Archive for May, 2010
Putting motor vehicles aside, there is a such a
thing as good traffic and there’s nothing quite like waking up in the morning only to realize that there’s a spike in traffic to your blog from dozens of different sources you never even expected or even knew existed. As exciting as this sounds, achieving this can be quite difficult at times to achieve and eludes the average blogger, especially the newbies.
So, I’ve decided to share some easy traffic generating techniques that are guaranteed to lift you higher up the blogging ladder and bring you that feeling of fulfillment in seeing your blog’s popularity increase. Read More
Lights, camera, action!
Each time you prepare your words for online viewing and hit the â€œpublishâ€ button, youâ€™re on stage.
A virtual stage. Before a crowd of thousands, potentially millions.
Will you rock them? Will you be worth the price of admission?
Will you cultivate new fans or fall short of expectations?
It all depends on your blogging â€œSWAGGERâ€.
Whatâ€™s swagger? No, itâ€™s not a dance.
Swagger is defined as oneâ€™s style. One popular dictionary describes it as, â€œto walk or strut with a defiant air.â€
Some even call it the “it factor.” Michael Jackson had it. Madonna had it. Cher had it.
Now that youâ€™re on board with what it is, hereâ€™s how to use it to advance your blogging game. Read More
In addition to traffic generated from
marketing through social media sites and community building activities such as guest blogging, blog commenting and blog contests, etc., we should always remember that search engines are not abolished and still provide a rich source of traffic as long as your blog is properly optimized and continuously produces content that is useful and keyword rich.
Search Engine Optimization was once a topic only the experts would talk about and hiring an SEO professional was the only option for most businesses aspiring to venture online. This is no longer the case and below I will show you some simple SEO techniques as well as the importance of using the right keywords when marketing your blog. Read More
I don’t think there has ever been a WordPress release update I’ve been so eagerly waiting on as the final release of WordPress 3.0. Well, perhaps other than the jump from 1.5 to 2.0 when pages were added to the equation. This time around again we’ve got a world of goodies which I already talked about before and a brand new default theme; Twenty Ten. All pretty exciting stuff.
Upon WordPress’ 7th year birthday it now finally seems the waiting is - almost – over as WordPress released it’s Release Candidate of 3.0. For those of you not in the know a release candidate is a version between the Beta’s, which are for squashing bugs, and the actual version. Generally pretty solid, but not quite finished yet. Quoting from the release post over on the WordPress development blog: Read More
How do you spend your lunch hour? When I’m not eating, meditating, or walking, I like to blog. In fact, I’ve been able to organize my afternoon break time to be a lean, mean, productive blogging machine.
Bring lunch from home. Not only will you save time and money, but you’ll reduce the stress that surrounds indecision of what to get and rushing around to get back to work on time.
Eating is for eating. Set aside a portion of your lunch hour to do what it was designed for – eating. Uni-tasking is the new multi-tasking, and it’s much better to do one thing at a time and do it well. Read More
Donâ€™t take my word for it.
Surf the Net and youâ€™re sure to find millions of blogs devoted to every niche in the book.
Sleuth for blogs on blogging and there are more than I can possibly mention.
To attract and sustain the attention of todayâ€™s busy readers, the savvy blogger knows that he must stand tall and stand out amidst a smorgasbord of endless choices.
Itâ€™s no longer sufficient just to provide â€œgood information.â€
That wonâ€™t cut it.
Many people like to have a book by their side as they learn something.Â If you’re one of those people, then you might be interested to hear that my new book, Blogging All-in-One for Dummies, is now available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all other online and offline book sellers.
Blogging All-in-One for Dummies offers over 700 pages explaining anything and everything about blogging for a beginner audience, so you can start your own blog right away!Â It’s a perfect supplement to the content you read here on BloggingPro.Â The book includes 8 minibooks about starting a blog, choosing a blogging application, publishing blog content, growing your blog’s audience, making money from your blog, and more.Â There is even a minibook about Twitter.
While Blogging All-in-One for Dummies is certainly the most comprehensive book about blogging available, following are a few other books that I recommend: Read More
The best way to add a bit of color to your site is by making good use of great imagery. Finding matching images for your posts can be difficult every now and then, but getting those images to show in a consistent manner throughout your site can be a pain. What I mean specifically is when you have finally found a matching image it most likely will not have the perfect resolution.
Perhaps you have noticed here on BloggingPro most images in post do not exceed the 240px range, but of course not all images can be found in exact that width. Most of the time you need to crop or resize those images you found to the proper width size.
Everyone knows that you’re supposed to backup your data but how many of us actually do it and, of those who do, how many do it right?
The problem is that far too many bloggers ignore this very crucial security step. Whether it is putting too much trust in their host, not understanding how to backup properly or simply not wanting to put forth the effort, many simply don’t backup their sites and, sadly, often lose months or years worth of work when something goes wrong.
The worst part is that it is a pitfall that can be easily avoided and, thanks to various tools, can be completely mitigated either for free or at very low-cost.
In short, there is no excuse to not backup your site, but there is a lot of reason to worry if you don’t. Read More
Unlike most countries in the western world, bloggers living in hostile nations do not have the luxury of speaking their mind without fear of repercussions from the “benevolent” government.
While I have been fortunate by living in a nation where freedom of speech is respected as a personal right (at least for now), many of my friends in the east do not have that blessing (which might explain why they avoid blogging about anything controversial).
For those of you who desiring to speak your mind without fear of having your head chopped off (literally), here are a few tips you should follow when blogging in a nation ruled by anyone following in the footsteps of “Dear Leader.” Read More