Tag Archives: Blogging

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:

After looking at the above examples, you should have a good idea of what Speedlinking is all about.

Why should you Speedlink? It can benefit you, your blog, and other blogs as well. You save time, your blog gets traffic and comments, and other blogs get incoming links. Everybody wins, right? Here are some of the said advantages:

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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 should you place your AdSense blocks? The three most important rules to remember are

  • Pick a good ad format, as they tend to have different click rates.
  • Position the ads near content or navigational elements, where people will notice them.
  • Style the ads so they blend-in. If your ads are obviously ads, your users’ eyes will steer around them. If your blog has black text with blue links, then your ads should too.

Of course, there’s more to it than that.

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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 have to weed through descriptions of your lunch so they can find the secret to beating level 29 in Donkey Kong 73. So you decide to start a gaming blog. The only thing is, what if you want to put some of your better content on the new blog instead? Google doesn’t like it when you re-post something on a different domain.

I ran into this problem myself. I’d, for about 6-7 months, been blogging at http://redwallhp.ntugo.com. Eventually I decided to start blogging here instead, so I revamped this site into a blog. Then I launched NTugo. I was quickly out of time for my old blog. I’d mainly posted computer stuff on there anyway, so Webmaster-Source and the NTugo blogs covered me fine.

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Save Your Blog Post Ideas!

Don’t you just hate it when you have a great idea for a blog post, but by the next day you’ve forgotten it? Don’t deny it, it happens. Just yesterday I had not one, but two great ideas for posts. Do I remember either of them today? Nope.

Usually, I don’t have to worry about not having anything to blog. I keep a notebook with everything I think-up that’s in anyway connected to my blog. I keep track of every post idea I think of, so I have plenty of choices should I find a lack of inspiration when I go to write my next post. When I think of something that would make a good post, I make a note of it.

Every day when I write something new, I don’t normally have to think much. If I don’t find fresh inspiration from my morning RSS reader check, I grab my blog notebook and look for something.

So why didn’t I write-down my ideas from the other day? I was at the bowling alley. My large multi-subject notebook was a home, and I didn’t have my pocket-sized one with me like I usually do.

Ideas always arrive at the worst possible times, be prepared. Get a pocket-sized notepad for when you’re away from your “blogging headquarters,” and get a multi-subject notebook to keep track of everything.

Combat blogger’s block, get a blog notebook.

Google Doesn’t Like Text-Link-Ads

There has been talk for the past few months that Google seems to be penalizing sites, rank-wise, that use Text-Link-Ads to sell paid links on their site. TLA is a great service, offering reasonable rates for paid links on your website, though Google doesn’t like the idea of paid links because plain links (as opposed to JavaScript widgets like AdSense) affect the rankings of the sites buying the links.

The site Text-Link-Ads.com pretty much doesn’t appear in search results at all (except in a paid ad at the top of the results). So, it’s okay for TLA to be shown in search results only if they pay Google? Other sites, like JohnChow.com, have met similar fates, though Chow’s site may have been demoted for other reasons.

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301 Redirection Plugin For WordPress

301 redirects are useful for numerous things. If you change a post slug is WordPress, then you can place a 301 redirect so anyone going to the old URL will be redirected to the new one. This had the added bonus of letting search engines know (when they re-crawl your site) that they need to update the URL they have stored. Others use 301 redirects when they use affiliate links, so no PageRank is passed on, and so if the affiliate URL changes, they can update their links by just changing the redirect target.

There are plenty of ways to do 301 redirects. You can use the PHP Header() command, you can edit your .htaccess files (using the mod_rewrite feature), etc. Mod_rewrite is generally the most versatile method, but it’s a big pain in the neck.

The Urban Giraffe blog has released a neat plugin that handles all of this for you. Their 301 redirection plugin makes it insanely easy to add custom redirects. I’d thought of writing a plugin like this before, but it looks like they beat me to it. Take a look.

Why Should You Start a Blog?

Do you know how to write? If you can write a few coherent paragraphs without misspelling 10%+ of the words, then yes, you can write. Have you considered starting a blog?

If you have something interesting to say, then you’ve got the basis for a blog.

Blogging is a great opportunity to get your thoughts/ideas/knowledge/experience out there for others to read. If you can answer “yes” to any of the following questions, then you should think about starting a blog.

  • Do you have a hobby you’re knowledgeable about?
  • Do you have a business? More and more businesses are adding blogs to their websites.
  • Is there some topic that your friends and family keep telling you stop talking about so much? Talk at people online instead!
  • Are you a photographer? You could showcase your recent shots with a photoblog.
  • Have you wished you had your own magazine or radio talk show? Then start a blog/webzine or a podcast.

If you have something interesting to say, then you’ve got the basis for a blog. If no one else has a blog about the subject, then you have even more reason to start one. Congratulations, you’ve found a niche market, providing you an opportunity to, with work and time, become the authority in the subject.

Starting a professional blog is easy and cheap. You can get a “.com” web address (domain name) for only $6/year. Reliable web hosting (with a free domain name included) can be had for as low as $3.99/month. If you’re interested, I’ve written a guide to starting a blog.

What is a Blog?

What is a blog? Can it be defined?

I’ve been blogging for about two years, and I still have trouble describing what a blog is. I’m sure most bloggers do as well. However, get this straight: “Blog” does not mean “online journal” (webjournals as I call them).

Webjournals are only a fraction of the blogosphere, and often not the better fraction. Look, most people don’t want to read what you had for lunch. You’re not that interesting. The average 13-year-old may think so, but they can use MySpace (bleh). Blogs are more than journals.

Here are some examples of blogs:

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Got .Web? Alternatives to .Com Domains

“All the good domains are taken!” is one of the most common exclamations among new bloggers. They’re partly right. You have to be real creative when you register a .com or .net domain these days. Domains are taken for legitamate reasons most of the time, but millions of domains are in the control of “domainers.”

Domainers, for the uninformed, are people (or groups of people) that register large quantities of domains with the intent of reselling them for substantial sums of money. Have you run into a domain owned my a cybersquater (domainer)? Usually the page displayed is generic, and contains ads. Most of the time there’s also a link to make an offer to buy the domain. Yeah, it sucks that the domainers┬ taking half of the good domains and not utilizing them, but they’re not about to stop anytime soon. They’re making hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars off the domains they sell.

So how can you get a good domain with all of this going on? You have three options:

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BlogRush Defends Their Program

People have been bashing BlogRush for the past couple of days, because they haven’t yet delivered their promised “rush of traffic.”

After releasing statistics to their users, everyone started blogging about how they had x impressions of their headlines, but only a few clicks. Darren Rowse even. He’s had over 70,000 impresions, but only 35 clicks or so.

Well, BlogRush has just sent out an email to all of their users. If you’re not in the program, here are some excerpts.

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