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Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Static Page Blog Profile



People often ask if they can have more than one Profile - on one account. They might have ten blogs and want variation, for a particular reason. The answer I always give is always the same:

One Blogger account - One Blogger Profile

Then, I add a condition...

But, if you wish to make your own Profile, you can.


Blogger has always given the ability to bloggers, to back-date a post, so that it never appears on the main page. In other words, a static page.

For instance, most bloggers would show no more than, say 10 - 25 posts on their main page. Why? Well, the more you display on the main page, the slower the Browser may take to display the blog. Your readers may not like that. So, back-dating a post (see Post Options on the Post Editor) allows you to back-date a post to months, or even years, in the past - into the archives, to be displayed only when searched for, or linked to!


Blogger in Draft - Post Pages are now available, too, and can be used for this purpose.

That way, it should never accidentally, appear. Of course, it will be displayed if searched for, as in the case of a self-made 'roll your own' Profile page. I've made one for this blog. See the TEXT gadget in my sidebar, under my Followers, - called:



I could name it anything I want to, like About Me (Gee, that's original!), or See My Profile, or whatever. It takes the place of a Blogger Profile gadget, though it gives the same information - and links. Naturally, if you are going to create your own profile, you would NOT load the Blogger Profile Gadget to your blog!


Something to remember, as well - the static page has many uses on a blog. It can be used for anything from a Profile to an image. Maybe a form, maybe a graph. Just publish it then link to it.


I am not the most creative blogger around, so please excuse my rushed, and rather plain example. It took me all of 30 minutes!


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Friday, 18 December 2009

Monetize Your Blog - Choices



One of the most interesting areas of blogging, is click-able advertising on blogs. Up until recently, we really only had Google's AdSense - and the many problems being reported to the AdSense Help Group.

The alternative was to organise advertising privately - which you can still do, by the way.

Adding AdSense to your blog became as easy as adding the code to a gadget.

In April this year, Blogger Buzz announced the addition of the Monetize tab on Blogger, and the Blogger Dashboard. A new tab turned up on your Blogger Layouts which could link, automatically, to the AdSense site, to sign-up, as well as to a Google interface (API), to check on your earnings.








Clicking on the tab offers you these screens, where you can choose ...








That lead to the introduction of AdSense for Feeds, which adds ads to your Blog-Feed.





Now, we have the ability to integrate directly with Amazon Associates to search Amazon’s product catalog, and add links to products that earn you commissions when your readers buy products you recommend. You can also view information about this opportunity, on the Amazon Associates blog.








There is also a link to Google Affiliates Network ... various choices, again.






So, Monetizing your blog is now easier than ever. Try it.


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What is the role of a Help Forum Helper?



In my opinion, Helpers on the Blogger Help Forum, are people who actively try to assist other bloggers, with solving a problem, or answering a question.
They may be bloggers just visiting the forum occasionally, or people who frequent the forum more often, who have earned the title of Official Blog*Star, or Top Contributor, which is really a misnomer, suggesting that someone with this moniker, has asked, or answered, or in some way, well, contributed, more than anyone else.

That is NOT actually so, in many cases. Sometimes, the TC's, or Official Blog*Stars, do not know the answers, but, in order to 'help' the troubled blogger, we try to do our best. This may, or may not be of help, but may get the blogger/asker looking at possible remedies, or pointed in the right direction. Sometimes, we are correct/successful, too.

Some of us used to be called Blog*Stars. Now, it's Official Blog*Stars, and now we also have Top Contributors. Some Top Contributors are not Blog*Stars. (Don't ask me, I don't know, but I think it's because they were appointed under a different thought, by Blogger.) However, if you see that someone has replied to your question in the Blogger Forum, and their Profile Link looks like this:




- remember that these people are bloggers - just like YOU! We are NOT Google / Blogger employees, and we give of our time - for FREE! We offer our experience - for nothing. We do NOT get paid! We are, after all, just Helpers!

