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24 January, 2005 11:58 AM

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How to Find Readers for Your Blog

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Using Social Media Sites to Build Readership

Understanding and Reading a Blog

19 December, 2004 11:23 AM

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Blog Tips for Beginners

1 October, 2004 2:28 PM

Update: I have recently moved all my blog tips category to a new blog dedicated to blogging atProBlogger.

Thanks to Rod, Tim, Randy, Josue and Fabian who submitted their top blog tips a couple of posts ago. I've now written my mini piece and have used most of what you're written (I had a word limit) which was great stuff and similar to what I was thinking. I've put what I submitted below:

Blog Tips for Beginners

- Keep it simple. Start with a free and easy to use blogging tool like Blogger. Pick a simple design and just start writing. You can tweak the design and make it look good later.

- Write for yourself. It takes time for others to find and read your blog so use it as a space to think out loud about the things that interest you. Pick topics that you are passionate about and you'll find people with similar interests will connect with you.

- Interact with your readers. Make sure your blog has a commenting feature - when someone leaves a comment email them or leave a reply comment. People will come back if you take the time to acknowledge and interact with them.

- Set boundaries and think about the purpose of your blog. Remember what you are writing is in a public domain so you might want to refrain from talking about your personal life - people WILL find it. Decide up front about what you will and won't write about and stick to it.

- Read other blogs and link to those that interest you. One of the best things about blogging is how it connects people thinking through similar issues. Link to them, add your own ideas, leave comments on their blog - blogging can bring about rich and wonderful conversations and lead to lasting friendships.

- Be patient, post regularly and have fun. It can take a long time to build up a readership. In the mean time just enjoy the writing process. Make it a daily exercise (it takes some discipline) and don't give up if it seems no-one is reading - just be yourself and have fun.

How to Get your Blog Discovered

20 September, 2004 10:52 AM

Scobleizer has a good post on how to get your blog discovered. Most of it is the kind I've stuff I've already got in the Blog tips section but this one was a tad different:

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Where do your Blog Readers Look?

9 September, 2004 9:20 AM

I just found this fascinating article that has been written about some research into where web page readers eyes go when reading online news sources. I need to digest it a little more yet - however there are some interesting findings in the research that I'm sure would apply to us as bloggers as we consider the layout of our blogs. Here are a couple of snippets from the article.

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Successful Blogging - Lessons Learned from an Olympic Experiment

31 August, 2004 2:50 PM

A few people have emailed and asked for more information about the Olympic Blog we've run. Phil asked - "what lessons did you learn about running a successful blog through the process." I thought it might make an interesting Blog Tip post.

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Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about Blogging

27 August, 2004 4:39 PM

Simon World has a good post titled Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask. Its got some great advice on blogging for anyone starting out....or continuing in blogging.

Here is a couple of his tips:

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Idiots Guide to Starting a Blog

2 August, 2004 8:30 AM

Jonny Baker has an Idiots Guide to Starting a Blog which is well worth the read if you're thinking of starting one but don't know how. I'm going to add it to my Blog Tips Central Register....

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Open Mike - Blog Tips

21 June, 2004 12:44 PM

There has been a lot of renewed interest over the past week in my Blog Tips series. Whilst I'm away this week I invite you to leave your own 'blog tip' in comments below so that we might all learn a thing or two together about this strange thing we call 'blogging'.

Adsense Tips for Bloggers 3 - An Equation for Success

14 June, 2004 3:58 PM

There are many factors that impact the level of revenue generated from a blog using the Google Adsense program. Books have been written explaining expert strategies for Adsense - However for the purposes of this series we've boiled it all down into four elements that we believe impact your Adsense earning capacity the most. Speaking in general terms here is a simple equation that illustrates how the factors each contribute to Adsense Revenue.

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Adsense Tips for Bloggers 2 - Is Your Blog Suitable for Adsense?

10 June, 2004 11:47 AM

Is your blog suitable for Adsense? - Before you rush into signing up for Adsense expecting it to earn you a million dollars it is worth asking the question of whether Adsense is the right revenue strategy for your blog. By no means is it the only option - you might like to check out this tip on other ways of making money from blogging.

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Adsense Tips for Bloggers 1

10 June, 2004 11:32 AM

How do you make money from the Google Adsense Program?

I have been asked this question so many times in the past few weeks that I thought I should write something on the topic. It seems increasingly bloggers want to try to cover their hosting and ISP costs with some revenue from their blog - and perhaps even make a few dollars on the side. Many are turning to Google's Adsense program....

