Sep 9, 2011

How to find ideas to post new article in your blog

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Idea

It is true that sometimes being a blogger may face situations where I would personally like to call it your brain juices got dried up as you have pretty much ran out of topic to blog and you are in crisis as your readers are anxiously waiting for your new posts but you are unable to give in.

That’s when you will probably come with excuses like I just posted last week although that post was more directly towards the newbies who stop themselves from making money but it’s still pretty much the same even though you consider yourself not a newbie.

The fact is that ideas are everywhere and I mean everywhere if you know where to find it and know how to leverage it. You may be surprised that sometimes these ideas are just right in front of you but you are not observant enough to convert these ideas and turn it into your blog post.

Today I will share some tips on where to get these ideas and most of it is part of your daily routine work.

 

1. Speak from your mind


Speak your mind

Do not be afraid to speak from your thoughts or your conscience because your readers would love to be connected with you and this is the simple fact. It may be slightly off from your niche but it will be great to speak out within yourself. The real definition of blog is to have a SAY or TWO in the industry. It’s all about taking risks at times.

 

 

2. Read


Read

You will be able to compile related posts that you want to blog about if you read a lot. It can be from any source including books, newspapers, and even other people’s blog. As a matter of fact, by reading other people’s blog, you will be able to improve you own writing skills by seeing the flow of other blogger’s post. Of course I am not asking you to cut and paste other people’s material. Think of it as you are reading some sample essays as a preparation before you go for youressay exams.

 

 

3. Follow the news


News

Keep updated with the news will just give you the latest updates that is happening and this will definitely help you to generate ideas as well. The headlines of a news may help you in many way and if you are the first person to blog about the headline, just imagine if people around the world type that as keyword for example : “Hurricane Irene”, just imagine the amount of people that will stumble onto your blog and not forgetting all those unique visits.

 

 

4. Utilize the internet


Tools

There are so many helpful sites/tools to help you generate ideas. Tools like wordtracker.com will help you list top 100 searches in the keyword you typed for example: WordPress and it will list top 100 searches within that niche. Other sites like PRWeb.com enables you to view latest press releases of your search term and Ted.com gives you the latest information in Technology, Design and Entertainment.

 

 

5. Look at your own stats


Stats

By using tools such as Google Analytics or AWStats, you can analyze what topic your readers/followers click the most. From there, you can actually have the idea to expand which topic they are fond of so that you can expand the corresponding topic or branch it out to sub-topics. That way, your readers will know even more detail about that topic and you will never run out of topic.

 

 

6. Teach


Teach

When you are able to teach your readers or provide some tutorials, they will ultimately have the faith and confidence in you. Besides that, if your teachings or tutorials are good, your readers might even recommend their friends to come to your blog for your tutorials so if you are good at something and you may provide tutorials, you may start one now.

 

 

7. Tweak your old post


Tweak

It will be a waste if you don’t look back into your own old post and did not realize some of your old post has the potential to expand into some other sub-topics. This generally gives you the free idea instead of cracking your head to look for ideas so use it to your fullest advantage as it’s just right in front of you.

 

 


Some additional tips to the bloggers out there, all the ideas are actually around you. In fact every person is a walking idea. It comes and it goes and it’s always around us. You just have dig a little deeper and with all the essential tips that I just shared, I guess there’s no reason why you say No to your own blog. Before I virtually ink a full stop for this post, you may actually follow the first step that I mentioned and I urged you all to Speak Out From Your Mind.

 

 

 

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Sep 7, 2011

Two New Apps for WordPress.com

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Earlier this summer we launched a few tools to make it easier for developers to create new apps for WordPress.com. Starting today, you can integrate your WordPress.com blog with Feedfabrik and Empire Avenue.

Turn Your Blog Into a Book

Have you ever wanted to publish your own book, or a collection of your favorite blog posts?

Feedfabrik makes it easy to convert your WordPress.com blog into a book format, and even allows you to customize the cover design and book contents. You can order a hard copy of your book, or a digital PDF edition.

To try it out, head over to Feedfabrik, choose Bookfabrik, then select "I'm on WordPress.com." Receive a 10% discount on all September orders with the code "WORDPRESS-INTRO".

Grow Your Social Capital Online

Empire Avenue is a Social Stock Market, where your social networking activity and engagement earn you virtual currency and determine your virtual share price. It also helps you discover new people and brands, and allows you to invest virtual currency in their profiles by buying shares on the Social Stock Market.

Along the way you’ll have a bit of fun, make new connections, and learn about social networking and the value of your network!Empire Avenue is completely free and deals in virtual currency. Sign up today to get started.

These integrations are made possible because WordPress.com supports aprotocol calledOAuth2. OAuth2 allows developers to build applications that securely communicate with WordPress.com. We have also launched a developer portal to help developers to get more information about our platform.