I know it's frustrating for some bloggers to know that the Blogger Help Forum is the closest they will get to actually contacting Blogger. There are reasons for that, too. I feel sure that the main one being even the Blogger Employees do not have the 'coal-face' experience to match the combined experience of around 15 bloggers! Plus, you could imagine the work-load that they have - without adding Forum duties to it!


So, having said that, what do we do? What is the role of a Top Contributor / Official Blog*Star?

Well, my idea (my opinion) of what we do, is subjective, because there's no list called 'things to do for Top Contributors and Official Blog*Stars'. I try to:

  • Give accurate advice on how to solve a problem. That's my first priority.
  • Keep the questioner/asker from panicking, and regretting his/her decision to use Blogger.
  • Be succinct, precise in my answers - not too much 'waffling-on'.
  • Direct the questioner/asker to a best-source of remedy, be it Blogger Help site, or to eg: another site.
  • Never link to sites of probable malicious content.
  • Help keep the Forum 'clean' of SPAM, and other abusive/useless rubbish.
  • Escalate certain problem question threads to the Blogger Employees, if required.
  • Try to educate bloggers, the best way I can, by writing technical-help posts.


It's not a big list, is it? It's not supposed to be, either. I know a few of the other TC's and Blog*Stars would feel the same as I do.

The bloggers, who ask questions, also have a role to play. They should know how to ask a question, or report a problem correctly, to help the helpers!


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Label-specific Site Feed



Adding a Label-specific Site Feed couldn't be easier.

The Label-feed URL looks like this:

http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/-/labelname

* Labelnames are case-sensitive, too!
* Make sure you include the hyphen (-), too!

The above example is NOT a typo!

*Note: You have to substitute the correct blog name in the above URL !





One other thing you have to watch-out for is whether, or not, the actual blog label is written with an Uppercase, or lowercase initial letter. In other words, if the blog label starts with a Capital, then your Feed URL has to include that. eg: Label, or label


Then, you add the Site-Feed URL to a Blogger Feed gadget, from your Layouts screen, and the Feed will look like this one I did for the Roberto's Report label, Language:






You can do this for any label appearing on any blog - as long as the owner of the blog has enabled the basic Site Feeds for that blog's posts, and that label is apparent.

For more info: < HERE >


See also: Feed URLs - What is mine?

and: Comments-only Site Feed

and: Roberto's Report Newsfeeds


Happy Blogging!


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Thursday, 17 December 2009

Labels - How do you want them displayed?



Labels can be of many different presentation styles. I use, and prefer, a hidden - drop-down style, on some of my blogs, which doesn't take a load of space in my sidebar. Other bloggers prefer to display all of their labels in a permanent list - some of which are very long.

The basic Blogger Labels gadget is one of the long-list style, though extremely workable. Blogger Labels, however, have recently been changed, and now have List and Cloud styled presentation. Labels can vary, as well ...





Here's a style which is similar to Blogger...





These styles are OK, I suppose, if you want a listing of labels going way down your sidebar. I am currently using the 'Cloud' style on this blog.

On some blogs, I use the Cumulus Hidden Topics style, from Cumulus Blogs, that Chuck and I, developed from the original Ramani hack, way back in in 2006.

We also came up with Cumulus Hidden LinkLists from the same hack.





These Hidden drop down options, of Cumulus Topics, take less room, as you can see. This style of Label gadget, or the LinkList gadget, gives your readers the choice of view - LIST , MENU, ZOOM - or, none (Hidden). Click on this image to display the four styles...





The menus self-close after navigating from them, or by clicking on the None option, so you don't have to worry about closing them, either.

The variability of this hack, is found in the Hidden Linklists, as well. These can be used, as displayed on most of my Roberto's Blogs, as either BlogRoll links, or as Indices of posts. Updating them is as easy as any Blogger Link List.

There's also other kinds of Labels presentations - like Tag Clouds, used to good effect at the Blog U, which I think is a great blog, too.


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Saturday, 12 December 2009

Foreign Language Blog Translators



Latest update : Mar. 2017 - This Language gadget is no more, a viable alternative to the Blogger gadget, seen in my Sidebar. Thanks to all who supported us.


