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bito On November - 12 - 2010
rich and fanous

We Used Tags, now we are Rich and famous!!

I was going though some of the posts on the Planet today and looking at the “meta tags” and “excerpts” “categories, and “hyperlinks” which all generate traffic to your posts and to the site.  These little buggers are what will make you rich and famous as a blogger. Well maybe not the rich part, but it will help it getting read by the masses.

TAGS: Adding tags and links is easy using your dashboard.  If one scrolls down you will see a box titled “Post Tags” and a list of tags one may apply to your post.  You can click “apply all” or choose which ones to apply. Don’t be shy, they won’t be seen by anybody, but a computer run by a search engine.  This helps getting your post being picked up by a search engine.  Please make use of this.

LINKS: Under your post posts you will see a number of suggested links in a box marked in small letters “path” and in larger letters “In Text Links.”  Mouse over a suggested link and a drop down box will appear. Click one of the drop-down and that will “hyper link” that reference in your text. Use as many as you like.
Again, this is another use that generates traffic to your post and puts you on the path of rich and famous.  Please use this, it won’t hurt and it may just help your readers.

EXCERPTS: The way the WP excerpts works now is it uses the first 55 words of your posts as a summary of what you have written.  Are the first 55 words a good summery of what you have written?  Probably not.
Please type in a short (1-4 sentences, summary) of your post.  This is important. This is what is often used by a search engine to describe your post.  Make a tease of the article or a summery, be proud, show off your work!  (NOTE OF CAUTION: Please remember that what you type here reflects on you and PlanetPOV.  DO NOT violate the Terms of Use!)
This will most assuredly make you rich and famous and find yourself blogging for the corporate giants and we will miss you. Remember us, please.

CATEGORIES : Many of us use this function, which you will find on the right side of your Dashboard.  Again this shows up as a “meta-tag” and the search engines gobble this up when they are “crawling” the site.  Do not be shy, again, about checking the boxes that apply to your post. If they apply to your post, click it, please.

Need help? Do not hesitate.  Comment or use the Help Desk.

Categories: Internet, PlanetPOV

Written by bito

Was once a handsome frog until kissed by an ugly corporate princess.----- Like a well honed knife, the internet can be a wonderful and useful tool. It can be used to prepare and serve a delicious meal or it can be used to cause harm. peace

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  1. Greta42 says:

    This may sound like a dumb question, but since I haven’t figured out how to have follow-up comments sent to me via e-mail I have to ask for help.
    I notice that below this box is a separate block that can be checked “Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail” and I have checked it. But I read elsewhere on this site that I need to go to my subscriptions and check off something on there -- but I don’t find it.

    I’d appreciate any help you might offer.
    Thanks,
    Greta

  2. kesmarn says:

    b’ito, asking dumb questions is my “speciality,” so here I go: can you do this stuff retroactively on an article? I think I neglected to do a lotta this when I posted yesterday. Too late? Or can a helpful friend do it, if that friend just happens to be an editor?

    • bitohistory says:

      Yes k’es. Just make the changes and click update. I check some of them when I remember. The excerpt box is the hard one for me to do , so I don’t add anything there. I think that box should say what the author wants to say, not me. I really hat to admit this I may be (gulp) wrong about what the author wants to say or mean. :-)
      Everyone has to keep in mind that The Planet gets a gazillion “guests” not just the members reading the posts.

      Good morning.

  3. Khirad says:

    At that point I’m usually just exhausted and write a few tags and I’m too burned out to write an excerpt. :-)

    • bitohistory says:

      Khirad, Then you will never get a high paying job with the “hedge fund people” and get a spot on the tube!
      I do try to check them, but the excerpt is what shows up on many search engines. Good spot to either make a tease or describe your post. Otherwise it stands as the first sentence (55 words.) Not only does it appear in the search engines, it also is what is posted on The Planet as your description of your post. Always everyone’s choice: First sentence or a description.

      • Khirad says:

        I didn’t know it affected the description of the post on the front page!

        Okay, now I’m definitely gonna do that from now on. Sometimes it can be really odd.

        The linking thing still confuses me a little though. I never noticed that before, -- I don’t think -- though I do hyperlink a helluva lot within the article.


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