Making money Blogging




The focus of this post is to explore a yes answer or a no answer to the probability of making money blogging. The better question is how long does it take to make money. A lot of information is on the web about money -making ideas on the Internet. said 81% of the bloggers never make $100. So the take away point is, do not leave your job just yet. It took 3 hours of research to find that answer. Hopefully, it’s enlightening and helps plan the path taken into blogging.


Also, in research some successful bloggers say it takes about eight months to see the first dollar. That seems like a real answer because it will take eight months to build traffic to the website. Although making money blogging is not as quick as popping popcorn, it is rewarding.


These are concrete answers to help the new blogger measure the success of the site. The positive message is it takes time to earn in blogging. No short cuts work 100% of the time. With that being said, stop worrying if the site has not made money after six months.


Measure other details on the blog. For example, is traffic growing? How long are visitors staying on the page? How often is quality content being added to the site? Is the site organized and uncluttered? Is the site growing in quality content? Is the page rank changing? Is Google still a friend to the site? Big accomplishments are listed in this paragraph. In six months, notice how many blogs disappear for one reason or another. That point is raised here because I’ve watched the Internet change in the last several years. Being transparent, I’ve also been in that cycle. This is a long-term goal, not a swift sprint. When researching new information there is the same big writers giving most of the information. The new website just has to stay around and write fresh, quality content. Know that it may take a year or two to establish an audience.  So, don’t give up o the business. Consider all the new tactics that are learned in two years. Posts can be created about what the newcomer has learned.


Connect and connect to potential new traffic and grow that email list. Building a targeted customer list takes approximately 8 months or more. Some big bloggers say assume that each email subscriber is worth $1 monthly in revenue. Prove or disprove that idea. It is a short- term achievable goal to build a list of subscribers. Developing an audience is a daily task and as much time should be spent on this task as the time spent writing good content.


Gather ideas and decide what makes the most money on the blog when it’s time to monetize. Advertizing is probably out as an income source unless there are 1,000’s of visitors. Maybe a post goes viral. Then advertising would be a good idea.   Possibly, the new blogger has a skill that can be promoted as a service. Presenting information well may be a service. Organizing is a skill that can save lots of money. Just having someone to bounce ideas off of is a valuable tool. Think about the idea of providing a service each day. That would generate money to pay for monthly email.


Write your own content for the posts. I know this is one of those debatable points. However, the writer ill not get a feel for what the audience wants to read when this task is delegated. Control the style and voice of the blog. As a new blogger, that’s your brand.


As mentioned in the previous post, develop a relationship with the reader. If a ghostwriter is writing the posts, the relationship is developed with a writer who is not invested in the site. Learn what great content is while growing that email list. Sell a course on building relationships and growing a targeted list when the blog becomes successful.


When the website is past the initial dry season of traffic, consider a product that costs more than fifty dollars to sell. Only two people on the email list need to buy and the first one hundred dollars is earned. Somehow, ten to twenty emails a day from different companies asking for $9.95 just doesn’t seem impressive. That strategy gets many companies unfollowed. Instead of ten products that don’t work, research and select one that does give some value. Either approach will work. Promote a less expensive product. But the $50 product will add up to $100 quicker.


Use social platforms to meet potential visitors and subscribers. Don’t overdo Facebook and Twitter, but have a presence. Social media is here to stay. Embrace this platform. Yes, social media is fast paced and noisy but a lot of people hang out there daily. Go where the people are looking for something new to read. Facebook is moving beyond pictures of babies and food.


Experiment with various topics. Measure the ones that send more traffic. Stay focused on building an audience and developing an email list. Don’t waste a couple of hours pouring over analytics. It will confuse and depress you. Stay focused on the things that are within your control. What’s the source of inspiration for writing the post? Feed what makes the writer excited about publishing. That will prevent lapsed weeks where the blog goes unpublished. Walk, run or just move around and get away from the computer for a while.


Develop a network that is visited frequently for inspiration. Listen to podcasts, music, youTube and whatever medium feeds the ideas for posts. Prevent information overload by setting aside time to just think about all the information.


Remember, making money from a blog is not an easy overnight accomplishment. Train for an endurance marathon and not a sprint.   Toss over the idea of diversifying into some other areas while the blog is growing. Maybe, keep the full time job, work some social events, walk some dogs for a pet service, sell pictures, network with businesses that have a need for bloggers like real estate companies and small janitorial services.  Some people say they make money doing surveys with Inbox. Years ago, I tried it. I never saw a penny. Writing has almost become a lost art. If the skill is there for writing a 1,000 word article weekly, use it in other ways until the blog grows. This will maintain a positive focus.


In closing, Money is made with a blog selling services or products. The new blogger has neither of those. In preparing foe a year’s wait to monetize, diversify and develop some other ways to make money while the blog grows.


Leave a comment. Let readers know how you make money with your blog.   No links, please. I don’t think Google likes that anymore. Thank you. I visit all blogs that I meet here in the comments because I’m always looking for information.


