Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

HTML 101 for bloggers - simple HTML to improve your blog

You don't have to be a computer geek to be able to use some simple HTML to improve your blog by leaps and bounds. Don't be put off by the technical jargon but let me show you some example how you will become a better blogger just by learning minimal HTML and improving on the codes generated while using the
COMPOSE mode.

Update: Please note that Blogger has improved and now if you use the COMPOSE mode, at the bottom of the uploaded picture will be a link to add alt text and title text.

I have already made a post on Anchor text and how to make hyperlink open in new window or tab which has very clear explanation on hyperlinks and how you can easily make them open in new windows and if you have to read that post, you should and it should confirm that you too can easily master the essentials of HTML and how it can help you become a better blogger.

Let us take uploading of a picture as the next example. Many bloggers uses the COMPOSE (VISUAL or WYSIWYG -What You See Is What You Get) mode when uploading which will result in actually being able to see the actual picture in the post editor, but not the codes behind it. Below is an uploaded image:



Using the HTML mode on the other hand will result in a mass of codes which may be incomprehensible to some. However, all you need to do is to concentrate on this little HTML image tag - <img> and ignore the rest for the time being. On changing from COMPOSE mode Compose mode and Edit HTML mode tabs to the EDIT HTML mode will result the display of the picture changing to this bunch of codes (just concentrate on img and the closing bracket /> in red):

<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OJtx2nQ8qB4/UJoup7_n2vI/AAAAAAAAEMg/HBFYXdxFtss/s1600/Compose%2Band%2BEdit%2BHTML%2Bmode%2Btags.jpg" imageanchor="1" style=""><img border="0" height="28" width="136" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OJtx2nQ8qB4/UJoup7_n2vI/AAAAAAAAEMg/HBFYXdxFtss/s200/Compose%2Band%2BEdit%2BHTML%2Bmode%2Btags.jpg" /></a>

Now if for some reason a visitor to your blog is unable to see the picture, what he may see is just an empty box. On the other hand, if you had just added a simple attribute alt="some text" where alt is short for alternate and the text should be descriptive of the picture, the visitor will see that text instead of an empty box so will not be left in puzzlement.

Also, a blind or visually impaired visitor who can't see images but using a screen reader will hear the alt text read out and thus not be left in the dark.

Another advantage of adding the alt attribute is to help search engines understand what the picture is all about and this will improve the SEO (search engine optimization) of your post or blog, will improve SEO and will probably help bring more traffic to your blog via the image search.

So on adding the alt="text descriptive of picture" we will get the audited codes as follows:

<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OJtx2nQ8qB4/UJoup7_n2vI/AAAAAAAAEMg/HBFYXdxFtss/s1600/Compose%2Band%2BEdit%2BHTML%2Bmode%2Btags.jpg" imageanchor="1" style=""><img border="0" height="28" width="136" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OJtx2nQ8qB4/UJoup7_n2vI/AAAAAAAAEMg/HBFYXdxFtss/s200/Compose%2Band%2BEdit%2BHTML%2Bmode%2Btags.jpg" alt="text descriptive of picture" /></a>

So not too difficult after all if one just concentrate on the basic.




Thursday, July 05, 2012

How to change maximum number of posts in Blogger label page

Blogger has set a default maximum 20 blog posts in its label page (category page). This may or may not suit your preference or your purpose in setting up the label page. You may want to decrease it to increase download time. Alternatively, you may want to increase the maximum number of posts to show all posts with the same label (category).

If you want to change this default maximum number of post, you will have to edit the template. First, backup your blog template (Dashboard > Template > Backup (at the top right corner) > Download full template > All files)

Now you got to open the template editor (Dashboard > Template > Edit HTML). Tick [ ] Expand Widget Templates

Now use ctrl+F to help you find the following codes:

expr:href='data:label.url'

Replace the above with the following (I used the number 150 because I want all posts to be displayed in the label page. You may use other numbers in place of 150):

expr:href='data:label.url + "?max-results=150"'

Repeat this for all instances of expr:href='data:label.url' that you can find. I think for the Simple template, there will be 3 instances, so the above will have to be repeated 3 times.

