Why Bloggers Should Be Thankful to Blogging Platforms

August 2, 2013 | No Comments Yet

Blogging platforms like WordPress has made it incredibly easy for bloggers to do what they do. There are many things that bloggers should be thankful for. Let us look at some:

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For Being Able to Start a Blog

If blogging platforms didn’t make it as easy as it is today to start a blog, then the blogosphere will be monopolized by technologically-advanced people. This would have taken away the satisfaction from many bloggers who are not as technologically inclined from  experiencing  having a blog today. This has also saved the online users from having access only to views and opinions of a few.

For Being Able to Publish Posts Whenever Desired

Rather than forever waiting for the chance to be published writers using the traditional way, bloggers have all the opportunity to self-publish whenever they like. The publish button holds so much power and freedom and it is up to bloggers to regulate their own conduct. There is no one to reject a blogger’s publication unless of course there are violation of terms issues and copyright issues involved.

For the Chance to Be Heard

Not all people are given the chance like bloggers to be heard and heard loudly at that through their own blogs. While most people will be hard put in finding an avenue for rants and complaints, the blog is always an available option, However, care must be observed in using this advantage. There are still laws to be observed even in the online world.

For Encouraging Bloggers to Take Responsibility for the Blog

With freedom comes responsibility. As bloggers are pretty much given a free reign in the conduct of their blogs, they also have to learn to police their own practices. The failure to observe proper procedure may result to sanctions for the blog.

For Providing an Opportunity to Understand Technology a Little Better

Even under free domains, bloggers will still need to learn in time the technology behind blogging. This is especially so when bloggers graduate to their own domains. Even if problems can be very inconvenient, it is still a source of important learning.

Blogging is really a privilege. It has its challenges but always, being able to do it freely is something to be thankful for. Much of the credit goes to blogging platforms.

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The Move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org

June 26, 2013 | No Comments Yet

As blog owners shift their sights to monetizing their respective sites, those who are using free publishing platforms will most probably eye self-hosting. This is is not surprising as this is a common path taken by many. The move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org is a classic example.

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WordPress is a publishing platform that offers both the fully-hosted and self-hosted options. It is currently behind millions of websites and the number continue to grow. For purposes of determining which is the best option, it would be ideal to know what each one offers.

WordPress.com

WordPress.com as the fully-hosted option allows blog or site owners to concentrate on their content. The technical aspect has been fully covered by the platform including hosting, security, and back-up. Ready-made themes are available with a wide variety of choices. Sites are easily integrated into various social network such as Facebook Twitter, and Tumblr. Support and assistance are always made available. Publishing in a WordPress.com website is free and upgrades are also available.

WordPress.org

WordPress.org as the self-hosted option will require more technical know-how from site owners who will definitely get their hands on the actual building of a site. Self-hosted sites need paid hosting services and regular maintenance as well as backup tasks performed by owners. Site owners would need to install custom themes and plugins to provide better functionality to the site. Assistance can be obtained from participation in forums. Although expenses are incurred with this option, it allows for more flexibility in relation to how site owners would want their sites to appear.

Why Transfer from WordPress.com to WordPress.org

Since the use of WordPress.com is free and convenient, why would anyone for that matter think of transferring to WordPress.org where payment and more work is required from site owners? The most common reason has to do with monetizing the blog. Direct advertisers tend not to favor blogs or sites hosted in free platforms. It is also the more suitable platform for sites into affiliate sales.

How to Transfer from WordPress.com to WordPress.org

Once a site determines that it is in its best interest to transfer to self-hosting, it would be required to go through some steps for smooth transition. Site owners must purchase a domain name and obtain hosting services. After installing and configuring the WordPress.org software, owners will have to import contents from the WordPress.com site. It has to be noted that the move will mean starting all over again in connection with PageRank and authority.

About the Author:

Teresa is a researcher-writer who covers a wide range of topics in search of useful information to offer to her readers. She currently maintains four personal blogs.

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Going Mobile with WordPress

March 31, 2013 | No Comments Yet

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What makes blogging more exciting is the fact that there are more ways to go about it especially when one is not in the usual work area for blogging.  The mobile options provided by blogging platforms such as WordPress give bloggers the ultimate freedom to continue their work while not preventing mobility.  These options will ensure writers that they can upload, edit their posts or manage comments while on the go.

Mobility is an important consideration in blogging.  With the demands of blog publishing at its highest ever, bloggers can really benefit from this feature. WordPress for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Nokia, and WebOS provide all the possible choices for bloggers in constant move.

Mobile Blogging

A blogger is doing mobile blogging when he or she uses a handheld device such as a mobile phone to publish a blog post or a website article. This advantage has been made possible by the evolution of various technological systems to facilitate performance of similar tasks.

The trend towards  the use of devices that can perform all required functions is continuously expanding. More and more people realize that less and less limitations are preventing the performance of tasks that used to be only possible when in the usual work place.  This eliminates the need for bringing heavier gadgets especially when attending events that need to be blogged about immediately.

Mobile-Friendly Blogs

Blogs have to be made mobile-friendly for bloggers to take advantage of the advances in technology.  Many readers are already accessing blogs through their mobile devices so it helps to be ready for the demand. The one who gets left behind in technology stands a chance to be left behind in viewership as well.

