Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Joy of Wedding Anniversary Gifts

Wedding Anniversaries bring back the romance and joy of marriage. They should be celebrated in the right spirit and with the perfect gift. When it comes to picking Anniversary gifts for couples or for your own spouse, here’s a nifty list that helps you take the perfect decision.

Best Anniversary Gift Ideas

The best anniversary gifts have a personal touch and preferably a sentimental touch too. Some of the most cherished wedding anniversary gifts are gifts of jewelry in precious metals like platinum, gold or silver as they symbolize the eternal marriage bond. Gifts with a beautiful touch include painted portraits of the couple, expensive photo frames with their photos, twin candle stands, romantic music CDs, crystal, cups for two, a
holiday for two, fl owers and so on.

Something for the Lady

If you are looking for something for your wife, jewelry, sexy lingerie, a special poem in her honor, chocolates and roses top the list. For men gadgets, shirts, a bottle of his favorite liquor, accessories like belts andwallets, leather organizers and so on will be appreciated. Gadgets that your spouse has always been longing for like I-pods, laptops, mobiles and the like will be greatly appreciated.

1st Wedding Anniversary

The 1st Wedding Anniversary or Paper Anniversary is a very exciting and memorable one. Traditional gifts to celebrate this include romantic stationery, cards, books, posters, photographs, paper mache artifacts
and others. You could write a love letter on some romantic stationery or write out a gift coupon for a sensuous massage by you. The 5th or Wood Anniversary can be commemorated with delightful wooden crafts, a comfy wooden armchair, wooden bowls and so on.

Tin Anniversary Gifting

The 10th or Tin Anniversary is a landmark in every marriage and traditional gifts are given in tin and aluminum. This means that you have a choice of beautiful aluminum vases and cases, candle stands, cookie tins, aluminum wine bottle totes, aluminum picture frames and so on. Modern gifts include diamond jewelry for women and accessories for men like cuff links.

The 15th or Crystal Anniversary can be celebrated with sparkling crystal artifacts, crystal jewelry and in modern times with couple watch sets.

The 25th Anniversary is the Silver Wedding Anniversary and traditional gifts include silverware, champagne in a silver case or silver jewelry. The 50th Anniversary is the Golden Wedding Anniversary and gifts in gold like jewelry, gold lockets, and gold plated trays and so on.

With this ready reckoner in hand, you’ll find anniversary gifting a breeze. 

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.
Plautus

Monday, August 31, 2015

SEO Services Tips for optimization of Domain Names

How to choose a good Domain Name? SEO Tip for newbies.

One of the most important things any site owner or blogger must look at is the domain name. Many newbies and sometimes even those who have been online for sometime make the mistake of choosing domain names without much thought.

A good top level domain names helps SEO in a big way. It tells not just search engines, but also the users, what the site or blog is all about. It’s very easy to connect to users with a word or two that is top of mind and they can easily relate to.

When you say astrology.com, you know that the site will offer horoscope readings, compatibility reports, psychic readings, star signs forecasts etc. If you see a domain golfaccessories.com, you instantly recognize that they sell golf accessories. You see the point why a simple easy-to-understand domain name is critical to SEO and users.

SEO Tip
The http://www.webmasters.org/ domain name fetched $50,000 in July 2008. This site had just 3,800 unique visitors a month was earning a mere $25 a month. The value was for the domain name only. Shows how high a value one can get for a good domain name.

If it was www.xyz.com, a user will have no clue as to the content or service offered by the site or blog.

My Simple Branding Philosophy

Not all of us have deep pockets to choose a non-dictionary name and spend on marketing to build the brand. It’s wiser to choose a name that exists in the people’s minds and use it as a site’s name. Instant recognition. No effort effort required.

If you want to run a baby names site, you should look for babynames.com. If you are blogging on pregnancy, you should first look for names with the word pregnancy. Examples of good domains would be pregnancy.com, earlypregnancy.com, pregnancystages.com, pregnancytips.com, pregnancyguide.com etc. While dot.com is preferred, .org, .info, .net, .biz are also good (and of course country extensions).

