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Back To Basics Of Blogging

October 9, 2008

What a way to start the week! I got an e-mail from entrecard saying my accounts have been deleted for multiple violations. At first I panicked! 45% of my daily site hits come from entrecard members dropping ec’s on my site! I frantically tried to contact support to try to appeal the case. One of the reasons they deleted my account was for having a pop-up advertisement that plays audio on openning. Actually I wasn’t aware of such an ad but I do know I have a linkword ad with Linkworth which was just recently approved. I received an email saying the ads will be coming out soon. I never really see the ads. I presume the ads are one of those that pops up only for selected ip addresses. Other than this, I don’t know of any applications or widgets or posts in my sites that plays automatic audio. I tried posting a video from Floglo one time but when I noticed it affected the loading time of the site, I deleted the post. The other reason they gave me is for copying content from another site (plagiarism?). In one of my posts (THE BILL AYERS FACTOR IN THE COMING ELECTIONS!), I quoted sections from Wikipedia but I was careful enough to cite the source and even put a link to the site. But, ahh, they still considered this as plagiarism. (I thought Wikipedia is public domain and you are free to cite data and information sources from it?). The other reason they gave me is for not having original content….for plagiarising myself! I have two mirror sites for Swirling Thoughts and they are deleting my EC account for posting similar contents on all three. (I would have gladly deleted my mirror sites had they asked me!) My intention was to nurse all three sites until I am able to generate sufficient readership for each one of them for me to decide to spin them off with their own unique content and identity. And it’s kind of funny that EC had to do this to me after that controversial post on Bill Ayers and his links to Obama when I have had my EC account for the past two months..

Anyway, after a while of pondering and sulking for a while, I went to my site analytics and saw that there is still the other 55% non-entrecard visits. My hopes surged once more. A close look at the stats showed that these are unique visits – Mostly coming from my Blog Catalog and Mybloglog communities. These visits are real visits…with purpose…to look at the site that attracted them on the onset from the dashboards of the two social networks.

This made me realize that EC is not a great loss after all. In fact, EC provides artificial website traffic since 90% of the visits are for EC dropping only and the droppers would be in your site only for a few seconds and that’s it! To me, this defeats the purpose of blogging. So, I am now back to basics….which is to keep on writing good posts that are relevant and would rouse the interest of site visitors. I believe there is no better way than this because people visit a site a second and a third time (even subscribe to its feed) because they like the content.

I did some SEO work on all three sites and subscribed to Google analytics. I also decided that this will be my last common post on all three sites. I will start creating a unique identity for each of my sites. Swirling Thoughts (http://bigdaddyrichard.blogspot.com/) will be about my random thoughts on life and will delved on general topics of interest to all – sort of a personal journal. Traders Hub (http://bigdaddyrichard-swirlingthoughts.blogspot.com/) shall have contents solely about online investing, foreign currency trading, and forex scam. Big Daddy’s Trunkated Ideas (https://bigdaddyrichard.wordpress.com/) will deal on general business topics and political insights.

So for those who have been following my blogs and my topics you may need to visit all three sites after this post to get all of Big Daddy’s ideas (LOL)! But ahh, I will install my content widgets on all three sites so that if there is any post that may interest you from myother sites you can just click on the link!

I wish to thank all those who have supported my blogs for the past two months and hope that you will continue visiting my sites. I will strive harder to bring you contents which will be useful and of interest to all of you.

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POST SMARTER BLOGS WITH EASE

October 4, 2008

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This is definitely a ‘must have’ tool for all bloggers!
Every time I write a post, I have to do a google search for images to use to spice up my write-ups. I also often struggle to choose the right tags that will optimize the visibility of my posts with various search engines. Many times, when I do a google web master tool analysis of my sites, I am always swamped with error messages that say the labels I used are preventing google bots from effectively crawling my sites. At times the google bots return “url not found” crawl errors. Well, all these will be history from now on (I hope) because I literally “Stumbled” on a website which provides an amazing application that works well with any hosting platform. This is Zemanta!
Image representing <span class=Zemanta is a free ware browser plug-in which creates smart links, provides contextual pictures and images, suggest proper tags to use for your post. The most beautiful thing about this plug-in is that it does all of the above as you are typing your write up. So,by the time you finish up typing, you have the links, the tags,and the images all ready to be selected with a simple mouse click. Cool indeed! Zemanta makes blogging effortless and fun! Downloading the plug-in and installing it is also a breeze.

