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Excuse Me While I SEO

I set out this weekend with one goal in mind. My research shows that having the same sidebar show up on every page of my blog is going to hurt my Google ranking as it could be considered duplicate content. I’ve been diligently working to understand search engine optimizaton (making a search-engine friendly website) ever since I added Squidoo to my list of online hobbies. I’d tried to change the sidebars around before with no success. WordPress code is in PHP, a scripting language I’m only beginning to learn. But I have a book, the web, and a few hours to kill. How bad could it get?

You’ll have to excuse me, though, if while visiting this blog, you might have caught a glimpse of an unsightly blog sidebar. My new friend:

Fatal error!

Uh-oh, Houston, we have a problem.

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Check Out TweetBeep Twitter App

This Twitter app has been around for awhile but I’m just starting to discover its full potential as a tool for helping me with my blog and my Squidoo lenses. TweetBeep allows you to set certain search criteria for tweets and then have all matching tweets sent to your email address. How does that help bloggers and Squidoo lensmasters? Let me count the ways.

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Oh! Squidoo AND a Blog…

I swear sometimes I must be the slowest person on the planet. I know when I joined Squidoo, I read all kinds of tips on promoting your lenses and a biggie was to blog about them. What I didn’t realize was that, in return, your lenses could also help your blog. At least, I think that could be the case. I’m still new to the whole blogging thing so stick with me here while I think this through, but last night, while working away on research for a lens, I noticed something – something I hadn’t seen before.

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Automate Web Tasks With iOpus iMacro

I already have a busy schedule – who doesn’t? But when I add Squidoo to the mix, it gets a little crazy. Squidoo is a website that allows you to create your own lenses (web pages) about topics of interest to you. I joined in February 2009 and between this blog, Squidoo, and a few other internet projects, I’ve developed a list of sites that I need to log in to each time I sit down at the computer to work. The spreadsheet I was using to keep track of my passwords just wasn’t cutting it – a great way to store my passwords so I wouldn’t forget them, but it still took some time each day to bring up all those sites and log in. This little tool cuts all that log in time to just a few seconds.

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Want More Visitors? Write More Content.

Quality content is important. Heard that before? If you’re on Sqiudoo, or any user generated content site, you’ve surely read the importance of writing quality content. There are several reasons why this is true, but there’s one reason I don’t see mentioned quite as often as some of the more typical reasons for adding content.

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Where am I on Google?

I just finished a lens about my start on Squidoo with a few little tips I learned along the way. That lens has led to a similar lens (still a Work in Process) with references to more tools I use for Squidoo. There was a lot of material for me to try to organize, as I’d kept notes of all activities over the course of a month and a half trying to figure out how the whole thing worked (I’m better than when I started, but still have a lot to learn!). While going through those notes, I started to wonder: Where exactly were all my lenses in Google? I know the ones that come up on the first page for my keyword or phrase, but I stopped tracking the others as my lens count grew.

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What Would I Do Without Squidoo?

Ever had one of those days at the office where you think to yourself, “If I can just make it to the car, I’ll be fine.” Ugh. That was today. If I were Steven Spielberg I couldn’t have orchestrated it to go any worse. Actually, it’s been a rough couple of days.

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Google is a Giant Help Desk

The process of learning how to create Squidoo pages absolutely absorbs you in learning more about the web and how all things connect. I’ve read so many how-to pages on Squidoo and followed tips from a number of them. One lens suggested that various question and answer websites had do-follow links. If you’ve ever tried to drive web traffic to your own site or page you already know the importance of do-follow links. If you don’t, you should.

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So Much To Do, So Little Time

Yup, that’s an original title, isn’t it? But I seem to be out of originality at the moment. I’ve decided to go for Giant status on Squidoo and need to have a minimum of 50 quality lenses done by the end of June. I have 18 published lenses and that took me two full months to accomplish. I’ve improved my speed at putting out lenses, but I’m afraid quality will suffer if I go to fast. The past couple of days I’ve done a lot of legwork in coming up with some lens topics and I think I have about 8 lenses that are “work in process”.

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My Thoughts on Social Bookmarking

I admit, I love everything internet. I’m absolutely fascinated by the amount of information you can so quickly have at your fingertips. I’m old enough to remember having to physically visit libraries to do any research for homework in college. I did not have the luxury of grabbing handfuls and chunks of information from a device in my own home until I was well into my career. I watch in awe as my five year old moves with lightning speed through his online world on Club Penguin. I blog, I play with HTML, I search, and I seek. But today’s current trends and focus on social bookmarking has me baffled.

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