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#1 Mistake Most Blogs Do
As much as this might surprise most bloggers, the #1 mistake most blogs are doing is not publishing their content via e-mail, as a supplement to their RSS feeds.Just think about it: while RSS is growing strong, it still only penetrates about 5-6% of the American online population. Furthermore, according to a recent BlogAds survey, "only 12 percent of the blog reading audience said it used RSS always or often".If you're delivering your blog content only via RSS, you're missing out on about 80% or more of potential regular readership/followship.THE KEY BLOG PROBLEMThere are millions of blogs already, but really few people have the time to watch more than a few daily. But if they come back just once a week, they can be quickly overwhelmed with the amount of new content.That's why it's crucial to provide a "...(related: Blogging)


10 Benefits Of Being A Blogger
I have been a blogger since September 2004 but only began to take it seriously this year. My blogging journey began when I stumbled upon a company owned by Google named Blogger.com that offered free tools to build a website.In fact Blogger provides you with free several templates which you can customize in addition to a domain name hosted on their ...(related: Blogging)


10 Reasons To Put Rss On Your Site!
RSS and Blogs are the topics of the moment. Seems like everyone is talking about it. Granted, thereis too much hype about RSS and Blogs.But where there's hype - there's interest!And with good reason - RSS is posed to be the break out technology of 2005. Those who don't takefull advantage of it will be left behind.If you need convincing - here are 10 reasons why you should put RSS on your site:1. It's ...(related: Blogging)


12 Reasons Why You Need A Blog
"Why Should I Blog? I Simply Don't Get It"This post on a popular discussion forum set me thinking - and I came up with 12 reasons you should blog.Read them and get started on your blog. Or better still, go get your blog up and running and THEN come back and read this :)#1 - You Do Not Need...(related: Blogging)


13 Steps To Successful Blogging
Blogs can be a very marketable and very profitable tool if used correctly. Profiting from blogs is just a matter of grabbing the attention of an audience and not doing any actual salesmen selling. In this article you will learn the 13 most essential steps to successfu...(related: Blogging)


15 Top Blog Marketing Tips
1. Place all your feeds on the following website and the directories listed on this page - http://www.rss-feeds-directory.com/blog_lists.html2. For fast inclusion into yahoo, get yourself a "my yahoo" page - http://my.yahoo.com/ and place your rss feed on that page.3. Have a link which allows other people to put your rss feed on their own "my yahoo" page. See "my yahoo" for details.4. For fast inclusion to msn, also open a "my msn" account and add your rss feed to that page.5. Place your blog on all the major search engines - http://www.thewebtrafficco.com/search_engine.html6. Join this site and add your blog (free) - http://www.BlogExplosion.com7. Ping your blog after ...(related: Blogging)


16 Ways To Drive Traffic To Your Blog
You've got your blog set up and you've started posting pithy, useful information that your niche market would benefit from and enjoy. Days go by, you keep publishing, but no one comments and your traffic stats are barely registering. What do you do?Like any website you own, you must do some blog promotion to start driving traffic to your site. Here are 16 steps, in no particular order of importance, that you can start doing now to get traffic moving to your blog.1. Set up a Bloglet subscription form on your blog and invite everyone in your network to subscribe: family, friends, colleagues, clients, associates.Http://www.bloglet.com2. Set up a feed on MyYahoo.com so your site gets regularly spidered by the Yahoo search engine (see tutorial on http://www.biztipsblog.com)http://www.my.yahoo.co...(related: Blogging)


17 Mistakes Professionals Make With Their Blogs
Are you getting results from your business blog? Is it getting harder for you to spend time on your blog because you're just not seeing how it is going to pay off? If so, you're not alone. Hundreds of blogs are started each day and many of them are abandoned after several months because it takes time and energy to...(related: Blogging)


