Month: April 2007

Blogcatalog – broadening the discussion?

If you are a tech blogger then you are likely to be a little bit geeky, you might even like to watch models develop and change and improve too, I certainly do. If you are into the whole social networking and blogging thing then you’ll probably love playing with the various tools and platforms who offer widgets and plugins and options for expanding the conversation.

A recent splash on the blog scene following in the footsteps of the now Y! acquired mybloglog is Blogcatalog.

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Magazine Meme – Which ones do I read

QSP (quick short post)

New York SEO – Joe Whyte tagged me earlier on a ‘what magazine do you read’ meme. So in a spirit of yeah why notiness, I thought I’d take the time out and share.

I read a whole lot more online stuff these days, so don’t read half as much paper stuff as I once did. The last mag I read was New Media Age which is pretty good for search and tech stuff.  I occasionly read New Scientist as it has some interesting pieces that have a habit of getting me thinking about all manner of weird and wonderful things. I bought a copy of Mens Health the other week, as I had this mad idea to regain my abs, but thus far haven’t gotten too far on it. I’ll secretly read my sons copies of some  xbox360 games mag, just to check out really cool games like Command and Conquer and Gears of War, but other than that I’m no longer a real paper media dude.

Tagging Jeff Robyn DS and James

Keeping up with the blogging conversation

I think its a good idea to keep up with what you say and where in the blogosphere, yet with so many different types of platforms and formats its pretty difficult to do at times.

Which is probably why I just got a little excited when visiting co.mments. I think co.mments is a great way of tracking your conversations. I vaguely recalling seeing this somewhere or other and thinking cool, that could be handy, so I just went along and signed up, great I thought this could be just the thing, and then my balloon went down. It would be great, if that is, I remembered to use the bookmark tools they provide.

Use these bookmarklets to quickly bookmark conversations you want to follow. One click and they’re added to your tracking list.

First, add the bookmarklet to your favorites (IE) or bookmarks (Firefox, Safari, other). When you read a post you want to follow, simply click on the co.mments favorite/bookmark. The co.mments server will then follow up and find new comments for you.

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Technorati favourites – Boost your blog authority

I was over Andy’s blog this morning and read a very interesting post about Technorati favouriting.

For those of you who get the whole social media metric thing, you’ll understand that some sites and algos prefer to use signals that indicate real world popularity. Most observers would say that Technorati use favouriting as a signal in determining blog popularity. Makes sense too. Who would favourite a blog if it were crap after all?

If you’d like to favourite my blog, then you can do this here. Or you can just right click and download my opml file here and favourite everyone that I have, then add them to your faves.

If you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. (down a bit left a bit..) 🙂

10 magnificent steps on becoming a crappy blogger

Brad over at wordsell wrote an interesting piece on being a failsperson. It has inspired me to write a quick and dirty 10 ways to become a crappy blogger.

Do feel free to add a POV or two at the bottom!

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Can the power of blogs remove ranking restraints?

I’m looking for people who would be prepared to participate in a ranking experiment, with the specific aim of determining whether blog power can unshackle domains that have sat with ranking restraints over a prolonged period of time.

The minus 31 penalty is the phenomenum whereby a site doesn’t rank for its site name, url and cannot rank for any keywords before page 4 or position 31 in the Google SERPs. Sites affected by this cannot rank for their target keywords however obscure. Unless it has no competition whatsoever, sites affected by this just cannot rank, not even for a complete unique title string.

There are various accounts from people afected by it. Some have recounted that they were told by Google that they had no penalty and to gain more ‘quality’ links. Others are of the view that its a manually applied filter, whereas some believe that its purely algorithmic. I myself have a site affected by this too, so know the frustration associated with this thing.I’d like to test to see if blog power really can shift a site out from such a malaise.

The more participants the better, but it would be cool to have say 50 bloggers prepared to put a site wide link in their blog rolls or footers.

