Daily Blog Tips: Best of 2008

By Daniel Scocco

This yeas was very productive for Daily Blog Tips. We grew the number of RSS subscribers from 7,500 to almost 16,000, and the traffic increase followed on the same pace. I am also sure that the main ingredient for that healthy growth was the unique and (I hope) useful content that I publish.

Below you will find a recap with the most popular posts in 2008 (in a random order), enjoy.

  • 10 Simple Productivity Tips for Bloggers: Productivity itself is pretty unimportant. It’s what productivity allows us to do that matters. A productive blogging habit means more posts and more quality, and we all know what that means: more links and more traffic.
  • 3 Must Apply Security Tips for WordPress: Today I was reading through my RSS feeds and I came across a very interesting post from Matt Cutts. Basically he was describing 3 (plus a bonus) tips to secure your WordPress install. I was already using two of them, but the first one was new to me, and looks like it is the most effective one as well.
  • How to Write Scannable Content: A 6-Step Approach: Despite what some people might think, the Internet is no big book. This means one thing: if you write in large, monotonous blocks of text, people will just ignore you and your message.
  • 10 Things That Bloggers Tend to Forget, But Shouldn’t!: I must admit that I tend to forget some of these myself, so hopefully this post will also serve as a checklist to go through once in a while. What about you, do you forget them?
  • Open Discussion: What is Your Favorite Web Hosting?: Like it or not, web hosting is a vital part of any website. Reliable and fast hosting will give your readers a much better user experience, and they will be more likely to return in the future. Slow hosting with frequent downtimes, on the other hand, will not only annoy your visitors, but it might also harm your search engine rankings over the long term.
  • 28 Ways to Make Money with Your Website: There are several lists with “ways to make money with a website” on the Internet, but none of them seem to be complete. That is why I decided to create this one. If you know a method that is not listed below, just let us know and we’ll update it.
  • Extending Your Reach from Blogger to Influencer: 12 Practical Tips: Many top bloggers are not just seen as bloggers. Some have been able to transcend the role of blogger and have become icons of their industries that have significant impact and influence on others. A successful blogger may be able to attract readers and make money through their blog in one way or another, but an influencer’s reach will extend well beyond their own blog into the niche as a whole.
  • The Dynamics of the Subscriber Impulse: When Do People Decide To Grab Your RSS Feed?: This is a question that has been on my mind for some time already. When I started getting a good response from readers on my first blogs, I thought to myself: “Cool, they like the content. Now it is just a matter of getting mentioned on a blog with thousands of subscribers and these people will want to grab my RSS feed as well.”
  • Hold Tight, It Will Only Get Easier: Most bloggers that get discouraged and decide to abandon their blogs tend to do so on the first three to six months. Sometimes the traffic is not growing as fast as they would like. Other times they are not happy with the money that they are making. Personally I think that quitting after such a short period is a mistake.
  • Become a Blogging Wizard – 6 Lessons from Harry Potter: Humble beginnings, a long arduous struggle, and ultimate triumph… The story of a young wizard? Or the story of a beginning blogger? How about both? Here are six lessons from Harry Potter on how to become a blogging wizard.
  • The Ultimate WordPress Contact Form Plugin: cforms II: Recently I was creating a small static website, and I needed to insert a custom contact form there. I use WordPress as a CMS even for static websites, so I tried a couple of contact form plugins. None of them was customizable enough, though, so I went to ask a couple of programmers if they were interested in creating a custom contact form for me.
  • 50 Thoughful, Funny and Polemic Blogging Quotes: I love quotes, what can I say. Below you will find some that I gathered recently. Some of them are thoughtful, others funny, others yet polemic. All of them should be worth a reading though. If you have one to add, just let me know.
  • 5 Steps to Write Effective Articles in Less Time: Do you sit in front of computer for a long time to create a single blog post or article? Does it take too much thinking for you to come up with an effective article? If your answer was ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you should continue to read the post. Whether you are a blogger or a freelance writer or an article marketer, you need to write effective articles quickly. If you are doing one of those as a full time job, you must really use your time properly and try to write more articles in less time. Here are few things you should do when you sit to write an article or blog post.
  • Is It Just Me or Most Web 2.0 Domain Names Suck?: A couple of weeks ago I was browsing around TechCrunch when I came across some articles that were listing web startups that would be participating on a Demo event. The idea about getting startups grouped together to demonstrate what they products or services can do is pretty interesting, but that was not what caught my attention. Instead, I could not help but think about how bad some of these domain names were. Here are a few examples:
  • 10 Signs That Your Blog Is On The Right Track: Starting a new blog or growing an existing one can certainly be frustrating, as it may seem like you are not on pace to achieve your goals. Like anything worthwhile, building a solid and effective blog will take some time and hard work. As Daniel wrote recently, it gets easier with time if you can stick with it.
  • Do You Really Need to go to the University?: If you want to work on the Internet or to be an entrepreneur, I really don’t think you need to. I always tell my friends that if I had the mind that I have today (in terms of knowing what I want to do, and what knowledge and tools I need to do that) five years ago, I would not have enrolled myself in the university.
  • Let’s Follow Each Other on Twitter, Shall We?: After reading about it virtually on every single website on the web, a couple of weeks ago I decided to give Twitter a try. I must say that, contrary to what many people claim to, I did not get addicted to it.
  • Embracing the Status of Part-Time Blogger: 5 Practical Tips: I’m sure you read a lot about pro blogging and what it takes to earn a full-time income from your blog. This is a common topic among active bloggers and there are plenty of great articles that cover various aspects of the subject. With the huge amount of focus that is given to becoming a pro blogger, I think that becoming a successful and profitable part-time blogger is often overlooked. Earning a reasonable amount of money on a part-time basis is actually more desirable than most people realize.
  • May 1st RSS Awareness Day: Get Involved: What is the takeaway message? Only a very small percentage of the Internet population is aware of the RSS format and its benefits.
  • Killer Domains: My First eBook is Available Now: If you tried to find some good domain names lately you know how disappointing the experience can be. It feels like all the marketable domains are already gone. And the problem is that the success of your website starts with the domain name.
  • 7 Reasons Why You Might Never Be Productive: Are you disappointed with the fact that, no matter how hard you try, you can never seem to get things done in a productive manner? If so, then acting now is the way to go because you can rest assured that things will not exactly get better if you just stand there and wait for a miracle. As a blogger, being productive is definitely a must if you are serious about long-term success and living in denial is simply not an option.
  • Open Discussion: What Do You Think of Internet Marketers? (aka the long sales page gurus): The same cannot be said about people that resort to the long sales pages, though. If you navigate around the web you will notice that there is a great deal of controversy around these practices.
  • The Best Sources of Content for WordPress Users: If you’re looking for technical documentation or support, the codex and forums are usually the first place to look. However, I would like to share some blogs and websites that provide a good amount of WP-related content that I think you will appreciate. Whether you are a theme designer/developer or a blogger who is looking to get more out of WordPress, visit some of these sites and see for yourself.
  • Website Traffic Series Part 3: Leave Comments on Other Blogs: On the first part of this series we talked about how you can generate traffic to your website by getting it featured on Web Design and CSS galleries. On the second part we talked about Blog Carnivals. Today we will cover another basic yet effective strategy: leaving comments on other blogs.
  • Make Sure Your WordPress is Not Hacked: Lately there there seems to be a hacking spree around old versions of WordPress. Most of the times the hacker will edit your theme files to insert spam links. One of my older and non-active blogs got that problem, and I had several friends complaining to me about it as well when chatting over IM.
  • Why You Must be the First, in Google’s Search Results at Least!: People always say that you need to be in the first page of results in Google if you want to receive clicks, right? Well, this will hurt, but the reality is that merely being in the first page is not enough.
  • Are You Familiar with HTML and CSS? Six Reasons Why You Should Invest the Time to Learn: I had been involved with web design for a few years before I ever started blogging. In my opinion, being able to work with the code of a blog is a huge advantage that many bloggers choose not to pursue.
  • Video Blog Review 1 – FavBrowser.com: On this first blog review I will cover the design and layout aspects of FavBrowser.com, a blog coming from one of our readers (I asked his permission to review it).
  • Google Indexing Scrapers First?: This made me curious and went to check for myself. The first thing I wanted to know was if my post was indexed already by Google or not. I copied one sentence from the post and search it in Google, with quotation marks to find only exact matches.
  • Poll: What is Your Favorite Browser?: Anyway all this browser thinking got me curious about what browser you guys use. I know that many of you will need to use more than for work purposes (cross browser testing, Internet Explorer applications, etc), but what is your favorite browser for surfing the web, blogging and similar?
  • Website Traffic Series Part 6: Using Forum Signatures: Time to analyze another traffic generation strategy: using forum signatures. At the bottom of this post you will find links to all the previous parts on the series, and stay tuned for future ones, we are going to cover literally all of them!
  • Star Trek Blogging: The Klingon Way: In the world of Star Trek, Klingons are known as a warrior people, formidable in battle, fierce in their passions, and concerned with honor above all. But the life of a Klingon has lessons for humans, even for that sedentary class known as bloggers. Here are three proverbs that can help you learn to blog the Klingon way.
