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16
Jun

Work On Your Schedule

That’s one of the good parts about making an income from blogging. You get to make it on your schedule. Nobody out there is forcing you to do anything. In fact if you wanted you could leave your blog for a few days, weeks, or months if you wanted. At a normal day job, you have to work when you are told to work, and do what you are told to do.

While this freedom does result in a high percentage of failed blogs, it can also be a positive thing to those of us who do succeed. Like today, I decided not to write a post so I’m making up for it with a post at 1:30am. I decided on fathers day, I had more important things to do than to get my daily post up. If I had planned ahead a little farther it would have been auto-published.

Blogging lets you work on your own schedule. If you have enough ambition and set goals for yourself this can be one of the best aspects of blogging, but if you like to procrastinate then working whenever you choose to without being told what to do may not be very easy for you resulting in failure.

13
Jun

Gaining RSS Subscribers on New Blogs

As you know, my blog isn’t very old. I don’t have a high subscriber count either. It’s all part of the blogging game. Getting subscribers is no easy task. In fact, for new blogs, it is very common to see blogs staying under 20 subscribers for the longest time. In this post I will outline a few things you could do with your new blog, to try to boost your subscriber count a little bit.

Are you a member of a writing group such as Triond, Hubpages, or Gather? Chances are, over time you have established yourself in the community. You have made some friends who are interested in your work, and would actually enjoy your blog. If you let them know that you have started a blog, who knows, maybe they will come subscribe to it. I’m not saying go into the community and spam members you’ve never talked to before. I’m talking about the members you send messages to, comment on each others work, and basically like each other. They will do doubt check your blog out, and they may even subscribe.

Have you used bookmarking sites like Digg, StumbleUpon, or Reddit? Some of these, more Digg and StumbleUpon have some pretty advanced social aspects to their sites that let you get to know other members a little bit better. Things that let you communicate with one another and get to know each other. This is another group of people you should give you link to. They are probably interested in what you submit, so why wouldn’t they be interested in your blog? A double bonus here is that they actively use social bookmarking sites and may end up submitting some of your posts to these sites. If you don’t have any friends on these sites, try searching for articles posted where you would post your articles. These posts will be of similar content and you can get to know these people. After you have become friends, they will join your feed because it’s the kind of content they like to read.

Are you active on any sort of forum out there? Depending upon the forums main theme you may be able to get some members from there to at least look at your blog. Who knows if they will sign up. If there is no rule against it, give yourself some niche anchoring text to link to your blog in your signature. It will give you some nice backlinks, and of course some traffic. If your view count is high enough, and it’s a tight enough community where you know the admin and they will allow you to post a thread about it, go ahead and do that. Explain to them why they would want to subscribe to your feed while they are there.

That’s what I have so far. It’s not going to get you hundreds, because as many bloggers put it ‘content is king’. You need to have good content to get people to sign up for your feed. These are just a few ways I’ve found that a new blogger can use to convert previous online ventures into readers on your new blog. I’m always open to other ideas that work, and will write some new articles as I discover new working ways.

31
May

Free or Customized Blog Theme

The blog theme is one of the most important aspects of your site. If your site is unattractive, readers will leave simply because they cannot stand the look, or they will read the article they came for and leave. There are hundreds of thousands of free themes out there, but is it worth it to purchase one from a coder who knows what they are doing and can customize it to your liking?

There are obviously quite a few benefits to purchasing your own theme. The first being you will be the only blog out there with that exact layout. You will be able to customize everything about it down to the smallest placement. You can optimize certain parts of your site, make your banner ads seemingly invisible to your readers, yet still have them there to sell them, and many other possibilities. Buying a theme will make your blog way more unique than the average blog, and in fact it can be the determining factor in whether or not your blog will succeed. Why not dish out less than $500 to get a professionally designed theme?

As always, there’s a flip side to the coin. Sometimes it is not advisable to purchase a theme specifically for your blog. If you don’t think you can earn the money back easily, don’t buy one. There are so many free themes out there that you could easily pick one close to your needs if you spent enough time looking for it. Running a small niche blog that you only hope to pick up loose change with adsense, or other advertising programs, will not need a specialized layout. You can simply use a free theme, and you’re on your way.

I do believe in purchasing your own theme to make your site flawless. I wrote this post before I even purchased my domain name, and when it came time to pick out a theme, I went with a free one. The reason is that I really don’t have the funds to get a quality theme coded at the current time. If I were to get one coded, it wouldn’t have all the cool features I wanted. So I decided that I will use this free one until I earn the money for a layout on this blog.