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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Improve WordPress Performance - Part (1)

WordPress caching is the fastest way to improve performance. If your site is getting hit right now install W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache.

Caching Plugins                      

Plugins like W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache can be easily installed and will cache your WordPress posts and pages as static files. These static files are then served to users, reducing the processing load on the server. This can improve performance several hundred times over for fairly static pages.
If your posts/pages have a lot of dynamic content configuring caching can be more complex. Search for "WordPress cache plugin" for more info.

Browser Caching                        

Browser caching can help to reduce server load by reducing the number of requests per page. For example, by setting the correct file headers on files that don't change (static files like images, CSS, JavaScript etc) browsers will then cache these files on the use's computer. This technique allows the browser to check to see if files have changed, instead of simply requesting them. The result is your web server can answer many more 304 responses, confirming that a file is unchanged, instead of 200 responses, which require the file to be sent. 

Look into HTTP Cache-Control (specifically max-age) and Expires headers, as well as Entity Tags for more information.

Server Caching                            

Web server caching is more complex but is used in very high traffic sites. A wide range of options are available, beyond the scope of this article. The simplest solutions start with the server caching locally while more complex and involved systems may use multiple caching servers (also known as reverse proxy servers) "in front" of web servers where the WordPress application is actually running. Adding an opcode cache like Alternative PHP Cache (APC) to your server will improve PHP's performance by many times. 

For more on this type of server setup check out High Scalability site among others.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Domain Name Tips

Like any brand name, logo, or trademark, your domain name represents part of your business identity. Customers will associate it with your particular product, service, company and so on, if you name it correctly. Remember that your domain name will probably be used for several purposes, including your web site, email address, and possibly an ftp or other server. It will be an integral part of your marketing campaign.
If your domain name can be easily remembered then you will attract more customers. People will use your web site or email address to get immediate and convenient access to the information or service that you are providing.
Domain names are portable. You can move physical address, change phone numbers, change Internet service providers, change the company that hosts your web site, and still keep the same domain name. This provides an extremely flexible method of keeping in touch with your customers and users.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Tips On Changing Hosts

Almost all businesses at some point feel the need to modify their hosts. But this is not a simple task like changing a shop to another. There are many complications associated with the evolution of their hosts. A simpler solution would be to hire a professional expert in development host. But many of us would do the job even though we know the best of our activities and sharing of data can sometimes be dangerous.
 
There are some points to remember when changing web hosting. Make sure the web host you choose is better than the current financial crisis, the performance of rational maintenance, etc. It would be wise not good if, after all the hard work we find that the previous host was better. It is also recommended that do not terminate the services of previous home before being completely sure that the host has changed. This provides a safety backup.
 
Once you have decided to move the hosts do not forget to update the DNS records. The new host has its own domain name, you can upgrade. In general, providers of web hosting services are the domain upgrade equipment to make things easier for you. I prefer to keep the same domain as the domain name change could lead to the loss of your visitors.
 
It would be a good idea to warn users in advance that you change your host for a while there might be some problems accessing the site. You can also provide new links to your previous page or have visitors redirected to the new site automatically. But a better solution would be to contact your old provider and get one. Ht access. That will solve all your problems.
 
Last but not least, please check all details (even minutes) before the cancellation of previous guest. It’s more than possible that you may forget or overlook details that are important.
 
Check the keyword when you move the hosts.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Cómo dar de alta los nameservers en Argentina?

Como primera medida hay que tener en cuenta que debes estar registrado como "Entidad Registrante" y como "Persona Responsable" para poder iniciar éste o cualquier otro trámite en NIC.AR.

Se recomienda leer las "Preguntas frecuentes" y las "Guías interactivas" en relación a los trámites realizados en NIC.AR.

1- Ingresar en www.nic.ar

2- Seleccionar del menú el enlace "Trámites vía web"

3- En la columna "ALTAS" hacer click en "dns"

4- Deberás ingresar el email con el que estás registrado (el usado para crearte como "Entidad Registrante" y como "Persona Responsable")

5- Ingresar la dirección IP y el nombre del servidor que le corresponda y continuar.

Por ejemplo:

23.45.65.21
ns1.tuservidor.com


6- Ahora deberás ingresar el nombre (o parte del mismo) de tu "Entidad Registrante". Al continuar verás un listado donde debes aparecer.

7- Selecciona tu "Entidad Registrante" de ese listado. Y continúa.

8- En "Seleccion del operador" puedes ingresar el nombre que tienes como "Persona Responsable". Buscar. Al continuar verás un listado donde debes aparecer.

9- Selecciona tu nombre de ese listado. Y continúa.

