Optimize your blog’s RSS feed for maximum results Part 1

If you are still trying to figure out about RSS(Really Simple Syndication) -then this article is specially for you and how you can get maximum results from it.

Every blog has its own RSS feed/XML feed. There are many platforms to burn your RSS feed and one of the popular service is called google’s FeedBurner.

The reason to choose feedburner is because its fast, easy and has lots of features. Now let me explain the RSS feed to you. Take a look at the picture,

The top page is your blog with having title, blog post, ads, links, widgets and lots of things which you have in your blog. When you will burn your blog RSS feed, it will look like the second window with having only the blog post/content. And it will have no other links, widgets, ads and no other things. Because RSS feeds only have the content, these loads faster on the browser and this is why most of the people likes to read blogs in their RSS readers.

When you will burn your feed from feedburner, you will get your feed address which will look like this, feeds.feedburner.com/blogkori. You have to set it up with your blogger account.

Go to your ‘blogger dashboard’ > ‘settings’ > ‘site feed’

Now select ‘full’ -as ‘allow blog feeds’

Now add your feed address(eg: feeds.feedburner.com/blogkori) on ‘Post feed redirect url’ -so that every feed on your blog will redirect to your feedburner RSS feed.

This means your readers can read the full article on their RSS reader. If you select ‘short’ -then they will be able to read few lines in the RSS feed and then they have to come to your blog to read the rest of the article. If you want to build up a strong readership, you will have to provide ‘Full RSS feeds’ because professional bloggers offer full RSS feeds.

Why should I provide Full RSS feeds?

  • To keep your subscribers connected to your blog
  • To make it simple for your readers to get the updates
  • A big readership is far more better than having lots of visitors
  • To turn your visitor into a regular reader
  • More readership means more blog status
  • RSS readers will promote your blog
  • To make your reader remember your blog

I hope after reading the above article you now know,

  • What is RSS and how does it work?
  • Why it is important for a blog?
  • How to set it up with feedburner?
  • Why should you provide Full RSS feeds?
  • How RSS helps you to get regular readers?

If you still having any question regarding with Feeds and RSS, then you could ask me anytime. This article has been continued with more advanced tips on the next part.

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Removing the blogger navigation bar from a template

There are only few built in templates in blogger platform and one reason I don’t like them becasue of the top blogger navigation bar on every template. There are other cool templates can be found on the internet and but many of them have the same un-professional nav bar. If you could remove the nav bar from the template, the template will look great and professional.

Actually every blogger template could be customized as a great looking template but before we went to that part, lets remove the boring nav bar from blogger.

Go to your blogger dashboard> layout> edit HTML. Search this code,

]]></b:skin>

Now add this code above the code,

#navbar-iframe {height:0px;visibility:hidden;display:none}

It will look like this, and save the template

#navbar-iframe {height:0px;visibility:hidden;display:none}
]]></b:skin>

With this trick, you can remove the navbar from any blogger template.

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Expandable ‘Read more’ posts in blogger

All of you people who have seen this upgrade in wordpress blogs, I’m talking about the ‘Read more’ button and when you click on it, you will be redirected to another page to read the entire article. This is a cool hack because in this process, you will be able to show up maximum articles in your home page. Your readers will have more choice browsing your blog.

This is a cool hack of blogger, not the traditional ‘Read more’ one, its even better. When you will click on the ‘Read more’ button, you will see the rest of the post on the same page -how cool is that?

To do this trick, you have to mess with some HTML codes.

Step 1

(a) Go to your blogger dashboard and go to Settings > Edit HTML.

Now if you made a mistake, you will have to change your template again. So ‘Download full template’ and have the backup in your pc.

Click on the ‘Expand widgets templates.’

Now search this HEAD code,

</head>

Add this code on this page before the HEAD(not after)

(b) Now look at this code on this page. You just have to add those extra codes marked in RED on your template. (Please do it carefully)

Click on ‘Save template’

Step 2

Now everytime you create a new article, you have to add some codes to enable this hack. To make a shortcut to this code, go to blogger dashboard > Settings > Formatting.

