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How To Drive Consistent Traffic to Your Blog

One thing that sets apart good bloggers from just the average ones is the ability of the former to drive traffic on a consistent basis. Driving traffic these days is easy but what counts the most is on whether the traffic that you’re going to drive is going to convert or not.

Conversion can vary depending on the goals that you set as a blogger but the bottom line here is that every serious blogger must aim for consistent and returning traffic, not just a one time spike.

In this post, I would like to talk about different things that you can do in order to get that consistent stream of traffic. But before that, let me just cover first the facts about traffic and why you need to aim for consistency.

Why Consistent Traffic?

This question is kind of like vague. It’s obvious that everyone wants consistent traffic on a daily basis but what’s a consistent traffic in the first place and how does one achieve it? To simply put it, just look at the top bloggers in the industry. They can rest or take a vacation for a week but does that decrease their traffic? Partly yes, but just because of how big they are right now, it’s more likely that the decrease wouldn’t be that much.

Getting that Consistent Stream of Traffic

Now a little bit about me and my blog. When I started last 2008 with MelvinBlog, it grew really rapidly (and of course some others grew even faster!). Just 4 months after the blog has been launched, I started slacking and thought I already had it going.

Long story short, I stopped writing and growing the blog and obviously the result was I lost some readership. That’s basically prematurely thinking that the blog has already consistent traffic. Now that story was long over and I learned a lot from it. I made sure that mistake will not happen again.

So here are now the 5 ways that everyone of us should work on to achieve that consistency. The list starts now:

1. Establish yourself initially via commenting

In the past few months, I’ve written so many articles already about commenting. I’ve always said that the best way to get known initially is to do bulk commenting. And that’s because when you’re getting started there really isn’t that much option. You can’t immediately ask bloggers to accept your guest posts and you cannot get them to link out to you so the way to go is to introduce yourself and the best way is to comment.

I’ve written a comprehensive guide on blog commenting on Famousbloggers and if you’re just getting started, I highly highly suggest you to check out that post.

2. Write for People, but build for search

These days we already know that most search engines, Google in particular, started moving into this model of ranking sites that people are reading the most. But that doesn’t mean that we have to stop caring about the basic things that we have to optimize for our blogs. I’ll be frank with you, SEO for blogs especially with WordPress is damn easy. So why not spend some time setting up things that have to be set up like the All in one seo pack, robots.txt, canonicalization and so on. Those things don’t take more than a day to complete but its long term effect can quite be dramatic.

Another obvious benefit of this is that it can be really rewarding if done properly. Some sites that really do well from search engines almost no longer need to add new content to their site because the search traffic that it gets is already worth it.

3. Establish your social media presence

This is probably one of my biggest regrets in blogging. I dived heads first into social media thinking I can get tons of traffic just by submitting each and every of my posts. Obviously that’s wrong.

Like most things, social media is all about establishing and building your connections first before reaping the benefits. These days I really get good amount of traffic from social media and that’s because I’ve used it as I should and unlike before, I already have connections. Think about it, if you’re just into a new territory and you want people to do things for you, do you think they’re going to do you that favor?

4. Set  Guest Posting Goals per month

Well if we’re aiming for consistent traffic then why do we have to guest post every month? My simple answer is that simply because there are hundreds of new readers everyday. Why do you think guys like David Risley, Daniel Scocco, ViperChill do guest posts even though they’re getting over 1000 uniques a day? It’s because of they know that there’s just so much potential out there and also plenty of untapped traffic sources to get into.

That should be it for you. 5 guest posts per month shouldn’t be that hard. Make sure to set some goal in this and it could really give you a lot of return traffic.

5. Keep Funneling your readers

Assuming you have 30-50 visitors on a daily basis, what do you need to do then? Two things, first is try to work more on getting more traffic and second is funnel those existing readers to make the most out of them.

Funneling them could be as simple as letting sign up to your newsletter or subscribe to your rss and follow you on twitter. Or it could be as complex (and rewarding) as getting them to buy your stuff or join your membership program. All of these depend on what you initially planned and how you want to execute that plan through your strategies.

