Help Us Improve Daily Blog Tips and Win an eBook
I believe that any blog or website should conduct a small performance assessment once in a while, so here we go.
First of all a big thank you for all the readers, supporters and friends. Without you the blog would not be where it is today. Hopefully we still have a long way to go though, so I want to make sure that this road is directed where the readers want it.
Basically I want to hear your opinion on how we are doing and what could be improved. If you have time to leave a comment, please let us know one (or more) of the following:
- something we do on the blog that you don’t like, so we should stop it
- something that we do on the blog and you like, so we should do more of it
- something we don’t do on the blog but you would love, so we should start doing it
I really appreciate people taking their time to help our blog, so I will be drawing 20 random winners to receive a copy of the Killer Domains eBook.
I am good at taking criticism, so this is the time to speak your mind and unleash your fury!
Update: Thanks for every one who left a feedback. I inserted all your emails into the list randomizer of Random.org, and I already sent the eBook to the 20 winners. I hope you like it.
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54 Responses to “Help Us Improve Daily Blog Tips and Win an eBook”
I first started subscribing to the DBT blog a few months ago, and since then I have found the blog to be very informative in all aspects of blogging.
I can’t say there’s anything on the blog that I don’t like.
I like the fact that most of the articles can be read in under 10 minutes. They are always short and straight to the point.
Keep up the good work Daniel!
I believe you must perform more case studies and give real examples from the industry. Maybe start a project and open it to everyone to see statistics , income etc. and describe your actions step by step
@Svilen, I might do this with TechCult.
Daniel, I love the blog and I don’t really see anything you need to stop. However, I think there may be some stuff you could add:
–resources for bloggers, i.e. other great tutorial websites, places where we can find themes, a great theme in particular you think we’d love (although your themes are great!), plugins for our WordPress installations, and basically just things that will improve our blogging. I know there’s a resource page, but it’d be nice if you feature an exceptional post every now and then through a blog post.
–Consider adding OpenID functionality to your comments. OpenID is slowly gaining popularity in the Internets. The plugin to download is here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/openid
I seriously cannot think of anything I want removed from DBT. Keep it up, Daniel!
* something we do on the blog that you donâ€™t like, so we should stop it
– I am really not sure what i dont like about the site, or something that you do that i dont like. I will point out that on the “contacts page” the design is not correct, when you write in the box it writes over the start of the advertisements on the right hand side, give it a go you will get what i mean. It is not something i do not like though, just makes such a good blog look slightly unprofessional.
* something that we do on the blog and you like, so we should do more of it
The fact you post everyday is great, the fact the posts are informative is great, the wide span of topics is great, the amount of topics is great the use of images and the fact i do not get bored when reading them is great.
* something we donâ€™t do on the blog but you would love, so we should start doing it
Not too sure, nothing i can think of currently, i shall get back to you if i think of anything 🙂
@Dean, noted those suggestions down, thanks!
@SEO Genius, I don’t get that on Firefox, what browser you use?
Thanks for the input.
Hi Daniel, it’s me again commenting on your blog..:). I really like this blog and i have to admit that i learn much from this blog when i start blogging few months ago. So basically you have done a very good job. I just want to add some comments :
– I think i am a blogger who really care about design and i’m sure this great blog supposed to have a more attractive design. The kind of Brian Gardner revolution theme will make this blog looks better (just personal opinion). I really like when DoshDosh change the blog design with a new fresh look theme.
– I never like a blog who grab a video from YouTube and post it on the blog. If you want to post a video on your blog i prefer to make your own and post it like Darren Rowse in Problogger
– A blog report quarterly or monthly including the income report i guess will be interesting to wait.
But overall the blog is great and looking forward to see more things coming on this blog..
@James, for the design, it is a matter of taste. I will try to improve our design in the future, but the core will remain as it is. I love it, and most people do too (I get 1 or 2 emails each week from people asking where they can download this theme…).
Brian Gardner made this btw.
For the video, I am not sure what you mean. Darren also uses YouTube videos on his blog :).
I for sure need to improve the quality, working on that already.
Thanks for the suggestions though, I will keep them in mind.
I’ve really enjoyed your blogger face-off series. They can be very inspirational.
I think the blog is great and that you are a tremendous resource for people.
Regarding an earlier comment on the contact us page, I have tried both Firefox and IE and everything looks fine. Probably just SEO Genius computer causing the issue.