24 Tips And Strategies On How Everyone Can Blog Right And Get Everybody To Read
By the end of 2004 blogs had established themselves as a keypart of online culture. "Blog readership shoots up 58% in2004 6 million Americans get news and information fed tothem through RSS aggregators But 62% of online Americans donot know what a blog is." - Pew Internet & American LifeProjectTip #1 - How and Where Should I Start?You should begin your blog with a free blog hosting servicesuch as Blo...(related: Blogging)


3 Overlooked Ways To Get Hundreds Of Links And Prospects To Your Blog
Did you know that there are free ways that you can get links back to your blog overnight? That after a few days they can number in the hundreds? No matter what you market on the internet at some point you'll face the issue of increasing the number of visitors to your site. What most people don't know is that there are literally hundreds of ways to get free traffic. Here we'll focus on...(related: Blogging)


3 Reasons To Publish An E-newsletter And A Blog

With spam filters on high alert, delivering a newsletter by email is not as easy as it was even one year ago. Should it reach your subscriber's inbox (without getting siphoned into a junk folder), it still has to vie for attention amongst dozens ? or even hundreds ? of new messages.

1. A blog is not "email"

A Weblog or blog, on the other hand, is a page on your site that can be updated several times a week with fresh content. If a reader has "subscribed" to your blog, he or she gets an alert (consisting of the headline and brief summary) every time you post new information.

I.e., much the same way you can include a teaser paragraph in your e-newsletter with a link back to the full article on your site.

If you're thinking that subscribers have to proactively "visit" your blog (a "pull" tacti...(related: Blogging)

3 Tips To Improve Your Rss Marketing
3 Tips to improve your RSS marketingYou have created an RSS feed, or maybe you have several feeds and you post at least once a week to keep your RSS subscribers interested. So now you can sit back and watch your hit counter tally up all thos...(related: Blogging)


3 Ways To Publish Rss
As RSS news syndication gains popularity among users, new ways for publishing RSS are emerging. In this article, I examine the three most popular methods, and help you decide which one works best for you.1. BlogsWeblogs, or blogs, as they are commonly called, are the primary reason RSS gained popularity. In fact, one of the earliest uses for RSS was for bloggers to monitor other blogs for updates.Most blogging systems will produce RSS newsfeeds automatically. All you need to do is ...(related: Blogging)


4 Fail-proof Ways To Increase Your Rss Subscribers
Using RSS on your website is a good way to spread your company message and increase your search engine position. But if you don't have subscribers to your newsfeed, the benefits of news syndication are lost.This article will provide you with 4 proven ways to increase the subscribers to your newsfeed.1. Use an RSS Auto-Discovery TagEmbedding an RSS auto-discovery tag into your webpage can allow newsreaders to automatically detect you serve RSS newsfeeds. Web browsers such as Firefox and Safari now detect RSS automatically, and ask the visitor if he or she wants to subscribe to your feed. This way, you don't have to push your RSS feed - the web browser does it for you. Also, Yahoo search results will include an "Add to My Yahoo" link if you use an auto-discovery tag.Global Syndication of...(related: Blogging)


5 Easy Ways To Use Rss On Your Site
You hear so much talk about RSS these days on the Internet and in the media. Everyone is acknowledging it's importance in boostingyour site's presence on the web. Not to mention how it can increase your site's traffic and ranking. But what exactly is RSS and how can I actually use it on my site? Try these Five Easy Ways...First, just what is RSS?RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication'. Basically, RSS allows you to directly deliver your content to all interested parties... don't come to us; we will deliver the information to you or your website.It syndicates your content. It lets you send updated headlines and brief summaries to your subscribers. In a nutshell; it's simplya more efficient way t...(related: Blogging)


5 New Internet Marketing Opportunities Through Rss
When it comes to new internet marketing opportunities for your business, RSS just might be the answer you were looking for. Here are just some of the new opportunities it can provide you with ?1. PODCASTING AND VIDEOCASTINGPodcasting (delivering internet audio content) and Videocasting (delivering internet video content) allow you to communicate via rich media messages, not only making your content more attractive and powerful, but also enabling a more personal »conversation« with your a...(related: Blogging)


