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Making the move to WPress, today, please read this...

I am going to make the move to WordPress, I post this last post here in blogger format, this is mainly because I know the feed will go out, and it allows me to update the most important people, you, the readers.

Please note this will be down at some point though not for long, maybe you are reading this when it's still on blogger, or maybe whiles it's on wpress.... who knows, anyway, wil be making the switch, nothing should need to be done by you, unless my feeds mess up and you may then need to resubscribe, but doing that when it's on Wpress of course.

Thanks to you all.

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Not happy with blogger or godaddy, forced to consider WPress now...

I am not happy... many others are also not happy, this mess with blogger and their recent shafting of FTP users could have been dealt with alot better than it has been, wasting hours trying to sort this out has pissed me off no end, the reason we used blogger was for it's ease of use, yet here we all are having to deal with technical crap.

I was using blogger long before google went and bought it, as usual they piss everyone off, don't get me wrong, I like and use google for lot's of things but they ain't covered themselves in glory with all this mess, like they never when they buy half decent stuff and let it die... 

All credit to Rick Klau though for being the only blogger staff who seems to help any of us, blogger should have hired him YEARS ago!

This FTP situation with blogger and this blog, plus godaddy and the DNS stuff is really pissing me off, godaddy say I should "park" with them so I can change DNS settings using their total DNS, yet that would mean this blog vanishing, as it is, there is no way that is going to happen.

I do want to sort this mess out but feel blogger has let us all down the way it's been done, will they change something else in two years and piss us all off again? Who knows?

They should never have allowed us to use FTP of they had no intention of supporting us properly, they only did that because everyone was dumping them for WordPress, people wanted to stop using blogspot, especially after so many were deleted, to combat more crap happening like this they wanted people to be able to use their own domains so allowed us to do so, using FTP so we host our own blogs, like I have here, yet they went and changed it all again with custom domains, basically they shafted us, they want you to host with them so they have control, whatever happened to the "don't do evil" mantra google shoved down our throats?

They should have started with custom domains in the first place, I take anything they say now with a huge dose of salt, do I trust them? Not really!

Yet, I don't really like Wordpress, many others don't either, but this mess is forcing us to think about it, me included.

I have yet to hear from anyone who has used godaddy for their domain, and their own host for the blog who have sorted this mess out, who I can ask how they did it.

Are you one who has sorted it using godaddy etc? Any advice? 

I am running out of patience with it to be honest, it's a shame, I was one of those who argued with WordPress users, sticking up for blogger over the years, never again will I do that.

As things are, I am now waiting to hear from my host in the hop they can help in some way, if they can, I am going to give it three months and see how it fairs, if I have issues, I will dump blogger and use WPress. 

I think blogger screwed up big time, they could have done this a whole lot better. 

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FTP migration for blogger is near, a video walk-through...



Looking like FTP migration tool is coming tonight if it is ready, but for those who have a blogger blog you host, there is this video explaining how it is used, I just watched it myself and it all sems pretty straightforward.

I am ken to move this and see how it goes, whether I stuick with it remains to be seen, considering some of the benefits WPress has over blogger and the fact I would be hosting it too, having complete control over it etc, not that we don't control this but we ARE in some sense at the mercy of blogger and google when we use it.

Anyway, I am as you know a blogger fan so I am keen to see how it goes.. it means this blog will not be at the main domain robsellen.com (which I will probably do something with I think, if it's usable) so this is likely to be put on a subdomain, like blog.robsellen.com or something more creative, keyworded... not decided yet

Hoping it all goes well, backlinks are preserved etc, PR (page rank) stays as is.

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FTP is finished on blogger, the right move, so this blog has to move!

Interesting news from blogger and I knew it was coming in some way because it was an obvious move you could see happening, it's been obvious that it's blogspot on which the blogger team are focusing, not that I blame them either.

Not the first time I have said that, so, now there is a deadline to move so, I have to make the move and hopefully it will be simple and straight forward enough, I should done it a while ago when Rick the CEO of the blogger team mentioned it on his twitter to me.

But back then, I was a little wary, and rightly so because fellow blogger using FTP Louis Gray mentioned there were a few hiccups along the way, but it seems his success going from main domain to the subdomain he uses did give me a boost, though I thought I would just wait a little while and see what happens, as wordpress was crossing my mind though I prefer blogger.

Now though, it's do it or move to wordpress, I would rather stay on blogger, so I probably will move it to blog.robsellen. com and benefit from the improvements they have made.

Just from using the blogspot set up on other blogs I know there are some great improvements made and Rick has stated in the blogger buzz post that 2010 promises to see more changes, improvements.

I look forward to seeing them, whatever they may be.

As I understand it, I could keep my hosting, just direct people to the new subdomain where blogger host the blog...Rick has confirmed FTP is going to be ended, Rick is great, he is reachable and no doubt I will get there and as he uses the same set up himself I am sure he will be saying "I told you so!" :o)

So, that's my main task next, get this blog sported out, moved, and then because of the publishing speed improvement over FTP I can set about editing and tidying up the blog.

Hopefully you won't see much change really, but you will see improvements, provided I don't balls it all up!

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Blogger sloooowly stalking wordpress, new pages - step in the right direction

Blogger in draft has seen more changes added... :o)

Now we also get pages, up to 10 per blog and wordpress no longer has that advantage. Woot!

So I had a little look last night to see what it's like and what possibilities it allows me, I thought about doing it on here but decided on a blogspot hosted blog, it's what blogger want us all using so test on that first, I like to dive in, so I gave it a go on "how to use blogger tips" with just a tester page on "why I started blogger-made-simple".

Looks good in some ways, I can obviously do much more with it but the fact the url of the page is set up like this means good for the keyword theme you aim for, remember it's good to have a blogspot blog for testing anything without worry.

So, it has not got me rethinking my whole blogging strategy, not only one the others I have but also with this blog you are reading, I feel keener to move this to a sub-domain like blog.robsellen  . com. while allowing me to keep some hosting in place for other important things, this is stuff that I don't need to explain here.

Just allowing blogger to host the sub-domain itself and the blog content would be good for getting off the dreaded FTP set up... which is getting to be a pain in the arse!
And typing in this current url would just redirect instantly to the sub-domain.. so this blog is still the same, just a new url.

The ftp is so slow, getting off that for that reason alone is worth it, editing and such is so much faster.

Blogger tends to have dropped FTP users to the bottom of the list, targeting the blogspot users and I understand why, don't blame them either.

The fact I could use sub-domains means I can do several blogs on each domain, not that I necessarily will but it available to do while benefiting from the blogspot pros, losing the FTP woes.

So, if you are using blogger, are you using the "draft" version of the editor?

If not, simply go to the bottom of your blogger dashboard page and you will see a link, then after that you see a small blue box near the top of your dashboard with a tick, to make draft the default.
Draft is where the new additions and benefits roll out first.

Blogger is upping the reasons to stick with them, but I hope we will see even more changes soon, the changes have been a long time coming anyway and that was what allowed wordpress to gain the following it did.

I am off to create some pages! :o)

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Blogger made simple...for the new user

Ack.. this giving up smoking is not easy, (see last post) one thing I have to do as well as break old habits where smoking is involved is to stay busy, taking my mind off the craving is hard but has to be done.

I have had a few emails lately asking some questions I thought I'd take a chance to answer one or two here...

One of the questions I've been asked a few times is "how do I set up a blog, in simple terms" ... meaning in plain English, the one thing these people say is "what's WP, what's FTP, and where does my blog go?"

This is familiar to me, had the same thoughts years ago and know how it can all seem so confusing and techy.

One reason I suggest new bloggers start with blogger, which is far more basic and simpler to learn with than WP (wordpress), I don't care what others say about WP, there seems to be this elitist attitude with WP users and they seem to forget that WP is NOT easy to use for the completely new user. (I have had WP users say they like this WP blog...not realising it's a blogger blog! Says it all.)

I mention this to people and they say, "can you set it up and do it for me" .. for free?!

No, I can't, that doesn't put food on my plate, I don't even have time to do that for everyone even if I wanted to but I will happily help you learn it and get started, because you all know as well as I do, there is no way better to learn something than to actually go ahead and DO.

I know, if I had set it up, started it all for them, in a few days there would be other stuff they would want me doing... that is not a way to learn.

To that end I started blogger made simple for the benefit of the wannabe bloggers who had asked how to go about starting a blog for themselves, though when it comes to actually doing a blog it seems they weren't that keen, it felt like I had wasted time doing it but I know that's not strictly true as there are a few friends who have said "thanks, that helps" and they have started a blog.

Those who started are the ones who get more help, everyone helps those who help themselves.

Lets face it, the only real "work" you do is generating content, writing the post themselves, setting the blog up is done once, then it's all down to you adding content, be it writing, videos, podcast, whatever method or mix of methods you choose.

The thing to remember is once you have set one blog up, it gets easy to set up another, once you have learnt the basics you can go ahead and try WP if you feel blogger is lacking, which it does in some ways, but WP is also lacking in some ways. Half a dozen of one and 6 of the other as they say.

"But I can't write" is the next thing I hear...

Look, anyone can write, we all have a different level of writing skill but practice makes perfect as they say, it's not that they can't write, it's that they are making excuses or creating barriers before even trying.

If you really need to learn a bit of how to write well enough for a blog then grab this writing report and it WILL help you, and it's not a 3 or 4 page crappy report, more like 40, 50 pages of solid content and tips by who I would say is a great writer...put it this way he writes one of two newsletters I ALWAYS read.

That report is very low price for what you are getting, in fact in the interest of disclosure, I get the money if you buy that and that is also helping me, what's more, you can also sell that to others using your own link and get paid all the money too... the writer is more interested in building a relationship with you, via his newsletter which I always read, as I said, and am sure you will enjoy it too.

Again, if you are keen to start a blog for whatever reason, a personal one, hobby one, work one, whatever, you can follow the blogger made simple and as it's cost nothing to do, you could grab that writing report to help you get started creating decent content.

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More changes...but not here



Things are continuing to move forward, admittedly after a few hiccups.
Having not had my lads this last weekend of their holiday I have been busy with several things. It's all good. :o) (so far!)

As you know from previous post I had been trying to move this blog off the FTP system, but not sorted that yet, as you know I use blogger and I love to use it, alot of stuff going around at the moment about WP (wordpress) security online so it no doubt gave us blogger users a little smile after all the WP lovers bashing blogger for years, at times justifiably too. ;o)

Anyway, as a blogger user and with the improvements rolling out I decided to get a domain for one of blogspot blog I have, I only like to get domains if the blog is worth keeping...this one is one, but up till now I'd only done FTP set up so I hosted the blog itself.

So I decided to try the custom domain set up bypassing the FTP set up.

Having been doing the postland blog for a while I decided to get the domain I had been meaning to get, it is now changed to portland bill and one reason for that is anchor linking is better using a keyword domain.

That means any backlinks should also be better, because most people just use the url, which is ok, better now though. ;o)

I also now own the blog really.

There was a few years ago some perfectly ok blogspot blogs being wrongly deleted, think it came down some hair-trigger fingered worker, thankfully it's not happened since as far as I know but blogger are cleaning up their database.

Splogs (spam blogs) and dormant, empty blogs are being reclaimed, I know my portland one was ok as I actually use it like many I have, I still aim to get domains for the ones I want to keep ~ for whatever reasons. ;o)

I have to say it's probably not so straightforward for someone who has never registered a domain, I worked it out because I have set up my own sites and blogs on own domains and hosting, so I am a little familiar with DNS and domains, but...

I do think if the registrars themselves had a set up page showing how to set their new customers domains up with blogger, they would gain a better user experience...then again they are trying to sell hosting too, so a doubled edged sword there. If it was me, I'd say do it... blogger has how many millions of users?

Overall though the registrar I used I am pleased with, it was a good service and I did need to ask support a question, got a reply within an hour...on a sunday too.

Should you use it and want to get the blogpsot blog you have moved, it's simple once you know, if you have any issues just ask, I am happy to help, if I can't or I am asleep (sleep?) and you need help I am sure they will help you.

The links and such from the old blogspot will all work ok, nothing is lost as far as I can tell, possible a bit of PageRank, but that will improve again and should get better, I don't place to much importance on that anyway.

Also on the Portland bill blog I have made a few changes, having decided to take it another step further and improve it all round, I know the users/readers experience is the most important part and hopefully changes I make will reflect that. :o)

I would love to hear any of your thoughts regarding the Portland bill blog and any changes made, or changes you like to see.

All in all, a good weekend, how was yours? :o)

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A few subtle changes made...


Seems to be I am seeing the moon more than the sun at the moment!
Yeah, another late night...and a moment of reflection outside when things got a bit much.

Might be asking why the hell I am up so late doing stuff and what am I doing...

Normally writing stuff, tweaking things, checking stats, that's after being social when everyone else is online during the busy times.

Not having to conform to certain hours to do things, I like to do things late at night, it's quiet (ok, no sniggering, I know it's quiet anytime for me lol) the point is, I can get things done, my body and mind works better on that later in the night.

But lately I have been making changes to this blog and a few other blogs, also been looking at and trying to change this blog over to blogger custom domain set up, if you have ever used FTP to blogger you will know why (damn publishing) so, awkward busy and getting stressed at that! It won't work for me how it's supposed to. So, looking like I am stuck with this, for now.

Getting to bed at 5am. Waking at 11, back on the machine...(still not getting it right) *sigh... the life of s single guy is not? ;o)

I digress... what did wok out was worth the learning curve, as always that valuable part is the learning.

On this blog... the main thing you notice will be the new link to ...continue reading the post, not all post have this, only the slightly longer ones but I think it will keep the main page looking neater.
It drove me up the wall sorting it out as it's a hack really, couldn't move the "labels", but in this post here I am going to add it by hand to the post itself, see what happens. ;o)

Hoping you prefer it, also on the blog...

I have made some changes which, I hope, will improve things on the interaction front for you as well as the valuable benefits I gain from seeing what works for you, what doesn't, which means improvements all round. :o)

There are some limitations to this blog so adding and changing it is needed really, the main reason I added the "star rating and post you may like section" that shows up on the bottom of some post, only post which have related similar post(s), and the "continue reading" link on post(s) is because I have no popular post widgets or likewise to show of these types of relevant post, only archives which show the whole month, no idea which of those in that month people read or not.

It's first a benefit to you the reader, as the post are likely to be relevant to what you already read, then a benefit to me. :o)

I will have a better idea which if any links get clicked, I also tidied up the main pages at the same time, while having more post show on the home page.

Another thing you may or may not have noticed is the google friend connect bar across the bottom of the blog, had to raise the footer as it hid. I removed the small one under the box on the sidebar a while ago, much prefer this one.
Simply put you can comment on there using you google account log in, if you are logged into gmail in the browser at anytime and haven't closed the window you should be logged in now. :o)

I am considering disqus for the main comments, just as an addition but I'm really undecided at the moment.
The one benefit to that would be having people able to post here using their facebook profile.
Or twitter. ;o)

There are several things I would like to try out, improve, test... it's finding that balance to doing it without screwing it up or annoying everyone as well myself! (toooo easy done!, if you are unsure, right click on any blog or site, choose "view source" to see the site or blogs code, where I been spending my time!)
It teaches me more than widget drag and drop does, that's for sure. ;o)

Part of the issue is I been stuck in this mode to long, the code on the blogger layout style is different. I am now aiming to get more up to speed on that.

