6 Effective Ideas on Getting Traffic to Your Blog

BlogHow to Get Traffic to Your Blog

 

Blogs are popular ways to create an online presence for individual or business reasons. You can create a blog for free and start posting content immediately. But if no one is reading the content, what good is it?

There are many successful blogs on the internet, and you obviously want to be one of them. But a successful blog takes a lot of time and creative thoughts and learning a few tricks and ideas won’t hurt. Some new bloggers aren’t prepared for the work that goes into creating a successful blog. Just building the blog doesn’t make it automatic that people will come to it. Your targeting the right audience and giving them a reason to see what you have to say will draw readers. Here are 6 effective ideas on getting traffic to your blog.

1. Fresh Content  Update your blog at least twice a week. This can be accomplished by writing several posts ahead of time and uploading on your blog and scheduling them to post at different times.

2. Keywords for SEO  Be sure to use relevant keywords by doing good keyword research. Base your keywords on a research you do to find the most popular words used in search engines for your topic. This will help you with your search engine optimization. Keyword density between three and ten percent works well in getting higher page rankings in search engines. Base your keywords on a research you do to find the most popular words used in search engines for your topic.

3. Social Networking   By joining social networking sites and engaging with people on Facebook, Twitter, Squidoo, and Pinterest, you can promote the articles you post which in turn will draw traffic to your blog.

4. Use RSS Feeds   RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication.” Readers can subscribe to your feed and receive email notification when new content is posted. It is a simple way for your subscribers to keep up with your blog posts.

5. Submit Your Blog to Search Engines  Doingblog this allows your blog to be indexed on your three popular search engines-Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Just remember that being indexed and being ranked high are two different things. For the latter, a little more work and time is required.

6. Visit other blogs  Visiting other blogs and posting a comment is an effective way build friendships and add links to your blogs. Make sure the blogs you comment on are a similar niche to your own or Google will not give you credit for the link.

By using these ideas, you may not experience instant success, but you will start traffic moving in your direction! With a little time and effort you will begin building the readership you are looking for.

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The Top 10 Types of Blogs You Wouldn’t Expect

Top 10

Types of Blogs

 

Unexpectedly to Make Any Top Ten List

 

Blogging had conquered an incredible number of individuals. From people who have found bread and butter in this venture, kids and other enthusiasts joined blogging for the purpose of enjoyment and passion. For every enthusiast, a particular niche is chosen. However, there are types of blogs that you do not expect would appear. Here are just ten types of blogs you may not expect to get lots and lots of traffic.

1. Kid Blog. Adults are not the only ones who can enter the blogosphere. Presently, kids are actively participating and blogging that best interest them. For kids, blog’s niche also comes in a variety. Inclusions to these are fashion, photography, and even a simple sharing of epic events of their lives similar to that of an online diary. Who would of expect a kid’s blog like kidblog.org, to be a top topic for the search engines!

2. Natural Hair Blog. One of the mainstreams of beauty industry is hairstyle. With this, natural hair blog came to a realization. There is no doubt that this kind of blog is really a hit as both gender gets interested on what is hip and fun for their hair. Nevertheless, this kind of niche would tackle different hairstyles and how someone like you can keep up with the latest hair trends.

3. Beauty Blogs. The beauty blogs have come across the internet with a huge number of bloggers considering the niche. Given the fact that women crawl over this kind of blog for beauty tips, then bloggers can just serve the juice on the latest trends on make-up, skin care, hair styles, and many more.

4. Tiny House Blogs. By the name of the blog itself, tiny houses blogs Tiny housefeature tiny homes built in limited dimensions and on wheels. Recently, these tiny homes are gaining popularity due to the fact that they can be sited on the backwoods and backyards. Apart from convenience, tiny homes also come in an affordable price and style.

5. Wedding Blogs. Regardless of culture, wedding is one of the promising and memorable events that would happen in almost every person’s life. The fact that this event is special, many wedding blogs have sprouted to give its audience details on the trends and prospect plans on splendid weddings.

6. Decorating Blogs. These kinds of blogs are interesting not only for designers, but as well as to average individuals who have the inclination to give their homes or offices a makeover. It will provide its audience with a myriad of tips to bring out the splendid aura and make it extraordinary. The tips provided are relayed via writings or images online. Tips and ideas from any decorating blog, which encourages our natural gift of creativity, once again is going to be a hot topic for the search engines.

