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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Getting Indexed by Search Engines

Google Search Engine SpiderIf you read a lot of articles, guides, tutorials and any other materials about basic search engine optimization, getting indexed to search engines is the most important part of SEO after you've created your site and optimized its content.

What will you do after you've uploaded those web pages, optimized the content as well as your meta tags? Getting listed in SERPs of course! Here's what learned about indexing web pages:

Submitting to Search Engines
Many would say that submitting your home page to search engines is just a waste of time. Well, if your trying to submit on all those search engines then you really are just wasting your time. You can still do this method but my advice is to submit only to what webmasters' call “The Big Three”, namely Google, Yahoo and Bing (former MSN).

You can still get your web pages indexed without having to do this method. There are other ways, which I think are much better, that can help you get your site indexed and faster.

The Power of Social Bookmarking
Social Bookmarking
If you haven't heard if or then you're way behind in search engine optimization. These are samples of a social bookmarking sites which is similar to the ordinary bookmark tool we have in our web browsers' menu bar. The difference between the ordinary bookmarking and with social bookmarking are:
  • you can access your bookmarks on any computer you use just by registering an account;
  • and share your bookmarked sites/links with other people.

Why Should I Submit to Social Bookmarking Sites?
Here are the reasons I've learned why we should submit to social bookmarking sites:
  1. For fast indexing - high traffic social bookmarking sites are more frequently visited by search engine spiders. If you submit your site, the higher the chance you have getting indexed.
  2. For traffic - people love interesting topics, important news, humor and tutorials.
  3. Increase more traffic - posts on Digg, and other social bookmarking sites, also appears in SERP, giving you an even higher chance of web visibility!

Social Networking Sites
Social NetworkingDo you like Facebook or Twitter? These are social networking sites where you can add links to a post. Isn't that great?! Now the key to the successful use of social networking sites is you got to have lots of friends; mingle with other members, join different groups, share your profile and be active, don't just login to your account to post a link. This link building technique is very helpful if you use it properly.

I find social bookmarking and networking as a part of link building techniques that you can both use for work and have fun at the same time. Because you get to meet other webmasters doing link building of their own, you can exchange SEO tips and secrets, and the normal internet users you can interact with while doing work. And best of all you can even earn extra income by offering link building services to companies/sites that needs help with their search engine rankings.

There are two types of sitemaps we can use, the XML and HTML sitemaps.

XML Sitemap - This sitemap is used to inform search engines of pages that are available for crawling in a website.

HTML Sitemap - This sitemap is for your visitors. It is used as a guide/navigation for visitors who are looking for a specific page, product or service you might be offering.

Now, you'll find these search engine optimization techniques quite easy to learn and do. Submitting your site or blog to the big three search engines can take you at least five minutes to do, social bookmarking and networking can be time consuming but it's all worth it, and submitting sitemaps to search engines is a must-do if you want to get all your web pages indexed.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nofollow and Noindex on Robots.txt and Meta Tags

I know a lot of you are wondering what's the difference between the “nofollow” and “noindex” in the robots.txt file and the ones declared on the meta tags. Some search engine optimization specialists claims that there's no difference while others believe that one method is less valuable than the other.

You can ask it out on several webmaster/SEO forums, but you'll just get mixed responses. In here, I will give you the REAL answer! According to Eric Enge's interview with Google's software engineer Matt Cutts way back in 2007, there are differences in using NoIndex, NoFollow, and Robots.txt.

In The Robots.txt File

SEO - Robots.txt Code
Even if you restrict Google's spider from indexing certain pages of your website, they can still accumulate page rank. For example, if you disallow the crawling of your “About Us” page yet your homepage links to it, PR juice is still passed on.

In addition, websites that disallow crawling can still accumulate page rank and be visible in search results. Why? If another website links to it, PR juice will be passed on. Google can sometimes use the information of a website submitted to ODP (also known as DMOZ) in order to display it on their results page, or when another website links to it.

In The Meta Tag

SEO - Meta Tags
Let's understand what Nofollow and Noindex really means.

The Nofollow is usually used on outgoing links, when declared in the meta tag, it means “do not follow all links on this page.” With this, you are also telling the spider not to pass PR juice. However, the nofollow on the meta tag also applies to your links that points to the other pages of your website. This also means that you are depriving the flow of PR juice to some of your pages.

