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Interview with Justin Smith of Searching Solutions

Snowbound outside of Portland, Oregon, I welcomed a change of pace with an interview with Justin Smith of Searching Solutions in “Podcast Interview: Lorelle VanFossen – WordPress and Blogging Expert.” Justin and I talked about some WordPress history, where WordPress has been and where I think it is going. Want a peak into the hottest […]

Warning: Fake WordPress Malicious Site

Take care when searching for WordPress that you do not end up on a fake WordPress site. Wordpresz.org looks like the WordPress site but isn’t. This is just the first of what could be a run on fake sites that take advantage of your careless misspelling and spoofs the official WordPress site. Pay close attention […]

Blog Resources: Researching the Research, Finding the Facts, and Seeking Supporting Evidence

As part of my ongoing series on blog resources, covering the many online resources I use to help me blog, you can tell that I don’t deal with rumors or guesses. I like facts. I don’t mind a few estimates, but I like being right when I make a claim or statement, so I work […]

Where Do You Go For Your Blog Research and References?

I needed to know the dimensions of a US quarter compared to the Euro coins. Where should I go? Hmm, maybe I’ll hop in the car and drive to the library to dig through the shelves for coin collecting books. Nah. Maybe I’ll drive over to that coin and stamp collecting shop I saw over […]

Are Tags Working For You?

I asked this question on the Blog Herald: Are Tags Working? After Pam of Grassroots Science (Alaska) reminded me recently about the flaws in tags, the lack of consistency and control, I’m asking you again. Are tags working for you and your blog? With the advent of tags built into WordPress 2.3, a whole new […]

Blog Struggles: The Search for Blog Content

The first topic I want to cover in this new series on Blog Struggles, discussing the trials and tribulations of blogging, is about the issue of finding content for your blog. Finding content. I have a problem right off the top with that phrase. Blog content can be found anywhere, but saying you have to […]

Why Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is Still Important

By John Pozadzides There is a war of words being waged around the concept of Search Engine Optimization with one side claiming that SEO is dead, and the other claiming SEO is everything. The reality lies somewhere between these two extremes (as reality often does) so it’s important to understand both the history and the […]

Breaking the Brick Wall on Your Content Theft Search

A Content Theft Tale by Jonathan Bailey on the Blog Herald is a brilliant read for those concerned about content theft. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Over here at the Blog Herald, my latest post about the twenty best free anti-plagiarism tools was going over very well. With […]

SEO Sitemaps Now Autodiscoverable: Easy and Automatic Roadmaps to Your Blog Content

In case you missed the news, Google’s Webmaster Central announced that in accordance with the new Sitemap.org, you do not have to submit your XML sitemap to Google or other search engines any more. Instead, you can make your sitemap “autodiscoverable” by directing the visiting web crawler to the location of the sitemap. A sitemap […]

Are You Abusing and Misusing Tags?

Affilitate Tips Site is one of the many abusers and misusers of tags I’ve found. Among the “tags” listed at the very top of the article are: Tag(s);2007, adsense, american idol, bebo, blog, blogger, blogging, blogging kit, blogging kits, britney spears, bush, current events, digg, foto, galilea montijo, hd dvd, ieia, igoogle, in the news, […]

Memes Are Out. Bloggy Tags Are In.

Liz Strauss of Successful and Outstanding Bloggers offers a new concept in memes with her article, Introducing Bloggy Tag — I’m it, You’re it, I’m it. . . .. On Monday, folks asked me to start a campaign to rename the bloggy memes something . . . um . . . er . . . […]

Helping WordPress Search With WordPress Plugins

WARNING: For WordPress versions 2+, this WordPress Plugin no longer works, nor is it currently being supported or upgraded. If you would like to take over support, I’m sure the author would be interested. Contact him directly. For those battling the challenges of providing a decent search function on your WordPress blogs, the hunt for […]

Building a Web 2.0 Library Website

Karen Coombs of Information Today offers “Building a Library Website on the Pillars of Web 2.0, a great look at how to create a very user friendly, content management system with social software, blogs, link logs, tagging, wikis, podcasts, feeds, and other web services. “Web 2.0” is transforming the Web into a space that allows […]

Creating Custom Feeds For Sites Without Feeds

Whiiiiiiinnnnneee! Why don’t more websites and blogs have feeds? Don’t you know what a feed is yet? Feeds are wonderful things. They allow us to keep up with the Joneses through our feed readers, bringing the latest updated information from a blog or website to our doorstep. Unfortunately, not every website or blog has a […]