Five Common Blogging Mistakes

5 Common Blogging Mistakes

 

Blogging is a perfect way for people to share their thoughts with others. When people blog, it means they keep an updated online journal or diary. Below are five common blogging mistakes many marketers make that will keep you from getting the attention your blog needs.Five Common Blogging Mistakes

Not Asking For Comments

Bloggers always agonize over the lack of comments. But the problem is not that people don’t read the blog or don’t want to comment but the blogger hasn’t given the opportunity for readers to comment.

Just like asking for people to order a product, you’ve got to coax people to spend their 3 or 4 precious minutes to comment on your blog. Ask for opinions. People love giving it. Ask for reader’s experiences, input or help to accomplish something. If you’re just getting incorporated, ask people for suggestions, tips and recommendations. Asking also tells people you’re open to suggestions and alternative views, further improving the image people may have of you.

Not Hosting On Their Own Domain

Give thought into your blog. Don’t just jump on the bandwagon. You need to figure out where it’s taking you before you hop on for the ride. Like any web site you may build, think of your blog as a long term marketing communication channel. A Blogspot or Blogger URL is not only unprofessional, but you don’t own it. Nothing against these blogging services; they’re excellent tools but for long term marketing purposes, go for your own domain.

This way you control where you want to publish the blog to. Tomorrow, if you outgrow these services, you can easily export your blog to another tool, another host without losing too much established traffic. A domain is also easier for people to remember and easier for you to publicize.

Not Maximizing Their Blog Content

Many businesses quit blogging because they feel it’s too much work. True, like everything else, you gotta work on a blog but you don’t have to break your back over it. Sometimes you may have a paragraph here and there about a topic that just isn’t big enough for an article. You know what? You’re going to have many more of these impromptu thoughts and ideas – publish it to your blog. Later, you can come back and gather these paragraphs, compile them into a complete article or even a book.

That’s only one way of maximizing your work. Have you written articles in the past? How about e-courses, audio transcripts or books that aren’t in publication anymore? Recycle. Break them up and post them on your blog. In fact, if you have lot’s of this type of content, you can even get your assistant to post them for you.

Publishing Too Often

I know what you’re thinking. This sounds like complete the opposite of everything you’ve ever learned about blogging. Truth is, the blogging world changes. What works yesterday may not today. This is one of them. There are countless blogs already jostling with you for your reader’s time. More are being started by the day.

Who has the time to read so many blogs? It’s come to a point people are forced to cherry pick the blogs they read. Even when they do read yours, you’re not safe yet. If they can’t keep up with your blogging pace, they’ll drop you no matter how good your information is. Keep a balance. Feed information to your readers not dump a truckload on them. Every market is different. Some can tolerate higher number of posts a week, some can’t. You should know your market and test accordingly.

Falling For Short Term Methods

Ah, this is my favorite. If you can have a favorite pet peeve that is. Every week, you hear about people dishing out the newest, coolest blogging tactic, best blogging tool that’s sure to sky rocket your business to success or bull doze your way to the top search engine listings. Consider how any offer will help you advance your business two, five or tens years from now. Is it really in line with your marketing direction? If it isn’t, drop it. It also helps a lot if you can have a reliable source whom you can consult and help put things into perspective for you. One of the most powerful qualities of a blog has nothing to do with search engines, tagging or pinging. These things do have a place, but they aren’t as powerful as the relationship opportunities between you and your customers.

Although these mistakes are common, they are also very easily rectified and don’t cost much money. All of these suggestions are born out of my own trial and error and they’ve worked out nicely. Try it for yourself.

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Five Tips For Generating More Traffic To Your Site

Today I am just going give you tips that will work if you need more traffic to your site.  I won’t be selling anything in this article, just some helpful information that I have used in the past that may be useful to you.

Reaching Out to the World – Five Tips for Generating Online Traffic

A lot of work goes into making a successful online platform, and generating traffic is without a doubt a headache for many people. Nevertheless, there are numerous blogs and websites that record hundreds of thousands of visitors every day. What is the secret behind their success; what do they do differently? Here are 5 tips for driving traffic to your website.

1. Post Interesting Content

Content is king! Visitors will be seeking to have their needs fulfilled by browsing the content on your platform. As such, it has not only to be relevant but also interesting and engaging. Make sure that the title is catchy, and the content is enjoyable to read, watch or listen to. Additionally, be sure to incorporate SEO in your written content for better ranking.

2. Embrace the Social Media – Share, Share, Share

Sharing your content on social media platforms is your best chance of generating organic traffic quickly and easily. The trick, however, is to dedicate as much time and energy to it as possible. You need to share your content periodically to ensure that it reaches as many people as possible; also be sure to follow up on your posts to engage with your followers and nurture trust for a loyal following.

3. Good Web Design

Your website’s design will determine its initial reputation on visitors, and, as such, it should look good and work flawlessly. Good web design incorporates factors such as fast loading, easy navigation, and a neat appearance, just to mention a few. For example, speed when loading is necessary as most people do not have the patience to wait longer than few seconds before moving on.

4. Guest Blogging

It does not hurt to work with other website owners and bloggers (as long as they are established well in the industry). The best way to work with them is by guest blogging. Content posted on their platforms is embraced by an already established traffic base, and if it is impressive then interested visitors can be lured back to your platform. It also helps to have influencers write on your platform as they tend to have a loyal following and a good reputation.

5. Make the Proper Analysis

Trying to generate traffic without performing analysis is like flying blind. You need to know how people are responding to your efforts to react accordingly, and the best way to do this is through Google Analytics. Google Analytics allows you access to important information such as how many people have visited your site, where they are from, how long they spend on the site, and even the keyword that led them to you.

Conclusion

Generating traffic is definitely not easy, but the right tactics ensure not only success but also numerous visitors. There are numerous tips on how to beat the system, but the strategies covered above are not only safe and effective but will appeal to both the visitor and Google as well as other search engines. The world is at your fingertips; all you need to do is reach out.

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