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the three main ingredients of a great blog

The Three Main Ingredients To A Great Blog Having a successful blog is a goal of many bloggers and web developers. Being the owner and webmaster of a blog that is known around the internet is rewarding in a couple of ways. First, we all like the ego boost of people linking or quoting us and second, from selling advertising to selling products blogs that are known have many financial advantages. When it comes to creating and writing a successful blog there are three main things that will make the difference between a blog that has a chance of making it and a blog that will get lost in the herd of a million other blogs on the internet. The first ingredient a blog needs to end up successful is frequently updated quality content. Without good content, people will not link to or seek out a blog and even if they end up there by accident, they will not return. Creating content that others think is so good that they will link to it from their websites is a great way of making a blog a success. The second part of this ingredient is the act of frequently updating the content. A blog is a living breathing website. It is meant to be updated and changed often. If the content of a blog is stale and stagnant, even if it is of high quality, visitors will not return because they will have already "been there, done that". The second ingredient of a successful internet blog is marketing. Whether marketing a blog with an eye on search engine results or through link building efforts, continual refinement of a marketing plan is a must. If a blog has the best content in the world with the most exciting and invigorating writing around, no one will visit if there are no links to get there or it doesn’t show up in search engine results. Usually the best marketing results are achieved through successful implementation of many ways of online marketing, social networking, link building, article submission and search engine optimization to name a few. The third and final ingredient used to make a blog successful is interaction with the visitors to the website. The very nature of a blog being a continually edited and growing website encourages visitors to want to become a part of it. Visitors who feel like they have something invested in a website or blog are more apt to come back again and again as they feel they are a piece of a community. Two of the best ways to increase the chances that a visitor to a blog will feel that they are part of that site is to make sure that comments are enabled and to include a contact form or another way for them to reach out to the owner or webmaster of the blog. Allowing visitors to leave comments creates the chance for their to be ongoing discussions which can sometimes get lively. Prominent placement of a contact form allows visitors to feel like they have a closer relationship with the person or persons running the blog and they can reach out and talk to them personally when they want to. When a good number of blog readers and visitors feel they are part of that blog’s community they will keep returning to, linking to, and promoting the site themselves. Starting a blog is easy, millions have done so in the past and millions more will do so in the future. But to make a truly successful blog takes a great deal of preparation and work. Part of that preparation and work is including the three things that make a blog a success; frequently updated quality content, active marketing, and a sense of interaction and community. Though not a guarantee by any means, with those three ingredients in place a blog has a great chance of experiencing some form of success. —– The Basics Of Blogging For those experienced webmasters and blog owners, some of the more basic things about blogging will seem like old news. But like anything, whenever you are starting out in a new field you first need the basics covered so that you can build on that knowledge, become competent, and eventually reach the level of expert. Blog is the common term for what was at first known as a web log, or weblog. A blog is setup as a series of content that is displayed in the form of posts. The posts are usually then arranged in reverse chronological order, meaning that the newest item posted or updated will appear at the top of the blog above the next most recent post. There are a number of different types of blogs, the most common three are content blogs, video blogs, and photo blogs. Content blogs are primarily text based, although photos and videos can be added as well. Photo and video blogs are self explanatory in that they consist mainly, or even totally, of phots or videos. It is good to have a decent overview of the technical side of blogging, but it is not necessary to be fluent in the programming side of the blogging software. It is possible to design your own blogging platform, but it is easiest to go with one of the many blogging platforms on the market. The most popular platform is called WordPress and it is extremely simple to use, if not master. The platform, or blogging software, organizes and keeps your written content displayed on your website. The platform also usually allows fairly simple ways to change the look and design of your blog. Once you apply the basic blogging information you now know to the daily running of your blog, you will in no time add to it your own knowledge that you either learn from others or discover on your own. Blogging is to a large degree a learning process. The more you know about blogging the better your blog, or blogs, will end up in the end. —– Tips On Creating Great Blog Posts