Archives for January 2007

The next big blogging platform?

Blogsmith LogoA few days ago, 901am.com got the scoop that Blogsmith was going to be released to the public early in 2007. It’s aimed at taking on blogging sites like WordPress.com, Blogger and TypePad. Details are still sketchy, but Blogsmith already has a good start.

Blogsmith is is owned by AOL / Time Warner and it powers some of the largest blogs on the net including Engadget, TV Squad, Download Squad and my favorite TUAW. With Blogsmith powering these blogs, they’ve had time to work out the bugs, optimize the code and make sure that everything runs at peek permanence for tons of visitors. Even with all that testing though, giving any service to the general public will render issues.

How To Start Blogging in 4 Steps

Blogging - ComputerA lot of people get this idea that they are gong to start blogging, but then they don’t know how. They are either to scared or unsure of what to do. I agree that it can be a bit intimidating, but that can be easily rectified by starting off with a starter blog.

Here are 4 steps to start blogging.

  1. Get an Account. Go to WordPress.com or Blogger.com and get a free blog account. This is the first big step. Lots of people talk, but if you don’t have an account, you’ll never start posting.
  2. Start Posting. Post once a day, or once a week. Post about your dog, your car or what you saw on TV last night. Anything. Two sentences or one short paragraph is fine. Just get posting. The more you post the more you’ll feel comfortable doing so.

Favorite SEO Blogs

Amie has been working hard rounding up a massive list of search marketing blogs the past few days in between client projects. It started out as a list from my blog reader, but after visiting each of over 200 blogs, I came across quite a few new blogs that I hadn’t heard of before. There’s some really good talent out there and we’re looking forward to sharing this list soon.

Hopefully we’ll have everything completed for posting tomorrow am. There are 260 of them so far, each with a short description. I will also include an OPML file for easy importing into your favorite RSS reader.
Speaking of favorite SEO blogs, KBCafe is running their blog awards again. Last year Barry cleaned house against Google blogger supreme Matt Cutts and our own Online Marketing Blog.

Video Interview on Transparency and Social Media

The WebProNews video blog posted an interview Mike McDonald did with myself and Stephan Spencer during the Chicago Search Engine Strategies conference where we talk about marketing and public relations issues with blogs and social media.

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Congrats to Mike, Chris and Richard on a great job with these videos!

Fix: WordPress database error: [Can’t open file: ‘wp_comments.MYI’ (errno: 144)]

Wordpress ErrorFor the first time this weekend I ran into a rather common WordPress error: WordPress database error: [Can’t open file: ‘wp_comments.MYI’ (errno: 144)]. I also noticed this morning that Matt Cutts is having the same issue. It may seem scary, however, it’s really simple to fix.

To do so, just log into your MySQL database admin area. More than likely that’s done though your webstie’s control panel and phpMyAdmin.

Once in there, locate your blog’s database and bring up the main screen. The main screen is the one that shows you the listing of all the tables. Locate the the wp_comments table in the list and select the checkbox next to it. At the bottom of that page there is a drop down menu that says ‘With selected:’. Chose ‘Repair table’ and repair it. That should do it.

2007 Happy New Year!

Yesterday morning I was wondering if we were ever going to get any snow and by mid afternoon, WHAM!  A good old fashioned Minnesota winter in the blink of an eye.  A few stuck cars and a shoveled driveway later, we were having a great time with friends and welcomed the new year with fireworks and champagne in the snow.

With the new year comes a new office, new employees, new client projects kicking off and a host of other changes to look forward to in the search marketing industry. What will survive? What will flourish? What can businesses do to take full advantage of online channels and gain competitive advantage? What will die out and what new channels will be created in 2007?