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Jan 28, 2015

Widget upgrade for HTTPS blogs

If you installed BlogUpp content discovery widget in the past, it is advisable to upgrade it. The previous version still works, but the new one has been improved.

The use of HTTPS / SSL is becoming frequent. Relevant to the blogoshpere is that now all WordPress.com blogs are loaded via HTTPS by default. In addition to added security and more privacy, there are a few other things to consider. For instance, certain browsers might show notifications when HTTPS blogs/websites include assets from HTTP sources (such as linked images). This is also known as a "mixed content" / "mixed protocol" warning. When a blog / webpage is loaded over SSL (HTTPS protocol), most browsers expect all of the assets to be loaded over the same protocol. Which also applies to our blog widget installed on WordPress.com blogs and other platforms on HTTPS.

In order to stop getting "mixed content" notifications, links to HTTP assets need to be updated to HTTPS or use relative protocol (whenever supported). A relative protocol - written as //www.myblog.com - instructs your browser to load the asset over the same protocol as the main page. If your blog loads over HTTPS, then the browser will try to load the asset over HTTPS as well. Similarly, if the main page loads over HTTP, the assets will be loaded over HTTP too. When using relative protocol it is necessary to make sure that assets are accessible both via HTTP and HTTPS.

We've enabled HTTPS support in the past to enable bloggers customize the widget for their secured blogs, optionally. Now the widget we provide is universal and supports both HTTPS and HTTP by default, without requiring any modification to it. To get the new widget simply re-submit your blog at blogupp.com and copy the new widget-code to your blog.

On this occasion please also be advised to place the new widget upper in the sidebar, ideally above the fold. Widgets included too low may be deactivated without warning, as per the terms of service.

The interactive content discovery widget (which we provide as an iframe) has been made HTML5 compliant. In rare cases we've noticed that some blog templates override widget style, which may result in a scrollbar being visible within the widget. If that is the case with your blog template, here's a hint to hide iframe scrollbars - simply add the following in the properties of the widget-code's iframe: scrolling="no"

HTTPS blog widget
// Photo via seanbear

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Dec 20, 2014

Blog Rewards & Holiday Greetings!

This holiday season we'd like to award the blogger community, besides wishing everyone Happy Holidays and an excellent New Year!

Most of you will certainly post beautiful holiday greetings in your blogs and we'd love to help deliver them with a giveaway. You'll get bonus content distribution as follows: you get 2015 content discoveries multiplied by the number of seasons your blog has been continuously active within our blogger community. Meaning that if your blog has been active with us for less than three months (a season) - the multiplier is 1, if it's between three and six month - the multiplier is 2, etc. For instance, if your blog has been with us for about 7 years, then you'll get over 56,000 bonus content discoveries, i.e. 2015 x 28. Whereas if you did submit your blog just recently, you'll get 2015.

Getting those bonus content discoveries is very easy. Simply tweet @BlogUpp with greetings for the blogger community on this holiday season or email Hi @BlogUpp dot com - obviously mentioning your blog. Once you do so, we'll review your history and assign the appropriate bonus right away. Please note that blog submissions for this giveaway are accepted up to 8th of January 2015.

Once again - Happy Holidays to You and your loved ones!
Happy Holidays and Blog Love
// Photo by Taro Yamamoto

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Nov 1, 2014

Blog Tips to Re-check

In order to grow a successful blog there are certain factors to consider. The blog tips we've written here derive from our observations while curating thousands of submitted blogs. This post is to highlight some of those tips for newer members of our blogger community, as well as remind them to our loyal bloggers.

1. Visualize your blog post ideas through images and media
Writing great content is essential. It's also important to complement your written content and catch reader's attention through an image, video or illustration related to your blog post. Creative media helps increase the engagement and allows blog readers understand whether the post is relevant and interesting to them. Remember to optimize image size, so that it's just right for blog layout and doesn't delay page loading.

2. Keep blog home page content to a reasonable minimum
Too much content on a single page takes time to load and makes the blog less responsive overall. This affects blog readers as well as search engines checking your updates. Most blog readers might not be patient and wait till the page loads completely. As well as search engines favor websites that load fast. In this context, 5 to 10 blog posts on a single page is recommended. Check the next link for more related blog tips.
Blog tips to grow your blog
3. Share and promote your blog
As now many say - "Content is King, Distribution is Queen". Having a new blog post published on your blog is a great start. To have it read and reach out to more blog readers - the content has to be distributed and brought right in front of the readers. There are various social platforms where readers spend their time. Depending which audience you are targeting, share and promote your blog on social media platforms that are common for your potential blog readers. Our goal at BlogUpp is to support you in that through multiple channels, by helping bloggers connect, feature blogs and help readers discover authentic blog content. Note that we also share your blog to Facebook / Twitter, when you enable cross-posting feature. Be advised to check your cross-posting from time to time to maintain it active, as described here.

