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Aug 31, 2015

How to Increase Traffic to Your New Blog

How to Increase Traffic to Your New Blog

You've been working hard and you're ready to launch, but probably wondering how to increase traffic to your new blog.

A popular blog and a successful road trip are both about process and preparation. Just as you shouldn't drive down the road without a knowledge of traffic laws or without car insurance, a proactive approach to blog development has its merits.

1. Think outside the box

It's true that many people who think about the complexities of the electronic world are absolutely amazed by the magic that happens when you push a button on a keyboard. If one were to ask an electronics engineer or computer programmer about the magic though, they might be a little less mystified by the circuitry and logic loops.

They understand that the inner workings of our cyber world are reduced to 1's and zeros. For the person with a new blog who wants to increase traffic it's okay to proceed without knowing those complexities, but an awareness of the limitations of the Internet and search engines in particular can be critical to bringing traffic to your blog content.

Search engines look for patterns. The more clear the patterns are, the more likely a search engine like Google or Yahoo can identify your blog topics.

Titles such as the following work great:

1. How to make money...

2. Surprising new discovery on...

3. A breakthrough formula to ...

Titles serve as teasers to human readers, summaries for search engines and traffic to your blog posts.

2. Be personable

Readers like to know who they're reading from. Even if your new blog deals with unpleasant subjects, a suitably human element to your writing allows visitors to connect in ways they cannot if your words are sterile. It may help to write like you're speaking to a friend. Tell a story, add your personality and write from the heart for the audience you expect will read and benefit from your blog.

It's also important to organize your site. It helps to provide clear categories, a search feature or a topic cloud. The content management system (CMS) you use to create your blog most likely has a plug-in for these features.

Use graphics that support your written message. Consider the way colors and images work with the subject matter. Resize your images to suitable dimensions for a web page's load time. Don't detract with useless clip-arts or cheesy animations that do nothing to enhance or illustrate your blog entry. Websites like PicMonkey allows you the flexibility to create awesome photos to include with your articles.

3. Add new content regularly

There are probably numerous blogs that readers can visit which address similar topics to those featured on your new blog. However, one way to keep them coming to yours is to add something with regularity. It's probably accurate to say that adding something daily is more likely to draw people back over a site that is updated on a weekly or monthly basis; but if this becomes too much, then you might think of posting at least 2 to 3 times a week to start off.

If your blog is something that you're passionate or knowledgeable about, then writing a paragraph or more shouldn't be too difficult to do.

There's another bonus to frequent updates: your writing will probably improve based on the simple fact that you're practicing.

4. Know what you're talking about

Some readers may be easily tricked, but others will be very discerning. The shrewd group is the one you really want to appeal to because if they consider you credible, your reputation as a reliable source will grow.

The online community that has an interest in your topics will come to view you as an expert. This all helps tremendously with generating web traffic to your blog because they'll spread the word by linking to your content in one way or another.

5. Reach out

  • Register your web site with search engines. It only takes a moment and lets you get a jump on drawing attention to your site at Google, Bing, Yahoo (and all the rest). Visit each search engine and follow their instructions for submitting a URL.
  • Use social media like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, StumbleUpon and Digg to keep people in the loop. If you did something noteworthy and relevant, create a blog entry on your site and share it with everyone in your circle! Add a social share button (plug-in) and let others share your content.
  • Register your blog site with affiliates and trade organizations.
  • Get a sensible domain name. Register Your Domains Hassle-Free with Namecheap. Domains can be had for under $10.00(US) a year. It helps with search engines and is a better peg for the human memory as well.

Give your blog a traffic boost by focusing on the above. :)

Do you agree or disagree with the above article how to increase traffic to your new blog? Please share your comments below.

About the author: Sonia Colon is writer/publisher of My Fashion E-Mall Blog, The Biz Buzz of A Latina Mom and biz owner at Books About Me. For additional powerful business articles and Internet marketing tips for maintaining a lucrative home business subscribe to her newsletter below.

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Aug 26, 2015

Six Essential Skills to Biz Success

Infographic created by Sonia Colon

The following are six essential skills to business success. You may not have developed all of these skills, but like most things in life, you can by learning, practicing and determination. Implement and check mark these skills off your own list to be on the right track.