When done, save template and exit.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Blogger cusom permalink (post URL) option

The much requested and eagerly awaited custom permalink (custom post URL) for Blogger (blogspot) has finally arrived. However you need to sign in at the Blogger in Draft (draft.blogger.com) instead of the usual www.blogger.com.

Note: whenever a post is published, Blogger automatically create a permalink of the form
www.myblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/blogger-custom-permalink.com/html
where the blogger-custom-permalink part would have come from the post title (Blogger custom permalink....)

You will have no control on the permalink other than by choosing the words for your post title. There is also a limit to the number of characters in the permalink. Thus, if you have a very long post title, the last few words will be left out of the permalink.

More details at Permalink SEO Individual Post URL Search Engine Optimization

This new feature will be an additional option in the right sidebar of the post editor titled Enclosure Links

Blogger new custom permalink option

You can either leave the default ( . )AUTOMATIC URL ticked in which case it remains status quo and the permalink will be generated automatically for you as before.

I you tick the second option ( . ) Custom URL, you can then type in whatever you wish even if they are not related to the post title, or you can leave out the - or you can create permalink of any number of characters and not be subjected to the limit Blogger imposes on the automatic permalink generation.






Friday, June 29, 2012

15 Alternatives to Google AdSense

15 ALTERNATIVE AD NETWORKS TO GOOGLE ADSENSE

1. AdBrite
2. Bidvertiser
3. Chitika
4. Infolinks
5. Intellilinks
6. Pocket Cents
7. Kontera
8. Clicksor
9. Exit Junction
10. Dynamic Oxygen
11. Media.net
12. Linkshare
13. Direct Advertising
14. BuySellAds
15. Adclickmedia


• AdBrite - is currently one of the best alternatives there is to Google's adsense. While they do not offer the same large selection of ad formats that Clicksor and Google Adsense provide you they do offer the most commonly used ones. In addition they offer inline page links with have some great click through ratios as well as interstitial full page ads which offer an excellent way to monetize all traffic to your site not just traffic that clicks on your ads. Their payouts are also very competitive. They have more relaxed terms and conditions than Adsense and are much more accepting of smaller publishers including bloggers.

• Bidvertiser - Bidvertiser is an excellent alternative to Google and offers some intriguing ad formats including what they refer to as free design. This lets you specify the look and dimensions of your text ads. While a useful feature I have not investigated how well it works but imagine that while it sounds good on paper it could result in lower priced ads being displayed. I.e. most advertisers will probably want to keep control of the layout of their ads and so turn off support for Free design ads. All the standard ad formats exist, however, and the payouts are excellent. Pop-under ads and XML feeds are also supported.

• Chitika - was founded in 2003 and is the industry's leading impulse merchandising company. Chitika was founded in May 2003 and is based in Massachusetts. Chitika (pronounced CHIH-tih-ka) helps web publishers generate revenue using innovative publisher-side advertising and merchandising solutions and services.

• Infolinks - A relative newcomer to the scene Infolinks specializes in In-Text Advertizing. That is it indexes your page looking for keywords and phrases that are not currently links and converts them into advertizing links. When a user places their mouse over the link a box opens up showing the ad. If they click on the link you get paid. It is very simple and works very effectively. The nice part is that you can use Infolinks to compliment an existing advertizing campaign on your website. For example you can show banner ads withAdBrite or Bidvertiser and show text links with Infolinks. Or you can even show text links with both AdBrite and Infolinks together on the same page to maximize your revenue.

• Intellilinks - is a similar service to infolinks above but well worth trying. Intellilinks specializes in placing organic text links across an ever-growing network of websites in order to build rank and traffic for advertisers and increased revenue for publishers. Intellilinksfocuses on providing cutting edge technology, while keeping the network seamless and secure to bring results to their clients and revenue to their publishers.

• Pocket Cents - A relative new comer to the field is Pocket Cents. Pocket Cents has been built from the ground up as a Click Banner provider. Specializing in automatic focus on local markets Pocket Cents offers an intriguing alternative to adsense/adwords. While unlikely to replace your entire creative portfolio, Pocket Cents does off an attractive alternative for banner ads. It could also act as a good alternative ad provider for backfill from one of the larger networks.

