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How To Increase Your Blog Traffic

Updated on October 9, 2013

Reflections from This Writer

I’ll be honest with you. I would much prefer that it was 1950 and this internet stuff did not exist. I know, terribly dinosaur of me, but that’s just the way I feel. I would have much preferred to be judged by the quality of my writing and not my mastery of the technological gadgets arrayed before us.

Today an online presence is practically mandatory for a writer. I choose not to be depressed about that fact; it simply is a fact and one I need to deal with, and for most writers an online presence includes a blog.

A blog allows a writer to stay in contact with his/her readers. It gives a writer a platform from which their voice can be heard on a regular basis and potentially seen by hundreds of thousands.

A blog should be useful and entertaining. Useful…..a blogger must provide value to the reader. Entertaining…..we all want to find enjoyment when we read, and the higher the entertainment value the better. Face it: if you are a blogger you are one of millions, so you had better either provide a use for the readers or make it damn fun to visit. Otherwise they have many more blogs to choose from.

The following tips will serve you well as you embark into the scary world of blogging.

A reluctant blogger
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Blogs can be about anything that interests you...like wildlife
Blogs can be about anything that interests you...like wildlife | Source

POST ON A REGULAR BASIS

We are all creatures of habit. We like to know that the bus is coming on time. We like it when the garbage is collected on its given day, and we like to know that someone’s blog will be there when it is supposed to be there.

Choose a regular schedule for posting on your blog and then stick with it. Do not randomly decide to skip a day, leaving your loyal readers hung out to dry. If you want to lose readership then by all means confuse your readers and don’t show up with a scheduled post. I promise you they will disappear and go find something else to do with their time.

Do not post infrequently and do not post too often. Find a comfortable schedule and then stick with it.

WELCOME COMMENTS

Blogging is about interacting with the online community. How can you interact if you don’t welcome comments?

If you are not welcoming comments you are basically asking your readers to read your swill but at the same time telling them you aren’t interested in what they have to say. As my dad used to say, that kind of attitude goes over like a lead balloon.

Besides, comments are also entertaining and can serve as great food for thought and possible future blogs.

BE POSITIVE

Be welcoming and continue to be welcoming in the weeks and months ahead. Unless your blog is, by nature, a sarcastic site where it is no-holds barred, refrain from being a sarcastic butthead.

If you want visitors then make your site welcoming and continue to do so. With millions of bloggers to choose from, why would someone choose your bitter and negative blog? Make your blog a comfortable place where readers can kick off their shoes and visit with an old friend (you) for awhile, thus allowing them to escape their world for a few enjoyable moments.

USE QUALITY PHOTOS

Everyone wants to have photos in their blog, and there is a very good reason to do so: readers respond to visual stimulation.

In my blog “Artistry With Words” I use a picture each day as a writing prompt for other writers. In other blogs I have had I have attempted to use pictures that are inspiring and thought-provoking. I want my readers engaged and believe me, pictures can be very engaging.

They can also be a huge turn-off if you are using low-quality shots.

It goes back to another thing my dad was fond of saying: if it is worth doing then it is worth doing well.

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STAY FOCUSED

One of the problems many bloggers have is that they roam off on tangents that are unrelated to their blog. Remember that your blog is serving a purpose. You are responding to some need of the reader.

We all have a tendency to stray from time to time, and that only serves to confuse our readers. Make sure you stay focused on the purpose of your blog.

BECOME ACTIVE IN BLOGGING COMMUNITY

If you expect others to read your blog then I highly suggest you read their blogs as well. Yes, time is always a factor, but if you expect and want others to read your blogs then it just stands to reason that you reciprocate. This should be a no-brainer but it is amazing how many times I comment on the blogs of others and never hear from them.

Burn me once, shame on you. Burn me twice, shame on me. J

REPLY TO COMMENTS

I have noticed an increase in the number of blogs that have a section at the bottom that says I may be too busy to respond to your comment but I will make sure I visit your blog. Well, that is all well and good as far as visiting other blogs, but what kind of b.s. is it to not comment on comments?

If someone has gone to the bother of taking the time to comment on your blog, then the least you can do is be courteous enough to respond to their comment.

More great tips on blogging

K.I.S.S.

Keep It Simple, Stupid!

