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Why Blogging Communities Are Big In 2013

April 4, 2013 | By Adrienne Smith

How long have you been blogging?

Most of you know I’m now in my fourth year.  I’ll be having an anniversary in June.

Looking back to 2009 it’s obvious that the way we blogged then certainly doesn’t work today.  Back then it was about writing keyword rich posts that would get my target audience’s attention and entice them into buying what I had to offer.

Guess what!

It worked beautifully…  Ah, the good old days!

Why doesn’t it work today?

Because there are a lot of very dishonest people in this world.  People who want what they want right now and have no intention of waiting.  They are more into instant gratification and love to figure out how to get around the rules.

Google started getting a little smarter and decided to go after the bad guys!

Yay Google..

Oh but wait!  Some of us good guys got stuck in the crossfires.  Google didn’t care, what’s a few casualties!

So gone are the days you can write a lot of articles and link those to your blog posts to build up high quality backlinks.  Gone are the days for keyword rich posts that Google will love because those guys ruined it for us.

My theory is that unless you’re willing to pay for advertising, you’re not going to see great results in the search engines anymore.

So what do we do!  What’s the solution!

Concentrate On Blogging

Change is inevitable, we all know that.  So the SEO tactics aren’t what they use to be.  So what…

Blogging will never die, we just need to change things up a bit that’s all!

Our blogs (self-hosted blogs) are ours.  They belong to us and they are our prime real estate online.  They are our home and what do we all like to do at home?

Entertain!

How do we entertain with our blogs?

We write content that your target audience will want to read.

Why do people come online?

They are searching for a solution to their problem.

In a lot of our cases, mine in particular, my audience wants to learn things pertaining to blogging, social media and building relationships online.

So what do I continue to do?

I provide solutions to their problems.

My posts are simple to understand so that even if you are brand new today you’ll be able to comprehend what I’m saying even if you don’t fully understand everything.  You’re obviously here to learn.

I make my posts on a more personal level so even the brand new person will feel comfortable enough to leave a comment, especially if they have a question for me.  Even if they’re too bashful they will end up emailing me.  Why?  Because I’m approachable.

Who can resist my big old smile!

That is your goal…  Be approachable, let your audience learn from you, help them solve their problems, remind them to ask questions if they don’t understand or they can get in touch with you through email, make your blog your home that has a “welcome” sign hanging on the door.

Building Blogging Communities

That’s a really great way to start making people feel at home on your blog.  So now it’s time to start building those communities.

How do you do that?

Well since we have them interested in what you share and feeling right at home you always want to include your call to action at the end of each post.  You know, asking them to comment but we can’t forget to ask them to share it either.

I’m sure all of you have learned a lot just from the comments right!  I mean my goodness, the value that I often find in the comments is bar none!  This is one of the main reasons you want to be sure and ask questions at the end of your posts.  You want that interaction.

Now it’s also imperative that you answer every single comment too.  Remember, this is about having a conversation with your readers.  Keep asking those questions now and others will even want to pipe in at times too.  I’ve responded to other people’s comments on other blogs as well.  If you have something to share then join the conversation.

Make them feel at home.

You might even find yourself creating posts around some of the suggestions you’ve found in the comments.  You can personally email someone that left a comment and further that conversation as well.

You want to be approachable, helpful, kind, considerate,etc.  You know how it feels when someone acknowledges you right!  Makes you just want to keep coming back for more wouldn’t you agree?

It’s not hard to do.

Reaching Out To Your Friends

If you’re over on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or any other site and you see a post or tweet from a blogging friend or new commenter, join in.

Send them a personal email if you prefer but once again, make them feel like you’re a long lost friend they just found again.

If you continue doing this on your blog and as you move across the web, you will start to watch your community grow.

See how many comments my posts get?  Do you think that’s just because everyone only loves my content?

No!!!

I make them feel at home, I appreciate them stopping by and I tell them, I help them when they need help, I go that extra mile.

Be that person and watch your community grow.  Remember, it’s about quality not quantity.  When you build relationships with your readers they’ll keep coming back time and time again to support you.  You do the same for them and that’s what’s going to help you as we move forward.

Blogging Communities Rock

If you have a blog and you are moving in this direction, do not give up.  These things take time and remember, I started seeing the conversations on my blog around the four month mark.

It just grew from there because I was consistent.  So whatever you do I don’t want to hear about you quitting.  Okay!

Deal!

Alright then.

So let me know your thoughts!  You know, question time.

Do you agree with me?  Do you think SEO will rise again?  Do you think that 2013 is the year for blogging communities? What has been your experience so far?

I look forward to hearing your comments and of course I appreciate you sharing this post.  I would be nothing without you!

 

 

 

 


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Email:  Adrienne@AdrienneSmith.net

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1 Steve Borek
Twitter:
April 4, 2013 at 8:10 AM

This post makes me feel better about my weekly blog posts.

You’ve got to be passionate about the product or service you provide.

Authenticity is key.

The only way people will see whether you’re real or Memorex (dating myself here) is the relationship.

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2 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Hey Steve,

I don’t think you give yourself enough credit. I love what you share and you are just being you. You just have to make sure you put yourself out there and reach enough people so that they can see what you share as well.

I say keep up the great work my friend.

Have a beautiful ending to this amazing week.

~Adrienne

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3 Dhruv Bhagat
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April 6, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Yeah,,

People way back in 2011 share what Google likes more and yea, they get ranked very quickly doing some quick link building.. But, now its all about sharing maintaining a niche!

If you work for one niche, you will get to attract more audience and thus this will improve some rankings!!

I know On-Page SEO, create links from different sources like web 2.0 directories, blog commenting, guest blogging…

I am not active on forums… And I think this is where I am lacking in getting ranked well for some particular kw.

Can you share some of your practices for improving SERPS ?

That would be of great help! :)

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4 Adrienne
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April 6, 2013 at 9:35 AM

People way back in 2011! You make is sound like it was 20 years ago Dhruv! lol…

It was easier to rank a few years ago with whatever keywords you were going after I agree. There is way too much competition these days plus there is a lot more to it to get ranked high using SEO tactics.

Google wants those links naturally and slowly over time. Those tactics still work but gone are the days when you can pay some site to put hundreds up for you.

I guess you didn’t really pay that much attention to my post Dhruv! I don’t do SEO so I’m the last person to give you tips about it. You’ll have to visit someone who is an expert.

Have a great weekend.

~Adrienne

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5 Atish
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April 6, 2013 at 7:07 AM

I too love blogging and communities however I didn’t join any special community but I am very active on my blog’s fan page and Google+ where I interact with a lot bloggers, my readers and all.

and Yes the SEO thing has been changed a lot over the time. Those days are gone when anyone build 100′s of link and come on top. Now the thing matters is content quality and networking.

Thanks for writing Adrienne!
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6 Adrienne
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April 6, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Hi Atish,

That’s great and I know that you continue to meet new people on those sites I’m sure.

I much prefer the quality content and networking myself over the millions of backlinks we use to have to try and get.

I appreciate your comment Atish and thanks for sharing this.

Enjoy your weekend.

~Adrienne

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7 Dan Sumner
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April 4, 2013 at 8:17 AM

I think this year is the year for bloggers to create community Adrienne. I also think Google rankings get harder and harder to achieve. I do add key words to my posts, I do a little research and give my posts the best SEO possible without messing up my content, but I believe Google is more interested in the amount of attention your posts gets rather than how well you have key worded it.

My stuff gets retweeted more than any organic Google ranking, so that says something for SEO. IMO if anyone of going to concentrate on anything this year it needs to be social media shares and community. Even as far as ad campaigns go, FB is most definitely converting better than Google ads.

I can’t remember that last time I even cared about my Google position for my blog :-)

Thanks for sharing Adrienne.

Dan Sumner

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8 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Hey Dan,

You have just hit the nail on the head Dan. But I certainly don’t want to preach what Google wants since I got caught in the crossfires as well with this last update and I could have sworn my content was what they were wanting out there. It definitely gets enough sharing too so I can only go by what I hear.

To me if you pay for advertising that’s a one shot deal. Unless you can draw them in and build that community around that list you won’t get them on a future sale. That’s why everyone needs to start building those communities so that even the SEO traffic will want to stick around more. It’s not all about just making a buck anymore. People want to know you really care about them.

Google has really ticked a lot of people off and although they are still huge, I have a feeling as the year goes on they’re going to start seeing a lot of changing as well. Unless they pay attention they’re going to be in for a rude awakening. At least I sure hope so.

Thanks Dan for coming by and sharing this. You ought to know! ;-)

~Adrienne

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9 Harleena Singh
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April 4, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Hi Adrienne,

You did it yet again with your awesome advice, and reading through I was just nodding my head in agreement. :)

Yes, we really can’t depend on Google, nor go in with the old SEO keyword methods, though a little of that does still work. I guess their updates have affected quite a few people, and it hurts the worst when they aren’t the ones who are practicing wrong ways of link building nor doing anything not meant to be done. It just makes one wonder why do bad things happen to good people. Perhaps it’s the trying phase, though we really don’t have to wait for things to happen, instead do what you suggested.

Building relationships, just as you always mention in your posts – IS the only thing that really works. I’ve been seeing it work wonders on my blog, and gradually, just as you said, it takes time – but it DOES happen. Eventually your blogging community of loyal readers keeps growing, and that happens when they begin trusting you and know you are out there to help them. I say it again – I’ve learnt all of this from you Adrienne, and I can never thank you enough. :)

Yes, you are always there to help and approachable, which makes it all the more easy for people to connect at once with you. This again happens once people keep visiting your blog and get to know more of you. I guess the secret lies in getting to know your readers on a more personal level, and beyond just the comments or blogs – to reach out and connect with them, either through emails, Skype, chats, social medias, or any other medium. just assuring them that you are there if need be – helps in more ways than one.

Oh yes…I marvel at the way you respond to each comment, and do so-so very well- though I wonder how you are SO fast!! I take a little time there because I work alongside with pending projects, but I do reply to each one too, and like you, I prefer to have a small conversation with the person through those comments – almost like speaking one-to-one. Some say it’s not good, as such long comments take time etc. but I don’t think I would have it any other way. :)

Thanks once again for sharing this with us, and I completely agree with you – blogging communities rock! Have a lovely day ahead :)
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10 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Hey Harleena,

Ah thanks and I’m glad you were nodding your head as you read through this. You have a fabulous community going over at your place so you know exactly what I’m talking about here.

Out with the old and in with the new right! lol..

I’m so happy to hear you say that Harleena and you’re right, it does take time but the people you’ve made these connections with are in the for the long haul. Even if they stopped blogging tomorrow you’ve made some darn good friends out of this wouldn’t you agree! It’s people caring about people and those are the people who will stick around for the long haul. This is why community is so important and I’m always sounding like a broken record but you see that. You’re doing that so you also know this works.

That’s right my friend, it goes beyond just the commenting. People will keep coming back because they like you. In order for that to even happen you have to be approachable and truly want to help others. People appreciate that and they want to know others care. That’s really the key to all o this, it goes way beyond the commenting.

I’m always logged into my blog so I get an email notice when I have a new comment. Yes, I’m doing other projects as well but I really like to stay on top of responding. I want them to feel like they’ve been heard. I do my best to provide enough response for them and sometimes it’s shorter then others but it just depends on how much I have to say at that time. I think the conversations are great though. They take time, you’re right, but they’re worth it.

Thank you so much Harleena for your comment here and for sharing this with me. You are walking the talk too my friend so it’s always great to hear from others who are doing this as well.

Blogging communities do rock! Now, rock out the rest of your week. ;-)

~Adrienne

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11 Annie André
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April 4, 2013 at 8:19 AM

You make a good point. i can’t resist your big ole smile.
:) It is a shame that a lot of us bloggers who use white hat tactics get his whenever Google decides to go after the bad guys. (my BLOG was hit last update) however, I did see a readjustment in the last week and all the traffic I lost and I’ve actually gained a little more traffic than i had before the last panda update. I wonder if it was just a readjustment period? Anyhow, i think you are right, we have can’t put all our eggs in one basket and ONLY count on SEO to get traffic. I use many of the tactics you mention including inserting my personal voice and personality, building relationships with other people in and out of my niche and creating content that is informative and also entertaining i.e. not dry as a bone. I HOPE!!!!. The blogging community is so important for success. I don’t know anyone who is a success without having built a community.
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12 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Yeah, I knew I’d draw you in with the smile girl! ;-)

Mine is very very very slowly increasing but not enough. The funny thing is that I get 57% of my traffic from referrals. Only 8% from the search engines. As of now that is, it was a little higher before my last slap. That’s okay, I prefer my returning fans and new referrals much more then relying on search engine traffic.

I LOVE your blog Annie and I just hate that a lot of your visitors don’t have blogs so they aren’t use to commenting. I’m wondering if you could even put something at the end of your posts to entice them into sharing their views even though they don’t have a site. I just love your personal experiences and you find the neatest places. Now I am prejudice because I think you’re just awesome but I do love reading what you share. I get to live adventurously through, Blake and the kids.

Thanks for sharing this Annie and for stopping by today. See, you’re an old faithful visitor now because not only do we like each other but we support one another. That’s what I’m talking about.

Have a great rest of your week. Yours is almost over.

~Adrienne

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13 Sylviane Nuccio
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April 4, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Hi Adrienne,

As I was telling you last night in our live hangout, it doesn’t matter whether your post about your dog, your father or some social media tools, you are going to get your 100+ comments. This obviously shows that people do not come to your blog because of the content, but because of YOU.

Also, as I was saying last night, in my case, because you’re probably the most reliable commenter on my blogs with only a couple of other people, I will MAKE sure I’m coming to your blog as well. I come for your loyalty first and for the content second.

I wish a lot of people would only start to understand this, and things will definitely get better for them as far as traffic goes. And eventually their business.

Blogging communities, relationships that we build within those communities are vital.

Thanks for this great reminder :)
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14 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Hi Sylviane,

You are so right and that’s what we were discussing last night about blog commenting. It’s not just about our posts. Now we always hope to continue writing what others want to read and can learn from but I visit your blog because I like you, I have a relationship with you and I intend to support you. BUT, I also love your content so it’s a win win for me. :-)

You’re right, I will keep coming to your blogs Sylviane and I will continue to support you. I know that you feel the same way about me. That’s what community is all about. We’ve built up that friendship and I just like you as a person. That really has so much to do with it to.

Hopefully this will catch on with it still being early in the year. Not that everyone will read my post but I have a feeling quite a bit definitely will and then it may hit a nerve or two. I sure hope so.

Thank you so much Sylviane for your continued support. You rock girl! ♥

~Adrienne

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15 Susan Cooper
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April 4, 2013 at 8:35 AM

I’m still pretty new to blogging, a little over a year now. There is always so much to learn. Joining in or joining a blogging community is a great suggestion and one I have done allot of. I really like some of your suggestions. Obvious things to do in some cases, but I still needed reminding… LOL.
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16 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Hi Susan,

Ah, you’re still a newbie… I remember when I had hit a year and you’re probably doing so much better then me. But these things take time. As long as you are making those connections and building those relationships, that’s what’s important. I say keep up the excellent work Susan.

Thank you for your comment, great to see you again.

~Adrienne

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17 Enstine Muki
Twitter:
April 4, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Hey Adrienne,
4 Years ? I’m just a 7 month old blogger – so feeling like a baby in your arms ;)

Seriously, I totally agree with you.
I’m sure Google is soon coming up with another slap. Let’s wait and see.

I don’t think SEO ever fell though ;). It merely shifted to a completely new angel. It’s now very close to social and Google, the giant is making it hot with G+. I think OnPage SEO still has a crucial role to play. Now, for OffPage, Google is looking for relavance and weight. It’s no more about linking to any garbage.

Blogging communities? Oh yes, I think 2013 is setting a solid foundation for it. We are learning a lot about this this year and I’m sure in a few years, it’s going to be hot.

See Adrienne, I’m putting your tips to practice and oh my goodness, I have been getting some very insteresting feedbacks. It’s just so amazing!

oh! before I submit, I just got a post idea reading this ;) I’ll surely link back to this article in the post I’ll develop on my blog.
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18 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Hey Enstine,

Oh yeah, June of 2009 is when this baby was born. It was so different back then and I was headed in a totally different direction. See how things can change! I definitely had no community and didn’t even understand that was important. Thank goodness I have an open mind and was willing to learn.

Google is going to have many more slaps throughout the year. They already have their next one planned and that’s fine. I’m not even going to blog about it or give it a second thought. I’m sticking with my communities because that’s where the love is.

See what I mean Enstine! When you are consistent in your actions and put yourself out there you will get results. It is time consuming and won’t happen overnight but it will happen and the connections you make will last a heck of a long long then someone searching for your blog over on Google. They’ll leave shortly after they arrived.

Oh good, I love that. You already have another topic for a post and I always appreciate the link love my friend.

Thank you Enstine and you have an awesome day. Give me a shout when you have that post up. Will be sure to stop by hopefully sooner then I’ve been able to do lately. lol…

~Adrienne

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19 Victor Adaramola April 4, 2013 at 8:47 AM

I always love your write up you are true to your profession, you are right I believe blogging is the answer to internet success, real people are talking to each other expressing their concern and opinion to each other as if they are with each physically, they build their trust with one another. Really we are in new age days of Adam and Eve is gone on the net.

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20 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 9:12 AM

The online industry is about people connecting with people. We all might be sitting behind a computer screen but we now have Skype and Google Hangouts so you can still see people and get a feel of who they are. People would prefer to purchasing things from those they not only like but trust too. So if you’re not building that community then you might have a harder time making your business a success.

Thanks for the comment Victor and hope you’re enjoying your week.

~Adrienne

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21 Paul April 4, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Sorry to hear the week is going a little rough. I’m getting ready to close on my house in Chicago and have already moved West to Boise ,Idaho. I keep wondering if Yahoo or some other upstart is going to make a push. Like we said before , it seems that when some companies get too big for their britches or the bean counters get involved they forget about the little people who helped. Great stuff and good dialog.

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22 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Thanks Paul, quite a shocker yesterday!

Congratulations on the move and I hope you’ll love where you’re headed. I have a friend in Idaho and she’s ready to get away from those winters.

Like most large corporations, they start getting too big for their britches and forget who is paying their salaries. They start to mess up big time and fall flat on their faces. I have a feeling Google will get theirs. I won’t be upset about it either.

Enjoy your week and thanks for coming by.

~Adrienne

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23 Babanature April 4, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Hello Adrienne,
The first day i saw your blog i never take my eyes off it :D and if i am afraid to confess, i’ll say this proudly; your blog have thought me alot and with this post? you sure did say some point worth noting ;)
For sure i’d like to join one of your community and see how you guyz operate :) . for the record, SEO is out of the picture and communities are taken the lead…
Thanks for the wonderful post Adrienne.
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24 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Hey Babanature,

Thank you for sharing that my friend, I’m so happy to hear that. That’s why I blog Babanature to help others learn and I think just through my own experiences I’ve been able to shed some light on how this all works with everyone who stops by to read it.

But you are part of this community. You do stop by and we share in the conversations. At times though we need to take it further and reach out to each other to learn even more about them. If they aren’t feeling like they know you or you feel like you want to know someone better, hook up with them through email or send a message on Facebook. Just make that connection and it just gets better from there.

Thank you for your wonderful comment. I appreciate that.

~Adrienne

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25 Ellen M. Gregg
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April 4, 2013 at 9:12 AM

I think community is the jaw-dropping red-carpet gown, and SEO is the delicate pair of earrings that offer up a pretty bit of bling, but don’t detract from the gorgeous dress. Without the complementary earrings, there’d be something missing.

Oftentimes in my life, as I developed new interests, I would abandon others. I hopscotched from one thing to another, directing single-minded focus to the new! shiny! one. And then, I had a revelation about a year ago in regards to what I was doing, because I felt as though I was missing something.

That revelation has helped me to, finally, interconnect the trifecta of passions that truly power my life: proper nutrition, Reiki, and writing. They feed each other and fold into each other. Nutrition and Reiki combine to form and power the gown that is my body, and writing is the pretty pair of earrings. While they’re very nice independent of each other, they’re fabulous together. :-)
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26 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Hi Ellen,

Oh I LOVE that explanation. That’s fabulous and you are spot on with that, I agree.

I am so glad that you finally realized what you were missing and was able to create a blog where you can share all your passions in one place. I’m familiar with Reiki, my ex-friend use to practice and I found it fascinating. I have a feeling that people enjoy what you have to share and it’s a wonderful outlet for you to share with others everything you’ve learned and how you can help them as well.

Thank you Ellen for sharing that with me. I’m so happy for you. :-)

~Adrienne

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27 Viola Tam
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April 6, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Me too LOVE the analogies from Ellen too. Thanks, Ellen!

What great insights that you have shared with us, Adrienne! A community of good bloggers and visitors can make a whole world of difference to many people’s loves (mine included). I am blessed to have learned the ideas and concepts about blogging a little bit faster through your generous sharing, Adrienne. You have attracted a lot of quality readers.

Like Sylvanie mentioned, the YOU factor is important. I come back to this community because I love to. I know that you always have well thought contents for share!

You ROCK, Adrienne! I sincerely appreciate you.

Viola The Business Mum
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28 Adrienne
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April 6, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Hi Viola,

I thought that was pretty great too!

I agree, the communities of bloggers is what’s so enjoyable Viola. I mean I love the community that I have built here and I enjoy hearing from everyone and I think each other has fun getting in the conversations too.

Thank you for your kind words, thanks so much.

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

~Adrienne

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29 Carolyn
Twitter:
April 4, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Hi Adrienne, You truly are the Engagement Superstar and this shows us why. You really do engage with your readers. Visiting your blog feels like nestling in a comfy couch for a visit with your dear friend.

Dino had an article this week saying that search engines may bring you traffic, but they won’t bring you engagement. The comments to your articles are tremendous in both quantity and quality. Whenever I arrive at your articles early (as I did today), I always circle back to see what the other comments are later because I know they will add value to your quality content.

Thanks for sharing your secret sauce with us, Adrienne!

BTW, I first visited this article from the link in your email but it showed no comments. I left a comment and then that disappeared!
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30 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Hi Carolyn,

Thank you for saying that, it really means a lot. I hope everyone will eventually feel like that when they visit my place.

I shared Dino’s past last week in my Thankful Thursday post and he was spot on. I believe what he’s saying there because a lot of internet marketers can promote their products and get people to sign up but all they do is sell sell sell and most of those people are now leaving those lists. Once you’ve had that stuff thrown down their throats over and over again the first thought that comes to mind is I know that person is all about selling. You run the opposite direction. They’re not going to have much luck building any type of community that way where those people will want what they have to offer time and time again.

My pleasure Carolyn!

That’s weird but your comment showed up. This time it didn’t go into moderation. My blog just started accepting comments again out of the blue. I wonder what’s going on! Ray said that my post on Monday didn’t show up for him until yesterday. He couldn’t view it. The funny thing is that I know everything is fine on my end because I’m on my site all day. That’s really just weird but thanks for telling me.

~Adrienne

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31 Vickie
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April 4, 2013 at 9:19 AM

You bring up so many good points. I have only been blogging for a year, but have only been somewhat consistent the past few months. I originally started to blog to get visitors to my card website (that seemed to be the going-thing last year), however my reasons have changed recently. True, I would love to get more people to buy cards, but I really enjoy blogging for me. I see so many people giving me ideas on using social media and SEO tools that my head is spinning. Hopefully some people will enjoy my blogging topics, and my following is growing. I will just keep writing in my style, with good content for my subject, and enjoy writing and working through some of the frustrating technical issues. I have met so many wonderful people via blogging and hope to meet more! Thank you so much for your helpful information! I always look forward ro your posts! Have a great day Adrienne! ~~Vickie

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32 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Hi Vickie,

Most people come online to make money, me included. What we don’t realize that with blogging it can’t be about the money. It has to be about helping others. Through what you share you can start building relationships with the people who visit your blog. They’ll love your ideas, the things you teach and once they get to know you they’ll be more then eager to not only purchase what you have but recommend you to others. That’s the way this works but it doesn’t happen overnight.

What most people don’t understand that those types of relationships will last so much longer then just making a one time sale. So stick with what you’re doing and in the meantime there is that learning curve we all go through but you’ll do fine.

Thanks Vicki and rock on girl!

