If there is such a thing as a writer’s block, then there is also what everyone calls a blogger’s block.
Some of you may already know that kind of feeling. These are times when you feel that you cannot seem to start blogging anything. That everything is so clustered and you cannot begin to write one single word.
How could this happen when you were so good at blogging before? Why is it that you cannot get one word written? And the more you think about blogging, the more you are not able to blog.
What is the best thing to do when you find yourself situations like this?
Below are ideas that you might find helpful during your “cannot seem to blog” days.
1. Do some blog visitation.
Go to some blog sites and read what is posted there. If possible, trace back blogs that were past favorite. Or you could also visit some least favorite ones. By doing this, you will be able to get ideas on what to write about. Maybe one or to things that you come across will tick something on your brain and remove the big block there. You might be able to find a topic that you want to blog about but has forgotten already.
2. Have a look at your blog inbox.
This is one of the best ways to find a topic to write about. Since this is your site, you might notice aspects you have set aside before. You can try and answer an email or a comment made there.
This is also the best time to check out links that are put into other posts. Have a look at what they are offering. It might just be related to yours and you will be thankful that you checked.
3. Put some comment on other blogs.
You can make use of your own blog to comment on another’s. Maybe you can get to expand the idea that is already presented. You can use trackback comments if the site allows it.
4. Check out the news.
Even though your blogging is not in any way related to news, current events or politics, there is nothing wrong with checking out what is happening to the world lately. Sometimes, these things tend to have a small relation to what you are blogging about.
5. Blog randomly.
Look for a word or topic. Then begin writing about it. You can also do this with pictures. Check out photos and think of something to write about it.
If those things do not seem to work for you, you can search for creative or journal writing software to help you with your writing problem. Oftentimes, these things have suggestions of topic or idea that can help you get started.
6. Think about an extraordinary topic.
For example, you can research about inventions and inventors. What was the first car ever invented? Anything that you fancy.
You can look for them at online resources like encyclopedias and almanacs. When you finally have the answer, start blogging about it. You never know, maybe some people are thinking of the same things and you have somehow provided them with answers. Besides, it also fine to drift off from your usual topic one in awhile. Your readers might like the refreshing change too.
7. Do something you have not done before.
If you cannot think of something new, any blogging related things will do just as long as you have not done them to your blogs before. Put pictures into your blogs. Add videos or any other unique features. It is all up to you.
8. Forget about blogging for a while.
This might be one of those times when your mind and body is in need of a break from writing. Get outside. Go to the beach or go shopping. Anything that will take your mind off your blogs.
You just might feel refreshed and ready to start blogging once you get back up in front of your computer.
There are a lot more ways of getting off that blogging block off you. Think about it. If ever you did come up with other things, you can blog about it to help others experiencing blogger’s block.
Every online business needs traffic and one of my favourite ways of generating it is by commenting on blogs…
Why is blog commenting to drive traffic so effective?
When you make a comment on someone’s blog you are demonstrating your knowledge to the readers of that blog. Start commenting on the right sort of blogs and you’re going to get seen by a LOT of people. Make the right sort of comments and you’re going to convert quite a few of those people into visitors to your website.
Getting started with blog commenting
Your first job is to find 5-10 blogs in your niche that INFLUENCE that area (or are where influencers hang out.) There’s no point in posting comments to blogs which have little traffic or only get posted to once or twice a year – you want to be targeting blogs which are well known in your niche area and which are active. You probably already know some good blogs to target (the ones you visit regularly yourself!)
Once you have found a good blog you can start commenting on posts:
The key to blog commenting is to demonstrate your knowledge in the comments you make. Never post things such as “great article” on hundreds of posts since it’s quite obvious that you’re only doing it to get your link seen. The best blog comments add to the conversation – so look for posts which you can add your own knowledge to. This could be by debating points in the original post or adding your own view or personal experience of what the post is about.
A good tip is to try to get your comment in early. That way you are going to get more exposure than if you were the 79th person to post a comment!
It also works the other way though – it can be worth commenting on posts which already have lots of comments since it means it was a popular post and people will likely revisit that post for months or even years to come.
You have finished making your own website. You have introduced your company and presented your products and services. You have added propositions and promos to catch your target audience’s attention. You have achieved the dos and don’ts of building a company web site. But why isn’t your website a major success?
Maybe you’re not planning the key to the best promotion of your web site. Here are some guidelines on how to acquire free web site promotions for your company’s success.
If you have started to promote your web site, keep it constant. If you promote your site with persistence, it will catch your audience’s attention.
Be patient. Try each method in promotion until you acquire the best, free promotion there is. You have to accept trial and error for your web site to reach the top.
There are many ways for your web site to be seen. Here are some free web site promotions you could try until you find the most effective.
*Free promotions such as search engines and directories would give your web site the deserved traffic you always wanted. Make sure to check your web site’s ranking to know whether or not this type of free promotion is right for you.
*Make a deal with other web sites on trading links which could help both web sites. Make sure to use words that could easily interest the audience.
*Find free classified ads that could boost the promotion of your web site. These ads could be seen by other people who you are not targeting for, but may as well be interested in your services.
*Free and low-cost internet banners are spread all through out the World Wide Web. Banners that pop-up at the top of a page or in a separate window would automatically catch your target audience’s attention.
If your web site and its free promotion did not work even after accomplishing these methods, analyze your web site. Track down all visitors, advertisements, and transactions. Then locate errors in your web site. Upload new files to your web site continuously for audience to return for new products and services. Monitor your own web site if it’s up in the market or down.
Then be ready to try the methods again and surely it will work.
It has always been said that the best things in life are free. Yes they are. And as soon as your free web site promotion proves to the audience its worth, then you’ll believe it’s true.