Most of my readers will appreciate the efforts that Chuck (Nitecruzr), and I, have put in with our Language Bar Translator.

We now have eight language-code sets, other than English, available for you.





The Applet, and these codes, (and there's around 55 of them), will translate your whole blog, rather than just a page, or phrase. You can see the working example on any of my Roberto's Blogs, or Nitecruzr's blogs. Test it. If you speak and read a language, other than English, you can translate my blogs for your convenience.
More importantly, YOUR readers could translate YOUR blog, if you add the gadget!

If you have a blog, which is written in a language other than English, we have a limited amount of good news for you. Chuck and I have a range of blogs called Cumulus - the name was created when we developed our Cumulus Topics (Hidden Labels) gadget, and also our Cumulus Link Lists (Hidden BlogRoll).

We've recently opened eleven (11) new blogs with the Cumulus name, to reflect the first ten Foreign Language Translator codes, which I compiled, plus one for English.

They are:




As mentioned previously, we have compiled 55 language codes, which can be applied to a simple html/javascript gadget, to be displayed on your blog. All these languages were compiled from interfaces developed by Google, on their Language Tools site.

As soon as other languages become available, I will add the codes and post an update on the Report - (this) blog. Then, to update your Language Bar, it is as simple as copying the additional code and adding it to your gadget - copy, position, and paste!

So, if you have a large 'bounce-rate' showing in your site visitor statistics, it may be because those visitors can't read your foreign language blog!

If you have interesting content and the reader can translate it, then they'll tend to stay and read! Think about it!

see: Update Dec.2009
see also: Translator Options
and, also: Nitecruzr dot net, et al


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Thursday, 10 December 2009

How to Stop Search Robots from Blog Indexing

HOW TO STOP SEARCH ROBOTS FROM BLOG INDEXING


Many bloggers do NOT want the Google Search Robots to 'crawl', or index their blogs, and thus, continually update their blog on the Internet. They have their reasons, I suppose.

Stopping the Search Engine Robots is generally, a two-fold task.

  • Turn off the option in Settings.
  • Add a Meta Tag to your Template.


There is one option for this purpose, on Settings - Basic screen, which you need to look at.

  • Let Search Engines find your blog? - Yes, or No


The Blogger Settings - Basic screen option displays some information below it - "If you select "Yes" we will include your blog in Google Blog Search and ping Weblogs.com. If you select "No", everyone can still view your blog but search engines will be instructed not to crawl it."

This may, or may not always work. Or, at least, as well as it would be expected. If you want the Robot to stop crawling your blog, select NO.



The next step, is to tell all Search Engine Robots, that this blog is NOT to be crawled. To achieve that, you need to insert a Meta tag into the Template.
Don't panic, it's easy enough to do - but, as always, make a back-up copy of your Template before and after working on it.




The Meta tag will look like this:-

<meta name="robots" content="noindex,nofollow"/>




This meta tag tells the Robots not to crawl your blog, and not to follow any links which are on pages. It needs to be inserted immediately after the < head > in your Template. see: image...





Note: - The above steps do NOT influence the blog listings. You have to attend to that yourself, if you want a truly Private blog. see: Settings - Basic option, and then Settings - Permissions.


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Feed URLs - What is mine?



Every now and then, a blogger asks "What is my Site Feed URL?", or something similar.

Without going into a thesis on aggregators, a Feed is a way of presenting information from your blog, to a NewsReader, such as Google Reader, in a readable fashion. It also tells the Reader to continually search for updates from that source.

Blogger's feature, Follower, provides a feed to all those who 'Follow' that blog. It also creates a feed in Google Reader for you.


When you set up your Feed, (Settings - Site Feed), you are enabling syndication of your blog. It may be in Basic, or Advanced mode - FULL, SHORT, or NONE. This means that all, part of, or no part, of your blog content, will be available.

