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What is working and what is not on my blog

Mike Paetzold back again for my last day of my visit here at New Breed Marketer as part of the Old Bald Guy’s Blog Tour.

This stop I am talking about WordPress and here is what has been covered so far…

So far this week we have covered a lot about using WordPress but the most important part of the equation is to understand what you are doing that is working and which things are not.

You really need to be tracking results. I use two different services to find these things out.

  • Google analytics
  • MyBlogLog

Google Analytics allows you to place a small piece of code on your pages and they will track and give you reports on the results. They track the people coming to your site and give you some good information on exactly where your visitors are coming from, how long they stay and if you set up goals they will even track that for you.

You can get daily visits, the keywords that were used to find you and which pages get the most visits.

The keywords that people used to find you can be very revealing and may show you topics you want to cover in more detail.

MyBlogLog is something that I use even more than Analytics. Now unlike Analytics there is a fee $25 a year per blog to get their full tracking service, It is well worth it.

There are a lot of other reasons to use MyBlogLog other than the tracking and I have blogged extensively about ways to use it to your advantage on my WordPress Made Easy blog. You can see a list of posts on MyBlogLog.

The reason I really like the tracking on MyBlogLog is that they will also show you which outgoing links are clicked.

Add in that they link to the exact search page (not just the keywords) that someone has entered your blog from and you can see exactly where you stand on that topic in the various search engines.

Knowing these topics that are getting you traffic and generating clicks of your links will allow you to go use things like Wonder Wheel to expand your information on that topic and strengthen your rankings.

Hope you have enjoyed my visit this week and stop to see me at my blogs. Next week I will be moving on to the Micro Business Specialist and will be discussing helping offline businesses with tips for those that are an offline business and those that want to help offline businesses take advantage of the internet.

About the author

align=left Mike Paetzold has been online since 2000 and runs numerous blogs. Currently you can find out what he is up to at Mike Paetzold Recommends.

You can also find out and keep current with WordPress at his blog WordPress Made Easy.

Follow Mike on Twitter

What do I blog on today?

Mike Paetzold back again for day 4 of my visit here at New Breed Marketer as part of the Old Bald Guy’s Blog Tour.

This stop I am talking about WordPress and here is what has been covered so far…

Today makes a great day to cover this topic because if you read the first post in this series you would know that it is Thanksgiving Day here in the US and I do not plan to write anything just eat and relax. Hope you are having a great holiday too.

That is because I created this whole series and just scheduled them on Sunday so I could have the week off to enjoy the holiday.

That being said there is always the time that you know your blog needs content and your brain is totally blank. Then you need to go find inspiration. I am usually good once I have a topic and that is one reason I am always asking my readers for their questions on the WordPress blog.

Here are 3 tools from Google you can use to find ideas and it does not hurt that they will usually be a hot topic too.

  • Google News
  • Google Insights
  • Google Wonder Wheel

Google News will let you find the latest news on your topic. Often times this is all you need to find that little germ of an idea for content. Just go there and add your topic and you will see all the latest news for it.

Google Insights will let you see what is hot on your topic. Add your topic and scroll to the bottom and you will see the topics getting increased searches. Like below for WordPress.

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This shows me the top items being searched for but more importantly the items that are rapidly increasing in search volume.

Wonder Wheel is a relatively new addition to Google Search that will show you exactly what topics Google thinks are related to your main topic.

First you need to find the access to Wonder Wheel as it is not out in plain sight. Go to Google and do a search then click the show options on the left.

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Then scroll down to standard view – Wonder Wheel

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Once you click Wonder Wheel you will get a result that is a wagon wheel.

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You can then click on any of the spokes to dig further for related topics. It is a great way to find related sub topics you might not have thought about. I click WordPress Themes and got this result.

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You could continue digging down until you hit a topic that you wanted to write about today.

So there are three resources to help you answer the question of what do I blog about today?

Tomorrow we will discuss understanding what is working or not working so you can improve your results. Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day if you are in the US and have a great Thursday to everyone else.

 

About the author

 

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Mike Paetzold has been online since 2000 and runs numerous blogs. Currently you can find out what he is up to at Mike Paetzold Recommends.

You can also find out and keep current with WordPress at his blog WordPress Made Easy.

Follow Mike on Twitter

Make your blog interactive

Mike Paetzold back again for day 3 of my visit here at New Breed Marketer as part of the Old Bald Guy’s Blog Tour.

