A Blog Picture Tells a Story

March 19, 2013

In most Homepreneurs articles, I insert a picture or image.  They aren’t always easy to find – legally – and unless one is a graphic artist (not me) it is hard to find the image you want.  It also takes time to search websites, and copy, crop, and place in these blogs.  So why put pictures in your blog posts?

Reason 1 – Visual Appeal.  This was a recent post from Homepreneurs:

Blog with image

The snippet above has an image.

blog without image

Similar snippet.  The mouth and lollipop add to the text.  Visual Appeal.

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You Ask – We Answer

January 22, 2013

We’ve received a number of comments and questions on various topics and I will try to answer some of them.

1) The vast majority – about 95% of the posts for Homepreneurs are researched and written by me.  If sources are used, references are noted at the bottom of the post.  All content is COPYRIGHT and may not be reproduced or reprinted without specific permission from me.  Please email me at homepreneurs@gmail.com .  You may link to Homepreneurs or reference my work with a link.  Please see an earlier post about copyright.

2) Homepreneurs is a WordPress.com blog and hosted by WordPress.  I have no control over loading time or in some cases, how the blog displays in a browser.  Several have noted issues with IE.  I test all posts in Firefox, IE 9, Safari, and Chrome.  If you are having issues with a specific browser, I suggest applying the latest patch or trying a different browser.

3) The theme of this blog is a custom version of Contempt and is available through WordPress.  Most of the custom work was done by StellarEdgePR – featured as a success story.  Lindsay and Sin are talented and very responsive.

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Blog or Website Posts That Drive Massive Traffic

January 10, 2013

Does a big difference exist between a website and a blog.  In some cases – yes.  A website is often larger with static content; a blog is dynamic with shorter snippets of text.  Both are very similar: blogs or websites are personal or corporate or used by non-profit or government.  SEO or search engine optimization is similar and each provides information, opinion or both.  Websites might be a storefront, blogs not as much.  Both are hosted, though blogs are often free or inexpensive.  Websites are larger and are often hosted by the company or third parties.  Blogs  – WordPress.com is an example – is hosted by WordPress at minimal cost to the blogger.  Finally, websites are more likely to make money, whereas only the larger blogs will get a return on investment.  Blogs can lead to book deals, if the content and topic is appropriate.

In either case, every blogger or website content writer wants to drive large numbers of visitors on a regular basis.  The best blogs or sites have millions of visitors per month.  Homepreneurs – by contrast – has a few to several thousand visitors per month.  Listed below are the top 5 websites and their approximate number of visitors:

1)     Google.com – 185,000,000 monthly visits

2)     YouTube.com – 160,000,000 monthly visits

3)     Facebook.com – 150,000,000 monthly visits

4)     Amazon.com – 100,000,000 monthly visits

5)     Yahoo.com – 95,000,000 monthly visits


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Trackbacks and Backlinks and Pingbacks

December 7, 2012

WordPress sometimes notifies me in comments that I have a “trackback.”  When I write a new post, I can also provide a trackback to another blog.  WordPress says: Trackbacks are a way to notify legacy blog systems that you’ve linked to them. If you link other WordPress sites they’ll be notified automatically using pingbacks, no other action necessary.

So what is this stuff?

Trackbacks, Pingbacks, and (rarely) Refbacks are all forms of linkbacks.  Linkbacks enable website and blog authors to keep track of who is linking to – or referring to – their articles.

–        Trackback: Trackbacks are generally used for communication between blogs; if a blogger writes a new entry commenting on, or referring to, another blog, and both blogging tools support the TrackBack protocol, the commenting blogger can notify the original blog with a TrackBack ping. WordPress, SilverStripe, Drupal, and Movable Type all support automatic TrackBack pings.  TrackBack is often used in place of the linkback term.  A little more prone to SPAM.

–        PingBack: Another way of notifying blog and websites of a reference or comment from another blog.  PingBacks are less prone to SPAM issues due to more modern technology.

–        RefBack: Uses no code, returns minimal information, uses HTTP values.  RefBacks often require a physical connection between blog and/or websites and are seldom used.

And Backlinks?

Backlinks, also known as incoming links, inbound links, inlinks, and inward links, are incoming links to a website or web page. In basic link terminology, a backlink is any link received by a web node (web page, directory, website, or top level domain) from another web node.

Inbound links were originally important (prior to the emergence of search engines) as a primary means of web navigation; today, their significance lies in search engine optimization (SEO). The number of backlinks is one indication of the popularity or importance of that website or page (for example, this is used by Google to determine the PageRank of a webpage).[i]

These terms are similar and confusing!  Know that linkbacks, etc. help a websites or blog’s SEO and pagerank.  Improve your SEO and comment on other blogs, refer to their content, and notify the original author with one of these tools.

By Dion D. Shaw

Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

Homepreneurs.  New Day.  New Opportunity.


