20 Blog tips

November 13, 2012 at 7:19 am | Posted in social media | 3 Comments
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Collect the whole set!

Each day I give a blog tip on Twitter.

These have been very well received, as evidenced by many kind comments and retweets.

Now, in true blogging style, I’m folding my first 20 tips into this post.

Repurposing content is smart and fun.

It’s also dead easy.

I haven’t even had breakfast!

Readers who’ve seen a few of my tweets can now view Volume One of the boxed set:

  1. Answer EVERY polite comment swiftly, personally, comprehensively & gratefully.
  2. Collectively, readers know infinitely more than you. Be humble & learn from them.
  3. Most readers prefer external links in separate screens. Don’t ‘boot’ people from the post they’re reading.
  4. External links to further reading show you value readers’ brains, not eyeballs. They’ll reward you by returning.
  5. A post without a pic is like a day without sunshine. Add a caption to tempt weary readers into your tale.
  6. As people are online at different times & days, it’s OK to tweet a post several times. Just don’t do it verbatim.
  7. The more you woo search engines, the less human your words become. Put readers FIRST.
  8. Tired eyes & tiny attention spans demand pithy content. Keep your words, sentences & paragraphs SHORT.
  9. If a sentence is too complicated or long, riddle it with bullets.
  10. My recipe. Topic. True story. Broader context. Further reading. Conclusions. Questions. Comments. Debate. Fun!
  11. A commenter debate can expand your post 5-50 times. More important than the words is the wisdom they contain.
  12. The more of yourself you put in your posts, the more your readers reward you in kind.
  13. If you know your topic, your post will sing. If not, ask your readers, & your debate will sing.
  14. One of the best compliments a reader can give is: ‘You made me laugh out loud!’
  15. If your story is long, do a trilogy of posts over several days. Many readers enjoy serialisation & suspense.
  16. If your loved ones don’t mind featuring, they can become popular characters in your long-term narrative.
  17. Posting at the same time/s each week helps readers find you, get to know you & stick with you.
  18. In the long run, posts ranging from 300 to 600 words are more interesting than 450 words every single time.
  19. For every 100 readers, only 1 will comment. Entice just 1 more person to play & you double your debates.
  20. If you link your post topics to current affairs, more readers will feel confident to comment.

Even better, I have another 20 tips ready to roll.

So next time I’m tired or uninspired, I’ve got a simple path to a high-value blog post.

This is much better than bashing your brain or publishing crud.

I hope you like these blog tips and would LOVE to add yours.

🙂

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On a roll

January 1, 2010 at 7:30 am | Posted in social media | 6 Comments
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The nice lady who blogrolled me. I’m on the right, third from the bottom. The listing is alphabetical.

I keep a series of ‘Google Alerts’ (which I’ll describe fully in another post).

One of these alerts lets me know if the phrase The Feisty Empire appears anywhere on the internet.

Last night, in the dying hours of 2009, this alert emailed me.

It said The Feisty Empire been ‘blogrolled’ on the MarketCopywriter Blog.

I clicked the link and there it was: my company name – right next to Seth Godin’s blog!

This was an amazing coincidence, as I’d only recently learned of my inclusion in Seth’s book Purple Cow.

MarketCopywriter Blog’s author, Lorraine Thompson, is a New York Hudson Valley freelance copywriter who writes print and digital copy for corporate, small business and non-profit clients.

I’d ‘known’ her for a few months via Twitter as a smart, kind, switched-on lady who wrote excellent copy and was generous in retweeting my content.

I never suspected she’d put a link to my site on her blog. Especially as we’re technically competitors!

Perhaps Lorraine, like me, believes in making the work ‘pie’ bigger, rather than fighting for pieces.

Apart from the social validation, I knew from reading ProBlogger and Copyblogger that being blogrolled would trigger a fresh stream of visitors to my website.

It’d also improve my online search ranking.

So, with half of Melbourne pouring into town for the fireworks, I dived into WordPress to learn how to blogroll.

I got a bit confused by the blogroll jargon before realising that Links, Add New was where I needed to be. Once I knew what I was doing, it was easy.

I sent Lorraine a direct message (DM) via Twitter, thanking her and letting her know I’d returned the favour.

Then, still possessed by the positive vibe, I set about blogrolling the blogs and websites of my other online ‘friends’ (see below).

I enjoyed blogrolling those I admire and respect. See them at bottom right.

It gave me real pleasure to inform each person – especially when one replied with the same surprise and delight I’d felt.

I’d heard about the Law of Mutual Reciprocity – where you have the urge to help someone who’s helped you. But I’ve seldom felt it so strongly.

Anyway, that’s how I ended 2009. Not a bad note to finish on at all! 🙂

It’ll be fascinating to see what benefits flow to everyone involved in this blogrolling process.

🙂

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