Welcome to Day 17 of the Blog-A-Day Challenge

 

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Wow, the days seem to be flying by in this challenge.

I was on a blab yesterday talking about how to repurpose of your content.  Since leverage is one of my favorite words, here are just a few tips about how to increase the visibility and reach of your blog posts.  I will be writing more about this later today:

  1. When you write a blog post, take the few extra minutes to share it on social media (or have it set up automatically to share as I do)
  2. Look back on comments or on topics that you felt a passion for and repurpose it by creating a short video or you can create a special report that you invite people to download.  By seeing you on video or having someone opt-in to receive information from you, you are creating a stronger relationship.
  3. Share your information with other bloggers or in forums by either offering to guest blog or posting a link back to your blog posts.

If you missed my post yesterday about 5 ways to promote your blog, here it is again:

5 Ways to Promote Your Blog

 

Have a great day!

5 Ways to Promote Your Blog

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Getting people to visit your blog is essential to building a following. Of course, to get traffic to your blog you first need to write great content. Once you’ve got the content,  focus on promotion.  Here are a  few ways to promote your blog.

 

 

Social Media

Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and even Pinterest can help drive traffic to your blog. You may already have accounts with social media sites. You’ll want to consider whether you should create a separate account for your blog.

If you want to keep your personal and professional life separate, it is a good idea. However, if your personality is your blog, then your social media accounts should be under your personal name.

You can use your social media page to interact with others who are interested in your topic and to drive traffic to your blog. In addition to interacting, sharing, and commenting on relevant information, you can share snippets from your blog and link to your posts. This will help drive readers to your blog and help you develop a following.

Keywords

What keywords do you think people will use to find your information? For example, if you’re blogging about nutrition then someone might search “how to eat right or what should I eat to be healthy.” If you have posts on that topic, with those keywords, your blog will show up in their search results.

You can identify potential keywords in a number of ways. One is to pay attention to trending topics and hashtags on social media. What keywords and hashtags are people using? You can also use keyword tools like Google’s Keyword Tool, https://adwords.google.com/KeywordPlanner.

Use keywords in your blog posts and your title where they logically fit. Don’t try to pack your posts with keywords, it doesn’t work and can backfire on you. And you always want to write quality content – focus on your readers first.

Great Headlines

Great blog post headlines entice people to open your posts. They’ll share, link to them, and like them perhaps before even reading all of the content. Great headlines often pique curiosity or they evoke an emotion.

Study the headlines that you click on. Ask yourself why you clicked on it. What attracted your attention to the headline? Also, think about what your audience might be interested in. And finally, pay attention to the headlines that your readers respond to.

Guest Blogging

Consider seeking guest blogging opportunities. As a guest blogger, you’ll write and publish content for other bloggers. You gain a new audience and the opportunity to promote your own blog. Make sure that you’re posting on blogs that are relevant to your blog topics.

For example, if you’re blogging about fitness then you might guest blog on a sports nutrition website. You want the audience to be people who may be interested in your blog and you want to add value to the blogger whose site it is.

Search the Blogosphere

Spend time surfing the web and find other bloggers who are relevant to your own audience. Start commenting on their blogs. Begin developing a relationship with relevant bloggers and provide thoughtful comments. Generally speaking, comments will attract attention from other commenters and blog readers. You can generate traffic, and opportunities, when you interact with other bloggers.

Once you have people coming to your blog, you are in a position to begin profiting from their visits. As a blogger, there are many ways to profit. They include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Selling Ad Space on your blog – the more traffic/visitors you have the more you can charge a company that wants to advertise.
  • Selling your own products or services, including information products
  • Promoting affiliate products or services and earning a commission from the sales

For any of these models to be effective, you need to create a community of followers who get value from what you write about. You want your visitors to come back to your blog again and again.

We will take a look at how to how visitors come back again and again in the next post.  Let me know how these tips work for you.

Welcome to Day 15 of the Blog-A-Day Challenge

Happy President’s Day

You are at the halfway mark!!

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Whether you have been blogging everyday or you have dropped off a little, make the commitment this week to get back on track.  Finish strong.  One easy way is to create a theme for the week and write different blog posts related to that theme.  Ideas include: a comprehensive post introducing the topic, a shorter tip sheet,  an infographic or perhaps even a poll to engage your audience.  You could even add in a short video.  Then a summary at the end of the week.  Have fun with your blog.

Have a great day!

Happy Saturday: Day 13 of the Blog-A-Day Challenge

Happy Weekend!!

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Wishing you a wonderful Saturday.  I look forward to sitting in front of the fire and catching up on my reading tonight.  Many of you may be doing the same. This weekend I invite you to try something new on your blog.  Maybe you decide to shoot a video or share a quote that inspires you.

I will be posting the survey here over the weekend. Please take the time to complete it (should take less than 5 minutes).

 

Also you may have noticed that I figured out how to add the social buttons.  PLEASE use them to share the post- this will help all of you.  Thanks.

Have a fantastic weekend!!

 

Day 12 of the Blog-A-Day Challengers: And the winners are

Congrats to All of You!
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You are all doing sharing such great information and support that each day I get excited to read what you have shared.

Thanks for being so committed to yourself and each other.

 

 

 

There are a few people who have really stood out by their posts and comments for the first week and I want to give them a BIG SHOUT-OUT:

Karen Langston: www.karenlangston.com

Juan d”Argent: www.noeconnect.com

Kathy Marcino: www.kmmdisc.com

Terry Green: www.bizeasesupport.com

Cliff Martin: www.claritytodesire.com

We have another survey coming this weekend about week 2.  PLEASE fill it out as I really do value your feedback.

Enjoy your weekend!

It is Day 11 of the Blog-A-Day Challenge Feb 11, 2016

Gear system

 

You are moving along like a well-designed machine and it is getting noticed.

Please continue to share your wisdom and support with each other.

I am traveling back home today and will announce the winners for week 1 tomorrow.  Thanks for your patience as I sort through all the blog comments!!

Have a great day!

Day 10 of the Blog-A-Day Challenge: Happy Hump Day

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We are at Day 10 and I just want to say “You Got THIS!!”

Your posts have been interesting, engaging and informative which is just what will help your audience.

With that, here is DAY 10!

Keep Thriving!

 

 

 

 

It’s Day 9 of the Blog-A-Day Challenge- Feb 9, 2016

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Thank you to those who completed the survey; appreciate the feedback.  Also LOVE how you are getting into a groove.

Many of you commented about getting new ideas about how to blog and what to blog about and about the support of the community.

You all ROCK!!!   Keep going!!! 

 

Wahoo- It is Day 6 of the B-A-D Challenge (2/6/16)

Welcome to the Weekend! 

I know for some of you this is catch up time.  For others, this might be the time to try something new- a quote, an infographic, or perhaps even a video.  Great job Janet Vasil on all your video blogs (vlogs).  love the weekend

So keep posting, keep commenting and PLEASE Keep Sharing on Social Media.  You can go to www.facebook.com/thrive4success and share these posts (this increases the visibility of the challenge and also each of your posts) and also share each other’s posts.

Look for a poll tomorrow about our first week of posts.