This stop I am talking about WordPress and here is what has been covered so far…

Today we will discuss making your blog more interactive. This will help you in 3 ways.

  • Pick up back links
  • New content
  • Keep it fresh

Let’s talk about Twitter first. Twitter has become a blogger’s best friend and there are numerous plugins that will allow you to integrate your blog with Twitter. I personally use Tweet My Blog which will automatically tweet each post I make to my Twitter followers automatically.

It will also allow me to integrate my last x number of tweets (you set the number) into my sidebar. This way every time I tweet anything when the spiders next visit there is new content on the blog even if I have not posted anything new on the blog.

Facebook allows you to add your Twitter feed to your Facebook page and this will create another backlink automatically when using Twitter automation from Facebook.

Friend Feed is the next item and again you can integrate it with your Twitter feed and your Facebook feed. Can you see how taking the time to integrate these will help you get back links and you can also attract followers to all of those sites at the same time.

All of those are great but the absolute best way to make your blog interactive is generating….

Comments

Comments create additional content and freshen your blog each time some one leaves one. Here are 2 plugins you can use to help reward your commenters and give them an additional reason to interact with you.

Do Follow – This removes the default no follow link that WordPress uses. You do bleed some PR but you get additional comments. The downside is that you need to moderate more and you need to let people know that you follow. I add a notice in my side bar to let people know that I do follow on my blogs.

Comment Luv – This will automatically go search for their latest blog post and link to it if they use a blog as their link when commenting on your blog.

Finally just ask for comments. I do that quite frequently on my blogs and while on tour I will be giving stuff away to one person on each blog I visit that comments and adds to the content.

Finally make it easy. Stay away from making people register to comment or run through a captcha form. This will kill the number of comments you get. Instead use a spam plugin like WP Spam Free that will eliminate most of the garbage right off the bat and moderate your comments.

So leave a comment below and tell me how I am doing this week as I visit here.

About the author

 

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Mike Paetzold has been online since 2000 and runs numerous blogs. Currently you can find out what he is up to at Mike Paetzold Recommends.

You can also find out and keep current with WordPress at his blog WordPress Made Easy.

Follow Mike on Twitter

5 Plugins To Make Your Blog More SEO Friendly

Mike Paetzold back again for day 2 of my visit here at New Breed Marketer as part of the Old Bald Guy’s Blog Tour.

This stop I am talking about WordPress and yesterday I covered…

Today we will cover 5 plugins that will make your WordPress blog more search engine friendly. Now there are lots of plugins you can choose from but these are the ones I have tested and use on all of my blogs. (And I have a few ;) .

All In One Bookmarking Button – It will place the social marker icon on the bottom of your posts and allow your visitors to easily bookmark your post at a number of sites of their choice. Any extra links you can get will help your rankings.

All In One SEO – This is a must have plugin as it allows you to add custom title tags to each post or will pick up your post title as the title tag instead of the main blog title as the title tag for each post as is the default in WordPress.

As your title tag is probably about 75% of your on page SEO this makes a huge difference in where you rank in the search engines.

Google XML Sitemap – Creates a compliant XML sitemap and pings Google and others (depending on your settings – Yahoo requires a signup and code) each time you post allowing the spiders to find all of your content.

Simple Tags – Allows you to customize your tags and create related posts which you can add to each post automatically based on your tags. This allows your visitor to easily find other content that is on topic making your site stickier.

WP Tags To Technorati – This plugin will make your tags compliant with Technorati the largest blog directory on line.

That gives you five ways to make your WordPress blog more search engine friendly. For more information on setting up your WordPress blog, making it SEO ready and generating traffic to it check out WordPress Made Easy. Everything you need in one place.

 

About the author

 

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Mike Paetzold has been online since 2000 and runs numerous blogs. Currently you can find out what he is up to at Mike Paetzold Recommends.

You can also find out and keep current with WordPress at his blog WordPress Made Easy.

Follow Mike on Twitter

3 Reasons To Use WordPress

Hi all. Let me introduce myself, I am Mike Paetzold and I will be a guest here this week as part of my Old Bald Guy’s Blog Tour. This is stop 3 of 8 so you can keep following me across the internet as I go from blog to blog.

Some call me The WordPress Guy and that will be a primary topic this week in my posting. Today I will start off with 3 reasons why I use WordPress. There are actually a lot more than three but three is enough for one post after all I will be doing 4 more here after this ;) .

