Wednesday, 30 March 2011

MyBlogLog And The Power Of Bloggers

You may have heard the news that Yahoo! is sadly discontinuing the MyBlogLog service on the 24th May 2011. As a blogger, this is devastating news, especially if you have used MyBlogLog to build large communities which in return, generates a fair amount of traffic for your blog.

As a result of this news, I've just received an email from Antony Berkman of BlogCatalog informing me of a service and campaign that I'm sure you'll be interested in. Here's a copy of that email:

Subject: The Power Of Bloggers


"United We Stand, Divided We Fall" - Aesop

You don't need me to tell you that the world has its share of major catastrophes and disasters.

The people of Japan are in desperate need of our help and bloggers and other social media participants continue to raise millions of dollars for those in need.

I am grateful to say that, thanks to a large number of bloggers, has been active in raising funds and awareness for those in need.

I am writing to you because there is a story that while it clearly does not rise to the same level of human tragedy, I believe strongly will make a major difference to the future of blogging.

Yahoo! recently announced the imminent shut down of MyBlogLog. While this news has been largely ignored by mainstream media, the event is disturbing because it shuts down a major channel of the blogosphere.

For years now MyBlogLog has been ignored by Yahoo! and now they are shutting it down because it doesn't fit within their corporate strategy.

What does MyBlogLog's closure mean to you?

  • You may think it doesn't mean anything or even think whether they still exist, or whether you even have heard of them, the truth is that MyBlogLog is a valuable blogging network that distributes tens of millions of visitors to blogs each year.

  • Yahoo! has shown no respect to bloggers throughout it's 4 year ownership of the site. Once again, they are failing to follow through on promises and responsibilities to bloggers. Perhaps Yahoo! believes it has no responsibility to bloggers.

  • The closure of MyBlogLog represents a lack of respect to bloggers who have built tens of thousands of communities on the network and spent countless hours adding MyBlogLog widgets to their blogs.

  • Yahoo! has made no attempt to dispose of MyBlogLog, yet it represents an important channel of distribution for blogs.

Why you should care? and BlogCatalog are ready, willing and able to take over MyBlogLog and turn MyBlogLog into a valuable tool for bloggers and blog readers. We shared our interest with Yahoo! over a year ago to do this. Yahoo! ignored our requests to talk to them, we had a brief conversation, they wanted to know our strategy for making the site more valuable and because we refused, their communications with us ended.

So, what difference will it make if I join this event?

The more members we have on the greater the positive impact we can make to the world. A combination of BloggersUnite + MyBlogLog + BlogCatalog is "The Right Thing."

To-date, together with your help we have saved lives, made material differences in the lives of school kids, raised money for Haiti, helped build clean water wells in Africa, worked with the CDC to raise awareness about STDs, united refugees with their families, worked with to harness the power of the blogosphere on AIDS Awareness Day and we had hundreds of thousand of bloggers unite on Bloggers for Good Day; where bloggers from BloggersUnite were featured on CNN doing good deeds.

It makes little sense when people in this world are starving and dying because they lack clean water that Yahoo!, one of the largest technology companies in the USA, would shut down an asset that has value.

Why not sell it and give the money to a charity? Their site has value. As Warren Buffet says, "stupid in small things, stupid in big." I humbly ask that you please unite with thousands of other bloggers and explain to Yahoo! management what would be the "right thing" to do or add an Action Badge to your blog, or perhaps both.

To do this please click BloggersUnite because unlike Yahoo!, we are fully aware that when you combine your voice with the voice of other bloggers, that there is no greater force for good in the world today.

Antony Berkman

Will the closure of MyBlogLog effect you? Is it right for Yahoo! to discontinue this service knowing it will seriously effect the majority of bloggers who use it? Please share your thoughts.

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Friday, 25 March 2011

Tips & Tools On How To Grow Your Twitter Following

Growing a large following is something many new Twitter users struggle with. They see all these big accounts with 20, 50 or even 100K followers and wonder how did they ever get there?

Today we will give you some tips and tools on how to grow your following steadily and we'll also make sure that you stay within the Twitter guidelines to avoid account suspension. There are certain practices that are not allowed and the last thing you want is to get your account suspended after you worked hard to get a decent following.

Quality or Quantity?

