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3 Blogging Tips Written By YOU!

August 31, 2007

Recently I did a post asking you to share your blogging tips. I decided that I would link to some of my favorites in a new post, and this is that post. Please do keep reading so you can gain mounds of knowledge! And after you’re finished with this post, I suggest to go back to the original one and read all the comments, including the ones that were still great but didn’t get added to this post.

1. Steven Snell’s tip is to focus on making your blog more valuable for your readers, instead of focusing on how much money they will make you. Put the readers first, and in turn they will be loyal and give back to you. I highly suggest reading Steven’s awesome post about putting your readers before yourself.

2. Link to other good articles in your niche. When you do speedlink posts or round-ups once a week and link out to fellow bloggers, it helps you and those you link to! The site Gather Little By Little shared this advice. It’s a Christian personal finance blog, and you should definitely check it out. A related tip was also shared by a person named Crystal: If you link to other bloggers, promote them, and be a part of the community, you will get that back in return. Great advice!

3. SephyRoth.net recommended you burn your feed with Feedburner. When you use Feedburner you can see how many subscribers you have, add and manage your feed, and so much more. It’s definitely the way to go. Go take a look at the person behind this advice.

Now let’s wrap it all up!

  • Put your readers first and focus on making your blog great for them.
  • Do speedlink posts and link to fellow bloggers whenever you can.
  • Use Feedburner to burn your feed.

Definitely some great advice, and I agree with all three of these points 100%. Please do check out the blogs of those who shared these tips, because you’re bound to learn a lot! Thank you, and happy blogging! :)

5 Reasons Why You Should Use Google Reader

August 30, 2007

I’m stupid. Very stupid. Do you know that I’ve never used a feed reader until a few days ago? It’s not that I didn’t know how to use one or didn’t even know what they were – I do. It’s just because I didn’t think it would be that helpful to me. I liked visiting sites, one by one, and checking out if they’ve got content for the day. Like I said, I’m stupid. But not anymore, because now I use Google Reader. And here’s why you should too:

  1. It’s organized. Google Reader is fantastic when it comes to organization. It’s simple, not flashy. All the blogs you’re subscribed to are in alphabetical order, of course. Basically, it’s just plain old organized. It’s anyone’s dream.
  2. You can “star” items. If you come across a post in your reader that you really like, you can click a little star beside the post. All posts that you star are saved in a section called ‘starred posts’. This way you can easily retrieve them and view them later. I think this is extremely handy – if there’s ever a post with advice I need to refer to or if I plan to post about the topic on my own blog, I just star it!
  3. It’ll save you a lot of time. I thought I was better off visiting all the blogs I read individually. I was wrong. With the reader, I can keep up with all the blogs I sometimes forget to check. And not only do I know instantly when they post, but I save myself a lot of valuable time. With the reader, all my subscriptions are in one place. I don’t have to go hunting for them.
  4. You can subscribe to your own blog. Not only does your feed count go up by one number, but you can see how your blog looks to the eyes of the people who read it from a feed. After subscribing to my own blog I noticed it wasn’t too bad, but there are definitely some things I’d like to add and correct.
  5. You’re not stupid like I was. I admit, I was pretty dumb to refuse to use a reader for the amount of time that I did. But now I use Google Reader, and all is good. If you’re not using a feed reader to check up on all your blogs, then please rethink it. And I do recommended Google Reader. ;)

And those are my five tips on why you should use Google Reader (or at least some kind of feed reader, for crying out loud). If you don’t use Google, then please tell me which reader you use and why. Thanks! :)

Best of the Blogosphere Round-up #3

August 29, 2007

Best of the Blogosphere LinksI haven’t done one of these link posts in a while and lately I’ve been seeing a lot of great posts in my feed subscriptions. All these posts are pretty awesome, so check ’em out! ;)

  • The Google Sandbox – Over at BloggingTips.com, Kelby Carr discusses the Google Sandbox. It’s something that has quite a few bloggers worried but it’s actually not that bad. If you haven’t heard of it or aren’t sure what it is, and especially if you’re a new blogger, this post is extremely helpful.
  • WP Plugins you don’t want to miss – I always love posts that list WordPress plugins because I usually find a new one that’ll help me out with my blog. All these plugins that Sandra listed are great ones, so I’d recommend you give this a look.
  • How To Find Hidden Links In Your site – Court always has some new knowledge to share, and this post was a huge help, not only to me but many others as well. If you’re using a theme someone else has made, it could contain hidden links which could hurt you with Google. It’s time to check and make sure you’re not suffering from this problem.
  • Find a Sponsor for Your Blog – One of Darren’s daily tasks for you to complete is to find a sponsor for your blog. With this post he gives you insight, tips, and tells you how to do it. Recommended read.
  • 5 Blog Structures To Consider For Your Blog – Edward Dowd recently wrote a great post. He discusses and shows examples of five different ways you can lay out your blog, its content, and its design depending on what you want. I found this to be a very interesting read, so check it out.

