Building a Community of Kentucky Bloggers
We were recently followed on twitter by this cool dude who added us to a list of Kentucky bloggers. It was a MASSIVE list of bloggers in, and around, Kentucky. Oh heart be still, because we have been trying to start a group of Kentucky bloggers on Facebook to maybe turn into something more than just a group later. Bloggers unite.
So I decided to spend a couple hours going through the list. I found SO many social media and blogging mistakes right away, just from viewing twitter profiles, blog URL’s and descriptions. I hung my head in shame. We used to be like you. We have made the same mistakes.
Let us HELP you!
A lot of people say they are “aspiring bloggers.” Ok. If you have a blah-blah.anyhost dot com, and you have written a post, congratulations, you ARE a blogger. What you really are is a misguided pro-blogger wannabe (no different from myself, mind you.)
What can you do to change this? Disclaimer: I am not an expert, but I have been writing copy now for about six years online. SIX years! Dang. Time flies. I’ve followed the teachings of Darren Rowse and Sandi Krakowski closely as well as a few other members of the blogging royal family, and I’m here to tell you, success isn’t rocket science. Want to make your blog popular? All you need is a
little A LOT of elbow grease and time. Oh, and some basic knowledge of what blogging is becoming. That’s what we are here for.
Ever do a google search? If so, what comes up? A bunch of sites with the keyword you typed into google on them.
See that! We came up number three in the google search for Weight Watchers Chicken Enchiladas. Why? One reason may be that we own our content. You see, we purchased our URL from a company, and our stuff has a copy-write and is ours. Plus, we know how to use SEO (with a little help from our friends- AKA plugins!) and have busted our butts to have a Google Page Rank. We also spend time commenting on other people’s sites, getting do-follow link backs, guest posts, marketing our content on social media, and to drive the point home one last time, we own our own slice of internet real estate, Two Chics and a Blog. We are not experts on Weight Watchers Chicken Enchiladas (I can’t tell you how many points there are per serving, but Crystal might be able to,) but because we used the right keywords, positioned ourselves with certain rankings through hard work, we look like experts, right there behind Weight Watchers themselves. This is where blogging is going. Bloggers OWN the internet.
Owning your URL is NOT expensive! Tweaking your theme is not hard! You have to have some basic knowledge of HTML and blog post writing, but it is not difficult. Need help? Contact us! We can help you begin a successful blog.
Social Media (specifically Twitter) Mistakes
Social media is riddled with unspoken rules. One that is a cardinal rule, however, is have a decent profile for Pete’s sake! Hashtag overload will discourage others to follow you. It’s a law of attraction and you’re trying too hard if you have too many
Look at me! Look at me!!!
hashtags riddled about. People may be able to find you, but might think you’re a spammer! None of these “you follow me, I’ll follow you back” things either. You want to read my stuff or you don’t. I don’t need or want just another idle follower. I want you to interact with me and become part of my community. Oh, and if you haven’t tweeted in a few days, probably not going to follow you or look at your blog. Same goes for other social media- Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Stumble Upon…I could go on ALL day!
Do you REALLY need TruTwit validation? No. It’s annoying.
Do you share so much of your private life that your profile has to be protected? If I click follow and see “Pending,” I will resend my offer to follow your profile. None of us are THAT lofty that our Twitter profiles are like a secret club. I promise. Especially if it’s your blog’s Twitter profile. Get over yourself.
But April, I DON’T LIKE TWITTER
Guess what? Millions of people do, and if you don’t, you’re missing out on a whole outlet of opportunity to drive traffic to your blog. One hundred and forty characters once or twice a day isn’t going to kill you. Build your Twitter presence. We are working on ours. Follow our lead.
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