Blog News and updates

Blog News and updates 30th April 2009

OK, before I go back to writing key word targeted, optimized, seo friendly, money making blog posts, here a bit of a blog update.

Blogger Forum

After a bit of discussion on a previous post, I decided to add a blogger board to my existing forum at. This forum is mainly geared towards people that sell images on so-called microstock sites. So if you are interested in participating in the new blogger board please register normally at the forum, wait until your account gets approved and start posting! I would like it to be an additional resource for bloggers and a place where bloggers can network with each other. I have only set up two boards, more can be added when the need arises πŸ˜‰ If it works, great, if there is no need/ demand for it, also great πŸ˜‰

Questions without answers

Yep, I know, there are still open questions in comments to some of my posts that are in need of being answered in post form. I hope to do this before the week-end is over πŸ˜‰ I do appreciate all comments and questions as these do help me to write content my readers are actually interested in! So please, keep them coming, I will catch up with you, I promise. I also got some more lined up that I got via my twitter account, so enough material for me to write about, how many hours the day has, you said? Only 27h? πŸ˜‰

World Blog Surf Day

I originally planned to run the second WBSD from this blog, but it seems that this blog develops in something distinctive from a traditional expat blog. So I am in contact with a true expat blogger that has agreed to take over the task of organising it. As soon as I have more details I will post about it πŸ˜‰

Comment, moderation and key word luv

Comment here are now dofollow and you can even insert your keywords, to get nicely targeted back links for your site. BUT I am still moderating comments. So if I don’t know you and you post only two word comment like ‘great blog’ and than put in a link to a site that reads ‘how to become an internet millionaire in one week’, sorry guy or gal, your chances to get such a comment approved are very, very, very slim! Everybody else, especially my regular readers, enjoy the new feature, it is for you πŸ˜‰

If you like this blog post and found it helpful, why not share it with your preferred social network? Handy links and bookmarklets above ^^^ πŸ˜‰

37 comments to Blog News and updates

  • hospitalera



  • LMAO – hey you approved it! Will you still let me in the forum? BTW – nice blog!

  • hospitalera

    You are already approved at the forum, didn’t you get a confirmation email? SY

  • hospitalera

    BTW, do you notice something? I couldn’t resist, they are too cute and they move. Ok, I am a playful child at heart πŸ˜‰ SY

  • LOL I hadn’t really thought about the social networking stuff – I really don’t do it much – but I saw them on someone’s blogs and it was puppy in the window time – too cute gotta have πŸ™‚ I already spammed the forum thanks !

  • hospitalera

    ‘Puppy in the window time’ is a good description [btw people we are speaking about the new social bookmarklets on the bottom of each of our posts]
    Oh, and it is not called spamming what you do, it is called ‘social interaction’, rofl, SY

  • @Lis: Good one there. πŸ™‚

    A ‘blogger forum’ should probably also include discussions about popular blogging platforms, blogging plug-ins, designs, and a forum for requesting guest posts. What do you say?

    BTW, the social bookmarking icons are cool.

  • hospitalera

    Just go to the respective forum board and start a thread about whatever interests you/ questions/ suggestions as long as it is related to blogging (at least loosely). It doesn’t make any sense to create a lot of boards and leave them empty and/ or start to talk with myself. I can always create more boards when the need arises πŸ˜‰ SY

  • Got that, most of the times I respond to posts, I rarely start any threads in forums :)) But let me join it anyway.

  • hospitalera

    Done and welcome, there are also a couple of threads to answer to. SY

  • Hi,
    thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I have asked in the forum for the theme, but no one ever answered my question.Thanks for the link though. Have a great week, sorry to hear booted you.

  • I like to have a bit of fun with my keyword optimized posts – I guess I will never manage to keep my blog on topic at this rate! I will have to go the route of optimizing separate blogs posts I think – it means you can go off topic when required! Lissie

  • hospitalera

    @Chronic Chick Talk
    I hope you get your coding problem sorted out! If I hear anything about ‘using background pictures in Atahualpa sidebars’ I’ll come back to you, promised! But I am surprised nobody in the forum there answered your question, I always found them very helpful. Give me a shout if I can do anything else for you πŸ˜‰ SY

  • hospitalera

    ‘I will have to go the route of optimizing separate blogs posts I think’ Hear, Hear! That is the idea for this blog also. How to make out of each blog post a mini article and by applying the niche internet marketing principles to a personal/ sociable post having fun and earning money. πŸ˜‰ SY

  • Kai Lo

    Thanks for the Keywordluv plugin! It is my favorite one.

