Blog SEO Tips

Search Engine Optimization abbreviated as SEO is a technique which is employed for the promotion of websites, web pages or even blogs. By following the principles of SEO we can greatly increase traffic to the site, and thereby increase the revenue generated by that site. SEO optimizes certain elements of a page or blog so that it can easily be read by search engine crawlers who constantly scan the web for new and popular content. According to the level of optimization, the page gets preference in search results which will help the site to receive more traffic. SEO for a blog is a little different than SEO for a traditional website -Blog SEO puts more focus on getting the attention of the reader searcher by giving them a taste of what they can find in the full article/post.

Keyword Research:

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There are many keyword research tools available which give the blog writer multiple keyword suggestions that include (in order) all of the phrases that people most commonly  search for search for. We strongly recommend the Goolge Keyword Tool as it is probably the most accurate, and is also free. Keywords play a keen role in the SEO work. We target the keywords that will give us the greatest traffic increase to the site – keywords should always be selected with this goal in mind, while making sure to stay relavent to the blog and its content.

Blog Title and URL:

Try to add keywords or the words which are relevant to the content of the blog in the blog title and if possible add them in the URL. Ensuring your keywords can be found in each of these areas will greatly help to push your blog to the top of the results when these words are searched. The URL you are using for the blog should be meaningful; it should not simply be a collection of your keywords in URL form – remember that getting to the top of the results is just the first step, you still need searchers to click on your site and the only way to encourage them to click is to give them a good synopsis of the content that is on the page.

Updating Content

Updating content is one of the single best ways to boost your position in search engine results. If you have had a website for a while now and are wondering why your site shows so poorly in the results, this is often one of the primary reasons. If your site is a blog, then you should try to add at least 2 new posts a week. If your site is not a blog, you might want to consider adding a blog section. You can also easily create some automatically updating content by adding a twitter feed or an RSS feed that pulls data from other sites in your industry. Twitter and RSS feeds can be added as widgets to your home page.

Links to the Blog:

The more links that point to your blog (from other sites that are ranked well in terms of SEO) the more frequently that your blog is crawled and indexed which in turn will cause your blog to be viewed as more valuable. This will take time, but working to generate a few links every week will have a dramatic effect on the SEO of your blog. This site only has around 150 incoming links and is ranked in the top 2% of all sites. That said, top 2% doesn’t mean all that much, we recommend making the top 0.5% your goal. Some links are more valuable than others – the most high value links come from sites who have many links to them, but who do not link to too many other links. A forum for example might have a lot of links to it, but because it is so easy for anyone to post an outgoing link back to their site, the value of a link from a forum can be very diluted. Links to your blog only help you get to the top of the search results, as we mentioned before – make sure the content that is showing up in the results is attractive to the reader or all the SEO in the world isn’t going to get you any traffic. Typically the search engine will grab the first few sentences of your blog post, so make sure these are of good quality and reflect the content of the rest of the post. You can also use the description meta tags on your pages to specify the text you would like to show.

Writing Articles with Back Links:

An excellent way to generate high quality links to your site is writing articles to be published on other sites. By writing an article you can guarantee that your link will be placed on a page that has very few links to other sites. On this website we publish a lot of guest articles from from web masters trying to raise awareness of their product/service by writing articles that include links back to their sites. Visit our Publish Article page if you would like write an article to be published on the site. The article will appear at the top of our home page immediately after publishing. Our front page has a Google PageRank of 3 (for now..) and we link to very few other pages, so this will provide you with a very high quality link to your site and will ensure that your site gets crawled by search engines almost immediately. You can expect that the article (along with the link to your site) will be in the google results within 10 minutes of publishing.

Content of Blog:

The content of the blog should be different, it shouldn’t be like copied from some other sites, articles or blogs. Copying content directly is an excellent way to lose SEO. If content has already been indexed by the search engine one someone else’s site, it will not index the same content again on your site – doing so would create inefficiency for the customers of the search engine so naturally they avoid that. You can take ideas from other sites and paraphrase and reorganize them to create new and better content, but copy and paste will get you no where.

Long tail Keyword:

Use keywords in such a way that it should comprise of all those words which a user normally look for a particular information. Wide ranges of tools are available which will help you to track such keywords. Some of those tools are Sitemeter, Google Analytics, Mybloglog’s. Get long keywords from the mentioned tool bar and prepare a long set of keywords, and try to use those set of long keywords often within the content of the blog.

