Buying Cycle

buying cycle

Selling is not merely trying to get a sale. Marketing should be involved as well. This diagram from Google Adwords (video tutorial here) provides a good example of a buying cycle and the mentality that each consumer will definately go through in order to reach to the final decison of buying something.

Tips for Robots.txt

How to check your robots.txt file
Open your web browser and enter www.yourdomain.com/robots.txt to view the contents of your robots txt file.

Do You Know
1. There are only two official commands for the robots.txt file: User-agent and Disallow.

2. Start with the user-agent line and then add the disallow commands:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /cgi-bin/

3. Use an extra Disallow line for every directory:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /support
Disallow: /cgi-bin/
Disallow: /images/

4. The casing of your directories matters. If the name of the directoy you want to disallow is “Optimize”, don’t write “optimize” in the robots.txt file.

Google Testing New robots.txt Command

Webmasters have found out that Google seems to be experimenting with a Noindex commands for the robots.txt file. It basically seems to do the same as the Disallow command so it’s not clear why Google is using this command. Other commands that might be tested by Google are Noarchive and Nofollow. However, none of these commands is official yet.

Does Share This WordPress Plugin Hurts Your Search Engine Ranking?

Just wondering if the so popular share this wordpress plugin would cause any harm to a site’s search engine ranking. The reason of bringing this up is due to the fact that I’ve installed it, and the “share this” link of the plugin (located at the end of each post) brings you to a seperate page where you have the option to bookmark a post to a social network, or email it to your uncle on the moon. Continue reading

WordPress Plugins To Help You Increase Google Pagerank

If you want to see more green on your pagerank and you are using WordPress to run a blog, you can utilize some plugins to help you get the job done. My all time favorite plugins for SEO purposes are all listed in my top 10 most wanted wordpress plugin page.

As always, your aims are: To gain a good pagerank so that you stand a higher chance to be listed on the first few pages on a google search result page (SERP), and thus stand a higher chance to get a visitor to your site.

How to Use Trackback and Pingback to Get More Links and Traffic

It’s been almost a year since I started blogging and only today, yes today, that I realized the importance of usefulness of trackbacks and pingbacks. When used correctly, it doesn’t only provide you with an increase in traffic, but also creates relationship by recognising what others have written and contributed through their ideas and writings. It’s definately a win-win situation here.

The following are, persoanlly, some of the good read of what trackback and pingbacks are and how you can use them:
1. A bit of history about trackback and pingback

2. WordPress Trackback Tutorial

3. Youtube video explaining Trackback

Hope those can at least get you started. Have a nice time blogging.

Site Indexed in Google Within 5 days

seo sem website trafficFinally got my site/blog indexed with Google search engine within 5 days. That was considered quite fast judging that there wasn’t any link building activity done yet and there wasn’t any backlinks coming from high traffic sites or anything of that kind. No softwares tools was used whatever. Simply submitting url and registering my sitemaps in yahoo and google manually did the trick for me. I’m sure writing at least a post a day in WordPress and using a plugin to create and submit the sitemaps for yahoo and google helps a lot as well. I know that there are people who can get there site indexed within 24 hours though. Oh well, I’m not that lucky but yet I’ve done it anyhow.

So, how long did it took you to get your site indexed in Google?

How to Generate Incoming Links Graph from Technorati

davidtan.org technorati incoming traffic graph

Technorati is one of the biggest blog search engine online and it’s always good to have some traffic coming from Technorati. It shows that people are searching and visited your site for what you’ve written. Technorati now can generate a graph that shows how many incoming links they have sent to your site. Continue reading

How to Submit Your Site to Alexa

alexa submit screenshot

Alexa is a search engine own by amazon. It might not be popular as a search engine, but it’s one of the industry standard of determining how much traffic a site is receiving. Simply put, it’s useful to list with them so they can start tracking your site’s traffic ranking, or maybe even help you get listed on search engine a little bit earlier. Continue reading