Los blogs seguirán creciendo, a pesar de los nuevos social media

El funcionamiento simple de las plataformas de blogs personales y el aumento de la confianza en los blogs como medios de comunicación son algunos de los factores que están impulsando el crecimiento de los blogs. Pero, los social media como Twitter o Facebook, al mismo tiempo, están ofreciendo a los consumidores una manera alternativa y menos intensiva de comunicar sus pensamientos al mundo.

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Las redes sociales y los microblogs han logrado sacar a los blogs del panorama de los social media y muchos consumidores han logrado encontrar en Facebook y Twitter el canal de comunicación real que antes les ofrecían los blogs. Pero a pesar de esto, los blogs siguen siendo importantes. Este año, más de la mitad de los usuarios de internet leerán algún blog al menos una vez al mes, y en 2014, el número de lectores crecerá hasta los 150 millones de norteamericanos, un 60% de la población de Estados Unidos, según las últimas estimaciones de eMarketer.

Una de las razones principales por las que el consumo de blogs aumentará es que cada vez son más aceptados como medio online. “Las tendencias en la lectura de blogs se mantendrán al alza a medida que los blogs sigan ganando influencia en los medios generales”, declaró Paul Verna, analista de eMarketer. Reconoce además que “con el tiempo, los blogs se distinguirán cada vez menos de los otros canales mediáticos”. Leer más “Los blogs seguirán creciendo, a pesar de los nuevos social media”

5 Blogging Mistakes That Make You Look like an Amateur and Cost You Sales

Could it really be possible that your blog is costing you sales?

Well, imagine this: a potential client searches Google for products or services like yours, picks a likely-looking site from the search results, and lands on a site that displays… a bunch of articles.

You can guess what happens next: “What is this? Am I in the right place? I was looking for a store… I must have the wrong site.” And they click away. They go back to Google and click the link to your competitor’s site, where the home page content promises them exactly what they want.

Sadly, it happens all the time. You look bad, and you lose sales to a savvier competitor.

But it doesn’t have to go that way. Here are seven common mistakes businesses make, as well as advice on how to present your business website and blog in a way that helps you get customers and sales:
Mistake #1: Making Your Blog the First Thing People See

Visitors expect to see a home page when visiting a business site, not a blog.

The home page tells them where they are, what the site is about, and what they’ll find if they hang around. In only a few seconds, they can decide if they’re interested, and if they are, the home page tells them exactly what to do next.


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By James Chartrand

Could it really be possible that your blog is costing you sales?

Well, imagine this: a potential client searches Google for products or services like yours, picks a likely-looking site from the search results, and lands on a site that displays… a bunch of articles.

You can guess what happens next: “What is this? Am I in the right place? I was looking for a store… I must have the wrong site.” And they click away. They go back to Google and click the link to your competitor’s site, where the home page content promises them exactly what they want.

Sadly, it happens all the time. You look bad, and you lose sales to a savvier competitor.

But it doesn’t have to go that way. Here are seven common mistakes businesses make, as well as advice on how to present your business website and blog in a way that helps you get customers and sales:

Mistake #1: Making Your Blog the First Thing People See

Visitors expect to see a home page when visiting a business site, not a blog.

The home page tells them where they are, what the site is about, and what they’ll find if they hang around. In only a few seconds, they can decide if they’re interested, and if they are, the home page tells them exactly what to do next. Leer más “5 Blogging Mistakes That Make You Look like an Amateur and Cost You Sales”

Behind the Scenes of FreelanceSwitch with Collis!

Here at Envato we’re pretty famous for building a lot of successful blogs, like this one! We’ve done quite a few now, so last year I decided other people might find our techniques and systems useful. Today I’m really happy to announce my new book How to Build a Successful Blog Business which is a step by step guide to doing what we do, and it comes packed with case studies for our blogs including FreelanceSwitch!

The book covers everything from picking a niche to hiring staff, monetizing to building traffic. Like all my books it’s very practical, but I think the best part is the case studies because they include things like our income and expense graphs, detailed backstories about how our sites came to be, and much more. To give you a taste of what the book is like, I thought you might like to read a little part of the case study about FreelanceSwitch:


Here at Envato we’re pretty famous for building a lot of successful blogs, like this one! We’ve done quite a few now, so last year I decided other people might find our techniques and systems useful. Today I’m really happy to announce my new book How to Build a Successful Blog Business which is a step by step guide to doing what we do, and it comes packed with case studies for our blogs including FreelanceSwitch!

The book covers everything from picking a niche to hiring staff, monetizing to building traffic. Like all my books it’s very practical, but I think the best part is the case studies because they include things like our income and expense graphs, detailed backstories about how our sites came to be, and much more. To give you a taste of what the book is like, I thought you might like to read a little part of the case study about FreelanceSwitch:


Extract from The FreelanceSwitch Case Study

… Our monetization plan for FreelanceSwitch’s early days can really be summed up as: try everything and see what works. We began with privately sold (via email) banner ads, tried other ad programs like Google Adsense and Adbrite text ads, tried affiliate programs, sold Text-Link-Ads (which these days will get you an SEO penalty), wrote a book and sold it, sold ads on our RSS feed, tried ads on the podcast, tried many variations of all the above and eventually created a subscription based job board.

