Why Your Blog Failed to Impress That Last Visitor?

blog failed to impress the readerYour blog is your store, your club, your seminar hall or could be your camp where people come. There are some people who come to your site regularly and some who just came for the first time. The visitors to your site are the results of your hard work. The time you put for social bookmarking, guest writing, forum using and for posting great comments on other blogs resulted some visitors coming to your blog.

So what happens if they just go away from the first page of your blog and didn’t come again? These people could become something more if they just stay on your blog for longer,

  1. They could have been your regular RSS subscriber
  2. They could have been purchased from you and make you profit
  3. They could have been promoters of your blog
  4. They could have been your friends and keep in touch
  5. They could have been a business owner with opportunity
  6. They could have been a journalist and could feature you in media
  7. They could have been blog owners
  8. They could turn out being your greatest supporters

Here are some quick reasons why your blog failed to impress that last visitor,

1. Bad Landing Page

The visitor came to a page where there is a weak post or a paid review. Make sure you put the best article’s URL when you comment on a blog post, so the reader will be impressed.

2. Slow Page Load

Have lots of things in the sidebar and takes longer to load. Blog speed is a big issue and it can make or break your website. Read this posts and speeding up your site.

3. No Author Information

A new visitor will look for the author information before even reading from you. Make a good ‘About me’ page and let your reader know you. My friend Daniel has created his blog without an ‘About’ page but he replaced it with author information in the top(Much better!)

4. Bad Navigation Structure

Your reader will get bored in seconds when he will see that there is no way to get back to the home page, he cannot find the things he is looking for. Create a nice navigation structure in your blog which will help your readers.

5. Bad Design

The blog design is common or is filled with unnecessary things. You can find great looking blog templates for free on the internet. Select a nice and simple looking theme. Make your blog brighter. If you use black or darker background, your readers will go away.

6. No Blog Description

Your blog must have a little description in the top or in the sidebar which tells what your blog is about. If it says it’s about ‘blogging’, they will know that this blog is about blogging and they will stay on your blog if they are interested in the topic.

7. No Way to Interact

Most of the tech savvy people and especially bloggers, like to leave a response in a blog or want to connect with the author. If the blog has no way to interact like comments, chat, email or anything, I don’t think there is a reason why your readers will stay on your blog.

8. Spelling errors and bad writing

This happens when you just write and hit publish. There may be error and wrong information in your article. The way I do this: when I finish an article, I keep it as a text document. Then I check it again after few hours and use a word processor to check those grammar and spelling mistakes. This way I can make an article more perfect and can add more new ideas.

9. Mobile visitors

People will browse your blog with their mobile phones. There’s a big chance that they will go away from your mobile incompatible blog, so it is better to create a mobile version of your blog and keep that link in the top of the page. Read this blog on making a mobile friendly site with an app.

10. Lack of Consistency

You must keep your blog article and topics consistent. If a visitor lands on a post that is related to cars, the next thing that will turn them off is a post about cats. So keep your blog relevant.

And yes there is something which you can’t change,

  1. Most of the people coming from social media sites like digg, reddit, stumble upon, don’t like to stay longer in a site. They may not come again even if he liked your article.
  2. There are low visitor numbers in most of the niche in weekends(Saturday and Sundays) -so you will get bad response in that time.
  3. Most people will ignore your older articles when they will see it’s been written 1-2 years ago. So you can keep them fresh by removing the date stamp of those posts.
  4. RSS subscriber count is a major factor to impress a visitor. If it’s low, remove it. Add your counter when it’s higher enough or use someone else’s counter for few days.
  5. At the very end it’s up to your reader’s mind and mood, if he wants to read from you or not. So there’s nothing you can do about it.

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The next generation affiliate network -Pepperjam

Pepperjam network is the next generation affiliate network from Inc 500. They’re new in the market but they got extremely popular with their fresh concept, the network of affiliate market. It’s a better way of making money with your blog/ website if you are looking for some great affiliates.

Actually it’s not an ad company; they provide a marketplace where affiliates and advertisers can meet. After signing up for your free account, you can select Affiliate Programs of your choice. There are so many affiliates on this network to choose from. From tech to computers, books, music, furnishers, no matter what product and what company you want to work with.

Most of the big companies and brands are now signing up with pepperjam network to sell their goods with the network. You can also sign up as an advertiser to sell your stuff.

Each affiliate and the commission system is different. Some are pay per click, some are pay per action and some could be a flat rate system. Once you sign up, they will keep you updated with latest offers via email(and you can also turn it off!)