When people search, search engines like google, yahoo, msn or ask show about 10 results on a page. Apart from the title and the brief on a results page, users tend to evaluate the link to click based on the domain name. If one searched for “cancer symptoms” and found a result whose domain was “ultraxgames.com/cancerguide”, chances are that users will mistrust a gaming site that shows a page for cancer tips.

Choose a site name with core words that go with the theme of your site or blog. If you plan to offer “tips for handling obesity”, then you should look at words like weight loss, fat, obese, health, obesity, overweight, and use a combination of these words with guide, tips, surgery, cure, remedies, wellness, diet, recipes etc to find a good top level name for your website or blog.

I hope these simple domain name SEO selection tips was useful.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Why Quality Content is key for Search Engines and Online Users?

In order to pull traffic from search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask and AOL, fresh and new content is needed on a site or blog. How much to write, find out.

Many people across the world blog on a variety of subjects. As a website owner or blogger you must write or get someone else to produce good quality content. The content should be focused on a particular subject. Let’s say for example, you are running a site or blog on pet care, you must produce content on pets, the general health problems, care for pets, pet diet, cleaning cats and dogs, when you should take them to the vet etc.

How much is enough, we always wonder. My suggestion is look to write about 400 to 500 word articles articles on any relevant theme. This length is enough to cover aspects of theme you’ve focused on, indicates to Google and other search engines that the site provides useful information to the users. The length clearly states to search engines and users your commitment to provide enriching and meaningful articles.

500 pages of content over a period of two to four years. And is bound to pull traffic in droves, especially if it’s focused on a niche, is good quality, and written to benefit users. However, 100 pages of solid content is a good starting point to building traffic on your site.

Millions of people use search engines to look for content on different subjects of interest to them. You stand a good chance to attract visitors on the internet if you produce top quality content.

Never compromise on content, because that’s what visitors come for to any site. Build websites and blogs for online users, not for search engines.

Post content regularly on your site. Atleast twice a week. This is very important. Don’t be sporadic, posting a article daily for a month and then not posting for the next two months. Users who come back to site and don’t find fresh content will not come back again. And you’d have lost the chance to build a loyal user base on your site or blog.

Original content is what you aim for, that’s what everyone loves. And that’s what search engines are always looking for – new content to give their searchers.

No matter what tools, technologies, techniques you employ, you need great content on site to delight users. Just get that clear. And you are on the way to building a good online business.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What to write on your blog or website?

Where to start is a question that bothers millions of bloggers and site owners? It’s good to start with a subject you are passionate about – be it pet care, art or travel. Find out ways to pull traffic with your content.

SEO Tip: Check out if the theme you choose has a lot of products or services around it (and that there’s a need for it in the market). That’s an indication of the money earning opportunity. The higher the value of the services or products, the better your chances of making a lot of money online. Most bloggers and webmasters tend to forget this and build sites that don’t present a chance to earn. After the hard work you put in, you need to make some dollars too, right.

Do a bit of research on the net on your chosen topic. Put down a list of themes to begin writing. Initially, begin writing articles where you have the knowledge. Since it’ll be easy to start here and the passion will convince users.

All of wonder if we are worth writing something. Surprisingly, when we honestly write about what we love or are passionate about, we can almost write a book. Many online newbies have surprised themselves when they begin writing and find that they can’t stop. You know to play the guitar well, write a beginners guide to it. teach people to play it. Or are you a foodie? Write about organic recipes, diet for obesity, healthy juices, low calorie breakfasts and the like.

Think. Think. I’m sure you find some skill you have that you can write about.

Do not worry about your writing skills. 99% of all those online writers are at the same stage. But you need to positively write. As you pen a few dozen pieces of original content, you’ll see your writing skills improve. Be simple, people love to read stuff that’s easy to understand.

Many a time people love to read stuff that’s written based on personal experiences. Use your experiences to tell online users the story. Human beings are always curious about other people’s experiences – failures and successes. This way you can connect to readers of your blog or site.

Research and write quality blog posts
After you have exhausted topics you know, do research on the net, go to forums, see videos, read up experts on the subject and find more interesting subjects to continue producing posts for your blog or site. 400 to 500 words is good for each post.