Blogs are not meant to be 2,000 word essays. Blogs are instant information in small chunks. As a reader I am visiting your blog to pick up some words of wisdom and to meet my needs. I do not have the time to read a short novel. Give me what I want quickly so I can move on.

If you want to write a novel then by all means, write a novel and publish it as such. Online, readers are looking for quick information and guidance, with the emphasis on short.

SPREAD THE LOVE

Maybe I’m all mixed up in my thinking, but I do not look at other writers as competition. Instead, I look at them as my peers, and as such I refer to them often in my blogs.

Listen, this is a tough business, and I want to surround myself with quality writers and people who think in a similar manner. Writing is a profession that breeds loneliness, and I don’t want to be lonely. I like helping other writers and I believe that what goes around comes around. If I spread the love today then that same love will come back to me tomorrow. If I can help another writer by mentioning them then I feel good, they feel good and we writers will have stuck together as a community.

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Did That Help?

Yes, an online presence is necessary in the year 2013. This online beast is not going to disappear, so the quicker you understand it and use it, the quicker you will see success as a writer. If this sixty-four year old throwback can learn to blog then you can too.

Remember that you must provide a value with your blog. Remember that you must be entertaining with your blog. Remember that each blog post brings you one step closer to success as a writer.

Happy blogging, and if I can ever be of any help to you… well, you know where to find me.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rachna! If these help then I am a happy writer. Blessings to you my friend.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I'm my own worst enemy when it comes to posting on a regular basis. It's terrible.

      You make some good points that aren't usually talked about. I'm so with you on the comments thing. To me, it's akin to ignoring a guest when she compliments you on your choice of furniture.

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      Sadika Alloush 4 years ago from Baja, California

      Thanks Billy! This really helped me out tons, specially as a beginner.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Once again you give me food for thought. Everything I see and hear says to blog if you want to increase readership. I'm finally starting to see that. My problem is I have no idea what I would choose as a specific niche and would allow me to stay on point.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Bill, I'm inspired by reading this article to seriously look into a niche blog on WordPress. I thought of your Artistry With Words blog as I read this hub and mentally clicked off and thus confirmed that everything you wrote here is indeed what you deliver in your blog. By word and by example, you teach your peers how to become better at their craft, and I am so grateful for the good that you contribute to this community and beyond, Bill. I see for myself every single day that when the Coach puts you out on the mound, you're tenaciously giving your bullpen a break by going the distance! Aloha, and have a great Tuesday, my friend!

      Joe

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Totally preaching to choir on this one and seriously couldn't agree with you more. I make sure to comment on every comment on my blog daily and my husband will tell me that I don't have to, but I will tell you I find it really does help to connect me to my audience and I wouldn't have it any other way. Thank you for sharing your thoughts here on this and have so voted this one up and shared all over!! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, there is no faster way to lose me as a follower than to ignore my comment. It's bye, bye to me when that happens and I consider it rude at best. :) As for you....I just appreciate the heck out of you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sadika, I am glad to hear that. Thanks and good luck.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I wouldn't do a thing until you figure that out....the blog has to be niche-oriented and hopefully tie into what you are writing your articles about.....maybe a poetry blog???

      Thanks my dear and have a great day.

      love you

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Perhaps I need to step up on this one. Great points.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Janine and I know from experience that you follow these suggestions. I love following your blog and that is a testament to you as a person and a writer.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, I love your baseball analogy and it is right on. As for a blog for you, I can see an ebay sales blog as successful for sure, if that's the route you wanted to take. :) Thanks buddy; it's always nice having you visit.

