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How To Tell If a Comment is Spam

Sometimes a comment shows up and you have a hard time figuring out if it is spam or not. Well, if you are in that situation there is ways to tell.

1. The first way is to see the ip address of the commenter. If you’re blogging platform doesn’t show the ip address then you can go on to the next method. If it does, then copy and paste the ip address and see if it is in the spammer ip directory. The one that I recommend is: Spam Cop. Once you get to the page just paste the ip address into the search box.

2. The second way is to see if they have keywords for their name. If they do then it is most likely spam.

There are tons of spam comments on the internet that have gotten posted onto blogs because they were mistaken as legitimate. If you don’t check every comment even if it looks legitimate, then your blog might get penalized by Google for having the spam links on your blog.

How I Overcame Bloggers Block

I didn’t have any ideas for posts. I hadn’t even posted for 2 and a half months. I was starting to feel hopeless. But, one thing saved me from giving up. You want to know what I did? I asked my target audience what they wanted to learn about. That let me come up with a lot of ideas.

So you can use this with your blog. This is definitely a good thing to do for you and your readers. So, the next time you are out of ideas, ask your target audience.

Other ways to get ideas are:

Look at blog comments – You can do this by going to a popular blog that is in the same niche as you, and look at the comments they have on their blog. So, how does this help? Sometimes the comment includes a question. You just write down the question, and answer it in your next blog post.

Look at Google related searches – To do this, just go to Google And type in what subject you are trying to write a blog post about. Push search and then go to the sidebar on the left and push, Show more search tools. After that, select related searches

Use Google AdWords keyword tool – This tool can help you find more ideas than you would get from the related searches. To get started, just go to the Google AdWords keyword tool page, and then follow the instructions.

If you do these, you will never run out of post ideas. But, remember every once in a while, bloggers block will happen. Remember, don’t get too stressed, ideas will come to you some time.

Tell us how you overcame bloggers block in the comments.

3 Ways To Make Money From Your Blog

The three main ways of making a profit from blogging are:

Advertising- This is the traditional method of making money, but it is still effective today. You could either sell advertising space, or you can place ads on your blog with Google Adsense, or any other advertising program. You are not going to make a lot of money from Adsense even if you own a popular blog. Usually high traffic blogs only make a couple of dollars a day. That is enough to cover a part of the cost of running your website/blog. If you still want to use this method, then I would take a look at the Higher-paying Adsense alternatives.

Affiliate links- I never put affiliate links on my blog, but some blogs do. If you use them in the right way, then you can earn a bit more than you would from traditional advertising. Just don’t cover your blog in affiliate links, because that can make you seem desperate. Also, remember to clearly label an affiliate link. It can be as simple as (affiliate link). I recommend the Amazon Affiliate Program.

Selling a product- This is the most profitable method because your physical product is going to be worth more than a few clicks on advertisements. If you have the time and resources, then I would definitely consider this method. Some products that you can make are ebooks, print books, or just anything else that your blog readers could benifit from.

Resources update

I am going to add more posts to the resources category.

Google Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide

In this post I will tell you about Google’s Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide. This is a PDF that Google made to help webmasters SEO their site. Here are some of the topics it goes over:

1. The basics of SEO.

2. Friendly url structures.

3. Optimizing your content.

4. Making your site crawler friendly.

5. Mobile website SEO.

6. Google webmaster resources.

Hopefully, this guide will help you search engine optimize your website.

How To Submit Your Sitemap To Google

Sitemaps can help Google with discovering all the pages of your website. To submit it to Google, follow these steps.

First, you must have a Google Webmaster Tools account. If you have one then you can skip this step and go on to the next one.

Second, go to http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools. This will take you to the Webmaster Tools dashboard.

Third, select your website from the list. You will see a page that shows keywords, links, and other data. Under keywords, you will see Sitemaps. Then click on Submit a Sitemap.

How To Prevent Comment Spam

Spam is a growing problem that most blogs deal with. Fortunately you can prevent comment spam by using these methods.

Reviewing comments- With most blogging platforms you can set for comments to be moderated before they are published. This will stop all comment spam from reaching your blog.

Filtering comments- This is where you can set for the comment to be reviewed or not published if it has a certain word or element in it that you don’t want in the comments.