Every affiliate will get $10 sign up bonus which will be paid to you once you got your first payment. Go and sign up: PepperjamNetwork.com

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Some useful ways to backup your blogger, wordpress and self hosted blog

What if one day you turn on your pc, open the browser, type in the blog address and see an error message saying your blog is deleted, removed or file corrupted? You will feel extremely sad and you have nothing to do about it. If you’re on a free blog platform like blogger or wordpress.com, then it’s obvious that anytime your blog could be deleted. All of the articles, comments, widgets and backlinks will be gone.

Don’t relax if you own a paid hosting plan for your blog. Disasters, server crash or virus can make your blog and all files useless and your host even can’t do anything about it. So the best option for us is to regularly backup our blogs. Here are some of the tips to backup your blog,

Blogger blog

The latest edition of blogger blogs has an import, export feature. Just go to your blogger Dashboard > Settings > Basic.

Click on “Export” on the top and click “Download” to save your blog post and comments on your hard drive.

This is your blogger blog in XML format. Keep it in a safe place.If your blog is accidently deleted, don’t worry. Create a new blog and with the same process, click “Import” and choose the XML file from your hard drive. Check “Automatically publish all imported posts” to publish all posts and comments automatically and click “Import blog” -you have your blog again.

WordPress.com (free) blog

Go to your wordpress Dashboard and select “Export” from the “Tools” menu (the lower left side of the window) Download the XML file in your hard drive.There’s an extra option where you can set permissions. If you select your name, then only your account can use this file(not recommended!)At the same way you can “Import” your blog to another wordpress.com blog. Now the fun is, both blogger and wordpress.com offers XML backup files which mean you can use the backup in both platforms.

Self hosted blog

Most of the web hosting service provides an automatic backup for you. You can also use those options to backup your blog and save it on your hard drive. You can also manually download your files with the help of an FTP client. After that you also have to go to your “PHP my admin” database and “Export” your blog database in your computer.

Please remember that self hosted blogs requires both all of the files from the root server and the database to work properly. You can read my friend, Javier’s helpul guide on backing up and restoring a self hosted wordpress blog.

Other ways of blog backup

  • The best way for backup is to save the raw copy of your posts on your computer in notepad or wordpad file.
  • You can use this online blog backup service for regular automated backups
  • Another smart way for backup is to subscribe to your blog via email. All of your posts will be delivered to your inbox regularly and even if your blog is deleted, you will still have the posts.
  • Creating the same blog in another account could be a better backup but make sure no one else without you and even the search engines can’t access it to avoid duplicate content.
  • WordPress database backup plugin for self hosted wordpress blogs

What if I accidently delete some of my posts?

One week ago @Trulyana tweeted for help that she accidently lost her blog post. I tried my best to help her recover that post and at the end she got it back.Now lets see what we can do for lost/ deleted posts? If you have it on your pc, or in the drafts folder of your blog then you’re saved. Just re-publish it again. If you don’t have any backups then you have to search your blog’s RSS feed for that post. RSS feeds take time to update with the new result so you might get it back from there. If it’s not in the feed then the last hope is your email subscribers. Contact your email readers about it and get it back from them.

How often should I backup my blog?

If you post daily, then backup your blog once a week. You can also choose to backup every two weeks or every month.

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My 1’st year of blogging and what I learned online

[… this post was written few days before the new year and I planned to publish it on the first day of 2009. But for the recent wordpress transformation, I delayed the post …]

Finally it’s a whole year since I launched blog-success.blogspot.com(now tamalanwar.com). In this entire period I learned lots of things, made lots of mistakes, 90% plans were failed and other 10% were a big hit! My greatest memories of 2008 were fantastic. Here is the quick list what I learned in my first year of blogging,

  1. Be serious about blogging -no matter you want to make it as a profession or a hobby
  2. Put your eggs in many baskets
  3. Daily writing is good!
  4. Don’t try to appear on every social platform you can
  5. Don’t add people randomly: The mistake I did in facebook, adding friends without even knowing. Now there are at least 200 people in my friend list I don’t even know them 🙁
  6. Build profile one by one: Chose a site, use it and build a great profile. Once you done it, go and use another network. At the end, you will have power user status on many networks.
  7. Reveal yourself as the author: Because people will like to know who is behind the blog.
  8. My first Page Rank: Yes, it’s history. Got PR 3 for blog-success.blogspot.com in March; the credit goes to regular articles.
  9. Networking with your readers and friends really works
  10. I made money online (If I can make money online, anyone can)
  11. I can blog on blogging (Started BlogKori.com)
  12. Blog on your own domain: Currently all of my blog’s are on it’s own domain.
  13. Help as much people as you can -it costs nothing!
  14. Adsense is not the only way to earn money: Now I have 8+ streams of income source and still trying new sources.
  15. You have to give a value before you can bring out something: Learned from Darren Rowse -ProBlogger.net
  16. Readers are better than visitors
  17. I learned how to make a sticky blog
  18. Made lots of talented friends and found great blogs
  19. Don’t just bookmark your own pages(I learned from Stumble Upon)
  20. Building a helpful personal image(Almost)
  21. Started to blog on WordPress(The new BlogKori)