Some strategies were relatively successful. Text-link-ads yielded a solid, dependable income stream for a long time, until eventually we removed them for fear that Google was penalizing us. The book did well and we spun that off as a book business called RockablePress (which is where you got this book). And of course banner ads have made up the staple of our revenue for most of the site’s life.

Some strategies were less successful and one was a downright disaster. Among the many affiliate programs we tried, one was for a template site called TemplateMonster. While they are a very successful service, it turned out that our audience hated the company. When we added a “templates” section to the site which was a library of 3rd party templates for sale, the reaction in our comments was extremely annoyed. Though it immediately started yielding revenue, we axed it days later. After all our site was about making freelancers happy, not peddling third party products that they mostly despised!

While banner ads remain to this day a great earner, they have always been by nature variable. We get a good return for the traffic we serve, but we’re dependent on a handful of advertisers who come and go and result in some great months of revenue and some not so great. Leer más “Behind the Scenes of FreelanceSwitch with Collis!”

Making Money Designing Themes: What You Should Know

Alongside my primary income stream, which is my web design freelance business, I’ve also been selling themes and templates for content management systems and publishing platforms like WordPress for close to two years now.

Although theme design can seem like the promised land for web designers and web developers — with some theme authors making tens of thousands of dollars from a single theme alone — it’s actually more like a gold rush: a chosen few hit it big, but only after putting in a lot of hard work.

Here is a short guide to help you decide if getting into professional theme designing is for you.


by Sacha Greif

Making Money Designing Themes: The Pros and Cons

Alongside my primary income stream, which is my web design freelance business, I’ve also been selling themes and templates for content management systems and publishing platforms like WordPress for close to two years now.

Although theme design can seem like the promised land for web designers and web developers — with some theme authors making tens of thousands of dollars from a single theme alone — it’s actually more like a gold rush: a chosen few hit it big, but only after putting in a lot of hard work.

Here is a short guide to help you decide if getting into professional theme designing is for you. Leer más “Making Money Designing Themes: What You Should Know”

WordPress Theme Development: Custom versus Commercial

WordPress theme development and design is quickly becoming one of the most popular forms of web development. Whether you’re building a custom theme for a client’s website or designing a theme for widespread distribution, WordPress theme development is one of the most sought-after skills in our industry currently.

As a freelance web designer specializing in WordPress, I spend roughly half of my time designing themes to release as commercial products through my company, ThemeJam. The rest of my time is spent building custom themes for clients through my consultancy, CasJam Media.

In this article, I will break down these two avenues of WordPress theme development and discuss how you, the designer/developer, might approach each situation differently.

For the sake of easy labeling, I’ll refer to each as follows:

* Custom Theme: Refers to a theme designed for a client or personal project.
* Public Theme: Refers to a theme designed for distribution as a commercial product or free download.


WordPress Theme Development: Custom versus Commercial

WordPress theme development and design is quickly becoming one of the most popular forms of web development. Whether you’re building a custom theme for a client’s website or designing a theme for widespread distribution, WordPress theme development is one of the most sought-after skills in our industry currently.

As a freelance web designer specializing in WordPress, I spend roughly half of my time designing themes to release as commercial products through my company, ThemeJam. The rest of my time is spent building custom themes for clients through my consultancy, CasJam Media.

In this article, I will break down these two avenues of WordPress theme development and discuss how you, the designer/developer, might approach each situation differently. Leer más “WordPress Theme Development: Custom versus Commercial”

Qué hacer y qué no hacer para gestionar con éxito un blog corporativo

La Web 2.0 proporciona a las compañías múltiples canales para entablar comunicación directa con sus clientes. Uno de ellos es el blog corporativo, cuya implantación gana terreno día a día en el sector empresarial. A fin de convertirlo en una herramienta de éxito que realmente promueva el diálogo con el cliente, la revista Acquisa recomienda atenerse a las siguientes recomendaciones


La Web 2.0 proporciona a las compañías múltiples canales para entablar comunicación directa con sus clientes. Uno de ellos es el blog corporativo, cuya implantación gana terreno día a día en el sector empresarial. A fin de convertirlo en una herramienta de éxito que realmente promueva el diálogo con el cliente, la revista Acquisa recomienda atenerse a las siguientes recomendaciones:

1. El ritmo de actualización del blog debe ser constante.
2. Hay que definir con exactitud el público objetivo del blog. Leer más “Qué hacer y qué no hacer para gestionar con éxito un blog corporativo”

Is The Facebook LIKE Button Totally Worthless?

Most of the time, when I’m on another blog, I see nobody has used the LIKE button. When I asked people if they use it, the answer is a resounding “no”.

At the same time, it seems it slows down the load-time on some sites. For me, it doesn’t seem to do that because it is in an IFRAME.


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The LIKE button was one of the big announcements out of the Facebook F8 conference. A way to expand into the rest of the web. Bloggers go crazy!

So, like a good little blogger, I installed it. Sit back and wait for the results. And….

Crickets. Leer más “Is The Facebook LIKE Button Totally Worthless?”