The last few weeks have turned up some interesting new finds in the world of blogging. I’ve covered some of the more innovative ones here—let us know what cool ideas you’ve spotted in the comments.
…and then she called me “Cupcake”
I’m not in the target audience for Molly Maher’s Stratejoy website, and it’s clear as soon as I get to her homepage, which greets visitors with the words, “This site is for you, Cupcake.”
This is a simple, but effective way to target an audience. That single word (in the context of the page design) lets users work out immediately if this is the place for them. It’s a brave move, and it works—Molly’s subscriber base is 4,000-strong.
How closely are you targeting your readers? Are you this forward in your headlines and calls to action? Perhaps Molly’s example will inspire you to rethink some of them.
Australian Blogosphere Report released
Australian blog advertising network Nuffnang has released its 2012 Blogosphere Report, which provides interesting reading for anyone who’s in, or targeting, this space.
The results show a number of interesting aspects:
- The Australian blogosphere is 92% female.
- 73% of bloggers said personal and hobby blogs were their favourites.
- 70% of readers say sponsored posts are useful, so long as they’re transparent and impartial.
- 95% of respondents have considered purchasing a brand or service as a result of reading about it on a blog.
Check out the report—available for free download—for more.
Ninja engagement tactics on the Ninja’s new blog
Our own Web Marketing Ninja, Shayne Tilley, has relaunched his website. inspired by the PB Event in October, he’s done a great job with a cost-effective theme and a little basic coding—check it out at let us know what you think.
One aspect I think is particularly interesting is the large quote he’s placed just above the footer, along with a Read More CTA.
That’s a pretty clickable page element—it really inspires my curiosity. And it takes you direct to his blog. Do you provide alternative ways to entice readers through to your blog, other than simply saying “read my blog”? If not, maybe you could try this idea for yourself.
Content marketing coverage
If you’re looking for new content marketing ideas, this epic post on the value of long-form content in your content marketing efforts is one for you.
In the piece, Demian Farnworth uses The New Yorker as a benchmark for content marketing excellence. If you’re a solo blogger, keep in mind that The New Yorker probably ha a few more resources than you do to put into content marketing! That said, the post is information-packed and gives us plenty of ideas to use in our own content marketing efforts.
In the same vein, I was recently approached by Flippa for a post on using content marketing to add value to your blog. Have a look—I’d love to know what you think!
Big-block headers on blogs
A design trend that’s definitely becoming more commonplace is the big-block header, like the ones on the Fast Company subsites. Interestingly, Fast Company doesn’t use this style on its flagship blog—just on those sites that specifically target design-conscious users.
But this trend is becoming more mainstream. Some pro bloggers using it include Jaime Tardy at Eventual Millionaire … but there don’t seem to be many others.
What do you think of this as a design trend for blogs? Have you seen others using it? Let us know what you think in the comments.