Monday, July 15, 2013

AdSense regular account & hosted account

Way back, the only way one can get to display AdSense ads and generate revenue was to apply to AdSense and after getting approved, one can then generate codes via AdSense and for Blogger blogs, copy-paste the code into a HTML/Javascript gadget to display the ads. This is referred to as a regular AdSense account.

In more recent days, one could also get what is referred to as a hosted AdSense account via Google services like Blogger or Youtube, and for Blogger, get to display the ads via a Blogger AdSense gadget (Dashboard > Layout > Add a gadget > Add an AdSense gadget).

However, recently bloggers had been reporting problems adding an AdSense link unit this way. What the blogger can do is to apply for a regular AdSense account. Or if you have AdSense ads via other host parner but want to display ads in your non-host partner website, you should also apply for a regular AdSense account. Here is how:

1. Sign in to your AdSense account.
2. On the Home tab, visit the Account settings page.
3, In the "Access and authorization" section, next to "Only host sites are allowed to show ads for your account," click edit.
4, On the “Show ads on other websites” page that appears, enter the URL of the site where you plan to show ads.
5, Click Submit.
6, Finally you need to implement AdSense ad code on the URL that you provided above, on a page that receives traffic.

When your application is approved, you can then generate AdSense code and place them in your own website (or copy-paste into a Blogger HTML/Javascript gadget) to display AdSense ads. Refer to Ad code implementation guide.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

How to change post content column width using Template Designer

While you can easily change the whole width and the sidebar/sidebars width by signing into DASHBOARD > LAYOUT > TEMPLATE DESIGNER > ADVANCED > CHANGE WIDTH (if you don't understand this, click here) and dragging the slider cursor, you can't change the width of the main column (post content column) width this way as there are no slider for the width of the main column.

screenshot:Using template designer to change blog width

However, using an indirect method by manipulating the blog width and the sidebar or sidebar widths width and using simple arithmetic, you can change the width of the main column.

For example, for a single sidebar blog, you have set your blog width to 1000px and your sidebar to 300px, the main column width will then be 1000px - 300px = 700px. However, you want your main column to be 750px. You would thus have to reset the sidebar width to 1000px - 750px = 250px.

Another example for a 2 sidebars and a 1000px blog. The sidebars are each 300px wide. Thus the width of the main column = 1000 - 300 - 300 = 400px. However, 400px for the main column is too narrow for you and you want it to be 450px. Let the sidebar be X and the main column width be M. Then
M = 1000 - X - X or
450 = 1000 - 2X. Then
2X = 1000 - 450 = 550
x = 550/2 = 275px
You will thus set your sidebars to be 275px wide to get main column width to be 450px.

Changing blog widths via Template Designer


First, sign into the Blogger's Dashboard, click the LAYOUT tab Blogger's Dashboard - Layout

then TEMPLATE DESIGNER tab Blogger Dashboard - Layout - Template Designer at the top, then at the right sidebar click ADVANCED Blogger Dashboard - Layout - Template Designer - Advanced. Go back to the top to read how change the main column sidebar using Template Designer.



Monday, July 08, 2013

Recover accidentally deleted post Part 2 with original permalink and comments


(Update June 2014: This method had been tested and found to work before this post was published. Further if you check the comments, it has also helped many to recover their deleted post with the original permalink. However, something has changed for on retesting, it has been found that after recovering the content in the post editor using the postID, republishing it will result in a error message. However, you can still get the content to copy-paste into a new editor and republish but the original permalink will not be recovered.)

The earlier post described a few methods of recovering deleted post of which the first 2 methods are applicable if you happened to still have access to the computer where you had prepared the deleted post or you have not closed the browser or browser tab where you had viewed the the deleted post.

Method 3 of recovering deleted post require you to find a cached copy of the deleted post on the Internet and assume that you would be satisfied with reconstructing your deleted post from scratch using the information from the cached copy. You would not be able to restore the comments or recover the original permalink, but will end using the content from the cached webpage to reconstruct the post which will probably have a different permalink from the original.

Below is described a fifth method which can considered to be an improvement to the above in the sense that you can recover the exact post as it was before it was deleted together with comments and the original permalink. Credit should be given to Tom who blog at TED Image tests for hitting upon this method of recovering the post ID from cached copies to restore deleted post.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

How to resolve login problems

If you are having problems signing into Blogger dashboard, you should go to Blogger's account recovery tool where you can input either your blogspot URL (web address) or your email address and follow the instructions.

If you still have problems, then head over to Google Accounts Help Center where there will be more details on how to recover access to your account.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Required field must not be blank - solution


Any blogger who recently have tried to add or edit a gadget (page element) which did not have a title for the gadget must have come across this problem - the gadget cannot be saved without a title. Error message - "Required field must not be blank"

Blogger gadget save problem - required title field must not be blank

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