Hopefully, you have followed along and create your own genealogy blog on blooger.com.
What I'm going to show you now is one of the coolest and most helpful things I can share
with you about having a blog.
About this whole "blog thing." Why are they so special?
The search engines love blogs because there is usually fresh content added frequently.
This a HUGE advantage to you as a genealogy researcher because people who are looking up information on surnames (last names) that you have genealogy blogs set up on, will be able to find you easily.
And, since you know how to add the "I will be glad to share more information
with you" statement (see part one of this lesson), you will be able to get
more information that YOU need with very little effort.
You may ask, "But Robert, I don't have time to post stuff on my genealogy
blog all the time! Is this worth the effort?"
Oh yes, it is worth the effort. But what if I showed you an almost effortless way to post valuable information on your blog?
And by "valuable information," I mean both valuable to you as a
genealogy researcher and to any visitor who has interest in the
surname(s) that you are interested in.
Just click on the "Download Google Toolbar" button (if you use "Firefox"
as a Web browser, look at the link under the button and click on it).
You have a choice to "Run" or "Save" the Google Toolbar installer. You
want to click on the "Save" button.
Again, for the computer wary and worried, don't let this scare you. This will
Look for the little black arrow that points down. When you click on
this, you can choose where you want to save the Google Toolbar installer.
It will be easiest just to save it to your "Desktop." So, choose "Desktop"
and make sure that the Desktop option is highlighted just like it is shown in
the example to the left.
This is part of my Desptop (where all my icons are when I turn on my
computer). See the Google eyes? This is what it looks like. All you have
to do is click on it.
Click on the "Run" button. This will install the Google Toolbar on
Click on the "Agree and Continue" button.
MAKE SURE that you click on the "Disable advanced features"
Then, click on the "Finish" button.
There it is. Across the top of your Web browser, you will
see the Google Toolbar.
The Google Toolbar has lots of features. You can do a Google
search from the toolbar, it blocks pop-ups, and several other things. Look at
all the options and goodies that it has. I've used it for years and been very
But all this good stuff is not why I had you install the
Click on the >> button.
This takes you to the "Options" button.
Click on the "Options" button.
Get ready because the real magic is about to happen...
Click on the "More" tab (the third tab on the right).
Click the "BLOG THIS" check box and make sure that this option is
This Blog This! feature is what we have been after all along.
that you have selected the "Blog This!" option, this orange and white icon
with a big "B" is showing up on your Google Toolbar.
Oh yeah! Now here we go...
My "Search Engine Secrets Made Easy for Genealogy Researchers" students are
now expert researchers. Having a genealogy blog is another way that the search
methods will help you.
*Note: My Search Engine Secrets methods are also in the
Pajama Genealogy System.
I'm going to do a search using the key words: genealogy ragan oglethorpe
I'm looking for an ancestor named Jonathan Ragan that lived in Oglethorpe
This result looks good, so I will click on it. You can try this with
my search or any search with your surnames of interest.
result is from genealogy.com's "GenForum." There is a lot of good information on
However, why go blind looking for the stuff about Jonathan Ragan? Let's let the computer do the
work for us.
All you do is click on "Edit" and choose the "Find on this page" option.
All Web browsers have an option like this.
In the "Find" window that pops up, I typed in a word to look for. In this
case it was jonathan
Zip! The computer found it for me in a fraction of a second.
Hey, this information looks good. I want to "blog this" on my
Ragan Genealogy Blog (but just a
part of the information on the page, not all of it.
close attention during the next steps. This is the big one...
I have HIGHLIGHTED the text about Jonathan Ragan and his family on the Web
Then, I clicked on the "Blog It!" icon on the Google Toolbar.
Remember? The orange and white "B".
This example shows that I need to enter my blogger user name and password.
So I do sign in again. But this time I make sure that I click on the
"Remember Me" box.
Note: The text I highlighted (or, selected) on the Web page is now inside the
"Blog This!" window.
Click on the "Publish Post" button...
Now, the text that was highlighted is NOW POSTED ON MY BLOG!!!
All that we have to do is click on that "Blog This!" icon and it post
the information automatically for us.
Read over this section again if you need to. This is HUGE, awesome stuff that
There is a link that was automatically made that points back to the site
where the information came from. You can see on my Ragan Genealogy Blog for
yourself. Go to:
Think about what just happened this way:
You have the benefit of gathering relative (no pun intended)
information for your blog.
And The Web page owner has the benefit of getting a link back to their Web
site (the search engines like this).
The visitor to your blog gets valuable information about
genealogy information they are interested in...AND is very likely to contact
you and share information that THEY have with you!
Of course, you would not go and blog all of the content on anyone's Web site,
but to pick and choose choice chunks of information that have to do with your
surname, your places of interest (where your ancestors lived) is fine. This is
why there is a "Blog This!" button.
Keep this in mind: You need to post to your blog often. At least
twice a week for it to be visited by the search engines and to ranked high
so other people can find you.
Yes, you want to write/blog about yourself, your ancestors, and anything
genealogy related that you feel like. Have fun with it. However, a common
problem with blogs is that you "run out of things to say" and people let their
blogs go "dead."
The solution to this problem is to do searches (on Google for
example) on the Internet like you should be doing anyway, and use the "Blog
This!" trick to keep good content on your site at the same time. Like I said,
everyone wins...you, the visitor, the person whose Web site those links point
Many of my students are familiar with my unique "Gather, Store, and Quick
Find" method when it comes to finding and keeping important genealogy
information that they find using the search engines.
The blogging method using the "Blog This!" feature is not just another "arrow
in your quiver" to help you with your research. Instead, it is like having a
bazooka in your quiver.
Also, this is another great information STORAGE methods. Yet, it serves you
For you Pajama Genealogy Students, wrap your mind around this and combine it
with what you already know. Very exciting--and powerful.
Note: The lesson you just went over will be in the Pajama Genealogy System videos on CD in great detail. This goes hand-in-hand
with other methods in the system. If you enjoyed this lesson now, just think how
great it will be to see, step-by-step as you follow along with the videos on
We covered a lot of ground in this genealogy blog lesson. Please take time
to understand it and go over it a few times. Create your own genealogy blog,
or several blogs. Put the Google Toolbar on your computer so you can use the "Blog
This!" You will never be at a lack for valuable content to put on it.
Having your own genealogy blogs are not just fun to do. They are
another wonderful way to store information about your surnames of interests. Web
pages disappear all the time. This is a good way to keep the valuable
information. This is a way to have people contact you and help you further your
See these two example genealogy blogs:
This method will serve you well. I hope you take advantage of it.
Thanks - Robert Ragan