Sharing her Blogging Success Secrets

Hey you bloggers we are back again with another stunning interview session!

As part of our BloggersIdeas interview series, today we have  Professional blogger  Adrienne smith, She loves sharing what she have learned over at her blog, adriennesmith.net.

She ‘ve become pretty much a fanatic for all things having to do with blogging, driving traffic to your blog and building relationships with your readers. She is keen blogger and always ready to help fellow bloggers.

Lets explore with Adrienne.

Please tell us about yourself and your educational background ?

I want to thank you as well Jitendra for this opportunity and I’m happy to be here.

My name is Adrienne Smith and I’ve been online now for seven years.  I was an executive assistant for over 31 years while in corporate America.  When our company downsized I made the decision to do something else with my life and eventually found my way to the internet to see if I couldn’t build a business online.

It took me quite a while to understand how this all works and what it was that I enjoyed doing the most.  Blogging just ended up being what I loved and my passion has always been to help others.  Those two things just ended up going hand in hand.

As far as my educational background I didn’t attend college and I’m pretty much self-taught.  Everything I learned how to do I either did it on my own or took a course to learn the skills.

I’ve always loved to learn although at times it can be rather overwhelming.

With increased volatility in the search engine landscape, how do you see SEO’s future shape up in the time to come?  Does it still remain competitive to Paid Search Marketing?

In all honesty, SEO is not my area of expertise and I don’t even write for the search engines anymore.  I did back when I was doing just affiliate marketing and wanting to rank for certain terms.

As I ventured away from that though I started writing more for my readers and stopped concentrating on SEO.

The one thing I know we all can be sure of is that SEO will never die.  Without it there would be no search engines so I’m sure as the years go by that Google will continue to improve how content is being found in the search engines although we may not always agree with those changes.

I don’t want to get on Google’s bad side but I can’t ever seem to please them so I concentrate more on referral and social traffic.

I don’t do any paid search marketing so I can’t really comment on that.

How do you increase your Facebook shared post reach to your audience? Any ideas?

I haven’t concentrated much on Facebook to be honest with you.  Ever since they changed their algorithms in order for us to pay for our content to be promoted I have put more focus on other social platforms.

Now when my product is released hopefully this October, I may concentrate more on their ad network then promoting to just my fan base.

I haven’t taken the time to really grow that mainly because since they changed the way our fans see our content I didn’t want to be obligated to Facebook in that way.  I know I would have a much better reach with their ad network then just my fan base.

What is call tracking in SEO, why it is important. Please give examples?

Again, SEO is not something I do but I have heard of call tracking and I believe this is how it’s defined:

“It’s a way for online marketers to track which sources, campaigns and keywords generate phone calls.

 From what I’ve heard some of the biggest companies in the world use call tracking to measure the effectiveness of their PPC campaigns and SEO efforts. I can see why these companies would value call data significantly.

Marketing agencies also use call tracking. They use it as a way to prove their worth to their clients.  It is especially popular among agencies that do PPC and SEO work.”

How do you optimize 404 page errors on websites?

I have a custom 404 page so that if someone lands on that page I have a cute message waiting for them.  I actually direct them to my “Start Here” page so that they can find the information they were searching for.

Once I release my upcoming product I’ll have an advertisement on that page directing them to that as well.

I think that you should use this page to the best of your ability since people will have issues at times finding what they want.

Google Recently launched Panda and many big businesses got badly affected by it, were any of your sites affected by it?

None of my sites were affected by Google Panda.

What is the reason behind your Blogging success?

I was determined and consistent.

I had listened to so many people tell me what to do that I added what they shared plus what I felt comfortable doing and it just seemed to work well for me.  I did what I knew would bring me results and I did that five days a week consistently.

Still to this day I do those action steps which is why my blog has remained where it is with my readers and I’ve built up a great community, subscriber list and client base.

According to you, what are the best ways to promote a Blog?

For me personally I love blog commenting.  I do promote my posts on the social media sites as well but by commenting on other posts and putting yourself out there in front of enough people then they’re going to pay attention and be eager to see what you’re all about.

Of course, your comments have to be genuine and add value to the conversation because that’s what will make you stand out.

