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Cape Breton Blogging Tips for Beginners

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Starting a new blog wherever you are is no longer a hard task. Many new bloggers jump into the blogging field mostly because they are passionate about something or simply want to share their Kayak business or band website with the world.

Others just want to try something new and this is fine because it is really easy to get into as most blogs are built on the WordPress platform which is basically free. Add some content, a few pictures, a video, a couple social media plugins to give it a customized feel, and a way you go.

It wasn’t quite this easy back in the day (1990’s) when I personally had to secure a web hosting account locally, purchase web design tools and spend countless days just to put up the simplest of websites. A discussion for another time perhaps? I feel like this is the second or third coming of the web.. well I guess that’s where Web 2.0 comes in…. or Web 3.0 if you believe that Social Media or Social Networking has taken the web hostage.

Anyway, back to what I was saying. Most bloggers still get frustrated these days and quit very soon no matter if you are putting together a Cape Breton music site or tourism site.

So I decided to share this post “Cape Breton Blogging Tips for Beginners” to help out fellow bloggers in Cape Breton or anywhere you may be across Canada as well as globally.

It doesn’t matter if you haven’t started a blog yet, or if you’re a professional blogger or ghost blogger. Just follow some of the basic blogging tips below and it can make a big difference in in your overall blogging experience.

  1. Plan your blog carefully before starting.
  2. Choose your blogging market wisely; choose a niche in which you are expert and speak from experience.
  3. Register a unique and easy to remember domain name for your blog from GoDaddy or NameCheap.
  4. Signup with some affordable and cheap Web hosting like Hostgator.
  5. Use WordPress, It’s the best blogging platform with lots of features like free themes and plugins for SEO and Social Media.
  6. Choose a simple fast loading theme for your blog. I recommend Elegant Themes and WooThemes for their design appeal.
  7. Learn Search Engine Optimization (SEO) as it is important that your viewers and audience find you easily on the web.
  8. Be authentic and don’t copy from anyone else’s website or blog. Always post unique content with your keywords and anchor text.
  9. Build a strong Social Presence by adding plugins for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube and other social media marketing avenues to your blog to increase your online presence.
  10. Update your blog regularly or you will lose followers. Publish something that your viewers will love and want to share on Facebook.
  11. Start guest blogging or ghost blogging by writing guest posts on other blogs to increase your website traffic, Backlinks and exposure.
  12. It’s OK to dream big, but set goals and stick to them until all your steps are achieved.
  13. Don’t choose topics from other blogs but be original and stick to your niche and personal experiences.
  14. Build a mailing list to grow your fan base. It is really important. Use LocalFans.netemail marketing service, it’s free up to 2000 subscribers and it’s cheaper than aweber.
  15. Keep your posts simple and write for readers and not the search engines. Readers are the ones who can make your blog post go viral.
  16. Be kind and try to solve the problems of your readers. Provide them with tips and helpful advice. A funny story with video and silly pictures never hurts. Keep it light and funny and your readership will grow quickly.
  17. Blogging requires a lot of time and is never an over night success. Be passionate about what you write and it won’t seem like work.
  18. Don’t overload your website/blog with plugins and widgets. Use a simple clutter-free minimalist theme.
  19. Link to other Cape Breton blogs because more often, they will return the favor.
  20. Ask the opinions of your readers. It will spark a commentary back and forth and may want others to get involved in the discussion.
  21. Read and reply to every comment on your blog because no one wants to get left out. Keep the conversation going. It’s important!
  22. Reply to most emails that you get from blog readers. It is here that you can try to help them as much as possible. They have taken the time to write so write back.
  23. Remember your readers are here to check out your latest post and don’t want to be looking at ads or popups. Don’t post too may ads.
  24. Make your own images and don’t just copy them from other websites. You can use free images on Google if they don’t don’t have a watermark or copyright stamp on them.
  25. This is important. Quality of your content (articles, videos, press releases) matters, not quantity. Write the best content you can and put a lot of detail in the article with pictures and a video or two if you have them. I make my own videos all the time and put them on YouTube. Some of them have gone viral such as “Moose falls on Ice” last year. I think right now it is close to 300K hits.
  26. Subscribe to other websites and blogs in your market or area of interest. Don’t just focus on your attention and time on your blog. Interact with other blogs and when you do, don’t forget to post a link back to your own blog. This builds valuable authority backlinks.
  27. Add other pages in your blog such as the About Us, Contact, Sitemap, or Portfolio pages.
  28. Build your following by adding funny pics, contests, recipes, etc and your readers will reward you by sharing your posts.
  29. Don’t quit blogging just because it’s tough or you can’t figure something out. One of my favorite sayings is.. “Google is your friend”.
  30. If you really get stumped on something and can’t find it in Google, help is just around the corner. Simple post on Facebook and others will come to your aid. Also don’t be afraid to ask questions, that’s how most of us learn. One step ahead, never quit!

cape breton web designNeed a little help with your next web design project or help with social marketing or SEO? Contact a web expert with over 15+ years of experience in the business at support@webdesigncapebreton.com

The web design process usually begins with a free consultation which gives us both an opportunity to share information in order to come up with a website tailored to your organizations needs. Just have a couple of questions? Feel free to contact us, and we will be more than happy to assist you.

