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Plugins and Widgets for Your Blog

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If you are a blogger, there are a lot of great tools that you can use to make your blog better and help improve your blogging experience. Different platforms name their tools different things, and there are different resources for all blogging platforms; you won’t be able to use the exact same thing on Blogger and WordPress. The same types of tools are available for almost all popular platforms though.

Some types of tools, such as plugins or widgets for your blog are must haves. These will help you to make your blog more appealing to visitors, more fun for you, and will generally make your blog better for you and your readers.

Buttons for following and sharing

You can insert these with HTML or do them the easy way with plugins or widgets. It doesn’t matter how you do it; you need these buttons.

By having these buttons on your page, it makes it easier for readers to follow you and your blog on social sites and to share your posts to these sites. This means that you and your content can reach even more visitors when your readers do a quick simple click.

Tabs

Putting tabs at the top of your page makes it even easier for visitors to navigate through the content on your blog. Instead of having a sloppy, crowded sidebar crammed with information, visitors can get to your about page, contact information, archived posts and more quickly and cleanly.

Using tabs for your blog can help build repeat readership because visitors like it when it is easy to get find what they are looking for on blog. The neat, easy to navigate professional and appealing look will also make it easier for you to update and organize your pages and posts.

Recent or popular posts

People love to read the newest and most popular posts, and they probably don’t want to read through a bunch of other stuff to find them. Use a widget or plugin to put a queue of either the most recent or most read posts near the header or in the sidebar. This way, readers will be a click away from the newest or best content you have.

There is some added benefit to having these tools on your pages. Search engines love finding links, so the links to your content that this tool provides could help prove an SEO boost.

Contact form

As a blogger, you want to make yourself accessible. People will want to contact you for all sorts of reasons from asking about guest posts to offering you paid opportunities. You want to make sure you can be contacted, but you don’t want to put your email address out there on the web so that every spammer can have access to it.

Contact forms are a great way to make sure you can be contacted quickly and easily, and you still can keep your email address private. Tucked away on the sidebar or given its own page, a contact form is a must have for making sure you get email…and not spam.

And more…

There are many more useful tools that you may find as plugins or widgets that make your blog just that much better. Widgets for RSS feeds and plugins to boost SEO can all be beneficial to you as you are blogging. As you develop your site, there is no harm in trying different tools to see which ones work the best for both you and your readers while making your blog look even better than ever.

How to Get Readers to Return to Your Blog

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Are you getting frustrated that the number of people who are visiting your blog has gone down or does not move a bit? If you do, then you do need to ponder as to where lies the problem and how you can persuade your readers to keep on coming back to your blog to read more stuff you have written for them. Below are useful tips on how to get blog readers, new ones and to make them return to your blog.

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What’s the logic of having as many loyal readers for your blog? Well, the answer is pretty simple. The more readers you get, the more your blog will become famous and search engines would start crawling and pushing your blog site to the top. How’s that? Organic or real traffic is what Google likes. If you want to get a higher page rank and be on the top 10, then might as well come up with a strategy you can use in order to get as much readers as possible.

The biggest challenge here is how on earth you are going to entice readers to go back to your blog and read through your posts. It all boils down on you. This is where being creative and coming up with a good marketing strategy takes into the picture.

 

Good strategies to bring in more readers, repeat readers at that, are the following:

 1. Giving away freebies

People would always love getting a freebie. May it be a free e-book or information as long as it’s given for free and is not for a fee, your readers would surely grab the opportunity. So try to give away freebies every now and then. This will make your readers be constantly visiting your blog in order to know when you will be giving away the next freebie. You can state it this way, “keep on visiting this blog to know when will be the next freebie be given away”.

 2. Contests

Starting off a competitive contest is good. You can have like some sort of trivia about your blog and readers will post their answers. The first one who will get the right answer wins something. Even if how little it is, the fact that a certain reader wins is already a reward in itself. Beating the rest in the race to win the contest is already a great thrill.

 3. Good content.

One way to shoo away your readers would be posting crap posts or anything that has no use at all. The formula of a good content would be this: written in good English and informative. The goal here is to make every reader absorb the information and make use of it one way or the other. You need to impose a problem and give away a solution at the end. This can be a good way to achieve good content for your blog.

There you have it! Three ways on how to get blog readers and keep them coming to your blog.


This article is written by Matthew. Who writes about personal development. He also shares blogging advice.

Importance of Smartphones in Blogging

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In today’s life, smartphones are playing an important role as a recreational device, social connect device, and many more things. But one thing that smartphones has done is that it has made blogging easy for users. Gone are the days when bloggers used to carry laptops with themselves everywhere so that they could work on their blogs or on other important things. A new era in blogging has begun with the introduction of smartphones.

Importance of Smartphones

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In the earlier days if some had to leave his or her town/home or if they have to go to a place where they are not able to carry their laptops, users were not able to maintain their blogs and thus can lose the users and quality of their blogs as they would be not be able to update the content of their blog and thus readers will get bored from the old content and lose interest in the blog, and that in turn frustrates a blogger than anything else.

Importance of Smartphones      Boon For Bloggers

With the introduction of smartphones blogging has become real easy as smartphones are easy to carry and handle everywhere so the blogger can update his or her blog constantly through a smartphone which he/she possesses. Most professional bloggers will always carry a smartphone with them as they have to constantly work on their blogs irrespective of where they are. Smartphones are a boon to the blogging community. The smartphones that are available today are sophisticated with all new and latest features that enables a blogger to easily maintain their blogs without any difficulties. And the best thing is that smartphones are available at reasonable prices today so that all can easily afford one.