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4 Tips To Increase Your Blog Readership Fast!

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

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Summary:

Aside from being a fun hobby, what is the point of having a blog?

The answer is to draw readers. Whether you are performing services, selling advertising, a product, or just your own set of ideas, you want
as large a readership as possible with most blogs.

So if that is the case, it is important to know how to draw readers to your blog. There are
a number of ways to increase the readership of your blog. Here are four tips that will help you to increase your blog readership that are easy to do and will definitely pay off for you.

First of all, to increase readership you would want to increase the number of pages each reader is seeing. You don’t want to be judged only on your last post, but rather on the whole of your work. To that end, try highlighting related posts within your blog. At the end of an article, highlight posts that may be of interest to those who like the current post.

Most blog platforms are fitted with plug-ins that will help you with this, but if they are not, then go ahead and at least list the links to other pages manually.

Another similar idea is to highlight the related posts within the content of your post.
If you are talking about a subject you have discussed before, link off of one of the
keywords into the past post that is related. This will also help a past post to maintain
its freshness.

A second tip for increasing your blog readership is to think about doing a series.
A series is a great way to keep a reader coming back again and again.

In addition, if you are linking back, you can get readers looking at multiple posts
even after you are done with the series. Be careful when doing a series,
because you do not want to frustrate readers.

However, if you have a topic you genuinely think you should handle over a period of time, a series can really help your overall readership.

If you are curious as to whether or not a series is working for your blog, then check posts. See if readers are posting through the series to see if they are following you. If they are, then your series is a success and you are only helping your blog readership.

Another way to increase readership is considered a little more “controversial”.
You can try putting excerpts on the front page of your blog from certain posts.

Many people claim it is just a way to get more hits on your site. The truth is that extra hits are a little side benefit of it, but the real value is that it can make your site more engaging.

By adding excerpts to the front page you can manage the front and keep it fresh while also teasing those who get that far into reading more than just your most recent blog post.

This will encourage prospective readers to explore your blog site a little more than they may have normally. Again, you want to be judged by the whole of your work, or at least by a larger piece of your work than just one post and this will do that. If your writing is up to par, you will see a rise in your readership.

Finally, if you really want to build and increase readership, you have to have good quality content.

It should be useful, original, and interesting to your target audience as well as keeping them wanting more of the same. The more you raise the quality of your blog’s content, the more you will see your membership, readership, and page hits go up without even having to use any other “tricks.”

People know what they like and they like quality for the most part. Giving the readers what they are after is probably the best way possible to increase your blog readership.

Having a blog can not only be fun, but if you are doing it right it can also be profitable.

Either way, though, you want to maintain and increase a following, or readership.

There are as many tips out there to increase blog readership as there are blogs, but to really get things going, consider using these four tips. Follow them and you will see your readership grow.

Make sure to proofread your gems of knowledge before you publish. If you need someone to assist you with this part of your work, remember that this is what I do and love doing.

Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing, proofreading
and transcription assignments along with research, blog posts, article submissions
and social media maintenance!

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Editorial Services and Your Virtual Assistant

Friday, July 16th, 2010

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Editing services are a great addition to your writing team. Luckily, for a lot less than the usual rate of someone performing this service alone, often your Virtual Assistant can help you with this task.

In the past most editors were employed by publishing houses. Today, there is a wealth of enterprising editors who run their own editorial services businesses.

The services they offer run the full gamut of editing processes employed by the big publishing houses in the business. These include project development, manuscript consultation, copy editing and proofreading, among others.

In the olden days, when a publisher decided to publish what a writer had just written,
the writer simply handed the manuscript over to the publisher. This manuscript would
then follow the typical publishing route of procedures.

Line editors will check for grammar, punctuation and problems in format and other copy-editing concerns. The acquisition editors may help shape the general direction
of the work.

Developmental editors are sometimes hired by authors (and the publishers,
at times) to give shape to the work and make it marketable.

However, most editors will not bother to check the facts written in the manuscript.
Until recently, everybody assumed it was the job of the author.
Or, perhaps someone hired specifically to do that job.

The facts

Good editors will clean up all the sloppy details in the book (changing of names,
conflicting character traits, etc.) including misplaced adverbs and dangling participles.

