the theme or template of your blog without affecting the content. Therefore you can immediately test different colors and designs to determine what best appeals to your visitors.

3. Search engine friendly. Blogging software such as Word Press allow you to generate search engine friendly pages. Instead of your pages ending in long URLS ie
http://www.mysite.com/main.php?category=books&subject=biography

they can end in .htm ie

http://www.mysite.com/pagebooks-biography.htm

Search engines like web sites that are updated frequently. Sites that don't receive new content quickly become stale. One of the main characteristics of a blog is that it is frequently updated so search engines will visit it often.

4. Create RSS Feeds. RSS (really simple syndication) feeds are integrated within blog software. So every time you post something to your blog it will create a RSS feed automatically. It will also notify some of the larger sites that carry these feeds and make them available for syndication. This is a great viral marketing method that will quickly attract many visitors.

5. Build link popularity. To increase your sites' rankings in Google and other search engines, you need to generate many incoming links to your web site. The more links you have the better. If you create a blog that contains valuable content, you will have many people linking to you. RSS feeds are becoming a very popular and an easy way to read content quickly. Since your blog has this feature already built in, your link popularity will build faster than if you had a site with no feeds.

6. Encourages interactivity. Visitors can immediately add their own comments to your posts. This helps build a long term relationship with them and win their trust. It will also make your blog stickier because you will get many returning visitors eager to read others' comments or write more of their own.

7. Make money. Blogs also offer a great way to place AdSense Ads on your pages. Word Press blogging software has a plugin that easily allows you to place AdSense Ads anywhere on your pages as well as all current pages on your blog. With a static site you would have to add the AdSense code to each page. You can also make money by promoting affiliate sites or selling your own product.

8. Customizable. Word Press blogging software has over 500 plugins and hundreds of different themes to choose from. This gives you the flexibility to make your blog the best it can be for your business purposes.

9. Easy administration. Here are some of the features of the Word Press administration panel:

-add content immediately

-change the theme (look and feel) of your blog without altering the content.

-create different permissions for people who will add content to your blog ie administrators, editors, contributors.

10. Help market your newsletter. Many emails don't get through to your subscribers these days because of spam blockers residing on your visitors computer or web host's server. A blog that contains RSS feeds will enable visitors to receive your newsletter automatically by subscribing to the feed on your blog. You can also send your visitors an email that includes a link back to your blog. This will also help build links to your blog as people visit it.

Tip: Before you create a blog make sure you put some thought into the purpose of it and what topics you want to write about. Make a schedule to write often (ie daily, weekly or monthly) so it doesn't grow stale and lose interested visitors. If you have been putting off creating a blog, START NOW as you may be leaving money on the table

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

 

How to Start a Blog and Make Money Online

If you are new to the internet and wondering what an earth this blogging craze is all about, or if you already have your own website and you’re wondering why everyone keeps advising you to start your own blog, read on. I’m going to explain to you what a blog is, why you need one, how to set it up, promote it and of course, make money from it.

Blog is short for “web log” and is similar to an online diary or journal. The craze of
blogging began in the very late 1990s and has started to become more and more popular over the last couple of years. Almost everyone seems to have a blog these days, from CEOs of large companies to webmasters, from world travelers to teenagers. Even my Dad has his own blog now! A blog allows you to communicate informally with people via an online journal, but it’s more personal and unstructured than a website and easier and cheaper to set up than a website.

If you have your own website, but haven’t yet started a blog you can easily start one using a free service such as Blogger or WordPress. Try to post to your blog at least once or twice a week on topics related to your website. Blogging will help your search engine rankings and open up the communication channels between you and your visitors or customers, encouraging them to interact with you and give them a reason to return to your site in future.

If you don’t have your own website and are looking to set up a blog quickly and easily I recommend opening a free account with Blogger. You can blog about anything you like, for example a hobby, a vacation, your home town, something political, a sport or your business. Just be sure to pick something that you are interested in and knowledgeable about. You can host your blog for free on Blogspot – all you need to do is pick a name that is relevant to the topic of your blog. Once you have set up your profile and chosen a template, blogging is as simple as sending an email to a friend.

There are many ways to make money from your blog, but here are a few ideas to get you started:

- Google Adsense - this is free to join and easy to set up. The ads will match the content of your blog and you will get paid every time a visitor clicks on an ad.

- Affiliate Programs – sign up for affiliate programs related to the topic of your blog and display links to related products on your blog. Clickbank, Trade Doubler and Commission Junction are good places to start, or do a Google search for “affiliate program” + the topic of your blog to find more affiliate programs. Whenever someone clicks through your affiliate link and buys a product, you will receive a commission. If you are knowledgeable about your topic you could also write product reviews to help increase your affiliate sales.

- Sell Advertising Space – if you have a popular blog you can charge people to advertise on your blog. This could be in the form of a text link, a banner or a graphic.

You are not going to make money with a blog unless people can find it. As soon as you have started to post to your blog it’s time to start promoting it. You can get your blog noticed by…

- Submitting your blog to blog directories – just search for “blog directories” in Google

- Asking other bloggers to exchange links with you – you put a link on your blog in exchange for a link from their blog.

- Writing an article related to the topic of your blog and posting it to article directories. Remember to include an author’s resource box with a link to your blog.

- Pinging blog ping services every time you make a new post – pingomatic.com and pingoat.com are two sites you can use to do this.

- Participating in forums related to the topic of your blog. Put a link to your blog in your forum signature.

Finally, once you have your blog monetized and you have started promoting it don’t forget to post regularly. The most important aspect of every successful blog is frequent posting, so be sure not to let the virtual dust gather over your blog!

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Pinging Your Blog – The 5 “Ws” and the “H?”

What does it mean to Blog and Ping? Sounds like a grammar school game, doesn't it. Well, after some research, I can now say that I have a fairly good understanding about not only what Pinging means, but also the When, Where, Why and How of Pinging your blog. Oh, and don’t forget the Who!

So, here is what I came up with:

1. What is Pinging?

In 2004, Priyah Shah, a partner in the search engine marketing firm, SEO & More, wrote an article about blogging that gave me some insight. She wrote, "There are a number of services designed specifically for tracking and connecting blogs. By sending a small ping to each service you let them know you've updated your blog so they can come check you out.”

I think that is one of the simplest explanations I have found, so now I share it with you.

2. That obviously answers the questions, “Who should Ping” and “Why should you Ping?”

Do you want to make money? Do you want to increase traffic to your site so that your advertisements can be seen? Do you want your Google Adsense advertisements to be clicked? In short, do want your bottom line to grow?

If you are like me, then you want all of these things. Therefore, you should Ping your Blog!

