No one contributed to the contest. But that is ok because I will do another one in the future. Too bad really great giveaway that Blog Management System.
Monthly Archives: June 2008
Do You Have an ABOUT Page on Your Blog?
Do you have an about page on your blog? If no, please consider the following reasons to put on after you read this quick post.
1. Folks can read your ABOUT page and connect with you and other blog authors listed.
2. It adds credibility to the material you are writing.
3. It helps to separate your blog from a junk blog.You know those blogs that create links in articles they get from the article directories and post them on their blog. Often those links go to places that offend the author of the article when they find out about in in google alerts.
Note: I just said a mouth full in the last point. Pay particular attention to the fact that this kind of scam does happen on shady blogs that are looking just for adsense dollars. Don’t ever let your blog appear to be a junk blog.
Baby boomers please share information about yourself on an ABOUT page. You may call it something else, thats ok as long as your readers know this is the place to go and find out about this unique blogger.(Talking about YOU!)
Please share other reasons if you have them.
Are You Using Associated Content?
Are you using Associated Content for paid article placement? Well, I have not used them but a fellow blogger, Cute Writing wrote a very insightful, researched article that candidly looks at business practices that you should know about. Many of us want to make money on some of our blogs but we should get the best bang for our buck.
Click on the link below.
Directories vs Search Engines for Your Blog
Remember that old commercial “Is it live or is it Memorex?” Well that’s what comes to mind when looking at the difference between submitting your site to a search engine vs directory.
Here is my current assessment and I welcome anyone to add to this or make corrections.
1. Search engines use computer programs called Robots,spiders and worms to automatically go from page to page through the web, reading content, and adding it to their databases. This speeds up the process of getting your site indexed.
2. You usually only have to tell a Search Engine the URL (address) of your site and it takes care of the rest.
3. The “spiders, robots or worms” search in different ways – and different parts of the Internet. The same search with different engines will yield different results.
4. Some index words in the title, URL, introductory paragraphs, or full-text of all documents on a web site or blog. Some use a combination of these words and phrases, all of which are entered into the search engine’s database.
About.com has a super, I mean super comprehensive listing of search engines. Click Here
Search engines also LOVE blogs. Imagnine a tank full of hungry fish. As soon as new food comes they go for it. Your blog site entries are fresh food for the search engines. Whereas, static web pages, that change very little and often, cause little stir with the search engines.
1. Directories are run by humans, live people, who review web sites and categorize them within their directories.
2. The staff consists of webmasters,directory staff and or volunteers. Sometimes staff are subject experts; sometimes not.
3. Review of you site require significant human effort to develop and maintain. Hence, it may take longer for your site to be indexed.
4. Some charge and some do not. For example, Yahoo charges a non-refundable fee of $299 if you site does not have adult content. If it is adult content it is $600. However, the payment of the fee does not assure you acceptance. But if accepted it gives you great placement.
Check out , Libarians Index, DMOZ, Medweb and Yahoo’s Directory
Yahoo and DMOZ are the two biggest directories on the web, but other important directories include local directories for your state, town, chamber of commerce, etc.
Hope this helps to make it clearer for many folks who want to know.
Blogging Sites that Should be Studied
We have just posted a new page on this blog. The page is focused on sites we feel, should be studied not just visited. If you know of any sites like that let us know and, if we agree, we will post it on that page.
Ray and Rosie
4 Reasons to Use Compete.com
Compete.com is an awesome site! You can actually understand it.
1. Powerful Search Analytics
Compete.com has pay-per-use search analytics tool lets you identify rival search marketing strategies to take your SEM and SEO efforts to the next level. However, when you register you get five free credits to your account to try it out.
2. Comprehensive Site Analytics
Compete’s Site Analytics help you to measure the competition through site metrics and audience profiles for the top 1,000,000 web domains.
3. Practical Tools
o The easy to install Compete Toolbar automatically creates three alerts for every web site you visit.
o The Compete iGoogle/Netvibes Widget tracks sites directly from your Google or Netvibes homepage.
o The Compete Site Profile extension tracks how any and every web site in the world is performing from your browser.
4. Compete.com has a blog that gives you an insider view of the industry trends, interesting takes on their data, and updates to their services.
Well folks, I joined and hope you do too.
7 Baby Boomer Friendly Ways To Use This Blog Site
Here are 7 Baby Boomer ways to get the most out of this blog site. It is especially helpful for anyone who is not used to visiting this kind of strange, interactive and always interesting website platform. Hope it is helpful.
