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Posts Tagged ‘blog tips’

How to Effectively Comment on Blogs – Fueled Friday

This may seem like a very basic topic, yet it is one that many people fail at and I have a personal frustration in dealing with it, so I wanted to take the time to share some etiquette on how to comment on blogs.

People comment on blogs for many reasons; for some it is to join a conversation (probably the best reason), for others it is to be heard, and for others it is simply a a matter of getting links from a quality blog. I have no problem with using blog comments to get links, in fact, I wrote a blog post of how to generate links by commenting on blogs.

When commenting on blogs, you want to actually dialogue with the blogger or another commenter. You don’t want to make a comment such as “thanks for the info” because that does not add any value and it makes it seem like you are just trying to scam a link (and you probably are). Even worse is when you use a keyword for your name. If your mother named you “business solutions in India” I simply feel sorry for you. I cannot tell you how many of these posts I get every single say where someone is trying to get “keyword value” from their blog comment. For the record, my spam filter is set pretty high, and the others that have to be manually administered are flagged as spam. I actually spelled out some guidelines to commenting on this blog, but perhaps people don’t read them, which is understandable.

Please know that posting a non-helpful post of one that is totally unrelated to the blog post is simply not acceptable and most bloggers with delete your comment or mark it as spam.

For those that spam, it is a huge missed opportunity because commenting is an opportunity to gather new followers that click through to your link. It is also an opportunity to show your expertise; trust me people take note.

If you have not ever commented on another blog, I encourage you to do a search for blogs related to your industry and go out and join a conversation. If it’s your first time, please feel free to come back and share your experiences.

Most of all, have a great weekend!

Local Search Marketing Advice for Bloggers and Small Business Owners

Some bloggers want to remain anonymous, while others are out to build a brand. Some struggle because they serve local markets, yet attract visitors from all over the country (and the world). There is a simple way to increase your blogs local exposure however. Perhaps you have heard the advice to put your address on every page of your website for better local search exposure? Well, with a blog (at least a WordPress blog), it’s so much easier because whatever you code in your footer or on the template (including widgets) will show up on every page.

The simplest way to implement this is by adding a “text box” at the bottom of one of the columns, and you will now have local branding. I just implemented this for one of the local blogs that I manage, so I look forward to seeing it work for me as well.

If you run a small business, this is another angle you can use to capture local market share. So if you aren’t yet blogging – there is never a better time to start than today.

Hope that helps.

How Did Google Find My Blog?

Back in the day, when you launched a blog, you had to go out and tell the world you just posted something on your blog by using a ping service like PingOMatic. Today, platforms such as WordPress have these ping services built in to them.

The upside is that all you need to do is write and the ping services will be alerted and your content will make its way into cyberspace. But, what if you aren’t ready for the world to see your masterpiece? This actually came up the other day as I was working with a friend on his blog. He got a comment from someone he used to know (ok, date) who said she just found him. Now this is a whole different blog post, but my first comment was that she could not have found him unless she was looking for him. Unfortunately, romance was not in the air, but as I was driving down the road I began to think about what had happened(yes, sadly, I think about this stuff ALL the time). I know my friend had not intentionally sent any traffic to his blog because he was working it and wasn’t ready to have anyone see it yet. Then a light went off… “those dang ping services”. When you want them to find you, they don’t and when you want them to not find you, there they are telling everyone that you aren’t ready for business.

So how does one stop this from happening while you are building your blog?

1. Remove all ping services from your blog. In WordPress, here is how you would find them:

Options >> Writing >> Ping Services (at the bottom of the page)

2. Using a Robots.txt file to disallow all search engines. This would essentially block the search engines from indexing the site.

3. For advanced users ONLY. Edit the Robots META tag in your Blogs source code. WARNING: If you don’t what you are doing, messing with source code can take your blog down and you may not be able to recover it (especially if you don’t know what you did to take it down). Coding is precise, adding or omitting one little character can have a dramatic effect on the outcome.

I hope that is helpful.

Happy Blogging!

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