The days of easy Google traffic are over and I hear the complaints all the time.
How can I attract more traffic? Will Google ever notice my blog posts?
Well the answer is YES, you can attract great traffic and yes Google WILL notice.
Well…sort of. Someday.
In this post I’d like to address a couple problems holding you back from getting more traffic.
I’ll help you look at blog traffic in a different light.
As usual, feel free to comment.
Some days I look at my blogs and absolutely hate them.
I wonder why anyone would ever hit “Like” or consider commenting. I’ll write half of a new post, then trash it, then repeat 4 more times.
Truth is I’m not confident. I’m an anxious, over-thinking mess of an average writer who works for hours on each post. What you see here was not easy.
But, I do know a few little tricks for finding confidence.
If you start up a blog and struggle to keep writing, this article is for you. Let’s take a look at 7 ways to “get in the zone” in blogging, and stay there.
In 2011 the cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore sold merchandise to crazed fans and tourists. It was reported they sold nearly 500,000 shot glasses in one summer, which Adweek says helped Viacom (the guys who own MTV) seal off a $2.4 billion year.
These kids who loved nothing more than “gym, tan, laundry” used an advanced technique of upselling – the art of selling a bit more to an already interested costumer – to make millions during summer 2011.
When I heard this story on the news, I had one of those “wait, our blogs can do this too!” moments that I think you’ll want to read about.
P.S. And make sure to watch the hilarious video at the end.
When I began Dear Blogger a few months ago, I really wanted to get people excited about what I was doing here.
I had information on how to reduce bounce rate, new blog posts, even an army of guest posts sending hundreds of visitors here each day. And yet in those first few weeks of existence, I hardly captured any of that excitement on the blog.
I realized pretty soon that I was failing to make use of landing pages.
My readers were enjoying the content here but weren’t sure how to join into my business. I was losing people left and right.
In a fury of frustration at my losses, and over 7 long nights (I think I drained an entire Starbucks bag) I pioneered, almost accidentally, a landing page strategy that now basically operates like it’s on 4 Redbulls. Looking at it now, I bet could sell this landing page strategy for a couple grand in consulting fees. That’s how nice it is.
I had a revelation last week.
It struck me like a highly charged doornob of static electricity. Youch!
It had to do with my blogging, and yours too probably.
And I just couldn’t not write it down.
This post (published Nov 9, 2012) was inspired by a conversation I had with blogger Ehsan Ullah. Thanks, Ehsan!
In this post I’ll answer a ton of questions regarding building PageRank. I’ll explain what Alexa Rank is, talk about why Google built PageRank, and even offer white hat and black hat methods to use on it.
Hint: You should only use the White Hat ones!
You should also use this post to discuss Google Panda.
PageRank is the founding principle behind Google Search, and earned Stanford University just over $330 million back in 2005. So yeah, you want to know about it.
If you’re a serious blogger you’ve probably heard of these things called “premium wordpress themes”. They’re luxurious, flashy, and often expensive. Maybe you’re searching for one right now, or maybe you’re flat out intimidated by them (like I was at first).
Well, having used and modified several premium themes over the years, I’d like to tell you a discovery I made that hasn’t been written anywhere online and most definitely will piss off some big names in the industry.
Are you ready? Here goes: All premium themes are almost exactly the same.
Let me explain to you why this is the case, and introduce you to to the premium theme I use on this blog.
Update: Reader Nick pointed out that the FTC requires a disclaimer these days that you have an affiliate relationship with the companies you are reviewing. Make sure to create one!
What’s a review site?
Why do bloggers love them?
It’s a blog or website where you write about your favorite products, like coffee machines, Mac laptops, or even cat toys. Wikipedia has a slightly better definition.
One of my best blogs is in fact a review site. If you’ve ever thought of writing about your favorite stuff, now might be the ideal time to start.
You’ll learn right here how to setup a profitable review site. Everyone’s trying to make money online these days, and this is just one way to do it.
It’s all about writing profitable articles that earn through affiliate links.
NEED YOUR HELP: If you do start a review website, please comment and let me know. Hearing about your successes and mistakes would really help everyone in the Dear Blogger community, and remember, every comment link is a useful back-link too.
What’s the most important thing you focus on as a blogger? Ads, writing posts, Facebook and Twitter?
Sure, these are all important aspects of blogging. But the one factor that will sustain a blog through think and thin? That’s email subscribers.
This post is dedicated to just one thing: helping you start your own email list. It’s exciting stuff that you’ll wish you had started months ago.
As I mentioned in my Playboy post at Darren’s blog, the most successful writers on the web do one thing really well.
They make every attempt to connect with their readers.
Why is this important? Why is this worth spending hours on?
Because when you connect with readers they’re more likely to return to your blog. And these connections begin on your About Me page, the #2 most important webpage on your blog.
I’d like to show you how to create About Mes that people talk about, that are downright unforgettable. I’ll even show you some really random ones that people love.
And, I’ll end with a WordPress trick even the pros aren’t using. Think you’ll use it?