31DBBB Day 4: Analyze a Top Blog in Your Niche

This is Day 4 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, a group project 60+ of us bloggers are doing together in an effort to help each other become better bloggers. You can read an overview here.

Today’s assignment is to spend some time on a successful blog in your niche.  That sounds easy enough.  But I think this is a lesson and assignment many bloggers are going to have a difficult time with for several reasons.

1) Some bloggers don’t know their niche. For some the issue is similar to Day 1 where you’re still trying to figure out what you’re blog is about and find focus.  Others of you are probably bristling at the idea that your blog could be in a nitch because you don’t like to be labeled.

1.5 (Added 5 PM) Some bloggers don’t know what blogs are in their niche. If you don’t read other blogs that touch on the same topics you do, you may not know what blogs to analyze.  A couple of places you can search for blogs by topic are Technorati.com and PostRank.com.

2) This sounds like copying. When some of you read the assignment, “Analyze a top blog in your niche” you heard “Watch what the popular people are doing and copy it.”  This assignment is not about mindlessly copying anyone or losing your identity.  While part of the assignment is to learn things you can incorporate into your own blogging.  It’s just as important to identify how you’re blog is unique and how you’re going to differentiate yourself from other the blogs in your niche.

3) Golden nuggets are easy to miss. Chances are you’ve been to the top blogs in your niche.  You know what they look like.  You know what they write about.  It’s going to be real easy to skim over this assignment and not find anything meaningful.  When panning for gold, first you’ve got to dig, and second you’ve got to look real carefully to avoid missing the valuable nuggets.

Today’s lesson identifies some good elements to observe on other blogs – topics covered, posting frequency, which topics/posts are most popular, things you like & dislike about the design, etc.  Here are some additional suggestions…

  • What modules does the blog have in the sidebar(s)?
  • Specifically, what features does it have to facilitate sharing and social networking?
  • Read the comments.  When people say they like a particular post, what specifically do they like about it?

Discussion

  1. What is your niche?
  2. What site(s) did you analyze?
  3. What did you notice about them that you  may want to incorporate into your blog?
  4. How is your blog unique?  How are you going to differentiate it from the rest of the pack?

Don’t forget, if you’ve posted a new post to your blog today, you’re welcome to include a link to it in your comments.

The Extra Mile

A few other things you can do to take your blog, other bloggers, and this project even further today…

  • Reply & give other bloggers feedback on their analysis.
  • When other bloggers include a link to a new article they’ve posted today, click, read, and comment on it.
  • Check previous posts in the series for new comments.
  • Tweet, share, & bookmark this post.  (You could win a $25 gift card!)

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Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

163 Responses to “31DBBB Day 4: Analyze a Top Blog in Your Niche”

  1. Oh yay! I thought we broke the OurChurch blog with all our amazing traffic we've been sending its way.

    Today… me, Oprah, ProBlogger and some other cool people are niche buddies….
    http://greeninventionscentral.blogspot.com/2010/0

  2. Today we have posted a Video Blog.
    http://ronniespoon.blogspot.com/2010/05/fear-holi

    Here are some of the website/blogs I read. They are great for leadership and all of them have sermons you can listen to as well.
    http://www.perrynoble.com
    http://herbertcooper.blogspot.com
    http://swerve.lifechurch.tv

  3. Today we have posted a Video Blog.
    http://ronniespoon.blogspot.com/2010/05/fear-holi

    Here are some of the website/blogs I read. They are great for leadership and all of them have sermons you can listen to as well.
    http://www.perrynoble.com
    http://herbertcooper.blogspot.com
    http://swerve.lifechurch.tv

  4. Before I say anything about my blog, I just want to say that as I read the blogs of other people participating in 31DBBB, I'm surprised at the number of really good writers there are out there. I'm walking with giants, and it's challenging, humbling, and encouraging to find myself here with all of you.

    Also, the sense of community that is developing here is great (though I was unable to participate a whole lot over the last two days).

