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Blog Struggles: Blogger’s Depression

It happens to everyone, including bloggers. You work and work, filled with enthusiasm, eager to embrace each day. Then something happens. For a blogger, it’s little things. A mistake found in a post months after publishing. You are embarrassed but no big deal. Then someone says something a bit sarcastic towards you, and not your […]

WordCamp Israel WordPress Tips Talk

The following are my tips and recommendations to help you get the most out of WordPress, be it on WordPress.com or the full version of WordPress as presented to hundreds of WordPress fans at WordCamp Israel (English) recently. This is a fleshed-out version of my program notes outline, with links to more tips and recommendations […]

Blog Challenge: Blog About Something You Know Nothing About

While this might be easy for some, it will be a real challenge for others. Your blog challenge this week is: To blog about something you know nothing about. Not just anything, but something you really know nothing about. It doesn’t have to be interesting to you, since you know nothing about it or never […]

Customizing Your WordPress Theme Footer

UPDATE: WordPress now has custom menus. At the bottom of the article, I explain how to customize your WordPress Theme’s footer using Custom Menus. Yesterday, I covered the basic code found in the footer of the WordPress Default Theme, and gave you some ideas on how to add some impact and navigation to your WordPress […]

Battling Referrer Spam

By Michael Hampton Right around the time you realize that people you don’t know are actually reading your blog, you probably are going to start checking your stats to see where in the world they’re coming from. Your web host gave you a package like awstats or webalizer to generate nice statistics and graphs for […]

Fighting Registration Spam in WordPress

Most WordPress blogs are protected by the best anti-spam triangle of comment spam defenders: Bad Behavior, Spam Karma 2 and Akismet. However, little or nothing is available to help prevent registration spam. Registration spam differs from comment spam as it comes through the WordPress login form, not blog comments. WordPress blogs which require registration to […]

Weekly Digest: Guest Blogging on Problogger, Prejudice, WordPress News and Contests, Blog Design, and Special Invitation to a Party

The Weekly Digest from Lorelle on WordPress this week features guest blogging on Problogger, some great feedback on some posts I’ve written recently, more wonderful reviews and recommendations of my new book (they are going fast – get your order in now!), and getting ready for WordCamp next month! Don’t forget, you can subscribe to […]

Weekly Digest: Web Browser Guide for Bloggers, Blogger Prejudice, Awesome Review of My Book, and More WordPress News

The Weekly Digest from Lorelle on WordPress this week features more wonderful reviews and recommendations of my new book – the orders are overwhelming! On the Blog Herald, I’m reintroducing bloggers to their most important blogging tool: the web browser. I also took some risks and blogged about blogger prejudice, a very risky topic for […]

Weekly Digest: More Blogging Tips Book Reviews, Lorelle on WordPress in Top 5 Blogs About Blogging, Blog Writing Contests, and More

The Weekly Digest from Lorelle on WordPress this week features more wonderful reviews and recommendations of my new book – the orders are overwhelming! There are also some blogging contests with my book as the reward. If you are interested in the book, I’ve got more details on what it’s about and how to order. […]

Weekly Digest: Great Reviews on My New Book, WordPress.com Get Verified, and An Introduction to the Web Browser

The Weekly Digest from Lorelle on WordPress this week features amazing reviews and recommendations of my new book, a lot of attention for the recently discovered ability to get your WordPress.com blog verified by Google Webmaster Tools, and another article on comment spam reaches the top posts and blogs on WordPress.com. And on the Blog […]

Comment Spammers Never Stop, Even When Your Blog is Down

Just a reminder. If you let your comment spam fighting stop for even a few seconds, comment spammers will get into your blog. As many users are upgrading to the newest version of WordPress, their comment spam fighting guard is down as WordPress Plugins must be deactivated during the upgrade, and sometimes a few glitches […]

Can We Work Together To Stop Comment Spam?

In iwaruna.com’s “Comment Policy Review”, the author explores the struggle most bloggers have in dealing with the issue of battling comment spam on their blogs. I started out hyper-paranoid and became a “Fort Knox of websites,” as a friend put it: I required registration. I required login. I monitored and moderated every comment. I turned […]

New Version of Spam Karma Released

Fans of the awesome comment spam fighting WordPress Plugin, Spam Karma, should be shouting joy for Spam Karma 2.3 has been released. Spam Karma fights comment spam on your WordPress blog, offering a lot customization to work overtime to stop and catch comment spam and trackback spam. Many use it as a back up to […]

Akismet: All Our Comment Spam Fighting Eggs in One Basket

Recently, Blog Herald’s Abe Olandres wrote “Are We Betting Our Blogs on Akismet?” and he’s right. Most of us running WordPress practically rely on Akismet to combat spam and according to its overall stats, 93% of all comments are spam (the real figures would be a bit higher than that). Today alone, there are close […]

A Love Letter to WordPress Plugin Authors

I have a confession. I love WordPress Plugin authors. I worship the ground you float over. Without you, our WordPress blogs would be boring, ineffectual, and, well, just not the same. Without you, we can’t put polls and surveys on our blogs. We wouldn’t be able to feature all those funky pictures next to people’s […]

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