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I recently applied to write for Examiner.com as a Santa Clara Technology Examiner. My first post, At $99, HP TouchPad is a Steal, was published yesterday.

My reason for writing for Examiner is simple, ability to make millions of dollar and quit my day job. JUST KIDDING. My real reason to write for Examiner is the fact that it has massive appeal and will provide me with more exposure. I don’t blog for money but I don’t mind being little famous, who does? I love to talk about technology and that’s what I will be doing for Examiner.

Of course, this blog is my first priority, and no amount of money can change that. Well, if it’s a million dollars then we can talk. But until then, you will find me here…

I hope you will subscribe to my Examiner RSS feed and support me, until I get to million dollars, that is.

How to Add Google +1 Button to your Blog using Sharebar Plugin

+1 Google’s +1 button is now LIVE and you can implement the code on your blog. Instead of just copy pasting the code on your blog, try achieving the functionality of the +1 button by adding the code to a social sharing plugin.

Install and activate Sharebar before you read any further.

Step 1

Assuming you have installed the plugin and activated it, go to Plugins menu and Click on Sharebar.

Step 2

There will be a blue colored button “Add new Button,” click that.

Step 3

Paste the code from Google +1 your Website. If you like what I have, use the tall code:

<!– Place this tag in your head or just before your close body tag –>
<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js”></script>
<!– Place this tag where you want the +1 button to render –>
<g:plusone size=”tall”></g:plusone>

Step 4

Once you add the code, you should have a screen like this:

+1 Button

That’s all you need to do. Please let me know by commenting below if you run in to any problems implementing the +1 Button.

Comment to Engage, Not Annoy

One of the best ways to increase your credibility and highlight your knowledge is to be part of other blogs in your niche. Being part of other blogs means to read them with some regularity and comment from time to time.

Commenting is the first step towards engagement. A good comment can lead to a more meaningful dialogue. I know, it is not easy to comment everytime you read a post so don’t force it. Chances are, your comment will look spammy and meaningless. Depending on the blog, you might be called out and lose a lot of credibility.

Bloggers love it when someone adds to the topic or points out another angle. It gives them the ability to interact and humanize. It’s not a machine writing a blog post; its a human behind the blog. By commenting you are indirectly telling the blogger that you care and support the effort.

Few Tips

- Comment only if you feel you are adding to the topic or enhancing it by talking about your own experience.
- Look for opinionated posts that have a clear black and white stand. It makes easier to comment if you disagree.
- Read other comments and don’t repeat the same thing.
- Respect the author and avoid personal attack.
- Stay on topic.
- Never add a link to your website in the comment box. 99% of bloggers moderate links in comments.

There is no SEO value in commenting so shun the blogs that advice to the contrary. My personal blog made it to some kind of list that had all the “do-follow” blogs listed even though I use Disqus and I was being bombarded with comment spammers. That was one year ago… things are much better now… Don’t use a list to comment; it’s just not worth it.

What is that you think makes for an effective comment? Do you incorporate a certain style?

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Dlvr.it – Social Media Publishing and Statistics Tool for Bloggers

Dlvr.it lets bloggers publish to different social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ping.fm, Tumblr and Statusnet. Once you publish posts using Dlvr.it, you can stay in the loop by tracking statistics such as clicks and trends.

dlvr.it I have been playing with Dlvr.it for over a month now and really like it. It makes publishing to multiple social media sites a breeze. Statistics are helpful in determining what works on different social networks. They say that any data no matter how insignificant at present is an invaluable tool that can be utilized in future. As a blogger, knowing what works and what doesn’t can be crucial as well as provide you with future blog post topics.

There are other services that provide similar publishing but they lack in terms of analytics. Speaking of analytics, you can use Google Analytics with Dlvr.it to track traffic to your blog. Don’t worry, there is no coding involved. How do I add Google Analytics Tracking Links to my posts? explains everything in simple English.

Don’t wait, make your blogging life easier by automating simple tasks. Sit back, relax and track what works and what doesn’t. Amazing tool that will make you a productive blogger.

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Matt Cutts Suggests You Should Not Use Tag Clouds

Matt Cutts works for Google and specializes in SEO issues. A question was posed to him about tag clouds:

Do tag clouds help or hinder SEO? (or do they have no affect)

What is a Tag Cloud?

A tag cloud is a visual depiction of the keywords (topics) on a blog. Blog posts are marked by certain keywords, all the keywords combined make a tag cloud. Depending on the importance of a keyword or its prominence on the blog, the tags can be larger or smaller in size. Here is an example:

What is a Tag Cloud?

Most blogs have tag clouds instead of categories, some have both. Tags are links pointing to archives on your blog for that particular keyword. An example would be SEO

In answer to the question, Matt Cutts Suggests You Should Not Use Tag Clouds. His reasoning is simple; tags are bunch of links. It is never a good idea to stuff your blog with links, that’s a big NO NO.

He personally doesn’t have tags on his blog, instead he uses categories. Watch the video:

Do you use tag clouds on your blog? Does this video make you think about your decision to use tag clouds?

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