About the Author
More information about online marketing is available at marketing online
How to Acquire Free Web Site Promotion
Many human instincts hinge on one phrase that we have probably all used and have certainly all heard – “What’s in it for me?”. This question is a powerful convincer. So many people are reluctant to do something unless they know it will be somehow rewarded. Indeed, most business training in this day and age for sales or customer service professionals is built around convincing the customer that there is a reason for them to do something – that they will benefit directly from doing it.
One of the major ways to attract people to a website is something that might be considered a “secondary layer”. That is to say, you are already promoting your site by requesting that people visit it. Conscious of the fact that people might not want to do something just because you say so, you may benefit from adding a reason for them to want to. This can be something as simple as offering a free ebook to everyone who fills in a form.
The importance of working to satisfy people’s instincts is a factor that is often overlooked. Of course you want people to be visiting your site on its merits but there is no harm whatsoever, and a lot of common sense, in backing this up with an appeal to their personal interest. Countless people have taken a decision to cash in a freebie and have stayed on board when they realized that they liked the product on its own merits. Playing the percentages – in this case, giving people more and more reasons to say “yes” – is sound business.
One of the most important aspects of scrapbooking is journaling. For new scrappers, journaling is the part of your book that is the written material on the page. You might know what each picture represents, but those who read through your scrapbook don’t and words help to enhance the pictures. The information you put down can be as simple as listing the names of people in the photos or writing down a date and place where the picture was taken. You can also go into great detail and include the whole story behind the picture for even better lasting memories.
One of the best ways to ensure that your journaling is accurate and heart felt is to keep an actual journal as part of your scrapbooking supplies. When you have an event that you take some pictures of, jot down in the journal what is happening and how you are feeling. That way, even if it is months (or even years) later when you come to scrapbook those photographs, you will be able to look back and remember exactly why that photograph was taken, and what it meant to you at the time. This journal does not have to be fancy or detailed, just a place where you can jot down a few thoughts when something interesting or funny occurs.
Journaling in your scrapbook should be heartfelt. Make sure that you record how you are feeling about a person or place on the page. This is especially important when you are scrapbooking family. You want your children to be able to look at your scrapbook and know exactly how important they are to you.
Poems make interesting additions to your journaling. You might be thinking, “I cannot write a poem!” That is fine! Purchase a few small books with witty poems and quotes, and borrow from those. Find a verse that matches what you are feeling, and jot it down on your page. It does not have to be your own actual wording to make the statement you desire to share.
When you think about it, nobody writes anything by hand anymore. Although composing your journal entries on the computer gives your scrapbook a sharp, clean look, writing your entries by hand can add a certain charm you won’t get from your computer. You might want to use a printed banner for a title on the page and make your other notations by hand. If you do choose to create a page with computer-generated text, keep your fonts consistent, as mixing up fonts can be distracting to the reader.
Journaling is a way to preserve the story of your family for future generations. While it can be frustrating at times for the scrapbooker, do not overlook its importance. You might be tempted to skip a journal on a particular page because you are certain that you will not forget the significance behind those pictures. But stop and think about the picture you took ten or twenty years ago. Do you honestly remember everything that was going on that made those pictures so special? Chances are you do not. Record your thoughts and feelings while they are fresh, and the journaling will keep your scrapbook and pictures fresh and lively for years to come.
About the Author
Graham Johns runs and writes regularly for Easy Scrapbooking Ideas where you can read many more articles on scrapbooking gifts.
The Importance of Scrapbook Journaling
There are two major types of business models that
entrepreneurs use to make money blogging. The first
and most common way to turn a blog into a profit
making machine is to sell advertising to different
companies and brands who want to reach that blog’s
readers. The second kind of money making blog is one
that helps a single brand improve its image by creating
positive associations between the blog and the product
in the mind of consumers. Both kinds of blogs can
make a lot of money, especially if the creator has a keen
mind for marketing.
If you are blogging with the goal of selling advertising,
there are two basic ways that you can go about
recruiting sponsors who want to put ads on your site;
you can let someone else do all of the legwork, or you
can do the work yourself and keep all of the revenue.
Within the first group, many people make money
blogging by selling space through Google’s AdSense
program. The advantages of this program are numerous,
as it requires very little effort on the part of the blogger
or webmaster to begin raking in profits. However, most
people discover that they make less money through this
method than they had hoped that their blog would earn.
Selling advertising directly to companies who want to
put banner ads or sponsored links on your blog can take
quite a bit of time, but it is often fairly lucrative. If you
have a lot of contacts in industries that are related to the
topic of your blog, you may want to try to go this route.
People who have a strong background in sales and are
experienced at pitching proposals can make quite a bit
of money by renting blog space to interested companies.
The most serious problem with this model is that you
often have to build quite a sizable readership before you
can attract advertisers, which can mean that you have to
do several months of work before you start to make
As blogging becomes a more and more lucrative
business, a lot of established companies are considering
how they can get into the action. One way that
companies are capitalizing on the blog movement is by
having blogs that provide a kind of friendly face for
their corporation. Often, a company will employ an
established blogger to create a weblog designed
specifically to appeal to that company’s customers and
to create positive associations with the brand in
consumers’ minds. More than one writer who never
even dreamed that he or she could make money
blogging has been approached by a company and
offered quite a pretty penny for this kind of gig.
Blogging for Profit Begins With a Long Term Plan
Many people dream of blogging for profit, and this goal
is not far beyond the reach of someone with average
intelligence, a willingness to work hard, and a basic
grasp of blogging technology. However, very few
people manage to reap the profits they want from their
blog. Most people who attempt to make money with
their blogs do not succeed for two reasons. Often,
bloggers have unrealistic expectations of how fast their
readership will grow and how much money they will
make, and when these expectations are not met the
disappointment can crush the desire to continue
blogging. The other trap that many bloggers fall into
has to do with lack of planning. If you want to turn a
profit as a blogger, the key to success is to make a
realistic plan and stick with it.
