Month: November 2007

I am an rssHugger

The things we do to entice visitors to our blogs! Now I am hugging RSS feeds in an attempt to get some link love. I only give my affection to those who deserve it though.. I have never been paid for it!! I have not yet to sold my blog body. (I did lend the sidebar of my old blog to Google Adsense for a while – does that count? I say ‘lend’ because of the pittance I earned). If there are any spammy kerb crawlers reading this please take note. Ok enough puns, back to the topic (I think I have just broken the SEO rule of ensuring your post topic is included right at the start of the post too. Looking back over what I wrote, I do have some reasonably good keywords in the first two sentences – pure luck). I have joined rssHugger in an attempt to entice more subscriptions as well as to find out more about the service; so that I can let you know if it may be of help in promoting your blogs. Their aim is to ” bring bloggers and readers together. rssHugger aims to provide blog owners with a unique easy-to-use way to promote their blogs by sending them traffic, building backlinks for search engine optimization, as well as attracting new rss subscribers if the content is interesting to...

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Do you drop yours? Entrecard that is!

Apologies for the title, I could not resist. What I have been dropping is my Entrecard – a kind of internet calling card. You can see where Entrecard members drop theirs for me – in my right sidebar. Once I have built up enough credits by pressing on the “drop yours’ button on other member sites I can then use these to advertise my site. I also earn credits when others drop in on me. It is too early to say if this will just bring some one off visitors or returning readers but I will keep you informed. In the meantime I think the concept is clever and it appealed to me as being a fun way of gaining some more recognition for this new blog. I only need to visit and drop on sites that interest me, giving kudos where it is due. I only have to accept ads and place ads on sites I choose. I can avoid spammy sites and even if they visit this site they are not leaving – “will you drop on me/fav me, vote for me’ type pleas. I suspect I should have a site logo on my calling card rather than my image but I did not realize it at the time. At least I did not use the Christmas hat picture I have put on MyBlogLog 🙂 Have any...

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Happy Blogging Christmas Card

In the spirit of the season of goodwill, I would like to thank all those people who have supported and encouraged me in my blogging this year. Thanks for entertaining me with your excellent blogs too. I may have researched a lot about the techniques of blogging but it is you that have taught that the real value in blogging is being part of a supportive friendly community. To:- Bobby – revellian.com Caledonia – yours-truly.net Captain Lifecruiser Lifecruiser Colin – Life Carnival of Australia Colin Campbell – Adelaide Green Porridge Cafe Deborrah – Life in the Fast Lane Erica – Mom’s Journal Gattina – Writer’s Cramps Goldcoaster – goldcoaster Hawk – Hawk’s Place Janice – this is a miracle Jen – Semantically Driven Kate – A Byootaful Life Kuanyin – Blog Blond Leigh – All for Women Megha Marhur – Life in Black & Whitel Mighty – The Process of a Miracle Pearl – Fresh Perspectives Peter – St Vincent’s Male Nurses Polliwog – Polliwog’s Pond Shantanu – Traveller’sTales Franco – eBusiness And Blogging Kim – laketrees Meg – Dipping into the Blogpond Mihaela Lica – Pamil Visions Tutorials Lisa – My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings Loz – Mid Life – A Journey R’aquel – aka r’aquel Renny – RennyBA’s Terella Saboma – Maryannasville Sandy Carlson – Sandy’s Profile Page Sharon – ghosts in the machine Snoskred – Life...

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Tracking Comments

Do you look forward to checking to see if you have had new comments? I know I do. Not only does it reassure me that someone has been reading what I write but it develops the feeling of being part of a community. I find that once a person has commented they tend not to come back to the post again. Comments requiring a response from those who have already left a comment remain unacknowledged. I always had the intention to revisit posts I had commented on but found it hard to keep track of what I had written where. Subscribe to comments plugins are a help but can create masses of emails with disjointed content. You cannot follow the flow of a conversation easily without revisiting the post again. This feature is not available on the majority of blogs in any case. Enter coComment. I now use it for every comment I leave on other blogs. coComment keeps track of all comment conversations you wish to follow, saving them to your own page on the coComment site and informs you whenever something is added to a conversation. Clicking on a browser button tells coComment you wish to track a post’s comments. (It does not have to be one you have left comments on yourself.) I subscribe by email to my coComments feed but I tend to just head...

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Adding Favicon Code to your blog

If you followed my first post in this series you will now know how to create the image needed for your favicon (fav-eye-con) icon. Now we have to point our template/theme to that image for it to appear on our site. As you can see if you look in the address bar here I prepared one in advance 🙂 If you host the blog on your own domain Upload your favicon icon file to the root directory of your blog domain e.g. in my case http://www.sueblimely.com Now you need to point your site to the location of the uploaded favicon.ico. For WordPress this involves editing your header.php file and putting the following code between the <head> and </head> tags. <link rel=”icon” href=”http://yourwebsite/favicon.ico” type=”image/x-icon” /> <link rel=”shortcut icon” href=”favicon.ico” type=”image/x-icon” /> Using both codes ensures your icon displays in different browsers. Example: <link rel=”icon” href=”http://www.sueblimely.com/favicon.ico” type=”image/x-icon” / > <link rel=”shortcut icon” href=”www.sueblimely.com/favicon.ico” type=”image/x-icon” / > (You can edit your header.php file from your Dashboard/Presentation/Theme Editor page or by editing locally and uploading the new version via FTP.) Code for different image formats: The format for the Favicons image is PNG, GIF, or ICO and 16×16 pixels or 32×32 pixels, best using either 8-bit or 24-bit colors. It is discouraged to use an other URL than root but we don’t always have the choice, like here a hosted blog. Using two...

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