How are you building relationships with your Readers. How do you make them stay on your blog?

I truly care about my readers and they can tell from the content I write and how much I’m eager to help them.

When you like someone and you know they are helping you, you just want to hang around them for a while and learn more from them.

When you reach out to them and let them know that you want to help, no strings attached, people are more open to wanting to come back time and time again.

It’s not just about the content you write but people just want to know you truly care.

Penguin Proof, Panda Proof link building – Do those things exist.(I’ve been seeing link builders package or talk about this one on their services offered) ?

I seriously don’t pay attention to things like this.  I’ve never heard of either of these terms.  I do my best to provide valuable content to my readers that will benefit them so as long as you focus your efforts on delivering in that way I just don’t worry about Google’s next big thing.

Call me naïve if you want but I have yet to be affected by any of their changes so I must be doing something right.

How many years have you been blogging. What do you feel about blogging?

I’ve been blogging for six years and I started on the free platforms.  I’ve been blogging on AdrienneSmith.net for five this past June.

I love blogging and I feel it’s the best way to get in front of your target audience and let them know who you are and what you’re all about.  It’s the best way to help them learn, grow and solve their problems all while building relationships with them that can lead to having them either purchase what you promote or tell their friends all about how fabulous you are.

How many blogs do you have. Which blogs do you follow regularly?

I have three blogs at this time.  One is inactive and I started it because of a course I was taking several years ago.  I wanted to keep it up as a reference.

The other one I have I’m fixing to take offline because it promotes an affiliate product that I believe has run its course.

There are several bloggers that I met at the beginning of my own blogging journey that I look at as really dear friends.  They all write such wonderful content in different niches and I can honestly say I still follow them to this day.  Those people are:

Now there are a lot of blogs I visit regularly so that would be pretty long list.

What are your tips on traffic generation? Please reveal some must use techniques to get more traffic to new blogs?

Well as I mentioned earlier, blog commenting is my favorite way of getting out there in front of people and it’s the reason I am where I am today.  By leaving genuine comments on people’s blog they’ll start to really notice you.

People pay attention to that and will start reaching out to you because they want you to do the same thing on their blogs too.  It’s the best traffic source for me still to this day and has brought me so much success.

The other ways I drive traffic to my blog are by using Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Triberr.

There are literally dozens of ways to drive traffic to your blog but you have to find where your target audience hangs out plus you have to enjoy those platforms too.  I’m on several others as well but these are my best sources to date.

If you have any questions  about this interview, please do ask in the comments below !

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[Latest Guide] How to Grow Your Audience With Guest Blogging [ 2022 ]

Maintaining a blog on your website is critical to its search engine optimization (SEO). That’s just a small piece of a successful content marketing, though. You also need to use guest blogging to get traffic and earn authority in your field.

Effective guest blogging builds trusting relationship between you and your audience, aids in building backlinks, and helps your site move up in the SERPs.

As with other forms of digital marketing, there is a lot involved in guest blogging. Grow your audience through guest blogging, and enjoy all the benefits this marketing tool provides.

Identify Your Goals

Before you create a blog post for another site, you need to identify your goals. Common goals include driving traffic, building a social media following, getting inbound links, and building a large email list. Once you know what you want to accomplish through guest blogging, you will be ready to begin.

How to Grow Audience with Guest Blogging - Identify keywords

Find Opportunities

There are countless guest blogging possibilities for every site owner. You just need to find them. Perform a search for websites — your neighbors in the niche, have loyal readers, and possess a strong presence in all kinds of social media.

If you find a website that meets these criteria, a guest blogging gig will assist you in reaching your aims. Here are just some ways that’ll help you reveal opportunities for successful guest blogging.

Use Google

Begin by creating a list of keywords related to your industry. Then, open up Google and get to work.

Begin by searching for “(your keyword) guest post.” Then search for “(your keyword) submit a guest blog post,” “(your keyword) accepting guest posts,” “(your keyword) guest post guidelines,” “(your keyword) guest blogger,” or “(your keyword) become a contributor.”

Your searches will bring back numerous results. Go through the results and look for sites that meet your criteria.

