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Monday, December 21, 2009

Problem when copy-pasting from WORD to Blogger post editor

A blogger asked in the comments at Change blog background color and others: " I can't keep my font consistent throughout my posts...."

I suspect he is copy-pasting from MS WORD or some other word processor. When you prepare a document in WORD, it adds a lot of invisible formatting tags to the text that you type and when you copy-paste from WORD to the Blogger post editor, these formatting tags plays havoc and like the blogger above, the font can go "crazy".

If you want something transferred from WORD to your Blogger post editor, first copy-paste from WORD into an ASCII editor like Notepad to strip over the formatting tags, then copy-paste from Notepad to the post editor.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Google Blogger begins monetization


For years I am amazed at the generosity of Google Blogger in offering millions of bloggers this free blogging platform without asking for or expecting anything in return (other than the requirement to display the navbar which is never enforced). You can do many things with Blogger including putting not only Google Adsense ads in your free blog, you can even add competing ads like Yahoo Publisher Network. You can register your own domain and use it for your blog (custom domain) and Blogger will even host it free of charge for you.

Now I think Blogger has begun to experiment with displaying ads as what looks like the first step to monetizing Blogger. Today, after publishing a post, this was what I saw:

Blogger begins monetization

The display of ads seems random and I don't think that happens without fail. I have noticed this before but only chose to write about it today. I am glad Blogger is not forcing us to display their advertisements on our public blogs but choses to display their ads in password protected areas like our Dashboard which only we blog owners can see.

Friday, July 17, 2009

How to set Blogger time zone


Update: Your Blogger time zone can be set via
Dashboard > Settings > Formatting
and at the 5th item is a drop down menu to select your time zone. Ignore the rest of this post.


A blogger complained that the time stamp for his post does not correspond to the time zone of the place he is posting to Blogger. If you want to change the time zone for Blogger which is tied to your Google account, you will have to change the time zone for your Google Account. Here is what you need to do:

Sign into Blogger Dashboard and click on "My Account":

Blogger Dashboard: Account

At the top left section of your Google Account, if you have not yet created your Google Profile, click "edit your personal info":

Edit Google Profile

At the "Edit Personal Information" page, tick [ ] Display all timezones and select your timezone.



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Sunday, June 28, 2009

How to remove Header borders

A blogger request help for removing the Header border (she called it title). This is easily done.

First, sign into your Blogger account (Dashboard). Then click on the LAYOUT tab followed by EDIT HTML to get to the template editor. Look for this in the template:

#header-wrapper {
width:100%;
margin:0 auto 10px;
border:1px solid $bordercolor;
}

#header-inner {
background-position: center;
margin-left: auto;
margin-right: auto;
}

#header {
margin: 5px;
border: 1px solid $bordercolor;
text-align: center;
color:$pagetitlecolor;
}


Now delete
border:1px solid $bordercolor;

Preview and if satisfactory, save template.

Related post: How to remove border for images uploaded via Blogger photo upload icon

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Google account deleted, cannot access blog - What to do

A Blogger account is associated with a Google Account. Never delete your Google Account. If you delete your Google Account, your blogs will become inaccessible to you. If you have accidentally deleted your Google Account, go to Google Account Help and fill in the form as soon as possible. Then pray.

Acknowledgement: Thanks to Mishka for pointing this out.

Related posts:
How to delete Google Account
Google Account deleted - what to do

Friday, May 08, 2009

Fixed width template horizontal scroll bar

A blogger told me that some of his readers complained of seeing a horizontal scroll bar (at the bottom of the screen) while he himself found no issue. I am guessing that he must be using a fixed width template optimized for screen resolutions greater than those of his readers while he himself is using the wider screen so see no horizontal scroll bar. These are the standard screen resolutions - 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1152x864, 1600x1200 (the first figure is the width) and fixed width templates are usually optimized for one of these.

A few years ago, nearly all fixed width templates are optimized for 800x600 and visitors with 800x600 screen will see the whole width of the blog without any horizontal scroll bar while those with wider screen will likely complained of "wasted blank space" on one or both sides of the screen. This blog in fact previously used such a fixed width template (800x600) but because surfers with 800x600 screens and smaller have become a very small minority while the vast majority of surfers have 1024x768 screens and bigger. Thus this blog's template have been upgraded to a 4 column fixed width template optimized for 1024x768. Thus visitors with 1024x768 screens will see the blog fill nicely the whole width of the screen (with no horizontal scroll bar) while those with wider screen will again see "wasted blank space" on one or both sides of the screen.