Social Bookmarking :

Submit the URL of your blog and your post, along with its content, to social networking sites, which will definitely help the blog to be crawled by the search engine a bit faster. The social bookmarking of the blog will help the blog to get a good ranking on its chosen keywords and help to boost the blog to the top of the results. Links from social bookmarking sites are the easiest kind to get so make make sure to take advantage of them. They are not quite as high value as say, a direct link from the front page of a major website, but they are fundamental to building site SEO in the early stages of any blog.

These are just a few way in which you can boost the SEO of your blog. Good luck! Post any questions in the comments below.

Best WordPress Theme Clubs | Top 10 WordPress Theme Sites

Word Press Theme Club customizes the overview of a website. With the use of themes we can completely change the look of web pages without transforming the coding and functioning of it.Word Press exhibits a wide range of club themes to build up the feature, presentation of a web site, some of those club themes are discussed below:

1. Somaxiom

Somaxion Theme Club focuses on the design and styling perspective of a web page and come up with some unique feature and application to give a different and elegant look to the web site or the web page.

2. Woo Themes

Woo Themes come up with some exciting features like documentation which will help the users to use the theme efficienty.It has also come up with Integrated  Theme Options. With each theme there is some color and layout option which could be used while using a website

3. Templatic

With the use of this theme you can reconstruct the website or the web page to give a different outlook. Easy to work with and to handle.

4. Thesis

Thesis Theme is very simple to work with and supports multimedia. Thesis theme is flexible with use of columns and the columns can easily be customized in a single click. It also supports SEO. WordPress’s built in custom field function s used in this theme so as to post the videos, photos and page specifying advertising.

5. Elegant Themes

It’s a premium word press theme which comes with user-friendly templates. The designs provided in the system are very unique, elegant and dynamic.

6. Press75

Press 75 is easy to use and comes with content management and key customization.Press75 is built on solid code framework which makes is applicable for developers and designers.

7. Studiopress

Studiopress supports Genesis Framework which makes it easy to build extraordinary web sites and web pages. Supports SEO, provides professional themes, user friendly, it is secure – no malicious attack under this theme, too many options available to customize the site and many more

8.Rockettheme

a. Juxta

The one searching for very professional look and at the same time very unique and stylish theme then Juxta is the one to work with. Supports Gantry framework which captivate features like menu item control, RTL support, custom preset and many more.

b. Quantive

Quantive have more of illusive and constant designs as compare to rest of the themes released in 2010. Also supports Gantry Framework with 8 CSS style choices, so that you could use this feature to develop a Rocket Theme template of your own

c. Afterburner

The fastest Word Press themes supports Search engine optimization and give performance at its best. Complete documentation is made available, so no problem in handling this theme, installing it or wants to work on this theme.

Comparison of WordPress Theme Clubs

 

Name New Themes Pricing Package Framework No. of themes available Date of release
Somaxiom For 90 Days : $50For 365 Days : $75

For Developers  365 Days : $250

Gantry Framework 21 Jan 2011
Woothemes 2 new theme every month Standard – 70$Developer– 150$

Enterprise– 200$

Solid Code  Framework 88
Templatic 2 + new theme every month Emporium single use license ($65.00 for lifetime subscription)Emporium Multiple use license ($99.00 for lifetime subscription)

Premium Themes Club Full Access ($279 for the first year. Then $179.00 for each year)

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Press75 Essential -50$Plus- 75$

Extended- 100$

Solid Code  Framework 22 June 2008
Quantive For 90 Days : $50For 365 Days : $75

For Developers  365 Days : $250

Gantry   Framework November 2010
Studiopress Pro plus all theme-249.95$ Genesis  Framework 33
Elegant Themes Yearly membership for only $19.95 55
Juxta For 90 Days : $50For 365 Days : $75

For Developers  365 Days : $250

Gantry  Framework May 2010
Afterburner  8preset styles

Change Twitter Widget Pro Title Text Color

This guide explains how to change the color of the title font on the Twitter Widget Pro WordPress Plugin. By default the plugin just uses the same text color as all the other titles on your site (and usually that looks bad against the blue twitter background.)

