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Copyblogger is one of the best and most informative blogs on the Internet. It’s a good place to turn for suggestions on improving one’s writing and blogging experience.
Here’s an good article that explores some common blogging mistakes that end up wasting the valuable time of readers looking for good and useful content:
From the article:
Quick question: Do you know anyone who doesn’t suffer from information overload? …
…you could be wasting the time of your readers.
And time is an irreplaceable resource. Time is precious. We all know it.
So avoid the 11 common blogging mistakes below at all costs. They waste the time of your readers by contributing to information overload without offering value in return…
-Blogging Mistake #1: You love complexity
-Blogging Mistake #2: You’re self-indulgent
-Blogging Mistake #3: You think you need to publish daily
-Blogging Mistake #4: You write purely for SEO
-Blogging Mistake #5: You focus on word count …
Read #6-11 and all of the comments below each ‘mistake’ for some good insights in improving your own writing and the real value of your blog in the process. *Top
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Ever wonder what the best host might be for your faith blog or ministry site. Here’s a list of the top 25 produced by Blogging.org based upon a poll of 5600 bloggers. For your info the #2 is BlueHost the one I use for all of my sites. Their service is terrific.
I won’t tell you about bad experience I had with my previous host since it is not on the list. I can tell you from experience that it is very important to get a good reliable host that will give you expert and prompt service with ‘a smile’ when you need it. Also it’s good to choose one that’s been around a while and is in no danger of going belly up. Here’s the list:
Here are your Top 25 Hosting Companies in the World for Bloggers:
#1: HostGator (1907 of 5600 Bloggers)
Hostgator entered the web hosting scene in 2002, and currently support over eight million domains. They currently offer virtual private server hosting and dedicated server hosting, as well as reseller hosting.
#2 BlueHost (1023 of 5600 Bloggers)
BlueHost, sister site of HostMonster, also offers shared server web hosting. They have a free site builder service, and use cPanel for client access. They also have a hosting reseller program. They have been in business since 1996.
#3 Rackspace (690 of 5600 Bloggers)
Rackspace US, Inc. has been in business since 1998. Emphasizing support and customer service, their services range from cloud servers and sites to custom applications and managed colocation servers. They utilize OpenStack as their cloud computing infrastructure.
#4 Softlayer (667 of 5600 Bloggers)
SoftLayer provides dedicated server hosting, managed hosting, and cloud computing to its customers. Their virtual cloud servers, or CloudLayer servers, can be created and implemented on demand. They have been in operation since 2005.
#5 Amazon (483 of 5600 Bloggers)
Since 2006, Amazon Web Services has offered cloud computing and hosting services that currently support thousands of businesses around the world. Some of their products include Amazon Mechanical Turk, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, and AWS Storage Gateway.
May 2, 2013: National Day of Prayer- USA
Father, we come to You to pray for our nation, the United States of America.
How You have blessed us through the years, Lord! We rightly sing, “America, America, God shed His grace on thee.” Yet we see trouble in our culture today. We see the breakdown of the family, crippling addictions, and random acts of horrific violence.
Lord, we need Your help in America. In recent days, we have done our best to remove Your Word and Your counsel from our courtrooms, classrooms and culture. It seems, as President Lincoln once said, that we have “forgotten God.” But Lord, You have not forgotten us! You can bless and help and revive our country again.
Scripture tells us that “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Lord, in Your mercy, we ask that You would exalt our country again. We have had a number of great awakenings in America. We have experienced times of refreshing, and revivals that changed not only the spiritual but also the moral landscape. As the psalmist said, “Will You not revive us again, so that Your people may rejoice in You?” (Psalm 85:6)
That is our prayer for America today, Lord. Send a mighty spiritual awakening that will turn the hearts of men and women, boys and girls back to you. You have told us if we will humble ourselves and pray, and seek Your face and turn from our wicked ways, that You will forgive our sins and heal our land. (2 Chronicles7:14)
Forgive us today, Lord, and heal this troubled land that we love so much.
We ask all of this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!
-Pastor Greg Laurie, 2013 Honorary Chairman
<Here’s a link to the NDP website which lists all of the events of the day>
This is a great time to add your prayers to the millions praying for America today. Please pray for a spiritual awakening that our nation will turn once more back to God and be revived and blessed. *Top
Here’s a link to ChurchRelevance’s List of “TOP 200 MINISTRY BLOGS as of March 5, 2013”
Here’s the Top Ten:
2. Desiring God
5. Tim Challies
8. Fr. Z’s Blog
9. Jesus Creed
10. Kingdom People
Take a look at each of the Top 10 and see what the best and most successful ‘ministry blogs’ look like. Then take a look at the bottom of the list which are also worthy. I guarantee you’ll learn something in the process.
