Is Your Blog Audience on The Decline?

It’s hard work running a blog.

Not only do you need an endless stream of great ideas, you also need the time to write them all down.

But the feeling you get when you receive a comment from someone telling you how much your post helped them, or seeing it being shared across social media, makes all the hard work worth it.

That’s why it’s so heart breaking when you see your readership decline.

There are 6 tell-tale signs that show things may not be as rosy as you thought.

1. How many pages are viewed per visit

You can find this out by looking at your blog’s analytics.

In an ideal world, people will land on your blog, read one or two posts and then hang around to explore what else you have on offer.

But if your analytics show they are only visiting one or two pages and then disappearing, or that there has been a general decrease in page views over time, your blog is starting to lose its appeal.

You can use the Social Crawlytics free tool to give you details of how popular your content is, where it’s being shared and how often. Then, find out which blogs posts are generating the most shares and produce more of the same.

2. How long are they staying?

If your analytics are showing that your visitors are leaving within seconds of arriving, your content isn’t engaging them.

Now’s the time to take a look at what you’re writing and the needs of your audience. Has your writing gone off track somewhere? Have you starting including topics that are outside your niche?

Find out which posts work and write more of them.

3. More traffic

On the face of it more traffic sounds like a good thing. But what happens when your traffic jumps up without you doing anything to earn it?

The chances are it will be short-lived, so it’s no excuse to stop promoting your blog. Share all your posts through social media and make sure there’s a link to your blog in your newsletters and email signature.

4. Single source traffic

You wouldn’t run your business so it was solely reliant on one client, so don’t only rely on Google to bring you traffic.

It’s essential you diversify through email marketing, newsletters, social media, video marketing and website promotion to bring in a range of traffic. If you don’t the next search engine algorithm change could mark the end of your traffic.

5. Hard work

Blogging is hard work and it never gets any easier.

Make sure you set blogging time aside and don’t let anything else encroach on it. Your readers demand great content. It’s your responsibility to make sure it is delivered regularly.

6. Stale

Are you running out of blog ideas? It happens to the best of us. Think about your customers and what they need – perhaps there’s a new topic that you can bring in that you’ve not written about before?

Blogging sounds easy, but the reality is very different.

Coming up with new ideas and finding the time to write is a constant challenge, but one that pays dividends.

Hopefully, these 6 tips will help you keep on top of your blogging game.

5 Shocking Reasons Why Bloggers Don’t Like Their Blogs Making Money

Out of the millions of blogs that exist today only a very small minority of blogs is actually make money primarily because bloggers don’t like to making money.

It maybe odd as everyone likes to make money. So how can one possibly make a claim that bloggers don’t like making money? Let’s examine the reasons why bloggers don’t like making money.

According to BlogKits.com,

1. Bloggers aren’t marketers.
Bloggers are regular people who don’t think like marketing people. Marketing people see opportunities to grow their product or service or brand. Bloggers just blog without all of that in mind.

2. Bloggers just like to write.
In a poll taken in 2005, 36% of bloggers said the reason they blog was “I just like to write” with 28% claiming that “it’s fun”. That shows that bloggers get into the blogging game not because they want to be rich, but because they are passionate about writing their blogs.

3. Bloggers aren’t money motivated.
As mentioned above, bloggers just like to write, and that means they aren’t money motivated. For advertisers this is bad news because bloggers don’t understand the opportunities they have to make money with their blogs.

4. Bloggers aren’t tech savvy.
The biggest reason that bloggers use AdSense so prevalently is because they can “place it and leave it”. In other words, it’s easy.

5. Bloggers like to “keep it real”.
A blog is like a home for a person. They don’t feel like putting a ton of ads inside their home on their walls unless they feel that they can benefit them, and blend it. Bloggers get that there is money to be made, however, they also get that most of them aren’t going to be able to make a living off of it.

Blogging to Greatness – Critical Lessons on the Path to Success

If you are planning to be a successful blogger, here are some tips you can use to up your blogging game.

Blogging is not the same as making a website

Blogging has its roots in maintaining a diary and has more in common with keeping a journal than maintaining a website.

So it has little to do with installing a nice looking website template (although that helps) or installing the latest whiz-bang widget (which slows down the page loading for your readers) and has everything to do with your content.

