It takes time for any blog/website to build
traffic and become well-known on the web.
There are 181 million blogs on the internet! More than
doubled from 2006.
Of the 181 million blogs mentioned above,
approximately 54.7 million or nearly a third are
WordPress blogs that 330 million people view – at a total
of over 2.5 billion pages – each month.
31 million bloggers in the United States!
60% of blogs are run by men, 40% of women.
80% of people trust blogs for information.
61% of people made a purchase based on information
from a blog.
Most people reads blogs during the morning before
Most people read around 5-10 blogs a day.
The number one blog in the world? The Huffington Post.
About Geek Alabama
Started in April 2012 by Nathan Young
Geek Alabama talks about the culture and events in
Alabama, Georgia, and the Southeast.
Geek Alabama also talks about and covers events in
NE Alabama, NW Georgia, and the Southeast.
Geek Alabama also talks about current topics and
topics that carries a geeky/technology tone to it.
Geek Alabama averages 1000-1500 views every day!
Geek Alabama regularly gets social media contacts
or e-mails wanting promotion of
shows, projects, products, or events from around
10 Tips Before Starting A Blog
Find your niche
Add value / be original
Find your voice
Research / transparency
Name of blog
Live your life
3 Reasons NOT To Blog
Money: Do not start a blog to make money. It will
not happen at first! If your primary objective is to
replace your full-time income by blogging, forget
Notoriety: Don’t plan on getting “Internet famous”
right away. It will take you and your site time to
grow in traffic and website rankings. It takes you
and your site a little luck and a lot of hard work to
Traffic: It will take time for your site to gain
traffic. It takes sites years to gain good traffic.
Unless your site is promoted on National TV or by a
celebrity, do not expect to see good traffic after
you start a blog.
Tumblr.com: Free and
easy to use. Good for
But has monthly
and easy to use. Not
Google could close
But comes with
Traffic Light Pixels (trafficlightpixels.com)
is run off of the Tumblr platform.
•It’s free for up to 3GB of
space. After that you will
have to pay for space.
•They make regular
backups of your site.
•They have a great
community so you can learn
to run a website and get
•You don’t have to worry
about plugins or spam.
•It’s easy to set up and get
•You don’t have to worry
about the hassle of finding
a host for your blog.
•Plenty of free themes you
can choose from.
•It’s free and super easy to
•You own your data. You are
in full control. Your site will
NOT be turned off because
someone decides that it is
against their terms of
service (as long as you are
not doing something
illegal). You are in control.
•You can upload and use
•You can upload custom
themes. Modify theme files
(not just styles) if needed.
•You can make money from
it by using your own ads,
and doing things your way.
•Custom Analytics and
Which WordPress Version To Use?
Use WordPress.com if you are
only wanting to blog a few
times a week or want to blog
for fun. If you are unfamiliar
with running a blog. You can
start with WordPress.com and
migrate your website to
WordPress.org later when you
are ready. If you are low on
funds, use WordPress.com
Use WordPress.org if you plan
on blogging heavy and often.
Or if you want to turn your
blog/website into a business. If
you want to run a blog/website
where you can make any change
you want or install any plugin
you want, WordPress.org is for
you! The costs of running a
WordPress.org site is not high!
Tips For A Successful Blog
Use a clean, simple design for your blog.
Have ways to allow people to subscribe through e-mail, RSS
Feed, and Social Media.
Encourage interaction on your posts. Include ways to allow
people to share posts through social media.
Keep posts around 500 words and less. Include photos and
videos in your post!
Include an about section on your blog. Make your blog
Spell-check and proof-read before hitting the submit button!
Build relationships by commenting and interacting with other
Write a convincing headline! And include tags in a post!
Use related articles links. One great app is Zemanta.
Use a regular posting schedule on your blog. (Editorial
Share your posts on your social media accounts.
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Social media networks
I am currently on
Social Media Tips
Check and reply to all comments sent.
Facebook: Like comments from fans, and even share
Twitter: Re-tweet or favorite comments from fans.
Google +: Share and reply to fans comments.
Pinterest: Re-pin photos from fans.
Offer deals and specials through social media. Upload a
photo of a coupon.
Create a ad on Facebook and Twitter. Promote your
post on Facebook.
Use hashtags on Twitter , Google +, Facebook, and
Instagram. For example, for Alabama weather use
Thank new followers!
Upload photos and videos; generate interest.
But it does not take all day long to
manage your social media accounts!
Schedule your Facebook, Twitter, Google +,LinkedIn
posts for the day. Free for up to three accounts. (10
posts a day)
Awesome plan / $10 month. Connect up to 12 social
media accounts and unlimited posts! Two team
members are allowed.
Social Media Notifications
I use Google Chrome. And
when someone leaves a
notification on social media,
a icon/bug pops up on the
bottom of the screen.
I also have a smartphone,
and when someone leaves
a notification on social
media, I get a sound alert!
See, you don’t have to spend all day
in front of your social media accounts!
It takes time to build traffic to a blog. Don’t
expect to see high traffic overnight! In other
words, don’t push the panic button after seeing low
traffic counts after you start your blog!
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About Nathan Young
Thanks for checking me out; Nathan Young is an
experienced writer, blogger, photographer, and
videographer who blogs at Geek Alabama.
Nathan is a big Road, Weather, and News Junkie
Geek and is a great person to be around who is
funny and informative.
Nathan is an accomplished media person who
regularly covers topics on Geek Alabama and
gets numerous requests to cover things
from businesses, products, TV shows, movies,
books, games, food, events, conventions,
concerts, and other reviews. He is open to
speaking, covering products or events, and
representing your brand.
The most interesting fact about me, I draw
roads! #Aspie proud! #ASD
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