  • DarkZen WordPress Theme Released: Most of our previous WordPress themes used light or vivid colors, so I thought that a darker design was needed on the portfolio. DarkZen comes with a dark header and a gray background, packed on a clean and minimalist design.
  • The Pros and Cons of Working from Home on the Internet: Almost two years passed since I quit my job inside a multinational company to work from home on the Internet. For me it was pretty a straight forward move. One year inside a corporation was enough to clarify what I wanted to do professionally, and working for someone else was definitely not part of it.
  • Did You Buy YourName.com Already?: All right let’s put this straight: if you read Daily Blog Tips regularly, there are good chances that one day you will become a web celebrity. If that is the case, you should register YourName.com before someone else does.
  • My Top Commentators WordPress Plugin: I am glad to release the third WordPress plugin by Daily Blog Tips. My Top Commentators is a plugin that allows a blogger to discover who are the most active commentators on his blog (via the WordPress Dashboard, so other people will not see this information).
  • 3 Simple Secrets to Reducing Your Blogging Stress: Thoughts, creativity, and writing should flow freely and without tension. As I was writing an article a few months ago I noticed the strain in my stomach, neck, and jaw. I was straining to get the thoughts out. As if tensing my muscles would actually help me focus or even create something helpful to my readers.
  • The Bloggers Union (or Association): Should we create a bloggers union? This idea was floating on my head, so I decided to share with everyone.
  • The Bloggers Glossary: If you think there is a term missing just let me know and I will update the glossary.
  • Take One Day Off Every Week: Yesterday I took the whole day off line (we had a guest post indeed). Now that I think about it, it was the first one in a really long time. Sure I don’t work full time on weekends, but I was getting used to working half a day on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Blogging Idol Is Live!: Show time! All the competitors have until the July 31 (midnight) to prove their blogging skills and to improve their RSS subscriber base.
  • Open Discussion: Does a Degree Improve Your Chances of Succeeding Online?: Let’s kick start this week with an open discussion. Do you think that a college degree will improve the chances of someone succeeding online?
  • Forget Winzip. Try 7-Zip: This one month traveling, where I was forced to use my Windows laptop, allowed me to discover many new useful and interesting software for the paid operating system.
  • Are Social Networks Like the Fashion Industry?: Fashion lovers pardon me, but I am very skeptical regarding the usefulness of this industry.
  • BlueSensation WordPress Theme Released: Last month we missed the free WordPress theme release, but the one for July is available now. BlueSensation is a clean theme with a traditional look: large content column on the left and a single sidebar, ready to display 125×125 ads.
  • Behind The Scenes: Check Out The Desktop of 30 Bloggers: The result was pretty good though. Last week I asked for the DBT readers to share their desktop, and 30 of you stepped forward (if I missed anyone just let me know).
  • PageRank Update Coming in 2-3 Days: Hey I am not the one saying it, the word is coming from Mr. Matt Cutts (head of Google’s web spam team).
  • Is Google Crossing the Line with Knol?: Now while I am willing to sing them praises when deserved, I also think that we should be vocal when they cross the line. If you paid attention to the launch of their expertise sharing website Knol, you probably saw a great deal of controversy coming together.
  • Alexa is Becoming Completely Worthless: Alexa is becoming a joke lately. Some people claim that over the previous two years it was already losing reliability, but lately it went completely nuts. Whatever they did on the last algorithm update, it messed up their rankings badly.
  • What Is A Blog?: It is 2008; do we still need to ask ourselves what a blog is? I think so, and for two reasons. First of all we still have many misconceptions about blogging floating around the web. Pretty much every week I get at least one email from someone asking if I believe blogging has a future. My answer is always “as long as the Internet has a future, blogs do too.” You will see why I answer that below.
  • The Art of Writing Catchy Articles: 11 Simple Tips: If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them – George Orwell
  • Interview with Timothy Sykes (The Guy Makes $50,000 Monthly From His Blog): A couple of weeks ago a reader emailed me to ask if I knew anything about a guy named Timothy Sykes, who is supposedly making some killer money with his blog.
  • On Domain Names, Size and Quality DOES Matter!: What kind of impact will a domain name have on the success of the website hosted there? There are basically two schools of thought around the web.
  • On Linkbaits, Socialbaits and Viral Content: If you have been involved with online marketing, web publishing or blogging for a while, I am sure that you have come across the terms linkbait, socialbait and viral content at least once.
  • 50 Simple Ways to Gain RSS Subscribers: Most bloggers love their RSS readers. Not only that, but they also love to gain new RSS readers. It is such a joy when you wake up one day and see that your Feedburner count jumped by 200 or 300, right?



