Category Archives: Quick Notes

Get Your Comment Count Jumping

Over on Blogging Tips there is a post entitled “Get Your Comment Count Jumping”, and in it are some tips to get readers to comment on your blog. This is something that almost all bloggers fight with. We find ourselves questioning “is anyone really reading what we have to say?”

The tips included in the article are pretty common sense, but they are worth a reminder as we look to get people involved with our blogs.

My biggest suggestion is to show others how it is done by commenting on other blogs, starting conversations with the writers of your favorite blogs, and the people that comment on their blogs. If they see the quality you bring to the site, they might follow you back to your site, and comment on what you have said or done. I find this to be a very fulfilling experience, and one that has started some of my best blogging related friendships online.

Read the article for more tips on how you can get others to comment on your blog.

Originally posted on August 23, 2007 @ 12:44 am

What is the Google Sandbox

Over on Blogging Tips, Kelby Carr has put out a post that gives some details pertaining to the Google Sandbox.

I didn’t realize how many people did not understand the concept of the Sandbox. The Sandbox is basically a zone that a new site sits in until Google decides it is quality, and should be properly listed in their search engine.

I have to be honest though and say that it has been a huge thorn in my side because I love writing, but my weakness is advertising, and as such, I depend greatly on Google to send me some traffic.

Here is a snippet from the article:

How do I get out of the Sandbox?
First of all, don’t panic. Don’t start second-guessing yourself and tinkering with your entire site. The single best thing you can do to get out of the Sandbox is write quality content, optimize your site and pages for search engines, and repeat. You also need to have patience.

Here are musings about that from Big Oak:

The quick answer to this is yes, there is a way out of the sandbox, but you will not like the answer. The answer is to simply wait. The sandbox filter is not a permanent filter and is only intended to reduce search engine spam. It is not intended to hold people back from succeeding. So eventually, if you continue to build your site as it should be built, you will leave the sandbox and join the other established websites.

If Google is filtering you when it comes to highly competitive keywords, try to find other ways to promote your site. You shouldn’t be solely depending on Google anyways as their rankings change constantly, and an article that might get you thousands of visitors one day, may only bring in one visitor the next.

Originally posted on August 30, 2007 @ 1:47 am

Write 10 Posts Before You Launch

One of the things I hate the most is a newly launched blog with one or two posts. I like to see a fair bit of content on a blog before going there as it lets me know how consistently a blogger publishes, and thus if it is worthy to bookmark or even subscribe to via RSS.

Over on Blog Beat, there is a post about this analyzing it from the writer’s side.

Writer’s Block
10 posts is a good bar to set when evaluating your ability to continue to create more content for the site. If you struggle to get to four or five posts how can you expect to continue to create articles month after month? If you can create 10 quality posts in a short amount of time, you most likely have the writing skills and knowledge to carry your blog for months and years.

Check out the site for more reasons to get some initial seed content on your new blog.

Originally posted on August 26, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

Top Commenters to Become Bloggers

I found out about The Huffington Post allowing some of their top commenters to switch and become bloggers for the publication thanks to Problogger.net.

Reading through the comments on our site, we realized that our commenters are a tremendous — and underutilized — resource. So we’ve created a process whereby we will choose one commenter a month to become part of our group blog.

Our decision will be based on how many fans a commenter has, how often their comment is selected as a Favorite, and our moderators’ preferences. Every comment now has an “I’m A Fan Of” link and a “Favorite” link, so start voting for the comments and commenters you like best. We will announce the first commenter-turned-HuffPost-blogger in the next few weeks.

My first reaction to this news was “wow, that is a great idea!” Quality commenters have some strong opinions, and rather than having them leave, and talk about what you have written on their own blog, or having their opinions be buried deep within a comments system, harnessing their power and having them work for you might just get your blog to that next level.

I don’t think that The Huffington Post needs more great writers as they are pretty much one of the top ten single blogs right now in the blogosphere, but what do I know?

If you have commenters that are absolutely amazing, maybe now is the time to extend a writing offer to them.

Originally posted on August 19, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

Dropping Dead Weight: Ending Projects

One of the smartest posts I have read recently comes from JohnCow.com called “We Got Fired!” where Bob writes about spreading himself too thin, and getting rid of certain projects. What is ever better is his usage of a point system to decide what stays and what goes. It is a little difficult to be so rational, but I am sure it works very well.

Here is a snippet from the article:

We took out a notepad and jotted down all our domains. Each domain/project would get a rating between 0 and 5. Anything below 3 is going in the dumpster! Might fetch a penny or two by someone who thinks the project is worth seeing through. Pennies you can put in the projects you’re dedicated to, hence improving them!

I have to say that this is something I struggle with all the time, as I work more and more for Bloggy Network, I have less and less time for the projects I would like to do. This has lead me to give or sell some of my greatest ideas to Bloggy Network in hopes of seeing them come to fruition.

It is hard not to want to do everything, but focusing on a few projects will help them become more successful, and leave less of a chance of burnout, something that I have faced a few times in my blogging career.

Check out the full post at JohnCow (not a misspelling).

Originally posted on September 1, 2007 @ 2:13 am