Blogging Flail http://www.bloggingflail.com Sun, 18 Feb 2018 03:49:37 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 WordPress Performance Optimization Tips http://www.bloggingflail.com/wordpress-performance-optimization-tips/ http://www.bloggingflail.com/wordpress-performance-optimization-tips/#comments Sun, 18 Feb 2018 03:40:43 +0000 http://www.bloggingflail.com/?p=1169 If you have a WordPress blog, one of the more important things you can do is focus on the performance of that site. Ok, maybe that should be the second thing behind writing killer content. In any case, WordPress performance optimization should rank right up there on your priority list. Why? Two words. Ok, make […]

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If you have a WordPress blog, one of the more important things you can do is focus on the performance of that site. Ok, maybe that should be the second thing behind writing killer content.

In any case, WordPress performance optimization should rank right up there on your priority list.

Why?

Two words. Ok, make that two separate statements:

  1. Your visitors sanity
  2. Google search results

If your site takes forever to load, do you really think a visitor to your site is going to stick around and wait. Nope! They’ll hit that back button quicker than you can say – wait!

And then there’s Google. Google loves performance, and will reward you (or not penalize you), if you have a site that loads quickly.

That’s why I created this post on WordPress Performance Optimization Tips, and I have a video to go along with it (with a link below).

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WordPress Performance Optimization Tips

So how do you get the WordPress performance that you’d like to get? Simple, there’s a plugin for that.

In our case, we’ll focus on two specific WordPress plugins to help optimize the performance of our WordPress site.

  1. EWWW Image Optimizer
  2. W3 Total Cache

By using both of these plugins you’ll see a drastic improvement in your WordPress performance.

EWWW Image Optimizer

EWWW Image Optimizer will compress the images on your site. This nifty little tool will automatically compress any new image that you upload to WordPress, and it will do this for your in the background. So if you are uploading a new image to include in a blog post, EWWW Image Optimizer compresses it and maintains the quality.

What if you have a number of images already uploaded? This plugin can take care of that for you as well. There’s a batch process you can run directly from the plugin. This process will search all images, and compress each and every one of them for you.

I’ve used this plugin for years, and I’ve never been tempted to try anything else. It’s that good.

W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache is a multi purpose plugin that can do a number of things to optimize the performance of your WordPress blog. This thing can get a little technical, and there are a number of options to configure. But it’s well worth spending the time learning it, as the performance boosts are tremendous.

WordPress Performance Optimization Tips Video

I know what you’re thinking, give me something more to go on than just listing a couple of plugins.

Well, it’s much easier laying this all out in a video, and that’s exactly what I did. Take a look, and you’ll see how you can configure both of these plugins to give you the WordPress performance optimization you so desire.

Not only that, I’ll prove it to you in the video. We’ll take a before and after snapshot of our WordPress performance using two different tools (Pingdom and GTMetrix). You’ll see first hand how these performance optimization tips will improve your blog.

Here’s a link to my video on WordPress Performance Optimization Tips if you’d like to view it on YouTube.

And if you find value in this, please be sure to subscribe to my channel, as I’ll be posting other videos in the near future.

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How To Rank Your Brand With Links In 2017 http://www.bloggingflail.com/how-to-rank-your-brand-links-2017/ http://www.bloggingflail.com/how-to-rank-your-brand-links-2017/#comments Wed, 04 Jan 2017 12:42:47 +0000 http://www.bloggingflail.com/?p=999 I know, I know, it’s been like forever since I’ve posted over here. I won’t bore you with an explanation, we’ll save that for another day. I do however keep the site active, and from time to time get various requests to guest post on this site. For the most part I ignore these, as […]

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I know, I know, it’s been like forever since I’ve posted over here. I won’t bore you with an explanation, we’ll save that for another day.

I do however keep the site active, and from time to time get various requests to guest post on this site. For the most part I ignore these, as I’m not familiar with the blogger, or I don’t have an interest in their content.

That changed when I received an email from Gareth Simpson, who had some very interesting topics he was pitching. After reading his piece, I just knew I wanted to share it here.

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How To Rank Your Brand With Links In 2017

We all know that links help your website rank, but how can you build powerful links for your brand that have real impact beyond just a simple authority signal? What link building tactics should you be thinking about as you plan out your annual SEO strategy and budget? Here are some different long term strategies you can use to rank your brand in 2017.

Get the community behind your links

A great way to build successful links fast is to work with the people around you and get as many people as possible involved with your content. Why?

  • People are more likely to link back to something if they’ve been included in it.
  • Using your community for content will help you cut content production time, and create more user-focused content.

How to feature other people in your content for links

Build up a reputation as someone who is likely to share and promote other people’s content and businesses – it will make people more likely to link back to you. This isn’t just something that’s ‘nice’ to do – be really strategic on who you promote, and why – always look for mutual benefit and value. Some content formats that work well:

  • Link roundups – hosting your own link roundup doesn’t take long, and it is a great way to encourage social shares, engagement and backlinks to your content. Hosting your own link roundup is also a great leverage for when you want to be included in someone else’s! If you’re aiming to be included in other people’s roundups – make sure your outreach emails are persuasive, yet concise. Use the power of social proof and always name drop someone you both know, or find common ground if you can.
  • Interview features – conducting interviews with people allows you to build relationships, and people love to include interviews on their press or media pages. Interviews also often lead to reciprocal interview requests.
  • The expert roundup – get influencers to comment on a specific topic by asking them to contribute a few lines to your blog in exchange for some online awareness. You could ask them to comment on a common business or personal challenge, or provide their insight on a very specific industry topic that’s got the town talking. Sometimes even just a tweet is enough to convey a message effectively so do your outreach via social media if it’s easier – just make sure you are concise, but persuasive. These people are busy – don’t waste their time.

Build a resource

Building a content resource can take some research and development time, but it’s a fantastic way to get more links back to your website. Whether it’s a calculator, a dynamic quiz, or detailed infographic – go for something very niche-specific that has lots of user value. You want something that people are going to find revelatory: something they want to bookmark right there and then.

  • Here are some great content ideas and resources to get you started, but remember that originality works best. If you have to follow in someone else’s footsteps, go above and beyond what they did and make your resource bigger and better.
  • Any resource you create will need to be properly marketed and presented in order for it to get good backlinks. Pay for PPC and social media advertising to help raise awareness. Targeted email and social campaigns also work well – look for industry resource pages or knowledge base sites who would benefit from linking to you.

