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Blogging for Dummies (For Dummies)

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If you want to give yourself a Web presence without spending a lot of time or money, a blog is your answer and this is your guide. Blogs (Web logs) are short, diary-like entries on a Web site that has a chronological, journal format. Fun or informative, but not formal, blogs are easy to set up, maintain, and update. You can share your personal, stream-of-consciousness musings or your expertise on any subject ranging from your family vacation to world peace. This guide helps beginners (even technophobes) get started fast, with the essential info on:
  • The elements of blogs, such as entries, sidebars, categories, comments, and index pages
  • The different types of hosting services, from free to fee and from “turn key” services that are easy-to-use to DIY programs 
  • Details on two popular, free “social community” hosted Web services that are ideal for casual bloggers—MSN Spaces and Yahoo! 360
  • The scoop on Blogger, a popular free hosted service that has some community tools like the social networks, but is basically blog-intensive
  • DIY blogging, covering three of the most powerful and flexible blog programs—Movable Type, WordPress, and Radio Userland
  • Hooking into RSS feeds to distribute your blog entries beyond your site
  • Choosing a newsreader
  • Ways to raise the visibility of your blog and make money from blogging

Complete with step-by-step instructions and lots of screen shots, this guide walks you through everything from setting up your blog and posting your first entry to adding photos, audio, and more. It includes the URLs of lots of sample sites to see to give you an idea of blog possibilities. In addition to the essential how-to, it fills you in on:

  • The blogosphere, blog culture and etiquette, snarks, macrologues, and more
  • Moblogs that let you post entries remotely using your portable computer, PDA, or cell phone
  • Buying a domain through a registrar such as Network Solutions, Register.com, or Go Daddy
  • MP3 blogs, vlogs (videoblogs), photoblogging, audioblogging, podcasting, and more

You know you have something to say, whether it’s heavy stuff or just your thought for the day. Make your opinions known. Get your photos shown. With Blogging For Dummies, you’ll soon be blogging with the best of ‘em.

Synopsis:

Express yourself, build your business, or promote a cause

Make your blog stand out in a crowd, build an audience, and even make it pay

Whether you're just finding out about blogs or you've been blogging for a while and are curious about podcasting or videoblogging, you can find answers in this book! Get the scoop on software options and how to boost readership, handle comments, make money with ads and sponsorships, add audio or video, and much more.

Discover how to:

  • Create and maintain a blog that draws readers

  • Protect your privacy and your job

  • Deal with spam and inappropriate comments

  • Find your niche

  • Use your blog to promote your business

Synopsis:

  • In Part I, readers learn what a blog is, why they might want to create one, and what they need to get started. Includes information on blogging basics, the anatomy of a good blog, and the tools required to get started.
  • Part II gets readers up and running with their first blog. They learn about the choices involved in setting up a blog, customizing a blog, and incorporating additional bells and whistles through HTML code.
  • Part III shows readers how to make their blog stand out in a crowd. Topics covered include finding a niche in the blogging community, developing a strong voice, building an audience following, and learning how to deal with spammers and other unpleasant people.
  • Part IV teaches readers how to customize their blog by adding eye-catching features like expanding a blog's sidebar (where bloggers are able to post personal recommendations, surveys, etc.), adding photos or even delving into podcasting and videoblogging.
  • Part V shows readers how to get the word out about their blog and maybe make some money at the same time. There is also a chapter dedicated to using blogs to help promote businesses.
  • Part VI discusses how to keep a blog's comments useful and on topic, ten cool tricks tools to make a blog shine, and examples of successful blogs.

About the Author

Susannah Gardner is creative director of Hop Studios (www.hopstudios.com), a Web design company specializing in blogs and community content Web sites. Shane Birley is co-founder of Left Right Minds (www.leftrightminds.com) and blogs at ShanesWorld.ca.

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: The What, Where, Why, and How of Weblogs.

Chapter 1: Understanding Blogging at Last.

Chapter 2: Blogging Options.

Chapter 3: Living the Blogging Lifestyle.

Part II: Starting a Blog Today.

Chapter 4: MSN Spaces.

Chapter 5: Yahoo! 360.

Chapter 6: Finding a Home in Blogger.

Chapter 7: Creating a TypePad Blog.

Part III: Installing Your Own Blog Program.

Chapter 8: The Ins and Outs of DIY Blogging.

Chapter 9: Running a Movable Type Blog.

Chapter 10: Blogging with WordPress.

Chapter 11: Power Plus Ease in Radio UserLand.

Chapter 12: Hybrid Blog Hosts: Power Without the Pain.

Part IV: Total Blog Immersion.

Chapter 13: Hooking into RSS Feeds.

Chapter 14: Rules of Blogosphere Citizenship.

Chapter 15: Blogging for Bucks (or Pennies).

Chapter 16: Using Your Real Voice: Podcasting.

Chapter 17: Photoblogging and Audioblogging.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten Blog Engines and Directories.

Chapter 19: Ten Resources for the Power Blogger.

Glossary.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471770848
Author:
Hill, Brad
Publisher:
For Dummies
Author:
Gardner, Susannah
Author:
Birley, Shane
Subject:
Internet - Web Site Design
Subject:
Web site development
Subject:
Internet and teenagers
Subject:
Internet - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WebSite Associated w/Book
Series:
For Dummies
Publication Date:
20080110
Binding:
Online electronic file accessible through online networks
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.16x7.34x.89 in. 1.24 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Express yourself, build your business, or promote a cause

Make your blog stand out in a crowd, build an audience, and even make it pay

Whether you're just finding out about blogs or you've been blogging for a while and are curious about podcasting or videoblogging, you can find answers in this book! Get the scoop on software options and how to boost readership, handle comments, make money with ads and sponsorships, add audio or video, and much more.

Discover how to:

  • Create and maintain a blog that draws readers

  • Protect your privacy and your job

  • Deal with spam and inappropriate comments

  • Find your niche

  • Use your blog to promote your business

"Synopsis" by ,
  • In Part I, readers learn what a blog is, why they might want to create one, and what they need to get started. Includes information on blogging basics, the anatomy of a good blog, and the tools required to get started.
  • Part II gets readers up and running with their first blog. They learn about the choices involved in setting up a blog, customizing a blog, and incorporating additional bells and whistles through HTML code.
  • Part III shows readers how to make their blog stand out in a crowd. Topics covered include finding a niche in the blogging community, developing a strong voice, building an audience following, and learning how to deal with spammers and other unpleasant people.
  • Part IV teaches readers how to customize their blog by adding eye-catching features like expanding a blog's sidebar (where bloggers are able to post personal recommendations, surveys, etc.), adding photos or even delving into podcasting and videoblogging.
  • Part V shows readers how to get the word out about their blog and maybe make some money at the same time. There is also a chapter dedicated to using blogs to help promote businesses.
  • Part VI discusses how to keep a blog's comments useful and on topic, ten cool tricks tools to make a blog shine, and examples of successful blogs.
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