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VillaAntonioLanzarote



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:35 am    Post subject: Starting a Blog Reply with quote

Hi
I am intending to start a blog on our web site
Any tips , do and dont's would be appreciated
Any great ideas on getting to people to read the blog regularly and to increase readership would be good

Many thanks

Larry
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FaithfulTravels



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good blog topics: anything travel related ( tips, etc), sites and things to do in your area.
Following other blogs and swapping links can be a good way to increase traffic on your blog. Also, doing a google search for SEO can probably give you some tips as well.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seasonal things help give potential guests a flavour of the area at different times of the year, for example we have bluebells out at the moment. Local seasonal food - maybe even include a recipe. A blog can encourage your previous guests to think about coming back at different times. The hardest thing I find is actually writing the posts so being disciplined about doing it regularly is important (that's as much for my own benefit as yours!).

BTW FathfullTravels - welcome to Lay My Hat Very Happy
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VillaAntonioLanzarote



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:59 am    Post subject: Subscribers Reply with quote

Hi All

Thanks for ideas so far

Has anyone has any thoughts on getting subscribers - I will have a button on the blog to subscribe plus "share buttons" for social media

All ideas are good ideas

Many thanks

Larry
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have found that copying sections of a blog to fb, with a nice picture, works better than sharing the blog on my FB page and gets more likes, although I do share the blogs themselves (sometimes several times at intervals) when I remember.

I don't know how to get subscribers and I'm not sure if anyone reads my blogs, I just hope they help with SEO, for example if someone googles 'place to eat in [my area]'.

Over time I have developed a system. I pick a theme for the month, for example as above, 'great places to eat' and each week I post a short paragraph and a picture on my FB page on one cafe or restaurant. The first post will be an introductory one, usually with a couple of options in our village itself, and the others will be a bit further afield. They are all places I have been and can give an honest opinion on, so the posts are relatively quick and easy to write. I try to vary them - for example, posh, mid range and quick and easy option. Then at the end of the month I compile them into a blog post for my website.

Not sure if this is the best approach but it works for me.
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VillaAntonioLanzarote



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:48 am    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote

Hi

I too want the Blog to help my SEO

Like the monthly them idea - helps focus the mind

many thanks!

larry
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a blog on my site, I try and provide tips from what guests have said to us about where they have visited or plan to visit, a things to do type guide for my area is providing some traffic, I promote it on facebook and twitter quite heavily, drawing on my experience of being a semi-pro blogger a few years ago.
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VillaAntonioLanzarote



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:59 pm    Post subject: Info Reply with quote

Hi Mildred

Any ideas on how to promote blog besides Facebook and twitter as I don't use them ?

Many thanks

Larry
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Instagram is a great place to promote especially if you love taking photos, maybe a YouTube channel if you have the time or inclination to promote that way.
Bloggers can register their blog/site on https://www.hibs100.co.uk/, this can help generate traffic to your site.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:12 pm    Post subject: Info Reply with quote

Many thanks !!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I meant to add this to my previous post
https://www.trips100.co.uk/
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:06 am    Post subject: Update Reply with quote

Hi

Many thanks , have registered to them both !
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