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Last week, a very serious bug in OpenSSL was disclosed. OpenSSL, a set of open source tools to handle secure communication, is used by most Internet websites. This bug, nicknamed Heartbleed, allowed an attacker to read sensitive information from vulnerable servers and possibly steal things like passwords, cookies, and…
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The good news for chatty WordPress.com bloggers is that the Tlk.io widget allows you to embed a web chat in your site. There is also a shortcode to add chat to pages and posts.
If you are a blogger who is confused about brands and branding you aren’t alone. And if you think “branding” relates only to those who use their blogs to market products or services then think again. In terms of your blog, your brand is how your target audience perceives you and your blog content.
To attract an audience and keep it we bloggers need to do more than publishing fresh content. We also need to repair and replace what`s broken, refresh our theme and breath new life into our content. And what better time is there than spring to do this?
Many WordPress.com users don’t know their sites are guinea pig sites that new WordPress software upgrades are tested on. The upgrades are done by Staff and introduced about a month before the developers fix the breakage and tweak the code and make the upgrade available to WordPress.org users for their self hosted sites.
Money from advertising income motivates blog scrapers to steal content. It’s only a matter of time before you discover your copyright has been violated and your content is now duplicated on a site you don’t want to be associated with. So let’s consider the impact of that duplication and how to counter it.
Creating a blog is an exciting process but do be sure that you think before you act. Your new blog’s URL, blog title and tagline ought to contain memorable keywords that define your new blog’s brand and make the URL easy to recall. You will find some guidance and advice in these nine posts.
Does your blog visitors becoming offsite readers worry you? I’m asking because the WordPress.com Reader is becoming the new black and will continue to be fleshed out like a magazine – a magazine with full posts and sharing features, so readers don’t have to bother to click into blogs at all.
Hacking attempts aimed to corrupt or destroy online data and/or embed viruses or malware in sites are common. You’ve invested more than time and effort into your blog and you don’t want to lose your content or see it corrupted, so it’s important to ensure your data is as safe as it can be.
On Monday Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings for much of the Vancouver island region including the Gulf Islands— where up to 15 centimeters was expected to fall and fall it did. The weight of the snow on trees resulted in many trees toppling over taking down the power lines and two days without power and running…
When answering WordPress.com support forum questions some bloggers ask how to install plugins to disable right click on their blogs to prevent content theft of their images.
Based on my 7 years of experience answering WordPress.com support forum questions, this post contains a quick way to locate posts that will be helpful to many WordPress.com bloggers.
I have met many bloggers who assumed they could use pseudonyms to avoid being tracked online. But that expectation proved unrealistic as we all leave digital footprints and can be easily tracked. Realistically, somebody’s software is always watching us and taking note of our activities for marketing purposes.
I began using Sitemeter on my Blogger blog before WordPress.com introduced an in house stats program. I began using it here in 2006, still use it on both WordPress.com blogs, and won’t be letting it go any time soon because as Joni Mitchell sang: you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.
Revisiting why you blog and monitoring your progress frequently is important. Examining your Archives and stats helps you see where you’ve been and where you’ve yet to go. Celebrating small successes along the way helps you stay on course and makes you eager to forge ahead.
Here’s a selection of posts from my Images and Media category to help you enhance your blog or website with visual content including free individual images, collages, montages and galleries.
Guest blogging for links and pay is big money business – illegitimate business. Matt Cutts heads Google’s spam team and gives those using guest blogging for SEO purposes a boot in the butt. He approved 423 comments in response and the majority are from whiny protesters and nit-pickers who didn’t like his reality check.
Once you have published pillar posts and have created an editorial calendar for managing your content creation, commenting and blog promotion activities, it’s time to find blogs with similar content and comment meaningfully on posts published on them.
I helped my friend who became a first time blogger blog set up at Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress.com, Shutterfly and Medium. She was able to provide her own description of what a successful blog would look like and I helped her get started.
Helping people is part of my personality type. Both blogging and answering support questions have helped me to become more open and expressive. I have never been in a blogging challenge before and this is my Zero to Hero inside story part 2.
Search engines like optimized content that’s relevant and fresh. The next time you have a slow blogging day and you aren’t truly committed to publishing a post on a new topic why not breathe some freshness into an older post?
One of the most requested features foodie bloggers have asked for for a long time has been a means of displaying recipes for printing. Plugins were requested but our brilliant WordPress developers just delivered a new feature for recipes.
In case you have missed it WordPress.com Staff are running a 30 day blog challenge titled Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog. The challenge has entered day 4 today. Anyone can join in. It matters not if the blog is brand new or one you have been publishing in and want to improve. …
As we are entering the season when traffic reaches its lowest ebb this may be a good time to focus on Comments and commenting. The links to featured content below provide a quick means of finding posts of interest in that Category. To enter discussion please scroll to the bottom of this post.
When you blog to inform publishing how-to posts and tutorials, and curating content with added high value commentary are part of your blogging strategy. But not all bloggers blog to inform and bloggers in all niches are now doing much more to attract, engage and hold an audience.
