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Google verification in TypePad versus WordPress

September 27, 2008 3 comments
Google Webmaster Tools

Google Webmaster Tools

Have you heard about Google Webmaster Tools? With Google Webmaster Tools, you can view which of your pages are included in Google’s index, see any errors encountered while crawling your site, find search queries that list your site as a result, find out which sites link to yours, and much more. In order to take full advantage of these tools you must first verify your site with Google, thus asserting ownership of said site. This is done by a) adding meta tags to your blog’s HTML or b) by uploading a certain HTML-file. The former is only possible in Blogger, the latter can be done in TypePad and in WordPress, but how?

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TypePad Support versus WordPress FAQ

September 11, 2008 5 comments

When I started this blog about comparing WordPress and Typepad, what I forgot or didn’t really think about is that any software is continuously improved, so any comparison is only valid for so long, and soon, many of my posts will be obsolete. Such is the case with my previous observations on TypePad Help versus WordPress Help. Both WordPress and TypePad have now revamped their support functions recently – and I need to make a new post…so what has changed?

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Finally: Sticky posts in wordpress.com!

September 8, 2008 2 comments

Finally! No more workaround for making “sticky posts”. No more laboriously changing the date of a post to make it stick to the top, as I explained in a previous post. WordPress has caught up with TypePad and is now offering sticky posts, too, just announced today. Fantastic! I’ve been waiting for this….

So, TypePad versus WordPress, now: TypePad-1, WordPress-1.

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Front page customization in TypePad versus WordPress

September 1, 2008 3 comments

One area that many bloggers do not always pay attention to is the front or home page. The ability to customize your home page is one of the most important factors in  making your blog attractive and thus keeping visitors on your site. How does wordpress,com compare to typepad.com when it comes to front page customization?

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Improved: Inserting images in WordPress versus TypePad

August 25, 2008 Leave a comment

In a previous post, a month ago, comparing how to insert images in Typepad versus WordPress, I gave TypePad the upper hand. Today, I have to revise this. WordPress has changed the image/media settings, to the better, at least from my point of view. In typical WordPress manner new features are released on Friday afternoon, unannounced, which of course resulted in a barrage of angry and frustrated cries for help in the wordpress.com support forum, because images were suddenly no longer working the way they used to do.  Anyways…what did actually change at WordPress to make me change my mind?

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TypePad versus WordPress: Social Bookmarking

August 23, 2008 4 comments

When I first signed up for WordPress after having been on TypePad I was disappointed to learn that WordPress did not have an integrated social bookmarking widget, such as ShareThis. ShareThis works very well with TypePad and WordPress has many built-in widgets, but I did not find a widget like that in my widget list. Is it not possible to have social bookmarks on WordPress? It is, but it takes a little bit of effort. Let me show you how.

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TypePad versus WordPress – So, what’s the difference?

August 22, 2008 5 comments

For the first-time blogger, deciding which platform to sign up with, comparing features is important. How much is advertising and how much is truthfully telling what you can really do? Today marks the start of a new series, comparing the features of WordPress and TypePad, as they are advertised on the TypePad Features website and the WordPress Features website.

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TypePad beats WordPress: How to create your TypePad theme from scratch

August 17, 2008 22 comments

So far I have praised WordPress’ functionality and made it the main reason for why I would choose WordPress over TypePad. There’s one functionality, though, where TypePad takes the lead, and that is the ability to design your own theme from scratch, even without using any CSS.

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WordPress versus Typepad: Going back to TypePad? Yes or No?

August 7, 2008 Leave a comment
WordPress putting Adsense on my blog

WordPress putting AdSense on my blog

This week seems to be a philosophical week. After first pondering the supposed pros of an ad-free blog, then discovering that my blog is in fact not so ad-free after all, the question naturally arises: What to do next?

So should I go back to TypePad, because at least there I have control over my ads? Or stay with WordPress, because of the added functionality I have here? Just looking at the scoreboard should be enough to convince me. I have already moved my blog to WordPress, but do I really want to stay here now?

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Is there really no AdSense on wordpress.com?

August 6, 2008 2 comments
Scientology ad on this blog

Google Ad for what?

You know you can’t have Adsense on your wordpress.com blog, right? Well, think again. You can’t have AdSense on your wordpress.com, blog but WordPress can. Yes, WordPress does run AdSense on your wordpress.com blog.  See for yourself, left. And if you came to this post from a Google search, you may even see the ads above this paragraph, and below, at the bottom of this post.

Ok, it’s a free service. I knew they were running ads. I read Matt’s note. Jada jada jada. I know all that. Fair enough, but this? Thanks to an observant reader of my blog I was sent a screenshot of how the ads actually appear on my blog. Look at the ad, that isn’t even remotely contextual. Then I began to search for it myself; you can read how below.

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