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  1. I have no idea of the difference btween the Pro-upgrade and wordpress.org with self hosting

    I have been blogging for about 6 months and want to boost my blogs appearance etc.

    should i buy the upgrade or wordpress.org

    what are the differences?? which is the better option for my blog

    cheers

    ali

    The blog I need help with is footballintheclouds.wordpress.com.

  2. A bundle is simply and package of upgrades that applies to a single blog for a year when it must be renewed. Be aware that there is no upgrade you can purchase from WordPress.com that changes anything at all stated here WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org: The Differences

  3. I noticed from your other posts that its not worth going to self-hosting until you hit 1,000-1,500 hits per day??

    I get nowhere near that and have no ideas of how to attract that many visitors.

    I am not sure i even know what plug-ins are either

    any recommendations for a good theme to download with this bundle for a sports/football(soccer) blog?

    any tips warmly received

    ali

  4. My advice it cut and dried. Blog for at least 3 - 6 months time and then make a decision about purchasing upgrades or moving to self hosting. Don't purchase any bundle unless you intend to remain at WordPress.com and your need every upgrade included in the bundle.

    any recommendations for a good theme to download with this bundle for a sports/football(soccer) blog?

    There is no premium theme included in the bundle. http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/premium-themes/ We cannot upload any third party themes. The only themes we can use are found here > Appearance > Themes Premium themes cannot be exported and used on self hosted WordPress.com blogs if you decide to move to self-hosting.

    I would not purchase a custom design upgrade and spend hours fiddling and tweaking a theme only to find out I want to move to self-hosting and that the upgrade and my time has been wasted.

  5. thanks for the advice

    although i am still fairly in the dark to go self hosted or not

    cheers

    ali

  6. You will find that raincoaster and I provide the same advice - just blog and build community - don't get sucked into purchasing upgrades, fiddling and tweaking themes, and obsessing over stats. The only upgrade you need to purchase, provided you are committed to blogging over the long term is a domain via a domain mapping upgrade.

    Blogging is all about interactive communication and it's blogs with original content that draw search engine attention and traffic. Focus on frequent publication of fresh and unique content that's not available elsewhere on the internet. Become a content creation machine, develop your writer's voice, and comment, comment, comment on blogs with similar content. These index pages may be helpful Basic Blogging and Popular Posts.

  7. This forum is only for providing support for issues with software and learning how to use it. It's not for discussion that doesn't pertain to support issues. http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/forums-housekeeping?replies=1

    On the bottom of your Admin page you will find a link to the Learn WordPress.com blogging Tutorial prepared by Staff. http://learn.wordpress.com/
    The support documentation is all found at the Support link http://en.support.wordpress.com which is also on the bottom of your Admin page.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/introduction/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/getting-more-views-and-traffic/

    These 5 videos introduce how Google discovers, crawls, indexes your site’s pages, and how Google displays them in search results. It also touches lightly upon challenges webmasters and search engines face, such as duplicate content http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/03/22/5google-webmasters-video-tutorials/

    If you are using a WordPress.com theme good SEO is a given. However, going beyond the theme what the blogger has done within that structure is worth evaluating. Whether you write informative, persuasive or controversial content learning how search engines work, and how to apply basic SEO to you content will benefit your blog as it will increase traffic from targeted readers. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2011/10/21/two-seo-videos-for-bloggers/

    Here are 25 basic steps to take to increase traffic to your blog:
    1. Structure a reader and search engine blog;
    2. In blogging content is king create unique, high quality content so publish fresh content frequently;
    3. Learn basic SEO so you can use keywords effectively and apply basic SEO to your headlines, blog and posts;
    Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of a website or a web page in search engines via the “natural” or un-paid (“organic” or “algorithmic”) search results.
    4. Make your blog posts look professional;
    5. Create at least 4-6 pillar posts and continue to create pillar posts;
    Pillar posts are also referred to as flagship content. Pillar posts are comprehensive posts that offer great value to readers as the contents are timeless in nature. They define you as having authority in the niche you blog in.
    6. Select and link to appropriate anchor text;
    7. Leave meaningful comments on related blogs and encourage comments on your own blog;
    8. Develop relationships with other bloggers so you can build a blog readers’ community around your own blog;
    9. Support the blog centered communities on related blogs by commenting on them and promoting posts from them;
    10. Link to authoritative sources in your posts;
    11. Deep link to your earlier related posts in your new posts;
    12. Assign appropriate categories and tag your posts with care;
    13. Link to related authoritative blogs in your blogroll;
    14. Provide RSS feeds for subscribers;
    RSS (Rich Site Summary or really simple syndication) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.
    15. Having a well designed theme is important, evaluate your theme for effectiveness, and if required, create a new header, make improvements or replace your theme and reduce page loading time;
    16. Avoid cluttering your blog with widgets that lack reader value and slow page loading time;
    17. Buy your own domain and domain mapping;
    18. Verify your blog with the three big search engines.
    19. Get organized, use an online to do list by developing a blogging workflow;
    20. Join social networks and social media sites like Facebook and use Twitter, Friendfeed and other Free RSS directories to promote your blog posts;
    21. Promote your blog through social networks, online groups, and selected directories;
    22. Develop a social media time management strategy and stick to it;
    23. Submit your latest pillar article to a blog carnival;
    24. Become a guest blogger on sites with higher page rank than your own site.
    25. Create newsletters and/or ebooks for your subscribers.

    Best wishes with your blog. :)

  8. cheers

    I do appreciate this

  9. You're welcome.

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