Archive for October, 2007

New Version of Gmail – Gmail 2.0

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Posted 31 Oct 2007 — by Ellie
Category Technology

Everyone, check out your Gmail accounts for some really cool and much needed improvements! Some bloggers are calling the improvements Gmail 2.0, and I’m just calling it “a vast improvement of Gmail’s interface”. I’m loving the new functions in the contacts manager, as well as the option to return to the old version of Gmail.

The new version includes:

  • Updates to the contacts manager. Now, you can search a lot easier within the contacts manager, insert photos from Picasa and input instant messenger data for many different programs for one user.

3 WordPress Plugins to Help Your Readers Enjoy Your Feed

Posted 31 Oct 2007 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysWith the latest Google PageRank update, a lot of bloggers with TONS of RSS readers and traffic saw significant drops in their PageRank! However, instead of spending a lot of time whining about it or complaining about the unfairness of Google, take some time to invest in improving your blog’s feed, so that your RSS readers get a more enjoyable experience – AND you can continue to generate traffic to your site and perhaps, with the next PageRank update, you’ll see an improvement! ❗

How I improved my PageRank from 3 to 4

Posted 31 Oct 2007 — by Ellie
Category Better Blogger

Since earlier this year, I’ve been following a lot of advice from fellow bloggers and even a blog consultant, Adnan to find out how to improve thepinkc. This has meant a minor investment in money, and a major investment in time and patience, but I am pleased with the results.

Some of the Google PageRank estimators said I’d increase from 3 to 5, but as of tonight, I’m holding steady at a respectable 4.

I’m not sure what this change in PageRank will mean in the short term, but in the long term, it proves that some bloggers know what they are talking about!

How to: Use MyAvatars to add some spice to your blog

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Posted 29 Oct 2007 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlMyAvatars is a WordPress plugin that helps you add some spice to your blog! Commenters can now have their photos next to their names in the comments, which leads to more interest in the comments and more clicks generated from the comments alone! From the MyAvatars website:

You can now use MyAvatars, a plugin that shows MyBlogLog’s avatars in your comments instead of Gravatar’s ones even if you’re not subscribed to MyBlogLog.com.

After installing MyAvatars to your blog’s plugins folder and activating, you have to do some tweaks to your comments code. The directions from the MyAvatars website can be kind of tricky, but read it – and then I’m going to break it down for you!

October 2007 PageRank Update

Posted 28 Oct 2007 — by Ellie
Category Announcements

After a lot of hard work and prayer, thepinkc has a Google PageRank of 4!

A lot of bloggers have said that they lost PageRank with this latest update, so I am glad to say that I didn’t! I noticed some updates last week, but I wanted to wait to see the results of the update – and I am NOT disappointed! I will not be looking for a lot of changes with a PR 4, but I join other great bloggers who dropped in the rankings or rose in the rankings to Google PageRank 4! ❗

Internet Browser Start Pages – my.aol.com

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Posted 28 Oct 2007 — by Ellie
Category Technology

Have you tried my.aol.com lately? It seems that AOL has stepped up their homepage offering, and it is now a lot more dynamic. It even offers the opportunity to use Google Gadgets (widgets) on my.aol.com page!

I hope that the my.aol.com browser start page has some new tricks up its sleeve soon, such as a compressed header and  an easier way to add additional modules and pages. It definitely looks like a rip off of Google’s homepage, iGoogle, but I’m not complaining. The information included in my browser start page is incredibly helpful and useful to me!

Using Bit Torrent

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Posted 26 Oct 2007 — by HarriMac
Category Soulville, Technology

Soooooo I started to write a post on how to use Bit Torrent then realized that there are better tutorials out there than I could ever write. For example:

http://wiki.theppn.org/index.php/BitTorrent_Tutorial
http://btfaq.com/serve/cache/1.html
http://www.utorrent.com/beginners-guide.php

I love each of those and they each give a somewhat different perspective. My own personal BitTorrent setup is using uTorrent. Make sure you set a upload max (leave downloads unlimited) otherwise other people could use more of your bandwidth to take than you will have to get and will keep you from accessing websites while you have the program open. Make sure you seed files even for a little while. If you end up joining some private sites, you will have to otherwise you’ll get kicked off.

A chance to win a free 125×125 advertising spot in the sidebar!

Posted 25 Oct 2007 — by Ellie
Category Announcements

contestJust a mini-contest here through Friday, October 26 Monday, October 29 at 12:01 a.m. EST!

Comment on this post with a link to your favorite post on thepinkc, and enter to win a free 125×125 advertising spot in the sidebar through the end of 2007, valued at $40!

I’ll use the Research Randomizer Form to determine the winner, and there’s only one entry per username/IP address.

If you are selected as the winner, you will need to email me your graphic and link URL upon notification! 💡

Good luck!

Monetize your WordPress powered site with AdIcons

Posted 24 Oct 2007 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysMonetization is increasingly popular in the blogosphere. There are even bloggers out there who blog about blogging for money!

A fresher way to sell advertising space on your WordPress powered site is to utilize the plugin AdIcons for WordPress from REBITRAN.

This handy plugin is still in ALPHA, so there are some bugs. My biggest complaint is that there is no readme file included, so you must read the directions on the website and hope for the best. This plugin does exactly hat it says it ill, and that is to provide a customizable area of Ad Icons for you to display or sell (or a combination of both) on your WordPress site.