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10 Dreadful Mistakes that Kill Your Comments

This is a guest post by Ana Hoffman.

What does it really take to build a hustling and bustling blog with a thriving and active community around it?

Kristi knows – just look around.

PageRank 5, Alexa rank about 15K and constantly dropping (in case you are not familiar with how Alexa rank works, the lower the number, the better), a wealth of comments on every post.

It seems like Kristi knows everyone and everyone knows Kristi.

Want some of that?

Let’s talk about her not-so-secret secrets that power up her blog.

Besides her numerous guest posts all around the blogosphere, several prestigious awards like Finalists: Top 10 Social Media Blogs 2011, and being an all around nice gal, Kristi is always about GIVING to her readers.

Yes, her readers come back over and over because of the exceptional content Kristi provides, but also because she rewards those who take their time to read her posts and leave their thoughts in comments with Dofollow, CommentLuv, and KeywordLuv enabled links back to their blogs.

Let’s face it: most commentators on any blog appreciate a high-quality backlink or two – after all, link building is still the cornerstone of top Google rankings. And blog commenting is still one of the easiest ways to get backlinks.

However, what I see many bloggers do, newbie bloggers in particular, is not really knowing how to use the resources Kristi and so many other bloggers provide to maximize their link building efforts.

So how do you use Dofollow, KeywordLuv, and CommentLuv to their full potential?

Glad you asked.

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What Are Post Tags & Why You Should Be Using Them

This is a guest post by Ana Hoffman of Traffic Generation Cafe.

I can’t believe it’s taking me so long to look into the topic of tags and how they can benefit our blogs. To be quite honest, I’ve been clueless on whether to use them or not to begin with or how to use them properly. Judging by the guest posts submissions I get and the tagging used in those posts, looks like I am not alone.

So, the questions of this post:

  • what are tags?
  • what benefit they bring?
  • how to use them the right way.

What Are Tags?

A tag is simply a label or a keyword you assign to your post.

Are they the same as keywords? Yes and no.

Your tags COULD be the same as your keywords, but you can dig much deeper with your tags whereas you are limited with your post keywords to whatever feels natural to the reader. You should still optimize your posts for your chosen keywords.

When you add tags to a post (you do that in the “edit” mode in the right-hand column of your WP dashboard), you are basically telling your blog to automatically create new pages based on those tags.