Top 10 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

blog trafficStarting a blog is a terrific way to create an online presence for both personal and business reasons. You can build a blog for free and begin posting content right away. But what good is that content if no one is reading it.

When that’s the case then you’re really creating that wonderful content simply for you and that’s not your goal. You want readers, buyers, traffic! [Read more…]

Reason #2 of the Top 5 Reasons Why Bloggers Write Daily

trafficToday we take a look at part two of my 5-part series looking into why bloggers write daily. If you missed part 1 you can access it here, just be sure to come back.

If you already read part 1 you may recall that this topic comes from an Infographic included in Infographic Kick Start a fabulous PLR product covering a number of Internet marketing topics.

The series will run each Wednesday and I’ll have links to each blog post as the next is published so that you can follow along or go back for a quick read.

Introducing part two titled . . . . [Read more…]

Blog Ping Test Results – Week Three

trafficHere we are at week three, the final week of my blog pinging experiment.

Again this week I’m only looking at the results for the new site, Marilyn Thompson Solutions.

Week Two Results

This week I used the services of Pingler to ping my blog posts partially because it is highly rated and has a fair social media following. I used Pingler’s free pinging service, but they do have a WordPress plugin that you could install on your site for automatic pinging.

Pingler also has more to offer than just the ping service. They host a blog, forum, help desk, and supply free SEO tools such as Keyword Extractor and the Keyword Suggestion Generator that sound intriguing for gathering information from sites I wish to spy on – ‘uh learn from.

So here are the ping and traffic results for week three –

1. How easy they were to use –

Pingler was super easy to use and submits to a variety of blogsearch.google.com sites. The communication process took roughly two minutes for the results to be processed and on average it submitted to 94 search engines 99% success rate. There is no explanation as to why a ping failed.

2. Were there any problems with my site or computer as a result –

No problems detected by using Pingler and there was no increase in spam traffic.

3. Did they have reporting functions –

Yes there are reporting functions as each ping submission report can be emailed to you should you wish to take a closer look at the results.

4. The results –

Total traffic for week three test 12/9 – 12/15 =

89 total visits (62 new & 27 returning) and four blog posts –

This is an increase of 18 visits in one week and 23 new visitors which is encouraging even though some was spam traffic. I put additional steps in place to blog the repeating spam sources which has appeared to silence them.

5. Conclusion –

I believe if you wish to use added ping services than Pingler is a fine choice since it created no problems, added traffic, and has the additional SEO tools.

In summing up my little experiment, I encourage you to stay away from Pingoat but found Pingler and Google Ping to be of adequate value. That being said though, I didn’t see a significant increase in traffic so I’ll only continue to ping blog posts on an occasional basis.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on these pinging services.

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Marilyn T

Using Pingler to Boost Blog Traffic

This is week three of my blog pinging experiment and as mentioned yesterday I will be using Pingler for this week’s blog posts. Today I have a short video for you about using Pingler, settle back and take a look.

Click the box in the right corner of the video if you would like to view in full screen.

 

For Google Analytics results to week three, come back next Monday, December 16th, but please return tomorrow for my riveting review of the Dragon Speech Recognition software.

Kindly,
Marilyn T   

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Blog Ping Test Results – Week Two

trafficThe results of week two will be much easier (I hope) for others to understand than last week’s post on the results to my week one experiment. Last week I wished to explain about the emergence of my new site and how the results combined the old and new websites. I am now only looking at the results for the new site, Marilyn Thompson Solutions.

Week Two Results

This week I intended to use Bulk Ping but it appears they no longer exist. So I set out to find another service. I looked into Ping-o-matic, which I’ve heard many recommend but when I tried to access their site this is the message I received –

“You are too awesome for Ping-o-matic”

Not sure where they gathered their data, but uplifting I suppose.

So I ended up using Pingoat for my testing and posted a video about using it last Tuesday. Here are the results –

1. How easy they were to use –

Pingoat is very easy to use and submits to a variety of Blogsearch.com sites. The communication process took roughly two minutes for the results to be processed and it successfully submitted to an average of 60 search engines.

2. Were there any problems with my site or computer as a result –

Yes. Much to my surprise, using Pingoat increased the number of spam comments my blog received – so much so that I stopped using their services last Wednesday.

3. Did they have reporting functions –

No reporting functions to speak of, simply a listing of the search engines pinged and the success or fail ratio.

4. The results for days 12/2 through 12/8 –

Total traffic for week two test =

71 total visits (39 new & 32 returning) and five blog posts –

This is an increase of 15 visits and 13 new visitors which looks promising but I do attribute some of the new traffic to the increased spam comments. The good news regarding the spam is that it was coming predominantly from five main locations using different web addresses.