10- En la pantalla final verás los datos ingresados para tu nameserver, la entidad administradora y el operador. Deberás confirmar esos datos clickeando en el botón "Confirmar"

11- Al hacer esa confirmación te llegará un email desde nic.ar (al email que ingresaste al comienzo del proceso) que deberás responder sin cambio alguno. (Recibirás un acuse de recibo momentos mas tarde o una notificación de que ha sido rechazado consignando el motivo)

12- Luego de aproximadamente 48/72 hs. el nameserver estará dado de alta y será operativo.

Para crear tu segundo nameserver deberás repetir los pasos anteriores ingresando la segunda IP y el segundo nombre (ns2.tuservidor.com). No es necesario que esperes la confirmación del primero para hacerlo, puedes hacerlo inmediatamente después de haber realizado el primer ingreso.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

How can I prevent hacking?

Now-a-days we have received numerous support tickets from our customers regarding how they can prevent their site being hacked and increase their security. Here we added some special tips to prevent their site being hacked.

1. The most important thing to do is keep your passwords a secret. If you must give a password to someone, be sure to change it when they are done using the access. Don't write your passwords down or share them with too many people. Periodically change your passwords. You can find more by searching "How can I make a stronger password?"
 
2. Along the same idea, you need to make sure your personal computer does not have viruses, trojans, keyloggers, etc.
 
3. Keep your scripts and downloaded programs updated. Always upgrade to the latest version of your blog, forum, shopping cart, etc.
 
4. Do not have writable file permissions. The correct permissions are normally 755 or 644, and you can check these in your File Manager. Most users know to avoid 777 permissions, but you really want to avoid any permission settings which allow Group and World writing. (That's anything ending in 7, 6, 3, or 2. The first number can be one of these, but not either of the last two numbers.)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

SQL injection, insertion - Security Tips

SQL injection is a code injection technique that exploits a security vulnerability occurring in the database layer of an application. The vulnerability is present when user input is either incorrectly filtered for string literal escape characters embedded in SQL statements or user input is not strongly typed and thereby unexpectedly executed. It is an instance of a more general class of vulnerabilities that can occur whenever one programming or scripting language is embedded inside another. SQL injection attacks are also known as SQL insertion attacks.

SQL injection is an attack where malicious code is passed to an SQL Server for execution. The attack can result in unauthorized access to confidential data, or destruction of critical data.

Screen Shot : Doing SQL Injection on simple login page
  
Before you try to read the methods below, realize that this should only be a concern for PHP developers and the like. If you are using a database driven program (e.g. WordPress, Joomla, OSCommerce), then all you need to do is upgrade your programs to the latest version available.
  

Methods to prevent SQL injection

  
Escaping
One way to prevent injections is to escape dangerous characters (i.e. backslash, apostrophe and semicolon). In PHP, it is typical to escape the input using the function mysql_real_escape_string before sending the SQL query. Example:

$Uname = mysql_real_escape_string($Uname);
$Pword = mysql_real_escape_string($Pword);
$query = "SELECT * FROM Users where UserName='$Uname' and Password='$Pword'";
mysql_query($query); 
  
Parameterized statements
A parametrized query uses placeholders for the input, and the parameter values are supplied at execution time.

$params = array($Uname, $Pword);
$sql = 'INSERT INTO Users (UserName, Password) VALUES (?, ?)';
$query = sqlsrv_query($connection, $sql, $params); 
   
Advanced: In PHP version 5 and above, there are multiple choices for using parameterized statements; the PDO database layer is one of them. There are also vendor-specific methods; for example, MySQL 4.1 + used with the mysqli extension.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Internal Linking - SEO Tips

An effective internal linking strategy is important for a few reasons: 1) It helps to increase page views and encourage readers to stay on your blog longer by providing enticing links to content that may interest them, and 2) it can help to improve the search engine rankings for your posts and pages.

In this article we’ll take a look at ten easy ways to improve the internal linking throughout your blog. Put these into action and you’ll be
well on your way to creating a more user-friendly blog and also helping your search engine rankings at the same time.

1. Use a sitemap


Sitemaps are not only important for helping visitors find what they’re looking for, but they’re also an easy way to increase the amount of internal links to your important pages. I’m not talking about XML sitemaps created for search engines (although they can be important too), but rather a sitemap for your readers with links to all of your posts, or at least your most important ones.WordPress users can use the Sitemap Generator Plugin from Dago Design to automatically create a sitemap for their blog. This plugin creates a helpful sitemap page with links to your posts arranged by category.

2. Create a FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions pages can help you to get internal links to your posts while using highly targeted keywords and phrases. Create some common questions readers might have that can be answered by your blog posts. Pose the question on the FAQ page and partially answer the question and provide a link to a particular post for more information. When phrasing the questions, use keywords that readers are likely to use when performing a search, as this can help to improve traffic from search engines. Also use keywords in the anchor text of the links to your posts.