Compelling content is highly relevant to the reader, acknowledges them as equal (whether they are newbies or experienced bloggers or internet marketers), and provides useful takeaways.

Blogging involves dynamic linking

Blogging is the text-based grown up brother to IRC (instant relay chat) and the instant messaging software out there. It gives you room to “talk” to other bloggers.

Looking at technologies like blog comments, trackbacks and pingbacks to initiate conversations with other bloggers.

Unlike a website, a blog is dynamic, and facilitates 2 way communication. Conversations have been started on blogs which eventually resulted in partnerships and joint ventures. In some cases, they have even ended up in marriage.

Blogging, like anything else in the Internet Marketing industry is what you make of it.

It can be a communication tool, it can be used to build a community, it can be used to generate income.

Is your blogging success guaranteed?

I do not think that anything can ever be guaranteed, but the following tips can help heighten the odds in your favor.

Empathy

Understanding your audience and being familiar with their preferences and thinking helps you create content that is relevant for yourself and your readers.

Making the mistake of blogging in a vacuum, without care or regard for your audience is a surefire way to stall your blogging efforts.

Openess

It’s be mentioned on numerous blogs that often the most embarrassing, personal experiences which most bloggers shudder at the prospect of publishing, often are their signature or landmark pieces.

Blogging about a business failure, or a failed relationship seems to be unwise, or in same cases, just plain stupid.

But it’s blogging about these issues that gives a blog it’s “human” characteristics that readers are able to identify with.

Informative, fact-based blogging is useful, but it does not touch the heart, quite like relating a personal experience.

Personality

Successful blogs are not about recycled content, rehashed public label rights article, or automated posting. They have everything to do with a human face behind the blog.

Why Starting a Business Blog is Important – 3 Tips For a Big Buck Business Blog

Let’s take a quick look at blogging for business. So many folks believe that blogs are simply the domain of the myspace generation, little online journals to record and share mundane life facts that no one in the “real” world could possibly care about. If we are being honest, and you speak to MANY business owners a bit beyond the Generation X age, their ideas of what a blog really accomplishes are a bit out of touch. So if that is you…read on as we examine some quick and easy reasons why jumping into the blogging game COULD be the best investment your business can make!

Search Engine Visibility

Quite simply, a blog has SO much more potential to be found in the SERP’s in rapid fire turn around time. Why? They are topical, relevant and time stamped, and the search engines undoubtedly want to keep fresh information constantly at the fingertips of their “customers” – i.e. – folks browsing the web. Add in the dynamic elements of blog posting, the dedicated blog search engines that ONLY track blogs and RSS feeds, and you have a recipe for getting YOUR message out front of your audience quickly.

Participation in Your Message

The number one thing that blogs build, in my opinion, is participation. They bond your clients, or potential clients, to your message in ways that NO boilerplate ad, commercial or mailing can do. They provide a forum, both literally, and even figuratively, for your audience to interact with your words, message, and ideas. Polls, comments, user submitted materials, you name it – a blog helps you move to the ground floor where the conversation is really taking place!

Tips For Blog Traffic – 3 Tips For Extra Massive Blog Traffic

Some Tips For Blog Traffic Are Not Specific Enough

With that said, I hope to provide you with a concise explanation on how to increase your blog traffic with these tips for blog traffic momentum. Keep in mind that you do not need to be a techno geek to figure this out.

Be prepared also to put some of these tips into action if you wish to see some good results over the next few days. One of the worst things that could happen is to learn something and then not doing anything about it.

Tip 1: Submit Your Blog To A Network Or Blog Ring

By far, this is one of the most technical way to get traffic to your blog but it is by far the best investment ever. Plus, you only need to do it once. At least until you change your URL or create a new blog.

Many networks like BlogTopSites.com are actually blog ranking network sites that makes your blog easier to find and search for as well. The thing is, there is a massive amount of readers surfing this site.

Just sign up for an account there, copy and paste some HTML code onto your blog and off you go.

Tip 2: Have You Heard About Digg?

No, its not a misspelling or anything of that sort. You see, Digg is also another kind of networking community where lots of stories are passed around for specific readership votes.

