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Unorthodox Way Of Manupilating Your Alexa Ranking

Chances are over the past 6 months, you are thinking of how you are able to soar your Alexa ranking to the good old day after the kick-in of the new ranking system which had many bloggers over the moon over their new revealed ranking and some just pissed by how the new system ran.

There is one method which enables you to improve your Alexa ranking in one of the most unorthodox way which will boost your daily ranking, of course there is still a need for you to generate daily flow of traffic to your blog to speed things up.

Honestly, I have never used this method to boost this blog's Alexa ranking but have tried on numerous other niche blogs which I own and it worked though the progress is slow but it shows results!
upmyrank-alexa-booster


Upmyrank is a Alexa Rank Booster which allows registered members to receive multiple traffics coming from users who uses the Alexa Toolbar to surf on other blogs to gain credits which you can accumlate or use them straight away to generate more users/traffic to your website. For every 3 windows that open and close on your computer, your account will be credited with 1 visitor credit.

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After your have downloaded your uprank software and Alexa Download Bar, you are ready to accept credits and start surfing, boosting your Alexa ranking!


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15 Google Chrome Shortcuts to Save Your Time

15 Google Chrome Shortcuts to Save Your Time

Print this out, bookmark it, or remember this list of 15 useful and basic shortcuts.


Open a new window: Ctrl+N
Open link in a new tab: Press Ctrl, and click a link
Open link in a new window: Press Shift, and click a link
Close current window: Alt+F4

Open a new tab: Ctrl+T
Reopen the last tab you've closed: Ctrl+Shift+T
Close current tab or pop-up: Ctrl+W or Ctrl+F4
Switch to the last tab: Ctrl+9
Switch to the next tab: Ctrl+Tab or Ctrl+PgDown
Switch to the previous tab: Ctrl+Shift+Tab or Ctrl+PgUp

Open your web address in a new tab: Type a web address, then press Alt+Enter
Highlight content in the web address area: F6 or Ctrl+L or Alt+D
View the History page: Ctrl+H
View the Downloads page: Ctrl+J
Download link: Press Alt, and click a link


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How To Get Rid Of Your Social Media Account In Just 60 Seconds

social media community

It's all fun on your Facebook, MYSpace and other social media communities when you first joined until unknown users creep into your page to drop you spammy messages and steal your pictures without your permission. Your intention is to first remove your account then open another account and give private access rights to your friends only. It might just take you 5 minutes to register a social community account but it will take you more than 20 minutes just to find the deactivation button to get rid of your account.

social media community
Image Credit:saschaaa

Many online users are finding it hard and confusing on the process of removing their account the easy way out and unless your page is being significantly targeted like how Ashley Alexandra Dupre, 22 was revealed as the prostitute at the centre of the sex scandal that led to New York governor Eliot Spitzer's resignation, the New York Times managed to get hold of her biographical data and photographs from her MYSpace page and published these, together with a link to the page. The page had since been taken down, but not after it registered over four millions visits, that is one hell of visitors with the power of social media!

Like i have mention, deleting your account will be much more difficult as many have found to their dismay. Facebook does not allow you to totally delete away your account but what you can do is to deactivate the account and that means you can never leave this Social media, Somehow your data is stored in Facebook archive.

If you are wondering how you can quickly deactivate or remove your accounts here are the steps to help you quit social networking and return back to your Real-Life basics:

Facebook
You will only be allowed to deactivate your account, which removes your profile listing without deleting your data off the website, i do not know the reason why Facebook book would want to store that much information but then, the priority is to remove your profile from viewers:

facebook-deactivate
  1. Login to Facebook
  2. Go to "Account"(highlighted in the red box) on your top right corner
  3. Click the "Deactivate" option. You will be asked to confirm deactivation as well as the reason behind it which is compulsory, again i am not sure why they need a reason for just the deactivation portion.
Backdoor to Deleting your Full Account On Facebook
I manage to sneak this information out to you guys who do not want to exist on your facebook profile and this is how you are able to delete your account permanently:

privacy and secruity on facebook
  1. Login to Facebook
  2. Go to "Help"(red box) at the bottom right of the page.
  3. Click "Privacy and Security"(orange box) and then "Security".
  4. Click "I want to permanently delete my account"
  5. You will be directed to the account deletion message at the bottom and this is where you can access the account deletion form.
  6. Check the box"Remove my account from facebook" and then click "submit".
facebook-deletemyaccount

Now, did i say you will not be able to delete your account? I guess it can be done!

