Starting a blog is a great way to share your thoughts with the world, but that blog can also be a good way to earn some extra money. Many successful blog owners are pulling in thousands of dollars a month from ad sales, affiliate marketing programs and other sources. While you may not duplicate this kind of success right away, there are some things you can do to improve the traffic to your blog and get your words noticed.
If you are just starting out with blogging, it may take some time for these strategies to work. Blog traffic tends to build up over time, as more and more visitors take note of your blog and tell their friends all about it. By combining strategies that boost your search engine rankings with those that please your visitors, you can build on your past successes and grow your blog traffic month after month.
Update Your Blog Regularly
The worst thing you can do on your blog is nothing. If you fail to update your blog on a regular basis, you...
People make a big fuss about a website's traffic, or how many "hits" a site gets. People rarely mention an important metric that can make hits irrelevant. It's called a bounce rate. A "bounce" happens when someone visits a website but leaves without ever seeing a second page. They're essentially saying, "I came, it stank, I left."
Bounce rates are measured as percentages. They reflect how many visitors bounce compared to the total number of visitors. So if a website has a 75% bounce rate, it means that for every 100 people who visit, 75 will never get past the first page they see. They "bounce" off the site, and on to better things. Two competing sites might get exactly the same amount of traffic, but if website A has a much lower bounce rate than website B, it has a clear advantage.
Know Your Bounce Rates
A website's bounce rate is one of its baseline metrics, and it's measured by just...
If you've been blogging for more than five minutes, you've heard that SEO (search engine optimization) should be your most important goal—and some would say, your only goal. To increase your blog's organic search engine rank position and gain more clicks, follow these four simple strategies.
Use Relevant and Related Titles for Each Blog Post
The title is the first bit of information presented in search engine results. Searchers scan quickly, looking for the exact answer to their problem or question. Your titles should contain relevant keywords, and should also capture attention and show a little personality. Present a fresh twist or an interesting angle right up front.
To use titles in your SEO strategy, create a series of five or more posts that examine one aspect of your niche in depth and use the same keywords to relate them to each other. Spread the publishing of these posts out over time. Search engines give more weight to blogs...
As many of you know, social media has become one of the best forms of keeping customers attached to a business. Whether you are using social networking to make sure your customers are happy, or just trying to give your company a more positive look in the social world, social media is always a positive way to enhance your business' outward look. Furthermore, these days it's not even just the teenagers and children who are on sites like Facebook or Twitter, it is real working adults and people who are prime consumers. You may be wondering why these people out of everyone else are the "perfect" consumers for your products, but it is very simple, people who are tech savvy enough to use Twitter or Facebook on a regular basis will be the same people who are spending money online. Think about this, if your parents aren't even smart enough to use a computer then how are they going to feel safe or even understand how to use a payment service over the...
Internet marketing provides plenty of exciting opportunities to connect with your customer by using some of the popular web marketing tools. It is very common for business owners today to use blogs and social networking sites to promote their websites on the Internet. However, it is important to choose the right marketing tools that suits your business needs and helps in promoting your products and services to your target audience. The growing competition in the market poses several challenges to the online marketers for selling their products and services to their customer.
Hence, a combination of web marketing tools and the right business strategies can ensure greater chances of success in your company's marketing efforts. Now, one of the most widely used tools these days are the social networking sites that can help you to get in touch with your potential customers. You can build your network of social contacts and establish a good level of communication with a large...
Whether you're blogging for the love of it or trying to make money online, you should spend at least two hours a week marketing your blog across the Web. Guest blogging and commenting on other people's blog posts are your primary marketing tools, and you can add answering questions and posting to article directories if you have time.
Get Into Guest Blogging
Why is writing for other blogs a great way to promote your own? You get social proof, because other experts value your opinion. You get a link back to your blog, and this scores big points in search engines. You get new readers, attracting dozens if not hundreds of organic clicks. You get status in the blogging community, and this is priceless.
Search for blogs that take guest posts by looking within your niche and clicking on the blogger's Contact Us or About page. If they take guest posts, they'll give you the rules. Submit your best, freshly-written posts and include your...
Setting up a new blog is exciting, but many new blog owners are disappointed when their new sites receive little traffic. The problem is that your new blog is not alone on the Internet. Every single day sees thousands of new blogs, and it is easy for your own words to be lost among all that clutter.
If you do not want your new blog to be buried under the weight of all those competing sites, you need to take steps to improve your traffic and get your words noticed. The most important part of building a great blog is to update it regularly, but there are some other strategies you can use as well.
Turn on the RSS Feeds
Blogging sites and web design software allow you to put an RSS feed button on your blog. If you do not see this button right away, contact the blog publisher or search the help function within the software to find it. Simply using the RSS feed button on your blog can increase your traffic, boost the number of comments you receive and increase the odds that...
Google+ is the newest social network. Search giant Google developed it, and, as of November, 2011, it had about 31 million users. Until recently, Google+ only offered personal pages, but in November they started offering pages to businesses as well. These pages are available by invitation only for the moment, but the sooner your business can get one, the better.
Does My Business Need a Page?
Well, marketing professionals say yes. Even if you're already struggling to find the time to manage your Facebook and Twitter pages, you should add a Google+ page as soon as you get an invitation. Post the same information and statuses on your Google+ page as you're posting on your Facebook and Twitter accounts and you won't add much extra work, beyond setting up the page.
Unlike Facebook, Google+ business pages have no ads. Since your customers won't be exposed to marketing messages from your competitors, a Google+ page may be a better target...
Businesses today cannot afford to ignore the increasing popularity of local search. According to research by Nielsen, the use of local search has increased by over 88% in the past two years, and continued growth is expected. Discover how to get started with local search marketing for your business.
The rise in mobile phone use is helping spur the growth of local search. When a user searches online for goods or services, local businesses and their information are displayed. Search engines now include additional information, such as maps and operating hours.
Local search results are also displayed on business directories. Yelp and Citysearch, for example, are two popular directories that present local results. In addition to providing business information, these sites also display customer reviews.
Most local search marketing relies on securing organic listings in Google, Yahoo!, and Bing. However, paid business directory inclusion is also becoming...
Everyone and their dog these days can piece together a social platform for their home company and pretend that they know how to advertise and communicate with their customers, but the truth is, people often hugely overestimate their own skills and end up having their business suffer because of this. This is a very unintelligent way of approaching their various business decisions, but that is the difference between a small business and a large multi-faceted media company. Today we will examine the very fine line that people walk on, when trying to become friendly with their customers, and how problematic even a secondary lapse of professionalism can be. If we asked a large portion of our working entrepreneurs and other business type workers, the majority would tell you that there is no boundary to how close you can be with a customer. People would swear by the notion that if a customer and a businessman were best friends, it would lead to the greatest amount of sales, but we will...