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SEO Considerations for Blogs: Content and On Page Elements

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SEO Considerations for Blogs: Content and On Page Elements


Many of us would wish that blogs which are filled with original and well written content would simply rank well on search engines, just like a business that provides high quality products and services to their customers would wish that their website would rank well on Google just because of that. But unfortunately, in the real world this is not how SEO works.

Before you begin thinking about SEO, you should know that your primary focus as a blogger is to deliver the content that your audience will love. It’s possible to incorporate SEO elements into good quality articles on your blog and even to make a few easy changes to existing ones. However, don’t simply write with SEO in mind. You may achieve good page rankings, but if your visitors don’t find the content to be any use to them they simply won’t want to return anymore.

For on page factors, the majority of your on page work will revolve around using the right keywords in the right place. The first thing you need to do is your keyword research. Think of the keywords that your readers will be using if they’re going to be searching for information that you cover in one of your blog articles. Make a list of these words and use keyword research tools to find alternatives as well.

One thing that can help with keyword research is to analyze the competition. If there are other pages out there which have information that is similar to what you’re offering, you need to see what keywords will find it. What keywords are your competitors currently targeting and how well do they rank for these keywords?

Once you have your list of keywords, you will want to figure out how to integrate this in your pages. A lot of people here make a mistake and believe that simply cramming as many keywords as possible in their blog posts will make their posts rise through search engine rankings like they were under some kind of magician’s spell. While this might have worked 10 years ago, keyword stuffing will not help you anymore today. Furthermore, it will also cause problems for the content of your blog. This is because blog articles which have keywords that were forced in will be hard to read and may actually cause you to be penalized by search engines.

Include your main keywords in the first and last sentences of your blog post and use them when appropriate in the main body. Also, use the keywords as much as possible in the title, the heading tags, in the permanent link of the blog post, in internal links to other related articles, as well as in alt tags.

There are also a few other things that will help you with your SEO efforts and can propel your blog through the search engine rankings. Tomorrow we will go through the importance of having a proper external and internal linking strategy.

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Full Time Online Business: Part 1

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Full Time Online Business: Part 1


When you are building an online business that will generate a full time income, there are various things that you can do to earn some money. These things are not necessarily complicated to execute, but they will nonetheless require some more patience on your part to do properly and to yield the results that you wanted them to have.

 

So, what are some good ideas to earn full time cash on the internet? We will present them to you, but let’s start with the most simple ones.

 

Actually, what you can very well do is to take the things that you can do as part of a micro or mini online business and simply scale them up so that they can produce more revenue for you. Let’s take providing services for example:

 

There are plenty of people who do things such as writing articles and designing graphics to earn a bit of extra cash online. But it is possible to turn these activities to a full time business as well. There are two things that you will need to make this work:

 

  • Skill

 

The amount of money that clients will be willing to pay you will largely depend on how good you are at doing your job. For example, if you are an average article writer, you could find people willing to pay you $5 for a 500 word web article. But if you can truly write professional quality articles that are very informative to the users, you could find that some people are willing to pay anywhere from $20 to $50 for a simple 500 word piece to be posted on the web. Obviously you will need to work very hard to build up your skills to that level, but many have done it.

 

  • Time

 

Another thing that you would need to do would be to devote sufficient time to your online activities if you want them to make enough money for you. Consider this, if you write articles at $15 per article and you write 2 in one hour, this gives you a very respectable $30 per hour. Now if you work full time 5 days a week, you can make almost $40 000 a year by doing this.

 

If you go with the services route, then you should know that finding high paying clients will be much harder than finding some that would pay you a fraction of what you want to earn. Therefore, you will need to spend more time networking and looking for work to do than if you simply wanted to make a bit of extra cash at the end of the month.

 

But what if you do not want to do all the work yourself? There are a few things that you can do and tomorrow, we will take a look at some simple business models that you can take advantage of and get off the ground rather quickly.

