Just recently I have been searching for a better way to tag and help guide new visitors to my blog and website, and realized I have been doing quite a few backwards thinking. I have been thinking about all the shiny things like views, ad revenues (though I don’t have any), and subscribers, but forgetting the key elements of good content.
It’s not like I have been this way before, but sometimes you mind tend to linger and you seem to get greedy and want things too fast and a whole lot of it. I been tagging and writing good content on my blog for a great deal of 2010 and 2011, and usually saw a great deal of improvement from it, but since October – December I saw a very steady decline and wonder how I can revamp my blog and website.
So like a noob (well a person who needs to learn better to excel and be a pro) I went to google my ultimate teacher of information and researched some quality terms and information to help bring me back to my normal way of thinking.
Here are the results I have learned:
1. Write Great Quality Useful Content
1.1 If you are a blogger/journalist/writer, write unique, honest, interesting stories and content
2. Don’t follow others (noobs) on the internet
3. Use good visual aids (Photos and Videos) that reflect what you are writing about
4. Write a < TITLE> < /TITLE> tag for each page that accurately describes that page
5. Link to quality relevant sites (Mashable, Wikipedia, and specific titled pages)
6. Don’t you dare SPAM tags
7. Create quick loading pages
My New Learned Lesson
9. Using 1 word keyword and tags is too broad and SUPER competitive (Think of 2-4 or more word keywords, tags and phrases) and aim for popular terms and trends
9.1 When tagging and aiming for better page ranks, optimize your “META description tag” (This is what most search engine look for to represent your site)
10. Remember to share more using at least 3-7 sites consistently like (StumbleUpon, Reddit, Twitter, Delicious, Facebook, Digg, Technorati and others)
10.1 When writing your body copy text aim for 1000 words or more, but nothing fewer than 250 words
11. Comment on similar quality content sites such as your own
12. Join a community in your most talked about topic (Great way to meet others, and other to check you out if you provide quality comments and information)
13. Do write regularly (Create a schedule, 2-3 times per week shall do you just fine)
14. Write attractive and Catchy (HONEST) titles
15. Make sure you tell your friends about it and Network and make new friends
Most of these I practice daily and advise my friends, peers, and even random strangers, but for me I forgot what I was doing for a season and missed one major lesson, if you built it right, they will come. You must remember, they may not come as soon as you want, but the pay off later will be greater and can me maintained.
A great site I rediscovered is: http://websitehelpers.com
Tons of great quality info.
Happy Holidays, and good luck building.
Shoot me a comment or tweet and let me know your thoughts and opinions…
PS: I wasn’t really trying to get more views via my blog, I was mostly testing how to make my videos more viewable to a boarder audience using my blog then relying on youtube for it’s view. I am still learning.
Thanks for reading