Oh, my, oh, my…
My first live broadcast turned out to be a huge success!
What I loved about it:
1. You showed up!
2. Had visitors from Ireland, Australia, India, Singapore, Italy, all over the U.S. – goes without saying. Some of you woke up at 7am, some of you never went to bed. 🙂
3. I learned how to do a live broadcast via Facebook fan page – great way to make your page stand out and interact with your fans.
4. Got a lot of question asked and answered and a lot more to answer in this post. Talk about post ideas!
5. LOVED hanging out with you, introducing you to my daughter, having a cup of coffee, but most of all, LOVED see you network with each other.
Just like I said in the broadcast, the shortest path to online success is networking. This was a great chance for you to network not only with me, but with each other as well. Priceless!
1. Image sources
Where do you get your post images from?
The question is so good, I wrote a post about it. It’ll be published on Wednesday, I believe.
2. Facebook comments
How do you embed Facebook comments into your blog?
“There’s a plugin for that!” I am sure you guessed that much.
This particular one is very appropriately called “Facebook Comments For WordPress” – it’s in the plugin directory.
Note: I had a lot of trouble initially installing the plugin – it just wouldn’t show up on my blog. Turned out it was conflicting with the Facebook Fan Page widget from my sidebar. As soon as I started using a different Facebook widget, the problem was gone.
3. Thesis Theme Benefits
What are the benefit of Thesis theme over other WordPress themes? (Frieke Karlovits)
There are several reasons I chose and love my Thesis theme:
- Love the elegant simplicity of the design, as well as the potential for customization.
- It’s easy to customize. Even I was able to do it when I first started and knew nothing about blogging. Note though that they design you see now was done professionally.
- Solid error-free coding. That was my biggest problem with all free and some paid themes: too many HTML coding mistakes that make it more difficult for the engine spiders to crawl.
- SEO ready. If you don’t know much or know a lot about SEO, Thesis makes it simple without any plugins.
- Very quick. Since site speed is very important for both reader experience and search engine ranking, there are several Thesis features that help you make your site much faster without having to go into the code.
I could go on longer, but the point is: there are many good reasons I chose Thesis over other themes, so if you are serious about blogging and don’t have a good theme on your blog yet, I’d recommend you don’t wait to get it. I’d also appreciate you getting it via my affiliate link: Ana’s Thesis Theme link.
4. Content Writing
How do you manage to write daily for TGC and guest post on other blogs?
This question also made into its own post; will be published on Monday.
5. SEMRush – alternative to keyword research
Whatcha got for us link-building wise that does not include the kw research stuff? (from Dennis Edell)
Dennis asked this question in a comment and here’s what I told him:
“Link building without keyword research?
That’s sort of pointless, Dennis.
You do link building to be ranked on search engines. You want to be ranked on search engines to draw in targeted website traffic and ultimately more customers. The traffic has to be targeted to convert, and in order for it to be targeted you have to focus on specific keywords and that, my friend, requires some keyword research leg work.
However, I do have something up my sleeves for you. 🙂
You can simply use SEMRush to see what your site is already ranking for and then build links with those keywords as anchor text to strengthen your position.
Alternatively, you can do a search on your competitors and, providing they did their keyword research, you can simply “borrow” their research and use it for your own link building.”
6. Facebook comment tribe
Hi Ana and everyone! I’ve been here awile. I have a ?. Re: FB comment tribe–any advice to avoid pitfalls. What happens when members post, but don’t contribute? Thanks-ur doin’ great, btw! (Linda Esposito)
Linda: keep your tribe small first of all and make the rules clear to everybody. I had to kick some people off in the past when they tried to abuse the tribe. Give them one warning; after that, they are out.
7. Networking is Vital
Ana what has been one of your greatest resources for building your blog? (Robin Marks – sorry, Robin, you weren’t logged in, so I don’t have a link for you).
I found that any kind of networking was the best thing that ever happened to my blog. GET NOTICED is priority, whether you do it through commenting, offering help on social media, connecting on sites like SERPd or Blokube (which I use and recommend) – all these resources were vital for TGC success.
8. Offline Networking
Can networking be offline as well? Yusuf Chowdhury
Definitely, and the best venues for that are your company conferences, bloggers summits, etc.
Yes, they are financially tough, but the pay-off can be tremendous.
With that said, the next Blog Summit I highly recommend for networking is coming up in February and it’s actually online, which is a huge plus.
