Month: August 2008

Lijit Blog Search Tool – Review and Tutorial

.Lijit is a search tool that offers a lot more features than the run of the mill default blog searches. I have just installed the Lijit Widget (Wijit) in my sidebar. Automatic installation is available for Blogger and Typepad via the widget setup and there is a brand new Lijit WordPress plugin that gives you the option of using Lijit as a stand alone search or incorporating it into the default WordPress search widget. Features Optional addition of some or all of your bookmarking, social networking and photo sites to Lijit will allow search of not only your blog posts but of sites you have bookmarked, your blogroll sites and your social networking contact’s posts and their contacts and bookmarks. Most of the popular sites are included although my favorite bookmarking site, diigo, is as usual not included. There is also a feature to add feeds and site url’s so adding my diigo bookmarks feed solved this problem for me.The search result window shows tabs for results from your blog, your network, your content (on any site), and the web. You set your widget’s default search to show one of these tabs as the front page of the results. I have set mine up to show search results from my blog first. I recommend this as you will keep searchers on your own site longer if the search term...

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What is a Scoutle Scout?

My Scoutle scout is busy strolling round blogs that match my interest areas. You can see her in action in my footer. She is meeting up with other scouts who share my interests. Hopefully their creators will then come and visit my blog, be fascinated with its content, subscribe, comment regularly and become blogging contacts – time will tell. Scoutle considers itself to be “Automated Social Networking” where there is no need for communication in order to connect and no real life obligations. I think they must be talking only about the initial method of connection here as, once you have connected with someone, there must be communication for a blogging relationship to develop and establish.The novelty of Scoutle is that you do not have to search for people to connect with, Scoutle’s search does that for you, filtering out sites that it considers not worthy – eg outdated sites or those just that only exist for advertising purposes. As well as finding contacts via the widget you can discover other members on the Scoutle website itself, – via contacts of contacts and through networks based on interest areas. Scoutle is premised on the idea that it is the quality of connections that is important not the quantity. This appeals to me considering the masses of people I do not know that connect to me on sites such as...

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Online Image Generator Tools

(Added 2015) Although this image generator post is way out of date and I could have updated it. I left it so you can see how far we’ve come, since 2008. with the type and variety of image tools available online today. It’s not just the post that’s aged – it’s disconcerting to see how much younger I looked 7 years ago. As I was preparing my recent posts on images I came across image generator tools you may find a place for in some of your less serious posts. Yearbook Yourself Its amazing how much I look like my mother once I add a 1960’s look. Wigflip A range of generators including: Superstickies Easy Street – street sign generator Say What – add speech bubbles to an uploaded photo roflbot Add text to an image -create lolcat or lolband type images Dumpr Another site with multiple generators. e.g. Rubics Cube Generator – upload an image and turn it into a rubics cube Doppel Me – create your own avatar. Reflection Maker Image Chef There are many different kinds of generators at Image Chef – example: Fun Generators Comic Strip Generator – choose backgrounds, characters and add your own text. Why would you want to do this for fun you may be asking – well, you may want to submit them to graphjam: Big Huge Labs Flickr Toys LoonaPix...

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Search for Free Images

How do you go about finding free images for your website or blog? I recently talked about the best sites for good free images but you may prefer to do a general search rather than looking within one particular site. This way you are likely to have a wider range of images to choose from.Some of the free stock image sites are aligned to non free sites and the free images may not be distinguished from the paid. It is frustrating to find an image you like on a free site to discover that it is from the paying site. Although it may not cost very much, you cannot usually just buy one image and have to purchase multiple credits. These credits will buy you more images but you may not need more; or not during the time you are given to use up the credits. Image Search Tools Creative Commons Images Creative Commons Search by Creative Commons – searches Google, Yahoo and Flickr for Creative Commons works. If you want to use an image on a non commercial site then you can use any image you find here. Additional search options allow you to look for: only CC works that you can modify, adapt, or build upon, and or works that can be used for commercial purposes. Source: g-hat Flickr Compfight is a site that provides a quick...

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The Thirty Day Challenge Begins

You have likely heard of Ed Dale’s 30 Day Challenge, as it is now in its third year, but if you are not in the business of making money from your blog you may not have taken too much notice. I suggest you do consider joining in even if you are not interested in the money making aspects of blogging; because of the resources and tools you will learn about which are useful to all bloggers. Over 30 days Ed presents a series of video tutorials (with transcripts) with the aim of showing how to make money from blogging. Easy to understand step by step instructions are given for participants to follow. To accompany the videos there are forums to answer questions and provide support. Joining in a Challenge group is a good idea to develop a closer support network with a smaller group of fellow participants. Each group has its own forum. There is even a browser toolbar available to make it easier to follow the challenge.   Although I have not ventured into online money making I have joined the 30 Day Challenge for the second time. I was newer to blogging the first time round and learned a lot about blog promotion, social networking, blogging tools and search engine optimization. Knowing that new content is produced for each Challenge and that the tools available to us...

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Blogosphere News 1st August

Reading – a mashup that puts all the best rated sites of today on one page. Includes BBC Today in History, del.icious, Digg, Fark, Google MP3 Search, Google News, Lifehacker, Reddit, Stumbleupon, YouTube, WikiHow. An archive page links to previous days listings all the way back to the beginning of 2007. I discovered it because my Best Stock Image Sites post appeared on the site – Yeah. Similar sites – POPURLS and THEWEBLIST NxE’s Fifty Most Influential ‘Female’ Bloggers Firefox Privacy Protection Jason Calacanis Retires From Blogging, Listen Up Bloggers – This Means Something I did not put this in news as for me this post relates more to the author’s impressions of how blogging has changed. There is a lot to be said for the pre stumble, digg, fav, friend me, add me days. Will blogging have an impact on our children? Some food for thought here. Will our words come back to bite us? Could mommy bloggers cause their children embarassment or is this a just recompense for the challenges they cause us 🙂 5 Security Tips to Protect WordPress Blog If you have ever considered applying for a job as a blog writer have a look at the extensive list of skills that may be expected of you! Blogger Jobs: What Are They Looking For? Blog Bloke has had an unusual problem with Feedburner pinging...

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