~Adrienne

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33 Robin Hallett
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April 4, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Adrienne, you knocked it outta the park again. What I love is your easy to understand concepts – you have a real gift, girl. I’ve been with you for almost a year now, and I started out knowing next to nothing – you’ve taught me a TON.

OK so this is my gut talking here, nope, I don’t think seo will rise again the way it once was. And It’s gonna make a lot of people scramble who’ve built their lives marketing the how to’s of that One Thing. The world is craving authenticity and transparency and it’s time for each of us to expand and grow, and YES you are spot on, our communities are gonna matter more than ever.

Most of my “online” friends I have met right here through your blog – I talk with some of you on the phone regularly, and we of course lift each other up by commenting, sharing content, and applauding – but one thing is for certain – we do it authentically, because we admire and respect what the other is doing. Our admiration is authentic, no bssing going on, and zero expectations of “if I scratch your back you have to scratch mine”.

As to the content, If someone’s stuff stinks, not even a best bud will want to comment or follow or share! If you seem desperate and do all the little annoying scams (as you have talked about not to do here so many many times) ouf, lookout! It’s gonna be a bumpy ride!

Do you agree, Adrienne?

Sending love, I am so sorry to hear about the stuff going on for your family – thanks for sharing with us – we love you and are lifting you all today!

Robin
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34 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Hi Robin,

Well thank you so much and has it been almost a year? Wow girl, I can’t believe it’s been that long already.

Just glad that you’re able to understand what I share because I hate to read someone’s information and not have a clue what they said. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about there.

I agree with you, SEO is not what it use to be. It will never be dead because then the search engines wouldn’t exist. To will continue to work to an extent but just not in the same way.

I love hearing that and I’m also not surprised. You are so genuine and I even enjoyed our chat over the phone that day. The funny thing is that once people learn how to attract the right people into their lives it’s just like one big love fest going on. I think that’s why so many people just enjoy being online. We’ve made so many wonderful friendships and for a lot of us is started with blogging. It’s about helping each other out without expecting anything in return.

The other good thing about that though Robin is if we’ve become friend, I’ll help you so that your content won’t stink and if you’re here for the right reasons you’ll soon learn that the scammy stuff isn’t the way to go. Only if they’re open to learning that is. ;-)

Most definitely!

Thank you Robin, I appreciate that. Plans are being made and everything will be okay. I appreciate the love and well wishes. You’re the best! Sending you my ♥!

~Adrienne

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35 Ilka Flood
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April 4, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Good Morning Adrienne,

Yes, I fell out of bed earlier today, so I’m not the caboose of your comments as usual, lol.

You’re absolutely right, as I was reading along I was just nodding in agreement. I have long since given up on playing the Google game and writing SEO friendly and keyword targeted posts. Every once in a while it just happens ‘naturally’ but it’s no longer my focus. The funny thing is, as I changed and tuned more into my audience my opt-ins increased. I didn’t even have to offer anything for free to get people to sign up to my updates. That’s when I knew I was on the right track.

Great post as usual Adrienne! Thanks for sharing your wisdom and have a great day!

Ilka
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36 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Hi Ilka,

LOL!!! It’s always good to see you early or late! :-)

I love hearing that Ilka! See, when you are just being you and helping others by sharing what they want to know then they’ll just gravitate toward you.

I was talking to my group last night and we were discussing my open rate for my emails. They are high, over the 50% mark and up to 79%. That’s because it’s about having those conversations so people aren’t dreading another email from me. That’s what it’s all about and I bet some of those IM wish they could say the same thing right!

Thank you so much and I always enjoy hearing from you. I’ll be sure to have a wonderful day and you do the same.

~Adrienne

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37 Theodore Nwangene
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April 4, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Great post Indeed Adrienne,
You’ve really tried, 4 years is not the same as 4 days you know? Mine is 1 year now and I’m proud of myself although, i realized the value of building relationship almost at the end of last year. That means that my first few months was playing time… Lol.

Of cause you said it right, quitting cannot be an option now as far as I’m concern. I must keep to it.

I’m also trying my best to make those relationship stronger while also creating other one. You’ve really been of great help Adrienne. And of cause, That your big old smile is really enticing… Lol.

Thanks for sharing.
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38 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Thank you Theodore!

You’ve got a leg up on me my friend because it took me over a year and a half until I learned about building relationships. Look at how much time I wasted!

I’m so happy to hear that Theodore and I’m sure that your readers appreciate you as well. You share good stuff, you respond to each comment so reaching out beyond that will really make them feel special. Just offering that helping hand is all you really need to do.

Thank you for your comment and you enjoy the rest of your week.

~Adrienne

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39 Julie Barrett
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April 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Hi Adrienne! You’re right, no one can resist that big old smile :)

I don’t know what the future will bring, but I do know it will always bring change. It reminds me of that old saying (I think it’s a Chinese curse),”May you live in interesting times.” We sure do! I plan to keep it real, be me, write about what moves me, and stay close to my blogging pals (they are the most interesting, thoughtful people I “know”!)

I am imagining a roving group of bloggers, going from place to place, spreading their joy. There is no substitute for open minded people who want to interact, call to action, and keep doing what they love.
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40 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Hi Julie,

Ah, thank you! ;-)

I’ve never heard that one before but boy is that ever true. ”May you live in interesting times.” Love that!

I’m glad you’re enjoying yourself and you have a wonderful following. Every time I stop by your place I’m way down on the list of comments myself. They love hearing about your experiences because you definitely do not lead a boring life girl.

That sounds so pleasant, I love that! Can I join in? lol…

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41 sapna
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April 4, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I firmly believe you are a SUPERSTAR and your blog is a BLOCKBUSTER. I believe the engagement I see on your blog is nowhere to be seen, Readers love to dance with you in joy, the way people enjoying with a ROCKSTAR.

I sometimes feel your blog has already created a ROCKBAND where readers love to dance and engage and with all having different instruments in hand.You are the master.

I’ve been your student for quite sometime now and I believe you’ve been an awesome teacher, the GURU who love to give and expect nothing.

I think you don’t need to dance to the tune of GOOGLE or SEO to say the least, You are going to make them dance.

Thanks for sharing this.Have a great week ahead.

Sapna

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42 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Hi Sapna,

Why thank you, that’s so nice of you to say and I love how you see my blog. I just want everyone to have fun, meet some new people and learn while they’re here. That’s why I do what I do.

From your lips to Google’s ears Sapna! I can only hope right!

Thank you for your awesome comment, I’m so touched. You just made my day girl! Thank you!

~Adrienne

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43 Mary Stephenson
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April 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Hi Adrienne

Sorry to hear about your news this week.

Great post and you are so right about the community you want to build. I always respond to comments, as I appreciate people taking the time to visit. I have been to a blog that has few comments on it and the content is funny. I enjoyed reading it and she is putting out a lot of content each week but, after leaving 3 comments and going back and seeing that she has not responded to anyone’s comment…well I don’t think I shall take more time out of my day to read her stuff anymore. It is sad, because she has a lot of funny experiences and has written the content very well. Maybe she will read your post today and get the hint. I don’t know if she visits here, but I found her by visiting someone else’s site that does comment here.

I wonder if we will ever figure out Google? I have noticed a lot in searches that many sites have not written anything, they just have a link to an article on another site. But there site is also plastered with Google ads. Maybe they have the monopoly on what we can’t touch, without playing their game. So, would building a Google ad site with a ton of links to everyone’s content really work? Don’t think I would do that because those kind of sites really annoy me.

Mary
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44 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Hi Mary,

Thank you so much, I appreciate that! :-(

That’s really sad Mary, does she respond to anyone’s comments? Maybe she doesn’t know any better although I would assume it’s just common courtesy. Maybe we need to tweet her this post and a special ALERT!!! Just kidding, but I would like people to learn how this all works because like you said, she has great and enjoyable stuff and she’s the one that’s going to end up missing out.

Google constantly changes too so just when you have them figured out they make that switch again. I’m pretty sure that they have good intentions until they see way too many people abusing it and then they have to make that switch again. The sad thing is that it hurts the good people who were following those methods per their suggestion.

I do know that sites with more ads then content will get knocked down for sure. Now Google will love you if you have their ads on your blog, that’s a major plus, but they just don’t want just that. No one wants to visit a site like that.

Thanks Mary and you have a great day!

~Adrienne

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45 Ruth Zive
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April 4, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Needless to say Adrienne I agree with everything you wrote. But I’ll make one distinction (and perhaps it’s just semantics) – SEO is still critically important. It’s just executed differently, and in a manner that favours quality content above all else. Perhaps it’s not as easy to manipulate your ranking using sketchy methods, but don’t you think that’s a good thing in the long run? I think that Google’s changes have legitimized blogging and really allowed the most skilled and well intentioned bloggers to shine. Just my 2 cents :-).

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46 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Thanks Ruth and I also agree that SEO is still important. I mean it’s the way to get ranked in the search engines and they definitely aren’t going away any time in the near future. But, they aren’t crucial for getting traffic to your site. You’ll get it there quicker and faster through paid methods but when you build it slowly they usually stick around longer.

You being the marketing genius that you are, I definitely agree with you. It’s all those underhanded people that make it harder for the rest of us. Things use to work well until people got greedy and wanted it all.

I hope that Google will pay more attention to authentic content and the ones that are getting shared a lot. I know that if you’re a brand new site that it’s much harder to get ranked these days then someone who has been around for a very long time. It’s just the way of the land.

Thank you Ruth for your comment, I can always count on you.

~Adrienne

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47 Khaja Moin April 4, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Hi Adrienne,
You`re right!
Though my blog rely mostly on Google I don`t like that. And am here to increase my network.
And I think you`re right easiest way to increase referral traffic in blogging niche is participating at blog communities.
And best place to start is our blog, our home.
Of-course email newsletter.

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48 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Hey Khaja,

Getting traffic from Google is okay but you can’t rely on that for the long run. You have to think about what’s going to benefit you in the long run. Who will keep coming back time and time again to not only read what you have to share but look forward to it.

Build that community and it will be your best decision yet for your blog.

Thanks Khaja and enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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49 Donna Merrill
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April 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Hey Adrienne,

No I don’t think that SEO will rise again. In the old days, people SEO’d the hell out of their blogs and it didn’t make it warm and welcoming. Right away you noticed that all they were doing was using SEO and the blog just wasn’t interesting.

I didn’t pay much attention back then and still don’t now. I agree that a blog has to be a welcoming place where readers want to join in the conversation with their comments. Hey, you are proof of the pudding on that one!

When I come to your blog, I can hear your voice because you write like you talk and it is straight up and from the heart. Yes, there is something to learn on each blog you write but you say it in your own words that reflect who you are. Now that makes people feel comfortable. That makes people want to know you.

As for jumping into conversations on Twitter or other social sites…it is a MUST! It doesn’t take much time to scan out Twitter and start a conversation. I know I had a few with you!!!
I believe that Social Media is just that Social. It is like walking into a party and introducing yourself.

Another thing is to ask people to help out. I just had a FB PM by someone I knew a year ago. He changed his focus and asked if I could comment on a video he had done. No problem! He reached out and I said ok…it wasn’t a sales video, but an interview that really was great.

People will help you out if you ask them. There are so many ways to get your blog going besides SEO. I find that doing things organically work better than any SEO trick.

Donna
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50 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Hey Donna,

You’re right about that, those that were stuffed with keyword never seemed inviting. I didn’t get the warm and fuzzy feeling when I’d stop by there.

Kudos to you too Donna, you’re place is a great place for us all to come and chime in on the conversations as well. Your blog is very inviting and like me, I can hear you talking girl.

It’s really important to connect with your readers on the social platforms too so that they’ll know that you won’t just talk to them because they’re on your blog. You want them to know that you see them and even if it’s just asking them how their day is going. Or perhaps tell them they rocked in with their last post. Making those connections will really help in the long run.

That’s great that he reached out to you and you were open. I know that some people don’t present the best material but sounds like his was worth the trip. Yay!

Thanks Donna for sharing that and you rock girl!

