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Brainstorming time! No, it's good weather here...lol

Ok, seriously. There are 1million blogs out there. How can we stand out from the crowd? Readers are getting the same thing everytime. My articles has always been copied (with reference) elsewhere. That makes my blog same as others? Do we hold contest? Interviews? Free gifts? What do readers really want so that we can drive more traffic to our blog?

Can somebody comment if my blog is worth readership?
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Im following your blog. Very interesting!
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Tisha Matthews said:
Hi Christina,

I'm also in the group Everything Blogging and I want to respond to you post about the best internet marketing sites. Personally I like Aweber because there customer support is good and the layout of opt-in boxes and auto-responders is good too. I just like their style. I've tried the other marketing sites, but I didn't like their results.

I hope this helped... :-)

Here are a few sites you can explore:

http://coachtisha.blogspot.com/

http://tishamatthews.vpweb.com/

http://tishamatthews.avonrepresentative.com/

http://twitter.com/InspirationsTM

~Blessings~
Tisha
Great advice Melissa C. Very good read! I am also very new to blogging and agree that content is the key. I've actually had a few companies approach me to do reviews and advertise already. I am a bit hesitant about advertising though...I have avoided it so far as I am not really interested in affiliate programs that require people to make purchases through my site and other companies must not pay attention because they have shipping to US only and I am Canadian. Ah well..it's been fun and I have a great group of ladies reading and enjoying my blog. I am also doing a few giveaways but not overwhelming "you can enter ten different ways and get 5 votes for each" to inflate the comments. I think those types of websites might have their place but they aren't for me. I have great feedback for keeping things simple.

Hi Melissa, your article is very helpful and I am very new to blogging.  Im wondering if I can tigbits on how start a blog.

Melissa C said:

Hi there! I'd say that it really boils down to good content. Contests, free gifts etc bring traffic but it doesn't bring readers, if know what I mean. I'd rather people subscribe to my site because they like what I say, not because I gave them an extra entry for doing so.

Can I give you a couple of suggestions for your blog (I'm no blogging pro but I DO have 10 years in marketing communications if that's worth anything!)?
- You have lots of ads within the posts. It makes it a little hard to read because of this.
- Overall there is a lot of text on your site but no pictures (other than ads). Would you consider putting a picture of yourself on a sidebar to add some personalization? I know some people have privacy issues with that but it would help to put a face behind the site.
- What are your goals for the site? What's your passion? I see that most everything is a shareasale link or another affiliate marketing link. It seems you're trying to build a resource for other mommies, right? That's GREAT but I do think it's harder to build a community that way. It seems most of the bloggers who follow others are reading personal stories about kids and motherhood. What I'm trying to say is you may have a much harder time building an audience that way.
- Since your site IS a resource, search engine optimization is KEY. If someone is searching for Reward Chart for example, you'll want to capitalize on that so your site comes up in the google rankings.
- Have you tried commenting on other blogs similar to yours? I find that I've gotten tons of new readers just from visiting blogs and making genuine comments on their blog (not "great post! come visit my blog..." but real comments based on their post.)

- Are you a part of communities like SITS girls and Blog Frog? I love MBC so you've already got that one covered. ;-) I've seen pretty substantial jumps in my traffic just from participating in SITS and BF these last two months.
Anyway, I hope that helps. Good luck!
I have found giveaways to work well and I have found how to articles to work.
Hi I am also interested in getting some feed back on my blogging.   My Blog can be found at marciescaringhands.weebly.com. I am looking to increase my traffic as on the site and get get some feed back on how my sites look as no one has really responded to my posts.  

Melissa C said:
Hi there! I'd say that it really boils down to good content. Contests, free gifts etc bring traffic but it doesn't bring readers, if know what I mean. I'd rather people subscribe to my site because they like what I say, not because I gave them an extra entry for doing so.

Can I give you a couple of suggestions for your blog (I'm no blogging pro but I DO have 10 years in marketing communications if that's worth anything!)?
- You have lots of ads within the posts. It makes it a little hard to read because of this.
- Overall there is a lot of text on your site but no pictures (other than ads). Would you consider putting a picture of yourself on a sidebar to add some personalization? I know some people have privacy issues with that but it would help to put a face behind the site.
- What are your goals for the site? What's your passion? I see that most everything is a shareasale link or another affiliate marketing link. It seems you're trying to build a resource for other mommies, right? That's GREAT but I do think it's harder to build a community that way. It seems most of the bloggers who follow others are reading personal stories about kids and motherhood. What I'm trying to say is you may have a much harder time building an audience that way.
- Since your site IS a resource, search engine optimization is KEY. If someone is searching for Reward Chart for example, you'll want to capitalize on that so your site comes up in the google rankings.
- Have you tried commenting on other blogs similar to yours? I find that I've gotten tons of new readers just from visiting blogs and making genuine comments on their blog (not "great post! come visit my blog..." but real comments based on their post.)