Google Analytics for example is able to provide data about traffic obtained from mobile devices. It can even supply the information about the specific mobile device used. For those whose blogs can already be accessed through mobile devices, studies show that the percentage of viewers from mobile device is quite considerable to ignore.

Blog owners should check how their sites appear through mobile devices to see if there is anything that needs to be tweaked for better viewing.  It is highly possible that websites are not easily readable in mobile devices.  There are steps that can be taken to address this. A few options can be added for the mobile version of blogs and websites.

Teresa is a researcher-writer who covers a wide range of topics in search of useful information.

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WordPress and Blogger

March 1, 2013 | No Comments Yet

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If people were to judge based on online reading of which blogging platform holds the most attention of users, it could actually be a toss-up between WordPress and Blogger.  With each having its own advantages and disadvantages, the choice depends on the purpose by which the blogging platform is to be used.  Each has its own loyal fan-base for varying reasons.

Blogger is said to be easier to use and understand  than WordPress.  Many are in the belief that bloggers who use the Blogger platform are practically spoon-fed in every aspect.  The only issues being raised is the lack of options for better control of the blog.

WordPress is the preferred platform of many especially those who would like to have more say about how their blogs would look like.  It also works well with various plug-ins thus providing more options for customization.  The issue raised by some is that it takes more effort to understand the workings of the platform.

Again, like in most comparisons between available platforms, the choice all boils down to personal preference.  If a blogger feels comfortable using one than the other, then no amount of words can convince them to change.  It is necessary though to study the other option since a choice has to be made with awareness of the options that are available on the other but not found on the chosen one.  If a blogger thinks missing out on some features is acceptable by sticking to one  than the other, that is his or her call.

About the Author:

Teresa is a researcher-writer who covers a wide range of topics in search of useful information.

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Choosing Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org

January 26, 2013 | No Comments Yet

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Just like in any other choices that have to be made regarding online presence, the choice between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is decided by the purpose for which a blog was created.  The two options have their respective advantages and disadvantages.  It is really up to the owner to decide which one works best for his purpose.

The use of WordPress.com is quite attractive for those who do not like complicated procedures.  It is easy to set up, the blog’s technical maintenance work is adequately covered, the blog maintains availability in spite of high traffic as it can be found in different servers, and blog contents are automatically backed up.  These and some extra traffic can be obtained from being part of the WordPress.com community.

With these benefits however come certain limitations such as the inability to upload a custom theme and plug-ins as well as inability to modify the PHP code.  These WordPress.com disadvantages are the very advantages of using WordPress.org.  Technically-minded bloggers specifically prefer these very benefits.

Opting for WordPress.org presents several disadvantages including the need to pay for a good web host, need for more technical knowledge for setting up and maintaining, and the responsibilities that come with self-hosting.  Self-hosted blogs need to address concerns about stopping spam, creating and maintaining back-up, and updating to the newer versions of WordPress as they get released.  Bloggers who opt to choose the self-hosted way must take care to avoid mismanaging the web server that may lead to losing the blog itself.  Security, control, and choices are just some of the many considerations before making a decision.

 

 

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Why Install WordPress

January 2, 2013 | No Comments Yet

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Installing WordPress is not as complicated as most would want to believe but does one really need to do it?  Are there other options that one can take to get the same benefit?  Can one do without it?

To answer these very practical questions:  No, it is not absolutely needed.  Yes, there are other options.  Yes, one can do without it.  Given these answers , why would one still want to install WordPress?  Simple.  If a blogger wants to have the freedom to take his blog where he wants to, WordPress offers the most opportunities of doing so.  There are other options so it would be advisable to look into them as well to determine which will work best.

WordPress is probably the most popular blogging platform and is widely preferred by bloggers who intend or are already monetizing their blogs.  Before installing WordPress, beginners are advised to read and gather information first to be better understand the platform before starting.  Steps to be taken are found online and can be followed easily.  Determine also what needs to be accomplished first before installing WordPress to enable a swift start.

There will be many options to choose from in terms of appearance, moderation, control, and other aspects important to having a good blog.  The platform of course cannot single-handedly catapult a blog to success since bloggers will have to provide the contents themselves.  WordPress offers adequate support for bloggers but it cannot do anything about poor content.  Before starting a blog, a would-be blogger must know what direction he intends to take and how he intends to go about it.

 

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Is WordPress Spam-free?

December 31, 2012 | No Comments Yet

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WordPress offers the Spam-free option through a plugin that actively fights comment spam.  It is said to be able to to block 100% of automated spam with zero percent false  positives.  It became a necessity at the thick of huge spam attacks that usually came with huge visitor traffic.

WordPress provides an anti-spam plug-in.  It is actually a comment spam blocking plug-in that is able to block automated spam while promising to eliminate false positives.  It came out in the year 2007 due to a recognized need as brought upon by the onslaught of huge spam attacks that came with huge visitor traffic.  It is able to handle unlimited amount of comment spam encountered by blogs having the highest traffic.

What makes this spam-free plug-in more beneficial is the ability to remove HTML that comes with comments and the absence of CAPTCHA which usually discourages even legitimate commenters from commenting.  There is also a blacklist for local IP address in cases of manual spam.

Spam comments can severely affect a blog’s SEO efforts and subsequently its rankings.  The use of this plug-in makes it possible to preserve a blog’s SEO.  The offered spam protection is not noticeable to readers and will not present any hindrances whatsoever that would prevent them from commenting.  Spam comments are however automatically filtered out.