7. Southern Hospitality Blogs. The Southern American States are known for hospitality. With this, many enthusiasts are blogging on this niche featuring places, styles, and a lot of fun stuff in the South. Therefore, delve deeper and explore what the South has in store for you. With southern hospitality blogs, you can expect a wide range of discussions from inside and outdoor living, stories, and delicious southern style recipes. So be sure to check out more than one.

8. Fashion Blogs. One best blog that you can view on the internet is the fashion blog. This niche is pretty broad since there are a lot of matters to share. Inclusions to these are fashionable bags, trends in dressing up and being stylish, hair trends, accessories, and many more. Therefore, this kind of blog will never get outdated since every day, fashion has a great and marvelous update that should never be missed.

9. Knitting Blogs. Who would of guessed this one to be number nine! These kinds of blogs are pretty unique and exceptional. Although knitting means a lot of work, incredible result and excitement is what awaits its readers on the other side of the bridge. From these blogs, viewers will learn how to knit hand gloves, hat, and even clothing which are truly outstanding.

10. Best Food Blogs. One of the best blogs that you should not miss is the food blog. Brace yourself with excitement as you see a variety of delectable and mouth-watering cuisines. It will keep your appetite on the go as you will get to view dishes from your own locality or from other parts of the world.

So there you have it! Types of blogs you probably would not expect to make the top ten list. Undoubtedly, blogs come in a variety. The selection of the kind of niche to blog will entirely depend on the passion and preference of the blogger. Nevertheless, no matter what kind of blog it is, as long it is informative and helpful, it can always be considered the best blog.

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Social Media Marketing: Can You Make Money Blogging?

The answer to this question is ‘of course you can!’ You just need to know how.

In this post I am going to explain the answer to the question ‘Can you make money blogging’ and show you how.

The first thing you need to do before setting up your new blog is to decide what niche you want to write about. Try and stick to something you know about, that way it makes it easier when your writing your posts. Also bear in mind that if the niche is too competitive then you will struggle to rank in Google and earn an income. If the niche is too narrow and un-competitive, there won’t be enough traffic or income potential you can tap into to make it worth the effort.

Once you have a niche you want to start blogging with, you will need to narrow that niche down a bit more and find keywords relating to that niche. Let’s take blogging for example, this can be narrowed down to ‘make money blogging’, ‘how to blog’, ‘can you make money blogging’ and so on. These keywords will be a lot easier to rank for than just ‘blogging.

Now you have your niche and keywords, how do you make money with your blog?

There are a few popular methods to monetize your blog, and the most popular is contextual advertising, where contextual ads are displayed along side your blog content on different areas of your page. The favorite being Google Adsense but there are many others available online.

Another popular choice is affiliate marketing, especially physical products from places like Amazon and eBay. All you have to do is search Amazon and Ebay for your chosen keyword and write about it and leave a link to that product. When someone buys that product you earn a commission.

If no physical products exist for your chosen keyword then you can try Clickbank, and write a review about an eBook instead and earn commissions on every sale you make.

Aside from contextual ads and affiliate marketing, you can look into selling advertising space on your blog (usually through banners). Where someone pays you a set fee to place a banner on your blog.

I hope I have answered this social media marketing question, ‘can you make money blogging’, as you can see there are many ways to make money from your blog.

By Lee Griffiths Of Working Online Blog

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6 Ways to Determine If Need a VA to Manage Social Media?

Virtual AssistantThis is a follow-up to an earlier post entitled “What Is A Social Media Virtual Assistant?”

 

 

A good question that I am frequently asked-but before I answer, as a business owner, you will need to determine a few things to set a solid foundation for your social media plan.

1) Solid Marketing Plan? Do you have a solid marketing plan?  NOT just social media,which is still the foundation and fabric of your outreach. Remember, social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Comeoninside.com are all TOOLS). Just like in a tool box, some tools are more effective for some projects than others.
My biggest heartbreak is to see an overwhelmed business owner who thinks they “have” to be on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, and YouTube all at the same time. The dirty little secret is, not all social media platforms are good for all businesses. Truthfully, if you are promoting a message to the wrong  Twitter followers for example, how much valuable time would you be wasting?

2) Social Media Platforms List. Make a list of the social media platforms you currently have a profile on (i.e. Facebook Fan Page, Linkedin, Twitter, YouTube, Come on inside, etc.) This will help you determine if you want to continue on these platforms.

3) Social Media Time. How much time are you or your team spending ENGAGING on these platforms? Not just pre-posting or “pushing” your info, but genuinely interacting with your Facebook fans, Linkedin connections, Twitter followers, etc?

4) Social Media Presence. How much time do you WANT to spend on any given platform? What type of engagement do your client desire? What type of relationship are your clients asking from you?