3. Link to related posts


Linking to posts on similar topics can help your readers to find additional content that may interest them. Just as importantly, it can also improve the number of internal links to your blog posts. You can manually create related links at the end of your posts, or you can use a plugin to do it for you. WordPress users can download the Related Entries plugin.

4. Include links to your most popular posts on your sidebar


Many blogs contain links to specific posts in the sidebar. Linking to those that are the most popular is a good way to increase your page views and also to improve your internal link strength. This also can either be done manually or with the use of a plugin. Doing it manually will require updates and changes whenever you want to feature new posts, whereas a plugin like MostWanted will eliminate the manual effort.

5. Write a series of posts


One easy way of building up the number of internal links going from one post to another is to write a series. As the series is written and published each post can link to the others. If you have a very long post, consider breaking it into a series. Be careful not to do this all the time as your readers may start to feel like you are using them to gain page views.

6. Do a weekly or monthly summary


Many bloggers wrap up each month with a post that links to some of the most popular recent posts on the blog with a brief description of each. This obviously gives you a chance to add some internal links, and it can help readers who may have missed some posts as well as new subscribers who may not have had the opportunity to read some of your best work.

7. Place links on your 404 pages


Error pages are frustrating to visitors. Help make your 404 error pages more-user friendly and drive a little bit of extra traffic to some of most important posts. Most WordPress themes include a 404.php file that can be edited to include and content you want, including links. If you are using a WordPress theme that does not include a 404 file, see the WordPress Codex for instructions.

8. Include links in your footer


Depending on what blog theme you are using, your footer may be wasted space that includes very little valuable content. Many visitors who have read to the bottom of your posts or scrolled all the way down looking for something will check the footer for relevant links rather than scrolling back to the top. Why not provide these visitors with links to other posts or pages on your blog?

9. Use text links throughout posts


As your writing your blog posts keep an open eye for opportunities to link to older posts. If you have text relates to the topic of an older post, create a link. As you build more and more content this will be even easier to do. It’s also a good idea to periodically go back through some of your older posts to look for linking opportunities to more recent posts that did not exist at the initial time of publishing. It may be especially beneficial to include links in the first few paragraphs of a post, as some bloggers have reported highly increased click-through rates from RSS readers with links high in the content,

10. The aLinks plugin for WordPress


WordPress users can take advantage of the aLinks plugin to automatically create links for commonly used phrases throughout their blog posts. The plugin is designed for use with internal links as well as external links (especially affiliate links).

Thursday, April 7, 2011

How to setup a 301 Redirect

The “301 Permanent Redirect” is the most efficient and search engine friendly
method for redirecting websites. You can use it in several situations,
including:
  • to redirect an old website to a new address
  • to setup several domains pointing to one website
  • to enforce only one version of your website (www. or no-www)
  • to harmonize a URL structure change


There are several ways to setup a 301 Redirect, below I will cover the most
used ones:

PHP Single Page Redirect

In order to redirect a static page to a new address simply enter the code
below inside the index.php file.

<?php
header("HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently");
header("Location: http://www.newdomain.com/page.html");
exit();
?>


PHP Canonical Redirect

The Canonical 301 Redirect will add (or remove) the www. prefixes to all the
pages inside your domain. The code below redirects the visitors of the http://domain.com
version to http://www.domain.com.

<?php
if (substr($_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'],0,3) != 'www') {
header('HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently');
header('Location: http://www.'.$_SERVER['HTTP_HOST']
.$_SERVER['REQUEST_URI']);
}
?>


Apache .htaccess Singe Page Redirect

In order to use this method you will need to create a file named .htaccess
(not supported by Windows-based hosting) and place it on the root directory of
your website, then just add the code below to the file.

Redirect 301 /old/oldpage.htm /new/http://www.domain.com/newpage.htm


Apache .htaccess Canonical Redirect

Follow the same steps as before but insert the code below instead (it will
redirect all the visitors accessing http://domain.com to http://www.domain.com)

Options +FollowSymlinks
RewriteEngine on
rewritecond %{http_host} ^domain.com [nc]
rewriterule ^(.*)$ http://www.domain.com/$1 [r=301,nc]


ASP Single Page Redirect

This redirect method is used with the Active Server Pages platform.

<%
Response.Status="301 Moved Permanently"
Response.AddHeader='Location','http://www.new-url.com/'
%>


ASP Canonical Redirect
The Canonical Redirect with ASP must be located in a script that is executed in
every page on the server before the page content starts.

