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How to add your URL, Website or Blog to Google

Posted by wholeenchilada on January 26, 2008

A pretty easy solution is offered by Google itself – Add your URL to Google. Here’s a bit’o info from the page:

Share your place on the net with us.
We add and update new sites to our index each time we crawl the web, and we invite you to submit your URL here. We do not add all submitted URLs to our index, and we cannot make any predictions or guarantees about when or if they will appear.

Please enter your full URL, including the http:// prefix. For example: http://www.google.com/. You may also add comments or keywords that describe the content of your page. These are used only for our information and do not affect how your page is indexed or used by Google.

Please note: Only the top-level page from a host is necessary; you do not need to submit each individual page. Our crawler, Googlebot, will be able to find the rest. Google updates its index on a regular basis, so updated or outdated link submissions are not necessary. Dead links will ‘fade out’ of our index on our next crawl when we update our entire index.

Read more here: http://www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl 

The process itself is very simple. At the page above there is a text box where you enter your site URL and a second for optional comments on your site or blog. Once the info is entered you type in the security letters from the image on the page and click “Add URL”. Your site should be crawled by Googlebots on the next run.

If for some reason you should ever need to remove your site or blog from Google click here for more information.

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Blogging Tips: Keep it legal – How to avoid committing libel

Posted by wholeenchilada on November 22, 2007

http://www.knowmoremedia.com/uploads/Easton%20Blogging%20Poster.jpgSteve Tobak over at Train Wreck has a great post for bloggers on how to avoid breaking a law you might not even be aware of: Bloggers beware: You’re liable to commit libel. While I always try to avoid saying anything negative about people online, I can see how folks writing seemlingly innocent posts might get trapped by the libel monster. Tobak states that only one person has to read your post for it to be considered “published” and the parameters for what is/isn’t libel can be a fuzzy line. Injecting opinions or writing factual statements that later prove to be false can be considered libel. Again, I try to be extremely careful with what I write, but others might not be aware of this potential legal trap, offering bold opinions based on internet news or media gossip that might later be proven wrong. Check out this excerpt:

First, people usually ask the wrong question: “Can a blogger be sued for defamation?” The sad truth is that almost anybody can sue you for almost anything these days. So, don’t ask that question; it’s dumb. What you want to know is your responsibility under the law, and therefore, how best to protect yourself from successful litigation.


To prove libel, which is the same thing as written defamation, the plaintiff has to prove that the blogger published a false statement of fact about the plaintiff that harmed the plaintiff’s reputation. Let’s break that down.


“Published” means that at least one other person may have read the blog. That’s right, just one.


A “false statement of fact” is a statement about the plaintiff that is not true. Truth is the best defense against libel. An opinion is also a defense against libel. But, depending on the context, the difference between an opinion and a statement of fact can be remarkably gray. Context is a big deal in determining defamation.


One thing to watch out for: simply inserting the words “in my opinion” in front of a statement of fact doesn’t magically make it an opinion.


Satire and hyperbole can also be defenses against libel, but again, very gray.

Read more here: http://www.cnet.com/8301-13555_1-9821584-34.html?tag=rsspr.6219820&part=rss&subj=news

Some good mental food for thought. No matter what type of blog you write, it’s focus or the size/power of the company/person you write about, you need to take care to choose your words carefully. How much would it suck to get served over some silly comment you wrote in a blog? It can happen – be careful out there!

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Blogging Tips On Building Traffic For The Personal Blogger

Posted by wholeenchilada on November 16, 2007

Blogging Blog has a great post for folks that run personal blogs: Top 5 Traffic Building Tips for Personal Bloggers. The post was written by Skellie and outlines some great ways for folks with smaller and more personal-focused blogs to get traffic:

1. Rethink the way you approach guest-posts. I know a lot of personal bloggers think guest posts aren’t relevant to them. After all, you’re supposed to target sites in your ‘niche’, but how does that work if you’re the only person in your niche?

Guest posts can still be very useful for personal bloggers. There are probably no other blogs about you out there, but there are likely to be many based around your interests, hobbies and skills.

