Saturday, December 8, 2012

Get free backlinks...

"CommentLuv" and four hours reading and commenting on posts!

Yesterday I spent my morning reading articles on various blogs, posting comments on almost each article I read.  Most, if not all of the comments were posted on articles that had the CommentLuv plugin installed.  Those of you familiar with CommentLuv will know why my four hour effort was concentrated on sites which had the plugin installed leaving comments while in the process "marketing" my posts to site owners and their readers.  

CommentLuv is a plugin that gives readers of enabled sites the option of an automatic link back to their last blog post at the end of their comment if they have entered their URL on the comment form.  The plugin visits the site of the comment author as they type and retrieve the latest blog post for inclusion at at the end of their comments.  This effectively gives you an automatic backlink to the site where you have left your comments.

The upside of CommentLuv is that it does encourage social engagement and more comments which is what we need for our blogs to become popular and become monetized. Lets face it;  we all want people to read our blogs and that is why we want our blogs and our articles to appear at the top of search engine results.  To achieve this, we need a good number of backlinks and if these backlinks come from other "top" blogs we are well on the way to achieving this.  As a commentator the biggest benefit is you can get a quality and relevant dofollow backlink from enabled blogs.

The downside? There is a limit to how many relevant comments you can post in four long hours, more so when most of the blogs you visit have nothing to do with your niche or the content of the posts you are linking back to them. But, there is no limit to the number of useless comments (spam?) from commentators who are doing so purely to get that dofollow backlink.

But then again sometimes we all just want an easy way to get a few backlinks.

Here is another way to get those backlinks
Try adding internal links on your own blog or site, from one post to another as these also count as backlinks.  Whenever you write a new post try and link it to a relevant previous post.  This works two ways in that you are adding another backlink for the Search Engines and also encouraging visitors to your site to read more posts via that link.

Other methods to add backlinks include:
Submitting your blog feed to the RSS Directories
Write quality and unique content
Social bookmark your posts
Post videos on your blog and submit them to different video sites
Guest posting

All said and done, lets share the Luv! When you  install CommentLuv on your blog, let me know and I will surely come hunting for that elusive backlink with a comment or two (relevant, of course)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Make your keywords work for you

The power of keywords

 The buzz word in todays blogosphere is "keywords"… But just what is a keyword and how does one go about choosing top keywords for their blogs?  A keyword is a word of great significance or a word that acts as a key to a cipher or code.  In SEO terms a keyword is an index entry that identifies a specific record or document and  is used by search engines to find relevant web pages.

Keywords are often used by advertisers in search engine optimization, or by visitors using search engines in an effort to find relevant information based on those particular keywords.  Keywords are used in various combinations of words known as keyword phrases or search terms.  When searching for information on the web you would normally key in a combination of words describing what you are searching for and the search engine then checks its database and returns a list with pages matching your search criteria. Entering single words into a search engine normally returns results which are very broad and often irrelevant hence the use of keyword phrases to narrow your search.  Keywords are the words that are most used to search for information on search engines and can then simply be described as "the right words".  These are the words that get peoples attention and trust, and also persuade them to buy your products or services in the future.  Choosing the right words ensures that you get lots of traffic, new subscribers, earn more revenue and gain more influence in your niche… everything you need for the success of your blog.

Choosing keywords is about knowing the audience in your niche and learning which words will get their attention, earn their trust and thereby drive traffic to your blog. You have to “optimize” your articles and posts for maximum effect on your niche audience.  It does not help to Google the Top Ten Keywords and pick a few to use in your posts irrespective of their relevance.  Keywords must come from your article and should always be the ones that not only best reflect your article, but also get you the most search traffic from people looking for content relevant to those keywords.  If you are looking to build an audience for your website, you will want to use the most effective keywords possible from your articles.  The only way to go about this is researching and looking up the number of searches each version of a keyword gets. (e.g. "website", "web-site", "web site" - we may read these three word in the same way, but search engines consider them to be three totally different keyword phrases).  Doing research is the practically the only way you will learn which keywords are effective for your blog and its niche.

Keywords and keyword phrases are one of the most important components of SEO.  You can boost the traffic coming to your blog from search engines by using effective keywords.  You will have to do keyword research and determine which keywords will drive the highest traffic to your blog.  You can then incorporate these keywords into your post titles, in the blog post, in the image ALT-tags and in the links within your blog.

Try to avoid keyword stuffing as most search engines consider this spamming and will ignore your blog. Using keywords in the first 200 words of your post, in the middle and near the end can be very effective.  Always be sure to use keywords that are relevant not just to your post, your images and your links, but also to your niche audience otherwise you will always turn up in the wrong searches and render your blog irrelevant.

Its important to remember that keywords are not just about getting traffic to your blog - they are about understanding your niche inside and out in order to deliver relevant and quality content to them.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Writer's Journey: How to Get Blog Followers

A Writer's Journey: How to Get Blog Followers

Is online shopping for you?

Imagine sitting in the comfort of your home, or office for that matter, and having all your shopping needs delivered to you… from groceries to electronics, clothing to personal care items.  Now that is the life isn't it.  These are just some of the comforts of online shopping.

Online shopping offers consumers and businesses alike numerous benefits and advantages including convenience, better prices and discounts, discreet purchases amongst others.  Chief amongst the benefits is the fact that it saves you the headache of driving or walking around town from store to store checking if particular products are in stock and many more reasons to shop online.

Online shopping is a form of e-commerce where consumer or businesses alike can purchase goods or services over the internet instead of going to a physical shop or store.  Some examples of online retailing corporations include EBay.com and Amazon.com which after humble beginnings have grown into the largest online stores in the world today.

Advances in technology and the wide world web have has revolutionized the way we do our Shopping and with the internet so readily accessible in our communities, more and more people are turning to online shopping for all their needs..

Consumers can buy virtually anything online without having to leave the comfort of your home or office as most progressive service businesses from groceries to retail outlets have now created websites that list everything they have in stock and also feature products that are on sale.

But online shopping does not come without its cons.  Some of these include shipping costs, the lack of the "see it, touch it and feel it" thrill, detecting defective items after purchase is made, et cetera et cetera.

Ultimately the decision to shop online or not remains with the consumer as each type of shopping has its pros and cons, but when you weigh the pros and cons of online shopping versus the traditional brick and mortar store online shopping comes in way ahead.

Now those are definitely more reasons to shop online.