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Using Blog Carnivals to increase your blog traffic

 

Blog Carnivals are a fun and unique way to drive more traffic to your website. Blog Carnivals are the compilation of blog articles on a specific topic and are based around three primary groups:  Authors, Writers, and Readers. A blog carnival usually comes in the form of a blog article with a list of links to all of the articles submitted within the topic. Blog carnivals are great tools for driving more traffic to your website as each time you write a new blog article you can submit it to relevant carnivals. Those carnivals are then published to readers who will click on links to your blog articles to read your content.

Blog Carnival topics will vary and can be about anything! Some of the main benefits of using Blog Carnivals are:

  • Attracts new visitors to your website
  • Increases your overall website traffic
  • Creates inbound links to your blog articles
  • Increases the chance of your content going viral
  • Provides an opportunity to build relationships with blog carnival authors
  • Might help you increase your RSS subscribers

1st Web Designer, a design blog dedicated to bloggers, freelancers, web-developers and designers, wrote a great article that goes into details about how to set up and participate in Blog Carnivals. You can read the article here.

 

 

31 Days to Build a Better Blog-Updated 2012 Edition

If you have big dreams for your blog but have been putting improving it in the ‘one day’ basket – you’re not alone.

31 Days to Build a Better Blog is a downloadable e-book designed to help you revitalize your blog by giving you 31 tasks that will all help to turn it into the page view powerhouse you’ve always dreamed of. 31 Days to Build a Better Blog has been downloaded by many thousands  of bloggers (over 19,000 bloggers!) and has been recently updated into a 2nd edition for 2012.

The workbook is divided into 31 easy-to-follow tasks that you can work through in your own time.

Each step in the workbook contains:

  • A Task – something to DO that step.
  • Teaching – each day you’ll be given in depth instruction on both the WHY and HOW of the task of the day.
  • Further reading – so you can dive deeper on any task.

Perfect for Bloggers who want More from their Blog

31 Days to Build a Better Blog is for bloggers at different stages of their blogging including:

  • You’ve just started a blog and don’t know what to do next
  • You’ve had a blog for a while but it’s stalled in its growth
  • You’re a blogger with bloggers block and lacking inspiration.

Note: This workbook is NOT designed for bloggers yet to start a blog (PreBloggers). It doesn’t cover setting up a blog.

 

5 Tips to Get More Blog Subscribers

If you write for a blog or website and you want get more subscribers, you need to read these tips. Getting readers to subscribe to your website or blog can be difficult. You need to offer something better than all the other writers out there. Follow these tips, however, and you will have plenty of interested subscribers.

Ask Readers To Subscribe
Readers are not going to subscribe if they do not know that they have that option. At the end of every article or post, include a sentence informing your readers that they can subscribe if they click a link. If a reader is interested in what you have to say, they will subscribe so that they can read some more of your content.

Write Plenty Of Interesting Content
Too many blog writers and website creators write content stuffed with keywords and do not think about whether or not their content has any actual value. Keywords can help readers find your articles, but they need to contain valuable information that visitors to your site will actually want to read. Write entertaining, informative, and engaging content, and your readers will be eager to sign up to read more.

Respond To Article Comments

Your readers will be more likely to become subscribers if you regularly engage with your audience. Respond frequently to reader comments so that they feel like you are interested in what they have to say. If people feel heard on your website, it is likely they will want to subscribe so that they can return and keep conversing with you and other readers.

Update Frequently, But Not Too Frequently
Although you should update your content regularly in order to give your subscribers something to read and discuss, be careful not to send your subscribers so many updates that they feel like they are being spammed. If you update too frequently, you could lose readers who simply cannot keep up with all your updates. Aim for one or two updates a week to keep people interested. Try not to send out more updates than this unless you have something truly exciting to announce.

Offer A Benefit To Subscribers

To get more subscribers, you should offer some benefits to readers so that they feel like there is a real reason to subscribe to your content. If you run an online store or shop, consider offering coupons just to people who subscribe. If you do not run a store or business, offer them access to exclusive content to reward them for their interest and loyalty. Let your readers know that your subscribers receive special deals, and people will be eager to sign up for regular updates. Following these tips will help you convince readers to become subscribers.

