For those of you who are new to blogging there are a few rather esoteric steps you should take before completing your apprenticeship into the blogosphere. One is to make sure your site is verified by Google. Another is claiming your blog on Technorati. Why? Well, Technorati is recognized by the world over as the leading blog search engine and directory that tracks the authority and influence of blogs. Being on it means targeted traffic. Well worth the few minutes it takes to claim your blog. So, here is what to do:

  1. Create a Technorati Profile.
  2. Submit your blog URL in the Start a blog claim field.
  3. You will receive an email or a message on your Profile page that will look something like this:Technorati will need to verify that you are an author of the blog by looking for a unique code. Please put the following short code JBAZXKXYEVQT within a new blog post and publish it. This code must appear in the published post and it must also appear in your corresponding RSS feed once published. Once it is published, use the “Verify Claim Token” button on this page to tell Technorati your blog is ready for Technorati to verify the claim token and proceed to final review.
  4. Publish a temporary post on your blog that include your short code. Doing so should automatically update your RSS feed.
  5. Back on Technorati, click Verify Claim Token button.

That’s it! It may take a little time for Technorati to complete their evaluation but for your part, you can go back to what you love to do the most: blogging.