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Monday, January 30, 2006

How to submit blog to Google

Submitting your blogs to Google, Yahoo and MSN



Submit your blog url here: Add your URL to Google.

A better idea is to add a Google sitemap to your blog. You can learn how to add a Google map to your blog here: "Adding Google sitemap to your blog".

You may also submit your blog to Google Base and include a link back to your blog.

You may also submit your url to Yahoo! search for free at http://submit.search.yahoo.com/free/request

Looks like the above URL now lead to a 404 error "Page not found". Perhaps you can try Yahoo paid submission at:
https://ecom.yahoo.com/dir/submit/intro/


For submission to MSN, go to MSN url submission.

Generally, there is no necessity in submitting your url to search engines as nowadays, eventually, the search engine will crawl your blog. There is no harm in submitting though. A faster way to do it is to get a link from websites that are already indexed by the search engines as they will automatically follow the links to crawl sites that are linked there. If you don't know anybody who can link you, you can submit your website to blog directories. An easy one to submit to will be My Blog Directory (it is already indexed). Just go to the bottom of the directory and click "Add your blog". (You may want to read more about how My Blog Directory may help you get some extra traffic to your site. Go to "How to make a blog directory for your blog". Other blog directories you can submit to are Blogwise, BlogCatalogue, Bloggernity, BlogFlux, GlobeOfBlogs. You may also "claim" your blog at Technorati.


Book: Blogging for Dummies

Publishing a Blog with Blogger: Visual QuickProject Guide

Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating a Webpage and Blog

Sunday, January 29, 2006

How do i post a photo on my blog title bar

Update 13 March 2007: Statcounter (a hit counter which gives comprehensive statistics (click "BACK" button to get back to this page) showed people looking for methods to put images in the blog title is landing on this page. My concern is that many of these seekers are already using the New Blogger template. If you are one of them, the posts you should refer to are
Adding image to your New Blogger blog header,

Adding graphic background to your New Blogger blog header

How to put image or logo on the side of your New Blogger blog Header

Special fonts for your blog clickabke graphic Header without removing the text title




Question: " how do i post a photo on my blog title bar where my blogs name is written?"

You mean something like this: Backyard Organic Farming?

Well, first you must get your photo hosted on the web with perhaps the free Photobucket. If you don't want to do that, and you want Blogger to host your photo. To see how it can be done, have a look at this post: Getting Blogger to host your photo for the profile, Header, etc. Then sign into Dashboard, select the relevant blog, click TEMPLATE tab, and look for the block of codes that start with <div id="header"> and ends with </div> and refer to the block of codes below:

<div id="header">

<h1 id="blog-title">

<img src="http://photos1.blogger.com/b...colo.gif">

</h1>
<p id="description">A blog about my brush with organic farming in my little backyard garden.</p>

</div>

Replace "http://photos1.blogger.com....colo.gif" with the url for your photo and replace the description "A blog about....backyard garden" with your description.

If you want the graphic together with the text title, then do this:

<div id="header">

<h1 id="blog-title">
<ItemPage><a href="<$BlogURL$>"></ItemPage>
<img src="http://imageurl.jpg"><$BlogTitle$>
<ItemPage></a></ItemPage>
</h1>
<p id="description"><$BlogDescription$></p>

</div>


Just replace the http://imageurl.jpg with the actual url of your photo.

UPDATE 7 October 2006:

To make the graphic in the Header clickable to go back to the home (main/index) page


A reader of this blog asked how to make the image clickable to go to the home page, so what I have done is to do some experimenting on a rarely used blog to put in the clickable image: Sheryl's template (close new window to get back to this page). Try clicking on the graphic in the header and see where it takes you.

For that blog, I am using the Minima Black template. If you use other templates, the codes might be slightly different. Here is the original code for the header:
<div id="header">

<h1 id="blog-title">
<ItemPage><a href="<$BlogURL$>"></ItemPage>
<$BlogTitle$>
<ItemPage></a></ItemPage>
</h1>
<p id="description"><$BlogDescription$></p>

</div>

What you have to do is to delete <$BlogTitle$> and replace it with
<a href="<$BlogURL$>"><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v336/cikgu/backyardorganicfarming.jpg"></a>

You will of course got to replace the URL of the photo with the actual URL of your photo you want to put in the header. The code then become:
<div id="header">

<h1 id="blog-title">
<ItemPage><a href="<$BlogURL$>"></ItemPage>
<a href="<$BlogURL$>"><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v336/cikgu/backyardorganicfarming.jpg"></a>
<ItemPage></a></ItemPage>
</h1>
<p id="description"><$BlogDescription$></p>

</div>

Note: If you don't want to scroll throught the scroll box to see the codes, you can click on the inside of the scroll box, press ctrl+A, right-click on the mouse and select copy, then paste it into Notepad. Then you will be able to see the whole text. I am forced to put the codes into scroll boxes, otherwise the long codes will send my sidebar sliding to the bottom of the page.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Sitemap

Introduction
Blogger template tutorial Part 2
Blogger template tutorial
How to build traffic to your blog
How to backup your blog
Introduction to del.icio.us
How to do categories
How to recover from an accidental delete
Sidebar slid to the bottom of the page
3 column template
How to make a blog directory for your blog
How to get Blogger to host your profile photo, etc.
How to make post remain at the top of the main page
How to change the order of the posts
How to contact Blogger Support
Another quick way to do a table
How to do a new paragraph in the sidebar
Where to paste the adsense code for ads after each post
Where to paste the Adsense codes
How to add Adsense ads to your blog
How to redirect from old url to new url
How to edit links in the sidebar
How to do a quick and dirty table
How to track visitors to the blog
How to delete photo
How to make a clickable link
How do I avoid anonymous comments
How to post special characters
How to change url
Why no line spaces
How to set number of posts to display on main page
How to add stuff to the sidebar
How to delete a post
How to backup your template
How to put an image in the sidebar
How to copy features from websites you like
How to hide the profile
How to submit blog to Google
How do I post a photo on my blog title
How BlogExplosion can 'explode' traffic to your blog

Monday, January 02, 2006

How BlogExplosion can 'explode' traffic to your blog

Update: April 23 2012: Blog Explosion probably has been shut down as all links to them leads to error message "503 Service Unavailable".