Backlinks to increase traffic

build natural backlinks
Building natural links to great content increase traffic to the site.


Most entrepreneur marketers get emails daily about increasing website traffic by building links to authority sites like Wikepedia and Google. Build natural backlinks to increase traffic to the website. It seems so easy to generate traffic by buying a piece of software or using a linking service. And some of the deals seem too good to be true, “1000 human visitors to the website a day for $5.” The point of this article is to compare  natural link building with great content. Which idea works best, building natural backlinks or writing regular content? The goal is to increase website traffic fast by bring new visitors to a new blog. Is there a way to safely build links? What are the alternatives to complicated link building strategies?


Backlinking theories that bring free website traffic


Google Buying or selling links to get page rank

Included are exchanges of product or posts for links

Excessive link exchanges (what’s excessive?)

Guest posting or large- scale post marketing

Using automated software programs or services

Unnatural links

says in the support section of its webpage that the following link activities are banned:




Next, some backlinking services refer the website owner to Flippa to find old expired domain names that still have power. By the time these two activities are completed, the writer can research, write, edit, and publish a new post. Pursue new readers by visiting like niches and writing good comments. A natural building of links will occur.


Traffic shortcuts


Although it is tempting to use some of these shortcuts to double or triple website traffic in a matter of weeks, look at the long term benefit for the site. For those who are interested in quickly building links, it’s a three-step business that works like this supposedly. Find great content with broken links. Reach out to the owners of these top blogs that have sites attached to broken links. Write a better article using the same key words. Publish it. Inform the writer of the original content and suggest a more up to date article with unbroken links.


Make rehashed topics more interesting

Backlinking companies tell us that having a great content website alone will not increase website traffic. Backlinking companies talk about shifting dead links that are broken to get page juice. Wikepedia is the source referred to the find these dead links.


As much as content is rehashed, if this process works more content should be ranked on the top page. While I have never practiced these ideas, I read three new blog posts a day. Much of the information is the same. All of the posts are not contending for page one ranking. So, that points to the idea that great content should be original and creative. In reading each day, notice the posts that seem to rate at the top of the page. Use programs to find the links attached to the site.


Instead of building excessive links, read the top posts regularly. Create ideas that give your articles more information. Try to make some of the post evergreen. Write a reference article or a “how to” post. Readers will refer back to these posts regularly because there’s a value added service, information that can be reused. A safe, practical way of increasing in page rating assures lasting in the competitive Internet market. Be exhaustive with complete content.


In looking at uTube yesterday, there was a simple “how to” video posted on how to sell on Fiverr in ten minutes. After following the steps, one quickly realizes that Photoshop is needed to complete the gig. Purchasing Photoshop adds another two hundred dollars to the cost of the gig. Next posting a gig in Fiverr gets stuck when trying to add pictures about the seller. Long story short, it takes more than ten minutes to sell on Fiverr. As this writer constantly says, stay away from short cuts and shiny objects for making money on the Internet.


Write longer articles that are engaging


Write longer content that is at least 1000-1200 words. Keep content updated, and design the website so it’s attractive and easy to access. Be consistent in posting regularly and build the email list of readers that come back for new postings.


Research ideas using key phrase like “great content”. The number one search is a company whose domain name is “great content”. The company recommends copywriters who write great text. Now realistically, the new blogger will not get a domain name with the niche words in the name. Probably competing with copywriters with years of experience is a challenging task.


But the new writer can compete on writing great, updated, actionable content. The copywriters probably don’t have time to visit blogs and leave comments. The new writer can compete in those two areas and increase new traffic and grow readership. Update good content regularly and visit other blogs and leave comments.


Do an informal test. Look at Google analytics. Does weekly traffic increase with longer posts?


Avoid information disaster


Remember that readers want a quick copy with important points in the post. Make the article too long or include too much information and the reader loses interest and bounces from the site. Avoid providing too much boring information. When writing an article leave a lot of white space so the reader’s eyes can rest. How often has a reader visited a site to get one point, but the creative engagement for the site makes the visitor linger longer? That’s the intended behavior goal. Help readers hang out over a post.


Headings, subcategories and titles


Organize the post into easy to read information chunks that flow. Wordy text that makes no point should be deleted. Use the Twitter idea as the standard. Make the point with fewer words.


Add a nice picture to quality content that is relative. Keep the layout of the post crisp and open. When writing, think of Twitter and Facebook standing over your shoulder. Will the main points of the post be short, crisp, and worth sharing?


Just in case, writing becomes reduced to a social media text, be positioned to give the reader what works best for active engagement. Maintain a good length to the article so it makes a point. Update regularly and stay focused on good content. Looking at older posters on the Internet, this topic (great content) has withstood the changes of the technology industry. A simple concept is hard to maintain sometimes because it becomes boring. Look for inspiration in writing so the text stays fresh and interesting.


