Entice Readers and Increase Traffic

Blog-PostDo you look at your Google analytics and feel a sense of disappointment? Do you wish your site had more traffic than it does right now? Are you stumped as to how to make that happen? Learned some new ways to entice new readers into checking out your site. After all, you’ve put a lot of hard work into your site and would like to see a pay off. Let’s help you make that happen.

Know your audience

If you don’t know who you’re writing for, you’re not gonna have a successful blog. Who is your target reader. What are they like? What are their likes and dislikes? Who are they? You may want  to check out customer avatar exercise to help clarify this. It will help you tremendously.

Are you offering helpful information?

Your blog posts hope your reader out by answering questions that they might they might have? If the answer is no, you are really missing the mark. For example, one affiliate marketer found success by offering up more than just a sales pitch. She provides her readers useful information on an uncomfortable topic- hemorrhoids. She explains “I thought it was important to not only pitch a product, but also provide important health-related information like the one found on my main website.” You can find her site at hemorrhoidherbalremedy.com.

These are just two small ways to improve your blog and  drive more readers your way. Take one of these steps towards a greater blog today.

How to Blog- The Basics

bloggingWhy Even Start a Blog?

Why are you interested in starting a blog to being with? What do you hope to gain from it? Is it for pure passion and fun? Some folks blog for the heck of it. They like to journal their lives. This is what my friends used to do back in the 90’s (haha! Yep, the 90’s!) when they’d create a livejournal and just post pics and chronicle their lives. Another purpose to start a blog is to share your views or opinions. A lot of people enjoy doing this via social media platforms such as Facebook, but you may want to expand to a blog. Finally, another purpose to starting a blog may be as a business venture. You may have a niche in mind and want to grow an audience. Later on, once you’ve established yourself as an authority, you may want to begin offering products (e.g., e-books) or services (e.g., consultation, master mind  groups, etc.). Dr. Harris of crazybulkreviewed.com is a Psychologist who blogs about her expertise and experience with legal steroids supplements.  She states “I had to go with what I knew best, which was weight lifting supplements and other health-related topics. As a result, I write from a place of knowledge and enjoy what I do.”

Choosing a Topic

Ok, so now that you’ve identified the  purpose of your blog, you really want to pin down your topic. Many times we go into blogging unorganized. We think “well I’ll  just blog about life or something” and we lack focus. Thus, our blog lacks a cohesive feel. Even if you journal about every day life, you want to have a focus for the blog. Maybe you’re an  avid runner and cancer survivor. This is personal to you and you want to chronicle your journey.

Choose a Domain

Next you want to choose your domain name. You’ll want something relevant to the topic at hand. You also want a domain that’s easy to spell and fairly simple.

Choose a Blogging Platform

There are several blogging platforms out there, but the most popular is WordPress. It’s not hard to see why. Actually, it’s the one I’m using to write this very post. I prefer it because it’s not only easy to use, but also has a ton of plug ins to choose from to really customize your blog.

Begin Your Blog

You’ll want to choose your blog theme if you’re using WordPress. Next, you’ll want to design a logo for your header. You can do this yourself or have someone create it for you. I’d recommend giving creating one yourself a try by using Canva or Pic Monkey. Next you’ll want to create about and contact pages. Provide links for this on your side bar. You may also want to consider creating a privacy policy.

Now for your final step, I want you to….

Start Blogging!

Of course this article doesn’t cover everything, but keep checking back for more as I hope to expand on this topic further. Shoot me an email if you have any comments!

How to Start A Blog About Anything

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Did you know that you can absolutely blog about anything for free and have an audience? You literally make anything interesting. I am constantly amazed by the enjoyment I get from blogs on seemingly boring topics. For example, I’ve recently begun reading blogs on various herbal supplements and have found them fascinating. Did  you know that brain boosters, such as Neuro Clarity, can help improve memory and concentration? Yep, there’s a blog about that! There’s a blog on pretty much any topic you can think of, even the zombie apocalypse. Who doesn’t love reading about that?

However, how do you take a topic, like herbal supplements, and blog about them in a way that will interest your readers? I’m going to go over just how to do that today. At the end of this post, you’ll be able to take your free WordPress site and pick a topic on pretty much anything and  make it interesting.