Scroll down and you will see a box named ‘Post template.’ Add this code on the box and click ‘Save settings’

<span id="fullpost">

</span>

Now every time you create a new blog post, you will see these codes on the HTML view.

Write your blog article summery and the rest of the post on those codes shown below and ‘Publish’

[Please note]

  • This hack will only show on the home page and archived pages.
  • You have to manually add the codes on every post to enable this hack
  • When you will upload photos, the codes will duplicate with the same codes in the image so the hack might not work. So you have to delete extra span codes and put them all together in the correct order.

If you run into any trouble, then please ask for my help.

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How to Brand Your Blog – A Complete Guide

Blogging is not about setting up a blog, write some articles, promote and make some money, its all about the brand and the main profit will come in the long run.

Before you read more from this article, please answer this question:

Do you just want to check out blogging and want to do it as a hobby?

or

Do you want to make a profitable business for the long run?

If you choose the second option, that means you want to build a better blog and to have benefits for the long run, this article is for you. One of the strong things about any industry is the brand. You can make a great and better blog just by branding it.

problogger is a blog brand

Branding a blog is the thing that makes people never forget about it. People will always come to read more from it and they link out and write about it. Read this guide on how you can brand your blog, [Continue reading…]

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How to make a person follow your blog forever?

Now this is not a post about how to get more traffic, how to get more RSS readers or about how to make others join your blog’s community. Making a person follow your blog is something different than making some people subscribe to your blog.

What is my identity on the internet?

Before you try to bring some people to your blog and let them read from you, first you will have to introduce yourself. Creating an ‘about page’ or at least a contact page on your blog will help you to bring yourself in front of the audience.

Your readers are people and they will want to know about yourself, where you from and what you do. As the author you will have the chance to keep your privacy as you want but the best way to make your readers attracted to your blog is to add your bio in your blog.

You can post your own picture and a little about yourself on the blog to highlight yourself. Using the real name is the best option and this way you can easily brand your name too. Now you have to provide some ways to connect with you. The best way to do this is to add your social profiles on your blog like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.

As a blogger you have joined social platforms to promote your blog or started to blog after building a social profile. If you connect your blog with your social platform, this will help you to make your blog more personalized and interactive.

Who are my readers and what they want from me?

Your blog visitors are people, not computers. If you want to make them as your regular readers, you will have to communicate with them with your blog and have to solve their problems. People likes to read a blog because he likes the person behind this blog.

You have to put things and tools to communicate with others in your blog. Use email addresses, chat box, comments options and other ways where people can communicate with you. The more readers who will interact with your blog, the more active your blog will be and the more success you will have.

The most important thing which makes a visitor comes back to your website is because he is treated well in your blog. If you reply to the comments, help the person and answer his question, if you mention him and his work in your blog post, that person will like to comeback again and again in your blog.

They will follow you because you are their leader

Every blogger follows another blogger and this is the way the blogsphere works. Small blogs follow big blogs and new blogs follow small blogs. New people in blogging follows the new blogs and this is how it goes on. The person starts to follow your blog because you are something different to him. At the same way you are following another blogger too.

Most of the bloggers like to follow a small blog or the blog which is near to him because he might get ignored if he would follow a huge blog. If you want more followers and want them to bring new ones, then you have to focus on your followers.

Making your followers stick to your blog is not a big deal. You have to response to them, have to connect with your readers, have to reply their comments and have to help them with new articles.

Avoid being self centered

Most of the blogs lose their originality because of being too much self centered. If you become personal in your blog, that’s fine like you can post about your achievements on the internet or about the latest page rank update but if you only focus on you, your readers will go away.