In Basic mode, if you select it,
FULL, will make available feed types - posts, comments and per-post comments.
SHORT mode gives only a 'snippet' (up to 255 characters) of the article - generally, a paragraph.


There are a few different 'Feed URLs' for your blog. It may be a Feed for your blog Posts, a Label Feed, or blog Comments Feed. All Feeds are default Atom 1.0 format, but can be varied to RSS 2.0 format. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication.


Remember: Feeds don't operate for Private Blogs, or FTP hosted blogs, which Blogger has finished with, anyway!


In Basic mode, select Full to syndicate the full content of your post. Select Short if you only wish to syndicate the first paragraph, or approximately 255 characters, whichever is shorter. This setting will be applied to each type of feed (Post, comment and per-post comment feed), as stated above.



Note: Only in Advanced mode, can you enable feeds of your choice, or limit them.




OK. lets look at what the URL for a Blog Post Feed URL, looks like:

A FULL site feed:
  • Atom 1.0: http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
  • RSS 2.0: http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss


See how the URL is established? It tells the aggregator that;

  • you want a particular blog,
  • that you want available feeds,
  • that you want feeds from Posts,
  • and you want the feeds in a certain format.


This doesn't guarantee that you'll get what you want, because that's up to the blog owner and what he/she has enabled on their Settings - Site Feeds!


Let's look at a Comments Feed URL:

  • Atom 1.0: http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default
  • RSS 2.0: http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default?alt=rss


There's not much difference between the two feeds URL examples above, is there? One asks for Post feeds, and one asks for Comments feeds. Once again, it depends on what the blog owner has enabled.


What about a Label-specific Feed?

  • Atom 1.0: http://blogname.blogspot.com/posts/comments/default/-/labelname
  • RSS 2.0: http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss/-/labelname


or, you may want a specific, Individual Post Comments Feed:

  • Atom 1.0: http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/postId/comments/default
  • RSS 2.0: http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/postId/>comments/default?alt=rss


You can find the post-Id of an individual post from the Posting | Edit Posts tab. Simply mouse-over the 'Edit' link next to a particular post, and that post-Id will be displayed in your browser's status bar.



An Aggregator/NewsReader, like Google Reader, or Sage, a Firefox add-on, can automatically pick up your Feeds, too. For instance, if I wanted to get the Feeds from blog X, I enter the blog, or Feed URL into the Add a subscription section, and Google Reader will find the available feeds for that blog.

Remember, you have a choice of which one you want - be it Posts, Comments etc. - IF the blog owner has enabled that Feed. You can't get a Comments, or Label feed from a blog which hasn't got Comments, or Label feed enabled!

See also:
Label-specific Site Feed

and:
Roberto's Blogs Newsfeeds

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Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Mistakes happen



Mistakes happen, or so the perpetrators always claim. It's rarely the victim. Such was the case, last week, for, maybe, 100s of millions of avast antivirus users. I was one of them.

The following image is of a pop-up warning (and the associated alarm, scared years out of me). The problem was caused by a definitions update, which was scheduled for testing, being released before it was tested! It's been fixed, though.





Avast's CEO
said;

"...We have learned a lot from this incident and are making sure it will never, ever happen again."







Without going deeply into the techie facts, of why this happened, suffice to say that the update in question caused the anti-virus to flag hundreds of innocent files as trojans - false positives, and the suggested recommendation was to move the file(s) to the chest (see image). This, naturally, didn't fix the problem, at the time. In fact, it virtually shut down my computer.

Luckily, and for a fee of A$110, I got a techie-person to come and get me back on the air - because I couldn't. I didn't know how (I'm not a 'real' techie). After running some programs and anti-virus checks etc, I decided to uninstall the a2-Anti-Dialer program, which had been the subject of the flag. A needless action, though, as I later found out by reading DSLReports. I didn't know it was an avast stuff-up, for two days, because I was 'off the air', so, naturally, I thought the anti-dialler was at fault.

Lots of users have jumped off the avast ship, I suppose, as a result of this and, although I didn't, and won't, I can understand.