~Adrienne

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51 Tonya Stephens April 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Hi Adrienne,
I hear you loud and clear.
It’s been really tough the last year and a half since I started learning how to market my business. I just started blogging when Panda happened and then a few months later Penguin…. I’ve talked to you about this. What I learned initially about blogging from a “Guru” doesn’t work 18 months later. It can be very frustrating, no wonder so many blogs are abandoned.
Panda really hit a lot of “Successful Marketers” hard, but you know they were the ones who had to have the instant gratification and were willing to do anything to get it.
It was about that time that I realized what I was initially taught was totally dead wrong.
About that time I found you through a blogging community I was in. The leader of that group told us…organic is the way to go. This has been proved to be so true!
I think you are a great example of truly successful blog and I’m sure you will continue to grow no matter what Google does next.
Just want to say thanks for being You!
Tonya

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52 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Hi Tonya,

I know exactly what you mean Tonya and yes, we did have this conversation. Heck, I learned from these “gurus” too and they were teaching me all these underhanded ways of doing things and I just didn’t feel right at all. So what did I do? Nothing! Well that’s not going to get you anywhere either. I don’t blame people for quitting. Who the heck do you trust right!

I’m so glad that you “saw the light” Tonya but you were searching for the right answers which meant you wanted this bad enough to keep looking. I’m so happy that you’re seeing some awesome results as well with your videos. I know you are really concentrating on that.

I appreciate your kind words and let’s all hope I can keep this up. I love what I do and I can’t see doing anything else Google or no Google. lol..

You are too kind, thank you so much and you keep up the excellent work girl. You go get um!

~Adrienne

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53 Monica P
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April 4, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Oh, I sort of gave up on the whole “get key words into your post”. I just write a blog post when I’m excited to share something with everyone. Key words be damned!

I find that you can build community if you are genuinely interested in another person’s blog content. If someone leaves me a comment on my blog, then I respond and I may add a note or comment about something I’ve read on their blog. It shows that I’m interested and other bloggers recognize that I’m not just commenting to comment – I’m truly trying to get to know the blogger :-) And that’s how you can build community.

Monica.
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54 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 1:48 PM

I hear ya Monica, those keywords are hard to fit in and have your post remain somewhat natural sounding. Really hard to do ya know!

That’s a wonderful idea Monica! I’ll in turn visit that other person’s blog and most of them are shocked that I’m at their place. Well heck yeah! I want to come and check out what they’re doing since they had the time to stop by mine. I still have a very long list of blogs to drop by this week as a matter of fact. I’m so behind but I know people appreciate it.

I have no doubt that you’re building a wonderful community. Women love talking about clothes and food. Hey, I am going to try that scone recipe too! I’m not much of a cook but I’m not horrible either.

Thanks Monica for stopping by, I appreciate your comment. Rock on girl!

~Adrienne

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55 James
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April 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Really great post today Adrienne. I am working on building community myself. One thing I have found helpful in the past is reaching out to other bloggers who already have that community. that is part of the meeting people that you mentioned.

One mistake though, that I see a lot of people making is trying to build a community with the wrong people. knowing WHO your ideal customer is, and where they are already involved online is essential to this working out.

Just as an example, someone the other day was talking about this, and mentioned they were getting nowhere fast with it. as I looked at what they were doing, they were involved in a few commenting communities that were unrelated to the topics of their blog. so, embrace your community, but make sure you are building the right community. It will save you hours of frustration later on.

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56 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Hey James,

Thank you and that’s wonderful that you’re working on this as well. I think reaching out to others is a great idea.

I agree, you can waste a lot of time with people who are not interested in what you share but at the same time they may know of people who are. I come across that a lot myself as well. Eventually though some of them come around and need what I have but I still enjoy getting to know them all.

I have a perfect example of that myself James. I have a few people in some communities I’m involved in and I have no idea why the moderators invited them because it’s like having a lawyer from a specific city in a community with people who write about gardening. Oh, and the lawyer isn’t a yard man. Point taken!

Thanks James and I wish you the best of luck.

~Adrienne

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57 Sherman Smith
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April 4, 2013 at 1:38 PM

I definitely agree with you about being approachable and open to others. This is where the momentum start in building a community. It’s like choosing the right church you go to. You don’t want to go to a church where people are judgemental and “cliquish”. You want to feel at home, welcomed, supported and all there is that makes up a true church family.

We were all beginners at one time and didn’t have the highest self confidence when it comes to blogging. I know I didn’t. But I was encouraged to go ahead and do it. Find the right blogs and communities who have that approachable, supportive feel and I’ll be already. That was 3 years ago and I’m still blogging. Thanks for sharing Adrienne. I love your blog and insights!
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58 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 1:59 PM

That’s a great example Sherman! Just like going to church or any other type of gathering. You want to feel welcome.

Oh, I remember the early days too Sherman and they weren’t fun. I was so uncomfortable because I was intimidated by so many of these other bloggers. It took me awhile but I eased into it and like you said, did it anyway. Boy am I glad I did. Everything takes time so I’m glad you’re still here after three years.

I appreciate your comment and thank you so much. Always nice to hear from you.

~Adrienne

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59 Larry Rivera
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April 4, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Clearly Adrienne, you are the perfect example of an awesome blogger. Your community is awesome..

You live by example and that’s what I love about coming to your blog, you always provide oodles and oodles of value…

I also agree with you SEO as we knew it is dead…

Thanks for sharing!
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60 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Why thank you Larry, I do so appreciate that! I think my community is pretty awesome too! ;-)

We walk the talk my friend, lead by example, doing what it takes to get the job done. I hear ya!

Long live blogging communities or any other type of community. You just can’t take us down.

~Adrienne

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61 Corina Ramos
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April 4, 2013 at 2:09 PM

I for one love your smile and just like Donna says I can picture you talking directly to me as I read your posts. You’re blog definitely has that down-home appeal. And your responses are just as genuine as your post. Put all that together and that’s why you’ve got some loyal readers, myself included!

You know, when I first got the idea to put all my research and notes on a website to share I did it with the intention to help people. The financial aspect of it didn’t occur to me at that point and when I saw the potential, of course that was motivating.

But when I first started connecting with people on Twitter, I was asked what my goal was and after responding to the person who asked me, she asked, “how do you plan to make money?” I answered her question politely but as I was typing I was thinking man, is it all about money? I was anticipating the excitement of having someone email me or post that I helped them in some way, that is my payoff not money.

My point is, I agree with you about building connections and engaging with people and not just selling them something. It’s about helping people and I think once you achieve that, the financial payoff will follow. Your post reinforced my passion for what I’m doing, thanks :)
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62 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Why thank you Cori because I sure don’t know anything else. I shared an earlier photo of me in the post I wrote about my Dad and as you could tell back then, I’ve always had this smile. I think that making people feel at home on your blog is the best way to be. Hey we are here in Texas you know girl and we don’t know how to do it any other way do we! ;-)

As I was reading what you had shared here Cori I was wondering how that girl is doing that asked you how you planned on making money. So many people that come into this with that attitude don’t do well. Don’t get me wrong, you have to have a plan if you intend on building a business but your blog is more of a tool for creating that community so that when you get ready to present something to them or create your own product they’ll be there to support you and of course buy what you have to offer and spread the word around.

You are right! When you help enough people get what they want because you love doing it, you’ll in turn get what you want. People can’t help but want to help people who have been there for them. It all just lines up that way you know! You’re on the right track girl, keep on going.

Thank you and have a great day!

~Adrienne

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63 Andrew Stark
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April 4, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I would rather have visitors who are bloggers than random people from google based on a keyword. If you write for real people and interact with other bloggers much better things will happen to you and your site.

I’ve just been listening to a course and came up with this as a future blog post “Facts Tell, But Stories Sell” and where better to tell stories than a blog?

Tell your story, help other people, and keep repeating.

Andrew
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64 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Hi Andrew,

I could not have said that better myself. You are so right because when you make those connections with others they will start feeling like you care about them and then in turn they are definitely interested in what you do. I mean it is our reputation that we’re putting out there so we definitely don’t want to steer anyone wrong.

I think that’s an awesome blog post title and one that will really grab people’s attention. Go for it!

Thanks Andrew and I appreciate your comment.

~Adrienne

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65 Cynthia
Twitter:
April 4, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I just hit my year mark on my blog. I am really excited about it. I am happy; I just got to the point where I have a comment almost daily. To a lot of people it might sound silly but my goal for the end of year one on my blog was to average 2 comments daily and I have succeeded that. My mom asked me why my goal was so small. I told her that was a huge goal to find people who have never met me to read what I have to say and feel that every once in a while, it was important enough to engage in a conversation with me.

I love the emails that I get from you. Getting an email from you with a new post brightens my day because I know that whatever you are writing about will personal and it will allow me to grow as a blogger and often as a person.

Congratulations on hitting the 4 year mark. I think that is amazing. I love blogging. For me, it is fun, healing at times, and really a good means to meet great people like you. Meeting you was like meeting a friend on your first day in a new place.

When I started blogging, I made a few mistakes in the beginning. There is so much bad advice out there and I did thinking about quitting but I decide to stick with it and see where it goes.

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66 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Hey Cynthia,

I think that’s a great goal but girl you can definitely expand on that. I have no doubt that you can set an even higher one for this next year but congratulations on still being here after your first year. Most people quit after six months.

I’m so happy to hear that. Sorry my new this morning wasn’t as happy but that’s part of life right!

I might have to have be a birthday party for my blog this year girl! Four years is good and not all blogs make it this far. Maybe I can do like a Google Hangout and have people pop in throughout the day to say Hi! Meet those bloggers I’ve yet to meet face to face. Hey, that sounds like fun.

We all made mistakes in the beginning girl and I made more then my share. Just glad I survived those and am still standing to share what I’ve learned with you all.

I’m so glad we’ve met and it’s like old home week around here. I love that and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful people. That’s the best part of blogging.

Thank you for your comment Cynthia and hope you’re enjoying your day.

~Adrienne

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67 Lisa
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April 4, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Adrienne, you are so right. It’s about forming our own communities and connections via our blogs and social interactions. It is hard to be found unless you are out there engaging with others, helping others and being real. (The snakeskin oil salesmen types are no longer valid today.) And we certainty can’t rely on Google anymore.

Gosh, can you imagine blogging without any comments? Would you have lasted 4 years? That’s what has your blog so vibrant now!

And to get comments you must leave some. I’ve been slack in that lately been so busy with many things and I can see the difference. I’ve read things but the time to comment is part of it all too.

I’m sorry you had a rough day yesterday – not all our days can be happy great ones :(
I hope the following days and weekend are great for you Adrienne.
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68 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Hey Lisa,

Forming communities is fun isn’t it Lisa? Chatting with people, getting to know them, sharing their content, talking about what makes them tick, all really great fun stuff. That’s where the connections come in. Snake oil salesmen aren’t allowed! lol…

I blogging without comment for almost two years girl. Not quite but darn near and it wasn’t much fun but as soon as I learned how to turn things around it’s been great.

You’re right. In order to get them you have to leave them and I know what you mean. I’ve had a really busy week and I have about 25 blogs on my list I still need to visit this week. I’m SO behind but I’ll eventually get caught up. We all get busy but that doesn’t mean we don’t care!

Thanks Lisa, yesterday didn’t bring us good news at all. Plans are being made though and family is flying home soon. We’ll make this a time of celebration.

I appreciate your comment and your kind words. They are so welcomed girl! They mean a lot. :-)

You enjoy what’s left of this week too. I owe you a visit and you’re definitely on my list.

~Adrienne

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69 Jennifer Cunningham April 4, 2013 at 4:01 PM

I think this is the year of blogging communities. I wasn’t into blogging in the good old days so I don’t know what worked then. But writing good content and networking and. Commenting is bringing slow solid growth. Is there an easier way? I’m all ears, fingers and toes.

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70 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Hey Jennifer,

Thanks for stopping by and adding to this conversation.

Oh, the good old days! Aren’t you glad you’re not bothering with those! Welcome to 2013.

Slow growth really is the only way but I have a formula that will help so be sure to read my last post of 2011 and I share with you what I did to start building my audience. Now ignore the article marketing and the blogging networks cause they just don’t work anymore but you’ll get the overall idea of what I’m talking about. Great stuff there girl. ;-)

Thanks again and you enjoy your evening.

~Adrienne

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71 Jens P. Berget
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April 4, 2013 at 4:31 PM

I have been thinking about the future of SEO a lot lately, and I just don’t have a clue what will happen. Google is making a lot of changes, and it seems it’s true that you might need to pay for advertising to become #1 in Google in the future. At the moment, I’m ranking fairly high on a few keywords, and that’s mostly posts I wrote without focusing on SEO. But, I am still doing a lot of SEO, but it has become really hard to get a spot above #5.

