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How to write Blog Post directly from Word 2007


There are many ways to answer a question like How to Write a Blog Post. There are many web tools available. Some bloggers use blog writing tools like Windows Live Writer, while others use the built in WYSIWIG text editors. Some of the Blog Writing Tools are mentioned below.

  1. ScribeFire: ScribeFire is an extension for the Mozilla Firefox that integrates with your browser to let you easily post to your blog: you can drag and drop formatted text from pages you are browsing, take notes, and post to your blog.
  2. Windows Live Writer: One of the most popular web tools for writing blog posts from the stable of Microsoft.
  3. MarsEdit: Powerful Blog Publishing For Your Mac, which allows you to write, preview, and publish a blog post without a web browser. However it is not FREE.
  4. BlogJet: BlogJet is a blog client for Windows that allows you to manage your blogs without opening a browser.
  5. Qumana: Qumana features include easy text formatting and image insertion, simple Technorati tagging, and advertising insertion with Q Ads.
  6. Elicit: Elicit is a desktop blog client that integrates Web and RSS services from Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Bloglines etc. in one desktop application for the purpose of creating content for blogs. But it is also not free.
  7. Ecto: Ecto is a feature-rich desktop blogging client for Mac OSX, supporting a wide range of weblog systems.
  8. RocketPost: It is touted to be designed for serious bloggers and business users.It claims to be the only blog editor with WYSIWYG editing, full local editing and full blog import. You have to buy to use it.
  9. Thingamablog: Unlike most blogging solutions, Thingamablog does NOT require a third-party blogging host, a cgi / php enabled web host, or a MySQL database. In fact, all you need to setup, and manage, a blog with Thingamablog is FTP, SFTP, or network access to a web server.

Besides all these software and tools to write a blog post, I have recently learned that Word 2007 is also a powerful Blog Writing Tool. I have been using Windows Live Writer to mostly write Blog Posts till now, but I find Word 2007 to be even better in some cases. Word 2007 seems to give you a richer interface. For instance, with one click, you can insert any of the following into your blog post.
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  • Pictures
  • Shapes
  • SmartArt Graphics
  • WordArt
  • Symbols

Formatting your blog post is much more easier in Word 2007, than in Windows Live Writer. I also found that the speed of Live writer to be slower than Word 2007, both to start and work.

However, the availability of many useful plugins make Live Writer a useful piece of software to write blog post, which is missing in Word 2007. Yet another thing is that Live Writer supports Technorati Tagging while it does not seem to be possible for Word 2007.

You have to first open a new document in Word 2007, and select the option of a Blog Post. When opening for the first time, it asks you to add new blog account, where you enter the URL address of your blog and the username / password of your blog. Thereafter you will know for yourself, how to write a blog post with Word 2007.

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Ping Sites Automatically with Ping.fm – Easy Social Networking


Pinging your Social Networking sites is a common activity done by most of the regular Internet users very often. If you are active on social networking sites like MySpace, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc., you know what I am talking about. These social networking sites have an option using which, you can do automatic pinging and update your profile status. I know many users, who do it many times in a day.

But, it takes lots of time. Can you imagine how time consuming it can be to ping sites one by one. Its really boring, and time consuming.

Thanks, there are a few services, which ping sites automatically for you.
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1 Welcome to Ping.fm.

It does a great job here.

You just have to get an account and enter your login information of different social networking sites. After that you can automatically ping sites with your current status just by pinging Ping.fm. It will update your status on all the sites on its own. Simple.

2Although it looks promising, but I find getting the same job of pinging SN sites done easily with SocialThing equally easy, and it seems they are offering more features than Ping.fm.

Ping.fm is in BETA, and you need to have an invitation code to get an account.

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WP-Print | WordPress Plugin to allow printing blog posts


wordpress plugin, WP-printWordPress is simply great.

Besides providing the best SEO features, the type of flexibility it provides through its plugins, is simply unmatched by any other blogging platform.

The latest plugin found be my, is WP-Print, which allows your readers to get a print ready version of any of your post, with a simple click of a mouse. This plugin is specially useful for blogs, which regularly post articles about How-Tos and Tuotrials.

It will create a printable version of your posts by using its own CSS file, and it will automatically launch the printable page when the user clicks on the “Print this” link that you will insert on your blog. If you want to see a live example of WP-Print wordpress plugin, you can visit the Pick The Brain blog.

A nice useful plugin.

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How to get Backlinks with DoFollow Blogs


Backlinks are the lifeline of blogs and websites. They give you traffic, they give you exposure and more importantly, they give you the much needed Google Juice, which is so important to rank up in SERP.

get Backlinks

Given the importance of Backlinks, they are probably hardest thing to gain. People follow all sorts of practices to get Backlinks including link exchange, buying links etc.
I have recently written a guest post for CourtneyTurtle.com, which was well received. In this post I have aired my way of link exchanges.