Anyway, to cut a long sad story down to size, it pays to keep watch on the various forums - like DSLReports. Worthwhile joining - $10.


This week, reading the news, and the Reports, I see those users of Microsoft's Bing, are others who have been treated to a 'mistake'. I hope it isn't an infectious trend! (Sorry).

Even Microsoft makes mistakes! Sounds like the big-fella company is human?

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Importing / Exporting blog content



It's hard to believe that it is now, twelve months, since Blogger announced its Import / Export feature, in Blogger Buzz.

It's one year, roughly, since Google announced, on its Open Source site, that it now has the code which can execute conversions - in other words, Import XML files from other platforms - namely, at the time, LiveJournal, MovableType and Wordpress.

I've written an overview about Importing and Exporting on this blog. The Nitecruzr has written it up, as well, on his blog.

Many times, I have seen bloggers commenting that they have met with great success, as well, and that they now have their posts safely backed-up on their computers. This will help alleviate the possible problem of lost posts.

So, after all that has been said, why is it that so many bloggers are having problems, and challenges, with moving their blogs, or even just the XML files, from one platform, to another? I can only guess.


Google provides an extensive Issues List, from bloggers, which may mention your problem - and discussions, which may lead to a resolution.

Always search on Blogger Help Forum for question threads of reported problems.

Look at what other bloggers report. This blog, Embracing Chaos, reports troubles importing his FULL blog. Was it too large, at 1.03 Mbs? Well, as this next image shows, there is a text limit of under 1.0Mb for XML files imported from Wordpress. However, as far as Blogger blogs, and XML files, are concerned, my blog, the Report, has an XML file which, currently, is 2.27 Mbs, and I see no problems with it's content. So, the size may be a problem, too!





I feel that, as this feature is a two-way street, between Blogger and the other platforms, there are still some set-up challenges, which haven't been addressed, by such as Wordpress, et al. Those platforms have to pull their weight, too, and get their processes ready.

There are also some challenges rising from reporting problems accurately and succinctly. Many bloggers don't have the understanding of the technical aspects to describe them, either, which is perfectly normal.

One particular challenge is when the report of a problem comes into the Forum, and cannot be duplicated by Blogger technicians. I was mentioning this to a friend, and it is not as silly as it sounds...

"... I am certain that a lot of the Import/Export problems involve the individual client computer. The problem is, that we don't see enough reports to even start to guess what causes the problems. That stymies Blogger, too!"


So, if you have a problem, report it, as well as you can, even if you think it is of little consequence.

And, if you're not sure how to ask for help, here's how!


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Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Blog Language Translation Option - Update - December, 2009



Latest update : Mar. 2017 - This Language gadget is no more, a viable alternative to the Blogger gadget, seen in my Sidebar. Thanks to all who supported us.


see: Update - Nov. 2015


The latest addition to the Language Bar, has added a small border around each of the displayed Flags, which Chuck, and I, feel will add to the overall presentation. In our example, we have coloured the border. This is, of course, variable.

see also: Translator Option - Use - a short post about using the gadget.

see also: Foreign Language Translators - our gadget for Foreign Language blogs.


We hope to add more languages, as they become available through Google Language Tool interface.

Keep watching!



To install the Language Gadget, copy the following code and add it to an HTML/Javascript Page Element.

Each language is listed between <form ... and .../form >

*Note: - please avoid any gratuitous line breaks.


The Code (for English-written blogs) starts below this line ...




<form action="http://www.google.com/translate">

<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">

<!--

document.write ("<input name=u value="+location.href+" type=hidden>")

// -->

</script>

<noscript><input value="http://YOUR BLOG URL/" name="u" type="hidden"/></noscript>