MYSpace
To delete your account, go according to the steps shown:
  1. Login to MYSpace
  2. At the home page, click "Settings" in the control panel.
  3. Click "Cancel Account". You will then be asked to confirm your decision.
  4. Click the "Cancel My Account" button to permanently remove your account.

Friendster
To delete your account, go according to the steps shown:
  1. Login to Friendster.
  2. Go to the"Settings" page at the top right of the page.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Cancel Account". You will then be directed to the account cancellation form.
  4. Fill in the reason why you are leaving the network, check the box "Yes", I want to cancel my Friendster Account" and then click "Proceed".
I guess getting rid of your social media account is now easiest and fastest which could be gone in 60 seconds!



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64 Add My Url Sites That You Might Not have Come Across

A new site takes about a week or so to be discovered by major search engines like Google and Yahoo but i will highly recommend that you "do it yourself" this list contains 64 sites that you can have your website/blog searched in various major search engine.

Some of the search engine below contains Chinese characters because they are China's largest search engine sites which brings in millions of surfers per day looking for interesting content from overseas. If you manage to understand what they are talking about then it will be a piece of cake adding your url, otherwise try to use translator to convert the language.

You can start by adding those major search engine links that are given below. I did not give a hotlink to them fearing a link farm post so please copy and paste the link to your browsers.

Google Add URL :
http://www.google.com/addurl.html

Yahoo Add URL :
http://search.yahoo.com/info/submit.html

MSN Add URL :
http://beta.search.msn.com/docs/submit.aspx

DMOZ Add URL :
http://dmoz.org/add.html

Splat Search Add URL :
http://www.splatsearch.com/submit.html

Sohu Add URL :
http://db.sohu.com/regurl/regform.asp

Sunwukong Search Add URL :
http://www.sunwukong.cn/add.php

SubmitOne Add URL :
http://www.submit-one.com/links.html

WhatUSeek Add URL :
http://www.whatuseek.com/addurl.shtml

LinksTraffic Add URL :
http://www.linkstraffic.net/

ClickBank Add URL :
http://www.top-rated-shopping-bargains.com/cbsearch/search.php

Tower Search Add URL :
http://www.towersearch.com/addurl.php

HotLaunch Add URL :
http://www.hotlaunch.com/addurl.asp

Search Monster Add URL :
http://www.searchmonster.org/

InfoSpace Add URL :
http://www.infospace.com/submit.html

SearchIT Add URL :
http://www.searchit.com/addurl.htm

Free Ad Center Add URL :
http://forum.onecenter.com/freeadcenter

NetSearch adurl :
http://www.netsearch.org/promo/submit.htm

Shoula Add URL :
http://www.shoula.com/adding_your_site.php

The-Search-Site Add URL :
http://www.the-search-site.com/add_url_form.asp

Web Squash Add URL :
http://www.websquash.com/cgi-bin/search/search.pl?Mode=AnonAdd