    I need to do some digging to find blogs that talk about prayer. There are lots of blogs out there talking about the Christian life in a broad sense, but I haven't ever come across any that focus specifically on prayer.

    I'll look around today, but does anyone know of a prayer blog off the top of your head?

  5. I'm having serious problems with this one. I've been able to find a couple of blogs that I really like and can look at and learn from, but nothing that really fits my niche of a "new or young Christian audience" http://michaelhyatt.com – I thought this had a great layout, one of the first blogs I started reading. http://ymiblogging.org – this is one that had a similar target audience but a completely different approach (for the youth BY the youth kind of thing). Nice look awesome multimedia, but I'm not really into that.

    The layout of both was great and the content was solid (if somewhat one track at ymi). But beyond that I don't feel like I really took anything away from this one. Anyone have any suggestions for other blogs to look at?

  6. I'm having serious problems with this one. I've been able to find a couple of blogs that I really like and can look at and learn from, but nothing that really fits my niche of a "new or young Christian audience" http://michaelhyatt.com – I thought this had a great layout, one of the first blogs I started reading. http://ymiblogging.org – this is one that had a similar target audience but a completely different approach (for the youth BY the youth kind of thing). Nice look awesome multimedia, but I'm not really into that.

    The layout of both was great and the content was solid (if somewhat one track at ymi). But beyond that I don't feel like I really took anything away from this one. Anyone have any suggestions for other blogs to look at?

  7. I've posted the blog with my thoughts and who is in my niche and what I can do to model myself after them while still being unique. http://ragamuffinray.blogspot.com/2010/05/great-b

  8. OK – here's my thoughts on the matter and let me say up-front, it isn't a huge criticism of the blog I picked on, but I felt I had to do my critique justice.
    http://www.churchtechy.com/2010/05/i-get-to-analy

  9. OK – here's my thoughts on the matter and let me say up-front, it isn't a huge criticism of the blog I picked on, but I felt I had to do my critique justice.
    http://www.churchtechy.com/2010/05/i-get-to-analy

  10. OK – here's my thoughts on the matter and let me say up-front, it isn't a huge criticism of the blog I picked on, but I felt I had to do my critique justice.
    http://www.churchtechy.com/2010/05/i-get-to-analy

  11. OK – here's my thoughts on the matter and let me say up-front, it isn't a huge criticism of the blog I picked on, but I felt I had to do my critique justice.
    http://www.churchtechy.com/2010/05/i-get-to-analy

  12. Well took me almost all day, but here it ishttp://blog.beachdaze.com/?p=48. As always please comment!
    B

  13. Well took me almost all day, but here it ishttp://blog.beachdaze.com/?p=48. As always please comment!
    B

  14. Well took me almost all day, but here it ishttp://blog.beachdaze.com/?p=48. As always please comment!
    B

  15. I'm just curious, how has everyone gone about finding the top blogs in their niche? Has it been by simply searching a popular name? Have you simply been reading that particular blog for awhile? Word of mouth? Or is there a better way to find who is really a top blogger?
    I started with a search on Technorati.com for running and fitness blogs, but wasn't real excited with what I found.
    The next option was to look at blogs that I have already been reading in the area and see who they link to in their blogrolls.
    Any other suggestions for find great blogs?

  16. Ouch.. this one is hard.. My personal blog isn't really in a niche yet.. It's just in its' infancy and hasn't taken on any characteristics yet. I suppose it will be to create my own personal brand and attempt to make some money from the site.

    My business niche is auto transport. Some of my competitors do blogs and I read them for ideas on what to post (confession time). But none of them have any following. They are simply doing it for the keywords and to create links and more pages on their sites. There is no conversation going on within those blogs. And most of them are using an automated service that is pulling RSS feeds to fill their blog, and website, with posts. I do that as well on a few of my lesser blogs just for the linkbait (confession)…

    So not sure how I'll approach this today.. Does make me think I need to launch a separate blog with relevant information about the car shipping business.. I have the domain, just haven't gotten off my butt to do it.. Gary Vaynerchuk would be disappointed in me!

