Tag: Blogging

Aug
28

What You Need To Know Before Adding Affiliate Links to Your Blog

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When done properly, adding affiliate links to your blog can be a relatively easy way to make money. Simply include links to products and services on your blog, then sit back and wait for customers to click them, earning you a nice paycheck for your referral efforts. Although the process is relatively simple, you have to know what you’re doing to be successful at it. There are specific strategies you’ll need to follow to make your marketing efforts lucrative.

Affiliate Marketing for Beginners — Six Tips to Help You Get Started

Learn how to do affiliate marketing right with these six tips:

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Dec
20

Blogging as a Website Promotion Tool

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If you’re looking for an excellent website promotion tool to add to your arsenal you might seriously consider the idea of blogging as an integral part of your business.

The concept of blogging or writing a web-log has been around for quite some time but didn’t really make an impact on the mainstream population till about 1999.

Back then and even now most people wrote blogs for simple personal use as a way to connect with others around the world.

Those in the know, however, understand that blogging can also be used as a powerful tool to promote a business website.

It is not my intention to get into the specifics and technical aspects of blogging within this article because I have mentioned technical aspects in other articles. If you missed those pages you can find them here. Blogging for Success and then 20 Ideas to Help Your Blog’s Popularity. You might also read some of the related posts if time allows.

Instead my hopes are for you to truly comprehend just how important blogging can be to a modern thriving Internet business of any kind.

It has proven to be the most effective and least costly website promotion tool that I have for my business.

Blogging should be used as your way to create your own massive piece of highly sought after Internet Real Estate.


For example…..let’s pretend you have a 6 page business website which markets or sells hunting gear.

You noticed early on that the “hunting gear” niche has a sizable amount of competition on the net.

You’ve already submitted your site to directories, done some social bookmarking and exceeded your website promotion budget but just can’t seem to get over that hump.

Sound familiar?

One reason you still can’t get the kind of traffic you need to start really rocking is because you only have a 6 page website. Even though the site may be optimized properly, chances are it doesn’t have enough keyword depth and backlinks to both compete with your competitors and raise your site’s trust factor with the search engines.

This is where blogging can really help break things wide open for your business.

If you can find a way to write consistent useful blog articles about your product(s), then link to those website products from your blog articles along with proper keyword application and titles, you will soon notice that your site is becoming quite a bit more popular.

How soon you ask?

It depends on how often you blog and whether or not you apply good on-page optimization technique.

Generally speaking the more you write the higher your traffic will climb.

When traffic goes up more sales are generated for your business.

Sales are good for your business right?

Don’t be intimidated.

After much practice and plenty of frustration you will eventually learn how to find balance between providing great information for your readers and pleasing the search engines as well.

Once you get to that point you will completely understand what an awesome website promotion tool blogging really is.

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Jul
24

What I’ve Learned From My Blog

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It’s been about a year and a half now since I started writing this blog.

I remember thinking to myself……”are you sure you know what you’re doing Dan?” My self replied with a certain……..”Let’s do it.”

That’s funny because, thinking back, it all started out so wobbly and shaky.

To this date I’ve wrote 141 articles on this blog and I stumbled and fumbled my way through the first 20 or so. Some are so poorly written and off the wall that it makes me laugh and smile when I go back and re-visit them.

I’ve never considered myself to be much of writer but as time goes by my blog and I have become friends.

It’s become a place for me to express who I am to other people and at the same time share what I learn.

The more time I spend blogging the more I learn from it.

Below is an updated list of things I have learned from this blog:

* You will make mistakes. It’s part of the process. Fix them as soon as you know about them and move on without regret.

* Be you.

* Make use of plug-ins. They make your blogging easier and more fun. Just be sure you do your homework before you upload any tool or script to your blog.

* Do regular backups.

* Don’t be afraid to experiment. Move stuff around and try new things. We find what works best through testing.

* People will love some of your stuff but not all of it. Just keep on giving more.

* Always try to write inviting titles.

* If you’re going to put it in print be able to back it up.

* Write your own content.

* People really do want to get to know the person behind the pen or in this case the keyboard.

* Run a consistent link campaign to related and valuable sites.

* Monetizing your blog has to be done in a way that will help visitors. Be choosy about who you partner with.

* Write your own or get a good custom 404 error page.

* Take people’s privacy seriously as if it were your own.

* Make use of social media sites.

* Protect your blog from attacks. There’s some really sick and warped criminals out there. Check out Secure WordPress Plugin for a WP blog.

* Edit…..edit…..and edit some more.

* Sign up for a free Google Analytics account and learn how to monitor incoming traffic.

* Allow trackbacks and pingbacks. The net was made for linking.

* Image and script placement counts.

* People won’t give up on you as long as you don’t give up on them.

* Everybody suffers from an occasional bout of writer’s block. When it rears it’s ugly head it just means you’ve momentarily lost touch with yourself. Not to worry though…..this is when you should spend time reading, listening and watching instead of writing. Education stimulates the creative side of the brain.

