Here’s my notes on Darren Rowse’s Problogger Free Podcast on 31 Days to Building a Better Blog. You can listen to Darren Rowse’s free podcast here Day 10 Create Alerts and Subscriptions. The complete list can read here on Day 0 – Welcome and Introduction.
In order for us all to get the full benefit of this series, I’m going to go at a slower pace posting going forward in September on Tuesdays each week. I hope with this challenge we are all able to improve our blogs and websites.
So lets do this together! Day 10 here we go! Subscribe and check back often! #31DBBB
Day 10: The challenge today is to create alerts and subscriptions to other blogs!
Today the challenge is to read, learn, and listen to others. Today is about creating a steady flow of great input. To fill your cup and to become aware of what is going on in your niche. This will assist you in producing good content and building community.
You might have heard saying:
Darren says he can see a real correlation between when he was outputting his best content and the times he was doing the most reading, learning, and listening to others.
Darren also says he can see a correlation between the times he was struggling about ideas to write about or burnt out and not really reading, learning, and listening to others.
Why is setting up alerts a good idea you might ask?
5 Reasons Setting Up Alerts Are A Good Idea
1. It will give you a whole heap of ideas for your own blog posts. This will be a great source of ideas. These will be good ideas to try for yourself and share your experiences.
2. This will help you to be aware of breaking news in your industry. For some this may be more important than others. Anything related to news for example is important to be aware of. You don’t want to recommend obsolete.
3. This gives you credibility in your niche.
4. Will allow you to build relationships with other bloggers.
5. Great for reputation management. If you get an alert when someone is talking about you, you are able to respond in a timely manner and manage your reputation.
Google News Alerts
Go to www.google.com/alerts/ you need to be logged into your google account. Be careful with how broad your searches become. Refine the searches or alerts over time.
You can be alerted by email or as the alerts come in. You can set up the language and the region you want to track. You
You can set up an alert for your name and your blog name. The other things you want to set up alerts for are the key words for your niche. For example, you might have an alert for “Personal Finance” or “Blogging Tips”.
Twitter Alerts, Searches, and Lists
You can also go to www.twitter.com/search/
You can also create lists to follow specific users and respond to their posts or questions. Think about the input to come into your life.
Set up an RSS (Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary) reader such as Feedly, Bloglovin‘, or Flipboard for example. This will help you connect with other bloggers and keep on top of key topics in your niche. It will also provide positive input into your life. The most important thing is to actually use this list. Following a whole bunch of bloggers but never actually reading their content is not exactly useful.
Another idea is to create a list on Facebook of relevant public figures, bloggers, websites, or blogs to your niche. You can set these Facebook lists to public, friends, or only me. Check around to see if others have already created useful Facebook lists for your niche.
Bottom line, it doesn’t matter what app you use. Probably a good idea to set up a regular alert on your weekly or daily calendar to read your RSS feed. Otherwise you will do what I did initially and only look at it once or twice a month.
Darren often listens to podcasts while walking 30 minutes to 1 hour a day. I’ve started doing that myself and found it very helpful.
Two Final Cautions
1. Don’t overwhelm yourself with input and create no output. Try to get the balance right.
2. Don’t just subscribe to information provided for your specific niche. Darren suggest to listen to general topics of entrepreneurship, creativity, health, blogging, and subjects related to your niche. A mixture of inputs will help you be an overall healthy person and a better writer.
Remember to fill your own cup!
What ways will you set up alerts and subscriptions today? What alerts did you set up? What did you subscribe to?
- Forbes.com This Little Service Absolutely Crushes Google Alerts
- Buzzsumo Tap into Trending Content Before Your Competitors
- Digital Trends How to Use RSS feeds
- Buzzsumo How to Set Up Content Alerts