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Moved Two Blogs To WordPress

Unfortunately, the new Blogger User Interface, that will soon become default and not optional, has a dating issue that I can't work with on blogs that are backdated.

As an author a user will not be able to select a year, but instead have to click back by month which is completely crazy and unusable. This will limit my dating abilities for my journal posts when I need to date back more than a couple of months, so I have exported two of my blogs (the two that are journals, dated many years in the past) to WordPress where dating a blog is not nearly as difficult as it is on Blogger (or will be).

I am sad to have to make this move as well as the fact that any future blogs of this nature will also not be on Blogger but I wasn't given a choice in this matter. I really liked having all my blogs under one account on Blogger but such is life.

Mishka
Official Blog*Star/Blogger TC
Testing Blogger
FAQs For GooglePlus

Submit Your Content

Google just updated their content site and I wanted to note the url for future use.

http://www.google.com/submityourcontent/

Mishka
Blogger Help Group Blog*Star
Testing Blogger

Testing Flickr Image Link

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Mishka
Official Blog*Star/Blogger TC
Testing Blogger
FAQs For GooglePlus

FAQ: Picasa WebAlbum Limitations

With the invent of Google+, it seems that the Google team figured out that image upload space was quickly going to become an issue. This link gives specific information on what size images don't count against your account limit.

http://picasa.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=1224181

Mishka
Official Blog*Star/Blogger TC
Testing Blogger
FAQs For GooglePlus

FAQ: How To Remove +1 From Share Icons

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NOTE:These instructions are for those that are using the newest template designer templates from Blogger. I can't guarantee that this will work with third party templates and/or other versions of the Blogger template (layouts or classic).

At first I was going to leave the +1 icon in, but decided after learning more about it, that it wasn't something I wanted on my blog, even though I wanted the other "share" icons to remain. So yesterday, I started looking at the code and figured out how to get rid of just that icon and leave the rest functioning.

First off, you need to go to the edit html page of your blog Design area. This will bring up the template code window for your blog. Make sure you make a back up of your template at this time by using the link provided on the page. This is just so you can revert back in case you delete more than you should while following these steps.

Next, you need to click the check box near the top of the html window that says "expand …

FAQ: BX Error Reporting Form Link

This is the link for reporting BX errors to Google.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=pDGYK68-cO4sA0J2wa9fYBQ

Mishka
Official Blog*Star
Testing Blogger

FAQ: This Thread Is Closed

This discussion is closed. It could be closed for a number of reasons:

1. The original poster has had their question answered.
2. The original problem is no longer an issue.
3. This discussion is out of date and therefore not relevant.
4. This discussion is an FAQ for reference only.

Regardless of the reason, the discussion is closed to new posts, so if you have a similar problem to the original poster, it is recommended that you start your own thread (and only one) so that one of the volunteers here will be able to help you.

Please follow the instructions on how to post a question in this help forum. You can find that FAQ at this location.


References:

How To Report A Problem


Mishka
Official Blog*Star
Testing Blogger

FAQ: What Is My Blog's Feed URL?

In order to subscribe to a blog's feed you need to know the blog's feed URL. A feed is a data format used for providing users with frequently updated content. Content distributors syndicate a web feed, thereby allowing users to subscribe to it. It gives users a way to keep up with many sites on the web without having to visit each site individually to see if they have updated. Some users use their feed to check that their own blog is publishing correctly.

The feed urls for blogs on Blogger are:

http://yourblogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/full

http://yourblogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

Users should substitute their blog's name in for the bolded area in the URLs above.

Mishka
Official Blog*Star
Testing Blogger

FAQ: I Can't Find My Blog On The Search Engines!!

Contrary to popular belief, search engines do not index new content on the web instantaneously. It takes time and effort on the part of the webmaster of any site to get their site indexed and then decent page rank on the search engines.

There are several things you can do to help lessen the time it takes to get indexed and decent search results (in no particular order).

1. Make sure your blog is indexable by turning on the listing options in your blog settings.

2. Submit your blog url to the various search engines. For Google, go to this site to get started- http://www.google.com/intl/en/submit_content.html

3. Read this article from Google Webmaster Central that explains how they deal with content, indexing and search results. http://www.google.com/support/websearch/bin/answer.py?answer=39334&topic=8996

4. Add metatags with keywords, and descriptions to your blog template- http://mishkatestrun.blogspot.com/2007/04/meta-tag-example.html

5. Link to other blogs of similar conte…

FAQ: How Do I Promote My Blog?

You can actually find an answer to this question in several different
areas of Blogger. It just takes a few minutes to find.

Help center on Blogger.com if you do a search for the word promote in
the search engine provided.
http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=42377&topic=12454

Many of the Top Contributors have written blog articles to help other bloggers regarding promotion and traffic. Here is just one example...
http://mishkatestrun.blogspot.com/2007/04/my-solution-for-getting-traffic.html

Mishka
Official Blog*Star
Testing Blogger

FAQ: How Do I Find Other Blogs on Blogger?

