Got Blogging Questions? Ask Away!
One of things that many readers asked on the “Help Us Improve Daily Blog Tips” post was that I re-started doing the Questions & Answers column. I stopped doing them because the questions stopped coming, so I guess we can try to revive it.
So if you have any question, fire away. I will try to answer a bunch of them every Friday. You can ask about blogging, online marketing or even personal questions, so ask away!
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57 Responses to “Got Blogging Questions? Ask Away!”
I’m starting my first blog and I want it to be a lesson in viral marketing. My plan is to turn my alter-ego “Runner Girl” into an online sensation by creating a blog and a video podcast to document the life of this mysterious girl who runs around downtown chicago during rush hour. I would also wear a branded runner’s racing bib every morning during my usual run. The idea is an online based kind of “Naked Cowboy.” But I’m not sure what do for my blog. I’m trying to think of why readers will want to come and read my blog. They’ll watch the videos because they’re funny but should I just write a normal blog with a Runner Girl twist or should it be different altogether?
How to Cope with Pain
How do I put in descriptions of pictures used on my blog, so visually-handicapped readers can know what the picture is of?
I’d like to ask you opinion on my blog and on the stats.
I’ve a tech oriented blog since 1 year and half, and it is steadily growing in views and RSS subscribers.
Now it’s around 700 RSS subs and 500-600 visits (700 hits) per day.
One thing I noticed is that when I had less visitors the page per visit and time on site where higher (around 2ppv) while now that the figures are higher the PPV is down to 1.2 and going down.
Also the visits coming from Google are more than 80% of the visitors.
I’d like to know if this is a normal behavior of visitors of tech/dev oriented blogs or if there is something wrong with my blog and there is something I could do to go back having higher PagePerVisit.
I’ve got a million questions, but for now I’ll limit myself to just two:
1. I’m looking for some kind of social media plug-in — something very simple that I could put in a sidebar with a title that would read something like “Follow Me Online!” and would have links to my profiles pages on MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, and so on, and maybe the icon for each. It’s such a simple idea that it wouldn’t surprise me if somebody hasn’t already built one, but so far I haven’t been able to find one. I suppose I could just repurpose a blogroll to that effect, but with my level of skill, it would look a bit clumsy.
2. Is there some simple way to search for themes? Trolling the Internet for possibilities is a mind-numbing process, and even after weeks of searching, I haven’t found anything close to what I want. You’d think somebody would have some kind of comprehensive aggregation for these (and I’ve seen what WordPress.org offers, but I have found sorting through things there as rough as anywhere). Or maybe it’s one of those things that isn’t supposed to be easy and I just need to keep hunting.
Thanks for doing what you do. It’s why I keep coming back here. I’ve only been at it a few months, but I’m finding that blogging is one helluva fun game.
2 questions for you:
1. How do you find sponsors for your blog? Do you go searching for them, do they find you or do you use a third party “supplier”?
2. You are starting a new blog, which WordPress plugins do you find a necessity?
What plugins are you most likely to install on a new blog? Akismet, and subscribe to comments, but what else?
Which is THE king: quality content, great personality, strong opinions, or something else?
Where do you see blogging (in general) in say 10 years time?
Do you have any suggestions or advice about how to encourage readers to subscribe to your blog via RSS?
Where do you get the images in your posts? Like the one in this post, for example.
Know of any good ways to automate article submissions for early link building?
I read your blog for 2 weeks.
I blog for 2 years now. Recently I got popularity by doing some stupid -very stupid- youtube videos making me seem like cra -really-.
So “some people” now talk about me on IRC and blogs.
Is this a good way to promote myself and probably my blog?
Or I am expoosing me too much?
What is your opinion on this? 🙂
I’m a newbie and I’m really keen on building networks and bringing traffic to my blog (who isn’t?). I’m commenting on forums and other blogs, I’ve joined directories, I’ve linked to articles on huge sites (I’m doing everything that I’ve being taught to do from ‘blogger improvement’ sites.) But there is one thing that is making everything hard for me – I seem to be the only blogger in my niche. There have been others here and there but their blogs have all but been abandoned. A lot of sites say they are ‘blogs’ but they are not – they are just used to sell videos
This might sound great -being the one and only – but it means I can’t create networks in my own niche. Even though my niche is actually quiet big – I’m now trying to expand into other relative niches. These niches don’t really mix though (they are almost different worlds) so I’m not sure it will work.
