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Does Google Think Your Blog Posts Are Too Spammy?

How do you know if your blog posts are too spammy? Recent someone sent me an article that addresses this issue.  I think that we must stay current because many things we may have done in the past with keywords may not work well with the Google rules today. Be sure to read the sample article in the post that makes a clear case against putting links in your posts that are not relevant, plus more insights.

Anyway, read this article about the Google Penalty for Over Optimization.

Note: The material in the article after the first two paragraphs is an example of a spammy post. Don’t feel bad if you need to read the article again to dissect it. Ask any questions or make any clarifying comments by clicking on the comment button after the post.

Turn Your RSS Feeds into Emails? Duh? What’s RSS?

Can you turn your RSS feeds into emails? Ok, first let’s get past that funny term called RSS which means Real Simple Syndication and not Real Safe Soups.

A really good tutorial on RSS

Here is a tutorial I found on RSS that might help those of you who may not be comfortable with it yet. Click this link for a good explanation of RSS.

Also, check out older posts on this site on RSS. Here is a vintage post on RSS.

And finally, check out the video below on how to move your RSS into emails.

Simple RSS to Email by AWeber Communications

We’ve Come a Long Way Baby Boomers-Social Media Has Replaced the Water Cooler?

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Has social media replaced the water cooler? Some of you remember the live chats during the breaks in your work day? Many of us are working alone at our computers. When we have to ask questions we will check with an online friend or group. For example, I do Ebay, Amazon, Etsy and working on more. There are groups on Facebook, LinkedIn and others that offer support from others.  For example I have a piece of “possible Jade sculpture” that I picked up at a yard sale I posted a picture of it in one of my groups for feedback before I listed it.

Moments before I created this post I saw a posting on Facebook from an online friend, who I have never met in person, has had quite an influence on my blogging over the years. Her name is Beverly Mahone.  She is a baby boomer who has helped to unite other baby boomer women online. Recently she shared her new book with her online friends and even had a free download.

Now, you have to know that Beverly will not just promote her book but because she shares her skills she will provide information on HOW she promoted it because she is also a extraordinary journalist. She has created online communities for other women to share their expertise.

When I took a break from working this morning I saw an answer from another online couple to a question I had about Pinterest. This generous couple, Wesley N Laurlee saw one of my “pins” to an Ebay listing on Facebook and instant messaged me with some tips.

Now there are many other baby boomers that are “struttin” their stuff online. They are not just doing mindless gossip but sharing tips, expertise, help with caregiving plus more. We have come a long way baby boomers from that water cooler.

What are you doing online that you used to do around the water cooler?

New Blogger? Returning Blogger? Now is the Time to Work on Muscle Memory

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The other day an exercise teacher told the class that we would develop muscle memory if we kept repeating certain exercises. My question was “What if your muscles get dementia. But what she said made sense and I have started sharing that concept in my blogging classes. The more you blog the more you really do remember and can blog faster with less pain.

Try it. Set a goal today to create at least seven (7) blog posts in the next five (5) days. You can send me the links, if you wish, and I will visit. That helps to increase my comment memory. (smile)

Take care

 

Blogging Checklist Plugin-Was it Made for Baby Boomers?

I love checklists! I still try to multi-task but finding it more challenging. Even while I write this post my husband is testing a record before posting on Ebay. Then he decided to video the record playing on the speakers he is also posting on Ebay. He turns to me and says ” These speakers are as beautiful as my wife”. I was startled and got distracted from the downloading of the Blogging Checklist plugin and my thoughts on what I was going to post. In addition, I was also traumatized that he would use the video of my poor posture on the laptop and unplanned punk rock hairdo.

Anyway, back to the subject at hand. I am preparing for a blogging class with a local coalition group. I decided that I should add a checklist. In my research I came upon a really cool plugging with FIVE STARS called Blogging Checklist. Now, after you install the plugin it will live in your SETTINGS. (I am always looking for where to configure those plugins after I download them)

The plugin gives you great examples that you cut and paste into the in the dashboard.

Now you can add your own options by placing brackets around your choices. [sing a happy song]

Once you complete your checklist and finish your post those options are there for your next post. So, I am trying this out and if you do also let me know.

Meanwhile, the class I am teaching is for WordPress.com and I will need to give them an old fashion paper copy of this handy job aid for them to put by their computer. That is one of the good things about being a baby boomer, “You don’t forget the old way of doing things.” (I hope)

 

 

How to be a Weekly Blogger-Insights From a Business Blogger

Grab a cup of green tea and check out this video from a business blogger presenting at a WordPress conference.

 

How To Modify Your WordPress Theme With Photoshop

Here is a video that shows you how to modify your WordPress theme with Photoshop. Now, this  video is about 40 mins long. But run it then stop and try to do it.

This video was created by the WordPress experts!

Hope it is helpful for you.

Use WordPress on Your Blackberry Phone

Now you can use WordPress on your Blackberry Phone. You can view this short video but don’t stop there keep going and then download the application to your phone. Oh, and if you need help you can always post a question in the Blackberry Forum. Have Fun!

BLOG WORKOUT-Four Blog Search Engines I Dare You To Add to Your Blog Exercise Plan

Are you still doing your blogging exercises? Well here are four (4) search engines I challenge you to add to your blogging bold workout. In addition, you can submit your own blog to some of them.

Blogdigger
Blogdigger is a search engine for RSS and blogs. Blogdigger uses state of the art syndication technologies, such as RSS and Atom, to index blog content and make it available for search. Blogdigger searches thousands of RSS and Atom feeds, and is built-in to many popular News Aggregators, such as FeedDemon and NetNewsWire.

Blogpulse
BlogPulse is an automated trend discovery system for blogs. BlogPulse applies machine-learning and natural-language processing techniques to discover trends in the highly dynamic world of blogs.
Icerocket
IceRocket is an Internet search engine which specializes in real-time search. Based in Dallas, Texas, it launched in 2004 hoping to market itself solely through word of mouth.

Technorati
Technorati Has a Directory of the top 100 as ranked by Technorati Authority.
The Top 100 is updated once per day.

STOP! Visit WordPress Tutorials for Baby Boomers to Learn, Learn, Learn

One of my good friends Heidi Caswell has an awesome blog called WordPress 101 for Baby Boomers. Now, I am not going tie up your time talking about it. I want you to visit and soak up some of these powerful video tutorials.

My eye is on the tutorial on What to do if Your Site gets hacked. Why? Because I have had a few sites hacked and you feel so violated. Uggh.

So, trot on over and learn, learn, learn.

Of course, I plan to post more from this site that is so good it should be illegal. Ha

When is the membership site coming Heidi?