Don’t Give it Away

Search engine traffic is like manna from heaven. But are you giving away your blog’s precious search engine street cred? If you’re not sure just look at your site’s address. Is it your domain name? Good!

Wordpress Hosting from GoDaddy.com! 125x125 But if you see blogspot or wordpress in your blog or website’s address then it’s not so good. Here’s why:

Google indexes your web content and identifies it with your site’s domain name. Like here it would be recorded under maduko.com. Many bloggers use free tools like Blogger or WordPress to publish their sites. Most of them are indexed under those domains- great for Blogger, not so great for you.

Absorb More Search Engine Goodness
But reassigning that sweet search engine goodness and getting credit for your content is easy. All you have to do is become… Master of Your Domain. Seriously, if you register a domain name and assign it to your blog you’ll immediately take ownership of your content, improve your search engine ranking and see more visitors. The process varies but overall it’s pretty simple.

Most domain registrars try to make this easy and cover it in their help files. If not check the support section of your host. For example, Blogger allows you to set up your domain name for free. If you use WordPress.com look at their option to Map An Existing Domain. It only costs $13 per year and is well worth it.

Redirect?
No. While a domain redirect might be the easiest way to get your domain name linked to your blog, it is not optimal. That’s because your blog articles still appear under your host’s domain name. Even if you home page appears with your domain in that address bar try clicking on an article link. If it isn’t under your domain you’re still giving away your content.

Blogger Navbar Peel

Blogger vs. Word Press: Take 3

In my quest to compare free blogging platforms I turned my attention to the Blogger navbar.

Word Press doesn’t force you to view a navigation bar above your free blog. Although you will see a bar up there if you’re logged into Word Press, this is tied to your user account- not the blog.

Blogger,  on the other hand, displays a bar across all blogs.

While this bar may have a link or two we could consider useful, it seems to be more suited to Google’s purposes than ours. Report abuse? Next blog? No thanks. Plus, this casts the stink of cheap on your otherwise professional-looking blog. It’s really pretty useless to your visitors.

But when I decided to try removing it I found it difficult. Blogger offers you various color options- but “none” was not listed. When I hunted for a way to nix it I found tons of references for the ealier Blogger Templates interface and nothing for the newer style known as Layouts. But I kept searching!

I finally found an excellent tutorial with screenshots from the Webaholic…

Remove Blogger Navbar

This applies to the current Blogger interface and provides step-by-step instructions with pictures. A few clicks and a control+V later I was living life navbar-free. Ahhhh.