The Similarities and Differences of Blogs and Websites

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Many webmasters and business owners have asked themselves, “Do I need a blog? If I have a website, is it even necessary to blog as well?” To answer these questions, it is necessary to understand the similarities and differences of blogs and websites.

Beginning with the similarities, both websites and blogs can offer the webmasters similar marketing and advertising opportunities.

*Grab the Attention of Visitors: A website and a blog should both grab the attention of a visitor quickly. The opening statement should be strong and convince the visitor to read on. Neither a website or a blog should be to busy, or hard on a readers eyes.

*Google Adsense or Affiliate Marketing: Using both a blog and website for residual income from your visitors can become quite profitable. When visitors arrive at your site, if they click on any of the Google or Affiliate advertising, your website earns a commission. It is important that neither a website or blog is overloaded with these programs. Just the right amount can make the site or blog appear reputable. Google’s Adsense program is very user friendly and webmaster are able to customize the ad’s to the design of the website or blog. This includes text advertising and placing advertising within text. Many affiliate programs offer similar programs to Google, such as Commission Junction or Click Bank. The ad content can also be customized to the content of the site or blog.

*Links: Links are important in the world of blogging just as they are in marketing a website. Both websites and blogs Google Page Rank’s are partially based on their incoming and outgoing links. A successful blog should not only have a side bar that shows a list of “resources” or a “blogroll” of outbound quality links to other blogs. This is just the same for a quality website. Quality incoming and outgoing links are part of building a quality site.

*Article Marketing: Writing articles using the expertise about your product, service, or blog with back links and submitting them to article directories is an excellent way to gain exposure and traffic for both websites and blogs.

The key differences of blogs and websites are what will determine if you are a blogger and webmaster. It is possible that the benefits of a blog may suit you just fine. If you are the webmaster of a business, you will probably find that blogging is another marketing technique to add to increase exposure and sales.

*A website is generally for a product or service and has multiple pages.

*A website requires domain name registration and website hosting, this can get expensive and time consuming depending upon your experience.

*Free blog hosting services make it quick and easy for an Internet novice to begin blogging in a matter of minutes. Designing a website for a novice is a more difficult and possibly much more costly task.

*Blogs offer direct communication between the webmaster, or web staff, and the visitors. This can promote dialog and increase visitors.

*Blogs give a more personal appearance. By posting regular commentary or opinions the webmaster or writer is offering the visitor a real person behind the web page.

*Each blog entry gives new content to your blog. Search engines love new content. Regularly updated content is one of the best ways to increase your search ranking. It is a easier process to add and update your blog content than adding new content to your web page.

*A blog can be used as a marketing tool to generate business and traffic for a website. Blogs can be marketed in almost everyway a website can and more. This is because every blog is a website but not every website is a blog. The search engines will crawl the blogs like websites. Blogs can also be marketed in niche areas for blogs only. Last but not least, blogs are appearing all over the Internet. Networks are formed, blog rings are formed, and all of this is making it easier to market a blog.

There are similarities and differences of blogs and websites. If you are a writer focusing on commentary, journaling and opinion a blog is for you. If you are a webmaster wanting to optimize your profits, your blog should be one of your marketing tools.

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The Rising Trend in Vblogging: Is it Right for You?

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Many people create blogs because they can hide their identities or at least not be seen. Vblogging is changing all that. Vblogging allows the face of the blogger to be seen while they talk about what they want to say instead of posting it using traditional text. While some people are comfortable in front of the camera, others are not. Vblogging is gaining in popularity, but there are just as many people who are happy typing instead of talking.

If you are not comfortable in front of a camera, then Vblogging is not for you. If you do not have time to post two or three vblogs per day, then you should stick to tying your posts instead. While many people are logging on to see vblogs, just as many are still loyal to their favorite blogs. The market is big enough for all different types of blogs, so you shouldn’t have to worry unless your posts are flat and uninteresting.

If you do decide to try a vblog, you should consider a few things. You will be seen by millions of people. You should still protect your identity by not telling people where you live or offering clues in any way. Unfortunately, there are many people who are not well who use the Internet. You should treat a vblog like any other blog, once you have uploaded the images; they are on the Internet for a long time. If you do not want your image on the Internet, then you should not post a vblog. You will still need to keep your commentary interesting or people will not want to tune in to your blog. This is the same with traditional blogging. Once you stop providing entertaining information, people will move on.

