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Hey Guys. Advice on my blog.

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by NufcOnline, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. NufcOnline

    NufcOnline Newbie

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    Hey,

    I'm a new member here, please put me in my place if I'm breaking any of the rules.

    Anyway,

    I started a free wordpress blog just over a month ago now.

    My blog is on the football team Newcastle United.

    I started my blog after watching Vishen Lakhiani's 'Happiness is the new Productivity' speech on Youtube.

    I don't know how many are aware of Vishen Lakhiani, but he's a really good public speaker and after watching his speech I knew I wanted to start blogging.

    The reason I chose to blog about Newcastle United was because:

    1.I spend almost all my day on the Newcastle forums discussing and posting about what's happening/my view
    2.I'm a big fan of the club and football
    3.I knew it would be easy for me to write about Newcastle everyday without effort and for my personal enjoyment

    However, I obviously started it with the intention of eventually making some money.

    I started off at Wordpress. I have no idea about internet marketing or how to create a good blog/website.

    I started off by learning some basic HTML just so I could get started and starting getting content up on a regular basis.

    My current strategy for bringing traffic to my blog is this:

    1.Signed up on Twitter and followed 2000 Newcastle fans in the hope a good chunk followed me back. The problem was twitter only allow you to follow 2000 people at a time unless you have a significant amount of people following you back. I decided to make another Twitter account so I could follow another 2k. I haven't made anymore accounts but might do.

    2.Made a Facebook page. The only problem with this is Facebook clamp down on you adding people you don't know so it's harder to get more friends.

    3.Post my blog on other Newcastle United forums/blogs.

    I then obviously post my articles/links to Twitter/FB so people can read them.

    I did get in contact with a guy who has a Newcastle United blog on the first page of google and managed to persuade him to do a joint blog post with me so I could get my blog on his site.

    I've had a look at google keywords but don't really understand the best way to use it. Clearly, my blog won't get much traffic so I guess using the most popular keywords is a bad idea?

    Is the keywords simply for clicks for e.g One of the categories on my site is 'NUFC Rumours' because that was a high keyword. I guess if someone clicks that it increases the chances of me appearing on google if loads of people started going on it.

    In my first month I got around 1800 hits. I think my highest was about 190 on one particular day. It completely depends on what's happening, if a big transfer story breaks I can get a lot of hits.

    If I didn't touch my blog and posted nothing I would probably get 5-10 people coming on my blog.

    I do have plans to buy my own domain name and become self hosted so I cann eventually advertise. I must emphasize again that I am pretty clueless when it comes to IM, so bare with me.

    I'm looking for any advice. I'm interested in knowing how to increase my traffic. Am I best off putting some money in to it?

    Thanks

    Joe
     
  2. machineterminator

    machineterminator Newbie

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    just post unique and quality content just target users not search engines
     
  3. crazyb

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    First, you have to move to self hosted WordPress if you wish to use advertising on your blog.

    To add on previous comment, unique and quality content is must, and it may be enough if you target social media market (Facebook, twitter, etc) or low competitive keywords. I suppose major keywords sorounding Newcastle United are competitive, but since you're a fan I suppose your blog would be long term project, and it is worth the effort to break in for those keywords over the time. To rank on Google, except the quality content (in your case on time news and passionate writing) you will need additional onpage optimization (like titles, description, internal linking) and backlinks (from other sites).
     
  4. poweronics

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    I would recommend using Pinterest also to get more traffic on your blog. Better get your own domain and hosting and get your own blog instead of investing your time on this free version.
     
  5. VaderD

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    hmm interesting
     
  6. NufcOnline

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    Thanks for replying guys.

    I was recommend using Bloggingcasestudy to set it all up.

    The guy on there suggests using namecheap for the domain name. The prices looked reasonable.

    When choosing a name he suggests a name that gets around 2k visits a month. I imagine because there's not as much competition.

    He says if you can't find a name that has around that area of hits to just choose a name that is short, re-memorable and relevant. He says that it doesn't necessarily have to match the content of your site.

    At the moment my site is nufc online, so I was looking up nufconline on keywords and it gets around 1.9k a month.

    He recommends Hostgator for self hosting. The cheapest option has single domain, unlimited bandwith, disk space and a share SSL Certificate.

    I'm a complete newbie.

    Does single domain just mean you can only use one website?

    And what is SSL Certificate?

    Finally, I'm currently on a free wordpress blog. How will I transfer my stuff over to hostgator?

    Thanks
     
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  7. S.S. Solutions

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    If you are buying the domain so you can link your blog to your website, put unique and quality matter while writing your content you can target other social media market as well like LinkedIn, Tumbler, Flicker etc. Also you can join groups in your social network related to your Site Content in Facebook, LinkedIn and timely posting the links if you update your site or blog. You can also ask your friends and relative to share the link in their social network.
    PM me if you want me as well to share your blog info and advertize for you in my social networking sites.
    You can also add me on skype, I am available with name "KudoSolutions".
     
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  8. ber789

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    Unless you are setting up as an ecommerce site or have a secure area on your blog (https) then you do not need an SSL. I have no idea how a shared SSL would work.

    Whoever you choose to host, I would use a separate registrar just as a best practice.
     
  9. Duffers5000

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    magpieplanet.com is available....doesnt matter really where you buy or host as long as its cheap....Just get off the blogs they are a waste of time.....obviously point all your Blog regulars towards your new site.

