Monthly Archives: January 2008

The Official UBD Recommended Resources List

We have put together what we think are the best resources for new and seasoned bloggers looking to take their blogs to the next level. We have put together a list of resources for: Recommended Blogs Stat Tracking Tools Advertising Programs Photo Sharing Social Media Marketing Email Marketing If you believe we should add a resource to our list, please let us know in the comments.

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Five Easy Ways to Increase Your Blog's Comments

We are often asked, “How do I get readers to comment on my posts?”  It is regularly the case that a blog might look great, have great content, and yet no comments. Seeing the benefit in building a community around your blog; encouraging people to comment is an important aspect of any blog.  Here are 5 easy ways to encourage your readers to start commenting:  Write to Your Readers! Addressing your readers specifically could spark conversation. When you read something that strikes a cord with you, you are more likely to comment, … Continue reading

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General Motors Is Doing It…Are You?

For those who haven’t heard, the car manufacturing conglomerate General Motors is now using blogging as a way to connect to different market segments. Thats right, GM is blogging. Make your way over to GMnext.com, you will find articles written by executives, proper use of podcasts and other forms of new media. To me, this cements the value in using blogs as a way to market your business, small or large. The other day, Nate, Matt, and I were discussing different markets and how they could use blogs and in … Continue reading

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Social Bookmarking Podcast with Neil Patel

Are you using social media to market and promote your blog? If not, you are missing out on a potentially significant source of traffic! Recently, the UBD team (Josh, Matt, and myself) participated in a podcast with Neil Patel on social bookmarking and how to leverage social media for your blog. For those of you who don’t know Neil, he is an expert on social media and search engine optimization. He is also the author of the popular Pronet Advertising and his personal branding blog, QuickSprout. As if that is … Continue reading

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Basic SEO Tips For New Bloggers

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a topic that every new blogger eventually has to learn about and become aquainted with. We pride ourselves on creating SEO-friendly blogs, but there are always more things that can be done to enhance the SEO functionality of your blog. Below, are a few tips from Ahson Rafiq, a young web developer who runs a great blog on search engine optimization called Blueverse. Keyword Research – Targeted Domains Having a good domain can help your SERPS in a lot of ways, and it makes your … Continue reading

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Ad Placement: A Few Simple Tips

What do private ads, affiliate ads, Google ads, and pretty much all other forms of advertising have in common? They all can benefit from proper placement on your blog. In this article, we will go over the basic blog layout (i.e. header, sidebar(s), content, footer) and a few very simple ways that you can more effectively place advertisements for high conversion. Header Ad Placements The header is the “top” of your blog. Most headers consist of the blog’s title/logo, a navigation bar, search, and maybe a few images. While these … Continue reading

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Unique Blog Designs "Must Have" WordPress Plugins

Choosing plugins that truly benefit your blog design can be difficult if you’re a WordPress novice. With over 1,400 plugins available at wordpress.org, you’ll find yourself looking for a few needles in a very thick haystack. Luckily, there are plenty of WordPress veterans that have been around long enough to sift through the masses and highlight the choice plugins for you. The following is a list of the WordPress plugins which we have personally used and recommend to all of our clients. We will start with a small, manageable list … Continue reading

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