Tag Archives: Web search engine

Pinging and Blog Directories

I am sure that all of you of you who blog want to encourage people to visit your blog? More visitors can mean more followers. (Go on admit it I am sure you check your stats on a fairly regular basis!) I have read somewhere that all bloggers want readers whatever they may admit and I am sure that there is a lot of truth in that.

I recently read a great post written by Hilary on Craft Blog UK. It is entitled

My big fat useful links for crafters.

In it she lists different sites that can be useful for you in getting your blog out there. Some of the sites are what you would expect: e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Google plus etc. (No I have not yet managed to get my head around Google plus yet – have you?)

There is also a list of craft forums which I would love to find the time to spend time on but simply just can’t manage it at the moment. The  one  section that I am going to go through today is the one entitled:  Pinging and blog directories. Yep it confused me too!

I decided to do a bit of investigating and go through the list of the sites that she mentions:

  1. Submit Start: http://www.submitstart.com/

This states:

SubmitStart allows you to submit an unlimited number of web pages to search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing (MSN) for Free!

I had never thought I needed to do anything like this as I believed that WordPress takes care of this side for me. I did, however think that there is no harm in registering with this site (Hilary has a lot of experience in blogging and I assume she knows what she is talking about).

2.Zimbio.com: http://www.livingly.com/for-bloggers/

Submit your blog to…

1. Share your opinions with a wider audience

2. Interact with our community of like-minded bloggers

3. Promote discovery of your content, helping new readers find your blog

4. Get featured on the Home Page!

Sounds great to me. I have registered – did you spot my lovely new badge shouting it out to the world? I shall again let you know how I get on with this.

3. http://www.dmoz.org

This is a directory of sites – a bit like a huge catalogue. In order to submit your site you have to find the category that is the best match for your site. I have submitted and am now waiting to see if I am accepted. 🙂

4. http://pingomatic.com

Ping-O-Matic is a service to update different search engines that your blog has updated.

This was really easy to do – I filled in my blog name and checked some boxes. It then sent out the pings. I was then told to bookmark the page so I can return and ping later on. Simple and easy. Thumbs up on this one.

5.http://www.bing.com/toolbox/submit-site-url

  • You want traffic and we can help you find it.

    Getting traffic to your site starts with being listed in the search results shown on Bing. Our tools can help you with this step.

Sounds good to me. On a quick glance it looks a bit like google analytic’s (which I am not great at using either.) I have, however signed up for this one as well.

6. https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/submit-url

Again, very quick and easy to submit.

There are a couple more that are listed but I couldn’t get to work:

http://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/au/free/submit

http://technorati.com/%20

I shall update you and let you know if I notice any improvements (or otherwise). Should you wish to check out the rest of the post on craft Blog UK you can follow this link.

Let me know if you find any good ones won’t you? (Or if you know any others that you use).

Beginning Blogging – settings

Having covered most of the ‘big’ important decisions to be made when setting up a blog, today we are moving on to the more subtle things contained under settings. To find this head to your dashboard or blog admin and down the left you will find settings.

General Settings:

Here you will be able to add a bit more detail to your blog through choosing a TAGLINE. This is simply a few words to describe your blog. Mine is:

family life, running, knitting, crochet and crafting

It can be found within my header. As you may be able to tell, when I started I gave myself plenty of options when it came to subjects to write about. I was very nervous that I wouldn’t have enough to write about. Obviously I have more than enough and I should probably change my tagline to running, knitting, crochet and jewellery or something along those lines. I shall have to think about that a bit more.

This is also the page where you can change your E-MAIL account that the blog is linked to should you wish to. Further down this page are settings for the date and time format, the language you wish to use and the time zone. I have to say this doesn’t make a lot of sense to me but here in the UK I have it set to UTC+0 which seems to be fine.

Writing Settings

If like me, you like to use emoticons such as :), or 😉 this is where you can turn this feature on (or off). You can choose your default category here to which, for the moment I would leave at uncategorized. To give you a very quick explanation, my categories include, running, beginning blogging, knitting and crochet, patterns. etc. It is a way of organising your posts.

PRESS THIS

This is a feature that I have only found now, coming back to this. It looks to be a very useful feature. I have just dragged the box to my browser and I should then be able to easily add things that I find around the web into a post. I shall let you know how it works once I have used it!

POST BY E-MAIL

This is not a feature that I have used and will probably not as I have the WordPress app on my phone which works brilliantly when I am not at my computer.

Reading

This is where you have the option of keeping your blog private, where it is only visible to those whom you choose to share it with. For some of you this may be a great way to start until you gain confidence. Just above this is a choice whether you wish search engines to index your site. I do allow this as I am very happy for people to be sign posted to my blog but you may not wish this.

This is also the page where you decide what people will see when they come to your blog. Mine is set to show my latest post on the front page but you can design your own page and always have it come up (we will go more into posts and pages later). This may be a good feature to use for special events such as Christmas where you could set up a specific front page to wish everyone a happy Christmas or to publicise an event.

Just below the front page options you can decide whether you wish to show the full posts or just a summary. This is totally up to you. I have full posts showing but some people do have summaries from several posts with clicks to take you through to the full article should you wish.

ENHANCED FEEDS

This is where you can choose whether the following information is showing on each post: categories, tags, comment count and sharing. Of these I only had the comment count showing although I have just checked the sharing box as I assume that this is encouraging people to share my post with others, something I am happy to have happen as it may bring more readers to my blog 🙂 The tags are the words which you use to help describe your post and what it contains to help people find it, and the categories are as described above.

The last 2 boxes on this page are where you can customize a message to people who either choose to follow any comments that are made on a particular post and for people who choose to follow your blog through e-mails. There is default content which you can leave but you may wish to ‘make it your own’.

Looking at my word count (845) I realise that I have waffled on enough for now – I really cannot believe how much there is to go through. I really hope that I am making some sense still – if I am not then do please let me know. Equally, if I am assuming you know something and you don’t then do ask. 🙂

I do hope that out there somewhere there are some more amazing blogs being created. Have a great week 🙂