Your readers are looking for help and the way they can have new informations. But most of the time bloggers forget about their readers once they succeed to get 20-30 thousands RSS readers or making $20,000 per month. JohnChow is one example where he is now writing ‘what he is doing today, where he had his lunch, how he went to the blog expo’ etc. These posts don’t help your readers and makes them go away.

Your readers can get mad of you if you only post about these things, ‘Wow I received $50, I got my check, I paid my bills’ and many others like, ‘I commented on a Page Rank 3 blog, I got alexa rank of …, My RSS readers reached 100’ etc

Just ask your readers

The reason your readers are not connecting with your blog is because you never asked them to connect with you. Ask a lot of questions and let them know that you are just like them and don’t know everything. Your readers will enjoy helping you with new informations.

Ask them to subscribe to your blog RSS and tell them why it is important to them and to you. Ask them to leave a comment on each of your blog post. Not just comments, ask them to post a question or give an answer. If he posted a comment, make it a two way discussion and reply to it. Ask them to link your blog and link their blog too.

Whenever someone connects with you via social networks, don’t forget to communicate with him. If someone new votes for you on social sites, then add him as friend and thank him for that. If you liked one of your readers, connect with him with other networks, read his blog and subscribe.

Do you think this will work?

What do you think about this article? As a blogger, should you focus on only subscribers or your true followers? Do you think true followers are better than regular ones? How do you make people follow your blog?

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The Yahoo! way of getting tons of traffic for your blog

Traffic is the only way to get endless popularity, success fame and money from the internet. Most of the bloggers are depended on Google and google based services to get traffic for their blogs and everytime yahoo is being ignorred in this rush. But you have to face the fact that yahoo is a great part of the internet and has unlimited opportunities for bloggers and webmasters. Just because yahoo search is giving less traffic to our blogs, we are just ignoring the endless opportunities.

The best thing about yahoo is, you just need a yahoo account([email protected]) to access almost every service. So there is no hassle to create new accounts. Now lets see how you can get tons of traffic with the Yahoo way!

Site explorer

Yahoo site explorer is a service for webmasters and bloggers. You can easily optimize your site and rankings here by using different tools. If your blog is new, you can add your url to the yahoo directory. Click here to go to the page and submit your blog’s address and wait for yahoo to index your page.

Yahoo ranks web pages with the number of incoming links(backlinks) pointing to them. By adding a link counter widget, you can see and show your readers how many backlinks you have. This will also help yahoo to track your blog, pages and will get better ranks. Click here to get the yahoo widget.

My yahoo

My yahoo is actually a RSS feed reader but you can use this service for your own benefit. Sign in to my yahoo and click ‘Add content.’ Click ‘Add RSS feed’ and submit your blog’s RSS feed address. Your blog’s RSS feed and the latest articles will be placed on your my yahoo page.

This is a cool trick which will help yahoo to index your blog faster and off course the more pages indexed, the more chance you will get to show up in the search page.

Social platforms

There are many social platforms of yahoo where you can get traffic, build backlinks for search optimization and make new friends and readers. Here are some of the top rated ones,

Yahoo buzz

Yahoo buzz is the latest addition in the yahoo family. You can add you blog articles in buzz and can get lots of traffic from there. The popularity of an article depends on total Buzz up!(vote) for an articles. You can ask your friends to vote your content.

A large amount of votes will take your article into the front page and give you tons of traffic, there is also a chance to get featured into the yahoo home page -which means more expossure. Every time you submit a new article in buzz means another backlink from yahoo, so everything is a benefit.

MyBlogLog

My blog log is a blogger’s community and there are lots of blogs and bloggers there. You can add friends, communicate, submit and create your blog’s community page. Friends will join your blog’s community, you can create a cool widget and can track blog traffic statistics. If you become a regular user of the community, you will get lots of expossure for your blog.

Delicious

Delicious is a mega social bookmarking site. Lots of people use delicious for bookmarking websites and articles. This site works just like yahoo buzz but the exposure level is really big. You can use this site to find new readers and for building backlinks.

