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Join The Blog Traffic Challenge!

March 14, 2007

Last week I mentioned that I am going to attempt to double the traffic on this blog within three months time. Two people have already joined the blog traffic challenge (Nenad, and Wendy).

I wanted to make this more appealing, so here are some additional benefits of joining the challenge:

1. If you join me in this challenge, I will add your blog to the Blog Traffic Challenge Squidoo page.

2. At the end of the challenge I will post a list of links to the blogs that participate in the challenge, along with your results.

3. If you enter the challenge, you can send me the most succesful traffic strategy you used and/or information about your challenge and I will post that information (along with a link to your blog) in another post.

In order to accomodate adding new blogs to the challenge, I am creating a deadline for entering. You need to enter by March 31st. The challenge will end on June 31st.

ONLY FAMILY FRIENDLY BLOGS WILL BE ACCEPTED IN THE CHALLENGE.

To enter follow these three easy steps:

1. Comment on either this post or my previous blog traffic challenge post that you want to enter. Please leave your blog URL and date you entered.

2. Send me the results at the end of the three months.

3. Send me information on your challenge and/or the best blog traffic strategies you used. (optional step)

During the challenge, I will be posting blog traffic tips for beginners, along with techniques I use to get more traffic to this blog.

Let me know if you want to join us!

What do you think of my new wordpress theme?

March 12, 2007

I have never really been satisfied with this blog’s theme, so I decided to hire someone to make a wordpress theme for me. The problem is that I looked around for a blog designer and I was bit surprised by the prices being charged. I did find a blog designer I want to use for some of our blogs, but they don’t have any openings until May. So I decided to redesign this blog’s theme myself, because I knew what I wanted to do and I knew how to do it.

I went ahead and modified one of John’s themes and made it look the way I wanted it to.

Another reason I changed themes is because I have been wanting to move the ads on this blog to less noticeable positions. A large portion of my target audience is annoyed by ads, so I knew that I needed to make them less noticeable to get more traffic. That said, I happen to know that on my “non-techie” blogs, my visitors are much less bothered by ads. I find technical types to be much more annoyed by web advertising than non-techies.

Anyway, what do you think about my new blog theme?

Killer Startups

March 11, 2007

The other day I came across this really cool site called Killer Startups. The site allows you to submit your startup web business to it and then users vote on their favorite submissions.

I think Killer Startups is really a “killer startup” website in and of itself. I also think you can use it to keep an eye on what online businesses people are starting up, which online startups people like the most, and to help you brainstorm startup ideas of your own.

Anyway, you can go check it out by clicking here and voting on your favorite sites.

Internet Marketing Tips From The Net 3/8/2007

March 8, 2007

I have been at an advanced J2EE/JBOSS class all week at my 9-5 job, so I haven’t done any “lunch time” surfing this week. However, I still managed to read some good articles in the evenings this week. Here are some of the best articles I read this week:

A Comprehensive Guide to StumbleUpon: How to Build Massive Traffic to Your Website and Monetize it.
Another excellent post by Maki.

Which One is More Important – Product or Mailing List?
I recently heard Internet Marketing guru John Reese say something similar to this.

7 Reasons to Quit Your Job
Very interesting post by Daniel.


My Seven Step Copywriting Process

Michel Fortin reveals the steps he takes to write a great sales letter.

What is The Posting Sweet Spot?

March 7, 2007

Darren Rowse asked his readers a week ago for reasons they unsubscribe from RSS feeds. I added my feedback by giving Darren ten reasons that I unsubscribe from a blog feed:


1. Posting frequency is too low (less than once a week)
2. Posting frequency changes drasticly (from 3 times a day to once a week)
3. Posting frequency is too high (over 5 or 10) posts
4. Posts are too long (just get to the point! I don’t read many long posts)
5. The primary writer of the blog leaves and someone else takes over
6. I lose interest in the topic
7. The blog writer takes the topic in a direction I don’t care about
For instance a blog on SEO that switches from primarily talking about getting links to primarily focusing on the topic of the overall SEO industry in general.
8. The blogger says or does something (more than once) that I find offensive. This happens more often than one might think.
9. The blog adds writers that are not interesting to me
10. I find several better blogs that cover the same topic without committing any of the above 9 mistakes.

The most common reasons have been 1,4, and 8 above.

Then Darren posted the results of his survey here. The top two reasons were:

1. Too many posts (the post levels are too overwhelming) – 37
2. Infrequent Posting (or the blog is effectively dead) – 29

Obviously, posting frequency is an extremely important factor in keeping readers on a blog.

So what is the posting sweet spot?

Well, originally I was going to give you advice on figuring that out, but here’s the real bottom line:

YOU CAN’T PLEASE ALL THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME!

