The Blog Tips Meme
Thirteen Fabulous Bloggers You Should Get to Know
Write good titles. They are the first thing people see and it is what determines whether or not a new reader is going to stick around and read your post.
Whether you use www as part of your domain name or not really doesn’t matter in the long run. But you need to make a decision and stick with it: You are effectively diluting your effectiveness to the search engines if you have both since the search engines will treat both as two different sites. One called www.yourdomain.com and the other one called yourdomain.com. If you stick with one you won’t loose any traffic, ranking, “points” or statistics in the long run.
Have fun with it. It’s great to do serious posts if there’s something you are passionate about, but also have fun getting to know others in the community. The best way to do that is to visit other people and get to know them. If someone leaves you a comment, visit them and comment on theirs as well.
Read a lot of blogs. You are not blogging alone. The blogosphere is composed of millions of people who have lots to say about so many different things. You can also get ideas from the articles you read!
Comment verification vs. comment moderation: Personally, I think comment moderation is good for several reasons. First, you can catch all the spam comments, and the second reason is you’re able to read comments that are posted to archived posts. Someone had asked me the other day how far back, being on WordPress, I catch comments, and of course that’s one reason I love WordPress: Never missing a comment.
Everytime you write a post and link to another blog you should always send an email to them letting them know that you have written a post and linked to them. This creates a community and they will in turn go to your site to read and most likely add you to their blogroll and/or write a post about you and your blog.
Stephanie recommends getting some rest When You Run Low on Blogging Ideas and You’re Tired. She includes a few other suggestions in her article, too, including asking your readers for suggested topics.
Looking for inspiration? Running out of topics to write about? Lorelle’s 16 Tips for Blog Idea Brainstorming is a great resource to help you get out of a writing rut.
Darren recommends that you Run a First Time Reader Audit on Your Blog. Have a friend or relative who has never visited your site review it while you watch them and take note of their reactions and how easy they find it to navigate. (Yes, I included Darren in Volume One, as well, but the two articles I’ve highlighted for you are so helpful, I did not want you to miss either of them.)
In a series of posts, Yoav explains why you should license your blog’s content using Creative Commons.
Kevin recently ran a debate contest so that his readers could sound off about which blogging platform is better: Blogspot or WordPress. If you are trying to decide which software to use, a lot of excellent comments entered may help you make a decision.
Take a peek at who won the debate on the WordPress side of the aisle — and $100. Thanks, Kevin!
Submit a guest blog to another blog. Once your post is live, do your best to impress your host by driving traffic to the post. Link to it from your blog; encourage friends, family and readers to visit it and pass it along; and vote for it on social networks (StumbleUpon is a favorite of mine). If you guest blog often, you can do a weekly roundup post like Lorelle on WordPress, reviewing your best posts on several websites.
Want to play?
Tag some friends, post your article and let me know you are participating so that I can link to your post!