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Day 29: Develop a Plan to Boost Your Blog’s Profile and Readership Online

Wow, two more days left, I’m a little sad! Actually a lot sad, I really have enjoyed our time together. We’ve been building our blog’s profile all along whether we realize it or not. Commenting on other blogs, discussing issues on forums, Tweeting, responding to emails, you name it! Any way in which you interact publicly or privately with your blog readers is a small step in the larger goal of building your blog’s profile.

Key points:

Set an amount of time per day or week to build your blog’s profile. (Don’t ignore your blog to do this!)

Take 10-15 minutes to describe your desired reader.

Ask yourself, “Where are my potential readers gathering online?” Flickr, StumbleUpon, Twitter, Blogs, Forums?

What opportunities do you have to build your presence on these sites? Guest posts, leaving useful comments, signatures, advertising?

Questions:

1.) How does the way you build your blog’s profile change after reading this task?

2.) Give us an example from your strategy! For one site: how much time will you spend there? What are you going to do? When’s the site most active?

Update: *I’d like to thank the lovely ladies of SITS whose site hosted our Problogger Winter 31 Day Challenge. At the completion of our challenge we had 25 posts on this day’s task on the SITS site’s forum.

If you are just joining us “welcome” and feel free to answer the questions here and leave a link to your post if you wrote one and we can keep the party going!

Day 28: Write a Review Post

The web is used as a resource for gaining advice. As such, ProBlogger recommends writing a review post. A review increases the likelihood that readers will see you as an authority.

Key Concepts:

There are many different ways in which you can write a review post. The most important points are to:

1. Give an opinion

2. Give a rating

3. Be balanced

4. Think about keywords

5. Make comparisons

6. Use an affiliate link

7. Say who it’s good for

8. Be personal

9. Add visuals

10. Give details on how to obtain items

Questions:

1) Have you written a review post in the past and if so how was it received?

2) For this challenge, what kinds of things could you see yourself reviewing?

Update: *I’d like to thank the lovely ladies of SITS whose site hosted our Problogger Winter 31 Day Challenge. At the completion of our challenge we had 34 posts on this day’s task on the SITS site’s forum.

If you are just joining us “welcome” and feel free to answer the questions here and leave a link to your post if you wrote one and we can keep the party going!

Day 27: Hunt For Dead Links

Happy Tuesday everyone. I am hoping you all are finding lots of great info in Darren’s challenge and it is helping you improve all of your sites.

Today’s task is to spend some time hunting for dead links and either deleting them or updating them on your blog.

Keypoints:

When a link becomes dead it can cost your blog:

• Readability=error pages, not good

• SEO= not looked upon greatly by search engines

Daren lists a bunch of link checking tools to help with this chore.
When you find a dead link:

• Fix or update the link

• Delete the link

• Sometimes it might mean deleting the whole post.

While you are checking for dead links it might be a good time to check for spelling and grammar errors too and if you have done any site changes perhaps your formatting could be off to so just take an overall look around.

Questions:

1.) If you’ve used a dead link finder on your blog before, what were the results?

2.) What tool did you use to do this? Did you find it useful?

3.) How will you manage dead links on your blog going forward?

Update: *I’d like to thank the lovely ladies of SITS whose site hosted our Problogger Winter 31 Day Challenge. At the completion of our challenge we had 36 posts on this day’s task on the SITS site’s forum.

If you are just joining us “welcome” and feel free to answer the questions here and leave a link to your post if you wrote one and we can keep the party going!

Day 26: Improve Another Blog

Ahhh sorry ladies day light savings time got me! I can’t believe we are nearing the home stretch. There were so many great things that I have learned from this 31day challenge at the same time I have enjoyed meeting so many new bloggy buddies. I have really loved reading all of your blogs. We have so many great ladies here with so many wonderful stories.

I know this has been a challenge just keeping up, believe me there have been weeks that I struggled to keep up too. I know there are some ladies a little behind but just keep going forward you will make it to the end, I know you will be thankful you did!