Develop a schedule and habit of writing good content. Try writing for 30 minutes instead of two or three hours. Find the best time to write. It’s morning for this writer. Be strict with the mind and eliminate distractions. Write each day, no excuses. Articles about the best time and day to publish just complicate the simple ritual of writing daily.


Be social


Think about how different posts perform on social media platforms. An area that’s growing and changing is the social media platform. Keep notes on different tactics and tools. Measure the success. Remember, to measure social media another tool other than analytics will be needed. Being social helps off-page optimization and may lead to more likes and shares.


The best content strategy is to maintain quality, originality and use good pictures. Mike Murray at Content Marketing Institute says it best: great content captivates the reader as a 140 character tweet, a 5-minute video, a 1500 word post or an uTube video.


After researching several posts on increasing readers to the blog, the conclusion is still that great timely content rule over complicated diagrams and link building activities. Build links according to Google’s guidelines and feel secure the website will be around and unaffected by Penquin or Panda.


Web 2.0 and Backlinks


Matt Cutts said in the video  there is still a long road for the importance of backlinks, but in the future instead of backlinks as proof of the authority of a site, “data linking would be a more accurate way.

Webmasters are scratching their heads and disagreeing loudly about the importance of back links pointing to the website. In addition one should use alt tags and anchor text less in a post, or maybe not at all. Another decision is whether you should link to a video in a post.

Web 2.0 and backlinks
The conversation about Backlinks sets off a Fireworks Show



This article explains:


Definition of web 2.0


How this affects backlinks


Google wants fresh content quality


What does this mean to the website


Tags and links





Definition of a web 2.0 site


Web 2.0 is websites that allow free sharing and collaboration according to Wikepedia. Web 2.0 sites can be wikis like one of the oldest wikis, Wikipedia. Web 2.0 sites are mobile and can be accessed in a number of ways.

Other elements of web 2.0 sites mashup, which compliment elements from more than one source. Collaboration and           user-generated content make the sites great tools for businesses trying to link material. Education models are often based on it because of the ease of sharing.


How does this involve backlinks?


Some high free authority sites are web 2.0 based., blogger and Wikepedia are Web 2.0 based. The weakness of Web 2.0 sites makes it fairly easy to link to them. The sites are public, free, and less restrictive about collaborating and sharing information. That is why you were told to send a copy of each new post to these types of directories. A link is almost guaranteed, although it takes a while to show up in ahrefs.


White hat linking companies generally assign high PA links to the organizations mentioned (edu’s, tumbler, wordpress and other high authority free sites.


So, in a way, a blogger could write 6-8 pieces of quality content over the blog’s lifetime and spend the rest of the time manually getting links to the post. This is just a theory. Doing it with automation leaves a big footprint and that is not the natural path of friendly links.


Google wants fresh quality content




What does this mean to the website?


Continue to comment naturally and build links through other activities like social platforms, news, actual meetups, and other advertisements.


In the future, a “smart refrigerator” will know when you’re going to run out of groceries and forward the grocery list to the smart phone or the grocery store for delivery. So, in the future, Google will have all the data on the authority of a site and not need to depend on a list of backlinks.


Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines are collecting the data now to know exactly who commented, what is the subject of interest and its value. Since the age of information is already here, concentrate on smart placement of links and continue to grow that personal list of readers and visitors.


The only control the blogger may have in the future is over the list of readers being generated today. This is not a popular topic but a necessary one in order to plan for the future of your website.


Tags and links


Use them wisely and descriptively to maximize the power of words. Mixed exact matched alt Tags and organically matched alt tags. Some say save the exact match tags for the authority sites.


Be careful about linking to many high authority sites. It does not look natural when there are 50-100 high authority links to a new site.


Use Fiverr for other service, but be careful of buying 100 links for five dollars. Consider Fiverr for short tasks that can be monitored, not linking your website to a bad link. The site may never recover once Google notices the link.


Here are a few words about alt text and title attributes.


Only use these labels if it will add further information to the meaning of the link. Title attributes are added automatically by wordpress and most bloggers use WordPress.


The anchor text is supposed to name the link, while the title text provides information about where the link will send the user. Ann Smarty gives these examples in Search Engine Journal.




<a href=”/ann-smarty/” title=Author’s biography”Ann Smarty</a>.


Title attributes carry no weight on search engines. Google supported the idea that title attributes are not in the algorithm for ranking. Title link attributes simply add to the usability of posts.


There is no need to duplicate the anchor text in a title tag. If the title tag doesn’t provide more information, don’t use it. Link title attributes for accessibility.


In conclusion, use title attributes for the user, not search engines and ranking. Don’t duplicate title attributes in the anchor text. The proper use of anchor text is discussed later in the post.


Put less weight on title attributes until further proof shows these links in a different way.


Anchor text can be scary at first, so get a clear understanding of how to use it and improve the SEO of the post. Stay up-to-date with the information on links in this post Penguin time.


Build a natural and diverse anchor profile. The site will need fewer high quality backlinks and less exact match text and this is a safer approach. Write quality content and try to attract a diverse link profile naturally.


