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Posted: Thursday, July 28th, 2011 at 5:03 pm. Filed in General.

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How to Get More Traffic

by Scott Berkun

As soon as a blogger publishes their first post, their first question is: Where’s all my traffic? Everyone assumes they’re the only one seeking attention, when in truth nearly everyone is. It takes time to build an audience and no one gets much traffic without putting in the effort.

Here at WordPress.com we want you to get more traffic, and we build features and services to help. It’s been awhile since we’ve told you about them, so here are our top recommendations:

  1. Update your About Page. One of the first things visitors to your site will want to know is something about who you are. If you don’t update your About page to include a short bio, and they find a generic page instead,  they’ll be disappointed. But if you briefly explain (two paragraphs is plenty) what the blog is about, and who you are, they’ll be more likely to come back.
  2. Turn on Publicize. You can easily set up your WordPress.com blog to automatically share new posts out to your Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo or LinkedIn accounts. This increases your reach every time you publish a post.
  3. Turn on Sharing. With a few clicks, you can make it so any visitor can share a link to your post out to their social networks, their blog, or through email.
  4. Let readers subscribe by email. Email is often forgotten as a source of traffic. If you turn on the Subscriptions widget, people can choose to get notified of new posts on your blog, automatically, via email. It’s a great way to keep them connected to your blog without any extra work for you, or for them.
  5. Post regularly. Pick a schedule that works for you – once a day, once  a week, once every two weeks, and stick to it. Mention that frequency in your About page, and put reminders on your personal calendar. It’s only when people can expect regular posts that they’ll be compelled to come back to see what you’ve written next. If you need ideas for posts, read and subscribe to DailyPost, where we give topic ideas and blogging advice every day. You can also use PressThis to quickly generate new posts while you are browsing the web.
  6. Write Well.  It’s often unsaid, but better posts get more traffic. There’s no sense in posting every day, if every post is boring or poorly written. It takes time to develop interesting ideas, and to edit posts to be concise and typo free. If people find a careless writer at work, they won’t be back. What good is more traffic if the content they see isn’t good enough for them to choose to return?
  7. Pick good titles. Blog post titles are like newspaper headlines. They need to be short and interesting to get people to want to see what’s inside. It takes some thinking to get a title down to a short sentence, but it’s time well spent. On Facebook and Twitter, all people will often see is the title and your link.
  8. Link to bloggers like you. When you link to another blog, they’ll typically get notified (via a pingback) that someone has mentioned them. This will encourage them to visit your blog and, if they like what they find, link to you as well in their posts. But do it sparingly; too many links and we call it SPAM. If you find a post you like, excerpt a paragraph and link to the rest. Also check out Freshly Pressed and our Global Tags to find blogs with similar interests, and subscribe to their blog. You can use tags in your own posts so your work will surface there as well.
  9. Comment on other blogs like yours.  Every comment is an opportunity to show how well you write and think. When people read a great comment, they’ll see your name, and the link to your blog, encouraging them to see what else you have to say. Identify good blogs on topics similar to your own, read and contribute sincerely.
  10. Respond to every comment you get. When people comment on your blog, they’ve invested a lot of their time. Reward them by answering questions and taking their feedback, and they’ll come back again.
  11. Take requests.  Write a post requesting your readers (or your friends) to suggest topics to write about. Reach out to Facebook, twitter, or friends, for suggestions. Then let them know you’ve written about what they asked for. It’s a great way to make sure everything you write will have at least one reader.
  12. Pay for traffic. Web applications like StumbleUpon can bring visitors to your posts with rates starting at $.05 per visit. If you’ve just published a great post and you really want some feedback from visitors, this can be a good way to get started. Companies looking for broader distribution, including getting content seen by journalists, should try services like PR Newswire.

Often you’ll hear about get traffic fast schemes, but we don’t believe in those sorts of things. There’s not much magic or secrets necessary. The advice above, used thoughtfully, are more that sufficient to increase visitors to your blog.

