Blog Marketing Tips and Secrets

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Blog Marketing Tips and Secrets — Behind-the-Scenes SCOOP on the blog you’re reading right now!  Including how to know if your blog is BLOCKED from Googlebot, what you MUST know about sitemaps, and how to find out if your blog is SABOTAGED (Mine WAS!)


Marlon here.

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First of all, important CUSTOMER NEWS AND UPDATES:

1. Push Button Target Market — I’ve added a welcome video plus a SECOND video to help you choose your target market. And I did an update on the core video since the URL and look of the Secret Site changed. Oh, I also added TWO PDF’s for you!

2. Fast Start System — I removed references in the traffic video to creating custom audiences on Facebook since they cracked down on that practice. I no longer recommend you do that. Other than that, I plan to add a few additional resources to help you with choosing your target market and creating your sales message / Value Equation.

3.  Marlon Sanders Success System — If  you are a customer and bought before July 16, you received an invite to a Q & A call.  It was FANTASTIC and the call is now posted in the member’s area.  I covered b-to-b marketing using the System, problems in finding a target market, how you get affiliates, how you find hungry target markets — and more.  The next time I do a call like that, it will be $100 because the advice is very customized and spot on. It’s really the content of a $1,000 consultation.

4. Book of Secrets and Profit Planner — New updates are coming down the pike.

5. Design Dashboard — Lorraine re-did all the screen caps in the product to match the newest Photoshop Elements version.

6. Promo Dashboard — Newly updated

How to Use Google Webmasters To Find Out If Googlebot Is BLOCKED From Spidering Your Blog and If Your Blog is Secretly SABOTAGED Guaranteeing You Do NOT Get Results (Mine Was!)

Let’s dig right in to my secretes of Blog Marketing I discovered the hard way!

1. I found out from Google Webmasters my blog setup was TOTALLY SABOTAGED!

You MUST learn to use Google Webmasters because it will give you data you can’t get elsewhere. I found out someone had pulled some shenanigans with Google that caused a black mark on my account. I had to get this REMOVED before I saw any traction at all in Google!

The way you find out about these things is simply look at your notifications.

Google Webmasters Notifications -- Blogging

All you do is sign up for free.

You’ll see the messages when you log into Google Webmasters if there are any.  In my case, I found out Googlebot could NOT access my blog!

I was like, “WHAT THE HAY!”  I could NOT figure out why Googlebot could not access my site!  That was really WEIRD!

2.  Find out if your sitemap is set up properly

There are one of two possible reasons Googlebot could NOT access my site.  One is that my SITEMAP was jacked up!  The other was that my site was sabotaged!

First, let’s look at the Sitemap part.

google sitemap problem blog

That is what you LOOK FOR in Google Webmasters.  Now, in this case, there is no cause for panic. The error is just one URL included in the site map that can’t be spidered.  But BEFORE the actual SITEMAP itself was a 404 error – page not found.  My SEO plugin was SUPPOSED to generate the Sitemap but it wasn’t working.

xml sitemap errorIf you use Yoast SEO plugin, then this is where you find the URL for your Sitemap. If you use All-In-One SEO or another plugin, you will still  have a URL for the Sitemap it generations.  The Sitemap tells Bing, Google and other engines where to find pages on your site.

I uninstalled and reinstalled my plugin and, in general, mucked around with it until I got the Sitemap to work and got a green approval in Google Webmasters.  In Google Webmasters, you’ll find a Sitemap tester. This is an essential tool for BLOG MARKETING!

3.  Make sure you have a properly set up Robots.txt

I didn’t have a robots.txt which shouldn’t cause problems.  But I fixed it anyway.  I believe most SEO plugins generate your robots.txt for you.  This is just a little text file located at /robots.txt that tells the bots if they can spider your site or not, and any pages to omit.

Here is my robots.txt. I’m sure pro bloggers pimp theirs out with all kinds of stuff. Mine is just the bare bones. Google Webmasters has a robots.txt tester:

Google Webmasters Robots.txt tester -- blogging

4.  Make sure your site appears in SEARCH!

This took awhile after I fixed all the above and fixed the RED LIGHT I’ll talk about in a second.  But FINALLY I knew my blogging was taking effect when I saw that I got a couple search results.  This meant my blog marketing plan was finally taking hold a bit.

internet marketing blog searches

You may not be able to see it that well.  The searches are lame and I’m not high yet in the results.  But the point is, at least the searches are SHOWING UP!  They weren’t before.  Keep in mind that I’m in this for the long terms.  Or that’s my goal.  I understand that short term thinkers can come in and do wizardry type stuff  to get their marketing blog ranked high and fast.  However, chances are six months later it’s all for naught.  I’m shooting for the long haul.

 5.  Make sure your opt-in is working right

Last week I asked my webmaster in the Philippines to check up on our opt-in form on the blog to make sure it was working right.  I’m barely getting any searches at this point, so it’s not a big deal. But I DO want to make sure it’s working and start seeing a trickle of opt-ins here and there.

Of course, six months to a year from now, I want to be seeing a lot of opt ins.

6.  Make sure your blog’s BOUNCE RATE is fantastic

By writing some longer blog posts or putting videos on your blog posts, you make sure your bounce rate is LOW, which is what Google and other search engines like to see.  In marketing my blog, this was one of the first things I thought about — How am I going to get the bounce rate DOWN!

You’ll notice I also have social signals.  While I’m NOT a social media marketing blog, I want to take all the advantage I can of social sharing, Facebook comments and all the like.  I aspire someday to be a top 10 marketing blog — but that’s a 1 to 2 year timeline.  I have to see if I can STICK to my blogging schedule.

7.  Get consumption of your blogging content

I’m a little disappointed in the response of my list to consuming my blog posts and interacting.  I was emailing out daily new blog posts to my list.  I noticed the opens and clicks went down more than I felt comfortable with.  I guess I won’t be doing that.  To me it’s a real shame because I did NOT outsource the content. It’s all 100% me.  And for my two cents, the content, while brief, is top notch and, most importantly, REAL.

In the ideal world, you notify your list about your blog posts and they eat it up, ask questions, interact and comment.  Now, I HAVE gotten good FACEBOOOK LIKES and comments from my blog marketing efforts here.  However, I noticed they were trending down.

8.  Is your blog SABOTAGED?

When I checked Google Webmasters, I found someone had filed a complaint against my blog. This was deliberate and malicious.  I used the Google response form and easily got it taken care of.  This is why it’s so vitally important you READ your NOTIFICATIONS in Google Webmasters!

That pretty much wraps up my ventures at this point.  If you’re doing a blog, you MUST know and use Google Webmasters tool! It’s very simple to use and will give you a ton of extremely valuable information of great use to you in your blog marketing adventure.

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Marlon Sanders


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The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

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