Month: May 2007

Contactify – for hiding email addresses

Contactify allows you to be securely emailed from your blog without revealing your email address. Sign up with Contactify and you are furnished with your own link to a personal ‘Contact Me’ form. This link can be simply inserted into any webpage. This will prevent spam mail by: not having to display your email address in your code image validation submission Here is an example using my own contactify link: Contact Me <a href="http://www.contactify.com/your contactify no">The text you want to show: e.g. Contact Me</a> Tags: Email, Blog-Tips,...

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Blogging Toolbox 1-Firefox/Flock

Firefox – is my browser of choice, with Flock a close second. Both allow easy addition of useful extensions and toolbars for blogging. Extensions: Scrapbook Uses – blog editing and research Scrapbook allows you to download pages, complete with images, quickly and simply and then edit them using any html editor/text. I find this extension indispensable and especially useful to view and style xml and java script generated content; which you can’t normally view until you have saved your template or posted your blog. Major Features: Save a web page Save a snippet of a web page by selecting text and images Save a web site (In-depth Capture) Erase parts of the page prior to capture if there are areas you do not want. (e.g. you may just wish to do some styling of your sidebar) Organize the collection in the same way as Bookmarks It is great for the New Blogger. I ‘scrapbook’ my page; which is captured in html format. I can alter the CSS, add elements to the page, see my results in the browser and only alter my template when I am happy with the results. I use it extensively as a research tool – capturing pages or just a few sentences of information I wish to review later. If you are not used to coding in html or CSS you can scrapbook pages or...

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My Blogging Toolchest

If you are a regular blogger, or one who has limited time to write, you need tools to help you get organised, research, style and post quickly. (I am English/Australian and don’t spell organize with a z.) In this series of posts I would like to share with you some of the resources in my own ‘blogging toolbox’. I will be covering such topics as: Firefox extensions and toolbars Post to blog applications Editing software and tools Organisational methods Online Utilities Researching methods. Other things that come to mind on the way! I am always willing to try new blogging tools – so if you know of any that you think are worth me taking a look at, please let me...

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Bubble Tooltips

Bubble Tooltips is a script that presents tooltips with a graphic background. This can be an attractive design feature as well as a way of drawing attention to any messages you may want to emphasize. Tooltips display the text that appears in the “title” attribute of your url link. eg: <a href=”sueblimelybt.blogspot.com title=”a blog about blogging”> Sueblimely Discovering Blogging</a> I had the script installed on this blog but it conflicted with the Line Buzz inline commenting feature. I have therefore created an example on my own server. Example of Bubble Tooltips The script for this was created by Alessandro Fulciniti. Please read his his article for a full description and code download.. Tags: Tooltips, Blog-Tips, Blog-Coding...

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If You Remember No Other Traffic Tip, Remember This One

I would recommend this post to those of you who are starting out blogging and are concerned about increasing traffic. John, of “Finding The Money” fame, has again come up with a well written article that pulls no punches and makes perfect sense. The article spurred me on and I hope you find it encouraging too. I am not going to give away his tip as you need to read it in context. (I also don’t think it good betiquette to take advantage of someone else’s idea in posts but I will certainly put his advice to good use.) If You Remember No Other Traffic Tip, Remember This...

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