  17. Ouch.. this one is hard.. My personal blog isn't really in a niche yet.. It's just in its' infancy and hasn't taken on any characteristics yet. I suppose it will be to create my own personal brand and attempt to make some money from the site.

    My business niche is auto transport. Some of my competitors do blogs and I read them for ideas on what to post (confession time). But none of them have any following. They are simply doing it for the keywords and to create links and more pages on their sites. There is no conversation going on within those blogs. And most of them are using an automated service that is pulling RSS feeds to fill their blog, and website, with posts. I do that as well on a few of my lesser blogs just for the linkbait (confession)…

    So not sure how I'll approach this today.. Does make me think I need to launch a separate blog with relevant information about the car shipping business.. I have the domain, just haven't gotten off my butt to do it.. Gary Vaynerchuk would be disappointed in me!

  18. Well, I'm posting for Day 3 here because I wanted to write a post yesterday. By the time, I finished everything, I knew it would be too late to get any feedback. So, I'm posting Day 3 and later will post Day 4.
    I sent individual messages to groups of friends on Facebook and sent out a group email. I'll say this went out to probably close to 50 people all together. So far, I have gotten 2 responses–one only posted to my FB message site. The other one left a post on my blog. I need help. I have a hard time drawing people in to read my blog. I've posted it on my facebook page in general, and friends will just leave comments on the pictures on FB. I don't know how to do Twitter, and I don't know how to add the share button to my blog so that it can go out to different media.
    As I posted late last night, I'm still holding out hope for more comments. Here is the blog post. However, I should let you know, this post is much longer than I normally write. You might want to look at others as well.
    Looking forward to your comments:
    http://openmyearslord.blogspot.com/2010/5/submiss

    Thank you,
    Janis

  19. Had to open an Intense Debate account. Still blogging away. Is anyone considering a Mother's Day theme??

  20. Was previously posting comments under my name Wendy Spoon.

  21. I have run across a fun blogs that I would say are in my niche of God's grace and spiritual encouragement, and I am sure there must be more out there. I will spend some time searching and check out the ones I find.

    If anyone can recommend some I'd love some help!

    As for the assignment, I see its merits. For me it is more of a time challenge, but as the old saying goes, "nothing ventured, nothing gained." I and perhaps others have to be reminded that this is like any investment. Some work up front will hopefully yield great fruit in the future.

    I will work on a new post. Maybe I'll combine the last two lessons and create a list post of blogs I am reviewing and why!

  22. Hi fellow 31DBBB bloggers. Hope all is well.

    My niche is encouraging people to bring God into their everyday moments–either by looking at how scripture applies to our daily-ness or sharing how God showed Himself to me through the seemingly mundane.

    One site that I love ishttp://www.chattingatthesky.com This is a friend of mine who has such a creative style. She is someone I often look to for advice in this writing thing.

    Something she does–that I am trying to do more often–is ask her readers a question at the end of her posts. This spurs conversation which ultimately causes us to actively think about what we read.

    My blog differs from something like hers in that I have such a passion for the Word of God. I usually have at least one post each week that is taken straight from my time that morning in His Word.

    Oh, and, she's on twitter. Yes, I'm still considering.

  23. Hi fellow 31DBBB bloggers. Hope all is well.

    My niche is encouraging people to bring God into their everyday moments–either by looking at how scripture applies to our daily-ness or sharing how God showed Himself to me through the seemingly mundane.

    One site that I love is <a href="http://www.chattingatthesky.com” target=”_blank”>www.chattingatthesky.com This is a friend of mine who has such a creative style. She is someone I often look to for advice in this writing thing.

    Something she does–that I am trying to do more often–is ask her readers a question at the end of her posts. This spurs conversation which ultimately causes us to actively think about what we read.

    My blog differs from something like hers in that I have such a passion for the Word of God. I usually have at least one post each week that is taken straight from my time that morning in His Word.

