When I received approval for the Google Adsense program back in 2007, I thought I have become a part of the club of the elite bloggers, or at least a part of some select club. And you know what ? For a while, it actually was a select club. Having your blog approved for monetisation with google adsense, did mean something, it meant your blog is good, your content is useful, and your blog’s weight and worth was great. Today, after ten years of monetisation with adsense on several blogs, I made the decision to remove all adsense code from my blogs. Do you want to know why? Then read on. Read more
One of the challenges of every blogger is obviously, bringing traffic to the blog, but most bloggers using the “generally accepted” methods for doing that, forget that there are simple, policy-compliant, easy-to-implement, and easy to overlook solutions.
While some of the social media sharing specialists like addit, sharethis, and others, do offer some form of “next article” or “similar stories” widget or popup for wordpress and other CMS-es, it’s quite difficult to implement some of their trinkets in blogger (blogspot) blogs, and if you do get to implement them, they greatly reduce the speed of the blog.
The Blogger platform, operated by internet giant Google, is actually a quite complete blogging solution, and currently millions of bloggers use it to publish anything from poetry to rants to tech news ans gossip, basically, if any topic is decent and useful, you can probably find a .blogspot blog about that topic.
But even though the userbase is huge, given the fact that blogger is mainly used by non-techie bloggers, some very useful functionalities are missing from the platform, and most often a year or more passes before any user feedback or feature request gets actually turned into a new blogger function.
And and it’s every blogger’s wish to increase the number of people that usually read the blog’s posts, it’s curious, that it is particularly the subscription mechanisms used by blogger, that are lacking almost any semblance of currentness, the simple “subscribe to posts via atom” links and the very few widgets that can be added to a blogger blog, don’t really qualify.
Feedburner, also operated by google, does have a pretty good subscription management mechanism, but it’s often cumbersome to even link the two together, and the “Click to subscribe” option which opens a popup window in which you’ll have to enter an e-mail address, and confirm a captcha, doesn’t really have too many options, it’s just a popup window activated on a click.
I sometimes wonder how is it even possible, that software and service giants like google, yahoo, microsoft, and other companies their size can even exist in a technology world presumably dominated by pure, hard-core mathematics, and yet, fail to respect even the simplest arithmetic rules, such as 2+2=4. Blogger now “thinks” that math should not apply to its calculations.
After following a very interesting thread on google plus with regard to people using adblockers while visiting sites on the internet, I’ve realised that so many people simply don’t understand that some of us actually make a living, as humble as it may be, by displaying ads on our sites.
And according to some of the comments there, visiting a site that uses ads to support the site owner’s work while using adblockers to get their content, but not the ads on their sites, to be displayed in your browsers, is THEFT at best, and I completely agree with it.
You have set up a feed with feedburner. Now what ?
In the previous post in this multipost series (see part I and part II. here) I have presented the challenges of automating some of the repetitive blogging tasks that any serious or professional blogger is faced with, and in today’s post, I’ll try to show you some of the things that you have accomplished if you’ve set up your feed with google’s free Feedburner.
Now that you’ve set up a feed with feedburner (presumably, after reading my 2 previous posts about this), let’s see first of all, how do you set your blog to redirect your readers who access the blog’s original feed, to your new feedburner feed.
On blogger / blogspot blogs, your original feed would be at http://yourblogurl/atom.xml, or
http://yourblogurl/feeds/posts/default (insert your REAL blog URL [address] instead of “yourblogurl” ).