Blogging Resources

Posted on February 22, 2008. Filed under: 1 |

Here are the Links to various sites of Blogging Resources, All the Useful websites including Directories, Promotion ,Submission , Tips , Templates etc etc…..

The Blogging Resources

Over the course of my blogging i came across thousands and thousands of blogging resources found on internet which enhance your blogging experience. Some create an overwhelming experience and some might be frustrating if you don’t get them right. Here i list out some of the best blogging resources that i use on a regular basis. These are helpful to any individual or corporation looking to get into blogging and wanting to know more about it.

Note: The Resources mentioned below are mainly aimed at .blogspot domain. If they are found useful on any other domain then it’s well and good.

Articles on Blogging

These blogs are forums are must-reads for every aspiring blogger, so take some time to browse through the archives and read some threads to make sure that you’ve got all the knowledge about your field and your blog:

An introduction to reading and writing a Weblog
Problogger – the no.1 site about blogging
Tips for New bloggers
A dummies guide, blog tips, tricks, help for all new bloggers on Web templates, designs, layout, JavaScript, HTML codes, monetize Blogger blogs.
Daily Blog Tips – Focusing on blog promotion, monetization and optimization
21 Surefire Tips for a Successful Blog Launch
How to skyrocket your blog from 0 to 1000 daily readers by yarostarak
10 Techniques to Get More Comments on Your Blog
Blog Herald – Premium source of blog and blogging related news for bloggers
10 Sure-Fire Headline Formulas That Work – So, you’re seeing too many of those “how to” and list headlines, and want to try a few different angles? Let’s move beyond those common headline formulas you see over and over, and add some new blood to your attention-grabbing arsenal.


Communication

If you want to be a proper blogger, you’ve gotta communicate with your fans. Instant Messaging and Email are the quickest and easiest ways to do so and i think you know about those hell lot of Social Networking and Instant Messaging services, no need to mention about them here. But i got to mention the best one i.e.., Twitter – Social networking and microblogging service utilising instant messaging, SMS or a web interface primarily for the bloggers.

Research

To be the best, you’ve got to overcome the rest, so find out what your competitors are doing, and beat their blogs at their own game:

Whois – Domain and registration name lookup
Overture
– Keyword selector and traffic analysis tool
Google Bid Analysis
– Keyword Bid Tool in conjunction with Adwords
Wordze
– Keyword research tool from $35/month
Firefox Search Status Extension
– see how any and every website is performing
SEO for Firefox
– Useful research and data, with loads of other tools


Design/Templates/Customization

One of the most important things about a blog is the way it looks and also the way it caters to the needs of the user. Standing out from the crowd is very important in this growing blogosphere. Take a look at these tools to help you and your blog look fine:

btemplates – beautifully categorized and adapted from wordpress
eblogtemplates – World’s Largest Free High Quality Blog Template Site. Download free WordPress themes and free Blogger templates. Blog tips, tricks, hacks, and more.
gosublogger – a blog that creates free blogger xml templates new blogger xml templates,blogger widgets,make money blogging,blogging tips.
zonacerebral – this blog is written in Spanish (Translate this page)
pyzam – excellent layouts
jackbook – Blogger Templates, Blogger Hacks, Blogger Tips, Make Money Online, Make Money Blogging, Make Money Tricks, Everything To Make Blogging Fun!
bloggerbuster – amanda farzani writes some ‘always useful’ stuff here.
smashingmagazine is a weblog dedicated to web-developers and designers.
blogskins – Free skins for Blogger and Movable Type. Search interface for finding appropriate themes.
Weblog Usability – Top 10 blog design mistakes.
Blog Tutorial – Tips for blog templates & blog design in Photoshop.
FamFamFam – Sets of icons available for use free of charge
Adobe Illustrator – Leading vector-graphics software
Filezilla – Fast and reliable FTP client
psd2html – Online conversion service – does what it says on the tin!

