Good Morning Bloggers!

Morning Prayer Let’s enjoy a cup of Coffee or Tea together this morning. Did you know today is All Saints day? I found this image and seemed appropriate. Also, remember this is the day we set our manual clocks back an hour. Today, I’ll be watching the Vikings @ noon CST and then will be leaving town at 4:00 PM to watch Deb’s nephew play in his Football game.

I do hope everyone had a great Halloween! I was working on two different poems, one about my Mother and Halloween, I missed the deadline for Halloween, LOL! I still may work on it and publish on a later date. But for now!

Since one of my posts that I published on October 20th of this year, HOW TO PROMOTE YOUR BLOG! has done so well, I decided toScratching Head break that one up into a series of articles taking an in-depth look into each topic and possibly adding a few more to the list that might be a benefit to all of us! I know from experience when I research a particular subject whether it be text based or a Youtube video the
information provided although great for what it is sometimes can still leave us with vagueness, that dry mouth effect leaving us having to do more research to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

As always, please leave me you thoughts!

In the meantime, I would like to share some comments that were left. Danny from Drem Big Dream Often left me this comment, 16 hours ago,
“Hey man, just wanted to give you some feedback about Stumble. My post on Stumbleupon represented 10% of my views today totaling around 50 views! I am astonished!! Great work and a HUGE thank you!!
Danny”

Tim BurtonThis one from Leisel, 14 hours ago Skill Up Skillet
“Thank you so much again for sharing my post on Reddit! Between yesterday and today I’ve had ~34 views from there.” Just look at that detail she did on those Sugar Cookies.

Easter bunny cake
Easter 2014 My first Easter Cake!

 

Kinda reminds me of a Cake I did for Easter with Mom, Papa and child bunny holding an easter egg,

Kathy also left me a comment as well and this is Important! 17 hours ago
Hi Michael! Thank you so much for this opportunity. I do post on Reddit now and then but have also been kicked off for posting too much. The article I would like you to share is : http://smartliving365.com/how-minimalism-or-rightsizing-can-prepare-you-for-retirement/ It is about either minimalism or retirement. Thank you!”

“I do post on Reddit now and then but have also been kicked off for posting too much.” Pay close attention to this, for this is one of the drawbacks with Reddit!

As always, please leave me you thoughts!

Halloween Promoting Your Blog!

Vampires, halloweenYes, that’s me back in the early 2000’s when I worked at Nacy’s Airport Cafe in Willows California. Since it is Halloween, I thought I would humiliate myself. Where has the time gone? I was so young and energetic back then, as though I had all the time in the world to play with. That photo has seen better days and looks like how I feel on most days. Time has a way of taking its’ toll on us once in a while.

Time, need to make the most of it in life and our Blogs!

DirectionsI did update to my menu and if you would like to share some of my work, the menu can be found here, share it on Stumble or Reddit whichever you are most comfortable with. I will admit StumbleUpon is more user-friendly.

I realize Hallows Eve a night for creatures from a far and Vampires rise from beneath the earth, big monsters to tiny cute ones are upon us and not to mention American Football Season, Sundays’ an all day event, Monday Night Football, and Thursday Night Football, Saturdays’ are College Football games, so we might expect fewer views. It will happen. Don’t panic.

I would like to share some more StumbleUpon screen captures I did, These are ones That I took the Liberty to share on StmbleUpon.

StumbleUpon

Traveling Rockhopper Blog is about capturing the beauty from various trips and providing good information.

 

His has got 53 views as of this morning! I hope you are enjoying the extra views!

 

A journey with you Rebecca’s Blog A Journey With You | A Life With Schizophrenia, her letter to Future Americans has been received rather well.

On Reddit, her’s has been upvoted 6 times.

245 views Way to go Rebecca!

 

Dream Big Dream Often I think we all know who Danny is from Dream Big Dream OftenI submitted this one last night and it already had 6 views. And while I was adding the other graphics, it jumped to 8 views!

I would like to mention that Danny’s post, 6 Tricks to Becoming a More Positive Thinker that was submitted on Reddit has been upvoted two times.

Fallingthoughts

 

THE FALLING THOUGHTS Poems, Poetry Plus Passion, I submitted this one as well.

51 views so far.  I hope you are enjoying the extra views for this one was good!

 

Mostly Blogging Janice’s Blog Mostly Blogging, I stumbled this one for her.

 

26 views and I submitted this one last night!

 

How To Promote Your Blog!

As Bloggers, we must be aware of the vast competition that is out there from New to well-established Blogs. Self-publishing authors face this as well, everyone wants to get noticed in hopes of walking to the bank one day and or the hopes of that 15-minute slot on a talk show. Perhaps have a following of 10k plus. What can we do to better promote our Blogs?

When it comes to self-promoting your Blog, there are no secrets a fast Google search and there will be many articles on the subject. Here are some important guidelines to adhere to.

