Thursday, April 16, 2015

"I've Been Hacked" - A Dreaded Cry Of Anguish

As long as computers exist, and people are needed to provide technical advice, the one problem report that many of us fear is anguished, and brief.
I got hacked!
To many of us, this means that we have not been doing our job - because the first job of technical support is, unfortunately, security.

Hillary Clinton got hacked, recently - and she was lucky. The hacker that attacked her was only poking around - and had no actual intent to cause harm. The owner of a successfully hacked Blogger blog may not be so fortunate.

If you act promptly. and plan wisely, you can prevent long term inconvenience.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Label Searches, Using Combinations Of Labels

Blog owners have been asking for the ability to search for posts using label combinations, for a while.

That option was given us, some time ago - with no fanfare. What we now have is called a "Boolean" label search.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"Location", Used In Posts, Breaks The Blog Feed

We're seeing a few problem reports, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue, mentioning problems with the blog feed.
I try to claim my blog in BlogLovin, but they tell me that my feed is invalid!
or
My subscribers stopped getting my posts by email!!
Both BlogLovin, and the FeedBurner "Follow by Email" service, depend upon the blog posts newsfeed.

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Stats "Don't track ..." Setting Is Unique, By Browser

Many people have multiple computers. That detail is becoming more and more normal, in the population in general, each year.

I own 3 computers - actually, 5 (two of them run Windows XP, and are off line). So, I use my 3 computers - 2 Google ChromeBooks, and 1 smart phone (no, not a Nexus), for Blogger and other projects.

Since I don't want Stats pageview counts, for this blog, affected by my browsing this blog, I logged in to Blogger as the owner, using the browser on each of my 3 computers - and selected the "Don't track your own pageviews" option.

The "Don't track ..." option is set, in a cookie. Cookies are unique, to the browser where they are set. On a ChromeBook, with only 1 browser - Chrome - this detail is not so interesting. One computer - 1 browser - 1 user - 1 cookie.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

European Residents And EU Cookie Compliance

Blog owners who live in Europe have a recently added regulation with which you need to comply.

If you publish a blog, and host AdSense ads, you already have part of the requirement - the properly written Cookie Advisory. If you live in Europe, and view this blog, chances are that you have been offered the chance to view the Nitecruzr.Net Privacy Policy, which includes my Cookie Advisory.

If your blog displays the Blogger Navbar, you have a compliant Cookie Advisory Banner which is provided by Blogger, in the navbar. If you have disabled the navbar - or if the blog uses a dynamic template (and has no navbar), you can add a Cookie Advisory Banner as supplied by Google Cookie Choices.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Newsfeeds Are Only Good Blog Accessories

One blog publishing technique, discouraged by Blogger, involves "automated posting".
Content created with scripts and programs, rather than by hand.

Some blog owners want to make their blog part of their social networking strategy. That is a laudable goal - but the blog has to have its own distinct content, as well.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Stats Components Are Significant, In Their Own Context

One popular Stats related accessory, which displays pageview information to the public, is the "Popular Posts" gadget.

Popular Posts identifies from 1 to 10 of the most popular posts in the blog, by comparing Stats pageview counts. Optional parts of the display of each post are a snippet of text, and an ever popular thumbnail photo.

Like many Stats features, blog owners have found imaginative uses for "Popular Posts" - and overlook the limitations of the gadget. Both the dynamic nature of Stats, and the timing of the various pageview count recalculations, create confusion, when Popular Posts is examined.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

How To Report A Problem, To FaceBook Support

Since FaceBook is not a part of Google, they have concerns and problems which only they can deal with.

Some problems with FaceBook affect our enjoyment of our blogs. Right now, there is a problem with aggregation of Likes and links, when our blogs are referenced in FaceBook - where all references should be properly "counted" under the common "blogspot.com" URL of each blog, instead of the individual country code aliases.

Unfortunately, the FaceBook page does not provide a button to "Report a Problem" - nor is there a "FaceBook Help" forum, or a "FaceBook Support" community.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Posts Subscription Options For A Blog

We see occasional questions from blog owners, and readers, about options for reading posts, from a given blog.

The most obvious way to read the posts is to read the blog, as published, online. If the owner of a blog that interests you uses Google+ publicity, reading either online, or in the Google+ stream, may be your choice.

For Blogger hosted content, both owners and readers have a few more possibilities.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Troubleshooting Custom Domain Issues

If you are trying to make your custom domain published blog work, see my guide Troubleshooting Your Custom Domain Problems.

If you want to know how to setup a custom domain properly, from the beginning - and avoid the need for Troubleshooting - read Setting Up A Custom Domain. Avoid the most basic mistakes made - read The Simplicity Of A Custom Domain Setup.

If you just setup your custom domain - and want to minimise the effects of the URL change upon your search engine relationships - read Managing The Migration.

If you're just browsing, then read on - but get a good cup of coffee first. And welcome, to Nitecruzr Dot Net.

Troubleshooting Your Custom Domain Problems

Of the many accessories and features in Blogger, Custom Domain Publishing is possibly the most problematic.

Looking at the Labels index in this blog, I see the Custom Domains label on 351 posts (as of 2015/03/15) - which makes it one of the most heavily labeled single topics here. There are several challenges with diagnosing and resolving a custom domain problem.
  • It has various different causes.
  • It leads to many different symptoms, which can easily be confused for other problems.
  • Its symptoms can be chronic or intermittent- and may be immediate, or may take months to exhibit themselves.
  • It may require resolution by any blog guest, by the blog owner, by Blogger Support, and / or by a third party such as the domain registrar.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Is A Blogger Blog Free?

An occasional question, seen occasionally in Blogger Help Forum: Learn More About Blogger, is about cost.
Is Blogger free? Too many Internet services are free for the first month, then charge you once you are hooked.
The answer here is (should be) good news.
Blogger blogs are free - for eternity - as long as you follow the rules.
But please, do follow the rules, for best results.