Thursday, January 7, 2010

10 Guaranteed Ways to Succeed in Blogging

I'd like to believe I'm not alone and all bloggers struggle with blogging. Steve Snell addresses this issue on DailyBlogTips with 10 great tools. Here's the gist of what he suggests:

1. Building Significant Search Engine Traffic Will Take Time.
New blogs generally take several months, at least, before they gain enough trust from search engines to produce any type of significant flow of traffic. If you are planning to focus on search engines as your primary source of traffic, you would be well advised to also focus on some other sources of traffic, especially in the early months.
Building a blog that is search engine-friendly is critical if you want to maximize search traffic, so take care of that from the start and focus on creating great content that others will talk about and link to.
2. Not All Traffic Is Equal.
No two sources of traffic are quite the same. I get a good percentage of the traffic at my blog through social media, and I can attest to the fact that social media traffic is generally less responsive and less likely to stick around than visitors from most other sources. Focusing on stats without looking at the true results can cause a bit of an illusion. Sure, visitors are great, but are they leaving after being on the blog for 30 seconds and never returning?
Search engine traffic is highly sought after because these visitors are actively looking for what you have to offer. But other types of traffic have strong points too. Visitors who are referred from another blog will generally be more responsive since they have been recommended by someone they trust. Every source of traffic has pros and cons, so try to take these things into consideration when you are promoting your blog and analyzing the results.

There are more, but the point is if you're having problems with any facet of your blogging, there's help out there. You simply have to look. Lucky for us, experts, like Steve want to share. Check out his post.

Thanks Steve.

--Happy Blogging
joylene
 ps. Sorry to hear about the terrible weather on the east coast. We've got family over there, so here's hoping you keep warm.

Meanwhile, the views around our home:





 


7 comments :

  1. Thanks, Joylene, and such a lovely home you have. Was also interested to read 'facing your fear' somewhat similar to my own experiences.
    Carole.

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  2. Are you effected by the terrible weather in the UK? If yes, hope you're staying warm, Carole. Being cold is one thing, but to be stranded is awful.

    Thanks for dropping by. Your comments are always a joy to read.

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  3. Lovely photos, Joylene... beautiful wintry scenes!

    The blogging tips are bang on. Days when my stats indicate fewer visitors it can usually be attributed to the lack of a recent post or maybe a topic that doesn't have wide appeal to my regular readers. I agree with Steve that you don't have to post daily as long as visitors know that there is a fairly regular schedule. I like the blogs where it says up front that posting is done on specific days (like Mon-Wed-Fri) but so far I haven't been disciplined enough to stick to that kind of a schedule for mine.

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  4. Carol, I've been trying to find out what normal stats are, but every where I go the answer is different. My ranking on Wikio went up, but I still don't understand why. Not that it matters. Only, there are people out there who are getting 1000+ hits a day. That blows me away.

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  5. I don't know that there are "normal" stats to compare with. People follow blogs that interest them, either out of curiosity or because there is content that they find useful. Many of them never leave a comment so it's impossible to know why they visited. Others who might love the site never find it. I don't stress about it.

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  6. You're right, Carol. I generally don't. But a few bloggers were quoting their hits at over 1000 day. I can't get my head around those numbers.

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  7. I don't know anything about stats or how to track hits etc. Oh well......

    Joylene - No winder you have bears... You're in the middle of the wilderness! Very nice. Except for the snow. And the bears.

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