TRAFFIC & BLOGGING TIPS
Blogging Then And Now
If you were starting a new blog today what’s the first thing you would do? I’ve just started a new blog and I started thinking about the difference between my first blog and this one. Here are some of the things I looked at.
I bought a domain, tying it vaguely to some of the services I hoped to offer. I simply added the blog onto that and it had no clear identity of its own.
I thought very carefully about the topic I wanted to cover, and used to some online keyword research tools to find out what people were searching for. I then tried to combine these into some sort of sensible name and then I searched for domain names that combined my keywords.
I experimented with a wide range of blogging software. Not only did I try WordPress but I dabbled with B2Evolution and Textpattern but I didn’t get very far and I managed to mess up my blog a couple of times.
These days I go straight for WordPress, because this is the one that works best for me. Once I had setup may domain name and arranged hosting I did a one click install of the latest version of WordPress and I was good to go.
I didn’t know much about plug-ins. After enabling Aksimet I basically left the blog alone and did nothing to help with search engine optimisation or connecting with my readers.
I’ve tried a number of anti-spam combinations and I always install a set of key WordPress plug-ins including something to back up the database, Subscribe to comments, Comment luv, Google XML site maps and WordPress stats. I also include links to social media communities.
I wouldn’t have known what to do with WordPress theme files. I could just about manage downloading and installing themes but I never interfered with anything. If a theme didn’t do the work that I wanted I simply got another one.
I’ve used a wide range of themes, both free and premium, and I have no problem messing around with the code, though I still need some help to find certain snippets.
It wasn’t very easy for people to subscribe to my blog and follow updates.
One of the first things I do when I start a new blog is burn a feed in Feedburner, and put an email subscription form in the sidebar. Content is also syndicated through a variety of social media channels. My main blogs all have their own Twitter accounts (though generally these are not very active). I also make a podcast feed available on my existing blog and will do so on the new one if readers want it.
I didn’t think about promotion and social networking in any sort of structured way. I was not a member of any forums and there weren’t many places that you could find me online. As far as the online world knew, I was practically invisible.
I’m a member of several online communities (posterous,hootsuites, tweetie,simler) some of them built around existing blogs, and interact regularly on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. This gives me a head start in talking to people about my new blog and makes for a great community on my existing one.
How have your blogging practices changed in the time you’ve been online?
Blog traffic from Youtube
How to get blog traffic from youtube? Uploading video to youtube is easy but what can we do to generate traffic to our blog from the video?
Here are important ideas and steps which helps to bring traffic from youtube video.
First I will list three basic steps and then will discuss each step in detail.
1) Create your own video
2) Register with youtube and Upload your video with correct title.
3) Incorporate and mention your blog url at appropriate places on youtube.
1) Now we will look at first step as what kind of video can be prepared?
You need something related to your blog subject. Website owners use youtube for marketing and selling their products with sales video but I am not talking of that.
We need video related to our blog subject. In general humorous video, how to video, some catchy dance and music video, amazing and interesting facts video, educational video etc. will catch attention and will get many views.
e.g. I can prepare video related to some of the posts on this blog as How to shift to custom domain,How to get blog traffic or How to make money from blog.
Many bloggers have personal blogs so they can have video on making some recipe, how to swim or some kitchen tips and tricks, funny video of their animal or pet, video of the places they have visited, video of sports they play or teaching or giving tips on some sports, video on party they have organized etc.
You can capture video using webcam, cellphone or handy cam or whichever is most suitable. Youtube accepts many file formats for video uploading so file format is not big issue but if you go for high quality video then file size is too large. So normal resolution is ok. Also read youtube help regarding this. Video file size also increases with the time so as far as possible keep video length from 5 minutes to 15 minutes.(for few subjects it can be longer). Picture and sound quality should be clear and if you know little of video editing it helps you to edit the video.