• Kontera - works in a similar way to Infolinks above, however, they have been around for much longer. Traditionally it was hard to get accepted by Kontera but they seem to have relaxed their restrictions of late. This is especially true for website publishers and affiliate marketers that do not have high daily page impressions.

• Clicksor - is one of the current leaders of the small publisher Adsense competition. They have payouts upto a market leading 85% and unlike a number of alternatives the cost per click bid values are high enough that you can earn a decent income. They are also, in my experience, much more tollerant than Google. Their terms and conditions suggest that you should only place one copy of their code on a page but as long as you only place a single pop-up or DHTML code on a page they seem happy to let you place many context sensitive ad blocks on a single site.

• Exit Junction - is relatively new and, I believe, a spin off from the now defunct Revenue Pilot. While Revenue Pilot has stopped running, however, Exit Junction is going from strength to strength. Exit Junction offers a unique approach to advertising that is compatible with all the other Ad Networks included Google Adsense. The key to Exit junction is that they focus on showing ads to users as they leave your site rather than as they arrive or as they browse. This approach offers you an additional way to monetize your traffic and also capture ad revenue from those that stumble upon your site from a search engine and then immediately leave.

• Dynamic Oxygen - are a relative newcomer to the field having really only started at the end of 2010. However, they are growing quickly and offer an excellent alternative to the traditional Adsense route. Dynamic Oxygen enables publishers of all sizes to realize their full revenue potential! One of the nice things being that they are not focused purely on the high end, very high turnover publishers but instead cater to sites of all shapes, sizes and popularity. This also includes most international sites. Unlike many ad providers that only cater for US or European traffic, DynamicOxygen supports and pays out for worldwide traffic making it ideal for non-US based publishers.

• Media.net - Media.net offers content ads, search targeting ads, web bar ads, and mobile ads. You will get your payment after making $100.

• LinkShare -Linkshare is another cool alternative to Google adsense. Linkshare pay at $1, so this can be best to get paid very soon.

• Direct Advertising - Direct advertising is one of the best way to make online money. For direct advertising create advertising page to get direct advertisers. You need to share your site traffic details, pricing details or mode of payment on advertising.

• BuySellAds - is a direct advertisement network. This means you sell ad space on your blog to advertisers. It is one of the largest advertising network of its kind. But it has some restrictions too. You will need to meet the minimum traffic requirements to get approved. BuySellAds will automatically fetch you Google PR and Alexa statistics.

• Adclickmedia - It pays you up to 60% of revenue for PPC ads. Three types of ad formats you can use are photo text ads, Interstitial Ads, banner ads. Interstitial ads are full page ads between pages.

SOURCES
http://www.rosswalker.co.uk/adsense_top10/
http://www.mlivetech.com/2012/04/21/google-adsense-alternatives-top-10-money-making-alternatives-to-google-adsense/
http://www.smartearningmethods.com/reviews/top-5-alternatives-to-google-adsense/
http://www.onsecrethunt.com/2011/09/10-best-alternative-of-google-adsense-ppc-pay-per-click-ad-networks.html

Guest post by Hudson & Yorke

Infographic - 15 alternatives to Google AdSense

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Infographic - 15 alternatives to Google AdSense

Acknoledgement: This is a guest post by Hudson & Yorke.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

How to make dual language blog with one click

Some time ago I wanted to have two languages on my blog - one for my natives, one international. WordPress have a solution called WPML but it's paid solution. Second thing, I have blogger running so long I don't want to transfer.

I've found simple solution!



This method changes main/home/base adress/domain and leads to same URL on other adress/domain. It's also simple installed, just one HTML/JS widget :)

What you should do before:
1. Create two blogs in two different languages.
2. Go to Settings->Search options and make a link to your own site in "page not found code" just in case :) it can look like:
There is nothing in this link, please continue on <a href="http://olesku.pl">Olesku.pl</a>.
Put your adress instead of mine ;)

---
Now in both of them in Layout, create a widget "HTML/Javascript" and paste this code:

<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript"> 
document.write ("<a href=" + window.location.protocol + "//" + "theotherlanguageadress.com" + window.location.pathname + ">the other language name</a>"); 
</script>

Put adress of the second-language-blog in theotherlanguageadress.com and name of language used in another blog in the other language name. 

