You Can Develop A Winning WordPress Blog!

What it takes to make your blog stand out.

Welcome to the blogosphere! Are you thrilled with your blog or are you looking for more? More, as in increased traffic, better photos and ample ad income? I know exactly how you feel! If you want an effective blog, then operating under the premise of “business as usual” is not something that you want to do. Rather, you must set your blog apart from the multitude to help it shake the blogosphere. You might even make some extra money too!

5 Steps To Better Blogging

bloggingMy personal blogs have to perform to the point where I want them to perform which requires some dedicated work on my part. But, I’m up to that challenge! So, let’s review some ways that you can build a better blog:

1. Your Traffic — I’ve built up traffic to my blogs by connecting them to several sites that I control. My thinking is this: I might as well take advantage of what I have in order to advance what I control. Additionally, when I guest blog on other sites I am not timid about linking up to my other blogs. Ultimately, I add tons of natural links to each blog, a step that has kept the traffic growing.

2. Your Photos — Most certainly, including images with your blog posts is mandatory and with each entry too. On one of my business blogs, I will regularly contact companies and ask for the right to use one or more pictures that they own, and include it with an article I am writing about that business. Of course with this request I am not about to knock the company, so don’t go down that path if you want to receive their assistance. Many people are happy to help as they see you assisting them in promoting their business, even if you’re doing so indirectly.

3. Your News — Replicating and pasting news releases word for word is a bit much and is considered unprofessional. Nevertheless, citing parts of the news release such as using executive quotes and linking back to the original release is a wise move. I have seen blogs where a passing reference is made to a news release, but the words are purely that of the writer’s. This allows you to harness a trusted news source and put your own twist to the story.

4. Your Themes — WordPress is recognized by many as being the best blogging platform and the amount of themes created by users of this blogging software is impressive. Yet, even the default WordPress theme is rather nice which I’ll sometimes use when I’m first launching a new blog. For other blogs, I like to download an uncluttered, but colorful theme that is easy on the eyes and offers visual appeal.

5. Your Ads — Most definitely, there is no need to overpower your visitors with ads, but operating without ads isn’t helpful either, especially if you are wanting to monetize your blog. The essential Google AdSense adverts can be useful as can any banner ad space that you can offer for sale. The thinking with most bloggers is that you should get paid at least something for all of your hard work!

Personal Sweat Equity

Truly, there is plenty that you can do to shape a more masterful blog. If you want to send your blog to the top of your segment, it does take hard work and plenty of it. Put the sweat equity into your web log and you will harvest the reward of more traffic and greater income. Get noticed by building a better web log right now!

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Oh, This Will Take Some Time….

I mentioned last week that I would be back and, yes, I am here. But only for a few moments. I am up to my neck with deadlines this week and next, but I also have to tend to a few simmering fires involving one web site and one blog.

Work Aplenty

Don't cry; it will all work out.

The website issue has to wait because my efforts to move one blog from URL A to URL B is taking me days, not hours to complete. I have discovered that larger blogs with many posts, categories, photos, tags, and what not can be more difficult to move even if you manipulate the .htaccess or php.ini files to import a large WordPress xml file.

Yes, I turned off the plugins first but even then the shrunken file is still quirky. So what I did was to break 47 months of blogging into pieces, sending bits over here and there. Even then, I discovered that some of the coding contained in various posts was presenting a problem which served to remind me to “go light” on the scripting on the new site.

A few of you have wished me well in the transition with one remarking that this sort of move can “cause more problems than what it’s worth.”

I agree!

But sometimes there are good reasons to make a move including several that I am up against:

Old theme – WordPress offers thousands of free themes, but as you might guess many of these do not age particularly well over time unless the designer keeps up with them. Few do, but who can blame them?

I am considering buying my next bunch of themes and using them instead, especially if they are being supported. I do not mind paying for something that is being looked after; Open Source has its benefits but you cannot expect people to do everything for free.

Wacky plugins – Just like themes, plugins do not always make the transition from blog update to blog update. Even when a newer version is released, I have found that they do not always work as well as they once did.

I have had the occasional plugin mess up a blog, only being able to discover which one it was by deactivating all of them en masse and then activating them one by one.

Lousy URL – When I initially started blogging in 2004, I did not have nearly the understanding I have now regarding search engine optimization and related matters. The blog I am moving sits on a site it once shared with another blog. That other blog is the one you are reading now, itself moved here two years ago.

The other blog making the transition will have its own URL which has been around for some time and was pointing to the blog until I started to make the transition last week.

Such Madness!

Confused yet? Welcome to my delirium! At some point everything will work out. Once the blog has been moved, then I will refocus my attention on the website issue and then maybe, just maybe, I will replace a few blog themes elsewhere.