Optimize your posts for search engines on wordpress

It takes time to rank your website on major search engines like Google, Yahoo or Bing. I am not talking about page rank that is offered by Google or Alexa. Ranking on search engines depends on so many different matrix. Organic, Links, in page hit of traffic, referrals and more different types. In many cases it is quite hard for people to make their web pages optimized; who doesn’t deal with professional SEO services. Hence, there are few general rules that I always follow to “optimize posts for search engines on wordpress“. I am going to elaborate few of the these techniques below :

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Choose perfect heading for your article:

This is in-fact the most important of all. Let me give you a small example. Type this phrase on google “optimize posts for search engines on wordpress”. You will see near about 447,000 results found. use these key words separately on Google Trends. You will see the relevance of each keywords. Here the data is scaled based on the average search traffic of the term you’ve entered. So if you can insure to have perfect heading with defined keywords searched by major traffic then your chance to get hits increases a lot.

Use your title within your posts:

Have you seen this posts already used the title twice? Which means when Google will scan the post it will get more relevance with the title. Try to insert your title phrases you keywords technically so that your search engine hits get a rise.

Be consistent on heading:

Be very consistent while using headings within your posts. If you give your title a tag <h1> then don’t use it again within your post. It is just like writing a thesis or published article. We always keep relevancy on heading there. Like If the title is <h1> then a section heading will be within <h2> and if a section has sub heading they will go with <h3>.

Bold your keywords, give them some weight:

Have you seen I am using bold on this post? If you have a clear look you will see I only bold those words which are relevant to this post topic. It helps robot to get determine proper keywords. because you are matching your giving keywords given on meta tags.

Choose proper keywords:

While choosing your keywords for your meta tag on <head> section try to insert keywords taken from your written posts. Especially those which are marked as bold. In example for this post: keywords should be ‘optimize wordpress’, ‘posts for search engine’,’SEO’,’perfect heading’,’keywords’ etc.

Final Touch

I am not a SEO guru, but a blog writer and website developer I have to use few of these techniques. It works for me. I have seen many of my posts gets higher ranking by using these simple steps. Hope it will work for you if you can use them properly. I would like to thank Mr. Asif Anwar, one of the pioneer on online marketing specialist from Bangladesh;  who gave me initial ideas about these simple steps when i was in London. Now its your turn for discussion. Please reply using our social comments options.

Best wordpress plugins you should have for blog without a second thought.

There are over 12,000 plugins counted by wordpress.org so far, even more out there as third party plugins by different developers. WOW!!! That’s great then!! I do have so many options right? Well it is good to have so many options but it rises a problem at the same time. Which one we should chose? We can not download all the plugins and install them one by one to check which one suits my blog best?

Last one year while working on this blog I have used so many different plugins to make it better, faster and usable. Some of those are really good and still using them and most of them were useless and resource taker. Below I am going to give a list of some good plugins I think you should have installed:

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Best wordpress plugins you should have for blog

Akismet

If you want to get rid of spam don’t forget to use this. A life saver to me. I see everyday there are more than 30 spam which were protected already by Akismet itself. It will automatically grab all those spams and will be resolved for you. Install it and forget about spammers. It comes with WordPress installation.

XML-Sitemap

Automatically create and submit your Sitemap on favorite search engines like Google, Yahoo or Bing when ever you will submit any news post, alter update or delete. They will be notified about changes to search engines. Options are pretty straight forward and esy to setup. Install and active then forget about your sitemap issues.

Feedburner

I would recommend to use feedburner feeds as your default RSS. It gives you option to count and manage your subscribers subscribers. It also redirects your visitors towards feedburners feed page when clicked on RSS.

All in one SEO

Best SEO plugins for your blog so far in my count. I really works great for me. Simple easy to handle. Moreover it offers different option to configure your SEO related issues. It also offers a paid plugin which is more robust.

WP Related Posts

Generate a related posts list via tags of WordPress

WP Greet Box

Show a different message to your visitor depending on which site they are coming from. That means if a new visitors referred from search engines like Google it will greet you it will request you to subscribe by RSS mentioning you are a Google visitors. Good to grow your subscriber base but problem is it insert a related JavaScript on header which is a performance issue.

WP Smush.it

Reduce image file sizes and improve performance using the Smush.it API. It makes your post loading time even faster by reducing image size.

Thank Me Later

Automatically send a ‘thank you’ e-mail to those who comment on your blog. This plugin engages the visitor by reminding them to check back for responses or new blog posts.

Twitme

This plugin allows you to automatically post your new posts on the twitter website.

Top Comments Widget

The Top Commentators Widget a sidebar widget to show the top commentators in your WP site. That means you are promoting your commentators which encourage them to comment even more.

WP Super Cache

One of the best plugins to speed up your wordpress page loading time by enabling caching. It generates html files that are served directly by Apache without processing comparatively heavy PHP scripts. By using this plugin you will speed up your WordPress blog significantly.