To succeed at blogging for profit, the main thing that
you will need is a large readership. The higher your
traffic, the more advertisers will agree to pay you.
However, cultivating the regular visitors that you will
need in order to make a profit isnt easy. As more and
more blogs appear each day, having a great idea or a
wonderful writing style is no longer enough to get
attention. You need to be able to market your blog
Too many bloggers spend all of their time writing posts
and almost no time marketing their project. To be
certain, updating as often as you can is a great way to
keep your blog high on blogrolls and high in blog
search engines like technorati, and once your readers
know that you update frequently they will return to your
site on a regular basis. However, it does not matter how
often you update if nobody is reading your page, so dont
skimp on the time that you spend drawing visitors to
your site. To make your dreams of blogging for profit a
reality, try decreasing your number of posts and using
some of that time to draw new visitors by setting up
link exchanges with other bloggers, making contacts in
the blog community, and following other established
modes of winning traffic.
Of course, even if you are a marketing genius or have a
really great idea for a blog, success is not going to
happen overnight. Building the kind of readership that
blogging for profit requires takes time, and in all
likelihood it will be at least several months before you
are able to turn much of a profit. Try to stay committed
to your blogging project during this initial rough period.
To stay motivated, set goals for how often you will
update and how many readers you want to attract, and
then reward yourself for sticking with your plan.
If you run a small company, you may find that the world
of blogging for business owners is a world that you
want to be a part of. Blogging is a great way to get the
word out to consumers about your product or service,
and it can even be useful for inspiring employee loyalty
and helping you keep your workers at peak morale. If
you are looking for a way to take your business to the
next level, consider what starting a blog might be able
to do for you.
Blogging for business owners has a lot in common with
all other types of blogging, but it has its own unique
pitfalls and strengths. The key to having a successful
blog as a business owner is keeping your goals clear
and concrete at every step of your blogging adventure. It
can be all to easy to get sidetracked, especially if you
are just learning about the exciting possibilities of
blogging technology, but if you want your blog to
succeed you need to stay focused. Write up a plan for
how often you will update, how you will promote your
blog and retain readers, whether you will feature
photographs or video, and other aspects of your blog,
and then stick to it with the same kind of determination
that you used when you built your company.
If writing is an art, then, blogging is one way of using words to come up with an art. This is because people who are into blogging are the ones who are artistic on their own sense, carefully choosing words that would best describe their feelings, sentiments, wishes, desires, and everything.
Basically, blogs were first introduced as weblogs that refer to a “server’s log file.” It was created when web logging hit the virtual market. Since its inception in the mid-1990s, web logging gradually saturated the virtual community making the Internet a viable source of greater information.
However, with web logging, you still need a web site and domain names, but with blogging, you do not need anything just an account with blog providers. In most cases, these kinds of blogs are free of charge.
With the onset of blogging in the industry, personal journaling had been a common ground for people who wish to be known all over the world. However, not literally famous as this is not a case on being popular or well-known personality.
Generally, blogs are created for personal use. Like a journal, people can write their daily adventures, sentiments, and whatever ideas they want to express online.
Nevertheless, with the advent of the online businesses, blogs had gradually taken the limelight in providing businesses a chance to boost their productivity online. This is where the business blogs have taken the limelight.
Business blogs are, basically, created to advertise the services or products of a certain web site or online business in order to increase online sales.
Moreover, business blogs are also one way of promoting the company so that the other readers will know that a certain company exists online. With blogs, entrepreneurs are able to establish a name in the virtual market through articles that can be very useful in the reader’s life.
From there, you can make money out of blogs by simply syndicating it to your business’ web site. This can be done through the RSS technology.
So, if you are thinking to create a blog, whether for business or for pleasure, you need to know some tips that could help you get through and make your blog one of the interesting blogs online.
1.Consider your audience
Even if your blog is generally personal, still, it would be better to consider the minds of your readers. You have to think of something that would interest them.
After all, most of the reasons of people who write blogs are not at all confined to their own personal motives. Most of them would love to be “heard” (or read) and would love to be known, in some way or another, even for just a minute. Hence, it is very important to come with a write up that everybody can understand, not necessarily that these people can relate to it but they can understand it.
2.Pictures speaks a thousand words
To make your blogging worth the browsing effort of your readers, it would be extremely nice if you will put some pictures in it. It does not necessarily mean you have to place a picture of yourself. Any photographs will do as long as it does not pose danger or insult to anyone who will be reading your blog.
3.Make constructive and beneficial blogs
Even if you are free to write anything you wan to say to the world, still, it would be better to create some write-ups that would be beneficial to your readers.
After all, its information technology that you have there so better be inclined to provide information rather than sheer quirky entertainment.
4.Avoid making multifaceted and complicated blogs
In order to have an interesting blogs, try not to use some highly technical and highfalutin words. After all, it is not a science discourse or a debate that you are making, so better stick to simple facts and short blogs.
Bear in mind that most people who use the Internet usually do more scanning than scrutinizing each site word for word. Therefore, it would be better to come with blogs that will not bore your readers just because you have these lengthy articles.
5.Make it interactive
As much as possible and if your capacity will allow it, make your blog interactive. Yu can do this by placing some video or audio clips in your blog.
You can even place an area for comments or for some feedbacks. In this way, you can get some impressions or reactions of other people. Who knows, you might even gain some friends just by making them feel at home in your blog site.
Indeed, blogs are not created just for the mere fun of it. It also has its own purpose in the world of the Internet.
Therefore, for people who wish to harness their craft, as far as writing is concerned, blogs are the best way to do it.
As they say, blogging is the contemporary term of creative and commercial writing.