On the other hand, the Noindex means, “do not index this page.” Pages with noindex can still accumulate page rank if a there's a dofollow link pointing to that page.

Dofollow is the opposite of Nofollow - a link with no “nofollow” attribute assigned means it's a dofollow link. A term used by webmasters and SEO experts.

To sum it all up:
  • NoFollow means you're telling the search engine spider not to follow a link and also not to pass PR juice to that link.
  • NoIndex means you're telling the search engine spider not to index your website or webpage and not to show it on SERP.
  • The website or webpage in a Nofollow link can still gain PR if another site links to it without the nofollow attribute.
  • Pages with the Noindex tag can still gain PR if another site links to it without a nofollow attribute.
  • Pages with the Noindex tag can still be visible on SEPR using the information collected from ODP (DMOZ) or when another website links to it using a dofollow link.
  • Nofollow attribute on the meta tag of a webpage, applies to all the links on that page.
  • Nofollow attribute on any link applies only to that link.

    SEO Services
    So whether you use the Robots.txt or the Meta Tag, the results are still the same. The reason why Robots.txt is mostly used is because “it is the fundamental method of putting up an electronic no trespassing sign that people have used since 1996,” and it's much easier to declare which pages of your website not to crawl instead of placing the NoIndex code manually on individual pages' meta tags.

    Commonly, SEO services do provide complete analysis of a website as well as recommendations. So whenever you are looking for a good search engine optimization service, never forget to ask for a website analysis first, don't just jump in and hire someone who said he can do SEO for your website.

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    Music Video: "Amazed" by Lonestar

    Here's another great song, "Amazed" by Lonestar! The first time I heard this, It felt like, "yeah, just another lovey dovey song..." But when the time came that I fell deeply in love, I suddenly realized how meaningful and touching this song was! It moved me, really!

    This hit single is included in the "Lonely Girl" album, made Lonestar the first country act to top both the Hot Country Songs and Hot 100 charts since 1983 (Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's "Islands in the Stream").

    Enjoy the music video from youtube!

    Lyrics (please correct me if it's wrong):

    Every time our eyes meet
    This feeling inside me
    Is almost more than I can take
    Baby when you touch me
    I can feel how much you love me
    And it just blows me away
    I've never been this close to anyone or anything
    I can hear your thoughts
    I can see your dreams

    I don't know how you do what you do
    I'm so in love with you
    It just keeps getting better
    I want to spend the rest of my life
    With you by my side
    Forever and ever
    Every little thing that you do
    Baby, I'm Amazed by you

    The smell of your skin
    The taste of your kiss
    The way you whisper in the dark
    Your hair all around me
    Baby you surround me
    You touch every place in my heart
    Oh, it feels like the first time, every time
    I want to spend the whole night in your eyes

    I don't know how you do what you do
    I'm so in love with you
    It just keeps getting better
    I want to spend the rest of my life
    With you by my side
    Forever and ever
    Every little thing that you do
    Baby, I'm Amazed by you

    Every little thing that you do
    Every little thing that you do
    I'm so in love with you
    It just keeps getting better
    I want to spend the rest of my life
    With you by my side
    Forever and ever
    Every little thing that you do
    Oh, Every little thing that you do
    Baby, I'm amazed by you

    Title: Amazed
    Artist: Lonestar

    Friday, October 22, 2010

    Here's why many women today still thinks having a relationship SUCKS

    Girl, how do you know you're special to him?
    -- He shows it to you. You feel it.

    Boy, how do you show she's special to you?
    -- You show it! You put effort in making her smile.

    Girl, but how can you tell you're special when all he says is that you are 'special' but lacks that action to prove it?
    -- uhmmm...

    Boy, WTF is wrong with showing a little appreciation with your girl by doing something special? It doesn't have to be expensive, even the most simplest thing can mean the whole world to your girl... Dumb-ass!
    -- uhmmm...

    *Here's why many women today still thinks having a relationship SUCKS*

    Tuesday, June 29, 2010

    What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?

    As the Google Webmasters' Guide tells us:

    SEO is an acronym for "search engine optimization" or "search engine optimizer."