1. Personal skills

A healthy self-esteem is necessary for you to tackle the day to day tasks of business. As an entrepreneur, you will spend a great deal of time working solo. Listen to your heart but consult your head before making final business decisions. Keep motivated by staying on track of plans and organization.

2. Communication skills

You must sharpen your communication skills if they have become a little rusty. You may find yourself in need to communicate with lawyers, accountants, bank managers etc. You need to be able to get your message across clearly. Good communication will reduce the chance of being misunderstood. It's essential to be able to communicate effectively at a variety of levels, in a variety of manners, to a variety of people. There are many self-help books on this topic.

3. People skills

People will make or break your business. You will make or break your business. You are your business! The way you deal with people will determine much of your business success. Good manners, politeness, and attentiveness to your customers' needs are what will ensure repeat business. Customers need to feel that they are important to you.

Part of the package of people skills, is a good sense of humor. It's an important survival tool, as is a smile. :) While it may be hard to smile when things aren't going right, remember that no one wants to talk to a negative person. Smile often and it will help alleviate a tense situation. Keeping a positive outlook on a daily basis will maintain your motivation level. Do not let depression, apprehension, insecurity, or doubts affect your thoughts.

4. Marketing skills

To round off your entrepreneurial skills, you have to have a sound knowledge of marketing your business. Marketing is the ability to communicate to your potential customers and inform them of your products and or services. Know how to define and target your market. You need to know what will work for your business. Read books, talk to others and observe how other types of businesses successfully market their businesses. Usually effective marketing involves a combination of many techniques that can change from time to time.

5. Technical skills

Read books, attend seminars, workshops, trade shows and conferences to add to your technical knowledge and keep a leading edge on your competition. Don't make the mistake of working at your business and forget to work on your business. Never cease your education in your area of expertise, and remember to keep up with the changing technology withing your chosen field.

6. Financial skills

You have to be financially knowledgeable in the business world. Your entrepreneurial knowledge should include basic accounting, organizational and administrative sills, and understanding of all tax laws, federal and provincial requirements, and an in-depth knowledge of the business that you are running. Implementing the above six essential skills to biz success is imperative to your business.

Do you agree with the six essential skills to biz success above? Let me know in the comments below.

About the author: Sonia Colon is writer/publisher of My Fashion E-Mall Blog, and biz owner at Books About Me. For additional powerful business articles and Internet marketing tips for maintaining a lucrative home business subscribe to her newsletter below.

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Aug 17, 2015

Powerful Social Media Marketing Tools for Business Success

Powerful Social Media Marketing Tools for Business Success

Social media marketing has become a supplemental service among website owners, SEO specialists, eCommerce experts and business owners. Article marketing isn't the only from of marketing your business. There are many powerful social media marketing tools for business success like the following:

HootSuite

This tool comes in Free and Pro version. Free version gives an option to monitor and update up to five profiles. It’s an open sheet real time news roll that can open up Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and two more social feeds at the same time. Publisher tool helps to review, post and schedule messages with an option of choosing relevant account for the information. The Pro-version gives a little more flexibility to add accounts and use additional features such as analytic and bulk messages scheduling.

Cool Feature: It has an easy to navigate dashboard and built-in link shrinking and real time updates monitoring and scheduling.

Crowdbooster

With a free of charge account Crowdbooster monitors one Twitter and one Facebook page versus up to 30 accounts with a business upgrade. It doesn’t give a real time tuning into corresponding profiles but instead evaluates the impressions by graphically showing how many people re-tweet or answered a tweet as well as how many people were reached out. It also indicates the Follower Growth, Influential Followers and Top Re-tweeters. These are extremely valuable analytic information that can help to extend your outreach.

Cool Feature: Time recommendations on tweeting to get the best impressions plus scheduling and analytics.

Buffer

Besides scheduling posts for Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook this tool allows you to install a Firefox extension giving you an easy way to share articles you read. Buffer now measures the performance of your pins for Pinterest as well. You can also try Buffer for business with a small, medium and large version.

Cool Feature: Ability to add additional Apps, Extensions & Extras. Get the most out of Buffer and easily share from your mobile, news reader, blog or anywhere. Bookmarking and scheduling.

