Showing posts with label Blog. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blog. Show all posts

Is Moderating Blog Comments Censorship? Is This Wrong?

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As a blog owner I get a couple of comments a week and I have the chance to moderate them for spam and so on. But is moderating comments and rejecting them because they contain things that the owner doesn't like a poor choice for a blog owner. Most blogs are there for as a part of free speech many people see them as a great tool to get there word out. But does moderating comments go against this rule.

For example an article may be about the health of America (a big topic at this time) as the owner moderates the comments that are made he or she can remove the comments which oppose the article or the author, removing these would go against the free speech rule.

What I am trying to get at here is that people go on and on and on about free speech on the internet, but people do seem to go against this rule and remove some comments.

Now I now not all authors do this, but some of the smaller blogs have been doing this. Due to the apparent amount of "good" comments. Not every person on the internet must do this, just look at some of the comments on Digg.

The only reason I can see moderation as a useful tool is to remove spam comments but these are easy to weed out.

Just a thought.

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A Free Method To Publish An iCal Calender

You have an iCal Calender that you want to share but you don't want or have an expensive .Mac account, what do you do? (Hopefully) This tutorial will teach you how to do this so you can share you calenders with other people.

The first step is to set up a calender that you want to share with other people. This (of course) was done with iCal. Click any of the images for full size.

The next step is to go to iCalx and set up a free account. The reasons iCalx is used is it has the WebDAV that is needed to share and run iCal calenders. With out this calender sharing wouldn't work.

iCalx Screenshot
You now need to set up an account, this is a quick and simple process. All you need is an e-mail.

iCalx Create Account
Once you have an account, you now have the ability to upload your calenders to their servers. You are given a URL which you should use.

Now you have the ability to publish you calender, right click and select publish.

iCal Publish CalenderYou now need to enter a name for the calender. Select private server, enter your login name, password and URL.

The URL for a private server is:

The public sever is:

iCal publish calenderOnce as iCal figures it self out and uploads you calender your done. You have uploaded your calender for free with out the need for a .Mac account.

The final step to subscribe to a calender is to go Calender > Subscribe, and enter the URL.

iCal Subscribing to a Calender

You can now share this calender with all your friends family and who ever else.

If you want to download this calender for my blog please use this link.

Please post your comments.

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Can A Blog Post Have To Many Labels

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I was wondering about it earlier but can a blog have to many labels to choose from when post. For example check out the image below to the amount of labels I can pick when writing about a post, and this grows every day.

The problems with this is that having to many labels is unnecessary. For example a post on wallpapers could come under:

  • Wallpapers
  • Design
  • Pictures
  • Computer
  • Cool
  • Download
  • Image
  • Widescreen
  • Monitor
So on and so forth.
Originally the idea behind labels was to categorize posts into general areas. This is so existing users can quickly find specific posts. The disadvantage of having so many is that it can be hard to find the exact label a post may have, as well as this later on in the blogs life there may be so many labels that the author misses a category. Problematic if users rely on labels to navigate.

But, there is some advantage of using so many labels. In particular to search engine optimization (SEO). If all downloads have the download label, when a search engine is crawling the site, it will pick up that a post is linked to downloads, reinforcing links and bonds to search engine criteria.

Of course it is up to the blog owner if a post contains a million labels or just two, but there are advantages and disadvantages of both.
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How To Get Blog Ideas

iCal Red June 4th 2007You have a blog, but you don't have any ideas which you want to fill your blog with interesting and fulfilling posts to gain visitors and be an internet legend, what do you do? Read on.

One of the first steps is to have a purpose to write about, for example I have Great Design, for all things design. Adsense Hacks, for all things related to Adsense and finally a new and upcoming blog about Apple Mac Tips.

Once you have a clear defined purpose you need ideas to fill out the posts. Start with a pad of post- its and a pen. Have these in clear reach, when you working, walking, driving etc. These are used to jot down all the little thoughts that pop into your head. The must have place is by your bed. Many people forget what the idea they had when in bed, your shouldn't fall into this trap.

How to get Ideas?

What you need to do is day dream. If you have a blog which is about design, you should have plenty ideas about design. Write all the little tidbits down. Most of the time, when you have time to think a little more this idea will come into play.

Other ways of getting ideas to post is when visiting websites. Most of the time you will see a website which has any idea which you could use make better or comment on. Keep this in a separate folder, every couple of days re-visit them. Most of the time people get ideas, and post about that. Its a could way to pick up knowledge.

As I said in the beginning keep a piece of paper or post it handy. They always come in useful when you reviewing whats on them before you put them in the bin. That little word or sentence in the top corner which you wrote ages ago could be one that brings the visitors. Keeping note also helps.
If you are the modern user and have a Mac, stickies is another great option. Most of the time when dashboard is running it is going to be about something I am going to post the next day.

Stickies Dashboard, How to get ideasThe golden rule for this is to keep think and keep blogging, one idea will catch on and people will begin to visit your site.

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Becoming Your Own SEO

The definition of SEO stands for "Search Engine Optimization". This guide will tell you how to get the best of you website with out paying the hundreds of dollars for a "professional" to do it for you.

The first step: Getting you site laid out correctly.

Your site has to be well optimized to be easily crawled. The first step is to make sure that each page has a relevant title. This gives search engines and idea of what your page is about.