<input value="en" name="hl" type="hidden"/>

<input value="UTF8" name="ie" type="hidden"/>

<input value="" name="langpair" type="hidden"/>


<input title=" Afrikaans | South Africa | Afrikaans " value="en|af"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/StLizqawtEI/AAAAAAAAAhk/aGuY6R70tNw/s320/South+Africa+af_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Shqip | Albania | Albanian " value="en|sq"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/SulXteeOTLI/AAAAAAAAApU/zzVdH9EYg3Q/s320/Albania+sq_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" العربية | Saudi Arabia | Arabic " value="en|ar"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/358406/gse_multipart12399.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Беларуская | Belarus | Belarusian " value="en|be"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/StRavKvYSqI/AAAAAAAAAic/Mf3R1Dx51CY/s320/Belarus+be_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" български | Bulgaria | Bulgarian " value="en|bg"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMiXtQx-uLI/AAAAAAAAG6I/RuLPDhnFMXY/s320/Bulgaria+-+bg_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Català | Andorra | Catalan " value="en|ca"
src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-fM7vwhSI/AAAAAAAAHl0/ZoZkfhEb01M/s320/Andorra+-+Catalan+-+ad_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" 中文(简体)| China | Chinese (Simplified) " value="en|zh-CN"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/546049/gse_multipart12397.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" 中文(繁體) | China | Chinese (Traditional) " value="en|zh-TW"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/208681/gse_multipart12398.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Hrvatski | Croatia | Croatian " value="en|hr"
src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMhVoigYF0I/AAAAAAAAG5s/naE3NObTVZs/s400/Croatia+-+hr_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Čeština | Czech Republic | Czech " value="en|cs"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMiX9aMIL3I/AAAAAAAAG6o/4-RYadolKWQ/s320/Czech+Republic+-+cs_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Dansk | Denmark | Danish " value="en|da"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMiX9nD1NZI/AAAAAAAAG6w/ZnIBEtLIHEw/s320/Denmark+-+da_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Nederlands | Netherlands | Dutch " value="en|nl"
src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMiZWUAFSOI/AAAAAAAAG74/lsNT2NI_oFI/s320/Netherlands+-+nl_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Eesti | Estonia | Estonian " value="en|et"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/StT4ASM2ZsI/AAAAAAAAAis/PmQSwtOQNLc/s320/Estonia+et_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Suomea | Finland | Finnish " value="en|fi"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMiZwsOFndI/AAAAAAAAG8w/VlBr_zN32q8/s320/Finland+-+fi_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Français | France | French " value="en|fr"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/327620/gse_multipart12413.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Galego | Galicia | Galician " value="en|gl"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/StfhOOzBp9I/AAAAAAAAAks/qinFZhMlyd8/s320/Galicia+gl_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Deutsch | Germany | German " value="en|de"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/734899/gse_multipart12400.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Ελλάς | Greece | Greek " value="en|el"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_pzC_7PLtN-0/R7CKOqA_bjI/AAAAAAAAA8A/7bmPVwaFDcQ/s320/Greek+Flag+36x24.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Kreyòl ayisyen | Haiti | Haitian Creole " value="en|ht"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/TBhgm6fUYbI/AAAAAAAAB4o/DidcfgV9A7o/s1600/Haiti+Creole+ht_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" עברית | Israel | Hebrew " value="en|iw"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-fNBP-7LI/AAAAAAAAHmE/fJeA_Sbl9w4/s320/Israel+-+il_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" हिन्दी | India | Hindi " value="en|hi"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMiYu9muwaI/AAAAAAAAG7Y/lO6YgNdyHM4/s320/India+-+hi_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Magyarország | Hungary | Hungarian " value="en|hu"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/StRtqlXKToI/AAAAAAAAAik/R38R7O52aDU/s320/Hungary+hu_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Íslande | Iceland | Icelandic " value="en|is"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/SteuRylaOeI/AAAAAAAAAkc/eRI7XsLEz34/s320/Iceland+is_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Indonesia | Indonesia | Bahasa Indonesian " value="en|id"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-fNKvGgZI/AAAAAAAAHl8/UESh2PimM5U/s320/Indonesia+-+id_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Gaeilge | Ireland | Irish " value="en|ga"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/SugR7i9pedI/AAAAAAAAAoU/HG7Sod0eQdQ/s320/Ireland+ie_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Italiano | Italy | Italian " value="en|it"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/306145/gse_multipart12401.