    A forum would be good.. or just lifefyre commenting on every post..

    Good Niche... I have Mackem friends, gone to a few matches...you are mad for football in the Northeast.
     
  10. Winston_Smith

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    Welcome to the world of blogging. May your site receive many hits and comments. Legit comments. Not spam.

    Best thing I can offer is to adamantly suggest that you keep consistent interaction with your Twitter followers. You can have a ton of people following you back, but the Follows don't mean squat unless you are making an effort to interact with them.

    Best wishes!
     
  11. NufcOnline

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    No I wanted to buy a domain name so my blog would look more professional.

    Why would I want them to be seperate?

    I'll PM you regarding your website.


    Well SSL was part of the package.

    If I'm honest I'd rather use something which has been recommended as I'm pretty clueless when it comes to IM. I just want to set it up and concentrate on content.

    Obviously long-term I want to learn about Internet Marketing so I know what I'm doing.

    I don't mind the sound of Magpie Planet. Why would this be better than NUFC Online? Isn't keywords important?

    How important are the extensions?

    I love football and Newcastle. I'm not sure I'd have the passion for anything else! I'd certainly have to think harder about it anyway. Newcastle is natural.

    I agree about Twitter. I've read/heard about the importance of valuing your traffic.

    I'm not sure how to include my twitter followers more? I did make a page called 'NUFC Appreciation'. It was basically a page where I did a daily appreciation for anything NUFC, and welcomed people to offer their appreciation.

    It didn't get that many comments. I actually got the idea from Gratitude Log but tried to transfer to football.

    I need another way of including the fans. I think a forum is a good idea eventually.

    Thanks man.
     
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  12. StrikeSeven

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    1. Namecheap, good.
    2. I can't comment on the domain ranking side, I never give any regard to that when setting up a blog (I just thought of PlayStation Arena haha).
    3. Stay away from Hostgator. There's no such thing as unlimited anything and they restrict you on the # of innodes (files) you can have as well as heavier restrictions on RAM and CPU usage than on a host with set limits. Why do people think HG has something special? For real world sites that want to grow they're really not a practical host at all to start with and the your account will get suspended for a slight uptick in RAM / CPU usage. I'm not saying that their uptime is bad, they're good at that. Support makes me want to kill myself though.

    As for your questions: Yes you can only host 1 domain on the plan as there are no add-on domains included. SSL certificates are not needed unless you're transferring secure data like CC info, etc. Don't even pay any mind to Shared SSL as it is not professional nor practical.

    Why don't use use a host with set limits like SpeedySparrow, EZPZ Hosting, localnode (ehhh I use them, fast and no downtime but it's only been a month), etc. I'd highly recommend you to look around on a web hosting forum for advice (literally Google webhosting forum -- I don't know if the rule about posting links to other forums is good or bad). With these hosts you get more CPU / RAM usage than with HG / JH / Dumb GoDaddy.

    Also NameCheap has their coupon site at namecheapcoupons. Check there before registering a domain from them, they've got a coupon for every month.

    I can point you to a guide for moving WP to self-hosted, I'll edit this post in a little bit.

    I say this because I don't want people to waste money / not make good decisions.

    NOTE: The only way I'm affiliated with any of the hosting companies I mentioned is that I've hosted with them before (except SpeedySparrow, but they've got stellar reviews). Also NameCheap Coupons is owned by NameCheap.

    Also as for your blog promote it. However don't promote it with your Twitter method that will not work (ESPECIALLY with two accounts -- don't you want one account for the blog instead of two). I recommend you unfollow those people and make room for more meaningful follows. Also *occasionally* post a link to an article on your blog on those forums that you use (related to your blog). I used to own a Gaming / Tech news site (now rebooted in the form of a pure-PlayStation gaming site), and when one of my writers posted a link on GameSpot (I think) to our blog, our views spike up to 2k that day. Too bad we were too busy to maintain the readers haha. Also post original content so you get linked back to (promote the original content more). We broke news on LulzSec back when it happened and we got linked back by BGR, spiking views up to 3k that day and 1k/day for a week or two after.

    Also hold giveaways. You can organize with associations, etc. (Sorry I'm not familiar with sports blogging.) Contests get lots of readers! So hit up the PR people and see what can be done (once again can't say anything for sports everything I know is being adapted from gaming / technology news journalism).

    If you want to know about anything send me a message.
     
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  13. NufcOnline

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    Thanks StrikeSeven! I'll PM you once I'm allowed to!

    I'm thinking of buying my domain and going self-hosting this weekend so will be in contact.

    My Blog: nufconline wordpress. Fill in the blanks, these damn restrictions! :)
     
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  14. StrikeSeven

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    I know exactly what you mean - I had to edit my post like 1000 times! If you want to reach me faster just look for my new (and only) blog on Google (mentioned in the post) and hit me up through there.


    Also I'd suggest buying the domain as soon as possible -- and the best practice is to keep the domain registration separate from hosting. It's not that I don't trust the BHW community, but once the names out there and you know you want it, grab it before some wise guy gets the idea to buy it and squat on it. :D

    EDIT: I'm on WordPress-not-self-hosted too, as I've decided to focus more on content than coding as it always gets in the way. Maybe someday I'll move back to self-hosted... or maybe not.
     
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