So the question: How can I increase traffic to my blog (and create interest in my niche) if my niche is so underdeveloped on the web?
(- and I’m not keen on spending money on advertisement.)
Hi Daniel, thank you for letting readers have this oppurtunity, my question is:
In your experience what would you say is the number one strategy for bringing in targeted traffic, what was the key to making your blog a success?
this one is a very simple question… The page 2 of my blog isn’t working properly.. Yeah I know I should try to google for answers but damn i didn’t find any! What do I need to make the page 2 working properly?
Thanks for hearing my request,
1)Because I have started a new blog, how can I get visitors to my blog, I mean any programs online that can help me.
2)What is the general resolution that most people use when they are online?
3)Finally if you have time, can you visit my blog and tell if its looks well at resolution you are using, because mine is a widescreen monitor, do suggest any modifications you feel.
Wow – where to start. I’m looking forward to hearing the answer to some of the questions above, like Will’s about generating traffic. I’ll ask a WordPress related question. What plugin would you recommend for image captions (that appear directly below the image). I’ve tried a few but have yet to find one I like.
I started my blog on parenting/being a father, in hopes to eventually monetise it.
The both good and bad points about my blog is that my readers and subscribers are still low, so, “suddenly” putting in monetising features (I have started putting in ads) will not tick too many people off. On the flipside, I also seem to be stuck at growing my numbers (ie not too many people to tick off anyway!)
My question then is, for a blog such as mine, would you be able to share a strategy on:
– how to grow readership / subscribers
– what are the best monetising models and approach for such a blog theme
I don’t mind writing reviews on baby / children products, promoting their wares- I had actually created a category called Ergonomics for this purpose and even wrote a few samples on stuff we bought. These are time consuming but if the pay is good I wont mind. I would obviously also like to have “successful” ad placements to generate some passive income (“successful” because I know they need constant tuning).
Being in Asia, where I feel (rightly or wrongly) the market and readers are small, I have a gut feel that there is an opportunity in there somewhere still!
Being a parent is something I am passionate about, and would go as far as to quit fulltime employment to spend time with them, *IF* I can actually monetise a blog on the very same topic…
Thanks in advance!
Tom – StandOutBlogger.com
what would you say has been the best tool to increase monetisation of your blog?
Yes, a “Follow Me Online” plugin like what Jerry Thomas described would be nice.
Actually, it sounds a lot like the FriendFeed widget that Scobleizer has on his blog, which I was actually admiring just yesterday. It reads “(blog name) around the web.”
Though, in this case, it’s much, much broader since the feed also updates what your friends are doing.
I’m also looking forward to hearing what “follow me online” options there are out there…
Besides the typical questions about how to attract traffic, what are the best plugins, how to find sponsors, etc. (people, Daniel has wrote a lot of post covering those issues, just check the Archives 😉 ) I think that a question and answer that will add some value to the tons and tons of metablogging posts out there, will be what kind of additional difficulties does have to face a blogger that doesn’t come from an english speaking country (not even from a bilingual country as India) but that chose to blog in English. Specially in regards to monetization.
There are obvious and well known additional difficulties for that kind of bloggers, like problems for writing good English without embarrassing typos, and the very long geographic distance from the center of the world, that will hardly allows you to break any news on the field. But there are also other additional difficulties like ad networks that do not work with non-US citizens, or limits on the amount of money you can withdraw from Paypal in some countries.
I have personally faced some of those difficulties, and there are always workarounds, but it will be very useful to know how a successful non-US-nor-from-english-speaking-country blogger like you has been able to solve those kind of problems.
my english is broken ,so i need to study.
Oops, forgot to check “notify me of followup comments.”
Return To Manliness
As a new blogger, I am interested in placing ads on my site at some point, but not sure when. I am focusing all my efforts on content and plugins and making the site good. At what point do you think it is best to monetize the site and place ads? I am already doing text links to Amazon and some very minor stuff, but nothing with Adsense yet. It seems it is best to first build the audience before making seem to commercialized, but would like to know your thoughts. Thanks
How do I get an RSS feed for Each TAG or even category on a wordpress blog?
Can you recommend how I can get the same text to display at the end of every post/page I write?