How to edit or remove Blogger attribution

All new Blogger templates have an attribution at the bottom of the page like the one below:

Blogger Attribution

You can edit it by going to the bottom of LAYOUT and click EDIT on the ATTRIBUTION gadget:

editing Blogger Attribution

where I have added
to display the standard copyright symbol ©. This I have done for this blog as you can see at the footer of this blog.

Alternatively, you may want to completely remove it (and perhaps even add other gadgets in its place). In this case you will have to edit the template to unlock the Attribution gadget so that it may be removed.

Sign into Dashboard > Template > Edit HTML and using ctrl+F to find the word 'Attribution' and below that you will find this bit of code:

<b:widget id='Attribution1' locked='true' title='' type='Attribution'/>

Change locked='true' to locked='false' and the attribution will be removable.

The whole code is shown below:

<!-- outside of the include in order to lock Attribution widget -->
<b:section class='foot' id='footer-3' showaddelement='no'>
<b:widget id='Attribution1' locked='true' title='' type='Attribution'/>
</b:section>

but after editing it should read as follows:

<!-- outside of the include in order to lock Attribution widget -->
<b:section class='foot' id='footer-3' showaddelement='yes'>
<b:widget id='Attribution1' locked='false' title='' type='Attribution'/>
</b:section>

To remove it, just go to LAYOUT and look for the Attribution gadget at the bottom of the LAYOUT. Click EDIT, the REMOVE and the attribution will be gone.

Also, if you want to be able to

If you want something else there, you can also replace it with another gadget, eg a Text or HTML gadget and write whatever you want, the most likely replacement will be a HTML gadget with the copyright statement by typing the code Copyright
by Mr. X.

Making Your Content Skim-able for A Digital Audience

For many writers, especially those of an older generation, making the switch to online writing and targeting a digital audience can amount to a substantial challenge. It means amassing some knowledge in the areas of SEO, internet marketing, and WordPress themes.

It entails learning how to deal with virtual clients and integrate a written piece with a social media platform. In short, the freelance writer who begins working online needs to familiarize himself with a variety of tech topics.

But it’s not just one’s contacts and context that changes with the move online. Many writers make the mistake of assuming that an online readership will actually read a piece of writing in the same way that an offline audience would. Studies show, however, that people are far more likely to skim a given article when they come across it online, probably because the internet offers such a tremendous amount of content that users are less willing to dwell on something they don’t truly care to read.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Change Blogger jump break "read more" text

Blogger has already for a long time enabled bloggers to easily create expandable post summary which they called JUMP BREAK and where the jump break start will be a link with text READ MORE.

However, some bloggers may want to change that READ MORE text to something else, for example, change it to CONTINUE READING or MORE INFO as had been done for this test post Testing Blogger jump break where the text had been successfully changed to CONTINUE READING.

This is how it can be done. Sign into Dashboard and click LAYOUT. Then in the middle of the LAYOUT click EDIT in the CONFIGURE POSTS section:

Blogger configure posts in LAYOUT

then in the relevant box, change the READ MORE text to something else like CONTINUE READING as in the example above:

change Blogger jump break text READ MORE to Continue Reading

Also, if you want to change the position/alignment of the READ MORE link, example to center instead of the default left, sign into Dashboard and in the drop down menu, click TEMPLATE, the EDIT HTML to open the template editor. Tick the [ ] Expand Widget Templates and using ctrl+F, find <data:post.jumpText/> as shown highlighted in red below:

<a expr:href='data:post.url + "#more"' expr:title='data:post.title'><data:post.jumpText/></a>

and surround the above with <div style="text-align:center;"> and </div> as shown below:

<div style="text-align:center;"><a expr:href='data:post.url + "#more"' expr:title='data:post.title'><data:post.jumpText/></a></div>

I have tested it at Computers and Internet for Communities and you can see that the jump break link is now centrally aligned.

Note: Whenever you want to edit the template, it is always wise to backup the template first before proceeding.




