Welcome! Its time for another monthly blog stats and helpful hints post. Just picking up a few helpful hints I hope will make a difference in our blogs growth in the future and keeping them in a Pinterest blogging board for future reference.
I hope you will also join us in the Personal Goals and Priorities in 2014 linky and let us know how you are doing with your personal and blogging goals. More information to follow below.
So lets get busy making your blog grow!
I have a few different hints today to pass along. Not only for your blog but for Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest also.
We are all looking for ways to make our blog posts be the best they can be and also for Google to read them correctly. One way is when you write your blog posts is to not make your picture the very first thing. The reason is because when the ‘bots’ read your page, they will be reading coding instead of your words. Pictures have a lot of coding and you want Google to see your focus keyword and not all that picture gibberish. Write a paragraph or a sentence or two and then put your picture in the post. As you can see in my post today.
Next, if you are using WordPress, click on the picture icon on the corner of the picture itself and put the title (focus keyword) of your post there. The SEO Yoast plugin loves this and when I started using this practice, the SEO check light started turning from yellow to green. So at that point, I knew I was doing the right SEO steps for Google. Here is a great tutorial on how to use the SEO plugin.
Facebook is slowly becoming my least favorite social network to use. They change things so often, who knows what is going on anymore. I was changing up the way to post on Facebook so often, it was making my head spin. But, even with all the changes, I am still reading that the best way to post your blog post to Facebook is to use a social button (shown in picture above) from the post instead of putting a link in the actual Facebook post. When I started doing that, I noticed more people were looking at the posts.
I just noticed a few days ago that Google+ (my now favorite social site to use) started doing their posts like Facebook. The image is nice and large with an excerpt from the post. Before then, I had to physically download the picture from my computer and then add the link. I love this improvement. Less steps makes me happy.
Pinterest is also another social site I love to use. This is the site I get the most hits from, so I want to make sure any pictures I put in a post has the correct description. While you have the picture open in WordPress, be sure to put a good description in the alternative text area (see picture above). I find this very important to help the Pinterest search engine find your posts.
And one other thing I found that really helps your Pinterest account is to verify it. This process takes a little bit of time, but well worth it. Now when anyone clicks on your pin they will be able to read a bit about it (picture below) and if you have a favicon on your website, it will show up along with your domain name. I love how this is only a win, win for us Pinners. Here is an easy link that gives you a 3 step process to verify your account.
I hope these blog extras will help your blog grow!
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Now on to my stats for the end of March:
Google adsense: $4.40 = $26.10 for 2014
Media Net: $.23 = $1.85 for 2014
Affiliate income: 0
Social Spark: 0 = $50.00 for 2014
PayU2Blog: $85.00 = $170.00 for 2014
Total for 2014 = $247.95
Monthly visits: 1259 = -464
Unique monthly visitors: 979 = -419
Page views: 2251 = -1066
Average page views per visit: 2
Average visit duration: 2:24 minutes
RANKINGS & SOCIAL MEDIA
Global Alexa rating: 138,501
US Alexa rating: 27,872
Another month of fewer visits. But, income is slowly coming in and its always good to see AdSense go up every month.
If you have any questions about any of the items discussed, please let me know and be sure to check out our past posts for Blog Stats & Helpful Hints.
How are your goals coming along so far?
Keep on bloggin!
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