Conclusion

So that’s it. Just 5 things, but as you can see it involves a lot of hard work and dedication. That’s why I always tell people that blogging isn’t hard, but just needs a lot of hard work. The fact is that people will read this but nobody will do anything which is why only really few people get traffic and eventually make money from their blog.

I hope that in this article I’ve given up some good information on getting consistent traffic and how it can be done. Remember, its not about the quantity, its the quality that you get that counts the most. I’d rather have 50 people reading me and following me over and over again than 1000 people that I’m not even sure if they’re real person or bot, that would follow me for just one day and disappear the next day. What do you think?

About Melvin Dichoso

This post is written by Melvin Dichoso who blogs at MelvinBlog Dot Com where he shares all his thoughts in the industry.

17 Killer Writing Tips for an Internet Audience

As a product of the 80s, I have grown up in a world where if I want to know something, it’s never too hard to find the answer. We’ve all seen an increase in the give-it-to-me-now attitude and with responsibilities and information springing up all around us, none of us have time to twiddle our thumbs any more.

Information has to be easy to find. It has to be concise, while being comprehensive enough to be of use.

As content creators, there is a lot that you can do to make your information more accessible to your internet audience. As you go through these tips, you’ll see how they’ll likely apply to how you hunt for information online.

General writing tips

Creativity

is the key to staying relevant, interesting and fresh online. In order to be creative, you need to spew all your thoughts down without subjecting them to editing. Write your entire article without stopping. Then go back and edit it afterwards.

Start in the Middle

Write the main part of your post first. Your post may not take the form that you initially thought, so you want to leave the introduction and conclusion until the main part of your post is set. This way your introduction grabs your readers’ attention and the post actually matches your introduction.

Do it Everywhere!

As creative beings, we come up with ideas in the strangest of places. When you get an idea, write it down there and then. If you don’t, you’ll forget it and miss out on a potentially awesome post.

Most of us have smartphones now. You may even be using one of the official WordPress apps. If not, you probably have access to a pen and paper. Or a napkin. Or papyrus.

The title

10 Steps to Super Awesome, Attention-Grabbing Post Titles

Okay, so I don’t have 10 steps, but there’s a few good ways of crafting a winning title:

  • Put a number in there. I don’t know why, but people prefer ‘5 tips to success’ over ‘Tips to success’.
  • Use exaggerative adjectives. ’10 killer tips’ beats ’10 fairly good tips’.
  • Capitalize everything but your stop words. Stop words are words like and, as, for, to me etc. e.g. ’10 Killer Tips to Improve your Writing’.

Check your Keywords

This isn’t an SEO tutorial, but you need to consider who you’re aiming for with the post and have the right words in your title to make sure that both human and search engines find you.

Writing style

Don’t be cocky to the point of being arrogant, but have confidence in yourself. Know that you write great content and have confidence in your opinion and knowledge. This applies to when you’re promoting your content too!

Humor and the Personal Touch

Don’t be afraid to have a laugh. You’re not writing a textbook – you’re writing short articles and your personal touch will help set your writing style apart as something that is fun and enjoyable to read.

Wandering Eyes

Us internet people are great at scanning and finding important information. However, you can help out your readers by highlighting the most important parts of your post. Think underline, italics and bold.

Ease up on the Punctuation

This is really hard for me because I loathe what I see as the bastardization of the English language, but there are ways you can avoid over-complicating your punctuation without sacrificing good writing practices. For example, use a bulleted list instead of writing one in a sentence using colons and semi-colons.

Since We’re Talking About Lists…

Lists are excellent. They draw attention and display your crucial information in an easy-to-digest fashion. Whether bulleted or numbered, they’ll draw focus to the crown jewels of your post.

Shawty

We’ve all grown up with ‘bigger is better’, but in the internet generation, that’s not really the case any more (great news boys!). Your reader’s attention is fleeting at best. So keep sentences and paragraphs short. The shorter the better. Got it?

Headings

Break your post up into general sections and use semantic markup (that’s h2, h3 and h4 tags to you and me) to give your readers an idea of what’s in your post so they can find what matters to them.

