Blogger Polls

A polling system is very essential to a blog. My observations are that visitors interact with the website using a voting system more than they do using comment system or sending email. This could be due to the "laziness factor" as interacting with the voting sytem takes just a click or two. Therefore my recommendation is to have a blog poll on your blog for making your visitors interact with your website/blog, keeping their laziness factor in mind.

The poll that I found attractive enough to include in my blogs is from
Here are others that you can try as well :

Add StumbleUpon button to blogger(XML Layouts)

This is a preview of the StumbleUpon button that can be added to your sidebar. If you are happy with the preview, click the "add to blogger" button to install it on your blog.

Stumble Upon ToolbarStumble it!

Add Digg This! button to blogger

Add Digg This! button to blogger( XML Layouts )
This is a preview of the "Digg This!" button that can be added to your sidebar. See the preview below, click the "add to blogger" button to install it on your blog.


Digg This!

For Classic Templates users(HTML, JavaScript knowledge required)

  • Login to blogger dashboard and click manage : template link of your blog

  • Click the "Template" tab, then go to "Edit HTML" subtab.

  • Find the "<$BlogItemBody$>" tag, and copy-paste the code below, under the "<$BlogItemBody$>" tag

  • Save and Publish your blog.

Why you Should Conceal Affiliate URLs - and How

It's a proven fact that many customers will not click on an affiliate URL at your site.

Maybe they resent seeing commission paid to an affiliate, maybe they feel less security when buying from an affiliate.

So, suppose they see a link looking like this in the browser status bar

where '123' is your affiliate code.

They may decide to bypass the affiliate code and just type in the home page URL

And that means you lose out on the commission.

Here is how to conceal not only the affiliate code but anything about that URL which may indicate it is an affiliate link. Use some Javascript.

< a href="http://......"
return true;"
"window.status=' ';
return true;" >

(remove the spaces after the first tag "<" and before the last tag ">")

Then 'ABC' will show in the browser status bar instead of the URL.

If you want to learn more Javascript tips and tricks see the ebook

Javascript Magic

How to Blog - August Update

hawthorn said...


I dont know who you are, and just got here from a link somewhere on or from Whydowork site, but I have to say Ive just partially read your first lesson on creating a blog and have to compliment you on its simplicity and clarity. i have a blog from which ive made an amazing €1.03 !! But I just threw it together, and Im now going to read carefully your first 3 lessons and amend it, or even start a new one! Will there be more lessons?
Thank you for a great page!
h, ireland

Hi Hawthorn,

Thanks for the comment. I will be doing more posts but have been waiting for the latest Google Page Rank update (every three months) which is occuring right now and will slowly crawl along for the next week or two.

For those of you waiting please be patient as I have several test blogs in the works that have been set up to see which is most effective regarding all the new rules Google imposed after it's latest Google Slap. (Changes to the Google algorithm)

Upon completion of the current Page Rank update I will know which way to proceed with future lessons. The current lessons are still valid as far as how to set up and optimize your blogs. The changes imposed by Google relate to page ranking and traffic generation techniques.

For now continue to set up your blogs as outlined in my lessons but don't link them together. This is blog farming and Google will now penalize sites that do this from the same ip addresses. All blogger blogs are on the same ip address.

Other than this just follow my directions and get your blogs started - I have a number of new techniques that I will share with you but will wait until I have some page rank confirmation.



Re; Hawthorns Blog

A few tips.

Hawthorn I checked out your blog and you write well. In order to optimize your site for your keywords ( Lets assume your site will be about stage musicals - I realize it is about lots of things which is quite hard to optimize for and I recommend that you create a different blog for different themes. ) you should proceed as follows;

Start over... Ha.

Actually it is extremely important to use your keyword in your blogs name and URL address.

Your url should be something like or anything as long as you get your keyword in there somewhere.

Your page title is Hawthorn's Ramblings. Change it to "Hawthorn's Musical Ramblings.
Even better try "Hawthorn's Musical Reviews".

How many people will search Google for "Hawthorn's Ramblings"? Not Many.