Yet another popular method of getting backlinks to your blog is by commenting on blogs, which have rel=”nofollow” attribute removed from their comments section. There are lots and lots of them, and this method is an easy one to get some crucial backlinks to your blog.

But, how to find good dofollow blogs

There are many ways, read on. But the best one is probably the last one.

1. Use DoFollow lists: Web Tools and tips is also a dofollow blog and it also shows some link love to the fellow dofollow blogs by maintaining a list of dofollow blogs. You can use that list, or similar lists on other blogs.

2. Use CommentKahuna: This is a small downloadable program, which I found from John Cow’s blog. After download, you have to enter a keyword into it, and it claims to search for the blog posts for that keyword from the dofollow blogs. Then you can choose, where to comment and thus earn a backlink. The benefit is that, the backlink you earned is from a blog which is in the related niche as you, and so it is more important.

But, when I used it, I found that the many of the blogs, which were found by CommentKahuna for me, were actually carrying a rel=”external nofollow” attribute, which is as good as nofollow. So it was useless for me, although many of the John Cow visitors have praised it highly.

3. Use DoFollo.com: This is a website, which is acting just perfect for me. It finds quality dofollow blogs, for the keyword of your choice and you can easily comment on them. Certainly a website worth considering, if you don’t think it to be an unethical method of earning backlinks for your blog.

What is your take, let us know.

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Discount from Lunarpages web hosting


Web Hosting is a business with immense competition today.

With the rapid proliferation of Internet, thousands of websites and blogs are being created and published every hour around the globe. Some are hosted on free web hosting services, while some are on paid basis.

The web hosting services, typically charge around $70 – 100 per year, which is generally on a per year basis. This amount is nothing, when compared to the huge money being made by the websites and blogs, hosted by these web hosting services.

People sometimes say, that web hosting is a highly lucrative business these days. I sometimes doubt that. With the daily improvement in the web hosting plans, and with the constant increase in the customer expectations, Web hosting today has become an extremely competitive business, especially for the smaller players, which have yet to prove their mattle on this turf.

To show my love to my web hosting service provider, Lunarpages, I am extending the discount offer to the reader of this blog, which have been made by them to me. This discount offer is inthe form of a Coupon <Xmas30>, which entitles you to claim a $30 discount, if you purchase a new web hosting plan from them.

BTW, in case you are interest in indulging in a smart way to exchange Google friendly links with this blog, click on the button below…

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Top 65 Ping Sites for WordPress Blogs


Ping sites, what are they?

Pinging is basically the process of sending a small piece of code by the concerned blog to the pinging service. What does that code contains. Pingoat, the premium pinging services says…

A blog ping is just a piece of text, in simple words. It’ll contain your blog name and the url. It is usually prepared in the XML format. The servers that accept ping have special programs for accepting and processing these ‘XML pings’.

Why should I use pinging

Today’s blogging world is really competitive. It is vaguely said out of the 100 posts being published on blogs, only 1 contains the content which has actually been created. Out of the rest, 9 add some value to the already available content. Out of the rest 90, only 40, transform that information into their own words, and the rest 50 simply post the same content to their blogs….rather splogs.

So you can imagine, how challenging it is to survive and grow, in this world of market driven economy, where blog promotion is the key to success.

So, how to promote your blog fast

In this era of cut-throat competition, there is a rush to break the news at the earliest. Sometimes, blogosphere reminds me of the TV news channels, which compete with each other to break the news before others. Similar is the case with blogs.

Every blogger wants that his post is available to readers and search engines and blog search services before others. And Pinging is the service, which plays a major role in it. So, if you want to quickly circulate your blog posts to the maximum number of readers, it is recommended that you include following top pinging sites, and configure your wordpress blog to automatically ping these 65 great pinging services.

