Invest 10 minutes to your next post

How long do you usually spend on an entry in your blog?
I propose that next time you invest 10 minutes. Just to see if you also give good results, I recommend you spend 10 minutes more than usual with your next post. Why? Because I am sure that in 10 minutes a blogger can do enough to improve the quality of their entry by 50%.

What sounds like a promise of a commercial, operates in practice because the vast majority of Internet users works the same way.

In this post I'll explain what to do during these 10 minutes:
00:02 more to the concept

When you have good ideas for a new post, a blogger often stands in front of the computer and start typing. It should, however, to think for 2 minutes in the content of the post and a concept for how to attract the attention of readers with kind words of introduction, how to lead readers to the main entrance phrase, and how to summarize everything said to remain in the memory of long time readers and motivates them to further research.
00:02 more for a good introduction

The introductory words are what determines whether a visitor reading the entire entry or not - especially if your blog only shows excerpts before displaying the entire entry.

After completing a post like today, I enjoy spending two minutes changing the introductory words to try to provoke interest and invite you click on "read more".

In addition, readers will read your post otherwise if they are "well prepared" after reading the introduction.
00:02 more to the structure

Many readers will read the title, introduction and then just read your post above. While you may not like it, is a fact that bloggers have to accept. Therefore, it is our responsibility to read the information as easily as possible.

If you read some entries in this blog, you'll see that 99% of entries have at least two titles. These titles in 99% of cases will tell you what the paragraph below. Thus the reader can decide in an instant if you want to read a whole paragraph or if you prefer to continue to the next. If you spend 2 minutes giving structure to your tickets, your visitors will thank you back often for the wonderful presentation of information.
00:03 more to more sources

Many of your visitors, especially if your blog is already several months, will come from Google searches, Yahoo or Live. Have searched for specific information and want to know more. Normally you will not be the only source of information to consult, which means that after being on my blog will want to return to your favorite search engine to find more information on other blogs, forums, etc..

If you want to become the primary source of information of your readers, help from three minutes after each entry in the search for relevant information. Vale to propose two or three additional links, recommendations for tools, links to Wikipedia, or links to other entries of other bloggers. That will make your readers are mostly in the pages you recommend. This will save you time and will leave with the impression that not only found information on your blog, but also has helped them to investigate further.
00:01 more to the title

The number of blogs, entries, websites, and forums seems endless. For any keyword you leave millions of results on Google. How can you call attention among so much competition?

What is most striking when looking at search results in Google, for example, are the titles. In addition to its unique positioning in search engines, which can also determine whether a user of Google just opened your blog to all those who leave or decide to open another.

Spend 1 minute longer than usual trying to create a title interesting / controversial / provocative and tries to get a keyword from time to time. You'll see good results soon in the statistics of hits to your blog!

Are you tired of your blog?

It is a very common phenomenon that tends to affect many bloggers from time to time: fatigue.

After spending some time with a blog, and especially when it is successful from the beginning, it is normal that at some point you get tired of it. You do not have good ideas, do not think you will get to reach your goal and you do not look motivated to spend even more time writing useful and unique entries, etc.
Do you leave?

If you think you're tired of your blog, quitting is one of the main options to consider. Must see things as they are: a blog takes a long time. If it is very likely that two or three months you're going to leave anyway, leave it directly. Say goodbye with a final entry and give them to thank your readers for following the progress of your web project. Period. I no longer post anything more, and once it has gone down so your search engine rankings no longer worthwhile to keep the blog, quit, cancel the domain and no longer pay for the hosting.
But it makes me sad ...

There are few bloggers who are so sure of your decision and then suddenly stop your blog.

Most common are ups and downs - and while we must fully exploit high abundant phases of motivation and creativity, we must also be able to overcome the stages of low, it would be best to leave the blog entirely.

Especially if you take enough time with a blog, more often than not let me give you grief. And even if you only have 100 entries, as you've invested at least 50-100 hours in the production of the contents of your blog. You will not suddenly stop because you do not look eager to follow. How can you then pick up the thread and continue the work started much did it cost?
5 tips to overcome

Here I leave you 5 tips to overcome difficult phases of blogging, you might help one of these:
1. Rest

And a few bloggers have told me of the phases of low motivation, and the first advice I usually give is to rest a week. Rest then not only means not to write tickets, but also includes not read other blogs, RSS feeds do not follow other blogs, nothing at all related to blogging - that is, to be on vacation from blogging.