I mentioned I tried to move this blog, with blogger I have only used blogspot, or FTP, never set up custom domain and such, so I am going to do that...get a new domain or two and test it out.
I may do one with the classic set up...one with the layout style, learn to create complete templates/widgets as well. ;o)

Above all I will learn fast and that's always a plus.
Dig in learn, the best way to learn is always to do. ;o)
I am keen to try these as they are almost the cheapest way to get started online...yes free is ok but a domain cost is the least needed anyway and it IS needed.

I am tempted to do this now as I had some interesting ideas stemming from a chat with someone, in a sense it was a wake up call so I am all'a buzzing to get doing.

So, busy but it's all good, alot clearer on what I am doing and where I am going with this blog, until it's a seamless move and I know what I am doing should an hassle arise...I will stick to this blog as it is.

The new domains will be a better option, and I hope blogger keeps improving the way it does, just a shame the FTP is a bit annoying, and that's not their fault as I understand it.

What do you feel about the changes made so far here?

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Another test post, trying show/hide post

Another test post...

Update: It works... but there is no way to move the labels?

After these words... it should cut off, like the last two post did... but the link YOU need to click is under my sig saying... continue..
I can't seem to get the labels or signature below the damn ...continue reading link to open the post page itself! *sigh... try again.

Well, I got a bit lucky getting some of it tweaked, but looking like I will have to not use labels to avoid it. *sigh

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Do blogger actually intend to make changes, or are they stalling?

Starting to wonder about blogger, have they missed a trick in taking so long to actually act regarding the blogger changes I looked forward too?

I wonder how many have moved already in that time from blogger to wordpress?

Or just picked wordpress because it was better when they actually made the choice to have a hosted blog.

Blogger asked users for suggestions, notice that post I did there was 3 months ago, I was seriously considering changing it then...but thought I'd wait until I see what changes / improvements were made and yet nothing has happened really, I am starting to wonder if anything will happen at all, even if it does will it benefit those who use their own domain on their own hosting as I do here.

I am now thinking about this whole thing again and wondering if I should just go for it and change this to a wordpress one.

If I do, it will look a bit different to what it does now, seeing as this is a unique look I created from a basic template, what I am slightly nervous of, is the loss of backlinks already out there, because I thought about using the blog on a subfolder, ie.. robsellen.com/blog or a subdomain, ie. blog.robsellen.com so I could do more with the main domain itself.

The benefits of wordpress do seemingly outweigh the cons of sticking to this blogger platform with this blog.

I will still use blogger but only for blogspot blogs really.

If the wordpress is better then it's likely I will use it for any new domains, I mean... why wouldn't I? ;o)

I think blogger need to get cracking really if they want to keep more of us using it.

There is something about the sheer ease of using blogger that does make it appealing in ways but it needs an overhaul and the improvements can't come soon enough.

Anyone have thoughts on that?
Any tips for the move, if I do it?

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Bloggers beta dashboard is interesting

As part of my make money online attempts I aim to utilise blogger and blogspot in particular, as I mentioned in the last post I am still debating on whether I will move this blog to another platform like WP or keep it on blogger.

I never noticed until now but there is a blogger "beta dashboard", silly the links are right at the bottom of the dashboard page, lots of blogs makes it drop right down there out of the way, the beta is where the newest changes are shown for using or testing out would be a better description and there are some interesting improvements, namely the time and date stamp being at the time of publishing rather then when you opened the blog post editor.

Good for scheduled posting and in the cases where you run out of steam but feel you still need to add more to the post, up till now I'd use Gmail drafts or notepad and save to desktop until ready to post.

Another good thing added is the "add location" whch utilises the google maps, will use that on the Portland blog.

I think blogger is only going to get better so I will put off any moves and such with this blog but look forward to testing beta more, using it with the make money online blogs, in other words the niched blogspot blogs.

Have you tried using the beta dashboard yet?

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Why can't blogger just...work

Or why I am seriously re-thinking of moving this blog to wordpress. (WP)

I set this up before they started "custom domains" so use FTP, now emailing via Gmail a post to the blog is one good way of speeding up the "publishing" of the blog ... always been a boon to FTP users.

But there are two ways to have images show in the post using Gmail to blog, either adding image icon in rich text format and uploading that way, or by attaching the image which will post it between title and content.

The problem is, the first way doesn't seem to work for me, I have to manually go to blogger dashboard and add it using html!

The second way, the image shows ok like in the post below...but the image doesn't show in the feed in a reader!

*sigh ... hassle!

I have always been a blogger user, nothing will change that as I think blogger used with blogspot is still worth doing, using them for niche blogs or such works but I don't seem to have "issues" this way, is that an intention? No idea!

I do know I always seem to have issues with this blog so feel I would be saving myself hassle by simple moving it to WP and learning more about Wordpress itself, it does have some great advantages over blogger.

Then just using the blogspot I can keep on niche blogging, it's costing nothing but time and effort aka WORK... or at a push if needed, a custom domain ...in a way there is no point if I can use WP with it once I am ok with it.

I do look forward to blogger implementing new things and such, but wish it would hurry up in a sense so I can decide what I would rather do.

Thing is I could move it back to blogger if WP drives me nuts...

I would rather someone created a dashboard based on bloggers, with all the same and better functions blogger has, the template page etc to use as our own, that would be nice, publish right from the desktop to server.

So I am in two minds what to do at the moment, I want to revamp this blog anyway, change and improve it, even edit some of the older post to better SEO them and target the focus of the blog more.

Plenty of things I have done a shit job of on here, and plenty of things I have done right, so, it's now sorting out the crap and getting rid of it, then improve and do more of what I got right ... it really is no more no less than that. How we learn.

I am writing this for me from now on... that's not dissing you the reader, I just have the experience and stats that tell me what I need to know and what I need to do.

Right now ... blogger with this blog is getting on my nerves, and WP is looking more and more appealing!

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Bloggers major overhaul and this blog

Change, something you may see here on this blog aver the next few weeks, not sure what the changes will be in detail yet but you will notice them as they happen so you won't miss it.

Feeling a little more positive about where I am going with this blog, mainly due to spending the last few days really analysing things, drilling down as deep as I could to find the answers I needed, I also think part of it is down to some changes I think blogger will roll out soon and I say this due to "talking" on twitter with one the blogger team which was interesting.

In the past blogger has been a bit of a let down in regards to user service and feedback etc. Getting an answer from google support as you know can be like pulling teeth at times. So you can imagine my surprise at the time on twitter.

They started a group asking for suggestions from  users, they ranged from having some of the benefits you get wit wardress, right up to improving the dashboard itself and integrating more of googles other apps and services.

Some great ideas added and I voted on many of them as I do think blogger needs to keep improving overall. It lost a huge market share to wordpress then improved some with the newer layout style dashboard but could have done more.

Looks like they may well do more now, providing they take users ideas on board and implement the more liked and useful, beneficial ones mentioned. One area alot of people suggested is templates, to be fair most people don't have a clue this very blog is using blogger, what with the most commonly asked theme I have being the most requested one, a 3 column layout. I had to use template and alter it myself, making it unique. :o)

The fact there are millions of blogger blogs and blogger itself only provides something like 40 templates is pretty lame. Even them some are just the same but using other colours. Not much choice for such a widely used platform.

I am tempted to make big changes, but I will at least wait until blogger act on the idea and roll them out, see what improves overall as I can always use one of my other blogspot blogs to play about, assess it.

To be honest I think this could be a great move and the user experience as well as the blog readers experience will be bettered if done right. Blogger has the potential to take wordpress benefits and adapt them and add them to the benefits of blogger which wordpress doesn't get, overall even people leaving wordpress to use blogger again. Blogger is part of google and as such has the benefit of all google, its apps etc.

Could it be a major move by blogger?

Who knows?

What's your take on it?

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Social sites and me... as a blogger?

You may have noticed as a few others have, that I have changed a couple of things here on the blog, one was removing the one or two widgets that slowed the loading of the whole blog down, seems to have worked. Kudos for those at friendfeed for helping me with opinions and tips.

