Good reads on blog promotion and other matters at Blogussion

A quick trip to Blogussion | Blogging Discussion, Tips & Tricks willl yield a bunch1  of posts well worth reading, including:

Blog Promotion: 169 New Ways to Build Traffic like a Ninja

4 Easy Ways To Increase Readership On Your Blog

5 Easy Blog Improvements in under 5 Minutes

100+ Lists To Help You Become a Better Blogger

Blogussion.

  1. Surfeit, abundance, cornucopia, wealth. []

Dan Masters/Zoundry Raven blogging client

Dan Masters – a web designer in Austin, has a very persuasive review of  Zoundry, an off-line blogging client. That is, one composes a post irrespective of having an internet connection. I’d been looking for an off-line client, and Masters’ review persuaded me to try it out. Masters’ piece actually predates a new version called Zoundry Raven, about which more shortly.

Check out his portfolio: he’s done excellent work for family-owned businesses, and gargantuan businesses (one or more in the Fortune 500, apparently, but I didn’t check).

And if his own WordPress design were released as a theme, people would probably be buying it in large numbers.

He’s got some free themes here.  

Thoughtful choices about plug-ins

And he knows a lot about Internet commerce.

Dan Masters.

Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)

John Haydon: how to install a Facebook widget on your blog

John  Haydon is one of the most knowledgeable (as in practical knowledge) about social media and its applications for nonprofits, and businesses large and small.It’s clear that the big social networking apps -  have great utility – but not always clear how to make use of them.

Here’s Haydon on How to add a Facebook Page Fanbox to your website (and customize it).

Wise counsel on writing and other oustanding resources at BloggingTips.com

Blogging Tips – written, it seems, by a large gang of extremely skilled web and graphic designers – is a blog I wish I’d been reading from the beginning. Some posts well worth reading:

Improve Your Blog Typography with Typogrify

A Few Tips On Paragraph Length (a  question which should be considered, in my view, in conjunction with the question – how many lines or words before using the “more” tag? The people at Blogging Tips have worked that through with an elegant balance: enough of a post that one can make a reasoned decision about whether to go to the end of the piece, but no so little that one has to make a guess on the basis of the first sentence or two. Which makes more sense in the context of breaking news than in a special-purpose, self-defined audience outlet).

6 Twitter Directories To Add Yourself To (We here note that we know this is important, but haven’t gotten to it yet – neither this nor any of the other SEO-related things we need to address. That said – this post seemed a good place for bloggers to learn about Twitter).

An excellent piece about the development of blogging: 500 years of Newspapers – How many years of blogs?

Plus:

  • three WP themes on the house (is that a New York idiom, like “on the arm?” We mean “free,” but have an aversion to writing copy in which the words “three” and “free” are adjacent. If you’re writing copy in radio news, you only need to make this mistake once to learn from it).
  • Active user forums
  • Useful Links which are  actually quite useful - and there seems to have been a conscious attempt to avoid the appearance of an editorial conflict of interest, which is a good thing. With a different group of people, this would have been seized upon as an opportunity to self-promote.

There’s also lots of white space – somehow an uncluttered feeling, and reading a post isn’t made difficult by the site design. I didn’t realize it at first, but the use of tabbed navigation in the sidebars seems to triple the useful space.

Finally – all of the posts about copy and copy editing are outstanding.  I hope I’ve correctly listed the Blogging Tips writers who write about writing:

Those are just two of the dozen or so contributors to Blogging Tips, which will be added, in short order, to our blogroll.

Matt Garrett’s BlogTactics.com

Matt Garrett’s BlogTactics.com – which I came across quite by accident – is a blog about the business of blogging. There’s some paid content – and I gather that Mr. Garrett does some consulting about Internet businesses – but nonetheless useful pieces on subjects as:

blog monetization

SEO (search engine optimization)

Blog Setup

Blog traffic

Blogging for Money

Garrett’s Must-Have Plugins List is well worth a look. (I think his understanding of the mechanics of blog and internet traffic and commerce is vastly greater than mine – not, of course, that I’m in any position to judge, given my relative ignorance)

Four WordPress themes which are free, but by their description highly customizable – and therefore they might count as more than four (I’ve not  yet tested them)

BlogTactics.com; via BlogCatalog. See also Garrett’s other site, Matt Garrett.

This site uses a Hackadelic PlugIn, Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.2.1.