However, those with smaller screen will have the part of the right side of the blog hidden and will have to use the horizontal scroll bar to view the hidden part. You can view this yourself by resizing the screen to 800x600 (view this blog with Firefox and type or copy-paste this: "javascript:top.resizeTo(800,600)"
without the quotation marks into the address bar and press the ENTER or RETURN key). This appearance of the horizontal scroll bar is considered a nuisance and web designers will try to avoid this. However, since 800x600 screens are a very small minority, I feel fairly safe to opt for template optimized for the wider screen of 1024x768.

I would suggest to the blogger to view his blog with Firefox and resize the screen to 800x600 or 640x480 to see what his readers see (type or copy-paste javascript:top.resizeTo(800,600) or javascript:top.resizeTo(640,480) into the address bar of Firefox and press the ENTER key).

Friday, April 17, 2009

Blogger for Dummies is not my main blog. Blogger Tips and Tricks is

I see that there are 35 followers of this blog on Blogger. If you happened to be a follower, perhaps you might be interested to know that while this is my first Blogger related blog, this is not my main Blogger related blog and is not updated often. The main Blogger related blog is Blogger Tips and Tricks of which the URL is http://www.bloggertipsandtricks.com/.

The reason this is not my main blog is because the URL of this blog is http://bloggerfordummies.blogspot.com/" and the original title of this blog is Blogger for Dummies as the intention of this blog is to provide easy to follow and understand information and instructions. I was told a few months after this blog was created that "for Dummies" is trademark of Wiley Publications. I thus changed the title of this blog to Dummies Guide to Blogger but left the URL alone as this blog then already has many inbound links and a good PageRank.

If you are following this blog but not following Blogger Tips and Tricks which is more frequently updated, may I suggest you add Blogger Tips and Tricks to those blogs you are following.

May I suggest you also follow me (Peter Chen @enviroman) at Twitter

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Why can't I find my blog in search engines?

That is a frequent question from new bloggers. New bloggers who just started are understandably impatient to find their blogs in search engines. However, search engines take time to index new blogs. The first thing bloggers should do is to check if their blogs had been indexed. This is simply done by typing
site:URL of blog
into the search box and search. For example, to check if this blog is indexed, I would type
site:bloggerfordummies.blogspot.com
and see if it results in anything. If nothing turns up, it means it had not been indexed yet. If it had been index, there would be at the minimum 1 result.

Even after a blog is index, searches for the blog may result in a link at perhaps the 1001th page of the SERP (search engine result page) which obviously would be very hard to find.

So what more can we say except, please be patient.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Google Blogger Dummies book - Table of content

Google Blogger for Dummies book coverWhen this blog was first created in January 2006, it was intended to be a blog with easy to follow instructions for bloggers using the Blogger platform and the original blog title of this blog is Blogger for Dummies. That was until I found out "for Dummies" was a trademark of Wiley Publishing Inc. I thus created another blog dummies-guide-to-google-blogger.blogspot.com as an online book for bloggers, but because of various factors, that "online book" is still only a work in progress. However, you need not wait any longer for Susan Gunelius has beaten me to the task and now her book Google Blogger for Dummies is available from Amazon for less than $20.

Below is the Table of Content:

Contents at a Glance (more detailed content at bottom of post)
Introduction
Part I: Introducing Google Blogger
Chapter 1: Choosing Blogger as Your Blogging Software
Chapter 2: Welcome to the Blogosphere
Chapter 3: Blogging Basics and Buzzwords
Part II: Using Google Blogger
Chapter 4: Getting Started with Blogger
Chapter 5: Setting Up Your Blog
Chapter 6: Writing and Publishing Blog Posts
Chapter 7: Enhancing Your Blog with Templates
Chapter 8: Adding Features and Functionality with Elements and Gadgets
Chapter 9: Managing Your Blog
Part III: Making Money with Blogger
Chapter 10: The Business of Blogging
Chapter 11: Maximizing Revenue with Google AdSense
Part IV: Growing Your Audience
Chapter 12: The Power of Networking and Relationship Building
Chapter 13: Boosting Your Search Engine Ranking
Part V: Extending Your Blog
Chapter 14: Growing or Downsizing Your Blog
Chapter 15: Blogging from Different Media
Chapter 16: Moving Beyond Blogger 7
Part VI: The Part of Tens
Chapter 17: Ten Useful Social Networking and Social Bookmarking Sites
Chapter 18: Ten Common Blogger Problems and Possible Solutions
Chapter 19: Ten Places to Find Free Blogger Themes and Templates
Glossary
Index