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Benefit from These Web Design Social Tools

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social media toolsSome new social media and social networking companies may become the giants of tomorrow like Twitter or Pinterest. And it is for this reason that it is worth checking out some of the new tools for social media marketing.

Your Cape Breton web design business will benefit right now if you invest some time in searching out and testing some of these new social media tools.

By creating a fantastic looking website and interconnecting it with several social networking sites, your message can be potentially shared with millions of people. Some of these tools are designed to share locally, and are great for aspiring musicians, artists and photographers alike.

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    1. BeFunky. This is an Instagram competitor and is both a social media and software app. This easy-to-use social tool lets you modify your photographs using a wide variety of built-in filters and overlays. When you have got your pics the way you want them, use this tool to share them on Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr and Twitter. There’s also a BeFunky gallery where you can display your best photos. A basic account is free, but limits the use of higher resolution. Paid premium accounts are also available.
    2. Bloomfire. This is a community based social tool and is really all about sharing information. It is not free at the moment although they do offer a free trial. Technically, the social media company refers to their product as a knowledgebase, not as social networking site. It also integrates and shares your info with many established social networking sites, if you choose to do so. This type of paid sharing site may well be the future of online social communities.
    3. Branch. The purpose of Branch is to create high quality conversations thru social sharing similar to the typical status updates found on most social media sites today. The social connect platform makes use of other social media tools like Twitter. Altho users can see all conversations, you must be invited to participate. You can then share the conversation,  embed the conversation into a post.
    4. Flipboard. This is a mobile friendly app that lets you aggregate your online favorite social network posts in a simple magazine style format. It really is a new twist on social bookmarking and is designed for a mobile environment.
    5. Ghost. Ghost is an open source blogging platform that launched in 2013. The concept is to make blogging and journalism easier and more accessible and is also mobile-friendly. Right now it is free and is designed to compete directly with WordPress. Keep an eye on this on as it has some pretty big names behind it.
    6. Inbound.org. This site is content based merely on inbound marketing related topics such as SEO, article marketing, content marketing, and social media marketing. This social tool works in conjunction with Twitter and you can actually use your Twitter account to create an account and sign in.
    7. Medium. Medium is a new collaborative writing platform founded by some of the same folks who originally created Twitter. Like many of the new social media networks out there, it is a unique new way of presenting your ideas to the mass media.
    8. Nextdoor. This social media network tool is limited to those who live in your neighborhood, which is not necessarily a bad thing if you are into SEO and advertising your product or service on the local level. Getting to know your closest neighbors is a great idea from a business perspective.
    9. Pheed. This free mobile social micro-blogging platform, popular with teens, was launched in 2012 and allows users to share a wide variety of information including images, videos, texts, audio, and more. It can aggregate all your social media posts in one location. Most users tend to like either the slick and easy-to-use interface or the ability to promote and sell content. It also has the reputation of being popular with teens.
    10. Sgrouples. It’s main strengths lie in its ability to create social groups with a strong commitment to privacy. In fact, their commitment to privacy is a big part of their online brand. You can use the platform’s group feature to connect with clients, colleagues, or prospects as well as friends and family. This social tool includes personal cloud storage for each user as well as the ability to aggregate content from other social media sites like Facebook.
    11. SlideShare. Having been founded in 2006, SlideShare’s not exactly new, but was designed to create presentations to be  embedded in blogs and making their way onto other social media platforms. Maybe because SlideShare partners with most social media platforms is the reason this tool is large, with over 51+ million viewers a month and counting. It is widely used by everyone from the White House to NASA.
    12. Thumb. This mobile social site was designed for artists, photographers, and musicians alike. The goal of Thumb is to allow people to ask questions and get quick answers. When you log in you are immediately given the opportunity to ask for an opinion or give an opinion in various categories. Art, Design & Photography is a category. You can also participate by voting (thumbs up, thumbs down, or neutral).
    13. Vine. This new mobile social tool from the owners of Twitter allows you to create and share short videos which are  limited to under seven seconds. Once a video is created, it can be shared and then posted on Vine, Twitter, or Facebook. This social tool was recently updated and is not only gaining in popularity, is still free.

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If I missed any new social media marketing tools or new social networking sites then feel free to mention it here in the comments section.