This is the first thing you have to ask yourself. Do you want a small number of followers where you can easily keep track of the timeline and interact with everybody or do you want to grow as big as possible and utilize Twitter lists to keep up with the tweets you care about?

If you have a Twitter account for personal use, the first option will probably work best for you. If you have any commercial aspirations and would like to promote your brand or business to the world market, your goal will be to reach as many potential clients as possible. Growing your Twitter following is an easy and low cost method to promote your business or brand worldwide.

Tools of the Trade

These are a few tools we use to manage our account. There are many more tools out there but today we will stick to the tools that work for us.


Simply enter your user name and it will show you who isn't following back, who is a fan and mutual followings. If you connect with Twitter, it will also give you the option to follow or unfollow users.


Similar to FriendorFollow but more advanced and it can filter your account for a variety of stats such as users without a profile image or users that are quiet or tweet a lot. There is a pro upgrade available but the basic mode has all the features an average user will need.


When your account starts to grow exponentially it becomes hard to keep track of all your new followers. If you want to set up a welcome message for all your new followers, this is the tool to use. You can set up an auto DM and welcome new followers. DO NOT add a link to that message because that's what everybody is doing and will only tick people off. Come up with something creative and original within the 140 character limit.

There are also features that will allow you to auto tweet status updates but that is NOT done as you should keep it real on Twitter, more about this at the end of this blog post.


Fun and addictive would be the best way to describe this tool! You can actually use this to grow your stats on Twitter, Facebook, Website and YouTube. You can earn credits for connecting with other Twiends users and use those credits to let others connect with you. Sort of like a marketplace. You can even tweak your setting to get higher quality followers and there is an option to purchase credits if you don't have the time to earn credits manually.


If you want to find followers in a specific geographical area or category, this is the tool for you. It lets you search for users per city or from a directory of categories. This is great if you have a local business and you want to connect with all the Twitter users in your city for example. You can also follow and unfollow within this tool.

Now How Do I Get Followers?

All the above will help you to manage the new followers as your account starts to grow. Obtaining new followers can done in many ways.

* Follow users from follow back lists. Many users have created lists consisting of people that returned the follow so there is a good chance those users will follow you as well if you start to follow them.

* Just Google: "follow back list twitter".

* Use the Twellow tool to find users in your niche or city and connect with them.

* Add Twitter links to your website, blog and email signature if you use one.

* Use the Twiends tool to get new followers.

As your new followers start to roll in it's time to use the account management tools such as FriendorFollow and ManageFlitter. Find out who followed you back and who didn't. You can also unfollow people that didn't return the follow if you wish but DO NOT mass unfollow people or unfollow those who did return the follow. These are bad practices that could get your account suspended. We're not celebrities that have 500K followers and only follow 10 users back. Your account should have a healthy follower ratio.

Remember that you can only follow 10% more than your follower count when you pass the 2000 follower mark. Example: 3000 followers will allow you to follow 3300 users.

Keeping It Real

This is what it's all about. It's alright to try and get a large following but don't do any of the following:

* Don't spam your product link over and over again.

* Don't use auto tweet tools except for a meaningful auto DM perhaps.

* Don't mass follow and unfollow since this could get your account suspended.

* Don't unfollow those who return the follow just to make yourself look more popular.

If you stick to these guidelines and use the above tools you can easily grow your following to any size you want.

About The Author: Want to stay in touch? Follow us @WildPeekDesign. This article is provided by Vince Peek founder of Wild Peek Design. Providing service everywhere from the middle of nowhere.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Getting Inspiration For Blog Posts

Most of the time, you can blog to your hearts content. There are occasions however, that finding a topic to blog about can be a real challenge. You sit in front of your computer and your mind is what do you do?

Here's a great article by Bas van den Beld that I just had to share with you which will hopefully, help you get the inspiration you need.

Where to Get Inspiration for Blog Posts

I write several blog posts every month -- most of which appear on my own site and here on Search Engine Watch. Most of the time I have no trouble coming up with a topic. After all, I read so much that something usually grabs my attention.

But some days I'm desperately looking for a topic to blog about. At these times, I might just walk away from the computer and do other things until an idea pops up.

But on other days the Internet is the solution. Here are some of the places you can go to get inspiration for your blog posts.


It's almost impossible these days to think about an online world without Twitter. Within a couple of years Twitter has become one of the leading online services -- at least when we're talking about the tech industry.

