Unfortunately, in 2009 I lost internet access and could not blog anymore.
Fast forward to 2014. My area finally gets DSL and I quickly started blogging again. And I discovered a vastly different atmosphere.
- Seo is now so complicated it has spawned its own community of bloggers just to help us navigate the changes.
- The small, select SFF community has now exploded into 1000's, maybe even 10's of 1000's of bloggers. More than I could ever hope to develop a relationship with.
- Twitter has exploded as has Goodreads.
- Facebook is now worthless unless you can pay and Librarything is almost dead.
- On the upside I discovered Tumblr, Pinterest, DeviantArt, Buffer, PicMonkey and Listly to mention a few. Yay! New programs to play with!
And you know what I discovered? Sharing is still the key to SEO. Main difference is that it is alot more visual, less likely to be reciprocated and the focus is different. Now the focus is to sell yourself as an expert in your genre. The more quality content you share, the more people will take you seriously and visit your blog!
Personally, I miss the old way so I still tend to share content from the blogs I admire, even if nobody notices. But that brings us to the purpose of this post and the series to follow. There are a plethora of blogs I either can't share or I have to put alot of work into creating a good share from scratch. Here is a quick list of the reasons why:
- No image or image is too small or too wide.
- No alt text on images
- No RSS feed.
- No subscribe by email either.
- No share buttons.
- No tweetable text.
- No pinned tweet or Facebook post.
- No follow buttons or hard to find.
Note: I will be focusing on the blogger platform. Some of the things I'll be going over, Wordpress already has plugins for.
Blogger on the other hand has the tools you need in place but you'll have to manually make use of them. Something you are likely already accustomed to doing. And the reason why I love blogger. I want to learn how to make blogger do what I want it to do instead of just installing a plugin.
Please understand that I am not a trained expert. Everything I do is self taught. I have however, done alot of research, experimenting, coding and testing. My solutions may not be perfect, or WC3 compliant, but they work. Plus, I'll be linking back to the real experts whenever possible.
So what do you think? Love the idea? Is there anything you are particularly interested in learning about? Anything I missed? Do you hate it? "Hey Mulluane, I just want you to post more reviews and quotes, I don't care about SEO, sharing and visibility!"
Let me know in the comments. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.