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.
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.
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!
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.
A common Wordpress RSS feed error had been plaguing this site for way too long, but it seems to finally be fixed.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Ever found a great Wordpress theme, but it was too old and outdated to put to use without major edits?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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.