What interests you?

Unbelievable Hosting I am pleased

Web Hosting

Do You Want To Know When There is a New Post?

Submit Email to Get Notified of New Posts

Want to Use Feedburner But Unsure How to Start?

Feedburner has been one of the best kept secrets around. Yet, some who do know about it are barely scratching the surfaced. I saw this intuitive post by a fellow baby boomer Kim Beasley and wanted to share it with you. I am learning a lot from Kim and after you read her post and tour her site you will see why.

Meanwhile, click here to read her post that also provides a cool video  and link to Feedburner basics.

How to Add Custom Characters to Your Blog Post

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Baby Boomers and Social Bookmarking Can You Digg it?

Have you ever wanted to add a custom character to your blog post. You know one of those funny looking symbols that you just cannot find on your keyboard?

Well there is a button on the tool bar that will make it real easy. Let’s assume you want to create a copyright symbol.  This is what you do. Continue reading How to Add Custom Characters to Your Blog Post

Baby Boomer Blogs That Motivate You to Blog-Baby Boomer Baloney

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Baby Boomer Blogs that Motivate You to Blog

Have you ever visited a blog that made you want to post to your own blog? Well, I have. And today I am encouraging you to visit a blog called Baby Boomer Baloney. Now, the main motivation for me is the fact that the author has a DAILY blog post.  His posts range from inspirational to insightful.

Do you know of other baby boomer blogs that motivate you to blog? Let me know.

Is Blogging on Labor Day Really Labor? 5 Types of Bloggers Say NO

There are, based on my observation, three types of bloggers that will blog on Labor Day.

Blogger Type #1

The Money Maker

Now this blogger has systems in place on their blogs. They have affiliates, ads, and articles that provide great content. They are blogging to send more traffic to their sites so that folks will buy and or promote their stuff. Even if they are on a cruise they probably set their blog to auto posting for the holiday. Not only do they make money in the sleep but while they are deep in conversation at a party.

Blogger Type 2

The Therapeutic Blogger

This blogger gets rid of stress by blogging. They may share the drama of the week and how it was resolved. Or they may rant about an injustice. In addition, they can vent their vibes about a current event.

Blogger Type #3

The Social Event Blogger

Before the day is over this blogger will share pictures and people connections about the happenings on this day. It could be a trip to the mall for sales or a great movie and dinner details.

Blogger Type #4

The Back To School Blogger

This blogger is sharing the excitement, extra duties, or encouragement for an upcoming school year. May include teachers who are setting up new blogs for the school year aimed at peers or students.

Blogger Type #5

The Caregiver Blogger

This blogger may share tips for other caregivers about resources or recent events related to caregiving. Since care giving seldom gets a holiday these bloggers rarely refrain from blogging when they can.

Regardless of the blog type many folks enjoy reading blogs on a Labor Day  as much as they enjoy watching the TV marathons.

Did I miss anyone?

What Are Long Tail Keywords?

You will often see this term, “long tail keywords”. But today I read a blog post that explains it very simply. It also provides more discussion about keywords.

The blog is by one of the blog gurus I often read. So check out the post on using long tail keywords it is a quick yet powerful read.

So You Want to Do Niche Blogging?

Many of you already know about niche blogging. It is when you decide ahead of time what you are going to blog about. Except with niche blogging it is very focused on one topic. For example, if you are going to blog about blogging that is a broad  niche. But if you narrow it to  blogging for money then you are blogging about that niche.

I teach folks in my blogging class to take a good amount of time deciding on the area they are going to blog about.  It is much like setting a goal. You try to be as specific as possible and refer to it often to see if you are on target.

This morning I read an article about niche marketing that had a very interesting perspective. These marketing gurus felt that you should go broad then narrow when deciding on a niche. For example, if you are thinking about blogging on gardening then you would search on the word gardening with different variations. They could include “rose gardening” “winter gardening” etc.

The key point the article made was to look at the word “gardening” and start with that then go deeper. My summary “go wide then deep and decide.”

I strongly suggest using the free Google keyword tool.  When you want to do more extensive searches you can pay for a tool. But right now just go to Google and in the search box key in the words “Google keyword tool”.