    Basically, SEO is the method or strategy used by webmasters to improve their website's ranking in Search Engines (SE) in order to increase traffic and sales. Basic things such as review of web content and structure, are a part of SEO.

    It's in the early 1990's where website owners began to realize that having their sites highly visible in SERPs (Search Engine Results Page) brings them more traffic and sales.

    People who began to notice this have created techniques to manipulate Search Engines. Spamming and hacking Search Engines' algorithm were the main idea at that time, though it was highly discouraged by Search Engine Owners.

    Due to this, the banning and decreasing of website rankings began. The people who did the aforementioned unethical way to increase their rankings realized that by following Search Engine's guidelines, they can also come up with satisfactory results, all that they need is patience.

    Search Engines were made to provide quality information to its users, that's why they fight back and bite hard those webmasters who practices SEO the wrong way.

    Friday, June 11, 2010

    The Little Girl On A Plane

    Category: Humor - Little Girl Jokes

    A stranger was seated next to a little girl on the airplane when the stranger turned to her and said, 'Let's talk. I've heard that flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.'

    The little girl, who had just opened her book, closed it slowly and said to the stranger, 'What would you like to talk about?'

    'Oh, I don't know,' said the stranger. 'How about nuclear power?' and he smiles.

    OK, 'she said.. 'That could be an interesting topic. But let me ask you a question
    first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff - grass - . Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, and a horse produces clumps of dried grass. Why do you suppose that is?'

    The stranger, visibly surprised by the little girl's intelligence, thinks about it and says, 'Hmmm, I have no idea.'

    To which the little girl replies, 'Do you really feel qualified to discuss nuclear power when you don't know shit? *She then open her book. *

    Thursday, June 10, 2010

    The 1st SEO Philippines Grand Eyeball 2010

    Got this info from my Facebook account. It's the 1st SEO Philippines Grand Eyeball 2010, which will be held in Pasig City. All Search Engine Optimization (SEO) practitioners are encouraged to come and have a wonderful event with fellow SEO's all over the Philippines.

    Event Location
    The 1st SEO Philippines Grand Eyeball 2010 Event will take place at 30F UnionBank Plaza, Meralco Avenue Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

    Event Date and Time
    Start Time: Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 6:00pm
    End Time: Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 4:00am

    Event Page on Facebook
    You can visit their Facebook Event Page to join the discussions, you might even find some new friends there as well ^_^

    The message sent to me says:
    Please register for the 1st Grand EyeBall of SEOPH. Those who will attend, or even might attend or will not attend, please click and register on the form provided below.

    This form will also serve as a record for Official Listings of SEO practitioners in the Philippines.
    You may register here. Registration is worth 1,000 pesos (includes the payment for the venue and food).

    What You'll Learn
    1. Search Engine Optimization
      SEO Link Building Strategy
      SEO Tools(Link Building tools and Automation)
    2. Advance Blogging Techniques
      SEO Link Building Strategy
      SEO Tools(Link Building tools and Automation)
    3. Social Media Marketing
      Social Media Marketing Strategy
      Social Media Tools
    4. Link Building
      Link Building Strategy
      Link Wheel
      Link Building Tools(Traditional and Automated)
    5. Email Marketing
      Email Marketing Techniques
    6. Affiliate Marketing
      PPC+Affiliate+Email Marketing
    7. PPC
      PPC Explain
    8. Domaining
      Domain Types
      Domain Parking
    9. The Q & A: Ask and let the masters answer!

    Don't Have the Cash?

    Well now, not all SEO practitioners in the Philippines share the same salary rate. Whether you're working for an outsourcing company, local, or doing freelance, there are still some of us who just can't find enough cash to join this grand event. Here's a few options you can do:

    • Get a Sponsor
      You can ask your supervisor, manager, or even your team leader if your company can sponsor you. This SEO event will not only benefit you, but also your client! Tell them that!
    • Cash Advance or Salary Deduction
      In case you don't have the money right now but really want to attend, ask your HR department for a cash advance or salary deduction on your salary.
    • Last Resort
      Borrow money from a close friend or family member. I do not advise people to just borrow money from anybody, or any friend of yours. Why? Because only your family and close friends can truly understand your needs (what ever it is), and if ever you are unable to pay on time for the money lended, they can absolutely understand!

    SEE YOU THERE ! ! !

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