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  • How to Build a Blog with 10,000+ Subscribers

    This free report was written by Glen Allsopp for the readers of've been blogging since 2005; starting out at the young age of 16. Over the past five years I've followed every trend in the "blogosphere", watched the journeys of many successful bloggers, and built multiple successful blogs myself. The strange realisation you come to after all of this time in the blogging world is that there are only a few key things which help your blog to flourish, and allow you to rise to the A-list ranks in your chosen industry.This guide is not a list of everything I've learned and witnessed after years immersed in the world of blogging. Most information out there is either a) nothing new b) irrelevant or c) a poor use of your time when it comes to growing your blog. This guide is also not in in-depth report which covers things like setting up a blog, tweaking the design, and so on. If you're looking for something like that, then you may find my product, CloudBlogging, more relevant to your needs. This guide is a short, but powerful, list of the key elements which help you to build a popular website. I avoid most advice which many people spew as the "keys to blogging" or the "secrets you're missing" because I personally don't believe in them and my own experience has showed me that what really works is usually the complete opposite of what people will tell you to do.I'll cover some of the common misconceptions later in this report, but for now I want to give you a quick background about myself, so you can understand where I'm coming from. You can also use this information to decide for yourself whether I know what I'm talking about, before you continue to read thousands of words of advice. The first thing I want to make clear is that I've had far more blogging failures than successes. I've developed countless blogs and poured dozens of hours into them, only to see them fail miserably, which drains my motivation and prompts me to eventually leave them to stagnate. It is these failures, however, that have allowed me to me to see what really matters when it comes to growing your audience and even making a living through blogging.Many people will tell you that you should learn from your mistakes and move past them. I've learned a lot from mine, but honestly, learning from your mistakes is overrated. Listing all of the reasons you've failed at something only leaves you with a list of what doesn't work. Not what does.For that reason, as soon as I did start gaining success with this mode of publishing online, I instead focused on what was working. Not on the opposite. When I started to see what was helping me build a successful blog, I would constantly repeat those activities and apply them to other industries, with constantly produced great results. My first really successful blog, was a personal development blog

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  • called PluginID. As a note for those of you who may want to check out the website, I no longer own it. After 18 months of running the site, I sold it for a mid-five figure fee after feeling like I had written all I could in the industry. The sum of money I received certainly wasn't small for someone at 20 years old.The first few months of PluginID actually felt like a failure to me, personally. After 7 months of pouring my heart and soul into this website, I had a measly 500 subscribers. This might seem like quite a high number to most people, but as a previous marketer for some of the biggest brands in the world, I was really disappointed at the results I had managed to attain. Two months later, however, I was able to double the size of my audience and reached the elusive 1,000 subscriber mark. Five months after that, upon learning which key factors helped me reach one thousand subscribers and which didn't, the blog sat at a very promising 4,000 readers. When I grew that blog to 4,000 subscribers in just twelve months, I knew I was onto something big. 8 months later the subscriber count sat at an impressive (If I say so myself) 7,000, which is when I sold it to allow a new owner to take the site further. Sadly, I think the blog could have went into better hands as over a year later, the audience has barely grew - if at all.After my success in the personal development niche, I decided to go back to my true love: internet marketing. The first blog I ever started was ViperChill, and it may surprise you to learn that after a year of blogging on the site, I had probably received about 10 comments on my articles and had a measly 30 subscribers. This is one of the failures I referred to earlier. After learning what did work in growing a large and interactive audience, I decided to resurrect the website.I relaunched the site in October 2009, and exactly one year later, I had surpassed 10,000 subscribers. This was a 33,000% increase compared to when I was running the blog in 2006, and leaves me as the owner of a website which I could easily sell today for close to a six-figure sum. I'm having way too much fun to even consider that as an option right now though. ViperChill, the blog where you found this report, is the site I'm going to use in this guide as my in-depth case study for building an A-list blog. Something You Need to KnowWhen I started up my blog again in an industry I absolutely loved, I was aware of the mountain of work ahead of me. After all, the internet marketing space is possibly the most crowded in the blogosphere, and I had dramatically failed at gaining any sort of leverage in the industry just a few years prior. I knew that I couldn't just build a blog that was similar to anything else out there. I had to take some risks if I wanted to stand out from the crowd and gain a large following.And that's exactly what I did.When building the site to over 10,000 subscribers in just 12 months, I broke many of the traditional blogging rules out there. Remember the misconceptions I hinted at earlier? Well, here's a few of them, and how I reacted:

    RULE: You must post on a consistent weekly schedule MY TAKE: I posted once some weeks, twice others, and some not at all RULE: Your readers are busy, so don't write more than 1,000 words in a post MY TAKE: The average length of my articles surpasses 3,000 words RULE: You must interact with as many bloggers in your industry as possible MY TAKE: I spent most of my time interacting with just a few key people

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  • There are many more 'rules' that I've broken, but I'm sure you get the idea. Before you start thinking that you just need to apply my take on things to your own site, there's something else you need to know. The reason I did what I did, was because it was relevant to me and fit the description of what I thought of as a high-value blog in my niche. For example, I only wrote articles which were over 3,000 words in length because I had a lot to say. If I could have written the same post in 1,000 words, then I would have done. Nobody wants to read a celebrity gossip blog that posts the latest happenings in articles big enough to be book chapters. There are no blanket rules, so you must take the industry you're writing in into account. (If you actually want to know how many words people in your industry are writing in their blog posts, you'll find this useful.)Ironically, the only real rule in blogging is that there are no rules. I've studied the top 100 blogs in the world in massive detail, and the only thing they had in common was the sheer number of articles they posted each day. Besides that, they all had their own unique way of doing things, which were often dissimilar to their competitors. For that reason, I'll refrain from saying that anything in this guide is what you need to do in order to build a successful website.Just like there are always exceptions to the rules, there are also, of course, people who follow the rules and succeed. I have written this guide without a specific industry in mind, and looked at the fundamental concepts behind what works and why it does, rather than giving actual steps (write 3 times per week, post at least 500 words per article) which would only be relevant to a few readers. I hope you get as much out of this report as I did working on it. Many of the concepts have already been covered in my blog, as even months or years after writing them, they still work for me today and they're still just as useful. I did however want to put all of these concepts in one place, and allow you to get the most out of the time you spend on your website.Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read what I have to say. If you don't find the following information in this guide useful, then please accept this apology as your refund. I'm sure there will be something here though that either inspires, motivates or informs, which was the whole purpose behind putting this together. I wrote this for you, and you only.

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  • The StatsAs this report is based around a case study, I want to be 100% transparent with you when it comes to the stats of my own blog, ViperChill. Later in this report I will of course be covering exactly what helped me grow my blogs to the levels that they reached, but I first want to take you through the exact sources of traffic for ViperChill, and how they panned out over time. I don't know any other big blogger who goes into this level of detail with their stats, so I hope you find something valuable in the information here.Traffic StatsWithout traffic, your blog quite simply cannot grow. Here's how the growth of ViperChill played out over the course of the year:

    As you can see, the traffic has been steadily increasing over time which is great to see. August was the best month so far but I expect many months to top it next year. The figures for the year are as follows: Visits: 383,371 Pageviews: 665,627 Average Time on Site: 02:24 The most popular day was on August 7th 2010 where the site received 7,494 visitors.

    Referring SitesHere are the sites which sent the most traffic to ViperChill over the course of the year: Direct: 110,406 90,886 Google (organic): 40,669 Twitter: 18,039 13,936 7,200 6,674 5,627 4,304 4,284 I have previously written a large guide to StumbleUpon which many people have hailed as one of the best on the topic. You can check it out here if you want to replicate my success with the service. A few people have asked me what is the difference between Google (organic) and Google

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  • (organic) is simply traffic which comes from people entering search queries into the Google search engine and clicking on my links. traffic is from people subscribing to my blog using services like Google Reader, or Google IG. Top Referring KeywordsSearch engine traffic is something that tends to grow exponentially over time as your site ages. This is due to factors such as trust, added content, and more backlinks pointing to your pages. You can see the growth of the search traffic to ViperChill in the screenshot below:

    Search sent 42,272 visits via 9,023 keywords over the last year. The top 10, were: viperchill: 8,005 viral marketing: 3,390 wordpress seo: 3,307 viper chill: 2,195 guest blogging: 1,335 social media strategy: 1,300 glen allsopp: 993 cloud living: 652 seo wordpress: 449 417

    Subscriber StatsGaining RSS subscribers is the main sign of growth for most bloggers. I love having a large audience who automatically receive blog updates, so this is the metric I focus on the most. Im very happy with the growth of the site having never grew a blog as quick and I know this first year has been far more successful than the first year of some blogs with 100,000+ subscribers.The graph below shows the subscriber growth over time.

