How to Get on Best Blogs: Not Really Rules…More Like Guidelines

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We’ve actually been getting a lot of emails asking about how to get on Best Blogs. Well that’s a really tough question. Cause that’s like asking to get noticed in a stack of hay. There are one hundred and six thousand blogs and counting listed on wordpress.com and finding your blog is like finding nickles on the street. Chances are we won’t find it. What can you do to get noticed?

That’s really tough. I would make friends in the blogging community. Add people to your blogroll and comment on other people’s site. And don’t forget to have good blogable material. Write about what interests you and have a passion for it.

If you want to read more articles on how to improve your exposure. I suggest reading Lorelle on WordPress. It’s a great resource for bloggers! Here, I’m now linking you to a great post on improving your exposure…the right way.

Anyway, I’m opening up the conversation. What do you think constitutes a “good” blog? Go ahead and leave a comment.

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49 Responses to “How to Get on Best Blogs: Not Really Rules…More Like Guidelines”


  1. 1 Michael 29 April, 2006 at 5:03 am

    Rule one: Don’t be an RSS reader.

  2. 2 William Parry 29 April, 2006 at 7:51 am

    Using tags (http://wordpress.com/tags/) to find blog posts to your interest would help because you can comment on them and thus gain exposure.

  3. 3 Michael 29 April, 2006 at 8:01 am

    You might think that, but you should rely on them to give you traffic. Unless of course you’re tagging popular topics. Okay that works. If you want to attract traffic, go to wordpress.com/tags/, find the popular tags and then start to blog the popular topics.

  4. 4 jaotte 29 April, 2006 at 11:05 am

    Registering my blog site with technorati and google has generated a lot of traffic for me; I can write about what I want and people who are interested will find me. No need to include “Bush,” “Iran,” “Sex,” or “Microsoft” in the tags!

  5. 5 hedonisticpleasureseeker 29 April, 2006 at 11:16 pm

    Hint of the day: Write original material and write well!!!!!!

  6. 7 Lorelle VanFossen 1 May, 2006 at 1:15 pm

    I agree: Write original material and write well.

    First and foremost, even if a blog looks hideous, if the content is worthy, then I’ll hang around and stay tuned.

    Second, a blog should not look hideous. It should be easy to navigate. SEARCH is a must. Tags help site search functions if the tags are set to search the site not Technorati or elsewhere.

    Calendars suck as they are not helpful at all, but a short list of the most popular, related, and most recent posts encourages the visitor to check out other articles within the site, making my visit more fun and enjoyable to know that there is more to be found there.

    Third, and often forgot in this age of squished to the center narrow web page designs and tiny, hard-to-read fonts, it is often forgotten that a blog is for reading, so make it readable. This means make it easy to read so the eyes don’t strain and the mind doesn’t break around the design as they scrap the screen for the words.

    But more than anything, a “best blog” is about the blogging. It is about the writing. It is about the content. It is about the reader enjoying the process of reading the blog. If there is good stuff to read, I’ll overlook a lot of flaws.

    Pretty is short lived. Educational, informative, and writing that makes me think stays with me longer than pretty.

    Thanks for taking this on and helping to promote WordPress.com blogs. There are some excellent ones here!

  7. 8 Michael 1 May, 2006 at 1:32 pm

    You're right about that. And some of the best ones don't even know the basics of wordpress.

    I think that it's important for the writer to enjoy, to some extent, the writing process. If you're forcing yourself to come up with post ideas then you're probably not writing from your heart as they say.

    You should do what you want and not what you think others want you to do.

  8. 9 Ron 2 May, 2006 at 1:38 am

    As a recipient of the honor, I can tell you one of the things I vowed to do is write an average of one post a day. I’m sure that helped.

    One thing I can’t stand is someone who starts a promising blog, then loses interest for some reason, nothing happens for weeks on end, and the blog essentially dies of neglect.

    FYI: I’m averaging three posts a day.

    And it’s also work. It’s not digging-ditches type of work. But count on devoting several hours per day in putting content on the blog.

  9. 10 Dustin 2 May, 2006 at 11:37 am

    Content plus design = success. These differentiate myspace from wordpress.

  10. 11 59ideas 3 May, 2006 at 1:14 am

    Thanks Michael for opening up this conversation.

