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7 Tips for Successful Blogging

So, you have a blog! Do you have traffic? Do you know how to build traffic to your weblog? There are seven proven methods for building readership of your blog. They start with defining the purpose, or life, of your blog. Then, after you have a blog worth promoting, driving traffic is crucial to your ongoing success at blogging.

Here are seven tips to help you build and hold an audience for your blog:

Tip #1: Provide quality content.

On the Internet, whether you are talking about websites or blogs, a lot of space is given to content. Everyone directs you to provide quality content. But, what is quality content? The quality of your blog's content is directly related to how well you have defined your ideal audience.

A successful blog is written with a distinct audience in mind. In this way, you can provide content that is unique to your audience's issues, needs, or desires. If you create content they like and wish to return to read, you have quality content.

The second issue is to stay true to your audience and tone of your blog. If people are reading your blog, it's because they like your topic and tone. Try not to stray from your typical topics and style too much. This will give your readers a reason to link back to your blog on an ongoing basis, as will posting on a regular basis.

Tip #2: Blog regularly

If you don't update your blog often enough, blog readers will move on to other blogs. There are too many blogs out there competing for attention. Blog readers will go where they can get enough of what they want.

Successful blogging takes a commitment of your time. When you begin blogging and wish to capture an audience, you should be prepared to blog every day. In this way, you can develop an audience who counts on you to help them begin or end their day.

This means you should also try to post at the same time each day. Your readers will get accustomed to your schedule and check your blog at the appropriate time. The time of day is not as crucial as the consistency in your posting.

Since you now have quality content and a regular posting schedule, it's time to drive traffic to your blog. Your readers will do a lot to promote your blog just by telling their friends. Don't count on this alone! You need to do some additional work.

When you post, make sure you set your blog to "ping" blog tracking sites every time you add a new post. Think of this as a means to get their attention. The ping says "Hey, we just added a new post". An alternative to automatically pinging from your blog is to use pingomatic.com. This is a one-stop place to automatically ping everyone you should notify of your new post and only takes a couple of minutes to accomplish.

Tip #3: Mention your blog wherever you can

Mention your blog's address in your email signature line, in forums where you post, on your business cards, on address labels and in conversations with anyone you meet. Use a tag line under your blog address to further entice them to visit. Mine reads:

Michele Schermerhorn

http://www.imarketblog.com

A sassy little marketing blog

Beyond just mentioning your blog in writing and conversation, you must actively participate in the blogging community too.

Tip #4: Participate in the blogosphere

Get involved in other people's blogs. Visit blogs that interest you and are in line with the general topic of your blog. Then, leave thoughtful comments. Almost every comment option on someone else's blog will allow you to post your blog URL and your email address. Help other bloggers out with traffic and they will help you.

If a blogger really likes your site, they will add you to their blogroll. A blogroll is generally found on every blog which understands linking to the rest of the blogosphere helps drive traffic. A blogroll is a listing of other blogs. Think of it as a "recommended reading list". Don't be stingy with your blog roll either. Add those blogs that you read and enjoy to your blogroll too.

 

Tip #5: Think keywords when you post

Think about keywords with your use of titles, links and blog posts. Search engines, like Google and Yahoo, like keywords. The more targeted your keywords, the better the chances of your blog appearing in search results. Search results can drive that extra traffic you want.

To increase the value of the key words in your content, make certain keywords are part of the hot link in your posts. Don't use "click here" as the hot link. You will be wasting valuable real estate in your post. Instead use the relevant keywords for the hot link, like "a great marketing idea. This gives the keywords added emphasis with the search engines.

One last thought on keywords for driving traffic; if you want a real leg up in the traffic game, in your linking code add rel="tag". This helps Technorati, a major blog resource, index your blog for their directory. But don't stop there! It's time to submit your blog to blog directories.

Tip #6: Submit your blog to blog directories

In addition to submitting your blog to the major search engines, make certain you submit the blog to exclusively blog directories like blogwise, blogcatalog, or bloghub. Many people find blogs through these online directories.

When you do submit your blog to these directories, remember to add a description that will entice your targeted audience to check your blog out. For instance, when I post my blog in blog directories, under description I put "General musings, rants, advice and strategies from a battle-worn veteran of the Marketing Wars, online and off". Your description should help the potential reader understand your blogging topic and the flavor of how you write.

In addition to submitting your blog to blog directories, join a few of the free or inexpensive traffic exchange sites like blogexplosion or blogclicker.

 

Tip #7: Use free and inexpensive blog traffic exchange communities

There are many sites which can be termed "traffic exchange" sites for the blogging community. It won't cost you anything to sign up. At the very least, join blogexplosion, blogclicker, and blogazoo. Once you sign up, you have two options to help drive traffic to your blog. Use both of them!

