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5 Blogging Predictions for 2008

It’s time to throw out the calendars and hang up the new ones. The perfect time to make some predictions on the immediate future of blogging, and the blogosphere.

How to Kill a Community?

Building a community of loyal, active readers is difficult, time consuming process fraught with dangers. So why, in the last 24 hours, have two major online publications put the loyalty of their communities in jeopardy? I’m not comparing the two cases, one is simply questionable behaviour while the other is downright despicable. So what am […]

The Top 5 Uses for WordPress Custom Fields

If you use WordPress, I’m sure you’ve noticed the “Custom Fields” option you get when writing a post. For the vast majority of bloggers, this incredibly usefull, and versatile piece of functionality goes unused. At the moment you may be thinking that the reason you don’t use it, is that you have no use for […]

Finally, Google Takes a Valid and Worthwhile Step

I’ve written previously about Google reducing the PageRank of sites that sell links, but it seems as if they’ve gotten round to another much maligned aspect of blogging, Pay Per Post.  Personally, I don’t like Pay Per Post.  While I accept that some blogs make alot of money from it (see the image below), and […]

5 Steps to Successfully Break into a New Niche

As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve recently started a new blog in an entirely new niche.  It’s generally an exciting experience.  I feel passionate about the subject matter and felt like I had a lot to contribute.  Essentially I answered, in my own mind, the two most important questions when it comes to starting a new […]

Was Text Link Ads Privvy to the PageRank Penalties?

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere, you can’t have failed to notice that Google has been swinging the hatchet recently, slicing the Page Rank of certain notable blogs and websites. At first it appeared, and this has been confirmed by Darren over at Pro Blogger, that the sites punished were targeted because […]

5 Things To Do When Starting A New Blog

Starting a new blog is always a difficult process. There are so many things that can go wrong, and if you put a step wrong at this point, it’s likely to haunt you well into your first year. The best way to counter these risks is to plan meticulously. When launching the blog you can […]

Starting a New Blog – A New Series

Recently, I started a brand new blog.  This is by no means the first blog I’ve started, and probably won’t be the last.  So as I embark on this new journey, I’m going to post about my experiences here.  Initially, I’ve got the following posts planned: 5 Things to do when thinking of starting a […]

WordPress 2.3 Review

Over the past few days I’ve upgraded a number of my blogs to WordPress 2.3.  As this represents the first release in the 2.3 series, there are significant changes to the functionality.  For those of you not familiar with Software versioning, going from 2.2.x to 2.3.x means that significant features enhancements have taken place.  The […]

Blog Usability – Get the facts

Usability should be a key requirement of any website, regardless of it’s purpose. As someone who deals in web app usability every day, it’s easy to look down at blogging. After all, many of the complex user interactions associated with fully fledged web apps, such as GMail, aren’t really found on blogs. There are, however, […]

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