  • I hope you’ll still participate in World Blog Surf Day as it was a fun venture. I’ve been taking a break from blogging for a bit (still kind of distrubed by the hullaboo at Today) and re-evaluating it all, but I know I do enjoy doing it.

  • hospitalera

    @Kai Lo
    Great! Just use it wisely!

    World Blog Surf Day will be hosted by another blogger as this blog is not really an expat blog πŸ˜‰ Stay tuned for news, SY

  • admin@london

    When would be the next world blog surf day? please keep us posted. thanks!

  • hospitalera

    @dmin from alondon
    In autumn/ fall, but remember, that is always an expat blogger event! SY

  • Thanks for putting keywordLuv into your website. I find it helpful to use this kind of plugin. I am not yet aware of World Blog Surf Day, I guess I need to visit this page from time to time.

  • hospitalera

    Just don’t over do it. You don’t need to use a new email address for each comment! Regarding WBSD, you are welcome to participate IF you have an active Expat blog. SY

  • hahaha don’t you love the spam comments that you get with keyword luv? I love the plug-in because it rewards commenters for what they’ve contributed, but you still get lame comments with no effort like “great post”!

  • hospitalera

    Eh, no I don’t love spam comments and I am editing even the “relevant” comments if they try to point to a dodgy site πŸ˜‰ SY

  • I enjoy reading your blog and the features also the layouts is cute and very cool to read, please keep me update on your upcoming blogger board as I would like to visit and check you sometimes.

    Note: Added you to my bookmarks page:)

  • hospitalera

    The blogger board is up and running since some time, you can register here: SY

  • Your efforts and ideas of being active with your blog visitors are really superb. Now the forum is set and the way you keep every one of your user connected to you and this blog is wonderful. The day has 24 hours lol! I’ve bookmarked your blog and will visit it some other time to read more articles here. I appreciate your efforts and hope that you keep finding quality time which you can spend with your friends here :).

  • hospitalera

    @Ken Lowman
    Thanks for your kind words, SY

  • Hmm, looks like Lis managed to sneak in a two word post from the word go! Now, can you tell me how to become in an internet millionaire in one week?

    Got any plans to extend the forum into other areas (or even create a second forum)? I’ve been reading some of your SEO posts for a while now and the blog would be a good place for people to share ideas/tips (sitepoint is just overloaded with people trying to sell you crappy links now).

  • hospitalera

    Lis and I go back quite some time, she is allowed to πŸ˜‰ And no, I don’t know how to “become in an internet millionaire in one week” πŸ˜‰ The forum here is pretty quite, to say the least, but yes, there are plans for something new, community related after I am back from holidays / vacations end of October, so sign up to my rss-feed or email to not miss the news πŸ˜‰ SY

  • On that note, once you get back and decide on a new direction for the forum I’d say the least us readers could do is to give you some decent backlinks to give it a boost. I’ve got 5 blogs ranging from PR 1 – 4 so let me know and I’ll knock up an article with a front page link plus a deep link to the forums.

  • hospitalera

    @ James
    Go ahead, but better then backlinks (did I really say that ??? ) would be actually some participation in the forum πŸ˜‰ SY

  • James

    Yeah, my bad. Signed up, see you in there πŸ™‚

  • James

    Could you check and see my email account registered? I don’t have an activation email yet.

  • hospitalera

    I activated your account yesterday, you should be able to login straight away πŸ˜‰ There is even a welcome message already waiting for you πŸ˜‰ SY

  • I keep thinking about making my blog dofollow. You do a good job at moderating. So many do follow blogs end up spammed to heck and look ugly. I keep thinking about a forum too, like yours. Don’t think I’ve got enough visitors though for one yet. How many visitors do you think you need for a forum?

    • hospitalera

      Regarding comment spam, I use a captcha now and it really makes a difference. I installed it as I woke up one morning to 250+ spam comments πŸ˜‰ As for the forum, as you can see, it is pretty dead and I am actually planing to remove it completely. Perhaps I will install a new one later that year, but at the moment, I see the comment section of my blog more and more as the forum part πŸ˜‰ SY