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Part Time Online Business: Some Ideas

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Part Time Online Business: Some Ideas


If you want to start an online business and make a relatively decent amount of cash, without spending thousands of dollars or working full time on it, there are some ways to accomplish that. While there are many ways of earning money online, here are some examples of methods that have been shown to be profitable for many online entrepreneurs. These can be used to build a part time online business, however there is nothing that is really stopping you from turning these ideas into a full time online business if this is what you wish to do.

  • Providing services

We have seen this in the micro online business article, and it really is the same concept. You provide services that are useful for business owners and online marketers and you get paid for it. Popular examples include: article writing, backlink creation, web design, ebook writing, etc.

The main difference is that you will be spending more time doing the work, around 20 to 30 hours per week should give you a very good part time income.

  • Outsourced service creation

Same thing, but with a bit of a change. While you can do some of the work, you will be outsourcing most of it to other people for less than what the client is paying you and you will pocket the difference. So let’s say that someone pays you $12 to create a 1000 word article for them. You find a worker that can create quality articles on a forum or freelancing site and pay them let’s say $8 for it. You will then keep the $4 difference as profit. While this seems insignificant, if you get orders for 10 articles a day at $4 of profit, that’s $40 per day, and you didn’t do much work besides co-ordinating the work between what the client orders and what the outsourcer produces.

  • Light Ebay selling

Ebay is the most popular online marketplace in the world, where some sellers have made millions by selling various kinds of merchandise to consumers. Of course, it’s not easy to earn 7 figures from the site, but it is well possible to make a few dozen dollars per day from it with a bit of effort and investment.

Selling on Ebay is the electronic equivalent of you having a stand at a flea market. You buy goods from a distributor at a low price and then re-sell them at a profit to the end consumer. All you are doing is applying the concept of buy low/sell high, which has existed for thousands of years.

So, for example, you would buy 10 cell phones at $300 each from a distributor that sells wholesale goods. You then resell them on Ebay for $400 and you keep the difference minus Ebay and PayPal fees. Basically, to be successful, all you would need to do is to find goods that are easy to acquire, in demand and easy to sell at a profit.

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Article Marketing – How To Be More Efficient – Part 2

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Article Marketing – How To Be More Efficient – Part 2


While article marketing is an effective way to promote various offers or products online, some people seem to have a bit of trouble cranking out enough articles for their efforts to be effective. Here are some more tips to make the whole thing go easier for you and which just may increase your revenue.

Do your research quickly.

Some articles will require that you do a fair amount of research before you are able to create some usable content. That’s a known fact. However, you must be able to complete that research rather quickly. After all, you are not writing a high school essay here where you have 2 weeks to write 1000 words.

When you do your research, open up multiple tabs in your browser that contain information that is related to your niche. See if they contain useful things that you can use in your article. Close those that don’t. Then, start writing right away. A lot of marketers spend too much time simply reading the information and thinking about whether they should include that in their articles.

Improve your typing speed.

Some of us can easily crank out 60 words per minute. Others type with one finger and it takes them an hour just to write one paragraph. Not much to say here except that you will need to practice your typing in order to be able to type faster. The more you practice, the better you will get at it, that’s pretty much guaranteed.

You can also consider using voice recognition software, like Dragon Naturally Speaking. This software will basically write everything that you are saying for you. If you aren’t too fast of a typist, this could be a viable solution for you.

Consider outsourcing part of your work.

If you simply have too many articles that you need to write, why not outsource some of your writing to a third party? There are many places where you can find a freelancer willing to do some of the work for you, such as internet marketing forums and freelancing sites. Getting quality articles done is not that expensive. In fact, you can easily find people who would be willing to create a 500 word article for around $5. Remember that you get what you pay for, however. So don’t necessarily go with whoever is offering the cheapest writing service, but rather with a writer that is capable of following your instructions and writing in proper English.

Practice makes perfect.

This applies in many areas of life, not just article writing. So remember, the more articles you write on any given niche, the more proficient you will get in it and the faster you will be able to crank out that content. Writing your articles faster means more money in your pocket, as you will have more opportunities to get traffic due to the fact that you have posted more articles, plus you can also focus on growing and improving your business more rather than be always busy writing marketing materials.