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  • The biggest growth came in March where the site saw an addition of 988 subscribers. The great thing about growing a blog is that with more people to share your blogs content, the growth becomes easier over time.The focus of this report is to help you not only replicate or better the success I was able to achieve, but to show you how I spent my time in order to attain these results. Many of the sources above which sent me traffic were an indirect consequence of other actions I took. For example, the main reason I received so much traffic from StumbleUpon was because I focused on writing the best content that I could. I never actually used the StumbleUpon service myself.Remember: The aim here is to get as much as you can out of the time you allocate to working on your blog. In this guide I'm only focusing on the things which I've found to be not only the most important, but the most effective uses of my time.

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  • A-List Quadrant: The 4 Keys to Building a Popular Blog

    I generally like to stay away from boxing certain tactics as the only ones you need in order to build a successful website. There are literally hundreds of ways to grow your audience, as many lists online will show you. Just because there are a lot of ways to do something though, it doesn't mean that you should try to focus on all of them, or even most of them. There is a lot of common advice out there which I rarely recommend, such as: Commenting on other blogs Building your Facebook fan page Submitting articles to directories Following all of the bloggers in your niche on Twitter

    These are all things which can help you to grow your blog, but in this report I'm not going to solely recommend a single one of them. It's not because they don't work, it's just that there are far better uses of your time. Though I get to work for myself, I'm still a very busy guy when it comes to my social life, hobbies, and working on other projects. I don't have all day to work on my blog, but thankfully you I don't need it. And neither do you. My minimalistic four-step approach to growing your blog is both simple and highly effective.The real four keys to becoming an A-list blogger are:

    1. Guest Blogging

    2. Narrowing Your Connections

    3. Making Content Your Priority

    4. Dominating Search Engines

    I didn't get lucky one day and find that these four things were working well for me. I proactively used them on multiple websites and had a lot of success doing so. I've also coached, one-on-one, dozens of bloggers who have used this quadrant strategy in order to have more blogging success than they ever thought possible.By focusing on just these four things, there are a lot of direct and indirect benefits to be had:

    Guest Blogging

    Direct: Backlinks Direct: Traffic Indirect: Search engine traffic Indirect: Brand exposure

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  • Narrow Connections

    Indirect: Links from other blogs Indirect: More Facebook fans Indirect: More Twitter followers Indirect: Affiliates for your products

    Prioritise Content

    Direct: More value for your blog readers Indirect: More traffic from StumbleUpon Indirect: More traffic from Twitter Indirect: Links from other bloggers

    Dominate Search Engines

    Direct: Targeted website visitors Direct: More product sales Indirect: More blog subscribers Indirect: Stronger brand recognitionHopefully you can start to see how just focusing on these four things, can have a massive affect on your overall blog-growth strategy. There's a reason it works for me time and time again. Let's look at this quadrant in more detail, shall we?

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  • Guest Blogging

    I try not to sound too egotistical when I say this, but I really have increased the use of guest posting as a marketing tactic, simply because I have had a lot of public success withit. Ive been interviewed about marketing using guest posts over 10 times, Im mentioned on the homepage of a guest posting community and Ive written far more of them than I care to remember.Because of this, I feel Im probably one of the best people to cover this subject in detail. If youre wondering what guest posting is or why you should even care about it then youve been missing out. Youve seriously been unaware about one of the best marketing tactics available today. Thankfully, you're reading this report so you have time to utilise this strategy before it is too late.Why Guest Blog?If youre wondering about the whats? or whys? of guest blogging then theyre going to be covered here. To begin with, lets explain what guest blogging actually is. In its simplest form, guest blogging is the exchange of content from one blogger to another, for a site which the author does not own.In essence, someone (you, perhaps?) writes content for another website and this act makes you a guest blogger. If youre wondering what you get in return with more specifics than the typical exposure response then let me give you a run-down:

    Links - Links control the web. If you want rankings on Google, you need links. If you want authority in your niche, you need links. If you want traffic from other blogs, you need links. Guest blogging is a fairly easy way to get custom anchor-text, high quality one way backlinks to your website. There are few other techniques so effective. Traffic - There are millions of webmasters out there and theyre all competing for targeted eyeballs online. Guest blogging is not only a way to get one fundamental of the web links but also another fundamental: traffic. The difference between someone who makes money online and someone who doesnt, is generally because one has a website which gets traffic. Its that important, and guest blogging provides it. Subscribers Not everything is about web spiders and the big G of course; the readers of a blog are more important than anything else. This, of course, is why so many bloggers care about their feed count. Subscribers are the life and soul of a blog and if you can get in front of an audience on another site, its likely that theyre going to subscribe to your feed. (More on this later). Branding Research suggests it takes someone eight views of a brand name or logo to have it stored in memory. On the web, your name and your blog are your brand, and guest blogging helps you get them out there in your industry. My own activities with guest blogging have sometimes found me on 3-4 sites all on the same day. This massively pushed my brand around the niche and put my website on the map. Guest blogging is a great deal for all parties involved. Blog owners win because they get excellent, free content for their site and bloggers win because they get more links and more subscribers on their blog.

    How to Find SitesIf youre going to guest blog on other websites in your niche to enjoy some of the benefits that guest blogging has to offer, then you need to actually find websites to write for. After guest posting consistently for over a year, I now have quite a few tactics for helping with this process. Google Search Google is always the place I start with my internet research because it gives quick, accurate results. Depending on what you know about your niche, you can use Google for two things. The first is simply to help you find sites in your industry by searching for things like niche blog (changing niche for your industry). Alternatively, you could search for things like niche blogging or niche guest posts to find sites that want your content. Niche Browsing Many sites in your industry will make it clear that they accept blog posts on their site. Therefore, all you have to do is simply browse around the top sites in your niche and see which ones do. Look for text like write for us, become an author and submit your article. These are all indications the site wants guest

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  • posts so click on these buttons or send the blogger an email. Google Blog Search Google blog search, if the name doesnt give too much information away, is a blog search engine. Because of this, we can easily find blogs that are accepting guest posts. If you type something you may have typed into the regular Google search box such as niche guest post or niche article by then you should find some interesting results. If you remove the niche section its possible youll find a lot of sites that offer guest posting, but few will be relevant. Contact Authors Every blogger should know at least 10 other writers in their community very well. If you dont, then start finding them now. Most of the guest blogging opportunities I have had did not happen because I found write here buttons on a website, but because I simply contacted the author. Get in touch with the influencers in your niche and simply ask if they would be interested in your free content. If they say No is that really so terrible? Giving them a chance to say no, also gives them a chance to say Yes! There are other more complex ways to find people to write for in your niche then this should be more than enough. If you think that every article for someone else can take you up to 2 hours to research, write and edit then even just 10 guest blogging opportunities is going to put a lot of work on your plate.

    Writing Publish-Worthy PostsAlthough bloggers who accept guest posts also win because they get free content, they still want great content. On that same note, guest blogging has so many benefits because you get to show a new audience the kind of awesome content youre capable of writing, not to slip in a link and hope to get hundreds of subscribers.The BasicsThe basics of all good blogging applies to guest blogging so because theyre so important, I thought I would jot down a few of them here:

    Write content that is unique and hasnt been used elsewhere previously Break posts up with images, bullet points and headings Write your best work. Blog posts to a blogger are like paintings to an artist. Theyre your portfolio and show you off. Keep the piece relevant to content the blogger has published in the past Provide as much value as you can to the new audience youre interacting with If you write good content for other sites, youll have your posts approved and youll receive the benefits that guest posting has to offer. If, however, you put in minimal effort and product sub-par content, then you will have done nothing but waste your time. Even if your post gets published, nobody will take the time to check our your website and they certainly wont subscribe for future updates.