Note: AdSense users please read update at the bottom of the post.

You spend all night setting up your very own blog, but in short time you realize nobody is coming to read it. Furthermore now that you have a blog what do you do next?

That's where BlogExplosion comes in. Imagine joining a blogging community where people can find and read your blog, get your blog reviewed or even chat with other bloggers all around the world!

Whether you like to talk about politics, business, your wedding, family or simply enjoy sharing your life experiences on your blog with other people BlogExplosion is a great way to expand the number of people that read your blog!

You can get more traffic to your blog via BlogExplosion in different ways. For every two blogs you visit via BlogExplosion, another will visit your blog. So the more you surf, the more visitors will visit your site. Remember to add a Visitor Counter (click "BACK" button to get back to this page) to your blog so that you can see the visitors coming in.

There is also a referral system for BlogExplosion whereby you will be given a link or a banner and people who join via that link, a portion of their traffic will be added to yours. This referal system is 4 levels deep, so a portion of the traffic generated by others who join through the person you referred to BlogExplosion will also be added to yours too. Also, you can add a MyBlogDirectory to your site, and when others want to be listed in your (and other's) directory (and BlogExplosion's directory) joined via MyBlogDirectory will also be added to your referrals .

To read more about MyBlogDirectory, and how MyBlogDirectory can increase traffic to your blog, see "How to make a blog directory for your blog".

Update: I have an AdSense account, and I have been hearing reports of people getting their account suspended without being given the reasons for the suspension. So, being careful, I contacted AdSense Help about using a traffic exchange like BlogExplosion. Their reply was not specific, just that we have to be careful and that the responsibility lies with us. I have since stopped using BlogExplosion for sites which have AdSense ads. There are others who are of opinion that it is OK to use BlogExplosion. You decide for yourself or you may want to seek clarification from AdSense Help Center yourself or from other AdSense users at the Google AdSense Help group.

Books from Amazon

101 ways to Boost Your Web Traffic: Internet Marketing Made Easier

Blogging: Genius Stragies for Instant Web Content by Biz Stone, former Senior Specialist on the Google Blogger team

Pictures store



This post is used as a workaround to get Blogger to host our pictures. See How to get Blogger to host the photo for your profile, etc.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Introduction

Blogger, a free blogging service now owned by Google, is a very popular. However, beginners are often faced with "how to" problems. This site will be a collection of "how to" tips. Some of the tips are also relevant to those using other blogging services. There are many posts here and you will not see all the tips on the main page. There may not be many new posts here because of the reasons stated in this post: Why I change the Header (click "BACK" button to get back to this page). However, this site will still be useful to you as you can find new posts as explained below.

To navigate around the site,
1. Type in the key words into the search boxes. There are two - the blogsearch in the left corner of the navbar (Blogger toolbar) right at the top of the page, and the Google sitesearch box (in which you can also search my other blogs as well as the web). Regarding the search boxes, I would suggest you use both the Google sitesearch as well as the blogsearch at the top navbar as I have found that often, when one doesn't get the information one wants, the other one will.
2. Check CATEGORIES at the top of the sidebar. Clicking on a topic will get you to a del.icio.us page that shows post relevant to the topic. The number of posts displayed will depend on your settings. There may be more posts than what you will see in the page, and you may have to click "earlier" to see the posts categorised earlier.
3. Refer to PREVIOUS POSTS or use the ARCHIVES in the sidebar and find the relevant post.
4 If you are at the archive page or an individual post page (permalink), to get back to the main (home) page click the blog title at the top of the page. If you want to search all the previous posts, the way to do it is to start with the main page, look at the previous posts there, then click the last post. This will take you to the next set of previous posts. Do this consecutively and you will get to see all the previous posts.

Books from Amazon

You may also chose to get the book Publishing a Blog with Blogger Content

Other relevant books are:

Blogging for Dummies

The Rational Guide to Google Blogger
This book covers the basic and the not-so-basic concepts and technologies that you need to know in order to thrive in the blogging world.
With this book, you will learn how to use Blogger’s Post Editor and Dashboard to create sophisticated postings that include images and hyperlinks, and how to change the look and feel of your blog using templates. Other topics include making money using Google’s AdSense and Amazon.com’s Associates program, using photo blogging services, adding a site counter so that you can track your readership, using Blogger Mobile for mobile blogging, and how to archive your blog. For those of you who have your own Web hosting, you will learn how to publish your blog to your own server.
This book takes a rational, no-nonsense approach in a compact guide. The book is written to give you the basics…fast!
Technical accuracy is assured by Biz Stone, Former Senior Specialist on the Google Blogger Team.
This book comes with this free bonus material:
1. Bonus Chapter: "Blogger Security"
2. Bonus Chapter: "Blogger Development with the API"
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