Outreach your content or expertise

Link building is about putting yourself out there – don’t be shy. Shout about your great content and learn how to sell to editors and PR managers as well as potential customers. Here are some great guest posting resources to get you started.

  • Getting in touch with websites in your industry to get a link back to one of your on-page resources is a great place to start for relevant, quality links. To sweeten the deal, offer them a guest post commenting on a recent industry trend, showing how people can tackle their own challenges. The key to success here is finding relevant sites and building relationships – spend lots of time identifying targets and writing great emails to maximize returns. Don’t just ask for a link – show how your resource and guest post is going to benefit their audience. A really powerful email and value proposition are super important.
  • Try to clarify that you are not looking for paid advertisement, but hope to offer content of real value. Different websites have different rules about outbound content and sponsored content, so make sure you are careful with who you outreach to.
  • Remember that before you can even start, you have to work hard on your on-site content offering – you have to impress people who are experts in your field. Don’t forget to revisit your entire site as a whole – a great resource can be let down if the rest of the domain is lacking.

Work with bloggers and influencers

Loads of bloggers work with brands and are open to promoting you if you’re offering something that is of value to their audience. Blogger and influencer partnerships can be really fruitful and powerful if managed in the right way, but you can also end up getting tangled in knots if you don’t play by the rules.

  • Think of relevancy whenever you suggest a partnership with someone. Bloggers are very careful about their audiences and won’t want to ‘sell out’ and promote something they have no interest in.
  • The best relationships offer value for both parties – make sure that you are clear on how you are going to work together and for how long. Spend time getting to know bloggers and learn what makes them ‘tick’ to get the most out of it.
  • As well as hyperlinks, citations, brand mentions, and social shares are all part of the ‘noise’ that search engines pick up on when judging website authority – don’t just solely focus on links – include people’s networks of influence, and work with people who are going to organically grow your brand following.

Know your niche

One way in which brands go wrong with link building is reading huge SEO link building guides and then running off and trying to implement all the tactics at once by themselves (or with their agency).

  • One of the best ways to get great links is to really focus on your niche and industry and create something of value and different that you just know people are going to link to. Really think about your industry in-depth when creating outstanding content.
  • Use your knowledge of the industry to identify key influencers and players, predict trends, and be helpful – by being on the pulse you are much more likely to find link building avenues.
  • Become the ‘go to’ person for specific niche problems and challenges – specialization is a great way to differentiate.
  • Being creative and reacting to things with humor (comic strips, Twitter roundups etc.) can be just as effective as being informative and helpful online.
  • Get busy commenting on relevant forums and blogs – these types of backlinks are great for building your credibility and authority as a brand.

One last word on links

Brands must be very careful with anchor texts and link volume – you don’t want to be hit by search engine penalties or hinder your rankings potential because of links that seem unnatural or manufactured. Don’t say yes to a link building method if you don’t really understand its consequences – seek advice, but don’t be tempted by easy wins and ‘link packages’ offered by some SEOs.

What do you think is stopping your brand’s website from ranking? Do you need more backlinks, or does your on-page need some help?

gareth-simpsonGareth Simpson – Technical SEO & Startup Founder

Gareth has worked as an SEO for almost a decade now and has recently started his own content agency whilst also freelancing as a technical SEO. His SEO specialisms are content and blogger outreach…and he likes green tea. You can follow him on Twitter @SimpsonGareth.

 

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An SEO Guide On Subdomains vs Subdirectories http://www.bloggingflail.com/subdomains-vs-subdirectories-seo/ http://www.bloggingflail.com/subdomains-vs-subdirectories-seo/#comments Sat, 30 May 2015 20:10:34 +0000 http://www.bloggingflail.com/?p=95 Search engine optimization isn’t all that difficult, the hardest part is understanding all of the variables that go into it. There are just so many things to consider. I initially wrote this post on the SEO impact of subdomains vs subdirectories in Feb. of 2014. A lot can change in the SEO world in just […]

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Search engine optimization isn’t all that difficult, the hardest part is understanding all of the variables that go into it. There are just so many things to consider.

I initially wrote this post on the SEO impact of subdomains vs subdirectories in Feb. of 2014. A lot can change in the SEO world in just over a year, so I thought it was time to revisit things to see how the results of this case study compared to things in mid-2015.

Take a look at the original case study below. At the end of this post, you’ll have the opportunity to read my revised case study: SEO subdomains vs subdirectories (the results may surprise you).

This is by far one of the more popular posts I have ever written. It has over 200 back links, and has had numerous mentions in many SEO forums (some doubting my findings). It’s even been linked from an article on Search Engine Land. Truly crazy…

A Case Study on Subdomains vs Subdirectories

There is much debate on when to use subdomains vs subdirectories for SEO (Search Engine Optimization).  There are some people that will swear the choice isn’t about SEO, but should be more about your business situation.  I agree your business needs should drive the use of subdomains on your site, but I’ll also debate that SEO should also factor into this decision.

Here’s the fact, if you set up your blog as a subdomain instead of a subdirectory, the ranking of your blog will suffer.  I’ll prove that below in my case study.

Subdomains vs Subdirectories SEO

When to use a subdomain

First a brief review on subdomains vs subdirectories.  Using the following example:

asubdomain.asitename.com/afolder/

asubdomain is the subdomain of the site, asitename is the domain, and afolder is the subdirectory (also known as a folder).

A sub-domain is treated by the search engines as a truly unique website.  So if you have one domain with 3 different subdomains established, each is treated differently by Google.  Any “link juice” that has been established for the main site (or any of the sub-domains) isn’t necessarily passed onto the sub-domains.  This is an important fact to remember, especially if you have a well-established site with a number of back-links.  You’ll be starting over in terms of link building if you create a subdomain.

However, there are valid reasons to use a sub-domain:

  1. Your site may sell a product or offer a service, but you want a presence in multiple languages.  A subdomain could be established for each language you are targeting.
  2. Franchises may all focus on the same products, but will have unique content that needs to be called out for each franchisee (owner information, address, phone, specials, etc…).  In this case a subdomain would be set up for each franchise store.
  3. Differing products for your company.  Perhaps your company wants to focus marketing efforts for some of the various products they sell, in this case a subdomain may be a better approach to targeting traffic to each unique product.

These are just a few reasons and by no means are hard and fast rules.  Your business situation should determine when you want to establish a subdomain.  Just keep in mind, you are starting off from scratch in terms of SEO every time you create a new subdomain for your site.

