Friday, December 7, 2007

Technorati Manual Ping Flaw

For sometime now, Technorati members have been complaining about their post not getting indexed after manually pinging. The reason for this is that after members manually ping within technorati, they sign out from the "Thanks for the Ping!" page, causing it to refresh and ping again within seconds, resulting in them getting banned.

For you Technorati members who need visuals, here you go:

Example 1. You just manually pinged within Technorati and taken to this page.

Note: The page above states "You can bookmark this page and return to it to notify Technorati of updates."

Example 2. You make the mistake of signing out from this page.

Example 3. Page refreshes and pings Technorati again within seconds.

Result: You've been banned from pinging Technorati.

Even after Technorati restores your service, some members blog posts remain banned from Technorati's search results.

Technorati needs to fix it so when someone signs out from their ping page, they should be taken to Technorati's front page, or the members account page, instead of repinging. Judging by all the ping complaints in their support forums all these months, Technorati doesn't seem to be interested in fixing this design flaw. I wonder why?

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Remove Blogger Navbar, add search box

Ok, first things first, hide the Blogger Navbar.

For old Blogger, click on Template, scroll down through the template style sheet until you see Header, and paste the CSS definition in red below:

/* Header

----------------------------------------------- */
#navbar-iframe {

For Blogger Beta, click Layout to go to the Template tab, then click on Edit HTML. Scroll down through the template style sheet until you see Header, then add the CSS definition in red below:

/* Header
#navbar #Navbar1 iframe{display:none;visibility:none;}

Add this HTML form to wherever you want your search box displayed, just remember to replace the highlighted Your_Blogs_Name.

<form action=""><input tabindex="10000" name="q" maxlength="128" type="text"><input value="Search" type="submit"></form>

The music video blog Vid Digger has a working example of the search box minus the Navbar.

Glad to be of help!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Um... What is a caucus?

I just learned what a caucus is, but do you know what it is? Take the poll below to inform my future readers.
Yes, I'm gona be around that long!

Want to put this poll on your blog? Highlight the HTML code below, right click and copy! Spread the gift of knowledge!