How to Increase Traffic to your Blog

In 2004, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary named “blog” its word of the year. The growth of blogs has been impressive. In 2010, Hat Trick Associates estimated that every one in six people in the world had a personal blog. Sites like WordPress, Drupal and Blogger make it easy for just about anyone to create a blog on a wide variety of topics. While it may be easy to set up a blog, coming up with fresh posts and engaging an audience requires research and additional work. To increase traffic to your blog, you need worthwhile content, a focus on cross-promotion and marketing, and a willingness to engage with your peers and readers.

Instructions

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      Plan out and create quality content. As a March 2010 article in “Technorati,” points out, without quality content, you have very little chance of keeping, much less increasing traffic to your blog. Develop a schedule for your posts and incorporate photos and videos when appropriate to enhance your content.

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      Develop one high quality post a week. “Intense Blog” suggests in a July 2011 article that bloggers write at least one post a week that is focused on a special topic. You should spend five to 10 hours researching these special posts to demonstrate your expertise and knowledge of your subject matter.

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    • Post consistently. Once you have traffic to your blog, your audience will expect and seek out new content. As you plan out your content, also consider when you will post it. Try to post at least once a day to really encourage new traffic.

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      Respond to readers. Interacting with your existing audience is key to retaining traffic and gaining more visitors. Be respectful of all commenters, answer their questions and clarify content when needed.

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      Familiarize yourself with other bloggers in your field. Blogger Chris Brogan suggests getting to know 20 to 30 blogs that are focused on the same topics as yours. Leave meaningful comments on their posts and link back to your own blog when appropriate. Take this one step further by reaching out to a few bloggers and introducing yourself and your blog. You may even be able to submit a guest post to another, more visible blog, thereby bringing new traffic to yours.

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      Cross promote your blog on other social networking platforms and websites. Use your personal or company Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts to link back to your latest blog posts. Create an intriguing status update or message to draw users in and to the blog. Bookmark your posts on Delicious and add your blog to online directories for greater visibility.

Read more: How to Increase Traffic to your Blog | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4470440_increase-traffic-blog.html#ixzz1zM7gSdAh

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How do I cite a tweet?

This is from Modern Language Association MLA:  Source

Begin the entry in the works-cited list with the author’s real name and, in parentheses, user name, if both are known and they differ. If only the user name is known, give it alone.

Next provide the entire text of the tweet in quotation marks, without changing the capitalization. Conclude the entry with the date and time of the message and the medium of publication (Tweet). For example:

Athar, Sohaib (ReallyVirtual). “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).” 1 May 2011, 3:58 p.m. Tweet.

The date and time of a message on Twitter reflect the reader’s time zone. Readers in different time zones see different times and, possibly, dates on the same tweet. The date and time that were in effect for the writer of the tweet when it was transmitted are normally not known. Thus, the date and time displayed on Twitter are only approximate guides to the timing of a tweet. However, they allow a researcher to precisely compare the timing of tweets as long as the tweets are all read in a single time zone.

In the main text of the paper, a tweet is cited in its entirety (6.4.1):

Sohaib Athar noted that the presence of a helicopter at that hour was “a rare event.”

or

The presence of a helicopter at that hour was “a rare event” (Athar).

 

Al-Babtain Library App

Al-Babtain Library has just launched their iPhone app and available free at the App store. The app helps you search library resources, gives you information about the library, hear audio poems, and follow the library Facebook and twitter account. Lets all pray that one day we find Kuwait University library or Paeet Library app in the app store.

Al-Babtain APP allows user toknow basic information about the library, search for the books, listen to choosen audio poets, get the last news and be in contact with library facebook & twitter accounts
مكتبة البابطين المركزية للشعر العربي هذا التطبيق يساعدك للحصول معلومات عن المكتبة والبحث عن كتاب متوفر في المكتب ويتيح الاستماع لقصائد صوتية مختارة والحصول على اخر الاخبار والبقاء على تواصل مع المكتبة عبر الفيس بوك والتويتر

Online Information, London 2010

In a previous post, our brother Mohammad has posted something about the trip that we were together attending the 2010 online information conference in UK. The conference was more than great in terms of tracks and sessions, seminars and workshops, and finally the exhibitions and the cafeteria that we didn’t have anything from it 🙂 . I was fully sponsored by the SAGE publisher the 4th biggest vendor in the information industry world to attend the conference. so thank you SAGE for your hospitality.

Yesterday I was again with two lovely teachers Dr. Samir and Dr. Taghreed. we had a great time talking about many things, one of them was the conference. so that Dr. Taghreed asked me to post something in the blog and if anyone interested in any information regarding the sessions I will be a big help. And Dr. Samir also was advising me what to write, so that I have legal content that no one would accuse Mohammed and shutdown his blog hehehe…

Anyway, the conference is the largest UK event dedicated to the information industry, providing an annual meeting place for more than 9,000 attendees from over 40 countries across the globe.  This unique free-to-attend event consists of an exhibition with more than 200 international exhibitors, an extensive educational show floor seminar programme, plus a range of exciting and stimulating show features.  Focusing on new technologies and key sectors,  the show covers 6 different subject areas: Content Resources, ePublishing Solutions, Library Management, Content Management, Search Solutions and Social Media.

Attending around 6 sessions from different tracks, was something great that added to my humble knowledge so many. accordingly, I wish to share with you any of the information that it would be beneficial to your area of interest. you may find all tracks and sessions in here or in PDF and you may email me for any inquiries in regard to those sessions and their papers.

Note: my email is sebrahim@auk.edu.kw and your comments are highly appreciated

Here are some pictures from the exhibition:

Truly

Saleh A. Ebrahim

Google Opens Up Its EPUB Archive: Download 1 Million Books for Free

Google just announced that it will now allow users to download over 1 million public domain books in the EPUB format. EPUB is  the format supported by ipad, iphone, and other e book readers. Google had already made this archive available to some of its partners, including Sony and Barnes and Noble, but until today users weren’t able to download these free EPUB texts from Google directly. Google will continue to make PDF versions of these books available for download as well, but users with eReader’s will find the new EPUB files far more useful.

If you don’t have an actual hardware eReader but still want to read these EPUB versions, you can install Stanza or a similar desktop reader to read these books.

iPad in Education: as the Only Textbook Students Need for Course at Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame‘s yearlong study of eReaders in academics is starting the school year with a bang — a course that will use the iPad as the only textbook students need. The course is entitled Project Management, and each of the 40 students enrolled will be given an iPad to use in lieu of textbooks. The students will be encouraged to integrate their borrowed iPad into their life by syncing their iTunes library, games, and anything else they would like, and to report their findings.

Project Management is a required undergraduate course for students majoring in Management Consulting, IT Management and Entrepreneurship as part of the management curriculum of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

Great stuff.  I bet it’s going to be tough for those students to have to give the iPads back after six weeks.