‘Business of Blogging’ Category

Free links to your site

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Free links to your site: I admit that the title of this post is a little sensational but that is how Matt Cutts puts it. In the post linked above, he talks about the newly introduced feature of Google Webmaster Portal that allows users to find the pages that link to 404 pages on your site. In his words (emphasis his) “Some of the easiest links you’ll ever get are when people tried to link to you and just messed up.” What was most useful for me in that post was a link to another post on the Google Webmaster Portal that helps you create better 404 pages using an experimental widget. Now I am sure there are ways to incorporate a Custom Search within the 404 without using the widget but I stuck with it because the output looked useful. Quick Online Tips had a post on the Google […]

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1000 things I’ve learned about blogging from OJB

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1000 things I’ve learned about blogging from the Online Journalism Blog.: An interesting and long-ish list of lessons that the author (I could not figure out who wrote this article from their list of authors. I am assuming it was Paul Bradshaw. Multi-author blogs really, really need to think about adding the name of the author to their templates/themes.) has learned from blogging. Some of them are absolute gems such as “First knowledge, then analysis, then ideas” and “A blog without comments is broken“. More food for thought would come from the conversations surrounding such a list. I will add one of my own. If you consider others’ opinions, you will have involved and returning readers. What have you learned about blogging?

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It’s time to cast your vote

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Listed here are the entries to the WordPress Plugin Competition 2.5. Please help us choose the winners by visiting each of the plugins below and rating them on the linked page. Adminimize AnyVar Attachment Extender Automatic Timezone Broken links Remover Click ComicPress Manager Dk Obama Gallery DoDo Editor Extender Flaresmith Flickr Gallery Fun with in-context comments Great Real Estate Idealien Category Enhancements Image Browser Extender Invite friends Live Blogroll MailPress Manageable Maxref Widgets Media in response MultiSiteManager Nonce! Please PhotoJAR: Base Picture Increment Cron System Post Groups Post Tabs Repost Role Scoper SEO Smart Links Sermon Management Show Me Options Sidebars Simple Flash Video SlideShare Presentation List Snazzy Archives Paypal API Subscriptions Tabbed Widgets tWPtter Vent Vote2Publish WP125 WP Comment Remix WP Easy Uploader WP Sentry WP Wall Yank Widget ZdMultiLang Remember to test the plugin properly before giving your vote.

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WordPress.com 2.5 Essential Training Videos

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WordPress.com 2.5 Essential Training at lynda.com Online Training Library® is a set of training videos by Maria Langer (who also happens to be a professional helicopter pilot) that walk through the setup and use of WordPress as a blogging tool. Sadly, the title of this set of videos might be a bit misleading (though the title does indeed say WordPress.com, I was taken by the version number in the title) since the videos are tailored for WordPress.com blogs and not for self hosted WordPress.org blogs. However, a few of the initial videos are offered for free download and the only option for purchase of the full set is via a monthly subscription for $25 which would give the user access to all the videos on lynda.com. There are plans to sell the videos as a CDROM for purchase but those are not available as of this post. The videos are […]

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Hot or Not: TypePad AntiSpam

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I received a ping from Anil on their newly released beta product TypePad AntiSpam while I was on vacation. I told Anil that I would look into it and write a balanced article on it when I got back. I procrastinated on writing the post for quite a while but that also gave me the chance to think about the product quite a bit, have some conversations with Anil and others about the product and ruminate on the merits, usefulness and finally the viability of the service. It came as no surprise to me that Six Apart would come up with such a product and the choices made for the product are even lesser of a surprise. I had some initial thoughts on branding and the nature of the product that I communicated to Anil privately but the rest of the review of the technology and the service is my […]

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b10Gg3r$ aR3 DaNg3r0u$

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Bloggers are Dangerous: I followed a chain of posts to the Innovation Creators blog to finally find the original author of the picture below. The linked article actually talks about how bloggers are perceived to be dangerous by various companies and their executives and Rod investigates the social and technological implications of blogging on the Enterprise. If you are into that sort of thing, it might be an interesting read. However, the picture of the various blog gang signs interested me the most. Afterthought: I wish more people credited the original author instead of linking to the last place they found an article of interest, especially when there is a CC license involved. Post name via oneplusinfinity On completely unrelated news, I found a WordPress Theme Design Book by Tessa Blakeley Silver that might be of interest to theme designers. Looks like the book is also available as an eBook. […]

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15 Websites and,or Services I’d Actually Pay For

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15 Websites / Services I’d Actually Pay For Ryan lists fifteen websites/online services he would be willing to pay for, if they were not free. Worthy of note is the following in the list: WordPress.org: The benefit of blogging with WP is so significant (SEO, functionality, flexibility) that it’s well worth paying for. I’d probably pay a $200 for an installation… which makes me realize how much I rely on the product. This is an incredibly interesting line of thought and I am sure a lot of Web 2.0 companies/services would kill to have more user data and input on this. I strongly believe that revenue models and monetization techniques are the stuff that make or break a company in spite of the fantastic idea/concept that it might provide. In that spirit, here is my list of 12 things online (15 things were hard to find quickly) I am willing […]

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Vulnerable WordPress Blogs Not Being Indexed

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Vulnerable WordPress Blogs Not Being Indexed: Technorati has decided to not index vulnerable and exploited WordPress blogs. This comes after the recent spat of hacks that were discovered on various high profile blogs and websites. What was even more interesting was the fact that some of these hacks and exploitations might have come from covert and encrypted code hidden in various themes available for free over the web. The moral of this story is that you need to upgrade your WordPress blog now to WordPress 2.5. Just so that everyone is aware, WordPress 2.5 is the latest stable version and this should be the version that everyone should upgrade to. Any older versions leaves you vulnerable. [EDIT] As mentioned on the legacy 2.0 page, WordPress 2.0.11 is the latest stable download with all the latest security fixes for the 2.0 branch. However, WordPress 2.5 is still the latest and the […]

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SeaWorld, WordPress and conversations

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Social Media Marketing at SeaWorld They put up a WordPress blog and uploaded raw content to Flickr and YouTube. They then worked the online communities focused on roller coasters to get the word out. This article is based on a video podcast by Shel Israel of FastCompany.tv. On one of the panels at WordCamp, we were asked a question that roughly translated to the same one that Shel is trying to get answers for. “How do you measure a conversation?” SeaWorld simply put together a blog and some pictures and videos using tools that are feely available, to generate buzz and conversation amongst ethusiasts they might have normally overlooked. The question in my mind is not how we measure but what we measure as the outcome of a social media marketing strategy and how we know that it is time to measure a particular set of results.

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