    Oh, and, she's on twitter. Yes, I'm still considering.

  24. Hi fellow 31DBBB bloggers. Hope all is well.

    My niche is encouraging people to bring God into their everyday moments–either by looking at how scripture applies to our daily-ness or sharing how God showed Himself to me through the seemingly mundane.

    One site that I love ishttp://www.chattingatthesky.com This is a friend of mine who has such a creative style. She is someone I often look to for advice in this writing thing.

    Something she does–that I am trying to do more often–is ask her readers a question at the end of her posts. This spurs conversation which ultimately causes us to actively think about what we read.

    My blog differs from something like hers in that I have such a passion for the Word of God. I usually have at least one post each week that is taken straight from my time that morning in His Word.

    Oh, and, she's on twitter. Yes, I'm still considering.

  25. Oh yay! I thought we broke the OurChurch blog with all our amazing traffic we've been sending its way.

    Today… me, Oprah, ProBlogger and some other cool people are niche buddies….
    http://greeninventionscentral.blogspot.com/2010/0

  26. I believe my niche is tips for familly living. Live and learn.
    Would that fit as a niche name?!

    Here are 3 sites I've analysed with my comments.

    http://www.mereindigne.com/
    Banner, one column, archives, categories and links to other blogger.
    Published a book after writting for a while on her blog. Now broadcasted as a webpisode.
    Simple look.
    Don't really post on her blog now.
    http://lataiedoreiller.blogspot.com/
    On the right side column, shows what she reads, Twitter feed, Facebook link, archives and game dress up the duck.
    Simple look.
    Post regularly.
    http://www.banlieusardises.com/
    Love the look and the layout !
    At the top, navigation within the different subject (cuisine, jardin, loisirs, etc.)
    On the right side colum, shows ad, box for popular post/comments/recents posts, shows Facebook fans with images, Flickr feed, box to search the blog with keywords.
    Footer : infos (about, archives, etc.), and 2 more boxes.
    All posts have a picture.
    Post regularly.

    How's my blog unique? Beside being from Gatineau, I don't know. And even that. I didn't do that extensive a search… I'm kind of clueless about this one. Any suggestions from the outside?

    Also, today I talk about Lego blocs for my 4th day to become a better blogger ! http://lemondedenathalie.ca/2010/05/06/jeremie-et

  27. I believe my niche is tips for familly living. Live and learn.
    Would that fit as a niche name?!

    Here are 3 sites I've analysed with my comments.

    http://www.mereindigne.com/
    Banner, one column, archives, categories and links to other blogger.
    Published a book after writting for a while on her blog. Now broadcasted as a webpisode.
    Simple look.
    Don't really post on her blog now.
    http://lataiedoreiller.blogspot.com/
    On the right side column, shows what she reads, Twitter feed, Facebook link, archives and game dress up the duck.
    Simple look.
    Post regularly.
    http://www.banlieusardises.com/
    Love the look and the layout !
    At the top, navigation within the different subject (cuisine, jardin, loisirs, etc.)
    On the right side colum, shows ad, box for popular post/comments/recents posts, shows Facebook fans with images, Flickr feed, box to search the blog with keywords.
    Footer : infos (about, archives, etc.), and 2 more boxes.
    All posts have a picture.
    Post regularly.

    How's my blog unique? Beside being from Gatineau, I don't know. And even that. I didn't do that extensive a search… I'm kind of clueless about this one. Any suggestions from the outside?

    Also, today I talk about Lego blocs for my 4th day to become a better blogger ! http://lemondedenathalie.ca/2010/05/06/jeremie-et

  28. this is a bit hard for me since I know a lot of blogs that deal heavily in the technical aspect of filmmaking or are extremely professional. SynaptcLight is really an account of my journey and thought regarding filmamking.

