Blogging requires a lot of dedication, so over the course of time, you might have abandoned one of your blogs. Maybe months might have passed and you did not add any new content. You barely receive any visitors, and have very few RSS subscribers. Is it worth restarting such a dormant blog? I believe it might be a good idea for a few reasons:
-This blog will have an older domain. Older domains seem to be more trusted by search engines. This means that your articles might get ranked higher in search engines.
-Existing back links are another reason why restarting your old blog is a good idea. Relevant back links often lead to increased traffic. Old blogs often have a lot of links coming from various sources.
-Existing subscribers. If you create a new domain, in the beginning you are not going to have any subscribers. Even if you currently have very few RSS subscribers left, at least you will have a few loyal readers from the start. Of course, if your blog has been abandoned for a very long time, then there might not be many subscribers left.
I think that there is no doubt that there are many advantages to restarting a dead blog.
There are various ways to promote a blog, but one of the most important things is to receive backlinks. I would like to show you some ideas which could result in you receiving a lot of backlinks. Here they are:
-Organize a massive blogroll exchange on your website. Invite everyone to participate, and explain why it is a good idea to exchange links with you. You might mention that while you might not able to exchange links with everyone, you will exchange links with those who respond first. You should make it clear that the more established a blog is, the bigger its chances of getting listed on your site. You can start the post with questions such as “Do you want more traffic to your blog?”, “Do you want some powerful links pointing back to your blog?”, or “Would you like to see your link added to my blogroll?”
-Another idea is to give away money. It does not even have to be a lot, as people will be satisfied with any amount if they receive it for free. You can ask them to write about your site or about yourself. Refer them to any pages which might contain more information. You should ask them to link to your site in their post, and later comment on your post to let you know that they want to participate in the contest. You should also let your readers know at what date you will announce the winners.
CAPTCHA is very often used as a method to reduce the number of spam comments on websites. It is a way to verify that the person who leaves a comment is real, and is not an automated script. For those who do not know, CAPTCHA is a type of challenge-response test used in computing to determine whether the user is human. “CAPTCHA” is an acronym for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”, and it is often incorporated it in a way that visitors have to type the letters of a distorted image. Most spam comments are posted by bots or programs which are specifically designed for spamming. They automatically visit sites on the Internet to look for places where it is possible to submit comments. They do this in order to post unwanted advertisements of websites or services. One of the best ways to stop these bots is to use the CAPTCHA system which requires the visitor to write down the letters that he sees. Since computer programs do not know how to analyze images, only humans will be able to decipher the letters. While some CAPTCHA’s have been broken like phpBB’s, it is still a very good method to avoid scripts spamming forums or other websites. A lot of sites are recently adding the CAPTCHA verification system. I think that this will not make them necessarily less enjoyable to visit, but will rather prevent spammers and hackers. However, when using CAPTCHA it is important to make it readable to for average person. After all, we want to stop bots from visiting our site, not our loyal visitors.
Are you interested in the topic of traffic generation? In this article I would like to list some traffic generation ideas that I got recently:
-Include your URL on your business cards. This should increase the number of visitors you receive, especially if you hand out your business card to many people.
-Building a community around your blog is probably the most important thing. Regular visitors can constitute the majority of traffic. Make sure you offer some valuable content to your readers. It is important to build a strong reader base.
-Submit your articles to EzineArticles. Articles that will be accepted will be a good source of traffic as well. Makes sure you link to your own website from the submitted articles. Submitting articles on a regular basis will ensure that your website will receive a steady flow of traffic.
-Getting involved in sites similar to MySpace can boost the number of people visiting your site, especially if they have similar interests corresponding to your niche. Nonetheless, you should make sure that you are not doing anything that is considered spamming.
-Answer questions in Yahoo Answers while including your website’s URL. If you are an expert on some topic, then Yahoo Answers can help you attract many visitors. This strategy can also work for LinkedIn Answers.
There are probably many other ways you can attract traffic; however, the important thing is that whatever you do, you keep doing your best. Eventually there will be many visitors coming to your site.
There are thousands of fonts available, and some of the font creators really earn a lot of money. People like good looking fonts, so no wonder that there is such an abundance of them. It sometimes happens that bloggers edit their style sheet file and change the font to some really pretty font that is very original. If you are reading this post you might think I will explain how to change the font of your blog, but this post has a significantly different purpose. I am actually hoping to convince you to stick to regular fonts, unless you are in some specific niche like a calligraphy website. Most blogs exist to deliver some kind of message to their readers, and this is most easily achieved with easy to read, standard fonts. I think we should make the process of reading as easy as possible, and do not make it harder for your readers. There might be some exceptions for blogs of artists, or for personal blogs; however, most blogs should stick to standard fonts. Most reputable news websites use a very basic font like Times of Roman, because they want it to be easy for readers to read articles.
