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7 Links for Bloggers

Posted By Darren Rowse 17th of July 2010 ProBlogger Site News 0 Comments

Yesterday I challenged readers to write a post that took a 7 link challenge – linking to 7 posts that fit into 7 themes. I thought I’d take it for myself here on ProBlogger.

  1. Your first post – the first post I ever wrote on ProBlogger (I’d been posting on other blogs for a couple of years before this) was in September 2004. It was titled – Get to the Point. It was actually a post that I’d written on another blog which I imported onto this one. On the day I published it I imported 40 or so previously written posts into ProBlogger.
  2. A post you enjoyed writing the most5 Things You Don’t Know about My Dad the ProBlogger. This post was a departure from my normal writing style and as a result I had a lot of fun both writing it and reading the feedback on it.
  3. A post which had a great discussionDoes a Bloggers Age Matter? This was a tough one to choose because there have been a lot of great discussions on ProBlogger in the last 5-6 years. I’ve chosen this one because the discussion is not only rich but it is fresh and has only just slowed.
  4. A post  on someone else’s blog that you wish you’d written – I’m going to share a link here that is one that I refer to constantly in my blogging. It’s Copyblogger’s Magnetic Headlines series of posts. Most specifically I always head to the headline template posts – they’re useful and I wish I had the smarts to come up with them as I’m sure many people keep coming back to them like I do.
  5. A post with a title that you are proud of9 things to do to Make Sure Your Next Blog Post is Read by More than Your Mom. It’s a mouthful but it certainly grabbed people’s attention and was something that people retweeted a lot (I find good titles often get that happening).
  6. A post that you wish more people had readHow to Craft a Blog Post – 10 Crucial Points to Pause. This was actually an 11 part series and while it did get a reasonable amount of traffic it was something that I was a surprised by in terms of lack of reaction as it was something that I put a lot of work into and something that I think is actually very important. Perhaps it was that it was spread out over too long a period for people to take in – but it’s something I’m still proud of and hope people take the time to engage with (I’m even toying with the idea of expanding it and making it into a downloadable resource).
  7. Your most visited post everHow to Blog: Blog Tips for Beginners. This post just continues to gather traffic and is a series that I wrote a few years back for beginner bloggers that just seemed to hit the spot with readers.

I hope you’ve found this useful and am looking forward to seeing your 7 links.

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  1. Hey Darren,

    Wow! Your first blog post was in Sept. 2004. What is even more amazing that you received your first comment in January 2005.

    Now, it only takes minutes after you post before you get a flood of comments. That is awesome!

    Have a great weekend…

  2. Michelle Shapiro says: 07/17/2010 at 1:18 am

    Creative idea for a blog post! This is a great way to add links to your post and showcase some of your best work .

  3. awesome list of tips and resources. I should go dig up and read my first blog post now

  4. Haha,
    Even more interesting than yesterdays post. I absolutely love the “5 things I didn’t know about my dad, the problogger” post. For a second I thought your dad was a blogger, but then I read the post.

    Really interesting way of teaching.


  5. Number 6 always gets me. Many times it’s the posts I worked very hard on and spent hours on that sit there without the number of views I thought they would get. Thanks for the links. I definitely want to check some of them out.

  6. Hey Darren,

    Thanks for sharing your 7 links. It’s nice to see you first post. It gives all of us great motivation.


  7. That’s awesome list Darren. I really like the “9 things to do to Make Sure Your Next Blog Post is Read by More than Your Mom.”

    Thanks for sharing your 7 links. Awesome work.


  8. This was a great idea and it was a learning process for me. My blog is about 2 years old and it was nice to go back and see some of the changes I have made over time.


  9. That was a good link list. I liked the challenge as well since when the author select links from his own blog all of them will be the best of him and worth reading.