Again, yes there is a large community of blog readers and news readers that hang around here so write and submit your blog posts as often as you can to this site.

When you see a post on Digg that is getting some attention on StumbleUpon, use it to add the Digg button right away. You will create a viral and ‘domino effect’. See, its all about having people vote for your blog posts.

Tip 3: Do Track Your Visitors?

This requires very little explanation if you are already into the blogging game long enough. You should be able to trace how your visitors found you, what they read and how they left.

All these kinds of data can be easily obtained by installing a statistical analysis tool on your blog. Concentrate only on the parts of your blog that readers like reading.

In conclusion, newsworthy content on your blog is probably one of the biggest tips for blog traffic generation. Be disciplined in your blogging efforts and soon you will see fruits of success.

Tips For Blog Traffic – 3 Tips For Extra Massive Blog Traffic

Some Tips For Blog Traffic Are Not Specific Enough

With that said, I hope to provide you with a concise explanation on how to increase your blog traffic with these tips for blog traffic momentum. Keep in mind that you do not need to be a techno geek to figure this out.

Be prepared also to put some of these tips into action if you wish to see some good results over the next few days. One of the worst things that could happen is to learn something and then not doing anything about it.

Tip 1: Submit Your Blog To A Network Or Blog Ring

By far, this is one of the most technical way to get traffic to your blog but it is by far the best investment ever. Plus, you only need to do it once. At least until you change your URL or create a new blog.

Many networks like BlogTopSites.com are actually blog ranking network sites that makes your blog easier to find and search for as well. The thing is, there is a massive amount of readers surfing this site.

Just sign up for an account there, copy and paste some HTML code onto your blog and off you go.

Tip 2: Have You Heard About Digg?

No, its not a misspelling or anything of that sort. You see, Digg is also another kind of networking community where lots of stories are passed around for specific readership votes.

Again, yes there is a large community of blog readers and news readers that hang around here so write and submit your blog posts as often as you can to this site.

When you see a post on Digg that is getting some attention on StumbleUpon, use it to add the Digg button right away. You will create a viral and ‘domino effect’. See, its all about having people vote for your blog posts.

Tip 3: Do Track Your Visitors?

This requires very little explanation if you are already into the blogging game long enough. You should be able to trace how your visitors found you, what they read and how they left.

All these kinds of data can be easily obtained by installing a statistical analysis tool on your blog. Concentrate only on the parts of your blog that readers like reading.

Why Do People Blog?

What do people blog for? Is it for fun, fame, fortune… for the good of the online community? I’ll tell you why I blog – it’s because I want to make money. I want to be like John Chow, Shoemoney, Pro Blogger – all those guys. I want to do what they do because every day they tell me that I can do it.

These pro bloggers are making money by telling us how to make money. I’ve been visiting these blogs for several months but it’s only now that I’ve taken the initiative to move from passively reading the achievements of pro bloggers to trying to emulate those achievements.

I consider myself a second level blogger. What I mean by that is that I am taking the information provided by the top level bloggers and making it apply to me. I am putting what they tell me to the test to try and make money.

Without the top level pro bloggers there wouldn’t be people like me who really don’t know much about what they’re doing.

I get frustrated when I see bloggers write that they’re not doing it for the money, but rather, they’re doing it for us. Come on! What blogger in their right mind is going to make $1,000 plus a month for the general good of the online world? If that’s how it is then give the money to charity instead of buying a new computer or an iPhone.

There are a large proportion of us who are in this blogging game to make money. But what do I have to offer in return? I’m not an expert in any field, I don’t have any exceptional coding or graphics skills, and I don’t know the first thing about business – so what is my place in the blogosphere?

I’m a 24-year-old English kid working for a newspaper and living on a tropical island in Southern Thailand. Life is pretty sweet, but when you live in a country where a decent meal costs 50 cents, it pays to have a second income. That’s why I’m here and that’s why I start my make money online blog.

Getting Traffic to Blog – Visit the Forums and Build a Community

Continuing on the subject of driving traffic to your blog not only do you need to visit other blogs, but also forums. Not only are forums a great resource where you can learn almost anything about blogging, SEO, coding, and website design, but more important you can start to build a community of friends and contacts.

