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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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Backlinks and Backlink Watch

One good SEO practice for bloggers is to build backlinks.  This can be done via leaving comments, writing guest posts, writing content that others will backlink to, participating in blog networks and blogrolls, getting listed in blog directories and exchanging links.  You would think that building backlinks would be simple but it isn't.  One reason is some bloggers have comments set to no follow and even blog directories use the rel="no follow" tag.   Google has announced it will now recognize the no follow tag so if you have a lot of back links with the no follow tag, it will hurt your page rank.  Check your backlinks at Backlink Watch.  I was surprised to see that www.top-blogs.org backlinks are all no follow and apparently so are those from Pinterest.  If you have a lot of no follow you can remove your blog from any offending directory.  Pinterest will allow you to prevent others from pinning images from your blog.  Be careful with this one though because even though the actual Pinterest backlink is no follow, you can get fairly good traffic from them, so of which will lead to increased subscriptions.  The nice thing is Pinterest gets their initial attention sending them to your blog, but once there if they like what they see they will bookmark or subscribe so they can visit again.  You can also contact any site or blog that links to you and ask them to remove your link.  Whether or not they do this is up to them and you have no choice in the matter, but the quality of that site or blog can affect your page rank and Google can examine that site or blog to determine whether the links on your blog are spam then penalize you. 

In many ways, how Google treats backlinks is unfair to the blogger who in many cases has no control over who gives them a backlink.  The caveat is to not participate in any type of spammy backlinking (eg. Mr. Linky, link exchanges) and don't do paid links.  Lessen the number of no follow comments by checking out the blog before leaving the comment.  You can either view the source or use Backlink Watch to see if that blog is set to no follow for comments.  If it is, then leave your name or blog name but not the url.  Be very careful with who you exchange links with.  If in doubt, don't exchange links.  Aim for getting backlinks via your content rather than commenting or exchanging links.  With this in mind, stay within the Webmaster Guidelines set by Google.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Remove Those Dead Links

The blogosphere is not a static entity but rather is constantly changing.  The average lifespan of a blog is three months and some simply are deleted which means the link to that blog is dead.  Websites re-organize or get deleted as well.  Over the past year, three once popular blog networks became defunct so any buttons relating to them are dead links as well. 

An easy way to detect dead links is to use the free trial Powermapper tool.  It does detect a lot of problems in addition to dead links.  It is free for 30 days then $49.99 per month after that which is a bit too rich for my blood!  However, the free trial may be just enough to correct a more few more problems than the free Bad Neighbourhood Link Exchange Tool in the side bar.  That tool will show whether there are any redirects either a 301 (moved permanently) or a 302 (moved temporarily).  It also lets you know if you have too many links on a page or if you are linked to a page with too many links that could indicate linking to a bad neighbourhood.  At any rate, both tools are quite useful and helping to clean up your blog of dead links and problems which in turn should help increase your page rank.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Blogger's Schedule Calendar

The new Blogger editor has an easier to use point and click calendar.  All you have to do is highlight the day you want the post to run on and set the time.  Well that sounds simple enough except most calendars are set up to run Sunday to Saturday with Sunday being the start of the week.  Blogger set theirs up to run from Monday to Sunday which is most annoying.  It's only a little thing but it is annoying.  Just saying...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Antagonistic Commentaries

We just recently returned home from our spring vacation.  After three wonderful weeks in Florida and Aruba, I can say I rather mellow even though I am behind on blogging.  I did blog while on vacation and what I noticed is some comments are blatantly antagonistic.  As it is clearly stated on all of my blogs that comments are moderated prior to being posted, antagonism serves no purpose.  In fact the person making the comment doesn't even know if I read it or not.  It seems like a waste of time to leave these types of comments when you know they have the probability of being not being posted at 99.99% of the time so why even bother?