There are still many anti-spam plug-ins that can be suitably used by WordPress such as Akismet, Bad Behaviour, Anti-SpamBees AVH First Defense Against Spam, Defensive Anti-Spam, WP-Hashcash, Spam-Stopper, Cookie for Comments, CloudFlare, and Solve Media.  With all these options available, has WordPress been made spam-free?  Unfortunately, this isn’t so although the right anti-spam plug-in can reduce spamming considerably.  Users will find out that some plug-ins may be too restrictive for their own use which can actually work against it.  It is therefore inherent on blog owners to find the most suitable plug-in for their use.

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WordPress as an Area of Expertise

November 2, 2012 | No Comments Yet

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Are there any opportunities presented by being a WordPress expert?  Based on the number of users of the WordPress platform who are not experts themselves, there is reason to believe that there are indeed potentials in gaining expertise of this area.  Not too many people are keen on being WordPress experts and would rather avail of the services of professionals.

WordPress experts offer their services in creating highly customized blogs using the WordPress platform.  These service providers have purposely studied the intricacies of optimizing the use of the platform that can benefit many.  Some even offer free consultations to clients.

Blog owners can choose to learn about the WordPress platform as they go along although experts’ advice can expedite the learning process.  The earlier the blog is placed in order, the sooner blog owners can pursue their objectives for putting up the blog.  Personal, business, and corporate blogs can all benefit from availing of the services of a WordPress expert.

All blog owners would like to see the potentials of their blogs maximized but not everyone will be able to do it on their own.  There are some things better left to the experts because it will save time and effort while allowing blog owners to channel their attention on matters which they can tackle with authority.  Better results are obtained when a task is performed by someone who has the ability to do it.

WordPress offers much possibility for a blog.  Advantages are optimized when the right people are doing what they do best.  Indeed, there are great opportunities in being a WordPress expert.

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Is WordPress Use Advisable for Small Business Sites?

October 24, 2012 | No Comments Yet

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WordPress is one of the most preferred blogging tools used by bloggers but is it advisable for use in small business sites when there is no intention of establishing a blog?  Many believe that it is .  The advantage lies in the fact that WordPress is a blogging platform which makes it easy to publish and change content.

WordPress can be used for a site, a blog, or both.   Putting up a blog is not necessary although a business owner can be depriving himself  of a wonderful opportunity to   further establish online presence from just having an official site.  The system provided for web content management can be obtained for free but users should be know that it still packs considerable power when it comes to serving small to medium-sized businesses. It is the platform to beat in terms of flexibility and support.

WordPress is said to be quite fit for optimization efforts.  The varied themes and plugins that can be used  have allowed for unlimited possibilities to web developers to makes sites as responsive as can be to the requirements of the business.  WordPress developers are many and they are able to provide assistance and support to those encountering problems  with the use of the blogging tool.  It is also easily installed and is compatible with different hosting sites.

WordPress also makes it easy to add content without  requiring any knowledge or specific expertise to be possessed.  Nothing can dampen writers’ interest more than a site that is very difficult to handle since most of the time will have to be given to understanding how everything works.  The creative initiative is often disturbed by technical concerns.

So, is WordPress advisable for use in small business sites ?  The answer is a resounding yes.  It removes the guesswork especially while starting a site and can be configured to perform as it is required.

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Having Fun Creating Blogs

August 2, 2012 | No Comments Yet

Creating something is much more fun when there are available resources to make it happen.  There is nothing more frustrating than having the will to make it and having nothing at hand to make it happen.  This is especially true with creating blogs.

A budding blogger after much thought about his/her intended niche will naturally want to create a blog .  The creation of a blog appears fairly easy if we are to base it on the big number of blogs existing today.  However, this would not have been possible if the required procedure is tedious and difficult.  One of the reasons why making a blog is easy  is the availability of blogging software made widely accesible either for free or for a fee.  Among the software options available today, WordPress has managed to come out on the lead.

Aside from being compatible for use with many hosting sites, WordPress also offers the option of web hosting.   No matter the choice of the blogger, WordPress offers access to its features which makes creating a blog not only easy but fun.  The process itself is like spoonfeeding where almost everything can be done at the click of the mouse.

Those who are limited by budgetary constraints can always opt for the free options just to start.  There is always an option to upgrade using one’s own domain or one’s own designs once the blogger thinks it is time.  In the mean time, bloggers can explore all the features offered by WordPress and choose which ones to apply to their blogs.

Exploring the offerings of WordPress is like going through a wonderland of designs and themes.  The wide range of ready-to-use templates with certain options for personalization can still produce unique results that will never be exactly the same as any other blog.  With the mere addition of personally-owned photos, a blog will not come out looking like an assembly line product.  But of course, bloggers should remember that the one thing that can make a blog truly unique is its contents.

 

 

 

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Self-Publishing Through Blogs

June 27, 2012 | No Comments Yet

Writers never had it as easy as now to convert their thoughts and words into written compositions.  With the ready accessibility of platforms for instant and self-publishing, every wannabe writer gets his crack in forming his own audience.  In the blogging world specifically, no one asks for educational credentials or journalism experience except perhaps for particular topics that beg expertise to be a requirement.  We have to remember that blogging is a form of self-publishing.

The freedom provided by the blogging arena however has produced blogs that are fit for personal rather than public consumption.  It is not much the topic but the way it is presented that usually makes the difference.  Unless incorrect grammar and spelling are means for a specific purpose in articles, bloggers can derive benefits from having their work proof-read by others before publishing.