In some other industries this social tool is only just emerging. Still, it can be a useful tool for almost every industry.

You can use Twitter to find a topic for your blog post. By looking at your timeline or looking at the trending topics you will see what topics are "hot."

What are people sharing? What are they talking about? It will give you a general idea of possible topics.

You can use Twitter search to filter down the topics by adding a keyword which is connected to the topics you usually blog about.

Google Trends and insights

Another way of seeing what people are interested in is Google Trends. It will give you an idea of what people are searching for worldwide or in a specific region.

Just looking at the trends might just give you a few ideas, but you can make them more specific by combining the trends with keywords you're interested in and checking them in Google Insights. You will most definitely find a topic to write about that way!

Q&A Sites

You want to write blog posts that people will want to read. You like to have an audience after all, right? That is why the trending topics on Twitter and Google are interesting to look at.

Looking at Q&A sites is another way of finding out what people are interested in. That is where people are asking the questions you might be able to answer.

A good example of a site like that is Quora. Just open up the site and see what questions people have. If you know the answer you can either answer the question or make a blog post out of it (or both).

Sites like Quora, but also Yahoo Answers and, are great places to see what people want to know and what they want to read. They are practically asking you to blog about a certain topic.

Comments on Specific Niche News Sites

Many sites write about what's happening in the tech industry. In addition to Search Engine Watch, there's Mashable, TechCrunch, and The Next Web.

A site like Techmeme brings them all together. You have sites like this in most industries -- some more than others -- but look carefully and you will find them. These sites offer great content, but they will also tell you what's hot and what interests readers.

You should follow these sites and read the content, but more importantly: follow the comments. The comments will tell you what the readers think and what they want to hear. It is a great source of inspiration to eventually take a different angle on a story, based on the comments.

RSS Reader

One of my personal favorites is my RSS Reader. I've subscribed to many sites and I use different tools to read them, from the Google Reader account on my computer to Pulse and Zite on my iPad.

The sites I look at are the "bigger ones" I mentioned before, but even more important when it comes to inspiration are the smaller sites. Small local sites from different countries give you a nice insight in what is going on in their world. You will see that there are very many different topics you can choose from.

Your Analytics

A very good way of finding out what you should be writing about is your Analytics Program. It will tell you what kind of posts people like to read, but a closer look will also show you what they want to read.

A look at your analytics will give you an idea of what people were looking for when they found your site in the first place. Does that match the articles you have on there? Or could you maybe write something that would really fit the search they were doing?

Also, make sure you look at your internal search engine. It will show you the topics they expect to find on your site. Chances are you might get some inspiration there.

Ask Your Followers and Readers

A nice way to get inspiration for a post, and at the same time write content that fits the needs of your readers, is to ask your readers or your followers. Ask them on social media like Twitter or Facebook or simply put up a post asking for suggestions. I've seen it happen many times and the bloggers always received great feedback and tons of ideas for blog posts.


Hopefully these suggestions will help you create some great blog posts.

Where else do you look for topics or inspiration? Did you find this article helpful? Please leave a comment to let me know.

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Sunday, 20 March 2011

Google Profiles Gone Secure & Blogger Getting A Facelift

Google have recently updated the profiles pages to secure. They have also introduced a new interface which is cleaner and easier to update and navigate than the old interface. If you're using the non-secure profile link on your blog or website, it will now automatically forward users to your new secure profile page.

Another, but not quite so noticeable change is with Blogger. When uploading images within a post, the URL to the image now starts with "https" rather than "http". Why the need for the images to be secure I'm not entirely sure but it could be something to do with Picasa Web Albums as all images uploaded via Blogger are automatically stored on this platform.

There will also be another major change sometime this year with Blogger. In a recent post on Blogger Buzz, Chang Kim, Product Manager announced that Blogger is getting a brand new design that is not only cleaner and more modern, but it also uses Google Web Toolkit, delivering the latest in web technology.

According to Chang, they'll also be showcasing the new content discovery feature that lets you uncover interesting and related content based on the topics of the blog you’re currently reading. More features will be unveiled throughout this year.

This is exciting news and the changes mentioned so far can only improve what has become a solid and reliable blogging platform.

What do you think?

NOTE: If you're a blogger or website owner, please consider putting a widget and/or banners on your blog or website and help support the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Effort. Full details can be found at:

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Saturday, 19 March 2011

Have You Backed Up Your Blog?

Sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day to do everything, what with doing blog posts, administering Bloggers Network, visiting blogs and websites, answering questions, research and marketing etc. What I do have (and make) time for however, is to backup my blog on a regular basis.

What are the things that you HAVE to do when it comes to your blog? The chances are that you have these things on your list:

- write on a regular basis
- pay attention to SEO practices
- get other people to visit your blog

But is backing up on a regular basis part of your must do list? Probably not! Backing up your blog is something that should be automatic and it's a practice that you shouldn't forget, whatever happens.

Just imagine...what if your server crashes or your site gets hacked? Maybe Blogger's automatic spam detection software accidentally considers your blog as spam and blocks (or possibly deletes) your blog. What will happen to all the data that you have accumulated over the months or years?

This may not be a problem if your blog is relatively new as you might be able to reconstruct your posts, but just imagine losing all your data for 6 months, a year or maybe 2 years or that would be disastrous!

Here's how you can backup your blog if you use Blogger:

1. Log into Blogger.
2. On the Blogger home page, click on the blog you want to backup.
3. On the left-side of the "Overview" page, click on "Settings" then on "Other".
4. Click on the "Export Blog" link under the "Blog Tools" heading.
5. On the popup window that appears, click on the "Download Blog" button.

Note: If you have modified your Template on Blogger, you can back this up as well by clicking on "Template" on the left-side of the Overview page then clicking on the "Backup/Restore" button on the top-right of the Template page. Simply click on "Download Full Template" to backup your blog's Template.

Here's how you can backup your blog if you use WordPress:

1. Use an FTP client (FileZilla for example) to download all the site files (the WordPress folder).
2. Log into phpMyAdmin and select your WordPress database.
3. Click on "Export" and make sure that all the WordPress tables are there.
4. On the "Structure" section tick "Add Drop Tables", "Add AUTO_INCREMENT", and "Enclose table and field names with backquotes".
5. On the "Data" section leave all the boxes unticked.
6. Tick "Save as file" and download the database (you can use compression if your database is big).

Don't leave it until it's too late, backup your blog NOW and continue to do so on a regular basis. Rule of thumb is to backup your blog every time you publish a new post.

NOTE: If you're a blogger or website owner, please consider putting a widget and/or banners on your blog or website and help support the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Effort. Full details can be found at:

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

We've Been Featured On

I am pleased to announce that Derek's Home and Business Blog has today been featured on

My blog including my public profile has been showcased on the home page of under "Editors' Picks of The Day". I've also been awarded with a featured bloggers badge on my public profile. You can view my blog (for the next 24hrs) on their home page at:

If you're a blog author, is a large, dedicated blog directory plus a social network and online community for blog authors. They envision their site like a big cafe where authors can meet each other, send private messages and invite friends and relatives. If you haven't joined, may I suggest you do so as they will not only bring traffic to your blog, but you'll be able to network with other fellow bloggers from around the world.

I'm so honoured to have my blog featured on such a well respected and dedicated blogging site and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the editors for their consideration in featuring my blog.

Right, I'm off to celebrate :)

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Help Support The Japan Earthquake Relief Effort

Given the recent catastrophic events in Japan, I have today installed the American Red Cross widget on the blog sidebar which provides news on the latest disasters from around the world.

If you click on any news story on the widget, you will automatically be taken to the American Red Cross website where you can read the latest news on the disaster as well as donate to the cause.

Although the Japanese Red Cross are aiding in the relief effort in Japan, officials there have indicated they would be grateful for donations and some assistance from the American Red Cross to support their earthquake and tsunami response...this is how your donations will help those people effected by the disaster. You can read more on this here.

If you're looking for a way for your blog or website visitors to donate to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Disaster, you can install the widget direct from my blog by selecting "Get Widget" on the sidebar or by visiting the American Red Cross blog at:

Once you install the widget on your blog or website, don't forget to let your visitors know that you've installed the widget and how they can donate using this feature. Feel free to use this post as a template.

You can also download and place the following banners on your blog or website. To do this, "Right-Click" on the banner of your choice and select "Save Picture As" (Internet Explorer) or "Save image as" (Google Chrome). Please ensure that these banners link to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake donation page.


