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Blogging For Dummies® by Shane Birley, Susannah Gardner

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Chapter 5. Dropping Code into Your Skill Set

In This Chapter

  • Showing off some HTML code skills

  • Putting Flickr photos into your blog

  • Embedding YouTube videos in your posts

If you've ever thought about learning some geeky things or trying out some fancy new code on your blog, this chapter is for you. Knowing some HTML code lets you make your posts look better, and even do some nifty tricks like adding video to you blog. A few code basics can make you a better blogger, and it can do wonders for increasing your readership.

This chapter shows you that code isn't necessarily a digital monster just waiting to sneak up and bite you. If you follow some simple rules, you can make some great layout changes, so don't be afraid to experiment. Making a few small changes or tweaks to your blogging code can make all the difference to search engines, readers, and the overall quality of your blog.

Coding Your Blog with Style

On a blog, code can mean many things. It can refer to the complicated programming that makes up the software that runs your blog, or it can mean simple styles that make written words look cool when displayed on your blog. In this section, you find out how to make the text in your blog posts look like a million bucks. You can leave the blogging software code to the experts.

The first thing to know is that you're working with code inside a given blog post; it's the blog software itself that builds the blog pages. This means you don't have to know very many pieces of code — just those commonly ...

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