Google's Blog search engine is a great tool. It not only has blogs from Blogger but blogs from all over the web. You can use it just like you would any other search engine but the results will be limited to blogs. http://blogsearch.google.com/

You can also use the "interests" links inside an individual blogger's profile to find other users on Blogger that have the same word in their profile "interests"

Another way is just connecting to other bloggers through the blogrolls and links of bloggers you already enjoy reading. Usually if you like their content and they like someone else's, you might like that someone else's too.

Mishka
Official Blog*Star
Testing Blogger

FAQ: How Do I Transfer My Blog From One Account To Another?

You use this article on the Blogger Help Center.

http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=41448

Mishka
Official Blog*Star
Testing Blogger

FAQ: My Blog Looks Different From The Preview

All websites render a bit different. This is because each browser is different, each user has different settings on their systems they are viewing sites with, and their systems themselves are different. All of these factors and combinations of them can cause an infinite number of differences on a website between what one user and another user might see.

This applies to the preview screen as well. There is no way for Blogger to show a preview to each user that would be exactly how the blog post or site will look to everyone. It is just not possible.

This website, however, will give you a chance to check out your blog in several different resolutions and browsers so if you are "tweaking" your site, you can see what works and what doesn't. Those of us that like to design websites or even just troubleshoot them for other users, use this site quite a bit.

Hope you find it useful too.  http://browsershots.org/

Mishka
Official Blog*Star
Testing Blogger

FAQ: How Do I Change The Email Account Associated With My Blogger Account?

You have to use the directions in the Blogger Help Center on transferring a blog between accounts.

http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=41448

Mishka
Official Blog*Star
Testing Blogger

FAQ: My Comment Link Is Not Working

Comments can have several different issues come up. This thread addresses those times when a user has enabled comments in the blog settings but can't get the link to work properly. This thread does not address problems related to the different styles of comments and issue that they might cause.

Check to make sure the comments are turned on in all three places:
1. On the post options below the post editing window in the post editor
2. On the layout page, if you click on the edit link on the post box (the big one in the middle)
3. On the comments page in your blog settings.

If you have turned all on and cleared your cache and cookies and reloaded the page and they still don't show up, then you might have corrupt blog post widget and Bonnie (another Top Contributor) has a fix for that on her blog that is very easy to follow.

http://howcanidothat.blogspot.com/2007/08/resetting-blog-widget.html

Mishka
Official Blog*Star
Testing Blogger

FAQ: What Is My Comment Feed URL?

There are several reasons why a user might want to know the feed url for their comments. Some users want to be able to see their comments without having to visit their blog or go to each post or have their comments all emailed to them. Some users might want to add a gadget to their blog that uses the feed to populate the gadget.

The feed urls for your blog that relate to the comments are:

http://yourblogname.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/full

http://yourblogname.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default?alt=rss

You just need to substitute in your blog's name in the bolded area of the above urls. You can then use that url to subscribe using a feed reader or to use in a gadget on your blog to show recent comments on the sidebar.

Mishka
Official Blog*Star
Testing Blogger

FAQ: I Have a Third Party Template That Isn't Working Right, What Do I Do?

Blogger doesn't provide any kind of technical support for third party templates. If you decide to use one, you are at the mercy of the developer and volunteers here that might be willing to lend a hand. You should be very careful when adding third party templates and gadgets to your blog as some have been known to contain malware that has gotten more than a few blogs deleted.

Make sure the developer you are using is someone that you trust or that they have their templates certified. Third party templates and gadgets you find on the web (even those listed on Google Gadgets) are not guaranteed by Blogger to be functional or reliable.

If you do wish to get help from a volunteer here, you will need to be specific in what problem your template or gadget is having and what things you have already tried as well as listing any other pertinent information you would to report any other kind of problem with your blog (url, browser, what steps you have already taken...etc).

Mishka
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FAQ: Link List Gadget for Labels as Tabbed Menu

1. Make sure you use labels on your posts that you want people to be able to search for same subjects such as videos, reviews, mixtapes.

2. Add the label gadet to your sidebar so you have access to the links for each of the labels that you have used.

3. Click on one of the labels in the label gadget that you want to make a page of (note you don't have to make a page for every label you have, only the ones you want to have tabbed at the top). When you click on the label, a new page on your blog will open that is basically the search results of your blog for that label. You want to copy down the url that is in the address bar.

4. Go to the design/layout tab of your blog. Click on add a gadget. From the list available, click on link list gadget. This should bring up an window with fields in it.

5. Put the label url that you just copied into the new site url field, and then whatever word you want to show on the tab in the new site title field. Leave the main title of the gadget blank,…

Testing The Image Caption Option

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Mishka
Official Blog*Star
Testing Blogger