Consistently Often as the owner of a blog you may find yourself falling into a bit of a rut. It may seem like it is hard to come up with something to write about or you may find the quality of your writing slipping. There are ways out of this trap though, it may just mean you have to know a few tricks. Creating great blog posts is an important enough goal that any tip that makes the process easier or more consistent is well worth paying attention to. Before you type the first word of a post for your blog, you should already know a few things about what you are going to write. You should know what the subject of the post is, what your basic conclusion of this subject matter will entail, and approximately how in-depth you are going to explore the topic. By having this information organized ahead of time, you will find the actual writing of the post to be a rather easy process. While writing you post, don’t keep an eye on your word count. Explore the topic as you planned and go as in-depth as it takes to get the post both thorough and coherent. When the article is complete is the time to check the word count. If the total amount of words is a great deal longer than a blog post should be or longer than you think your readers will want to read, edit it into two or more posts and then add them to your blog on successive days. If the topic of your blog is confined to primarily one area and you have a legitimate case of writer’s block, check out recent news articles that are related to your niche. Write a recap of a recent news story that relates to the subject of your blog and then add some commentary featuring your thoughts on the subject. Another great way to counter writer’s block is to visit an online forum that has as its subject matter the same topic as your blog. Look for a thread where someone asks a question, use that question as the inspiration for a blog post. This is a legitimate way to find out what type of information the public is seeking on the subject that you cover. Continually picking topics to write about that legitimately interest you is the number one way to insure that you will be able to consistently post on your blog with quality writing. If you are interested in, or better yet passionate about, the subject you are writing about, then writing about those things well shouldn’t be too much of a problem at all. Throughout the running of your blog, it is best to always concentrate on making your posts of the highest quality that you are capable of. Your writing is what is going to make the difference between a visitor returning to your blog at a later time or never coming back to your site at all. It is all controlled by you and your writing ability. —– Hosting Your Own Blog Vs. Using A Free Blog Host Once you’ve decided that it is time to start your own blog, one of the first decisions that needs to be reached is how the hosting will be handled. There are two basic choices, you can either go with a free blog host like Google’s Blogger or WordPress.com or you can purchase a domain name or your own and host your own blog. There are advantages and disadvantages to both choices and the right decision for one person may not be the same right decision for someone else. Hosting your blog with a free blog provider means that you have no monthly or yearly hosting bill. The space they provide for your blog to be hosted is free which is nice, but it comes with limitations. Some free blog hosts place ads on your blog as a way of compensating them for the free space they give you. Other than the advertising, which not all free blogging hosts use, the main negative to using a free blog host is that you are not in ultimate control of your blog. While you might write the content of the blog, the owners of the hosting company have the ultimate decision on whether to display it or not. They can suspend you based on any content or advertising choices that you make that they don’t approve of. Also, if a technical problem causes them to lose your data, it probably isn’t as important to them whether you retrieve it or not. There are many benefits to hosting your own blog on your own domain name. One of the main benefits is that it provides you with a great deal more credibility when your blog’s URL is its own domain name and not a blogspot or wordpress domain name. Other benefits include the fact that you control every aspect of your blog because you are hosting it, any benefits and marketing you do that increases the value of the domain name you are using can be used to your advantage and not a free blog host’s advantage, and there are more ways for you to customize your blog when you host it privately as opposed to most free hosting packages. The biggest downside to hosting your own blog is that it usually is not free, though the cost of providing your own hosting is not usually prohibitive to most people. There is not one answer for everyone on this issue of what is the best hosting decision to make regarding your own blog. If the blog you are starting will be casually updated and a very part time project, then a free host may be the way to go. It may also be best to go with a free host if you are just starting out blogging and want to see if it is something you truly feel you want to do. On the other hand, if you are an experienced webmaster or blogger then providing your own hosting is the only way to go. It provides you with the two biggest benefits, credibility and control. The importance of these two benefits cannot be overestimated. Whichever decision you reach should be based on the intent of your blogging and the goals that you have for your blog, and only you can make those decisions.