Wrote 500+ text posts, read 5000’s of emails, commented at least 500 times; received 1000’s of comments, personal emails, requests, messages, chat and tweets.

And finally, Thank you for being with me all the time. If it was’nt you, then Tamal Anwar wouldn’t even existed on the internet.

Happy new year!

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A great list of tips to create a link rich blog

Do you know, you are only few quality links away to the ultimate exposure, fame and wealth? Backlinks are the currency of the internet. To create a link rich blog, you have to create more backlinks. This article will show you those simple, stupid, wise and un-usual ways to create more backlinks.

Well let me tell you more about incoming links/ backlinks. They are the links from other websites which points to your blog/ website. Search engines like google will give much importance and rank to a site with having more quality backlinks.If you have 100 backlinks pointing to your blog and each of them provide 1 visitors each day, that means you are getting 100 visitors daily. Building more backlinks means you are building your blog’s online status and higher search rank status. In this way the day will come when it will be impossible for you to make others visit yor blog -actually we bloggers don’t want to stop visitors, the more traffic means more fame, expossure and income.

Link building techniques:

1. Start with your neighborhood: When you start blogging, ask your friends, family members and your relatives to give you a link from their website. Start this from the beginning. Don’t think about the relevant link because in the beginning you need traffic.

2. Regional community: Join your regional community and ask your country man to help you out. If you’re an Australian then join Australian community, join India bloggers if you’re an Indian blogger.

3. Your online friends: Ask your online friends (chat buddy, fellow blogger and your readers) to give you a link from their blog.

4. Forum, groups, social networks: Use these communities to build more links. Join discussions and provide related informations, leave your links for a resource. Be active on the community to get more friends and supporters. You can add your link on your profile to get another backlink and a way to let others visit you.

5. Bloggers from your niche: Build a network of bloggers from your niche. If you have better communications with them, they will sure link with you, as you are on the same niche.

6. Comments: Leave meaningful and better comments on other blogs. This way you are building links + the readers from that blog will visit your blog also.

Tip:

  1. Leave regular comments to attract the author and his readers.
  2. Add the best article as your link on the comments, so that the new visitors will have a good first impression.
  3. Don’t just hunt for Do-Follow blogs, every link is important for you.

7. Link exchange: It’s a way where you give a link and you get a link. Create a link exchange campaign to create more incoming links, and also help others to build links. You can also exchange links with me

8. Link baiting: It’s a term where you create an outstanding article or breaking news and wait for others to link to this article. Bloggers are most influenced and you can build more links with it.

9. Social bookmarking: If you bookmark your articles on social sites such as digg, delicious and stumble upon, then you are also creating more backlinks. If you bookmark one of your articles on 10 sites that means you are building 10 more backlinks. But the main juice will come when the bookmark will be popular among users. This will be a quality link and also show up on search results.

10. Article directory: There are many sites where you can submit new and original articles. You can add a link which will follow your blog. This way you can create more links. Some other sites are ezinearticles, e-articles.info, hubpages and squidoo.

11. Micro blogging: Sites like twitter, plurk can be very useful if you become active and build a good profile. Add your links on your updates and those will bring new backlinks.

12. Guest blogging: You have to give something before you can take. Writing articles for another blog is a way to attract new readers. You will have a link from that blog with your article too. Read my friend Wei’s article about guest blogging

13. Email signatures: Add your blog’s link in your email signature. This won’t count as a backlink but you will get some traffic when you are sending emails.

So how can I do all these?

1. Quality first: Creating more links is not worthy if you don’t have a good blog. First you have to create a better blog and write outstanding articles.

2. Ping regularly: Use ping-o-matic to ping your blog when you update. Pinging sends an alert to search engines and they will find out new articles and links.