Link building continues to be important but the links must be built in the right way. Links get devalued when they are manipulated to gain rank unnaturally.


Use these percentages as a guide when linking in a post.


Branded anchor text     50%

Naked links                   25%

Generic anchors             20%

Partial match                1-5%

Exact match                   <1%



As a guide use:

Branded anchor text      anchor text            Best Buy


Generic anchor                 anchor text           go here


Naked link                         anchor text           blog name


Remember, there is no exact science with link building, no matter which seo tool is used for acquiring backlinks. The important point in acquiring links is randomness. Web 2.0 like tumblr are great sources of backlinks,


Article directories, web directories, and press releases can still be powerful links if approached correctly. Quality free directories are few and far between, but when you do find one, always use branded anchors. Concentrate on free directories with manual review.


Web 2.0’s are a great way to diversify the anchor profile and show the relevancy of the website. Avoid using keyword-rich anchor text. Use partial match or generic anchor text.


All of the content surrounding a web 2.0 is highly relevant, so the anchor text will have power.


Continue commenting and participating in forums for increasing traffic which shows Google that you are trying to be part of your niche’s community.


As you can see from this article link building has a lot of steps. However, when done right, a natural path of building links brings traffic to your site and helps the site rank with Google. If you’re spending the time to get natural links, read and stay updated on how the links should be added to your site. Look into the benefits of web 2.0 and backlinks.

Authority Site versus Mini Niche Site


An authority blog drives traffic to the website.
Drive Traffic by pushing the button


An authority site is a very high quality website that attracts visitors to information that is well respected and trustworthy. The content on it is so good that people come back over and over to reference it. Authority sites publish information that is respected and trusted. Other trustworthy sites are happy to link to it.


Some common authority sites are informational and usually blog based. These sites deliver what the reader is expecting, valuable, accurate information.


This post will:


Define an authority site


List traits of an authority


Reasons for building an authority site


Examples of authority sites


Click to the present time after updates


Rank with quality content


Develop a plan for getting traffic to the website


Brainstorm ideas for an authority site


Draw visitors




Special reports




Traits of an authority site



These are some of the traits of a high authority site:


The site benefits a very specific audience.


The visitors are happy with and trust the site.


Search engines favor the posts of these sites.


Free traffic seeks these sites for free information.


Referral traffic follows because friends share the information.

Authority sites are profitable with the right subject and the right mode of monetization. The sites are easy and fun because the writer has to only be an authority on one subject.


In order to be an authority site, it must actually deliver the information that visitor came to the site for in the first place. Since Google favors great content and good information, authority sites last a long time. The writer thoroughly researches and delivers good information.


The site is usually designed to answer one specific question. For example the question that’s answered on this site is, how does the Webmaster get traffic? There are many topics that go with the answer to that question. And that becomes the framework of an authority site.


These sites try to have the most thorough complete information online and they try to present it in a way that keeps the readers happy.


Reasons for building an authority site



Some of the reasons to build an authority site include:


Search engines like and want to rank high authority sites.


People willingly share information found on these sites and that helps to increase traffic.


The sites focus on great content and build engagement from the readers. The engagement is documented by the comments and the traffic. As listed above, the reasons for building this type of site are very convincing.


The site helps others and offers expert advice.


The site is not a spammy website or affiliate marketer venue.


Authority sites usually have long term earning potential.


The sites are easy to build because the goal is so clear.


Getting links that stick is easier because the sites add value that is easily recognized when visiting the blog.


Penquin and Hummingbird have slammed about 90% of the older niche sites for a variety of reasons, expired domains, unnatural links, forced alt texts, and some other points. Many niche sites still exist on the Internet.


Look at some of them and decide which type of site, authority or niche is for you. Some webmasters are going on with business as usual and there will always be a place for both, authority and niche sites.


Examples of authority sites


WebMD and CNN are examples of large authority sites.

While these are examples of large sites, smaller authority sites ( can be achieved.



Another example of a smaller authority sites is ( I have no association with them but I thought the site is worth mentioning because they have about 149,000 members and seem to come up in every search related to chicken-research. This is an authority site because it ranks for just about everything related to raising chickens in your backyard.



Other types of authority sites



Authors/Blogger that produce a lot of content on a specific industry


Local (Chamber of Commerce), local education sites, local news sites, trade organizations


News (think local)


Bed & Breakfast


Car dealers


Dog Groomer




Click to the present


Today there are social signals to consider when looking for an authority blog that can be trusted. You have to work harder and do the research today to make sure websites legitimately gain readers. You can’t trust the site just because it has 1,000 visitors and 5,000 Twitter subscribers. It is so easy to manipulate those two numbers.


Rank with quality content



Ranking is easier with authority sites, but good seo is still needed. Quality natural links are still necessary to rank with this site. To compete with other authority sites, write quality content and then promote, promote the post. Gradually, good links will follow authority and consistency.