    Each editor has their individual eye for what’s “best”.

    We now have 7 editors. Hopefully this allows the team to capture a diverse spread of blogs.
    I wish this theme can show the editor, then the reader can have an idea of what each editor look for.

    Some people compared us to the Blogger Blog of Note. I want to think we are that and more!

  11. 12 59ideas 3 May, 2006 at 2:18 am

    Ron, I cannot agree with you more.

    Which brings me to another point… Editors, we have not seen a best blog for a while.

  12. 13 Michael 3 May, 2006 at 4:26 am

    You’re right, we need to stop slacking off. I wish I was qualified to judge all of thoes poetry blogs. I guess it just goes to show you how many different types of blogs there are.

  13. 14 jonathantu 4 May, 2006 at 6:23 am

    Find your niche. Mine is the incredibly rabid college football fanbase. They tend to put me high up in the popular blog rankings, which then attracts people who might never have read my blog. I usually try to follow up a college football post that’s getting a lot of hits with the other stuff I enjoy writing about – that way when others show up they see more than just my niche stuff.

  14. 15 ManMeng 4 May, 2006 at 1:08 pm

    Though very true, i myself still believes that true from the heart content that would drives people to your site and stays with it. It’s not about how many billions advertising you spent to have people come in, that’s more like forcing and communism to me at least.

    good content, good attitude and good relationship with your reader is a must i guess.

    here’s something i found off 9rules which i guess it’s another good tips to look at http://9rules.com/blog/2005/11/what-we-look-for-in-a-site/ . It’s a general article but nevertheless it might shed some light for those who seek.

  15. 16 Erin 6 May, 2006 at 10:56 am

    I agree that you need to find a niche & stick with it…I didn’t think that anyone would be interested in what I had to say about the travel industry but I was wrong.

    I also agree with Ron & I try and write at least one post a day. Photos can help, but if your content is good then photos can sometimes be a distraction.

    I have also listed my blog on several different directories & search engines which produces more traffic and it has all helped in getting traffic.

  16. 17 litlove 9 May, 2006 at 10:30 pm

    I think it also depends on what you’re blogging about. I write about universities and books and ME, and whilst all these topics have markets, they are not enormous ones. However, eveyone’s comments have been extremely helpful, and I’m following up lots right now.

  17. 18 verb 11 May, 2006 at 5:46 pm

    joshua was right: content. i like less but good content much better than more but less good texts. so focus on the quality of the content, rather than the quantity. people tend to have less and less time for reading lots of blogs on a daily basis. this is where RSS fits in.

    writing in the manner of ‘i like this kind of food and this kind of music…’ does not really raise the level of quality, quite the opposite, so athough a blog could be a personal diary, i appreciate when people don’t to use it as such.

    and what differentiates wordpress from other blogging software is the ease of navigation and finding what you want. try the same on blogspot if you dare… then you’ll see that calendar and iarchives are a must.

  18. 19 dr. gonzo 12 May, 2006 at 8:17 pm

    Know what you are talking about. Don’t make things up. If you have expertise, tell your readers. Don’t be just as crappy as most mainstream jounalists and expect people to believe or care about what you say just because you say so.

  19. 20 hedonisticpleasureseeker 13 May, 2006 at 3:27 am

    I try to make my posts a pleasure to read (of course, pleasure is the focus of my blog!) And I always, always include a photograph or comic strip.

  20. 21 avuee 14 May, 2006 at 9:12 am

    Because I’m a blogger, I often share what I’m comfortable with but not giving away too much detail. There’s always time later on to elaborate on why I felt a certain way about X situation or why F drives me crazy. I’m just throwing in letters that have no relevance to what I have written, but just for examples. What I like best about a blog is getting a natural feel for someone. You can kind of tell if someone is just writing to get attention. That’s not who I am or why I blog.

  21. 22 dreamnepal 16 May, 2006 at 10:30 am

    Despite coming to the world of blogs just two weeks back, my blog made it to the top ten list of best blogs in wordpress. I believe the quality of the material presented generated a lot of people to my sight.
    There were more than 500 unique visits today alone. So, important thing is that you have material that is relevant and concrete rather than cliche.

