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>Tell me what you want!

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Dantearaujo.net is still a new website, and as you know I am having a little trouble dealing with time. So I had this idea and I want you guys to help me, I will only make new templates based you my users needs. Yes, Now you tell me what you need and I will analise the replies everytime I make a new template.

Please use the comment section as this post as your channel to talk to me and tell me what you desire to have in my next template. Tell me the colors, the style, the features, everything!

I think this will help me optimizing my templates and it will save time for you because you won’t find useless templates here anymore. Only quality and useful templates. For this, your feedback is everything.

Please leave you comment below and Tell me what you want!

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>10 Cool Facebook Status Tips and Tricks

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With Facebook’s ever-changing layout, and the fact that other social sites are encroaching on its real-time update strangle-hold, it’s easy to forget that there are some pretty nifty tricks you can pull using your humble Facebook status.

We’ve pulled together 10 great how-to tips that will help you get the most out of your status update, from official features to apps, Easter eggs, jokes and more.

Perfect for newer Facebook users, or anyone who is looking for a refresher, read on and let us know the ones you like in the comments below.


1. HOW TO: Add a Dislike Option to Your Status Update


“Like” buttons are everywhere on Facebook, and they’re everywhere on the web. But what if you want to update your status or share something that your friends can “dislike?” We know, your friends can choose to “comment” on your post, but where’s the fun in that?

The clever Status Magic Facebook app can add a dislike button to any status updates posted via the app. And if you wanted to really mix it up you can actually customize the second emotion to anything, such as “love,” “hate,” “disagree” or even “LOLs.”


2. HOW TO: Hide Status Updates From Certain People


Using Facebook’s general privacy settings (find these by hitting “account” on the top right of a Facebook page) you can select whether everyone, just friends or friends of friends can see your status updates. However, there is a way to narrow those options down even further.

You can select specific friend lists to see your status (relevant for work, special interest groups, etc.) or even individual people by name, which is useful for anyone organizing a surprise party.

To take advantage of these options, click the padlock icon just below your “what’s on your mind” box on your wall and a drop down menu should appear. Selecting “customize” will bring up more options such as “make this visible to” and “hide from” with the option to make your selection a default.


3. HOW TO: Pre-Schedule Status Updates


While SocialOomph, Sendible and HootSuite offer the same kind of service, the simplest way to schedule Facebook status updates is by using the easy, free Later Bro service.

Just sign in with Facebook Connect, select your time zone, type in what it is you’d like to say, set the calendar and clock to when you’d like to say it, and presto!


4. HOW TO: Tag People in Your Status Updates


This was quite a big deal when it was announced this past September, but from the amount of searches on the topic “how can I make someone’s name go blue in a Facebook status?” it seems it’s not universally known.

To mention someone in a status update just type “@” (a la Twitter) in the status bar and start typing their name as it appears on Facebook. An auto-generated list will then come up with people in your social circle whose name starts with the letters you’ve typed. The feature also works with pages, brands, events and companies.

Hit the name you want, complete the update, click share and the name will become a hyperlink (you won’t see the @ symbol) and will appear in blue text.


5. HOW TO: Add Symbols to Your Facebook Status


Although there are plenty of emoticons that work with Facebook Chat, typing “:)” into Facebook’s status bar will not magically transform into a smiley yellow face. In fact, the only symbol you can create in a Facebook status update through the shortcut keys is a ?™?, by typing “<3.”

While this won’t bother many Facebook users, others more used to punctuating their missives can copy and paste web-happy, universal symbols into the box, as you can see in the screengrab above.

PC users can also access some symbols by hitting “alt” + various number combinations (on a numerical keypad). So, while smileys are yet to hit Facebook statuses, you can annoy or amuse your buddies with symbols right now.


6. HOW TO: Turn Your Status Updates Into a Word Cloud


There’s a really fun way to visualize anyone’s status updates (even an entire country’s) as a word cloud. The <a href="http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php
?id=233422326462″ target=”_blank”>Status Analyzer 3D app will look at what it is you’ve been chatting about lately and generate a list, and then a pretty, colorful, animated cloud as pictured above.

