Are you blogging purely to make a quick buck, or do you have long-term goals? If you have long-term goals then one of the most important aspects of your blog design isn’t advertising placement, but how you encourage people to subscribe to your blog, or sign up to your mailing list.
Chris Pearson has just written a dynamite post on how to use custom CSS with a WordPress theme.
It is especially important if you tweak your themes a lot, and the theme designer is highly active in upgrading themes with new features, and also helps if you tend to switch themes for various custom elements. A lot of plugins for instance ask you to add some CSS to your main CSS file, because they don’t inject it into your header automatically.
Recently I wrote about how you can customise some of the elements in your RSS feed for correct display.
I just found out about another alternative for those comfortable with CSS called Feed Styler. It allows you to apply CSS to various page elements automatically, effectively using 2 style sheets, one for your blog pages, and another for your feeds.
It achieves this by automatically adding inline CSS styling to various page elements.
As I stated in the comments in that post, I also contacted Google directly but I asked multiple questions. I had to use the email route not having a direct line to decision makers at Google, but Google have been fairly prompt in replying to my questions.
I noticed a useful trick to show more of the people who have visited your blog recently over on Digital Inspiration.
This is extremely useful to help you spot contact whores who are just sending you contact requests without ever visiting your blog. There are scripts out there to do this now, so be on the lookout.