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  • http://johanhburger.com Johan Burger

    Thanks for the good advice Jeff. Coming out of the closet as a geriatric geek at the age of 51 took a lot of courage, and I need all the help I can get. At times I feel like I am intruding and that people whom I know are the only people reading my blog. Need to start implementing more of these tips.

    Incidently, when I started blogging about 8 months ago, your’s was one of the first blogs I started to use as a model, as is the case with your twitter account.

    All the best for 2011.

  • http://www.stevecassady.blogspot.com Steve Cassady

    Jeff, you raise good points and thanks for direct messaging me on the new post. With a relatively new blog, I am learning as I go and enjoy reading your insights. I’m looking forward to seeing more great stuff in 2011.

  • http://JulioRVarela.com Julio Ricardo Varela

    Jeff, some good tips, as always. I would add: you aren’t asking your network to share their blogs with others. Funny how people just don’t ask their friends to help out. So simple yet so overlooked.

  • http://mindtoi.com Dean Castle

    Good reminders. Just started up again after apparently throwing another online news mag into a tizzy. Money and power talks, I guess, but I console myself with thinking what I was doing seemed threatening to their bottom line (definitely not illegal, either).

    Anyway, since the miracle thing doesn’t seem like an option, I’ll take your suggestions to heart, bookmark your article, and refer to it often. Also, one more point, write what you enjoy writing, because that’s where the fulfillment comes from.

  • http://www.namiccns.org Helene Rhodes

    As a beginner – the patience part is the hardest. Trying at present to be smart, thorough, dedicated and meaningful. It can be a tall order. Thanks for the insights and tips.

  • http://www.WebTechUniverse.com Dave Heinrich

    Happy New Year Jeff!
    many thanks for all your good posts this year & I’m looking forward to more of your great content next year!

  • http://www.whoismicheleprice.com Michele Price

    YES and #11 You do not know your voice yet, so your message is not coming form a place of strength.

    Happy New Years Jeff!

  • http://blog.esimplestudios.com Gabriele Maidecchi

    Most of these mistakes fall into a very big one: you think blogging is mandatory. It really isn’t, you shouldn’t blog just for the sake of it, it should be part of a bigger plan.
    Unless you’re blogging following the spur of the moment, in that case it’s normal things won’t go as planned, since you never planned it in first place ;)

  • http://daleod.com Dale O’Donnell

    Agree with you on everything there, impossible not too! If you’ve got a passion for the topic your writing on there should be no problem having patience when it comes to traffic. My Manchester United website is about 6 months old now and we’re getting around 2,500+ views a day which I do hope improves soon rather than later. I’d also like to see an increase in the number of comments we’re receiving!

  • http://www.constructionmarketinguk.co.uk Peter L Masters MCIM

    Hi Jeff and thanks for raising some good points! Based on the inspiration received from this Blog (and others) I published an article Social Media Growth and Development: To blog or not to Blog? ( http://wp.me/p1fPZU-qF )

    I mentioned this Blog as being one of the best to follow because it is!

    I think 2 of the most significant points are being social with Social Media (not just Blogging and Blogging and Blogging) and also engaging with other people. I’ve found Quora very good for getting to know more people and I’m getting to like Posterous and Behance a LOT!

    Keep up the good work and thanks!

    All the best from the UK, Peter

  • JohnHatcher

    : “Twitter is one of the best ways to drive traffic to your blog or website” I would contest that this is not the case. Although twitter can bring a spike in traffic if you have a trending news article, it will not drive traffic to your site in my view. SEO is the best strategy to get consistent traffic, that is targeted and will grow your site.

    • http://www.jackiegarner.co.uk Jackie Garner

      I started blogging & Twitter less than a year ago so I can’t claim to be an expert, but I have noticed that those who visit my website from Twitter stay longer and view more pages. It’s not just about numbers of visitors, it’s about quality.

  • http://www.bloglafayette.com Scott Whitley

    Great post Jeff. I like the way you boil it down and get to the point. I know that I struggle with content and headlines both. I know they get better with practice so I have added perseverance to the equation to see if that makes a difference in the long run. Thanks for your great content.

  • http://twitter.com/AbsolutelyAshly Ashleigh Johnson

    This is just what i need! Trying to write my VERY FIRST blog post today and this is going to get me off to a good start!

    Big thanks!!

  • http://twitter.com/CreativesMarket Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt

     You’re on a roll, Jeff. I’ve already RT’d two of your blog posts tonight! HA!

  • Latinotownhall

     Thanks

  • http://www.aboutmyway.com Chukwuka Okwukwe Chukwuka

    I jjust love this

  • Anonymous

    Like Jeff’s #8 above – the strength of Social media (and SEO) is spreading your love around. Those who love and use Twitter cannot ignore users (aka “customers”) who love and adore Facebook. Or any of the other favorite social media sites, photo sharing, video sharing AND different search engines, of course! We’ve got to put more hooks in the waters… and (as Jackie Garner mentioned) it’s gotta have quality in what you share.. whether updating a page, a post or blog.

    Just like THIS article! Don’t ya just love how Jeff tells it to us straight up, no chaser? My favorites: “your headlines suck” and “you are writing content that is boring and irrelevant”.  

  • http://twitter.com/harveygardner Harvey Gardner

    Excellent reasons. You nailed me on 7 out of 10.