There are many things you can do to keep people interested. First, keep each vblog rather short. If you ramble on and on, not saying much, people will lose interest. Also be sure that you are talking about things that you have a strong opinion about. Try to be humorous in your delivery however. If you are not funny or engaging, then people will not come back to see your blog. You can also create weekly themes for your vblog. Tell people that they can tune in the next day for the next installment of your weekly theme. Talk about something that interests people and leave them hanging a bit for the next day’s talk.

In many ways, a vblog is similar to a traditional blog. You will have to decide what you are comfortable with and how much time you can devote to your blog in order to determine if it is right for you. There are other options when vblogging. You can hire actors to read scripts that you create. This is considered a blog. There are a few popular blogs that got their start this way. You can wear a disguise while you vblog. This is another popular way to say what you want without giving away your identity.

Vblogs can be set up very easily. All you will need is an online camera and time to upload onto a vblogging site or your own web site. You can record your vblog at any time and people can watch it when they can. Most people post at least twice a day. This can be strenuous for those who have jobs or have other blogs to write. Vblogs can be a lot of fun, however. You will be able to speak directly to your audience and they will become more loyal because they will be able to identify with you more than before. This can create a long-term relationship and build your fan base.

VBloggers are starting to be seen as reality stars, without shows. They often even include other people in their lives in their blogs. You may see these people in the videos, or may just hear about them. Everyone loves a vblog because they are non-fictional pieces that are interesting and unique. Everyone leads a different life and many people are intrigued by the lives of others. If you love watching how other people’s lives unfold and love a good documentary, the vblog will be your thing!

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The Pitfalls of Pay-per-Click Advertising in your Blog

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It is easy to become a Blogger these days. Webmasters and business owners are easily attracted to the convenience and simplicity of Blogging. This includes the use of Pay-per Click Advertising. Pay-per-click advertising is deceptively simple, which means that business owners often jump in without knowing fully what they are getting in to. This can be a costly investment with no return. It is important that you know the pitfalls of pay-per-click advertising on your Blog.

PPC has not only a cost but also a variable cost associated with every click. As the cost per click (CPC) determine not only position (i.e. visibility) but also, via tracking, a tangible impact to a business in the form of cost per lead (CPL) or cost per acquisition (CPA), controlling these factors are critical but can be confusing and above all, time consuming. Bidding is the key to success, once a campaign is live, but the most important factor in any PPC campaign setup is selecting the correct keywords, as without these the pursuit of success is extremely difficult. For a busy Blogger who is trying to keep their Blog updated with quality content, monitoring the success of your PPC programs can be an inefficient waste of marketing time.

Another big waste of time is when a PPC firm deletes your account for committing some sort of PPC fraud or something else against the terms and conditions of your agreement. This happens when Bloggers are not aware of how the program works and accidental clicks can occur. Or worse, your account might be spammed and then you spend much time recovering what is yours or trying to get your account re-opened.

Is that PPC really profiting for your Blog? Because if it is not you should remove it for your benefit and the readers benefit. Most readers appreciate Blogs that are not overwhelmed with ads. It is not only distracting but also annoying. From the Bloggers perspective, you do not want to have other stimuli grabbing your reader’s interest away from your content before they even read it. PPC is supposed to benefit you, but if it is only redirecting your visitors than is it worth it? Are your leads converting in to sales? If not than all you have done by adding the PPC advertising to your Blog is redirected traffic to the benefit of no one.

Your readers will be more attracted to a Blog that has no PPC or little PPC advertising. They tend to take these Blogs more seriously, and less guarded about what they are reading. Where as a Blog that has massive amounts of PPC and links sends them warning signals that perhaps this is simply an advertisement of some sort, or rather not something that they should be taking seriously. Blogs that are strictly content and have a more professional look and it is easier to determine what the writer wants you to come away with. There is a niche in the blogging community that likes to boast about zero advertising. While there is nothing wrong with making money while Blogging, keeping your advertisements at a minimum, and well placed, will help your Blog.

