Have you heard of the EU Cookie law? Here’s how to comply.

One of my customers contacted me for help. She said that she received a notice from Google that her site needed to look a certain when when viewed in EU countries. That she needed to add "Cookies notification in EU countries".  They recommended Cookie Consent from SilkTide.

Basically, you just need to add a bit of code to your blog's template in order to comply.

CookieComply

The message will only appear until the visit clicks "Got It". Now that I have done so on her blog, I no longer see the message on subsequent visits to her site.  See it in action here at KathleenStamps.com

Select/Copy this code:

Download it here from my site.

CookieConsent

And then Paste this code in the appropriate location for your site.

In her site, which is a Blogger blog,

  • Click on Template from the Dashboard.
  • Click on Edit HTML.
  • And you should see the </head> tag.  If you don't you can do a CTRL+F (find) and do a search for </head>.
  • Place your cursor above that line, and paste in the code. (See Screenshot Below)
  • Save Template.
  • You're done!

  BeforeHeadTag(Click image for larger view.)

Blogger Help:

In Blogger, you could have also probably just added an HTML Widget to your blog's sidebar:

  • From the Dashboard, go to Layout, Add a Gadget.
  • Select HTML/JavaScript.
  • Paste in the Code.
  • Save.
  • Save Arrangement.
  • You're done!

TypePad Help:

  • Go to Design, then Content.
  • From the Modules box, choose Embed Your Own HTML. (See Screenshot below)
  • Then click Add This Module.
  • Then Paste in the code in the large text box that appears, click OK.
  • Drag and drop on your sidebar (won't be seen).
  • Then remember to click the Save Changes.
  • You're done!

TypePadAddModule(Click image for larger view.)

WordPress Help:

  • From the Dashboard, go to Appearance, Widgets and drag a Text Widget to your blog's sidebar.
  • Paste in the code.
  • Click OK/Save.
  • You're done!

NOTES: In TypePad and WordPress there are other ways to modify the HTML code, but these methods work as well.  In WordPress, his is for self-hosted blog. If you are using the free WordPress.com, then you cannot use JavaScript in Widgets.

I told Kathleen I would post about this on my site, as I also learned something new! It was the first time a customer had requested my help with the EU Cookie Law.

Happy Blogging!

Heather Wright-Porto
Partner at Stamping and Blogging – Home of our How To Setup a Blog series (over 70 videos and tutorials covering Blogger, TypePad and WordPressNO OTHER training site covers all THREE platforms!)

 

Creating a Hyperlink: How do you make a “word” or “phrase” in a post link to another page or site?

Here is a recent question posted to Blogs By Heather, and one that I am asked often. Ask away! I'd love to help and I know others will benefit as well! 

QUESTION: Creating a Hyperlink

I know you must think I am crazy, but I have typepad. Instead of linking the whole http in your post I want the word that I choose to go to that specific site or page in my blog? Thanks so much for your assistance.

Basically, he/she is asking how to create a hyperlink. How to create a hyperlink where you are using a word or phrase as the "anchor text" instead of showing the entire address in the form of http://www.blogsbyheather.com (for example if linking to my site).

If you have done this in Microsoft Word, it is very similar.  In any case, you will see how easy it is to do 😀

SOLUTION: How to Create a Hyperlink

Begin writing your posts as you have always done.  When you are done and are now ready to choose a word or phrase to link to another page on your site, do the following:

  1. First, be sure you note the URL/address to the page, post or site you want to link to. For example, if you wanted to link to my site, http://www.BlogsByHeather.com.  If you wanted to link to my post series on SEO: How do I get found on the web, you would use this URL: http://www.blogsbyheather.com/series-how-to-be-found-on-the-web/. 
  2. Select and COPY the URL (you are going to link to).
  3. Next, you select the word or phrase you want to use to link to that URL.  So in this example, I am going to select the phrase "SEO: How do I get found on the web".

