Free Online Image Editing Programs – FotoFlexer

I’m not technically inclined and don’t choose to learn how to use perplexing photo editing programs. Instead I use several free online image editing programs frequently.  If GIMP gives you headaches and photshop confuses you, try FotoFlexer. The ease of use and the variety of features brings me back to FotoFlexer time and again. Continue reading

Scraping Off the Blog Scrapers

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.

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Quantcast: You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Til It’s Gone

stats1I 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. Continue reading

Blog It Ideas Checklist Renewed

peopleStrategic 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.

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WordPress.com Email lists, Newsletters and Privacy

news eventsThe 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.

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15 Plagiarism Detection Tools for Bloggers and Writers

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 appropriate web host when it has been. Continue reading

Calendars, Countdown Timers and Messages for WordPress.com blogs

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Google Calendar is a free calendar application from Google that makes it easy to keep track of life’s important events all in one place. Upcoming Events is a widget and a shortcode that allows you to use an iCalendar link to display a list of events on your WordPress.com blog. Milestone Widgets provide a simple way to create a countdown to a given date but the way they work is hard to fathom. Continue reading

Blogging: Yoga Style

yogaA working definition for intention is: “to have in mind a purpose or plan, to direct the mind, to aim.” Before my yoga classes I accept the invitation to set an intention for practice, away from worldly distractions and toward my goal of concentrating and remaining in the now moment.  An intention is a short powerful statement that affirms you have set a goal and intend to achieve it and I’ve been applying that to my blogging as well as to my yoga. Continue reading

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

peopleHow to Create Consistently Great Content for the Long Haul – Developing better creative habits is one of the most valuable things you can do as a content creator. Legendary Choreographer Twyla Tharp’s practical book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, is a ground-breaking guide to becoming a calmer, better balanced, more productive creative professional. Continue reading

More Traffic and Backlinks for Your Blog: Pinterest

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Pinterest is two year old  photo sharing social network connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests. Pinterest just hit 11.7 million unique monthly U.S. visitors, crossing the 10 million mark faster than any other standalone site in history. Continue reading

Mark Only Spam as Spam

email spamSpam! There is no single accepted definition, but I think most bloggers will agree, spam is unwanted commercially motivated electronic communication (not limited to email), that’s a likely a source of malware.

I think most bloggers will also agree on what isn’t spam. No commenter should be shut out of discussion on your blog because you disagreed with their point of view and inappropriately marked their comment as spam. Continue reading

More Traffic and Backlinks for Your Blog: YouTube

youtubeYoutube is the second largest search engine there is and videos are an extremely effective way to build brand awareness, attract traffic to your blog and earn backlinks. To create your promotional videos all you need is a camera (a digital camera with a video option or a webcam0, tripod,  microphone, and lighting. Continue reading

More Traffic and Backlinks for Your Blog: Squidoo

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A content curator  identifies a theme, selects content,  chooses how to add value to it and how to display it on a web page for public viewing and interaction.

Squidoo is a free and popular publishing platform and community of content curators that makes it easy for you to create curated “lenses” online. Continue reading

Disabling Java

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“Java is a plugin for web browsers that is installed on approximately 66% of all computers. However there are very few websites that still rely on the features that it provides, leaving those 66% of computers vulnerable to attack when the dated technology is exploited. This has unfortunately happened several times in the past few months.”  — Examples of why you should disable Java Continue reading

More Traffic and Backlinks for Your Blog: Scoop.it

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The amount of information bloggers receive as it happens on any given day is so much and so rapidly delivered that it’s intellectually impossible to keep pace. Content curation is a time management and content creation strategy that could be your best hope for overcoming the challenge. Continue reading