<%
If InStr(Request.ServerVariables("SERVER_NAME"),"www") = 0 Then
Response.Status="301 Moved Permanently"
Response.AddHeader "Location","http://www."
& Request.ServerVariables("HTTP_HOST")
& Request.ServerVariables("SCRIPT_NAME")
End if
%>

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Get more trafffic by submitting to blog directories

Gaining exposure for your blog is critical to building a following, readership, and revenue. Besides the basic SEO steps of adding compelling and keyword friendly titles, URL structure and descriptions (along with the basic WordPress SEO plugins) basic link building for blogs begins with listing them in blog directories.
Personally, I love launching a new blog, or adding one to an existing site, and watching the high valued links roll in. And as we know, BLOG = Better Listings On Google.
There are many paths to consider when building links to your site or blog such as link baiting or blogroll link swapping, but few are as easy to implement and cost effective as submitting to blog directories – and good link juice is essential to a healthy growing blog.
Let us take a look at 20 popular directories worthy of your consideration.

1. Best of the Web Blog Search La Crem de la Crem, Best of the Web’s Blog Directory is very selective and only lists aged and valuable blogs. A link from here is majestic and well deserved.

2. Bloggeries has the best categories and subcategories home page on the internet. The layout is clear and concise, and readers are able to find what they are looking for in a snap! I am really liking what Rob is doing with Bloggeries and this is bound to be one of the premier Blog Directories on the web.

3. EatonWeb Blog Directory is a real jewel with many aged inbound links and a blog rating system. You may have to pay a fee for your blog to be reviewed, but like Yahoo, the review fee is well worth the few dollars.

4. OnToplist.com is a free human-edited blog directory where you submit the RSS feed of your blog. You can also set up your own micro-directory (blog ranking) and compile a list of your favorite blogs in one place. OnToplist is also a social network that allows you and other bloggers to get in touch and promote your blog by attracting more readers.

5. Blogged.com is an interesting mix of a blog directory and a Google News type site which fuels its news feed from the blogs listed on the site. Blogged.com is very impressive and is free to list your blog.

6. One of the most selective Blog Directories on the web (and WordPress powered), Blog Search Engine is owned by Performancing’s parent company and serves search results powered by IceRocket.

7. Blog Catalog features a vast directory of categories, from academic to writing, while offering the ability to search by country, language, or user. It has a no frills design, but offers convenient member access through simple blog registration.

8. Globe of Blogs has too many features to list. In order to be listed on the site, the blog must not be commercial. The site may appear to be busy, but I like the features of being able to search by title, author, or subject. Narrowing the search becomes easier on this blog.

9. The ultimate directory of British blogs connotes all things British. It is not directed by location, but by the culture! It is asked that bloggers be genuinely “britished.” Being listed in this blog reaches readers all the way across the pond!

10. Blog Universe is the perfect place to promote your video or podcast themed blog. Its layout is easy to navigate. Although the content is limited, it is an all around good directory site worthy of submission.

11. Bigger Blogs is a relatively new blog directory with only a few blogs registered. The blog is intertwined with a business directory. The blog section is difficult to find, and it is located through a link on the right side of the business directory page. However, the benefit is that the earlier you are accepted on a blog directory, the more exposure your blog will obtain. In addition, a back link is indeed a back link, so this can help with your search engine placement.

12. Upon visiting Bloggernity, you find a crisp, clean, and easy to navigate site. Scrolling down, you find the new blogs. As there is little advertising on the home page, it is pleasant to the eye of the reader as well.

13. Bloggapedia has an interesting and eye catching homepage. Readers are easily connected to the top blogs and newest posts. Innovative categories and a colorful design make this blog directory a hit.

14. Spillbean is a well-designed blog directory site with categories such as health, society, internet, and personal. The site is aesthetically pleasing, but there are not many listings yet.

15. Blogging Fusion is a blog with over sixty categories. These categories include photo blogs and family focused blogs. Blogging Fusion has an good amount of blog listings within the directory, and it also has visitor stats available.

16. Blogflux is not only a tool for bloggers, but a directory that has the listings in alphabetic order. The blog listings are organized and clear. It is definitely an effective blog directory in which to be listed.

17. The blogs on the top listings of Bloglisting are fun, colourful, and catch the attention of the reader. Bloglisting displays the page ranking blogs, which is a helpful tool when determining with whom you want to exchange links.

18. Blogio may be a small blog directory with few listings, but it worthy of a submission. Despite its small size, there are quality blogs and a solid ability to search on this site.

19. Blog Explosion claims to be the largest blog promoter on the internet. They have a vast directory but do not seem to have direct links. However, the listing in the directory can still show up in SERP’s, so keep this in mind.

