Archive for the ‘Blogging Tools’ Category
Wondering how the top bloggers fill their sites with rich, exciting information? Care to know how professional bloggers drive herds of traffic to their site constantly? For many, the answer is going mobile. Let’s face it, there is only so much new and exciting going on outside our office windows. We’ve got to get out and experience life to craft enriching, intriguing blog posts. Going mobile is just the ticket.
1. Pro Bloggers Quickly Respond to Reader Comments
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If there’s a downside to having an adoring public, it’s that they demand constant attention. Pro bloggers know this is actually a good thing. Nothing frustrates readers more than a blogger who ignores their insightful commentary. When someone cares enough about what you’ve written to post a comment, it’s your duty to answer. Free yourself from the keyboard and get the app for your blogging platform (WordPress, Blogger, etc.). Then you can always answer comments and questions quickly, wherever you go. Read More
Embedding a playlist on your blog can really amp up the mood of your blog post. Making your site visitors listen to the music you like is much better than eagerly talking about it.
There are a lot options out there on how to stream music on your blog besides embedding a video music playlist from YouTube. Given that Spotify, Groovetube, Rdio, Last.fm and BearShare are the popular ones, there are a lot of music stream services that make sharing and creating a catalog of music on your blog easier.
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You may have noticed that the SEO game has become a lot more difficult lately… Mostly due to the recent algorithm updates like the Penguin and, like always, due to the ever-growing competition for valuable keywords.
However, some things remain unchanged. For instance, you still need to find a way to let Google know which keywords you’re targeting.
The fact is that Google can figure this out on their own, kind of (through links, and social media interaction), but introducing some good on-page SEO can make things a lot quicker.
You have to be careful, though. Google now openly admits that they discourage all forms of active link building, and probably any other type of active SEO work as well.
So how to overcome this and not get in trouble? Read More
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Choosing the WordPress theme might be difficult. Everybody has a genial idea to look for hot topics, but a page that looks exactly like Facebook or Twitter will not only be ridiculous, but it also show bad taste and lack of originality. This is why it is important to come with a brilliant idea, and to have a great, original, unique and pleasant theme.
It is important to establish the purpose of your blog before choosing a theme. For online portfolios, you should have an elaborated plan, and you will also need to be patient, as those blogs need some time before gaining the expected recognition.
Even if you think about a programmer, it will cost you some money. Whether you want to choose a predefined theme, or you want a new theme created especially for your blog, you must know that there are advantages and disadvantages for each one of those methods. Read More
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If you are just starting out with blogging and have decided to use your own domain name instead of the free, hosted alternatives like blogger.com or wordpress.com, then you might feel overwhelmed with the amount of information you need to sift through. There are so many things to decide on when you decide to go it alone in the big wide world of the internet.
One of the first decisions you have to make is whether or not you should use a virtual private server for your blog. Read More
There are a lot of blogs about films, but there aren’t a lot of films about blogging. Oh really now? Blogging is not some obscure afterhours hobby, blogging is almost like tweeting, almost like breathing, everyone knows what blogging is. At some point in time, the status quo has taken its thoughts to tumblr, blogspot and WP.
People have written down their daily musings online, with enough drama and flair to make their daily rants a viable screenplay for a movie. But truth be told, there aren’t a lot of movies about blogs or blogging, there’s only 1 mainstream movie about a blogger and it happens to be a food blogger who caught the eye of Hollywood. With blog posts so good that Meryl Streep signed up to star in it and yes, that blogging movie is Julia & Julia. All about a food blogger’s ambitious feat to cook Julia Child’s 524 recipes in 365 days with some kitchen meltdowns thrown in the batter. Read More
Bloggers often get recognize for using a universal avatar across various web platforms. By using, a profile icon that can easily be linked to their brand of blogging. There are millions and even billions of icons online, and behind all those images are real people who are out to make a statement with their chosen web identities. But to grab people’s attention with just a small pixel icon, you may need something extra special- why not spice up an old photo of yours and take a creative leap! Whether you decide to leave your mark on a popular commenting system, or crosspost on someone’s Facebook Account, the icon you use should be well-thought out and should at least, reflect a part of your personality.
The goals that you set each day when blogging requires the use of various productivity tools. If you are spending a lot of time at your computer or on your iPhone, then you need a way to easily access all of your data and research. Online tools provide you a way to organize your thoughts and save information you may want to add to your blog. Read More
Recently, Mat Honan’s frightening account of how hackers destroyed his digital life has been making rounds online, scaring nearly everyone who reads it.
Basically, Honan’s digital presence was all but destroyed after hackers managed to delete his Google Account, wipe his iPhone, iPad and Macbook and deface his Twitter account. The reason for the attack, according to one of the people behind it, was “lulz” and to play around with a three-character Twitter name.
Honan’s position as senior reporter at Gizmodo did nothing to provoke nor protect him from the attack. Though he acknowledges his mistakes the affair, most sharply his failure to backup critical data (which everyone should have), his sharpest barbs were for Amazon and Apple, who’s security policies made the hack possible.
Though Amazon and Apple have responded by updating their security policies, hopefully to prevent future attacks along the same vector, many have been wondering what they can do to strengthen their security online.
The truth is, no security is perfect and anyone who is a valuable enough taget can be bit. But you can make yourself a more difficult target and someone who can not be trivially exploited and you can minimize the damage an attacker can do.
With that in mind, here are a few mostly common sense steps that can get you started to being more secure online. Read More
There are currently thousands, if not millions, of companies that offer hosting services. This makes it very difficult to find one that offers the most ideal services at the lowest possible price. Before settling for a particular web hosting company, there are a number of factors to look at and compare besides the price to ensure that you settle for a service provider whose service is tailored to your specific needs. This post is a summary of the top 5 factors to look at when choosing the best web hosting company. Read More