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    Sweet Treat 4 Members- Highlight YOUR Blog

    Happy Halloween! Have a new little treat for you guys!

    Just last week we announced 3 new community perks to celebrate our 3 month anniversary.

    Today we have another cool new benefit for our members.

    If you have a blog, you can highlight your most recent blog post and it will auto-magically display in all your posts here at the Local Search Community.

    Look at top of this post under my pic. See my blog post? Find out how easy it is to add yours below!

    We added this feature for 2 reasons.

    1) To give back to our active community members. Whether you blog to try to build your rep as a local search industry expert OR to attract new clients, hopefully highlighting your recent posts here will bring you more traffic, connections and leads.

    2) To share the wealth of knowledge our members have. We want this community to be one that enriches all - an info exchange that benefits everyone!

    NOTE: These are live links from highly relevant pages so it also adds Google juice to your blog.


    You can already feature a small ad or link to your site down in your signature which shows up at the bottom of every post. Well now you can feature your blog posts here as well.

    HOW TO ADD YOUR BLOG

    It's super easy. Just go to settings (top right).
    Under My Settings (on left) click edit profile.
    Very bottom setting is "Blog RSS Feed".
    Enter Feed URL there, including trailing slash.
    Below that is "Blog URL".
    Enter URL for your blog there - and that's it!
    (FYI think it takes a little bit before it kicks in.)

    (Feature is available to members with more than 10 posts, which most of our active members have.)

    ENJOY!

    ONCE AGAIN - SPECIAL THANKS TO DAVID - My right hand man & tech genius!
    Not only did he integrate this feature into the forum and make it work for us - he personally coded this.
    It's his very own custom hack! Thanks David!
    Last edited by djbaxter; 10-31-2012 at 09:36 AM. Reason: Added instructions for new field
    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

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    Re: Sweet Treat 4 Members- Highlight YOUR Blog

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    HOW TO ADD YOUR BLOG

    It's super easy. Just go to settings (top right).
    Under My Settings (on left) click edit profile.
    Very bottom setting is "Blog RSS Feed".
    Enter Feed URL there, including trailing slash.
    Below that is "Blog URL".
    Enter URL for your blog there - and that's it!
    (FYI think it takes a little bit before it kicks in.)
    It should be virtually instantaneous but Linda's server is configured slightly differently than mine so it may need a bit more tweaking.

    Please note that this works only for RSS feeds, not Atom.

    If you have any difficulty or your feed is not showing up after you enable it, please PM me directly so I can look into it.


    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    Not only did he integrate this feature into the forum and make it work for us - he personally coded this. It's his very own custom hack! Thanks David!
    Just to clarify, I updated with some recoding an earlier 2008 plugin written by nevetS for earlier versions of our forum software, customized it for my forum, and then tweaked it a bit to work here.

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    Re: Sweet Treat 4 Members- Highlight YOUR Blog

    Thanks for adding clarifications David and thanks again for making this available to our members!
    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

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    Re: Sweet Treat 4 Members- Highlight YOUR Blog

    Just added mine...let's see if it works.

    ---------- Post Merged at 01:20 PM ---------- Previous Post was at 01:17 PM ----------

    That didn't work...I'll try again lol.

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    Re: Sweet Treat 4 Members- Highlight YOUR Blog

    Thanks for the treat!
    Colan Nielsen l GMB Top Contributor
    Vice President, Local Search at Sterling Sky
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    Re: Sweet Treat 4 Members- Highlight YOUR Blog

    Quote Originally Posted by JoyHawkins View Post
    Just added mine...let's see if it works.

    ---------- Post Merged at 01:20 PM ---------- Previous Post was at 01:17 PM ----------

    That didn't work...I'll try again lol.
    Not your error. Another tweak needed - your blog actually has a different URL from the feed. Working on it...

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    Re: Sweet Treat 4 Members- Highlight YOUR Blog

    Joy and Colan, your blog is up now. YAY!

    Thanks for 'tweaking' David!

    TWICK or TWEAK!
    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

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    Re: Sweet Treat 4 Members- Highlight YOUR Blog

    Added another field so now there are two to complete in your user profile:

    Blog RSS Feed (RSS Only!):
    Please specify the full URL of the RSS feed of your blog. By filling in this field a link to your latest blog entry will be displayed in all of your posts. Example for WordPress: http://www.yourblog.com/feed/

    Blog URL:
    Enter the actual URL for your blog here (i.e., the blog itself, not the RSS feed). Example for WordPress: http://www.yourblog.com/

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    Re: Sweet Treat 4 Members- Highlight YOUR Blog

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    TWICK or TWEAK!
    Ohhh that is bad. I love it!

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    Re: Sweet Treat 4 Members- Highlight YOUR Blog

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Buquet View Post
    We added this feature for 2 reasons.

    1) To give back to our active community members. Whether you blog to try to build your rep as a local search industry expert OR to attract new clients, hopefully highlighting your recent posts here will bring you more traffic, connections and leads.
    Meant to add this earlier:

    These are live links from highly relevant pages so it also adds Google juice to your blog.

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