Blog Hosting Special: Start Blogging Today for Only $3.23!

Blog Hosting Special:  Start Your Blog Today for Only $3.23!

 

blog, blog hosting, blogs, hostgator, hostgator special, Ed Sykes, blog traffic guru, blogging expert, blogging coach, hampton roads, va, virgtinia beach, norfolk, chesapeake, hampton roadsIn my past classes, I mentioned one of the most important marketing tools you need is a WordPress blog. Well, as luck with have it, HostGator, is doing a 3-day sales to celebrate their sponsorship of the annual Tour Du Rouge charity bicycle race.

The Tour Du Rouge is a charity bicycle ride from Houston to New Orleans that benefits The American Red Cross, and HostGator is once again proud to be sponsoring this event. As part of the celebration, we are offering 55% off all New Hosting Plans from 12am CST, Monday, May 4th and continuing until 11:59pm, on Wednesday, May 6th.

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Increase Blog Traffic to Your Website with These Ten SEO Secrets

Increase Blog Traffic to Your Website with These Ten SEO Secrets

seo, search engine optimization, search engine, blog traffic, bloggingBlog traffic is a constant concern of any blogger. With ever-growing blog traffic, your ideas, products, and services will have an audience. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the foundation for how search engines find your blog and content. If you do it correctly, your blog will be on page one of many search engines.

The following are ten SEO secrets that will increase your blog traffic and viewership:

  1. Use SEO Themes – A big factor to your blog ranking high is how fast it loads. Your blog has a better chance of ranking high if your blog loads within 1.5 seconds or faster. Look for blog themes that are efficient in the following ways:
    1. Quick load times – You can check the load time of your blog with a tool like Pingdom. You can also decrease the size of your files and increase the speed of your blog with the following plugins: WP Smush.it, WP Optimize and WP Total Cache
    2. Efficient Coding – Make sure your theme is updated on a regular basis. The older the code on your theme, the more likely hackers will breach your site. Also, again you will experience slower load times and maybe even some design issues. Make sure your theme is coded with the HTML5 and CSS3 to be on the safe side.
  2. Use Title and Meta Tags – Make sure you use titles and Meta tags within your blog and the content you use. You need to make sure you are using these with every post to get the best results. Be consistent in your use of the same keyword in your tags that you use throughout your blog!
  3. Optimize Your Images – The one area you can quickly optimize your SEO is through your images. Many graphics programs like Adobe Photoshop give you the option of “saving for the web.” This allows you save your images in the most optimized format so they load quickly on your blog. PNG is the best format for use on your website.
  4. Choose Your Keywords – Before even setting up your blog, do your keyword research. You can go straight to the source and use the Google AdWords Keyword Planner and research the best keywords for your website. Choose the top five to ten keywords and consistently use them in your content. Make sure you include it in your title, Meta tags, and as an anchor text.
  5. Use SEO-Friendly Permalinks – When you create permalinks in WordPress, you will have a default link that comes up that looks something like: http://www.yourwebsite.com/?p=123. The default does not help you in any way with your SEO. Change the Permalinks to a format that is much more SEO friendly. You can use the “Post Name” or Custom option. With the custom option, apply the following command to create an SEO-friendly URL “/%postname%/.” With these commands, the URL will automatically be changed to an SEO format.
  6. Create Quality Content. When you are writing blogs on WordPress, you need to create valuable, engaging, and interesting blog posts that will increase your readership, develop leads, create backlinks, and, in some cases, increase your bottom line. Write for your reader’s eye so that they want to come back and share your content. Use a variety of content, such as text, pictures, quotes, videos, and podcasts.
  7. Add Links – Add links to your blog that give your readers additional resources on whatever subject area your blog is about. Adding links to other outside resources will help your website rank higher on the search engines. When you link to outside resources, always make sure it is a high-quality source. The best way to tell is to get Moz’s MozBar, which helps you learn the domain authority of a website. Go for an 80 or above domain authority score. Make sure you never go below a domain authority score of 50. Consider only linking to three pages within your website to get good coverage without being considered spam by the search engines.
  8. Use Updated Plugins for Your Site – There are a wide selection and free and paid plugins available for your blog. There are many great ones and then there are some that you can do without. You don’t want to install one that wouldn’t be beneficial for your blog’s SEO. Some plugins might slow down the loading speed of your blog. Also, some plugins may cause conflict with other plugins. Do a little research before installing any plugin. See when the last time the plugin was updated. Also see what users are saying about the plugin.
  9. Use Anchor Text the Right Way – What is anchor text? It is the chosen keyword or phrase that links to whatever it is you are talking about. For example, if you are a fitness company and you are talking about exercises, your key phrase might be “exercises to increase fitness.” This would be what you want to use as your anchor text and then link to the exercises you referenced.
  10. Write in the Language of Your Readers – If you are writing to reach engineers, write in the language of your readers. This will show you are an expert in the field and your readers will come back to your blog for more valuable information. However, if you are trying to reach runners, but you use the language of engineers, you will lose your reader. Be in tune with what your readers want to gain the most exposure for your blog.
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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is an important tool in gaining more blog traffic for your WordPress website. It is the foundation for your blog’s success. Apply the ten SEO secrets to your blog and you will be enjoying increased readership and blog traffic.