* There’s always going to be plenty more to learn.

* Permalinks are important.

* Blogging requires discipline.

* It’s easy to write but more satisfying when you engage.

* Make a conscious effort to understand keywords and anchor text.

* Shorter articles seem to be more pleasing to readers.

* Be specific not vague.

* It does eventually all start to make sense. When your blog finally starts to get it’s harmony, soak it in but remain on your toes. Strive to do more.

* Enjoy your successes and learn from your errors.

* Read your emails once and no more than twice a day.

* Learning basic html can help the design and navigation of a blog.

* RSS is a good thing

* A blog can have friends and enemies. Be aware of what both are saying. Respond when necessary.

* Learn about URL Redirection. It can be very beneficial.

* There are always multitudes of people interested in what you have to say. Showing them where your blog is located is the real task.

I’m sure I’ve learned much more from my blog but this will have to suffice for now. It’s time to spend some QT with my family.

Best Wishes!

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Jan
08

20 Ideas To Help Your Blog’s Popularity

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Building the popularity of your blog is an on going task. Below is a list of ideas that may help.

1. Write about stuff you are highly interested in and knowledgeable on. Your readers we be able to feel your excitement as they are reading.

2. Make use of images and pictures. Be sure they are relative to the subject at hand and use your own personal images if possible. This will make your blog unique and people love to look at pictures.

3. Be controversial. If you have a different opinion about a widely popular subject write about it. A little controversy is always a good read.

4. Share your knowledgeable opinions on other popular blogs within your niche in the comment sections. Be sure to leave a link back to your blog and use your site’s keywords whenever possible.

5. Become an active member at numerous popular social networks such as Digg, Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Delicious and the likes. Visit other people’s sites and interact often.

6. Be personal. Allow your readers to get to know you. It’s not necessary to tell them what time you brushed your teeth this morning but it is necessary to write in a first person type format. This will eventually allow your readers to feel they know you on a personal level.

7. Write frequently and write consistently.  By doing this your readers will know what to expect and when to come and visit your site.

8. Write new posts on the weekends. Most all blogs are posted during the week. On the weekend people like to take a break and won’t write in their blogs. By writing on the weekend you could be attracting an entire new crowd who is looking to sit back and take it easy with some good reading. If they like what they read they might just decide to opt-in to your newsletter .

9. Be creative. Put creative twists on old subjects and write in such a way that it prompts interaction and responses from your visitors. Ask questions, etc.

10. Link to high profile blogs or websites when you need to backup a certain point. This will help to display a little trust with your readers and the bloggers or writers you link to may just notice it and try to help you out with a link back.

11. Incorporate video into your blog. Website visitors love to watch videos. The overwhelming popularity of YouTube proves this theory.

12. Use social bookmarking buttons on your blog post to allow your readers to Digg, Stumble or tweet your posts. A really good post being dug, stumbled or tweeted can generate thousands of new visitors. If you use WordPress there are many plugins you can download to add the buttons to your site.

13. Hold contests and give away prizes to the winners. People love to enter contests. They generally will tell their friends and families about them also if the contest is unique enough. You could also use the contest as a means to get your visitors to opt-in to your email list.

14. If you are advertising on your site use links to places that can only be visited online. Anybody can get in the car and drive to Walmart thus there is no need to put a Walmart ad on your site. By advertising for high traffic web only companies your site may gain in popularity because of your unique advertising links.

15. Keep it simple. Make your blog easy to follow and easy to read. Too many links, too much noise or an over abundance of advertising could actually have a reverse effect and cause your blog to lose popularity.

16. Add your RSS feed to popular blog directories. Just search the term “blog directory” or “submit blog” and you’ll find plenty of them. Be sure not to submit it to the same place more than once. This could be considered spamming and will cause your blog not to be listed.

17. Submit an XML Sitemap of your blog to Google, Bing and Yahoo. If you use WordPress you can download the XML Sitemap plugin. This will help the three biggest search engines index your blog and it will automatically send them a new sitemap every time you write a new post.

18. Write a great “About” page for your blog displaying your personal picture. This allows your visitors to get to know you a little better and also tells them what your blog is all about and why it exists in the first place.

19. Encourage commenting on your blog. People love to write comments and many of them like to become known through popular blogs. Consider downloading a plugin such as Top Commentators to help increase your blog comments and it’s popularity.

20. If your site loads with music remove it. I’ve found that it only serves to slow down the way the site loads for the most part and music seems to disturb people while they are trying to read. If you must have music on your site just create some link buttons where people can have the choice to play it or not.

Ok….Now that we’ve got the business out of the way here’s a hilarious video for you to watch.

Best Wishes

Oct
12

What’s So Special About You?

