Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is a parent blog?

A parent blog is a blog that you were reading before you created your own blog and that inspired you to start your blog. It doesn't matter whether you liked or disliked the parent blog (it's possible that you started your blog in response to a blog you did not like). It does not matter whether you link to the parent blog or whether you still read it.

What is NOT a parent blog?
Anything that does not fit into the above description. In particular, blogs you've started reading after you created your blog.

Just because you currently read or like or are inspired by particular blogs does not mean they are a parent to your blog - unless, of course, they inspired your blog's original creation. There are other link exchange sites that are perfect for marking such relationship between blogs. BlogTree.com is not one of them.

How do I Setup an Account?

To set up an account on BlogTree.com, go to the sign-up page and fill in your name, email, sex, primary language and birth date. All this information will be kept confidential and only used for statistical purpose. The email address is used for us to communicate with users (don't worry, you'll never receive any spam from us).

Once you have submitted the sign up form, you will receive an email from BlogTree.com with a generated password. Use this password to log in to your account. Feel free to change your password to something else once you have logged in.

How do I register a blog?

Once you have set up an account, received your confirmation email and logged in, you are ready to register your blog(s). To do so, go to the User Info page and click on the Add Blog button. You will now be able to specify which blog to add. You have the option to specify a BlogID or the URL of your blog. You can use the BlogID if someone else already specified your blog as a parent of one of their blogs.

After you specify the BlogID and/or URL, you will see a list of matching blogs. Select the blog that you want to add and then configure as much of its information as you can.

How do I change the name or other info of a registered blog?

Your User Info page contains the list of blogs that you have registered with BlogTree.com. If you need to change information about a blog (such as name, URL, language, etc.) simply click ont he pencil edit icon next to the blog name.

How do I add a blog parent?

After you have registered a blog, you should specify which blog or blogs inspired its creation. If you are not already on the Blog Info page for your blog, go to your User Info page and click on the edit icon of the blog you want to add a parent to.

On the Blog Info page you'll see an (initially empty) list of parent blogs and a "Add a New Parent" button. Click on the button and specify the parent blog by its BlogID and/or URL. Again, you will see a list of matching blogs. Select the one that is the blog that inspired your blog and you're done.

If the creation of your blog was inspired by more than one blog, please add all of the blogs that inspired it as parents.

How do I add a blog child?

You can't directly add a child blog! After all, you can't really claim that your blog inspired another blog, can you? In order for your blog to have any children, the child blog's author has to register their blog and then claim your blog as one of their blog's parents. If you think that your blog has spawned children, let their author know about BlogTree.com and encourage them to register their blog and claim your blog as a parent of theirs.

How do I add a blog sibling?

You can't directly add a sibling blog! As with child blogs, sibling blogs appear when someone else registers their blog. In this case, they have to register a blog and claim one of your blog's parents as their blog's parent. Again, if you think that one of your parent blogs has spawned other children, let their authors know about BlogTree.com and encourage them to register their blog and claim your blog parent as a parent of their blog, too.

How can I link to my blog's "pedigree"?

To allow others to trace your blog's "pedigree", you can add a link to BlogTree.com. The easiest way to do this is to use the Back Links page to generate the HTML code that you need to add to your blog. Select the blog who's pedigree you want to link to, choose the way you want the link to look (text link or one of several images) and whether you want the link to open in a new window when a user clicks on it.

One you have specified how you want the link to look, copy the HTML code and paste it into your blog's template where you want the link to appear. Rebuild or republish your blog and you're done!

What's a BlogTree.com BlogID?

BlogTree.com uses an internal BlogID number when referring to registered blogs. This number is not related to any ID number used by your blog authoring software. You can find your blog's BlogID number by going to User Info, clicking on the blog in question and looking at the URL that display's the Blog's "pedigree". It should be of the following form:
http://www.blogtree.com/blogtree.php?blogid=123
Then number at the end of the URL (123) is your blog's BlogID.

What if there are multiple URLs for the same blog?

If your blog is know under multiple URLs, register it with what you consider the canonical or most current URL, say http://myblog.com. You can add other current URLs (http://www.myblog.com or http://myblog.com/index.htm) or maybe older URLs that you no longer use (http://myblog.blogspot.com or http://www.someisp.com/~myblog) by going to your list of blogs and clicking on the pencil icon. It will take you to the Blog Info page for that blog and you can add the alternate URLs at the bottom of the page.

What if my blog has been registered multiple times?

If your blog has been registered under more than one URL (in other words, more than one BlogID refers to the same blog) you'll want to consolidate the blogs into one. You can do that by following the same steps as when adding alternate URLs to your blog.
Example:
Let's say that you registered your blog as http://myblog.com but some other blogs claim it as a parent using the http://www.myblog.com/index.htm URL. You would like to consolidate the blogs so that all the children that point to the other URL now point to the http://myblog.com blog:
  1. Go to your list of blogs.
  2. Click on the Edit Blog icon next to the http://myblog.com blog (if both blogs are in the list, make sure that you are picking the one with the right URL).
  3. In the Blog Info page, enter the other URL (http://www.myblog.com/index.htm) into the "Alternate URLs" text field and click the "Add" button.
  4. BlockTree will check that the alternate URL refers to the same page and that it has not been registered by another user. If everything checks out, the parents and children of the alternate blog will be merged into the http://myblog.com blog.

What if my blog has been registered by another user?

If you try to register a blog that has already been registered by another user, BlogTree will require that you prove your ownership of the blog by temporarily placing a special "claim tag" into your blog (only the blog's author should be able to modify the blog). BlogTree checks for this claim tag and if it is valid, will allow you to register as the blog's owner. Once you have registered the blog, you can delete the claim tag from your blog.
For more information, go to the
Blog Claim page.