      Aloha as always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Eric, perhaps you do. :) Thanks buddy and have a great day.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Bill, this hub was super useful. I have yet to enter the blogosphere, but have been toying with the idea of late. As always, your hub was full of nuggets of wisdom. Now I'm off to check out your blog.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      timely for me. I have my blog up and have done very little to promote or write on...Now I am feeling the guilt...and I really need to get on the stick with this. Great hub with excellent suggestions...Voting up and pinning on the Billybuc section on my Pinning.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for this very timely hub, Bill. I've just started updating my blog regularly after paying it very little attention for a long time. Your suggestions are exactly what I need!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Billy, once again you've given me valuable information. I just started a blog on a parenting magazine and was wondering how often to post. I think I'll do MWF, based on what you said about consistentcy. If you have other thoughts about how often please do share. Thank you!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Yes billybuc, this has helped a lot! I need to go do some cleaning up on my blog entries and adding a few pics...gardening on my blog instead of just Hub Pages! Thanks for the tips and inspiration. Voted up, useful and interesting!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Thunder! I can see you doing a tatoo blog. :) i swore I would never go into blogging but I definitely see the value of it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Carol, I'm excited that you have a blog. Send me the URL so I can follow along, and thank you as always.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to hear it, Alicia, and good luck with it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Career, it's always nice to see you. I think MWF is reasonable. You don't want it to be a burden but still it has to be often enough to keep viewers interested. Good luck with it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Karen and good luck with your blog. I can see a gardening blog as being very popular once it catches on.

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      Rebecca E. 4 years ago from Canada

      I've had a blog for ages, but this is a great reminder that they need to be cared for a lot.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, I enjoyed reading this very useful article. I have a blog-- no one comments on anything as yet, though. I know I need a better handle on what direction my blog should take on a regular basis. Right now it is just random observations of nature in my backyard. I try to follow a schedule, but life happens in between, ya know :)

      Any suggestions? Thanks my friend ;) Pearl

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Yeah Bill I love how you detailed this out here. We are not to be competitors, but helpful friends who will even give shoutouts to others from time to time. Another thing I liked about this is that you gave the encouragement and the reasons why to blog. For me, I think I haven't gone to enough lengths yet to pursue it but I think I probably need to start. I am welcome to even more suggestions about it because I am not sure where to start. I think I will give that link a try first just to get my feet wet. I appreciate you Bill and all that you do and say for us beginners! God bless my friend.

      Voting this up, sharing across the board.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great hub! I have to agree with you on reading comments and keeping readers interested. Good stuff. I do like the internet and the ability to reach people all over the world and meet people from all over the world. In the 'dinosaur' days, one couldn't do that except through a newspaper or magazine and not everyone could get a job on one. But, this way, I get to read and comment on your writing which I love doing. Couldn't do that when we were growing up Bill. I still think the quality has to be good for people to read our hubs. You have a great following because your writing is quality. It is something we have to work at everyday and it keeps us on our toes. Good information here!

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Bill, thank you for this. Another useful hub. Great advice for anyone who wants to blog. Voted up and I am sharing this with my followers.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Oh dear, it looks like I may have to start a blog. I've been putting it off but your hub has made me think its time. I need to get into a better routine or schedule so I can hit Twitter, FB, and HP every day. No more skipping days.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rebecca, I'm glad if this served as a reminder. Good luck with your blog.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, it sounds to me like you know exactly what you need to do. Write on a regular basis and make sure you focus on one aspect.....if you send me your link I'll spotlight it on my blog. :) That's what friends are for.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kas, you are a good writer who will only get better. I had to be dragged into the blogging world but I definitely see the value regarding marketing our writing and getting our name out there. Try Wordpress for your first blog. They are easy to understand and the blog is simple to set up. If you need any help then shoot me an email....first, though, figure out what you will write about...what is your focus going to be? Once you figure that out then go for it my friend.

      God bless you as well, Kas!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, you just mentioned all the reasons why I love the internet. I have friends in 100 countries. How great is that? I agree that your writing has to be quality or you will never attract readers. In the end, our number one job is to be good writers. :) Thank you Suzette. I appreciate you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you livingsta...I hope one day you start a blog and I can read it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I literally had to write down a schedule and then learn to stick with it...otherwise I am all over the place and nothing gets done. I hope you start up that blog and send it to me so I can follow it. :) Thanks, Mary, and good luck. If you need any help you know where to find me.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      When I first started my blog I didn't do much with it. Then I joined HubPages and never did anything with the blog. Recently I've been trying to keep up with it and get at least 3 posts done a week. I probably should get one a day done but someday's I have too much other stuff going on.

      Voted up and more. Pinning too :)

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      That was really interesting.

