Recently you may have noticed some slight changes to the GeneaBloggers.com site. Most bloggers understand that over time you will “tweak” your blog to add or remove features or to try new things. One goal for every blogger should be to communicate change to readers so there are no surprises. If your loyal readers suddenly pull up your blog one day and the template has radically change, they may believe they’ve landed on the wrong site and/or they may have trouble finding resources.
Changes at GeneaBloggers.com
Starting in October 2016, here are some of the changes anticipated over the next month:
- Advertisements at the top of page (aka “top of fold”) and sidebar, related to genealogy and family history. These are needed to cover website hosting costs. My goal is to keep such ads to a minimum and to make sure they are always relevant. If you see an ad that doesn’t sit well with you, please contact me!
- Content relevant ads at the end of each post. This is a work in progress and you may see this feature come and go over the next month. My initial foray into this area resulted in ads that were not related to genealogy and family history. As I’ve said above, there will be a few tests until it works or else I will drop the feature.
- A new template! I’ve been using this same template at GeneaBloggers.com for over five years now. Back then, many readers did not like the condensed “magazine” format and wanted a “less clicks” environment. Much has changed in terms of blog templates and the way users interact with websites. Look for a new templates and your feedback is needed!
- More resources and downloads. Many readers have told me that they have trouble finding all the freebies that I hand out including cheat sheets, recordings, handouts etc. So I’ll be pulling all these items from across several different websites into one Resources area.
- More industry-related posts. While sometimes I believe I blather on about the genealogy and family history industry, many people want my insights into the latest happenings at Ancestry.com or new products in the DNA area. I hope to get more posts up that you’ll want to share with others interested in researching their roots.
GeneaBloggers.com and MyHeritage
You may also notice that GeneaBloggers.com is no longer sponsored by MyHeritage. In no way does this reflect a “break up” or “falling” out with MyHeritage – after more than two years, I wanted the freedom to carry advertisements, to review different products, etc. I still strongly believe in MyHeritage and its ability to expand my genealogy research . . . so much so that I have a 50% off discount offer (click here) available through October 9th.
Change Agents Wanted
Finally, if you have suggestions for features, resources and formats at GeneaBloggers.com, please use the comments below or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. As blogging continues to evolve in both the genealogy market and in the world of social media, new ideas are needed to keep the art of blogging relevant especially for genealogy and family history.
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