Statistics

Track your blog’s every move with these statistics packages so you know what you’re doing right and what you should be spending some more time on:

AWStats – Free log analyser, normally already in your Hosting Cpanel
Statcounter
– Free yet reliable web tracker and hit counter
Sitemeter
– Free basic counter and site statistics tracker
Google Analytics
– Trendy interface with detailed site statistics, integratable with Adwords campaigns
Feedburner
– Manage and track RSS Feed Readership
Mint
– Extensible website analytics program, all on 1 page!
103Bees
– Search engine traffic analysis and statistics tool

    Creating Posts

    Your articles are the things that will matter the most above all else. So take the time to spell-check and to make sure that they look presentable:

    ScribeFire – full-featured blog editor that integrates with your browser
    Spellbound Spell Checker
    – Firefox extension that enables spell-checking
    SlimTimer
    – Time tracking
    Ta-Da Lists
    – Simple list making and tracking
    BlogDesk
    – Free offline weblog client for creating and publishing posts



    Monetization and Advertising

    Whether you want to or don’t, blogs can be a fantastic way to make a bit of dosh, so check out the following ways you can earn yourself some cash online:

    Google Adsense and Adwords – Contextual advertising solution and make money through Pay-Per-Clicking
    Adbrite
    – Webmasters can buy and sell text ads based on their site’s topic area
    Yahoo Publishers Network
    – Contextual advertising with PPC online revenue stream
    Text Link Ads
    – Sell static HTML links on your blog sidebar and post for $$/month
    Kontera
    – In-Text Advertising on Cost-Per-Click basis
    Chitika
    – CPC Revenue due to displaying of related products
    BlogAds
    – Image and Text Ads for set prices per month
    Amazon Associates
    – Link to Amazon products and earn a commission from 10% per product
    Commission Junction
    – An online advertising and internet marketing company that specializes in performance-based affiliate programs
    ReviewMe
    – Review products/websites and receive a flat-fee. Reviews must be nonbiased and stated as sponsored
    Feedvertising
    – Sell links in your RSS Feed for set price per month

    Submit Your blog to Blog Directories and Search engines

    You can have the best blog in the world, but if no one knows about it what’s the point of even blogging. Here are some marketing techniques and blog directories that you can use to help increase your blogs popularity:

    21 Tactics to Increase Blog Traffic

    After having published a Blog or website, the first thing to do is to make sure that the information relating to the site is available on the internet. Web Directories, Blog Directories and Search Engines are the internet Yellow Pages. Although the major Search Engines will crawl your website even without any action on your part, it will be much faster if you could proactively provide them your site information. Tips-For-New-Bloggers had written articles on how and where to submit the blog information so as to have your site fully indexed and appear in many places on the internet.
    Read these guides and follow the steps outlined:-

    Submit Blogger Sitemap to Google Webmaster
    Submit Blogger Sitemap to Yahoo!
    Submit Blogger Sitemap to MSN and Ask.com
    Submit Blog to Search Engines
    Submit Blog to Blog Directories
    Submit RSS Feeds and Pings
    Blog Traffic Exchange

    Must Visit : Search Engine Optimizer from New Delhi, INDIA


    Ranking

    When it comes down to the crunch, you’ve gotta be the best. So find out if you are with the following ranking tools:

    Technorati – The Internet Search Engine for blogs, provides popularity and authority ranks
    BlogTopSites
    – Directory of the Best Blog sites
    Alexa
    – Traffic rankings and graphs (sometimes can be inaccurate)
    Live PageRank
    – Displays current Pagerank Value in Google index


    Feedreaders

    In order to build a solid readership, you’re gonna have to do some reading yourself. Using a feedreader can cut down on the time you spend going from site to site, and you can have one place where all the latest articles will appear


    Books

    Fianlly, if you are looking to learn more about blogging and prefer reading a book or two, here are some books to consider reading.

    The Corporate Blogging – A book that discusses everything you need to know to get it right.
    Naked Conversations – How blogs are changing the way businesses talk with customers.
    The Rough Guide to Blogging
    No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog
    Blogging for Business – Everything you need to know and why you should care.

    The Best Sites to look upto for Information

    It is always good to end the article with a best conclusion and i can do this by pooling the top notch sites in their respective categories. These websites are particularly outstanding and i find them very much useful in day-to-day life. Large stocks of info, stressing on clarity the user needs, presentation, flexibility are the features that made them immensely popular. Here they go:-




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