I attended the Type A Parent Blog Conference held here in Charlotte this weekend and now I’m paying for it. To say the least I’m totally overwhelmed. I’m overwhelmed by all the stuff I didn’t get done this weekend such as our weekly menu, grocery shopping, laundry and cleaning. I’m overwhelmed by all the stuff I learned. But mostly I’m overwhelmed with my huge blog to-do list!
Instead of the typical What I Learned this Weekend, I decided to do a Type A Con Special in hopes that some of you other bloggers can use the tips! Here are a few things I took away from the conference this weekend.
I learned this Weekend that:
- When you do a sponsored post you must use nofollow. Google really
frowns upon taking any compensation for a back link. If Google finds out it can hurt your page rank in the search engines.
- The first couple words in the title of your YouTube videos are the most important. So, title your videos with what it’s about not some cutesy title.
- Having short posts (50 words or less) can actually hurt you. When you have posts that you don’t want Google to look at (like these 50 words or less posts, wordless Wednesday etc.) you want to no index those posts.
- Amazon has a one session cookie for their affiliate programs. This sucks, it means that if your reader clicks on your affiliate link to amazon they have to buy right then or you lose the sale.
- When you post a video also include text for SEO purposes.
- Google can’t read pictures so it’s important to include your alt tag. This tells Google what your pictures are about.
- Never put your eggs in one basket when it comes to traffic and income, meaning don’t solely rely on Google.
- When your inputting your alt tags in your pictures, make sure to use under scores or dashes. Don’t just push the words together.
- Products do not = cash.
- Panda and Penguins aren’t just animals, they are Google updates too.
And probably the most important thing I learned this weekend is that:
- I may be confusing my readers or potential readers with my logo. You see at the conference everyone that I gave my business card to or spoke with thought I was a travel blog because I have the word travel in my title and my logo is a suitcase. What they didn’t realize is that the suitcase is filled with all sorts of stuff that represents our travels through life. So, I need to either rethink my logo or maybe put up a tag line.
I need some help, when you look at my title and logo what do you think about? Honest Truth please! This will help me with my decision on what to do next!