How Many people will search for "Musical Reviews"? Lots. This is why you want Google to know that you do musical reviews. Google will not know what a "Hawthorn's Rambling" is.

Make sure to link your post title to your url.

Your post title is The Best Musicals Of All Time

In the Link section under the Title section insert your URL.(Posting - Create section in menu) This will hypertext your post title. See my post title above and notice that it links to this blog.

One last thing; Use your keyword in the last line of your post.

Yes people, I couldn't favourite shows from London’s West End…..


This is your current ending.

Add one more line like this;

"For more Musical Reviews please check back often."

These few tips will optimize your site for the keywords you want Google to send you traffic for. Simple but extremely important.

Keep up the good work and read through my lessons as they explain most of this in more detail.

Good luck,


How to Blog

Love & Astrology Gadget for your blog

To add this gadget to your blog :

New XML Layout users:

  • Log into your blogger dashboard.
  • Click on Manage : Layout
  • Then on "Page Elements" subtab
  • Click "Add a Page Element" link, where you want to add this gadget
  • Choose Html/JavaScript from the popup.
  • Insert the code below and click Ok

Classic Template Users :

  • Log into your blogger dashboard
  • Click on Manage : Template
  • Then on "Edit HTML" subtab
  • Insert the following code on your template where you want the gadget to appear.

Hunkdujour Widgets offers a free service to show off a daily new picture of a hunk on blogs/websites. We have created widgets for XML Users of blogger to simplify the steps needed to use their service to show the pictures. (XML Users only need to click the "+ Add to Blogger" button to install the hunkdujour widget.)

Classic Template users and other blogs/sites can copy the code for any of the versions below and paste it into their template/pages.

Tiny Version(150 Pixels)

XML Blogger Users :

Classic Templates Users / Other Blogs & Websites :

Small Version(200 Pixels)

XML Blogger Users :

Classic Templates Users / Other Blogs & Websites :

Medium Version(250 Pixels)

XML Blogger Users :

Classic Templates Users / Other Blogs & Websites :

Large Version(500 Pixels)

XML Blogger Users :

Classic Templates Users / Other Blogs & Websites :

Getting Free Content for your Blog

As you may have heard before "content is king". Bloggers are mostly content writers. It is the content that drives traffic to your blog or website. To get more web traffic, you would add more useful content to your blog/site, however you might not be able to come up with quality content as regularly as you might wish(Reasons could be laziness, lack of motivation/interest, blogging fatigue, monotony etc.). In this situation you probably would want to keep your blog fresh with new content by getting free content for your blog/website.

The easy-lazy way is to use the free available content from article submission directories, which host articles from variety of authors on various topics, most of the directories will let you use the content if you follow the terms of usage and give proper credit to the author. Most times, you just have to publish and unlatered with the author/site credit resourcebox in the post footer. However do read the republishing terms of the sites, whose content you want to use as the terms might be different for different sites.

Here's a big list of article directories ( Bookmark & Share!) :

Get visitors from google blogs to yours

Here's a smart tip for those looking to drive a little traffic to their site/blog. Subscribe to the Official google blogs which are of your interest. I generally subscribe to the feed of those blogs of google services that I use frequently, like adsense, analytics, adwords, blogger etc.

Whenever a new article of your interest is published on Google Blogs, go ahead and make a blog post about the article and include a live link to the page, such as

Source :

Then, a link to your post will appear directly under the post that you have linked to. Notice that people visiting Google blogs would occasionaly stop by and check out your blog. Don't over-do this trick though, otherwise your blog will look like a discardable collection of irrelevant articles from google blogs.

Did you come from one of the Google blogs? YES! You see this tip works !

How to add paypal donate button to your blog

Installing StumbleUpon links within Blogger/Blogspot

  • Download one of the StumbleUpon Icons from it's icon set here . Upload this picture somewhere on the web.

    (This is a preview of the available icons, select and upload any one of them.)

  • Login to your blogger dashboard, click manage->template.
  • On the template tab, find <$BlogItemBody$> tag
  • Copy-Paste this code just below the <$BlogItemBody$> tag

  • Replace **LINK TO stumbleit.gif** with the full path to the image that you uploaded.
  • Save & RePublish your blog.

