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.
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.*
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.
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?
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.
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.
I have met many bloggers who assumed they could use pseudonyms to avoid being tracked online. But that expectation proved unrealistic as we all leave digital footprints and can be easily tracked. Realistically, somebody’s software is always watching us and taking note of our activities for marketing purposes.
Guest blogging for links and pay is big money business – illegitimate business. Matt Cutts heads Google’s spam team and gives those using guest blogging for SEO purposes a boot in the butt. He approved 423 comments in response and the majority are from whiny protesters and nit-pickers who didn’t like his reality check.
I helped my friend who became a first time blogger blog set up at Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress.com, Shutterfly and Medium. She was able to provide her own description of what a successful blog would look like and I helped her get started.
Helping people is part of my personality type. Both blogging and answering support questions have helped me to become more open and expressive. I have never been in a blogging challenge before and this is my Zero to Hero inside story part 2.
Search engines like optimized content that’s relevant and fresh. The next time you have a slow blogging day and you aren’t truly committed to publishing a post on a new topic why not breathe some freshness into an older post?
In case you have missed it WordPress.com Staff are running a 30 day blog challenge titled Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog. The challenge has entered day 4 today. Anyone can join in. It matters not if the blog is brand new or one you have been publishing in and want to improve. …
As we are entering the season when traffic reaches its lowest ebb this may be a good time to focus on Comments and commenting. The links to featured content below provide a quick means of finding posts of interest in that Category. To enter discussion please scroll to the bottom of this post.
Don’t agonize over writing a strong introduction. Begin by writing your conclusion first. If you are clear where you want readers to end up then charting the course to get them there becomes easier.
Though no Google PageRank update was expected until 2014 as the toolbar was broken, on December 6th there was an unexpected update. Relevancy and reliability are the two important elements of search engine page results and my blogs both retained their page ranks? How did your blog(s) do?
There are positives to social networking but there are negatives too. Always exercise common sense when it comes to which social media sites you are active on and what you post. Not connecting cautiously and posting appropriately can ruin your reputation, so if you want to be a successful blogger think before you act.
Want to find blogging tips, tools and tutorials in this blog fast? This index of links to blogging tips articles in list post format that itemize ways to build a better blog, become a better blogger and promote effectively may help you find what you need quickly.
My friend travels, writes essays and creates image collections but has never blogged before. “All I want to do is write!” she typed in frustration. “Why is this so hard to do? I don’t have the time to learn how to jump through hoops. Where can I go and just write?”
We all ought to own up to comments we make but who owns your comments? Some places allow editing and deletion of your own comments and some don’t. Have you ever submitted a comment to another blogger’s blog and then wanted to edit or even delete it and discovered it’s captive?
Scheduling enough time for creating original content, promoting it, answering comments, reading and leaving comments on other blogs is not an easy feat. Few bloggers I know are able to blog full time. They have active offline lives to live so they want to make the best possible use of the time they spend online.
The two primary reasons bloggers offer email newsletters are to promote their posts and/or products/services. But keeping a newsletter going is no easy feat because subscribers suffering from digital overwhelm as we all are, may be tempted to unsubscribe.
If you need to help overcome writer’s block, or just want to get motivated to write and publish more then writer’s prompts and scheduled posts maybe be the combination you need. No matter where you live there are daily, monthly and holiday writing prompts available to inspire your blogging every day of the year.
No matter how skilled a writer you may be, writing is not blogging. There’s a steep learning curve when it comes to learning how to write for the internet and attract a readership to your blog. There’s a lot of good advice available but there’s lots of bad “canned” advice too.
Comments are powerful. We all love to receive quality comments that are specific and personalized; timely and on-topic. They provide the necessary fuel for discussion and include ideas for future posts.
Features like quick and easy image and document sharing and real-time collaborative editing are just what many WordPress bloggers have been looking for and will be possible with the acquisition of Cloudup by Automattic.
You must have noticed the increase in “Unknown search terms” in your stats. I’m seeing hundreds in mine and they are growing daily. Web site owners want to know the keyword terms visitors type into Google search to locate their sites, but no more keyword data will be provided from Google.
List posts are ubiquitous and due to their numbers (no pun intended) they often get a bad rap. I have been disappointed to note that readers are not locating my list posts and I want to feature them on a static page in index form that will auto-update as I publish more. This post explains…
In Use the Display Posts Shortcode to Effectively Feature Content I introduced two ideas. The first idea was using the display posts shortcode on static pages to create index pages. The second idea was creating list posts as another way of featuring older content especially pillar posts AKA evergreen content. In this post I’m sharing some examples of…
Bloggers reveal their expertise around specific topics by publishing original content articles that offer clear value to readers. However, as blog posts are displayed in reverse chronological order when new articles are published the earlier ones migrate off front page of the blog and that means drawing attention to them is a challenge.
