Webtalks Riddle Contest

Ashwini Khare - 0 comments Monday, June 11, 2007 -

Marking the 500 Technorati blog reactions, I have to give you something in return.So here it is.. my first contest.
There will be only one winner who wins,

  • A free Blog review from Webtalks{Adsense postionaing,Design,Content..}
  • A link from Webtalks{PR 3} with Anchor tag of his choice
  • If he wants, a guest post on Webtalks

So whats the contest?

I have bought a domain from Godaddy.All you have to do is to solve the riddle below which indicates the URL of that domain.


Hint:three alphabets are posted in every post

If nobody is able to solve the riddle by 13 June.Next Hint would be given

If you have solved the riddle.Go to my domain.There you will find a five digit code,Gmail it to me with your details or leave back a comment.The one who solves it first wins

Is Google the only source for your Search Engine Traffic?

Ashwini Khare - 0 comments Sunday, June 10, 2007 -

SEO, everybody is running after it. But does the Search Engine here referred is only Google? In recent days, I have got lot of visitors from Google Search looking for blogging tips. My site is well ranked in Google. But my next concern was that I am getting traffic only from Google whereas my site is indexed by almost all reputed search engines like Live Search and Yahoo.

I knew that both Yahoo and Live Search gave most importance the blog age. Webtalks now is almost 4.5 months old. I knew crawlers index content when we have got in-links. An interesting observation I made that despite getting some 600 Inlinks according to Yahoo Siteexplorer, only the homepage of blog was indexed by Yahoo Search. Yahoo Search crawlers were for some reason not following links on the root page of blog.

Then I tried a method called Deep Linking.I tried to link to previous posts of mine through related links using different keywords. Also then I encouraged bloggers to link to full post URL instead of home page. Slowly it showed up. But My ranking in Yahoo Search Index was still not stable.More links, more authority, more days.... My blog finally got a stable position in Yahoo. Search and got some 13 indexed pages, also my site showed up in top spot for some keywords.

It was during this time, I got my first visitor(s) from Yahoo Search.And hopefully many in future

I don't know much about MSN search. After I tried Deep linking, I was satisfied to know that all blog posts of my blog were indexed separately.Although I'm still waiting for my first Live Search visitor.

Remember, Live Search and Yahoo Search are very widely used Search Engines. You'll always win if you have grip on these SE's too.

Related:How to get website added in DMOZ Web Directory

Using Conditional Tags with New Blogger Templates

Ashwini Khare - 1 comments Saturday, June 9, 2007 -

You might have noticed a strange thing in my new template. If you visit the home page of this blog, then there aren't Adsense Ads between post title and post body but when you visit Itempage { Page with one Post }, you get an Adsense Ad rectangle between the post title and post body.

I have mentioned an introduction in Display your backlinks with New Blogger templates but now I’ll be giving you a in depth analysis of Conditional Tags in New Blogger{Blogger beta} templates

Understanding Conditional Tags
The old blogger also used to support the conditional tag ,i.e, itempage. Anything wrapped inside these tags will be displayed only on the itempage.

& now we use the New Blogger which also supports conditional tags, a bit different though
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != "item"'>

A bit complicated? We’ll make it easy.
Lets have a sample if else condition
If john studies, he passes else he fails

Now lets have a second look on the code
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != "item"'>
We are using the if condition to command that the lines wrapped inside it would only be displayed on itempages.

We haven’t used any else tag as it would be understood as there only two kinds of pages.{item & Main}
We have also used the end tag as all tags in XML are container tags.

Now just play around with the widgets using the “if” condition. A sample widget coding for an HTML/ JavaScript Element looks like this

<b:widget id='HTML5' locked='false' title='' type='HTML'>

Now just wrap it such that it displays only on Itempages

<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != "item"'>

<b:widget id='HTML5' locked='false' title='' type='HTML'>


Now the contents of this code would only be displayed in itempages. You can also switch from Item{page} to Main{page}

Based on this functionality, I have just wrapped my Adsense inside it. It looks something like this:-
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'>

<script type="text/javascript"><!--
google_ad_client = "pub-XXXXXXXXXXX";
google_ad_width = 336;
google_ad_height = 280;
google_ad_format = "336x280_as";
google_ad_type = "text_image";
google_ad_channel = "";
google_color_border = "FFFFFF";
google_color_bg = "FFFFFF";
google_color_link = "333333";
google_color_text = "000000";
google_color_url = "6C82B5";
<script type="text/javascript"


You can have further reference from how to place ads between posts inside blogger xml templates to make your ad position more relevant in order to place it between post header line without any Xml errors

Display your backlinks with New Blogger Templates

Ashwini Khare - 2 comments Thursday, June 7, 2007 -

Some comments,some Emails asking me how to display backlinks with new blogger templates that my site offers. By default, I have turned of "links to this post" in my templates, if you want to just make it visible {whichever template you may be using}, follow these steps..
1.Goto Page Elements Section of your Layout and then click on the link which edits your blog post widget

2.Mark the "Links to this Post"as checked.

Remember you can also drag your "Links to this post" link across your sample blog post according to your relevance

3.Save changes, and then view your template.

Again there would be a bit confusion.On the main page of your blog,there would only be a "link to this post" line after each post.

Wheras if you view only those pages with one post{Itempage}, It will also give the Post titles and link to the linking posts.This feature is used by conditional tags

in old blogger...

in new blogger..
b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"

Another feature "Blog This" was added on 7 Jan to both new and old blogger template,by which bloggers can directly link to your post from their own blog post..

How can a small/new blogger earn instantly?

Ashwini Khare - 1 comments Monday, June 4, 2007 -

My inbox was overloading with mails from small/new bloggers asking can they make money out of their new/small blog.As we all know Payperpost requires a blog to have a decent pagerank, but that is so not possible for a blogger who has just started.

If you are one of the blogger who's site is read by a wide audience despite the fact that your Alexa score is high and PR still 0, you can still get paid for blogging by a service called Smorty.

Smorty is a blog advertising service from where advertisers can advertise on blogs via sponsored posts but pay the blogger only when they find it of decent quality .The best part is that its still a new organization, so there isn't much flooding of bloggers and competition is not that stiff as on PayPerPost.Your blog can easily make most of out it.You do a honest sponsored post, your post is approved and then money in your PayPal account.Price of an average post is 6$.That means for one sponsored post you get 6 $ within a week and you are free to use that E-money for anything you like.

Unlike Adsense,
There is no minimum paying amount which is beneficial for small bloggers who's Adsense earnings take months to reach the 100 $ mark.Another interesting thing is that your blog is approved within hours.Now no need to wait days for getting blog approved.So what are you waiting for? blog for money!

Note - Sponsored Review| To get your service reviewed..