Put Your Money Where Your Blog Is: Should You Pay for Traffic?

August 7, 2013

Pay for traffic to your blog?

 

The Daily Post

Even those of us who blog for purely personal reasons appreciate some validation, whether comments, likes, or just pageviews. Encouraging that feedback is one of the most frustrating things for many bloggers; when we hit “publish,” we want to see the little bar graph go up, up, and away and when we don’t, it’s discouraging. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what readers respond to — a labor of love sinks like a stone, while a five-minute rant makes the rounds on Twitter.

There’s plenty of advice on attracting and engaging readers (some of it from us), most of which requires time and effort without guaranteed success . . . although there is one foolproof method: pay for traffic. But is paid traffic the perfect way to bring in new readers, or does it undermine the point of a blog?

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Writing as Another Muscle You Develop – An Example Routine

June 13, 2013

This works for start up ideas too…

David Cummings on Startups

One of the more popular questions I get is “How do you write a blog post everyday?” I think the “why” question is more interesting, but the “how” comes up more often. Here’s my routine:

  • Keep a list of possible topics on my iPhone (I usually add 1-2 topics per day)
  • Major news or announcements immediately become top priority (like Salesforce.com buying ExactTarget/Pardot)
  • Review the list of potential topics and take the one that is most interesting (weekends are toughest since professional conversations are where most of my ideas come from)
  • Time box the writing of the post to 25 minutes — crank it all out and let it marinate a bit
  • If traveling, write a few posts in advance, otherwise write each post on the day it’s published
  • Find a rhythm and stick to it (my original goal was to write one post a week and I found…

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More Traffic to your WordPress Blog

June 9, 2013

Homepreneurs recently posted about using a blog for home business start up exposure.  Start ups want as much traffic as possible to build name recognition and business “buzz”.  Starting a blog is not enough – people won’t visit automatically.  Keywords, website links, SEO and many other factors are involved.

Need or want more visitors to your WordPress blog?  Try these tips recommended by the fine folks here at WordPress.com support:

Getting more views and traffic

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Reasons Every Startup Should Blog

May 29, 2013

Are you a startup? Start with a blog!

CAHOOTS

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A blog is a great way to open up the dialogue between your startup and the online community.  It is something we (Cahoots) have been doing for a few months now while we refine our concept and product.  Our blog has been a fantastic tool, asset, and outlet for us.  We are attracting a growing audience to engage with on a regular basis. As it turns out the biggest advantage isn’t the traffic, it’s the thought, research, feedback, and encouragement that blogging gives us.  Therefore, we recommend blogging as a cornerstone to any startup.  Here’s why:

1.  The Edge: As of December 2012, there are over 634 million websites (Pingdom).  There are an average of 150,000 new websites and 7.3 million pages added to the internet everyday. A blog is just one more way to get an edge and stand out from the competition. Research has found…

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A Blog Picture Tells a Story

March 19, 2013

In most Homepreneurs articles, I insert a picture or image.  They aren’t always easy to find – legally – and unless one is a graphic artist (not me) it is hard to find the image you want.  It also takes time to search websites, and copy, crop, and place in these blogs.  So why put pictures in your blog posts?

Reason 1 – Visual Appeal.  This was a recent post from Homepreneurs:

Blog with image

The snippet above has an image.

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Similar snippet.  The mouth and lollipop add to the text.  Visual Appeal.

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February 16, 2013

More info about WordAds and blogging for dollars…

The Daily Post

Yesterday, Krista gave you some questions to consider as you decide whether to monetize your blog. If you’re leaning toward “yes,” then this post is for you — the nitty-gritty of applying to and participating in WordAds, in the form of ten questions for our Ads Lead, Jon Burke. (Hi, Jon!)

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February 15, 2013

If you are a blogger (WordPress.com) and want to make a little money – please read Krista’s great article!

The Daily Post

Each of us blogs for a reason: you might write to document your life, you might write to satiate your inner muse — constantly clamouring for your attention just at the side of your consciousness — you might post photos to help you learn more about that awesome digital camera you just got, you might make stop-motion claymation movies because you just couldn’t get enough of Wallace and Gromit, you might write because you just can’t stop, or, you might be working on building traffic to your site so that eventually, you might be able to earn some money from all that creativity flowing through your veins. Each of our reasons for blogging is as individual as we are and that’s one of the wonderful things about the internet and the blogosphere.

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