    The ProcessThe process that you go through with guest blogging very much depends on the website you are writing for. For example, in almost all cases, bloggers will say that they want to see your article idea before you get to work. However, these same bloggers will say that if you want an interview with them, send questions with the request so if the answer is Yes, Ill do it then things get done.Based on this, I decided to send a number of guest posts without saying anything. I simply sent my content and said I really hope you enjoy it. Now, these were people that clearly accepted guest posts, but they were also people who said they wanted to know the idea before the article is written. This is usually just a measure so that the blogger doesnt waste his time, but when I was writing these things so frequently, the only time being wasted with the process was mine.I dont recommend you going ahead and relying on this, but it goes to show that people like to do business without much fuss. If you know your work is up to standard, you just might get away with this like I did. Otherwise, the process typically goes like this: You find blogs accepting guest posts or contact those who youre unsure about You tell them what you would like to write about and see if they would be interested They get back to you with any suggestions or thoughts

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  • You write the article and make sure to include a link back to your website in the bottom You send it to the author They publish the article if you like it, and you receive the rewards As far as publishing time goes, Ive had one blogger who published my post the next day and one who took almost four months for an article to go live. A handy rule to remember is that generally, the bigger the blog (in terms of subscribers), the longer the wait.

    Guest Blogging ExamplesIm certainly not the only guest blogger in the world so there are lots of examples out there of its benefits. Some of the most prominent guest-bloggers (and people I count as friends) include Ali, Jade, Mary and Dirk. This means that I can give examples about each of the points mentioned earlier and show how things work out.LinksAs you know by now, guest posts give links to the authors website. These links in-turn send traffic which could then become subscribers to this persons blog. The links dont just send direct traffic but they also help with search engine traffic. If you want more traffic from the likes of Google, Yahoo and Bing, you need more links.

    The image above shows a Yahoo backlink count of links to PluginID. The tool seems to be a bit off lately as PluginID has around 15,000 backlinks but this screenshot should show proof that guest posting can get you a lot of links. Also highlighted in the image is an article that I did for ZenHabits.TrafficAs I am working a little on getting the name of ViperChill out there, I have already written a few posts to both help people and build this audience. Notice how I dont think of guest posting as just getting something in return, but also doing a good service to the readers of the blog I write for. Because of this promotion, I recently posted an article on Problogger about the lessons Ive learned from blogging over the last 12 months.

    The article ended up getting me almost 700 highly targeted visitors from the site which I believe resulted in around 200 feed subscribers through watching my stats closely around this time. This clearly shows more proof about the benefits of guest blogging and what 1-2 hours work can do for you.This report was authored by Glen Allsopp, owner of ViperChill and CloudBlogging. -Page 11-

  • SubscribersTraffic and links are great, but theyre only second compared to the potential of getting new devoted blog readers. Devoted readers talk about you, they share your content, and they buy your products. If you want to make a living blogging, then you must realise your subscribers (the real people behind your site) matter a lot.

    My guest post for Problogger went live on November 15th when I had 2,646 subscribers. On November 17th the site had 2,848 subscribers. That is an increase of 202 subscribers in just two days.Guest Blogging EmailInstead of just showing you the benefits of guest blogging, I also thought it would be useful if I provided a sample email of what I send to bloggers after Ive written an article for them. Note that I send all of my posts in text (.txt) files because I send bloggers the HTML code of my post, and not just the text version. This allows us to keep links intact and make the post far easier to edit.

    If you cant read all of that text clearly then dont worry too much about the specifics. Instead, the two most important tips I can give you when sending emails like this are simply: be friendly and to get to the point. Bloggers are busy and they dont want you rambling about your life story but neither do they want you to be robotic, so be personal in there. As long as your content is good, you shouldnt have to worry too much about this email.Getting the Most from Guest BloggingEverything I have told you so far has hopefully given you a clear understanding of what guest blogging is, how to get blogging opportunities and how much potential this method has. Before I leave you all to start getting in touch with bloggers in your niche, I want to share some tips from getting the most out of guest blogging.

    Write Awesome Content I know I covered this earlier but I believe its worth repeating due to how important this step is. Remember: even if you get your article onto the site of someone else, it doesnt guarantee any results. The best way to make sure you reap the benefits of guest blogging is to write the best articles you can for other websites. This means that theyll a) want you to write again and b) youll get traffic and then subscribers from their site. Leave an Optimised Link in the Byline - Guest blogging has been around for a while, and there are hundreds of people who do it. The biggest mistake I see these people make, however, is that they just leave a normal link in the footer of the article to their site. While its obvious that you should leave a link to your own site in the

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  • bottom of your post, you can get more use out of the link if you change the anchor text to something you want to rank for in Google. Ive received thousands of visitors from this tactic and it means that the benefits of guest blogging on each site will be with me for a long time to come (search engine rankings). Vary Where You Post Generally, the way to maximise the benefits of guest blogging is to write for bigger blogs. If a site you write for has a large audience then that means there are more visitors who can click through to your website and subscribe to your feed. I have noticed a few people trying the guest blogging tactic just on a few websites and constantly using the same ones. They had great results at first, but this quickly died down. If you keep writing for the same site, the people who want to subscribe will, and those who havent already probably wont. I have wrote for sites with 200 subscribers and Ive wrote for sites with 150,000 subscribers. Ive enjoyed both and received the rewards for varying where I place my content. Respond to Comments Because guest blogging is about writing on relevant websites, its important to stay professional and friendly with the influencers in your niche that you interact with. Not only should you try to keep in email contact with the blogger youre writing for, but respond to as many comments as you can once your guest post goes live. This will show the blogger (and their site readers) that you genuinely want to give people genuine advice on whatever it is you write about. Make Subscribing Obvious If you want people to subscribe to your blog after they click through to your site, at least make it easy for them. The amount of sites I go to and struggle to find how to subscribe to them is actually amazing. Remember that most of your visitors are probably not as web-savvy as you are so you need to make your RSS and email subscription options very clear. As you can see, I have mine in a bright yellow box at the top right of a page (for those who are web-savvy) and then sections in both the blog sidebar and single post footers for those who need a little push. Have Excellent Content Waiting People wont judge you just by what you write on the site of someone else, but what you have waiting for them when they arrive. If visitors dont like what they see and dont feel like missing your content is missing out then they just wont subscribe. For example, I once promoted my personal development site on an internet marketing blog (where I wrote about internet marketing) and as expected received links and traffic for doing so. However, I only gained about 20 subscribers from 500+ visitors because only a few people were interested in both topics. A lot of these are common sense suggestions, but I do see them being ignored on a daily basis. If you can write great content and stick to these tips to maximise your rewards, then youre going to have a

    lot of success with guest blogging.

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  • Narrow Your Connections

    The advice to 'narrow your connections' is usually the exact opposite to what most people will tell you to do. After all, it makes logical sense that if you can reach more people, you should be able to grow your blog by more followers. The flaw in this thinking is that it simply takes far too long to reach a lot of people individually. And, even if you could speak to every blog reader in your industry, the time you have to create strong connections is going to be minimal. Instead, what I prefer to do is create fewer, but stronger, connections. I like to build them with people who have large audiences I can potentially (ethically) tap into, and people I just generally seem to click with anyway. If I have completely different views to someone or don't enjoy what they write, I won't try to get in their good books just for the sake of a potential link one day.I made the mistake very recently to focus on too few connections, so watch out for that. After launching affiliateSkin, I sent review copies to some of the biggest bloggers in the world, with only a handful replying. I wasn't ignored by some people because we had never contacted before. I actually have no idea why some people ignored me, but they did. Some were people I've wrote articles for, helped with product launches, and even given interviews for their membership sites. That didn't seem to be good enough to even give a sorry, I'm busy response to my email. Through my own observations and experience, I've found it's better to try and connect with people who have a decent, but modestly sized audience, and enough time to communicate online. For example, when I first came across Pat Flynn, his blog had been going a year longer than mine and he had a solid 4,000 subscribers. I can't recall exactly how I came in contact with Pat, but from the first emails we exchanged it seemed clear that we had a very similar focus, and neither of us took ourselves too seriously. After countless emails, Skype conversations and advice passed between us, Pat is someone I wouldn't hesitate to call a friend. I also wouldn't hesitate to promote any product that he's working on, or link to him in a free report I share to my 10,000+ subscribers ;). I've met quite a few more Pat's over the last year and now have some great connections in this space. Connections I don't believe I would have had if I had tried to broaden my networking horizons too far. Your job is simply to find and connect with the influencers in your industry. The influencers behind most blogs of course, are the writers. Look for people who seem to be active in social media spaces (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), have a decent-sized audience, and write on a similar topic to you. I would choose no less than five people to connect with and no more than ten.Once you have a list of people in your industry who would be worth getting to know, it's time to make the approach. When it comes to approaching people for the first time, you need to remember a few things:

    Don't ask them for anything Don't speak to them like they're some kind of guru (it feels strange) Get to the pointInfluencers are generally far more interested in doing other things than replying to emails. This is a key reason as to why they're influencers in the first place. I'm not only speaking here from my own experiences of trying to make connections with others, but from experience where people tried to connect with me, and how they managed to get on my radar. Email interactions, in my opinion, are not the best way to begin communicating with someone. Instead of trying to get on a bloggers radar by annoying them through email, connect in a way that they will

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  • love. This could mean stumbling their articles, linking to their blog posts, commenting on their articles and even retweeting them. Giving before you get applies here more than ever. Once youve been giving for a while then start to engage in more personal surroundings like email.Why This is So Important

    Although guest blogging was the number one way that I grew my personal development blog PluginID, it was not the number one way that I grew ViperChill. If I write a guest post for someone, I might receive 100 visitors to my blog and gain about 15 subscribers. Yet, if someone links to me naturally, interviews me, or mentions one of my posts they happen to like, the visitor to subscriber ratio is way higher. In other words, I would rather be mentioned on a popular blog than write for it.Once you see the effectiveness of mentions on other websites, you inhibit a drive which makes you want to work on getting more of them. After all, it makes sense that you would rather trust the recommendation of a friend (or website) directly, rather than have someone speaking on their behalf (a guest post).The major benefit of guest blogging over trying to get mentioned on other blogs is that generally, your time spent guest blogging is a lot more likely to result in a link. If you put the work in on creating a good article, then its likely to go live on the intended targets blog. You cant be sure, however, that your engagement with other bloggers will result in them linking back to your website. Getting links from other bloggers, in my vast experience, is the easiest and most effective way to increase the number of people subscribing to your blog. You can increase your chances of getting links from other bloggers by creating these strong connections, as we've just discussed, but there are a few more things you should be focusing on. Write Incredible ContentThere are a lot of people who come to ViperChill, leave comments, and interact with me on a personal level. I would love to promote a few of them to help them grow but in all honesty (without trying to sound nasty) the content they produce just isnt that great. The main reason for this is that it isnt unique.If I recommend a site that people dont get value from, my audience will start to lose trust in the links I share. Thats why I so frequently link to people like Tamar, Karol and Pat, because they write excellent content and its relevant to my audience.No matter how engaged and friendly you are with another blogger, theyre going to struggle to link to you if your content isnt relevant, and it isnt amazing. Its pretty much a waste of time trying to get a cooking blog to link to your marketing website, and also a waste of time trying to get them to link to your guide on how to make toast, even if you do run a cooking site.Make sure you take care of this most important step first and foremost, and youll have a much greater chance of getting links from big blogs.Make Other People CareWhen I was 16, I received an email from Google Engineer Matt Cutts. Matt created what you may know as Googles safesearch filter and is the head of their web-spam department. His blog actually has over 70,000 subscribers. In the email, he asked if I did any shady or black hat tactics because he wanted to link to me, but didnt want to look bad for doing so.If my blog at the time had any sort of audience interaction or readership, Matt wouldnt have needed to ask. Because my blog was so quiet, which I had in common with many of the bloggers who interact

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  • with me, he wasnt totally comfortable with just linking to me, but instead wanted to speak to me first.Just because I like a post of yours and may want to link to it, like other bloggers Ill have doubts whether this was a fluke post of yours, and whether people would be disappointed with your other posts if I was to send them your way. Sadly, we rarely have that much time to look around to determine a trustworthy site, so building an audience first is your best chance to do so.With so many blogs in the Make Money Online space, its only the ones with a fairly large audience that tend to catch my attention. Grow your readership and show potential linkers that you can build and sustain an audience, and theyre far more likely to send readers your way.Finally, this also works well because many people will link to you in the hope that youll link back one day. Theyll only care about this if you have a decent-sized readership.Show Me Who You AreThis isnt so much a rule myself or other bloggers have, but more of a feeling. If I dont know anything about you (even just basic details such as your name or gender) it just feels weird to link to you. First of all, I dont know what to call you when I do so site names just arent personal.Secondly, I dont know how to structure my sentence because I usually want to say he or she. Thirdly, I tend to wonder what people have to hide if they dont want to reveal information about themselves online. I totally get anonymity, since I had a pseudo-name online until I was 18, but some small details like your first name and a picture wont hurt you.Ive also noticed that out of all the people I link to regularly, I know something specific about their life, or their character (usually through Twitter interactions). I know bloggers who I dont even interact with that are performers in the circus, trying to visit every country in the world, or able to speak six languages.If you can let me know through your blog or our interactions something unique and quirky about you, Im far more likely to remember who you are. Though it may not be great for my brand, people often refer to me as the young blogger or marketing wizz kid. Neither are angles that Im going for, but its clear that people pick this up from my work online, and its something they remember me by.What can I remember you by?If I can remember something, Im more likely to link to you when its relevant to what Im writing.

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  • Make Content Your Priority

    If most of your blogging time is not spent by focusing on your content, then you're on the wrong track. This isn't to say that things like having a clean design, networking on social media sites and following other sites in your niche aren't important. Because they are. All I'm saying is that the only reason anyone reads any blog, is because of the content it offers, so if producing brilliant content is not your main aim, then it should be. Because there are so many other sites in the internet marketing industry and pretty much any niche these days I knew that my content was the number one thing which would set me apart from the competition. It's what will set you apart from the other bloggers in your industry as well.The kind of content you should be writing, clearly depends on what niche you're writing in. Instead of just saying you should focus on your content, it would probably be better to say that you should focus on producing high-value content. Information that your audience loves. It's your job to find out exactly what this is in your industry. For some of you it may be in-depth articles, for some it may be quick, powerful posts, and for others it may be a humorous piece that others naturally want to share. The aim of your content is to not only be viewed as powerful by the person who reads it, but encourages others to pass it on to people who may also enjoy it. The high-value content you produce also needs to be viral. Some of the most popular articles on my site have received hundreds of backlinks, comments, and tweets. This wasn't just some lucky event, but something I consciously aimed to make happen. A list of some of my most popular articles include:Article Tweets CommentsWordpress SEO: The Only Guide You Need 288 30028 Resources from My Internet Marketing Toolbox 232 123How to Build Backlinks and Dominate Google 192 27021 Lessons Ive Learned After 21 Years Alive 175 114How I Wrote a $30,000 eBook (And You Can Too) 128 132The rest of this section is going to look at how I aim to write the most valuable and viral content that I can, which hopefully helps you to do the same. One of the first lessons that newspaper journalists are taught is to structure their content so that the most important information is first, with the importance decreasing as you read through the piece. Pick up any newspaper around you and youll see that the first few sentences contain the most crucial elements of the event.This not only creates impact, but also allows editors to simply snip off the bottom paragraph of a story if they need space for other articles. As the final paragraph is the least important, their editing does not affect the article too much.