If you're unsure how to install the banners on your blog or website, you can link directly to these banners by using any of the the following codes:


The size of the banners are 300x250 pixels. However, you can resize the banners to any size you want to suit your blog or website design. Simply alter the "width" and "height" elements in the code to resize the banners. If these banners are not suitable for your blog or website, you can find more on the American Red Cross website at:

If you can, please make a donation to this relief effort and if you're a blogger or website owner, please consider putting the widget and/or banners on your blog or website and help support a worthy cause. Thank you!

Note: As well as using the widget and visiting the American Red Cross website at, you can view the latest news and donate to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Disaster on Facebook at

Our prayers and heartfelt condolences are with the people of Japan and those effected by the Tsunami.

Related Links:
Japanese Red Cross Society (English)
British Red Cross
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
List of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Monday, 14 March 2011

Does The Quality Of Your Content Really Matter?

Generating continuous content for your business is now widely recognised as an important part of search engine optimisation. Online businesses need to be consistently producing articles, blog posts, press releases and content of many other kinds too.

However, despite the majority of business owners understanding the relevancy of content in an SEO campaign, some do not recognise the importance of the quality of this content. They believe if the content they create features a few appropriate keywords and is new, it will receive attention and interest. Those with this view argue the quality of the content they write is not as important as SEO experts state and so put little effort or thought into their writing.

The results achieved by those with this attitude speak for themselves. Website owners who do not regard quality of content as of utmost importance do not achieve top rankings, do not significantly increase the amount of traffic visiting their web pages and do not increase their conversion rates either. This is because quality is in fact of great importance when writing content as part of your search engine optimisation campaign.

Online business markets are extremely competitive and site owners need to find ways to show others their business is the best. They need to build respect and trust for their brand in everything they do and content can play a big part of online reputation management. If you have a great deal of high quality content pertaining to your business available online, others will read it, recognise your business as a company of quality and will be more likely to consider your business again in the future too.

Links are also of huge importance in SEO and the only way to get high quality links to your website is if your content is of a high quality too. No respectable site owner is going to want to link to your site if it is not up to scratch because this sort of association can be damaging. If you have quality content, the links to your site will reflect this and this will get the attention and respect of the search engines.

However, high quality content is not just about developing your brand within the online community or achieving better rankings in the search results. It is the content you create which must communicate with your audience. You have a lot of information to give potential and existing customers and you must do this clearly and effectively if your business is to ever be successful. High quality and well-written content will help you to develop relationships and give others the information they want and require.

If you are told the quality of SEO content is not important, don't listen. The content you create must always be the best possible so it works appropriately for your SEO campaign and your business.

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Saturday, 12 March 2011

Google Adds Site-Filtering Feature To Search

Ever wish you could keep certain sites from showing up in your Google search results? Thanks to a new feature being rolled out right now, you can.

Google announced the debut of a site-blocking search tool via its official company blog on Thursday. The tool is simple to use: When you click on a site in a Google search and then go back to Google -- presumably because you weren't satisfied with what you found -- you'll see a new option on the results page to block the site from future searches. All you have to do is click it, and the site will never show up for you again.

Your search site-blocking preferences are saved in your Google account, so you'll have to be logged in for the feature to work.

And don't worry: Your search-blocking changes aren't set in stone. Anytime a site is omitted from a search because of your blocking, Google will display a small message letting you know something's been removed. You'll have an option to unmask the hidden results, if you're so inclined. You can also manage your virtual blacklist via your Google search settings.

The Google search-blocking feature will become available to everyone over the next few days. As of now, it'll function only in English and only for users on Chrome 9 or higher, Internet Explorer 8 or higher, and Firefox 3.5 or higher.

Google Search Filtering: The Bigger Picture

If this whole thing has you feeling a sense of deja vu, don't worry: You aren't losing your mind. Google announced a similar search-filtering feature about a month ago in the form of an extension for the Chrome browser. The extension did almost the same exact thing as this new feature, except for the fact that it worked on the browser-level instead of on Google's own servers.

It's all part of Google's steady efforts to combat the presence of search spam -- a fancy term for low-quality entries that show up in search results. Google has increasingly come under fire for search spam in recent weeks, with some bloggers and pundits saying the company's level of search-result junk is spiraling out of control. The concerns revolve largely around so-called "content farms," or sites that generate lots of pages with little real value. Many of these sites monitor popular search queries and create pages for the sole purpose of attracting traffic, even though they have no original or relevant content to offer.

