30 Days to a Better Blog

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Welcome to the 30 Days to a Better Blog series. This originally started as a New Years Resolution, with 30 days to whip your blog into better shape. Now it’s reorganized to give you better structure and you can implement it whenever, and however, you’d like. Tools, Tricks & Technology: Make your blog better simply … [Read more]

30 Days to a Better Blog: Be Flexible

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30 Days to a Better Blog: Be Flexible I’m a pretty rigid person. I can easily get set in my ways and start to think my way is the best way. And when someone questions me, I tend to go on the defensive. But I’m learning. I’m learning that critiques and questions and differences of … [Read more]

30 Days to a Better Blog: Start a Series

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30 Days to a Better Blog: Start a Series A series, in any capacity – whether it’s a book series, television series, or blog series, can be very successful in retaining an audience. In blogging it gives your readers something to look forward to, sets their expectations, and gives them something to look back on! … [Read more]

30 Days to a Better Blog: Consider Your Categories

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30 Days to a Better Blog: Consider Your Categories As part of our 30 Days to a Better Blog series you should now have great posts and pages on your blog – and we want your readers to find them, even months in the future. It’s time to consider your categories and navigation. In the … [Read more]

30 Days to a Better Blog: Write Effective Headings

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30 Days to a Better Blog: Write Effective Headings Do you write posts with effective headings? I’m not talking about your post title. I’m talking about segmenting your post into different sections or paragraphs and labeling them for easy scanning by your reader. As an example, take a look at Alli’s A Beginners Guide to … [Read more]

30 Days to a Better Blog: End With a Question

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30 Days to a Better Blog: End With a Question Today’s tip is surprisingly simple. Want to know the best and fastest way to encourage readers to leave a comment and start a dialogue? Ask them a question (or series of questions) at the bottom of the post! People love to talk about themselves, so … [Read more]

30 Days to a Better Blog: Use Trackbacks Effectively

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30 Days to a Better Blog: Use Trackbacks Effectively A trackback is the automated process of notifying a blog that you linked to one of their posts. Some blogging platforms automatically create a trackback when you link out to a post – while others require using the trackback field to ping their blog. Once a … [Read more]

30 Days to a Better Blog: Add Affiliate Links

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30 Days to a Better Blog: Add Affiliate Links Most bloggers have a group of ads along the edges of their website – in the header, sidebar, and footer. Perhaps they have other banners sprinkled throughout their content. But affiliate links embedded directly in your post can lead to a much larger percentage of click-thrus … [Read more]

30 Days to a Better Blog: Connect With Other Bloggers

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30 Days to a Better Blog: Connect With Other Bloggers You’re whipping your blog into shape, and now it’s time to connect with other bloggers! The blogiverse is an amazing place of camaraderie and friendship. Most niches and industries are very open to working with their fellow bloggers to network, share links, and even guest … [Read more]

30 Days to a Better Blog: Consider Your Sidebar

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30 Days to a Better Blog: Consider Your Sidebar I’ll admit it … I have a pet peeve when it comes to blog sidebars. It bothers me when the length of the sidebar is considerably longer than the length of a post. Why?Because when I first land on a page, I take note of the … [Read more]