Each article gets one more vote everytime it is being added by anoher user. Most of the popular contents on delicious are web design, HTML, tips, and technology based.

Flickr

Flickr is a photo sharing community. Lots of people share their photos, comment, message and create groups. If you have some interesting photos, share them on flickr and and build a buzz. Make new friends and call them to visit your site.

You can upload your blog images on flickr and this will give you an extra data space online. Flickr images are better indexed in yahoo image search and that’s another way to get better search results from yahoo search.

Answers

Yahoo answers is a killer way to get lots of traffic in no time. Its just like a forum, but the system is all about question & answers. People post lots of questions related to everything. Now you have the chance to bring them to your site. Search on the topic you blog or you have such expertise on it. Now look at the questions and answer them.

Now don’t try to put your blog address on every answer! Give good and helpful answers and build a nice profile. Participate in the community actively. When someone will ask a question, which you have written about in a blog post, give the link. Give short and good answers and and provide your url for reffernce. This way you can get lots of backlinks from yahoo and off course, new readers.

Groups

Yahoo groups is also a big community of lots of people. You can join and create groups. Share topics, provide answers, links, photos, videos and lots of things. You can join and make new friends. Create a group about a topic or join one which is about the topic you blog and be active on the community. This will just work like the yahoo answers but you will have more options to spread you knowledge and network.

Mail related services,

Yahoo mail

You can use this tip with any email services. Add a signature text on your every outgoing mail and add the links to your blog an the signature. Everytime you will send an email to someone, he will see the link and may visit your blog. I send lots of mails to my friends, readers and others and this way I receive lots of visits from the emails.

Yahoo chat

Yahoo messenger is a free service to chat with people around the world. When there is a person, there is a chance to transform him into your reader. Communicate with lots of people and talk with people with related interests. Send your link to your friends and ask them for a visit. Please don’t be a spammer and don’t spam the community!

What more?

Do you know any other yahoo services which will help us to get more traffic and backlinks? What do you think about the Yahoo way and this article?

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10 Tips to Engage Your Blog Readers for Longer

Blogging is not just about write, publish, promote and forget. Blogging is all about creating a community and to make your blog a place where people like to come back again and again. To build a better blog you need to make it an exciting place to be.

You may have read a lot of posts about how to get traffic and now you know quite well how to bring some visitors to your blog. In the end of the day, if all of your visitors go away then what is the point? Don’t just check how many people visit your blog focus on how many people are staying on your blog for a long time.

Also read: How to track your blog visitors with Clicky

If generating traffic is the first step, engaging your readers would be the second step. This will help you to build up a solid blog.

Now here are 10 tips that will guide you to engage your readers on your blog for longer, [Continue reading…]

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Learn these Black hat SEO techniques but don’t apply them with your blog

Search engine optimization(SEO) is the science of getting better search results in search engines. But the crazy part is that, no search engines likes google, yahoo or ask tells anyone the ways they rank web pages, blogs and how they put them together on their search page.

We bloggers who spend day and night with search results and searching thousands of keywords, learn by the way they provide each search results. Now we can give a suggestion that, doing this might give you better places in search engine.

There are many ways to increase your search results. The natural way of building backlinks and other methods are the white hat SEO or the good guy way. And the other way is called the black hat SEO or the bad guy way. Black hat SEO is bad because google doesn’t likes this one and might punish you for doing this.

Here are some black hat SEO techniques to learn from but applying them will lead you to, BANNED FROM GOOGLE!

Spamming

Spam are the junk files of internet, some informations which are not worthy. If you spam on blogs and forums to build incoming links, this will be a bad way to build links and when google will find you, they will punish you. Signing up for many accounts in any social platform, creating lots of blogs un-naturally is also called spam. Google has your IP address stored and knows what you are doing online so everything you are doing is effecting your overall reputation.

