A few good tips for website owners

I posted a peeve tweet this morning, something I do from time to time when the ‘Grrs’ strike.  I’m finding that more and more websites are popping up with good, well-written content, but with no RSS feed, so there’s no way for a regular reader or a potential reader to learn when new posts are made.  It seems that some of these sites also choose to add new content to a page rather than to blog individual posts, so there are no permalinks back to an individual post, just a page URL.  You know what this means?  After new material is added to the page, really good stuff slips down and off the page, and out of access.  That’s not good.  Even worse, some sites have no search boxes, categories or nav bars that make any kind of sense.  Bad design means good content suffers.

So, my peeve tweet went something like this … well, exactly like this …

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So, a couple of tips.

  • If you haven’t already, you should register and burn your site via the excellent Feedburner so your readers get the latest from you in their email or feed readers.
  • If you haven’t already, you might consider joining Twitter and announcing your latest post that way.  If you have a WordPress blog, you could set up a plug-in like Word Twit which generates an instant auto tweet whenever a new post is published.
  • If you have a Facebook account you can announce updates and refer readers with a link back to your website.  There are also any number of plugins and other auto connections available for this most ubiquitous of social networks.  Just remember though that Facebook is a closed shop, and your announcements will be confined to its walled-garden environment.

Whatever methods you choose please please, do something … tell us about it.  Don’t waste all that effort, or miss out on the opportunity to spread your words.

Audioboo – who?

It was a pleasure to speak this morning on ABC Radio 612 Brisbane to Spencer Howson. He’d undoubtedly been up and about at some ungodly hour – in the way breakfast hosts usually are.  My interview, scheduled for 6.40am got me out of bed a little earlier than I had anticipated … but how could I refuse?  I had been invited yesterday to talk about AudioBoo, that newish audio blogging tool which I wrote about some time back. Spencer was all bright and sparky and I a little more ‘early morning-ish’ but we cleared up what Audioboo is, how it works and, along the way, diverted into a chat about the slew of new media tools and their potential uses.  Seems very few, if any others in SE Queensland are boo-ing right now. Wonder how long that will take to change!

You can read the transcript, and listen to or download the interview on the ABC website.

You can also listen to a world of boo commentary, including a huge range of voices, dialects and accents on Audioboo’s homepage.  And if that’s not enough for you, visit my Audioboo profile and listen up. Alternatively you could subscribe via RSS or the iTunes Store and never miss one of my boos again.

If you’d like to know a little more about Audioboo you should see Documentally’s post on Our Man Inside.com –  and follow him; he’s a beaut podcaster and social commentator.  Documentally’s comment that an audio post serves as a ‘catalyst for the imagination’ of the listener reminded me of another old saying: ‘The pictures are better on radio.’ How true it is.

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