5. Conclusion –

I do not recommend using Pingoat and if you have started, please stop unless your results are more positive than mine. I did not have an increase in spam when I used Google Ping during week one.

For week three, I will switch to using Pingler and will post a video on using Pingler tomorrow. Then next Monday I will post the results for week three compared to weeks one and two – Hope to see you then and in between.

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Marilyn T

Using Pingoat to Boost Blog Traffic

In continuing my experiment on pinging my blog posts to boost traffic, I shot this video to show you the service I will be using and two that I will not be using. Come along and let’s take a look.

Click the box in the right corner of the video if you would like to view in full screen.

Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH9g2ii5So0&feature=youtu.be

Pingoat submitted successfully to 59 of 62 sites. I will submit my remaining posts for this week and monitor the results through Google Analytics to find out if these ping services will be helpful for driving quality traffic, not spam traffic, or make no difference at all.

For results to week two, come back next Monday, December 9nd, but please return tomorrow for a look at the importance of creating a series of blog posts.

Kindly,
Marilyn T   

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Blog Ping Test Results – Week One

blog trafficAs I mentioned in my November 25th post, To Ping or Not to Ping, I will be running a simple little experiment for three weeks to see if pinging my sites after publishing a blog post will have any noticeable impact on the site traffic. Many believe that improves traffic significantly, so we’ll see.

Week One Results

During this first week, I used Google Ping to ping my newly published posts and I posted a video about Google Ping last Tuesday. Now on to the results –

1. How easy they were to use –

Google Ping is super easy to navigate, it’s easy to select the services to ping, and it works amazingly quick – the entire process was completed successfully in less than two minutes.

2. Were there any problems with my site or computer as a result –

Nope, at least not noticed yet

3. Did they have reporting functions –

Nope, nothing but they do have for purchase add-on services

4. The results –

I must say that I did not see any significant increase to traffic by specifically using Google Ping. In my case, there are a couple anomalies going on that I will take into consideration during the entire testing period.

If you have been following along, you know that I converted the Work at Home Marilyn blog to Marilyn Thompson Solutions. All content was cloned and there have been no additional posts to WAH Marilyn. All posts have been published to MTS. I mention this because there is still traffic to the WAH Marilyn site that needs to be calculated in with the Marilyn Thompson Solutions monthly traffic totals.

Total traffic for October = 555 visits (424 new & 131 regular)

Total traffic for November = 635 visits (518 new & 117 returning)

  • An increase of 80 visits (94 new, but 14 not returning)
    On the surface this looks bad, but the spam traffic was increasing on the WAH Marilyn site so the new traffic is deceiving.
  • There were actually only 40 returning visitors to WAH Marilyn but interestingly 50 new visitors & 50 returning visitors to MTS in the two weeks it had existed.

Total traffic for week one test =

56 total visits (26 new & 30 returning) and four blog posts – I’m only looking at the Marilyn Thompson Solutions traffic from here on out.

5. Conclusion –

Well, it’s difficult to say since I merged the two sites, so the next couple of weeks should tell a better story. I am pleased though with the non-spam traffic to the new Marilyn Thompson Solutions site and credit a bundle of those visits to the Article Writing Challenge I participate in.

I will now switch to using Bulk Ping for this next week and I will post a video on using Bulk Ping tomorrow. Then next Monday I will post the results for week two compared to week one – Hope to see you then and in between.

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Kindly,
Marilyn T

Boost Blog Traffic with Google Ping

As I wrote yesterday, I’m working on a little experiment to see if using ping services will actually boost traffic to my two blogs. The first service I am using is Google Ping and I decided to create a short video so you could take a look inside Google Ping with me.

This is my first video so bear with me, I’m sure they’ll get better as time goes by. Click the box in the right corner of the video if you would like to view in full screen.

On this first day, Google Ping submitted successfully to 81 of 84 sites. I will monitor my blog traffic in Google Analytics to find out if these ping services will be helpful for driving quality traffic, spam traffic, or make no difference at all.

For results to week one, come back next Monday, December 2nd, but please come back here tomorrow for a look at setting up a blog editorial calendar.

 

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Marilyn T   

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To Ping or Not to Ping

blog trafficDo you ping your site after each blog post or on some type of regular schedule?

I was reading an article on the pros and cons of pinging your blog and decided I would run my own unofficial experiment. Starting today I’m going to start pinging the blog posts for my two sites after each submission to see if it helps increase traffic. If it does, I will also determine if it is quality traffic or if it instead simply sends more spam traffic my way.

