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Fully dedicated to Blogers of any base like blogspot, wordpress. Full of blogging tips.

Writing WordPress Blog In Other local Languages

Recently I designed a website for one of my client who has a requirement, that his site should be in his local language. Here the example is Tamil, a south Indian language, if you are not aware of this language, no problem. The question is “How you write a post in local language in your wordpress blog/site?”.

Actually the unicode character set helps you to write in any language. Transliteration tools are the best tool to write in any language, most of us are aware of it, if not here is the short description. Google’s transliteration tool residing at google.com/transliterate helps you to generate a your post in appropriate language as you type in the words of your language as phonetic English words resembles the sound of the word in your language. If it is difficult to understand what I said in the above sentence, just try using the tool.

Here is the hack for wordpress to accept your language. We know all of our data are stored in MySQL database and the database used by WP uses utf-8 default. Just changing the default preference, your unicode data will be accepted by WP. for that you need to open “wp-config.php” from WP installation root folder.

Find these lines

define(‘DB_CHARSET’, ‘utf8?);
define(‘DB_COLLATE’, ”);

and disable it by adding double slashes ( // ) before the line starts, like

//define(‘DB_CHARSET’, ‘utf8?);
//define(‘DB_COLLATE’, ”);

save it. Presto…!!!! Now everything works fine as you want.

Note, with out this WP hack, your unicode char set will not be accepted by your MySql database so all the letters will be replaced by question marks like ??????????????? ??? ????? ??????.

Warning: editing wordpress codes needs experience in it, at least when editing critical lines. If any problem occurs due to modifying you are the sole responsible to it. Any way you can over write these files with original WP files to rectify the problem (if occurs).

Five Dynamic Views for Readers – by Blogger

‘Blogger’ introduces five different dynamic view for your blogs in blogger. If you have blog in blogspot and if you want to provide flexibility and ease of reading to your readers then you should know provide this dynamic view to them.

Dynamic view is the user interface template for readers through which they can browse through your blog posts dynamically by categorizing the posts based on labels, time, author and recency. Dynamic view is a general viewing mode for every blogs across blogspot(blogger) but, it has 5 different views, from which reader can choose their favorite view to read their favorite blog. Flexibly they can change their views any time. Those 5 views with demo ( of a blog buzz.blogger.com )

  1. Flipcard
  2. Mosaic
  3. Sidebar
  4. Snapshot
  5. Timeslide

To view your blog in dynamic view type in the following in url bar,

[your-blog-url]/view/[dynamic-view-name]

replace [your-blog-url] and [dynamic-view-name] with appropriate name. for example to view buzz blog in sidebar just type in http://buzz.blogspot.com/view/sidebar in url bar.

Enabling Dynamic View

These dynamic views will work on your blog if all of the following are true:

  • Your blog is public. Your readers don’t need to sign in to view your blog.
  • Your blog has feeds fully enabled. In the Settings | Site feed tab, you have enabled either Full or Jump Break for your Post Feed.
  • You have not disabled dynamic views. In the Setting | Formatting tab, the option for Enable Dynamic Views is set to Yes.

Source: Google Blogger Support

Importance Of Faster Website Response Time

Why the response time of a website you maintaining or blogging is important? before that, ‘response time is a loading time of a website in which a site or blog loads completely from the loading action initiated by clicking a link or url entry’.

Usually the response time varies from 0.1 sec to minutes or more, that depends on various factors, that we already discussed in the previous post.

What happens and how user experiences the delayed or faster response time explained below with the time variance.

Faster Response Time

A faster response time may referred as response time from .1 second to .3 seconds which gives the feel that the response was caused by the user’s action and not by the computer, this is actually a instantaneous response in which the user was completely engaged with what he is doing in the site, and probably there is no time to think other than what he/she is doing (if the person is interested well ).

This type of website usually produce low bounce rate, and higher ad conversion rate.

Medium Response Time

In this category, the site loads completely in 1 to few seconds. This will be seamless to user, and gives some time to feel that the action was processed by a computer which is in control. In this loading time, which a user can feel but can’t figure it in stats of time.