Case Study – Subdomains vs Subdirectories for SEO

Let’s get to the meat of this article, looking at subdomains vs subdirectories.  The following situation is fact, the site is real, and the search engine ranking is true.  I’ve developed this case study to prove there is a difference in search engine ranking when using a subdirectory.

Problem

Quite simply I wasn’t ranking, for anything, anywhere.  Not in Google, Bing, Yahoo, or even Google’s Blog search. Now before everyone starts saying you need to understand SEO concepts, I’ll tell you I do.  I may not be an SEO Consultant or Search Engine expert, but I get it.  I’ve maintained multiple blogs over the past few years, and have had my fair share of keywords that have ranked in the top 3 of Google’s search results, as well as keywords that have ranked number 1 in the SERP’s..

In my particular case, I had a site that I developed for a little side project that I was working on for myself. The site I’m referencing is a Career Network that I created called Vircara, and the intent is to bring students and professionals together to help students define a career choice. Great idea if you are a professional and want to mentor students.

I wanted a means to drive traffic to my main site, so I thought what better way to do that then establish a blog and focus on keywords that I was interested in targeting.  As I wanted to separate my blog from my main site, I set up the blog using WordPress as a subdomain on my site (blog.vircara.com).

Facts of my Set-Up

To help everyone understand a little more on this site, here are the facts so you can understand how this fits into the SEO analysis.

  • This is an established domain, one that was originally set up by myself over 3 years ago
  • The subdomain in question was originally created in March 2012
  • The WordPress blog was established in March 2012 and had content posted to it throughout 2012 and 2013
  • On page SEO optimization was done to my key content, with much emphasis on one particular post that I was trying to rank for
  • Backlinks were built over time to both the subdomain, other articles on the site, and the post I was trying to rank for using reputable SEO practices.  These backlinks consisted of both no-follow and do-follow links.
  • I had links in my subdomain that pointed back to my main domain and links in my main domain that pointed back to the subdomain
  • I focused my backlink strategy to the subdomain (and related posts), however there were a few backlinks that I had also built to the main domain.
  • I was using a WordPress Theme that is targeted for SEO, something that I verified.  In fact, I tried a number of different themes before settling on my current theme to see if that would make any difference.

Sub-Domain Use (The Before)

The primary key word I was targeting was “choosing a career”.  While this keyword does have some competition, it’s not so popular where I shouldn’t be able to rank at least in the top 100.   To frustrate me even more, I couldn’t even rank in the top 100 in Google’s Blog search tool.  My blog name wasn’t even showing up in the Blog Search, which told me Google didn’t even recognize it as a blog.

The following screen shot shows the results of a search on my keyword for my targeted domain name:

Search Results - Before
Search Results – Before

Directory Use (The After)

After doing much research on the use of subdomains vs subdirectories, I decided to give the subdirectory route a go to see if that would make a difference.  I set up a new instance of my WordPress blog as a subdirectory, exported my content from the subdomain instance, and imported that into my new blogs instance.  I also set up 301 redirects from the subdomain posts to the new posts in the subdirectory, and then finally deleted the blog instance in the subdomain. I wanted to ensure the 301 redirects were in place for two reasons:

  1. Google wouldn’t penalize me for any duplicate content that it may have indexed
  2. Any incoming links to my subdomain would now point to the new instance of my WordPress blog in the subdirectory.

After verifying that all of my redirects were working, I waited.  I gave it two weeks to ensure Google had a chance to index my new content, or at least attempt to crawl the old content so it could encounter my 301 redirect to the new content.

After two long weeks of waiting, and verifying that my new content was indeed indexed, I ran my tool once again to see where I ended up in the search rankings.  And the result is – position 57 in the Google SERP’s.

Search Results - After
Search Results – After

Conclusion

I went from somewhere out of the top 100, and I know for a fact I wasn’t even in the top 200, to being number 57 in the SERP’s simply by changing from a subdomain to a subdirectory.  Everything else related to my site remained constant.

Pretty clear evidence, at least in my simple mind, that putting your blog in a subdirectory has a significant impact on SEO over having it in a subdomain.

I would be very interested in hearing everyone thoughts on this matter, and would love to know what experiences you’ve had with subdomains vs subdirectories.

Note: This post is part of a broader topic on things to be aware of when starting a new blog.

If you’re looking for more information on improving the SEO of your site, you may want to speed your site up by using a CDN with Amazon CloudFront and W3 Total Cache.

Read My Latest on Subdomains vs Subdirectories For SEO

As I mentioned in the opening of this post, I decided to do another test on the SEO impacts of using a subdomain vs a subdirectory.

You can download that case study right here – SEO Subdomains vs Subdirectories.

 

 

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21 Must Click Links On Guest Posting http://www.bloggingflail.com/must-click-links-guest-posting/ http://www.bloggingflail.com/must-click-links-guest-posting/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 18:06:02 +0000 http://www.bloggingflail.com/?p=764 I’m in the mood to do a guest post. Actually I’ve been in the mood for a while, just haven’t had the time to focus on it. Been doing all kinds of research to figure out the best way to approach this topic. Not only to encourage new visitor’s to the site, but also attempt […]

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I’m in the mood to do a guest post.

Actually I’ve been in the mood for a while, just haven’t had the time to focus on it.

Been doing all kinds of research to figure out the best way to approach this topic. Not only to encourage new visitor’s to the site, but also attempt to get a nice bump in email subscribers.

Guess what? There’s quite a bit of information out there. Lot’s of stuff, and it’s hard to weed out the good from the bad.

Let me try to help.

I started composing a list of links for reference, and I thought why not share that with the visitors on my site.

21 great links on guest posting.

21 Must Click Links On Guest Posting

First Things First

Ever read a post that had an awesome number of links to something you were interested in?

Maybe you forgot to bookmark the post, or can’t seem to find it amid the 1000’s of other posts you have bookmarked that you never seem to have time to read.

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a checklist of sorts in a file right on your desktop that you could access at a moments notice?

Well keep reading and you’ll have an opportunity at the end of this post to download that file.

Ok, let’s get on with it shall we…

21 Must Click Links On Guest Posting

All of the below links on guest posting have some content related to guest posting in some form or other. Even though the main subject may not be specific to guest posting, rest assured there’s some information within that post that will give you some pearls on guest posting itself.

