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Testing Readers: Survey, Polling, Rating, Testing, and Reviewing WordPress Plugins

Polls, surveys, ratings, tests, exams, and reviews expand the native interactive nature of blogs with collaboration between the reader and the blogger. They help the blogger to ask specific questions and get a measurable response. Ratings WordPress Plugins come in two formats. One which allows the reader to rate a post or its content and […]

How to Install, Configure, and Use WordPress Plugins

WordPress Plugins come in two styles: drop-in and mess with. Those are my terms, not the official ones. Drop in WordPress Plugins are Plugins you upload, activate, and then interact with only through the WordPress Administration Panels. Mess With WordPress Plugins are the ones you install and interact with through the Administration Panels, but they […]

WordPress.com Blog Bling: Show Off Your Blog Bling

I’ve spent the last week covering how to blog bling your WordPress.com blog in the form of graphics and photographs, lines and smilies, fonts, blockquotes, social bookmark links, blogroll bling and sidebar widgets, podcasts, audio, and video, signatures, signoffs, and writing code. Now it is your turn to show off. Here is a list of […]

Adding Video and Podcasting Bling to Your WordPress.com Blogs

We’ve mostly focused on static visual things you can do to dress up your WordPress.com with Blog Bling. Let’s take a look at how to add video, podcasting, audio files, and more to your WordPress.com blogs. There are videos and podcast files found around the web that you can provide access to via your WordPress […]

WordPress.com Blog Bling: Signatures and Writing Code

Wow! If you wanted some WordPress.com blog bling bling, we’ve covered a lot, haven’t we? I’ve shown you how to add graphics and photographs and video, lines and smilies, fonts, blockquotes, social bookmark links, blogroll bling and sidebar widgets, and…have I forgotten anything? Ah, yes. How to display code bling in your WordPress.com blogs, and […]

WordPress.com Blog Bling: Blogroll and Sidebar Bling

I’ve covered adding blog bling to your WordPress.com blog in the form of graphics and photographs, lines and smilies, fonts, blockquotes, social bookmark links. Now it’s time to add some blog bling to your WordPress.com blogroll and sidebar. The sidebar area of your blog is typically the canvas for the most blog bling. Sidebar blog […]

WordPress.com Blog Bling: Blockquotes and Quotes

Have you had enough blog bling? No? This part of the blog bling series covers how to add emphasis to your blockquotes and quotes in your WordPress.com blogs. So far, the WordPress.com Blog Bling series has covered adding graphic images, lines and smilies, social bookmarking links, and font bling. The techniques covered in this section […]

WordPress.com Blog Bling: Fun Font Bling

Why not dress up your WordPress.com blog with some font bling? So far on this series on WordPress.com Blog Bling, I’ve covered how to using images, logos, and badges to decorate your WordPress.com blog, how to add horizontal and vertical lines and smilies, and Social Bookmarking Submit Links on WordPress Blogs, including WordPress.com blogs. In […]

WordPress and Blogging Events: February and March 2007

The following are upcoming events related to WordPress and Blogging, as well as some interesting web technologies conferences and events. Unless otherwise listed ($$$), these events are free or very inexpensive. For more information on these events, contact the hosts. For more information on WordPress and blogging events in general, check out my WordPress Events […]

WordPress.com Blog Bling

Starting tomorrow now, stand back and be amazed as your imagination will be assaulted with all of the blog bling fun you can add to your WordPress.com blog. In this week long series, I will cover easy to difficult techniques for adding graphic images, icons, badges, colorful and large fonts, beautiful blockquotes, lines, shapes, icon […]

Monitoring Your Blog’s Topics and Industry

Cameron Olthuis of Pronet Advertising has a list of 10 things you should be monitoring, a great step-by-step list of the things within your industry you should be monitoring and instructions on how to monitor them. The list is excellent. In brief: Company Name Company URL/Domain Public facing figures (key people) Product names Product URL/Domains […]

WordPress and Blogging Events: January 2007

The following are upcoming events related to WordPress and Blogging, as well as some interesting web technologies conferences and events. Unless otherwise listed ($$$), these events are free or very inexpensive. For more information on these events, contact the hosts. For more information on WordPress and blogging events in general, check out my WordPress Events […]

Winning the Battle Over Comment Spam: Akismet and Search Engines?

Brian Turner asks “Should search engines use Akismet?”, a fascinating question and one that could revolutionize the revolution against spammers. …The aim of the automated form spammers is to increase their search engine rankings – by forcing sites to unwittingly publish links which may be used by search engines to improve a sites ranking on […]

Turning Diggs Into an Audience

In How to Build a ‘Digg Culture’ on your Blog, ProBlogger Darren Rowse may sound like he’s offering another article on “how to get dugg by Digg”, but it is much more important than that game. I’ve talked repeatedly about how important it is to provide your visitors with a reason to return, thus building […]

Firefox 2 versus Internet Explorer versus WordPress

The great Firefox 2 vs. IE 7 memory test by Scobleizer is a very interesting, if not scientific, comparison between Firefox 2 and IE 7. The test compares the “memory footprint”, the amount of memory consumed between two identical setups. In Scoble’s test, Firefox wins, as it does with many of those commenting. Some interesting […]

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