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24 Brilliant Bloggers Talk about RSS

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Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge link of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts or learn how to submit your link for an upcoming edition here.

This Week’s Topic: RSS

I have a love/hate relationship with RSS. I absolutely love that there’s an easy way to distribute content automatically. I personally absolutely hate using feed readers (which is why I rigged Twitter to serve as a feed reader). Love or hate this method of reading blogs, if you want to be a successful blogger yourself, you need to understand RSS – at least some of your readers are going to use it and, even more importantly, how to get more subscribers. Let’s see what some brilliant bloggers have to say about this topic.

Advice from Brilliant Bloggers:

11 Ways to Get More RSS Subscribers by Brett Borders

There are a lot of articles that give you tips for attracting RSS subscribers – but of all that I’ve read, this is my favorite. In general, the tips in this post will make you a better blogger – getting more RSS subscribers is just an added benefit! After checking out the post, make sure you follow Brett on Twitter @brettborders.

53 Best Practices How To Attract RSS Subscribers by Dainis Graveris

This post isn’t the typical tips post about writing attractive posts – it includes 53 mini case studies of RSS buttons. Function + Appearance = Great Design, and if you’re not sure how you can spruce up your RSS button beyond the traditional orange box, this post can give you lots of ideas. Don’t forget to follow Dainis on Twitter @1stwebdesigner.

15 simple proven tips to prevent losing rss subscribers by Hirfan Khan

Once you have RSS subscribers, you have to keep them! Attracting tons of subscribers is no good if they only unsubscribe a day or two later. In this post, you’ll get lots of tips for keeping your subscribers interested and avoiding any of the major downfalls that could cause your readers to unsubscribe rather quickly. The WAH Blogger on Twitter @thewahblogger.

Even More Brilliant Advice:

Did I miss your post or a post by someone you know about RSS? Unintentional! Help me out by leaving a comment below with the link!

Next Week’s Topic: Taxes for Bloggers

I’d love to include a link to your post next week – and if you head to the Brilliant Blogger Schedule, you can see even more upcoming posts. We all have something to learn from one another, so please don’t be shy! Head to the schedule today to learn how to submit your post so I won’t miss it.

30 Days to a Better Blog: Use Your ‘Preview’ Button

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30 Days to a Better Blog: Use Your ‘Preview’ Button

I’ll admit it. I used to rarely use my Preview button. I’d only catch issues after the post was live on my blog – and even then, it might be an hour or two after I posted. Sure, you can make the changes for future readers … or can you?

If someone is using an RSS reader, they are going to see the first published version of your post. Period. So while they may click through and seen an edited version of your post after you fixed your errors, their first glimpse is going to be the unedited post. And that’s not good. Imagine publishing a magazine, or sending out a newsletter, or writing an email without editing?

So today’s tip is to get in the practice of previewing your post before you hit publish. Previewing the post in your blog template will show you much more than viewing it in the “Visual” editor.

When you preview, look for the following items:

  • Correct spelling
  • Correct grammar
  • Images are aligned properly
  • Images are spaced and sized properly
  • Any embedded players are working correctly
  • Font tags close appropriately
  • All URLs work
  • All <table> and <div> tags are properly closed so that you’re entire template isn’t skewed

What else do you look for before hitting Publish?
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If You Are A Blogger I Am Watching You

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I was looking over the list of the bloggers to watch that was put together over at Darren Rowse’s blog at Problogger by Jade Craven.  The list is put together as a resource for bloggers to watch that can help others become better bloggers.  The list is great and I know of most of the bloggers there and will bookmark the remaining people that I am not familiar with for reading more in 2010.  I would love to have each of these bloggers provide a guest post here at BlogWorld & New Media Expo’s blog and I hope I get to meet them at the show this October.  After all, we are here to provide the best of the best of information about blogging.  The invitation is open to all of them to give us a post and provide our readers with their wisdom.

I read a large number of blogs.  I have more than a 1000 unread feeds that I keep track of in Google Reader, BlogLines and other places like FriendFeed, Twitter and Facebook to name only a few.  I try to keep my finger on the pulse of what is going on in the blogosphere, but posts like these are great to keep me apprised of who is blogging and what they are writing about.  I think I have been a subscriber of Darren’s blog now since Problogger was just beginning.  I knew then he was a great blogger and one to watch.  I am keeping my eye out and ear to the ground.

What bloggers do you feel were left off the list that I need to watch?  Is your name on a list? Perhaps you could let me know what your blog URL is and I can read yours too!

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