Have other suggestions for what we can do to help you build traffic? Let us know.

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El Taller Santiesteban Print Schmidt « The Cuban Art Project

El Taller Santiesteban Print Schmidt

Posted by Leticia del Monte on July 23, 2011 · Leave a Comment (Edit)

Miguel Angel Baez y Noel Santiesteban en el fondo, Vicente Dopico Lerner

El Taller Santiesteban Print Schmidt es un sueño hecho realidad para sus fundadores Noel Santiesteban, Joaquín Dupeirón y José Lorenzo Moya, asimismo para todos los Artistas y Amigos que han participado en la gestación del proyecto.

Este sueño cabalga sobre cuantiosos años de aprendizaje del difícil y mágico mundo de la Estampa Gráfica Artística, y sobre toda la tradición del grabado en la Historia del Arte. Desde las huellas de las manos estarcidas en las cavernas por algún artista prehistórico, en las sedas estampadas por los chinos en sus serigrafías primigenias tejidas con larguísimos cabellos de mujer, en los anillos grabados con sellos de poder de los sacerdotes egipcios, en los pochoirs exquisitamente ingenuos de los grabadores franceses, en las magníficas joyas de arte manual, en los metales de Rembrant y en las maderas de Durero, en los gritos desgarradores de los sueños oníricos de Goya, en los remolinos brillantes de las litografías de Toulouse-Lautrec, y más cerca aún en las magníficas burlas razonadas por Andy Warhol con sus silkscreenmasivos y excluyentes, pero sobre todo, cabalga sobre la memoria y el dolor de la memoria, sobre las calles estrechas y sucias de adoquines de la Habana Vieja, sobre las piedras litográficas del Taller de la Plaza, donde se asoman muchos muertos cercanos e ilustres, a través de las sedas del Taller Portocarrero y sus revoluciones rotas, pero sobre todo, cabalga en la obra de muchos que hoy somos vecinos de esta Ciudad de Miami, la Ciudad de los reencuentros y renace ahora en este crisol de culturas que es este, nuestro nuevo país y en su progreso, que es un espacio ideal para esta locura artística en las manos de unos pocos magos, nosotros, ustedes, los Artistas y Coleccionistas, miembros del proyecto.

Cada Curso de Grabado divertirá y educará a nuestros niños y adultos, abrirá para ellos las maravillas del arte y ampliará sus horizontes. Nuestros artistas locales encontrarán aquí la ayuda necesaria amén del intercambio enriquecedor del trabajo colectivo.

Cada Artista tendrá, sin duda alguna, su espacio de creación y crecimiento cultural en El Taller Santiesteban Print Schmidt, cada Coleccionista tendrá acceso a un ambiente pleno de conocimiento, experiencia y dedicación por el Arte y para el Arte. El talento artístico tendrá en nuestras instalaciones un punto de encuentro y esperamos por ustedes para brindarles un centro de formación para estimular la sensibilidad y hacernos mejores seres humanos…

Los invitamos a invadir este espacio que pretendemos sea de todos, las matriculas de los cursos están abiertas y los papeles esperan perder su virginal blanco ante sus demonios y los nuestros, bienvenidos sean.

Cortesia (Taller Santiesteban Print Schmidt)

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Premios Juventud 2011: Rodner Figueroa

Premios Juventud 2011: Rodner Figueroa

by Latin Gossip Staff on 07.22.2011 – Listed under Award Shows, Moda, Rodner Figueroa

Rodner Figueroa at Premios Juventud.

Damn he’s good. Summer cool tones, fresh look, and just so chic.

