January 22nd, 2009

The D Spot – Philippines Top 100 Blogs for 2008

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One of the blogs that got included in the Philippines Top 100 Blogs for 2008 is the award-winner The D Spot. Sexy Mom Dine shares her blog secret.

Janette: What have you done in 2008 for your blog that contributed to its growth?

Dine: I was more innovative last 2008 compared to 2007, such that, I:
- posted more regularly and frequently.
- carried out an email campaign for posts which I felt would generate a lot of interest, like those that were socio-economic and socio-politically relevant, those that had universal appeal.
- saw to it that the titles had keywords that were catchy and searchable.
- improved the visuals in my side bars.
- made my 2 major UAAP posts which drew a lot of traffic more informative, not taking sides, plain reporting, with sprinklings of side stories. When I wanted to take sides, I wrote individual posts. Even if one of my UAAP post was dated back more than a year ago and the other one months ago, readers keep coming back for updates.
- interacted with my readers and commenters, as much as possible.
- included links when necessary.

I was also lucky because my blog was awarded best Blog–Family and Living Category by the recently concluded 2nd Philippine Blog Award. It was also a finalist for Single Post–Photo Blog and Single Post–Arts and Culture.

Janette: What marketing strategy works best for your blog?

Dine: SEO and improved AdSense location (top and bottom).

Janette: How much % of your annual income do you attribute to your blog as the source?

Dine: Very minimal. My blog is more my network to the world than a direct money generating vehicle. My blog serves as a portfolio of my works that holds credibility at the same time. Because of this, I get projects and writing assignments.

Janette: What tips can you give to bloggers who would like to achieve blog growth?

Dine: Your readers matter foremost. Make your blog reader friendly–include images, pictures, quotes when relevant, such that you hold the attention of your reader, and that first-time readers would like to come back.

Write posts with topics that you enjoy writing about–write from your heart. Write original content, unique content, and content that is universally appealing. Keep your posts short and simple. If you want to write a long post, make use of sub-titles and split your paragraphs. Build a community and grow with your community.

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  2. Meikah Delid said...

    Good conversation, Janette and Dine! I’m learning a lot from the both of you. Thanks, and keep at it! :)

    Jan 23, 2009

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