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    Claiming Your Blog on Technorati

    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.

    Virtual Arts Studios Reloaded

    Well, it has been a long-time coming but we’re about to remake history.  The new and improved Virtual Arts Studios website is on the verge of a new beginning and it makes us quiver all over (in a good way).

    Unfortunately, this means saying good bye to some old friends.  Virtual Postcards will be discontinued along with features like The Lab and my FlashKit work. They had a good run; I will do my best to republish some of the more popular content on this blog over time.

    The Life Cycle of a Blog Post

    Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes when you publish a blog post?

    This interactive infographic from Wired shows you how your words reaches the masses. Appropriately titled The Life Cycle of a Blog Post, From Servers to Spiders to Suits – to You.

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