Another is to add my email address to the left sidebar, which a few had noticed and emailed me...one was some spammer but that's ok, it's the main reason the email is not a direct link to open your email program, at least that spammer wasn't a harvester. It's the fastest way to contact me but spam me and you get deleted.

Glad to see some readers liked the last post, one emailed me and asked... What does all this social stuff mean for a blogger?

Good question, given that some thought, after all singing and dancing multimedia social sites are where the Internet is heading, some go as far to say it's turning into one giant chat room, in a way that's true, we are all getting connected better in real time.

Blogs were in fact the start of this social media change way back when, long before any of these sites like facebook etc, they were something different to the old static websites, sale pages, etc.

For me, the reason I will continue blogging is because I OWN this and the content, you can't ban me writing here and I enjoy blogging anyway. :o)

There are people who only use sites they have no control over, they write way more than they think all in comments and snippets etc, sharing pictures, even as far to say the only online album they have is stuck on facebook.

It's a fair point to say, "well I don't write stuff" like you or other bloggers, only little comments etc so does it matter?

I'll bet if you look at the conversations you have with others, they centre around topics, niches, etc...adding them bits of conversation together you would have a blog post or two. ;o)

I now look at blogs as a means of also being able expand on things from elsewhere.

After all...

What if you lost that facebook account? Or any other account you have?

I know what that feels like after losing over 5000 post on a forum with ONE click from someone else with a gripe.

But aren't blogs old hat, if they were at the start of all this?

I could just as easy ask...Are books old hat?

In my opinion, no, I don't think blogs will ever go anywhere, much like books, it's mainly the content you read not the platform it comes in. Not everyone is going to write a book, the same as not everyone will have a successful blog, but everyone CAN have a blog and try it!

There are really only two types of blog...niche topic blogs and generic blogs.

They are still evolving overall although I gotta say some of the blogs I did like that are popular are getting boring, they have changed so much from what they started out as. Problogger for one example, I remember that starting out, now it's completely lost my readership, repetitive stuff, I don't blame Darren, it's the nature of the game.

There are other bloggers writing the same things they wrote about two years ago, even on another blog...nothing new under the sun. That right there is a problem with "niche" blogs. I feel generic blogs will stand a better chance for the average person to do.

There are blogs out there you would never think of as blogs.

They both have their benefits and shortcomings, it really depends on the aim of the blog and the readers you want to target.

It's why I recently asked my readers on here what I should blog about more. I took it on board but the readership stats tell me different things. ;o)

Now though the whole ball game has changed with social sites which gives bloggers a benefit in more ways than people give credit for and also gives you a better chance of actually succeeding with it, should you try blogging.

Blogging and getting readers and keeping it going comes down to alot of different things and looking back you HAD to promote your blog and and it was hard work when starting out, seeing 3 readers on one day, 1 the next just deflates you and does make you think, "why do I bother?".

You had to go to forums and such, it was always subtle, couldn't step on toes etc, had to create a good post, hoping others would even notice your sig link.You commented on similar blogs hoping some would visit your link, you hoped someone would blog about your blog, etc. You write an article or two to stick in the article directories with your link box, hoping others would use your content AND link box and then hope traffic came...whenever, IF ever, it was work.

You had to try and understand and apply whatever SEO knowledge you had to please the SEngine's because that is the main source of hands free traffic.You watch the traffic stats and were always waiting for something to happen, over time it is demoralising.....SE traffic was and in some cases still is king. Getting it then was hard work and way above the average blogger.

Now though, you can leverage social sites to get readers almost immediately, instant eyeballs. That is the difference. And there is no easier way to kickstart a new blogs traffic than using a social site. I would say to ANYONE staring a blog, that is your first port of call for traffic kickstarting.

Now the SE traffic cannot ignore the social influence, it's all linked so it has to help overall. With social sites all it takes is ONE influential person to "like" your post and maybe comment on it, or share it, for it to spread massively and in many cases overload your servers bringing your blog down...

(not with a blogspot blog, should you want to try blogging, google host it)

Should that one person like you post, you get tons of traffic, how can google or msn or yahoo ignore that? They can't.

Social traffic feeds SE's and vice versa.

For me the social sites are a huge benefit not only because I interact in them and I do love that aspect, or the fact I get readers from them, but in the quality of readership I am now getting. The readers stay on my blog longer now than ever before and I don't think it's due to just these few long post I have done.

I feel it's because social sites have changed peoples attention span in a few different ways.
The old way was boring, looking at static sites etc, your attention was fixed for the time you were on there, like reading a forum post or a sales page, or similar.

Now with the more real time sharing process it is morphing our attention process into RSS style attention process, we tend to scan more, we tend to have no fixed expectation of what we will see, choose to read, look at etc.

Therefore more diverse topics catch our eye. Generic things. ;o)

We "snack" on various different things throughout our socialising experience.

The more we socialise the more we socialise with the people, rather than what they do, write, share. It's human nature.

Proof of that is two people can post the same thing at the same time and get vastly different results. Because of them not their actions.
Therefor it stands to reason we start to read people's stuff whatever they write, rather than reading it for the topic itself.

We are diverse, not stuck into one "topic" of thought, or being.

So for me I know what I will be blogging about and will continue to use social sites as they are full of diverse people with a broad range of interest, rather than one theme/topic.

Quality of traffic is more important then just traffic count alone.
The social sites give you a different type of traffic than anywhere else.
Should you want to start blogging then utilise social sites.

The old days you had to go everywhere you need to go to promote your blog, now you can ping ONE place and get your post out to lots of places.

Your post can be expanded on in these social sites too, a conversation grows around it.

What do social sites mean for you as a blogger?

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"Social networking mastered"

Exciting times for you bloggers who actively use social networking, but only if you understand it and use it the right way.

Web 2.0 was what I had been eagerly waiting for, being deaf you can probably understand why. ;o)

Being a blogger meant it never passed me by, as blogging was part of interactivity (web.2.0) before the phrase web 2.0 was even coined, yet now it is making a big difference to my blogs, as well as me. ;o)

Believe it or not there are still lots of people who don't know what web 2.0 even means, or have yet to even hear of it.
Web 2.0 = better interactivity. ;o)

Using web 2.0 (social sites, etc) is the best thing you can possibly start doing if you are a blogger or website owner, after all you are already a part of it. ;o)

In my eyes the best way to get traffic to your blog, more so if it's a new blog is using the power of social networking, bookmarking sites etc.

Maximise what you have before getting more traffic and you get to make the most of the new traffic too, yes?
That's what I have been doing, and it works for me well, so now I started to think of ways to increase my traffic.

So I had a great surprise when I grabbed this new report, book, pdf, whatever label you give it and this book just reinforced the fact what I am already doing is the right things in the right way, but I can still do better... ;o)

While I already knew a fair bit of what this shares, (being a blogger almost 4 years made sure of that), it gave me new angles to look at what I already do and plan to do.

These new angles I can promise you will make a big difference to what I had planned anyway...great to see your own plans and ideas from another angle...it expands it. ;o)

While some people will look at things from a "will this make me more money" angle, the key to everything online is traffic, and more traffic can mean more money, right? ;o)

To me the traffic increase is what most people need, even if no intention to monetise that traffic is there, people still want more readers, right?

Of course, so I recommend everyone grab this report, read it and master it. ;o)

The biggest thing I can say is I KNOW it works because I have had success with it and I KNOW web.2.0 is what you should learn more about, even if you have no blog yet.
You are online, you use web 2.0!

Grab it, share your thoughts in the comments. ;o)


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"200th post a few interesting blogs"

Well the 200th post on this blog has arrived!

I really had no idea what to do on this post for a while, it's just another post after the 199th really. :o)
Well I had an idea to offer a one way link from this post and I am glad to say some took the offer up...and a bargain they got it for too.

Never one to settle for just doing that I thought I would make it better by way of linking to this very post every so often like when I want to mention blogs to the readers later down the line.

So not only a one way link but a regular dose of exposure too. ;o)

As I plan to do that anyway I wanted to add an extra benefit to everyone.

