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Business blog start up tips
Help me with my new business blog launch
coolguythampy

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Msg#: 3850213 posted 10:21 pm on Feb 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

Hi,
I have some doubts. I am going to start a business news wordpress blog shortly. So I was wondering if you all could help me out on some things

Do you think as a start up blogger I must limit my post to less than 1000 words for SEO benefits? (Dose content length really matter?)

Is shorter 500 word blog posts also considered too much (I know quality matters. I am asking from search engine point of view)

What is the approximate keyword density I must maintain for each of my posts?

Are the keywords in my domain name hugely important? (Canít find any good domain names on my niche)

Do you think I must post less attractive topic at first and then after building some readership go on to write some solid articles?

Most of the articles I plan to write are already covered by websites like entrepreneur.com and related. So do I stand a chance for ranking for them?

What would be the idle post frequency? 2 articles a day?

Do you think I have a chance of success, now that there are already many, many, many established business news websites?

Thank you for your feedback guys.
A little about my experience
I have managed 1 blog for about 3 months now. Not much traffic. Maximum I get is about 20 visitors a day.

 

farmboy

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Msg#: 3850213 posted 1:39 am on Feb 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

What's the goal of your blog?

Do you think as a start up blogger I must limit my post to less than 1000 words for SEO benefits?

I think the most successful bloggers are those who write because they really like the topic and it shows.

If you set out to generate text where the goal is to generate keywords for SEO purposes, you risk the very real possibility that that will show in the quality of your work and you will have few repeat visitors.

Not trying to discourage you, but you might consider if this is the best use of your time and energy based on what you want to accomplish.

FarmBoy

coolguythampy

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Msg#: 3850213 posted 2:06 am on Feb 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

Goal of my blog
1. Blogging of course
2. I just wanted to add a pinch of seo to it

Reason is that even though i wrote on my present blog very passionately and most of the articles got excellent reviews from people, it went unnoticed in the search engines. So i felt a little down. I usually write long posts like 1000 words or so
Some body told me that 700 word is the maximum and that unless i am the top blog already search engines will avoid me and that i have to spend too much time and money getting people to notice me.
I cant go around publicizing each and everyone of my posts can I?

Terabytes

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Msg#: 3850213 posted 2:46 am on Feb 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

Its obvious by your reply that your main concern is really the SEO aspect of your blog. The advise you just received from farmboy is dead on....its very difficult to achieve what you want by attempting to make an antiseptic SEO'd blog. Forget about trying to game the system, and write about things you know about. If you really do know about your subject, you'll know what to write. You'll know what people in that field search for, and you'll include that information for others to find. The rest is textbook SEO.

(Just my $0.02)

tangor

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Msg#: 3850213 posted 3:55 am on Feb 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

Most users hope blogs are either informative or entertaining. If the blog is merely advertisements disguised as content they figure that out very quick and don't return. We have enough "seo" blogs out there already. Adding a few more will dilute the strength of blogging... as if THAT hasn't already happened!

nealrodriguez

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Msg#: 3850213 posted 3:50 pm on Feb 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

Most of the articles I plan to write are already covered by websites like entrepreneur.com and related. So do I stand a chance for ranking for them?

a lot of bloggers focus on personal or your own professional reactions to what is covered by mainstream media; this is where your writing will be authentic and rank for keywords you used to describe your feelings.

my advice would be to cover topics that nobody and everybody is covering; don't limit yourself to entrepreneur.com; write like a journalist and cite articles on both sides of the topic, so your pieces can be communicated on objective perspectives. links to 3rd party sites that substantiate every thing you write about will give you credence in the eyes of the reader.

Goal of my blog
1. Blogging of course
2. I just wanted to add a pinch of seo to it

one of a blog's best uses is for brand building; i have seen blogs that get less than 25% of their traffic from seo with tens of thousands of visitors weekly = repeat traffic; links from other blogs and social media.

if your content is transparent, entertaining, point blank, undeniably good, people will feature you in a number of channels and seo will just augment your blog's exposure.

Yoshimi

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Msg#: 3850213 posted 5:21 pm on Feb 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

My best advice would be don't try and get your blog found in the search engines.

you need to figure out where your potential readers are hanging out and connect with them. My personal hobby blog had a readership of a couple of around a hundred visitors per post (posting maybe 3 times a month) and double that on readers; it was never found in the SE's but I read lots of other people's blogs, commented, hung around in the forums, ended up on a couple of blog rolls and it went from there, with no forethought or engineering on my part at all.

A blog is not a standalone item, it needs relationships to work, and you can't expect those relationships to just come to you you need to go out there and cultivate them.

Finally, make sure you are writing for your customers, not your industry peers. To take an example from SEO a post about the canonical tag is great if you want to talk to other SEO's and impress them with your insights and Google knowledge, but it will fly over the head of your potential customers if you are targetting mom and pop companies just starting out.

SEO Vancouver

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Msg#: 3850213 posted 9:12 pm on Feb 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

Don't get too hung up on the word count of your posts. Great posts can be short or long. Try to focus on one key point or a single sub-topic per post. If your idea is complex, post in several parts.

Check out Copyblogger for some great tips and examples.

Don't worry too much about keyword density either. By writing naturally, your keywords will automatically show up in your post.

Go ahead and include your keyword phrase in the headline, but make sure the headline promises some sort of benefit.

What's the point of ranking high in the SERPs if nobody clinks on your link?

wmhelp

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Msg#: 3850213 posted 11:38 pm on Feb 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

coolguythampy:
Some body told me that 700 word is the maximum and that unless i am the top blog already search engines will avoid me and that i have to spend too much time and money getting people to notice me.

If there is really a 500 word or 700 word limit on page content, why are some websites like Paul Graham's website getting about 18k people per month and have PR7? His website also has lots of articles related what you are writing.

hellodolly

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Msg#: 3850213 posted 4:22 pm on Mar 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

Do you think as a start up blogger I must limit my post to less than 1000 words for SEO benefits? (Dose content length really matter?)

Don't limit your posts except to eliminate unnecessary words. This is important whether you write 100 words or 1000 words. Remove words or phrases that won't change the meaning of the sentence.

Instead of "I didn't eat anything at all" you can say "I didn't eat anything,"

Is shorter 500 word blog posts also considered too much (I know quality matters. I am asking from search engine point of view)

You can't focus on such details.. they're meaningless when you take other factors in. Steve Pavlina's blog has very long posts with some terrible titles ('motivation') but he's generating 10k/day+ - and there are people with fully optimized sites that generate a few pennies a day at best. Like every other reply said: Focus on content or hire somebody that will.

What is the approximate keyword density I must maintain for each of my posts?

I've always heard 3-4 but I personally can't reach that without making the article almost unreadable and spammy. At least 1 is ok..

Are the keywords in my domain name hugely important? (Canít find any good domain names on my niche)

Technically it has a big impact on your rank but is it important? probably not as much as a brandable/easy to type and remember domain.

Do you think I must post less attractive topic at first and then after building some readership go on to write some solid articles?

Write 10 articles and proofread them, but don't publish. Then just have 1 publish everyday.

Most of the articles I plan to write are already covered by websites like entrepreneur.com and related. So do I stand a chance for ranking for them?

It depends how much time, money and effort you're willing to invest... most people would say 'never' but it's feasible.

Do you think I have a chance of success, now that there are already many, many, many established business news websites?

I think your chance of success is slim just because you're focusing on SEO instead of content. The many successful blogs right now began with a bored dude writing about his hobbies. You also have no leverage (or do you?), i.e., other sites/communities you own or are a part of.

If you wanna succeed, close this window and get to writing. GL!

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