Since version 3.8, WordPress introduced a new dashboard that look more responsive, modern and good (according to the author, wouldn’t to me, 😛 …). The new display uses a dark color scheme and black color dominant on the dashboard.
Today I’m adding 2 useful plugins for visitor experience, wp-pagenavi and wp-print. Wp-pagenavi give a convenient pagination on long post, it will cut a long post into some divided part and make it a good looking and easier to read. Sadly, split article function as provided by wp-pagenavi has not implemented on my blognews template. Ask the possibility to add the function, I finally solved it by following Mehmet Ozekinci-the template author-advice to add following code :
<?php wp_link_pages('before=<p>Page&after=</p>&next_or_number=number&pagelink= %'); ?>
right after <?php the_content(); ?> line on single post template file.
Second plugin, wp-print give a smart and convenient print-ready page for visitor. The plugin itself has successfully installed and activated but I got a 404 error page while trying to see how the print-page will looks alike. Google for a while and found the solution as below :
- Place the wp-print code inside loop code (loop for each content)
- Re-update your permalink. Go to WP Admin | Setting | Permalink and click update to update your .htaccess file.
I’ve also added a wp-post view plugin for tracking how many post seen by visitor. This will keep me update which category or content has biggest fans.
This is the second day of my journey to build a better blog. Actually, this post has slip out of my schedule because I have an offline agenda on Saturday and Sunday and I have no chance to post any blog post.
Second advice to build a better blog is trying to write a list post. So, what a list post is talking about?
List post is a set of summary, tips, technique, how-to, etc that written on a group of bullet or numbering. List post is a nice tips andÂ convenient way to attract your visitor about the content summarize. You may found so many list post all around blogosphere, with or without explicitly pick a number in post title as below :
- 20 Linux Server Hardening Security Tips
- Improving Zimbra Anti Spam on openSUSE
- 20 More Free First-Class WordPress Themes
- 10 Essential Tricks for Admin, How to be a more productive Linux systems administrator
- Popular Digital Camera & Gear
You may found similar post type as above on a list of popular site like Digg, Delicious, Technorati, etc. People may like it because it looks neat, easy to understand, easy to share and simple. Beware that list post may attract your visitor attention but it may becoming unusable if you bombing them with so many list post. Write list post as a variation of our regular post.
Second advice of 31 days to build a better blog give me an insight how to make a proper title to get visitor attention and then refer them to our list post. I’ve published the #2 homework for the project : an article about 7 Lightweight Linux Browsers You may want to Consider for Fast Browsing Experience
Day #1 of 31 days to build a better blog started with an unknown phrase (for me 😛 ), Write an Elevator Pitch !
What is Elevator Pitch?
â€œAn elevator pitch is an overview of an idea for a product, service, or project. The name reflects the fact that an elevator pitch can be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride (for example, thirty seconds or 100â€“150 words).
The term is typically used in the context of an entrepreneur pitching an idea to a venture capitalist or angel investor to receive funding. Venture capitalists often judge the quality of an idea and team on the basis of the quality of its elevator pitch, and will ask entrepreneurs for the elevator pitches to quickly weed out bad ideas and weak teams.
A variety of other people, including entrepreneurs, project managers, salespeople, evangelists, policy-makers, job seekers, and speed daters commonly use elevator pitches to get their point across quickly.â€ â€” Wikipedia
In other words, elevator pitch is a statement is what your blog about, describing your blog in a few words, something like your blog’s tag line. Actually, elevator pitch may also written in your about page, your business card, your conversation with your friend or to answer the question of new visitor.
If someone else ask you, “OK, I have URL of your website and will try to browse it, but could you please tell me what is your blog, uhmm, maybe in a simple word”, you may answer him with your elevator pitch and then describe the overall website in details.
Below are an example of elevator pitch, taken from 31dbbb forum :
- ProBlogger helps Bloggers Build Exceptional Blogs
- Designer Daily helps designers with design resources and inspiration. Get inspired!
- Rough Review is a blog based website dedicated to reviewing, commenting on and picking apart the world around us
- Helping guys interact with web and world
Darren provide some insight how to write an elevator pitch as below :
- Elevator pitch may contain your passion to help others or fulfill real needs. Something like “Helping others simplify their difficult work”
- Elevator pitch defines for your target audience. Elevator pitch is a conversation between you and your reader
- Elevator pitch should be clear. Simple word but clear. If you have familiar with Twitter or SMS :-D, you may experience with simplify your word to describing your idea
- Elevator pitch should be written in a few words to attract your visitor. If you need to describe your idea or mission in your elevator pitch, make your elevator pitch as part of your about page
- Elevator pitch should be intriguing, doesn’t cover at all but visitor remember what is your blog about
- Elevator pitch should be energetic but don’t try to make it too hyped
- Elevator pitch may also written in a question term to increase visitor attention
- Elevator pitch is not a mantra or bible or qur’an (koran). You may change the elevator pitch to suitable with your blog content and condition
So, what is my elevator pitch? Haha, it seems that I could not find a simple words to define what is my blog about but finally I write it as my tag line and meta tags :Â Spirit of Change : Resources for Tips & Tutorial about Blog, Linux and Open Source
So, I decided to get my small project started. These are various ways to give me a step-by-step task to completed all target but I think it would be better to have a tools which give me an assistance how to reach my goal. After looking for an internet resource for a while, a 31 Days to Build a Better Blog by Darren Rowse seems to fit with my requirement.
These are also 3 free bonuses are exclusively for buyers of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog (both past and present) and theyâ€™re only available until 3pm on Tuesday 19 January â€“ Melbourne time (thatâ€™s 11pm Eastern in the US on Monday 18th and 4am London time on Tuesday 19th).
The cost of the 31DBBB workbook is $19.95 â€“ it contains 31 days of teaching and daily activities to help us create a dynamic and better blog.
Darren said in his blog post :
31 Days to Build a Better Blog is a downloadable e-book designed to help you revitalize your blog by giving you 31 tasks that will all help to turn it into the page view powerhouse youâ€™ve always dreamed of.
Each day in the project contains:
- A Task â€“ something to DO that day.
- Teaching â€“ each day youâ€™ll be given great instruction on both the WHY and HOW of the task of the day.
This two pronged approach is designed so that you come away from the challenge having not only learned how to build a dynamic a blog but youâ€™ll have actually DONE something with the knowledge.
This is an ebook based on daily task but we may adjust the setting to suitable with our condition. Actually, I don’t know whether this ebook give a best advice to setting up my blog or no but I’ve buy another Darren’s ebook, ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income and quite satisfied with his tutorial. I’ll be updating how I follows the advice on ebook and post the result so you may learn from my experience.
If you wish to try with me, click on the image below (aff link) and let’s learn together.