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    Dennis Rausch

    Is there any possibility or capability for anonymous comments on blog posts?

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    Justin McCullough

    @Dennis,

    Right now the posting is contingent on being logged in.  Future development includes other login methods and may account for anonymous posting.

    Thanks!

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    Mark White

    I have customized one of the themes and renamed it.  How do I update it so that I can incorporate the blogging feature?

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    Placeholder Support #5

    Mark,

    This depends on which theme system you are on. The V1 theme system does not support modifying the blog templates. If you are using the V2 system, once you are updated to 2013.1 the blog theme files will be available immediately in your existing theme. You can find them on the left column under the 'Specialty Pages' section. If you are not on the 2013.1 version or if you have questions about switching to the V2 theme system, feel free to contact support at supportrequest@americommerce.com or 1-800-936-9006 for more information.

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    Mark White

    Thanks Shayne...

    I can see the blogs and pages now...

    Great, great feature for a variety of reasons...

    Regards

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    Chris Enge

    We have our blogs set up at Blogger, but maybe it would be better to set them up with our Americommerce site.  Is there a way to link them up in a way that we don't lose our old content?  I see from another page on your help that it's possible to set up a subdomain, but I'm not sure exactly what that would be.  Any guidance you can give would be appreciated.

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    Justin McCullough

    Hi Chris,

    With AmeriCommerce Blogs, you wont need to use a subdomain.  As for the old content on Blogger, you can redirect the traffic to the new blogs.  You may also look in the blogger dashboard under Settings >Search Preferences > Errors and Redirects for custom redirect settings.  If you can custom redirect the current blog post to its corresponding blog post on AmeriCommerce blogs you could have them completely moved.

    Otherwise, it will just come down to the choice of whether you want to keep using blogger or not for your blogs.  You can still use your AmeriCommerce embed codes to place product buy now buttons on your blogger posts too.

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    Chris Enge

    Thanks Justin.  From an SEO standpoint, do you think it matters?  I would think a Blogger entry would count as an external link, which is good.  A blog on the site would count toward the content of the site, which is also good.  Is one better?  Good suggestion on the buy now buttons.

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    Justin McCullough

    Chris.

    It does matter from an SEO perspective. 

    Strategically, if you keep the old content there and start generating only new content on your AmeriCommerce blog then having inbound links from blogger will be good for your new SEO on your AmeriCommerce site and blogs because it sees the inbound links. 

    However, you dont want to have the exact same blog posts in both places.  That would not be good. You have some duplicate content issues in that case - which is bad form for SEO.

    Ultimately, you want to capture as much content on your own domain as possible to improve your seo, inbound links to the domain, and authority on topic.

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    Chris Enge

    Hi Justin:  This is a good conversation and I think it's good to do it in public because I think others might benefit.  I've been reading a book on SEO and it says what you just said: search engines don't like duplicate content.  I suppose that prevents just starting to generate multiple blogs filled with links and copy them over and over.  As you suggested, I checked out Blogger's setting controls and they do have an export/import feature.  To avoid ticking off the bots, you could migrate all the content from one blog to another and then delete the old one.  Does the Americommerce blog have that option?  I'm leaning toward just doing both blogs without duplicating content.  We'd have to come up with some way of judging which content goes where.  Thanks, Chris

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    Justin McCullough

    Chris,

    Yes, you can migrate all the old content off your old blog onto a new blog.  It's duplicate content until you put a canonical reference and a 301 redirect on it.  An then at that point it's going to be updated by search engines. SEO best practices is to use redirects to point the old blog content to the new blog content. That's what I was suggesting earlier. 

    *Now, your mileage will vary on the rest of my comment...  *

    But the pieces of this puzzle are in the following links. I recognize this may not be easy to understand if this is not in your comfort zone, but it should get you jump started in the right direction for all this stuff on blogger and using redirects for your blogger content to point to a new AmeriCommerce blog.

    It's best done like phase 3 on this post http://www.seomoz.org/blog/web-site-migration-guide-tips-for-seos and from what I can tell blogger platform may not make it very easy to do.

    Looks like this is your solution for editing the blogger template to force the redirect https://gist.github.com/paimoe/9ee54b15a3a7627e9f6b   Which I gleaned from this post http://stackoverflow.com/questions/6798259/options-for-301-redirect-from-blogger

    To fully understand redirects take a look at this http://www.seomoz.org/blog/301-redirect-or-relcanonical-which-one-should-you-use

    Now then, thats the nerd details on redirects and your blogger situation.

    in the last bit of your post you said:

     Does the Americommerce blog have that option?  I'm leaning toward just doing both blogs without duplicating content.  We'd have to come up with some way of judging which content goes where.

    Yes, you can put all your content in AmeriCommerce. At this point it is not an automated import though. And, yes, keeping your blogger set up and running two blogs simultaneously works.  Just need to know which blog is for what purpose.  I offer just one word of caution: Any content you produce on blogger is content that is not strengthening your own domain (store website) and adds one more step to convert that traffic into customers.  So keep that in mind.

    Sorry for all the info.  Hope something here helps!

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    Chris Enge

    We went ahead and set up our blog on our own domain and it seems to be going well.  For now, we'll just leave the Blogger page alone.  

    One little thing.  When we set a category for a post it's not remembering what's been picked.  We have the list of categories, and you can point and highlight the one you want, but when it saves it does not remember.  Maybe I'm missing something.  Safari 5.0.6 on Mac if that matters.

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    Justin McCullough

    Chris - Try taking a screen shot of what you are seeing / experiencing and open a support ticket so we can investigate your situation.

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    Agnes Doue

    Is it possible to automatically generate an email for new blog posts? Thanks. -Aggie

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    Vicky Lee

    Any new developments as far as being able to import existing blog content from another blog platform into Americommerce? Having the ability to import via spreadsheet would be so welcome!

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