4. Update blogs at least once every couple of months
Blogs updated more frequently are generally favored in search results, keep blog readers more engaged and loyal. Blogging takes time and it's understood that some bloggers make pauses in publishing to their blogs. Nevertheless, it's recommended to write in the blog at least once in a while, to let existing blog readers know that they still should follow the blog. Note that as part of blog curation process we might deactivate the blog service for blogs that haven't been updated for more than 6 months. After a while without posting it is advisable to re-submit your blog with us in order to reactivate content distribution.

5. Check your RSS feed
Blog syndication services rely on RSS feeds to pull and distribute content accordingly. For feeds generated by third party services (like Feedburner) it's worth checking them periodically to make sure they are functional and valid. During our blog review and periodical analysis, we are noticing feeds becoming invalid, while the blogs themselves are active. Note that feed errors may also be caused by certain uncommon symbols inserted in your blog posts. For tips on fixing RSS feeds, please check this blog post.

6. Upgrade your blog
Established bloggers with a solid audience need to consider upgrading their blogs, in order to sustain blog growth. That includes, among others, moving to a professional custom domain, re-evaluate the publishing platform, update the template and design as per blogger's posting needs. Blog upgrade requires preparation in advance, such as securing your desired blog domain name early and studying content migration options. Full time bloggers or teams of bloggers publishing to shared blogs more than a couple of blog posts per day, might also consider amplifying blog content distribution with premium options.

We hope the above to be helpful. While most blog tips seem obvious, they are not always applied - hence we encourage you to do so, for the success of your blog and yours.

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Oct 9, 2014

Blog Action Day: Let's fight inequality

This year's Blog Action Day (Oct 16) is dedicated to #INEQUALITY. Bloggers are invited to involve and help make an impact. By uniting many voices around inequality we'll create a powerful global discussion and achieve more. Non-bloggers are also welcome to raise awareness through their social networks, as well as take appropriate action in offline interaction whenever facing inequality situations.

We have gone a long way to have issues like slavery, racism and gender discrimination almost disappear in most countries. Still, there is much to be done to fight inequality. Many of us living in well developed societies take for granted our privileges, which are not accessible to lots of people. Unequal access to education, quality health systems, justice and alike - is still an issue. For actions to be taken in this context, a good start is to raise awareness. That's what Blog Action Day aims to do, every year, on a single day - 16th of October - unite bloggers, non-bloggers and partners to create an amplified global discussion around one single topic, representing a social issue.

Blog Action Day, Inequality

Submit your blog today and learn more on how you could involve to fight inequality. You could also get a few ideas for your #inequality blog post from the interview we had with Karina of Blog Action Day.

Obviously, certain things can't be changed, such as the country of birth with its social environment, which at times plays a big role in the social facilities and opportunities we get initially. Nevertheless, there are inequality issues which we could change, and should. Please share and invite your fellow bloggers to submit their blogs and participate too. The more we are, the stronger the impact.

Thank you in advance for your contribution to make the world a better place.

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Jul 3, 2014

Pro Blog Tips & Updates Checking Upgrade

Are you posting often in your blog? Then you should welcome the new upgrade, allowing Premium blogs to be checked for updates 50 times more often compared to the blogs that distribute content for free. Now every time you get a Premium package, your content distribution accelerates considerably, so that all your posts get maximum attention of our blog network audience.

If you are updating your blog not more than several times a day and the rest of Premium benefits aren't a priority for you, then you are good to go with the free option of content distribution. Here's a tip to make sure all your blog posts get attention and distribution: when you have several posts to be published in a day, be advised to publish them at an interval or schedule them evenly throughout the day. Otherwise, only the most recent blog post will be distributed.

On another note, it has been observed that a number of bloggers use add-ons meant to improve blog security. Cheers to advanced bloggers out there! Some of those add-ons are meant to block suspicious visits to blogs. It's important to make sure that add-ons do not prevent legitimate visitors and blog services from accessing it. In order to avoid false positives it's advisable to make use of white-listing features. For instance, our content distribution service that checks your blog for updates would have "BlogUpp" mentioned in User-Agent string sent with the requests. Please white-list accordingly, to keep your blog content distributed properly.

With that being said, wish you all a great summer. Looking forward to your new stories to be shared on your vacations.
Keep calm and rock your blog

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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


Feb 8, 2014

Blogger Contest. Spread Love to Get More

You are invited to the blogger contest related to Valentine's Day. Can you say beautiful things about love or your loved ones? Then you are ready for the blogger contest.
  • Simply express it in a nice 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 packs of 10.000 content distributions for participating blogs of our blogger community. And if your significant other has a blog taking part 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.

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 that. Join us to spread love, kindness and the beauty of it.

As an extra bonus, we are sharing with you a deep music collection curated by us on SoundCloud, which could complete your special moments. 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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