Sample Preview:

Stumble Upon ToolbarStumble It!

NOTE : This installation only works with classic templates of blogger. XML Layouts users, check out this post

Blog Graphics

Finding Images/videos/icons and stuff for your blog is a challenging and time consuming excercise. Here's my "unofficial" and "incomplete" list of resources for blog graphics. - Over 50,000 images, all classified as glitters, backgrounds, cursors, quotes, animations, icons etc. Also has layouts and widgets for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster.

Stock Exchange - Free for personal use. Read the license here. [ License ] - Indexes images in the public domain or available for free usage under various forms of "copyleft" licensing. - Free photographs for private non-commercial use on the Internet. - Free for use in blogs, with some conditions [ License ]

Blogger Help itself list these blog graphics resources for your blogs:

This list will always be in a "work in progress" mode, as we discover new and better blog graphics for blogs. Do you know of a blog graphics site that you want to share with us? leave your comments.

Standard Feed Icon

While exploring other sites and blogs, you must have come across those orange coloured feed icons that give you an option to subscribe to that site's/blog's feed. Chances are that you are already publishing your own feed.

Here's a free resource that will give you more color options to choose from(for the feed icon), you can also download other file format of the icon to modify and customize for your blog/site.

25% of the People Online Use Firefox, do you?

"People are switching to Firefox fast as ever, while IE's share drops every day!"

read more digg story

According to stats released by W3Counter , Firefox is the first choice for almost 25% of the people using the net. Have you downloaded firefox?

click the graphic to continue..

Backlinks and Traffic - Directory Submitter

Hi folks,

I have been a bit busy and haven't spent much time here lately. Sorry.

Just thought I would make you aware of a free tool that Brad Callen of SEO Elite and Keyword Elite fame is offering.

I say free but in reality it has a free version and a Pro version for $47.

The software is called "Directory Submitter" and it basically submits your sites to directories in a few simple and fast steps. It is a huge timesaver.

The more directories you are listed in the more backlinks you will get as well as an increase in traffic.

I bought the Pro version but you certainly don't have to. The difference in the two versions is that the Pro version allows you to submit to more directories. The Free version still allows you to submit to 350 directories with as many sites as you want. This will be sufficient to start with. If you get decent results then you can always get the upgrade later.

He has a video that shows you what this is about and how to use it.

I definately recommend this - Brad's software is among the best in Internet Marketing circles and his support is excellent.

Back soon,


Blogthings for Girls Only

Freshen up your blog or website by adding a widget from and display a new picture of a hunk daily on your blog.(See the sample below). 4 display sizes are available for your blog. Ready to install it to your blog? See the Hunkdujour Widget for Blogger

Latest Blog Photo from Hunk du Jour, with hot celebrity men daily!

Wondering where to get the glitter images that you see on other blogs? then read our post on Glitter Graphics for Blogs

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AdSense Abuse Techniques and Countermeasures by Google

  • You must have seen the use of floating layers on many sites (generally created using DHTML & JavaScript). Since these layers can move dynamically and could be programmed to follow the mouse, Placing Adsense Ads on these layers can be unintentional clicks on the ads. Google therefore does not allow the ads to be placed on floating layers.

  • Images as Graphical pointers beside ad units were preferred way of many ad publishers to grab the attention of the visitor who would otherwise have ignored the ads due to the “ad blindness” behavior. In this technique images or flash objects are used in order to deceive the visitors into clicking the Ad by suggesting a link between the image/flash object and the ads. Google therefore disallows any images or flash objects beside the ads, which could suggest any link between the two.

  • Some publishers tried to hide the “ads by google” tagline by customizing the background color of the page and the color of the ad itself so that it would blend into the page and hardly be visible to the visitor and the ads would look like regular links. Google now uses an image tagline on ads that will not blend into the background.

  • Some publishers altered the adsense code to make the ads appear as a “single line link” and then camouflaged them in between the navigation links or their recommended links. Google strictly prohibits any alteration of its adsense code.

  • Some publishers would load the ad in a floating frame (

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