Excite Add URL :
http://www.dpbolvw.net

Unasked Add URL :
http://unasked.com/addurl.asp

Homer Web Add URL :
http://www.homerweb.com/

Killer Info Add URL :
http://www.killerinfo.com/owners.html#submit

Baidu Add URL :
http://www.baidu.com/search/url_submit.html

Zhongsou Add URL :
http://ads.zhongsou.com/register/page.jsp

Yisou Add URL :
http://www.yisou.com/search_submit.html?source

Tianwang Add URL :
http://home.tianwang.com/denglu.htm

Evisum Add URL :
http://search.evisum.com/addsite.htm

TYGO Add URL :
http://www.tygo.com/submit-urls/

Try America Add URL :
http://www.tryamerica.com/AddURL.htm

SOOTLE Add URL :
http://directory.sootle.com/

US Freeads Add URL :
http://www.usfreeads.com/

Big Clique Add URL :
http://www.bigclique.com/addurl/index.php

OPN Add URL :
http://www.0pn.com/wm2.php

walhello Add URL :
http://www.walhello.com/addlinkgl.html

AZOOS Add URL :
http://www.azoos.com/addurl.php

Advertise Report Add URL :
http://www.advertisereport.com/payment/partner.htm

DinoSearch Add URL :
http://dinosearch.com/dinosearch/addurl.asp

Google Add URL :
http://www.google.com/intl/zh-CN/add_url.html

Yahoo Add URL :
http://search.help.cn.yahoo.com/h4_4.html

PCHOME Add URL :
http://dir.pchome.com.tw/register/

Search Ramp Add URL :
http://searchramp.com/addurl.asp

BusinessSeek.biz Add URL :
http://www.businessseek.biz/

SearchTheWeb Add URL :
http://www.searchtheweb.com/suggest/

Exact Seek Add URL :
http://www.exactseek.com/add.html

Search King Add URL :
http://www.searchking.com/add_new.htm

BBLMedia Add URL :
http://bblmedia.com/webmarket.html

Search Warp Add URL :
http://searchwarp.com/AddURL.asp

MixCat Add URL :
http://mixcat.com/addurl.html

Best Yellow Add URL :
http://www.bestyellow.com/addurl.html

Beamed Add URL :
http://www.beamed.com/search/AddURL.html

ScrubTheWeb Add URL :
http://www.scrubtheweb.com/addurl.html

SightQuest Add URL :
http://www.sightquest.com/how-to-submit.htm

SearchAVE Add URL :
http://www.searchave.com/AddURL.asp

SunsTeam Add URL :
http://www.sunsteam.com/cgi-bin/search/add_url.cgi

YoySearch Add URL :
http://www.yoysearch.com/add.cgi

adlandpro Add URL :
http://www.adlandpro.com/


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How to Use Your Gmail Effectively Without A Mouse

gmail-google-shortcut-keysGoogle had always been friendly in every aspect though they try to conquer every program and community that could be created by mankind. One of the most commonly used application other than the Search engine would be the Gmail service provided by Google.

Gmail's User Interface is quite usable, but sometimes a mouse just seems to get in the way of efficiency. The Gmail developers have included lots of nice keyboard shortcuts that can really make using Gmail quicker and easier. Gmail offers many keyboard shortcuts. To enable keyboard shortcuts, click on the Settings link at the top right of the screen, and click on the "General" tab. Look for the "Keyboard Shortcuts" entry and click on the "Keyboard shortcuts on" radio button.

Shortcut Key Definition Action
c Compose Allows you to compose a new message. + c allows you to compose a message in a new window.
/ Search Puts your cursor in the search box.
k Move to newer conversation Opens or moves your cursor to a more recent conversation. You can hit to expand a conversation.
j Move to older conversation Opens or moves your cursor to the next oldest conversation. You can hit to expand a conversation.
n Next message Moves your cursor to the next message. You can hit to expand or collapse a message. (Only applicable in 'Conversation View.')
p Previous message Moves your cursor to the previous message. You can hit to expand or collapse a message. (Only applicable in 'Conversation View.')
o or Open Opens your conversation. Also expands or collapses a message if you are in 'Conversation View.'
u Return to conversation list Refreshes your page and returns you to the inbox, or list of conversations.
y Archive*
Remove from current view
Automatically removes the message or conversation from your current view.
  • From 'Inbox,' 'y' means Archive
  • From 'Starred,' 'y' means Unstar
  • From any label, 'y' means Remove the label
* 'y' has no effect if you're in 'Spam,' 'Sent,' or 'All Mail.'
x Select conversation Automatically checks and selects a conversation so that you can archive, apply a label, or choose an action from the drop-down menu to apply to that conversation.
s Star a message or conversation Adds or removes a star to a message or conversation. Stars allow you to give a message or conversation a special status.
! Report spam Marks a message as spam and removes it from your conversation list.
r Reply Reply to the message sender. + r allows you to reply to a message in a new window. (Only applicable in 'Conversation View.')
a Reply all Reply to all message recipients. +a allows you to reply to all message recipients in a new window. (Only applicable in 'Conversation View.')
f Forward Forward a message. + f allows you to forward a message in a new window. (Only applicable in 'Conversation View.')

