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What Inspires Your Readers to Interact With Your Blog?

By Rachelle Chase Static content that talks to readers is not enough today, especially with the meteoric rise in popularity of online communities and social networking. Good content is still the key to attract and compel people to return to your site, however giving them more than static content and blog comments for interaction gives […]

Ask Yourself How You Should Get Me to Read Your Blog

In How to Get Me to Read Your Blog, Thord Daniel Hedengren tells us how to convince him, and others, to read your blog. Chances are I’m not reading your blog. That’s not because I don’t like you, most likely I don’t even know you exist, and that’s your fault. Yes, you heard me. Your […]

Are You Abusing Your WordPress Pages – and Your Blog?

Here are two of the most important definitions you need to know about your WordPress blog: Post: An article published within a blog and displayed in chronological order within multi-post pages such as the front page, category, searches, archives, tags, and other page views. Page: A pseudo-static web page which holds content on a blog […]

Feed Yourself To Be A Healthy Blogger

By Abhijit Nadgouda Some of my friends, what have started blogging, feel lost and see a vaccuum when they want to write something. They feel that they have something in mind, but they are unable to articulate it. This usually leads to disappointment and finally they give up on the blog. I ask them on […]

SEO Sitemaps Now Autodiscoverable: Easy and Automatic Roadmaps to Your Blog Content

In case you missed the news, Google’s Webmaster Central announced that in accordance with the new Sitemap.org, you do not have to submit your XML sitemap to Google or other search engines any more. Instead, you can make your sitemap “autodiscoverable” by directing the visiting web crawler to the location of the sitemap. A sitemap […]

Naming Your WordPress.com Blog

Virginia DeBolt of Blogher writes in “Blogging Tips: The Importance of Title and URL” about how many WordPress.com bloggers, and others, make a mistake in setting the blog name and blog titles in their blogs. I’ve covered this before, but let’s look at it again. The format for WordPress.com blogs is example.wordpress.com. When you register […]

Random WordPress Plugins: Rotating Banners, Header Art, Images, Quotes, and Content on Your Blog

Some people like to have their header art or banners change with every page reload, making their site look different on each page visit. Some people want to showcase their artwork or photography by having a image change randomly as a visitor moves through the site. Others want to feature posts from the past or […]

Would You Do Business With a Comment Spammer?

I think it’s an honest question. Would you do business with a comment spammer? I won’t do business with Capital One Bank because they constantly send me junk mail even though I’m on the “do not send junk mail” list and wrote them specifically asking to be removed from their list. I just got a […]

Applaud Those Who Warn You: Your Blog’s Content Is Being Stolen

I’ve seen a huge jump in the number of bloggers stunned that they, little blogs on the blogosphere map, are having their content stolen and abused through their feeds. Over and over they say the same thing: “I thought only the top bloggers got their content stolen.” BULL. The joke about size doesn’t matter applies […]

Tom Sherman Says Goodbye Movable Type – Hello WordPress

Tom Sherman of JOTSHEET has written “My Curt Goodbye to Movable Type”, an interesting non-rant of a lot of frustration which pushed him over the edge to move to a WordPress blog. I’m not angry anymore. I’m just kind of sad. I mean, I wasted a lot of time on that Movable Type shit. I’m […]

Writing Effective, Attention-Getting Headlines and Titles on Your Blog

If it bleeds, it leads. Punchy. Catchy. Attention-getting. Insightful. Instructive. Incentive. Luring. Fishing. Bait. Hook. These are all terms used to describe an effectively written title or headline for an article. The words chosen must provide a powerful incentive to make the reader want to read. To make them want to buy the magazine, newspaper, […]

Blogging Challenge: Hobby Blogging and Blogging About Your Hobby

I’ve written about how to let people know more about who you are so they understand who is behind the scenes of your blog. I’ve also challenged you to write about what you really know and are considered an expert in, giving you a chance to brag. Now it’s time for a different kind of […]

Blog Challenge: Who is Writing Your Blog?

The LifeWriter’s Digest offered “Who is Writing Your Memoirs”, which inspired this next blogging challenge. The same internal debate occurs as you writing your memoirs. You have many parts vying for authorship of your memoir, each insisting on setting the tone and theme of your story. Which part is going to prevail-are you going to […]

Do You Need Permission to Link to Someone’s Content?

Shell Holtz writes a great article on “When is a Link Not a Link” that is worth reading if you are worried about fair use of content and link citations of web page content: For years, I’ve been getting the same question when I get to the hyperlink section of my “Writing for the Wired […]

Blog About Someone or Something That Has Changed Your Life

You would think that as experts in nature photography, travel, and web design, our main site, Taking Your Camera on the Road, would have certain articles that would attract a high level of consistent traffic, right? You would think that exciting and innovative articles like CSS Unleashed – CSS Experiments with Design Elements, which took […]