January 18, 2018

European Travelista – Month 2

Month 2 of this little adventure has been a whirlwind of activity: writing blog posts, learning about twitter and figuring out how to get more traffic to my site, European Travelista.

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Since I am only capable of tackling one task at a time, I chose Twitter as my challenge for the second month.  Starting out I had no idea what Twitter really was, how to use it, what hash marks are or what the heck #TTOT was!  Thanks to a couple great bloggers I settled in and decided to overcome my fear of Twitter.

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First off was reading a post by Steve at Ending the Grind.  In his post he explained his 30 Day Twitter Experiment and challenged us readers to do the same.  Knowing the power of Twitter, Steve embarked on building relationships and meeting new like-minded people by setting goals of actually communicating with you folks.   So I decided to follow his lead and set Twitter goals for myself and jumped in.  In the 2 weeks I have been following Steve’s experiment my Followers on Twitter have rose 630%, comments on my blog are up over 200% and I’m actually having fun!

The other blogger that REALLY helped me gain a better understanding of Twitter was Gillian and Jason at One Giant Step.  Their recent blog on “What the heck is twitter” really answered some of the confusing parts I was struggling with.  Through their series of blogs on Twitter I became more comfortable using Twitter.  I still have a ways to go but appreciate their timely posts.

So where am I going?  I need to focus on getting more traffic to my site and that will be my main focus for the next month.  Currently I am in the process of tackling the Facebook side of things and trying to come up with some unique ways to keep content fresh at that site.  I also will figure out how to get more visitors to my Facebook page and actually “Like” me (I feel like Sally Fields – “You like me, you really really like me!”)  Any suggestions or tips for Facebook?

The next item on my list is to increase readership of the  blog at European Travelista, get more comments and more subscribers to my RSS Feed.  This is where I’d like to gather some of your opinions.  What could/should I do to increase readership and comments on my blog site?  I am opening myself up and asking that you please be honest with me. . . I promise to not hold it against you 🙂   I really mean it when I say, I look forward to hearing your suggestions to improving my blog . . . from you all.

So here’s your chance,

I am asking you all to critique my blog and make suggestions I could implement to increase readership and comments!

What are your ideas or suggestions?

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  2. I’m impressed you’ve tackled Twitter – I’m still intimidated 🙂 XoL
    HappyHomemakerUK recently posted..Daffodils – Yellow Drops Of Sunshine

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I had no idea what Twitter was before I literally jumped in! I still don’t know what somethings are, I just follow what everyone else does. You should give it a try 🙂

  3. Erica says:

    One of the greatest plugins I ever got was the “notify me of followup comments” plugin. This allows people to be notified when there is a discussion going on and people are more likely to return to that page to put their 2 cents in. 🙂
    Erica recently posted..Travel Photography – The Grand Canyon

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Erica, Thank you for suggesting the plugin. I had actually noticed that it wasn’t on my site and made a “mental note” to look into it, but just hadn’t made it that far yet. Great suggestion and I’ll be adding it this weekend.

  4. Laura says:

    I remember my fear of Twitter when I first started blogging as well! I’m actually terrible at getting traffic through my Facebook account b/c I don’t put forth the effort, however Craig & Caz from ytravelblog are great at engaging people on Facebook. It looks like you’re off to a great start!
    Laura recently posted..Studying in Hawaii aka Visiting on the Cheap

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Laura, I am finding it hard to fit it all in – it is all so new to me and, therefore, seems like a humongous challenge. That is why I have to take it one step at a time. Thanks for sending me to ytravelblog’s facebook page. I am planning on looking at a few that seem to be doing a good job at it and learning from them!

  5. Debbie, I’m so glad that the Twitter Travel Tips series has been so helpful. It was a step out for me to try something like that and it’s nice to hear that someone liked it! I have been noticing you around the blogosphere and think your approach is a great one. You are obviously interested in what people have to say and always leave thoughtful comments on other blogs (including mine…thank you!). Keep at it, I think you’re on the right track!! Cheers!
    Gillian @OneGiantStep recently posted..New Zealand- Open For Business

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Gillian, This journey I have begun is a big step out for me too. I have found it very helpful to find bloggers like you that are willing to share your insight with newbies like me!

      Thank you for your kind comments.

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