Saturday, August 15, 2009

Google Basics


When you sit down at your computer and do a Google search, you're almost instantly presented with a list of results from all over the web. How does Google find web pages matching your query, and determine the order of search results?
In the simplest terms, you could think of searching the web as looking in a very large book with an impressive index telling you exactly where everything is located. When you perform a Google search, our programs check our index to determine the most relevant search results to be returned ("served") to you.
The three key processes in delivering search results to you are:
Crawling: Does Google know about your site? Can we find it?Learn more...
Indexing: Can Google index your site?Learn more...
Serving: Does the site have good and useful content that is relevant to the user's search?Learn more...

Crawling

Crawling is the process by which Googlebot discovers new and updated pages to be added to the Google index.
We use a huge set of computers to fetch (or "crawl") billions of pages on the web. The program that does the fetching is called Googlebot (also known as a robot, bot, or spider). Googlebot uses an algorithmic process: computer programs determine which sites to crawl, how often, and how many pages to fetch from each site.
Google's crawl process begins with a list of web page URLs, generated from previous crawl processes, and augmented with Sitemap data provided by webmasters. As Googlebot visits each of these websites it detects links on each page and adds them to its list of pages to crawl. New sites, changes to existing sites, and dead links are noted and used to update the Google index.
Google doesn't accept payment to crawl a site more frequently, and we keep the search side of our business separate from our revenue-generating AdWords service.
Indexing

Googlebot processes each of the pages it crawls in order to compile a massive index of all the words it sees and their location on each page. In addition, we process information included in key content tags and attributes, such as Title tags and ALT attributes. Googlebot can process many, but not all, content types. For example, we cannot process the content of some rich media files or dynamic pages.
Serving results

When a user enters a query, our machines search the index for matching pages and return the results we believe are the most relevant to the user. Relevancy is determined by over 200 factors, one of which is the PageRank for a given page. PageRank is the measure of the importance of a page based on the incoming links from other pages. In simple terms, each link to a page on your site from another site adds to your site's PageRank. Not all links are equal: Google works hard to improve the user experience by identifying spam links and other practices that negatively impact search results. The best types of links are those that are given based on the quality of your content.
In order for your site to rank well in search results pages, it's important to make sure that Google can crawl and index your site correctly. Our Webmaster Guidelines outline some best practices that can help you avoid common pitfalls and improve your site's ranking.
Google's Related SearchesSpelling Suggestions, and Google Suggest features are designed to help users save time by displaying related terms, common misspellings, and popular queries. Like our google.com search results, the keywords used by these features are automatically generated by our web crawlers and search algorithms. We display these suggestions only when we think they might save the user time. If a site ranks well for a keyword, it's because we've algorithmically determined that its content is more relevant to the user's query.
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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Feeding the Web 2.0 | All about RSS and Feeds

One of the things that confuse a new blogger more than anything is RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds. In this article we will become friendly with RSS feeds. This article aims to answer following questions:

1.) What is RSS? What are feeds?

2.) What is its use?

3.) Why should I use it?

4.) Who should use it?

5.) When should I use it?

6.) How to use it?

7.) What are other benefits of RSS?

After answering these common queries, we will move to implementation details:

1. Default RSS feeds provided by popular Blogging Service Providers (Blogger and Wordpress)

2. Different RSS feeds URLs for posts and comments and subscriptions for each.

3. Popular RSS reader and RSS feed service Provider.

4. FeedBurner Customization

5. Adsense and Amazon Integration for FeedBurner Feeds.

6. Common Issue in redirections of Feeds.

7. Migration from FeedBurner to Google acquired FeedBurner – Changes and Effects

8. Feeds to Twitter (Auto-tweets!)

9. Different ways to showcase your Feeds on:

a. Facebook

b. Twitter

c. LinkedIn

d. Orkut

e. Google Reader’s Share Feed Service

f. Feeds on Google SMS Channel for Free SMS alerts

10. New Developments in Feeds Arena (HubbShubbPubb Protocol)

And at last: Some Suggestions for better results

So let’s get on with the show!

I will start with a small story for analogy.

