01.15.15
genericfeaturephoto

Building a Better Blog: Leverage the Past

Once you’ve reached a point where you have a healthy number of posts, you’ll find that even your best, most original ideas overlap with ideas

01.15.15
genericfeaturephoto

Building a Better Blog: Guide Your Users

I like to write long posts. I’ve discovered that length doesn’t matter, so I write and write to my heart’s content until I feel like

01.15.15
genericfeaturephoto

Building a Better Blog: Be Lucky

Every once in a while, you’ll write a post that is a surefire winner, but quite often, our most popular posts come as a relative

10.15.15
genericfeaturephoto

Building a Better Blog: Don’t Give Up

At some point, we all get disheartened with blogging. Maybe we feel out of touch with the readers, or maybe it’s simply a matter of

01.15.15
genericfeaturephoto

Building a Better Blog: Money Doesn’t Matter

This seems like a contradiction, doesn’t it? On a series on professional blogging on a personal finance site, I’m writing that money doesn’t matter? What

01.15.15
genericfeaturephoto

Building a Better Blog: The Content Comes First

When you have a static page, it’s fine to have plenty of ads on it. People visit static pages because there’s some piece of information

01.15.15
genericfeaturephoto

Building a Better Blog: Inspire Yourself

Although I’ve already covered how to overcome “blogger’s block” and how to reach other communities, these topics really don’t cover what one needs for true

01.15.15
genericfeaturephoto

Building a Better Blog: Respond to Comments

I receive dozens of comments each day at The Simple Dollar, both on the site and by direct email. There are times when I’d much

01.15.15
genericfeaturephoto

Building a Better Blog: Length Doesn’t Matter

So many blog development gurus give vastly different pieces of advice about how long blog posts should be. Some tell you to keep it nice

01.15.15
genericfeaturephoto

Building a Better Blog: Be Yourself

Look at the top blogs on Technorati and ask yourself how many of them are merely link aggregators or merely report dry fact; the answer

01.15.15
genericfeaturephoto

Building a Better Blog: Reach Out

When you visit a site on a certain topic, you usually know what to expect. When I visit dooce, I expect to read about parenting,

01.15.15
genericfeaturephoto

Building a Better Blog: Keep Something In Reserve

Quite often, I’ll find myself having more ideas than I know what to do with. I’ll come up with twenty five post ideas in a

01.15.15
genericfeaturephoto

Building a Better Blog: Don’t Be Insular

Quite often, bloggers sit around crafting posts without considering the wider community around them. We write and write and write, but we get into a

08.01.14
genericfeaturephoto

What Happens When The Simple Dollar Meets Digg/Lifehacker/etc.: A Special Report

Last Friday, The Simple Dollar was lucky enough to have a post receive a front page posting on digg, an extremely popular tech link aggregation

10.15.15
genericfeaturephoto

Building a Better Blog: Don’t Leave Them Hanging

We all get burnt out sometimes and want to take a break from our projects, no matter how much fun they are. As much as

01.15.15
genericfeaturephoto

Building a Better Blog: Define Your Own Success

Many people are thoroughly disappointed when, after a couple weeks of blogging, the great unwashed masses of internet users haven’t beat a path to their

01.15.15
genericfeaturephoto

Building a Better Blog: Addressing Your Readers

Before you even start to write, you need to think carefully about who you’re writing for. If you don’t know exactly who you’re writing for,

01.15.15
genericfeaturephoto

Building a Better Blog: Love What You Write

It’s an oft-repeated statement, but it’s true: your blog will only succeed if you really love what you’re writing about. Without that passion for the