3. When should you Ping?

To answer that question, first did you know that it was possible to “spam ping?” Well, it is. Spam pinging is pinging your blog(s) many times a day for weeks and weeks just to get traffic to your site. On top of that, it is pinging without updating your blog(s).

Do not do this! It will not help your blog get traffic in the long run and in fact, can hurt your blog stats since many sites you ping to can decide to delete you from their list. It can also hurt others who are trying to get traffic to their sites this way since the ping sites are flooded by spam pingers.

Those thoughts are important since they give the final answer to the question about when is a good time to ping. It is understood by the blog community at large that pinging should be done no more than 2-3 times a day, if that. Most importantly, you should only ping your blog when you have added a fresh post or made significant changes to an old post or your blog site as a whole.

4. Where should you Ping your blog and How?

In order to intelligently write this article, I had to experience what pinging was for myself. Is it difficult? How is it done? You will be happy to know that it is so easy! I found a site that allows you to ping your blog many times over just by filling in your URL, clicking a button and then 1-2-3 your blog is pinged instantly! How do you like that – a single click? It sounds impressive right?

Now if I were you, I would want to know where to find this site. I won’t keep you guessing. It is http://pingomatic.com. Of course, there are many other sites that you can ping your blog to and I’ll list them in another post, but this is one of the best ping sites out there and it is also recommended by the best.

So what are you waiting for? You are now educated on the 5 “Ws” and the “H,” so GO FOR IT!


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How to Use a Blog? Different Business Blog Applications

You might have some ideas about how you can incorporate a blog into your marketing mix but don't have a hint about how it can be used in different applications. Don't worry though, if you are still confused about how to do that because you're in for a treat.

We hear of success stories on a daily basis regarding the use of a simple tool like blog, from micro businesses to large corporations. Yet, despite this, the majority of people running businesses still overlook the myriad ways that a blog can be used in their business.

The good news is that, when trying to find out how you can implement a blog as part of your business website, or as a standalone site, most of the time if you look long and hard enough, you will find a way a blog can fit in. After all, a blog is just another website with interesting features like automatic archiving, commenting, easy management and publishing. And what business doesn’t need those features?

To save you time, though, here are a list of common blog application ideas:

1) Content management system (CMS) - Albeit far from a full blown CMS, a blog is more than enough for small to medium size businesses for managing content. Some blog software allow multiple authors, multiple blogs and static pages. This actually means more flexibility as a usable CMS.

2) Company news and updates - Blog software sort blog entries chronologically: the most recent entry appears at the top of the page. Anyone who can write e-mail can post to a company blog, skipping the tedious workflow.

3) Customer support - Manage knowledge base articles on a blog, allow customers to retrieve information easily by using a properly categorized system or search function. Let users ask question, receive feedback and others to read the conversation. I admit, this is scary for some companies as it knocks up against cultures that aren’t used to being so transparent. Actually though, if used correctly, a blog can increase credibility and customer relations to a higher level.

4) Product development and launch - Keep customers updated about the current development of products, build anticipation and buzz, even before product launch. Do you want a bunch of ready to buy readers flocking to your website? Consider using a blog.

5) Press releases - Let interested parties get recent news release and let them subscribe to the site feed.

6) Education based marketing - Prospective customers can learn about a company’s products or services by reading the blog. Answering customers’ concerns on the blog allows other visitors to relate to the problem and immediately develops interest in the product.

7) Focused community - Even a solopreneur can secure a tiny niche and build a sense of community around that niche by regularly posting content related to the topic.

8) Demonstrate expertise - Service professionals use blogs as a tool to build credibility by demonstrating expertise in almost any imaginable topic. The buzz allows them to gain recognition fast.

9) Internal collaboration tool – A blog is a great medium to keep all staff members updated about a company’s happenings, among other things. Who said keeping up with events is impossible? With a blog, that excuse doesn’t exist.

10) Project notes – A blog is more powerful than e-mail for exchanging ideas, sharing resources, and other project related tasks. Other benefits include centralized archives and instant documentation.

It helps if we think of a blog as another server side website publishing tool. Instead of having to design and create static pages, complete with all HTML tags and coding, we only need to write and submit plain text, ideally with simple formatting.

With that said, a blog really can be used for almost all content based website applications. One thing stands out about a blog, it encourages conversation, much like a forum or discussion board does. The difference, however, is only one (or a group of authors) can post to a blog, although all readers can participate in the comment sections of the blog.

A quick tip: Clearly define the purpose of your blog in the planning process. This can help you focus on the right direction and achieve the goal faster. It sounds simple, but many businesses try to accomplish many of the applications above in a single blog, resulting in a confusing and mixed content blog.

It’s better if you concentrate on just two or three purposes at a time, which in turn will help your readers who can easily identify what the blog is about on the first visit. Doing this properly often translates into increased readership and more targeted audience.

Author: Hendry Lee helps business owners leverage technologies and what they know to market their business online and actively blogs about Small Business Blogging. Subscribe to Blog Tips for Business to receive short and practical tips to start and get the most out of your blog.

 

Blogging 101

Why do you want to blog?

You might be a budding writer wishing to let the world know how your imagination can soar, or you may have a hidden journalist hidden within you fighting to come out. Probably you know more that everyone about the dietary habits of people of shire, or might be you just want to tell every one how your last vacation was.

Who is gonna read your blogs?

If you take the pains to write, what fun it would be if no one read your blogs. Before you start writing, think! Is there an audience for what you will write? Is the niche already too overcrowded with writers? There might be a huge audience for blogs about iPods, but with millions of people writing about it, what chances your blog has of getting popular? Will writing about the latest gossip in your locality be a better idea?

Where are you gonna blog?

To start blogging you will need to choose your blog provider and platform. www.blogger.com is the foremost blogging platform today and it is free. You may want to host your blog yourself; wordpress from www.wordpress.org is most suited for it. www.wordpress.com offers free wordpress based host. There are some other options but these are most popular.

Who are your visitors?

You need to track your visitors, see where they come from, what browsers they use and how they find you. Tracking your visitors is important as it tells you what your visitors like to read about, and help you in optimizing your blog. www.statcounter.com provides free invisible tracking, with very extensive results.

Brand yourself.

No matter what blogging tool you use, it will come with a set of default templates. Your visitors will be sick of seeing the same template over and over. Change it to something more original. When they are reading your blog they must be aware of it. Get a good logo for your blog.

Ping, link, comment.

When you update your blog, ping to blog tracking services so they may index your upadated blog and visitors find you. Link to other realated blogs and they will link to you. Visit other related blogs and leave a comment. Generally people will come to visit your blog and if you have great content a large percentage will be hooked.

