When I first started blogging just under two years ago I would have never guessed there was so much to learn about it in order to be successful. Blogging no longer is just creating valuable content, it’s a wide range of other things you need to know and do well in order to achieve rapid success. Any website having traffic is the lifeblood of the site, your blog is the same deal.
The first thing you should learn is SEO which is search engine optimization. While there are many great bloggers out there that write fantastic information, what good does it do if no one reads it? Understanding SEO will allow you to write both attention grabbing headlines and keyword rich headlines and content. This will in turn help get you more traffic from your writing and increase your exposure. A solid program in which I learned the best SEO tactics from is a program called Google Sniper 2.0 I wrote a review you can read here Google Sniper 2.0 Review.
The next thing you need in order to become a successful blogger is having an easy way for people to both share your content and then view the new content you release later. A plugin I use to allow for easy sharing on my blog is called Digg Digg which is linked to go to their plugin page. You can install this plugin and have just about any share button you want along with the vote numbers next to it.
You also need a way for people to easily be able to see when you have added new content to you blog. Before bloggers did this by adding a RSS feed button to their blog and allowing people to subscribe to this feed. While this is still a viable option there are a number of other methods you should use. One includes building an email list in which each new post you add goes out to your list and links back to your blog. I do this via an auto responder called AWeber. You should also add your RSS feed to a program called feedburner which will give your RSS feed more exposure across many RSS readers and mobile devices.
The last tips are some odd and end plugins I have found for wordpress that help increase conversion rates for your list building. These little tools once set up and functioning allow for both higher conversions and also helped my blog to go viral.
Plugin 1 – Popup Domination – Is a plugin that allows you to have a lightbox display on your blog that overlays it asking them to opt in for an ebook, webinar, report or whatever you want to give away. Its a great conversion tool that has built over half of the email list I have today.
Plugin 2 – List Eruption – This one I just started using but have had huge success with so far. It works great tied into a Facebook page and works like this: When a visitor opts in for a product you can then reward them for referring others that opt in via their referral link. For every so many referrals they bring to your list they can unlock other reports, ebooks, webinars or anything you want to give away.