  1. http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2
  2. http://1470.net/api/ping
  3. http://api.feedster.com/ping
  4. http://api.feedster.com/ping.php
  5. http://api.moreover.com/ping
  6. http://api.moreover.com/RPC2
  7. http://api.my.yahoo.com/RPC2
  8. http://api.my.yahoo.com/rss/ping
  9. http://bblog.com/ping.php
  10. http://bitacoras.net/ping
  11. http://blogdb.jp/xmlrpc
  12. http://blog.goo.ne.jp/XMLRPC
  13. http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2
  14. http://blogmatcher.com/u.php
  15. http://bulkfeeds.net/rpc
  16. http://coreblog.org/ping/
  17. http://mod-pubsub.org/kn_apps/blogchatt
  18. https://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZFinance.woa/wa/pingPodcast
  19. http://ping.amagle.com/
  20. http://ping.bitacoras.com
  21. http://ping.bloggers.jp/rpc/
  22. http://ping.blogmura.jp/rpc/
  23. http://ping.blo.gs/
  24. http://ping.cocolog-nifty.com/xmlrpc
  25. http://pinger.blogflux.com/rpc/
  26. http://ping.exblog.jp/xmlrpc
  27. http://ping.feedburner.com
  28. http://ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php
  29. http://ping.weblogalot.com/rpc.php
  30. http://ping.weblogs.se/
  31. http://rcs.datashed.net/RPC2/
  32. http://rpc.blogbuzzmachine.com/RPC2
  33. http://rpc.blogrolling.com/pinger/
  34. http://rpc.britblog.com/
  35. http://rpc.icerocket.com:10080/
  36. http://rpc.newsgator.com/
  37. http://rpc.pingomatic.com/
  38. http://rpc.tailrank.com/feedburner/RPC2
  39. http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping
  40. http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
  41. http://rpc.wpkeys.com/
  42. http://services.newsgator.com/ngws/xmlrpcping.aspx
  43. http://signup.alerts.msn.com/alerts-PREP/submitPingExtended.doz
  44. http://topicexchange.com/RPC2
  45. http://trackback.bakeinu.jp/bakeping.php
  46. http://www.a2b.cc/setloc/bp.a2b
  47. http://www.bitacoles.net/ping.php
  48. http://www.blogdigger.com/RPC2
  49. http://www.blogoole.com/ping/
  50. http://www.blogoon.net/ping/
  51. http://www.blogpeople.net/servlet/weblogUpdates
  52. http://www.blogroots.com/tb_populi.blog?id=1
  53. http://www.blogshares.com/rpc.php
  54. http://www.blogsnow.com/ping
  55. http://www.blogstreet.com/xrbin/xmlrpc.cgi
  56. http://www.holycowdude.com/rpc/ping/
  57. http://www.lasermemory.com/lsrpc/
  58. http://www.imblogs.net/ping/
  59. http://www.mod-pubsub.org/kn_apps/blogchatter/ping.php
  60. http://www.newsisfree.com/RPCCloud
  61. http://www.newsisfree.com/xmlrpctest.php
  62. http://www.popdex.com/addsite.php
  63. http://www.snipsnap.org/RPC2
  64. http://www.weblogues.com/RPC/
  65. http://xmlrpc.blogg.de

[Source: WordPress official website]

Update: Yet another list of 75 pinging services are available at Binh Dot Com. You may check for your self, because some of the entries may be common in both the lists.

We assume, that you already know how to configure your wordpress blog to automatically ping these services each time you publish a new blog post.

In case you do not know, just go to Options > Writing and copy/ paste this list in the box of list of update services.

P.S.: Including so many of pinging services to your WordPress might slow your posting. In order to ping these services in the background, and not affect your speed, your can install the nice WordPress plugin called No Ping Wait.

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Get a Free Backlink from This Blog


Backlinks are the lifeline of a blog or website for that matter.

They give you the much important Google juice, which ranks your blog higher and higher in the SERPs. I don’t need to elaborate their importance, nor I consider myself to be an authority to speak on such a sensitive issue. The task can be better done by 5,61,763 SEO gurus, some of them are although self-styled. 😉

But the most important question before all the new bloggers is…

How to build backlinks for blogs in a competitive era

An extremely easy question to answer, but very difficult to implement. Just search for this question in Google, and I am sure you will get hundreds of advices. Some of them may be like…

  • Write great content; I know – I know, content is the king
  • Build relationships with other bloggers
  • Write articles on e-zines
  • Participate in blog carnivals
  • Indulge yourself in guest blogging
  • Participate in Link baiting
  • Exchange Links with other blogs
  • Scratch others back, I mean interchange reviews on each other’s blog
  • Submit to Blog Directories
  • Submit to RSS Directories
  • Submit to Social Networking sites
  • Submit here,
  • Link there…

OMG, the list is endless.

But in practice, this exercise is the most difficult one to implement, as it builds up gradully, unless you strike some wonderful ideas like John Chow or others like him.

What I offer here to build backlinks

So in such a competitive environment, I am starting my own way to build some crucial backlinks, which should appear to be natural and organic to Google. They will be helping both your blog, as well as mine.

These backlinks…

  • Will be doFollow links, meaning they will pass the Google Juice to your blog.
  • Will ride on Anchor text of your choice. The anchor text can change for different links.
  • Will be within my next few posts in next few days. This means, that I will continue to be writing my blog post as usual, but keeping the keywords chosen by you in mind. When ever I find a chance, I will link to your given URL, with your chosen keyword.

What you have to do

Just, send me the URL(s) to which you want a backlink, alongwith the keyword(s) of your choice for every URL. I will accommodate it within my next few posts.

What you have to do, in return

As I said, it is an exercise on mutual link building. I would also like to get the same favour from you. It will be one-to-one. The number of backlinks you want, will be exactly equal to the number of links you will have to give to me. The only difference is that, I will make the first move, and you will give the return favor within a week’s time.

Ready…?

Then drop me a comment here alongwith the the URL(s) and keyword(s). Or if you want to remain annonymous, you can use my Contact Form.

P.S.: I reserve the right to accept or decline any offer or request.

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