Once upon a time there was this fantasy world called Internet where there was true democracy and people were known by their handles and blogs. Their Blogs were their homes and they did everything to make it beautiful, useful and popular. However, there was one problem their blogs were like homes of people who lived on planet Earth – They were immobile. Visitors had to visit their homes, remembering their complete address. Even a single alphabet change in address will misguide to different and wrong home. If they made any changes to their homes which they do almost on a daily basis as people who live in this world don’t have any other work, they had no way of notifying people about new developments in their homes. They put a lot of effort in their homes and no one visited their homes as they didn’t know what different there since their last visit. Even some of their closest pals were left alone. feedicons2

Then dawned the era of RSS, Atoms and Feeds. These three brothers came with an innovative service they named after themselves. They travelled far and wide to every home giving them news and updates about the new developments in the homes they were interested in. They were like the new age information channel and carried a copy of the homes with themselves whom they delivered, on time, at the home or post box of the interested party. They changed the world and solved many of the much desired tribulations. They also delivered these updates in varied forms even audio updates.

CNN refers to this evolution as:

“- Do you remember the day you first surfed the Web, stretched out your arms over the vastness of cyberspace, teleported from site to site with an almost exhilarating power? Or alternately, sat waiting for "fat" pages to load?

Well, hang on to your hats boys and girls, because your experience of the World Wide Web is about to change, possibly for the first time since Mosaic, one of the first graphical browsers, was unleashed in 1993 from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

If I'm saying the Web is changing and that you'd better get on board or miss out, I'd better be prepared to back it up. I believe I can.”

Now let’s get to the topics.

1.) What is RSS? What are feeds?

Feeds are a way for websites large and small to distribute their content well beyond just visitors using browsers. Feeds permit subscription to regular updates, delivered automatically via a web portal, news reader, or in some cases good old email. Feeds also make it possible for site content to be packaged into "widgets," "gadgets," mobile devices, and other bite-sized technologies that make it possible to display blogs, podcasts, and major news/sports/weather/whatever headlines just about anywhere.

You may recognize the universal feed icon or these "chicklets" from your favorite websites, blogs, and podcasts. These icons represent content in any format - text, audio or video - to which you can subscribe and read/watch/listen using a feed reader. What's that?

2.) What is its use? and

3.) Why should I use it?

Technology evolution in online publishing has made it really easy to not only publish regular updates to web-based content, but also keep track of a large number of your favorite websites or blogs, without having to remember to check each site manually or clutter your email inbox. You can now streamline your online experience by subscribing to specific content feeds and aggregating this information in one place to be read when you're ready.

· Consumer Bottom Line: Subscribing to feeds makes it possible to review a large amount of online content in a very short time.

· Publisher Bottom Line: Feeds permit instant distribution of content and the ability to make it "subscribable."

· Advertiser Bottom Line: Advertising in feeds overcomes many of the shortcomings that traditional marketing channels encounter including spam filters, delayed distribution, search engine rankings, and general inbox noise.

4.) Who should use it?

Most of the biggest names on the web offer content feeds including USATODAY.com, BBC News Headlines, ABCNews, CNET, Yahoo!,Amazon.com (including a podcast!), and many more. Google publishes feeds as part of many of our services; for example, you can get a feed of new items for any search you make in Google News. In addition, hundreds of thousands of bloggers, podcasters, and video bloggers publish feeds to keep themselves better connected to their readers, listeners, admirers, and critics. Apple, through its iTunes Music Store, offers tens of thousands of audio and video podcasts for download, each of which is powered by a feed.

If you have a website, blog, audio/video content, or even photos, you can offer a feed of your content as an option. If you are using a popular blogging platform or publishing tool like TypePad, Wordpress, or Blogger, you likely publish a feed automatically. Even other non-blogging sites like social photo-sharing service Flickr offer feeds of content you produce that others can retrieve. There are also tools on the market that can help transform traditional web content into the right format for distribution.

FeedBurner's services allow publishers who already have a feed to improve their understanding of and relationship with their audience. Once you have a working feed, run it through FeedBurner and realize a whole new set of benefits.

· Learn more about FeedBurner's services for blogs, podcasts and commercial publications.

When should I use it?

As you might have guessed by now that since feeds take your content to the world, its better to start using them since the inception of your Blog. However, if you already have a blog and you haven’t used feeds, it’s not yet too late. Your Blogging Service Provided will already be providing Feeds and you just need to find out the feed URL. Then you can use FeedBurner to burn your feed and use the various options within FeedBurner to publicize it. In any case, it’s always advisable to start using feeds right away.

5.) How to use it?

If you want to browse and subscribe to feeds, you have many choices. Today, there are more than 2,000 different feed reading applications, also known as "news aggregators" (for text, mostly) or "podcatchers" (for podcasts). There are even readers that work exclusively on mobile devices.