However, he or she is not usually obligated to find out if airplanes were already around
in the 1800s. He or she assumes that the author knows that fact and the reason why
it is included in the story in the first place.

Who should be responsible for the checking of facts?

Fact-checkers

Aside from engaging the services of an editorial service group, an author must have his book quality-tested by an expert reader. This reader does nothing but double-check on supposed facts in the manuscript.

Fact checkers are hired to work on travel guide books, historical fiction and some other literary categories and genres. Travel books have hundreds of thousands of statistics
on sizes, hours, prices, and phone numbers.

Few travel publishers hire fact-checkers, relying on the authors for the authenticity
of all their entries.

Almanacs, dictionaries, atlas

Ideally, a writer must have some fact books in his library for references – encyclopedias, atlas maps, almanacs, dictionaries and many other guide books. This is especially true
if his work deals with some history or science or some other specific topics and professions.

Authors

After the fact-checker and the line editor have finished their jobs, the author must go over his work one more time. Of course, some unavoidable circumstances happen.

Phone numbers in travel books go out of kilter when area codes of places are changed, restaurants close down, and names of streets and airports are changed.

Disclaimers on the copyright page can sometimes help but if the authors had re-checked
one more time just before the book was printed, the error may have been averted.

Fortunately, the good news is that all of the editorial services groups today are more savvy than ever before with fact-checking and heading off other potential publishing disasters.

When I do editing for my clients, I proofread and fix any errors I find and often either reword unclear phrases or at least suggest changes to ease the reading and understanding of the work.

When asked to, I happily research names, places, facts, etc. as well.

Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing, proofreading
and transcription assignments along with research, blog posts, article submissions
and social media maintenance!

Why not Schedule a Project now?

Guest Post: Making Time For Your Home-Based Business

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

time management in work-at-home businessEvery day thousands of people join the ranks of home-based business owners without first considering whether they actually have the time to operate a business successfully.

That’s not to say that running a work-at-home business on a part-time basis can’t be done successfully. It can… with managed use of your time. But it may mean giving up a few of your favorite pastimes – such as having a few beers with the guys after work, or planting yourself in front of the TV each afternoon to watch your favorite soap opera.

If the thought of doing either of those things makes you cringe, you may want to ask yourself how serious you really are about building a successful home business.

If you decide that you are willing to make the sacrifices, the first thing to do is to sit down with pencil and paper and list everything you do each day step-by-step. Take stock of the time you spend doing wasteful, time-consuming things and eliminate all that isn’t necessary. After doing so, most people find that they have two to three hours each day that can be utilized in a more constructive or efficient manner. Efficient time management boils down to planning what you’re going to do, and then doing it without backtracking.

Start by making a list of the things you want to do tomorrow each evening before you go to bed. Organize your daily errands to take care of as many things as possible in one trip. Not only will you save time you’ll also save money on gas. The important thing is to think of time as your most valuable asset, because it is. So organize it accordingly. Decide what has to be done each day and from there it’s just a matter of arranging priorities.

Set aside a specific time to do household chores that need to be done and a specific amount of time to devote to them. For instance, just one hour per day devoted to yard work would probably make your lawn the envy of all your neighbors. Whether it’s painting your house, fixing leaky faucets or mowing your lawn and trimming shrubs, do one particular job each day and you’ll be amazed at your progress.

Once you start listing and planning what you want to do, and then carry out your plans, you’ll find that you have more time than you thought you would to devote to your home business.
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You can also consider outsourcing certain business tasks to a virtual assistant. He or she will usually be able to complete the work in much faster time than you can. So what might take you 3 hours to do at whatever your hourly rate is, could take a VA half that time at his or her rate, saving you both time and money.

Finally, and above all else, when organizing your time, don’t forget to set aside some for relaxation. Be sure to schedule time when you and your family can be together. Although it is easy to do when first starting out, do not become so pre-occupied with your business that you exclude other people – particularly your family
and friends.

Taking stock of the time you waste each day, and from there, reorganizing your activities is the key. It may not always be easy to do, but you will find that once you get into the habit of setting priorities and following a set pattern to accomplish your daily goals that you will realize greater fulfillment in your business and your personal life.

What sacrifices will, or did, you make to devote more time to your business? Please share it in the comment box below.

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