Title Changes To This Blog

Surprisingly, I finally found time to do this change. It is to change the way the title is created for each blog post. If you had paid attention previously to my...

Surprisingly, I finally found time to do this change. It is to change the way the title is created for each blog post. If you had paid attention previously to my blog, you will realize that the blog title comes first then followed by the archive and then the blog post title. So let’s say my blog title is “Happy Bloggers’ Blog” and my blog post title is “Top Ten Ways to Create a Happy Blog”, the title shown on your browser will be “Happy Bloggers’ Blog >Blog Archive >Top Ten Ways to Create a Happy Blog”. Well, if you know a little about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), you will know that this is not optimal. Definitely not good for SEO purposes since the beginning title of your blog post is not your actual title, it’s the title of your blog! And this goes for all your blog posts as well. I also discovered that this little “thing” can really hurt you in your rankings, since the title tag is one of the most important on-site optimization techniques you can ever have.

So I found this little nice plugin for WordPress – Optimal Title. Cheesy title aside, this is a very simple but useful mod for your wordpress blog. It actually moves the position of the separator to after the title rather than before. All you need to do is to upload this plugin and then activate it. After which you just need to edit headers.php to reflect the plugin and change how your blog title appears. You can do that in 5 minutes and you will see the results very soon. And best of all, the latest version will work on all WordPress releases. You needn’t worry about that anymore, and upgrades should be no problems.

Well, I will wait a while and see how this plugin will help me blog since I just did it today. I just hope that my blog will be able to handle the bandwidth needed for the crowd of visitors that I expect to come. Who knows, one day, my blog will be number one in nearly every term in the Search Engines? One can dream right?

Rumour Squashed – Google Will Keep PageRank

I mean of course Google will keep using PageRank. Google created PageRank and it has been an important part of their Search Engine algorithm for years. Sure, it’s weightage has been...

I mean of course Google will keep using PageRank. Google created PageRank and it has been an important part of their Search Engine algorithm for years. Sure, it’s weightage has been reduced greatly in recent times, but still it plays an significant part. We then get rumours here and there that Google is going to ditch PageRank. When I heard it, I was shocked that Google would do such thing. It’s like saying that they have been wrong all these time and their techniques and methods are all flawed from the start! But heck, those are all rumours! Google is not going to shoot itself in the mouth and destroy themselves (and a lot of people who are involved) in the process. Don’t forget, Google is a business entity.

This PageRank value is a very useful gauge of a website’s importance. As I said before, it is not the only criteria of how important a webpage is, but it is still useful. If Google takes out the PageRank, it’s competitors can easily cash in on it’s absence. Other measuring metrics like Alexa will then be significantly more important to webmasters and marketers. Why would Google help their competitors in this regard? Not to mention, using PageRank enables Google to market it’s usefulness to experts in the website industry. You know, something which people can relate much easier to, a number, a figure to judge something against. It just doesn’t make any sense to remove the PageRank.

PageRank depends solely on backlinks. So if a webpage has a lot of good quality backlinks pointing to it, then it should have a high PageRank. I see no problem with that, you just need to get a good number of high quality links pointing to your webpage if you want a high PageRank. They makes the Internet a more democratic place where webmasters and people on the Internet each have their say on whether a webpage is useful to them or not. And backlinks (from other sites) make that possible. Sure, it is prone to abuse, but it’s like democracy, not a prefect system but what other choice do we have?

I think the rumours of Google removing the PageRank was started in the Digitalpoint forums. I mean, which dumb rumour isn’t started at that place? It’s a hellhole which provides any sorts of nonsense that are meant to confuse and smoke their members. Or it could be just some SEO marketing hype gone wrong. Well, remember guys, don’t listen to rumours. Listen to me for my words are law and my thoughts are raw.

Forum Signatures For Sale??

Hmm….it seems to me that people thinking of making money on the Internet has gone way way off course. You see people selling links on websites, on directories, you see people...

Hmm….it seems to me that people thinking of making money on the Internet has gone way way off course. You see people selling links on websites, on directories, you see people saying site-wide links, in-content links and so on. Now it comes to signature links! A forum signature is a little signature that comes at the bottom of every post a member makes. Yes, you can rent a signature link for a month for several dollars from someone who has tons and tons of posts in a forum. Just think of a veteran member with 1000 posts, and that means approximately 1000 links on a forum. How much will people be willing to pay for them if the forum is popular and well known? A pretty good business but highly unethical in my opinion. Although, I have to warn you, those links become useless immediately after the signature is changed because signatures in all the posts change. Just like site-wide links.