You can share the results with others on the social networking site by posting it to your friends’ walls or by adding it to your profile.


7. HOW TO: Have Fun With Facebook’s Humorous Language Options


While you can always change your setting into more sensible alternative languages, the site offers a couple of fun linguistic Easter eggs.

You can chose to have Facebook display upside down English, or, for anyone feeling a little salty, in “pirate.” Pirate essentially turns your status into your “plank,” your attachments into “loot” and instead of “share” it offers the option to “blabber t’ yer mates.”

Sadly, anything you type in the status bar won’t be upside down, or pirate-y. But with the use of some external sites you can achieve the same effect.

TypeUpsideDown.com and UpsideDownText.com are just two examples of sites that can flip your text, while the Talk Like a Pirate Day site can help you with your pirate translations.


8. HOW TO: See Status Updates From Around the World


If you want to get a glimpse of the thoughts of Facebook users from around the world’s, head over to OpenBook.

Created by three San Fran web developers with a serious privacy message in mind, the site aggregates the status updates of everyone whose privacy levels are set to “everyone.”

You can narrow your searchable results down by gender and keywords to find out what people are saying about a certain topic. Or you can just browse the recent searches.


9. HOW TO: See Your Status Update Stats


Have you ever wondered how many times you have updated your status on Facebook? The Facebook app Status Statistics, can tell you this and more.

The app analyzes your updates and gives you a tidy list of how many you’ve written, the average word count and how many times a day you post. In addition, it generates a graph that shows you what time of day or what days of the week you normally update.

Old statuses are also searchable via the app, so you can find that witty retort you made back in November 2009 without having to scroll back through your history.


10. HOW TO: Play a Trick On Your Friends in Your Status Update


We have a funny one to end on — a way to play an amusing trick on your Facebook buddies.

This clever link “http://facebook.com/profile.php?=73322363&#8243; looks like it could be a URL for anyone’s Facebook profile, actually takes anyone logged into Facebook to their own profile page.

If you try it out, be sure to remove the link preview that Facebook auto-ads. Have fun, and don’t be too mean…


More Facebook resources from Mashable


9 Fantastic Facebook Pages for Fashion
HOW TO: Build Your Personal Brand on Facebook
Facebook Pages vs Facebook Groups: What’s the Difference?
Killer Facebook Pages: 5 Inspiring Case Studies
How Charities are #FindingTheGood With Facebook Pages

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>Blogging vs Email – Is Blogging Dead?

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mailicon.pngOver the last couple of years a number of fairly prominent bloggers have decided to shut down their blogs and move their communications to subscription only email newsletters. Bloggers such as Jason Calacanis, Joel Spolsky and Sam Lessin were three (all mentioned in this post on Gigaom).

Some of these have moved to a free email subscription while others have gone to a paid model.

I’ve had a number of readers ask for my response to this and asking:

  • is blogging dead?
  • do I have to choose between email and blogging?
  • should those starting out start with a blog or email?

Side note: In some ways I think that this post is pretty funny. Only a year or two back we were debating whether RSS had killed email and now people are debating whether email has killed blogging!

Today I thought I’d jot down a few random thoughts on the topic – I hope they add something useful for those pondering the topic:

1. It’s not an either or choice

My own experience over the last few years has been that things have really taken off for me when I’ve taken a dual approach. While I initially put all my eggs in the blogging (with an RSS subscription) model – I discovered a couple of years back that when I developed a newsletter along side a blog that my business really took off.

Over at digital photography school we are approaching half a million subscribers (combined total of RSS and email) – less than a quarter of these are RSS subscribers. Adding email as an option has expanded our potential reach incredibly.

2. Blogs build profile

One of the reflections that I’d have on the above 3 people who have abandoned blogs is that they’ve each used blogging to build their profiles. They have all done other worthwhile things to build their authority, credibility and reach – but part of what has enabled them to make their email subscription model work is that they had an established audience (partly from their blogging).

