Month: November 2008

40+ things how to get targeted traffic from Stumble Upon (SU series – Part 4)

Here are the 40+ things,

  1. Download the latest Stumble Upon toolbar and start using it
  2. Add a nice picture in your profile
  3. Write a nice bio
  4. Stumble regularly
  5. Thumbs up and down
  6. Stay on the site you stumble and explore it
  7. Write good stumble reviews
  8. Comment on the pages you like
  9. Add friends on your niche
  10. Subscribe to other stumblers
  11. Stumble the users and add reviews
  12. Submit the best articles from your blog
  13. Use tags
  14. Stumble funny images
  15. Add your fans as friends
  16. Add friends who thumbed for your content
  17. Message your friends
  18. Send articles to your friends with the SU toolbar
  19. Report about bad stumbles and users
  20. Ask your friends to discover your page
  21. Capture the first time visitor from SU
  22. Make your friends, stumble users
  23. Make stumble users as your blog reader
  24. Let others promote your content
  25. Return the favor to your friends
  26. Connect with your SU friends on other networks
  27. Be personal
  28. Be professional
  29. Search SU for latest articles
  30. Browse your friend’s profile
  31. Add specific article pages in SU, not the main home page
  32. Thank your supporters
  33. Subscribe to stumblers via RSS
  34. Stumble videos
  35. Add the stumble button in your articles
  36. Ask for thumbs up in your article
  37. Add the stumble plug in, in your blog
  38. Stumble through sites like wikipedia, blogger, cnn etc
  39. Use stumble upon search recommendation plug in
  40. Create stumble worthy contents
  41. Don’t stumble because you have to, stumble because you love to

Leave a reply on this blog post to let me know your response

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Adding the ‘Tell a friend’ button in your blog posts

Go to tellafriend.com and click on ‘Sign up.’ On the page you will find the button(you don’t have to sign up for it) Select your blog type (Like blogger), select the button and get the code.

Now go to your blogger Dashboard > Layout > Edit HTML.

Now click on the ‘Expand widgets template.’

Search this code,

<data:post.body/>

Add the code after it to show the button below your posts, or add the code before it to show the button above the posts. Simple!

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Stumble Upon for targeted traffic – Part 3 – Some odd Stumbles that got extremely popular

Stumble upon is a community where the content will get the exposure according to the quality of the stumble. The article will also have to be a quality article so that other people will vote for that too. I experienced some odd things which helped me to get Stumble exposure surprisingly. Here are some of the examples from my blog,

1. For the quality

Article: Micro blogging for fun, for traffic

This article I submitted to the community but didn’t thought it might get a huge response. I wrote this article about micro blogging(twitter) one afternoon. I Stumbled it after publishing and it started receiving thumbs up. In the next 2 hours, the single article got around 800 visitors. I think this is because of the quality of that article and this is why it got some quality stumbles.

2. For the authority

Article: 7 Ways on how to get more comments on your blog post

I wrote this article and stumbled myself. This was not a great one, only few tips about getting comments. But within the hour it got many stumbles from other users. This article got popular and I decided to publish another article by explaining those tips further; here is the 2nd article. I believe the reason for getting the buzz because of my power stumble.(3) For my reader

Article: Earn in British pounds from your blog

This is a money making article. Just a simple article about a money making website, which allows you to earn in British pounds by selling ad space. Few weeks ago I saw this article is having a burst in traffic, around 500 visitors alone. I checked the source and found one of my friend have stumbled this article. This is one thing you would love; when your readers start to promote your content.

4. Double exposure

Article: How to make a person follow your blog forever?

This was one good article from my blog. It was getting usual response from stumble upon and then it happened. One of my friends stumbled the article after submitting a comment. He accidentally stumbled the comment page(that also goes to the same page) and then two pages of one article were submitted into SU’s database. The extra page got also thumbed up by 7+ users and got extra 600 visitors. This is something that doesn’t happens everyday.

These were some odd stumbles that got popular from my blog, please leave a comment if you want to know something about this topic. Do you think any odd promotion could happen with this article too? lets find it out…

[… Above articles got popular in the Stumble community when this blog was on other platform; As I changed the platform, all of the parmalinks were replaced and backlinks from SU was gone. You can help me by promoting any article you like from my blog with a stumble or any other ways you want and let me build an authority again …]

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How to increase page views and capture the first time visitors

If I ask you how to get traffic to your blog, you can give me a list of 10-15 ways to get traffic or even more. It’s almost easier to get some traffic to your blog in no time, but the thing we look forward for a blog is, how much time a visitor is spending in your blog and how many pages he is viewing in each visit? This is definitely a key factor to make your blog better and to convert first time visitors into loyal readers.