Top 10 Best WordPress Plugins That Make Your Blog Badass

Top 10 Best WordPress Plugins That Make Your Blog Badass

What is the best wordpress plugin? If you guys are brand new to the idea of blogging, a wordpress plugin is simply just an add-on that you can put into your blog. There are all sorts of various plugins at your disposal. But only a really handful of wordpress plugins are actually USEFUL to converting more of your readers into buyers, email opt-ins or loyal readers.

So what are they?

Let us get into the thick of it as they say… Now these are not just fluff stuff that will slow your blog down. These are actually the #1 things that can grow traffic to your blog and make your blog 200-500% better than where it currently sits if you’re flying-solo without any at all.

Time to dive in!

Top 10 Best WordPress Plugins

1.  Facebook Share

This was the original facebook share button. A lot of blogs have gone away with this blog in favor for the “”like”” button on the blog. I say BOTH are important. Here is why the old facebook share button makes our little best plugins list.

It allows social proof to be seen a lot quicker and more dramatically displayed. As we know, readers are more enticed if they see that a lot of people are sharing an article or a piece of content. So by having that at the top, allows us to display the number of how many times we have been shared on facebook. Also the “”like”” plugin ruins a lot of the head space in your blog. Which is why I include it at the bottom of my blog versus the top.

The FB share button is still super effective and highly recommended!

2. Tweetmeme

This plugin is pretty much exactly the same as facebook share. The only obvious difference is that it is for twitter not for facebook! I am not a HUGE fan of twitter as any of you who follow me already know. I rarely use it, though I should, but a lot our readers do use twitter and absolutely love it. So allow them to spread the love across their 140-character-long diaries.

3. Facebook Like Button

I love the Like button, I include it at the end  of every blog post. The cool thing is it will tell you everyone who liked it, and sometimes it’ll be someone the reader is friends with or respects if they are heavy in your niche. Which causes them to respect you and your content even more, and make it more likely to share your stuff with the world.

4. Commentluv

Let us be honest. Majority of people reading a blog, especially in the make money niches and network marketing niches, have something they want to sell too. To reward these people for commenting on our blogs, we become a “”Dofollow”” blog and allow their latest blog post to appear on our own blog. This allows them to do a little bit better advertising of their content when they comment to enrich our own.

I love commentluv, cause it builds really good backlink juice, which for you SEO nuts is awesome.

I actually have people hiring and outsourcing people to come and comment on this blog. No idea how many, but I am sure the fact I have commentluv is a big reason why! (Other than my AMAZING content!)

5. All In One SEO Pack

Even though it is constantly wanting to update itself which is semi-annoying, this is an awesome plugin for SEO junkies and any real-time blogger. Because it allows you to put in all the SEO info you need at one go. Put it in and you’re done.

This is a requirement if you want be successful with SEO on a blog as far as I am concerned, and really easy to use.

6. Google Analyticator

This plugin is a behind-the-scenes deal, but basically using this tool you can quick updates on traffic coming to your blog. What is even cooler is going into the back office they have and you can see exactly where everyone is coming from. Whether predominantly from facebook, or from the search engines. Of course, the biggest traffic source you want is called “”Direct””.

Meaning people actually just come on the internet and type in your blog into the address bar! Because those are the people who are loyal fans and like what you have to say.

Other useful information are things like understanding bounce rates, and the most frequented pages on your blog. Don’t get lost in the numbers, but do understand what they are saying about your blog so you can adjust and optimize everything.

7. Google XML Sitemaps

Also a powerful SEO plugin. This automatically creates a sitemap on your blog which helps with SEO. Basically the sitemap organizes everything more neatly and makes the Google spiders and gods go through your content and index it quicker and better. (Which means higher rankings on the search engines)

8. WP Ezinearticles

I really like this, no idea how helpful it TRULY is, but I believe it is worth to have on your blog even if you’re not big into article marketing. Basically what it does is creates a little box in your wordpress “”Add new post”” section. When you are done writing your post, you can click the “”submit”” button and it will automatically send your blog post to Ezinearticles as a submitted article all in the span of a few seconds.

Saves a lot of hassle if you enjoy submitting articles like me.

9. ThatMLMBeat Beat It Button

I just started using this myself, it is a plugin similar to tweetmeme only instead of twitter it shares your content on ThatMLMBeat. A website community focused on blogging specifically in the mlm/network marketing and internet marketing niches. Everytime someone clicks on it, your post will get bumped up into the top and front page of their community.

Which is pretty awesome targeted traffic for most of us in this niche! You do need a ThatMLMBeat account, but that’s for free unless you want the premium. Highly recommend it.

