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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Alert: Individual post page (permalink) can sometimes be blank pages, and what you need to do

Recently I answered a question on the Google Blogger Help forum by including a link to How to build traffic to your blog (click "BACK" button to get back to this page). She alerted me to the fact that the link leads to a blank page. I checked and found that it does lead to a blank page. I went the Dashboard of that blog, get to the "EDIT POST" tab, and click "VIEW" in that post, and got a blank page too. I copied the URL and pasted it into the address bar - same result. I tested to see if it is something in the post that lead to this problem by copying word for word (in the EDIT HTML mode, everything in the post editor and pasted it in a new post Duplicate: How to build traffic to your blog (click "BACK" button to return to this page) and the post was viewable, so it wasn't anything in the post. Someone with the nickname Wasted posted that I may need to republish the whole blog. I did that and sure enough, that problem post was viewable again.

So folks, perhaps it may be a good idea to republish the whole blog once in a while to ensure that you don't face a similar problem. You wouldn't want to view your individual post page one by one to verify that the problem don't exist. Anyway, I think I will also alert Blogger support of this problem, and hope that a similar problem will not exist in the Blogger Beta blogs.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Blogger Beta: How to add a link list.

It is now very easy to add a link list to a Blogger beta blog. Just sign into Dashboard, in the relevant blog, click LAYOUT and you will be taken to the Layout page, where you will see "Add a page Element" in the sidebar section. Click on the "Add a Page Element" (See screenshot below. Click to enlarger):
Blogger beta Layout
After you click on "Add a Page Element, a pop-up will appear where you will be given a few choices of what you want to add. In the "Link List" choice, click "Add to blog" and the pop-up for configuring the link list is displayed (see screenshot. Click to enlarge):
Blogger Beta: Configure Link List
There are four fields for you to add and 1 drop-down menu. Fill in the title, for example, Blogger Resources. It is best to leave the "no of links to show in link list" blank so you don't have to worry about how many links you can add (no maximum). Add in the site URL and then fill in the site name (title or description). Then click "ADD LINK". The site name/title/description should appear below the "New Site Name" field. If you have somemore links to add, repeat the process untill you have all the links added.

When you are done, click "Save changes" and when it is successfully added, a new page element will be added to your Layout, normally at the top of the widget/page element list in the sidebar. If that is where you want it, then you are done. If not, drag and drop the new page element to where you want it, and press "Save".

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Why and how you should careful when clicking on links

A reader of one of my blogs commented: "How does the link thing work? I am new at this and do not want to click on something without first knowing what will happen. (chicken.)". Well, with the amount of phishing going around these days, it is wise to be "chicken" as you may get scammed. I am going to do one thing here. I am going to create a link to my enviromental blog (hoping to get more greenies) althought the link you see is something else.

Important: Your bank account needs verifying. Please log in and confirm your account details at Citibank login page (close new window to get back to this page). Try clicking on the link and see where it takes you. I promise it is only an innocent environmental blog and totally family safe, and is no scam. I hope you will also enjoy reading that environmental blog.

Note that if I happen to be a scammer, I may specially creat a page that mimik Citibank homepage with a login section which will record your user name and password. A wise "chicken" will first hover over the link and look at the taskbar at the bottom of the page. The actual URL for the link will be displayed there. This is for FireFox and Internet Explorer. For FireFox, an additional aid for security is if you ever land on a secure site like Citibank, the address bar background will be colored yellow, otherwise it will be just the normal white background. This is an additional reason for IE users to get FireFox (close new window to get back to this page). Try hovering your mouse over the "Citibank login page" link and observe what you see. Also, if you are using FireFox, notice that the address bar background color is white and not yellow as it should be for a secure bank login page like Citibank and should alert you that it there is something not right.

For Opera, when you hover your mouse over the link, a "pop-up" will appear to show the actual URL for the landing page of the link.

If you want to learn about how to make clickable links, read post How to make clickable hyperlinks (click "BACK" button to get back to this page).

If you are interested in the HTML for the "Citibank login page", look at the code in the box below:
<a href="" target="_blank">Citibank login page</a>

Thursday, November 02, 2006

How to put a copyrignt notice to your blog

Note: This is for blogs using the old classic Blogger template. For those using the New Blogger template, refer to Putting a copyright notice that automatically update. You may also be interested in What to do when your blog content is copied and how to discourage copying.

In practice, copyright notices are normally placed at the footer. Most Blogger standard template default footer put in placed at the footer to make it convenient for a blogger to just edit it, but have been commented out so that it is invisible. In your template, look at the bottom of the page for this block of HTML:
<!-- Begin #footer -->
<div id="footer"><hr />
<p><!--This is an optional footer. If you want text here, place it inside these tags, and remove this comment. --> </p>

<!-- End #footer -->

Delete the comments tags <!-- and --> and the text in between, and replace it with a copyright note, for example: copyrightcopyright HTML codePeter Chen. All rights reserved. (Note: the special HTML for copyright HTML code is actually an image of the special HTML character, and you will have to manually type it in rather than just a copy-paste operation).

So your final HTML for the footer will become:
<!-- Begin #footer -->
<div id="footer"><hr />
<p>copyrightcopyright HTML codePeter Chen. All rights reserved.</p>

<!-- End #footer -->

Note: If you have any problem with the codes, please put your comment in the comments section below.
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