Ask Questions

First of all, any seemingly boring topic can come to life by starting off with questions. Questions engage readers by giving us an opportunity to learn and grow. The pursuit of answering these questions can be rewarding. First off, any uninteresting topic can be made interesting by asking questions.

Additionally, there are almost undoubtedly going to be folks who are also asking those same questions and want answers. Not sure? Go to Google’s Keyword Planner and see if someone is searching your topic of interest. All it takes is a hundred searches per month to build a solid foundation of a blog audience.  To continue finding new content, continue to search for questions that your readers have and answer them. Look at the comments they’re leaving on your site. Create a call to action at the end of your posts looking for questions from your readers. They can be a gold mine.

If you’re not sure where to begin, do so with the essential 5 W’s: who, what, when, where, and why?

Who started the memory pill industry? What are memory pills? When should you start taking them? Where can you buy them? Why should you take them (i.e., the benefits and the risks).

As you can see, the questions are endless!

Do your research

You have a bunch of questions, so what do you do next? Next, you go forth and dig out those answers, but how? This is the part that takes the most work.

Use reserouces such as Quora, Google Alerts, and Google Blog Search.  For example, if your question is “What do nootropics do?”, you’d want to first explore the accompanying category in Quora.  This will give you even more ideas and raise even more questions.

After Quora, you can move on to other resources. For example, explore Topsy and search for “memory supplements” and see what you come up with.

Of course, the best questions come from you. Yes, you!

Do the aforementioned tips, and you will be well on your way to blogging  success!

An added bonus is that you’re saving your readers time by doing the research and answering their questions. You’re doing them a favor essentially!

Please hit the contact button up top to give me any feedback. Got a topic you’re yearning to hear about? Message me!

Sources:

http://vitaminsforthebrains.com

http://worpress.com

Essential WordPress Plugins

YourSo, you’ve created your very first WordPress site and are super excited about getting started. You want your new blogging venture to be rewarding. You want to make sure your site is optimized is set up with all the plug ins you need to attract and analyze your traffic. Well, you’ve come to the right place! I’m going to list for you the plug ins you need to get  you  started.

Now before I get started, this is NOT a comprehensive guide. There are thousands upon thousands of plug ins that do a range of functions that you may want to explore in addition to this list…

1. Google XML Sitemaps

Do you want your site to be found by mega search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo? Of course you do! One quick and easy way for you to get indexed is by creating a sitemap. It helps search engine crawlers see the structure of your site and retrieve it efficiently. It also let’s search engines know each time you create a new post/create new content.

Want to know if your site is indexed? In google, simply type in “site:yourdomain” and see if any of your links pop up. Voila!

2. All in One SEO Pack

This awesome plugin gives you the tools to optimize your site for search engine optimization (SEO). Don’t know what SEO is? It’s all about getting noticed by the big search engines. It’s how your site will be found organically. In other words, how it will be found via search in search engines like Google. With the All in  One SEO Pack, you can fine tune a ton of settings to optimize your SEO.

3. Contact Form 7

Any blog worth  reading has an easy way for readers to contact the site owner with questions or comments. With this simple plug in, you can cut and  paste a code into your contact page that will provide users with a form to contact you with. It’s super easy and you don’t need to know a bunch of programming language to do it.

4. Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress

The Google Analytics plug in gives you details analytics data and reports about just how many people are visiting your site and gives you an idea as to what pagers they’re looking at and how much time they’re spending there, among many other features.  You can even see the total number of visitors in real-time. This is a must have plug in for sure!

5. Askimet

Your WordPress site should already come with this plug in, but you will need to activate it. What does it do?  The Askimet plug in checks your comments for spam and filters them out. You can review the comments and approve any ones you do not suspect as spam. To activate, simply go to askimet.com and pick up your free API key. It’s simple to set up and will save you a ton of time. Personally, my blog has been spammed a number of times and this tool has helped me tremendously.

As I said before, there are thousands of WordPress plugins, but hopefully this gives you a beginners guide to setting up the essentials. Stay tuned for more!