NCAA slightly ease live blogging restrictions amidst professional ridicule

A couple of weeks ago I reported on the NCAA’s decision to expel a journalist who was live blogging a baseball game.

The NCAA has now relaxed its harsh restrictions on what can be blogged live from a match, saying that live blogging is allowed so long as it’s restricted to the score and time remaining.

Sorry, did I say “relaxed”? Perhaps that’s rather optimistic.

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Independent Book Authors and Blogger’s Dreams

As you know SplashPress and The Blog Herald are running the Independent Blogger Book Quest in which I’m reviewing a book published independently — without the backing of a major publisher. In keeping with our mission at the Blog Herald, the books will be about blogging, business, and the work of online professionals. Read this post for guidelines to submit your book for review.

The books are arriving and one book has already been reviewed. I’ll bring another with me next week. Meanwhile, I’ve also worked with two new authors — helping one get his concept in line with his purpose, and and another getting permission to connect her with a small publisher.

The folks in question had a sense of how a book is made and what to expect from their investment. If you want to be a book author, you should know what they do.

Perception versus Reality

It seems everywhere we look another blogger is becoming an author. In the world of the Internet, this literate population of authors here are soon to be the norm that car drivers are in the 3-D world. Or at least, that is a large enough aspiration to give that perception. People want to write a book because they believe
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SEO Tips: Increase Page Rank By Revitalizing Your Old Posts

A little publicized SEO factor with Google’s PageRank is the issue of updating old posts.

A webmaster/blogger who pays attention to their blog content, updating and fixing old posts, is one who cares about their blog and their blog’s content. Google’s PageRank algorithm tests to see how often a web page is updated and the length of time between changes in a blog post’s content.

It makes sense, too. If you work hard to bring the best content to your readers, then you would want to make sure that the old content continues to have life and vitality. Google wants to honor those who honor their blog content.

Here are some tips to help revitalize your old posts for your readers, as well as to help your search engine page ranking.
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Six Apart launches new solutions for businesses

Six Apart today announced new solutions that will enable businesses to build powerful social media and blogging communities on top of Movable Type 4.

The Movable Type Enterprise Solution enables companies to integrate their blogging and social media efforts into their existing IT systems. Expanding on Movable Type 4’s built-in capability to create and manage thousands of blogs and users, the Enterprise Solution’s LDAP directory server integration and support for enterprise-class databases– including Oracle 10g and Microsoft SQL Server – make it easier than ever to deploy and manage employee and departmental blogs.

The Movable Type Community Solution makes it possible to create a custom social media platform that can attract larger audiences, increase audience engagement, and improve loyalty. Where Movable Type 4 on its own allows for registering and managing site members, the Community Solution incorporates rich member profiles, member blogs, “Digg-style” recommendation tools and other features that help new and returning visitors engage with the site and one another.

“Our customers have been using blogging as the cornerstone of their social media strategies because it is a compelling way to converse with readers, customers, and employees,” said Chris Alden, EVP and GM of the Professional division at Six Apart. “The Enterprise and Community Solutions bring new capabilities to the Movable Type 4 platform that will enable businesses to build even more engaging social sites for communication and collaboration.”

The 20 Best Free Anti-Plagiarism Tools

Technology has been very kind to the plagiarist.

Where once the plagiarist would have to re-type the paper or repaint the portrait, content theft now is just a mouse click or a keyboard shortcut away. Worse yet, whole technologies have been built around content theft. For example, RSS scraping applications can steal the content from thousands of feeds in a single hour, creating countless spam blogs.

However, technology is a double-edged sword. At the same time it has made content theft easier than ever, it has also empowered content producers with new, more powerful means of monitoring and enforcing their content rights.

No longer does a copyright holder have to wait to accidentally discover plagiarism or hope that a bystander will alert them, no longer is enforcement a long, arduous process. Every Webmaster, no matter how small, has the tools they need to track and stop theft of their content.

It is simply a matter of knowing where to look.

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Learning From Blithering Idiot Blog Readers

Preparing recently for a presentation before a group of business women who do not know much about blogging, I ran across a mass printed memo note pad I’d saved many years ago. In an interesting way, it describes blogging and the occasional blog reader:

The above material has been thoughtfully considered, astutely worded and meticulously edited and states clearly and concisely all pertinent information. Should there be any difficulty in clearly understanding any part of this message, its intent or its purpose, then there is every reason to believe that you are a blithering idiot.

The Blithering Idiot Blog Readers

While there are, admittedly, plenty of blithering idiot bloggers, and I’m not naming names, there are also plenty of blithering idiot blog readers. While a sensitive subject, it is my job as a blog educator to teach bloggers how to blog, as well as teach blog readers how to read and understand blogs.

Case in point, I was woken up this morning at 5:30 by a man calling to ask me if I dealt in RV salvage. Huh?
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Splashpress Media Acquires BlogHoster

Splashpress Media announces its latest acquisition to date: blog hosting software and service BlogHoster. BlogHoster, which was founded by Alex Benzer and Charlotte Genevier of, is a software and service that lets service providers, businesses and even individuals run hosted blogging services meant for multiple users/accounts. The intent is to let providers brand the hosted blogging solution as they please.

BlogHoster is a PHP-based software product which allows you to provide a blog hosting service on your website. The blog hosting that you give your users with BlogHoster is comparable to popular third-party blog hosting services like Blogger, Livejournal, and Typepad. As the admin of your blog hosting service, you can control how users will signup, write in their blogs, and interact with each other. The entire visual frontend of the software is generic, so you can easily give it your website’s look and feel. You can even have ads automatically inserted on your users’ weblogs. BlogHoster also includes a variety of social-networking features, including interactive profiles, photo albums, friendships, blog categories, and more.

BlogHoster was first released in December of 2004. The product was deemed an immediate success, despite minimal marketing (promoted only via sponsored listing on To date, BlogHoster has sold nearly 1,000 licenses. I would say (and many would agree) that BlogHoster is perhaps the cleanest and most professionally coded blog software meant for hosted blogging solutions.

Splashpress hopes the inclusion of BlogHoster in its collection of blogs and blog-related online properties will be greatly beneficial helping bloggers succeed in their quest to build close-knit communities online.

Sweden’s Metro Nordic launches user-generated pay-per-view scheme

Though it’s quite hard to tell exactly what the deal is from the incredibly short press release (hampered by my inability to read Swedish on the web site), it seems that Metro Nordic, part of Metro International, has launched a “user-generated content concept” in Sweden that will put qualified bloggers on the company’s payroll.

It sounds as if chosen bloggers will be given the blogging tools they require to write their own content for the site, and will be paid relatively to how many times their article is viewed, once they reach a certain threshold of page views.

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10 Minute Blog Tips: Do You Need a Big Audience?

Many of the questions I receive about blogging center around “traffic”

  • How do I get more traffic?
  • Can you tell me about link baiting?
  • What do I need to do to get on the front page of Digg?
  • Which techniques work to get big named bloggers to link me?
  • Where did you get so many RSS subscribers?

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