I am keen to find out how many members of popular forums are actually selling their signature links. I have been frequenting forums and checking out the members signatures and I realize that a lot of active members seemed to have the same links, pointing to the same address. This looks like it is quite lucrative. I have seen people advertising their “rental” fees openly in the forums like Digitalpoint for about US$200 per month. Yeeeks! And how many of these members are actually posting in forums just for the sake of posting and getting backlinks? Good for both backlinks and site advertising. Hahaha, bet you didn’t know that even a forum’s signature is for rent right? I wonder nowadays is there anything that is not for sale?

I was wondering whether these businessmen will take it one step further by buying “memberships”? Let’s say a member of a forum with 10,000 posts is no longer active, I am wondering whether the forum owner will take this opportunity to sell the “membership” (and that’s 10,000 signature links) to the highest bidder? This could work very well for popular forums.

Oh, I have a soul for rent too. Give me US$10000 per month, and it’s yours to use for that month. Just make sure you have insurance.

The Disappearance of Supplemental Index?

Did any of you realized that the supplemental index of Google seemed to have disappeared? I tried doing a site search for my website and somehow there are no supplemental results,...

Did any of you realized that the supplemental index of Google seemed to have disappeared? I tried doing a site search for my website and somehow there are no supplemental results, just normal ones. Nope, it’s not hidden at all. Previously about 80% of my webpages go into the supplemental index, now I cannot find any and I can still browse through my pages. All pages seemed to be in the normal Google index. Usually I have several thousand pages in the entire index (which includes normal and supplemental) but now, all the pages are in the normal index. Does this mean that Google will stop the Supplemental Index thingy which has resulted in a lot of problems for me? Or is this just a temporary change for Google while they figure out what to do with unwanted (or unimportant) content?

Anyway, even without the supplemental index,the number of visitors to my site from Google has not increased in the recent days. So it could mean that even if the supplemental index tag is not shown, it is still in effect? They just removed that tag and nobody will know whether a page is in supplemental or not. If it is true, then that’s a pretty smart move. They will stop hear webmasters complaining and whining about their sites and webpages being in supplemental and what can they do about it. That would save Matt Cutts a few hours per day and he can spend this time feeding his cat.

What do you guys think of this? Will we webmasters benefit or will we now be left in the dark without any information. I mean, with the supplemental index tag, at least we know that a webpage is not doing well because it lacks links or has duplicate content, just by looking at the tag. Google seemed to think that by providing webmasters with less information, the whole Internet (which they believe consist of only Google) will better off.

Somebody Claimed That SEO Doesn’t Work….

Yes, in the great little SEO (Search Engine Optimization) forum called Digital Point Forums, somebody claimed that since he/she couldn’t get results from SEO, it means that SEO and PageRank doesn’t...

Yes, in the great little SEO (Search Engine Optimization) forum called Digital Point Forums, somebody claimed that since he/she couldn’t get results from SEO, it means that SEO and PageRank doesn’t work. I don’t exactly understand what PageRank got to do with rankings on Search Engines, but this is exactly what he /she claimed! What happened is that this person spent a lot of money buying videos on SEO and SEO books but nothing works. This person that proceed to buy a software which “post to groups” like 100,000 posts per day, but instead of getting the results he/she wanted, the only thing was that his/her site was “taken down.” Worse, he/she claimed that although his/her site reached number one for “some terms” but there were little traffic from it. I mean, what gives?? If the terms don’t bring in traffic, it doesn’t mean that SEO doesn’t work, it means that you are targeting the wrong terms!

I am very surprised that people who read and study SEO, don’t actually understand SEO at all. It’s mainly about keywords and getting the right terms to attract Search Engine traffic. It also involves getting links and choosing the correct anchor text (which comes from the keywords and keyphrases). But it is not really as simple as that. A lot more effort is needed for SEOers to further optimize their websites. These include constantly updating content, keywords density, networking among your peers, linking, directory submission and so on. It’s true that SEO is not an exact science, but more of an act. But the basics are always there, and if you work on the basics, you should be able to do pretty well. Oh, and SEO is an continuous process, you will have to constantly improve and update your site to get ahead of the game.