UnifiedSocial

Provides comprehensive Facebook analytics that outlines profiles of people that come and leave your fan base as well as determines what content attracts your audience and keeps them posted. Real-time social marketing solutions for global brands and agencies.

Cool Feature: Instantaneous data transfer into ready for presentation reports. Aggregate and activate all social data into one platform to drive greater ROI from your social marketing efforts and maintain a competitive advantage.

Aweber

An email service that delivers broadcasts updates via a newsletter. Lets you market, organize, monitor and interact with your opt-in subscribers. By far it’s one of the best email marketing tools around.

Cool Feature: Learn email marketing with their knowledge base, live webinars and videos features. Cost-effective and affordable; it's email marketing the right way at your fingertips.

Other honorable mentions:

Besides the social media monitoring and managing tools above, there are quite a few very neat services that deserve mentioning as well:

Every social media marketing tool should serve specific needs in simplifying the process of managing your business. Social media monitoring services are growing fast and you should be utilizing at least a few of the above powerful social media marketing tools for business success.

About the author: Sonia Colon is writer/publisher of My Fashion E-Mall Blog & The Biz Buzz of A Latina Mom Blog. She is also owner at Books About Me. Sign up for the newsletter and never miss a powerful business marketing article plus receive a FREE eBook on ‘How to Rock Your Business with A Blog’.

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Aug 13, 2015

How to Offer Freebies at Your Website for Repeat Visitors

How to Offer Freebies at Your Website for Repeat Visitors

In previous articles, I talk about the importance of providing good quality information on your website(s). The key to a successful website is to build credibility so that your visitors will continue to refer to you for resolutions to their problems. An excellent way to accomplish repeat visitors along with quality content, is learning how to offer freebies at your website for repeat visitors.

Your goal is to become the ultimate one-stop shop for your business niche. You want people to come to you looking for information to their problems which in return, gives you the opportunity to direct them to your own service and/or product(s).

Your objective is to get lots of traffic and develop that important business relationship.

Giving away something FREE and of value to your visitors will keep them coming back. People often tell me that they don't know what to give away for free. They say they don't have any valuable information to provide and they don't have any articles and aren't writers. They insist that they can't possibly become an information resource because all they have is the one product they want to sell. I beg to differ. There is ALWAYS an angle. :)

Here's an example

Let me give you an example in My Fashion E-mall Blog. What in the heck kind of information could you give away for free at my website? At myfashionemallblog.net I have three target markets. One is for business owners, the other is for online entrepreneurs, and finally for work at home moms. My FREE giveaway is an e-Book where I talk about rocking your business with a blog. The information contained in the eBook works for all three target markets. Also, from time to time I offer FREE product giveaways. Quality content, free e-Book and giveaways all help my blog gain traffic.

What are FREE things you should give away on your website?

So, if you are a business owner, there are a ton of things you can offer for free to gain readers, clients, buyers and a loyal following.

Using My Fashion E-Mall Blog as an example, offer freebies on your own website that tie in with your service(s) and/or product(s). It can be in the form of a free eBook, free newsletter, free webinar, free coaching, free shipping, free lessons, free products, free videos, free affiliate programs, etc. You can target a specific market that corresponds to your website's niche.

Ask yourself the following questions

Remember, always provide a way to get creative, give valuable information plus accurate resources to reach your target markets then base your free offer around those important points. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What can I offer for free that compliments my business niche with value and traffic back to my site?
  • How can I be a great unique resource for my target market and can I offer an extension to that resource with any of the free ideas listed above?
  • How can my visitors benefit from my free offer?

List of places to get freebies to offer on your own site

  • Linkvehicle (lots of affiliate products to offer for free on your site)
  • eBook creator (tip: you can also create your own e-book on MS Word then convert into a PDF file and give it away on your site)
  • Screener (web-based screen recorder- record a free tutorial to offer on your site)
  • Shareasale.com (lots of affiliate products to offer for free on your site)
  • Aweber.com (create a free newsletter to offer on your site - keep your readers up to date)

Giving away free quality resources on your website can make the difference between repeat and non-repeat visitors. So go ahead and give it a try.