10. SSG Google WordPress Audio Player

I LOVE this thing. This is one of my favorite wordpress plugins, if not THE BEST wordpress plugn on this list in my opinion.

You see, I hate doing videos but I love doing audios. (You know got that hot Alaskan silky voice haha) and doing interviews. I actually have a small library of interviews with many six-figure income earners in our profession I have been waiting to whip out and never had a chance to till I found my hosting solution. See I was messing with Amazons3 and all this other crap I couldn’t figure out, till my friend Brandon Connell told me about this plugin.

It hosts all of your audio on your blog for free and it will also embed an actual audio player inside your blog post instead of your reader having to open up a new window for your audio (for free). Super useful.

Advice on the Best WordPress Plugins…

Please do not look at this as a definitive list. I love blogging, but it is a constantly changing and evolving world. There is new plugins coming out all the time. And some plugins I know of that I use that I didn’t mention here (but will soon in another post) used for different purposes. These are the basics, the stuff I believe every network marketing blog if not at least blog itself should have.

The greatest piece of advice I can give you on using and finding the best wordpress plugins is network with other active bloggers. Constantly be on the search for them. Developers are always coming out with new and cool things that you can use. So keep your eyes OPEN.

That way you will ALWAYS have the best wordpress plugins on your blog, and make your audience very happy and giddy to promote you all over the internet-worlds that-be. Goodluck and good wordpress plugin hunting/installing.


Benefits of WordPress Websites

Benefits of WordPress Websites

What’s are the major benefits of having a WordPress website?

If you’re thinking about having a website yourself, you are probably asking that very same question. I could easily ramble on about technical things copied from forums and blogs, but that wouldn’t help anyone and would totally go against what WordPress is all about, simplicity and quality!

Instead, however, I can be honest and tell you about what I see as the benefits of a WordPress website, as an end user, not a web designer.

Firstly, our WordPress website, is easy to use. Very easy. We were in need of a content management website that we could easily control ourselves, and this ticked all the boxes. It looks good, it feels good, and does an ideal job. We chose WordPress because we needed to be able to update our website whenever we needed to. We wanted to be able to do this ourselves whenever we felt necessary, rather than having to constantly call a web developer asking them to change a list of things. Luckily for us, news, videos, blogs, testimonials and more can be added and edited in minutes!

Developed from blogging software and created by a professional WordPress Web Design team, the WordPress user interface is easy to use and takes only minutes to learn and master if given the right tuition. So, updating your WordPress website is a really simple and easy process, but what other benefits do WordPress websites offer you? Well here’s a swift little list of some of the most useful points:

SEO! – You can optimise your website easily by adding tags to all your pages and posts. Its also very easy to update regularly, and Google loves new content!

Customisation! – You can change the look and colour of your website in a few clicks. There is a simple editor which is easy to use, along with many different themes available.

Social Media! – WordPress is fully compatible with all forms of social media. Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, can all appear on your site.

A site for life! – WordPress is always being updated! If you want to add a new section, page, post, to your website, you can easily do it in a couple of clicks. Want a site that can expand and change with your business, this is it!

Integration! – Newsletters, online payment systems, social media, contact forms, E-commerce, WordPress has a plug-in for all those, and many many more.


Steps to Successful Blogging

Steps to Successful Blogging

There are many individuals who are owners of extremely popular blogs
but do not believe in the commercialization of the blog. These proud
owners of these admired blogs somehow feel that it is unethical to use
their blog as a source of marketing and income. At the same time, it is
important to add here that there is no dearth of individuals who plunge
into blogging with the sole purpose of converting the blog into a
constant source of income for them.

This chapter comes to the aid of all those who want to become
successful through blogging. Discussed below are some steps which
will take your efforts towards successful blogging to the next level.

Start with a free blog hosting service

It is best for the beginners to start their blogs with a free web hosting
service. It can certainly help in the initial stages of the blog as it allows
one to concentrate on the content of the blog or rather than focusing
on the technicalities of the blog. The best part is that once your blog
takes off, you can easily upgrade it to a paid one. Not to forget that in
the worst scenario of your blog being ignored by the web, you do not
have to incur any financial loss.