    I'll have to say thathttp://philipbloom.co.uk/ is a seriously popular site in the niche I am in.
    Things I noticed:

    Lots of more videos using the equipment he Evangelizes
    Lots of Advertizing
    Definitely lots of stuff for filmmakers to benefit from in terms of reviews, tutorials
    He also get very involved outside of his blog with the reviews and films he shots – this gives more credibility, respect and trust

    What can I use/incorporate?
    Well I can certainly get together with local filmmakers or people interest and get a partnership going where we can write reviews and technical articles – inviting more professional people to be involved – take it offline.

    What makes Synaptic Light Different:
    Filmmaking is not my job, it is a hobby (a bit more than that), I don't do it for money, I do most of it for church and I am documenting my progress and what I learn as I work my way to be better in my spare time.

  29. this is a bit hard for me since I know a lot of blogs that deal heavily in the technical aspect of filmmaking or are extremely professional. SynaptcLight is really an account of my journey and thought regarding filmamking.

    I'll have to say thathttp://philipbloom.co.uk/ is a seriously popular site in the niche I am in.
    Things I noticed:

    Lots of more videos using the equipment he Evangelizes
    Lots of Advertizing
    Definitely lots of stuff for filmmakers to benefit from in terms of reviews, tutorials
    He also get very involved outside of his blog with the reviews and films he shots – this gives more credibility, respect and trust

    What can I use/incorporate?
    Well I can certainly get together with local filmmakers or people interest and get a partnership going where we can write reviews and technical articles – inviting more professional people to be involved – take it offline.

    What makes Synaptic Light Different:
    Filmmaking is not my job, it is a hobby (a bit more than that), I don't do it for money, I do most of it for church and I am documenting my progress and what I learn as I work my way to be better in my spare time.

  30. this is a bit hard for me since I know a lot of blogs that deal heavily in the technical aspect of filmmaking or are extremely professional. SynaptcLight is really an account of my journey and thought regarding filmamking.

    I'll have to say thathttp://philipbloom.co.uk/ is a seriously popular site in the niche I am in.
    Things I noticed:

    Lots of more videos using the equipment he Evangelizes
    Lots of Advertizing
    Definitely lots of stuff for filmmakers to benefit from in terms of reviews, tutorials
    He also get very involved outside of his blog with the reviews and films he shots – this gives more credibility, respect and trust

    What can I use/incorporate?
    Well I can certainly get together with local filmmakers or people interest and get a partnership going where we can write reviews and technical articles – inviting more professional people to be involved – take it offline.

    What makes Synaptic Light Different:
    Filmmaking is not my job, it is a hobby (a bit more than that), I don't do it for money, I do most of it for church and I am documenting my progress and what I learn as I work my way to be better in my spare time.

  31. this is a bit hard for me since I know a lot of blogs that deal heavily in the technical aspect of filmmaking or are extremely professional. SynaptcLight is really an account of my journey and thought regarding filmamking.

    I'll have to say thathttp://philipbloom.co.uk/ is a seriously popular site in the niche I am in.
    Things I noticed:

    Lots of more videos using the equipment he Evangelizes
    Lots of Advertizing
    Definitely lots of stuff for filmmakers to benefit from in terms of reviews, tutorials
    He also get very involved outside of his blog with the reviews and films he shots – this gives more credibility, respect and trust

    What can I use/incorporate?
    Well I can certainly get together with local filmmakers or people interest and get a partnership going where we can write reviews and technical articles – inviting more professional people to be involved – take it offline.

    What makes Synaptic Light Different:
    Filmmaking is not my job, it is a hobby (a bit more than that), I don't do it for money, I do most of it for church and I am documenting my progress and what I learn as I work my way to be better in my spare time.

  32. this is a bit hard for me since I know a lot of blogs that deal heavily in the technical aspect of filmmaking or are extremely professional. SynaptcLight is really an account of my journey and thought regarding filmamking.

