Archive for December, 2006

8 Tips On Making The Front Page Of Digg

I personally have made it to the front page with two stories, so I understand what the wave of traffic and attention feels like once you’re there. I also now understand what all the fuss is about, thanks to having one of my blogs crash in the middle of the day. The traffic Digg can shoot to any URL should have anyone who tracks this sort of thing drooling on their shoes.

Making the Digg homepage is no easy feat. The community is bulging with new users and user “clubs” that bounce around looking for stories to Digg. You can rest assured knowing that the chances are pretty good you won’t be hitting the front page anytime soon. Unless of course, you find a groove.

How do you find that groove? Well, very few people know the true formula for, but there are some proven tips that seem to hold sound logic. One of the best lists of tips I’ve found to date was posted over at SEO Egghead.

Read the list of 8 ways to get your story Dugg.

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Conservative Blogosphere Growing

Well, this is the third day in a row that I’ve seen ten or more Google alerts for “new conservative blog” come into my Gmail inbox. The news gets even better! Each one of the alerts actually led to solid blogs being launched in some very Liberal parts of the country.

We’re starting to see a lot of right leaning blog networks come in to play and a lot more opinion writers are getting online. I truly believe that 2008 is going to be covered by the blogosphere in numbers we can’t yet grasp.

Anyone else excited?

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Blogger Import Problem

Earlier today it was discovered by one of our bloggers that Wordpress is having issues importing from blogger. Publius Forum attempted an import from his Blogger blog and it looks like Blogger has server issues that cause timeouts when uploading post content into Wordpress. When the posts that did make it to Wordpress finally came in, the archives were completely wrecked and posts were stuffed into months and dates that were not at all anywhere close to accurate.

I haven’t been able to pinpoint the exact cause of the problem, but from what I can find it looks like an XML/Wordpress Script/Blogger Server combination that somehow isn’t working together during the import. I found a comment in Wordpress support that said if you disable your XML/Feed in Blogger before the import you’ll have more luck.

We ran two tests on this today and both of ours went through fine. But it was clear that the import failed when Warner Todd Huston attempted it. In fact, it even took out his template on Blogger for about a half an hour leaving his Blogger blog down during that period of time.

Until we can figure out what is going on, we ask that all bloggers using the built in import script in the Wordpress Admin panel make sure you back up your blogger template and temporarily disable your site feeds.

Hopefully this will allow Blogger posts to be imported with few or no problems to deal with.

If anyone has had dealings with this sort of issues please drop me a line ASAP.

eric AT conservablogs DOT com

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Hang on a tick…

I know my blog layout is currently having issues, but please know it’s only because I just got set up and still need to make time to get the template all cleaned up.

I hope to be running at 100% by Christmas Eve. I’ll be posting some between now and then, but the overall blog layout may be a bit messy.

In time…

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Tips & tricks that help you find the latest news

In a growing blogosphere it can be difficult to try and stay ahead of the pack. Keeping up with the news is no easy task. Having the latest news tips and information is one of the best ways of making sure your blog is getting a piece of the traffic pie. With that being said, it can also be one of the most time consuming ways of growing your readership.

Fortunately for us, there are now a plethora of free tools available for the general public. These tools can make watching the news as it happens a much easier process. The following is a list of ways you can make your story finding journey a little more pleasant.

Technorati is a massive blog search engines that combines tagging with spider crawls for a result that makes fumbling through the blogosphere an enjoyable experience. The tool allows you to search using your own keywords if you’re looking for something specific, or you can use keywords that others are using. You can also opt to search popular tags for a niche specific surfing experience.

Technorati has a full grasp of the importance of RSS and offers feeds for just about any page on the site. The results of Technorati are virtually real time, so you know you’re always getting the latest chatter.

PRWeb is arguably one of the biggest press release distribution services on the web. The amount of press releases that flow through the site on a daily basis is hard to fathom. With this amount of information being passed, you can guarantee you’ll be able to find news that hasn’t even hit the press yet.

Unfortunately, PRWeb is a little difficult to navigate. The categories are not well laid out and finding the right feeds for your niche can be a challenge. However, if you do find the right feeds you’re guaranteed to get the latest news at it’s released.

StumbleUpon is a concept that I think is still in its infancy stage. It’s brilliantly simple in the way it’s all laid out, but it hasn’t yet received the traffic and notoriety needed to boost it into the big leagues of social bookmarking.

The idea is basically that you have a button that allows you to surf websites that others flagged as interesting. It works similar to Digg in that the ranking ALGO is user based, but Stumble Upon works behind the scenes instead of using a website based system.

Using the FireFox plugin is the best way to go in my opinion. You can get more information and a download link here.

Well, this one is a given to be quite honest. Digg is a gold mine of information for any news junkie out there. You have to know your way around to find the good stuff, but it’s there if you’re ready to look for it.

With Digg, most users just visit the most popular links, but fail to stop in to the sub pages where the “upcoming” links can be found. This is where all of the latest news will be posted and this is where you should be.

You can also subscribe to the feeds of these pages and that takes a little leg work out of the process.

Digg for Firefox

I’ve only recently started watching Live Marks but I think I’ll start working on making more visits and more often. LiveMarks is a project to show and other social bookmarking services in real time. It’s a new and easy way to snag stories as soon as they touch the blogosphere.
This is one of the most common social bookmarking services out there. It’s very simple in concept and the network has a ton of traffic.

You can get the Firefox plugin here.

infoRSS is a Firefox extension that synchronizes with Gmail and scrolls your feeds live on the status bar at the bottom of your browser window. I wrote about the plugin over here so if you need more information feel free to take a look.

Then of course you have the obvious sources like Google and Yahoo news. These are good sources, but by the time a story hits these pages it’s a given that they’re already out floating around the web.

That’s all I can think of for now. If you have any other ideas please comment and let me know. I’ll be sure and add them to the list along with a link to your site.

- Eric

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