Lifehack’s Chris Brogan shares six very useful tips for first-time bloggers – and a refresher for the rest of us – looking to improve their blog.
I won’t repeat all six here, but the first tip is usually the one I see most new bloggers guilty of failing to implement…
Display Contact Info Prominently- Put the authorâ€™s name right up there easy to read, and add a photo, an email written out to avoid spiders ( chris at lifehack dot org instead of actually clickable), and even a phone number, if you want people to reach you. Add your IM username, and other contact info. If itâ€™s a multi-author blog, display an â€œAbout the Authorsâ€ link prominently.
Here’s a couple I would add to the list.
- Include a blogroll. Adding a blogroll has a number of good benefits. First, a new reader will know who influences you and will be able to decide if they’re going to like your work. A blogroll is also useful for getting links from popular bloggers. If you’re asking another blogger to link to one of your posts, they’re more likely to do so, if they see they’re on your blogroll already.
- Engage your readers. One of the best things you can do is to engage your readers in the conversation. Ask them for feedback, respond to their comments and highlight their participation.
So, on that note, I’ll stop there and hand it over to you. What other tips would you share with bloggers just getting started?