Inc.com has a good list of blogging links including blogging tools and ‘how to’ guides.
URL info is one of the most useful tools for probloggers that I’ve recently stumbled upon.
It may not look overly sexy when you first surf into it but this simple page has 107 useful tools for you to analyze and improve your site. They describe it as follows:
URLinfo is a tool for handling web pages: finding information about it, translating it, finding related pages, etc. To use it, type a URL (web page address) into the box in the top frame. Then choose a tab (such as General or Cache), and click on the name of the specific tool you wish to use. The Translate and Search tabs require a bit more, but should be self-explanatory. Click on the [info] link at the end of any tab for details about it.
Some of the tools are more useful than others – but overall I think you’ll find plenty of information there to help you improve your blogging. Its a definite bookmarkable link!
The blogs unashamedly are targeting a young male readership – a smart strategic move from Gawker who has obviously seen the same research about Young males using the net more and more that the rest of us have seen. The difference between Nick and the rest of us is that he’s done something about it and is positioning himself very well for some successful and profitable blogging.
They’ve also signed a deal with Audi to sponser their Jalopnik blog – another smart move.
CopySafe is an internet infringement Protection tool that helps you to find out of people are stealing your blog’s content. I’ve accidentally stumbled upon a number of sites recently that have copied and pasted articles that I’d written word for word (and link for link) from one of my blogs onto another blog. On every occasion so far it only took an email to the relevant blogmaster for them to remove it (with the threat of further action) but I’ve often wondered how many other articles I’ve written have been stolen. Now with CopySafe I can find out. All it takes is for you to add the URL of the post from your blog and it will suggest possible plagiarism infringements.
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Business Blog Consulting has a good review of the Grey Matter Blog Publishing platform that is really worth a read if you’re thinking through which is the best blogging platform for you. Rick describes Grey Matter in this way:
“It’s a server-side, PERL-based platform, like Movable Type, which means, among other things, it requires rebuilds of the archives when you make significant changes to the templates. Joni tells how this process early on crashed her then mom-and-pop web host’s servers and she was polited asked to take her web site elsewhere. (Bad blogger! Yikes!) Also, GreyMatter is no longer being actively developed by its principal developer, although there remains an active, die-hard community of plug-in and hack makers. It is also not so easy to install for novices. For those reasons, Joni suggests it’s better for those who like playing around with the underside of the tools and maybe not ideal for most corporate blog installations.”
Tools like those Nokia and Six Apart are developing for moblogging will be very useful for pro-bloggers in the future. The technology is constantly improving to allow updating your blog from virtually anywhere.
‘E-mails and text messages are passe, if you talk to Nokia’s director of multimedia applications Christian Lindholm.
What’s in, according to the “godfather” of mobile phone users in Finland, home of Nokia, is instant “life caching” with cellphones.
“The whole of humanity has memories and we are getting into the business of keeping, enjoying and sharing them with others,” said Lindholm.
Last week, Nokia announced a collaboration with California-based Six Apart to bring the personal blogging experience to a new level early next year.’
Read more at Nokia pioneers cellphone blogging
Creating a blog with Moveable Type – A beginners guide is one of the best MT tutorials I’ve ever seen. Seriously – it is so simply set out that even I can understand it.
– About Movable Type
– About blogs
– Blog components
– Getting started
6 Steps to setup a blog:
1. Find a host
2. Register a domain name
3. Get FTP
4. Install Movable Type
5. Configure your blog
6. Customize templates
– Using Movable Type
– Other tips
Not only is it very informative tutorial – but it is also beautifully designed – very clean and well laid out. I highly recommend it if you’re trying to get your head around Moveable Type.
Ever wanted to make your blog more accessible to people of other languages? I havn’t done it yet – but here is a link on How to set your blog up for Machine Translation Looks like it might be reasonably easy to do.
Dave Pollard writes some great Blog Tips – here is another good one on Understanding Trackback.
‘Trackback simply lets another site know that you have a post referring to it on your own site. Read the previous sentence until it makes sense.’