On with the links on guest posting…

  1. Marc Andre has some great tips on using guest posting in a case study he did that grew his email subscribers from 0 to over 5000 (and counting). While the topic may not be about guest posting, there’s some great information here that does apply. Be sure to read the comments on this one.
  2. Looking for some Best Practices on Guest Posting, how about this dandy from Copy Blogger’s guest posting gate keeper.
  3. Learn the 2 Step Process Ahmed Safwan (via Be A Better Blogger) uses to make guest posting 100x more effective.
  4. Want to learn about the right way to contact a blogger about a guest post idea. Adam Connell has this great post on achieving incredible results with blogger outreach.
  5. Looking for a list of sites by niche that accept guest posts? Peter Sandeen has just the list you are looking for.
  6. Along the same lines, Liudas Butkus also has the ultimate list of websites that accept guest posts.
  7. The Definitive Guide To Guest Blogging by Brian Dean has a wealth of information from finding blogs that accepts guest posts to pitching the idea to creating the post itself.
  8. The Ultimate Guide To Advanced Guest Blogging gives you everything you need to know to find those great opportunities, courtesy of Moz.
  9. Why You Suck At Guest Blogging (and What The Pro’s Do Differently), need I say more.
  10. Not seeing the success you crave with guest posting, Wally Brown (via Successful Blogging) asks Are you Making These Guest Posting Mistakes?
  11. Interested in opening up Guest Blogging to your site? Read the Smart Person’s Guide To Guest Blogging by Uttoran Sen (via Copy Blogger).
  12. Neil Patel also weighs in on the 7 Rules You Should Follow if you are thinking of allowing Guest Posts on your site.
  13. Here are 3 More Reasons to Accept Guest Posts on your blog courtesy of Nicole Kohler.
  14. Want to guest post like a God or Goddess? Gregory Ciotti lets you learn from 3 Experts Who Will Show You How It’s Done.
  15. Sue Anne Dunlevie (via Basic Blog Tips) shows you how to guest post and Rock Your Pitch.
  16. Think accepting guest posts on your blog is all a bed of roses. Fabrizio Van Marciano outlines Things To Consider Before Making Your Blog Guest Post Friendly.
  17. Looking for a way to Stand Out In An Editor’s In-box? Adrienne Erin gives you 7 ways to get your pitch to stand out.
  18. How about these 12 Essential Elements of a Guest Blog Proposal, courtesy of HubSpot
  19. Wondering why you pitch got rejected? Lauren Tharp gives you 9 Reasons Your Guest Post Pitch Got Rejected.
  20. So what exactly is Reverse Guest Posting and How Can It help? See what Amanda DiSilvestro has to say about that over at Search Engine People.
  21. And for number 21 on my list – 21 Secret Tips On Landing A Guest Post Every Time. This one is a few years old, but the tips are still spot on.

That’s quite the list, and pretty much covers all the key topics on guest posting. But wait, there’s more…

I’ve been getting quite a few requests to add other posts to this list. So if you have post related to guest posting that you would like to have featured in this article, but all means reach out. If it passes my review, I’ll feature it here.

  1. The Most Complete Guide Ever Written on Guest Blogging, at least according to Content Fiesta, and Ivan nailed it.

 

Ready To Be A Guest Posting Expert?

There you go, the 21 (ok 22) of the most clickable links on guest posting you could ever ask for.

Ready to become a guest posting expert? I think I am, and I’ll be sure to let everyone know how it goes for me.

As promised earlier, now’s your chance to get a all of the links in this post in a downloadable PDF that you can reference at any time.

Click here to get a copy of this post as an easy download.

Save the file to your desktop and browse it at your leisure. Use it whenever you need some motivation on guest posting. I’ll be using it for sure.

 

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Back To Basics With The Genesis Prose Theme http://www.bloggingflail.com/genesis-prose-theme-review/ http://www.bloggingflail.com/genesis-prose-theme-review/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 01:44:37 +0000 http://www.bloggingflail.com/?p=745 So you’ve finally decided to spring for a professional WordPress theme, and you’ve narrowed the choice down to the Genesis Framework. Let me guess, you can’t figure out which child theme to go with. Based upon my latest count there are over 50 child themes for you to choose from, and that’s just on the […]

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So you’ve finally decided to spring for a professional WordPress theme, and you’ve narrowed the choice down to the Genesis Framework.

Let me guess, you can’t figure out which child theme to go with. Based upon my latest count there are over 50 child themes for you to choose from, and that’s just on the StudioPress site.

One could drive themselves crazy trying to pick the right theme for their blog.

Every one of the Genesis child themes are awesome in their own right, so which one should you go with?

When I first decided to go with a StudioPress theme, I spent days upon days looking at each theme, and narrowing the list down to my top 5 or so.

How about analysis paralysis. I liked each of the themes I was reviewing, and couldn’t make a choice. Finally stumbled across this video from Amy Lynn Andrews at Blogging with Amy, and it was enough to give me the nudge I needed.

My first purchase was the Genesis Prose Theme, part of the Genesis Framework, and thought I’d write a quick review of that theme.

Edit: It has come to my attention that StudioPress is no longer selling or updating the Prose Theme. Take a look at this other post on wrote on Genesis Prose theme availability for more information.

The Genesis Prose Theme

The selling point for me, in addition to being part of the Genesis Framework, was the ability to customize the design of the theme. This isn’t to say that you can’t customize the other Genesis Theme’s, but you’ll need to jump into the code and CSS in order to do this.

With Prose it’s as easy as updating a few fields (ok there’s quite a few options to customize), but you do it all via a design screen.

Genesis Prose Theme Options

Here are just a few of the areas that you can customize via the design settings within the Prose Theme options:

  • Upload a header
  • Change the background color or color of your content area
  • Update the color and size of the content area border
  • Change the font, size, color, of the text for your blog name or tag line
  • Update the font, size, and spacing of your blog text
  • Change the font and size of each heading tag
  • Update the background color and text within your footer
  • Change the color of your hyperlinks, and specify if you want them underlined
  • Customize the color and font of your navigation menu
  • The list goes on and on…

It’s super easy to customize your blog, and you could spend hours and hours tweaking things to get them just right. You can truly make your blog unique with the Genesis Prose Theme.

Now keep in mind, you don’t have to do any of this to get your theme up and running. The Prose Theme works just fine “out of the box”, and you can customize it at your leisure.

Genesis Prose Theme StudioPress

Did I mention this is one of the cheapest theme’s you can purchase by Genesis. Another selling point for me. 🙂

The Genesis Framework

Any initial purchase of a Genesis theme will get you the Genesis Framework. This is required for use with any of the Genesis child theme’s.

I’m guessing if you’re reading this post, you already know what that means, so I’ll spare you the details. The StudioPress website has everything you need to know.

My Decision to go with the Prose Theme

I was using free theme’s when I first started blogging, and I was always looking for a new theme that met my needs:

  1. Optimized for the search engines
  2. It looked visually appealing

Easier said than done.

Free theme’s that claimed they were optimized for SEO really weren’t. You also had to deal with non-standard development which caused its own problems. Worse yet, there could be hidden links that weren’t good for your SEO.

I couldn’t be happier with my choice on going with the Genesis Prose Theme. From an ease of use perspective, the look and feel of the theme options isn’t really all that different from other theme’s, so there’s not a huge learning curve.

Did I mention the Simple Hooks Plugin? This is a killer way to really customize your theme if your not afraid of a little coding.

Enough Said?

Hope you found this review of the Genesis Prose Theme helpful.

If you decide to go with the Genesis Framework, but select something other then the Prose Theme, you won’t be disappointed.

That’s what I did. Once I got my feet wet with the Genesis Prose Theme, I decided to upgrade to a Genesis theme that had a little more pazazz.

I haven’t looked back since.

By the way, to learn more about Blogging Flail, simply click here.

 

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Tips For A Successful Blogging Strategy While Holding Down A Full Time Job http://www.bloggingflail.com/successful-blogging-strategy-full-time-job/ http://www.bloggingflail.com/successful-blogging-strategy-full-time-job/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 03:40:48 +0000 http://www.bloggingflail.com/?p=652 I’ve been frustrated lately. You see I have this blog, you’re actually reading it now. Over the last month or so, I haven’t put much effort into it. It’s not because I’m bored with it, or don’t like enjoy doing it. It’s because I don’t have the time to focus on it. The issue is, I […]

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I’ve been frustrated lately.

You see I have this blog, you’re actually reading it now. Over the last month or so, I haven’t put much effort into it.

It’s not because I’m bored with it, or don’t like enjoy doing it. It’s because I don’t have the time to focus on it.

The issue is, I hold down a day job. You know the routine, get up at 5:30, get the kids off to school, spend anywhere from 2 – 4 hours commuting to and from work, and a minimum of 8 hours in the office.

By the time I get home, I’m tired.

But I’m not done yet. Forgot about that hockey game I need to get my son to, need to play legos with the 3 year old, oh and I have that presentation I need to finish up for the 9:00 meeting in the morning. Shouldn’t have gone to lunch today, wait a minute, I didn’t.

Ok, so how do I find the time to work on this blog?

That’s the challenge isn’t it? Which is all the more reason why you need a successful blogging strategy if you want to blog while holding down a full time job.

Successful Blogging Strategy

They Never Said This Was Going To Be Easy

To have a successful blogging strategy, you need to treat your blog as a business. If you put the effort into it, chances are it will be a success. If you don’t, then it will go the way of the 1000’s of other blogs that just die ever single day of the week.

Blogging is hard work. Not hard in the sense of manual labor, but hard in that it’s time consuming.

Take a look at the things you need to do each and every week:

Research 

There’s a lot of research that goes into blogging. Don’t necessarily expect to plop down in front of your computer and start cranking out posts.

You need to brainstorm post ideas, gather ideas for that post, do your fact checking, find statistics, etc…

Which leads us to…

Writing Awesome Content

It takes time to write great content.

I’m not a journalist by trade, so writing isn’t what I would consider my strong point. For me to pull together a 1500+ word post and edit it can take me anywhere from 5 – 10 hours based upon the topic I’m writing.

Networking

As I’ve been trying to preach on this blog, if you don’t network, the chances of your blog succeeding is nada, zero, nil.

Networking is all of the following:

Finding the right bloggers in your niche

Responding to comments on your blog

Commenting on other blogs (over and over and over)

Sharing content on social media

Networking off your blog should take up as much time, if not more, as the work you are doing on your blog.

Guest Posting

Think writing content on your blog is enough? Nope!

If you want to increase visitors to your site, you need to guest post on other blogs. This involves more research on the blogger, finding the right topic, writing even better content, and responding to comments on your guest post.

The Technical Stuff

Let’s not forget maintaining your blog.

There’s always new plugin’s to find, email marketing, theme’s to keep updated, analyzing metrics. The list goes on and on…

As you can see, there’s a lot of work involved in this blogging thing.

If you are still wondering if you can be successful at blogging while holding down a full time job, the short answer is yes.

But be prepared, it’s going to be a lot of work.

Here are 6 tips to a successful blogging strategy while holding down a full time job.

Successful Blogging Strategy With A Full Time Job

So is it possible? Sure it is. A ton of people are successful part-time bloggers.

Here’s a few folks that you may not realize hold down full time jobs, but are still able to run a successful blog.

Kevin Duncan – Be A Better Blogger, Steven Wilson – High Powered SEO, Luke Jordan – InterGeek, Lisa Sicard – Inspire To Thrive, Richard Martin – The Smart Income Detective. These are just a few names of bloggers that I follow on a regular basis.

So how do you blog while holding down a full time job?

That’s the question we want to answer isn’t it? Let’s take a look at some things you can do to implement a successful blogging strategy while holding down a full-time job.

It all really comes down to time management.

Post At Your Own Pace

You’ll see a lot of advice that states you should be posting 2 – 3 times a week if you are starting out a blog.

I call BS on that.

Number one, I don’t have the time to do that given everything else going on in my life.

Number two, I really don’t think that’s necessary.

Post at your own pace. If you can only post once every two weeks, define that timeframe as your publishing schedule.

Whatever your schedule happens to be, just be sure to stick to it.

Leverage Your Lunch Hour

We all have a lunch hour, or 30 minutes, or something don’t we?

I have the luxury of having a number of eating establishments at my place or work. Potbelly being my favorite, turkey on flatbread – everything buy mayo and go light on the hot peppers, but that’s a topic for another post.

My point is, I can run downstairs, grab a sandwich, and bring it back to my desk while I’m doing some work.

If by chance I’m having a light day, I can use that time to write some content or do some blog commenting.

Brainstorm During Your Commute

I do some of my best thinking on my drive to and from work.

On a good day my commute is at least an hour, on a bad day it can take upwards of two hours. That gives me a lot of time to think about things.