I will leave this offer open BUT not at that bargain price!

If you would like me to update this post and add your blogs one way link I will for a still great price of a beer...interested?
Well click the beer icon below and pay $5 or £3.

This gets you a one way link AND the short blurb about you or your blog.
Each new link and blurb will be added below the ones already here.

Onto some interesting blogs worth reading. ;o)

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Ritu, a blogger who searches the net for cool applications, software and more.
If you are a mac user you may find you want to keep an eye on this blog and I know you mac users are a passionate bunch.

Check out... worknplay.

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American Ex-Pat Lynda Lippin teaches Pilates and Reiki in the beautiful
Turks and Caicos Islands. Lynda blogs about everything - pilates,
reiki, weight loss, health, living on a small island, judaism, and life
in general.

Check out... Pilates and Reiki In Paradise Blog

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As a parent myself I feel this is a good starting point to keeping up with some things that we parents have concerns with.

Stacey writes about child safety, missing children, items of family interest, like back to school safety - lately she has done a lot about the recent toy recalls.

Stacey's site is Parent traps which you can check out for tips, help and general ideas.

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Janece, a 37 year old mom who is an artist, photographer, environmentalist, food and alternative health researcher and hobbyist shares her lifes moments on her blog which can be seen at no ordinary moment.
A few nice pictures on this blog too.

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Diane who lives not far from myself has a great blog sharing some great skills in the bookmaking dept!
Great close up pictures showing these lovely books, but the blog is more than that.
I personally love the pics on the blog, check it out and have a good look for the "local area" pictures. You will enjoy them.
Dianes blog is called Much of a muchness.

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"A goal reached...I think"

Should have done enough on stay online now, while not certain, it's timing and everything as you know.

Anyway, taking a look at things as they have happened and looking at the plans I had made to follow up on, I thought about things I have learned from it all.

What can I take forward with me and what can I lose in order to streamline?

Well I can't share all that obviously but what I do know is certain thing have opened my eyes, you learn alot when you have your back against the wall in any degree.
But I also learn of new opportunities I hadn't seen...

Missing the woods from the trees springs to mind here. ;o)

Interesting to realise I can improve this blog and the focus of it without ruining it in any way. :o)
The blog shouldn't and isn't the centre of things...
I can make it the centre of what I want it to be though. :o)

As for other things I now have an idea or two to capitalise on...see where it goes. ;o)

One bit of advice I can pass on that has got me thinking is the sheer activity in the web.2.0 side of things, social networks etc.

It works, and if you have a newish blog or need to widen your reach then you should become active within web 2.0 networking style sites.
Like bloglog, blogcatalogue and seen in the sidebar... ;o)

Nice people with great blogs, go look at them.

Take an active role with stumbleupon, it works well and return the favour on other blogs you like, add friends etc.

Be active and others are active.

Get involved with discussions etc, use forums.

One thing some may have noticed on blogcatalogue, alot will have missed it but one thing I have done is to change the "top neighbourhoods" say once a week, give everyone a chance for a bit of exposure. ;o)

Members rush to check my profile.... ;o)

It works...look at the "home" page and refresh, as peoples faces change in the widget it makes a difference to the "welcome feel" to it.
Neighbourhood owners will appreciate what I did.

Communicate, be active, touch people and it's returned. :o)

Any thoughts?




P.s I hope I get the connection sorted in time... :o)

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"Sort your act out blogger"

Sad that Google has treated us old time bloggers who use the old blogger format instead of beta like second class bloggers.

I have posted three post and none have published!

SORT ya shit out blogger!

You did a sly and I think disrespectful thing when you set up blogger beta...making it better for people who use it, so trying to get more people to use it with own domains...well I don't want to use beta on my domain that way.

Alot of others don't either and yet I was one of the beta bloggers in the first place.

What a kick in the teeth.

Blogger wonder why most people prefer WP?

Sort it out Google!

I am tempted to move everything over to WP if I can get it sorted out.

You have mucked us about too long.

Any opinions?

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"Do women make better bloggers?"

My eldest is here...in bed now so I have another chance to post, albeit a quick one. ;o)

Been an interesting few days and partly due to a good friend sharing a book of great interest to me and one every man should read....and possibly the ladies for that matter. ;o)
(anyone wants to know what book just ask in comments)

What really got me thinking though was how I could see what the book tells of in life, real life and online too.

So... I ask you...Do women make better bloggers?

I believe they do and the reason is fairly simple, women connect better than us men, to themselves and each other and also to us fellas.
Women are more likely to write openly and that means other people can relate and connect to the meaning clearer and better, deeper.

It's no coincidence that the post(s) I have written from the heart on this blog have had the better responses and more comments, in fact a few have sparked donations via the "beer" icon below the post(s). Always welcome they are! :o)

When you do write from the heart it is open, raw and meaningful...no matter what it's about.

We are emotional beings...not robots! :o)

Inject some heartfelt writing in your blog and give people a better connection to you and your world.
After all blogs were and are still in some way online diaries, personal musings of the blogger.
A way to share your story.

I believe women share better than men do so make better bloggers!

What about you?
Whats your opinion?

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"How to promote a blog"

Great work...you are blogging now you need to get "eyeballs" on your blog and in your mind...
"the sooner the better!". ;o)

First...in a way I am sorry to keep you waiting...I say in a way because it's the school holidays and my youngest in bed in the other room...had i have had a great two days with him, still tomorrow to go till tea time so it's all great!...but I am not sorry too much...my boys come first. ;o)
Eldest here on Monday for a few days... ;o)

So, while I have a chance it's time to help you along with your blog promoting!
Getting the all important readers.

Simple quick methods are...

While you researched your topic or niche, expertise...you looked at blogs and sites, one of the fastest ways to start utilising that research in an extra way is to comment on the popular ones you liked and comment to the BEST of your ability in the sense of content, add to the "conversation" or topic or ask a great question to provoke a great response as your comment will most likely have a link back to your blog. ;o)

Do NOT spam blogS, emphasis on S because if you comment on 1 with good content, it's NEVER considered spamming, on the other hand... 5 different blogs with the same thing looks bad, if each blog has a different comment then you are ADDING great content and most likely all will be almost completely different comments (angles, questions etc) so it looks good overall.

Add your blog link in ALL your outgoing emails to friends, colleagues etc,
Simple to set up in your email and as it "auto adds" to each emails it's a once set up and forget effort.

Use Google to find good forums on your topic, niche, simply type into Google...

forums : topic or keyword

Join and use the popular forums you like with your link in the signature file wherever you are allowed to BUT ADD great content to the forum, help others and answer questions etc.
People WILL click your sig link but make your sig "blurb" as catchy to the eye as possible without offending etc.

You want people noticing it...

Maybe...If it was a "cake recipe forum" have...

Like Old English cakes?
20 recipes book free!
Visit "blog name" and get yours now.

As an example... BUT, people LIKE free! ;o)

Get them subscribing to your blog or newsletter, ezine, if you have one...if this is new to you, just ask. ;o)

Join community sites...web 2.0 remember... ;o)

Interact with others in your niche and build friendships etc.
Look at the "widgets" on the sidebar of this blog with pics, "my bloglog" blog catalogue" etc and join these sites and add your blog to it as well as create a profile.

A tip... BRANDING is something worth always keeping in mind.

You can use the same pics or avatars as they are known across all these sites which most do and this really does help brand you.

If you are unsure of putting a pic of you up use a related one or have a UNIQUE one created.
A unique one is what I recommend.

I have the pic of me on here and the same one is used everywhere else if I can...people will notice me and remember me. ;o)

But I also know some people are simply not happy posting a pic of themselves up...so another way is to get a pic "treated"...same but different... ;o)

Like...


Who the heck is that!!! ;o)

If you prefer this idea head over to Nathan who did a great job on this for me, snow him under with work and mention me, say I deserve a beer for that,... ;o)

He will do a great job for you...I KNOW that. ;o)

Having a unique picture or avatar will go a long way in branding your blog and shouldn't be underestimated.