Authority sites lend to easier ranking because the writer publishes lengthy complete posts on one subject, for example, traffic. If the writer scribes information that people want, the site will be a hit. Research and write to the best of your ability. You will learn along the way and the posts will become sharper, more focused, more convincing, and an attractive presentation.


Build a website that will endure all the Google updates. Instead of worrying about Google updates, concentrate on writing, promoting, and driving information to visitors.


Hopefully, the keyword choice is on point and growing traffic comes from reader’s searches. Since you are diversifying the traffic sources, the target audience should be reached through generic searches and other platforms.




Trend toward two traffic sources



The trend is leaning toward Google and authority sites. It doesn’t matter if you hate Google policies. To get the organic traffic, their rules must be followed. My choice is authority sites because I don’t understand how niche sites work if your goal is to build a website long term.


In business one has to adapt to trends or get out of business. If you are unwilling to go with the trend it is just a matter of time until you are out of business. For instance, the trend, right now is authority sites.


Unless you diversify from Google traffic, the authority site is the way to go.


Diversifying the traffic source is not a bad idea. Put that on the list of things to do. But let’s get a successful site going first.


The steps for getting website traffic go hand in hand with the steps for getting good ranking. There is no way around it. The focus should be on driving new visitors to good quality information.


Make the quality good enough and the posts should be shared and referred. Just try that as a goal for six months or so. Stay away from new tricks and shiny objects for a while. Work on growing referral traffic a little each day. The goal is to grow two traffic sources-organic and referral traffic.



When there is an engagement and good real comments those are signals of an authority site. Also, the site should have regular postings and tweets and Facebook shares.



Brainstorm ideas for authority


In doing research for authority sites, make sure you jot down ideas in your Iphone notes or however you keep up with brainstorming ideas. Think about topics that you know a lot about on a daily basis. If you don’t know much, think of something you do well. If that doesn’t work, ask friends what you are good at doing.



Information overload in this age sometimes freezes our creativity and our ability to brainstorm. Authority website ideas are out there but someone needs to create them with a unique flavor and accuracy.


Notice the sites that show step by step how to do stuff, like build your own website. Landscape your yard. Build your own personal blogging network. These are free idea authority type blogs.



Now, after reviewing the categories mentioned above, if you still can’t come up with an idea for an authority site, start clicking on the web. Give the idea time to rest as more information is collected.


After coming up with an idea for an authority site, think of ways to brand your site and make the delivery of information different. Keep that thought and move on to the next task.



Setting up a blog post is the easiest way to get information out there. Research, write, and give the information away free. The Internet functions on the concept of free information. Don’t worry about monetizing the authority blog just yet. Become an authority, first.


Once posts reach a highly trafficked spot, revisit these posts and update them and make them better.


Repackage the information as utube videos, podcast, infographics, slideshares and short tweets.



Reading the post, “Types of Content” by Seopressor, the post says that reading and studying content on a particular subject just 2 hours a day consistently aids you in knowing 90% more on that subject than most people. Now you have information to give to people.


Draw visitors


Now, with this new great content, post and draw visitors to the website. Use video, podcast, social media, commenting and regular posting. Some bloggers are so good that there is no need for regular posting. But newbie bloggers need a presence with fresh quality content published regularly.




Personalize newsletters and talk to the email list that you’ve created from giving out free information on your blog.


Special reports


Set up Google alerts for your special area to keep the visitors updated on new information.




Now that the process is complete, start over and repeat. Stop by and share your success with us. We want to know and we want to visit your new site.


Continue to build authority by posting great content that readers can trust. Trusted information is shared with friends and on all the social media sites. This increases traffic to the website. Wishfully, we all want the tweet, “this grew my website”.


Develop a professional looking website, post quality content regularly, connect with popular blogs, and stay social.


Leave a comment. I’ll respond. Got to go and research and study. I’m researching other ideas to bring traffic and build your blog.

Make Quality Content a Habit

Quality content and promotion
Attract readers with quality content



Blogging has been a very popular career concept for the last seven or eight years with high quality content. The potential to become well known is based on providing great content and a reliable service or product. There are thousands of blogs on the web and to be successful, something must set your new website apart. Some huge challenges must be overcome when starting a blog. Avoid habits that set the site up for failure.


Comments on a new blog


Write great content and then have a plan for getting readers to see it. It can be defeating to write good content and get no comments. Spammers seem to be waiting for a new post. Those may be the first comments. Trash them. Move on and visit some other writers that have similar interest to your site. Usually, if visiting and commenting on a small blog regularly, the writer of the post will in turn visit your site and leave a comment. Leave comments that are engaging and show that the post was read. Develop a community of readers that will visit your new posts. Avoid looking at the post and feeling all by yourself because of lack of comments. Get busy and start visiting others.


Answer comments on your post


It shows the reader that the time invested to read the new post is appreciated. It also has the possibility for developing an interaction between the writer and the reader.


Make the blog interactive by asking questions. Think of questions that would allow the reader to respond. Other readers may respond with their point of view.


