Top 15 Stars of the Week, November 26

Google Reader Starred ItemsI hope everyone had a wonderful week last week, it was certainly one of the more quiet weeks online since many of the U.S. blog writers were on vacation or just taking a little bit of a break. I took a little bit of a break, on the computer anyway, and did a whole lot of outside "work" over the week, along with watching the multitude of football games that were played over the later half of the week.

Week In Review

There were several Thanksgiving day posts on various topics and I also tried to post something with a little meat to it about thinking globally, Thanksgiving is a U.S. Holiday, Think Global, which I think all of us, especially here in the U.S., should keep in mind when operating on the Internet where articles don't see political borders.

There was still the musings on the Google PageRank, I guess that is here to stay, but there were also several news stories that came out of eBay, Overstock, and many of the online retailers in preparation for black Friday. I don't normally star these items since they are very visible by all, but I have put some of them on the share list (see bottom left of the footer). There was still a great list of high quality articles I have listed below.

Top 15 Post and Feed Information

My feed reader is now up to about 370 subscriptions, not to many added last week since I tried to take a little time off myself. Something I have found feeds to be very useful for is searching and creating its own feed. I have posted about this before, but displaying a feed from these feeds can be quite useful (see footer), especially for niche sites where you can target information directly to your visitor.

If you are not familiar with this post, it is a weekly recap of the Internet happenings (as seen by me) from the prior week. As always, if you have other good articles to suggest I would love to hear about them. Even though it was a vacation week of sorts, there were still many high quality posts over the week and I have listed them below for you.

Top 15 Stars of the week of Nov 19th-26th An Underrated Link Building Tool

via Vandelay Website Design by Vandelay Design on 11/19/07

On the subject of social media, Digg and StumbleUpon seem to get almost all of the attention right now. While the traffic potential for these two is considerably higher than other social media sites, can be one of the most powerful resources for your link building efforts.

5 Powerful Techniques to Help Your Posts Stand Out

via ProBlogger Blog Tips by Skellie on 11/19/07

In this post regular contributer Skellie from helps you differentiate your content.

Blogs are now so popular that it’s very hard to find a niche that isn’t already saturated. There are probably dozens or hundreds of other bloggers writing on the topics you cover.

The Flagship Blog Project: Creating Multiple Blogs for Profit in 30 Day Cycles

via Dosh Dosh - Making Money Online by Maki on 11/19/07

Popular blogs are often read daily by a large audience. Reaching thousands of people, popular blogs can widely influence opinions and are terrific personal branding platforms as well

How to Create a Blog That People Really Digg

via Copyblogger by Jonathan Morrow on 11/19/07

Have you ever noticed that some blogs seem to rise to the top of Digg over and over again?

You might think that they’ve discovered some magic formula for getting attention, built a “Digg culture” on their blog, or they just get all of their friends to Digg their posts.

And they might.

40 Resources for WordPress Theme Designers

via Vandelay Website Design by Vandelay Design on 11/20/07

One of the reasons WordPress is the most popular blogging platform is its theme system. WordPress allows its users with almost unlimited design options when modifying or designing themes. This is a collection of 40 resources that every theme designer can

Why TLA (and others) has to follow Google

via by Ades on 11/20/07

There are couple of reasons why TLA and its counterparts LinkWorth, ReviewMe, and P-P-P… etc should be considering “nofollow” tags.

Are You Sabotaging Your Social Stories?

via Blogging Experiment by Ben Cook on 11/20/07

I’ve been a participant in the social media scene, both as a reader and content producer, for a quite a while now. I’ve had several stories I’ve written become popular and I’ve had even more submissions

International Copyright on the Web: What Rules Apply to Me and What Court Will Apply Them?

via SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog by Sarah Bird, Esquire on 11/21/07

Posted by Sarah Bird, Esquire

May it Please the Mozzers, I present myself to you as your legal resource for all things SEO/M related. A graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, I have spent the last three years litigating complex and diverse legal issues. With much gratitude and enthusiasm, I recently accepted SEOmoz's invitation to bring my expertise to the SEO/M community.

The SEO Book Blog is Now Creative Commons Licensed

via SEO - by Aaron Wall on 11/22/07

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.

When I published the SEO glossary I made it creative commons licensed. I wanted to do that with all the blog posts on SEO Book too, but just got around to doing so. If you like any of the blog posts here feel free to do what you like with them.

Readers vs Visitors - Whose Needs are You Meeting?

via ProBlogger Blog Tips by Darren Rowse on 11/23/07

The following post on meeting the needs of Readers and Visitors is a guest post by Lorelle VanFossen of Lorelle on WordPress.

Smashing Magazine asks Who Is Your Visitor?, using some new research into the preferences and characteristics of the average visitor to your blog and website.

10 Things To Do With Your Old Computer

via The Computer Zone by Adam McKerlie on 11/23/07

One of the constants in this world is the fact that technology will change, and it will change quickly. The average lifespan of a computer these days is between 2 to 5 years. Since technology is changing so quickly this equates to a lot of garbage from your old

Bonnie Brown On Her Years at Google

via Google Blogoscoped by Philipp Lenssen on 11/23/07

Bonnie Brown was working as massage therapist at Google from 1999 to 2004. Before that, she ran a private school for 10 years. Now, Bonnie is traveling and also wrote a book called Giigle: How I Got Lucky Massaging Google. I met up with her on Google Talk (the transcript below has spellchecking and punctuation added).

Does Commenting on Blog Posts Really Increase Your Visitor Traffic - An Experiment

via by Mark on 11/21/07

One of my new goals here at MyTropicalEscape will be to experiment (I am a trained scientist after all) with helpful techniques and tips (whether it’s attracting more traffic or making money) that other bloggers are suggesting and then report back on my success, or lack thereof.

30 Beautiful Blog Designs

via Daily Blog Tips by Daniel on 11/23/07

The folks from Smashing Magazine are always looking for beautiful designs around the Internet, and this time they published a list with 30 blogs that feature an appealing and unique look.

Post Frequency, Case Study on 5 Blogs

via by Ades on 11/24/07

This is a follow up case study on the 3 parts series that I had previously blogged - “Guide on blog posting frequency”

Lately, it seemed to me that, post frequency for the blogs that I read regularly, started decreasing i.e they started posting less. In order to to prove if my assumption was correct, I selected five blogs and recorded their number of daily posts, for each day starting from October 1 through November 22 (about two months).

Be Brave - Break Your Blog

via ProBlogger Blog Tips by Darren Rowse on 11/24/07

The following post on ‘breaking your blog’ and setting up test blogs was submitted by Michael Martin from Pro Blog Design.

One of the best kept secrets in design is that we don’t always know what we’re doing. Understanding design theory and color and all the


That wraps up a good list of blogs and articles from last week. There are always so many great feeds from the week it is hard to decide on 15 or 20 to wrap up an entire week, which is why I go over many times. What were your favorites for the week? I have going on 400 feeds in my reader but there is always room for one more, let me know what you suggest below.