Why web 2.0 though?

Widgets...pictures...profile pages...

Here's a truth, everyone likes to see their pic, avatar on other peoples blogs...admit it you bloggers... you do, we all do and another thing is we like to see other people on our blogs too!

Interactivity, did I mention that?... :o)

You may want to use facebook, myspace, whatever to spread your word, the key is to show some interest, read other blogs sites get to know people and people will get to know you.

Funnily enough, because I am deaf in one sense its easier to "get to know someone" online than offline although people offline will tell you I do communicate pretty "normal", but online there are NO barriers! . . . Nice!! :o)

You can do it...easy, I got faith in ya!

What else can we do to get you cracking and that ball rolling along?

Write a great article with a great sig link (the whole point of article writing) at the bottom and let others use it.
This is done with ezine article databases where 1000'2 of them are there for anyone to use.
The more that use yours the more one ways you have and it does work well.

For some it may be a bit confusing...if so, its simple and it is done best by writing a great 400 to 500 word article relating to your blog topic, (use a few keywords in the article too) which has a sig link at the bottom (sig must be included by others using article), a bit like the forum one you would use, you create great content that's ALMOST enough...but leading to more on your blog via the sig link. ;o)

Submit your article to the top ezine article directories in the related topic categories.
Ask in comments if wanting to know more.. ;o)

Utilise smaller channels to gain exposure to the bigger ones.

Lets take real fame for example...the first paper you want to get into is the local one, then hope it gets picked up by a national one. ;o) Make sense...?

Blogs can be the same way.

Give great content to your readers and they may share it with others by way of a link to you or blogging about your blog and you never know "who" is reading that blog where YOU are the content.

This can work well in several ways, your great content has provided someone else with great content to utilise and ADD to in their own blog as well as possibly sparking other smaller bloggers entering the same conversation on their own blogs.

But also you may have sparked a "fan" who is a blogger considered "above" the bloggers who blogged about you and you will made yourself noticed.

It could be a long while before it happens if it does but it could explode your traffic....overnight!

Think outside the box for your niche, stand out with something.

Lets say you are doing Old English cakes, as I has done here through this, you could find ONE cake which uses what is NOW a "superfood".

Create a great article on this specific cake and hows it's used this superfood for "whatevertime" without mentioning the actual cake in the content, and a teaser in the sig which lead to the blog post with THAT cake recipe on it.

So your actual article is about the superfood...not the cake. ;o)

Angle...it's about your angle, think about them in your niche topic and you can come up with some diverse angles to write about while still being "on topic".

BUT the quickest way to get a reader...

Post a comment here now and you will automatically have a link back to your profile where we can find your blog.

Any comments?? ;o)


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"Creating the blog"

A big welcome to all new readers, great to have you pop by.

Following on from the last post I did, where I am just posting in the hope it helps some readers to start blogging, but for some of you new readers, I don't need to advise on starting...oh no some of you have some great blogs going and I will read more... ;o)

But you are very welcome to comment and add to anything. :o)

So... cracking on, now for those who did what was mentioned in the last post will have had some fun or possible frustration.
Either camp's good.. ;o) ...Means you are learning and that curve is already shorter.

So, what now?

First a couple of home truths...what the "big guys" don't tell you in the "ebooks" you see.

1, It's NOT easy, simple yes, not easy but very worth doing.

Anything is simple IF you follow a step by step plan of action and DO.
Nothing really complicated is even needed to take a BIG stride and keep that ball rolling.
Put it this way, it's alot harder to "give up" once you DO have a blog up with a few post and you see it!

The first hurdle...starting is the easiest time to give up!

2, NO ONE will read you blog for a while and it will frustrate you...for as long as you let it!

"Build it and they come" is the myth of which the dream chasers hope for when they buy the "next big thing ebook".
No one will even KNOW about your blog unless you actually DO something to share it...you HAVE to market it in some sense.
To some that's a dirty thing, snake oil sellers... "Internet marketing"...is simply promoting whatever on the web... a blog for instance?

But simply telling your online friends about your blog in IS in a sense "Internet marketing"!
So YES you will have to learn how some things work.

But don't let them discourage you. :o)

Because there is just an easier way now and that is because the web is now how it should be.

Let me explain...

Web 2.0 is simply to me a term for the "more interactive websites and systems"

The more interactive YOU are, the more you benefit...it's PEOPLE not websites... ;o)

But I am slightly ahead of myself here... I'll end that slight diversion on this... you have had by now had a good look around at blogs etc to research your "topic" as in the last post... so you were interactive with them, you were "traffic" ;o) See..you will get the "traffic" aka "people"

But they are PEOPLE first, traffic second yet inseparable.

So start with people in mind and continue with people in mind.

On with the post... ;o)

Before naming your blog you should give some thoughts to keywords or even using branded style if you have in some way a brand of sorts to use...name etc.

Your content will use whatever keywords suit your "topic" etc so a keyword is not essential in the blog name...in my opinion.

But it won't hurt... ;o)

Creating the blog, using blogger from your google account with the by now researched ideas on whatever your topic with bookmarkd sites and blogs to get inspiration from.

You want to use inspiration from what caught your eye, but keep it simple enough to keep on top of and build as you go. I used minima templates as my first one and learnt alot about the code behind html etc...with the new blogger layouts you don't need to know it, just choose wisely. ;o)

Now you should take heed of this... you want to ignore the fact people may not read your blog alot for a while as it will do after a while.
The most important thing is to simply get cracking so now create a post...300 words maybe to get you going if more happens, great.

Don't stare at the blank screen... heres what i want you do to help you out there, whatever the topic...

Imagine I am sitting there with you and you are telling me about your "topic"...

Look at my pic... then sit and write... imagine it.. "hey Rob, I got all these tips on how to maintain a harley davidson"

Me : Oh yeah.. tell me a bout it.. write a list of ten.. ;o)

"Rob... I got these great recipes to share"...

Me:... Great, are they cakes, main meals etc? What Origin...

Oh, just some old english recipes passed down... "

Me: I'll read and use them.... ;o)

Write...write more, don't edit just write write, this creative writing comes flowing from you and the edit mode is later! ;o)

When you run out things to say... (IF you do!), click SAVE NOW get up and go put the kettle on or coffee pot and take a break from it... ;o)
Pat yourself on the back too...not while sipping ya drink though! Doh! :x)

Now you go back and READ your words... dont edit.. just read... make sense of it.
DO NOT put yourself down for any of it.

You just want to capture what "I" would read... ;o) Unedited.

Now you can alter spelling stuff only!

I get amazed at I need to edit less and less as I blog nowadays.. it flows fluidly at times.
Practice makes a massive difference...repetition is a great learning process.

What you will have will most likely surprise you, maybe 440 words... maybe 600... ;o)

More... doing better than most.

Tidy it up some, slightly reword a few things you feel needs doing and PUBLISH !!

That's IT... you have started and you are now a blogger! Ok.. calm down!.. ;o)

Now this is important... try to post at least 3 post a week, more if possible daily being better!

The first week you may only get a few visitors, but now you have a blog up with 3 or more post and it's a ball rolling.

Next, some ideas on pushing that ball better. ;o)

If you like this and it helps... great, up to you what you do NEXT, stumble this, digg it, share with someone, subscribe to my email updates or feed, comment to it, or even buy me a beer! ;o)

After all you are a person...people first traffic second so I leave THAT choice up to you.. :o)

Remember to write it with me in mind, and then come tell me and I WILL read it... ;o)

Off to check stats LOL.. ;o)

Edit to add...on the sidebar here is a report on writing articles which would be a great help if you really stuggle and not only that it could be your FIRST income maker on YOUR new blog! :o)


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"How to create a successful blog"

I am annoyed, I have been at this blogging lark a few years now, almost 4!

