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  1. My aim is to provide useful information to both beginners and to those who wish to improve their blogging skills. My guest authors and I blog on the themes of becoming a better blogger, building a better blog, and effective blog promotion.

    I choose to create a single blog promotion thread and add to it as I publish new posts. Doing this provides more space for others to post the Showcase Forum as that results in their posts remaining on the front page longer.

    The blog I need help with is

  2. January 4, 2011 Second Life Virtual Pets Copyright Dispute
    If you aren't into having a virtual Second Life then you most likely have not heard of Ozimals or Amaretto Ranch Breedables. The former make and sell breedable virtual bunnies. The latter are newcomers who make and sell virtual horses. Well, the two have wound up in the courts over a copyright dispute.
    Read the full post >

  3. January 7, 2011 Social Security Numbers and Identity Theft
    Here’s another reason you ought to be careful about what information you choose to post online, not only on social networks but everywhere you may be tempted to share your age, birthdate, location and any other information what can be used to identify you. Read the full post >

  4. January 7, 2011 Natural Links: Google Warns Webmasters
    Google is warning and penalizing websites for excessive link exchanging, link selling, cloaking and other link schemes. Examples of link schemes can include:
    * Links intended to manipulate PageRank
    * Links to web spammers or bad neighborhoods on the web
    * Excessive reciprocal links or excessive link exchanging (“Link to me and I’ll link to you.”)
    * Buying or selling links that pass PageRank

    The most important factor contributing to your Google ranking, is reader-friendliness, and naturally acquired organic links are the best kind of links because they indicate that real people are showing an interest in your content.

    If your web pages and the site get a lot of reciprocal (two-way links), especially if they are not related then the search engines will assume that these are solicited links, and search engines do not give much importance to such two-way or reciprocal links and may even penalize your site. Read the full post >

  5. January 13, 2011 Clicking with Caution videos for kids by kids
    Clicking with Caution is a series of educational videos by kids and for kids, and aimed at to raising awareness of internet risks and teaching preventive measures. Topics included are : Maintaining Anonymity, Cyber Bullying, Online Sexual Predators and Online Gaming. Read the full post >

  6. January 13, 2011 <strong. 10 Ways to Protect Against Email Spam
    Do you remember how useful email was without spam? I do and I know the best way to avoid spam is not getting on spammers' lists in the first place. In this post you will find out how to use disposable addresses, obfuscation and other techniques to protect against the expected tsnami of spam headed for your email box in 2011. Read the full post >

  7. January 16, 2011 A Dozen Free Ebooks for Bloggers
    For writers who are taking up blogging there’s a lot to learn. For those who don’t possess strong writing skills there’s a larger learning curve.

    As I’m getting more and more questions from those who are new to blogging, and especially from business bloggers who are just getting started, in this post I’m sharing links to free ebook resources for bloggers in all niches. Read the gull post >

  8. January 19, 2011 5 Ways To Avoid The Ill Effects Of Blogging
    Blogging is a disease. A highly dangerous disease. How?
    It can make you fat, it can weaken your eyes, it can make you sick.
    OK, I am over reacting but blogging is harmful! Here are some ways in which blogging can affect your health. Read the full post >

  9. January 22, 2011 Activemeter Shutting Down
    If you have been using a free activemeter for visitor tracking on your blog please note this announcement and make arrangements accordingly, prior to February 28, 2011. Read the full announcement here >

  10. January 22, 2011 Typosquatting Impact
    Typosquatting is a pervasive and lucrative practice, a form of cybersquatting for profit also called URL hijacking. While most large businesses like do act to protect their brands by registering possible misspellings of their trademarks and brands, those who own smaller businesses are often unaware such protective measures can be taken until it is too late. Read the full post >

  11. January 24, 2011 How a Dream Blogging Job Found Me
    Key point: only if you are offering valuable or interesting information and insights might readers get interested in YOU. Posting your CV and begging “please hire me” is not the strategy – it’s about demonstrating the knowledge and skills you can offer, so that someone might think, “I could use some of that.” Read the full post >

  12. January 28, 2011 12 Step Blog Evaluation
    Visitors expect to quickly access specific information when they visit blogs. First impressions are critical when it comes to them making the choice to linger and read and perhaps return, or to click out and not return.

