Thursday, March 26, 2015

Comments Subscription Options For A Blog

We see occasional confusion from blog owners, and readers, about options for reading comments, and comment updates, from a given blog.

The most obvious way to read comments - or replies to comments - is to read the individual posts. If a blog that interests you uses Google+ hosted comments, reading either on the post, or in the Google+ stream, may be your best option.

For Blogger hosted comments. both owners and readers have a few more choices.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BlogSpot Country Domains Blocked By StumbleUpon

We've seen a few recent reports, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue, about problems getting StumbleUpon to accept Blogger blogs.
Every time I try to put a blog into StumbleUpon, it replies that it does not accept Blogger site submissions.
And the URL, when stated, will be a non "BlogSpot.com" country code alias.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Retrieve The PageID / PostID Of A Deleted Page / Post

I've previously provided instructions for recovering a deleted page (static page) or post (dynamic page).

Retrieval of a deleted page / post involves editing the deleted page / post, using a URL which contains the BlogID, and the PageID / PostID. It's easy enough to get the BlogID - the source listing for any blog page will have multiple places where the BlogID can be found - but where can one find the PageID / PostID?

The PageID / PostID can be found - given a small amount of effort, for any well indexed blog. Any cached copy, of the deleted page or post, will provide the PageID / PostID - once you know what to look for.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Adding Pages To A Dynamic Template

We all know the limitations of the dynamic template - how you can't easily edit dynamic template HTML code, or accessories as freely.

At one time, you could switch back to dynamic view, for the comments and posts - and view the complete blog, using a non dynamic template. That ability was taken away, in early 2014.

That doesn't mean that you have to give up completely, however, on adding pages - though this may not yet provide a solution for a custom home page.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Make The Stats "Don't track ..." Option Work

Some blog owners, having published their blog to their new custom domain, find that the Stats "Don't track my own pageviews" option has now stopped working - and their activity, on their blog, is being counted.

Owners of custom domain published blogs, who consider their own activity to create significant inaccuracy in Stats figures, may not be pleased to discover Stats unable to ignore their activity - even if they did previously select the "Don't track ..." option. Finding it inconvenient to locate the misbehaving filter that prevents the Stats "Don't track" cookie from being installed on their browser, they will complain in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue.

We now see a possible workaround, for this problem.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

How To Logout From Your Blogger Account

Occasionally, we see confusion in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue?, about a rather obvious process.
How do I logout?
The blog owner, here, is not being completely facetious, or obtuse.

Many applications, on the web and in other scenarios, have a "Logout Complete" display - maybe with a link, to login, again.
You have now logged out of XXXXXXX. Thank you for visiting!



>> Login
And "Login" would be clickable, and would take you back to the Login screen.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Add Your Twitter Feed To Your Blog

Some blog owners, who also have activity in Twitter, would like to display their Twitter feed on their blog.

This is not at all difficult. Twitter will custom build you an HTML gadget, using a wizard in their website.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Disable / Enable The Navbar, On Your Blog

Occasionally, a blog owner wants to login to Blogger from the blog - but there's no link to login.
I can't get to my dashboard! How do I login to Blogger?
The simplest solution is to just use the Blogger login link
https://www.blogger.com
Bookmark that, and you can login any time - using either a Designer / Layout, or a Dynamic, template.

A long term solution would be to have the Navbar enabled, on the blog. All blogs can't use a navbar, however.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Solutions, To The Spam Problem, Start With You

This year, we are finally seeing the beginning of the end, of one problem, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue.

Spam reports - both righteous and spurious - are steadily slowing down. They are not at zero level yet, but there is a distinct decrease.

Now, we are seeing questions from people who actually can do something, about their personal contributions, to the problem - borderline spam blogs, with blog owners possibly able and willing to clean up their act.
I look in Google Search, for my blog, but it's not listed. Please help me, what is the problem - how can I get my blog listed?
This blog owner has the right attitude - if not the right training.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ridicule By Friends Does Not Justify Blog Removal

We see occasional tales of woe, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue.
My friends are making fun of me, because my name, when searched in Google, comes up on a non complimentary blog. The owner of the blog has forgotten the password, and can't recover control. How do I convince Blogger to have the offending blog removed?
The answer, here, is not promising.
You can't. No laws have been broken, nor has Google TOS been violated.
That's harsh reality, that is going to happen, a few times.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Your Friends Email, Stolen, Could Endanger Your Blog

One of the hottest US National news stories, this month, is about Hillary Clinton and how she endangered the security of this country by using an insecure email address.

One of her mistakes involved her having a friend who had her email address in his address book, when his email account was hacked. And that is how your friends email accounts can be used, to attack your email account.

Even if your email account is not revealed, openly, a friend - or fellow blog owner - who reveals her / his email address, can have his / her Blogger account, blog, and email account stolen. And with the possibility that you and your friend exchange emails, there is vulnerability to your email account, your Blogger account, and your blog.

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.