Monthly Archives: June 2011

10 Search Engine Limitations that Impact You and Your Blog

NS-5 : From the movie iRobot

[This is part of the The Blogger’s Essential Guide to Search Engine Optimization Series.]

As we continue to move forward through this series it’s worth mentioning not only the awesome things that search engines do for your blog but also the limitations that they have so that we can respond and react appropriately.

And this makes sense since search engine optimization is about making your blog the best that it can be for both the human and the robot (but not at the cost of the human, of course!) and if we’re to do this in the very best way it behooves us to know what we can optimize due to the technical nature of the search engine’s software.

Some of these elements will require you to make specific choices about not only your content but also how your users engage with your content – in other words, you’ll find that SEO is about finding the perfect compromise between the robot and your community.

And the more you know about these limitations and compromises the better you are at leveraging them to the fullest. Shall we begin?
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A Professional Blogger’s Home Office – Part 5 – Slowly Creating Space…

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[This is part of the Problogger Home Office Series.]

Just wanted to give you a small update on how things are continue to progress in quest for the most-awesome home office. In fact, that update is merely this: It’s slow-going.

Cleaning up after a move is painfully boring and a lot of work. I’ve got tons of books that I finally just threw up onto a bunch of old shelves that we brought with us with no rhyme nor reason. I hate doing that but it’s just a necessary evil as I clean out space.

The office is more of a dumping ground for trash that needs to eventually go out to the street. Good times, right?

I’m not upset – I just know that it’s going to take some time for this to really come together. I’ve got a laundry list of important things that need my attention greater than my perfect work environment so I’ll just have to practice the fine art of being patient (which is pretty difficult for me).

It is what it is, right?

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Become a Better Blogger by Learning a Bit of Code

I had the pleasure of sharing a few of my candid thoughts on blogging and software development over at Six Revisions this morning in a guest post titled How Being a Coder Can Make You a Better Blogger.

Please spend a few moments stopping by, dropping a comment (or two), and thanking Jacob Gube for the opportunity! Let’s be a community that shows up!

I also wanted to share a few additional thoughts on how you can practically get started on becoming a better blogger by dabbling in even a small amount of code:

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How a Blogger Can Get Legal Protection from Libel and Slander

Better to know now than to figure this out later.

[This is part of the Escaping the 9-5: My Road to ProBlogging series.]

Just what is a “blogger,” really? No seriously – who and what are we? Writers? Storytellers? Authors? Creators? Artists?

The obvious answer is that we are all of those things. Technically speaking we are also called “Publishers” and with that particular title comes certain responsibilities. And with any responsibility comes a bit of risk, perhaps even some exposure that if not managed well could get us into a bit of a pickle.

Blogging has come a long way in a very short period of time. For many it is simply a hobby. However, as proven by some rather talented “pro” bloggers out there, blogging is much more than that. It can become a primary source of income, actually supporting an entire family!

Now how cool is that?!

As cool as that is, there is another side to blogging that many of us fail to recognize, and others outright ignore – and I’m not talking about spending countless hours on a post to only have three of four pageviews and zero comments – we’ve all been there, right?

What I’m talking about is a legal perspective; a perspective that you need to know about regardless if you’re just a hobby blogger or a professional blogger and one that invites risk each time you click that publish button.

In fact, this is something you should definitely consider if you’re going to leave the protection of a corporation’s legal department and head out on your own into problogging!

Ready for a bit of schooling?

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WordPress Theme for Software Developers Released

Dev Theme, a new WordPress Theme built specifically for developers, software engineers, and anyone who wants a clean-looking WordPress Theme was released this morning.

In fact, my blog right now is sporting one of the few looks that is packaged into the theme!

But that’s not why it’s called “Developer Theme” – it’s got things like a built-in code editor for over 100+ languages so you can showcase your awesome syntax all over the internets.

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Free WordPress Theme: ‘Starter’

I’m happy to announce the release my third free (GPL) TentBlogger-branded WordPress Theme to the general public.

Naturally, just like the first theme and the second one, this one’s focused on the same goal: Content, content, content!

But this one is cleverly named to help a new blog get a good “jump start” to their blogging efforts since it does focus purely on the content and not so much the design – can you say black and white?!

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Deforestation Fail via Comcast

At least I’ll know who to blame when the world burns because of deforestation – sheesh Comcast… all of them had the exact same information…!

And yes, I did establish paperless billing … but apparently it’s just for billing…

The Best Desktop Writing App for Distraction-Free Blogging

Update: You should check out Desk App, a desktop publishing client for writers & bloggers! Clearly Desk is now my favorite app but I have to give a lot of kudos to iAWriter for their inspiration via their great product!

After having shared a near-exhaustive list of desktop-based blogging and writing apps that help you stay focused I’ve been asked multiple times which one is my favorite and it’s been honestly tough since I like many of the apps that a number of these businesses have created.

But there’s a clear winner in my book not only for the sheer simplicity of the application but also the small feature set that has been optimized for my particular writing needs (unfortunately it doesn’t publish blog posts like Desk App).

You see, my requirements are pretty simple:

  1. It needs to be a super fast app.
  2. It needs to be pure elegance in simplicity.
  3. It needs to limit my choices of features. In other words, it has to forcibly remove my options.
  4. It needs to be able to Save and Export in the types of files that I need.

After having tested out nearly all off the focused writing apps listed here I landed on one after having found myself going back to it again and again as my top option – and clearly it was being used and I was publishing content from it:

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How to Get Health Benefits and Insurance for Your Blog

Gotta have it...!

[This is part of the Escaping the 9-5: My Road to ProBlogging series.]

I’ve gotten this question a number of times since becoming a professional blogger and it makes sense, especially if you have a family to feed when you start on your little adventure to become a blogger full time.

Without health benefits in line I would never have really considered making a move from the 9-5 into ProBlogging!

Besides the obvious financial concerns that a blogger should have (which can be many, but just make sure you “stay in the black!”) there are other ones like health insurance and health benefits that you’re going to have to either forgo or figure out. Most people will attempt the latter and begin the process of getting some.

There are only so many options (that I’m aware of) and please don’t consider me an expert in this subject at all! In fact, hopefully this blog post will give an opportunity for the real professionals to step in and offer some counsel and advice as well.

But here’s what I did to get health benefits and health insurance as a blogger:

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