The first method is to earn credits (guaranteed visitors to your site) by using the "surf member sites" function. As you surf through those sites, you will be earning credits (visitors to your blog). When you find an interesting post, leave a comment as discussed above. When you find a blogger you like, add them to your blogroll and let them know you did.

The second method to drive traffic is to purchase credits. The cost is very cheap for the traffic you will drive to your blog. The more traffic to your blog, the more customers you'll have. The more happy customers you have, the more they will tell others. The more they tell others, the more customers you get. Don't you love this dance!

In summary, blogging may not be for everyone. However, it can be a great method for bringing your unique perspective to the Internet. You will surely find others who think the same way you do. Some bloggers will entertain you, some will inform you, and some will drive you to tear your hair out. Decide what type of blogger you want to be and be the best you can. See you in the blogosphere!

Michele Schermerhorn calls herself a Corporate Freedom Fighter dedicated to freeing cubicle prisoners to experience their own successful online business. She has over 30 years experience in the business world and over 12 years running her own successful online businesses. She is President of Online Business Institute Inc. (http://www.obinstitute.com), authors a sassy marketing blog (http://www.imarketblog.com), and regularly conducts free online seminars. Online Business Institute Inc. exists to Create Successful Online Business Owners One Person At A Time.

Author: Michele Schermerhorn
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
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Advantages of Blogging

Top 100 Advantages of Blogging – Why You Should Blog?

 

Forget about the negatives of  WHY NOT TO BE BLOGGING
and Focus on the psotives of WHY TO BE BLOGGING!

 

For many people the thought of running a full time blog is daunting for a number of reasons but we are not going to focus on any of those here.Advantages of Blogging
Today we are looking at the positives and so for now we will leave the negatives for another time.

 