This is my first post using Zemanta and I hardly can wait to see how the end product turns out. Try it yourself and see what I mean. Here is the link to the website where you can download the plug-in – http://www.zemanta.com/. You will never regret installing this application! But please do me a favor and return to this post to give me your feedbacks/comments on how you are doing with Zemanta. (You can always uninstall it anyway in case you find it not to your liking.) Cheers!

Important Note For Bloggers: When you click a Zemanta suggested image from the Zemanta sidebar for use in your post and publish it for the first time, you will always get an error that says “your HTML can not be accepted”. Simply click the box just below this error message that says ‘Stop showing title or body HTML errors for this post” and click the publish button once again.

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Blogger Banner Exchange – Make Your Visit to My Site Worthwhile!

October 4, 2008

(YOU DON’T HAVE ONE? I’LL MAKE ONE FOR YOU FOR FREE!)

I am barely two months now as a blogger. And like any other upstart blogger, I want to improve traffic to my site and at the same time improve my ranking with such sites as Technorati, Alexa, Google, etc. (You guessed it right! I also want to monetize my blog.) My membership with Entrecard (with their “U drop I follow promo) is helping my daily traffic a lot up to now. (A million thanks to all of my regular EC droppers!) My Mybloglog and Blogcatalog memberships are also doing me a lot of good in accumulating quality readers, gaining good friends and establishing new contacts. To help myself and other upstart bloggers just like me who visits this site, I thought of adopting a “Banner Exchange” program of my own and make the visit worth your while. I found out about this from being a co-sponsor to a blogger friend’s blog contest (Help Children – Win EC credits – see the post below with the same title). When the contest got underway and banners and linkages were posted, my ranking improved a lot. For my Trader’s Hub Site, from an Alexa ranking of 1,036,00, it improved to 782,000 while my Technorati Authority jumped from 4 to 14!

It is simple and it will do wonders for your blogs. We exchange banners and our links become more permanent and more visible to Search Engines. (I noticed that subscription to rss feeds is not really helping much to boost our ranking.) All you need to do is reserve a section in your side bar or your footer and post my banner code there. I will even make it easier for you by making the banner for you – I will make the banner for you using a screenshot of your site ( or your EC banner if you have one!) Here’s what you need to do:

1. Copy the code of any of my banners below and paste it in your site.
2. Click the pen icon at the end of this post and post a comment indicating whether you want a new banner or if you want me to use your EC banner ( if you have any). Please post your URL and email address too.
3. Post a message in my shoutbox (at the sidebar) after you’ve done steps 1 & 2 and you are done.

Every time a new member subscribes to our exchange, I will be sending all of you an updated code so you can update your own. For this site, I placed the banner exchange at the sidebar!

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HAPPY BLOGGING!

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Bonuses and Freebies for Online Gambling Enthusiasts

October 2, 2008

A WEBSITE REVIEW

If you are an online casino enthusiast or a ‘wannabe’, this site is a “must –see first” for you – http://www.all-casino-bonuses.com!

I am not much of an online gambling afficionado myself, but sure as daylight I want to get the best deal for my money every time I indulge into it. All-casino-bonuses.com is not a gambling site per se! What it does is offer value –added services for online gambling enthusiasts. It serves as a portal or a gateway to the best and the most trustworthy USA online casinos in the world-wide web. Not only that, http://www.all-casino-bonuses.com provides all the tips and information on how to get bonuses (yes, indeed, add-on and sign up bonuses and the best online deals ever!) for anyone and everyone planning to have fun and try their luck on online gaming and gambling sites. It provides you comprehensive data on all online games available to include Poker, Black Jack, Baccarat, Roulette, and even Bingo online. For first timers, http://www.all-casino-bonuses.com has comprehensive tutorials and tips on how to play each of the games available. This site is affiliated with the Best Online Casinos.

For starters, you can get as much as $400 sign-up bonus from pre-selected sites! There are “high roller” bonuses for the more avid players, “no deposit” bonuses and lots more. As your gateway to online micro-gaming experience, http://www.all-casino-bonuses.com provides the best tool and tips you’d ever need. This post is not an invitation for you to gamble, this is entirely your personal choices. But if you do seriously consider splurging on this, it is best that you check and make good use of this portal – http://www.all-casino-bonuses.com.

