autumn at bizchickblogs

Autumn at BizChickBlogs: Changes are Coming

October 13, 2010

in Editor's Corner

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Autumn is starting to finally show up. I just posted an update on Facebook today about it. I absolutely love this season. It has always been my favorite. Even now, in the dry and heat of Arizona, autumn is a lovely, very present force to be reckoned with. Like Spring, Autumn is about change – about preparation for change, too – and is evident in every way.

Autumn at BizChickBlogs

BizChickBlogs: Upcoming Changes

Traffic has been steadily increasing over the past couple of months, mostly due to an increase in posting on my part. Here is a nugget of truth for any unbelievers out there: increased posting increases steady traffic. Now, whether or not steady traffic is something of interest is completely subjective and up to you. If you’re using blogging as a marketing tool for your business, it behooves you to post regularly. If not, post at your leisure. Overall traffic may not be influenced one way or the other since traffic is dependent on much more than editorial calendars.

That said, with a new Tucson online marketing company and (yay) new contracts coming in, I can’t keep up the pace and post all the time here. I’m planning to stick to [intlink id="214" type="category"]Two Cents Tuesdays[/intlink], which are every two weeks with an occasional extra week thrown in, and every Friday for [intlink id="195" type="category"]Follow Fridays[/intlink], and at least one more post.

Guest Posting

If you are interested in [intlink id="3037" type="page"]guest posting[/intlink] here, please do. This has turned into a really great community of some of the smartest blogger-readers I know! :) So, if you’re up to the challenge of adding yet even more blogging, SEO, social media or online marketing know-how, you’re more than welcome.

No More Baby Food

One thing I have learned about [intlink id="72" type="category"]blogging in a community[/intlink] is that rehashing old stuff doesn’t work. As everyone learns and grows, it makes no sense to keep producing the same content, just re-written. So one thing you won’t see is old posts written new ways. While some topics never get old – getting traffic, engaging readers, building community, etc. – new topics for growth will be explored:

  • Copywriting techniques that drive comments and/or leads,
  • Using the sidebars, pages, categories, and tags more effectively
  • The pros and cons of requiring registration for comments
  • Inside look at blogging clubs and societies – are they for everyone?
  • The secret to getting big name companies to ask you to promote them
  • How to change your readership, after you’ve discovered you’re not reaching the right readers
  • Exploring LinkWorth: Get paid monthly for spots in your sidebar, footer, or keywords
  • More

Your Challenge: Making Changes

Making and embracing change is something entrepreneurs do out of instinct, I think. And so many of you who are bloggers have an entrepreneurial nature. How are you embracing change in your blogging? It could be changing the schedule, or changing your readership, or using/not using Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn… think about it.

What improvements are you planning to make this season?

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Tracy @ Coupons for Toys October 19, 2010 at 9:55 am

People really do need new articles to read. Very good point

Gunny October 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Change means that you are keeping up with the times, by that I mean that nothing stands still. I am happy that you are going to learning and doing new things. Everyone needs change from time to time. That is what makes life fun.

Gas Plants October 16, 2010 at 1:23 am

Congratulations on your new ventures Tia!! I am sure you’ ll ROCK, thanks for the share!!

Camden@Men's Gifts October 15, 2010 at 6:57 am

Hi Tia,
Congratulations on the new contracts! It must be difficult to prioritize what’s most important to work on, but sounds like you have all-win scenarios.

My big change for the fall is trying to implement a new theme across my sites. Fingers crossed that it’s a change for the better.

Enjoy your autumn!

Joseph Archibald October 15, 2010 at 3:01 am

Hey Tia, so how is the weather in Arizona as autumn progresses? Does it cool down anything?

New contracts coming in, eh? Seems you are streets ahead of me then – all my recent JV’s have come to nothing due to the other party splitting up before we even really got going. Seems I’m having to do it all myself once again, but nothing is new there then… Maybe I smell badly or something.

Anyways, best wishes with the new contracts and the up and coming projects you got going in all directions, and don’t forget us ordinary folks now, will ya.

Suresh Khanal October 15, 2010 at 1:59 am

Two things I re-awakened with your posts:

Posting frequency increases steady traffic, I don’t argue, but would it be possible to manage that higher post frequency? Sometimes I feel like writing and site for writing three or four posts a day and some other day its three or four days I’m just enjoying reading other’s posts. I don’t wish to write them myself. If I had a higher post freqency it would be harder to maintain. Moreover the journey is long, I can’t finish up the job just in one or two months!

Baby feeding! Yes – I started my blog with an intention to share my experience with new shining and starting bloggers. But social networking is a must. I must be in touch with more experienced and smart bloggers like you. I comment in those blogs and they came to my blog to comment. This gradually changed what I intended to write and started to write what better suits my commenters. In fact the blog was for somebody else! I hope you’ve faced similar situations a couple of times. I need to re-adjust in some way.