5) Determine Time Needed. Once you have a determination of the amount of TIME needed, then you will know if a social media  assistant is a good fit.
Your time has to be worth something. Just like you are an expert in your field, your Social Media VA would be the same managing your online campaigns for you.

Based on approved guidelines the Social Media VA would be responsible for:
•Connecting with various types of professionals
•Updating content and making sure the content is linked with appropriate keywords, seo, etc.
•Distributing blogs and events to various locations. A lot of work.
•A good social media assistant or manager will give you statistics on what your social media plan is achieving. Platforms include but not limited to: Facebook Fan Pages, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, etc.

I would recommend that a Social Media VA only answers or responds to people on your behalf, with the business owner’s consent. Some business owners will want to reply to negative conversations themselves, let’s say on Facebook or Twitter for example, or some will  leave that entirely up to you. So it’s good to have an experience or trained Social Media Manager to help you, if that being the case.

6) Your Time’s Value in Dollars. Once you know the amount of time your company is spending on relating in social media, you figure out the cost to your business for those hours. If your team used those hours in a different area of your business – how much more successful will you be? That dollar figure is your new “marketing” budget for a Social Media Virtual Assistant. Their hourly rates will vary depending on location or specialty, from about $40 to $70/ hour. If you want expert results, then you will welcome an expert on your team as well.

By Angel Lebak of Virtual Assistant Social Media.com

Regardless if you hire a Social Media VA now or wait until your budget allows, social media management is quickly becoming a part of many companies marketing plans. So to be sure you have the accurate tools on hand to get the desired results, just click here for Contact information for RTJ Online-Social Media Assistant.

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5 Reasons You Need A Social Media Manager

Virtual AssistantBusiness owners around the globe are asking themselves whether or not they need a social media manager. However, more and more of them are noticing the popularity of social media, but don’t know how, where, when, or why they should jump on the bandwagon themselves. They notice their colleagues, peers, friends, children, and family have jumped on board, on a more personal level. But, what so many of them fail to see, is that their present and future customers have jumped on for a ride too!

Right now, as you read this, your customers are flying down the road going mach 5 with no end in sight. They’re enjoying themselves too while reading/writing reviews, articles, comments & opinions on your business. They’re chatting amongst themselves (and to the rest of the internet world) about their latest visit, what their experience was, and even how it bugs them that Sally the cashier always seems “nice”, but never says thank you when they are leaving.

Wouldn’t you love the opportunity to be in that cart flying down the road too? Do you want to know what your customers are saying about you? Do you want to be able to effectively converse back with them? Wouldn’t you love to hear, first hand, about their experiences? Wouldn’t it be great to know how they felt about Sally so you could enforce stronger cashier policies?

There is no excuse for you not being in that bandwagon yourself. If you want to continually grow your business every year with the goal of higher profits and better ROI’s, then you need to be in that cart. Most importantly, you need to be sitting in the cart as strategically as possible so your customers don’t mistake you for luggage!

If the last four paragraphs didn’t provide you with enough reasons as to why you need a social media manager…don’t fret! Here are five more:

1. Contrary to popular belief, just because your 14 year old niece has a Facebook account, that doesn’t mean she could (or should) create your own businesses fan page. Hire a professional. Your goal should be to have a better social presence than all your competitors. Better website, Facebook, Twitter etc. Hiring someone who has extensive knowledge on the platforms best suited for your business will benefit you enormously. Social media is so constantly evolving, that you want a professional handling yours that you know is up to speed with the latest tools, platforms, & strategies.

2. You must have a well thought out social media strategy if you want to succeed. You must have a plan. One that will provide a road map for you so you don’t get lost. You need to be consistent with your content and most importantly, you need to make sure your content is *valuable*.

3. Just because you already have social media platforms in place, that doesn’t mean you are using them correctly. If you have a Facebook business fan page or Twitter account that gets updated once “every now and then” (when you find the time) … you’re in trouble. It actually looks worse for your business to have inactive pages than not having any at all. Also, you want them all integrated together so they are working for you, and not the other way around.

4. You need someone to remind you -not- to be a broadcaster! It is extremely easy for someone to “hide” you on Facebook and “unfollow” you on Twitter. So easy, it can be done with one click of the mouse! You need someone helping you develop content strategies that are focused on providing engaging valuable content that people enjoy reading and make them feel comfortable enough to join in on the conversation. One of the most successful companies at doing social media is Zappos.com. Check out their Facebook site to see what I mean about engaging content.