Some require a small purchase price but are tops for ease-of-use and ship with dozens of feeds pre-loaded so you can explore the feed "universe" right away. Free readers are available as well; a search for "Feed reader" or "Feed aggregator" at popular search sites will yield many results. A handful of popular feed readers are listed at the bottom of this page.

A typical interface for a feed reader will display your feeds and the number of new (unread) entries within each of those feeds. You can also organize your feeds into categories and even clip and save your favorite entries (with certain applications).

If you prefer, you can use an online, web-based service to track and manage feeds. Online services give you the advantage of being able to access your feed updates anywhere you can find a web browser. Also, upgrades and new features are added automatically.

· Show me what a typical feed reader looks like.

7.) What are other benefits of RSS?

Along with these benefits, Feeds also opened a new market for advertiser. The ads embedded within your Feeds make your feeds, your new Web Real Estate. Advertising in feeds overcomes many of the shortcomings that traditional marketing channels encounter including spam filters, delayed distribution, search engine rankings, and general inbox noise. Google recently acquired FeedBurner and opened new vistas for advertiser and publishers.

Feeds - F.A.Q. and D.I.Y.

Here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions and Do It Yourself Tips and tricks for branding and publicizing your Feed and Web Content along with Social Networking add-ons:

1. Default RSS feeds provided by popular Blogging Service Providers (Blogger and Wordpress)

http://yourBlogName.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default (for Comments)
http://yourBlogName.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default (for Posts)

e.g.:

http://bloggingconfessions.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default
http://bloggingconfessions.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

2. Different RSS feeds URLs for posts and comments and subscriptions for each.

http://yourBlogName.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default (for Comments)
http://yourBlogName.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default (for Posts)

3. Popular RSS reader and RSS feed service Provider.

Applications

Online Services

Podcast Readers

4. FeedBurner Customization

5. Adsense and Amazon Integration for FeedBurner Feeds.

6. Common Issue in redirections of Feeds.

7. Migration from FeedBurner to Google acquired FeedBurner – Changes and Effects

8. Feeds to Twitter (Auto-tweets!)

9. Different ways to showcase your Feeds on:

e. Google Reader’s Share Feed Service

f. Feeds on Google SMS Channel for Free SMS alerts

10. New Developments in Feeds Arena (HubbShubbPubb Protocol)

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Importing blogs from Wordpress

While Google doesn't offer this feature directly within the Blogger UI, a handy little service called Wordpress2Blogger (which is hosted on App Engine) will help you convert your Wordpress blog into a Blogger blog. Then from your dashboard, click "Import" to import the converted file.


Other Convertors:

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12 Best Blogger Template Providers | Download Free and Premium Blogger Templates

As recommended by the Official Blogger Blog , Here are some top sites that provide quality Blogger Templates ,not in any particular order:


 

  • BTemplates. A free directory of user-submitted templates, classified by type and/or features.
  • The Cutest Blog on the Block. Run by Becky and Ashley of 2 Moms Talk, this site offers free, premade layouts, as well as customizable backgrounds.
  • Blogger Styles. Gallery of submitted templates, ranked by visitors and includes detailed configuration instructions.
  • FalconHive. Conversions of WordPress templates upon request, along with archive of past conversions.
  • All Blogspot Templates. Templates in 1-, 2- and 3-column options. Also includes AdSense-ready templates.
  • Zona Cerebral. Spanish site with dozens of templates to choose from, including several converted WordPress themes.
  • Quite Random. A number of free templates, and several Blogger-specific tutorials regarding setup and layout editing.
  • ChicaBlogger. In Spanish, templates designed primarily for women.
  • Deluxe Templates. Hundreds of templates, including many converted WordPress themes. Also has a nice "tips & tricks" section for customizing Blogger.
  • Pyzam. Thousands of templates, browsable by category and sortable by recency or popularity.
  • Our Blog Templates. 160+ free templates, all well-labeled for easy browsing to find the one you want.
  • eBlogTemplates. Combination of free and premium templates, and a wealth of tips for tweaking your Blogger blog.
Note: for the most part, sites above provide templates for Blogger's "Layouts". If you still see a "Templates" tab for your blog, you need to upgrade your blog to take advantage of these new features. This help article has some more information about using Layouts.

Now would be a good time to remind you that before you make any changes to your template, you should download the current template and put it in a safe place. (Click "Layout", then "Edit HTML" and then "Download full template".) And just in case it's not clear from this post: every link above points to a third party site. Blogger cannot provide support for independently created templates. If you choose to use a template built by someone else, make sure to figure out how easy it is to reach them if problems arise.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

PUBLICIZE YOUR CONTENT/POST

After Choosing the Platform and making your first Post, Here you are preparing to be discovered. So how exactly do people reach blogs? How can they reach your blog among the millions other? How soon can your content be discovered after you first post it? All these questions will be answered with explanations in the coming lines.