Homepreneurs does not endorse nor have any relationships with any of the services listed.  Homepreneurs receives no compensation or consideration for its suggestions.  Homepreneurs strongly urges all interested parties to conduct research and accepts no responsibility for any losses incurred.

© Homepreneurs 2010 – 2012, All Rights Reserved

Reblogs and Retweets and Hashtags and More!

August 10, 2012

The Internet lexicon seems to change daily.   We are constantly swamped with new words, made-up terms, babble, and strange abbreviations.  As part of Homepreneurs’ educational effort, this post defines some commonly used terms.

–          Reblog – (reblogged, rebloggable) – used with blog hosts like WordPress and tumblr, allows bloggers to publish (repost) the content of another user’s post with reference that the content of the repost is a “reblog” from another user.  Reblogs are a way to build up one’s own blog content while building links and improving SEO.

Reblogs often have brief notes attached by the reblogger indicating context or opinion of the reblogged post.

–          Retweet – (retweeted, RT) – similar to a reblog, a retweet is used in Twitter.  For example, a post by User A which was considered notable or unique by another Twitter user, User B, was copied by User B and reposted under User B’s account and preceded with “RT @username”, with “RT” meaning “retweet”.

Tweetmeme, Topsy and other third-party websites provide information about currently-trending posts, hashtags, users and lists utilizing the Retweet protocol.

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Do You Know Your Lurkers?

August 6, 2012

This blog is about home business – starting and running one.  At times, other notable issues need discussion; these are usually related to current events or previous posts. The recent revelation of this blog’s reader base is a timely reminder about the pros and cons of writing for the public.

In television and radio, anyone in front of the microphone or camera follows a cardinal rule: “the microphone is always on.”  Hopefully, this mindset limits major mistakes and loose lips that one may later regret.  Blogs, wikis, websites, and social media sites that contain digital opinions and articles are no different.  Internet content is available to anyone around the world with general Internet access; rules for appropriate language and content must be followed. This post is for content writers everywhere – this scribe included – and is a reminder to consider the audience.  Personally, I assume my strict Catholic mother reads every word that I write.

The Internet – awesome in scope and size – presents wonderful opportunities while creating pressures and magnifying problems.   Postings on the Internet are assumed to remain resident perpetually, either in active status or in “cached” pages, and can be retrieved. The college drinking binge caught on video and posted on YouTube was harmless fun at the time, right?  That little video may be seen by a human resource manager that was going to hire you.  Remember former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner’s photo blunder?  His racy image and additional media mistakes compelled him to resign his office.

In contrast, my circumstances reflect the positive side of readers in the blogosphere.  Homepreneurs has about 55,000 visits since its inception and gets roughly 1000-1500 readers per week.  Other than commenters and a few friends that read regularly, I couldn’t possibly identify the thousands of other readers.  Those anonymous people – sometimes called lurkers – find this site by searching, via referral or by random chance.  Wikipedia defines a lurkers as people “…who read discussions on a message board, newsgroup, chatroom, file sharing, social networking site, listening to people in VOIP calls such as Skype and Ventrilo or other interactive system, but rarely or never participates actively. Research indicates that lurkers make up over 90% of online groups.”1

I’ve been fortunate.  My lurkers include Karyn Pettigrew of Unity FM Radio and Patti Riggs Hale (Howtofindworkfromhome.com)  These two wonderful women – my champions – are responsible for my (Homepreneurs) appearance on a radio show – Beyond Blind Spots – and the weekend blog recognition award.  Through recognition, they validate this blog’s effort and approach. Hale and Pettigrew – or their proxy – were lurkers – reading, watching, and deciding if they wanted to take a chance with Homepreneurs.  Karyn took a risk by putting me live on the air though I had no previous radio experience; Patti’s list of work at home blogs is now on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, email, and likely in front of millions of readers.  Karyn and Patti are well-known with established reputations for quality and excellence in their fields.  By promoting this or any blog, website or person, their reputations are necessarily challenged.  Patti and Karyn believe in what Homepreneurs is trying to do; as the face of Homepreneurs, I am obliged to “do it right” every post, every time.  Not just for my two champions, but for this blog’s entire reading audience.  If I want success as a blogger, I must remember that anyone, anywhere can read any post at any time.  Heady concept, isn’t it?

My message is simple: those anonymous readers – those lurkers – may be someone that can help you or promote you.  Those same lurkers may also be put off by coarse language, opinion or biased views.  Assume your audience is someone that can make a difference for you.  Always write with passion, with knowledge, and because you care.  You can make a difference or impression; good or bad is up to you.

By Dion D. Shaw

Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

Homepreneurs.  New Day.  New Opportunity.


1) Retrieved 8-6-2012.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lurkers

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Homepreneurs does not endorse nor have any relationships with any of the services or persons listed except as noted above.  Homepreneurs receives no compensation or consideration for its opinions or suggestions.  Homepreneurs strongly urges all interested parties to conduct research and accepts no responsibility for any losses incurred.

© Homepreneurs 2010 – 2012, All Rights Reserved

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