Archive for June 2011

The Google+ Project: Social Networking by Google

Google has decided to jump on the social networking bandwagon with the Google+ project. Here's their video preview:

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Change Favicon in Blogger/Blogspot

Blogger has made yet another improvement.  I'm not sure exactly when it happened, but I just noticed it today.  It's easier than ever to change the favicon, the small icon that appears to the left of the url in most browsers.  The default setting is the orange blogger icon (like the one for this blog).

Changing it used to require some work and messing around with the html code.  Now all you have to do is use the button in the blogger dashboard.  Just click "design" and there's an option to change the favicon:


Just click "edit" and upload any .ico file.

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Twiends.com: Get More Twitter Followers and Facebook Likes



Would you like to get more twitter followers or "likes" to your Facebook page? 
You may want to check out TWIENDS.  Here's how the system works:  you register and connect twiends to your Twitter and Facebook accounts.  The system pulls up other Twitter/Facebook users you may want to follow (based on either interests or location).  The system basically offers incentives (called "seeds") for members to follow (Twitter) and like (Facebook). 

I can't make any guarantees about the quality of followers you'll get.  I also can't guarantee this will result in increased traffic, revenue, etc.  But it is a good way to jump-start your social network accounts.   Just CLICK HERE to check out Twiends.

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Adding Google's +1 Button to Blogger/Blogspot

Google's +1 Button is now live. Here's the official video.  I've put some additional information under the video to help you out if you're having trouble installing the code for blogger/blogspot.



You can go to the Google Webmasters Website to see instructions on inserting the code.  It looks like this:




(You'll need to copy the code from the google website--I've posted it here as a picture because I can't post the code within my blog post--blogger interprets it as code instead of text). 

I had to tweak the instructions a little.  Here's what I would recommend:

1.  Go to your blog's control panel and click "design"


2.  Now click "edit html," and "expand widget templates."  It will look like this:



 3.  Now you'll need to find code for your post header (if you want the button on the top of your post).  It should look something like this:

 4.  Now pasted both sections of the code under your header (I found this to be easier than looking for the "close body" tag).  The end result will look something like this:


5.  Now click "save template" and you're done.

You can try this first on a crash test dummy blog if you are a little nervous about messing with your blogs html code.

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Blogging and "Get Rich Quick" Programs


I encounter all kinds of "get rich quick" promises.  Sometimes they show up in my email.  Usually it involves buying some kind of software or program that will show you the "secrets" to making money online. 

I don't think there is any secret formula.  It all boils down to hard work: producing quality content, guest posting, getting your name out there by leaving comments on blogs and forums, etc.  That's the "secret." 

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