This degree of response time is good for navigation and creates some understanding opinion in user’s mind, which was framed in fraction of seconds by seeing the loading site, user have some time to plan his next action or navigation.

Slower Response Time

The time taken to load a website starts from 10 seconds to some minutes. User feels little frustrated, and definitely wish their computer to be fast. In this period of waiting, their mind starts to think about the site and its content. Most of the time users misjudge the site by seeing only some part of the loaded site.

In some course of time, they start to think, whether they need this or not? Nowadays all the browsers allow tabbed browsing, if they found any other related information that they want to see in the currently loading website, they will discard the current site and continue with the newly found one.

Whatever the reason for the slow loading, the ultimate result is a unsatisfied or frustrated visitor.

Optimize Blog’s Posts For Search Engines As You Write – FireFox Plugin

Traffic is a key to success for a blog. We like our blogs visited by more and more people possible. The major source of a blog comes from three places,

  1. Search Engines
  2. Subscribers (Email & RSS both )
  3. Social Media ( Followers )

When I break down alvistor’s traffic stats, more than 50% of the traffic comes from Search Engines. So every blog post needs to be optimized for decent increase in blog traffic.

How to optimize a blog post for search engines while writing it?

Simple, There is a plug-in for FireFox called SEO Blogger, install it. After installation you can start search for ‘keywords’ by clicking a wordtracker icon in the bottom-right of Firefox (in Status Bar). Just search for keywords related to your writings, and include the top keywords in your blog post. Thats all !. After installing a help page appears and explains how to do that.

You can install this plug-in directly from Wordtrackers Website

Use Keywords With Care.

More keywords means More chance of listing in search pages. Just try to include most of the words resulted for your queries. When you try to include those keywords, be careful that the meaning of your idea you try to write in the post is not altered, because of most of the bloggers loses most of the loyal followers and visitors by writing worthless articles which only has the tons of ‘keywords’ but not the ‘idea’. Write for your readers (loyal visitors and subscribers or followers) not for the search Engines, but what to do, we need the search engine traffic, so give more weight-age to the idea than keywords.

Blog Post Update To Twitter Tweets

A Blog’s success is measured by the traffic it gets, and mainly it is the loyal traffic. The readers who follow the blog can be the loyal visitor. People use Twitter to follow blogs like using RSS and Facebook Page. So a blogger should update the blog post title with link to twitter as a tweet.

The normal way for WordPress Hosted blogs are relying on the plug-ins like “Twitter Tools”. But the problem is it has some little bit difficult start up process of obtaining the OAuth keys for naive bloggers and some of the hosting has problem running the plug-in scripts in Twitter tools and other plugins related to it.

But there is an easy solution by Feedburner that I recommend for WordPress hosted blogs. If you using Feedburner for delivering your feeds, then with a single click you can post your blog update to twitter as a tweet with the blog title and “goo.gl” shortened link to your blog post. To set this up after logged into your Feed burner account corresponds to your blog, go to “publicize”, and the “socialize”. Now you can add multiple twitter accounts which should tweet your blog update automatically.

If you are not using FeedBurner for burning your feeds, the you should use “Twitter Tools” plug-in for tweeting.

How Much A Blogger Should Worry About SEO?

Search Engine Optimization (SEO), an important and wide area in which most of web developer works. The main aim of SEO is optimizing a site to appear in top search results for particular keywords. Most of the online marketers, affiliates, work in this area to market their product or services through Search Engine results. If a site appears in the first few result of the search page when searching using particular word, then automatically the traffic increases. When traffic increases the probability of potential customers buying from the particular page increases.

Here, Do a blogger need to optimize the blog for particular keywords. How much a blogger should worry about SEO?