Friday, May 18, 2012

Reset Blogger custom domain to blogspot sub-domain

There are bloggers who have converted their blogspot blog to custom domain, but then changed their minds and want to switch back to blogspot. Previously, this was very easy done. One just need to go to Settings > Basic > Publishing and there will be a visible link to reset it back to the blogspot sub-domain.

Blogger, being fond of torturing bloggers now with their new UI (User Interface) have for reasons only known to themselves hidden it.

Now you will still need to go to Dashboard > Settings > Basic and in the section for PUBLISHING and, pay attention, click the obscure X to delete the custom domain and presto, the blog will revert to its previous blogspot sub-domain. Why on earth Blogger do not display the blogspot URL for us see and easily know what to do, why, that is just beyond me.

Blogger dashboard settings publishing reset to blogspot



The Benefits of Guest Blogging

Guest blogging is a frequent occurrenceon the Internet. In fact, in the blogosphere guest blogging is as common as TV personalities appearing on each other's shows or news reporters gracing the studios of network shows in order to be 'talking heads.'

It's quite useful to think about the Internet as the next great medium, because in many ways it is replacing television as the default destination people go to to get their news, entertainment, and educational resources.

Companies use blogging as powerful marketing tools, search engine optimization, and even as reputation management services, which often deploy blogging as a way to saturate the web with positive content. Guest blogging is all a major part of this, as it allows a blogger or company to organically network and control the narrative surrounding his/her/its brand.

Here are a few of the ways guest blogging expands your brand's network:

Become more recognized in your niche.


Why would you want to put one of your blog posts on someone else' site? You ask. Especially a good one—aren't you just helping to generate traffic for someone else? Well, yes. But you have to think about it on a broader level. Posting content on someone else's blog introduces your writing to an entirely new legion of readers that are already part of your niche. Ideally, you're blogging on a site with a higher Page Rank than your own, so you're basically getting free high-quality advertising while also poaching new readers.

Generate backlinks and boost your SEO.


Backlinks are when another site or blog (again, ideally one with high PR) links back to your blog either in its blogroll (ideal) or as an in-post link. Backlinks are extremely important in the SEO world and can single-handedly boost your search engine results. Guest blogging usually creates powerful backlinks from the publisher and if the post is good enough and gets shared enough through social media it may be picked up and aggregated on a social news site like Reddit or Digg. This is the advantage of guest blogging, exponential exposure in high-traffic intersections of the web.

Create blogging alliances.


By guest blogging for someone else you increase the likelihood that you'll have a permanent ally who will promote you to their readers, link to your own blog posts, and share your content on social media. Look at guest blogging as networking, SEO, advertising, link-building, and alliance-creation all in one. A great idea for new bloggers is to reach out to major publishers in their respective niches and propose the idea of a guest post. As we have covered, this allows you to build credibility in your niche, create strong backlinks and network with important bloggers.

How to set Google language option (esp for expats)

A frequent complaint of bloggers/surfers when currently not in their own country is Google automatically resetting their language option and displaying on the browser a language they do not understand and/or want.

Solution is simple. Sign into your Google Account and click the LANGUAGE tab in the left sidebar to get

Google language settings and select the language of your choice:

Google account settings language option

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Spam blogs, Blogger Content Policy, A summary

While it is great that we can use Blogger to create blogs for free or for a paltry USD$10 a year for a custom domain, one of the worst aspect is that a lot of people are abusing it and Blogger is forced to use automated ways of trying to detect spam blogs or those which infringes the Blogger Content Policy for locking or worst, deletion.

On the other side, Blogger also provide a FLAG button in the navbar for members of the public who chances upon what they think are spam blogs to flag them. For blogs without navbar, Blogger has provided this form to report.

Unfortunately, just as there are false negatives (real spam blogs which gets cleared), there are unfortunately also false positive (kosher blogs which gets identified as spam blogs and locked or deleted). Depending, the unfortunate ones may be offered automatic ways to request review or none other than posting to the Blogger Help Forum. If initial request for review fail to result in a positive outcome, and if one is confident that one's blog is not a spam blog nor violates their Content Policy, the last resort is to request for a human final review over at Blogger Help Forum.

However, and that is a very big however and which frightens me, after a human final review and they decide not only that they were right but found your other blogs also spam blogs, not only will you not get that deleted blog back, your other blogs may also gets deleted or worst, you lose your account.