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23 Responses to “Daily Blog Tips: Best of 2008”

  • Blog Expert

    Thanks for the great list of the best articles here on your blog. There are a few I have not read actually.

  • The How-To Geek

    This is the only blog-related website that I will even read, and do so on a regular basis. =)

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Geek, thanks for the support, you are one of my celebrity readers 🙂 .

  • Enduring Wanderlust

    Congratulations on a great year. Continued success in 2009.

    ~Gennaro

  • Steven Snell

    Congrats on your success this year Daniel. Thanks for letting me be a small part of it. I’m glad to see that a few of my old posts were among the year’s highlights.

  • TB

    Grats on your success.
    Can you tell us how many posts you have made in 2008(or in total)? Nice list btw.

  • Adam Singer

    Congrats on a great year Daniel I’ve read everything you’ve written.

    Just noticed that I may have subconsciously borrowed the “blogging quotes” story idea today without realizing it.

    Don’t kill me. =)

  • Melvin

    time really flies so quick… seems like just a week ago I’ve read your top post of 2007 and now here’s for 2008…

  • Donny Gamble

    Keep up the great work Daily Blog Tips. I am really looking forward to reading what you have to offer in 2009. I’m sure you will double of of these statistics because you provide great information to all of your readers.

  • Rahul Jadhav

    Nice list. There are quite a number of articles that i didnt read

  • Laura-Whateverebay

    Great post. Tons of info I can certainly use.

    Hey Congrats on your PR rating of 6!!

    Great job!

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Adam, no worries at all!

    Thanks everyone else for the nice words.

  • Arun Basil Lal

    Why dont you publish the top questions of 2008..?

  • Brian D. Hawkins

    Wow, your best of 2008 is more than most of us wrote all year. Nice job.

  • Rich

    I am been viewing your blogs for a quite sometime, but I did not realize that your previous posts are very useful.

    I won’t mind if I will be an addition to your email subscribers.

    Congrats to your success, and looking forward for more this year.

  • Trader Mom

    This is a good list of tips. I think it will take me sometime to digest.

  • Goldie

    I’ve really enjoyed Daily Blog Tips throughout 2008, I’m sure the site will go from strength to strength as we enter into 2009! Keep up the good work guys!

  • Adventurous Wench women tours

    Congratulations for a very great and wonderful 2008, Daniel.

    This year 2009, may you continue on showering us with more helpful blogging tips.

    God bless!

  • dondv

    Thanks very much for providing links to all this great content. I’ve come to read your blog more and more through 2008 for your insight and good advise. I’m looking forward to additional good info in 2009. I also got the idea of writing a “best of 2008” post from this blog, so I reviewed my 2008 articles are blogged about my best too, here – http://www.dvanarelli.com/blog/2009/01/04/law-office-of-donald-d-vanarelli-blog-best-of-2008/

    Much success in 2009.

  • munawar am

    I have read tips on 28 ways to make money online with website. It is a nice and great tips. Hopefully I can try it step by step in 2009. Thanks.

  • Samantha

    Great share. Tks a lot……

  • reds

    Hi..These tips are really good.. I will follow them..

  • BLOGBOOZE

    I very much like “Best of” kind series because they have the best 🙂 so as here. I have already bookmarked this post and I’m going to read them all even though some of them i have read them before.

    Thanks daniel for the valuable list!!! and all the best for the http://onlineprofits.com project.

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