April 24, 2014

Author Archives: Steven Snell

Reader Profile: Ruchir from TechnoMoney

This week's profile features Ruchir Chawdhry from TechnoMoney.net. Ruchir is a teenager from India that is living in Eritrea. On his blog he writes about technology, blogging, and making money online. I chose to feature Ruchir this week because he is an active reader of both of my blogs, and because I thought it would be interesting to talk to him about his experience as a teen blogger. Read More »

Do Advertisements Affect Traffic?

One common approach for new websites and blogs is to not display any advertisements on the site until traffic is grown to a significant level. The reasoning behind this decision is that not having ads will provide the visitor with a more positive experience and fewer distractions, which will allow the site's traffic to grow faster than it would with ads on the site. In addition, most websites and blogs will make very little money off of the ads in early months with low volumes of traffic. Read More »

10 Tools for the Social Media Marketer

If you are an avid user of social media and you are working to build traffic for your own website or blog with SMM, here are 10 tools to help make your work easier. 1 - Social Media for Firefox Extension Submitting pages to social media sites can be a time consuming process. It can be frustrating when you find a great item that you want to submit, take the time to visit the social media site of your choice, and then you find that it has already been submitted. The Social Media for Firefox Extension helps you to save time by allowing you to check any page to see if it has been submitted to the major social media sites, and it so, how many votes it has received. All you have to do is click a button in your browser and you'll quickly see the results, and it will even lead you to the appropriate pas to submit or vote at each site. Wasting time trying to submit stories is no longer necessary. Read More »

7 Reasons to Like StumbleUpon’s Share with Friends Feature

Most social media sites have some type of functionality for sharing something that you like with a friend. The good part about these features is that they make it easy to help others find great content, they increase the amount of useful and enjoyable information that comes your way, and they can help users to get votes for a submission. The bad part is that they are ineffective on most social media sites due to an overload of spam. Read More »

Reader Profile: Tay from Super Blogging

The reader profile is a weekly series where I attempt to give something back to one of my readers. It typically includes some information about his/her online projects as well as a mini interview. I first met Tay back in the summer when I wrote a guest post for her blog, Super Blogging. Since that time we have become friends and I always enjoy her thoughts at Super Blogging. Read More »

10 Myths of Social Media Marketing

1. Social media traffic is useless. Yes, it's true that social media traffic will generally be less targeted than most other forms of traffic. However, you can gain plenty of new, loyal readers through social media. Even with lower quality traffic, the huge traffic volume can be very beneficial for any website. Read More »

6 Steps to Building Diversity In Traffic

Having multiple and diverse sources of traffic is important to the long-term success of any website. Although it can be tempting to only pursue the traffic sources that produce the most visitors, relying exclusively on a particular traffic source can have adverse effects. Diversity is important for the following reasons: Read More »

Should You Use Social Media Buttons On Your Blog or Website?

If you spend much time reading blogs you've certainly seen plenty of buttons, widgets, and links that are aimed at generating traffic through social media. Of course, the idea is that placing these voting buttons in front of visitors will increase the number of votes that you receive, but is that really the case? Read More »

Reader Profile: Pearl from Interesting Observations

Over at my primary blog I do a weekly links post each weekend in which I post links to articles that I enjoyed throughout the week and that I think my readers will appreciate. I also use that links post as a way to say thank you to some of my readers and friends by linking out to them. Those posts have really helped me to be able to network with other bloggers and give something back to them while providing something useful for readers. Read More »

5 Ways to Fail With Social Media Marketing

Social media websites are being used more and more by bloggers and website owners to gain exposure and traffic. However, social media in not necessarily an easy way to get a lot of traffic. Here are five things not to do when using social media. 1. Be Self-Centered Social Media Marketing is all about mutual benefit and helping others. All successful Social Media Marketers are willing and ready to help others by submitting their content or just by giving a vote. Those that try to only promote their own material never go anywhere. After a while other users will notice if you're only voting for yourself, and they'll stop voting for you. Read More »