Reason for this post. It happened to me. One of my very old neglected blog got deleted with just a notification of deletion and no links nor info on how to request a review. Knowing that there is still a final chance of asking for a human final review, and if one is wrong, then risk other blogs deletion or worst, deletion of account, this concern made me to finally read and summarize their Content Policy.

And since I have got that summary, rough or whatever plus it will be a good idea too for you to familiarize yourself with it, I am now pasting the summary below hoping you will have an easier time getting to know Blogger Content Policy:

Summary of Blogger Content Policy

Content bounderies:

Policies may change

Exceptions based on artistic, educational, documentary or scientific considerations

1. Adult content including images/video of nudity or sexual activities allowed but put them behind 'mature content' interstitial

Exceptions, not make money on content, no incest or bestiality content or text encouraging them

2. Child safety, examples, child pornography pr pedophilia

3. Hate speech, ie. promotes hate or violence based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status or sexual orientation/gender identity

4. Crude content - shocking or graphic. Example, close up images of gunshot wounds or accident scenes without additional context or commentary

5. Violence. Example, death threats or promotion of violence

6. Copyright. Infringements or links to site for unauthorized downloads

7. Impersonation

8. Illegal activities or promote dangerous or illegal activities

9. Spam including blogs to drive traffic or influence search ranking of sites or products, scrapped content for revenue and personal gains

10. Malware and viruses

ENFORCEMENT

To notify, flag or use form at
http://www.google.com/support/blogger/bin/answer.py?answer=76315

Possible Actions
1. 'matured content' interstitial
2. interstitial via which only owner can access
3. delete blog
4. disable author Blogger or Google account access
5. report to law enforcement

Now that old neglected (deleted) blog was one which talks about Google Adsense and helps users to use AdSense properly IN A VERY INNOCENT WAY, also has Google adverts and thus do generate some very modest return. But because it involves money and after reading the Content Policies and its very wide interpretation of what Blogger regards as spam, I decided to let sleeping dog lies and regretfully did not ask for a final human review.

and here is what Chuck aka Nitecruz has to added, his input is thus here acknowledged:

before you request an appeal, it's worth describing a few examples of what Blogger regularly removes, as part of its zero tolerance policy to abusive / inappropriate content:

Affiliate marketing.
Content created with scripts and programs, rather than by hand.
Content or links referencing referral-based activities such as GPT ("Get Paid To"), MMH ("Make Money from Home"), MMF ("Make Money Fast"), MLM ("Multi-Level Marketing"), PTC ("Pay To Click"), or PTS ("Pay To Surf").
Content scraped from other blogs / websites.
Copyright Infringement.
Large blogs with multiple, unfocused / unrelated subjects.
Links to Illegal Downloads / Streaming / Torrents.

Please be aware that this is the final review, and the decision of the umpires cannot be appealed. If you request another review, and the Blogger Team finds similar blogs in your Blogger account, you may lose access to all of your blogs.

If you want to explore further, refer to Blog deleted due to violating terms of service

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Vertical pictures turned horizontal - solution

Bloggers are complaining that when they upload vertical pictures to Blogger post, these vertical pictures are turned horizontal which is not what they want.

The solution is to go to the picture in Picassa Web Album and rotate it:

picassa web album picture rotate





Wednesday, April 18, 2012

How to revert custom domain back to blogspot

Blogger has given bloggers using their platform for their blogs the option of leaving the blog as a
sub-domain of blogspot.com or become a custom domain using the blogger's domain.

While custom domain has lots of advantages, it however suffers from the disadvantage cost wise of having to bear the annual renewal of the domain.

Now, if you no longer want to bear the cost, just how can you revert the custom domain back to the blogspot sub-domain?

