31 days to build a better blogThis weekend I have finished my reading of Darren Rowse eBook31 Days To Build a Better Blog“. All 94 pages of it! To say that it contains great information would be unfair understatement! eBook is a great resource for any blogger, no matter which platform you are using as it deals with general concepts that will apply to any platform and action steps that will work for ANY blog. So the question is then – why did I title this post:

When “Good Practice” is Bad Investment?

Right? Excellent point!

So there I was, seating… reading… agreeing…

Right up until I got to Day 27 (yes, entire ebook is a compilation of Blog Posts by Darren that was used in project with same name) – Hunt for Dead Links [Day 27: 31DBBB].

Entire lesson in that day is based on a VERY GOOD and solid “best practice” guideline for webmasters – be sure that you site doesn’t contain any dead links.

And by dead links it simply means – any link that goes to a page that either no longer exist or changed. It is a great advice but quite frankly – EXTREMELY time consuming. I don’t know about you but for me finding a time to create content and maintain other aspects of my online business is a lot more important.

Especially since there is No Known or at least confirmed penalty for having dead links as Darren rightfully states in his lesson and as mentioned by many other blogs around the web.

Problem often comes from using plugins on our blogs, as they create links not designed to be followed and as such give errors, that is in addition to actual links that are dead. On my last scan I had hundreds of “dead links” and it would require me way too much time to address them. Perhaps if you are just starting a new blog and integrate the process into your monthly routine as Darren suggests – it will work but for me…

Bad Investment of my time, considering that I don’t see it helping or punishing me.  So the questions is now – what do I think about eBook overall?

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As I have stated right before I jumped into the argument on one of the points Darren makes in his eBook – “…I was, seating… reading… agreeing…

That is because I think that eBook is a superb reference and action steps guide. While it is available for reading on Darren’s blog – I like to have an easy access to information, print is and read at my convenience. Yeah, I like to read printed information, as it also allows me to highlight the points I need to further look into and make the guide truly useful to me!

Oh, yeah – the eBook also includes notes from Darren, references for additional reading  and Action Steps for each Lesson, which I’m sure many will appreciate.

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Quite nice features in my opinion!

While you can read the entire Guide on Darren’s Blog – I recommend you purchase the eBook edition as for $14 it is great investment! Even if you don’t follow every lesson I can assure you that you will get a lot of great information and with printed material – you can actually separate it into action steps as YOU are willing to take them!

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