Off and on for the last few months I’ve been checking in with a website called Daily Blog Tips. I’ll go into more detail in a little bit, but basically the site is a guide to blogging, with advice and ideas for how anyone can get their blog to gain (and keep) lots of traffic.
Most recently while I was poking around on Daily Blog Tips, I came across links to their network of sites, which I’ve dubbed “The Daily Tips Network” (DTN) because I don’t believe they’ve got any other name for it. There are three sites in the DTN, the previously mentioned Daily Blog Tips, a grammar/writing guide called Daily Writing Tips and the internet scoop site called Daily Bits.
Below you can read about each of them in more detail. There are screenshots and links as well.
Daily Blog Tips
I’m not even really sure when or how I first ended up on Daily Blog Tips, but ever since the first time I was there I’ve continued to end up on the site, either through links from other blogs or through the search engines. Now I go back on my own regularly.
One of the reasons I kept finding myself on Daily Blog Tips is it’s WordPress resources. WordPress is a popular blogging platform and Daily Blog Tips has some excellent WordPress themes that you can download for free. Daily Blog Tips also has links to some helpful WordPress plugins as well. The bottom line is if you’re a WordPress user, you’ve either already come across Daily Blog Tips or you probably should give it a look.
Daily Blog Tips isn’t only for WordPress users, though. There are tons of articles on all different blogging topics from monetization to driving traffic to content creation. In fact, if you have a website (blog or not) you should be able to find some useful information. If you haven’t gone to Daily Blog Tips already, go there now. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
(Cue elevator music.)
Oh, good. You’re back. The second site in the Daily Tips Network is next.
Daily Writing Tips
Nowadays the internet makes it easy for just about anyone to start a website and post their thoughts to the web. This is fine, great really, except many people lack writing skills. Unfortunately, grammatical errors can affect the writer’s ability to earn respect from his or her readers. To fix this problem the web needs sites that re-teach English. Enter Daily Writing Tips.
Daily Writing Tips explores different areas of writing from grammar to punctuation to spelling. There are already hundreds of posts touching on very specific examples. For instance, in the Grammar Category you can read articles that explain when to use “a” vs “an” or whether you should use “its” or “it’s”. Good reads, and informative too.
One of the coolest parts of the site is the Daily Writing Tips Tests. There are only a few listed right now, but they’re a fun way to gauge where you are with your writing skills. See how well you do. Go ahead, do it now. I’ll still be here.
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Ok, now that you’re finished let’s move on to the third and final site of the DTN.
Daily Bits is a site that discusses the trends and news of the tech side of the internet. With updates on what the major players like Google, WordPress, and Facebook are up to, Daily Bits is a dependable source for keeping tabs on the state of the web.
I like how well the site has its finger on the pulse of what’s happening on the internet. Most of the posts are relevant and timely, and even though the topic is directed towards a moderate to advanced reader, the writing style is conversational and easy to understand.
The best way to explain Daily Bits, without actually going there and seeing for yourself (which you can do in just a moment), is to share the site’s self explanation – “your daily dose of internet and technology!”.
Ok, now you can take a look at Daily Bits.
The Daily Tips Network Wrapup
I hope you’ve gotten some use from my recommendation of the DTN. I think Daniel Scocco, the editor/author/developer of the DTN sites, has done an excellent job creating this network. As I mentioned before, the sites are all the perfect amount of similar but different to stand alone yet compliment each other in a way that makes them all better.
If you’re interested in hearing more, you can follow Daniel on Twitter or go to any or all of the DTN sites and subscribe to his RSS or mailing list.
I know I made a little point about bad grammar/spelling/punctuation in bloggers when discussing Daily Writing Tips, however, I make no claims that my writing is anywhere close to perfect.
In fact, I’d be willing to bet that even after two proofreads there will be anywhere from one to many mistakes in this post alone not to mention the rest of this site.
I guess what I’m saying is please feel free to point out any typos you might find, but keep it constructive. Even John McEnroe knows everyone makes mistakes.