101 Blog Tips I learned in 2006

By Daniel Scocco
  1. if you are not, start blogging today
  2. write about something that you love
  3. if you are serious about blogging buy your own domain
  4. make sure your domain name is equal to your blog name
  5. use a short and easy to remember name
  6. use WordPress
  7. use WordPress plugins
  8. blog with consistency
  9. write at least 5 posts a week
  10. proofread
  11. proofread one more time
  12. interact with other bloggers
  13. leave meaningful comments
  14. leave funny comments
  15. leave the first comment
  16. backup your blog
  17. get rid of the sidebar calendar
  18. choose your niche wisely, not too big and not too small
  19. participate in online forums
  20. put a link on your signature
  21. use blog carnivals
  22. content is king
  23. customize your blog template
  24. use trackbacks
  25. simplicity is the way to go
  26. leverage social bookmarks
  27. consider joining a blog network
  28. write “Top 10″ lists
  29. use tags
  30. use pings
  31. write “How to” articles
  32. make your posts scannable
  33. list your blog on directories
  34. ask questions to your readers
  35. use Feedburner
  36. use sense of humor
  37. be generous
  38. encourage readers to subscribe
  39. have some spare posts for emergencies
  40. encourage readers to digg your posts
  41. put an RSS subscription icon on every single page
  42. use “series” of posts
  43. return comments
  44. return links
  45. use readable fonts
  46. gather .edu and .gov backlinks
  47. break long posts in more parts
  48. experiment with different revenue sources
  49. write “pillar articles“
  50. use Google Analytics
  51. study those numbers
  52. use email interviews
  53. be yourself
  54. avoid duplicate content
  55. use an RSS reader
  56. read as many blogs as possible
  57. focus on timeless content
  58. have an “About” page
  59. have a picture of yourself on the “About” page
  60. crate your own “Advertise Here” page
  61. use meta tags wisely
  62. learn the basics of SEO
  63. use pictures whenever possible
  64. create value for your readers
  65. place ads wisely
  66. be patient
  67. consider getting a co-blogger
  68. submit your articles to directories
  69. share what has worked for you
  70. share what has not worked for you
  71. read Problogger.net
  72. do not clutter your sidebar with icons
  73. get rid of looooong blogrolls
  74. experiment with Google Adsense
  75. experiment with Text-Link-Ads
  76. link to other blogs as often as possible
  77. make it easy for visitors to contact you
  78. use titles effectively
  79. offer email subscriptions
  80. always answer to questions
  81. always answer to comments
  82. use Technorati
  83. enable subscription to comments
  84. offer useful tools or resources
  85. write with a personal touch
  86. become an expert in your niche
  87. do not rely on “linking posts”
  88. always give your opinion
  89. use simple colors
  90. participate in blogging projects
  91. get to know other bloggers personally
  92. list your best articles
  93. have a voice
  94. organize your categories
  95. talk directly to your readers
  96. make your URL structure efficient
  97. put functional links on your footer
  98. mention your sources or references
  99. do monthly roundups
  100. consider adding podcasts
  101. create a “101 list”
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302 Responses to “101 Blog Tips I learned in 2006”

  • Yehuda Berlinger

    Well articulated. Some questions:

    17, 73 – Why?

    Couldn’t 2 and 18 be somewhat of a problem, taken together?

    and 57 – What was that about proofreading 🙂

    Yehuda

    • ganeshmuthiah

      This is a long list, I doubt i can remember it.
      I’m happy to have some idea on what to do next with this list.

      Thanks 🙂

      Cheers,
      Ganeshmuthiah
      new blogger

  • jd

    wow! thanks!

    #102. Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS)

    and 101 tips is keeping it simple! Well done (seriously)

    I’m printing this one out now and putting it on my wall by the PC.

  • Madhur Kapoor

    wow ..thats a long list and most of them are true …but i dont think i can create a lost that long ..I also participated in Darren’s writing project .
    http://www.whoismadhur.com/2006/12/19/what-blogging-has-taught-me/
    Drop by if you have a chance …and you got a great blog ..m subscribing to it ..

  • Ashish Mohta

    Great Tips.I will folow some of them for sure.

