Building blog traffic

Master Your Fear of Hostgator's CPanel: Claim Google AdWords Credit

May 14, 2012 // 13 Comments

This is the first in a series of casual (unscripted!) screencasts to help you overcome your fears of CPanel. If you recently opened an account on Hostgator you may have a $100 credit for Google AdWords. Unfortunately for those who faint at the words ‘login your cpanel’, the credit voucher is in the dreaded CPanel!  So don’t be afraid to claim it! Don’t fear this alligator! Hostgator sent you a new account email containing the control panel (cpanel) url, user name and password to login, which [...]

Comment Luv is Back on This Blog - Join the Party

March 18, 2012 // 19 Comments

Well, Comment Luv is back on this site! I’m rebuilding the reader community and now have a way of rewarding real commentators. A couple of days ago I installed the CommentLuv plugin which: “visits the site of the comment author while they type their comment and retrieve their last blog posts which they can choose to include at the bottom of their comment when they click submit.” - CommentLuv Readers can click the link to visit commentator’s last post. I’ve set the feature that allows the [...]

Create Social Connections with Your YouTube Channel

February 9, 2011 // 3 Comments

I recently read a great article about increasing your blog traffic from YouTube subscribers: Use YouTube to Build Your Blog’s Audience – ProBlogger. While looking at other blogs I noticed quite a few advertising their YouTube channels. I have a few public screen cast tutorials that that I refer to in my articles.  So I decided to become more social on YouTube by subscribing to a few other channels.  You may want to do the same, so here are two options: Add a YouTube Subscribe Box Widget My first attempt [...]

Ways to Engage Readers

May 6, 2010 // 7 Comments

Just added a toolbar by Apture to allow readers to more easily explore this blog — see prior post about lowering bounce rate. Using the toolbar, you can search for keywords. Other handy buttons on the toolbar let you bookmark the site or individual posts in FaceBook, Twitter or send via e-Mail — does anyone email referrals any more? Search results appear in a popup window. Your blog’s posts are listed before any Google results. There’s also a Wikipedia definition of your search word(s) at the [...]

Google Analytics Gets Intelligent

May 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

Google Analytics has a beta feature called “Intelligence”. I noticed it recently when I took a look at my blog’s statistics.  Not a pretty sight since I stopped posting on a regular basis and lost Page Rank. Much of my blogging time was spent on my team blog over at BloggingWithSuccess. The other co-founder was occupied with studies and another has been missing for a very long time. I’ve also spent a lot of time converting some clients from traditional websites to WordPress content [...]

Yet Another Twitter Gadget

March 23, 2010 // 18 Comments

Did you notice the brand new Twitter gadget in the sidebar? There’s a site called Twitter Goodies where you can create one for yourself — it’s interactive. You specify the colors, size, number of tweets to display, etc. If you need changes after installing your gadget, you can start over or adjust the gadget using the Layout tab on your Blogger Dashboard. It may look like Greek but fairly easy to find the attributes you want to adjust. Don’t forget to use ColorZilla, to capture the color codes [...]

Find YourTwitter Friends, Follows and Fans

March 17, 2010 // 0 Comments

FriendOrFollow is a handy tool to analyze your Twitter base and find out: Who are you following that’s not following you back? Who’s following you that you’re not following back? Find out! - FriendOrFollow I like an almost one to one ratio of people I follow on Twitter and those who follow me. I currently have 60 followers. I was curious about which ones have not followed me and if I had missed out on following someone back. So I used the Friend or Follow resource. Here are the results. Breaking it [...]
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