Blogs flourish more in the company of its own network . Every blog that is part of an active network that interacts with each other on a mutually beneficial nature will find that there is much sense in participation. But where does one blog find the right network to develop in?
No blog can stand alone and no blog should. There is much benefit to be derived from simply joining a network of blogs which a blog can identify with in terms of theme and purpose. An online search can lead a blog to the right one but an applicant should be able to prove why his/her blog should be accepted into the group.
The main purpose of the existence of blog networks is to promote its member blogs. This is fairly easy to do when all the blogs have a common sense of direction in terms of objective and the manner in which such objectives are to achieved. The main advantage of joining a blog network comes in the links provided by other blogs. Since the quality of links is a critical issue, it would help tremendously if a blog belongs to a relevant network since the connection between blogs do not come out questionable.
Blogs applying to join a specific network should make sure to contact the manager of the chosen blog network . They are required to conform with the set conditions for joining . They should also make sure that they choose the right niche for swift approval.
There are many benefits derived from joining a blog network aside from the chance to interact with like blogs. Blogs are able to share their respective expertise with each other, making the activity fruitful for everybody concerned. The very same blogs can be a source of added traffic which is always a welcome development. With improved traffic comes the possibility of improved ranking which in turns offer more opportunities to earn revenues.
When a blogger writes an article and publishes it for the public’s eye, he or she can expect to get some reaction through commenting. Of course, this is presuming that readers have already found the blog. Making a blog visible to online searchers covers an entirely separate and extensive subject. Common sense dictates that bloggers should exert efforts to make their sites searchable. Unless this happens, receiving comments is a remote possibility.
When a blog post is commented on, a discussion has been initiated. It is to the advantage of bloggers to continue the discussion and encourage further interaction from the readers. The most logical thing to do is to reply to a comment since this shows interest on the readers’ view.
A genuinely obtained comment or a comment which has been provided not because of any reciprocal agreement to do so shows more value. It means that the article has been read on the reader’s own accord without any promise to do anything in return. It shows that the article has affected the reader to the degree that he or she has taken the effort to make his or views known to the writer. It does not really matter if the comment is something positive or negative. As long as it is a valid comment, it should be taken for whatever its worth.
When a blogger is seriously into blogging and not merely for the money, comments are taken seriously as well in the sense that they are recognized and answered. Positive comments should provide encouragement to continue whatever is deemed positive with the blog. However, there should be a constant lookout for ways towards improvement. No blog can remain forever optimized without occasional tweaks. As in all things, change is the only constant thing in blogging. The comments received can provide ideas on the way to go towards improvement.
There is nothing wrong with blogs or group of blogs connecting with each other to propagate interaction. The purpose of forming a network is usually to help the blogs in the network to increase revenue derived from advertising specifically with online advertisements. It becomes a black-hat SEO practice when it is being used to bestow a false semblance of authority to chosen websites.
This practice has come to the attention of Google forcing it to penalize concerned sites for what is considered unethical behavior. Websites numbering by the hundreds were removed from the search index thereby allowing conforming sites to advance accordingly in ranking. Judging by the number of removed sites, it is quite apparent that some SEO providers continue to test the limits of their practice.
Concern with high Google ranking continues to preoccupy the attention of SEO providers since the parameters are not clearly defined. Because of the obvious benefits of high ranking, not a few try to bypass the basic intent of Google to provide unque and relevant search results instead of a series of search results coming from a single source.
The intent of monopolizing the attention of online searchers is obvious. When such type of blog networks succeed in crowding the search area, there is less room for more relevant sites to be found in the first page. The efforts of black-hat blog networking results to the burying of more deserving sites in the back-list when they should be included in the primary list of search results. There is absolutely nothing wrong when blogs work together for the shared benefit of the group as long as they are done ethically and without deceit or intent to deceive.
