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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Do you normally spend at least 15 minutes a day commenting on other blogs? Why or why not? I do leave comments sometimes but not as much as I probably should. What are some reasons you DON'T comment on an entry you otherwise would have? (For example, a registration process deters me from commenting.) Sometimes blogs want to much info and I don't want to fill it all out. Sometimes I do not have time and sometimes I will enter [...]
Writing an opinion post. 1. Have you written opinion posts in the past? If so, do you notice a difference in the way your writers respond to these posts? No I have not. 2. Do you tend to like reading opinion posts, or do they make you uncomfortable? I don't mind reading others opinions and I don't feel uncomfortable at all.
So this is what a sneeze page is: A sneeze page is a concept ProBlogger came up with as a strategy to direct readers deeper into a blog by highlighting previously written posts. You can create a sneeze page with posts revolving around a single theme or a period of time. By promoting it prominently on your homepage, you can develop another opportunity for people to link within your site. I have never done this before and had never even [...]
Question 1: When you asked someone to navigate through your blog for the first time what did they seem drawn to? Well I had someone go thru it and liked the colors and way it looked and the pics that had been posted. Question 2: What useful observations and/or feedback did they offer? Needs a sidebar, needs more posts about Disney and news, and they also thought that the top or header should be different. These are all things I [...]
Day 16 is all about Problem Solving. I don't really write about ways to solve problems, I write about ways to save money and give tips but I think that is alittle different. I will see people ask questions on Facebook and Twitter and then answer them and then take that and turn into a post here. This is all still pretty new to me so I think that this book will be even more helpful in the future because [...]
Day 15 Today we are supposed to find a blog buddy in our niche. For me that is Amy at Growing Up Disney. We have been chatting and helping each other out with re-tweets and Facebook and "likes". Amy writes a great blog with her family and she posts wonderful pictures about Disney and her vacations there. I really like reading her blog! 1) Have you ever collaborated or worked with another blogger to mutually grow or improve your blog? [...]
This would be a cool thing to work on if I had more than just the one page. I don't have tabs that lead to other pages and all that fun stuff. During the course of this challenge I have have seen some really great blog set ups and have some ideas on how I would like mine to look. When I go to a blog page now I look at the head and the sidebar right away and see [...]
I have to admit I do not go to the Mall that much. I am just not a shopping kinda gal. I go in and get what I need and leave as quickly as I can. I get the point of the exercise though since I was in retail management for over 10 years. The concept is designed to make you look at how brick and mortar businesses handle there marketing. It can't hurt to take a break from the [...]
So Lynda who I told you about in my last post has posted a link to an editorial calendar that seems like it would be great for helping you with your posting and keeping me organized. Now this seems like it would help someone like me who is trying (I really am LOL) this whole blogging thing. Anyways... For me I am not sure this plug in will even work. My whole website was built in Wordpress and yes I [...]
Good Morning! So todays challenge is to come up with 10 post ideas and use the method of Mind Mapping. I had never tried this before and I worked on it alittle bit this morning and it did help. The more blogs that I read from the ladies on SITSgirls the more ideas I come up with and its been fun reading and discovering them all. I have come up with some ideas that I had not thought of at [...]
1) Have you ever used alerts for your blog or otherwise? How was it useful? This is something I have actually done recently. I read about it on this blog so I figured why not. I went in and set up alerts on my name, the name of the company, and a few other Disney sites I watch. It is interesting to get the alerts as I didn't know anything about them before and it helps me see what is [...]
Good Morning. So today the challenge is to join a forum in my niche and start participating. This one is not hard for me, I am already a member of several forums about Disney and Disney travel. I love Disney and it is my passion and I have made some wonderful friends and clients from message boards. I post regularly on Magic Chat Live it is a friendly and helpful Disney Message board. They have news, pics, tips, trip reports, [...]
So since I am really new to posting alot on my blog I didn't have much to go back and interlink. I spent my blog time reading some great blogs and thinking about the next days of the challenge.
Good Evening So today the challenge was to write a link post. I read several really great blogs today you read them all here. But here a couple I really liked. http://www.reallifewithkids.com/ http://patrice0x0x.blogspot.com/ Her section called Attitude of Gratitude is VERY COOL! This blog had me laughing my you know what off and the baby is ADORABLE!! http://1000reasonsimabadmom.com/ There are so many Disney blogs, websites and message boards out there right now if you are looking for information about planning [...]
Good Evening So today's challenge was to read the 27 links to articles, blogs and posts that will help you with your blog and website. These links were in the Problogger book so I am not going to post them here. I will say they are fab but if you want them you should get the book. Here is where you can get the book. I have read each one at least once now and several were VERY helpful. I [...]
Good Afternoon, So today is day 5 of the challenge and as I do not write on this blog that much I do not get alot of interaction with others. I did email Brittany from Mommy Words the other day after she posted about my elevator pitch. I really like her blog and the fact that she likes Disney. I posting about today's assignment on Twitter last night and Carrie from Carrie Actually told me to that I could read [...]
So today is day 2 in the SITSgirls problogger challenge. Today's task is to write a list post. The purpose of a list post is to provide your readers with information that is easy to read and spread. I have never done something like this before but I have already read a few really good ones over on the community forum where people are posting there links to there blog. I am staying in my comfort zone here which is [...]
I don't know what I was thinking when I signed up for this blog challenge well I do but that's another blog. I wasn't investing too much time in my blog and was just unsure of what I would write about. I found the SITSgirls online and signed up, I started reading other blogs and loved so many of them. I usually post about the latest Disney deals on my blog and about my free Disney planning services but wanted [...]