September 26, 2013
Kicking off a new blog can be exciting, and that alone can help you stay motivated. You have these ideas, you get to work creating the site, designing it and creating content. However, that excitement can get the best of us, and things come crashing down when you are not seeing the results you had hoped for. We all have certain expectations, and we all want to see massive success from whatever project we are working on. In the blogging world though, success is far from an overnight process. In fact, it’s more of a work-till-your-hands-bleed kind of process, requiring hundreds, even thousands of hours.
Several times I can easily recall just wanting to give up. I had put together what I felt to be a great blog, and written many what I felt to be great posts. Unfortunately, traffic was far from great, and it seemed like I had created yet another blog to get pushed aside from all the noise coming at every which direction. If you are trying to get a blog off the ground, or have but are struggling to stay motivated, here are several tips:
Have A Plan
The majority of problems stem from improper planning, or lack thereof. If you don’t know where you are going, how can you expect to get there? (Tweet This) Naturally, I’m a big procrastinator, and when it comes to putting a plan together, I want to gravitate towards flying by the seat of my pants. “Things will work themselves out” or “You can work on that tomorrow” are common thoughts that pop in my head. However, the lack of a plan is one of the quickest paths to failure. read more
Tags: blog advice, blogging tips, Stay Motivated
July 25, 2011
Getting your visitors’ attention and encouraging them to interact on your blog is often a hard task. Popups are the obvious choice when it comes to this sort of situation, but you don’t want to annoy your visitors or run them away. This is why the WordPress Popup Scheduler plugin is the ideal choice because it has numerous customization options, which allow you to customize it to suit your needs and be less obtrusive. As you’ll see from the customization options, popups don’t have to be annoying or boring. And this is the reason why we have installed it on our psd to html conversion blog.
Here’s what you can do with the WordPress Popup Scheduler plugin.
When to Show
You can decide when you’d like your popup to appear to your visitors, by choosing one of the following options:
- When new visitors arrive
- When visitors return for the (second, third, fourth or fifth) visit
- Starting from a specific date for a certain number of days or for every few number of days
- At all times
- Whenever you make changes to the popup content
Set a Delay
You can have the popup show immediately when a visitor lands on the page or you can delay it for a specific number of seconds. We did that in our business neon signs store because we wanted the users to be able to learn more about the product first. So it’s probably best to wait a few seconds so that your visitors aren’t bombarded as soon as they land on your site. read more
Tags: blog advice, scheduler, WordPress plugin
June 6, 2011
One of the greatest aspects of blogging is the fact you can do it wherever you like. With this type of freedom however, blogging may interrupt other activities we enjoy.
By learning how to blog faster we can plan our schedule accordingly. The process for becoming an efficient blogger takes time.
Here are some really simple blogging tips that you might find useful when you get inspired to blog. By sticking to a process that works best for you, you’ll find that blogging is easier to manage, especially when you can get it done consistently and within a set time period.
1. Find a Quiet Place for Creative Thought
When blogging at home you may find much more success by finding a place where you can hideout and write. A desk by a window is always a nice choice, but at a minimum just seek a room where the noise level is minimal. read more
Tags: blog advice, stay at home blogger. work from home blog
March 28, 2011
Can you really write a quality blog post in 15 minutes? Yes, but that should just be your time actually writing the post, and not the time doing the research and preparing to write. I don’t want to mislead anyone here. If you are writing about a topic that you don’t know much about it could takes a couple hours just doing research. But a quick 15 minute article should be written about what you know, what you enjoy, what you are passionate about.
The part of writing an article that can take the longest is doing research. This is why I recommend making it a habit of doing research on a regular basis. This way, when it is time to start writing you already have a head full of information. But you can’t be expected to remember everything you read, so always do research with an eager mind and a ready pen. Write down any stats, thoughts, and figures that you think might be useful. read more
Tags: blog advice, blog writing, blogging tips, shortcuts
July 22, 2008
Your blog archives are the list of months some bloggers keep in their sidebar that link to monthly chronological collections of their blog posts. In the early days, a site with such a monthly listing in their sidebar meant this was a personal blog. Without it, it was a website or professional site.
Are you still displaying your blog post archives? What benefit do bloggers get when the offer a long series of months and years in the sidebar of their blog? Do visitors and readers really use them? Do you?
With all the worry about duplicate content and Google’s PageRank, if your blog is generated similar or duplicate content within the categories and tags, then why do you need to clog their databases with archives?
Have you ever found archives in a search result? I do all the time. I click though hoping to find the answer to my question and find nothing. That information might have been on page 4 of that month’s archive of posts, but now, the natural chronological push from the present to the past of the blog structure may have pushed the information I need onto page 6.
How would I know? read more
Tags: archives, blog advice, blog clutter, Blog Design, blog help, Blogging, chronology, clutter, dates, design elements, site map, web design