20. Super Blog Directory is a great site that offers tools to posters that others do not. You can see the latest submitted links and blogs on the site, which is a perk that draws traffic into the directory.
The above listings are a glimpse inside the large and vast world of blog directories and the valuable inbound links that your can build for your blog and your business.
There are countless more directories at your disposal, which are always just a Google, Yahoo, Live or Ask.com search away.
What blog directories do you suggest? Leave a comment below :)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

How to get new blog post google index under five minute

This is a recommended ping list for a WordPress blog. The information is gathered from personal experience and various sources on the web.
 
Every time you post these services will be notified of your blog post increasing your online exposure.
To use this list, copy and paste this list to your Settings->Writing tab in the admin panel.
 
http://api.moreover.com/RPC2
http://bblog.com/ping.php
http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2
http://ping.weblogalot.com/rpc.php
http://ping.feedburner.com
http://ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php
http://ping.bloggers.jp/rpc/
http://rpc.pingomatic.com/
http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping
http://topicexchange.com/RPC2
http://www.blogpeople.net/servlet/weblogUpdates
http://xping.pubsub.com/ping

Saturday, April 2, 2011

5 Things To Keep In Mind For A Successful Website

  1. Keep SEO in mind
  2. Attractive site template
  3. Savvy website design
  4. Submit site to directories
  5. Stick with your niche

5 Tips for Becoming a Successful Blog Hosting Provider

One out of the five web pages from Google search results turn out to be blogs. The trend is on and will just get better.
 
The blogs were earlier used either for sharing personal experiences, family pictures, but nowadays they're heavily used for promoting businesses, and making money on the Internet. Some bloggers prefer free blog hosting platforms like blogger.com, typepad.com, tumblr.com and wordpress.com, but those who want their own domain, and more control over their blog look for blog hosting providers.
 
Now, if you want to exploit this market, then you must understand the demands of bloggers, and how to exceed their expectations. Basically, they don't want too much except the following 5 aspects -
 
1. Up Time Guarantee: Customers searching for blog web hosting always give highest priority to the uptime offered by the hosting companies, since it's a very crucial aspect. Whether the blogs are business oriented or just set-up for promoting an affiliate product, nobody likes to see their blog(s) down for even fraction of a second. So, you got to ensure that you give 99.9% up-time guarantee in realistic terms. If you're reselling hosting space, make sure that you don't run out of bandwidth or disk space, which may at times cause temporary suspension of your account, or unforeseen downtimes, and performance issues.
 
2. Providing Linux Blog Hosting: Web hosting companies should provide different operating system choices like Windows, Linux, and UNIX. Different customers have different budget so some prefer hosting their blog on Windows platform for simplicity and are not afraid of spending more, whereas the people who generally setup personal blog tend to have Linux platform due to low setup cost. Furthermore, the most popular blogging software Wordpress runs on Linux server, and majority of the bloggers prefer Wordpress, hence it's imperative that you provide the choice of Linux hosting.
 
3. Free cPanel: Bloggers don't like complicated controls, and a blog hosting service must include user-friendly intuitive control panels like cPanel rather than complicated counter-parts like Plesk control panel.
 
4. Offer One-Click Installation Scripts: As mentioned earlier, the most commonly used blogging software is WordPress, and it makes perfect sense to provide one-click installation scripts to bloggers so that your customers don't have to deal with complicated and time consuming steps for setting up their blogs. You should consider providing Fantastico add-on for customers; you may want to take licenses of Fantastico De Deluxe, and offering it as a part of your hosting package to attract customers.
 
5. Live Chat Support and Powerful E-Mail/Phone Support: Those who pay for blog hosting are the ones that need a whole lot of assistance, be it for setting up their blog, cleaning up old fies or something.
 
Moreover, users may face problems in accessing their blogs frequently, and it must be solved immediately. Users will always look for the live chat support option from the host's side, and in case of any technical difficulties, they may seek assistance from e-mail/telephone support team.
 
Therefore, if you run a blog hosting business, you must make sure that you offer all the above-mentioned things along with affordable pricing, and some freebies to attract more and more customers.

Top 10 Tips for Guest Bloggers

When you contact another blogger and ask him or her if you can contribute a guest post to be published on his or her blog, follow these ten tips to increase your chances of getting your guest post accepted.


1. Read the Blog Where You Want to Submit a Guest Post

If you want to have any chance at convincing another blogger to publish your guest post on his or her blog, then it's absolutely imperative that you take some time to get to know the other blogger, the content of his or her blog and the audience for that blog. Take some time to read through the blog's current content and archives. Read through the comments and get a feel for what content is acceptable and popular on that blog. Then submit a guest post idea that is relevant and fills a gap in the existing content.

