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Archive for August, 2007

Three Ways to Spice Up Any Blog Post

Brian Clark does it again with his “Three Ways to Spice Up Any Blog Post“. He lists three really great things that you can do to keep people interested in what you are writing.

1. Use Sensuous Language
2. Employ High Impact Wording
3. Be Entertaining

He gives examples for each, and having tried these tips myself, I know how great they work. So enjoy his exhilarating post that is a heroic glimpse into the future today!

Categories: Blogging Tips

Dealing With Blogging Loneliness?

Over on Freelance Writing Jobs there is a great little post talking about what you can do to not feel lonely while blogging.

  • Go to the coffee shop.
  • Go to the library.
  • Talk to other moms.
  • Join clubs or groups.
  • Social networking.

I have to admit to having tried just about all of these, though since I am not a mom, I will replace the third item with “talking to others in a similar situation”, which I do constantly.

A great little list and an interesting site. I recommend you all check it out.

Categories: Blogging Tips

WordPress 2.2.2 and 2.0.10

Two new security releases for WordPress were released today. Color me unimpressed. I know they need to continually stay ahead of the curve when it comes to security, but I continually find myself crying for a built in update utility within WordPress.

Here are the details from the blog:

Today we have two security-related releases available for both users of our main 2.2 branch and the legacy 2.0 branch. As these releases include only security and minor bugfixes they should not cause any plugin or theme compatibility issues, so you have no good excuse not to upgrade.

Make sure you update all your blogs. I’d hate to see anyone have issues due to a security problem.

Also, thanks again to Automattic and team for keeping that 2.0 branch’s security updated as I am sure those few that haven’t come over to the wonderful world of 2.2 are happy.

Categories: WordPress News

Habari Developers Release 0.2

A new developers release has been put out for Habari, and you can expect things like the beginnings of a user manual, event logging, dynamic content types, and tons of cleaned up stuff.

The development team and community behind Habari are proud to announce the release of Habari Version 0.2. This is a “Developers Review” version, and as such, is not yet recommended for every-day use. However, if you would like to join the Habari community, and be a part of developing Habari into the great application we’re hoping it will be, this is a great starting point.

If you have been wondering what happened to Habari, now you know. Download the new release on their Google Code site.

Categories: Habari News

WordPress Bits Added to WordPress Dashboard Feeds

A new site has been added to the WordPress Dashboard feed, and it is called WordPress Bits. It is currently hosted on WordPress.com’s platform and some great information has already been published on the site.

It is being written by Leonid Mamchenkov and some of the posts you will find there include posts on how great WordPress is, writing a WordPress plugin, and some great information on WordPress widgets.

Check it out, if you haven’t already.

Categories: WordPress News

10 Steps to Success on the ’Net Without SEO

Tadeusz Szewczyk has written an article on Google Blogscoped about SEO and what you can do without it to make your site a success.

Things like:

  • Discover your niche
  • Use WordPress
  • Create a killer CSS design and submit it to CSS galleries
  • Allow trackbacks, use dofollow
  • Socialize, write comments and link other blogs
  • Include social media on your site, use social media yourself
  • Write your own content, say something new, express yourself
  • Compile what you know or what others said and publish it
  • Contribute to your favorite online publications
  • Add new content at least every second day

For more details on each point, check out the original post on Google Blogscoped.

Categories: Blogging Tips

10 Steps to Success on the ’Net Without SEO

Tadeusz Szewczyk has written an article on Google Blogscoped about SEO and what you can do without it to make your site a success.

Things like:

  • Discover your niche
  • Use WordPress
  • Create a killer CSS design and submit it to CSS galleries
  • Allow trackbacks, use dofollow
  • Socialize, write comments and link other blogs
  • Include social media on your site, use social media yourself
  • Write your own content, say something new, express yourself
  • Compile what you know or what others said and publish it
  • Contribute to your favorite online publications
  • Add new content at least every second day

For more details on each point, check out the original post on Google Blogscoped.

Categories: Blogging Tips

5 Free OS X Apps Every Blogger Should Have

One of our network of blogs, Apple Gazette, has posted a list of five applications that every OS X blogger should be using.

I’m sure a large number of you have blogs. Even if you don’t, you’ll find these applications helpful. Regular readers of the site will recognize some of these applications as I have written about them before, but all 5 of them are extremely useful apps that any blogger will find helpful in increasing productivity and just generally saving time.

He lists an application that I use, Cyberduck, and the rest, I haven’t yet installed, though I have now downloaded them all. Check them out on Apple Gazette.

Categories: Blogging Tools

Tip: E-mail New Readers

Darren has a new series starting called “31 Days to Building a Better Blog – 2007“, and one of the first pieces of advice he gives is to e-mail new readers. He suggests this as it could help create loyal readers, and if nothing else, it will most likely make them want to return to your blog.

Last time I shared this tip with a fellow blogger they rolled their eyes at me and told me that they didn’t want to find just one more reader for their blog – they wanted hundreds or thousands.

This blogger failed to realize two things:

1. Loyal Readers Spread the Word – I’ve found that in many cases a single reader quickly becomes numerous loyal readers because they like to spread the word. They do this through their own blogs, word of mouth and social networking sites etc.

2. Loyal Readers Build Page Views – One loyal reader can potentially view your blog hundreds (if not thousands) of times. A daily visit from that reader for a year brings an extra 365 page views to your blog. Gain an extra loyal reader every day for a full year and the numbers start to add up.

Check out the full post on Problogger.net.

Categories: Blogging Tips

Going Pro: Network or Indie?

Over on Yugatech there is a post talking about which route bloggers should take in becoming a problogger: joining a network or independent?

I, personally, think joining a network, or even just a group of bloggers willing to promote each other is a faster way to get to that “pro” level.

Here are some details from Yuga’s post:

Case in point, Filipina Soul is one of b5’s blog and since it joined Pinoy Top Blogs last August 2006, it has garnered a total of 274,000 pageviews. Using their rate card, that goes down to $411 ($1.5/k x 274k) or roughly $37/month. Add to that the additional base pay of $50 – $100 per month. At an average of between $87 to $137 every month for 11 months, not bad at all. Very few people I know can sustain that amount of revenue if they did it on their own (though I admire/applaud those who have managed to do so).

But that shouldn’t prevent you from starting your own blogs too. Call it an insurance of sorts. If one day you decided to quit and take a rest, you’ll have your own stable of revenue source not tied up with the network. And even if you don’t update it, I’m sure you’d get a dollar or two still (think TLA).

Great advice, and information for would-be probloggers. If you haven’t been diving in head first to learn the rates of the networks out there looking for people, you might wind up spending a whole bunch of time on your blog, and not even coming close to the rates you would have secured in a network.

Categories: Blogging Tips

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