Archive for February, 2011
After watching rivals like WordPress reap the rewards of creating mobile apps, Google has finally decided to court the mobile universe by creating an official Blogger app upon Android.
While launching an Android app first wasn’t surprising, the Blogger team is apparently working on other mobile OS’s which means we might see an iOS Blogger app in the near future.
We are excited to announce our first version of the Blogger Android App. Using the app you can easily compose a post, attach a photo that you just took with your phone, and either save it as a local draft for later or immediately publish it to your blog. If you are an Android user, you can start using the Blogger app today by downloading it for free from theÂ Android Market. [...]
Note: this app is available only on Android devices but we are working toward supporting other smartphone platforms to allow more of our users to easily post to Blogger on the go. (Blogger Buzz)
Note: Emphasis mine. Read More
Are any of your blog posts receiving any comments yet? If you are now writing your 57th blog post and you have yet to receive comments from your readers, you may have a big problem. Consider the following tips to help your blog posts gain or attract comments from readers.
Know and find your audience
Before knowing who actually leaves comments on your blog, find your niche, target audience, or target market first. This is the first door you should open when expecting comments. When you connect with blogs and people with the same passion as yours, the possibility of getting comments is higher.
Write with conviction and commitment
Thereâ€™s a big difference between the posts of a passionate and a dull writer. There is no point in reading and commenting on a boring blog post. Put your heart into your writing and readers will be attracted to your posts. Read More
Automattic has just announced that bloggers on WordPress.com will now be able to purchase premium themes, a feature that previously was only available for self hosted WordPress blogs.
I am proud to introduce the very first two premium themes on WordPress.com:Â Headlines andÂ Shelf. [...]
Along with the distinctive features and a gorgeous design purchasing a premium theme like Shelf or Headlines for your WordPress.com site also gives you full access to dedicated support on theÂ WordPress.com forums. The premium themes forum there will be accessible only to site owners whoâ€™ve purchased a theme.
We hope to expand the collection of themes on WordPress.com in a big way in 2011. Look for a significant number of both free and premium themes coming your way this year. (Official WordPress.com Blog)
The Headlines and Shelf premium themes were designed by WooThemes and The Theme Foundry, repsectively, with the latter offering users a tumbleblog like experience.
Automattic has not yet publicly revealed the revenue split between WP.com and theme designers, as well as other requirements like whether theme designers have to fully embrace the GPL before selling themes upon WP.com (i.e. no split licensing).
However with WP.com boasting 17 million blogs, Automattic’s market share (which is roughly 50% of all active WordPress blogs) may simply be too large for theme designers to ignore.
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It looks like Weebly fans will no longer have to be envious of their WordPres friends as the blog platform has announced that users will now be able to easily insert social sharing buttons within their blog posts.
Our new social media buttons make it really easy for people to share your blog posts on Facebook & Twitter. You’ve probably seen these buttons all over the web, and now they’re automatically integrated into the bottom of each of your blog posts.
Once someone shares your post on Facebook or Twitter, their friends see the update, and then your website gets even more readers and comments! However, if you don’t like these new buttons, you can easily turn them off by un-checking the option under the “Manage Blog” area. (Official Weebly Blog)
Despite being seen as a WordPress.com competitor, Weebly has surprisingly avoided embracing social button until now.
While the freemium blog platform lacks the celebrity status of other blog platforms like Posterous and Squarespace, Weebly actually has a greater web foot print than either (despite the fact that the former two boast a much larger mind share).
Although Weebly’s belated embrace of Twitter and Facebook was probably inevitable, hopefully the company will consider other social buttons (like Digg, Reddit and Google Buzz) as well.
As a blogger, for the vast majority of your readers, you are just a virtual presence, someone that they know solely through their words, videos and other media. It’s the nature of the Web that, unless you do a lot of touring and conferences, for most you’ll just be a name/face on the computer screen.
But while that’s just a part of being on the Web, it is something of a limitation we all face as well. People, for the most part, don’t form emotional bonds with people that they don’t talk to and don’t see in person. This is part of why many seem to care so little what happens to others they meet over the Web but, on the flip side, it means that people are very slow to trust others online.
But, as a blogger, trust is essential. If people don’t trust you, your site and your information, they aren’t going to become recurring visitors, they aren’t going to participate in your site and they won’t link to you or otherwise spread the word about what you are doing.
Without trust, your blog is almost nothing. But while earning trust online requires tons of hard work, dedication and consistency in producing high-quality content, losing it is simply a matter of making one fatal mistake.
One of the easiest ways to lose earned trust is to fail to properly disclose any freebies, gifts or relationships that may have influenced your opinion. Once people believe your views to have been tainted, it is almost impossible for you to regain that trust.
However, this is a pitfall that goes beyond the trust of your readers and, thanks to recent guidelines, also becomes a legal issue. Failing to disclose conflicts, especially repeatedly, could land you in hot water in the U.S. and do far more than ruin the hard work you’ve put into your blog.
When it comes to shopping for premium WordPress themes, there are often hundreds (if not thousands) of choices users can choose from ranging from the inexpensive to a few that might break the bank.
Regardless of what your budget is, there are several things you should inquire about before purchasing the WordPress in order to avoid getting burned (even by a reputable theme designer). Read More