Search Engine Optimization is a major buzz these days. One of the most vital part of search engine optimization is to generate large number of quality backlinks. The term quality refers to many factors like do follow links,the blog/website which is linking back and the anchor text used for the backlink etc.
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Though we should keep in mind backlinks are not only meant for improving your search ranks but it also serves a greater purpose of bringing new readers to your blog. This is why in this post we will also focus on creating backlinks that may not be dofollow but is potential enough to bring traffic.
Those are the following techniques that I had figured out,in order to create backlinks to your blog
1. Guest Posts
Guest posts are perhaps the most common way,that all bloggers adopt to gain genuine backlinks. These guest posts also serve as a doorway to our blogs. Concentrate on writing good informative articles for guest posts. If the visitor like’s your post then they will surely land on your blog for more good content. There are certain points that should be taken care of while writing a guest post.
- Make sure you write something related to your blog content,this is because,if people visit your blog following the link they will look for content relevant to the topic of the guest post. And if they don’t find any,all your effort will go in vain & you will loose a potential visitor.
- Try to deeplink your guest post with links in your domain & use proper anchor texts to do that. But please maintain relevance, just do not put them only for the purpose of deeplinking.
Well we also know about this technique to achieve backlinks. This process on the other hand helps us create relationship with other commenter as well as the blogger who wrote the article. This is far more easier way to scatter your blog url everywhere. But just do not end up commenting “Great Post” or “It was worth reading” type comments. Because this may please the admin to publish the comment(thereby giving you a backlink),but none other future viewers will be impressed enough to visit your blog for more.
And there is yet another concern that most of the blogs do not provide dofollow links in comments. So the url in the comment just do not serve any purpose. So make sure you are commenting on a blog that do not assign a nofollow link & if they does then make your comment useful(adding value to the post) so that at least it serves as a gateway to your blog.
3. Related commenting
This is about commenting too. But as the name suggests it is a little bit different. I personally experimented this technique to get genuine visitors & not do follow backlinks. Let me explain. Take any of your post that you consider is really great to be talked about. Now using Google search,look out for posts that also writes about the same topic as that of your post. Open the 20 top ranked articles in the search results in tabs. Now for each of them, gallop through the article & post a comment talking something on it. Something means if it had missed something or you think some part needs more explanation.
Finally add these words, “you all could also refer to this post on your-selected-post-title” & put the link of the selected post on your-selected-post-title. These comments really works in bringing visitors. But I must remind you that, please do not spam as it hurts back in the long run.
4. Social Networking
This is the best part for any blogger. Doing work & making friends on the same time. I bet that we(bloggers) all are to some extent addicted to these social networking sites like,Twitter,Facebook,Friendfeed etc. But while we enjoy these we could spend a little insight to these in order to extend our blog. Look out for people who are equally interested. Join discussion boards related to your blog. Help people there & make friends. Suggest them with some informative links on your blog. If your post solves the problem then it is sure to get praised by someone making any other future reader to follow your link. Well importing feeds is a common way to talk about your posts as soon it gets published.
But this does not generate buzz for new bloggers as they do not own large reader base neither do they have the trust of too many readers. So as it infers, personal interaction always works better than automation. So import your feeds as well as interact with people & build your brand.
5. Bookmarking Sites
As like social networking,bookmarking sites like Digg,Stumbleupon,del.icio.us,Technorati plays a vital role in bringing lots of traffic to our blogs. We are mostly familiar with the pinging services that pings those bookmarking servers whenever we hit the publish button. I am not going to say much on that. Instead I believe in personal interaction. Participate in the bookmarking sites personally thereby building your authority there. This may not help immediately,but if consistent can bring immense traffic after a couple of months effort.
6. Article Submission
This is a not-so-old technique adopted these days. There are lots of websites that has a article trading system. For the sake of this article I will not talk about the money factor. This is similar to writing guest post. But it has a multiplied effect. You write an article & then submit it to the article directories. If it is selected it will get featured in their pages. Now you get a backlink from them. The multiplied effect comes into act when someone else is interested in your post. These article directories lets others re-publish your articles depending on some condition i.e. they have to give the author(which is you) proper credits(your name, your blog name & a link to your blog). So you write once & it gets scattered without any more further effort. Here is a detailed guide on article marketing and answers to commonly asked questions.
7. Forum Activity
Forums are real places with real people. I mean to say this is a place where you can earn visitors that will follow you for long time. This is just because, in forums you get to help people & people really stay addicted to those who solves their problem. But how does it(forum) earn backlinks ?? There are two ways to do that
- Simply look out for problems that people who are looking for a solution for and which you have already covered in any of your earlier articles. Just tell them in a nutshell there & put a link to that article of yours as a detailed discussion.
- But if you face a problem that you haven’t covered up earlier in your posts but you know how to solve it. I suggest create a blog post with the solution first & then do as said in the earlier step. So you hit two target simultaneously.Create a post as well as earn visitors for it.
Try to help others and solve problems. If you create a good resource and provide free support to people in the forums,they are bound to visit your blog and eventually they will become your fan. For further reading read 17 ways forums help you becoming a better blogger.