Link farming

If you start a massive campaign of link exchange to build incoming links to your blog, this will determined as a link farm. Linking to lots of off topic blogs will make your blog a linkfarm and google doesn’t likes link farms. Linking with a link farm, like the link exchanging websites is also a black hat SEO trick.

Traffic exchange websites

The sites which allows you to exchange free traffic and visitors and show unwanted pop ups, are the bad neighborhood. Linking or using traffic exchange sites is a bad guy trick.

Link trading

This is a controversial issue. You may want to pay other sites to show your link for traffic or get paid to link other blogs to make money, just as we do to make money with paid contents. Google doesn’t likes this method of paid links that’s why they punish the sites with paid links. In pro blogging, you will have two options to choose from, get paid from paid content or get a good page rank.

Hidden keywords

Your page will never show on the search results for the term, ‘baseball’ if there is nothing written about it on your blog. Black hat SEO experts create a list of all sort of searchable keywords and place them on their blog. Now they will pick the color of text to match the background so that the keywords will be invisible to humans but it will be accessible to search robots and will get ranks. This is a serious trick and it may ban your site completely from the search engine.

Backdoors

To stay out of trouble, black hat SEO’rs create two websites. One is for the dirty trick and one is the main site. First one is filled with hidden keywords, spam and other tricks to get ranked well in search engines. This page is an opening page and linked to the main website. If this site gets banned, they will stay out of trouble and their main site will be safe. Google has advanced technology to find the backdoors so please don’t try this at your site.

Robot texts

Most of the programmers create special robot texts to spam, build links, get ranks and for other things. Using robot texts to getting better search rankings is a black hat SEO trick and you should not use it.

Who got banned?
Everyday thousands of sites are loosing their ranks, places or even the existence in search engines for using black hat SEO tricks. This method may result a boost but have terrible effects on your blog’s ranks.

JohnChow.com is a big blog and have 25,000 daily RSS readers. John chow had google page rank 6 few years ago and now he has NO page rank. He is banned from google for using black hat SEO tricks and getting lots of un-natural incoming links. If you search the term, ‘John Chow’ or ‘Make money with john chow’ -you will never see johnchow.com in the google search.

So my suggestion is to stay out of trouble and use legal methods to get traffic and ranks. Traffic and success has to come automatically, not illegally.

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Micro blogging, for fun, for traffic

There are many blog platforms like blogger, wordpress and typepad. And there are also many micro blogging platforms in the internet. The first concept of micro blogging was introduced by Twitter and it is now the leading industry of mini blogs.

Mini blogs are easy to understand and update. The lenght of a mini post is being set to 140 characters so that it can be easily used with text messages/ SMS. Its a very short lenght, like you will only have few words to say in every update but still its a great way to connect, share and network with others.

How can it help?

You can use a mini blog platform to get updated with your friends and readers. Its a social platform and you will have the chance to share and communicate with lots of people.

You can add the link of your new article on an update and you will get some more visitors. You can add the twitter updates on your blog and it could be a part of your blog.

Special updates!

There will be events when you will want to let your readers know about it. Like, you achieved something, you got featured in any media/ blog, you want to announce something or want to share a special link. If you update it with a regular blog post, it will not look like professional.

For an example, you wrote a new blog post that you got a payment this morning and this post is only in 20 words. Some people will not want to see articles like this and it could effect negatively on your blog. Mini blog updates will help you to share these little things easily.

You are away!

Sometimes you will be away from your computer and cannot update your blog. You can use SMS service or mobile internet to update your mini blog. This way your readers will know that you are there with them and they will not feel alone anymore.

Its a great communication tool!

When I check my twitter page to see other people’s updates, I can then know what others are doing now. Most of the time I know about new things and news from my twitter friends. I also get to know when those friends update their blog.

Add your updates on your blog

Go to twitter and ‘Sign in.’ Go to twitter.com/badges. Click on the type of site like, blogger, myspace, facebook or other. Blogger users, click blogger and build the widget.

You can get the code and add the widget manually.