I won't say I am an expert, I know what I know though, and it's got me this far. ;o)

BUT I could have done so many things so much better and now I would have a much better situation for it.
It's never to late to change things and that's a wonderful thing about blogs...you can change and update things.

What if I had done it all the right way right off the bat though!?

I would be earning a full time living from blogging I reckon. ;o)

There are some things I have missed, you may ask how I know now what it is I missed.
I just read something that really opened my eyes and it cost me BUGGER all! ;o)

Bargain...and priceless learning for me.

The funny thing is I have blogged almost twice as long as the author...damn I need to pay more attention! :o)

That's not to say I should know more, just that you never know who you will learn things from.

If only I had the blueprint when I started blogging!

Grab it free and read it whether you are new or seasoned at blogging, even better if you have yet to start.
Imagine you implemented all this into your blogs from day 1?

At least I know every new blog I do will have a better chance of success.
Also you may see big and small changes around here. ;o)

For me this fantastic book joined alot of the dots as well as highlighted the small things that would have better influenced the bigger things.

I will be taking more notice of page 13, which will of course set the tone for the rest of the blog!

I also will capitalise more on page 25, which I do already but underestimated it a fair bit. ;o)

If I had done chapter 25 better, then I would be feeling the real effects of pages 26, 27...which would mean 28 would have been explosive!

Grab it read it, and make sure you are NOT on page 48!
Utilise this fantastic blueprint.

I am glad I read this and would go as far as saying this IS the best free resource on blogging you will find.

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"Calicanis the hypocrite"

Calacanis the hypocrite!

Saying it doesn't matter then adding himself to it...lol!

Plonker!

Good for a laugh!

Take care,

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"Link love"

Lets talk about linking and why it's the basis of the "global conversation" which is the net, blogging is a big part of that global conversation.

Link love is the act of linking out to something you like, something you want to share. Smart linking can explode your traffic as well as give your readers something extra.


Tagging is what I call a form of link love, you will only tag to those you feel your readers will appreciate, people who you like and respect.

I recently tagged Michel Fortin with the "5 things tag" that went around the blogosphere, this did boost my traffic quite a bit.

See what I did there?
There is another benefit to linking, internal linking which is linking to an older post on your own blog. Why does this benefit me? Not only does it lead you the reader back to an older post it will also be picked up by the search engines.

It was also an anchor text link, I used the keywords instead of "click here" which is a very important part of gaining page rank due to relevance, no one searches for "click here", they will search for "5 things" tag which will show all the blogs who were a part of the "5 things" tag.

Anchor text links will always be an important part of your linking strategy and you should utilise it, whether it's a link to an older post or to another blog.

"Link bait" is not a term I really like but it is a part of linking. Some people do this in various different ways but do it for ONE reason, to get others linking to them, or at least talking about them.

People will check links to them and see the bait, it will work or it wont, depending on the reaction of the person baited.

For an example I could "bait" with something controversial like saying "Brian Clark LOVES link baiting"... :o)

How will he know I did that? By checking his stats he will see you go to HIS site via the link bait link as I just did and possibly come here, read this and SCOWL at me on his blog! Who knows what he will do, most likely NOTHING but laugh at me!

As I say it's just an example of how people do this, some do it very well.

Linking should be a big part of your blogging, after all it's a conversation, conversation's that are one way are pretty boring wouldn't you agree?

Linking is spreading the word about other people.

Linking is adding to your content, it can even be viral which is good marketing.

Gonna link to this post? ;o)

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"Making money online" Pt 2

**Continued from last post.

I asked if you recognised it...if you're involved in IM (Internet marketing), then you may well guess the "dream sellers" would have sold them the basic info I gave in the last post, with some filler fluff!

Shame on them...they got easy money, yet in this scenario, the "Harley nut" would feel let down, not knowing the "how to do" part.
There is nothing they can get from it, apart from the buzz of wanting to act on it...yep, been sold the sizzle!

Then he most likely will think less of the seller, feel ripped off!

Shame...short term profits for the seller AND a bad rep.

NOT the way you want to go.

This is exactly what is going on out there.
There is hardly anything that also shows you the "how".

Not to mention the fact the sellers of the dreams couldn't give a toss about you, they already have your money!

In this scenario what would I have done?

Well the first thing would be to grab this for the scripts, you will need them later.

I would have given them a plan of action to add to it, one they can do or learn to do.

In this case, create or edit a video just to show you ten tips on basic Harley maintenance.

"Ten tips to maintain your Harley and save service fees!"

Something like that, told him to stick it on eBay, as a limited to X amount box set of videos, relevant auction, ie Harley Davidson must be in the title, then post in the right section.

This way it's "fast boost cash" to carry on with the plan.

While the eBay auction is going, tell them to set up a simple blog at blogger.com, where you post pictures, write a bit about the pictures, post every other day at least once for the first few weeks, have the link to your blog on your eBay home page, have the blog called something related, like...

Home-built-Harley-Davidson.blogspot.com

It's clear what it's about.

Should have sold the videos and have cash coming to keep on building.

Now add other videos to blog and start building your Harley network.

The blog is up, it's simple enough for them to carry on with, post videos to it via youtube or myspace, posting a funny or viral video will help by spreading fast.

Set up a myspace page related to Harley's.

All the while there is a link back to your blog.

The first few weeks should be interesting enough to them to keep the work effort up, if you have a passion, like this person with the Harley's, it's not work...it's fun and more learning.

They should be getting a few keen hungry visitors, "fans" so to speak, "Harley fans" to be precise, a targeted market.

The next advice I would offer them is to visit Harley forums, read up on threads, see what problems and issues they talk about, you may have answers in either your head, or on a video.
Get involved in a subtle yet informative and helpful way.
Use a sig link if you are allowed pointing back to your blog.

Build relationships, you have something in common with them all.

All the plan is now is to set up "funnels" for the traffic you get and maximise it.

Next would be to set up a keyword related squidoo lens, probably the easiest site builder out there, have your blog feed linked to it, or just a normal link if feeds baffle you.

Write up a few good articles and post a few good pictures.

These should be good to keep you busy, update them often keep on reading the forums, you can resell more videos on eBay to keep cash flow coming in.

After the confidence grows and you know you will keep on keeping on...

Next would be to get a domain and hosting, domain should have related keywords, ie... Self-built-harleys.com for example.

Time to set up a site to sell you videos and other related things, ie affiliate products from Harley companies etc.

Should you know little about building a site, set it up using a template, or even using blogger or similar blogging software.

By now a month will have gone by, and you will have a few funnels of traffic set up, start getting some reasonable traffic from these as well as regular readers coming back.

You will also have started building solid relationships with "like minded people".

THAT is taking action, that is doable, that brings results.

Not so hard really, just take it one step at a time, yet start off with what's EASY.

Doing what you know and have passion for is EASY, setting up a blog is EASY.

Once you have started it will get easier and grow faster.

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Less of the bollox please..

In keeping with sticking to my true self I am gonna have to start telling you what I really think, what you need to hear rather than what you want to hear, you can buy that at most hype pages if you want it.

Enough is enough, it is crazy yet you know what it is also very interesting, it wont stop!

I had enough of the crap, all sides of it and I don't believe I am the only one.

Yet the mass of contradictions, multilevel ones, ones you miss, or don't yet know about, leave a giggle inside of me, each time I notice it!

So I will share this shit with you...wise up, I am kicking myself in ways and now I maybe you will kick yourself too.

All the bashing crap, from both sides is a little bemusing, I could care less really anymore, other than seeing it for what it is, a mass of crazy contradictions.

I am not JUST talking of bashing people etc in forums, I am also talking about:

"labelled (read guru or whatever you wish) ebook sellers selling the sizzle" and... newbies saying "They sell this crap and It didn't make me rich" crap too.

It's one big joke honestly...

Those sellers sell sizzle because the buyers buy it!

Simple really...is it not?

When does the steak come in?

You didn't order one!!

Did you?