Escape from input field Removes the cursor from your current input field.
Combo-keys - Use the following combinations of keys to navigate through Gmail.
Shortcut Key Definition Action
then Send message After composing your message, use this combination to send it automatically. (Supported in Internet Explorer and Firefox, on Windows.)
y then o Archive and next Archive your conversation and move to the next one.
g then a Go to 'All Mail' Takes you to 'All Mail,' the storage site for all mail you've ever sent or received (and have not deleted).
g then s Go to 'Starred' Takes you to all conversations you have starred.
g then c Go to 'Contacts' Takes you to your Contacts list.
g then d Go to 'Drafts' Takes you to all drafts you have saved.
g then i Go to 'Inbox' Returns you to the inbox.

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Get Your Secret PageRank 8 Listing For Free!

usa-today-ads-spot-mysteryI am so excited when i first received this information from my friend through my email and it states how reliable this source is and you can get your blog and Rss feed listed without paying any advertising fees. How true? Let me explain more in details on how you can do it yourself since i have already got mine going and i am waiting for my surprising traffic with my experimented blog.

My friend wrote down in 5 simple steps before i got my blog rolling in their listing, it was easy, took about 15 minutes for me to complete the steps and submission. You can start to think of your description of your blog and you might want an icon banner of a 100x100 size.

If you are still unaware that USAToday, one of the largest online news center is giving out advertising link space to every blog who signs up with their secret coupon code. A free 1 month adspace without being charged on any advertising fee!

free-blog-advertising-usa

I will show you the simple steps on how you can register yourself into the blog listing and squeeze traffic juice out of USAToday. I stumbled across labnol who had already blogged about it few days back, so i might not be the first presenting you with the information but i am sure it is a true source since Amit already blogged about it!

Step 1 - Create an Account
The first step is to go to the registration page and create an account.

Step 2 - B&P Guide Options
The second step requires you to go to option no. 4 "custom partner program and type in "bp"(exclude the quotes) in to the empty box, only after you type in the coupon code, then will the radio button be able to get selected.

Step 3 - Listing Information
Key in your relevant information and when you want this to be advertised. Remember it's only free for the 1st month, choose wisely.

Step 4 - Verifying Card and submission
You need to have your credit card ready and have it keyed in, "Why do i need to key in my credit card details since i do not have to pay?" I will explain later in the post but i can guarantee they will not charge you a single cent for the first month.

This is where your blog will be after you have submitted and got approved, notice your Blog link, Rss Feed and also your icon Banner with your description. Like i say if your category fits any one of the relevant stories, it will be featured on the article likewise.

uaa-blogging-listing

Note: The reason why you need your credit card ready is because if your advertising expires after 1 month, it will be charged and billed to your account instantly. For your information it cost $39.95 per month! To cancel future listings just follow the steps below under “Order Cancellation”. That is the conditional catch, cause everyone tends to get lazy and forgetful after 1 month, don't you agree?

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Add Ratings to Your Blog Made Simple with 1 Click Install

It was exciting to see Yaron Galai of outbrain remove its beta tag and open his rating script to platforms like Blogger,Wordpress and TypePad. There is also open javascript for those who intend to place the rating bar on their website.

How this rating bar works, it's in fact very simple.Once you installed the widget, you can test it by rating it yourself hovering over the number of stars you want to give for the content you think is worth reading. Once you have given the stars you think this post is worth, the number that shows the total people rating this will jump according in a ascending order.
outbrain rating widget
I have been thinking whether i should use this rating bar instead of allowing comments, because there are a bunch of visitors who loves to read but do not like to leave long comments and in order to collect better stats, a simple way to collect instant feedback would be using a rating bar.

Have you been using a outbrain's rating bar and have it been working for you in collecting instant feedback?

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Translate your web contents with Google Translator

google translator
Using a free translator without advertisements or even borders can be possible with Google translator, it allows your readers to convert English and read in other languages of their choice, you can easily install this translator into your blog and it will automatically translate the whole webpage by clicking on the desired flag icon corresponding to the appropriate language. It will be easy to install on your blogger and should work for other blogging platforms.

You can always download the Translator code and copy the code to to your blog and it should work for at your sidebar widget, for including this code into XML script, you would require to add this code "amp;" after every "&", it can be quite tedious because this coding have a lot of "&", my recommendation is to have it at the top of your sidebar using the widget provided in blogger.

To translate the whole webpage you simply have to click on the flag icon corresponding to the appropriate language. Simple as that!

