Posts Tagged ‘101 Steps’

Place an RSS feed link at the bottom of every post

Posted 13 Sep 2007 — by Ellie
Category Better Blogger

This is Step #16 in the 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger.

Place an RSS feed link at the bottom of every post.

Check! I have a RSS feed link at the bottom of every post. I put it there for two reasons – it evens out the footer of each post and gives readers another chance to subscribe to thepinkc’s feed!

Some of the other bloggers who are following along:

Add a large RSS button to your site

Posted 07 Sep 2007 — by Ellie
Category Better Blogger

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This is Step #15 in the 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger.

Add a large RSS subscription button to your site.

“Large” RSS subscription buttons are kind of annoying to me. On some blogs, they fit in and seem to flow well with the theme, but thepinkc’s current theme doesn’t really lend itself to a large 125px by 125px RSS button! I do have a 28px by 28px button in the sidebar, as well as smaller buttons in the sidebar and the footer and at the bottom of every post.

Create unique, quality content – Step #14

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Posted 02 Sep 2007 — by Ellie
Category Better Blogger

This is Step #14 in the 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger.

Spend 99% of your time focused on creating unique, quality content. Content is King; or as John Reese says, “content is King Kong”.

This is a great tip! I spend about 90% of my blogging time looking for interesting topics to blog about, researching them, writing articles and editing them. Believe it or not, but the Back to School series was a 2 month long adventure! I first plotted my idea, what topics would work with the series, did research on each topic, wrote articles, edited articles, and continued to edit until I was satisfied. I was pleased at the end result, and can’t wait to publish my next special series. Now that I know what to do, I don’t think it will take as much time, but I will definitely continue to publish quality special series.

Give your blog its own unique voice – Step #13

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Posted 31 Aug 2007 — by Ellie
Category Better Blogger

This is Step #13 in the 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger. I’m following along with The Williford Blog. Join us!

Give your blog its own unique voice… You!

I believe thepinkc has a very unique voice. I’m not always sure if other people understand my humor or writing style, but I continue to write, in hopes that one day I’ll be greatly appreciated for my personal style!

Get involved in the blogosphere – Step #12

Posted 30 Aug 2007 — by Ellie
Category Better Blogger

This is Step #12 in the 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger.

Get involved in the blogosphere. Being a blogger is about being part of a community. Leave comments on other blogs and get to know your favorite bloggers.

This step is a lot easier said than done. There are literally hundreds of bloggers looking for attention from their favorite bloggers or the bloggers with the most link juice – not tart cherry juice! I like relatively unknown bloggers and have developed a great friendship with the blogger of Linky Love and a couple of other bloggers are really great resources for information and blogging tips.

Trackbacks are important – Step #11

Posted 29 Aug 2007 — by Ellie
Category Better Blogger

This is Step #11 in the 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger. If you are interested in joining me on this journey, please leave a comment and check my previous posts in this category – Better Blogger.

Use trackbacks.

Trackbacks have been instrumental in helping me find out what bloggers find interesting here. I also use trackbacks to let other bloggers know what I like on their sites. I need to strengthen my use of trackbacks, in order to build more organic linking, so I will definitely keep working on this more in the future.

Submit your blog to RSS and blog directories: Step #10

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Posted 29 Aug 2007 — by Ellie
Category Better Blogger

Step #10 in the 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger is a biggie:

Submit your blog to rss and blog directories.

I am a member of several directories, though I am not 100% convinced of their reliability for generating traffic for my site. It seems as if you are only on top as long as no one else is submitting their site! Because thepinkc currently doesn’t fit a particular niche, it is difficult to categorize my site well on a directory.

Blog and Ping – Step #9 in 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger

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Posted 29 Aug 2007 — by Ellie
Category Better Blogger

This is Step #9 in the 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger.

Blog and ping.

I definitely follow this step! I am blogging less as of late, and I’m not sure if I’ll pick the pace back up soon or not. I’m not “tired” of blogging but I feel like there’s a definite information overload right now. I’m hardly being able to keep up with the feeds I subscribe to, let alone keep up with all of my writing ideas!

101 Steps: #6-8

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Posted 26 Aug 2007 — by Ellie
Category Better Blogger

Step #6 in the 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger.

Submit your blog to 9Rules.

I’m skipping this step, as 9Rules is not currently accepting new blogs.

Step #7:

Submit your blog to NewsNow.

Done. :grin:

Step #8:

Let your readers see the REAL you. Blogging is more personal than conventional websites. Don’t be afraid to tell a few stories from your own life. By being real and personal, you will build a relationship with your readers based on loyalty and trust.