Use Twitter

Then, repeat the process on Twitter search. You will find some additional opportunities on the social media network. Vet each one and add those that meet your required parameters to your list of opportunities.

How to Grow Audience with Guest Blogging - Twitter search

Search for Prolific Guest Bloggers

Every industry has its own set of prolific guest bloggers. You will notice these people posting on the top blogs in your industry. Using your list of industry-related keywords, search “(keyword) guest post by” to find the top bloggers in your niche. Add the websites to your list.

Analyze Competitor Backlinks

There is a good chance your competitors are already guest blogging. Use Open Site Explorer or another backlink tool to search for backlinks. Look through the links and pick out the ones that direct to guest blog posts. Add them to your list as well.

How to Grow Audience with Guest Blogging - Seo analyze

Is there any way to simplify this process of search?

Making the lists of potential bloggers is truly time consuming. We’re constantly looking for services that would do at least a part of this job.

One of the recent findings is Adsy – a guest blogging platform where you can select bloggers from a huge inventory, sort them according to the parameters you find important, and then order blog posts. We particularly enjoy the possibility to order the posts’ creation – very handy if you don’t have enough time to do it yourself.

Your Steps Before You Create a Pitch

Once your list is finished, you need to do some research before making your pitch. It will help you stand out in the crowd of other site owners when you contact the bloggers you’ve chosen.

How to Grow Audience with Guest Blogging - Seo

Get to Know the Site

Many guest bloggers make the mistake of pitching a post before they know much about the site. Once you create your list of potential opportunities, take some time to get to know each website. Read the content so you are familiar with what is important to the site owner.

Make a Name for Yourself

Next, comment on the site’s content and share it on social media. If you post valuable comments, you will begin to stand out to the site’s owner. That can help you when you pitch your guest blog post.

Choose Your Topic

After you spend some time learning about and interacting with websites, you can start to think about the topic you want to cover. The topic you choose is extremely important. You need to find a way to add value to an already valuable website.

How to Grow Audience with Guest Blogging - keyword search

Begin by deciding the type of content you want to produce. You can create a piece in response to something that is already on the website, provide additional information on a topic that is important to readers, or write on a topic that has yet to be covered on the site but fits into the niche and is likely to be popular with the audience.

Narrow Down the Topic

After you come up with a general topic idea, go to BuzzSumo to narrow it down. Let’s say you want to write a post about internet marketing for beginners.

You would type that topic into the search box, and then the tool will show you the most popular posts on that topic. You don’t want to copy these article titles verbatim, but they will give you some insight into what is likely to be shared and commented on.

Create Your Pitch

Once you have your topic, you’ll be ready to create your pitch. This is another area where many people make mistakes. They think they can just email a site owner and ask for a guest blogging gig. To be successful, though, you need to follow a certain process.

Check the Guidelines

Most sites that accept guest posts have guidelines for guest posters listed on the website. The guidelines will include the types of posts accepted.

The guidelines also might include information about the pitch. Some site owners want you to submit an email pitch or fill out an online form, while others want you to submit the completed post. If you have to submit a full post, there will also be format guidelines. Follow this information to the letter, or your pitch/post will likely be ignored.

Write the Email

If you have to pitch the post, using the proper format is essential. Use these tips to create a powerful pitch.

How to Grow Audience with Guest Blogging - Email pitch

Personalize the Introduction

People who own popular websites get lots of emails, and far too many start with “Dear Sir or Madam” or another generic opening. It’s important to find the blog owner’s name and use it to open the email.

Introduce Yourself

You need to let the blog owner know who you are. When you do this, focus on your blogging skills. Some blog owners only open their blogs up to other bloggers, so you need to mention that you maintain your own blog.

Provide the Benefits

You can’t just say that you’re a great blogger. You need to prove it. Explain why the site owner should publish a guest blog from you. Include links to at least two of your best performing posts.

Provide the Pitch

Next, you need to include the pitch. Pitches need to be short and direct and include the post title, along with a brief description. Keep each pitch within two or three sentences or use bullet points for easy reading.

It’s a good idea to pitch at least three blog posts. That way, the site’s owner can determine which post is right for the website.