Most importantly, have patience. A popular blog takes time and effort to build. So many people leave midway. If you follow these advice, and put in some effort, your blog will surely get popular.

 

Blogging - AdSense for Beginners

Those of you who have been reading my site JoelComm.com (and that’s all of you, right?) will know that my mom has just started blogging. I’m so proud of her. You can see her blog at www.travelswithsheila.com, and most importantly you can see how she’s optimized her ads.

That’s a great case study for anyone wondering where to put their ads on their blog. They’re beautifully optimized and they’re already bringing in money.

Now, my mom has never been much of a tech-head. She’s only now thinking of buying a laptop. But what’s impressed me is how fast she got up and earning with a blog.

I think that sometimes those of us who have been building sites and uploading content for years forget how frightening dealing with servers and finding domains can be for newbies.

Blogging is the ultimate solution. You can have your own blog in minutes and plugging in the ads is an absolute breeze. Heck, Blogger practically throw the ads at you.

The only possible concern with blogs is how you can get the maximum income from them. Once you’ve got the ads blended and positioned, all that’s left to do is play with is content. You’ve really got two choices here. You can either keep writing about the things that interest you and hope that those topics are interesting enough to interest lots of other people. Or you can focus your writing on products to bring up targeted ads with expensive keywords.

I think that the best strategy is to do both at the same time.

The reason that people read blogs is that they feel they have a relationship with the person behind the page. They like them. They trust them. And they’re interested in what they have to say. Create a blog that’s focused solely on bringing up high-earning ads, and you’ll get those ads. But you won’t have anyone to click on them.

Create a blog that interests you — and others — and use it to mention topics that are going to bring up good ads and you’ll get the best of both worlds. Again, my mom’s blog is a great example of this. When she writes about her travels, she creates some great stories that are really fun to read. But she also might mention the equipment she uses when she’s hiking down a mountain or skiing down a slope. That provides good information for her readers and good ads that pay for her blog.

Know which products you can work into your blog?

 

Effective Blogging - How to Get Wealthy Blogging

"THERE are two kinds of knowledge. One is general, the other is specialized. General knowledge, no matter how great in quantity or variety it may be, is of but little use in the accumulation of money."

Web Blogs are online diaries made up of short frequently updated posts. In addition, they are inexplicably popular.

Steve Pavlina's Blog, dedicated to helping you make conscious decisions in your personal development and courageously follow through on them is a good example of a very popular Blog. In February 2005, this site received about 86,000 visitors, in January 2006 about 715,000, and today Steve's Blog receives over 1 million page views each month and is ranked by Technorati as one of the Top 500 Blogs in the world.

It is listed in nearly every search engine because of spider food. New content is added almost every single day. We will discuss that later.

One key advantage of Blogs is that they are easy to update. The other side is that surfers will expect you to update your site very frequently. If you do not they will go somewhere else.

When you sign up for a Blog or create one on your own site use part of the name or a similar name to the name of the sponsor program you are promoting unless it is against the sponsors T.O.S.

Therefore when you create your Blog or Blogs it is really important that you pick a niche that you know and understand. Ask yourself: Would and does my Blog appeal to me? Is there something about it that excites me? If not, you need to go back to the drawing board.

When you create your Blog, let us say about "mp3 players", and its posts use the galleries and Urls from your sponsors. If they come with a description, use them. If you have a choice between short or long descriptions use the long ones. This is your spider food.

However, do not add them all to the Blog at one time. Add them 7 to 10 at a time. Set you up a schedule. Every second or third day add more. If your sponsor does not have a lot of galleries to use you're going to have to use several sponsors for each of your Blogs to keep them updated on a regular basis. After 10-15 days when the first posts are buried well out of site repeat them. You are after surfers coming from Search Engines and you are laying down spider food. It is a lot like fishing. You are putting out bait both for the surfer and for the spiders or bots from the Search Engines

Moreover, it is very important that you think about Spider Food. Use descriptions for each of your content with your Blogs name in them. If for example you are promoting Asian content, use many related names in the entries you make on your Blog. This is very important. Go to Google and type in for example "mp3 players"

Write down all the related key words you find on your notepad and as you make entries in your Blog weave these words into your entries. Over the next few weeks, when you do entries work these keywords into your posts. Repeat them. Repeat them and often. When the search engine surfer comes to your Blog looking for an mp3 player he is not going to set there for the most part and read your posts. He is going to go for the links that lead to mp3 player. Therefore, what you really need to keep in your mind is getting him there.

The quality of Search Engine Traffic is high. Although at first you will not get a large quantity of traffic from Search Engines the traffic the quality of the traffic you do get is very high.

When you get your Blog up on the web, there are three places you need to submit it to. The two major search engines Google, Yahoo, and BLOGGERNITY.COM, which is a Blog Directory. Hand Submit your Blog to these three places. Once BLOGGERNITY listed your Blog, go there and vote for yourself. Sign up there for a free account and write a review of your Blog. It does not have to be anything fancy. Just write how you want the surfer to feel about and see your Blog.

Make a list of the other Blogs at BLOGGERNITY and contact the owners of those sites (as many as you can). Write them a short email and ask them to do a link exchange with you. Most of them will.

It is very important that you use careful strategy and monitoring in promoting your blog. Use the referrers' script so that you will know what is going on. Keep a paper record of what you are doing.

Always remember the following ten principles:

1. Create valuable content.
2. Create original content.
3. Create timeless content.
4. Write for human beings first, computers second.
5. Know why you want a high-traffic site.
6. Let your audience see the real you.
7. Write what is true for you, and learn to live with the consequences.
8. Treat your visitors like real human beings.
9. Keep money in its proper place.
10. If you forget the first nine suggestions, just focus on genuinely helping people, and the rest will take care of itself.

This business model is fascinating. It is simple, much simpler than running any other business is. There is virtually no risk, and there is no overhead aside from web hosting (assuming you already own a computer and have internet access). There is no selling, no products, no customers, no order processing, no fraud, no inventory, no shipping, and no deadlines.

Anton Linner works as a consultant and internet marketer, focused on marketing strategies. Please visit: http://www.marketing-tipps.blogspot.com

 

Blogs; What Good are they Anyway?

Blogs; what good are they anyway? Well, actually blogs are both fantastic whether you are running a business website or you are simply using blogs for fun. In terms of business, blogs can prove to be a supplemental form of advertisement and you will find them to be a unique device that you can use to keep in contact with your clients. Further, in terms of personal use, blogs are definitely an excellent way to stay in touch with your family and friends, even if they are across the globe. Best of all, blogs can often be established for free and can easily stand on their own, without an existing website to support them.