    After blogging for a while you need to assess whether or not your blog is on the right track or if adjustments need to be made. The results of your evaluation may be branding changes, setting new goals, a change in theme, or even a complete blog make-over. Read the full post >

  13. February 1, 2011 Bloggers: Are You Still MultiTasking?
    If you think juggling phone calls, e-mail, instant messages and computer work makes you more effective or productive then several studies say you are wrong. Their results point in the opposite direction and highlight the fact that the more heavily you multitask the less effective and productive you become. I seems the more multitasking we do the more mediocre the results are. (Click the title above to read the full post.)

  14. Why doesn't WordPress block all referrals from domains with .cc extensions. CC seems to relate to the Cocos Islands (population 600) and there seems to be a growing problem with spam from this domains.

    Is WordPress associated with these domains and is just trying to build audiences for its corporate valuation?

  15. @namawinelake
    This is a blog promotion forum. In this thread I am promoting the posts in my blog. If you have questions about corporate decision-making please send them to Staff. >

  16. February 9, 2011 Internet Access Blockouts Costly and Futile
    Blocking internet access has been a common government tactic used to censor information and opinion flow. Several countries come to mind but China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia are believed to extend greater censorship over the net than any other countries in the world. What the most recent blockout in Egypt demonstrates is that internet censorship leads to innovation. Use of Facebook by users from Egypt has surged following the restoration of Internet service to the country.

    If the country you lived in blocked internet access would you look for and use workarounds to connect to your blog and your readers? Click the blog title above and join the discussion.

  17. February 13, 2011 WordPress: Create a random post icon
    Did you know that the random post URL can be linked to an image of your choice and diplayed in your sidebar where readers can use it? This post is a step by step tutorial for wordpress beginners.

  18. February 14, 2011 Translation widget for blogs
    When looking for a translation widget last year I uncovered the fact that although the Google translation widgets could not be used there was a workaround. Well the good news is that when I was out surfing the internet I found a Free Website translation button we can use on blogs.

  19. February 22, 2011 Top Social Media Tutorials
    Twitter connects you to people all over the world who share common interests with you. The stumbleupon concept is that stumbleupon helps you discover and share other great websites. You're invited to read and discuss the tutorials I have recommedned.

  20. February 24, 2011 Google routs out content farms
    What is a content farm and what does it do? ” … create a ton of niche, mostly uninspired content targeted to search engines, then make it viral through social software and make lots of money through ads. Well , the good news is that Google has announced an algorithm change that commences in the U.S. only to start and then will roll it out out from there.

  21. February 24, 2011 More from Matt Cutts on no-follow no sculpting Let’s do another pass at the question “How does Google treat sites where all external links are no-follow?”

  22. February 25, 2011 Yahoo pulls plug on MyBlogLog
    Though May bring will bring the showers and flowers that mark new beginnings Yahoo has announced they are pulling the plug on MyBlogLog as of May 24, 2011.

  23. March 6, 2011 Multi-Author Blogs

    1. Does your blog need more content?
    2. Does your blog need more exposure?
    3. Would you like some support to reach your goals?
    4. Have you considered creating a multi-author blog?
  24. that is some promo and took you some time

  25. Hi Harry,
    It didn't take long. Honest. After awhile it becomes very quick and easy to do. :) I I interpret what's said in the the sticky post in this support forum as creating a single thread for each username. I just have this one thread for all my blog promotions for this blog and I update it. That way there is more room on the Showcase forum for everyone else. I have yet to create a thread for my personal blog. It's on my "to-do" list which is a mile long.

  26. right , you just update this thread i did not see the dates good idea , i have your other blog and must go to it sometime

  27. @TT - interesting you mention your personal blog, because I was going to ask you do you have one. After all, you have been blogging for 6 years, surely it can't all have been about how to blog! :))

    As useful as your tips are (I have read quite a few), I was starting to wonder about the other TT! :)

  28. ~~Harry

    My personal blog is here. > I will be updating it soon. If all goes well at work I will publish a post later today.

  29. March 7, 2011 Is Google penalizing no-follow sites? The drama lamas who blog for money projecting the silly notion that the internet is full of no-follow blogs. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Matt Cutts answers them in this webmaster video.

  30. March 12, 2011 WordPress Rocks SXSW
    In case you missed it live or didn’t follow the streams, here is a twitter summary inthe future of WordPress in 15 Tweets or less from those in attendance, when WordPress founder, Matt Mullenweg wrapped up his SXSW panel discussion on the future of WordPress.


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