2. Provide Your Credentials

When you contact another blogger and pitch your guest post, be certain to provide your credentials. Make the blogger understand why you are the person to write your guest post and why the blogger's audience should listen to and care about what you have to say.

3. Provide Your Blog Statistics

If your blog statistics are good, then make sure the other blogger knows what they are. Share your monthly unique visitor and page view stats as well as your rankings from Google, Alexa and Technorati - anything that will demonstrate that a guest post from you will provide useful links and potential traffic from your own blog readers when you promote it on your blog.

4. Be Honest and Straightforward

Don't waste the other blogger's time or try to butter him or her up with compliments. Chances are the other blogger will see right through it. Instead, get to the point. Most bloggers (particularly successful bloggers) are very busy. Ensure your email pitch spells out who you are and what you can provide to the blogger and his or her audience clearly and concisely. Additionally, don't embellish your credentials, blog stats or other information about what you can provide. Chances are you'll get caught.

5. Demonstrate You Know Something About Blogging

Tell the other blogger how you'll deliver your guest post. For example, if you send your guest post in a Word document, then the blogger has to take extra steps to copy and paste it into his or her blogging software to remove extra HTML code that Word automatically embeds. Make sure the other blogger understands that you will make it very easy for him or her to publish your guest post. Also, ensure the other blogger knows that you will provide content that is unique to his or her blog and that all images and content you provide will be yours or properly cited to avoid copyright problems.

6. Provide Links to Your Blogs and Online Writing

Show the other blogger that you can write coherent and compelling blog content by providing links to your blogs and relevant online writing samples.

7. Start Small

Start your guest blogging efforts on smaller blogs. It's always best to publish guest blog posts on blogs that are bigger than yours to drive the most traffic and gain the most exposure, but it's often best to start by guest blogging on smaller blogs, learning the ropes and building your online reputation and own blog traffic before you pitch a guest post idea to highly popular blog.

8. Write Your Guest Post Before You Pitch It

If you have time, write your guest post and attach it in your email when you contact the other blogger. This will allow the other blogger to see exactly what you can provide him or her, which a busy blogger is likely to appreciate. Rather than having to email back and forth to determine if you can provide quality, relevant content, the other blogger will immediately know what you can provide, which just might increase your chances of having your guest post accepted for publication.

9. Provide Your Best Content

When it comes time to actually write your guest post, make sure the content you provide to the other blogger is your absolute best. Provide your guest post on time, free of spelling and grammatical errors, and in the agreed upon format to increase your chances of being asked to return as a guest blogger. Also, don't overload your post with links to your own blogs or websites and other online activities. Instead, include a short bio (a few sentences) with one or two key links to a page or website that provides access to any other links you want to share. If your guest post looks like spam because it's covered in links to your own content, then it's unlikely you'll be asked to return as a guest blogger.

10. Promote Your Guest Post

Once your guest post goes live, be sure to promote it and drive traffic to it. If the other blogger sees a boost in valid traffic to your guest post with new visitors leaving comments and joining the conversation, it's likely you'll be asked to write another guest post in the future. Don't just spam the post with comments from yourself (even if you use multiple usernames), your friends and family though. Top bloggers will know it if you do, and you won't be asked to return.

Friday, April 1, 2011

What is domain transfer?

Domain transfer is used for already registered domains by some other registrar and now you want us to renew by transferring that domain to us and making us its new registrar.
 
There is no separate fee for transfer you just have to pay one year of renewal cost and after transfer your new expiry date will be one year additional from your previous expiry date.
 
For example if your domain is expiring on 10th December 2010 and you request for transfer on 1st August 2010, you will be charged for one year renewal which includes transfer and after transfer is completed your new expiry date will be 10th December 2011.
 
Note - (there is a 60 days transfer hold period, which means you cannot transfer your domain for first 2 months from the date of registration)
 
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You can place your domain transfer request from http://domain.centriohost.com

10 Search Engine Optimization Tips

Getting a high rank on search engines through user keyword searches can be difficult, but with proper focus on writing your blog posts for search engine optimization (SEO), you can boost your rank for specific keyword searches and your blog's traffic. Follow these tips to get the biggest results.


1. Check the Popularity of Keywords

In order to obtain traffic from keyword searches on the major search engines like Google and Yahoo!, you need to be writing about a topic that people want to read about and are actively looking for information about. One of the easiest ways to get a basic idea of what people are looking for online is to check the popularity of keyword searches on websites like Wordtracker, Google AdWords, Google Trends or the Yahoo! Buzz Index. Each of these sites provides a snapshot of keyword popularity at any given time.
 

