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Blogging course – Newcastle upon Tyne

I’ve recently been invited by the Centre for Lifelong Learning in Newcastle upon Tyne to teach a 10 week blogging course. Over the 10 weeks I’ll be taking the group through the fundamentals of blogging with WordPress, including

  • choosing a topic
  • registering a domain
  • setting up a self-hosted WordPress installation
  • generating content
  • building web traffic
  • monetization

and more.
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Dofollow Search Tool is online

Since I talked about dofollow commenting the other day, I’ve been involved in a few comment exchanges about the benefits of installing the Dofollow and Top Commenter plugins. The benefits for commenters are fairly obvious – you’re rewarded for your comments with free backlinks. The benefits for the host blog are perhaps not as obvious, but I’ve definitely seen an increase in the number of comments on this blog since installing both these plugins a few weeks ago, and have hooked up with a few new blogs (new to me, that is) as a result. I imagine it’s the same for others.

Finding dofollow blogs

That’s all very well, but as a commenter, how do you identify these blogs amongst the vast ocean of nofollow ones? I’ve heard of a few methods, for example doing a Google image search for the you comment, I follow graphic which some sites display. There are also several sites that publish lists of blogs using these plugins – see Yan, Peter and Simon‘s for example. These are pretty hot posts with lots of interaction – precisely because they’re providing some very useful information – they may be all you need to comment effectively, but for me there is one missing ingredient – the ability to search for specific topics and information in the lists.
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AdWords competition update

You may have noticed I’ve been running a little competition lately, to win one of two £30 Google AdWords vouchers. Well, the closing date was supposed to be yesterday 20 September 2008, but I just noticed that I wrote 20 October 2008 by mistake!

Competition update

Also, no-one has entered the competition! Now, this may be partly because of me putting the wrong date on it, but also the post has not received all that much traffic, so perhaps not enough people have heard about it, and those that have have not been from the UK (unfortunately the vouchers can only be used in the UK or Ireland).

Anyway, for those reasons, I’ve decided to extend the closing date by another week until Saturday 27 September 2008 at 09:00 Central European Time. So please alert anyone you know who might benefit from a free AdWords voucher to get them started with pay per click advertising, and get them to enter!
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Competition: win a £30 AdWords voucher

I’ve recently managed to get my grubby paws on a couple of Google AdWords vouchers which I’ve decided to give away to my readers. But I only have two, so I thought the fairest way of doing this is to make it into a competition; to enter all you have to do is:

  1. link to one of the posts on this blog from your site, and
  2. notify me via the contact form on my about me page

The closing date for entries is Saturday 20 October 2008 Saturday 27 September 2008 at 09:00 Central European Time, after which I’ll select the two best entries, notify the winners, and put up a post to announce who they are.
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