Thursday, May 28, 2015

Blogger, Windows LiveWriter, And Similar Products

This week, we have a multitude of complaints about Windows LiveWriter, and similar third party editors, unable to login to Blogger.

Blog owners who use LiveWriter, and similar third party products, to compose and publish posts, have reported authentication problems.
I have used Windows Live Writer, to publish to my blog, for years. I now cannot publish, and the message I get is that the ID and password are not correct.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Non English Language Blogs, And Abuse Review

With Blogger blogs becoming more popular in countries where English is not the native language, we've seen a lot of blogs classified as spam - both righteously, and spuriously.

Most spam reviews, originally, involved blogs with commercial spam - excessive advertisements, with little subject content. As the focus of spam classification shifted to blogs with content, we've been seeing more non commercial classifications - large blogs with unfocused subjects, and content scraped or syndicated.

Combining the two trends - more blogs in non English languages, and spam classifications which focus on non commercial content, we see blogs which require more people to review. And the people required need familiarity with the languages, and the subjects, of the blogs which need review.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Put The Post Title Before The Blog Title

Some blog owners want to have the titles of the posts easier to spot, in search hit lists.

The solution, to them, is to have the post titles appear before the blog titles, in the template header. If you want your blog to have the post title in front of the blog title, this is a simple enough change.

It's best to make this change only affect display of individual pages (when indexed), and posts. Other search hit list entries, such as archive, label, and main page displays, should show the default blog page title - and not confuse the potential readers with irrelevant detail, in the search hit list entries.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Google Identifies Referer Spam, By Observing Trends

I've discussed referer spam before, and its visibility in Stats logs produced by newer, less popular blogs.

There is always the odd mature and popular blog, also showing referer spam in its Stats logs. Mature and popular blogs, published by experienced blog owners, may still be subject to referer spam.

Referer spam attacks blogs of all age and popularity levels. Experienced blog owners will learn to recognise referer spam - and typically, when they identify it, they learn to ignore it.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

"Your Content Is Forever" Has Limitations

Many blog owners would like to retrieve deleted blogs - or contents of deleted blogs - or contents of live blogs, deleted.

Some folks just deleted their blog, and immediately realised a mistake. Others deleted a blog, long ago. Some had their blog, deleted by Blogger - and just want the content back, so they can "start over".

Some may delete a post, and realise that mistake. Others make a mistake with content, and find Blogger deleted the blog. And some get a new job, graduate from school, get a new ISP - and realise, too late, that they forgot to update their Blogger account to use the new email address for account recovery.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Publish A Language Related Blog Cluster

As Blogger blogs become more popular outside the U.S.A., we see various blog owners who are multi-lingual - and who want to publish simultaneously, in multiple languages.

We see the question, occasionally in Blogger Help Forum: Learn More About Blogger.
How do I publish my blog in English, French, and Spanish - and keep a good relationship with my readers, the search engines, and the anti spam bots?
This is not difficult to do - just publish a well balanced and linked blog cluster, with the "hreflang" tag defining the related blogs, to the search engines.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Private Blog Conversion Happens At Once

Some blog owners consider changing their blog, to private membership - but have a problem with managing the membership volume, during the conversion.
How can I populate my membership list, with email addresses, before making the blog private?
This is a question seen occasionally, in Blogger Help Forum: Learn More About Blogger - and it's a question that can't be answered.

You can only add members, to a private blog. A public blog allows access to all - and has no member list.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Recovering A Blog, That Should Be Corporate Property

Occasionally, in Blogger Help Forum: Learn More About Blogger. we'll see yet another question about account recovery - but with a twist.
I am trying to recover control of our old Blogger account, that became useless when a former employee left the company, taking the login information with him.
Here we have an officer of a corporation, who is left holding the bag - because his management did not exercise proper control of a former employee.

Unfortunately, Blogger accounts and blogs are legally the property of the employee who has (or had) control - and who left the company, while retaining control.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Blogger Sucks - They Can Delete My Blog, At Will

We see signs of anxiety and confusion, every week, in Blogger Help Forum: Learn More About Blogger, about blog control by Blogger.
Recently I've heard that you guys can shut down my blog at any time. I was wondering if this is true,
And yes, it's true. Blogger can - and will - delete a blog for righteous cause.

The reality is that thousands of blogs are shut down, each day. 99.99% of the blogs shut down are published by spammers - and Blogger shuts them down, so genuine blogs can remain visible.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Occasionally, People Do Read Our Blogs

Real people live in various countries all over the world.

Every country has Internet service - and people who surf the Internet. Some read this blog - and maybe your blog, too,
My blog pageviews today increased from 150 to 1530 !! And almost all the visits were from Canada. Please Help Me!
Why would you dread Canadian readers, eh?

Knowing that your blog may host readers, in a worldwide community, would you fear traffic from unknown countries?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Blogger Blogs, And Social Networking Popups

Among blog accessories that are not going to get you good reputation, I can't think of very many more obnoxious than the FaceBook "Like my blog, before you read it!" demand.

Currently popular with some WordPress blogs, this is yet another blog accessory that will eventually get the blog deleted, as a possible malware host.

Useful Blogger blog readers look for blogs with informative, interesting, and unique content. Hiding a blog behind a "Like my blog!" demand, to help you boost FaceBook popularity before the blog can be read, will not get you useful readers.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Make Post Dates Relevant To Historical Blogs

Occasionally, we see a request from somebody who wants to publish a blog with historically significant dates, which precede Blogger compatible dates.

In one case, we see a request in Blogger Help Forum: Learn More About Blogger, about writing a blog, as "published" in the 1960s.
I'm doing a History project, and I'm blogging as if I was in the 1960's. I was excited to see that I could change that date - but soon realized that it won't let me go back further than 1970.
Unfortunately, blog dates will go back no farther than 1970.