Best Canadian Farming Blogs for 2012

The weather can change at the drop of a hat, and when you’re a farmer that hat dropping can either make or break your livelihood. It’s important to stay on top of things like the climate, conditions, and forecast, but if you’re a successful farmer then your time is at a premium.

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A farming website is often used for selling a product or service. The load time can make a difference for many who are ready to make a purchase, but become frustrated by pages that load slowly.

A farming website is often used for selling a product or service. The load time can make a difference for many who are ready to make a purchase, but become frustrated by pages that load slowly. Today, faster computers and consumers who do not like to wait (often longer than 3 seconds!) require online merchants to make improvements in load times. Therefore, farming websites need load time improvements as well. 

There are many companies and tools available that provide website load time help. began using a site optimization tool last year and improvements of 45% were seen. Their landing page load time was reduced to just two seconds. Although this was a tall order it considered essential to keep from losing potential customers. Four second load times were acceptable in the past; however, today, with the advancements in technology, this is considered too slow. 

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Farm bloggers can use social media to help increase brand awareness as well as reaching many people who are interested in their services or products. The difficult part is gauging the benefits that are provided for their business by social media.

Read more: A Guide To Farm Bloggers Social Media Analytics

From personal experience, there is no doubt that Farm blogs can benefit from the use of videos. Retailers are always looking for innovative ways to connect with shoppers, and videos are one of the ways of doing so.

Read more: Videos Increase Engagement on Farm Blogs too

When creating a landing page for your farming blog that will draw more viewers, especially when used to sell products or services, there are a few things that should be kept in mind. The first thing that viewers see when they arrive on the landing page is the headline.

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Top 5 Ways to Promote your Online Farm Brand on Twitter

If you are new to Twitter and are wondering how you will ever promote your farm brand with so many tweets going on around you, there are several simple things that can be done. Here are five to get you started on your tweeting journey:

Often newcomers feel as if there is no way that anyone will notice them on Twitter because everyone is so busy. One of the ways that can be used to create your visibility to start is to use a few tools. One is auto-scheduling tweets. However, this can be overdone, so you must be careful. The thing that makes Twitter work so well is the human element. If you over-automate, this defeats the purpose. The use of tools that track traffic – referral and leads as well as customers – can help to gauge the effectiveness of your Twitter input and how it affects your farm brand. 

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When it comes to farm blogs and social media, should your main focus be on getting as many likes as possible? Of course you want a large number of likes; naturally, you want more than your competitors are getting.

Read more: Quality Overrules Quantity even in Social Media

Do you ever find yourself struggling to overcome a challenge with your daily farm duties?  What about struggles that feel like you're the only one experiencing them?  Blog about it!  The farming world is waiting for your questions to answer!  People love to give advise...

Do you sometimes have difficult thinking of new content for your farming blog? Often it is not easy to come up with new things to write about on the spur of the moment. There are a few tricks that can be used if you are stuck when it comes to what you want to say in your farming blog.

Everyone who has a farm experiences challenges on a daily basis. What was the latest problem you experienced and how did you solve it? This can be interesting content for sharing as someone else may have experienced the same problem and is looking for a solution.

Read more: How to Dig Yourself out of a Farming Blog Rut

If you have a farm blog, you are becoming acquainted with the wide world of media. Social media and social networking are very powerful mediums and one is often substituted for the other due to the similarities.

Read more: Definition of Social Media versus Social Networking

Testing is something that Farmers do well.  And it doesn't stop on the fields.  One of the best ways to test your farm blog to see if it is successful is A/B testing.

A/B testing is a tool that can be used to get the best results from your content and ideally, generate additional business. When A/B testing is used to test the performance of landing pages, website pages and emails, it allows adjustments to be made and this will increase business generation. But don’t worry; It's not as difficult as it sounds. Here are a few pointers on how to test your farm blog landing page using A/B testing.

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Improve your farm blog using Google Analytics, a free tool that can help you with design, keywords and more. It is easy to use; once you set up the account, you will need to apply the code to your website. This is generated by setting up a profile for the site you will be tracking.

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With social networking growing exponetially on a daily (or even hourly basis) the importance of including it's use is becoming more important to farming.  But how much time do you have to work on your social networking and media accounts?

Social networking is becoming more important to farming and a new Chrome browser extension, Publish Sync, saves a whole lot of time. As a farmer, I have some additional time to update my social media sites, but not the time it takes for reposting and reposting on Twitter, Google+, Facebook and other sites.

Read more: Publish Sync AKA Why I’m an Android Fan