The Ultimate Blog Challenge Draws to a Close

July’s Blog Challenge is Done

So the Ultimate Blog Challenge for July is done, the next one will be in October.  So I probably won’t post every single day on this blog.  I would like to keep posting at least two or three times a week though.

I am glad to have taken part in this challenge, because it helped me to develop a habit of getting on my blog each day.  Not only that, but through another blogger I learned a little more about SEO, and adding metadata to my whole site, and also to each post.  So hopefully when I blog now, it will get seen by more people.

I am still figuring out some of the metadata stuff, but I’m already implementing what I have learned, and I’m trying to read up on the parts I don’t fully understand yet, once I have a good grasp on everything, I’ll share on a blog post so that I can help others increase their web traffic also.

For now, I can share that if you are on a WordPress blog, there are many plugins you can get that will let you add custom metadata, such as keywords, descriptions of the post, and what title will appear when the you share the post on social media.  The description factor is nice because if you don’t enter it, what will automatically show is just the first few lines of your post, which in some cases doesn’t really give a clear idea of what it’s about.  By adding a custom description to each post, you can let people know what the post is about in a little more detail than you can usually do in a title alone.

You can also add metadata to the entire website with these plugins, so that if you have an art blog or artist’s website that not only sells art but also offers art marketing advice, or art tutorials, you can add those keywords to the metadata of the entire site and help search engines to find your art website.
There are some things I still don’t understand, such as where the plugin I used (called the add meta tags plugin) asks for “site-wide meta tags” but then says not to put keywords there, there is another place to enter global keywords, but the I’m just not sure what the site-wide meta tags would be if not keywords.  I’m going to try to learn about that and share it when I know more.

So, today is Sunday, the first day of the week, and this would be my first post of this week, if I am going to keep with my goal of posting at least twice a week, you will hear from me again at least one more time before next Sunday.  I won’t make any promises at this time of what day it will be, but unless some unforeseen circumstance prevents it, I will post once or twice more this week.

So if you participated in this blog challenge, what did you learn?

Also, if you know what the term “site-wide meta tags” actually means, please fill me in!  😉

 

Hand on computer keyboard Photo by GaborfromHungary at Morguefile.com
Photo by GaborfromHungary at Morguefile.com

7 Responses to The Ultimate Blog Challenge Draws to a Close

  1. Vicki, congratulations on completing the Challenge! I have appreciated you being one of the 12 or 15 who have kept at it daily, all this time. About blogsites– I have a WordPress blog site now, and I’m creating a new primary website using WordPress.org. It’s Heaven, being able to design my own site with the features I want. Thanks for everything you’ve shared this month. Blessings!

    • Yes, mine is a wordpress.org site, through hostgator, there are LOTS of free themes to choose from, and its easy enough to figure most things out yourself.

  2. Congrats! It doesn’t matter so much that you post daily, but posting on a set schedule (the same days each week) so that your fans know when to find you is most important. I post daily but I have personal reasons for doing that. Looking forward to the October challenge.

  3. Congrats on sticking with it! You are right about WordPress being a great platform. I’ve been using it for several years now and there’s always something new to learn. It sure beats trying to hand-code everything from scratch.

  4. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on what you learned. I too have a wordpress site, but don’t know about the meta tag thing. 🙂
    I learned that I can get my posts done daily if I put my mind to it. This challenge has encouraged me to continue – I am not sure if it will be daily, but I know it will be continuous. Thanks again!

  5. Congratulations, Vicki! You made it. I know you’ll go a long way with all the learning that you’ve gotten from taking part in the monthly challenge. All the best. 🙂

  6. Keep at it – we are all on the same path ! 🙂