I have also been thinking about how I should be blogging and doing my marketing lately, and even though I haven’t figured it out yet, I am thinking that I need to spend more time building relationships, and that relationships will be the key to SEO in the future, and the key to blogging and more or less everything we do online.
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72 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 4:42 PM

From what I’ve heard lately and to be honest with you Jens, I’m not sure what I believe anymore. If you don’t have a site that has been up since 2009 then you’re going to have a hard time beating the other guys who have seniority over you. Those that have been doing SEO a lot longer and evolve with the change. Those that focus just on that will beat you out every time. Now like you said there are some keywords that I’m sure people can still rank for but keeping that up is the real key.

I think paid advertising is where this is all going if you want search engine traffic. The key is being able to lure them in and keep their attention after they’ve opted into whatever you’re offering.

This is the year to concentrate more on communities because with them behind you we all know that word of mouth is the best way to get in front of people. If I refer something to a friend they’re going to trust that I’m not steering them wrong. You can’t beat that route Jens and with what you share, you have a great following. I don’t doubt that you’ll continue to have great success my friend. You rock!

~Adrienne

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73 Emmanuel
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April 4, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Hello madam Adrienne,
I have being blogging for the 81 days.
I simply couldn’t agree more. This is one post which has a lot in common with my latest post.
I still have a lot to learn though from the pioneers like you who are simply empowering most of us.

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74 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Hi Emmanuel,

Well congratulations for blogging that long. Good for you and I do hope you’ll hang in there. My blog was actually a ghost town back in 2010 Emmanuel so if I can do this anyone can. I love to share with my readers how I’ve done it which is what my posts entail. Proving what works and what doesn’t for me at least.

I have no doubt your post is a good one. I’ll eventually get by there, it’s been a heck of a busy week for me.

So you enjoy the rest of your week okay and thank you for your comment.

~Adrienne

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75 Olukunle Moses April 4, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I always feel at home when I read from you. The confession is that blogging days has been a struggle with Google, but the blogging community operating like a family has always bring the relief. One lesson I always learn from this blog is that “there is love in blogging.”

Thanks for always being a friend.

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76 Adrienne
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April 4, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Why thank you Olukunle, that’s so nice to hear. That’s what I go after so it’s always nice to hear that you feel you’re at home here.

So glad that you feel that way and I think that bloggers have the best community around. We stick together and are here to help. It doesn’t get much better then that.

Thank you and hope you’ve had a great week.

~Adrienne

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77 Mark
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April 4, 2013 at 8:25 PM

What an awesome community builder you are, Adrienne!

I think there is still benefits to some of the old school methods, but it certainly is changing rapidly and, like you, I believe building a community and relationships around content that helps people solve problems is key for the future.

I love watching you work, miss : )
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78 Adrienne
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April 5, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Hey Mark,

Ah, thank you! I do my best but seriously, it’s pretty easy. I have the best readers and blogging friends online.

I agree, some old school methods I believe will always work. Just not as well as they use to and they continue to change direction so much that it’s hard to keep up. I do believe though that building relationships with your readers is the best way to go. I mean they are pretty loyal people wouldn’t you agree!

I appreciate that Mark, thank you so much. Always nice to hear from you and sure hope you’re doing good these days. Have a fabulous weekend.

~Adrienne

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79 Praveen Rajarao
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April 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Hmmmm…sounded like a sequel to one of my earliest posts – dailymorningcoffee.com/when-to-quit-blogging. :-)

Yes, you are right, our blog is our place and our home on the internet, and we have every right to stay there and entertain!!!!! Those are some really powerful words you have used and it actually gets me motivated and just write more and more.

And of course, who can resist that “big old smile”….
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80 Adrienne
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April 5, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Maybe if it had been on your blog Praveen! lol… ;-)

Glad you liked that Praveen and I’m glad I could motivate you even more. Not that you need it but hey, I’ll take the credit. Love it!

Than you and glad you can’t resist my big old smile! It will be with me forever.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks my friend.

~Adrienne

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81 Neamat Tawadrous
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April 5, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Sorry for your loss Adrienne and for the rough day you had yesterday. My condolences.

Great Educating Post as always.

Indeed, that’s what I am learning from you and I am implementing what I learn here to build relationships and form a blogging community with my blog. As you said, our blogs are our real estate and we should be approachable and welcoming and caring about our community. Yes, it takes time but it’s all worth it. You are a living proof and a great example to follow.

Thanks Adrienne for sharing these golden nuggets with all of us.

Be Blessed,

Neamat
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82 Adrienne
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April 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Hi Neamat,

Thank you so much, that means a lot. It was a shock indeed.

I appreciate your comment Neamat and always enjoy hearing what you’ve been learning over here. You’re getting such great response on your blog and I have no doubt building an amazing community yourself. I’m so happy for you and I always enjoy it when you stop by.

Thank you so much and you enjoy your weekend.

~Adrienne

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83 Sue Neal April 5, 2013 at 3:04 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I’m reading a lot of posts about persistence and not giving up at the moment, so it feels as if someone is trying to tell me something!

I’m sure you’re right but I must admit I’ve been struggling a bit recently, due to the amount of time it takes commenting on other blogs and responding to comments on my own. I’m still a bit on the slow side (well, a lot on the slow side, actually!) so it takes me ages – guess I’ve just got to speed up! I’m having to restrict my time online at the moment, too, due to a back/neck strain I’ve developed, and it’s very frustrating – got to get it sorted, though, or my blogging days will be over for good!

Thanks for this encouraging advice, Adrienne – I’m so pleased and privileged to be a part of your community,

Sue

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84 Adrienne
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April 5, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Hey Sue,

I’m glad you’re reading all of these blogs telling you to not give up. I know that writing, responding to comments and then visiting other people’s blog is very time consuming. Girl, I’m SO behind myself this week but that’s just part of the process. The more popular your blog becomes the more people visit and the more you want to go and visit them.

Oh I’m so sorry you’re still having that issue and I know how that is. I had issues with my back too and I just found other places to go and sit since I had a laptop. Thank goodness I finally bought me a decent chair. But you do need to take care of yourself because we don’t want you down for the long haul.

You are more then welcome and just take care of yourself. You won’t be able to get rid of us that easily my friend. :-)

~Adrienne

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85 Aditya
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April 5, 2013 at 6:19 AM

Hey Adrienne,

Long time, I must admit I’ve been quite busy lately. Anyway with regards to this post, I must tell you that I have completely stopped, I mean completely, stopped focusing on Google and SEO tactics. I don’t check my analytics much and all I just care for is if they are crawling my site properly or not.

Anyway blogging communities are certainly the next big thing. I have my own blogging community and the best part is we all live in the same city so we can catch up and discuss over a few drinks if need be and that can actually be great because discussing face to face can bring out a lot more.

I also agree with the fact that nothing can beat serving your readers’ purposes and focusing on relationship marketing like you do.

My Ebook has been taking up a lot of my time but my blogging community has been really helpful in that aspect.

Fantastic post! Loved it!

Aditya
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86 Adrienne
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April 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Hey Aditya,

We all get busy but hope it’s been the rewarding kind!

I still check my stats because Google Analytics isn’t all about just SEO traffic. But glad to hear that isn’t a concern of yours anymore, the SEO that is.

Wow that’s really cool. I’d love to be able to sit down and have drinks with some of my blogging friends. I only have one friend right now that lives here in my city but it’s also a very big city so she doesn’t live near me either. How fun though.

Thank you, I appreciate that and glad your eBook is coming along. Good for you.

Thanks so much and enjoy your weekend.

~Adrienne

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87 Sandy Halliday
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April 5, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Great post Adrienne. I love the look of your blog too. It’s so clean and uncluttered that I’m sure that is part of the reason people linger to read your words of wisdom.

A well known marketer stated on a webinar the other day that 81% of bloggers never even make $100 from their blogs. I don’t know where she got the the figures from but I can well believe it. Much depends of course on what you want to achieve from your blog.

We’ve all heard from Ryan Deiss that blogging, as we have come to know it, is dead ( or broken) and he offers up a different solution. It will be interesting to see how many people take that up and what success they have with that model.

I am continuing with both my blogs. I write mostly SEO articles on my health niche blog and continue to make money from it but I am no so concerned with it for my IM blog. I do use more images on my health niche blog which get pinned and that has helped with doubling my traffic in a few months.

Google certainly keeps us on our toes!

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88 Adrienne
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April 5, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Hi Sandy,

Thank you so much and I hope so. I don’t like busy blogs at all, they give me a headache.

I agree with you, it depends on what people want to achieve with their blogs because I would say I don’t make any money from my blog. My money is made through the relationships I’ve build from people visiting my blogs. That’s the difference so I think that she needs to rethink that statement.

Well I guess I’ll be left in the dust then because I have not paid attention to what Ryan has to say. Just because he may not be having any success with his blog doesn’t mean it’s dead. They’ve been saying SEO is dead for years but it will never be dead. Things just change and evolve that’s all. Keep up with it or you’ll lose.

Well good for you and congratulations. Aren’t we glad we’re not listening to those who think we should all give up and jump on their band wagon. I don’t think so! You go Sandy!

Thank you for sharing that and I wish you the best of luck with both your blogs.

~Adrienne

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89 Debbie
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April 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Good morning Adrienne;
This is a day late, but “better late than never” as they say. So sorry about your rough week.
I only started blogging “for real” last fall, (was just dabbling before that), and never did quite understand the concepts of SEO and keywords; still don’t, really. I always answer all comments and try to visit as many other interesting blogs as I can and comment on them as well. The hard part sometimes, is getting back there to see if they replied. That’s why I’m so happy about the ReplyMe plugin and wish everyone had it. I agree that a community is the best way to go and Triberr is great for that! So many people share your content and it’s easy for me to share theirs, as well. Thank you, Adrienne, for educating me about all of it! One dilemma I have is that many of my posts are creative writing ones that don’t lend themselves to a call to action by readers, but people do tend to respond anyway. Have a great weekend!
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90 Adrienne
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April 5, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Good morning Debbie,

No problem at all girl, always good to see you. Thanks, I appreciate that too! It’s been one of those weeks for sure! :-(

I’m so glad you’ve been having fun with this Debbie. I love the stories you share about the dogs because all of us dog lovers can definitely relate to you.

I’ll be honest with you, I don’t have time to go back and check the blogs to see if they replied to my comment. I’ve shouted from the rooftops about ReplyMe so I would hope that everyone would have something like that in place. I mean it’s so hard to keep up with all the blogs we visit but I love getting my emails with their responses. That’s almost as fun as leaving them.

My pleasure and thank you for being so open to learning. I’m just here to help you girl! ;-)

You have a great weekend okay!

~Adrienne

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91 Lisa Magoulas
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April 5, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Great post Adrienne. You always have so much to share. Sometimes I lock up and can’t think of what to post. I did hear on the radio the other day that the number of people who are leaving their jobs to start an online business are going to sky rocket for 2013. So, it goes without saying, that means more bloggers. You do have a great big smile. Thanks for sharing your knowledge once again. ;) Warmest regards, Lisa
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92 Adrienne
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April 5, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Thank you Lisa, I appreciate that.

Girl, you’ve got so much good stuff over there on your blog and you’re starting to build your own community now. If those stats are right then there will be even more people coming online needing help so watch out!

Thank you, glad you like my smile. I definitely stand out that’s for sure! ;-)

You have a great weekend and I appreciate your comment.

~Adrienne

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93 Sonia
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April 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Amen sister on this post! When I started blogging I didn’t know anything about SEO or backlinking tactics. It wasn’t until I met you and everyone else in the BCGroup that I realized how important it was to build a community and get involved. I have been able to meet new people and it inspired me to do what I am doing today.

Bloggers struggle with this tremendously, because they read so many websites telling them that they have to do this or that to get traffic and then all of a sudden that becomes their complete focus. It is no wonder why so many give up or have no traffic at all.

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94 Adrienne
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April 5, 2013 at 12:42 PM

I love that, amen sister! Thanks Sonia!

This has been a process for me as well. Trying to find the right people to listen to who will actually give you the right information and steer you in the right direction. I know for me that once I started implementing what I had learned to be true I did see great results with consistent action and to me building a community is so much better then search engine traffic who are only there to solve a problem and could care less about anything else. Oh yeah, that instant gratification thing again.