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Frost Art Museum | Current Exhibitions

South Florida Cultural Consortium Exhibition
May 25, 2011 – August 21, 2011
The recent works of the recipients of the 2010 South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists Fellowship are presented. An alliance of the local arts agencies of Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Dade and Monroe counties, the Consortium assists artists through direct grants awarded solely on the basis of creative excellence to improve artists’ skills and encourage career development. This exhibit is an essential feature of the fellowship program and enables artists to be shown in a flagship visual arts institution of the region. The artists included in this exhibit are COOPER, Michael Genovese, Francie Bishop Good, Nolan Haan, Sibel Kocabasi, Beatriz Monteavaro, Glexis Novoa, Jonathan Rockford, Bert Rodriguez, FriendsWithYou, TM Sisters and Tonietta Walters.

EAST/WEST: Visually Speaking
May 25, 2011 – September 11, 2011
In EAST / WEST: Visually Speaking, 12 Chinese artists focus on merging two diverging visual languages: East and West. They reinterpret aesthetic visual traditions according to their perceptions and knowledge of European and American visual arts and appropriate iconic images such as Greek Hellenistic sculpture to the ubiquitous Pepsi logo. While in some works the reference to Western culture seems adoring, especially to the visual culture lexicon, in other works it appears to parody the West, its cultural symbols and values. The exhibition features contemporary works by Cai Lei, Cang Xin, The Luo Brothers, Ma Baozhong, Shen JingDong, Shi Liang, Sun Ping, Tang Zhigang, Zhang Hongtu and Zhong Biao.

Who’s Counting and Temporal State Of Being
David and Hi-Jin Hodge

May 25, 2011 – September 18, 2011

Returning to The Frost Art Museum with their own installation are David and Hi-Jin Hodge with Who’s Counting and Temporal State Of Being. It consists of two multi-media works that explore the idea that 21st century existence is lived in a context of boxes, of our own making, and asks the question: Have we lost a sense of the boundlessness and seamlessness of space and time, because of the pervasively rectangular environments and of everyday life? David Hodge and Hi-Jin Hodge have created video installations for artistic exhibitions around the world. Their installations blend editorial materials and innovative uses of technology to explore complex human and social questions.

Rise of an Empire:
Scenes of the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-95

June 8, 2011 – August 14, 2011
The exhibit will feature 20 woodblock print triptychs depicting first major conflict of Imperial Japan after Meiji Restoration of 1868 and the rapid westernization of Japan. The war was mainly fought for the control of Korea, at the time a subsidiary Kingdom of China. Japan’s victory was overwhelming and swift, resulting in territorial gains, as well as Korean Independence and substantial monetarily reward. These woodblock prints were made by important artists and used in Japan as both propaganda and for the depiction of places the Japanese were only able to read about in newspapers.

Tribute to Japanese Splendor: The Art of the Temari
June 8, 2011 – August 14, 2011
Temari is the centuries old tradition of handcrafting embroidered balls. Artist Sharon Thieman creates these beautiful objects with a modern sensibility.

From Old to New
October 13, 2010 through September 18, 2011
2nd Floor Galleries
From Old to New is an intriguing exhibition that features works attributed to Masters such as Ferdinand Bol, and large-scale works attributed to Peter Paul Rubens and Jacob Jordaens opposite contemporary works by Lydia Rubio, Frances Trombly & Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova and Carlos Estevez. The juxtaposition of new and old objects work seemlessly in the visual aesthetics of masterpieces.

 

OTHER THINGS TO SEE

The Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery
The Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery allows visitors to experience interactive activities designed to educate and entertain. This state-of-the-art Discovery Gallery consists of 13 stations including the computer-based display, Picture Yourself, where a camera takes an image of a person’s face and reproduces it on a touch screen. Participants can then trace the contours of the face with their fingers and print the finished product. The Kenan-Flagler Discovery Gallery is possible due to the support of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust was established in 1965 from the estate of William Rand Kenan, Jr., who was born in Wilmington in 1872 and graduated from UNC in 1894. Kenan was a scientist, chemical and mechanical engineer, business executive, dairy farmer and philanthropist.