To start out with just an email subscription service and make it successful is not impossible – but I suspect some other kind of web presence (whether it be blogging, life streaming, Twitter etc) will help.

I guess it comes down partly to the stage you’re at as an online entrepreneur and how established your network is. If you’re well known, have a network already in some way and have the ability to pull numbers of email subscribers then it’s probably something to consider. But if you’re starting out online – you’ll probably need some kind of site or other presence online to help get the ball rolling.

3. Homebases

One of the things that I find useful about having a blog is that it gives me a ‘home base’. I’ve written about the importance of having a place that you control and that readers can find you (a home base) before and for me a blog is the ideal way to do this.

Email has become increasingly powerful in my own business over the last few years but part of the success for me has been that I’ve had a homebase.

For me having a blog alongside email does two things.

Firstly the blog helps me to drive people to sign up for the newsletter. We try to write the most useful content that we can – content that not only helps our existing readers but also the kind of content that they share and that leads new people to us via social media, search engines and word of mouth. Any new person landing on our site almost always finds us through the blog (a few do it via the forum but the blog is #1).

As a result we’re able to grow our email newsletter subscribers by around 800 new people per day.

Secondly – the email drives people back to the blog. In some ways our emails are like a condensed version of our RSS feed. So every week our email readers are being driven back to our blog in massive numbers.

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It might seem a little silly to have a blog that drives people to email which drives people back to the blog – but without the email first time readers would arrive on our blog and never return.

Of course being able to drive people back to the blog in large numbers allows us to monetize it – through advertising, some affiliate stuff, selling our own products etc.

I guess my main concern with only going with email is where the growth will come from in new subscribers if its not out there for people to see, taste and be drawn into. Interestingly some of those who do emails then post their emails on the web in an archive – which in some ways isn’t that dissimilar to a blog.

4. It’s all about your business ‘model’

I guess ultimately it’s about the business model you’re using. I monetize in a variety of ways including advertising (ad networks and direct ad sales), affiliate marketing, selling my own products and more. Some of these could certainly be done purely through an email model but others could not.

For example running ad network ads is something you can’t do via email (at least not the major ones). I could certainly sell ads directly to advertisers, do affiliate marketing or sell my own products via email – but the markets I’m working in seem to respond best when I take a multi-pronged approach (communicating in email, on blogs and via social media).

For me targeting multiple mediums increases the reach significantly.

5. Other factors to consider

The more I think about the more I realise that there are many other factors at play in these kinds of decisions. They would include:

  • audience – who are you writing for and what mediums are they familiar with and a part of their workflow?
  • style – your own style of communication is going to definitely play a part here. The differences between email and blogging are subtle but you’ll find that your style will lend itself to different mediums. Some people just have a knack with email while others are much more engaging on a blog, in video or in short form like Twitter.
  • interaction – emails don’t have a comments section. This will be attractive to some (no more moderation) or unattractive to others. Of course people will comment (replying to emails, on social media etc) but one of the great things that happens on some blogs is the public discussion that happens after a post goes live – a communal experience that often adds a lot to a post. I guess it depends whether what you’re doing lends itself to communal interaction.

6. Will it end up looking like a blog?

I’ve had a number of conversations with people about this lately and about ideas to develop email subscription services. One conversation with someone pitching the idea of an email subscription was that he’d post his emails on a website so that new people could see what he was sending, get indexed in Google and so people could share them with friends.

When I asked whether he’d miss the comments people give he agreed and said he’d add a comments section to that website.

My reflection was simply that it was starting to look like a blog with the option to subscribe via email.

Final reflections

I’m certainly not anti the idea of email or even focusing solely upon email subscriptions instead of blogging – however I guess it comes down to what you want to achieve, who you want to speak to, what your current situation, and profile is, whether you’ve got time to do multiple mediums and what kind of medium best suits your style.

What other factors would need to be considered in making such a decision?

