Archive for the ‘Blogging: How To’ Category
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
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
Whether youâ€™re new to the blogging game, or have earned the equivalent experience of black belt status, youâ€™ll find that â€œskillâ€ is not the only factor to blogging success.
One often overlooked area to maximizing good fortune and longevity is good karma.
Thatâ€™s right, Karma.
Clueless to what this is?
Karma is a Buddhist principle that believes that we each bring upon ourselves good or bad results based upon what we put forth in the universe in this life and in reincarnation.
Thatâ€™s some pretty heavy stuff!
But simply think of it as the basic reaping and sowing philosophy.
Now that you know what it is, letâ€™s look at a few key ways to make it work in the blogging world. Read More
Have you ever wondered why many singers and performing artists produce smash hit albums, then you donâ€™t hear from them for months afterâ€¦maybe even years?
You know the ones.
Their tunes top record charts, they do the TV shows and the tours, then they go into hibernation underground. It almost seems that theyâ€™ve fallen off the face of the earth.
Some examples that come to mind would be Sade, Mariah Carey, Barbara Streisand, and Janet Jackson.
Are you with me hereâ€¦? Read More
Everyone knows thatÂ images help make a good blog post great. Not only do they provide a much-needed visual element to break up the gray text, but they help your content stand out in RSS readers.
Unfortunately though, not everyone has the photography or art expertise to make an image for every post and, even those who do often lack the time or consistently apply it.
So bloggers routinely turn to other sources for their image. Some use screenshots or logos under fair use, others find press photos by the organizations they talk about and still others find licensed works from other aritists.
However, some make the mistake of finding their photos wherever they can and it is a mistake that has cost many bloggers dearly, both literally and figuratively. Read More
Not too long ago, I received an invitation from a teen-aged blogger to do a guest post on his blog.
I was flattered, but skeptical.
No disrespect intended, but frankly Iâ€™ve got shoes that have had more birthdays than this young fellaâ€™, (and more mileage).
But, when I clicked on to his site, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed.
My initial chuckles turned into cheers!
An easy way to ruin the visitor experience on your blog is by allowing the comments sections of your posts to get cluttered with spam comments, which do nothing to add to the conversation and typically include links to useless, irrelevant or spam pages.Â Fortunately, you can fight back against blog comment spam!
Depending on the blogging application you use, you can configure your blog settings to fight blog comment spam in one or more of the ways listed below:
1. Identify the suspects.
Prepare yourself for the fight by learning to recognize blog comments that are likely to be spam.Â Examples include:
- Comments that are written with unrecognizable characters or a meaningless jumble of words and letters.
- Comments that include little more than a list of links.
- Comments that include URLs in either the comment, itself, or the URL box of the comment submission form, which are completely unrelated to your blog or the comment.Â For example, a comment that includes a link to a site to purchase a prescription drug or pornography.
- Comments that say too little or too much.Â For example, spam comments often say little more than “good post” or they might be overly complimentary without adding any value to the conversation.Â If you come across posts like this, check the links included in the comment or comment submission form to see where they lead. Read More
It happened quite by accident.
I kid you not.
It was an average week where I was posting content to my personal blog, when I made a discovery.
I was in the process of doing a review type post where I was sharing my favorite blogs on blogging, and discovered that most of them were written by men!
There must have been some mistake, I thought.
Everybody knows that women are better communicators, right?
Remember the book by John Gray, â€œMen are from Mars, Women are from Venusâ€?
So, like Santa Claus, I made my list and I checked it twice.