Thursday, November 15, 2007

How To Add A Picture To Your Profile?

If you have a blog on and you want to add a picture to your profile here is one of the ways that you can do it.

Normally when you would want to add a picture to your profile you would have to provide a link to an online site that has the picture that you want to use. And you couldn't use just any site - it had to be a site like Photobucket which is one of the free image hosting sites.

But's lets say that you want to use a picture that is stored on your computer and is not already online. Well here is a way that you can add the photo that you have stored on your computer....

The first thing that you have to do is to make a regular post to your blog. Add the picture to your blog post. Once you have done that make sure that you click on "edit html" so that you can see the htm coding of the photo that you just included. * - Make sure that you copy the second html code of the image (the one that is in the "img" code). If you use the first image link code then it will not work!.

Once you have copied the 2nd image link / html code link, go to your "edit profile" option and paste the code into the box that asks for the url link of the photo.

The link should look something like this:

Then "view" your profile just to make sure that your picture appears.

Note - Your photo can be no larger than 50K!

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Friday, November 2, 2007

"How Can I Bring Attention To My Blog?"

Here is a recent comment that I received:

I have a non-profit blog and would like to know exactly how to get the attention of people......can you review it and let me know what you think please?

Thank You

First of all I made a blog entry answering the question How Can I Attract More Traffic To My Blog

Secondly I do not do blog reviews for free. This is a service that I charge for and if you would like me to review your blog then you can click on the PayPal button at the side to pay for my services. There are starting packages that start as low as $100 for a blog review and you will get a one page detailed analysis of my review of your blog. I will also review your blog here on this blog as well and provide a link to your blog also (as you can see that I have already done with some of my previous clients) You can also take a look at my client blogroll to see a listing of some of my clients.

I do not do blog reviews for free simply because it is usually the person that is asking for the blog review who wants detailed critique of their blog and that is just something that I will not do for free!

If you will also notice the above question asks to know "exactly how to get the attention of people"

Now there are some basic things that can apply to blogs in general as far as getting more traffic / attention for your blog is concerned. One of those "things" is to let everybody you know - tell them about your blog! Once you get past telling the people that you do know about your blog then its time to work on getting other traffic to your blog.

Since this is a professional blog for an organization I wonder if it occured to them to include their blog address on all of there business literature?

Make sure that your blog has a counter on it so that you can track your number of visitors. There are some free counters available on the internet and they mostly involve copying and pasting some code to put on your blog.

You should also include a "stats" counter so that you can do more than just track the number of visitors to your blog. Use a stats counter that will let you see WHERE your traffic is coming from. Once you see where your traffic is coming from you can start to work more on increasing that traffic.

You should also work on optimizing your blog (or website) for the search engines. This is called Search Engine Optimization - or SEO - for short - and it simply means that you want a link to your blog or website to show up high in the search engine results when people are using the search engines to look for specific information. For instance this blog shows up on page one of Google's search engine results when someone types in the term "the blog consultant" and since I am a blog consultant that is EXACTLY where I want a link to my blog to be! I would say that roughly 50% of the traffic that comes to my blog is from people who went to the search engines, typed in some term relating to the content of this blog and a link to this blog showed up in the search engine results.

You can follow my progress as I work (and I should emphasize that this is work!) to keep my and my clients' sites on page one of the search engines by going to my SEO Consultant Blog.

So like I have said before:

When You Are Ready For Results

Just Let Me Know!

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Blogs - What Turns People Off?

Here is a list of things that turn people off as far as blogs are concerned:

  • A blog that takes too long to load - so if you have a lot of pictures or other features that "weigh" your blog down - you may want to reconsider.

  • "ugly" looking or otherwise a less attractive color scheme

  • sites that have "more ads than content"

  • "pop up" ads

  • content is not interesting enough - Although I should mention here that you can't please all the people all the time and that you should have your blog for YOU and not someone else. You are not going to get everyone interested in your blog.

  • blogs with music that automatically plays (and sometimes the volume of the music is too loud) - give your visitors the option of being able to choose whether or not they want to hear the music by providing a "play" button instead of automatically letting the music play when the site loads

  • text/font is too big or small or too difficult to read

  • bad grammer and/or too many mis-spelled words

  • a clashing background making the site too hard to read

  • blogs that aren't updated regularly

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

"How Can I Attract More Traffic To My Blog?"

Well the first thing that you should do is tell everybody you know about your blog.

The next thing that you should do is to add a counter and a tracking system to your blog. There are some of these that are available online for free and they usually just involve you copying and pasting some code into your blog.

The counter will let you know the number of visitors that have come to your blog. That way you can keep track of your blog's traffic progress.

A stats counter will not only let you know how many people are visiting your blog but some of them can also tell you where your vistors are coming from. That way you will know what website led them to your blog.

The next thing to do is to decide who would be most interested in your blog - that would be your target audience. For instance this blog is called "The Blog Consultant" and since it is a blog about blog consulting then that means that my target audience are those that are new to blogging, those that want to find out more about blogging and those that need help with their blogs. Those are just a few of my "target" audiences.

You should also realize that a good deal of traffic comes from the search engines. When people are looking for certain types of information they will type some search terms into a search engine and that search engine will bring back a list of sites that are relevent to the search terms that were typed in. You want your blog (or website) to be in that list and you want it as high up on that list as possible. Again using this blog as an example a link to this blog appears on page one of google's search engine results when the term "the blog consultant" is typed into the search box. Since I am a blog consultant then I definitely want a link to my blog to appear on page one of Google's search engine results when someone is looking for a blog consultant.

Basically speaking you have to apply this same kind of principle to your blog.

You can keep track of my efforts to keep my sites (and my clients' sites) on page 1 of the search engines by visiting my The SEO Consultant Blog

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