Month: August 2008

Add a Favicon in your blog

Have you noticed the tiny icons next to every web address? These are called favorite icons, favicons (fave-eye-cons). These are cool and it makes any site stand out from hundreds of sites. If you are using blogger, the default favicon will be the orange ‘B’ (blogger) icon. YOu can change it to your own one so that your blog will look like professional.

BlogKori’s favicon is a big Bengali ‘Bo’ -the first letter of Bengali word, BlogKori. I made it myself with the help of the simple, MS paint software. You can make your favicon too. You have to create a 16×16 pixel tiny logo. This could be a icon(.ico) file or could be any image format like .jpg, .bmp etc.
Now upload the image in your website/ web directory. Blogger users can upload it into any free image hosting providers like flickr, photo bucked, image shack or picasa. Copy the source url of your favicon image.

Now open your blog’s HTML editor and paste this code after the HEAD tag, (replace the red part with your source url code)

<link href='Hosted-Favicon-URL' rel='shortcut icon'>

Blogger(blogspot) platform users

Open your blogger Dashboard and click “Layout” > “Edit HTML” you have to add the favicon tag after this code,

]]></b:skin>

And check out your blog with the new favicon!

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Get more traffic with Yahoo buzz

Buzz.yahoo.com is a very much older domain, but for years yahoo was keeping this cool service for something special. Recently yahoo launched a new service called Buzz! and it’s just like a social bookmarking site like Digg.com,

There is no hassle to create an account in Buzz, you just have to need a Yahoo mail account and thats enough to sign in. You can submit articles on Buzz and the process will go on just like digg. You can buzz an article Up or Down and the total number of buzz ups will send each stories to the front page.

Hitting the front page!

Some bloggers are telling that, hitting the front page of Buzz gave them most of the traffic than digg.com. Yes its true and this amount could be, 10,000-30,000 unique visitors to your article.

Hitting the Yahoo page!

This is the service why digg can’t compete with yahoo buzz. If a story gets most of the buzz in the website, the story will be featured in the Yahoo home page. That means you have the chance to show yourself in the biggest website of the world! And that could be 50,000-60,000 unique visitors to your article.

Buzz buttons!

There are a range of cool buzz buttons you can find on, buzz.yahoo.com/buttons. Go and select the one you want to show then on your blog articles. Copy the code of the selected button,

Now sign in to your blogger account. Go to Dashboard> Layout> Edit HTML.

Click on ‘Expand widget templates’

Now look for this code, Now if you put the code after the first ‘p’, the button will show on the beginning of the article. If you put it before the second ‘p’ it will show at the end of the artilcle. Its good to put the button after the post.

Paste the code like this and it will look like this,

Click ‘Preview’ and check if everything’s ok. Now click ‘Save template.’ Now you will see the buzz button on your every article.

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Increase Your Technorati Rank with These Simple Tips

technorati logoUpdate: Technorati blog ranking has been discontinued.

Technorati is a blog search engine and it could be a great source of traffic if you get better rankings in TR.

Technorati is just like other search engines like google, yahoo or bing, but the main difference here is that, its a social website and the users determine the popularity of blogs.

It’s mainly a blog directory and one of the top places you need to submit your blogs to.

Here are some tips which will help you to get better rankings in TR, [Continue reading…]

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10 handy online tools for a professional blogger

These are the handy, simple, free and professional online tools that we need in our daily blogging life,

Ping-o-Matic

Pingomatic is a fast pinging service that is used to send manual pings to different search engines. It helps to send pings and call the search robots when ever you update your blog and helps to get better rankings fast.

Accessify.com

They provide great online webmaster tools but one I’m talking about is the escapable HTML code creator. If you are blogging about design and codes and want your readers to read the codes, then you need this tool to create escapable HTML codes. This way, the code keeps intact and anyone can copy the code from your article, Accessify.com

TinyUrl

TinyUrl a very simple but popular free online service. The main thing is to transform a long url into a 25 characters short url. This is handy and you can also use it to hide urls with it.

SEO Logs

SeoLogs.com. Its a free tool to check your domain age. Its an important tool and you can know your and others domain creation date and the age which is a great factor to get search rankings.

iWebTool

iWebtool.com is a full collection of webmasters tools. You can check google rank, keyword research, backlink checker, search position and many more. You can only use 5 services per hour and that is the only restriction of the site.

Favicon generator

Favicons are tiny icons showed in the address bar, next to the web address. Its a good branding to have a favicon. This tool gives you the ease to create favicons in icon(.ico) format with any picture/ image. You can also create desktop icons too, http://tools.dynamicdrive.com/favicon/

CoolText

CoolText is another free online tool. It is a text and logo generator. You can create cool and professional looking graphical text and logos with this site. You can have thousands of graphics and also animated ones too for your blog.

Reflection maker

Reflection maker is a free tool to create professional looking reflected images. Just add your image, set options and click, ‘generate.’ You can use this tool to make cool logos and images.

Picnik

Picnik is a free photo editing tool and you dont have to register for this. Just go to the site and use easy tools to create professional photoshop like images just as you see on my blog. Its free simple and it doesn’t requires registration or installation.

Jooce

As a blogger, you have to go to different sites, talk with people and have to manage lots of files, accounts and websites. Jooce is a all in one web desktop that gives you the chance to manage an online desktop. Add files and folders, web pages, accounts and everything in your virtual desktop. You need to have high speed internet connection and a better graphics card to enjoy Jooce.

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How to Add META Tags in Blogger Blogspot Blog

If you search any thing using search engines like google, yahoo or msn, they look at the ‘META‘ data of the webpage to find contents you are looking for. Meta data’s are the part of your website’s HTML code and this way search engines know that what your site is all about.

If you want to target a keyword for your blog, you have to write lots of contents related to that keyword. Like if you want to get better placements in the search engines for the keyword, ‘Computers‘ -then you have to write lots of articles using pc, computer, tech, laptop, desktop keywords.

Most of the time your hardwork may not work and another blog with less quality articles can get the better places. If you use META tags in your blog, there is a big chance to get better rankings in search engines.

About META description & keywords

Each blog has a title and a short description but blogger blogs don’t show the description on google’s search term. If you search for ‘blogkori’ in google, the main pages of my site will not show the actual description. Google will show some random text from my blog to fill up the gap. [Continue reading…]

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