2) If you are not already registered, you need to register at youtube.com. After login you will find a yellow color Upload button on right hand corner. Then click on Upload video file. Then clicking on Upload video gives you a browse window to choose video from your computer hard disk and upload it. You also have to enter title, description,tags and category. And then click save. It takes some time for your video to go live. Since your video will appear in youtube search result based on video title and description, it is very important to choose correct post title and description. Hence do some research on youtube by searching related videos and enter the keywords you are looking for in your video title and description. Also enter your blog url in description.
3) Now you need to add your blog url in the video. Go to my video and then Annotations then click on Add note it gives you a window on the video asking "Enter your text here". Type your blog url here then you can change color if required , then holding mouse cursor you can drag it from center to one of the corner so that it does not come in the way of watching video.
Now you have to choose time period for which this will appear on video so you can select full time starting from 0.0 to full length of video. Now you have to click on save and publish.
Check your blog url is appearing on video or not.
You also need to enter your blog url in your profile. You need to go to Account > Profile setup > website
Now logout and search youtube with keyword you have mentioned in video title and see where you can find it in search results and watch the video. You can fine tune the video title and description if required for better ranking. Send emails to your friends giving url of video and asking them to watch the video and rate it. Getting few higher ratings creates good impression on visitors.
Your account at youtube also has insight and statistics option under My account where you can come to know from where visitors has come to watch your video.
Get traffic from Stumbleupon
Stumbleupon is the most popular Social bookmarking site which is used by many individuals and business people to increase their site traffic and it’s popularity is now growing day by day.Stumbleupon hits more than 8.5 million users which is quietly bigger than twitter.Tips to get most out of stumble upon:
Be an active member in the community and rate other websites related to your site.Customize your profile by selecting attracting themes and html tags are allowed inside in the “about me” section,So you can add your other social networking sites profile link such as twitter,facebook,digg etc.
Add more friends who are similar to your interests which will let your friends network to grow and you can share your newly submitted webpages with them,making them to thumbs up your site.Check “sested friends” which will let you to find new friends whom are similar to your interests.
Submit new pages to stumbleupon and select “titles” carefully so it will be shown to the relevant users in stumbleupon. Some others say submitting our own article gets less attention but if we let others to discover our page they may not select proper title and tags relevant to the article,so its not displayed to the users having similar interests.
After discovering a new site you can share it with your SU friends .While submitting a post,add more and relevant tags related to the content which will bring targeted traffic to your site.
Write Good reviews for quality content relevant to your site content so more people may subscribe to your favourites. Join groups similar to your interests and participate in the discussions.You can promote your website by using the Stumbleupon advertising system for a very cheap cost based on CPC.
Add the Stumbleupon toolbar for firefox which will let you to stumble easily,connect with friends,meet people who have similar interests and share your discoveries etc..,,Sumbit your favourite bookmarks to Stumbleupon via the Stumbleupon toolbar and add widgets to your site.
Integrate a Stumbleupon button into your blog posts which will let your site visitors to Stumble your posts and share with their friends.Link your Stumbleupon profile to your website and let the visitors to add you as their friend.
Now there are more Stumble exchange sites in which you can join and increase your site traffic.
Suexchange is a new service which will let to exchange stumbles among the Stumbleupon users.You will be rewarded points by stumbling the other members sites and you can use the points to get your post stumbled.This site has a referral system which will let you to earn 10 points for each referral.There are some other sites for stumble exchanges too stumbleexchange,stumblefree,stumbleudon,stumbleforyou etc,,.
Drive traffic from Facebook
Facebook is getting more popular day-by-day and infact some big websites are getting more traffic from facebook rather than google and now facebook becomes most used people search engine on the web.More than 13 million users are interacting with facebook each month.
Before you start promoting our site,you need a good network of facebook friends and to get more friends join groups which are related to your business.
Post a comment in the wall of group to add you as their friend and add some members of the group by telling why you want to be their friend.You can create your own group and add your website link in the contact details so everyone who visits your group may check your link.
Send birthday wishes to your friends with a good personal message,you can identify the upcoming birthdays of your friends on the “events” section in your news feed.Update your status often as your friends know more about you and get closer.