Blogs have become quite popular and more and more blogs are appearing all over the Internet. In fact, the more people realize the great benefits that they can get from using blogs, the more people will be using them. Blogs, not only serve as personal journals, they also serve as business supplements and people love communicating with others by using blogs and allowing others to comment on their postings.

Blogs are regularly updated which means that they have fresh content on them all the time. This makes them appealing to visitors and search engines alike. Every new posting means new content on your blog and if you update your blogs daily or weekly you will see them grow rather quickly. With fresh content, you can improve your search engine ranking. Whether you use the blog alone, or you used it to accompany an already existing website, your fresh content can be used to draw more and more traffic to either your blog or your website, or both.

Additionally, you can add links to your blogs and start a link exchange campaign. In doing so, you will see your page ranking increase in search engines because SE algorithms frequently focus on the number of links that are pointing to your website. The more external links that recommend your site or blogs, the easier your site or blogs are to find in the big search engines like Google.

Blogs can be used to freely advertise your products or services. That’s right, blogs can serve as free web space for you to use to advertisement of your business. Also, blogs are great from providing existing clients with updated information about new products and services you may be offering. Want your clients to share there feelings about your products and services? You can use blogs to receive and share client testimonials. There really is no end to the benefits one can derive from using blogs.

What is equally fantastic about blogs is that there are ways that you can create blogs for free. Sites like Blogger, recently purchased by Google, allow you to establish a blog free of charge. Moreover, there are a variety of layouts, fonts, and templates to choose from and Blogger even allows you to post images. Finally, sites like Blogger give you the opportunity to archive your postings so that visits can return to them again and again.

Finally, creating blogs can be simple fun for everyone. No matter what one’s age is, Blogging is the new wave in Internet entertainment. Friends can create clubs and use blogs to establish them, friends and family can share photographs and sentiments, and finally, personal expression can be satisfied when creating blogs. In fact, if you have a particular passion, why not share that passion with the world by starting one or more blogs? Communicate with people from all over the world that share the same passions that you do!

 

The Blog Make Money Online Strategy

Using blogs to make money online is a strategy that many online entrepreneurs have adopted with great success.

It is actually not to difficult to see why this make money online strategy has been so successful. Blogs are easy to set up run and maintain. Free blogs, more so. And yet search engines love them because they have plenty of content that is usually updated very regularly. The result is that it is very easy for a blog to rapidly gain high traffic. Traffic is actually the key to this make money online strategy.

All one needs to do once they have enough traffic headed in the direction of their blog is to simply sprinkle it with the relevant affiliate links and you could swiftly find yourself earning thousands of dollars every month.

This is the make money online strategy that is revolutionizing the World Wide Web.

Naturally it helps if you set up a blog that deals with a unique niche that you are very familiar with. It also helps if you can find an affiliate program that is relevant and also pays commissions on sales made by your second tier sub affiliates. These are two key elements that have greatly contributed to the success of this make money online strategy for many Internet entrepreneurs.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

 

How to Keep Your Blog Traffic

So you finally figured out how to get those visitors to your site, huh? Well, partner, it's not over. Now you've got to keep them there, while also bringing in new people, if you hope for your blog to be effective.

How? I knew you'd ask that...

1. Pay closer attention to your audience than you do to your search engine rankings.

Who knows what way the wind will blow in years to come. You may be able to do without traffic from Google one day - just like you're probably doing without traffic from Hotbot right now.

However, you'll never be able to do without your clients and prospects. If you could you wouldn't be in business, would you?

So pay attention to what your audience wants to hear. If you configure your blog correctly in the first place, you won't have to worry about a good ranking so much.

2. Shut Up if you have nothing interesting to say. And while you're keeping your lips tight, find something *really* interesting to say.

Of course, I believe that there's never nothing to say. But I'm a writer and not everyone thinks that way.

After the first six to eight weeks, post every day if it suits you and you have words of interest. But if you can sense that your posts aren't full bodied and home brewed, it really is okay to make us go without for a few. We'll live. We won't think so, but trust us, we will.

Just make sure you have something darn near-earth shattering to share when you get back, so we will all sit up and take note... and realize that we missed you.

3. When you Do Talk, Do It Loud and Proud

(Even if you find out later you were Loud and Wrong)

It's considered impolite to behave like a Rock Star when you're having a business dinner, even if you are one.

But guess what? When you're blogging, you aren't at a business dinner. That's not to say that you Have to be a Rock Star. You don't even have to be a Star. But you definitely want to be noticed, maybe referenced, and hopefully linked. A great way to do that is to be different. The most unique thing about you is You. Inject your personality in all that you do online.

So if you have news, share it. Heck, if you have gossip share it, just always, always, always, link to your suspicions or sources. On the rare occasion that a high-profile blogger's information is totally off-base, they print a retraction. So don't be afraid to suppose. Just let us know you are sharing a rumor or a hunch or a fact or an opinion.

4. Do Unto the Blogosphere, and Make It Easy for Them to Do Unto You

When I have credible sources, I link to them. Even if I read something from the Google Blog, but now when I first saw it first at Micropersuasion, I'm still linking to Micropersuasion. That's all there is to it. (And let me tell you - it's a Huge deal when Steve Rubel links to an article that you wrote even when it's not posted on your site
- think about that the next time you're tempted not to link out because "they have enough traffic.")

For the majority of people, I realize, that situation may never be in consideration. Most of the people reading this have nothing to do with search engines, public relations, or internet marketing.

Well, I'm here to tell you that even if your business is timeshare resales, link to your sources. You never know who is reading and who is going to link back. Especially if you're in a business niche where twenty visitors eventually means at least one sale, find out what the neighborhood is like in your part of the Blogosphere, look around, and play nice with the other kids.

5. Blog Like You Talk - But if You Talk "Funny" Get Someone Else to Blog with You
Nothing will scare your visitors away faster than landing in technobabble by accident. I landed at a friend's site about search engines, and the first paragraph I saw said somethinga bout (a+n) times the square root of pi and I clicked out before I even remembered why I went there.

Don't get me wrong - if that's how you talk, keep it real. But if that's not the language your clients speak, you might want to either have an employee represent your company in the blog, or do a team blog that represents all the prominent voices.

6. Give Every Subscription Option Under the Sun
Most people paying online are going to use their credit card or debit card, by far. How crazy would you have to be to say, hm, 90% of people use credit cards, but the hell with that. If they want my binoculars, their only choice is to send me $20 by PayPal on Tuesday mornings.

In this same way, refusing to turn on your site feed, because most people are still following you by email makes absolutely no sense. Refusing to start an email list or offer subscriptions to your blog headlines, summaries or posts via email is equally nuts, particularly now that there are tools in place that will translate feeds to email for you.

Not serving as much of your audience as you can is turning down money, plain and simple.