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Create expandable teaser summary for your blog

Expandable Post Summaries is when each blog post consists of a short paragraph of introduction followed by a 'Read More' link. This enables the reader to get a small introduction to each post on the main page. You get to show more posts in one page and your readers are spoiled for choices to read!

It is very simple actually, i will teach you step by step on how you can setup your expandable post summaries. "Read More!" There are basically three steps to follow if you want to implement expandable post summaries in the new layouts template.

Styling your CSS
The First step is to style it into your CSS and this changes how posts display on different pages.
  • Login to your account
  • Go to 'Template'
  • Go to 'Edit HTML'
Scroll down just above </head> and add in this code:

<style>
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'>
span.fullpost {display:inline;}
<b:else/>
span.fullpost {display:none;}
</b:if>
</style>


Note that there is a ]]></b:skin> tag just above the </head> tag. Add the above code so that it lies between these two tags. What we did here was to define a class
called "fullpost".

Read More Entry>>
The second step is to add the Read More links which will appear after the paragraph summaries.
  • Under 'Edit HTML', look on your top right and under 'Expand Widget Template' put a tick to open up more of your XML.
  • Scroll down the code and look for this code <data:post.body/>
Add the code below immediately after the above code :

<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != "item"'>
<a expr:href='data:post.url' target='_blank'>Read more Entry>></a>
</b:if>


Upon completing the code,save the template and ensure you have a backup copy of this previous template. You should see that the Read More Entry>> appearing on your blog.

Increasing your Font Size and Font Weight

Font Size
start with
<span style='font-size:120%;'>

End with
</span>

Font Weight
start with
<span style='font-weight:bold;'>

End with
</span>

Using Both is another optional you can consider.

The Last Part to a Teaser look
To create the Final teaser look like and to allow users to read the full article with a click on Read more Entry, you got to hide your other half of the article post.
  • Type your Teaser paragraph
  • Leave this code on the next line to hide the rest of your post.
  • <span class="fullpost"> and </span>(In between this code will be the rest of your article content
Of course you can always void this blog trick if you want to present your post in full! Do you have a blog trick you want to share? Share it with me and i will share it will the rest here!

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Blogger's New Trick with Adsense for more clicks!

Blogger just announced this piece of good news and its already being spreading to the rest of the Blogspot users! If you are still unaware that blogger just got a new feature, then its time to use it, if you have yet to develop any increase in CTR or clicks cause, without any messing of coding, you can now have your Google Adsense placed in between your post. It called the "In between Post ads", and its beginning to heat up the blogger's community and i expect many users to have a try at this feature.

It had been surveyed that in between post ads stand a higher chance for clicks, for this i can't verify cause i am pretty happy with the current position of my Adsense and maybe you guys can try and leave behind a review of how it is happening on your blog.

The steps are simple do enter your dashboard and check your "Layout"

  • Go under "Template"
  • Go to "Page Elements"
  • Under Blog Post, click on "Edit"
blogger new google adsense post feature

Scroll down under you see a "show ads between post", place a tick and you are on your way to set the colors and ads side banner you need to place in between the post.If you do not have Google Adsense, Sign up and learn how to generate revenue using Google Adsense so that you can enjoy using this feature!

how you login to blogger and get your google post adsense

Currently this feature only allows the normal text ads that you use and not able to use for referral or search box yet. At last blogger is doing something..Something to cheers about, drink beer bottoms up!

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How do i switch Blogger to a Custom Domain - Blogspot to Dot Com

I am very happy to say that i have got for myself a domain name and i have decided to use my own name this time and i am looking forward to using this domain name in the future for as long as i live. I have taken up this domain name for 5 years now with Godaddy who has one of the cheapest domain registrar available.

Firstly you got to decide a domain name and of course deciding a name is pretty hard and unless you are going to use your name to be your domain otherwise it is best that you use a program that can decide the keywords you want to search for a list of domain name available for you. You can use bust a name domain master for free which allows you to type keywords and they will search for you the available domain which is close to your keywords.

Using Bust A Name to find your domain
After you have found your domain name, there is a 'buy button' and get your Godaddy Account for $6.95 only instead of the normal price of $8.95 per domain name.

