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Friday Finds – Google Author Rank, Digg’s RSS Reader, Hashtags & Pinterest

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This week’s post in the weekly “Friday Finds” series highlights: Google Author Rank, Digg’s RSS Reader, Hashtags, Pinterest and Matt Cutts’ answer to the question of whether the use of stock vs. original photography affects Google Page Rank. Do you know the difference between Author Rank and Authorship? Do you have a good substitution for Google Reader? Would you like a resource for finding #hashtags? Should you be more active on Pinterest? Here are some great resources and please feel free to share your thoughts, reactions and ideas in the comment section.

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Friday Finds – Facebook Hashtags, Google and CommentLuv do-follow Links

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This week’s post in the weekly “Friday Finds” series raises the questions: Do clickable Facebook hashtags raise privacy issues? Are you concerned that Google will penalize your CommentLuv enabled blogs for do-follow links? Would you buy a book to teach your toddler how to code a website in HTML?

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CommentLuv Premium Sale – Last Chance for Lifetime Updates License

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Here’s the scoop. Andy Bailey has just launched his “Last Chance Sale” of the CommentLuv Premium WordPress plugin for self-hosted blogs. This is a 5-day half-price sale including life-time updates, the unlimited sites option, GASP Pro, TwitterLink Pro, ReplyMe Pro and bonus plugins. I’m sure many bloggers here already own a license of this premium plugin and I sincerely hope that those of you who are still reading this recognize that I don’t normally pitch products but this particular plugin was instrumental in executing my commenting strategy to drive traffic to my website when I was a newbie blogger.

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Friday Finds – Google Plus Commenting System

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This post is part of the weekly series, Friday Finds, featuring news that deserves a closer look. Today’s finds focus on installing the Google+ Commenting system on your WordPress blog. Some well-known bloggers have been addressing this issue recently and it’s a topic that deserves our attention. Let’s take a look at 3 articles that will give you some insight on some of the pros and cons that have been raised and a little background info that I’ve gleaned after taking a closer look.

Some Simple Background on the Google+ Commenting System

FYI – you’ll find greater details by reading the articles that I’m highlighting this week but a brief recap of the Google+ Commenting system is:

  • Your visitors must have a Google Plus account to leave a comment.
  • There is no direct SEO value to using this system. (Although, there could be benefits from social signals.)
  • Comments that are left are stored on Google and are not part of your SQL database. (Google owns those comments not you. If you turn the system off, the comments no longer appear on your blog.)
  • If you switch to this system from CommentLuv, some of your readers  may be disheartened by no longer having the do-follow backlink to their blog.
  • You can run the Google+ Commenting system alongside your current commenting system. (It definitely works with the CommentLuv plugin. If you have read that there are compatibility issues with another system, please let me know.)

Ms. Ileane Smith’s Announcement on Basic Blog Tips

Ileane Smith (a well-respected blogger and early advocate of the CommentLuv commenting system) recently caused some ripples in the blogosphere when she announced that she was (at least temporarily) moving to the Google+ Commenting system and disabling the CommentLuv features of  the CommentLuv Premium plugin on her site.

In her post, Ileane makes it clear that CommentLuv is still a worthy option and she mentions that it’s a “fantastic” plugin but she also mentions that a lot of her peers have been switching their commenting systems. Ileane’s post  makes for some interesting reading along with a lively dialogue in the comments.

Kim Castleberry’s How-To Article on Adding Google+ Comments to WordPress

Most of you probably know Kim Castleberry as a respected resource. Kim specialties include WordPress and Facebook as well as a wealth of other talents. In this post, Kim provides instructions for adding the Google+ commenting system:

  • Using code
  • Using the Thesis theme
  • Using the Genesis theme
  • Using a WordPress plugin

Kimberly also addreses the question about whether or not the Google+ Commenting system has any SEO value. (Because it runs in an iframe, it does not. Although, there could be some benefit indirectly through social signals.)

