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Blog Struggles: Recovering From a Traffic Spike

In The Day I Looked Forward to Casinos, Drugs, and Penises, I discussed the after effects of a massive traffic spike: A few weeks ago, this blog was hopping with comments and massive traffic. It was exciting. I threw myself into the joy and spent way too much time monitoring the blog and rejoicing in […]

Weekly Digest: Lorelle Back Home Finally, Conspiracy Theories Everywhere, Will You Go Naked, and More

After over six weeks on the road (Only six? Felt much longer.) I just arrived home to Oregon in time for the first snow of the year. It was beautiful, but unfortunately gone before I could dig the camera out of the motor home. The cats, horses, donkeys, dogs, land-mates, and husband were all glad […]

New Article Series – Blog Struggles

Over the next few months, I will be publishing an ongoing series, which includes and continues from much of what I started in my book, “Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging”. I’ve been blogging since 1994, though it barely had a name back then, online journaling is what it soon became. Along […]

Protecting Your WordPress Blog

I’ve written extensively about the choices you have in responding to negative comments and bloggers. You can respond or ignore, but never retaliate. However, a few months ago, Darren Rowse of Problogger was the victim of a spammer and hacker and it made me want to jump up and hit back, as I’m sure it […]

Understanding The WordPress Post Title and Post Slug

While writing and editing your blog post before publishing, does the post title change during the process? Mine do. I’ll come up with some title appropriate to the post during the draft process, then while editing the post in the WordPress Write Post panel, I’ll reconsider the words in my post and the title, editing […]

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 […]

Weekly Digest: WordCamp, Interviews, 070707, Content Theft, and The Usual

The Weekly Digest from Lorelle on WordPress this week features more guest blogging on Problogger, interviews, a little content theft, traveling to WordCamp, and more of the usual blog babble. To subscribe to the Weekly Digest category of Lorelle on WordPress, you can subscribe by the Weekly Digest feed or by email with the Weekly […]

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 […]

Day of Blog Silence: Honoring The Victims of Violence

In honor of the Blog Day of Silence, in which I will personally honor victims of needless violence around the world, tomorrow, April 30th, 2007, this blog will be silent. For information on why I’m doing this, read April 30: A Day of Silence on the Blogosphere and especially Silence is a Memoriam, Not a […]

How To Remove Your Blog Content From Google

This should probably be more correctly titled “How to Remove Your Blog Content From Google and Prevent It From Getting There in the First Place”, but that’s a bit long. Google Webmaster Central offers a variety of techniques to remove your blog content from the Google database and index. It covers how to use the […]

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 […]

Changing Blogging Programs Won’t Stop Comment Spam

I recently saw a question posed in a forum on whether or not the person should switch from WordPress to Blogger, Movable Type, or one of the other blogging programs and platforms in order to stop the accumulating amount of comment spam on their blog. Honestly, do you really think comment spammers are paying attention […]

Customizable Post Listings WordPress Plugin

Alert: The Customizable Post Listings Plugin has been updated and now works for WordPress 2.3 and above. It includes almost 36 techniques for displaying post content and comment information and over 50 percent-substitution template tags for customizing the results. Get your updated version today! Customizable Post Listings WordPress Plugin by coffee2code is one of my […]

Things I Want Gone from the Web in 2007

Here are a few things I want gone from the web in 2007 – and forever – along with a few things I want you to do to make the web a better place in 2007. Kill All Popup Windows In every shape and form. Out-of-control Advertising Web pages, specifically blogs, are now looking more […]

Are You Happy With Your Internet Provider?

In the UK, BBC News reports that free broadband users are “less happy” and not satisfied with their Internet suppliers. “Free” broadband deals have resulted in a downturn in customer satisfaction levels, a report has said. According to the uSwitch Customer Satisfaction Report, most providers fail to match rising customer numbers with improved services and […]

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