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Moveable Type announce Upgrade to combat Comment Spam

Six Apart have just announced the release of Movable Type 3.14 which they have developed to fix ‘the issue of extreme loads witnessed on servers under the strain of a massive spam attack.

Its a free upgrade for all MT3 users.

What to do When Someone Steals Your Blog’s Content – Blog Plagiarism

What do you do when a site blatantly steals your blog’s content? This is a growing problem for bloggers but thanks to tools like CopyScape its not hard to find them. The challenge comes when you want to do something about it.

A few days back I found a site which had copied (word for word) all 8 articles in my Adsense for Bloggers series of posts.

It especially concerns me as this is a site that not only gave no backlink to my articles or even a mention of who the original author was (they post it as if it is original content). They didn’t ask permision and were running the articles on a site that is commercial in nature and is making money off my own work.

So what should one do?

1. Contact the site concerned – First port of Call should always be to contact the webmaster concerned and politely explain to them that they are in breech of copyright and that you wish them to remove the content immediately. In 90% of cases where I’ve done this the content has been removed within 24 hours and there has usually been some sort of apology.

Unfortunately in this case no email address or contact details are on the site in question. You can try some random email addresses including [email protected] or [email protected]

2. Whois – Run a Whois check on the site concerned. There are numerous services around that do this – I use the CopyScape service and on the page in question got information on the site with details of the owner of it.Whilst it doesn’t tell much it does give one or two avenues for further action.

For example in this case it gives me a name of registrant of the site and an email address.

It also tells me who the site is registered through and who is now hosting the site.

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How To Post Photos to Blogger

One of the main complaints I hear from Blogger users about their blogging platform is the difficulty that they have in posting pictures to their blog. Photos, diagrams, graphs and other visuals can really lift a blog post so this can be a real limiting factor to using Blogger.

So – when I saw About Weblogs had posted a good tutorial on How To Post Photos to Blogger Using Hello BloggerBot I thought I should link up so that next time I heard the complaint I’d have an answer.

Let me know how you go with it Blogger users.

Making a Meal of Your Blog

The Washington Post has a basic article on how to blog. One of their sections is on posting regularly with a quote from Biz Stone:



‘When a blogger adds new material, it’s called a post. And good blogging demands frequent posting. Biz Stone, 30, Blogger senior specialist at Google (
www.bizstone.com), recommends you “post at least as much as you eat.” That’s “three times a day [with] some snacks,” he says. But that requires a lot of time. So perhaps more important is to make your posts worth people’s while. Jason Novak, 33, who’s hosted the Washington entertainment guide LifeInTheDistrict.com since 2001, says that “what brings [readers] back is that every time . . . there’s something good.” And “good” extends beyond volume, which means you’ll want to avoid the dreaded “blogorrhea” — aka incessant prattle about your jerk boss or second-rate love life.’

Read more at Start a Winning Blog (washingtonpost.com)

How to Grow Your Blogging Income

Dan Harper asked in the comments of my post on No Money in Blogging? for more comment on the ‘growth factor’ of blogging. He asks:

‘How long would a new blogger see slow growth for?
What do you think that factors are here, any advice on speeding the growth up?’

Good questions – I guess in many ways they are the Million Dollar Questions so to speak and ones that many would like ‘the answer’ to.

Unfortunately there is no one answer to speeding up the growth and earnings on your blog. There are however a number of things to consider that I’ve previously written about but which tend to get lost in the archives on this site. As a result I thought I’d outline some of the more popular and helpful posts that I’ve written below:
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What Every Blogger Needs To Know About Their Target Audience

John Taylor writes on the topic of keeping your reader in mind as you blog….



It doesn’t matter what kind of web site you have you must understand your target audience and know what it is that they want. Please notice that I used the word want and not the word need. There is a world of difference between wants and needs. For example you might need a means of getting from A to B and almost any vehicle would fulfil that need; but what you really want is a top of the range BMW!

I write my blog with just one person in mind. In my minds eye I have come to know that person intimately, I understand his goals, his dreams and his aspirations and I know the things that really interests him. He is my ideal reader, he soaks up every word and he clicks every link I include in each blog post.

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Malcolm Gladwell on Human Nature

IT Conversations have a good recording of Malcolm Gladwell talking about ‘Human Nature’ which is well worth the read. It doesn’t directly apply to bloggers but Malcolm’s stuff has always been influential in the way I approach my blogging.


‘Malcolm explores why we can’t trust people’s opinions — because we don’t have the language to express our feelings. His examples include the story of New Coke and how Coke’s market research misled them, and the development of Herman-Miller’s Aeron chair, the best-selling chair in the history of office chairs, which succeeded in spite of research that suggested it would fail.’

Watch Your Weblog – Legal Issues with Blogging

Computerworld has a good article on the legal issues that corporate bloggers face that is a must read for all Problogger. Here’s a taster:

‘As weblogs have multiplied, a number of legal issues have arisen, and regardless of whether your company sponsors its bloggers, it may be opening itself up to hidden liabilities. Here are some of the dangers of corporate blogging and precautions companies should consider.



Danger: Libel and trade libel. Bloggers who write anything negative or defamatory about a corporation or an individual are opening themselves and their companies up to the possibility of libel suits, says David Carr, an attorney and partner at London-based consulting firm Big Blog Co.

Precaution: Do your homework. If the blogger is going to make negative statements about a company’s or individual’s business activities, Carr says, “he’s really got to do his research and make sure what he’s saying can be proven to be true and not just believed to be true….”‘

Read more at Watch Your Weblog – Computerworld

Web Usage Figures – Digital Future Report

Digital Future Report 2004 (PDF) is a very useful report for anyone working online. Its full of useful research including the following tidbits:

- In the past year of the study numbers of those accessing the web in the US continued to rise (now around 75%).
- The average US web user is online 12.5 hours per week (up from 9.4% in 2000)
- Over 75% of Net users are 55 years or under.
- 66% (approx) have home internet access.
- the number of adults who bought online increased slightly over the previous year; the annual number of purchases continues to increase, and the average dollars spent online by adult buyers dipped slightly.