One of the most basic rights is the right of free speech. However, it seems that some countries want to censor the blogosphere. Do not worry, if you live in United States or Europe, you have nothing to worry about. However, for all of the Russians or Chinese this might be a real problem. From time to time we hear some news about the desire of these countries to censor the blogosphere. As an example, I can give you a discussion held in Russia some time ago about creating a Russian computer network, one that would be separate from the Internet. It would also at large be much easier for the authorities to control. This is mostly due to political reasons. However, as a blogger I just want to say that I strongly believe in the right of free speech, and I think that such behavior is unacceptable. I think that free media is very important, and that other bloggers will agree with me as well. Officials from some countries argue that they do not want various websites to spread lies about their countries, or political system. However, citizens should have the right to express themselves, even if for some reason they are not correct. The great thing about the Internet is that it is easy for anyone to express his opinions. One of the best ways to do it is to have a blog and that is why blogging is becoming more popular with each passing day.
I got inspired to write this article after visiting another website. That website belongs to a completely different niche; however, the author of that site had some interesting thoughts that I think are worth mentioning. Anyway, I would like to discuss the idea of waking up early. I believe that waking up early is a good habit for bloggers, because blogging requires a lot of work. If you get up early then you can accomplish a lot more things. This is definitely the biggest argument as any successful blogger will tell you that you will need to invest a lot of time if you want your blog to be popular. I also think that it is easy to write a lot of posts in the morning, as for most people it is harder to do any work in the evening. I mentioned that this applies to most people and not to all, because I know that a lot depends on the individual. Some bloggers have the most work done during the night. On the other hand, since for most people it is more natural to work in the morning, our productivity would increase if we were getting up a little bit earlier. Try to get up earlier, and see how it works for you. It may be a good idea to write one post each morning. I am sure you will be surprised how much work can be done in the morning straight after you wake up. You will be rested and that is why your productivity will increase.
Have you ever wondered why people find a blog interesting, and then suddenly stop visiting it, or unsubscribe from the RSS feed? Would you like to know how to increase the number of your RSS subscribers in order to reach out to even more people than you ever did? There are bloggers who already conducted a survey to provide us with answers why people unsubscribe from RSS feeds. Some conducted this type of experiment last year. Based on the responses they discovered the main reasons why readers stop visiting some of the blogs. In my article, I am going to mention five of the main reasons people might no longer want to visit a blog. Here they are:
1. The author publishes too many or too few posts.
2. Inconsistent or infrequent posting.
3. Author does not broadcast the full RSS feed.
4. Author changes direction.
5. Lack of original content.
Are you surprised? If a blogger writes too many posts he might discourage his readers, because they will not be able to keep up. Eventually, they will feel overwhelmed. There is always some truth in surveys, and we should not ignore the results of such experiments. If you are a blogger you might want to take a closer look at the results of this survey.
If you are a blogger, then you might want to include an image in one of your posts from time to time. Maybe you even want to include an image in each of your posts. Of course, not everyone is a great photographer or artist, so creating images on your own might be out of the question. So what can you do about it? You can go on the Internet and search for some high quality and relevant pictures using search engines like Google. After all, there are millions of pictures uploaded on the Internet, so there is a very big choice.
Of course, I am aware of the fact that simply downloading a random image and publishing it on your blog might result in copyright infringements. I do not think you will be held responsible for doing so; however, I would like to recommend that you make sure the image is not copyrighted before using it. You can always ask the webmaster whether he would allow you to upload his image on your blog. If you ask nicely, chances are he will be happy to comply. I also know of some bloggers who slightly modify an image so that it is no longer identical to the one they downloaded. You can also use non-copyrighted images found of sites like Flickr. As a matter of fact, Flickr is a great place to find non-copyrighted images. There is a very wide choice so you should be able to find many high quality pictures for your website.
Embedding images in some of your posts can enhance the quality of your blog. Nonetheless, you should remember not to include too many images or the loading time for your page will drastically slow down. Check yourself if your blog loads fast, and if you notice that it is loading slowly, then consider removing a few images.
First of all, I would like to say that you should value the traffic you already receive. Let’s say that you have 30 visitors per day. Some bloggers might say that it is not a lot, but you don’t have to think this way. There are some businesses which do not have that many visitors in their store. So, if you want to compare to them, it isn’t bad at all. On the other hand, what I suggest is to focus on getting a positive action per visitor. What I mean is that whenever a visitor enters your website, you should have some expectations what you want them to do. Do you want them to read your best posts? If so, then list links to your best posts on the sidebar. What if you want them to click on your ads? If this is what you want to achieve, then implement them in a visible area of your site, and make sure that they are related to the topic of your website. Overall, it is important that you guide your visitors in the right direction in order to maximize your positive action per visitor ratio. This way even if you don’t have that many visitors to your site, you might still be successful.