Sunday, June 11, 2006

Blogging Tips


  • Use lists.
  • Be topical... write posts that need to be read right now.
  • Learn enough to become the expert in your field.
  • Break news.
  • Be timeless... write posts that will be readable in a year.
  • Be among the first with a great blog on your topic, then encourage others to blog on the same topic.
  • Share your expertise generously so people recognize it and depend on you.
  • Announce news.
  • Write short, pithy posts.
  • Encourage your readers to help you manipulate the technorati top blog list.
  • Don't write about your cat, your boyfriend or your kids.
  • Write long, definitive posts.
  • Write about your kids.
  • Be snarky. Write nearly libelous things about fellow bloggers, daring them to
  • respond (with links back to you) on their blog.
  • Be sycophantic. Share linklove and expect some back.
  • Include polls, meters and other eye candy.
  • Tag your posts. Use del.ico.us.
  • Coin a term or two.
  • Do email interviews with the well-known.
  • Answer your email.
  • Use photos. Salacious ones are best.
  • Be anonymous.
  • Encourage your readers to digg your posts. (and to use furl and reddit). Do it with every post.
  • Post your photos on flickr.
  • Encourage your readers to subscribe by RSS.
  • Start at the beginning and take your readers through a months-long education.
  • Include comments so your blog becomes a virtual water cooler that feeds itself.
  • Assume that every day is the beginning, because you always have new readers.
  • Highlight your best posts on your Squidoo lens.
  • Point to useful but little-known resources.
  • Write about stuff that appeals to the majority of current blog readers--like gadgets and web 2.0.
  • Write about Google.
  • Have relevant ads that are even better than your content.
  • Don't include comments, people will cross post their responses.
  • Write posts that each include dozens of trackbacks to dozens of blog posts so that people will notice you.
  • Run no ads.
  • Keep tweaking your template to make it include every conceivable bell or whistle.
  • Write about blogging.
  • Digest the good ideas of other people, all day, every day.
  • Invent a whole new kind of art or interaction.
  • Post on weekdays, because there are more readers.
  • Write about a never-ending parade of different topics so you don't bore your readers.
  • Post on weekends, because there are fewer new posts.
  • Don't interrupt your writing with a lot of links.
  • Dress your blog (fonts and design) as well as you would dress yourself for a meeting with a stranger.
  • Edit yourself. Ruthlessly.
  • Don't promote yourself and your business or your books or your projects at the expense of the reader's attention.
  • Be patient.
  • Give credit to those that inspired, it makes your writing more useful.
  • Ping technorati. Or have someone smarter than me tell you how to do it automatically.
  • Write about only one thing, in ever-deepening detail, so you become definitive.
  • Write in English.
  • Better, write in Chinese.
  • Write about obscure stuff that appeals to an obsessed minority.
  • Don't be boring.
  • Write stuff that people want to read and share.
  • Feel free to post your own ideas (satirical or otherwise) in the comments below.

    by Seth Godin

1 Comments:

Blogger Richie said...

Tahnks Dan. Nice tips.
The best Tip of all I can give is get in on this site. the referals are great. Had loads of referals from this blog and I was only posted once. Thanks mate.
Great Blog

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