Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Blogger Tips and Tricks

Blogger Tips and Tricks

How to make dual language blog with one click

Posted: 30 May 2012 04:16 PM PDT

Some time ago I wanted to have two languages on my blog - one for my natives, one international. WordPress have a solution called WPML but it's paid solution. Second thing, I have blogger running so long I don't want to transfer.

I've found simple solution!

This method changes main/home/base adress/domain and leads to same URL on other adress/domain. It's also simple installed, just one HTML/JS widget :)

What you should do before:
1. Create two blogs in two different languages.
2. Go to Settings->Search options and make a link to your own site in "page not found code" just in case :) it can look like:
There is nothing in this link, please continue on <a href=""></a>.
Put your adress instead of mine ;)

Now in both of them in Layout, create a widget "HTML/Javascript" and paste this code:

<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript"> 
document.write ("<a href=" + window.location.protocol + "//" + "" + window.location.pathname + ">the other language name</a>"); 

Put adress of the second-language-blog in and name of language used in another blog in the other language name. 
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How to edit or remove Blogger attribution

Posted: 30 May 2012 02:56 PM PDT

All new Blogger templates have an attribution at the bottom of the page like the one below:

Blogger Attribution

You can edit it by going to the bottom of LAYOUT and click EDIT on the ATTRIBUTION gadget:

editing Blogger Attribution

where I have added
to display the standard copyright symbol ©. This I have done for this blog as you can see at the footer of this blog.

Alternatively, you may want to completely remove it. In this case you will have to edit the template to unlock the Attribution gadget so that it may be removed.

Sign into Dashboard > Template > Edit HTML and using ctrl+F to find the word 'Attribution' and below that you will find this bit of code:

<b:widget id='Attribution1' locked='true' title='' type='Attribution'/>

Change locked='true' to locked='false' and the attribution will be removable. To remove it, just go to LAYOUT and look for the Attribution gadget at the bottom of the LAYOUT. Click EDIT, the REMOVE and the attribution will be gone.

If you want something else there, you can also replace it with another gadget, eg a Text or HTML gadget and write whatever you want, the most likely replacement will be a HTML gadget with the copyright statement by typing the code Copyright
by Mr. X.

Making Your Content Skim-able for A Digital Audience

Posted: 30 May 2012 01:56 PM PDT

For many writers, especially those of an older generation, making the switch to online writing and targeting a digital audience can amount to a substantial challenge. It means amassing some knowledge in the areas of SEO, internet marketing, and WordPress themes.

It entails learning how to deal with virtual clients and integrate a written piece with a social media platform. In short, the freelance writer who begins working online needs to familiarize himself with a variety of tech topics.

But it's not just one's contacts and context that changes with the move online. Many writers make the mistake of assuming that an online readership will actually read a piece of writing in the same way that an offline audience would. Studies show, however, that people are far more likely to skim a given article when they come across it online, probably because the internet offers such a tremendous amount of content that users are less willing to dwell on something they don't truly care to read.
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