Blog Abandonment is not your only Choice

peopleYesterday was the day I reserved  for my bi-annual Blogs I Follow clean-up. I’m sad that I found so many abandoned blogs that I had to unfollow. Do you know “Why Do 95% Of Bloggers Give Up? Most bloggers – maybe even 95% of bloggers – have no idea what they’re doing.”
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The Importance of Links to Related Sites

linkIn past years blogrolls comprised of links to directly related sites were useful traffic driving tools. Then each blogroll your blog was listed in increased  the possibility that readers of blogs with similar content would click in and and visit your blog too. Continue reading

Branding, Your WordPress Blog’s Name and Address

domain word cloudYour blog/website URL (web address), the site title, and a brief effective tagline operate as branding tools. Unique names and URLs for blogs and websites are highly valued for establishing individual brand identity and are specifically aimed at standing out from the crowd. Continue reading

Relevant Anchor Text Matters

linkAnchor text is the visible, clickable text in a hyperlink. Properly selected anchor text tells search engines and visitors what the page is about before they land on it. The keywords contained in anchor text helps determine search engine ranking. When used wisely relevant anchor text boosts a site’s rankings in search engines.
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Create a Business Blog, Website or Both?

skyscraperThe new age of marketing has dawned, and it’s a fact that people need to feel a personal connection to your business before they are willing to get on board with your product or service. That’s why creating a frequently updated blog rather than a static website is the way to go. Continue reading

No Metadata Required for Good SEO

head spinningWordPress.com is a multiuser blogging platform. Our blogs share a common architecture and we bloggers cannot access metadata. This is no barrier to site discover-ability, indexing or search engine optimization. However, when answering support forum questions posed by bloggers with metadata madness sharing our reality with them can cause a head spin. Continue reading

What Makes a Brief Blog Post Memorable?

The most successful posts on your blog won’t necessarily be the posts in a standard post format.  These days bloggers blog on the go, and WordPress offers 10 unique formats that can be assigned to posts including: Standard, Aside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status and Video.  Continue reading

The Who, What, Where and When of Blogging

handsBlogging is personal and interactive. Knowing who your audience is and what they want is the key to developing quality content. Once you are in the know you have a focus for your writing and social networking. Instead of thinking, “What should I blog about today?” you will have the beginnings of a blogging plan.*
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Branding on the Blog and Beyond the Blog

If you are a blogger who is confused about brands and branding you aren’t alone. And if you think “branding”  relates only to those who use their blogs to market products or services then think again.  In terms of your blog, your brand is how your target audience perceives you and your blog content. Continue reading

WordPress-3-9: Keep Calm and Carry On

Many WordPress.com users don’t know their sites are guinea pig sites that new WordPress software upgrades are tested on. The upgrades are done by Staff and introduced about a month before the developers fix the breakage and tweak the code and make the upgrade available to WordPress.org users for their self hosted sites. Continue reading

Reblogging Questions Remain Unanswered

Reblogging is a controversial issue that always brings lots of comments.  Staff have published a post providing some reblogging etiquette tips that I do recommend reading. But I`m not looking for comments as much as I am looking for answers from Staff, who have my comment in moderation.

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Identity Exposure: A Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

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I have met many bloggers who assumed they could use pseudonyms to avoid being tracked online. But that expectation proved unrealistic as we all leave digital footprints and can be easily tracked. Realistically, somebody’s software is always watching us and taking note of our activities for marketing purposes.

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Guest blogging for SEO gets the boot

Guest blogging for links and pay is big money business – illegitimate business.  Matt Cutts heads Google’s spam team and gives those using guest blogging for SEO purposes a boot in the butt. He approved 423 comments in response and the majority are from whiny protesters and nit-pickers who didn’t like his reality check. Continue reading

Blog Challenges for Blog Improvement

In case you have missed it WordPress.com Staff are running a 30 day blog challenge titled Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog. The challenge has entered day 4  today. Anyone can join in.  It matters not if the blog is brand new or one you have been publishing in and want to improve.  So click on over and participate. Continue reading

Blogs are About Comments and Commenting

As we are entering the season when traffic reaches its lowest ebb this may be a good time to focus on Comments and commenting. The links to featured content below provide a quick means of finding posts of interest in that Category.  To enter discussion please scroll to the bottom of this post. Continue reading

Surprise PageRank Update 2013

grinchThough no Google PageRank update was expected until 2014 as the toolbar was broken, on December 6th there was an unexpected update. Relevancy and reliability are the two important elements of search engine page results and my blogs both retained their page ranks? How did your blog(s) do? Continue reading

7 Common Sense Social Networking Tips

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There are positives to social networking but there are negatives too. Always exercise common sense when it comes to which social media sites you are active on and what you post. Not connecting cautiously and posting appropriately can ruin your reputation, so if you want to be a successful blogger think before you act.  Continue reading

Better Blogging by the Numbers

Want to find blogging tips, tools and tutorials in this blog fast? This index of links  to blogging tips articles in list post format that itemize ways to build a better blog, become a better blogger and promote effectively may help you find what you need quickly. Continue reading

Is Medium For You?

mediumMy friend travels, writes essays and creates image collections but has never blogged before. “All I want to do is write!” she typed in frustration. “Why is this so hard to do? I don’t have the time to learn how to jump through hoops. Where can I go and just write?” Continue reading

12 Time Management Tips for Top Blogging Performance

blogging tipsScheduling enough time for creating original content, promoting it, answering comments, reading and leaving comments on other blogs is not an easy feat. Few bloggers I know are able to blog full time. They have active offline lives to live so they want to make the best possible use of  the time they spend online.

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