I can brainstorm topics for new posts, strategies to implement on email marketing, think about technical upgrades to my site, etc…

Bonus Points – Use your shower time. I’m not one to sing in the shower in the morning, but I do think about strategies for my blog.

Leverage Your Smartphone

With the advent of smartphones, you can pretty much do anything anywhere.

One of the best apps I have ever downloaded is the WordPress application for my iPhone. I can check my stats, approve comments, and even reply to comments.

Granted it’s not quite as easy as doing things on a computer, but I can do some of the day-to-day things wherever I’m at.

I do a lot of this during lunches and while waiting for hockey and guitar practice to finish up.

Bonus Points – Leverage your Smartphone during boring conference calls to pass the time.

Work After The Kids Go To Bed

You may have to give up watching Sports Center every night after the spouse and kids go to bed, but what better time is there then this to focus on your blog? Talk about true distraction free writing.

I’m a night owl, and even though I get up early for work, I tend to find myself staying up to midnight on most nights. I can get quite a bit done if I use this time wisely.

Block A Few Hours On The Weekend

This one is the most difficult. After working all week, my weekends are meant for family. Then whatever little time is left over, you have to fit in yard work, errands, and all the other misc. stuff you don’t have time for during the week.

However, if you can convince the spouse that you really like to tinker with your blog, I’m sure they’ll let you have an hour or two to yourself. Right?

You can always leverage the previous point and stay up late, which is what I seem to do.

Yes It Is Possible

There it is…

6 ideas to implementing a successful blogging strategy while holding down a full time job.

It is possible, but I’m going to warn you, it’s not easy. Finding the time to work on your blog on top of your day job and everything else is a challenge.

This is one of the biggest frustrations I find with blogging. There’s just not enough time in the day to get everything done.

Whether you blog full or part time, what are your time management secrets? I’m sure we would all like to know how you do it (I know I would).

And by the way, if you know of other bloggers that hold down full-time jobs, would you mind sharing their blogs with us? I’d love to be able to connect with them as well.

If you’re interested in learning more about Blogging Flail, simply click here.

 

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Blogging Frustration Can Derail Even The Most Successful Blogger http://www.bloggingflail.com/blogging-frustration-derail-successful-blogger/ http://www.bloggingflail.com/blogging-frustration-derail-successful-blogger/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 03:21:00 +0000 http://www.bloggingflail.com/?p=675 Just over a week ago, I created my monthly summary for February. This is something I publish for my email subscribers who are following the progress of my strategy to increase visitors, engagement, and email subscribers. If you’re interested in learning more, simply click here. Anyway, the results left something to be desired, and I got a little […]

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Just over a week ago, I created my monthly summary for February.

This is something I publish for my email subscribers who are following the progress of my strategy to increase visitors, engagement, and email subscribers.

If you’re interested in learning more, simply click here.

Anyway, the results left something to be desired, and I got a little frustrated with my progress (or lack of it) for the month.

So that experience gave me the idea for this post. Something along the lines of dealing with the frustration of blogging. Because lets face it, blogging frustration happens to everyone.

Doesn’t it?!?!

Blogging Frustration

 

Blogging Frustration

It just so happened, as I was working on this post, one of my mentors (I like to call her that) who’s been doing this blogging thing for quite a while wrote a similar post on her situation.

If you are not familiar with Adrienne Smith, she’s a guru on building relationships. At least she is for now. Her blog is going through a bit of a transformation, which you can read about in her post titled How My Blogging Journey Got All Screwed Up.

Now in Adrienne’s case her situation wasn’t so much about blogging frustration, it was more about loosing her way. Kevin Duncan actually wrote a guest post on this topic, ironically over at Adrienne’s blog.

This really got me thinking. If this can happen to one of the more successful bloggers I know, it can happen to anyone.

They say the primary reason a blog fails is because of a lack of results. I mean who wants to put all this effort into something and get nothing out of it. As Derek Halpern says on Social Triggers, it’s human psychology.

The more time you spend working on something without a reward, the harder it is to continue doing it.

Blogging Frustration!

You spend hours maintaining your blog, creating new posts, leaving comments on other blogs, responding to comments on your blog. For what?

You check your stats at the end of the month and realize your visitor count is down (again), and your subscriber growth has slowed to a crawl. There’s only so many excuses you can make for this month in and month out.

Frustration.

So why do we keep at it?

You Do Have A Plan Right?

Well at least I’m assuming you have a plan.

Where do you expect to take your blog? Is it a future out for your day job? A way to make some extra income? Perhaps it’s your primary business.

Whatever your plan, you always have to deal with setbacks in some form or other.

You won’t be very successful if you just pack it in the first time something doesn’t go the way you plan.

You need to adapt, adjust to your failures, learn from them.

Address you blogging frustration!

Working Through Your Blogging Frustration

Say you just reviewed your metrics from last month, and things aren’t going exactly as planned. What do you do?

You can quit. However, that’s not the most practical solution is it?

You have to adapt to the situation. What’s the source of the frustration. Chances are there’s a solution to the problem, you simply need to step back and evaluate things a little more closely.

Here’s 5 options that may help you get over your blogging frustration:

Don’t Get Frustrated Too Soon

Don’t expect your blog to go viral overnight. It takes time.

Perhaps you need to reset your expectations. If you’ve only been blogging for a few short months, it’s too early to panic.

Sure there are always exceptions to this rule, but for the most part you need to establish your blog. If you’ve implemented a solid strategy for you blog, stick with it.

Next Steps

  1. Continue creating great content for your blog
  2. Step up the networking and blog commenting
  3. Promote your posts

Alter Your Strategy

Do you have a strategy in place? If not, you’re blogging aimlessly. You need to step back, identify your goals, and implement a strategy for your blog to meet those goals.

Let’s face it. Without a strategy, you’re not going to succeed.

Next Steps

  1. If you don’t have a strategy, create one
  2. If you are following a strategy, and it doesn’t seem to be working, it’s time to review it and make the appropriate changes
  3. Be sure you are following whatever strategy you have in place

Focus On One Thing At A Time

It can be a little overwhelming if you are trying to tackle too many things at once. Jumping from one task to another without completing anything leads to frustration (not to mention a lack of focus).

Next Steps

  1. Create a checklist of all the tasks you want to complete for your blog
  2. Prioritize the tasks on that checklist
  3. Focus on the top priorities, and complete a task before jumping to a new task

Take A Break

Maybe you just need a break from blogging. Step away from it to reinvigorate yourself. It doesn’t need to be an extended break, just some time away to help you refocus.

