Business owners reluctant to implement a blog may have their reasons but in this social media age, it is really becoming crucial for web sites to become more than stale brochures and static billboards only offering one-way communication. Users want to interact and they want to see a personal side to the company. A blog allows for that and so much more.
I wish Movable Type had something better than Akismet which does a pretty good job filtering spam but still very quickly populates Movable Type’s junk folder. While this keeps junk comments from ever appearing on your blog, it still takes time to sift through them in order to locate any good comments which end up in there (which has happened). I have heard they have CAPTCHA support in version 4.0, however we are still running 3.2 and have not gotten around to upgrading yet. My thinking is that someone somewhere must have developed a plug-in that would allow me to install CAPTCHA or a comment challenge of some sort in the version I have right now. I can’t imagine everyone who uses Movable Type spending their valuable time sifting through junk comments to make sure that good comments are not accidentally deleted.
So late last night, with a little searching, I found an awesome plug-in developed by Jay Allen simply called Comment Challenge plugin.
I am speaking at the upcoming Search Engine Strategies conference in San Jose on a panel entitled, “So You Want To Be A Search Marketer!” The session looks at ways budding SEMs can educate themselves plus get started in the industry. I am presenting on the angle of one who entered the field of search marketing after performing search marketing techniques on my own sites – in other words gaining hands-on experience before taking on paying customers.
Blogs exist on just about every variety of subject one can imagine. And more and more blogs come online each and every day. But what does it take to really have an active blog that people will subscribe to and come back again and again to read? It requires creativity. It requires dedication. Even more so, it requires an addiction to the act of blogging itself.
How about you? Are you a blog addict? Here are ten signs that may indicate that you have an addiction, my friend.
I received an email from the folks over at PRWeb over the weekend announcing some new features that have been added to their online press release service. These upgrades will enhance the effectiveness of press releases and user’s experience with their service.
Time to vote for your favorite blogs and bloggers related to search and Internet marketing. Loren baker has assembled the voting after compiling favorites from comments on an earlier post. The SearchRank Blog was nominated under the SEO Blog of the year category. Wow – what an honor! Thanks to those who nominated us. Voting is open now and runs thru December 24th after which it will be closed. Good luck to all who were nominated. There is certainly no lack of quality content being produced on a variety of blogs in our industry.
I came across an article posted at Aviva Directory thanks to Andy Hagans which offers 21 tips on how to launch a blog – successfully. With thousands of blogs launching each and every day, this list provides some basic steps one can take in the first couple weeks of a blog launch. Tips are provided under six main categories – The First Impression, RSS & Subscriptions, Social Bookmarking (aka Going Viral), Getting networked, Link Building and Finishing touches. Following are a few that stand out in my mind.
A new study released by KnowledgeStorm finds that blogs and RSS feeds are gaining momentum with business to business users. The survey was completed by more than 4,500 business and IT professionals around the world, representing a wide variety of job titles, vertical industries and company sizes. It aimed to explore how new forms of media such as podcasts and blogs are affecting content consumption and purchasing influence in the BTB marketplace. What was discovered?
Rand has done it again with his recent post “21 Tactics to Increase Blog Traffic”, a list of some of the most common pieces of advice on driving traffic to blogs. Honestly, Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz is one of the best I know in the business of attracting link bait. I’m going to start calling him The Link Bait King. Here he not only provides sound advice on increasing blog traffic, but has created another reason to link to his own site.
Google announced today that you can now display AdSense for search results within your own site. In this manner, you have the freedom to offer users web search while still maintaining the look and feel of your site. You can keep elements like the header, footer, and site navigation panel the same for the search results page you create.
I will be heading out for vacation this Sunday for about 10 days. My destination – Hawaii! First time for me believe it or not. Actually it is my lovely wife who is dragging me off. Her idea of a vacation is relaxation while mine is riding roller coasters. This being Hawaii however I’m sure I am going to enjoy it. I need a break from the daily routine anyway and what better way to do it then a relaxing vacation on the little island.
USA Today recently ran a story “Google’s Hidden Payroll” in which they report on how AdSense is making a big difference in people’s lives in developing countries such as India, the Philippines and Egypt. Individuals with web sites are running AdSense ads and in turn are earning what we may consider in the United States a nominal income but to them is quite substantial. AdSense is changing the economic status of many people’s lives in countries where making a decent living is not always possible.