Are you offering freebies at your website for repeat visitors? Please share your comments below.

About the author: Sonia Colon is writer/publisher of My Fashion E-Mall Blog & The Biz Buzz of A Latina Mom Blog. She is also owner at Books About Me. Sign up for the newsletter and never miss a powerful business marketing article plus receive a FREE eBook on ‘How to Rock Your Business with A Blog’.

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Aug 2, 2015

5 Tips for Overcoming Writer's Block

5 Tips for Overcoming Writer's Block

If you write for a living, then you're well aware that writer's block is sometimes the norm and not the exception. Writing is challenging and sometimes we need help. Check out the 5 tips for overcoming writer's block:

  1. Write with passion. Writer's should always tell a story. Engage your readers with content they can relate too. Hook your readers and then provide them with solutions. Can your story do that?
  2. Notes are important when you experience writer's block. Think of and jot down notes you come across of specific phrases and before you know it, you'll have a topic that you can expand upon.
  3. Use other forms of telling a story. Videos, infographics, images are all excellent ways to showcase your written work. It's a different method that will add style to an otherwise plain article.Along with engaging your readers, provide a call to action by telling them what to do next. Most people need guidance and sometimes all you need to do is ask.
  4. Along with engaging your readers, provide a call to action by telling them what to do next. Most people need guidance and sometimes all you need to do is ask.
  5. What's your passion in life? What are you an expert at? What makes you happy? All of these are great questions to ask yourself. Write down your ideas and create your own story. Can you share it with others? Can it help them? Most of all have fun. Writing should be something to enjoy!

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Jul 27, 2015

Important Elements to a Successful Blog Structure

Blog Structure 1

The structure of your blog is important when you know the anatomy of how it should look.

As the image above shows, there are important elements to a successful blog structure. Check out the main ones below:

1. Headline/Blog title

Creating a good and effective headline is an important part of posting an article that will be read. Writing a title for your articles or posts is part of the marketing campaign of your blog. Writing the “right” title attracts visitors to your blog. Writing great headlines and titles is a skill bloggers need to learn. There are many different reasons why a headline title may fail. If the headline does not add value to your post, people will simply not bother to read the rest of your article. It only makes sense that a firm understanding of those to whom you are writing is critical in a headline's success.

Including a keyword in your headline also helps increase SEO and can drive traffic to your article.

2. Images

Images are important on a blog. Images can compliment your written work. Social media site like Pinterest allow you to pin an image onto your boards for added exposure. This enables viewers to pin your image which should link back to your site.

Below, are great places to create, edit and customize images for your blog:

3. Sub-heading

Many people’s attention spans are limited. Most of us are in a hurry and like to scan what we read first before we take time out to finish reading the whole article. Therefore, your sub-headings are crucial if you want your readers to get a glimpse of what the rest of your post is about. A good tip would be to bold your sub-headings and add specific sizes to outline and make them stand out from the rest of your content; then give readers the benefit of that sub-heading within the paragraph. Make your sub-headings compelling!

4. Content

our content is the meat and potato of your blog article(s). Tell a story which will give readers something they can sink their teeth into. Your readers want to know more about you. Provide them a snapshot inside your world and then expand on the article's purpose. Remember, people love to relate. Readers are comfortable to read a story that is personal to them as well. Build relationships and you'll have a reader for life.

5. Call to action (CTA)

Within the blogging structure, allow your readers to know what to do next. If you are writing about a business product that is hot right now and why it will benefit them, tell them how they can buy the piece. Guide them along the process.

Another form of a CTA is to ask questions at the bottom of your post to gain further engagement with your readers.

6. Closing

Give readers practical advice on your articles. You're the expert in your chosen field and when you provide accurate information which will give people results, they'll remember you for a long time.

Always spice up your blog's structure with videos, infographics, webinars and podcasts. You can market just about anything you want with these elements. Below are great sites you can check out:

Along with the above blog structure, remember to add an opt-in box on your sidebar and allow visitors to sign up for your newsletter. You can add additional things on your sidebar but try not to clutter it with too much. Also, include your resource box at the bottom of every blog post. A resource box is prime real estate that allows you to stamp content as your own. Let your readers discover who you are and want to know more by including it in your resource box.

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