I love forums. digitalpoint.com – This forum is great because it is full of bloggers that have a endless supply of information. A couple of other reasons I like digital point is because they let you put links to your sites and some ads in BBCode, and they let you share in the Google AdSense program on their site. So, with digital point it is a win win to me.

Once you start to build your community of friends you can send them messages about changes to your blog, or recent post that they might be interested in, and this will increase your traffic tremendously. Also, you will find that many members are looking for stuff to stumble and dig. I get a lot of traffic from forums that I visit, and as I always say TRAFFIC = MONEY in the blog game.

MyBlogLog is a great place to build a community. We have started our community, and are starting to see great results from it. Plus, with MyBlogLog once you have a community you can send a message to everyone in that community at the same time. This saves a lot of time, and I am really starting to like building a MyBlogLog community. We are currently trying to get our first 100 member’s, so be sure to drop by and sign up.

When I look at my stats which I do daily I am seeing more and more visitors coming from the forums I use. So, my advice to you is to find a couple of good forum’s that fit your niche, and start to build relationships in them, and you will see the traffic to your blog increase because of it.

Affiliate Marketing – How to Use Blogs to Become a Clickbank Super Affiliate!

Just getting started using Clickbank and don’t know where to start?

Here is how you can create a blog to promote your affiliate link:

1. Sign up at Blogger or WordPress. If you are just getting started in the blogging game, then Blogger is a great user-friendly choice.

2. Choose a name for your blog. You’d want to have highly searched keywords in your blog name. Go to AdWords’ External Keyword Tool. It will give you the search count per month for your keyword. Anything above 10,000 searches a month is a potentially profitable proposition.

3. Create content in the form of articles and make a few posts once your blog is created. This gives the search engines fresh content to ‘chew’ on. Important: Make sure your posts are keyword rich. Target specific keywords with your posts with the aim of getting high rankings in the search engines for those keywords.

4. Ping your blog using Pingomatic.com. This will send an alert to the search engines and various blogging directories that your blog has been updated and will give you a fresh stream of traffic.

5. Use SocialMarker.com to bookmark each and every one of your posts to a variety of the most popular social bookmarking sites. This will increase your backlink count (good for search engine optimization) and also give you more direct traffic.

Now that you know the specific steps to get started sending free traffic to your affiliate link, I suggest you take action now to make things happen and bring in the money!

Fabian Tan is a well-known Internet Marketing expert and the author of the popular 45-page Report:

How-To Increase Traffic to Your Blog With Google Analytics

So you like to blog. Of course you do! Blogging is fun. It’s fun to write whatever you want as the feelings come to you. It’s your own personal vent space. Blogging is more fun, however, when people read the vent. There is no satisfaction in the world like reading supportive comments from a swath of readers after a tirade on poor customer service. Wait-yes, there is! Having someone from a book publisher write you and offer you money to create a book from your blog is probably much more satisfying than a few scattered comments by visitors that don’t happen to think that your writing is fit for a middle school yearbook. Visitors rule. You like them. You want more of them.

But how do you attract them?

Most bloggers have this quandary, especially if they are new to the blog game. That’s why Google Analytics is probably a good download choice if you are trying to increase traffic to your blog. Google’s analyzing tool can tell you things about your blog like:

1) Which of the referring sites sends you the most traffic

2) Which of your articles have the lowest “bounce”

3) Which keywords reel them in

4) Which visitors are subscribing to your site and your email list

5) Which of your articles made the most money from AdSense

It can tell you a lot more than that, but these are just the essentials that most people use it for. If you are a geek, or a geek-in-training, there are tools that help you see what your visitors do within the blog so you can move things around to make it easier for them to click on links.

Knowing what to write about to bring in the most AdSense dollars is a very big deal if your blog was created for the purpose of generating a little revenue. It’s also important if you are trying to be the next “Julia and Julia.” Attracting return readers is important. You want to show those publishers that you have content that readers enjoy and that you already have a build in fan base. It’s not enough anymore to have a good idea, you have to show that you are half-way there.

Installing the tool isn’t difficult. Some blogs already have standard Google Analytics plug-ins waiting to go. Perhaps, you already have it and want to become a power user-there’s a Google Analytics blog provided by Google to help you make the most of this incredible (and free) tool.