Table of Contents

Introduction
About Google Blogger For Dummies
Foolish Assumptions
Conventions Used in This Book
What You Don’t Have to Read
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Introducing Google Blogger
Part II: Using Google Blogger
Part III: Making Money with Blogger
Part IV: Growing Your Audience
Part V: Extending Your Blog
Part VI: The Part of Tens
Glossary
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here

Part I: Introducing Google Blogger

Chapter 1: Choosing Blogger as Your Blogging Software
Introducing Blogger
Understanding the Google Connection
Debunking Blogger Myths
Discovering the Benefi ts of Blogger
It’s free!
It’s easy to use
It has loads of features
It’s versatile
It’s fl exible
It can help you make money
It exposes you to the spirit of community
Comparing Blogger to Other Blogging Software Options
Blogging with Blogger
The first steps
The right tools

Chapter 2: Welcome to the Blogosphere
Starting a Blog
Joining the blogosphere
Knowing why people blog
Understanding the pros and cons of blogging
Establishing Goals for Your Blog
Choosing a Topic
Finding Blogs
Growing Your Blog
Making Money from Your Blog
The Secrets to Blogging Success

Chapter 3: Blogging Basics and Buzzwords
Picking a Template
Making a Home Page
Creating a Profile
Filling the Sidebar
Posting Content
Interacting with Comments
Publishing Backlinks
Using Labels
Adding a Footer
Archiving Content
Building Relationships with Links
Including Subscriptions and Feeds

Part II: Using Google Blogger

Chapter 4: Getting Started with Blogger
Taking Your First Steps into the Blogosphere
Creating a Google account
Choosing a domain name
Selecting a basic template
Joining the blogosphere
Getting Familiar with Blogger
Signing in to Blogger
Introducing the Blogger dashboard
Entering and publishing posts
Changing Blogger settings
Customizing your blog
Signing out of Blogger

Chapter 5: Setting Up Your Blog
Creating Your Profile
Adding information to your profile
Designing Your Home Page
Customizing Your Blog
Publishing, confi guring privacy, editing, and composing
Formatting posts, times, dates, and languages
Enabling comments and backlinks
Setting up archiving
Assigning permissions

Chapter 6: Writing and Publishing Blog Posts
Thinking Things Through
Coming up with titles
Considering search engine optimization
Creating a Blog Post
Saving with Auto Save
Creating a draft post
Adding Visual Interest
Formatting text and layout
Adding links to blog posts
Adding images
Administering Your Blog Posts
Allowing comments
Adding labels
Using the post date-and-time feature
Revisiting Old Posts
Finding an archived post
Editing a post
Deleting a post

Chapter 7: Enhancing Your Blog with Templates
Reviewing Blogger Layouts
Choosing a Template
Templates versus headers
Personality
Color
Font
Columns and layout
Sidebar capacity and placement
Future blogging goals
Finding templates
Considering Types of Templates
Templates from Blogger
Free templates from third parties
Premium templates from third parties
Custom templates from third parties
Changing a Template
Choosing a different Blogger template
Modifying the fonts and colors in your template
Switching to a custom template
Knowing what to do after you apply a third-party template

Chapter 8: Adding Features and Functionality
with Elements and Gadgets
Editing Basic Page Elements
Including a header
Modifying blog posts
Editing the About Me box
Choosing Gadgets
Providing a blog list
Inviting followers
Presenting a slideshow
Offering subscription links
Taking a Poll
Adding a List
Including a Link List
Adding a picture
Using AdSense
Including text
Using HTML/JavaScript
Setting up a feed
Listing labels
Setting up a newsreel
Sharing videos
Including the Blogger logo
Adding Third-Party Gadgets
Arranging Elements and Gadgets

Chapter 9: Managing Your Blog
Increasing Visibility and Accessibility
Inviting comments
Moderating comments
Pinging
Managing feeds and subscriptions
Adding More Features to Your Blog
Instant blogging with BlogThis!
Sending posts with BlogSend
Publishing posts with Mail-to-Blogger
Understanding basic HTML
Managing Performance
Tracking your stats
Choosing a statistic tracker
Deciding what to track
Part III: Making Money with Blogger

