How to Up Your Blogging Game

The internet is full of abandoned and neglected blogs, some full of wonderful content. Worse still many disappear forever only existing in the archives of the wayback machine or perhaps the hard drives of their authors for years to come. However it doesn’t have to be like this, a little work can bring your blog back to life.

You probably had all kinds of hopes for your blog, but then no one seems to notice. Then, if you’re keeping track, you see that the majority of your visitors only check out your site for a moment and then leave. You could hardly be blamed for wanting to quit the whole business. The fact is, however, that there are many successful blogs out there, and there’s no reason why yours can’t be one of them. It’s not that difficult, to create something like this, as we’re about to show you.

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Have you noticed the amount of love that bloggers display for linking within their posts? You’re capable of the same thing but it is important to use a smart approach. It is not a very good idea to link to something that isn’t relevant simply so that you can put a link there. There are a couple of destinations for your links and you need to mix them up in a good way. Link to other content on your blog because it’s good for internal structures. Then, of course, there are the links to external sites which can be quite useful both for your readers as well as yourself. This can be helpful for your SEO, sure, but it also proves that you’ve done your research.

Plus, you will help your readers get access to better and more detailed information–something that can always be helpful. It is important to proofread what you are about to post on your blog before you publish it. Although looking for spelling errors and grammar problems is good, there are other things to look for. Proofreading can extend into a dozen different areas when looking for things to fix. Typically, about 100% of all bloggers would avoid fixing these errors even if they were right in front of them. Make sure that organizational elements are all in place when you proofread. Whatever you are writing about, all of the ideas need to flow in a logical order from point to point. When people see these problems in your blog post, it will be more hurtful than if they found a misspelled word. People will not want to go through jumbled content that makes no sense at all. When you write content that is this bad, you can almost guarantee that your readers will go away, never wanting to return.

Remember that writing for college or for a technical job is not the same as writing for your blog. You cannot or should not ignore everything, but there’s a lot you can and your blog will be better off for it. Compared to most jobs or academia, you should use a casual, conversational style in your blog.

Using a scholarly style is appropriate in certain settings, but not if you’re chatting with a friend -or blogging. Nobody wants to hear that sort of talk because it’s so formal and stilted. Blogging in this manner is not the way to attract readers who will return. So keep your style casual and informal as you write your blog posts.

Remember that building a popular blog takes time, and also keeping it updated consistently. Starting a blog is not quite as simple as it seems, as there are many steps to follow and you want to get everything just right. Keep your initial motivation in mind as you steadily build your blog and before you know it you’ll be reaping the rewards.

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Does Your Website Convert? Check these Tips if Not.

For any type of website, you should make getting a good conversion rate your main focus. Yes, you heard correctly. The way that your customers and site are taken care of will say whether or not you will have a high conversion rate. There are loads of reasons that can say why the conversion rate on your site goes down. This article will explain three things that can do a lot of harm to your site’s conversion rates.

One of the most confusing aspects you find on websites these days is bad navigation.

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If your website is hard to navigate, users can simply click to another site that offers similar information, with a more convenient navigation system. The fact remains that people today don’t really have the time and as long as you respect that, they will keep coming back for more, or else they wouldn’t hesitate to give business to your competitors. You need to have a predictable, easy to navigate system on your website to alleviate this problem. Numerous things contribute to how well your website converts, but the domain length is one of those things. A long domain name is not a good thing, even if it helps you with beating the competition. The reason for this is simple. Long domain names are not considered to be professional by most people. Choose a short domain name that indicates that you are not just in business temporarily.

There are of course also complications with different markets, particularly the geographic question.  Take for instance a local supplier of goods, their primary focus is going to be local customers who will form their best chance for increased sales.  A food supplier in Chicago is going to have little interest in attracting browsers from China or Europe, they’re unlikely to buy from them.  Most webmasters cover this issue by modifying their websites based on the location of the visitor.  This is quite common now, where your location is used to tailor what you see, especially useful for global brands who want to discriminate between different markets.  It’s also why people actively try to hide their location using things like a proxy to access the BBC iPlayer, because you can’t watch the BBC online from outside the UK.

Finding a great website, with excellent content which motivates you to do something, is actually a waste if a “call to action” is not available.

Converting sites are hard to come by, and if you actually do have one, without a call to action, it is a tragedy, and also a loss of potential revenue. The best thing about having a website with excellent content is that it provides the potentiality of sales for your products and services, but only if you put a call to action that visitors can act upon after reading the information you have provided. Creating a higher web conversion for your site will work wonders. Also it will help you to own the niche that you are in. But ensure that the practices that you are utilizing will not negatively impact your conversion rates. This is because that way all your efforts can prove to be fruitless. By making use of these few tips, you will look better to your prospects and also get higher conversions. This will pay off in the long run.

Guest Post – Stephen Calkin

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Do I Need a Responsive Design?

