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The secret to a successful blog: writing good content

| April 12, 2007 | 0 Comments
Ramit over at I Will Teach You To Be Rich reminds us that when all is said and done, a blog's success depends on the merit of its content, and not on the quality of its design, stats programs, or all the SEO stuff ... View Post

Share your Shared items from Google Reader in your blog

| April 12, 2007 | 0 Comments
A little while ago one of the commenters here asked if I knew how to display shared items from Google Reader in a blog, such as in the sidebar. David Paul Robinson explains how to put a "clip" on your blog that contains your shared items. You could probably also use one of ... View Post

Make sure images aren’t too wide for your blog

| April 12, 2007 | 0 Comments
If you insert an image in your post that is too wide for your blog layout, it will break the design. The iMax width plugin sets a maximum width for photos. This is useful for the following reasons:
  • It won't allow you or other users to inadvertently break your
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    Did you know that you can customize your sitemap?

    | April 12, 2007 | 0 Comments
    Generating a sitemap for your site is an important step in optimizing it for the search engines. However, they tend to be very unpretty. See the sitemap on this site, for example. Not exactly a thing of beauty.... View Post

    Another way to prevent Google from spidering duplicate content: excerpts

    | April 12, 2007 | 0 Comments
    As mentioned in a previous post, Google penalizes sites for duplicate content. One way of solving this is modifying the robots.txt file. Daily Blog Tips describes another way to prevent Google from finding duplicate ... View Post

    Set up robots.txt to prevent Google from finding duplicate content

    | April 12, 2007 | 0 Comments
    A standard WordPress site has the same content displayed in numerous places, such as Archives, Categories, Feeds and so forth. Blog Rambler says that this can damage your Google ranking since Google penalizes duplicate content: When a crawler visits the site it must decide which of these pages is most relevant, ... View Post

    WordPress Plugin: WP Admin Bar Reloaded

    | April 12, 2007 | 0 Comments
    This seems like a really useful plugin that I plan to install soon. The WP Admin Bar Reloaded displays links to the Administration Panel at the top of a blog’s page - but only for users who are logged in and have permission to view the given functions. This is similar to the bar ... View Post

    Netvibes vs. Google Reader – which is better?

    | April 12, 2007 | 0 Comments
    I love Netvibes. I've tried Google Reader and Homepage and found them clunkier and a bit trickier to use. But Google has a major advantage over Netvibes (unless I'm missing something): the Share option. Google Reader users can select to share items with others. This is useful for many ... View Post

    You can offer a variety of feeds on your WordPress blog

    | April 12, 2007 | 0 Comments
    Lorelle has a whole explanation on how to provide more than just post and comment feeds on your blog. She explains how to add category feeds, with or without RSS icons, making them auto-discoverable, and even add customizable keyword search feeds. She also discusses whether it's ... View Post

    Pros and Cons of Google AdSense

    | April 11, 2007 | 1 Comment
    As I've mentioned before, I don't like AdSense. I think that most of the time it's tacky. Here are two more opposing opinions on this issue:
  • Daily Blog Tips has a blogger face-off between Brian Gardner and Cory
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