Posts Tagged ‘blog’

Message to Those Who Hate Their Blogs

May 17th, 2010

Do you like your blog?  Or do you hate your blog?

I think there are a lot of people out there who decide a few months in or even a year or so into a new blog, that they hate their blog.

I’m here to tell you that if you hate your blog, drop it like a bad habit.  Forget about it.  Start a new blog in a new niche.  Don’t worry about any of the work you put into your blog, just move on.  Life’s too short.  It doesn’t mean that you failed, it just means that you are moving on to a new project.

People do this all the time.  It’s called growing.  It’s called learning.

You may even be able to sell your old blog.  Check out flippa.com, the best place to sell blogs (and all other kinds of websites) online.  Digital Point forums also has a way to sell your site, but I’m not that familiar with it.

Just don’t feel like you need to work on a blog that you can’t stand anymore.  If you have a blog you can’t stand, tell me about it.  Heck, I might want to buy it from you.  Seriously, if you have a website that you have worked on and that you no longer want, let me know.  But I should let you know that if it not making money already (no matter how small the amount) or if it gets no traffic and has no search engine rankings, I will probably not be interested in purchasing your site.

Great Content is the Best SEO

January 19th, 2010

seo and contentSEO is a very important factor in developing a successful blog or online property.  You want the structure of your home to be solid, strong, and well-designed.

The same goes for your website.

When people say that SEO is unimportant or a waste of time, they’re wrong.  Making your site search engine friendly and easily navigable and findable is incredibly important.

But…

It’s not the most important thing.

Your content is the most important thing.

It’s easy to find yourself rushing through a blog post or an article so you can get to the promotion and link building part much faster.  Successful bloggers know that their job isn’t done after they finish a post.  It’s only the beginning–especially with a new blog.

An informative, well-written post can be pretty lonely without anyone to read it.  And the truth is, people have a lot of options.  There’s plenty to read out there, so you have to find readers and traffic for your site.  You have to promote your work.

The single best thing you can do for the SEO of your site, other than making sure the structure is sound and it’s highly searchable, is to find high quality, relevant links.

And the best way to find these kinds of links is by writing amazing content that people–yes, here it comes–want to link to!

It’s a much better use of your time to focus on creating amazing content than fishing around the web trying to find people to trade links with.  If what you publish on your site is great, then links will be no problem.  And they’ll all be “one-way” links, not reciprocal!

So, when it comes to the actual content of your site, it will pay off to make it as useful, as informative, as amazing, as scandalous, as eye-catching, and as entertaining as you can.

If I were to give you one piece of advice for your blog or website, I would tell you to not waste your time doing what internet marketers call “link-building.”  Spend your time writing articles for your site instead of worrying about building links from crappy sites in order to “move up the rankings” in Google.  Make your site amazing and the best kind of links will magically occur naturally!

Great Content is the Best SEO.

(image: Ivan Petrov)

16 Impressive Free Premium WordPress Themes

November 23rd, 2009

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Check out my new favorite WordPress theme Gonzo at my favorite place to find high end affordable WordPress themes, ThemeForest.

Many WordPress bloggers love to check out and try new WordPress themes.  One of the coolest things about WordPress blogging is that there are quite a few designers and coders who make some very cool plugins and themes for anyone to use for free.

You can spend hours or even days looking for a high quality theme to use on your blog.  One of the best places to look is on WordPress’s Featured Theme page, which you can access directly from your blog’s dashboard.  There are usually several really good-looking and highly-usable themes there.

There are countless lists of themes as well on design and WordPress blogs.  Here’s a list of some Free Premium Themes at Hongkiat.com.  I’ve been a fan of “The Morning After” (it’s third on this list) for a while now, but haven’t had a chance to use it yet.  A couple of these themes would be great for an online magazine format, or really for any other online business idea you may have.

Let me know what you think of this list?  Also, let me know what your favorite theme is.

Update 11/25/09

I found another great list called the Best Free WordPress Themes of 2009.  Doesn’t “free” just have such a nice ring to it?  Some of the themes on this list, like “Bueno” by Woo Themes, are really nice looking.  If you’re looking for a theme, check out this list.

Also, see this post for a list of great WordPress resources.

How to Build a Successful Amazon Store into Your Blog

November 9th, 2009

If you have a blog, you’ve probably thought about some ways to monetize your site.  One way that a lot of people earn some incremental income (or really good incomes) from their sites is with affiliate relationships with either eBay, Amazon, or other online marketplaces.  Some affiliate with Buy.com as well.

Amazon has some very useful ways to help you promote their products from your blog and gives you a cut of each sale you make.  It’s definitely not an easy thing to do and can take some work figuring out just what kind of product will actually sell.  

The truth is that not every product that seems to make sense to put in front of your specific audience will actually be a product that sells.  In an article at makeuseof.com, Dean Sherwin has some valuable advice on how to integrate an Amazon store into your site (click the link to read) that will help make sales for you.

Three good points that Dean makes are the following:

  • People are not going to buy a $2,000 laptop through your site.  Just not going to happen–even though it would seem to make sense adding a link to this kind of product in an online review of it.  If people can go down the street to Best Buy or Wal-Mart to buy something, that’s probably where they’re going to go.

That being said…

  • Visitors to your website will buy cheaper items (say around $10) a lot of the time.  They will also purchase items off your site that can generally only be found online.  In other words, if it’s only available online and there isn’t a physical store nearby “competing” with you, visitors may just buy from you.
  • Build a separate page for your store and link to it in your navigation with the word “Store.”  Makes sense right?

If you already have an Amazon store or some products linked from your website or you’re looking for a way to (pretty darn easily) add a store to your site, check out this article.