This article discusses the importance of listing your Blogger blog (Blogspot blog) in Blog Directories to increase traffic to your blog. Also included are some links to lists of popular blog directories.

If you are serious about increasing traffic to your Blogger blog (Blogspot Blog) make sure your blog is listed with some popular Blog Directories. Blog Directories can help with backlinks as it boosts your blog's standing to have a direct link from websites which have a good Google Page Ranking. Blog Catalog, for instance, has a very healthy Google Ranking of about 7 with the highest possible being 10. If you are not sure what the Google Page Ranking of a blog or website is you can look it up with this free tool from SEOChat

Some blog directories are better than others at referring traffic though so it does pay to do your research before you start. For instance some blog directories don't provide a backlink to your blog even though they require you to put a link to them on your blog. Keep this in mind when you are checking your site links to see if a backlink is being provided. (With Google Webmaster Tools you can look up all sites linking to your blog)

Don't get me wrong some blog directories are very good. I have found Blog Catalog which links under the various user defined tag in particular a good source of regular traffic. Top of Blogs also sends traffic my way for my niche blogs. On one blog I actually get more traffic from Blog Catalog than direct from Google.

Below are a couple of choice articles about Blogger and Blog Directories that will assist you with process of adding your Blogger blog to these directories and to discover more about how Blog Directories work and how they might be of benefit to you.

Blog Know How - Submit Your Blogger Blog to Blog Directories
This indepth article provides a list of recommended Blog Directories. It gives you good tips and down to earth advice about how to go about adding your Blogger blog to Blog Directories. Also covered is an outline of the benefits of adding your blog to Blog Directories.

Master New Media - Top 55 Best Blog Directory
If you just want a list of Blog Directories try this article from Master New Media for links to 55 Blog Directories.



Feedjit provides a live feed free tracking tool to track your Blogger Blogspot blog visitors in real time. Feedjit gives you up to the minute information about where they are from, the type of browser used, the landing page your visitors arrive at and where they exit from. It also displays the search keyword or keywords the visitor used to access your blog and will help you understand more about the content your visitors are interested in.

Place a Feedjit Live Traffic Feed widget on a Blogger Blogspot blog
It is easy to place a Feedjit Live Traffic Feed widget into the sidebar or footer of your Blogger Blogspot blog. It only takes a few minutes to customize the look of the widget to suit your blog and paste the Feedjit javascript code into a gadget in your Blogger sidebar or footer. Below is a step by step tutorial that will make it a breeze to get a Feedjit Live Traffic Feed widget for your Blogger blog.

Place A Feedjit Live Traffic Feed Widget into Your Blogger Blogspot Blog Sidebar or Footer
Blog Know How provides an in-depth article aimed at all Bloggers outlining the steps necessary to add a Feedjit Live Traffic Feed widget to Blogger

Summary
A free Feedjit Live Traffic widget can be a very useful widget to add to a Blogger Blogspot blog because it provides details about the kind of content your visitors are interested in. It is simple to customize and add a Feedjit widget to your Blogger sidebar or footer. Included is a tutorial that will walk you through every step of how to place a Feedjit Live Traffic Feed on a Blogger blog.



With so many new free Blogger templates (free Blogspot templates) released every week it is hard to keep tabs on what's on offer. That's why I have handpicked this selection of Blogger template sites and links to collections so that you don't have to waste your valuable time scouring the net to see what's out there. Why not do yourself a favor by searching for that quality Blogger theme on these free Blogger template sites.

Blogger Blogspot Template Sites
Top Free Blogger Templates
Handpicked free Blogger templates (free Blogspot templates) for the serious blogger

Free Blogger Templates Blogspot
A range of free cool Blogger templates that will make your blog stand out from the rest.