Images

It’s amazing what a little color can do for you. Aim to have at least one image in every post, whether it’s decorative, instructional or to grab attention.

Read It Yourself

Don’t ever publish something that you haven’t read and re-read. It also helps to plan ahead so that you have time to come back to an article a few days later with a fresh mind before it gets published.

Reality Check

It’s fine to be opinionated, but are you driving your point home with arrogance?  Also be conscious of how realistic your claims are. It might be tempting to tell someone they can earn millions by blogging, but it stinks of sensationalism and is a real turn-off. Be confident, even optimistic, but always be realistic.

Fact Check

There’s little that screams “I don’t know what I’m doing” more than incorrect facts. If you start out an article telling me that the internet was started by Mark Zuckerberg in 1995, I’ve already moved on.

The Rules of Engagement

Your readers are your lifeline. Even if you’re not writing to make money, you’re writing so that what you write will be read. So engage your readers in conversation. Initiate conversations with those who share your article. Respond to comments. And invite feedback and questions on what you’ve written (which I’m hoping you’ll realize is an invitation to do just that right now).

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

About Dave Clements

Dave runs The UK Edge - a company that build WordPress-based websites for small businesses.

5 SEO Tips to Make Your Life Easy

Often, we are too occupied focusing on link building and pinning down the offsite facets of SEO to fulfill the norms of ‘Google’ and to not pay too much heed to other on-page aspects.

If you desire a long term, continuing success in SEO, you will have to pay close attention to your on page SEO as well.
Here are 5 ‘on-page’ SEO tips that might be of some help to you;

1. Optimize your title tag

The title tag is significant in terms of SEO. Just do not type in the name of the company and leave it. Give you’re the main keyword the top priority, at the start of the title tag, and make sure that there is a natural element to its flow, and that it does not read too long, as Google might cut off your title abruptly.

2. Use your link text appropriately

The text that forms a hyperlink is the subject of your target page, according to Google. If you wish that a specific term is linked to a page, via Google, then you should use that term in the anchor text of the hyperlinks. Nevertheless, you need to ensure that the text has a natural flow to it and will not distract the reader.

3. Alt attributes

Often people, overlook having these attributes on images. Basically, this text informs the readers’, information about the picture. It is important for the W3C validity, but the brownie point is the SEO. If the picture is linked to some other page, the alt text will be as good as the anchor text in a text based hyperlink. By using the keywords in the alt text, one can avail a little more SEO benefits out of his/her pages.

4. Clean Coding

Having a code that is clean and structured and is in confirmation with the W3C standards will make sure that search engine spiders and browsers can read and navigate your website with ease, and can take out important information from your website and can decipher its motive and its connotation. Making life easier for Google can make life much easier for you, and you can observe the advantages in your search engine rankings in a relatively short amount of time.

5. Make sure the quality of the website is superlative

There is always the temptation of spamming the web pages to avail the benefits of the search engines, and make the site look beseech with keywords. You don’t want the browsers to be left with a bad taste in the mouth after encountering your website, after you’ve made him/her anticipate that yours is a top quality site.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

About Kaushal Gandhi

Kaushal Gandhi is Director at Aaris Internet Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Aaris is SEO company in India. Kaushal has conceptualized SEO Traingulation Method to get desired ranking. In addition, he is also a passionate blogger and writes on diverse topics such as Search Engine Optimization, PPC Management, and Social Media.

4 Google Related Myths Most Bloggers Believe!

Search engine myths are all over the place especially Google related myths. No matter if you are a newbie blogger or a seasoned pro blogger, chance are you have head and possibly believed a few myths related to search engines that have been circulating around the web for a long time. Especially myths about Google. And Google’s secrecy about how its search engine operates, has helped to spread such myths.

I cant find any clear answers, so My brains comes up with an answer that makes sense to me; I write about it, you pick it up, add your own take on it and write about it, another person reads your post and they do the same with it and so on. This circle continues over and over again, until after a while it becomes like a god given word and everybody takes it as a fact.

