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SEO Tip 1 – Use Keywords in Titles

One of the things I’m constantly amazed at is how many web publishers miss one of the easiest ways to maximize their positioning in Search Engines by simply including the keywords that they’d like to be found for in their post titles.

I spend a lot of time looking at online articles written on blogs, newspapers and websites and some days it seems that every second or third one has a title that is either cryptic, clever or cute at the expense of Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

To put it bluntly – when it comes to blog SEO I believe that your page and post titles are incredibly important. Google in particularly seems to value the words in your title incredibly highly. [Read more...]

Business Blog Consulting Revived

I’ve been watching Business Blog Consulting with interest over the past few days – its gone from a blog that had become a little quiet to something that has now got a lot more activity due to Rick’s decision to make it into a group blog and include some excellent business blogging types. Look at the list of bloggers now involved!

La Shawn Barber of The Language Artist -Toby Bloomberg of Diva Marketing – Bob Bly of Bly Blog – Steve Broback of Avondale Media – Rich Brooks of Flyte – DL Byron of Textura Design – Paul Chaneyof Radiant Marketing – Henry Copeland of BlogAds – Jill Fallon of Estate Vaults – Josh Hallett of Hyku – Kevin Holland of Air Conditioning Contractors of America – Wayne Hurlbert of Blog Business World – Tris Hussey of Larix Consulting – John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing – BL Ochman of What’s Next Online – Michele Miller of Wonder Branding – Lee Odden of Top Rank Results – Steve Rubel of Micro Persuasion – Todd Sattersten of A Penny For…Stephan Spencer of Netconcepts – Dave Taylor of Intuitive Life for Business – James Turner of One by One MediaDana VanDen Heuvel of BlogSavant – Des Walsh of Thinking Home BusinessDebbie Weil of WordBiz and BlogWrite – Andy Wibbels of Easy Bake Weblogs – Jeremy Wright of Ensight

That’s quite a list of very talented bloggers. So if you’re interested in Business Blogging (and even if you’re just into any sort of blogging) you’d do well to add it to your RSS feed. I just hope that they can keep the blog ticking over after the initial excitement of the new approach wears off because it would be a shame to lose this conversation.

Declaring War on Blogger Apathy VI

This is the 6th and final post in a mini series on combatting Blog Apathy

• New Stimuli - one of the best ways to get your creativity levels up is to expose yourself to new stuff. Buy a book, watch a movie, meet someone new, go for a walk, spend time with your family, listen to some music – get out of your normal daily rhythm and expose yourself to some new sights, sounds, tastes, touches and smells. Remember that what you put into your life has a direct baring on what comes out.

• Just Write – it’s amazing what comes when you just start writing sometimes. Some of my bests posts emerged out of really dry patches when I forced myself to sit and write. The first few paragraphs might end up being scrapped – but if you keep writing you’ll eventually hit gold. [Read more...]

Declaring War on Blogger Apathy V

This is post 5 on a mini series on combatting Blog Apathy

• Meme it Up – another way to get yourself a little more interested in and energised by your blog is to start some sort of Meme. Run a competition, start a blogging project, add a quiz or survey – do something fun, creative and interactive to get other bloggers involved in what you’re doing. To be honest this is why I started the 31 Days to Building a Better Blog project – seeing the wonderful response from readers has definitely lifted my blogging spirits this week.

• Subscribe to a new Source of Information – sometimes it’s easy to get into a rut when you feel like you’re just seeing the same sorts of information on your blogs topic over and over again. So subscribe to some new keywords on Google News Alerts or Topix RSS feeds or find some new blogs to follow. If you put fresh content and ideas into your head hopefully some fresh content will come out.

• Short Posts – if you don’t have much to say – don’t say much. Keep your posts short and to the point. Even if they don’t feel profound to you, just the act of posting something might loosen the blogging creativity within you. Short posts can actually be incredibly effective communication tools also so it might just add something special to your blog.

Blog Case Study – Is it time to Quit?

I just stumbled upon an interesting post by Jack Krupansky who will celebrate his first six months of blogging by quitting his blogging activities (on 18 August). Jack writes:

‘I’ve put a huge amount of work into my FIVE blogs and gotten next to nothing in return. Sure, I’ve made a few good contacts, but I was doing that with email and my five web sites before I even started blogging.

In fact, since I could have been doing things that might have been more productive during the past six months, my lost opportunity cost is quite high.’

Jack will also stop commenting on others blogs and will kill off his blog aggregator and stop monitoring other’s blogs – again because of the unproductiveness of these endeavors.

Since I saw Jack’s post earlier today after a link from Business Week’s blog I’ve been pondering why it is that some blogs do well and others don’t. I’ve got nothing really profound to say and don’t want to come across as knowing anything much about Jack’s blogging (although I’ve followed a couple of them via RSS this past two months). I will make the following observations though about his approach that perhaps might shed a little light on the unproductiveness of his six months.

I want to do so not to attack Jack but in the hope that perhaps it helps us all learn something about blogging on a professional level. I do so respecting his decision to pull out of blogging – I’m never going to argue that people should blog on at all costs – as I’ll say later – there is a time and a place to stop blogging and perhaps for Jack that time has come. However here are a few things I notice about his blogs.

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Declaring War on Blogger Apathy IV

This is post 4 on a mini series on combatting Blog Apathy

• Develop a Posting Schedule – it’s amazing what you can produce if you give yourself a deadline. Whilst for some people the idea of schedules and plans might have the opposite effect – for many of us they help keep us going. My posting goal is 25-35 posts per day – knowing what I’m aiming for helps keep me on track. Whether you’ve got a goal of 2 daily posts, or 500 monthly posts some goals can help get your blogging into gear.

• Get a Guest Blogger - put a little new blood into your blog by inviting someone else to join you in posting either while you take a short break to rejuvenate or to blog alongside you. I’ve recently added a few bloggers to a handful of my blogs and have really enjoyed both the pressure that it’s taken off me but also the energy and fresh ideas that they’ve brought.

• Read other’s blogs – sometimes its easy to become so focused upon blogging that we forget to interact with other bloggers. I remember a few months ago realizing that I rarely really read other blogs any more (apart from those I scanned each day for useful information to blog about). Get back to basics and actually read other blogs – you might just find that in doing so you rediscover the reason you started your own blog in the first place. In addition to that you’ll probably find yourself stimulated to bounce off their blogs with your own.

• Interact with other bloggers – connected to the last point I also find it very useful to not only read the work of others but to converse with them. I regularly chat via instant messaging or phone with other bloggers – in doing so we encourage and inspire each other to break through the dry times. So leave a comment somewhere, start an IM conversation, send an email – talk to someone. Don’t let blogging become an insular lonely thing – rather take advantage of the relational aspects of blogging.

Google Adsense Webinar Slides and Voiceover Released

Google has been running a number of webinars recently which they’ve made available to publishers to listen in on. One of the problems with these Webinars is that they can be difficult to access depending upon your time zone or schedule. Today they’ve released the slides and voiceover of their Reports Webinar which might be useful for some who missed the original webinar. Lets hope they do this on other webinars (both future and past ones).

It would also be nice if in future they’d include the question and answer sections of these webinars which can be the most informative part.

Pheedo partners with BlogHer in Ad Network

Blog Herald reports that Pheedo and BlogHer have started up an ad network for female bloggers. Duncan doesn’t like the idea – but points to Trudy W Schuett’s comments.

Personally I think it’s an interesting concept which I’m not sure I really get.

Are the advertisers going to agree to only appear on female blogs? I guess there would be some advertisers who would appreciate being able to target this demographic so it may work out ok for them, but I’d suspect that the wider advertising community would be looking to target a wider audience.

Something to watch on with interest. Whilst I’d like projects like this to get up and off the ground more I have a suspicion it could be another of the numerous blog announcements that gently fades away along with numerous other blog advertising network ideas that I’ve heard of lately – time will tell.

Yahoo tests blog search tool in Korea

Yahoo is testing a blog search tool on a Korean site at present which some believe may be an indicator in where they will head with the world wide market in future:

‘The various search tools, which are available from a pull-down menu next to the search bar, let visitors retrieve content and photos within all Web logs, or just within most recent blog postings or favorite-tagged pages.’

I’m not sure that this is a tool we’ll see any time soon. Having met a couple of Korean bloggers online recently I suspect that the Korean market is very different to the rest of the world.