I had mentioned web directory submission as a good method to help optimize your site. Directory submission is a pretty easy way (and sometimes even free) to get backlinks to your site and this in turn helps you rank in the Search Engines. I would recommend beginners to start by choosing some good keyphrases and do frequent directory submissions. It’s easy and it works. Just make sure that the listings in the web directory is crawl-able by Search Engines.

Massive Directory Submissions

I have started a round of web directory submissions today for this blog. I have submitted to about 50 over directories and hope to do 50 more tomorrow. But the bad...

I have started a round of web directory submissions today for this blog. I have submitted to about 50 over directories and hope to do 50 more tomorrow. But the bad thing about doing directory submission is that it gets tedious after a while. I find it very boring to keep on visiting web directories and keying in the same old thing over and over again. I don’t have the patience for it. Some directories make it very difficult for their users to submit their sites, like being slow or adding too many confusing advertisements or even hiding some buttons. Well, I guess then this makes for a good place to advertise your directory submission service, right?

Anyway, the purpose of this round of web directory submission is to help improve my rankings for the terms “Authority Sites Blogs”. Although I don’t think this term is very popular, it should get me some traffic to this blog and hopefully to my Authority Sites Directory. And looking at the current SEO craze, it seemed that a lot of people are interested in finding out which site is an authority site. I hope that my Authority Site Directory will be a good resource for them. And I am starting to update my Authority Sites Directory again which should improve things somewhat. What do you guys think?

I also hope that this round of directory submission will also kick some of my pages out of supplemental index. Looks like a lot of pages are still in supplemental index even when I have cross linked the pages. Somehow the internal cross links didn’t really help my site, especially my directory. Perhaps I should have crossed link my pages earlier, before these pages went into supplemental. Think external links should work better.

Anyhow, let’s see what improvement will there be after this little round. If all goes well, I will continue to submit my sites to even more directories. Who knows, maybe one day my site will rank number one for some very popular terms? And maybe, just maybe one day, big directories will be begging to be allowed to be included in my very own directory?

Google’s Webmaster Tools

Formerly the artist known as Sitemaps. And if you are a webmaster, this will be the most important place for you right after your webstats console. If you haven’t sign up...

Formerly the artist known as Sitemaps. And if you are a webmaster, this will be the most important place for you right after your webstats console. If you haven’t sign up for Webmasters Tools, you should do it now. What it offers to webmasters is the ability to check crawl errors, look at your backlinks (always very important), see any problems with your Google Sitemaps, check your domain preference and much more. Oh and you can remove URLs from Google’s index by requesting a removal.

I mainly use this web tool to check my backlinks. How many backlinks I have and from which site are my backlinks coming from and use this information to improve my site instead of just knowing my traffic. A backlink is considered very important, so attracting backlinks should be one of your prime concern. It also tells you which site to concentrate your promotion or advertisements. You should make use of your webstats program with this backlinks tools. See whether the backlinks have been effective in attracting traffic as well. And I also use this web tool to check my Sitemaps for errors. Sometimes I use this tool to check whether Googlebot has any errors when crawling my site.

The URL removal request is actually very interesting, especially if you have a lot of old URLs you don’t want to be in Google’s index. I have seen a lot of sites which have a lot of old and unwanted URLs (especially URLs that have been changed or directed to another page which may result in duplicate pages) which the webmaster surely won’t want to be in the Google index and they can use the removal request to remove the URLs. I don’t know how fast they will do it after you submit the request but it sure is very useful.

And my plumpy hero Matt Cutts likes it too. That alone should give you the confidence of using this tool to improve your site.

Yahoo! Slurp Gone Wild

I think most of you guys are Webmasters or even Directory Webmasters. I would like to ask you guys whether you have seen the Yahoo bot (Yahoo! Slurp) going crazy over...

I think most of you guys are Webmasters or even Directory Webmasters. I would like to ask you guys whether you have seen the Yahoo bot (Yahoo! Slurp) going crazy over your site? I mean are they crawling and spidering like nobody’s business? For me and my two web directories, for the recent weeks (or months) Yahoo has been crawling and crawling my sites till it consumed quite a significant amount of bandwidth. Yahoo! Slurp consumed more than double the bandwidth used by Googlebot and MSNBot combined. Well, I am not really complaining, I have more than enough bandwidth remaining, I am just wondering why is this so? And I know that if Yahoo is indexing my site, it is a good thing. Maybe Yahoo is going to do a little surge in indexing the Internet? Or has this behaviour been going on all this while and I recently only discovered this when I woke up from my tomb a few months back?