Chapter 10: The Business of Blogging
Making Money from Your Blog
Understanding monetization options
Examining the pros and cons of monetization options
Knowing what to look for in a monetization option
Choosing Blogger Monetization Options
Contextual link ads5
Text link ads
Impression-based ads
Affi liate ads
Merchandising and mini-malls
Feed ads
Direct ads
Sponsored reviews
Other monetization options

Chapter 11: Maximizing Revenue with Google AdSense
Making Sense of AdSense
Exploring the available ads
Finding your way around Google AdSense
Understanding Google AdSense policies
Getting help
Registering with AdSense
Setting Up AdSense on Your Blog
Choosing an ad format
Choosing the appropriate ad size
Placing AdSense ads on your blog
Adding AdSense ads between blog posts
Confi guring AdSense for Feeds
Getting Paid
Tracking Your Success
Part IV: Growing Your Audience

Chapter 12: The Power of Networking and Relationship Building
Submitting Your Blog to Search Engines
Google
Yahoo!
MSN Live Search
Technorati
Navigating the Social Web
Building a blog community
Commenting on other blogs
Tracking back
Introducing Social Networking
Promoting your blog by using social networking
Checking out popular social networking sites
Understanding Social Bookmarking
Promoting your blog by using social bookmarking
Following the rules
Getting to know the popular social bookmarking sites
Microblogging for Blog Traffic
Twitter
Plurk

Chapter 13: Boosting Your Search Engine Ranking
Understanding Search Engine Optimization
Driving traffi c to your blog
Using keyword analysis
Boosting popularity by using links
Using SEO to Increase Your Search Engine Ranking
Using SEO tips and tricks
Hurting your ranking by making simple mistakes
Checking Your Page Rank and Links
Part V: Extending Your Blog

Chapter 14: Growing or Downsizing Your Blog
Adding and Deleting Blogs
Adding a blog
Deleting a blog
Canceling a Blogger account
Setting Up Multiuser Team Blogs
Adding team members
Establishing the blog administrator and permissions
Joining and leaving team blogs

Chapter 15: Blogging from Different Media
Blogging on the Go: Mobile Blogging
Podcasting with Audio
Making the case for podcasts
Ensuring that you have the right podcasting tools
Creating and publishing a podcast
Podcasting with Video
Using vlogging equipment
Creating a vlog with Blogger

Chapter 16: Moving Beyond Blogger
Using Your Own Domain
Obtaining a domain from Blogger
Buying a domain from a third party
Using a Third-Party Host
Publishing via FTP
Getting Help
Blogger Help
Blogger Buzz
Blogger Help Group
BloggerHelp channel on YouTube
Blogger Buster
Part VI: The Part of Tens

Chapter 17: Ten Useful Social Networking and Social Bookmarking Sites
Friendster
BlogHer
Orkut
Reddit
Furl
Slashdot
Newsvine
Magnolia
Kirtsy
Propeller

Chapter 18: Ten Common Blogger Problems and Possible Solutions
You Have Trouble Signing In to Your Blogger Account
Username problems
Password problems
Browser problems
You Cannot Access Your Blogger Account
You Discover the Case of the Disappearing Blog
Your Blog Is Identifi ed As Spam
You Don’t’ Know Why Changes Aren’t Being Published
You Have Profi le Problems
Your Text Formatting Buttons Are Missing
Your Post Labels Are Missing
You See Strange Characters, Blank Pages, or Undecipherable Code
You Have a Floating Sidebar

Chapter 19: Ten Places to Find Free Blogger Themes and Templates
eBlogTemplates
BTemplates
BlogFlux
BloggerBuster
Pyzam
All Blog Tools
Blogger-Templates.Blogspot
JackBook
BlogCrowds
BloggerBlogTemplates

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Make images not clickable or enlarge

Sometimes I get funny requests, but more than a few times I have been asked this question - how to make images clickable. This is something I don't like to do, to use Blogger's post editor COMPOSE mode as I prefer to work in the post editor EDIT HTML mode for very good reasons and hope all you bloggers who are not familiar with that to start learning. It is not difficult and if you read the posts in my blogs, eventually you can pick up sufficient HTML to do lots of things.

Back to the subject. After uploading the image while in the COMPOSE, grab (left-click) the photo with your mouse, hold it down and drag it around the post editor window. Then publish your post and test clicking on the image to see if it enlarge. Try it and please do let me know your results.
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