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26 Essentials for Blogging Success, What You Need to Know Social Media Examiner

26 Essentials for Blogging Success, What You Need to Know Social Media Examiner
Do you want to be a more successful blogger? Are you keeping up with the newest developments in blogging? Whether you are new to blogging or you have been blogging for years, you will find insight in this article. It covers 26 blogging essentials, in an A–Z tour of the blogosphere. Each one has a full explanation, along with a link to further reading in case you want to know more. Note: For simplicity’s sake, I assume you’re using WordPress as your blogging platform. #1: Akismet: Anti-Spam Plugin One problem that every blog faces is spam. Some hapless bloggers spend hours every month deleting a never-ending stream of spam. Akismet monitors millions of blogs and forums, watching the methods and tricks used by spammers in real time. Akismet: How it works. If you run a personal blog, Akismet is free to use. Here are just a few of the many spam comments caught by Akismet. Further reading: How to Identify and Control Blog Comment Spam. #2: Bloggers: Build Relationships #4: Design Elements Why? Related:  Blogging

16 Top Tips from Blogging Experts for Beginners 1.8K Flares Filament.io 1.8K Flares × I’ve heard blogging referred to a couple of times recently as a mixture between an art and a science. If this is true (and I think it is), there’s no ‘right way’ to approach blogging if you want to be successful. There are plenty of people who’ve done a great job of it though, and I thought it would be useful to learn from them. These 16 bloggers shared one important tip each for blogging beginners. 1. Create blog posts that answer the most interesting questions from people you engage with on social media.Dave Larson, founder of @tweetsmarter This can be a great way to gather ideas of what topics people would most like to read about, which will help your blog grow! Now, a few weeks later adding such an article where just women contributed and built great businesses was a big hit: 2. Understand your audience better than they understand themselves. And so does Joel here at Buffer. 3. Write for yourself first & foremost. 4. 5. 6. I screwed up for years.

How to Make Your Blog Mobile-Friendly Do you want more mobile subscribers and readers? Is your blog suitable for a mobile device? In 2012, mobile users spent 63% more time on their devices accessing mobile websites and apps and this is set to increase. In this article I’ll explore the importance of mobile for your blog and the different options available to support your blog on a mobile device. Is Mobile Important for Your Blog? Yes! Analytics display details of how many people are accessing your website from a mobile device. Before you make an investment in this area, it’s useful to check your analytics to find out how many people access your blog from a mobile device. Most analytic programs will provide you with this information. If you use Google Analytics, under the Audience section, select Mobile > Overview. Under Devices, you can see which mobile devices your visitors use. You can drill down to find out what mobile devices people are using to access your website. Do your sharing icons work on the mobile device? Advantages:

Checklist: 12 Things You *Must* do After Writing a New Blog Post [with Infographic] | The Unbounce Conversion and Marketing Blog Learn how to be a better content marketer with this 12-point checklist. I see a lot of great blog posts go to waste simply because the writer or marketer didn’t understand how content marketing works (if this includes you, read this post on 98 Content Marketing Articles to Make You an Insomniac). These people are relying on the “build it and they will come mentality” which just doesn’t work unless you have a giant powerhouse with a massive existing readership. So how can you get the word out about your latest and greatest? The infographic below is a 12-point checklist that walks you through an excellent process. Keyword optimize your post: Focus on the title of the post and use the Google AdWords keyword research tool to help.Syndicate your content: Automatically feed the blog content via your RSS feed to multiple destinations. Your Blog Post Promotion Checklist from DivvyHQ.com – Click the Graphic for Printing Instructions How do you promote your blog posts?

Add P.O.W to Your Blog Posts tweet x 50 Blog Design TweaksHow to Sell With Your Business Blog7 Blog Secrets the Experts Forgot To Tell YouPlus - I'll send you a quick note when I have new blog marketing strategies for you. Powered by OptinMonster 21 Business Blogging Tips From the Pros Do you blog for your business? Are you looking for exciting tips to streamline your blogging experience? If so, keep reading. We spoke with 21 top experts to find the hottest business blogging tips you need to know today. Here they are… #1: Treat Each of Your Articles as a Product Leo Widrich Here is a tip that completely changed my blogging game recently. Since then, the whole team sat down and rethought our blogging strategy from scratch. Since we started to do this, our traffic and our comments are going through the roof, and our overall feeling of happiness is too. A product is only useful if you know others want it. Treat each of your articles as a product. Leo Widrich, co-founder of BufferApp.com. #2: Crowdsource Unconventionally Jason Miller Your audience isn’t just interested in one topic, so push the boundaries of what you write about and tie it back to what matters most. It’s not enough anymore to just have an RSS feed of other industry blogs as your arsenal of fresh content ideas.

