Have you seen Ghost?

GhostMy blogging adventures with my friend have been like a whirlwind trip down the rabbit hole.  She has gone through Blogger, Tumblr, WordPress.com and has a Medium account. She aims to have her blog and her image galleries up and running in two weeks time and she has seen a Ghost.

Simple to use – Ghost is just a blogging platform.

Ghost: A beautifully designed platform dedicated to one thing: Publishing.

“It’s beautifully designed, completely customisable and completely Open Source. Ghost allows you to write and publish your own blog, giving you the tools to make it easy and even fun to do. It’s simple, elegant, and designed so that you can spend less time messing with making your blog work – and more time blogging.”

Ghost: Hosted Platform Preview

“Ghost is a simple blogging platform that is available in two variants: Self-hosted Gho.st and Hosted Gho.st. You can install Ghost blogging platform on your local computer or server before installing on a live server so that you can get used to it before using it professionally.

Like a ghost writer, Ghost, is your ghost publisher. It does the hard work anonymously, getting your content online so you can focus on the most important things: Your ideas. Your content.

Email clients have had split-view for more than a decade, because it makes sense. Ghost would have a split view when managing your content so you could browse through your content from the admin panel, without having to edit it.”

There will be a free 1 month trial available for everyone who wants to give the platform a try. Additionally, Kickstarter backers will receive account credit based on the rewards which they selected during the campaign. The pricing of the platform when it launches to the public are found in the Hosted Platform Preview.

8 thoughts on “Have you seen Ghost?

  1. Cross-posting? Stupid question time but if I post a photo to WP, and again separately to Tumblr, does this count as cross posting? And where do sites like Flickr and Instagram etc figure, if at all in the cross process?

    Off to explore Ghost!

    1. Yes, that’s cross-posting. The best case scenario is to post an image or for that matter a text article on a single site, then post unique teasers with links back to the original image/article on each other site we choose to promote on. That way there’s no possibility of Google deciding that you are playing SEO games by duplicating content.

      However, in some cases, content is deliberately duplicated across domains in an attempt to manipulate search engine rankings or win more traffic. Deceptive practices like this can result in a poor user experience, when a visitor sees substantially the same content repeated within a set of search results. https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/66359?hl=en

      Thank you for indulging me, Patti. I could rant on this topic for hours but I’ll back off now as it may conflict with my paid work if I get wound up.

  2. I was just perusing other ways to cross post. Ghost is still in start up stage and looks like one I will have to pay for. Medium looks interesting and I’ll have to research it a little more. I love other platforms where I can publish on WordPress and easily cross post or feed it. We’ll see!

    1. Oh no! I do NOT advocate cross-posting. In fact I’m 100% against it. It’s not in your best interest to do this from an SEO perspective. Here’s a word of warning about cross-posting from Google. Their Penguin algorithm can detach duplicate content. If you duplicate content across domains you will be caught. The result is the the original post and the duplicates all suffer. https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/66359?hl=en

      1. Oh jeez! Well so far so good. Paperblog takes my WordPress feed so I don’t know how that works. Last week was the first time I’ve crossed posted at Blogher since a year ago. I only a posted a couple of times at OpenSalon in the last year.I guess I’ll stick with WordPress which feeds into social media sites. And I thought I was slacking by not cross posting more often!!!

        1. I advocate posting unique teasers on each site with links back to the original content. It’s the best way to go, for sure. It will attract traffic because it won’t be duplicate content.

          re: RSS Feeds

          Syndicate carefully: If you syndicate your content on other sites, Google will always show the version we think is most appropriate for users in each given search, which may or may not be the version you’d prefer. However, it is helpful to ensure that each site on which your content is syndicated includes a link back to your original article. You can also ask those who use your syndicated material to use the noindex meta tag to prevent search engines from indexing their version of the content.

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