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Just Can’t Find the Time

Just Can’t Find the Time

I often have people tell me “I just can’t find the time to blog more often”. Okay, then don’t. But don’t be surprised… ready for this… that you won’t be a successful blogger if you don’t blog. Except for the very rare exception, I call B.S. on anyone who says that to me anyway. Why? Because 99.9% of folks have some amount of passive electronic time during the day, usually hours of it. Some justify it as “relaxing” or “winding down”. Whatever.  Do yourself a favor and just admit its easier to sit and watch a movie or surf Facebook than to do the hard work of writing something that will help build your blog and bless others. Lots of Ways to Find Time Over the years, I’ve observed several common ways people can “find time”: Get up earlier – the art of early rising is a lost art now where it used to be a hallmark of the successful Turn off the [electronic item here] Use voice dictation to jot down blog post ideas and notes while driving or out and about Give up something else of lower importance Write MORE so that you get faster. Writing is like athletics… you get faster and more productive with experience and routine practice. I know this by personal experience. I can write a post like the one you are reading in  10-15 minutes while an inexperienced writer might struggle for  hours or even a couple of days on it. Learn to jot down quick outlines that are easy to flesh out later. For example, I might have quickly outlined this post for later with something like the following; doing this makes it easy to simply fill in the details when have time: Can’t Find Time Screen time is the biggest problem List ways to find more time Priorities In the end, it boils down to how serious and committed you are. It’s about priorities and discipline. We all have the same amount of time. You cannot sincerely say “I can’t find time” unless your schedule is completely full of activity (including rest and disconnecting) that is truly higher priority. But again, I don’t find one person in a thousand that can say that. Whether it’s blogging or something else you wish you did more consistently, there is typically a common culprit. I find that almost without exception, “I can’t find time” is due to one of these:  laziness, poor productivity, inexperience, wasted time or misplaced priorities. You just have to be honest enough to admit it, brave enough to recognize it, and disciplined enough to change...

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Methods for Free Traffic Generation – Part 2

Most bloggers are working on a tight budget, especially those that are just starting out.  Finding ways to bring traffic to your blog is one of the most challenging tasks you will face, almost as challenging as consistently producing the valuable blog content that will keep your readers interested – after they discover your blog. A very effective method of bringing in traffic is to harness the power of the search engines (also known as SEO, Search Engine Optimization) by paying very close attention to how you use keywords in your article writing.  The search engines must be able to find keywords in your blog titles and within the body of your article. “Competitive keywords” refer to words that basically tell what you are writing about. For example, if you are writing about how to maximize a three-day holiday in Paris then you might want to make sure that competitive keywords like “Paris,” “France,” “short vacation in Paris,” or “Paris in three days,” show up in your article, preferably more than a few times (within the normal flow of your well-written article). Definitely use variations of your keywords to keep from sounding redundant. Your title should also reflect the keywords of your article to draw attention from readers who are interested, and to maximize your search-engine presence. Make sure that any photos you include in your articles also use your keywords, as well as the URL address for your blog post.  The URL addresses for your posts are going to be shared around the internet so make sure they are clear and concise and let potential readers know what they are going to get when they click on the link. Guest posting and commenting on blogs are other popular ways to gain traffic for your blog. If you can find some other blogs willing to let you do some guest posting, make sure the articles you write for those sites are as good as (or better) that the ones you post on your own site.  You want people to see the value of your knowledge and that your blog is one worthy of their attention. When leaving comments on other blogs or forums, make sure that your comments are relevant, well-researched, and provide value to the discussion. Otherwise people will assume you are just leaving a comment for the sole purpose of leaving a link to your own blog. If you truly gained some knowledge and appreciated someone else’s post or comment (but do not really have anything else to add at the moment), you should consider leaving a heartfelt thank-you comment – other bloggers enjoy hearing how their writing has inspired others and...