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  • http://ideabloke.blogspot.com Randy Thio

    Jeff, I know you’re a busy guy, but you know blogging inside and out.  I started a blog recently (only got 2 posts so far), but I want to see if I’m headed in the right direction or if I’m way off.  Could you take a quick peek at it and let me know?  I want to thank you in advance, Jeff.  I really appreciate it!

    http://ideabloke.blogspot.com 

    Randy

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  • http://twitter.com/PeruEmprenddor Eddy Garcia Vega

    MUY BUENOS CONSEJOS, MUCHAS GRACIAS, YO RECIEN ESTOY EMPESANDO EN UN BLOG Y DESCONOSCO DEL TEMA… FELICITACIONES JEFF BULLAS, ES UN MAESTRO.

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  • http://twitter.com/SiGagal Si Gagal

    OMG Jeff,, This article is what i need for this moment. Thanks, thanks, thanks,,,, a lot.

  • Gharkhana

    Thank you!

  • Gharkhana

    Thank you!

  • http://ryanpartyrentals.com/ Chris Ryan

    Thanks for all the great info! I am now on track to update my blog regularly!

  • Alisha Benn

    What an excellent post. I have been looking for inspiration to begin writing for my blog. You provided alot of valuable information and I hope to one day be
    a guest blogger :) Thank you for providing a spark!

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  • http://www.bookcoaching.com/ Judy Cullins

    Jeff, I love this blog post, especially the last reason about miracles. And I’ve already asked to be a guest blogger and do so with 10 pros in my related topics.

    So glad I use LInkedin  as one of my SM blog marketing venues.It’s my 3rd source of traffic.  Since I write about blog and book marketing and writing I don’t seem to run of delicious content.

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Thanks for the comment Jan.
    If you want to scale your blog, get serious and have ultimate control then go with a self hosted blog using WordPress.
    Want to keep it simple and just want to play then its Tumblr!

  • http://twitter.com/sadie_lankford Sadie Lankford

    These are all great points. Going to check out those other articles now. :)

  • Katrina

    I don’t have a blog yet write articles, chapters and books and find this info. helpful.  Thx

  • Katrina

    I don’t have a blog yet write articles, chapters and books and find this info. helpful.  Thx

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  • http://thebytemarket.wordpress.com/ Antonio Calero

    Really GREAT post, and very useful for my own purposes as blogger. I have just started, so it is the best time to put best practice in place. I will keep an eye on these, let’s hope it will affect positively my own blog.

    Thank you

  • http://www.terryculkin.com/ Terry

    Great tips.  Short, sweet and to the point.  Thanks. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kiki-Nwabeke/515334973 Kiki Nwabeke

    great post Jeff! great points to consider….

    thanks for sharing!

    kx

  • http://seoeguide.blogspot.in/ shashi kumar

    awesome information! These are the basics to keep in mind every time if we want to grow as per our target which we have settled. And i think every new blogger must have to keep it even i am a new blogger and would like to follow these advice.

    Thanks for sharing this useful and informative stuff

  • http://twitter.com/walterm Walter Mason

    I’ve gotta work on my headlines – mine tend towards the utilitarian

  • http://twitter.com/LeadingSolution Heather Kinzie

    It would be wrong not to comment considering #9 above was engage with others! Great post…I, too, have a problem with headlines and I’m also only using Twitter and LinkedIn…which is probably pretty limiting. I’m sure I’m guilty of some of the other 10…perhaps not waiting for a miracle…gave up on those many years ago! :-)

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  • http://www.callboxinc.com/ Amber King

    Thank you for sharing this Jeff. My blog is not generating that much traffic but now I understand why.

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Knowing who your audience is, creating quality focused content and then promoting and marketing on social media is vital if you want to build a successful blog.

    My book “blogging the Smart Way” would certainly help you.

    http://www.amazon.com/Blogging-Smart-Way-Create-ebook/dp/B008UGCTMS

  • Dana Che

    Jeff, thanks for this post. Is it rare that a blog has NO traffic according to Google Analytics? I think I’m a pretty good writer and I am careful to always SEO my posts. I’ve had my domain up for over a year. I did recently change WP themes though. I’m just becoming frustrated that NO ONE is seeing my blog… http://danache.com

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      There are 2 questions that you need to answer:
      Have you created social networks that you share your content too?
      Have you built an email subscriber list and do you share your articles with them?

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  • http://www.tvsinternetmarketing.com/ Carmen Rane Hudson

    I think that patience and persistence are the big ones.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      You are right Carmen. A lot of people expect a quick fix!

  • http://www.cyberkey.in/ www.cyberkey.in

    Nice post trying to apply

  • http://akira.hana.bi Akira Uchimura

    I wish somebody could scream this to me every day.

  • Mark H

    More great info on blogging, traffic, and social media Jeff. Keep up the good work! I really like your site.

  • James Call

    I think most of the tips are good, except the one not to believe in miracles. Thinking positive is very important.

  • http://www.babyandabirkin.com/ Nada

    Totally needed to read this…. thank you :)

  • Xavier Major

    Always great advice from Jeff!

  • http://govxyz.blogspot.com Gov XYZ

    Very good post! Makes me sit back and think about my own blog just moved it over to word press.