    Your Headline

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  • Your headline, in my opinion, is by far the most important element of your article or blog post. It of course matters what you say after the headline, but only if you can actually get people to read your article. The job of your headline is simply to get people to read the first sentence of your post.Your headline doesnt just need to be attractive to people who stop by your blog regularly. If you use Google Reader in a list format for example like I do then your headline determines whether myself or anyone else using the service will click on your listing to read the post. Similarly, if I see content posted on Facebook or retweeted on Twitter, that same headline will determine whether I click through to your website.The following advice is my take on how to create a headline that draws your readers in and helps your content go viral.Dont tell me something I know: If your headline says something like Why exercise is good for you or How to increase your feed subscribers then I probably wont read it. It gives me nothing but the expectation that I already know most of what the article is going to share. If you want someone to keep reading, you need them to feel like theyll actually get value out of the time theyre going to spend doing so.Headline example: Printer Cartridges Are ExpensiveChallenge someones beliefs: One of my most popular posts on PluginID bore the title Smoking is Good for you. As everyone knows, there are many reasons why smoking is detrimental to your health, so this caused quite a stir and invoked the desire for people to continue reading. I followed up the title with a good twist in the article, which is important if youre going to write your headline with such an angle.If you write an article with the content to back it up which tells me why running is bad for you, people dont read blogs anymore or [common tactic] no longer works, Im going to read the post. Humans love taking in new information, but we hate holding on to information which is incorrect, so challenging beliefs can be a very powerful to get eyeballs on your content.Headline example: Why Buying Another Printer is Cheaper Than Buying InkOffer a hidden insight: This one is very common in the internet marketing space, with titles offering keys, secrets and crucial aspects about different topics. Ive used them myself in posts like this one on The Secret to Growing Your Blog Twice as Fast with Half the Effort.This works so well because the title suggests that by reading the article, well learn something we wouldnt have known otherwise. A year or two ago I did this for a popular topic how to increase feed subscribers but in a way that was new and promised value. The title was How to Increase RSS Subscribers (One Method You Probably Dont Know About). Are you more likely to read that article than an article with the same title, but without the brackets?Headline example: The Real Reason Behind the High-Cost of Printer CartridgesAsk a question: If the question you ask is relevant and intriguing, people are going to read your post to see why you feel a certain way about something. Headlines with questions are also one of the best ways to get people to leave comments on your posts. The question automatically gives them something to say in response.Discussions start from questions, and this is a great way to get a conversation going in your community, especially if you make bold statements on a hot topic. Theres a great example of this kind of post at Copyblogger, where the author asks: Is Commenting on Blogs a Smart Traffic Strategy? [Link]Headline example: Do You Know Why Printer Ink is so Expensive? We Reveal the TruthIve received a lot of praise for the headlines I use in posts and Ive been asked numerous times whether headline writing comes naturally to me. The answer is no, it doesnt. I find inspiration from magazine covers, books, and other bloggers along with my own imagination. I also spend quite a lot of time on each title and its never something I just throw out there.

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  • Keep these ideas in mind, and youll soon be writing headlines which capture the attention of your audience and help your content go viral.Your Introduction

    If the job of your headline is to get people to read your introduction, then the job of your introduction is to get people to read further into the post. I believe that if your introduction is interesting and compelling enough, theres a better chance that people will read your entire post, rather than just skimming through or ignoring it all together.I definitely have a lot of work to do on my own introductions, but do have some advice to share which I think can help you.List some interesting facts: I think the introduction for this section, regarding newspaper journalists, would have been interesting for most people. The information it shares must have some value, simply because I was able to remember this myself and then pass it on to you all. If youve naturally remembered a small nugget of information about a topic, theres a good chance its interesting.If your facts are both interesting and relevant then its a great way to keep people hooked on what youre saying.Offer a teaser for later in the post: If you could easily work out who the killer was at the start of an episode of CSI or figure out the plot of a movie after the first 5 minutes, we just wouldnt watch them. Smart television and movie producers sprinkle teasers throughout the length of the production to keep you hooked until the end where you find the answers.Promise your readers the answer to something you know theyll care about, and make sure you stick to that promise, but only by offering small nuggets of information as they get towards the end of the post.Ask a question: Though questions can make very effective headlines, I personally dont like to use them in this way. I prefer to use them in introductions. This way, you can both ask the question and answer it to offer value straight away, or you can use it as a hook.Similar to the last point, you could answer an intriguing question and then promise to answer it towards the end of the post. A good one from the book Made to Stick is the question, What are the rings around the planet Saturn made of? Ill tell you at the end of this section .Use Reverse Psychology: I recommend you use this sparingly as too much of this tactic will annoy readers rather than encourage them to read your post. I used this tactic in my most important blog post article when I wrote This blog post is quite long so you probably shouldnt read it. To the 50% of visitors who are still with me, Ill say now that less than 1% of you will get to the end so you may as well leave now.I can imagine some people will take this too far and tell their readers in every post that they arent going to read it or they wont enjoy it. Trust me, this tactic only works when you use it very, very sparingly. Think of some unique ways you can apply it and youll be on to a winner.The Middle (The Meat of Your Content)

    The middle of your post is where you get across your main points, provide value to your readers, and offer lessons you hope that they take away from the article. For example, in my post on How I received over 900,000 visits from Google in 30 days, I began by proving my facts and claims in the headline. The meat of the post was exactly how I was able to do that.Although I mentioned this earlier, its very important that even if you have a great intro and a great This report was authored by Glen Allsopp, owner of ViperChill and CloudBlogging. -Page 19-

  • headline, the meat of your content must match up to those high standards. If you have extravagant headlines and cant follow them up with great information, youre just going to annoy readers and they probably wont come back.In other words, if youre going to offer some secrets, make sure they actually arent that well known.Be personal: One of the best ways to get your points across is to speak about personal experiences. On the most basic level, this means that you should be open to sharing both your failures and your successes. In my article about generating more blog post ideas, I was more than willing to share that I had been struggling to come up with things to write about.The reason that being personal works so well is because people can relate to what youre saying. And, if people can relate to your content, theyre more likely to take your advice to heart and engage in your site. Dont be afraid to use personal stories to help get your points across. Its probably one of the most effective things you can do.Provide concrete evidence or examples: Im lucky enough right now to be in an industry where people know enough about what Ive achieved to trust what I say. However, that wasnt always the case, especially when I was blogging about personal development. In order to get your point across and have your ideas stick, its good to have enough information to backup your points so that they really cant be disputed.I often include images of roadmaps when I talk about complicated subjects like my SEO strategy in big industries, and always try to include examples to help people create a picture in their mind of what Im talking about. Evidence and examples might not help your post be more viral, but it will help solidify the ideas youre trying to share.List your most important points first: I cant remember where I first read this, but it makes total sense, and its something Ive tried to implement in all of my posts. If youre writing a list post or ever just listing points in a certain order, put the most unique and/or valuable at the top of the list.I believe the simple logic is that if youre going to share points that are interesting and someone hasnt heard before, theyre more likely to continue reading than if your initial points are just generic and nothing new.Keep Your message simple: In most cases, its best to keep the message youre sharing simple. Or, if it is complex, at least keep it to one idea. The best blog posts tell you one thing and they tell it well. Seth Godin is a master at this. If theres a key message that someone can take from your article that they understand fully, then theyre more likely to pass that message on.An example of this is my post on blogging partners, which was one of the most popular on the site. I said a lot about the subject, and covered it in-depth, but I really just stuck to one idea: If you want to grow your blog faster, find a blogging partner.Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication Leonardo Da VinciYour Summary and General Readability

    The summary of your post, in my opinion, is the least important aspect of your article. The hardest part of anything you write is to get people to read it, and then continue reading it until the end. Similar to what newspaper journalists learn, your best information should be in the introduction and main sections of the article.If you rely on the summary for people to get what youre trying to say then youve just wasted 80% of your writing, in most cases. Although the summary isnt as important as the other sections, there are some recommended ways to use it.End with a powerful statement: The more articles I wrote, the more I found myself trying to end

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  • them with a message that left an impact on the reader. Movies do this all the time; if youve seen the end of Inception then youll know what Im talking about.Just because youve got your main message out of the way, it doesnt mean you should get lazy with your article. On two random guest posts that Ive written, here were two of the endings: Those thousands of subscribers are waiting for you. Youve just got to be ready for them. from Copyblogger. Now, can you please promise me youre going to share your value with the world? Because I can promise you, the world is waiting for it. from

    Start a discussion: This will be the third time Ive mentioned starting discussions and asking questions. I do so because I believe that conversation is really at the heart of blogs, and one of the main things that makes them so different from static sites. Often times, people will want to leave a comment, but they just arent quite sure which part of the post to share their thoughts on.You can use your summary to remind people of the most important points, and ask questions around any of them. This should help to get the comments flowing.Summarise Your Post: Although very obvious (it is called a summary, after-all), I couldnt leave this point out of the post. A good suggestion for ending is to pick the most important advice youve shared and repeat it in bullet-form. Another option, where relevant, is to give people an action plan as to the steps to take next after reading your advice.My final suggestion, which is not directly related to making your content viral, would be to offer links to other relevant posts on your site. If people like what theyve just read (and they probably did, if they made it to the end) then theyre likely going to want to see other articles youve written.ReadabilityI generally break many rules when it comes to readability, but I still try to include the basics when I can. Even if you write the best posts in your industry, nobody is going to take the time to read them if you just list paragraph after paragraph without any formatting or line-breaks.There arent many things to remember when it comes to making your posts scannable. Here are a few things that I think you should:

    Use Bullet Points: Just like Im doing here, separate some lists into bullet form which not only breaks your post up into sections, but helps people skim your ideas if necessary Use Section Headings: I often use H2 and H3 tags to define different sections of my posts. This way, I have a clear outline of my beginning, middle and end, so visitors can decide to read just one section or all of them combined. Bold important sentences: If people are going to skim your posts, make it easier for them to take value from it by highlighting your most important points Use clear sentences: Unless youre trying to appeal to English literature graduates, you dont need to use fancy words or complex-sentence structures. Keep your sentences simple. And remember: What you say is far more important than how you say it. Break things up with images: Another good way to structure your content, without using headings, is to use relevant images to break things up. I like to have one in the introduction, as do many other bloggers, and more throughout the post, depending on the length of it Many of these suggestions are aimed towards people who arent going to take the time to read every word that you write, but thats not necessarily a bad thing. The whole point is that theyre reading your content and enjoying it in their own way, and then sharing it if they like it.Many people will also skim an article first, and if it looks interesting, go back to read the whole thing in detail.To those of you who read this whole section, and want to know the answer to my question about Saturn, the rings are believed to be made out of dust-covered ice.

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  • Dominate Search Engines

    There are far more ways to build traffic than I could ever cover in this guide. The four keys to the A-List quadrant all either directly or indirectly give you the greatest chance to get the best traffic to your site, with the least effort. The fourth quarter of our quadrant, is to focus on search engine traffic. Search engine traffic takes a lot of time to grow, simply because search engines take time to trust a website and allow it to rank. Many people believe in what is known as the Google Sandbox, which temporarily holds back websites from rankings to determine whether they are quality, legitimate websites or not. This makes sense, as search engine's don't want spammers to be able to rank highly, or quickly. Though it does take a long time to grow, it's one of the best sources of traffic you can get to your site. In fact, with affiliate marketing, I make 90% of my living thanks to traffic from search engines. It's not only highly targeted, but it's also free once you've achieved rankings for your relevant keywords. There are two main parts to Search Engine Optimisation (SEO): On-site optimiation Off-site optimisationAs the names suggest, on-site optimisation is the things you can do to your website to help your rankings, and off-site is things you can do besides tweaking your site, to help with getting more search engine traffic. I'm going to begin this section by looking at on-site optimisation for your blog, which I will assume like 99% of blogs out there, is running Wordpress.

    Wordpress SEO (On-Site SEO)

    For all the great things there are to be said about Wordpress, out-of-the-box SEO certainly isnt one of its strong points. As I use the software so much and make a lot of my income thanks to search engine traffic, I have come to learn what works best in terms of optimising your Wordpress setup.Before I share my tips for getting more search traffic to your blog, I want to state that the following recommendations should be used with a little bit of caution. The majority of recommendations here are very obvious and totally fine, but there are others which some people may disagree with. Everything I share here has worked very well for me and the countless clients I have worked with, but I will mention on specific steps if any of them may be frowned upon by others.Now that I have the dont sue me disclaimer out of the way, we can get onto the good stuff.Title TagsThe title tag has long been thought of as the most important on-site factor in telling search engines what your site (or a page) is about. By default on older versions of Wordpress, post titles would display as Blog Name >> Post Title. As your homepage is probably already ranking for your site name, youre not helping yourself by putting your site name at the start of your title. You dont need to rank for it more than once.Instead of leaving things this way, I personally like to remove the blog name altogether. This isnt just because I think it looks better, but because it works. A client I worked with last year received a massive boost in search traffic when we removed their brand name from title tags on their blog posts.

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  • To change your title tags, I recommend you install this awesome SEO plugin. Once installed, log into your Wordpress admin and go to Settings >> All in One SEO Pack. From there, I have entered the following: Home Title: Viral Marketing : ViperChill (This is the phrase Im trying to get my site to rank for and a brand name) Post Title: %post_title% Page Title: %page_title% | %blog_title% Those are the main ones, and I recommend you tweak the rest to your preferred preferences. The post and homepage titles are the most important.

    Meta TagsWhen you search for a site in Google, youll see a snippet of content under the page link. To control this, you can customise your meta description tag for the page. Similarly, you can also add keywords to your tag to tell search engines what your site is about. I should mention that Google announced a few months ago they do not crawl the keywords tag anymore.A good few years ago the keywords used to be important as search engines had less ways to determine what a site is about. Now that technology is so advanced, search engines have better ways of determining rankings and relevance. I still like to put the keywords in there (for other search engines) and do this by enabling dynamic keywords with the All in One SEO pack.As far as descriptions go, there is no ideal way to automate the process. The best descriptions are hand written, and the plugin Headspace will allow you to configure them for each individual post. Headspace also allows you to auto-fill a posts meta-description based on the description of your category so if you post a lot, that may be useful for you.PermalinksPermalinks are simply the URLs for your posts. By default, post titles tend to look like but if you look at the URL for this post you will see Ill let you decide which one you think looks better. Not only does this new format tell someone what your page is about before clicking on it, the words in the URL will also be highlighted in search engine results if your post is relevant to the search query.To change your permalinks, simply go to Settings >> Permalinks. I currently use the following format:Some people like to have categories in there but I like to keep URLs as short as possible. A friend pointed out that the quickest solution (in terms of querying your database) is to use /%post_id%/%postname%/. I would only really recommend this if you have a massive site built on Wordpress, but its interesting to note.Its best to do this on a fresh blog, but if youre making this change on a new blog then make sure you install this redirection plugin. It will move your old URLs properly and in a search engine friendly manner. Also remember to shorten the post slug when you are writing an article, as by default the URL will use all of the words in your title.Focus On a KeyphraseUnless youre very into branding, its a good idea to try to optimise your site around a keyphrase that can send you search traffic. Most blogs end up getting the majority of links to their homepage, so its a good idea to try and leverage those links by getting search engine rankings for a relevant phrase.

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  • For ViperChill, Im aiming to rank for the phrase viral marketing. Although it is fairly competitive, it has a decent search volume and its relevant to what this site is about: helping you build remarkable sites that others naturally want to share. The Google external keyword tool is a good place to start to see which phrases are popular in your audience. Make sure you select All Countries and Territories on the left and then Exact match on the right hand side to get accurate results.Once you have this keyphrase, you can use it in: The title tag for your homepage The heading of your site Your logo As anchor text in links from other websites The first and last items on this list are going to be the most crucial to helping you achieve higher search engine rankings.

    Turn on PingbacksOne way to get more links to your site (which increase search engine rankings) is actually to link to other people. If you are regularly supporting a site, its very likely that theyre going to return the favour. Especially if theyre in the same industry. I recommend turning on the option in Wordpress (if its not already enabled) which notifies other blogs when you have linked to them.To do so, head on over to Settings >> Discussion, and choose the following options:Use Alt Attributes ReligiouslyIve noticed fairly recently how much emphasis Google seem to be putting the alt attribute when it comes to not only ranking images highly, but also ranking your posts highly as well. Consider a search for the term minimalist marketing and here is my site result.The text minimalist-marketing, which I have highlighted, is actually not written anywhere on the page like that. Instead, it is the alt attribute for one of my images. Wordpress applies alt attributes to images automatically, but they are generated based on the file name. Therefore, if you save your images as minimalist-marketing.jpg or whatever your content is about, then Wordpress will automatically generate that text.The alt tag is a way to tell search engines what your images are actually about. Not only will it help you get more search traffic to your images, but I think it helps the overall rankings of a page, as well.InterlinkInterlinking simply means that you link from your blog posts to other blog posts. For example, I sometimes recommend guest blogging as a great way to build your authority in your niche and will then link to my guide on guest blogging. I also use the anchor text of the search query Im trying to rank for if it doesnt making my writing look robotic.Not only is this useful in terms of SEO, but it also gives your readers more posts to read and thus increases your pageviews.

