The Blogger’s A, B, C List

leisure6 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?

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Last Call for July’s Blogging 101!

Originally posted on The Daily Post:
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!

On Becoming A Better Writer

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”

Blog Abandonment is not your only Choice

peopleYesterday 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.”
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The Importance of Links to Related Sites

linkIn 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”

Branding, Your WordPress Blog’s Name and Address

domain word cloudYour blog/website URL (web address), the site title, and a brief effective tagline operate as branding tools. Unique names and URLs for blogs and websites are highly valued for establishing individual brand identity and are specifically aimed at standing out from the crowd. Continue reading “Branding, Your WordPress Blog’s Name and Address”

Relevant Anchor Text Matters

linkAnchor 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.
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Create a Business Blog, Website or Both?

skyscraperThe 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?”

Gravatars as Branding Tools

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”

No Metadata Required for Good SEO

head spinningWordPress.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”

What a Difference a Draft Makes

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.
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What Makes a Brief Blog Post Memorable?

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?”

The Who, What, Where and When of Blogging

handsBlogging 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.*
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Branding on the Blog and Beyond the Blog

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”

WordPress-3-9: Keep Calm and Carry On

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 Questions Remain Unanswered

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.

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