Fetching Friday – Resources, Blog World Expo & Akismet

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the resources mashup, Blog World Expo Poll, Akismet commentary, and what’s new on kikolani.com.

The Resources Mashup

Here are some of the best articles I have stumbled upon and retweeted on @kikolani this week.

Blogging / Writing

Business / Career / Finance

Facebook

Humor / Infographics / Inspiration

  • 45 mobile web designs to show future trends – great designs to view on your smartphones.
  • How to design your business card – tips and examples.
  • HTML 5 showcase – 48 potential flash-killing demos that are hopefully more SEO advanced than Flash as well as mobile friendly.
  • 55 beautifully made single page designs – learn how to make your web precense amazing with just one page.
  • History of RickRolling – I’m sorry I missed this infographic last week, but it’s too amusing to leave out.

Link Building

  • Link building with press release optimization – does it really work?
  • Link building tools interview with Taylor Pratt of Raven SEO – great response to dofollow vs. nofollow.
  • Link building with bloggers and the meaning of relationships – aka, how link builders can entice bloggers the right way.
  • Differences in opinion on quality links – covers traffic, PageRank, incoming links, images, spammy links, and more.
  • SMX Advanced 2010: Show me the links presentation – click on replay to see commentary on one of the best link building sessions at SMX.

Making Money Online / Online Marketing

  • Are you being seduced into affiliate marketing? Or should you focus on affiliate marking vs. creating your own product.
  • The secret behind successful PPC advertising – I’m not that familiar with PPC, but these guys are the gurus of conversions, so it will be a good read for those using pay per click.
  • What I want you to learn from me – the best articles on how to make money online.
  • Donate buttons – do they work?
  • Complete guide to blog advertising – everything you need to know including site examples that show how to do it beautifully.

Personal Development / Self Improvement

Photography / Digital Art

Search Engines / SEO / Analytics

  • Client feedback exercise to kick off a SEO project – great way to get to know your client and their goals.
  • The blog post SEO checklist – 5 things to make sure you include in each blog post for search optimization.
  • How a three month old site gets massive Google traffic – how to get traffic from Google News, mini-sites, Youtube videos, and more.
  • SEO hacking – hacking for links and how to make sure your site doesn’t fall victim.
  • 18 must read SMX advanced highlights – a great selection of beyond the basic tips for SEO, link building, and search engine news.

Social Media

Tech / Tools / Tips

Twitter

WordPress

Blog World Expo 2010

This year, I plan on attending the Blog World Expo in Las Vegas on October 14 – 16th. Assuming nothing crazy happens in the in-between, I should definitely be there for Friday and Saturday – Thursday is still up in the air.

I wanted to take a quick poll to see if any of you, my readers, will be there as well. It will be open until June 15th!

Also, be sure to let me know in the comments if you are a maybe or definitely coming!

What’s New on Kikolani

This week, I have added a new mailing list option, which you can see near the top of the sidebar. Instead of a free ebook, I wanted to offer something a little more personalized. If you sign up for the mailing list, you will get a free quick review of your website, blog, or social media profile. I’ll let you know if I see anything that could be improved in terms of design, functionality, or optmization.

Why a mailing list? As many of you know, I write about a lot more than just blogging on a variety of sites (including Search Engine Journal, Famous Bloggers, Social Media Examiner, etc.) and I want to take all of that information and compile it in one place and make it useful to the bloggers and social media enthusiasts that read Kikolani.

As you know, most mailing lists are also an avenue to promote products for affiliate marketing. Yes, I do some affiliate marketing, but you can be sure that any product I share with you will be something that I fully believe will be beneficial to you – not just something that will make me a little commission and good luck to you to figure it out.

So if this sounds good to you, be sure to scroll up and subscribe today!

Are You Missing Comments?

There is some great discussion that has developed about how Akismet is blocking commenters that you may want on your site. There is one setting in particular on Akismet that you may have turned on in the beginning that you may want to reconsider.