We recommend you change th font color to white. Here is how you do it:

  • Go to the backend of your WordPress site
  • Click on Plugins link (on the left side of the page)
  • Locate Twitter Widget Pro and click Edit
  • Find this line: $args[‘title’] = “Twitter: {$args[‘username’]}”;
  • Change that line to: $args[‘title’] = “<font color=’white’> Twitter: {$args[‘username’]} </font>”;
    • Or get a little creative and add some text like: $args[‘title’] = “<font color=’white’> Check out our FirstsearchBlue Twitter Feed</font>”;
  • Save your changes

That’s it! It’s a bit of a quick and dirty work around.. You could edit the CSS if you wanted to, but who wants to get into that…

Add A Facebook Connect Comments Box to Your WordPress Site | Facebook Comments into Arthemia

This guide explains how to insert a FaceBook comments section onto your WordPress Site. The guide puts a little more emphasis on users of the Arthemia theme, but also explains things for the general WordPress user.

Get your Facebook Connect API Key
  • Head over to http://facebook.com/developers
  • Click the Set Up New Application button
  • Type in a name (maybe YOURSITE-comments), check off Agree, and hit Create Application
  • Copy the API Key to somewhere you can remember it (we will need to use it later)
  • On the Basic setup screen that it takes you to, scroll to the bottom of the page, set the Help URL, Privacy URL and Terms of Service URl all to the homepage of your website. Save your changes.
  • Select the Canvas link in the top left and set the Canvas Callback URL to your site’s homepage, but MAKE SURE to put a / at the end of the URL (i.e. http://firstsearchblue.com/) Save your changes.
  • Select the Connect link in the top left and set the Connect URL to your site’s homepage AGAIN MAKE SURE to put a / at the end (i.e. http://firstsearchblue.com/) Save your changes.
  • Click the Widgets link in the top left and (if you wish) set Allow Anonymous Comments to No (this will force users to be logged into their Facebook accounts before they can post comments) Save your changes.
Setting Things up on Your Site
  • Download this cross-domain receiver file (right click -> save target as) and upload it to your website (just use an ftp client to drop this file into a know location on your webserver – you must be able to access this file from the web).
  • We recommend that you just upload this file to the main folder of your site, so that you can access it from http://www.YOURDOMAIN.COM/xd_receiver.htm
  • Go into your WordPress backend/dashboard
    • Select Appearance (on the left side)
    • Select Editor
    • Select Header (on the right side)
    • near the top you should see a line that begins: <html xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml” or something quite similar. Right after the xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml” part, paste in the following bit of code: xmlns:fb=”http://www.facebook.com/2008/fbml”
    • That line should now look something like this: <html xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml” xmlns:fb=”http://www.facebook.com/2008/fbml” …. (there will probably be a bunch more code here)
    • There is one more thing we need to add to this Header file, scroll down to the line that reads: </head>
    • On the line just above this, paste the following block of code: <script src=”http://static.ak.connect.facebook.com/js/api_lib/v0.4/FeatureLoader.js.php”
    • type=”text/javascript”></script>
    • <script type=”text/javascript”>
    • FB.init(“YOUR API KEY”, “http://YOURSITENAME.COM/xd_receiver.htm”);
    • </script>
    • Scroll to the bottom of the page and hit Update File
    • Your site now supports Facebook comments, now you just have to tell it where you want the comments box to go
    • Select the Comments link on the right (comments.php)
    • Scroll down and near the bottom find the line that begins: <p>You can use these tags
    • Immediately under that line, paste the following bit of code: <fb:comments></fb:comments>
      • Note: Wherever you paste that bit of code on your site, a comments box will show up
    • Scroll to the bottom and hit Update File
You should now have a Facebook Comments box at the bottom of all of your posts
Here is an example of what your Header and Comments files should look like if you are using Arthethia (if you are using a different theme, things should still be fairly similar)
Header:
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN” “http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd”>
<html xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml” xmlns:fb=”http://www.facebook.com/2008/fbml” <?php language_attributes(); ?>>
<head profile=”http://gmpg.org/xfn/11″>
<meta http-equiv=”Content-Type” content=”<?php bloginfo(‘html_type’); ?>; charset=<?php bloginfo(‘charset’); ?>” />
<title><?php bloginfo(‘name’); ?> <?php if ( is_single() ) { ?> &raquo; Blog Archive <?php } ?> <?php wp_title(); ?></title>
<meta name=”generator” content=”WordPress <?php bloginfo(‘version’); ?>” /> <!– leave this for stats –>
<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”<?php bloginfo(‘stylesheet_url’); ?>” type=”text/css” media=”screen” />
<link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”RSS 2.0″ href=”<?php bloginfo(‘rss2_url’); ?>” />
<link rel=”alternate” type=”text/xml” title=”RSS .92″ href=”<?php bloginfo(‘rss_url’); ?>” />
<link rel=”alternate” type=”application/atom+xml” title=”Atom 0.3″ href=”<?php bloginfo(‘atom_url’); ?>” />
<link rel=”pingback” href=”<?php bloginfo(‘pingback_url’); ?>” />
<link rel=”icon” href=”<?php echo get_option(‘home’); ?>/wp-content/themes/arthemia/images/favicon.ico” />
<link rel=”shortcut icon” href=”<?php echo get_option(‘home’); ?>/wp-content/themes/arthemia/images/favicon.ico” />
<?php wp_head(); ?>
<script src=
“http://static.ak.connect.facebook.com/js/api_lib/v0.4/FeatureLoader.js.php”
type=”text/javascript”></script>
<script type=”text/javascript”>
FB.init(“YOUR_API_KEY”, “http://YOURSITE.COM/xd_receiver.htm”);
</script>
</head>
<body>
Comments:
<?php endif; ?>
<p><textarea name=”comment” id=”comment” cols=”100%” rows=”15″ tabindex=”4″></textarea></p>
<p>You can use these tags:<br/><code><?php echo allowed_tags(); ?></code></p>
<fb:comments></fb:comments>
<p><input name=”submit” class=”searchbutton” type=”submit” id=”submit” tabindex=”5″ value=”Submit Comment” />
<input type=”hidden” name=”comment_post_ID” value=”<?php echo $id; ?>” />
</p>
<?php do_action(‘comment_form’, $post->ID); ?>
</form>
<?php endif; // If registration required and not logged in ?>
<?php endif; ?>