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  • WWW or Non-WWWOn a lot of sites (and probably yours if this section title makes no sense), there are two ways to access them. For example, if you head on over to, you will see it is both accessible at and Try this on your own site and see if it is the same.By default, Wordpress handles this redirect for you, but it uses a 302 redirect. A 302 tells search engines the redirection is only temporary, but you really want to tell them it is permanent so that all of your link weight goes to one place. To do this, you need to implement a 301 redirect.You can choose which one you want Google to list in Google Webmaster Tools, but its still necessary to do this. Whether you want to choose the www version or the non-www version of your site is completely up to you.You will need to be able to edit your .htaccess file which can be found in the same folder that you installed Wordpress on your server. Here is how the code in mine looks:# Begin 301RewriteEngine OnRewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.viperchill\.com [NC]RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [L,R=301]# BEGIN WordPressRewriteEngine OnRewriteBase /RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-fRewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-dRewriteRule . /index.php [L]# END WordPressI do have other code in my .htaccess for specific redirects, but that is all you need to redirect your site from the non-www version to the www version. Also, remember to change to whatever your domain name is.If you want to redirect from the www to the non-www (which I do on a few sites), then swap lines 3 and 4 with this:RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^viperchill\.com [NC]RewriteRule (.*)$1 [R=301,L]If that gives you any errors or doesnt seem to do anything, make sure that your host allows you to edit the .htaccess file (most will).Ive just shared some of the most common tips youll find online about optimising Wordpress, but now were going to go a bit deeper and share some slightly more advanced tactics. If you only do the above, then thats a great start, but there are still areas you can improve upon.Noindex Archive, Category, Pagination or Tag PagesOn ViperChill, I only use categories and I manually create my own sitemap, but I know that a lot of people have date based archives, categories, and tag pages. These might be great for usability, but for search engines, theyre really just lots of pages with links to your other pages.In other words, the search engines dont need to crawl through all of them to find your blog posts. For that reason, I apply the Noindex option to my Archives and Tag pages, and do this by installed the All In One SEO Pack I mentioned earlier. There are settings in the admin panel to help you decide what you want to block.I recommend that you allow one of them to be followed (e.g. normal pagination, or categories) and

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  • then block the rest to preserve link juice.NoFollow Certain PagesI did say there may be some tactics that people frown upon in this post, and this is the first. The Nofollow attribute was first introduced by search engines to help stop spam on the web from ranking in search results. Thats why, by default, all links to commenters on your blog are automatically nofollowed.Nofollowing scuplting, as it is commonly referred, is simply about keeping and diverting link juice (link weight) to the pages where you want it to go. For example, on every page on my site there is a link to the contact form. Does it really need to be a powerful page?Just linking to the page once is enough to have it indexed in Google, and thats all that matters for a number of my pages. Similarly, I nofollow links to my about page, my category links and my RSS feed. This means that the weight from backlinks Im getting to my own post wont be spread to those pages.A typical text link looks like this:ViperChillTo make it nofollow, you would change the link like so:ViperChillAgain, Google have recently mentioned that they frown upon this (in some circumstances not most) so use it at your own risk.Nofollow Your Read More LinkIf you show full posts on your homepage then you dont need to worry about this. If, however, you just show a snippet of content, then its likely you also have a read more or continue.. link in there somewhere. As your post title already links to the page with perfect anchor text, theres no need to give juice to the read more link which simply takes people to the same page.In your Theme Editor (Appearance >> Editor) open the relevant file (usually index.php), find the following text: rel=nofollowThats it. You must make sure you are changing the read more permalink, and not the permalink to your post titles. If youre unsure which is which, then make sure you contact your theme author. There are too many examples for me to go through them all here.Turn Off Comment PagesUnless you receive hundreds of comments per post (or youre really, really picky about page speed), there really is no need to have paginated comments on your site. Older versions of Wordpress never had this, but if you recently installed Wordpress 2.7 from scratch, youll find that paginated comments is the default option.These can be turned off in Settings >> Discussion and will ensure that your site doesnt have tons of duplicate pages that are all showing very little unique content.Sign-Up to Google Webmaster ToolsGoogle Webmaster Tools is a must-use service for anyone who cares about search engine traffic to their

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  • sites. Not only will it tell you which keyphrases you are ranking highly for in Google, but it will also notify you when your site has been hacked, or if you have any broken links.Sometimes you may find that another blogger has linked to you incorrectly and that a lot of visitors are landing on a 404 page. Because GWT makes you aware of this, you can redirect that page somewhere relevant to keep the link value and keep the visitors who are landing on your site.Building Backlinks (On-Site SEO)

    I have been studying SEO day and night since I was 16 and Ive ranked on the first page of Google for some of the most competitive keyphrases in the world. Therefore, I like to think I know quite a bit about the topic and can provide some insights in this space.For those of you who dont know why links are important, let me just say that if you want to get traffic from the major search engines, theyre crucial. Links from other sites to your site are basically a vote that tell search engines you are trusted and you are a good resource for whatever your content is about.As I mentioned earlier, a large percentage of my income to affiliate sites is from traffic via Google, and the difference between ranking 2nd and ranking 1st can literally be thousands of dollars extra on my bottom line.Instead of just telling you to do this or do that that many link building guides do, I also want to share a few principles that I believe are crucial in building a website that attracts thousands of high quality links. A few years ago you could take a robotic approach to SEO, but the web is now far too social to rely on old tactics to help your website rank higher.Build a Site for PeopleI cant remember who said this phrase but its one of my favourites: search engines follow people. Not only does following this motto steer you in the direction of build an honest, legitimate website, its also a very true way to get links to your site.Have you noticed how Wikipedia absolutely dominates Google search results? I dont believe they should be ranking for 50% of the phrases that they do, but Jimmy Wales built a site for people. It is a resource that millions of people naturally want to use, and because of that, people talk about them.For a lot of competitive keyphrases online youll also find popular blogs, forums and niche social networks ranking highly. If you can get enough real people to care about what youre doing, then you cant go far wrong.When people talk about you online, links follow.Be UsefulPretty much every legitimate site on the Internet serves some useful purpose to its users. Facebook lets you keep in touch with friends and family. Google lets you find awesome websites. Digg lets you find news that you know hundreds of other people recommend. Youtube provides educational value, entertainment, product reviews and much more.These are some high profile examples, but there are literally millions of useful sites online. This blog helps people leave the rat race and make a living online. PluginID helped people be who they want to be and deal with the issues that come up on the path to get there.Ask yourself whether your site is helping people to fill a need. If its not, then why should people care about you? This might not sound great but everyone active online in any space online is generally just thinking about whats in it for them.

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  • If you can give people what they want, you can receive what you want.Check Competitors BacklinksWhen I talk about competitors, I simply mean people trying to rank for the same keywords / phrases as you in Google. For example, this site is trying to rank for the phrase viral marketing. I put trying in quotes as Im only implementing a small number of these strategies as Im not too bothered about ranking.If I wanted to find great sources of links though, I could simply see which sites are ranking well for the phrase and where their links are coming from. As an example, a site ranking 2nd for me right now is a page on Wilson Web. If I take that URL and do a link search in Yahoo (they shows more backlinks than Google) I can find link sources I can also use:

    The operator I use in Yahoo is simply link:pageurl (no quotes) obviously changing the parts in bold for the site that is actually ranking for your keyphrase.Check your competitors to see if there are freely available link sources that you can also get for your own site. After all, if theyre helping that site rank, theyll probably help you.Leave Blog CommentsMost blog comments are nofollowed (this means search engines arent supposed to give weight to the link, though I believe Yahoo and Bing still do) so they dont provide much link juice directly. I like using blog comments as an indirect way to get links back to your site. For example, if I contact a big blogger out of the blue and ask them to link to my latest article, its probably not going to happen. Yet, if Ive spent some time interacting with their community and leaving comments, its more likely that they will fulfil the request (as long as your resource is relevant, and awesome).Blog comments also drive visitors to your site, which goes back to the point of search engines following people.Check Flippa AuctionsOne of my favourite ways to find awesome sources for links is to check the Flippa marketplace. Flippa is a place for people to buy and sell websites and has a very interactive community. Even if youre not looking to buy or sell sites though, it can be a great way to find links.If you take the time to look around, youll find a number of repeat sellers who are selling websites that have ranked well in Google very quickly. In some cases, these sites are ranking for phrases that bring in

