Blog Redesign II
I have recently redesigned my weblog and am planning to posting more frequently in the past. There are a few additional steps to enhance my weblog.
Blog Design & Usability
First, I am attempting to free my blog of the Top Ten Blog Design Mistakes according to Jakob Neilsen (via Jeff Atwood).
- No Author Biographies
- No Author Photo
- Nondescript Posting Titles
- Links Don't Say Where They Go
- Classic Hits are Buried
- The Calendar is the Only Navigation
- Irregular Publishing Frequency
- Mixing Topics
- Forgetting That You Write for Your Future Boss
- Having a Domain Name Owned by a Weblog Service
I am guilty of almost all of these abuses save 1, 2, and 6, most of which I will correct. In addition to these ten design mistakes, I am also attempting to become more proactive in responding to comments as Jeff Atwood recommended.
Second, I am also looking to monetize my weblog in a non-intrusive way through Google AdSense and Amazon links. It’ll be more like product placement rather than in-your-face advertising; I don’t want to scare my readers.
For advice, I looked to Steve Pavlina’s podcast How to Make Money Without a Job. He, by the way, makes thousands of dollars through AdSense every month.
I don’t expect a substantial income, but I do believe that this will provide me with the incentive to produce more posts more frequently, cover my costs and be quite educational. So far, my first half a day of using AdSense netted me a dollar.
Not counting Craigslist, I made my first sale on the Internet through eBay in August, when I sold the book Windows Graphics Programming for $108 (substantially more than the $60 I originally paid) after a bidding war ensued. I was very surprised by my ability to sell the book at above cost, because previously I gave away for almost nothing some very nice books to the local used books store.