    I also got entry in darrens project.
    http://technospot.net/blogs/index.php/2006/12/19/predicting-the-evolution-of-techspot-insideout/

    And i am feeding your blog.There wont be another chance to meet so many bloggers

    Merry Christmas

  • Daniel

    Yehuda, just corrected item 57, now you know why I mentioned proofread twice!

    jd, I agree with KISS, a good add to the list.

    Ashish, thanks, I definitely feed your blog also.

  • Simonne

    Hi Daniel,

    I found your post useful. I’ll add here two more lines: use social networking sites and participate in blog carnivals. While social networking can drive a hell of a traffic to your site (see an example here: http://www.alltipsandtricks.com/blog/2006/12/08/how-to-get-longlasting-traffic-for-your-blog/), blog carnivals help you build up links to your blog for free.

  • Tim

    These tips are great.

    103. Use Spam Karma
    104. Make sure that links are nofollowed

    I joined the project too, with 3 console-haikus.

  • Daniel

    simonne I agree, tips #21 and #26

    Tim, spam karma and nofollowed links are good tips, I will add them to the list

  • Yoav

    Brilliant!

    I wrote about a very similar subject. Maybe after reading my post you can make a 106 blogging tips article.

    -Yoav

  • Tim Nash

    a great list I would add Be different and of course you don’t have to be a writer to be a blogger!
    shameless plug for my entry in the group project

  • Daniel

    Yoav, where can I find your post?

    Tim Nash, nice post, I just placed a link to it.

  • Brad Shorr

    Excellent! Talk about getting to the point. You’re 101/101 on accuracy, too.

  • Glen

    Great tips most of them I for sure use on a regular basis

  • George

    Excellent list. I don’t know if I would ever have the patience to come up with 101 list, nice work.

    If you are interested, my entry in Darren’s project is here.

    All the best,
    George

  • tigerfish

    Have already made a mistake on 6.
    Is there somehow I can do a easy migration of old posts/comments to wordpress ?

    This is my prediction(or wish)!

    May the Force be with you, the Blo-gedi way

  • Daniel

    glen, thanks for that

    george, I already linked your entry to the writing project, nice job

    tigerfish, what blogging platform are you currently using? I am sure there is plenty of information out there about “migrating to wordpress”, if you have problems drop me an email

  • VJ

    Nice list – I like how short each entry was. If I made a list, one would be so long – about 5 lines by the time I stated exactly what I wanted to say, that the list would be actually boring instead of intriguing… kind of like this post! lol – nice list, I’ll check out your blog since someone said it rocked… VJ in Thailand

  • tigerfish

    I’m using Blogger.com. But I want to migrate all my old posts/comments to WordPress, is it possible ?

  • Ellen

    Great list! I wish I saw #4 months ago but I got caught up in having an all encompassing site. My project for early 2007 is to make my domain name my blog name. I agree whole-heartily with using WordPress. And, I am learning so much about blogs and blogging from Darren’s project. You can check out my post at http://infomaniaworld.com/modules/wordpress/archives/276.

  • George

    Daniel,

    I am glad you liked my entry, thanks for the link.

    George

  • Ashish Mohta

    @tigefish

    If you can make a rss of your blog through feedburner , then i guess u have to upload that .In wordpress there is one feature called as upload , you should be able to find out rss in that.

    Ashish

  • Tyler

    There are some things that I didnt consider. Thanks for the 101 things you’ve learnt!

  • Brian

    Great list, thanks! =)

  • Carey

    Awesome list, thank you!

  • Gdog

    Excellent – did you sit down and write these all in one setting or did you build a list over time? Nice list anyway…

  • Daniel

    Gdog, I wrote all the tips in one sitting, hence why there are not even capital letters on each entry! Thanks for the comment

  • Leigh Ann

    Wow….great advice thanks so much!!

  • martinus

    Thank you, this is a great list. I am slowly working through it and improving my blog.

  • Colin Brooks

    Very nice list but damn! You make it sound like a lot of work!

  • George

    Colin,

    It is a lot of work.

  • TJ Ian

    I came across your site through the 2007 Bloggies list… you just got my vote. 🙂

  • sujan patel

    Fantastic list.

  • Rene Kriest

    Nice list!

    The funny thing is that this list could also have done by me. Except of three points I totally agree with you.

    Go on with you good job! 🙂

  • aviva

    use wordpress是我2007年初学会的。

  • sujan patel

    I especially like the last one. 101 list do great on social bookmarking websites.

