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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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