Finally, here is the post that follows 7 ways to increase blog Traffic. Summer has got in the way again, but I'm back from my holidays. The information comes from a book written by Robin Houghton, and it's new. Great read!
Post by Debbie L. Belair
Use more long tailed keywords. You can use a number of different free keyword tools. Every single post should be keyword optimized to help readers find the content they are searching for. However, avoid keyword stuffing, because Google is set up to have radar to detect keyword stuffing and other abuses. It depends on the platform you use, but usually, you will be given a limit of words to enter. Not sure about WordPress, but Weebly, shows you where to put meta tags and descriptions used for SEO.
Make comments on other bloggers Posts
If you make comments and "like" other blogs, often they will reciprocate and check out yours as well. This is a great way to give exposure to your content. It might mean that a person who wouldn't have found your post otherwise, reads it. This happened to me recently, and now I have gained several new followers. If you are lucky, they may even share the post with other readers.
Don't get to hung up on Numbers
It takes time to build traffic to your blog. People have a lot more to read now then 10 or 20 years ago, and often, they won't read, they might just skim content to see if it catches their interest. If you follow a few basic principles, and you make your content interesting and easily read, you will find that the numbers come eventually. Don't give up blogging just because you aren't getting a lot of traffic yet. It comes with persistence and hard work.
Post often and Regular
You don't have to post every day, but maybe once a week or every two weeks. It's more important for the content to be of high quality, and if it means less frequent posting, then so be it. Others may disagree, but I think quality content that offers value to readers is more important than how often you post.
Teach or inspire Others
Write content that inspires or teaches hands-on tips. Many people blog on their personal experiences and that's ok but remember, that reading is optional and you have to give them a good reason to read your post. Telling stories tends to draw in a lot more readers. I like writing information centered content, about health and writing tips. If you write about topics that are important to everybody, you can't go wrong.
Email lists and Newsletters
Not everyone has time to write newsletters, but having a sign-up email list helps you keep track of your readers. This is helpful if you have some news or you are going to be off somewhere for a few months. Yes, it takes a little more work to make up one, but you might find that you it increases your leads (if you're selling something). It saves time to use the same template each time.
Hopefully, this little post has been informative. Remember, there are differing opinions on how blog posts should be written. The ideas I have put forward come from ideas that I hear the most, from experienced bloggers. One thing I still struggle with is the length of blog posts. If you have ideas on this please feel free to comment or send me an email.
People blog for different reasons. Here are 7 ways to make your blog a success. Here's how you can rank in search engines without spending a lot of money.
By Debbie L. Belair
Proof reading and editing are not the same thing. This post includes 5 strategies you should consider when editing a piece of content. Here are 5 simple but often overlooked elements to writing great copy.
It's still number one. Watch out for those spell checks sometimes they can give false underlines. If you spell a word that is a real word the spell check will miss it. The big thing is typos. One thing that helps me is making a list of the words I have trouble spelling and pin it near my desk. It saves time looking up the word each time you forget its spelling.
2) Voice and tone
You should always read your copy aloud to check for the sound of the voice and tone. If it isn't consistent all the way through you risk confusing your reader.
3) Always add Value
There are no better ways to serve your reader than adding value to what you write. In other words make sure that they take something away from what they read. This is one way to keep your readers coming back.
4) Grammar and sentence structure
Again reading aloud will allow you to find the tripping points in your writing. Then you tweak the areas that need changing or rewording. If you leave that job to the reader they may click off the page right away. Having said that... some readers will be more forgiving than others.
The idea is to give your reader the best possible experience. Adding headings and sub-headings
can make it easier on the eyes and the reader can decide whether or not to read the rest of the copy. In general, people hate reading ads. If you add extra work for them they aren't likely to read the rest of the piece.
Pin this up near your writing desk. These simple 5 elements will make a difference between bad copy and good copy.
Do you compare yourself to other writers? Here's what you can do instead.
Why role model?
Instead of comparing your writing to others you can emulate the habits of other authors. You can take the qualities of a writer you admire and use them as a springboard for your own writing. Read author bios to find out how they got where they did. Sometimes they discuss challenges they had and how they were overcome. You can be inspired by other authors says Kelly L. stone, and author of Living Write. This is a great read if you are serious about writing. Visit www.KellyLStone.com.
I"ve heard of writers who copy out whole pages or chapters from their favourite writers hoping some of their qualities will rub off on them. Other writers interview successful writers.
You can pick and choose qualities of different writers to improve your own habits and routines.
Both Fiction and non fiction writers copy or type out content from authors they admire. I suppose you could try this with blogging too as long as you keep your material original. If you are afraid of plagiarizing you can always use the software tool Copy Scape.
Build an Avatar
The biggest reason for role modeling is for inspiration and motivation. It's useful to learn new sets of skills and insights from other writers. Have you thought about attending a writer's conference?
Stone talks about creating an Avatar similar to the kind of writer you want to be, and keep it close when you are writing--She has some great exercises you can do. Role modeling helps you recognize that you belong to a group of people with the same ambitions you have. All writers have unique backgrounds-- this experience should be eclectic.
A great review for some of us who forget...or for those who are anal in their writing.
Most of us need to review punctuation from time to time. Let's begin shall we?
If you want to write long sentences then use the period wisely. There is no magic to sentence length, but don't make too much work for the reader if you want your audience to read it.
If you are writing online, sentences should be short for those who scan.
The exclamation point
This one is used to show excitement, but don't over-use it or it will sound like you are shouting at the reader. William Zinsser says don't use it for humor, instead be more subtle. If you want to make a point it's better to restructure the wording.
Most of us used this to carefully balance sentences. It connects two sentences together. Many writers still use this, but it's "old school." A long dash is a more modern way to write two balancing ideas. Semicolons are still useful in very long sentences.
It's best used to list items. Again, it's kinda outdated like the semicolon. In it's use you can use the long dash, but be careful, the short dash is not the same thing. Use the colon for more formal documents and research papers.
The dash has replaced the colon and semi-colon in most writing today. Most of us didn't learn to write like this in school. The short dash pushes the sentence forward to amplify the second part of the sentence. The long dash is mainly used to add explanatory detail that would have required a new sentence. You can change the dash settings in what ever version of word you are using.
A good writer uses all of the above to add variety to written copy. If you aren't sure then check. I keep a copy of Strunk &White on my book shelf.
Why knowing your audience is important. This post presents a few tips that will go a long way to engage your readership. It's not intended for academic writing.
The advice I have been given is "don't make the mistake of trying to write for everybody." Many writers still do this. It's even more important if you are writing for business purposes.
Here are a few tips to remember before you begin to write
Many writers create Avatars of their readers well before they start writing. It's time-consuming, but readers will feel like you are talking directly to them on a personal level. It's always good to help your reader feel understood. Most blogs are written to resolve problems that readers have, so you have to appeal to their emotions.
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