  • Jacob Share

    Great list. Phew! I’m happy that I’m already doing alot of these things on my site, but I still learnt some great tips. Thanks

  • Yumcha

    Fabulous list! Just found your site through mybloglog.com. I’ll be back for another dose!

  • StoryOnVideo.com

    ops forget to ask one another things..if possible can anyone here help me in SEO tips for make my blog can rank well in search engine? Thank You.

  • Daniel

    StoryOnVideo, just use Google, there is plenty of good are free information around the Web.

  • Chad

    I have created a mini list of blog tips including some SEO tips and quick traffic generation tricks – let me know your thoughts.

    Thanks!

  • Vasyamjx

    A test, sorry.

  • Nirmal

    Wow….These are really useful tips…..enjoyed reading it…:-)

  • posters

    nice article

  • Ranjani

    Thanks a lot for sharing these tips with us.They were very interesting!

  • Dennis Bjørn Petersen

    Thank you very much for sharing. Good tips indeed.

  • cyberst0rm

    Thanks for that bro.

    cyberst0rm’s tech blog
    http://cyberst0rm.blogspot.com

  • babouk

    Hi

    Thanks for your tips !!!
    Few of them I already realised

    But my Blog is relatively new – means
    I’m still a baby in the blog sphere

    Its very helpful for me

    I will put a link on my blog

  • bhupen

    ok.ok. But too many rules, could you not have it made it to 5 or 10. I agree on duplicate contents, know your readers and speak looking at their eyes! Hope you provide a thorough guide for the newcomers, just plain list would not work.

  • Daniel

    bhupen, browse around the blog and you will find most of the tips explained.

    Also, if you have any particular question just drop me an email and I will try to cover it.

  • Dave

    ??

  • yongfa365

    good,I like your web ,

    I have a question :your web url is
    101-blog-tips-i-learned-in-2006
    please how you do it?
    auto? or write it yourself?

  • Sam Jackson

    Your adsense suggestion links to analytics… just an FYI

  • Daniel Scocco

    yongfa, seach the blog for “optimal URL structure” and you will find it.

    Sam, thanks, corrected that.

  • MyCoupons

    Nice list of blogging tips, I’m still learning, tks

  • SavingDiva

    Great and thorough list!

  • neria

    Great information man thanks

  • gökhan

    Buda benim blogum herkesi beklerim ç.ok güzel:

    http://geccetr.blogspot.com

  • Myo Kyaw Htun

    Daniel,

    Great information I’ve ever seen. Now I’m reading posts in archives from DailyBlogTips.

    Keep it up

    Best wishes,

    Myo Kyaw Htun

  • gökhan

    WORLD BEST BLOG:

    http://geccetr.blogspot.com

    LANGUAGE:TURKISH

  • Budi S

    Nice blogging article …

  • Pixel-Pixie

    Thanks for all these excellent tips – I’m adding a link to you from my own website as a tribute to all your great advice!

  • auto cars

    great post.
    i have taken some tips from here.

  • Abhishek Kumar

    Nice compilation.. One more site I think, you should add there with problogger is http://www.johnchow.com John Chow is writing superb articles on blogging and raising money through blogs. Also you have not learned how to make money online. 🙂

  • ruud

    Thanks for all tips.

  • Brittany

    This is the most helpful list! I have read through it a couple times now and keep having those “aha” moments where I realize that such simple tips really do make a difference. Thanks!

  • egforum

    thanks ….

  • Gaje Master

    I had to come back and read this. I like the way it realy unfolds. These are all true and I am still in the process of learning. Maybe by next year, I can build my own list of things that I learned.

  • dungta

    it’s very nice , thanks your post

  • lp

    I am a potential future blogger….I just bookmarked your blog. There looks to be several good suggestions on the list.

  • blogger tips

    102. visit http://imp.winartho.com for more tips 🙂

  • Natasha

    Sorry, why 5 posts a week?

  • mara

    Great list thanks!

  • schizo

    how can i improve the traffic in my site? can somebody help me…huhuh

  • Arstan

    Thanks for the break down! Really informative!

  • Tkiii

    Its good post thank you.

