5 Remarkable Resources on Building a Better Blog Today I’ve got 5 resources about building websites that you’ve got to check out. The true cost of entrepreneurship (what your friends and family will never understand) 5 steps to building a better blog (an oldie, but did you finish all 5 steps yet?) The dirty little words that prevent your readers from buying whatever it is you’re selling (I call them wallet-closing words). A remarkable, high-converting feature box download (for Thesis users) 3 beautiful website designs that use Thesis (for design inspiration) Plus, I need your opinion… 5 Resources on Building a Better Blog First, let’s start with the resources: 1. When you begin building a web-based business, your friends will think life is great. (Note, I want you to pay close attention to some of the comments on this article. 2. 5 steps to building a better blog We published this article on DIYthemes a few weeks back, but today I want to check in with you. 3. 4. By now you know I love the Feature Box, so I’ll spare you the “selling.” 1.
How to Podcast Recommended Blogging Resources I am regularly asked for recommendations on different tools, training, resources and services available to blogging. People particularly want to know what tools I use to run my blogs. As a result I’ve put together a list of recommended blogging resources that I’ve either personally used (in most cases) or which have come highly recommended to me by people I trust. I will add to these lists as I come across new blogging resources that I recommend. Blog Platforms WordPress My recommendation for blogging platforms is pretty clear – WordPress.org. A couple of other platforms exist of course including: WordPress.com – a free hosted blogging platformBlogger – another free hosted option – owned by Google Recommended Reading: Choosing a Blog Platform Hosting There are many hosting services available for bloggers. If you’re just starting out or have a smaller blog I highly recommend you check out BlueHost who have put together a special discount offer for ProBlogger readers. Blog Design/Themes
SKYPE TOOLBOX 50+ Enhancements for Skype.url As the VoIP service of choice for tens of millions of people, Skype has spawned a robust developer community, with programmers and entrepreneurs building hundreds of applications that look to piggy back on the service’s enormous success. Assuming you're still sticking with it after some downtime last week, here's a look at more than 50 Skype tools (note that some services have fees associated with them). See also: VOIP TOOLBOX: 30+ VoIP Services Personalization & Customization WiMood – Customize your mood indicator with both your most recently played WinAmp song and custom colors, styles, and links. iTunes Info & History – Displays your current song playing in iTunes and also your 50 most recent tracks. last.fm – Display the current track you’re listening to on last.fm. Skype Google Gadget – See your Skype credits and make calls to other users from Google Desktop. RingJacker – Create custom ringers that you can use when you call friends or as your ringtone for incoming calls. Mobile Community
Alt Design Summit - Blog - Great Blog Resources Every Blogger Should Know Alt Summit Blogging Goodness in SLC, and now Online! Altitude Summit is your definitive resource for the very serious business of beautiful, brilliant blogging. A community of exciting, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs, Altitude Summit is a workshop with all your closest friends, and friends-to-be! Did we mention the Altitude Summit in SLC from January 22-25, 2014 and in SF on July 18, 2013. We’ve convened the absolute bee’s knees of lifestyle bloggers to discuss how to build, brand and beautify your site.
DEL.ICIO.US TOOLBOX 180+ Del.icio.us Tools and Resources.url Social bookmarking was one of the earliest trends out on the social web, and del.icio.us quickly took the lead. Today, we outline over 180 of the best tools and resources to get the most out of the number one social bookmarking site. Related: SOCIAL BOOKMARKING: 50+ Social Bookmarking Sites Web browser add-ons and Bookmarklets Randomizer button- A great way to find sites whch you may never have discovered otherwise, the button takes you to a random, recently bookmarked site. del.icio.us Toobar- A Firefox extension allowing you to bookmark and tag sites from a toolbar in the browser. del.icio.us Firefox Extension- The official del.icio.us Firefox extension does a great job of integrating your favorite bookmarks into your favorite web browser. Quicker Tag Bookmarklet- Add to your Firefox toolbar to quickly tag bookmarks with specific keywords. Mischievous- Browser plugin for Internet Explorer using del.icio.us to manage your bookmarks. Outfoxed- Adds del.icio.us to your informers list. Mashups
Blog Resources This resource list puts together a very good group of WordPress centric blogs that don’t quite fit into one specific niche. Many of them discuss development, design, news, and tutorials. Be sure to check them out and see which one becomes your favorite! WPForce News, Themes, Plugins and Hacks. WP Mayor Resources, news, and a job board. Code Poet Loads of resources and interviews. WPHub Top quality resources all in one place. WPExplorer Themes, plugins and more! WPSnipp Code snippets for every area of WordPress. Yoast Reviews, Hosting and Plugins. WPEngine Interviews, hosting and WordPress news. WPKube News, themes, plugins and more WordPress goodness. Bill Erickson Tips and tricks from a WordPress consultant. Paulund Tutorials, snippets and other helpful resources. Got any more that we missed? And if there are any that are outdated or that no longer publish consistently then please let us know as well. Like this: Like Loading...
