July 27, 2009
Here is a challenge for today…
Find another blogger that you respect, it can be someone you know or do not know. Then take a few minutes out of your day to help improve his or her blog. Many people will go around leaving the same comment on every blog they run across, but your challenge is to spend some quality time here helping someone else out. Here are just a few ways you can do that:
- Leave insightful comments
- Promote the blog post on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter
- Offer to write a guest post on a particular subject
- Link to their blog in your next post
- Suggest topics you would like to see them cover in future posts
We often spend so much time with our own blog that we miss out on some great things that can happen when helping out someone else. I have met a lot of great people and had a a lof of great conversations doing this. Give it a try and I think that you will find Karma does come back around.
June 28, 2009
Have you ever written a blog post that you just were not 100% satisfied with? Do you sometimes change your opinion on a topic you have already posted about? Well, now is your chance to go back and give that archived blog post that has been long forgotten a bit of attention. In Day #21 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge, ProBlogger calls this “Breathing Life Into An Old Post.”
Think about how you can improve upon this post. Ask yourself these questions:
- Is my blog post title effective?
- Do the first few lines of my post do a good job on setting the stage?
- Did I rush through this post? Could I add a bit more content to really explain things?
- Does the post look good? Sometimes the right image can make a big difference.
- What is the call to action from this post?
Taking the time to bit just a bit of effort into an old post can really go a long way. Remember these posts are still alive and still drawing visitors – let’s show them a little love too!
May 26, 2009
Day #16 of ProBlogger’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge reminds us that solving a problem for our blog readers can be very beneficial in developing loyal readers. Check out the below scenario which I hope can help with a common social media problem.
So, this blog post has now been published. Should I post a link to it on Facebook? Should I post a link to it on Twitter? Or should I do both at the same time?
As each social media giant continues to grow, so do the number of ways to manage both at the same time. Some allow for options to post to just one or both with each update. Others post to both by default.
Check out Mashable’s Twitter to Facebook: 5 Ways to Post to Both. Pick your favorite from the list. I suggest using Tweedeck to manager both. And happy facebooking and tweeting.
May 25, 2009
Blogging Buddies can be your greatest allies when maintaining a blog. Day #15 of ProBlogger’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge was all about finding a blogging buddy to help strengthen your blog content. It makes perfect sense. Working together as a small team can help push new ideas and better content resulting in a high performance blog. Here are some of the benefits in finding a blogging buddy(slightly revised from Darren’s list):
1. Your posts can be reviewed prior to being published. It always helps to have a 2nd set of eyes on your posts.
2. A Blogging Buddy is someone you can relate to. This makes it easier to exchange ideas.
3. Blogging can become a collaborative effort. Sometimes it is nice to invite a guest blogger to post.
4. You can link to one another’s blog. Show the love!
5. Your message is more likely to spread. Use social media to allow both of your blogs to travel further.
6. Blogging buddies help each other stay motivated.
I would suggest finding someone in your niche or an individual that you are connected to in some other way (business relationship, friendship, networking partner). Remember a blogging buddy equals twice the blogging power!
April 13, 2009
Here we are on Day #8 of the ProBlogger’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge. Today’s task is to link to older blog posts within your own blog. This task really forces you to go back through and look at your blog to see just how far you have come. It can be very rewarding experience and also spark new ideas for future blog posts. The SEO benefits, usefulness to readers, and increased page views are also a great set of reasons to frequently implement this interlinking practice.
My very first blog post was an iPod Nano review back on October 15th, 2008. This is when I was very new to the blogging scene and unsure on how to begin. So why not start with a product review on my new iPod?
My blog post about Mike’s Carwash customer service still continues to be my most popular blog post of all time. I was very surprised with the number of views and comments that this post received. This is when I really became encouraged to continue blogging.
And of course my Blackberry Storm month review post in response to a reader’s question. Apparently I made the decision to become the “guinea pig” for several people when purchasing my Blackberry Storm. When I began posting about this phone, my posts received a lot of interested. I found a small niche as an “expert” with this particular device. If you ever have a question about the Blackberry Storm – just ask!
So there you have it. These are some of my favorite posts from the archives of D-Mac’s Blog. Hope you enjoy!
April 13, 2009
Day #7 of ProBlogger’s 31 Days to Building a Better Blog Challenge was all about showing the love…the link love that is! Linking to another blogger or Web site is a great way to begin building a great link exchanging relationship. The philosophy is simple – Giver’s Gain. So without further adue – it’s linking time:
David Meerman Scott recently updated his blog with a post titled Top Gobbledygook phrases used in 2008 and how to avoid them. This post was all about how press releases and other publications tend to use the same words or phrases over and over again rather than speaking the same language as the consumers.
I love the word Gobbledygook! How can you not? But while I love the word it is definitely something we all want to avoid. Read David Meerman Scott’s post for some pointers and a Gobbledygook grader tool created in a partnership with HubSpot.
And think twice when using words such as:
- New and improved
- Cost effective
- World class
- High performance
Because apparently everyone else is using them too!
April 6, 2009
I am participating in the ProBlogger 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge and today is the first day. The homework assignment for today: create your blog’s elevator pitch. So here we go!
Let me start with the Tagline for my blog:
Interactive. Multimedia. Expressions. To learn more about this tagline read my earlier blog post about its meaning.
Elevator Speech for D-Mac’s Blog:
D-Mac’s Blog was created to share knowledge, experience and inspiration with the business professional and everyday web surfer alike through the use of multimedia, interactive expressions. If you become a reader of my blog you can expect topics that include: social media tools that can increase online relationship building, product reviews with recommendations, and online/offline resources that can add a new way of thinking to your everyday life. You can also expect an “off the wall” post every now and then just to keep things fresh.
If this sounds like something you would be interested in, then you might want to check out derekmcclain.com
So, there it is. What do you think? If you have an elevator speech I would love for you to share as well.