I will also continue to send out notifications via social media, as I have been doing to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Stumble Upon.

For those not familiar with the term “ping”, it means that you are sending out a notice to assorted search engines, blog registries, and directories that your blog has been updated or changed in some noticeable manner. It is somewhat like the kid in the classroom that feverishly waves their arm in the air to physically say “pick me, pick me” to get the teacher’s attention.

The search engines, such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo will discover your site in due time but we all want this to be sooner rather than later, don’t we. So the intent is to speed up this process of discovery.

There are three ping sites that I will use but not all at the same time as that would look problematic to Google and actually do harm to my sites. Instead
I will use one site per week over the next three weeks and report back my findings. I have not used any of these programs in the past so this will be a clean slate assessment.

This is what I will let you know –

  • How easy they are to use
  • If they created any problems with my sites or computer
  • If they have reporting functions, and
  • If I saw any significant results

I will also do my best to publish the same number of blog posts each week in order for the testing criteria to be similar. Plus I fully understand that a three week test may not be long enough to produce any significant increase of traffic.

These are the 3 ping sites –  

  • Google Ping – I figure I should start with Google, right.
  • Bulk Ping – Never heard of them but popular
  • Pingler – Comes with good reviews

BTW – All are free ping sites, I am not going the route of buying traffic nor spending any money to try to increase traffic. As mentioned, I am running this experiment on two sites, if you’d like to visit my other site, just click here – Positively You Can

Have you used a service to ping your sites?

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Marilyn T

3 Quick SEO Tips

seo-tipsI’m certainly no SEO wizard, guru, a genius. I’m just an everyday blogger trying to build a business online one step at a time. But we all know that we have to understand at least a bit of SEO to attract traffic to our sites – right?

So I thought I would list out three SEO tips / tactics I try using with my websites and blogs in hopes that you will share tips that have helped your sites attract visitors.

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Tip #1 – Tag Your Keywords

I do keyword research before starting in a niche or even beginning a website, to help me drill down on what I feel will get traffic, be marketable, and can be monetized.

My usual sources are:
~ Google Planner
~ Market Samurai
~ Ubersuggest

I love Ubersuggest and often use it for targeting blog post topics and will be using it for future e-book topics.

I’m sure most of you use these same tools, but do you also tag your keywords? My take on tags, is that they’re what search engines look at, so if there are no tags, or inappropriate tags, they may just pass right by my web pages and posts.

These are the tag areas that I try to target, plus I also use the plugin All in One SEO to give my sites a boost. I’ve not run any analytics on how it helps my sites. I simply follow the advice of many positive reviewers.

Title Tags

Title tags may quite possibly be the most important place to situate your keywords.  Here’s what they look like – <title>Primary keyword phrase here</title>
Your title tag is where you place your primary keyword or keyword phrase, should describe your site, and contain fewer than 70 characters.

Header Tags

Header tags are next in order of importance as they provide the search engines with a summary of the page or post.  They’re ranked in order of importance and look like this – <h1>Primary</h1> and/or <h2>Secondary keywords</h2>

Meta Tags

Meta tags or Meta Description tags, provide the small descriptive text that helps tell search engines what your site is about.

SEO tipsAlt Tags

Alt tags are used to provide a text description of an image or picture on your site but they don’t necessarily need to describe the picture. Add a corresponding keyword if it fits better. For example, I may use this image of a light bulb but instead of the alt tag reading “light bulb”, I’ll use SEO tips.

Tip #2 – Add Unique Content Regularly

Unique, quality content is essential for traffic and search engine ranking. Content is what search engine spiders (bots) look for and index, without it there’s nothing to index or rank. Meaning basically, if the content on your site seldom changes then there is no need for the search engines to stop by.

I have two blogs I try to maintain. With this site I try posting three to four times per week with a regular post on Fridays. As for my other blog I am not so regimented and I need to work on changing that. The biggest benefit to all this, is when the content is interesting and useful, visitor traffic will increase which helps the search engines find and index your site.

Tip #3 – Be Social!

Building your internet business is about building your presence and community.  It is essential that you actively participate in social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. These can be powerful tools for generating links and traffic to your site.

I adhere to a regular pattern of notifying each of these sites immediately after I add a new post to my blog so as to get the word out and do a bit of self-promotion.

It’s also important to update your profile occasionally and post comments with links to your site when appropriate. But don’t stop there, take part in conversations or try to start a new conversation. Basically, get involved – don’t just use them as linking sources. Join a chat room, a challenge group, and niche specific forums to help find your audience.

This is just the tip of the SEO iceberg – What tips would you like to share?

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Marilyn T