Reason #1 – WordPress is and can be extremely SEO friendly

Now what that means in layman’s terms is that Google loves WordPress blogs. If Google loves them they are likely to rank higher. If they rank higher then you get more traffic.

That last part is the real bottom line in that you can get more traffic with a blog than you can with static web pages easily. There are a lot of things built into the software that would take a lot more work to add to a static web site.

Reason #2 – Themes and plugins

WordPress is open source and there are any number of themes available to change the look of your site. Some are free, others are paid and there are a large number of designers that will create themes for WordPress.

Makes it really easy to change the look to match what you are doing.

Then add in plugins which allow the basic script to do other things. This can be a way to expand tagging, make it more SEO friendly, create pop ups, fight spammers or almost any other thing that you might want to add to your blog.

Really easy to increase the functionality and with themes and plugins you upload a file and activate it. Nice and simple, even for Old Bald Guy’s like me.

Reason #3 – Easy to schedule

This is a very important one for me while doing this blog tour. It is actually Sunday morning and I plan to create all 5 posts for this visit today. After all this is a holiday week here in the US as we will celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday.

Now I love to cook and bake along with eating so you can be sure that on Wednesday I will be busy making cheese cake and pumpkin pie for dessert on Thursday. On Thursday itself I will be eating more than I should, then watching the various football games and napping.

So by scheduling the posts there will be a post here each day even if I do not log in at all.

What’s coming this week

During the visit I will be discussing making WordPress more SEO friendly, more interactive, finding posting topics and finally understanding what is working so you can do more of that. Talk more tomorrow.

About the author

align=left Mike Paetzold has been online since 2000 and runs numerous blogs. Currently you can find out what he is up to at Mike Paetzold Recommends.

You can also find out and keep current with WordPress at his blog WordPress Made Easy.

Follow Mike on Twitter

Mike Paetzold And His Blog Tour Headed This Way

I am honored this week to be hosting Mike Paetzold, The WordPress Guy, on my blog starting Monday, November 23rd. Mike has been blogging online since 2003 and developed quite a few niche blogs. He should be considered a WordPress expert and his WordPress Made Easy blog is an awesome site to get useful information for your blogging experience.

If you have ever been interested in going online and starting a blog you will find that Mike presents how it can be done in a nice, easy and pleasant style. After reading his blogs and blog post you will wonder why you have not started before now. And if you have ever tuned in to his Blog Talk Radio show you will realize this guy knows his stuff.

Earlier this year while thinking about how the recession has affected us all, Mike authored a book entitled, Blogging For Seniors. But don’t let the title fool you. Though written with seniors in mind, anyone could take these steps and get their own blog up and going.

I will be working on some new projects while Mike gives me a blow this week. Join me as he shares his unique style with a new audience. Welcome him and be sure to read what he has to say as it will help you with your blogging online.

Mike Paetzold, Guest Blogger To Appear Next Week

Over the next few weeks you will hear me mention that I will be honored to have a guest blogger for the week of November 23.

I will have Mike Paetzold, The WordPress Guy, alias The Bald Guy, doing a guest stint for the week. Mike has been blogging since 2003 and has become a real expert when it comes to using WordPress.

Mike has really pushed himself to the forefront of being a niche marketer and is known to test about everything he gives a try. And he has used his blogs, yes blogs, to enter various niches profitably.

If you really want to learn some good marketing from someone who knows how, be sure and watch out for his blog post.

I will keep you informed as we get closer. Mike is currently doing the Blog Tour circuit. Here is a list of his tour schedule. He actually started November 9th:

Stop 1 – Tony Tezak Says…
Week of November 9th

Stop 2 – My Affiliate Marketing Guide from Herschel Lawhorn
Week of November 16th
Stop 3 – New Breed Marketer from Andre Arnett
Week of November 23rd

Stop 4 – Micro Business Specialist from Earl Netwal
Week of November 30th

Stop 5 – Affiliate Internet Business Online from Lonnie Minton
Week of December 7th

Stop 6 – The marketing Blogzine
Week of December 14th

Stop 7 – Twitter Marketing Products
Week of January 4th

Stop 8 – Blog Income Life
Week of January 11th

This is just a partial schedule and maybe if you check out his blog and leave him a note he might consider your blog as well. Also have a look at his Squidoo lens with some additional information.