Well, I am going to challenge that. Here are some of the most well-known Google myths along with a few questions that I like you to ask yourself. After reading this post, you can decide for yourself if you wanna believe those myths or you believe that they indeed are only myths. With that said, here are 4 Google Related Myths (at least from my point of view):

Myth # 1:

Backlinks from “relevant” sites

This is totally nonsense. Look at all the social bookmarking sites that have incoming links from thousands of sites that have no relevancy to “social bookmarking” topic what so ever. How come they are not penalized? How come sites like dig and twitter are amongst the highest ranking sites?…

Myth # 2:

Too many links too quickly.

Isn’t everybody telling you write quality content so other people will link to you? So, what will happen if you write a fantastic post that goes viral and hundreds of sites link to your site? Isn’t that whats happening to sites like Facebook, twitter (not because of their content obviously, but because of their usefulness)?

Myth # 3:

Different keywords for your anchor text.

Do a search for “click here” in Google! Adobe is #1! Because thousands of websites have used the “click here” keyword to link to adobe. If adobe was penalized, then how come its still #1 for that keyword. Plus, how would you control what anchor text keywords other people use to link to you?

Myth # 4:

Submitting the same articles to article directories.

There is no such a thing as duplicate content penalty, at least not in a way most people think. If that was the case, then whats with all the high pr successful article directories all over the internet? Most of them have the same articles published on their sites with the exact title and everything. How come we never hear about any article directory being penalized for having duplicate content? Take EzineArtciles for example; You can find the same articles published on ezine, on other article directories, websites, and blogs. Yet, ezine receives thousands of visitors a day and has a page rank of 6!

These are some of the mostly wide spread and sadly most believed myths out there that just a few simple questions will easily shake their foundation. So, the next time you hear any of the above myths or any other myths for that matter, stop for a second and ask yourself a few questions. Usually you can find such questions and also the answer to them by looking at big well-known website and how the myth may related to them.

Please feel free to challenge my questions and my position on any of the above things that I believe to be only myths. As I said, since there are no official answers, no one really knows the answer, including me. So I am open to debate.

Also, please feel free to leave a comment and share with us any other search engine related myths, especially Google related myths you know of.

Top 10 Tuesdays – Hottest Blog Posts On #BlogEngage 2018-09-11

This week is pretty exciting as I have found some amazing posts for our Top 10 Tuesdays. If you’re new here each week (Tuesdays) I feature the top 10 posts I find here on Blog Engage for you our members to enjoy.

These posts, for the most part will benefit all our readers in some way or another, either it be business, social media, personal finance and more. My intentions is to help you find new content to comment on bloggers to build new relationships with.

If you want a chance for your blog posts to be listed here make sure to sign up to Blog Engage. As an additional helping hand I’ve also started sharing both the story ur for voting and blog post for commenting.

Top 10

#1. 7 Steps to Monitor Online Brand MentionsView Blog Post
#2. The Real Key to Blogging SuccessView Blog Post
#3. 7 Most Critical Landing Page Elements for Higher ConversionsView Blog Post
#4. Top Ten List of the Most Influential Personal Finance BlogsView Blog Post
#5. What You Need to Know about Small Business Cash Flow LoansView Blog Post
#6. Social Media Management Tools: A Review of MeetEdgarView blog Post
#7. Best of the Web: Hosted by The Wise Money HomeView Blog Post
#8. Top Marketing Mistakes By BloggersView Blog Post
#9. 5 Signs Your Business May Need More EmployeesView Blog Post
#10. 6 Pages Every WordPress Blog Should Have In 2018View Blog Post

I hope you enjoy the list, I like to think there’s a little something here for most of us. Give these top 10 posts a try, let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. I’m always open to new ideas and suggestions for posts. Thanks for visiting and supporting our community.

About

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers. Come and join us on Blog Engage

5 Expert Tips For A Win-Win Slideshow

Slideshows are your tool to inspire your clients with your breakthrough presentation. And when it comes to your clients, nothing but the best will work here. We all know the basics of creating a slideshow in the modern tech-driven age. But, how to create the best impactful slideshow?