Make the matter useful to readers. Give tips. Bring out your perspective. Guide them if you are an expert on something. Give them a solid reason to revisit your site.

SEO TIP: Soon you must become an authority on the chosen theme. And there’ll be no looking back, friend.

Initially, plan atleast one post a week and later move to two a week. Fresh and original content and regular posts will get you the visitors you want onto your site faster.

But, sustaining the interest to write is important. 99% of bloggers stop writing within six months. I wish you are not one of them. Keep at it and you’ll find success.

After choosing a theme for your blog or website, only original and quality content on your area of interest will fetch you the traffic. And help you succeed as a online marketer. Keep me posted about your progress. Best wishes readers.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Seo Advice: Write useful articles that readers will love

Want plenty of traffic to your blog. Get them by writing good articles that users are looking for. That’s the simple SEO secret to get prospective customers onto your site.

I keep coming back to good content. Why? Because without quality content on your site, users won’t find a reason to come back. And if you keep losing readers who land up on site, then you can’t build a loyal base of subscribers or readers.

It’s easier to wow your existing user with top quality articles and retain him, than to get new users all the time.

SEO Tip: When more users come back to your site, they indicate to the search engines that your blog or website has good quality content. And search engines like google, yahoo, msn, ask, aol will then send more traffic to your site.

In your chosen domain think about what problems users face, what content they find difficult to find on the internet. Research and write about such subjects. Soon, you’ll get a ton of users to read your stuff.

Choose niche topics to write on. Golf accessories for left handers. Alternative treatment for migraine. Lessons you can learn from a monkey. Making money from your mobile. Where to buy shoes for diabetics? How to make noiseless generators?

You must slowly look to become subject matter experts in what you write. Be it yoga, alternate diet for obesity, wall hangings from waste stuff, domain name resale or whatever.

Write for users, not search engines. Search engines don’t like or rate articles too well when written for the sake of better search rankings. They love to pick and show content written for online readers.

SEO Tip: Use the language of common users when you post an article on your blog. Because readers are going to use similar language to search for content on the net. And when Google sees them on your article, they’ll send users to your page.

Ask yourself a question? Will I find this article useful, if I wanted it. If the answer is yes, publish it on your blog or website. Or else, begin to write a better article.

Connect to users with content that they find useful, enjoyable, readable and beneficial. And they will love your site. They will spread the word around. Link to your blog, dig or stumble it, bookmark it. And that’s a vote for your site.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Search Engine Optimization Tips for Bloggers - SEO

While blogging implement best practices in whitehat SEO for blogs. Here are ethical SEO tips to rank your blog higher on Google.

Optimizing the domain name for your blog

It’s very important for bloggers to operate with an own domain name and use a good blogging platform and paid hosting. Or buy a domain name and map them to your existing blog on blogspot, wordpress or other blogging platforms. Having your own name tells search engines your intention and commitment to give users good content. The period for which you book a domain name also speaks about your long term blogging plans. If it’s booked for a short period, it could also reveal that you may be a fly by night operator looking to make a quick buck.

Tips for Domain names

Domain names must reveal the core of your blog’s theme – example: caps.com (if you were selling caps), starsigns.com (if you were blogging on star signs), or yoga4weightloss.com (if you were running a blog on this theme).
No long domain names
No domain names that don’t instantly connect to the audience. For example, Impact.com and you are talking about fishing.
Preferred domain extensions are .com, .net, .biz, .info, edu and country extensions.

SEO friendly niche content for Blogs

Search engines rank sites higher if they have focused content on a particular subject. Choose a theme for your blog, preferably in niche areas, not in broad domains. For example, if you look at “Gifts”, it will be difficult to get a lot of traffic and rank higher on search engines like Google, since competition will be very high from establishes sites that have a lot of content and money to promote the site.

Instead look at Gifts for New Borns or Gifts for ex-boyfriends, gifts for schoolmates, gifts for older people. Here you need to build your authority on the subject by writing a series of articles on different themes – gifts for various occasions, worst gifts to give, personalizing gifts, special gifts, gadget gifts, wrapping gifts, gift notes, re-gifting, when to send gifts, best gifts, etc.

