1) Did you track your statistics this month? What did you see? I was using a chart from the forums and I have been filling it out every week and posting on that thread about tracking your stats. It has been VERY helpful to see what people come to look at and how long they stay. 2) Which statistics do you feel tell you the most about your blog or readers? The number of repeaters.
1.) How does the way you build your blog's profile change after reading this task? Well I think for me I need to schedule when I am going to do it and make a list of things to write about. Then I actually have to do it which is the challenge for me. 2.) Give us an example from your strategy! For one site: how much time will you spend there? What are you going to do? When's the site most active? I think that I will spend time on Twitter posting about my blog but I will also continue [...]
1) Have you written a review post in the past and if so how was it received? I have not ever written a review post at all. 2) For this challenge, what kinds of things could you see yourself reviewing? If I was going to I would like to write reviews about Resorts and Restaurants. I would love tell people what I think about certain resorts and why I love them and why I don't.
Day 27 is to check for Dead Links and this is what we are using http://w-shadow.com/blog/2007/08/05/broken-link-checker-for-wordpress/ 1. If you've used a dead link finder on your blog before, what were the results? What tool did you use to do this? Did you find it useful? I have not ever used something like this before and I do not usually add plug in to my blog so it made me nervous and I did not add it. Since my blog is really just a page on my site and I did not want to mess up my site. So I used [...]
This was something I did not feel comfortable doing. I have only been posting information about Disney and deals on this blog but it was pretty generic stuff nothing to personal at all. So I am skipping this....
Have you written a question post in the past? How was the response? I have never written a question post in the past. Have you seen a question post on another blog that got you involved or drew your interest? What about the post got you interested? Yes but I did not end up posting because it was something I really did not agree with and I didn't want to be mean. I think I will post a question today on the blog and see if I get any responses.
Did this exercise inspire you to try anything new with your own blog? I went thru a travel agent magazine and looked at articles, they layout, colors used in ads, pics, frames and articles. I love reading this magazine and I get some really good ideas and tips about cruising and selling cruises from it. It doesn't focus on just Disney but they do have info about Disney from time to time. I think that best practices about selling, organizing and other things can translate to what I do so I just take it and make it What magazine did [...]
Have you written a post in the past that has encouraged readers to do something other than just comment on your blog? Sure. I don't post as much as I want to but lots of the posts are but the latest Disney deals and how we offer services ;) We have quote and contact forms attached to many of the posts as well. I try to make it as easy as possible for people to contact us if they have any questions. I try and post topics with pictures and links to sites that will help someone with there planning. [...]
Share a link to a post where you paid special attention to a reader. Show us how you did it! I will post on someones blog as a way of saying thank you for posting on mine or if I really like what the topic have written about. If the person has left there email I will usually email them and say thank you for the support or hey I really liked your blog and why. I do not leave negative comments. How do you think Paying special attention to a reader will help you become a better blogger? Being [...]
By reviewing my old posts, this exercise helped me figure out where I need to improve as a blogger. When reviewing your old posts, did a majority of the posts fall into any of the 7 categories above? I don't have that many old posts to go over but I did print out this section from the book because I do feel like it will be helpful to me in the future. The 7 Categories are: Crafting your post title Opening lines Call to Action Add Depth Quality control Polishing Posts Conversation Which post did you choose to rewrite and [...]