About the Author
Jeremiah Patton has been utilizing blogging to gain traffic and interest for his work at home business opportunities website at http://www.2ndincome4u.com
Blogs have increased popularity over this past months. Many people have started to create their personal blogs to express their thoughts and feelings. Internet companies have also started their blogs to inform consumers on the latest product news and reviews.
Because of this, blogs are also being used as internet marketing media. Before, internet marketing is done by placing banners and links on popular websites, such as news and information sites. Links were also included on newsletters and marketing letters sent to the members of their mailing lists.
Many people spend time reading blogs. People read their friend’s blogs, their favorite author’s blogs, blogs on topics that they are interested in, and blogs on product reviews. With the increasing popularity of blogging, it is even feared that people rely on blogs to get the latest news.
While getting news reports from blogs isn’t reliable, some people look for product reviews through blogs. In some cases, this is more dependable. While it is true that some media persons are being paid to write good reviews about a certain product, blog writers write about their actual experiences on products and services from a company.
Since there are many people who read and start their own blogs, blogs are a good medium to market a product. With the increasing blog traffic means increase in product sales.
Blog traffic can be increased by joining affiliate programs and sites, which will list your blog under a certain search category or name. You can also have your blog advertised in popular websites. This, however, will cost some money and is not advisable if you have just started blogging.
A writer who has just launched his/her blog will want as much traffic as possible to increase advertisements on the site. Also, some advertisers pay every time their link is clicked or the page that has their link is viewed.
When you have increased traffic on your blog, you should try to keep you visitors coming back and recommending your blog to friends and colleagues.
This can be done by having informative or amusing content and good blog layout and design. You may develop your blog’s content or you can also acquire the services of a web content writer to provide you with the blog articles.
The blog’s layout and design also plays a big role. While most of the companies offering free blog hosting offer pre-selected templates, there are also some that allows customization that if you utilize this feature correctly can increase your blog’s traffic.
Here are a few tips to make your blog stand out from the millions of blogs out there that have standard designs.
* Customize the banner
The banner usually has the most generic designs that are common to the blogs from a blogging company or service.
You can personalize this banner by having a graphic with the dimensions of the banner. You can also edit the graphic so that it will also include the title of your blog.
In this case, you can create your own graphic or you can purchase professional looking graphics online for less than $10.
* Personalizing photos
Of course, most of the photos that you will be posting will be your own. However, if you don’t customize the photos before posting them, you may miss maximizing the enhancing benefits graphics can add to the page. Adding photo borders can help the photo stand out from the page.
It can also add to the design of your blog. You can choose a standard border or you can also create your own border which can be associated with your blog’s templates.
* Add a favicon
Don’t you think sites with icons on the address bar before the website’s URL are cool? Many people do. These favicons add a professional look to the URL. These easy to do using photo or graphic editing softwares.
* Check out blog templates, layouts, backgrounds, textures and skins from sites
There are sites that offer free blog templates, layouts, backgrounds, textures and skins. You can make use of these so your blog will not look generic like most of the blogs hosted by the service provider.
* Include RSS feeds
This is a cool way to inform people with newsreaders about your blog headlines. Tutorials on RSS feeds are available on the internet.
* Audio makes your blog more personal
Not only does audio personalizes the blog; it can also keep your visitors coming back. You can try having streaming radio stations, mp3 file or playlists loading with your blog.
If you have signed-up with Google Ad-Sense, which I am sure you would like to do, make sure that the ads are conveniently placed that these will not hinder your readers’ ease in accessing the information on your blog.
Try using these tips and you can definitely increase and retain traffic on your blog.
About the Author
Jeremiah Patton has been utilizing blogging to gain traffic and interest for his work at home business opportunities website at http://www.2ndincome4u.com
The Importance of Blog Design
Like many important people before you – perhaps you’ve underestimated the power of blogging. Blogs can be used, not only as the single easiest way to get a listing in the search engine for your desired keywords, but also serve the fantastic purpose if building a relationship with your quickly growing list of readers, listeners and viewers.
After a light lunch today, I was left in the greatest mood. So I figured I would sit down and share with you 10 ways you can share my success and popularity using blogs.
1. Use a keyword specific blog title and description. When creating your blog, I just used the free service www.blogger.com you’re asked to title or name your blog and give a short description. Take this chance to think a little.
a) Who do you want to read your blog?
b) What is your interest or topic – what will you enjoy writing about?
If you have a poetry blog for example – use the word poet or poetry in your title and description. You can research the popularity of your keywords use Overture’s free tool here: http://inventory.overture.com
2. Try to update often (short daily entries work great) using hand written or bot generated keyword rich informative content. Give your visitors something they want to read. I love to write so I create all my original posts, but if you have a site that needs traffic or a topic that you don’t know much about you can set up an automatically updating feed using other people’s blog posts, or articles. Each entry is seen as its own html page, so the engines see your blog as a multi-paged site, that is updated regularly and rich in links and keywords.
3. Create an interesting profile. Searchers and fellow bloggers love the fact you’re a real person, this helps to build personal relationships. Again, put a little time and effort into this one. Tons of people peek at your profile, and Blogger.com keeps track of all your views, so open up and share a little. Everything on your profile page is taken as a searchable keyword. Things like: what you like to do, your favorite movies and music, etc. Each one will get you listed under that topic in the blogger.com directory.
4. One way to jump right in and get visitors and feedback immediately is by posting to similar blogs and linking back to your blog. Say you have a poetry blog: you can use Blogger’s search tool and your keyword – in this case “poetry” or “poet.” (Another way to get a quick high listing is to search Google for example “poetry blog.”)
You can post a comment on their blog, just a short personal remark will do. Keep it polite, no one wants to hear negative criticism. Blogs are more personal than chartrooms or forums, and often contain personal views and opinions of the author, so don’t go stepping on toes. The point is to make contact, build relationships, and exchange links. More links to your blog equals more free targeted traffic for you.
5. RSS is your friend! Create an RSS feed, by hand or using Feedburner. This gives your readers the option to subscribe to your blog with just a click. What this means to you is 100% deliverability of all the content you write by the readers request – your posts are sent directly to your subscribers via their RSS reader otherwise known as an aggregator. They are personally notified every time you post to your blog. And best of all, no spam complaints ever, and they get every update you make – no blockers or filters. Total word freedom!
6. Spread your feed by submitting to RSS directories. This is a one time deal, and you can either search and do it manually or use the tool I used: RSS Automator (it finds and submits to tons of different directories for you).
Only submit each blog once. This is a lasting deal that could mess up your good standing if you do it multiple times. So to be sure you get a listing, only submit to directories once. (This is not the same thing as pinging; you can ping every time you update your blog.)
7. Ping your blog every time you update using pinging services like pingomatic.com and pingoat.com. This lets the directories know you have updated and added a new post to your blog.
8. Create a personalized or branded RSS reader/aggregator. Talk about top of mind awareness. You don’t have to be a programming genius for this one (though it helps.) There are a couple services that for a small one time fee will customize a reader for you, with your logo, header and graphics, and preload it with any media you want. So with this you’re sure to be seen and remembered every day. Check out one of the best services here: http://www.tristana.org/publishers/specs
9. People love to read you, but hearing you is even better. Give Podcasting a try – there are tons of ways to get started here. I would personally recommend http://www.Libsyn.com for all your Podcasting needs. It uploads, stores, hosts, and sets up the RSS and pings for you. Like Podcasting for dummies. Then just submit your podcast to different directories and readers like Apple iTunes, and ipodder.org.
10. Radio is great but now you can create a following by imitating the idiot box. Give your subscribers another way to obsess using Video-meets-Blogging or “The Vlog.” This is a medium that is far from saturated. The possibilities are endless, and you’re only limited to what you limit yourself. Though it has not been promoted too widely, the new Apple iTunes Podcasting feature supports Vlog subscriptions as well.
About the Author
Skye Mangrum is the author of RSS for Artists, Bloggers, Podcasters, Vloggers,and Ninjas. Learn all about Skye and her unique uses for today’smodern technology by sending a blank email to: NetNinja@Aweber.com
Top 10 Ways to Get Awesome Web Traffic Using Blogs
This question about blogging arouse because of the sudden popularity that they have been getting. If you have been on the Internet for long, you will notice that the growing number of blog sites are getting to be as many as the articles.
Which brings to the questions about blogging. Why the sudden surge? Is it good for the brain?
According to some of the ‘online experts”, blogging does have positive effects on the brains of the boggers out there.
For one, blogging helps promote analytical and critical thinking.
The best of the best blogs are full of rich and fresh ideas promoting both helpful exchange and criticism. Instead of creating a closed and exclusive online community, these blogs enhance discussion and interaction among other blogs.
What’s more, the information you can get from blogs are one in a million. You will not get them from anywhere else. Aside from that, you are always free to comment on what is written. Constructive and destructive criticisms are welcome too.
Blog posts links to web sites where readers can proceed to get more information and sources. These blogs can even be linked to things being talked about for credibility and authenticity.
There are also some blogs that are based on personal opinions about events, technology or anything that has caught the fancy of the author. Unlike articles, blogs need not be too serious or too technical. Some are actually random thoughts put in a certain format.
Based from studies, consumers are likely to comment on or question what they read more than what they see on television or in pictures. If you notice, blogs tend to have more readers tuning in to see how a particular topic will develop day by day.
Second, blogging is a powerful means of promoting creativity and initiative thinking.
To maintain their popularity among readers, blogs need to be updated regularly. This constant demand for output encourages a kind of spontaneity and ‘raw thinking’. In simple terms, this is the brief associations and the occasional strange ideas that are rarely found other formal types of media.
Blogging fosters spontaneity since blogging updates can be posted in a matter of clicks whenever a new idea or interesting information is found. Blogging is perfectly suited to follow the plan for promoting creativity. They emphasize that you should be sloppy enough so unexpected things can happen but not so sloppy that you cannot find out that it did.
Spontaneous and raw ideas in blogging are also a means of awakening an association of ideas that are not often brought out.
But this does not mean that blogs do not follow the “norms” dictated in print ads. On the contrary, their permanent search engine positions force them to maintain some sort of “decency”.
Blogs encourages analogical thinking. Recent international surveys show that students in the US are falling behind most of their first world peers in problem solving and critical thinking.
It can be noted that this fall may have resulted from the decline in school-based instruction in critical analysis, idiom, and influential writing.
Bu then, thanks to the many professional persons like lawyers, theorists, and academics that are running many outstanding blogs, people can now benefit from their intellectual thinking and the use of their analogical thinking when corresponding with the dommon people of the blogging world.
Sometimes too, blog-based interactions between experts give a unique opportunity for young thinkers to observe and assess arguments from analogy on an ongoing basis. This can also help develop their own abilities to think analogically.
Blogging is also an effective means of getting more access and exposure to excellent information. Blogs link many data and arguments in branching threads. They also affix primary source materials and reference works.
This way, they can promote deeper understanding and exposure to quality information. In turn these sources can start other innovative projects.
Lastly, blogging merge the best of single with social interaction. It is said that invention is thought of alone yet the valuable effects of brainstorming with a community of intellectual peers develops the idea.
With all these said, it can now be concluded that blogging can really be good for the brains. It is a form of education that can take any individual into the next level of development.
The question “How to make money blogging” sits high on every blogger’s mind.
In fact I received many questions on “How to make money blogging” when I conducted my first webcast to answer my subscribers’ most pressing questions on Blogs and Rss.
You can make money Blogging in a number of ways, and in this article I share with you up to nine ways in which you can make money blogging.