Congrats on getting a domain, now to configure
After you have made the purchase of the domain using either creditcard or Paypal, We need to configure your settings so that your blogspot can accept the custom dot com name. Login to your account with your customer ID and Password which you have given yourself.
Look for "manage domain" and click on it then you see your domain name, click on it again so that it can bring you to the the Domain panel.

godaddy start page

Domain Control Center
Under your domain panel, Click on "Total DNS Control and MX Records" so that you can configure your DNS number.

go daddy control panel
DNS Control Panel
When you are in the DNS Control panel, you will see the first 2 columns which are important, cause a change in it can affect how your blogspot is going to be shown with your dot com.

godaddy dns control panel

A Host
You can see that your Control panel will be slightly different from me, i have an additional "blog" column which i have added it and i will tell you why later i add this, but you can just have it added in in small letters "blog" within and change the ip address to what your "@" shows, please note that there might be changes to the IP address after one day of configuring your domain name, so don't panic, for any doubt or you would like to know your own Ip address, you can always contact their Technical support team, they are most willing to help and reply you through phone or email.(*The IP address shown may not be suitable for you so contacting the staff is the best solution to know your own IP)

C Names
If you can see under the first column, i have the host pointed to "ghs.google.com" instead of the old setting of www, please do the following changes to tell them that you want to direct it to blogspot. That is it for this crucial portion, now we will move on to setting your

Domain Forwarding
Go back to your Domain Control Center and chose the tab "Forward" and over at the Domain Forwarding page you will be able to bring your blogspot name over to your dot com!

Godaddy chosing domain forward
Three portion in forwarding that you need to do before your dot com can take effect.

  1. You need to "enable" the forwarding

  2. You need to key in your blogspot name, example like mine http://profit-line.blogspot.com

  3. Redirect to "301 permanently" and save.
Take note that they will process this forwarding and it can take 24 hours to get it done, so in the mean time you will still have to stick to your blogspot account.

godaddy domain forwarding


What's the difference between a 301 Redirect and a 302 Redirect?

301 Redirect
Redirects to the site you specified in the Forward To field using a "301 Moved Permanently" HTTP response. The HTTP 301 response code tells user-agents (including search engines) that the location has permanently moved.

302 Redirect
Redirects to the site you specified in the Forward To field using a "302 Moved Temporarily" HTTP response. The HTTP 302 response code tells user-agents (including search engines) that the location has temporarily moved.

If I use a 301 redirect on my site to point the www and non-www versions to the same version, do I still need to use this feature?

You don't have to use it, as we can follow the redirects. However, you still can benefit from using this feature in two ways: we can more easily consolidate links to your site and over time, we'll direct our crawl to the preferred version of your pages.

If I use this feature, should I still use a 301 redirect on my site?
You don't need to use it for Googlebot, but you should still use the 301 redirect, if it's available. This will help visitors and other search engines. Of course, make sure that you point to the same URL with the preferred domain feature and the 301 redirect.


Check back your Godaddy account
You have waited for one long day and now it is the time to go back to your Godaddy account and check whether are they still processing your domain forwarding, if they are do contact their staff, it should not take that long.

Do you still remember i said to check on your IP address under the A host, go back there and see whether there is any change, if there is a change at the "@", please do so for your "blog" as well. The "@" and "blog" should have the exact configuration for the IP.

Blogger to Dot Com in an Instead!
Go to your Blogger "settings" ---> "Publishing" ---> "Custom Domain" and add your full domain name within (http://www.example.com).

blogger switch domain

I just realise that Blogger are also offering domain to their users through Google, I did not know until i purchase Godaddy, and i still prefer them. After you have switched over to your dot com. It is time to test!

You have your Own Dot com!
Yes you will see that you have your very own http://www.example.com and remember i was telling you to insert under your godaddy account Ahost "blog", this is to allow your blogspot to be read in either "http://www.etienneteo.com" or to be "http://etienneteo.com", you can click to try, both with be redirected to as www and it will not give a 404 not found page for http://etienneteo.com.

Lost and need help to get your Blogger blogspot to a dot com, you can always contact me and i will help you answer your questions or simply leave me a comment and i will reply!
Good luck to all!

PS:I took 30 minutes to do this post after i have set my domain name!


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Favicon Your Blog for Bloggers

Favicon(pronounced fav-eye-con) is a 16x16 pixel image included on nearly all professional developed sites. Within Internet Explorer the Favicon is displayed on the Address line and in the Favorites menu and can be clearly seen in Firefox bookmark.