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>The Simple Guide to Setting Up a Blog

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Blogging is a great way to make friends and share your life with them. And it doesn’t just mean friends you already know; you can have online friends, too. In fact, a recent study done by researchers from the University of California reveals that the youth is developing important interpersonal tech skills by their involvement in the dynamic world of online communities. And this is true. And hey, a blog can be in any or all kinds of media. You can have a typed out blog for excellent writers and voracious readers, a video blog (vlog) for film and filming enthusiasts and for those who are more responsive to video clips, audio blogs for great vocal talents and, or a photo blog works for graphic artists and digital photographers and hobbyists. As a simple guide to setting up a blog and connecting with people worldwide via the internet, here are a few tips:

1. Select your host. There are plenty of dotcoms offering free space for bloggers. Practically all online communities and dating sites include a blogging service. MySpace, Facebook, Tagged, Friendster – they all allow you to blog. Other hosts are blog-specific services and are pretty flexible with respect to the media you choose for you blog. Blogger, Vox, WordPress, TypePad, and Live Journal all allow different types of content from pure text, graphics, audio, video, and photo blogs. YouTube is specifically for video sharing. Flickr, Photobucket are great for photo sharing. Browse through and select your blog host.

2. Draw up a list of your blogging ideas. A lot of people never go beyond one blog entry. That is such a waste. Blogging is meant for sharing and connecting with people. That means, you need to stay on it and post regularly and respond to comments. It would be a shame to have made the effort to set up a blog and abandon the project after a post. So, before you go ahead and open a blog account, be sure you’ve got more than one blogging idea.

3. Include online bookmarking tools in your blog. Digg, Stumble Upon, and Reddit are just some of the article or blog indexing service you can submit your blog entries to. These facilities help drive traffic to your blog and give you more exposure. Of course, if you only want to make your blog available to a closed group, then you can just email your URL to your friends.

4. Choose a simple, visitor-friendly design or template. Many bloggers choose flashy backgrounds or font and color combinations that are difficult to read. Remember there are visually-impaired people on the Internet. You don’t want to dissuade them from reading you, so it’s important to consider accessibility when you pick your design template.

5. Participate in forums and discussions. To gain readership or viewership, it’s important for your followers to be able to connect with you. Read other blogs and share your thoughts. Aside from your posts, it’s important for you to respond to comments and to comment on other bloggers’ websites as well. Being responsive is actually half the fun.

It’s quite an unconventional guide. But the simple guide to setting up a blog is to think about what you can share. After all, blogging is merely a vehicle for sharing and building friendships.

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>Blogging- so Much More Than Just Writing

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Blogging.  Many people think that blogging is as simple as sitting down at the computer and typing up a quick little blurb and then moving on to the next one.  And for those who do a personal blog or who are not interested in either promoting themselves or their business or making money- it is.  But in order to create something substantial it is a whole lot more than that.

Research

To write an informative blog post is not as easy as it might seem to be.  You have to strike the right combination and not only keep your readers interested but teach them something they did not previously know.  Every writer has their own style that becomes more distinctive as time goes on but getting into that flow takes time.

Even before writing a blog post a lot of time can be invested in research. This research can include clarifications on the subject you are writing about such as date details, a review of a product, an overview of notes taken previously on the subject, or just an overall gathering of the thoughts in your head.

Once you have have a more concrete idea about your topic the research on the written part itself comes in.  What keywords are you using and are there any longtail keywords that will work well with your topic? What type of post are you going to write and from what perspective? And what headline is going to garner the most interest?

These questions can sometimes generate confusion and lead to writers block.  There are a ton of great tools and how to posts out there to assist you.

Interlinking and Proofreading

Now you have your post written one of the first things that you should do is proof read and spell check your post.  There has been a lot of debate about whether articles should be grammatically correct and the spelling error free but a post reads more fluidly and is more easily understood if it reads the way that it should. 

Interlinking helps your blog out in several different ways. It helps to get your older pages looked at more frequently and to decrease your bounce rate. It also assists in ranking (although not as much as an incoming link).  Once you are done writing your post you can go back and pick out keywords and phrases that you can use to link to other posts on your blog. In the beginning this may seem tedious but once you get in the habit of doing this it will become second nature.

Outbound Links 

Linking out to other blogs can be a time consuming activity- but one well worth the effort.  Outbound links can assist you in that they show your readers that your knowledge of your post doesn’t stop with what you are writing but with the knowledge of what others are writing about the same topic.  It can draw new readers to your blog as people you link to will generally come take a look at what you are writing.  It can also help build you up as an authority in your field.

Make sure that you give correct credit when linking to someone else and don’t just put the link in the anchor text without mentioning them or their blog. And it needs to flow smoothly with your post and make sense- don’t just put a link to put a link.

A great example of someone who uses outbound links effectively is Jim Regan at The Net Fool.  Every Sunday he writes Sunday Link Love and Announcements in which he writes about the week, gives five links to great posts he has read that week along with a little summary and finishes up with stock market and blogosphere updates and a look ahead.  These articles are all high quality posts and really strengthen his credibility.

Promoting

Last but certainly not least- promoting.  Promoting your blog can be the most time consuming part of of blogging itself if you are intent on steadily increasing your traffic. There are many different ways to promote your blog including article marketing, forums, social networking and bookmarking sites, and commenting on other blogs.

As you become more proficient in the ways that you want to promote your blog you will find that you are able to do way more in less time.  For instance, if using article marketing as a tool you can use article submission sites which automatically submit your article to thousands of websites, blogs, and directories.  Or if you choose to do it yourself you can have five different article submission sites open and copy and paste right down the line.  (Much, much faster than doing it one at a time.) 

Participating on forums and social networks which allow you to use a link to your blog in your signature is a great way to promote yourself and create traffic to your blog.  Twitter is also a good source to promote but don’t get too tweet happy with announcing new posts- most of the people following you will also be subscribed to your site and you will be giving them a double whammy.

By using the concepts of attraction marketing and you will make your job that much easier.  You can also submit your post to relevant bookmarking sites and directories.

One of the easiest ways to promote your blog is to comment on other blogs especially those that use the comment luv plugin developed by Andy Bailey.  This is a perfect example of why headlines are so important.  With comment luv there is a line under your comment that links to your last blog post.  If your headline is intriguing you may be surprised by the number of clicks you get. (One tip here- if you are getting ready to publish a new post wait to make your comments until after you publish.  This gives you a fresh link especially if you have made a lot of comments since your last post).

Conclusion

Overall, it is clear that blogging can be very time consuming to those who take it seriously.  Bloggers that have learned how to take what started out as a fun past-time and turn it into a lucrative career have known this all along.  While every post doesn’t have to be a candidate for the Nobel prize you do have to be sure that you are using most, if not all, of these techniques in each one to gain the blogging success you are looking for.

The next time someone makes a comment about why it takes you so much time to write a little blog post you can just smile and think to yourself, blogging is so much more than just writing.

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>Building A Blog Audience Through Commenting

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Sometimes as bloggers, we overlook some of the most basic tools of the online community. Our commenting behavior can actually make a large impact on our reputation, our traffic, and our audience building.

Make the Most of the Comments You Make

One of the best ways to get others to find your blog is by visiting theirs and leaving comments about their posts and observations. Blogs, especially the popular ones, often form small online communities and fan bases and comments play a huge role in the communicative function of blogs. People will read a comment made by Bill on Bob’s blog, and in turn, start reading Bill’s blog as well. Bloggers tend to check the blogs of those who have visited their favorite blogs and you can develop some regular readers simply by making comments on other blogs.

In many cases, you can leave the URL of your blog in the comments, making it easy for all of that blog’s readers to find you, too. Be careful to remember how your blog comments may affect others, though – when you offer criticism to a blogger, think about how that comment will be received. Are you building a relationship or burning a bridge? Unless you are being anonymous (which is never really recommended), every time you comment, you associate your name and reputation with the comment. Are you willing to stand by that comment and have it represent you in the blogosphere for an indefinite amount of time? Even if you consider the blogger you’re commenting on to be a “competitor” – it’s best not to create controversy in such a way that you could tarnish your reputation. Remember that website content lasts a long, long time.