The whole idea of written posts tends to get lost when writing is done too carelessly.  It can be very difficult to believe a writer who does not even know how to spell the topic he is talking about.  Though blogging on a topic does not require absolute expertise, it requires basic respect in tackling any topic.  This simply means doing one’s homework through reasonable research before coming up with articles to be published. 

Blogging tools such as WordPress should be used responsibly.  The chance of self-publishing should not be wasted on senseless rants and egocentric promotions.  This is the chance to put forward lofty ideas and thoughts that possibly may not be accepted by mainstream publishing companies.  We might as well put it to good use since there are admittedly many self-published writers already inhabiting the blogosphere.  Access to self-publishing should be used to promote the cause of genuinely good writers who have very limited options in traditional publishing.

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A Worthy Blogging Tool

May 30, 2012 | No Comments Yet

WordPress has been making it possible for bloggers to go about their business of providing articles of great interest to online readers.  Being a free and open source blogging tool, it offers many features that allow easy management of the contents being offered.  The number of times its various versions have been downloaded since its introduction in 2003 up to the present is a testament to its ability to address and provide for the varied needs of bloggers worldwide.

Blogging became much easier to venture into with the availability of tools such as WordPress.  Even the most technologically challenged writers can publish articles with ease and confidence with the use of its features.  These features are meant to make the whole exercise enjoyable and fulfilling rather than a laborious task to be faced as often as the need to blog arises.  Everything is practically spoon-fed except of course for quality content which is the expected contribution of all writers to their blog.

WordPress offers various themes which bloggers can choose to install or change at any time they see fit.  Its plugin architecture addresses the other aspects that are now considered part-and-parcel of blogging activity such as search engine optimization.  Bloggers are given every opportunity to increase the functionality of their sites through the addition of widgets which emanate from the extended abilities of thousands of plugins offered by the platform.  Web developers are likewise given a chance to create their own blogging community as WordPress made it possible for multiple blogs to operate in a single installation.

The blogging tool likewise offers a link management structure that can assist website owners in their bid to have their sites found by search engines and related sites.  It has released a number of versions since its introduction, providing more features that beginners would find user-friendly while responding to the growing needs of more experienced bloggers.  It has become evident that WordPress is a worthy blogging tool.

 

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Improve your WordPress installation with SQL hacks

July 29, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Jean-Baptiste Jung shares how you can perform very useful tasks and tweaks for your WordPress blog with the use of database SQL queries. Database manipulation may be a bit advanced for the average WordPress user, but for those who are curious, this article is a great start as the tutorials are not really intimidating at all.

Here’s the shortlist:

  1. Creating a Backup of Your Database
  2. Batch Delete Post Revisions
  3. Erase 5000 Spam Comments in a Second
  4. Change the Post Attribution
  5. Manually Reset Your Password
  6. Change Your WordPress Domain Name
  7. Display the Number of SQL Queries on Your blog
  8. Restore Your WordPress Database

View other WordPress posts on Smashing Magazine here.

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50 traffic sources for your blog

May 21, 2010 | No Comments Yet

QOT has a list of 50 websites that can help drive traffic to your own blog. They’re divided into the following categories:

  1. eBook directories
  2. Blog directories
  3. Social media
  4. News and aggregation sites
  5. Podcast directories
  6. Video marketing
  7. Article directories
  8. Guest posting
  9. Document sharing
  10. RSS feed submissions
  11. Ping submissions
  12. Blog communities and forums

A lot of these are common knowledge to those who have been blogging for a long time now, but it’s great to have a list of sites compiled in one place for you. The bottom line here is to get your content out there; you can’t just create a blog and rely solely on Google search results to bring traffic in. Be creative and find your niche.

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Google Living Stories for WordPress

May 4, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Targeted mainly at news websites, Google Living Stories makes covering an on-going story more convenient and navigable. Old but still working examples are found at this Google Labs website, but now everyone can enjoy the same functionality on their own sites as a plugin and theme package for WordPress.

Here’s a list of features from the Labs site:

  • “All in one place” – all the articles developing around a single story can be found on a single URL, and you can navigate around them much more quickly
  • “Easy to explore” – browse either by timeline, themes, people involved, or multimedia
  • “Smarter reading” – new additions to the story are highlighted while older news is summarized

Grab the code here. Take note that this isn’t just a fancy way of displaying developing stories, but a new content format which Google has open sourced.

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Google SEO Report Card

March 4, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Google SEO report card

Grab the Google SEO Report Card and see how Google grades not your sites, but its own sites in terms of a dozen different categories.

These optimizations are intended to not only help search engines understand the content of our pages better, but also to improve our users’ experience when visiting our sites. Simple steps such as fixing 404s and broken links, simplifying URL choice, and providing easier-to-understand titles and snippets for our pages can benefit both users and search engines. From the start of the project we also wanted to release the report card publicly so other companies and webmasters could learn from the report, which is filled with dozens of examples taken straight from our products’ pages.

The great thing about this is: first, Google is leading by example and is using its own products; second, Google is being transparent, as most of their sites don’t even make the passing mark. But whether it’s Google’s sites or yours, it’s not too late to try! Perhaps Google can also come out with an automated tool for checking these SEO criteria as part of Webmaster Tools.

