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Posts from the ‘Blogging’ Category

8
May
Spring wisteria

Spring cleaning and investment at WebsiteBuilding.biz

Spring is here, and that means it is time to clean up some old messes around the blog. Find out how to identify broken links, improve reader engagement, and why Pligg isn’t the best idea for user-generated content.

7
Jan
A little bit off balance

The web biz can do strange things to your sleep and social schedule

Working online presents a novel scenario for schedules and sleeping cycles, and with the bombardment of modern technological stimulants like artificial lights, televisions, and lolcats, our internal clocks might not know how to process all of these variables. While there are some advantages to alternate sleeping patterns, there are also some health and social concerns that have to be address to achieve a high level of happiness and productivity.

30
Dec
Happy new year's!

300 posts in retrospect, and hoping for a happy new year

A look back at the ups and downs of my blogging experience over the last 100 posts, and some New Year’s resolutions to put in the time this project deserves!

4
Dec
Fresher content is better

New content – stale until proven otherwise?

Fresh content used to be a great way to give your sites some attention in the search engines, but these days it seems to be stale by the time you’ve hit publish.

1
Dec
RSS Feed

…and the damn RSS feed is back too

A common Wordpress RSS feed error had been plaguing this site for way too long, but it seems to finally be fixed.

20
Jun
Out to lunch - be back someday

Limits of Inactivity

A blog can continue to make money for long after it has become inactive, but to maximize your revenue you’ll have to keep it at least somewhat up to date – and make sure those new links are flowing!

13
Dec
Wordpress Software

New WordPress theme and some reorganization – thoughts about the blog

Theme Foundry has taken the freemium model to Wordpress themes, and even in the demo file you can get a high quality look for no cost.

17
Sep
Canon Camera

Finally invested in a camera

It is good to be cheap and frugal when you’re running a business or blog – but only to an extent. Don’t be too much like me though, because blogging is a whole lot easier with a nice digital camera on hand!

8
Jun
Chemistry Dog

This website building experiment is a huge success

Looking back on the last three years of building websites and doing business online, I have to confess that I love where my life is at.

10
Apr
Spam

The worst part of spam…

Other than general annoyance, what is it that truly makes spam more of an evil than an inconvenience? I’ll let you in on the most frustrating behaviors I’ve seen and the downsides of an otherwise effective SEO strategy.

1
Apr
Wordpress Software

Modern 2.0 WordPress Theme – Updated with dynamic sidebars and homepage

Ever found a great Wordpress theme, but it was too old and outdated to put to use without major edits? Well, if you’re a fan of Modern .9, you’ll definitely want to check out this 2.0 version of the Modern Wordpress Theme, ready for 2010 with dynamic sidebars and a home page that mixes static content with the excerpts from your latest posts.

30
Mar

Blogging is dead – long live blogging!

Blogging isn’t quite as easy as it used to be, but the online economy still provides a ton of opportunity to those who truly love to write and produce content on a regular schedule.

14
Mar

Firefox 3.6 killed the link properties option

If you like to know the properties of links on the sites you visit, Firefox version 3.6 is a bit lacking unless you add a link property plugin that recreates the function many of us used to take for granted.

7
Feb

Obliterating Scrapers pt 5: The Hosting DMCA

If all else fails, there’s one final step you can take to ensure your scraper’s website is taken completely offline, as soon as possible.

4
Feb

Fighting Scrapers Pt 4: DMCA and Advertisers

If scrapers are still making money off your content at this point, you can take your issue directly to their advertisers and hit back in the bank account.

4
Feb

Fighting Scrapers pt 3: The Search Engine DMCA

And if your scraper parasite is still in the search index, a few letters notifying your writes under the DMCA can help ensure the search engines know who is the original and who is the copy-cat.

1
Feb

Fighting Blog Scrapers Pt 2: Poison the Bait

If the initial emails and private messages don’t get your scraped blog posts removed, there are other more damaging (and entertaining) ways to strike back at content thieves.

31
Jan

Fighting Scrapers Pt 1: The Email Request

When blog scrapers threaten your reputation in the search engines, you’ll eventually have to fight back just to protect yourself. Since we’re feeling like generous and nice people, we’re going to start off with some polite email requests before we start doing damage or publicly mocking the offender.

30
Jan

Escalating Against Blog Scrapers

Its easy to ignore most scrapers, but once in a while they get their act together and figure out how to rank with stolen content. Here are the basic steps to fix that kind of mess.

29
Jan

Another Perfect Example of Blogging SEO Don’ts – Too much of a Good Thing

Increasingly, the search index’s reaction to your posts is quick and revealing. The other day I managed to learn that the hard way while doing some “clean up” posts.