LifeHack’s 6 Tips to Improve Your Blog

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 author’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 it’s a multi-author blog, display an “About the Authors” link prominently.

Here’s a couple I would add to the list.

Tracking Net Neutrality

I just discovered CNET’s nice timeline of the battles won and lost in the name of net neutrality. They also do a great job of summarizing what the heck “net neutrality” means.

Network operators [such as Verizon] want to charge Internet content providers for enhanced IP services, while Net neutrality proponents [Google, eBay etc] say regulations are needed to prevent abuse by the Net’s gatekeepers.

Channel Sponsors

Michael Arrington’s Tech Companies to Watch in 2007

TechCrunch’s infamous Michael Arrington has listed the “Web 2.0″ companies he couldn’t live without in 2007, but we may as well call it “the top tech companies to watch in 2007″.

It’s a list most marketers should consider reviewing. While it has some tech companies that don’t quite cross into marketing, Arrington’s list is full of social media and search companies, including Ask City, BlueDot, Digg, Flickr, YouTube and more.

Google, Yahoo & Apple Boosting Silicon Valley Real Estate

If you’re looking to locate your business in California’s Silicon Valley and are feeling the pain of real estate prices, we know who you should blame.

Apple, Google and Yahoo are collectively buying-up large parcels of land in the Valley and driving up commercial real estate values in the process. Collectively, the three big tech companies spent more than half a billion dollars on land and buildings in 2006.

Google’s expansion in Mountain View, in particular, has reduced vacancy rates, in turn driving up costs.

Mountain View’s Shoreline park was one of them, according to Ellis Berns, Mountain View’s economic development manager. “After the dot-com bust, there was 28 to 30 percent vacancy,” he said. “We’re now running in the neighborhood of 8.5 percent.

Search Marketers Share Flickr Photos

I often get emailed by new bloggers, asking me to add their blog to my blogroll or link to a specific article. I typically avoid linking, just because I am asked, instead I tell the blogger that I’ll keep an eye on their blog and link to anything I find interesting.

Ok, with that preamble out of the way, here’s where I am going. If you want to get your blog on the radar of other bloggers, create something unique and interesting. I’ve never heard from Andrew Girdwood, but he was smart enough to put together a list of search marketers sharing their photos via Flickr. Not only is this interesting, and going in my bookmarks, but by including the names of popular bloggers, he’ll likely get a lot of links from it.

Introducing "Pilgrim’s Picks" – the News Normally Lost Down the Back of the Couch

Before I head out to the finest (and authentic) french restaurant in Raleigh – Saint Jacques – for a New Year’s celebration dinner, I wanted to let you know about a new item you’ll find in the Marketing Pilgrim sidebar.

Pilgrim’s Picks is tied directly to my “shared” items in Google Reader. I read scan hundreds of blog posts a day and not all of them make it as a post on Marketing Pilgrim. Instead of letting all that great content go down the “mark as read” crapper, I’m going to start sharing the posts that I find interesting but didn’t quite get around to blogging.

You’ll be able to keep track using the sidebar widget or you can bookmark the shared links page (and even subscribe to the RSS feed here).

New Year’s Resolution – Be a Superhero

Ok, I’m only doing this because..

a. It’s a Saturday

b. It’s the end of the year

c. Everyone else is doing it.

I took the superhero test and it appears I’m Superman wannabe (with a concerning dash of Supergirl, Catwoman and Wonder woman)…

You are Superman

Superman
70%
Iron Man
55%
Hulk
50%
Green Lantern
45%
The Flash
45%
Robin
40%
Spider-Man
40%
Supergirl
35%
Batman
30%
Catwoman
25%
Wonder Woman
20%
You are mild-mannered, good,
strong and you love to help others.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test

Let me know which Superhero you are. ;-)