On Day 23 of the “Making Money From Blogging” Duel I’m happy to report my RSS feed seems to be working again!
I’ve also heard back from the head of the PR firm in Brighton saying she’s happy to be interviewed by me and perhaps to put some of her clients forward for interviews too. Very cool.
And I’m even happier to report that Day 23 is an easy day, work-wise!
Normally I wouldn’t recreate one of Michael Dunlop’s posts vertabim (he’s the guy whose “Create A Blog” plan I’m following), but as this one is so short, there’s no point in just reproducing a sentence or two and then sending you over there to read it.
Day 23: Getting the most out of a blog post
Today I want you to ‘rest’ for a few moments and think about “How do I get the most out of a Blog Post?”
The obvious answer for some would be how do I place more affiliate links in the post – or find associated related resources (and products) that I can recommend to my reader.
Well, that would only be part of the answer because
I would like to challenge you to think like THE VISITOR.
How could the visitor get more out of your post? How can you improve your post for your visitors benefit? That really should be the only question you ask, because when you do that,the rest (including additional products to promote) will take care of itself.
How can you deliver your reader more value?
Well, I’ve linked to resources -both via affiliate links but also via normal links – as I’ve gone along so that you don’t have to go hunting stuff down.
I’ve made sure most links open in a new window, so that, if you get distracted from my post for a moment – when you close the other page, my post is still there for you to continue reading.
One more example of how I’ve tried to deliver more value with this “Making Money From Blogging” duel series of posts is to link each blog post to the other with little forward / back links at the bottom of the post, so you can simple click from one to the other as you read.
Over at the new blog, I’ve made sure there is a link to the home page on the blog, a link to the blog on the home or squeeze page (good for SEO that, too) and kept it as simple as possible.
Another way of adding value for the visitors is to tell them the story of how the blog came to be, why it’s there, and how to contact you.
Google Position Update: Not listed now in first 10 pages – I’ll just keep adding content, we’ll be back! No change from yesterday.
Traffic Update: 20 visits in the last week – averaging 2-3 unique visits per day now, with occasional peaks of 8-10 people. 15% traffic from search engines. I’ve scheduled more blog posts which should help. No change.
Mailing List Update: 1 new subscriber, 2 unsubscribed again, 4 in total. No change. Need to write an autoresponder follow up series (or amend an existing one! although MD has not said to do that yet so I’ll wait)
Earnings Update: I am recommending BlueHost, Subliminal Power & my own Spartan Marketing Masterclasses on this blog so far. Added AWeber, AskDatabase & Total BusinessCart too. Earnings to date: £10 from joining an affiliate programme. No change.
Overview: With these tragic traffic figures I wouldn’t expect any subscribers or earnings. Need to be patient and see what the next few days of the plan brings, in the way of traffic-getting action and I would hope that I might get re-listed by Google again. My expectations were very realistic but I can see that some others might have got discouraged / given up by now. However I’ve got to be honest – while I’ve written about some of the steps – like getting an interview – I haven’t actually implemented them yet.
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