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Plagiarism Revisited

January 18, 2011 in Blog Education, Blog tips by Diane

Back in 2008, I wrote a blog post on Plagiarism – More than Meets the Eye where I explained what plagiarism is and giving some ideas on how plagiarism could occur.
Well today I came across a fantastic article on Blogging Tips by Jonathon Bailey from Plagiarism Today where he talked about 5 ways to get sued as a blogger that is worth talking about.
Where at one time blogging was a straightforward way of expresssing ones thoughts and ideas and for many a way to create an income online…now it is something to look at as with any enterprise…as a professional even if you are just writing as a hobby.
The one point that I feel needs to be mentioned is the issue of images and that was something I had not mentioned in my orginial post…boy can you get into big time trouble! Please and I repeat… DO NOT use GOOGLE as a STOCK IMAGE SEARCH!
As Mr. Dailey pointed out”“Since copyright is affixed to most works upon creation, the vast majority of works on the Web are copyrighted. So using Google Image Search as a stock photo source is a very bad idea, especially considering that the stock photo industry has been on a massive litigation and legal threat campaign.”
I truly hope you will take the time to read this great article.  It is simply written and well worth reading all the comments you will find.
To Your Success

by Diane

Search-based Keyword Tool

March 16, 2009 in Blog Tools by Diane

We came across the blog site -   Search Engine Panel where the author talked about  a tool that we just had to share with you - Google’s Search-based Keyword Tool (SKT). we think it is safe to say that many if not most of you are aware of the keyword tools: Keyword Tool ExternalWord Tracker and Trellian Keyword Discovery ( the S.E.P’s example).  Keyword Research is a very important part to your Search Engine Optimizing strategy.  For those of you not familiar with how these kind of tools work, you type in your keyword and you will get a list of related keywords  to help you in your blog advertising, blog content, SEO etc.

Although we are not as familiar with (Trellian’s) Keyword Discovery, we did note and agree with the author that the Search Based Keyword Tool ( keep it simple and just call it SKT) is similar to the Word Tracker.

What exactly  is the Search-based Keyword Tool?

From the mouths of Google Support

“The Search-based Keyword Tool generates keyword and landing page ideas highly relevant and specific to your website. In doing so, the tool helps you identify additional advertising opportunities that aren’t currently being used in your AdWords ad campaigns………….The keywords are also organized by category. Click any category to expand and view its subcategories. If applicable, you’ll also see the keywords organized by brand names…”

We found the tool to be very easy to use, it gave us some very good information, including demographics, so this is indeed a tool that we at Success BlogNet as well as BlogNet awards ( just two of our sites) will probably keep using.

We suggest that you read the full article on Search Engine Panel, to get an even clearer picture of  SKT.

As they say on Google

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by Diane

Speed up your Blog!

December 2, 2008 in Blog Tools by Diane

You Know When You have Information Overload When...

In a time where we live on information overload and with the changes that Google has brought forward about slow websites, it is becoming increasingly important for bloggers to check their site loading time, especially anyone making an income from their blogs.

While it may seem obvious what having a site load slowly can create here are a few obvious reasons to read about site loading time:

1.  When your site loads to slowly, your readers will get frustrated.  Frustrated readers will not stick around very long and in fact will just move on to a faster loading blog to get their information.

2. Do you want people to link to you?  The reality in todays world is that people need and want to link to sites that are reliable and that are fast.  If your site does not load fast, people will say thanks but no thanks to linking with you!

3. How many of you want to advertise on your blog? Here is a fact for you, advertisers need to know that they are getting their money’s worth.  If you site loads slow, why would they want to place anything with you, nevermind advertising?

Maybe the most important point about having a slow loading site is this.. Google is looking how fast your site is loading and will penalize you if your site goes down too often or if your blog loads too slowly and it is not unheard of for Google to have you removed from their search index ( one heck of a penalty!)

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