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Add Description Meta Tags to WordPress

This guide explains how to add description meta tags to your posts and pages in WordPress

  • Head into the backend/dashboard of your WordPress site
  • Go to the posts section
  • Click on post that you want to add a description to
  • Go down to the Custom Fields section
  • Add a new custom field called: description
  • Enter the text for your WorPress description meta tag into the Value field
  • Hit Update or Publish in the top right, and you’re finished!

WordPress on BlackBerry | Edit WordPress from Blackberry

This guide explains how to edit your WordPress site from your Blakberry smartphone.

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  • First of all, you have to enable XML-RPC on your WordPress site
    • To do this, go into your backend and select Settings -> Writing
    • Make sure that XML-RPC is checked off under the Remote Publishing heading and save the settings as below:

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  • Now you have to install WordPress 1.0 on your BlackBerry
    • Open up App World on your BlackBerry
    • Search WordPress
    • Download and Install WorPress 1.0
      The first time you fun the app you will be will have to set the permissions of the app and grant it trusted status

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  • Now Simply add your blog using your URL

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  • Fill in your Username andPpassword
  • You can select to have WordPress on BlackBerry automatically resize your images so that you can transfer them more quickly – and avoid using up your monthly data.

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  • Once you’ve logged in it’s very straightforward to add/edit/delete posts pages and comments

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Add a Disclaimer to Arthemia WordPress Theme

This guide explains how to add a disclaimer to the bottom of your Arthemia themes WordPress site.

  • Head into the backend of your WordPress site
  • Select Appearance -> Editor
  • Select Footer (footer.php) from the menu on the right
  • Find the following line of code:
    • <!– <?php echo get_num_queries(); ?> queries. <?php timer_stop(1); ?> seconds. –>
  • Paste your disclaimer directly below this line. You might want to put in a line break (<br>) just before your disclaimer so that it begins on a new line. You may also want to enclose your disclaimer in <strong></strong> tags so that it stands out more.

Here is an example of the bottom of the footer.php code from the FirstsearchBlue website:


<!– <?php echo get_num_queries(); ?> queries. <?php timer_stop(1); ?> seconds. –>

<br><strong>Disclaimer: All Guide’s, How-To’s, Recommendations and anything on this site that may be deemed as advice, is taken at the user’s own risk. <a href =”http://firstsearchblue.com”>firstsearchblue.com</a> will not be held responsible for any unwanted events that result from following the information within any of our pages, posts or sites.</strong>

</div>

</body>
</html>


Add Mailing List to WordPress

This guide explains how to add a mailing list to WordPress and let users subscribe to the mailing list on your WordPress site.

First of all, a mailing list needs a backend, so any time you want to set one up, it’s going to be a two-step process, but don’t worry! It’s easy.

The first thing we have to do is install the mailing list software. For this we are going to use PHPlist – it’s the best and it’s very easy to use.

