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Like any business/profession, blogging has a language of it’s own.

An article or story, is considered a post.

Amenities that are added onto a blog to make it perform better, are called addons, widgets or plugins.

You read about robots, crawlers, and spiders. The list goes on. Many of the words won’t be found in a dictionary.

Today’s Lesson

A response to a comment by Jennifer (Principles for Peace), inspired me to make up a blogging term.

Jennifer commented that she is never at a loss for blogging topics. I call that “blog security” (derived from job security).

I’ve also used the term blogger’s (writer’s) “blogk”. I can’t take the credit for making up the word. After I used it, I searched and others use it too.

Kelly of ShePower used the term “delurking” in a comment. She questioned whether it was a word or not. I believe it is, and even wrote a definition.

“De-lurking” – the act of exposing oneself after an undetermined amount of time. Often used to describe a blogger who reads another author’s writings but hasn’t commented on, or communicated with the author to make them aware they’ve been read. Not to be confused with “stalking”.

Dr. Nicole loves to make up new words, too. Did you read her post titled: Mcinflammation, Are You Really Loving It?

She went on to say:

I am always making up new words, they say it is an early warning sign of schizophrenia, but it hasn’t quite caught up to me yet!

I hope she was joking. LOL

When we start blogging, it’s often the new vocabulary that can cause headaches. Learning it takes time.

Today’s Assignment

Does the blogging language get you confused?

Which words are the hardest for you to wrap your head around?

Do you ever make up words?

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Links create love in blogoshpere.

However, “no follow tags” are set as a default on many blogging platforms. Even if you use the CommentLuv plugin, when your blog is crawled, the bots and spiders don’t give commenters “credit” for their link.

Today’s Lesson

On my travels through cyberspace no follow tags are often discussed.

A visit to David Lano’s (previous NBOTW) blog, got my attention. He had a “No Nofollow” placard on his blog post. Curiosity got the best of me, so I asked David about it, and also asked him to monitor how inserting No NoFollow, affected his blog, comments and spam.

After using the NoNoFollow plugin for nearly a month, we communicated via e-mail. Here are David’s answers to my questions:

Q: Is Akismet catchng those spam comments, or are you having to moderate them?

A: I don’t have moderation turned on and so far I have only had 1 spam comment that has slipped through the Akismet filter.

Q: Has adding the NO NOFOLLOW, increased the amount of comments you recieve?

A; Yes, the removal of the NOFOLLOW tags has led to an increase in the amount of overall comments. It has only been a few weeks since I have removed the NOFOLLOW tags, but I have already seen an increase in readers’ interaction.

Q: Personally, would you like to see more blogs use this?

A: Yes, personally I would like to see more blogs remove the NOFOLLOW tags in comment links. I think a blog is incredibly weak without the interaction and participation of readers. Removing the NOFOLLOW tags in links can be a huge incentive and benefit for regular commenter’s and creates a snowball effect in the distribution of information between authors and readers.

Q: Do you have any other observations you care to share?
A: The most important factor in the success of my blog is its ability to spark conversations and distribute information. Anything I can do to encourage this behavior is a must have.

David’s answers sold me on the idea of using a no nofollow plugin. I installed the Lucia’s Linky Love plugin. Installation mirrored other plugins. Once activated, I went to “Options” and typed in my choices. It’s working behind the scenes spreading link love through cyberspace.

As stated in David’s blog , concern over the “no follow” tags has created a new “movement” named the “No Follow-I Follow – Dofollow Community” This is a community currently managed by: Andy Beard. Through the links on David Lano’s blog, I also found a post by Andy Beard titled “Ultimate List of Dofollow Plugins…”

Thank you David for sharing your results with me, and for providing the links to make it happen.

Today’s Assignment

Are you currently using a no nofollow plugin?

If not, are you ready to add one?

Will you join the No Nofollow community?


Over the past two days, I have been writing about duplicate content. As discussed earlier, WordPress blogs are notorious for duplicate content. Duplicate content can confuse search engines, and can get you penalized by Google.

Today’s Lesson

While researching on Google’s website (webmaster tools), Google suggests using a robots.txt file as one way to avoid duplicate content.

The robots txt file, gives the crawlers, bots and spiders “instructions” as to what to crawl on your site.

With the robots txt. file, you can avoid sections of your blog from being crawled, thus, avoiding duplicate content.

In researching this issue, I find differing opinions. Some will say a definite “Yes”, you need a robots txt. file. Others claim, it’s not necessary.

Today’s Lesson

Having reviewed your site for duplicate content, do you deem it necessary to add a robots.txt file to your blog?

To learn more about robots txt. files, here’s a link that gives very valuable information.

To know what others are doing, Daniel, at Daily Blog Tips, wrote a great post, where he researched how others are dealing with this issue. He includes sites such as Problogger, John Chow, and TechCrunch. The results are quite interesting.

Adding a robots txt. file to your blog is a decision only you can make.

To see how your site looks to the robots, you can type in http://yoursitename.com/robots.txt

When you hit the search button, a new screen will appear. It may look like this:

User-agent: *

This (*) tells all crawlers, spiders and bots (user agents) to crawl your site. “Disallow:” means that they are allowed to crawl everything on your site.

What have you decided?

Do you feel comfortable setting up a robots txt. file?

Do you think you need one?

What I did was install a plugin for this purpose. It is called the KB Robots txt. plugin. and was written for WordPress blogs, by Adam R. Brown. It can be downloaded here. Many thanks, Adam.

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