A Sneek Preview Into The World Of Blogging
The key to making money through affiliate programs or other forms of advertising is traffic, which is simply the sheer number of visitors who arrive at your blog daily. In terms of affiliate marketing and SEO, the more visitors your website has, better are the chances or rather prospects of your products and services to be recomended from your website.
Many first time bloggers automatically assume that once their blog is setup and they put a few posts on it, they will get some hits and regular readers. This is quite untrue. You won't get any traffic if no one knows about your website. There are many different ways to market your blog and gain more visitors which will eventually allow you to make money through blog-based affiliate marketing.
The use of blog traffic exchanges is one method you should consider.In this particular article I intend to showcase methods for proper blog usability which will automatically ensure sucess for the reason of blogging.
The first priority your blog has to have is presentation. Most web users are instantly turned off by poor presentation or common designs that seems to be tacky at the best. It is a known fact that, no person would prefer staying logged on to a website if the navigation is annoying.
The aim is to have a unique blog, different than all the other weblogs on the net.It shouldn't take a reader more than a click, if any, to find your email address or a contact form. This makes the reader feel like someone who actually runs and cares about the website. An about page(regarding author details) is also a great asset to have on a personal site or blog. The more a reader knows about you, the more they trust your content.
Your blog's usability goes hand in hand with its content. You can specialize in an unusual subject as long as you have an idea of how many people might be interested in that subject. If you do well with your niche subject matter, you could get some crazy traffic for being the only decent blog online with that type of content.
On the other hand you could have widely used content, such as some aspect of technology, but add your own twist with your opinion or comparing/contrasting from other tech analysts. People won't go to your site to read other people's edition, rather they will be on the lookout for new takes.
The one thing to kill your traffic is having identical content to another several hundred blogs.Finding out what your content should be is a key element of your blog's identity and the type of image your blog will ultimately emit. More over blogging or using other people's content will only allow google to announce your website as a PLR (plagiarized) website.
Following are some questions along with the answers that are bound to creep into the minds of many amateur bloggers:
1)How do Blog Traffic Exchanges Work? Blog Traffic Exchanges are simply websites which operate on a reciprocal viewing ratio, whereby you'll manually surf and visit various blogs in the network, in return for other users to visit your blog. For example, by logging into a blog traffic exchange and visiting one blog in their network, I would earn one credit which means that I'll get one visit in return from another blogger who is using the same traffic network. This is the most basic principle of all blog traffic exchanges, although some exchange networks will allow you to buy credits which will translate to visitor traffic from other users.
2)What are the requirements to use a Blog Traffic Exchange? )The most basic prerequisite is that you will need to own a blog. Registration for these blog traffic exchanges are usually free and all you'll need to do is to submit your blog and start surfing to accumulate traffic credits, which will ensure that other users surf and visit your blog as well.
3)What are some types of Blog traffic exchanges?
* Blog Flux.
4)what are the advantages and disadvantages of blogging? Advantages- Free exposure for new blogs. New blogs usually have very little referral or search traffic and the focus is on getting people to know your blog actually exists. Blog Traffic exchanges can perform this function and may even help to increase your initial reader base before organic traffic from search engines starts to kick in.
Building long-term referral traffic. Traffic exchange visitors are all bloggers and are the people you want to attract when you are trying to build a much bigger readership. The more bloggers you have reading your blog, the more potential for incoming links and future referral traffic.
Disadvantages-Some bloggers have suggested that advertising networks like Adsense do not allow the use of traffic exchanges, because they generate artificial traffic and ad impressions.Blog traffic exchanges are similar to StumbleUpon in that you'll never really know what to expect.
For some exchanges like Blog Explosion, you can choose to surf blogs only in a specific field but I'm not sure how many users actually use this function.The traffic that you are trying to monetize is actually limited only to the users of each Traffic Exchange. This means that after consistently using each exchange for a while, the quality of the traffic as it relates to affiliate programs might decrease.
Now coming to the main point of blog success. How does one do proper blog promotion? If your blog is an acclaimed hit you don't have to look back. Blogger itself has an array of settings, many of which work to your advantage in this endeavor. This first grouping is quite simple and just requires that you sign in to your Blogger account and flip a few switches.
Weblogs.com is a blog update notification service that many individuals and services use to track blog changes. When your setting is activated, Blogger will notify weblogs.com that you have updated your blog. That means your blog will be included in various "recently updated" lists on the web as well as other blog-related services.Traffic-grabbing techniques is a little more persnickety and not as readily activated.
The basic gist of this section of methods is "If you build it well they will come." You'll need to incorporate the other aspects of self-promotion, but it's true that writing a great blog goes a long way towards repeat visitors and word of blog. Write quality content and do it well. If your "style" is bad writing, worse grammar, no punctuation, and an ugly design, that might be okay for a niche crowd. But the idea here is to get a big crowd so fix yourself up a bit, pull it together man, have some respect for your readers, and discover a style that shines brightly through good blogging.
The other factors you need to keep in mind while blogging on the net are: 1)Publish regular updates 2)Think of your audience 3)Keep search engines in mind 4)Keep your posts and paragraphs short.
Be unique and be sure that your data is content relative.Another samll topic that creeps up in my mind now is preference.Well just like other bloggers who blog through common and basic accounts I to have a preffered account.
Technorati is one of the best traffic providers for bloggers. It makes your blog much easier to find when people search by technorati tags. Technorati is also a large blog ranking engine. Based on the number of links to your blog from various websites, your blog is given a rank. The higher your rank the easier your blog is to find when people search for things. A higher rank gives your blog greater credibility in technorati. If you don't already have a technorati account get one fast.