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Getting Started In Online Writing – Part 2

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Getting Started In Online Writing – Part 2


Online article writing can be a great way to make some quick money online. If you have what it takes, you can also turn it into a full time freelancing job. But to get started, the first thing that you need to do is to find some clients who will pay you for your writing. Here are a few places where you can do so:

Internet marketing forums:

These are forums such as Digital Point and the Warrior Forum. They are a meeting place for those who want to earn money online to discuss ideas and network with each other. They are also a place for people who offer their services, such as article writing or graphic design to make acquire some customers and make money. Internet marketing forums are a great place to find work due to the fact many people are seeking content for their website in order to advance in search engine rankings or simply to present their products or affiliate offers to prospective clients. A lot of online marketers either aren’t good enough in English to write quality articles, or simply don’t have the time to write the necessary amount of content each day. This is why they seek to outsource this part of the job to others and why these forums are a good place to get clients.

Advantages:

  • You set your own terms and prices. For example, you can offer discounts to repeat customers or those who make larger orders.
  • If your work is of good quality and liked by clients, you can get a lot of repeat business. In this line of work, it is much better to work with a few different clients than to be constantly hunting for more work after writing a few articles.
  • You get paid immediately. There is no waiting period of 2 weeks or 1 month to get your money.

Disadvantages:

  • Some forums require you to pay around $20 to post a thread to offer your services. Some of them also require that your thread be approved by a moderator before it is posted.
  • If you are new to the forum, a lot of the people will be wary of dealing with you and may only give you small orders to begin with.
  • Possibility of getting scammed. While the majority of people on internet marketing forums are there to conduct honest business, there are always a few scammers out there who would simply have you submit the work and then disappear without paying. This can be mitigated by using common sense: if you are dealing with a new member with only a few posts and they are making a large order, arrange to split the work in a few parts. You would then send part of the work, get paid for it, and then go on to complete the remainder. Watch out for excuses such as “I can’t, I’m only getting paid in a few days, I will pay you then, etc.”

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25 Ways To Market Your Website And Get Traffic

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25 Ways To Market Your Website And Get Traffic


traffic-increaseI want to share with you top 25 ways to market your website

#1 – Article Marketing

Many people ignore this first method to increase website traffic. It’s as simple as article marketing. It is a simple method of creating, writing and submitting articles to various directories online such as:

* EzineArticles.com
* GoArticles.com
* SearchWarp.com
* ArticleDashboard.com
* ArticleCity.com

When you post articles to these websites you soon start to see that your website start to see some traffic from the articles you write. It will then start to increase and eventually you get more and more backlinks from more and more articles, which results in higher search engine rankings.

Simply write and submit as many high quality articles as possible and be sure to link back to the website you want to drive traffic to! The articles will drive you traffic immediately, as well as build quality incoming backlinks. The article might sometimes rank on its own in the search results and drive you some simple traffic! Try it out!

#2 – Social Bookmarking

Another way to get some immediate traffic and have this be free, is to use social bookmarking. It’s one of the most popular methods, but also one of the most underused methods of increasing the backlinks you get to your website, but also the instant traffic from the social bookmarking site itself.

Here are some of the sites I use with this method:

* Digg.com
* Del.Icio.us
* Reddit
* Fark
* Mixx
* Propeller
* Netvouz
* And many more.

You want to try to include your websites keyword in order to help boost the websites searhc engine rankings. Try it by signing up for these services and promoting your website’s pages. Try to only bookmark valuable pages of your websites. Nothing spammy or sales will get any attention on these sites!

#3 – Yahoo Answers

If you are not aware of Yahoo Answers it’s a website that allows people to post questions and you will simply answer these questions with a good response. Then when you gain enough credibility to answer questions in the best way possible you can link back to resource pages on your website and get some immediate traffic from answering questions of targeted prospects!

#4 – Blog Commenting

Blog commenting is an effective strategy for getting more visitors. You can find high traffic blogs in your marketplace and post valuable comments, adding to the value of the post and include a link back to your website, usually in the name of your post.

Do not spam and link to your website in the actual post, but write a compelling and good answer and people will click your name anyway!