Keep up the great work, and please throw my name in the hat for the ebook.
Hi Daniel, I like this blog and I also like its design because it is simple and easy to navigate through.
I can’t think of anything you currently do and should stop doing at the moment, but I promise I’ll come back as soon as something comes to my mind 🙂
I think almost everything you do is great and you should do it more 🙂 I like that you started doing the video posts. It makes the blog more interesting and the tips presented in those posts are more demonstrative. Do not stop this 🙂
What you do not do and I think you should/could is rewriting the video posts. If I am at work and I don’t have my earphones with me I can’t watch a video post if I don’t want to disturb my colleagues. You do not have to write it literally, but it would be helpful if you at least add some list of the key points you try to depict in the video. Then I can go through it and watch the video with the sound turned off.
Regarding the quality of the videos, maybe you could try out Camtasia Studio for recording and editing. It costs $299, but it is worth the money (talking from my own experience). Among many nice features, it has really useful SmartFocus function. This enables you to record your video fullscreen and then it zooms and pans automatically according to your mouse motion. It works really great and you are also allowed to manually edit it afterwards.
Just keep up the great work and that’ll keep me happy 🙂
I prefer your longer detailed posts, and you stats ones such as top 25 celebrity blogs, rather than the basic ones about plugins and themes etc.
But then again I guess you have that audience who needs tips like that so can’t cater to everyone
I love the series’ I see on Problogger as well, such as the top bloggers tipping point so would like to see something like your bloggers face-off again or on that theme.
I would like to see more content. â€“ I agree with everyone that the content you offer is superb but it would be nice if there were maybe 2-3 tips a day.
I would love to see a forum – Iâ€™ve contacted you myself in the past and youâ€™ve always replied with a great response that has helped me out. I think it would be of huge value to your reader if they could see your responses.
More videos â€“ Iâ€™ve really enjoyed this coming from you but again would like to see more of it.
Ask questions â€“ Similar to what Jeremy does at his site. (http://www.shoemoney.com/2008/06/01/answers-to-questions-round-8/)
More of your blogger face-off series and perhaps some in depth interviews.
Thatâ€™s all Iâ€™ve got for now, Iâ€™ll have a think of some more over the next few days and if I have anything else Iâ€™ll let you know.
Keep up the BRILLIANT work you do.
@Rick, will do more of those.
@Trent, thank for that, and yeah I think it was an issue on his own PC.
@Juraj, I will keep that in mind for the videos, writing at least the core ideas in text as well.
For the quality, I do use Camtasia 🙂 . I think I need to work on the screen resolution here.
@Rajaei, will try!
@Glen, got lots of those planned, just need some time to actually write them down. Next week they will start appearing again.
@Ryan, great suggestions, I will definitely work on adding more content.
The Forum I am not sure yet, but might be a possibility for when we reach 15k rss readers :).
The questions like Jeremy does I tried to start (check the Q&A category), but after a while they stopped coming. I will try to launch that column again in the future.
Things I like
– you reply every comments. I always want to do that 😛
– Most of the post has image.
– The content, I hardly skip DBT in my feed reader
– I can’t change font size (to bigger) with common command like Lager, Largest (in Maxthon/IE). I must use zoom or more complicate thing like to force font size (in Opera/Firefox).
DBT maybe my#1 favourite metablog 😀
I’m struggling to think what you could add
I love your blog, Daniel. I think the design is perfect; you have great content; I enjoy your sense of humor; and I can even learn more tips from your commenters!
I agree with Juraj about having a your videos in a written format as well for those times that I can’t listen to them – like when I’ve got the Brewers game on 🙂
Keep up the great work!
just my honest assessment
i say go into more advance method of blogging
sometimes i feel you only hit surface of some topics instead of going deep
topics explain how to create blog templates from scratch
me i am on almost all how to money making money blogigng
i feel you dont cover money making aspect of blogging enough
but beside that this is one of my fav blog because you are very personal with us and response to our post
i love the fact that even thou you can make tons of money with more ads spot here you dont
i love that you take readers advice and put it into action if you feel that its helpful
one thing i hate in blog world is that i notice the non flashy bloggers such as yourself dont get as much press in blogosphere compare to other bloggers
Somebody commented that he/she’d like a change in the blog design. With all due respect to that commenter, this is an awesome design. Very simplistic and functional, but still cool.
