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Classifications of blogs and Methods to build Blogging Communities

We come across different types of blogs, web pages and others because each everyone of us has different interets, backgrounds, and others. Examples of blogs are : Fashion Food Entertainment Photography

Categories of Blogs

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1. Producers: These are blogs that create original content (for the most part). The post you see tend to be a little longer although that does not have to be true. Producers are the source of the original material.

2. Reviewers: These blogs take source that originated from elsewhere and put their own spin on the material. Often they will expand the topic or take it off to another direction. The trademark of this blog is that they don’t simply point to the source material; they riff on it somehow.

3. Pointers: These blogs serve to connect readers to content found elsewhere. Sometimes these are aggregators on a single, well defined topic area. Sometimes they can be quite broad. Usually, there is very little or no commentary on the linkages.

Each of these blog is important in its own way. This type of interconnectedness is the lubricant of information diffusion across the semi permeable membrane of the blogosphere.

Blogging Community

Wanting to make your blog community bigger and stronger? Blog Community is the group of people who shares a common awareness and sense of belongings regarding your blog’s contents. They have a same culture that revolves and evolves around your blog.

A community always has the following in some forms:

  • Shared items, ideas or symbols.
  • Meetings.
  • Rules, rewards and punishments.
  • Rituals and routines.

Why is Community Important to Blogging?

As Connie Benson will tell you, developing a passionate online following is helpful – and perhaps even critical – to corporate branding. The more people there are that go on the Web and talk positively about you and your company, the better.

And blogs are a healthy part of almost any business’s approach to marketing and branding online.

Also, because everything affects everything else, an improvement in your blog’s content will result in an improvement in its community, and vice versa. The same goes for blog design, search engine optimization (blog SEO), blog traffic and other considerations.

How do we measure Blog Community Growth?

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There are several key metrics you should consider when attempting to measure the size and vibrance of your blog’s community. Among them:

  1. Unique visitors to your blog
  2. Total page views at your blog
  3. RSS feed or email subscribers to your blog posts
  4. Subscribers to any blog-related newsletters or auto responders
  5. The number of comments published on your blog posts
  6. The number of people publishing comments on your blog
  7. The word count of comments published at your blog
  8. The number of new incoming links (back links) to your blog
  9. The rate of change of all of the above metrics on a regular basis (e.g. monthly)
  10. All of the above metrics (including #9) for other blogs in your niche/industry

Building Blog Community

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  • Network with others in your industry
  • Learn about your blog community with MyBlogLogs and related blogs
  • Be opinionated and lively with your content
  • Have goals and think long term
  • Retain your visitors
  • Encourage commenting
  • Use link bait like titles
  • Leverage social media
  • Leverage link baiting
  • Join ad networks

References:

1. Barry Schwartz (Feb 20, 2007), Building your Blog Community, Search EngineLand, viewed on June 12, 2009 at 12.10 a.m. http://searchengineland.com/building-your-blog-community-10556.

2. Darren Rowse, How to Build Community on your Blog, viewed on June 12, 2009 at 11.50 p.m. http://www.problogger.net/archives/2008/04/26/how-to-build-community-on-your-blog/.

3. Easton Ellsworth, How to Improve your Blog Community, Vissionaryblogging, viewed on June 13, 2009 at 10.50 p.m. http://www.visionaryblogging.com/guides/blog-community/.

4. EGM (March 12, 2008), Types of Blogs, ICT – Improving Customer Experience, viewed on June 10, 2009 at 8.45 p.m. http://www.evilgeniusmarketing.com/ice/direct_link.cfm?bid=F1C806E8-A81C-4D15-58A7EB5FA7EFF8C6

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