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Understanding Trackback And Comment Notification

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

‘Trackback simply lets another site know that you have a post referring to it on your own site. Read the previous sentence until it makes sense.’

Three quick ways to increasing visitors to your blog in a week


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.

He also has a good link on Analyzing our visitor counter logs

Blog Content Tools

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. Most of them will probably be of less use to those writing Personal Journals than to those writing K-logs or filters. Personal Journals will probably draw more upon the brain of the writer as a tool than anything I share below.

The following tools help you to see what else is happening online – if current up to date information is of relevance to your blogging you might find them interesting. It is not a definitive list so please feel free to add your own tools in comments and if appropriate I’ll add them to the following list:
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Blog Ethics

Here is a great article on Weblog Ethics.

1. Publish as fact only that which you believe to be true.
2. If material exists online, link to it when you reference it.
3. Publicly correct any misinformation.
4. Write each entry as if it could not be changed; add to, but do not rewrite or delete, any entry.
5. Disclose any conflict of interest.
6. Note questionable and biased sources.

Good weblog design and layout

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

- Use Titles
- Abstract Long Posts
- Use a Teaser Paragraph for Long Posts
- Select a Readable Font, Size & Column Width
- If You’re a ‘Linker’, Add Something of Value
- Give Readers Someplace to Go for More
- Use Graphics If They Add Something
- Use Categories Only If They Help Your Readers
- Use Outlining ‘Twisties’ Cautiously

Each is expanded really well in the original post.

How to be a Top 10 Blogger

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 – he writes more on each in the post so head over for a good read.

a) Be a lawyer (preferably a law professor)
b) Be a part of the elite media
c) Attend an Ivy League college
d) Get and Advanced degree at an Ivy League school
e) Write for the New York Times
f) Have your work published
g) Clerk for a (future) Supreme Court justice
h) Be a musician
i) Get lucky

I would add two more suggestions.

j) Be American
k) Be Male

Thoughts anyone?

Martin Roth’s Blog Tip

Martin Roth is a legend around some Blogging 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.

To paraphrase his main points:

1. Tell people that you’ve arrived.
2. Tell people when you write something about them.
3. Comment on others blogs, reply to those who comment on yours.
4. Survey other bloggers and publish the results.
5. Have something to say and say it well.

He expands each very well so check it out here.

Thanks Martin – If you have a blog tip write about it on your blog and let me know and I’ll link up to it.

Getting listed on Search Engines

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.

Patrick Taylor has written a great post on Boosting your Google Ranking. He incorporates most of the tips I’ve seen written elsewhere in a way that even I (mostly) understand.

His main points include:

- Archive Individual Posts
- Incorporate post title into individual post title tags – I have this and it seems to work very well.
- Link a lot – and try to attract links
- Wrap Hypertext around words – ie don’t have links like click here but instead use descriptive terminology that people are likely to do a search on. Eg the best digital photography link on the web.
- Make your blog slim/trim and fast – he provides great resources for this.

Anyway – there is heaps to think about in his article – check it out.

You might also like to check out Google: Is your blog indexed? which also has some good tips on getting your blog indexed on Google.

More on Blog Design

Here an old article written by Biz Stone who has been blogging (and writing books) about blogging for years now. This article is on Designing your blog and it has some good tips. His main points include:

- Create Your Own Limitations
- Think Simple
- Adding On (features)
- Designing Beyond the Blog

Good Blog Design

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.

Of course, it’s all pretty basic stuff, but it’s amazing how many bloggers
get carried away in the excitement of creating a blog and forget or ignore
the basics:

  • Easy-to-read
    • font size
    • colours
    • layout
    • clean
    • good use of white space
    • works cross-browser and uses standards-compliant code
  • Provide
    • Consistent navigation
    • Permalinks
    • Easy-to-find email address or contact form
    • Search facility
    • RSS/XML feed
  • Fast loading
  • Originality
    • Just as you would hire an architect to design your house, why not
      hire a blog designer to create a blog that reflects you and your interests
      and is memorable visually?

Have I forgotten anything?

Feel free to leave your own ideas on good blog design so we can all learn from the process.

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