Ready for 2017

PNew year 2017lenty to celebrate already with my blogging! WordPress just put up my 10 year anniversary celebration of blogging on WordPress. I started on Blogger in 2003 and this year I have had a chance to really focus on what I want to achieve through blogging. It is worth thinking about. It helps me clarify my ideas , get feedback, look at ideas and think about them. Blogging is always a journey of discovery and growth. The reflection and ideas building are intrinsic to blogging. My top post for the month and this year continues to be the MiniMac OS shortcuts.  That was a good find and helped me a lot at the time.

I found the 2017 Windows 10 desktop theme at winaero. I really like it and the graphics are very clear and well thought out.

I’d like to thank all my followers on WordPress, all the people who visit my site, all those who connect with me on Twitter from the tweets about the posts and those of you who just come and look. I get a lot of really helpful support and feedback which has enabled me to blog on.

I wish you all a really happy , positive and productive New Year.
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Is WordPress or Blogger better for SEO?

Good question , actually. I have always taught my students WordPress and how to use WordPress. It has made them think. It has forced them to learn how to put a blog together and it has given them a wealth of templates to choose from and customisations they can play with if they want to. Those were senior students, though. With younger ones I think I might have used Blogger and created group blogs or just one class blog. If it were just a class blog then I  could just as easily have used WordPress.  WordPress does take time to learn. Blogger is just there but you have to select the template carefully so that it looks good. I currently use Blogger and WordPress. I had shifted all my blogs onto WordPress but had left my first ever blog on Blogger until the traffic shifted over. It is a successful blog. The last post, which is highly visible, says I have moved and gives the new web address and yet, my old version is getting more traffic than my new one. My new one is advertised on Twitter. My original version has no promotion or social media connections. This is odd. Normally the SEO comes strongly from social media connections as part of the mix. So I am leaving my old blog on Blogger because this is intriguing. I have started a new blog on Blogger because I want to test it out to see how it goes. So far it is going well but I need to get it solidly established. I could then move it to WordPress. Blogger and WordPress play nicely together. What? And risk killing it? Like my original blog? I need to establish whether moving is a problem for successful blogs. My other blog which was not so successful on Blogger is going far better on WordPress. Do different blogging sites help the SEO of particular categories of content? Normally for SEO you are looking at:

1. Keywords like raspberry macarons, agile thinking, social media, atomic energy, search engine optimisation
2. Social media connections – you promote your blog content and posts in social media contexts to build a network and links
3. Tagging – you tag your posts so they are categorised. My year 10s last year turned this into an art form. They would come up with the most amazing tags because they were the tagging generation. It was a linguistic and aesthetic exercise for them . Tagging is important. Search engines need to know where to find your information
4. Image text – you need to fill in an alt text for the image and you need to say at least a sentence with a video or image so the search engines know what it is. The spiders which crawl over the net see text not images. I’ve used a web crawler. It’s surreal!
5. Content – It’s king. If you have what people are looking for they will come to your blog whether it’s on Blogger or WordPress.

WordPress can make SEO and connections easier because you can link the social media things very easily and you can add the twitter widget. It also has the reader where you get to see other blog posts and other people get to see yours too. The networking support is there for Blogger but doesn’t work as intuitively.
If you want to know more about SEO then Whiteboard Fridays can be very helpful.

Shifting my blog from Blogger to WordPress.com

up an atomI blogged the other day about how I had moved my smaller blog from Blogger to WordPress.com. I have since moved the really big blog and was expecting to have to troubleshoot, but no, Blogger and WordPress work very effectively together. I have had to play around with templates for the newly moved blogs to get the ones which suit them. That has been fun more than anything. I have had to install my Twitter feeds through the widgets and have generally had nothing more than cosmetic stuff to do. The labels on Blogger came over as categories which is a bit awkward because there are so many of them. I am sorting them very slowly and have thought that well, I shall just have to live with that for now and make it a work in progress. It’s not such a bad thing. The worst thing for me is the new templates do not have a widget for the meta data which my other 3 blogs on WordPress do have. It means I cannot log in from the front page of the blogs like I do on my other blogs. I either log in from another blog or straight from the WordPress site. It is not the worst thing in the world but it is annoying. I’d like to think the new templates could offer the meta data widget like my other blogs. There does not appear to be an easy fix for this so I am looking upon it as a challenge. The whole process has been pretty easy and very smooth and I really do appreciate that Blogger and WordPress can co operate so well. I have deleted the smaller one of my Blogger blogs but even with that there is an option to undelete. This is a cyberworld which is supporting me and working with me. The big blog is remaining for a while with a redirect link until the traffic shifts over to the new site.

Shifting blog from Blogger to WordPress.com

settingssaveI wanted to migrate my blogs from Blogger to WordPress so all my blogs are in one place. Since I already had 3 blogs on WordPress I thought it a good idea to shift the 2 Blogger ones over so they are all central. It just suits me  that way now. Blogger was where I started blogging and I am very grateful to that platform for giving me the confidence to grow as a blogger. The smaller blog has shifted over very easily. It took about 10 minutes and am now tidying up the presentation. The big and original blog might be a bit more complicated but I am now very confident in the process. It is actually good to see that sites can co operate so well.

To migrate a blog you log into the Blogger dashboard, select Settings, select Other and then select Backup. I backed the file up to my desktop. In WordPress you go to WP-Admin, select Tools and then select Import. Make sure you have set your new blog up first on WordPress with its template.

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