2. Focus on forums. Forums are all about the cult of personality — for that reason, they’re the perfect place to develop relationships with potential readers. Pick a big, thriving forum on a topic you’re passionate about and get involved. Post regularly, be insightful and be an upstanding forum citizen. Make sure to link back to your blog in your forum signature.

I’ve seen many thriving personal blogs built on the back of an equally thriving forum profile.

3. Comments are key.

4. Get into your local blogging scene.

5. Don’t ignore social media.

Read more here: http://www.bloggingblog.org/2007/11/top-5-traffic-b.html

Great info on how to get more visitors to your site and you might check out more of Blogging Blog  for more tips on buildingTrackback a great blog.

One tip that I might add to any blog looking to maximize traffic is to utilize trackbacks when referring to posts from other blogs. This is usually a URL/Link that you can add to your post which will trigger a “trackback” to the original post. Now folks viewing the post you referred to will see your blog linked to the page and they might visit to see what you’ve added to the discussion. It really is a great way to get more traffic to your blog and, as a bonus, you might be able to convert site visitors into blog subscribers by advertising your feed and highlighting why your blog is worth coming back to.

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Blogging Tips: How to maximize traffic to your blog

Posted by wholeenchilada on November 14, 2007

I started writing tips for bloggers and am surprised by the amount of traffic and emails the posts generated. It seems a lot of people are looking for help with developing a solid blog and “blogging tips” is quite a popular search, as is “how to blog”. So I’ve found another great list of tips to help you get the most out of your blog, no matter what you write about. This time we’re focusing on getting people to your blog (traffic) and eventually you’ll want to work on turning visitors to subscribers, but that’s for another post.

From Seth Godin, marketing guru with a popular business blog, come a few of the over 50 excellent tips on How to get traffic for your blog:

 2.  Be topical… write posts that need to be read right now.

5.  Be timeless… write posts that will be readable in a year.

11. Don’t write about your cat, your boyfriend or your kids.

15. Be sycophantic. Share linklove and expect some back.

16. Include polls, meters and other eye candy.

19. Do email interviews with the well-known.

27. Include comments so your blog becomes a virtual water cooler that feeds itself.

31. Write about stuff that appeals to the majority of current blog readers–like gadgets and web 2.0.

35. Write posts that each include dozens of trackbacks to dozens of blog posts so that people will notice you.

36. Keep tweaking your template to make it include every conceivable bell or whistle.

41. Post on weekdays, because there are more readers.

46. Edit yourself. Ruthlessly.

55. Don’t be boring.

56. Write stuff that people want to read and share.

Read the complete list here: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2006/06/how_to_get_traf.html

What a great list of tips! You should check out the comments at the end of the post for some additional hints, tips and tricks. I plan on continuing to follow this topic so be sure to check back for more good stuff to read! Better yet, subscribe to my feed and get updated regularly!

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Blogging Tips: How to blog for beginners

Posted by wholeenchilada on November 13, 2007

ProBlogger has a post with a great list of links to a variety of resources to help folks get started with blogging. Blogging Tips for Beginners was written by Darren Rowse and is a great place to start if you are thinking of starting a blog or new to blogging. Here are some of the resources listed:

Read the complete article Blogging Tips for Beginners here: http://www.problogger.net/archives/2006/02/14/blogging-for-beginners-2/. It contains a ton of info for folks new to blogging and a lot of tips and tricks that more seasoned bloggers could benefit from reading. Be sure to check out the rest of the site and the “related posts” at the end of the page. ProBlogger has a ton of great info and is worth a visit if you’re looking to build up your blogging abilities.

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Blogging Tips: Self Branding Will Help Generate Income as a Blogger

Posted by wholeenchilada on November 10, 2007

I’ve been looking into generating income online and am always looking for good blogging tips. I have another blog that’s 2 years old and has a solid, albiet small, audience with a technorati authority of 50, 25 bloglines subscribers and 20 feedburner subscribers. Considering I didn’t know what I was doing or what I wanted to write about for the better part of a year, and the fact that I do not advertize or promote the blog in anyway, I felt pretty good about those numbers, but I knew I’d need to get bigger to make real money online. It was in the past year that I started tagging better, using better titles for SEO, providing more useful content and writing my own original content about my niche topic, project management, and that was when the traffic started flowing. I just passed 100,00 page views on that blog and am wondering how to build a blog that will make me some money, which is what spawned The Whole Enchilada. I didn’t want to mess with ads and the like on my first blog – I consider it a professional blog and don’t want to appear to be “pimping” it.