I’ve been looking for this kind of theme for a long time. So far, I’ve only seen this theme, the theme used on Paul Stamatiou’s blog (www.pstam.com), and 2813. I don’t think you should change the blog design, Daniel (unless you find an even better one). With this design, aesthetic quality is not sacrificed but the focus can still be kept on the content itself. 🙂
@Dean, DBT has resources page.
I always enjoyed reading this blog, probably the only one in blog about blogging niche I still read. So I love it as it is but here are some suggestions / my own ideas:
I noticed that you answer to every comment ( almost)â€¦.
So if I were you, I would try to make some sort of community atmosphere ( not like there isnâ€™t any 🙂 ) .
Try to make comments more visible â€“ never liked how you changed comments look.
Maybe gravatars? By the end of year â€“ every blog should have them IMO.
Why did you stopped Q&A series, it was great!
Collect some famous blogging quotes and post them daily/weekly in your sidebar. I always liked that stuff.
You can do the similar thing with your old articles â€“ quote one or two lines with the link if we want to read the whole thing. That way your old content will be more visible.
When Iâ€™m mentioning old articles, maybe Iâ€™m wrong but you rarely link to them in your posts. Problogger does it all the time.
Never liked Youtube on blogs. It looks unprofessional IMO. Try vimeo or blip?
Donâ€™t know, to be quite honest, blogs about blogging need to expand their topics because most of them are repeating themselves.
I like the way you added video posts, that way you show us real examples â€“ not just boring list of tips.
I personally always liked blog design category the most. But I really donâ€™t like your decision to post only link tips or most popular posts on weekends. Maybe â€œ Open discussion â€œ posts instead or with them ?
@matej, I know it has a resources page. But new resources pop up all the time and since this is a blog that aims to help people blog better, I think it’d be useful to highlight these new resources and expound on them a bit more. I’d made that point in my first comment. 🙂
Yea, sorry for that
On the whole, well spiffy.
But, perhaps, less at one time? Hence split and hence if necessary issue more often.
This might enable a feature I’d value, namely topic titles in the subject, for archiving and easy reference (it’s a good sign I keep ’em).
Just a small thought about syndication:
If Twitter/FriendFeed succeed as social platforms, maybe including a Twitter icon (like the RSS icon) as a simple way to boost the word on new posts/updates. A lot of blogs are putting “Follow Me..” as small text links, but maybe we need to think about boosting Twitter/FriendFeed to the same sort of status as RSS.
I don’t know if this will be a new trend, but it might be worth a try.
Thanks for all your help on this blog; I know I’m grateful for it all.
You are doing a great job, Daniel.
I think you should at least write more about SEO, especially for blogs – at least an article per week. I also believe that you should be covering the topic of blog design because it is important for the success of a blog.
I can help you with the SEO articles.
Firstly, DBT is one of the rare ‘blogs about blogging’ that I’m still subscribed to and have always loved the personal touch you include in almost all your post, not to mention your responses to all comments and emails (quite rare in the blog-ebrity circles). DBT is also one of the few blogs I care to comment on just because of the above reasons.
However, some minor quibbles. I used to read plenty and regular tips about streamlining blogging e.g. SEO, optimizing WP themes, tips on tweaking WordPress to do something you want with 1-2 lines of code, etc. Many bloggers might know most of the stuff but I’m sure there are hundreds more who don’t. You can even rank the tips using a Pro – Amateur scale thus letting your ‘expert’ readers know if they should be reading ahead.
I still regularly check DBT in my RSS reader, but the type of posts that used to draw me in are few and far between nowadays. I used to enjoy those posts that were quick and useful tips to help tweak the blog to improve traffic, performance, etc. These days, the posts are more waffle and more high level.
I like the occasional sharp and snappy posts.
* something that we do on the blog and you like, so we should do more of it
THEMES, THEMES, THEMES. As a new guppy in the blogging world, etc., I really appreciate DBT and the resources that you provide. It’s not just about “fluff”, it’s real, and its very relevant.
There is nothing that you should stop, in my opinion everything is useful even if just a little bit.
More of your video posts would be good. Find them useful to watch.
There is nothing that springs to mind that you dont already do.
Just keep up the good work!
I really enjoy DBT overall. It’s been a useful resource for me. That said, I always love seeing concrete examples of techniques â€” even a link to a blog that show how to implement (or not to implement) one of your tips would really help me get an idea of the usefulness of each each idea.
I am a non-tech blog reader, who loves your blog. It’s always concise, informative and useful. And many of the points can be applied to any website, not just to blogs.
My only criticism would be that sometimes the focus seems to be on tech-blogs/celeb-blogs. But I havent’ been overly concerned about this. Keep up the good work!
Daniel, I wouldn’t change a thing. Although, I think people like to see enhancements from time to time. I’ll give you an example: I recently noticed that GoDaddy enhanced their customer surveys, the ones received by users after contacting customer support. They now feature a slide rule that measures customer satisfaction instead of the old radio buttons. That to me doesn’t seem like anything that spectacular but, just that minor adjustment might well get them more response.
Ali from TheOfficeDiet
Like Glen, I would love to see more in-depth posts — it’s great to have quick tips, but some longer, “feature” articles would be brilliant.
I’m personally not keen on videos (I’ve never watched any of the ones on DBT) as I read quickly and learn best that way — so I’d personally be happy without videos, but I’ve no objection to you posting them.
The “bloggers face-off” has been one of my favourite features, and I definitely want to see more of that. 🙂
At the risk of saying comments others have shared, I really like that the posts are short and to the point and there’s almost always something relevant to my own situation as a blogger.
I’d love to see a tutorial on how to create themes.
Keep up the awesome work and thanks for the work you to on this blog.
What I like most on your blog? The Bloggers Face-Off! That’s what caught my attention and made me subscribe.
I like articles you quantify tips (7 ways to promote your site, 25 ways to…). I LOVE the faceoff between bloggers – very informative and eyeopening. I wish you would do more of those. I wish you would include more tips on developing your blog with Blogger, in addition to Word Press, for those of us who made the mistake of picking blogger templates.
Could you find the answer on whether or not feedburner helps or hurts statistics? I have seen several articles written about the benefits of feedburner, but it seems like this doesn’t help my Google analytics numbers.
I have received much insight from your blog and I try to visit it daily. You’re the man!
– I don’t like the link tips (can’t say exactly why – maybe it’s just the format, or that it’s not your normal article style). No offense, but I just delete them when I see them in my RSS reader.
– I like the WordPress Tips videos (you did one recently where you edited a theme to show titles on the archive page). (BTW, you could perhaps zoom in better because the text can be hard to read.)
Keep up the good work!
@SE7EN, yeah I trying hard lately to keep up with the comment section. If you take time to comment on my articles, after all, I feel I own at least a reply to your comment.
Thanks for the other inputs.
@Melodee, thanks, the design is probably staying for a long time yet anyway 🙂 .
As for a written part on video posts, I will start adding it don’t worry.
@Team ray, I will have some more advanced topics soon, stay tuned.
Thanks for the other compliments.
@Dean, yeah I love my design as well. It is clean, and still holds all the info I need to display. I am thinking to make some small improvements, like tweak the comment section, perhaps add some background subtle color to the sidebars and such, but the core will remain intact.
@Matej, I will definitely take a look at how to improve the comments section and community when I have time. I am not sure if Gravatars would match with the minimalist style that I have, but we can try.
I will relaunch the Q&A again soon. It stopped cause people stopped sending questions :).
I will also link to some older posts more often!
Blog in china is Developing very quickly! so I think dailyblogtips could Provision more free WP Themes! I “m think it”s a good idea!
One of the great things I love about this site and I hope you don’t change is that its design is simple. Majority of my web surfing is done on my phones browser (lg voyager) and this site is easy to read and quick which keeps me coming back daily.
Everything’s great, except for the video posts.
I never watch them. Because I almost only visit your site at work and my work computer/internet connection/whatever can’t handle videos and plus, I can’t turn on the sound.
Yes, like someone said up there, if you could have a written version of the video posts, that’ll help immensely.
I have been subscribed to your blog from more than a year. I am also subscribed to some other blogs, but it is the only blog on which I never miss reading any post. Why is that?
I like the honest opinion / tip, which you share in simple words. So I would say keep doing it this way. That’s what I would like you to continue with.
As far as something negative is concerned, I haven’t been able to think of anything like that. If there comes anything, I will certainly update that here.
More ‘video reviews’. . .doing 1 video ‘blog review’ per week is a good idea.
There is a completely new audience that can be gained from video content, especially the younger ones.