After posting your content, you want it to be discovered. Of course, The Internet is the widest platform for showcasing your content and its real time but is it really so? The answer is yes and no both. ‘Yes’ because your as soon as you press “POST” Button, your post is available on the Internet and ‘No’ because in spite being on the Web its not (exactly) yet discoverable. So the questions submerge to this: How does content becomes discoverable on Internet? The answer lies in another question “How do people discover things on Internet?” Here are few common ways in descending order of contribution (Again, This is based on my personal experience):

A.      Google Search Results and other Search Results
B.      Via your links in comments you gave on other Blogs/Websites (e.g. Blogrolls)
C.      Through Social Networking Sites (e.g. Facebook, Orkut etc) and Social Bookmarking Services (e.g. Digg, Yelp, Technorati, Stumble Upon, reddit, Bloglines)
D.      Via Email (e.g. email subscriptions, Newsletters etc)
E.       In Public Forums like Groups, Communities, mailing lists etc
F.       Personal recommendations (Twitter)
G.     Via Feeds (e.g. RSS, Atom, Google Reader, email subscriptions)
H.     Via Bookmarks on People’s Browsers (e.g. favorites, Speed Dial, Bookmarks)
I.        Others (e.g. media, advertising, gadgets etc)

So to make your content discoverable, you need to keep in mind the above ways of discovering content and then proceed. These points form the basic charter of Search Engine Optimizations and Product Branding.

GET DISCOVERED -

a.      Google Search Results and other Search Results:    You can submit your post to Google as soon as you publish it. Generally Google Spiders will index your Blog within 24 Hours, but to make this process faster you can always submit your Blog explicitly to Google for faster Indexing. You can also set the frequency of Google Bots’ Crawl of your Blog in Google’s Webmaster Central. The sooner Google know about your content, the sooner it will appear in related search results. Although, Page Rank plays a very important role in ranking and order of appearance of your blog in search result

b.      Via your links in comments you gave on other Blogs/Websites (e.g. Blogrolls): This is the most interesting way of being discovered where you control how you should be discovered.  By participating in comments/discussions in other Blogs and leaving your Blog Link, you attract the visitors of the other Site. This method works very well. E.g. Blog roll at the bottom of this page.

c.       Through Social Networking Sites (e.g. Facebook, Orkut etc) and Social Bookmarking Services (e.g. Digg, Yelp, Technorati, Stumble Upon, reddit, Bloglines): Today Social Networking has overshadowed most of the older methods of Information sharing. You can always update gTalk Status or Orkut Status with a link to your most recent post or blog itself. Facebook has an interesting way of Link sharing where you can enter the status, say a few words and give the link, Facebook will automatically insert a snapshot and a thumbnail of your Blog. Facebook can also get the RSS from your blogs and display it in its ‘Notes’ Section. LinkedIn has an application that can display the recent posts from your blogs. To be discovered you will have to make full use of all your social and professional networks.

d.      Via Email (e.g. email subscriptions, Newsletters etc): Email Branding is one of the oldest and most efficient ways of publicity. Your Email Subscriber denotes your most faithful readers and they must be given full attention. You can have mailing lists, Newsletters for distribution. Email Subscriptions are now powered by FeedBurner (acquired By Google).You can also make your blog available in PDF format and mail it to your subscriber for offline reference. E.g. Email Subscription forms in the sidebar. Email Branding is a vast topic and will be covered in later posts.

e.       In Public Forums like Groups, Communities, mailing lists etc: Orkut and Facebook communities are the best place to share relevant content. Here you have the benefit of exposing your content to an already interested audience. It’s a mode of targeted advertising. Keep a list of Communities and groups related to your topic and make a post in them as soon as you publish new content. Follow up matters a lot in Groups/Communities so be attentive to queries and concerns raised in group/community. E.g. the Weekly mailing list in Orkut Community : Books and Books

f.        Personal recommendations (Twitter): Google is the best example of ‘Word of Mouth’ advertising and promotion. There is nothing better than a personal recommendation about a blog or service. But for that you need to maintain goodwill in Blogging Community. There are many Blogger groups (like IndiBlogger etc) where you can register all your Blogs and interact with Bloggers like you. Bloggers themselves form the crème of audience.

