Online Article Writing and Blogging MCQs

Online Article Writing and Blogging MCQs

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What will happen if you type the words sport -basketball in the Google search box?

A.   Google will find all the web pages containing the words "sport" and "basketball"

B.   Google will find the web pages about "sport" and also those containing the word "basketball"

C.   Google will find the web pages about "sport" that do not contain the word "basketball"

D.   Google will find all the web pages in which the words "sport" and "basketball" appear together

E.   None of the above


What changes you should incorporate in your writing style—when writing about the university application process—if you're writing for student applicants and not for their parents?

A.   Write the entire text in italics—it signifies that the content has been written for a student, and not for a parent

B.   Write the entire text in the Roman style—it signifies that the content has been written for a student, and not for a parent

C.   No amount of change can clarify if the content is written for a student or for a parent, so do not bother about changing your writing style

D.   Add anecdotes in the description; students prefer an anecdotal style of writing

E.   Vary the information, your tone, your advice, and recommendations, so that the description is understood by students as well as parents


What is a "CEOBlog"?

A.   A social networking blog

B.   A blog that has been unplugged by a corporation during a hostile takeover

C.   A group blog

D.   A blog written using a "stream of consciousness" writing style

E.   A blog maintained by a Chief Executive Officer


Which is the correct order for finding your target audience and selling goods or services to it?

A.   Design a strategy for drawing them to your site with greater interest in your product, have a business plan, identify their interest in your product, identify your audience type and their level of expertise, make sales

B.   Have a business plan, identify your audience type and their level of expertise, identify their interest in your product, design a strategy for drawing them to your site with greater interest in your product, make sales

C.   Have a business plan, identify your audience type and their level of expertise, design a strategy for drawing them to your site with greater interest in your product, make sales, identify their interest in your product

D.   Identify your audience type and their level of expertise, make sales, have a business plan identify their interest in your product, design a strategy for drawing them to your site with greater interest in your product


What can you do to make your articles more appealing to online readers?

A.   Create external links and quality posts

B.   Add a message board and / or chat room to encourage interactivity

C.   Increase the product or site image / professional branding

D.   All of the above


If you're writing an article about the automotive industry, which of the following would be the best way of promoting your article?

A.   Adding internal links within your blog that cross-reference the article

B.   Adding highly specific keywords to your pages that reference aspects of the automotive industry

C.   Contacting other automotive industry blogs and websites offering a link-exchange

D.   All of the above


There's little need to copy text before trying to publish it to the web because you rarely lose the text at the time of publication.

A.   True

B.   False


What does "SEO" stand for?

A.   Sequeway Even Offered

B.   Service Engine Oriented

C.   Second Executive Officer

D.   Search Engine Optimization


What is an "open thread"?

A.   A thread that is open for discussion by those posting to it

B.   A thread that has closed links

C.   Multiple posts focused around one specific subject

D.   All posts made openly by the same blogger

E.   All of the above


What does the term "spomment" refer to in the blogosphere?

A.   Special comments

B.   Spam on a posting

C.   Comment spam

D.   Tiny gremlins inside the computer system

E.   All of the above


What is "blogosphere"?

A.   The hole in the internet through which blogs can fall

B.   The blogs in a given area such as a street, county or country

C.   The collective content of the blogs worldwide

D.   Blog companies that group together and buy smaller blogs

E.   None of the above


What is the "useful but incomplete" approach in terms of promoting your product in an online article or so-called e-zine?

A.   Making your product useful but leaving the article incomplete with no way of linking to your site

B.   Making your product incomplete and the article useful

C.   Making the article useful but leaving it incomplete so the market is enticed but has to follow your link to learn more

D.   Making the article complete and the product useful so that there's no need to find out more


Which of the following is not a blogging provider or blogging service available on the web free of cost?

A.   Wordpress

B.   Blogger

C.   Technorati

D.   BlueHost

A.   True

B.   False


Which of the following is most likely to guarantee the content on your blog is professional, subject-appropriate and grammatically correct?

