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Mar 4, 2014

Upgrade your blog widget. Get a Bonus

The web is evolving. HTML5 is here with its new standards, advantages and improvements. BlogUpp has been updated to be HTML5 compliant and optimized. It's a minor but important change for bloggers who want to have their blogs validated when it comes to latest html standards.

Get your upgraded blog widget simply by re-entering your blog address at www.blogupp.com. Once the widget-code shows up, copy and paste it in the sidebar of your blog, to replace the previous blog widget. Please be advised to put it above the fold (i.e. visible without scrolling), to show your respect for other community bloggers who promote your blog, and to make sure you get the most of our content marketing service.

This is also an opportunity to ensure your Twitter and/or Facebook cross-posting are properly set up. Note that Facebook requires users to periodically re-authenticate publishing apps. Meaning to allow BlogUpp cross-post your blog to Facebook and notify your friends whenever you update your blog, automatically.

By the way, on the occasion of BlogUpp's 6th anniversary, we are happy to give bonuses to blogs that have been part of our blogger community for more than a year. To qualify simply say "Hi" via an email (along with your blog URL) and you'll get 6k bonus content distributions for your blog.

Happy blogging!
HTML5 Blog Widget Upgrade

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Feb 8, 2014

Blogger Contest. Spread Love to Get More

YOU are invited to our blogger contest related to Valentine's Day. Have to say beautiful things about love or your loved ones? Then you are ready for the blogger contest.
  • Simply express it in a kind and creative way,
  • Share your inspiring writing on your blog,
  • Let us know about it by linking back to this post or tweet your blog post with the hashtags #Valentine and #BlogUpp (we'll also be scanning our blog network ourselves).
We'll be giving away Premium packages of 10.000 content distributions for participating blogs of our blogger community members. And if your significant other has a blog as well and is participating in this blogger contest, then we'll be doubling the amount of content distributions for you two, i.e. each of you will get the double of announced blogger giveaway. Just send us an email showing your connection.

In addition, selected blogs will be listed in "Featured Blogs" section in the blog directory for a whole month. Note that if you are not yet part of BlogUpp blogger community, you can still submit your blog while this contest is open.

Being loved and loving stands at the root of most beautiful things in this world. And Valentine's Day is a great occasion to amplify all that. Join us to spread love, kindness and the beauty of it.

As an extra bonus, we are sharing with you a romantic music collection curated by us on YouTube, which could complete your special moments (note that some visual content might not be suitable for all audiences). Enjoy!
Valentine's Day Hands of Love

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Jan 14, 2014

BlogUpp aka BlogUp. Logo update

The name BlogUpp has 2 "p" to emphasize the word "Up" as well as be unique. Since bloggers name us "BlogUp" too, we've acquired BlogUp.com - so now it's okay to refer to us like that and reach our content distribution services via www.blogup.com as well.

BlogUpp logo (aka BlogUp)As you already know, our mission is to promote blogs and help you blog up. Our name is meant to tell that. In this context, we are also updating our logo to the one illustrated herein. If still seeing the previous logo, please clear browser cache.

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Dec 24, 2013

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and many happy returns from the New Year 2014.

With love and season greetings,
BlogUpp Team
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Dec 4, 2013

Adding blog widget to SSL secured sites

Secured blogs and websites with SSL normally have a URL that begins with "https://". If that is your case, note that when you install a blog widget from a non-HTTPS website, most browsers by default will not display the add-on as well as other page elements that come from non-HTTPS sources. You will also get a browser warning of mixed secure and insecure content.

To help our blogger community avoid these types of browser issues, we are glad to announce that now BlogUpp has SSL support for the blog widget, so that it can be safely installed on HTTPS websites. Note that we had SSL support on BlogUpp for a long time though, as a requirement for Facebook blog cross-posting to function.
HTTPS blog widget
Now we serve content via HTTPS by default when the service is installed via Blogger.com featured gadgets list. In all other cases, when the blog widget is to be installed on an HTTPS-enabled blog, simply do the following:
  • submit your HTTPS-blog URL at www.blogupp.com for your widget-code to be generated;
  • copy the widget-code to your blog (recommended above the fold);
  • find in the widget-code src="http://" and change to src="https://"
That's it. Now you can connect our blogger community via your HTTPS blog, as well as use BlogUpp service on corporate blogs for private content distribution networks.

Please be advised to use the HTTPS-widget when required only, i.e. if your blog itself is secured with an SSL. Otherwise, there is little reason to do that. Here are some considerations to keep in mind before enabling your HTTPS blog widget:
  • HTTPS-browsing is essential for websites that transmit personal and private information, since it protects data through encryption between the communication points. Whereas in case of web services that share non-sensitive public content, HTTP-browsing is optimal (e.g. most popular blogs do not run over HTTPS).
  • Data encryption over HTTPS takes slightly more time and resources; hence you could save both if data encryption is not really needed.
  • Older versions of web browsers do not cache HTTPS content, thus resulting in reduced speed of your overall browsing.
Hope the above is helpful. Please share your thoughts or concerns in the comments section below.

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Oct 21, 2013

Updates on OpenID Delegation and Authentication

Following up on earlier tutorial for authentication with OpenID delegation, this is to update our bloggers that myopenid.com issued identifiers will be no longer available starting with February 2014. Instead, you could now use your existing account with Google, Yahoo or AOL to enable OpenID delegation and authenticate into BlogUpp, to access your blog analytics and Premium discounts.
OpenID delegation
Special thanks to Sep Bar of SkyPrep blog, who has reported the above update, as well as helped us enable the other services as OpenID providers. For a list of them, please check here.

The original OpenID delegation tutorial has now been updated. Please let us know should you need any assistance or when you notice anything that requires our attention.

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Sep 6, 2013

Bloggers Wanted. Join Blog Action Day

Blog Action DayGreat things happen when people join forces. Blog Action Day's mission is to unite bloggers and amplify a social message to lead change. You are invited as a blogger to be a part of this great initiative and help build awareness.

You might have already heard of Blog Action Day. Every year, during one particular day participating bloggers write about one important global topic, with the objective to generate an amplified global discussion, which resonates and triggers change. Blog Action Day brings together bloggers from different countries, interests and languages, and you are most welcomed. Past topics have included "Climate Change", Poverty, Food and the "Power of We" with over 4,000 blogs taking part every year. We at BlogUpp are honored to be supporting the action as a partner.

Register your blog today. Your support is needed to amplify this year's Blog Action Day theme - the Human Rights, on October 16. Let's leverage the power of many to help improve our society. To get started, a good point to begin with is to watch team's video on Blog Action Day's website, as well as check the Wikipedia article. You are also invited to learn about our own vision, expressed in the interview we had recently with Karina from Blog Action Day.

Besides the opportunity to be part of a global team of influencers along with Blog Action Day initiative, it's also worthy to have your blog listed on Participants page. Simply go ahead and get enrolled - it takes just a moment. Thank you in advance.

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Aug 14, 2013

Adblock Plus to support blogs. Join Acceptable Ads initiative

Adblock Plus Acceptable Ads initiative
You probably use Adblock Plus to get a cleaner web. As a blogger supporting your blog with ads that might be an issue. Now you can benefit from Adblock Plus by applying to Acceptable Ads initiative. It is completely free for blogs and we at BlogUpp strongly encourage you to take advantage from it.

Adblock Plus (aka ABP) is now the most popular ad blocker browser extension. Since the beginning of this open source project in 2006, the main goal of Adblock Plus has been to make the Internet a smooth place for everyone by disabling obtrusive ads.

It's a fact that Internet users don't like online ads, since most of them are annoying pop-ups, jumpy banners, loud videos, etc. Today there are more than 60 million active Adblock Plus users who have chosen to browse the web without these types of bothersome ads. And just recently the team announced that Adblock Plus is now available for Internet Explorer as well, in addition to being available for other popular web browsers.

On the other hand, there are millions of blogs that rely on advertising revenue. Many of them care about the layout and their content, which is why they chose to advertise in a non-intrusive way. Adblock Plus usage has grown by 49 percent in 2013. The more this number grows, the less viable the blogs become. So that's exactly why Adblock Plus created the Acceptable Ads initiative. Read more »

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