1. Make Money Blogging by Selling Advertising Space
Before the advent of Blogs, we have e-zines and selling advertising space on ezines was a popular way to earn extra money. If you run your own Blog, you can let others advertise in your Blogs with banner ads, solo ads, sponsor ads, classifieds and so on.
Now that we have Blogs, you can repeat the same business model that e-zine publishers do, that of selling advertising space.
One popular advertising company that helps Bloggers look for advertisers is Blogads (www.Blogads.com).
Besides placing advertisers ads on your Blog, you can also make money Blogging by placing Google Adsense into your Blog.
In my “Marketing Rampage with Blogs and RSS” Videos, I show you how you can customize your Blog template to include the Google Adsense into your Blog template so that you can make money blogging.
2. Make Money Blogging by providing technical services such as Blog hosting or setting up Blog
You can also earn money blogging by providing technical services such as helping people to set up their Blogs or providing your own Blog hosting service.
One example of this is www.typepad.com . This is a Blog hosting service provider that charges a monthly fee. Typepad lets you create your Blog and they will host your Blog for you, and provide you with a number of Blog features.
3. Make Money Blogging by setttin up joint venture marketing
Joint Venture marketing is a powerful marketing strategy employed by many top online marketers.
Basically how joint venture works is this: You promote person B’s products to your subscriber and customer list, and you get a cut from whatever sale that follows from this promotion.
You can apply the principle of joint venture marketing to Blogs as well. If you have a substantial readership to your Blog, you can also promote or endorse certain products to your Blog readers and this way, and split the profits from the sales generated. This is another way to make money blogging.
4. Make Money Blogging from using the Membership model
Over time, if your blog has lots of postings and provide good quality content, you can consider turning it into a membership site and charge access for it, again giving you another avenu
5. Make Money Blogging by turning your products into
Another way in which you can make money blogging is to repackage your Blog contents into an e-book or an audio product and sell it. For example, if you run your own Podcasting show or an ‘online radio show’, you can easily compile your podcast recordings into a CD compiliation and sell it.
6. Earn Money Blogging by swapping blogs
You’ve heard of ad swapping when it comes to e-zine publishing, where publishers publish each other’s ads in their own e-zines. This way, you save on adveritising costs.
You can repeat the same model to Blogs, as swap ads on Blogs as well. So instead of paying up front, you get to save, which means more money for you to spend!
7. Earn Money Blogging by turning yoyr blog content into RSS feeds and sell it as premium feeds
Your blog contents can be turned into an RSS feed. If the content is good, you can look for web businesses that are looking for good content for related topics and sell their feed to them.
8. Make Money Blogging by well, asking!
Hey, who’s stopping you from putting a PayPal donation jar or button on your Blog? After all, there are lots of generous people out there you know.
9. Make Money Blogging as an Affiliate Marketer
Another way you can make money blogging is by promoting other people’s products on your Blog. This is also known as affiliate marketing.
In affiliate marketing, you get paid a commission when someone clicks on your affiliate link and makes a purchase. Depending on the subject of your Blog, you can recommend products that solve people’s problems.
For example, I had a subscriber who asked me how she can blog about cats and make money from blogging about cats.
I shared with her that firstly, perhaps she might want to go niche instead of targeting the broad category of “cats”, and using the example of a Persian cat, which is a niche by itself, she can start a blog on Persian cats, providing valuable information as well as recommended solutions and products to the upkeep and maintenance of Persian cats.
About the Author
Brandon is blogs & rss author. He’ll show you business strategies to get more responsive visitors, more sales, plus obtaining quick listings in Google, MSN, etc with Blogs and RSS.(C)http://www.wordpressvideos.com
9 Strategies to Make Money Blogging
Many people feel that photo blogging is the most
exciting kind of blogging that exists. Building and
maintaining a photo blog is no more difficult than
creating and updating a text-based blog, and many
people feel that the internet’s high speed, full-color
technology reaches the pinnacle of its appeal with the
transmission of images. Posting photographs in a blog
format on a daily, weekly, or occasional basis is a great
way to express yourself while reaching viewers in an
emotionally charged and aesthetically engaging way,
and surfing photo blogs can help you to get a whole
new perspective on the world in which we live.
Many people who run image blogs are photographers by
trade, but photo blogging is also very popular among
hobbyists and amateur shutterbugs. To be certain, a lot
of the most popular photo blogs have gained attention
because the pictures on them are of the highest artistic
caliber, and a lot of the people who run these striking
blogs are graduates of prestigious art schools and have
impressive professional portfolios. However, some of
the most well known and most often visited photo blogs
are as notable for their concepts as for the pictures
themselves. Certain photo blogs, like the popular “Cute
Overload” which features picture after picture of
adorable animals, are more about the thematic content
of the pictures than they are about the style in which the
snapshots are taken.
The fact that photo blogs range from forums to display
the work of highly skilled artisans to playful collections
of curiosities shows that photo blogging is a truly
diverse form. The fact that photo blogs are so easy to
build and to update makes this kind of visual
communication very democratic, and enables people at
all skill levels to become a part of the global
conversation about the nature and value of photography
Whether you are an artist or hobbyist who wants to
create a photo blog, or whether you are just somebody
who enjoys learning about new places and things,
spending some time looking at the most popular
photography blogs on the internet can be a very
rewarding endeavor. You can travel to another place or
another time by seeing pictures of faraway locations and
long-gone eras. You can see your own neighborhood
with fresh eyes by discover how local artists have
photographed the town or city in which you live. Photo
blogging allows people to communicate all of these
things and more, which makes it a very exciting part of
the modern blogosphere. If the best thing about web
technology is that it allows people to reach each other in
a very personal way from across great distances, then in
many ways photo blogs are the most successful kind of
Niche blogging is a popular way to make money online and if you choose a niche about something that you enjoy or are passionate about then it is fun to work on and easy to stay motivated with it. In this article I am going to get back to the basics of how to set up a blog for niche blogging.
