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Blog better every day: My daily blog tips from March 2011

April 2, 2011

Daily Blog TipThroughout 2011, I share a daily blog tip via my Twitter account, @WadeOnTweets, at 7 a.m. CDT.

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  • Ask follow-up questions in the comments.
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  • Follow #DailyBlogTip on Twitter.
  • And follow me on Twitter at @WadeOnTweets.


The tips for March …

  1. Take a step back from your blog to dream big. Imagine the impossible, then start making it possible.
  2. Want to know how other bloggers do it? Ask them. Bloggers are the most generous people in the world.
  3. If you want your blog to be more than a hobby, treat it like a business. – @problogger
  4. Blogging isn’t about writing — it’s about sharing. In words, photos, videos, podcasts and more.
  5. Would you read your blog on a phone’s small screen? How can you improve the mobile experience?
  6. Start small with a blog series, two and three parts. Plan ahead, write ahead, connect the parts.
  7. A strong post has lots of “hooks,” easy ways into the story to share multiple times in social media.
  8. Know your community. Are they opinionated? Shy? Active? Passive? Do they want info, laughs or empathy?
  9. Is your headline sexy? Rewrite that sucker until it sings *and* serves SEO.
  10. Do you really need to learn advanced HTML, CSS and Java, or do you need to invest in a good Web designer?
  11. For stories, photos should complement text. But your words should do the heavy lifting in evoking imagery.
  12. For photos and photo essays, the text should give context and depth without repeating what’s in the shot.
  13. Blogs with product/service reviews should be being mobile friendly. Helps customers check while in store.
  14. Don’t worry about the other guy’s blog. Focus on your site and what you can do with it.
  15. Beware the ideas of March. Brainstorm with fellow bloggers about the next great project for your site.
  16. Ashamed of your blog? How can you fix it so you’re proud of it? The solution begins today with you.
  17. Who has given your blog the most publicity? Thank them, and return the favor.
  18. Promote interaction on your blog with open threads, questions, polls, forums and unmoderated comments.
  19. Dig into your blog comments. A reader has hidden a great topic idea in there for you to find and use.
  20. Spring means renewal. If you could reboot your blog, what would you focus on, and what would you discard?
  21. Spring cleaning! Take away everything in your sidebar, header and footer that isn’t click-worthy.
  22. Make sure your anti-spam software/plugin is up to date. Protect your site.
  23. Time to switch to new platform? No need to move your blog by yourself: People and new software can help.
  24. Good writing shows off smarts, but good video shows off personality. Expose yourself on camera.
  25. Blogging from your phone? Do a few dry runs before going in the field. Expand your blogging capability.
  26. Blogging from your phone: E-mail a post/photo to special address, or use mobile version of your platform.
  27. Blog carnival: Collection of various blogs’ posts on one topic, to build community and to increase views.
  28. Is your blog’s Facebook page thriving? Offer different and valuable things related to your blog there.
  29. One way to reward commenters: Visit their blogs and leave meaningful comments on their posts.
  30. Write for your audience, not for SEO or Google. Great writing has great SEO value.
  31. Did a “thief” steal content deliberately? Address issue with nice e-mail asking for link and excerpt only.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 6, 2011 1:26 pm

    Nice list!!

    • April 6, 2011 3:19 pm

      Thanks, Alison! More coming out each day.

  2. April 7, 2011 12:05 am

    Another tip: Stay motivated!!!

    Here are 101 ideas for motivating a blogger.

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