And of course, don’t forget that you can share your blogging tips and get a free link! If you comment and offer a piece of your advice, you’re automatically entered. I will then choose all of my favorite tips and compose a post where I sum up what the author has said and link to their site. It’s win-win! But you don’t have much time left to share your smarts before the free link post is up, so hurry. :)

But if you want a cheap link that will be much more effective and appear on every page of this site, you can get one that’ll last until September 20 for only $5. Click here to learn more.

Thanks for reading, and happy blogging!

4 Ways to Check Your Blog’s Health

August 28, 2007

You work hard on writing new content for your blog, you reply to all your comments, you link out to other bloggers, you are always perfecting your design, and you try your hardest to get each post into the search engines. That’s fantastic and what makes a great blogger, so keep it up! But one other important thing is to know how healthy your blog is. This might sound silly, but it’s true!

You need to check your SEO, meta tags, PageRank, social bookmarking stats, who you’re linking out to (not all sites are reputable), feed information, backlinks, website structure, and much more. All of this (and many other things) are important to maintain a healthy blog. If you want to improve your blog’s overall health, first you must learn where you stand.

1. Meta Tag Analysis – Having a good title, description, and keywords is extremely important for your SEO. Using this quick tool, you can make sure the sizes of all your meta information is right for the search engines. If you use WordPress, get the All in One SEO plugin to fix your meta tags. I highly recommend using it.

2. Link Checker Tool – Now we move onto this link checker tool, which is very important. It checks all the sites you are linking to and makes sure they are decent. If you link out to too many spammy, untrusted websites, Google will deem YOU as untrusted, too! And that is very, very bad. So use this tool to make sure everyone you’re linking to is reputable.

3. Xinu Site Diagnosis – I love this one. It gives you so much important information. You get your site’s screenshot, an analysis of the URL, meta tags, HTML, and more, your domain information, your PageRank, and rankings for Technorati, Alexa, and DMOZ, your syndication and social bookmarking info, your indexed pages in search engines, backlinks, and validation. This all sounds like it would take forever to load, but it comes up instantly!

4. Website Grader – This one takes a minute or two to load but is completely worth it. It gives you your website grade, PageRank, Alexa and Technorati rankings, inbound links, indexed pages, your web page structure, domain information, some info on your coding, the summary of your images, last Google crawl date, readability level, how you rank for your keywords, and it even lets you compare all these aspects with another competing website! Basically this one is a measure of SEO and is very helpful.

The four tools I just told you about check your blog’s health and help you improve it. You should recheck all four of them every and now and then to maintain a healthy site, so consider bookmarking or saving this post for future reference. I hope these are helpful, and please do share any other sites that check your blog’s health that you know about. :)

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Write a Letter to Your Future Self

August 27, 2007

Two days ago I came across a site called Future Me. You fill out a form with your email address, the subject of the message, the message body, and the date to send the email. You can also choose if it’s private or public (but anonymous). If it’s private, it won’t be added to the gallery of nameless emails that people have written to their future selfs (which you can go and read any time, they’re awfully interesting).

If you don’t understand the point of the site, basically you go and write a message to yourself, and it will be delivered to your email on the date you set. For example, you can write a message today and have it sent to yourself in six months, a year, or even ten years from now.

Future Me is fantastic and can be used for many things. You can write about awesome memories that you think you might forget, and have it sent to yourself. You can write your current expectations for how you hope to be in a certain amount of years, and after all those years have passed you can see how you turned out. Any way, it’ll be a huge surprise when you get the email because you wouldn’t remember or be expecting it.

Another way you can use Future Me is to write a message to yourself in six months. Write how your blog is currently going, and where you expect it to be in six months. Write where you hope your statistics and rankings to be, and any goals you hope to accomplish. After the six months are up the forgotten email will arrive, put a smile on your face, and let you see how far you’ve come along the blogging road. Who knows, maybe today you’ll be a beginning blogger and in six months you could be the next John Chow! ;)
So far I’ve used it to write about my life and to encourage myself in the future. I’ve actually written four messages, dated between the next four years. It’ll be interesting to read something I’ve written to my own self years ago.

But I also plan to write an email specific to blogging and list all the expectations I have, and how I’m doing. In six months the email will come to my inbox and I can remember and compare. And after six months, I’ll write a post sharing how I’ve done (if I can still remember I made that promise).

Have you ever used Future Me before? If this is the first you’ve heard of it, do you plan to use it, and how? :)

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