When leaving a comment on a blog, there are two things you should consider in terms of attracting traffic:

1. Length of the comment: Make sure your comment is at least two to three lines – up to a paragraph if your post is on a topic relevant to your area of expertise.

2. Quality: Make sure your comment is something like a mini-article – it must be informative, unique, and offer a perspective or insight into the topic that the blog post did not provide.

Making the Most of Comments on Your Own Blog

In most cases, as a blogger, it is important to allow comments from your readers, especially other bloggers. This inspires the sense of interactivity and community that makes blogging so attractive to the Web 2.0 world.

You may have to deal with blog comment spam as a result of your willingness to accept comments unless you configure your blog host to help you out – make sure you use the tools they offer to help you combat it. If you can do a word or code verification, it will filter out most. You can also choose to moderate your comments. This can become a time-consuming process down the line if your blog becomes super-popular down the line – it can also slow down the commenting conversation.

Try to allow as much interaction as possible on your blog – it keeps things interesting and interactive. As soon as you start getting comments, respond to them. Keep the dialog going.

Blogs are loved by many because of their interactive nature, so the more lively and interesting the comment section, the better the blog. This, of course, in turn, creates more traffic. If you don’t respond to comments, you cut the the debate short, signaling that it was never a very important feature of the blog anyway. That doesn’t mean that a blogger should necessarily respond to every single comment, but you should always be visible in your own blogging community.

When a person posts a comment on a blog for the first time, surprise them by acknowledging their presence with a simple “Hello”. (Or, if you own a larger blog, and have noticed an influx of new traffic, greet ALL the new readers.) Let them know that they’re welcome. Blog communities (and traffic) are built, after all, one person at a time. Never forget where that community was built from.

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>Blog Marketing-Your Ultimate Guide

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In the early years of blogging, successful businessmen concluded that they cannot make profit from blogs. But try to hear them say that today and what you?€™d only hear is silence. It?€™s a reality that people have to face these days. Blogging is now a money-making tool in the internet. And since it is a social media, it can therefore be of great help to sell directly from your blog posts.

Making a big leap on blog marketing strategies is one great step you can make for a profitable blog. The most important thing you need to develop here is to build an interactive relationship with your blog, and this can later on build a productive global community. As you do this, you may begin encouraging your visitors to sign up for your RSS feed. You can do that by providing an opt-in form where they will click to subscribe for your newsletter using your blog. Selling products or services in the form a newsletter is a good idea. It can be more effective when you offer tips and tricks, tools and support.

Professional bloggers constantly suggest the use of blog marketing in promoting your business to increase your sales. No capital is invested in starting one as blogs are offered for free. If you are a newbie to this kind of business strategy, you may use your creativity to start your own blog. Do remember that your blog must be different from your business official blog or website. But you should also mention your business on your newly created blog and vice versa. It is actually the purpose of blog marketing.

Your blog increases its traffic when people begin linking into it. You can make it happen when you visit other blogs that feature the same interest as yours and leave comments for backlinks. It is the most effective profitable method of blog marketing. You can read them regularly until you feel comfortable to leave comments. You must also attach your blog link to your comments. These are just some of the steps to do networking and making contacts for your blog. That?€™s how creative and innovative you can get by promoting your blog using blog marketing technique.

You can also do something for your blog. Since you already know your prospects, configuring online surveys in your blog can be more exciting for your visitors. You can type this phrase in Google, “WordPress survey plug-in”, download and install it on your blog as a productivity-enhancing gizmo. By doing so, you are encouraging your visitors to make comment at the end of your blog post. To gain more feedback, you may use this effective question, “What do you think?” and share some products that you love and ask for their experience on the same products. You must keep track on what they tell you so you will know if you have to change something on your blog to meet your visitors?€™ needs and desires. But keep in mind that your blog should have a user-generated content since it can be an excellent source of research as well as a blog marketing idea for you.