If you have a self-hosted WordPress blog, check your Akismet Configuration and make sure the “Automatically discard spam comments on posts older than a month” is unchecked. Otherwise, any comments from those readers who normally fall into the spam filter will be deleted before you ever see them if they comment on posts that are over 30 days old. I don’t know about you, but I have some regular commenters that have wound up in the spam filter consistently. If you have this box checked, you will never see them.

If you have a WordPress.com blog, check under Settings > Discussion, and make sure the “Don’t discard spam on old posts” is checked for the same reason as above.

Also, please take some serious consideration into what you mark as spam. Certainly it is a personal decision, but remember that what you may consider spam, others may not. If you’re uncertain, just delete the comment.

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Comments

  1. says

    Kristi, once again thanks for this extensive list of info. I’ll check it out in detail this weekend when I have more time.

    About spam comments. I am very careful what I mark as spam, both on my blogs and with e-mail, and I encourage everyone else to do the same.

    And a suggestion to blog owners. If you moderate comments, please do something (plugin or settings) to let commenters know their comments are being held for moderation. Twice yesterday I submitted comments on well-known blogs just to see them disappear with no explanation — just gone. Both were there when I checked back later in the day. But still, it’s frustrating to write a thoughtful comment and have it go poof. It also makes me wonder if I got caught in a spam filter.

    And finally, I’ll follow your advice on Akismet and comment settings.
    John Soares just posted The Importance of Free Time Alone

    • says

      I believe that mine does the “awaiting moderation” notification. But I know what you mean, I have left comments and just emailed the blogger just to make sure the comment really went through, because with all the spam filtering, you never know what they will see in the backend. And thanks for changing the settings. I hope it helps you find some good commenters!

    • says

      Hi ZK,

      I actually, upon the suggestion of many readers, shortened each section to just 5 (sometimes 6 if I just can’t help myself) instead of it being a free for all number of posts to do just the top 5. Usually I have the ones I consider best at the top, although sometimes there are late editions, as I start collecting them throughout the week. You can be assured that they are 5 out of many though, as I subscribe to a lot of blogs and follow lots of Twitter lists, so I have a lot of great content to go through.

  2. says

    It took me a moment to find the area where to deselect “Automatically discard spam comments on posts older than a month.” For anyone who forgot where this is you’ll find it under Plugins>Askimet Configuration. The little checkbox is located underneath your Askimet key. It was checked in my configuration so I appreciate your advice about that for sure!

    I have been wondering how to handle those comments that are borderline spammy (“great site and your writing style is amazing. just found your site on yahoo” is a recent example). I marked that one as spam, but normally I just delete most of those out of fear of accidentally marking as spam a comment that’s really not meant to be spammy but may just be written poorly.
    Annette just posted Imagine A Social Media World Without Your Business In It

    • says

      I remember checking it while thinking that it would automatically delete any comments that have been sitting in the spam filter for 30 days. Now I realize what it really means is just no good at all!

      It’s a hard call on borderline spammy. The way I see it though is one person’s spam may not be another’s, and I don’t want to contribute to them missing out on a comment they may want by telling Akismet it is spam. So I just delete. That way they always have the chance elsewhere.

  3. says

    Wonderful, I just wakeup and found your post published early today :)

    I wish I can attend the Blog World Expo 2010 in Vegas, I am still planning to visit Egypt after a few months so I am not sure yet, I have voted for maybe!

    I like the idea of giving a quick blog review, that would be awesome, so I will subscribe to immediately, maybe you can review our FamousBloggers.net blog and I will et an advice from you!

    I have unchecked the Akismet check box, for me.. comments are more important the blog itself!

    Deleting is better than spamming the comment, but some people really force you to do that!

    Wonderful read while having my first coffee
    Hesham just posted You Are Your Own Social Media Brand

    • says

      Yes… I wanted it to go live early to greet any new visitors from my Social Media Examiner post today.