Determine on a popular niche

When people talk about popular niche, it is very crucial to understand
that the determined niche should generate huge interest and passion
among the readers. And for that, it is very important that you yourself
are passionate about the niche and have a very good understanding of
it. Before deciding on one particular niche it is better to have a good
idea of the target audience generated by it. One can use tools like
Google Zeitgeist or Yahoo Buzz to find the most frequently searched

Blog as frequently as possible

Updating the content of your blog on a regular basis will keep the
loyalties of your readers intact. Any negligence on your part can lead
to loss of readers for your blog which is nothing but loss of potential

Generate traffic by promoting your blog url

A successful blogger does not leave any opportunity of promoting
one’s blog. It is important to promote your blog through various
means and methods including word of mouth. However, when it comes
to promoting one’s blog, the best method is to submit articles to
reputed article directories with back links to your blog. This is one of
the best ways of increasing the visibility of the blog on the web.

There are numerous methods and strategies for becoming a successful
blogger and one can go a long way in blogging, provided they are open
to new trends and ideas. Other than that, simple steps like tracking
one’s blog on a regular basis, adding quality and interesting content,
proper keyword research, using multiple blogging accounts and
displaying non-advertising digital graphics can make your blog
interesting and popular. Once your blog has gained popularity and has
regular visitors, the next step is to monetize it through contextual and
graphical advertising.


How to Find Free WordPress Themes

How to Find Free WordPress Themes

One of the benefits of using WordPress for your blogs is that you can easily change the layout of your blog by changing the theme. There are many free WordPress themes, or free blog templates, that are available. You can also choose to have a unique theme designed for you. In addition, you can also purchase a pre-made theme.

A WordPress theme is a collection of files that will create graphics for your blog. This provides a type of skin for your blog, almost the way a book cover will change the look of a book. By choosing a theme that reflects the subject of your blog, you can make your blog more appealing to your visitors. It can also make your blog much more memorable.

WordPress has two themes that come with the basic installation of your blog. These themes are very simple and are a very generic design.

WordPress has their own theme directory which contains over 500 themes and the number is growing. When you look at the directory, you will be able to see a list of the most popular themes. You will also be able to see a list of the newest themes that have been added. Still another section will show you themes that have been recently updated.

To easily find a theme that goes along with your blog, use the Search feature at the top of the page. Type in a word or phrase and you will be shown the themes that go along with those search criteria.

WordPress encourages each theme designer to come up with their own installation instructions for their theme. When you select a theme, be sure to read the directions for installation so that you would be able to use the theme correctly.

Another option that you will see in the same section where you will see the different themes is an option for headers. This is slightly different than choosing a theme because it does not affect the entire blog page, but it is simply a different graphic at the top of the blog. You can use something like this if you want to keep a clean, crisp area for your text without any clutter.

One thing to keep in mind is that you do not only want to choose a theme that will be aligned with your subject matter, but you also want to consider the purpose for your blog. If you have a blog that is for business purposes, it is best to keep a theme that is either business oriented or is somewhat plain. You want to avoid whimsical designs (unless whimsical designs would be a perfect complement to the subject matter of your blog and your business).

Remember that you can always change your theme later. There are plenty of free WordPress themes to choose from, and it is very easy to switch from one theme to another. Be adventurous and try something different with your WordPress blog.


Benefits of Using WordPress

Benefits of Using WordPress

For businesses looking to increase their web presence, creating websites and blogs are the way to go. The utilization of quality online content is crucial. By having relevant content online, whether on a blog or website, this allows for increased awareness of a business and its services. WordPress is an editing and uploading blog software for businesses to create and publish this content online. With the ability to create websites and blogs, business owners can easily share their information with the world. There are many WordPress benefits!