By Guest Author, Cynthia of Wine, Woman and Travel. More and more print writers are publishing their content online, but when they start touting themselves as bloggers… I cringe and cannot help feeling a bit resentful. A brilliant writer does not necessarily a brilliant blogger make.
Whether you blog to inform, to entertain, to persuade or to provoke controversy, to have a successful blog you must identify your target audience and Let Your Audience’s Interests Guide Your Content Strategy.
There’s an interesting stats series being published on the WordPress.com blog that’s given me a lot of food for thought. I have never been drawn to bean counting, but if one doesn’t look at the numbers then they don’t know as much as they could about how their articles are being received.
Do you want a WordPress.com theme with a magazine style layout that provides your readers with brief front page previews (teasers) of posts to select from and click into without you having to insert the more tag into each post?
Bloggers are expected to be able to sort facts from fiction, so if you are a newcomer to blogging becoming familiar with copyright law is part of the territory. Copyright, Limitations of Fair Use and Plagiarism, Attribution, Citation, Quotation are critically important matters for new bloggers to comprehend so put that education the top of your…
Throughout the last 2 years I have been trying to accommodate mobile and tablet users by choosing responsive width themes. I have been happily noting I do have more mobile and tablet viewers. However, I have also noted something perplexing and wonder if my readers have noticed it too. Have you noticed your page view…
Grammarly claims to be: The World’s Best Grammar Checker and I think that may be a valid claim. I have tested several grammar checkers previously and you can read about them here 5 free Grammar Checkers for Bloggers and Writers.
In fact, a blog is a website but there’s a strange notion out there that websites and blogs are not both websites. The arrival of custom menus at WordPress.com was very well received as many of us wanted the flexibility to structure a website for a long time.
Purchasing a domain mapping upgrade for a free hosted WordPress.com blog for a single year does not make sense. I recommend that you do not purchase a domain mapping upgrade, unless you intend to blog over the long term and are committed to renewing your domain annually.
If you have an inclination to cutesy up your site title, post titles and tags with special characters like Ampersands (&), Greater than/Less than Symbols (< and >), the Pound Sign or Hash tag (#) the “At” Symbol (@) – think again. A special character may draw the scanning eye of the reader, but using…
Search engines make information readily accessible and convenient to copy and paste but be aware that plagiarism is defined as the act of either intentionally or unintentionally publishing or passing off work that was written or created by someone else as your own work. Any time you use any material from an original source and…
The question posed to Matt Cutts of Google’s anit-spam team was, “Does using stock photos on your pages have a negative effect on rankings?” View the answer here via Google’s Matt Cutts: Stock Images Do Not Impact Search Engine Rankings. Do you think using stock images is an indicator of the quality of the content…
Learn from the experts is excellent advice and when it comes to famous writers their advice abounds. I have compiled a small collection of such advice that’s most useful to me. Please free to read the quotes and share any additional expert advice you find useful in comments at the end of the post.
Omnisearch: one search box, global results. Don’t waste time digging for that one comment with the useful link — or was it a post you saw it in? Search once and get results from all of your posts, pages, comments, and feedback. via Omnisearch — Support — WordPress.com. This new search utility rocks! Try it…
The Telegraph reports that Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno hangs upside down to get the creative juices flowing again when he has writer’s block. Writer’s block is sure to paralyze you at some point during your blogging career but you don’t need to try inversion therapy if it doesn’t appeal…
So you want to be a blogger, do you? Blogging over the long term takes: Passion, Purpose, Productivity, People Skills, Planning and Persistence. Many bloggers don’t have what it takes because a significant number of blogs registered today will be abandoned or deleted in less than a year from the date of their creation. That’s…
The latest release of Google’s Penguin Update, an updated algorithm is live. This new release of Penguin is estimated to impact roughly 2.3% of English queries conducted through Google’s search engine. This is the fourth update of the Penguin algorithm which targets black hat web spam and is far more powerful than earlier Penguin updates.…
Comments are very powerful and can be benefit your blog. Regardless of your niche or your intent when publishing a post sometimes discussions can give rise to unexpected controversy and it’s important to keep a safe environment for discussion on your blog. Knowing how to deal effectively with spammers, annoying subscribers, negative comments and trolls…
If you are a WordPress.com blogger who wants to provide your visitors with the ability to print out part of your posts, such as but not limited to, recipes, assignments,instructions or the like this post provides several ways you can do that.
The keywords metatag was a critical element for early search engines but hasn’t been used in search engine ranking since 2002. There is no such thing as setting a meta keyword tag for a WordPress.com blog. However, from time to time new bloggers post to the WordPress.com support forums asking for instructions for setting a…
I know it’s not Friday when I usually publish this weekly feature but I can do more reading so why wait? Happy reading! Five Things You Should Not Do On Your Home Page - Most people immediately press X button on their browsers after seeing cluttered home pages. If you want to avoid it, here are…