Key Concepts:

You can make a MAJOR impression on another blogger by helping them achieve their goals for their blog. The key is to ask yourself what their needs might be and attempt to fulfill those needs in some way.

A few ideas are:

Write a high quality guest post that will be useful to another blog’s readers

Leave helpful and insightful comments

Link to the blog and share your readers with them

Promote the blog in social media and start a social bookmarking campaign for them

Recommend to your readers to subscribe to their blog

Email the blogger with some suggested topics you’d love to see them cover

Introduce them to a potential advertiser

Share with them an affiliate program that has worked for you

Write an email telling the blogger how you found one of their posts helpful.

Perform a significant action for another blog. Don’t just leave a comment on 50 blogs; focus your energy on one other blog in your niche.

Questions:

1. Which blog did you choose to support for this task? Why did you choose this blog?

2. Which actions did you take to support the blog? Were they acknowledged by the blogger?

Update: *I’d like to thank the lovely ladies of SITS whose site hosted our Problogger Winter 31 Day Challenge. At the completion of our challenge we had 19 posts on this day’s task on the SITS site’s forum.

If you are just joining us “welcome” and feel free to answer the questions here and leave a link to your post if you wrote one and we can keep the party going!

Day 25: Ask a Question

Wow, can you believe it’s Day 25 already? Less than a week is left of the challenge, and it’s been a whirlwind, but an amazing one. I have loved reading everyone’s blog posts and seeing all the support here on the forum. I think a LOT of people have improved their blogs over the last few weeks, and I feel like I’ve learned so much!

Today’s task is to ask a question of your readers. In the e-book, Darren gives us 10
reasons this is a good idea as well as 12 tips for asking questions of your readers.

Keypoints:

Asking readers questions can increase their sense of community and participation.

Question posts can rank high in search engines and generate incoming traffic.

Ask questions that are relevant to your blog’s type and actually have answers.

Consider following up your question post with summaries of answers.

Questions:

1) Have you written a question post in the past? How was the response? (include links!)

2) Have you seen a question post on another blog that got you involved or drew your interest? What about the post got you interested?

Update: *I’d like to thank the lovely ladies of SITS whose site hosted our Problogger Winter 31 Day Challenge. At the completion of our challenge we had 30 posts on this day’s task on the SITS site’s forum.

If you are just joining us “welcome” and feel free to answer the questions here and leave a link to your post if you wrote one and we can keep the party going!

Day 24: How to Use a Magazine to Improve Your Blog

Good Morning Ladies, Thursday here! Let’s keep up the pace and keep our great group strong!! Here we are with another offline activity and excuse to go to Barnes & Noble and relax for an hour or two! LoL

Today’s task is to take some sticky notes, a notebook, pen and magazine and analyze it for marketing, design and post ideas along with tips on writing, monetizing your blog and engaging your readers. It’s also a great way to study up on your niche!

Questions:

1) Did this exercise inspire you to try anything new with your own blog?

2) What magazine did you choose to analyze?

Update: *I’d like to thank the lovely ladies of SITS whose site hosted our Problogger Winter 31 Day Challenge. At the completion of our challenge we had 21 posts on this day’s task on the SITS site’s forum.

If you are just joining us “welcome” and feel free to answer the questions here and leave a link to your post if you wrote one and we can keep the party going!

Day 23: Call Your Readers To Action

Today’s task has us write a post in which we ask our readers to do more than just be passive participants in our blogs. By getting readers to do things like comment, participate in a poll, buy a recommended product or visit another site, we are creating a more interactive experience that will hopefully encourage people to come back.

ProBlogger recommends reading 12 Tips To SNAP Readers Out Of Passivity to gain more insight into calling readers into action.

Questions:

1. Have you written a post in the past that has encouraged readers to do something other than just comment on your blog?

2. How has this task changed the way you look at making your blog more interactive?

Update: *I’d like to thank the lovely ladies of SITS whose site hosted our Problogger Winter 31 Day Challenge. At the completion of our challenge we had 34 posts on this day’s task on the SITS site’s forum.

If you are just joining us “welcome” and feel free to answer the questions here and leave a link to your post if you wrote one and we can keep the party going!

Day 22: Pay Special Attention To A Reader

Today’s task is to Choose one (or more) of your current readers and do anything out of the blue that acknowledges them, shows them that you value them.

Key concepts:

• Many bloggers who have great blogs go out of their way to make their readers more famous.

• Having someone go out of their way makes an impression.

• Gives the blogger a sense of being valuable and belonging.

• By doing this you are helping them achieve their own goals.

• This shows your readers you have an interest in them and therefore you value all of them.

Questions:

Share a link to a post where you paid special attention to a reader. Show us how you did it!

How do you think paying special attention to a reader will help you become a better blogger?

Update: *I’d like to thank the lovely ladies of SITS whose site hosted our Problogger Winter 31 Day Challenge. At the completion of our challenge we had 45 posts on this day’s task on the SITS site’s forum.

If you are just joining us “welcome” and feel free to answer the questions here and leave a link to your post if you wrote one and we can keep the party going!

Day 21: Breathe Life into an Old Post

Happy Monday everyone, hope you all had a restful weekend or got yourselves a little caught up… I know we’re learning a ton. Within every challenge/task there seems to be more than one lesson learned. There’s so much amazing info packed into this little ebook, that I’m sure we’re all going to have to read it again to really absorb it all, anyway. After today’s challenge I don’t think I will ever look at a post the same way.

Key Concepts:
When updating an old post, if it’s a significant change, write a new post. Be sure to link back to the old post so readers know it’s been updated.

7 ways to update a post

1. Crafting your post title – Shouldn’t stink

2. Opening lines – Must be enticing

3. Call to Action – Get readers to do something

4. Add Depth – Illustrations, examples, etc
.
5. Quality control – Proofread, old links, inaccurate?

6. Polishing Posts – Great looking posts do better

7. Conversation – Readers continue to interact with old posts

Questions:

1. By reviewing my old posts, this exercise helped me figure out where I need to improve as a blogger. When reviewing your old posts, did a majority of the posts fall into any of the 7 categories above?

2. Which post did you choose to rewrite and why?

Update: *I’d like to thank the lovely ladies of SITS whose site hosted our Problogger Winter 31 Day Challenge. At the completion of our challenge we had 34 posts on this day’s task on the SITS site’s forum.

If you are just joining us “welcome” and feel free to answer the questions here and leave a link to your post if you wrote one and we can keep the party going!

Day 20: Leave Comments on Other Blogs

Good Morning Ladies, Here we are again, Friday! Woot Woot! I cannot believe this is our fourth Friday together, wow! Let’s keep this party going strong! There were some great opinion posts this week, probably the best challenge day in people sharing their posts other then the first day where everyone wrote an elevator speech. So hands up to you ladies for a great day! I’m not so sure how our buddy-ing up is going… So please let me know in today’s comments if you didn’t get someone to review your site and I will buddy you up over the weekend.

Key Concepts: Today we’re to spend 10-15 minutes commenting on other blogs. Every time you comment, you leave a little invitation back to your site for others to follow. More importantly, through comments you can connect to other bloggers in your niche (or with your interests) and see what other readers have to say.

It’s very important NOT to come across as a spammer when you’re commenting. Leave thoughtful, relevant comments. Don’t ask others to visit your site just because you’re visiting theirs.

Questions:

Do you normally spend at least 15 minutes a day commenting on other blogs? Why or why not?

What are some reasons you DON’T comment on an entry you otherwise would have? (For example, a registration process deters me from commenting.)

Do you usually leave a comment if you visit a site?

Update: *I’d like to thank the lovely ladies of SITS whose site hosted our Problogger Winter 31 Day Challenge. At the completion of our challenge we had 63 posts on this day’s task on the SITS site’s forum.

If you are just joining us “welcome” and feel free to answer the questions here and leave a link to your post if you wrote one and we can keep the party going!