WordPress is an open source software. This means that millions of people around the world are constantly working on it. WordPress is also a low-cost service. This is very beneficial to business owners because WordPress offers many valuable services all in one program.
WordPress is user-friendly. It is easy both to learn and use. Finally, you don’t have to be an expert to update your website or blog. This is why so many businesses utilize WordPress to share their news and information online.
WordPress makes it easy to add a blog to your website. WordPress can be installed on your own website’s server or through WordPress web hosting. The thought of starting and maintaining a blog can be stressful to many business owners; however, WordPress makes it easier to start a blog. Quit using confusing blogging websites, when you can easily use WordPress!
WordPress offers customization tools with many website and blog themes to choose from! Long gone are the days where changing your website’s look took hours. WordPress makes it easier to customize your website or blog as quickly and as often as you want.
WordPress also has the capability to install plug-ins. Plug-ins allow business owners to add all sorts of things to their website and blog, such as pictures, maps, applications and much more. These are all easy to install with WordPress. There is no need to spend money on a web programmer when you can utilize WordPress’s low-cost tools.
WordPress is a CMS (content management system). This means that your business can use WordPress to collaborate information and data. This makes it easy to share information across the whole company! Things will get done more quickly and there will be less confusion!
Google loves WordPress because it is SEO (search engine optimization) friendly. WordPress is built in a way that makes blogs and websites easier to find on Google and other search engines. WordPress has a way of automatically announcing new content. WordPress also helps business owners create well constructed blogs and websites. This is crucial to maintaining good search engine rankings.
WordPress is safe to use! In a time where online security is often questioned, business owners may be wary about online safety. WordPress offers easy to install plug-ins that will make your web site or blog safer! WordPress takes the fear our of maintaining an online website or blog.
WordPress websites and blogs have accessibility. This means that anyone can access your business website or blog, thanks to WordPress. WordPress makes it easy to view your information on any computer, in any country, and on any device! As technology grows and changes, this is crucial for business owners.
WordPress helps your site grow with you! Once you have gotten the hang of WordPress, you’ll soon realize that it will continue to help your business. While your needs may change in the future, whether it be a new website design or the need for a video gallery, WordPress can continue to help you will all of these needs.

As you can see there are many WordPress advantages. Businesses have a great tool to succeed in the online world, thanks to WordPress! Make a web site or blog today, and utilize WordPress. Learn and grow with WordPress by looking at a WordPress tutorial. Website and blog set up is easy!


The Power of WordPress Themes

The Power of WordPress Themes Starting and maintaining a blog is not easy. One must think of ways to expose his blog in order to gain more audience and fan following. Aside from that, blogs usually contain articles, but articles are not enough to attract visitors. One must be able to have an interactive blog that keeps the visitor stay and read the blog. A blog that has lot of contents and eye catching designs are also one of the ways to keep the audience entertained and recommend the blog to other people. In order to do this, one must have such software that will manage his or her blog without delving into too much technicalities. A blog with a WordPress theme is very advantageous when it comes to its creation and management. WordPress is an open source CMS, content management system. What does this mean? This means that one, WordPress is free and will always be free. Second, a community of programmers, web developers, and enthusiast protects WordPress from any potential hacks and security lapses. Third, these people regularly try to develop WordPress and its plug-ins in order to improve its functions and features. A CMS is a content management system solely developed for websites, blogs and web pages so that they won’t have to hard code every aspect of their website. Why use a CMS? Better yet, why use WordPress among the other CMS? Here are some reasons:• It is free, has open -source licensing, has lots of WordPress themes available for download• It has lots of available plug-ins, widgets, and applications that can go with one’s web design• It is easy to use, outputs great end product, and gives you freedom in one’s design• Powered by PHP and MySql, WordPress has the ability to create and manage a website while at the same time, it has the ability to support and integrate a database to the website.• WordPress won the best open source CMS award on 2009 because of its excellence in the field of CMS and web development. Now, these are the reason why WordPress have an edge over other CMS. WordPress themes are available for download and it can be used in one’s web site, blog, or web page. This way, you will no longer worry about its core designs; WordPress themes would do it for the user. Of course, one would have the option to change or edit the WordPress them if it would not satisfy his tastes. By using WordPress one can hasten the design process while at the same time the quality of the site won’t be compromised. Web development takes a lot of time, WordPress however is a development tool made for blogs and websites that does not need too much abstraction but at the same time it has the elements of art and beauty. By using a CMS to manage one’s blog, it gives the user simple clicks here and there to update or change his blog without going into too much trouble. WordPress is here to make designing, creating, and maintaining a site easy. The Power of WordPress Themes