DAY 13: BUILD A (BETTER) BLOGROLL
This is my first assignment is SECURITY GOT AN A _WEEK 1_JackiePaulson
By now, you’ve made some community connections and have at least a few favorite reads — after all, you’ve been following new topics and blogs and commenting, and are on the receiving end of comments and follows yourself. Today, you’ll continue weaving the fabric of the blogosphere, using one of its essential tools: link love.
Today’s Assignment: Create, edit, or expand your blogroll.
- Because you tell readers more about yourself, your personality, and your interests through what you choose to share.
- Because giving readers recommendations is not only a low-impact way to give them more great content, it turns you into a trustworthy source of great stuff.
- Because those you link to will often visit or link to you in return, helping introduce your site to new readers.
- Because the more people you introduce to subjects you love, the more that community grows. We’re all building the blogosphere together, so it behooves us to share the love and support one another.
The ever-expanding vastness of the blogosphere can be overwhelming. Enter: the blogroll. When I find a blog I like, I’m always excited to see a blogroll — it’s like getting recommendations from a friend rather than blindly falling down the rabbit hole of the internet. Throw in community- and traffic-building benefits, and a blogroll becomes a no-brainer.
There are widgets in WordPress.com to display blogs your follow and posts you like, but blogrolls let you display any link, WordPress.com or not (they don’t even have to be blogs — link to any site). You’ve probably got sites and blogs you love in all corners of the internet-o-sphere, so don’t restrict yourself to sharing blogs on a single platform.
Already have a blogroll? Make it even better. Consider one (or) more of these proven blogroll enhancement techniques:
- Add hover-over text to the links, and add punchy descriptions that entice readers to click. “The funniest blog about reptiles on the internet!” “Easy-to-follow tutorials for Renaissance Faire costumes.” You get the idea.
- Categorize your blogroll. If you’re really into parenting blogs, home renovation blogs, and video game blogs, split your blogroll into categories to help readers get to the content that’s relevant to them.
- Consider a “Links” page. If you have an extensive blogroll, it may be unwieldy to display in your sidebar. Consider adding a permanent “Links and Resources” page to your blog, where you can add, organize, and say more about your collection of links.
Here are the basics for creating a blogroll on WordPress.com blogs:
- Adding your chosen sites in the “Links” tab in your dashboard.
- Heading to Appearance → Widgets and dragging the “Links” widget into your sidebar or footer.
To chat with other Zero to Hero participants, visit today’s forum thread.
Day One: Introduce Yourself
Day Two: What’s your name?
Day Three: What’s on your mind?
Day Four: Explore the Neighborhood
Day Five: Love Your Theme
Day Six: Try a New Element
Day Seven: Personalize Your Theme
Day Eight: Make Your About Page Irresistible
Day Nine: Head Deeper Into the Blogosphere
Day Ten: Add Two Widgets
Day Eleven: Leave Three Comments
Day Twelve: From Comment to Post
POST Community | ♥ Jackie Speaks It ♥
Submitted on 2014/01/14 at 6:31 AM
[…] ← DAY 11: BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR — LEAVE COMMENTS ON THREE NEW BLOGS […]
Submitted on 2014/01/13 at 6:25 PM
Whenever I post something on my blog, I make it a habit to visit some of my community. When my community recommend someone I do not know, I check them out, usually I end up leaving a comment and adding them to my community. This is how my community grows. I also get people adding me from recommendations through others. Love your blogging community and they will love you back.
Submitted on 2014/01/13 at 9:15 AM
Submitted on 2014/01/12 at 11:20 PM
I love it. It is not easy to be a new blogger especially when you have to learn everything by yourself. that is very nice of you.
Submitted on 2014/01/12 at 10:56 PM
An excellent piece of advice. : )
Submitted on 2014/01/12 at 10:41 PM
Nice post, helps others who haven’t started yet or are behind.