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I often get people asking me where the best places are to put their ads, the best fonts for their blogs, the best way to lay out their blogs, and although most of the people are legitimate in their desire to learn I sometimes worry whether an old art is being lost thanks to the wonderful advice and accessibility of knowledge now available in the blogosphere: the ability to experiment.
If you want to know the best way to learn how to blog, outside of writing for a network or paying for the privilege, its hands on experimentation.
The last six months has seen a massive rise in content theft blogs and spam blogs, and there’s one thing these blogs usually have in common, and that’s the whole “Blog and Ping” thing, but if you don’t know what Blog and Ping is, don’t feel bad, because most people don’t.
But before I start a word of advice: don’t do it. Knowing and understanding your enemy is important in formulating ways of overcoming and defeating them. People who create these blogs are leeches who deserve nothing less than being banned from the search engines they so desperately seek to be included in.
Although originally written for the internet in general, what follows is still great advice for blogs:
Rupe Parnell> One of the most common questions I’m asked by my clients is “What domain name should I use for my website?”. In response, I would recommend considering several factors. In the following article, I will go through these factors in a question and answer format:
1. Should I choose a country code domain name (like .CO.UK or .CA), or a global top-level domain like .COM?
Entering the blogosphere can be exciting, lots of interesting people with similar interests and a never ending stream of content to digest, but sometimes new bloggers, with blood rushing to their heads can make some grave design mistakes with new blogs.
KISS theory equates to keeping an idea simple: literally keep it simple stupid, and it should also be a theory that is best applied to new blogs by new bloggers, because although design is not a major factor in determining the success of your blog, bad design actually works against future success by driving readers away before they can become hooked by your content.
Whilst the blogosphere provides many opportunities for free promotion, sometimes free doesn’t always cut if your aggressively seeking to achieve high targets in a competitive field. As the blogosphere has matured and advertising has become common place on blogs, blogs and bloggers have also become the advertisers as well. The good news is that it doesn’t always cost a lot of money either to give your blog a leg up by advertising it on other sites and blogs. What follows is a brief guide to a number of advertising options you can employ to give your blog a leg up, including my own person experiences where appropriate. It is by no mean a complete list, but its a good reference point if your looking at ways to provide further exposure to your site.
For many blogging has become about links, links in, link out, links from famous sites or links from other sites. Whilst we all know that blogging is more than links, links still play a vital role in building traffic and gaining exposure for your blog, because without links, chances are that your readership will never be more than a small number of people. Understanding how links work in relation to the blogosphere is important in understanding both where your blog sits, and in creating a vision for where you want it to go.
Duncan Riley> You know, I don’t think I’ve ever met a person yet who doesn’t like people visiting their blogs, but I’ve know plenty of people who want more people to visit their blogs. Building up a number of blogs over the past few months has reminded me of a lesson that’s is sometimes forgotten in the pursuit of traffic and (for some) wealth on the blogosphere. Perseverance.
Very few people find fame and fortune through launching a blog overnight, but over time most people can build a reasonable audience, or even more, based on perseverance at blogging, literally going the distance.
Bloggers are amazing for a number of different reasons, but one that has always stood out for me is the need for bloggers to be experts in many different fields, from writing, to design and marketing and advertising to name but a few. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for those who might not be familiar with the term, is, according to Adwordsedge, a general term used to describe specific techniques that can be used on websites in order to rank favorably with search engine. It can also apply as a term to describe people who actually do SEO for a living, as a noun as opposed to a verb.
But for this guide we’ll take a look at the search engine optimization as another tool in the ways you can promote your blog. This guide is by no means complete, or even heavy in detail, but is meant as a basic view of tactics and things that work to assure that you blog can be found, and hopefully discovered by people using search engines.
Duncan Riley> I’ve had the honour (or honor) over the last couple of weeks of guest blogging at Darren Rowse’s blog Problogger and I’ve pondered the question here: The Problogger guest blogging experiment: good or bad?, but I must add that the question applies to all bloggers: what to do when you go on holiday, or even better: can you actually afford to go on an extended holiday. Darren is fortunate that his blogs are widely read and there was a willing pool of people to guest blog. Whether the blogs are better or worse for that is something that no doubt Darren will discuss on his return to Bleak City (Melbourne…hi inlaws!) next week. But we don’t all have this luxury. If you were going away what would you do? I’ve always had a theory that a blog can last for about 1 week without posting before it’s seriously affected. Would you pay someone to post in your absence, or would you try to post whilst you are on holiday?