    SEO how to be found on the web

  4. With the word or phrase selected, click the link button on the toolbar (it looks similar in all the blog platforms, this is TypePad's).

    finding the link button

     

  5. Then PASTE the URL in the URL box area, enter the Link Title (if that option is available) and check to open in a new window (if that option is available in your blog platform).

    create a hyperlink

     

  6. Click OK (or Insert Link) and you're done.

 

SEO friendly tips to remember when composing your posts:

  • Use keywords in your hyperlinks when appropriate.
  • Use keywords in your post title and in the top of your blog post content.
  • Use your formatting tags – Heading 1, Heading 2, Bold – in highlighting key content.
  • Categorize your posts.
  • When inserting image like in this tutorial, but sure to add or modify your ALT tags. In TypePad and Blogger you need to go to HTML view to do this manually. In WordPress you can do this when inserting Media (pictures).

 

Ask away! I love questions!

Heather Wright-Porto
www.BlogsByHeather.com
To ask a question, you can do so on the Blogs By Heather Q&A page :D 

Q&A: How do you change “Comments” to read “Testimonials”

Bloggers welcome comments and I'm sure as a blogger you leave comments on other blogs. Typically, you find the word "Comments" in the post footer area and click on it to then enter a comment form area.  In Typepad, in the Post Footer area you see "Comments(29)" for example; which means 29 people have commented on that given post.  So, can you change that word "Comments" to "Testimonials"?

NOTE: Although this is a TypePad question, in the resolution area of this post I will also discuss Blogger and WordPress solutions as well.

Question: 

Hi! In the comment link of a typepad blog, I would like to change the word 'comment' to 'testimonies'. Is that something you can do?

Answer: 

In TypePad:

If you go to Settings and then Comments you will find many settings regarding your comments, such as setting comment moderation. However, there is no place to change the label for leaving comments.  The only way you would be able to do this is if you converted you blog to use Advanced Templates. Click here to learn more about Advanced Templates.  I normally do not recommend people convert to Advanced Templates unless there is an absolute, real need for something with high importance and/or specific functionality, as it is heavily based on writing HTML and CSS code.

In Blogger:

Go to your blog, then Design, then Page Elements.  And click Edit in the middle or wherever your Blog Posts section is. If you are using the new Blogger Dashboard, then go to your blog, then Layout and click the Edit for the Blog Posts area.

Then, you will see this screen where you can change the word "Comments" to "Testimonials" if you wanted.

BlogPostConfiguration
In WordPress:

You would go to your Dashboard, then Settings, then Discussion.  In there, go to the bottom and you can modify the text "Leave a Reply" to "I would love your testimonial" for example.

LeaveAReply
Hope this helps!

Up next…more great blogging fun and how to use a free program like Paint.net to resize photos and create your own watermark!

Heather Wright-Porto
www.BlogsByHeather.com 

 

Q&A: How do pages work?

I'm having fun going through a bunch of questions being posted on my blog in individual posts as well as those posted in the Q&A area.  I will get to all of them and now answer them individually for better SEO results (so I can put each question in the Title) 😀 However I am still categorizing them with the Catetory "Q&A" so you may quickly review all of them.

This next question is about working with pages and then also how to setup a Popular Articles or Top Ten type of page where you link to popular/certain posts. 

Question: How do pages work?

Hi do you know how "pages" work? i want put many posts in the same page but i don't know how do it… is that possible? the idea is create one page like "notices" and inside that page posts notices when i want like we do in the main page.

Answer:

As previously stated this is a loaded question (LOL) and we'll review it in pieces. Pages are more for static information, such as information "About You" or on your services or even a page setup like a store displaying products and paypal buttons. 

They are created in the same fashion as posts, but posts are what you write with frequency and those of which your blog followers get updated with. When you create a page, your subscribers do not know about it unles you post about it!  Such as you are stating a new Club, so you create a page about it. When you're done you may write up a post about it and link to your new page for more details and registration.  I have done this with the Stamp Out Breast Cancer event I was part of during the summer. I posted about it but also had a page about it to then link to.