I was watching over my blog’s statistic other day and I saw some improvements in the traffic. Thanks to google analytics for collecting my site data. I’m sharing my last month’s traffic status below and you can see that I’ve highlighted ‘Pages/Visits’,

The average number of pages a visitor visits in each time is called Pages/Visits. My blog is having 40% bounce rate that means 40 out of 100 people left my blog from the first page. Getting 2.04 page views per visits is extremely difficult when you are getting the bulk amount of traffic from social bookmarking sites. I get most of my visitors from Stumble Upon but many people complain that the visitors from that source don’t stay longer on the site.

I’ve constructed some good quality articles which sure attract people but also I’ve applied some other ways to increase page views. Here are some easy steps to increase page views in your blog,

Continued articles (Read more method)

There are plugins for wordpress and hacks for blogger platform to create continued articles. When a visitor will land on your home page, he will see a summery of the article. He will then have to click on the ‘Read more, continue reading, or whatever..’ to see the full article. The visitor will be redirected to the article page to read the article; this means another extra page view to read the same article. But if your article is not appealing enough for your visitor, then he will not click on the ‘Read more’ link to see the article.

Internal linking

Internal links are one of the best ways to attract more page views. You have to put the links between the article texts which will link to another page of your blog. This will catch the attention of the reader and he will click on the link to read that article too.

Related posts

There are automatic and manual ways to create related posts under your articles. When a reader will finish reading your article, he will see a set of articles related to that article topic which will give him more resources to learn about the topic. This is a nice way to increase page views and it works all the time.

Using your sidebar

You can use your blog sidebar to increase page views. Use some of your best articles like a top ten list on the sidebar and your readers will read them too. You can also add recent articles, categories, labels and other links that point to your articles in your sidebar.

Article pages

I’ve created some special pages on my blog with a set of articles on each topic. These will help you to capture more page views. The page is full of links to your older posts. You have to make this page easier to browse and to find good articles. You can see some of my article pages like, Popular articles, Beginners guide and Make money.

Comments

Comments are also important for getting more page views. If you can attract lots of comments, your readers will stay longer on your blog to read and come back again to see the reply of their comment. Most of the comments system has another page when a person leaves a comment, meaning another extra page view. You can also use your sidebar with recent comments to have more page views.

More ways for more page views

There could be more ways to attract page views on your blog like adding a community page or an about me page on your blog. You can add the RSS feed icon and email form to capture the new visitor. Using your social platforms on your blog is also a nice way to get more page views. You can use chat box on your page to interact with readers or could add a forum page which will have more page views.

What do you say?

I’m looking forward if I could get 3.00 Pages/Visits, I know it’s difficult but have to try my best. What is your status? Are you getting more page views from your loyal readers? What are the things you are doing to get more page views, tell me and I will post it on my blog.

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Beginners guide for building your own social brand

If you want to succeed online, then you have to establish yourself on the internet. You have to make new contacts, build up communication and trust and authority online. It’s easy to sign up and join any of the online social platforms but having such an authority in any network is worth spending the time. The good side is that you can use your authority for your online venture to make profit.

Set the target

You have to determine what you are building. Are you building your personal brand or your blog’s/ company’s brand? These days lots of people have created social profiles to promote their blog and used the name to build buzz for their brand. If you want to build up a long term brand and a brand which you can use forever, then I would suggest you to build your self as the brand.
If you work to build your personal brand, then you will have long term benefits. First of all you are the owner and you can use it to promote any of your projects you want. But if you use your blog as the brand and few years later you move on to a new project, then you have to start all over again.

Getting started

If you choose to use your blog as a brand, then use your blog’s name and the logo. If you choose to build your personal brand then use your original name and picture. I used my real name, Tamal Anwar and the real picture as my profile image.

Create a word document in your desktop and write a short 150 words paragraph about you to introduce yourself. You have to write about yourself in every social profile you create, so copy-paste the same text to save time. Choose a nice profile picture(use real picture) and make 3 copies of it. Create one small (48×48 pixel), one medium(125×125 pixel) and one big image (free size). Use a square image so it won’t look messy if resized.

Social profile

Create a social profile from Facebook or Myspace. I choose these two because these are popular and have lots of active users. Create a profile in one of these or use both of them if you wish. Once you are done, make some friends and join some group. Browse the network regularly. Don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook.

Professional profile
Create a professional profile from LinkedIn. There are lots of professionals on the network. This will help you to create new professional contacts in your business. LinkedIn profile is a great way to share about your profession, expertise and lots of things. You can connect with people from different industries and ask for recommendations. This will work just like your own online CV. Connect with me on LinkedIn.

