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How to Make Your Blog Stand Out from Millions

Apr 3, 2008
Blogs have increased popularity over these past years, more and more people started to create their personal blogs to express their thoughts and feelings. Companies, on the other hand, also started their business blogs to inform consumers on their latest service, product news and reviews.

From the marketing point of view, blogs have been increasingly using as an Internet marketing media to help people and companies market products or services.

If you noticed, back to years ago, internet marketing is done by placing banners and links on the popular websites (like news and information sites) and in the newsletters and marketing letters that sent to the members of their mailing lists.

Since technology has changed people life, many of them start to spend more time on the Internet, surfing the news and reading blogs. People read their friend's blogs, their favorite author's blogs, blogs on topics that they are interested in, and blogs on product reviews. With the increasing popularity of blogging, lots of people are actually relying on it to get the latest news and trend.

Because of the size of the readiness, good and quality content can really bring lots of traffic to the sites. Blogs are not only a good medium to market a product; it also helps bloggers to make product sales if you are sell stuff from your blog.

However, since there are so many blogs on the Internet, how to do to make your blog stand out and keep your visitors coming back?

Except having informative or amusing content posted on your site, one of the many ways to achieve the results you want is to have a good blog layout and design. This one plays a big role in the traffic gain.

Here are a few tips to help you make your blog stand out from millions of others.

Customize the banner

The banner usually has the most generic designs, which are common to the blogs from a blogging company or service.

You can personalize this banner by having a graphic with the dimensions of the banner. You can also edit the graphic and put the title of your blog there.

If you have time, you can create your own graphic otherwise buy from professional designed graphics online is a good way to go.

Personalizing photos

Of course, most of the photos that you are going to use will be your own. However, if you don't customize the photos before posting them, you may miss maximizing the enhancing benefits of the graphics that can add to the page. Add photo borders can help the photo stand out from the page.

Speaking of this, you can choose a standard one to use or create your own; just make sure that it can be associated with your blog's templates.

Add a favicon

Don't you think sites with icons on the address bar before the website's URL are cool? Many people do. These favicons add a professional look to the URL. It is not that difficult to do, use photo or graphic editing software can speed up the process.

Backgrounds, textures and skins from other sites

There are sites that offer free templates, layouts, backgrounds, textures and skins. You can make use of these to your blog, so it will not look generic like most of the blogs that hosted by the service provider.

RSS feeds

You should include RSS feeds on your blog, this is a cool way to inform people with newsreaders about your blog headlines. You can find RSS feeds tutorials on the Internet by just using google search.

Audio makes your blog more personal

Not only does audio personalizes the blog; it can also keep your visitors coming back. You can try having streaming radio stations, mp3 file or playlists loading to your blog.

If you haven't tried any of above these tips, you should try it now, and it can definitely increase and retain traffic on your blog.
About the Author
Ann Liu, a certified professional Internet marketer and author of Online Profiting. To learn how YOU too can succeed in Internet and affiliate marketing, please visit http://Marketingbyann.com
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