Posts Tagged ‘blog’

Should your blog show post extracts or full posts? [Survey Results]

Have you ever wondered whether you should set your blog homepage to show full blog posts or post extracts/excerpts only with a link to read more? Or maybe a combination?

What do most blog readers prefer? I asked myself this question recently and some quick online research didn’t give me a definitive answer.

I asked around on Twitter, but got mixed responses. So I set up a survey (in the form of a quick poll question, with an optional field for comments) to try to get a better idea of what blog readers prefer.

The outcome may surprise some. And the comments help remind us that everyone has different habits and preferences and that includes the way people like to read blogs.

Recommendations are at the end of this post.


Full Posts or Extracts on Blog Homepage? Your Preference Please!

When you visit a blog, do you want to see only extracts of blog posts (with a link to read more), or full posts right there (so you don’t have to click again), or some kind of combination of both?

I was wondering if there’s a clear preference among blog readers. Asking around on Twitter resulted in a mixed bag of results, so I decided to put up a poll and ask more people.

Let’s try to get a clear answer to this question. Other people are wondering too. Once we know what people prefer on blog homepages, we can give our blog readers what they want.

To help me get to the bottom of this, please take a few seconds to answer my poll question:

I will blog about the results next week.


Guest Post on Canada’s largest Internet Marketing Blog

In March this year I was honoured to be invited to submit an article as a guest blogger to Canada’s largest internet marketing company, Search Engine People. My first guest post was published on Search Engine People’s high-profile blog on April 5th 2011 and has received some great responses.

The article identifies common website performance problems and gives a checklist of potential causes and solutions.

Read my guest post on the Search Engine People Blog here: Website Performance Troubleshooting Checklist.

Why would you write a guest post for someone else’s blog?

Having informative, well-written guest posts published on blogs of other websites or companies is a great way to:


Blog about Coffs Harbour activities and attractions

I live in Coffs Harbour on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales in Australia and I love it here. I have been writing content, stories and editorials for Coffs Coast Marketing for several years, helping to promote the Coffs Coast region – which is what the area around Coffs Harbour is called – to tourists and visitors.

My blog describing fun things to do in & around Coffs Harbour

But there are many things that are so lovely here that I just feel like sharing with more people. Not just visitors, but also people who have lived here a long time, or who have just moved here.

That’s why in January, I decided to start a blog about Coffs Harbour activities and fun things to do here, written mostly from personal experience and featuring my own photos. The URL of the website is


Content Writer’s professional New Year’s Resolutions for 2009

At the start of a new year, I’ve made a few resolutions – or really, a list of things I’m determined to do in 2009, career-wise.

They’re all related to my diverse profession as a copywriter, website consultant, search engine optimiser, content specialist, public relations consultant and freelance journalist.