#5 – Using Blog Platforms

If you are not currently owning a blog you are putting a lot of free targeted traffic on the table. A blog is so loved by Google that you might get thousands of free visitors just by having the right blog on the internet at the right time.

This blog can then funnel traffic to your website or whatever else it is that you want more traffic to, maybe a Hub that you have? Who knows? Either way, you can use blogs on these platforms.

* Blogger.com
* WordPress.com
* WordPress.com
* Livejournal

I highly recommend starting at least a free blog at blogger.com with your targeted keywords in them! This method has gotten me thousands of free visitors.

#6 – Squidoo Marketing

A site similar to HubPages is Squidoo. This website will allow you to create what is called a “lens” and not a “hub”. This site is very similar to hub pages in the way it operates and the ease of use, as well as the ability to rank high in Google for your target keywords.

I’ve got tons of free squidoo lenses on the internet that get free targeted traffic, which then funnels that traffic to my websites. I highly suggest you create a couple of lenses and start promoting your website with Squidoo, as well as HubPages right now!

#7 – Hub Pages

Hubpages (the website you are no right now) has over 100,000 people in its community ready to visit your hub, if it’s valuable enough to the visitor. So create a couple of hubs that help promote yourself or your website. Since the community doesn’t like spammy hubs, make sure you create a hub with genuine value, such as this hub. It has a list of resources and methods for going about getting traffic to your website.

These types of hubs seems to do incredibly well, so it’s time to start building your hubpage empire too!

#8 – Propeller

Propeller is a very high trafficed website that will allow you to post a link to your website, on which other people can vote. This means that if your content is good and targeted, odds are people will vote on your content. The more votes you get, the more traffic you will get so take advantage of this service and post only really good content!

Share your bookmarks on this site, make a few omments on other people’s content and link back to your own conent. Thousands of people have the opportunity to see your site and visit it for their needs!

#9 – Keyword Research

The most important thing when driving traffic is keyword research! If your keywords are not targeted to people who want what you offer it’s not going to be a match anyway. There are a few rules to think about when it comes to keyword research, some of the things include the amount of searches per month, and the competing pages in search engines.

Try to find keywords with 2,000 searches or more per month, obviously, and less than 25,000 competing pages in Google, where few are authority sites on the first page of the search engine you are targeting.

So let’s say you have 5,300 searches per month for a keyword, that might get you 0 visitors, unless you are ranked high in Google for that term, so the competition might be “100,000″ in quotes.

That is too much, but if the same keyword had 5,300 searches and only 8,241 competing pages in Google you will more likely rank for that keyword! Understand? Great!

#10 – Press Release Distribution

Press Releases are free to submit on many websites. They can turn out to be a good promotional tool if you have something worthy of a news announcement. Got a new website? Release a press release about your new website, that’s simple enough! Try to target your press release to your keywords and submit it to.

* PrWeb.com
* Free-Press-Releases.com
* PrLog.net

And many more!

#11 – Us Free Ads

UsFreeAds is a website that will allow you to post an ad for your website. It is like a short classified ad to help promote your website. Try it out and see that you can get some really cool results from it!

#12 – Content Is King

No matter which traffic method you are using, always remember that content is king! Content moves the internet and the person with the best and the most content for a keyword will have the most opportunity to get traffic so create a lot of it and place it on your website, other websites and link back to your website.

Here are some of the criteria for good content:

* Valuable
* Helpful
* Interesting
* Funny
* Crazy
* Cool

And many more!

#13 – Video Marketing Sites

You don’t always have to write in order to spread your content to gain attention and visitors online! You can also use video marketing sites to get the same message across, and sometimes better than with articles or text. I use video a lot to help increase the traffic to my sites in various markets. I like to do it and it’s a lot of fun.

Here are some of the sites to submit your videos to:

* YouTube
* Google Video
* Yahoo Video
* Facebook Video
* Dailymotion
* MetaCafé
* Revver

And many more. Please keep your videos short, valuable and to the point as well. This will help people like your videos and go visit your website.

#14 – Use Facebook

Facebook is a great place to share your website. Get active in the community and talk to a lot of people in the community! Share links that are interesting, videos and photos. Join groups and create your own fanpages to help increase the visibility of your website.