Google has released its top trending searches for 2013. Unsurprisingly, the top searched item was Nelson Mandela. Number two was Paul Walker, star of the Fast and Furious movie franchise. The top five included iPhone 5s, Cory Monteith and Harlem Shake.
“Strategic Listening” is integral to our lives and becoming better listeners is integral to creating interesting fresh content and a vibrant blog discussion climate. You can use both your skills and online tools to listen what’s being said about any topic before you write about it and publish.
Though no Google PageRank update was expected until 2014 as the toolbar was broken, on December 6th there was an unexpected update. Relevancy and reliability are the two important elements of search engine page results and my blogs both retained their page ranks? How did your blog(s) do?
There are positives to social networking but there are negatives too. Always exercise common sense when it comes to which social media sites you are active on and what you post. Not connecting cautiously and posting appropriately can ruin your reputation, so if you want to be a successful blogger think before you act.
Want to find blogging tips, tools and tutorials in this blog fast? This index of links to blogging tips articles in list post format that itemize ways to build a better blog, become a better blogger and promote effectively may help you find what you need quickly.
My blogging adventures with my friend have been like a whirlwind trip down the rabbit hole. She has gone through Blogger, Tumblr, WordPress.com and has a Medium account. She aims to have her blog and her image galleries up and running in two weeks time and she has seen a Ghost.
About WordSesh – WordSesh is 1 full day of live WordPress presentations from all over the world streamed live to you wherever you may be. And best of all, it’s FREE! It’s like a virtual meetup in some ways as you can learn from the experts without leaving your home. WordSesh 2 is Saturday, December…
Internet users are well aware of China’s censorship system but there’s a new way to breach the Great China Firewall. “The Golden Shield Project (Chinese: 金盾工程; pinyin: jīndùn gōngchéng), colloquially referred to as the Great Firewall of China (Chinese: 防火长城; pinyin: fánghuǒ chángchéng) is a censorship and surveillance project operated by the Ministry of Public…
The bad news is I’ve been limping along using this lame computer for a long time now as it’s old and not working well. The good news is I have brand new replacement computer.
We all ought to own up to comments we make but who owns your comments? Some places allow editing and deletion of your own comments and some don’t. Have you ever submitted a comment to another blogger’s blog and then wanted to edit or even delete it and discovered it’s captive?
Considered to be a fad when introduced, Tablets are quickly replacing PCs and Tablet sales are likely to surpass PCs by 2015. Worldwide PC shipments are down 11 percent. So, as Peter Cashmore predicted, 2013 is the year responsive design has taken off and soared.
It seems changes are being made so mobile users can do everything in the WordPress.com Reader. Why click into a blog to see premium themes and/or customizations and all that other jazz the blogger devoted time and energy into creating there, when you can do it all in the Reader?
Scheduling enough time for creating original content, promoting it, answering comments, reading and leaving comments on other blogs is not an easy feat. Few bloggers I know are able to blog full time. They have active offline lives to live so they want to make the best possible use of the time they spend online.
The two primary reasons bloggers offer email newsletters are to promote their posts and/or products/services. But keeping a newsletter going is no easy feat because subscribers suffering from digital overwhelm as we all are, may be tempted to unsubscribe.
WordPress.com is not only a great place to start blogging but it may even be your last stop. When you self host a WordPress.org install you are on your own. Managing your own install isn’t a cake walk. The learning curve is steep and takes lots of time – time you won’t be spending on…
There’s no difference between copyright law in cyberspace and print media; the same law applies both online and offline. You don’t have to remain a silent victim of make money blogger rip off artists like these two. You can check to see if your content has been stolen, and file DMCA take-down notices with the…
You can freshen your blog appearance in many ways that reflect seasonal changes and holidays that range from changing themes temporarily to less dramatic decorative changes to the theme you are using now. Consult your calendar and unleash your creativity to transmit your brand to your readership through seasonal events, holidays and special occasions.
So you want to pass yourself off as make money bloggers do you? Well here comes your first wild ride because I won’t take it! I will not have thecashking.org (hosted by Unified Layer) and chris-k-fisher.com (hosted by GoDaddy) steal my content and pass it off as theirs.
If you need to help overcome writer’s block, or just want to get motivated to write and publish more then writer’s prompts and scheduled posts maybe be the combination you need. No matter where you live there are daily, monthly and holiday writing prompts available to inspire your blogging every day of the year.
SEO is a hot topic these days. How do you increase your Google page rank? How do you build a better site for readers and search engines? Go to your Google Webmaster’s Account and look for duplicate meta descriptions errors and duplicate title tags errors. Here’s how to correct some and prevent more errors.
As a long time WordPress blogger I have witnessed the addition of many new user interface features. Some I have welcomed. Some I have disabled and others I simply ignore as I have no need of them. I consider options to be a good thing.
These days we’re dog paddling in a sea of advertising. There are no public places and places offline or online where we are free from being targeted by advertisers. Different demographic groups have differing responses to advertising saturation. For the youngest among us it’s the norm. For the eldest, it’s a rude and unwelcome intrusion.
Bloggers who answer WordPress.com technical support forum questions as I do will tell you that it’s how one asks a question and how much relevant information they provide that determines whether they get a satisfactory answer or not.