The 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
A Gravatar image is universally associated with your web presence and it’s a very powerful branding tool. Register a Gravatar and add links to your Gravatar profile page that describe your brand and where you can be found in the digital world so your brand is easy to follow. Continue reading
Revisiting why you blog and monitoring your progress frequently is important. Examining your Archives and stats helps you see where you’ve been and where you’ve yet to go. Celebrating small successes along the way helps you stay on course and makes you eager to forge ahead. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
The two primary reasons bloggers offer email newsletters are to promote their posts and/or products/services. But keeping a newsletter going is no easy feat because subscribers suffering from digital overwhelm as we all are, may be tempted to unsubscribe.
List posts are ubiquitous and due to their numbers (no pun intended) they often get a bad rap. I have been disappointed to note that readers are not locating my list posts and I want to feature them on a static page in index form that will auto-update as I publish more. This post explains how I did that on my Featured Posts page by using the display posts shortcode. Continue reading
In Use the Display Posts Shortcode to Effectively Feature Content I introduced two ideas. The first idea was using the display posts shortcode on static pages to create index pages. The second idea was creating list posts as another way of featuring older content especially pillar posts AKA evergreen content.
In this post I’m sharing some examples of my experimentation with the using different variations of the display post shortcode and the results the shortcodes produced. Continue reading
Bloggers reveal their expertise around specific topics by publishing original content articles that offer clear value to readers. However, as blog posts are displayed in reverse chronological order when new articles are published the earlier ones migrate off front page of the blog and that means drawing attention to them is a challenge. Continue reading
Whether you blog to inform, to entertain, to persuade or to provoke controversy, to have a successful blog you must identify your target audience and Let Your Audience’s Interests Guide Your Content Strategy.
Enhancing your WordPress.com blog’s accessibility and share-ability with social networking icons can be a quick coffee break set up or a longer project. It all depends on the theme you use. Continue reading
Humans have always created social networks and these networks have always been means of marketing products and services. Person to person either face to face or across miles by messenger services, mail and/or by phone and computer people network by all available means and they share their product and services experiences and preferences with their friends. Continue reading
The Google Reader RSS news-aggregator service shuts down on 1 July, 2013. Save all your Google Reader subscriptions now. According to Google, you won’t be able to to this after Reader shuts down, so do it now while you still can! Continue reading
Google doesn’t care – it’s shutting down Google Reader on July 1 and we all have to leave. It’s the digital equivalent of bringing up the house lights when the rock concert is over. via There Is No Google Reader Replacement, Only Alternatives | TechCrunch.
See And the winner is…for alternatives. Have you made a decision about which feedreader service you will be using?
By joining social networks we agree to be notified of new posts published by a select group of “friends”. It’s a common routine. Publish a post on your blog and use an aggregation app like Publicize, Hootsuite, TweetDeck, or Buffer to have the title and link automatically posted to multiple networks, including G+ Facebook pages, Facebook Profile, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumbler, etc. Continue reading
The Internet provides powerful networking opportunities that allow bloggers to effectively target their audience. Hobbyists and professionals are long time members of the blogosphere who are skilled at networking. Small business people and big name brands are now taking advantage of blogging software and social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin to assert their business presence online and to reach more potential customers, business partners and employees through relationship building. In the future most businesses will have both a website and a blog and the two will most likely be on the same site. Continue reading
I hope you Readers find value these selections. As for me, I’m exhausted and I will be taking a bit of a break this weekend. My friends will be arriving tonight to visit on this last weekend of spring break. When I’m not with them I’ll be responding to your comments here and on my personal blog. Have I told you Readers lately how much I treasure your comments? If not, then for the record, you rock! Continue reading
In Late February WordPress.com Staff implemented brilliant little change at the bottom of our posts. They introduced nesting of the gravatars of “like” button clickers behind a link that we bloggers can click to see them all. I am happy the big blocks of gravatars which are not representative of actual page view stats are now nicely tucked away. But there were bloggers who are not and they posted to the support forums to say so. They wanted to see the gravatars for all their “friends”. Continue reading
I had a good work week and hope you readers did too. Most things went as planned and only a couple of things went off the rails. I was able to get things back on track in short order and that gave me a sense of accomplishment. Continue reading
If you are bilingual or multilingual and want to publish your free hosted WordPress.com in two or more languages but do not want to rely on machine translation that can be done. You can have two or more blogs in different languages and interlink them via custom menus. There’s also a workaround for publishing posts in two or more languages in the same blog.
Trying to describe what an internet meme is to a great grandparent may be a challenge but you definitely know one when when you see one. A blog meme is a viral game wherein baclinks are generated through relationships with other bloggers. The most common kind of blog meme is an award used as legitimate means of securing backlinks. Continue reading
Pinterest is two year old photo sharing social network connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests. Pinterest just hit 11.7 million unique monthly U.S. visitors, crossing the 10 million mark faster than any other standalone site in history. Continue reading
Youtube is the second largest search engine there is and videos are an extremely effective way to build brand awareness, attract traffic to your blog and earn backlinks. To create your promotional videos all you need is a camera (a digital camera with a video option or a webcam0, tripod, microphone, and lighting. Continue reading
A content curator identifies a theme, selects content, chooses how to add value to it and how to display it on a web page for public viewing and interaction.
Creating a blog is easy – everyone is doing it!
Getting your blog content found is hard because every blogger is seeking more traffic and it’s very “noisy” out there.
Backlinks to your content are like votes for your blog. The more backlinks your blog receives the higher it will rank in search engine search results.
So every blogger is seeking both traffic to their blog and backlinks to their content.
Whether you blog under your real name or under a pseudonym you may not be able to register the same username on every site you join. You can make it easy for others to locate you and your connections by using a specific graphic icon to identify yourself and your branding on all sites across the internet. So why not register your own Gravatar? Continue reading