To be most effective you should combine these two methods for your blog comments.

2 Ways To Find Copies of Your Content on The Web

You probably do everything to prevent content theft, but you probably haven’t planned for when it actually happens. If you are wondering if your content has been copied, you can use these 2 methods.

Using CopyscapeThis website can help you find and prevent theft of your content. You can pay for premium tools or you can use their free tools. To use Copyscape, go to their website, and type the url of the content you want to check for copies of.

Using search engines- Another way is to use search engines. To do this, just copy and paste a part of your article in the search box. The reason I would not copy the whole article is because, some content thieves make minor changes to the article to make it harder to find.

This will help you to deal with content theft. You should also report the website that copied the content to Google.

Things That You Should Avoid on Your Site

1.Animated ads. For example, ones that fly around your screen.

2. Pop ups. The reason why you should not have pop ups is that if people are using a mobile device then your site will not display properly, or it will not show at all.

3. Blinking text.

4. A hard to see background on hard to see text. For example, yellow on pink background.

5. Hidden text.

6. Excessive use of images. ( Too much can use up a lot of bandwidth and can increase the page load time.)

7. Don’t present your important content using multimedia.

8. Avoid making multimedia elements play automatically.

Tell us what things you avoid on your site in the comments.

Tips on Making Website Content go Viral

Every webmaster wants to make their website content go viral, but you can’t just write it then put it on your webpage because to have it go viral you have to include viral elements. If visitors find something interesting, and it is not easy to share, they won’t share it with other people. So, how do you make it easy to share?

Well, by adding share buttons to all of your content you can have visitors share your content. If you have a large site, it might not be easy to go back and insert the share buttons on every single page, but it is worth it in the long run. Some popular share buttons to put on your site are the plus 1 button, the Facebook like button, the Twitter tweet button, and the MySpace share button.
You can get the Google plus 1 button at http://www.google.com/webmasters/+1/button/.
The Facebook like button at http://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/plugins/like/
The Twitter tweet button at https://dev.twitter.com/docs/tweet-button
And finally, the MySpace share button at http://wiki.developer.myspace.com/index.php?title=How_to_Add_Share_on_MySpace_to_Your_Site

How To Keep Your Website Google Friendly

When creating or maintaining your website, you have to keep in mind the website where most of your traffic is going to come from. That site is Google. That said, you should spend some time making sure that your site is accessible to Google and has authority over other sites. To keep your website relevant and have your website be Google friendly, you have to follow some guide lines.

The major guidelines for webmasters are:

  • Create unique and relevant content. (That includes not taking content from other sites).
  • Don’t try to fool Google into giving you a good ranking. (Some include doorway pages, false keywords, keyword stuffing, or link schemes).
  • Write for your visitors not for web crawlers.
  • Keep your code clean.
  • Each page on your website must be linked to by at least one static text link.
  • Make sure your site is compatible with all the major browsers.
  • Don’t use cloaking. (Cloaking is when you show different content to search engines and the real content to users. For more information about it go. )
For more information about the guidelines for having a Google friendly site, you can refer to Google’s webmaster guidelines.

Recommended Website Dedicated To Webmasters

In this blog post I would like to shine some light on a website that I recently discovered. It is called searchenginewatch. On this website you can read from a huge selection of webmaster articles and resources. Here is a list of some of the stuff you can access on searchenginewatch. Well, here it goes:

  • You can read easy-to-follow articles about how to search engine optimize your website and what resources you need to do that.
  • You can see the recent updates concerning search engines.
  • You can find links to helpful websites dedicated to webmasters.
  • Other topics on search engines and stuff that a webmaster would want to know.
I hope that you find this webmaster resource helpful.

Things To Avoid With Content on Your Site

When you have a decent amount of articles on your website, you may be thinking about adding keywords, to your articles.

This is a good idea, but do not take it too far. By taking it too far, I mean that if you insert too much keywords that the sentences don’t make sense or if the reader feels like they are just stuffed in there for no reason, then you are keyword stuffing. This should be avoided when inserting keywords into your websites content.

When you insert keywords, you want to make sure it looks natural and to not overload your content with keywords, or else your website will be marked as spam on search engines, and that could have a serious impact on your websites ranking and reputation.

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