Social bookmarking

You browse a lot of things online. Social bookmarking sites are great place to store your favorite links. I would suggest you to use Digg and StumbleUpon. Create a digg profile and use the network to Digg(vote) stories you like. You can also submit your own page from your blog and promote it. Digg is a great site to get traffic. Sign up for StumbleUpon and download the toolbar. Browse pages and Thumb Up! the pages you like. You can use Stumble to get tons of traffic to your blog also. Don’t forget to connect with me on Digg and SU.

Video sharing

YouTube is the no 1 place for video sharing. Use the community to browse videos and you can also use it to promote your blog. You can create viral videos and see how it brings new visitors to your blog.

Blog community

Blog Catalog and My blog log are the two great communities to promote your blog. Create profiles in those platforms and add the recent visitors widget in your blog. My blog log has a unique service to manage your blog readers. Blog Catalog has a great bloggers base and you can use their forum to promote your blog. Be active on those communities to build your own brand.

Micro blogging

Micro blogging sites like Twitter and Plurk are great places to share what you are doing right now. They are not time wasters, they have a great role in communication and micro blogs can bring traffic to your blog. You can use the service with your mobile phone and keep your followers updated.

Gravatar

Gravatar is a service which will help you to keep your identity using your own picture. Gravatar adds your picture on your email address and when you will leave a comment on a blog post, your profile image will show up on the comment. This will help you to spread your picture every where you leave a comment building a known face.

Other tools

Other social tools, plugins and networks you can use to keep up with your social profile. Sign up for a FriendFeed account which will allow you to conncet with all of your social profiles. Other people can connect with your updates in friendfeed too. You can use Ping.fm to update all of your social pages, blogs and status from one place. Use entrecard to get traffic and drop entrecards on different blogs you visit. This way bloggers will know about you and your blog.

Cross promote your profiles

Cross link and promote all of your social profiles together and see how your brand goes up. Add all of your social links on your blog and other profiles. Micro blog about an article and ask for diggs or stumbles. Vote for a content on every social network you use. Connect with a person on his every social profile you use.

Be active on the communities

If you want to build a personal brand, want some connections and want to bring something out from the networks, you have to be active on the networks. Complete your profile and stay on those sites. If you don’t like a community, remove it from your list and focus on the community you like. Join groups and be active on the discussion. Keep your discussions relavent, don’t just have a mentality to bring everyone to your website. If you can build trust and authority, your friends will sure come to your site.

Any suggestions?

How you are building your social brand? Do you have some active profiles or you just want to be on every social platform? How you communicate with people and is it working for you? tell me.

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4 Ways explained on how to get more comments on your blog post?

I wrote an article about 7 Ways how to get more comments on your blog post? Now I’m writing this article as an advanced version of the post to explain 4 of the tips from that article. You can sure read that article if you missed it.

1. Make it easier to comment

First of all you have to allow comments. By default, every blog system has a built in comments system. But please take a look at your comments box and use your own experience, is it hard to comment? Most of the time your readers will not comment because they have to log in with an ID. Make it easy to comment and allow anonymous comments.

If you hold comments for moderation, then please don’t use a word verification box.
If you want the comments and discussions to run live, then remove moderation. Blogger platform have a lack of a good comments system. You have to go to another page, write a comment, fill up the word verification and then comment. Use an alternative comments system like Disqus which is easier to use.

2. Ask for comments

Asking from the audience is good but is it worthy? I mean the post you have written in your blog, does it deserves a comment or further information? If you tend to write everything on your post and complete it, your readers won’t add something more. If you write an article with some informations missing and ask your readers to complete it, then they will participate. Sometimes adding one wrong information works well to engage your readers.

Ask your friends to support you too. Ask people from social networks and forums to help you with nice comments. When you know that you are getting a burst of traffic like the Digg or Stumble effect, then get some comments earlier. People will go away without leaving a comment, if you don’t have any comments on your post.

4. Reward your commentors

The basic way to reward your commentors is to give them a link back with the help of top commentors widget. But there are more ways you can promote your readers. The more you do for for them the more they will do for you. You can showcase the best comment and commentor just like my friend Hamdani Amin from Streamxy did in his blog.

Other ways to reward your commentors is to reply comments back to their blog, giving a social vote for their blog, giving entrecard credits and lots of more ways to promote your readers.

6. Showcase your comments

When your readers will see that other people have commented on your blog, they will comment on your blog too. You can easily add a comment widget on your blog with the latest comments. Adding comment widget with avatars works well to attract more comments. Comments are another sort of content which people love to consume. If the comment is interesting, other readers will follow that discussion and leave a comment. You can use your other sites to show off your comments also.

