Use Blogging to Build More Traffic for your Website

Use Blogging to Build More Traffic for your Website

You’ve got a great website, and now you need to build your traffic. One of the best ways to do that is with blogging. By writing about your industry, you’ll create relevant content that will give you and your site more credence with your clients. If you have a WordPress site, you already have the functionality built in. Every article you publish can refresh your site with the search engines. Over time, your site can be considered a credible authority for a subject, and be more associated with it in a web search. There are several practices to keep in mind when blogging to be successful.   Pick a single focus word and write your article around that. Put it in your title. Put it in the first paragraph. Put it in your concluding paragraph. Use it several more times throughout your writing. Identify several other keywords that define what you’re blogging about and use them several times each. You can be detailed, but never lose sight of the focus or your article. You’ll want to write a minimum of 300 words. If you really know your topic, this shouldn’t be a challenge. In fact, you may have to stop yourself from going on for too long. 750 words is a pretty good length for an article. Any longer than that, and you may want to consider breaking it up into individual pieces. There’s nothing wrong with doing a series over a few days. One formula for writing is to ask a question, answer it, and then explain your answer. Put some thought into the question. Look at it from the point of view of your customers. What problem are they trying to solve? What’s the most cost-effective way to do something that you’re familiar with? How do you solve the problems that your client has? Why is your service valuable? Think of the questions your clients ask you when you talk to them. The answers you give are what you’ll write about. Don’t make it a fluff-piece about yourself. You want your posts to go viral and be shared. An article about how you or your company are the greatest thing since sliced bread won’t be something that will get much traction. Use numbers. 10 reasons why this thing will save you money. 15 sites that you should be visiting every day. 20 practices in your industry to avoid. These are very popular and easy to generate titles for blogging that will practically write themselves. They are the type of article names that people will click on. The information they promise to deliver sounds intriguing to them. Check your blogging for errors. Not just with spelling, but also grammar and punctuation. There are plenty of free tools to help you with this.The editor in WordPress will show you your word count as you type. Use the Grammerly plugin to check your punctuation and for other grammatical errors. You can run your article through the Flesch-Kincaid Readability Test to see how it scores. Keep your sentences short and your words easy to understand. The tools are out there. They’re free to use. If your blogging has errors, there is really no excuse for it.   Add a few images to your article. Make sure they’re your own, or that you get them from a source that makes it clear you have the rights to use them. There are several free image sites out there, such as Pixabay. Don’t just swipe images from Google, or you could be creating a very large legal situation for yourself down the road. Just because…

Keywords – How to choose them and where do they go?

Keywords – How to choose them and where do they go?

Keywords are prominent words that will be used to describe what your page or article is about. This will help you to be found by search engines. If you could boil your entire content down to only five important words, what would those be? What would you do with them? Picking the right keywords A page or article should have one single focus keyword. You can add an additional two to four keywords that relate to or support the primary choice. You may have to make some hard choices when figuring out what to leave out. That doesn’t mean you can’t ever mention other keywords in your blog postings. Just remember to stay focused and on-target and not drift into a place where your marketing becomes too vague. Keep coming back to your top five words and primary focus again and again. Don’t approach it from the point of view of your industry. Put yourself in a potential client’s shoes. They may not be aware of all the brand names and phrases that you know. Think of the natural terms and names they’ll enter into a search. Google’s search algorithm rewards content that is written in natural sounding language. If you just drop a bunch of keywords onto a page without context, you’ll be downranked. Where do keywords go? You’ll need to position your chosen keywords in several places. To start with, your focus word should be in your post or page title. It should even be in the domain name of the website itself if you can swing it. Write the name around your focus word. This will make it very clear what your article is about, not just to readers but to the search engines as well. Next, put your keywords in the meta-description of the page. Write a sentence or two that’s about 130 characters for this. Sum up the theme of your article using your keywords. If you’ve chosen well, this should be easy. In years gone by, the “Keywords” tag on web pages was what you used. This is completely ignored by Google now in favor of the actual content on the page. You can put them in this spot only to remind yourself what they are, but this selection is not important. The text of the article itself is one of the most important places. Google will analyze all of the words around them to make sure it’s a relevant piece of writing, and not just a bunch of random keywords on a page. Links to relevant content, either on your site or elsewhere, will help boost your ranking. Put your keywords in your image descriptions and the names of the files as well! It all works together to show Google that your page or article has value to the people who will be searching for it. Write naturally. Keep your sentences short and your words easy to understand. Run them through writing tools if you can to make sure you’re in the ballpark. How long will it take me to get noticed? SEO along without external marketing does not return immediate results. According to a recent article in Forbes, it can take about four to six months before you really start building traffic. Your traffic should keep building over the first year, but six months will be when you begin to see real activity. You have a long road ahead of you before you reach a peak. Keep in mind, this is done with a constant and planned out string of daily blog posts shared on social media. This will be a large…

