Archive for October, 2011
Happy Halloween, everyone! There are still a couple of days before the spookiest day of the year. Have you gotten your costume together? Who are you going as?
It may be all about spooky in the next few days, but that does not mean we’re slacking off. Here is your weekly round up of jobs. Good luck!
Do you know where every single cent of your money goes? Do you have a tried and tested way to manage your income? If so, you might want to share your knowledge with others and get paid for it! Read More
The dirtiest words in my vocabulary when placed in a certain order are as follows: Search Engine Optimization. It’s not that I find SEO to be dirty in principle, but rather the fact that jumping to the top of search pages in a day and age where there are literally millions of blogs isn’t as simple as it use to be. For that reason alone I attempt to write most of my content these days with an emphasis on creating social media appeal.
To accomplish my goal there are several important aspects of my content that I try to focus on.
1. Ask Questions At The End Of Â Posts
This might seem like a no brainer but a lot of people fail to ask questions when finishing a post. As a blogger I always remind myself that my thoughts are mine alone and they may not reflect the views of my readership. By asking a question I form a relationship with each reader which means they are more likely to share their thoughts via Twitter, Facebook and other social media sights in order to discover what their friends think about the same topic. Read More
Halloween is less than a week away and it’s officially crunch time for all things horror-related. If you celebrate Halloween, there’s a good chance that you are either looking to or already have checked out a haunted attraction in your area.
But while haunted houses and other haunted attractions can be a good and scary time, they’re also businesses. Like most businesses, they need to have a Web presence to promote themselves, pass out critical information and, most importantly, interact with potential customers 24/7. Also like most businesses, haunted attraction sites have a particular style associated with them.
This style is determined by a large number of factors including the nature of the business itself, especially how seasonal it is, what customers are usually looking for in a haunted attraction and the relatively limited number of design firms that work on these sites.
However, in that style there are a lot of great lessons for other webmasters, including bloggers. While this is definitely a broad generalization, as someone who has visited dozens, if not hundreds of haunted attraction websites, not counting the site for the one I operate, I see a lot of things that these sites do right and a lot of things they do wrong.
As such, here are my lessons that everyday bloggers can glean from haunted attraction websites, including both the things everyone should emulate and the mistakes to avoid. Read More
One of my biggest pet peeves when reading really good material is to read that content on a website that gives me a headache to navigate or view.
While there are many website design mistakes a blogger can makes I have compiled a list of 5 mistakes that can kill a blog before it even gets started.
1. Strange Fonts For Content Sections
While using a unique font to create your websites logo or perhaps even sidebar titles might give your blog a fresh feel that’s where unique fonts should end. Â When it comes to fonts bloggers should incorporate georgia, times new roman, times or serif fonts into their content. If you view HuffingtonPost, New York Times and various other content based sites you will quickly realize that they use those standard fonts because they are easily recognizable and therefore easy to read. If you choose to use a custom font for your content I suggest polling your friends and family members to see if they find the custom font easy to read. Read More
Almost every blogger have the same dream of getting millions of visitors every month on his/her blog. However, it is quite challenging to get the massive traffic when thousand of articles are being published daily. The word I used here is challenging and not impossible, this means that, though it is exigent enough but if we avoid certain mistakes we can become a successful blogger. Blogging is one of the best way for everyone to promote their writing style professionally.
If done in a right way, blogging is a very powerful tool to generate great leads. Dedication and commitment are the major requisites to be a successful blogger followed by evading of certain mistakes.
Creating a blog is however one of the easiest thing to achieve on internet. Many free websites are now providing the features and tools which allow everyone to create their own blog.
But having a blog is just half done, when we talk about successful blogging. Creating and writing a blog is quite easy job, but the touch and tricky part comes when it is about tempting the internet traffic to your blog. Keeping the fresh and topical posts is very important to get the potential as well as returning visitors to your blog. Regular update is also a very important aspect of successful blogging. However there is a long list of things to do for a successful blogging and so is the list of things not to do.
If you take amazing photographs that people want to view the thought of creating your very own photography blog may have entered into your mind, however unlike a standard blog there are certain considerations you will want to take that can help your pics based website gather a loyal following.
1. Make Your Photos The Focal Point Of The Website
When choosing a template for your photography blog you want your photos to stand out the moment viewers enter your pages. By isolating your work you allow your visitors imagination to run wild, soaking in your photos without becoming distracted by a lot of print the moment they enter your blogs pages.
One example of simple is better design for a photography comes from Theme Foundry and their theme titled “Photography” here’s a look at how simplicity shows off an artists work without distracting visitors:
You can also choose to use various photography website builder programs which are offered on “one-click blog creation” services. Typically easy photography blog builders use a portfolio type setup such as the one shown above.
If Harold Camping can be believed, today, we will see the world end. Just because I can, let me ask you what you will do today if you knew for sure that the world’s end would be tonight?