 

Getting Exposure for Your Website

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After you’ve got your website designed and online the next step is to get it in front of as many people as possible, especially if you are a business.  This can actually be the most difficult part of the web development process, so we’ll cover a few details here along with some tips and suggestions for getting your website noticed in Nova Scotia.

Create a Unique Design:

web design tips and tricksIf you have a new website that looks great and you want to get a lot of traffic and links, then there are countless web design gallery sites out there such as CSS Mania, Best Web Gallery, SiteInspire, CssDsgn that exist for the purpose of showcasing great web design companies. You can submit your site for consideration and if it gets approved you can get instant exposure and links. The website traffic that you get directly from these galleries will mostly be other designers who are browsing the galleries for inspiration.

Despite the fact that these visitors might not fall into your target audience this can still be a helpful thing because of the networking factor. It can be a way to get valuable backlinks to your site that will eventually help with SEO (search engine optimization). Also, many of the websites that get showcased in these galleries will also be showcased on various other web design blogs as a result, leading to even more backlinks and website traffic.

In order to get backlinks and website traffic from web gallery sites and web design blogs you’ll need to create a well design website high in quality that stands out from the competition. Take your time and don’t rush thru with the web design part. Then, when it comes to submitting your website it can be a little time consuming so get a professional social media company to do the work for you at minimal costs. If you don’t mind spending a few advertising dollars to save time, you can pay for a service SocialFanExpert.com to do the job of Social Media Marketing as well as SEO services for you.

Include a Blog To Get More Traffic:

One of the best ways to get website traffic to your website is to include a blog. If you’re using say WordPress as your main CMS, the blogging and posting functionality will already be included and is very simple to use. Website Blogs are great for building traffic from search engines and also connecting with the various social networking sites out there like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Need Help With Social Media Marketing?

order social media servicesSocial media and social networking are a great source of traffic for your website or your blog. The first step is to get us help you build social profiles and get them linked to your website.

After this you can just watch your traffic double right off the bat! Most social network sites will allow you to link social account right to your website and then use connect code to view fan profiles, posts, likes, etc, so take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

Whether you have social profiles or not, you may just need help with the promotion part. That’s where we come in. We are a Social Media Marketing company located in Canada and can help you get more traffic by connecting you website with the world. Contact us today – http://socialfanexpert.com

 

Cape Breton Web Development

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Are you searching for innovative and professional Cape Breton web Development Company who takes your business to the next level? Don’t worry! Your search ends here at Web Design Cape Breton.

Our main motto is to produce the best looking website possible that users can navigate easily and stands above the crowd. We have an expert Cape Breton web design team with competitive pricing and services.

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SEO Services Needed?

Do you want to increase your online visitors and business brand in a short amount of time? If the answer is yes, then you have to rethink over your marketing strategy. Without proper website optimization (SEO) it can’t be impossible for users to find you on the web based on keyword searches. Our expert Cape Breton SEO team can do it for you in usually 3-6 months.

Cape Breton Web Development has a combination of highly skilled, dynamic, competitive and challenging web design services, which includes search engine optimization(SEO), search engine marketing, content writing, social marketing, web design and web development services.

Whether you are looking for a small, medium or larger website, Web Design Cape Breton believes in quality work.

  • We believe in 100% clientele satisfaction, long term business, and reliable business practices
  • We believe in innovative business ideas and the latest web development techniques
  • We believe in strong communication with our clients and building a business together well into the future

All these points make Cape Breton Web Design unique and standing out from the crowd. We are here to help you get started with a new website, a re-design of an existing website, website add-ons, plugins for SEO and Social Marketing, as well as helping build your Facebook Page, Twitter Account or create new Youtube video testimonials to help with Reputation Management.

Let us help you build your business online and expand sales. What do you say? Give us a shout for a free quote or just to ask a few questions.

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Cape Breton Web Development Services

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We are a Cape Breton Web Design and Web Development firm with 15+ years experience!

web design servicesWeb Design Cape Breton can help you with get your new website designed, re-designed, changed over to WordPress for easier editing for your staff, minor web designs changes and additions, iPhone App development, Android App development, SEO Services, Content Writing, and Video Testimonials to improve your overall online Reputation!

From web design to programming to article writing services and everything in-between web design Cape Breton cover all the aspects required for establishing a great looking website for your organization or business.

We will handle all of the set-up details and installation of your domain name, web hosting, CMS login for your staff, as well as providing extra services like SEO to attract business to the site, and Social Media to promote the site to facebook, twitter, Youtube and other Social Networking sites. Contact me today with questions.

We offer following Services:

Web Design Services

(1)    Web Designing/Development Services.

(2)    Website Customization in CMS (Joomla / Worldpress /Drupal)

(3)    SEO Services.

(4)    iPhone / iPad App Development Services.

(5)   eCommerce / Web Store Services.

(6)    Android App Development Services.

(7)    Website Re-Designing Services.

