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 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 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.
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)
Thanks for the eBook, Daniel. It’s a great read — thumbs up!
Hey, thanks for the eBook! I’m looking forward to read it. Cheers!
* 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..
@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! 🙂
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
@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!
– 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!
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!
What I like most on your blog? The Bloggers Face-Off! That’s what caught my attention and made me subscribe.
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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!
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.
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