Ray and Rosie
1. Subscribe to this site.Are you much too busy to visit websites on a regular basis to find out what’s new and going on? The best way for you to know that some new information has been posted on www.bloggingforboomers.com is to let us tell you by subscribing to the site. Once you complete the simple subscription process, you will receive an email telling you when a new post has been put up. This will save you time and effort and will remind you when it’s time to visit www.bloggingforboomers.com
Look to the sidebar on the right and you will see the subscription box. Then, type in your email address and click on SUBSCRIBE
After hitting subscribe you will get another box where you can type in a verification code. This is done to insure that you are a human being and not a machine. A confirmatory message will be sent directly to your email from subscription program called Feedburner.
After you enter the code you will get a confirmation email in your mailbox. Then you are subscribed and can unsubscribe whenever you want.
2. Scan the entire post.
Beintheknownj.org provides information on a broad selection of maternal and child health and public health issues. We hope that you will find much of this information to be of interest, but, knowing you are busy, here are some tips to help you navigate through the site a little more efficiently. Each entry after the title is called a “post”. Some of the posts are long and some are short. Scanning the sub-headings will help you to determine if the post is of value to you and save you lots of time. You’ll see that some words or phrases in each post are typed in pink. These will usually be a link that will take you to another site, pdf form, word document or PowerPoint slide show.
3. Make a comment. We want to hear from you. Your opinions, additional information and insights are valuable to us. You can make a comment by going to the end of the post and clicking on the word Comments. Once you do this, a small box will open up to give you an opportunity to key in your name, email address and website.The name and email are required because this is the only way the blogging team can contact you for any needed clarification and also to say thanks for taking the time to make a comment. We do not share your personal information with anyone except those on the old school blogging team (Ray and Rosie) who review the comments for approval.
Placing your website URL in the comment field is optional. If you have one and want us to contact you in that manner, please put it in that field. It will provide a link back to your site in the search engines.
CHECK OUT THE EXAMPLE BELOW
Please note that if no one has made a comment the phrase, no comments yet will appear. Just click on that phrase and a new box will appear that will allow you to be the first person to make a comment.
Make Your Blog Talk!
You can make your blog talk. It is a simple WordPress Plugin. So I am going to share with you the instructions I received when I submitted one of my blogs to be enabled. THANKS TO TO FOLKS AT EVERY DAY GIVING BLOG.
IMPORTANT: If you have not added the plugin yet, please install the WordPress/Odiogo plugin as follows:
- Download the plugin and unzip it into a temporary directory
- Upload directory odiogo_listen_button to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory via FTP
- Login to your WordPress admin account
- Click menu Plugins and Activate the Odiogo Listen Button plugin
- Click menu Options > Odiogo Listen Button
- Enter your Odiogo Feed ID and click Save
Your Odiogo Feed ID is 112733
- Click menu Presentation > Widgets (or Sidebar Widgets depending on your WP version).
- Drag and drop (or click Add) Odiogo Subscribe Button from Available Widgets to Sidebar
- Click Save Changes
Also, please make sure to activate WordPress’s RSS full text option:
- Click menu Options > Reading
- Under Syndication Feeds, select Full text
- Click Update Options
Your Odiogo URLs are:
- Your Odiogo audio-enriched RSS feed:
- Your Odiogo control page:
Your Odiogo control page allows to:
- Perform a 1-click podcast subscription of your Odiogo feed to major podcast clients (iTunes, Juice). Please note that the text content is embedded into the audio file and can be viewed through the lyrics option of your iPod and on some other mp3 players. For more information, read “Listen And Read Blog Posts On Your iPod“.
- Subscribe to Web RSS readers such as My Yahoo!, netvibes, Google Reader, etc.
- Share the control page with Facebook, Del.icio.us, Digg, etc.
- Listen to the individual audio posts
- Stream the audio articles of your blog
Inform Your Readers!
You may want to write a post on your blog informing your readers about your brand new podcast. Ask them to go to your Odiogo Page and click Subscribe so they can listen to your content on the go on their iPod or MP3 player. You readers will probably love this!
We advise you to review our FAQ and our blog; they both provide with tips for enhancing and promoting the service on your blog.
Please note that by using the Odiogo service you signify your acceptance of our attached Terms of Service.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you’ll enjoy using our service.
Odiogo Customer Support
Blogging Great For Non-Profits
Blogging is great for non-profits and is one of the many channels of communication suggested in a great blog called Every Day Giving I hope you peek at right here!
While you are reading observe the audio that can be selected to hear the post.
Blogging Can Be Lonely
Blogging can be a lonely time when you slow down your blogging. Your stats will drop, your comments get reduced, and it feels like you never ever blogged. There is a silence that is deafening and you re-evaluate your purpose for blogging in the first place.
Only when you re-connect to your reasons for blogging then you are motivated to pick up the blogging mouse and start again. How do you handle the lonely feelings when the activity dies down and the search engine spiders don’t visit as much?