The Finance Guy is taking the Problogger 31 Day Build a Better Blog Challenge.
it will take more than 31 days to complete, but we will still learn some skills to help improve the quality of the content we are producing.
The task for day 7 was 'Create a link post' our streetonomic post Will I make Money With Amway? Was written as a link post for this task
What Did We Learn Today?
After listening to the PBBBB Day 7 Podcast, we have a better understanding of link posts and how to create them. Bloggers seem tend not to link to other content, but if done well, a link post can add value to both you and the site you link to. We learned that there are 6 types of list posts
Build Upon What Others Have Said
This is what we did in our link post. We linked to posts which supported what we wanted to say. We gave a personal take on some key points from each
Opposite Point of View
Find a post which does not support your opinion, and explain why you disagree. This can be an effective way to inspire some playful banter. It can also be a good way to spark a legitimate quarrel... it is not suggested that you create opposing point of view link posts to blogs who you might want to partner with in the future. ( Unless you have an established rapport with them)
Useful Resource List
I remember see a lot of these in the early days of the internet. People shared links and explained why they like them. Here at The Finance Guy, we try to build our own resources such as calculators, but perhaps this will be something we can do in the future.
A Speed Linking Post
This is like a summary of what's been happening on the web. It might be a collection of interesting posts you've just read, or 20 links you use most frequently or anything you can think of
One Question Interview
Find a link to a single question (and hopefully an answer)that was asked to someone you admire or adds value to your topic. Use their answer to add strength to your own post on the topic
Offer Further Reading
At the end of your post provide links to other sites which offer further reading. As we write this, we realize that our link post about Amway would have worked with this format.
Our Final Word for Day 7
We've been saying this after every task so far, but here we go again: Today's task was absolutely a valuable experience. Writing this summary has even given inspired us to create an opposite point of view link post, so keep an eye on our Bitcoin blog for that one :)