Archive for the 'Blogging' Category

Making money with Adsense – without annoying your users:

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Automattic is reaping the rewards for years of hard work. Automattic is the company behind comment spam filter Akismet and, and of course the magnificent open source blogging software started by Matt Mullenweg. But how do they make money from their free blog hosting service?

(more…) user database ends up where it doesn’t belong

Monday, February 26th, 2007

I got an email from Mr. Robert Lo, Foreign Service Manager at Delixi Global Resources, based in Hong Kong. The sender was, but the reply-to mail address was, the mail mentioned a website, but no website address was given, and the mail was not sent from Hong Kong, but from Alberta, Canada (ISP location via IP address). The most remarkable about this apparent job scam, was that they got my email address via the blogger community (and former blog statistics service and ad network) at (more…)

Why you were logged out of MyblogLog last night

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

You’re a Mybloglog user? Then you probably have had to log in again to have your avatar reappear at the blogs you visit. Some hours ago MyblogLog changed the way they place an identifier cookie at your harddisk. The reason: it was all too obvious how to take over someone else’s identity. More than a month ago, my fellow Belgian eMich (Michaël Uyttersprot) had already posted how to do this (I summarize his French-language post): (more…)

ReviewMe reviewed

Monday, November 13th, 2006

Aaron Wall,  a reputed SEO, and, an ad broker, have teamed up in, a place to connect companies with bloggers that want to review their products for a fee.  Bubble 2.0 overspending?  Corruption of bloggers’ ethics?  Let’s see: (more…)

Ultimate Tag Warrior on WordPress and Windows Live Writer

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Ultimate Tag Warrior (UTW) is a popular and powerful WordPress plugin to tag your posts*. Windows Livewriter is a great (for once, that’s an understatement!) desktop blogging client tool Microsoft released last month. Here’s how you combine both, by configuring the UTW embedded tags in WLW**: (more…)

Google Blog search bookmarklet updated

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

Google blog search stopped auto-prefixing urls with the “link:” operator when you enter them in the search box. A search for something starting with http:// or looking like a domain name, used to be converted automatically in a search for backlinks (for a specific post, or for links pointing urls within a domain).

That’s no longer the case, as you can see in the screenshot, whereas an explicit still gives the expected result **: (more…)

What’s wrong with blog commenting (and what can you do about it)?

Monday, February 6th, 2006

Probably you already have encountered the following:

  • you left a comment on a blog posting, hoping to get feedback from the author or other users on your question or remark
  • revisited the page after a while to check for follow-up comments
  • … revisited … revisited… revisited… finally gave up on it or forgot
  • discovered a few months later that an interesting follow-up had been posted afterwards, with exactly the tip or info you needed badly back then

Blog commenting as a collaboration tool is frustratingly flawed, and here are some suggestions what you can do about it as a commenter, blog owner or external service(more…)

Managing draft posts

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

This is a post that should never have been written. “Blogging is brainfarting”, so anything you write is for publication, and there shouldn’t be anything to manage! Why then are there constipated people like me, who end up with more than 70 draft posts, and feel this urge to manage them? (more…)