So I’m working on this new venture and am researching the best way to drive traffic to my blog, get visitors and subscribers, determining best adverstising options and other ways to build  a money earning blog. I came across a post on “Self Branding” your blog that got me thinking that building a good blog is about more than advertising links and paid reviews. Here’s an excerpt from Self Branding – Moving Beyond the Niche to Generate Income as a Blogger:

What is self-branding?

Just like with any company such as, Microsoft, or a product like the IPOD, which attempt to emote certain feelings within the consumer in order to get them to purchase their goods, bloggers need to establish on their site who they are and what they embody. Essentially, every one of your blog readers, (whether it’s a first time visitor or a frequent active comment poster) are your consumers. Therefore “self branding” as it pertains to an individual’s blog should quickly allow readers to know what you stand for, what you are trying to portray, and most importantly, the message you are trying to convey.

The post delves deeper into why you should care about self-branding and discusses how it can build loyalty and turn visitors into subscribers.  There are also some great branding examples to show you why this is important. Some great information for bloggers looking to monetize or even build an audience. You can read more here: http://www.problogger.net/archives/2007/11/11/self-branding-moving-beyond-the-niche-to-generate-income-as-a-blogger/

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Blogging Tips: don’t over complicate things

Posted by wholeenchilada on November 8, 2007

BloggingTips has some great info for folks new to blogging or looking to started. In a post titled The Best Blogging Tip no one will ever mention there is some great advice on content:

Angela had a good point yesterday when she mentioned how new Bloggers are more concerned with things like how their Blogs template looks rather than having any content. If you worry about each and every detail before you start writing content, your going to burn yourself out around your 10th post. The best advice I can give any new blogger is, don’t over complicate things. Its really that simple. You are creating something for other people to read and enjoy. Its not a fashion show or a contest. Its something that should be enjoyable for both you and your readers.

Get that blog started – craft something simple to begin with then start writing posts and getting your content out there. BONUS: Check out the rest of the post mentioned above for more detail on these tips to start blogging:

1. Pick your Topic

2. Buy your domain

3. Buy Hosting

4. Install your Blog Platform

5. Start writing – You are now a blogger.

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New to blogging? 5 Key Components Every Blog Needs

Posted by wholeenchilada on November 7, 2007

Make Money Online has some great tips for new bloggers or folks with existing blogs looking to build more traffic and develop a larger audience. Here’s a quick list from the post 5 Essential Blog Elements Which Every Blog Should Have:

1. ABOUT PAGE – Readers usually like to know who is behind the posts. Write about yourself and your interests and tell them why are your post the ones they should read. Also, it’s highly recommended that you put your picture on your about page – readers also like to see who is behind the posts – chose a picture with a smile on your face 😉 – You can expect my picture soon 🙂

2. CONTACT PAGE – Just remember how many times you contacted someone with your questions and queries. As a blogger, you have to make time for your readers. Having a contact page makes it easier for your readers to get in touch with you.

3. SUBSCRIBE BUTTON – Allow your readers to grab your site’s feed. Place the button on the top of your page so it’s easy accessible. You can also encourage your readers to subscribe to your feed at the beginning or the end of each post (or in the post 😉 – subscribe to MMWK)

4. CATEGORIES (LABELS) – Makes the blogging experience on your blog a whole lot easier and comfortable. Categories make it easier for readers to browse through your blog.

5. SEARCH BOX – Always have a search box on your blog. When a reader wants to find something on your blog, the search box takes him there in no time.

Read more here: http://makemoneywithkassper.blogspot.com/2007/08/5-essential-blog-elements-which-every.html

To seasoned bloggers these tips may seem mundane but, after reading the comments following the post, it’s pretty clear a lot of folks are looking for help in developing a quality blog. Stay tuned for more great blogging tips – I have a posts saved over at bloglines with solid info.

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