Pitch your blog on ProBlogger

problogger.jpgWhen it comes to the blogosphere it doesn’t get much bigger than Darren Rowse and ProBlogger. If you’re not already reading ProBlogger it’s probably about time you started. you’ll gain some incredible insights into growing your blog and even making some serious dollars from your blog.

Do you wish that you had access to the kind of readership that ProBlogger reaches? This weekend you have the opportunity to pitch your blog to Darren’s readers as he runs another social experiment and invites you to participate.

In the post Tell us about Your Blog in 140 Characters or Less, Darren encourages you to … well … tell him about your blog in 140 characters or less.

Over 500 bloggers have already taken advantage of the offer and by the time you read this post there may well be hundreds more. So why are you waiting. Go tell the world why they should be reading your blog.

By the way, if you’re here for the first time after following the link from ProBlogger – welcome. I hope you’ll take the time to look around and find out a little more about me and my blog. Check out my About page if you want a quick idea of who I am. You’ll find a couple of options for getting free updates to RodneyOlsen.net at the top of my right hand sidebar. If you’ve got a few days you might also like to spend some time trawling through several years of archives.

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Free Blog Updates

feed-icon.pngDon’t you love it when you find ways to save time and simplify tasks? Isn’t it even better when it’s free?

Hopefully I can simplify the way you read this blog.

Did you know that you can read RodneyOlsen.net via email each day through FeedBlitz? Instead of having to visit my blog each day, it can visit you. Just click here, enter your email address, and you’ll never miss a post. You’ll get one email a day with anything I’ve posted on that day. It’s completely free and you can unsubscribe at any time so why not give it a go?

There’s also an orange button at the top of the right hand sidebar which makes updating easy if you read blogs through Bloglines, Google Reader, Yahoo, NewsGator, MSN or any other service. If you haven’t heard of RSS, Atom or site feeds before you can check out this article at Wikipedia for more information. Basically feeds make it a lot easier to read blogs and other information sources. If you read even a handful of blogs a day you can save a lot of time through feeds.

Can I encourage you to use one of these methods to get your free updates from RodneyOlsen.net? I’d love you to be part of the community that is continuing to grow here and I want to make it as easy as possible for you to stay in touch with every post.

Whichever way you choose to read my blog let me say thank you for doing so. I truly appreciate the fact that you take the time to read my random thoughts and participate in the conversation through your comments.

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The Carnival is Coming Back

I’m having some friends drop in next week. They’ll be visiting from all over the world and you’re invited to join us. The next Christian Carnival is being hosted here at RodneyOlsen.net.

The most recent edition is posted at Brain Cramps for God.

The weekly Christian Carnival is an opportunity for Christian blog writers to share their best posts from the previous week. The topic of the post doesn’t necessarily have to focus on Christianity but it must reflect a Christian worldview, and the writer must be Christian to qualify. You may wish to consider that the readership of the Christian Carnival will be more varied than your usual readership, and you might do better contributing a post with broad appeal.

I’ve taken part in the carnival many times over the years and this will be the second time I’ve hosted the carnival. I’ve already received a number of contributions and I’m looking forward to offering readers of this blog some great links when the carnival is published.

If you’re a Christian and you’ve never contributed before, or if it’s been a while since you have, how about having a look through your posts for this week and choosing something to contribute. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, just a post that outlines your point of view or is designed to get others thinking. Being part of the carnival could be a great way to gain a little extra traffic at your blog.

The easiest way to get involved is to submit your article through the Blog Carnival Submission Form. Otherwise, you can email the submission address.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday evening at midnight, Eastern (US) Standard Time. (EST is GMT minus five hours.) That means it’s midday Wednesday here in Perth, Western Australia.

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Are you on the list?

Just a quick bit of house keeping that could benefit both of us.

If you’re a regular reader here and you keep a blog, can you please do me a couple of favours? Please check ‘The Blog List’ in my sidebar to see if you’re listed. I like to promote the blogs of those who regularly spend time here.

I really do try to keep up with all the blogs listed through my Bloglines account, but with so many, things can sometimes get overlooked. I don’t want your blog to slip between the cracks. Please check to see if I have you listed and if I’ve got the right link. If there’s a need to update, please just let me know. Leave a comment in the comments section of this post or head to my Contact Page to find ways to contact me privately.

Second favour? I’d be more than honoured if you’d consider adding RodneyOlsen.net to your own blogroll. 🙂

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Writing Irresistible Blog Posts

blogging.jpgIf you knew you could guarantee targetted traffic for your blog I’m sure you’d jump at the chance .

If someone wrote an article or blog post specifically about you you’d want to read it wouldn’t you?

This post isn’t a formula for instant traffic but it may just help you find your own formula for attracting visitors to your blog.

I don’t usually write posts about blogging. I generally just get on with the job of posting and interacting with the small community of readers that frequent my blog but I was reminded of a very clever way of attracting attention during the past week.

What’s in it for me?

Our state newspaper recently ran a feature on house prices around the metro area. They do it every six months or so. In the feature they list the average price of houses in each suburb around Perth. They give an indication of how prices have risen or dropped over the past few months. They essentially tell readers what their home is worth. When your family home is your biggest investment you’re pretty interested when someone wants to talk to you about how much it’s worth. I’d be very surprised if they don’t see a spike in circulation whenever they run such features.

A couple of weeks ago they did something similar with Valentine’s Day. They published their ‘Book of Love’ as part of the newspaper. They essentially sell space to hundreds of people who want to declare their love. They make money from those placing the messages and then on the big day those who’ve paid to say ‘I love you’ are sure to buy a copy. Of course their loved ones will also buy a copy to read their message. Added to that you get many people buying the paper to search through to see if anyone has left them a message. Brilliant marketing.

The key is that they’re publishing something that doesn’t just interest the reader, it involves them.

Creating an audience.

It’s the same principle that some some people use when putting on a local concert or production. The easiest way to get lots of backsides on seats is to invite the local school choir or drama group to perform. They might only get five minutes on stage but you can guarantee that their parents, grandparents, uncles and aunties will all turn up to see the little darlings perform. If there’s 20 kids in the choir you’re likely to fill an extra 40 seats or more.

What’s that got to do with blogging?

So how do you apply the principal to blogging? You find something with which people feel passionately involved. You write about them or something with which they are very closely connected. That’s easier said than done but it’s possible. Can you suggest a couple of ideas in the comments section of this post that use this idea? Maybe there’s something you feel passionate about. If that’s the case, write passionately about it but with your audience in mind. Talk about how it applies to them, not just your situation.

I’ve seen it in action when I’ve posted details of some of my radio interviews. If I’ve interviewed a celebrity or musician it’s not too long before fans will find the post. Often fans will add details to a fan forum and then I’ll get a rush of passionate readers wanting to hear their favourite singer talking about their latest album. Fans like that have more than a passing interest in their ‘idols’.

It’s not all about you.

You might think that writing about specific groups will narrow your reading audience but find the right target, write something that they can’t resist, and you’ll find the readers. I suppose it’s simply about taking our eyes off ourselves and focussing on our audience.

I’m no blogging expert but I’m hoping that we can get a conversation going in the comments of this post to better define how we can harness the principle.

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