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Tip of the day- Your blog's RSS Feed!

Tip of the Day- Promote your blog and increase readership!

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Adding a picture to your blog is important!

If you want to attract more visitors to your blog add a picture!

In order for your blog to be featured on the ProBlogs homepage in the Latest Notes section your blog must have a picture.

If you want to add one you just need to click on the Information option on the top of the blog admin page. You will then be able to select the picture that you would like to upload. It is nice for visitors to see a picture of you when they read your posts, however if you feel uncomfortable with that you can have a picture of anything! For example, this blog has a picture of the ProBlogs logo.

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Optimize Your Blog to Make it More Search Engine Friendly!

Making your blog more searchable is an easy way attract more readers to your blog.

One key way to make your blog more search engine friendly is to create custom meta tags. Meta tags are pieces of information that is passed to the search engine when your blog is indexed. The search engine will take the words you use in your meta tags into account when they rate how applicable your blog is to a person's search.

On ProBlogs the "Meta Tags" are located under the heading "Information." Once that is selected you will have the ability to enter the following info:

Meta Title- A search engine will list this title in bold when your blog is listed in the search results. This should be kept short and will likely be the name of your blog, and perhaps a tag line.

Meta Description- A search engine shows this information below the title of your site when it appears in the results. This should be kept short because a search engine only shows the first 10 words or so. It should explain what your blog is about.

Meta Keywords- These are words that describe your blog and help the search engine know that your blog is pertainent hen someone searches for those terms.

Congratulations...Once you enter and save this information your blog will be more searchable, and it will look better when it appears in the results of a search engine!

Happy bloggging!

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Tip of the day- Your blog's RSS Feed!

Every blog at ProBlogs includes an RSS Feed. This can be read by a "feed reader" or an "aggregator" so that people interested in your blog will know when you update it.

The address to your feed is the same as the address to your blog except that you add ".rss" at the end. For example, the following URL is the address to the RSS Feed for this blog:


Many of the ProBlogs templates contain a link to your RSS Feed, however if yours doesn't you can easily add a link to your RSS feed in the Author or Discription sections of your blog.

If you want more information about RSS Feeds there is a good article about feeds at Feedburner.com. You may want to "Burn" your feed using their service as well. Check out their website for more information.

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Tip of the Day- Promote your blog and increase readership!

Hello all,

looking to increase your blog's readership? One way that you can gain exposure is by submitting your blog to search engines and blog specific directories.

Follow the link below for a list of directories and search engines that list blogs:

RSS and Blog submission links

Submit your blog to as many of these as apply, and watch your readership GROW!!

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Tip of the Day- Getting Started at ProBlogs.com!

First things first...Tips to starting a blog at ProBlogs.com!

Blogging is a great way to exercise your right to free speech. You can speak your mind, meet others with similar interests, promote yourself, and make your mark on the Internet.

We at ProBlogs have been very excited to see all of the bloggers that have already signed up! If you have not signed up yet, what are you waiting for, an invitation? Ok, here it is....

You are invited to sign up for a blog at ProBlogs.com!

Sign up at ProBlogs.com now

Here are some tips to starting your new blog:

Once you have clicked on 'Sign Up', you will be asked for a little information. One thing that you will need to choose is a 'Member Name'. This will also be used as the personalized domain name that will be the address of your blog, so choose wisely.

One good thing about signing up at ProBlogs is that MANY good names are still available. You do not want to have any spaces, and in most cases it is not necessary to ad numbers at the end. We recommend choosing something that is descriptive of you or your blog, and is easy for others to remember! You do want people to come back and read your blog again right? Some good names might be: parker, girlpower, insurance, salesspecialist, kaotic, pokerplayer, fasteddie...

If the first example was used your domain name would be: www.problogs.com/parker. Easy to remember right?

Once you submit your information you will receive an email confirmation. You must click on the link in this email in order to activate your ProBlogs account! If you do not receive this email please check your spam filters or junk email folder. If the email was blocked, make sure that you add problogs.com to your email's safe list.

When you sign into your account at ProBlogs.com you will be taken to the ProBlogs admin page. This is the area where you customize your blog and create notes. There are six headings accross the top of the screen: Home, Information, Settings, Notes, Comments, Photo Albums, and Lists.

The first thing that you should do is customize your blog. To choose a template or layout for your blog you will go to 'Design' which is located under the heading 'Settings'. There are many to choose from, just pick one that you think is cool. You are welcomed to try any that you wish, just click on 'View my blog', which is located in the upper-right-hand corner of the Admin screen to see what it looks like when applied.

Once your blog has the look that you like, you will want to upload your picture and enter some information about yourself and your blog. This is done by going to 'Author' and 'Description', which are both under the heading 'Information'. (Note: Somdifferent pre-made templates will display the description or logos differently, or will not display the description at all, if you wish to have this on your page you can enter the info into the author section, or choose a different template.) If you want your posts to be featured on the ProBlogs.com homepage you must have a picture uploaded! If the picture is too big or small, you can resize it by changing the width and height.

Now it is time to create your first Note! The first step is to create some categories that you would like to write about. If you want you can just create a 'General' category and have all of your posts go under this, or you can create many categories for every subject that you want to write about on your blog. This very important and you will not be able to post anything until this is done! To create new categories you go to 'Categories' which is located under the 'Notes' heading.

Once you have at least one category you can add a note, which is the actual "post" that people will read. Once you do this, YOU ARE BLOGGING!

I hope that these tips will help you get started, and we are happy that you are interested in starting a blog with us!

Remember, this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg- There are many other things that you can do with your blog, including adding pictures and files, and creating lists of your favorite friends, music, books, links...etc. Feel free to explore the various sections of the Admin screen and have some fun!

Feel free to comment on this post if you wish to respond, add anything, or if you have questions.

Thanks for reading, and keep on bloggin'!

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