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Google Author Rank and Authorship Round-up

Still trying to decipher Author Rank and Authorship? Here are a few posts to get your started or just move you along the way. Be warned, you’re going to need a Google+ account, there’s no way around it.

Copyblogger’s “The Writer’s Author Rank Cheat Sheet” is very comprehensive on how to boost your Author Rank. Recommendations include:

  • Create a Google+ account.
  • Implement the authorship markup.
  • Boost activity on social sites.
  • Connect with influencers.
  • Continue to create and publish great content.

Copyblogger’s “10 Reasons Writers Should Claim Their Google Authorship Markup” gives a compelling argument on why bloggers should claim their Authorship. The article also discussed why Google implemented Authorship.

The Open Education Database gives you “Five Compelling Reasons You’ll Want to Claim Authorship on Google+.” These are:

  • Google Will Display Your Photo Next to Results.
  • Your Author Name Will Lead to More Results.
  • Searchers Can Instantly Add You To Their Circles.
  • Your Authority Will Be Displayed.
  • You Can Get Authorship Analytics.

This is where you go to claim your Authorship: Google’s “Signup for Authorship” page. Do not forget that you have to link back to your Google+ account using the rel=author link, and that’s after you link your content to your Google+ account.

As an extra I’m including “Seven Ways Writers Can Build Online Authority with Google+,” also from Copyblogger. Mostly because we’re already discussing Google+ and I wanted to include one more post on ways to use your account to maximum success… since you’re going to need it for blogging anyway.

As an extra extra, I’m linking to the Wikipedia page “What is PageRank?” And let me know if it makes any sense to you.

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Sources for free images

If you’re like me, you are always looking for images (free images) that you can use with your blog posts. On this site, I rarely include images. On HispanicHouston.com and SandraSays.com frequently include them. My favorite source is Flickr‘s creative commons. I make sure I give attribution and that the photo license includes commercial use.

I’ve pulled together a few articles and posts to help you find additional sources, or give you a reason why this is important.

Free Technology for Tachers shared “Use Bing to Find Public Domain Images.” Bing is a source I hadn’t tried myself. I have bookmarked this to use later.

Wikimedia Commons has “a database of 18,083,944 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.” If you’re interested in donating your photos to this database, they also have a mobile app.

Free Technology for Teachers suggests Every Stock Photo, the Morgue File, Pixabay in addition to Flickr and Bing.

And, as a cautionary tale, PR Daily’s “How using Google Images can cost you $8,000” is a great read.

Related post: Free Images on the Web, shared Google Images, Flickr Creative Commons, PhotoPin, and FreeDigitalPhotos.net. 

What other sources do you use?

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Twitter Analytics

Did you know that Twitter has analytics? If you don’t know how to access them, David Lee King has a great step-by-step list for you:

  • Get into your Twitter account (the web version)
  • Click the Settings icon (looks like a gear)
  • Click Twitter Ads (and sign in again. If you haven’t signed up for Twitter Ads, you’ll need to do that first. No cost associated with signing up, so do it for the analytics)
  • Once you’re logged into Twitter Ads, click Analytics (in the black bar at the top of the page)
  • You’re in!

I just this did myself. I am looking forward to see what I can learn from the measurements provided.

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Tablet adoption

Think tablets are most popular with kids? Think again!

Suggested reading: “Tablet Adoption Is on a Blistering Pace, With Parents Leading the Way,” from Businessweek.

According to this article,  “tablets have become most popular among highly educated people in their thirties and forties.” I guess that means I’m just in the norm for this. Nice to know.

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WordPress errors and plugins

A short WordPress roundup to add to the series.

I found this post to be helpful, “10 Most Common WordPress Errors (With Solutions).” However, the solutions are not beginner’s level.

Need more plugin recommendations? Check out “7 Must Have WordPress Plugins for Authors.” Includes:

  • Get Noticed with Social Author Bio.
  • Add Multiple Bylines with Co-Author Plus.
  • Plan Ahead with Editorial Calendar.
  • Add Pictures with Compfight.
  • Add Profile Pics with Author Images.
  • Optimize Your Site with WordPress SEO by Yoast.
  • Backup Your Blog Posts with WordPress Backup to Dropbox.

And on the topic of plugins for authors, there’s also “Top 6 Free Author Bio Box for WordPress.” This recommends:

  • Fancier Author Box.
  • Another Author Box.
  • Social Author Bio.
  • Advance Author Bio.
  • Better Author Bio.
  • WP About Author.

There will probably be more WordPress roundups in my future.

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Free images on the web

Two posts to help you find, and manage, free images on the web.

Common Creativity: Understanding the Rules and Rights Around “Free” Images on the Web

“No matter how small the risk of your getting caught may seem (depending, of course, on how flagrant you are with what you have “stolen”), the simple fact is that improper use of protected works is a crime and is actually prosecuted more often than you might think. “

The essentials for finding and using images online” recommends:

  • Google Images.
  • Flickr Creative Commons.
  • PhotoPin.
  • FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

I personally use Flickr Creative Commons. What do you use?

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Easy websites with Google Sites

Need to create a quick and easy website? Try Google Sites! They offer:
  • Single-click page creation.
  • Customizable look and feel.
  • Dozens of pre-built templates.
  • Settings for accessing and sharing information.
  • And it’s free!
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Youtube discontinues username login

The last time I logged in to Youtube I was given the message that next time I have to use my email address.

We no longer support signing into your account with your YouTube username—but you can still access your account:

  • Enter your email address instead of your YouTube username. Your account has an associated email address. If you’re not sure what it is, see below.
  • Your password still works. Your password hasn’t changed—it’s still the same password you’ve been using to sign into YouTube.

You’re still signing into the same account as always—you just need to enter the email address on the account instead of your YouTube username.

More info at Youtube.

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Twitter & LinkedIn two-step authentication

Did you know that Twitter and LinkedIn offer two-step authentication to help you secure your accounts? Here are a few articles to provide additional information:

Protecting your LinkedIn Account with Two-Step Verification — Provides a step-by-step video on how to Turn on two-step verification for your account.

Twitter does the two-step, gets serious on security with new authentication feature — the two-step works by sending a pin code via text message to a user’s cell phone.

Getting started with Twitter’s login verification  — a good step-by-step walk-through on the two-step authentication process.

Twitter Introduces Two-Step Authentication — includes a one-minute video covering the two-step authentication process.

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Pinterest verification code

I’m not an active Pinterest user, especially as a blogging tool. For those of you who are, apparently you can install a verification code on your website. This article, “How to Upload Your Pinterest Verification Code to your Website (Using Go Daddy),” is a good place to get you started.

— Posted by Sandra Fernandez