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I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been a busy, busy girl, but recently I’ve seen quite a few people in my travels around the interwebs asking about pinging, what is it, and how do you do it?
That really kinda surprised me, because I guess I just assumed everyone knows what pinging is. It’s sort of blogging 101, really, but since there are a lot of people who don’t know, I’m doing this post and a quick tutorial about pinging and what you need to do.
Ignore me talking to Daisy in the middle of the video..LOL
What is Pinging?
If you have a blog, or even a website, Hubpage or Squidoo lens, and you want to bring traffic to it so people actually see it and read all your awesome content, you have to have some sort of way to let the world know about it. You need the search engines to crawl it and index it, and you need as many people as possible shouting out to the world “Hey! Look, I’ve got some great stuff over here!” That’s what pinging is all about. There are blog directories, like Technorati, that will index your posts and services, like Pingomatic and Pingoat that will notify a few different sites, as well as Google and the other search engines that you have just posted something new to your blog so they will come crawl it and people will then be able to find it.
How does pinging happen?
WordPress, by default, comes with a link to pingomatic, a site that will ping many different directories and the search engines all at once every time you post. You don’t have to do anything to make this happen but hit the Publish button. The problem is, it will ping the service every time you hit the publish button, even if you’re just editing or updating a post, and over pinging is bad. Unfortunately, nobody is really sure how much pinging is too much. To stop WordPress from pinging too often, you should have a plugin installed on your blog called Cb net ping optimizer. It’s a free plugin that lets you control how often WordPress will send out a ping.
Image by BigGirlBlue via Flickr
This week Squidoo announced some big changes in their Giant Squid program. Up til now, a lensmaster had to have created 50 “quality lenses” to be eligible to apply to be a Giant Squid.
What’s a Giant Squid?
A Giant Squid is a sort of club for lensmasters who have created at least (now) 25 quality lenses.
The Giant Squid title comes with some pretty desirable perks, including no daily lens limit, greenlighting of your lenses so you don’t get stopped by the spam filters, the ability to create lens templates and save them, and elimination of the “no more than 9 links per domain” limit. That last one will be HUGE for me. I like pictures on my lenses. If you’re not a Giant Squid and you have more than 9 pictures hosted at the same domain you can’t publish your lens. You have to split them up somehow and host them at different places. What a HUGE pain in the butt that is! It’s there for good reason, I suppose, but they should have some exceptions, like Photobucket and Flickr. Oh well, now all you need is 25 lenses to apply and that’s no longer an issue! Awesome! Each level of Gianthood above 25 gets a few extra little perks, like getting to be able to hand out Purple Stars at 250.
There are now actually 5 levels of Giant Squid-ness. The levels are 25, 50, 100, 250, or 500, and even though the number of lenses required to apply is lowered, they say the standards of what qualifies as a “quality lens” have been raised. They also did away with the quarterly admission deadlines. Prior to the change, there were certain times every quarter you could apply. Now, no more waiting for the end of the quarter or trying to rush and get enough lenses made in time to make the next deadline. If you have 25 quality lenses are are ready to apply GO FOR IT! But if you’re denied, you do have to wait for 30 days to reapply.
To learn more about the Giant Squid program and all the details and requirements, visit the Giant Squid info page.. Already a lensmaster with 25 fabulous lenses and want to apply? Giant Squid application
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This week, the Squidoo team announced there were going to be some changes made to the look of lenses and upgrades to the workshop. They rolled out the new designs on Thursday. The makeover stripped off some extraneous and under-utilized tools, and made the lenses more content focused, making the content areas of the lens more prominent. Some of the features that are now gone are the Favorites button and the Fan Club, also Squidcasts went bye-bye, and they stripped some of the available HTML codes out of the author bio area, so that it is no longer possible to put graphics and affiliate ads in the space below your bio, or add your Google analytics codes, etc to that space. Also gone is the lensroll option. They added a Twitter button and the Facebook “Like” button is now a Facebook “share” button. Most of the changes have been met with pretty positive responses, though a lot of people are really not happy about losing that bio space. I’m not happy about that myself, because I hadn’t had a chance to use it yet, but I knew it was there and had plans to. Oh well, change happens, and we all must adapt accordingly I suppose.
Personally, I didn’t have many fans or friends, because I’m still pretty new, and haven’t had much time to connect with a lot of people, so I never had any use for the Squidcasts, but I’m sad to see the fan clubs go, because that was a good way to find people’s lenses to check out. I’ll miss the favorites, too, because that’s how I bookmarked lenses I wanted to return to. Many people voiced the exact same concerns I have, but the consensus seems to be that overall the changes are good. I guess we’ll just have to bookmark our lenses in our browsers like everything else, but we don’t have to like it! lol Well, actually I’m thinking of making a lens of my favorites, then I’ll have them all there on a lens when I want them, and I can share them with other people. It’s an idea. We’ll see.
Overall, I’m really loving the new look with the bigger content area, it’s makes everything pop. They say they’re going to be working on some more social oriented features to replace those that have gone away, in the hopes they will work better than the features that they felt just weren’t doing what they were intended to do. I hope they can find a way to make it easier to connect to people, maybe by adding a “friend request” system, like they have on sites like Redgage and Gather. I’m really happy with the new themes we’ve got to play with, too.
Algae – This one is really pretty and great for crafty, arty, home decor type lenses..or any general lens, really. I used it on this lens Vintage Paris Travel Posters. I LOVE this one..it’s my new fav!
Blueprint – Really cool for How-To and technical lenses
Big Squid – Designed to call serious attention to the lens title — see how the eyeball looks right at the title?
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