  1. Content should be top notched: I know you heard it before and probably more than you like, Yet, this is a crucial aspect pertaining to Blogs that climb the latter and those that fall off. Delivering solid content that your readers want to come back for.
  2. Post Regularly: I have read many articles on this subject and found that posting once per month is not going to keep your readers engaged.  On the other hand, if you post too often your previous post could end up buried and possibly fade away. It is a balancing act, some suggest six posts per day and others suggest four while some provide advice but no set number of posts.
  3. Your Blog Should Have Character: In an earlier post I mentioned about being honest and open with your readers. Just like a warrior becomes one with his weapon, flowing naturally and gracefully as though watching a beautiful dance, your blog needs to become an extension of your own persona so that readers can relate to you.
  4. First ImpressionHeadings: I have to admit on some of my posts the headings are crap, garbage, rubbage whatever you want to call it. There I said it! I recently came across a Site Copyblogger founder Brian Clark and once I registered I found a passage that is a real eye opener and I hope it will open your eyes to. “Your headline is the first — and perhaps only — impression you make on a prospective reader. On average, 8 out of 10 people will read your headline copy, but only 2 out of 10 will read the rest. The better your headline, the better your odds of beating the averages and getting what you’ve written read by a larger percentage of people.” One analogy is when we go on that first date of job interview, first impressions matter!
  5. Communication: Across the board on various sites stress this point. I found a list that might shed some light on this subject. “Here are just some of the elements of an effectively communicated message (blog content):Proper preparation of the message
    It must have clear purpose
    Keeping the User engaged at every step of the message
    You pour your heart into the message
    You must be passionate about your message
    It must be complete and correct
    It must help people make a decision (call to action centric)
    Most importantly, it must be considerate of the target readers’ views
    Communicating effectively with your readers is the essence of a successful blog. You can promote it across every known channel, but if it doesn’t come across as honest, you won’t be able to market your blog successfully.”(Dholakiya, 2012)
  6. Variety: This is the one I like most. Your blog should offer some form of variety that will engage your readers. Most of us know that a majority of Bloggers don’t read a long post when just housing text alone. One analogy I can think of here is our pets like cats and dogs. Have you ever noticed your pet getting board of a certain toy or food. You and I with the same dish night after night makes for a boring conversation producing endless sighs. Your readers need variety. Add unique images from time-to-time. Videos are good too, but make sure they relate to your post.
  7. Forums: Join established forums that pertain to your main theme. If your Blog pertains to fashion, then locate a fashion forum and make friends while leaving a pingback to your Blog.
  8. Follow to Follow Directories: One method of promoting your blog as well as gaining new readers is to get listed on these directories.  Now, when you see you have a new follower out of nowhere be sure to follow back. I believe most of you know that if someone follows me I follow them back, so I advocate this concept. One site that offers this is Janice from Mostly Blogging that page can be found here: http://mostlyblogging.com/how-to-get-new-blog-followers/
  9. Youtube Videos: “This is something that requires a bit of creative effort from your side, but if you get it right, and are able to link YouTube videos to your WordPress blog site, there is no better way to promote your blog. Start off with a video that is really simple and which helps you get the hang of creating videos for your blog. As you go along, you can get a little more creative and do something that is really innovative.” (Dholakiya, 2012) One of my Blogging friends Jennifer did just that and made her first video reciting one of her poems for hopefully thousands to see and hear. Way to go, Jennifer, you are taking chances those risks I mentioned in an earlier post. That video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-54h7uo-pNU&list=PLEPn9EA5YtgPTEYeRDRcodLfc_E0BrfqV
  10. Fan Page: I have discussed this in recent posts to use a Facebook Fan Page to promote your Blog among certain Facebook Groups that we can utilize. In the wise words of Dholakiya, “Yes, one of the better ways of using social media to promote your blog is to create a Facebook Fan page. What this means is that you need to create a landing page on Facebook that offers information about your blog, and what it is all about. By using this page, you can even post your blog articles, pictures and any other information related to your blog. It’s important not to confuse your fan page with your personal profile. They are two very different things. The latter helps you spread awareness about your blog, using your personal network, while the former helps you collect ‘fans’ who have subscribed to your Fan page; these fans actually want to know about any new updates and happenings on your blog.”
  11. Twitter: When it comes to Twitter you have to keep in mind that this platform is to bring together like-minded individuals together.
  12. Patience is a Virtual: My Dad once told me I had the patience of a Chinese Man while we were watching Enter The Dragon. I never fully comprehended that until I was much older. Bloggers have to have patience. Finding the how-tos and grabbing the keys of the Porshe pedal to the metal from zero to sixty in thirty days or less will result in failure.
  13. ChooChooI think I Can-I think I can! Just like the choo-choo we have to keep positive, focused and keep moving forward. I have seen too many Blogs within WordPress give up.

 

Sources:

http://www.copyblogger.com/

http://famousbloggers.net/promoting-wordpress.html

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