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                                      Showing posts with label Blogging. Show all posts
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                                      Wednesday, September 19, 2007

                                      Pimp Your Blog - Editing Blogger Templates to Add a Third Column

                                      The standard templates provided on Blogger.com save a tremendous amount of time and energy and give users a fast start on a professional looking blog. But most of the standard templates on Blogger are two columns and potentially waste valuable screen real estate that could be used to offer features to your reader or display additional advertising.

                                      Editing a Blogger template merely requires that you be familiar with XML and XHTML. Not an expert in those two web languages? Have no fear as the handy blog Tips for New Bloggers can help. Among other handy tips, they provide you with step-by-step instructions for editing many of the standard blog templates to add a third column such as the Rounders 4 template. Just check their archive or related posts sections to the Rounders 4 modification instructions for links to pages that provide instructions to modify additional templates.

                                      So, pimp your template today and start packing in those additional features for your readers!

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                                      Saturday, September 15, 2007

                                      How Does a Blog Help a Small Business



                                      Most people know that a web presence will help attract customers to your business. But entrepreneurs are busy people and often short on capital, especially when the business is in start-up mode. Trying to figure out how to pay your employees next week and serve the customers in your store is going to take precedence over trying to be your own webmaster. Blogs can help in the following ways:

                                      1) Blogs are cheap - You can start a blog very inexpensively (or even free at sites like Blogger and Wordpress). This can be a very cost effective way to increase name recognition for your business.

                                      2) Learning to Blog is Easy - Blogging software is easy to learn and doesn't require users to be experts in web design or HTML. With the same skills you use to write an e-mail, you can post text to a blog.

                                      3) Blogs Are Quick to Update - Contacting a web designer who is maintaining a web site and asking them to make changes usually has a much longer lead time. With a blog, you the business owner can make adjustments on an ongoing basis whenever they have the time.

                                      4) Blogs Are Designed For Sharing Knowledge - A blog is a perfect vehicle for a professional or consultant who wants to attract customers by giving them a little taste of their knowledge for free.

                                      Gizmodo is a good example of a business blog. Gizmodo uses a blog-like format to provide reviews of gadgets, gizmos, and cutting-edge consumer electronics. This blog format could easily be adapted to showcase products that a local small business offers for sale.

                                      So start a blog for your small business today. It's fast, easy and should be profitable!

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                                      Wednesday, September 12, 2007

                                      Dare to Be Different - Original Posts Attract Readers

                                      Generating original, useful posts is the best way to attract readers to your blog and keep them coming back. Sure, the ocassional post that summarizes someone else's thoughts and directs your readers to their site is fine. But people expect new information (or the information they are seeking) when surfing the web so it is up to you to provide new, original posts on a regular basis.

                                      To paraphrase the 1989 movie Field of Dreams, "If you write it, they will come!" Check out this resource to start your own blogging business.

                                      Tuesday, September 4, 2007

                                      Starting a Business - Nothing is Cheaper Than a Free Blog!

                                      Can you start a business for zero dollars? Sure you can since Al Gore invented the Internet!

                                      It is easy to set up a blog site and have it hosted for free at sites such as Blogger and Wordpress. Writing a blog only requires some creativity and sweat equity.

                                      What should your blog be about? Any topic in which you are knowledgeable that you think will be compelling enough to draw others to your site. The basic idea is to provide useful information from your ideas and experiences or to direct people to resources on the web related to your blog topic. You want to keep folks coming back to your blog in hopes that you will eventually make some money from them. More about making money from blogs in a future post...for now, just concentrate on setting up a compelling blog.

                                      Below is a short video on how to set up a blog on Blogger. You can find many more videos such as this one on You Tube.



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