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Blog Tips for Beginners: A New Blogger’s Guide

PBS.org has a very good post called “A Blogger’s Guide” explaining what blogging is with lots of links to books, definitions, software, other resources and more.

Included are commentary on the following topics:

  • Becoming a Blogger;
  • How to Get Your Blog Noticed;
  • How to Find Blogs;
  • Elements of a Blog.
  • It’s by no means definitive, but then again it is only a (albeit lengthy) post and not a book, and covers the topic very well. The part that I like best is a quote from Howard Kurtz, dean of the media critics who writes for the Washington Post. He sums up the allure of blogs vs. traditional journalism (mainstream media) very well:

    Why are the best blogs sometimes more compelling than the ‘Senator Jones said yesterday’ style of too much newswriting?” Kurtz asked. “Because the bloggers have a voice and emotions and are speaking directly to you. Because they’re up front about their biases. Newspaper stories often seem like straitjackets, incremental, dulled-down, written in a sort of insider’s code. Plus, blogs are faster, which is part of the reason that Washingtonpost.com and a number of other newspaper sites have either hired outsiders to write columns or put staffers in touch with their inner blogger.

    Chalk another one up for the blogosphere and couldn’t have said it better myself. You can read more of “A Blogger’s Guide” at PBS.

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    Written May 17th, 2006 by | 4 Comments | Filed under: Blog Tips, Blog Tips for Beginners , , ,

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    1. That’s right, we’re taking over, slowly but truly!

      The only I’ve noticed is how hard it is to find the good sources as an outsider, or to become a good source in an established environment.

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    2. You are absolutely right. There are a privileged few (i.e. the Scobelizers et al) that have created a self-serving hierarchy for themselves that make it very difficult for unknown bloggers to get in. I write more about it here. It’s BS and infantile.

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    3. Regarding finding the “good sources” — you’re already here. ;-)

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    4. I had a chat with a buddy of mine who does SEO for a living. We came to the conclusion that a lot of the off-page methods that used to work so well aren’t quite as a effective as they used to be, due largely to the sheer volume of blogs circulation the net nowadays, not to mention spammers. The key to success is forming relationships with other bloggers, networking with them and simply through providing value to others. It’ll always be about the reader and the hardest thing for a marketer to accomplish is learning how to leverage themselves to benefit and serve others, not the other way around. I’ve created an online resource for the entrepreneur looking to start or grow their online business. If you have some time, drop by and say hello at Natan’s Marketing Experiment. Thanks for the read.

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