What Does Your Tag Cloud Say About You?
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What Does Your Tag Cloud Say About You?

It is incredibly important to focus your content to one field, niche, or industry and try to deviate from it as little as possible. The mark of a good blog is how consistently focused its content is, and a quick way to judge blogs in this respect is to look at their tag clouds (and if not available, just look at the list of categories).

Why The Digg Button Gets You Buried, Not Dugg
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Why The Digg Button Gets You Buried, Not Dugg

Having a ‘submit to Digg’ button on your site definitely increases the chances of one of your readers submitting your content to the site. However, while it is generally believed that having a Digg voting button on your site will increase the chances of your content being promoted to the front-page, some recent commentary has made me re-evaluate the situation.

The Blogosphere Is Standing Still
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The Blogosphere Is Standing Still

We were once made to believe that there will come a day when every man, woman, and child would own a blog. That the Blogosphere would keep expanding as long as the universe would be able to contain it. Well, unsurprisingly, it turns out that the previous statements are just hyperbole.

Increase Engagement in One Easy Step
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Increase Engagement in One Easy Step

Perhaps the hardest part of blogging is being able to engage your audience and get them to participate in the conversation. Being able to build a relationship with every new visitor that comes to your blog is an important step in getting your audience to take part in your discussions, and it has never been easier.

Your 69 Minutes of Fame on Digg
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Your 69 Minutes of Fame on Digg

NewScientist had a great article yesterday about the lifespan of a story on Digg. After a very comprehensive study (they looked at the 29,864 most popular stories during 2006), the researchers concluded that the average sustained surge in popularity that a story receives after hitting Digg’s front page lasts a mere 1 hour and 9 minutes. After this point, the users of Digg have likely found something else newly promoted to the front page to occupy their interests and your story is shuffled off of the front page.

Spoken Word Versus Written Word
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Spoken Word Versus Written Word

People often underestimate how much is actually lost when spoken word appears in print. A statement can be interpreted several different ways depending on your intonation when you speak and where you put the emphasis but this is often not apparent when your statement appears in print.

Engine Ready – Google Analytics Alternative
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Engine Ready – Google Analytics Alternative

Last year I wrote a guide to web analytics that discussed various types of tracking solutions such as [Google Analytics](http://www.google.com/analytics/) which has caused many people to ask me about solutions other than Google. I personally am a big fan of Google Analytics, but if you don’t want to use them for some reason or are looking for more advanced reporting, Engine Ready is a great solution at a cheap price. Here is why I like it: