I am sure if you are looking to create a new website, you will be rather frustrated with the unavailability of most of your preferred domain names. Imagine the day when the first website was created and the options available to the person who did that!!! People got into this pretty quickly and started consuming all the straight names thus leading to many with alphanumeric characters and acronyms. So what is the best way to research for a particular name? If you have decided your niche area, it will be pretty easier to search around it and arrive at a final decision. Of course there are many tools available which will help you do this research(not surprisingly!!).
How many hours do you spend on a regular day, sitting at your PC or Laptop? How you do this also has implications on your health as well as your productivity. There are a lot of physio-therapists out there, preaching everyday on “How to Sit Straight” or “How to maintain a good posture”. Many of us tend to ignore them and carry on with our life, working on computers at least half of the day.
It is NOT about Sitting Up Straight – You may be head over heels following those postures prescribed by your chiropractor, but still visit him every month complaining about neck pain or back pain. You are not alone, and do realise that, however you adjust your computer chair for the height and stiffness of the back support, it is not so simple to follow these instructions on your body.
All professional bloggers will have an ultimate objective of having those patronized visitors to their site by writing good content of interest and always maintaining the regular flow of traffic. Apart from these regulars, you may also chance upon those stray visitors who “happen-to” visit your website. To get and retain back these strays is a good technique and it always depends on your blog content. Let us first focus on how to get accidental visitors to your site. There are many ways to do this and one professional way is to read and comment on articles in other professional websites or blogs. You may not believe this, but there are “tools” to do this as well. One such tool is Comment Kahuna.
To continue with setting up your professional blog or website, I want to provide some basics of how to place Ads on your site and which are the programs that you can sign-up for these marketing activities.
Now that you have selected your domain, finalized a niche, published your site and added some initial content, your website is up and running and you have started getting regular visitors asking for more. So how about getting some extra income in the process? It is time to start monetizing your site and getting returns for your effort.
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In my previous blog, I gave some basics of CSS tags and styles, now I would like to concentrate on the initial clean-ups you would need to perform on any downloaded WordPress Themes.
CleanUp, CleanUp, CleanUp – The first and foremost step will be to remove unwanted stuff promoting and advertising the theme designer and his websites. The header will have stuff like ‘WordPress Theme Designed by XXXX’ or ‘Powered by XXXX’, you need to remove these and make your header more impressive and relevant to the content of your website or blog.
The 2nd step of Clean-Up will be to visit the footer section and provide your CopyRight or related stuff in the footer.php file. Usually you will find only one footer file in most of the WordPress themes that are available.
There are many a times, when you download a free WordPress theme and ended up customizing it to such an extent that it doesnt resemble the downloaded theme anymore. This was the case for me as well when I tried my initial few themes. Even for my current theme (Elements of SEO), I did a lot of changes from the way it was initially downloaded to what it is today. There are several tags and classes that you will need to get familiar with to achieve what you visualize, of course a lot of trial and error does happen, but it will be really unnerving if you mess up the whole theme and have to revert back to the original. This is the reason why I thought I should put in some basics of CSS and HTML changes that might help you in re-designing your theme template. Feel free to add more by providing your feedback.
The past two days, I spent more time on promoting my website to my circle of friends and family. I created a FaceBook Fan Page and also updated my website URL on all of my networking sites. While I am not sure how many of my friends would really be interested in “liking” my page or subscribing to my feed, I will keep blogging my heart out here no matter what.
Being on twitter, I was trying to ReDesign my twitter background, and accidentally stumbled upon the below presentation made by Marta Majewska, Vice President, Digital & Social Media Strategist at Porter Novelli. I immediately felt like sharing this on my website. The twitter mantra is as simple as ->
There is a false hope among start-up bloggers that WordPress is a 100% SEO tool, if you use WordPress for your blogging, it will handle all your optimizations and you do not need to put in any extra effort. Well, this notion should be put aside, since WordPress does support several SEO friendly themes, but it is not all. There are several configurations and settings that can be enhanced to make your website well optimized for all the search engines. To help you do that, I thought I will put down the top 5 configurations which I feel are totally required for any first-time blogger.
So you’ve heard about Google Pagerank and you know what it is. Now that you know exactly what it is, I am sure you want to increase your pagerank so you can get better rankings in the SERP’s and get more website traffic. Search Engine Optimisation is the art of gaining a better pagerank through the knowledge and experience of an SEO expert. Search Engine Optimisation covers all facets of what it takes to get a website ranking well in the SERP’s, from onsite changes like titles and meta tags, to offsite SEO factors like linking. Since your website probably has a low pagerank and you would like to do something to increase it this article covers some hints and tips that will aid you in your efforts.
In the Phase II of this blog, I had gone through the process of WordPress Installation, Control Panel configurations, selection of themes and some important plug-ins. Hopefully this would have given your website the basic look & feel what you were planning for. Now, we will go ahead with some more interesting features which will help to optimize your website for the search engines like google, yahoo or bing.
1. Publishing the Website – There are a few more content-checklist that you need to perform before publishing your webiste to the outer world. Do not go public too soon or else you will surely lose your first few visitors. Some pointers are given below:
I was browsing around in some of the tech-forums and I came across this interesting Web Application called Twenty-Feet. Going through the features, I found I had to share this on my blog.
Ever wondered why today you have only 124 friends on FaceBook compared to 127 yesterday? Did you spend time browsing through your friends list to see whom you lost? You dont have to anymore, because this web tool does exactly that. It tells you who are those friends who be-friended you on FaceBook.
With the YouTube Statistics released lately, you would be amazed that more than 35 hours of video content is uploaded every single minute and also more video is uploaded to YouTube in 60 days than the 3 major US networks created in 60 years!!! I would say without a second thought that YouTube has become one of the most popular search engines on the Internet today.
Browsing more on the various search options provided by YouTube, I realized that there are many features which makes your search easy and interesting. I thought I should share this information with anyone interested.
In my previous blog, I wrote an overview on the first initial steps required for anyone to setup a personal website. Now, I would like to take you further into the world of wordpress, themes, etc. If I have to guess, your website has just started to take shape, you have made your initial planning and have a specific idea in your mind about your website design and content. You have also registered your domain name and selected a feasible hosting service for the purpose. It is now ready to install wordpress on your website and get accustomed to the various features and plug-ins available.
With the advent of technology and the availability of numerous Content Management Systems(CMS), it is quite easy these days to create a website or a blog and get it up and running in no time. But then, some wonder, why is my website not being indexed, what is SEO, how to create my site-map, how to take a backup, what are the useful plug-ins(out of the thousands available), how to avoid spam, etc. I thought I will share my experience and views as and when I progress with this website of mine. Hope some of you will find it useful.
Just a week into my blogging and I am in love with WordPress and how easy and convenient a tool it offers to all us first-time bloggers. There is a long way to go and explore the various database parameters and tables involved, but I wanted to share my first few experiences about creating and using some of the plugins. So here goes….
My Top 5 Plugins installed on this site:
1. WordPress DB Backup – I am pretty certain that a blogger’s life would be miserable except for this useful backup utility. On my very 2nd day, i downloaded a plugin for comments/feedback, and immediately my website crashed. I was not able to logon to my WP account either and the only way left was to contact my hosting provider. He said, you need to restore from your ‘backup’. Well, that is how I actually used the Backup that I had taken a few hours back when I first installed this plugin. I think enough said now, just install this and configure a daily backup. I would also say, it is always better to send a copy of the backup file to your personal email account.