Create the Post

If your pitch is accepted, you’ll need to deliver on your promise by creating an amazing guest blog post. There are a few things to keep in mind when creating your blog post.

Start with a Killer Title

You submitted prospective titles when pitching your blog post. You can tweak the titles if needed when creating your blog post as long as you maintain the essence of the pitch. Make sure the title uses action words and invokes emotion. It should also outline the benefits to the reader.

How to Grow Audience with Guest Blogging - title

If you need help creating a headline, use CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer. It will help you create a clickable headline.

Educate the Readers

Guest blog posts are not advertisements. They are pieces of content that educate readers. Create a blog post that delivers a great deal of value to the readers.

Include Links

It’s always a good idea to link to one of the host site’s pages. Look for relevant blog posts and link to them inside of your own guest blogging post.

You should also include source links to back up claims that you make in the post. This will show people that you have done your research.

Add a Call-to-Action (CTA)

Most guest bloggers realize they need to include a CTA, but they fail to do it properly. They use the CTA to try to get visitors to go to their own website or buy their products. Instead, use your CTA to ask people to leave comments. If people comment, the post’s engagement levels will skyrocket.

Check the Formatting

When you complete the guest blog post, go back and check the formatting. Posts should be formatted like other posts on the blog. Some blogs use lots of headers and images, and you should do the same if you want your post to appear on the site. You should also look for quotes, bold text, and other special formatting.

How to Grow Audience with Guest Blogging - Post publish

Create Your Bio

Before you even submit your guest blog post, work on creating your bio. It is almost equally important as the post you’ve written because this is how people will know more about you. A well-crafted bio will help you multiply the effect of your guest blogging goals.

Many people create guest blogs to drive traffic to their websites. If that’s your goal, add a link to your bio that sends people to a place where the traffic will be the most beneficial. Many people create custom landing pages for this purpose. The landing pages align with the topic of the blog and give additional promotion to products or services.

Getting backlinks through bio is another popular goal. Think through the anchor text you should have for the backlink and then include it in your bio. This is trusted to be an excellent way to get a high-quality link to your site.

If you plan to build your email list, include a link that directs people to sign up for your list in your bio. You might even want to talk about what your list delivers in our bio.

Similarly, you can use your bio to create a social media following. Instruct people to follow you on Facebook, Twitter, or another social media account and provide a link to it.

Don’t make the mistake of trying to reach all of these goals in your bio. Identify one the most important goal and create your bio to reach it.

What to Do After Your Post Is Live

You might think your work is done after your guest post is live, but that isn’t the case. You need to engage with the audience, promote the content, track your results, and repeat the process.

Engage with the Audience

Your goal is to invite people to engage and interact with your blog post. When they finally do, respond. This helps in two ways. First, it allows you to connect with the new audience you’ve reached through the blog post. Second, it makes blog owners incredibly happy.

How to Grow Audience with Guest Blogging - Social audience

They love it when their guest bloggers don’t just spot having got the backlinks, but rather engage with their readers. Do so, and your chances to get posted again will be much higher.

Promote the Post

You can’t count on the blog owner to do all the promotion instead of you. You also need to share and promote the post to ensure it will perform well. Use email marketing and social media to attract more audience to your guest blog posts. This will help you interact with even more people, boosting the engagement levels and traffic.

Track the Results

You will likely create lots of blog posts over the course of your career, and some will perform better than others. Measuring the results is necessary so you can determine which posts perform the best. Then, you will know which topics and websites help you reach your goals.

How to Grow Audience with Guest Blogging - Tracing report

Google Analytics is an excellent tool for tracking results. The Advanced Segments feature lets you create different segments for your referral traffic. Create segments for each of your guest blog posts and then look at the conversions, top content, demographics, and more. Use that information to create highly effective guest blog posts moving forward.

Repeat the Process

Your guest blogging efforts shouldn’t be a one-time thing, but rather should be repeated. As soon as you post one guest blog, start crafting the next one. The more often you repeat this process, the easier it will be to achieve your goals.

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Get the Most Out of Guest Blogging : [Latest Guide] How to Grow Your Audience With Guest Blogging 2022

Guest blogging is easily one of the best content marketing strategies available. It gives you instant access to a new audience and helps you position yourself as an authority in your industry. It’s also an excellent way to connect with important blog owners in your industry.