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      Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I have 3 blogs and haven't updated either of them in over a month. Yep. I am failing. That is OK... I like HubPages better anyway. :-) This information is great though... when I stop being lazy, I am totally going to apply it to my blogs. Voted up!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Even here on HubPages, if we follow one another, we should comment. I have stopped commenting for others that don't comment for me. I just assume that they are not interested.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susan, I certainly understand about having too much stuff going on. I'll have to find your blog and see what's going on in your neighborhood. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad you liked it vkwok! Thank you!

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      passionate77 4 years ago

      thanks a lot bill for sharing such an informative hub, i got a lot going into the detailed guide - you shared in this nice post. thanks again, i need to learn more in my journey of writing, and your guiding hubs are such a great way of help in this regard, loads of thanks for this kindness, many blessings dear!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeannie, I doubt seriously if anyone thinks of you as lazy....blogging plus writing articles takes a huge time commitment. I often question my sanity. :) Thanks for the visit my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I am starting to do the same thing. My time is better served on those who care enough to reciprocate. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      passionate, that's good to hear. If I can be of any further help feel free to ask questions.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Great tips Bill, and what you have here is definitely true. I find myself wandering too much and a Blog as you say should be focused on a category with only a few sub categories, "Tags."

      Mark

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      Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You have inspired me billy to perhaps give blogging a try. I have just recently stepped back into regular teaching and am finding myself a little overwhelmed with my own class, marking and keeping up with my own kids busy schedule. Perhaps in the summer I can get something rolling. Thanks bill for the continuous nuggets of wisdom. You are always well worth the read!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I am guilty of that myself and am constantly guarding against it. At least with my new writing blog it is fairly easy to stay on task. :) Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teresa, I would say you have quite a bit on your plate. Hopefully this summer you will have some time to tackle this. Good luck the rest of the school year, and thanks for visiting.

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      T4an 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Another great one Bill. Thank you for the advice. Thumbs up once again. :)

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      chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

      "I would much prefer that it was 1950 and this internet stuff did not exist...I would have much preferred to be judged by the quality of my writing and not my mastery of the technological gadgets arrayed before us."

      I'm with you on that one, Bill!

      On the flip side, with all the changes Google and others are making to weed out low-quality content and shady promotional practices, the stage is set for those writers who bring BOTH to the table: writers who are both skillful and tech savvy are (hopefully) the wave of the future.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, this one certainly hits home; I happen to have a couple of blog sites in desperate need of a make over to attract Google back. Unfortunately, HP is all consuming and doesn't really leave time for much else. Great tips as always.

      Take care, my best to you and Bev.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, where do you find the time to manage all of this. A blog, HubPages, SEO content writing, a book, etc.. I'm having trouble just keeping up with HubPages at the moment. A blog is in my future at some point but right now I just don't think I'd do it justice with my time constraints. But, all of your suggestions and tips are right on and when my time comes I will be prepared thanks to you. Great job.

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thank you for another awesome Hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, thank you for the visit. I hope these help you somewhere down the road.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, we can only hope that what you say is true. I'm struggling to learn as much of this as I can and at the same time keep the quality of my writing at a level I can be proud of. I'll bet Steinbeck never had it this hard. LOL

      Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Jo! If you get a chance send me the URLs of your blogs. I'd love to take a look at them. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I can see a traveling blog in your future and you would do it justice for sure. You might be surprised how little time you really have to spend on a blog. Once you get it set up I'd say an hour a day....I know, I know, you don't have that hour. :) You are working a full-time job, so you are allowed that excuse. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steph, I have to tell you, I love your profile picture. What a great smile you have.

      Thank you for the visit. I owe you a stop by so I'll be there shortly.

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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Thank you, Bill! Although, I too, would rather not be a slave to technology, you have given excellent advice and tips.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I'm trying! I was doing a lot better before I changed my blog address and kind of had to start over about 6 weeks ago. =(

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Annie, it is what it is. For me there is no point in fighting it. I might as well get on board and enjoy the ride. Thank you for yet another visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, I just visited your blog and it looks great. I tried to follow but not sure it went through. Sigh...me and technology. :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I will keep this handy for when I have a blog one day! Excellent tip. I always wondered how to attract people to one's blog.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, it isn't a whole lot different than HubPages. People will follow people who have something of value to say and who follow in return. Pretty simple formula. :)

      Have a great evening my friend, and thank you.

      bill

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      Bill,

      You offer outstanding, practical and useful ideas. I especially agree with you about the length of a post. The blogs I enjoy reading most are brief entertaining, expressive and educational. The reason I love blogging is because it gives me the freedom to be myself. Unlike freelance assignments or guided articles a blog is way to find or use your true writers voice.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Excellent tips, Bill. I personally feel acknowledging comments is extremely important.

