New myScoop “Social” Button

With myScoop blog reviewing now being introduced, you may want to put a myScoop button on your page directing your users to your blog’s myScoop page in order for them to review your blog.

With myScoop blog reviewing now being introduced, you may want to put a myScoop button on your page directing your users to your blog’s myScoop page in order for them to review your blog.

Vanessa came up with this button which looks great, thanks Vanessa!

myScoop Button

Simply save this image and upload to your site. Resize it to the standard social media button size: 32px X 32px and link it to your myScoop blog page.

Get your blog reviewed and review other blogs using myScoop

One of the latest additions to the new features that I’m rolling out on a constant basis is the ability to get your blog reviewed, as well as review other blogs using myScoop. While trying to create a “blogging community”, I’m constantly looking for ways for bloggers to interact with each other and I believe that a reviewing process may help this along somewhat.

One of the latest additions to the new features that I’m rolling out on a constant basis is the ability to get your blog reviewed, as well as review other blogs using myScoop. While trying to create a “blogging community”, I’m constantly looking for ways for bloggers to interact with each other and I believe that a reviewing process may help this along somewhat.

You can review a blog and score it according to it’s content, originality and design. Once done, all these scores are totaled and then averaged out to give a total score out of 10. In order to review someone’s blog, their blog needs to be in the myScoop directory and Only registered myScoop users can review blogs.

In order to get your blog reviewed, direct your readers to your blog page on myScoop (ex: http://myscoop.co.za/blog/32/). You can get this address by logging into your account and clicking on your blog in the “My Blogs” section within the “My Page” page.

Once your blog has been reviewed, this information will be stored in the database and will be used for ranking in the near future.

Once again, your thoughts, ideas and opinions on this matter are welcome.

Open Flash Charts and other changes installed on myScoop

I’m sure you agree, the old Google charts that myScoop was using looked quite plain and tacky. I recently installed Open Flash Charts and what a difference it has made to the look and feel of the site.

I’m sure you agree, the old Google charts that myScoop was using looked quite plain and tacky. I recently installed Open Flash Charts and what a difference it has made to the look and feel of the site.
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The “Live Stats” section has been modified to remove the popup window. A graph that displays the hits to your blog for the past 30 minutes and your last 20 visitors now displays in a new page. More statistics will be displayed soon. Your thoughts and suggestions here would be great.

Another new addition to myScoop, is the “Total recorded blog traffic” graph on the home page and on the blogs page. This is a global representation of the hits to blogs myScoop has recorded for all registered blogs within myScoop that makes use of tracking badges. More on this will be added to the FAQ section soon.

Known bug fix: The search bar’s width has been fixed for IE7

As always, your comments and suggestions are important to me and the development of myScoop so please keep sending them in to nick@myscoop.co.za. You can also find me on Twitter and LinkedIn.

myScoop changelog Dec 2009

I was getting slightly irritated with the old layout of myScoop and decided enough was enough. After a few hours of messing around and some help from Bonita, I managed to come up with the current “cleaner” look and feel. I’m sure you will agree , it looks a hell of a lot more professional.

myScoop Transformation

I was getting slightly irritated with the old layout of myScoop and decided enough was enough. After a few hours of messing around and some help from Bonita, I managed to come up with the current “cleaner” look and feel. I’m sure you will agree , it looks a hell of a lot more professional.

On another note, myScoop.co.za has reached a PageRank™ of 3, which means that if you’re article is mentioned on the front page, that link juice is sent directly to your blog.

Change log:

– Fresher cleaner look.

– Added the Latest and Popular articles to the front page.

– Auto correct functionality for incorrectly inputted RSS feed locations when adding a new blog.

– Blog address validation when adding a new blog.

– Increased security measures.

– Increased speed of all functionality.

– Overall better functionality for posting articles to twitter. The current most non-tweeted popular article gets tweeted, this is an ongoing function that loops every 30 minutes.

– Popular article tag cloud installed. This is a global representation of the most popular unique tags from every article fetched.

– Top30 (month & day) blogs on front page for better exposure.

– “More” link on each article to provide the shortened URI for that article as well as let the user have the ability to share the article on Twitter of Facebook.

– “Monthly Reach” and “Todays Reach” added to the blog page. This is a percentage of tracked unique visitors your blog is receiving compared to the overall number of unique visitors myScoop is recording for all registered blogs.

Until the next update, I hope you are enjoying the functionality that myScoop offers and as always, if you have any comments and/or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to send and email (nickduncan.sa @ gmail.com ) or simply leave a comment below.

Live Blog Stats now available on myScoop

Another Friday night gone by, but an another amazing feature has been included into myScoop. Live Blog Stats! Once you sign in to myScoop you will see a list of your blogs on in the centre of the screen each with their monthly rank and daily rank (this is also a new feature, in case you missed it!). Once there, click on the “(Live Stats) link next to that and a popup window will open showing your Pageviews per minute for the last 30 minutes.

myScoop LogoAnother Friday night gone by, but an another amazing feature has been included into myScoop. Live Blog Stats! Once you sign in to myScoop you will see a list of your blogs on in the centre of the screen each with their monthly rank and daily rank (this is also a new feature, in case you missed it!). Once there, click on the “(Live Stats) link next to that and a popup window will open showing your Pageviews per minute for the last 30 minutes. This popup window automatically refreshes every 10 seconds. This is incredibly useful for when you post an article and would like to see how many people are actually coming to your site to read it.

myScoop Live Blog Stats
myScoop Live Blog Stats