Blogger: Making widgets appear only on post pages or homepage or archive pages

Blogger: Making widgets appear only on post pages or homepage or archive pages

I like to keep my home page clean. The homepage Widgets like recent posts, LinkWithin, etc are some unwanted clutter. You can see here that both recent pages widget and body has the same content. Related posts widget is just unwanted. You can just remove this this easily using conditional tags. It’s basically an if:else parser. Sort of like PHP but you can’t use Boolean expression (AND, OR, and [...]
Blogspot / Blogger SEO: Avoid duplicate content by blocking archive page

Blogspot / Blogger SEO: Avoid duplicate content by blocking archive page

To stop spam, Google and many other search engines impose a Duplicate content penalty. This might pull down search engine rankings. Blogger archive pages can pose a little problem . You can see on this image below that both archive page and post pages have the same content. You need to block it. This is very simple actually. Just go to Blogger Dashboard –> Layout –> Edit HTML Add this just [...]
My blogging ramblings in 2009

My blogging ramblings in 2009

Every blogger these days is starting a “2009 stats and 2010 goals post. I thought I would start one too. Am I late? As always yes. But common 2010 has just begun. By the way, Happy new year to all my readers. 2009 was a very eventful year. I got out of high school, joined college (but my college life hasn’t taken off yet) and started blogging. I was fascinated by computers ever since I was 8-9 [...]
[WordPress] How to change your webhost or domain and still retain all the settings

[WordPress] How to change your webhost or domain and still retain all the settings

Sometimes, we can be mad about our webhost (due to shitty downtimes etc) and would want to move on to a better host. You would even want to change your domain name. Here’s a complete tutorial on how to make the move and still retain ALL your blog posts, comments and settings. I have made this tutorial, as noob friendly as possible. PS: You can skip some the third part if you just want to move to [...]
Change custom domain in Blogspot / Blogger using 301 redirect

Change custom domain in Blogspot / Blogger using 301 redirect

I recent got myself a .com domain but I am using a .co.cc domain. Both are “custom domains” so making the move was a little tricky. If you just change the domain in the publishing tab, you’ll lose all the traffic from your old domain. The solution: You can host the old domain on a server and add .htaccess with the 301 redirection code. You can use a free webhost for this (I recommend 000webhost). [...]
Google Public DNS – Worth the move?

Google Public DNS – Worth the move?

DNS  (Domain Name System)– This is one info you have been always ignoring (ok, not all of you). Basically, when you type “www.google.com” on your address bar, a DNS server converts it to an IP address. Sort of like “64.233.181.105”. This is normally done by your ISP but you can change it to Google DNS. This is Google’s yet another step to conquer the internet world. So, you say Privacy? [...]
7 Ways to search for people online

7 Ways to search for people online

Lost contact with your childhood friend? family? Then, you have come to the right place. Almost about 50-60% of the population use the Internet, so it is a very good place to search for people. I will now list out some way you can search for people online. I could locate my grand pa using the Internet. You can search for people if know their name (duh!), phone number (using Reverse telephone lookup), [...]
[Blogger] Automatic Featured posts widget with Thumbnails using Labels

[Blogger] Automatic Featured posts widget with Thumbnails using Labels

Featured Posts widget on WordPress is very easy to use. You just tag / label the post as ‘Featured’ and they end up in the Featured. Easy huh? Blogger users are not left behind! Here’s a tweak I could find out. I was browsing through Aneesh’s Blog and could find out about a Recent Post Widget which uses feeds. Then I could find in Amanda’s Post that every single label emits its own feed. [...]
How secure is your email account?

How secure is your email account?

I was just reading the ‘Digital Fortress’ by Dan Brown. According to that, a machine called Translator can crack your emails. I know its fiction but, I wanted to tell the real stuff!! I will take Gmail as an example. How secure is your account? Your email is secured with SSL encryption. If anyone tries to make a brute force attack (trying all the combinations) it will take him about 20 years [...]
Pot Tweak for Xbox 360 Lite-on Drive

Pot Tweak for Xbox 360 Lite-on Drive

I had this Liteon DVD Drive that wouldn’t read disks, no matter what. ‘Disc Unreadable’ or ‘Open Tray’ or ‘Dirty disc’ is all that I could see. These errors mean, it could be a bad write or a bad DVD drive. I have made a check list that would take you out of this dilemma. If it isn’t the DVDs, then you can try a pot tweak. By doing this, you actually give the DVD Drive’s [...]
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