Blogging 101

This is mostly for myself, but I wanted to document somewhere the various things I’ve learned from starting a couple of blogs in terms of how to integrate them into various parts of the Internet.

For the moment, this article will be rather sparse, but I’ll fill it in later.

Required Items:

Alexa Toolbar – This toolbar will tell you quite a bit about what the rest of the world thinks of your site. Use it long enough, and in exchange for Alexa monitoring your web habits you’ll receive some really interesting stats on how popular your website is in relative terms with the rest of the Internet.

Blogging Tool (i.e. Blogger) – One has to write their blog with something, after all.

Syndication Tool (i.e. Feedburner) – I’ve no idea why, but simply setting up Feedburner seems to have increased my traffic a bit. It also just makes your blog friendly, for those who wish to subscribe.

Optional Items:

Monitization Tool (i.e. OpenX Adserver) – Hey, I might make money at this someday. Why not. 🙂

PageRank Tool (i.e. Google Toolbar) – For those of us having a hard time getting indexed by Google, or just curious as to what your PageRank is…I don’t think there’s really any other way to find out.

Search Engine 101

This is mostly for myself, but I wanted to document somewhere the various things I’ve learned from Google’s FAQs and general knowledge about how to handle search engines.

And so, in the spirit of Dave Letterman, here is my Top 10:

1) Make sure all domains are listed, with each and every search engine(i.e. Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo).
2) Make sure all “www” hostnames are listed, with each and every search engine.
3) Make sure all sitemaps are actually conforming to the sitemaps specification. For instance, on Blogger this means having an additional parameter “orderby”. See the server’s robots.txt file if you have any doubts. I think this parameter has cost me dearly…damn.
4) Watch search engines go nuts with activity.
5) Keep up with tech support, if necessary(still waiting for crawl stats graphs from Google).

Here’s my current list of websites on Google’s Webmaster Tools site:

– slplacesdir.blogspot.com
– theturinggroup.blogspot.com
– www.slplacesdir.blogspot.com
– www.theturinggroup.blogspot.com
– https://sites.google.com:443/a/turing.com/the-turing-group/
– turing.com
– www.turing.com

That’s it. I hope this is useful to someone besides myself. Either way, at least I have a list for next time… 🙂

Last, but not least, unlisted icon definitions for Google’s new Webmaste Tools page:

– Clock icon: Request queued, but pending. We will get to it, please wait.
– Exclaimation icon: Request processed, with warnings. Please investigate, something -is- wrong.
– Red X icon: Request failed. Please investigate, this request was completely denied.

Second Life

So I’ve started tinkering around with Second Life again.

It’s quite a bit of fun, if not confusing as hell. Learning how to smoke, ride hoverboards, find places, and wondering what I might do to help improve upon this world.

Still have no idea where thousands and thousands of people actually hang out, so I’m wandering around trying to figure that one out too. All I know is people are spending a lot of money in this wonderful VR world…and, well, I could use money.

It’s either that or I have to work a “normal” job. *screams in horror*

P.S. I’ve started a Second Life Places Directory that if you’re at all into the game you may wish to check out. Not much there yet, but there will be. I just need somewhere to put all these dang bookmarks.