If your service wants to build with us, don’t hesitate to contact us through thedeveloper portal.



New Site Stats Show You Who Comments Most  阅读原文»

Most Commented Posts

Comment Stats Summary

Ever wanted to know who’s commenting the most on your blog and what posts they are commenting on? Now your Site Stats can tell you.

The new Comments panel in your Site Stats provides three tabs: Top Commenters, Most Commented, and a Summary of comments on your blog.

If your blog has fewer than 1000 total comments, your comment stats are based on all comments made since you started your blog. Comment stats for more active blogs reflect the most recent three months of comment activity.

For example, a blog with 500 total comments will have the most commented post be the one that has had the most comments across the entire life of the blog. For this blog (with 87K comments) the most commented post is chosen from the posts that were posted in the past three months.

The Stats Comments Panel is available now for all WordPress.com blogs. Jetpack users, please bear with us as we improve Jetpack to serve you the new comment stats in the future.

Check out the comment stats on your blog by going to your blog’s Dashboard > Site Stats or from your admin bar under Blogs > [YOUR SITE NAME] > Site Stats.


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Sep 6, 2011

New Theme: Comet

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Comet―the latest theme addition to our growing collection―sports a lightweight, faded design with simple and classy typographic touches. Perfect for any type of blog, it works really well for showcasing your writing and photos.

Comet home page example.

Make it yours by choosing from seven color schemes and four different layout options.

Customize it even further with a header image, background, and custom menu. Comet also includes a full-width template for dropping the sidebar on pages. See more information on the Theme Showcase.

Designed by Frostpress, Comet is available now in your dashboard under Appearance → Themes and, for self-hosted blogs at the WordPress.org theme directory.


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How to block traffic from autosurf sites using .htaccess

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If you are making some serious money from Google Adsense or other online ads publishing company, you need to read this post seriously. Failure to do so may caused your account Adsense from getting banned or being disabled.

How to block traffic from autosurf site using .htaccess

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According to their blog, Adsense strictly prohibit any means of artificially generating ad impressions or clicks, including third-party services such as paid-to-click, paid-to-surf, auto-surf, and click-exchange programs.

Autosurfis the automated traffic exchange sites or better explained by Wikipedia as thetraffic exchangesthat automatically rotate advertisedwebsitesin one’sweb browser. Therefore, they are capable of bringing a large amount of traffic to the advertised websites. Members earn credits for each site that they view, which can then be spent to advertise members’ sites by adding them to the autosurf rotation. Sites may additionally be added by external advertisers who pay the autosurf operators.

Well, what if I am a good blogger and I am always posting a good unique articles and doing everything according to Google Webmaster preferences and whitehat SEO practitioner and in the end my rivals or my competitors submitted my website URL to the autosurf sites?

Not only that my website will get infused with unwanted bullshit traffic and possibly lead to server overloading, it will also cause to my Adsense account getting banned.


Here’s how you can block the traffic from this autosurf sites using .htaccess rules from entering your website

There are actually 2 types of .htaccess rules that can be used

.htaccess rules Type 1

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} auto_surf_site\.com [NC,OR] RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} auto_surf\.com [NC,OR] RewriteRule .* - [F]  # BEGIN WordPress  RewriteEngine On RewriteBase / RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L] RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d RewriteRule . /index.php [L]  # END WordPress

.htaccess rules Type 2

SetEnvIfNoCase Referer "^http://www.auto_surf_site.com/" BadReferrer SetEnvIfNoCase Referer "^http://www.auto_surf.com/" BadReferrer order deny,allow deny from env=BadReferrer

They will then redirected to a error 403 Forbidden page like below

How to block traffic from autosurf sites using .htacess

There are hundreds and perhaps thousands of such as autosurf websites and it is impossible to block all of them. How can I block all of them and my .htaccess rules must be pretty damn long to list all of them?

You don’t really need to block all of them because not all of them is autosurfing to your website. All you need is just identify them out using Google Analytics or WordPress.com Statsplugins. Here’s how

Using Google Analytics


  1. Login to your Google Analytics account
  2. Go to Traffic Source > Referring SitesHow to block traffic from autosurf sites using .htaccess
  3. Check on the list of domains whereby it is not familiar to you or having the keyword “auto“, “traffic“, “exchange” or similar on the domain name to and giving you a rather high referring traffic

Using WordPress.com Stats
  1. Login to your WordPress Dashboard account
  2. Go to Site Stats> ReferralsHow to block traffic from autosurf sites using .htaccess
  3. Check on the list of domains whereby it isnot familiarto you or having the keyword “auto“, “traffic“, “exchange” or similar on the domain name to and giving you a rather high referring traffic.
That’s it. Feel free to let me know if you find any new .htaccess rules or having any questions.

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