3. Download the alexa toolbar: Alexa rank is determined by internet usage and with alexa toolbar. Be your own supporter and help your blog to build better ranks by using the toolbar. Ask your friends to use it too.

4. Give links, share articles and feature your friends: in your blog. This way others will love you and they will feature you in their blog too.

5. Build a good helpful profile: People like them who are polite and helpful. Create as much happy friends as you can and they will do promotion for you.

6. DO NOT SPAM: To build links don’t try to spam the internet with comments, links and un-wanted things. You will lose your reputation and this approach will ban you from search engines.

7. Don’t do all of these in one day! If you just start doing everything I said after reading this, you will lose hope. Create a habit of commenting, building friendship and being active on social sites. Do one thing at once and at the end of the month you will build enough links.

Have your say,

  1. Did you like this article?
  2. How you build links?
  3. Will you link back to this article?

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How to Change The Design of Your Blogger Blog

If you have a nice theme/ template/ design in your blog, people will love to be on your blog and they will like to come back again. In blogging, the articles are the main thing, but a having a great looking design helps a lot to attract new visitors.

The great part of blogging platforms is that, you could install new and gorgeous looking templates to give your blog a new and professional look. The best part is that there are many designers who are designing new templates everyday and giving away for free!

If you take a search for free blogger templates on the internet, you will find sites with lots of great templates. eBlogTemplates.com is a great site which has free blogger and wordprss templates. Just browse their collection and choose what you like. When you have got the one you were looking for download it on your computer. The file will be on zipped format. Now right click on the file and click extract all. You will then find an .XML file. This is the main template. Here’s how to upload it on your blog, [Continue reading…]

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40+ things how to get targeted traffic from Stumble Upon (SU series – Part 4)

Here are the 40+ things,

  1. Download the latest Stumble Upon toolbar and start using it
  2. Add a nice picture in your profile
  3. Write a nice bio
  4. Stumble regularly
  5. Thumbs up and down
  6. Stay on the site you stumble and explore it
  7. Write good stumble reviews
  8. Comment on the pages you like
  9. Add friends on your niche
  10. Subscribe to other stumblers
  11. Stumble the users and add reviews
  12. Submit the best articles from your blog
  13. Use tags
  14. Stumble funny images
  15. Add your fans as friends
  16. Add friends who thumbed for your content
  17. Message your friends
  18. Send articles to your friends with the SU toolbar
  19. Report about bad stumbles and users
  20. Ask your friends to discover your page
  21. Capture the first time visitor from SU
  22. Make your friends, stumble users
  23. Make stumble users as your blog reader
  24. Let others promote your content
  25. Return the favor to your friends
  26. Connect with your SU friends on other networks
  27. Be personal
  28. Be professional
  29. Search SU for latest articles
  30. Browse your friend’s profile
  31. Add specific article pages in SU, not the main home page
  32. Thank your supporters
  33. Subscribe to stumblers via RSS
  34. Stumble videos
  35. Add the stumble button in your articles
  36. Ask for thumbs up in your article
  37. Add the stumble plug in, in your blog
  38. Stumble through sites like wikipedia, blogger, cnn etc
  39. Use stumble upon search recommendation plug in
  40. Create stumble worthy contents
  41. Don’t stumble because you have to, stumble because you love to

Leave a reply on this blog post to let me know your response

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Adding the ‘Tell a friend’ button in your blog posts

Go to tellafriend.com and click on ‘Sign up.’ On the page you will find the button(you don’t have to sign up for it) Select your blog type (Like blogger), select the button and get the code.

Now go to your blogger Dashboard > Layout > Edit HTML.

Now click on the ‘Expand widgets template.’

Search this code,

<data:post.body/>

Add the code after it to show the button below your posts, or add the code before it to show the button above the posts. Simple!

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Stumble Upon for targeted traffic – Part 3 – Some odd Stumbles that got extremely popular

Stumble upon is a community where the content will get the exposure according to the quality of the stumble. The article will also have to be a quality article so that other people will vote for that too. I experienced some odd things which helped me to get Stumble exposure surprisingly. Here are some of the examples from my blog,

1. For the quality

Article: Micro blogging for fun, for traffic

This article I submitted to the community but didn’t thought it might get a huge response. I wrote this article about micro blogging(twitter) one afternoon. I Stumbled it after publishing and it started receiving thumbs up. In the next 2 hours, the single article got around 800 visitors. I think this is because of the quality of that article and this is why it got some quality stumbles.

