Month: March 2009

50+ Great things about blogging

  1. The very first blog post.
  2. The first comment.
  3. The very first page rank.
  4. The check from adsense.
  5. People are reading my blog!
  6. A new template.
  7. People telling that I’m a pro in my field.
  8. Personal emails.
  9. 100 RSS readers.
  10. I got mentioned in another blog.
  11. The first payment.
  12. Appeared on google search!
  13. A direct advertiser requesting an ad space.
  14. My first guest post.
  15. Someone asking to write a guest post.
  16. A digg effect.
  17. John Chow Dot Com.
  18. Customized the template.
  19. Fixed an issue.
  20. 1 more comment.
  21. A free ad spot.
  22. Someone adding my link on blogroll.
  23. Got accepted for an ad network.
  24. Another 100 posts.
  25. Getting my desired domain name.
  26. My blog’s favicon.
  27. Signed up for twitter.
  28. Created a mobile version for my blog.
  29. ProBlogger.net.
  30. My blog got stumbled by a friend.
  31. Another email subscriber.
  32. Learned a new tutorial.
  33. Making my friend jealous about my blog.
  34. When I give an advice.
  35. Being on a top 10/ top 100 list.
  36. Another technorati fan.
  37. Being the 1’st commentator of a popular blog’s latest post.
  38. Darren Rowse following me on twitter.
  39. Getting an email reply from a high profile blogger.
  40. Getting a link from CNN.
  41. DailyBlogTips.com.
  42. Getting traffic from google.
  43. Another traffic spike!
  44. A great new idea to write.
  45. 1 new friend request.
  46. WordPress.
  47. A ReTweet.
  48. Winning a contest.
  49. Getting good feedback.
  50. Very fast internet.
  51. Blog’s mobile version.
  52. Getting the higher place on google search.
  53. Traffic from yahoo search.
  54. Add yours too…

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Combined efforts that made my blog SEO friendly

For the last few months I’ve been working on the SEO part of my blog. Search optimizing a blog can get you better search rankings and organic visitors. That means the free and targeted traffic from search engines such as google, yahoo or bing.

Website grader is a free online tool that helped me to understand about the most important aspects of website SEO. You can see the website grade badge which is showing the seo score of my blog. Few months ago when I checked it for the first time, it was 88, now I opted my site and the score is around 98.8. Website grader does not do anything for your blog SEO but it’s a great tool for web masters to optimize their sites. Here are some other things that I did for my blog’s SEO,

Combined efforts that made my blog SEO friendly -website grader, blogkori

Meta tags

Meta tags are the most important elements in blog SEO. I opted my Meta title, description and keyword. I changed the title from “BlogKori” to something in more detail I added a relevant description within 150 characters and added no more than 6 keywords as the Meta keywords. Some people will say to stuff keywords in your Meta, and I’ve told this before too! But I was wrong. Put less than 10 Meta keywords for better results.

Update: Meta keywords are not used anymore!

Combined efforts that made my blog SEO friendly blogkori

Domain age

How long the domain is online determines the importance of the website. Another new factor which is been talked about is how long the domain will be active. I bought another year’s registration for BlogKori and I hope google will give more importance to my site.

All in one SEO pack plugin

The wordpress plugin called All in one SEO pack is yet most powerful SEO plugin ever made. This tool helped me to create meta tags and removing some URL’s from the search engines. It helped me to over write the titles of my page and the Meta tags of each post and page can be changed too.

Web master tools

Sign up for google webmasters, yahoo site explorer and bing webmaster tool and submit your site to their engine. Webmaster tools are great ways to make your site indexed faster. The tools offer some features and options to make your blog search optimized.

Combined efforts that made my blog SEO friendly blogkori

Google XML sitemaps

Another great wordpress SEO plugin. This plugin can generate XML sitemaps for your blog which is crawler friendly. Once you create the sitemap, submit it on webmaster tools and see your post gets indexed faster.

Image tags

Most people ignore image tags/ alter tags. When you use images in your post, you can use this for getting more image search results. Instead of labeling an image as: Image-1, try to add the keywords as the image label. This will bring some more search traffic.

Internal keyword linking

When you write a new post, add internal links on your post to an older post. This is called internal linking/ deep linking/ anchor texts. Don’t just link; add the link with a keyword. This will increase the backlinks of your internal pages and bring more SEO juice.

Is your blog search optimized?

Are you working on your blog SEO? Share some of your interesting SEO tips with us. Are you ignorring search traffic?

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15 Signs That Tells You, You’re a Web GEEK

  1. You have your own website or blog which you care as your child.
  2. You rarely go outside of your house and in most cases you rarely leave your room.
  3. You know who the CEO of twitter is and who’s the creator of facebook but don’t know the names of movie celebrities!
  4. You probably don’t have a date!
  5. You can fix your own computer and can mod it.
  6. You’re doing really great online.
  7. You work around 50-60 hours a week online.
  8. Infront of your computer, you forget to eat, change or even the shower!
  9. In Christmas or in Birthdays, you wish for 1000 RSS readers, macbook pro or a Page rank 6.
  10. You really don’t want to join the RAT RACE!
  11. You know a lot of things than any other of your age.
  12. You love to spend your money on softwares, websites and on subscriptions.
  13. You don’t care what’s on your desktop wallpaper.
  14. Friday means Follow Friday(twitter) and Sunday means Sunday Link Love to you.
  15. Add another one..

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I tripled my blog comment count and how you can do it too!