The solution is to sign into www.blogger.com (Dashboard), click the down arrow at the top right corner Blogger Dashboard drop down menu,

select SETTINGS:

Blogger Dashboard drop down menu select SETTINGS

and in the BASIC > PUBLISHING section

Blogger Dashboard Settings Basic Publishing section

just click the X icon (highlighted in red above) and the custom domain is no more and the blog will revert to the original blogspot sub-domain URL.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Blog as website and self hosted blogs

One frequent request from bloggers using blogspot (www.blogger.com) is to get rid of the year and month in a post permalink and just have relevant keywords in the post URL. This is not possible with blogspot blogs but is possible with self-hosted Wordpress blogs. (Update: Blogger updated post editor now gives in the options a way to customize permalinks)

Affiliate marketeers who use blogspot blogs as landing page for their affiliate products run a serious risk of having their blogs deleted. For such purpose, a self-hosted Wordpress blog is preferable.

One more reason why a self-hosted blog is preferable to blogspot blog is direct access to the server possible with self-hosted blog but impossible with blogspot blogs. There are various things you can do such as creating pop-ups or pop-unders which is only possible by hosting the blog yourself and not let Blogger host it for you.

However, one big disadvantage of self-hosted blog is the need to find reliable web host provider plus worries over security issues and other issues such as sufficient bandwidth, cost, uptime, etc.

Having a web host review site such as Top 100 Web Hosting will help with selection of a suitable webhost for your self-hosted blog as they have used various criteria to rank web host providers using criteria such as availability of unlimited web hosting, reputation, features, users rating, green environmental issues, reliability, speed,

you can read up, for example, Web Hosting Review HostGator before you make up your mind about which web host to use.

If cost is an important issue, there are tips on How to save Money on Web Hosting.

To make your money go further, you can also find Web Hosting Coupons & Promotion Codes for further discounts and get exclusive deals.

Top 100 Web Hosting help you save by highlighting exclusive deals, providing coupons and promotional codes to copy-paste to get discounts when ordering and secret links which are only available in their website.

Monday, April 02, 2012

How change Blogger background color


The Blogger Template Designer has now made changing the blog background color very easy. Sign into www.blogger.com (Dashboard), and at the right sidebar, click the down arrow (drop-down menu) Blogger new UI down arrow drop-down menu to get a series of options:

Blogger new UI layout options

Blogger new UI layout template designer ADVANCED settingClick on LAYOUT and then ADVANCED tab and then on the right would be the 3 options to change colors of
1. Outer background
2. Main background
3. Header background


Blogger template designer set background color

Choose your selected color by clicking on the colored box or type in your HTML color code (eg #a1b2c3).

Solution for "Another blog is already hosted at this address


Bloggers who wants to convert their blogspot blog to custom domain sometimes get this error message: "Another blog is already hosted at this address".

One solution is to use the Magical Custom Domain Form.

Just type in the custom domain URL into the box as highlighted in the screen shot below:

Gatsby Magical Custom Domain Form

How to find Blogger's blog ID number? And why you may need it


Sign into Blogger. In the list of blogs, click on the blog which ID number you want (see screen shot below):

Blogger Dashboard list of blogs

Look at the address bar with the blog URL at the top of the browser and you will see ID=12345678 as highlighted in blue in the screen shot below:

Blogger blog ID number

Those numbers are your blog ID number

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

How to redirect blogger blog to blogspot.com address


How to redirect blogger blog to blogspot.com address

This is a guest post from Darssh. Darssh is a Blogger, Entrepreneur and Internet Lover.

It is not a new thing since few days that your blogspot.com blog may redirect to a country based
domain. Perhaps it is worldwide. Every blogger blog owner may have the same problem of automatic
redirection. So here in this post, we have a tweak that enables your blog to stay on blogspot.com URL.

Well, first of all let’s answer the question. Why a .com redirect to a ccTLD (Country Specific Top Level
Domain) URL may hurt you? This is because according to MR. Search Engine Optimizer’s law, you can’t
host the same content on different domains. If you are using blogger on your own top level domain,
then there is no point of worry. But if your blog has a .blogspot.com address in its tail, then it may hurt
you.