Choosing a Niche
You can read 10 different blogging ebooks and you will find 10 different criteria on how to choose a niche. Some people choose a topic that they are passionate about while others choose a niche simply for how profitable it will likely be.
I believe that your niche should also depend on what type of blog you would like to create, so first ask yourself these questions:
Would you prefer to build a heap of small niche blogs that will each earn a little money?
Would you prefer to build one big niche blog that will make a lot of money?
Both ways can be profitable so it is really a personal choice of whether you want to work long term on one blog or just keep on building lots of smaller blogs.
Choosing a Niche for Smaller Blogs
If you prefer the option of building lots of small niche blogs then I recommend that you choose your niche based on popular products that have proven to sell well and do some very good keyword research. Keyword research is especially important for small blogs as you want keywords without too much competition as you don’t want to spend too much time on your blog and getting it to rank well. So you will need a great keyword phrase to build the blog around and great search engine optimisation.
It doesn’t matter if the niches you choose are topics that you are passionate about as you won’t be spending a lot of time on each blog so it is best to choose based on profitability.
Choosing a Niche for One Big Blog
If you prefer to have just one, or just a few, bigger blogs and spend more time working on and building up into a large niche site then it can be beneficial to choose your niche based on something that you are passionate about. To build a large blog you need to add a lot of content to it as well as do a lot of promotion work on your blog so you will need to stay motivated with the blog long term. This can be difficult to do if it is a topic that you aren’t really interested in. It is much easier to write about something that interests you and something that you enjoy.
Good keyword research is still important for your blog to have a better chance of ranking higher in the search engines.
There are a number of different ways in which you can do keyword research but generally you want to choose a keyword phrase that has a lot of searches each month but not too much competition.
When you are researching your competition, the most important sites to look at are those in the top ten as these are the ones that you really want to beat. If the top ten sites for your keyword phrase are all authority sites with high numbers of backlinks and aged domains then you don’t have a very good chance of beating them. If however the top ten sites look like they would be easy to beat then you will have a very good keyword phrase that can do really well.
You want to choose a keyword phrase that has at least 2,000 exact searches a month to make it worthwhile. If there is too little search numbers then you are not likely to get much traffic as the demand for that keyword phrase isn’t high.
When it comes to personal blogging, documentary is the default genre. There are plenty of blogs that serve other functions, but many blogs are primarily catalogues of the life experiences of their author. Although there are quite a few blogs that focus on collecting poetry and other forms of creative writing, the vast majority of personal blogs are in some sense documentaries.
For many years, the act of making a documentary was meant to be an objective act of reporting the sights and sounds that the filmmaker, writer, or photographer encountered. However, in contemporary times there has been a movement towards embracing the subjectivity inherent in the documentary form. This means that modern documentaries often reflect the distinctive voice and sensibility of their creator, and the fact that todays documentaries often revolve around personality blurs the lines between documentary and memoir. Blogs rest somewhere between these two genres, muddying the distinctions even further. Personal blogging, documentary, and memoir are now irrevocably intertwined, for better or for worse.
Although few bloggers think of themselves as making documentaries in any formal sense, every time somebody sits down in front of a computer and types up a record of their day, they are documenting their own historical moment. The things that we take for granted about our daily lives, like the way that we use specific modes of transportation, or the kinds of products that we buy, often seem quite fascinating to people who live in circumstances different from ours, and it is this kind of fascination that is at the heart of many documentary projects. When people think about blogging, documentary is not very likely to be the first adjective that crosses their minds, but a few decades down the road it is very likely that todays blogs will be seen primarily as very subjective documentaries of our era. The people of tomorrow will almost certainly look to the blogs of today for insight into our historical moment.
When it comes to blogging, documentary may not be the aim of most people who spend their time posting their thoughts and ideas on the internet. In some ways, the documentary aspect of blogging is more of a side effect than a primary goal. However, the fact that so many people are interested in publishing these public online diaries shows that personal blogs are about more than just rumination. The fact that bloggers are so stimulated by and interested in sharing their ideas with each other reinforces the idea that personal blogs are, in some ways, documentaries meant for public consumption. Documentaries appeal to people who are curious about other ways of life, and many people who regularly read others personal blogs are looking for this same kind of new perspective.
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There are thousands and thousands of people worldwide that are blogging. It has become extremely popular with both young and old as a way to record your thoughts, experiences and feelings.
People blog about all sorts of topics like weight loss, fitness, family life, pets, sports or business. Whatever topic you are interested in you are quite likely to find many blogs about it on the internet. Some bloggers have become very successful with their blogs and have hundreds of people subscribe to their blog to read new information as it is added.
If you are interested in blogging then here are five tips on how you can become a successful blogger.
1. Choose a niche that you are passionate about. If you choose a niche for your blog that you are not passionate about then you will lose interest in it very quickly. When you choose a niche that you are passionate about and enjoy writing about then you will continue to be motivated about your blog and continue adding interesting and valuable content for your readers to read.
2. Give your readers valuable information. Visitors to your blog will want to come back and read more if the information you are giving them is valuable and interesting. Visitors are often looking for helpful information or information that can change their lives and if you can offer them that then they are more likely to keep returning to read your blog.
3. Update your blog regularly as this keeps your readers coming back. If you are consistent with how often you update your blog then your visitors will know when to come back and look for new information. Adding regular content will help your blog to grow and gain more visitors as well as giving your visitors more information to read.
4. Keep your blog sensible and use manners. Many people are quickly turned away, never to return, if they find that you are constantly using bad language or bad mouthing people. Have a good, sensible blog and remember your manners will give you a good number of followers who will enjoy reading what you have to say.
