Are you looking for ways to skyrocket your pageviews on your blog? Stuck at a certain traffic number?
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I recently bought an ebook from the #LearnToBlog gang (Kelli Miller & Crystal VanTassel-Lopez) called Skyrocket Blog Pageviews Using Google Analytics.
The book has 30 actionable tasks designed to take the knowledge you can find in your Google Analytics account and apply simple changes to your blog to keep your readers on your site. If Google Analytics has been confusing for you or you know how to understand the data but you don’t know what to do with the data, this book is up your alley.
I have just recently started working through the book so I unfortunately don’t have any stats to show it’s working for me yet but everything I’ve read has made complete and utter sense and I can’t believe I didn’t think of it in my 10+ years of blogging. If I’M learning something, then YOU’LL learn something.
I might not have stats but the authors of Skyrocket Your Pageviews have more than a million pageviews so they know what they are talking about. If you are struggling with getting readers to stay on your site and view more than one post, this book will help you with that.
The book will help make sure you have the perfect settings set in Google Analytics to get the most data, how to grow your social channels, improve your site layout and grow your readership of course.
Plus if you buy the book before March 2016 you will pay the introductory price of $14.99! After that the price goes up just to $19.99 making the book still a pretty good deal. If you buy it now it’s only 50 cents a task!
IT’s day three already! Wow time has flown by. It’s the last 24 hours to get as much blogging in as you can. How have you been doing?
Last two twitter chats are today, this is your last two times to win a prize! 2pm and 9pm EST – set an alarm! Themes are Periscope and SEO.
I haven’t seen too many photos being shared! Check out the Blogathon Photo Fun challenge for some prompts.
You have until 12pm EST Monday Jan 25 to enter your entries into the giveaway form so don’t feel like you have to rush. But don’t forget either!
Alright, see you then!
Do you remember MacGyver? He was a character on a popular show in the late 80s, early 90s. He was very smart and was very resourceful. He used his encyclopedia knowledge to solve complex problems by making things out of ordinary objects.
So how can you be the MacGyver of blogging?
How to Be the MacGyver of Blogging
MacGyver had encyclopedia knowledge. You might not be a walking encyclopedia but the more knowledge you have, the more you can do. Learn all you can about blogging. Read books, take courses and talk to people.
How do you get knowledge without necessarily putting money out? Be everywhere and listen. I’ve received free ecourses and ebooks many, many times just from being active in a Facebook group when someone was looking for people to try out their course or book and give feedback. I’ve also received free training by using my resources to come up with an exchange of services. Once or twice I just asked. Seriously. I said I’d love to take the course but I don’t have the money (which is true) and I received free courses or ebooks.
MacGyver was non-violent. In the blogging world this translates to not using your voice to belittle another blogger, make fun of anyone or just plain be a troll.
You gain the most ground with your connections and you won’t be making many good connections if you are negative towards other bloggers. We are all different and do things differently. It’s okay to not do something the way someone else does, but it’s not okay to belittle them for it or publicly shame them.
As a Girl Guide I was taught to use my resources wisely and I do. As I said under the first point, I am everywhere. I belong to hundreds of Facebook groups, multiple other groups and I keep my ear to the ground so to speak. I am always on the lookout for new resources whether they be books/courses or programs or plugins that will help me do something better. Whenever I’m alone for a short time, my mind is turning constantly thinking over my blog and my goals, coming up with new ideas to try to meet those goals.
Solving Complex Problems out of Ordinary Objects
When I need to do something with my blog like fix a design flaw, change the CSS, upload a favicon or adjust something, I try to figure it out myself. If that doesn’t work I use those resources. If that doesn’t work I try to find a work around that will allow me to do what I need, albeit in a strange way.
MacGyver of Blogging
Put these four characteristics together and you just might be the MacGyver of blogging.
Tell Me: How are YOU the MacGyver of Blogging?
It’s been at least 24 hours since the blogathon started, have you joined in yet? Have you been productive? If you are just getting started today, make sure you check out Day One’s post (see top right sidebar).
This was my kids last night:
- Twitter Parties are 2pm and 9pm EST. Check the twitter party page for details on chat topics, prizes and RSVP.
- Blogathon Photo Fun Challenge – let’s see those photos! See the Photo Fun page for topic suggestions.
- Use #blogathon2 on any social media you post about the blogathon on!
- All the links you need are in the top right sidebar.
- Check out the mini challenges too!
If you are having trouble being productive, check out the posts I’ve written on productivity.
Don’t forget to schedule some time to visit other participants too!
This is a mini challenge for the Biannual Blogathon Bash, a free online event for bloggers that is happening right now. You can join in here. Anyone is free to use the information in this post but the mini challenge at the end is for participants of the blogathon who are eligible for prizes.
You should understand basic HTML. Even if you create your posts in a visual editor (where everything looks like it would to your reader) sometimes you have to add a code in manually and you need to know some basic HTML. I don’t know why but some people get scared when it comes to HTML. I’ll try to make it easier to remember.
HTML is a language. It’s a computer language. I won’t bore you with what it stands for, I’m only going to tell you things that will help you understand some basic HTML commands. Just know that if you can understand basic HTML is a way you can communicate with your computer.
Understand Basic HTML
Text in purple is your main takeaways.
This is a code for adding an image into a blog post. I will then break it down so you understand WHY it looks like that and what will help you remember it.
<img src=”http://www.biannualblogathonbash.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/bbb-logo-150.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”Biannual Blogathon Bash”>
- Okay let’s start with the <. You will notice it ends in > as well. All HTML code must be between < and >. Why? To contain it so that the computer knows where it starts and ends. <HTML> okay?
- Next is img src which stands for image source. If you are adding a photo, you need to tell the computer where to get the photo from right? So we use img src.
- Next is =. You’ll see = a lot in the line above. = connects what is before and after it. Just like in math 2+2=4. So img src= what? A url to the image. Image Source=the image source!
- Actually it would be more accurate to say image source=”image source” because you’ll notice all the ‘answers’ are in quotations. Just another way to contain something.
- The long string of text that’s next is the actual location of an image on this blog. I uploaded the image and then copied the link it gave me and pasted it into the HTML. Don’t forget the end quote!
I could just use this and it would show the image:
But I added some extra HTML to clarify a few things or add a few things.
- border=”0″ tells the computer that the image is to have NO border. I could change the 0 to a different number to make the border bigger.
- alt stands for alternative. What happens when a computer can’t show an image for some reason? It defaults to the alternative text that has been specified in the HTML. If you don’t specify anything then it won’t show anything except a blank space. Not good.
- alt”Biannual Blogathon Bash” means that if the image won’t show, the words Biannual Blogathon Bash will. This is good for SEO as well (Search Engine Optimization)
RELATED POST: 5 SEO Tips to Make It Easier (to understand)
Finally everything is completed with the >
Adding a Link
Remember some of the rules from above because they still apply.
- All HTML must go between < and >
- ABC=”ABC” e.g. Img src=(the source of the image) or border=(number of the border)
This is the HTML for a link.
- href stands for hyperlink reference. A hyperlink is the long version of the word link. So <a linkreference=”URL”>. That is too long so we use <a href=”URL”> right? Make sense? Make sure your link is between the quotations and contains the http:// part.
- So what is the </a> part? It just closes the link so that the computer knows you are done talking about links.
- Another rule in HTML is that when something is opened you must close it. So to bold for example a word I use <b>BOLD ME</b>. I opened the b for bold so I closed it with the / and then the same b. Italics is <i>ITALICS</i>. So when we do a link, we open <a href=”link”> so we close </a>
Just like with the images, we can add more to the link to give it more details or information.
- <a href=”http://biannualblogathonbash.com” target=”_blank”></a> means that the link will open in a new window instead of the one it’s already in. Target means where should the link open and _blank means open a blank, new window.
- If you make money or get products from a post, your link to that company is supposed to be a nofollow link. To do that, you add rel=”nofollow” into the link the same way.
<a href=”http://biannualblogathonbash.com” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”></a>
RELATED POST: The Easiest Dofollow vs. Nofollow explanation
Adding an Image with a Link
Finally I want to show you how to make an image link to a URL.
<a href=”http://biannualblogathonbash.com”><img src=”http://www.biannualblogathonbash.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/bbb-logo-150.jpg”></a>
You’ll notice that the two codes are exactly the same as above basic ones but the image is between the <a href> code and the </a> code. The image must be in the middle so that the link applies to the image.
There is more HTML codes than that of course, but those are the two basic ones and the ones that you will encounter the most. Plus hey, you learned how to bold and italicize too!
That’s how to understand basic HTML.
For this How to Understand Basic HTML mini challenge, type the code into the comments below to make an imaginary image (http://blog.com/images/image.jpg) link to an imaginary website (http://blog.com). Just do the basic coding, don’t worry about alt tags or target or rel tags. If you need help, add your questions below.