Going beyond social media-using adwords to increase your readership



Whether you are just starting out, or have been blogging for a long time, one of your goals should be growing your readership.  There are several ways to do this.

Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram; these are just a few social media outlets that you can utilize to grow your audience.  But just how effective are they?

I have been on Instagram and I found that it didn’t really increase traffic.  The same goes for Facebook.  So, what else is there?

Adwords is a platform where you can run a paid-for add to increase traffic to your site. You can decide the amount you want to spend.  For a nominal monthly cost, you can not only increase readership but also increase the scope of your audience to worldwide.

I started utilizing AdWords in October of last year.  My average monthly views in the six months prior were 461.  As soon as I placed the add in October,  my monthly average views increased to 1731.65.   That’s quite a jump.  But it’s not just about numbers.

You want to get your blog’s message to the masses.  My blog, Gone with the Wheat, deals with the ups and downs of gluten free living.  It’s really important to me to get that message to others.  Of course, it depends on your blog’s message or intent as to whether you want to spend the money to increase your readership.

In conclusion, if you want to increase readership and scope, Adwords is a good platform to accomplish these things.   Only you can determine if this is the right path.  I can honestly say it’s the right one for me.



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Gluten denial

via Daily Prompt: Denial



So many people are in gluten denial.  They suffer from gas, bloating, and stomach upset, but still they don’t want to admit that their problem is gluten.

The same goes for dairy.  I had a co-worker that would eat yogurt every day, and then say she had an upset stomach.  I tried to explain to her that it was probably the dairy, but she would hear none of it.  “No, that’s not it.  I’m not lactose intolerant”, she would insist.

Instead of doing an elimination diet, and finding out for sure if gluten or dairy are the culprits, people will continue to suffer.  Why is this?

You should, of course, be tested for celiac before starting any elimination diet, but people refuse to do this also.  Even though it may cause them permanent damage.  Whether it is gluten or dairy allergy, intolerance, or celiac disease, you can’t ignore it and expect to live a happy or illness free life.

To state a famous quote, “Denial is a river in Egypt”.   And denial of a serious condition like celiac disease could get you a boat ride on the river Styx.


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New posts (part of the #AtoZChallenge)

Hello everyone,

It’s been a few days since the AtoZChallenge started. As a part of this challenge, I’ll be posting every day (except the Sundays) throughout this month with post titles progressing alphabetically from A to Z. 26 days, 26 posts (one post for every letter of the alphabet). My theme for this year’s challenge is tiny tales. I’ve reached so far as the letter C. Here’s my latest post

Consequences – a tiny tale

The leaves rustled against the window pane.
A chill ran down her spine..

Click here to read more

Here are the links to my previous posts on this challenge

AtoZChallenge Theme Reveal

A meal for two – a tiny tale

Breakfast- a tiny tale

I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts about these posts. 🙂 Thanks in advance!

Hope you have a great day!

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***New Post***

So just doing some random babbling…anyone want to talk? Maybe a new Wednesday post. I’m redoing my blog content. Not really sure what I’m doing honestly. Hahahaha!

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Hello All

So I totally neglected my cyber home but I’m back! Here’s  an open letter to my daughter.

Check it out  if you get a chance! How has everyone been?

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7 helpful questions for blog post writers

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” William Faulkner

Before you hit Publish, are you satisfied with your post?

Don’t many of us write extemporaneous posts? Sometimes I simply sit down at the keyboard and plunk away at a thought or a prompt from reading other posts. When I read the published version, I often regret putting it out there. I often discover flagrant faux pas or glaring grammar goofs. Cringing at my carelessness, I sometimes resort to editing it and re-publishing. (Keep in mind, I’m a former reporter and editor and got paid to write. My stuff had to be good. Old habits, you know.)

Are you ever dissatisfied with a post you’re about to share with the world? Try asking yourself these 7 questions I ask myself when I proofread my posts. You might want to consider them to improve your posts.

  1. Is your heading too long?
    A reasonable length is 6 to 8 words. As we’ve said before in this space, many readers don’t read past your heading. If you don’t entice them with those 6-8 words, you might lose them before they get to your opening sentence.
  2. Did you proofread your text?
    That’s a cardinal rule for me. It ought to be for all of you as well. My dingbat blogging buddy, Suze, will disagree. She spends most of her time at the home staring into space and playing bingo when she’s not blogging.
  3. Did you put yourself in my readers’ place?
    What will your audience gain from reading your post?  Who are you writing for? Yourself or your readers?
  4. Did you use “you” often? Writing for that second person pronoun, draws readers in and helps them think you’re writing to them.
  5. Can you use “how to’s” or lists or  numbers.
    Readers love lists. Use them if you can.
  6. Did you ask for feedback?
    Do you want to know what your readers thought about your post? They’ll think you’re really interested in their opinions and comments.  People love to connect with other people. I often use the hashtag #feedback when I post on the BMU.  And I sometimes ask readers directly, “What do you think?” Or, “I’d like to get your feedback on this topic (idea, post).”
  7. Is your purpose for writing clear?
    Will your readers “get it”?   Will they perceive your intent for writing your post? Do you get it yourself?

Well, there they are. Seven questions I ask (and answer) myself so I’ll be satisfied with my post once it’s published. Hope you’ll try these out yourself. You may be pleasantly surprised how your writing may improve when you ask and answer them.

Do you have questions you ask yourself while you’re writing to make it better? I’d love to hear from you. How do your questions help you improve your posts.



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. . .and on the 8th day . . .

What’s so special about the 8th day? That’s the day the Jews circumcised Jewish male newborns. Why did they wait a whole week? This post shows how awesome and creative our Almighty God is.
What do you think? I’d like to read a bunch of comments on this one.
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