Welcome to The Blog Report

I'm so glad you stopped by and hope you find this blog an interesting read. I've been blogging since April of 2006, currently the author of six public and two private blogs. In the beginning I knew absolutely nothing about blogging. Over the years through trial and error, frustration and elation, and a few tears I've learned a lot. However, the learning process when it comes to blogging continues to evolve. Here you will find a hodge podge of my blogging experiences, useful codes and how-tos, sprinkled liberally with my opinions. Enjoy!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Disabling Comments on One Post

Yesterday, I wrote about the amount of comment spam one particular post on one of my blogs was drawing.  Considering it is a post for the Technorati code only there is nothing of any interest for any reader so no reason for comments.  I opened my mailbox this morning to discover several more pieces of this type of spam.  The good news is because of comment moderation the spam never sees light of day but by now even deleting the spam from my mailbox is getting annoying.  So, I went to that blog's posts and pulled up the post, clicked edit then in the right side bar, clicked on options and turned off comments then hit update for the change to go into effect.  Essentially what this does is prevent the spammer (more likely spam bot) from leaving a comment on that post without affecting other posts.  Problem solved!

Turning off comments can be done prior to the post going live or anytime after the post has been published.  This handy little feature is something I haven't used enough but in all honesty until this past couple of weeks, really did not have a big need for it.  However, there are some posts that may be best with comments disabled if they have the potential to draw a lot of negative or spam comments.  I don't have many posts across my blogs that fall into that category but it is something to keep in mind.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Technorati or Not

Back in 2006 when I was setting up my first blogs, I added a post with nothing but the code for Technorati.  This code tells Technorati that the blog is mine and to track it.  Technically, since it should be getting no attention other than from the Technorati bot.  Well, over the past couple of weeks the Technorati post on one of my blogs has gained a lot of attention.  I'm not kidding!  The spam comments on this particular post are rather impressive, coming in at four or more a day.  I suspect that the spammers think linking their comment with any "Technorati" post will gain a bit more attention even if it is only a blog maintenance post.  It would be quite easy for spammers to set up a bot targeting any post that mentions Technorati. 

This is just one more reason to keep comment moderation in place.  In the long run, it saves a lot of time in having to remove comments posted without moderation.  It also prevents the creation of a huge PR hole.  Had I not had comment moderation in place, those comments would have been instantly published.  All of them contained links that definitely would have created a PR hole.  The real problem would have been had I been away and not had comment moderation in place!  I suspect many a decent blogger has lost PR because of this very problem.  At this rate, there has been no harm done.  I'm just curious how long the onslaught of spam comments on the Technorati code post will continue.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Spammers Making Multiple Attempts to Comment

Some spammers don't understand the concept of comment moderation.  Over the past week, a spammer has tried several times to get a comment posted on one of my blogs.  I kid you not, the first round of attempts numbered seven.  The second round was only four.  Now, it gives me a bit of pleasure thinking of some moronic spammer wasting their time, shaking their head and freaking out because they know they hit the publish button but their comment is not visible.  Frantically, they repeat the process.  Then again and again until finally they collapse in a heaping pile of frustration that their comment has not been published.  If only that were the case.  Sadly, it is likely a bot making comment attempts set up to try a certain number of times then move on to the next blog.  If successful, multiple spam comments will appear on that blog until the blogger notices but these days with so many abandoned blogs, the comments may stand for eternity.  This is all the more reason to keep comment moderation on your blog!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Matt Cutts Announces the Death of Guest Blogging

A very common strategy for some looking for exposure to their site or blog is to offer to write a guest post with a link back to them.  I get several of these requests per week but as interesting as they sound, I have declined for several reasons.  First, a guest post does not always capture the flavour of the blog they are requesting to write a guest post for.  Second, quite often a guest post request content simply doesn't mesh well with the blog.  Third, for me this is very important, if a guest post request is for a product that either I haven't used or I've had a negative experience with, I cannot in good faith say yes to that guest post.  Finally, I really don't get a benefit out of a guest post other than not having to write a post myself.  On the other hand, with good traffic the link in the guest post will get exposure and continue to do so again at my expense.  So, I haven't accepted guest posts on my blogs which apparently has turned out to be a good call.  Matt Cutts has announced that guest posts with their nofollow links are spammy, so guest posts are dead.  What this means is bloggers accepting guest posts will now be penalized by Google.  This might be a good time to go through and remove any nofollow links just to be on the safe side.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

And So It Goes...

I sat down to write about our experience at a celebrity chef's restaurant in the fall.  That involved going through the multitude of pictures, selecting the ones I wanted to use then preparing them for my blog.  Once they were ready, I uploaded the pictures.  Then, it took me almost four days to write the post!  I'd write a little, putter around, get side tracked then write a bit more.  Honestly, that post should have been a lot easier to write than it was and yet it proved to be a rather challenging post.  Go figure!  And so it goes...