5 Reasons Why Your Site Needs To Publish A News Feed
It seems like everyone is talking about RSS Feeds. They've been around for years but the buzz is up about them as the technology continues to go mainstream. Some people are reportedly abandoning their browsers and viewing the web through their readers - but they hardly represent the general public yet.So does your site need one?This question is somewhat like asking if your sit...(related: Blogging)


5 Secret Benefits That Bloggers Love And Enjoy
1: Building Trust RelationshipsBlogging allows bloggers to share their expertise and knowledge with a very large audience. Building a loyal audience is something that every small business owner would love to accomplish and bloggers are able to do this by simply sharing their thoughts using their business blogs. Building a community that trusts you and follows your blog updates on a daily basis is one of the key ingredients that hundreds of bloggers are using in their business.2: Easy To Publish...(related: Blogging)


6 Reasons Why Rss Beats Email Marketing
A brand new marketing tool predicted to replace email iscurrently sweeping the World Wide Web like a storm.The Internet is experiencing the so-called "orange" revolutionand there's no stopping to it. The online marketing world isrigorously seen chanting a 3-letter mantra, R-S-S.Yes, RSS is here and it's got substance, material, style,sophistication?In a word, it's got the 'X' factor.RSS, which stands for "Really Simple Syndication", is the newestand the fastest growing technology online. Many publishers,webmasters and marketers are adopting RSS. It has helped spam godown to a great extent and made bulk messages a thing of past.

6 Ways That Blogging Can Save You Money
Even though I've had several personal blogs for years, I've only been officially business blogging since 2003. So in going back over expenses for the last quarter, you can imagine my shock when I realized that my overall business costs we...(related: Blogging)


7 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Staring A Business Blog
Blogging is the latest buzzword in online marketing and PR. But with so many marketers jumping on the blogging bandwagon, few people are giving a thought to whether blogs are really up their alley, or taking the time to consider the best ways of going about it. If you are planning to start a business blog, ask yourself these questions before you take the final plunge. 1. Do you really need a blog? Writ...(related: Blogging)


7 Tips For Choosing The Right Blog Software For Your New Blog
Choosing the right blog software for your new blog requires that you ask yourself some questions and make a list of all of the features and tools you need as well as your budget. Once you have this information written down you will be prepared to start shopping for blog software. However, keep in mind the following seven tips for choosing the best software for you.Tip #1 Ping UpdatesThese allow you to update your blog and are very important in blog software. Make sure the blog software you are interested in provides automatic ping updates.Tip #2 CommentsWhatever blog software you choose, you'll want to make su...(related: Blogging)


7 Tips For Successful Blogging
So, you have a blog! Do you have traffic? Do you know how to build traffic to your weblog? There are seven proven methods for building readership of your blog. They start with defining the purpose, or life, of your blog. Then, after you have a blog worth promoting, driving traffic is crucial to your ongoing success at blogging.Here are seven tips to help you build and hold an audience for your blog:Tip #1: Provide quality content.On the Internet, whether you are talking about websites or blogs, a lot of space is given to content. Everyone directs you to provide quality content. But, what is quality content? The quality of your blog's content is directly related to how well you have defined your ideal audience.A successful blog is written with a distinct audience in mind. In this way, you can ...(related: Blogging)


A Basic Introduction To Blogging
Web logging first appeared on the net in the mid-1990s. The term "web log" was initially coined refer to a server's log file and then expanded to include the meaning of online personal journaling. Later on, to avoid confusion, the word "blog" was adopted to refer to personal journaling. Today a blog is defined as an online publication where an author puts his or her personal thou...(related: Blogging)


