To keep you up-to-date with blogging, here are the most important news that caught my attention this week.
Biggest blogs use WordPress
A recent study has found that WordPress blogging platform is used by 48% of the top 100 blogs in the world.
WordPress is dominating the blogging platforms with self-hosted WordPress.org powering 39% of the blogs and hosted WordPress.com powering 9%. Learn here the differences between self-hosted and hosted WordPress.
Custom blogging platforms power 22% of the blogs. Competitors like Blogger and Tumblr are long down the list with respectively 2% and 1%. See more on Blogger vs Tumblr vs WordPress.
Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress, blogs that he expects some of the competitors to disappear including Typepad, Blogsmith and Movable Type. Matt also expects less blogs to use custom platforms and instead of investing a lot of money on running a custom platform, invest the money in content creation.
According to Matt, the focus of WordPress in the future is developing a faster and more accessible dashboard, including on touch devices. If you’re not blogging, it’s time for you to install WordPress.
Quality content is all the SEO your blog needs
Google has continued making changes in the way they rank websites readjusting 50 different metrics. One of the interesting quotes is:
Better interpretation and use of anchor text. We’ve improved systems we use to interpret and use anchor text, and determine how relevant a given anchor might be for a given query and website.
SEO experts are trying to figure out what these new changes mean and how they can outplay Google again. The conclusion from experts is that Google is getting better and better at figuring out SEO techniques.
Creative quality content is getting much more importance even for SEO gurus. Time to remind yourself of those blog SEO tips from Google and focus on creating blog content that people want to consume.
In other blogging news
Google+ has introduced few changes borrowed from Twitter and Facebook such as trending topics and new design for pages. Google+ is getting more important day by day so do check it out and see if it brings any blog traffic to you.
Most importantly make sure to get that profile picture next to your articles in Google’s search results by integrating Google Authorship.
What blogging news caught your interest this week? Share your comments below.