- Are you a part of communities like SITS girls and Blog Frog? I love MBC so you've already got that one covered. ;-) I've seen pretty substantial jumps in my traffic just from participating in SITS and BF these last two months.
Anyway, I hope that helps. Good luck!
I am learning how to blog my self .. I have my own blog/business. Though I started actual blogging .. I am an EMT and thought that I would concentrate on the life of an EMT MOM .. with some story's negative any personal information ( Privacy Laws and protection of people's personal life ) as well as a few reviews, advertisements and supports of other mom bloggers/business. Any other ideas .. please if you would not mind taking a look at my blog http://theemtmommy.blogspot.com and let me know .. please be honest.

There are a ton of sites that I see all the time that have the same look and feel (Cartoon character icon) and giveaways galore, blah, blah blah. If this works for you and you have readers that is great, but no matter how much it works, your blog has to always evolve and keep up. To stand out your blog has to be different then everyone else's and not mirror image another website. I didn't create my site to look exactly like yours and neither should you, but if you ever get an opportunity to have it professionally designed, take a different route and skip the cartoonish look. 

Content is very important and if after all your giveaways, blog hops and other stuff (EVERYONE IS ALREADY DOING) doesn't keep actual readers, it won't do you a bit of good. Concentrate on how your blog can actually help someone else and think outside the box. I like blogs that are easy on the eyes, neat and not overloaded with thousands of banner ads and badges.  It's distracting and annoying. I want to see your content and have a reason why I should come back again and again. 

 

http://www.logallot.com

You have already picked out a good template that will work for what your blogging about. I would check some of the images that aren't loaded on your side board and easy up on all the badges. Move your About Me section, Facebook/Google Connect Plugin towards the top of your side bar. You want your readers to be able to find those 2 important areas immediately. Now they are at the very bottom. Other then that I like where you going with this.

 

http://www.logallot.com

Kirsten L Cisco said:

I am learning how to blog my self .. I have my own blog/business. Though I started actual blogging .. I am an EMT and thought that I would concentrate on the life of an EMT MOM .. with some story's negative any personal information ( Privacy Laws and protection of people's personal life ) as well as a few reviews, advertisements and supports of other mom bloggers/business. Any other ideas .. please if you would not mind taking a look at my blog http://theemtmommy.blogspot.com and let me know .. please be honest.

I love to write how I speak .. there may be day's where I am just rambling and other days when I am being serious... regardless of which way you look at it... as long as it's YOU then it should stand out.. because if you think about it, We are all NOT a like ! ;)

 

 

Thank You so Much -- I was thinking the same thing on the badges.. Maybe I can have a separate page for that.

Sonia Winland said:

You have already picked out a good template that will work for what your blogging about. I would check some of the images that aren't loaded on your side board and easy up on all the badges. Move your About Me section, Facebook/Google Connect Plugin towards the top of your side bar. You want your readers to be able to find those 2 important areas immediately. Now they are at the very bottom. Other then that I like where you going with this.

 

http://www.logallot.com

Kirsten L Cisco said:

I am learning how to blog my self .. I have my own blog/business. Though I started actual blogging .. I am an EMT and thought that I would concentrate on the life of an EMT MOM .. with some story's negative any personal information ( Privacy Laws and protection of people's personal life ) as well as a few reviews, advertisements and supports of other mom bloggers/business. Any other ideas .. please if you would not mind taking a look at my blog http://theemtmommy.blogspot.com and let me know .. please be honest.
Hey Kirsten,
Your right about that part. People can tell if what you right isn't your voice. Experience is what sets everyone apart. My blog isn't that old, but I have been in the business with marketing (Corporate Marketing) for the last 6 yrs so I try and pass on what I know from that. It's still a learning process the way blogs are, but its fun!

Kirsten L Cisco said:

I love to write how I speak .. there may be day's where I am just rambling and other days when I am being serious... regardless of which way you look at it... as long as it's YOU then it should stand out.. because if you think about it, We are all NOT a like ! ;)

 

 

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