Blogs Articles

Google Adding Geotagging to Blogger
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Google’s Blogger has addd a feature to the new post editor in Blogger in Draft. Blogger in Draft is a special version of Blogger where they try out new features before they release them to everyone. Kind of like Google Labs. With geotagging, you can add a location to your each of your blog posts, like with time stamps.

Google as an Example of How to Blog for Business
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Many business owners know they should be blogging. There are plenty of reasons to do so (particularly in a recession) as discussed by Jennifer Laycock here:

Google Examines Its 2008 Blogging Trends
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One of the reasons Google gets so much press coverage is, frankly, that its representatives are so good about discussing corporate developments.  And now things have been taken an informative/slightly ridiculous step further with a blog post summing up Google’s blogging habits this year.

Six Apart Reveals the Laws of Motion
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Six Apart, the company behind the popular Movable Type blogging platform recently introduced a free social application for use with that platform. Now, they have posted the "laws" of this application. Those are:

Google Continues to Take Other Languages More Seriously
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About a month ago, Google announced some things it was doing that would improve the way sites rank across different language versions of its search engine, in an effort that would clearly make Google more useful on a global scale. In what seems to be a continuation of this tradition, Google has announced a couple more language-based improvements to its products.

The New Language Of Marketing 2.0
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Sandy Carter, author of "The New Language of Marketing 2.0" talked with WebProNews about the different aspects of using social media in marketing.

Using Social Media For Marketing

Should businesses be more involved in social media or less involved?

Blog Optimization Is An Ongoing Process

Yesterday I posted “3 Reasons Why Blog SEO Fails” to help readers avoid the pitfalls of starting a business or corporate blog purely for SEO reasons  only to end up wasting time and energy. Without proper planning, oversight and passion for the topic, blogs implemented purely for SEO objectives are doomed to fail.

Blogs Are For More Than Just SEO

There are many benefits to publishing a business blog and improved search engine visibility is one of the most popular.  It’s pretty common advice to hear: start a blog and the fresh content will attract links, improving your search results.  Such tactical advice can be very effective.

People Don’t Trust Your Blog

Forrester Research has released a report (you must fill out a form to get it) that details how much people trust different information sources. At the top of the list is email from people they know. At the bottom are company blogs. This is precisely why company blogs should be treated more like emails to friends.

How Will You Make Change?

Talk about social media and many people automatically think of its business uses. While it’s as good a tool for individuals as it is for business, most social media talk at the moment is how it can benefit businesses. I’m as guilty as the next person for this, as it’s an area I always recommend clients both new and existing take a serious look at.

Google Blog Search Indexing Content Differently
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Google Blog Search has undergone some changes in how it indexes content. Before, it indexed content from RSS feeds, but now it is going for full content from pages.

Blogs As Credible News Sources?

While I would suspect that the findings of a MediaPost Research Brief come as no surprise I do think there are some questions that may be considered as a result.

TypePad’s Blogger Bailout For Laid-Off Journalists
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Anil DashTypePad has introduced a "bailout" program for journalists who have been laid off or expect to be.

Nobody Killed the Blogosphere
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The Blogosphere’s different, that’s for sure. But dead? Wounded? A ghost town of aging hipsters, unmotivated slackers, and sellouts? Look, if the Blogosphere’s dead then so’s every college campus in America.

How Many Sites Are On the Internet?
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If there is any accuracy to data released by Netcraft, then the Internet has about 182,226,259 sites.  That’s 948,000 more than a month ago.

Netcraft looks at the number of sites hosted on the different top servers. The following graph represents market share for top servers across all domains from August 1995 to October 2008:

Most Political Blog Visitors Conservative
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If news consumers are indeed upset with the “liberal elite media” and the “liberal regular media,” as Tina Fey, portraying Sarah Palin, put it last week, then the Internet has provided a robust alternative. In fact, as network television ratings slump, comScore says visits to “standalone” political and news websites and blogs are booming, and it looks like the conservatives are winning.

At least in September. A lot can change in a few weeks.

Bloggers Spill Canadian Election Beans
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Canada’s a big country, spanning six time zones, so when an election takes place, results from one end can come in well before the other side’s done voting.  Some bloggers recently created a hubbub by ignoring this situation.

WordPress Creators Acquire PollDaddy
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Integrating polls into your WordPress blog just got easier. WordPress creators Automattic have acquired poll and survey service PollDaddy.

Bloggers Eat Up Questionable Obama Interview
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The right side of the blogosphere is in a snit over a phone interview of Michelle Obama posted by African Press International. Only thing is, the Obama campaign says it’s a complete fabrication.

Technorati Tests New Ad Network

Technorati announced that it has acquired El Segundo, California-based self-serve advertising network AdEngage in an all-stock transaction, the details of which have not been disclosed. This comes about two months after Technorati’s acquisition of BlogCritics.

Discussing Issues On Poverty, Through Blogs

"Remember the poor, it costs nothing" — Josh Billings