There are many widgets can be found online which will allow you to show of top commentors, recent comments and popular articles by comment. You can also build your own recent comments widget by adding a new RSS feed widget and adding this address, www.yourblog.com/feeds/comments/default

I hope you have enjoyed the advanced version of the article and please do leave a comment also. You can help me by promoting this article just the way you want, thanks.

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Stumble Upon for targeted traffic – Part 2 – Get better results

Some simple tips which will help you to get better results from Stumble Upon,

Build a profile

Unlike any other social platforms, you have to build a good profile on SU. Add your picture, a bio and a little something about you. The topics you stumble through will define your profile better -this is the main part. So please make sure what kind of article you will stumble. Will you stumble Business, Politics, Tech or other topics. Stumbling a niche will help you to build a better profile than stumbling everything.

Use the community

Download the SU toolbar and use the site. Browse sites and discover great articles. Vote for quality articles. Make new friends and communicate with them, send articles. Use the site as your search engine -the way you search for things in a topic, not just as a community. When you found a nice site, take your time and browse it. I found great sites with this community.

Ask for favors and return more

Submit only best articles from your blog and ask for stumble help. Return more favors and help your friends. Ask for stumble but when you have to return it, don’t just stumble, give something more like a comment or a vote from other community. Don’t forget the quality of what you are promoting; ask for apology if you are unable to help him.

Turn supporters into friend

When a someone else thumbs your content, that means he liked your blog and he might be interested in more. So add him as friend and send him a message thanking him. When you have something new to promote, ask for his help too, he will sure like to help.

Turn readers into Stumblers

Why not make your readers into your fellow stumblers too? Educate them for this great community and see how it helps you to get more traffic. When your readers will become a stumble addict, they will promote your content on SU too. You can create blog post about stumble upon, communicate with readers about this topic or you can also refer your friends to read from other blogs about Stumble Upon. You can also share my blog for more resources.

Every Stumble counts

Its not about your blog, its about your stumble authority. Make sure you stumble promote the things that really deserves it. If your each thumbs up and submission brings lots of visitors to those pages, that means you are building a better SU profile. If you put same effort and time on each stumble(your and others content) you will build a great profile.

Stumble the users

You can also vote for stumble users too. This will help your friends to build a good profile. As a result you will get the favor in return too. Support those people who submit great quality articles and who are regular users. Subscribe to their stumbles as an extra support.

Before I publish the next article about,”Some odd Stumbles that got extremely popular” stay connected with me and please promote this article with a Thumbs Up!

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Why you should not focus on Google Page Rank

Wow apple.com has Google page rank 9! no wonder how they managed to do this and what are they doing to get PR 10?

-do you think a big company like apple is working hard to get a better page rank? Off course not, they make computers and they have more things to think about. Google’s page rank is a kind of rating which small sites get mad to achieve.

-now you might think that, ya Tamal’s blogs have lost the page rank and this is why he is telling us why having a good page rank is a bad thing. Off course not, I want to have a better page rank too but the thing I wanted to say is, if you only focus on getting a better page rank, then you will lost your other things online.

Google was doing a great job, categorizing the internet by ranking different sites. The page with more quality backlinks got higher page rank. Few years ago some established bloggers and webmasters started to sell links to earn some money. This way business people started to buy links for their website to get higher ranks in search engines. May be this is the time when some sites started link trading business like PayPerPost, Review Me and Text Link Ads.

Google saw that in this way even low quality sites are getting higher rankings and then they changed their alghorithm. With this new system, big blogs with page rank 5-7 fallen at page rank 2-4. Medium sized bloggers with page rank 3-5 fallen at 1 or no page rank. This impacked the internet so much that the small and medium sized bloggers, who’s earning was depended on their high page rank were gone.

Where big bloggers with lots of readers found other ways to keep their income going on, others with small blogs were hopeless and quit blogging. The bloggers who were making thousands of dollars per month, ended up selling their blog in few hundreds of dollars.

You should not focus on page rank if you want to develop a better blog and want to make a living with it. When I was a new blogger and had no page rank of my blog, I wondered how it feels like to have such a nice page rank? When I got PR 3 for my first blog, the search traffic was still the same. Then I knew that page rank is just a status and you must work by yourself to develop readership.

You must not depend on the page rank for traffic, earning or anything else. Try to build up readership and create an excellent blog.

Link trading marketplaces look for other ways for the business. ReviewMe started to look for blogs with more daily RSS readers where PayPerPost created their own ranking system called Izea real rank. Most of the paid per post marketplaces changed the review structure so the review will look like an original post.