    I'll have to say thathttp://philipbloom.co.uk/ is a seriously popular site in the niche I am in.
    Things I noticed:

    Lots of more videos using the equipment he Evangelizes
    Lots of Advertizing
    Definitely lots of stuff for filmmakers to benefit from in terms of reviews, tutorials
    He also get very involved outside of his blog with the reviews and films he shots – this gives more credibility, respect and trust

    What can I use/incorporate?
    Well I can certainly get together with local filmmakers or people interest and get a partnership going where we can write reviews and technical articles – inviting more professional people to be involved – take it offline.

    What makes Synaptic Light Different:
    Filmmaking is not my job, it is a hobby (a bit more than that), I don't do it for money, I do most of it for church and I am documenting my progress and what I learn as I work my way to be better in my spare time.

  33. My new post for the day:http://campfirecowboyministries.com/2010/05/how-o

    I think my post disappeared (or I nested it somewhere). Typical for today.

    My niche is Simple Cowboy Christianity.

    Could only find a few blogs that fit my niche. Most were cowboy church blogs that were more announcements than blog.

    I sure wish I could find that post!

  34. My niche is Church Technology. In looking at other sites, I need to beef up my ability to offer subscriptions and include a widget or two on my site. I'm also looking into better category descriptors for my posts and the possibility of using a guest blogger.

    My post for today: http://jerryfultz.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/tech-f

  35. My niche is Church Technology. In looking at other sites, I need to beef up my ability to offer subscriptions and include a widget or two on my site. I'm also looking into better category descriptors for my posts and the possibility of using a guest blogger.

    My post for today: http://jerryfultz.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/tech-f

  36. My niche in Christian growth/discipleship/pastors. I already posted my (almost) daily reads on my list post: http://junctionforjesus.blogspot.com/2010/05/6-bl
    What I really like about most of these is their content–a lot of good ideas and info for me as a Christian and pastor. I don't know that they are "top blogs" though.
    Here are some that might be top blogs in my niche: http://www.ronniefloyd.com/blog/ — Pastor and a leader in the SBC. I like the format of his blog. http://alvinreid.com/archives/category/blog — Professor at SEBTS. Again, a great layout. Pictures and everything. http://www.perrynoble.com/ — I too think Noble's blog is a top one. He has a very clean layout. He uses a lot of lists also!

    My blog is certainly not a top one, but I hope it is unique just 'cause it's me. Here's my post for today: Church, Love It or Hate IT —http://junctionforjesus.blogspot.com/2010/05/chur

  37. Well I didn't end up with the results I was looking for (answers to the questions above). I spent most of my time trying to navigate my way around sites like Technorati and I ended up with results for blogs that I wouldn't have expected to be at the top of my niche (genealogy, family history, organizing photos, preserving photos and memorabilia). The site that came up at the top of my genealogy and family history searches in Technorati was not a pretty website, but they had a ton of very informative posts (multiple posts every day) and a ton of badges and nice logo links on the side. I couldn't tell if the logo links were paid sponsors because the site didn't have any visible link or page to find out out to sponsor and they weren't AdSense. I didn't see any AdSense on the page. It looks like a free Blogger.com template. The site is:http://tracingthetribe.blogspot.com/.

  38. My niche seems to be that of "mommy blogger" who writes about family and faith. My blog is a little bit different, of course, because my family and choices about how I raise my family are different. I have my own unique perspective and spin on things.

    I analyzedhttp://www.wearethatfamily.com

    Some things I noticed that I would like to incorporate in my blog are regular, themed "columns" that people expect to see on certain days of the week, product recommendations, giveaways, and a focus on charity and giving, among other things. Some of these things I can incorporate immediately, and others will come as my blog grows and develops. I realize this is a process that will take some time.

    My blog is unique because I am unique, my family is different, and the some of the choices my family makes are unique. In addition, my family deals with some issues that other families don't have to deal with, and that shapes my writing, my faith, and my writing about my faith. I believe that differentiating myself from the pack will happen as a natural result of my continued work on my writing and my blog. Of course, I will be on the lookout for ideas and methods to use too!

    ~Jennifer

  39. Still working on reviewing a blog in my niche. The problem for me is in my main business I don't want to give any undo props to a company that is a competitor! ha!! So I'll review one later.