  • blogr

    thank you. i have learned some thing new 🙂

    – blogrtools
    http://blogrtools.blogspot.com

  • Shannon

    Wow!! Great job! This must have taken you a long time to do. Thank you for all of the information, it was very helpful!

  • www.scottfusco.net

    Can’t thank you enough for this post. Just when you think you are almost done, you learn that there is just about 1 million extra things you could be doing.

    I guess that’s the nature of the beast though when you have to wear so many hats as a blogger. I “stumbled” on this site today and think that this is probably the most useful blogging site I’ve ever found. Thanks so much!

    Scott Fusco

  • Weblife Website Design

    So, implementing these tips on my website design site should increase traffic to the site?

    I don’t know why I haven’t created a blog on my website yet, but I definitely will, and I’ll be sure to go over your tips when I do. My focus is on graphics design, so these tips on the blogging aspect sure do help.

  • Young

    Thank you for your great idea!

    This post was translated to Chinese, so your idea will be shared with more people.Here is the address:

    http://www.essentialblog.cn/101-tips/

    Of course, I did the translation.^_^

  • Website Promotion – Frederrick

    Social book marking, ping and feeds are my favorites. But the list given is quite comprehensive and learned quite a few new things. Thanks.

  • sveta

    I browse and saw you website and I found it very interesting.Thank you for the good work, greetings

  • sveta

    Hi, everybody

  • Aneesh

    I use blogger as it is the only free one that i can customize.. will soon try wordpress after i get a hosting..

  • jakes

    ya..me too started a new blog…waiting for some goood tips to increase my traffic…..saw nice tips…..really helping

  • Britney

    Great Site – really useful information!

  • Syd

    Nice blog post. Let each of us follow at least 10 of the above tips everyday.

  • John Simpson

    Don’t forget to thank people for their comments. It may lead to a backlink on their site down the road.

  • video training library

    Great list.
    Thanks alot for sharing.

  • giftcardblogger

    I am a new blogger and this is very helpful. I have read this over and over again and each time, I try to pick one thing that I will work on from the list. Once I master that, i move to the next. Thanks!

  • Farrhad

    Nice list! Keep it up!

  • Masalaboard

    I use blogger as it is the only free one that i can customize.. will soon try wordpress after i get a hosting..

  • Xboard

    Wow!! Great job! This must have taken you a long time to do. Thank you for all of the information, it was very helpful!

  • AdSense VS Chitika

    Tip #2 is a must!

  • faathir

    wow!!! but i’m using blogger..should I change to wordpress?

  • 78HG

    “write at least 5 posts a week”

    I feel it is hard to do every week!

  • webhosting

    @78HG

    Mostly advice to write one every day, visitors will return and you have a higer ranking in google and alexia.

  • Dan

    download movies

  • faizan

    use pingomatic.com or autopinger.com !
    meta key word play vital role but content is king!

  • Riccardo

    thanks to you I’ll start today man!!!
    😉

  • SEO Genius

    Another great article, some obvious tips there but also some not so obvious ones 🙂

  • Rahul Pande

    hi Daniel,
    This is really cool post..
    I like most of this & will try to follow all this tips.
    have a look to my blog

    http://www.rahulpande.blogspot.com

  • nedyasafira

    thanks,nice tips nedyasafira

  • nedyasafira

    nice article, now funded

  • webhosting guide

    disagree with point 6.

    wordpress isn’t the best for every blog. I use nucleus (not sow happy about it) but i had no choice.

  • Susn

    Thanks for sharing these ideas. : )
    I always proofread my posts in order to catch my many typos and mistakes before (hopefully) someone else does. There really is so much to learn about blogging, and I’ve only scratched the surface so far in my month and a half of blogging.

  • Vishal

    Agreed with your thoughts.
    But the first tip confused me.

    if you are not ……….., start blogging today

    seemed to be a fill in the blank.

  • Wall Decals

    A lots of tips from this blog and thank you very much

  • Matthew

    WOW! Great list.

    Thanks a bunch!

    No. 66 is a good one 😀

    Matt

  • Anurag

    Nice Post…
    Thnx For Sharing

  • College Student in Capiz

    This blog is very informative thank you Sir for this blog post

  • Tipolog

    Nice and greate post .. thank you Man ^^ 🙂

  • Fussuiluewly

    Tahnks for posting

  • SEO Goddess

    I learned a lots from this post

  • Hikmat Surya Permana

    I’m kinda new to blogging world. This tips must be useful to my newly blog in http://digitalenquirer.blogspot.com/

  • dhonut

    wow!! some of your tips are never cross my mind! I will definitely keep this on my bookmark and read it again and again…many thanks!

