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.
I got some awesome news today from Headway Themes that they have FINALLY announced the official release date for Headway 3.0! On November 25, 2011, the day after Thanksgiving here in the States, Headway 3.0 will be released to the public. I can’t wait to until it’s released and I get to get in there and check out all the great new features. The announcement is fantastic news for those of us already using Headway who are grandfathered in to the original pricing structure. Once Headway 3.0 is finally released, if you want to buy it you have to pay either a 6-month or 12-month renewal fee. If you buy it right now, you can get the current pricing of $87.00 for a single license and $164.00 for the Headway developer’s office, which will let you use it on all of your sites and/or the sites of your clients for sites you build for others. If you are grandfathered in to the current Headway pricing structure, you will get lifetime support and free updates.
So, if you’ve been thinking about purchasing Headway now’s the time. Hurry, you only have a few weeks left to get it at the current price!
Here is the video with a sneak peek at Headway 3.0.
(The links in this post are my affiliate links…but I’d recommend buying Headway even if I wasn’t an affiliate. I use it)
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TOP 25 MOST POPULAR CHROME EXTENSIONS AND APPS FOR GOOGLE PLUS
As awesome as Google Plus is, there are many features needed to be able to really enjoy your G+ experience that are not natively available in Google Plus just yet. Google has been very good about updating features and adding functionality for things that are widely requested, but they haven’t got them all covered as of yet. This is a list of Chrome G+ extensions that will make using G+ a whole lot easier. I use a lot of these and have been pretty much since I started on G+. They are definitely must-have Google Plus chrome extensions, I couldn’t imagine being without them now. LOL
1. Extended Share – http://goo.gl/mijZv…