Best Free Blogger Blogspot Templates
Another site offerring a selection of handpicked Blogger templates (Blogspot templates)

Btemplates
This site is devoted to Blogger templates and themes. A nice collection. Facility for users to rate these Blogger templates

Eblogtemplates
A huge collection of free Blogger templates and themes on this site. Some downloads require you to sign up as a member

OurBlogTemplates
More than 150 free Blogger templates (free Blogspot templates) to download

Falconhive
New Blogger templates (Blogspot template) converted from Wordpress released regularly. A great source of quality free Blogger templates

Ipietoon
An impressive collection of original and converted from Wordpress free Blogger templates (free Blogspot templates)

Blogcrowds
A nice collection of Blogger templates. View by style, type, number of columns, color

template-godown
Most of these free Blogger templates converted from Wordpress including the very popular free Adspress Blogger template


Blogger Template (Blogspot Template) Collections
125 More Excellent Blogger Templates from Blogger Buster
120 Best Free Blogger Templates Around from Instantshift
Top 20+ Templates of 2008 from Blogger Buster


Summary
A collection of sites and links for free Blogger templates (free Blogspot templates) to ensure you get only the best quality Blogger templates available on the net. If you have the time how about letting me know about your experience of finding that perfect Blogger template (Blogspot template).



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Looking for articles about improving the navigation of a Blogger Blogspot blog. Here you will find articles about adding the following navigation hacks to Blogger: a breadcrumb, numbered page navigation and a simple links menu to a Blogger header.

Blogger lacks some advanced navigation features which makes it easy for readers to get around your blog. Compared to Wordpress Blogger has limited navigation and no easy way to add plugins to improve things. However, there are hacks and tricks that can be used to improve navigation markedly although these require manual tweaking of the Blogger template.

I have personally tried all of these Blogger tips and tutorials and can confirm that they all work so you won't be wasting your valuable time implementing some long complicated hack to your Blogger template only to find that its not working at the end of it. Also each of these publishers has a community around them and responds to any queries you might have so the support is there if you need it.

How to Add a Breadcrumb to Blogger
Blog Know How - Add Breadcrumb Navigation to Blogger
This Blogger tutorial takes you through the steps to place a breadcrumb on your Blogger blog to improve reader experience. The article also provides some advantages of adding a breadcrumb.




How to Add Numbered Page Navigation to Blogger
Blogger Buster - Numbered Page Navigation for Blogger
In this article Amanda shows you how to manually add numbered pages to the bottom of your Blogger blog. She also suggests ways to customize this hack such as: changing the number of articles displayed per page and what to do if you have a custom domain.



Add Top Navigation Menu to Blogger
Blog Know How - Add Horizontal Links Menu to Blogger Header
This tutorial shows you in detail how to add a simple horizontal links menu either to the header or above the first post in a Blogger Blogspot blog.


Summary
In this article are links to popular navigation hacks to customize a Blogger Blogspot blog such as adding a breadcrumb trail, numbered page navigation and a simple links menu to a Blogger header.



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Tired of blog scrapers and sploggers? Blog scrapers or sploggers are people who steal your blog content and reproduce it on their own blog. I have seen whole posts ripped off. Not just the content but the images too. And to add insult to injury and make it even worse quite often the sploggers blog is ranked more highly in search engine results than the blog that it was ripped off from.

If you want to protect the integrity of your blog and prevent others cashing in on all your hard work it pays to check periodically to see whether your blog is being scraped. There are free tools such as Copyscape that will assist you to detect if your blog is being scraped.

Here are some articles that will help you learn more about blog scraping or blog splogging, protect your blog from blog scraping and take action if your blog has been scraped.


Social @ Blog Tracker - Content Theft
A great article about how to protect your blog from being copied, some tools to identify copied material and some great tips about what to do if you find your blog has been scraped.

Mint Blogger - How to Knock Out a Scrapper in 2 Easy Steps
In this article you will find out how to report a blog scraper to Google Adsense. There is also an explanation about reporting to Google using the Spam Result Reporting Form

Blog Know How - Add a Feedburner FeedFlare to Your Blogger Feed
In this article you will learn how to add a Feedburner FeedFlare to you Blogger Blogspot feed. The article also covers how to protect your feed from blog scraping by adding a copyright notice and notice of author ownership to the FeedFlare which appears below each post.

Blog Herald - 20 Best Free Anti-Plagarism Tools
A comprehensive article about protection, detection, and reporting of blog scraping of both content and images.

