Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fixing Blogger Upload Image Internal Error

As of the writing of this article, I discovered that most of the Blogger users have been plagued by the notorious "This image could not be uploaded due to an internal error" which of course does not allow bloggers to upload images to their blog. Unfortunately we have also not seen a solution to this problem, so we spent a couple of hours figuring out one...

After some research we discovered the following two things:

  1. Blogger started using Picasa Web Albums to host the uploaded images - your Google account is tied with Picasa
  2. This problem seems to be predominantly present in Google managed domains - so if you have mydomain.com and it is being managed by Google Accounts, then you're more likely to stumble across this problem.

I guess that by now most of you are already suspecting something and are probably trying to log on Picasa web albums (http://picasaweb.google.com/) with your google account - you will get an error that the Picasa service is not available on your domain!

Infact it turns out that the problem started when Google accounts were merged at around July and most services were disabled. This is turn, broke the Blogger functionality to utilise Picasa to host the uploaded images.

Therefore to be able to use Picasa with your Google Account, you must enable it by going through your domain dashboard and follow these screenshots:

Now go to Blogger again and you should be able to upload photos!

Friday, April 15, 2011

DoFollow vs NoFollow hyperlinks

According to the HTML protocol, there are two types of hyperlinks - these are the dofollow and the nofollow links, as have become popularised in the SEO world. Apart from their technical difference, it is good to know why they were invented in the first place, and most importantly, how to locate them.

Dofollow hyperlinks are basically the default (normal) hyperlinks which do not have the nofollow tag. Therefore if a website does not use the nofollow tag, you can treat the link as dofollow.

A normal dofollow link looks like this:

<a href="http://www.r00tb0x.com">r00tb0x.com</a>

whereas a nofollow link looks like this:

<a href="http://www.r00tb0x.com" rel="nofollow">r00tb0x.com</a>

As discussed in a previous article about backlinks, search engines rank pages according to the number of links pointed at them. In the beginning all links were dofollow and spammers started abusing this technique by placing links pointed to their websites on blogs with unmoderated comments, thus increasing their page rank. As a countermeasure against spammers, the nofollow tag was invented to indicate an unapproved link - this tells the search engine to disregard the link and therefore not contribute in the page rank. Nowadays, most blog software marks comments as nofollow (irrelevant of moderated or not).

You may have already figured out, but to tell if a site is dofollow or nofollow, you can look at the source of the page and search for those tags.

The day I got my first superbike

...Was some day last week, and my smile was from ear to ear. Fell immediately in love with a 1994 Kawasaki ZXR 750 superbike racer and got it at a very good price! The poor bike (which was coined as the 'lean mean middle aged green machine' by a friend of mine) was garaged for the last 5 years...I took care of that - 200km in just two days. I also upgraded brake pads to Ferodo as the old ones were all oily!

Pictures speak louder than words, so here is the happy me:



I found a way how to dine at great Maltese restaurants at 50% discounts!

I think you might find this personal rant a bit interesting...So read on!

I like eating a lot...and so does my fiancee`. And we like to choose those nice romantic expensive restaurants...So every week we end up forking tens of euros to satisfy our palate at these restaurants! And keeping up this 'vice' together with the ever increasing cost of living was becoming a bit difficult.

That's until I discovered the now famous Gusto card (www.gusto.com.mt) which allowed both me and a guest to get a 50% discount on every restaurant which is listed on their website...and they got literally more than 100! I think I discovered it a bit late cos it has been existent for a while, but I am sure most of you have never heard of it..

If you haven't already purchased the Gusto card, do so now! But wait...one last important thing...I can share with you a special promo code which you can use while you enter your details at the Gusto site, to get a EUR 5 discount on your card! Yep that's right..more discount :p

The promo code is: 1866

Just enter that code when you purchase the card from www.gusto.com.mt.