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Conservative Movement Heats Up With Premier Western Conference

CLCReno, NV - In October of 2007 thousands of Conservatives looking to organize and network on a scale that has yet to be seen will meet in Reno, Nevada for the first annual Conservative Leadership Conference ( www.clc07.com ).

Invited speakers include Newt Gingrich, Michelle Malkin, Hugh Hewitt and Morton Blackwell just to name a few. Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform ( www.atr.org ) in DC, has signed his organization on as a co-sponsor of the event. Presidential hopefuls will be given an opportunity to speak in front of extensive traditional and new media coverage.

As dissatisfaction within the Conservative ranks begins to reach record levels, the timing of the largest event of its kind in the West couldn’t be better. With Nevada being a key swing state, the location is ideal as well.

The conference, hosted by Citizen Outreach ( www.citizenoutreach.com ), will have a heavy emphasis on new media and the 2008 Presidential elections. The event will play home to some of the nation’s top Conservative activists and bloggers who desire to see the movement grow into a powerful force in US politics. Organizers are planning hot issue panels, campaign training, blogger courses, Presidential candidate speeches, and a National Straw Poll.

The visionary’s behind the conference pulled no punches in making certain this will be a world-class event. The venue for the conference is John Ascuaga’s Nugget Resort, located in Reno/Sparks Nevada. Unlike other similar conferences, the venue has ample resources and tools that will help attendees network, blog and spread the message. With 1,900 rooms, luxury facilities, high speed internet access throughout the entire event center, ample entertainment and dining opportunities, along with a carefully chosen line up of high profile guests and speakers, the venue is certain to be the perfect environment for such an event.

CLC07 has already turned heads across the nation as many activists have desired large scale coordination within the Conservative ranks. Austin Walne, a conservative activist from Knoxville, said that he is “glad the libertarian wing is starting to organize in force to balance things a bit,” giving a sign that a growing part of the “sleeping giant” is ready to wake from its slumber.

Eric Odom, Conference Director, said “Conservatives have a winning message, but we have yet to organize in a manner that can challenge bloated government and bankrupt liberal policy from outside the beltway.” Indeed, Conservatives have been lacking in this area for years now and CLC07 was founded with a vision to change that. “What makes us different is that we’re opening the door for Conservatives who can’t afford to attend a DC based event and we’re making it possible for the front lines of the grassroots movement to finally get involved in fueling the movement with a fire that is badly needed”, said Odom.

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The 2000 bloggers now have a face

A few days back I posted about my glorious addition to the official 2000 bloggers list and linked to the official page. But, a few days have gone by and I’m getting links from hundreds of blogs because of it. So I figured I should hand out some link love in return.

Thanks for the links everyone!

2000 Bloggers: Are You 1 !

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Technorati gives link juice to homepage of blog networks for inbound links to sub pages

The last month has been a wild ride for ConservaBlogs.com. We now host more than 50 blogs and have only been up and running for less than 8 weeks. Not bad for a guy who has spent $0.00 advertising dollars and very little time marketing the product right?

On top of the success we’re having with traffic and bloggers, our Technorati rank seems to quickly be on the rise. In fact, I’ve been quite stunned with how fast we’ve moved into the top 20,000 blogs. I’m really not sure what this means for us because it appears as though even the top 10,000 means virtually nothing as far as extra traffic. But considering the fact that Technorati tracks millions upon millions of blogs and we’re in the top 20,000 I think we’re doing well.

But how did we get there so fast? Just 6 weeks?

Oddly enough, our homepage URL, www.conservablogs.com, is getting credit for links coming in to blogs on sub-domains. When you look at the link list for ConservaBlogs on Technorati, you’ll find that a majority of the links are pointing at sub-domains or blogs on sub pages, yet the homepage still gets credit.

Most of our bloggers have their blogs claimed with Technorati, so it’s easy for us to compare the links and see that they line up to an exact number. For example, Publius Forum, one of our most active bloggers, recently moved from blogger to ConservaBlogs. When he contacted all of his link partners or bloggers who had him in their blogrolls to change the URL, both his new blog AND the homepage of our site got credit for the links.

So it’s clear that blog hosts and networks are going to do quite a bit better as far as rank with Technorati. Or at least, they’ll be able to move up the rank ladder much quicker than any normal, stand alone blog.

Interesting. Interesting indeed.

-Eric Odom
ConservaBlogs.com

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So I made the 2,000 blogger list…

…and all I had to was ask.

Check out the official 2,000 bloggers list and see if you can get in before it’s too late.

2000 Bloggers

It’s an honor to be a part of this list. :-)

-Eric Odom

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ConservaBlogs Blog Network/Blogroll

Warner Todd Huston recently suggested we begin linking our blogs together to create a network and increase both traffic and rankings for the overall community. Thanks to this suggestion we now have a blogroll/network established and it’s ready for use.

