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Moving on Up to the Top

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I’ve switched my online approach.

Instead of working from the top down, I have decided to work from the bottom up.

This includes focusing on one blog until the infrastructure is in place.  That  basically means creating and maintaining a viable blogging schedule, compiling sources for blog post, tweaking the template, building links, etc. I have even begun posting to the future, which is great because I don’t have to blog on weekends ,or when my offline work schedule becomes hectic. Yet I can still have posts showing up everyday. 🙂

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Written by DonKatCha

January 23, 2008 at 7:48 pm

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Giving Up My Celebrity Blog

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Well, I’ve decided to give up my entertainment blog. While I have an opinion on celebrities and movies and whatnot, I just don’t give a hoot about writing about that stuff. Plus, there are already so many really good celebrity blogs out there. It was hard to delineate myself from the rest.

Anyway, from now on, I’ll just be reading them. 😉

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November 15, 2007 at 9:29 pm

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Webmaster Vs. Blogger

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So while I may have narrowed down the number of blogs that I’m working on, now I am beginning to re-thinking my whole approach to my online pursuits. I just don’t think I’m much of a blogger. I may shift back to “webmaster” and drop the “blogger” moniker altogether.

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October 18, 2007 at 6:32 pm

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Blogs on the Chopping Block

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sinking-ship.jpgWell, I have finally decided to let go of many of my blogs. Alas a blogging goddess I’ll never be. 😉 But infrequent posting and even worst, uninspired posts are no way to build an audience. Spread too thin. So I let more than a few sinking ships sink. Now I can focus my efforts and try to find a voice for the blogs that I have decided to keep.

So what did I keep? I am keeping four blogs (Detroit, contests, pop culture, and this one). In addition, I will keep my personal and professional blogs going as well.

Written by DonKatCha

October 16, 2007 at 6:02 pm

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Half-Way Point of My October Challenge

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I haven’t quite blogged as much as I would have liked to, but I have definitely blogged a lot more than before the challenge.

What has worked:

  • Blogging when the idea strikes – Too often I would wait thinking I would do it later. Well, of course later I would never post. Now, even if I don’t like the draft, I at least do a draft.
  • Reading more – I have dramatically increased my blog subscriptions. I also check out more varied news sites.

What do I need to do:

  • Pick what blogs I’m working on – There are only a couple blogs where I post consistently. One thing about trying to increase my blog productivity is that I’m finding out what topics are most appealing to me. I need to let go of some blogs, but it’s not easy.
  • Come up with better marketing of my so-called network – Definitely, “the sell” is not one of my strong suits. I think as I define my blogs, and narrow down the consistent ones, it will help with “the sell.” Right now, things are still a little garbled and inconsistent.

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October 15, 2007 at 5:17 pm

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My October Challenge

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So this month, I decided to kick my blogging efforts up a notch. So far, I have blogged a little more than usual. Traffic is also up a bit. I plan to use this experiment to find a more definitive voice on a few of my sites. I’m trying to break out of the “regurgitator” mode. 😉

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October 6, 2007 at 12:48 pm

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How I've Been Keeping Up

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So, yet again, I’ve been toying with the idea of throwing in the towel and giving up blogging.

Google is such a bear to deal with these days. The so-called SEO tips of yesterday are just not working. It seems to be all about getting a lot of un-reciprocated links as far as I can tell.

So while I am going back to formula in terms of SEO, here are a few strategies I am going to try in order to increase traffic:

  • I’m not much of a commenter but I’m going to break the mode and do some.
  • Offer up a little more flare, spark, and snark to posts. I can’t simply regurgitate what’s already out there. I need to share my take on issues a little more. This is a little scary. I definitely don’t want to post something that is going to come back to haunt me, but you can’t make any gains without taking chances. I’m looking for a balance here.
  • If targeting keywords, not simply repeating “the target keywords” continuously, but mixing it up a bit.

I am also dealing with some behind the scenes issues, which are numerous and never-ending:

  • updating databases
  • submitting to directories
  • validating code
  • setting up analytics
  • reducing ads to focused products; or eliminating completely on personal blog
  • fixing categories and archives to avoid duplicate content issue; I chose to simply have title displays on category pages; others go with excerpts
  • adding the all-in-one-seo
  • updating blogroll
  • updating robots.txt files
  • password protecting wp-admin.

Written by DonKatCha

August 11, 2007 at 7:13 pm

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