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I’ve a Blog – What Next?

Posted by Brian Kelly on 6 November 2006

I’ve set up my Blog. So how do I make it visible in the Blogosphere?

My initial approach is to sign up to Technorati and claimed this Blog. I’ll post this article and see what happens to the Blog’s visibility in Technorati.

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9 Responses to “I’ve a Blog – What Next?”

  1. ukwebfocus said

    Success. I posted an article and then pinged the Blog from Technorati. My Blog is now found in Technorati. – and this happened imediately.

  2. ajcann said

    So what’s next is … persuade people to read it, or why blog? ;-)

  3. Comments, comments, comments. I don’t think you are really blogging unless you are reading a whole bunch of other blogs and commenting as well. You need to join your node to the biblioblogosphere through conversation.

    I think it’s not about making your blog visible, but making yourself visible…and then people come to your web presence. Rather daunting really.

    Try installing a sitemeter (I have one at the very bottom of my blog – the code is easily stealable). You’d be surprised at the ways people find you if you keep an eye on “by referral”.

  4. Oh…and always answer comments. Good way of cementing a connection.

  5. ukwebfocus said

    Hi aj and Kathyrn
    Many thanks for your comments.
    I was initially exploring how to make the Blog visible to search engines such as Technorati. That seems to have worked (but are there other services I should register with?)
    I agree with you completely about the importance of human interaction, through reading and commenting on others’ Blogs.
    Thanks for your comments.

    Brian

  6. I saw your blog mentiond on Phil Bradley’s blog, so word is spreading. I immediately subscribed using Bloglines, and see that its already got 15 subs there.

    I’ll mention it in the next issue of Internet Resources Newsletter – Blogorama section. This will add trillions of subscribers :-) http://www.hw.ac.uk/libWWW/irn/

    You might consider blogging about why you chose WordPress. One thing I can’t help noticing about WordPress is that the comments are in such small print that I can hardly see what I’m typing here. That’s my excuse for typos, anyway.

    There must be advantages to WordPress. What are they?

    Roddy

  7. ukwebfocus said

    Hi Roddy

    Thanks for the comment – and the announcement in the forthcoming IRN.

    As you have suggested I’ll write an article about my reasons for selection of WordPress.

    Brian

  8. silversprite said

    I tried a variety of blogging services myself (including Blogger, Typepad, Livejournal and MySpace) but ended up choosing WordPress, where I’ve been for the last year or so.

    The main reason in my case was that it is both quick to put up an entry, and very flexible to use.

    WordPress also has by far the best spam comment trapper. Very impressed, and unlike the other services I don’t have to spend time removing comments. Many of the available templates for WordPress are aesthetically pleasing and exhibit sensible layout and function. Blog and feed statistics are immediate and clear. Page editing and publishing are sensibly thought out.

    There were also sociological reasons too. I was probably the oldest person on MySpace, and many of the pages on there are oriented towards hobbies and music. Also the look of most MySpace pages is aesthetically awful. Livejournal seems to be inhabited mainly by angry and “look at me” 20-somethings. Blogger is used too much by marketing. TypePad cost money.

    My better half uses the open source WordPress software to build website for companies and organisations! Here’s one:

    http://www.uistwholefoods.com/

    There’s an important lesson here, that blogging systems and blogging software aren’t just for narrow-view blogs only, but have wider uses.

  9. […] Similarly, Roddy MacLeod, in response to another posting, described that he came across my Blog in Phil Bradley’s Blog. […]

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