I'm still trying to figure this blogging thing out. I've been at it for several months now and I really like it. Not only writing my own posts but reading those of others. I have come to find out that there are lots of really good writers out there who are worth reading. I have also come to know a lot of very nice, generous, and helpful people.
Two of the questions I have had is "How do people find my blog? And how can I make it easier for people to find?" I mean quality of writing and creative composition and hilarious jokes are fine, but how do you get people to your site? If your blog is lame then they will leave but the challenge is to get them there in the first place.
One good source I found is Michael Hyatt's Blog, From Where I Sit. Mr. Hyatt is CEO of Thomas Nelson Books, a Christian Book Publisher. He has a lot to say about various things plus he gives out free copies of his companies books to blogger in exchange for reviews. One of his emphases is what authors can do to help themselves in the online world. As far as I am concerned all bloggers are authors, right? He had a series of posts on online marketing in November. The one I found most helpful is this.
Basically he talks about services that will analyze your blog for you, for free. This is a lot of fun. When you realize that you can submit blogs besides yours for analysis its even more fun! The site he uses is WebsiteGrader.com. This site analyzes your (or a friend of yours) blog and gives several metrics to evaluate your blog.
Mine turned out like this:
Website Grade 48
Google Page Rank 2
Google Indexed Pages 145
Traffic Rank Not Ranked
Blog Rank 870,402
Inbound Links 190
del.icio.us Bookmarks 0
The site describes what all this stuff means.
If you like run your blog through the evaluation. Let us know what the results are.