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Meta tags improved.

Special thanks go to Ray who runs a eco friendly printing firm also does the eco friendly alocalprinter.com blog for his recent forum posting about the latest addition to google’s webmaster tools.

I would have missed that one for quite a while, what with christmas coming up ;)

Anyways, I tried out the new features (google reporting issues with meta tags) and found that I did have some issues on site, and fingers crossed - they are now sorted out ;)

They will need more work, as you can imagine with a large site like this with many tens of thousands of pages, there will be scope for improvement!

So, don’t forget if you have your site verified with google to pop over to your webmaster tools to see the new additions.

December 16, 2007   No Comments

Google problems

After a recent communication from google where they indicated a problem on my adsense account, it appears there *may*, and I repeat MAY in my opinion (and that of others on the net by the looks of it) be a problem with using blog traffic exchange sites (not lsblogs, but blog traffic exchange sites) if you use adsense.

I have asked google for clarification on this matter, but they refuse to state any details other than

“It is against our programme policies for website publishers to click on
the ads on their own web pages or to encourage others to do so. Note that
some programmes including, but not limited to, auto-surf, pay-to-surf,
pay-to-read or pay-to-click services may provide incentives for generating traffic resulting in invalid clicks or impressions”

Now as I dont click my own ads, or offer incentives, nor pay people to click then the only thing left is traffic exchanges targetted to blogs, it appears this may be where the problem lies.
I asked them specifically if it was, but they wont tell me if it is, I guess they think people are capable of reading there minds.

I am writing to let you know that you should review your adsense policies, if you are using adsense on your blog and also a member of blog traffic sites. As far as I know I was not aware there was any problem, and cannot yet get google to comment on this matter.

Hopefully in time, we will find out the true situation, but if anyone else gets problems like this, I would appreciate it if you post in the forum so we can see the extent of the issue.

I cant see why google should have a problem, as any traffic on a blog exchange is targetted, but time will tell. In the meantime, I have disabled my blogs on the exchange I normally use to avoid further problems with google.

If anyone out there finds out more information, please let us know!

January 31, 2007   No Comments

Google expands its analytics services - by purchasing another service just for bloggers

Google Acquires Blog Tracking Software, Measure Map

Found this today, whilst watching the feeds being updated..

Google already has it’s Google Analytics service, but now it has a one specific to bloggers.

I have not tried it yet, so I cant say what its like, but Im guessing its a ’simplified’ easier to understand version of Analytics, that presents
data in a easier to understand format for bloggers.

Read more over at SearchEngineWatch

February 16, 2006   No Comments

Confused by panic over this internet bill. Seems clear to me, but……

Whilst browsing the net, I came across this interesting article on CNET news,

Create an e-annoyance, go to jail | Perspectives | CNET News.com

Annoying someone via the Internet is now a federal crime. It’s no joke.
Last Thursday, President Bush signed into law a prohibition on posting
annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without
disclosing your true identity.

When I first saw this, I though, hmmmm that will affect a lot of people online. From trolls in newsgroups, to commentors in blogs, not to mention forum posts, websites and chat rooms.

Its starting I thought, the US is starting to try to control the internet and tell people what to do….

Redaing on, looking for some proof of the pudding so to speak we find

Buried deep in the new law is Sec. 113, an innocuously titled bit called “Preventing Cyberstalking.” It rewrites existing telephone harassment law to prohibit anyone from using the Internet “without disclosing his identity and with intent to annoy.”

Fine, at last something I can check out, as one of the problems with the internet, and with journalists is they often dont have a clue what they are talking about.

So off I went, and read the link.

Now the problem I have, is I am not a lawyer, so following legal documents is like me trying to crochet a blanket, blindfolded with one arm tied behind my back. Its difficult, not least because I cant crochet!

But I read through it, looking for information about what the article said, and sure enough what do we find.

(C)
makes a telephone call or utilizes a
telecommunications device, whether or not conversation or communication
ensues, without disclosing his identity and with intent to annoy,
abuse, threaten, or harass any person at the called number or who
receives the communications;

Ok, so the words “without disclosing his identity and with intent to annoy” are present, just like the article said, maybe the article was correct? Maybe you cant post anything online ever again using a nickname, just in case someone, somewhere is annoyed.

I found that rather odd, surely the President of the United States isnt that stupid as to pass a bill like that?
Surely!

So I read further down, and guess what I found….

(h)
Definitions

For purposes of this section—

(1)
The use of the term “telecommunications device? in this section—


(A)
shall not impose new obligations on broadcasting
station licensees and cable operators covered by obscenity and
indecency provisions elsewhere in this chapter; and

(B)
does not include an interactive computer service.

Note, how the original qoute clearly says “makes a telephone call or utilizes a
telecommunications device
” and note how the term “elecommunications device” is defined above.

From what I can see, and remember I am not a lawyer, this is only my simple understanding of the matter,
it says to me a “telecommunications device” DOES NOT include a interactive computer service.

Which, especially if you read what a interactive computer service is, which to me it clearly says is the internet and so on, means this new bill has absolutely nothing to do with annoying people on the internet.

So if clearly states that that qoute does not apply to the internet, why are people going on as if it does?

Am I missing the plot here? Why are political correspondents and others getting so worked up about this?

Have I misinterpreted what is written? It seemed fairly clear to me, but then again Im not a lawyer.

Is everyone just jumping on the bandwagon and not checking out facts? Or am I way of base here?

January 10, 2006   1 Comment

Useful Quick Tip for Adsense Users

Many bloggers use adsense, those little google ads on their blogs.

For those of you that use them, you may be aware that the summary page does not include a “all time” option, you can only view today, yesterday, last 7 days, last month and this month.

The only way to see your full earnings for all time, is to go to the advanced reports page and view it. This can be a pain, especially if you have used adsense for a long time, as the all time report can be HUGE!