Create a business page(fan page) to promote your site and sest your friends to become a fan by inviting them.Use a nice picture for your business page as a logo.Promote your business page by adding a “Fan Box” widget to your site or blog.
Tag your Business page photos using your friend’s names which will appear in your friends’ news feeds.Attract your friends by changing your relationship status while promoting your site in your personal feed.
You can import your feed activities from other sites which will appear in your news feed of facebook.Facebok lets you to import stories from other sites such as digg,flickr,delicious,youtube etc..,You can import your Blog’s RSS feeds into your facebook’s news feed.Whenever you publish a new post,it will appear in your wall as well as in your news feed.
Comment on popular groups related to your niche with a link backing to your site as we do make comments on other blogs.Create your own events and make it popular by inviting your friends.
Add a “Share” facebook button in your blog posts .If the visitor likes your post ,he can share it which will appear in the news feed.Add “Networked Blogs” application and promote your blog by inviting your friends.Add a networked blogs widget in your blog too.You can add “facebook Toolbar" to use facebook much better.
Notes application:Facebook features a note application which will let you to import one RSS feed of a blog or site.Ask your friends to add your RSS feed in their notes application.For example,if you have 50 friends and each have 100 friends,when you publish a new post it will be seen to nearby 5000 people which will appear in the wall and news feed.
Social media optimization
Social media optimization (SMO) is a set of methods for generating publicity through social media, online communities and community websites. Methods of SMO include adding RSS feeds, adding a "Digg This" button, blogging and incorporating third party community functionalities like Flickr photo slides and galleries or YouTube videos. Social media optimization is related to search engine marketing, but differs in several ways, primarily the focus on driving traffic from sources other than search engines, though improved search ranking is also a benefit of successful SMO.
Social media optimization is in many ways connected as a technique to viral marketing where word of mouth is created not through friends or family but through the use of networking in social bookmarking, video and photo sharing websites. In a similar way the engagement with blogs achieves the same by sharing content through the use of RSS in the blogsphere and special blog search engines such as Technorati.
SEO BlackHat Method
Google makes it clear that it disapproves of certain SEO tactics, such as hiding keywords with invisible text, or showing one page to Google's spider and another to actual human visitors.Methods that conform to what the search engines like are called White Hat SEO, and disapproved methods are called Black Hat SEO. There is a lot of controversy about whether Black Hat SEO is really "bad" in the ethical sense. White Hatters say that Black Hatters are unfairly trying to manipulate the SERPs. Black Hatters counter, "What constitutes 'fair'? Isn't any change you make to your page for SEO purposes an attempt to influence rankings? Why is one method less pure than another when we're all just trying to get our pages to rank higher? Further, if an engine is ranking a bunch of irrelevant sites above mine, what's so wrong about using any method at my disposal to get my relevant site ranked above them? Doing so doesn't benefit just me, it benefits the searchers because it gives them what they're searching for. And it also benefits the engine, because searchers will think better of the engine for giving them more relevant results than it would have otherwise."
Adding to the controversy about Black Hat SEO is the fact Google does allow a certain select few sites to operate contrary to its own stated policies. Danny Sullivan complains that Google's cloaking policy is inconsistent (more on cloaking below), and that the policy wording should be updated. He further notes that the reason Google allows some cloaking is that it improves searching rather than hinders it, and that it's therefore inappropriate to think of cloaking as synonymous with "bad".
Whether you think Black Hat SEO is bad or not you should avoid it anway, because it can get you banned from the search engines, or at least reduce your ranking. Google has been known to remove sites it felt weren't playing fair. Granted, this isn't likely, but why take that risk? Also, much Black Hat SEO involves some fairly technical work. If this article is your introduction to SEO, you likely don't have the skills to be a successful Black Hatter anyway -- at least one who doesn't get caught.
More backlinks will increase PR and traffic
Backlinks are very important for SEO and to increase traffic for your site.