Hopefully these tips will help keep visitors coming back to your blog. It's like the old adage said, it's easier (and cheaper) to keep your present customers than it is to constantly find new ones.

Why should your blog rank okay for one keyword phrase, when it can rank first page for hundreds like mine does? See the yellow grid at http://www.rescueyourblog.com/blogtraffic for proof.

 

Are Blogs Replacing Websites? There are Benefits and Challenges

Are static websites being replaced with dynamic blogs? During the past year, several marketing and communication pros suggest that a trend has begun. And one of the best-known ad agencies in the country is already on board. The move makes sense for several reasons, as we'll discuss. But first, are blogs really replacing websites?

The look and feel of blogs has changed since their introduction. You'll notice static web style pages on almost every blog you visit. When taking a closer look, it becomes clear blogs are not, in essence, replacing websites. The two are merging and the result is a full-functioning communication tool - a better mousetrap if you will.

Whether you consider your blog a "tab" on your website or your website a "tab" on your blog - let's face it, aren’t they becoming one in the same? What’s driving the merger?

One driving force is simplicity; another is the recent proliferation and success of organized Word of Mouth (WOM) marketing campaigns. WOM is red hot and adding a blog to your web presence is a mandatory step when launching a campaign.

Blog Benefits
1. Static web pages quickly become stale. Blogs are dynamic and remain fresh.
2. Blog software is inexpensive or free, user friendly, and software update costs are minimal.
3. Contact information, portfolios, and similar “web style pages” are easily incorporated into blogs
4. Blog conversations build relationships with your clients and prospects
5. Potential clients get to know how you think, as well as learn how well you communicate and write.
6. The numerous links in blogs are favored by search engines such as Google and Technorati
7. When professionally maintained, blogs are excellent word of mouth (WOM) marketing tools

Challenges Remain
1. It is time consuming to post relevant and compelling content daily and respond to comments
2. Time spent blogging takes away from billable time for service professionals
3. Overworked and under budgeted marketing departments lack the resources to staff blog projects
4. Blog management plans must be prepared, and marketing budgets modified and approved (i.e., reallocation of website expenses to blog development and staffing)
5. Blogs still have somewhat of a “wild west” reputation and they are not considered mainstream by most – although the trend has started, we’re not there yet.
6. Corporations are slow to change. Replacing a corporate website with a blog is a difficult concept for marketing managers to sell management.

 

Blogging - Questions and Answers

What is a Blog and Other Blog Questions

If you are planning on adding blogging to your business repertoire or as part of your internet marketing strategy, you must first get some answers to a few questions concerning the impact that blogging can have on your business. Therefore, a few questions regarding this and their answers have been put together for you.

First, what exactly is a blog - is it like a journal you write in every day?

It can be a journal, or be used like a website to promote your business. It can even be used to generate traffic to your main website. I think one of the main differences between a blog and a website is that you are constantly updating your content on a blog which makes your site more attractive to search engines and readers alike. Also, they can be more personal and even more interactive, if you will.

Further questions that need to be answered are: Why would anyone want to look at it? If I'm having trouble getting people to my website, why/how would getting them to my Blog be any easier? How exactly does it impact your website? I realize you would have a link to your site, but why would more people find your blog than found your website to begin with?

Readers (I would like to say humans as a whole) are constantly searching for new information, new ways of doing things, other peoples' stories, ways to connect to other individuals, etc. and blogs are one means of providing that bridge or connection to those searching. Blogging is not different in that way from websites per se, but it has now become something of a trend, the way to do things "Now," the latest craze.

Blogging is just one of the newer ways of getting out to others what you have to say, what you have to advertise and even more simply, taking out the random thoughts you have running around in your mind and putting them on screen (paper). People (you and me) are instinctively curious and we WILL read what Johnny did in the bathroom today or which is the best nail clipper to use or what the latest diet pill did to Susie's colon, hypothetically speaking, of course.

Again, I don't think it is necessarily easier than promoting your website, but it is a given fact that search engines recognize and love when a site is updated and when a site is "content rich." They absolutely love it and will then recognize your blog because of it, your "Page Rank" will improve, searchers will notice you because your site is let's say, one of the top ten or at least listed in the appropriate directories, and that will then generate traffic to your other sites or affiliate programs that you may be advertising.

Blogging is a way to connect emotionally to your readers by speaking to them on a more personal level. This will help sales. Blogging is not really about selling your product in the sense that it is not a sales letter, rather a way to let your reader get to know who you are. Creating that emotional connection builds trust, so when you say that so and so product is great and you explain how much they need it and how you have tried it and what it has done for you, they really believe you and will buy the product.

So these few questions address some of the basics of blogging and how it can impact your business. Don't hesitate to use this wonderful resource to connect to the world through your fingertips.

Take care and have fun blogging!

Monday, April 17, 2006

 

Blog Strategies: The Search for Blogspiration

Many people begin to blog without any idea as to what they want to talk about and that’s alright. What is it that they say about spontaneity being the spice of life. Or was that variety? Eh, one of those.

Anyway, when that first rush of creativity wears off, bloggers often find themselves abandoned by their muse on a dry but surprisingly crowded island called Writer’s Blocktopia. Here are a few ways to flag down the rescue ship of inspiration:

1. Read what you have written so far and try coming at your subject from a different angle. This is what professionals do. They take a well flogged idea and try to create a new whip to beat it with. So if you’ve been blogging about how much your kids drive you nuts, turn it around and blog about how much you drive your kids nuts (because you do).

2. Join a social bookmarking site such as Digg or Fark. These types of sites dig up stories of interest and provide almost a limitless supply of things to blog about.

3. Take part in a forum and blog about the issues raised there. The trick here is to join an active forum with lots of diversity. You are sure to find something to spark your muse among all of the colorful opinions flying around.

4. Diversify: What are your other interests? If you’ve been blogging about your children, try expanding to other subjects such as the family dog or your American Idol obsession.

5. Don’t know much or don’t have many interests? Choose a topic you would like to learn more about. With so much information available on the internet it is extremely easy to begin research in an area you are unfamiliar with. Places like Wikipedia offer a wonderful jumping off point for a new learning adventure.

6. Visit meme and quiz directories. Places like Blog Things and Blog Quiz have quizzes that offer fun, fortune cookie style insights into your personality. Manic Monday Meme and The Meme Directory offer writing prompts to jumpstart your creativity.

7. Blog surf. Find out what others are talking about and blog your opinion of the subject.
8. Ask for inspiration. Let your readers help you by asking for suggestions or questions. This is a great way to interact with your readership.

And if you just can’t get your muse to work with you, perhaps it is time for a break. Take a few days off from blogging and refresh yourself. I guarantee you’ll be back to whipping out witty repartee in no time.

