Continuing the Blogging Conversation • Language • Culture • Skill
What is a Blog?Blogs are usually (but not always) written by one personand are updated pretty regularly. Blogs are often (but notalways) written on a particular topic - there are blogs onvirtually any topic you can think of. -Mark James Normand
Corporate blogs have become much more acceptable – andare far more read than individual’s blogs. Why?
Choosing a Blog Name –Domain Name1. Domain Name = unique part of the blog’s Uniform Resource Location (URL).http://www.acyberpilgrim.orghttp://www.catholicwebsolutions.comhttp://spiritualpopcorn.blogspot.com
Choosing a Blog Name –Domain Name2. Types of domain extensionshttp://www.acyberpilgrim.org What other extensions are you aware of? There are at least 14!
Choosing a Blog Name –Domain Name3. Buying a domain name www.bluehost.com www.godaddy.com www.hostgator.comNote: Check all the pricing and check again before you commit to purchasing a domain name.
Parts of a Blog Home Page Header About or Profile Page Footer Posts Blogroll or links Comments Trackbacks or backlinks Categories or labels Pings Sidebar Tags Archives Template or themeGo to: http://bit.ly/iLuXYw GO TO!
Blogging Dont’s Don’t plagiarize (Get permission) Don’t commit libel against someone or something Don’t spam through comments Don’t publish spammy posts Don’t steal bandwidth
Providing AttributionVarious types of attribution: Great article Blog Post Sources within your blog (photo’s) Quotes Images
Understanding Copyright and Fair Use The rules of copyright are a bit blurred in the online world, but the safest path to follow is one that errs on the side of being more conservative. - Susan Gunelius, Blogging for Dummies http://www.delicious.com/ccerveny/copyright Teaching Copyright - http://www.teachingcopyright.org/curriculum/hs
Using Creative Commons Licenses CC licenses are designed to give the owners of original work a way to share that work more freely (and allow other people to build on that work) by protecting the owner of the original licensed work without applying a full and highly restrictive copyright to it. http://www.delicious.com/ccerveny/creativecommons
Six Types of CC Licenses1. Attribution2. Attribution Noncommercial3. Attribution No Derivatives4. Attribution No Derivatives Noncommercial5. Attribution Share Alike6. Attribution Share Alike Noncommercial
Understanding SEO Basics There’s actually a lot more to SEO than using targeted keywords that match peoples search engine queries. Although keywords are the starting point for your blog’s SEO strategy, they can take your blog only so far. You also need to focus on other SEO techniques to truly grow your blog’s search engine traffic. - Susan Gunelius, Blogging for Dummies
Building Relationships Leave comments on other blogs. Use the same link phrase everywhere. Link to content you enjoy from your own blog posts. Share content you like through social bookmarking, social networking, and Twitter. Respond to comments left on your blog.
Avoiding SEO Don’ts Don’t pay for text links. Don’t publish links that have been paid for. Don’t keyword stuff. Don’t hide keywords. Don’t publish content that is nothing more than links.
Blog Subscribers Subscribers – most loyal audience Great content will attract readers Make subscribing easy Ask people to subscribe Offer something in return to subscribers Use the FeedCount chicklet from Feedburner
WHAT CONTRIBUTES TOBLOG SUCCESS?9 Points To Remember
Success Comes With Writing Well Writing Often Building Links Committing the Time Having Passion Socializing Reading More than Writing Being Comfortable With Technology Having Patience
Homework Reminders Remember to go to our class blog to continue our conversation about this topic. Please complete assignments for this module posted on the class blog before the next webinar