I love your blog and love the new look too. You share wonderful content and help so many people too. So here’s to you and your community as well.

Amen sister! ;-)

~Adrienne

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95 Koj T. Tajo April 5, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Hey Adrienne, First sounds so good that you”l be celebrating 4th anniversary of your blog in june. Congrats in advance. Nice to find out your blog so early in my blogging career. Yes, I too will never forget your big smile. I’ll take care that I have better community around me and Google dont take me as bad guy. Happy blogging.
Regards – Koj

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96 Adrienne
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April 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Hi Koj,

I’ll definitely be having a birthday this year is right. Can’t believe it’s been this long now.

Welcome to blogging and I do hope you’re having a great time. There are so many things to learn and great people to meet so I have no doubt that you’ll have a good time. Build that community and you’ll never need Google. ;-)

Thanks for the visit and comment. Hope you enjoy your weekend and happy blogging to you too!

~Adrienne

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97 Tim Bonner
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April 5, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Hey Adrienne

I couldn’t agree more.

I’ve never relied on SEO. I just write what I write and hope that people enjoy it and find it useful.

I was hit a little by the last Google update but I’ve not been able to be so active in commenting and promoting over the past few weeks so I expected it really.

According to Google Analytics, I get about 35% of my traffic from search traffic and 25% from referrals so I guess I still need Google!

I think that social media is going to become increasingly important in terms of sharing and also Triberr. I’ve finally got my head around it now, so I’ve been using it much more!

I’m getting back on track with things after my vacation and hopefully now I’ve got Feedly set up I’ll be back up to speed soon.

Life takes over sometimes and I need to ride with it!

Have a great weekend Adrienne.

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98 Adrienne
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April 5, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Hey Tim,

See, even if you aren’t writing for the search engines you’ll still get traffic. I’m also positive that when you’re more active with blogging then your referral traffic will definitely pick back up. I know it’s hard with your schedule.

Social media is just exploding. With all the mobile devices they have and the updates they are always doing people are so social these days. They love to read and share so although searching for a solution on Google is still very popular, most people really appreciate it when a friend refers to them what they’s searching for you know.

Welcome back Tim, it’s always good to see you. But family comes first so glad you’ve had this time with them.

Have a great weekend too, I certainly will.

~Adrienne

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99 Jack
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April 5, 2013 at 8:59 PM

How long have I been blogging?

2004, I started in 2004.

Back in my day we used typewriters and computers powered by hamsters. Ancient technology for certain, but it worked.

And the way we promoted our posts was by spray painting the URLs on freeway overpasses and by paying high school kids to pass out fliers.

Aw, I miss the good old days.
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100 Adrienne
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April 6, 2013 at 9:28 AM

You’ve been blogging since 2004 Jack! Wow, that’s amazing and you’re still here. That says a LOT!!!

Hey, I’m older then you are so let’s not talk about powered by hamsters. We might give away all the fun memories. lol…

I agree, the good old days when it was simple and people found what we spray painted everywhere kind of cool. ;-)

Great to see you Jack, hope all is well with you.

~Adrienne

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101 Angela McCall
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April 5, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I don’t really rely on SEO that much. In fact, I can’t even find myself in Google Toolmaster thingy if I enter my domain there. Still, that thing confused the hell out of me. Majority of the traffic that comes to my blog comes from Twitter, Google+, and Facebook. So, I guess I’m glad that Google is looking for more quality traffic other than SEOs.

A good example on this SEO thingy is Joy Healey. Her nutrition page became number #1 and she said she didn’t know anything about SEOs that much but her page got like 25 comments on one day. And so you’re right. Google is relying more on how popular your page gets!

Angela
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102 Adrienne
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April 6, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Hi Angela,

You are too funny girl. You have to register with Google Webmaster Tools and input your URL, they don’t do all of that for you. That’s how they can crawl your blog though and help get you ranked but at the same time let you know when you have problems with your blog.

Getting traffic from the social media sites is really the best way to me. Of course if one were to shut down tomorrow you definitely want to make sure you’re on the others. It’s great to just hang out in one place only but not so good should something happen with their site.

That’s great that Joy had that happen with her site. There is hope for the rest of us right!

Thanks Angela for your comment and hope you enjoy your weekend.

~Adrienne

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103 Angela McCall
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April 7, 2013 at 8:55 PM

I finally did it. I am now officially in “Google Webmaster Tools.” So YAY!!!!
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104 Adrienne
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April 8, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Good for you, you took that extra step. All signed up and ready to rock it!

Great job Angela now have a great week.

~Adrienne

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105 RobG
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April 6, 2013 at 6:46 AM

Hello Adrienne, we’ll love you girl, There’re a few people I have booked marked and you’re one of them,what surprises me the most is that you make it your thing to visit just about everyone’s blog, Are you sure you don’t have a twin?

Your content is superb and also your personal touch that you provide to everyone that visit’s your blog I also love how clean your blog post is very easy to read with out any distractions my hat off you my friend.

Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your world.

Have a wonderful day.
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106 Adrienne
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April 6, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Hey Rob,

Why thank you Rob and I love hearing that. I have you bookmarked too and I do my best to visit everyone who visits me. It’s becoming harder and harder and I end up getting so far behind like I am right now. But I do my best. I need a twin that’s for sure. ;-)

I really appreciate that Rob, thank you. Wow, I’m loving these compliments and they are greatly appreciated. Seriously! You know I just wanted to provide the best information from things I had learned hoping that others would be able to relate to some of what I’d been through and let them know that not all of this is a piece of cake but the learning process is so worth it. I know you agree with me on this one.

You are more then welcome and thank you for being part of my world Rob. For all that you do for me and for your continued support. It means the world to me. Thank you.

Enjoy your weekend.

~Adrienne

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107 Bill Dorman
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April 6, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Sounds good to me; I always just wrote and never tried the keywords SEO route anyway. Not saying it was right or wrong, but was able to build a nice little community without it.
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108 Adrienne
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April 6, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Hey Bill,

You are the perfect example of a great community Bill. You’re not out there trying to get people to read your content. They just find you amusing, they see you everywhere so they drop by and next thing you know they’re hooked. Most have continued to hang around but that’s usually how it goes. You’ve got a great community at your place and I’m proud to be part of it.

By the way, I’ve got you on my list to visit since the beginning of the week and as you’ve noticed I haven’t made it by there yet. It’s been one of those weeks but I promise to get by before the weekend is up. My apologies my friend.

Enjoy your weekend.

~Adrienne

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109 Barbara Charles
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April 6, 2013 at 9:33 AM

I’m amazed Adrienne that every time I come to your blog I find one or two tidbits that will help me or benefit other. You can tell that you’ve been doing this a while and it shows in your advice. You’ve learned the hard way and that makes all of your information valuable because of your blood, sweat and tears and you always impart great knowledge from your learning experiences. Today I learned one more thing! Nice! I’d share it here, but I think I’ll put it in a blog! :) Thanks again for your honesty, your knowledge, your patience, and your perseverance. Without it, we would not have such a valuable resource as you.
Have a great week-end.
Barbara

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110 Adrienne
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April 6, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Really Barbara! Well that’s cool to know, thank you.

I can’t wait to find out what that post will be about. You are well on your say my friend. You are doing the same, sharing your advice of what you’ve learn through taking action and either getting the results from those action steps or not. That’s what people want to know, that’s how they want to learn. Not because someone took a course and is repeating what they learned. They want to see the results, they want to hear whether it worked for you or not.

I’ll look forward to that post and thank you so much for your kind words.

You have a wonderful weekend too Barbara.

~Adrienne

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111 Shalu Sharma
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April 6, 2013 at 12:20 PM

A Good explanation of what was then in 2009 and what is today. Some of these blogging communities live in their own bubble and when you try to break in, they don’t even respond to you. I am not fond of these communities, its all about you scratch my back and I scratch yours.
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112 Adrienne
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April 6, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Thanks Shalu and I know what you mean. I was very intimidated when I started because I saw all these other communities as those people being in the click. I didn’t feel like I belonged. So although some are like that thank goodness not most of them are.

~Adrienne

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113 Cararta
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April 6, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Well, a lot covered Adrienne!

The thing that caught my attention was on SEO….I don’t really think it has gone away or diminished…maybe changed the focus a little..more about back links because it is assumed you have figured out using Wp-Admin editor and using provided information when setting up a post?

More hands on work to get the juice? I know from previous experiments with Keywords, YouTube videos and trying to link together…sometimes works but then The Bird and Bear came along and altered everything.
Guess sharing information without a ton of Buy Buttons is going to figure in there somewhere!
Did a new post…not one affiliate link and Sergio commented…positively almost he said he is concentrating less on SEO now.
Funny comment luv is showing only 3 posts and proclaiming I have 10 because I commented on Facebook and Twitted.
Will try a direct and see what happens!
skipperworks.info/back-link-beast-shares-seo-back-links-cheat-chart/#axzz2PiYfLgE8
Might be that super cache plugin I installed…oh well.
Work and Learn.
Congratulations for Surviving 4 years Adrienne…
Hours and Days of Hard, but Enjoyable work!
I’m sure part of the Reward is receiving the grateful Thanks from aspiring Bloggers like me who need all these Golden Goodies you dispense so graciously.
Copied my comment, just in case..sometimes I get sent to the Dumpster if I do it Wrong!

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114 Adrienne
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April 6, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Thanks Cararta,

SEO will never disappear or else why would we need search engines right! I mean that’s how you find information for the most part, the other is by how much it’s being shared and you’ll end up getting good organic traffic to your site that way.

Things definitely aren’t the way they use to be. Not sure if I like that or not but it’s just the way it is. Communities are big though so more people need to start building theirs if they haven’t already.

I can’t tell you what’s going on with CL I’m afraid. That’s pulling from your blog so it’s definitely on your end. I did take the clickable link out though because over time I don’t want to go back and repair any broken links in my comment section so they’ll still be able to get through.

Almost four years, not quite there yet but it will be soon enough.

Thanks for your comment and hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

~Adrienne

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115 Cararta
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April 7, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Wasn’t a CL problem or my site…it was me..I have another site SW biz and had commented somewhere and I didn’t notice that it showed up in the auto…just clicked on it!

Plus if you go read Brad Callen’s Back Link Cheat Sheet…non working links are O.K…a few because it is natural!!!!

HG chat installed super cache for me, but I think I need the one with the 3…I’m getting these funny numbers and letters after my post name…plus can’t do any changes cause I’m hopefully transferring Domains from GDaddy to NameCheap….saved $79.00 with a click or twenty!
Later
Cararta

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116 Adrienne
Twitter:
April 7, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Glad to hear it was a human error instead of yet another problem with one of our sites or programs. That’s never fun.

Well I’m sure that Brad Callen may know a few things here or there but I’m not taking his word for it! ;-)

Hope you get everything straightened out like you want. It’s never fun getting things set up sometimes.

Have a great week Cararta and thanks again.

~Adrienne

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117 Dita - BloggingSpree
Twitter:
April 6, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Hi Adrienne,

In you case I think people like to come back to your blog because not only you post very good content, you also have such a cheery attitude. Your header immediately reflects that.

I keep blogging and I am finally making my inroads into the social media as I completely agree that we must interact with our readers there as well. For many bloggers the social interactions are not the norm yet but I think many are getting better. I too am finally taking that route.

Thank you for sharing another great post.

Dita
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118 Adrienne
Twitter:
April 7, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Hi Dita,

I know that my personality has a lot to do with why people visit as well but I know that’s because I let them know how much I care. That is a big part of it I believe.

I’m glad you’re venturing into social media and hopefully interacting with your readers as well. It might not be the norm for everyone but maybe we can be the ones that help others learn that this is the new norm. ;-)

Always my pleasure and hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

~Adrienne

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119 Jon Barry
Twitter:
April 6, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Hi Adrienne

I follow your point, that basically we can not wait for Google to sweep in, and flow our sites with traffic.

We need to develop ourselves in the marketplace, and when people come to our blogs, make them feel at home. Give them value, and make them feel valued.

One thing I must do more of, MUCH more of, is following the links back to people’s blogs. I struggle with time to do this.

Also, something terrible has happened, I lost site of comments. I do not know how, I did have emails coming in for every comment.

I had a problem with comment replying on my blog for a little while, and relied on the emails to keep me up to date. This was early on, and it formed a habit.