2. For the authority

Article: 7 Ways on how to get more comments on your blog post

I wrote this article and stumbled myself. This was not a great one, only few tips about getting comments. But within the hour it got many stumbles from other users. This article got popular and I decided to publish another article by explaining those tips further; here is the 2nd article. I believe the reason for getting the buzz because of my power stumble.(3) For my reader

Article: Earn in British pounds from your blog

This is a money making article. Just a simple article about a money making website, which allows you to earn in British pounds by selling ad space. Few weeks ago I saw this article is having a burst in traffic, around 500 visitors alone. I checked the source and found one of my friend have stumbled this article. This is one thing you would love; when your readers start to promote your content.

4. Double exposure

Article: How to make a person follow your blog forever?

This was one good article from my blog. It was getting usual response from stumble upon and then it happened. One of my friends stumbled the article after submitting a comment. He accidentally stumbled the comment page(that also goes to the same page) and then two pages of one article were submitted into SU’s database. The extra page got also thumbed up by 7+ users and got extra 600 visitors. This is something that doesn’t happens everyday.

These were some odd stumbles that got popular from my blog, please leave a comment if you want to know something about this topic. Do you think any odd promotion could happen with this article too? lets find it out…

[… Above articles got popular in the Stumble community when this blog was on other platform; As I changed the platform, all of the parmalinks were replaced and backlinks from SU was gone. You can help me by promoting any article you like from my blog with a stumble or any other ways you want and let me build an authority again …]

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How to increase page views and capture the first time visitors

If I ask you how to get traffic to your blog, you can give me a list of 10-15 ways to get traffic or even more. It’s almost easier to get some traffic to your blog in no time, but the thing we look forward for a blog is, how much time a visitor is spending in your blog and how many pages he is viewing in each visit? This is definitely a key factor to make your blog better and to convert first time visitors into loyal readers.

I was watching over my blog’s statistic other day and I saw some improvements in the traffic. Thanks to google analytics for collecting my site data. I’m sharing my last month’s traffic status below and you can see that I’ve highlighted ‘Pages/Visits’,

The average number of pages a visitor visits in each time is called Pages/Visits. My blog is having 40% bounce rate that means 40 out of 100 people left my blog from the first page. Getting 2.04 page views per visits is extremely difficult when you are getting the bulk amount of traffic from social bookmarking sites. I get most of my visitors from Stumble Upon but many people complain that the visitors from that source don’t stay longer on the site.

I’ve constructed some good quality articles which sure attract people but also I’ve applied some other ways to increase page views. Here are some easy steps to increase page views in your blog,

Continued articles (Read more method)

There are plugins for wordpress and hacks for blogger platform to create continued articles. When a visitor will land on your home page, he will see a summery of the article. He will then have to click on the ‘Read more, continue reading, or whatever..’ to see the full article. The visitor will be redirected to the article page to read the article; this means another extra page view to read the same article. But if your article is not appealing enough for your visitor, then he will not click on the ‘Read more’ link to see the article.

Internal linking

Internal links are one of the best ways to attract more page views. You have to put the links between the article texts which will link to another page of your blog. This will catch the attention of the reader and he will click on the link to read that article too.

Related posts

There are automatic and manual ways to create related posts under your articles. When a reader will finish reading your article, he will see a set of articles related to that article topic which will give him more resources to learn about the topic. This is a nice way to increase page views and it works all the time.

Using your sidebar

You can use your blog sidebar to increase page views. Use some of your best articles like a top ten list on the sidebar and your readers will read them too. You can also add recent articles, categories, labels and other links that point to your articles in your sidebar.

Article pages

I’ve created some special pages on my blog with a set of articles on each topic. These will help you to capture more page views. The page is full of links to your older posts. You have to make this page easier to browse and to find good articles. You can see some of my article pages like, Popular articles, Beginners guide and Make money.

Comments

Comments are also important for getting more page views. If you can attract lots of comments, your readers will stay longer on your blog to read and come back again to see the reply of their comment. Most of the comments system has another page when a person leaves a comment, meaning another extra page view. You can also use your sidebar with recent comments to have more page views.

More ways for more page views

There could be more ways to attract page views on your blog like adding a community page or an about me page on your blog. You can add the RSS feed icon and email form to capture the new visitor. Using your social platforms on your blog is also a nice way to get more page views. You can use chat box on your page to interact with readers or could add a forum page which will have more page views.

What do you say?

I’m looking forward if I could get 3.00 Pages/Visits, I know it’s difficult but have to try my best. What is your status? Are you getting more page views from your loyal readers? What are the things you are doing to get more page views, tell me and I will post it on my blog.

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