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Exploding Blog Page Rank Misconceptions by Recommending a New Page Ranking System

Link Love Lost or How Social Gestures within Topic Groups are More Interesting Than Link Counts by Mary Hodder is a must read for serious bloggers. Bloggers should have input about the importance of one social gesture over another, one metric over another, and know what it is that is included because it will be […]

Google Page Ranks, Google News, Google Gossip, Google Blues

As mentioned, Google is becoming a one-stop shop for searching, advertising, Internet, and webbing. So I thought I’d check out all the Google Page Ranks, Google News, Google Gossip, Google Blues, and information you can use about Google. We recently wrote about how Google ranks websites, Google Blogsearch, and how to submit your sitemap and […]

CSS and Web Page Design List of Resources

The following are links to sites to help you design a web page or WordPress blog’s WordPress Theme. These include references for styling or designing your site using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), HTML tips and techniques, accessibility issues, web standards, and designing your web design for mobile, handheld computers, and print. CSS – Reference Cascading […]

Validating the Code Behind the Page

Checking Content Begin your web page validation by checking the content of your page. It’s actually fairly simple. Is everything spelled correctly? Are the sentences compete? Is the grammar right? While this should be done at the time of creation, after you’ve messed around with the code for a while, you often have a fresh […]

A New Kind of 404 Page Not Found Result

I love good 404 Page Not Found error pages. These are the web pages you encounter when you have landed on a bad link or wrong address. Really good 404 pages can be helpful to locate the information you want, with links to your site map and categories, but the best are the ones that […]

Web Pages That Suck

Top Hated Web Page Elements If you want to stay in the good graces of your visitors, the following are absolute NO-NOs: Music or sounds Flashing anything Movement Too many fonts Too many colors Things that go bump and twirl Automatic Page Refresh For almost ten years, Vincent Flanders of Web Pages That Suck has […]

WordPress For Writers: WordPress Author Sites

In this part of my series on WordPress For Writers, I’ll cover the basic things to consider when using WordPress on site promoting the work of writers and authors. For more on the subject, see other articles in the WordPress for Writers and Authors series. This article assumes you have some basic familiarity with WordPress […]

WordPress For Writers

I will be speaking this year at several workshops and conferences on the subject of “WordPress for Writers.” The workshop covers the basic elements of WordPress content structure and organization, then adds the complexities of a site for writers and authors. This is one of a series of articles on WordPress for Writers and Authors. […]

WordPress Workshop for Writers in Salem, Oregon

Are you a writer? Author? Thinking about it? Live in the Salem, Oregon, or nearby areas? I’ll be leading a workshop in Salem, Oregon, specifically designed for writers and authors using WordPress. The event is part of the great work the Salem Chapter of the Willamette Writer’s Group, a regional group of writers and authors […]

Blog Exercises: How to Create a Blogger Identity

A rebroadcast of “How Much Does Your Name Matter?” from Freakonomics Radio looked at the impact of a name on society, perception, prejudice, and ability to succeed. Indeed, there is some evidence that a name can influence how a child performs in school and even her career opportunities. There’s also the fact that different groups […]

Blog Exercises: When You Assume…

One of the class projects for my WordPress college course involved the students working together on a single broken post to find all the errors in the content. Typically, this is a quick test of their basic coding skills, but this quarter’s students are not typical. They are exceptional. The goal was to identify and […]

Annual Thanksgiving Orphan Party

You’re invited to the VanFossen Annual Thanksgiving Orphan Party Saturday, November 30, 2013 For many years we’ve gathered together anyone missing home, left out of Thanksgiving celebrations, or eager for more social during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. You are invited to join the craziness. It starts around 2PM. We eat about 6PM, if things go […]

Blog Exercises: Taking Inventory on What Keeps You Blogging

The recent major desktop computer crash has left me reeling. I thought I had all my data backed up. For the most part, I did. What I didn’t have backed up was my programs. Getting back up to speed fast, I’ve had to prioritize the programs I had download and install. Yes, download. Who gets […]

Blog Exercises: Ingredients of a Professional Site

Two questions on the same day triggered this blog exercise. I was asked by a student in my WordPress class recently what defined a “professional blog.” I told him it was one that met all the criteria for a well-designed, well-formed site that met web standards. This is a good definition, but lacked specifics. A […]

Blog Exercises: A Link List Post to Dazzle Readers

In blog exercises on making lists and making your lists pretty, we worked on the links, understanding how they work and formatting your styles. In this blog exercise, I want to focus on the content within those links, the real reason people love those link lists. I’d like to cite my friends at Daily Blog […]

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