Monday, May 30, 2011

Linking your Blog to the Social Networks

This article is about the difference between blogs and social networking sites, and the ways you can link your blog to the various sites.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Feedflare lets you add social tools to your RSS feed

This article is about using Feedburner's tools for adding interactive features and social networking links to your RSS feed items.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Putting email-links into your blog

This article is about how to show an email address in your Blogger blog.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Putting a slideshow from Picasa into your blog

This article is about how to put a Picasa slideshow into your blog, using Picasa's slideshow tool.   

It also looks at the security issues that may be involved in doing this, and suggests some ways around these.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Using a Google-search-engine to add a custom search gadget to your blog

This article is about adding a Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) to a blog made with Blogger.  However much of the information is relevant to putting Google-CSE's into other blogs and websites also.

Hosting pictures outside of Google/Picasa

This article is about how to use pictures stored outside of Picasa-web-albums in your blog. It also looks at the risks and issues you might face if you do this

Saturday, May 14, 2011

What is Picasa - a very basic introduction

Update:    Google finally retired Picasa-web-albums in mid 2016.   The following article was correct until that time.    Now, it is still possible to install the Picasa desktop software onto your PC, but Picasa-web-albums has been replaced by Google Photos and Google Album Archive.

Picasa is Google's tool for managing image files.   This basic explanation of how it works is especially useful for new Blogger users who need to understand where pictures that they load to their blog are kept.


Friday, May 13, 2011

Auto-renewing your blog's custom domain

You can make sure that your custom domain name is (or isn't) automatically renewed each year, if you purchased it through Blogger or through Google Apps.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Google's Help Forums

This article introduces Google's Help Forums: these are the main way of getting support for non-paid products. The forum for Blogger is particularly strong.

Stop malicious use of your AdSense account ID

AdSense's Allowed Sites feature, is an important safeguard for any blogger who is worried that others may try to mis-use their AdSense account and/or get them in to trouble.

The article is written with Blogspot users in mind, but the advice applies to ANY AdSense publishers.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Why RSS / Subscribe to Posts is important for your blog

This article explains why an RSS feed is important to bloggers, and some options for making it available.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Installing code into your blog

This article is about how to install code into your blog.

Giving your blog an attribution (ie credits) gadget

This article is about giving your blog an attribution gadget, either one of Blogger's standard ones, or one that you make yourself.

Getting started with Feedburner

This article is about how to set up Feedburner to produce an RSS feed from a blog.  It is targeted at Blogger users, but most of the information applies to other types of blogs and webpages too.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Posts, Pages and navigating inside your blog

This article explains Posts, Pages, and some ways that they can be used to help people move around inside your blog.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Adding a separator line between your posts

This article shows how to put a horizontal separator line between posts in your blog, using either HTML's line command, or CSS rules.  It also has suggestions about ways of formatting these lines using different colours and line-styles.

Hiding "Subscribe to Post (Atom)" at the bottom of your blog

This article explains how to remove the "Subscribe to: Posts (Atom)" item that appears at the bottom of Blogger blogs with Layout or Designer templates.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Customising Feedburner's email subscription messages

You can control the email-messages that Feedburner sends to people who have signed up for your blog's "subscribe by email" option.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Blogger Helpers' Search Tool - a customized search of Google Blogger experts

This article introduces the "Blogger Helpers Search Tool", which lets you search of a select list of blogs and websites that are known to provide excellent advice about using Google Blogger.