How Blogs Work in 7 Easy Pieces is a great little piece that explains in easily understood language the steps of blogging and RSS. It even has pictures!
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?
Your next port of call should be RSS Top55 – Best Blog Directory And RSS Submission Sites. This article has 55 (actually they are now 64) places where you can submit your blog’s URL and RSS feed. They range from search engine’s to blog specific engines, to blog directories, to blog review sites. It is the best collection of resources I’ve seen collated in the one place to date. Note that you’ll have to have an RSS feed for most of them to be of any use to you – if you don’t know about RSS check out this article on RSS for a great introduction.
To submit to all of them will take you an hour or so, but in my experience the key to being read is to try a multi-pronged approach – this approach has 64 approaches so it might be an hour well spent. RSS won’t guarantee you huge hits, but its an increasingly important part in the puzzle to having your thoughts read by others.
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 John, he does speak some sense when it comes to blogging. His writing reminds me of my own post on Blogging for Dollars
John takes a look at a variety of methods that people use to make a dollar through blogs – here is his headings (you’ll have to head over to Right Wing News to get the meaty bits.
- Banner Ads
- Blog Ads
- Button Ads
- Charging for Content
- Text Ads
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.
- Connection machine
- Name dropper
- Topic Owner
- Voice of outrage/affirmation
- Cool Hunter
You’ll have to head to John’s to get explanations on each.
Tristam from Blogopoly has posted an interesting post entitled Blog Promotion 101. His headings are: (there is more information linked to each)
1) Make your Site Visible to Search Engines
2) Exchange Links with Other Bloggers
3) Create an RSS Feed
4) Promote your Blog amongst your own Friends and Contacts
5) Join a Webring and/or text ad network
6) Guest Blogging
7) Get your Users to talk to each other and you by enabling Comments
8) Check your Visitor log to find other Bloggers to exchange Links or Guest Blogging requests with
9) Find out who is linking to other similar Blogs to yours to find more sites to exchange Links or Guest Blogging requests with
10) Use Trackback and enable on your Blog if Possible
Some useful blog promotion tips there.
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:
- Professional vs. Amateur
- The Rules
- Offer Something New
- Amuse your Readers
- Beyond Wired
- Successful Weblogging
There are some great things there to keep in mind for any blogger whether experienced or just starting out.
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.
- About Movable Type
- About blogs
- Blog components
- Getting started
6 Steps to setup a blog:
1. Find a host
2. Register a domain name
3. Get FTP
4. Install Movable Type
5. Configure your blog
6. Customize templates
- Using Movable Type
- Other tips
Not only is it very informative tutorial – but it is also beautifully designed – very clean and well laid out. I highly recommend it if you’re trying to get your head around Moveable Type.
Caffinated Bliss has a great list of the Cardinal Sins of Blogging. Listed are 10 content sins and 9 design sins.
I don’t think I break too many of them – although might come close to the 120 in the blog roll one! Not to mention the eye popping colours in the template one.
Nice work Alison.
‘A weblog is a coffeehouse conversation in text, with references as required.’
She writes with insight and wisdom as a blogging practitioner. I found her history of weblogging in chapter 1 very helpful as a relatively new blogger. Her section on ‘why blog’ was also insightful. Her thrust was that weblogs build:
- Better writers
- Self awareness
- Critical thinkers
- Connected Business
Her following chapters of advice for bloggers were well presented and contained great information. I didn’t learn too many new things from them but would highly recommend them to a new blogger wanting to take their blog to the next level.