Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Alexa Rankings and Writing Break

Winter 2013 Oregon

   Lately I've been keeping track of my Alexa ratings for my other two blogs and Hubpages. I know they have a long ways to go before I can start making any significant amount of money, but I like stats and seeing things in numbers. Here is the world Alexa ratings of these three sites:

The Lowdown Truth: 10,372,004
A Writer's Review:      4,733,325
lowdown0.Hupages    4,538,357

     Interesting that my Hubpages account shows up there, and it is ranked the highest of the three too. I only started working my writing system for the last 4 weeks. Before this I was randomly working and my blogs went near dormant for a couple months. So really, the progress I've made with my blogs has come in the last month. 

    Although these number are in the millions, I'm still excited about them going lower and lower. Now I have a goal to get my blogs under a million in three months time. Ultimately I want them to get under a 100K in the world. 

    On a different note, I will be taking a bit of a break from my writing system this next week. My wife and I are going to the White Stone Remnant Conference in Montana. We've been looking forward to this for a long time now, and getting ready for it. I will bring my computer and am planning on writing an article about the conference afterwards, but my writing overall this next week will go to a near standstill. 

    When I get back though, I have many article ideas I want to get started on. This blog is just starting to take form and soon enough will be monetized with Adsense as well as the others. So far, this has been exactly what I was looking to create, a place where I could write my not so formal thoughts. It's your fault if you end up reading it. 

     My last Blogtalkradio show went well, it talked about the White Stone Remnant conference. If you want to listen there is a widget at the bottom of the blog. 

      God is good, Jesus is our friend. For this I'm grateful and have hope for the future. This world grows darker and the difficulties we face become more strenuous, yet we are growing in the grace and love of Jesus Christ through his words. The Word of God and prayer are the staples of our lives. Fasting is one thing we need to do more. For now, signing out, God bless. 

Book of the Day: Ralph Epperson's book: The Unseen Hand, Introduction To The Conspiratorial View of History


Monday, May 26, 2014

Wrong Thumbnail Picture When Sharing and Meta Tag Problems

Harold Dog says,
 "Are those pictures working yet?"

    This has been the one drawback of Blogger so far, is the glitch when sharing posts and getting the profile picture as the thumbnail instead of the picture in the post. This used to happen only when I posted to facebook, but now is happening on Google+!

    I've spent a few hours on this one at least over the last couple months trying to figure out why? Sometimes the thumbnail picture is from the post, this is so nice when this happens. Yet, most of the time it's my Google+ profile picture or even the picture of those who commented in the post. I have pasted different codes into the template and nothing, nothing has worked.

    In the forums for Google help there are others like me, who are not finding a solution. This seems to have been going on for years. It's probably a conspiracy, I mean why couldn't they figure this one out and help us bloggers? Is it because we are using the free templates, so they say whatever, get what you don't pay for. Well, I mean geez, we do put their advertisement out to thousands of people and usually make next to nothing for our efforts, right?

   Don't worry I will keep trying to figure this one out, if I ever do, I will write a post about it and tell everyone. For now, I've been either just posting with no picture at all, or going directly to Google+ and Facebook and posting manually on my walls, I put a picture and then write a snippet myself and put the link. This takes time and doesn't look as good, plus the post doesn't get the +, instead the picture in the share does. Facebook, I have to go there and directly put it in with the picture and the link, there is no choice to post without the profile pic.

    Besides this, someone nicely mentioned to me about meta tags. I didn't know about them, but I quickly figured out how to enable them in my settings here on Blogger and then write out a description for every single post I've ever written (about 60 posts). Then, I find out when I share a post to Google+ there not only is no picture except my profile, but there is no description on the post at all! On facebook, the meta description was working though, but still not the picture. Hmmm?

   So, in the end, I just disabled the meta description experiment and am back to having a description on my Google+ posts. Yet, the first part of the description is the information about the photo which they won't show. It's always something isn't it...

   Does anyone relate to these problems I'm having? Has anyone figured out how to get the right thumbnail? Is this only a problem with Blogger? Makes me wonder if I shouldn't have started blogging elsewhere. Yet, I have been very happy with my Blogger blogs besides this photo problem. The meta description problem is probably my fault venturing somewhere I don't know enough about yet to go.

   We have to do what we can and carry on. New posts have to be written, and once the readers do get to our blog, they can see the nice pictures we have for them after all. It's almost like a surprise, some plain link with a strange description entices them with the title alone, and then it's a bonus to find picture life inside the mysterious link. Hey, not everyone knows about our little problem here with the thumbnail thingy. But, hey Google, you should know and be fixing this, geez...

    Just wanted you to know out there, I understand, we are going to figure this out eventually. We will be victorious in Jesus! Was that a good transition, I just wanted to let you know, God loves you. (Let's see if the thumbnail works in this post).

The Book of The Day: Russ Dizdar's Black Awakening

Friday, May 23, 2014

Blogging Journey

Oregon Beach
 There is a lot to learn when it comes to blogging. For the last four months I have been learning about my blogger blogs. It's been a journey for sure, keeping me up late at night and working early in the morning. Basically you have to love to do this in order to spend so much time doing it not knowing if it will ever pay off monetarily. 

  For some people who make enough money elsewhere to be comfortable and have time to write as much as they want, they don't really understand those who are squeezed for time. Our day jobs, families, and other obligations just make it hard to spend the learning time needed to start to make blogging work. 

  Today I learned that there are pages and posts. Now, I have seen the pages option on the dashboard, but never understood what it was for until today. Of course, I only figured it out after I had created my about pages for three blogs on my posts section. So, I learned the hard way.

   After copying all the about pages for three blogs and then pasting them to the pages section in each blog, then deleting the posts -- now the snippet picture for the widget showing my other sites, is showing the about page. The about pages all have the same picture, so my picture is showing up all over each of my blogs. Good thing I don't get a lot of traffic yet, still though the few that trickle in every hour could be wondering about me. They may think I'm vain and full of myself. 

   It's a learning process that, yes, would be easier if I had a trainer who could answer every question and walk me through things as I go. This isn't how it is though, I started from scratch essentially barely knowing how to copy and paste a URL, barely even knowing what a URL was about 5 months ago. Considering this and I have learned on my own, I would say the few bucks I have made so far blogging is a miracle. I have to give glory to Jesus for giving me the passion to write and create these platforms. 

    Not sure if you are a blogger or write on-line somewhere, but blogging is very exciting to me. More than revenue sharing sites because it's a platform I have basically created and can do what I want on more or less. I mean it is Blogger that gives me the tools to build it, but as far as I have found, blogging wherever provides the most freedom and control over your writing. This means the possibilities are endless, yet the road to these possibilities is seemingly impossible sometimes. 

    The numbers of people needed as in daily traffic are staggering if think about it too much. It will discourage the beginner and most either give up or just stay content with not getting much more than a few hundred visitors a month. I'm not sure why most people start a blog, but as for me it has been a great fit for my personality. 

   For the right person who loves to write and be creative, blogging is a great way to express yourself and grow your on-line writing and artistic efforts. It does take faith and time, and it doesn't promise monetary reward either. If I can help someone come closer to Jesus, or give them encouragement to keep on trying, then I have accomplished the main goal. I mean I do have a day job that keeps us afloat. 

Movie of the day: The Adventures of the Wilderness Family