Can a blog meme be resurrected after a month or so?
Perhaps not in its original format, but we can still extract lots of value from the original initiative. Chris Gray at SEO Ladder tagged me with the Blogging Tip Meme. At the time he had collected a nice list of blog tips. But it’s been awhile, and I’m not sure where the meme has gone. Really, it doesn’t matter.
In the spirit of Joanna Young’s tips on writing great link posts and Liz Strauss’s link post writing challenge (which I’m late for too!) here’s my attempt at bringing you some great blog tips from everyone else:
Steven Snell reminds me of all the valuable real estate I’m ignoring on my blog. Even after a redesign, I still haven’t tackled 404 pages or auto-responders. And don’t get me started on a copyright page or comment policy. Shaun’s right: they’re important, but I just haven’t gotten around to them.
Comments are a great indicator of a blog’s success. We all want feedback; and the more discussion you encourage, the better. But the tools for tracking comments leave something to be desired. There’s no shortage of comment-related functionality you can add to your blog, including a comment referrer plugin but I still long for the day when it becomes ultra-easy to track all the conversations I’m having in the blogosphere.
I do like how Leo Chiang tracks and highlights the top commentators on his own blog. It’s a good way to give a quick kudos to your own community.
I’m also fascinated by Derek Semmler’s review of All-in-One SEO Plugin. It’s a plugin I’ve looked at implementing but now might hold off on…
WordPress plugins are always interesting. There are tons of them out there, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. A recent plugin called Who Sees Your Ads gives you a lot of control over displaying blog advertisements. Considering how many people try to make money with blogs, this seems like a worthwhile addition to your plugin toolkit.
When it comes right down to it, blogging is about connecting with people. To do that, you need to present your blog in a personal way. That includes writing a good about page. And for good measure, why not include a photo of yourself as well?