If you find it very hard that you will return this week with quite a lot of motivation and ideas for a whole week on that blog.

On the other hand, if it costs you nothing to be without following your blog for a week then it is time to think about why you started your blog and what was your goal.
2. Check your main objective

There are several objectives on why someone starts a blog. The important thing is that you always have in mind your main objective in everything we do. Maybe the goal is no longer important to you, then consider or modify the object and focus your blog on a new track in line with your new goal, or leave your blog and you do not spend more time as worthless.
3. Interact

Something that often helps a lot in the difficult phases of blogging is to mix with other bloggers - talking to some on Twitter, leave comments on your posts, please contact them directly by e-mail or their contact form - in some cases you may be forming friendships, in others perhaps an exchange of tickets, or simply exchange ideas on what might be blogging.

Blogs are a great tool to interact with others, and should take full advantage!
4. Back to square one

It might help to think of the beginning of your blogging. Why did you start your blog? Who wanted to write tickets? Re-read your first entries - maybe you know something else in the meantime you can write an entry again with more useful and unique information that can even serve them to your readers that the old entry.
5. Question

After some time, something like a community around your blog - people who leave comments often, bloggers contact you by e-mail directly, people to talk to bloggers fairs, etc. - These people have a special interest in your blog or in you, and will be happy to help. What if you write a post asking for ideas for new entries, asking about specific questions to resolve, inviting other users to write guest posts (guest tickets) in your blog, etc. - You'll see that you can trust in your community.

Do you know the ups and downs of blogging? How do you usually overcome these phases?

10 tips to optimize your blogging

How long you have not optimized your blog?

Optimizing a website is a continuous task. Everything changes, your blog, the main theme of your posts, perhaps the design, the interest of your readers, etc. - So you too blog should be adapted.

I propose you on this post 10 tips to optimize your blog and get more hits from people interested in your content:

1. Optimize your blog every 1-2 weeks
This gives you time to see the results of your changes. Optimizing every day then you do not know what it was that gave good results, or if perhaps some of your changes down the accesses.
2. Check out your stats (Google Analytics or whatever)
Look good keywords (keywords) with which the visitors come from search engines. Are they relevant keywords for your blog? "Over a month, which keyword never appears, but should appear in this list? The theme of your blog is tuning cars, but the word "tune" never comes? Optimize your tickets!
3. Check your categories and tags
When you look at your categories and tags, do you need all of it? Worthless have 250 labels and 50 categories if it is also possible to put together the entries in 30 categories and 150 tags to good. We'll discuss the topic of labels in a separate entry, because I think a very little discussed in the blogosphere.
4. Link your old posts
What you write today may also be worth tomorrow, especially if tickets are sustainable rate. One problem with blogs is that many users subscribe to your RSS feed but it no longer read your older posts. If you frequently refer to entries you've written before, get more visibility for all your entries.
5. Contact other users
A blog is not something that works by itself, a blog is a tool to communicate and contact with others. Therefore, to optimize your blog is vital to maintain contact with other users and bloggers via Twitter, e-mail, etc. - These are the relationships and friendships that later help you when you have a question, need feedback for a new design, or want to promote a special project.
6. Participate in discussions
The blogosphere is a place for discussion, so for each item are up discussions. In these discussions you should participate first in your own blog, but also in the comment sections on other blogs (always with a link to a blog entry where you explain your point of view).
7. Amendment temporal expressions
Many bloggers in their posts include time expressions such as "Yesterday I spoke with ..." or have an event "the weekend" - these expressions are worth well to a recent entry, but they should disappear from the entries and older. It is recommended to re-look at the latest posts every 2-3 weeks to remove or modify the text to "neutralize" the temporal expression that are worth even a few months later.
8. Include something special
After a while a blog is in danger of becoming boring and monotonous. To prevent that from happening, I recommend inviting other bloggers to write entries invited (guest posts) on my blog, do interviews with experts of the blogosphere or the theme of your blog, enter competitions. - Anything you can think that is something special compared to your posts is often good.
9. Should be good
All very good and then write tickets also publish posts that do not fully comply with the requirements for a quality entry. The important thing is that when you write an entry that went well and perhaps has led to an interesting discussion, highlight it in your sidebar or link to it from other entries.
10. Try to be different
People talk about diversity. If you want to succeed with your blog, one must be different in some way be distinguished from all others. If you can find a way unique to you, others speak of you and your blog and lot of advocacy work that at first you have to currar you, then will your community.