I want to send a reminder to everyone that reads my posts that they can subscribe but donâ€™t want to have to type it at the end of each post.
Similar to what john chow does with the message â€œFind out what I am doing right now by following me on Twitter! If you like this post then please consider subscribing to my full feed RSS. You can also subscribe by Email and have new posts sent directly to your inbox.â€
I imagine thereâ€™s a plugin for this but havenâ€™t been able to find one, can you recommend one.
And Iâ€™m glad to see your going to be doing question sessions again. Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™ll be pestering you with loads more as time goes on!!
What do you think about those blogging contests where visitors are asked to become RSS subscribers, don’t to you think this is kinda “buying & selling” of subscribers? and doesn’t it dilute the value of readership?
Thanks in advance. 🙂
We have people that would like to use our RSS Feed but they would like to customize the way it appears on their site. Is their anyway to do this? Thanks so much.
Great idea and glad to see the feature is back. Looks like you have a good starting backlog of questions.
I am just getting started on a blog which of course will be wildly successful. I am currently using the free Revolution theme for it clean, crisp appearance. Assuming I am able to generate some sort of success, I could see switching over to a layout that allows for sponsor adspace.
My question is how to gracefully transition a successful blog from a no ad layout to a sponsored layout without alienating your readers.
I would also be interested in a summary of the various ways to make money off your blog. I know there have been summaries posted before, but it might be a good time to refresh our knowledge.
How do I move my wordpress blog from one host to another.
I have a WordPress specific question: How do you keep the “Related Articles” section out of your RSS feeds? I would like to do this too (so that I can add related posts to old posts without causing the old post to go out over RSS again). Thanks!
P.S. I was thinking I could do it with the ‘the-meta()’ template tag but hadn’t thought much about it beyond that.
I just started my website on the 1st of June. The first week my website had about 50 daily unique visitors, the second week – about 75 uniques, and the third week it was about 100. Now is the week #4 and the number of visitors does not seem to be bigger than the week before. Is this normal? What % should the unique visitors number increase every week? Also, I get about 70% of my visitors from Google – is this normal?
How long, do you think, it might take, to get 500 daily visitors?
I havent found any solid information as to what is a good/normal amount of traffic for a blog that has been up three months. Right now I have about 6000 pageviews/month, and am trying to figure out if I’m on track to success, or if I should just ditch the concept and try something else. Also, what’s a good amount of pages/visit?
The Masked Millionaire
My question is about seo. My url is http://www.TheMaskedMillionaire.com The name of my blog is The Masked Millionaire.
I didn’t know anything about seo when I started. I still know very little. But I do know that nobody does a search on google for the masked millionaire.
Will seo work if I keep the url but change the name of the blog? Or should I just just mark it up to experience and start all over?
How much of traffic does your site generate monthly? Please let us know about the no. of visits, uique visitors, pageviews, average time of stay.
why didnt you buy dailyblogtips.net?
just curious i am surprise no one took this domain name yet
I don’t have a question.
I’m not Daniel but after looking through some of the questions other people asked, I can answer them too. So here is a random sampling of responses for people who don’t want to wait until Friday…
@ How to Cope with Pain: Not knowing what software/interface you use to create blog posts, you will want to use an ‘alt’ tag within the ‘img src’ code.
For instance, suppose your image of a pink elephant looks like this (substituting brackets for arrows): [img src=”url/file.jpg]
You would want to edit that code to be: [img src=”url/file.jpg alt=”this is a pink elephant”]
@ Simone: The most popular search engine in the world is Google, so I’m not surprised that is the source of 80% of your visitors.
@ Yaser Sulaiman: If you are blogging about your passion, all of those traits would come through. If you don’t have passion, what’s the point when your competition would?
@ L-Jay: I looked at your blog and it’s about dance. I don’t frequent dancing blogs but I know they are there. Maybe you can look toward music or lifestyle blogs?
@FightCellulite: See above for Simone.
@TheMaskedMillionaire: I’m guessing you went through the trouble of purchasing a custom domain for a reason. Unless if you no longer feel the passion you once did, keep on plugging away. But if you’ve branded yourself as the masked millionaire and judging from recent comment counts, those people know you as such, why would you want to change?
Here is a question for which I couldn’t find an answer on your blog:
How often do you check your blog for broken links and what tool you use for it?