If you use a hosting service that offers Fantastico to install applications (which pretty much all of them do):

  • Head into Fantastico
  • Select PHPlist on the left side (under Mailing Lists)
  • Create a new installation in a /lists/ folder on your site
  • Set the admin username and password and the email address you would like to use for the mailing list
  • You can skip the section immediately below this one

If you do not use a web hosting service, just download the latest version of PHPlist from their website and extract and upload it to the public_html/lists/ section of your web server.

Now we have to setup the list:

  • Go to the URL where you installed PHPlist (probably http://YOURSITE.com/lists/)
  • Go to the mainpage
  • Select setup
  • Go to initialize database – if you see any errors, you’ll have to login to phpmyadmin (try http://YOURSITE/phpMyAdmin or, click the phpMyAdmin link from the backend of your web hosting service, usually pretty close to where you clicked Fantastico)
    • Click the SQL tab at the top
    • Paste in the following line and hit Go (make sure to change the database name to the one that you are using, i.e. mysite77_plst1)
    • ALTER DATABASE firsts77_plst1 DEFAULT CHARACTER SET latin1
    • If you got the message “Your SQL query has been executed successfully” then you are good to go, if not, you probably didn’t change the database name to your own.
    • Exit phpMyAdmin and go back to setting up your PHPlist
  • Go back to the mainpage -> setup
  • Go to configure attributes
  • Add 2 new attributes: Name and Email
  • Go back to the setup and create list
  • Go back to the setup and create a new subscribe page (just change the Title for now, everything else can stay the same)
  • NOTE:: In the Configure section there are a lot of options that you probably want to play around with – you don’t have to do that now, everything will work without customizing those items, but you probably want to come back to this area later to set things up the way you want them (i.e. change the “What name do system messages appear to come from” field

You’re finished setting up your PHPlist – now we just have to add a section on your WordPress site for users to subscribe to the mailing list

Head into the backend/dashboard section of your WordPress site

  • Go to the plugins section and hit Add New
  • Install the WP PHPList plugin and activate it
  • Go to the Settings section and select PHPlist
  • Fill in your information (make sure the Name and Email fields are checked off at the bottom)
  • Hit Update Options (top and bottom)

Now you need to add a new page to your WordPress site called Subscribe

  • Go to Pages -> Add New
  • Set the title to Subscribe
  • Hit the HTML button to add some code and past the following line:
    • <!–phplist form–>
  • Hit the Update Button and go check out your Subscribe Page

When you want to edit/manage/mail-to your list, go back into the area where we setup PHPlist (http://YOURSITE.com/lists)

  • To mage the users list, hit users (in the menu on the right)
  • To send a message, click send a message (in the menu on the right)

Feel free to ask any questions or post any problem, we reply very quickly.

Submit Your WordPress Site to the Search Engines

This guides explains the best way to keep your site (and all its pages) up to date with three major search engines: Google, Bing and Ask

Initially, you should submit your main URL to the search engines manually, you can do that here: Submitting Your Site to the Search Engines

Once you have submitted, go and download the Google XML Sitemap plugin

  • In your WordPress backend/dashboard go to Plugins -> Add New
  • Search the Google XML Sitemap Plugin, install it, activate it
  • Head into the settings section of your WordPress backend
  • Go to the XML Sitemap settings
  • Generate your first sitemap (using the link in the settings section)
  • Make sure that you have the options enables to send sitemap changes to Google, Bing and Ask

Delete Most Commented Section in Arthemia Theme

This guide explains how to delete that “Most Commented” section in the middle of the footer of your WordPress site. This is a common request with the arethemia theme, but affects other themes as well.

  • Go into the backend/dashboard of your WordPress Site
  • Go to Appearance
  • Go to Editor
  • Select the Footer file from the menu on the right
  • Look for the line of code: <h3>Most Commented</h3>
  • Delete this line and every line up to and including: </ul>
  • Your code should now look like this:

</div>

<div id=”front-popular”>

<div id=”recentpost”>
<?php     /* Widgetized sidebar, if you have the plugin installed. */                     if ( !function_exists(‘dynamic_sidebar’) || !dynamic_sidebar(5) ) : ?>
<?php endif; ?></div>

<div id=”mostcommented”>

<?php     /* Widgetized sidebar, if you have the plugin installed. */                     if ( !function_exists(‘dynamic_sidebar’) || !dynamic_sidebar(6) ) : ?>
<?php endif; ?>
</div>

  • Click the Update File button