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Viqi French
Writer and Publicist

Monday, April 30

Great Resource : Tips for New Bloggers

It's true: Great minds think alike! Well, we'll let you be the judge of whether the thinking and motivation I'm referring to is great or not. But there are wonderful similarities here, to the benefit of bloggers!

What am I talking about? A wonderful new site I've found: Tips for New Bloggers. It seems that Tips for New Bloggers was started for the very same reason Blog Band-Aids was started: frustration finding good HTML-related info that was easy to follow.

Tips for New Bloggers is about the cleanest layout I've seen for those who want to quickly find "how to" information for tweaking our blogs.

In fact, I'm so impressed with Tips for New Bloggers that it'll be added to the 911 Blog Resources section here at Blog Band-Aids. Together, we new bloggers shall find the right remedies to heal all that ails our beautiful blogs!

Saturday, April 28

Make Money Blogging

ProBlogger Darren Rowse has proven extremely successful in making money online, as a blogger.

Just for kicks, I Googled "make money blogging" in search of something useful to share. If you'd like to know who holds Google's top position with this lucrative search term, look no further than Darren Rowse at ProBlogger.

One of Darren's best posts on how to make money blogging features his 18 Lessons Learned. It's an awesome, motivating read. With so many years making money online, he's quite earned the title ProBlogger and has the experience to guide those see(k)ing dollar signs toward the bank.

One of the lessons I valued most in the "make money" category was Darren writing of a tough beginning. But after staying committed a while, his readership increased noticebly and has stayed solid ever since.

So whether you're writing a blog because you:
a.) hope to follow successful bloggers such as Darren Rowse "to the bank "
b.) write professionally and blog to hone your craft or promote your work, or
c.) operate a business or service and look to create awareness ...
blogging can make good dollars and sense.

Who knows? Maybe one day, many more of us will hover alongside Darren Rowse at the top of Google for make money blogging. If it happens for you, come back and fill the rest of us in on how you did it!

Rounding out the top three sites for how-to information on make money blogging are:

Wednesday, April 25

Search Engine Bait : Headlines Generate Hits

Britney Spears looks very healthy in this photo.  And I like her bald look a lot.  Most girls couldn't pull it off, but Britney looks as cute as Sinead O'Connor.  Remember her?

I read an interesting post at Blogs Bloggers Blogging about Search Engine Baiting, which isn't something I've intentionally done, but I have a perfect related experience at my other blog, South Side Star.

In my case, my writing a lot about the Don Imus controversy has drawn an enormous amount of traffic to the site. And specifically, my mentions of Imus's disturbed sidekick, Bernard 'Bernie' McGuirk, have received a tremendous number of click-throughs from the Google Search Engine. I'm ecstatic that so many people have been visiting my blog to read my thoughts about Bernard McGuirk, who was fired.

But the write-up at Blogs Bloggers Blogging takes the concept several steps further. Some of the suggestions, I've actually incorporated in this post. Blog Bloggers Blogging primarily suggests using celebrity names repeatedly in a post, such as Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. They also tell you to make bold or italicize Britney Spears and Paris Hilton (or whatever your 'big' word is) each time you type it. And then provide a number of links to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton...

And here are my tagged photos and links to one of these hot celebrities, Britney Spears:

Britney Spears.com
Britney Spears at Wikipedia
Britney Spears received something called 'Cupping Therapy,' which left marks on her body.
Britney Spears is said to have had Cupping Therapy, which sounds like something good for detoxing your body of junk that's bad for you.  Way to go, Britney, but hopefully you won't bear your scars from Cupping Therapy for too longSo consider this post a little test for Blog Band-Aids. I can't wait to see how much traffic is generated by using the terms here Bernard 'Bernie' McGuirk, Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Welcome to any and all who've found Blog Band-Aids through this particular post. I hope you find this site useful, bookmark it, and make many happy returns!

Monday, April 9

The New Wave of Widgets

Don't miss this great Washington Post article about the plethora of new, improved widgets that's sweeping the Internet. The story profiles Web and script innovators Freewebs, ClearSpring and others who've landed deals with the likes of AOL founder Steve Case and Yahoo! Major advertisers, of course, are getting on the bandwagon in big ways, too.

I've noticed and mentioned the same thing here last week, so embracing the World of Widgets that I started a Widget Gallery at Blog Band-Aids! Scroll all the way down and click-through to pick up any of the widgets that strike your fancy, and at the same time help boost traffic to your site.

Monday, April 2

Who Are You, Blogger?

Ever wonder who exactly is blogging? Pew Charitable Trust recently published results of an impressive study that's found that:

~ Eight percent of internet users, or about 12 million American adults, keep a blog.

~ Thirty-nine percent of internet users, or about 57 million American adults, read blogs – a significant increase since the fall of 2005.

Although the most publicized bloggers are writing about politics, the Pew study found the most popular type of blogs are those that record personal life.

Which are you, new blogger?

Sunday, April 1

Downloads : Blog War : Bloggers Forum

At Life Hacker, stay current with the blogger's great Download of the Day posts and more. Life Hacker provides a great round-up service of the latest downloads from Microsoft, Foxfire, and others -- each with a neat, mini-screen shot incorporated into the bite-sized summaries. A fast and helpful read!
The Seattlepi.com provides an update on the blog war -- with death threats -- that's taking shape for author-blogger Kathy Sierra. Some techies in the blogosphere feel Sierra's too vocally espouses mantra of user-friendly web design. According to Technorati CEO Dave Sifry, "Ever since this whole blog storm erupted, a lot of people are writing about this on their blog, in support of Kathy." Technorati's "WTF" -- Where's The Fire -- page tracks what's hot in the blogging world.
Another good forum for new bloggers is BloggersHQ, which also has a live chat room for questions and answers. Follow useful threads about setting up your RSS feed, building blog subscriptions, exchanges links with other new bloggers and more.

Check Out The Widget Gallery! []
More in the area of traffic-builders... Web developers are increasingly creating out-of-the-box, interactive objects called 'widgets.' Some widgets provide useful information or entertainment value. Others can connect your blog to social networks and communities, helping delivering an impressive amount of traffic.

Click the widgets you like and customize one for your own site:

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