Video Game Violence Distracts from Real Issues

Video Game Violence Distracts from Real Issues

This week, the president met with representatives from the video game industry. They discussed the possible link between violence depicted and real events. We’ve been down this road before. The search for the boogeyman has been through music, Dungeons & Dragons, Pokémon, and now back to video games again. As always, the cause of gun violence is anything but guns. The meeting at the White House was a closed session, not open to reporters. No point or conclusion was met. Past studies have shown that there is no connection between gaming and actual violence. People are not heading out on shooting sprees after gaming sessions any more than they gardened after playing FarmVille. The most popular games, like Call of Duty and Overwatch, are played all over the world. Same with movies. In countries where guns are not so easily obtained, they don’t have the types of mass shootings we have here in the US. Why does the president think only Americans are impressionable when it comes to games? Every time someone says, “Maybe it’s the guns,” the NRA and those they fund start pointing elsewhere. Are there some games that take things too far with violence? Yes, there are examples that most people would agree are in bad taste and not for younger players. These games come with an established rating system, and the parents should be paying attention to what their children are playing. People love to say that ratings systems should be enforced more strictly, but what would that mean? Should parents be fined or jailed if it’s found that their child was exposed to inappropriate content? If you’re not a fan of big government regulating how you raise your children, then you probably wouldn’t buy into that. Violence in games is not the problem. Violence in movies is not the problem. Disturbed individuals with easy access to dangerous weapons are the problem. This administration seems to be searching for any party to lay the burden of gun violence on other than guns. It’s hard to take anything at face value from people who take money from the NRA.  NBC News reports that Trump’s campaign received about 21 million dollars from the gun lobby. It’s easy enough to find lists on the web of those who receive large contributions from them. Millions of reasons why the violence boogeyman will always be anything but a gun.  

The Care and Feeding of your new Website

The Care and Feeding of your new Website

You have a shiny new website. You’ve staked out your little corner of the Internet. You’ve built it, and now they will come, right? Not so fast. If you don’t promote yourself, your website will probably be a pretty lonely place. Here are five things you can do to help spread the word about your new venture and make sure you get found by the search engines!

Building Traffic for Your Website | Organic SEO in 2018

Building Traffic for Your Website | Organic SEO in 2018

One of the biggest challenges I face with my clients is getting them found by search engines. I can build a great website. I can optimize it for speed. I can write with all of the best SEO practices. I can load the page with SEO keywords. At the end of the day though, without some form of promotion, they won’t be easily found in by search engines. It’s no longer asure thing to assume, “If you build it, they will come.” Relying on an organic serch with SEO alone for your business is not enough. A website with a few pages that is never updated will have to depend on some form of marketing to build an audience. At the very least, it should have constant support on social media accounts. The pages can have great SEO with all the best keywords. You’re not going to rank like someone else who is making regular blog posts. You won’t be popular if you’re not sharing on social media. A few lonely pages with great SEO are not enough to drive traffic. It’s hard to operate on a low budget., You may have no budget at all. I understand that. Many folks don’t have money to put into Adwords or other marketing tools. But you can invest time! Start your day writing blog posts for your website with SEO and keywords. Share them on as many social media sites as you can. You won’t see instant results. It does begin the process of building your inbound traffic. It may take time. Don’t get discouraged! For SEO to work, your website needs to have links that point back to it. This can be done be making content that other people will share. Writing relevant articles can accomplish this. People are not going to share ads for your website. If your post is only about your website, nobody will care. Your content should be related to your industry. Things that your customer base would like. As they share it, it will create a larger network of inbound links. That will raise your rankings with the search engines. This is where real SEO begins. Promote it on your Facebook page. Put coupons on your website. List your site on your business cards. Market it!

And if thy right eye offend thee…

And if thy right eye offend thee…

In recent years, I’ve developed cataracts in my eyes. I’m not that old, so I don’t know why it happened, but each eye has developed to the point where I can’t see out of it. I had surgery on my left eye back in 2012 to put in an artificial lens, and that one is great now. My right eye, however, is completely blind, and I need the same procedure done on that one.