A.   Copying it into Word, spell-checking, and copying it back

B.   Asking a friend to read it

C.   Reading it through before posting

D.   Having several specialist readers check out the content for its relevance, sense, argument, and keywords


Why is it important to make regular postings – if not daily postings – to your blog?

A.   To encourage a regular readership, returning traffic, and so web robots can see your blog is regularly active

B.   It isn't – making daily postings can be harmful to your blog

C.   Otherwise it will be unplugged by the blog service provider

D.   None of the above


Why is it sometimes a good idea to create a blog independently with a host other than a free blog hosting service such as the Blogger?

A.   You can add more intelligent interactivity such as widgets, site design, custom URLs etc

B.   You can then have two blogs and disconnect your old one

C.   You will be able to keep the old free service

D.   You will automatically get more traffic


What are "Google alerts"?

A.   A ringtone from Google

B.   A doorbell as a prize for being a loyal Google customer

C.   Pinging of your website by Google every time you use Yahoo and MSN instead of using Google

D.   A system where Google e-mails you the results of your pre-arranged search terms on a regular basis to stir your thoughts about writing blog content


What is the term used for "the number of times the keyword is used divided by the total word count on the page"?

A.   Keyword density

B.   Keyword distribution

C.   Word hardness

D.   Density of syllables

E.   Blog Page Intensity

A.   True

B.   False


Where did the term "blog" originate?

A.   It was invented by Mr. James Blog

B.   An abridgment of the two terms, "web" and "log"

C.   An abridgment of the two terms, "book" and "log"

D.   b and c

E.   None of the above, it was a spontaneous new coinage derived from Old English


If words/phrases are lifted from an original writing on the internet - not from a printed book - it's not plagiarism.

A.   True

B.   False


Which of the following are good techniques for building a greater business audience for your blog?

A.   Create multiple links with local business community

B.   Create a link with the local library website

C.   Partner with non-competing businesses

D.   Have business cards printed

E.   All of the above


Which of the following are most important when optimizing content for search engines?

A.   Regular updating of your blog

B.   Making sure your URL is simple

C.   Adding keywords, tags, metatags and having quality content and regular updating

D.   Having quality content


Is it a good idea to have two blogs with the same content to try and increase traffic?

A.   No, as search engines such as Google will most likely list only one blog which may not be your preference

B.   Yes, two blogs, even with the same content, will most likely double your traffic on the web

C.   Yes, and to have three would be still better

D.   No, because search engines will be advised to close down one, if not both, of your blogs


In terms of keywords for promoting a website about global money, which of the following groups would be the best choice?

A.   Football, shopping, racing, gardening

B.   10c, 5c, dollar, 50c, quarter

C.   The World Bank, the Olympics, the US government, the UEFA Cup

D.   Dollar, yen, pound sterling, exchange rate

A.   We mean it is floated on the stock exchange

B.   We mean it is freely available for all, can be copied, reproduced and re-published

C.   We mean it is temporarily available for a period of 1-5 years

D.   We mean it is part of the author's estate for 70 years after his or her death

A.   it is an offense in most countries

B.   the search engines may restrict your site or future listings, or ban you altogether

C.   it could reduce the traffic to your blog

D.   All of the above

A.   Until he/she dies

B.   Forever

C.   For 5 years after the publication

D.   For 40 years after he/she dies

E.   For 70 years after he/she dies


What is "misinformation"?

A.   Mystery information partially hidden on the internet

B.   Information which is misleading or distracting or at least partially wrong

C.   Mr. Information

D.   Completely wrong information on all counts

E.   None of the above


What is 'placing of keywords in the important parts of a webpage so that search engines may give them priority' called?

A.   Keyword prominence

B.   Optimization guesswork

C.   Partial selection

D.   Keyword density


What are "article submission sites"?

A.   Databases of stored articles awaiting approval from a CEO

B.   Sites that help submit articles you have written about your product for online publication so you don't have to spend valuable time sending out your articles individually

C.   Sites where you can buy articles and adapt them to a target audience and focus them on your market

D.   Usually scam sites that promise huge marketing distribution around the internet


Which of the following is a good approach to planning to write a blog posting?

