Trying to describe what an internet meme is to a great grandparent may be a challenge but you definitely know one when when you see one. A blog meme is a viral game wherein baclinks are generated through relationships with other bloggers. The most common kind of blog meme is an award used as legitimate means of securing backlinks. Continue reading
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
Youtube 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
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.
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
Researching, creating content, publishing and blog promotion are time consuming activities. Relationship building is critical to blogging success but where will the time required come from?
Mastering content curation and presenting the best digital content on a specific topic online, will not only increase traffic to your blog and backlinks to your content; it will also result in more time to create unique content. Continue reading
Backlinks are incoming links to a website (blog or web page). The number of backlinks is one indication of the popularity or importance of that website or page and is used by Google to determine the PageRank of a (blog or web page). The Incoming Links panel we used to track backlinks has been removed from the WordPress.com dashboard.
Incoming Links were being pulled from Google Blog Search to display URLs around the Internet linking to your blog. They disappeared form our dasboard display and for months now WordPress.com bloggers have been asking on the WordPress.com support forum: Incoming links – where are they? Staff have provided two updates.
On Google’s Blog Search API page http://code.google.com/apis/blogsearch/ it says:
“Important: The Google Blog Search API has been officially deprecated as of May 26, 2011. It will continue to work as per our deprecation policy, but the number of requests you may make per day may be limited.”
So I’ve suggested we remove it as a default setting in the Incoming Links panel on the main dashboard. I’m not sure yet if it will be replaced with something else, or possibly removed as something that shows up by default, or something else that I haven’t thought of yet. — designsimply
Jul 27, 2011, 3:44 AM
We removed the Incoming Links panel. The Google Blog Search API we were using before is no longer supported by Google. There are a few alternatives. One is to look at referrers in your site stats instead. Another is to use Google Webmaster Tools where Google does still provide a “Links to your site” report in that service. — designsimply
Jul 31, 2011, 2:25 PM
Further reading: Why counting links is not so easy
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