ShareThis

Lightweight and easy navigated options to install. Let your visitors share a post/page with others. Supports e-mail and posting to social bookmarking sites.

WP-DBManager

Manages your WordPress database. Allows you to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database , drop/empty tables and run selected queries. Supports automatic scheduling of backing up and optimizing of database.

Now its your turn

There might be few other plugins which you may find better. Then please let me know on the comments section.

Happy Birthday to IAMWD

Today IAMWD is celebrating it’s first blogging year. When started I really didn’t know I could be with this for one year long. Thanks to all our visitors and to those blogger who inspired me to carry on. It was quite hard time for me continuing this as a non-writer; but I have seen there are few good posts which ranks pretty high on different search engines and social media.

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Here are few posts that are most popular of all time since last one year:

I know very short list. But I promote to come with more articles and resources in-front of you in coming days. We also like your help to get more visitors base. If you think you can consider to share our site within your network please use the social network bar. You may also like to connect with us with our RSS feeds.

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Are web designers cheap? Dumping rate for design will not help you grow

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Few days ago I had a meeting with a new client referred by one of my good friend. He told me this guy really in need of some good stuff for his 5 years old company. I was happy thinking, the client is old in the business so may be I do have some chances here to grow with. I met the owner and he had a very clear requirement for his website. It was a medium sized website requirement and I know it will cost him close to $400-$500 (we were discussing in BDT currency) even if i use a ready made module for him with minor customization to ensure performance and functionality. I didn’t ask for any budget but he insisted saying,

I need a custom website that should not match with anyone else and with a low rate -

OK great then what is your expectation? He replied “8000-1000 Taka (close to $114-$142)”; then he also added

“you should give as post support as well within this!!”.

First I didn’t believe what I just heard. It was an awful feeling but I can express that unfortunately. Because I know even the best lowest bidder cant do it considering his hourly work load. That’s why I politely expressed my feelings. he replied

“Who told you that? You designers are giving me this cheap rate!! Here look ….”

- he then passed me few local leaflets which mentioned “$40-$100 dynamic website”. After going through their profile on their website I got the clear view of whole scenerio. I felt sorry for that client because I know he putting $114 in to a bin. I will consider this client as a victim, it is not his fault. It’s those designers who are dumping price by giving bad services to these clients.

Changing rates from first world to third world!

When I started my job as a freelancer back in 2006 from Bangladesh, my first project rate was close to $300 it was a Flash website which was just a little modification of an existing flash website. It took me near about 8-9 days to complete. That time $300 is quite a handsome amount of money in a country like Bangladesh. When I was in the UK for my Masters my idea about website development simply changed. I have seen what is quality. Why people pay for quality things? Why a designer charge that much for a design art or website? I started learning from the beginning. I came to know about usability, user experiences, modern design specification and performance issues related to web design life cycle. Now I always follow rules of good web design practice.

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I fixed an ideal hourly rate for me which is average comparing the designers rate in the UK. But as a new-bee in foreign territory getting local job becomes a golden deer for me. So I tried Elance, Freelaner and Odesk as my source for clients. Then I realized the problem Thomas Friedman told us before “World is Really Flat“. Internet and cheap labored countries giving small companies in First world an option to outsource their job in cheaper rate than they used to get within their own country! I saw even though £15 per hour is quite low in UK it is quite high comparatively in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan or any other East European countries. Even $7-$8 is a good rate for them. So sitting down in UK I was shouting at my country men. They are taking my food out from my mouth. They are getting competitive advantages by being low cost designers. it is indeed an advantage. I will not consider it as price or rate dumping, it is just an strategical benefit of cheap labor country.

How designers dumping rates?

I have seen designers on Elance, Freelancer or Odesk job board to dump their price to the lowest. Sometimes a winner of  a custom wordpress template bids with only $35 (yes true its not modification, its a new theme design)!!!! I wonder how on earth it is possible? I get a quick reply too? The same project owner call for help few days later for same project.

So you can see designers are there dumping the rate. But they can only deliver a crap not a good design that works for client or business.I had faced this types of problem on the story described above. New clients are getting convinced by these cheap designers to o for a cheap design. But we know cheap design is not Good enough to deliver your business need.

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So are designers cheap to grow?

As a new company my design studio SME DEVELOPERS is charging it’s client with lower rate but not with cheap rate. That means we are not going for cheap rates for cheap  bad work to our clients. You will always see slogans like “Best and Cheap” – dont trust them. From my personal experience a well design and better functionality website comes with time and costs. yes I can reduce or give some discount on project basis. But not with the cheapest price. It is bad for business growth.

If you always try to be the cheapest by delivering whatever to your clients you will grow an image of cheap designer. So when your client will grow and look for better design they will not come to you. They will rather find some one who established his image as “Good Designer” or “Creative Designer“. So even if you are a quality designer you may loose your client in this case.

