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Articles by ‘Steven Snell’

5 Ways to Get Noticed by A-List Bloggers

Jonathan Phillips wrote a blog post called: Getting A-Listers to Notice Your Blog vs. Social Networking. In the article Jon asks his readers which source they would prefer to send them traffic. He mentions that his experience has shown that visitors who are referred from other blogs are more likely to stay on the site longer and more likely to subscribe.

I agree with the points that Jon made throughout the article and I wanted to build on those thoughts a little bit by listing a few ways to get the attention of A-list bloggers. For some new bloggers who are still trying to build an audience, getting the attention of an A-list blogger can be very difficult…

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Make Your Website Linkable

One of the most important aspects of marketing and promoting a website or blog is attracting inbound links. A great deal of effort goes into creating quality links. But before these link building attempts can truly be successful, your site or blog will need to be ready. Here are some tips to making your website more linkable…

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Blogger’s Guide to Creating Better Content

In the past we have written about the effects of creative blog content. Now that you know about all the benefits that come with creative content you may be wondering what you can do to improve your posts. Regardless of what topics you blog about and what your blogging goals are, content creation is a huge part of being successful. There’s no way to get around the need for quality articles. With that in mind, here is a guide that will help you to maximize your content creation abilities…

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The Pros and Cons of Writing for Other Blogs

One of the best ways for new bloggers to get some valuable exposure is to write guest posts for other blogs . In the past, I was writing 3 to 5 posts each week for other blogs. While I think it is one of the best free promotional methods available, there are certainly some negatives to writing for other blogs. I’d like to list some of my thoughts on the subject and get your feedback as well…

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Brainstorming Techniques for Bloggers

As bloggers, we all face the challenge of creating unique content that will keep readers coming back for more. The first step to writing a blog post is coming up with an idea, but many times this part of the process is taken for granted and sufficient time is not spend on idea development. Original […]

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Designing to Save Time on Maintenance

If you’ve ever tried to redesign a website (especially one that was designed by someone other than yourself) you know how frustrating it can be. Even performing routine maintenance can be difficult if you don’t spend a lot of time on the site and you’re not familiar with the structure. There are a few things […]

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Redefining Your Purpose

I believe most of my readers who are bloggers or online marketers have been online for several months or longer. When you started your website/blog you obviously started it for a reason. Maybe you wanted to make money. Maybe you just wanted to share your thoughts and opinions with others. Have you stopped to think […]

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Effective Time Management for Bloggers

Running a blog can require a lot of time, and most bloggers have only a limited amount of time available. Good time management can make these few hours very productive. Time management concepts are nothing new, but bloggers face unique challenges that demand a specialized approach to the subject. In this article we’ll be taking […]

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Overcoming Blogger’s Block

A never-ending challenge for bloggers is to constantly produce quality content on topics that will generate interest. At times it can be a struggle to even decide on a topic to blog about. When you have hit this wall, or better yet, before you have hit this wall, there are some proven methods that will […]

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10 Keys to Effective Writing for the Web

Writing for an online audience is much different than writing for a traditional print publication like a book, magazine or newspaper. Online readers are obviously reading from a screen, and as a result they will more likely scan the article as opposed to reading it word-for-word. In order to maximize the impact of your articles […]

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Seven Things Your Business Website Must Have

1 – Your Own Domain Name Some free website hosting services, such as geocities and tripod, will provide you with a free domain name that is an extension of their domain. Any business that hopes to have a professional internet presence should purchase its own domain name. They can be purchased from GoDaddy.com for less […]

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Creating Content for Your Website

Most internet users are looking for some type of specific information. The most important factor in the success of a website is the amount and quality of information provided. Having quality content on your website will positively impact your website in several different ways: 1 – Search Engine Rankings Articles and other types of content […]

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Choosing a Website Hosting Company

There are a number of important factors to consider when deciding on a web hosting company. 1 – Price – Web hosting services come in all different prices, including free. While free hosting may sound tempting, it’s not a good idea for any business that takes its website seriously. Using a free hosting service will […]

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What Makes A Website Search Engine Friendly?

Search engines view websites completely differently than humans do. To a search engine this page looks like this: The same appearance of a website can be achieved with a number of different coding methods. Some are more effective for search engine rankings than others. Simply by looking at a website in an internet browser it […]

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Who is the Focal Point of Your Design?

Many times during the web design process the focus gets lost. Sometimes we try very hard to create an impressive visual appearance. Other times too much priority is given to designing for search engines. While an attractive design and search engine optimization are both important, ultimately the design should be created for the user. Nine […]

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My Experience With StumbleUpon Paid Ads

StumbleUpon is known by most website owners and bloggers as one of the best sources of free traffic available. However, SU also offers paid traffic and it’s advertising program is a lot different than other alternatives. With StumbleUpon you can pay $0.05 per visitor and you can choose to target visitors that have selected certain […]

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10 Realities of Search Engine Marketing

If you’re new to search engine marketing you may be confused by the contradicting information that you see online. If you’ve attempted to optimize and market a website you’ve probably learned from experience who is providing valid advice and who is pushy hype. Although this is by no means a complete look at the subject, […]

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What Does Your Website Say About You?

Immediate opinions and impressions are formed the moment a new visitor arrives at your website. Even though the first impression comes within just a few seconds, it can take a very long time to reverse a negative first impression, if you’re given the chance at all. In a competitive marketplace a bad first impression is […]

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99 Ways to Promote Your Blog for Free

This post was originally published 6 years ago. During the past 6 years the blogging world has changed drastically, and as a result, the content of this post was horribly outdated and no longer relevant. We’ve totally scrapped the original post and re-wrote it to provide insight that can be applied by today’s bloggers.

With millions of blogs out there, getting noticed can be quite a challenge for the new blogger. Simply posting content won’t lead to visitors. When you’re trying to establish your blog you’ll need to work on some promotion to help kick start your blog’s growth. In this article we’ll focus on free options and we’ll look at 99 ways to promote your blog for free. Since most of our readers are designers, some of the points are specifically applicable to design blogs, but the majority of the content is relevant to blogs in any industry or niche.

99 Ways to Promote Your Blog for Free

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Organizational Tips for Bloggers

Keep an idea journal. When you need to sit down and write a new post you’ll have plenty of ideas. Have a few backup posts ready for when you have interruptions. Eventually you’ll run into times where it’s impossible to find time for a new post. Set aside time each week for brainstorming and idea […]

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An Interview with Chris Garrett

Many of you are probably familiar with Chris Garrett. His blog ChrisG.com currently has almost 5,000 subscribers, and he also provides consulting and a variety of other services through omiq. He writes on blogging and new media, as well as other various topics for other blogs. Hopefully you can learn something from him through this […]

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12 Ways to Avoid Blogging Burnout

I think everyone who has consistently maintained a blog for any length of time has faced the issue of burnout. Sometimes it’s difficult to keep moving forward, and these situations lead many bloggers to quit. With the tips listed below you will be able to prevent a major burnout in your blogging efforts. 1. Choose […]

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Using Social Media to Find Quality Information

There are plenty of articles, including some of my own, that focus on techniques for drawing traffic from social media websites like Digg, StumbleUpon and del.icio.us, but there is very little written about using these social media sites to find quality information. The point may seem illogical since social media sites supposedly show the best, […]

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