I am in no means one of the people "raking it in", not by ANY stretch, but having been into this IM circle a while, one thing as mentioned above has not changed.

Anyway...Its all bollox whatever way you look at it.

Where was I?

Ah... I don't sell sizzle...so maybe I am making a mistake?

Not really...I don't WANT to try and sell sizzle.

I would rather have gravy... ;o)

Without the sizzle and steak the gravy is pretty useless!

YOU provide them...not you BUY them.

Get it straight...the sizzle is the dream...YOUR dream, NO-one can sell that to you.

Your steak is your work and your recipe is your efforts...NO-one can sell that to you.

The gravy...you can get tubs of it from any shop... ;o) cheap too.

Gravy is the income! The reality.

Start looking at things objectively, a mechanic has a dream as a kid, teen, to fix cars, change them , "pimp them up" as they say, the sizzle is the same theme, yet different pictures to each of them.

Unique in each one.

The tools to do it are the same, spanners etc, the shops sell the tools, the teachers at the college and your trainer at the garage are your
Steak chefs and recipe providers.

The gravy is your talent, your knowledge.

The reality is, most of the mechanics end up stuck in a 9 to 5 garage job doing basic car fixing, after doing the training, never really moving from there, possibly never "pimping a car for money", rather as a side hobby, which COST them.

Those who really get the quality gravy are those who DO get out of the 9 to 5 and "specialise", they get to gravy the choose, get to pimp cars for money, the work selling itself.
NOT selling your time at a low rate...ie 9 to 5!

That reminds me, those that sell "how to make money selling "how to make money" ebooks" are in a sense another contradiction, they say, "get into a niche, make money doing that" but sell you a book on making money online in a niche?

They say don't get into "selling books on making money selling books"... why not?, it looks like it pays!
See that contradiction there, then you realise allot of these people selling these DO use niches... hmmm.

Whatever way you want to look at it, there is hard work involved.

If you are new to this the best advice I could give you is to start taking action, whatever action you choose, just DO it.

If you are that stuck, heres an idea to get you really going, action will inspire you.

It is NOT hard at all.

Grab this..book, now be honest with yourself and find a topic you know about, see if there is money in that niche, see what YOU can find if you are new, that gives you an idea of what others will find if they are newish.

Now write some good solid articles using that books methods, use the now well known free BUM matketing method.

Now grab a Blogger account, and this free seo book, READ that, it will give you the plan to follow.

Post at least ONE article every three days to the blog, and one to the article directory of choice.
Link them as told in the book.

Set up a squidoo lens on your topic too, add rss feed from your blog to it.

$7 bucks that all cost you!

Now DO IT. Create YOUR content, it will pay in time.

Get going, see what happens, track you stuff, improve as you go.
Do it for a month.

You will be glad you did.
You will have done something.

Now set up a seperate blog on blogger for YOU, write all your thoughts etc there, keep yourself on track etc, ideas, results.
Use it for what it is, a diary of sorts, even make it private.

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Double legacy

This Internet lark is a funny old thing, so to speak.

I was in two minds on how to write this post, after all it's gotta make bloody sense, yet I want to write something in the way I can explain it, it's part of me, my style, my stamp, footprint, it's unique.

The Internet is a massive jigsaw of all these "thoughts and personal ways, styles" you know, does that make sense? ;o)

But more important it's YOURS, your "long in the future to come family" will see something powerful and meaningful, a part of your life and past.
Something YOU left behind, something that could be significant to them in their time.

Make no mistake almost everything online will be kept...somewhere, google etc will nearly always have it somewhere, the governments will too.
It stands to reason.

THAT is YOUR digital legacy.

This blog is part of mine. ;o)

So...a double legacy we leave in life, the real and the virtual.

Anyway...

It's interesting thinking of what you write online like that.

Best up the ante eh... :o)

I was thinking about this recently and how SO many of you, readers and my friends are making a BIG mistake, if you use it that is. (if not, why not... ;o))

I am talking about something that has got huge, and yet there is something being "lost" along the line, sadly you may even be doing this, I was until I realised.
It's going to hurt some of the great writers there when they realise, or read this etc.

It's OURspace... ok myspace.com.
It's not really your space, yet it is in a massive way...

Let me explain, the people who I know for real, my actual mates offline who use myspace, they ARE as they seem on there, its genuine, real, not fake like all the crap some marketers are using! Real... A MASSIVE part of them in digital, they shine through as the people they really are.

Mine IS real, I am using it how it SHOULD be used, what it was created for....yet it could still get deleted, poof, gone, lost for good.

So could anyone's, yours, a friends, whatever, so it's not YOUR space, it's theirs, Tom's.
So what...most of you don't give a shite, it's just a web-network for you and your mates, where ya gossip and stuff about where ya got pissed at the weekend etc. ;o)

Yeah I agree...so what.

On the other hand...

I just want to share something of interest, see what you think.

I wanna give you some ideas and maybe make sense of something you could be doing, with no real extra effort... ;o)

Something that you could be thanking me for soon enough, I already made ONE great writer sit up and TAKE NOTICE.

Some of you write some seriously good stuff on your myspace blogs, stuff that others not using myspace should be able to read it too.

But there is more to it than that.
Not only could it all be deleted if one of the myspace team didn't like it.

But you know what?, you are LOSING it ANYWAY!

Yep, those great and I mean bloody great articles, life stories, daily snippets of your life, a part of YOU, you ARE losing it.

I am sad to see it, and I want you to...

STOP doing it!

DO what I write of here, please.

Let me tell you what it was that made me STOP dead in my tracks and think "shit!"
Now I was a little pissed off to be honest.

I was browsing a few blogs some of you do on myspace and stumbled on a great one, read it all, from the bottom up, as it was in order, being part of 4 part series, made more sense to me, to understand that train of thought as they wrote as well as what they wrote.

Well I thought, "I will remember that blog, come back to it and reread it", I kept browsing, did some work myself etc...

Went back a few days later...the bottom post was gone...a new post had been made and pushed the one off the bottom!

A bloody GREAT article, must have been 1200, 1500 words, THAT is a fair bit of work, believe me. Not only that it was number 1 of the series, new visitors would have lost out in a big way.
A shame to lose that, so I told them...now they know, and I guess will be happy, they may read this. ;o)

STOP losing such quality work you obviously put some serious time and thought into.

You can only post so many on the myspace blog, I can see why with all the traffic myspace gets, the cost being pretty large I would think...having all that!

So...what do you do, and does it matter?

Up to you if you do it, whatever you choose, but I would, considering what some of you write, it's great stuff.

So...start using it to your advantage, and share it better and further.

You know, just like what you read here, its a simple blog, start one, and you know what it will take up hardly any of your time...yet will last alot longer and has far more benefits on the bigger picture, than not doing it.

Let me tell you what you should do... continue doing what you are... "eh?" you ask.

Keep blogging away your great stuff on myspace, but before each post, save the one at the bottom, or better yet save as you do them, then simply post one on your blogger blog, like this is.

Then post your new one on your myspace, and the one you lost at the bottom, is on your new blog, have a link in your myspace blog going to your blogger blog for newer readers.
A link to your myspace page on your new blog too.

And it's YOUR content, your work, your legacy. ;o)

Less than 5 min's work that is!

More than that it gives you a real satisfaction that you have it ALL on one site, one that is yours, your real space!

The amazing thing about this Internet lark is all the talent that has come out, people who never thought they could write ARE writing, and very well too.
People are doing things now that one time would take ALOT of work, getting in print for the world to see.

Sharing yourself, all in your words, pictures etc.

All of you can write, and articles on your passions are a great way to share your knowledge with other like minded people.

Don't think for a minute you CANT write...almost ALL of you CAN, and do, very well without realising it sometimes too.

Anyone can write... just as I said in the last post, try it and see what you can do if you have yet to set up a page, myspace or blog. I would read it, if you let me know of it. ;o)

You superb myspace writers, get a bloody blog set up!

Stop LOSING your CONTENT.

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