  22. 23 TheShortFatKid 16 May, 2006 at 9:10 pm

    These is all great advice for getting your blog noticed in general, but not specific to this site. If I did all these things and did them well then I probably wouldn’t need to linked to from Best Blog because I would be in the Top Blogs or Fastest Growing Blogs on the WordPress.com dashboard.

  23. 24 Miss Cris 18 May, 2006 at 2:09 am

    I think what puts a blog above all others is pretty much what everyone else mentioned – content, look, feel, navigation, interest, structure, quality and frequency – having all these things is what makes you a best blog.

  24. 25 chrysti 18 May, 2006 at 2:31 am

    My interest can be captured on almost any topic.. if it’s well presented, easy to navigate, and frequently updated.

  25. 26 Alane 26 May, 2006 at 11:10 am

    Blogs I like are good to me. What I like:

    -Good writing, meaning grammatically correct, clear, and elegant.
    -Good photography (not mandatory, but I like it).
    -Insight and/or humor.
    -Easy-to-navigate layout (nice-looking is a bonus).
    -Topics that interest me (almost anything, really, if done right).
    -Relatively frequent updates. At least three times a week is preferable.

  26. 27 dreamnepal 27 May, 2006 at 4:05 am

    Now I have doubts over the methods which are used to determine the best blogs. I have been updating my blog almost everyday. They include even some research papers including "How long will you marriage last?" among others.

    And yet, I do not see my blog among the top. Is it the number of visitors which matters? I believe one of the most important criteria should be the quality of the material.

  27. 28 hedonisticpleasureseeker 28 May, 2006 at 6:46 am

    I’ll tell you one thing: If you want to increase traffic to your blog, say “porn” a lot. I don’t have a porn site, but I sure found this out the hard way!!!!

  28. 29 Michael Ono 28 May, 2006 at 6:53 am

    That’s absolutly wonderful…

  29. 30 dreamnepal 30 May, 2006 at 1:34 am

    Well, I guess you guys are correct. Porn stuff will definitely increase the visitors, but I ain’t that low. I will continue to be creative and informative.
    After all, I have been here in the world of blogging for just a month. Lets see what happens in the next couple of weeks.

  30. 31 inadvertentgardener 5 June, 2006 at 11:05 pm

    The blogs I return to again and again feature really excellent writing, a coherent theme, and interesting information. I like good photography, too, but I put the most stock in the words rather than the pictures.

    Unfortunately, there’s a lot of junk out there, which makes it hard for good blogs to rise above the static. I have faith, though, that good writing will always find an audience.

    Genie
    The Inadvertent Gardener

  31. 32 silversprite 29 June, 2006 at 8:17 pm

    A unique angle seems to help. The large majority of people seem to come to my blog because there are pictures and descriptions of beaches here in the Outer Hebrides.

    The Outer Hebrides is a group of islands off the west coast of Scotland, which is full of spectacular beaches. it’s a very rural place; mostly deserted, and the two main industries are crofting (small-scale farming) and fishing. Population in this 130 mile-long archipelago is just 26,000; there’s a few other bloggers, but I think I’m the only one frequently writing, and picture-linking, about the beaches here.

    My non-beach writing about digital libraries et al get relatively little views in comparison.

  32. 33 mutiny 17 July, 2006 at 4:54 pm

    Original and honest content. Encourage debate no matter how extreme the views. Discourage hate and personal flames….. Just a few ideas we follow :-)

  33. 34 dreamnepal 4 August, 2006 at 3:36 pm

    Kathmandu has been ranked the 3rd best city in Asia for Travellers. I have tried to cover some information on this.

    Blogs should also focus on relevant information dissemination rather than porno stuff. Personal touch also adds flavor to the writing and makes reading more interesting.
    That is what I believe.

  34. 35 Sports Snob 25 August, 2006 at 1:30 am

    The best way to get on best blogs is by focusing on content. Period. A DISTANT second, you need to get the word around. Comment on other blogs. Post often. Stuff like that.

    But yes, content is king!

  35. 36 Beppo 26 August, 2006 at 4:35 am

    There are lots of good tips here. Let’s also remember that it’s not about being popular or at the top of some traffic list. (I have to remind myself sometimes.) Of course I want more traffic on my blogs, but even if just a few people enjoy my writing, then it’s worth it. I like to write, and this is my outlet. And if I can help / encourage / amuse / inform a few people along the way, that’s great. While I am trying to gain exposure for my blogs, I want to spend more time writing than pushing for greater exposure.

