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Friday, September 16, 2022

The Chicago White Sox Are Eyeing a Playoff Spot in the Last Three Weeks of Season

    The Chicago White Sox have awakened from their season slumber after their skipper, Tony La Russa, went down with an undisclosed illness a couple of weeks ago and now have a good chance to make the postseason in 2022. The Sox have won seven of their last ten games, and as of today, they’re three games behind the Cleveland Guardians for the lead in the AL Central standings. The rise of the White Sox can be attributed to the surprising surge in offense―most notably the increase in homeruns over the last month. Players like Eloy Jimenez, Jose Abreu, and recent acquisition Elvis Andrus have led the charge toward taking control of the Central Division in recent weeks, and the team has kept pace with the Guardians in their quest for first place.

    The team has seemingly been at less than full strength for the majority of the season and have struggled mightily because of it. However, Tim Anderson is expected to return sometime next week from a hand injury, and Luis Robert is day-to-day and is expected to return soon as well. The Sox will be at full strength for the first time in a long time and can make a strong push for the division lead as there will most likely be one team from the AL Central to make the playoffs.

Jose Abreu

    There will be a slight dilemma when Tim Anderson returns to action because Elvis Andrus has been playing so well at shortstop in his absence. It’s a nice problem to have, but the Sox will have to find a way to make room for the All-Star shortstop in the starting lineup. A viable solution would be to move Andrus to second base when Anderson returns so that the team will have both of their bats in the lineup.

    So, will the White Sox make the playoffs? Time will tell, and if the White Sox bats continue to sizzle and the pitching and defense hold up, they have a strong chance to make the postseason. The key to success will be to win each of their remaining series―especially the final matchups against rivals Minnesota and Cleveland.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

The Technical Side of Writing an Effective Blog Post

    Every detail matters when it comes to the writing of an article as well as the SEO of an article on any given blog. The ultimate goal of a writer is for each article the be indexed and ranked high on search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. There are several routine steps that encompass each blog post that I write, and these calculated steps help significantly with the search engine ranking of my blog.

 Crawlers and Indexing Section of Blog.

    I used Blogger for the creation of my website, and I follow these steps for the crawling and indexing of each blog post by search engine robots. Go to Settings and click on Home page tags right below the Crawlers and Indexing section. You want to enable the ‘all’ button in order to give the search engine robots the freedom to index every element of your blog. Also click on Post and page tags and enable the ‘all’ button but don’t enable this feature on Archive and search page tags because you will run the risk of creating duplicate content on your blog. You can also go to Custom Robot Tags under the Post settings section on each post and check the ‘all’ box or leave it on default so that each article that you write gets indexed on Google as well as the other search engines.

 Immediate Indexing of Blog Posts.

    One of the main objectives of blogging is to get each article indexed as quickly as possible. Blogger has a feature in the Google Console section that indexes each entry immediately. Click on Settings and scroll down to the Google Search Console link and click on it. Copy and paste the URL of your post in the search box on the Google Search Console page to see if it has been indexed, and if not, click on the Request Indexing link to ensure that it's indexed right away.

Google Search Console

 Geotagging and Search Description of Blog Posts.

    Geotagging and search description are two very important aspects of blogging―they also help with the SEO by accelerating the indexing process and the local and worldwide listings of each blog post and the image(s) added to it on search engines like Google or Yahoo. Simply click on Location under Post settings and type in the city, state, and country of your post. After that, go to Search Description and give a brief synopsis of your post in 150 characters or less.

 Proper Formatting of Blog Posts.

    Aesthetics are an important part of the user’s experience on a site, and as a blogger, you want to know that the posts on your blog are formatted properly and look professional in order to guarantee that visitors will bookmark or subscribe to it for the purpose of reading more articles from you. After you copy and paste your article on the New Post page on Blogger, click on the capital ‘A’ icon and choose your font type. Once that’s done, click the double ‘T’ icon and choose the size of the font that you want. After that, you want the justify the entire post by clicking on the icon to the right of the smiley face icon.

    The technical aspects of posting a great article are just as important as writing one because the goal of a writer is to get his or her blog indexed and ranked on the search engines in a timely fashion. Exercise all due diligence by paying close attention to each facet of the blog writing experience in order to maximize SEO and rank high in search engine results.

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