g.      Via Feeds (e.g. RSS, Atom, Google Reader, email subscriptions):  RSS feeds have developed as a means to take your Blog to new places. Earlier people used to come to site/blog to read content, but now the content reaches the interested people in the form they want. Thanks to RSS (Really Simple Syndication)! You can configure RSS in FeedBurner account. Blogger & Wordpress both support feeds. Most of the new web browser support RSS. Google Reader  provides means to add, manage and share your feeds with the world. More about Feeds/RSS later.
h.      Via Bookmarks on People’s Browsers (e.g. favorites, Speed Dial, Bookmarks):  Most people won’t remember you Blog address as it is. Its very convenient for the user to have a bookmark on you site. You can do so by providing a BOOKMARK link at the bottom of your post or in Blog sidebar.

i.        Others (e.g. media, advertising, gadgets etc):  Besides these methods, there are conventional methods too. 

                                                              i.      You can have a Google Adwords account for advertising your Blog.
                                                            ii.      You can ask your Blogger friends to showcase your Blog on their sidebar.
                                                          iii.      If you are a developer you can design gadgets, Themes etc with your link in it.
                                                           iv.      File Sharing (e.g. Rapidshare and Esnips ) sites also provide good means where you can upload your blog as a PDF and publicize it.

These were some of the general methods to publicize your post. These should be kept in mind. However, if you want to automate it, here is the checklist.

CHECKLIST AFTER PUBLISHING CONTENT -

1.       Publish your Content.
2.       Go to Autopinger and enter your Blog URL. This will ping major Search engines.
3.       Go to Google’s Submit URL and submit your link along with tags.
4.       Find a service to tweet your Blog automatically as soon as you publish content. E.g. FriendFeed.
5.       Have FeedBurner’s Ping Service activated and set 5 top Ping Servers of your choice.
6.       If you a mail list/Community/Group, post a link there.
7.       If you want you can update your status on gTalk and Facebook.
8.       If you use Windows Live Writer, You can ping 56 Ping Servers at a time. Find the List of Ping Servers here.
9.       Participate in discussions related to your content on other Blogs/Forums.
10.   Keep your content updated with recent data and acknowledge contributions, if any!

These 10 points will help you in publicizing your content. But it’s very different than Branding. For Branding, you need a more focused approach. If you want, I will write a tutorial on Branding too.I hope this assists you in your endeavor.

As always, feel free to clarify any doubts or ask questions.
Happy Blogging!
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                In my next post, we will try to acquaint ourselves with design aspect of the Blog. We will go through various effective blog designs with respect to blog content.


NOTE: Google is experimenting with PubSubHubbub which is a simple, open, web-hook-based pubsub (publish/subscribe) protocol. Find more about it here. It aims to update the feeds in real time with content updations

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10 Tips for a Better Post | START BLOGGING

Now that you have decided on Blogging Platform (Blogger or Wordpress), you can start Blogging!
I will be using the term “Blog” for both Blogger and Wordpress blogs. Wherever I need to mention any specific detail about the provider (Blogger or Wordpress), I will do so explicitly. This post onwards, I will be embedding SEO (Search Engine Optimization) tips within the post. So if you are just starting blogging, you need not worry about optimizations. However, there will be further separate posts on this wide topic.
START BLOGGING
                After logging in to your account for the first time you ask yourself – What do I do now? What is it that I see? What to do first? Post or Customize setting?
                The first interface you see after logging into your Blog Admin Area is called “DASHBOARD”. It’s your link to each and every aspect of your Blog. Dashboard is generally organized into various categories to make it self explanatory. Blogger divides its Dashboard into four parts namely –
1.       Posting
2.       Setting
3.       Layout
4.       Monetize

Wordpress also has a similar categorization but all the important links and stats are visible in the dashboard only. Wordpress’ Dashboard is filled with news, top blogs, admin links, stat link etc following ‘everything on a single page’ ideology while Blogger gives a hierarchical structure to its links following ‘Simplicity’. You will get used to both over the time. . Wordpress does not have Monetize Link as it does not allow advertising. Monetize on Blogger connects your blog to your Adsense Account and provides options for serving ads.
POST TITLE

You can make a new post using CREATE POST option (obviously!). Just have a catchy heading and interesting content. A Heading should be:
1.       Short and simple
2.       Catchy and Witty
3.       Raise Curiosity
4.       Innovative
5.       Descriptive - Able to summarize the content.

