Blog-tip: Min blogcoach

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The pressure is on! Shonnie Lavendar, Blog Coach, has asked me to tip her blog – My Blog Coach: Simplify the blog learning curve with coach Shonnie Lavender! I decided to hold off and do some reading on Shonnie’s site and I’m glad I did!

I don’t believe there is enough representation in social media of women and minorities. I’m not an lige muligheder blogger, I simply think that if we’re truly going to learn from one other, then we need adequate representation of folks. I’m glad to see women like Shonnie out there with a strong presence. I’m also thrilled that organizations like BlogHer er i nærheden - en organisation, som Shonnie repræsenterer godt!

It would also be hopeless for me to say anything about Shonnie’s content. The style of the posts, chunking of content, and use of bold, font, quotes, blockquotes, bulleted lists… wow, all perfect. I’m going to be following Shonnie’s blog to pick up tips and tricks on writing better content and displaying it well.

Her er dine blogtips:

  1. I like most of the style of your site. It wasn’t until I reached your About page that I really saw your personality, though. The signature is a great idea! It shows personality. If you’ve gotten to read any of my posts, I think a personal picture is worth a thousand posts (doh!). That said, I got a little confused looking at your header image. I wasn’t sure if what it was representative of.

    Jeg havde lidt Photoshop og Illustrator sjov på din bekostning! Lad mig vide hvad du tænker!

    Før:
    Shonnie Header - Før

    Efter (Klik for at se i fuld størrelse og download):

    Shonnie Header - Efter

    UPDATE: Shonnie foretog et meget bedre valg!

    Jeg valgte et billede af en bro som repræsentation af den rejse, du vil tage dine læsere med på. Jeg brugte hele bredden af ​​dit indhold til virkelig at bringe farverne og billedet frem. Du kan eksperimentere med faktisk at placere din blogtitel over dette snarere end under det. Du kan sandsynligvis også lægge dette bag dine sidefaner .... tænker bare højt!

  2. Den næste ting, jeg bemærkede, var, at titlen på siden var "Eksperttips til forbedring af din blog (gratis)". Brug af posttitel som sidetitel er strålende! Det kan være en god idé at følge det op med “af min blogtræner, Shonnie Lavendar”. Det vil hjælpe søgemaskinerne med at forbinde dit indhold, dit navn og din lidenskab!
  3. You have a robots.txt file in the base of your blog directory, blogcoach… but I’m not sure it’s really helping you. You might want to put a robots.txt file in the base of your root directory and be sure to add a path to your sitemap in it:
    sitemap: http://shonnielavender.com/blogcoach/sitemap.xml

    Du har et sitemap i dit blogcoach-bibliotek, men hvordan finder en søgemaskine det ?!

  4. Brilliant use of Related Posts and Latest Posts. I would recommend moving your Latest Posts up your sidebar underneath your Subscribe information, though. Remember that most folks won’t land on your home page, they’ll find an article through a search engine and land on one of your post pages. If you look to the left, most of the time your Latest Posts fall down well below the end of the article. I’d recommend putting it in line with folks’ field of vision.
  5. Your theme is well built. I would recommend your Blog’s title be in an h1 heading tag, your posts be in an h2 heading tag… and you sprinkle your subheadings in your posts with h3 tags. Many SEO experts agree that Search Engines will index based on where and how you’re using heading tags! (But they also agree that h4 on has little or no impact.)
  6. I noticed some tiny fonts, especially in the sidebar. Although it fits aesthetically, I do wonder if visitors with huge resolutions and monitors may need to squint to see your content. Surprisingly enough, I remember when everyone was transitioning to smaller fonts. Now I’m noticing them moving to bigger fonts with much more whitespace. Copyblogger is an outstanding example. I personally increased my font sizes on my blog and, though I don’t have any proof, I do believe it improved the site.
  7. Folks naturally gravitate to white regions. Your layout background is entirely white. I think it may be worthwhile to test a slight background color on your sidebar and perhaps a design or background on your blog’s entire page background. Just food for thought! I don’t think it’s doing anything to hurt your blog, it’s just that if you want focus to be on your articles and not wandering off – then some slight differences in colors might help!

Thanks again for such an incredible opportunity. I feel like grasshopper trying to take the rock out of the master’s hand! I do hope you appreciate the feedback.

PS: Sejt job på feed-forwarding! Var det et plugin, eller redigerede du din htaccess-fil for automatisk at videresende den til FeedBurner? Jeg ville ønske, jeg havde tænkt på det!

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5 Kommentarer

  1. 1

    OMG, en anden Blog Coach! Jeg antager, at det er på tide, at jeg løfter det hvide flag og finder en anden niche.

    Dine indlæg er forbedret enormt Doug. Fortsæt det gode arbejde.

    … BB (den første blogtræner 🙂

  2. 3

    Interessant læsning, Doug ... Jeg kan godt lide, at dit Photoshop-header leger med billedet af broen ... Selvom jeg arbejder 99% af tiden i Adobe Fireworks, ved jeg stadig, at PS også er et godt værktøj 🙂

  3. 4
    • 5

      Det er en investering i læsere, Clive. Det er tidskrævende - og jeg er sikker på, at det er værd at oplade - men jeg arbejder simpelthen på at tromme lidt eksponering til min blog.

      Og det virker!

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