Your blog is bleeding. Hemorrhaging in fact.
Every day you are losing valuable readers because of tiny cuts and gashes all over your blog. All that hard work you did crafting headlines, writing original content and marketing your work is going to waste. In this article I am going to show you how you can stop your blog bleeds and retain more visitors to your blog.
Diagnosing the blog bleeds
The first thing a doctor does when he or she sees a patient is takes a history. In fact, 90% of all diagnosis’ are done from the patient history. Apply that to the blogging world and it means you can solve a lot of your blog bleeding by just knowing where it is taking place. A lot of people have no idea.
Well, you asked for it! Here is the first ever Blog Tyrant video tutorial!
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Today I want to show you how you can very simply create a Facebook landing page for your Fan Page using FBML, just like Darren Rowse the Problogger has done. This is a fantastic way to make your page look less like Facebook’s brand and more like your own. Quite a few of the lovely Blog Tyrant readers have asked me how to do this so I thought I’d try it as the premier video.
Have you ever been standing at a petrol pump watching the dollars tick over only to notice a little advert for milk on the pump handle? That is called wait marketing; a form of marketing where products are promoted to you while you wait around for something else to happen.
It is a very powerful method.
In this article I am going to talk about how you can use wait marketing on your blogs and online businesses to make more money. This article is part of an ongoing trend here on Blog Tyrant to talk about offline marketing methods that work well for blogs and websites.
What exactly is wait marketing?
Wait marketing really isn’t that difficult to understand. Basically, any time you are standing around waiting for something and you see an advert positioned in that very place you can be certain it is a wait marketing campaign. Some of the most common places you find wait marketing promotions include:
Today I want to try something new. Its Friday and I am feeling creative. Today I want to open up the comments to the amazing, intelligent and good looking Blog Tyrant community and ask you a question. Hopefully by the end of it all we might have something brand new to talk about.
Whats the question man?
I want to know what you wish existed in the blogging world. I don’t care how bizarre, different, similar or boring it sounds as long as it meets two very important criteria:
- It must meet a need or a want
It has to be something that you actually would like to see or participate in or use. We’d all like a solid gold house but it doesn’t really have much use in a practical sense.
- It must be related to blogging or website development
This website is all about blogging so let’s keep the ideas in the family.
If you have an idea that meets these two criteria, something that you wish existed in the blogging world, I would really like to hear about it. Please leave a comment. If I like it I might send you an email.
You’ve written some good posts, got your blue-shirt trust happening but you still can’t make your new readers stick around. It is an extremely frustrating feeling.
In just 20 posts Blog Tyrant has got over 1000 comments, several thousand subscribers and has an amazing community of intelligent, patient and extremely good-looking readers. The post in the link above got close to 250 comments in around 12 hours!
In this article I am going to talk about a few things I did to convert new visitors into loyal readers that participate and get involved with my blog. Hopefully you will be able to take some of these lessons and start growing a community a lot quicker than normal.
The percentages and why returning readers matter most
I just had a quick look in my Google Analytics account and took a screenshot to show the statistic about the new vs returning visitors here on Blog Tyrant.
If you run a business it is conversions that matter most. Not traffic or Google rankings but conversions.
Sure, you need traffic in order to have someone to convert but unless you can capture a good percentage of visitors in some meaningful way you are largely wasting your time. All of your marketing, copy writing, SEO and social media efforts will amount to nothing.
In this article I am going to show one very basic but vital principle that will help you increase your conversions on everything. It is not complex or secret in any way but it is extremely important; especially if you don’t have it. Oh, and make sure you read all the way to the end as there is a nice little surprise at the bottom.
What exactly are conversions?
Just so we are all on the same page it is important to take a quick look at exactly what we are talking about when we say conversions. Because this blog is about online marketing we will stick mainly to internet products that you are attempting to get your visitors to interact with. These include:
Did you know that that time of day that you publish your blog articles has a big impact on how well they do on social media, how many comments they get and how many people actually read it? Yep, the time of day and the day of the week are important parts of your blog posting strategy.
In this post I am going to you when you should post for maximum benefit. It is actually much more important than you might think.
A stupid experiment
I am doing this because I love you. Normally I wouldn’t publish a post on a Thursday night New York time because it is one of the worst times of the week. But by doing so I will be able to show you some of the data that I will have in a few days time – feedburner reach, traffic levels and probably even a smaller amount of comments. Note that every article I write gets at least 50 comments or so. I am betting that this post will get significantly less than the others.
Google. One of the greatest inventions of all time. The search engine that changed the way we look for information, advertise and communicate with each other. And for the most part Google is a blogger’s best friend, capable of sending tens of thousands of targeted visitors to your website every day. But there is a dark side. A dark side you might not have thought of and one that may have a dramatic effect on your online success and financial safety.
In this post I am going to talk about what I am calling the Google test. Read it and find out whether your blog passes.
My first blog: loved and hated by Google
I need to start this post with a little bit of a background story – a story about how Google both loved and then hated my first blog. Fresh out of high school and obsessed with fitness, martial arts and lifting weights, I started a blog about my training ideas and within a very short time gained a huge amount of traffic from Google thanks to some excellent rankings from some very popular keywords.
Did you know that your blog has certain hot areas that get more attention than other places on your blog? Did you know that the way you use these hot areas can actually have a significant impact on how successful your blog and its content will be over time? Well now you do. In this article I am going to show you where these hot spots are and, more importantly, how to use them to your advantage.
What exactly is a hot area?
Before we jump into the potatoes of the post I want to talk a little bit about what exactly these hot areas or hot spots are. Basically we can say that they fall in to two categories or types:
- The eye catching areas
These are the parts of your blog or website that the eye naturally gravitates to. Web designers will tell you that you can manipulate where the eye goes using clever design and I agree. But that being said, there are several areas on a blog that people’s eyes are used to landing. These areas are important.
- The high clicking areas
After the eye catching areas you have the high clicking areas. These are the parts of the blog or website that are more likely to get clicks by your users. Yep, you heard right. Not all parts of a website are equal when it comes to clicks.
If you can tap in to these hot spots and hot areas you will be surprised at how much more success you have with things like generating revenue, subscribers, interactions and so on.
Normally I write about how to dominate your blog’s niche and work from home but today we need to talk about something even more important. Your health. Earlier this year I had a bit of a health scare and, as it turned out, the problem was largely related to the amount of time I spent on the computer. I always knew that computing could cause some health issues but what I never imagined was how potentially serious they could be.
In this article I am going to talk about a few ways that your blog is damaging your health beyond repair. Please note that the title is not intended to be (entirely) sensational; many of these problems are difficult to reverse unless you catch them really early.