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! Hostgator sent you a new account email containing the control panel (cpanel) url, user name and password to login, which you gladly turned over to your techie friend or freelancer! But as with many things in the adult world you need to understand a little about what’s under the hood, if only to give it proper respect, not fear! How to login your site’s control panel The quick way is to use your domain name with “/cpanel” to bring up the login screen — you still need to have your user id and password. This is critical information when in the wrong hands can leave your site vulnerable to hackers, so be sure to […]

Comment Luv is Back on This Blog – Join the Party

March 18, 2012 // 20 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 comment author to see her last 10 posts and select the one that might interest this blog’s readers. Cool! I could see the difference immediately when 2 real comments came in — how refreshing! Many bloggers offer the 10 post selection to subscribers only, but I chose to allow this feature for all commentators. I haven’t yet decided on offering DoFollow links or Linked keywords for repeat commentators. These would be extra rewards (enticements) for people participating in community dialog. Currently I use the lite (free) version and those […]

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 at a box did not fit into my theme’s sidebar. I had to adjustments the width. Instead of 300  I used 270px.  Here’s the final widget code.  Just copy and paste into a new Html widget on your sidebar. Then  substitute your YouTube name instead of  BWSVideoSBA and Save. <iframe id=”fr” src=”” style=”overflow: hidden; height: 105px; width: 270px; border: 0;” scrolling=”no” frameBorder=”0″></iframe> Add a YouTube  Subscribe Icon I opted for the second method, using a clickable icon instead of the box. It takes up less […]

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 management, adding a blog for the first time. More about that later… Here’s where the new feature sits on the Analytics dashboard:  A quote from the Google Analytics announcement late last year: Analytics Intelligence constantly monitors your website’s traffic. Anytime something significant happens, it adds an automatic alert in your Intelligence reports. If your bounce rate suddenly jumps on one of your referrals, Analytics Intelligence creates an alert. Of course, it’s up to you to go find out that the bounce rate jumped because someone inadvertently changed the landing page. But […]

Yet Another Twitter Gadget

March 23, 2010 // 17 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 to match your theme’s design. Happy tweeting. Image via Wikipedia If you found this post useful, leave a comment to let me know. Grab the BPWebnews tips button and share the luv with others. Get future posts in your RSS feed or by email.

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 down Who am I following? These are the 53 people to whom I can send direct messages; my retweets are seen on their timelines. Who is not following me? These are the 10 people who don’t consider me a friend, i.e. they don’t see my tweets; I can’t send them a message; if I reply to one of their tweets they may never see it, unless they search on their own names. In effect I’m stalking them. I decided to unfollow a few […]

Why Google Friends Don’t Connect

January 12, 2009 // 10 Comments

You may have noticed I installed the Google Friend widgets after seeing it on several blogs. Seemed like a good way for visitors to leave quick messages. Friends who join the community see their avatars with links to their favorite blogs, etc. I plan to delete the widgets but you can at least see the snapshots in this post. What is it?Google Friend Connect “means more people engaging more deeply with your website — and with each other.” It’s supposed to attract more visitors. “Your users can easily invite friends from social networks and contact lists to visit and join your site.” How is it different?Mashable compares Facebook Connect to Google Friend Connect: The key difference between the two services is the fact that Facebook is one social network, while Google Friend Connect is open to any site, service or social network that uses OpenID for identification. For example, with Google Friend Connect your visitors can log in using their Gmail credentials, meaning that they don’t really have to be a part of any (strictly […]

Displaying Incoming Traffic On Your Blog

July 30, 2008 // 2 Comments

There are several good tools that allow you to track your blog’s traffic. Many bloggers use FeedBurner, SiteMeter and or GoogleAnalytics to review visitor trends. However, for the really impatient blogger who wants a blow-by-blow account, there are live traffic feeds! I decided to try the one provided by FeedJit. How is a live feed different? If you’ve seen the social networking widgets on this blog, you might ask what makes FeedJit different. The BlogCatalog widget provides an icon for each visitor, visual clues for who has visited and how recently. However, the social networks only show you people who have joined those communities. That leaves out a significant number of people who arrive on searches or Stumbleupon referrals. FeedJit covers that gap by showing information for all visits. But unlike the community widgets, FeedJit shows only text, making it a bit impersonal. What makes FeedJit attractive? You can see the site your visitor used and on which page they landed. For example, someone clicking on your blog from a discussion in BlogCatalog — you’d […]

Discovering Stars Along the Blogway

May 25, 2008 // 1 Comment

There is a class of blog travelers who make it their business to discover corners of the blog world. Using a browser toolbar from, they stake a claim of “I discovered it first”. It’s all about uncovering and publicizing other blogs and articles, while potentially giving your blog more exposure. As with sites like BlogCatalog, you have an identity or profile and people can follow your exploits. So I gave it a try and stumbled upon and “discovered” 3 blogs so far and voted for others that were already staked! I’m not sure if the discovered sites know that they are in my ‘BPWebNews, StumbleUpon’ territory! I will continue to find and use this as a way to give you more views on blog traffic, advertising and general internet business tips.Here’s a snapshot of what was discovered along the blogway in May, 2008: (the widget is courtesy of BlogCatalog which does a good job of tracking my actions). See the most current news in the live box on the sidebar – click on anything […]

Is BlogRush Giving You The Bum Rush?

May 16, 2008 // 2 Comments

BlogRush is supposed to ‘syndicate’ your recent posts across the blogosphere, i.e. on blogs that contain their widget, generating new visitors interested in the post title. Andy Beard had good experience with increased and diverse traffic, giving it a thumbs up in his post‘Blogrush 7 critical mistakes’ with advice on using it wisely to build traffic. BlogRush is free (not counting the large space the widget takes up on your blog, advertising their service) so I registered. If anyone joins from my widget I get credit for a referral, as well as credits each time the widget is displayed. Credits have no monetary value but are used to syndicate posts on other blogs. My posts got lots of exposure according to their stats, but no click-traffic to speak of. Seems I’m not the only one. I had trouble finding any recent reviews, but here’s what some others wrote about: – Lee McIntyre did what I did, namely add the widget and continue business as usual. We both realizied later that when a post is syndicated […]

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