1. Use blogging as a tool to be kept updated and in the latest developments and products of your field.
2. Blogging helps in adding fresh relevant content to website which search engines like.
3. You can build up your business creditability with the help of blogging.
4. A blog is a great tool to help increase your customer base.
5. Get free and fresh content with the help of comments that are made in blogs. This can be like User-generated content or UGC.
6. Create and establish a brand and brand awareness with blogs.
7. Help build trust between you and your readers and customers through blogs.
8. Enhance your website effectively and cheaply with the help of a blog.
9. Blogs are an easy way to establish two way communication and social interaction.
10. There is a higher and better chance of getting viral over social media sites with the help of a blog.
11. People generally consider reading a blog much better because of their non promotional tone and informative nature.
12. Blogs give you an easy way of approving comments before posting as against to social media sites where you have very little or no control at all.
13. Create more targeted traffic to your websites through search engines using blogs.
14. Blogs help to save time as visitors find many answers to their questions there.
15. Rumors about a business can be clarified through a blog.
16. With a blog, you not only become famous, but also gain power which you had never experienced.
17. Blogs have a huge part in SEO. Blogs are loved by Google and other Search Engines.
18. With the help of a blog, the Google PR of your site is enhanced.
19. Blogs are a great means of increasing potential traffic to your site.
20. Develop free PR for your business with a blog.
21. Blogs are great for creating returning targeted traffic.
22. The interactive nature of blogs makes people choose blogs over websites for links.
23. Remember that blogs consist mainly of text; and in SEO, text is king.
24. The comments posted on your blogs can give you better business ideas and tricks for your business.
25. Use blogs to express your thoughts. You can also use the blog to exercise your freedom of speech.
26. You can share whatever knowledge you have using a blog.
27. You will be considered an expert in your field because of a blog.
28. Use the help of RSS and links in getting targeted traffic to your blog.
29. Maintain public relations and relations with the media through your blog.
30. When compared to normal website pages, spiders tend to crawl blog posts more frequently.
31. Blog is a great means of creating a buzz or voice of mouth advertising.
32. Use the blog as a foundation for the content of a book.
33. Develop your business with the help of your blog.
34. Remain connected with people 24/7 with a blog.
35. You get new visitors and potential clients with the help of blogs.
36. Blogs are helpful and beneficial to the community.
37. Blogs are used to share company news.
38. Blogs are used as a communication link between employers and employees.
39. Blogs indicate that you are an easily approachable entity.
40. Keep in touch with industry leaders through blogs.
41. Use blogs in educational marketing, where you show how your services and products can be used to solve customers' problems.
42. Blogs maintain convenient internal communication to share information in a company.
43. Find out more about your customers and clients' needs through blogs.
44. Use blogs to create an online community.
45. Blogs provide easy communication with clients.
46. Talent is easily found with the help of blogs.
47. Blogs are used for getting back links.
48. Use blogs for getting internal links.
49. Blogs are regularly indexed by Google.
50. Use blogs to get free links from blog directories.
51. Develop easy and efficient deep linking with blogs.
52. Share any ideas you have on a blog.
53. Use blogs to solve problems.
54. Blogs are used for marketing because of its low overheads.
55. The navigation on blogs is text based, and search engine friendly.
56. The non promotion tone of blogs makes them very easy to link. This makes blogs highly linkable.
57. Use blogs to generate quick feedbacks.
58. A blog is a really great promotional tool.
59. Use blogs to convey authority.
60. You can easily target variety of keywords using blog.
61. Search engines find blogs easy to crawl.
62. Use a blog to let people and clients to get to know you better.
63. The RSS feeds of blogs help in efficient link building.
64. Blogs indicate that you are open, and don't hide from anyone.
65. Use a blog to increase membership and opt-in lists.
66. Blogs are great for educating and informing people about specific topics
67. You can learn time management and discipline through a blog.
68. Find new partners and experience better networking through blogs
69. Use a blog as a platform for announcing new products and services.
70. Use blogs to reply to queries.
71. Both cultural and geographical borders are overcome through blogging.
72. The long tail keywords in blogs help you get top rankings as blog are mostly hosted on very reliable domains. Blogging give you an excellent platform to target long tail keywords and get top ranking.
73. Generate a niche appeal using a blog.
74. Blogs bring about a more personal connection between yourself and your clients.
75. A blog helps you find jobs and clients quickly.
76. A blog can be easily integrated into a market plan.
77. Get to meet new visitors and buyers through guest blogging.
78. A blog offers increased lead generation opportunities.
79. Learn current trends through blogging.
80. A blog means low cost, better communication.
81. With a blog, you experience reduced emails, calls and inquiries.
82. You can also boost your social life with a blog.
83. Flexibility is an important feature of blogs.
84. The easy web publishing solutions make blogs much easier to set up and maintain than websites.
85. Blogs provide a punctual and important means of sharing information with an audience.
86. With the help of a blog, you can increase your writing, debating and analytical skills.
87. Use a blog to generate money with Adsense and Affiliate marketing.
88. A blog is a great and easy publishing tool.
89. With a blog, you can introduce a human voice or element in a company.
90. Blogs provide a great medium for opportunities and to use as a research tool.
91. You can increase the number of your loyal customers with blogs as it helps you get close with customers.
92. With a blog, you become different from your competition. This is because the medium tends to approach you if you have a blog and not the competitor who does not have a blog.
93. Blogs offer different and varies means of spreading ideas.
94. Blogs are considered a great means of relational marketing. This is because once you post honest and heart felt blogs, you instill trust and respect in prospective customers.
95. Manage your online reputation by using a blog to answer any negative remarks made about you by a competitor. In other words, blogs help you stop rumors from spreading.
96. With a blog, you can easily create more pages which is great for search engines that rank pages and not sites. With a blog, you need not bother about the fitting in of the new pages with design.
97. You can use a blog for recording all your past experiences and thus, start a sort of history about yourself.
98. Blogging is fun. Blogging is something everyone enjoys doing.
99. It has been proven that blogging offers some medical and psychological benefits like better memory and sleep and fast healing after a surgery.
100. After creating quality posts like this one, you develop a feeling of satisfaction.

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Here is a a Youtube Video about Blogging which might be useful. or visit my playlist for more Videos on Blogging

How to Make Your Blog Famous

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Amazon have available many resources about blogging.

There is a wide variety of reviews about blogging and success products available in a variety of formats from books and audio to DVDs, kindle and other ebooks as well as Downloadable Apps and more which you can have delivered almost anywhere in the world!  Amazon is a fantastic resource where you can pick up amazing low priced items and have them shipped to your door or downloaded imediately.
Here is an example: follow the buy button to read the full product review and check out all the other related material also available.

 


More Information: Check out this successful blogging related product I found at Amazon:

ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income

An update of one of the bestselling blogging books, written by two of the world's most successful bloggers

There's a reason why the first two editions of this book have sold thousands of copies worldwide. Written by two of the world's most successful bloggers, it's one of the clearest books out there on how to earn an income from your blog. This new edition gets you up to date on the very latest changes that affect the blogging-for-business landscape. Featuring new material on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn; plus new ways and tools to grow your audience and expand your business beyond your blog, this professional blogger's bible is better than ever.