29 Coolest Custom Search Apps Built on Google.url Google released a Facebook application this week built on the Google AJAX Search API. It didn't work for long, alas, but there are plenty of developers creating interesting projects using the API, which basically lets you build your own custom search engine. In this article, we take a look at 29 of the neatest applications that have been built to-date. See also: A Guide to Google’s APIs Tools for Blogs GreenLinks – Allows you to link a word of text to an AJAX-powered results box with tabs to switch between web, blog, news, and other types of Google search. CybersView – Interesting display of Google results for “Internet life” using blog search, Web search, and YouTube videos. Xenomachina – Nifty bookmarklet for commenting on blogs that allows you to highlight text while making your post that will pull up a Google search pane. Hoctro’s Place – This user has provided cut and paste code and step-by-step instructions for setting up Google AJAX Search in your blog. Custom Search Engines [img via]
Best Resources To Start Your Blog Or Website Hello everyone, my name is Tyler. I have been helping Kari with the many technical details of starting and running GI 365 | Gourmet Innovations. We’ve had many questions already about how we built our blog. There are so many different products and services to choose from, that it can be overwhelming when you’re trying to get started with your blog or website. Disclaimer – Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. Index Domain Name A domain name is like a personal address to your website. Web Hosting Service What is a host? Bluehost Bluehost is probably one of the best hosting service providers you could have for any small – medium size blog or website. You can read more about their features at – Why Choose Bluehost? Media Temple We are currently using Media Temple as our host because we are a WordPress Multisite which requires more online space. *Update* – May 13, 2013 So, “the proof is in the pudding” ; this saying sure is applicable here. Before Media Temple WP Engine WordPress
RSS - 100 Cool Things Posted by admin in Features, Library & Research Jul 15th, 2008 Really Simple Syndication (RSS) allows you to get information sent directly to you, eliminating the need for you to that information individually. Using a reader will allow all the RSS feeds to come to one spot for you to read at your leisure. While reading news and blogs has been a traditional use for RSS feeds, there are also tons of fun ways to use these feeds. The list below touches on some ways you can read the news, but it also lets you learn, share, keep up with your interests, and so much more. Entertainment From your favorite NPR shows to movies to video games, the list below offers some form of entertainment you can have sent to your reader every day. Books. Sports Sports fans have no reason to be left in the dark with all these great feeds available. Baseball. Fun Stuff Become smarter, more centered, or get a laugh with all the following feeds that you can read. Word of the Day. Computer and Internet Free software deals.
Business Blog Marketing Hub Business Blog Marketing Hub What is Inbound Marketing Software? Learn how HubSpot can help turn your business into an inbound marketing machine . Tools for Finding Blogs Google Blog Search Technorati Tools for Reading Blogs Bloglines FeedDemon Google Reader NetNewsWire Tools for Writing Blogs Blogger HubSpot Movable Type TypePad WordPress Tools for Measuring Blogs Alexa Compete Comscore Technorati Blog Grader Top Blogs About Blogging Blogtrepreneur Copyblogger Daily Blog Tips Lorelle on Wordpress Problogger Comprehensive Business Blog Resources If you want to get found online, a business blog is a great way to produce ongoing, fresh and remarkable content to improve your search engine rankings. Featured Business Blog | Blog Articles Why Blog? Best Practices: Image Help: Content Ideas: Promotion: Metrics: Business Blog Kit Blogging for Business Marketing Kit Business Blog Webinars NEW! Blogging for Business 5 Tips for Advanced B2B Business Blogging How to Blog Effectively for Business (via IMU ) Grade Your Blog
10 Most Beautiful Social Networks.url If you asked most MySpace-haters what's their problem with the service, they'd probably say: it's ugly. Meanwhile, people tell us they are switching from Twitter to Pownce because it's prettier and easier to use. For those who prize beauty above all else, we brought together 10 of the prettiest social networks. Virb - generally known as the designer's MySpace, Virb lives up to the hype by offering sleek and easy-to-customize profile design. Trig - Trig is a sweet sight for the sore eyes of a web designer/hipster who spent too many days wailing about horrid MySpace profiles. Purevolume - neat and tidy are the words that first come to mind when you first look at Purevolume. my.9rules - 9rules is a blogging community which always put a lot of emphasis on quality design, so it's no wonder that their social network, my.9rules, looks very neat, too. Flickr - yes, we like the Flickr look. Beautiful Society - ok, this one was a no-brainer. Humble Voice - we've saved the best for last.
15 Resources for Pro Bloggers (or Those Who Want to Be) I get asked every week about the various resources I am using. Last week, a blogger asked about my podcast equipment. Another asked about the productivity apps I am using on my Mac. Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/jfmdesign So, I thought I’d write a series of posts on these resources, devoting one post to each category. Here are my fifteen go-to resources: WordPress. SnagIt. I am constantly trying out new tools. Questions: What resources have I missed? 50 Great Widgets For Your Blog.url Widgets are a handy, easy and simple way to add some flare to your blog. Whether you'd like to display the number of currently online visitors to your site or simply the weather report for Los Angeles, you can do it with widgets. We've assembled a list of 50 useful or simply cool widgets for your pleasure. MyBlogLog's Recent Readers - this widget can easily be called a hit amongst blog owners; its popularity even managed to convince Yahoo into buying MyBlogLog. Mashable - get the latest social networking news from this very site. Flickr Flash Photo Stream Badge - display images from your Flickr profile with a handy Flash photo stream. Preview Anywhere - see a live preview of outgoing links in a small popup which activates on mouseover. Twitter Badge - if your life is so interesting that everyone must know what you're up to all the time, then a Twitter badge is the ideal counterpart to your blog. Digg News - display the latest Digg links on your blog. Yahoo!