May 17, 2008

Blogging Tip #2: Add Your Blog to Technorati

One of the first things you should do when creating a new blog is to register with Technorati. You can think of Technorati as a massive blog directory, but it is actually much more than that. If you have not already created a Technorati account and claimed your blog, you will want to do so now. It is well worth the effort.

If you do not already have a Technorati account, visit Technorati and click on "Join." This will allow you to create a free account. You will also want to claim your blog as part of this process. To make sure you have done this, sign into your account, click the "Edit" text next to your account name, and then click on the "Blogs" tab in the "My Account" section. You should see your blog displayed under "My Claimed Blogs." If it is not there, you can claim it by scrolling down to the "Claim a Blog" section. As you go through the claim process, make sure to assign accurate tags (i.e., keywords) to your blog.

Once you have claimed your blog, I recommend adding one of the Technorati buttons to your blog to make it easy for readers to make your blog one of their favorites. There are all kinds of other widgets you can add if you like, but these are optional and more than we need to mess with here. A later tip will cover effective use of Technorati tags with your blog.

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