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Add Google Buzz to WordPress & BuddyPress

February 15, 2010 | No Comments Yet

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WPMU.org lists 5 different ways you can integrate Google Buzz into your WordPress and BuddyPress site. Aside from a the Buzz This WP plugin and the Digg-like button, you can also display your Buzz stream and share BP profiles to Buzz.

  1. “Buzz This” Plugin for WordPress
  2. Make Your Own Button to Add Anywhere in Your Template
  3. Share Your Google Buzz Posts on Your Site with Google Buzz ER Plugin
  4. Add the Ability to Share BuddyPress Profile Links With a “Buzz This” Button
  5. Add “Buzz This” to Individual BuddyPress Activity Stream Posts

Although Google Buzz is facing controversy right now for privacy issues, it could become a huge social network overnight since it’s built right inside Gmail, and bloggers will definitely want to take advantage of that audience.

Update: see also this post by Mashable.

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The Missing Google Analytics Manual

February 11, 2010 | No Comments Yet

For those of you haven’t poked around Google Analytics, it’s not as scary or complicated as it looks. The Missing Google Analytics Manual is a compilation of tutorials to maximize use of this website statistics tool. It’s a long list of articles and videos covering setup, goal tracking, filters, reports, and more.

This article by Smashing Magazine seems a little more organized so you might want to bookmark that too, but what I’d really like is an easy to read wiki slash eBook like the Complete Guide to Google Wave.

Either way, the key to running a successful website and growing as a blogger is taking a step back and figuring out how to improve. For those who aren’t fond of numbers and charts, these guides should make that process a little easier.

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EFF Bloggers’ Legal Guide

January 23, 2010 | No Comments Yet

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has posted a Legal Guide for Bloggers that will hopefully clear many issues bloggers may face with regard to intellectual property, anonymity, access to media, protection from government seizure, and more.

You Have the Right to Make Fair Use of Intellectual Property. In OPG v. Diebold, Diebold, Inc., a manufacturer of electronic voting machines, had sent out copyright cease-and-desist letters to ISPs after internal documents indicating flaws in their systems were published on the Internet. EFF established the publication was a fair use. With your support, EFF can help fight to protect bloggers from frivolous or abusive threats and lawsuits.

The EFF disclaims that the guide is not a substitute for legal advice, nor is it applicable to bloggers outside the United States, but it’s a good to keep in mind nonetheless. We can never have too many guides, especially ones that keep can help get us out of serious trouble. Also visit this page for more resources like news articles, whitepapers, and other documents.

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Try CMP.ly for blogging and social media disclosure

January 20, 2010 | No Comments Yet

CMP.ly/0 No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions

CMP.ly is a new solution to promote transparency and honesty in blogging and social media. With the recently announced revised guidelines by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on endorsements and testimonials in blog posts, word of mouth campaign, and even microblogging messages, CMP.ly has created short, easy ways to indicate disclosures with their 7-way link system: Visit links CMP.ly/0 through CMP.ly/6 to find out more. For bloggers, you can download this PDF.

There are three simple ways to CMP.ly:

  1. Use our standard disclosures.
  2. Sign up for a CMP.ly account to use our unique disclosures – Add text, custom disclosures and manage your disclosures.
  3. Join an existing marketing campaign – Coming January 2010.

Although bloggers outside the U.S. won’t have to answer to the FTC for disclosing sponsored posts and similar works, transparency is one of the cornerstones of successful blogging. CMP.ly should make the process even easier, the same way Creative Commons did for sharing creative works and enforcing attribution.

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The best and worst SEO practices in 15 minutes

January 6, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Love it or hate it, we can all stand to learn from these easy dos and don’ts in search engine optimization by WebConfs.com.

If you’re pro-SEO then you probably have heard some of these tips before, but it’s always nice to brush up on them very few months or so. If you’re anti-SEO then looking at this table might show you how it’s not all bad, and a lot of the techniques are just the “best practices” out there.

The biggest dos? Unique, keyword-rich content. Biggest don’ts? Cloaking, duplicate content, and Flash. Check it out!

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WordPress upgrade notifications from Google Analytics?

December 1, 2009 | No Comments Yet

If you’ve been blogging for a while now you’ll know that Google Analytics is an indispensable part of your website, so perhaps it’s not surprising that the service has this new feature: software version notifications for your CMS.

One of the great things about working at Google is that we get to take advantage of an enormous amount of computing power to do some really cool things. One idea we tried out was to let webmasters know about their potentially hackable websites. [...] This time, however, our goal is not just to isolate vulnerable or hackable software packages, but to also notify webmasters about newer versions of the software packages or plugins they’re running on their website. [..] This is where we think we can help. We hope to let webmasters know about new versions of their software by sending them a message via Webmaster Tools. This way they can make an informed decision about whether or not they would like to upgrade.

I’m not sure this is any better than installing a plugin such as Update Notifier that sends emails whenever your WP installation or WP plugins need updating. After all, it still depends on the generated version meta tag which both WordPress and hackers use to check.

The upside here, though, is that at least Google is now looking into ways they can help with website maintenance, particularly security. And not just for WordPress, but for all other content management systems out there. Both CMS developers and webmasters stand to gain from the knowledge and resources Google can spend on this.

In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled as this new feature will be rolling out “soon”.