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Blog Tip 34 - Getting Comments

3 June, 2004 5:40 PM

What is your experience with Blog Comments? Do you use them? How do they enhance or hinder your blogging experience? How do you suggest bloggers starting out approach the issue?...

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Weblog Primer

2 May, 2004 9:59 AM

Fran�ois from padawan.info has just written a great Weblog Primer.

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Moveable Type - Individual Archives Titles

15 April, 2004 1:36 PM

This week's Blogger Idol topic was one dear to my heart - Blog Tips. Some of the tips there are excellent (its never too late to submit yours). One in particular has been valuable to me as a Moveable Type user. In fact just one of his tips might have doubled the number of visitors of my blog today. Nicholas submitted Optimizing your MovableType blog for Google....

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Blog Tip 32 - Blog Design - Choosing Colours

13 April, 2004 12:38 PM

One of the most important decisions you can make when it comes to designing your website is to think about your colour scheme. One of the more useful articles I've read on this topic is Choosing Colour for your Website....

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Blogging for Change (6) - Fear to Commitment

13 April, 2004 12:22 PM

Stage 5 - Fear to Commitment

Depending upon the gravity of the topic you�re talking about, fear can play a part in asking people to take some action to bring about lasting change. Real and sustained change can be a scary thing for many people....

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Blogging for Change (5) - Procrastination to Desire

11 April, 2004 11:30 AM

Stage 4 - Procrastination to Desire

You have gotten the attention of your readers, they are interested in what you are blogging about, they even see how it relates to them and how they can respond to the it, you are doing great! But now comes the challenge that stops many of us from responding to things that we �should� do�.we procrastinate! We say, �well yes, that�s something that I should do� one day'....

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Blogging for Change (4) - Scepticism to Conviction

9 April, 2004 9:24 AM

Stage 3 - Scepticism to Conviction

Having got the attention and peaked the interest of your reader it is now time to help them come to of place of conviction. Scepticism might have set in by now and your reader might be thinking �this is interesting � but it doesn�t really apply to me�. This is where you need to convince them that what you are writing is personally relevant for them and that they need to take some action....

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Blogging for Change (3) - Indifference to Interest

8 April, 2004 2:03 PM

Stage 2 - Indifference to Interest

Your witty, controversial, intriguing title and first sentence has grabbed the attention of your reader. They have made a mini commitment to you and are considering reading past the first paragraph. You�ve won the first battle of taking them from 'Rejection to Attention' but their filtering system is still on and your second task is to take them from 'Indifference to Interest'....

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Blogging for Change (2) - Rejection to Attention

8 April, 2004 1:33 PM

Stage 1 - Rejection to Attention

The first task of the blogger wanting to have a lasting influence on readers is to get their attention.

In today�s world the average person is bombarded with thousands of competing messages daily. As a result most people have pretty good internal filtering systems (or crap detectors) to help sift out the junk and find the worthwhile. In a sense most of your potential readers will be in some state of rejection to your blog whether consciously or subconsciously....

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Blogging for Change - Blog Tip 26

7 April, 2004 11:40 AM

Why do Bloggers Blog? Is there some underlying thread of motivation that we all share? This is the introduction for a 6 part series on how to blog in a way that brings lasting change.

Each blogger writes for their own unique set of reasons and motivations. Some do so as a hobby, others to express their creativity....

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Introduction to Photoblogging and MoBlogging

6 April, 2004 12:34 PM

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Photoblogs and MoBlogs are continuing to grow in popularity. I've had a number of emails in the past week asking for information on how to start your own photoblog or moblog so I thought I'd put together a central resource page on the topic of photoblogging and moblogging.

What are Photoblogs and MoBlogs?

Whilst a photoblog can be a Moblog (and visa versa) they are not neccessarily one in the same thing. Lets looks to a couple of definitions from the 'experts'.

'A photoblog is a type of blog that is regularly updated with photos. Some photoblogs focus only on photography, while others have photos in addition to other content. All photoblogs, however, consider photos to be an important part of their chronological blogging structure.' Source - Photoblogs.org FAQs

'Moblogging is a blanket term that covers a variety of related practices. At its simplest, moblogging (from "mobile web logging") is merely the use of a phone or other mobile device to publish content to the World Wide Web, whether that content be text, images, media files, or some combination of the above.'Source - First International Moblogging Conference (yes there is an international moblog conference!)

An increasing amount of photobloggers update their sites by moblogging technology, however many of the most serious photobloggers don't - mainly due to image quality issues as camera phones have relatively low megapixel ratings (although they are climbing) and transferring large files via such technology is not really feasible.

It is difficult to get a grasp on how many photoblogs and moblogs are currently active however more and more services are being offered and many 'traditional '(I never thought I'd use that term) text based bloggers are increasingly utilizing moblog technology or are running parallel photoblogs to their main blogs.

Photoblogs.org is one popular resource designed to help people find all kinds of photoblogs. You can post details of your photoblog there and have it listed with a growing collection of over 3,511 photoblogs in 56 countries and 26 languages. It is a great starting place to go and promote your blog.

How to start and promote a Photoblog or MoBlog
Most blogging tools will enable you to incorporate photos into your blog if you know a little html code. However there are an increasing amount of services specifically designed for this purpose. Many of them automate the process of uploading and hosting photos and resizing thumbnails which can be difficult with some blogging services. Following are some of the more popular photoblogging and Moblogging tools and services. Also remember that a lot of blogging tips written for 'normal blogs' will also be helpful in starting and promoting your new photoblog or moblog.

Photoblogging/Moblogging Services and Tools
  • Buzznet - Photologs and MoBlogs - Buzznet offers a free service that gives you a personal photogallery and allows you to update from your camera phone or email. This free service allows users to post up to 10 images per day and up to 200 images per month. Premium services will be made available in the month ahead. They also offer community galleries, private password protected galleries, RSS and Comments.
  • Fotolog - This very popular photologing system has recently been so overwhelmed by demand that they have temporarily closed registrations of new members. It should be back up soon. It is a community orientated site that relies upon the donations of its users to survive. In comparison to some of the other services Fotolog is just as easy to use, but not as visually pleasing and does not allow too much customization of your site. It does allow email (and therefore camera phone) updates and has a guest book function. When it first came out fotolog was a leader in its class but unfortunately it has become a little dated and has been overtaken by some of the more commercial service - but its an original and authentic photo blogging experience.
  • Expressions - A Visual Blogging System - 'Expressions is a hosted visual blogging system that makes it easy for anyone to create and maintain their very own photo or visual blog. It has been designed and developed by fellow photographers, artists and bloggers to meet your specific needs.' It allows users to use pre made templates or to design their own, automatic thumbnailing, multiple users accounts, multilingual photo blogging and site stats. The cost of Expressions is $2.50 per month (first month free) which gives the user 100MB of hosting space in up to 3 separate photo blogs.
  • Fotopages - Because a Photo is Worth a Thousand Words - Fotopages has a growing community of photobloggers from all over the world. It allows Moblogging (from your phone), captions, text entries, profile and commenting. They plan to release new options shortly including individual domain names, skins and CD-ROM versions of your photo blog.
  • Phlog - Moblie Photo Blogging - Phlog is a free service (kept alive by donations) targeted at Mobloggers wanting to add photos from their camera phones via MMS or email. Pages can be customized using CSS. They currently have over 2200 users.
  • Text America - Camera Phone Moblog Community - Text America is another Moblogging service that allows users to upload photos from their phones for free. Registered users can post comments, vote for their favorite photos and moblogs and start their own moblog.
  • Moblog UK - Unlike Text America, Moblog UK do not take any control or copyright over your images - they operate under a creative commons agreement. They also support multiple image posting (up to 10 images at a time) and you can post in a wide variety of formats including video formats. Lastly they give real freedom in the design of your moblog using CSS.

  • PhotoBlog - This is a Belgian service that is still in BETA. It seems to have had a few hiccups in the last month with some regions, however looks to be a well designed service. It is free and will be a service to watch in the months ahead.
  • AirBlogging - Airblogging handles your journal or blog posts from your mobile phone, via email or sms. It is free, and it lets you post pictures or text entries to your blog or journal. Airblogging currently supports users of Live Journal, Blogger, and Movable Type software, regardless of your hosting situation.
  • TypePad - Whilst not designed solely as a photoblog tool - TypePad offers an excellent service that will meet the needs of most wanting to have a quality photoblog. It offers a variety of pricing structures (starting at $4.95 per month) with different levels of features and customization. The middle level allows full access to Moblogging and photo-album features. TypePad offers a free 30 day trial. Those interested in exploring this option might be interested in this interview with TypePads creator on photoblogging
  • Moveable Type - MT is the big brother to Typepad - again it is designed as a blog tool (this blog is run using MT) but can be customized relatively easily as a photoblog. MT is a free option, however you need to arrange your own hosting and domains and it is the most complex option listed here to set up. However having said that some of my favorite and most stunning photoblogs use this tool. For tutorials on how to use MT as a photo blogging tool check out:
    - A Photolog in Five Easy Steps
    - Quixotic Pixels - MT photoblog tutorial
    - Photoblog Tutorial
    - Blogstyles - Photoblog Information
    - MT Photoblog Plugin

