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    The Cafe Ninja
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    Elizabeth Richardson, post: 1305 wrote:
    Hello Process Ninja,

    Sounds like you are taking the right steps to make your mark on the blogging world – well done.

    Have you thought about your keyword selection and meta description?

    At the moment they are –


    • Google keyword selection tool tells me that process improvement only attracted 3600 searches last month. So the statistics show that only a few people are likely to type the keywords you’ve selected into a search box. You might like to use the keyword tool to select some more potent keywords and then occasionally include them in your posts.
    • It seems like what you give is good sound ADVICE. Maybe that word could be added to your keyword list…and then include it occasionally into your posts.
    • IMPORTANT – I checked your indexed pages at google…most are headed with something like this “The Process Ninja: How to be a Process Ninja – Episode 17″….now that’s not going to get you anywhere in searches either. You have to think like an ordinary person. What would someone type into a search box if they are looking for what you have to offer?

      For instance, How to be a Process Ninja – Episode 17 could be called “What to wear for a job interview!”

    All the best,

    Elizabeth Richardson

    P.S. The stuff flashing up on your twitterpage is loaded with foul language tonight. Is that normal?

    Thanks Elizabeth – I really appreciate your help. I know NOTHING about this stuff so your advice is very enlightening. I will definately use your advice (which is the most practical and useful I have received so far).

    As for the foul language I have no idea what you mean. Where was this displayed? I’ve checked my twitter homepage and it is all working normally. could you please send me a screenshot to craig@theprocessninja.com if you can? I certainly haven’t posted any foul language so I’m quite concerned about this.

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    Marra
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    Hi Process Niinja,

    I’ve enjoyed reading all the advice you have gotten so far. Looks like there are a lot of good resources mentioned as well. I am a complete blog novice, so I will share two things which I found very useful:

    I looked up books on blogging in the library system and got one called “How to Make Money with Your Blog”. It is not a great book, but it has what I needed: basic info from people with experience. And no, I’m not particularly into the making money (advertising) side of blogging, but anyone who is is going for numbers of hits and subscribers, yes?

    One tidbit in the book is that a LOT of new bloggers don’t see much traffic for about one year, no matter what they do. The suspicion is that Google may have new blogs on hold somehow, though they haven’t owned up. :-)

    The other thing I have done is to set up a blog “just for fun”. I’ve been journaling my dog training (completely non-business related). So looking at all the advice in the book and around the web, I have been “playing” with setting up a wordpress.org blog, complete with custom theme etc.

    So I have a fun project for my spare time (LOL, what’s that?) that doesn’t put any pressure on business time. Once I’m comfortable and the blog is working, it will be a breeze to set one up for the business (and link to it from the dog blog!)

    Marra Apgar
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    #1001720
    The Cafe Ninja
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    Thanks to everyone for your kind help.

    I’ve made the decision to continue with my blog, but I am taking a bit of a break from it to concentrate on finishing my book – that is more important to me at the moment (it’s about buying and running a succxessful cafe).

    I’ve also decided upon a slight change of direction to focus more on business advice rather than just process which is too narrow a topic for me to post regularly on. I’ll still talk about process but I want to expand a bit to be able to talk about things I am passionate about in business.

    Thanks again,

    Craig

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    Lucki
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    hi Process Ninja,

    Your question on blogging is very timely as I too have just started one. Purely because I was advised it would help with the google ranking.

    So I’ve enjoyed learning the tips and knowledge from the more experienced blogging members.

    Quick question to those in the know, once you’ve written a blog do you then have to submit it to various directories? I’m still learning so any information would be helpful. I might even grab the book on blogging that was mentioned.

    Thanks

    Lucki

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    I forgot to mention they say the best blogs are on how to save money, how to save time and how to make money. All the others just do ok. The ‘how to’ blogs generally do well it seems.

    I don’t have any ‘how to’ blogs just yet, simply getting my thoughts onto pc. May have to rethink the strategy…

    Lucki

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    Lucki
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    Hi Process Ninja,

    Definitely continue with the blogging and if you use keywords that people are searching for you’re bound to get the traffic filtering through. Checked out your blog and it was definitely great advice. You can expand your blog on business advice and keep the process stuff in and have it all interrelated and link back to one another.

    Robert mentioned Valerie Khoo, she’s great on giving out no nonsense business advice, easy to digest material. Worth having a look at her business bootcamp newsletter.

    Good luck with the book.

    Lucki

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    Hi Craig,

    There is some great information on your blog, so I would encourage you to continue.

    The traffic problem is actually a relatively easy fix with a few things.

    1. I don’t see the use of tags or categories. I’m unfamiliar with typead (I always upload WordPress direct to the server for blog setup), but it would appear this is not an option. There are one or two other things you can also do to create SEO friendly blog posts.

    2. Submit your RSS feed.

    3. Submit your URL.

    4. Bookmark some of your posts at Delicious, Magnolia, etc.

    The big advantage you have is content, so as soon as you can make a few small changes, it will all be indexed. At the moment only your main address comes up: ninja.typepad.com/process/

    Regards,
    Matt

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    RachelP
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    Craig,

    Thanks SO much for asking this question! You’ve really helped those of us who are starting out in blogging and trying to navigate the maze!

    And maybe that’s a strategy…get on other people’s blogs and forums and ask questions, contribute your ideas, get a blogroll really pumping.

    Obviously, thanks to everyone who has taken the time to contribute. In that vain, here’s my little bit of contribution:

    I’m really enjoying bloglovin.com :)

    #1001726
    The Cafe Ninja
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    Just an update – I just checked my stats and my last post got 77 hits…I seem to be doing OK.

    Funnily enough a small disaster (accidentally deleting my subscriber base!) forced me to go out and promote the blog again which has given me a much bigger audience…

    From disasters, sometimes good things do cometh!

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    Publishing428
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    Hi,

    Wow 77 hits is great. I was really happy this thread came up again because it has so many great tips we can use to promote our blog.

    It was great to hear that you decided to stick it out, and fantastic to see that your blog is doing so well.

    Jayde

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    mynetworkplaces
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    From reading problogger and seth’s blog comments are pretty rare…people don’t seem to be that interested in commenting. That doesn’t bother me too much as long as I know people are listening.
    I think I’ve come to terms that my blog has to express who I am, and if I enjoy doing it, that’s good enough for now. So I’m focussing on posting short incisive posts on a daily basis.
    I don’t write an ezine – I wouldn’t know how!

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    Hey, don’t even think about stopping! Your writing is very good. Many bloggers might envy it. You need very good advertising here, which can expand your audience. Find a good tagger and he will increase your traffic and subscribers. Don’t spare money for advertising, it’s expensive but a very good option for promotion. If you do not have some money, it is better to study this promotion system yourself. Do not buy advertising from the application, it is a waste of money, because click on your post costs about 2 cents, based on my experience, I can say that I have achieved 3 clicks for 1 cent, this is a very good result. And with this can only help professionals, not applications!

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    At first let it be very difficult, but then you will be satisfied with your results! Don’t stop there! You have a wonderful blog!

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