Search Engine Optimization Tips


Part 6

    Social bookmarking

…there is some controversy on this topic and whether or not it is a good idea to get involved with these types of sites because the “down side” is that is invites spammers “access” to your blog or website. As for social bookmarking sites such as StumbleUpon, Digg, Reddit, Del.icio.us are different than social networking sites like LinkedIn, MySpace or Ryze. MyBlogLog is in its own category of Blog specific social media/networking/posting sites, with BlogCatalogue and GoodBlogs as its counterparts.
All 3 kinds serve different purposes, but in the end they are places to network and build communities to drive traffic to your interests, wants and your business (products and services). All I can say is that my personal experience with places like these, whether it be at social networking sites like Ryze, Linkedin, Yahoo groups OR social bookmarking places such as MyBlog Log or Stumble—I have found it is one of great ways to gain business connections and friendships develop. I would like to also reference a recent online to do list that I was a part of that may help Wendy Piersallof eMomsatHome, started this To Do List project and part of the list is about social bookmarking. I have recently become a member of Stumble Upon and from my brief experience, it seems pretty easy and I look forward to the benefits of gaining more visitors to my blog/website. One of the key points she makes is to be active on the site and ask your online friends who are members questions to help.

Part 7

    Setting Blog Traffic Goals and Meeting Them

– Now, this is something that I started and I am following others footsteps to achieve this. For instance, that is why I am completing this SEO challenge for my blog. I am learning a lot as I am doing these things and offering value to my blog by giving others my advice about my experience. I am following others I admire and becoming a part of the blogs/groups/communities that they are a part of in order to learn what they have done. For instance, Ponn suggested to me that I sign up to Yaro’snewsletter – already did it (and boy, I am glad I did–great information). I realize that I may not be able to do everything at the speed that someone else may have, however, at least I am actively moving in the right (increasing exposure) direction. As you are reading this, I just noticed thatPonn had added another post challenging others to Steven’s blog by following his post on how to increase RSS subscribers to 500 in 1 month!

One of the things that I have learned by this challenge is to find who knows who and follow their path and read up on their information and see what the consensus is among them.

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Here is the next step in the SEO challenge that I have accepted for myself to accomplish from Empower Women Networker, Ponn Sabra. I am doing great and now about 1/3 of the way done!Woohoo!
Part 5 is all about RSS feeds for my blog.
There are 4 parts to this —well, actually 5, so we are off…
1. Team blogging – This mean to get another person or even a couple of people to blog with and share the “blogging responsibilities”. Another example I have seen of this is from Gillian Hood Gabrielson, on her blog, she had a client post about her experience being in Gillian’s program. I need to find some another virtual assistant or even a online entrepreneur to team blog with.
2.. Ponn gives mention about Lynette’s blog about replenishing RSS feeds. Lynette created a great mini-podcast …only about 5 mins and VERY well worth it to listen to…
[I am planning on syndicating my blog right away…I thought it was already done but looking at it…it is not done?
3. Conducting MINI audio or podcasts…G.R.E.A.T idea! So if you are really new to podcasting or just don’t have a lot of time…just do mini podcasts (about 2-3 minutes but the important thing in doing this is be sure you add VALUE to the blog in the podcast and then you can put them together at a later date and turn it into a full podcast (states Lynette)
[My idea is to have it have interviews of others and them asking them to interview me as well]
4. Automate your blog- This is so easy to do and one of the best things I really enjoy about blogging. I like to write about 10 blogs and then post them over several days which gives me time to …well, of course, write more posts.

Wow, that wasn’t too tough.
I still do need to do some of these things…especially get into the team blogging and the syndicating my feeds, even for my articles. And, I will shortly be doing the audio or podcasting….minis and regular length.

Hey, is there someone who would be interested in team blogging with me? Comment below because they would be a great help to me and you.

I have to say…completed 1/3 of this SEO marathon by Ponn Sabra and I am very glad that I took this upon myself to do because there are some great basic things that I just “forgot” about or didn’t even realize where simple things to do to boost my blog.

Neeext…