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I’ve done two posts concerning Google’s +1 button, namely Google+1 Showing Others Their Stamp Of Approval and Which Is Of More Value A Tweet Or Google’s +1? The funny thing was that a lot of people were comparing the +1 to FaceBooks like button and I thought it was so much more than that. It’s still my opinion that Google will factor people’s +1s into their search algorithm.

Google+ changes all that now that they’re live and FaceBook should be worried because unlike +1 Google+ is their direct competition. I’ve only joined Google+ today and already I’m loving it better than FaceBook. While there are similarities it’s features are so much better. So much so that I’ve heard FaceBook are so worried they are working on some major revamping just so they can remain in contention. So let’s look at some of the features:

  1. Circles: This is the best thing about Google+ and is one of the reasons it will leave FaceBook for dead. Once you’ve joined you can organise all the people you follow into ‘Circles’ As you can see I have one Circle just for my Blogger buddies. I’ve also got one for Family, Friends and Acquaintances. You can have as many circles as you want.
  2. Selective Streams: This is directly related to your Circles. When you post something in the stream you can select exactly who sees it. It can be made completely public or you can select a particular Circle or even several Circles giving you complete control of who sees your posts.
  3. Self Promotion: When adjusting your profile you can add as much of yourself as you like thereby selling yourself to whoever is viewing your profile. Make sure when you do this you do not forget adding links to those sites you wish to promote
  4. Google+ Hangouts: This is so cool that it probably has FaceBook and Skype quaking in there boots. Who knows, perhaps Skype sold to Microsoft because they knew this was coming. When youstart a hangout you can invite up to 10 people to have a video conference and it’s absolutely free. Completely unheard of in FaceBook and you have to pay to use this feature in Skype.
  5. Sparks: Is just like your news reader. Clicking this presents you a selection of categories of what’s hot now or you simply type in your search term to find what you’re interested in.
Creating your circle is as easy as dragging the photos of the people you know into the circle of your choice. If they’re not lucky enough to be a member yet you can invite them by clicking on the ‘Add a new person’ icon on the left while you’re in the Circle page. If it doesn’t recognise the name you just type in their email address. Nothing will happen though unless you complete one more step. Click on the Home icon which will take you to the ‘Stream’ page (FaceBooks newsfeed) where you will post something making sure you share it with your new invites. Google will then send them an email of your post complete with link for them to join.
Well, that’s it for now. I’m sure there is a lot more to learn but considering I’ve only just joined I reckon I’ve done pretty well. Heck I know more about Google+ than I do about FaceBook and that’s alone says a lot. If you haven’t joined yet do it now because this is one social media group you don’t want to miss out on.
Have you got anything interesting about Google+ that you want to share with everybody?
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The one thing that I really love about blogging is that unlike visiting a static website it allows you to interact with your readers, and as a commentator it allows you to interact with the blogger and his visitors. One of the reasons I am so passionate about this is because in the real world, unless around family and friends, I tend to keep to myself.

As a blogger I write basically so that I can express myself but also to entertain and sometimes to instruct anyone who happens to land on one of my posts. But all that comes to nothing unless those posts elicit a response such as comment. I thrive on my comments, almost as much as being able to comment on those blogs that I visit. Yet even though I love to comment there are certain things that bloggers do that irk me so much I just leave in disgust.