Back to reality…here are this week’s highlights from the Blogging Pro Job Board.
If you see yourself as a rock star developer and not merely a wannabe, you are perfect for PapayaHead’s job opening. “You need to be a real web developer, not a designer who knows a little html.” Capisce? Read More
Pretty much no blogger gets to work forever without competition. Blogging is such a crowded space that pretty much everyone has at least one other site out there that could be seen as a competitor or alternative, even if it isn’t always a direct one.
Whether you’re blogging for business, for passion or for fun, this can be a pretty heavy thought. After all, whether it’s dollars or eyeballs, you don’t want another site taking anything away from you, especially after you’ve worked so hard.
But competition online isn’t anything like competition in the bricks and mortar world. In the real world, every dollar you spend at restaurant A is one you don’t spend at restaurants B-Z. You only have so much money and can only eat so many meals. Furthermore, there’s only a certain number of people in a your region, meaning only so many people who CAN visit any of the restaurants in it.
On the Web, there’s no such limitation as there’s no cost in visiting most websites, people can literally come from anywhere and one’s time available for reading sites on a particular topic is limited only by their interest in it.
While competition on the Web is something you have to address, it isn’t something you have to fear. So what should you do when your blog faces some stiff competition? The answer is, most likely, to greet them with a hug rather than a clinched fist. Read More
If you are looking for ideas for blog posts, how to blogs can be a great concept. The success of practically oriented blogs/websites like Ehow attest to the fact that people like how to articles. These types of posts immediately capture the readerâ€™s attention with practical information that is useful and easy to follow. You may want to consider creating a blog solely around an instructional concept or you may want to simply include these sorts of posts along with other ones in a the blog you have. The following are some tips for creating great step by step blog posts:
Keep Steps Reasonable Length
Often how to blogs are arranged as a series of steps. These steps may or may not be numbered or be in bullet form, but regardless arranging them as steps to be read sequentially tends to work well as an approach. This allows the reader to move through the steps in order, perhaps even as they are undertaking the task in question, and get a good clear sense of how to proceed. If you had a blog about IT recruiting services, then the length of each blog post could be rather 700-800 words.
It is important to keep these steps short and to the point. These do not need to be as short as two or three sentences, though this can be effective, but they probably shouldnâ€™t be composed of many long rambling paragraphs. Keep them concise and somewhere between a few sentences and a paragraph in length.
Find out what People want to Know how to Do
If youâ€™re looking for something to write a how to blog about and traffic is what youâ€™re after, youâ€™re going to need to find out what people would most like to know how to do. You can either consider skills you yourself have and in which you think others would like to be instructed, or you can try to fin d popular skill/activities that are current and popular. You might want to do internet searches on the phrase â€œhow toâ€ or that term along with various others and see which pages are popular.
Of course, the most popular subjects will present a lot of competition, so gauge accordingly. If you feel you can rank well in search engines through SEO and so forth for a particular topic, you may want to check out a very popular one. If, however, you would like to be up against less competition, you may want to seek niches. This may in fact be a very good strategy â€“ find a more obscure skill and you will have a much easier time ranking in search engines for it. Either way, try to find skills that seem to be of either current interest or a general ongoing interest.
Read Other â€œHow Toâ€ Blogs on the Topic
You may want to read other how to blogs on the same topic in order to get a sense of whether you can improve on it and just to fill in your knowledge about it. This will help you to create the most thorough blog possible and put your how to articles into context. You may want to find background information or parts that other bloggers have left out and make a point of including them in your blog.
Consider Including Pictures/Video
Pictures and/or video can really make your how to blog posts sparkle. They can help make the content more clear and easy to discern as well as give your blog a fun, professional, and engaging appearance. They are usually quite easy to embed in your blog content so consider this option.
Itâ€™s often a good idea to use concrete examples in a how to blog. An illustration makes the content more vivid and interesting to read. For instance if you were writing about how to build a certain type of furniture, you might want to spice up the content by creating a hypothetical woodworking character named Joe building a specific item in his garage. This personalizes the content and makes it easier for readers to identify with.
As blog owners, there are times when we are too overwhelmed by our blogâ€™s physical appearance, especially if our blog has an impressive design, a good amount of traffic and followers, and good search engine rankings. Yet having these positive traits does not mean your blog is in good condition. Sometimes, these traits can be deceiving, too.
So how will you know if your blog is in a terrible condition?
Your traffic is in danger
According to blog experts, a continuous diminishing rate in traffic is the first sign of a weakening blog. Traffic downfall is just a normal occurrence on blogs, but having an unremitting or a month-long fall in numbers is a different story. They say that low traffic rate can be considered alarming when it remains static in a very low point (e.g., 40-60% lower than your average traffic) for a long period of time (e.g. 2-3 weeks). Read More