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" 日本語 | Japan | Japanese " value="en|ja"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/443122/gse_multipart12402.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Kiswahili | Kenya | Kiswahili " value="en|sw"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/Sugd4gdlhQI/AAAAAAAAAok/Pyselb6uWtE/s320/Kenya+ke_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" 한국어 | Korea | Korean " value="en|ko"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/581031/gse_multipart12403.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Latviešu | Latvia | Latvian " value="en|lv"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-fNX2rCXI/AAAAAAAAHmM/1LRWqh7YQBA/s320/Latvia+-+lv_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Lietuviškai | Lithuania | Lithuanian " value="en|lt"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-fNrJizVI/AAAAAAAAHmU/kdaran4uffk/s320/Lithuania+-+lt_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Македонски | Macedonia | Macedonian " value="en|mk"
src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/SumJcBVBZpI/AAAAAAAAApk/kY7CqDLy-Y4/s320/Macedonia+mk_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Bahasa Melayu | Malaysia | Bahasa Malay " value="en|ms"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/StVfgdeTNAI/AAAAAAAAAjE/7Vcnxzvy0eE/s320/Malaysia+ms_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Malti | Malta | Maltese " value="en|mt"
src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/StVnV4GqUAI/AAAAAAAAAjM/UUE5FAHZdyA/s320/Malta+mt_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Norsk | Norway | Norwegian " value="en|no"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMiZWYWSvEI/AAAAAAAAG8A/7sOoou7far0/s320/Norway+-+no_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" فارسی | Persia | Farsi / Persian " value="en|fa"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/Sul5V-oc-6I/AAAAAAAAApc/1YIKlfK7L70/s320/Iran+fa_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Polska | Poland | Polish " value="en|pl"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_pzC_7PLtN-0/R7CAvKA_bgI/AAAAAAAAA7o/pKLqrW8EpD4/s320/Polish+Flag+36x24.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Português | Portugal | Portuguese " value="en|pt"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/670301/gse_multipart12404.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Română | Romania | Romanian " value="en|ro"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_pzC_7PLtN-0/R7CAvaA_bhI/AAAAAAAAA7w/HTWQoR8M6lQ/s320/Romainian+Flag+36x24.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Русском | Russia | Russian " value="en|ru"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/111692/gse_multipart12405.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Cрпски | Serbia | Serbian " value="en|sr"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-f7_imioI/AAAAAAAAHmk/ytbpoyJHbmo/s320/Serbia+-+si_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Slovenský | Slovakia | Slovak " value="en|sk"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-f79KzfyI/AAAAAAAAHms/-I315jcpHN0/s320/Slovak+-+sk_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Slovensko | Slovenia | Slovenian " value="en|sl"
src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-f8P0fwiI/AAAAAAAAHm0/Lzeh8mXiWvE/s320/Slovenia+-+si_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Español | Spain | Spanish " value="en|es"
src="http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger2/6075/564571464515337/1600/z/998398/gse_multipart12407.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Sverige | Sweden | Swedish " value="en|sv"
src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SMiZwrYspyI/AAAAAAAAG8o/uVUWBAyZkVc/s320/Sweden+-+se_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Tagalog | Philippines | Tagalog " value="en|tl"
src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-f7gyN2aI/AAAAAAAAHmc/x_LSaXlHtCs/s320/Pilipnas+-+ph_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" ภาษาไทย | Thailand | Thai " value="en|th"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/StKoTKbCsMI/AAAAAAAAAg8/JfICxQ5m6yk/s320/Thailand+-+th_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Türkçe | Turkey | Turkish " value="en|tr"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/StLWW4Zyu6I/AAAAAAAAAhU/FU5iu_D0TLQ/s320/Turkish+-+tr_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Український | Ukraine | Ukrainian " value="en|uk"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-f8Bg1AMI/AAAAAAAAHm8/b4jhQQPSvj4/s320/Ukraine+-+ua_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" tiếng Việt | Vietnam | Vietnamese " value="en|vi"
src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__v4nth5_ki0/SP-gZakjpuI/AAAAAAAAHnE/fwfNZkisDOA/s320/Vietnam+-+vn_flag.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" Cymraeg | Wales | Welsh " value="en|cy"
src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/SugQR0g60cI/AAAAAAAAAoM/rmVA-1LvU4g/s320/Wales.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;" width="30" name="langpair"/>

