Define your purpose: If you can’t describe in a few sentences why you are blogging, what your purpose for the blog is, and who target audience is, then don’t be surprised if you don’t attract subscribers.
In almost all cases, when I first go to visit the blog in question, I can’t immediately figure out why the blog exists. Can Your Blog Explain Its Purpose In One Second?
Continue reading “The Blogger’s A, B, C List”
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Note: Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 are the same courses previously offered. Feel free to retake them, but be aware that we will cover the same topics. New blogging courses on intermediate/advanced customization are coming later this year. July’s Blogging U. courses kick off on Monday, with the start of Blogging 101. Still mulling it over? Registration is open… Continue reading Last Call for July’s Blogging 101!
The good news is that we WordPress.com bloggers can make the choice not to put up with the hassle, frustration and waste of time involved in navigating and using the new editor and new stats pages, while they are under development.
Continue reading “Navigating the Classic WordPress.COM interface”
Highlights of the Pew Internet Project’s research related to social networking reveal some interesting facts about registered voters who follow political candidates and their campaigns on social media. Continue reading “Political News, Social Media and Cell Phones”
by Guest Author, Disperser, (Emilio J. D’Alise) who blogs at http://disperser.wordpress.com
Blogging is SO last week!
Facebook is LIKE, today!
Twitter is today and tomorrow! Continue reading “What should new bloggers do to get noticed?”
By Guest Author, David Bennett who blogs at Photograph Works.
When TT said she’d like me to write a guest post, I racked my brains for what I could write about. She writes about blogging tips and she’s good at it. Continue reading “On Becoming A Better Writer”
Newer domains and websites pass older sites all the time. How can an older site maintain its ranking over time? Matt Cutts, of Google answered that question in January 2014. Tune in, listen and learn.
Continue reading “Maintaining Your Site’s Ranking”
Yesterday was the day I reserved for my bi-annual Blogs I Follow clean-up. I’m sad that I found so many abandoned blogs that I had to unfollow. Do you know “Why Do 95% Of Bloggers Give Up? Most bloggers – maybe even 95% of bloggers – have no idea what they’re doing.”
Continue reading “Blog Abandonment is not your only Choice”
In past years blogrolls comprised of links to directly related sites were useful traffic driving tools. Then each blogroll your blog was listed in increased the possibility that readers of blogs with similar content would click in and and visit your blog too. Continue reading “The Importance of Links to Related Sites”
Whether you plan to blog as a hobby, for an income, for a business, or as a professional, it’s critical to understand writing for the web is not the same as writing for print media. Continue reading “10 Blogging Traps to Avoid”
Anchor text is the visible, clickable text in a hyperlink. Properly selected anchor text tells search engines and visitors what the page is about before they land on it. The keywords contained in anchor text helps determine search engine ranking. When used wisely relevant anchor text boosts a site’s rankings in search engines.
Continue reading “Relevant Anchor Text Matters”
The new age of marketing has dawned, and it’s a fact that people need to feel a personal connection to your business before they are willing to get on board with your product or service. That’s why creating a frequently updated blog rather than a static website is the way to go. Continue reading “Create a Business Blog, Website or Both?”
A Gravatar image is universally associated with your web presence and it’s a very powerful branding tool. Register a Gravatar and add links to your Gravatar profile page that describe your brand and where you can be found in the digital world so your brand is easy to follow. Continue reading “Gravatars as Branding Tools”
WordPress.com is a multiuser blogging platform. Our blogs share a common architecture and we bloggers cannot access metadata. This is no barrier to site discover-ability, indexing or search engine optimization. However, when answering support forum questions posed by bloggers with metadata madness sharing our reality with them can cause a head spin. Continue reading “No Metadata Required for Good SEO”
A bare bones rough draft is a blogger’s best friend in a times of need because it’s a time-saver. A rough draft that outlines your subject, your perspective and main points for expansion, and contains links to credible sources can be the start of something beautiful.
Continue reading “What a Difference a Draft Makes”
The most successful posts on your blog won’t necessarily be the posts in a standard post format. These days bloggers blog on the go, and WordPress offers 10 unique formats that can be assigned to posts including: Standard, Aside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status and Video. Continue reading “What Makes a Brief Blog Post Memorable?”
Blogging is personal and interactive. Knowing who your audience is and what they want is the key to developing quality content. Once you are in the know you have a focus for your writing and social networking. Instead of thinking, “What should I blog about today?” you will have the beginnings of a blogging plan.*
Continue reading “The Who, What, Where and When of Blogging”
If you are a blogger who is confused about brands and branding you aren’t alone. And if you think “branding” relates only to those who use their blogs to market products or services then think again. In terms of your blog, your brand is how your target audience perceives you and your blog content. Continue reading “Branding on the Blog and Beyond the Blog”
To attract an audience and keep it we bloggers need to do more than publishing fresh content. We also need to repair and replace what`s broken, refresh our theme and breath new life into our content. And what better time is there than spring to do this?
Continue reading “Spring Favorites: Refresh Your Blog”
Many WordPress.com users don’t know their sites are guinea pig sites that new WordPress software upgrades are tested on. The upgrades are done by Staff and introduced about a month before the developers fix the breakage and tweak the code and make the upgrade available to WordPress.org users for their self hosted sites. Continue reading “WordPress-3-9: Keep Calm and Carry On”
Reblogging is a controversial issue that always brings lots of comments. Staff have published a post providing some reblogging etiquette tips that I do recommend reading. But I`m not looking for comments as much as I am looking for answers from Staff, who have my comment in moderation.
Continue reading “Reblogging Questions Remain Unanswered”