April 17, 2014

Category Archives: Blogging

12 Elements Involved in Gaining New Subscribers

One of the primary goals of almost every blogger is to gain subscribers, and as a result to grow the readership of the blog. Building a large following of subscribers can be harder than it may seem at first, and it requires focus and a plan to get there. Read More »

Case Study: The Launch of a New Blog

Towards the end of July I launched my third blog, DesignM.ag. My goal with DesignM.ag is to build on the things that I have learned through Vandelay Design and to develop a site that will become an excellent resource for the web design community. I thought it may be helpful for some readers of Traffikd to learn more about the process I took with the launch, and to share some things that worked well and some things that could have been improved. Hopefully this will give you some insight and will be an aid for you in your next blog launch. Read More »

7 Ways to Extend a Blog

If you're struggling to build a blog that meets the needs of your visitors or stands out from the other blogs in your niche, you may want to improve your blog in a way that makes it a bit different. In most niches there are tons of blogs that visitors can go to for similar information. If you can make your site more of an all-around resource rather than just a blog you can have an advantage over some of the others. Read More »

9 Keys to Running Multiple Blogs

In recent weeks since I launched my third blog I've received several emails and comments from friends with a variety of questions about how I find time to maintain all three blogs, so I thought it would be appropriate to cover the subject with a post here. Read More »

Testing My Own Words

For those of you who have been reading Traffikd for a while you know that I often gives tips for growing a blog using methods like social media marketing and networking. Well, I just launched a new blog tonight, so I'll be getting an opportunity to put my own advice into practice and give it a test. The site I launched is DesignM.ag, a site that targets the web design community (if you're interested in web design I'd love to have you as a subscriber). Read More »

To Gain Subscribers, Focus on What You Do Best

This post is part of a group writing project organized by Jacob Share to coordinate with the Blogging Idol competition. Most of you reading this post are probably blogging in fairly competitive niches where there are other blogs covering the same topics as you. If you have a newer or smaller blog and you try to build up your subscriber base by simply doing the same things that other successful blogs are doing, you're unlikely to stand out. Instead, try taking another angle at the subject, find what it is that you do best and have a unique approach. Read More »

Forming Your Inner Circle

Last week I wrote a post about networking and how it can impact your efforts with social media. Today I’d like to build on that topic by explaining how you can take your networking efforts to the next level. Most of us who are active with blogging and social media are in contact with a significant number of others each ... Read More »

Drawing the Line Between Trolls and Constructive Criticism

For bloggers and social media users negative comments are an issue that arises every now and then. When talking on the subject of negativity there is a difference between a commenter expressing an opinion that differs from or challenges the opinion of the author, and a commenter that attacks the author. Most blog commenters show respect for the blogger even ... Read More »

A Warning to Multi-Author Blogs

Multi-author blogs are everywhere today, and new ones are being launched every day. This is in part a result of an increasing number of blogs being run as a business, rather than as personal journals. Having a team of writers is necessary for many blogs to produce enough content, plus readers benefit in terms of (potentially) higher quality content, more ... Read More »

Turning a Competitor Into an Ally

Those of us who write or read about blog marketing are very familiar with the concept of competitive and saturated niches. You’ve probably read about the dangers of blogging on topics that have thousands of other bloggers covering the same general subjects. However, other bloggers that are in the same niche as you don’t have to be competitors. Your readers ... Read More »