Most readers come to John Chow dot Com to learn how to make money online and specifically how to make it from blogging. With the amount of bloggers reading this blog everyday, it makes perfect sense for another blog that offers blogging tips to order a ReviewMe review from this blog. Well, that is exactly what a blog call Blogging Tips has done.
It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Super Kevin!
Blogging Tips is the brainchild of Kevin Muldoon. Kevin is the founder of System0 and has been in the web development business since 2000. Blogging Tips is the blog Kevin uses to share his blogging tips.
Kevin doesn’t update Blogging Tips alone. Most of the posts are done by him but he also have guest bloggers and is looking for more guest bloggers. Guest bloggers at Blogging Tips get full credit for the post, an author page with a bio and link to their website.
First Impressions – Awesome Domain
My first impression with Blogging Tips was, “Damn! How did Kevin score such a premium domain name?” Then I remember Kevin owns a domain registration site. The original URL for Blogging Tips was BloggingTips.org but Kevin managed to secured the much more valuable dot com name for only $1,250.00.
Blogging Tips uses a very clean three-column layout. Instead of doing a left side content and two right side nav bars like most three column blogs, Blogging Tips went with a more content site like left and right nav bars with blog content in the middle. The blog looks correct in FireFox and IE7. However, when viewed with IE6, the right side bar is pushed down and out of view.
The header is very large and links back to the blog homepage. The Super BT mascot is a good tie in for the Blog’s latest contest, call win a mascot at BloggingTips.com. I wonder what a John Chow mascot would look like?
Recommendations For Improvement
Nearly all the posts on Blogging Tips have a “read more” link on them. You cannot read the entire post from the front page. A good portion of the post is shown but then you must click the continue reading link in order to read the rest of the entry. I would like the see the entire post shown on the front page. Blogging Tips is not doing enough posts per day to justify using a read more link.
The black sidebars don’t match very well with the rest of the blog. The yellow links are fine but I would try to find a more complimentary color for the sidebars. The right sidebar IE6 view problem needs to be fix.
The navigation menu running under the blog header doesn’t stand out enough. I did not know the blog had a forum until I saw the “Latest Forum Threads” listed on the right sidebar.
I would remove the user online stat from the “More” links until the blog has enough online users to make it a promotional tool. Right now, it just shows how little traffic the blog is getting.
Monetization And Promotion
Google AdSense and affiliate deals monetize Blogging Tips. The Google ads are well integrated into the theme – I didn’t even noticed them at first. The left sidebar has a category call βmaking money,β with links to 13 ad networks. The networks that have affiliate deals are linked using affiliate links. That’s a very smart way of promoting affiliate deals. The blog also features three affiliate buttons and one big 728 affiliate display banner at the bottom.
To encourage reader comments, Blogging Tips is a “DoFollow” blog. The nofollow tag in the comments have been turn off so all commentators receive full search engine following links to their sites. I am looking at doing something like that on my blog, but with an evil twist.
Take Your Blog To The Next Level
Blogging Tips tag line is, “Take your blog to the next level!” Judging by the quality of their posts, it looks like the tips can certainly do just that. The blog was started on March 12 and has already amassed an impressive 113 posts. That’s nearly two new posts per day. Kevin wrote every single post, except for three. Some of the posts that caught my eyes include:
- Technorati Authority Explained
- Say hello to Super Kevin
- Doing Sponsored Reviews the right way
- Making sure good posts dont get lost in your archives
- Advertising Networks – Stop basing our Advertising Rates on Alexa
- Do you believe that posting too much will lose you readers?
- 5 Tips to remember when buying a blog theme
- How personal do you make your blog?
- 21 Tactics to Increase Blog Traffic
- How to integrate google adsense with your WordPress Blog without using plugins
Blogging Tips offers a full feed RSS. It’s a good blog to add to your reader because it’s updated everyday. Moreover, if you read Blogging Tips from RSS, you won’t have to click the read more link. π