  10. Hi Darren,

    I couldn’t pass up this challenge that you put out, so I did it this morning. I’d love to hear responses from people – Feel Free to leave comments! However I seem to have missed the deadline. ether way i’d like to share:



  11. I love this, Darren! Links back to some of the things I’ve missed since adding you to my reader.

    My one-year blogiversary is next Sunday and I’ll be using the 7 link challenge for my post that day. I’ll be sure to link up and tweet it once posted.

    Love it, love it! Thank you.

  12. Thanks for the inspiration to do this, Darren. I’m off to read your ‘Does A Bloggers Age Matter?” – can’t wait to see what kind of discussion that generated.

  13. Hi Darren,
    Like CJ, in the comments I wondered about your Dad the Problogger. Then I read the post and I smiled.

    That is a great idea and I will ask my children to give me their input and I will write a posting soon on what they think of their Dad as a stress management and personal development coach. I am sure to get some orignal comments.
    P.S. thanks again for the seven links inspiration I just added a picture to the post – a picture I took while I was flying over greenland.
    Here is the link again


    for readers who are curious about how greenland looked in March 2010

  14. Darren,

    This was a great post, and fun to do. I offered full attribution to you, took the challenge, and asked my readers to do the same. I love ProBlogger. It’s one of my favourite stops in the Blogosphere. Keep up the great work, and continued success to you.

    Blogging Perspectives Daily’s 7 Links Cahllenge

  15. Hey Darren, I am always truly inspired on a daily basis of what you do and how you help other people. Reading the first comment was interesting about how you didn’t receive your first comment until much later.

    And to imagine that all this has happened in a short few years. I remember reading that we tend to overestimate what we can do in a year, but we underestimate what we can achieve in three.

    Thanks for doing such great work. It’s daily reminders like these that remind me to keep blogging for the people that are looking for guidance out there.

  16. M.D. Creekmore says: 07/17/2010 at 10:43 am

    Here’s mine:


    Great idea by the way.

  17. Hey Darren,
    i bet all the links and posts that you have posted up above is eventually one of your best and credible posts here at Problogger ;)

    I was too curious about the blog post : 5 Things You Don’t Know about My Dad the ProBlogger has to say.
    i really enjoyed how you have written it out cleverly. =)

    Your blog has definitely improve tremendously over the years. starting out with just only 17 commentators on your first blog post up to about 100++ now. kudos to your achievements and of course thank you for sharing all of this.


  18. It’s amazing how something so simple can be so thoroughly informative. You’re right about copyblogger’s content, as some of their post ideas are so unique, but still general enough to appeal to a broad audience.

  19. Thanks for leaving the 7 links. It must be nice to reflect. I’m definitely going to do the challenge in a few days. It’s a great one.


  20. Darren i have read your first post. When i started reading your blog, i just thought that lets read the first post of problogger.
    Just to see that what was written on the first day in this great and informative blog.

  21. I did this challenge yesterday and put my link on that post – it’s great to read yours though! thanks!

  22. I posted yesterday but it never showed up.
    Here’s the link to my blog post.

  23. Wow some of those were very interesting. My personal favourite was the one about writing my next post that would attract more readers than just family.

  24. Hi Darren,

    Great post today. I am glad to see you back making your posts on a regular basis. I have enjoyed the guest bloggers, but I enjoy your posts the most! I have learned so much from you over the last year and a half…

    I encourage you to create an eBook on how to create a post! That’s a great idea. In fact that is a terrific idea! Very specific eBooks on a very narrow topic are the way to go!

    In fact, you could take many of the sections from 31 Days to Build a Better Blog and convert them into eBooks.

    Darren, I would also encourage you to consider developing online workshops, supplemented by Webinars, ebooks, Videos, etc. I would start out with some short term online workshops…you could even put part of the 31 Days in an online workshop format.

    You could set up a Moodle online course in your WordPress blog!

    The advantage of an online workshop is that you would be able to build very strong relationships with other bloggers and then develop partnerships with others over time….sort of like the Third Tribe idea.

    The Power of Online Workshops is that Content and Relationship building is King!