(Via WPLover)

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An “ultimate” WP 2.8 optimization guide

November 30, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Still on the subject of keeping your WordPress site in tip-top shape, StoreCrowd has compiled the Ultimate WordPress 2.8 Optimization Guide. It’s a long list of code snippets, plugins, tools, and tips to improve the performance of your blog. For example:

Use a CDN or Subdomain for Static Files
Serving all your images from the same domain can means that your browser is waiting to download all the items one after the other. Lets say you have 12 items, if you split these out across 3 subdomains then they can be downloaded concurrently (as there’s 3 sources), instead of the browser waiting to download them from one source.

Check it out!

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Bring Facebook to your WordPress blog

October 6, 2009 | No Comments Yet

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WP Beginner has a great list of tutorials that integrate various Facebook features into your WordPress-powered site. From embedding your friends’ status updates in your admin dashboard to creating a full-blown Facebook app for your blog, this post maximizes your exposure with everyone’s favorite social network.

Also check out the tutorial by Smashing Magazine, plus our list of hacks for Twitter-WordPress integration.

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33 social bookmarking codes for your blog

August 7, 2009 | No Comments Yet

ProBlogDesign has compiled a list of codes you can use for automatically saving your blog posts on popular social bookmarking sites such as Delicious, Digg, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Technorati, and more—33 all in all.

The codes are made especially for WordPress theme files, making use of post title and permalink template tags instead of having to install special plugins. The upside to this method is having complete control of what displays on your blog, plus it takes up less resources compared to a plugin version, like Sociable or ShareThis. Either way, social bookmarking is a popular and oft-recommended way to get your posts out there, so make sure you have this feature on your blog.

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Desktop blogging clients you can use

July 15, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Sometimes the WordPress Add New Post panel lacks certain features bloggers are looking for when they’re composing their articles. Loose Wire Blog has compiled a list of desktop-based blogging clients, both free and premium, for your perusal.

A number of them are not just for WordPress, though, so if you’re looking for WordPress-specific clients, you might want to browse this list at the WordPress Codex. If you’ve used some of the listed clients before, why not contribute to the Codex and summarize their features there?

The WordPress Publisher Blog has two specific recommendations: Windows Live Writer and Marsedit.

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Create your own WordPress Dashboard Widgets

June 26, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Did you know that you can tweak your WordPress Dashboard with custom Widgets? Take note that this is different from the Widgets feature you can use on your blog. WooCamp has a nice two-step tutorial on it:

  1. Copy the given code in the blog post
  2. Modify the given code for specific functionality for your widget

Easy-peasy! Another great way to customize the backend of WordPress-powered sites, especially if you’re using it as a CMS for clients and friends.

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WPSeek, a WordPress search engine & reference

May 26, 2009 | No Comments Yet

wpseek.com - A WordPress-centric search engine

What started out as a Firefox add-on is now a full-blown standalone search engine for all things WordPress. WPSeek returns content from WordPress Codex documentation, useful code snippets, Google search results, Support Forum discussions, and your own notes. All in one place. Thrown in some AJAXy autosuggest goodness and you’re all set!

Depending on your web browser of choice, you can add the website as a custom search engine. There’s also an API, a Firefox Ubiquity plugin, and finally an Adobe AIR desktop client in the works.

Theme and plugin authors will definitely find WPSeek immensely useful. And if you’re just learning the ropes of WordPress, it’s definitely worth a visit.

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Achieving ultimate SEO satisfaction with WordPress

May 22, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Andy Beard has an extremely detailed article on tweaking WordPress themes and plugins to achieve real SEO satisfaction on your blog. He tackles two key elements, first link priority and referential integrity, and covers a lot of tips that will be of great interest for theme and plugin authors with an SEO slant.

I don’t think there is one “premium” WordPress Theme that doesn’t claim to be perfect for SEO “out-of-the-box”, so I thought I would bash some theme developer heads around and maybe knock some sense into them.

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That doesn’t leave WordPress SEO plugins off the hook, there isn’t one plugin that gets beyond 60:40 or with some tweeking possibly 70:30, depending on what factors you feel are important, or are aware of.

As for bloggers looking for that “perfect” SEO theme or plugin, don’t be so easily convinced—it takes a lot of tweaking to get optimum results. Of course, he also talks about the simple solution: while making great content is top priority, you still need to “think like an SEO & Marketer”.

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dotMobi WordPress Pack

May 20, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The dotMobi WordPress back is a jampacked suite containing themes, widgets, and plugins that you can use to make your WP-powered site fully compatible with mobile devices. All courtesy of the dotMobi network.

The pack contains the following functionality:

  • Mobile switcher to detect mobile visitors and provide an appropriate experience
  • Base mobile theme for quick-and-easy XHTML-MP compliance
  • Extended mobile themes so you can unleash your mobile creativity
  • Transcoding and device adaptation to optimise the mobile experience
  • DeviceAtlas integration for world-class adaptation
  • Mobile admin panel for when posts can’t wait
  • Mobile ad widget to make you some money
  • Barcode widget to help users bookmark your blog

Wow, they really thought of everything, from site appearance to administration to monetization. The Web is going mobile, so why not add these extra features since dotMobi makes it very easy for you to do?

Download dotMobi WordPress Pack

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Instant Install WordPress

May 19, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Instant Install WordPress is a small PHP script that downloads and extracts the latest WordPress version on your site server. Once uploaded all you have to do is call it (e.g. http://www.yoursite.com/easywp.php) and it will ask for details to fill out the configuration file, then installs WordPress. This basically winds down installation time from the famous 5 minutes to just about a few seconds!

