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Common Blog-Killing Mistakes: Being Unaware of Your Stats

To determine the views/exposure of your blog, look at the site statistics. This will give you a numerical basis for assessing the overall performance of your blog. There is no need to guess whether it is performing well or not. The numbers should also help you gauge whether you are on the right track to meet your goals, and if the goals you have set for yourself can realistically be attained within your targeted time frame. Even before you publish your first blog, make sure that you have already implemented a way of measuring its performance. Some website moderators and blog owners tend to forget about this; hence, achieving success can be quite difficult because they are clueless as to which aspect needs to be improved. Measuring the amount of organic traffic within the website, sales conversion, page traffic, and other site statistics will help measure the performance of your blog. Why You Need to Have Ways to Measure Success Though the Internet is packed with techniques for building a successful blog site, there is no specific formula guaranteeing success. The strategies may vary from one site to another. It is easy to get lost within the realms of blogging strategies if you have no definitive measurement for which strategies work and which ones should be thrown out the window. When a website has a reliable statistics generator, you will be able to see which of your blog-growth strategies has been successful. For example, you can identify the primary source of traffic. You can also see which aspects tend to disappoint web visitors. You will also know which of your blogs captures the interest of your targeted audience. With the myriad of statistics that can be tracked for your blogs, make sure that you take advantage of this tool to measure your progress and success. Measuring Your Blog Traffic There are plenty of options out there which could help you in measuring site stats. For starters, if your domain name is hosted by a major blogging platform, numbers for page views, referrals, comments, and other statistics are readily available. You just need to check them out regularly. For more accurate measurements, you can install tools within your website which will monitor all the different statistics. These usually come for free and it only takes a few minutes to create the account, install the plug-in, and have everything up and running. WordPress offers stats in the Jetpack plugin; there’s Google Analytics or for a really simple tool, check out Site Meter. Measure Your Sales You also should be aware of the number of sales that your blog is converting. You can be a little more...

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Common Blog-Killing Mistakes: Lack of Focus

While “focus” is a relatively easy concept to comprehend, it is incredibly hard to concentrate 100% of your energy on just one thing at any given time. Keeping yourself focused while creating meaningful content on your blog is a fairly difficult task. Why? The Internet in itself is already lurking with temptations. Just log on to Facebook and you might catch yourself bargaining for “5 more minutes” because you get distracted by playing games, liking posts, or chatting with friends. You also have to battle the many available distractions in your environment like undone household chores, the long roster of TV shows you want to catch up with, or even the dinner dates you have scheduled. The importance of keeping focused while blogging cannot be overlooked. In addition to enhancing your productivity, focus also helps you put great importance to critical tasks such as updating your blog with timely content, investing in advertisement, and driving people to your site. While it is easier said than done, we have not actually defined what it means to focus and how to keep focused. So, here are tips on how you can keep focused: 1.    Set SMART objectives for your blog. S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timed. It is important that you write your objectives using this framework, so you can keep track of your milestones at any given time. Examples of SMART objectives include: The blog should hit 500 views daily. Each blog article should receive 20 responses after 2 days of posting. The blog should be included in Alexa’s Top 100,000 websites within one month’s time. Remember, the only way you can improve the results of your blog is when you set goals, meet your goals, and continually identify new goals based on prior success. 2.    Set boundaries. A person can always find millions of reasons to procrastinate, and it takes a strong willpower to concentrate. Setting boundaries such as “I will not check Facebook until after I finish this blog article” is one of the simplest yet most effective ways you can motivate yourself and stay on task. These boundaries give room for distraction later while being productive now. 3.    Create daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly plans. Just like in every project, planning is key. Developing a blogging schedule with different timeframes in mind allows you to list tasks from the most urgent to the least urgent. It allows you to prioritize tasks according to the deadlines you have set. It is relatively easy to say you will do something. It is also equally easy to forget about it. While these deadlines are ultimately flexible (you control...

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Common Blog-Killing Mistakes: Never Finishing Anything

The easiest route to blog failure is to never finish anything. Unfortunately, a lot of people simply give up on their blog. Even if they know how important it is to churn out new ideas and come up with fresh blog content, their motivation is just never enough to make it to the last paragraph of what they are writing about. Hence, they end up with a dozen drafts but no published content. What should be done to avoid this mistake? Start by identifying what hinders you from completing your blog writing.  Then come up with a way to remove or lessen the hindrance. Being easily distracted or lacking discipline How many times have you experienced this scenario? Your hot coffee is right beside you, your mind seems to be in the mood to write, and you feel the creative juices flowing through your head. Then, when you turn on the computer, you end up browsing online, playing games, visiting shopping websites, or chatting with friends. Yes, the internet can be a bottomless source of useful knowledge; but if you allow it, the distractions within the internet just might be the downfall of your online business. If you really want to get to the end of your articles, work on being more disciplined to the task at hand and having more focus on your writing. It is understandable that sometimes you will need a break from writing to be able to come up with more brilliant ideas; however, you need to set time limits to your breaks or you might get to the end of your “blogging” time with nothing to post online because you wandered off to the Internet playground. Never finishing because it has to be “perfect” Being a perfectionist is not wrong but if you want your blog site to be successful, you need tame the perfectionism down a bit. Sometimes, this attitude is the culprit as to why not a single blog post is ever finished. Nothing is ever good enough. The best way to deal with this is to set certain standards and specify a more realistic definition of what is acceptable to publish. For example, you can focus on the length of the article, style of writing, approach for introduction, and other writing goals. Write the articles with these standards in mind. Once you are done, spend some time proofreading so that the articles are free of typographical and grammatical errors. By setting some standards that you can realistically attain, you will find it easier to finish articles without jeopardizing their quality and usefulness. Be the “big-picture” person then be willing to hire help Another key for successful...

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