Also, it seems some I knew I had replied to remained without the reply. Seems at times when I comment mobile, on a tablet using the phone for data – some do not seem to stick… something else to figure out.

The good news is help maybe on the way for this – we may soon have a page in our blogs, with unanswered comments. How cool will that be!

Thanks for the reminders – and even though the original comments were made about two months ago – I am now replying to any missed. Late, but at least done.

Thanks for the tips again Adrienne – btw, did you visit the blog, and look at that Facebook share bubble that pops up about 75% of the way down the screen? I was interested to know if you did think it was annoying, or not.

Catch you soon, and check out the video I will link to in CL. It is fantastic (and not done by myself btw – just sharing it!)
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120 Adrienne
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April 7, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Hi Jon,

You are right about that, if we wait on Google we might be very disappointed.

You are not alone Jon, time is the one thing we all fight with. I’m so behind right now with visiting my readers blogs it’s not even funny. Life gets in the way and it’s just hard to catch up with at times.

Oh that’s not good. I can’t imagine not answering all of my comments. Sorry you were having that difficulty. I know that for me, if someone doesn’t respond to what I share then I more then likely won’t be back.

I think any pop up is annoying Jon but that’s just me. I hear they convert great but I know if you have return visitors to your blog who love to read your content and learn they’ll find that annoying.

I will definitely check out the video Jon but I’m really behind with my commenting too so I’ll get there, I promise. I have you on my list. ;-)

Hey, hope you’re enjoying your weekend and I’ll be by your place too okay!

~Adrienne

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121 Sharon April 7, 2013 at 10:37 AM

I have to agree that suddenly with the great google clean-up my ratings went from great to non-existent, I think it didn’t help that some of my poss have to link to each other to make any sense, so google read that as a form of phishing.
I am trying other methods to get my watchers back up again but it is slow and hard work.

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122 Adrienne
Twitter:
April 7, 2013 at 12:57 PM

So you were interlinking posts and that’s why you got slapped Sharon? I find that hard to believe because that’s yet another thing Google tells us to do. See, that’s why I just find them so darn confusing. One minute they tell you they want one thing and then a few months later they’re slapping you because of it. It’s not like we can easily go back and fix things. Dang!!!

Sorry to hear you lost some traffic too but hey! It’s a great way to start fresh without them right! ;-)

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend regardless Sharon!

~Adrienne

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123 Sharon April 7, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Best to just keep doing what I enjoy and hope that Google doesn’t change their minds again. Hopefully as I write about such a niche area that the people who want to find me will find me anyway.

Yes, having a super productive weekend.

Sharon

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124 Adrienne
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April 7, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Google will continue to change their mind Sharon, that’s inevitable I’m afraid. But that’s okay, just keep writing and reaching out to others and you’ll grow your following naturally. That’s what we all need to be doing anyway.

Great news so make sure your week is the same!

~Adrienne

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125 Vijesh
Twitter:
April 7, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Hey Adrienne,
It was like a joyous ride reading this article. your way of teaching people to build blogging communities is nice but many people wont care about the call of action button at the end of the post. Even I am also a lazy guy I read a lot but when it comes to commenting I seldom do it its not that i hate but the time factor, i don’t find time for commenting but still I have learned this as a token of appreciation for the writer and in turn it also helps me to get them back to my blog, credits to comment luv plugin it is the plugin which encourages a bit of commenting.

Now that as you said SEO has died but what about those guys who still tweak their articles in accordance to the search engines?. I think one should focus on writing rather than SEO, keywords, long tail keywords, etc. Just writing what we feel without hurting anyone. As you said writing solutions to problems is a great way of being online rather than writing crappy stuff.

Hay a great week ahead…
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126 Adrienne
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April 7, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Hey Vijesh,

I use to not comment in the beginning either Vijesh but it was because no one put that call to action at the end of their posts. They didn’t ask me to nor did they ask questions to entice us into wanting to comment. You always have to put yourself in the blog owners shoes. We all want people to read our content and appreciate it for the time and effort we put into writing it. So we definitely want people to comment on it and let us know how we did. So if we want this, doesn’t everyone else? You are right, it’s a great way to get people back to your blog so sounds like you’ve learned this the hard way too.

Amen to that and there will always be those who are trying to get around the rules. We aren’t in that class so we’re all good.

Thank you for your comment and hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

~Adrienne

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127 Guy Martin
Twitter:
April 7, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Love your writing style. Just tell it like it is. I engage my readers by asking them questions during a post. I’m having a difficult time to get people to comment. Not even the ones I know and work with personally. Perhaps you can make a suggestion about making my posts a little more comment friendly?

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128 Adrienne
Twitter:
April 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Hi Guy,

Thank you, always happy to hear that! I definitely tell it like it is, no other way right!

I’ll stop by your blog this week and check it out. I’m so behind right now so I’ll apologize ahead of time if it takes me another couple of days. This playing catch up is hard work. I promise though to let you know what I think okay!

Hope your weekend has been great and you’re looking forward to another productive and exciting week. See you soon.

~Adrienne

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129 Steven Stuart April 7, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Hi Adrienne,

This is a really interesting post. I love how you said, “I don’t want to hear about you quitting”.

Don’t worry, I have no intention of quitting, It’s just now starting to get really interesting, I have regular comments on my blog posts, and I’m getting involved with Facebook and Twitter.

When I get a little more comfortable with the social media, I plan on checking out Triberr.

I do think this is the year for blogging communities. It’s so cool how people help each other, and share so much information.

I may be making a mistake, but I’m not even concerned about SEO and keywords with my blog posts. I’m concentrating more on providing useful information and connecting with people.

Thanks, Adrienne. I appreciate everything you do! – Steve

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130 Adrienne
Twitter:
April 8, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Hi Steve,

Well I’m so happy to hear that things are just now starting to get interesting for you and you have no intention of quitting. Yay!!! I love hearing that.

I’m also very happy to hear that you’re involved in social media now and are getting some regular visitors to your blog. This is how it all starts and it can just continue to go up from here. I know that if you incorporate Triberr with this then you’ll really see an increase in traffic. You just can’t help that happening when you’re connecting with even more really cool people.

I don’t think that it’s a mistake to ignore SEO. I’m sure that there are some keywords you use in your posts that can help people find what they want and that’s the beginning at least. We don’t have to write for the search engines in order to be found. There are those people who do nothing but.

You are very welcome and thank you for your kind words. I appreciate that.

Enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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131 Joy Healey April 7, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Hi Adrienne

Great post and helpful tips, thanks.

I started blogging about 2009, but I was doing it into a commentless void. I didn’t know any better, but didn’t matter all that much because my sales site was comfortably near the top of page 1 of Google. Then disaster, even though I didn’t think I’d done anything bad.

Anyway thanks to various people, yourself included, I’m learning about communities and have been amazed at how helpful and supportive the blogging community has been.

Thanks for showing me a better way.

I had wondered if I should be focusing my comments more on blogs in the complementary health marketplace, but you make a good point that readers of ANY blog might be interested, or know someone who need it.

Joy

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132 Adrienne
Twitter:
April 8, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Hi Joy,

Thank you and glad you found them helpful. That’s why I’m here! ;-)

You kind of sound like me Joy! I don’t think I even had one comment on any of my posts. Okay, maybe a few people who probably just felt sorry for me but for the most part zilch. I did pretty good with Google and I made plenty of sales which of course at the time that’s exactly what I wanted to accomplish. But it wasn’t enough you know and I wasn’t getting the results I wanted.

The communities are the way to go. They are the ones that will spread the word about you, your content and what you provide. They will help you get the word out so it’s like a double whammy!

It’s really best to go after your target market but if someone visits your blog who is outside of your niche, then obviously they’re interested in what you share and may either eventually want what you have or like I said, know someone who does. I say don’t ever turn anyone away and for those that say that’s wrong I have proof that’s right!

Thanks Joy and you enjoy your week. Thanks so much for your comment.

~Adrienne

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133 Veena Furtado April 8, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Hi Adrienne:

How are you? How was Easter?

Really loved this post –
Yes the good ol’ days of blogging were so good.
Now the rules have changed so much.

Yay Google for sure –
But sadly, they are taking down many of the good guys –
Along with the bad guys!
(Oh Woe is me !)

But then I guess, that is the price that has to be paid –
To get rid of the bad guys –
Many of the good guys will have to suffer …
No alternative to it now is there?

Yes, even I feel the same way as you –
One has to be willing to pay for advertising –
So as to be able to make money online.

But then perhaps –
This is all part of the Google plan to make money…
Huh????

Take care.

Best wishes and regards.

Veena:)
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134 Adrienne
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April 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Hey Veena,

Easter was good, hope your’s was as well! Have fun I hope.

Yep, lot’s of innocent victims are getting caught in the crossfires I’m afraid. There should be a better way to take down the bad guys but since I have no clue what’s involved how can I really say that’s an easy thing to do.

Google is all about making money. So if you don’t paid for their advertising I have a feeling that they aren’t going to be as nice. Okay fine, we’ll just take our business elsewhere then. They are not the only search engine in town and if they’ve gotten too big for their britches we’ll just prove to them that they may soon find themselves regretting this decision. Or least I sure hope so.

Thanks Veena for your comment and glad you enjoyed my post. So long live blogging communities! Yay!!!

~Adrienne

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135 Veena Furtado April 8, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Hi Adrienne…

Yes true…

Google is not the only search engine in the world -
time we all took our business elsewhere.

Indeed as you say -
” So long live blogging communities! Yay!!!”

Have a good one.

Regards

Veena :)
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136 Ashvini
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April 9, 2013 at 4:47 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I sometimes wonder, why do people blog? Often they end up frustrated because their goals of making money are not met. I really do not understand why they thing , blogging is any different from any other business. The product is the “content” that readers consume and the rewards are “increasing popularity” which can lead into a career of book writing, other contracts or just plain affiliate marketing. But it takes a lot of time.
Till this point I have gained over 300 subscribers by giving my ebook for free. Blogging is about generating the right amount of trust with readers.
Often the readers become our friends for a long time. My plugin would have not got the traction without friends’ recommendations ( yours included) whom I found via blogging.
It is an investment that brings rich rewards. There is no way one could deceive their readers and get popular. It cannot be done in a short time too. One needs to be patience to get the success.
Thanks for reminding us about need to be humble and caring for friends :)
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137 Adrienne
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April 9, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Hi Ashvini,

I know that for me when I came into this I was “taught” that you had to have a blog and you had to put up ads and you had to write about products only. I know that some of the new bloggers are still being taught that which is a shame. Sure, we all want to build a business and make money but for the most part your blog should be the tool you use to help those solve their problems so that they’ll build that relationship with you and from there it’s like you said. That can lead to book writing, contracts, affiliate marketing, whatever you want.

You have said it perfectly my friend. Build those relationships and we’ll help spread the word when the time comes for whatever it is you’re promoting. I love Share Juice Pro and because we have become friends I’ll go out of my way to support you. Word of mouth is huge and it will always trump advertising.

I appreciate your comment and for sharing your thoughts with us today Ashvini. If we care about our friends it will all come back around in a more natural way.

Have a great week my wonderful friend.

~Adrienne

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138 Suresh Kumar
Twitter:
April 9, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Hi Adrienne,

How are you doing ? and this is my first visit after a long time . The title you said it’s absolutely correct , communities and communities support are very much needed these days and i will say you that How this will help you in SERP rankings too.

Communities people are who ? whoa are regular readers right ? So they like your website and for every article they will read and drop their opinions / Thoughts in the comment section. So everytime people drop a comment and google consider this as interaction / Discussion and google love them . So by this you will get good number of share and i can see them in this article you got good number of tweets, fb like etc.

So it’s all increasing the social signal strength and keeps your website at best rankings in google and you don’t have to worry about google at all because you got a loyal readers from the communities.

Adrienne, Add me in communities you’re in :) would love to connect with more people and help them :)

Cheers
Suresh

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139 Adrienne
Twitter:
April 9, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Hey Suresh,

I’m doing pretty good and how about you? You okay? Having a good week so far? It’s been awhile so I hope everything is okay with you.

Communities definitely are the people you connect with and hopefully on a weekly basis. We always hope to get more readers to our blogs but it’s those relationships we build with them that are important. We definitely want to help everyone learn and grow but also letting them know that we care about them too.