(Note: This tool was first called EasyWP but the creator discovered it had the same name as an existing plugin.)

Download Instant Install WordPress

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Add a Plurk This widget to your WordPress blog

April 16, 2009 | 3 Comments

Plurk is a microblogging platform that’s particularly popular in the Philippines, and just like Twitter it can be used to promote your blog posts with a simple flick of the wrist. Marghil Macuha has written a Plurk This code snippet you can add to your WP theme:

Just copy and paste the code above on your single.php page, preferably below the post title, then modify a little bit to change the domain name and a link to your image (I have a hotlink protector so you have to host your own image, ok? ).

I suggest making a few tweaks to the code, such as using the_permalink() for the full URL and not a hardcoded one, i.e.:

http://plurk.com/?qualifier=shares&status=<?php the_permalink(); ?>

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WordPress and Twitter, sitting in a tree

March 16, 2009 | 1 Comment

Twitter is a microblogging service people are raving over for some time now. While you can use it on its own, it’s grown into just about anything and everything people want it to be: a new mingling lounge, a broadcast medium, a zeitgeist, and even a way to make a few bucks.

Now integrating Twitter and WordPress makes things a lot more interesting:

Oh, and we’re also on Twitter so add us up!

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Update multiple WordPress blogs with a Subversion bash script

February 26, 2009 | No Comments Yet

David Peralty of Devlounge details how to create a special script for updating your WordPress install if you’re using Subversion. Perfect for the power user running multiple WP blogs on his/her own server.

Now this might not mean much if you’re not familiar with Subversion, but David also points to another article of his that introduces you to it. If its abbreviation “SVN” sounds familiar, it’s probably because it’s the same updating and versioning system that Automattic uses for WordPress. Wouldn’t you like to learn how to use it as well?

And here’s WordPress.org’s page on SVN.

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Maven Secrets Pilot Program by Anton Diaz

January 28, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet has come up with an exclusive 90-day program on internet marketing and professional blogging for his readers:

I learned a lot from all the strategies and techniques I picked up from different gurus. I was able to apply them to OAP, which eventually became one of the top blogs on Food and Travel in the Philippines.

My single biggest realization through it all was: You need to become a Maven to win online.

It’s nice to see that our local probloggers are taking the time out to give back to their audience. Although many strategies from the likes of Darren Rowse and Jeremy Shoemaker should apply to Philippine blogs, there are other local factors that we should take into consideration, so it pays to learn from those who’ve done it well.

So do you want to be just as successful as Anton? Sign up for the program here. Slots are limited, so hurry!

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10 ways to secure your WordPress administration panel

January 27, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Sergej Müller and Alex Frison on Smashing Magazine have written a 10-step guide to protecting and ensuring your WordPress admin area is as safe as can be. Here’s the list:

  1. Rename and upload the wordpress Folder
  2. Extend the file wp-config.php
  3. Move the wp-config.php file
  4. Protect the wp-config.php file
  5. Delete the admin User Account
  6. Choose strong passwords
  7. Protect the wp-admin Directory
  8. Suppress Error Feedback on the Log-In Page
  9. Restrict Erroneous Log-In Attempts
  10. Keep Software Up to Date

Read the whole thing here.

It’s best if you perform these safety measures right after installing WordPress, and add it to your routine in case you’ve got a slew of WP-powered sites.

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10-step ritual after installing WordPress

January 20, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordPress is a cinch to install, and that means this 10-item list of things to do right after installing WordPress shouldn’t be too much trouble, either. Here’s the list:

  1. Change the Admin Password and Manage Your Authors
  2. Edit Permalinks
  3. Upload Your Theme and Activate It
  4. Add Your Categories and Change the Default
  5. Activate Akismet
  6. Install Google XML Sitemaps
  7. Install WordPress Database Backup
  8. Test Your Blog With Dummy Content
  9. Add your RSS feed to Feedburner
  10. Activate your Analytics

It’s a great guide for those who haven’t gotten the hang of tweaking their blog to get their whole system in place. Is there something else that you’re doing that wasn’t mentioned on the list? Additional tasks you might want to consider:

  1. Put security measures in place—a must!
  2. Rearrange the dashboard blocks and write post panel for a more streamlined blogging workflow
  3. Construct your blogroll
  4. Integrate social media (Facebook, Twitter, Plurk, del.icio.us, StumbleUpon, Technorati, etc.) into your blog and vice versa
  5. Add a contact form so people can get in touch with you for non-comment matters and other feedback
  6. Consider advertising options

What’s your post-installation ritual?

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Google Blog Converters

January 19, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Google has released a tool that lets you move from one blogging service to another much more easily. Google Blog Converters is an open source project containing Python libraries and scripts that convert export formats of the leading blog platforms Blogger, LiveJournal, Movable Type, and WordPress.

Blog authors around the world, Google would like to remind you that it’s your blog, your data. Now that Blogger allows users the ability to export all contents of their blog, the Data Liberation team would like to announce the Google Blog Converters project.

It’s great to learn that Google in particular is all for the free transfer of data despite being the owner of Blogger.