      Voted up and useful, my friend. Have a nice day!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great tips and food for thought as usual. So I have something to ask - I'm on Blogger and have to spring clean there, 3 blogs on Wordpress which I'm considering working on. On these can I put affiliate ads on them and is it easy or hard to do? Thinking ahead you know. Gotta have money for my next sandwich. Passing this on.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I'm keeping this next to my computer as a quick reference guide. It's seems like common sense stuff but it's surprising how easily it can be forgotten when you're in the middle of it all. Thanx, Bill.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      very useful and practical tips, Bill, thank you so much.

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      I saw, I read, I voted, I commented. This hub's working well, Bill. :)

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Now you are just a generous Spirit who shares with us all of the secrets we need to know to be successful. Blogging is not something I have done and I did not know of your blog. So now I have MORE to read.....

      thanks for sharing....

      Have a lovely day my Friend...hugs and Angels are on the way...and I am on the way to check out your blog...

      :)ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LK, great points my friend and I agree, a blog is an excellent place to find your writer's voice. Thank you as always.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan for recognizing that fact. I'm a bit surprised by the number of people who do not understand the importance of answering comments.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, you can't put affiliate ads on Wordpress unless you have a large number of views and you apply for it....you can switch the basic Wordpress to a different program that allows ads but you have to pay for a website to do so...I do not know about Blogger....sorry.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I agree with you, it can be forgotten quickly when time is short and we get in a hurry. I'm glad this will help you and thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      girishpuri, thank you my friend. I hope this will help you in the future.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you LongTimeMother...you brought a smile to my face. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, thank you for that gift on this Wednesday morning. I love new followers to the blog, and I hope you find it helpful.

      Blessings and a hug heading your way

      bill

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      Angela Greenfield 4 years ago from Nebraska

      Hello, Billy,

      I have been blogging for just over a month. Your tips in this blog answered some questions about blog issues, such as how long posts should be and how often I should update my blog.

      Thanks!

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      I'm so glad you included the point about other writers not being competition. I think there's enough work for everyone since, as writers, we often create our own work. And as you've address in the "niche" hub, we can serve specialty niches which also lowers competition. Great tips as usual!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Becoming, I'm always happy to help. Good luck to you and thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Heidi for confirming that point. There are seven billion people in this world...I don't have to appeal to that many of them to make a living. I'm more than happy to leave the other six billion to you and the rest of my peers. LOL

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      I don't have a blog yet. I have some sites, but no blogs. A blog sounds like fun. I'll have to get busy on one. You provided great info, just like always. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Barbara....they are easy to maintain and they just might bring more traffic to you...good luck.

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      Joanne M Olivieri 4 years ago

      I have a blog in which I have been posting for about five years. I have had it so long that I consider it my website :) You have provided some excellent tips. Posting regularly is a must. I remember one week I did not post at all due to my being lazy and I actually had people contact me asking me where my posts were. I now participate in a few weekly memes and that helps with regularity.

      As for the internet, I agree with you :) I remember back in the day sending out my poetry for publication and using a manual typewriter. I sometimes miss those days.

      Great hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joanne, I've pounded on a few typewriters in my day. :) I actually do miss them, but today I embrace the new online challenges and a blog is a must for any writer. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Billy, for the past couple of years, I have been trying to move into online writing from print media. I have a blog, but at the moment, I'm more focused at niche content sites like HubPages. Your tips are really helpful. I will try to incorporate your ideas and wake my dead blog.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Bill, I do have blogs where I post pictures and also share my hubs!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, your blog will be grateful I'm sure. :) I hope these tips help you my friend, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      livingsta, I'm glad you have blogs....maybe try to focus them on a particular subject. to attract more visitors. :)

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you so much Bill for the advice. I will do that. :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are welcome livingsta. :)

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Very helpful! There really is so much to absorb with the online writing world. You make it easier for your readers, so thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, at times it is almost overwhelming....but it is what it is, and the sooner we all get comfortable with it the better. :) Thanks for stopping by on this sunny Wednesday.