Make sure that each page has a description in the header. The description aids a search engine into what your site is about, as well as offering information about the page if it can't pickup its own description.

Don't use frames. Frames were good 5 -10 years ago but know have fallen by the wayside. Search engines have trouble crawling you content and most users (including myself) don't like the way website perform when frames are used.

Have Good Content. You have the best site in the world but on every page there is only a few lines, no good to search engines. People like rich picture and text pages, having one line per page doesn't give Google, Yahoo or any other search engines much to go on. Develop content.

Don't duplicate other sites content. Duplicating other peoples content doesn't bode well for search engine rankings. They no that its duplicate and will most certainly put it against when it comes to listing you site.

Keywords. You want you site say to appear for blogs. Make sure that "blog" frequently appears on your site. Having "blog" appear on your site will increase the chance of your site being linked to the word blog. Don't spam the listings though, you could be penalized.

Use the h1 and h2 tags to highlight your titles and other words on your page. Search engines will pick up on the importance of the words within the tags, improving the the chance of that phrase being picked up.

Don't have dead links. Dead links are trouble. Having dead links annoys both users and search engines on you site. There could be the most amazing web page at the end of the link but if no no one can get there how can it be indexed.

Step two: Getting links

To get indexed you have to have a link to you website. The best places to get links are on high page rank sites, but this is always never possible. So you have to go alternate routes and build up links to your site.

Manual submission. This method involves go to each of the search engines and manually adding your site to the listings, is a long way to do it but search engines will begin to find your site.

Social submission. This involves go to places like Digg, Reddit, etc and adding your site and getting visitors this way. One golden rule is making sure you don't spam these sites, spamming doesn't help. This is another way to get your site onto the listings.

Keep updating your content. The more web pages you put on the site with new original content. Search robots will comeback more and more often, indexing your site with your content.

The final rule

The final rule of Search Engine Optimization is wait. It takes time for people to find your site on search engines. What to do in the mean time, add more to your website and have fun.

If you found this interesting please leave a comment.

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Photo Tuesday - Coloured Smoke

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Its that time of the week its time for photo Tuesday. This week I've found a image that is colored smoke on a black ground. Its awesome. Click for full version.

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The 6 Types of Bloggers

The "new" craze on the Internet is blogging. I say craze because every one seem to be doing it, old people, young people, even babies. From my experience there are many times of bloggers in the world.

1) The Spam Blogger

This blogger is not really a blogger. He or she sets up a website with the sole interest in putting up adverts and non sensical adverts, all for the better of generating a little profit at the expense of annoying many people. This people should not be called bloggers. There blogs are known as splogs.

2) The Post Hundreds Of Articles A Day Blogger

This type of blogger no one cares about. He or she posts hundreds of times a day with nonsense relating to what they watched 5 minutes ago on TV. Now only likes your blog, go away.

3) The One Post Blogger

This blogger sets up a blog an only posts to it once. Clearly they thought blogging was to hard and gave up with out trying.

4) The Serious Blogger

These bloggers are some of the worst on the interwebs. Post only about really serious topics that only 0.0001% of the world cares about and gets really upset when people don't like their blog.

5) The True Blogger

This person was born to blog. He or she regularly updates with good honest content which is fits for every ones eyes.

6) The "Hey I Got A Blog" Blogger

This blogger is usually on par with MySpace. His or her blog has to contain every colour is the CSS colour chart. Usually mixes with the number 2 or 3 on this list.

Well folks that's all I can think of right now. Have fun and enjoy the rest of your day.

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Why Don't Bittorrent Trackers Use IP Blocklist


As I looked at all the lawsuits that seemed to be brought against people for sharing information on Bittorrent and other P2P networks. I was wondering why Bittorrent trackers don't use IP blocking.

For example, Peer Guardian offers a program that blocks IP addresses from connecting to your computer and vice versa. As well as this I also know that Bittorrent trackers have the ability to block IP's for various reasons (Eg, Bad Seeding, Bad Upload ratio etc). How come then these trackers don't implement the Peer Guardian block list into the tracker. This would stop people IP addresses being snooped in alleged file sharing scandals. As the snooper could not connect to the tracker network. This could solve the problem.

Of course this would just create a round robin of different IP to add to the tracker that these companies use, as well as this it would probably put tremendous strain on the tracker as it would have to manage every IP address. There would probably be a limit as well.

End note: I do not support illegal file sharing, this was just an idea that popped into my head.

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Google Analytics is Going to Rock


Edit: Just today i changed over to the new Google Analytics and it does rock. Go Google.

Wow, I just found this post over at Modern Life is Rubbish and looks like the new version of Google Analytics is gonna rock. Look at those screen shots. Its a lot better improvement to the current version.

Old Version

Old Version of Google Analytics
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New Version

New Version of Google Analytics Click to Enlarge

It is almost like waiting for Christmas. I cant wait.

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Blogger Help Websites

During the last couple of days i've been fiddling about with the layout of the website. I just want to say thanks to them for helping me out. If you would like to know some of the techniques used visit these websites. (Blogger Tips and Tricks) (Blogger for Dummies)

Big up to them.

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Hello again.

This is just a quick notice to say that the blog has been updated. Currently the layout is as I want it and all the elements have been installed. This includes the adverts by AdSense as well as the general font scheme and image layout. Soon I will be adding posts and what not and we shall get the ball rolling.

Over and out.

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