3 quick tips to help your blog posts rank better

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Home Builder with The Flooring Girl
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This article is prompted by a nice gesture by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents .  Lately, I've published a few of blog posts that I really wanted to rank well.  I added 2 different blog posts on here (maybe a month or so apart), highlighting them on here, and linking to them.

 

Unprompted, Elizabeth went to the articles (on my own blog and commented).  Wow.  Yay!  Here is one of them.  Note: she commented on my wordpress site...not for points, but to HELP me!  I was so thrilled because I had spent a TON of time on this article, and I'm hoping it does well, so it meant a lot to me.

 

So, what did I do?  I went to her blog, and I left a couple of comments on 2 of her blog posts.  One of them was on a topic and near to my heart - can hardwood flooring increase the value of your Sacramento home?  I also noticed that Debe Maxwell, CRS had left her a comment as well.  (Debe knows what she's doing, too!)

 

 

So here are a few quick tips for you...if you want to help others out

 

1.  Leave comments on other people's blog...on their OWN sites (not just AR articles)

Google loves interaction, and it tends to rank articles that have comments (as well as social shares) better.  The comment is even more valuable than the social share...because it is more difficult to receive (and harder to fake).  It shows that someone read the article...and they cared enough to leave a comment!  Most people don't get many comments on their blogs.  So when you get one, it's really special...and then you should reply back...yes, more interaction on your blog...again better for google ranking.

 

 

I'm lucky that I do get a bunch of comments...often in the form of questions...on my blog posts.  It looks like I have over 3,000 comments on my blog.  Now probably half of those are me responding back, so probably just 1,500 comments from other people.

 

 

I have 1 article about Coretec Plus (a luxury vinyl product) that is fairly new to the market and has been growing in popularity over the last 3 years.   I wrote this article 10 months ago, and it already has 241 comments!  I seem to get a few each week.  It's incredible!  The article usually gets 6,000-7,000 clicks a month, and it shot up in the rankings and clicks very quickly...I think after around 2 months, it was already up to 5,000 clicks, and I believe there are 2 reasons:  1) it's long form epic content and 2) all the comments...see the next tip to see what I believe what started the slew of comments.

 

 

2.  Look for forums and/or Q&A places to answer a few questions with links back to your site

So, what led to all these comments?  I had an idea.  I knew that people had a lot of questions on this topic.  So, I went to 2 places:  Houzz and Quora and I did a search for the topic.  I found a few question strings (w/ a lot of interaction) and then I put in my 2 cents (in a non spammy way) and mentioned that I wrote an in depth article on this topic and linked to it.

 

I think for this topic, it was the Houzz that really drove the traffic (but other times I've gotten traffic from Quora).  I believe both are "no follow" links, meaning they don't pass along google juice.  But, I wasn't doing it for the google juice.  I was doing this to help customers and drive them to my site.

 

And, it worked!  I think within a few hours, I got 3 or 4 questions on that blog post!  (And by the way, while it was a bit extra traffic, it was not (at the time) a big bump in traffic.  The article was still very new.  And, then some more a few days later.  I should have written down the dates for all this, but I kept noticing more and more questions. 

 

And what happened next?  Well after a few weeks, the article started to rank better and get more and more traffic.  You see, people had lots of questions on the topic, so they read the whole article...and stayed on the page for 5 or 6 minutes on average.  And, then they commented.  And, many in fact commented about how there were so many questions and answers and appreciated that someone actually answered and gave them advice.

 

Soooooo....search out forums and when you have a key article or topic that people tend to ask about, try to give answers.  Try quora, houzz and other real estate forums.  I've now found a few flooring and contractor forums and have done the same thing.

 

Actually, the best thing you can do is google your topic...and see who ranks ahead of you. And, if you find a forum on the first page, go there, sign up and leave a comment.  I've found sometimes that Z or T or other home improvement sites rank ahead of me for these questions.  And, often the "answers" are not very complete, not answered by experts and are just opinions...and some are wrong. This gets under my skin a bit.  But, then I bring myself back and tell myself that this is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate my expertise and then tactfully link back to my site.

 

I'm now trying another site...for DIY crafts and home decor.  It's called HomeTalk.com.  I'm not sure yet if it will really drive traffic yet.  But, I hope to report some good news in a couple of months. 

 

 

3.  Guest post (and/or allow others to guest post on your site)

 This is one of the best ways to network and build traffic/traction for your website.  (I should be doing more of this).  Basically, you want to use the golden rule here.  Do unto others....

 

Kevin Vitali did a great job of explaining this.  You can read it here:   Are you the life of the party or a party pooper

 

He learned this approach from blogger extraordinaire Bill Gassett .  Bill is a master at this.  He writes amazing content, and he shares the love by linking out to other talented bloggers in his articles.  And, in turn, they do the same for him.

 

This helps everyone out.  And, then everyone involved also shares and promotes the article on social media.  A true win win.

 

Another person who does this incredibly well is Anita Clark .  In fact, she just wrote an article about rustic and country kitchens and today she linked to my recent blog post on choosing a farmhouse sink.  How did I know?  Because Anita tagged me on her facebook page. 

 

So, what did I do?  I shared it on my FB personal page and business page, and pinned it to 3 pinterest groups.  And, did you see what else I did?  I just linked to her article above.  That helps her post do a bit better.  And, it also helps by farmhouse post do a bit better.

 

 

 

CONCLUSION:

This "quick" post turned out a little longer than I expected.  But really, there are just 3 tips here. You can do 1 or all 3, pending on how well you want your blog to do.

 

1) Comment on other people's blogs (their own sites...not just AR).  Most will return the favor and that will help you.