Your goal is to come back feeling refreshed and have a new outlook on things.

Next Steps

  1. Put up a new post on your blog letting your visitors know you are taking an extended vacation.
  2. Send out an email to your subscribers letting them know you will be away from your blog for a few weeks.
  3. No blogging, responding to emails, reading blogs, or commenting

Reinvent Yourself

Perhaps you need something a little more drastic.

If you’ve lost that energy or passion for your niche, it may be time to look elsewhere. You can create a blog on anything.

You’ll discover how much fun blogging can be if you’re writing about something you truly enjoy.

Next Steps

  1. Find your passion
  2. Start a new blog
  3. Create a strategy for that blog
  4. Network with other bloggers in that niche

Your Turn

I’m sure you’ve been there at some time or other in your blogging career. How did you overcome your latest blogging frustration? Did it work?

For me, it was reinventing myself.

I was frustrated by a whole lot of things, and I almost gave up. I changed the focus of my blog, and created a strategy to network with other bloggers.

Is it working?

Yep, so far. That’s not to say I’ve got this blogging thing down pat. I still have my share of frustration from time to time, but I do have a plan to deal with it.

If you want to learn more, simply click here.

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Don’t Panic But You Just Lost Your First Email Subscriber http://www.bloggingflail.com/lost-your-first-email-subscriber/ http://www.bloggingflail.com/lost-your-first-email-subscriber/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:16:23 +0000 http://www.bloggingflail.com/?p=546 You made it, or so you think. You’ve created great content for your blog, and decided to start building an email list. All of your efforts are paying off, as you are slowly building your list of email subscribers. Chances are you’re feeling pretty good about yourself, and decide to create your first email campaign for that small […]

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You made it, or so you think.

You’ve created great content for your blog, and decided to start building an email list. All of your efforts are paying off, as you are slowly building your list of email subscribers.

Chances are you’re feeling pretty good about yourself, and decide to create your first email campaign for that small set of subscribers you worked so hard to attain.

You spend hours creating unique content on your site that is only available to your subscribers, and proudly include that link in your first newsletter.  You hit send, sit back and wait excitedly to see what percent of subscribers open that email and click on any of the links you’ve included.

Then the unthinkable happens.

Someone unsubscribes from your list, or worse, marks it as spam!

Panic sets in. You just lost your first email subscriber.

Lost Email Subscriber

 

Good Riddance

Once you get over the initial shock, you’ll realize this isn’t such a bad thing.

You see, the typical open rate for an email campaign is somewhere south of 25%, depending upon what industry you are targeting. So if you are expecting 100% of your emails to be opened, you need to reset your expectations.

The unsubscribe rate for an email list should normally be under 1%.

Constant Contact has some great statistics on average open, click-through, and opt-out rates broken out by industry, if you want to take a closer look.

These things happen, and it’s really for the better.

Do you want subscribers that will never open an email you send, do you want a subscriber that won’t be engaged on your blog?

That’s easy. No!

You want your email list to consist of those subscribers that will engage, that will open your emails, and that will click on the links that you’ve included.

Good Riddance!!!

Remember, you’re building an email list for a purpose. Whatever that purpose may be.

Chances are that someday, someday when your list has grown, you’ll want to sell something.

Whether that something is a product you’ve created or a service you are offering, you’ll want potential sales.

So let’s weed out your list now, keep the good and get rid of the bad.

Good Riddance!!!

Too Many Unsubscribes

If your unsubscribe rate is within the threshold that I’ve called out above, there’s no reason to panic. Remember, you’ve only done your first campaign.

Ride it out, and evaluate things after your subsequent campaigns.

However, if your unsubscribe percentages are higher than average, you may want to take a look at a few things. Is any of the following possible:

  • Are you sending too many emails?
  • Is the content relevant?
  • Is the content what you initially promised?

Pauline Cabrera recently did an expert roundup with 20 influential bloggers and asked why do you unsubscribe from an email list? Some of the answers may surprise you, most should not. In any case, this is something you probably want to take a look at.

Nobody Is Reading My Email

Remember, you’ll be lucky to get 25% of your list to even open your email.

The open rate for the limited number of campaigns that I’ve sent out is is right around 36%. At first I was horrified by this. But after evaluating the statistics, I’m finding that’s actually pretty good.

If your not seeing an open rate that is between 20% – 25%, you may want to take a look at a few things.

Boring Subject Lines

Are your subject lines catchy? Do they scream – open me?

Similar to your blog headline, you want an attention grabbing subject line. This email needs to stand out from every other email that a person on your list receives on a daily basis.

So how do you do that?

By writing a subject line that gets emails opened that’s how.

Too Many Emails

Are you sending too many emails?

If you’re sending multiple emails a day/week, perhaps your subscribers are tired of seeing all of them. Instead of taking the time to unsubscribe from your list, it may be easier for them to simply delete them from their in-box.

So what’s the right frequency? Chances are if you ask 5 people this question, you’ll get a different answer from each of them.

How about this. Send enough so they don’t forget you, but not so many that you annoy them.

How many emails would be too much for you to receive from any one person? That’s probably your answer.

Check Your Spam Score

Are you sure your emails are getting through to the recipient? Maybe they’re ending up in their junk folder.

So how do you avoid this?

Check your spam score.

Most, if not all, Email Marketing Clients have a built in spam score checker. Use it!

Before you publish your next newsletter or email campaign, take the 5 seconds to check your spam score.

Segment Your List

Perhaps your targeting multiple audiences on your site.

Say you have a blog that focuses on motorcycle brands. If you’re sending an email on the latest and greatest Triumph model, I’m pretty sure the Harley Davidson fanboy won’t give a rats ass about that.

So create multiple lists, and focus your email campaign to that list.

Summary

Don’t fret about your unsubscribes. It’s going to happen.

Having said that, it is a good thing to monitor your statistics. If your email open rates or unsubscribe numbers are higher than the norm, then it’s time to act. Here are 5 costly list building mistakes you want to be aware of.

Keep these things in mind:

  • Don’t go crazy with the emails
  • Keep the content relevant and focused on what you initially promised
  • Create catchy subject lines (and check your spam score)

What do you think? Do you get worked up about your unsubscribes, or is it something you just don’t worry about?

By The Way – If you’re frustrated with blogging, don’t give up. I was there and I decided to do something about it. If you’re interested in following my progress, just click here.