5. Having a social media manager saves you, the business owner, time (our most valuable asset). Even though an effective social media campaign requires an “all hands on deck” approach to be effective, having a social media manager undoubtedly saves you time. They can provide you with a road map and content strategy that should make it easy for you to distinguish what is considered good and bad content. They also could take away the burden of having to log onto your computer and manage comments and updating content regularly on all platforms. They do all that for you leaving you more time to concentrate on your livelihood … your business!
By Krysty Petrucci facebook.com/TribalMedia

Now it’s your turn. Have you jumped on the social media bandwagon yet? What has been your experience thus far? What have you had difficulty with? What seemed surprisingly easy? If you haven’t jumped on yet- what’s stopping you?  What are you waiting for?

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What is a Social Media Virtual Assistant

Find out what a social media virtual assistant does and how one can help you and your business.
Today, it’s essential and similar to brushing your teeth, that for businesses to develop and bloom, a social media presence is of utmost importance for thriving businesses. Mostly, it is due to people talking about your brand or product, negatively and positively.

Social media and the tools that they possess are extremely effective to reach millions of online users from around the world, verses a traditional website and definitely more effective than paper marketing because of technological advancement.

I know most of you’ve heard about Social Media, but have you begun the social media adventure yet?

I’m sure you feel that it’s important, but something is holding you back. Maybe you think it would take up too much of your time, or you just don’t have any idea where to start. One thing I know for sure…Social Media is here to stay.

A Social Media Virtual Assistant will help you to establish your social media presence, perform a variety of tasks, manage your social media accounts, and allow you more free time, so you can focus on your business. Social Media Virtual Assistants may even be helpful in areas that you haven’t even thought about such as researching and keeping up-to-date with social media marketing and how to help your business. They can also help to create a buzz about your brand or product through Facebook, Twitter, blogging, other social networks and forums. Outlined below are the major social media tasks they can perform for you.

A Social Media Virtual Assistant can:
<Perform Social Media Research, Strategies & Action Planning
<Setup Social Network Profiles
<Manage your Social Networks
<Use Marketing Strategies on Twitter, Facebook, & Online Video
<Manage your Online Reputation
<Perform Social Bookmarking
<Perform Article Marketing
<Perform Blog Commenting
<Post on Forums

So if you haven't taken the plunge yet, and don't really want to, or just cannot seem to find the time, now is the time to outsource all of your social media tasks to a Social Media Virtual Assistant.
This will help to create a more simple life and allow for adequate time to spend on the more important aspects of your business, as well as helping to increase your profits.

By Dawn Pigoni

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How Will You Brand Yourself?

If you are thinking of starting a small business and you’ve identified the market and you’ve found a niche – or a position that you feel comfortable with, now you need to think about how your are going to brand yourself.
What type of branding will you use?

Here’s a definition of branding according to Business Dictionary.Com: Entire process involved in creating a unique name and image for a product (good or service) in the consumers’ mind, through advertising campaigns with a consistent theme. Branding aims to establish a significant and differentiated presence in the market that attracts and retains loyal customers.

Basically you can go one of two ways. A personal brand or a business brand. What are their differences and advantages?

Personal Brand: In a personal brand you are simply branding yourself. For an example: If you are an expert at something or want to sell yourself as such, then you might want to think of going with a personal brand. In other words you are selling yourself. You can set up a blog, website or a column of some sort and build a following of “you” and promote your business from there.

Business Brand: With a business brand you are promoting the business itself, whatever that business may be. If you are selling a product or services or if you are building a “brick and mortar store,” on or offline, then you might want to think of a good business brand that will identify something unique about your business. Don’t forget the definition of the term.

One advantage of a personal brand is if you feel that in time you might want to promote something else or branch off from your original niche in some way, then you can do so without having to re-brand so-to-speak, because it can be accomplished under your personal brand.

But if you are building a business and just want to stick with a certain name or brand, then you may want to go with a business brand. One advantage of this is in time the brand itself will take on value, if you decide to sell down the road.

What Is Needed: With a personal brand you would need a good professional photo of yourself and a nice biography that will tell us about you. With a business brand you will need a good logo and a catchy tagline, one that will tell others what is unique about your business. A logo and tagline can be included if you go with a personal brand if you like, but it’s a key factor to a business brand. This is something that will make your company really stand out among the rest.

Do Your Homework: There are plenty of information out there that will provide you tips and ideas as to how to brand yourself. There are several blogs on branding, what taglines you can use, and websites that will help you to create your logo. Just do a simple search. Give it a lot of thought. Because when it comes to starting a business, there is nothing more important as to how you brand yourself.

By Reginald Jackson at RTJ Online .

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