8. Conditional Re-publishing
This is an extension of the article submission(point 6) concept. Let others contact you if they want to re-publish your content. Give them conditions as in step 6. This will not harm you regarding content duplicity. As your url will be first indexed as the legal one. If there is an issue, it will be with him who has copied it. So forget about it.
9. Blog Networks
Though this is a very minor factor in increasing backlinks still I feel like mentioning this here. Join blog networks with high PR. This may not give you large amount of visitors but still the backlinking goal for SEO is fulfilled.
10. Plugin Development
This is strictly for those who have knowledge in coding. This works really well to get large amount of dofollow backlinks. This is achieved by putting a dofollow link to your blog in the plugin setup page. So whenever somebody downloads & uses this plugin the plugin resides within their domain & the backlink also resides there. So you get tons of backlinks in very short time(if your plugin is worth using). But this is bad in one way. Sometimes the search engines penalize you for sudden surge in backlinks which is of course not acceptable.
11. Conditional Link Love
“Sharing is Caring”. This technique is not something I really rely upon & hence it is ranked as the last. Communicate with other bloggers in your niche & personally request them to put you in their blogroll & in return,you also do the same. This not only creates dofollow backlinks but it also lets you spread your brand as well as making relations in your niche.
Well I’m sure that this is not all but all I tried here is to give you a idea of what earns the most backlinks for you. I am sure you could find out many such ways yourself if you give it a try. I will be greatly thankful if you could share your ideas here which you think has earned loads of backlinks for you.
What Is the Most Powerful Key for Turning a Blog into a Business?
Get comfortable with receiving money.
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It IS that simple.
But I cannot lie; getting comfortable with receiving money is uncomfortable for most of us. I, like many bloggers, grew up with many money limiting beliefs in mind. I vibed from scarcity. I did not vibe from abundance. I saw folks in my life work hard at jobs to receive a minimum amount of money. I made many weird correlations between money and service. I figured you just worked hard, made enough money to survive and decided my life would progress along these lines.
Eventually, I woke up, owned these limiting beliefs and freed myself of these mind viruses to build my blog into a business.
Forget Practical Advice
Bloggers may advise you on practical tips for turning a blog into a business like:
- build an email list
- begin affiliate marketing
- open consulting services
- build passive income through courses and eBooks
None of these practical tips help you turn your blog into a business if you are allergic to money, or if you cling to many limiting beliefs and fears concerning money. Why? You follow advice to lose money if you fear losing money and ignore advice to make money if you fear losing money.
Get comfortable receiving money. This is the best advice for turning your blog into a full time business.
Getting comfortable receiving money moves you into abundant, prospering actions. You become more generous. You become more prolific. You begin opening income streams without attaching to any one stream. You also build your friend network generously, promoting other bloggers and expecting nothing.
All prior steps lead to increased blogging income. All prior steps came about because you became comfortable receiving money.
I speak to many bloggers who fear monetizing their blogs. Said bloggers fear readers used to free, selling-free content will head for the hills or complain the moment income streams enter the fray. You cannot turn a blog into a business unless you open blogging income streams.
Get comfortable with:
- receiving money
- releasing fear-filled bloggers who whine about you receiving money
Only broke, poverty conscious, unhappy, unclear or jealous bloggers have a problem with you turning your blog into a business. Have you ever complained about someone who works a job to receive money? Of course not; no sane person complains about another human who works a job to make money. We all have that right. Why then would a sane person complain about you receiving money for service rendered on your blog? Let go these unhappy, unclear, folks. Get comfortable receiving money. Build a business through your blog.
It Is Just Money
It is only money.
Money is just a neutral means of exchange. Add no emotional charge to a neutral means of exchange; no big deal.
I promote my premium offerings through virtually every piece of content I create. I am comfortable with receiving money. I am comfortable building a business through my blog. If I can help people and receive money – in a world where money is the prime means of exchange – I help people and receive money. I am comfortable with it.
Do not be shy. Be clear.
Avoid doing the affiliate walk of shame, begging and pleading for enough money to buy a stick of gum each time you disclose your affiliate offering.
Be clear. Share how you make money through the sale of something on your blog.
Check out my blog disclosure statement. Does that make your head explode? I basically say I make money through all images and links on my blog. I cover myself and feel comfortable with receiving money.
Build your blog into a business.
eCommerce: 3 Simple Ways to Increase Traffic, Sales and Revenue
For most people blogging is used as a fun and easy way to share their lifestyle or write about their passion. But for some this hobby had become their profession.
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Nowadays there are many options to make money with a blog – for example by getting paid for advertising products. Another way is to add your own eCommerce to the blog and sell the products that you are passionate about in your own web store. Creating an online shop can be the first step into your life as a digital nomad or simply being your own boss.
A few years ago, it was necessary to work with a professional developer to integrate an online store to your website. Especially for small manufacturers, this meant a huge investment before they could even start selling their products. Nowadays setting up a web store has become a lot easier and cheaper: Platforms like Shopify can easily be integrated in existing domains and therefore help makers and crafters to start their own eCommerce without professional help. Once you have set up your own Shopify store it is all about increasing the traffic. A bigger reach will eventually lead to a higher number of sales and more revenue.