I use this method a lot and have only recently started to use facebook as a serious business tool to drive traffic to my sites and it’s working wonders! Try it, you will not be disappointed!

#15 – Forum Marketing

Get active in forums and start posting good answers to people questions. Share links to your other resources that you created, articles, videos etc. Share some photos of yourself too! Join in the many discussions going on and try to establish a sense of authority and credibility in the forum as somebody who is a good valuable resource.

#16 – Create An Affiliate Program

If you have your own product that you are selling, why not start an affiliate program and have other people promote your website for you? So instead of building traffic yourself, share your methods and allow affiliates to promote your product for you. It’s a great way to get some traffic without paying a single dime!

#17 – Join Twitter

If you haven’t noticed lately, Twitter is one of the fastest growing phenomena out there right now. You will find that millions of people are sharing their messages and getting very simple things to become very viral on Twitter, so if you are not currently on Twitter you are missing a huge portion of the marketplace. So join now and start posting valuable resources and links to interesting things you find online. Sometimes you want to mention your own website and get visitors to come over and take a look. Share a lot of content and engage in conversation.

#18 – Search Engine Optimization

SEO or search engine optimization is one of the best ways to get free targeted traffic for a long time. Pick 20 or so keywords and start creating content for those keywords, build links to your website and optimize it the best for your keywords.

Some things to think about with SEO is to have your keyword in each of these elements of your page:

* Title Tags
* Header Tags
* Underlining, Bolding, Italic
* Anchor texts for links
* Backlinks

When your site is optimized in the best way possible it will start to gain some attention in the search engines and start getting free traffic on autopilot! Neat, huh?

#19 – Submit Your RSS Feeds

A great way to increase your traffic is to distribute your RSS feed to RSS distribution sites. It will help you spread your message faster and more people will find your RSS feed if it’s out there in more places than just your own website.

Some of the feeds to submit are:

* Your Blog Feed
* Squidoo Feed
* HubPages Feed
* Article Account Feeds
* etc

#20 – Directory Submission

You can go ahead and submit your website to various directories online that have resources and links to websites. This will help increase the amount of backlinks you get to your website and thus increase your SEO. It will be hard to get too much traffic from these on their own, but you do get some SEO benefit!

Here are some directories:

* DMOZ
* JoeAnt
* WebWorldIndex

#21 – Networking With Others

One of the best ways to drive more traffic is by aligning yourself in strategic alliances with other successful webmasters in your niche. You can exchange links, email lists and a lot more. This will allow you to have access to a lot of leads, say you know 10 people with 10,000 people on their lists… It would open you up to 100,000 new prospects immediately!

See how powerful these relationships can be!

#22 – Use Digg.com

Another site you might want to consider networking on and driving traffic with is Digg.com. It will allow you to post news for your niche and people can come vote on your content. Your content will then get seen by others in the Digg.com community and you will get more diggs that will lead to more traffic. It can get really viral if you have something of good value and post it to Digg.com!

#23 – Be Bold And Daring

In order to attract people you will need to be a little bold and daring. The more over the top you are, but deliver good valuable stuff the more people will feel attraction towards you. Some of the most successful people are very bold and daring. They speak their mind so don’t be afraid to be a little animated when you go about your content or whatever!

#24 – Encourage Interaction With Your Visitors

When you post a blog post for example. Ask people to interact with you and leave comments. Have them interact, engage and help you improve your site. This helps show that you care about your visitors and will attract more of them!

Help make it easy for your visitors to share your content by providing “share this buttons” and other “sharing abilities” on your site.. Make it easy for them to share your stuff!

#25 – Join And Get BUSY In The Warrior Forum & Digital Point

When you are honestly active in a forum you are always providing great information and you continously build your credibility to become one of the authorities in your niche.

I’ve use these methods and this forum to drive thousands of visitors, how? It’s because it’s full of targeted people, then I place good valuable content in front of them.

The best part is that you don’t have to pay a single penny for the visitors you attract. You’ll become an internet marketing magnet that immidiately catches the attention of your prospects and sends server crushing traffic for free!

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