Ten Reasons Why I Don’t Comment On Your Blog

  1. Closed Comments: I just finished reading a blog, one that I enjoyed reading so much I couldn’tscream and shout wait to finish so that I could leave a comment. Imagine my disappointment when I found out they had disabled comments on their blog! Who would do that? I know there are some who say I could still have tweeted it but I could have but I didn’t because I didn’t want someone to go through the same thing I did.
  2. Comment Moderation: I really dislike it when my comment go into moderation, especially when the blogger doesn’t have a plugin installed that notifies me that someone has replied. This means I never know if my comment was accepted and I certainly don’t have the time to continually pop in to see if it ever goes live. What with all the plugins available to combat spam I don’t believe comment moderations is necessary.
  3. Third Party Comment Systems: I’ve touched on this several times, the last one being the time I wrote about What Was The Best WordPress Commenting System, and every post showed not only that the default system is the best system but that using a third party system will cost you comments. More than that I know of some bloggers who will scroll to the bottom of the post before reading just to make sure they’re not using disqus or some other third party system. Something that I plan to do in future.
  4. PoUps: I hate it when I’m reading a post and this annoying thing pops up trying to get my attention. I never know what they are because I either close it immediately or I’ve moved off the blog.
  5. Being Ignored: The blogger has done all the right things, they’ve written a good post, use the default comment system and have installed a subscribe to comment plugin but they stop there and ignore their commentators by not replying to them. Its like going to visit someone who instead of listening to you and contributing to the conversation is too busy watching their favourite soap.
  6. Are Just Plain Rude: Just because someone has graced your blog with a comment is no reason for you to be rude to them just because you disagree with something they have said. Not only does it belittle them it affects the way others perceive you. If I happen to read a good post and then see you acting bad towards others who have commented on your blog I’m sure as hell not going to get involved and more likely than not I will never come back.
  7. You Want Me To Subscribe: You’re kidding right? What makes your blog so special that I would go out of my way to subscribe to it? Heck, if I had to subscribe to every blog I comment on I would stop commenting altogether.
  8. You Have A Blogger Blog: I’m sorry, you may be the best blogger out but unless I know you personally I rarely comment on Blogger blogs and my post on Why I Don’t Comment On Blogger Blogs explains why.
  9. Poor Content Or Your Grammar Sucks: If you don’t take the time to proofread your post and fix all the grammatical errors, using paragraphs, sentences and capitals when necessary, why should I take the time to comment?
  10. What Prevents You From Commenting: They say you should always finish a post by asking a question to solicit information from your readers and so I leave it up to you guys to add to the conversation.

Actually I think that what this post really requires is a poll. :thumbup_tb:

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How Good Is The FlexSqueeze Theme, Really?

Now, don’t you go shaking your head in dismay. Yeah, yeah I know I’ve done posts on Flexsqueeze before, but is it my fault that the FlexSqueeze theme is so good I can’t tell you all about it in just a few posts? For those of you who are not familiar with Flexsqueeze it is the most flexible WordPress theme that you will ever see. One of the biggest features is that unlike themes like Thesis it actually works straight out of the box.

What this means is that you don’t need to know html, php, css or even hooks to get it to do what you want it to do. It’s all done from within the WordPress theme and most of the changes can be done with a click of the mouse. This makes it the theme of choice for newbie bloggers and those who are not technically minded. My About page lists my nine blogs and checking them out will show you that each has its own individual look.

Great For Affiliate Marketers

Newbies aside this theme is great for the affiliate marketer and those bloggers looking to make money online. It’s agreed by many marketers that one of the most important thing to have is a squeeze or sales page and FlexSqueeze have several templates built in to help you design very professional looking sales page. My Become A Lotto Affiliate sales page shows you just how professional a sales page you can produce. Now I’m no web designer but I reckon I did a pretty damn good job with it.

Create Columns In Posts And Pages

Have you ever wanted to create columns of texts in your posts or pages but didn’t know how to do it? I’m not sure whether there are other themes that will do this but as I found out only yesterday FlexSqueeze does. This would be great for those bloggers who want to  give their blog a newspaper or magazine feel about it.

This would look really great if you’re intending to have a full width blog without any sidebars. You can actually have two equal columns, three equal columns, four equal columns or an in-between configuration.

I can honestly say that FlexSqueeze has come a long way since I posted this video.

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That’s pretty neat isn’t it? It works best if you have a blog width of 650, perfect for the built in squeeze page templates, but I have to be truthful I had to play around with it a bit to fit it into this post.

So Many Other Features

You can separate parts of your post by using neat shadow effects.


You can make your testimonials stand out so that it looks a lot more appealing to your reader or potential customer.

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Perhaps you have a really important part of your post and you want to make sure it captures your reader’s attention. You could place it in a colored box! You actually have a choice of 4 colors, blue, red, yellow and grey.

If there are parts within the post that you want to highlight, where you would normally use bold or italics you can now highlight the text in bright yellow


There is so much that you can do. While you can use a lot of these features in your sales pages there is no reason why you couldn’t use them in your post occasionally for those very special post. As you can see having FlexSqueeze makes your blog really unique.

  • Forget your normal indentations


  • Select from different styles and colors


OK, I think you get the idea, but just in case you’re still a little vague about what this post is all about, all it’s trying to say is FlexSqueeze Rocks!

If you liked this post then don’t you think it deserves a Tweet or something? :drunk_tb:

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