Well, there are some little nuances and tweaks that can transcend your slideshow from a plain basic to a complete win-win solution.

The post below highlights the best golden tips that will enable you to create and share the most impactful slideshow before your clients.

Count on multimedia

It’s one of the most important tips to design great slideshows. Multimedia is the present and future of the contemporary tech-driven world. When you are looking to build maximum impact, you have to present a dynamic visual before your audience. And multimedia is your trump card here. So, added to photos and text, try to spice up the slides with audio, animation and charts as well. The bottom-line is to create an engaging and immersive impact with both visual and audio effects.

Avoid too much text

A slideshow is more of a visual thing. Thus, long paragraphs of texts would actually kill the engaging ambience that you are looking to build up with the presentation. Your aim should be too highlight the main aspects and unique points of your offering in as little time as possible. No need to get into details with the slides. According to experts, do not go beyond 3-4 bullet points on each slide. Try to insert high quality graphics and pictures between two text-based slides.

Templates will save time

If you are in a rush, don’t waste time by creating slides from scratch. The smartest thing to do here is to bank on slideshow templates. Leading software developer Movavi has come up with a versatile range of slide templates for any theme of slideshows. All the templates here are created by professionals and they include advanced filters, titles and transitions for any occasion.

Thanks to the templates, you will be able to allot more time on the main content of your presentation.

Maintain consistency

The idea is to maintain a smooth visual consistency throughout the slideshow. Thus, slideshow creators should be very careful about the themes they plan to use in the presentation. Right from the language of the text to the selection of images to the background color to the overall ambience- everything should be in perfect tune with each other.

 Be careful of the charts

You have to use charts to make your presentation more tangible for the audience. Here are tips on which charts would be perfect for what kind of data:

  • Pie charts will be great for showing percentages
  • Vertical bar charts will be applicable to explain major changes in quantity, say over a certain timeline
  • Horizontal bar charts are great for comparing quantities, like sales numbers in 3 regions of your company
  • Line charts will be especially great to detail trends

One final tip: If you will be presenting in dark room, go for dark backgrounds & light fonts. But if you will be presenting in a place with sufficient ambient light, bank on white background dark fonts.

About Mahendra Bajiya

Mahendra Bajiya is a tech-entrepreneur and avid blogger who is constantly creating content. He is particularly interested in new trends that could impact content marketing and social media.

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Blog Engage is known for keeping customers a long time which makes for a very profitable affiliate program. We have paid out over $6000.00 in commissions to our members and continue to show strong growth and sales starting into 2018.

When you sign up to the Blog Engage affiliate program we give you a $10 USD sign up bonus. The bonus is simply for signing up and is available for everyone. This sign up bonus can also be combined with another $10 USD article bonus. This means if you write about our community on your blog you will receive $20.00 USD in total sign up bonus.

Overall the process for understanding how commissions work is very easy. We charge a certain dollar amount for our services. Depending on what package your referral picks determines the amount of your commission you earn. For example is a referral subscribes to our $25.00 USD service the commission for you as an affiliate would be $6.25 monthly.

Another very important element to understand about the affiliate program is we allow you to have up to 5 tier affiliate referral accounts. This means when you refer a user to Blog Engage and they sign up to affiliate lights you will earn 25% recurring commissions of their 25% recurring commissions. In this example, as mentioned above your commissions was $6.25 USD monthly your tier commission would be $1.56 USD.

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About

My name is Brian and I’m a Graduate of Business Administration Marketing. I work full time in Sales and Marketing. I am also the owner of Blog Engage a social network I created specifically for bloggers. Come and join us on Blog Engage

The Real Key to Blogging Success

You are an upcoming or a newbie blogger and you want to achieve a successful blogging career. Now you can do it in 2 ways.

1) The hard way and the

2) Hard Way. Both ways are hard but let me tell you the difference.

1) The hard way – Find out everything for yourself way. Now, this is a good way. But the hard part is that you don’t know where to start, what to do next.

2) The Hard Way – Let the real bloggers help you. Use and read e-books.