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The Disadvantaged Blog: Why Free Blogging Sites May Not Always Work for You

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Many first time Bloggers have started their Blog on a free hosting service. These free Blog hosting services make it easy to get up and going quickly, and of course the fact that it is free is rather enticing. You have control of the basic features of your free Blog, including some template options, customized HTML and Adsense. However, not only might you be limiting yourself to the customization features but frequently the free hosts have bugs in their networks that impact your Blog and your visitor‘s. The free option might be a disadvantage to your Blog. Free Blogging sites may not always work for you.

Some of the problems with free Blogging services are bugs and spammers in the service’s network to watch out for. Some of the most popular Blog hosting services, like Blogger, are experiencing problems with Spam. Blogs also get deleted or banned in error and the owners are locked out. The Blog has to remain this way until it is reviewed because most likely someone or a spammer has “flagged” the Blog. This is an option on all Blogs to report the Blog in view as poor content, spam or otherwise unacceptable. The technology also seems to have a hard time keeping up with the number of users and the amount of content. The publishing and load times can often be very slow or freeze. WordPress is another free option, but they have their own service issues. If they determine a Blog links to a website or looks as if it might be promoting people to go to a website, they will suspend your account without warning and lock you out of all the content. WordPress also has certain conditions under which that consider a Blog to be a “Genuine Blog”.

Keep in mind that free hosting limits your Blog because it is not 100% under your control.

There are other options for Blogging. It is necessary to take some time to find the right service for you. Blogging under your own domain name and installing your own Blog can prevent the bugs and frustrating issues that come along with free hosting. You may have heard that using a free host for your company’s website is bad for business, so why put your company’s Blog on a free host? The same goes for individuals. Freedom of speech and expression is the beauty of Blogging. These are people who likely produce no content of value themselves and think they know what is best for the rest of the world. Get your own domain name and install a Blogging platform that fits your needs. It’s the best advice you will ever get about Blogging.

Do not worry about the added benefits they may try to sell to, such as marketing your Blog. You can do this yourself by pinging your Blog at sites like Ping-o-Matic or iPing. Optimizing your Blog name and URL will be easier under your own site rather than under a host service. Many Blog hosts promote their directories and other promotions as other key marketing tools. The truth is that the only thing that is going to generate traffic to your Blog is quality content, good search engine optimization, pinging your Blog, and some online marketing. Another important fact to remember is you only own the Blog if it is on your own domain name. Everything else is just providing content for someone else. Have you ever thought about what you would do if you need to move your Blog from one host to another? Will you be able to retain the name of your Blog? You could loose a valuable Blog name or get stuck with a hosting site for a long time.

There are some definite disadvantages to free Blogging sites; they may not always work for you. Before you are enticed to sign up with their user-friendly set-up packages take a look at hosting your own Blog. Do not forget that ultimately the key to your Blog success is you and not the host company. This means you and your Blogging skills. Blogging under your own domain will give you ultimate control of your Blog and it’s appearance

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Terrific Tools to Get Your Blog Up and Running

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One of the great aspects about today’s Internet is the advancement in Internet marketing technology. Webmasters are no longer required to have high tech web skills. Of course a key part of Internet marketing is Blogging. Blogs are an excellent way to help drive traffic to your site and promote your product, services, or yourself. With these terrific tools to get your Blog up and running, you will be a Blogging and receiving traffic in no time.

There are many types of Blogs on the Internet these days. It is best to first determine what type of Blog is going to best suit your needs. Are you looking to express your views or opinions? Are the needs of your promotional Blog simple? If so than a free Blog hosting service can get you up and running quickly. Some examples of these are WriteUp and Blogger. Is your Blog going to be an essential part of your marketing plan for your website and business for many years to come? Will you need the ability to customize and have as much control over your Blog as possible? If so, then you are more likely to benefit from hosting your own Blog.

Whichever way you choose to Blog, be sure that you are “Blogging about what you know”. The key to a successful Blog is the content. Do not try to fool your visitor’s by writing on a topic that is not your niche. Once you discover what your niche is, it is still going to take a lot of work, but you first need to find a network to start marketing your Blog.Each successful blog starts with a great idea. You can’t build a successful blog without one. There are many great sites so competition for your visitor’s attention is great. This means that you are going to have to make your Blog stand out from the rest. One strategy is shop other Blogs that are similar to your topic or niche. Find Blogs with high traffic and good ratings. What do they do? What don’t they do? Are they filled with a bunch of Adsense and affiliate marketing or are they simply quality content?