A.   Source content, write draft, save, post to blog

B.   Idea, source content, post to blog, read

C.   Idea, source content, write draft, save, read and edit, post to blog

D.   Write draft, edit, post to blog, read and edit later


What distinguishes a blog from a website?

A.   Postings that occur according to a timeline that is updated so old posts can be traced

B.   More content

C.   Flashier images

D.   Contact details

E.   More professional content


If you're writing an article about applying for admission to graduate courses in universities, your target audience is likely to be _________.

A.   18-year olds

B.   students already in college

C.   a range of readers who are thinking of applying for admission to a graduate school

D.   people between 45 and 65


What are "FAQs"?

A.   First Asked Queries

B.   First Answered Questions

C.   Fast Attitude Queries

D.   Frequently Asked Questions

E.   All of the above


At the end of an article, the reference list to other relevant works that may or may not have been cited is called the ...........

A.   Footnotes

B.   Bibliography

C.   Original material

D.   Endnotes

E.   All of the above


What is a "newbie"?

A.   A term - potentially negative - applied to someone new to a discussion or blog

B.   A new technological addition to the internet

C.   An innovation that took blogs into Web 2.0

D.   The latest fashion on the blogosphere

E.   a and d


Online articles do not need to be cited especially when taken from another online source.

A.   True

B.   False

A.   As soon as it is published

B.   As soon as the author registers the copyright

C.   As soon as the author writes "Copyright"and his/her name and date next to it

D.   As soon as it is created


What is the common rule for taking images from the web and using them on your blog or website?

A.   Check to see if these are freely available, and if so, proceed; otherwise contact the copyright holder or blog/site manager for permission

B.   Take whatever you like from any site by right clicking and saving the image

C.   a and b

D.   None of the above


What do you mean by your article being "non exclusive" while selling it online?

A.   That you can sell it to one more company

B.   That it is exclusively connected to the site where you publish it first

C.   That you can publish it online elsewhere so long as they are "non exclusive" too

D.   That you can sell it to 5 more companies

E.   That you can post it on your blog but nowhere else


What is "podcasting"?

A.   Making the entire blog available in a single downloadable file

B.   Redirecting traffic through a portal hidden on the blog called a "pod"

C.   Distribution of audio and other media files for download to digital music or multimedia players such as iPods

D.   Mass e-mailing for marketing purposes to promote several blogs at the same time


What is a "tag"?

A.   An external link

B.   A language element, such as a word, often used in blogs to identify the type or types of content that makes up a particular post

C.   A long post that goes onto another page

D.   Both b and c


Which of the following features will increase the likelihood of a reader staying longer on your blog?

A.   Having mostly text rather than pictures, slide shows or other interactive content

B.   Using external links to generate the new page as a pop-up window rather than going directly to the new site

C.   Offering links to great promotional deals on other sites


What is "fair use" in terms of using someone else's copyrighted material online?

A.   A system where copyright is exchanged between the original owner and the blogger who co-opts it

B.   A term used by the prosecutor to convict a blogger who repeatedly infringes his/her copyright

C.   A defense argument that an individual who is sued for copyright infringement can use, namely that the use of the material was in public interest

D.   None of the above


It's a good idea to create identical content on multiple blogs as this can increase web traffic and get higher listings in search engines.

A.   True

B.   False


If you write something libelous in a blog, you can still be sued for written defamation despite the apparent freedom of expression on the Internet.

A.   True

B.   False


What are "grey hat techniques"?

A.   Techniques attracting people over 65 to your blog

B.   Advertising techniques through images specifically aimed at older readers

C.   Techniques involving part online and part store sales

D.   An optimisation strategy defining an unknown area of reputability/validity


What is a "biz blog"?

A.   A blog owned and run by a company or corporation

B.   A private blog for the blogger and his or her family

C.   A blog in the biz of blogging only

D.   A blog about finance, especially related to the London Stock Exchange

E.   None of the above