 

2) Look into some of the forum/Q&A sites and answer 2-3 questions.  Write a helpful, not spammy, answer and link back to a relevant post.  Only do a couple at a time, so it's quick (and also so you don't look like a spammer.  Just spend 5 minutes.

 

3)  Guest post and/or link to other people's blog posts to help them.  Again, many will return the favor.

 

 

OH, AND A SIMPLE REQUEST

I'm trying to do some more guest blogging over the next 3 months.  If have your own website, and you are interested in me doing a guest post for you, let me know.

 

 

Oh, and if you don't have your own website yet (and you know you should!), then getting going on this.  If money is the issue, don't let it be the issue.  Check out this article on my site...you can actually start your own wordpress site for just $4/month.  How to start you own website for less than $4/month.

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Kasia McDaniel

Debbie, I love the way you "talk" to me in your article. I feel like we are sitting down having coffee and you are sharing your blogging secrets. Thanks for keeping it real!

Nov 01, 2017 01:21 AM #58
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This is great advice, Debbie, thanks.  I need to do some more of this.

Nov 01, 2017 08:25 AM #59
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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Very informative and glad you are so successful with your posting--thanks for sharing!

Nov 01, 2017 09:07 AM #60
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Julie A. Black
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What a great idea on looking up questions and then inserting a link on Houzz & Quora when you answer. I enjoy Quora and will try your idea.

Nov 01, 2017 04:15 PM #61
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Janice Hope Zaltman LEED AP
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Thank you Debbie. Have tried many times to set up my own wordpress site and can too caught up in the details that a developer knows better than me. If you know of anyone who creates wordpress sites...at a reasonable cost please let me know. Would rather stick to what I do best. 

Nov 01, 2017 07:25 PM #63
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
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Hi Debbie, I'm just starting to blog again more regularly so thank you for these timely tips

Nov 02, 2017 06:37 PM #64
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Debbie Gartner
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Anthony - Thx for the link.  I've been trying to stay away from sites that a majority of guest posts like that as they were penalized a few years back.  I think it's better, when you can, to network w/ people you know who manage the majority of their content.

Gene - You're so sweet.  Thank you as always.  Yes, things may be different in your category, but the principles still hold.  I would look for opportunities to guest post on others' sites and do blog commenting. 

Brenda - Thx.  You will get there for sure.

 

 

Nov 03, 2017 04:06 AM #65
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Debbie Gartner
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Corey - Thx so much.  Yes, yes, and yes.

Luke - thx

Jeff - Thx a bunch.  Means a lot to me, and yes, I'm also thrilled with the converstation.

Mary - Thx.  Yes, consistency on all of this is my issue, too.

Nov 03, 2017 04:08 AM #66
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Debbie Gartner
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Joe - I hope this helps.  Just do it gradually.

Laura - Thank you.  I appreciate that.

Steve - You're welcome.

David - Thank you and glad to hear it.  Yes, it definitely can make a big difference.

Nov 03, 2017 04:10 AM #67
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Debbie Gartner
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Marco - LOL, so glad you like it.

Nogui - Thx

John - So glad to hear that.  Thx.

Nov 03, 2017 04:11 AM #68
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Mick Michaud
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Great information and detail.  It helped to share the actual results of your efforts to illustrate how effective the techniques are.  

Nov 03, 2017 05:44 AM #69
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Monique Ting
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Debbie, it is so nice of you to take the time to share your experience with the Activerain community. Aloha!

Nov 04, 2017 06:08 PM #70
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Debbie Gartner
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Eileen - You're welcome.

Jill - thank you.

Diana - thx.  It's actually not that hard; it just takes focus.

Pat - Thx.  You're so sweet.  and, thx for the comment on my site.  I'll be heading over to yours soon.

Nov 07, 2017 02:40 AM #71
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Debbie Gartner
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The Getzoff Group - Thank you, and I'm sure you will continue to get stronger traction online.

Caroline Gerardo Awesome.  You're the best.  I really appreciate it.  I'm in process of developing topics and writing for several sites.  I will get back to you soon (probably in a few weeks).

John - I have.  But, it's much better practice when you write a different article and link back to your original to give it more link juice.

Mega Team - You're welcome.

Nov 07, 2017 02:49 AM #72
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Debbie Gartner
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Kasia - Thx so much.  Yes, that's how I try to blog...as if I were telling a story or explaining something to some in person.  I really appreciate your comment. Thank you.

Gabe - Thx.  And, me too!

Mary - Thank you, and you're welcome.

Nov 07, 2017 02:50 AM #73
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Debbie Gartner
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Julie - So glad you're going to give it a try.

Janice Hope Zaltman LEED AP First, you can follow my link at bottom of the page to get things set up...I have created 4 sites this way.  And, you can do this part in 15 minutes.  You can then do something very basic (maybe spend 30 mins).  It's less about how it looks and more about the content.  Then, later, you can pay someone to make it look nicer.  I don't know your definition of cheap, but I do know some people that can do for a very reasonable price.  Call me when you can/want.

Nov 07, 2017 02:54 AM #74
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Debbie Gartner
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Silvia - Welcome back and glad this info is timely.

Mick - Thank you so much.

Monique.  Thanks.  I appreciate that.  Aloha.

Nov 07, 2017 02:55 AM #75
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Will Hamm
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Hello Debbie Gartner,  What great advice for us here in the rain.  I caught this reblog by Gabe Sanders and had to come over.

Nov 11, 2017 08:10 AM #76
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Hi Debbie - missed your post but just picked it up from Gabe Sanders .  Good information.  I don't get many on my own site.

Nov 11, 2017 08:26 AM #77
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Hi Debbie

Wasn't sure if I had read this or not, but it was well worth the second read, and a bookmark. Thanks for sharing all that you know so we can all learn!

Jeff

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