About 200 to 300 pages of top quality original and fresh content will do wonders for your weblog.

Keywords relevancy to blog post’s topic

When you write a post on any subject, always think of how the user would search for such content. What words would they type into Google, Yahoo, MSN or other search engines. Your title should reflect the core subject with words that users will type to search for the content. Like my title for this post - Search Engine Optimization Tips for Bloggers and Blogs – SEO. Google for your content and see the top results in different search engines to get a fair understanding of what keywords to use in your title.

And your text should have a variation of the relevant keywords. This is to guide the search engine bot to understand the content. So if it’s on gifting to girlfriends, you may use a sprinkling of the words – gifts, gifting, presents, love, romantic, gift ideas, girls, women, wrapping, cute, gifts for her, cool gifts etc.

SEO tips for keyword rich content

Your title should have the important keywords for the blog post
The heading should reflect them
The tags of your post must contain the keywords
The alt tags – the title of you pictures on that blog page
The anchor text – keyword phrases text that link out to the complete post or to some other article outside your site

All the above should not be repetitive, but be variations of the important keywords

SEO Tip: The keywords written must be natural and meaningful. It’s should be overloaded for search engine rankings. Use just enough for users to find the content engrossing.

Blog navigation

The design of your blog should be simple. And the navigation ie., the links on your site should be placed in vantage points to allow user to easily find information on your site. All posts should be categorized well. This is a key SEO advice that you must follow. This allows users looking for a particular topic to quickly head to the relevant content and continue reading your blog posts.

Do not place ads, images or widgets in odd places and interfere with the user experience. Let users quickly go and read what they are interested in.

Tags and categories

Most blogging softwares today have the facility of tagging and categorization. Use the most relevant keywords to tag your post and categorise each blog article well. Do not use too many tags, nor too many general keywords in the tags. Use caetgory names that users generally search for. And limit the number of categories to manageable levels.

Connect to users with interactive tools

I’m sure some of you are familiar with feeds. Kindly give the feed links on your blog. It helps users who have liked your content to keep in touch with your blog. Don’t forget to have a search bar while blogging. This makes for more page views since readers are looking for some content at that point in time, and if you have it served via search, you are only getting them to spend more time reading on your blog. Allow comments to come from usres – they tell you what’s right or wrong with the blog content. Comments are used by search engines like Google to understand whether people liked your blog or not. And they also build your brand.

Using an analytics tool to build traffic

Bloggers must use an analytics tool, like Google Analytics, which is free anyway, to understand user behaviour on site. How search engines like Google are treating your blog’s content is revealed in your blog. What keywords do people use to come upon your blog. Using this you can build more content on such keyword phrases, which are relevant to your webblog.

They also tell you the top content on your blog. Find out why Google is ranking them well and do more of the same. Where do users come from, keywords they used to land on your blog, which are your top landing pages, which page did they go to next – all this and more is revealed by an analytics tool. They help you in mapping user behaviour. And help in building traffic to your blog. Sign up right away for Google Analytics.

These simple search engine optimization tips should help you begin blogging and building a base of loyal users.

(Moving all my content from my old blog SEO4Google.org)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

How we hear?

When you stand by a pool and throw a pebble into the water, you can watch little waves spread out from the spot where the pebble hits the water.  (Kids Level: 8 to 10)

These sort of waves are formed in the air too, only we can’t see them.  But, we can hear them.  Sound is nothing but little waves of air moving through the great mass of air around us.

The function of the ear is to catch these sounds.  The ear is a delicate part of the body and the vital parts in it are hidden away inside the ear, to prevent injury.

Sound waves pass through the ear passage till they reach the ear drum.  The ear drum is a small piece of thin skin, or membrane, stretched across the whole of the inside end.  When sound reaches the ear drum, it vibrates.  These vibrations pass along three tiny bones to a long row of hairs.  The hairs move due to the vibrations.  From this movement we are able to recognize sounds.

The three bones in each ear are only about one third of an inch and are named as the hammer, anvil and the stirrup. Next time you hear a sound, think of your lovely ear.