31 Weeks

Join me as I spend 31 weeks implementing the ideas from Probloggers 31 Days to Build a Blog, with a “genealogy” twist.

31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog

26 June 2011 And More

Does your genealogy blog need a kickstart?  Do you want to learn more about successful blogging?  Have you gotten in a rut and need some fresh ideas to make blogging fun and interesting again? Then join me as I spend the next 31 weeks putting into practice tips and tricks from ProBlogger, Darren Rowse. This […]

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#31WBGB: Write an Elevator Pitch for Your Blog

3 July 2011 And More

Welcome to Week 1 of 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog! If you are just joining us, you can read the kick-off post here. This week’s topic and action item is to write an elevator pitch for your blog. What’s an Elevator Pitch? What’s an elevator pitch, you ask? It’s a brief overview that […]

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#31WBGB: My Elevator Pitch

8 July 2011 And More

Our first challenge in “31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog” is writing an elevator pitch -  a short introduction to your blog that can be expressed in the space of an elevator ride.  This was much harder than I anticipated, but I think it will all be downhill from here. My Elevator Pitch At […]

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#31WBGB: Make List Posts Work for Your Genealogy Blog

10 July 2011 And More

Welcome to Week 2 of 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog! If you are just joining us, you can read the kick-off post here. For week 2, we are focusing on list posts.  You are probably familiar with list posts; they have been a part of successful blog-writing for a long time. 4 Reasons […]

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#31WBGB: Promote a Blog Post

17 July 2011 And More

Welcome to Week 3 of 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog!  If you are just joining us, you can read the kick-off post here . Week 3’s topic is promoting a blog post.  The assignment for this week is going to be a stretch for me, so I’m really interested in hearing what you […]

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#31WBGB: Analyze a Top Genealogy Blog

24 July 2011 And More

Welcome to Week 4 of 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog! Week 4’s topic is analyzing a top genealogy blog.  The purpose here is simply to observe and learn from others.  You probably already read a lot of genealogy blogs (we are a pretty close community), so pick one that you admire, dig in, […]

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#31WBGB: Contact a Reader

31 July 2011 And More

Welcome to Week 5 of 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog! Week 5’s topic is about building a community and making an impression on readers.  Darren Rowse titles this chapter “Email a Blog Reader,” but it is really offers several different tips for making contact with readers. Key Concept Pay attention to new readers […]

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#31WBGB: 27 Must-Read Tips for Genealogy Bloggers

7 August 2011 And More

Welcome to Week 6 of “31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog!” Our topic this week is learning from successful bloggers. If you are following along in the e-book 31 Days to Build a Better Blog (affiliate link), Darren provides links to 27 blog posts by nine different bloggers.  I’ve included some of those links […]

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#31WBGB: Write a Link Post

14 August 2011 And More

Welcome to Week 7 of 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog!  Week 5’s topic is about linking out to other blogs or websites. Why should you link to other sites? Linking out gives something valuable to your readers.  There is a lot of great information out there, but who has the time to sort […]

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#31WBGB: Interlink Your Old Blog Posts

21 August 2011 And More

Welcome to Week 8 of 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog!  Our topic this week is interlinking old blog posts. Why Should We Interlink Posts? There are three main reasons to interlink posts within one’s own blog: To help your readers – if you’ve written other posts on a similar topic or that tie […]

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