Wednesday, July 28, 2010

#31DBBB Challenge: 31 Days to a better blog - Days 8-10 Interlinking, Forums, and Monitoring

Problogger 31 Day Challenge to a better blog

This is my forth post in the series for the Problogger 31 Day Challenge with the SITS Girls Community.  This challenge gives bloggers 31 activities to do that will improve their blogs based on the e-book by Darren Rowse.

Day one's challenge was to write an Elevator Pitch for my blog.

The challenges for day two through day four were to Write a List Post, Promote a blog post, and Analyze a top blog in my field.

The challenges for day five through day seven were to Email a blog reader, read the Problogger 27 must read tips and tutorials for bloggers, and Write a Link Post.

Day eight's challenge was to Interlink my old blog posts.Interlinking with your old blog posts does a number of good things. If you are writing a series (like this challenge), linking to the prior post in the series and the next post will allow your readers to easily follow along without having to to a search. Also, when readers click on the links to other blog posts, your number of page views goes up and improves your blog stats. Interlinking also increases your blog's number of links which improves your Google Page Rank.

Most bloggers are already using code to add links from older blog posts at the bottom of each new post. Installing that code has helped my page counts to go up significantly. If you don’t know about Linkwithin, go to this link for more info

Day nine's challenge is to Join a Forum and Start Participating. Forums are online communities where bloggers can ask questions of other bloggers and learn from each other. Forums also expose your blog to a wider audience. There are many blogger forums- too many to list. This 31 day challenge is being sponsored through the SITS Girls Community Forum. For this challenge, SITS Girls setup a list of all the participates Twitter ids, and because I joined the challenge, another 300+ bloggers are now following me on Twitter and know more about my blog.

Other than SITS Girls, I am not a big forum participant because I don't have the time. I do love following because Chris Brogan give lots of insight into the tools and techniques that he is using to grow his blog and businesses. Following Chris is like learning through watching someone else doing.

Today is day ten and the challenge is to Set up Alerts to Monitor Your Blog's Niche.  I use Google Alerts to monitor the name of my blog so that I know what is being said about it in the bloggerspere.  Darren Rowse's book says that you should monitor other blogs in your niche, but unless you are a fan of those blogs, looking at what other folks are doing instead of focusing on doing what you do best can become very time consuming. So proceed with caution in deciding what to monitor.

So that's it for this blog post. Come back on Saturday to check out the following challenges:

Day 11: Come up with 10 post ideas
Day 12: Create an editorial calendar
Day 13: Take a trip to the ‘mall’

Follow the Twitter hashtag #31DBBB if you want to see how the 300+ woman bloggers are doing that are part of this challenge.


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