Monthly Archives: October 2007

Gravatar: Globally Recognized Avatars

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could have an avatar image, like you can have on a forum, that follows you around the web? With Gravatar you can. You just sign-up, upload an image, and assign it to your email address(es). From then on, your “Gravatar” will appear on any Gravatar-equipped blog you comment on.

Here’s how it works:

  • You register and set-up your Gravatar.
  • You go about your business online as usual.
  • If you comment on a Gravatar-equipped blog using one of the email addresses you added to your Gravatar acccount, your avatar will be automagically added next to your comment.

Is that cool, or what? Now that Automattic owns Gravatar, the service is getting even better. Features that previously required payment are now freely available to everyone. Now anyone can have “multiple e-mail addresses and more than 2 uploaded avatars to choose from.”

What is Speedlinking?

ProBlogger Darren Rowse is credited for “inventing” Speedlinking. When you Speedlink, you round-up a collection of links to other blogs’ posts that you think would be interesting/useful to your readers. Here are a couple of examples: Speedlinking – 18 October 2007 BlogBuzz October 18,…

BlogBuzz October 20, 2007

Coming Soon: The Webmaster-Source Podcast

EDIT: The contest has ended. Results. I’ve been searching around various podcast directories (including the “official” on in iTunes). I’ve noticed a lack of Blogging/Webmaster podcasts, and I’ve decided to start one here on Webmaster-Source. I’m getting close to recording a pilot episode, though…

On Trackbacks

“The Trackback is dead,” many are saying. Others (including me) think that the trackback/pingback is alive and well. Trackbacks, as Paul O’Flaherty says, are more valuable to him than comments. Depending on their preferences, bloggers either enable or disable trackbacks. Big bloggers, like John…

Little Known (and Insanely Useful) Google Analytics Tip

Google Analytics is one of the most popular, and most comprehensive, web statistics services. It’s not the most user-friendly site in the world though. I’ve spent plenty of time digging around in its interface, and I’ve found a killer feature that should really be…

Make Money By Selling T-Shirts

How would you like to sell T-Shirts through your website without having to do any of the hard work yourself? With CafePress you simply upload an image, and you’re selling shirts (or other products) in no time at all. I’ve experimented with CafePress a…

AdSense Placement (and Styling) for Bloggers

Google AdSense is the biggest and most-used ad network among bloggers. As you’ll know already, it’s based off a Pay-Per-Click (PPC) model where the placement of the ad units drastically affects earnings. Want to make more money off your ads? Keep reading. So how…

How to Move Content to a New Blog

Imagine this scenario: You have a personal, and somewhat random, blog that you write on for about six months, then you decide that you want to start a new blog on a specific topic instead (or in addition to) so all those people don’t…

Dropping Your Text-Link-Ads? Read This First!

Are you killing your Text-Link-Ads after reading about how Google has been penalizing websites that sell text links? First, consider these two points: With all of these sites panicking and removing their TLAs, the value of text ads is going up. If you continue…

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