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Methods for Free Traffic Generation – Part 1

For most bloggers, the biggest challenge is finding ways to get people to visit their blog. Site traffic plays a crucial role in blogging, mainly because it’s a quantifiable measure of success.  This number allows bloggers to track the performance of their blog on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. As such, traffic generation remains a key challenge for most bloggers. Most successful bloggers use a combination of different techniques to drive traffic into their websites.  One key method for traffic generation is to use social-networking websites and forums. The popularity of free social-networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter has definitely allowed bloggers to expand their reach in the World Wide Web. Not only is membership in social-networking sites free of charge, it is also very strategic to establish your presence in different social-networking platforms. Forums, on the other hand, have also allowed bloggers to connect with like-minded people and interact with them on a daily basis. Both options are beneficial ways to build meaningful relationships with active internet users. The micro-blogging nature of Twitter has made it a very popular social-networking website. Most successful bloggers have increased the traffic to their blogs by creating Twitter accounts. The 140-character limit results in tweets that are simple and to the point – as such it allows you to share snippets of your blog posts, facilitate mini-promotions, or simply voice out whatever interesting thought you had in mind. With over 500 million subscribers, Twitter is an excellent way to find potential readers and subscribers whose interests are aligned with yours. Some bloggers open their Facebook profiles to the public; however, if you’re not one to share your personal Facebook account with the entire Facebook population, you may instead opt to create a Facebook fan page just for your blog. It’s one of the most successful methods for you to capture interest for your blog and to generate more traffic. Forums can also be tapped to drive traffic to your site. The trick is to look for active conversations on the Internet. Since there are numerous forums in the Internet ranging from topics on gaming, technology, science, food, health, and all different interests, it’s really easy to join an ongoing discussion on a topic that is relevant to your blog theme. You can spark interest in your blog using a strategy called “link baiting.” That means deliberately leaving links to your previous blog posts on your comments and replies.  Make sure though that you are positively participating in the forums, offering those users good information and thoughtful comments – not just dropping a link to your website in hopes of getting some new readers. Making good use...

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Methods for Paid Traffic Generation

Bringing in new traffic to your blog is going to be one of the most difficult obstacles you will face as a blogger.  As you spend hours creating quality content for your readers, you will also need to pay attention to your site statistics to see how much new traffic is being generated for your blog based on your efforts.  Many of the free traffic-generation methods are successful, but it may take months for you to see any real profits.  Consider making an investment in your blog and adding some paid traffic-generation services. The following are different kinds of paid traffic-generation methods you can use to improve your blog’s performance and statistics: 1.    Social-Networking Advertising As the most visited social-networking site in the world, Facebook has a global reach of 1 billion active users as of October 2012. Placing advertisements on Facebook is a great way to get your information out to a lot of internet users quickly. Facebook advertising campaigns are setup according to demographics (i.e., age and gender) and even psychographics (i.e., likes and interests). This niche marketing strategy is definitely a cost-efficient way to strategically reach a highly targeted group of people. You can also advertise on Twitter using services such as Sponsored Tweets an Ad.ly. 2.    Text-Link Advertising Text-link ads are basically paid text endorsements placed on relevant blogs or websites. The ads contain a hyperlink to your blog thereby increasing your site traffic and improving your site recognition. 3.    Search-Engine Marketing  If you are aiming to get better search-engine rankings for your blog, it is wise for you to invest in search-engine marketing. For starters, you may setup your advertising campaigns through Google AdWords, Yahoo! Search Marketing, and Microsoft adCenter. They provide numerous online tutorials for beginners, which make it easy for newbies to run real-time advertising campaigns that can easily be monitored and modified anytime. At the end of every advertising campaign, you should also take some time to browse through the analytics. This will give you better insights on what factors actually helped in delivering results. 4.    Mailing List A mailing list is a necessary tool for you to provide weekly/daily RSS blog updates to your current list of subscribers and ensure you can grow your daily readership with new subscribers.  With a list-subscriber service such as Aweber.com, your e-mail subscriptions will be handled automatically. People can subscribe or unsubscribe and you do not have to manage it. Your e-mails to that list are sent out through a well-known and protected e-mail sending service so they will not get blocked by spam filters. When people unsubscribe, you do not even have to look at the request or...

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