  • Phil

    Wow, what a huge list! Now I know what we’re doing the whole day 😉
    Thanks for it!

  • Zaidimai

    Useful article, great tips for me and every one. thanks

  • cebu

    I learned a lot from this post. thank you very much

  • SEO Genius

    I ve already read this a couple of times, but i always find my self coming back to this one and a couple of other articles here.

    I have to say great work here!

  • czy

    WOW!!! what a great Idea!..Nice list on how to make your blog the best that you can..thanks for the list It will help us…

    God bless uu!!

  • Devon

    Very nice article, but … WHY use “Google Analytics”? Most people are already blocking *.google-analytics.com and their stats are most of the time absolutely wrong.

    Google Analytics: 5000 visitors, Sitemeter: 6500 visitors and my web server says even 6700. So who just lies…

  • teleskopik dikme

    I am a teacher , Thank you for your great idea!

  • pinoy jobs

    very very helpful article! thanks!

  • Word Counter Tool

    This post is even relevant today when we have reached the last half of 2008. This shows that you are very good at what you write.

  • Watch Movies

    Many thanks for sharing this list, great stuff. 🙂

  • t-luck

    Great list.. I’m not quite sure how long it took you to come up with the list. But I think if one really follows at least 50% of your ideas listed, they would be on their way to raking in the money!!!:)

  • Marites Ongkingco

    I’ve just attended last week Internet Marketing workshop about how to create, post and of course earn money from blog. Your detailed list help a lot especially for the beginner like me. Hope I can receive some information about blogging. More power! Thanks.

  • phobos

    Thanks for ideas, you never konow when they come in handy. 😀

  • iskele

    The best of blog tip; WordPress. I using wordpress.

  • usdigital web design

    I never realised there were so many things to consider when starting a blog. Thanks for the tips. We are just about to add a blog to our website so it is very useful.

    Thank you!

  • home tuition

    Majority recommend wordpress. Maybe I should make a blog site soon. Thanks!

  • Rosario

    🙂 Love the tips. will follow it regularly from today .

  • gendut

    very complete listing…..and most the tools above free….I love free……, free tool and ways for making money….great jobs, thanks

  • Avnish

    Don’t forget to thank people for their comments. It may lead to a backlink on their site down the road.

    from:
    peoplesoftsupport.blogspot.com

  • Blog tips

    Great tips man. I am damn sure that if someone follows these points, success is must for him. Great post.

  • Bang Kritikus

    Many ways to be success

  • Alex

    Concise and to the point. A good list and I’ve spent the last hour going through it and updating my blogs behind the scenes.

    Thanks.

  • Bill M – Personal Finance Blog

    I would add backup to the #2 on the list… this is very important..

  • kellik

    very complete listing. Maybe I should make a blog site soon. Thanks

  • Vivian

    What a great list.

    Check your spelling on #60.

  • Bang Kritikus

    Yes, adding popular pages and newest pages has been increased my traffic. Thanks.

  • Website making Man

    HA – that’s really good list mate well done!

  • website creation guides

    A good list at any rate.

  • sikiÅŸ

    Brilliant!

    I wrote about a very similar subject. Maybe after reading my post you can make a 106 blogging tips article.

  • Engineering articles

    thanks for those tips

  • Hectic Capiznon

    I admitted that i could not follow all of those tips, but i want to learn some more effective methods, so that as a newbie i could inspired my self.

  • film indir

    Excellent! Talk about getting to the point. You’re 101/101 on accuracy, too.

  • Blogging Tips

    Some good tips and some really casual ones

  • Kostas

    Nice tips !!!! Thanks a lot 🙂

  • Hectic Capiznon Bloggers 2009

    good list of tips i can now apply this thanks for those tips!

  • zoue

    This lists is great. I also love blogging.

  • Hectic Capiznon Bloggers 2009

    good tips here even this was written back in 2006, still it is applicable until now. this is really a timeless post and good job!

