I was very surprised when I learned that I had quickly increased to a PageRank of 3 within less than 30 days of having created this blog. A few weeks later, I reflected upon some of the things that may have contributed to improving my PageRank. More recently, I came across some additional information that may actually provide the real reason I rose so quickly.
In 2007, a micro-blogging service called Twitter took the ‘Net by storm. I will often jump onto public (and sometimes private) betas to check out new products, but for some reason Twitter never grabbed me. In real life I am somewhat social, but online I never really developed the kind of presence I would have liked. On the other hand, my college buddy Bwana did a much better job of developing an online presence over the course of many years.
Last month, I read Jimmy Roger‘s tips & sites for finding freelance blogging work. At the end of the article he mentions that Make Use Of is always seeking writers. I decided to offer my services and I contacted them.
A few days later, Mark O’Neil (managing editor for Make Use Of) contacted me and allowed me to join the team! I think it will be a good opportunity for me to promote GeekLad. It will also give me another place to share some of the great software tools and sites I come across from time to time.
My first article was published just a few days ago. I wrote about a tool to turn Windows Live Writer into a portable app. Initially I was going to blog about it here, but later I decided it would make a great article for Make Use Of. I’ve already submitted my second article as well. Hopefully it gets approved and will get posted soon.
Today I put together yet another Greasemonkey script. This script will allow you to quickly submit URLs to Ping.fm. You’ll first need to supply your Ping.fm application key to the script. Just right click on the little monkey and go to User Script Commands, and select Set Ping.fm App Key. When prompted, provide your key. Please note that the app key is stored in your Firefox browser settings. Do not use this on a public computer, because it would be easy for someone to obtain your app key from the browser.
I recently made a minor update to my Google Webmaster Tools Greasemonkey script for displaying nofollow information. The script allows you to learn which incoming links to your website are nofollow links when viewing the detail for a site within Google Webmaster Tools. I have added functionality that will also display the PageRank for the incoming links.