2010
01.07

Getting a website and signing up for web hosting are time-consuming activities that often require some skill and knowledge in programming and HTML. However, with so many webmasters running their websites and at the same time keeping a full-time, 40 hours a week job, time is of the essence. That’s where a WordPress host comes in handy offering you hosting solutions without the fuss.

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If you want to start a website that looks professional and is easy to administrate but simply do not have the time to learn how to build it yourself, using a blog publishing system is the perfect solution. Here are the top three reasons why:

1. The difference between regular web hosting and WordPress hosting is that normally what you get is a shared web site hosting deal, with some space on the host server to store your website files, a certain amount of bandwidth and possibly a free domain name registration. With WordPress hosting however, the host is aware of your limited time and programming interest thus offering pre-installable blog WordPress scripts. This will allow you to set up a WordPress blog onto your web hosting account without manual installation or configuration in a matter of minutes.

2. Another advantage with WordPress hosting is that it’s open source. With the wp-files in your server space you can easily access them, download them and edit such files as the CSS. This freedom you do not have if you are not self-hosted. You can get a blog hosted by WordPress.com but that will deprive you of all the design theme alternatives, plug-ins and other applicable features only available for self-hosted wp-bloggers.

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2010
01.06

The SEO tips below should assist you in forming a basic understanding of how to create human friendly web pages which are easily understood by the most popular search engines.

There are thousands of search engines out there, but arguably only two of them will bring you most of the traffic. They are Google and Yahoo. Focus your attention on the engines that will bring you the most visitors first and work your way down.

1. Insert keywords within the title tag so that search engine robots will know what your page is about. The title tag is located right at the top of your document within the head tags. Inserting a keyword or key phrase will greatly improve your chances of bringing targeted traffic to your site.

Make sure that the title tag contains text which a human can relate to. The text within the title tag is what shows up in a search result. Treat it like a headline.

2. Use the same keywords as anchor text to link to the page from different pages on your site. This is especially useful if your site contains many pages. The more keywords that link to a specific page the better.

3. Make sure that the text within the title tag is also within the body of the page. It is unwise to have keywords in the title tag which are not contained within the body of the page.

4. Do not use the exact same title tag on every page on your website. Search engine robots might determine that all your pages are the same if all your title tags are the same. If this happens, your pages might not get indexed.

I always use the headline of my pages as the title tag to help the robots know exactly what my page is about. A good place to insert the headline is within the h1 tag. So the headline is the same as the title tag text.

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5. Do not spam the description or keyword meta tag by stuffing meaningless keywords or even spend too much time on this tag. SEO pros all agree that these tags are not as important today as they once were. I just place my headline once within the keywords and description tags.

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2010
01.06

Google, during a press conference today at Google’s Mountain View headquarters announced the Nexus One, a new HTC phone that showcases the latest version of the Android mobile operating system–Android 2.1. Google also announced today a new smartphone marketplace where consumers can buy phones and service plans, and get setup and support information for Android devices.

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2010
01.04

1. Google Chrome’s bookmark sync will be extended to sync the documents stored in Google Docs.

2. Google will launch a service that indexes and ranks web applications.

3. Google will use different interfaces for displaying search results, depending on your query.

4. Google’s search engine will group related results.

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5. Google Image Search will let you upload an image and will show related images from the web.

6. Google Street View‘s images will become searchable and Google will start to show information about different places in Street View.

7. Google will release an online development environment optimized for building web applications.

8. An open platform for search experiments: tweak Google’s ranking factors, customize the interface and create a better search engine.

9. Android will have more users than Windows Mobile.

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2010
01.03

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  • Make sure each page in your website has something valuable to offer.
  • Don’t distract your visitors with blinking or scrolling text, animated GIFs, or auto-loading sound.
  • Don’t annoy your visitors with pop-up windows.
  • Don’t use image backgrounds.
  • Put some thought into organization. (Make it easy to find stuff)
  • Minimize clicking!
  • Include a way to get back to the home page, on every page.
  • Include a menu on every page.
  • Don’t use frames.
  • Compress your image files.

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