First Time Blogger WordPress Tips/Advice?
I have finally decided that yes I want to create that blogging website using WordPress but I am now after any advice/good websites/Tips with reference to Blogs.
I want to read about anything I can, from blogging language to raising search engine ranking.
Thanks In Advance
Herschel Lawhorn answers:
The best tip I can give is to not edit your thoughts, so to speak. As soon as you decide the topic for an entry, just type. Whatever ccomes to mind, type it. Only go back and edit the grammer, seplling and word-choice. Do NOT second guess your thoughts. People read blogs for opinions, and too often I see “bloggers” trying to say what they think people will want to read, and then they end up losing readers. If I wanted facts on a sports game, I would go to ESPN, but I want a perspective of “someone like me”. Keep true to that and you will do fine.
Its also a good idea to have some weekly item in your Blogs. Like, ever week you have a certain type of entry about something. A very basic example is just a joke of the week, but do soemthing thats not so lame. Just something that readers can expect to see each week and keep them comming back. My Friends and I had a blog that we had a section each week for the top 3 “one-liners” we either said or heard throughout the week. This got a bunch of commentary about people laughing over the quotes we put in. Weekly events is a great way to attract blog readers.
Blogging and SEO Question: Blogger?
Our company got a blog that is through Blogger but hosted through our domain. Transferring into WordPress or something else is not an option right now. I just notice that the blog pages are 3 levels down in the directory, and I worry that the Googlebots and other search engine robots will not find these blogs.
The goal was to have lots of blog writing, have lots of words indexed by the search engine, and more long tail visibility.
Any tips on how to make the blog show up one level down?
One more thing, there is little icon from Feedburner on our home page that randomizes blog entries to click on, however, it goes to the feedburner site, shows a bunch of feeds and you have to click to get to the blog. I am afraid this is not as direct for the purposes of SEO as we would want.
Any blogging experts out there with answers? Thank you kindly. Lani
Herschel Lawhorn answers:
Sign-up for Google Webmaster Tools and you can find out the best practices for getting indexed and monitoring your results. Yahoo and MSN have similar programs.
Regarding URL structure, I wouldn’t worry a ton about it right now. Google owns Blogger, I don’t think they’d put you in a bad spot. Focus on writing quality content and staying on topic.
In Feedburner you can adjust that under “Publicize > Subscription Management.” Google owns FeedBurner too.
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