January, 2008 Results

How to Promote Your Blog – Know Where You’re Going

Monday, January 14th, 2008

The article “How to Promote Your Blog” was so well received that I’ve decided to make a series out of it. So each month, in 2008, I will give you a new lesson on promoting your blog. At the end of the year we will have 12 lessons with which we can then create a “Season 1 – How To Promote Your Blog” DVD that you can pick up at your local Best Buy store and give to that special someone for Christmas…Yeah right!

Since it’s the beginning of a new year and many will be either starting their first blog or looking for ways to further their current blog, I thought it fitting to start this series by talking about the significance of setting goals for your blog.

Know Where You’re Going

Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when the conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger. When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He couldn’t find his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets. It wasn’t there, so he looked in his briefcase but couldn’t find it. Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn’t find it.

The conductor said, “Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I’m sure you bought a ticket. Don’t worry about it.”

Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket.

The conductor rushed back and said, “Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don’t worry, I know who you are. No problem. You don’t need a ticket. I’m sure you bought one.”

Einstein looked at him and said, “Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don’t know is where I’m going.”


Links for the Weekend, 1-12-2008

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

What CSS Did We Learn in 2007

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Before I start I’d like to wish all readers to this column a “Happy New Year” and thanks for their continued support.

As a new year is already underway it seems like a good time to review what we’ve learned in some of the articles in 2007 and to highlight some key points or just points of interest. The following topics are taken directly from the articles and you should refer to the articles for the full details if you find any topics that interest you. Not all the articles are listed here although I do mention most of them.

January 2007

CSS Floats – Repelling Content

In January we learned that margin, padding and borders on static elements actually slide under any floated content as if the float was not there.

“Floats are removed from the flow and therefore any padding, borders or backgrounds on the repelled content will still slide under the float as if the float wasn’t there.”

This is an important point and the reason that so many authors are left scratching their head when they find that margins don’t seem to be working. Usually the problem is that they are setting a margin from a floated element and of course the float is not really there and so the margin slides under the float until it hits something more solid. The same is true for padding, borders or even background images on the elements concerned.

In the same article we also learned about the infamous double margin bug on floats and how to cure it using display:inline.

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Relatives – Who Needs Them ?

Still in January we discussed the misconceptions that authors have when using relative positioning. The main point of discussion is that relative elements are not really moved at all.

” That is to say that it has no effect whatsoever on the flow of the document. Although this may seem strange what relative positioning does is that it moves an element visually but not physically. According to all the other elements on the page the element is still in its original position and they will react to it as though it were still in the space it originally occupied in the normal flow of the document.

In technical terms the element is moved the specified distance but the space it previously occupied is preserved. Therefore if you move an element using top:-200px then you will find that there is now a big gap in the page where the element originally was and all content is treating that gap as though it were the original element.

As already mentioned above relative positioning isn’t generally used for structural layout but is more used for more subtle effects. This could be that you want to overlap one element with another without altering the flow of the document at all. If you used negative margins to overlap an element then you would find the flow of the page would also be affected by this 10px shift. Whereas with a relatively positioned element there will be no change to the flow of the page at all and only the relative element gets moved. Everything else remains where it was and totally unaware that anything has happened.”

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Random Bits Podcast with Yaro Starak

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Random Bits
Episode 14 – 01/07/2008
Guest: Yaro Starak, Entrepreneur’s Journey
Background: Internet Entrepreneur
Total Time: 45 minutes

Yaro Starak is a young entrepreneur from Australia. Yaro has created, managed and sold several different Internet businesses since 1998 and currently teaches people how to make a full time income from blogging part time.

At the beginning of each conversation, I like to tell the guest what to expect. As usual, I told Yaro that the calls usually last from 20-30 minutes unless we just really start talking. Well, that happened here. After much editing, the talk is still a solid 45 minutes — there’s just too much good information for any person looking to do commerce online that I had to include. So you get to enjoy an extra 15 minutes for FREE!

Have a listen and as always, I appreciate your thoughts.

Podcast Highlights

  • 00:27 – How many websites does he own?
  • 01:32 – We discuss buying websites.
  • 06:20 – How does interest in a topic measure up with your site’s/blog’s success?
  • 13:10 – How do you filter out the crap from the quality?
  • 18:10 – What is your exit strategy?
  • 23:11 – What was the motivation behind closing the enrollment of Blog Mastermind?
  • 29:39 – We really talk about who Blog Mastermind is for and who will benefit from it the most.
  • 40:00 – Have you ever thought of taking this data and porting it over for internet entrepreneurs?

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Links for the Weekend, 1-5-2008

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

Lijit is Cool

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

lijit.png You’ve likely spent a lot of time writing blog posts, bookmarking sites you like, posting photos and videos, and creating the perfect blogroll. That makes for a lot of YOU online — a collective reflection of your personality, interests, network, and expertise. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way for others to benefit from all of that effort…or is there?

Lijit allows you to easily create your own search engine. One that searches your blog, bookmarks, photos, blogroll, and more. By offering the Lijit Search Wijit on your blog, readers can search all of YOU. In turn, Lijit gives you detailed statistics about those searches, so you can better understand and serve your reader community.


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