2. Select Specific and Relevant Keywords

A good rule to go by is to select one keyword phrase per page then optimize that page to that keyword phrase. Keywords should be relevant to the overall content of your page. Furthermore, choose specific keywords that are more likely to give you a better search results ranking than a broad term would. For example, consider how many sites use the keyword phrase of "punk music." The competition for ranking using that keyword is likely to be tough. If you choose a more specific keyword like "Green Day concert," the competition is a lot easier.
 

3. Select a Keyword Phrase of 2 or 3 Words

Statistics show that nearly 60% of keyword searches include 2 or 3 keywords. With that in mind, try to optimize your pages for searches on keyword phrases of 2 or 3 words to drive the biggest results.
  

4. Use Your Keyword Phrase in Your Title

Once you select the keyword phrase you plan to optimize your page for, make sure you use that phrase in the title of your blog post (or page).
  

5. Use Your Keyword Phrase in Your Subtitle and Headlines

Breaking blog posts up using subtitles and section headlines not only makes them more visually appealing on a text heavy computer screen, but it also gives you additional opportunities to use your keyword phrase.
  

6. Use Your Keyword Phrase in the Body of Your Content

It's important that you use your keyword phrase in the body of your blog post. A good goal to try to achieve is to use your keyword phrase at least twice in the first paragraph of your post and as many times as you can (without keyword stuffing - see #10 below) within the first 200 (alternatively, the first 1,000) words of your post.
  

7. Use Your Keyword Phrase in and Around Your Links

Search engines count links higher than plain text in their search algorithms, so try to create links that use your keyword phrase. Avoid using links that simply say, "click here" or "more information" as these links will do nothing to help you with your search engine optimization. Leverage the power of links in SEO by including your keyword phrase in them whenever possible. The text surrounding links is typically weighted more heavily by search engines than other text on your page as well. If you can't include your keyword phrase in your link text, try to include it around your link text.
  

8. Use Your Keyword Phrase in Images

Many bloggers see a large amount of traffic sent to their blogs from image searches on search engines. Make the images you use in your blog work for you in terms of SEO. Make sure your image filenames and captions include your keyword phrase.
  

9. Avoid Block Quotes

There are differing opinions on this issue with one group of people saying that Google and other search engines ignore the text included in the HTML block quote tag when crawling a web page. Therefore, the text within the block quote tag won't be included in terms of SEO. Until a more definitive answer can be determined to this issue, it's a good idea to keep it in mind and use the block quote tag cautiously.
  

10. Don't Keyword Stuff

Search engines penalize sites that stuff pages full of keywords simply to increase their rankings through keyword searches. Some sites are even banned from inclusion in search engine results because of keyword stuffing. Keyword stuffing is considered a form of spamming, and search engines have zero tolerance for it. Keep this in mind as you optimize your blog posts for search engines using your specific keyword phrase.

3 things to think when starting your website.

Everyone wants to be online these days. If you aren’t, chances are you will be forgotten. Unless you’re in a niche that word of mouth can solely keep you afloat, it’s time to think about getting your site up. This article will hopefully help you through the clutter of setting up a website and help you focus in on what you really need to claim your spot online.
 
Starting your website tip 1:
When choosing your domain it’s best to select one that is short and to the point. If you own a bakery for example, by this point www.bakery.com is spoken for. However if you last name is Smith or your bakery has an individual name like Blue Hill Bakery, you can try Smithbakery.com or Bluehillbakery.com. Most hosting companies have a tool to help you figure out if the domain you want is already taken, but my favorite is www.instantdomainsearch.com. It’s simple and gives you suggestions on available .net .org etc. variations on your domain search. The shorter the domain the better, not only with this help with people remembering your domain, but it can’t hurt your organic page rank either. Also, make sure that your provider offers unlimited subdomains. Most do without question, but double check before buying, otherwise you could spend a lot more then you should for a site with only a few pages.
 
Starting your website tip 2:
Usually when you purchase a domain with a provider, chances are you’ll use their hosting services too. You can aim your site from a domain host to a site provider, but if you’re just starting out it may be wiser to host the site and domain with the same company. Depending on the function of the site, be it a blog, corporate, or retail site, you’ll need to decide your storage space and bandwidth allotments. If your site is going to have multimedia you may want to bump up these selections. I’ve found that it’s much easier to back down your package after a test month then it is to have your site crash or be billed for the overages. Once you have an idea of what the site is going to be, within your accounts Control Panel, or cpanel, there should be many options offered by your provider to help you install the needed Content Management Programs on your hosting server. Little tip, I’ve found that Wordpress is the most efficient when it comes to blogging, but Joomla is the best I’ve found when setting up a retail site. Both are very easy to dive into and are very robust, but Joomla seems to have better options when it comes to shopping carts.
 
Starting your website tip 3:
Traffic and tracking are the bread and butter of the internet. Being able to drive customers and track what brought them there is the name of the game. There are many options when it comes to these topics, but I’ll give you what I’ve found to be the best options to start you out.
 
