Boot camp was fantastic. It was chock full of info that my brain is still digesting. It was planned by the most amazing women who welcomed us all (new and old) with warm hellos and drink tickets. HEY NOW! Tiffany and Francesca threw a reception that eased us all into the weekend and helped us warm up to each other before the real work began. I’m thrilled I was able to come a day early and attend.
I’m trying to wrap my head around all the things I learned this weekend and am so happy I’m an excellent note taker. I treat these sessions like school and I was a top notch student (Ringing my own very loud bell…and happy to do it). There were hundreds of tips that I could list for you here, but I’m going to explain my take on the ones that spoke to me:
Track What’s Important To You ~ via Tip Junkie
Right now I’m focused on hits, page views, and bounce rate. I used to be concerned with the number of comments on the page but feedback comes from so many different sources; be it email, Facebook, Twitter, or on the post page, it’s hard to use blog comments as a hard number to track your standing in the blogging world.
Have One Main Goal ~ via Tip Junkie
I first started out as your pretty standard “mommy blogger”. When I changed names and spaces I wanted to be a nondescript personal blogger so I could do whatever I wanted. That doesn’t work for me. I need a point to focus on. Right now I think I’m leaning towards my family’s multicultural make-up. I have a different view on things than many because of it. Merging outside cultures is hard but so much fun I really want to look at developing that more fully.
Never Second Guess a Fun Idea ~ via Tip Junkie
I have this really really fun and out there idea to do a recap of the conference, set to music, with me rewording a very popular song….and singing it on video. I’m not sure how to get that done, or if I can put myself out there like that…but if I do I promise to suck it up and post it regardless of how freaked I am to look like a fool. Blogging is fun right? Thanks to @ClassyMommy for making me want to Vlog again.
There Are Countless Ways To Make Money Blogging (or 18) ~via Tip Junkie
The ones that clicked with me were traffic related (ads), writing an e-book (free one first, then paid), creating tribe collaborations (throwing live and online events with other, bigger, bloggers), pitching for conference sponsorship (repping a brand), and working in local social media (working with local businesses on their online accounts).
SEO Means Google Love ~via Dali Burgado
SEO means your content is accessible to your readers and to the search engines. Juicy titles with “long tail” key word phrases mean more to Google than funny titles and make your readers laugh. If you’re looking for organic search engine hits you want this! Yost SEO plug-in is the best for WordPress and I already had it install…booya! Reviving old posts with a little SEO magic and linking to old posts in your current keyword rich posts will make you stand out to Google. A little keyword research in your subject area goes a long way in telling you what people are searching for.
Grow Your Audience ~ via Sharon Mom of 6
Improve your blog internally with a good layout and easy navigation, then seek opportunities externally by guest posting and using link ups. Repeat this by looking internally at SEO and analytics then again externally to decide where to put your efforts (Do you get more feed back on FB or Twitter? Should you consider cross posting content?).
In the days, weeks, even months to come you might notice a bit of a shift here as a plant my feet firmly into my niche and get my bearings if it’s one I hadn’t expected. Do not be alarmed my friends, it’s still me *pinky swear*
In the meantime, I really need to sort through my business card collecting and reach out to all these lovely ladies!