This is a must read RYAN HANLEY : I believe that ability to contact your readers via email is paramount to the success of your blog.
Let me put that another way...
Creating a free eBook or email course that helps consumers of your product learn to do something more effectively or more efficiently in exchange for their email is fantastic way to increase email subscribers.
Free curation tools and resources explained and reviewed. here’s a video showing you how to use some of Scoop.it’s more advanced features from Ileane Smith, who writes the highly useful BasicBlogTips.
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Hi Ms. Ileane,
I wanted to thank you SO MUCH for being so awesome! You've been so amazing and helpful and you've truly made my week! I've just completed my first traffic case study and I thought you'd be interested in seeing it since you've played a huge part in helping me drive traffic.
Interview with Ileane about best traffic strategy:
1- You are a person who does not need any introduction, but as a part of formality could you tell us a little about yourself and why you are awesome?
I’m Ileane and my blog is Basic Blog Tips. I’ve been blogging for 3 years and I’m also very active on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. I have a podcast on iTunes and over 100 video tutorials on my YouTube channel.
2- What was the main strategy behind the growth of your blog?
My blog appeals to bloggers at all stages of their blogging careers. I have a big audience of new bloggers coming in from organic searches from all the major search engines but I also have a loyal fan base that I am very connected to. I’m also very blessed to have featured over 100 guest authors who have made major contributions to the growth of the blog and the valuable content that’s offered there.
3- What other strategies that you recommend?
I know that having my content available in various formats like videos, presentations on SlideShare, podcasts and social networks has made a big difference in the connections I’ve made online. You need to build connections with people and do more sharing and giving than your own self promotion.
7.) Ileane Smith of BasicBlogTips.com shared a great simple yet effective Facebook tip. If you desire to get more Facebook traffic try this out. I’ve used it several times and it’s never failed me:
Post Images and Videos to Increase Facebook Edgerank
“We have all been told that the best way to increase engagement levels on Facebook is to post pictures and videos. When we do this, our followers are more likely to see the post and give it a like or add a comment.
Of course this makes sense because the visual stimulation draws people in and causes them to react, and when people see that there are a lot of likes on a post, they pay more attention and in turn they want go add a like or comment also.
The more likes and comments you get the more people see your post in their news feeds and so on. You get the picture right. If you spend a lot of time on Facebook, like I do you know exactly what I’m talking about.”
Blog post at Make Money Blogging : There have been many of my subscribers that have asked me to break down RSS feed, what it is and how they can use it and what-not. When you get through with your day of building links, there is nothing more satisfying than getting on your blog reader and checking out some of your favorite blogs! I love doing this, as it seems to relax me from bouncing off the walls as I seem to do every day from building links and what not online.
Here are some of my favorite blogs:
The How To Make Money Online Mom
The HandyMan of Network Marketing
Basic Blog Tips
The Sales Lion
In the same amount of time it takes to spin a 500 to 600 word article and plaster it all over cyber space, I’ve found that it’s more worth while to spend it writing a truly value packed article and doing some high profile content syndication on sites like:
Blog post at LogAllot.com : I wanted to start this week out with 26 Awesome Women Bloggers Making it Happen that I have been following for a long time.
Ms iLeane is the creator of BasicBlogTips.com where she blogs about,Social Media, Technology,YouTube, and blogging. She is very active online and she is extremely supportive of other bloggers with a long list of guest posters on her website. Ms Ileane is very well known for her informative videos and makes learning social media dummy proof. She is a very nice lady and I am happy to know her.
Follow her @BasicBlogTips on Twitter.
My friend Chris Lang hosted a Google Hangouts on Air on the topic of Google Authorship. This is a panel discussion. The following panelists were on hand for the discussion:
and of course your's truly Ileane Smith
Google authorship is the process where by Google will assign authorship and rand to your content in Google's index. Your image will appear next to your content when it shows up in Google's search results page. In theory this will make your article stand out in the search results and people will tend to click on your link instead of the other links that show up on the search results page.
Making money with your blog isn't as difficult as you might think...
Kimberly Gauthier, editor-in-chief of Keep the Tail Wagging, a blog dedicated to all things canine, has channeled her love and passion for dogs into a profitable blog....
Gauthier also stresses the importance of Facebook. Even if your business is a locally based service like a restaurant or a spa, someone you connect with on Facebook may have friends visiting your town or that live in your town. "There's such opportunity here," she said. "It may not turn your business into a $5 million business overnight, but it's a great affordable way to promote your brand."