When it comes to analytics, Google is a staple. You can sign up for a Google Analytics account for free, and they will walk you through the set up process. Be sure to have access to the HTML code on your site because you’re going to have to place some Google code to allow the analytics to gather information. There are other options out there, many of them, but Google does an excellent job of tracking all information and seems to be the default in the industry.
 
Now, the age old question of “how do I get traffic”? I won’t go into too much detail hear because to be honest there is just too much to write about, but I will clue you in on the basics depending on your end goal. If you own a retail site and you’re pushing a product, your best bet out of the gate is to buy targeted traffic for your site. Be very careful, you really do pay for what you get. You can buy very cheap traffic and never have a sale, or you can overpay for targeted traffic that converts. If you have the budget, stick to targeted, if not, try a mix, but all cheap is definitely not the way to go. If you’re a blogger looking to drive traffic organically, well there are volumes written on this topic. What I suggest in the beginning stages is to make sure your topics are relevant and articles filled with great keywords. But more importantly starting out are links. Once you get some content, go out and find similar sites to yours and try to do a link share with them. The more links back to your site, the better your ranking will become.
 
I could go on for days about tip 3 but I’ll save those for later articles. I hope this gives you a good idea of what to look for when starting a new site. Be sure to ask questions. Most providers have large staffs waiting to help customers. If you find a good rep ask for their name and see if you can reach them directly if you get stuck. It’s a learning process, use all you can to help teach yourself. Once you get it down, you’ll look back a realize it really wasn’t that big of a deal to carve out your spot on the net.

Optimize Joomla Security and Prevent Getting Hacked

Joomla! is a great CMS that is used worldwide. For this reason, hackers often try to find a way to hack a Joomla! website. Here are 7 tips to optimize your Joomla! security, preventing your Joomla! website getting hacked.

Always remember to make a regular backup of your website and database. If you still get hacked, you can always get back to an older version of your website. Make sure you find out which extension caused the vulnerability and un-install it.
  

Successful with site indexing easy


A successful hosting experience does not end after a web hosting company is contracted and a hosting plan chosen. A knowledgeable webmaster understands the importance of search engine indexing in over overall website achievements. Having a website properly indexed by search engines is the only way for people browsing the Internet to be able to locate the webpage.
Each search engine indexes web pages differently and for all intents and purposes current focus will be placed on Google. In order to ensure that a particular website is visited frequently, and therefore becomes more profitable, it is important that the webmaster understand three basic elements of search engine indexing; how are web pages indexed; is every page on the website indexed; how will webmasters know if their pages are indexed?

There is often a time delay between routine website upgrades and how long it takes for a search engine to index certain web pages. The time delay is indicative upon many aspects, such as:
The overall structure of the website. Webmasters must pay clear attention to the structure and layout of their website from the moment they begin designing each page. Subpages pay a crucial role in assisting search engine bots. It is important to remember to create a sitemap containing links to every other page on the website as well as a return link to the main page. Adequate page linking will ultimately assist in the site crawling process that search engine bots follow in order to index a website.

Correctly utilize Robots.txt files. Using the robot.txt file, in the appropriate locations, on a website lets search engine bots know what web pages they should crawl and what pages they should not.

Incoming links are essential. Google is notorious for using incoming links and the quality of the sites they come from in establishing page rank. The greater the page rank value of the website the more likely it is that the site will be indexed. For this reason, it is important to link to additional pages than just the main page. Pay careful attention to the other external sites if participating in a link exchange, however, poor reputation of a linked website can have disastrous effects on every website linked to them.

Get rid of session IDs. The bots responsible for Google site indexing are unable to comprehend or make use of session IDs (or session tokens) and ultimately consider them to be multiple pages containing the same content. It is important to remember to remove session IDs as they can have a negative effect on the indexing process.

There are many other methods of increasing the probability of a website being favorably indexed, to check how many web pages have been indexed by Google a webmasters can do one of several things.

The most effective, and by far the simplest, method of monitoring site indexing is by entering site: before the websites domain name into a Google search engine box. Most often, each of the pages that have been indexed will be populated with the results.

Here are some additional tips to increase site engine indexation:
1. Add a new template with new navigation.
2. Cap and control excessive links leaving each page.
3. Add canonical tag to web pages to recapture lost link flow.
4. Get a variety of fresh deep links to inside pages.
5. Add content to stagnant site segments to increase post frequency.
6. Redirect dated content to new pages, subfolders of sub domains.
7. Build a master sitemap and ensure that it is included on every page.
8. Rewrite mediocre titles, meta data or similar content by establishing a main keyword for each page.
 

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