How you going, everybody?
Okay, so in no way, shape, or form do I intend this site to have any kind of focus mastering traffic building, search engine optimization (SEO), or the importance of community building (even though learning about all of those things would definitely be beneficial to you). I mean, this blog is about photography, not an appeal to the apathy many of us feel when reading about how to become the next Perez Hilton (though, are any of us going to argue that we don’t really want at least a six figure monthly income?).
That said, I do like to share things that I’ve learned over the years. Disclaimer: I am not a marketing professional, so don’t just take me at my word on any of this. The keyword today is RESEARCH.
So, I wanted to share this site that I’ve been using in all my years of blog managing. It’s called Small SEO Tools. There are two great things about this site:
- It’s FREE (which is always fantastic)
- It can really help you if you’re confused about such things as long-tail keywords or backlinks.
I love Small SEO Tools because it really helps to know how to make your site favorable to search engines and how you can accomplish that without expending money you may not have because of your poor spending habits (that is definitely projection). I mean, if the search engines don’t care about you, you may as well just go on beating that dead horse. Side note: that is a really macabre saying.
WordPress already has built into it ways to manage your blogs on the traffic-building end of things, and they’ve a plethora of tutorials through their support page. But a little extra knowledge doesn’t hurt at all.
All the the tips and tricks you can find on the internet are by no means quick fixes for your traffic woes and, as I’ve learned, what seems to be the best way to build and maintain that traffic is to engage in ethical practices (as opposed to cheating your way through traffic building, because Google and other search engines will definitely make things harder for you once they detect you’re using not-so-legit methods).
Did I mention I’m not a guru?
Anyhow, the two resources I’ve mentioned are especially helpful if you’re trying to start a business (especially if you’re some form of artist, like a photographer), so check them out and get to work on making your blog as awesome as you are!