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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!

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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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So How Big Is The Web?

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Well…there are more than 150 billion searchable indexed web pages on the Internet!

That’s right! Check out some of the new infographic stats from Bloxx that shares more on just how big the Web has become.

Some of our favorite highlights include: 

– If you downloaded every bit of Web content from your computer, it would take 11 trillion years.

– If you packed 450 2-terabyte storage drives into a single 8’ x 10’ room, you’d need 1,000 drive-packed rooms to equal the estimated “Exabyte” of data on the Web

– The amount of data traveling over the Internet in just three minutes is the digital equivalent of every motion picture ever made in the last 120 years.

“Our ‘Big Web’ infographic shows the dramatic size, and threat, of accessing the more than 700* million Web sites offering some trillion terabytes of data,” said Charles Sweeney, CEO of Bloxx, a Web content filtering and email security company. “Next generation real-time Web content filters that analyze and categorize the content of web pages at the point-of-request, are the only way to stay ahead of the avalanche of new, and often malicious, sites created every day.”

*reference material from Website Magazine

 

Recent stats from Worldwidewebsize.com show the following information:

The Indexed Web contains at least 2.96 billion pages (Wednesday, 06 November, 2013).
The Dutch Indexed Web contains at least 214.08 million pages (Wednesday, 06 November, 2013)

How is the size of the World Wide Web (The Internet) estimated?

The estimated minimal size of the indexed World Wide Web is based on the estimations of the numbers of pages indexed by Google, Bing, Yahoo Search. From the sum of these estimations, an estimated overlap between these search engines is subtracted. The overlap is an overestimation; hence, the total estimated size of the indexed World Wide Web is an underestimation.

Since the overlap is subtracted in sequence, starting from one of the four search engines, several orderings (and total estimations) are possible. We present two total estimates, one starting with Bing (BG) and one starting with Google (GB). The figure reported at the top of the page refers to the GB estimation.

So just how fast is the internet growing then?

There are a few governing bodies and there is no real central control system for the Internet. No one really knows with 100% certainty exactly how many websites exist or just how many new websites are set up each day.

However, a few organizations do make it their business to keep an eye on the domain names that make up the Internet as the web continues to grow. Although their data isn’t infallible, it does give us a pretty good idea of the size and growth of the web.

This trend is true worldwide especially in Canada where there are now many more local brands and companies starting up each day. If you are looking to get a website built by a professional in Canada look no further than Cape Breton Web Design. We’d be happy to help with your Cape Breton Website needs.

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.

Affordable Web Design in Cape Breton

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Web Design Cape Breton is a Full Service Web Design Company that has been helping local Cape Breton businesses and Individuals succeed online for over a decade now. Whether you need custom web design, SEO web design, or a a professional WordPress website design, I am here to help you get started.

A great looking website is really nothing if no one can find it. We can help you get found on the web locally but carefully choosing the right keywords for your business in the local Cape Breton area. That way when someone searches for your keywords, your website will be found ahead of the competition on Google and other major search engines.

Once the website has been completed, we will begin to add your Social Media Connections like Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube if you’d like, and begin to slowly unveil the new website to the world with a carefully crafted local SEO Services Campaign.

If you are looking for a freelance web designer or simply an affordable web design company in Cape Breton, you will find that we are one of the top web design companies in Nova Scotia.

Get a free web design quote from the website design experts and we will guarantee results usually within 7-10 days after our first meeting. I would go out on a limb and say Cape Breton Website Design is one of the best web design companies in Canada, at least that’s what our clients have told us from time to time. Customer Service is our number one concern after the sale this is why we have repeat customers and some that have stayed with us in Cape Breton for years such as the CBRM, Cape Breton District Health Authority, and many other local businesses in Cape Breton.

We offer professional web development services in Cape Breton but service many other areas of Nova Scotia, The Maritimes, and Canada for that matter. Contact us today for website design services, SEO Services, Social Media Marketing Services, Web Hosting Services, or Domain Name Registration Services.

We need to grow our local Cape Breton economy and tourism is a big part of that growth. Let’s think Cape Breton first and keep the business here!

 

Cape Breton Web Design, SEO, and Web Hosting

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There are many services that can be offered along with traditional web development services in Cape Breton. Our key web design services that we offer at Web Design Cape Breton are professional website design, website re-design, website maintenance, CMS, WordPress Design, eCommerce web store, SEO (search engine optimization), Social Marketing Services, Web Hosting, and Domain Name Registration.

We at WebDesignCapeBreton.com provide web design services to all Maritime areas including Sydney, Nova Scotia, Cape BretonHalifax, PEI, Moncton, South Western Nova Scotia,  Dartmouth, Annapolis Valley, Lunenburg, Bridgewater, Shelburne, Antigonish, Truro, Kentville, New Minas, Falmouth, Yarmouth, Digby, Bridgetown, Annapolis Royal, Saint Johns, New Brunswick, Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, London, Ontario, Winnipeg, Calgary, Alberta, Vancouver, British Columbia, as well as the rest of Canada.

We develop websites for Corporate, Real Estate, Travel & Tourism, Bed and Breakfast, Music Industry, Auto Sales, Retail Sales, and Personal & Professional Blog Development.

You may also want us to create a Facebook page and fill it with 5000 facebook likes/fans. We have many social marketing services and are Social Marketing Experts. Don’t be overwhelmed. Contact us first, talk to our professional team, and let us help you make a plan. If you need to bring more traffic to your website each month, we can help you get Facebook fans and Twitter Followers to boost your social media presence. We are here and open to your ideas and suggestions on how to create a custom Web Design, SEO, and Social Media campaign all in one.

Still not sure what package to choose? Shoot me a message and we’ll go over your site and just what should be needed to beat the competition – Contact Us!