100+ Blog Directories and RSS Sites for Promoting Your Blog

Webbiquity SMM

Over time, the top source of traffic for most blogs is search. But two great sources are blog directories and RSS syndication sites. To give credit where it’s due, both the TopRank Online Marketing Blog and Robin Good have provided nice lists in the past, but as changes in the blog directory world can be challenging to keep pace with, both now include dead links and directories that have significantly changed their policies (e.g. Webbiquity B2B Marketing Blog).

Monthly Trends + Resolutions for a Better Blog

ProBlogger

Still, ’tis the season for new starts, and while you’re thinking about improving your health, your home, or your life balance, don’t forget about your blog. Make a resolution today to take your blog to the next level in 2011. It’s the beginning of the month as well as the year, so, as always, Regator has provided blogosphere trends for the month, and I’ll use posts about these popular stories to inspire you to make a vow to improve your blog in the New Year.

Blogosphere Trends + Your Blog’s Tone

ProBlogger

This column is written by Kimberly Turner from Regator (a great tool that gathers and organizes the world’s best blog posts). After a brutal summer flu took me down and prevented me from writing last week’s weekly trends post, I’m especially happy to be back to bring you a fresh list of the most blogged-about stories of the last seven days. This week, along with the trends provided by Regator , we’ll be discussing your blog’s tone/voice.

October Trends + The 10 Horrors of Blogging

ProBlogger

Since it’s the end of the month, it’s also time to unveil October’s most-blogged-about stories, according to Regator.com ’s trends. We’ll use posts from Regator about these top stories to illustrate how you can avoid the ten horrors of blogging…. Save Yourself: As The Huffington Post found recently with “ The Funniest 2010 Internet Meme Hallowen Costumes ,” (a repost of a post by Nerve ), not even the largest blogs are immune to the occasional typo or grammatical error.

Blogosphere Trends + The Art of Live Blogging

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Live-blogging—writing about an event as it happens rather than after the fact—can be a valuable resource for your readers, providing them with up-to-the-minute information about important events and making your blog the go-to destination for information on a developing story. Here are ten tips to make live-blogging work for you. Do research as you blog to fill in gaps in your own live reporting. Example: World Watch ’s Live Blog: Egypt in Crisis, Day 11.

7 Ways to Find Inspiration: Think Outside the Blog

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It’s no surprise that I have found the same holds true for blogging. Or, you can think outside the blog. Here are seven ways to find inspiration by “thinking outside the blog “ 1. Given that I’m a reporter, you might think this would be a no-brainer, but as Darren and Kim at Regator have both pointed out, if you’re going to write about trending topics, you’ll want to offer a unique perspective. Blog post! Blog post!

Blogosphere Trends + Digging Deeper

ProBlogger

This column is written by Kimberly Turner from Regator (a great tool that gathers and organizes the world’s best blog posts). Each week, we look at the ten most blogged-about stories of the last seven days, as provided by Regator (which is turning two years old on Saturday!). Today, we’ll see how several great blog posts looked beyond the basics of these popular stories to give their readers more value and provide unique content.

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #27

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Why Blogs (Still) Aren't Dead.No Matter What You've Heard - The Regator. It's also important to know that they can (and have) changed the title of Blog posts when the facts of their stories have been called into question. That's only half of the story in this very interesting Blog post about what is really happening in the Blogosphere. the regator.

Blogosphere Trends + Guest Posting

ProBlogger

This column is written by Kimberly Turner from Regator (a great tool that gathers and organizes the world’s best blog posts). The most important thing to remember is that guest posts are a win-win situation for the host blog and guest blogger. Regator has, as always, provided a list of the ten most blogged-about stories of the last seven days, and we’ll use posts about those hot trends to learn about what makes a great guest post: 1.

Weekly Trends + Using Polls

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This column is written by Kimberly Turner from Regator (a great tool that gathers and organizes the world’s best blog posts). Last week, along with the list of the ten most-blogged-about topics of the week, we talked about how to get more comments on your blog. Lesson: Be sure your polls work with your blog’s topic matter. Occasionally, I’ll run across a blog that is hosting a poll on a question unrelated to its subject matter in the sidebar.

Blogosphere Trends + Encouraging Comments

ProBlogger

This column is written by Kimberly Turner from Regator (a great tool that gathers and organizes the world’s best blog posts). I know I am; I read dozens of blogs every day but very rarely comment. After all, interacting with readers and creating a conversation are the aspects of blogging that many people enjoy most. Your blog almost certainly has commenters who are more active than others. No one wants to wade through dozens of “look at my blog!”

Blogosphere Trends + Being Opinionated

ProBlogger

This column is written by Kimberly Turner from Regator (a great tool that gathers and organizes the world’s best blog posts). But I report the list, I don’t decide what’s on it (neither does Regator —it just calculates what’s being blogged about most this week). As Darren pointed out , “Expressing opinions on your blog is like adding seasoning to food. Without it, your blog could end up being quite bland and blend into the crowd.”

Blogosphere Trends + Handling High Word Counts

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This column is written by Kimberly Turner from Regator (a great tool that gathers and organizes the world’s best blog posts). I’m often asked about the “ideal length” for a blog post. I think the best thing about Twitter is that it encourages people to be more concise in their communications…that’s not to say you should start using “b4” and “urself” on your blog. You can find her on Twitter @kimber_regator. Post from: Blog Tips at ProBlogger.

