Thursday, 1 May 2008

The Bloggers Checklist

  1. Make a commitment to blog everyday. Few minutes a day can help increase your traffic as new content attracts search engine spiders.
  2. Set up a subscriptions form on your blog and invite everyone in your network to subscribe: family, friends, colleagues, clients, and associates.
  3. Set up a feed on so your site gets regularly spidered by the Yahoo search engine
  4. Be part of the blogging community. Go to other blog sites you admire. Contribute to their blogs and add real value. Read and comment on other blogs that are in your target niche. Don’t write things like “nice blog” or “great post.” Write intelligent, useful comments with a link to your blog. Give away what you know.
  5. Blog at least 10 posts a week for the first 15 days and 5 post per week the next 15 days
  6. Write anything you want as long as it is unique content. And also add in some news clips [with courtesy to the origninal clip-link] and some articles by leading article writers [again do mention it is not your article and that it was borrowed from a source – and with a link to that source]
  7. From the second month, make it a point to have at least 15 post per month and the third at least 10 post per month. As your post volume reduces, so does your links to other articles and news clips. Of course, you can always have the odd links now and then.
  8. Once your reputation grows, people will seek out your blog. This is not an overnight process, but by building an audience you are positioning yourself well
  9. Swap links - Make a list of relevant sites you would love to link to your blog. Write them a short friendly note and offer to let them use a few of your posts as content on their site in exchange for a link back to your site. Also, link to their sites from within one of your posts. Be sure to offer to exchange links in the links section of your blog.
  10. If you are willing to pay for a link to your site, check out Text-Link-Ads -
  11. Use Ping-0-matic to ping blog directories. Do this every time you publish.
  12. Submit your blog to traditional search engines:
  13. Submit your blog to blog directories. The most comprehensive list of directories is on this site:
  14. Create a form to track your submissions; this can take several hours when you first start so schedule an hour a day for submitting
  15. Add a link to your blog in your email signature file
  16. Put a link to your blog on every page of your website
  17. If you publish a newsletter, make sure you have a link to your blog in every issue.
  18. Include a link to your blog as a standard part of all outgoing correspondence such as auto responder sequences, sales letters, reports, white papers, etc.
  19. Print your blog URL on your business cards, brochures and flyers
  20. Make sure you have an RSS feed URL that people can subscribe to.
  21. To learn how news aggregators/RSS readers work, visit -
  22. Post often to keep attracting your subscribers to come back and refer you to others in their networks; include links to other blogs, articles and websites in your posts
  23. Use Track back links when you quote or refer to other blog posts. What is TrackBack ? Essentially what this does is send a message from one server to another server letting it know you have posted a reference to their post. The beauty is that an link to your blog is now included on their site.
  24. Write articles to post around the web in article directories. Include a link to your blog in the author info box.

Finally, put blogging on your schedule as a daily task.

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