(The wordpress plugin for the said purpose is not doing the job satisfactorily).
I am starting my first blog for our retail store. I was thinking of using the blog as the website. What do you recommend as an introductory entry for a blog?
Should I just briefly describe what we do, where we’re located, store history, etc…?
I look forward to your reply. I realy enjoy your site. You have lots of great, practicle, how-to information.
Long posts or short?
For beginners (at least those who write longer posts), would you recommend keeping the posts on the long side and then as time goes on aim to shorten the posts?
I find my posts go on and I suspect I need a lot of editorial direction (but I”m solo now).
Which skill is more important to develop first?:
1. Writing down the bones
2. Keeping posts short
Thanks for offering your help!
Here are my questions:-
1.How can we separate our own blogs linkback(to some other posts in our blog) from the comments section.(Like in your blog).
2.How to effectively use tags to our posts?
3.What will be the effect of deleting a blog post? (Search engine point of view).
4.Post content and its full feed, resulting duplicate contents.What do you say?
5.Use of more than 2 or 3 contextual advertisers like adsense, bidvertiser, adbrite etc.Is it advisable or is it good to stickon to any one?
6.Is it good to have more ads in a blog(when it is not intrusive to readers).Ads will be placed far away from the contents.And not at corner place(to provoid value to advertisers).
7.Is it good to use the default Write Post visual and html editor in our wordpress or is there any best alternative editors?
8.Which one is good for bloggers Vista, XP, Ubantu, Mac etc and why?
9.How can we avoid certain category posts from appearing on our blogs homepage.Ex:-I want to write about Brazil in the category Brazil.And I don’t want those posts to appear on my homepage(as my blogs most visitors are from America).Instead, they must appear only when someone clicks on the category link Brazil.
10.How to deal with someone who clicks on our blogs ads insanely.He may be one of our friend, who wants to get us out if adsense or any similar programs.
And no way to block his IP, as he maynot be using static IP.
Some more personal questions, if you don’t mind:
11.Can you build a website, where all bloggers share some photos for free.This can void paying lot for images.
12.Do you like blogging or swimming more?
13.Why are you not accepting my friend request in Orkut ? hmm..
14.What about the forum(paid forum I hope) that you were thinking of building for the DailyBlogTips readers?
15.What is your opinion of joining any blog networks? have you joined any?
16.I am interested in reading more about your life.Because you are my blog idol.Where can I find it?
Life before starting a blog, after starting a blog, problems faced, solutions etc.
17.Who has been your inspiration for starting a blog?
18.Us bbpress and build a single forum for all your blog networks.This will surly help a lot of people.
19.Curious to see all the gadgets and hardware parts that you use.
Can you please put some screen shots of them, along with brief description.
20.What is your pastime hobby otherthan blogging and swimming?
In which social-networking site are you most active?
Which IM do you most use?
Sorry for a long list.Ignore some of them, if you feel them as totally irrelevant!
Oops my last question:-
21. Please visit my blog http://technotip.org and please tell me any three things that you first notice when you enter my blog.
All my questions from 1 to 20 are optional.
21st question is compulsory!
Thanks for providing this opportunity.
With Best Regards,
Missy from G34 Media
Greg (from the Art-Niche):
For your first entry on your retail blog, i would introduce the blog. Start off with:
Thank you for visiting and finding our site. We want to let you know we have created this blog to……..blah blah blah.
State why you started up the blog, what you plan on covering on the blog, the frequency with which you will be updating, etc. Just introduce it.
Depending on your niche, you can also mention that the blog is a communication platform, and customers are free to voice their opinion on the blog, by leaving a comment. By the way, if you have comments enabled, they will anyway. (over time)
Hope this helps you some. I am going to ask Daniel if he will allow me to answer more questions, as i see a few, i think i can cover.
I’ve been looking into adding yahoo answers to my blog. I’ve written a lot of good stuff on yahoo answers and I thought it would be a good way for my visitors to see my responses to questions. Problem is I use wordpress and none of the yahoo answers badges seem to work properly. I’ve searched practically the whole web looking for info on whether you can use yahoo answers on wordpress but I can’t find anything (worthwhile, that is.).
Can you use yahoo answers with wordpress – is there some trick that I need to know to get it to work properly?
don’t know whether u would like to take this….i just want to know how to put two keywords like enable and disable in the same tittle of the post.
Should it be like
Enable or Disable your pen drive.
Enable / Disable your pen drive
Enable-Disable your pen drive.
or something else.
Hi! I recently started more or less “serious” blog and researching field. After week+ I am full of knowledge that I am supposed to write short/long/easy/indepth/complete/series/etc posts to be successful which I decided to ignore and just write in a way I like.
So with this knowledge of how contradicting info may be I have following question:
Are traffic generator widgets (blogush, entrecard, blogupp, whatever) worth using? If so which should I pick and try first? My goals are building up stable user base (I am not in a rush) and discovering good blogs in my niche.
I don’t understand how social media sites can help your blog – it seems like everyone is just ‘talking’ and not ‘listening’. Are you supposed to just throw comments out into the wilderness hoping that someone cares? It seems a very ineffective way to communicate.
It seems sites like these are just for bloggers who already have a ‘community following’ on their blog/site. It seems like the best way to use social media sites is to first get a ‘community’ then drive them to plurk or twitter for ‘micro’ headline/updates (Isn’t RSS good enough for that?). And this seems like it can suffocate your community with too much contact.
So my questions are…
What is the value of social media sites and mirco information for your blog?
How can you start a ‘dialogue’ on a social media site? (Or is there no such a thing?)
Are social media sites only good for driving traffic to your blog or driving traffic from your blog so your community can ‘micro’ follow you?
We already have a long established website and are now trying to determine what is the best way to add a blog:
Is it better to start an independent blog website with a different IP address and have the blog posts link to the various pages of our existing website? Or is it better to add a blog folder to our existing site and have the blog pages added in as part of our site? Are there pluses and minuses for both possibilities or a better way to do it?
If the best choice is to add the blog to our existing website then what is the best way to name the folders within the url pages of our site?
Most blogs within a site that I have seen use many files with numbers in the name of the url: ie http://www.nameofsite/blog/2008/07/06/567 or http://www.blog.name of site/2008/07/06/567. Which of these two is better?
For SEO purposes we generally try to limit the number of folders and to use keywords in our folder names. Can we name the blog pages in our site with just one or two folder names using the keywords of the blog articles in the URL like: http://www.absolutecomfortonsale.com/blog/organic-bedding.htm ?
Does wordpress allow us to write meta titles and meta descriptions for the blog pages?
So this has turned out to be alot of questions….any other comments or advice you may have for already existing websites to add a blog is much appreciated….
Thank you for your help!!
Hi- I have a celebrity blog I’ve started, but I find it often hard to find celebrity photos to use legally. Most of the “big” celebrity bloggers can afford to pay the thousands of dollars of month to use photo agencies photos, but how does a small time blogger get photos for their site?
In other words, how can I use celebrity photos on my site without getting into a legal jam?
(** Sorry, I know you’re not a lawyer, but any advice you can give would be so helpful **)
I want to know how to create folders in my blog like Stock Picks, Investment Ideas, Trading Picks etc.
Secondly, which is the best ad co. as an alternative to google adsense as google has banned my account.
My question relates to other sites linking to our blog. About once a week our Akismet will have a post by an outside site that is generated by some type of bot. The linking blog just seems to grab posts on a variety of topics and automatically posts them. Often the site will not have any contact info. While this is not the kind of incoming links we want, we really don’t have any incoming links at all. Would it be a bad / neutral/ good idea from an SEO standpoint to allow these links?
Yield to Pedestrian: All the Cool, All the Time
I have a question about RSS vs. email subscriptions? Is one better than another? Why do we push people to use RSS when email subscriptions are easier, especially for the baby boomer generation. Your thoughts?
Hi Daniel, I have two questions.
Could you show us how to add the subscribe to RSS feeds link below each post in Blogger?
And my second question is, could you write a detailed post describing the transition from wordpress/blogger to a domain?
I really like reading your Q’s and A’s. It is really helpful to have someone like you provide answers to questions before we even knew what to ask. Keep up the good work Daniel.
My agency created a public service announcement for NYC Department of Health that is really funny and very gross – while also delivering a very important public health message. What’s the best way to get this video into the hands of bloggers who might be interested in posting the content?
any input would be greatly appreciated!
Best regards, Tim
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