However, even with this intense spidering by Yahoo, my traffic from Yahoo Search Engine has not increased at all. My general web directory hardly gets any traffic from Yahoo. My Singapore Small Business Directory do get a lot of traffic from Yahoo but it has not increased significantly. So is my site really that attractive to Yahoo that it is sending bots my way very often? Or is it due to something else? Or is Yahoo planning to crash the Internet with their bots overloading servers everywhere? It makes sense for someone who plans to crash the Internet to take out the greatest source of information and enlightenment first before proceeding to less important sites like eBay.

For this blog, Yahoo don’t seem to like it very much which is very shocking! Someone or something that don’t like this blog? It’s a crime. I have like only 67 pages indexed by Yahoo. Even my archenemy Dr Google/Evil has about 300 pages indexed. These are content rich pages. Yes, sure, in the beginning the blog has very little real content because I am not used to blogging and my posts had very few words and content. But nowadays most of my blog posts have well over 700 characters. Well, you gain some, you lose some right? That’s life I suppose.

Googlebot Likes This Blog?

It seems that somehow Google likes to visit and index this site. I have been monitoring this phenomenon for sometime now and I realize for the past few weeks, Google seemed...

It seems that somehow Google likes to visit and index this site. I have been monitoring this phenomenon for sometime now and I realize for the past few weeks, Google seemed to visit this site nearly everyday. And sometimes it even visits this site more than twice per day. Well, let’s say in the morning, I add a blog post and after a few hours, I do a search for my site and it appears in the index. And then I add another blog post, let’s say in the afternoon and I again do a search for my site, and it appears in the index as well! The question is why?

I mean, I have other sites, mainly directories which I have added a lot of incoming links from other directories and websites but they don’t get the same attention as this blog. Which by the way, has far fewer links and is much much younger as well. I have this blog up and running for around 4 months only. Unlike some of the directories I have which have been online for over a year now. Looks like it is constantly changing content that is attracting Googlebot to this blog. And if constantly changing content is important, then why don’t I rank well in Search Engines? My traffic from Google to this blog is barely 10 or so unqiue visitors per day. Keywords wise, don’t bother. The only keyphrase I rank well is for Authority Sites Directory Blog and Authority Sites Blog. That’s it. Of course I do get some little long tail from my posts, but those are really far and few between.

And what is this I hear that Google gives priority to Blogs? Is it true? I doubt so, as there is no way (in the algothrim sense) for Google to know whether a site is just a normal website or a blog. Well, at least this is what I think. You will never know Google and what they do with the vast information they have gathered.

Anyway, is it good that Googlebot index this blog frequently. Hopefully, it will result in more visitors from Google. I may need to bribe Google more in the future so please send in your donations.

No Improvement

Hmm…guys I am having a slight problem with one of my directories. No matter what I did, I am unable to increase the amount of traffic from Search Engines to my...

Hmm…guys I am having a slight problem with one of my directories. No matter what I did, I am unable to increase the amount of traffic from Search Engines to my Singapore Business Directory. Even direct traffic don’t seem to work too. I submitted my directory to countless web directories on the Internet, posted my directory’s URL on forum signatures, tried to advertise my directory on other websites, added good quality articles on my directory but they seemed not to work. Traffic from Search Engines has become stagnant mainly because a lot of my directory’s pages went into supplemental index. They usually don’t show up during searches. Direct traffic has dropped a bit too.

Perhaps it is time for me to stop online efforts and start doing some promotion offline? You know, by advertising in my local newspapers and magazines. Do you think that it will have better results. Advertising in the local newspaper cost about S$33 for one small column but the circulation is about 2 million copies per day. Even if 5% read that little advert, I could get quite a few hits. And anyway, Singapore is very traditional and the people still rely on (hardcopy) newspapers for information. Advertising flyers and pamphlets? That’s a very cheap medium of advertising as well. However, you need to distribute the flyers and that can be rather costly. Oh, television and radio is out of my budget as you well know.

So, what do you think. Should I cut my online efforts and start my offline newspaper campaign? Is it practical to concentrate on these kind of traditional advertising medium?

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