A blog cannot and will not achieve its maximum potential without some sort of networking with other blogs. Networking should not be understood as simply mass linking, mass commenting, and mass posting. You know exactly what I mean -those perfectly senseless links, comments, and posts that clog the Internet too much that it is impossible to ignore them.
Like in every sensible activity wherein we undertake to achieve an identified goal, there is value in every effort, in every word, and in every interaction. When it is far too obvious that a site is just fishing for some good back links instead of presenting real value to the target source of important and needed links, the attempt for online interaction tends to backfire.
Expanding a blog’s network is not merely about increasing the number of followers. It should include facilitating connections between people in your network who will stand to benefit from direct interaction with each other. Hoarding on network members without allowing them to go their natural path of branching out on their own, defeats the purpose and essence of a blog network.
It always pays to reply to a comment because it represents a more personalized way of interacting. It shows that you read comments and replying initiates further contact or communication. Communication can extend beyond emailing. It can also be done through texting or attending blogging conferences.
A blog requires the involvement of people other than the author. The blogger alone cannot spread the word about the blog. He will need friends, followers, fans, and even foes to create awareness for his blog. Networking between blogs cannot be one way where one always gives and the other always takes. It is always a reciprocal effort. Doing any less will not be good for the blog in the long run.
In determining the worthiness of a site, search engines also look into the freshness of a site’s contents. Obviously, websites cannot afford to be static and just rely on the contents they have placed since they started. No matter how factual information is presented, it can always benefit from some related tweaking just to keep the topic relevant to the current times.
There are many ways to go about providing freshness to a site. A company blog is one and press release is another. Website owners can also include white papers, videos, and client testimonies to make the site more interesting. The more current the additions found in the site are, the more current a website would appear to be. Recent activities show movement which in turn shows that there is something happening in a site that can be of interest to online searchers.
Most of us might have encountered sites that appear to have been left behind in terms of physical presentation, contents, and site activities. Unless a site purposely seeks to achieve the feel of a bygone era because such is the theme of the site itself, no site should be caught looking like a remnant of what has been. There is simply no excuse for outdated content and long periods of inactivity in the online world. It is one thing for readers to look into interesting histories of companies, products, and ideas and another to be looking into a site that looks like history due to willful neglect of the owners.
Freshness is not only about entirely new things. It can be a new treatment or giving a new perspective to an otherwise fully-exhausted topic or genre. It is the constant interaction which website owners encourage in their respective sites. Readers like good content and they tend to go back over and over if they know they can expect something new in their next visit.
Blogging can be quite rewarding. The ability to provide the general public with matters of interest is commendable. One of the first questions asked, however, is how does this benefit the Blogger? When a Blog gains popularity, it gains higher ranking on search engine listings. If the topics of a Blog are interesting enough, it can easily get a good rank. One popular subject that people seek information about is the use of Antivirus software.
Most people want to get feedback on the usefulness of certain Antivirus programs, how often they should be updated, how much processing space they take up on the computer, and whether there is a free version for home-users. In most cases the range of offered Antivirus programs appeal to some but not to others. Some want to know how effective the programs would be on a Mac compared to a PC, while others express issues they have with certain Antivirus software which have been installed in outdated or beta operating systems.
The questions abound aplenty. One Antivirus that works remarkably well is AVG. It has been used both commercially and by home users, with complete success. It runs in the background, checks for viruses within emails as well, and will also notify the user if anything suspicious comes up. The updates take place regularly, ensuring the latest resolutions for any malicious virus on the web. Downloading and installation is not complicated. It can be done by anybody who uses computers.
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Images and videos are a great way to get a message across. After all, the human eye sees more in one picture than it does in words. Not to mention that images do not often need to be accompanied by text. It has been done by famous brands such as Starbucks and Media Power Houses such as CNN.
Images have the advantage of telling a story without using any specific language. This helps to widen the spectrum of viewers who do not speak or understand the language used on the blog. Many sites like these have incorporated the use of recipe videos to demonstrate cooking procedures and final products. Some have used videos to explain the techniques used for great manicures or pedicures.
