Archive for July, 2011
As a blog owner itâ€™s very important to know who your visitors are, what they like, what they donâ€™t like and what theyâ€™re looking for. Itâ€™s even more important to have what theyâ€™re looking for on your site so that you can keep them there as long as possible. This is why a good analytics tracking tool is so important for your blog. You need to be able to see and keep up with whatâ€™s happening on your website. The information that you get from your analytics tool of choice is invaluable and can really help you take your blog to the next level, it indeed helped us at 123neonsigns to boost our blog readership.
Many blog owners rely solely on Google Analytics for tracking traffic, referrals, keywords, etc, but Google Analytics is far from the best tool out there; when it comes to the important statistics you need to keep up with, it doesnâ€™t even scratch the surface. So here are 5 analytics tools that are sure to aid in your success and give you what you need as a blog owner. Read More
If you build a blog with any reasonable size or status, youâ€™re going to draw the attention of companies and their their public relations managers.
Blogging and social media, for the lack of a better word, has become the new wave in PR and are seen as an inexpensive and organic way to reach a very targeted audience very quickly.
However, as a blogger with readers who trust you and value your opinion, not to mention laws that put obligations on how you disclose relationships, you canâ€™t afford to get too close to these agents. On the other hand, they can be very helpful and certainly arenâ€™t people that you want to turn away or lash out at either.
Dealing with PR agents and other press contacts at companies is a tricky balancing act. One that requires you to extend one hand in friendship while using the other to keep them a safe distance away.
If you create a blog where you routinely review products, cover news stories or otherwise talk about companies, products and services other than yourself, youâ€™re going to find that, once you gain some traction, press agents are going to be taking at least some interest in your writing (even if you don’t know it yet). Read More
Before I start my today’s article, let me give you a brief introduction about Google Places. According to Google, Google Places is to create your free listing.When potential customers search Maps for local information, they’ll find your business: your address, hours of operation, even photos of your storefront or products. It’s easy, free, and you don’t need a website of your own. It helps to grow your business online – especially if your business has a blog.Â So, in my today’ article I am going to give you few tips on how to optimize Google Places. Lets start:
1. Get Verified : In order to get your Google Places listing on Google SERPs you need to verify your listing. Verification can be done through Phone SMS, Phone Call or through mail. If you select any of the method, Google will send you a pin code, you will have to enter the pin in your Google Places account. I recommend you the Phone SMS method as it is very quick and easy. Read More
If you work on your blog long enough and hard enough, at some point you’re probably going to want to earn at least some revenue from it. After all, though most bloggers get started out of fun or love, revenue is not only a powerful motivator but it also frees a blogger up to invest more time and energy into their site.
Contrary to what many believe, earning money from your blog does not mean “selling out” nor does it mean you’re no longer blogging out of love or passion. Most understand the need/desire to earn revenue from your site and, if the business model is respectable to both your content and your visitors, many will actually find your site to be more professional and more respectable.
However, finding the right business model is both tricky and vital. A bad approach will not only fail you to earn any money, but can effectively kill your site by turning visitors away and destroying your reputation.
So how do you choose the business model that’s right for you? It’s not a simple question to answer, but one that every blogger has to address. Read More
One of the features about the new Google+ social network is Sparks.
It has been said that Sparks needs to improve to become truly valuable and while there is a level of truth in that statement, I do think that the true power of Sparks lies in its simplicity and limited results, assuring that often the quality of the results seems to be very high. High also being based on less noise than when using Google Blog Search or Twitter Search.
Using Google+ Sparks
Making use of Google+ Sparks to find content is simple and very straightforward. Read More
When somebody uses the tagline PressWork is not only a framework… we’re setting the standards for premium themes too! on the paid WordPress themes section of their website, eyeballs are caught and we here at BloggingPro like to have a closer look at things.
PressWork is a new and free, WordPress theme framework, developed by c.bavota and Brendan Sera-Shriar A.K.A. digibomb.
PressWork, A Drag & Drop HTML5 Framework for WordPress
PressWork in its most basic form is an ultra-clean and well organized theme but the magic truly is in its features. Read More
Whatâ€™s the number 1 challenge facing bloggers? The answer: getting more traffic.
You hear a plethora of SEOâ€™s and Internet Marketers claim that content is king. This is true to an extent, but the fact is a lot of people are more than capable of writing great content, but is great content alone enough?
Will people find your blog just because itâ€™s well written? Some will undoubtedly, but great content alone wonâ€™t result in large numbers of traffic.
Here are the top tips on generating more traffic to your blog.
Bloggers love to argue about what is the best blogging platform. Whether they’re backers of WordPress, BlogSpot, Tumblr, Posterous, MovableType or a custom solution, there are very good bloggers who are strong believers in all of the major tools.
The simple truth is that every blogging platform is a perfectly fine way to run your blog. They all succeed in doing the major task of putting your words, images, etc. online. While they have different features, strengths and weaknesses, you can easily run a good blog with just about any platform you choose.
Unfortunately though, blogging platforms tend to become flavors of the week. As one company or platform draws a lot of attention, many bloggers are tempted to try and ride the wave and move their site to new platforms in a bid to stay on the bleeding edge.
However, this can be catastrophic for a site. Because, while your blogging platform doesn’t determine how good your site is, it does impact your site in other ways. As such, changing platforms, especially doing so routinely, can create serious problems that even a good blog will struggle to overcome.
So, before you chase the latest blogging platform fad, you may want to understand the implications of moving your site and why you might want to think twice before jumping ship. Read More
Google+ has been very popular and the people who have signed up for the still closed Beta service, tend to like it. It is too early to say whether Google+ will stick and disrupt the social scene or even SERPs, but active designers have already released Google+ themes for WordPress.
Two free Google+ themes for WordPress have been released already.
WordPress +1 Theme by Hacktrix.
WordPress Google+ Theme by Tricksdaddy.
Both themes are very clean and reminiscent of the Google+ look.
The colleagues over at The Next Web report that WordPress has hit the 50 million websites milestone. The open source software now is used on 14% of all sites on the internet, half of them being hosted by WordPress.com.
WordPress.com users now publish close to 3 million posts per week and more than 1 million pages. Around 4 million files have been uploaded weekly per week in 2011 already and on average more than 4 million comments are posted every week on the platform managed by Automattic.
Check out more WordPress stats here.
At the time of writing WordPress 3.2, which was released less than a week ago, had already been downloaded more than 1 million times.
Check the WordPress download counter for actual up to date numbers.