Happy Blogging

 

A Blog and a Website: This is How We Do It

If you haven’t noticed already, blogs are the new big thing on the Internet. In case you don’t know what a blog is, I’ll let you in on the not-so-secret secret. A blog is a website that is in journal or diary form. Essentially, it’s a place online where you can write about your life and your interests and share yourself with the rest of the world. Journals used to be secret books you hid under the bed, so this is a huge change in paradigm for this medium. Now, it’s about telling other people in the world what you think and do. The blogging community is already massive; there are millions of human beings with these new, simplistic websites, everywhere from Timbuktu to Kalamazoo.

For a little research into the blog craze I went to one of the biggest blogging sites, http://www.blogger.com which is now owned by Google. This site is pretty cool, and within a very short time you can have your own free template-based blog set up complete with your specified name. Your URL or web address usually has the name ‘blogspot’ after it, which can look a little unprofessional but I’ve heard that there is some way of getting around this obstacle. Otherwise, you can always go to a web-hosting company and set up a blog which will be more original in its design, as well as having any address you like. Meanwhile, I checked out three blogs at Blogger to see how and why people are making their online journals.

At http://funnycute.blogspot.com/ I found a really interesting social diary made by a cartoonist. One thing that made the journal entries so attractive to read were of course, the cartoons. She really is a great artist. The images-as they are self-drawn, add much-needed life to the text, as well as producing an individual authenticity which gives visitors instantaneous deep insight into the personality of the artist. Her blog site is obviously very popular as each entry has around 50 comments made by others attached to it. This is one of the main reasons why people write blogs: to connect with others of like-mind. This blog is well constructed as it has a good biography of the human being who it belongs to, lots of links to other blogs that relate to its general topic (in this case ‘cartoons’), and it has a link to the artist’s personal website. See, that’s the real phenomenon, to have both a blog and a general website. With the blog we get to see the workings of the mind behind the artist, whereas at her personal website, in this case: (http://www.katienice.homestead.com/), we get the opportunity to have a look at her professional portfolio.

The second blog site I checked out was at http://www.birdchick.com/blog.html. This site interested me because of photos of birds and other animals that accompany each day’s journal writing (again that essence of true life and not just text on a page makes it interesting). Here is a person whose site definitely focuses on the one central theme, in this case bird-watching. A standout on her blog’s home page is the long list of blog links, both to other personal bird-watching blogs, as well as to general media-owned bird-watching sites. One cool section of the list is dedicated to bird webcams. These are actual websites that have 24-hour-long camera shots of certain areas where specific types of birds are known to frequent (E.G. Great Horned Owls). What’ll people think of next? Again there is a link to the blog owner’s own personal website, http://www.birdchick.com/, which I assume is supported by a web-hosting company. Check it out, it has a cool photo of the blogger holding a huge hawk (I think it’s a hawk, I’m not very knowledgeable about the world of Ornithology!) on her arm. She’s even gone to the trouble (unless someone else out there did it) to put her website up in French as well.

The final blog I visited was called ‘Paradise Found’ which was located at http://tomquinn.blogspot.com/. An interesting point about the blogger at this site is that they reside (in the blogger’s own words) on a small speck of rock in the middle of the Atlantic (Bermuda). This just shows that even in a place so remote that people have even believed it to be supernatural (‘The Bermuda Triangle is where planes and ships are often reported to go missing never to be seen again), the Internet is alive and well and individuals are sharing their experiences, hobbies, beliefs, and interests with the rest of the now-interconnected planet. The blogger here calls his blog a ‘Photo blog’. Every diary entry contains at least one photograph personally taken by the photographer himself. There is also a link to his site at http://flickr.com/photos/tquinn/ where he has an archive of over 400 pictures that he’s taken. Again this pattern of blog for thoughts and personal points of view matched up and linked to a general website showing actual work, a portfolio, or general life interest, seems to be the way most people are now communicating with each other over the Web.

Today we are gaining so much more insight into what life is like for other people in the world. It seems that having both a blog and a website has been a natural progression undertaken by people who truly want to share themselves and their ideas with the rest of the human community

 

Blogging to Increase Home Business Profits

Blogging has taken off. Everywhere you look there's a new blog on one subject or another. How can you, as a home business owner, incorporate a blog into your business method to increase your overall profits? Blogs have many applications and there are a number of ways that they can help you either advertise your business, a current promotion or idea. Here are few ideas for using a blog in your business:

Content Management - By using blog software, you can efficiently mange the content of your website. Good content management system software allows you to add multiple authors, multiple blogs and static pages to your website. It enhances readability and as a result generates traffic to your website.

Organizational Updates - Blog software gives you the option to sort blog entries chronologically. The latest entry is given first place for better readability. You can also post to your business blogs via email.

Develops Effective Customer Relations - A blog increases credibility and boosts customer relations of an organization. A well-written blog entices the curiosity of a visitor and increases business. Readers can ask questions and clarify any doubts through the same blog.

Boost Product Sales - A blog describing your products attracts customers to your website. Simultaneously, it keeps customers informed on the latest developments about the products or services of your company/business.

For your Target Market - Blogs aimed at a target audience or market will help establish your credibility in that particular area, bringing more traffic and sales your way.

Blogs on Technical Subjects - Blogs filled with relevant and detailed technical information on various issues are invariably used by service professionals. These blogs enhance their knowledge and credibility about the subject, problem solving issues and much more.

Tool for Internal Communication - A blog can play a key role in effective communication within your business. Working especially well in direct sales or network marketing businesses where teams of individuals communicate with one another regularly. It displays all the latest events and the future programs of an organization.

Quite obviously, blogs, when used for more than a personal journal can help your home business immensely. Another tool for you to utilize to increase your business and profits, blogging is something that every home business owner should try.

 

How to Get Those First 100 Visitors to Your Blog

I monitor a lot of blogs, forums and news sites with my trusty RSS reader. One of my favorite sites is SitePoint, which is a terrific discussion forum for webmasters, programmers and domain name investors.

I’ve had some great conversations on the forums and via IM that have been very enlightening.

In a recent post, one of the SitePoint forum guys was lamenting the fact that he was having trouble getting to 100 unique visitors per day.

There was some good, solid advice that I would like to share and build upon:

1. Make sure your posts are optimized with popular keywords. I would be careful with this one because you don’t want to lose your blogging voice or make your pages read awkwardly by jamming in as many keywords as you can. Do check for the most popular keywords in your universe, though, using a tool like WordTracker. As a poster on SitePoint said, using the competition values in WordTracker allows you to pick keywords that haven’t soaked the web yet.