  25. http://compostermom.blogspot.com/2010/07/lucky-seven-list-of-seven-links.html

    Here’s the permalink. Somehow I missed copying and pasting the last one: the most visited link. It’s definitely the one called “Does Sears Know it’s Earth Week?” when I ranted at Sears for not allowing my to use my own bag.

  26. Darren,

    That was quite an adventure. Thanks for sharing.
    I’ve bookmarked some of these for future reference.



  27. Loved writing the 7 link challenge. It’s fun to review our work and see what others think of their work. Thanks for the great assignment! http://www.manageangerdaily.com/2010/07/probloggers-7-link-challenge/

  28. Over at SeeMeGetRich.com I just completed the 7 link challenge. Here are my 7 links:


  29. Thanks again for posting the 7 Link Challenge. I enjoyed putting together my post.


  30. Another Great Post! but to be honest I didn’t do it lol!

  31. Hi, I am commenting first time at ProBloger, but i visited problogger many times.
    But the reason of commenting is that ProBlogger first post was in 2004 amazing, means it is an old, not old ancient blog.

    Well, I hope now you write a post and number of comments are start blowing up.
    But I am sick of waiting for comments to my blog. :(

    Keep up the good work.

  32. This was great. I have a little mini movement going with this one over on my blog. I think this will give a dash of introspection in the blogospher this week. Once again your fun to follow. Here is my post: http://internetlifestyleproject.info/194/my-problogger-7-link-challenge-7links/

  33. Some great posts of yours I’ve never read before. Thanks Darren.

  34. Darren! You never cease to amaze me. Day after day after day you write informative, thought-provoking, useful posts that serve both beginning and seasoned bloggers. Thank you! I am speaking at BlogWorld and I notice you are as well so, I will look forward to meeting you when I can thank you in person. I hope you get great satisfaction in knowing that you have had such a positive influence on this growing industry. We are lucky to have you.


  35. What a great post!

    This is something I could do at the end of every year as a recap post.

    Here is my 7 links posts.

  36. Great stuff Darren
    Always like trying out one of your challenges.
    Hoping that some more medical blogs will follow suit, it is fascinating to see which posts bloggers choose in response to some of the tougher questions.
    Thanks for keeping us stimulated!

  37. Darren,
    Thanks so much for the challenge. It was a great idea to reflect on what I’d written since starting my blog. I also enjoyed reading your entries.

    Mine can be found at:

  38. Love the challenge, Darren. Here’s my own list for Outspoken Media.


  39. http://www.toasteggme.com/index.php/money-making-opportunities-link-love/challenging-7-links-on-toasteggme-money-making-opportunities/

    Above is my link to the 7 links challenge. This is actually a good idea for all of us to take a good look at out own blog. At least we can see how far we’ve been since our first post.

  40. http://www.iamsmartacus.com/web-development-blog/seven-links-challenge/

    Thanks for the stimulating exercise, Darren. It was helpful to review my old posts, especially given the varied categories. It also helped me to identify some areas for improvement (such as a focus on discussion-worthy posts).


  41. Well, it’s been a while since I took on any blogging challenge but this one was fun.

    Here’s my 7 links list: http://www.dragosroua.com/the-7-links-challenge/


  42. These 7 link is really helped me a lot. This is a great idea and great share for the beginner bloggers.

  43. Dear Darren,

    Thanks for helping me make something I think all of my readers are going to enjoy!

    Here’s my take on your challenge.




  44. Thanks to this post, I just come here to say that before 3 years I came here and found great resources about poll site to my blog and it is succeed… Thanks problogger

  45. I thought I previously posted this but didn’t see it on here. If this is a repeat, I do apologize.

    Thanks for the challenge and the idea for this blog post. I do appreciate it.

    Here is my product of your challenge…

  46. I agree with everyone that this is a great idea. And as someone said, it is amazing that something so simple can be so informative.

    I did the challenge and here is my list.


  47. Great idea! Mine are just posted up in my most recent post!


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