Both keep the blog as your blogging process and all related need optimization frequently. Only optimized blog has the ability to become something big.

And you, how to optimize your blog?

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26 How to get my blog indexed by Google

Google crawls the web regularly, and indexes new sites as it finds them. Unfortunately, it can take weeks for Google to index a new blog, and may not index all of your pages at once which can make it difficult for you blog to be visible in search results. You can easily check if Google has already indexed your blog by submitting your blog URL to the site status wizard. If your blog is not yet indexed, you can hurry the process along by following these steps:
  1. Create a Google account (if you don't already have one!). There are many benefits to this as I will explain shortly.
  2. Log in to the Webmaster tools section with your Google account.
  3. In the "Add new site" section, enter the full URL of your blog (eg: http://www.myblog.com). Google will usually index your blog on its next crawl.
  4. You may also want to verify that you are the owner of your blog; this allows you to access statistics and crawl errors. There are two ways you can verify your ownership: add a meta tag to your blog template, or upload an HTML file to a directory specified by Google. For blog owners it may be easier to add the meta tag, which you can do easily by copying and pasting a small piece of code to the section of your blog template (Google provide this unique tag when you opt for this form of verification). Don't worry, the tag can't be seen by your readers!
  5. Once you've verified your ownership, it's also a good idea to tell Google the location of your sitemap (I explained how to create a sitemap for your blog in this post). This ensures that all of your blog pages are properly indexed and available to search. To do this, click on the "sitemaps" tab at the top of your Webmaster Tools dashboard, and click the "add" link next to your blog url. You need to enter the full url of your sitemap (for example: http://myblog.com/sitemap.xml).

Once you've taken these steps, Google will crawl your blog regularly to check for updates and new pages. You can ensure that all of your pages are being indexed by logging into Webmaster tools>Sitemaps to see how many URLs are being indexed. If you notice that some post pages are not indexed, you can help Google to index them by linking from other posts (create a "related posts" section in other posts, for example).

Eventually, all your blog posts and pages will be crawled and indexed by Google, and your blog will achieve a "Page Rank" which you can also see in Webmaster tools. You can also view detailed statistics for your blog, links to your posts, and any crawl errors (such as missing files) which may be found.

Of course, the best way to improve your blog's visibility in search engines would be to work hard at your blog, write great posts and generate some link love! A subject I'll talk about in detail in future posts...

How to Grow Traffic to Your Blog

Of all topics, this is one of the perennials. People want more traffic, more attention, more awareness to their blog. It’s fair. We work hard on our blogs. We want more attention and traffic. If your business depends on volume, this is especially important (for instance, if you’re using ads). Getting traffic is a tricky business, and it requires a lot of experimentation. I’ll tell you what’s worked for me, so far, and I’ll tell you what you might try. Maybe others will educate us both in the comments on their best methods.

Great Titles Help

The first few seconds of someone’s attention are the hardest to pass. If you have a lame blog post title, no one’s going to want to read the post. For whatever reason, we react to “how to,” we react to “7 great,” we react to all kinds of things. Not sure where to look? I stole this advice fromBrian Clark years ago: go to the grocery store, buy some ladies’ magazines like Cosmopolitan, and learn how THEY write headlines on the front page.

Graphics Don’t Hurt

This entire series (and most of my blog posts) use graphics to catch your eye. It’s an easy way to get one’s attention. Screen captures help. Video helps. There are tons of ways to get people into a receptive space with your material, and graphics are just the easiest one.

Now that we’ve got a decent title, decent graphics, let’s be quick about your content.

Brevity Is the Game

Keep your posts brief (unless you want tons and tons of bookmarks). People don’t have all day to read. If you can keep your posts between 250-500 words, that’s in alignment with most people’s attention spans. Hey, you’re welcome to write whatever length you want. You asked me how to grow traffic to your blog. I can only give you results that I’ve tested. When I write a super long piece, I get much less involvement with it.

Share Your Blog

I’ve written about making shareability a priority. If you don’t have easy-to-share buttons on your blog, you’re missing the easiest way for people to see your stuff on Facebook, on LinkedIn, on Twitter, and all the other sites where it would matter. Sharing out is a great way to make some more traffic happen. I also automatically push my posts into Facebook with their notes feature. I have an automated post into twitter via @broganmedia, but don’t do this same effect on my primary @chrisbrogan account.