5. Build a relationship with your readers. When visitors leave comments on your blog posts try to reply to each one of them. You will gain more loyal visitors if you can connect to them on a personal level and make them feel a connection with you.
These are just five simple steps that can help you have a very successful blog. If you can persist with your blog and update it regularly with good content and build that connection with your readers then you will achieve your goal of being a successful blogger.
The Domain Name
Once you have chosen your niche and found your main keyword phrase you need to find out if a domain name is available for that keyword phrase. You can go to The Domain-Castle.com to do this. It does help with search engine optimization if you can get a domain name that includes your keyword phrase. If the exact keyword phrase is not available you can add a word at the beginning or the end of the phrase just as long as it still sounds good.
Hosting For Your blog
You will need to sign up for a hosting account to host your blog. There are some free options around but it is recommend to have paid hosting if you are really serious about making money with your blog. With paid hosting you have complete control over your blog and domain and you don’t have to worry about having your blog closed without warning.
Choosing Your Blogging Platform
Wordpress is one of the most popular blogging platforms to use to build your blog. It is easy to install and easy to use. Most good hosting companies will have an option to install WordPress which is very easy to follow.
Adding Posts to Your Blog
Now that your blog is up and running it is time to start writing some articles based on your keyword phrase and post them to your blog. You will want to use some other related keywords and write articles around these keywords also. It is recommended to have around six or seven other related keyword phrases to include in your blog.
Updating your blog on a daily basis is a great way to keep fresh content on your blog and build up the size of your blog. Not everyone has time to post a new article every day so just post as often as you can.
Monetizing Your Blog
There are a number of affiliate programs such as Clickbank, Commission Junction and Amazon where you should be able to find products related to your niche to promote. You can also add some Google Adsense ads onto your blog to earn money per click.
Promoting Your Blog
Once your blog is up and running and has a few posts on it you need to start getting some visitors to your blog. One good way to start promoting your blog is to submit your blog posts to social bookmarking sites. You want to be careful not to spam these sites by submitting posts all day long or you will have your account banned.
Article marketing is another great way to promote your blog and will bring traffic directly from the article as well as help to build the number of backlinks for your site.
Keep on adding content to your blog regularly and building backlinks and promoting your blog and you will soon start to see some results and some income from your niche blog.
Anthony Robbins says “A life worth living, is a life worth recording.”
Which is very true – journaling is a great way to record your life achievements and to keep track of how you are developing and growing as a person.
Personally, I keep a journal to track how I am improving my life and growing my business. I joke with myself that one day I can give it to my grandchildren so they can see what crazy old grandpa got up to!
However, keeping a journal is also a good way of dealing with stressful situations in your life.
Writing down your problems is an excellent way to start to deal with them. Napoleon Hill estimated that as much as 92% of your worries were not real and not within your power to change.
Just the simple act of writing down what is stressing you will help you deal with them. When they are written down this stresses become almost less real – they are out of your head and on paper, which makes them more manageable for you.
You can then start to sort out which ones are valid and which ones are not. Some of the things you are getting stressed about may only actually be in your head and may not even be real situations!
Last year I had to do a big talk in front of a very influential group of people that could result in a lot of business for me. I was busy focusing on all the bad things and how stressful it was, and the event had even happened. Once I got to the day I was full of confidence and gave a great talk – but for weeks before hand I had been stressing out about something that hadn’t even happened!
Once you have written down the stressful situations you can also, maybe on a different piece of paper, dialogue with yourself.
This means that you have a conversation with yourself on paper. It’s not as crazy as you might initially think it sounds. This allows you to work out situations outside of your head and without hurting anyone. It’s usually easier to do it on paper rather than in your head as you can disassociate from it. That means that you can avoid getting as caught up in the emotions of the situation.
When you resolve the situations that were stressing you can write down the steps that you took in order to reduce the stress.
This gives you the benefit of being able to return to your journal and review previous situations that had caused you stress and use the knowledge and wisdom from those on the current situations that are stressing you.
Journaling can not only be used to help you reduce your stress, but to keep a record of your life. There are many more benefits to journaling than those you have read about here. Keep a journal and use it to make your life even better.
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Discover how you can reduce your stress and improve your quality of life through these powerful stress management techniques from Jason E. Johns at http://www.freemefromstress.com .
Journaling To Reduce Stress
Are you considering starting a blog? Would you like to blog about a hobby or would you like to create a blog that will make you money? Or perhaps you would like to do both! So what can you blog about?
There are so many different topics that people blog about and some people just blog for fun while others actually make a full time income from blogging. Here are just some ideas of the sort of things that you can blog about.
Do you have a hobby that you love to spend time doing and spend time talking about? Blogging about your favourite hobby is a great way to build up your blog as you talk about something that you are passionate about. You can build a blog about scrapbooking, stamp collecting, model cars or any other hobby that you might have. Through your blog you can connect with other people that enjoy the same hobby and will love to read your experiences and thoughts.
Do you love animals? Do you have pets? Perhaps you have a particular dog breed and you take your dogs to show competitions. Having a blog about your dog, cat or other pet is a great way to keep a diary of the events and achievements that your pet has, or just the daily enjoyment that you get from your pet.
If you are going on a trip a travel blog is a great way to keep your friends and family updated on your trip experiences. Vacations are such a great experience and a blog will help you remember the experience for years to come when you look back over your posts and reminisce about your holiday.
You can blog about a business that you have or you can start an online business with your blog. Blogging is a great way to promote your business online and gain new customers.
You can even just have a personal blog that is about nothing more than your life journey. You can talk about everyday events, your feelings, your love life, your kids, your sports, you can talk about absolutely anything.
These are just a few ideas of what you can blog about and the list is never ending of topics to choose from. So have a think about what you like to do and what you are passionate about and start a blog. You can add some Adsense ads or affiliate programs to your blog to monetize it and you will be surprised at the extra pocket money your blog can give you.