TechRepublic offers to mirror blogsWilliam Sanders of Electronic Filing Group posted on the ProFox yesterday that TechRepublic was offering a blog mirror service. It sounded like an interesting idea so I've given it a try.
How does it work?Basically TechRepublic will poll your blog every 4 hours for new content and copy it entry-for-entry into the blog mirror up on their site.
Why would you want to do this?First, Visual FoxPro related content will be given a higher profile. TechRepublic is a fairly respected source for IT related content on the web. Many developers, IT personnel, and computer enthusiasts read TechRepublic on a regular basis and having them run into a little Visual FoxPro from time to time would be a good thing.
Second, it increases the visibility of your blog/website. This can increase traffic and even possibly up your PageRank (PR). In my case this is a very real possibility given that each of my blog entries have "This weblog is sponsored by SweetPotato Software, Inc." at the bottom of them. TechRepublic has a current PR of 8 out of 10, so unless your site has a ranking of 9 or 10 (unlikely) it is a good thing to have links back to your site from TechRepublic. If you'd like to see what your PageRank is, you can surf on over to http://rankwhere.com/google-pagerank.php
Third, there is very little downside. A TechRepublic membership is free. The blog mirror service is free. The question becomes, why not do it? The only thing that I can think of is perhaps a sense of loss of control by some, but the content comes directly from your blog, and you can delete your blog out on TechRepublic at any time.
What is my experience so far?Admittedly I've only been up there since yesterday. But, I found the process rather painless and the content was copied as advertised. I have noticed that some of my images are a little wide for the fixed-width format of the TechRepublic website, but other than that I am pleased with the results so far. Which is the reason behind this blog entry.Where to go to get your blog mirrored?Just venture out to http://www.techrepublic.com and, after signing in or creating a new membership account, click on the Blogs area and then click on the "My Blog" link. (There is also a "My Blog" link at the very top right of TechRepublic, but I'm not sure if that was there before I created my blog mirror out there or not). Once you're on the page for creating your blog, put in the name and description of your blog and then check the provided "Import your existing blog into TechRepublic" checkbox and type the URL to your RSS feed in the provided text field. Finally click "Save My Settings" to submit, and within 4 hours your blog entries should show up on TechRepublic.
As a community, I think it's important for us to find ways to promote Visual FoxPro... this is just one example where we can perhaps make a difference. Thank you William for bring this to my attention.
PS As of this writing the SPS Blog is the most popular blog on TechRepublic. LOL! Here is the link to my blog out there: http://techrepublic.com.com/5247-6257-0.html?id=4031312
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