Gravatar: Get More Blog Traffic from your Comments

Gravatar: The Commenter's Key to More Blog Traffic | theblogmaven.comIf you’ve been reading blogs for awhile, you’ve probably noticed that some people have their picture next to the comments they leave.  How do they get those snazzy photos up there?  They have a Gravatar.

Gravatar is a free service that will automatically add your profile picture to comments, discussion forums, and other places around the web.

In this post, I’ll share how a Gravatar can help you get more traffic to your blog – and I’ll show you where to get your own.Continue Reading >>

How to Encourage More Comments on Your Blog

How to encourage comments on your blog | theblogmaven.comHave you ever published a post, then waited a few days…and only heard crickets?

Feels a little lonely, hmn?

Well, if you’re looking to build your blog, you have to start with the most basic of all things: creating community.  And the lifeblood of a thriving community is the discussion.  Not only does good discussion enhance your readers’ experience on your blog – it’s also great for your search engine optimization (SEO).  The tips I’m giving here aren’t just good for getting people to leave comments – they’re good practice for community building in general.

So how do you get more people to leave comments on your blog?

I’ve got 12 tips to help you get people talking:Continue Reading >>

Partial RSS Feed vs. Full Feed: Keeping your Subscribers (and Sponsors) Happy

Full Feed vs Partial Feed - Keeping your blog subscribers happy | theblogmaven.comOne of the most difficult decisions a blogger makes when moving their blog to WordPress is the format of their blog feed.  Do you want to deliver your entire post to your readers via Feedburner, or should you just give them an excerpt (a partial feed), and then have them visit your blog to see the rest?  In this post I’ll discuss the pros and cons of both options so you can make an informed decision for your blog.Continue Reading >>