CategoryWriting Content
Proofread!
26th of November 2006 Darren Rowse 19

Proofread!

Steve from Adventure Money submitted the following reader ‘quick tip’: Readers form opinions about your blog based on the quality of your content. However, even if your content is great, if your readers have to stop in mid-paragraph to perform some sort of mental gymnastics to determine the meaning of ...more
Reader Questions
Writing Seasonal Content for Christmas
25th of November 2006 Darren Rowse 6

Writing Seasonal Content for Christmas

With the end of the year approaching the web surfing habits of the average web user changes. The way you position yourself now in the weeks leading up to this period can mean you’re ready to capitalize on some of these changes. I noticed this last year particularly when analyzing ...more
Writing Content
Blogging in Bunches
16th of November 2006 Darren Rowse 12

Blogging in Bunches

The following reader quick tip was written by Mike Murray: For bloggers just starting out, the hardest thing is to maintain the consistency that allows you to build an audience. The most helpful thing I have found that I do (which most successful bloggers do also) is to write a ...more
Writing Content
10 + 9 Ways to Find Great Post Ideas for Your Blog
3rd of November 2006 Darren Rowse 24

10 + 9 Ways to Find Great Post Ideas for Your Blog

Randfish has a useful post over at SEOmoz with 10 Web Tools to Help Generate Blog Content Ideas. In it he lists a variety of tools including Google Groups, Technorati, Craigslist, Del.icio.us, StumbleUpon, Google/Yahoo News, Keyword Tools, Wikipedia, Digg/Reddit and Yahoo! Answers. I’d add to the list Topix.net (which offers ...more
Writing Content
Developing Focal Points in Blog Posts
27th of September 2006 Darren Rowse 6

Developing Focal Points in Blog Posts

One of the principles that I drum into my DPS readers that their photos need to have a point of interest or some sort of focal point that draws viewers into the image and holds their interest. I suggest that before photographers hit the shutter button that they as: “What ...more
Writing Content
Full Stops (Periods) in Titles
26th of September 2006 Darren Rowse 26

Full Stops (Periods) in Titles

Here’s a quick tip for composing the titles of your posts. Avoid putting full stops (periods) at the end of your titles. Most bloggers naturally avoid using them in titles (without giving much thought to it). However from time to time I see them. Why shouldn’t you use full stops ...more
Writing Content
Opening Paragraphs that Hook Your Readers
20th of September 2006 Darren Rowse 2

Opening Paragraphs that Hook Your Readers

Great post (as usual) by Brian over at Copyblogger titled 5 Simple Ways to Open Your Blog Post With a Bang. While we all agree that the title is the most important element of a blog post in terms of getting it attention – it’s the opening paragraph that hooks ...more
Writing Content
The Eternal Quest for Uniqueness
8th of August 2006 Darren Rowse 15

The Eternal Quest for Uniqueness

What makes your Blog Different? This is a question I think that most bloggers would do well to ask. We’re living in a time when ‘content’ is being produced in vast quantities by large numbers of individuals and organizations. I heard recently on the radio that the internet now contains ...more
Writing Content
Using Digg to Improve Your Content
29th of June 2006 Darren Rowse 14

Using Digg to Improve Your Content

I’ve seen (and written) a lot of posts about how to get posts picked up by social bookmarking sites and what to do when it happens, but one of the things that has struck me recently is that another opportunity often presents itself when a site like Digg links links ...more
Social Media