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Blog Promotion Secrets | blog search engines & blog directories.

Technorati and Digg are a good place to submit your blog. People look for blog content at Technorati every day. Almost every site will ask for following information.


  • Blog Title

  • Blog URL

  • Blog Description

  • Blog Keywords

  • Your name

  • Your Email

  • Blog Feed URL

  • Blog Photo


Keep the above mentioned information ready while submitting to these sites.

http://www.blogging101.com/blog-search-engines.php
http://www.masternewmedia.org/rss/top55/

Be an Active blogger.
The more you blog the more chances there are that your blog will attract visitors. Let people comment on your blogs and reply to them when asked, this way you are building a relationship with your visitors and also getting good feedback on your post. When some of your posts start getting more attention than other posts you should follow up the article with an extended post. That will give your blog more popularity.

Help the search engines help you
Always make good use of page titles, post titles. Use titles, which accurately describe your post and make a powerful impact on the readers mind. Be aware that in most cases the visitor will read the post title in a fraction of a second and decide if he/she wants to continue reading. You have to provide an interesting and hopefully short and descriptive title. Also make sure that you format your post title differently than the article itself, like making it bold or different color, size etc. Don’t use too many capital letters in your sentences. It gives an impression of being a spam log or in short “splog”.

Using Graphics and Images.
I have to admit that ever since I got a high-speed connection to the Internet, I almost used to forget that there are still so many users who are on dial-up connections and the blog shouldn’t choke on their connection. Try to use minimum graphics and external scripts on your blog, optimize your images before using it on your blog. You can find free online graphics optimizers.

Track user hits to your site / blog
Install a hit counter on your blog/site. There are many free ones you can choose, I personally recommend statcounter. By studying the stats you can actually gain useful knowledge about the blog visitors. It will help you find out what things you are doing right and what you aren’t.

Format your content for better readability
Lets face it, We all hate to read a post where ideas are crammed into one long paragraph. Long paragraphs make the posts very boring to read through and chances are that your visitors will not even read the whole paragraph. Make wise use of text formatting features on your blog post. Split different ideas within a post into different paragraphs and try to keep your posts short. Split the posts itself and let the visitors decide if they want to read more of your posts.

Be an active commenter
Read others blogs and write comments on their blogs. You should also leave a link to your blog and you could get some visitors from that blog / website. You can also join forums, discussion groups etc. but be careful to post your comments on relevant forum topics and do not spam the forums or mail of the visitors.

Remember always that there are only two golden rules of blog promotion
Rule 1
: Promote your blog today as best as you can
Rule 2: Come back tomorrow and re-read both the rules again.

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Free Pixel Advertising for Blog Promotion

Have you heard of “Alex Tew”? A couple of years ago, nobody had heard of him. He was a 21 year old who wanted to make some cash on the Internet. He came up with an idea and within 4 months he managed to touch the million dollar mark. His Idea was to create a webpage to sell ad space (pixels) to advertisers and create a site not very different from the classifieds column of the local newspapers.

At first glance, the concept of this website must have looked quite similar to “Free for All” link sites to the advertisers then, why would anyone want to advertise on a site which was just weeks old and mostly unheard of. Alex’s Idea was Original and Unique. He publicized his concept to an extent where it started making some money and made it into news stories. Soon, more people started taking interest on his site and this brought more advertisers to his site and more revenue and popularity. Its popularity grew steadily and was mentioned in numerous websites, magazines, news clippings, newspapers etc.

Alex Tew’s story as published by BBC is here ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4585026.stm ), and his homepage is http://www.milliondollarhomepage.com/. Many websites took up his concept to create copycat sites and some actually managed to make good revenue from it. His success also made some people jealous his website had to face DdoS attack for ransom. Someone out of jealousy created the site http://www.ihatealextew.com/ or perhaps this was another way to cash in on the popularity of the milliondollarhomepage.

Alex Tew started a whole new concept of pixel advertising. I found out that pixel advertising brought more visitors to my blog than google. If you need traffic you can also try out the free pixel advertisements that are being offered by some of the sites.
You can use the google search box to search for the sites where you can advertise your site/blog for free

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How To Write A Blog Post On Blogger

Before actually starting to write a blog post, every blogger should know the term "Niche Blogging" and the first step of blogging starts with selecting the right niche for your blog.

Lets take an example here, Suppose you are passionate about cooking and want to write about various recipes. So, after a little brainstorming we conclude that since it is a food related blog we shall name it something as close as "food". Next we shall use the keyword tool of google


The keyword  research  for the word "food" reveals many related top keywords, here are some keywords with above 6,00,000 average monthly searches

chinese foods
whole foods
fast foods
food network


Ideally, you would want your blog to be listed on google, whenever anyone searches for these "key words", as your blog is closely related to the theme, however in practical life, your blog is outlisted due to the competition for the keywords you are targeting, you have to analyse deeply and focus on keywords which are tightly related to your blog and still has fewer competition. So further down the list, we find a keyword with around 90,500 average monthly searches, this is now your "niche"

"indian food"


If you do a google search for those keywords, you will find some top level domains using those keywords in their url, so it will be extremely difficult to outrank those sites. So we continue our research for other variations of those keywords, which would be easier to target for a higher ranking and would be narrow enough on specific topics to focus on writing a good quality and original post.

Here's some keywords we found through the keyword tool :

indian food recipes
traditional indian food
indian food made easy
indian street food
is indian food healthy
south indian food

Most of the keyword combinations here, are not listed as top level domain keywords(for now, thankfully!), so it would be a perfect topic to write about.


Spend some time on research of the topic, you'll see that the quality of your post depends on good research. Pictures and Videos are also helpful to add value to your post, if done correctly. Remember this tip :

"Keyword research leads to more new keywords to research..." - +Rishi Kumar

So, when you search the topic keywords on google, scroll down and you will find the searches related to the current keyword, that should help getting more keywords.



 

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