I want to believe that Google loves the comments and sharing Suresh but they slapped me this last time around and I haven’t done any of the things they had on the list for this time around. So it really makes me question what they really want. For me though I’m staying on this track and continuing to help my readers learn and grow.

You’re already in Suresh! You’re in my blogging community right here! Just glad to have you back and hope you’ll be sticking around.

Have a great week and always a pleasure to see you.

~Adrienne :-)

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140 sureshkumar
Twitter:
April 9, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Hey Adrienne ,

I did analyze your site and this is because of duplicates issue and tags are indexed in google. Add me up in Skype: sureshpeters101 i will help you out :)

No need to worry about when i am here

Cheers
Suresh

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141 Adrienne
Twitter:
April 9, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Hey Suresh,

Really! That’s news to me after I can’t tell you how many people have tried to help me with this. We’ll have to talk for sure so thank you for that. It’s greatly appreciated Suresh! I’m touched and thrilled to say the least. I’ll send you an invite.

~Adrienne

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142 sureshkumar
Twitter:
April 9, 2013 at 9:41 AM

No problem adrienne, I solved this kind of issues on my site and few of my clients websites too. Just reach me out on skype and will assist you :)

It’s so simple, you can also do it .

Cheers
suresh

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143 Adrienne
Twitter:
April 9, 2013 at 9:46 AM

We are already connected so I just sent you a message. We’ll talk when it’s convenient for you! Thanks so much!

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144 Ashvini
Twitter:
April 9, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Every time Suresh writes something, we all learn something new… Let us push him into consolidating these tips into a book :). What do you say ? :)
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145 Adrienne
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April 9, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Absolutely Ashvini and he better watch out! He’s going to be my next new best friend! ;-)

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146 sureshkumar
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April 9, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Ashvini,

Without guys like you it’s not possible to get the talent out :) Since buddies are people who find talents and encourages. Regarding book , i am working on really new concept not money making stuff but really new to everyone :)

Adrienne,

Sure yeah, we have already been a great friend since long time ;) Cheers yoo
Don’t forget to ping me on skype :) let’s solve that issue and bring back your traffic

Cheers Guys,
Suresh

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147 Adrienne
Twitter:
April 9, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Done, thanks! :-)

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148 Codrut Turcanu April 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM

hey Adrienne

what a wonderful post, and the comments you got… wow!

I wished some veterans in the niche affiliate marketing game would come in and show valid PROOF that SEO works now better than ever. I just listened to a call with a guy from Australia I think (Andrew Hansen)

He was saying that long tail keyword research (where competition is low, or non existent) is the key with Google SERPs. He re-sold me on the power of free organic traffic, and gave me the motivation to keep pushing the envelope and re-think my niche research and SEO methods… priceless!

You should check out the podcast he did, just Google the guy’s name and you’ll find the links…

I know there are plenty other guys doing more than fine with niche marketing and Google/SEO… once again, the secret is proper keyword research.

In the online marketing/blogging sphere SEO is not as easy as it used before as the niche is not that big as “health” for example, yet, you could write product reviews and focus on products which are new (to dominate SERPs) – just publish great quality content!

As for 2013… I’d say to me it’s the year of…

1. SEO/niche marketing
2. Guest posting/content marketing
3. List building/blog communities

Not in the same exact order :)

What do you think?

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149 Adrienne
Twitter:
April 9, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Hey Codrut,

Thank you and glad you not only enjoyed my post but appreciate all the comments that it’s gotten. My readers do love to share.

I don’t doubt that SEO still works, just not like it use to. I’ve heard over and over that if you’re just getting in the game and going after specific long tail keywords then you’ll never beat out the guys who have been around for at least the past four years. Not that you can’t but it won’t stick.

I think I can only speak for myself but content marketing, blog communities, list building and social media is where it’s at. Niche marketing nor SEO will ever go away because then the search engines would disappear and we both know that’s not happening. Affiliate marketing is just as big as ever and concentrating on one specific niche is definitely still the way to go. So I agree with you in that respect but I just am not as involved in those areas so it would be hard for me to say.

Thanks for coming by, good to see you again and hope you’re doing well.

~Adrienne

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150 Manickam Vijayabanu
Twitter:
April 9, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Adrienne,
That’s really a wonderful post. Just I am considering two decades before how was our media and knowledge sharing options with community. Indeed..as we know it was too difficult unless you try hard to hit the right root like magazines or some publishing companies.

Thanks to technology and social media’s awesome help to project our self as we are. Today every one can become a author…anybody can share knowledge..and of course if you wish you could become an successful entrepreneur of your own. How awesome this..!!!! Absolutely wonderful.

Here the tricky corner..your time!!! Yes. Your own job, Personal and family life, Kids, parenting and other activity time management. I use to wonder and discuss with my wife about you, Harleena and Carolyn about your comments and post as how awesomely you manage your time to balance between other official work and family life and our blog journey. Incredible dedication.

Indeed..My job nature, work schedule pulls me out often couldn’t concentrate on MediaCrayon and still I love to do as much I can. Of course I lost couple of best followers to my site since I am not maintaining my schedule and post as needed. :) Anyway..I love to share the info as much I can and this space is absolutely phenomenal. Thanks again for our great community.

Thanks for sharing the thoughtful post Adrienne.
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151 Adrienne
Twitter:
April 9, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Hi Manickam,

Ah yes, our busy schedules and how we can keep up with it all. I love that anyone really can come online and make their way if they have the drive, determination and will to succeed. As you mentioned, it does take a lot of time away from other things.

I know for myself I live alone so my time is mine. I don’t have to worry about kids and a full time job because this is my job. The commenting is for me the relationships that I’m able to build do that I can meet so many wonderful people online that support me with my efforts.

I know that life can surely get in the way and reek havoc on your schedule though and it’s a major issue for many.

Hope that overall though you’re doing well and will able to get back to your blog on a more full time basis.

Take care Manickam and have a great week.

~Adrienne

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152 Shannon
Twitter:
April 9, 2013 at 7:40 PM

I can tell you why I come back week after week – it’s because you have created a lovely community and I feel so welcome. The content is top-notch too! :) I definitely view you as my mentor/role model when it comes to community building, which I agree is what we all need to do. Sure, it would be great to be #1 in search engines, but I am interested in forming long-term relationships with my fellow bloggers and readers. This is how I will make The Heavy Purse a huge success; this is how I will help people become financially literate. I’m thrilled if someone stumbles upon me because of google, etc. but I’m far happier when my content keeps them coming back and telling others about me. I don’t know if we-your readers and community- say this enough but thank you for everything you do!!
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153 Adrienne
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April 9, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Why thank you for sharing that Shannon, I really appreciate it. I’m so glad you feel welcome here as well as learn some things along the way. I think that’s the great thing about communities myself because we’re all here to help one another and build those friendships that will last.

I also agree, it’s great getting traffic from the search engines and if enough people share your content it will be found that way but it’s more important I believe the quality of people that you have coming to your place over the quantity. We all know how important word of mouth is. That doesn’t beat those that are here one moment and gone the next.

Thank you so much for your lovely comment and I really do appreciate that. That’s why I keep doing what I do Shannon because I know my readers are appreciative of what I share and how much I’m able to help them. It’s kind of you to say though, I never get tired of hearing it.

Thank you so much and you have a wonderful week.

~Adrienne

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154 John Jarvis
Twitter:
April 10, 2013 at 4:46 AM

Hi Adrienne.

153 comments, wow! Keeps you busy I bet but then I know
how much you love your readers.

Blogging communities are a great website business idea and
it is an honor to be connected to a blogger that cares as much
as you do.

Right now I am recording a training video for people on how
to start a website business and “showing you off”, (and your
website)…lol.

Thanks for being an online friend,

John

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155 John Jarvis
Twitter:
April 10, 2013 at 5:13 AM

Now that the video is finished…

You hit the nail right on the head when you used the
word “approachable”. Some people can be bashful about
contacting people that they see online. It is like they
don’t see us a “real” and sometimes maybe even a bit
of “celebrity” but we are just us.

As for your questions Adrienne:

Do you agree with me?
Most definitely I do!

Do you think SEO will rise again?

No! not as it was, which is great. I think that blogging
will always play a huge role in SEO, especially from now
on.

Yesterday I rewatched a video from one of my old trainers
where he said, and I quote… “Blog Commenting Is Garbage”
when it comes to SEO. Sorry teach… but you’re wrong!

Plus this is an amazing way to connect to real peeps!

Do you think that 2013 is the year for blogging communities?

Yes I do, and Adrienne Smith seems to be miles ahead of the
curve. (Hope you don’t mind a “mini testimonial”)?

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156 Adrienne
Twitter:
April 10, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Hey John,

That’s how I use to view people John. I was very intimidated by them giving them some sort of celebrity status in my eyes. I didn’t know them and I just “assumed” that they were very popular in the blogging community. Once I actually approached some of these people I understood that I was the only one interpreting them that way and they were just like you and me.

SEO will never die but like everything else it will continue to change. What your teacher said back then probably was right but not now. Anyone who tells you that blog commenting is a waste of time hasn’t been involved in this themselves or they haven’t followed through enough to get the comments that would help them move to the level they need to go. I was speaking with a new subscriber on the phone the other day and told him to remain consistent in his efforts because it took me four months to get noticed. Four months! How many people give up before that!

Thank you John for your wonderful comment and mini testimonial. You are more then welcome to write one for me and I’ll add you to my bragging page. They are always welcome.

Enjoy your day and I’ll check out your video.

~Adrienne

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157 Adrienne
Twitter:
April 10, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Hey John,

Yep, they definitely keep me busy but you’re right I love my readers!

I think that’s where people misunderstand the different ways that blogs can be used. I’ll have people ask me all the time how much money I make from my blog. I don’t make money from this blog, I make money for the connections I’ve made with this blog. Big difference and a very important one I might add.

Oh wow really! Why thank you and be sure to send me that link when you’re done. I appreciate you using me as an example, I’m so very touched. I’ll be sure to check that out. By the way John, you can only leave your blog links here so any other sites will be removed. It’s in my commenting rules so although I’m excited for you, it’s best to write a blog post about your training program instead of link to it directly.

You have an awesome day and thanks for stopping by and for your continued support!

~Adrienne

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158 Astro Gremlin April 25, 2013 at 1:31 AM

Community is one thing Google can’t take away, Adrienne. As you note, it takes awhile to build relationships with other bloggers but it can be real inspiration to entertain and inform. Whereas SEO and the drive for traffic once compelled us all to do other stuff. Now I leave comments because I really want to say something or just say hi. :)

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159 Adrienne
Twitter:
April 25, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Hey Astro,

Long time no see, how have you been?

You’re right about that. Google can’t take away the community and there are other places people see your content besides the search engines. If people will just realize that the community your build will take you a lot further then someone dropping by for a one shot wonder then they may actually start seeing how this all falls into place.

Glad to hear that you’re commenting more. Good for you. ;-)

~Adrienne

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160 Mitch Mitchell
Twitter:
April 28, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Ah, I get to come in and not have to compete with everyone else to be seen! lol

Great stuff Adrienne, and of course you’re right on all fronts. You know I love the concept of blogging communities or just the one community of people who interact with each other and support each other as much as possible. Being entertaining or informative helps as well, making people feel comfortable while possibly teaching them something. And if one makes money in some fashion from blogging… well, there’s nothing wrong with that. ;-)
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161 Adrienne
Twitter:
April 29, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Hey Mitch!

Come on in my friend! lol…

Thanks for sharing that Mitch and I do love the communities that we’re able to build through blogging. I’ve met some darn awesome people, you included, so it’s been a win win for me…

Making money, well that’s just the icing on the cake.

Hey, have a great week my friend.

~Adrienne

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162 Siddhartha Sinha June 18, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I think the main and prime reason would be money, that is nearly all the people who are in touch with internet are knowing about the power of blogging and how one could earn money with great success. This is the prime cause behind it.

Regards
Siddhartha Sinha

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163 Adrienne
Twitter:
June 18, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Hi Siddhartha,

People are more then likely blogging to build up to making money that’s true but if you’re not building a community then I feel most people will really have some issues down the road. Word of mouth is the #1 reason people will buy things so if you’ve built a great community then just think about all of those people spreading the word about what you share.

Thanks for your comment Siddhartha and hope you enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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