Subscriptions or No?

In my case, subscriptions to my blog matter. I want people to subscribe, because I don’t necessarily survive on ad revenue. If you’re trying to monetize via ad revenue, and if your ads are in the header and the sidebar, a subscription really won’t help you get more traffic. If for whatever reason you want people to come to your website directly instead of via your RSS feed, you might want to obfuscate where you put your subscription information.

If you’re like me, you ask for the subscription all the time. In fact, I’ll ask now. You’re not yet subscribed? Enter your email (I respect your privacy):

Enter your email address:

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Guest Posts

Over in the Third Tribe, we talk about guest posts (affiliate link to a guide) quite often as a great traffic-builder to your blog. Find someone who has a very similar kind of blog topic to yours (not sure where to start? Check out Alltop), and offer a guest blog post. Oh, and then actually follow through. I have heard recently from my friends who accept guest posts that often, people ask for something, get approval, and then don’t take an action. That doesn’t sound like a good plan. Just FYI.

Consistency

This is one of those points where people disagree. I blog daily. Truth be told, I’m up to 2x a day most days. Why? Because the more I blog, the more people subscribe. I learned it from some of the larger blogger sites out there.

Lots of people justify once a week, or once every two weeks. That’s fine. But if you want to grow traffic to your blog, that’s a very long slow crawl towards that growth. That said, no matter which frequency you’ve chosen, stick to it. The moment you drop off the map, people who haven’t yet subscribed to you lose sight and move on.

Market Your Blog

You can always market your blog the good old fashioned way. I’ve had people hand me business cards at events that had a compelling question or interesting graphic, and then a URL to their blog. More often than not, I’ll at least check out the post. You might make postcards and bring them to the places where your prospective readers might congregate. For instance, if you write a restaurant blog, why not have a business card tray by the mints? Make an offer, just like you do with any other kind of marketing.

Often times, we sit around inside the fishbowl of social media and hope people from outside will find us. Here’s a hint, hero: the people you need are out there wondering what they can do to learn more about the thing you’re talking about. Go get ‘em, tiger.

How Do You Grow Traffic To Your Blog?

I’m a big fan of the basics: write about what they need, make sure they see that you wrote about it, make it easy to carry on the relationship, make it easy for them to promote you to others.

Seems like a simple formula, and yet, we go through all kinds of hoops to come up with trickier methods. Try this one first. What do you say?

Effective Ways To Get My Blog Indexed

Getting your blog indexed in the search engines can seem impossible sometimes. It can often be so random! One blog gets indexed in a matter of minutes, while another one takes weeks. While the search engines don’t reveal their exact formula for indexing, there are some methods that have been proven to work for many bloggers out there.

Of course, many people decide that the first thing they should do to get their blog indexed is to submit it to the search engines by hand. There is actually a lot of disagreement on this point! Some people think the search engines look upon this favorably, and other people think that hand submission can hurt you.

The bottom line here is that it really doesn’t seem to hurt your rankings, but it’s best to keep in mind that the search engines “know it’s you” who is submitting the site. What they want are votes of confidence from other established sites out there. That’s why it’s better to concentrate on those.

If you already have a network of sites then you have a huge advantage. All it takes is a relevant contextual link on one of those sites and you’ll often get indexed very quickly. This is especially true If you have access to a site that gets indexed often.

Not everyone has established sites, however! The good thing is that there are sites out there that allow you to put your content on their site. Article directories are one example. If you write an article for a site like EzineArticles.com with a link back to your site in the author’s resource box, the chances are good that you will get indexed fairly quickly. You can also add your content and links to sites like HubPages.com, Squidoo.com, and others.

Another thing you can do is make sure you submit your RSS feed to directories. There are RSS directories out there that alert people (and spiders) that your content has been updated. This can increase your chances of getting indexed. Some examples of sites you can submit to include Feedagg.com and Feedage.com.

Yet another piece of the puzzle is writing great content and updating often. There is no exact formula for this, but we do know that Google likes content! If you can write a few posts right off the bat to show that you’re going to be a great, relevant site, there is a larger chance that your site will get indexed.

If you still haven’t made it into the search engines it is going to take a bit more effort. Usually a combination of a few of these will work well. Also, a little bit of patience goes a long way. It’s not unusual to wait a week or more for the magic to happen! Still, by following the suggestions above you’ll find that you get indexed fairly quickly and often.