Blogosphere Trends + Storytelling

ProBlogger

This column is written by Kimberly Turner from Regator (a great tool that gathers and organizes the world’s best blog posts) – Darren. Because today, we’re going to use the weekly blogosphere trends from Regator to talk about the importance of storytelling in blogging. People communicate in stories every day and, used sparingly and appropriately, they can add a lot to your blog. Example: Bors Blog “ Haircuts in Herat ”.

Blogosphere Trends + Humour

ProBlogger

This column is written by Kimberly Turner from Regator (a great tool that gathers and organizes the world’s best blog posts). Once again, we’re taking a look at the stories bloggers have been writing about the most during the last seven days (list provided by Regator ). Fortunately, despite the challenges, there are a few tried and true tips to upping the funny factor on your blog. If you use humour on your blog, please share your tips in the comments.

Blogosphere Trends + A Challenge

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This column is written by Kimberly Turner from Regator (a great tool that gathers and organizes the world's best blog posts) - Darren. If you truly want to take it to the next level, download Darren’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog , which has enough tasks to last you an entire month and is an incredible resource for any blogger…particularly those who are ready to stop talking about what they’ll do someday and start doing today.

Blogosphere Trends + Effective Calls to Action

ProBlogger

Making money from your blog, growing your business, and getting readers to interact will be next to impossible if you can’t effectively motivate your audience to take action. His latest video on making money online encourages bloggers to build products, and for good reason: according to his blogging income breakdown , 40% of his February income came from ebooks and another 9% from membership sites such as Third Tribe Marketing and ProBlogger.com. Post from: ProBlogger Blog Tips.

Monthly Trends + How to Instantly Triple Your Post Ideas

ProBlogger

As always, Regator has calculated the ten most-blogged-about stories of the last month, and we’ll be using posts about those popular stories to demonstrate the power of choosing the right angle. Smart Politics is a political blog but the angle it chose to cover this story would work just as well for a linguistics or psychology blog. Identifying trends before the rest of the blogosphere will help your blog become the place to go for those who want to be in-the-know.

Blogosphere Trends + Improving Readability

ProBlogger

Last month, we talked about how to find and interpret your blog’s readability score. As I said last month, it’s not the score that matters, it’s whether readers find your blog useful and engaging. To give you some examples of these principles at work, we’ll use blog posts about the past month’s most-blogged-about stories (rankings provided, as always, by Regator. For example: “Wombats write gardening blogs.” You can find her on Twitter @kimber_regator.

Blogosphere Trends + Interview Tips

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This column is written by Kimberly Turner from Regator (a great tool that gathers and organizes the world’s best blog posts) – Darren. Conducting interviews for your blog helps create unique content, increases your blog’s authority, and adds an additional voice of expertise. Proposition / Prop 8 – The Courage Campaign Institute’s blog, Prop 8 Trial Tracker, has been traveling the United States, doing video interviews with both supporters and protesters of gay marriage.

Blogosphere Trends + Using Infographics

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They add visual interest to your blog and are passed around more often than ordinary images or text. Promote your blog. If you do make your own infographics, rather than keeping them solely for yourself, use them as an opportunity to spread your blog’s brand by tagging them with your logo and allowing them to be embedded around the web, preferably with an embed code that leads back to your site. Before hosting an infographic on your blog, be sure you have the rights to do so.

Blogosphere Trends + Readability Scoring

ProBlogger

Do you know your blog’s readability score? When you decide you do want to see where your blog is sitting, there are a few tools you can use. To use Google’s reading level feature, do an advanced search for site:thenameofyoursite.com (that’s the word “site”, then a colon with no spaces, then your blog’s URL without the “[link] part), and be sure you have selected “Annotate results with reading levels” under the “Need more tools?” Post from: ProBlogger Blog Tips.

Monthly Trends + 10 Tips for a Flawless Linking Strategy

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This guest post is written by Kimberly Turner, cofounder of Regator. What should you link to in your blog posts? We’ll answer those questions today, using posts about the month’s most-blogged-about stories to illustrate good linking strategies. Don’t immediately reject the idea of linking to blogs you consider to be your competition. Example: Serious Eats links to a number of food blogs in “ Weekend Cook and Tell Round Up: Thanksgiving Leftover Derby.”.

10 Blogosphere Trends + 34 Handy Grammar Tips

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Because the same principles hold true on your blog. Good grammar can do more than just help you avoid admonishment in the comments; it can also help your blog build trust and authority. Take our grammar quiz to see whether you’re guilty of some of the most common blogging errors. Check out the Apostrophe Abuse blog for grammar-nerd amusement. There is an entire blog devoted to the misuse of this word. Tip: Banish “anyways” from your blog.

What Traits Define a Social Media Marketer?

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

Allen Stern , Founder of a Blog on Social Media : A social media marketer is someone who possesses first marketing education and/or experience. But, just because we’re on Twitter and Seesmic, blogging, or uploading Flip videos to YouTube doesn’t qualify us social media experts.

How a 3 Month Old Website Received 958373 Visits from Google

Viper Chill

Sadly for the people who don’t read this blog, that’s not the case. Write Blog Posts on the Topic The cost of paying to get into Google News can add up quickly and building a site just to get into Google News is going to take a lot of work. Really nice blog post.