Posts Tagged ‘blog’

How to Network Your Blog with NetworkedBlogs

Today I am going to post a short tutorial on how to get your blog linked with NetworkedBlogs. I recently linked this blog with NetworkedBlogs so that the Stallion Hosting Facebook fan page will be automatically updated every time a new post is made.  By using the application called NetworkedBlogs, you can automatically post your latest WordPress blog posts to your Facebook fan page.

There are many advantages to this, especially in terms of getting your blog noticed which is vital, it will also help to get your links out there on the web and in front of more people, so go ahead and use the step by step tutorial below to also get your blog networked.

1. First you will have to add the NetworkedBlogs application to your Facebook account (you can do this by searching for “Networked Blogs” and then add the application through there) or here is the direct page link: http://www.facebook.com/networkedblogs

2.  Follow the steps to add the application successfully to your account.

3.  After you have added the application to your profile then go to the Application (through your Facebook profile’s sidebar) and find the “Register a Blog” button on the top of the NetworkedBlogs application.

4.  Fill your Blog Name, URL, and any other details such as a description and related tags.

5.  Follow the steps to validate the blog and to confirm that you are the author of the blog. Note: I had a huge problem here, I added the widget like they asked and no matter where I added the widget it would not accept the validation. It could be some kind or error or something, but be warned – it was irritating. Instead I had to opt for the Ask friends to verify option, which is going to take a little longer.

6.  If everything is successful (except the confirmation of being the author, that can wait), you should be able to see your blog’s feed on the NetworkedBlogs application page, like the screenshot below:

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7.  Now, go to your Facebook fan page (mine is at http://www.facebook.com/stallionhosting -please like our fan page if you haven’t already 🙂 ) and then click on the “Edit Page” which is on the left sidebar menu.

8. You should see the NetworkedBlogs application in the list of other applications, otherwise go to the application and you will be presented with the option to Syndicate. You want to syndicate your NetworkedBlogs page with your Facebook Fan page.

9. Select the Facebook fan page that you would like to be connected with your blog, and then follow the instructions to allow and install the application on that specific fan page.

10. Tick the box and allow the application to auto post on your fan page, and there you done!

Done, now every time you publish a new post on your WordPress blog it will also be published to your fan page wall automatically, meaning less work for you and more exposure for your blog. It’s a win win situation.

Take a look at the WebHostingPro NetworkedBlogs page here, and go ahead and follow us for updates:  http://apps.facebook.com/blognetworks/blog/stallion_hosting_web_hosting_south_africa/

Daniel Hall

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Get Traffic To Your Blog

The simple truth is that a blog without readers is pretty much useless. If you’ve been blogging for a while and have only been getting a trickle of viewers to your posts, you need to put a traffic building plan into action.

Building traffic is just as an important skill to bloggers as writing quality posts is. Most bloggers are terrific at creating content but don’t know a thing about building traffic. Here is a quick guide to the five most popular (and most effective) traffic building techniques.

– Get social!

Social networking and blogging go hand in hand. Your blog posts can be distributed across social networking channels in many different ways. Sign up for Twitter and tweet about your posts as soon as they are added to you blog. Update your Facebook status with a link to you new blog posts. Submit your stories to Digg.com, Reddit.com and StumbleUpon.com. Remember that in order for social networking to be effective, you need to participate with other people on your list. If you visit their links and respond to their updates, they’ll be likely to do the same for you.

– Get noticed!

Find blogs in your niche and start following their posts. Make sure to add insightful and interesting comments on their posts. Not only will the blog owner take notice and visit your blog, other commenters will visit your blog to get more of your great insight into the topic. Don’t spread yourself too thin with blog commenting, but make it a point to comment on a few related blogs each week.

– Get good use out of your RSS feed!

RSS feeds are a way to syndicate your blog’s content so that it is sent to many different people in their own blog readers or on their own sites. Most blogging systems have RSS feeds automatically included but you can add a lot more functionality to your feed by using a free service like FeedBurner.com. With FeedBurner you can add things like sharing the feed via e-mail to your feed so it will pull in new readers and encourage previous visitors to come back to the blog again.

– Get articles in directories!

You may think that by being a blogger you can ignore article marketing. However, you can get a lot of traffic to your blog by tweaking some of your popular blog posts and adding them to article directories. You can post your popular posts as articles with a link back to your blog in many different article directories. Not only will you get a valuable backlink but your article may also be used by ezine owners which will bring you more traffic.

– Get backlinking!

Speaking of backlinks, you should work to build backlinks to your blog through several different means. By creating backlinks to your blog, you’ll improve your blog’s ranking in search engine results. You can get lots of traffic from search engines if you are within the first group of search results for your keywords.

These simple ways of building traffic can be used over and over again to help build traffic to your blog and increase your readership.

Daniel Hall

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How To Move Your WordPress Blogs

Another popular question is how to move a WordPress Blog or WordPress site from one website hosting company to another. Many people ask the question how to move their WordPress sites and I must also admit that many people feel that moving a WordPress site is a mission, but I have found a great set of videos that explain the process step by step.

The videos below are Part 1 and Part 2 of a step by step tutorial that I have found very useful in explaining the process of moving a WordPress site. I have actually followed the entire 2 part video tutorial to ensure that it is correct, and I am happy to report back that my site was successfully live and running when the video was finished.

How To Move Your WordPress Blogs – Part 1:

How To Move Your WordPress Blogs – Part 2:

Tip: I found these videos on YouTube.com, when ever you are stuck with something – especially technical aspects like this it is always a good idea to try YouTube. The beauty is that you can find a tutorial like the one above and then follow the video while pausing and going back so ensure that you succeed with what ever you are stuck on. 🙂

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Daniel Hall
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