Attract readers


Google manages 80% of the organic traffic. Continue to write good content. Google likes good, fresh content. Readers are looking for new information. Then use other tools to help readers find the new post. All traffic grows the website. Some visitors will be readers who come back for every post. Other readers may eventually buy products and services from your business. Look at the articles as a free platform to attract future friends and customers. Spend less time looking at Google analytics and more time writing or generating readers.


Another note on writing-concentrate on a well research, organized focused post. Too much emphasis on SEO and long tail words hamper getting to the publish button on the post. Consider the cost of not keeping new post published regularly on the site.



When quality content doesn’t bring readers

Hang out on social sites and constantly make friends at other blogs by commenting. Write regularly and scour around for new visitors to the post. This becomes two main tasks that must be handled regularly to grow a successful blog.


Use an eye appealing title


Use catchy titles. Stay away from “how to grow a blog and Increase traffic to the blog.” Over and over, there are posts with these titles. Excite readers by giving them a new title.


Rush or take it easy


Be realistic about how long it takes to get the post discovered. The likelihood off a post becoming viral overnight is small. Grow the visitors to the new post by doing those daily tasks that bring targeted traffic. It takes time to develop a blog voice and sharpen the customer platform.


Be social or not


Make sure the social buttons are easy to click and adjust time on the social sites. This whole area of business is truly “under construction”. Reading on the web, a lot of businesses say social marketing is the way to attract new visitors. Some bloggers say the post will die if reduced to a tweet on Twitter or comment on Facebook. Find a way to male social interaction work for the new blogger. Perhaps, after traffic has grown, there will be no need for social media.


In reading other blogs today I found an action point from Julie Neidlinger on great ideas for a blog. She said, find three new blogs a day and read them for a week. Comment where applicable. Sometimes, there’s a need to quantify, or put a number, to a daily task. It’s a fact that a writer of a post must also be a reader of information. How much information should be read? Let’s start with three new blogs a day. Break the habit of going to the same ones over and over. It may be a challenge to find three new blogs. My challenge is to find posts with active comments. Commenting is necessary to bring new visitors.


Make post mobile friendly


So many readers are getting to the website via some other electronic devise and the new blog should be appealing on a mobile device. Allow another option other than the desktop.


Get a new plan


Sometimes, the new business blogger needs to stop thinking, planning, revising, designing and just push the publish button. Then go and hang out in the places that attract new visitors. Stop over thinking and look for someone in the business to help. If you have gotten a blog up and running, a lot of skills have been mastered. Find someone in the blogosphere to share those skills with in the next few days. Constantly, give the mind a new view and different challenges to keep it fresh.




Be credible


Stay credible and trustworthy with the information. Add some Pictures. Perhaps, include a picture of you along with a little about the writer. Know that content is just one of the steps to creating a successful blog.


So continue to publish frequently, comment on at least three new blogs a week, and answer comments on your post. Write useful content that reader can refer back to from time to time.


Keep the blog tidy and looking good. Figure out what the readers are interested in and write about that subject. Attract new readers by using interesting titles and sub titles. So social and make sure the post is easy to share.


Take no shortcuts in writing new creative, factual content. If readership has not increased on your blog in two months, try publishing once a week. Spend the rest of the time attracting readers. Try to stay focused. Avoid the shiny objects that promise shortcuts.


Leave a comment. Let us know what you’re doing. Let’s make this a chatty place to get our new blogs running and full of new visitors.


Click Comments and Drive Visitors to the Website

Writers who click on comments and give the audience credit for their opinions by writing about those subjects drive visitors back to the website. A good story holds the attention of the reader and feels like the writer clicked on a thought in the reader’s mind. A conversation is developed between the reader and the writer of the post. Most humans like to express their point of view. For instance, when one scans top news stories, most people have an opinion.

It’s very appealing to see your thoughts and opinions referred to in a post. Comments at the end of a post allow readers to express themselves. Perhaps, that is what makes Facebook, Twitter and so many social sites so popular. A different blog idea is expected on the social site which allows the reader to write the story. Comments like “great, yes, interesting, cute, ok” stop the relationship between reader and writer. The idea is to respond in a timely fashion with a comment that actually makes a point. Establish a dialogue with the written post.


Reader’s interest

Think about the reader’s interest. Write about that and allow comments. Respond to comments in a timely way and try to establish a conversation. A new blogger has plenty of time to develop a dialogue. While waiting for the readers, respect the audience and let them know it.

 Write to reader

Commenting is a valuable tool that drives visitors to the information on the blog. At least, that is the plan. The reader should understand that the visit and time invested is important and respected. Write to the audience and not just to Google analytics data. Build a list of people that await a new post from your blog. Build a different blog style that publishes posts about reader topics. This builds that relationship with the reader and clicks on a lasting repeat visitor.

