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Where to find your blogs on the new Blogger dashboard

To switch between your Blogger blogs, click the little down arrow to the right of the displayed blog title at the top of the left menu.

That will open a list of your blogs.

More info in the +Blogger help forum:!topic/blogger/2kD-YC1QRtI
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Join me for a free Webinar: Blogger, beyond text

Wondering about how to add images, videos and other non-text content to your Blogger blog posts?

Join me and +Michael Daniels as we discuss what you can do on Blogger beyond text.

Wednesday Jan. 18th at 8:15pm Eastern / 5:15pm Pacific.

The video will be viewable after the webinar.
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Join me and +Peggy K (Google Top Contributor Expert) as we explore Blogger . We will cover some basic things and posting beyond Text..... add images and video.

Wednesday Jan. 18th at 8:15pm Eastern / 5:15pm Pacific)

Even if you can't make the live event be sure to register, you can come back and watch ANYTIME. Also, if you register now you can add comments in the unified chat and we will bring it up on screen during the Event.

NOTE: When you register you get an email that allows you to add this event to your Outlook or Google calendar

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Webmasters: ensure your website is protected from hackers!
See you again in the next #NoHacked!
Until then, if you have questions, go to our forum →

We hope you have a joyful holiday. If you've missed out on our #NoHacked campaign, here are the posts for this campaign
1. Be aware of credit card skimming →
2. Enable HTTPS →
3. Keep up with updates →
4. Take code obfuscation challenge →
5. Prevent SEO spam →
6. Protect the configuration file →
7. Let us know what you would like for the next

Have a great and safe year ahead!
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The year in review: 2016 Blogger updates and tips

Do you use Blogger? In the past year there have been some nice updates with the dashboard and account pages simplified and updated, HTTPS enabled on all blogspot domain blogs, and Blogger blog images now easily findable in the new Album Archive.

And some things were taken away: Google Friend Connect now requires a Google account login, the Slide Show widget stopped working, and there no longer is the option to edit or otherwise manage images now that Picasa Web Albums has been retired.

I'm looking forward to see what 2017 will bring.

Plus there were some great tips published in 2016, not only by me, but by other Blogger experts like +Ms Drasby and +Chuck Croll .

Check out all the 2016 updates and tips:
Blogger got some nice updates in 2016, and there is a promise of more changes to come in 2017. Blogger dashboard was redesigned and the account interface was simplified HTTPS was enabled for all blogspot domain blogs Picasa ...
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Is your e-commerce site secure? Hackers can install malware that skims credit card payments

Follow +Google Webmasters​ for site security tips.

And if you made a donation to the National Republican Senatorial Committee last year, check your credit card.
Hohoho! Happy Holidays! #NoHacked is back for festive season! We want to make sure that users are safe online during this holidays. For this and next week, we will provide tips daily.

You might have heard of credit card skimming in the real world like on credit card or ATM machines, but did you know that credit card skimming can happen in the virtual world? E-commerce platforms and sites with vulnerabilities can be silently compromised by credit card skimmers that steal your customer's information. Not only is this bad for your users but it can severely damage your reputation as a merchant.

Read more about a high profile online credit card skimming case and learn about how to prevent your site from being compromised:
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Crawl Budget: do you understand the factors that determine how the Google search bot crawls your site?

+Google Webmasters​ explains that having many low-value-add URLs can negatively affect a site's crawling and indexing. They found that the low-value-add URLs fall into these categories, in order of significance:

* Faceted navigation and session identifiers

* On-site duplicate content

* Soft error pages

* Hacked pages

* Infinite spaces and proxies

* Low quality and spam content

Wasting server resources on pages like these will drain crawl activity from pages that do actually have value, which may cause a significant delay in discovering great content on a site.

Not sure what those are? Get all the details on the +Google Webmasters​ blog:
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Google intrusive interstitials mobile penalty now rolling out

This only impacts interstitials that are present when someone clicks from Google's mobile search to your web page. It doesn't currently impact desktop or does it impact what you do from within your site.