    (Yes, I said blogs, plural — my other one is “focused” on randomness and original humor, at Buffet o’ Blog, where I’m one of 3 writers. It’s very different from my main blog, but I enjoy both styles of writing and didn’t think they’d fit together too well.)

  36. 37 seneca 13 September, 2006 at 11:00 am

    I get visitors from only two sources.

    Posting a message on a Board devoted to what I write about with a link to my blog generates a couple hundred visitors over a few days. I’ve done that about three times.

    A very hot and funny young chick has linked to my blog. She’s worth several visitors each day. She is:

    http://urbanminxster.typepad.com/urban_cowgirl_the_condens/

  37. 38 RheLynn 19 October, 2006 at 2:26 am

    I agree with making friends in the community – and that means surfing for blogs related to your interests, and getting involved there!

    Also, write original content or get your friends to help generate original content. When you have something people find interesting, useful or ‘hot’ — you will be more likely to be clicked on, searched for and linked to!

  38. 39 bonnieq 21 October, 2006 at 8:58 am

    I feel that to say the blog calendar is useless must come from someone who doesn’t realize that it is more than a calendar. If you hold your mouse on any date that shows up in bold, it will open with the title of an article or articles posted that day by the blogger. It really is an easy way to find an archived article that might have been posted in August or September; rather than having to wade through the archived posts themselves.

    http://bonnieq.wordpress.com

  39. 40 SparkBugg 16 November, 2006 at 1:32 pm

    A good blog is one that gives away free business ideas, has many images, postings everyday, some humor, and the intent to dialog.

    Hmm…kinda sounds like http://www.sparkbugg.com (yes, it’s a wordpress blog).

    Incidentally, this post is by someone calling themselves SparkBugg. What are the odds?

  40. 41 Steven 17 November, 2006 at 12:45 pm

    Blog Carnivals also help get you traffic, as well as being a niche blogger. If your blog is focused on ONE subject, more people will be interested in reading than if you write on day-to-day activities…

  41. 42 Jeff 18 November, 2006 at 9:43 pm

    Hello,

    I would like to introduce our wordpress blog:

    http://absolutelyfabulo.us

    It’s all about the pictures, no words needed!

    Enjoy JFK

  42. 43 Sabine Franziska 21 November, 2006 at 2:06 am

    This is the blog of a famous german lawyer. Very interestin

    http://www.schirach.de/wordpress

  43. 44 bodicea 4 December, 2006 at 12:21 pm

    What makes a good blog in my POV:

    1) Honesty (Too many people lie nowadays and it can be pretty obvious)
    2) Good language skills (grammatical correctness is a plus)
    4) Sincerity would bring Originality in its own essence
    5) Appropriate sense of humour is preferable
    6) Insight (especially new ones)
    7) Resonance (great if I can relate to the content)
    8) Creativity/Innovation
    9) Pleasant-looking layout (simplicity is the key)

    Frankly, I think a good blog is a lot like a good story.

  44. 45 bodicea 4 December, 2006 at 12:24 pm

    10) Oh, and Open-mindedness (I think this should be #3)

  45. 46 Dmitri Marine 6 December, 2006 at 3:09 pm

    Content, as someone has said it. But also consistency in terms of posting. There’s nothing like a good blog which just never gets updated when you want it to. Which is where RSS comes in handy…

  46. 47 Travis 17 February, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    Good, bad, it’s all relative.

  47. 48 thedietpulpit 1 April, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    What I try to do with my blog – is write what I am truly inspired about, keep posts to a reasonable length (break a topic down to more the one if necessary) – a touch of humor – a touch of something useful – have additional interesting things to read about on the blog through use of pages (not just posts) – build a community of fellow bloggers on similar topic (blogroll links) – visit blogs and leave comments that are encouraging, on topic, and\or add to the discussion – and most of all JUST being myself and expressing my true desire to connect with others and have fun.

    It may not be a way to get noticed — but I feel if you blog from the heart then that is all that matters, those who enjoy reading your posts will come by, and that is what matters – not writing in hopes of awards etc. Lady Rose


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