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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:51 pm    Post subject: The art of Blogging! Reply with quote

Hello fellow marketers,

My name is Krystal and i am starting to learn how to blog, it seems like it is a little complicated but i am slowly learning how.

I was wondering if anyone out there could give me some really good advice on how to make a blog get a really good rating so it is seen by many online visitors and attracts sales.

Thanks for your help everyone.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use a good blogging platform (eg. Wordpress rather than Blogger, IMO).

Find a niche.

Write something interesting.

Write regularly.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

>>it seems like it is a little complicated
Huh? It's a blog! Sorry if it comes across as discouraging but isn't blogging supposed to be website lite? No database to master, no htaccess to fiddle with, no asp code to pull your hair out about, no server balancing, webserver security updates or moderator quarrels to contend with, zero form hijacking, zero W3C compliance, zero skills required. What the heck are you on about?

But ignore me and read paul's useful post again.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

paul wrote:
Use a good blogging platform (eg. Wordpress rather than Blogger, IMO).

Find a niche.

Write something interesting.

Write regularly.


Can you say why wordpress is better than blogger? I'm interested!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:33 am    Post subject: Blog well and often Reply with quote

As others have said, he key is to write often and well on a subject you are passionate about.

Also, submit to as many blog directories as you can find. And seek out good blogs that are simlar to yours and post thoughtful, non-spammy comments on them with a link back to your URL.

This will help in two ways. One, you might get some direct link juice out of this. Two, you'll get known by other bloggers -- one or more of whom will eventually link back to your site, helping your rankings.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

neelyrobert wrote:
Can you say why wordpress is better than blogger?


It gives you a lot more flexibility, and more options. I haven't used Blogger in a while but things like scheduled posts were not possible from memory. They are with Wordpress. Ditto with categorising posts.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

paul wrote:
neelyrobert wrote:
Can you say why wordpress is better than blogger?


It gives you a lot more flexibility, and more options. I haven't used Blogger in a while but things like scheduled posts were not possible from memory. They are with Wordpress. Ditto with categorising posts.

Paul


Plus, since you fully control the blog (source code, database etc.) its more flexible in how you can deliver ads
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you can control the source code in Blogger, can't you? You don't have to host over at blogspot... it can be on your own domain/web space.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 8:07 pm    Post subject: .... Reply with quote

Wordpress also allows you to see stats. Last time I used blogger (about two years ago), the number of hits weren't provided.

Another thing to do to boost your blog is to use sites like digg, etc. to post your content. This works better when you're writing about relevant issues.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do a search for "how to start a wordpress blog"

Wordpress is superior to blogger in many ways -- you have a lot more control over the appearance and the back-end functionality. Also, the web 2.0 functions like pinging and trackback works a lot better in WP. Lastly, the willingness to pay a little more to host your own blog and buy your own domain name lends you a little more credibility.

There's nothing wrong with using Blogger, it just put you at a slight disadvantage.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1.Submit your written quality blog article to GoArticles make sure it has good keyword density.

2. Submit the same blog article to about 40 social bookmarking sites.

3. Make a bunch of blogs on various free blog sites linking to the submitted blog article.

4. Sit back and watch the ratings increase
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of good advise above.

This is my experience using a blog to promote an online business:
I did not create a blog until I had something to put in it.
Once I had a couple of articles written by me, then I formed the blog.
In there, I put the articles and links to my online business.
People that visited my blog, would read the articles and click on the links.

Besides articles, I also created polls, talked about my experiences in the
business, etc.

To tell you the true, I think that you can have the greatest blog in the world,
but if you don't market it correctly, then is worthless.

PS. The articles I wrote were related to the online business I had a the moment.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have the greatest blog in the world and I suspect it would probably market itself via word of mouth. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are right about that, word of mouth go a long way. But how many times have you come accross a blog or a website you were not kooking for, and it's great. So that mean that word of mouth takes time to travel.

Marketing the blog correctly will speed up that process.

Thank you for the reply previous writer.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never used Blogger and don't know how it works. WordPress is great! I use it for several sites. It's not just a means of blogging either. You can use it as a CMS and for other things too. I read an interesting article the other day about all the uses for WP, it was quite impressive.

For me it raises the question, "When is a blog not a blog?", for example, if you're using WP as a content management system rather than just as simple blogging software. You might wonder why that would matter, but it does sometimes. Some directories (eg JoeAnt) list all blogs in their computer category under "blogs" rather than under the real category for the subject matter. So if you had a WP site about, say, dog shampoo - don't look under pets>pet care etc. You've got to look at the computer category. It's totally daft, but a historical anomaly.
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