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I would like some input on how to make my blog more appealing. any ideas?

  1. Hi!

    I just started blogging. I don't have a ton of followers. I am looking for some good advice on how to make my blog better. any advice? would love to hear from you!

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

  2. You just started blogging ? Back in November 2010?

  3. You just put pictures of me on there.

  4. Why on earth would you want more followers. It's all fake you know. Just like the "i've got 5,000 friends on Facebook". Nobody ever reads anything, they just want you to follow them, so they also can put in their side bar how many followers they have. I think over 900 followers (which is what you have) would be quite a sizeable sum to most, and they'd be happy with that (i have one follower!!). Perhaps don't fib about being a new blogger too!

  5. therattlingdoor
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    You do have a mass of images, and none of them are titled, so search engines have nothing much from you to index. Also you have one post (Paris) that seems to be highlighted text that is made up entirely of links. What is that? You need less images in a post, and more text, and you need to give titles to your images too.

  6. I have to say i agree with Joe. I was being flippant before just because timethief is not here to slap me! While the cat is away! The lack of titles for the images are definitely a problem if you want search engines to index you correctly. I still think you are doing ok with followers though and can't understand why you think you haven't got many. Your blog is more important than followers. Add more text with the images, and then more people might be inspired to follow. They need something to read, not just to look at.

  7. hmmh thanks for the input. When I said I am new to blogging I meant that yes i've had the blog a long time but i don't blog that much and my blog is kind of basic. I don't know all the extra frilly stuff u can do. And I thought i could get some ideas by posting on here to make my blog more appealing. so thank you. and yes I would love 1 million followers. Endorsement deals and bookings come with a following out here in la la land. And I love having this blog.

  8. Social netwroking is trctly give to get. Commenting on other blogs in the same niche yours is in is the best way of all to get traffic. Targeted traffic is what you want to focus on.

    Targeted traffic is comprised of readers who know exactly what they are looking for. They look for keywords and search engine results are based on keywords found in their indexed content. Targeted readers are also looking for freshness as well as relevance and that's what search engines are aimed to deliver.

    The first step for any blogger to take to establish a flow of targeted readers to their blog is learning and applying the use of basic SEO elements, so their posts and blog are actually accessible to potential readers, who use search engines. Provided you learn and apply the basics like using keywords and tags effectively and appropriately, you will receive targeted traffic from potential readers, who typed those same words and phrases into the search engines' search boxes.

    The fact that targeted readers already have an interest in the content in your posts means they are likely to read more than one post, more likely to leave comments, and more likely to become regular readers/subscribers, vote your posts up on social networks (tweets & likes & diggs, etc.), and they more likely to recommend your blog to their friends.

    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/

    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.

  9. And I thought i could get some ideas by posting on here to make my blog more appealing.

    Here's a 12 step blog evaluation based on reader experience. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2011/01/28/12-step-blog-evaluation/
    I don't do blog evaluations free of charge but I will say this because I have visted your blog. Post unique content that cannot be found elsehere on the interent.

  10. @thegiddygoat
    I've got your number ;) but truth be told, I do not disagree with what you said.
    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/i-would-like-some-input-on-how-to-make-my-blog-more-appealing-any-ideas?replies=9#post-957580

  11. Write blogs about the things that you know a lot...:)

  12. Put pictures of Pete on there. Go with me on this one.

  13. Seriously. Pete sells.

  14. Need I say more?

  15. Ard rocks. ;)

  16. A good blog that attracts followers is one that has good content. Don't worry about 'extra frilly stuff' if you don't have well-written and informative text on a subject you know something about and an appropriate number of photos that support the text.

    Top 3 post turn-offs for me (meaning I won't return).
    - too long
    - poor spelling/grammar/writing/logic/structure
    - too busy - too many photos or frill/fluff/cheesy quotes/links

  17. @carleycorbin
    Every blogger wants to attract followers to their blog. Attracting followers requires identifying your target audience, and creating quality content that engages them and encourages them to return to read more.

    Who is your target audience?
    http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2011/12/29/key-questions-for-bloggers/

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