WHAT IS THE SUMMIT?:
The summit stars 23 blogging pros teaching business owners and marketers how to master business blogging. Technorati CEO Richard Jalichandra, Scott Monty (head of social media, Ford), Brian Clark (Copyblogger), Darren Rowse (author, ProBlogger), Debbie Weil (author, The Corporate Blogging Book), Douglas Karr (co-author, Corporate Blogging for Dummies) experts from Sony, McDonald’s, Cisco, Southwest Airlines and Procter & Gamble; Jay Baer (author, The Now Revolution) and Michael Stelzner (Social Media Examiner)–just to name a few.
See http://www.trafficgenerationcafe.com/blog-summit-2011 to learn more (I’d appreciate if you go through my affiliate link if you decide to attend).
Right now the tickets are half off! The last day for 50% off tickets is Thursday Jan. 20th (at midnight Pacific).
9. Link Building
Do you think you now don’t have to focus on link building as much because other people are doing that? Lisa Drubec
Definitely, Lisa, but it takes a lot of work to get there.
Successful link building is based on quality links from quality blogs (blogs that are in good standing and ranked highly by Google), and those blogs would not be too eager to link to you until you can show them you are worth it.
10. Thesis customization
I just got Thesis and currently editing it. Did you design your own blog and if so, where did you learn from? Brankica
I did hire a professional designer to do the coffee theme you currently see on my blog. I paid him $197, which is dirt cheap compared to what most designers charge for a blog design.
Unfortunately, my designer went MIA and I can’t recommend him any longer.
1. If you are running or thinking of getting Thesis theme, I would recommend purchasing a custom Thesis skin; here’s a link to my favorite one: Thesis Skin.
A good skin will run you up to $80 – a LOT less than a custom design, which runs on average $2K.
2. Here’s a list of designers suggested by other broadcast attendees – THANK YOU:
Matt Hodder, Alex Fraiser, Naomi Niles @intuitivedesigns, Men with Pens, Rachael @the caffeinated elf, Berchaman
I haven’t used any of them personally, but it might be a good start to found yourself a good blog designer.
11. Traffic sources
1. What should be the limit of post, i.e., lenght of post – how much words? 2. One question, what are the traffic sources of you other than social media? Vivek Parmar
1. I never put a limit on my posts or guest posts I do. They shouldn’t be too short though; about 700 words is as short as I would get.
2. Here’s the breakdown for my top traffic sources for the past month:
As you can see, Vivek, most of my traffic comes from direct search, meaning people typing my URL directly.
Search engine traffic is my second largest source, followed by social media traffic.
12. Live Broadcast on Facebook
What tool are you using for this broadcast? Rona MacFarland
Vpype.com is the free application that allows you to hold live broadcasts on your fan page, Rona.
The reason I chose it over tools like UStream is because I wanted to bring traffic to one of MY pages, not an entirely different site. Since there’s no tool to hold broadcasts directly from you blog (as far as I know), FB fan page was my second choice.
13. Can you make money blogging?
My question is: Must one have multiple blogs in order to make an income with affiliate marketing, or is it possible to generate $200 – $500 per week with one or two blogs? (Alan)
I started my broadcast with this question, Alan, and the short answer is – YES. I do recommend sticking with only one blog and making it great, as opposed to spreading yourself too thin with a few mediocre blogs.
14. Social media conferences:
If you are interested in learning more about those, check out this post on social media conferences.
Thanks to all of you who asked questions! My cup of coffee and a DoFollow link go to you. 🙂
Upcoming Week Post Roundup
Here’s what I have in store for you this week:
I decided to make it a CONTENT WRITING week!
We all know and agree that content is and will always be the true voice behind your blog.
However, HOW do you consistently produce great content that your readers can’t get enough of?
Not that I have all the answers (only most of them), but I did learn a thing or two about how to write the kind of content that draws people in. And this week, I am planning on sharing my knowledge with you.
Monday: How to Successfully Write an Awesome Post Per Day – Every Day
In other words, confessions of a horrible writer. Yes, that’s me. I’ll tell you why and how I became a successful blogger.
Tuesday: How To Turn Popular List Posts Into Traffic Goldmines
Some practical tips on how to use other bloggers’ content to write the kinds of posts your readers will love.
Wednesday: Blog Post Images That Will Rock Your World – And Where to Find Them
Everything you wanted and didn’t want to know about finding some great images to complement your amazing content.
Thursday: The Best Bloggers are Natural Hackers
This is post number 4 in a 4-part series about how to break out of the box and become a personality. Following the “rules” won’t always get you there. This post is about writing the kind of content that will make a difference.
Friday: Blog Audit Friday for TheFriendlyBlogger.com
Lisa’s blog has great content already; I will be there to help her bring the rest of it together and let her blog shine.
Sunday: See you back here again for another round of Espresso shots and a pep talk.
As always, don’t forget to comment, start discussions, network, teach and learn – all here, at Traffic Generation Cafe.