<input title=" ייִדיש | Jewish | Yiddish " value="en|yi"
src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AKSZkmXmrnc/SupeM9if5gI/AAAAAAAAAp8/1gp_kA_Mhnk/s320/Yiddish_Star.png"
onclick="this.form.langpair.value=this.value" type="image" height="20" style="border: 1px solid rgb(21, 22, 5); padding: 3px;"width="30" name="langpair"/>



</form>




END of CODE

We hope you will enjoy using this feature.

See also: Language Translator Set-up


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Post Restoration



Bloggers often come to the Help Forum and ask;

"Is there a way I can restore a deleted post"?

or plead;

"Help! I've deleted my blog and now I want some of the posts back!"


Under normal circumstances, it would be difficult, unless you have the blog, or at least the post URL. If you do, then you may now get some assistance by a Google Search on the Blog URL, for the cached copy of the blog, and posts.

It is my belief that the posts you copy from the cached version, may now have non-working links, so you'll have to fix those manually, when you re-post salvaged articles.

Here is an example from Blogger Help Forum - check out the reply from one blogger ...



The sensible thing to do, when blogging, would be to regularly download an Export XML file of each of your blogs - and keep it updated - and, in a Folder on your computer! That way, if you ever delete a blog, (for which you should be shot, [IMHO]), at least you would NOT lose all your posts!




I have recently written a post, Restoring a Deleted Blog, in which I describe ways to back-up your efforts at blogging - just in case.


Also, Blogger Employees will endeavour to restore deleted posts - if you have the URL. Go to Blogger Help Forum and add your request - with ALL the details!


Update: There are now limitations in place, on this service, from Blogger.
see: this post.



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Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Blog Author Vs. Blog 'Admin'



THIS POST WAS UPDATED - by Roberto. Nov. 2015

A blog's Team-membership Status , is either Author, or Admin, and/or, of course, that of Invited Reader, (on a Private blog).

If you are going to accept an Invitation to become an Author for a blog, you must firstly have a Google Account, or, if you don't have one, you'll be prompted to create one.

Your emailed invitation will look like this:





You will need to Accept the Invitation, as this image shows:






As an Author, or Non-Admin member of a blog, you can Read the blog, and can Create, and Edit, - only your own posts. As an Author, you also have restricted access to two of the blog's Settings. Although an Author can access the Posting Options on the Settings - Email and Mobile screen, which includes the Mail2Blogger Address, and can Add a Mobile Device, an Author can also access a modified Settings - Permissions screen, where he/she can remove himself / herself from the blog membership. That's about it, for an author.





An Author's Blogger Dashboard will reflect his/her membership of the blog, as follows:




The actual blog Owner(s)/Admin members will show a Permissions Screen like this:







An Administrator, or blog Owner, on the other hand, has FULL access to all of the blog and it's functions - Template, Posts, Settings, Membership and can 'add' or 'remove' other members. An admin can also change the 'status' of membership. Administrators can also Transfer the ownership of a blog.

Note, that there is not much difference in appearance on the Permissions screen, between the status of the two types of members, Author, or Admin, and it might be easy to mistake either, if you are not careful. Naturally, Authors do NOT have access to this screen, and therefore, cannot Remove members, other than themselves...

They can, however, remove themselves!




The biggest differences between the blog Author and the blog Owner / Admin are evident in the overall control of the blog. Most Settings are under the control of the Admin. Overall decision making is the province of the Admin.

Who gets to See, Participate, or Read the blog, is the responsibility of the 'Admin'.

p.s. Protect your Admin rights!

see also: What is a blog Administrator?

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