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>How To Create A Successful Blog

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Nowadays it’s almost unfashionable for an online entrepreneur to not have a blog or two. Since the web abounds of personal blogs, informational blogs, art and poetry blogs, and so on, a business blog has to compete against all of the above-mentioned and business blogs for a high ranking in the search engine results pages.

For a blog to be successful it needs to be well written, frequently updated, well designed and honest. A business blog needs to focus on a target and discuss topics related to that target. The “know your audience” rule is the very foundation of a successful business blog.

Assuming you are not an online entrepreneur but still want to have a successful blog, here is what you should do:

Pick your topic. As a blogger you have the chance to write about anything you want. So what it will be? An online diary or a news outlet? Choose whatever is more appealing to you, a subject you are good at, and a theme that will reveal your talents, your passions and your knowledge.

Write in a personal manner and post frequently. The more you post, the more content you ad on your pages. And content is food for the search engines that scan blogs on a daily basis. A frequently updated blog has more chances of success than “lazy” blogs where people post a thought or two every once in a while.

Make your opinion known: that’s the whole idea behind blogging. You have to be an active member of the blogosphere, visit and post comments on other blogs as well. A good comment will attract traffic to your blog.

A blog is a great promotional and marketing tool. Use it wisely. Don’t use a blog to insult a person or to damage another business. Use a blog to provide quality information for the online community. If you have a business blog don’t use it to sell products, but to offer customer support, to request feedback, to make announcements and to publish advice. Use a website for sales and let the visitors decide whether they want to visit the “products” page or not, by providing a direct link to it from your blog. If you are a writer, the more quality content you post the higher chances to become popular and be recognized online as an expert in your field.

Promote your blog. Include your blog’s URL in your email signature, mention it in your newsletters and submit it to blog directories.

Companies and online entrepreneurs should really think twice before starting a blog. A blog needs constant updates and quality content. It will not be successful without these two important ingredients. A professional writer paid to update the blog on regular basis is sometimes the best alternative for business blogs. A professional writer will create a blog with attributes of clarity and simplicity. For blogs, SEO writers are preferable because they know how to write content that is keyword rich but not keyword stuffed and quality headlines that will grab the attention of the readers.

Last but not least, the content of the blog should be included in an RSS feed to increase blog’s popularity.

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>10 Ways To Generate MLM Blog Traffic

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Generating MLM blog traffic depends first and foremost on what you have to say. If it is boring, lame, or focused on blatant advertising of products and services, you will get very poor results. this article discusses ten proven ways to generate MLM blog traffic.

Very good content will dominate your niche. The platform you use for your mlm blog will determine how well it dominates. And how often and consistently yo post to your blog, ping and buzz your posts and link to other bloggers will dictate how long you dominate.

Here are ten excellent ways new bloggers generate MLM blog traffic and find new readers.

Top Ten MLM Blog Traffic Tips

10. Write at least five major “pillar” articles. A pillar article is usually a tutorial style article aimed to teach your audience something. Generally they are at least 500 words but less than 600 and have plenty of very practical tips or advice. The more pillars you have on your MLM blog the better you will generate MLM blog traffic.

9. Write at least one new blog post per day.. Not every post has to be a pillar, but you should get those those five pillars done at the same time as you keep your blog fresh with a daily news or short article style post. it is important to demonstrate to first time visitors that your blog is updated all the time.

8. Use a proper domain name.

7. Start commenting on other blogs. Comment on blogs focused on a similar niche topic to yours since the readers there will be more likely to be interested in your blog.

6. Trackback and link to other blogs in your blog posts. A trackback is like a blog conversation. When you write a new article to your blog and it links or references another blogger’s article you can do a trackback to their entry. This leaves an abbreviated summary of your blog post on their blog entry – much like your blog telling someone else’s blog that you wrote an article mentioning them. Trackbacks often appear like comments.

A trackback leaves a link from another blog back to yours for readers to follow, It also gets the attention of another blogger.