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HELP THE CHILDREN -WIN A PRIZE!

October 1, 2008

More than a decade ago, the government adopted a Philippine Plan of Action for Children in order to realize a child-sensitive society. Congress recognized children as a basic sector distinct from youth and students.

There are numerous laws and programs that promote the welfare of children. But children remain the most vulnerable sector in Philippine society. They are the most affected during natural and man-made calamities. About 43.3 percent of the country’s population are children.

More than 4 million families are subsisting below the poverty line. Almost 10 million children are undernourished. Most children are suffering from micronutrient malnutrition. Only 33 percent of children are enrolled in daycare and preschool institutions in the country. More than 1 million children of elementary school age are not enrolled.

This is the reason why a couple of Filipino bloggers are encouraging politicians to promote child-friendly governance in all areas.

Spreading the word about the true state of Filipino children in the blogosphere is one way of raising awareness and solicit support. By holding a contest such as this one, will also make it more rewarding for bloggers to join the movement. The contest officially start today (25 September 2008) and will run for a month.

HOW TO ENTER

Entering is simple. Earn points by completing certain tasks. The more entries collected, the better chance of spreading the word about the Filipino children and also of winning some Entrecard Credits! So, if you complete a lot of things as opposed to doing just one, your chances of winning will be greatly increased.

Just make sure to keep track of how many points you have earned and post a comment HERE to inform the organizers about your efforts.

It is also important that all relevant words, phrases and blog titles are linked back to the original source. Well, everything you can link to anyway.

DURATION

The contest will run for a month, 25 September 2008 until 25 October 2008. At the end of the 30 days, entries will be tallied and raffle draws will be made using a random system. Winners will be announced on 30 October 2008.

SPONSORS

This contest would have not been possible if not for the generous offers coming from the following sponsors:

  1. Seek No More = 8,000 EC credits + 125×125 ad space for a month
  2. PolitEkon = 2,500 EC credits + 125×125 ad space for a month
  3. Pinay Wife Speaks = 2,500 EC Credits + 125×125 ad space for month
  4. Proud Mommy = 1,500 EC credits + 125×125 ad space for a month
  5. Momma Wannabe = 1,000 EC credits + 125×125 ad space for a month
  6. E-Pamilya = 1,000 EC credits + 125×125 ad space for a month
  7. The Pinay Blogger = 1,000 EC credits + 125×125 ad space for a month
  8. Trader’s Hub = 1,000 EC credits
  9. Swirling Thoughts = 1000 EC credits
  10. A Grateful Heart = 1,000 EC credits
  11. Pinay in States = 500 EC credits + 125×125 ad space for a month

MECHANICS

1 Entry – Subscribe via email to any one of the 11 sponsors listed above, which means each contestant can subscribe to all 11 sponsors and earn 11 entries.

10 Entries – Write a post about the contest and its intention of asking the government to implement the Phil. Plan of Action for Children (must include links to all the hosts/sponsors OR just use this original text)

4 Entries – post the 125×125 avatar shown below, which links back to the Seek No More blog for the duration of the contest. You can just copy the codes shown right below the avatar. Child Welfare EC Contest

<a href=”http://seeknomore.blogspot.com/2008/09/child-welfare-ec-contest.html&#8221; target=”_blank” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb55/Sparhawk_photo/ChildsDrawing_125x125.jpg&#8221; border=”0″ alt=”Child Welfare EC Contest”></a>

10 Entries – be the TOP commentator of at least one of the sponsoring blogs for the duration of the contest. Even if a contestant topped the comments section of two or more sponsoring blogs, that person is only entitled to 10 entries.

PRIZES

First Prize – 10,000 EC credits plus an ad space in Proud Mommy, Pinay in States, E-Pamilya, Seek No More, Momma Wannabe for a month

Second Prize – 5,000 EC credits plus an ad space in Pinay Wife Speaks, Pinay Blogger and PolitEkon for a month

Third Prize – 3,000 EC credits

Consolation Prizes – 15 blogs will receive 200 EC credits each

This means there will be 18 winners!

That is not all. The first 15 contestants who signs up will automatically received 75 EC credits!

However, consider the EC credits as just icing on the cake. The important thing is that, win or lose, the contestants and participants were able to help spread the word about the need to adopt and implement effective policies that promote child welfare in the Philippines and maybe in the rest of the world too.