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If you think SEO is very much important for blogging then it is wrong, but not completely. Why, because

  • SEO is time consuming, which you prefer, to spend your time for writing good articles or to spend it for optimizing your blog posts for search engines. Most of the bloggers are not professional bloggers they write their posts whenever their time allows in between their schedules. Then how they are going to spend time for this optimization?
  • SEO needs Investment, for those who don’t know how to optimize their web pages, they need to invest some significant amount. and those who know SEO, they have to work hard to achieve the result, so money and work either way it needs larger investment.
  • SEO is optimizing for Bots ( machines ) not for Readers, when ever you aim on optimizing your blog post towards SEO, then you can’t wirte a quality post for your readers. Writing for machines decreases the value of your post.
  • Search Engine Tactics Changes Often. The leading search engine Google changes its search algorithm and ranking strategy often. When you optimize for some tactics, when you implement it, Google changes to the new one, then you have to optimize for Google’s new ranking strategy. Even a small changes in the algorithm reflects big. Many Giants who benefited from Google were now nowhere when Google changes its search engine techniques.
  • No Guaranteed Return of Investment. Apart from the hard work, investments and constant works SEO never promises for the success. Even sometimes the return is very less compared to the investment. So Investing for SEO is very risk to bloggers.
  • Other Issues Matters. In optimization you can alter the attributes which effects search engine ranking, but there are some attributes which you can’t change like bounce rate, avg time of a visitor, etc.

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  • SEO success not comes because of one time hard work. Even if you succeed in SEO, by raking your page in first few numbers for particular keywords, it is not permanent, in few days of your success someone’s page is going to replace yours. Sticking in the same position need more work than gaining the position.
  • Wise Search Engines. Google is now capable of finding the duplicate or copied content today. and so other search engines. Today no search engine index keywords and page depends on the “meta” keyword attributes. Google can generate keywords of its own from the page and index according to that. So separate concentration for optimizing is not needed today.
  • Advancements. submitting a home page url is enough for search engines like bing, yahoo, Google, and in some search engine we don’t even do that. Even though I never submitted alvistor.com’s url in russian search engine yandex results some pages of this site. These advancement helps bloggers to forget about optimizing their blog post.

Fianlly, SEO is not more important to bloggers, but you have to keep in mind that omitting the optimization fully is a bad move in blogging. Today most of the big blogs  rely greatly on SEO for the greater part of its traffic.

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As a part of Optimizing your blog for search engines

  1. Submit your blog URLs to search engines.
  2. Generate Sitemap ( if you using wordpress use All-in- one-seo plug in and if you are blogging in blogspot don’t care about this, this step is taken care by Google itself ) [tweak your site map with update frequency]
  3. Good Sensible Permalinks regarding the blog post.

Start blogging instead of optimizing it, Write your blog post for your readers, All the best.

How To Create a Blog Using Google Apps’ Sites Feature

Before getting in to this topic, I want to confess that this is little in-congruence, because in this method visitors can’t comment to your posts. But you have a alternate method to do that but it is a extra work.

This is as simple as creating a new blog, here we are going to use ‘Google Sites’ which is also going to work as a blog. Before getting in to ‘Google Sites’ know the difference between Google’s Blogger and Google Sites with hosted Google Apps.

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In Blogger, a member of your organization who signs in with your organizations’ Google Apps Account, he/she will get a blog with the url “hisblogname.blogspot.com” but in this Sites your organization users may acquire a Site(with Blog) with your organizations’ name in the first eg: “sites.yourorgname.com/your-mem-blog” where ‘yourorgname.com’ is your domain name.

How To Implement Blogs In Google Apps Sites

After you log in to Google Apps Mail, you can able to see a ‘sites’ link in the top left corner of your mail box window. By clicking that sites link you will be directed to a sites in a new window. If you have created a site already that will appear there, or else it suggest you to create a new site for you in your organization’s Apps name. Here just create a site and create some pages as you want. Here is the trick, when you try to create a new page name that page as ‘Blog’ and select “Announcement” template option above the name field.

After that the interface guide you to write your new blog articles. When you visit the ‘Blog’ page a new button “New Post” will appear top of the page. Using this you can create your new blog post. The post supports every rich text feature like font styling, sizing, image attachment everything.