    But since we're a loving family here is the post today from the blog I run for my pastorhttp://tomelmore.com/what-happens-in-the-margin/

  40. Still working on reviewing a blog in my niche. The problem for me is in my main business I don't want to give any undo props to a company that is a competitor! ha!! So I'll review one later.

    But since we're a loving family here is the post today from the blog I run for my pastorhttp://tomelmore.com/what-happens-in-the-margin/

  41. Because several people asked for suggestions on where they can find other blogs in their niche, I edited today's blog post adding this:

    1.5 (Added 5 PM) Some bloggers don’t know what blogs are in their niche. If you don’t read other blogs that touch on the same topics you do, you may not know what blogs to analyze. A couple of places you can search for blogs by topic are
    http://Technorati.com http://PostRank.com.

  42. Because several people asked for suggestions on where they can find other blogs in their niche, I edited today's blog post adding this:

    1.5 (Added 5 PM) Some bloggers don’t know what blogs are in their niche. If you don’t read other blogs that touch on the same topics you do, you may not know what blogs to analyze. A couple of places you can search for blogs by topic are
    http://Technorati.com http://PostRank.com.

  43. Because several people asked for suggestions on where they can find other blogs in their niche, I edited today's blog post adding this:

    1.5 (Added 5 PM) Some bloggers don’t know what blogs are in their niche. If you don’t read other blogs that touch on the same topics you do, you may not know what blogs to analyze. A couple of places you can search for blogs by topic are
    http://Technorati.com http://PostRank.com.

  44. Because several people asked for suggestions on where they can find other blogs in their niche, I edited today's blog post adding this:

    1.5 (Added 5 PM) Some bloggers don’t know what blogs are in their niche. If you don’t read other blogs that touch on the same topics you do, you may not know what blogs to analyze. A couple of places you can search for blogs by topic are
    http://Technorati.com http://PostRank.com.

  45. I'm just curious, how has everyone gone about finding the top blogs in their niche? Has it been by simply searching a popular name? Have you simply been reading that particular blog for awhile? Word of mouth? Or is there a better way to find who is really a top blogger?
    I started with a search on Technorati.com for running and fitness blogs, but wasn't real excited with what I found.
    The next option was to look at blogs that I have already been reading in the area and see who they link to in their blogrolls.
    Any other suggestions for find great blogs?

  46. Well, I'm posting for Day 3 here because I wanted to write a post yesterday. By the time, I finished everything, I knew it would be too late to get any feedback. So, I'm posting Day 3 and later will post Day 4.
    I sent individual messages to groups of friends on Facebook and sent out a group email. I'll say this went out to probably close to 50 people all together. So far, I have gotten 2 responses–one only posted to my FB message site. The other one left a post on my blog. I need help. I have a hard time drawing people in to read my blog. I've posted it on my facebook page in general, and friends will just leave comments on the pictures on FB. I don't know how to do Twitter, and I don't know how to add the share button to my blog so that it can go out to different media.
    As I posted late last night, I'm still holding out hope for more comments. Here is the blog post. However, I should let you know, this post is much longer than I normally write. You might want to look at others as well.
    Looking forward to your comments:
    http://openmyearslord.blogspot.com/2010/5/submiss

    Thank you,
    Janis

  47. It's been a busy day. I wrote my post during lunch, but then didn't get a chance to post it here, so here it is:http://trainingcrucible.blogspot.com/2010/05/5-bl

  48. It's been a busy day. I wrote my post during lunch, but then didn't get a chance to post it here, so here it is:http://trainingcrucible.blogspot.com/2010/05/5-bl

  49. It's been a busy day. I wrote my post during lunch, but then didn't get a chance to post it here, so here it is:http://trainingcrucible.blogspot.com/2010/05/5-bl

  50. It's been a busy day. I wrote my post during lunch, but then didn't get a chance to post it here, so here it is:http://trainingcrucible.blogspot.com/2010/05/5-bl

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