The actual fact of the matter is that if a video is used in a blog, it should carry the right tags that will help it get SEO recognition. Blogging, when done in a structured way, will get enough SEO recognition that will make the owner happy. It is important to make use of relevant tags for better classification which will enable easier search otherwise the chance of being ignored by search engines is likely.
The purpose of a Blog is as good as the content that it bears. If one intends to start a Blog intended for brand or product promotions, just like the way Starbucks did it, gives the website exposure and helps brand recall. It is a great way to informally keep in touch with readers, whilst gaining an audience for the brand.
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The Internet is now a major thoroughfare for information. Nowadays most people rarely use “physical mediums” to fill up pages or meet certain requirements. This can be emancipating and nerve-racking at the same time.
How can you tell the ideal length of each post or article? If it is too long, readers may get bored, but if it is too short readers may feel that there is not enough information. The first thing you should remember is that most readers have a short attention span. It is best to keep articles concise. Paying attention to common lengths of other blog posts is also an option.
Technorati Top 100 English blogs for example contain 77 up to 1,449 words. A portion has a 100-500 word range, but most average from 100-249 words per post. Short posts are quite rare; they are usually blogs which contain more pictures, videos or audio instead of content. Gossip blogs on the other hand may be lengthier as they share stories or incidents.
The main difference in writing refers to its purpose, if the post is meant to entertain or used as a reference. Wikipedia for example has long articles in order to provide all the information you may need on a certain topic. The bottom line is that there is no limit as to how long or how short blogs should be, but keeping it simple is always the best option. Your readers will definitely appreciate it.
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The best blogs have a few things in common. They have a large number of followers and well written content. Although, there are other characteristics they have in common such as software, monetization, language, topics, background color and body typeface.
The blogging software used in each blog is the secret to its features and overall presentation. There are many applications available and they all have their advantages and disadvantages, which is why top blogs run on customized software. Heavy traffic sites often require customized tools and applications which is why the latter is often used by top blog sites.
Choosing the right application will depend on your needs and familiarity with the tools they offer. Below is a list of software available. Understanding them better and comparing them with your resources and needs will help you make the right decision when it comes to choosing the blogging software that is best for you.
Moveable Type is a common choice for most because it offers tools such as trackback, comments host, categorization and the likes. What sets it apart from the rest is its extensive customization options.
WordPress on the other hand is quite similar to Moveable Type. The only difference is that it is free. It can also be customized and there are quite a number of themes that can be installed to personalize the look of the blog.
Other services such as Blogger, MySpace and TypePad are also used by other top blogs but they are have limited choices when it comes to customization, but they are easier to setup.
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The number of bloggers has increased in the recent years. Nowadays, almost everyone is into blogging. It may be for personal or business purposes, but the bottom line is that it has become a tool for self-expression, sharing of information and improve communication. Let us learn more about blogging tools which can help bloggers share their posts easily.
First on the list is blogging software. They allow bloggers to add photos or upload videos easily. Some make posting widgets and tickers effortless, while others help personalize the way the blog looks. These helpful add-ons allow blog site owners to customize their site and make the most of it. These helpful tools are more for new bloggers with less experience. There are also more advanced tools that have more features.
So why use blogging tools? First of all they make publishing tasks effortless. They also liven up blogs by easy uploading of sound, photos and videos. Another advantage is the unique user interface that you can manipulate to make sure it is attractive to readers. Easy customization and layout also add to having a unique theme giving your site more personality. Blog statistics software, which is another helpful tool helps because they tell you about your readers and what they do on your site. It also keeps track of how your blog is doing and how much traffic you have. Plugins that link your sites to third party or social network sites are also very useful because they help increase awareness for your blog.
With the help of these software you will be able to maximize and improve your site according to your needs and preference.
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