Archive for the ‘Blogger Tools’ Category
I spent two years teaching International students English at my University, and I truthfully feel that they taught me more in those two years than I taught them (although they will tell you, in English, this is not true). Although what I learned was not quite as clear cut as a language, I learned a lot about different countries and their Internet habits. During my time at The English Language Institute, I taught students from Japan, Korea, China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, France, Venezuela, Columbia, and Mexico. I discovered that in most of these countries, surfing the Internet in their native language was not quite as overwhelming as it is in English. They informed me that there is less content produced in their own languages, and this made sense. Now that I am a blogger, I cannot help but remember these students and ask myself: Should I be writing my content for languages other than English?
According to the Internet World Stats, English is the most used language on the Internet at 536.6 million users (Chinese comes in second with 444.9 million users). In this sense, we are lucky that we speak English fluently (as my students consistently reminded me) because we are able to write for a larger audience. However, there is no denying that reading something in your own language is preferred (ask anyone who is bilingual). Consider a few of the reasons translating your blog into other languages is worth your time. Read More
Social media has truly grabbed the attention of anyone hoping to drive traffic to a website in 2011. Everyone knows that social media is a great way to generate publicity for a website, but it is time consuming. Creating engaging content, commenting on articles across the web, tweeting, stumbling, connecting, following, friending, liking, even using VoIP phone systems for those who want to chatâ€”itâ€™s all a lot of work. The question then is this: How can you tell whether or not these efforts are actually making a difference? Looking at the number of followers on Twitter or number of â€œlikesâ€ on Facebook simply wonâ€™t do the trick. The quality of these interactions is simply too difficult to gauge. After all, how many times do you really visit the website youâ€™re following on Twitter? How many times have you clicked â€œlikeâ€ and then completely forgotten you did that in the first place?
For anyone just starting out in SEO or even existing SEO professionals, thereâ€™s arguably no quicker or easier way to experiment and learn than by running your own blog. In fact, Iâ€™m of the opinion that ALL SEO professionals should have their own side projects. If you donâ€™t, you spend your entire full time job just keeping up with competition and never eclipsing them. Running your own site gives you more freedom and exposure to techniques you wouldnâ€™t use on client sites. So donâ€™t wait, it takes just minutes to set up a WordPress site and here are the first plug ins you should add to kick off your SEO campaign: Read More
If you have made the decision as an individual or a small business person to perform the quite arduous task of search engine optimization by yourself, there are definitely some things that you should take into consideration to maximize your efforts. There are some tried-and-true methods of search engine optimization that definitely work, and there are definitely some things that do not work.
We will discuss some of the things that you should definitely avoid when doing search engine optimization on your own. Read More
I donâ€™t know if you ever thought about it but the most potent factor in any business is time. Â No matter what your field of endeavor, it takes time to do the tasks associated with making it a success. Since time comes in the same quantity to everyone, how you utilize your time is of the utmost importance in growing a business or building a satisfying life.
In blogging or any other business, productive time equals success whereas wasted time equals lost revenue. Â But you must find a balance between doing the work necessary to build a business and still have time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Â If you spend all your time building your business so you will have the resources to enjoy life, what have you accomplished if you donâ€™t have time left to enjoy it? Â
So with that in mind, this article is written to share some tools of the trade which will help you be a more successful blogger by organizing your work time so you achieve more in less time. Read More
Blogging has so many uses in business and social arenas. Businesses use blogging to increase web traffic and awareness about a company, product or service. Others use blogging to keep their friends and family informed about their lives. Blogging on a Blackberry device has never been simpler. New applications have increased the ability to blog. Blackberry SIM cards make it easy to select new plans while keeping applications stored on the Blackberry device. Read More
WordPress is notoriously bad on server load, even without a ton of plugins and widgets installed users often complain that as the number of posts on their site grow so do the load times needed to access the site. If you insist on running those 10 must have plugins your site uses there is at least a few plugins you can access for free to help reduce WordPress size and speeds.
WP-Optimize as the name suggests helps users optimize their current wordpress setup. The main component of the program allows users to clear out old post revisions that are no longer needed after a post has been published, remove all auto drafts generated by WordPress and even clean out all comments that have been marked as spam with the single click of a button. The program is also able to clear all unapproved comments. After making changes to the WordPress database the program also offers a quick one click option for optimizing the WordPress database.
By cleaning up comments and revisions and optimizing your database more room is freed up on your WordPress installation, allowing for quicker load times.
Here’s a quick look at WP-Optimize: Read More
Usability is one feature of a website that no designer can afford to overlook. Of course, some obvious rules apply such as underlined and highlighted links so they are easy to find and use. Also, using a sitemap for easy navigation and SEO optimization are other tools that help your website be as useable and visitor friendly as possible. It is true that these rules are not necessary for every website. However, understanding these rules so that you can choose the best ones for your website will help lead to more traffic, more return traffic, greater sales and happier visitors from the market you are trying to attract. Read More
Are you a new blogger looking to find the perfect tools to keep in your blogging toolbox? Or maybe youâ€™re a seasoned blogging professional just looking to see if thereâ€™s anything you have missed. If so, then this post is for you.
Evernote is basically an online notepad â€“ it allows you to, as you may have guessed make notes. Donâ€™t be fooled into thinking thatâ€™s it though â€“ the beauty of Evernote means that you can use it anywhere as everything is synchronised online. Meaning you can make notes on your iPhone, and when you log onto your laptop â€“ theyâ€™re right there for you to read or add to. Itâ€™s a great tool for idea generation. The fact its ultra compatible with practically any device you can think of means it’s a must have in the toolbox.
Google Keyword Tool and Insights for Search
The google keyword tool Google Keyword Tool and Google insights for search are must have tools for any blogger – they allow you to spot ideas – and make sure you write content that’s going to attract traffic. Have a hunch that searches for “Google Places Optimisation” are on the rise – check it in google insights, then have a look in the keyword tool and see what other related searches are around. Then get writing! Read More
Bloggers, traditionally, love being on the cutting edge when it comes to the tools they use. Whether it’s blogging platforms, themes, plugins, social networks, or even mobile devices, if it’s more than a few years old, it can feel trite and dated.
But while this desire is understandable, especially considering that much of the Web’s momentum is built upon this constant progress, it can cause bloggers (and others) to abandon perfectly functional technologies that are still more than useful.
A good example of this problem is email.
While some bloggers are battling email overload, others are abandoning email altogether, or at least shifting their focus away from it.
This, however, can be a huge mistake. Though email may be decades old, it remains a driving force very much at the heart of the Internet. Though, for you personally, email’s functionality might have been replaced by other systems, the Internet as a whole has not moved away from it.
Despite the glamor and appeal of social media and the talk of email killers, email is just as strong as ever and, as such, it deserves to be a prominent focus for you and your site. Ignore or devalue email at your own risk. Read More