Real page rank will come automatically over time. Apple.com got their page rank because the site was there from the beginning and lots of people linked to them. They didn’t try to get the rank, the rank followed them. I remember the words from Darren Rowse(ProBlogger.net)Try to build up a better blog and let the page rank find you.

In the mean time focus on great quality articles, building loyal readers and increasing your RSS readership. Stop wasting your time on heavy keyword research, hardcore SEO and emailing people for a link exchange. If you do these things, you won’t be worried about the page rank change. But a light search engine optimization is healthy for every blog, so why not check out this article from my friend Wei Liang: 18 search engine optimizations

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Stumble Upon for targeted traffic – Part 1 – The MYTHS

“Oh no! SU just changed their algorithm, now I’m not going to get more traffic from this source; I better look for other ways :(”

You should not worry about this if you use the Stumble community in the right way and you will still get more targeted visitors who will Thumbs Up! your content and stick with your blog. For months I’ve been using stumble upon to get quality visitors to my blog and I would like to show you some tips to get more benefits with this exciting social bookmarking site.

There are some MYTHS about SU and they are,

(1) You can’t submit your own content
(2) You can’t ask for stumbles and
(3) You can’t send your content

Let me tell you, I’ve been submitting my own contents from this blog and I’m getting very good results from it. SU is a web community and you should contribute to the site by adding great quality web pages and articles on their directory. As the same way I have been adding the quality articles(Not everything) from my blog on SU.

I have written about different money making websites, web tips and tricks and paid reviews but I didn’t submitted all of those articles on the community. I just only submitted those articles which really deserves some exposure.

You can always ask for stumble help from your friends. I don’t see it as spam, its the way you are making them aware of a nice article you provided. If its a quality article, it will help your friend too and he will sure Thumb it up for you, this is what friends for. Getting some extra stumble help makes an article stronger.

If you have 100 stumble friends and you asked all of them for a Thumbs up each, you might get the help but your article will lose the power because it will be then called spam. My idea is to sending 5-8 of your active stumble friends for a stumble. And off course few stumbles from power users are better than having 100’s from new users.

Stumble upon has an option to send the article to your friends. It can be done for sharing or for communication reason. This is one of the fastest ways to ask for a stumble. This is a great way to share articles and this is why this feature is for. I send the articles I stumble and ask them to check it out with a private message. This feature gives a personal touch with the system and helps to get a stumble help.

I get a reply message that he read this article and liked it, I reply again saying ‘thanks.’ This is not spam, this is human communication.

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7 Ways to Get More Comments on Your Blog

increase commentsImagine that you wrote a 500 word article and it started to generate comments. After a few months there are around 100 comments on that single post. Now when a new visitor comes to that page, he took 10 minutes to read the article and then he took 1 hour to read the comments. He posted another comment and then he came back again few hours later to check if there’s any new comment on that post.

What just happened? Your 500 word article got bigger and more attractive because of those comments. Comments are different than the author’s voice this is why it could get very much informative. Most of the time comments become discussions where one reader interacts with another, not just the author. There’s nothing much to say why you need comments on your blog posts. You can attract visitors to your blog if there are some comments on each of your posts. Here are some ways to get more comments on your blog,

1. Make it Easier to Comment on Your Blog

Use an easy interface to comment on your blog. If your comment system is not good, then use a third party comments system like Disqus. Don’t make it too hard to comment or don’t force your readers to ‘log in’ to comment on a post.

2. Ask for Comments in Post

If you ask for comments, they will comment. Put some questions after each of your posts and ask them to leave a comment. This way your readers will sure leave a response.

3. Leave Some Comments

You have to comment also if you want people to comment on you. Visit blogs you like and post nice comments on them. Post original comments, not just: ‘Nice blog, keep up the good work’ -type comments. If you put a good comment, the author will follow to your blog and will comment on you.

4. Reward Your Commentors

You can reward your commentors with a linkback to their blog. There are plug-ins where you can show off the top commentors on your blog with a link back. Making your blog comments ‘Do follow’ will help to attract more commentors.

5. Reply to Comments

Once you got comments, don’t forget to reply to it. Thank him, help him or ask him an advice to let him leave another comment. If you reply to comments, you can also increase the total number of comments too. On the other hand, your readers will leave more comments on your blog.

6. Showcase Your Comments

There are many plug-ins and widgets on the internet where you can show off your latest comments. These will work well to get more comments. If you show off your comments, people will like to read those and they will post one more comment.

7. Your Own Idea…

Here where you will put the 7th idea. Let me know!

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