Yes, I just tripled my comments on February ’09, comparing to January ’09. Take a look at the screenshot below. 90 Ham detected (genuine comments) on Jan 2009 and 283 on Feb 2009 -that’s more than 3 times the comments I received in January,

I tripled my blog comment count and how you can do it too! blogkori

Earlier this year I moved to wordpress from blogspot platform. I used Disqus comments system on my blog and received 345 comments in total. -that’s all I got in 6 months. Now if I take a look at the new stats, I got more than the number of the old stats in first 2 months alone (Jan-Feb ’09) When I move to wordpress, I lost my older comments and I was upset about it, but now I’m happy to get even more comments.

How I got even more comments on my blog? You may think this is because of the DoFollow movement of BlogKori, but I made my comments dofollow few days ago and those comments were received even the blog was nofollow.

You can read some basic steps where I explained 7 Ways how to get more comments on your blog post? and then I wrote another one here: 4 Ways explained on how to get more comments on your blog post?

Ask for comments

At the end of each article, what I do is to ask for comments. I ask questions, suggestions and let them to reply with a comment. If you don’t ask your readers, they will rarely comment on your post.

Replying to all of my comments personally

Whenever someone leaves a comment and I feel that it needs a reply, I reply to it ASAP. I try my best to provide answers, suggestions and solutions. I feel it like a duty to reply comments; this makes my reader to comment back again. Your own comments are part of the total comment too! This is how I made my comments double and triple the reader participation.

A big reward

All commentators will have the chance to be on the top commentators list. I made the widget more attractive by adding their profile pictures in it. After each month the *top commentator will get an ad spot for one month and that’s free! This is another reason how I attracted more comments. Now that I’ve made my comments DoFollow, I believe I’ll attract even more commentators.

Posting more articles

How can you attract more comments if you have a limited number of posts? I increased the number of posts and this how the total number of comments increased. I also linked my posts with other posts and showcased the best posts on my side bar.

I tripled my blog comment count and how you can do it too!

Leaving comments on other blogs

This is a habit I’m developing and you should have it too. Each comment I leave on other blog invites more readers to my blog and then I get more comments. Give some comments to others and others will comment on your blog too.

Asking for comments on social media

I use social media a lot like twitter, stumbleupon and facebook. I ask my friends to leave comments to start the ball rolling.

So how you’re attracting comments?

Are you having a nice amount of comments on your blog? How you attract comments and then how you handle them? Do you get comments organically or need to ask some friends?

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What to do when you had a Page rank drop?

Google page rank is one most highly desired search status that everyone wants to get it who ever learns about it. Now getting your first ever page rank is a great experience, especially when it’s a big one! Yes I got my first page rank as PR 3 for my first blogspot blog.

What to do when you had a Page rank drop?

When I got my first PR, back in March 2008, I didn’t even know how it works and how I got such a high number for such a new blog. When some people gets a bigger page rank, other people suffers a page rank drop, like dropping from PR 4 to 3; 2 to 1 or 1 to 0. Now on this article, I’d like to explain this fact and what you should do if you had a page rank drop?

Case study: How I got PR 3 in 3 months?

I got my first page rank for blog-success.blogspot.com as PR 3.  I thought I got PR 3 because of my regular articles but the reality is, this was all of because one site linking to my blog which was a Page Rank 5 blog. At that point I didn’t have enough backlinks to my blog. Few months later, that blog shut down and my page rank was now dropped at PR 2.

After 2 more updates, (July ’08 and December ’08) it still was on PR 2. This truly makes sense that this domain is really a PR 2 domain and it won’t increase until I build some more links -I don’t have to because now I have a new domain on it: tamalanwar.com

The big myth!

When the page rank drops, most people think that Google punished you. It’s not true because the current link popularity will determine the PR. If “A” links to you and his page rank had a drop, you’ll be affected too. So the tip is to build enough incoming links that your PR won’t drop for other links.

There are 2 Page Ranks, one that we see on the toolbar and the other determined to put your pages on the search results. If you’ll get punished, your search Page Rank will decrease.

Avoiding page rank drops

Blogs are different than websites. Take a google search for site:blogkori.com -you’ll see around 300 results. This means 300+ pages are indexed from BlogKori. The big advantage of a blog is, every page will be ranked individually. Where your blog homepage is a page rank 3, other internal pages will be PR 2/1. Internal pages can outrank your home page too! For an example, when my blogspot blog was PR 3, one of the internal pages were PR 4.

What to do when you had a Page rank drop? blogkori

You can easily increase your homepage rank by linking to your homepage from most of your blog posts. When ever you try to build some incoming links, try to build links for internal pages -not your homepage all the time!

One of my web designer friends, Darrell from Pliggs.com had a problem with mass linking. He gave away free templates and each of them linked to his homepage. Some of these links turned into useless links, causing a page rank drop. My idea is to link to the internal page, not the homepage -so if anything goes wrong, one page will suffer and not the main page.

What to do with a PR drop?

My advice for you is to calm down. It won’t be fixed until the next update. Whenever your Page Rank drops (I never wish for that!) try to think which blogs have removed your link and which ones had a PR drop? Now you have to keep your blog going and build some more incoming links.

Some people start to remove all outgoing links from their blog. It’s bad for your friends and they will have a drop too! Try to keep one link for a longer time, 6-12 months or even more! If you’d like to sell links, make sure you keep it for at least 3 months.

The final motivation

Google Page Rank is just a search status and it doesn’t determine the quality of your writing. Your friends won’t leave your blog if you had a PR drop. Write more outstanding articles and make connection with people around you and you’ll get to your ultimate destination.

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