Digital Inspiration - File a DMCA Notice of Copyright InfringementCovers how to file a DMCA notice of copyright infringement and includes a sample template

Lorelle - What To Do When Someone Steals Your Content
Lots of great tips in this informative article on content theft and blog scraping. Includes a sample email template to use when approaching the blog scraper about the content theft.


In this article I have put together some resources that will help you as a blog webmaster protect your blog from blog scraping, detect blog scraping and take action if you find your blog has been scraped and your content stolen. If your blog has been scraped I'd love to hear about your experience.



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If you are about to launch a Blogger Blogspot blog have you considered your blog topic? How viable is it? How many blogs are there on the subject already? Do you know?

Choosing a blog topic is one of the most overlooked areas of blogging. Most people launch into creating a blog with little thought about their areas of interest, how much they know about their chosen subject and the audience they will be appealing to.

I have selected this collection of articles with the beginner and new blogger in mind. Below you will find articles that provide tips and strategies to help you select a blog topic that is right for you and will raise issues about choosing a blog topic that you may not have even considered. Use these articles as a great resource to support your blog topic choice.

Blogspot Blogger Guide - 7 Tips to Choose a Great Blogger Blog Topic
Find your fit. 7 useful tips on how to choose a great blog topic for a Blogger blogspot blog. This blog is especially for beginners and newbies to Blogspot blogging.

Problogger - Principles of Choosing a Profitable Blog Topic
In this article Darren Rowse explores the principles of choosing a profitable blog

Problogger - How to Choose a Niche Topic for Your Blog
This article covers how to choose a niche topic for your blog. Includes examining income stream and competition

Dosh Dosh - How to Choose The Right Blog Niche
This article discusses how to choose the right blog niche following a simple three step method

This article provides a resource of material on the subject of choosing a good blog topic. Whether you are setting up one blog or multiple blogs bear in mind that choosing and defining your blog topic is one of many important set up tasks in building a successful blog.



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In this article you will find helpful articles to assist you to add meta tags to a Blogger Blogspot blog. You will also find links to resources such as free meta tag analyzer tools and a list of meta tags and their uses on Blogger.

Most webmasters of Blogger want to optimize their Blogspot blog to ensure good placement in search engine results. Unfortunately Blogger is not search engine friendly in some respects and requires tweaking to improve this situation.

Blogger does not support meta tags for site description and keywords. These can be added manually to improve SEO - search engine optimization.

Below are a bunch of stand out Blogger Blogspot tutorials that will assist you to place meta tags on your blog that will help your blog achieve better placings in search engine results.


Helpful Articles About Adding Meta Tags to Blogger
Below are a bunch of stand out tutorials that will assist you to place meta tags on your blog that will go some way to increasing your placement in search engine results.

Blog Know How
A comprehensive article which shows you how to add meta tags to your home page and to an individual post. The article also discusses the limitations of Blogger and why it is important to add meta tags.


Guide to Using Meta Tags in a Blogger Blogspot Blog
Meta Tag resources articles

Daily Blog Tips
An indepth article which lists different types of meta tags and discusses which meta tags are most useful


Free Meta Tag Analyzer Tools
There are many free Meta Tag Analyzer tools on the internet. Here are a couple of suggestions:

Submit Express
SEO Centro

These tools will provide you with a heap of information about your blog including keywords and keyword phrases. Make sure your meta tag relevancy to page content is 90% or above.


In this article I have suggested helpful websites to assist you to add meta tags to a Blogger Blogspot blog. I have provided links to access free Meta Tag Analyzer tools to analyze the meta tags and keywords on your blog. And I have directed you to a blog that provides a comprehensive list of meta tags and suggests their uses on Blogger.



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In this post I have put together some of the best articles on Blogger Blogspot feeds. You'll find information about reasons for burning a Blogger feed, redirecting it through the free Feedburner service and how to burn a Blogger feed. In addition you'll find out how to optimize your burned feed by adding a FeedFlare to the bottom of every post in your feed. Also included is an unofficial guide to Blogger feed frequently asked questions.


