This post is the start of a new “tradition” on my blog. Every first of the month I’ll post a list of articles I read and liked the month before and give a short introduction of why I liked the article and why I think you should read it too. If there is an article you loved and that you think I should read, feel free to mention it in a comment below. I divided the articles in a few categories so it will be easier for you to find what is most important for your situation.
How To Find Blog Post And Article Topic Ideas – Whether you’re a blogger, a ghostwriter or a PLR provider, one of the hardest things in these businesses is to come up with new ideas on what to write about. Amanda shared some ideas she uses with you to help you out. I have used these ideas myself in the past, but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded of them.
Jann Newton wrote a guest post for Moms-Make-Money.com on organizing and writing your blog posts. Again, a few good tips to make sure that you don’t fall without any ideas to write about.
At BasicBlogTips.com there were a few things this month that I loved to read about. The first article I want to mention is about the Must Have Tools For Blogging and Internet Marketing. Michael Trow put together a list of 10 tools you shouldn’t do without if you want to be a successfull blogger.
Are you a work at home parent? If so, you might have noticed that it’s not always so easy to find enough time to dedicate to your blog and/or business. When I first started out, my youngest was still home all day, and I remember how I would sneak in a few minutes here and there to work on an article. It wasn’t uncommon to spread out the work over two days just to get it done. 5 Tips for Trying to Write When the Kids Are Home shows you a few ways that will help you build up the discipline to get work done.
Are you inviting someone to write a guest post on your site, or did someone contact you to publish their article? If so, Don’t Forget To Read Your Guest Blogger’s Post Before Publishing. After all, you don’t want to end up hurting your site/business, do you?
One thing I love to read on blogs I visit are income reports. Not to feel good (or bad, depending on how much money they are making with their sites) about my own income, but because there are always some great tips hidden in what they decide to share with you. Or even just having a look in the “backend” of a site can get your own creative juices flowing. Dollars And Roses is one of the sites I look forward to every month. Matthew Woodward is another blogger that shares a lot in his income reports and he even lists income reports from other sites so you can see that making money blogging can actually happen. The third blog with income reports I love to follow is Moms Make Money. Is food blogging your thing? Take a look at how successfull you can be at Pinch of Yum (also, let yourself be distracted by the recipes they have over their, I tried quite a few and they are delicious).
Ever heard the remark that you should never share your successfull niches with other bloggers? Well, Jennifer over at Ratracegrad.com decided to not listen to it and shared 3 of the niches she failed in, and 3 of the niches that were successfull for her. What you can learn from her? Don’t stop because a niche doesn’t work for you. Keep tweaking until you find something that does work.
Nile Flores, from Blondish.net, started a new serie this month on recommended plugins for certain niche sites. She wrote two blog posts for this serie this month, one of the photography websites and one for e-commerce sites. If you have, or are starting, a site in one of these niches and are planning on using WordPress, I would recommend you check it out. Most of the plugins are free, but there are some paid ones in the lists too.
Kim, from Just-Ask-Kim.com, did an in-depth research on WordPress support themes and plugins and found out that what you want and would expect isn’t always available.
Studiopress has been redesigning their themes after switching to Genesis 2.0. These are the ones they got done this month: Agency, Focus and Magazine . Two new theme have been released too: Wintersong and Beautiful. (these are affiliate links)
Brian Gardner also shared how you can easily add Twitter buttons to your blog.
Trying to clean up a hacked WordPress site? Sucuri has a free plugin available that will help you do this when you follow their clean up guide.
What’s a site without visitors, right? Even if you don’t like Google, it is a fact that they are still a big source for traffic to your site. In the second article from BasicBlogTips.com that drew my attention this month, you can find a great list of Basic WordPress SEO Tools at Your Fingertips.
Speaking of Google, they did it again. Another animal is trying to wreck our work and hide our blogs from the public. Well, that is the feeling you get when you read the articles about the new Hummingbird algorithm. There are a few articles in this month’s list about this topic. Hummingbird vs. SEO looks at the challenges Hummingbird has given the SEO managers and how these managers can react to them. Google Rolls Out Hummingbird also gives you some tips to adapt your site for this new algorithm.
Thinking about guest blogging to increase the traffic on your site? Then it might be important that you make sure Google doesn’t think you are paying for the links. In this video, Matt Cutts explains what you can do to keep your work safe.
If you want a successfull business, branding is an important part of your marketing efforts. Yesterday Zac Johnson published a guest article on BasicBlogTips.com on Killer Tools To Monitor Your Personal And Blog Brand. Keeping track of your online reputation will become easy with the help of the four tools he mentions in his article. I’ve already scheduled a day next week to look further into this.
So, that was my first post in this monthly serie. Hope you can find some gems in the mentioned articles just as I did. If you read an article that you think I should read too, let me know.