TweetBacks Changes

After writing my first post about TweetSuite and TweetBacks, I noticed that the graphics were not showing up.  To get the graphics to show on my blog I had to make a few changes to the TweetSuite.php file.

I changed the following lines:

$rt_this = WP_CONTENT_URL.’/plugins/’.plugin_basename(dirname(__FILE__)).’/rt_this.gif’;

to

$rt_this = ‘http://www.blogzentih.com/wp-content/plugins/TweetSuite/rt_this.gif’;

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(file_exists(WP_CONTENT_URL.’/plugins/’.plugin_basename(dirname(__FILE__)).’/’.$fn)) {

to

(file_exists(wp-content.’/plugins/’.plugin_basename(dirname(__FILE__)).’/’.$fn)) {

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$src=WP_CONTENT_URL.’/plugins/’.plugin_basename(dirname(__FILE__)).’/’.$fn;

to

$src=wp-content.’/plugins/’.plugin_basename(dirname(__FILE__)).’/’.$fn;

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$src = WP_CONTENT_URL.’/plugins/’.plugin_basename(dirname(__FILE__)).”/rt-gif.php?count=$count”

to

$src = “http://www.blogzenith.com/wp-content/plugins/TweetSuite/rt-gif.php?count=$count”;

And then finally the graphic appeared on my site.  I am still looking into if I need to make more changes to the file.

TweetBacks

I have been using Twitter since November of 2007.  I have not been as consistent as I like with it, but have found it useful.  Now, I have found a new WordPress Plugin – TweetBacks.  TweetBacks are similar to Trackbacks.  Instead of listing the blogs that list to a post, it lists the Tweets to a post.

You can include this line of code from Dan Zarella, the developer:

<script src=”http://danzarrella.com/tb.js”></script>

You can style how the list appears with CSS like this:

#tweetbacks {
font-size:12px;
}
#tweetbacks li {
padding-bottom:5px;
}

Or, you can install his new TweetSuite Plugin. The plugin includes the following features:

* Server-side (no-JS or remote calls) TweetBacks
* ReTweet-This buttons for each TweetBack
* A digg-like Tweet-This Button
* Automatic Tweeting of new posts
* A Most-Tweeted Widget
* A Recently-Tweeted Widget
* A My-Last-Tweets Widget
* A My-Favorited-Tweets Widget

Unzip the plugin and then copy the folder to your wp-content directory on your server.  Activate the plugin and then click on TweetSuite under settings.  This is where you can customize your TweetSuite Settings.  You can see the items that I checked:

TweetSuite

Next, head on over to your Design tab and add the Widgets you want on your side bar.  I have added Recently Tweeted and My Tweets to my sidebar.

Go ahead, Tweet this post and see if it appears in the TweetBacks!

The StumbleUpon Graveyard

I have been working my way through Caroline Middlebrook’s StumbleUpon course (unfortunately her course is no longer available) and have found it very useful. However, before I knew too much about StumbleUpon, I made a very grave mistake and now one of my blogs is in the StumbleUpon Graveyard.

If you have downloaded the StumbleUpon toolbar, you will find a very convenient thumbs up (or thumbs down) button. Click on this button and another window opens up for you to submit the website if it is not already submitted. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT click on CANCEL! This will send the post to the StumbleUpon graveyard and it will receive zero traffic, even if another stumbler finds the post and gives it a thumbs up!

How to you avoid getting into a page in the StumbleUpon graveyard? First, if you hit the thumbs up, always follow through and write the review. Second, make sure you are using the latest toolbar. Third, you might want to consider asking others to Stumble by putting a StumbleUpon symbol on the post. If they don’t know what they are doing, the page could end up in the graveyard.

StumbleUpon can give your blog or website lots of traffic, just be careful when using this great tool!

Drive Traffic to Your Site With StumbleUpon

I recently signed up for a FREE course from Caroline Middlebrook – Traffic Rush.  This course includes ten lessons (with 12 videos) that teach you how to drive traffic to your site using StumbleUpon.  Topics included in the lessons include:

  • How to create content that gets stumbled
  • Mechanics and ethics of StumbleUpon submission
  • How to pimp out your profile!
  • How to get more thumbs up votes
  • The basics of networking on StumbleUpon
  • Traffic boosting tips
  • How you can correct mistakes

I have already started using these methods and I am definitely seeing more traffic.  What have you got to lose – it is FREE!

Click here to view more details

Choosing Good Colors

As I surf around the web, I have found many blogs and websites with awful color combinations. Since I am designing a new website, I started searching for good color combinations. In my search, I came across two great tools to help with my color selection at ColorsOnTheWeb.com.

The first tool is the Color Wizard. Start with one color and you will find many different color combinations. Let’s say blue is one of my favorite colors, hex #077EDD. I input this number and click on set. The color wizard shows me the hue, saturation and tint & shade variation for this color.

Color Wizard

Plus, you can choose a monochromatic, analogous, triadic, complimentary or split complimentary scheme.

  • Monochromatic. Variation in saturation and hue of one color. Easy to manage but lacks contrast.

Color Wizard Monochromatic

  • Analogous. Colors that appear in close proximity to your chosen color on the color wheel. Easy to create but also lacks contrast.

Color Wizard Analogous

  • Triadic. Three colors equally balanced on the color wheel. High contrast and looks harmonious.

Color Wizard Triadic

  • Tetradic. Four colors arranged into two complimentary color schemes. Very rich in color, but hardest to balance.

Color Wizard Tetradic

  • Complimentary. Two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. Better contrast but harder to balance.

Color Wizard Complimentary

  • Split Complimentary. Uses adjacent colors and complimentary colors. Hard to balance.

Color Wizard Split
The next tool at Colors On The Web is the Color Wheel. Simply spin the wheel and you will be provide various color schemes. Granted, some of the schemes are very ugly, but spinning the wheel is very addictive! I think I spent at least thirty minutes just looking at the results that the wheel gave me.

Color Wizard Random