      Glad you enjoyed the post, and absolutely I’ll take a look at Famous Bloggers, although off the top of my head I can’t think of anything wrongdoing on that site. :)

    • says

      You’re welcome. I like to think of Friday as the day most people will have more time to look over the best of the week. And I’m trying to give readers on the “least popular blogging day” something to be excited about.

    • says

      I usually don’t hear about local seminars / conferences until the day before they happen. I’ve been trying to keep up with the local news to prevent missing out on something good more now. Blog World is one I wanted to do last year but didn’t get the chance, so I’ve been waiting for them to open up registration! I wish you luck on getting your proposal accepted!

  4. says

    Just wanted to say thanks for two things, that history of rick-rolling (which was quite excellent, and has been stumbled and bookmarked), & the details on the Comluv/Famous Bloggers contest (I had been waiting a while to see what the actual rules were, but got tired of checking back every so often).
    ashok just posted Paul Hoover, “To the Choirmaster”

    • says

      I couldn’t resist the rick-rolling one when I found it. I hope you get to participate in the guest blogging contest. It’s going to be one of the best ones ever.

    • says

      Sounds like a good policy. That is why turning off that automatically delete feature is important, as if you do get a valuable commenter on an old post, you still want the chance to save it!

  5. says

    I’ll have to check out the akismet issues and featured. Anyone that takes the time to actually comment needs to be getting approved and not ending up in the spam. I would hate it if someone came back and looked for a response to the comment and didn’t even see it.

    As for Blog World, I would love to go. I haven’t really considered it yet. It’s still a ways away but don’t know how crazy it is with registration – do you need to book way in advance? I’ll look into it but it seems cool and it gives me a reason to go back to Vegas! I want visit the neon sign museum aka boneyard and shoot photography. It will probably depend on funds at the time. Time to add it to a dream board and envision myself already there!

    Great number of links here again to go through over time! Thanks
    Scott Webb just posted How the World Cup and Embryo Are Connected

    • says

      If you want to get the lowest registration price, you have to book by July 15th. After that, it starts going up.

      Never heard of the neon sign museum… that definitely sounds like a good photo op!

  6. says

    WOW! What a resourceful post. Thank you for sharing all of these hacks and tutorials. I’ve found several that I’ll be implementing in the next days across my blogs. I’m having trouble with one of them, but hopefully the plugin’s author will prove to be helpful.
    Aisha just posted Links for 2010-06-11 [del.icio.us]

    • says

      Definitely, they should. I try to do it every other day at least. But if you have that option that I mentioned checked, the problem is that Akismet automatically deletes what it considers spam on posts older than 30 days without giving you the chance to see it at all.

      • says

        Personally I see that as operator error, not an Akismet problem. The very first thing any blogger needs to do before they begin blogging is getting to know the inner working of their blog.

        I said “personally” as in “in my opinion” so as not to upset some; truth be told, that’s pretty darn near fact. ;)

        I check spam, every time I’m in my blog. With only a few each time, it takes mere seconds.
        Dennis Edell just posted 6 Blogs – 6 Blog Themes. All the Same or All Different? It’s a Branding Issue…

        • says

          It’s a wording translation error. I’ve talked to several people who interpreted the option “Automatically discard spam comments on posts older than a month” as it will automatically delete anything that is in the spam filter for longer than a month as opposed to what it actually means, which is that it will automatically delete comments (never to be seen by the blog owner) that are considered spam that are added to posts that are over a month old. Not necessarily a Akismet problem, but a little on the confusing wording side for those of us who read sentences a bit out of order.

  7. says

    The akismet system has it’s pros and Cons… Hopefully akismet listens to the post over at GrowMap, but unfortunately I highly doubt it as aksimet seems to have a mind of its own :( I’ve had friends how have been unjustly blacklisted in the akismet system, and akismet could careless, which is not right at all!

  8. says

    I’ll definitely check my akismet configurations. Thank you for sharing that information. And as always, this is another great edition of resources mashup. I like 21 things my dog taught me to be a better man. It is the greatest tribute that you can give to a wonderful pet.
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