If you’re a ConservaBlogger, or even a Conservative/Libertarian blogger who is not using our free Wordpress hosting and you wish to join, simply follow the instructions on the official page.

JOIN NOW!

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ConservaBlogs Basics

Bloggers from all walks of life are finding ConservaBlogs.com to be the perfect fit for a blogging home. We offer free Wordpress hosting with virtually unlimited space for posting, file hosting, and bandwidth is something we’ll continue to pump into the system as we grow. With this in mind, it’s no wonder so many folks are getting comfortable here at ConservaBlogs.com.

Now that we’re coming out of beta we’re starting to see many levels of internet skills here on our servers. Some bloggers have been doing this for years and in turn have learned the ropes of the seemingly complex code structure of Wordpress. Others are just getting started and the whole thing could be seen as a tad bit overwhelming.

If you’re new to blogging, or have never used Wordpress before, this post will be an excellent starting point to help you properly launch your blog and get off to a great start.

We’ll start with the basics.

First, when you apply for a blog here at ConservaBlogs.com, our team has to go in and manually install the software to the server. Once your blog is set up and can be found on the internet, you’ll find that everything is set to the default settings and it might temporarily seem a little messy. Fear not my friends, we’re going to walk you through it step by step.

When you receive your welcome e-mail and visit your new blog for the first time, you’ll see something like this.

New Blog

This is what you’re supposed to see. The template shown above is the default template that comes with a Wordpress install. It “should” be the template you see when you first view your blog.

Now, in the lower left you’ll see a “login” button/link. Click the link to be taken to your blogs login page.

Wordpress Login

Enter your login details. These details should be included with your welcome e-mail.

Once you login you’ll see your control/admin panel.

Wordpress Control Panel

Dashboard is the start page in your control panel. From there you can navigate to any other part of the control panel. If you wish to continue using the default theme for your blog, then you can skip this step. If you do want to look at the other templates already available for ConservaBlogs, click on the “presentation” tab/link.

You should now see images of the templates readily available in your admin panel. To pick a different theme simply click on the image of the theme you wish to use. If the theme changed, you’ll see a message saying the change was completed.

Your new theme is installed and you can begin tinkering with the options. Click on “options” and you’ll see another row of tabs open up under the main set of links/buttons in the admin panel.

The best way to become familiar with the available options is to surf around in the different tabs available under the options menu. Remember, changes only take place if you click the “save” button, so don’t worry about messing something up while you have a look around.

The following is a list of the most common changes made to new blogs before posting begins.

1) General Options
Under the general options menu, you’ll see a list of items you can change.
-Weblog Title
This is the title of your blog and it displays at the top of every page in your site. This is also the title that will show up in search engines, as well as in the top of your browser. Feel free to change this at anytime, but keep in mind that search engines don’t really like a lot of changes to site titles. It’s probably a good idea to pick a title right up front and try to stick with that title for as long as possible.
-Tagline
This is the brief description, or “catch phrase” that will appear below the title of your blog at the top of every page. You can leave this blank if you don’t have anything to put there, but it is recommended that you try and put something there. A good tip is to try and use this to tell your readers what your blog is about in a few words.
-Wordpress address (URI) and Blog address (URI)
Please leave this as is.
-Membership
This is completely up to you, but it is a good idea to NOT require people to log in for commenting. The reason is that not all visitors and readers will be willing to take the extra step of logging in to comment on your blog.
-UTC time
The default setting for time will more than likely be off for bloggers located in the US. You’ll need to change this so that your posts appear at the time that is local to you. In my case, I live in Nevada so I’m in Pacific Coast Time Zone. This means I need to change the time by -8 hours so that it reflects the time zone that I live in.

Once you have your desired settings in place, click “update options”. This will save your changes.

The rest of the options menu is fairly basic and self explanatory. There are a few other options worth a short mention. One being under the “Writing” tab and reads “Users should use the visual rich editor by default”. This is checked by default, however, I personally prefer to not use the visually rich editor because it isn’t friendly to a lot of formats when pasting text. The simple editor will make posting a much quicker process.

The second option that needs a change is highly recommended. In fact, we encourage you to take this step and ask that all bloggers in the network make this change before posting begins.

Under “permalinks” you’ll see that by default the “http://conservablogs.com/joeenge/?p=123″ option is checked. This needs to be changed to the “http://conservablogs.com/joeenge/2007/01/21/sample-post/” option because search engines seem to give more credit to a page URL/domain ends in words that match the title of the page as opposed to a page URL/domain that ends in numbers and symbols.

Making the change to your permalink structure benefits the entire ConservaBlog community. It’s important that we all make the update so that as one site we begin ranking well in the search engines.

The rest of the admin/control panel is quite simple to get a feel for once you’ve spent a little time exploring the different pages and options.

Hopefully this post will help you get set up and ready to blog. If you have any other questions feel free to post in the ConservaBlogs forums.

-Eric Odom
ConservaBlogs.com

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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.

Thanks,
Eric
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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