Blogs about Blogging

Getting to know Google+ better and more blogging

Published on the 17th February, 2013

Google+ The experience of any social network is only as good as the activity of the people on it, right? Quite a few of my friends have joined Google+ and experimented with a couple of posts, but it doesn't really feel for me that it's taken off as a social graph tool. It works pretty well within the interest graph, though, and maybe that's because the API is currently read-only. There are a ton of tools that help you market on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook by managing accounts and automatical...

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How to get your Google+ profile picture to appear in search results

Published on the 12th July, 2012

You may have recently noticed that lots of Google search results now show profile pictures of authors alongside the result for the page. I think this adds a nice element of trust to the link, as you can see the person who wrote the page and you can be pretty sure the content comes from a person as opposed to a content aggregator or such like. As always, there’s no exact formula to controlling the search result information, but Google has published some advice for setting this up for your blog ...

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Blog from the iPhone to your Drupal blog with BlogPress

Published on the 29th April, 2011

There are a couple of apps which can post to Drupal as well as the majority of other popular blogging platforms straight from your iPhone: iBlogger and BlogPress. I'm writing this from BlogPress on my iPhone, but the app also supports the iPad for all you lucky folks out there. With BlogPress you can view previous posts, save drafts, upload images to Flickr or Picasa and upload movies to YouTube, all of which can then be embedded straight into the post. Drafts can be saved to the app and are sto...

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Fighting blog comment spam

Published on the 14th February, 2011

I've noticed a recent influx of blog spam which seem, to some degree, relevant to the content it's posted on. I think spammers are composing comments targeted to specific subject areas and then searching the web for content on that subject so that when they post the comment it appears at first glance to be genuine. Of course the most telling part is the totally unrelated link to men's watches or postal degrees which seem somewhat out of place in a comment on a php web development framework. Neve...

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Trying out Mollom for Drupal

Published on the 3rd April, 2010

I've decided to give the web service, Mollom, a try since my CAPTCHA, which I kept tweaking to the point where I nearly couldn't read it, was letting me down. The problem with CAPTCHA is it logs how many form submissions it blocks, which is great, but this doesn't necessarily mean SPAM submissions; it could be frustrated people not being able to post a comment on your blog. Mollom works by analysing the form submission for SPAM patterns, then determining whether it is suitable or not. It's quite...

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Post blog articles to Twitter with Feedburner's Socialize feature

Published on the 31st December, 2009

A friend of mine recently told me about Feedburner's Socialize feature, where you can aggregate RSS feeds and post the links to Twitter automatically. This is quite a neat feature as Feedburner can also include some of your content in the tweet, create hashtags from the post categories and create inline hashtags from the categories and words in the title and post. Check out this feature by logging into your Feedburner account, selecting the feed you want to use, then go to the 'publicize' tab al...

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