So, let’s have a look at three simple steps to do so:
1 – Turn your small business into a smart business…
…by adding automation and product management to your website. When launching your business, it might be fine to keep track of the orders in an Excel spreadsheet at first. But since you expect your business to grow it will become one of the most important things to have a management platform in place that allows you to process orders and handle inventory professionally. Therefore, it can be handy to add a production planning and scheduling software as integration to your existing web store. An easy-to-use solution for Shopify-users is the Shopify inventory integration that adds products to your website, manages inventory or tracks shipments.
2 – Make your products sound and look good…
…by adding high-quality images and longer product descriptions to your page. Not only will this make your eCommerce look more professional, but it is also a great way to increase your traffic by reaching a higher rank in the search results. If you are not able to create these yourself, you can outsource writing or graphic design work to freelancers on sites like Fiverr or Upwork.
3 – Don’t stop blogging…
…or get it started if you haven’t done so yet. While it is exciting to start your own business it also takes a lot of time and energy to set everything up. Anyhow, this should not lead to giving up on your blog. Why? Because a growing eCommerce site and an active blog go hand in hand. And remember: The content of your blog should be interesting to your targeted audience and contain at least one thousand words in order to effectively rank in the search results. Here are some examples of the top eCommerce blogs for inspiration.
…and that is it!
You are now almost ready to start your own eCommerce! In addition to following these three steps, it is always good to keep an eye on your ecommerce competitors. Do not steal their idea but have a look at what is working for them and aim to go beyond that. As long as you focus on your product, the content of your site and a growing search ranking you will successfully manage to increase your traffic, the sales and the revenue of your business.
Should You Answer that Blogging Question Again?
“Ryan, how do I increase blog traffic?”
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“Ryan, how do I make money blogging?”
If I had a dime for every blogger who asked me each question I’d have quite a few dimes. Toss in all the times I observe bloggers asking each question via Quora and various Facebook Groups and you have as many dimes as grains of sand in the Sahara Desert.
I know what you are thinking; should you answer the same question for the 2nd time, 10th time or 100th time? Confusing. One part of you wishes to be generous. Another part of you fears missing an opportunity to help someone who can be a potential client or customer. Another part of you feels annoyed at being asked the question again. Another part of you feels annoyed at embracing and releasing the guilt of ignoring the question.
Should you answer these common blogging questions again and again?
Of course not.
Answering the same, common question more than 1 or 2 times is:
- an inefficient use of your time
- amateur hour stuff
Here’s what I do to:
- answer questions quickly and easily
- open myself up to more potential blogging business through possible clients and customers
- be calm, cool, collected and at peace despite being asked the same question many times
Are you ready?
Write a blog post!
Or write and self-publish an eBook.
If someone asks me how to drive more traffic to my blog I send them this link:
Or I send ’em a link from any one of my myriad blog traffic driving posts on Blogging From Paradise.
If someone asks about specific income streams for making money through their blogs I send them a link to my eBook:
Or if someone asks how to make money through guest posting I send them this link from my guest post on the blog of the awesome Enstine Muki:
What an easy, simple, efficient, effective way to:
- answer a common question many times
- answer a common question in 1-2 seconds
- drive traffic to my blog
- increase my blogging profits
- help people, and be helped by people through their prospering of me
- avoid anger
- avoid annoyance
- avoid judging people who have no idea how to blog
Fools complain about new bloggers asking the same, old questions. Why does a new blogger ask a question? They have no idea how to blog! Duh. Why anger at their ignorance? Why get annoyed that you need to answer the question again? Write a blog post answering the question. Send the blog post to anybody who asks the question. Seize opportunities to help people and to drive traffic and profits to your blog.
Do you own Gmail? I do not. Since I do not own Gmail it’d be foolish for me to answer questions via Gmail when I can be answering the same question on my self-hosted blog. I own Blogging From Paradise. I own that online real estate. Answer questions on your owned cyber real estate. Brand you. Grow your business. Increase your traffic. Keep the ball in your court. Have posture.
If I spend 10 minutes answering a question for 1 human I am a fool when I could spend 45 minutes answering the question for 100, or 10,000 or 1,000,000 humans, by writing a helpful blog post answering the question and sending the blog post link to all future folks who ask the question. Plus; when the post goes live, I answer common questions passively, said common questions no doubt in the minds of thousands of bloggers out there.
Leverage. Write a blog post. Do not help one person. Help 10,000 people. Save your time and energy. Make more money.
Matthew Loomis at Build Your Own Blog is a smart guy. Peep his home page. He lays out clear, concise steps for building your blog via his sidebar. You just know how many people asked him the common, pressing, basic blogging questions that he skillfully answered through those clear steps.
He leveraged his knowledge. He answered common questions BEFORE people asked him common blogging questions. Smart! Help a ton of folks quickly and easily. Drive blog traffic. Increase blogging profits. Lower your bounce rate. Improve the amount of time people spend on your blog.
Write a blog post. Send the blog post link to anybody who asks the common blogging question.
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