This article is about the 2) the Hard Way.

The Blogging Formula

Creativity (25%)
Promotion (25%)
Engagement (25%)
Time (20%)
Language and skill (2.5%)
Design (2.5%) + Others (SEO, Money) (5%)

= 105% Successful Blogging Career

Yes, this article is based on the same old idea but different buildup.

This article will answer these questions :

How to Write Laconic Articles ?
How to Become a Unique Blogger ?
How to Become a Social Media King ?
How much time should I invest ?

The answers to these questions will account of 90% of your blogging success. The rest 10% is the easiest portion.

How to Become a Unique Blogger – Overall ?

To become a unique blogger, you need to have some different, that makes you unique from others. These unique characteristics may include writing style, tweeting style, consistency style etc. As you know, we all have different DNA, so make your articles stand out, make them unique. Add your style to your own blog. Don’t be a professor (unless you are ;)) Talk to your readers. Informal writing is way better than formal. Write persuasively. Tweet differently. Act differently.

How to Write Laconic Articles ? – 25%

What do you mean by “laconic” articles ? Laconic means short and concise. They have the vital information and they are short. Writing these kinds of articles are moderately difficult. You can make your own articles laconic by examining and editing them after some time (say for like 2 days.) Editing after some time allows you to cross examine your article and make some good changes. Reading and editing your article from a different viewpoint is another way you can make your articles laconic (Trim out the unnecessary). You should write articles in a way that they will create a spark in the reader’s brain. Try to trim articles in a way that your readers will comment. You should also be careful when writing your article – Off topic extend. Be sure not to write off topic articles. Stay focused on your topic.

You can also extend articles you have written. You can also extend other blogger’s topic. These two ways allows you to form new and new posts. Also remember that it is the Quality that matters, not the qauntity.

How does this relate to Creativity ?

Creativity says “write whatever you want”. That’s ok, when you are in artistic world. But for blogging, editing and ideas are more important. I agree that creativity allows you to make new and new ideas. I advise you to use your creativity as much as you can. Use your own Brain. Create a storm in your own brain to come up with new and new ideas. Remember Creativity acoounts for 25% of your blogging success.

How to Become a Social Media King ? – 25%

After you publish your article, you want others to comment and share your article right ? If you want that, you need to promote your article first. Promotion = Exposure to more people. Using Social Media effectively will help you to grow the number of subscribers for your blog.

Tweeting Differently will help you to grow in number of twitter followers. You can even tweet only ads and still get followers. How ? Tweet Differently. You may even add your life experience to your tweets. You can apply the same idea to your facebook fan page. Instead of posting “normal” updates, you can post it differently. Changing Your titles a bit when posting to Social Media is also a good idea. Essential Part is “Use Your Brain in Social Media”.

Your followers expect something from you. When you go beyond their expectation, they will recommend you, they will promote you. The important part about Becoming a Social Media King is uniqueness. Being Unique = More Traffic.

Engagement – 25%

Engage with your readers. Comment on other blogs. Reply to your readers. Express gratitude for commenting (Allows you to form positive relationships with your readers). Help other bloggers. Form positive relationships. Guest blog. Guest blogging opens up lot of advantage to you – Exposure and Reputation. Build up your reputation among bloggers and among other people by guest blogging.

How Much Time Should I Invest ?

Lot of. Yes, Time is money. The more you invest, more the profit is. Time accounts for 15%. Always try to follow a pattern when blogging – Keep your consistency (A good pattern would be 3 or 4 articles per week). Readers will also evaluate you in time basis. How much time do you invest in blogging ? When you follow a consistent blogging pattern, your readers know of it. So, people will be expecting another post. Don’t make them frustrated !

Ok, I have told you all about 90% of factors that play a major role in building up your blogging career. Now you need to work on Language, Design and others (Seo/Money etc.)

I wish you Best of Luck !

About Jeevan Jacob John

Hey, my name is Jeevan Jacob John and I am just a blogger who believes in simplicity at its best. I write at Blog Networking 101 and at Blog Preneurs