Look at it like this: Yes, more content creates more opportunities to rank in search engines and to score social media traffic.But the sad truth is that those opportunities are almost impossible to capitalize on as a new blogger. When you want your first 1,000 readers, you can write your heart out on your blog and you’ll never get ’em.
I may at some point think about moving the date or making it even less noticeable, but I don’t know that it needs to be a high priority. I just set up several new blogs, and had the awful pressure of wanting to keep them updated daily (in addition to all the other prep work) to show readers they are “alive.” I’m also interested to see what the consensus is regarding removing dates from bylines…
I would like to second Michael’s question about dates in bylines as well as dates in the comments section.
I think this applies to those of us who have readers too, because sometimes you’ve just GOT to focus on other aspects of your blog or it will start falling apart.
I’ve been doing really well with getting email sign ups, but have had to slow WAY down on posting.
On the other hand if there’s a great blogger that only posts a few times a month I’m definitely going to read those posts because I know they’ll be solid and I know that there won’t be another one coming along in a day or two. “get a lot of followers.” I suppose if that’s your sole goal in blogging, along with its kissing cousin of “make money while blogging” than this is decent advice. Stay well T Hi Derek, You always make so much sense. Will they even care how often you post if you don’t have dates in your byline and on the comments?
Do you have a rigid posting schedule for the DIY Themes blog and Social Triggers? But if you really want to become a blogger you need to fall in love with writing. I think it really does depend on the age of the blog. I’ve been trying to balance adding content with exposure and this was a good reminder. very interesting in terms of his idea of funneling traffic to your site through your content, so I have been focusing on that as well as SEO. As someone who is just getting started, I am not necessarily an authority so it’s not like anyone wants my guest post! ( as you mentioned if anyone intend writing about blogging or Thesis…) I intend my blog to monetize by affiliate marketing selling products writing reviews. The idea of getting exposure as opposed to writing aimless content is so true. I also agree with your idea that it is important to focus on email rather than plastering your blog sidebar with social media icons, ads, RSS, etc. For a couple of weeks now, I have been considering removing the dates and I wonder if it’s a good idea or not.Mine consist more of things like ’10 Ways To Use Mason Jars for you DIY Wedding.’ My lifestyle blog I also write about four times a week because it’s picked up by the daily paper’s RSS feed, some of those readers have moved over to reading my wedding blogs as well. I would suggest people think on their feet and constantly be on the look out for good PR whilst working away on content.That said, promotion is the only one of the two that can happen “naturally”.I wrote a simple tutorial on how to add a feature box to your Thesis design. If you don’t know what a feature box is, here’s the quick version: I began promoting the feature box last year, and it took off like wildfire.Everyone started using it because, yes, it’s great at turning visitors into emails. About the Author: Derek Halpern ran marketing at DIYthemes, and is the founder of Social Triggers.I guess I appreciate the little boost of confidence. In fact, I changed my posting schedule to be every second week (twice per week).