Some experts say that it is the Blogs that are the have the most personality to them that are the most popular. Others agree that if the quality of the content is good enough the traffic will keep coming back. People that are seeking Blogs generally respond well to strong personalities. Think about how you can make your site unique and attractive in a way that you can use your own voice and uniqueness.

When you start a Blog it would be best to post to it every day for a while. The more you post, the more visitors you will be likely to get and it will give more content for the search engines to find you with. Try to post every day for a week and make sure you are providing good quality information.

The next step is to generate traffic and start a following of readers. Marketing your Blog on the Internet is easier than you may think. Every time you post to your Blog you will “Ping your Blog”. If you are unfamiliar with pinging, it basically means that you let certain websites know that you have made a post and will result in your blog being found and spidered by the search engines much faster. This will get your posts indexed and available to people via the search engines. You can ping your blog at a few websites, just do a search on Google for “ping your Blog”. You can also get more visitors from search engines by using keyword in the content of your posts. This is all part of having quality content. You can search for current keywords and phrases at Yahoo, Google, or WordTracker.

When starting out, be sure not to get ahead of yourself with too many Blogs or sites. Remember that the search engines like content as much as visitors, this means you need to be consistent with your posting. When you think you have got the hang of it, use these terrific tools to get your Blogs up and running and increase your earnings and readership.

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Steer Clear of these Seven Mistakes in Blog Design

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You have taken the steps to create a blog and you have quality content, it is now time to design your blog. Designing your blog is an integral part of the blog marketing process. This is especially true now that there are so many blogs on the Internet and the competition is high. Some blogs with quality content may never receive any visitors simply because of some faults in the blog design. Steer clear of these seven mistakes in blog design.

1.Customize the Banner: The banner for your blog is what needs to capture your visitor’s attention. There are many generic banners used by the blog hosting services. Try to customize your banner so your blog will stand out from the rest. There are some free banner customizing websites, but for just a few dollars you can generally find a website to customize a banner unique to your site.

2. Customize Your Blog: Most free blog hosting services will give you basic templates to choose from for your blog design. A few of the services may have some customization features. Generally if you would like your blog to be more unique you need to go outside the free blog hosting services. There are websites that offer free templates and backgrounds or for a fee you can find more extensive layouts. This may take more time, but it is a way to make your blog stand out from the many that choose the simple templates.

3. Be Careful Where You Place Content: If your blog template uses a banner and template that consumes more than one third of the page before any content, a web surfer may just pass on by. Today’s web users are use to scanning web pages fast. If they do not see what they need quickly they will move on. Use caution when creating large graphics in your banner and headlines. Another reason for using caution in assuring the visibility of content is the way many web users surf the Internet. Often a visitor may have multiple windows open on there desktop. Your banner, headline, and content, need to grab your visitors attention without the need to scroll too far down your page.

4. The Blog is Too Busy: A couple of links are okay, but in the world of blogging readers do not want to be overwhelmed with advertising. Most blog readers are interested in the content of your blog and might me annoyed by too much outside sales and marketing. This can also lead the visitor away from your blog before you want them too.

5. Comments Go Unanswered: If readers take the time to comment on your blog than you or another administrator should respond to these comments in a timely manner. This encourages these visitors to return. This dialogue also makes your blog more interesting to read. If you do not return a comment there is a very good chance they will not visit your blog again. Ideally, it is good deceit to visit their blog as well. Not to mention leaving a short comment on another blog is simply a quick way of dropping another link to your own.

6. Not Updated Regularly: Not only is this frustrating to your readers, but you do a injustice to your own page ranking. The search engines love content and by updating your blog at least two or three times a week the search engines will crawl your blog more often. You will also retain more visitors.

7. Not Pinging your Blog: If you use a free blog hosting service, you may have seen this option offered to you. The big mistake is not taking advantage this service. Every time you write a new post you should ping your blog. This means a signal is sent to a server, which then creates a list of the newly updated blogs, and you will be included in that signal. There are many ping services on the Internet, such as iPing, Ping-o-Matic, and PingGoat. This ultimately gives your blog more exposure and increased traffic.