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      Bernadyn 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Thanks for this, lots of great points that I needed to hear! Just checked out your blog, too and look forward to reading more from you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      BNadyn, thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you find it useful. Thanks for checking out my blog, too.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I left a comment on your blog, as usual you have great tips..Thank you...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I saw that, Ruby! Thank you so much my friend. I hope you are well.

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      Abundant old soul 4 years ago from united states

      Thanks a zillion for this Billy!

      I loved reading what you had to say because it helped me understand the nature of blogs so much , more clearly.

      I intend to go into lots of my Hubs to improve them. Next week.

      I am camping with 250 cubbie scouts this weekend and I am helping to run the event- thus- I am preparing my stomach for bad coffee and my heart for belly laughs.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Abundant, you are a braver man than I am. LOL Good luck with those cubbies and thank you for your kind words.

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      Abundant old soul 4 years ago from united states

      Will Do! The potential for great Hubs is on horizon. Cubbies, tents, fire and bows and arrows! Interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Abundant, it is a writer's dream. :)

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      Renee Abbott 4 years ago from Arizona

      I was born in 1951, so can relate to a lot of what you said, however:) I see this as an adventure. I love adventures. I have learned that I am great at networking, or was in the past, so I can dust myself off and march forward. There is so much that I wish to share to bring awareness to people, and blogging is my cup-of-tea.

      This is an informative hub, Bill as are your others. Thanks for taking the adventure.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Renee, I love your passion for writing and your statement that you want to bring awareness to people. Best wishes on your quest my friend and thank you.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Readers who do not take the time to comment on theirs and the blogs of others are missing a bet. Comments do increase traffic. Thanks for your realistic suggestions, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you drbj, and I obviously agree. Responding gives a sense of community and shows that you care.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for this timely info Billy, you've def hit the proverbial nail on the head with 'choose a regular time to post and stick to it' great advice right there!! I started a blog a while back but am only just getting in to now as I'm writing a lot more and have been picked up by a publisher who was impressed with my online presence!! It so is what people are looking for today and is rather imperative for every writer..great hub VUUI & shared..

      Cheers

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carter, that's great about being picked up by a publisher. Hooray for you! You are light years ahead of me with that news and I couldn't be happier for you.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great ideas here on How To Increase Blog Traffic, you have mentioned helpful points and one should consider this Hub whenever working as a blogger

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE! It's always nice having you visit.

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      I thoroughly enjoyed your hub. I found it very insightful. Thank you for posting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you, Rose! I appreciate you taking the time to visit and comment.

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Excellent hub with great advice. It was well written friend, thank you for the tips. Voted UP and useful.

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Way to spread the love Billy. "A 60 yr old throw back" come on now . . . you're awesome. Anyway, point well made. I'll be 60 in October and have only in recent years began my writing adventure. I didn't know you had a blog on wordpress. I'm the fossillady there too. I share only stuff about fossils, whereas here, I share a variety of stuff. Anyway, I'm hoping to launch a book, hopefully, this month. Your info is so helpful and I appreciate it very much so. Hugs, Kathi

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My Cook Book, thank you so much. I hope some of these help you in some way.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathi, best of luck with your book. I hope to see it on the NY Times Bestseller list soon. :) Seriously, thank you and I hope you are having a great weekend.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Bill,

      I just checked out your blog from the link on this hub. I was amazed that you are writing and publishing it, with such quality, every weekday. That's amazing. I am so impressed that you have that many words, so often, and good ones too. Loved the blog and I will be back!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Karen. I appreciate your kind words. Drop in any old time and you will be welcome.

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      Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

      Lots of great information here billybuc. My blog sure could use these tips (come to think of it so could my hubs, lenses etc.).

      I just can't seem to update my blog as regularly as I'd like. One day though....one day :).

      ~Becky

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Becky, time is always a problem for writers....especially if we have families. :) One day indeed. Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

      bill

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      Abundant old soul 4 years ago from united states

      I hope you can see how I am beginning to use your suggestions my friend

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I just read and commented on your latest, Abundant....excellent work, and if I helped in any way then I am happy. Thank you!

