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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Blog Page Rank Tricks

As fancy as the term "blog" sounds, it's actually just a website that uses a content management system. While most blog software is more search engine friendly out of the box than many web sites, the opportunities for blog optimization are readily available.

Here are the first 4 of 8 tricks that can increase your visibility in search engines and eventually drive more traffic to your blog.

1) Syndicate your blog - Make it easy for people to subscribe to your blog. Sign-up with a free service like Feedburner and then create a "syndication" area on your site.

2) Ping blog search engines - This can be configured with blog software such as Movable Type or WordPress to work automatically. If you're using Blogger.com, then you can do this manually with Pingomatic.com or Pingoat.com.

3) Make comments on other blogs - Your name will be linked to the blog url that you enter. Don’t make comments that offer no value to the blog post. Don't use keywords in the field for your name, use your name or blog name.

4) Use track backs - If there is a blog that you refer to or quote and it is highly relevant to your subject, leave a track back. It increases your link popularity and may even score a few interested readers from the linked site. A TrackBack is a mechanism used in a blog to show, around an entry, a list of other blogs that refer to it.

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