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The Enjoyable Aspects Of Decluttering Sidebars!

The Enjoyable Aspects Of Decluttering Sidebars!

First impressions count! Combine poor theme choice with a cluttered sidebar and you have a recipe for convincing first time visitors NOT to subscribe to your blog.  They’re too busy being turned off to notice your great posts! Unfortunately sidebar clutter creeps up on most bloggers.  So I thought it would be helpful to share the process I regularly use to declutter my sidebar. Prioritizing SideBar Decluttering What I do is take a critical look at my design in the…

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Are You Being A More Effective Blogger By Tracking Comments?

Are You Being A More Effective Blogger By Tracking Comments?

When I leave comments on other blogger’s posts I like to be notified on any new comments that are posted.  Maybe it is just me?  But comments by other readers and response(s) by the blogger help my learning. Being notified of follow up comments means I can choose to continue the conversation by returning to the post to add further comments — this makes me a more effective blogger.  Needless to say, after 18 months of tracking comments, I’m ‘quite’…

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Are You Getting The Most Out Of Pages On Your Blog?

Are You Getting The Most Out Of Pages On Your Blog?

How you write your posts and its content is really important! But so are the pages on your blog!  Did you realise that visits to your pages can be higher than your posts? But when was the last time you audited your pages and made improvements?  Especially your ‘About Page’ since this is where new readers find out more about you, your blog and decide whether to subscribe to your blog. Conducting Page Audits The key with any page on…

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Interlinking! Is it YOUR idea of fun?

Interlinking! Is it YOUR idea of fun?

Natasa describes interlinking archived posts as “a blogger’s day in hell!”  Strong words but I can’t think of ANY blogging task that horrifies me more than working through old posts to add links to new posts. It’s incredibly time consuming!  And if your main reason for linking posts is to get readers viewing more pages of your blog I’m not convinced of its benefit unless you have a high traffic blog where readers often visit older posts. BUT…if you want…

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Dealing With Naughty Ning Neglect!

Dealing With Naughty Ning Neglect!

I’m BAD! Don’t adequately facilitate Nings I’ve created and don’t participate enough in Nings I’ve joined. Do they make shirts for people like me? UPDATE: Thanks to borborigmus (Vyt) we now have a shirt which he has given me permission to use. We can’t inflict me on more Nings just to complete Day 3: Search for and Join a Forum for the 31 Days to Building a Better Blog Project. Don’t get me wrong I’ve connected with people through Ning…

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Running A First Time Reader Audit On Your Blog

Running A First Time Reader Audit On Your Blog

Day 2 in the 31 Days to Building a Better Blog Project is to Do a First Time Reader Audit on your blog. This is one of the MOST important tasks of the 31 Days Project.  How you see your blog and what you write about is often totally different from how viewed by others. Take the time to do a Reader Audit of your blog even if you’re not doing the 31 Days Project; you will be amazed how…

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Emailing New Readers Who Leave Comments

Emailing New Readers Who Leave Comments

Wasn’t me who said I’m currently unable to revisit Darren Rowse’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog while also reflecting on Steve Dembo’s 30 Days to Being A Better Blogger! Course I’m able! Simple… I will write posts about each task on this blog but based on my interpretation of what’s 31 Days 8) . Using Email For Relationship Building The first task of the 31 Days Project is to email a new reader of your blog. Why? Helps…

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Improving Your Blogging With The 31 Day Project!

Improving Your Blogging With The 31 Day Project!

One of my Top personal blogging I want To-Do’s is to revisit the 31 Day Project by working through Steve Dembo’s 30 Days to Being A Better Blogger! Participating in The 31 Days to Build a Better Blog project by Darren Rowse (Problogger) in August 2007 was life changing for me. I attribute much of blogging on The Edublogger and working for Edublogs with the blogging, social networking, and project coordination skills to this 31 Day Project. Now approx. 16…

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Becoming A More Effective Blogger:The 31 Day Blogging Project

Becoming A More Effective Blogger:The 31 Day Blogging Project

As Graham Wegner highlighted in his comment on The Edublogger –“it wasn’t all that long ago (well over a year I think!) I had a Skype conversation with Alex Hayes and your good self where you declared that you didn’t really “get blogging.” So true, I didn’t get blogging and was into podcasting! Yep, took awhile to “get blogging” and thankfully the 31 Day Blogging Project made me a more effective blogger. For me, the key to my gain from…

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Do Busy Readers Dig Deeper Into Our Blogs?

Do Busy Readers Dig Deeper Into Our Blogs?

What I like about this week’s challenge at Better Blog community set by Simon Thomas (Oak Innovations Blog) on Mobilize your archives is I have already done it for my Day 4 task of the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. The task involves going back through your old posts and looking for opportunities to link to new posts mainly in the hope of driving readers deeper into your blog. As Darren says “One of the challenges that faces…

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