More about the policy, announced last August:

About the latest update at SEO Roundtable

Via +Mike Blumenthal​, who notes Yelp has dramatically improved their mobile experience
Google have of plenty of notice that yesterday, January 10th, the Google mobile intrusive interstitials penalty would launch on January 10, 2017.Google's Gary Illyes and John Mueller both confirmed it
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Medium moving away from "ad-driven publishing model", laying off 1/3 of its staff

 We believe people who write and share ideas should be rewarded on their ability to enlighten and inform, not simply their ability to attract a few seconds of attention.

Evan Williams has been part of internet publishing for almost 20 years - he's a cofounder of Pyra Labs, best known for the Blogger blogging platform (eventually acquired by Google), co-founder of Twitter, and currently the founder and CEO of the Medium publishing platform.

When he talks about what "works" people listen. And this is what he posted today about advertising.

His goal is quite ambitious: "To build a platform that defined a new model for media on the internet."

And an ad-driven model was not working towards that goal.

Upon further reflection, it’s clear that the broken system is ad-driven media on the internet. It simply doesn’t serve people. In fact, it’s not designed to. The vast majority of articles, videos, and other “content” we all consume on a daily basis is paid for — directly or indirectly — by corporations who are funding it in order to advance their goals. And it is measured, amplified, and rewarded based on its ability to do that. Period. As a result, we get…well, what we get. And it’s getting worse.

So they are shifting gears. But leaving that model means closing offices and scaling down Medium's staff.

And ultimately the problem is that there isn't any obviously better revenue model to replace ads.

So, we are shifting our resources and attention to defining a new model for writers and creators to be rewarded, based on the value they’re creating for people. And toward building a transformational product for curious humans who want to get smarter about the world every day.

It is too soon to say exactly what this will look like.

And i think that's why people turn to advertising: not because people love ads, but because there isn't any obvious alternative.

It will be interesting to see what they come up with.

Read Ev Williams announcement:
We’ve decided to make some major changes at Medium.
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+Paolo Amoroso​ I've tried Amazon Associate links on my blog to mixed results. People have to both click and buy something. I suspect it works best if you are reviewing gadgets.
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2016 in tech design: all about the ombré

Color gradients are the Goldilocks of the visual world—they’re more interesting than a solid hue but less distracting than an image with, say, multiple sections of discrete color.

I think ombré will probably look dated faster than a plain solid color, so if you are thinking of using it in your website or app design, now's the time.

Read more about the trend at +WIRED
The year’s biggest color trend wasn’t a single hue, at all. It was a blend of them. More precisely, it was ombré---the ten dollar word for color gradients.
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Pro-Trump (and other) referrer spam in Google Analytics

Secret. ɢoogle. com You are invited! Enter only with this ticket URL. Copy it. Vote for Trump!

Note that ɢoogle(.)com , is NOT the same as Google(.)com !

"Prolific Russian spammer" Vitaly Popov has registered websites that use the latin version of letters, meaning he can get a URL that looks very much like, but directs visitors elsewhere. And Popov has been including pro-Trump messages in his spam (and anti-Google messages, since they apparently disabled his AdSense account).

It's not just fake Google URLs - others are seeing "lifehacĸer" (which is not and other sites in their +Google Analytics.

And the author of linked article below notes:

Editor's note: A link to this article has been included in a wave of Google Analytics spam. Although it may appear that traffic is coming from Motherboard to your site, that is not the case. More information can be found here.

The important thing is to NOT click the links you see in your Google Analytics, Blogger or other site stats. The whole purpose of referrer spam is to get you - the site owner - to click the link, and some may lead to malicious websites.

+Google Analytics has the option to create a filter that excludes traffic referred from selected domains, so once you've identified the spam, you can exclude it from your reports:

Read more at +Motherboard about the recent wave of Google Analytics spam:

(via +Dan B. )
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The spammers seem to be in control!! How sad!!
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