Do not let your quality content go unseen. Remember, that blog design is important, too. Steer clear of theses seven mistakes in blog design and your blog will stand above the rest.

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Top Five Mistakes to Avoid to Keep your Blog’s Longevity

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It was not long ago that Blogging was a small community on the web. Today Blogs are popping up everywhere. More often than not these Blogs pop out as fast as they came in. You have taken the time to set up your Blog and contribute quality content; you should also take the steps to prevent you Blog from fading away. Let’s take a look at the top five mistakes to avoid keeping your Blogs longevity.

Blog Mistake #1- No Blog Plan

Some Bloggers are so excited about setting up their new Blog accounts and customizing the Blog templates they loose focus. Just like a website or a business your Blog needs to have a main idea, main focus. Are you jumping all around from topic to topic, things that are not related to each other? Have you found your niche? Are you only writing about what you are an expert in? (Remember, Blog readers do not want to be fooled in to reading good content. Many are experts themselves and you will not be able to trick them.) Be sure to take the time to explore the world of Blogging and determine what works for high quality, high traffic Blogs. Do these Blogs have a bunch of advertising? Are their posts long or short? Formal or casual? Take the time to do your research and due diligence on your Blog. This should include the installation of some sort of statistics counter. If you are using a Blog hosting service, they may provide one for you. Use the statistics counter to track your visitors. Determine which topics are receiving the most visitors. Keep an eye on where most of your visitors are coming from.

Blog Mistake #2- Loosing Touch with Your Readers

Generally speaking, most Bloggers enjoy receiving comments. Not to mention this is a great way to show the popularity of your Blog. People leave comments on Blogs for the same reason they themselves Blog, to exchange ideas and express their points of view. If you do not respond to your reader’s comments then they will probably stop leaving them and perhaps stop visiting. You can respond by simply thanking them for reading your Blog, if you do not have anything else to say.

Blog Mistake #3- Not Participating in a Blog Network

It is not necessary that you become pen pals with every reader that leaves a comment. It is necessary that you market it your Blog. The Blogging community has many networks to do this in. As readers make comments on your Blog you can visit their Blogs as well. Chances are this reader might be someone who receives ten times more visitors than you do. By leaving comments on their Blog, you are also leaving a link back to your Blog. This is also how a network of friends or a Blog Roll is started and your Blog will start to be added to other Blogs as a link.

Blog Mistake #4- Plagiarizing!

DON’T just copy and paste someone’s words in your blog without giving them credit. If you write it, write it in your own words, change it and write it better, adding your own thoughts and ideas. Even if you have changed the words you should still be gracious and give mention to where you got the idea, then give a link to that Blog or site.

Blog Mistake #5 Unrealistic Expectations-

There are tens of thousands of Blogs online, and if you did you research, avoiding mistake #1 you would learn that your ideas are probably not too unique. It takes time to establish a readership and even longer a strong readership. This has much to do with your quality content and marketing. Even the search engines need time to update your pages whey after their spiders crawl your Blog. It is a snowball that will get bigger, but slowly. Walking away and abandoning your Blog is a mistake. Frequently I will come upon a Blog that has obviously been optimized for the search engines well, but there has been no new content in months; it has been abandoned. Little does that Blogger know they are still receiving hits without any content.

It is fast and easy to become a Blogger, but patience and consistency are important in being a successful Blogger. Avoid these top five mistakes and you will keep your Blogs longevity and increase your visitors.

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Typing to the Beat of your Blog – Fun Ways to

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Blogs should be fun to make. Therefore, you will want to try different fun ways to customize that will help you out.

Whatever the purpose is for your blog it should say “you” on it, figuratively speaking, of course. Therefore, you will need to choose font colors, graphics, and logos that would be most appreciate for your blog site.

The layout and graphics of your blog site, and the color scheme should all be suitable for the subject matter that is displayed on your site. In order to decide how to design your blog, you will need to think of who the primary audience of your site will be.

For instance, if you design a site for football players it should not look the same as the site for a travel trip to Jamaica-unless perhaps you are talking about a football team that goes to Jamaica. There are always exceptions to the rule, but you will always need to be careful to stick as close to the subject at hand as possible when creating your blog.

Needing to stick to the subject does not take the fun out of creating your blog, however. In fact, you have other useful tools at your disposal. You can add RSS feeds to MP3 audio or video or you can add podcasting episodes on your site.

Anyone that has an MP3 player such as real player or a podcasting device such as iPod will be able to listen to or view content on a blog site. They will be entertained, educated, or informed as a result.

Other options for people who are looking for fun ways to spice up their blog site would be to use quizzes, games, or polls on their sites. The quizzes and polls are very fun for most people because they are interactive, and they teach a person about themselves. The games are also very fun, and can be often downloaded to a person’s computer to keep.

The quizzes or polls usually consist of a series of questions and the person responding receives a certain number of points based on the answers they choose. The games usually consist of a series of challenges for one or more person to conquer at a time for the fun of it.

If you are creating a fun blog site, you will also want to make sure that the content you present is fun as well. It can be light, humorous, interesting, and educational. You may want to tell jokes, reveal a word of the day, or perhaps share a favorite poem. What matters is that the content matches the purpose and the subject of your blog (or blog entry).

You can take a look at other humor and fun blogs to get an idea of what they should look like. You may want to simply search for “humor blogs” or “fun blogs” or similar phrase to find out what is available in the blog comedy world.

These blogs can be more than fun, however. These entertaining blogs can also make you some money. The purpose of providing fun on your blog site is often so that you can encourage your visitors to stay longer. If they stay longer they are more likely to click on one of the ads you have on your blogging site, if you have any. If you do, this could mean a profit for you.

Most blogs are very easy to make. They are one of the easiest promotional tools on the Internet to use, and they do not require any advanced computer language in most cases, such as the use of HTML. People of nearly any age can make a blog.

More ideas and advice can be found reading articles just like this one you have just read. These articles cover a variety of different issues, such as how to place RSS feeds on your blogs, how children who make blogs can be safe and so forth. Stay tuned for further reading.

The other aspect of blogging is to remember that it takes patience and time before you gain the results you would like. That means readership and participation, as well as sales if you are working to make money from a blog. Therefore, never give up, and remember that blogging is meant to be fun.

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Spruce Up a Stagnant Website – Create a Blog!

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Without a blog, your website might simply be an online brochure for your product or services. The Internet is dynamic and interactive, a well planned website should be too. This includes interactions with the webmaster or an administrator. Weblogs or blogs are becoming more popular than ever and now are actually a popular marketing tool. Spruce up a stagnant website- create a blog!

A blog offers your visitors the opportunity to get to know the people behind the website. Depending on how you choose to you use your blog, your visitors can benefit from resources and information to question and answers about your website‘s content. If you enjoy writing, you may choose simple commentary or opinion about your industry to be the focus of your blog. Decide what the main idea of your blog is and stick to it. This will make it easier for you to develop regular content.

Now that you know what your blog content will be decide if you will host your own blog or use a free hosting service. The advantages of the free hosting services are their user-friendly environment. You can have your blog up and running in minutes. Customization features are available, but not nearly as extensive as an experienced webmaster. Keep in mind that if your blog name is registered with a hosting service you may not be able to keep it should you ever decide to leave the service.

After you have set up your blog place a link to it somewhere on the front page of your website. Be sure that it is eye catching and give the reader a reason to go there. You may want to include the blogs heading of the day under the link, or possibly the past few topic headings. On your blog, do not forget to have link back to your website. This should be a creative description of your site, and not just the name.

The advantage of now having both a website and a blog is search engine optimization. Every time you post an entry on your blog this adds to the content. Search engines will crawl your blog the more your post resulting in better search rankings. A blog can be optimized just as well as a website. Do not forget to include Google Adsense on your blog just as you would your website. Adsense can be placed on side bars and within text. Use caution with blog marketing. Many blog readers do not like to see too much advertising on blogs. They are strictly surfing for content. Content and consistency are what make a successful blog.

It is absolutely necessary that you add content to your blog on a regular basis. This can range from two to three times a week or even better every day. The more you blog the more exposure you will gain if you are using a ping service like iPing or Ping-o-matic.