Paula October 14, 2010 at 7:18 pm

I am so glad that you are doing well. I hope to have my sites doing as well, soon. I have been learning alot from everyone on the internet and I really do think that it is helping me alot. Don’t work to hard or spread yourself too thin.

John Garrett October 14, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Wow Tia, I skip a few days and then you go all changing things and everything! Lol. I’m glad to hear your business is taking off, I know hard work pays off so good for you.

Some of my stuff is somewhat technical nuts-&-bolts type of stuff, but I’d still like to find a way to do a good guest post here. Anyway all the best!

Tia Peterson October 14, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Oh, please do! :) It’d be great if you wrote about the 4 or 5 things you find challenging with blogging… just a thought.

Caleb October 14, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I believe in the old scriptural saying that there is nothing new under the sun…things don’t actually change, they just come and go in cycles giving US as living beings an almost infinite amount of chances to finally evolve :!:

BTW,
That post Does it Take Money To Make Money you were waiting on is finally live…

Tia Peterson October 14, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Good. I’m off to check it out. :)

Eugene October 14, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I have found it hard to change something that is working for me. I believe in the old sayin…If it is not broke, don’t fix it. I tend ot open too many cans of worms at the same time. I hope that this will work alot better for you. I will miss reading your daily post but, will hope that you are happy with your new adventures.

Michelle @ Italian Mama Chef October 14, 2010 at 7:51 am

Tia, I am looking forward to your writings on some of these topics. I know for my blog, it’s hard to keep finding new recipes to post so I am trying to think of memories that I can share with my readers. I am glad to have found a few key recipes that keep traffic coming to my blog. Thanks to you, I learned SEO and that is working the best for me. Have a great Autumn!

Alex Dumitru October 14, 2010 at 5:15 am

I’m glad to hear this, Tia. Waiting for you next posts !

Mark Roberts Fairies October 14, 2010 at 12:23 am

WOW!!! Hey Tia i am eagerly looking forward to the changes you are going to make, i loved your thoughts a lot. Thanks for the share!!!

Jarret October 13, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Hi Tia,

Your last comment about finding ways to get promotion from big name companies. A few months ago a “cutting edge” social media company contacted me via my blog network site. I can’t remember their name nor would I mention it anyway.

They had an impressive list of clientele and offered me opportunities to “interview” key people in my industry.

I took the time to call one of these individuals and conduct an interview over the phone–not typically my thing. I wrote it up in a post and they later thanked me for it. To my surprise, though they liked the interview, they did absolutely nothing in the form of cross promotion for the article.

They were happy with my work and wanted to provide me with further access to interviews. I was pretty irate at the time given their complete lack of cross-promotion, so I told the contact person, “no thanks” as politely as I could.

Long story short, some larger companies unlike even guest bloggers don’t see value in providing cross-promotion in these situations. Obviously I was duped into a thinly-veiled seo effort for them to link build without doing any content creation work as it turned out.

I would be interested to see what ideas come up on your blog for these types of opportunities.

Richard October 13, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Hi Tia,
Those look like some pretty good upcoming topics. It’s too bad you have to decrease your posting frequency, but it is really hard to juggle so many different things. I was just discovering this blog and enjoy reading the posts here. Looking forward to the new topics.

Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog October 13, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Tia here we are in Spring so the changes are different! Anyway cold days are coming…
It’s demonstrated that posting very frequently improve traffics, but also stress and pressure on the blogger ;-)
I’m trying to re-share old posts but in other networks (not in my blog) and reading to jump in video.

I expect to your changes and hope you feel better of your back!

Cheers,

Gera

Ryan Biddulph October 13, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I look forward to your changes Tia. The new subject matter sounds super interesting!

I have pulled back from blog commentating recently. OK, a pull back for me might not be considered a pull back to others but my focus is on establishing new business relationships while continuing to grow my current ones.

Thanks for sharing!

Ryan

Tia Peterson October 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Thanks, Ryan. It’s very good to focus on the business networking, especially now that your blog has a very good amount of incoming, regular traffic. It’s sort of like what happens when you accelerate your car’s speed on the highway, and then put it on cruise control. You always have to steer, and there is always the occasion speeding and slowing that’s necessary, but the activity needed to get it up to that speed isn’t as much as under normal circumstances.

I love your new Twitter image. :)

Cheers,
Tia

Rick LaPoint@Internet Marketing October 13, 2010 at 11:00 am

I’m looking forward to it, Tia. I come here several times a week to see what’s happening. I’m too busy to be everywhere, so it’s good to limit myself to sites that continue to grow.

Rick

Tia Peterson October 13, 2010 at 11:02 am

Thanks, Rick! That’s awesome to hear. And I got your email and thank you for the reminder! lol It really helps.

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