Week 5 – Networking

There was almost nothing new this week from a learning prospective. Download a widget, install a widget, activate and set up the widget.  I have done this several times before.  So what was important this week is the use of the new widget.

networkingThe widget is Widlink.  This is not a widget anyone can find by searching widgets.  A friend of John’s wrote this widget for use in the Partnership to Success program.  Widlink goes in the sidebar and provides links to other P2S members’ blogs.  Once Widlink is installed and activated, setup entails telling the widget how many members to display and giving the list a title. After this is done, the list will appear in the sidebar.  A great feature of Widlink is that it is dynamic and random.  The list has a different list of names each time someone accesses my blog.

Are you asking, ”Why is Widlink important?”  Widlink provides a network of P2S blogs.  It is important to have links pointing to my blog from other websites and vice-a-versa.  This helps the various internet “crawlers” find my blog.  The more references to my blog found, the higher its ranking.

Another task assigned was to go to the blogs of other members and leave comments.  This also helps the “crawlers”.  When I leave a comment, part of the information I provide is my website.  Once again, this creates a link back to me blog.  Plus, some of the blogs use a plugin called CommentLuv.  This plugin provides a link back to the commenter’s most recent post.  If their blog uses that plugin or an equivalent, I get double the back links.  I need to install CommentLuv.

Two other small tasks for this week were adjust the width of the sidebar and signup for Google Adsense.  Adjusting the width of the sidebar is easy if you know where to do it.  The sidebar width is set by going to OptimizePress, Blog Settings, Layout Structure, Sidebar Column Preferences and entering the desired width.  (I hate to think how long it would take me to find that on my own.)  The default setting was 309 pixels which I changed to 375.  The reason for signing up for Google Adsense this week is because it takes time to get it approved.  I already had an Adsense account but deleting old sites and adding a new one is just like signing up for the first time.  Google has to approve everything.

More about Adsense next week.

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