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  • thousands of dollars, just in a few short months.Looking at these sites and finding where their backlinks are coming from has provided me with a lot of easy-to-duplicate tactics and links that Google clearly love.Write Awesome ContentA few years ago you could write an awesome post and it would receive hundreds of links. Look at the trackbacks on old Copyblogger or Steve Pavlina posts and youll see what Im talking about. With the introduction of Twitter and sites like StumbleUpon, people are more inclined to share sites, rather than link to them from their own blogs.The amount of links you can get for awesome content has definitely decreased, but by no means has it stopped. My post on Wordpress SEO picked up a lot of blog links and is getting new ones all the time. My friend Danny also noticed the decrease in bloggers linking out and started a mini-campaign about it.Awesome content means a lot of different things to different people. In terms of this site, it might be a great resource post. For a humor blog, it may be a funny image. For your Gadget blog, it may be announcing a new product before anyone else.If you know your niche well enough, you should know what people want.Participate on Social Bookmarking SitesI really dont like this tactic if Im honest, but I cant deny that social bookmarking links are helping a number of my sites rank. Bookmarking sites like Delicious simply give people a place to store their favourite links an organisable archive, which is generally far more useful than your browsers bookmark bar.Theyre also available from any computer anywhere in the world, so a lot of these sites have popped up due to their usefulness. Many of these sites offer dofollow links and custom anchor text, although they arent the best links in the world to pick up.You can automate the process using something like Bookmarking Demon (not an affiliate link none of those here) or you can even pay someone on Digitalpoint to submit to hundreds of sites manually.To utilise this tactic in a more ethical manner, simply sign-up on a few sites you really want to use and bookmark your favourite links from around the web. Just dont forget to link to your own site as well.Add Links to Your Forum SignaturesUnlike blogs where you get nofollow links for contributing to the discussion, most forums allow you to have a (followed) link in your signature, every time you make a post. If youre already active on some communities online, see if you can put a link in your signature.I really dont recommend you sign up on lots of sites just to get links, but if there are sites that youre really interested in and want to participate, then link back to your site. Note that if you have 10,000 posts on a forum already and add a link there, thats not going to be anywhere near as powerful as 10,000 links where each is from a different site.Its far better to have links from different domains, rather than lots from the same source.Utilise Free Content SitesAnother link source that I dont really love but I see doing well for a lot of sites is utilising free content sites like Squidoo, Gather and Hubpages. These sites basically allow you to sign-up, write about whatever you please, and link to yourself however you want.

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  • Hubpages is very unpoliced and theyll basically allow anything to stay on their site, but Squidoo (owned by Seth Godin) recently removed thousands of spammy pages from their site and are constantly policing them.If you are going to use sites like this, at least take the time to to create a good resource for users, rather than just throwing links to all of your sites in there. Not only will that make your link more valuable (more relelvant and on a page with lots of content) but its better for these communities.Use Article DirectoriesA much better source of links if you want to receive them in return for your content is using article directories. There are a lot of awful, highly spammed directories out there, but there are definitely a few worth looking for.My favourites include Ezine articles, Article Dashboard and Go Articles. Ezine and a number of other sites review articles manually first so youre not going to be able to spam them (which you shouldnt want to, anyway). However, if you write good content, or pay someone else to, then you can get a great link in return.Ezine is definitely the most trusted and youll actually find the page you write the article on can rank quite well, quite quickly. Once youve inserted your article content, youre given the opportunity to fill in an Author Box and you can put your links in there.Collaborate with InfluencersSome of the most popular posts on PluginID were the ones where I collaborated with other influences in the personal development niche. Examples include the Face-Off series that I ran and times where I would ask the same question to multiple people.If your idea is unique and interesting, youll find that the people involved are often happy to share the piece via social media sites and even link to it from their own blogs.Interview Someone ImportantSimilar to the last idea, interviewing someone in your industry or someone high profile is likely to get you a lot of attention. There are two ways to gain links via this method.First of all, you can interview people who you hope will link back to the interview from their own sites. Or, you can utilise your connections (or hustle, hard) and interview someone the average person couldnt get to answer their questions.I personally tried to interview Eckhart Tolle (an author who has been featured on Oprah and sold millions of books) but didnt get very far. If I had managed to land the interview though, I know a lot of people would have linked to it naturally.Design a Unique, Beautiful SiteThere are many ways to have a good looking website. I personally like to buy templates from the likes of Theme Forest and customise them heavily (like I did with ViperChill). You could also hire a designer like Reese to create something custom that looks amazing.Once you have a beautiful site in place, there are literally thousands of link opportunities. Where? I hear you ask. CSS and design directories, is my answer. There are tons of sites which showcase beautiful designs and offer a link to the site so people can view the real thing, rather than a screenshot or thumbnail.Many of these have a lot of authority in Google so if you want to find some, heres a good place to start.

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  • Create a Great ResourceThere are a number of personal development bloggers giving sitewide (links from every page) links to PluginID because I created an amazing resource. That resource was a list of top blogs in my industry, but yours doesnt have to be the same.Can you create a free eBook that answers a need? What about a resource on 101 ways to do X? How about a list of other sites which offer great advice on a popular topic? Think about something that you know your readers would want but would take a lot of work for you to put together.Thats the resource you should be creating.What Not To DoNow that weve covered some of my favourite ways to get links to a site, I quickly want to run through some things you shouldnt be doing. While search engines generally reward sites with a lot of links by giving them high rankings, theres also a few things they dont like.Remember: search engines want to show the best results to their users. If youre manipulating link counts heavily and dont really deserve to rank for your phrase, then they dont want you to.Here are a few things to watch out for:

    Building Links too Fast Build links very quickly is usually unnatural. There may be times where write a post that gets hundreds of links overnight and thats not going to penalise you, but just be careful about building too many links for your site as a whole. Im not a search engine, so I cant give exact numbers, but if you think you might be going a bit over the top, then you probably are. Using Spammy Resources Not all links are created equal. It would be far more powerful for ViperChill to have a homepage link from Problogger than it would be to have a link from Hubpages or an automated link farm. You cant control who links to you, but just be careful where you focus your link building time. Taking Part in Link Exchanges If you want to add sites to your blogroll or resources page then add them, but dont just do it because people are linking to you. Link exchanges worked well about 2 years ago, but are a very dated technique that search engines are well aware of. Building Links Around One Phrase You might have a phrase that you want to rank for and the best way to do that is to get links with that phrase as an anchor text, but only having links with that phrase is very unnatural. Most links help your rankings in general, so dont be afraid to get links for different phrases or even your domain as a whole, like

    Combining the TwoNow that we've covered on-site SEO and off-site SEO, you can look at how to combine the two. In the Wordpress SEO section I mentioned that you should focus on choosing a speficic keyphrase to try to rank your website for. If you overlooked that section then go back and read it now. I think it's crucial to not only defining your site, but helping you get more search engine traffic.Instead of just focusing on one phrase though, you can focus on many. Through using keyword tools, I found phrases like 'Wordpress SEO' and 'Social Media Strategy' were popular, and relevant to my industry. I wrote some great articles on the two topics, and then built as many links to them as I could. Those two terms have become some of the most popular sources of traffic for my site.Don't think that your SEO work just has to stop with one phrase. Constantly work to expand how many pages your site has, how many links you have, and the types of phrases you're trying to rank for. Search engine traffic is something that you can generally work for over a period of time, and then reap the benefits of for a long time to come. Don't neglect this piece of the quadrant, and you'll likely go far.

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  • Let's ConnectI really hope that you've learned a lot from this eBook and have enough information to go away with and take your blog to the next level. Though we are at the end of the guide, I hope this isn't the end of our relationship. There are (if you're interested) a few more ways to connect with me: Subscribe to the blog by Email or RSS Become a fan of ViperChill on Facebook Follow ViperChill on Twitter Add me as a friend on FacebookBefore my blog was more popular, I loved being able to communicate with people via email, but I simply get far too many of them now to respond to every single one. I'm happy to interact with you in any of the ways above, though.Thanks for checking out the guide. Just don't forget about me when you join the A-list ranks!

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