Posts Tagged ‘Better Blogger’

Why SEO is not as hard as people think

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Posted 28 Jan 2010 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

There are a lot of SEO (search engine optimization) “gurus” out there, peddling their services to help you become SEO savvy and work on website optimization. They make it seem as if SEO and web optimization is so hard that only the highly skilled can do it, but that could not be further from the truth!

Actually, anyone with a high school reading level and a basic understanding of SEO could optimize a website and generate traffic and business for their website. SEO works off of the theory that properly placed keywords can catapult you to the top rankings in search engines, thus increasing your click-throughs, and potentially people who are going to view your ads or buy your product.

Geek Girl to Google: Fix Feedburner

Posted 11 Apr 2009 — by Ellie
Category Technology

At least 3 times a week, my Feedburner count goes all wonky. Usually, that means my chicklet displays an odd number of followers, typically far less than I actually have – but sometimes, far more than I really have.

I know, I know, how many people read your blog is not as important as how you feel about and enjoy blogging, BUT it is unnerving to see my count drop to 88 readers from a high of 221, especially when it is on the tail end of me announcing that I’m going to incorporate more ideas and information into my blog!

Power up your feed with Feedburner

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Posted 04 Mar 2009 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

Are you using Feedburner for your RSS feed? Why not?

Feedburner gives you stats on how many people read your feed, click on your posts and visit your site and more. Statistics are important to any blogger who really wants to improve their blogging experience. Plus, who doesn’t love bragging rights about how many readers (subscribers) you have?

How to exclude a category from your WordPress RSS Feedburner feed
Creative Commons License photo credit: adria.richards

Make it easier for your readers to get your content into an online feed reader like Google Reader or Netvibes, or a desktop program like FeedDemon. Cutting down on daily visits to individual websites saves your readers time – and increases the opportunities you have to reach a wide audience.

10 Things to Look for in a Web-host

Posted 02 Mar 2009 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Finding a new web-host can be a challenge, especially if you are new to having a website or blog.

However, there are 10 Things to Look for in a Web-host, and these 10 tips will ensure you get the best host to meet your needs.

  1. Price is important. You do not want to spend a lot of money for hosting that is mediocre, nor do you want to spend money if a free host will fit your needs.
  2. How much storage is the host offering? You’d be surprised at how hosts offer so many different amounts of storage space. Find a good balance between storage and the other features, to get your money’s worth of the hosting.

How to: Add Twit This to your Feedburner FeedFlare

Posted 23 Feb 2009 — by Ellie
Category Better Blogger

TwitThis is not one of the default options for Feedburner Feed Flares, but it is easy to add TwitThis to your blog’s RSS footer.

Screenshot of TwitThis! in Action

Screenshot of TwitThis! in Action

  1. Go to and navigate to Optimize > FeedFlare on the blog you want to modify.
  2. Copy this link (right click with your mouse and press COPY) and paste it into the “add new Flare” box.
  3. Choose if you want the new FeedFlare to appear only on your RSS feed and/or your website.
  4. Press “Save” to save your changes.

101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger E-Book Released!

Posted 13 Oct 2008 — by Ellie
Category Announcements, Better Blogger, Featured

betterbloggercoverThe ultimate geek girl has released her first e-book, inspired by the series 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger, and you can download this FREE e-book today!

Updated to reflect changes in today’s blogging climate, this e-book is full of tips and tricks to help even the most experienced blogger learn more about blogging!

Read about how to personalize your WordPress blog with plugins and code!

Get inspiration on blogging topics, staying focused on blogging and getting publicity for your site.

Take advantage of the geek girl’s research, and avoid the pitfalls of blogging.

Blogging is about YOU – the Author!

Posted 24 Sep 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysWhen your blog template isn’t working, change it! I know I have said a lot of things in the past about blogging and how to please your visitors, but at the end of the day, blogging is about what makes YOU happy!

I blog here because I enjoy sharing knowledge and challenging myself by coming up with blogging ideas every week. However, I cannot forget my obligation to myself to enjoy life – even blogging!

19 Final Tips to Becoming a Better Blogger

Posted 06 Jul 2008 — by Ellie
Category Better Blogger

This is the final installment of the “Better Blogger” series. I hope you enjoyed this 101 step journey with me. Scroll to the bottom of this post for links to all of the previous articles in this series. Any feedback is greatly appreciated!

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Is your page Stumbled?

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Posted 15 May 2008 — by Ellie
Category Better Blogger

StumbleUponI am a huge fan of StumbleUpon – the social networking site that lets you set preferences and find site that you might be interested in – and share them with friends!

But as a blogger, I am always interested in how often my pages are Stumbled (added to StumbleUpon’s databases).

I found a simple JavaScript bookmarklet for Firefox at The Internet Entrepreneur Diary that can let me know with one click whether or not a page has been Stumbled.


Simply drag and drop the “Stumbled?” link to your “Bookmarks Toolbar Folder”. Now, you will have a shortcut on your Firefox Bookmarks Toolbar.