Archive for the 'Blogs' Category

Just because it’s Blogspot or Wordpress, doesn’t make it a blog.

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

As you may or may not know, I run a blog directory and receive thousands of requests for addition to the directory. I have some rules, and one of them is that it has to be an actual blog.

It amazes me how many people register a quick blogspot url, copy and paste a couple of articles, plaster it with tons of ads and call it a blog.

While dictionary.com describes a weblog as

(wÄ›b’lôg’, -lŏg’) n. A website that displays in chronological order the postings by one or more individuals and usually has links to comments on specific postings.

I think it should be taken a little bit further. Sure sites are technically blogs, but I like Dictionary.com’s other definition better.

Splog:

Definition: a fake web blog containing links to sites affiliated with the blogger, set up to boost the search engine rankings and ad impressions for those sitesExample: The purpose of a splog can be to increase the PageRank.

Definition: a web blog created solely to spread spam; spam links added to the comments section of a blogExample: Report splog to help protect and clean up the blogosphere one splog at a time.

Pay for Blog Posting Schemes.

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

Quite often, I find myself reading the Links for Sale forums in DigitalPoint for a good deal and to keep up on market link pricing. Lately, I’ve been noticing more and more blog owners selling blog posts. These range from $5 to $25, and the shocking part of it is you write the post yourself.

Please don’t get me wrong, I have written reviews for websites and software for hire, but I always write them myself. It just doesn’t seem right to do otherwise.

For a webmaster, two things rule – Money and content. In this case, the blog owner is getting both with no work on his/her own.

Akismet Plugin Causing MySQL Issues

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

During the last several weeks, I’ve been experiencing problems with Bradsblog. Sometimes, the site simply won’t resolve and the sands in the hourglass flow forever. Other times, I can get on but cannot access the back end to perform administrative functions. After a few back and forths with Dreamhost support, and realized that the problem lies in the Akismet anti comment spam plugin. In order to resolve these issues, I had to edit the Akismet.php file by removing the following code from it.

$n = mt_rand(1, 5);

if ( $n % 5 )

$wpdb->query(”OPTIMIZE TABLE $wpdb->comments”);

Dreamhost will continue to monitor this and see if this fixes the problem.

Firefox Overtaking Internet Explorer?

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

Brian Gardner blogged about checking his site statistics and noticing how over 60% of his site visitors were using Firefox, while just over 20% were using Internet Explorer. Just aroused my curiosity, so I checked the stats for a couple of my blogs and found the contrary.

According to Google Analytics on site A, Internet Explorer runs away with the prize by roughly 70% to 20% as shown here:

Internet Explorer vs. Firefox

Checking stats from site B revealed something altogether different. The margin is much wider as shown:
Stas for firefox browser and internet explorer

While site A is a blog about reviews and is more consumer oriented, and site B is a blog directory that might be visited by more experienced with the web, we could make the argument that internet users who are more savvy to the internet are more likely to be using Firefox Browser. Most people, in my opinion, simply use what came prepackaged on their computer.