One can always disagree with the criteria used to come up with this list but not with the fact that are all of the blogs on the list are great and good examples to take a look at and learn from. That’s why I have it linked here as a learning tool for those of us who would like to improve our own ministry sites and take them to another level. *Top
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Has your website been hacked and infested with links and malware that doesn’t belong there or has it been ‘blacklisted’ for some reason? If so it can really be a nightmare cleaning it up and getting back your traffic and good reputation.
I know from experience because three years ago it happened to one of my ministry sites. I ended up having to spend several hundred dollars and a hundred or so hours to move the site to a new host to start over clean and flush all of the old infected files and databases. In the process I lost a number of posts and considerable traffic.
It all started one morning when I noticed that the Footer on one of my blogs seemed to go on forever with hundred of links to pornography and different business sites in Russia. Every time I erased the garbage it all showed up again the next day. Then I looked at my files and databases and found that they were infested with all sorts of stuff that had nothing to do with my website. My files and database had become a host for hundreds of sub-domains and I was paying for it all!
Worse yet when I tried to erase it all I found out that I no longer had control of my own files and couldn’t get rid of it. If that wasn’t bad enough the very well regarded host I had at the time refused to help me gain control and suggested I flush the whole site and start over.
I ended up taking their advise but first hired a tech group that knew what they were doing and duplicated my unaffected files for me and moved them to a new host. Then I rebuilt my blog post by post, transferred the domain, and then terminated and turned off everything at the old host. Lesson learned the hard way!
Now there are far easier ways to backup and restore a blog. But the focus of this post is how to monitor a site and keep it clean the easy way. First of all you can check your site anytime and see if there are any problems at:
Just go to their home page and type in your domain and in a few minutes you will get a complete report for your site. The manual check is free but you can also hire them to automatically monitor your site and clean it up if any malware or hacks are found.
Here’s another service that will monitor your website and help you make it secure. They also offer several plugins for monitoring and securing a WordPress site:
Nearly 1.5 million were saved through Billy Graham’s online ministry in 2012. From the Christian Post:
Nearly 8 million people around the world heard the message of Jesus Christ in 2012 through an interactive online website operated by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and nearly 1.5 million of them said they prayed a salvation prayer.
On average, more than 4,100 people responded per day last year in response to the Gospel presentation on PeaceWithGod.net, the ministry said Friday. …
Since the online ministry’s launch in May 2011, more than 9.27 million people worldwide have viewed Gospel presentations on PeaceWithGod.net and PazConDios.net, a Spanish-language version of the site that was launched midway through last year. Of these, more than 1.67 million have indicated that they have made a commitment to Jesus Christ, according to the ministry.
Response: This news article really demonstrates the phenomenal potential for reaching a large number of people around the world for Christ in a short period of time with a minimum of cost through Internet ministry.
Happy New Year- 2013!
It is a good time to begin the year right with a prayer for peace around the world.
Remember to pray for the peace in Jerusalem and in the Middle East. Also let’s remember to pray that the Iranian drive for nuclear weapons will somehow be peacefully resolved.
It is also a great time to pray for our economy which seems to be stuck in recession with all sort of folks (self appointed experts) warning that maybe the worst is yet to come?
Meanwhile, we have political leaders in Washington DC that seem to be more interested in pushing their own agenda and increasing their own political power above that which might be best for the country and the world. Let’s pray that this tendency will be turned around in 2013.
There are Christians all around the world being persecuted for their faith. Let’s remember them in our prayers. Just in the last week – Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was re-arrested and taken from his family in Iran on Christmas Day, 12 Christians were killed by Muslim terrorists in Nigeria during Christmas Eve services, 41 Christians were arrested by the religious police in Saudi Arabia for having a Christmas party in a private home, a Christian man in Syria was beheaded by the Islamist rebels and fed to animals, and 10 million+ Coptic Christians in Egypt are now facing a new reality of life under a newly approved radical sharia supporting Constitution.
It is also a good time to pray that revival will come to places all around America and that the American church will experience a new reformation of hope and finally stand up and bear the light and hope of the Good News of Jesus Christ to a darkening culture and people that desperately need good news and hope in their lives.
May God bless us all in 2013. *Top
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Facebook now has over a Billion users which includes nearly half of all those on the Internet worldwide. According to a LA Times article Facebook execs are shooting for the rest:
"We’re not a company that is just trying to add more people," said Chris Cox, Facebook’s vice president of product. "What we are trying to do is build a service that everyone in the world can use."
It is amazing how the Internet has become a part of the lives of so many people in so little time. Here is just one social network that is now touching over a billion people worldwide in over a hundred nations. The fact that it has happened in only 8 years is really shocking.
From a Christian perspective: It has become the new ‘Roman Road’ that provides access to people in lands where missionaries are not even allowed to go. Now people can come to Christ and receive Christian and Biblical teaching on the Internet even if they live in countries like Saudi Arabia where Christian churches are illegal. The potential for using the Internet and social networks like Facebook for spreading the Gospel is astounding. It gives me real hope for taking the ‘good news’ of Jesus Christ to every nation in this generation and for a world wide Christian harvest and revival. *Top