Submit your site to free online directories having high page rank rather than submitting to hundred of directories not having a good Page rank.
Sumbit your rss feeds to rss directories having high page rank.
Submit your rss feeds to top syndication services which will give you backlinks to your posts.
Post comments on blogs having high page rank which are do-follow enabled. Search in google as “do follow blogs with high page rank” and get the list of sites to make comments.
To find do-follow blogs you can also use Fast blog finder softare,you can search up to 50 do-follow blogs in the limited version.If you want to find more blogs,you have to upgrade.
Exchange links with other blogs having good PR which are similar in topic with your blog.While exchanging link with blogs having PR higher than yours,add their link first and then ask them for a reciprocal link.
Join forums and participate in hot discussions by using your site URL(a link pointing to your site) as your signature and let others t know that you are looking for link exchange.
Use Comment sniper ,a software which is now available free to download for a limited time.Comment sniper helps you to monitor high PR blogs and lets you know when any new posts published in those blogs.Whenever you receive alerts for new posts,be the first commentator to give a quality comment in those posts.
Join automated link exchange systems such as link vault and recieve links which helps you to get deep backlinks to your site.
Get Royalty free templates from free blogger templates providers and include your URL while customizing it and let the visitors to download it free from your blog.
Use Backlink checker software to keep tracing your backlinks and reciprocal links which now more websites offer to check it online.
Powerful Twitter tools for traffic
Traffic Rank of Twitter in alexa ranking is now 54 and hope it will decrease more because Twitter is becoming more Popular now.Adding your Twitter profile link to other social Networking sites will brings you traffic such as facebook,Blogcatalog ,friendfeed,linkedin,mybloglog,plaxo and tumblr etc.., I listed some twitter tools which helps to enhance twitter more.
1.Twitterfeed is a service which will automatically twitter any post that you publish on your blog and you can get some followers and visitors from it.
2.Retweet is nothing but when you come across an interesting tweet and you want to republish it so that people who follow you can see it too.Add retweet button to your blog posts ,so if any visitor like your post ,they retweet it and their followers can see and you can get some traffic.
3.Twittercounter make visitors get attention which shows that how many people are following you in Twitter.Get the code from TwitterCounter.com and edit the username with your Twitter profile name and add it on your blog, website and in forum signatures.
4.Tweetbeep helps you to get Twitter alerts in e-mail with often updates when any conversations mention you and those who’s tweeting your site or blog.
5.Twitterholic shows the statistics and ranking of Twitter Users and it ranks the most popular twitter users based on the followers and you can check your ranking in twitterholic too.
6.Tweetlater helps you to Schedule Future-Dated Twitter Tweets.
7.TwitResponse is a auto-responder in which you can Setup unlimited messages to be delivered to your twitter page when you want.
8.Socialtoo will help you to keep track of all those Twitter users who followed or unfollowed you.
9.MrTweet is a personal networking assistant which will help you to find your relevant Twitter followers.
10.Whoshouldifollow will helps you to find other interesting people who are similar to those you already follow and then to follow them in twitter.
11.TweetManager helps to setup the Auto Follow, Send Message to Followers, Auto Reply, Auto Post and Tweet RSS Feeds.
12.TwitterKarma can manage your friends,followers and mutual friends and you can un-follow those twitter users who are not following you on twitter.
Search Engine Otimization Mistakes
If you want to achieving good ranking in various search engine than must be follows these rules:
1) Don’t use hidden content for your web page.
2) Don’t use directory submission software
1) Hidden content is the content which not shows to the viewer but search engine spider can read it. Some seo experts use this concept for keywords stuffing. By using this concept it give good ranking but for short time. Various search engines does not support this concepts such as yahoo, google and msn etc.
2) Directory submission software is a web application through this application you submit your website in various website and various search engine but it is help full for very short time after that it goes down your website ranking as well as page rank.
Use meaning full as well as distractive content for your web page which is gives complete information to the viewer. Directory submission is very important process search the directory list and submits the directory manually.