What The Heck Is A Blog

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What is a blog and what is a blog used for? That is the question.

You know what? For this question I’m going to do it a little different. I’m going to share some love to my fellow bloggers who I have found can answer this question with a little spice. I just love some of the nice men faces behind them there blog walls.

Here are some great resources for you to get the answer to what is a blog and what is a blog used for. Have fun learning!

Seth’s Blog: What’s it like? (The sad story of the hot pepper)

Can you imagine how difficult it was to sell the jalapeno when it came over from the new world? “What’s it like?” you’d be asked. Well, it’s like a pepper (of course, it wasn’t. Black pepper is dried and tastes…

Money Critics » Blog Archive » Money Critics

You will have different needs and ideas for your blog than the next blogger. While you may find MoveableType the most appropriate choice, your best friend may find another program more rewarding and therefore, the best. …

Women, Social Media and Influence « A. Fine Blog

There are lists of influential women bloggers, like this one: 50 Most Influential Women in Social Media in 2008. This ranking is based on Alexa rankings of traffic to these sites unlike the Technorati authority that ranks blogs

Female Bloggers Noticeably Absent From Technorati Survey | Women’s …

Some of the findings are interesting such as the idea that “Despite being perceived by some as enemies o… read more of this post, Female Bloggers Noticeably Absent From Technorati Survey, at Change.org.

5 Female Bloggers Who Will Get You Thinking | Ignite Social Media

Ignite Social Media is a social media agency –- a new breed of company that specializes in helping corporations use social media tools, sites and applications to increase their connection with customers and prospects.

WordPress plugin heaven!

This post is for all the php folks (mostly men) working hard out there to develop all the wordpress plugins that I used to build my site 🙂

This post is for all the php folks (mostly men) working hard out there to develop all the wordpress plugins that I used to build my site 🙂

I am not quite sure what inspires you but whatever it is Deb George wants to let you know that you are “priceless.” These folks help to keep a sista’s business in order.

They help to organize, update, analyse and keep fresh your wordpress blog, which is what this site is (a wordpress site). They are also, for the most part, readily available to answer questions, if a sista working from home needs a bit help with getting it to work right. I can’t thank you enough. I can drop a 5 in your paypal account, however, that would not even suffice.

If you haven’t noticed, this site is full of wordpress plugins that help with the functionality of this site. In addition to that, I’ve also learned a thing a two about php code. “How wonderful it feels to be educated.” A special thanks to the following:

* Subcribe to comments
* adsense manager
* dd-formmailer **I really like Matt.
* digitalfingerprint
* searcheverything

*Lucy’sLinkLove
* wordpressqueen **Special thanks to Lorelle (She doesn’t even know me yet:)
* postteaser

* sociable
* sk2
* sharethis

I have a great deal of admiration for the php folks. That php stuff is WICKED complicated. You guys inspire me to keep pressing ahead. If you can use your free time to develop these wordpress plugins and ask only for a nugget in your paypal account, I can certainly use my time to dedicate a post to show my appreciation and gratitude.

KUDO’s to the wordpress plugin folks! You deserve that and much more…

Update: I just found THE most adorable plugin EVER. If you take a look at my archives page you’ll see it in action. It’s a snazzy little plugin that makes your archives page dazzle. You can get it here:

* Snazzy Archives

BIG SHOUT OUT to Vladimir Prelovac for making this wordpress plugin. YOU ROCK DUDE!

what da heck is pinging

Pinging is actually the action where a certain aggregator is notified whenever your web log or blog is updated, so that the aggregator may show the freshest post of your blog on their website. This is also a very useful method to pulling in some traffic to your site.

Sending out a ping is like raising your hand in class to announce you have something to say. Your teachers, the search engines and aggegators are waiting to hear you speak. If you don’t ping the weblog tracking sites to let them know that your site has been updated, how will they ever know. The bigger your ping list, the higher the chances of receiving traffic from those sources.

With that said, pinging is a great way to get the word out. Here’s a list of sites that I personally ping to inside my wordpress panel:

http://api.moreover.com/RPC2
http://bblog.com/ping.php
http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2
http://ping.weblogalot.com/rpc.php
http://ping.feedburner.com
http://ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php
http://ping.bloggers.jp/rpc/
http://rpc.pingomatic.com/
http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping
http://topicexchange.com/RPC2
http://www.blogpeople.net/servlet/weblogUpdates
http://xping.pubsub.com/ping

This ping list is compliments of my buddy Vladimir Prelovac and is much appreciated. Thanks a bunch.

what da heck is a permalink

Permalink stands for permanent link, which is a URL (uniform resource locator) that leads to an individual post that you make in your blog. In other words, this page right here has a permanent link that you can copy and save or email or do whatever you wish with it.

For example, most people will use a permalink, if they find something on your site that interests them, and they want to let the folks over at their blog know about it. That’s when they will use what’s called a trackback to your site.

This is a permalink to my post about social bookmarking…. Click on it and see.

Let me know if this helps.

Find out How To Get Important Backlinks For Your Site Increase Your Page Ranking With Backlinks

Backlinks are a fundamental part of affiliate marketing, and if you are not doing everything you can to add to them, you will struggle to obtain traffic to your site. A backlink is a link pointing back to your site from a different website. You need to be doing a little every day to add to your backlinks in order to boost your website rankings, so underneath I have laid out seven ways of getting free backlinks, plus two paid ways.

Free Backlinks

1. Article marketing. If you are checking out this article on an article ezine, you will see a resource box at the base. This contains links to my sites. If you can write articles twice a week or more, and present them to many directories, you will add to your backlinks rapidly.

2. Blogging. Setting up a blog is free and it’s fun. Every time you post, give a link to your site and after that submit it to social bookmarking sites. This will get you more than a few important backlinks to your blog and to your site every time you post. Search engines love blogs so do this as much as probable.

3. Blog Commenting. Look for other individuals’s blogs and post useful comments. This is only legitimate if you post in blogs that permit links back to your site. Also, do correctly read the post and make genuine comments, otherwise you could be accused of spamming.

4. Forums. Spend time in online forums that are relevant to your business, and make sure you have a signature that has a hyperlinked keyword phrase to your site. Most forums posts stay online for a extensive time so this can give you backlinks for a long time. Of course, it’s important that you get correctly involved in forums, providing practical information and asking genuine questions. Spammers are marked very quickly and you could be banned if you just use them purely for the backlinks.

5. Link exchange. Ask other site owners if you can exchange links, by giving a link to their website on yours and vice versa. This is known as reciprocal linking, which is not as powerful as one-way linking, but is still worth while, particularly if your link partner has a high page rank.

6. Press releases. Send out a press release every time you provide a new product or service, or have some appealing news. Press releases contain links to your website that can create traffic immediately and in future.

7. Write Testimonials. If you join a business that has just launched, and are asked to write a testimonial, do it. These will be used in their sales pages and stay around for a long time, giving you valuable traffic. When you get the chance, offer to write testimonials for other people in exchange for a backlink.

Paid for backlinks

1. Buy Ezine Ads. If you purchase advertising in online magazines you will get a backlink to your site. Purchasing multiple ads will save money and time because you will only need one acquisition to be in several magazines.

2. Buy ads on blogs. You can offer to pay for a text link on someone else’s blog, and if they have a frequent readership this can give you huge exposure for your site as well as increased backlinks.

The above thoughts are the mainly well known ways to obtain backlinks, but you ought to continuously use your head to get as many free backlinks as you can (legitimately of course). If you do this regularly you will find your site rankings just keep moving up.
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