Or you can add it directly on your blog by clicking the blogger button,

Update from your cell phone
You can update your twitter mini blog from your cell phone on the go! It’s easy, you just only need to have a GPRS enabled cell phone. Go to m.twitter.com, ‘Sign in’ to your account and update!

If your phone doesn’t supports GPRS, you can still update via SMS. Go to twitter.com and add your phone number. Send the code from your mobile phone to the twitter number and your phone will be set with twitter. Now each time you send an SMS to the number of twitter like:+447624801423, your twitter status will be updated with the new message.

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Setup your(professional blogger’s) workspace

If you want to become a professional blogger, want a huge authority in your field, want fans, supporter and to make a living with it, you have to be professional. On this article, I would like you to setup your workspace. Setting up a great workspace doesn’t improves your blog ranks, traffic or income, but it will affect on your performance and the output. I don’t want to make it longer, so lets check out what should you do to setup your perfect professional blogger’s workspace,

PC and Hardware

I recommend you to use a desktop for your blog because its solid and can handle the pressure. You can use your laptop or even your cellphone to write articles but be practical, its pro blogging and you have to use a solid keyboard to write down articles. If you use a laptop, then add an extra keyboard with it. Blogger and many other web resources doesn’t requires you to have a high end pc and you can blog with a regular one but the faster is better. For photo editing, you have to need a better pc. You can choose a CRT or an LCD monitor, but LCD would be the best for your eyes and to save power.

Internet Connection

I would recommend you to use a fast broadband or even faster internet connection. The more speed you have, the more things you can do in less time. You have to choose an un-limited data connection so that you can do more work. You can also choose a 24 hours connection or a limited connection for your working hours. There are more ways to connect with the net like the cell phone or the modem, but use them to check your mails and do emergency things.

Place Setup

Set your workspace and the room as your office. Set your desk, pc, chair and other furniture as needed. Its good to have a table and chair which is suitable for your body. If you use a laptop, put it on the desk and use it there, not on your lap or by laying down. Use a good chair to sit straight. If you sit straight, you will be able to breath better and can be more productive. I spend 5-8 hours infront of my pc and have put all of the things together to make me feel comfortable. Have a well vented room and it should be quiet.

Tags and Notepads

I use lots of tags and notepads to write down new article ideas. If you write your article keywords and topics, it will help you to remember a great idea. All of the great ideas are stored on your mind, use the tags so that you won’t forget them.

Bulletin Board

I have a bulletin board in my room with full of ideas, strategies, design concepts, images and lots of things for my blog. You can put an important idea on your bulletin board so that, you can see it on the next day and start working on it. Bulletin boards are great tools for putting your dreams in front of you. It will help you to work and achieve more.

Softwares

There are lots of softwares you will need for being a pro blogger. You will need Adobe reader for viewing PDF files, MS office and other applications for writing articles, Photoshop and other tools to edit images. Media players and editors if you deal with audio and video contents, Nero or other softwares to burn discs, etc.

Web Resources

There are lots of web tools you will need to get the most of your time. You will need google toolbar to check page rank and for bookmarks, Firefox for browsing the net, Stumble upon toolbar for bookmarking, and you will need these 10 great web tools. To read all of your favorite blogs in one place, use google reader as your feed reader. To connect with people and readers, use micro blogging like twitter. You can also use social networks for traffic.

Digital Goods

You will need different digital goods to organize and communicate. I’m not telling you to buy anything, just use what you allready have. I use my cell phone for twitter when I’m away from my pc. I use my PDA to organize my online things. You can also use a voice recorder to record your ideas on it.

Supplies

You will have to sit and work for hours infront of your computer. So don’t forget to keep, drinking water and dry foods or biscuits with you. If you eat and drink water in the work, you will feel less tired and hungry and can work more.

Tell me what you think?

Did you liked this article, or did I missed anything? Please leave a comment on this article and if you liked this one and want others to read it too, please give me a Thumbs Up! on Stumble Upon.

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