Kim Castleberry’s SEO Explanation on Ileane Smith’s Blog

You may have already seen the detailed explanation that Kim left regarding the potential SEO benefit (or lack of benefit) from using Google+ comments. One conversation occurred on Ileane’s blog and it goes as such:

Kimberly Castleberry explains SEO benefit of Google+ Comments

7 Reasons for Not Replacing CommentLuv with the Google+ Commenting System

Suresh Khanal’s post Why Google+ Comment System Can’t Replace CommentLuv? builds a well thought out case for not switching from the  CommentLuv plugin (which runs on the native WordPress commenting system). He takes a closer look at the database, SEO and spam issues that are being raised.

In Suresh’s reply to the comment I left regarding SEO, he mentions how there may be some SEO benefits from Google’s system because their algorithm  counts social signals:

Suresh Khanal explains SEO benefit of Google+ Comments

Suresh closes his post stating:

I may replace native comment system with Google+ commenting system when these issues are addressed. May be there will be plugins available in near future that enters comment to the blog database in addition to submitting to Google+. Until then, I think, it will be like  jumping off a cliff into the great unknown!

Over to You:

What do you think? Have you installed the Google Plus commenting system on your blog? Do you plan to? Do you think it’s a good idea to keep the system that you’re using now and add Google+ to it? Personally, at this point, I agree with Suresh. At least for now, I’m sticking with CommentLuv Premium and I’ll continue following the discussions.

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Google Plus, Penguin 2.0, Twitter & Teaching Children to Code #FridayFinds

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This post is part of the weekly series, Friday Finds, featuring news that you may find both valuable and interesting.  Today, we’re going to revisit the importance of Google+ after the Penguin 2.0 update, get some common sense tips on using Twitter, view a video that builds a strong case for teaching coding in our schools and get a peek at how to view the recent algorithm changes with a healthy perspective.

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3 Things to Avoid When Guest Blogging

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Guest blogging is one of the essential parts of a link building strategy. It helps us obtain high quality relevant links to our website which can help increase PR (page rank), link popularity and boost website traffic. Guest blogging has also been an alternative to article marketing. Since article directories were severely hit by Google’s Panda algorithm, article marketing is no longer recommended. However, when it comes to link value, article marketing could still give you some traffic once in a while.

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Friday Finds for Weekend Reading – Link Building, Social Media & CSS

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This post is part of the weekly series Friday Finds featuring news that you may find both valuable and interesting. The topics that I’ll be focusing on this week include link building, tips on converting website visitors, social media and tips on CSS style sheets.

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Friday Finds for Weekend Reading – WP Security & Best Website Awards

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This post is part of the weekly series Friday Finds featuring news that you may find both valuable and interesting. The topics that I’ll be focusing on this week include a security vulnerability in two popular WordPress plugins, award winning websites, a blogger’s view of keyword stuffing and infographics about online marketing strategies and social media. As always, please feel free to share your thoughts, concerns and experiences in the comment section. That way, we can all continue to learn from each other.

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Friday Finds for Weekend Reading – Week 1

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This is a new weekly post where I’ll be sharing interesting posts that I’ve found throughout the week. Today, I’ll start with a brief recap on the recent attack on WordPress sites including a link to an article that I believe covers the situation thoroughly with some steps that you can take immediately. Whether you’re a newbie blogger or a seasoned veteran, you should either be able to either learn something new or share your experience and personal recommendations with the rest of us.

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Do NOT Delete Your Google FeedBurner RSS Feed Migrate It

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Google Reader won’t be available after July 1st, 2013. What does that mean to you? Well, for starters, for those of you who may be unclear what an RSS Feed is, RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. Basically, it’s a method of delivering your latest blog posts to readers who choose to subscribe. Now, there are two ways to sign up for this delivery. You can either sign up to have an RSS feed delivered by email or you can subscribe to have it delivered to an RSS reader. If you currently use Google Reader to access RSS feeds, you need to find an alternative.

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