Of course, participants will be expected to stay quiet about it too, else those pesky sharky search engineers who surf these waters will see what we are up to and the game will be up. So if you want to play, ideally you will have a blog or a series of blogs across different IP’s and ranges. You’d be expected not to blog about it, even after the event, at least not specifically.

Proposed methodology

Its very simple really. Links in numbers from different domains with different authorties, with different keyword anchor text.

Each participant will get a 2 or 3 kw string to place in their blog roll, or footer or sidebar, linking to a particular page on a particular domain. The domain to be used will be clean in the sense of it won’t be porn or pills or anything decidely iffy.

I’d aim to start this once I get 50 responses and run it over a 12 week period, gradually introducing links week by week. Some people will need to run the links for the duration, others for shorter periods.

Hopefully, participants will come from a range of platforms and blogs. This will mean that links will be varied and not too samey with the added bonus of coming from multiple unique IP addresses.

I have a domain in mind we can use, but am up for suggestions from others if they have a similarly affected domain.

What do you get out of it?

Well, at the start of the test, I’ll get the current ranking figures for the targetted keywords and phrases for the page to be targetted. During the weeks of the test, I’ll be doing weekly monitoring and recording the results.

All participants will get access to a private post which will detail specifics relative to bot activity, ranking metrics and other interesting stuff built up over the weeks as the test progresses.

If you are in the business of getting websites ranked for your clients, this could offer very useful and valuable insights.

If you are interested, then send me an email with ‘blogpower’ in the subject line to watts_rob@hotmail.com. You would be expected to declare that you don’t work for any search engines and wouldn’t disclose participation to any other party either. If you can do this then, well, great – I look forward to hearing from you.

Cheers

Akismet made defunct by math comment plugin

QSP (Quick Short Post)

Since installing the math comment plugin my spam levels have fallen off of the planet. Akismet hasn’t had a comment now for weeks, which is a prety good show I think.

I’d recommend installing it, its saved me from a chore of checking the mod queue daily, a chore that used to bore me silly.

Meme tagged – why do I blog

Me been tagged. Becky (one of my favouritie bloggers) tagged me on this meme stuff. Its a funny old word ‘meme’, try saying it with scrunched nostrils. According to the define:meme thingy over at google its a cultural viral thing.

Anyhow, why do I blog?

Great question. I think i like to occasionly help out and express a view or two. I blog in all manner of environs, its sure cheaper than seeing a therapist 😀 Ive used blogs to say all manner of things that Ive encountered in my life. Sometimes, well most of the time in fact! It’s great to receive feedback and perspective. Some people are marvellous in how they respond and I’ve made some truly great ‘virtual friends’ Blogging has that way of allowing you to really hear what a person is saying and where they are coming from, you get an excellent sense for their ‘voice’ and you learn a thing or 2 along the way, both about yourself and others in general.. I guess Im just an avid people watcher at heart, so blogging really helps massage that one particular muscle of my psyche.

I spose now ive got to do the meme thing and mention 5 people who I’d like to tag.

um…Lyndon, Andy Steph, Shane and Jill

5 Posts you may have missed plugin

In a recent thread, Andy talked about building a ‘posts you may have missed’ plugin.

5 recent posts you may have missed
# 5 Posts you may have missed plugin – 2007-04-18 10:45:07
# tumbleweed plugin – 2007-04-18 10:21:14
# Run a local business? Get directorified! – 2007-04-03 11:31:57
# Discontinuing MyBlogLog visitor tracking – 2007-03-25 18:05:17
# NOYDIR wordpress plugin – 2007-03-01 12:59:59

Whilst building my tumbleweed plugin, I found myself stumbling on the sql for the code required to pull the info, so decided to save Andy the trouble and anyone else for that matter and build the thing myself.

You can download it here and see it in action at the bottom of my homepage.

Ill jif it up soon so that you can use it in your sidebars too, but i’ve got to do a little work on it to curtail the post lengths 1st.

Enjoy, and keep an eye out for improvements as time permits.

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