The Favicon allows the blogger to further promote their blog, and to create a more customized appearance within a visitor's browser. but since my topic today is unlike others who spread about changing them to .ico before upload to a google group or a host and then coding it. I will have it done the quick and easy way and hopefully it will work for you guys!

favicon steps

The box that is highlighted in red would be the magic code required to allow this favicon to appear in your blog, like what i have said, you will need to use graphic editing software such as Adobe Photoshop if you don't have then you can try download Irfanview or go online and use Phixr photo image editor.

Currently Favicon can only be viewed using Firefox and the new IE7, while the IE6 could not see, so update your IE or stick to use Firefox.

Guide to install Favicon
Adding a favicon to your blog is a good way to distinguish your blog from the millions of other bloggers around.
  1. Choose a picture you like(most of the time people will place use their own face to personalize the blog)
  2. Use a photo Editor(like photoshop or the 2 photo editors that i recommended) to resize the picture to 16x16 pixel.gif for best 1:1 resolution and adjustment
  3. Host the 16x16 pixel.gif on any photo host like photobucket,imageshack or your own hosting
  4. Add your Photo host url of the icon to the following code below

<link href='URL of your icon file' rel='shortcut icon'/>


Remember to type in the “URL of your icon file”.

Save the template. When you refresh your blog site, you should see your nice little Favicon next to the blog address.

If you are still not sure how to get to the XML of your blogger, then follow these steps carefully:

steps to install the favicon

When you decide to change your blog favicon in future, you can just change the hosting link of the image with a new favicon and thats it!

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Blogger's Buy me a Beer - Paypal donation

This module is heavily inspired by Ankesh Kothari's Buy Me a Beer Wordpress plugin, and since i was thinking of setting up one for my Etienne Teo Blog, i thought i might as well just look for one and add it as a widget on my blog, suprisingly no blogger or Blog hacker had setup a plugin for blogger.com users to input this beautiful "Buy me a beer" plugin.

Acutally this plugin is pretty simple, needs a little tweak on the codes and you are ready to have one plugin available for blogger.com, maybe it was too simple so no one actually bothered, but i need one for myself so i guess the rest is history! Maybe now the blogger.com community can use the updated plugins on their blogger.com and hopefully it can be found much easier on google and other search engine, which i was trying for the past 5 days and i was frustrated why i could only find WP plugins for "Buy me a beer", are WP users the only one using them or was my search keywords all wrong.

Buy me a Beer Plugin for Blogger - Resulted in 564,000 returns
Buy me a beer Plugin - Resulted in 973,000 returns
Buy me a Beer - Resulted in 1,260,000 returns
Blogger Widget buy me a beer -Resulted in 574,000 Returns

None were able to help me find my plugin used for Blogger.com

pluginresults

Even for me to search under keyword "Buy me a Beer" was under constant hits for WP users to use this plugin.

How Blogger's can use "Buy me a Beer" Plugin
Here i will teach you how to have your plugin installed on blogger, firstly i will let you have a look at the simple code you need and 3 steps to install this wonderful plugin to blogger.
plugincodeforbuyabeer
(Click to download)



Install it in your blog in 3 simple steps
(Only those in red are to be change and leaving the blue text untouched):

  1. Host your own Beer.gif which i have provided for youbuymeabeerright click on the picture and save it, copy the URL that you have hosted the picture into the code in red.

  2. You will need a Paypal Account and if you don't have one, its time to get an account, its free and require to Register with your full details. After which use the email that you have registered with paypal and input to this red code i placed under number 2, this email is very important since it directs your viewers to the correct place to buy you a beer!

  3. Change the contents and update to your preferred text, this portion can have unlimited text as long as you project the key message to your viewers so that they will buy you a beer!
You have completed your "Buy a beer", thats your code to have it placed in your sidebar either at the top or bottom.Remember this code is universal for both Blogger and wordpress.Link my blog to your fellow bloggers and tell them about "buy me a beer" code available to all bloggers users.

PS:This is an additional code that would work if you place it under your XHTML.
  • "Expand your widget template"
  • Scrolling down where you see <data:post.body/>
  • Place the code below if you want and it will appear below your post.



It’ll be interesting to see if any readers out here will buy me a beer as I’m really thirsty.
Please buy me a beer!


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