You also use pages to reorganize your blog. You can create a page called "Recommended Services" like mine which contain a list of badges of your favorite, recommend sites for example. This would mean you would remove them from your sidebars to free up space.

Okay, however, what I think you want to do is actually create a "page" that links to other posts, similarly of what I do in my Popular Articles Round-Up posts (but you would create a page). First you find the post you want to link to, right-click on the Title and select Copy Shortcut/Copy Link Location.  Then you create the page and the text and title about that post.  Then highlight the text and click on the Insert Link button from your post editor toolbar. Then Paste and it will paste in the link/URL you just copied. You would continue these steps for as many posts you want to link to.  Then remember to publish you page! Then be sure you add a link to your Nav Bar area to link to that new page (in TypePad), WordPress will auto add the page to your Navigation Menu, and in Blogger you would click Add Pages Gadget).

Hope this helps!

Happy Blogging 😀
Heather Wright-Porto
www.BlogsByHeather.com

Q&A: If I change my blog platform will I lose my subscribers?

At some point during your blogging experience or growth, you may consider changing blog platforms, moving to say Blogger to WordPress or Blogger to Typepad and vice versa.  The question is what happens to your current blog subscribers? Do they get "lost" and you have to start over?

Question/Comment: Hi Heather, I am considering changing blogging platforms. Will i lose my subscribers?

Answer:

If you are using FeedBurner, which I setup for my blog customers as part of their Blog Setup, then you can edit your feed details therefore keeping your subscribers updated even if you "move" your blog (to another platform).

  • Login to Feedburner, http://feedburner.google.com.
  • Click on your Feed title.
  • Click on Edit Feed Details at the top under your Feed Title
  • Then in the 2nd text box/line, Original Feed
  • Replace what is there replace the original feed with your new feed URL.

Example – Blogger to Typepad move. Replace the Blogger feed URL (original URL) with the new, Typepad Feed URL: http://<your blog name>.typepad.com/<your blog name>/atom.xml (conventional TypePad feed address).  For example,http://heatherporto.typepad.com/blogs_by_heather/atom.xml.

Example – Blogger to WordPress move. Replace the original feed shown (for your Blogger blog) in the Original Feed field with your new WordPress feed URL (typically <your blog address with the .com>/atom.xml). Such as this one I used in my Creative Blogging book, http://creativebloggingwithwordpress.wordpress.com/atom.xml

  • Save Changes and you're done.
  • Make sure you have the Feedburner subscription gadget on your new blog 😀

I have used this method for a few customers now and it's worked beautifully for all of them.  If you are using anything other than Feedburner, you need to consult their help site to see how to edit the feed URL.

Happy blogging!

Onto the next question….thanks for following me and asking your questions 😀

Heather Wright-Porto
www.BlogsByHeather.com 

 

Q&A: Do “hidden” pages show up in blog feed (to subscribers)

After posting the 3-Part Series on Membership sites there was a question about whether or not blog subscribers would be updated when a hidden or protected page was published. It's a great question!

Question/Comment:

Thank you Heather. I've enjoyed this series of posts and you have answered a lot of questions that I have. I have one more question. How do the feeds handle a post like the one described above. Does it show up in google reader? I know you'd have to enter the password to see the whole page, but would the post title or anything show up. (hoping the answer is no.)

Answer:

You are right? The answer is NO.  Blog subscribers (people who follow your blog via email subscriptions, a reader like Google Reader, the Followers widget or simply bookmark your site) are NOT updated when new pages are created or when existing pages are edited. Blog subscribers are only updated when you "post" new articles to your blog.  Not pages. So your "hidden" pages stay "hidden" (unless someone feels like sharing the URL with a friend).

 

On to the next question….Thanks so much for posting questions on my blog. I will get to all of them.

Happy blogging,
Heather Wright-Porto
www.BlogsbyHeather.com