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What is a Blog?

What is a Blog? A Blog is a type of website that allows the owner to update content without knowing how to use HTML or an FTP program. The back end software that makes your website a blog website is the content management software running on the server where the blog is stored. I use Joomla or WordPress as my content management software of choice on some of my sites. How to Blog?  All I do is write a “post” which is very similar to writing an email. I then submit the post, similar to hitting send on an email. The software then uploads the “post” to my website, into a certain directory for blogging. I don’t have to worry about anything else, its that easy! The “post” is then time stamped and once a reader goes to my site they can view the most recent post or go through the archive for past posts. There are certain elements to a blog. Author name, permalinks, blogrolls, categories, comments, Trackbacks and RSS. Blogs can be instantly changed just by selecting a different template or editing your blog post. To see how your blog is doing, copy the blog URL into a blog search engine like BlogPulse.com. Other blog search engines are technorati, feedster and bloglines. If anyone has cited your site by a Trackback, it should reflect on a blog search-engine like this one. Trackbacks are when some makes a comment about your blog on their site and it tracks back (links back) to your site. This helps in promoting your site. In order for a Trackback to work, both sites must have this option turned on. This is a protocol like HTML or FTP and has to be two way. It allows for a “cross blog communication” instead of everyone using one blog to converse they can expand the conversation into two blogs.

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