5. Encourage comments on your own blog. Always respond to comments as well so you can keep the conversation going.

4. Submit your latest pillar article to a blog carnival. A blog carnival is a post in a blog that summarizes a collection of articles from many different blogs on a specific topic.

To find the right blog carnival for your blog, do a search at http://blogcarnival.com/.

3. Submit your blog to blogtopsites.com. You have to copy and paste a couple of lines of code on to your blog . This will help you generate mlm blog traffic as you will get one to ten subscribers a day with this method.

2. Submit your articles to EzineArticles.com.

1. Write more pillar articles. Without strong pillar articles you may bring in readers but they will not bother to come back. Shoot for one solid pillar article per week and by the end of the year you will have a database of over fifty strong feature articles that will work hard for you to generate mlm blog traffic and more readers

10 Ways To Generate MLM Blog Traffic

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The blog enables the blogger to be much more aware of what is going on in the world than before. What will be the kind of relationships that can be expected via blogging on the internet? How can trust and confidence be further built through messages in the blog content? To what extent can the blogger gain the better impression of readers? Blogging has impacted communication on the internet to the extent that blog participation has become an integral part of it.

* Treat others as people and not as customers

The blogger speaks with a voice to the party over at the other end. That party is as human as the blogger. This necessarily infers that the recipients of the blog message must be treated as people. It is inherent in the culture of blogging that the participants of the blog must be given the human touch in all aspects of the activity. The perception of treating them as people takes precedence over the perception of treatment as customers. Obviously, a new level of involvement is in store and augurs well for your customers and your blog.

* Respect to be accorded to these people

The readers whom you are treating as people should be further given respect for their views and contributions. This is essential to the fostering of trust in you and your blog. It is beneficial to the development of your personal communication skills and level of effective contribution to the conversation. Respect begets respect, so it goes. What is more joyful than knowing that readers of your blog know they have a listening ear and you know that they enjoy their conversations with you in your blog.

* Blog with a purposeful strategy

To make blog participation effective, there should exist a well-defined purpose for your blog. The blog must have its own identity. It must indicate to other bloggers what it is all about. It must provide the necessary information that they would love very much to find there. Your blog must at the outset have been built with a strategy behind it. What does your blog aim to achieve? How are you going to guide it to success? For corporate blogs, who will be held accountable? Without a strategy, it will simply not survive out there in the vast wilderness of blogs.

* Delight the customers with carrots

As far as customers are concerned, it is imperative to offer them carrots in terms of reasons for passion, positive experiences and space for the expression of their passion. In treating customers as people, this is a door to opportunities in building good relationships with them. The chances of cementing them are very high. The magical thing about blog participation is that it provides positive experiences that customers will relish and will without reservation commence the relationship with you. They will also appreciate the fact that you have given them space to express their passion that you have brought out of them via your blog.

* Love and address feedback

Inherent in the culture of blogging is receiving feedback. Feedback may be positive or negative. They may come as emails or comments on your blog, comments on other blogs or even comments on your customers’ blogs. Nevertheless, these comments should preferably be addressed soonest. You can (1) thank customers for their comments or feedback (2) own up to the mistake(s) pointed out in the comment(s), and (3) respond quickly and do follow-ups on any pending issues. Should the need for you to respond on other blogs arises, you should be tactful and concise, apologizing if necessary, requesting a return phone call or email, or leaving your explanation on how you have resolved the issue on hand. The response should preferably be short and friendly.

* Perform mirror search on your competition

For whatever purpose your blog is being built for, it is good to know your competition. Perform a mirror search on them, analyze the results and take remedial action. Information that is obtained by hawking on your competitors can be helpful to your research, in terms of popularity for your brand and the response rate for your blog. Available tools that can help you in this area include Feedster and BlogPulse. Whatever industry you are in, it is useful to search for more relevant information through sources such as press release services, analyst blogs, and industry blogs, all of which are specialists in their own rights.

It is a fact that the pulse of your blog is interactivity with the customers. Your blog is not built to be an island. Immerse yourselves in the culture of blogging. Guide your blog to success through blog participation.

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