Posts Tagged ‘Blogging’

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.

10 Steps to Improving your Blog

Posted 20 Jul 2009 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Do you have a blog but no one comments on your posts? Or are you seeing no increases in the number of your RSS subscribers?

There are a myriad of ways to solve each of these problems without spending a lot of money. However, you will want to invest some time to improve your existing blog and meet your blogging goals – whether it is more readers, increased search engine traffic or making more money through ad sales or promoting your business.

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Have you updated your software lately?

Posted 14 Jun 2009 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

One of the most dreaded chores for most computer users is finding and installing updates for your software and operating system. There are programs out there to make this process easier, and many programs have built-in update checkers.

One of the top programs for updating your software is FileHippo, which works on PCs only. However, VersionTracker works on PCs, Macs iPhone and PalmOS.

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No matter which program you use, it is important to look at the settings for your software first and see if it has the capability to check on its own for updates. You might have to manually check for an update or set the program to check for updates periodically, but at least you’ll be prepared to update your software quickly!

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?

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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.

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  1. Go to Feedburner.com 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.

What is YOUR favorite WordPress Plugin? [Contest]

Posted 10 Dec 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysOver the next 24 hours, let us know what your favorite WordPress plugin is – and you’ll be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate!

The winner will be selected randomly and announced on Friday, December 12, 2008 at 12:00 pm EST!

Congrats, John Lessnau and to all who entered. John, you will receive your gift certificate today, and I would like to THANK all of you for entering!


WordPress Wednesdays features posts about plugins, themes and general usage of WordPress, the world’s most popular content management system!

Top 10 Essential Blogging Tools

Posted 01 Dec 2008 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlBlogging can be a challenge for most of us – whether it is because life gets in the way of our blogging time, or it is a challenge to find great ideas. We’ve rounded up the top 10 essential blogging tools by reading dozens of blogs and keeping an eye on trends.

This list is by no means exhaustive, so if you have suggestions, let us know in the comments!

The Top 10 Essential Blogging Tools

The Perfect FriendFeed Desktop Client

Posted 24 Nov 2008 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlI was looking for a better way to aggregate my social networking than a MyBlogLog widget – and I found FriendFeed.

FriendFeed enables you to keep up-to-date on the web pages, photos, videos and music that your friends and family are sharing. It offers a unique way to discover and discuss information among friends.

The goal of FriendFeed is to make content on the Web more relevant and useful for you by using your existing social network as a tool for discovering interesting information. You get a customized feed made up of the content that your friends shared – from news articles to family photos to interesting links and videos. And your friends get their customized feeds, full of the cool stuff that you’ve shared.