(8)    Content Writing Services.

(9)  Facebook Page Development Services.

(10) Add Facebook Likes Services.

(11) Logo / Graphics / Banners Services.

(12) Newsletter Services.

(13) Animation Services.

(14) Unity 3D Game Development Services.

 

If you are in need of services you don’t see listed here please shoot me a message and I’d be happy to hear your thoughts.

Web Design Cape Breton – Good link building techniques

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Once the main practice of search engine optimization, poor link building continues to come under attack by Google – and for good reason. Over the years, many SEO experts have used misleading, black hat techniques to acquire links and move up in rank. It wasn’t uncommon that white hat SEO practitioners would have to compete at much higher levels to combat bad link building practices. Not so any more with the updates over the past two years.

How can companies adjust with the “new” set of .EDU link building rules? Here are 10 ways you can begin to link build differently.

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Build your link profile from big to small

Link building used to be quantity over quality. With quantity, websites achieved a lot of links from very niche sites. These sites can only send traffic on occasion and very little traffic at that. The better method now is to go after broader websites, which have more traffic. Casting a wider net will help you land more traffic and drive search ranking.

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Content, content, content

The creation of quality, relevant content is the cornerstone of any link building program in Canada or abroad. Content can be created both on your website or as a separate piece that lives off your website. The more people like the content, the more they will read it and share it – musts to drive links and traffic. Content does not have to be text, although in some cases text is preferred. Content can be photographs, video, infographics, ebooks – the list goes on.

Create authority

With the information that passes on the Internet, it is hard to decipher what is the best information. Companies need to lead in the ‘expert’ arena. By providing a consistent voice on topics appropriate to your company – via content, social media, PR – it will help distinguish the content you produce and help the chances of your content being shared.

Provide opportunities to share content

If a company is producing the quality, relevant content mentioned above, it is highly valuable. Thus, companies need to make sure, on their website, it is easily sharable. Placing social media, social news, RSS and email sign-ups for your content makes it very easy for those reading the content to share it. It is extremely easy to implement and should not be overlooked for your website.

Distribute content

“If you build it, they will come” does not apply to link building or a website. A brand or company must tell as many people as they can about their website. One of the ways to do that is through distribution of content. It is not enough to create it and allow others to share it; companies must evangelize their content to their advocates and new customers. Content can be shared via email, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest, Instagram), social news sites like Digg, Reddit, and StumbleUpon, industry sites, and blogs. Types of content, where it is distributed and frequency should be tested to determine which means of content distribution work best.

Get others to talk about you

Why do the hard work when others will do it for you? Promoting a product or service to distributors, such as bloggers, will help increase the visibility of a company’s offerings. And, while promoting the product or service, companies an request bloggers link to their website for link building.

Google+

Google+ can provide a very necessary means to build links. Using Google+ to establish authority on a website or content via the “rel=author” tag helps content to appear higher in search results. Distributing content via Google+ is a great way to indicate a company is associated with a particular topic and help drive traffic back to the site. Using all of the tools Google and Google+ have to offer – Google Places, ratings and reviews, and so forth – can help improve the ability for users to link out to a company’s website. It is not a coincidence Google search results favor Google+ pages and attributes.

PR

PR can go a long way in driving back links to a company website, in particular high page rank websites. The ability of PR specialist in generating news and connecting with journalist makes them extremely valuable asset to a company’s link building campaign. Traditional journalist writing articles on the Web have a large established audience. A link within an article written by a journalist is truly the holy grail of link building.

Online press releases are still a way to drive back links. However, the press release must be newsworthy. This does not mean only a company’s biggest announcements will work online. However, general information is not press worthy. Topical information surrounding a company can best be used in articles, ebooks, whitepapers and the like. Thriving companies have news occurring all the time. They should harness the power of news to build links and traffic.

Media

Media placements are a great way to drive links to a website. Media, via banner ads, have been used to drive traffic and links to a website. Now, paid search and social media advertising could be used to create links to a website. Also, media does not have to promote a website. It can promote other pieces of content and help drive links in that manner. For example, paid search can be used to promote a company video on YouTube or an ebook for download. This method may be short lived.

However, the goal to build awareness and help jump start some of the above activities is not.

YouTube

If a company has video assets, they should make use of YouTube link building. An optimized YouTube channel and video description should contain links back the company’s website. YouTube is the second largest search engine behind Google. Therefore, placing links on videos within the space absolutely help in driving links. There are other video placement sites that should be considered as well. Since YouTube has a large potential to drive links, it is imperative to effectively optimize the assets within the channel.

Link building is not dead. We just need to switch the focus from building links to our websites to driving traffic to our websites. This switch in an activity will change a companies thinking and actions but ultimately result in the same thing – more links, more traffic and the movement of strategic keywords up in the SERP.

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