  • Masterpiss

    Just use Blogger for newbie and then WordPress

  • seo

    Hi, Thanks for this great tip. I’m using most of the tips.

  • Fefos

    Great list. Some of them i already use but most not.

  • blogmoneymania

    That’s some list! Hope I get to all of em for my new blog!

  • abangwan

    Nice tips, bro.Thank a lot.

  • aggelis

    Here is the best tips i ‘ve ever see…

    Thank you

  • visalittleboy

    very long tips!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Awais

    Thanks for sharing the tip. They r really great u have done a great work.

  • Daily Good Tips

    Number #3: Before buying your own domain make sure that you have been had much knowledge about wordpress, html, or php programs

  • Vic

    Great 101 list.
    Write and write that’s what I need now. I only have 85 posts as of this time. I agree, problogger is a great reference too.

  • 101

    Just use Blogger for newbie and then WordPress

  • Linda McFadden

    My first thought when I saw the title of 101 Blog Tips was that the list would be overwhelming. But the tips are short and to the point. I was glad to see that I am already doing some of your tips . I plain on gradually implementing more tips until I work my way through your list.

  • mymoen

    good list of tips i can now apply this thanks for those tips!

  • medyum

    I especially like the last one. 101 list do great on social bookmarking websites.

  • ssk sorgulama

    ops forget to ask one another things..if possible can anyone here help me in SEO tips for make my blog can rank well in search engine? Thank You.

  • zerrin egelilera

    Nice list – I like how short each entry was. If I made a list, one would be so long – about 5 lines by the time I stated exactly what I wanted to say, that the list would be actually boring instead of intriguing… kind of like this post! lol – nice list, I’ll check out your blog since someone said it rocked… VJ in Thailand

  • eÄŸlence

    Again great tips for people who are dealing with BLOGS – but some tips are not under our control – if possible i want to learn how we will gather Some edu and gov backlinks … Maybe they can give if they like us or our websites 🙂

    thanks for sharing.

  • TonyWaro

    Hey….very nice list u made. I will try it.
    Thnaks for sharing

    Greatings

    TonyWaro

  • Alen

    Brilliant!

    I wrote about a very similar subject. Maybe after reading my post you can make a 106 blogging tips article.

  • Baldai

    WOW!!! what a great Idea!..Nice list on how to make your blog the best that you can..thanks for the list It will help us…

    God bless uu!!

  • Belize Real Estate Expert

    Hello Daniel,

    I’ve been following your blog since the beginning…when you had less than 3000 followers.

    But it’s still very informative for me to go back and re-read some of these classics.

    I was wondering…..do you have an update to this beauty?

    Warm Regards,
    David.

  • Kenneth

    Wow.. great article it seems you’re an expert blogger. This is all want to search the keyword Blogging tips.

    Thanks

    Kenneth

  • Antoony

    Well, this post has been almost 4 years old but still worth to read and be followed. It’s still valuable for me. But, because they are so many tips, I will only follow a part of them. I like to get valuable tips on no.46. Thank a lot 😀

  • medyum

    This is the most helpful list! I have read through it a couple times now and keep having those “aha” moments where I realize that such simple tips really do make a difference. Thanks!…!
    Medyum Niyazi

  • Christian Guico

    I definitely mention my 101 list here too, however I don’t know when I will come up with a the list that I’ve learned. Coz I have a lot to learn first. 😀

    Anyway again thanks for sharing us your list. 😀

  • Eamon Diamond

    Nice list – I like how short each entry was. If I made a list, one would be so long – about 5 lines by the time I stated exactly what I wanted to say, that the list would be actually boring instead of intriguing… kind of like this post! lol – nice list, I’ll check out your blog since someone said it rocked

  • Charlene

    I have printed up business cards with my blog address on it and I pass them out all the time to people and ask that they share the blog with their friends. I also share my blog on my Facebook page for people to link to it.

    I find that people will subscribe to your blog if you ask them — it just has to be interesting and enjoyable and useful information. : )

    Charlene
    mymindwanderedtoday.blogspot.com

  • Jagan Mangat

    All 101 points to be followed still in 2011.
    Thanks Daniel!

  • Peter

    Great list Daniel. Fantastic resource for bloggers.

  • Mohamed Shajid

    i dont know how to use wordpress. but blogger is good then wordpress 😀

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