2. Use a service like PinGoat to ping blogger indexing sites every time you change your site. Pinging is basically extending an invitation to indexing services like Technorati, IceRocket and Feedster to come to your site and index it. The more indexing you get, the more exposure you get. PinGoat is a terrific service that pings them all at the same time.

3. Update your Google Sitemap every few posts and resubmit it. A Google Sitemap is an interesting and amazing phenomenon. Here is how Google explains it:

The Google Sitemaps program is two-way communication between webmasters and Google. You can give us information about your site so we can index it more effectively, and we can show you how we see your site and tell you about any trouble we’ve had crawling it.

Basically you create a special xml file and tell Google to go look at it. It uses the file to better index the site. And it definitely works. There’s even a Plugin for WordPress that will build the perfect sitemap for Google. You can read more about sitemaps by visiting the Google Sitemaps page.

4. Post relevant comments on blogs related to your content area. Look around, find people blogging about the same stuff as you. Monitor their blog sites and participate in the discussion. Be sure to include a link to your site in all of your comments. It’s a great way to correspond with like-minded people and get your name and site name out there.

5. Search for link partners and link exchanges at least once a week. If you find a site you like, include it on your link page and drop the site owner an email. He or she will most likely list your site as well. Join a couple of free or cheap link exchange sites and stick to your subject area when exchanging links. Always visit the prospective link exchange site and ask yourself if you would be doing your readers a service by sending them to that site. If not, don’t link to the site.

6. Write great content, and don’t plug stuff unless you are familiar with it and approve of it. If you write interesting content about subjects that interest people they will always find you. Don’t hustle your readers — if you are going to plug something for money, make sure the product or service is something you would use and recommend. If people sense a hustle they will not convert and they will not come back.

7. Watch your keywords and make sure they are performing. DigitalPoint has a terrific tool that will help you track your keyword placement over time so you can see how your efforts are doing.

8. Perform some basic Search Engine Optimization. Learn how to not only optimize your posts, but optimize your entire site. You can get some great tips and tools at SeoChat.com

9. Shake loose a couple of bucks and buy some ad space. Once you’re certain your blog looks and operates perfectly, spend $100 on Adsense ads and see how that helps.

10. Be patient. It isn’t going to happen overnight. It will take weeks or months to get things rolling.

100 uniques a day is attainable. Get Blogging!

 

All about the Blogs

First came the web, then the web log, the space was removed and it became weblog, “we” was removed and it became a blog. Sources disagree on when the term was first coined. Some say blogging first appeared in 1995, while others credit John Bayer with first using the term in 1997. Either way, blogging has become a popular pastime and blogs are a common part of the internet community. Some maintain that web logs are personal diaries or journals of individuals and blogs are topic specific sites. The term is commonly used to describe both personal diaries and topic specific sites.

Types of Blogs

In the beginning, blogs were straight text. Now most contain text and images. Topic specific blogs include everything from sports and politics to history and literature. There are photoblogs on which individuals post photographs of various things. There are photoblog discussion sites which are mostly plain text blogs where people discuss their own photoblogs and the photoblogs of others. There is photoblogging news which again consists of mostly plain text and people discuss different photoblogs that are out there and what they have to offer. Videoblogging is relatively new and is basically another form of self-_expression. There are blogs about videoblogging on which groups and individuals discuss things like the best digital video format. There are MP3 blogs which are very popular. These offer musical selections for listening and downloading pleasure.

Blog Hosting Services

MySpace is a service that allows users to use there weblog (blog) application software, either free or for a fee. MSN has a similar service. Usually basic services are free and customers pay extra for additional services. Individual users have their own web page or pages consisting of journal blogs, photos, or videos if desired as well as various background selections. Depending on a user’s knowledge of HTML text and graphics, these sites can be very simple or very complex, but all are as unique as the individuals that design them. MySpace has gotten some bad press lately because site users can browse profiles, in order to “meet” people in real life. This may be how some people choose to use the site, but is not how or why the site was designed to be used.

Why we blog

Blogging of any type is basically a form of self-_expression or idea exchange. It is not a dating service. People use them to keep in touch with their families and friends. Let everyone know what is going on in their life. They share photos from across the miles and across the years. People sometimes connect with people from other countries and sometimes reconnect with people who moved away in grade school. Yes, the sites have gotten some bad press and parental warnings, but doesn’t everything new. If memory serves, it used to be chat rooms that were full of perverts waiting for the chance to take advantage of unsuspecting innocents. Now they blame it on the blogs.

If you have a blog and want to promote it, go to CatchMyBlog and add it for free.

CatchMyBlog is a collection of blogs that others find interesting. Rather than searching for a good blog out of the hundreds or thousands available, you can quickly discover what others find interesting and worth reading

 

6 Reasons You Need a Blog for Your Business

Although blogging has been around for years, it's only in the last year or so that it's really become big, especially in business.

Some of the top corporations now have blogs, and you can read about these corporations, as well as get news.

The main reason blogs are so popular is because they're personal. It gives the author an opportunity to inject his/her personality into his/her writing.

How does this apply to your business? There are many ways, but here are five:

1. You can brand your business.

Branding isn't just for big business. You can brand yourself too. By creating your own niche and writing about it, you can create your brand. By branding yourself, others will associate your product with you.

It's not enough to get traffic to your site. You need targeted traffic, and the more targeted your traffic is, and the more traffic you get, the more opportunities you have to make sales.

Blogging is not just an effective branding tool. It's also an effective public relations tool, allowing you to further build your image and brand.

2. You can become an expert.

When you share what you know on a topic, it gives you the opportunity to be perceived as an expert. You are providing additional value to your product.

When you are perceived as an expert, people are more likely to listen to what you have to say.

By establishing yourself as an expert on a topic, you are offering value to potential customers that your competition isn't. Not only that, you can drastically cut your marketing expenses because your potential customers are coming to you.

This is called pull marketing. Pull marketing is much more effective than push marketing because you are drawing customers to you, and they already want what you have to sell.

3. You can establish credibility.

Credibility is a difficult thing to establish on the internet. You need to gain your potential customer's trust before he/she will buy from you.

Although there are certain things you can do that can help with trust and credibility, like adding your phone number to your site, a blog is more effective. It will help you get your potential customer to see you as a real person, not just someone behind a computer.

4. You can create a new marketing channel.

Email marketing isn't as effective as it used to be. Too many problems exist now with spam and filters. It can be nearly impossible for you to get your marketing message through.

With blogs, you can use RSS, as well as other forms of communication, like podcasting, to get your marketing message through.

Blogging opens up technology for you in a way that email doesn't. It gives you a variety of ways to distribute your marketing message and increases your chances of your marketing message being effective.

