how to build a better blog (part 2-ish)
One day I started a blog. I didn’t know where it would head. I spewed forth and it grew like a virus. I just wanted to share things.
Like all things with technology, it moved faster than I was able to adjust. So, truth be known, it’s not really what I thought it would be. But, then, it’s exactly what it needs to be. ‘Cos here it is.
I thought about doing a mass overhaul, to get it ship-shape (redesign, get it looking less “young”, change the name to…a real blog name!). But instead I’ve opted for gentle shifts.
On Wednesday I posted about how I hired a virtual assistant to help with my blog. They’ve kindly decided to offer everyone a discount on Freelancer – three project posts for free! When you register, use this code: “SARAH”. They’re also answering any questions you might have on the post.
Today, though, I want to share two other services I totally dig:
1. Blog Doctor Clare Lancaster:
Clare looks under the hood of your blog and tells you how to make it SING!!! People who understand blogs AND are able to communicate are very rare. Clare, who runs Online Business Overhaul, a 5 week DIY online marketing eCourse that covers strategy, seo, social media, email marketing and general promotion of biz online, is like a hen’s tooth. The ecourse is one of her services. Another is dotmarketing – a bespoke blog review service. She looks at your blog. Then dot-points what you need to do next. So helpful!
I got Clare’s dotmarketing treatment. She pointed out stupidly obvious things I just couldn’t see and gave tips on how to increase traffic, how to link in Twitter better etc. She doesn’t just connect dots, she provides the n-dashes inbetween! But note, she books out quite quickly. You can reserve here.
2: The Makeroom Team:
Lealah and Glen at The Makeroom do little tweaks for me, like my email signature. We share an office. Lealah is the design person, Glen (Mr Pink) plays the tuba and is the IT dude. He gets excited when I ask him a techie question he hasn’t come across before. Together they bridge that terrible gap between the techie stuff and the pretty stuff. They just make it happen. Here’s some of their work…
Feel free to share your tips and tricks and contacts here…