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Would You Do Business With a Comment Spammer?

I think it’s an honest question. Would you do business with a comment spammer? I won’t do business with Capital One Bank because they constantly send me junk mail even though I’m on the “do not send junk mail” list and wrote them specifically asking to be removed from their list. I just got a […]

How To Spot a Splog

After publishing “One Year Anniversary Review: Splogs – The Dark Side of Blogging”, I had several people ask me how to know if a blog is a splog or spam blog. Here are some simple clues to look for. In a Splog, Nothing Adds Up Nor Matches Splogs, spamming blogs, are often little more than […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Comments on Comment Spam

Comment spam is one of the biggest blights on the Internet. As far as I’m concerned, comment spam is the single most despicable and destructive force on the Internet today. Yes, we have problems with censorship, government infringement, copyright infringement, and other abusive issues, but comment spam is a plague that infests everyone. Part of […]

Genealogy Blog: The Fast Method of Setting Up a Blog

Here is the fast method of setting up a genealogy blog, or any blog. 1. Write a Plan of Action As discussed, it’s important to have a plan before you attack. Otherwise, it’s a little messy. Every good plan starts with a good purpose. The purpose of my genealogy blog is: Displaying our family tree. […]

How NOT to Comment on Comments

I’ve had a few comments on comments, and even discussed mean spirited comments, and now it’s time for a basic tutorial in how NOT to comment on comments. I’m not talking about comment spam comments. I talking about a tutorial on the technique of commenting in the comments on blogs and how to get a […]

Genealogy Blog: Determining What Features I Want in My Blog

Before I can figure out how much this is going to cost as part of my blog budget, I need to know what I want, how much it will cost, and what I’m willing to pay for. To start, I need to look at the features I want in my blog. While I might want […]

Genealogy Blog: What’s the Difference Between a Genealogy Blog and a Normal Blog?

I’ve just started my article series on building a genealogy blog, which includes all aspects of blog building and development, and I wanted to explain the differences and similarities between a normal blog and a genealogy blog. There are many types of blog models. A blog model is not just about the style of writing […]

Do You Need Permission to Link to Someone’s Content?

Shell Holtz writes a great article on “When is a Link Not a Link” that is worth reading if you are worried about fair use of content and link citations of web page content: For years, I’ve been getting the same question when I get to the hyperlink section of my “Writing for the Wired […]

Blogging Tips – Hundreds of Resources for Finding Content for Your Blog

Blogging is great fun. It’s exciting. You start out with great ideas, full of motivation and inspiration. After a while, though, you run out of steam. The muse isn’t so amused any more and you start hunting for content, things to write about. There are two aspects of finding content for your blog. First, it […]

The Power of the Link

Search engines honor links to your site highly as part of their search engine page rank system. This gives special powers to links that you need to understand. Links can go to a specific post or article on a website or blog, or to the main page of the site or blog. Links work in […]

Linkability – Link Popularity

After you’ve validated your web page’s code, content for search engines, is there anything else you can do to maximize your search engine ranking? Yes, there is. It’s known as linkability or link popularity. Google and other modern search engines are now determining a website’s ranking using the theory that if everyone is talking about […]

Separating Comments and Trackbacks in WordPress – The Answer

WordPress 2.7 News Update: For information on the new structure of comments and trackbacks in WordPress 2.7, please see Migrating Plugins and Themes to 2.7 – Enhanced Comment Display in the WordPress Codex, Justin Tadlock – Making your theme’s comments compatible with WordPress 2.7 and earlier versions and Sivel – Separating Pings from Comments in […]

Secret Out – How Google Ranks Websites

You might have heard about it this June, but I thought it bore repeating. The secret is out on much of what Google uses to rank your website on their search engine. To read the actual patent information released to the public, see Google’s patent for their search engine ranking technique from 2005 on evaluating […]

Guinness World Book of Records and Other Blog Score Cards

For information on the Guinness World Records, please visit Guinness World Records When I was growing up, the Guinness World Book of Records was one of our most popular toys. We would read through the book and be dazzled by the most mountains climbed, the highest elevation flown, and the greatest weight lifted. We would […]

Designing a WordPress Theme: Building a Post Sandbox

When designing and testing a WordPress Theme, or any web page design, it helps to put the design through the maximum amount of testing. In other words, you have to test all the code that might appear on a web page. Bold in one WordPress Theme may look different in another. Link styles change from […]

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