Blog Building Tips For Business And Pleasure

If you’re looking for sound advice on how to build a better blog then read on. Sharing practical tips built from experience is one of the best ways of learning about effective blogging. This handy collection of blogging resources is designed to help beginners and the financially motivated gain control of their blog space. I’ve included some tools that I find useful for blogging along with a few tips of my own.

General blogging tips

This group of links covers essential blogging tips and answers the most frequently asked questions. There’s advice here for both beginners and experienced bloggers to digest.

  • Building a Better Blog by Brian Bailey, presents his Top 10 ideas for how to build a better blog. Good back to basics advice and tips dealing with topics like categories and content.
  • How to Blog is a piece by Tony Pierce, winner of the Bloggies 2005 category ‘best article or essay about weblogs’. 30 topical tips on style, technology and telling it like it is.
  • 47 key tips from the World’s best BLOGGERS serves bite sized chunks of wisdom with links to each guru’s weblog.
  • Blog Tips – Central Register has a collection of links to blogging tips covering many important aspects of blog building and maintenance.
Business blogging tips
 
These links focus on commercial blogging interests. If you’re interested in monetizing your blog or blogging professionally you’ll find some helpful info on how to approach it here.

Useful blogging tools

A few of the tools I use, how and why I use them. There are lots more tools scattered around the home page that come in handy from time to time.

Checking Spelling

Using a spell checker is the most reliable way of correcting spelling mistakes in your posts. If it’s a lengthy post I recommend backing it up by pasting it into a word processor or notepad and saving it. At that point you can run a spell check, more sophisticated programs do this automatically and can highlight problems with grammar. Apart from this here are some free tools that can help.

  • SpellCheck.net is an online tool that lets you paste in text for checking. There’s also links to other useful reference tools for language and maths.
  • tinySpell is a small Windows freeware utility I use. It monitors your typing on the fly and alerts you whenever it detects a misspelled word. It also checks the spelling of every word you copy to the clipboard.
  • ieSpell is a free Internet Explorer browser extension that spell checks text input boxes on a webpage.

Search Engines

  • TurboScout is an online tool that lets you search across multiple engines from within a single window. If I need to widen my search options this is the tool I use. You only need to type your keywords once to compare results from 90 popular search engines including blogs. This is a speedy tool for finding blog posts, news, products and media files. It pretty much puts all your favourite search engines in one place. You can also use it to quickly find information about your own blog.

Tip; use the ‘subject’ prefix in Blogdigger to narrow your search by categories like this;

subject:(Tips and tricks) blogging

Search Engine Optimization

These next couple of tools I came across at the LawTech Guru Blog which also discusses how to use them. They’re not tools that I use regularly but if you’re interested in search engine optimization they can be useful. Calculating your keyword density certainly provides insight on how search engines may be seeing your work.

Submitting RSS Feeds and Getting Your Blog Listed in Directories

Here’s a tool for automatically submitting your RSS feed to the main directories. This means your blog posts can be found in RSS search engines. The other links take you to sites with comprehensive lists of services to submit your blog address and feed to manually.

Pinging Services

Notifying blog search engines and similar services that your blog has been updated is a fast way of advertising your efforts. Here’s a couple of tools I use to ping important services. You should only ping when you publish fresh or updated content.

  • Ping-o-Matic is a popular notification tool. Once you’ve pinged, bookmark that page for launching automatic pings later to save filling in the form each time.
  • Pings.ws is a form that lets you notify manually or automatically the most important weblog sites at once. An alternative to Ping-o-Matic.
  • Blog and Ping Profit Secrets has a list of 45 URLs you can add to your update services blog.

Tagging

You can categorize your blog posts by adding Technorati ‘tags‘. Once ‘tagged’ you can ping Technorati to have your post show on Technorati tag pages. Other people interested in searching for items using the same tag names will then find your posts.Tags also offer value for your readers by providing additional pathways to categorized resources. You can learn all about using tags here.

RSS Resources

There are lots of new RSS tools and resources emerging daily. It’s good to have a few sources for finding them. Here are some sites and tools I use;

  • RSS Compendium is a good place to drop by for news and tools. The blog is a fountain of all things feed worthy. See also Weblogs Compendium for weblog resources.
  • RSS Specifications Blog has news and a good selection of RSS categories.
  • Feed2JS has links to online tools for converting RSS feeds to JavaScript. These tools are used for displaying news and blog headlines on your site simply by adding a short piece of code written in JavaScript. The actual Feed2JS builder is here.

Interesting…

  • Eyetools Research Greg Edwards on design and content optimization through eyetrack testing — Interesting viewing data and rules-of-thumb from measuring what people read, look at, skip, and ignore on webpages. 

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