Another problem, with not having a all time option on the summary reports is you cant see your referall stats for a period longer than 1 month - and also that information is not shown on the advanced report, so you have no idea how many referalls and conversions you have in total….

Well, if you use this little trick below, you can have a all time option, and see this information. Its quite handy, and very easy to do.

Simple change the last parameter in your url in the address bar so instead of reading

https://www.google.com/adsense/report/overview?timePeriod=today

it becomes

https://www.google.com/adsense/report/overview?timePeriod=alltime

Thats it. You now have all time stats available on the summary page, which can save you
scrolling down a long, long report on the advanced page, and will save google some bandwidth in the process!

Obviously, you use this at your own risk!
Personally I can’t see any harm in using it, as it is just showing you your stats..
Its not trying to cheat the system in any way, and I cant see any rules against it in the terms and conditions, but Im not a lawyer, so you need to decide for yourself.

January 5, 2006   1 Comment

Add LS Blogs to your personalised google homepage.

Many of you may be aware that you can personalise (I spell it with a S as I am English, in case any americans were wondering) your google homepage.

I have added a module that you can add to your google homepage, should you wish to do so, that displays a random blog from the LS Blogs blog directory each time the page is shown.

You can personalise your homepage by visiting google.com/ig and select from the standard modules which ones you want, or you can add one of the many custom modules.

To add the Random Blog module, you need to click the “Add Content” content link at the top, then on the left you will see

Create a Section

Search by topic or feed URL:
e.g. fitness, Time Magazine, or engadget.com/rss.xml

You need to enter

http://lsblogs.com/gmodule_random_blog.xml

and hit the go button.

It is my first module, and if it proves popular, I may expand its features, and add more modules in the future.
 
Hope you like it, if you do, feel free to blog about it so others know, after all if your blog is listed in the directory, your blog could be the one that pops up randomly on someone elses google home page. Note, blogs in the adult category are not shown by the random blog module, only the blogs in the non-adult categories.
Obviously some blogs may contain some material that is not work or child safe, so as always, its at your discretion whether to allow use of the tool

January 2, 2006   No Comments

Creator of Python (the language) hired by google.

Found this posted at the searchenginewatch blog (details here)

(yes, the spelling mistake is intentional, its how it was posted)

Google Recruits Creator of Pyhton

+ Dirson,
posts about another successful recruitment of progammer by Google. It
appears that Guido van Rossum, the creator of the Python programming
language, is now a Google employee.

Python is not a language I have used yet, but it has a active following, and getting the creator of a programming language on your team is always a handy achievement. Wonder if google will suddenly start providing a lot of new support for python now?

Also, if you like reading blogs from google employees, then that same post has interesting news about blogs by googlers.

Google employee’s are just people like the rest of us, but they do work for google, which has a lot of power on the internet, so you never know what interesting hints and tips you may gleen from their blogs.

December 28, 2005   No Comments

Businessman Wins e-mail spam case

As you may be aware, lsblogs does not just list blogs, it also lists sites related to blogging, including forums that discuss blogging.  One site I visit frequently, which is not just about blogging, is the cre8asite forums

Today, I noticed a interesting thread - someone took on a spammer and won compensation from the firm that spammed him. Whilst the amount won is not enough to retire on, its certainly a interesting victory, and one that may open the floodgates for lots of other people to take on the spammers.

If spammers start getting hit where it hurts them the most, financially, then perhaps, just perhaps, one day spam may be a thing of the past.

Cre8asite Forums -> Businessman wins e-mail spam case

QUOTE
A businessman has won what is believed to be the first victory of its kind by claiming damages from a company which sent him e-mail spam.

Nigel Roberts, who lives in Alderney in the Channel Islands, took action against Media Logistics UK over junk e-mails in his personal account.

Under new European laws, companies can be sued for sending unwanted e-mails.

The Stirlingshire-based firm has agreed to pay £270 compensation to Mr Roberts, who runs an internet business.

‘Tiny victory’……

December 28, 2005   No Comments

Checking out your sites rankings and status

Whilst checking one of the recently added blogs (Blog Rootz, see more details here)
which has a great selection of tools and blog related sites, I spotted something interesting.

UrlTrends is a site that lets you get a whole host of information about your site, and how it is fairing in the major search engines.


For example, it brought up the following information for LS Blogs,

Current Rankings:
PageRank: 7/10
Alexa Rank: 60,885

Incoming Google Links: 15,500
Incoming Yahoo Links: 251,000
Incoming MSN Links: 259,376
Incoming Alexa Links: 0
Overall Incoming Links: 525,876 (Overlap is possible - Estimated 457,283 unique links)

But it does not stop there, it shows a whole set of interesting, and useful graphs from the ranking in search engines, page rank, alexa rank even how many people have you bookmarked in social bookmarking tools like furl and del.icio.us

One thing that caught my eye, was it didnt just show the current status of the site, it showed graphs over a period of time. Now, its highly likely that many sites may not have been monitored previously by the site, so not everyone will get a history showing, but for those that do, its quite interesting to view.

Another useful feature, is the ability to compare trends for several sites, so if you want to see how your site fares against another, you can do so easily.

December 28, 2005   No Comments

Integration.

At present this blog is “standalone”, when I get some time I will be looking at the wordpress code, and seeing if I can find a nice easy method to integrate content from the blog onto LS Blogs itself.

My plans are to incorporate a few posts from the blog on to the main pages, the links will take you directly into this blog, or I could completely integrate the blog into the site, my plans are uncertain on that one for now.

Obviously, it will take a little time, and firstly I want to concentrate on getting some more content into the blog, and as its been a long long time since I used wordpress, I will need to get familiar with it all again first .

December 28, 2005   No Comments