Top 10 Best Ways to Impact Your Blog’s SEO

Top 10 Best Ways to Impact Your Blog’s SEO

Blogging
In all honesty there isn’t much that's more important than search engine optimization (SEO) when it comes to ensuring that you get the word out about your business. SEO is part of everything you do online. There is on-page and off-page SEO that every online and off-line business owner should participate in if they want to successfully market their business online. How Much Does SEO Matter to Your Business? Creating a highly optimized website or blog can go far in helping you get visitors to your site before you even start creating content. Ensure that you have a plan from the beginning, and that plan will pay off. The entire set-up of your site can be based on good SEO practices. Proper keyword-rich domain name, strong keyword page names, well-crafted…
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Follow My Blog On Bloglovin

Blogging
What is Bloglovin? Bloglovin is a yet another cool RSS platform that started back in 2010. Much like other RSS alternatives, users can search for blogs they already love, find new blogs to follow by category, or even check out popular posts by category. Once a blog is followed, users can then like posts, and share via Facebook, Twitter and email. They also have the option to receive links to the latest posts in their feed via email. The cool thing I like about Bloglovin is that you can claim your blog to see stats and views on the platform, as well as configure the way your blog appears in feeds. You have a great sense of control over the way in which your blog followers see your blog in…
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Want Your Blog To Be Different? Take The Lead With A Blog Challenge

Want Your Blog To Be Different? Take The Lead With A Blog Challenge

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How can you make your blog different? How can you stand out from the crowd? There were 130 million blogs between WordPress and Tumblr alone in 2012. More in 2013 and that’s before you include all the other blogging platforms such a Blogger, SquareSpace and Wix. That’s a lot of bloggers vying for attention. Crying out. Wanting to be heard. There’s even more pressure if you’re using blogging as a marketing tool for your business or blogging as a business. Standing Out From The Crowd (The Importance Of Having A POD) “In an overcrowded, hypercompetitive world, the only way to make an impression on your prospect is to break through the noise.” – Success Magazine The blogging world is no different to the business world – after all they have…
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Alternatives to Google Reader and Options For Your Blog RSS

Alternatives to Google Reader and Options For Your Blog RSS

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Looking for an RSS reader now that Google Reader is gone? You're in luck! Keep reading... *Updated post: As of July 1, 2013, Google Reader is no more. Bummer, I loved Google Reader. As I am often asked what I'm using or doing when it comes to digital changes, I figured, why not write this quick post to answer the question? I know tons of people have written posts regarding Google Reader alternatives. In an effort to save you as much trouble (and research) as I can, I've provided a few recommendations. Alternatives to Google Reader Option A: Specific Feeds Specific Feeds is an RSS reader that I hadn’t heard of until one of the founders tweeted me about it. (Yes, they know how to rock social media!) Ok, I have to say…
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A Quick Guide to Blog Comment Etiquette

A Quick Guide to Blog Comment Etiquette

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We learned why you should comment directly on a blog, and all the benefits and goodwill that manifest as a result in the previous post 9 Reasons Why You Should Comment On Blogs. Let’s take a moment to briefly mention a few rules of blog comment etiquette as you begin commenting more often.   Blog Comment Etiquette Tips Act Like You Care. Say more than just “hello”, “great post” or any other generic line. Mention the topic, answer a question posed, and let the writer know you really read the post. Avoid the Hit and Run. Don’t comment and run. Make sure you check back, or better yet, subscribe to follow-up comments via email. This way you'll be able to see when someone replies or references your comment. Manners Matter.…
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9 Reasons Why You Should Comment on Blogs

9 Reasons Why You Should Comment on Blogs

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Do you visit a friend's house, stay for dinner, enjoy a delicious meal, and leave without saying thank you? Do you read blogs, learn their valuable info, and skip town without saying thanks for the information? It sounds kind of rude when you think about it like this, doesn't it? We’re so accustomed to using social media to send quick thank you’s and opinions that we’ve lost sight of the value of leaving comments on blogs. Or is it that we never really had a firm grasp on the importance of doing so? Blog comments can be a valuable tool to use to build relationships and build your business. Comments can show your expertise, expand your audience, and possibly land you a new client. First things first, your gravatar needs to be…
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6 Simple Ways to Promote Your Blog Offline

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We all know of many ways to promote your blog online. But what about offline? Yes, you can easily promote your blog offline, it just takes a little ingenuity. It doesn't matter if your blog is for business or fun, you can still use these offline marketing tactics. Get up from behind the computer and take your blog on the road! 6 Simple Ways to Promote Your Blog Offline   Who said you had to put your website’s home page on your business card? Add your blog url to your business card instead. Create a brochure that is catered directly to your blog. You can take the top read post from your blog and make it into a brochure. You could also give excerpts from 2-3 posts, with a “click the qr code…
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Simply Hitting Tweet Does Not Constitute A Blog Promotion Strategy

Simply Hitting Tweet Does Not Constitute A Blog Promotion Strategy

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As a blogger, you have a powerful platform to demonstrate your expertise. Your blog is the basis of your content strategy, and you pour your heart and soul into every word you post. You promote blog posts every day. You’re proud of your awesome blog, and wonder when your traffic will skyrocket. When your subscriber list will see a big increase. After all, maintaining a blog is a time-consuming, yet extremely rewarding exercise. You research ideas, write content, edit content, find pics, take pics, generate ideas, write some more… and hit publish. You tweet out your new blog post. And you post it to your Facebook page. And you sit. And wait. And sit and wait some more. Then move on to the next blog post. Sound familiar? But I did…
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