Also check out:
- Snaplog - a Windows XP/2000/98 application that provides an easy interface to share photos on your website. A Photo Blog with one click publishing- required FTP.
- Gallery - a free php app that makes creating and updating a photo gallery very easy. Not a photolog, but easily integrated within MovableType.
- Mfop2 - a free service that allows you to post photos from your camera phone to a blog.

Other interesting articles, essays and posts about Photoblogs and Photoblogging:
- Picture Pages - Web sites for people who hate to read
- Photobloggies - 2003 Photoblog Awards
- Is photoblogging good for photography?
- Photoblogging - An Essay
- Some of My Favorite Photoblogs
- The Best of 2003 Photoblogs
- Dear Diary - Guardian Article
- Weblogs get upwardly mobile
- picturephoning.com
- BlueHereNow
- Will 'moblogs' mean mo' money
- Moblogs changing how life is recorded

Photoblogging and MoBlogging technology is continuing to develop and grow. If you know of other services, articles or resources or would like to review one of the above tools please feel free to add your comments and suggestions below so that we can continue to grow this resource.

How Blogs Work

30 March, 2004 4:41 PM

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Blog Tip - Blog/RSS Promotion

1 March, 2004 3:11 PM

So you've got a blog, it is looking good, the design is working and your content is stimulating - now you'd like to spread the word on what you have to offer, after all blogs are designed to be read! How should you get the word out???

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Well Designed Weblogs

29 February, 2004 12:27 AM

Well-Designed Weblogs: An Introduction is a great series of posts about... you guessed it - Well designed Weblogs.

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10 Ways To Make Money Blogging

13 February, 2004 2:47 PM

10 Ways To Make Money Blogging is an article written by a blogger who is making a bit of money on the side of his hobby. Whilst I probably don't see eye to on a political spectrum with him, he does speak some sense when it comes to blogging....

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How to be a Top Blogger

1 February, 2004 12:29 AM

John Robb posts about how to build a hot/popular weblog. His suggestions of different approaches make some sense. Basically he breaks it down into a number of approaches you might take to become popular....

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Blog Promotion 101

27 January, 2004 4:43 PM

Tristam from Blogopoly has posted an interesting post entitled Blog Promotion 101.....

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How to Write Better Blogs

21 January, 2004 8:07 AM

Dennis A. Mahoney writes a great article entitled How to Write Better that picks up a number of things that he believes bloggers need to be encouraged to do. It focuses mainly on writing. His headings are...

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More Accessible Blogs

21 January, 2004 5:11 AM

30 Days to a More Accessible Blog is a great series of posts that really will help bloggers make their blogs more accessible to those that may not be able to use many of our blogs. I'll let the author of the series explain (from his introduction to the series)...

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Beginners Guide to Moveable Typle

14 January, 2004 9:00 AM

Creating a blog with Moveable Type - A beginners guide is one of the best MT tutorials I've ever seen. Seriously - it is so simply set out that even I can understand it....

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Sins of Blogging

8 January, 2004 3:46 PM

Caffinated Bliss has a great list of the Cardinal Sins of Blogging.

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Rebecca Blood on Blogging

31 December, 2003 3:11 PM

coverI've been Reading The Weblog Handbook by Rebecca Blood over the past few days and am really enjoying her relaxed and clear style of writing.

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How to Translate your Blog into other Languages

19 December, 2003 9:03 AM

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Viral Blogging

18 December, 2003 10:36 AM

I've been reading Unleashing the Idea Virus by Seth Godin this past week or so. I'm really taking my time over it and whilst it doesn't mention blogging at all I'm finding many applications for thinking about medium.

One of his key themes is that of 'smoothness'....

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Blogging for Dollars

17 December, 2003 2:34 AM

Will blogging produce millionaires? Can blogging financially provide people with a full time earning capacity? Will we see more and more professional bloggers? Can and should blogs earn money?

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Blog Tip - Link unto others

16 December, 2003 6:17 PM

The following blog tip was submitted by Phil Wolff from blogs such as Don't Blog, Blog Count, emblog and a klog apart....

