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Blog Services: The Good & The Bad Of 2011

Blog Services: The Good & The Bad Of 2011

By Drew Bowling December 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

One of the hallmarks of the Internet experience in 2011 is the towering amount of blogs that are out there, waiting to be read by any online flaneur with some time to kill. The nice thing about blogs is that …

Pingdom Names Most Reliable Blogging Services
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Running a blog can be a big nuisance; you’ve got keep up with current events, write posts, and monitor comments on at least a daily basis.  But new Pingdom statistics should lighten the load by helping people make sure their blogs remain accessible.

TypePad Connects You Via Google, Yahoo, AOL, WordPress, Etc.
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Six Apart has made it simple for nearly anyone to sign in to TypePad Connect with other existing accounts via OpenID. If you have an account with Google, Yahoo, Blogger, Vox, LiveJournal, Wordpress.com, or AOL, you can easily sign in.

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.

Learn To Put YouTube Videos On Your TypePad Blog

If you have a TypePad blog and want to add/embed a YouTube video into a post, you’re going to have to do a bit of under-the-hood work. Don’t worry! It’s not as tough as it sounds.

Here’s the step-by-step process of embedding a YouTube video into a TypePad blog, even if the YouTube video is too wide.

WordPress Overtakes TypePad
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If this were a car race, TypePad would now be seeing WordPress’s taillights; Automattic’s creation just passed its competitor in terms of traffic.

More Companies Blocking Social Networks
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A third of employers are now blocking access to social networking sites according to a new report from Web security firm ScanSafe. Companies blocking such sites has risen 17 percent over the past year.

Avoid Duplicate Typepad Homepages

I had a client recently ask me about a blog that was using TypePad’s domain mapping feature and it was causing duplicate homepage URLs for the blog.

Creating a Social Media Bio in Typepad (without HTML)

If you are already a Movable Type or HTML expert, this post is not for you.  But many fellow bloggers who are Typepad users (but not programming saavy) asked how I created my Social Media Bio and how they might do the same.  For all of you that asked, here is how I hacked mine together – using a bare minimum of coding knowledge and mostly using the tools that already exist within Typepad:

TypePad Menus (And Getting Rid of the Border)

Have been doing some development work for a business blogging customer of ours, and again need to send out mad props (that’s what the kids these days say, right?) to John T. Unger and his Typepad Hacks site.

A Typepad Moblogging Solution from Sixapart

Always on the look for blogging and moblogging tools and resources for our readers, here’s one that will interest you smart folks who use a symbian S60 device.

TypePad to Blend Social Networking, Blogs

Michael Arrington got the scoop on a big TypePad upgrade coming tomorrow called Comet that will blend blogging and social networking.

Six Apart Outage Caused by Stupidity

If you have a TypePad blog, you will definitely know about the denial of service attack on Six Apart’s servers earlier this week, when access to TypePad blogs (as well as other Six Apart services such as LiveJournal) was down for some considerable time.

New Typepad Anti-spam Features Come Online

My amigo del fuego John T. Unger has some good news for Typepad users.

Widgets are About Competitive Position

If you have a TypePad blog, ease of use just got easier with TypePad Widgets.

TypePad Introduces Blog Widgets

TypePad has rolled out a nice new feature that bring dozens of widgets to your blog from other Web sites like Flickr, Technorati, FeedBurner and more.

More choice with WordPress widgets

Some interesting moves going on with the free WordPress.com hosted blog service in the area of ease of use in design and layout that adds to its attraction as an alternative to TypePad, the hosted service you pay for.