Sunday, 31 July 2005
How to Blog and Ping Yahoo
Topic: Create + Promote Blogs
Hello, again! As promised in my last post, here is the detailed method for getting your site listed on Yahoo. Since MSN doesn't allow you to ping their site, this method will probably get your pages listed faster. Brad Callen, whom I draw much of this material from, claims it only takes 2 hours, but for me it was more like 2 days. Still better than the 2 to 6 months it takes when you manually submit your site.
I'm going to take you step by step through the procedure then you can double check my results on Yahoo for yourself.
The first step is to create a blog. I personally like Angelfire, but you can use any of the free blogging software that's widely available.
Second, either create a My Yahoo account or sign into one you currently have. Find out what the RSS feed for your blog is. With Angelfire, it is the blog address followed by /rss.xml. For example, the RSS feed for this blog is http://www.angelfire.com/hiphop4/perfect_wedding/biking/rss.xml
. Select 'Add Content' on your My Yahoo page. Then select 'Add RSS by URL' and put the RSS URL in the box and press Add. Click the 'Add to My Yahoo' button. This puts a (as yet inoperable) link to your blog on your My Yahoo page. Of course, put a link to your homepage on your blog posting, but don't overdo it, or it might seem like spamming.
Lastly, you will need to ping Yahoo. Type the following address into your browser:
http://api.my.yahoo.com/rss/ping?u=your blog address
Of course, replace 'your blog address' with the actual address of your blog. For this particular blog, this is what the preceding would look like:http://api.my.yahoo.com/rss/ping?u=www.angelfire.com/hiphop4/perfect_wedding/biking/
Then repeat the process daily and each time you make a change to your blog.
With love in Christ, this Randy saying CIAO for now. Next time I'll detail how to add cool dynamic RSS feeds to your blog, such as the cycling headlines at the top of this page.
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Thursday, 28 July 2005
How to get listed on MSN
Topic: Create + Promote Blogs
Hi All! So glad you stopped in! Hope you like the new news section at the top o' the page. Since I haven't had a lot of time to do the TRAIL, I've been working on advertizing my blog.
I managed to get listed on Yahoo in a couple of days - I'll share a step-by step method on how to do that in a future post, because getting listed on MSN is a bit less complex.
First off, you need to sign up for an MSN account.
Second, create a blog from one of the numerous providers. Obviously, I got mine from angelfire.com, but any will do.
Third, put some content on the blog. Dynamic content, such as with an RSS feed, like the biking feed on this page, is encouraged.
Fourth, go to http://my.msn.com. Click on "Add content" and click on the "Search" tab. Then type the rss of your blog in the "Search for Content" box. Not sure about other blog providers, but with angelfire, the rss feed is the html address ending with /rss.xml. Then click the small arrow. You should receive a box with the title of your blog. Click the box and hit enter.
The link to your blog will appear on the left. It won't be available to click for a few days but then the spiders on MSN will access it and put it on MSN, along with links to any pages you put on your blog.
Check back later and I'll give you the scoop on getting listed on Yahoo, pinging your blog, and putting RSS feeds on your blog.
Sunday, 24 July 2005
Now, the WIFE says "OOH, Honey, happy 35 mo-versary of our first date!" Arrgghhh!! as Charlie Brown used to say. Can't wait to get out on the TRAIL...maybe I can talk WIFE into tomorrow afternoon after church.
Saturday, 23 July 2005
The TRAIL is Winning!
Topic: Trail Happiness
Well, how's this for ya! The other day was the 30th-month "mo"-versary for the WIFE and I. And boy, was it a struggle!
I had to cajole her into taking a moonlight stroll with me, holding hands just like when we were dating. Then a night o'passion. All I heard from WIFE was "OH YOU'RE SOOO ROMANTIC" - never so much as a happy mo-versary or anything!
I asked WIFE about it the next day and she lamely responded "I didn't know what day it was" and pointed to her cell phone, which had a date on it 3 months in the future! The TRAIL is looking more and more promising all the time! For some odd reason, WIFE has been keeping my schedule so full I don't have time to ride.
Sunday, 10 July 2005
Greetings and welcome to my new blog!
Let's talk about biking and marriage!
My name is Randy, happily married to my wife of 2 1/2 years, Julie. I love her dearly, but there's no denying that thrill of being on my dirtbike racing down the Pinellas Trail.
A few weeks ago I reached the beginning of the Trail. It was a little disappointing, because it just stopped at mile marker 0.
However, I noticed that there was a side path between mile markers 1 and 2, which I went on the next day. It was quite an adventure, as the main path of the Trail just stopped again, except this time there were "Trail ahead" signs that kept me going...and going...and going...
Needless to say, I'm still recuperating from my blisters.
Obviously, I need to watch myself. I can get so caught up in such a mindless task as finding the next "Trail ahead" sign that I lose touch not only with what is happening to my body but also to my relationship with my wife. She needs my time and attention, too. The real discipline in biking, I believe, is to know when to set your own limits.
Please post your own thoughts and insights, and check out the site associated with this blog, Perfect Wedding
Ciao for now,
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