Bloggers These Days…

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… produce amazing content.

… use images to enrich their posts.

… understand the importance of beautiful web typography.

… know how to appeal to large audiences.

… utilize social media effectively.

… practice good SEO.

… visit other blogs and write comments.

… can effectively express their personality into writing and not sound like a robot.

… have an Archives or Sitemap on their blogs.

… incorporate rich media into their content.

… blog about something they are passionate about.

… know how to attract relevant backlinks.

… cite their sources whenever necessary.

… create helpful 404 pages.

… make it easy for readers to subscribe to new posts via RSS or email.

… minimize advertisements to reduce distractions.

… allow readers to easily share their latest posts via Twitter, Facebook, and social bookmarking sites.

… separate themselves from the competition by using a custom design.

… create an About and a Contact page.

… encourage readers to engage in conversation.

… write interesting headlines.

… guest post on other blogs.

… include a search function on their blogs.

… know how to optimize the speed of their blogs.

… know how to make their blogs look exactly the same across all browsers, even on IE 6.

… respond to readers’ questions.

… backup their blogs regularly.

Say what?! Your blog doesn’t fit any of these descriptions?! Shucks. Well, better start working on it.

Inspiration by CSS-Tricks.

About the Author: Tony Hue is a broke college student mired hopelessly in mountains of debt. Send him a check by visiting his blog LonePlacebo, where he writes about social media, technology, and his hilariously sad life. He’s also on Twitter @loneplacebo.

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15 Responses to “Bloggers These Days…”

  1. Eunus Hosen on March 20, 2010 9:42 am

    Hello Tony, don’t be sad by reading this comment:
    Are you a hopeless guy? Stop your blogging just now!!! Because, blogging is not for any hopeless guy. Have you done all the things mentioned above for your blog? If you done, you should get success and make enough money to get rid from the debt and never you need to ask donation.

    I’m not an evil. Just want to say never lose your hope. Success will come to you, when you do something right. Hope for your success ~ Eunus Hosen

  2. Daniel Scocco on March 20, 2010 10:02 am

    @Eunus, I believe Tony’s tone is more humorous than sad.

  3. samuel on March 20, 2010 1:06 pm


  4. Tony on March 20, 2010 6:27 pm

    @Eunus: Thanks for the lovely encouragement. Shucks. Hopeless guy? I guess you could call me that. :) I consider the things I mentioned above principles by which I follow every time I sit down and work on my blog. BTW, have you checked out my hilariously unsuccessful 404 page? Check it out here:

    @samuel: I lol! with you as well. :) Have a lol-filled day.

  5. Eunus Hosen on March 21, 2010 2:37 am

    @daniel: What an idiot idea to unlink comment author name! By reading my previous comment, some people try to reach my blog. Then they have to do search on google with my name. Although they finally found my blog. But it could be easy, if my name would linked with my blog. But, I want to thank you because, the more people do search on google with my name, more chance to be it a brand:)

  6. highnurse on March 21, 2010 2:52 am

    thanks for this tips

    it is very helpful

  7. Dave Higgs on March 21, 2010 4:31 am

    Hi Tony;

    Looks rather like a “You know you a blogger if…” list.

    Some interesting points tho – a check-list of things I have forgotten about. I have an about page, but the draft of my contact page is almost as old as my blog!

    And btw – I love your 404 page. I believe the poor kitty :)


  8. Boris on March 21, 2010 8:42 am

    Definitely a helpful list of points to double check. Thanks!

  9. V.C on March 22, 2010 1:53 am

    Only positive thoughts, I don’t see any negative here.
    These are the most essential steps of blogging. Very helpful!

  10. mk akan on March 22, 2010 8:57 am

    a lot of work,…but must be done…very important tips.thanks

  11. Colin on March 22, 2010 3:30 pm

    Hmm looks like I’ve still got a long ways to go. Thanks for the tips :)

  12. Tony on March 22, 2010 4:09 pm

    @Dave Higgs Glad to hear you loved the 404 kitty! :)

  13. Steve on March 24, 2010 4:35 am

    learn how to write a decent blog post should have been on the list but I can see why you forgot it.

  14. Jane on April 19, 2010 1:58 pm

    It’s funny that you mention not to overcrowd with advertising while the first window screen is tiled with them. You do write interesting headlines. Some of them sound like a Los Angeles screen writer’s opening screen description.
    Glad I stumbled here.

  15. muhyar on April 28, 2010 6:32 am

    thanks to Toni Hue for sharing this post. People take attention to you.


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