A Blog Isnt Just For Christmas
I was watching the news on TV last night and there was a warning about buying puppies as Christmas presents. There's nothing worse than visiting the kennels in the new year and seeing all those unwanted dogs that were chosen as presents because they were so cute at the time. It reminded me of people who start a blog in the hope of making some money online only to give up after a few days or weeks when things don't work out.The average blogger makes around $20 to $50 per month. So, if that is the average, it stands to reason that some people make less than that and some people make more. The amount of potential income that can be generated by blogging depends entirely upon your ability to build a loyal audience of people who have money to spend.There is no point in creating a blog and then looking for an audience...(related: Blogging)


A Person Is Known By The Blog He Keeps
Literature is the soul of the wit. The best source of literature can be now found in blogs. The growing trend of 'blogmania' is slowly sweeping the netizens. Every person aspires to have a blog as a platform to publish his thoughts and be heard and read.General surveys undertaken on blogs and bloggers shows a rising trend in blogging. A parallel platform for literary endeavor, the blogs are overthrowing the traditional journalistic norms. Publishing of news and views no longer remains the privilege of an elite minority. Anybody and everybody is free to get in touch and explore the writer within himself. The anamorphic nature of the human soul is best reflected in the blogs.A survey in the United States brought out a startling fact the 30% of the surveyed people read blogs. Also, 52% o...(related: Blogging)


Advertising In Rss Feeds: Are We Risking Disaster?
Advertising in RSS feeds is something that Google is considering offering to its Adwords and Adsense customers. RSS stands for Really Simply Syndication and is a really easy way for a webmaster to share their news and information stories to the world wide web.Up until recently, RSS feeds had...(related: Blogging)


Amazing Information About Blogging
A few months back, at the ITEA conference I saw this guy sitting next to me typing constantly into his wireless laptop. He was making notes on what the speakers had to say, was finding relevant links and then hitting the send key - instantly updating his Web site. No sooner the site was updated; he would get responses back from readers around the globe. He was a Blogger.About B...(related: Blogging)


An Appeal To The Bloggers!
Blogging is smart an art. Blog sites are the nicest portals which do aid people to unfurl their inundating mind streams, in umpteen aspects and share their ideas and experiences. It satiates several yearning hearts by being a platform for unleashing the artistic potencies from within, in writing reviews, articles, poems, stories, etc.Personally, I've been craving for such a thing for a substantially long period, until my student and above that my friend, Mr. K. Rakesh, kraki@rediffmail.com, to whom I am grateful, came to my rescue by acquainting ...(related: Blogging)


An Example Of A Business Blog: Frequently Asked Questions (faq) Blog
Think of a product or a service that your business provides to customers. This product may requires lots of instructions to assemble, tip...(related: Blogging)


Are Blog Meant For Raves And Rants?
Blogging is the latest internet craze and it may turn out to be just that and killed off if the avalanche of misinformation continues. One is amazed at how an excellent online medium is promoted for all the wrong reasons.Now here are some strange concepts promoted about blogs.'?blog on about the sex life of the Tasmanian fruit fly and still reap big rewards'(I would certainly like to know if anyone can tell me)"Turn Your Personal Opinions, Rants And Raves Into New Subscribers?"There are hund...(related: Blogging)


Are You Thinking Of Republishing Rss Feeds?
There is lively debate about the republishing of RSS feeds on other sites. The argument surrounds the use of RSS feeds from the feed publisher being used in an unfair manner. This includes republishing the entire articles and not displaying sufficient credit to the original source.Before we go into the details you may want to brush up on your understanding of RSS. This will help you fully appreciate and fully...(related: Blogging)


Article Marketing For Bloggers - 4 Tips To Build Traffic For Your Blog
Bloggers blog. That's what they do. A blog is short for 'weblog' and it's really an online journal that can be updated easily and frequently without any knowledge of HTML code.Traditionally, article marketing has been used by authors who are promoting their books or information products. Lately, I've noticed a growing trend of bloggers using article marketing to grow the ...(related: Blogging)


Article Syndication - A New Vehicle For King Content
Creating ContentNew websites are being launched daily. In order to compete, webmasters need to find alternative ways of producing themed websites. Highly focused articles are often sought by wembasters. Why? Because content on the web is still king! In order to attract search engines and site visitors, webmas...(related: Blogging)