Gauthier suggested the following resources for bloggers just getting started:
Learn how to get backlinks from YouTube that many people know nothing about. If you are not doing this, you are missing out on TONS of links to your site...Video courtesy of Ileane Smith of Basic Blog Tips. Go pay her a visit, she has a lot of interesting stuff going on over at her site, and at her YouTube Channel and at Twitter…. *Sigh, where do ya get the time and energy Ileane? lol
Everyone has thought of opening up a blog at some point, and most of us have attempted it. For some, it will become a huge success.
An expert on blogging, SEO and podcast creation, Ms. Ileane has been posting videos since 2009. She has several series currently uploaded, on topics like social media and Google Chrome extensions. You can also visit her website, BasicBlogTips.
Source: 10 YouTube Channels for Bloggers, By Bloggers http://www.reelseo.com/10-youtube-channels-bloggers/#ixzz27FPzPO5H
If you’re like me, you’re getting tired of hearing “content is king” everywhere you go. Ileane Smith, founder of Basic Blog Tips, goes as far as saying that content, in fact, isn’t king:
“For me, what’s more important are the connections and the relationships you can build through your blog. Those connections will lead to collaborations and eventually help you build the skill set, along with the confidence you need to succeed.”
So, what, you ask, is Ileane Smith's best-kept curation secret?
"Content is not king, because it's the connections and the collaborations that you have with people that really rule the internet."
And, to add to that, Ileane "wants to encourage everybody to try Scoop.it because, if you go in there and search for a topic that you're interested in, you can be on there all day long."
(No, we didn't even tell her to say that ;-) ).
Where To Find Personal Development Content On StumbleUpon From the Just Ask Kim mailbag, a recent discussion about StumbleUpon categories came up… “If someone is blogging about mindset, personal development, “becoming a better person” stuff… which category are you filing that under?
Here's the response from Ms. Ileane Smith from Basic Blog Tips
Blog post at SEO Bloggers Tips : Hi All,
I usually write about SEO because it is my favorite topic in blogging.
Blog – BasicBlogTips
Alexa Rank – 13K (12892)
Google PageRank – 5
Top 2 SEO Tips followed by Ileane
1- ‘SEOPressor’ plugin to optimize her articles.
2- She use Images from ‘iStock’ and use them for optimization.
Secret Tips from Ileane- “I check Google Webmaster Tools to see what Google likes to send me traffic for – then I try to write more of it”.
When she first saw Scoop.it, Ileane liked the aspect of community. She wanted to see how she could expand her community while bringing it together.
Though Ileane - like most of us - doesn't have all the time in the world to spend online, Scoop.it helps her achieve her goals in the short time that she has to devote. She says that she has made new connections on Scoop.it, and has also encouraged a lot of connections that she already had to join the Scoop.it community. Ileane has found some really interesting users that are mostly in the field of education and social media, because of the niche that she is in. One of the ways she connects with people is by reaching out to the people to share and Rescoop her content. Ileane also says that she was familiar with a lot of people in the education sector that she hadn't had the opportunity to connect with until they connected on Scoop.it.
You may or may not know Ileane as a blogging expert, but she wasn't always that. Three years ago, Ileane didn't even have her own blog. In fact, her daughter had just started one and that's when she first got onto Wordpress. While trying to subscribe to her daughter's blog, she ended up creating one of her own, and took it as a sign! She started writing about anything she could think of, without focusing on a specific topic.
Soon, Ileane wanted to learn how to do different things with her blog. She was frustrated with the fact that there didn't seem to be a central place to learn about things to do on Wordpress, so she decided to start one herself - talk about ambition! With that motivation, Ileane took an online course, and started searching for and studying all different types of tutorials. Eventually, she began writing them too.
When she left Wordpress, she started taking her blogging more seriously. She decided to self-host her blog and, after many long hours of brainstorming, came up with the bane "Basic Blog Tips." After all, that is what she wanted to do; she just wanted to give people basic blog tips! After some time with this blog, Ileane realized the importance of finding a niche or a focus for a blog.
Not long after she got started, Ileane got her first form of public recognition. Cornell, in partnership with Yahoo, published a paper about people who shared things about their expertise on Twitter. Ileane was shocked to learn that she was among the "Twitter elite" alongside sites Mashable and Engadget! Although Ileane wondered what had gotten her on this list with many bloggers who she looked up to for some time, she took it as a sign that people really were seeing something special about her content. Combine that with the encouragement and confidence she gained from the people she met along the way, she realized that she actually was someone who people looked up to.