 Be social

Get active with posting on Facebook, Twitter, Google hangouts, Pinterest, or some social media of choice. Start with just one or two groups so as not to create a task that becomes overwhelming. The downside of social media is the reader may never come to the website. However, if the reader doesn’t know about the post it will never be read. Stay positive and accept developing traffic is just one of the tasks of blogging. Looking at growing the blog as a journey and not an overnight victory sets realistic plans for the writer.

Comment and write it as a post

Commenting and reading comments aid knowing the audience. Who is interested in the posts? Once this becomes clear, fine-tune the different blog style and voice of the blog. Now, the writer’s personality is becoming a brand. The brand may become the next Facebook, or Amazon.

 Keep a list

Instead of running out of ideas to write about, the reader gives different blog ideas. Certainly, a reader is coming back to read the post that address an idea important to them. It becomes a valuable relationship that awards the reader and the writer. The reader counts on a subject related to their interest because the idea was presented in the comment contributed. The writer demonstrates a quick response by writing about the subject and this idea increases website traffic.

 Write about relevant topics/increase traffic to post

Writing relevant posts that interest readers show the reader importance and develops a relationship beyond asking for a sale. Many of the blogs on the Internet ask for the sale before the relationship is developed. Develop a different blog style for posting other than selling. The visitors click from one advertisement to the other and have no idea of how to get back to any of the sites. Bloggers and posters on the Internet are being forced to write good content, less advertisement.

In case, the thought comes to mind that one will never make money this way, making money with a blog only comes with a targeted list of visitors who want the brand of the post. A new blogger has no brand unless they set up one of those e-commerce stores. The brand for a new blogger is the style of writing, the tone of the post, the stories written, the appearance of the website, the timeliness of the posts, and the quality of the comments.

A story is remembered longer than bullets or lists. So, here’s a story. A customer had an older computer and thought about a new laptop, but decided not to spend the money, just yet. Then the customer wanted to download a newer version of Adobe. The consumer had misplaced the startup file disk for this computer. Calling tech support generated an hour conversation and the writing of some java script. Success was achieved and Adobe was downloaded. The customer was so impressed with the company’s listening to the concern and resolving the issue that a new computer was purchased the next day. Well, who got the sale? The company that listened and commented with a valuable service got the sale. The tech support offered the customer a valuable service and did not go for the sale upfront. The customer bought a computer that costs 4x as much as the competition and felt loyal about the purchase because of the relationship developed through dialogue. Remember that story the next time it seems that the blog will never make money.

Tech support is a type of blogger with a service widely needed. The day does not start well when the computer is down. This is a bit of a stretch, thinking of IT as a blogger. The IT tech is usually very passionate about the “how to” of resolving the issue. When IT responds and comments on how to fix the computer, a lifelong customer is generated. The competition is small when thinking of companies that have responsive IT helpers who get the issue resolved. Today, many consumers buy the sale computer only to get it home and never be able to use all of its function. And IT never seems to get back to the customer.

Stand out and read comments. Write great content. Respond in a timely fashion. Read articles about current issues in blogging and become an expert on blogging. Share the information through posts with the readers. This will build new visitors.

Add some video

Add some video. It gives the visitor another way to get the valuable information. It’s like listening to an audiobook. No reading is required. The new visitor becomes “all ears.”

Be honest

Be open. Write about what you know. Be transparent when you don’t know. The reader will respect that. Then, read about topics that require more data. When an answer is found, write a post about it. The blog becomes a reliable brand.

Decide what the reader wants and needs. Consider each person differently. That’s what makes the relationship between the reader and writer awesome. What’s the audience looking for that the blog provides? Information is usually a start for audience request. Once it’s established that information is accurate and current, then the reader moves to the next level.   What is the most complete description of the subject? From here, the reader looks to see what’s available. A brand is picked. Hopefully, it’s your brand. Compare with other options. Because of the relationship developed, choose your information. That’s a successful blog.

A lot of visitors on the Internet are able to understand the style and direction of your blog. That’s where your unique personality and style of writing become important. Realize that everyone will not stay at the site but those who have a life-long relationship will come back over and over again. Use the time to develop and target an audience. The audience will stay longer and the blog will grow faster.

In conclusion, develop a relationship with the reader or blog visitor by setting goals to stand out with value. Try to be everywhere. Fire up the social media platforms. Only write good content. Research, research, research, so there’s always a lot of information about the written topic. Make sure the reader is interested. Stay focused on communicating with the reader. Be honest. Develop a personality and flavor to the site.


Where is Everyone-Traffic, please


When thinking about who is going to read your post, does the picture look like the one above?


Look for fresh ways to bring readers to the site

The point of this article is to attract the new blogger looking for a fresh way to write and bring viewers, clients, new visitors, more traffic to the site. Is there one answer to this question?


Use a secret sauce

There are thousands, maybe millions of people on the Internet searching for a post worth reading. The secret sauce is writing about a subject in a way that makes the reader feel that the article answers the most important questions or, at least, points to the place where answers are found.


Be honest and relevant



Being the new kid on the block where should the writer start?  First, let’s answer that question, by saying write about what others are talking about most often. Use the art of writing with the sincerity of honesty.