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Blog Cards

15 December, 2003 8:23 PM

Blog Cards are like Business Cards that feature a bloggers blog address to make networking easier.....

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Blog Design Showcase

15 December, 2003 6:17 PM

Want to know what a good blog design looks like?

Blog Desiger - Rachel Cunliffe has just released the Blog Design Showcase. She writes...

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Blog Tip 20 - Blogging Books

13 December, 2003 11:05 PM

Blogging about Blogging is happening with growing frequency on many weblogs, but writing in hard copy is also becoming more popular. Here are a few of the best selling and most popular books on the topic. (Descriptions are taken from Amazon) I've read most of the first two - both are worth a look. If you've read these or other books on blogging leave your reviews and suggestions in comments.

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Understanding Trackback And Comment Notification

13 December, 2003 12:42 PM

Dave Pollard writes some great Blog Tips - here is another good one on Understanding Trackback.

Three quick ways to more visitors in one week

1 December, 2003 8:48 AM

Wayne Hurlbert shares Three quick ways to more visitors in one week. It is written more with a business blog in mind but most of it is somewhat transferable.

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Blog Tip 19 - Content Tools

22 November, 2003 8:07 AM

Finding good fresh content for your blog will make it more attractive to your readers. There are a number of great online tools that I have used to come up with up to date content that might be useful for others.

Let me say first up that the relevance of these tools will vary from blogger to blogger....

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Blog Ethics

21 November, 2003 11:03 PM

Here is a great article on Weblog Ethics.

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Good weblog design and layout

18 November, 2003 12:45 PM

Here is another worthwhile article on weblog design and layout from How to Save the World. His 9 main points are:

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How to be a Top 10 Blogger

16 November, 2003 9:21 AM

The Evangelical Outpost is doing some analysis of the Top 10 Bloggers in the Ecosystem. He has come up with 9 things you can do to become a Top 10 Blogger. Its an interesting post - here are his headings.....

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Martin Roth's Blog Tip

14 November, 2003 3:27 PM

Martin Roth is a legend around the God Blog circles. He's the guy who started collecting links of Christian Bloggers which today is Blogs4God.

Martin responded for my call for people to post their own blog tips.

So here are Martins Blog Tips.

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Blog Tip 18 - Getting listed on Search Engines

11 November, 2003 10:56 PM

Since writing the Finding Readers series of blog tips I've had a number of people ask for more information on getting listed on Search Engines - particularly Google....

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Blog Tip 17 - Blog Design

10 November, 2003 9:57 PM

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Blog Tip 16 - Logo Design

10 November, 2003 6:44 AM

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Blog Tip 15 - Finding Readers (Part D)

9 November, 2003 9:22 AM

12. Blog Search Engines and Indexes - Get yourself registered on sites like Blogdex, Popdex and Daypop (they require RSS I think). These sites have features that allow people to search for blog entries via topic and keywords. They also list the most popular recent topics and each have other interesting features which can enhance your blogging experience....

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Blog Tip 14 - Finding Readers (Part C)

8 November, 2003 12:00 PM

Part C of Finding Readers for your Blog

9. Web Rings - A web ring is a group of blogs with a common interest that refer traffic to one another. There are many of these dedicated to blogging on a variety of topics. I am a member of a Melbourne bloggers ring and an Aussie Blog ring (see my side bar). They don't bring me heaps of hits, but I have found a few great blogs by being a part of them. There are also more general webrings like BlogSnob. Rings generally involve adding some code too your blog template, but once this is done its not something you have to do anything for to upkeep.....

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Blog Tip 13 - Finding Readers (Part B)

7 November, 2003 3:14 PM

Part B

5. Interact with Readers - I've written about how to interact with your readers before so I won't go into it too much except to say that if you interact with your readers they are more likely to put some time aside to come back and engage with you - its just....

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Blog tip 12 - Good Blog Design

6 November, 2003 9:09 AM

Taking a short break from the 'Finding Readers mini-series' because I asked fellow blogger and blog designer Rachel Cunliffe to write a post for me on good blog design. The following is what she wrote:

Darren asked me for a post on "what makes a good blog design" in his blog tip series.

I've been making blogs for a while now, will be launching a Blog Design Showcase in January 2004 and I'll be redesigning my blog in the near future as things have got a bit messy here for my liking, so this is also a reminder to myself.....

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Blog Tip 11 - Finding Readers (Part A)

5 November, 2003 10:50 PM

I suspect I could cop some flack for this post - but a number of new bloggers have recently asked me how to get hits on their blog. Let me say up front that 'getting hits' isn't everything. I guess it comes down to priorities.

Having said that - most bloggers deep down must have some desire to have people read what they write - if not why not just keep a private diary on your computer?

So, hits are not everything, but having people read your blog is part of the deal - so how do you get them there....

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Blog Tip 10 - How to Start a Weblog

5 November, 2003 9:05 AM

Have you ever tried to explain how to start a blog to someone? Just point them to this post - Introduction to Blogging - its a great introduction including definitions of, tools and some great starting points.

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Blog Tip 9 - Interactive Blog Tools

2 November, 2003 7:09 AM

In the last blog tip we talked about how comments are one way to increase the interactivity of a blog.

Of course not everyone agrees that comments are the way to go. Each to their own.

Having harped on about comments I should also say that there are many other ways to make your blog more interactive.

Interactive Blog Tools

- chat, rooms || Newsletters/mailing Lists || Guest Maps || forums || discussion boards || trackback || Polls (and another) || guest book || Chat Boards...

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Blog Tip 8 - Comments

1 November, 2003 7:07 AM

Human beings are relational. We like to be acknowledged. We like too participate and contribute. We like to feel that what we have to say is valuable.

Most of your blog's readers are human beings. So acknowledge and interact with them.

The most common way for interaction on blogs is through comments. A recent study showed 43% of blogs use comments. Not everyone likes them. A lot of bigger bloggers don't use them because they get overwhelmed by too much interaction. Smaller blogs sometimes don't use them because they don't get any....

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Blog Tip 7 - Set Boundaries

30 October, 2003 11:11 AM

I found this great page 47 key tips from the World's best Bloggers.

It was interesting to see that most of them talked about establishing boundaries for the content of your blog.

Here is what some of them had to say:

Meg from Megnut - 'Set boundaries. Think about how much of yourself you're comfortable sharing. You don't have to �tell all�. Just decide which parts of your life you're willing to share, and try to find a balance that works for you.'

Fraser from Blogjam - 'Don't write about work, and avoid writing about people you know in general. You'll end up offending someone.....

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Blog Tip 6 - The Rhythm Method

29 October, 2003 7:54 AM

One of the keys to blogging is frequent posting. This is what distinguishes weblogs from from static websites.

The average blogger posts once every 14 days - personally I tend to mainly visit bloggers who update more regularly than that. As a blog reader I get to know the rhythm of the blogs that I read. I don't mind if they are daily, weekly or even fortnightly bloggers - but whatever their rhythm I find myself loosing interest if they disappear for unexplained periods of time. So get into a rhythm of blogging.

I personally blog....

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Blog Tip 5 — Titles are Everything

28 October, 2003 7:59 AM

After slaving away on your latest blog post pause before you hit that 'publish' button and consider your title. What does it convey to your potential reader? Titles can be the difference between having your post read or ignored. Of course there are No Rules that will guarantee your post to get noticed, but you might want to consider some of the following.

Simplify — Studies show that blog readers prefer straightforward, short and simple titles to cute or cryptic ones.....

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Blog Tip 4 — Make it Scannable

27 October, 2003 8:04 AM

Only 16% of people read web sites word for word. Source

Most people read online by scanning the page for individual words or phrases, headings and other visual cues. Studies have shown that reading from a screen is more tiring and therefore about 25% slower than reading from paper — hense scanning becomes a technique that most employ....

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Blog Tip 3 - Blog Designers

25 October, 2003 1:47 PM

My post Where are the Blog Designers? got a bit of interest yesterday and a number of Blog Designers let us know about themselves and gave examples of their work.

I thought I'd give them a little exposure here:

As previously mentioned Cre8d Design is a personal favorite of mine. She produces clean....

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Blog Tip 2 - Keep it Simple (Stupid)

23 October, 2003 1:49 PM

The average person only comprehends 60% of what they read. How much do you comprehend?.

To ensure your reader 'gets' what you're saying you need to make it clear by using some of the following techniques.

- Use simple language. Avoid technical jargon.

- Don't introduce too many ideas in one post. You can always add another post later.....

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Blog Tip 1 - Get to the Point

23 October, 2003 10:31 AM

The average person reads 200 words per minute - What's Yours? (The speed reading record is 1347 wpm)

In 96 seconds they will read 320 words.

So keep things short and to the point. I know this sounds crazy coming from me - but the stats show my longer posts are often largely are ignored.

EXTENDED ENTRY - If you're going to write a long post....

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