Technology Bloggers is comming

Later on today, or possible later in the week, Technology Bloggers will officially launch.

For those of you who read around my other sites and blogs, you will probably know that my technology blog is dying to make way for a brand new blog.

This is going to be a community blog which everyone owns, and everyone benefits from.

The main focus of the blog is to get mass participation, yes I own the domain, but I don’t want to be writing all the articles, I don’t want to be replying to all the comments, I want the community to reply to the comments, I want the community of the very best writers to write the articles.

Technology Bloggers Logo

Everyone participates, everyone benefits.

Think you are up to the challenge? Head over to TechnologyBloggers.org and get ready for the launch. If you fancy your hand at being one of the authors, go create your free technology bloggers account and get writing!

Technology Bloggers, a community blog, for all to benefit…

GASP! A new spam comment plugin

A while back Ari Herzog wrote a blog post about a new comment spam filtering system called GASP. Ari decided to use it as an alternative to Akismet which is a very popular plugin that many bloggers use. I like Akismet it works, but very occasionally a good comment goes into spam and a bad one gets approved.

The think I dislike about Akismet is the fact that I have to trawl through loads of spam comments to check that there are not any legitimate ones stuck in there. However not any more… I hope.

GASP (which stands for Growmap Anti-Spambot Plugin) is a plugin which puts a little tick box in the comment box. All you have to do is remember to tick it and your comment will get through. If you create an account and are logged in you won’t need to tick the box, which is just as well as I am useless at remembering to!

This which is why I refrained from using it for this long. But I am really bored by the masses of spam comments now, so I am implementing the GASP plugin on my blog.

Tick the box and your comment is through, forget and you will see this message

I always forget too. You didn’t tick the box under the submit button and for that reason you are seeing this message. Go back and tick it and all will be good 🙂

Then just go back and tick the box. You will need to have javascript enabled for it to work, and if you don’t you will need to enable it to be able to comment.

GASP comment box

Tick the box under the submit button and all is good!

If you really hate the new box that you have to tick, it will go, but if it doesn’t bother you and it gives me more time to write, then it will stay.

As for Akismet, its future is uncertain. If GASP works really well then it may go, but currently I am leaving it on so that I can minimise spam.

If you are a blogger why not try GASP for yourself? I have, Ari has, Kieth has, Justin has, Chadrack has…

Happy spam free commenting 🙂

Google PageRank update

Ether today or yesterday, Google updated a large majority of its indexed sites PageRank. If you don’t know what PageRank is you might want to read my what is PageRank post on my technology blog.

My philosophy blog is still very new and therefore is not properly and fully indexed by Google which is probably why it remained at a PageRank of 0. It often the case that a site needs to be established for some time before it gets a decent PageRank.

Another example of this is AriHerzog.com – his site was a PageRank 4 before he moved his blog (previously found at AriWriter.com) to this domain name. Due to the blog being extremely new it hadn’t had the time to gain enough credibility in Google’s eyes to go back up to a PageRank 5 which is what AriWiter.com was. Will to Know (a blog written by Joy Mystic) is another site which is very new and therefore despite it having some very good articles, it doesn’t have a high PageRank, yet.

Despite the 0/10 for my philosophy blog, my technology blog seemed to fair much better, acquiring a PageRank of 3/10 which I may add is very impressive for a blog of its size!

My social blog and website stayed the same as before at a 2/10 and 3/10 respectively, with some surprises, as many internal pages increased in rank.

My website also had some more useful sitelinks, so when you now view my site in the search engines, you will be able to go straight to certain pages and blogs without having to even go into the site, making your browsing quicker!

Google Sitelinks for Christopher Roberts Website

The circled area shows my websites Google sitelinks

Overall I am very pleased with my rankings, as it shows that my site and blogs are gaining greater status on the Internet.

Do you own a blog or website? If so how did you do in the latest update?

If you need any tips on how to increase your PageRank, check out my technology blogs article how can I increase my PageRank?

ReplyMe

On Wednesday I installed a plugin which allowed you to subscribe to comments. The problem is, you didn’t just get notified of replies to your comment, but you got sent everyone’s comment.
ReplyMeThis system was in place until today when I decided to try a plugin called ReplyMe, after reading about how Ari Herzog had just installed it on his blog.
I have updated the comment policy in line with these changes, so you know exactly what happens when you comment. Below is an excerpt of the page, explaining the update:

Some blogs give you the option to subscribe to all other comments on an article, in a hope that a reply to your comment may be amongst them. I think this is a bit impersonal however, so I have installed a plugin called ReplyMe.

ReplyMe sends you an email, when your comment has a reply. The email has your original comment in it, along with the reply and a link to the comment on my blog so that you can carry on the conversation. This means you don’t have to remember to subscribe to the comments and it keeps your inbox free of other comments, which aren’t related to yours.

Happy commenting – why not post a comment and I will reply to show you how this new feature works 🙂

RSS Feed shows posts

After a recent request by a reader (Lillie) you will now be able to view entire posts in the RSS Feed, rather than just excerpts of them.

RSS Feed

This will make it easier to keep up to date with my blog, and will let you see more new content, without having to navigate around lots of pages.

I had some slight issues with getting the entire post to show in the feed, because of the way WordPress coded the RSS feed file some browsers would never show the full post only a short excerpt.

Please click here to see the RSS Feed.

This is now fixed though, so happy reading!