Finally be careful when you start. You can dump the price to get market share but in long run being cheap designer will not do.

Speed up wordpress blog by reducing external request


Host 6 Domains on 1 Account

I use shared hosting with IXWebhosting with a package of unlimited hosting and bandwidth (though it is not true. there is nothing called unlimited). Though i use shared hosting ixWebhosting is not bad at all. It deliver a good service for small business anyway. Even it’s price is really good. But if you are looking forward to go for something even better for your wordpress blog then I believe you should consider other available options. As I am hosting 3 different blog with IXWebhosting it is working fine as a small blogger. But still sometimes I face very poor performance issue, because you have to accept wordpress itself is huge resource grabber and it usages external resources if you install such plugins.

To get rid of performance issue you can adopt VPS (virtual private server) or Cloud Servers or even few dedicated shared hosting services for wordpress like BlueHosts. But if you don’t have such resources then you have to optimize your wordpress yourself either going through coding or reducing added resources you use with. Below I am going through few points:

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Reduce External Request

I always use YSlow to check how many external requests are their going out from my website or pages on my blog. This blog, IAMWD is taking more than 27 external requests. It is too high. Maximum number can be considered close to 6-8 not more than that. IAMWD is taking this much requests only because its using lots of plugins to make my life easier, but it is bad for loading time. That is why I am working on my themes to include manually processed requests internally so that I don’t have have to use all these plugins. It is always better to have your own personalized template developed by professionals with checking performance entity to insure the best possible optimization within your design.

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Remove unnecessary plugins

WordPress.org is giving us a whole world of unlimited plugins. There are so many blogs out there who will let you know about the best plugins existed. But you have to decide which one suits you most. Please consider to remove unnecessary plugins from your dashboard. Most of these plugins uses JavaScript codes and that means more you insert scripts more you are increasing your loading time.

Many out there who dont know how to manually insert plugins code within their template, but if you give some effort you can easily get things done, or outsource your small project tweaking with professionals.

Lets say you are trying to insert different advertisement script offered by different advertising companies like Adsense, BidVertiser, CJ, Click Bank, InfoLinks and many more. Foretunately and unfortunately there are so many of them. Which one to choose then? you will only go for those affiliates, CPC,CPM or other form of advertisement which requires less resources. I am using text links referrals, banner images and Adsense. These programs already reducing my performance a lot. But when tried a script from Info Links my site was close to death. Info Links insert their own links within your inline texts of your contents. The script tries to go through your pages first, initiate which words to target then override with its own tagging link. This whole process takes too much time to make your site a crap. That is why I suggest you to use these advertisement programs with care.
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Use Cache

two ways to leverage your cache for wordpress; manually and with plugins. If you are an expert with php and web development then consider manual process, because it gives you total control on what you are doing. Hence, WP Super Cache is one of the best I have ever found to take care of your cache problem. It works really well.

Try to insert manual Social badges

You will see I am using two different social share bar in this blog (yes to share this post within your network!!!). I feel like getting rid of these two bars. Because it is inserting 3 different script on each of my pages with external requests. That is why on my upcoming template (coming very soon) I am considering to include manual badges with only 4-5 major services. I already tested it and works great by reducing upto 70% of times. You can find so many articles on how to add social badges manually on Google.

Conclusion

I will try to elaborate more on my next post on this optmization issue. There are few other factors you need to consider but in this post I only highlighted very basic to reduce external calls for your wordpress blog. As I am testing with my custom template, it becomes easy for me to understand what is really handled inside wordpress. If you have any thing new to share or want to ask any question please let me know on our comments section. And please dont forget to share if you find this helpful.

New browser toolbar for web professionals with screenshots, faster search and more

We use toolbar on browser for various purposes. We use  toolbar  to make our browsing through internet easier, faster and to do multiple tasks within our browser at a time. Now many browsers are giving different tools offered by Yahoo, Google, MSN and few others. Each of them does have different tools to offer. Yet for web professionals toolbar is really important as they need more resources than normal users.

[Off topic: Did you read our previous post:  Download free XHTML/CSS3 template for real estate business]

To help these web developers IAMWD and Bidvertiser together offering a new toolbar that comes with Screen shots, Faster search bar and  quick access to your social networks with a single click.

Mozilla Firefox toolbar for web professionals

Screen shots:

Web professionals like blogger, designers, developers often need to take snap shots of browsing web pages quickly to save them and use as they wanted. This custom toolbar gives you the facility to save any screenshot with a single click.

Faster Search Experience:

Search box of this toolbar is faster with auto complete functions. It is powerful enough to let you find all the necessary resources you will be searching.

Track Your Email:

Keep track of your email instantly when it arrives in your Inbox. easy to configure and watch them live with a single click on the tool box.

And more!

  • Listen to radio live using this toolbar
  • Instant alert to all your categorized news
  • Favorite button gives you hand picked links to most favorite websites by BidVertiser

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