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If you want your blog to be categorized then you have to create more ‘Announcement’ page with blog category titles. That is instead of naming your page in to ‘Blog’ name it as ‘Category 1′,’Category 2′, etc.. For Comment box, you can go to ‘Google Docs’ create a spreadsheet and convert it into forms. Now you can attach the form below the ‘Announcement’ page with the help of embedded code provide by ‘Google Docs’.If you are planning to provide blogs for members of your organization in Google Apps then this is one way to provide each person multiple blogs and pages.

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In this method your members could have the blog name attached with your domain name provided you edit your domain’s MX record relevant to the sub domain name entered in the ‘Service Settings’ of Google Apps’ Control panel. If your MX record pointing to “sites.yourdomain.com” then your users’ blog or page will appear in url “sites.yourdomain.com/userblog-name”. Please post your Google Sites page link in the comment box below if you successfully created a blog. Your comments may help others.

Highslide Blogger Integration

Highslide JS is an open source image, media and gallery viewer written in JavaScript. It is easy to integrate Highslide with any website or blog. These are some of its advantages:

  • Quick and elegant looking.
  • No plugins like Flash or Java required.
  • Popup blockers are no problem. The content opens within the active browser window.
  • Single click. After opening the image or HTML popup, the user can scroll further down or leave the page without closing it.
  • Lots of configuration options and scalability without compromizing on simplicity. A component system lets you strip away unused features down to a filesize of 10kB.
  • Outstanding, unconditional and free user support for both commercial and non-commercial users.
  • Compatibility and safe degrading. If the user has disabled JavaScript or is using an old browser, the browser redirects directly to the image itself or to a given HTML page.

You may see the demo on the Highslide website. Highslide is easy to integrate with any website or blog.  Here is the steps to integrate Highslide with BlogSpot.

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Step 1:

Go to your blog settings -> Layout -> Edit html.

Copy this code and paste before </head> tag.


<script src='http://highslide.com/highslide/highslide-full.js' type='text/javascript'/>

<link href='http://highslide.com/highslide/megik.css' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'/>

<script type='text/javascript'>
//<![CDATA[

hs.graphicsDir = 'http://highslide.com/highslide/graphics/';
hs.allowSizeReduction = false;
hs.showCredits = false;

hs.isUnobtrusiveAnchor = function(el) {

if (el.href && /\.jpg$/.test(el.href)) {
el.className = 'highslide';
return 'image';
}
//insert the if condition code for other extensions like .jpeg, .gif, .png etc.
}

function fixBloggerImages(searchFor, replaceWith) {
 var href;
 var anchors = document.getElementsByTagName("a");
 for(var i = 0; i < anchors.length; i++) {
 href = anchors[i].href;
 if(href.indexOf(searchFor) != -1) {
 anchors[i].href = href.replace(searchFor, replaceWith);
 anchors[i].setAttribute("onclick", "return hs.expand(this)");
 anchors[i].setAttribute("class", "highslide");
 anchors[i].setAttribute("title", "Click to enlarge");
 }
 }
}

//]]>

</script>

This code works only for .jpg extenstion images. if you want high slide to work with other extensions like .jpeg , .gif , others you have to add this code at the above located area.


if (el.href && /\.jpeg$/.test(el.href)) {
 el.className = 'highslide';
 return 'image';
 }if  (el.href && /\.gif$/.test(el.href)) {
 el.className =  'highslide';
 return 'image';
 }

Step 2:

this step is optional, if you don’t like to have thumbnails you don’t have to insert this. Insert this code before </body> tag.

<script type='text/javascript'>fixBloggerImages(&quot;s1600-h&quot;, &quot;s1600&quot;);</script>

If you have problem in inserting the code verify the below video.

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All the code linked in the script are linked from the highslide website. If you still have problems comment here, I will help you.

Tip!

For websites you can use the visual Highslide Editor to set up your Highslide installation without writing code.

Trafficking – Different Ways

How to increase your site or blog visibility in internet. Internet is like universe, lots and lots of information in trillions of web pages, among them how do you going to bring visitors to your page.

Here I am going to discuss the various ways to getting visitors to your site. For readers convenience, I categorize the ways in to different topics. Some categories may controversial to some folks.

