Why Your Blog is Failing

 

This is an excellent article sent me by HostGator. HostGator hosts my many web sites. I recommend using them. I experience no problems as reported by users of other web hosts.

HostGator has a great library of helpful articles such as this. This blog post is an example of content curation. I’m posting an article from another source and adding some text to it.

By posting this HostGator article I’m helping HostGator’s SEO. Make it a goal to post online content people want to share. Good content trumps all other SEO tactics.

Now, for the advice at hand . . . read this article and learn how to achieve greater return from you blogging efforts.

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When you start blogging it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and visions of building a massive readership and finally being able to quit your day job. It’s easy to get hyped on the idea of blogging, only to get discouraged when you don’t see results immediately.

Blogging isn’t for those seeking overnight results. However, if it’s been six months or longer and you feel like your blog is dead, then there could be a few things you’re doing wrong.

Below we dive into a few large-scale reasons your blog is failing and give a few recommendations for how you can fix these issues.

We won’t be talking about things like adding social media buttons or images to your posts. We’re talking about the bigger stuff.

 

  1. You’re Writing About The Wrong Things

When it comes to creating a blog people actually want to read, you need to write about things that make people care. For instance, if you’re using your blog as a personal journal and aren’t providing any grounded real-world wisdom, then there’s no reason for readers to stick around.

Who is your target audience? And how can you serve them with your content?

Get out of your own head and into the needs of your audience. The more you can write about things your audience cares about the more they’ll read and share your content.

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’10 Ways’ to Profit From Your Blog Posts …

 

I own and operate many niche marketing web sites. Some may be considered blogs. Others are pure eCommerce sites.

JoeAro.com is my primary ‘how to do business on the Internet’ blog. This is where I post information helpful to others wanting to earn money online.

A key money-making blog tool is banner ads. Click on the ads on this page and you go to an offer. As an affiliate marketer I then get a commission on  your purchase from the seller. You pay no more using my link. I just earn money if you do.

Many people start blogs to express views on one subject or another. Most blogs start with great enthusiasm and then die out from misuse. Blogs with at least one post a month are in the minority.

How often you post to your blog is up to you. Some folks post daily or even many times a day. Usually those posts are short. I post when I have something of value to put online.

Many Internet money-makers post very frequently to private Facebook groups. That keeps their fans tuned in. These folks are usually among the top Internet earners. Their video posts to social media are shared widely.

I use video in support of my online businesses. I have several Facebook fan pages, also. Along with Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Tumbler, and other social sites I, too, have several YouTube channels. Now, you won’t find most of those accounts under my name. They are usually found via niche market identifications.

If you have a blog and want to get started making money from it here’s a very good article that hit my inbox this morning.  I’d give you the author, but he/she was not identified, as it came from a 3rd party.

Read on and enjoy.

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6 tips for creating content to capture short attention spans

 

Do emails and posts keep you interested. Or do your eyes glaze over reading posts and emails?

M-E-G-O.

Mine Eyes Glaze Over was a common classroom malady of mine. I’m a bottom-line person with the attention span of a gnat.

“Get to the point!”, cries out in my head.

Hemingway wrote short sentences and paragraphs of a couple of lines. And Earnest wrote at the 5th grade level. Many English professors said I wrote in choppy sentences. Some appreciated my writing.

My writing fans gave me better grades.

Those favoring what made laborious reading did not.

The Internet is the cause of poor reading and writing habits, some say. Communicate well and you’ll succeed online. No matter what your topic or goal.

The written word communicates ideas. The Internet connects people with content. We must remove barriers between us and our audience. That’s the quickest path to making money online.

Here’s an interesting article from Search Engine Watch. Please read how you can communicate better. Getting to the point of your post and keeping eyes on the page is ultimate SEO.

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You Are Going To Fail Unless . . .

Don’t let failure get you down.

Don’t get discouraged when starting affiliate marketing. Usually the first things you try will fail. They are a learning experience. Do not give up.

Thomas Edison famously failed 10,000 times trying to invent a working lightbulb. He looked at it this way, “I learned 10,000 ways how not to do it”.

Think of starting an affiliate site like learning a sport. You are going to be somewhat terrible at the beginning. Whether you try skiing, or golf, or skeet shooting, or playing the violin . . . you are not going to be Olympic quality at the beginning.

There are no naturals in anything. Some of us may learn faster or understand nuances easier. Some of us may progress more quickly than others. But we all have to learn.

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When To Find a New Web Host

You can make money online without a web site. However, if you want a sustainable business that delivers regular deposits to your bank account a domain is a necessity.

That’s particularly true for niche and affiliate marketers. They need landing pages for offers. A well put together site trumps simple landing pages. That’s my opinion. Others may have a different take on the subject.

So, having one or more domains means securing a reliable host. HostGator is my choice for solid hosting services.

Most of us sign up with a web host and don’t think about it after that. In an ideal world that would be the way to go. We do not live and work in an ideal world.

I usually do an internal audit of my service providers every couple of months. I do this sometimes sooner. If clicks or sales drop off I check my engine carefully. Q1 of this year is approaching. I’m setting aside a day to perform diagnostics on my sales systems. Routine auditing of my service providers is a necessity. That’s not a nice-to-do-sometime-task.

My livelihood’s at risk here. The downside is losing sales. It’s worse losing long time customers. And it’s difficult to repair damage to my reputation. The upside is keeping things humming. During audit I often make improvements to funnels.

Let’s look at web hosts and how to tell when is it time to make a change. Too many stay with suppliers too long. This can be exceptionally harming to your site and online presence.

Here are ten signs it’s best for you to change your web host. Your site will benefit and your business will prosper.

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