Does Your Blog Provide Value To Your Readers?

I’ve read a lot of blogs in my day and I’ve learned that I only return to those that have provided me something of value. I reckon that’s why I don’t bother returning to those blogs, and there are quite a few of them out there, whose sole intention is to try to separate me from my hard earned money. What I find extremely amusing is that the way they are trying to do it is by selling me their secret to making a fortune and it usually turns out that I have to do the same to someone else in order to secure my own fortune. :ponder_tb:

Nope, as far as I am concerned there is nothing there of value to me and so I don’t pander to their over inflated egos by commenting on them. So, what constitutes value? I suppose it means different things for different people and there is no way you can please everybody so there is no use in trying.

Providing A Solution To A Problem

Many people search the Internet in the hope of finding a solution to their problems and if you can provide that solution they will be more than grateful, they may not part with any of their cash but you still get a nice feeling from the knowledge that you helped someone out.

One particular post that highlights this is the one I did explaining how I finally got Safari to work on my iPod Touch.  That particular post received more comments than any other post on that blog and it’s interesting to note that the majority of the commentators did not own a blog or website.

Providing Useful Information

There are many blogs that would fall under this umbrella and I reckon I should give a bit of link luv to demonstrate this.

Worthy tips did a nice post describing 9 hacks you could try on your WordPress blog one of which I may consider adding to one of my blogs, just for fun’s sake. Another good example would be Ching Ya who always provides post of great value to a lot of people, her most recent one discussing 5 ways to promote your FaceBook Page on a personal account.

Providing Answers To Questions

Another reason many people resort to Google is to find out whether things that they’ve heard is true or not. That’s probably the main reason why most of the hits I get on my Load Of Bullshit blog are from search engines. I like the fact that some of the posts on that blog have saved people from making what could be potentially costly mistakes, like to post I did on the Acai Berry scam. There was even one post that got someone so upset they threatened to sue me if I didn’t remove the post. The post is still there.

Pure Entertainment Value

Then there are those blogs whose sole reason for being there is to entertain the masses, and lets face it people love to be entertained and if this wasn’t true there wouldn’t be so many people sitting in front of the box.

Me, I try to incorporate a bit of all of these into my blogs. Truth be told though, this is only a small example of what people may consider to be of value, and it’s not for me to list them all here. That’s what I have you guys for, so that you can work those brain cells a little by leaving a comment as to what sort of things you find of value, perhaps even going so far as to tell us what value your blog provides to it’s readers.

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As far as blogging platforms go I reckon that WordPress has to the the best freaking platform on the planet. If that wasn’t enough for the average run of the mill blogger then the variety and quality of plugins available for WordPress makes it even better!

If I was to compare it to anything I would say that plugins do the same job for a WordPress blog that a turbo charger or any other number of accessories under the hood do for a high performance car.

When looking for a plugin it has to fulfill at least one of three criteria.

  1. Make Life Easier: Let’s face it, blogging is a grueling thankless task that can take so much time out of your life that you barely have time to make love to your prospective other.
  2. Rewarding Commentators: There are many plugins that do this ranging from commentluv to dofollow and many plugins in between.
  3. Make Life Easier For The Visitor: This could include plugins that make it easier for someone to Tweet a post or perhaps it could allow them to leave a link in the comment without having to know html

Before even considering installing a plugin I make sure that it’s able to fulfill at least one of the above conditions. This brings me to OnlyWire for WordPress, a plugin that allows my visitors to select from one of up to twenty social networking sites. Now, I’ve seen several blogs that have four or five buttons at the  top of each post, but let’s face it guys, you gotta admit that does look a little tacky, not to mention rather limiting.

Let’s say you were going to consider OnlyWire for WordPress you would definitely want it to be better than what you already have now wouldn’t you. If you were to scroll down to the bottom of this post you would see the following button. Bookmark And Share Social Networking Sites

There are other buttons to choose from but I chose this particular one because it appealed to me. But it doesn’t stop there because if you were to hover your mouse pointer over that button you would get a little surprise, a surprise that would look like this.

Yep read em and weap, up to 20 social networking sites to choose from

Check it out, not one, not two, not even three but up to 20 different social networking sites for them to choose from. How freaking great is that? :thumbup_tb: The actual amount depends on how many of those sites you have configured the plugin to show, but it gets even better and is the number one reason why you should consider installing this plugin. Once installed and you publish a post it will automatically submit that post to every one of those social networking sites.

Some service like Digg may require you to submit a captcha code to finalize a submission but that’s a small price to pay for what this plugin provides. The easiest way to install the plugin is to use WP’s very own ‘Add New’ feature in the plugin menu, just do a search for OnlyWire for WordPress and select the one from OnlyWire Engineering.

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Being Real BloggerLuv And Huge Breasts

Man, my weeks been pretty crappy, I’ve had so much on that I haven’t had the time to do what I love best, blogging. It’s probably going to take a while before things get to normal so until that happens I may not be able to reciprocate all the comments left on the blog, but I still gonna do my best to reply to those that need my interaction.

Even though I’ve been flat chat I’ve still had to time to do some reflection and one that came my way was what it was to be real. I reckon one of the reasons I don’t like reality TV is because it’s so false. I mean come on, if  Survivor was supposed to be Reality TV they would dump on an island full of cameras for a couple of months and then come back to see what was left of them and who actually survived.

To me being real means not being false. You guys know how I like to use visual aids to to make a point so I want you all to have a close look at this video. I know you guys are going to focus on the tits and I apologize for putting you ladies through this but it’s important as it highlights my point. Oh, and you may want to turn your sound up a little.

So, what did that video demonstrate? It shows how being false isn’t a trait that one should strive for and yet there are many people in this world who wear it like a glove. Yet this post isn’t about being false, it’s about being real, and to demonstrate that aspect of it I want to recommend a particular blogger who I consider to be very real. That blogger is John Sullivan of PotPolitics fame, a person who I’ve known has always been known to tell it just as it is. A person who is in it to help others wherever he can, whether it’s through one of his blog posts, through promoting a blog by a subtle Tweet or Digg or even by giving helpful advice.

Well John has developed a very special site with bloggers in mind, a site aptly named BloggerLuv! As a member you get your very own profile page, and as you can see by mine it is very versatile.  OK, maybe I shouldn’t have used mine as an example as it still has a long way to go, but then like I said at the beginning of the post I haven’t had all that much time to get it looking the way I want.

Anyway, you can personalize this page by adding blocks and modules that will display almost anything including your very own adsense ads or affiliates of your choice. You see John has been very kind to do what you like with this page but I strongly suggest you don’t overdo the ads as it would be better to use it to let people know a little more about you by letting them sample the things that you like from photos to videos as well as your favorites that includes stuff like songs, movies, actors books and the like.

Honestly there is so much I haven’t discovered yet on BloggerLuv and I’m looking forward to the adventure of discovery. I reckon it would be so much more fun is you all came and joined me. Remember as a member not only do you get to promote yourself and your blog, you also get to interact with other bloggers around you.

One last thing, John is looking for people to nominate The Coolest Blogger On The Planet and I’ve nominated my mate Mitch and not just because he uses tantalizing photos in his post either LOL. Why not pop in and nominate the blogger that you look up to.

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