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    Kicking Ass Content Connections by Lorelle VanFossen Kicking Ass Content Connections by Lorelle VanFossen Presentation Transcript

    • Kicking Ass Content Connection
      • WordCamp 2007
      • By Lorelle VanFossen
      • http://lorelle.wordpress.com/
      • http://www.cameraontheroad.com/
    • Connecting the Bloggers
      • Do you know your blogging competition?
      • Do you know this blogger?
      • Have you blogged about this blogger?
      • Does something this blogger does interest you?
      • To help your build your blog, you must connect with other bloggers and work together to build each other’s blogs
    • The Blogging First Impression
      • Too many blog posts look like they were written in 10 minutes by someone who clearly:
        • Can’t Type
        • Can’t Think.
        • Make you think they were released for the day or maybe they have computers in the institution.
    • Creating The Content
      • If you want to get someone’s attention,
      • you need to show them something they’ve never seen before,
      • or show them something in a way they’ve never seen before.
    • Content Building
      • Find the Missing Pieces
      • Look at the Big Picture
      • Take Your Time Blogging
    • Find the Missing Pieces
      • There are holes in subjects everywhere. Not everything has been said - and even if it has - show them the subject in a way they’ve never seen it before.
      • Say it well, say it better, but don’t repeat old subjects. Find out what has been covered, link to the best, but find what is missing.
    • Find the Missing Pieces
      • There are 1,860,000 search results for how to install WordPress.
      • Do we need another?
      • Can you really write a better tip or technique for installing WordPress than those that have already been written?
      • What’s missing?
    • Find the Missing Pieces:
      • In school they taught “how to” but rarely did they ever cover “why”. We were told “because” and “that’s the way it’s always been done”.
        • School doesn’t prepare you for problem solving, it prepares you for solving problems.
        • Blog the why.
    • Look at the Big Picture
      • You are the editor and publisher of your blog.
      • You know it’s goal, purpose, mission statement, short range goals and long range goals. You see the big picture thus you should be able to see what’s missing.
      • What’s left out? In your industry, niche, blog content – what’s missing from the big picture.
    • Take Your Time Blogging
      • Unless you blog the news, don’t read your feeds in the morning. Read them before you go to bed and let the information stew.
        • Slow down.
        • Gives you time to think.
        • Gives you time to read what others have to say
        • Gives you time to say it better.
        • Gets you more attention as you aren’t reporting it as one of the many but one of the few - with perspective.
    • Benefits of Waiting to Blog
      • Blogger considered wiser.
      • Reader believes blogger now has a better perspective on the subject with time.
      • You will catch those who “hadn’t heard it yet”. Readers are grateful.
      • It gives the original authors of the subject a second round of traffic for which they are grateful as this audience tends to be the thinkers not reactors.
    • Be Late to the Party
      • Recently, worried after entering the conversation late, a friend told me, “you sounded like the only sane one talking”.
        • Blog early on a controversial subject and you may sound like a ranter.
        • You might not, but the readers are in such a panic to get more information they impose their “desperateness” onto what they read.
        • Waiting has the perspective of time, thus readers are calmer, had more information, and “ready to listen”.
    • Creating the Conversation Mode
      • What is the difference between a website and a blog?
      • Conversation.
    • Building an Audience Begins With Two
      • Liz Strauss of Successful and Outstanding Bloggers just started a new series on blog strategy building and marketing.
        • Blog for one person. That’s your customer. Who? YOU.
        • When they walk in the door of your blog, it looks like home. It meets their expectations for their needs.
        • You want your blog to be a familiar place, where everything is where it is supposed to be, relative to your blog topic and content.
    • People want to do business with people who are
      • Like them.
      • Meet their expectations.
      • Make your blog’s design say “Hey, you’ve found the right place.”
      • And they will stick around.
    • Can you tell when someone’s faking it on their blog?
      • Then your readers can tell when you are faking it.
    • What does “faking it” look like?
        • Too many ads - intent = money not content
        • Not enough or no original content.
        • More blockquotes than content.
        • Lack of sincerity and faith in the content.
        • Poor or lazy writing style.
        • No About page or “self” in the writing.
    • Content Must Match Intent
      • Building a relationship with your readers means:
        • Earning their trust.
        • Being authentic in content and style.
        • Keeping your promises and commitments.
        • Putting the relationship between the you and your readers first.
        • It doesn’t pay to fake it.
    • Give Without Expectation of Return
      • One of the wonderful aspects of blogging is sharing what you have learned. It brings value to your reader’s lives and work.
      • If you teach someone how to break a habit, how to do it bigger, better, faster, easier, more efficiently, you have their attention.
      • If you give them the easy way out, they will follow you.
      • Invite them to leave your blog for something worthwhile, and they come back…with friends.
    • Getting the Conversation Going
      • Too many people are still writing for their 8 th grade teacher. Writing in complete sentences, complete thoughts, complete ideas.
      • That’s not a conversation. You can’t get a word in edgewise.
    • Don’t Finish That Thought
      • To turn a complete idea into a conversation, don’t finish the idea. Don’t finish the thought. Stop writing.
      • Instead of 10 tips for X, have 7. They will give you the next three.
      • “ Oh, you forgot” ...you didn’t forget. You let them help you remember.
      • Incomplete thoughts allow readers to complete them.
      • Let them complete the game: What’s missing in this post?
    • Never say “What do you think”
        • You might get an answer.
        • You might not like the answer you get.
      • Since you are writing to them, and they are like you, it’s like being with your best friend or being an old married couple – you’ll find them finishing your sentences.
    • If You Want to Participate in a Conversation, Participate in the Conversation.
    • Participate in the Conversation
      • Blog about what others are blogging about, linking to their parts of the conversation, and add yours. This gives permission to share their views and encourage comments.
      • You don’t have to respond to every comment, but you have to make your readers FEEL like you do.
    • Other Ways of Making Blog Conversation
        • Continue the conversation in comments on your blog.
        • Don’t answer the question completely.
        • Comment on other blogs setting an example of how to comment and continue the conversation.
        • Comment on other blogs. Help them and they will help you continue your conversation.
    • Building Content Tips
      • Write timeless content that keeps new readers finding you over the years, not days.
      • Write for the future, making your content valuable 20 years or more from now.
      • Write article series that keeps readers coming back for more.
      • Publish a predictable schedule:
        • Monday Links for the Week
        • Wordless Wednesday
        • Friday Summary
    • Building Content Tips
      • Don’t just blockquote - continue the conversation.
      • Write keyword-rich, search term filled content and titles.
      • Make one or more of the first three paragraphs “blockquote-ready” for copy and pasting and referencing your blog post.
      • Write content worth linking to.
      • Write content that attracts “you” to your blog.
    • Finding Lorelle
      • Author: Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging
      • Lorelle on WordPress - WordPress and Blogging Tips
      • Taking Your Camera on the Road - Travel and Photography and Life on the Road
      • Lorelle’s Family History - Genealogy Blog
      • The Blog Herald - Daily contributor and content translated into 3+ languages
        • WordPress Wednesday News Report
      • Email: [email_address]
    • Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging