A Year Ago on DBT: March 28

By Daniel Scocco

Inspired by yesterday’s guest post I will write some “A Year Ago” posts once in a while. Most of our content is timeless, meaning that even the tips and advice that we published one year ago should still be valid and useful.

Secondly, I am sure that we have thousands of readers that were not around one year ago, so they will have a chance to dig on our archives.

Finally, it is also fun to see how our tips and writing evolved over the time. Below you will find some interesting posts from the week that ended on March 28, 2007.

  • 7 Ways to Promote your Site with a Bit of Money: Some time ago I wrote an article titled “Are you marketing your blog?” where I argued that there is a myth around the Internet that bloggers and webmasters should not spend money on advertising. The myth comes in great extent from the success stories of people that managed to create popular websites without spending a dime on advertising or other paid promotion techniques.
  • Always install WordPress on the root directory: Unless your blog is a secondary part of an existing website you should always install WordPress on the root directory. When I created my first blog I used an automatic WordPress instalation that my web hosting company offered, but the standard installation was done on “www.domain.com/blog”.
  • Speed Up Your Site: Use a slash on your links: When a server opens a link in the form of “http://www.domain.com/about” it will need to figure what kind of file or webpage is contained on that address, wasting time on the process. If instead of using that link you include a slash (”/”) at the end like “http://www.domain.com/about/” the web server will already know that the link points to a directory, reducing the time to load the page.
  • Avoid tricks when placing ads: When placing ads on your site do not try to trick the reader. By trick I mean any technique that will deceive the reader into thinking that a link or image is not an advertising when it actually is.
  • Post excerpts on the Homepage?: Lately some blogs are starting to display post excerpts instead of full posts on the Homepage (e.g. Pronet Advertising). There are both advantages and disadvantages with this method.
  • Are you marketing your blog?: There is a myth around the blogosphere that bloggers should not spend money on advertising for their blogs. It is founded on the success stories where established bloggers affirm that they achieved thousands of dollars in monthly revenues without spending a dime on advertising or other marketing techniques.
  • Customize the Feedburner Chicklet: This tip is easy to implement but it can be very useful if you are trying to customize the text on your Feedburner Feed Count Chicklet. Just look into the HTML code that Feedburner provided you for the Chicklet and locate the address of the image.


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6 Responses to “A Year Ago on DBT: March 28”

  • medyum

    thank very good article

    ……..

  • Genuine

    I’ve been reading through the back archives, and really enjoying it. I can only looked forward to the new posts! Some of the best parts for me are the more technical aspects that I wouldn’t think to do. (Technorati Tags, that kind of thing)

  • Daniel Scocco

    Armen, I am glad to hear that :).

  • Tejvan Pettinger

    The advice to spend money on advertising is important for bloggers. You are right to say, that many people think it is somehow ‘wrong’ to market a blog. but, it can be a good investment.

  • Armen

    Would you believe me if I said I remember some of these, without even having to go and read them?

    Your post was the reason I began to include the ending ‘/’ when typing url’s.

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