Reasons for Burning a Blogger Feed at Feedburner

Blog Know How - Blogger RSS Feeds and Feedburner
Discusses Blogger RSS Feeds in detail. In this Blog Know How article some of the advantages of burning your Blogger feed at Feedburner are explored.

Blogger Buster - Reasons to Redirect Feed
Blogger Buster provides a list of 4 important reasons to redirect your Blogger feed through Feedburner


How to Burn Your Blogger Feed at Feedburner

Blog Know How - How to Burn a Blogger Feed at Feedburner
A detailed step by step guide of burning your Blogger post feed at Feedburner. The article includes information on how to change the settings in Blogger to point to the new feed. Also included in the tutorial is a walkthrough of adding an RSS icon to your Blogger sidebar to point to the Blogger feed being redirected to Feedburner.

Blogspot Tutorial - Feedburner Tips
A tutorial on signing up to Feedburner that encompasses how to configure some of the Feedburner settings


Add a FeedFlare to the Bottom of Blogger Burned Feed
Blog Know How - Add a FeedFlare to Blogger
This article provides a step by step tutorial on how to add a Feedburner FeedFlare to the bottom of every post in a blogger feed.


Unofficial Guide to Blogger Feeds
Consuming Experience - FAQ About Blogger Feeds
FAQs about Blogger feeds. A very handy resource.


Introduction to Feed Basics
Consuming Experience - Feed Basics
Find out the basics of feeds. Great introduction described in non technical language.

This concludes the round up of some of the best tutorials about using the free Feedburner service to get the most out of Blogger. If you have any other ideas please let me know.



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If you want to boost your site traffic one very easy way is to add a Social Bookmarking button to your Blogger (Blogspot) blog. This will encourage visitors to your site to create an online bookmark and to share your posts with others. There are a number of ways you can go about adding bookmarks. This article provides you with a round up of some of the best tutorials to walk you through the process of adding a bookmark button to your Blogger site.

Why Add a Social Bookmark to Your Blogger Blog
1. Boost site traffic by encouraging visitors to create an online bookmark. On-line bookmarks can be shared with others and increase the likelihood of return visits and attracting new traffic.

2. Get comprehensive analytics about visitors creating bookmarks when you use a free service like Add This. This will assist you to determine trends and understand bookmarking behaviour. You will also be able to identify your most popular posts.

Add This Bookmark Button All-in-One Solution

Social Bookmark Icon Set


Best Tutorial About Adding Add This Social Bookmark Button to Blogger
Blog Know How
Suitable for Beginners. Well set out and comprehensive step by step instructions for adding an Add This Social Bookmarking Button to your Blogger (Blogspot) blog. Walkthrough of steps to place the button beneath each post or in a sidebar.

Best Tutorial About How to Add a Group of Social Bookmarking Icons to Blogger Blogspot Blog
Blog Know How
This tutorial shows you how to add a bunch of social media icons to the end of every post plus there are instructions for adding buttons to a Blogger sidebar and footer. Just copy and paste script into your template or Blogger widget and you're done. Easy as!


Links to Free Social Bookmark Buttons and Icon Sets Suitable For Blogger
Blog Know How
A collection of some of the best free social bookmark icon sets suitable for a Blogger Blogspot blog.


This is article has provided you with a collection of the best tutorials to help you add a Social Bookmarking Button to your Blogger (Blogspot) blog.



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If you are having trouble wading through articles about adding a Blogger
Blogspot sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools then look no further. This article will show you how to sign up to Google, submit your blog sitemap to Google and make use of Google Webmaster Tools to provide inforamtion about how your site is being indexed by Google.

This is a collection of quality articles about using your Blogger (Blogspot) feed as a sitemap. Some articles are aimed at beginners while others are more in depth and assume a certain level of technical understanding. All articles are informative and together provide a comprehensive resource on the topic of adding a Blogger sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools.

Adding a Blogger Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools
Blog Know How
Comprehensive coverage of signing up to Google Webmaster Tools. Detailed instructions about editing your blog's template to verify your site. Step by step walkthrough for adding a sitemap to Google. Extras include information about extra parameters when feed is being redirected by Feedburner or similiar.