  • Helps novices choose a blog topic, analyze the market, set up a blog, promote it, and earn revenue
  • Gives aspiring bloggers proven techniques and the tools they need to succeed in building a business from their blogs
  • Reveals 20 key ingredients for a successful blog post
  • Offers solid, step-by-step instruction on how bloggers actually make money, why niches matter, how to use essential blogging tools and take advantage of social media and content aggregators, how to optimize your advertising, and much more
  • Includes techniques for attracting and growing an audience and how to mine new business opportunities beyond your blog

Written by two fulltime professional bloggers, this exciting, updated edition of ProBlogger tells you exactly how to launch and maintain a blog that makes money.

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To Blog or Not to Blog: Are Blogs Becoming More Popular than Forums, Newsletters and E-zines?

Blogging is hot, and seems to be becoming hotter each month. Although blogging originally was dismissed, by many successful publishers and other online "gurus", the truth is that now, a few years after the "blogging trend" began, there are actually more blogs and more bloggers online than ever before. Blogging, obviously, is "here to stay"!

Actually first documented in 1997, Web logs initially used the abbreviated version: wee-blog, with a Web log editor referred to as a blogger. Since then, all types of Web logs (blogs) and blogging software have emerged, giving rise to this lucrative and dynamic market.

Now, everything from advertising blogs to zoology blogs exist, with every topic in between apparent online. Political blogs are rampant, and groups of bloggers across the globe post regularly on every topic imaginable.

What does a blog supply that an e-zine, newsletter, or forum might not? What has skyrocketed the popularity of the blog over the past several years?

The answers are really quite simple:

1. Blogs are more highly interactive. Posters get to see the results of a post immediately, as the post appears simultaneously after posting. Posters also don't have the usual moderation that appears in forums, where posts may be deleted without warning. Usually, in blogs, more freedom is given, and posts are usually accepted no matter what the content, or the topic.

E-zines and newsletters, with their one sided presentation of views, have decreased in popularity with the increase of the popularity of blogs.

2. Blogs are easy to maintain and easy to start. The sheer volume of choices is staggering! Everything from "blogging software" to "blogging services" are available, and even a novice blogger will find blogging quick and easy to do.

3. Blogs are "Search Engine Friendly Food". Search Engines love blogs, because of the constantly changing content that appears daily. Search Engines are constantly "searching" for new content, and blogs meet this requirement splendidly!

4. Blogs are actually a lot of fun! The entertainment aspects of a blog cannot be dismissed. A great deal of "voyeurism" exists on blogs, where other bloggers continually monitor discussions, both pro and con concerning an issue. Discussions on blogs can be "heated" and interesting, with much repartee occurring daily! Blogs are a rousing form of media, indeed, with many bloggers returning repeatedly throughout a day to view new posts.

For a view into popular blogs of many categories, just visit: http://www.blogit.com

5. Many blogs are capable of syndication. Syndication is a great way to ensure that your writing and your views are exposed to as much of the general public as possible. Syndication is many times included in blogging services now, and this has drawn individuals to the art of blogging continuously.

For an example of a blog service that features syndication, please visit: http://www.typepad.com

6. There are no lists to maintain, or spam filters to worry about with blogs. This is one reason why so many writers and publishers have turned to blogs. E-mail delivery of newsletters and e-zines has become difficult over the past few years, with the advent of spam filters. Blogs are not delivered, and therefore, no methods of defeating filters are needed, and no "non-deliverables" occur, which has been the bane of writers and publishers prior to this.

A good blogging software exists at: [http://www.silkblogs.com]

7. Blogs are economical. Since no lists are maintained, there are no list server costs. Blogging software and blogging services are also very reasonably priced, giving good value for the money spent monthly consistently. Some blogging services charge others to "read", while others charge writers to "write", but overall the monthly charges are rather minimal either way.

8. Blogs are educational. There are such a variety of informative and educational blogs available now, that a search for any subject usually turns up hundreds of offerings. Differing points of view on all subjects are offered routinely, giving a reader or poster an "insight" into the hearts and minds of other bloggers.

Blogs also, to be successful, however, need to contain the same elements of a popular newsletter or e-zine:

A. Compelling, well-written content. No one, either online or offline wants to read materials that are poorly written or difficult or boring to read.

B. Updated material. Just as in newsletters or e-zines, if material is not updated continually, then the audience eventually dies.

C. Rousing topics. Topics of interest to a wide range of readers succeed more than topics that appeal to very few, or are rather dull topics.

D. A nice layout and visual appeal. A blog is akin to a Web site for written materials, and just like in the design of a Web site, every care should be made to have the blog be visually appealing and friendly to visitors.

Newsletters, e-zines and forums, of course, will remain. But as you can clearly see, blogging, bloggers, and blogs themselves, have definitely added to the "online experience" and will possibly (and hopefully) be around for decades more!

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Vishal P. Rao is the owner of Work at Home Forum, an online community of people who work from home.

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Author: Vishal P. Rao
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
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