Google also recently adjusted its search algorithm to try to keep those sites from cluttering up results. The change, announced in late February, is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites and give higher rankings to sites with more original and in-depth material.

Related Articles:
Google's New Content Farm Algorithm In Action

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Friday, 11 March 2011

Infolinks Removed From The Blog

You've spoken, I've listened and can therefore announce that the Infolinks contextual advertising program has permanently been removed from the blog.

The testing period was initially for two weeks. However and with receiving 100% negative feedback regarding this program via the blog, email and Facebook, I've decided that this was adequate feedback to stop the testing and remove Infolinks.

I wasn't entirely sure if Infolinks would truly benefit my blog and this is the reason why I give you the opportunity to express your views regarding this program. It is and always will be my objective that the quality of the blog comes first, ads will always come second place. This blog was launched to provide readers such as yourself with good quality, useful content and not (and will never be) used solely as a money-making machine.

I am extremely happy with the feedback I've received and I want to thank everyone for taking the time to submit your views. One comment that grabbed my attention was the suggestion of putting a PayPal Donation Button on my blog to allow readers to donate. I think this is a great idea so I have implemented this feature on the sidebar.

Just a quick update: All online services have now been updated to the new domain. This means that my work is now complete and the blog is finally back to normal. Expect to see more of me on Bloggers Network and the continuation of the articles you've come to like, starting with my next post.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback...your views were greatly appreciated.

Related articles:
Infolinks Testing In Progress: Feedback Wanted

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Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Infolinks Testing In Progress: Feedback Wanted

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be testing out the contextual advertising program Infolinks on the blog. This program is an In-Text advertising service where they take the text in my blog posts and create links within them.

If you hover with your mouse over these double underlined or dotted links, you will see a small dialog box containing advertisement related to the text marked. You can choose to either move the mouse away and go on with your browsing, or to press on the box and go to the ad page which is relevant to the text. Click here to learn more about Infolinks Double Underline Link Ads.

By using this service, I hope to bring you relevant ads within the posts on the blog. These relevant ads will also help pay for the upkeep of the blog. However, it is very important for me to keep the quality of the blog at it's utmost and this is why I require your feedback during the testing period.

This feedback will help determine if the Infolinks contextual advertising program remains on the blog. Too much negative feedback and the program is removed, positive feedback and the program remains... it's up to you!

It is and always will be my objective that the quality of the blog comes first, ads will always come second place. This blog was launched to provide readers such as yourself with good quality, useful content and not (and will never be) used solely as a money-making machine. This is why your feedback is so important to me.

Does the Infolinks program improve or downgrade the quality of the blog? Please let me know.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Move To The New Domain Now Complete

I am pleased to announce that the transition to the new domain ( is now complete and the 301 Redirect is now operational on the old domain. Blog posts have also been updated (where applicable) to include links to the new domain.

There's still a little bit of work to do but the majority of online services such as blog directories etc have been updated to the new domain. The new domain is also starting to be listed on the major search engines such as Google thanks to the 301 Redirect I've put in place. To ensure no traffic is lost, I will keep the old domain active indefinitely.

What's strange is that I've seen no drop in traffic since the transition. In fact, visitors to my blog is actually increasing which is great news. Another thing I've noticed is I no longer have to enter any Captcha (also see reCAPTCHA) when posting the new domain on Facebook. Now this got me thinking...

Had Facebook implemented the Captcha just on the domains to try to prevent spamming? If so, why did they feel the need to block ALL domains if the Captcha was in place? Since I didn't received a reply from Facebook, we will never know!

Changing the domain wasn't a preferred option as it caused a considerable amount of work, but it was better than being held to ransom by Facebook because of spammers. At least now I can only be blocked through my own actions and not through the actions of others. In fact, changing the domain is actually a blessing in disguise, although it didn't feel like it at the time :)

As I mentioned in my previous post and because I don't want you going through the same experience as I have, try to avoid free domains such as at all costs. Free domains are subject to abuse by spammers, which in return are easily blocked from social networking sites such as Facebook. May I suggest that if you decide to obtain a domain for your blog or website, that you purchase one from services such as Go Daddy for example.

Now that the transition is complete, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their patience and for the kind comments and support I've received on here and the Bloggers Network. Your support has made this transition process as painless as possible. Thank you..!!

Just give me another few more days, then it's business as usual :)

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