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, I'm sorry I missed your generous offer from many days ago to spotlight my blog on yours. Here is the link: rusticbarnwoodbirdhouses.blogspot.com

      You are a great friend indeed; and I feel very blessed to have met you and so many other friends here at Hubpages!

      Thank you, my friend;) Pearl

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pearl...the feeling is mutual......I'll spotlight your blog on my blog next week...provided my memory allows me to do so. :)

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill.....I don't have a blog, but have thought about this on a few occasions. What stops me is the same old thing. I need to research everything (which takes time and focus)....before I make a decision to go forward with it. I know what a blog is,...and I know that tons of people have a blog...or maybe even more than one? I know they're popular.

      In any event, leave it to you to explain the importance of the do's and don'ts.......shoulds & shouldn'ts of blogging, in a precise, intelligent and common sense manner. You do this well, always....despite the subject matter. You are most definitely a WRITER for readers!....Your readers can believe and trust you.....and feel so comfortable that you know your "stuff."

      Hey, bill.....you'd be a GREAT teacher!! Ever think about that?

      GREAT hub......I need to get more serious about this blog thing....UP+++

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, the bare-bones blog is a thing of simplicity. I know this because I do one. LOL The programs they offer set it all up for you...I know, I'm making it sound surreal, but the bottom line is if I can do it then anyone can, because I am still brain dead when it comes to technology.

      I would be glad to help you with one if you should need me.

      Thanks my friend. Good to see you as always.

      bill

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Thanks, bill....you're always so generous and helpful....I can't imagine how you do all that you do already...you must be a master at TIME management. I might need to start THERE, before I dive into another pool!...LOL..........How do I get to your blog?....speaking of technically challenged.....oh my.....it's ME.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula...go here.....http://artistrywithwords.wordpress.com/....and if I didn't want to help I wouldn't offer. :)

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Billy - Wonderful and insightful tips for generating continued on-line interest. I guess I am one of the few who will continue to go kicking and screaming into the technological future. You already know my cell phone is for emergencies only and Facebook is one more category I have yet to jump into. It takes diligence and perseverance. I have been working many hours as of late and apologize for the delay in responding to this.

      Sending you blessings my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Beckie!

      Needless to say, it is great to see you, but I'll say it anyway...it is great to see you. :)

      I understand the kicking and screaming thing....I refuse to do some of the things I am told are necessary to succeed....oh well. I'll just have to re-define success I guess. :)

      I hope you are well and happy my friend.

      love,

      billy

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow! Such a long way to reach the bottom of the comment box ! I love the KISS concept. I will try to keep it simple and straight to the point. Thanks for providing some other tips that may work out. Voted up

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Peach, thank you for the visit and I hope these tips help you in some way.

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      Marie Ryan 3 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      billybuc, good to meet you. Please help, as I can't wait to get started on my new blog!

      I have learned so much in this hub. You have taken the fear away that I had about blogging. I have just signed up to Wordpress as you recommended! But I need some advice: I see on hubpages, hubbers often write on a great variety of subjects. You yourself have many hubs on the writing profession but you also branch out on other topics such as social, economic, religious issues. Is it more necessary to have a "niche"area for a blog? Do bloggers create different blogs for different topics?

      Thanks for all your interesting article.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Marie!

      It's been my experience that most bloggers have blogs for specific purposes, and they will often have three or four blogs to cover different topics. I have done that in the past but I don't have the time for several blogs now, so I just do the one on writing. I am a big believer in niches and having niche blogs as I think it establishes you as an expert in that field rather than just a random writer. :) I hope that helps and thank you for following me.

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      Pro-Hubber 3 years ago from Florida

      Interesting hub.meantime i would like to ask few questions. How often we should write/update the blog?once in a week wouldn't be less?for being a student i don't find time to update my blog regularly but i want keep in stitched in my blog. whats your advice for this? Thank you bill for the lovely hub and I'm looking forward

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pro-Hubber, I have been asked that question before. I think the most important thing to remember with a blog is to be consistent....if you only post on Wednesdays then make sure you don't miss a Wednesday, or that you don't change days...people get accustomed to a regular schedule. I do one blog every Tuesday and Thursday, and the other one every Monday, Wednesday and Friday...without fail....I hope that helps.

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