There is no secret formula for keeping all of your readers happy. The most important thing is that you be yourself and do what you enjoy. Your passion and your “point of view” is what will separate your blog from other blogs. People will either like you or not. Just be yourself, post as much as you want to, and enjoy it. Sure, the more you post the better Search Engine rankings will be, but if you aren’t enjoying it then why are you doing it?

That’s my 2 cents for what it’s worth…

My 3 Month Blog Traffic Challenge

March 6, 2007

As a result of my last poll, I have decided to put this blog to a challenge.

I am going to use the blog traffic techniques that I have successfully used in the past, to double the daily traffic to this blog in 3 months or less.

According to this months traffic statistics, I have averaged 503.33 visitors a day and 1388.67 page views a day. That means that I need to get 1007 visitors a day and 2778 page views day by June 6th.

During this time, I am going to talk about some of the things I am doing to increase my traffic and how well it works.

If you would like to participate along with me then let me know by leaving a comment.

And the Winner is…

March 6, 2007

And the winner is … Blog Traffic Tips!

Recently, I put up a poll asking for input on what type of weekly tip you would be interested in. I am going to talk more about what I am going to do as result of the poll. Here are the final results of the poll:

What topic would you like me to do a weekly tip on?

  • Blog Traffic: 36% (9)
  • Blogging: 28% (7)
  • Affiliate Marketing: 20% (5)
  • Website Traffic: 16% (4)

Total Votes : 25

Vote For Your Favorite Blogging Blogs

March 5, 2007

I just started a Squidoo lens that lists blogs that provide blogging tips for bloggers. I plan on adding other blogs that give blogging tips in the near future.

You can add more blogs to the list yourself and vote for your favorite blogging blogs by clicking here to visit the new lens.

How To Get On Technorati’s Top 100 Popular Blogs List In Less Than 7 months

March 4, 2007

I just came across a blog that has managed to be listed in Technorati’s top 100 most popular blogs in less than 7 months!

The blog I found is Brian Gardner’s blog. Brian even wrote this post about reaching the top 500 and how he was on his way to the top 100. Well now, Brian’s blog is all the way up to 71 and climbing.

How did he make it in to the top 100 so fast?

Brian designs really nice free wordpress templates. In fact, he has 14 free wordpress themes so far! At the bottom of each theme is a link to his blog. When people use one of his themes, they are linking to his blog from their blog. Technorati’s rankings are based on the number of links other blogs have to your blog. So, in Brian’s case he is getting tons of links from other people’s blogs, which is quickly raising his Technorati ranking.

What a brilliant way to get on Technorati’s top 100 list!

Anyway, if you want to do what he has done, just follow in Brian’s footsteps:

1. Create lots of free wordpress themes or hire someone to create them for you.
2. In the footer of each theme, have a link to your blog.
3. Submit your themes to all the free wordpress theme sites and theme viewers out there.
4. Watch your blog climb the Technorati ranks.

That’s all there is to it…

Internet Marketing Tips From Around The Web – 3/2/2007

March 2, 2007

Here is a rundown of some of the Internet Marketing/blogging articles that I really enjoyed this week (in no particular order):

Best WordPress Plugins: Custom Query String – Great wordpress plug-in for managing the pages on your blog. I have been wanting to be able to do this for quite some time.

Managing your Affiliate or Internet Business – Free Web 2.0 Tools – Nice list of free tools you can use for your business.

New Keyword List Cleaner Tool – Cool new tool for cleaning up keyword lists by Aaron Wall.

The Power of “Know thy customer” – Brilliant marketing article by Dan Kennedy.

Startup to Freedom – New video from Rich Schefren that explains how to get your business started and get the momentum to make big money online. I recommend you watch this more than once.

Something To Keep In Mind When Choosing A Niche For Your Blog

March 1, 2007

I have been ill quite a bit the past two weeks and it has been a bit rough keeping up with my blogs. I am better now and feel fantastic.

What does this have to do with choosing a niche?

I can write posts way ahead of time on this blog and save them for a rainy day. But on many of our blogs this is not possible.

For instance, my wife Jill has a blog about American Idol. Last week they started narrowing down the top 24. It was three nights in a row of American Idol! Wednesday night, Jill was feeling really ill and just couldn’t write her normal review of the show, so she wrote this post explaining that she would write the review in the morning. Unfortunately, she was way too ill to write the review until a couple of hours before the airing of the first elimination round of American Idol Thursday night.

It would not have helped her at all to have a post saved about how much she liked Taylor Hicks new album, because it wasn’t what people were coming to her blog for on Wednesday night.

If you have a blog that covers the news it is much harder to take time off, unless you have a group blog.

When choosing the niche for your blog, it’s important to evaluate whether or not you want to be able to take a week off without losing momentum. This can be accomplished either by having a group blog (something I am considering for several of our blogs, including this one) OR by having a blog that is NOT closely tied into current events.

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