A Blogging Tip today? I know, it’s an unusual day for one but with a recent hashtag thing I started I’ve been visiting more blogs lately and have noticed a few things, okay, two things.
I’ve discussed one before; Add your website/blog site to your Gravatar.com site . . . PLEASE!
This one may seem a bit odd if to you if I am actually reaching another bloggers site and reading their posts/articles. However, if I read a great and intelligent comment by a blogger and want to try and follow them, I click their name or image and I end up at Gravatar.com. That’s normal. But once there all I see is a picture. Sometimes an email address is there. That doesn’t help to get someone to follow you unless you are wanting a pen pal.
You should be putting links to your blog, twitter, facebook, and/or any other link you want people to connect to you with. I’ve missed the chance to follow dozens of bloggers since I began this site for the simple reason of their being no way to find their site.
Below is the gist of the post I wrote back in August and was one of my most popular post for a long time.
- go to your Gravatar.com,
- your profile
- then web sites
- and add your blog site
- You can even add your facebook and Twitter or whatever, but PLEASE add your blog site.
Addition to article-There has been mention of About.me in the comments, which I have replied to. Gravatar.com is a site that allows one to link to sites such as WordPress and you can follow blogs and the like and comment as yourself rather than as a guest. About.me is a larger animal. Although Gravatar can do some of the same things it is nowhere near what About.me is. For details on About.me you can visit an article I wrote about it on my LitWorldInterviews.WordPress.com site.
Now for the New Tip
There is something that will annoy some visitors to your blog.
Too many clicks to get to the reason they showed up.
You put out that you have an article, but it’s really another click or two away. This comes about because:
- You may want to let people see an old article you wrote
- Or some even set it up so only part of their article appears and then you must click read more, or click to continue to get the rest of the article.
- I’ve seen a guy have three of these for an article. Each time the page reloaded, the ad banner reloaded. You can probably see what he was doing. I quickly left and never went back.
Here in WordPress, we have something that makes an old post renewed a little more courteous. But why will some not use this or refuse to do so?
Not everyone is like this. Not even the ones I’ve visited lately. Some people just don’t think about it or may not know about it. But,
- Some like to have that ‘Like’ count go up on the original article. I get that, but I’ve gotten past that part of blogging. I basically want my articles read.
- Some like the views to go up by having the visitor click twice.
The next time you are in your post editor and you are wanting to create a post:
- Scroll down and you will find under the Writing Helper section something called Copy a Post. If you don’t see it, look to the right of the same line Writing Helper is on and you will see a little arrow. Click that and it brings down and reveals Copy a Post and Request Feedback.
- Click on Copy a Post.
- Type in the name of the article you want to copy.
- Click it, now it’s copied. Even the Tags copy with it and the Category. You will need to click Add for the Tags to actually take or appear in the box you are accustomed to seeing them in, and you will need to put in a new Featured Image.
Good Reasons For Copying a Post
- You want to share the post again without making people clicking a lot to get to it. It’s called courtesy.
- You want to update an article with new data or other information. If you do this, I would go to the old article and put in a link at the top that says there is more recent data and give the new link. Why not just delete the old article? That’s up to you.
- You have something that you do each week. Instead of retyping all of it every week, simply copy it and change what you need to.
You can change the name of the article. I just wanted to say that and not assume people would know it.
If you do copy an article for the sake of sharing an old one you may want to consider one courtesy to do;
- Note at the top of the article that it is a republished copy of an old article for your long time visitors to know.
If I am copying for the sake of updating information, if it is information that is important that it be current, I update it in the old article as well. People link to some of my articles at times and I want to be sure anything they are sending people to me for is as accurate as possible.
Those are the Two Tips for Today. Hope you find them helpful.
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