When you add content and visitors make comment be sure to respond to them. Even if your response is a simple acknowledgement, this is important. Visitors will come back to see if you are reading their comments, and come back again if you do. Other visitors will enjoy the dialog as well. If you do not have the time or you do not have the writing skills to provide content for your site you should think about hiring a writer or administrator. There is also the option of article directories, but use caution as many of these hold duplicate content.

Quality, original and consistent content is what you want in a blog. Adding dialog from webmasters or administers to aid in resources or provide information will give the customer a personalized touch behind the website. A blog brings the standard website alive, offering a more interactive experience for the visitor. The webmaster providing commentary is something that can attract visitors than would not normally see in the website. The new craze of blogging provides a whole new marketing tool for webmasters and business owners. The residual effects of a successful blog will spruce up a stagnant website.

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Sounds like Spam to Me – When Splogs are Disguised as Blogs

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Splog are spam blogs, which serve a similar function as spam e-mails. They are basically advertising that a person does not really want, and is an abuse of the free blogging system.

Some examples of splogging include placing text that does not make any sense on a page, or the use of repetitive text that is irrelevant to the blog itself. This usually occurs in the comment section of a blog, but can also occur within a blog entry itself.

What these blog entries do is attempt to take advantage of using search terms in order to increase their page rank. However, the search terms used to make these splogs come up often have nothing to do with the blog, which really is an advertisement.

These advertisements are different than regular blogs because they are not meant to be useful for the reader. Instead, they are promoting a product or service, and are looking for buyers. In addition, these blogs usually contain a heavy amount of links that lead to all one place, or one page.

Another characteristic of a splog is that they usually contain quite a few affiliate links, and even stolen content from other websites. Most splogs are considered not very original pieces of work, and they often do more to annoy visitors looking for useful information than anything else.

The reason why splogging is considered to be so unethical is because it not only annoys visitors but it also clogs search engines. It takes the place that otherwise relevant content would take. In addition, splogging takes advantage of the fact that people can post comments with links on sites.

In fact, the history of splogging took place when sploggers filled in guest books on sites with links, and often-nonsensical comments. For instance, someone who would place a spam blog comment would add “nice site” and then would add a link. Along with that the visitor would then type in key words of a spammed link.

Splogging has, unfortunately, become the new spamming. Over 8% of blogs tracked by Tecnnorati are proven to be spam blogs. Another source says that 34,000 blogs are “hosted” on Google’s free Blogspot. These are hurting the credibility of Google. However, Google is doing something to stop it.

Google is encouraging those who notice any suspicious spam blogging on Blogspot to report it.

Possible solutions for eliminating spam blogs include blocking certain key words, such as those which target many popular pharmaceuticals or casino names. Another way to control spam blogging is to set up an RSS feed which will track certain key word searches, such as those for Viagra, or similar.

Another option for blog site owners to help control spam blogging is to turn off comments, or have people register in order to make comments. This will make monitoring of comments must easier.

Another method used to help prevent splogging is the use of a system that tracks IP addresses. It will help narrow down entries that took either too long or too short of a time to post on blog sites. It will also help identify spammers who use fake IP addresses to conceal their identities.

Splogging is another word for ineffective advertising. Most people do not go to blog sites to buy things. Instead, they go to blogging sites to read the latest news, opinions, or debate. They do not go to look for sites filled with loads of irrelevant advertising.

It is not wrong to leave a comment or two on a site that is relevant to the original blog. However, this should even be done with caution. In addition, usually only leaving one or two links under a comment is appropriate and not a huge number of them.

Splogging is considered as unethical as e-mail spam. In order to ensure that you are within the parameters when you blog you may want to read other articles like this to learn more about it.

When you manage a blog you will want to watch out for this so it doesn’t happen to you. It is important that you monitor all your comments carefully. In addition, you may want to consider approving all posts before you allow them to be displayed.

If you want to allow people to comment freely on your blog site then you may want to at least adjust your blog settings so that you are automatically notified when a new blog entry is posted. This is another way to control the type of traffic that visits your site, and a way to help block those who abuse the free blogging system.

To Your Success
Cody Moya

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