5. Creates a communications channel with your potential customers.

Blogs are interactive. You can allow your potential customer to leave messages for you in your comments. He/she can ask you questions, and you can respond more quickly.

This will also save you time in the future because others may have the same questions. You'll already have the answer easily available.

Blogs are also more responsive in that you can write about the latest trends in your topic and give your potential customers the latest information.

6. Solves your search engine optimization problems.

Blogs are search engine friendly, and you can get your blog spidered faster and easier than you can a traditional site.

This can help you get traffic from the search engines quicker and easier, and the beauty of it is that it's targeted traffic.

Although blogs may have started out as personal journals, their business application is far more reaching. Blogs can help you explode your business marketing efforts in a way that no other internet marketing method can. Blogging, although not required, is something you should consider if you want to increase your business and increase your profits.

 

4 Easy Ways to Build a Blog

A blog is an important communication tool for business. You can use your blog to distribute information to your potential customers, as well as build a relationship.

So how do you build a blog?

There are several ways that you can do it, but it all depends on how much time you want to spend on configuring your blog, as well as the types of customizations you want to do to your blog.

Below are several places where you can either get a blog, or get the scripts to build your blog.

Blogger - http://www.blogger.com

This is by far the easiest of all the blogs to build. It takes about 30 seconds to create a blog, and you don't need to know HTML. If you decide that you want to customize your blog, it does have an extensive knowledge base, and you can quickly learn how to add to the template to make it your own. It's also very search engine friendly.

Word Press - http://www.wordpress.org

Word Press is one of the most popular blog scripts on the internet. It has tons of features, and it's search engine friendly. Some of the most popular blogs on the internet use this system for blogging. Some examples of features include plugins that allow you to create an mp3 player on your site so that you can use for podcasting. Other features include: technorati tags, photos, sitemaps, and an extensive collection of templates so that you can use to change the look and feel of your blog.

The code is light and fast, and it is search engine friendly.

Nucleus CMS - http://www.nucleuscms.org

This is the system that I use for my main blog. It has a few features that Word Press doesn't have, like the ability to create an ezine from your posts and send them as email. You can use a cron job to automate the process, and you can send out your ezine when you want it to go out. This is especially helpful if you want to build a list of subscribers.

It's allowed me to combine two tasks: blogging and ezine creation.

There's an extensive collection of plugins you can use to customize your blog, as well as a theme system. The only drawback here is the lack of themes. However, new themes are being designed, and it's pretty easy to design your own, or customize one of the theme available.

Code is search engine friendly, and you can use plugins to create a Google Sitemap, add keywords, as well as technorati tags. You can also create multiple blogs from one installation.

Drupal - http://www.drupal.org

This is really a content management system, instead of a blogging system, and instead of just creating a blog, you can create a community of blogs, or a complete community, including forums, group meetings, and more. The code is very search engine friendly.

There is a rich text editor so that you can code your posts.

Regardless of what system you choose to create your blog, choose a system that you feel comfortable with. You can quickly and easily use blogs to build relationships with your customers, as well as distribute your content. By building and writing a blog, you can demonstrate your expertise on your topic, while building relationships with your customers and readers too.

Ultimately, blogging can become one of the best tools you can use to market yourself and your business, and it's free to implement.

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

 

Make Money Online Idea That Has Changed So Many Lives

It would be difficult to find another online make money idea that has changed more lives than this particular one you are about to discover. And what is even more fascinating about this particular make money online idea is the fact that it is based on a very recent trend that has proved to be more than a passing fad.
We are of course talking about the phenomenal rise of blogs. Without blogs this make money online idea would not have been possible.

For years, since the days of the rise of Amazon.com folks have been making money from affiliate programs. Still it has always been a rather difficult thing to do mainly because setting up a web site, getting it hosted and keeping it running has always been a costly and time consuming thing to do for most.

Enter blogs, which are easy to set up and even easier to maintain and you have a make money online idea that has taken the World Wide Web by storm.

All one needs to do is set up a free blog and simply sprinkle it with the relevant affiliate links and you could swiftly find yourself earning thousands of dollars every month.

This is the make money online idea that is revolutionizing the web.



 

The Best Make Money Online Idea

The best idea you can ever use to make money online is so simple and staring at your face that you'll probably not believe me when I describe it to you.

The best make money idea involves the use of the very popular blogs. Yes, maybe you are sick to death of hearing about blogs and how some geeks writing about some laughable subject are drawing 7 figure traffic figures. But maybe you have also heard, or at least you have an idea, that the money that many of these bloggers make is far from being laughable.

But how do they do it? What idea do they use to make so much money?
It is quite simple really. All they do is look for the most relevant high paying affiliate programs that work best with the audience their blogs are targeting. That's the best idea you'll find anywhere that will make you money quickly on the net. There are actually countless folks who have already used this simple idea to make more money than they ever dreamed possible in their best and wildest dreams.


 

Home Business Success With Blogs

Many have found home business success in affiliate programs on the World Wide Web. However the problem has always been in setting up and maintaining personal web sites
to help drive traffic to their affiliate sites.

Web sites have always been critical and very important tools in many a home business success story. However they are costly and very time consuming to maintain. Then there is the problem of building up enough traffic to make your affiliate program successful.

But all these problems hindering home business success seem to have been solved neatly and beautifully by blogs. Blogs (or web logs, as they were referred to in their early days) have taken the World Wide Web by storm and are now at the heart of every leading home business success of recent times that you can think of.

The magic with blogs is that they tend to pick up traffic and links at very high speed. So the result is that within no time at all any business owner can end up with a home business capable of bringing in success in the form of hundreds of thousands of dollars in affiliate commissions.

Blogs have brought the reality of home business success closer to many and have dramatically improved on the odds for success for many.



 

Blogs As The Perfect Home Based Business

Did you know that there are some smart entrepreneurs whose home based business is nothing more than a couple of blogs focusing on certain niche topics and markets.

The biggest investment that is usually made in this popular home based business tends to be made in terms of time spent. Actually a lot of it is allocated to finding the best keyword phrases that are bound to attract tons of traffic through search engines. Interesting content is then generated based on those keywords. The result for a home based business that has mastered this strategy can usually be nothing short of amazing. Within a very short time tons of traffic is crowding at their blog. They then simply refer this traffic to their affiliate site or to a sales page selling whatever it is that they usually sell.

Some affiliate sites receiving heavy traffic from home based business blogs are able to pay out tens of thousands of dollars every month to their affiliates.

This is but one of the most lucrative home based business models that has taken the World Wide Web by storm. It means that a home based business can thrive and be very successful without the owner ever having to indulge themselves in serious and aggressive selling of any sort.

Learn more about the best home business opportunity from a blogger who rakes in thousands of dollars... and growing from their home business.

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