Your Blog, Your Rules – Why Marketing Should Always Begin at Home | The Unbounce Conversion and Marketing Blog Blogging gives you the story to begin conversations in your social media channels, but keep it on your own blog for safekeeping. (Image source) When it comes to sharing and promoting your stuff online, fragmentation seems to be the name of the game. Every day it seems there’s a new site that becomes the hottest destination for online marketers. Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Quora – how’s a poor web marketer supposed to cope? And does this mean that blogging is dead? There are significant benefits to maintaining your own blog – and there’s a lot you can do with your blog content to amplify your marketing. Control Not being in control of your own content strategy is like driving a car without a steering wheel. Owning your own blog puts you in control of your content which is important when it comes to web marketing. Social Hubs Using any social platform you don’t own to house your content holds an inherent level of risk. And you aren’t relying on the success of another. Good SEO

24 Point SEO Plan To Get Your Site To Google's 1st Page Matt Cutts, the lead of Google’s web spam team, spoke about why WordPress is the best optimized blogging platform for search engines and gave some tips for all bloggers on how to start getting search traffic. It is a classic WordCamp talk that has stood the test of time and is a great introduction to SEO for any blogger. In short the advice is to produce a lot of quality content and follow a few simple tips in order to optimize your site and get better in Google’s results. WordPress is “a fantastic choice” Matt Cutts praised WordPress for being SEO-friendly platform. What bloggers need to know about Google Google cares about relevancy and reputation when choosing which sites to rank in their listings. Create quality content. How to create quality content As seen above the great content is key to your search rankings. Be interesting. More on creating quality content: How to optimize WordPress www vs non-www. That’s it.

17 Ways to Grow Your Blog From Top Bloggers Do you want to grow your blog? Are you looking for new ways to attract and retain more readers? We asked the finalists of our Top 10 Social Media Blogs contest for their best tips on how to grow your list of blog subscribers. Here are their best tips. I think you’ll agree there are some excellent ideas here. #1: Be Active in Other Communities First Here’s what Mitch Joel, author of Six Pixels of Separation and the blog at Twist Image, recommends: “You’ll have no semblance of community unless you’re an active community member in other spaces. Top 10 Social Media Blog Nomination: Laurel Mackenzie likes Mitch Joel's Six Pixels of Separation blog because "not only is his written content intelligent and thought-provoking, but his podcasts feature discussions on relevant topics with true industry thought leaders." #2: Write About What You Love Here’s how Michael Brandvold grows subscribers on his blog: #3: Write Insanely Great Content “Blogging is not my full-time activity. #5: Offer Real Value

30 ways to promote your next blog post When it comes to blog content, creating it is only a small (but important) part of the equation. The challenge after producing great content is getting people to read it. If you’re not promoting your blog, you’re spinning those proverbial wheels. Promotion starts with a consistent voice, tone, and approach. Pepper in some social media platforms, bookmarking sites, personal contacts, other blog pushes, and syndication and you just might get someone to read the darn thing. If only someone would compile an easily consumable plan of attack for promoting their blog. Luckily, LaunchGrowJoy.com has 30 ways to promote your blog posts, presented in attractive infographic format:

How To Create A Sales Landing Page With WordPress If you want to sell your own product, you need a sales letter landing page to send potential buyers to either from your own site, via affiliates or via PPC search engine marketing. Landing page template can help you improve conversions and drive sales. A landing page is a page on your site that you send traffic to with a specific goal and target in mind. The aim of a landing page is to convince a visitor to signup for a mailing list for example or to buy a product. It is difficult to convert someone straight off your traditional looking home page on their first visit. The elements of a landing page So what are the elements and the features of great landing pages that work and convert? Landing pages are simple. Landing page WordPress plugins As always WordPress plugins are your best friend when it comes to introducing new features to your site without needing to spend too much time.

7 Ways to Increase Your Blog Visibility With Social Sharing Are you looking to drive more traffic to your blog content? Social sharing is critical. But how can you make your content as shareable as possible? Follow this process, and consider the following 7 tips. #1: Identify Your Most Popular Posts and Keywords Take stock of your current content. Look at your top content and keywords in Google Analytics. Examine what isn’t getting shared and start to think about how you can replicate the success of the proven winners. You can also discover your top shared content with social sharing plugins such as Shareaholic. #2: Track and Leverage Trends Know what is top-of-mind for readers. This is where all that “listen first” stuff you hear all the time comes into play. Here are some free tools that will make your listening efforts more efficient: LinkedIn Today—this is a great tool, especially for B2B bloggers. Once you’ve identified the conversations that are happening, you should think of a way to use that information for a shareable blog post. Congrats!

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