Tag: blog optimization

How to Speed Up Your Blog & Make It Load Faster

make your blog load fasterHey wake up! It’s the new interweb. If you really really want to stand out then you have to be quick. Trust me, people don’t want to be waited. They have hundreds of other websites they can switch to, so why they want to stick to your blog?

Speed matters! Over the years internet speed has been increased but sad enough the attention span of an average user has been decreased. So how will you make sure you will capture that first time visitor? You have to optimize your website so that it will load faster.

Now why do I need to speed up my blog?

#1 Not all of your blog visitors have a fast internet connection. Some people are even using a shared wifi connection.

#2 People are using the net on a cell phone or a tablet and they don’t have much time or data to use. Some people are even browsing from a small laptop that just doesn’t take the load.

#3 People just don’t want to wait when it comes to a new website or blog. They have tens of other options available on the internet at any given moment.

So let’s see how you can speed up your blog/website the right way, [Continue reading…]

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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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7 Ways to Get More Comments on Your Blog

increase commentsImagine that you wrote a 500 word article and it started to generate comments. After a few months there are around 100 comments on that single post. Now when a new visitor comes to that page, he took 10 minutes to read the article and then he took 1 hour to read the comments. He posted another comment and then he came back again few hours later to check if there’s any new comment on that post.

What just happened? Your 500 word article got bigger and more attractive because of those comments. Comments are different than the author’s voice this is why it could get very much informative. Most of the time comments become discussions where one reader interacts with another, not just the author. There’s nothing much to say why you need comments on your blog posts. You can attract visitors to your blog if there are some comments on each of your posts. Here are some ways to get more comments on your blog,

1. Make it Easier to Comment on Your Blog

Use an easy interface to comment on your blog. If your comment system is not good, then use a third party comments system like Disqus. Don’t make it too hard to comment or don’t force your readers to ‘log in’ to comment on a post.

2. Ask for Comments in Post

If you ask for comments, they will comment. Put some questions after each of your posts and ask them to leave a comment. This way your readers will sure leave a response.

3. Leave Some Comments

You have to comment also if you want people to comment on you. Visit blogs you like and post nice comments on them. Post original comments, not just: ‘Nice blog, keep up the good work’ -type comments. If you put a good comment, the author will follow to your blog and will comment on you.

4. Reward Your Commentors

You can reward your commentors with a linkback to their blog. There are plug-ins where you can show off the top commentors on your blog with a link back. Making your blog comments ‘Do follow’ will help to attract more commentors.

5. Reply to Comments

Once you got comments, don’t forget to reply to it. Thank him, help him or ask him an advice to let him leave another comment. If you reply to comments, you can also increase the total number of comments too. On the other hand, your readers will leave more comments on your blog.

6. Showcase Your Comments

There are many plug-ins and widgets on the internet where you can show off your latest comments. These will work well to get more comments. If you show off your comments, people will like to read those and they will post one more comment.

7. Your Own Idea…

Here where you will put the 7th idea. Let me know!

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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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