Tuesday, November 18, 2008

HTML/Javascript gadget for blogroll

It is good practice to backup template and backup gadgets. However, not all Blogger gadgets (formerly called Page Elements) can be backed up. The Blogger Link List (blogroll) cannot be backed up. If your blogroll is very long, you may want to put the blogroll in a scroll box. The Blogger Link List (blogroll) also cannot be contained in a scroll box.

My preference for a blogroll had always been to use a HTML/Javascript gadget and hyperlinks instead. I shall detail below the HTML for such a purpose below:

<a href="URL of blog no. 1">title of blog no. 1</a><br />
<a href="URL of blog no. 2">title of blog no. 2</a><br />
<a href="URL of blog no. 3">title of blog no. 3</a><br />
<a href="URL of blog no. 4">title of blog no. 4</a><br />
and so on.

There is one more thing you can do with this method that you cannot (not really cannot, but you will have to tamper with the template) with Blogger Link List - make the links open in new tabs or windows. When you use the HTML/Javascript gadget to make your Link List, all you have to do is to add target="_blank" or target="new" as shown below

<a href="URL of blog no. 1" target="_blank">title of blog no. 1</a><br />
<a href="URL of blog no. 2" target="_blank">title of blog no. 2</a><br />
<a href="URL of blog no. 3" target="_blank">title of blog no. 3</a><br />
<a href="URL of blog no. 4" target="_blank">title of blog no. 4</a><br />

Plus you can save such a blogroll by copying them into a Notepad file and saving them for future uses.

Update: This post How to change template without losing widgets says widgets (gadgets or Page Elements) can be transferred from the old template to the new template. I have not and probably will not test it out, but if true, you can sort of backup your gadgets including Link List by backing up your template. I probably would not test it out because I have faced enough problems getting bX errors or "your template cannot be parsed ....." messages when changing template for me to prefer to stick with what I have described at backup gadgets (page elements). If you ever try to do what the above post and succeeded without getting error messages, please leave a comment

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Social bookmark buttons at bottom of post

If you are desirous of getting more traffic to your blog, one way is to add social bookmarking buttons at the bottom of your posts so visitors can easily bookmark the pages they are interested in and easily return to them as demonstrated at Good Health Information. There are many ways to do that. One of the easiest is to use go to Add This and register an account. After signing in, click GET YOUR BUTTON. In the next page, from drop-down menus, select the type of button (Sharing/Bookmarking button), tick the radio button from among 1 of 6 buttons, where you want the bookmarking button (On a blog) and your blogging platform (Blogger). When done, click GET YOUR FREE BUTTON >> and you will get your code for the bookmarking button in the next page.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

SEO tip: upload images whenever you can

hits from image searches

Small SEO tip - upload an image or images to your blog post whenever you can. Why? I have visitor counters in practically all my blogs and occasionally check them to find out where my visitors are coming from. It is not infrequent that I find hits from image searches. For example, look at a portion of today's hits to Natural Remedies. Of the first 4 hits, 2 (50%) are from image searches.

I am not suggesting that you will get lots of hits from image searches, but I am pretty sure you will get at least some. In fact, in some of my very low traffic blogs, more than 50% of the hits were from image searches. However, to balance things out, this is the highest traffic blog that I have, but I don't get anything even near to 50% of the hits from image searches. I do get at least some from image searches, and for that, I am very grateful.

So if you want hits from search engines, do upload or include (<img>) images whenever possible. Do remember also to complete the alt="" attribute as search engines cannot read images but they do read the text you put in between the quotation marks "" of the alt="" tag.

However, just so that you do not get too high an expectation, how many hits from image searches will depend on the type of blog you have and its Page Rank.

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