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10 WordPress hacks

January 15, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Take your blog to the next level with this list of neat WordPress hacks, compiled by no less than Smashing Magazine and written by Jean-Baptiste Jung. Here’s what to expect:

  1. Display AdSense Ads to Search Engines Visitors Only
  2. Avoid Duplicate Posts in Multiple Loops
  3. Replacing “Next” and “Previous” Page Links with Pagination
  4. Automatically Get Images on Post Content
  5. Using Normal Quotes Instead of Curly Quotes
  6. Deny Comment Posting to No Referrer Requests
  7. Using CSS Sliding Doors in WordPress Navigaton
  8. Display a Random Header Image on Your WordPress Blog
  9. List Your Scheduled Posts

Each tip may seem difficult at first, but all you have to do is follow the instructions and you’ll be good to go. Perfect for beginner and advanced WordPress lovers!

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Protect your content with Performancing and bLogics Copyright Management services

January 9, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Once you publish something on the Web, it’s very hard to take it back. Chances are it’s been syndicated, archived, cached, or worse, it’s been scraped and stolen by those don’t know any better way to make money online. Get help with protecting your precious work with Copyright Management services from Performancing and bLogics.

Our copyright experts will track down websites, blogs, forums and other sites that infringe on your rights as a publisher. We will then give you a comprehensive report with suggested courses of action. If you choose to, we can also act on these violations on your behalf, by initiating takedown notices and making sure your original content stays where it should–on your blog! Price includes initial consultation, tracking, initial report and appropriate action on three (3) infringing sites.

Sign up here or here.

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WordPress video tutorials for everyone

November 25, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Speckyboy has compiled dozens of video tutorials that will teach you just about everything you need to know about WordPress. And even if you know your way around the PHP files and the admin dashboard, you’ll still be able to learn several new things just by watching.

This post is a must-bookmark! It’s amazing how generous people from the WordPress community are.

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Get $1000 off on your blog design with The Blog Studio

November 24, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Is your blog in dire need of a redesign? Or are you a new blogger who wants a personalized look for your new blog? This offer by The Blog Studio might be for you:

For the remainder of the month of November 2008, all new design projects will receive an automatic $1000 discount. Please note: this only applies to new design projects with contracts signed by November 30 2008.

Check out their past work at the Portfolio (these guys specialize in custom WordPress sites), then hit the request for proposal form or the contact form.

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WordPress App for LinkedIn adds your blog to your professional profile

October 31, 2008 | No Comments Yet

If you’re networking professionally at LinkedIn, you’ll be pleased to know that you can now add your WordPress-powered blog to your profile with the WordPress app. Just look for it in the Application Directory, add your blog URL, and you’re all set. Your recent blog posts will now be displayed on your profile.

Users of both WordPress.com (hosted) and WordPress.org (self-hosted) can use this app, so don’t hesitate! Why use LinkedIn? It’s a great way to build your professional network online.

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WordPress Helper add-on for Firefox

October 22, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Power users of WordPress and Firefox will certainly love this one: the WordPress Helper add-on for Firefox gives you quick access to WordPress documentation and to the admin panels of website profiles you have entered.

The extension eases the fast and simple access to develop-relevant pages of the WordPress Codex. So you always have all the necessary help at your fingertips. It’s also possible to search after strings of text that is currently marked. Furthermore it’s possible to easily switch to WordPress backend of current site. More than that, a small Icon indicates wether the currently displayed website makes use of WordPress.

Sometimes you have to search all over the WordPress.org Codex and even 3rd-party sites to answer that WP-related question, so this extension makes it a more pleasant experience.

And even if you’re not much of a WordPress developer, this tool will make learning about the inner workings of WordPress more efficient and convenient. Sometimes all you need is a little nudge, like this one.

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WordPress Comment Moderator for Adobe Air

September 1, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Daniel Dura presented a sneak peek of an Adobe Air application that lets you moderate comments on your blog:

WordPress Comment Moderator for Adobe Air by Daniel Dura

This screenshot is the application actually working. I have it running against a local version of a WordPress installation. It gives alerts when new comments are awaiting moderation, tells you how many comments are awaiting moderation in the dock menu, and allows you to approve comments, mark them as spam, or delete them.

This looks like a convenient way to keep track of comments from your own desktop. Since Adobe Air is cross-platform. It should work whether you’re a Windows, Mac, or Linux user.

Since this is just a preview, though, you can’t download it yet. Daniel says it will be out in a couple of weeks. Visit the blog post to leave your questions and suggestions.

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Performancing Ads Launches!

August 1, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Performancing, the team whose main goal is to help bloggers succeed, has recently launched Performancing Ads. The system is meant to be both an adserver and a marketplace where bloggers can feature their sites, and where advertisers can look for great sites to sponsor.

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There are many reasons why we think bloggers should sign up for Performancing Ads. Among my favorites are the ad-exchange feature, where you can exchange ads with other users (sort of like link exchanges). I also particularly like the fact that you can book your own ads. This way, you can use Perf Ads as your ad server.

Performancing Ads presents a radical alternative (or complement) to the usual pay-per-click ad programs like Google Adsense and the like. Image/button advertising highlights more the brand rather than the context of a link. So advertisers who are looking to enhance brand awareness would love how Performancing ads can help.

Perf Ads also offers an affiliate system whereby each successful referral will earn users both a bonus and also residual commissions from referral sales.

For Philippine bloggers, Perf ads does not offer localized means of presenting ads, though, but it’s a good start for bloggers who want to make money out of their publications.

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