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Let’s say that you’ve spent months building a super nice and user friendly website. You’re following all the rules by the book. You’ve also already done all the back breaking SEO and link building work but you still just can’t get any visitors to come to your site. First and foremost, you should consider that your rise to fame will not happen overnight. It takes time to build trust and sound relationships. It could also be that it’s time to ask yourself, “What’s so special about you?”

What does your site really offer to the world?

I mean people go to Walmart because the company did an excellent job of building their brand and because they know that they are going to save money on their shopping.

Steve Pavlina, a genius when it comes to personal development, gets upwards near 47,000 visits a day to his website because he’s worked his butt off to get to that point and because he gives people something they want. He offers them help in their own day to day lives.

Another great  example would be a site like Facebook. They get millions of daily visitors because they allow people to connect with friends and associates whom they haven’t seen or heard from in years.

If you want people to visit your website then you should be giving them a reason to visit. Maybe you give them a joke a day to help them laugh during the tough times or possibly just offer some free advice on whatever your specialty is. Let your visitors know what’s so special about you!

I don’t want to sound like the world’s expert on Psychology because I’m not even close. I do, however, know that when I visit a website it’s generally because that website has something I want. Sometimes I’m looking to buy something and other times I’m just looking for advice. Either way, the sites that are most helpful and friendly to me are the ones that I bookmark and keep going back for more!

Even with all of today’s modern technology such as home computers, ecommerce sites, blogging, social networking and forums, when it comes right down to it people still want that neighborly type atmosphere. I’m betting that if you show your visitors what is truly special about you and let them know that you’re really there to help, your website traffic will increase heavily.

Best Wishes!

Grants for Small Business Owners

Oct
02

Revolutionary New Tool Will Eliminate Business Cards

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by: Dan Waggoner


A blogging friend of mine recently sent me some information on a revolutionary new tool called the MingleStick which will most certainly eliminate the business cards that we all have used for years. Some of my social and business minded friends out there are going to go ape over this one and you all know who you are. The MingleStick is a small inexpensive ($19.95) electronic keychain device that allows people to exchange identity information with the click of a button. I’m sure it will be heavily used by business professionals, college students, organizers and such because it’s supported by both Windows and Mac and will hold up to 500 mingles.

The MingleStick exchanges only ID #s but when you log into your account you get all the information the other user has programmed into his or her accounts public profile such as:

  • Name
  • Photo
  • Email Address
  • Business Address
  • Home Address
  • Cell Phone #
  • Business Phone #
  • Home Phone #
  • Social Networking Profiles such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn

All this can be exchanged with the simple press of a button. Below you can see two people connecting their MingleSticks.

MingleStick

purchase_MingleStickBasically, two users point their MingSticks at each other and press the button. When the red flashing light turns solid green it means the connections has been made. It happens within a split second. Then later on when you’re ready you plug your MingleStick into your USB port on your computer where it connects to the MingleStick website and uploads the information. You just login with a secure username and password.

I’m very excited about this product because of what it means to the business and social networking world as we know it. I personally can’t ever find somebody’s business card when I need it anyway so this is a real winner for me. In my opinion it is definitely a revolutionary tool and it will without a doubt eliminate the hassle of purchasing, carrying and exchanging business cards.

Check it out and see what you think!

Best Wishes

Jun
21

Blogging For Money

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Blogging For Money

Article Presented By: Modern DayPeasants

  

moneyI guess most of you know by now that blogging has pretty much taken over the Internet. It seems that people blog on the Internet waves everyday to discuss every topic there is. Blogging has become the new communication portal for businesses as well as individuals. You can blog about social status, entertainment, politics, games, abortion, medicine, law or anything else that’s on your mind. Blogging has become the average person’s way of saying something to the whole world. Get it off your chest or so to speak! Just about everybody has something they want to say but always keep in mind that when you’re blogging you’re saying it to anybody interested in what you’re talking about.

The interesting fact is that while some people are blogging for sheer communication purposes, others are blogging for money. That’s correct! Individuals as well as businesses are blogging as a source of income. I’m willing to bet that most of you are thinking how in the world could you possibly be blogging for money? Actually, it’s not that difficult to understand. Think of the Internet as an advertising tool with a worldwide customer base. There are millions upon million of people all across the world who are making purchases on-line every single day! Businesses as well as individuals purchase goods and services for whatever their needs may be.

There are also many companies around that will pay you money to blog for them. To begin blogging for money you will first need to set up a blogging avenue. There are many at your disposal! You could use blogged.com wordpress or blogger.com or any of the other thousands available. You will find that it will be more profitable for you if you use a combination of different blogging outlets. Most of theses blogging outlets will let you set up accounts for free.

Blogging for money is one additional way you can put some extra cash in your pocket. Some people do it for a living. Others do it on the side. There is a tremendous potential to earn a ton of money blogging if you have the time to dedicate to it! It’s like anything else. It requires some of your valuable time and a little know how!

In my opinion the best thing about blogging for money is that it can be a lot of social fun and of course you can make a load of residual cash if you put your mind to it.

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