Hostgator Holiday Dash Sale: 75% Off New Hosting!

Hostgator Holiday Dash Sale: 75% Off New Hosting!

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The Holiday Dash Sale is back with 75% off new hosting! We will be running a flash sale tonight at 12 a.m. CST, and another one at 10 a.m. CST. Both flash sales will run for three hours.

Here are the sale details:

Monday, December 22nd: 12am CST – 2:59am CST
Monday, December 22nd: 10am CST – 12:59pm CST

The offer is only valid on new hosting packages, not applicable on renewals or existing. Go to http://bit.ly/hostgatorDisc to get your discount today!

How Success Blog Drives Traffic with Video

 How Success Blog Drives Traffic with Video

Add videos to your blog and social media sites.  Videos are a great technique for driving traffic to your blog or other sites. Search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo love videos as content and will give extra weight to them when deciding to rank them.  Also, people who enjoy your video will share your video on their sites.

The following motivation video is one of many produced by Giavanni Ruffin of the “Take No Day Off” video series.  It was filmed in my son’s gym, Great Game Athletics.  My son Chris is also in the film (wearing the black shirt).  It is one of many videos that my son uses to drive traffic to his blog and gain new clients.

The three secrets to driving traffic to your blog using videos are the following:

  • Create an engaging video with valuable content
  • Create a series of videos so that your followers will keep coming back
  • Create a sharable video by including your blog link

Enjoy this motivational video, get motivated, and drive blog traffic to your site with videos!

Blog Secrets: Five Questions to Ask Before Writing Powerful Blog Posts

Blog Secrets:  Five Questions to Ask Before Writing Powerful Blog Posts

blog, blogs, blogging, blog posts, blog content, Ed Sykes, blog traffic guruIf you are not use to writing, creating a blog post can be a daunting task.  Because great, compelling content is the key to the success of your blog, it is important that you develop methods to creating content.  You can use a content writing service like iwriter.com or you can write the posts yourself.

The question is, “How Do You Write Blog Posts That Connect with Readers?”  The following are five questions that will help clarify your thoughts concerning how to write powerful posts:

  1. Are your Target Audience’s Needs Being Addressed? – Does your blog post topic appeal to your target audience? Create a post that excites your readers and creates a buzz among your readers. It will help your blog become successful.
  2. Does Your Post Provide Useful Information to Your Target Audience? – People are always looking for information that can answer their questions.  People look for information that will elevate “pain”  (problems that your readers may be having) or gain pleasure; they are looking for information that will solve problems, and they are looking for information that will create opportunities for their information.  If you can do this, you will develop a growing group of followers waiting for information that is important to them.
  3. Is Your Post Unique? –  While there may be several blogs and social media sites sharing the same information, is your blog post unique in the way you share the information.  Do you share the information through your own personal story or case study?  Are you writing the post through your own unique voice?  Is your viewpoint or perspective unique?  These are all factors that make your post unique and bring readers back and increase blog traffic.
  4. Is Your Blog Using Credible Sources for Your Content? – Take the time to validate your information.  If you are using statistics, charts, etc., make sure you mention the source of your information and make sure they are a reliable resource.  If you can, mention statistics for thought leaders in your industry.  If you are sharing inaccurate information, you can hurt your image and lose credibility with your target audience.blog, blog post, blog content, blogging, blogger, proofreading, Ed Sykes, blog traffic guru
  5. Did You Proofread Your Post? – Invest the time to proofread your post before pressing the “publish” button.  Grammatical errors take away from the message of your post and speak volumes about you as an expert.  If you don’t like proofreading, hire someone to do it for you.  I have found inexpensive, quality proofreaders on www.craigslist.org or www.fiverr.com.  These proofreaders take their jobs seriously and it is an investment in you and your blog.  Work to capture your reader’s attention within the first 100 words of the post.

If you can answer “yes” to the five questions above, you are on the way to producing engaging, interesting, and persuasive content that readers will enjoy reading, acting on, and sharing with others.  Let these five questions be the guide to helping you create a successful blog.

 
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