So, let’s get into the answer now. Here is the simplest JavaScript code (Pretty short too!) that you can
use to save your blog from being redirected:

if ((window.location.href.toString().indexOf('.com/'))=='-1') {
window.location.href =

window.location.href.toString().replace('.blogspot.in/','.blogsp
ot.com/ncr/');
}


Sign into www.blogger.com (Dashboard), click the down arrow Blogger dashboard down arrow drop down menu, select TEMPLATE,

Blogger Dashboard Settings Template

click on EDIT HTML to open the template editor,

Blogger Dashboard Settings Template Edit HTML template editor

and place the given code in the Header section, for example, just before the </head> tag and your blog will no longer have that country specific address and will instead remain as, for example, blog.blogspot.com and not blog.blogspot.in anymore.

Demo

Note: This code is for stopping .blogspot.in redirects. You need to change it to your own country’s TLD.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Animated gif image: How to change size

This in response to a question in Uploading animated .gif image to Blogger post which asked: "please tell me how to change height and width of that image?"

The answer is very simple if you just know a little of HTML. To display a picture on the web, an image tag <img> is used. Thus:

<img src="image URL" />
(just concentrate on img leaving aside src if you are not familiar with HTML)

To change the size, just add the attributes width="some number" and height="some number" (Note: the picture will be distorted {aspect ration changed) unless you keep the ratio constant. The task will be made easier if you just add the width attribute only leaving out the height and the height will be adjusted accordingly.

For example, in the HTML to display the animated gif image in Testing uploading animated gif image (image replicated below),

gif image uploaded direct from Blogger post editor

the following code is used:

<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_jizoPL28qCY/RuWpFKGWb-I/AAAAAAAAAsY/dMcfQpy7HR4/s1600-h/starandbird.gif"><img style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_jizoPL28qCY/RuWpFKGWb-I/AAAAAAAAAsY/dMcfQpy7HR4/s400/starandbird.gif" border="0" alt="gif image uploaded direct from Blogger post editor"id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5108675258397126626" /></a>

Now when I add width="350" to the img tag as shown below (note: just concentrate on img and ignore the rest):

<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_jizoPL28qCY/RuWpFKGWb-I/AAAAAAAAAsY/dMcfQpy7HR4/s1600-h/starandbird.gif"><img width="350" style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_jizoPL28qCY/RuWpFKGWb-I/AAAAAAAAAsY/dMcfQpy7HR4/s400/starandbird.gif" border="0" alt="gif image uploaded direct from Blogger post editor"id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5108675258397126626" /></a>

the image is enlarged as in the image below:

gif image uploaded direct from Blogger post editor

Update: Tip: Always specify both the height and width attributes for images. If height and width are set, the space required for the image is reserved when the page is loaded. However, without these attributes, the browser does not know the size of the image, and cannot reserve the appropriate space to it. The effect will be that the page layout will change during loading (while the images load).

Tip: Downsizing a large image with the height and width attributes forces a user to download the large image (even if it looks small on the page). To avoid this, rescale the image with a program before using it on a page.

Source: W3schools: HTML width Attribute.


Now to make it smaller, the attribute width="50" is added instead as in

<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_jizoPL28qCY/RuWpFKGWb-I/AAAAAAAAAsY/dMcfQpy7HR4/s1600-h/starandbird.gif"><img width="50" style="display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_jizoPL28qCY/RuWpFKGWb-I/AAAAAAAAAsY/dMcfQpy7HR4/s400/starandbird.gif" border="0" alt="gif image uploaded direct from Blogger post editor"id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5108675258397126626" width="50"/></a>

and as expected, the animated picture is now smaller:

gif image uploaded direct from Blogger post editor

Sunday, January 15, 2012

How to delete a Blogger blog


Many bloggers do not know how to delete a Blogger (blogspot) blog. The method depends on whether you are still using the old Blogger UI (User Interface) or the new UI. It is not difficult if you know where to look or where to click. The problem is, it is not obvious where to look, but this post will show you where and how. Below are the instructions to delete a blog together with screenshots to make the task easier for you.

Old User Interface
New User Interface

Old User Interface


To delete a blog is a more straight forward. First sign into www.blogger.com to access the Dashboard, Click on the SETTINGS tab and the default sub-tab will be BASIC. Click DELETE and it is done.



New User Interface


As above, first sign into www.blogger.com to access the Dashboard. Click on the drop-down menu and then click SETTINGS:



The on the left sidebar, click on OTHER and option to delete blog will be under the default BLOG TOOLS. Click DELETE and it is done:

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