Yesterday's task in Darren Rowse's 31 Days to a Better Blog
was to interlink posts--more specifically, to go back to old posts and add in links to newer posts. While you can use plug-ins to create "Read More on this Topic" links at the bottom of a post, Darren has found that he has better results when he adds the new links into the body of the old post.
I'm a fairly prolific blogger, so my first task was to figure out what posts I should add to. I decided to look at a few things:
- My "Best of Bamboo" posts (in the sidebar)
- The posts that get the most traffic
- The posts with the most saves to del.icio.us.
It seemed to me that it made the most sense to add new content to those posts that seem to have the most value to people and that these were my best ways for determining that.
My second challenge was to find newer content that I could link to in the old posts. That was a little harder, but with some browsing, I found some new info. I didn't have a lot of time this morning, so I only made changes to a couple of posts--Using Facebook in Your Nonprofit and Does Your Website Suck? But I intend to make this a regular part of my blogging thinking when I make new posts to consider if it's content that might inform older posts and add that content at the time.
I will say that this exercise pointed out a frustration with Typepad. It only allows you to access editing of posts by date and there's no way to search for a specific post. That definitely made things more tedious. Hear that Typepad?
- When I'm writing new blog posts, consider older posts and how I might improve them by adding the new link. It should be pretty easy, since I usually use old post links in the new post--it's basically cross-linking.
Kate Foy has accepted our blogging challenge and Nancy Riffer has emailed me to let me know that she'll be joining us as soon as she gets her blog set up. I think it's interesting that we basically have all women here. . . Any ideas on why that might be?
Also our little challenge got a hat tip from Problogger Darren Rowse himself when Sue Waters and Frances McLean kicked things up a notch by offering a kilo of chocolate(!) to the person who does the best job in meeting the challenge. I'm sorry, but these people are some SERIOUS competitors. Head on over to Sue's to see the rules and to sign up for your chance at some sweets.