But take it a step further and do it in a podcast format. Setup an RSS feed, and submit it to iTunes. Don’t only just do a revver/youtube flash post. . .let your readers plug the feed into itunes so it will download automatically.
Keep up the good work Daniel
1. I hope you can rearrange your navigation bar. I suggest Â»
Home – About – Archives – Resources – WP-Themes – Contact
2. There are 2 subscribe for via email. One at the top, and one at the right sidebar. Choose one 🙂 I believe you can decide which one is best.
That is for now. Thanks! 🙂 Thumbs up for your DBT. A-must-subscribe blog for web designer.
The Blogger Tips
1. Maybe you can add a “Forum” at your navigation bar and let bloggers to discuss and interact with certain issues.
2. You can try to post video in different format such as youtube, metacafe, veoh, revver and so on. You can also capture your own video and share with bloggers.
3. You can post more about monetization & SEO posts.
@Peter Martin, you mean on the email subscription? If so this is an issue I have been trying to convince Feedburner to fix for a long time.
@Phil, I don’t see Twitter replacing RSS anything soon 🙂 .
@Rajab, I will add more SEO posts, thanks for the reminder!
@Patrix, thanks for the nice words. As for the more basic stuff, usually it is because I am not sure what you guys want covered, and what should be explained in greater detail.
With the videos I am trying to go deeper on some of those basic topics. If you have suggestions just let me know though.
@Daniel Harrison, I think we still do some of those short and to the point posts. But its a good reminder nonetheless, I will pay attention to it.
@PublicRecordsGuy, do you mean free WordPRess themes released or posts about WP themes?
@David Shaw, I will keep pumping one every week. That is a good pace I think.
@Thursday Bram, more people asked about concrete examples, so I will try to add some in the near future. Thanks for the input.
@Sonia, yeah its a natural focus though, else I would be spreading myself too thin. I hope you can still benefit from the posts though.
@Chuck, yeah we are doing small improvements over time also. The video posts are a good example.
@Paolo Martins, we will keep having that column regularly.
@Ali, more in-depth posts be it then 🙂 . For the videos, many readers like them though, so they are staying for now.
@Jummy, I will talk with some designers to have them on board sharing their WP themes creation tips.
@Rita, thanks for the nice words, and for the suggestions, which I will definitely keep in mind.
For Feedburner, well it is just a tool to make your RSS feed more user friendly. Overall it should not have any impact on your traffic levels, but it can definitely help you get more subscribers (if instead of it you use a plain XML feed) and it can also give you detailed statistics about your RSS feed and additional features.
Overall I think its a must for any blogger.
@Rick, fewer Link Tips and more zoom in the videos it is! 🙂
* something we do on the blog that you donâ€™t like, so we should stop it.
>> Your themes to minimalis. Maybe it’s time to make your blog looks more professional. Need help? I’m ready to help you 🙂
* something that we do on the blog and you like, so we should do more of it.
>> I like your writing style. It’s easy to understand for reader from non-English country, like me. So I don’t need to open dictionary when I read your post. I hope you will improve it, and select the best word for your reader from non-English country.
* something we donâ€™t do on the blog but you would love, so we should start doing it.
>>Your articles are not organize well. This blog has many article right now. And hard to find what article should I read at Archives page. Can you make better archives page? I like how Darren show his best article to readers. Darren can cover the needs of regular reader and new reader. In the front page, the regular reader will see in left section (the newest content), and for new reader they will read in the middle section (what they need to know first about blogging).
Oh ya, I can’t find in this blog your photo. Why you don’t show your face on this blog when many blogger do it? Are you shy with your face? Please don’t shy man… I want to know, how handsome you are… hahahah 🙂
So, I would like you develop this blog to the next level. You have great skills. Don’t make it just save in your brain.. Share to us in a better ways..
Hey, thanks for the eBook! I’m looking forward to read it. Cheers!
Thanks for the eBook, Daniel. It’s a great read — thumbs up!
Thank you for the prize. In the past 2 months I won 3 contests woohoo 😀
(well because the competitions are not that tough though :P)
I am a recent fan of your blog, found it a few days back. Anyways coming t the topic, I think that since your blog is getting a bit like forum (asking questions (in comments) and getting answers) I would suggest you to make a separate page for recent fans like me to discuss topics that have been covered long back with facility to directly link to that topic in the question.
I love your blog, Daniel. I think the design is perfect; you have great content; I enjoy your sense of humor; and I can even learn more tips from your commenters!
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