Free and Easy

RSS

‘ Really Simple Syndication ‘ some times ‘ Rich Site Summary ‘ is the best way to bring regular visitors to your site. No body wants to check every site often and probably they can’t remember your site. If your content is good and you are updating your site regularly the RSS plays a big role in increasing your sites visibility.

Your RSS should have summary which should bring people to your site, not your whole content.

you can also use E-mail subscription for RSS

Online Directories and Organizations

Submit your website url to online directories and non profitable organizations like craiglist.

E-mail Signatures

Include your site’s url or feed title with your e-mail signatures. G-mail and most of the e mail providers supporting this feature.

Custom 404 Error pages

Creating custom 404 error pages will increase the visits. If your website shows the page like this ” page not found ” , then visitors don’t bother to check your whole website, they went on to surf other pages on internet.

Provide custom error page to your visitor with some suggestions of links or with menu of your site which contains links to other pages of your website.

Bookmarks & Tell a Friend option

Provide “Bookmark this site” and “Tell a friend option” in every page of your website, which definitely bring the visitor again and again to your page

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Classifieds

Post about your website, information on your website, product or service you provide in free internet classifieds .

Free, Time and Energy Consuming

Surveys and Rankings

conducting surveys and participating in online top blog, top content competition may increase your site visibility.The target is not ranking first, the target is just include your url in the website.

Blogs , Blog Directories

start a blog for your website and submit the blog in blog directories. Regularly update your blog and make your visitor to interact in your blog

Social Media

This is one of the best way to increase your visits. Leverage on today’s top trend in building links. learn to use twitter, orkut, facebook, squidoo etc etc

Article Submission

If your website contains unique, original, quality content then submit your best content in major article directories like Ezine, etc.

Press Release, Google News

www.PRWeb.com.
www.free-press-release.com
www.prleap.com
www.prcompass.com
www.PressExposure.com

use some of the press release site to improve the visitors.

Try to make your page published in google news, once you are listed in google news, then you will get millions of impression in a day

Search Engine Optimization – Keyword Search

Search Engine are the first and foremost reason to increase traffic to your website. when you write your content or post you must be keyword conscious.

Commercial or Difficult

PPC Advertising

Best and effective way to increase your traffic. find a good ppc advertiser and then advertise in it.

Purchasing misspelled or related domains

try to find out misspelled url names and set up a domain forwarder for that url. every day millions of visitors are landed in unsolicitated webpage when they try to type the target url in the address bar.

YouTube Marketing

online video marketing is the one of the best way to promote your website. make a video about your product or service or else ‘How to’ video on your content.

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Auto Responder Email Campaign

set up a auto responder and E-mail list and regularly mail your visitors. and you have to be sure that the mail should contain valuable information, because there is risk of marking as a spam by the receiver.

Affiliate Program

set up an affiliate program and provide compensation to your visitor who refer others.

Purchasing Ad space on Other Site

purchase ad space on good websites and make sure that, the website is not your competitor.

Not Recommended

Comments & Posting Forums

commenting on the blogs with links to your website may not bring quality visits to your websites, and when the comment count increases no body bother to read the comments. This is waste of time. Posting forum is also has the risk of banned by the forum moderator.

But sometimes Quality replies and comments in forum may increase the visit.

Crazy Stuff – Viral

creating a crazy stuff and making it a viral. like the following stuff ” http://www.scrolllock.nl/passport/home.htm ” this may be viral and quickly reach many people. Try yourself

Mailing List

creating mailing list and regularly mailing them is not a good concept to increase your site visits, autoresponder is different from mailing list.Regular mailing may fail to bring visitors. “Everybody hates spam as you do”

Offline

some of the offline methods to increase your site visitors count

Business Cards – including your site url in your business card

Others use your website URL with Logo on moblie Screen Saver, Profile Name, Wall Paper and on your laptops.Infringe your website name in key chains, and belongings. If there is a will, there is a way. – Buy a pair of sandals and engrave your site’s url beneath, and walk on beach or play on snow.

” comments are real applause for posts in web pages ” Tell me in which I have to write more.