Write quality content

It seems that all of the best topics are taken by the big bloggers. That is not true.

How can a new post ever be seen if no visitors come to the new website? Well, let’s look at what is missing from most posts written on the Internet.  This is missing: quality, well written, and well-organized thoughts pointing to a conclusion.

For example, a search around the Internet for one answer to “how to get website traffic” comes back with very confusing answers. Some writers promote software that guarantees to bring readers. Some posts are written to just nudge the reader to think of the unique answer to their situation.


Stand on one foot

There seems to be the idea that if the article is to the left, centered or to the right, the bots read it differently. Maybe, shine a flashlight on the entry and stand on one foot doing the snow dance from one of those children’s stories to bring readers (just joking).

Then some say the color of the font and the header and the logo get traffic. Perhaps, dressing the article in a formal tuxedo will bring healthy, virile readers. Now, the writer believes all of these points add to increased traffic to the site.


Work on the art of writing

Yes, there are a lot of these sites out there:

Beautiful, clean, uncluttered website

Words (I’m not sure they are organized or pointing somewhere)

Software pitches

Backlink arguments

How to build a website

Email campaigns

Hosting sites



Domains for sale

Free stuff

A lot of shiny stuff is on the Internet to be purchased.


Great sites with great content

But there is not a lot of great content that leads to a conclusion other than, buy me, and buy me.

The most interesting websites according to Alexa in March were:



You tube







Tencent QQ

Google India


Window live


Sina Weibo

Yahoo Japan


Google Japan

Google Germany


I use 10 of these sites every week. How many do most people use? That is information already present on the Internet. A new site cannot compete with Google, Yahoo, You tube, Facebook, or Wikepedia. These sites all give important, dynamic, interesting information. Some of the information can be used right away and some other data is at the websites for later use. That is why the readers keep going back. They like the service being offered.

But some big businesses that we use everyday are missing from the list above. Starbuck’s, Apple, Microsoft, and many others, including the new website posted a few minutes ago are not on the list.  Think about the businesses that maintain a customer loyalty. What do they offer? Surely, these businesses offer service that the customer wants.

An innovative, clean, well-written blog was just delivered to the Internet. Now the readers have to find it. A novice writer to a blog has a valuable service. What is it? A fresh approach to writing about new issues and old is brought by a new writer.   For example, should a blog have anchor text with the New Panda guidelines? How does a new blog get traffic?


Stay away from short cuts

The new blog writer that tells the reader upfront, there are no shortcuts to building a great site is in short supply on the Internet.

To build a successful website, it requires:





Not giving up

Nothing earth shattering is in those five phrases, but it’s the truth. Writing a new blog is like moving to a new state. New friendships, new directions, getting lost, lost friendships, familiar setting, and finally different successes are created. Look at a new blog as a journey like the first successful camp to Antarctica. An expedition, like this, requires a lot of planning, some tries, some failures, and finally-loyal readers, traffic, and money.

Usually an article about new bloggers talks about selecting the right niche, building and designing a platform, getting a domain, choosing the hosting site, and accumulating some shiny things. The steps can be implemented quickly once the decision has been made to start a new website.

A website can be started for free, not my choice, or for as little as $50. This site uses a free WordPress theme, a $1 domain, and hosting from The writer is relying on organic traffic initially. Hopefully, great content will bring new visitors. Fancy ways of directing traffic, like long tail keywords, anchor text, and backlinking may jeopardize the site with Google. Take a look at the top blogs in any search. It seems to be big bloggers who write a lot of quality content. The new blogger cannot compete with the quantity of posts of an older blog, but the novice can compete with writing interesting, important, relevant content.

Target traffic

After the site is started, one quickly learns without targeted traffic, the writer is writing and publishing into the great Black Hole. That’s the point of this post. Make sure there is a plan for attracting new visitors.

Connect, with where everyone is, via forums, and Google hangouts, and comments. Go out of the way to be helpful to others. For instance, lists are included in this posts that require lots of research time to find. The new visitor to the website may be looking for one of these lists. That would save the reader the time of researching the info. Find other new and old blogs. Hopefully, this post will be remembered for valuable information. One of the most valuable tools when starting out is Google analytics, a free source for tracking traffic. The information is not exciting or entertaining. However, the poster learns quickly to recognize Google as an organic traffic source. Think about it. Spend hours picking a niche and creating a website. Are there interested readers for the niche? Starting a blog without readers, week after week, is painful and burns the writer out quickly.

You are visiting the site of an avid reader looking for new posts to read. It’s not acceptable to leave a link for your post in the comments. Look in Google hangouts for other blogggers. That’s a good starting point for finding readers that are looking for new posts.

Free list

As a bonus for reading to the end of this post I have a free list of niches that are untapped and probably easy to rank in for a writer willing to persevere and do the research. Oh, sorry, you are disappointed that an eBook was not offered? Right!!


Here’s the list. Short, to the point and thought provoking:


Unique Niches




Zen habits





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