This guest article was contributed by Jennifer Bell from Health Training Guide. Jennifer is a freelance writer and mother of 2 based in Los Angeles, CA. Check out her site to learn more about veterinarian training and other exciting health careers.

The Benefits of Using Commentluv

Comments are part of every blog. Indeed they form an important part of the content of the blog itself. That is why it is highly important that we pay serious attention to comments and commentators on our blogs.

First, a blog is just dead or non-existent without comments. It means that no one is ready to engage with you even if you are providing high quality content.

Second, comments are social proof. With a decent number of average comments per post, you can show that up as a social proof, which is great.

Third, comments are also indexed by the search engines, just like your contents. So if the comments in your blog are of high quality, bots note that too!

Commenting on other blogs and building up backlinks for your own blog is very effective for SEO purposes. The newest means, to encourage readers to comment on your blog and to benefit from your own comments on others’ blogs, is the commentluv plugin.

What is commentluv?

Commentluv is a wordpress plugin that rewards the commenter – simple. It rewards by giving the commenter a do-follow backlink to their own blog. This naturally encourages bloggers to comment more and invest their time in the host blogs with commentluv to build high quality backlinks. What are the other benefits? To acquire the commentluv plugin, all you have to do is download and install the plug into your blog. Installation is just like any other plugin installation at WordPress. No brainer. Then you need to register all relevant details about your site at the members’ page.  The registration is optional. If you don’t register, you can leave a link to your latest post when you comment on other blogs. If you register you have the option to choose from the last 10 posts. This helps to leave a link to a blog post that is more relevant to the one you are commenting at.

Commentluv enabled blogs usually attract a lot of traffic. And the traffic is usually not silent readers but active commentators.  If you concentrate on commenting in blogs with commentluv, you can build very high quality do-follow backlinks. And, if you do this in a consistent manner, you can get great numbers in various statistical measures like Alexa rank, Semrush score, Postrank score etc..

All in all commentluv is a necessary fixture for every blogger who is serious about their SEO purposes and methods. The plugin can deal with most of your SEO struggles and you can easily benefit from the amount of links that will be available for you to build traffic from.

Your blogger conference-make the most of it!

The Savvy Blogging Summit starts this week, BlogHer is a few weeks away and numerous other blog conferences and events are scheduled throughout the year. Going to a blog conference can cost anywhere from 200 to over 1000 dollars when you add up registration fees, hotel, meals, and travel costs. It is important that you get your money’s worth when you attend a blog event.

Here are some tips to make the most of your next blog event.

Be Yourself

Behind the computer screen you can be whoever you want, but when you show up “in real life” to these events remember to just be you. People come to these events excited to meet their online friends and when they meet you they want you to be you!

Introduce Yourself

Introduce yourself to the person next to you, across the table and across the hall. Since bloggers spend a lot of time behind the screen, stepping out and being social can be difficult. Don’t think any blogger is “too big” to want to meet you. You attend blog events to connect with other bloggers.

Come Ready to Learn

Does the event have a business focus, a networking focus, or a social media focus? Come prepared to learn. Research the speakers and sessions before you arrive. Figure out what sessions you would like to attend (if there are options). Don’t go to a blog event and spend the whole time working on your blog! You can do that at home for free. Schedule guest posts or write ahead of time so you can spend your time at the event actually learning and networking.

Come Ready to Connect

Make a list of questions to ask other attendees, partners and instructors! Bloggers like to share information with each other, so be ready with questions for your fellow bloggers. It’s also a great time to connect with partners and sponsors. If you are interested in working with certain brands or learning more about affiliate programs, blog events are a great way to connect face to face with your favorite companies.

Did you love a session, connect with a sponsor or meet a new blogger? Give them some love on Twitter or Facebook. People who aren’t there can learn from you and it also helps promote the event you are attending.

Create an Action Plan

What takeaways did you get from each class? Create a list of the items you need to work on and prioritize them into buckets for one month, three months, six months, and one year post event.

What are your tips for making the most out of a blogging event?

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