Take your time when researching guest blogging opportunities, crafting pitches, and creating posts. If you rush the process, you are likely to make a mistake that will derail your campaign. Or, leverage the help of third party platforms, like Adsy the we’ve mentioned earlier.

This way you’ll be able to get remarkable results from your guest blogging and save your time and effort. Move forward carefully, and you’ll reach a huge audience and meet your goals.

 



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How to Use At Blogging

Whether you’re starting a personal blog on the side for fun or launching a blog that needs to generate income, understanding the importance of SEO (search engine optimization) and how to incorporate it into your content matters. This understanding can make the difference between creating a successful blog that people care about and creating a flop that does nothing but take up space online.

SEO stands for “search engine optimization,” and it refers to the process through which you make your text easy for search engines (like Google or Yahoo) to understand. There are a variety of practices that fall into the broad category of SEO. For example, researching which blog titles are going to work best and draw the most traffic is a form of search engine optimization.

Search engine optimization has gotten a bad reputation in the blogging community because many bloggers want to focus on creating stellar content, not on selecting which keywords will help Google rank their blog higher. Additionally, old SEO practices like keyword stuffing made blog content almost unreadable.

However, when you do it correctly, SEO will enhance your content, not detract from it. Doing SEO research can help you pick a topic that your readers will care about and focus on that specific topic. If you choose the right topic, using your keywords will be an organic process, and they’ll flow seamlessly into your text.

Your readers should never notice that you’ve used SEO best practices. Ultimately, search engines value good content above anything else. So, if your focus is on creating high-quality content, you’re already off to a good start!

Now that you understand what SEO is and how it can be used in conjunction with creating high-quality content, lets go over some quick and easy SEO tips that you can start putting into practice today. We’ll talk about creating SEO-Friendly Titles and descriptions, optimizing your text, and other SEO best practices to create a blog that not only tells a story, but knows who it’s telling that story to.

Optimizing Titles & Descriptions

The first step to creating a more optimized website is to improve the quality of your titles and your blog descriptions. Do some research into keywords that your viewers will care about. Your best bet, when you’re starting out, is to use long-form keywords that don’t have a lot of competition but do have a lot of traffic. As your blog becomes more and more well known, you can slowly start incorporating more short-term keywords into your blog.

Once you’ve chosen a list of keywords, you should make sure that your keywords are in both your title and your description. Skip the cutesy titles like “What we did this weekend,” because no one is searching for that. Instead, create a specific, searchable title, such as “How to make the most out of a weekend in Bar Harbor, Maine.”

Then, in your description, you would again write something like, “We spent a weekend in Bar Harbor, Maine. Here are our top 5 takeaways.” This tells search engines–and your readers–exactly what they’re getting with the content you’re posting.

Framing your titles and descriptions with search engines in mind also tends to put the focus on the reader rather than on you. This makes your content more exciting and engaging, and ultimately improves your content.

Optimizing Your Text

Once you have a killer title and a description that draws in organic traffic, your next step is to optimize your text. It’s important to remember that only one page can make it to the top of a Google search. If multiple blog posts are trying to rank for the same keywords, you end up competing with yourself.

Consider combining similar topics into one piece of long-form pillar content rather than writing multiple short pieces about the same thing. When writing new content, consider new keywords that you can try to rank for.

You don’t want to stuff your text with the keywords you’re trying to rank for. Instead, try to use them naturally 3-4 times throughout the whole blog post (or 2-3 times if it’s a shorter blog post). By choosing your keywords before choosing your topic, you can make this a lot easier on yourself.

Other Best Practices

There are other ways to make your blog show up higher in google. Spamzilla is a great resource for finding expired domains that you can use to generate more backlinks to your website. You should also keep in mind that the search engines now give preference to websites that are mobile-friendly. For this reason, you should reduce image sizes and limit flashy texts or gifs that might not show up as well on phones.

SEO doesn’t have to be a negative term. As a blogger, you should care about optimizing your blog so that the right readers can locate the amazing content you have to offer. As your SEO knowledge grows, your readership will grow as well!



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