For anyone who owns or runs a website, there is one fact that is certain- visitors no longer only visit from a PC.  Mobile devices like phones and tablets are quickly becoming the most important medium on the internet, and for web designers this is vital.  The majority of designers start their planning and designing by sitting at a desk in front of a nice big monitor to display their current web project.

But the reality for their visitors is something different, but it’s vital.  You see a website looks very different on a 30″ high resolution monitor than it does on a 4″ phone, or a 12″ tablet.  Which is of course vital, if you visit a site on your iPhone and it scrolls down on to 10 pages, or the sides overlap and are difficult to read – you will probably go to another site.

So what’s the solution? Well the primary importance is to make your website design look great on every devices, or at least make it look reasonable.  This is called responsive design and basically it just means that the web site will alter to suit the medium it is being viewed on.

That means that your display will narrow on a smart phone, the columns will adjust and the display switch depending on orientation of the device.   It may not be perfect viewing for a web site but the reality is that people are using these devices to visit sites in their millions.  It’s important, I once visited a site which streamed popular video and TV channels, all a bit dodgy but big business. The problem was that all these videos were set at specific resolution and set areas, which worked great on a pc monitor.  But try and access and watch ITV in Spain using this site on any other device and it was a nightmare, you had to scroll to the side to see most of the screen.

So dear readers, make sure your web site is responsive, if not thousands of your visitors will see a completely different website than you designed.

Networking Graphics Which Stand Out

When we use images, obviously we’re trying to add something. After all, why use an image that’s irrelevant, badly constructed or simply pointless. For some people however it doesn’t matter so much about the composition simply that everything needs pictures especially online. There is some truth in this fact, images simply make text easier to read simply because it breaks up the page. If you’ve ever seen a forum or blog post where the author has basically ignored common punctuation and paragraphs – then you’ll appreciate just how difficult it is to make sense of a mass block of text.

Of course, it’s better for an image to add something to the text. If I’m writing a report or study on monkeys in Africa – casually just dropping in a picture of a penguin is going to look a bit stupid. Although you could argue it’s thought provoking and makes the reader take notice of the image. The graphic in this instance would merely add to the structure of the page and possibly make it more visually appealing.

Technology documents and pages can be extremely dull and graphics although probably not strictly necessary usually make it easier to follow. For example if I’m writing a blog post about how a UK VPN would work then adding a couple of relevant images can make the page much more interesting.

The image itself is not that important but the effect it has on the page is crucial.    Here’s a picture of a VPN server, for the reader trying to understand the concept it might make the difference.

Sometimes it’s difficult to find the right image to use in a page, but then use your imagination and just try and substitute something similar.  Obviously there’s only so many hardware pictures you can use in a technology post, but there are lots of related images that can make a page look more visually appealing.

Anything to do with networks or technology then you can break out the standard networking diagrams that you’ll find in many power point presentations.  The actual image doesn’t mean much but the page will look much brighter and easier to read.

Of course in some senses then you should be much more careful about the use of graphics and only use them in the right context.  A white paper or a serious research paper needs discipline and often every word is crucial, this is not the place for random lightning bolts implying the awesome speed of a computer network.   Explanations and blog posts though would look much sadder without them.  I often write posts about technology and facts, I have written many on how to bypass geo-blocks set up by media sites.  But I have found that a post which purports to explain how to watch BBC iPlayer abroad – like this one,  works much better with an image or video embedded in the text.

How do I know?  Well the beauty of web pages is that you can actually analyse what your readers are doing – metrics like how long they stayed, where they clicked off and if they pressed the back button are all readily available.  Through these you can see what works and what doesn’t and for technology posts you need images.

BBC Iplayer – One of Life’s Essentials

Whenever I’m in the United Kingdom there’s one thing I enjoy more than anything and that’s the TV there.  Watching a show for an hour without it being interrupted every ten minutes for endless adverts is simply bliss.  It’s not something you can do in many places and even fast forwarding recorded shows on a Tivo is not quite  the same.

But the BBC is complete bliss and not only are there no interruptions but the quality is generally superb too.  Of course the BBC has huge advantages in being centrally funded and not commercially driven however it’s certainly my favorite broadcaster bar none.  Nowadays the BBC has invested heavily in it’s online presence and was a pioneer in transmitting it’s content online using the Iplayer application.  You can watch pretty much all the shows online for a period of a few weeks or live whichever suits you best.

There is one drawback though – the BBC Iplayer application is not actually available outside the United Kingdom.  The web site checks the location of your computer by looking up your IP address – presumably to restrict the BBC shows to British license payers, although this seems rather mean.  Fortunately I found this useful post which shows you how to watch the BBC Iplayer abroad.  Apparently all you have to do is connect using a fake UK IP address and you’ll get access as normal.

I have tried this method out and it works fine, although make sure  you disconnect after or all your browsing will be routed through  the United Kingdom.  It’s kind of sad that we have to use these methods – the US media sites are no better, can you believe I can’t access Hulu on my laptop either when I’m out of the US.  The internet didn’t used to be like this and I for one miss the times when everything was accessible to everyone.

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afz-QXrkar8