How to Grow Traffic to My Blog

Of all topics, this is one of the perennials. People want more traffic, more attention, more awareness to their blog. It’s fair. We work hard on our blogs. We want more attention and traffic. If your business depends on volume, this is especially important (for instance, if you’re using ads). Getting traffic is a tricky business, and it requires a lot of experimentation. I’ll tell you what’s worked for me, so far, and I’ll tell you what you might try. Maybe others will educate us both in the comments on their best methods.

Great Titles Help

The first few seconds of someone’s attention are the hardest to pass. If you have a lame blog post title, no one’s going to want to read the post. For whatever reason, we react to “how to,” we react to “7 great,” we react to all kinds of things. Not sure where to look? I stole this advice from Brian Clark years ago: go to the grocery store, buy some ladies’ magazines like Cosmopolitan, and learn how THEY write headlines on the front page.

Graphics Don’t Hurt

This entire series (and most of my blog posts) use graphics to catch your eye. It’s an easy way to get one’s attention. Screen captures help. Video helps. There are tons of ways to get people into a receptive space with your material, and graphics are just the easiest one.

Now that we’ve got a decent title, decent graphics, let’s be quick about your content.

Brevity Is the Game

Keep your posts brief (unless you want tons and tons of bookmarks). People don’t have all day to read. If you can keep your posts between 250-500 words, that’s in alignment with most people’s attention spans. Hey, you’re welcome to write whatever length you want. You asked me how to grow traffic to your blog. I can only give you results that I’ve tested. When I write a super long piece, I get much less involvement with it.

Share Your Blog

I’ve written about making shareability a priority. If you don’t have easy-to-share buttons on your blog, you’re missing the easiest way for people to see your stuff on Facebook, on LinkedIn, on Twitter, and all the other sites where it would matter. Sharing out is a great way to make some more traffic happen. I also automatically push my posts into Facebook with their notes feature. I have an automated post into twitter via @broganmedia, but don’t do this same effect on my primary @chrisbrogan account.

Subscriptions or No?

In my case, subscriptions to my blog matter. I want people to subscribe, because I don’t necessarily survive on ad revenue. If you’re trying to monetize via ad revenue, and if your ads are in the header and the sidebar, a subscription really won’t help you get more traffic. If for whatever reason you want people to come to your website directly instead of via your RSS feed, you might want to obfuscate where you put your subscription information.

If you’re like me, you ask for the subscription all the time. In fact, I’ll ask now. You’re not yet subscribed? Enter your email (I respect your privacy):

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Guest Posts

Over in the Third Tribe, we talk about guest posts (affiliate link to a guide) quite often as a great traffic-builder to your blog. Find someone who has a very similar kind of blog topic to yours (not sure where to start? Check out Alltop), and offer a guest blog post. Oh, and then actually follow through. I have heard recently from my friends who accept guest posts that often, people ask for something, get approval, and then don’t take an action. That doesn’t sound like a good plan. Just FYI.

Consistency

This is one of those points where people disagree. I blog daily. Truth be told, I’m up to 2x a day most days. Why? Because the more I blog, the more people subscribe. I learned it from some of the larger blogger sites out there.

Lots of people justify once a week, or once every two weeks. That’s fine. But if you want to grow traffic to your blog, that’s a very long slow crawl towards that growth. That said, no matter which frequency you’ve chosen, stick to it. The moment you drop off the map, people who haven’t yet subscribed to you lose sight and move on.

Market Your Blog

You can always market your blog the good old fashioned way. I’ve had people hand me business cards at events that had a compelling question or interesting graphic, and then a URL to their blog. More often than not, I’ll at least check out the post. You might make postcards and bring them to the places where your prospective readers might congregate. For instance, if you write a restaurant blog, why not have a business card tray by the mints? Make an offer, just like you do with any other kind of marketing.

Often times, we sit around inside the fishbowl of social media and hope people from outside will find us. Here’s a hint, hero: the people you need are out there wondering what they can do to learn more about the thing you’re talking about. Go get ‘em, tiger.

How Do You Grow Traffic To Your Blog?

I’m a big fan of the basics: write about what they need, make sure they see that you wrote about it, make it easy to carry on the relationship, make it easy for them to promote you to others.

Seems like a simple formula, and yet, we go through all kinds of hoops to come up with trickier methods. Try this one first. What do you say?

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