Avoid Bad Manners While Blogging
Blogging, the hottest trend in online publishing right now,is currently spreading like wildfire ac...(related: Blogging)


Bad Blogs Have Got To Go, Blogging Could Be Really Cool If Done Properly
There's a lot of blogs out there on the Web, most of which don't entice one to go back regularly to read updates. What is missing from these on-line journals that would essentially make them 'good' blogs? Well, the answers in life usually come down to simplicities. So let's look at the problem like we were children. Children don't complicate life with miscellaneous information, and when they speak they tell you straight to the point exactly how they feel and think about a subject.First of all, we should ask the questions," Why do blogs exist? And what are they here for?" Well, in an ideal world 'good' blogs would help people connect, sharing knowledge and feelings about issues ...(related: Blogging)


Benefits To Rss
RSS streamlines communication between publishers and readers. Since RSS has had a popularity surge, webma...(related: Blogging)


Blog And Ping Is Dead
Unfortunately, this formerly reliable method of getting listed in Yahoo seems to be dead. I have used it a few times over the last month to try to get some new pages listed in Yahoo and there has been no action at all.Previously, you could easily slip through the back door in Yahoo by setting up a blog on blogger.com or another blogger website. Then set up a MyYahoo page and subscribe to your own blog on that page. It was simple and fast. Then all you had to do to get a page listed was to blog that webpage with a link to it and presto - you were listed.Unfortunately, this method was the subject of that old internet problem - spam. Instead of getting a few pages once in a while from various webmasters, Yahoo has been inundated with sometimes hundreds of pages a...(related: Blogging)


Blog And Ping: The Basics!
The buzz words on the internet at the moment are Blogging and Pinging and according to the internet guru's we should all be looking at these as the must have system to be attracting visitors to our site and consequentially making revenue.At first glance you may be forgiven for thinking that this is a new comedic duo just bursting on the enter...(related: Blogging)


Blog Construction
Blogs like all forms of writing are an art form that takes knowledge and practice to do well.Writing?Blogs?Blogs are on-line journals where people express themselves through writing. Writing?Writing is the process where one puts down words of a language on a format that others can read. This process has not been around very long, to use one of my writing teacher's favorite sayings, "Writing has only existed for one day in the one year that humanity has existed." Speaking and thinking come much easier than writing. These processes just flow out naturally like a river of consciousness; sometimes we hardly have to think about doing them. Anyone and everyo...(related: Blogging)








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Utilize The Power Of Blogs To Market Your Business On A Budget
Budget marketing with blogs is one of today's top methods for cost-effective advertising to the consumers you want to reach, whether they're in your neighborhood or across the global community.'Blogging' is a fairly recent addition to our vocabulary, and it's exactly what you'll be doing if you pursue budget marketing via blogs. In the exact same way that email, chat rooms, instant ...(related: Blogging)

Why Every Artist Needs A Blog & How To Create An Artist Blog
As an artist, the key to selling more artwork is maximizing its exposure. The internet is an increasingly popular tool for promoting original art, and if done properly, can be quite profitable.One of the most effective (and free!) online marketing tools for artists is the blog. Artist blogs provide an easy way to display your art, discuss your creative process, post exhibition announcements and more. Best of all, blogs require no working knowledge of HT...(related: Blogging)

How To Use Blog Exchanges
Traffic exchanges and blog traffic exchanges are a way to expose your blog or site to traffic by visiting other blogs and sites. I have looked at many such exchanges and selected what I though to be the best of these to see what sort of traffic I could bring to my site.I signed up with four blog exchanges and one traffic exchange. There are quite a few traffic exchanges out there but I found many of them to be, well to put it mildly a waste of time. These exchanges were mostly auto surf exchanges where amusingly enough the visitors were not encouraged to actually look at the sites they visited.The idea behind the exchanges I chose to test whe...(related: Blogging)

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