 

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Month Two Report: Opportunity Comes Knocking http://www.bloggingflail.com/opportunity-comes-knocking/ http://www.bloggingflail.com/opportunity-comes-knocking/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 03:56:45 +0000 http://www.bloggingflail.com/?p=579 We’re now two months into the revised strategy of Blogging Flail, and I can’t believe what opportunities were in store for me this past month. When I started my strategy, in early December 2014, I was getting zero engagement on this blog. OK zero may be an over exaggeration, but I wouldn’t say one comment a […]

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We’re now two months into the revised strategy of Blogging Flail, and I can’t believe what opportunities were in store for me this past month.

When I started my strategy, in early December 2014, I was getting zero engagement on this blog. OK zero may be an over exaggeration, but I wouldn’t say one comment a month is something to write home about.

Now it seems every time I write a post, I’m responding to 15 – 20 comments, thanking people on social media for sharing my content, and getting a number of new followers on both Twitter and Google Plus.

Is my strategy working?

I think it’s safe to say it is so far.

Let’s talk about some highlights for the month of January.

monthly newsletter

Monthly Highlights

January was quite the month for me.

I didn’t really change my approach much from December. The focus was still on networking, primarily through blog commenting. It still amazes me how such a simple concept can provide so many opportunities.

Speaking of opportunities, take a look at what happened:

  • I received my first backlink early in the month
  • I received my second backlink a few weeks after the first
  • I was invited to participate in a private networking group with other key bloggers
  • I was mentioned in a Podcast

Now instead of going on and on, and giving all kinds of details on each of the above bullets, I thought it would make better sense to focus on how each of these things happened.

Two words – blog commenting.

Edit – I offer some more insight into this as part of my newsletter, but you’ll need to subscriber to get those details.

The power of blog commenting, do not underestimate it.

Want To Learn More?

Well, you’ll need to sign up for my email list.

Every month I share with my subscribers some insight to my strategy. Want to learn more about:

  • What items in my strategy are working
  • What part of my strategy is not
  • Insight to my visitor and subscriber growth rates
  • Plans for the upcoming month

And more….

You see, as a subscriber to Blogging Flail, I want to help you succeed. I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I must be doing something right to get the level of engagement I’ve been seeing over the last 2 months.

So what do you have to loose?

Nothing!

Simply sign up for my list by clicking here, and I’ll send you links to all my past monthly summaries.

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Stop Being A Creeper And Let Them Know You’re Creeping http://www.bloggingflail.com/stop-being-a-creeper/ http://www.bloggingflail.com/stop-being-a-creeper/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 02:43:23 +0000 http://www.bloggingflail.com/?p=565 How many blogs do you visit on a daily basis? Now how many of those blogs do you leave a comment on? None? So you’re creeping?!?! You know, creeping.  It’s what my teenage daughter does when she’s trolling Facebook looking at her friends friends news feed (or whatever it’s called today). The whole purpose is […]

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How many blogs do you visit on a daily basis?

Now how many of those blogs do you leave a comment on? None?

So you’re creeping?!?!

You know, creeping.  It’s what my teenage daughter does when she’s trolling Facebook looking at her friends friends news feed (or whatever it’s called today). The whole purpose is to see what they’re posting without them knowing that you know…

Sure you might get a few tips on setting up a blog, search engine optimization, or growing your email list, but you’re missing out on one important thing. Engagement!

You want that for your blog right?

Don’t be a creeper, get in there and let them know they’ve been creeped.  A wealth of opportunities await you.

Blog Creeping

 

Why Should You Leave A Comment?

Well if you found this post by searching for “Facebook Creeping” I agree.  Don’t waste your time with leaving a comment. You have better things to do.

However if you’ve made it this far, I’m guessing you do have a blog, and there’s a good chance you’re looking for ways to increase engagement on your site.

Leaving a well constructed comment on another blog can lead to all kinds of networking opportunities.

How about some examples:

  • You make yourself known to the author of the blog, especially if you leave multiple comments
  • The author may return the favor by commenting on your blog
  • The author may share the post they just commented on
  • The author’s social networking followers see the post they just shared and check out your blog
  • Readers of the author’s blog may see your comment, and check out your blog
  • These visitors to your blog may leave a comment, share your post, or signup for your email list

See how simple that is? All that opportunity from leaving a comment or two.

Leave The Right Comment

There’s a right way and a wrong way to leave a comment on another blog. Your comment can make other blogger’s take note of who you are, or not…

First let’s look at an example of the wrong way to comment:

Great post dude

That’s not going to do much for you, and you’ll be lucky if it’s even approved.

If you’re going to leave a comment, be sure to add some additional value to the post, ask a follow up question, or at least call out something that you learned.

Now let’s look at an example of the right way to comment:

Hey Craig, I’ve been creeping on your blog for a while, and this post got me thinking, I should probably leave you a comment.  First off, love your blog, and I’ve been able to gather a number of tips that I’m hoping to implement on my blog.

I never really thought about leaving a comment before on another blog. It seemed silly to me.  I had no idea it could open so many doors. I didn’t realize networking was so important. How often do you comment on other blogs? Does it work for you?

Hope to hear back from you, and keep up the great work.

BTW – I just signed up for your email list.

Wow, I’m blushing. OK, I wrote it myself, but you get the idea.

If I received a comment like this, the first thing I would do is respond to the comment, answer the questions, and thank him/her for their visit and taking the time to leave a comment.

Chances are, I would head over to his/her blog to check it out as well, and if I liked what I saw would even leave a comment on one of their posts. Heck, if I liked the blog enough, I may even bookmark it and check it out from time to time.

I’ve done this on multiple occasions.

Recently there was a comment left for me on a previous post, and the author of that comment left a very well constructed response.

I was so impressed that I headed straight over to the commenters blog, and spent the next 20 minutes reading through a number of his posts. I’ve since bookmarked Luke Jordan’s InterGeek.co.uk site, and try to get over there once a week to check things out. We’ve exchanged multiple comments on each others blogs since that time.

Networking at its finest.

Get it?

Your Call To Action

It doesn’t matter what niche you’re in. You need to network if you are looking for engagement.

Next time you’re visiting one of your favorite blogs to pick up a tip or two, take the time to leave a genuine comment.

Repeat this process for every post on every blog you find of interest. I think you’ll really be surprised.

If you’re tired of creeping around other blogs without being noticed, and are truly looking for ways to increase the popularity of your blog, just click here.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t be a creeper!

 

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