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post #81 of 113
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Originally Posted by Oriole View Post
Okay, I'm throwing this out there, and please don't be insulted by the simplicity of the advice, but this is my first week blogging, and this came as revelation to me, so I wanted to share in case it will help someone else out.

Tags! It matter very much that you attach tags to every single post, and that you attach tags that people will search for. At first, I thought that categories play the role that actually belongs to tags. My mistake!

My tag "Writing" seems to be bringing most of my traffic in (don't laugh, I have only about 15-30 people reading my blog thus far, and about 1/3 of it is you guys, I'm sure heh)

So there, in case you didn't know.
I'm sorry..what are tags? Are they the same as categories?
post #82 of 113
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Originally Posted by allgirls View Post
I'm sorry..what are tags? Are they the same as categories?
I thought so as well, but I did a search, and apparently it's not the same. In WordPress it allows me to place each post into categories (and I have four to pick from at this point), and it also allows me to attach tags to each post.

Now, the categories I have are: About the Book, Personal, Advice, and Excerpts. While they are good for organizing your posts, they are limited. My tags are specific to each post, and I can add as many as fit the post and I think will be search-wise.

So.. A post with favorite quotes on writing is listed under "Advice" category, yet I attached: writing, quotes, *each author mentioned", funny quotes, writing quotes, writing tips as tags.

If I understand it correctly, tags offer you to allow broader search for your posts.

I'm sure there is a way to figure it out in the program you are using as well.
post #83 of 113
I can't figure it out on Blogger...I have "labels" which I show on the page as Categories.
post #84 of 113
Do you have "HELP" option there where you could type in "tag" and see what it says?
post #85 of 113
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Originally Posted by Oriole View Post
Do you have "HELP" option there where you could type in "tag" and see what it says?
It just talks about Labels
post #86 of 113
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Originally Posted by allgirls View Post
It just talks about Labels
Okay, I'm out.
Maybe tags are only for WordPress?
Or maybe someone with Blogger can try to help you figure it out?
post #87 of 113
Yup, wordpress has both tags and categories, blogger only has labels. It's one of the reasons I want to move to WP.
post #88 of 113
Just subbing. Don't mind me. :
post #89 of 113
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Originally Posted by Arwyn View Post
Yup, wordpress has both tags and categories, blogger only has labels. It's one of the reasons I want to move to WP.
must write blogger
post #90 of 113
WP won't let me use it for commercial reasons, unless I want to pay $500 a month.

I don't think blogger has those restrictions.
post #91 of 113
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WP won't let me use it for commercial reasons, unless I want to pay $500 a month.

I don't think blogger has those restrictions.
it's true, I can't advertise anything on WP.
post #92 of 113
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Originally Posted by Oriole View Post
Okay, I'm out.
Maybe tags are only for WordPress?
Or maybe someone with Blogger can try to help you figure it out?

At the end of each post, put in some "lables" for your post and, if you just use a few, this will be the "categories" as on wordpress...blogger is easier, IMO. And then you just add the gadget "Lables" and it'll list them as wordpress does...then, when someone clicks on one of your 'lables', it'll list all the posts that you have labled with that lable...aka, categories...you can call it anything you like - check out my blog and see what I mean. It's on the Right hand side
post #93 of 113
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Originally Posted by bigeyes View Post
WP won't let me use it for commercial reasons, unless I want to pay $500 a month.

I don't think blogger has those restrictions.
That's true for a blog at yourblog.wordpress.com, but you can get the software at wordpress.org and selfhost or have it hosted (yourblog.com) elsewhere for $5-$100/month and do ads if you like.
post #94 of 113
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Originally Posted by Arwyn View Post
That's true for a blog at yourblog.wordpress.com, but you can get the software at wordpress.org and selfhost or have it hosted (yourblog.com) elsewhere for $5-$100/month and do ads if you like.
Your own ads, or just ads to bring in revenue?
post #95 of 113
So there are disadvantages and advantages to everything

I've got the "labels' set up as categories but I don't want long lists of categories so it would be nice to have both.

But I'm just now figuring out blogger so I think I'll stick to it
post #96 of 113
Whatever ads you want and can get; google ads, an ad network, individual ads...
post #97 of 113
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Whatever ads you want and can get; google ads, an ad network, individual ads...
No, what I mean is, can I place an ad for my own business on my blog? Without spending a gazillion dollars?

I'm supposed to be able to place a call button on my blog by cutting and pasting a pre-fab code from the service I sub-contract through, but I can't figure out the html to get it on my page. I keep getting an error message and I can't figure out where I'm going wrong, so either the code is prohibited, or I'm doing it all wrong.

If it's prohibited, I'm going to have to find a place to blog where I can use it, or where I can afford to pay for ads.
post #98 of 113
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Originally Posted by bigeyes View Post
No, what I mean is, can I place an ad for my own business on my blog? Without spending a gazillion dollars?

I'm supposed to be able to place a call button on my blog by cutting and pasting a pre-fab code from the service I sub-contract through, but I can't figure out the html to get it on my page. I keep getting an error message and I can't figure out where I'm going wrong, so either the code is prohibited, or I'm doing it all wrong.

If it's prohibited, I'm going to have to find a place to blog where I can use it, or where I can afford to pay for ads.
If you're using wordpress.org you can place whatever you want on your blog. There's not restrictions because you really own your blog which is not true of either blogger.com or wordpress.com. If you're placing your own ad on your blog, your only cost would be the ad service you contract through and you could probably even ditch that service because coding an ad is very, very easy.
post #99 of 113
If you are using someone else to host your blog for free (like wordpress.com and blogger.com, etc) they restrict what you can do with it to an extent. When people are suggesting wordpress.org, they mean buying webhosting (which you can do for as little as $25/year at asmallorange.com but we also have WAHMs here at MDC that do webhosting) and then placing the wordpress software in that webspace (which is easier than it sounds - when you have a host and a control panel for it, you should have something called Fantastico in there. Find blogs in that section, and then choose wordpress, clicky clicky and do what it tellls you. And voila! Installed.)

Basically, if you host your own blog instead of having someone else host it for you, you have control over all of it.
post #100 of 113
I think I'm confused..but I'm ok without ads so far.
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