Showing posts from November, 2015

How to make a free blog on Google?

Sometime back, we published a post on starting a free blog. In response, we got some queries that show that new bloggers often confuse between .blogger , .blogspot and Google blogs . So comes this post. Google is not only the biggest s earch engine, its bouquet has a lot many products and services. Among them is Blogger , a bogging platform, on which you can open any number of blogs, all for free! When you open a blog on Blogger , you get the blog's name with .blogspot at the end of it. For example, there is a blog with the name When you make a blog on Blogger , it get .blogspot. com as the ending. Interestingly, when you open this very blog in a country where Google has installed a server, you often get the same blog with the country ending! So don't get confused if in India, you get the blog in the above example as http://indiantopblogs .blogspot. in . In short, a ' Google blog' is the same as 'Blogger blog' or

Broken and dead links hurt blog SEO

Updated in November 2020 Broken links and dead links are hyperlinks on webpages, which do not link to the destination. Broken links arise due to many reasons, the main ones being: The linked content's URL has been changed. The author of the website / blog typed the URL wrongly. The URL has gone private. The host server has gone bad temporarily (e.g. down for maintenance or attacked by a malware or overburdened due to sudden spike in traffic) or permanently. The URL has been blocked or removed due to its controversial or harmful nature. Links to user-generated content (e.g. answer to "SEO expert near my office") can generate temporary URLs that vanish immediately after use.  Webpages that need logging in cannot be browsed by non-logged-in users. Bad or broken or dead links get multiplied on blogs and many other CMSs by replicating the same URLs in many places. For example, a bad link might come up on the search pages and category pages in addition to the pag

Want a website-like design for your blog? Think before you leap!

You have a Blogger (or free blog and now feel that you should rather have a traditional website, right?  You have two options, to convert the blog itself into a normal website  to create a new website and take your blog’s resources there. In the present post, we’d tell you how to convert the blog into a normal, simple, website that does not look like a blog. The procedure to redirect the blog to a new website is dealt with in this earlier post: Independent domain name, webhost and migration . Before we tell you how to convert the blog into a website, let’s spend a few minutes on why (or why not) make a blog look like a normal website . WHY SHOULD I CONVERT MY BLOG INTO A NORMAL WEBSITE? This blog has a simple page as the standalone homepage. A custom redirect (Settings> S earch P references...) makes it the homepage. There are some real and some perceived advantages of having a normal website rather than a blog. The main ones are: A website

5 things you must weigh before starting a blog

We recently published a post on how to start a blog and how to maintain it. We also created a slideshow on how to create a great blog in just 30 minutes . Yet, certain things remained unsaid. For example, what should you consider even before you take a plunge to make a new blog (or website). These are very important because they map your mindset... they let you test whether you have the potential to become a 'successful' blogger in terms of money or storytelling or making an archive or furthering your professional interests or whatever else is your blogging goal.  We have divided this pre-blogging checklist into 5 segments as follows: Do you know well the rewards and the pitfalls? Knowing what you can get and at what cost is important before you start blogging. Do you understand your own strengths and  weaknesses? You must be conscious of your skills / knowl edge / energ y / time / experience / etc and also what all you lack. Can you overcome the shortcomings? Wha

Blogging for publishing free thought is pardoned unless it criticizes Islamic icons

Blogging is sinful to Islamists in Bangladesh, if it promotes secular thought A publisher has now paid with his life for keeping and propagating secular thoughts in this Muslim-majority nation.  Publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan was killed by Islamic extremists last week. Himself a secular blogger, his publishing house Jagriti Prokashoni has published books by Avijit Roy, a US citizen of Bangladeshi origin was killed earlier this year. There have been massive protests in Bangla Desh against this attack, but like earlier attacks on bloggers, we keep our fingers crossed whether there would be any check on the attackers. In fact, they have updated the hit list they issued earlier and have threatened to kill them all. A very popular blogger, with about a million following his social network pages, Imran Sarkar, has also received a death threat a few days back.  One more publisher, Farid Ahmed, of Somoy Prakashan publishing house, has also received a death threat this week for