E.g. the title of this post: 10 Tips for a Better Post| START BLOGGING

People love Bullets and especially Numbering. Use Numbers, Sections to organize your content. It would also be easier for audience to refer to a particular point rather a paragraph while posting comment.
POST CONTENT (10 Tips for a Better Post) --

The content depends on your choice of topic. Along with quality content, you might want to give the following 10 tips a try for SEO and good user experience:
A Post should have:
1.      1)  A Related Post” clause followed by related links from your own blog and other relevant websites.
2.      
3.       2.) Have Social Bookmarking Links at the bottom of every post so that your readers can share the post with others using all means. This can be done using a custom HTML template which you can edit to include current post link and name (hard way for both Blogger and Wordpress) or by using Java Script embedded in Blog Template (only for Blogger).
4.       3.) Google Spiders love links so the more relevant links you have in your post, the more spiders get to feed on. The more time the spiders spend on your blog feeding on links, the more relevantly your blog gets indexed on Google’s Database. This leads to enhanced search results pertaining to the tags you use. To see how your Blog looks to a Google Spider, You can use the open source, text based command line Browser - Lynx.
5.      4.)  Stress on the “YOU” rather than “MY” aspect of the content.
6.       5.) Justify yourself with quotes and reason and don’t assume the obvious outcome.
7.      6.)  When making any assertion justify with ‘Because’.  It’s more effective.
8.       7.) TAGGING: This is perhaps the most important part that completely depends on Author. A tag is your way to describe your post with a set of words/phrases. It’s mapped to keywords that people search on Google to reach your page. An Author can choose to adapt different type of Tagging Styles. Some styles that I discovered (these are names given by me and are not standard) are:
a.       Extensive Tagging: In this mode, the author tags his post with all possible tags (within word limit of 200 for Blogger and unlimited for Wordpress). This technique is useful for Media Blogs, News Blog which need instant audience and includes a vast majority of topics. E.g. : Tarun Reflex | Personal, Political and Technical

b.      Selective Tagging: This works well for personal Blogs, Travelogues where you have selective audience. In this, you select Tags carefully in order to convey the best possible meaning.  E.g. : 1000 Awesome Things about India

c.       Association Tags: This technique is a smart approach to organize your blog and post. By planning tags and having a relationship between them, you can do wonders in Content Management. You can define your own rule and have content displayed in your order rather than predefined Archives or Category format. It will be useful in future when you will display a list of Related Posts in sidebar or within post. You can simply refer to a group of posts using a ‘Smart Tag’. E.g. Blogging Confessions (this blog)
                                                               i.      SMART TAGS: it’s a superset of tags that conveys a special meaning. e.g. I have a post ‘x’ tagged with “India”  about India, another post ‘y’ tagged with “Travel” about London and a post ‘z’ tagged with “Taj Mahal” about Taj Mahal. Now I can tag the last Post ‘z’ with “Travel India” (combining the former two tags) as well as “India” and “Travel”. Now I can refer to all posts (about Taj Mahal and London here) related to “Travel” and have ‘y’ and ‘z’ in the list using tag “travel”, or refer to all post related to “India” and have ‘x’ and ‘y’ in the list using tag “India” or refer to all posts related to “Travel in India” and have ‘z’ in the list using “Travel India” tag.
                                                             ii.      NOTE: Wordpress has Tags as well as categories, Association tags are Blogger ‘s way of having Categories as well as Tags.
9.       8.) Avoid using extraneous “Tags”. Some authors use many manipulated tags just to drive audience to their Blog without having appropriate content. This might work for sometime but in the long run it’s very harmful not only for the author but also for the audience and honest Blogs.  
 If 9.) If you tend to use or refer to Current Events, Try to have a link to a reliable source (e.g. Wikipedia, News Agencies etc).
10.   10.) Respect your Audience: This is the most important step towards having a regular audience. Always respond to the comments. No response is the worst response. Accept if you made any mistake or clarify the issue. Provide different means to your audience to reach you and your content. Email, Comments, tweets, SMS (using Google Channel), Feeds etc are few of the most popular ways. I will be covering each of them in detail in further Posts.
Points to Ponder:
  • ·         Provide a link to the current post below every post so that your audience can save it, bookmark it or forward it. You can use FeedFlare in FeedBurner to customize the links below every post and feed. More about it ,later.
  • ·         Keep your audience interested in your Blog by telling them about your Future Posts and plan so that they know what to expect.

As always, feel free to clarify any doubts or ask questions.
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·         Choice of Platform
Next Post:
                In my next post we will try to acquaint ourselves with different ways to make our new post discoverable on World Wide Web.

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