I am so psyched by the wealth of free information I’m finding online on how to build a successful blog. This must be a newbie blogger reaction, because I feel like a kid in the candy store. Here are a few freebies that I think will excite you as well:
Have you ever wondered how your page ranks for certain keywords in the major search engines and directories? Well, Mike’s Free Search Engine Ranking tool tells you just that. Simply enter your URL and keywords, and it tells you if you’re in the top 50 listings in Google, Yahoo! Search, AOL, MSN, AllTheWeb, Altavista, Yahoo! Directory and Open Directory. Also, be sure to check out some of his other free tools.
Article: How to Market your Blog in 2007
This post was written by Tony Hung who was a guess blogger on Problogger.net. Although it was written for 2007, it is still a treasure chest full of golden nuggets and gems. From my count, he listed about 41 ways to market your blog. To a newbie blogger like me, it’s as if he took my hand and said, “Come, let me show you…” I also found this other article on optimizing your title tag very informative and helpful. So come to think of it, the entire Problogger website is a treasure trove full of useful blog tips to help people make money online.
For an up to date way to improve your blog, I also recommend this article. Chris Brogan list many ways to make your blog rock. Some of his suggestion seem basic, but are often missed by us newbs. For example, he mentions that simply writing good titles can play a huge role in bringing new visitors. Content is also important, but if your titles aren’t catchy or google-friendly, they will get ignored. He also suggest many cool free tools, such as the Web Site Grader, which I’ll talk more about next. Definitely an article worth checking out.
This tool does just what it says, it grades your site. I tested it out and was impressed by how much information it gave in regards to the marketing effectiveness of my blog. I realized after getting graded that I still have much work to do, but as quoted from GI Joe, “knowing is half the battle”.
In this article, Kila gives some great tips on how to generate daily content for your blog. These tips are simple, but very important. If implemented, they can prevent a new blogger from getting burnt out and quitting.
And these marketing tools and articles are just a handful of the information that you can find online. If you know of any that you think are worth mentioning, I’d love to hear about it.