The other thing it shows are the keywords “tags” you can use when you produce a blog post.If you are on a WordPress platform, there is a section on the dashboard that always allows you to key in tags. That is the same thing as keywords. The more relevant they are  to your post the better.

The cool thing about us baby boomers is that we have a broad area of interests based on our broad area of expertise and experience. That can make for some great blogging. What do you think?

If you want me to do a tutorial on using the free keyword tool with some pictures let me know.

Low Cost Copywriting Editor That Gives High Price Results

Thanks to a new product by Problogger, you can get a low cost copywriting editor that will deliver a high price result. It is a new system and I am on my way to pick up a copy right now.

Check it out this blog editor for yourself!

Click here to view more details

Blog Food-Feed Online News Articles to Your Hungry Blog

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series blog food

Online news articles from news sites are one of the best ways to get blog food for your blog. If you have a blog that focuses on opinions, politics or events you can do a search on that topic and glean the recent articles that appear. You can then make your own commentary and link to that particular site.

Also, while you are there sign up with the site. You can start with a very social media friendly site like CNN. As a of fact I just went over to their site and saw a fellow baby boomer blogger Inez Bracy.

She was under the section called “Friends Activity”. This is a section on CNN where using Facebook, you can  see what your friends are recommending and sharing on CNN. Inez was sharing an article post on CNN about the shorthand language used by teens when referring to drug and alcohol use.

So you can go and connect using your Facebook and allow CNN’s software  to grab your information. Now this entitles you to post a link to the video, blog, or make a comment on a blog post and get the link back to your site. There is also a section where you can grab the permalink on a particular blog post and reference it on your blog. That’s where YOUR blog is fed blog food from CNN.

Check out the pictures below showing the blog section of CNN and the place where you get the  permalink.


After you click on one of the blog posts you will see the permalink option. (Note: A permalink is a shortlink with the name and or date  of the post in the link. You use this link to post in your blog when referring to the post on the news site.)

using permalinks for referencing blog posts

After you click on the permalink the resulting url is below:

http://ricksanchez.blogs.cnn.com/2010/05/10/wanna-see-what-goes-on-behind-the-scenes-at-ricks-list/

Take that link and you could, for example write:

“Look at what goes on behind the scenes at Rick’s list” Highlight that entire statement and insert the link into the box.

So, get started now by looking for joining CNN and also search in the search engines for the news site for your state or local newspaper. Here are a few news sites to get you started.

NJ

The Seattle Times

Charlotte News

Go ahead just type in your State or major city into the search engine, i.e,  “Detroit news” and search around for a registration or sign up button. If the site is not social media savvy move on to the next one. Be sure to participate in the social bookmarking and social networking opportunities.

Was this helpful for you?

Trust me when I say that you will find an article related to your niche topic. Some sites will also have lots of blog posts. Try to find out how you can post your blog articles and link to the site. In addition you may have to go down to the bottom and look hard for it but there may be an option to post your videos!!!!!

Will this work for you?

Baby Boomers Blog Workout-Pump Up Your Posts With Controversy

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Blog Workout

Have you ever varied your blog workout? That’s right I said workout because blogging is a mental a physical exercise. But to build our blogging muscles in different places we sometimes must use different weights or types of exercise. So, since I have been trying to do more physical exercise with my body thought I would also apply it to my blogging. Does that make sense?

Here is the first of a series of post on blogging workouts. Today I want to share the value of adding controversial blog post. It is a post that can generate a lot of comments because the topic is something that most of your readers will have an opinion about.

To give you an example check out a post I read today about a pregnant woman who goes into a bar for a drink.  She is refused a drink by the bar attendant. Wow, the comments following the post are intense.

Clearly a baby boomer has something to say about this one. Try it, add some agree or disagree to your next blog post.

What do you think? Are you ready to workout?

Special Thanks To Heidi Caswell for Sharing How She Started Blogging

Did you know that Heidi Caswell Started blogging by visiting a popular social network?  Now She helps others to start and maintain blogs.Read her comment to this post.